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Rejection of gay rights group detrimental to campus

September 5, 2010

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Approximately 35 non-profit organizations are scheduled to participate in the upcoming St. Edward's University non-profit internship fair, but each group is in danger of being overshadowed by the one that will not be there. The ...

Protests over mosques embody religious intolerance

Wesley Gardner

September 5, 2010

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For a country so entrenched in the ideals of basic freedoms, it is ironic that so many Americans are outraged by plans to build a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.   Was it not so long ago that the pilgrims escape...

News Corp. thwarts democracy

Samuel Campbell

September 5, 2010

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The cynical voices of today's America cry that our voting system is nothing more than a farce—a competition to see who can buy more votes and ultimately outspend his or her opponent. Admittedly, those voices have a point given ...

How Texenza Coffee saved my summer

Ryan Lester

September 4, 2010

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Money was tight for me this summer. Armed with only my savings and a 12 hour-a-week on-campus job, I fought in vain to find another source of income to get me through my first summer on my own. Thankfully, there was a company th...

Staff members bid adieu to Hilltop Views

April 25, 2010

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Bryce Bencivengo I have seen a lot of editors come and go in my four years with Hilltop Views, but I never thought this day would be here for me, the day I have to step away from this publication. Now that it's here I am unsure...

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Associated Press

April 18, 2010

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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty , left, gives former Massachusetts. Gov. Mitt Romney a pat on the back as Gov. Pawlwnty leaves the conservative Freedom Foundation of Minnesota event after giving a brief speech in Bloomington, Minn., ...

Potential 2012 candidates gearing up for election

Christopher Duke

April 18, 2010

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November's midterm elections loom in both the minds of Washington officials and voters alike. As Democrats face difficult votes such as the stimulus, bailout, cap-and-trade and, above all else, health care, it's no surprise t...

Church’s silence hurts Catholics worldwide

April 18, 2010

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The recent revelations in the European Catholic Church have left the papacy with its second widespread sexual abuse scandal in less than a decade. The church can no longer claim that the abuse of childrenby priests is just an ...

Tea parties doing more damage than help to U.S.

Danny Salazar

April 11, 2010

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A group of especially conservative Americans chose to begin a movement, based on the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773, to protest the increase in taxes. President Obama campaigned on an aggressive tax reform platform that would help the lower and middle classes while increasing taxes for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. The conservative protestors decided that taxing the people who can afford more was un-American and unconstitutional. Many disagree, but some have decided to make their opinions vocal and even violent. That is where the Tea Party movement found its place and its voice. This movement has managed to violate any sense of reason, logic or simple common sense. It is hard to determine if this movement began when former President George W. Bush signed the famous "bank bailout" into law back in 2008 or simply when Obama signed into law the Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009. What is certain is that this movement has managed not only to question the nationality of the president but also to divide America. It has become incredibly common for some to label people who disagree with this movement as "socialists" and even "communists." People don't realize the extent of the consequences that their misinformation has on the people they are supposed to be representing. Voicing your opinion and seeking political and social justice are all rights protected by the First Amendment. But when this opinion is expressed through violence and aggression, a truly sickening demonstration of their hostility, a line is crossed. And it's getting worse. Even now, in the second quarter of 2010, the Tea Party movement continues to gain fuel and supporters. When people are scared, they act in extremely irrational ways, including joining this movement. That's not to say there isn't merit to some of the things the group is trying to accomplish, but like so many situations, the ends do not justify the means. This movement is not just about disagreeing in political issues; it is a threat to the core of what America represents. It has become a black sheep in the landscape of the American dream. Whether you think the Recovery Act and the newly passed Health Care Reform Law are good for the nation or not, you can hopefully agree that violence and fear-driven hatred are not solutions to changing whatever may be wrong with this country.   [email protected]

Children need failure in order to operate in society

Jake Hartwell

April 11, 2010

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A few days ago, I was relaxing on the couch and subjecting myself to the caustic environment of the modern American sitcom, as I am occasionally inclined to do. Amidst the banal, forgettable themes that usually appear in sitcoms, a th...

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