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Comfort of concealed carry

A gun can be a scary object, and rightfully so. Guns are classified as weapons and are commonly used by police, soldiers and hunters as a means of threatening, harming and sometimes killing. Some individuals might believe that only those in the previously named professions should have access to ...

Debt is a pain

College is expensive, and as a recent graduate of college it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that throughout my four years of schooling I acquired a bit of debt. Well, if we're going to be honest, a pretty massive amount of debt. Student loans are the bane of my existence.When an individual ...

Lacking sportsmanship

By now, just about everybody knows about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's now infamous "postgame rant" during last Sunday's NFC title game. If you've read the news or watched TV lately, you're probably also familiar with the ensuing social media and sports-punditry frenzy-it has to ...

Duck and cover

Recently, there was a high-profile example of religion being used as a bludgeon against a group of people. Or should I say, another example, since such occurrences are about as common as having a Pope who's Catholic. And some folks are even suspicious of that nowadays.The words of "Duck ...

New beginnings

Happy New Year! We have entered 2014 and I'd like to think it welcomes us with open arms.To me the new year is a chance at a new beginning. It's the opportunity to set goals for ourselves and to determine what can be improved upon in our lives. In a way we have a clean slate to work with.I ...

Kisses, hugs, hearts

Relationships, they are a strange, strange thing. We all enter into them blindly, I believe, or perhaps with blinders on, I should say.And you know what? Whether we enter blindly or with blinders, the key thing is that we DO, in fact, enter.Despite being strange, relationships are indeed a ...

Going cold turkey with social media

As a 20-something who does not currently participate in social media, I am in the minority. According to a 2012 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 89 percent of internet users ages 18-29 use social media.Until recently, I participated in social media. I found myself feeling distracted ...

The issue with homework

I never remember liking homework. Not in grade school. Not in middle school. And especially not in high school. In college it had to be dealt with, but, you guessed it, I still didn't like it.Surprisingly there's been times when I've had homework from The Review, but most was self-assigned and ...

The most wonderful time of the year

December is here and I'm happy, happy, happy! I love everything about this month, and now that it's officially Christmastime I can allow myself the joys of the season.I've never liked getting ahead of the holidays. Up to this point I have tried my best to not listen to Christmas music, except ...

Our digital footprint

I really like social media. Each venue has a lot of pros and are a great way to keep connected. Though, I'm still not totally sold on Twitter. I've never caught on to that character limit thing. But one aspect of social media that I find a little strange is the fact that it stores ...