Anthony Alaniz


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Universal Income

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Switzerland will soon vote on a radical new law that will guarantee every citizen receives $2,800 a month regardless of whether they are working or not. While it may seem okay for the generally socialistic Swiss to even consider such a bill, having such a program in America, where we value the one over the many, could have great benefits.

Is it time to end the death penalty?

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America has always held itself to a higher standard than the rest of the world, yet the continued practice and use of the death penalty is just one example of how our country morally lags behind two-thirds of the world that has already abolished capital punishment. We, as a country, should be able to take the higher road than we are now.

We must ensure separation of church, health care

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When you rush to the hospital in excruciating pain, the last thing you would expect is to be sent home untreated. Well, that is what happened to Michigan resident Tamesha Means in December 2010 – twice.

Complaining about Executive Orders is nothing but political grandstanding

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At a March 2012 press conference, President Barack Obama said, “If Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them.” President Obama continued his open defiance of Congress in last month’s State of the Union address. He said, “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Hospital industry aims for repayment

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Hospitals are implementing new polices with the hopes of eliminating lengthy insurance reimbursement times by supplementing their pockets with prepaid deductibles and copay payments.

Up-front payments for medical expenses unethical

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Hospitals are implementing new polices with the hopes of eliminating lengthy insurance reimbursement times by supplementing their pockets with prepaid deductibles and copay payments.

Stop and frisk mainstream

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A bona fide national stop-and-frisk program is now sanctioned by a variety of governmental agencies.

Assets being seized from innocents

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Law enforcement officials across the country are using a new tactic to line their coffers: asset forfeiture.

College degrees no longer guarantee high-paying work

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A new study released by the Economic Policy Institute says low-wage workers have far more education than they did in 1968, yet they comparatively make less money.

Gentrification’s effect on low-income individuals

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Gentrification is the process of restoring run-down urban areas usually accompanied by the influx of middle-class or affluent people that results in the displacement of low-income residents. This is an issue plaguing New York City and San Francisco in different, varying degrees.

Verizon threatens ‘net neutrality’

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The D.C Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in Verizon v. FCC that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the legal justification to impose the Open Internet rules, better known as net neutrality, on Internet Service Providers. This could be a crushing blow to net neutrality and Internet freedom.

Zero tolerence schools lead to racial disparities, youth in prison

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Imagine yourself getting in trouble at school for a simple dress code violation, like an inappropriate hoodie. You’d think the last thing to happen to you would be a ride to jail, yet for many in this country, it is a reality they must fear everyday.

'Affluenza' not an excuse

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It is hard to live in America and not notice that there is a great disparity between the rich and poor. According to the 2012 edition of the State of Working America from the Economic Policy Institute, household income, adjusted for inflation, has grown 12 times more for the top 1 percent than for the middle 20 percent, and 24 times more than the bottom 20 percent.

'Fair Sentencing Act' not all that fair

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In Aug. 2010, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. While its name is misleading, it does help begin to reduce the disparities created out of the “War on Drugs.”

'Duck Dynasty' star was within First Amendment rights

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While the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty’s show-running patriarch Phil Robertson has subsided since his reinstatement to the show, what occurred in the wake of his suspension deserves some scrutiny.

Abortion bill socially destructive

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Michigan lawmakers are quickly running out time to vote on a proposed bill that would limit abortion coverage in private health insurance plans. The bill would force insurance beneficiaries to purchase separate insurance if they would want abortion coverage.

Outlawing activities can have consequences

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On Dec. 5, 1933, 80 years ago, something spectacular happened that college students across the country continue to celebrate – the passing of the 21st Amendment. This repealed the 18th and ended Prohibition in the U.S.

Westboro Baptist Christians are the real deal

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“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be out to death; blood shall be upon them.” This is the common passage thrown about by some within the Christian community to justify their stance against homosexuality and gay marriage in America.

Citizens need protection from police corruption

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My column is simply an effort to improve three things in this world; truth, justice and equality. If a police officer can openly lie to a citizen, that is not truth. If a police officer has special protections that are unavailable to a civilian, that is not equality. If a police officer can fire 16 rounds into an unarmed man without consequence, that is not justice.

Human sexuality just part of nature

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Everyone has experienced nights where our drive to do some homework succumbs to the wonders of the Internet. We are all fallible and can fall victim to the most adorable of cat videos and BuzzFeed.


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