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    Summer break is the perfect opportunity to get back into reading. Adam Silvera’s (2017) novel, They Both Die at the End, can serve as a stepping stone into the realm of reading. The pace is fast, action-packed, and develops loveable characters. Also, Silvera switches point of view each chapter where narration mainly focuses on the protagonists, […]
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Bipartisanship not our biggest concern

Bipartisanship is one thing people always strive for, yet it ultimately unravels at any sign of discomfort. It’s a key word now in mainstream politics. From NBC, FOX and ABC, one will certainly find a senator or representative reaming the opposite party for refusal to cooperate. ‘Bipartisanship is dead,’ they say. ‘The other party does not listen to what we have to say.’ It’s a tragedy, a conundrum, an end to what was supposed to be good about this administration, because no one party or person is willing to cooperate. Most politicians we see now are quick to show their face on television to tear their opponents a new one. That’s why you see people like Rush Limbaugh gaining so much popularity, because they have mastered the art of infuriating the ‘other side.’ So then the question is why are they angry enough to anger others? They weren’t wronged to any major degree. They either were attacked or offended by someone else who was in their position with a lag of attention. The egos of these people astound me. Seriously, they should get over themselves. I thought with this past election, we would have chosen people who could figure out that they’re representing their entire state, not the hundred or so who follow them religiously and feed into their egos. All of this culminates into the particular predicament we’re in now. For a little less than a decade of the ‘With or Against Me’ politics, we find ourselves with politicians who seem to forget what it was like in fifth grade, or kindergarten even. We share this country, not claim it ‘mine.’ Heck, ‘This land is your land; this land is my land’hellip;. This land was made for you and me.’ There is too much yammering in Washington as well as other forms of politics, too much ego and ‘righteousness’ to boot. After these first hundred days of this administration and Congress, everyone is agreeing this is the time for progress; yet we always find our feet in the mud. I say let’s finally realize that attacks do nothing but devolve us. That is the way we can find bipartisanship: stop finding faults and find the common ground. The problem with that is these politicians are blind to the common ground. So then I ask you politicians who happen to catch a college newspaper: why not do what we elected you to do and fix our country’s biggest problem, you? Look yourself in the mirror, take some time and meditate and realize that you are the problem and can become the solution. Just look to the middle of the aisle.

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