The Sundial

‘Never let school interfere with your education’

Harrison Leonard

December 8, 2010

I wish I could say I coined the phrase in that title. Actually, it was Mark Twain who penned it nearly one century ago. How relevant those words remain still today! Assuming I pass my classes this semester, I will be finished with my undergraduate work one week from today. I will receive my d...

Rethinking Reagan

Harrison Leonard

December 1, 2010

The 2008 Republican Primary campaign was, to me, quite humorous. I distinctly remember watching as the Republican contenders continually tried to “out-Reagan” each other during every televised debate. Indeed, the Republican Party has done a good job at rebranding Ronald Reagan in recent years....

Singing the Libertarian Party blues

Harrison Leonard

November 23, 2010

With the recent midterm elections now behind us, I’ve been thinking a lot about competing concepts in the application of ideology. You know, the whole “principle versus pragmatism” debate. On Nov. 2, my Libertarian Party performed about as well as expected (i.e., no one of significance was elected)....

Open letter to angry students re: tuition prices

Harrison Leonard

November 16, 2010

Dear Fellow Students, It is disheartening to learn of the most recent round of CSU tuition hikes, which are set to take effect next semester. Everyone, it seems, is up in arms about them. I graduate in four weeks, so fortunately my wallet is being spared from any further raping. You, however, are not so lucky. We live in...

So, about that election…

Harrison Leonard

November 9, 2010

The 2010 midterm elections have come and gone. We’ve had a week to mull over the results. Here are three thoughts I came away with. 1. This election was a referendum on Barack Obama. Obviously, government spending and the lingering effects of the recession played a significant role in defining how ...

Government: America’s only legal counterfeiting machine (part two)

Harrison Leonard

November 5, 2010

To read "Government: America’s only legal counterfeiting machine (part one)" A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Federal Reserve and the concept of central banks printing paper money have hurt America. This week, I’d like to examine why this could be the case. The Federal Reserve was created i...

Government: America’s only legal counterfeiting machine (part one)

Harrison Leonard

October 19, 2010

The Federal Reserve announced its inclination late last week to aggressively push for further action in its attempt to battle the economic downturn, including the buying up of more long-term assets. Some in America’s central bank have even pondered artificially raising interest rates. The economic impact o...

We deserve better than ‘douche and turd’

Harrison Leonard

October 12, 2010

One of my favorite episodes of “South Park” revolves around the story of a school election, wherein the children are asked to vote for a new mascot. The two candidates offered up to the students of South Park Elementary are a giant douche and a turd sandwich. “Voting is great, but if I ha...

Legalize pot: vote yes on Prop. 19

Harrison Leonard

September 20, 2010

On Feb. 11, 2010, a police SWAT team raided the home of Missouri resident Jonathon Whitworth. Narcotics investigators received a search warrant to scour Whitworth’s home after being informed that the Columbia resident stood in possession of large quantities of top-grade marijuana. Descending...

Legalize freedom

Harrison Leonard

September 14, 2010

The holiday season is fast approaching and Americans are getting excited. We love our holidays. We observe a dozen federal holidays, countless public holidays and a few state holidays as well. Few can doubt the cultural impact of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas in our society. But those are...

In search of monsters to destroy

Harrison Leonard

September 7, 2010

President Obama addressed the nation in a televised speech last Tuesday night, proudly declaring that the “American combat mission in Iraq has ended.” Oh, really. A “transitional” team of 50,000 troops still remains deployed in Iraq in a “support” capacity. To give you an idea of how many servicemen an...

Go racial or go home

Harrison Leonard

August 30, 2010

New York City’s Staten Island borough is being plagued by a recent succession of hate crimes. National Public Radio reported on Aug. 20 of “at least 10 alleged hate crimes in the borough's Port Richmond area since April — all violent, and all perpetrated against Mexicans.” It wasn’t until...

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