Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The demoralizing state of democracy

By Hannah Sparks

October 9, 2012

Growing up we are told that one of the greatest privileges of living in a democratic society is having the right to vote. Voting to Americans is a very big deal. But does our most sacred civic duty truly retain its inviolability when the state of politics is so corrupt? That our ...

Local Ballot Measures Matter

By Terranova Tasker

October 5, 2012

Unless you have been hiding under a large rock in a deep cave for the last 15 months, you are probably aware that there is a presidential election this November. If you have taken the time to pick up and read this issue of the Ma...

A racy Senate campaign

By Kristin LaFratta

October 3, 2012

Cherokee Liz. Two words alone that a year ago may have meant nothing, now spark rather opposing reactions: laughter, or heated defense. Digging up the old, receded, most likely irrelevant dirt on one’s political opponent is the norm. Since May of t...

Not redistributing the wealth, redistributing the growth

By Zac Bears

September 19, 2012

Common political parlance refers to many government programs as being redistributive. Think of the United States economy as a single, large pie of income, GDP. Redistributive government takes a slice of that pie from one person and gives...

The dominance of Church in state

By Nikhil Rao

November 10, 2011

It’s November 2011 and the Republican race for the ticket to pit wits against Obama has been up and running for a good six months. From the campaigns of Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to Mitt Romney, a prominent theme has ...

U.S. Rep. Olver announces his retirement

By William Perkins

October 27, 2011

U.S. Rep. John Olver, an Amherst resident and former University of Massachusetts professor who’s served in Congress for the past 20 years, announced yesterday that he would retire from his post at the end of his term in...