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Jail’s revolving door, why it won’t stop turning

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  2014 Spring, Columns, News, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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By Bob McCaffrey // News contributor Lock the door and throw away the key. Out of sight, out of mind. As a correctional officer who works inside the Cook County jail, I see firsthand how that pretty much sums up how society deals with crime and punishment. My opinions about incarceration piggyback on political columnist […]

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Political persistence key to success

By   /  October 31, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Haroon Atcha // Political Columnist My good friend, Bradley Setter is the President of the Pride Alliance here on campus. He’s a passionate guy who supports a number of worthy causes mostly relating to sexual orientation and other LGBT topics. Lately, Brad has been particularly interested in changing the language of COD policies so that […]

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The gold standard

By   /  October 17, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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HAROON ATCHA // POLITICAL COLUMNIST  Once upon a time, about 42 years ago to be exact, you could walk into the Federal Reserve with $35 in your pocket and walk out with an ounce of gold. That’s because as late as 1971, every United States Dollar was backed by gold or silver. This system, known […]

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Campaigns should have contribution limits

By   /  October 9, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Haroon Atcha // Political Columnist I received an email a few days ago asking me to contribute to a campaign fund. This fund wasn’t for a congressional race in 2014 or a local election. No, this email asked me to contribute to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Super PAC. To be clear, Hillary Clinton hasn’t decided if […]

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Debt ceiling fight is petty

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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HAROON ATCHA // POLITICAL COLUMNIST In times like these, it’s not hard to see why people hold such cynical views of our government. When you take into account gridlock in congress and the obscene amounts of money spent on campaigns, it seems like a small miracle when people take part in the process at all. […]

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OCCUPY: A Retrospective

By   /  September 27, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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    HAROON ATCHA // POLITICAL COLUMNIST It’s now been about two years since the beginning of the Occupy movement. Just two years since NY’s Zuccotti Park was filled with protesters and the Chicago Federal Reserve was picketed. Since then, phrases like, “The 1%” have become a part of our everyday speech. Topics of wealth […]

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Syria: Inform Yourself

By   /  September 19, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Haroon Atcha // Political Columnist Two weeks ago, I wrote on the situation in Syria, laying out the basics. Since then, talk about military strikes has absolutely overtaken the conversation. Without a doubt, the American public is adamantly against any sort of involvement, and I’m not going to try to change your mind on that. […]

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A muslim in America after 9/11

By   /  September 12, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Haroon Atcha // political columnist  I was on my way to school, in the car with my mother and sister, when we heard the news. The first tower had been struck. We didn’t immediately know something momentous was happening. We, like most other people at the time, thought it was an engine malfunction because that’s what […]

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