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The End of the Era of Giants

By Ariel Pinsky “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What is the greatest achievement you have reached in your lifetime or that you will reach in the future?’ So I reply that there was a great painter named Mordecai Ardon, who was asked which picture was the most beautiful he had ever painted. Ardon replied, ‘The picture…

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Opinion: This Land is Your Land

By Grant Mercer As a newly-formed nation, the United States could not compete with the cultural icons of its mother country. Absent from American lands were castles, cathedrals, and centuries-old cities. Americans soon realized that their country’s grandeur would not be measured by man-made structures, but rather by the land itself.  Majestic mountain ranges, roaring…

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Failing Aid

By Jennifer Watkins Buy a pair of Toms shoes. Sponsor a child living in poverty. Take a vacation to Haiti and build a school. The push to support international assistance projects such as these makes those of us who live in developed countries feel like we’re doing our part in helping out our fellow human…

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Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

By Alex Boylston On the two-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Revolution, named for the umbrellas protesters wielded to protect themselves from tear gas, the streets of the bustling global city were once again teeming with citizens eager to have their voices heard. Photos showed large crowds at many points in the city filled…


Time for Georgia to Admit It Has a Drug Problem

By Alex Soderstrom Drug overdoses killed more Georgians in 2014 than car accidents. This shocking statistic is indicative of the battle Georgia currently finds itself in: a fight against a wave of addiction that has gripped most of the country. Drug abuse is rampant in the state, fueled primarily by the use of opioids such…

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The Ethics of True Crime TV

By Rachael Andrews True crime has experienced a boom in the last half decade thanks to shows like “Making a Murderer,” the podcast “Serial,” and three upcoming documentaries about the 1996 murder of JonBenét Ramsey from CBS, Investigation Discovery, and A&E. These shows and podcasts have been fodder for water cooler discussions about the innocence…

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Expanding Medicaid in the State of Georgia

By Jessica Pasquarello Miranda, a single, 52-year-old daycare employee, has been coughing and feeling fatigued for weeks; her co-workers urge her to visit a primary care physician, but without insurance, the phrase “I simply cannot afford it” has become her standard response. Meanwhile, just a few miles away, Steve, a 27-year-old truck driver, faces similar…

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Talk Rand to Me

By Ashton Jones In the year of Donald Trump, there is one person who has been left out of the conversation: House Speaker Paul Ryan. Certainly, Ryan has been asked, repeatedly, about Trump’s actions throughout the primaries and now the general election, but these questions are rarely about Ryan’s polices; and so in a sense,…

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Costa Rica: Eco-Paradise or Miami Beach 2.0?

By Tommy Desoutter Costa Rica is a country well known by Americans as a destination for beach vacations, surf tourism, and mission trips. It is also widely considered to be a global model of sustainable development: an eco-paradise, complete with pristine beaches and well-preserved rainforests teeming with diverse wildlife. Yet a visit to the Pacific…

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