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Ready to deploy: local student, Matt Swan, joins the Marines

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A young recruit steps off the bus to begin his first day of a three month journey. After what should have been a two hour plane ride has turned into a 13 hour adventure, he is tired and anxious. Before he has time to think, a muscular Drill Instructor is in his face, screaming at…

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal just the beginning

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The military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed on Sept 20, 2011. I believe the history and repeal of DADT cuts to the core of what America is and has become; it shows how when one group’s rights are trampled upon, the entire culture is diminished. DADT was made an official policy in 1993…

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A military cover up betrays American trust

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With the tenth anniversary of September 11 on everyone’s mind, I’d like to dedicate some time focusing on Pat Tillman. For those not familiar with Pat Tillman’s story, he was an NFL player who left his contract with the Arizona Cardinals in order to serve his country in the military after 9/11. Tillman was killed…

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