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Opinion: Why printed textbooks are superior to e-books

Opinion: Why printed textbooks are superior to e-books

Jean Holman February 22, 2021

Pearson recently announced plans to shift to an online textbook system, making it possible for students to have access to their textbooks online. This would mean a big change for school systems, prompting...

Caleb's Concept: Impeach Trump. But not for insigting a riot

Caleb’s Concept: Impeach Trump. But not for insigting a riot

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor February 20, 2021

Donald Trump was a terrible president. From refusing to concede the election to his questionable handling of COVID-19, there is never a short supply of controversy following the former president. However,...

Opinion: Raising the minimum wage will be good for America

Opinion: Raising the minimum wage will be good for America

Ella Adams February 18, 2021

A common argument against raising the minimum wage is “some teenager flipping burgers doesn’t deserve $15 an hour,” which is a ridiculous argument. Why should someone’s age or job decide if they...

Opinion: Republicans. The party of conspiracy

Opinion: Republicans. The party of conspiracy

Ricky Barker, Columnist February 14, 2021

On Jan. 29, Representative Cori Bush of Missouri decided that she wanted her office in Congress to be moved. This decision was made due to her verbal conflict with  Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene....

Opinion: Big Business is Killing Cultures

Opinion: Big Business is Killing Cultures

Ella Adams February 12, 2021

  In the age of mass-consumerism, individual cultures are slowly disappearing in favor of mega-corporations. Multi-billion dollar businesses such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Huawei and Disney have a...

Caleb's Concept: Income Inequality: the hidden culprit behind COVID death count.

Caleb’s Concept: Income Inequality: the hidden culprit behind COVID death count.

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor February 12, 2021

Did you know income inequality is correlated with worse health outcomes? In the 1990s, epidemiologist Michael Marmot found that the lowest-paid civil service employees in Whitehall, England had a cardiovascular...

Opinion: U.S. employees deserve annual leave

Opinion: U.S. employees deserve annual leave

Jean Holman February 5, 2021

Compared to other countries, America pays their employees significantly less for vacation days. The United States should legally require employers to pay their workers annual leave. From jury duty to moving...

Opinion: The stock market is a scam

Opinion: The stock market is a scam

Ella Adams February 5, 2021

GameStop isn’t exactly Fortune 500 material, so how did its stock manage to join the ranks of some of the nation’s most successful corporations, including Google, Tesla and Amazon?  Between Jan....

Caleb’s Concepts: Do blue states earn more?

Caleb’s Concepts: Do blue states earn more?

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor February 5, 2021

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Pew Research polls show  the U.S. is more divided now than ever over basic facts and politics.  According to Pew Research, 83% of voters said ...

Opinion: Schools can still support students’ mental health, even virtually

Opinion: Schools can still support students’ mental health, even virtually

Jean Holman January 31, 2021

Many college students are returning to school. Looking back at 2020, COVID-19 forced some into isolation, increasing depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions in many populations. With going...

Politics: North Carolina Political Landscape; Don’t Believe In God? Guess You Can’t Run for Office

Politics: North Carolina Political Landscape; Don’t Believe In God? Guess You Can’t Run for Office

Sean Riordan January 30, 2021

History and Background One notable provision in the North Carolina State Constitution is under the section for eligibility for public office. Article 4, Section 8 states that “any person who shall...

Caleb's Concep's: A word of caution regarding unexplained data variation

Caleb’s Concep’s: A word of caution regarding unexplained data variation

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor January 30, 2021

Data and statistics consume our existence. Data points are analyzed and used to communicate policing, COVID-19 mortality and election results. These results can warp reality and can skew empirical evidence....

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