Articles by Samuel Lane

Forecast for the political future

Following President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech to the nation on Jan. 21, listeners had begun to formulate their reactions. Some concluded that it was an ambitious and newly devised plan for Obama’s second term. Others indicated that it was nothing more than a message designed to attack the Republican Party. Both of these opinions may…

The Carroll News sits down with Lior Yafe

The Carroll News interviewed Lior Yafe, the Israel fellow from the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, on Wednesday, Dec. 12. In the interview, Yafe responded to a CN interview with Iyad Burnat printed in its Dec. 6 issue. Yafe, 25, began his two-year stay in Cleveland as Israel fellow in September. According to the Cleveland Jewish News,…

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Carroll News sits down with Iyad Burnat

Iyad Burnat hails from the Palestinian village of Bil’in, located just west of Ramallah. He is a member of what he calls a grassroots peace movement known as the Bil’in Popular Committee. The organization was formed around 2004 and he said it has continued to grow in support since. On Monday, Dec. 3, Burnat spoke…

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Carroll News sits down with Hillel’s Lior Yafe

The Carroll News interviewed Lior Yafe, the Israel fellow from the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, on Wednesday, December 12. In the interview, Yafe responded to a CN interview with Iyad Burnat printed in its Dec. 6 issue. Burnat is a Palestinian and member of what he called a grassroots, non-violent movement originating from the village of…

OurView: Generation Y

With the year coming to a close, it seems customary to always look back and reflect on what has happened. Once this is done, the next step is to create a resolution for the future. To be perfectly honest, I have never succeeded in doing this beyond 10 minutes. But seeing that I am now…

Getting our bearings

Well, the election is over.  Regardless of any desires to bring about political bickering, I am just going to say in the most print -appropriate fashion, stop! I get it, many are annoyed by the results that developed on Nov. 6. Those who are not still remain doubtful in their minds that anything will truly…

Lead as you and I like

Leadership: It is a concept young adults always hear about. It is a term we are told to emulate, asked to look at in order to help us with finding direction in our lives. Overall, it is a phrase that is overused again and again. When it comes to determining the leader of the United…

5- JCU student spends part of summer in Lebanon

Senior Laura Kisthardt has had a fascination with politics since her senior year at Western Reserve Academy. Therefore, it was not surprising when she decided to major in political science upon arriving at John Carroll University. This past summer, her enthusiasm only grew. After getting accepted for a trip sponsored by The National Council on…

Debating debates of the past

Last week, there was a number of Americans watching a debate that appeared to catch them completely off-guard. The signs leading up did not point to the eventual result. Many had understandably assumed that the generally-stiff Republican candidate would fall flat like he often had on the campaign stump. But instead, the two candidates appeared…

3- Candidates appeal to JCU students

It has become commonplace for Americans to see the presidential candidates on television. But it is not often that people get to meet the candidates in person. Over the last few weeks, however, a few JCU students got to experience this honor. Jeff Kirwin is a senior at John Carroll University who has closely followed…

A New Party

Well, here it was, the moment many of us had been waiting for. There were threats of hurricane, potential protests by opposing ideologies, along with other tiny, yet crucial issues. Yet the Republican National Convention went on as planned with millions of Americans watching. To many, the three days in Tampa appeared to be nothing…

Generation overload

What are we doing right now? How are we feeling? What are we going to do with our lives? These are all questions that I put forth to my generation of Americans. As you may remember, you were the focus of my writings last week. Well, I must tell you that I am a little…

Violence in Syria continues

Violence in Syria has been the prevalent theme throughout the Arab world since late 2011 and has continued to escalate to alarming terms through 2012. In the month of April alone, the death toll has risen to disturbing numbers and the country stands on the precipice of a civil war. The fighting that started almost…

OurView: Law and order

Law and order: It has been one of the biggest components for every society. It is designed to help maintain stability among the people. There are supposed to be no barriers according to the book. Everyone is eligible to be liable and no one, or case for that matter, can be overlooked. Of course, this…

Obama’s scene

To everyone who has been reading this column for the last couple months, you are probably acutely aware that I have been diverting much of my writing to the Republican Party. This seems like the proper thing to do. After all, this is the party that has yet to decide on a candidate. Furthermore, we…

Convention fun

For all political watchers out there, I am sure post-Super Tuesday has left us all bewildered and discombobulated. A primary win for Rick Santorum, victory for Mitt Romney, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul still coming up empty. Still, the Republican nomination is undecided. There is a chance to defeat an incumbent president and the…

Santorum the enigma

Santorum’s wins shakes up race

Never in recent United States presidential elections has a political party’s nomination race been so competitive.  There have been small comparisons, such as the Hilary Clinton–Barack Obama race in 2008, but that is rather tame when viewing the primary season of 2012. Looking back at the 2011 pre-election cycle, there had been rotating leaders. Mitt…

Making your voice known

Since our political system was established all those years ago, we have faced many actions. Of all the activities and people who come out of this great nation, one of the best known is the protester. This individual, believing he/she has been wronged, and must make a situation better. As a result, they take to…

Modern American leadership

Campaign 2012 is everything but monumental. It has an incumbent running for reelection, and his popularity is in question. There are challengers who all want the job and who are all saying the same message, but acting as though one’s decision is better than the others. There seem to be only minor questions regarding the…

Romney wins big in Florida primary

Former Gov. Mitt Romney walked away from the Florida primary with a resounding victory of nearly 15 points over former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Former Senator Rick Santorum grabbed 13.3 percent of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul claimed that he is not backing out of the race after posting only 7 percent of…

Campaign 2012: Politics as usual?

Moving forward in the presidential race, there has been one primary question looming in my head. No, it is not who is going to be the Republican nominee, or the winner of the general election. While these are great questions, they are only what I consider to be inside the framework when I think of…

OurView: Moderately profane

So here we go again, another election with an open field of candidates. For one side, the choice is pretty clear, the Democrats will nominate President Barack Obama.  Then there will be the Republicans, who are obviously the opposition party and must select a candidate to their liking.  Once this process is complete, the Republican…

California governor passes law allowing aid for illegal immigrants

To many, the United States is commonly known as the land of opportunity. It contains 50 states that are distinct in their own way, but perhaps none are more distinguishable than California. The largest and most diverse in population, it has led our nation with its many innovations. Once again, it did not fail to…

GOP still seeking 2012 candidate

From the whirlwind of the last four weeks, Americans have seen the lead for the Republican candidacy see-saw back and forth. Everyone saw the obvious, such as the back and forth of perhaps the two most vivid candidates in the past month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. What no one…