Author: Tanner Salyers

The Hunger Games and The United States

Tweet Huge props to Suzanne Collins. She achieved what every High School English teacher only dreams of doing: getting the nation’s youth to read George Orwell. Although her book “The Hunger Games” isn’t really a work by Orwell, the same themes still ring true. Authoritative Government is a miserable way of life. First, a quick synopsis. The book begins in a post-Republic USA, where portions of the country are split into districts, an all-powerful Capitol exists, and starving to death isn’t uncommon. Our protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, has been selected along with 23 other boys and girls from all over...

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Why is Glee So Gay?

Tweet Okay, so I’m a sucker for show tunes and glam rock. Yes, I enjoy the amazing talent of Idina Menzel in the Broadway hit “Wicked.” Absolutely, I am left awestruck after hearing the wonderful scores of Claude-Michel Schönberg in “Les Mis.” And let’s not even dispute the fact that Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, along with the rest of the folks in Fleetwood Mac are actually seraphim sent from the very throne of God to give us the eleventh commandment, which is “don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.” If all of that makes me less of a man, then...

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Somewhere Between Pills and Hope: An Appalachian Story

With the economy in the tank, poverty on the rise, jobs packing up and shipping out, and liberals blocking any chance of new domestic energy jobs, it seems that the only thing the Appalachian region of the country has going for it is SEC basketball and football. (Strangely that has been enough to keep us all sane.) Take it from me; the people of Appalachia have a different way of doing things. Growing up in the heartland of the heartland, the little tri-state area between the Appalachian portion of Ohio (where it is pronounced Oh-hi-ya), Northeastern Kentucky, and West Virginia, I have learned that people in this particular area have trust issues. And who can blame them?  Be it iron ore, coal, timber, steel, or just plain old manual labor, some “slick city fella has came in and taken advantage of us and the bounty that our region provides.” As a hillbilly once famously said, “Every time you meet a person here, they already have two strikes against you, so try not to screw it up the first time around.” We are quite accustomed to being used and abused but we are always looking for that person who is here to help us out of the kindness of their heart, not for the benefit of their wallet. Physical pain is common to an area where people work hard for...

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