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Benjamin Franklin said there are two things certain in life: death and taxes. Unfortunately, Americans really don’t like paying taxes. We have managed to turn avoiding taxes into an Olympic level sport, to a point where the country’s very financial survival is in doubt.
I observed two things while traveling the country by road last week. First, riding with the windows down while jamming Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” still rocks. Second, last week’s radio waves were dominated by right-wing hate peddling yakkies drumming up anger over President Barack Obama’s assertion that he supported gay marriage.
Few people would disagree that our proudest and most accomplished moments in life become worth more to us when we have someone with which to share them. Whether it consists of getting our dream job, traveling to a new and exciting place or overcoming an obstacle that has been present for a long period of time, we all have someone we run to when life offers a surprise.
Recently, hundreds of students graduated from Eastern Michigan University. Decorated caps, rehearsed congratulations and high spirits characterized the time and elders hoped to imbue the graduates with a completely uninhibited optimism. Nonetheless, I think the, “You can do anything you want to do!” speeches are tired and near meaningless.
After four long, challenging years at Eastern Michigan University, I find myself at a crossroads. I am very pleased with myself. After all, I just earned two bachelor’s degrees in four years. Not too many people can say that.
The most arguably nerve wracking part of pursuing a college education is reaching the goal and graduating. Getting a professional career has become more difficult over the last decade, but college students are more responsible for this than they think.
With Mitt Romney nearly guaranteed as the Republican Party candidate for the 2012 Presidential election, media efforts have turned to gleaning who will be his running mate.
Warren Buffett, the outspoken business billionaire, published a well-known editorial a few months ago in The New York Times that criticized what he called a “billionaire-friendly Congress.”
I signed onto The Echo in January 2009 and penned my first column about the need to hold President Obama accountable for his campaign promises. I won’t be around to write a full post-mortem, but I’ve learned a lot during my four years as a member of this publication’s writing staff and as a student at this university.
In March, I wrote an op-ed titled “Robotic Romney too fake to support,” in which I might have been too harsh on Mitt Romney. I called him a robot. And maybe his stiffness on the campaign trail isn’t symptomatic of rusted joints that need WD-40, but rather introversion.
When immigrants wish to become naturalized United States citizens, they are expected to take an exam administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before being approved.
The Detroit Lions’ off-season has been one from the seventh circle of hell. With the 2012 NFL Draft a week away, the Lions have had their fair share of off-season problems.
For those curious if the University of Michigan will continue to annoy Michiganders, the answer is yes.
One of my daily rituals is to read the day’s tweets, sort of like a modern day reading of the newspaper. Most of the time they reek of the trivial, hilarious and angsty spirit that occupies most people our age.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of TV’s most iconic family, “The Simpsons,” on the “Tracy Ullman Show.” Take a moment to think about how old that makes you feel.
Earlier this month, Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa), Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) and Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) rode off into the Midwest to save the damsel in distress – the meatpacking industry. Beef Products Inc., the maker of pink slime, announced it would stop using the filler in its meats. Consumer advocates cheered, as the governors jeered.
While the Tigers are busy scoring sixty runs a game and the Pistons are losing by sixty points a game, Detroit seems to be forgetting about the fact the Detroit Red Wings are in the playoffs…again.
As of April 10, former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum formally withdrew as a candidate for the Republican Party ticket. If you are not already aware of reasons to celebrate, consider his similarity to a man named Anthony Comstock. They both have revered Victorian morality and are known for a complete disregard for women’s rights.
Everything you know is wrong. At least it could be. This is according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that show evidence humans used fire one million years ago – 600,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Eastern Michigan University is one of the most LGBT-accepting schools in the country. A simple walk around campus is a testament to our university’s socially liberal streak. Yet even as most Eagles glow with pride at Eastern’s accepting nature, they do so with little consideration given to the last letter of the famous acronym.