Firing Lane

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…

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…

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,…

D.C. shooter background comes to light

Just days after military contractor Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 civilians in a Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, new details are emerging pertaining to his state of mind. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that Alexis, 34, was being treated for insomnia and was prescribed the antidepressant Trazodone, a drug also used to treat schizophrenia.…

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…

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,…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Fiscal cliff looms over Washington

Following the re-election of President Obama last week, Washington’s current priority is tackling the oncoming fiscal cliff that could possibly put the United States back into a recession. The United States faces $1.2 trillion in tax increases and spending cuts if Congress cannot find a way to decrease the deficit that totaled over $1 trillion…

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…

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…

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…

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…