Chris Hoitash


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Sequester harms hospital funds, cancer patients

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Who needs death panels when you can just cut medical funding?
Thanks to the sequester, or budget cuts, continually butchering various government-funded operations, that option is now available. Along with cuts to air traffic control and other operations, subsidized medical research and treatments are also getting majorly cut back thanks to our government’s continued inability to balance a budget. According to an April 3 Washington Post article, “Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.

Detroit may have to sell the DIA’s art collection

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Detroit may have to sell one of the few things that still lures people to the city: its art collection. A May 24 Detroit Free Press article states, “Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr is considering whether the multibillion-dollar collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts should be considered city assets that potentially could be sold to cover about $15 billion in debt.” As Detroit continues to resemble a post-apocalyptic wasteland from the Fallout video game series, (but with less valuable salvage, because it was already taken) the idea to sell off the collection sounds like a desperate bid by a disgruntled city to once again eliminate the DIA from existence. There is also some question if the collection is worth the needed amount, but with several pieces valued at around $100 million, it’s certainly possible.

Modern journalism rarely hits the target

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Welcome to Bizarro World, where Fox News is doing the job of real journalists. Journalism was once a vital component of American politics and capitalism.

Virgin Airlines looks to reclaim lost style, class

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Good news, folks: 1950’s style is coming back, whether you like it or not.

Student loan rates set to double over summer

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College: spending tens of thousands of dollars to get a job to pay off those tens of thousands of dollars.

For-profit prison fails, is disgrace to humans

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Private enterprise has fully entered the criminal justice system, and in the process, undermined and ruined it in the name of profit and at the expense of human rights. In 2011, Ohio, facing the usual problem of being Ohio, sold one of its state prisons to the private prison corporation Corrections Corporation of America. Within the year that prison, Lake Erie Correctional Institute, has gone down the tubes.

States’ rights up for debate

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The battle for states’ rights is alive and well, and once again, the South is at the center of the debate.

Bad credit history lingers

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If you have bad credit history and are unemployed, you might be staying that way for a while.

Trapped in the friend zone: It’s more than just a term

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Let’s talk about relationships, because an introverted nerd with no social skills is naturally an expert on such matters.

Kilpatrick was city scapegoat

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There are a lot of words to describe Kwame Kilpatrick. Corrupt and infuriating are two that come to mind. Then there are a few words that can’t be placed in a newspaper. Still, as disdainful as the man and his actions may be, it seems to me he may have been made into a scapegoat.

Congress needs to solve budget

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Sequestration is upon us. Congress has failed to prevent massive federal spending cuts, which is only the latest in its continued efforts to prove a troop of baboons would be more capable of serving as members of the U.S. government.

Is US still the ‘land of opportunity’?

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America: The land of opportunity. At least, it used to be.
These days, such mantras as “land of opportunity” or “the American dream” seem like the platitudes of a bygone era, etched into the ruins of some ancient empire, ebbed away by the sands of time. Or in our case, it has been eroded by the stagnating and declining middle class. The solution to this problem is simple to state and hard to implement: Public education needs to be widely available and useful.

Obama’s State of the Union addressed nothing

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President Barack Obama has given the first State of the Union address of his second term. The State of the Union? We’re frakked.

Due process out the window

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The United States of America: now sporting more drones than the Gallente Federation from “EVE Online.”

Immigration reform about America, not getting votes

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Let’s talk about immigration reform, because that horse hasn’t been beaten into delicious, tender “mutton” yet.

Obama takes a stance for last term

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This just in: President Barack Obama is a Democrat with nothing to lose.

Hurricane victims get relief...10 weeks later

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I miss the days when politicians had the sense to return to their farms after things were sorted out. It made politics a lot less aggravating.

Open online classes right move

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In the modern era, the Internet is everywhere. This is no less true for higher education, where online use is on the rise, with entire colleges testing the digital waters by offering massive open online courses.

News outlets should brush up on journalism this year

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New Year’s resolutions can be an important step to overcoming personal shortcomings—something our twenty-four hour news cycle could certainly use.

Women have every right to serve on the frontline

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Women in the military: I see nothing wrong with this. If only everyone shared such a naively open-minded view of the world.


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