‘There is no reason to take ‘Under God’ out’

Alexis McKinnon | guest writer The Pledge of Allegiance is the first thing we learned to memorize in elementary school when we were innocent of religion as a fighting topic. I think it is wonderful that Student Government Association recently adopted a resolution to reserve a period of time for student senators to say the Pledge before their meetings. I believe SGA is taking a great step in ceremonial meaning. Serious about ‘’Murica’ I know that when I said it, I was proud that I was able to contribute to something for my great country, the country that stands for “liberty and justice for all” and everything that falls beneath it. Many people, including myself,…

‘A gender-neutral system…would be wonderful.’

Mary Butler | guest writer Having opposite-gender roommates could be rather interesting. It may be very problematic and would cause a lot of concern. Numerous kinks would definitely need to be worked out for this arrangement to work effectively. LGBTTQIA unique needs However, this concept could help those who hold one of the non-traditional sexual-orientation identities: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual, who constitute the LGBTTQIA community. Members of all of these categories could have some question about who they are sexually. A gender-neutral system where this detail would not be considered on housing applications would be wonderful. Having specific halls of men and women can make these individuals feel very left…

State govt. too extreme

Staff Editorial Abortion is deservedly a highly contentious issue, one that in many cases serves as a litmus test for many elected officials, but students of Pittsburg State should demand that topics like it not dominate state politics. We seek not to take a position on abortion itself. Not elected for this Even so, the debate is raging on. The news is something we as journalists tend to concern ourselves with, and we remember that our state politicians did not center their campaigns in 2012 on special interest issues. Conservative Republicans are the primary concern. They dominate the state government, and they got to that position largely by attacking the broader economic and real policy…

Columbian riots show consequences of U.S. intervention

Clark Neal | guest writer I’ve paid close attention to the ongoing tragedies occurring in Syria, and the intense discussion on how, or even if, our country will intervene in the matter. Riots nationwide I would like to extend from this topic based on my keen awareness of the turmoil that has occurred recently in Colombia, the home of my girlfriend. I would invite all of those who would like to see some sort of intervention in Syria to reflect on our past political efforts in Colombia. The policy of the United States in Colombia has been only in service of our own agenda. As a result, today, Colombia is facing one of its greatest…

‘Tis the season for labor reform

Some Pittsburg State students may be surprised to learn that Labor Day isn’t just a long weekend and an excuse to party because, hey, why not? Staff Editorial No, Monday, Sept. 2, was at least created with a meaningful observance in mind, and it’s heartening to see renewed sparks of that meaning nationwide in the last week. At big-box stores like Wal-Mart and fast-food chains like McDonald’s in the region, particularly in Kansas City and St. Louis, workers are saying they’re not going to take this anymore. These jobs, on which many of our students depend for basic sustenance while they go about their coursework, just don’t pay enough for most to earn a living….