Opinion

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Health care reform: Trump’s ticking time bomb

After President Trump’s joint-address to Congress—at which he gave a rough outline of a replacement for Obamacare—Trump told reporters, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman dryly noted that Trump’s remark drew “incredulous reactions from the approximately 100 percent of people who knew that health care could be so complicated.” Due to the scope of health […]

by James Burnett· · 0 comments · Opinion
Is a Colby education worth the high price tag?

Is a Colby education worth the high price tag?

With $64,000 a year, you could eat lunch and dinner at the Gramercy Tavern every day. You could go on 280 private helicopter tours of NYC. You could give away 178 season passes to Sugarloaf or attend the broadway musical Hamilton 128 times. You could also donate 213 irrigation pumps to families in need of clean water or 24,000 mosquito […]

by Sarah Backstrand· · 0 comments · Opinion
Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Following President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, many commentators focused on how Trump was able to seem more “presidential.” However, that commentators saw this speech as stable and on-topic does not reflect a shift in Trump’s approach to leadership, but rather the extent to which the bar for acting “presidential” has been lowered. In […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Opinion
Open Letter: How Much is too Much

Open Letter: How Much is too Much

Colby, We need a reality check.   We have a lot to celebrate this spring, but over the past two weeks, we’ve seen an incredible amount of vandalism done to this community, both tangible and intangible. From the seven broken exit signs in the Apartments and four (+) in Miller street, it’s not hard to miss that some of us […]

by John Kensinger· · 0 comments · Opinion
A continuation of dialogue on politics and education

A continuation of dialogue on politics and education

I would like to express my deepest gratitude for these civil discussions and towards the Echo for offering a vehicle for wider distribution. As Mr. Hanlon stated, these ongoing debates are key to challenging our own ideas and allowing the growth of rational political thought in this nation. These are trying times of political upheaval on both sides, and these […]

by Mike T. Wincek· · 0 comments · Opinion
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Confirmed: Trump living in shadow of Index Fund in which his father should have invested

Saying that “he really needed this,” political analysts confirmed Tuesday that Trump’s election victory helped the 70-year-old man escape from the shadow of the Index Fund in which his dad should have invested. The President received $40-$200 million of assets from his father, which financial analysts agree would have been better invested in the Schwab, USAA, or Vanguard S&P 500 […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Opinion
A coddled, insecure generation: the painful truth of Millenials

A coddled, insecure generation: the painful truth of Millenials

The generation born in or around the years 1977-1995 is known as Millennials, or Generation Y, according to the Nielsen Holdings Company. This generation makes up a quarter of the nation’s population and is responsible for 21 percent of consumer discretionary purchases. Millennials consider themselves to be innovative; they are dedicated, smart, health conscious, and expressive. Especially in today’s world, […]

by Amy Tournas· · 0 comments · Opinion
How rich are Colby kids?

How rich are Colby kids?

Lost and found items at the Information Desk are as follows: several unclaimed Apple watches, box of Louis Vuitton stationary, plane ticket to Geneva, Tiffany’s sterling silver drinking straw, pair of Crocs with diamond Jibbitz, Bugatti car keys, smoothie cup. “Dude, my car keys are at the info desk,” I shout to my roommate, who is doing a line of […]

by Sarah Backstrand· · 0 comments · Opinion
Attending the Women’s March abroad

Attending the Women’s March abroad

In light of the presidential election, equality, human rights, and the future of America are at the forefront of many people’s minds. This is not isolated to just Americans either. Worldwide, people are coming together to show their support for one another and for those who are being discriminated against for their race, gender, sexuality, or beliefs under the Trump […]

by Merrill Read· · 0 comments · Opinion
A professor’s response

A professor’s response

I’m grateful for Mike Wincek’s ’15 thoughtful response to my recently published New York Times essay, “Advice for My Conservative Students.” Without this kind of dialogue, it becomes easier to let our arguments and beliefs go unexamined. In the spirit of ongoing debate, I’d like to push back on a few of Mr. Wincek’s central claims in “Advice for My […]

by Professor Aaron Hanlon· · 0 comments · Opinion