Author Archives: Jake Severns

Stop slinging mud

In the midst of the presidential campaigns preceding next year’s election, the typical mudslinging, name calling and character bashing is heating up as it always does. The question remains, are we voting for candidates who offer the best solutions to our country’s problems, or are we voting for the candidate whose name is least destroyed?

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The ‘green’ free market

Climate change, greenhouse gasses, green energy — all terms are very familiar to us these days. The question is, do product manufacturers actually care about the green movement or are most of them boarding the green train because there is money to be made by producing a green product?

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Striving for a backup plan

It was never a particularly easy task to find a job directly after graduating college, but the economy’s current state and several factors relating to it can make graduation a less than jubilant experience for some.

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Annoying mannerisms

Why is it that all of us have such different personalities but so many of us have some of the same annoying personality traits?

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Technology, curse or blessing?

With the help of technology and handy gadgets, the world of communication allows incredible access to information and people on any side of the planet. Smart phones, tablets, the Internet and email are nearly an extra limb to most of us even to a point that we can’t remember what it was like before this technology existed.

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Debate, but don’t hate

A very irritating trend has developed between liberals and conservatives. Each side often insists on demeaning the other purely on the basis of political ideology.

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Take our economy back

The U.S. economy remains in a dismal state as arbitrary and mediocre statistics of improved unemployment rates and consumer confidence continue to be thrown around.

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Gun control doesn’t work

California lawmakers have their crosshairs on gun owners once again, which isn’t much of a surprise. It’s just one more in a long history of regulation to make responsible gun ownership an absolute nightmare in this state.

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Older is better

Is technology creating a society that is lazy and boring? Some argue that life is more exciting and more productive with technology.

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A change is gonna come

With fuel prices at a national average of $3.65 per gallon, many drivers will be happy to know that a new federal government regulation will require all auto manufacturers to increase emissions standards.

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Gibson’s government blues

The federal government obviously has a lot of power, but does it ever abuse power by making examples of some companies as a means to intimidate? The federal raid on Gibson Guitar factories is the most recent example.

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The road construction blues

Over the last year, it seems that a person can’t drive completely through any of our local cities without being inconvenienced by some kind of road construction. So many of these projects have popped up that it is almost impossible to travel from one city to another without a major delay or detour.

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ARE THEY ‘80s REALLY BACK?

The AIDS pandemic, the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War, the Chrysler Lebaron, cocaine, famine in Ethiopia, headbands, assassinations, acid-wash jeans, Mount St. Helens erupted and mullets were in — Oh, the 80’s.

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Modern cars vs. classic cars

In a lot of ways many of us think we are much cooler than our parents ever were, until we remember the cars they used to drive. Camaros, GTOs, Mustangs, Barracudas, Challengers, Chargers, the kind of cars people will always talk about.

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What happened to rock music?

Every generation of young people have an inherent desire to claim that it is greater than generations that preceded it. But an important measuring stick of every generation is its personality projected through rock music, an area where our generation has fallen short.

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