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Smith: Trump’s emergency is another misguided negotiation

President Donald Trump displays the signed Executive Order promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America during a roundtable with farmers and agricultural commissioners in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

I believe that the best quality a president can have is an aptness for negotiation. Rarely in life, especially in politics, do we achieve our goals to the fullest extent. No matter how much one believes their solution will remedy a problem, it is important to know that our perspective is impossibly ...

Smith: Is another government shutdown on the horizon?

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019

So, our “non-essential” federal workers get the chance to go back to work for three weeks. There will be back pay, of course, and, for 21 days, the nation can collectively savor the relief from what seemed to be an unending stare-down in Washington. Everything’s good, right? Sure, this relie...

Smith: Shutdown woe

Union members rally in McAllen, Texas, on January 11

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019

There’s something seriously awry when around 800,000 people aren’t able to go to work despite their eagerness to do so. It is impossible to frame this occurrence as ethical or even a means to an end. Before delving into why our government has been shut down, we should recognize and agree that ...

Smith: Appreciating Armistice Day

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018

Too often I am guilty of harboring an overwhelming sense of dread. There are so many things happening in this world that I don’t just casually disagree with, I fundamentally oppose them without any space for mutual acceptance. At times, reading through a bad newscycle leaves me questioning how much ...

Smith: A mid-semester reflection

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

November 2, 2018

Like it or not, the middle of the semester is when you’re compelled to reflect. There’s something about receiving midterm grades, whether scathing, decent or exceptional, that causes you to ponder what went well and what didn’t. Fortunately, there’s enough time to sustain or change things for...

Smith: In response to a rather difficult Saturday

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018

If you’re like me, last Saturday was rather difficult. In all honesty, I did not want Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the slightest. The whole situation was handled extremely poorly at the hands of the people whom we offer our most sacred trust and the reliance of our well-being. It would be ...

Smith: “Indelible in the hippocampus”

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing last Thursday featuring Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh was nothing short of absolutely agonizing. In all honesty, I was skeptical of what more could come from hearing Ford and Kavanaugh speak. It seemed that everyone, including our senators, had alr...

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