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Vukmir says America should focus on border control

Leah Vukmir, U.S. Senate candidate (R)

November 5, 2018

A 20-year-old college student in Iowa didn’t return home to her family after going on an evening run. Mollie Tibbets was brutally stabbed to death. Her loving parents, unaware of their daughter’s fate, agonized for days as police searched for clues. Little did they know her dead body had been abandoned in...

Trump’s campaign demonstrates “red flags”

April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 Donald Trump’s TV makeup might paint him orange, but the warning flags I got from his Janesville rally were red. It took his campaign five days to get Royal Purple Photo Editor Amber Levenhagen and I our press credentials. His rally started with a notice telling a thousand adoring supporter...

Tipping culture should change over time

March 15, 2016

Royal Purple Staff Opinion March 15, 2016 With St. Patty’s Day approaching, many students are searching their closets for last year’s shamrock t-shirt and matching leprechaun hat, but others aren’t so fortunate. Quite a few of us work as bartenders and servers, and the “luck of the Irish”...

Trump antics reflect negative campus climate

March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016 For college students, the presidential    campaign seems like a far-off land where a rich bigot and two career politicians are in a street brawl for the GOP nomination, and the two Democratic candidates, one an “email-deleter” and the other a “socialist,” are politely disagr...

Beyoncé, Black Panthers and meme-sharing

Beyoncé, Black Panthers and meme-sharing

February 23, 2016

Feb. 23, 2016 I didn’t like this year’s Super Bowl halftime show because I don’t like pop music. And yes, I fully acknowledge the fact that I’m a pretentious hipster, and I prefer sad, boring folk music to fun, upbeat radio tunes. I’m making this clarification because although I didn’t necess...

Concussions threaten future of the NFL

February 16, 2016

Royal Purple Staff Opinion Feb. 16, 2016 Last week, we celebrated Super Bowl 50 with the same ritualistic precision as any American holiday. Nachos were eaten,  and those tiny, little cocktail weenies were consumed as we watched grown men smash each other’s faces in on the gridiron.  Those men are...

Imagine: people doing what they love with ease

January 26, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016 Most kids in America grow up hearing they can be anything they want to be. This is a grand ideal, but I wonder if it’s truer in theory than in reality. There are thousands of universities in America that offer the opportunity for students to study for any career imaginable. For example, if someone wants to be a paleontologist and discover the remains of dinosaurs,...

Letter to the Editor: Threat of terrorism not fully understood

December 8, 2015

Dec. 8, 2015 How will the extremist Islamic State, plus gargantuan immigration, affect your next 40 years? Your children’s whole lives?  Below, some thoughts on a situation insufficiently understood or confronted. The two issues are the fast-&-obvious military attack, but also a slower-but-covert demographic immig...

Letter to the Editor: Higher minimum wage helps economy

October 20, 2015

Oct. 20, 2015 Lately there has been an influx of reporting American’s frustration with income inequality and the widening of the income gap between the rich and the poor.  I believe part of this inequality encompasses the low amount of the minimum wage in our state and in the country.  For someo...

Letter to the editor: Ben Carson, Sharia law and the Constitution

September 29, 2015

So candidate Dr. Carson opines that Islamic Sharia law is incompatible with our Constitution. And that a Muslim president would be problematic. His opinion, but he might have expanded more on why. True, concerning Sharia, he raises issues. At least as I’ve read and been told, Islam’s tenets aros...

Intervention necessary in Syrian conflict

September 22, 2015

Royal Purple Staff Opinion A wave of revolutions swept across the Middle East and Northern Africa in 2011, earning the name the “Arab Spring” for future history books. While these uprisings were supposed to result in stability and democracy, Syria has been trapped in a brutal civil war for th...

It’s not a popularity contest

November 12, 2012

  “A body of electors chosen by the voters in each state to elect the president and vice president of the United States.” This is the definition of the Electoral College on Dictionary.com. If you’re at all familiar with the voting system we have in the United States, you know that the...

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