The Clarion

Letter to the Editor: An end to fairness, public education

Bob Curry, Vice President, Part-Time Teachers Union

February 23, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Dear Madison College, One and All, This week illustrates with 100 percent clarity that labor is the very lifeblood of education in this country. As labor goes, so goes education. Every job in this school, every computer, every book …  hangs in the balance here. If we are not 100 percent together...

Letter to the Editor: A week of protesting

Luciano Vignali

February 23, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Dear fellow students and teachers of Wisconsin,   It’s an amazing thing to see all these people from different parts of the country come together and lend a hand. I have been at this protest since Tuesday and slept in the Capitol every night so far. It has definitely been an experience...

Worker, student takes a stand against dictatorial governor

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

February 23, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Governor Scott Walker's so called “Budget Repair Bill” is the harshest attack yet on worker’s rights and recognizable as that of a dictator. It calls for increased contributions toward pensions and health insurance by state employees as well as ending most bargaining rights held by the state’s...

WikiLeaks hype about assault not world issues

Hayden Marx, Staff writer

February 9, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Outside of the hyperbole, not much is being discussed about WikiLeaks. The 39-year-old Australian founder, Julian Assange, is at the center of the spin zone, but for the wrong reasons. If recent articles are any indication, most people are more interested in the details of his personal life than the...

Inspirational poet, activist, journalist passes

Cristalyne Bell, Editor in Chief

February 9, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The last of a breed and a hero in journalism died earlier this year after a two-year battle with liver cancer. At 72, John Ross had seen more, done more and ruffled more feathers than most journalists could ever hope to in two life times. The fearless “investigative poet” made a name for himself...

Health Care for All

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

February 9, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Our health is in many ways in the hands of for-profit corporations. The Affordable Health Care Act seeks to make health care available to everyone. It does so, for example, by requiring insurance companies to accept everyone who applies and disallowing rejection based on pre-existing conditions. To...

Instructor’s second poetry book out soon

Cristalyne Bell, Editor in Chief

January 26, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Instructor Matt Guenette started writing poetry in high school to impress girls, but it didn’t work out quite the way he had planned. “It turned out being a quarterback really was the best way to go,” Guenette said. He may not have gotten the girl, but what he did get were two published books...

Local tea house offers a variety of unique flavors

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


Filed under Opinion

If your knowledge of tea extends only as far as it comes served cold or hot, Dobrá Tea will offer you an education. The menu is hardly the artful chalkboards of the local coffee houses, rather a tome an inch thick with a green bound cover. With the menu comes a little silver bell. “Ring it when you...

Gun regulation: Citizens have a right to self protection

Ryan Wetley, Staff Writer

January 26, 2011


Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 8, our nation was once again forced to take a collective breath in the face of a grave tragedy. That day, in Tucson, Ariz., six people were killed and an additional 13 were wounded including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. As this incident involved the use of a firearm it seemed prudent...

Gun restrictions: Reasonable restrictions worthy of consideration

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


Filed under Opinion

When Jared Loughner killed six people and wounded an additional 13 including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., he did so with a semi-automatic Glock 19 9mm and a 33 round magazine that he purchased legally. While mental illness was one of the contributing factors in the tragedy...

Reading helps develop the intellectual tools needed for higher learning, living a more full lifestyle

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


Filed under Opinion

It’s been shown that as little as 20 to 30 minutes of independent reading per day can improve understanding and vocabulary. “I can’t think of a more essential skill in the 21st century than reading,” said Matthew Coan, a librarian at Truax. “It’s a lifelong skill. It doesn’t matter what...

Voter ID: Costly plan is unnecessary

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The new, GOP controlled, Wisconsin state congress is pushing legislation that is attempting to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. This legislation would require voters to present government issued identification with current residence in order to vote. The bill will likely increase the state’s...

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