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Negative Income Tax: A Solution for Watauga’s Poverty

Negative Income Tax: A Solution for Watauga's Poverty

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

February 5, 2020

During the 2020 Democratic Primaries, many media outlets heavily featured Andrew Yang’s proposal to end American poverty called the “Freedom Dividend.” Yang’s policy is a form of universal basic income that guarantees all Americans $1,000 a month. Within his website, Yang falsely equated Nobel Priz...

Why Nothing is New

Why Nothing is New

Ethan Murphy, Reporter

February 5, 2020

Everything that exists or will exist has already existed.  The most complex mathematical formulas, innovative technology and abstract art all have one thing in common: they are not original. Things only change in our perspective, not in its original form. Entropy and chaos compose the foundation of ...

Pro’s and Cons of Minimum Wage

Pro's and Cons of Minimum Wage

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

January 30, 2020

When it comes to minimum wage, the intentions are noble to help the underdog succeed. Yet, with good intentions, there are often negative outcomes.  Minimum wage creates a price floor, preventing employers and workers from negotiating wages. Low-skill workers without experience are impacted negatively by...

Trump’s Great Contradiction

Trump's Great Contradiction

Charles Aiken, Opinion Writer

January 30, 2020

Donald Trump campaign’s on the slogan of “Keep America Great Again.” This vague phrase draws on people’s nostalgia for America’s troubled past. A past, under the eyes of the current administration, has been revived in the return of reported lynchings on black people in 2017, authority figures abusing power and more. One thing “America’s Greatness” doesn’t...

Dr. King: The greatest American philosopher

Dr. King: The greatest American philosopher

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

January 23, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. is the greatest American philosopher and gave his life seeking justice for all Americans. While imprisoned in 1963, King highlighted the importance of justice and advocates for a unified society in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” This letter addressed Alabama clergyme...

The U.S must fix its primary system.

The U.S must fix its primary system.

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

January 23, 2020

With the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away, Democratic presidential candidates are making mad dashes across the state. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and businessman Tom Steyer led bus tours over the last few months and traveled across Iowa, holding rallies, ...

Raspberry Beret: The greatest song of the century

Raspberry Beret: The greatest song of the century

Ethan Murphy, Reporter

January 23, 2020

The 20th century produced some of the greatest music in living memory. From jazz’s chaotic improvisations to The Beatles’ psychedelic sounds, music became radically reimagined. Yet, in all of life’s facets, one can tell the best from the rest. In this regard, Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” has no c...

Letter to the Editor: App State Administration Are Failing All Of Us

Letter to the Editor: App State Administration Are Failing All Of Us

Op-Ed

January 17, 2020

App State can no longer hide behind its reputation in sustainability. The Office of Sustainability manages and implements a wide range of initiatives that have been successful in many ways. The work done by OoS has been great and is an integral part of reducing greenhouse gases and making App State sust...

Caleb’s Concepts: App Sustainability

Caleb's Concepts: App Sustainability

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

January 17, 2020

What constitutes a sustainable campus? Is it a university’s operating emissions, the curriculum or students? At App State, students, faculty and staff consider our operating emissions as the sole determinant for what constitutes sustainability. For example, the Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution ...

OPINION: Soleimani’s death will only bring more conflict

OPINION: Soleimani’s death  will only bring more conflict

Ricky Barker, Columnist

January 14, 2020

To say that conflicts in the Middle East have been tense in the last few weeks is an understatement. The U.S. was on the brink of a major conflict with Iran. In the last week, over 3,000 American troops were deployed to the Middle East. Soldiers left their families and homes over the growing struggle...

OPINION: High rent is a serious problem. Rent control is never the solution

OPINION: High rent is a serious problem. Rent control is never the solution

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

December 6, 2019

Boone is split into two groups: permanent residents and students. Yet, both groups struggle to find cheap affordable housing in a decent location. According to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the average household in Watauga County is 2.35 people; per capita income is $24,545; and the median in...

The Tea: The Point of No Return

The Tea: The Point of No Return

Tommy Mozier, Senior Reporter

December 5, 2019

Each morning, I open my laptop or phone and scroll through the headlines on The New York Times, The Washington Post and then hop over to Fox News. It began as an exercise to see how different media sources framed a story, something I learned from a professor this semester.  The two legacy newspapers and Fox News agree...