An American perspective on free education

Sam Stroud Opinion Editor Before I address the topic at hand, free education, I feel several disclaimers are in order. First and foremost, I am offering AN American perspective, not THE American perspective.  While I believe my opinion on this matter certainly does reflect the views of many Americans, it would be ludicrous to say that my viewpoint is wholly representative of my country’s perspective on education.  This issue in particular is one that has been under intense debate in American society now for many years. I firmly believe that…

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An international perspective on free education

Nadja Jukič Contributor  How would you like your education free? As it happens, very much. But it’s also more complicated than that.  I can still remember my first time hearing some people have to pay to attend university, college, or whatever their various equivalents might be. To a teen growing up in a country only just transitioning out of socialism, such a notion was almost too extraordinary to be taken seriously. I had to be assured it wasn’t a joke. In hindsight, this was the first culture shock I ever…

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Looking back on the year of COVID

Sam Stroud Opinion Editor We are rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of the Troy University on-campus shutdown, which transpired on the back end of the 2020 spring break. I had no idea that when I told my friends goodbye for the break, I wouldn’t be seeing them not for five days, but for five months. A lot has happened since then, my lifestyle as well as everyone else’s, have changed. Our habits have changed, our leaders have changed. Much is not the same as it was in March of 2020.…

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Vaccines are key to normal life

Sam Stroud Opinion Editor As I write this, there is good news abound for the country in terms of navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Rates of transmission appear to be decreasing, the number of new cases are down, and the availability of the various vaccines to the disease, which happens to be highly effective against the virus, is expanding throughout the country. The data shows that the more people vaccinated, the healthier society is. If somebody is an at-risk member of society, they should and must be vaccinated. The positive…

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Analysis: Republican Party at a crossroad

Sam Stroud Opinion Editor Former President Donald Trump has been acquitted twice now as the Senate once again concluded the former President’s trial in a highly anti-climactic fashion. Despite the conclusion repeating itself, there were several major differences.  The vote to find the President guilty was not strictly along party lines, as it had been for the last trial. With the exception of Mitt Romney, no Republican voted for Trump’s expulsion in his first trial.  In this trial, seven Republican senators defected to the Democrat side. The list included the…

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