Archive for October 2009

Many rack up debt for degrees they will never use or need

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Mike Courson Often, reactions tell me more than the event that inspired the reaction. The event in question this time is Newsweek’s cover story about the three-year degree. Lamar Alexander wrote the story for last week’s edition, and readers have responded. Alexander relates college to automobile manufacturers: not adapting to the present could mean […]



Bob Dylan entertains while Shrine Mosque venue disappoints

Oct 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, News, Opinions, Springfield News, Top Story

by Zach Becker I took my wife to the Bob Dylan concert last night at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield and left entertained by the historic performer, but highly disappointed with the Shrine Mosque venue, staff, and the strong smell of smoke that left my wife with a migraine still this morning. I say I […]



Capitalism does not work in practice

Oct 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

by Mike Courson Humans ruin everything. Today at work, I chatted with a not-uneducated coworker about some of the major theories of society. She could not believe some prominent media figure suggest capitalism does not work. She is a conservative, and that is fine. Though I do not agree with most of her views, one […]



Changes needed in meat processing industry

Oct 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Mike Courson As a watcher of news, and one who frequently regurgitates such, it is convenient when I sometimes stumble across a few items that tie some thoughts together. Monday’s “Larry King Live,” and an article by Daniel Lyons in last week’s Newsweek did just that. King’s show featured a discussion about the safety […]



Why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

In my opinion, Obama won because he is not Bush. The world hated the United States in December 2008 and prior to that. Even without accomplishment, one can feel the hope Obama generates.



Jon & Kate legal drama raises interesting questions

Oct 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, Opinions

by Mike Courson I avoid “reality” television like former President Bush avoided books and Vietnam. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 saga, however, has recently crossed over into the ‘interesting’ category. There are many allegations coming from all parties involved, and I am not hip enough to know about all of them. After watching Jon […]



MSM vs Independent Media

Oct 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles

The large media outlets, for a number of reasons, have never been so cozy with the people they are supposed to cover. The watchdog function of the media has been left to independent media, which is gaining in audience and importance.



Extreme Makeover designed to sell products, not truly help people

Oct 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker Like a lot of people in Springfield, I watched last night’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The episode featured the total destruction of a local family’s run-down 800 square-foot home and the construction of a brand new 3,300 square-foot home. The eight-person Hampton family seemed worthy and appreciative of the very generous gift […]



Roberto and the Robot comes to DVD

Oct 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Features, News, News Feature, Springfield News

Jonathan Stratman’s Roberto and the Robot, a film produced from MSU’s Electronic Arts program in spring 2009, is released on DVD.



Be an advocate for worldwide peace

Oct 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions

In a cooperative spirit of altruism, where we analyze the problems we are each facing, we can be real peace builders by addressing the causes of conflict rather than the symptoms of injustice.