The Clarion

Instructor’s second poetry book out soon

Cristalyne Bell, Editor in Chief

January 26, 2011


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Too many ‘happy toys’ create too much waste

Ross Schuette, Staff Writer

January 12, 2011


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Many of us remember the cherished trips of our youth to McDonalds for a delightful Happy Meal and a dip in the ball pit. Unfortunately, allowing children to fall prey to tricky advertising by purchasing a Happy Meal at McDonalds leaves long lasting, negative affects on them, others, and even the planet. The...

Train wrecked: Walker’s halt to high-speed-rail costly

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 12, 2011


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In early December, the Obama administration’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood announced that he would re-direct monies allocated for the construction of Wisconsin’s high-speed rail to other states. There will be no passenger train providing an additional transportation option to Madisonians...

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