Articles by Michael Reiser

The Reiser's Edge: Your favorite newspaper

“What’s your favorite newspaper?” my Uncle Frank always asks his nieces and nephews. “The New York Times” and “The Wall Street Journal” are some of the more popular answers, but for him, there’s only one right response. “The correct answer is: none of them,” he’ll tell the unsuspecting cousin of mine as he or she…

OurView: Just do it

Buffalo, N.Y. has a large St. Patrick’s Day celebration just like many of its Rust Belt companions and other cities across the world. The parade is always the Sunday closest to the actual March 17 holiday. This year, my cousin Erin, a med school student at the University of Cincinnati, came home to march with…

Hair metal plus hip-hop equals success for Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells ring again with their new album “Reign of Terror.” Are you listening? But seriously. Listen. And excuse the cheesy allusion to the Christmas carol. The Brooklyn duo back up their ultra-loud first release, 2009’s “Treats,” with a strong sophomore effort. Producer/guitarist Derek Miller’s intricate, guitar-based melodies and beats keep the hip-hop feel from…

‘Tramp’ trumps and leaves you wanting more

In a day and age where the path of women singer-songwriters is being blazed by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor, it’s easy to forget the artists that have been influenced by their predecessors of the quickly staling genre. Sharon Van Etten does not fall into the pit of irrelevancy like so many…

Obama, Santorum winners in CBS/New York Times polls

Despite all the fervor surrounding the Republican presidential candidates, it seems President Obama can sit well knowing, according to a CBS News/The New York Times  poll released Tuessday, that he is ahead of all of them. Of the four remaining candidates, former Gov. Mitt Romney sits closest to the incumbent president by posting 42 percent…

The Reiser's Edge: The Church’s logical argument

Freedom of religion is held as a pillar of freedom here in the home of the brave. So important in fact the first of the Bill of Rights begins like this, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So what is all this dissension over between…

OurView: The good, the bad and the ugly

Right when you returned from the bathroom because you had to throw-up after watching the Madonna/LMFAO/Nicki Minaj/M.I.A Super Bowl halftime show, you may have seen Clint Eastwood’s appearance in a commercial for Chrysler. You even may have been surprised that Eastwood would even show his face in the infamous annual corporate advertisement blitz, but what…

The Reiser's Edge: Romney: just win, baby

Could it finally be time? Has the merry-go-round come to a stop? If the GOP wants to finally start building party unity and momentum, Mitt Romney’s victory in Florida should be the signal fire for those who actually care about building strength for the presidential election (which is now only a surprisingly close 10 months…

Columns: Occupy John Carrot

After six and a half semesters here, I’ve become fed up with an assortment of aggravating aspects of campus life. For example; aren’t you sick of having to walk to class? Shouldn’t administration provide shuttles for us during the winter months? Tuition is the highest it’s ever been, and the students should come first if…

The Reiser's Edge: America’s sound and fury

If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have noticed the wide variety of stories circling around the media outlets. But for me, there seems to be a common thread which rounds them up and sews them together – confusion. Republicans were dismayed Tuesday morning by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to…

The Reiser's Edge: California students walk the line

Even though he definitely would not be ideologically in tune with them, former World News Editor Sean Webster must be proud of the political activism of a few students on Berkeley College’s campus in California. The students belong to a Republican student group and are raising money in the timeless fashion of a bake sale.…

High unemployment rates still remain in West and South

The nation’s unemployment problems just won’t seem to go away. In a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on regional and state employment, 26 states and Washington, D.C., reported increases in unemployment, while only 12 reported unemployment decreases from July to August. The national unemployment rate remained the same at 9.1 percent from…

A whole new love for Wilco’s 2011 album

Frontman Jeff Tweedy and his boys are back. After its blander 2009 outing, “Wilco (The Album),” Wilco has come back with a diverse, monster album in line with both its experimental tendencies – like 2002’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” – and its roots – as in 1996’s “Being There.” “The Whole Love,” which came out Tuesday,…

The Reiser's Edge: Where is the money coming from, Mr. President?

This past week as you may know, President Obama proposed a deficit reduction plan. He made it clear that to cover the sky-rocketing deficit, he is going to raise the taxes of high income Americans by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire. “It is wrong that in the United States of America a teacher or…

The Reiser's Edge: The Michelle Bachmann Show

You hear every so often of celebrities taking a foray into politics, like the rumblings of Donald Trump running for president or Stephen Colbert running for Congress. But rarely do you see it go the other way. When I saw that Rod Blagojevich and Sarah Palin’s respective forays into reality television in the past couple…

The Reiser's Edge: It still moves

This column is dedicated to two men who instilled important ideals in me. With the anniversary of 9/11 around the corner, two of those ideals are front and center in my mind. The first is how incredibly proud I am to be American. Most of us have our roots in different countries, celebrating our heritage…

Pakistan angered by bin Laden mission

Pakistan criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an “unauthorized, unilateral action,” laying bare the strains the operation has put on an already rocky alliance. U.S. legislators along with the leaders of Britain and France questioned how the Pakistani government could not have known the al-Qaida leader was living in a garrison…

The Reiser's Edge: The end of an era

Just like that infamous day almost a decade ago now, I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when I learned that Osama bin Laden had been killed. As I was watching hockey highlights, my roommate yelled to me, “We got bin Laden! People’s Facebook statuses are going crazy right now!”…

The Reiser's Edge: Lose the battle, win the Presidency

Though the 2008 presidential election is two and a half years in the rearview mirror, Republicans are yet to find a worthy candidate to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has all but announced his intent to seek out the nomination, while Mitt Romney, the ex-governor of…

Ivory Coast political turmoil nearing end

After the bloodiest episode of violence since the Ivory Coast’s disputed presidential election in November, the West African country gained a glimmer of hope as the French government said Tuesday it was negotiating the surrender of Laurent Gbagbo, the former president who has refused to give up power after legitimately losing the election four months…

The Reiser's Edge: Point your finger properly

Congratulations to Sean Webster, the man I’m taking the reins from, for three years of service to The Carroll News and First Place in the Region 4 Mark of Excellence in General Column from the Society of Professional Journalists. You’re the “Derg.” Last week, I wrote about Newt Gingrich’s divisive comments about how he believed…

The Reiser's Edge: What rough beast slouches toward U.S.?

Imagine a modern day Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest president in American history, running for president in 2012 under the Republican ticket. Even for the hardcore liberal, this sounds pretty appetizing. In fact, I think he would win an election facing any other American historical figure, past or present. Now imagine a candidate of his…

OurView: Terry Pegula is Buffalo sports’ Barack Obama

Let’s play word association. Ready? Hope and Change. Let me guess, you thought of Barack Obama, that is, unless you are a Buffalo sports fan. A man by the name of Terry Pegula recently bought the Buffalo Sabres, and that’s whom you probably thought of if you are a Sabres die-hard, or if you are…

Gadhafi cracks down hard on protesters

Protesters carrying a pre-1969 Libyan flag and holding up a banner during a demonstration against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi outside Downing Street in London on Feb. 22. (AP) As Egypt continued to take significant steps earlier this week toward a new government, its neighbor, Libya, continued to erupt with protests and the violent response of…

The Reiser's Edge: Obama faces a different beast in Iran

In the next episode of “Reform in the Middle East,” Iran exploded with its own protests earlier this week. The oppressed citizens saw the actions of their Egyptian counterparts and decided to try and make a difference in their own country. But unfortunately for the Iranian protesters, their government didn’t take too kindly to their…