The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes

As college students, we may not be especially interested in our taxes yet. However, if we plan on getting a promotion or scoring a higher paying job after we graduate, this is definitely an issue that is going to affect our pocketbooks. Tax reform, especially these proposed bills, impacts Americans of all incomes, from $0 on up.  

Taxes, although necessary for our government to run effectively, are something nobody enjoys paying. No matter their employment or economic status, most all Americans want their taxes reduced. Continue reading “The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes”

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Retirement on Horizon for BHC President

By Ray Castellano

Black Hawk College will transition into a new era when Doctor Bettie Truitt retires from her position as the college’s president on January 1st, 2018.

Truitt was hired as a mathematics instructor  two weeks prior to completing her Master’s Degree at Iowa State University in 1989.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa while teaching full time at Black Hawk College in 1998.  She would go on to work with the Higher Learning Commission, after six years of working on her Ph.D., while continuing her career in an administrative position.  She was named intern president at Black Hawk College in 2014.  She became the sixteenth President of Black Hawk College the following year.
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To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling

For better or worse, one of the most discussed and debated topics across the country this past week has been the recent controversy over whether athletes should be taking a knee during the national anthem. The arguments over kneeling were ignited in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to protest racism and police brutality by sitting during the anthem, later changing his strategy and taking a knee instead.

 

Players who take a knee are protesting racism toward colored people in the United States. SB Nation reports that Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick, wrote in The New York Times “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.”  Continue reading “To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling”

Irma Leaves Devastation In Its Wake

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Many buildings and streets in the Florida Keys have been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo found on Elite Daily.

Hurricane Irma, the monster storm that wrecked havoc in Florida and the Caribbean in August and September, left behind mountains of damage. According to The Weather Channel, “This is the first time on record two Category 4 landfalls occured in the continental United States in the same hurricane season, much less within 16 days.”

Lives and homes were lost, and now many people come together to rebuild and find hope. Continue reading “Irma Leaves Devastation In Its Wake”