Articles by Samuel Lane

Columns: Senior column

I would be lying if I said that I was a firm believer in the strength of education through schooling, at least in a basic sense. The truth is that I have never enjoyed myself in a school setting. Now you may think that this sounds cliché because there are thousands of students who do…

All together

  I have written about a lot of things during my past two years as World News editor and even before that when I first joined as a staff writer my freshman year.  I have had the privilege of covering many important news topics that you do not get to write about on a daily…

Curse on the Black Sea

    As you may have read earlier, one of the biggest news stories that has been covered this week was the Crimean vote on March 16 to become a part of the Russian Federation. The decision did not particularly come as a surprise, and almost anyone familiar with the situation knew that Russia would…

A Europe we don’t know

While it seems that the crises in Ukraine may be over at last, there are few things that should be noted. First of all, we must be thankful, hope and pray that no more bloodshed such as what we saw last week in Ukraine will continue.   Of course that seems to be a given.…

Slowly but surely

When Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the problems of climate change during a conference in Jakarta on Feb. 16, it could have been interpreted many ways. By liberals, it was a call railing against the problems our environment faces at the hands of conservatives who only work to prolong this condition. Meanwhile, conservatives…

Citizen Vain

Last week, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that he would be the city’s first mayor in over 40 years who would not be involved with the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His reasoning: it was a protest against the city’s decision to not show the gay pride flag during the parade.   When…

Obama faces more challenges before 2014 midterms

With the 2014 midterm elections just a few months away, President Barack Obama has found himself at odds with some members of his party as well as Republicans.   One of the first matters Obama has been facing is the Keystone Pipeline XL. This oil pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada to south of the Gulf…

Counting wrong

With the Olympics just over a week away, the mood we should display is one of exuberance. However, the one that we have been displaying is one of sheer fear and terror.   In light of recent terrorist attacks in Russia, this fear is quite justified. For almost two decades now, Russia has been involved…

A Jersey thing

I was hoping that this issue could have been set aside once I returned to school. But now I have realized that silence is just not an option. Every time someone asks me where I am from and I say New Jersey, they ask me about how I feel about Gov. Chris Christie’s actions. They…

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013: A legend is honored by the world

Nelson Mandela, the man who was one of the world’s most recognized leaders and who brought an end to apartheid in South Africa before being elected to the nation’s presidency, died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. His death followed months of failing health, much of which had been covered extensively by the…

Elections result in victories for McAuliffe, Christie, DeBlasio

While the majority of the country is either recovering from last years election season or gearing up for 2014, three important elections took place on Tuesday. Both New Jersey and Virginia held their gubernatorial elections,  choosing Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, respectively. Meanwhile, New York City held its mayoral electon, electing Democrat Bill…

JFK: 50 years later

As many of you know, tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of our nations 35th president, John F. Kennedy. In 2013, this seems to be nearing the realm of ancient history, particularly to my generation and even my parents (they were just infants at the time). These days, Kennedy himself seems to be…

Tainted Tea

Whenever I think about the current situation in Congress, their inability to come to terms on anything, I try to imagine what the problem may just be. At first, I think that the famous quote from “Cool Hand Luke,” where the warden says, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate” is what applies…

On the bright side of things

With all that has been going on in Washington this week, it would be understandable for you to expect me to write about the turmoil going on with the United States government.  While this is quite tempting for me to discuss, I feel that anything I will write is just repetitive of previous columns and,…

Voter Ineptitude

Well here we are yet again, another debate over the legitimacy of Obamacare. If you have read my column before, you would know that I am not a strong supporter. But, if you pay even closer attention, you will also know that I am sick and tired of hearing about its repeal and have respected…

Mass shooting at Washington Navy Yard leaves 13 dead

To many, it seemed like it would be an ordinary Monday.  People commuted to work ready to start another week.  At the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., employees shared the same feeling.  But by the end of the day, 13 people were gunned down and several more wounded. The suspect has been identified as…

Syria: A gamble no one needs to bet on

There are so many things I could say about this matter. First of all, I want to call out all the intervention eager Democrats (President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, to name a few) who were so strongly against intervention during President George W. Bush’s administration. Although I opposed Iraq as well,…

New suspect arrested in ricin letter case

A new suspect has been arrested in the on going investigation into who is behind the ricin letter mailings. The letters were mailed over two weeks ago addressed to President Barack Obama as well as Roger Wicker, the junior Republican senator from Mississippi. Both of the letters were intercepted long before they reached their intended…

Boston Marathon bombers taken down days after attack

It was an event that kept every American uncertain about what would transpire: a terrorist bombing on domestic soil, the first since the September 11 attacks. The suspects were originally two men only identified by a camera which showed them placing duffel bags at the scenes of the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon on…

A time to remember

In light of all the recent news stories and headlines that have been shown, I must say that I never thought this kind of event would happen. Not after all of my political science classes that told me that conflict between the United States government and other foreign governments were essentially over. But then again,…

The Carroll News sits down with Sheldon Gawiser

Last week on March 14, The Carroll News interviewed Sheldon Gawiser. Gawiser is the director of elections at NBC News. He has worked with NBC since 1975. Before taking his current position, Gawiser taught in the political science department at John Carroll University. One of his most famous students was fellow future NBC coworker Tim…

The Irish in America

While St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, it has been 20 years since my first one.  Although at the time I did not have a clue what it was, I have since learned just how important my Irish heritage has been to me. I think anyone who shares the same background as me would…

Questions persist as pope plans to resign

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated what would be his last prayer ceremony to the public in St. Peter’s Square, according to CNN. This follows his shocking announcement earlier this month that he would be the first pope to resign in 600 years. His last official acting day as pope will be today,…

The hero, not the villain

If you have not figured out from any of my columns, I am a Republican. No, not one of the firebrands seen on Fox News. If you were placing my ideology on a scale, it would probably be on par with Abraham Lincoln or Chris Christie. But regardless of the standard ideological scale, there seems…

Why should I be surprised?

Let me first say I am truly sorry for what I am writing here. I had promised myself I would try to avoid political bickering following the inauguration. That being said, I cannot sit here and keep silent, especially on something I believe to be so ridiculous. In this case, I am referring to Chuck…