Category Archives: Viewpoints

The Speed limit exists for a reason

Everyone goes through a phase in his or her life where driving obnoxiously fast is cool. The normal age for this to occur is around the time you get your license and the whole world seems like your oyster. The road is a big open tar mattress just begging you to scrape your tires along its smooth surface, all the while passing effortlessly around cars going too ìslow” for your daredevil antics. However, most people grow out of this phase when they get their first speeding ticket, get a frightening lecture from their moms or just realize that eventually they will probably kill themselves. For those select few idiots out there who never realized this and still drive their Kia Sportages at top speed down Beall Ave, please stop. Continue reading The Speed limit exists for a reason

War fuels insurgency

This November marks eight years since the beginning of the U.S.-led war against Afghanistan, triggered by the horrific occurrence of 9/11. Over the course of the past eight years, the failure of U.S. forces to either locate Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and ëweapons of mass destructioní in Iraq or reduce terrorism in the region speaks volumes for the ineffectiveness of going to war. Interestingly, On Oct. 28, 2009, U.S. Civilian Adviser in Afghanistan Mathew Hoh became the first military official to resign from office in protest of the war. What may be more interesting is his reason for filing the resignation. Continue reading War fuels insurgency

Even abroad, Americanism prevails

As I sat though my 50-minute Politics lecture at the University of Edinburgh on Monday, I started thinking about the title of the course: ìCooperation in the European Union.” Most would assume that, like the title suggests, we were discussing the European Union. However, for the past 30 minutes, the professor had only been referencing the United States and how it deals with the E.U. As I thought back on it, the professor was constantly referencing the United States during lectures. Wasnít this supposed to be about Europe? Thatís just the thing. Perhaps it is supposed to be about someone else, but in the end, it is always about the United States. Continue reading Even abroad, Americanism prevails

Real freethinkers consider the religious options as well

Although I agree with the fundamental point in Alex Parrottís article last week about the Freethinkers Club ó it is essential that the voices of atheists, agnostics and humanists be added to the outspoken religious diversity of our campus. However, I think that many of the premises he used and facts he casually employed are suspicious if not downright false. Continue reading Real freethinkers consider the religious options as well