INDEPENDENT YOUTH | Bennet and Big Pharma

By Evan Vann | 3/13/17 In southwestern Colorado, people are less defined by their party than by their experiences and beliefs. I really came to understand this when talking to a military veteran, libertarian, and Trump voter on the subject of Bernie Sanders. He was obviously not a fan, but did admit that he agreed with Sanders’ stance on pharmaceuticals. He opined that …

INDEPENDENT YOUTH | Gardner Sold Out Colorado Childrens’ Education

By Evan Vann | 3/13/17 Our new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ nomination met with extreme controversy, namely because of her intense advocacy of charter schools. Her status as a billionaire, along with her awful track-record of heinous attempts to privatize Michigan’s public school system, has prompted many to label her as an enemy of public schooling, a title that …

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A Real Conversation About Healthcare

As entertaining as the political happenings in American can be, it is easy to forget that the Red vs. Blue game has real implications. While politics has devolved into little more than reality TV, quite literally in the case of Trump, it contains something that shows like The Apprentice never have: reality. Sure, we might get the occasional statistic regarding …

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Somewhere Else – Part 8: In the Library

By Noah Sanders | 1/6/17
Except for Silas’s voice – full and musical, climbing octaves and changing tone as he switched between characters – the room was silent. The children – cross-legged on the floor, chins resting on fists – were captivated. Earl could not tell if they were focused on the story or on Silas himself.

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Somewhere Else – Part 7: Breakfast

By Noah Sanders | 12/30/16
Their journey so far had already been almost too much, too strange. It had forced them far from their comfort zone, surrounded them with sights and sounds completely unfamiliar to them: restaurants on the side of freeways serving food they’ve never tasted, gas station bathrooms reeking of piss and reheated breakfast sandwiches, the greyhound bus, stiff, stale, and sleepless.

INDEPENDENT YOUTH | The Bleak Future of the Democratic Party

By Evan Vann | 12/29/16
For Trump supporters, this election was more than a triumph of an idol: it symbolized fringe, right-wing politics breaking into the mainstream. For Democrats, some believe it has popped a political bubble lived in rather comfortably for years.