Opinion

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Where are the jobs?

2010 was a cornerstone election year for the state of Alabama. In the middle of the “Great Recession,” politicians who spouted a platform centered on job creation overwhelmingly received the vote of the people.

In fact, the dark horse candidate

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Functioning reality and unreal fantasy

Do television and movies cross a line when it comes to portraying realistic events? Is our escape from the “everyday” destroying our ability to think clearly about our own lives?

We have been having this ongoing discussion in my Media


A note on partisanship

Four years ago, in my high school government class, I learned about a political party that existed very briefly in American history and has since helped shape my worldview on politics and government.

The Populist Party, otherwise known as the


Losing the lottery

The year was 1999; Governor Don Siegleman (D) had just been elected on the platform of bringing the lottery to Alabama. A year-long campaign ensued with Gov. Siegleman and his supporters blanketing the state with pro-lottery propaganda leading to the


Confessions of an Apple addict

This week, I fell victim to another surge of pop culture roulette—that game where you pick up your phone to check an email and end up taking 15 quizzes on Buzzfeed, opening at least three articles about cute cats and


Feeding online consumerism

Almost everyone in my generation has been exposed to the world of online shopping. This could be coined as the age of Amazon.

Why is this? Several things are the cause of it. First of all—and this is possibly the


Alabama’s fight to bear arms

Any red-blooded Alabamian knows that there is a deep Southern tradition rooted in the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. 

In fact, most Americans recognize the significance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. But for those