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TikTok has caused much fear and uproar on some sides but also support and widespread use on others.

PRO/CON Commentary: TikTok Should be Banned

Franklin Melton, Staff Writer April 9, 2024

TikTok, an app that has been the source of controversy for years now due to the nature of its content and the Chinese influence behind the scenes, might be on the Congressional chopping block. The banning...

TikTok has caused much fear and uproar on some sides but also support and widespread use on others.

PRO/CON Commentary: TikTok Should Not Be Banned

Cody Gibson, Sports Editor April 9, 2024

TikTok is trending to be the first social media app to be banned nationwide by the U.S. Congress. This would be a mistake. The bill gives ByteDance six months to either sell the app or face the ban....

A Facebook group has been started to allow people to share their experiences with drug testing.

PRO/CON Commentary: Athletes Should Be Tested for Drug Use

Franklin Melton, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Should we be checking our athletics for marijuana use? Should we be testing our athletes and teams for drug use? Logically, the answer to these questions is a resounding yes. There is a certain standard...

A Facebook group has been started to allow people to share their experiences with drug testing.

PRO/CON Commentary: Drug Testing Athletes is a Violation

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Drug Testing--Two words that strike fear into the souls of most athletes, regardless of sport, level, or position.  Created with the intention of securing the safety and equality of athletes, the enforcement...

A Facebook group was created to keep track of how many times Taylor Swift was shown during the Super Bowl.

Commentary: Swifting Away the Super Bowl

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Travis and Taylor--it’s the romance of the century, some may even say. The pairing of the idolized American pop star, forever fangirled by the masses--Taylor Swift--and the known-by-most Kansas City...

Police and bystanders disperse following the shooting at the Kansas City Super Bowl parade celebration.

Commentary: Super Bowl Parade Another Wake-Up Call

Kyle Markowitz, Editor March 4, 2024

First, it’s schools, now people are shooting up a Super Bowl Parade. A place of celebration for a city turns into heartbreak as the end of the parade turned into a stampede of people running away...

Commentary: Walking a Mile in Worn-Down Shoes

Commentary: Walking a Mile in Worn-Down Shoes

J. Basil Dannebohm February 29, 2024

Greed is defined as, “A selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed.” While it’s true that the wealthiest among us have no significant impact on your financial status, as someone...

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...

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