Articles by John Desrosiers

Columns: Democralypse Now!

The horror! The horror! On Monday night we were subjected to the first presidential debate between the Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. I hadn’t decided if I was going to vote in the election or not, or what I was going to do when faced with the ballot come…

Here's the Thing: Here’s the thing

  Growing up, I greatly admired my older brother Andrew and tried to be like him in every way. This led to following his reading interests and I found myself down a rabbit hole learning about the Civil War. Despite changing my main historical focus and interest as I became older and more independent minded,…

OurView: Orthodoxy in the east

    Friends, Roman Catholics, countrymen, lend me your eyes! Pope Francis has stirred up many around the world with his comments on different subjects. People have been quick to claim that Pope Francis has liberalized the Catholic Church and, in their eyes, softened the austere and non-inclusive stances of the Church.   This isn’t…

Officials charged in water crisis

    Two state officials and a local official have been brought up on charges in the face of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., according to CNN. Water treatment plant employee Mike Glasgow and Michigan Department of Enviromental Quality workers, Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby, could all face prison time if they are convicted of…

OurView: Defense of the republic

  When I was younger, my first exposure to politics was hearing news about President George W. Bush’s election and the controversy surrounding the Electoral College. At the time, I did not understand the nature or purpose of the Electoral College. If we live in a democracy, why don’t we just directly elect the President?…

Panama Papers reveal global corruption

  In what is sure to be a global controversy, the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca was subject to a widespread data leak that implicated world leaders and prominent figures around the globe in fraudulent activity, as well as other illegal or unflattering endeavors with the company. According to The Guardian, an unknown source leaked…

Leaders meet for Nuclear Summit

    President Barack Obama hosted a nuclear security summit that was attended by representatives from over 50 other countries, including nations that, like the United States, currently possess nuclear weapons. The summit lasted two days, March 31 and April 1. According to CNN, leaders such as David Cameron of Britain; Francois Hollande of France;…

Apple and FBI battle over acces to iPhone

  After the Dec. 2 terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation took charge of piecing together the cause and connections of the crime. According to ABC News, the FBI soon found what they consider a critical piece of evidence: perpetrator Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c.…

Bombings kill 28 in Turkish capital

A car bomb was detonated in the city center of Ankara, the Turkish capital, on Wednesday Feb. 17, during rush hour. According to The New York Times, 28 people were killed and roughly 60 were injured in the attack. The attack targeted a military convoy as they passed through the city’s administrative district, which is…

Ohio bill to defund women’s clinics

  The Republican controlled Ohio Senate and House recently passed a bill on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to strip funding to Planned Parenthood and similar facilities. The bill now goes to Governor John Kasich and awaits his approval. Kasich is fresh off a successful outing in New Hampshire, where, according to CBS News, his more moderate…

Shkreli faces down Congress in price gouging scandal

  Martin Shkreli, who earned the ire of many in America for his price gouging of pharmaceuticals, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives to answer questions concerning his price manipulation of the HIV drug Daraprim.   According to Forbes Magazine, the hearing lasted only 15 minutes and…

Iranian president visit Italy, Vatican City

    As with many significant and historical events, the Iranian president’s visit to Italy and the Vatican City is marked with controversy. The visit from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is a historic one; this is the first time in nearly two decades that an Iranian president has met with a Roman Catholic Pope.  …

Mass shooting in California causes Obama to address nation

Gunshots tore through San Bernardino, Calif. as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a company Christmas party on Wednesday Dec. 2. The shooting left 14 dead and 21 injured. The suspects were killed after a pursuit and firefight with the police.   Evidence showed the husband and wife team had planned the attack, and…