The Reiser’s Edge

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Reiser's Edge: ObamaCare: selling hope and headaches

When you ask people what the purpose of government is, you’re going to get a lot of different answers. “Government exists to protect its citizens,” or “government exists to serve the people,” or something along either of those lines. What President Barack Obama plans to do with his health care plan is to do exactly…

The Reiser's Edge: We’re not the only “Land of Opportunity”

Along with 12 of my fellow students, I partook in one of the school’s immersion trips over winter break to the Dominican Republic and had a wonderful experience. After witnessing the lack of opportunity for the people that we met in one of the nation’s many small villages (called bateys) made up of poor sugar…