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OPINION: A love letter to space and how it restored my faith

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 19, 2020, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft on the company’s uncrewed In-Flight Abort Test

Mickey Hutchings, Managing Editor

June 4, 2020

On May 30 at 3:22 p.m., two astronauts launched off the Florida coast, ushering in a new generation of human space travel for the U.S.  Tightly stowed atop SpaceX’s revolutionary Falcon 9 rocket were Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, amicably referred to as “the dads,” by their NASA Commercial Cr...

OPINION: What the march down King Street meant to me

OPINION: What the march down King Street meant to me

Kaiden Smith, Senior Reporter

June 3, 2020

It’s no secret that App State is a predominantly white university, which led to a predominantly white turn out as hundreds marched peacefully down King Street to fight against racism and police injustice on Sunday.  Eighty-three percent of students are white compared to the 4% black student body. Of this, 3% are student athletes. I play football at this school and can tell you from firsthand expe...

OPINION: Protest your life away.

OPINION: Protest your life away.

Ricky Barker, Columnist

May 2, 2020

We are living in uncertain times. Many states have now created mandatory stay-at-home orders to prevent more citizens from being infected with COVID-19. It’s been hard for many of us, unable to see family and close friends for long periods. Everything from restaurants to universities are closed; a r...

Caleb’s Concept: Why is AA not considered essential business?

Caleb's Concept: Why is AA not considered essential business?

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

April 25, 2020

Alcoholism kills 88,000 people annually, making it the third largest cause of death in the U.S. Unlike other diseases, alcoholism cannot be cured.  The good news is that organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous recognize the problem alcohol poses by offering free treatment. Yet, the COVID-19...

OPINION: Winston-Salem’s Batman

OPINION: Winston-Salem's Batman

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

April 20, 2020

Beginning in December, Winston-Salem gained a new hero: Night Watch. While Night Watch isn’t a superhero like Batman or Spider-Man, he's a friend for those in need. He helps out the homeless and settles disputes in Winston-Salem.  According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Night Watch uses his costume to bring  awareness toWinston-Salem’s homeless problem. He...

OPINON: Please donate your masks

OPINON: Please donate your masks

Ricky Barker, Columnist

April 11, 2020

There has been an influx of people who are buying masks in a vain attempt to protect themselves. Some preppers have even begun hoarding them in large quantities. This is pointless and only hurts medical professionals. If you own any masks, chances are you don't need them, and you should donate them to...

OPINION: COVID-19 Shows we must hold elected officials to a higher ethical standard.

OPINION: COVID-19 Shows we must hold elected officials to a higher ethical standard.

Ethan Hunt

April 10, 2020

Not since the Cold War era has the president of the United States’ ability to play God been so clearly on display to the American people. Every president in our nation's history has chosen if people live or die. For many years, that decision has been in regard to America's enemies. However, this pandemic...

OPINION: Why I’m leaving the DNC

OPINION: Why I'm leaving the DNC

Adam Zebzda, Reporter

April 10, 2020

My Catholic faith describes a revelation as divine insight from God which changes a person’s perspective by opening their mind. While I can’t say I’ve received a divine revelation, I have received one guiding a new political perspective. My political revelation: abandon my partisan label of Democrat a...

OPINION: Why I’m leaving

OPINION: Why I'm leaving

April 9, 2020

My Catholic faith describes a revelation as divine insight from God which changes a person’s perspective by opening their mind. While I can’t say I’ve received a divine revelation, I have received one guiding a new political perspective. My political revelation: abandon my partisan label of Democrat a...

Caleb’s Concepts: Why Everything is just a matter of Opinion

Caleb's Concepts: Why Everything is just a matter of Opinion

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

April 9, 2020

Next time you fail your math test, tell your teacher to give you an A. Why? Because you failed because of their opinion. While clearly a joke, this point questions what makes something right or wrong. Right and wrong depend entirely on someone’s worldview. For example, nonreligious people  do not be...

Caleb’s Concepts: The Media is biased. Don’t worry, it isn’t a problem

Caleb’s Concepts: The Media is biased. Don’t worry, it isn’t a problem

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

April 2, 2020

All forms of media are biased. This isn’t a well-guarded secret because most people are aware that certain outlets cater to different segments. While this outwardly appears dishonest, it balances itself out.          But, before we explain why the media is biased, we must first define what the...

Opinion: “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” is all we can do

Opinion: “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” is all we can do

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

March 31, 2020

  Bruce Springsteen’s music has an effect on his fans. From his number one hit “Born To Run” to his most successful single “Dancing in the Dark,” His three best records: “Born to Run,” “Born in the U.S.A.” and “The Rising” represent a different era not only for Springsteen’s music, but ...