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The Springwater Corridor Trailside Story

If you follow Portland’s bike and transit news, you know that conflicts on the Springwater multi-use path have been in the news. It’s a pretty big story for some who live in the area, as well as for some who profit by the area ( 1,072 more words

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"The Most Incendiary and Popular Pamphlet of the Entire Revolutionary Era"

Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense on this date in 1776. Historian Gordon S. Wood calls it “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.” Read it here: 8 more words


Until the Revolution Comes, Working Group Loan Recommendations Aren’t So Bad

Originally written for and published by The University Times, December 2015

The current model of educational funding in Ireland is unsustainable. That much ought to be obvious. 1,169 more words

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A ‘Fresh Start’ for Stormont as Robinson Calls it a Day – Where Now?

Originally written for and published by The Bull, November 2015

Seasoned observers of Northern politics could be forgiven for thinking that the notion of turning points and new dawns no longer applies to the 6 counties, such has been the almost pathological tendency to lurch from one intractable crisis to another in recent years. 604 more words

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Sympathy for the Devil

I’ll assume, if you’re one of the many people now advocating in an outspoken way for tougher gun control laws, that you might be getting pretty frustrated that right wing (or left wing, for that matter) gun and 2nd Amendment advocates won’t back down and admit that you might be right that tougher gun laws are needed. 655 more words

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Said the world was not flat
and caused an outrage.

And now we are outraged
by women wearing niqabs
taking the citizenship oath

They don’t belong in a country based on freedom… 22 more words


Sinn Féin at a Critical Juncture, Both North and South of the Border

Originally written for The Bull, Trinity College, September 2015

The next six to eight months promise to be as important as any in the modern history of Sinn Féin. 1,016 more words

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