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Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has compared Donald Trumps legal difficulties to the persecution of Nelson Mandela and Jesus.

Commentary: Former President Should Not Be ‘Christified’

Scout Lynch, Staff Writer February 23, 2024

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Even though this is the first of the Ten Commandments, it seems that it is frequently ignored. Ignored by many right-wing Christians, ironically enough....

Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has brought about positive and negative criticism.

Commentary: Transgender Swimmer Brings About Good and Bad Aspects

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 18, 2024

On March 16, 2023, Lia Thomas, a collegiate swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania, became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title upon her first-place completion of the five-hundred...

Sometimes just the hint of hope is all it takes.

Commentary: Hopeful Positivity Can Brighten the Darkness

J. Basil Dannebohm, Special to the Iron Blade February 14, 2024

During the pandemic, actor John Krasinski created a YouTube series entitled, "Some Good News." From his living room, the actor famous for his role on The Office shared uplifting stories showcasing humanity's...

With Valentines day coming up next week, the age-old debate about invented holidays resurfaces. J. Basil Dannebohm explores that idea.

Commentary: Hallmark Holiday May Be Just What We Need

J. Basil Dannebohm, Special to the Iron Blade February 8, 2024

I haven’t sent a greeting card in at least a decade. A couple of weeks ago, however, a friend from back home contacted me to ask if I would be willing to help out her neighbor’s child with a class...

Emmet Otters Jug Band Christmas features many hand-fashioned puppets such as this owl that were built by the crew and actors.

Commentary: Spectacular Emmet Otter Show Exceeds Ambitious Goals

Lana Whited, Special to the Iron Blade December 8, 2023

Sliding in the snow with her son Emmet, Alice (“Ma”) Otter observes, “Pa didn’t leave us much, but that old slide is just about enough.” Having just about enough is a key theme in Emmet...

Many people stand divided over the recent break-out war in Israel.

PRO/CON: Pro–The U.S. Should Be Supporting Israel

Franklin Melton, Staff Writer November 10, 2023

Support for Israel can be drawn from the fact that, economically, it is one of the U.S.'s top trading partners and among the few major non-NATO allies designated by the United States. During the initial...

Many people stand divided over the recent break-out war in Israel.

PRO/CON: Con–The U.S. Should Not Be Supporting Israel

Refentse Maselwa, Editor November 10, 2023

Hamas is an Islamist militant movement and one of the Palestinian territories' two major political parties. It governs more than 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but the group is best known...

A misinterpretation of a text can lead to people being led astray.

Commentary: Religious Texts Require Context

Scout Lynch, Staff Writer November 1, 2023

Interpreting religious texts for an audience gives the interpreter a great amount of power. And with that great power comes great responsibility. All texts require context in order to be understood, and...

Pro/Con Artificial Intelligence

Pro/Con Artificial Intelligence

Refentse Maselwa, Editor October 24, 2023

Is Artificial International really the monster we make it out to be? Although there are things that AI does that are a bit worrisome, AI has many redeeming qualities that we don’t quite realize. The...

PRO/CON: Artificial Intelligence

PRO/CON: Artificial Intelligence

Darwin Randolph II, Staff Writer October 24, 2023

Regardless of how people feel about Artificial Intelligence, the tech industry has deemed it the next essential tool for the student and workforce. But how can artificial intelligence help grow the...

What was once regarded as not much more than an illicit street drug, Magic Mushrooms have gained traction in the therapeutic community.

Commentary: Psilocybin–Why Is It Illegal?

Scout Lynch, Staff Writer October 16, 2023

A man talks about his psilocybin (magic mushroom) trip. He says he saw a vision of a  bird in a cage, flapping its wings aggressively. He says that in a breath, he realized that he could  just let the...

Anthony Olivers song has gone viral, but the tune misses its mark in the end.

Commentary: ‘Rich Men North Of Richmond’ Falls Short in Message

Scout Lynch, Staff Writer September 8, 2023

Why do we want poor people to suffer? “I’ve been sellin’ my soul, workin’ all day / Overtime hours for bulls*** pay/ So I can sit out here and waste my life away / Drag back home and drown...

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