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OPINION: National Emergency

Q Russell, Opinion Editor | February 21, 2019

On Feb. 15, President Donald Trump revealed in a speech that he would declare a national emergency to combat the “invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country” from the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s plan is to appropriate waround $7 billion to build his farcical monument to racism and idiocy. This is in addition to $1.38 billion that Congress already authorized for fencing. The $8 billion...

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Mass layoff of journalists will hurt quality of news in future

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Writer | February 15, 2019

In January, BuzzFeed News announced it would lay off 15 percent of its journalists, essentially killing off the national news desk and removing all but one from the LGBT desk. The layoffs included the editor of the bombshell R. Kelly stories, Marisa Carroll. The center of many consequential stories in the past two years, Buzzfeed News was first to publish the Steele dossier in 2017, alleging President...

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Letter to the Editor: App State must find balance between growth and sustainability

Op-Ed | December 15, 2018

University Sustainability at App State places emphasis on finding the balance between sustained institutional growth and sustainable environmental practices. When balancing seemingly competing interests, such as steady institutional and population growth versus the sustainability mission to preserve and protect the fragile mountain ecosystem we are located in, strategic partnerships must be made...

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Letter to the Editor: Mutual aid isn’t just for App State hippies

Op-Ed | December 11, 2018

Independence is empowering. Think about that feeling of responsibility and liberation when you’re navigating a confusing airport to get to your terminal on time. As college students in the U.S., individualistic lifestyles are common, expected and natural. But is this really natural? Is individuality simply a progression of human evolution or is it a sociocultural development specific to location? The...

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