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California: Into the Future

Once a state painted red, California has become identifiable by its increasingly democratic and liberal ideologies. Enforced by its majority democratic voters, California made the transition from right to left after the 1988 election in which Republican George H. W. Bush was elected as president. Bush is the last Republican …

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Just burn it

Most children are taught to avoid fighting fire with fire, however, it seems like some adults need a quick refresher on this lesson, too. In an attempt to show their disapproval of the brand’s new “Just Do It” advertisement featuring Colin Kaepernick, hyper-conservatives have been  deliberately burning their Nike sneakers. …

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The sudden appreciation of the dead (and Obama)

“Appreciate what you have before it becomes what you had,”- a mantra persuasively spoken to people who may be consistently taking aspects of their life for granted. We see this concept alive in our society every single day. Whenever a politician leaves office, or a celebrity dies, they are suddenly …

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In pursuit of the Californian dream

A few summers ago, I found myself people-watching in a wealthy, predominantly white neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec. The sun was blisteringly hot and every parent, child, and dog was slurping on a cool beverage. Despite the sunshine, most of the residents still donned their winter whites; they were not tan, …

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Colors in the middle

Being in the middle is frustrating. It is as irritating as being a middle child, as maddening as sitting in the middle seat of the car, or as exasperating as being stuck waiting for the loading bar to finish. Think of the old elementary game of ‘monkey in the middle.’ …

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#MeToo is not the solution to sex crimes

Garrison Keillor fueled my every Sunday afternoon car ride home from church, his pacifying voice, ingenious storylines, and uncanny sound effects filling the homey family Honda with Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) “A Prairie Home Companion”. Since 1974, the radio show aired without fail, introducing me and thousands of other American …

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Walking Out is not enough

  On Feb. 14, 17 students were murdered in a mass shooting at a Florida high school. On March 14, one month later,  tens of thousands of students across the country walked out of school at for 17 minutes to honor the victims’ lives. On March 24, nearly one million people …

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