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Some Colby students at the caucus on Sunday.

My journey to moderation in politics

I have always been a person who asks questions. In kindergarten, I dared to ask one of my peers how she could be so firm in her belief in the literal truth of the Bible. She was retelling the story of Moses parting the Red Sea when I interrupted her and questioned her faith. “How do you know?” I asked […]

by Jonathan Stempel· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
A festival featuring Mumford & Sons drew a large crowd in 2012. Couresy of Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

Obama’s millenial legacy

As President Barack Obama rounds the final stretch of his presidential tenure, political scientists and historians are beginning to question the legacy he leaves behind. Much of this debate is focused on Obama’s most symbolic and controversial actions, such as his implementation of the Affordable Care Act and his expansion of executive power. While much ink is shed about these […]

by James Burnett· · 1 comment · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion

Election breeds November blues

November has been weighing heavily on my mind. In past years, the presidential election has been a glimmer of light in the late fall gloom. It’s given me a sense of hope and excitement that maybe we can elect a candidate who can change our country for the better. This year, though, the election looks to push the inherent bleakness […]

by Ben Brougham· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion

Differing opinions: Don’t trump the Trump supporters

A few days before traveling north for college, my uncle teased me about the imminent radicalization I was about to experience at a liberal arts institution in Maine. Although this was merely a jest, it has a speck of substance, seeing as colleges in the Northeast are drifting further and further to the left. Whenever students discuss the two candidates, […]

by Sam Kane· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion
Approaching Social Justice with Love and Reason

Approaching Social Justice with Love and Reason

“Achilles glared at him and answered, “Fool prate not to me about covenants. There can be no covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out and through. Therefore there can be no understanding between you and me, nor may there be any covenants between us, till one […]

Political correctness is (mostly) correct

Political correctness is (mostly) correct

Before I move into the heart of my opinion this week, I’d like to thank you all. Over the past three years, I’ve published an opinion piece in the Echo nearly every week. It’s become a ritual that I savor, not just because it makes me feel like a minor political pundit or some kind of anti-administration activist. I value […]

Kasich-Cruz alliance: ill-conceived Hail Mary

Kasich-Cruz alliance: ill-conceived Hail Mary

The tumultuous #NeverTrump movement received some much needed rejuvenation this past week when the Donald’s remaining adversaries, “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz and John “1 in 38” Kasich, announced a combined effort to deny Trump the Republican nomination. The plan consists of each campaign shuttering their campaigns in states that lean toward the other candidate—Kasich is now focusing on Oregon and New […]

Colby’s harassment policy harasses education

Colby’s harassment policy harasses education

Last month at Emory University, a message in favor of Donald Trump led to wide­scale student protests. The message, which read “Trump 2016,” offended students to such a degree that Emory is seeking disciplinary or legal action against the offender. In a similar fashion on April 15, students from the University of Delaware chapter of Young Americans for Liberty were […]

Apology culture erodes institutions

Apology culture erodes institutions

Please note that I do not have the authority to speak on behalf of the editorial staff. The following piece reflects my own opinions, just as every opinion article has always reflected the views of the writer and not the Echo. At times I present undisclosed or privileged information, not to abuse the standing of my position, but to bring […]

Colby College Quietly Divested from Fossil Fuels

Colby College Quietly Divested from Fossil Fuels

In September of 2015, Colby College quietly divested its direct holdings from fossil fuels.  This is a huge step for Colby as a leader in the fight against climate change, and we want to thank the college for this decision to make their direct holdings fossil free, but there’s a slight problem. You would have thought that a prestigious institution […]