Massachusetts Daily Collegian

GOP’s political sabotage of health reform continues

By Zac Bears

October 23, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Affordable Care Act was designed to expand coverage for 30 to 33 million Americans, cutting the number of uninsured non-elderly adults in half. The ACA does this by bringing those deemed “uninsurable” into the market by limiting...

Game over for GOP

By Zac Bears

October 9, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Entering the ninth day of the federal government shutdown, the political positions of both parties are weakening, but the Republican Party’s position is eroding faster. As Tea Party members in the House hold GOP leadership hostage over the Affordable Care Act, federal services con...

Here we are again

Here we are again

September 24, 2013

U.S. involvement in Syria is crucial

By Zac Bears

September 11, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The much-debated possibility of U.S. involvement in Syria is similar to previous U.S. missions that we saw two years ago in Libya, and to operations in Afghanistan in the 1980s. We are not putting “boots on the ground,” a...

Liberals: Take the votes you can get

By Zac Bears

September 3, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The quagmire in Congress continues through another arduous summer and into a fall legislative session that would daunt even the most productive legislators. Since mid-May, when the U.S. government reached the $16.699 trillion debt ceiling, the Treasury Department has employed “extraor...

Out of many, one

Out of many, one

April 17, 2013

Ed Markey for US Senate

By Zac Bears

April 3, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I know. It is April 2013, only three months after the second inauguration of President Obama, so why are we talking about politics? Well, the first and most important lesson of politics is that it never ends, and in the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have had a pa...

Drones defeat America’s foreign enemies

By Zac Bears

February 15, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

While the United States drone program has been controversial for some time, recent scrutiny from the American public and Congress has brought light to the issue as the Office of the President released a “white paper” ou...

Ending the stopgap budget

By Zac Bears

January 25, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The United States government has been at a relative standstill since the beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term, with Republicans filibustering almost every bill in the Senate and, since 2011, the majority-Republican House passing severely conservative alternatives to mainstr...

Four more years

By Zac Bears

January 22, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Barack Obama’s second term as the 44th President of the United States began on Sunday, and we’re now in the second term of arguably the most liberal president in 40 years. With comprehensive health reform, student loan refo...

A vote for Question 3 is a vote for compassion

By Zac Bears

October 19, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Massachusetts electorate faces important referendum questions that impact health care, jobs and transportation in the Commonwealth. Question 3, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, allows Massachusetts voters to decide on the legalization of mari...

21st Century University is worth temporary inconvenience

By Zac Bears

September 21, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The University of Massachusetts’ Facilities Planning department defines five current major construction projects: The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex (CHCRC), New Academic Classroom Building (NACB), Life Science Laboratories...