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GOP hopefuls create air of amusement

May 9, 2011

As another year draws to a close, students are looking forward to graduation, traveling over summer break or even an extended appearance of that ever elusive northwestern Pennsylvania sun. I completely agree, but there is one im...

In a serious world, laughter goes a long way

May 2, 2011

After weeks marred by violence in Libya, destructive tornadoes ravaging the South, turmoil in the Middle East and brutal partisanship in Washington, there doesn’t seem to be much to laugh about in the news. But at Saturday ...

Education in jeopardy because of Corbett

April 25, 2011

A few weeks ago, I received a call to speak on behalf of the Young Democrats at a union solidarity rally in my hometown of Mercer. Organized on behalf of the teacher’s union, rally organizers wanted to incorporate youth int...

In union battle, political agenda takes priority

March 28, 2011

As a young person coming of age during a volatile time characterized by political partisanship, my views about politics have been shaped by the world in which I grew up. It seems that as a nation, we are nursing deep political di...

Obama's health care plan mimics Nixon's

March 20, 2011

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law what was arguably the most historic piece of legislation passed by the 111th Congress: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As liberals rejoiced and conservatives gr...

Lady Gaga speaks out against intolerance

March 7, 2011

As I eagerly waited in line with thousands of other little monsters outside the concert last Saturday, politics was the last thing I expected to be thinking about after an evening with Lady Gaga. Despite an unforgettable night wit...

House Speaker cries on camera

February 7, 2011

We have all seen it. Those baby blue eyes that well up with shining tears as the mouth crumples and he gallantly tries to hold back the impending flood of pseudo emotion that is about to be unleashed. Yes, I am talking about the...

Changing perception of politicians

January 31, 2011

High school seniors often include superlatives in their yearbook – someone is voted ‘Class Clown,’ ‘Most Athletic’ or ‘Best Smile.’ Not me. I didn’t win any cool ones like that. I won ‘Most Likely to be Presid...

News coverage is unsatisfactory

January 24, 2011

Whether you love or hate her, Sarah Palin is always in the news. As someone best known for her reality show, Twitter page and being a ‘mama grizzly’ who is just one of the folks, Sarah Palin has become a cultural phenomeno...

Political rhetoric causes worry

January 17, 2011

In light of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson, Ariz., two weeks ago, many have speculated about the nature of the political rhetoric in this country. Though this crim...

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Caitlin Handerhan