The Vermont Cynic

How to prevent a repeat of the first debate

How to prevent a repeat of the first debate

Jordan Spindel, Opinion Columnist

October 15, 2020

“That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a trainwreck.” This is how not only CNN anchor Jake Tapper interpreted 2020’s first presidential debate, but also millions watching across the country. And it’s clear that this is the result of virtually everyone involved being unpre...

We shouldn’t vote by mail in

We shouldn't vote by mail in

Jordan Spindel

September 11, 2020

For generations, the right for reliable access to voting has been a critical part of political agendas across the United States.  This umbrella includes mail-in voting, a voting method critical to millions of Americans, including much of UVM’s student body.  However, multiple issues have arise...

Impeachment Vox Pop

Impeachment Vox Pop

David Cabrera and Jacob Goodwin

November 27, 2019

How do UVM students feel about the impeachment inquiry and hearings?

Success for Democrats is daring to dream

Success for Democrats is daring to dream

Ari Kotler

November 15, 2018

Over the last month, I’ve had to watch President Donald Trump play dumb over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, stir up hysteria about a nonexistent migrant “invasion” and promise to end birthright citizenship by executive order. So yeah, it felt good to watch Republica...

White house firing sparks protests

A protestor listens to Ryan McLaren, a staffer from Rep. Peter Welch's office, read a statement from Welch.

Sawyer Loftus and Julianne Lesch

November 14, 2018

Hundreds of people gathered in Burlington to protest the ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as concerns over the future of the Trump-Russia investigation grow. At least 400 hundred protestors marched Nov. 8 from the Federal Building on Elmwood Avenue to nearby City Hall to make their voices ...

Students weigh in on Vermont midterm election

Students weigh in on Vermont midterm election

Zoe Schemm, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Through many initiatives and organizing, UVM students were motivated to vote in the elections Nov. 6. Many considered the midterms to be especially important because the outcomes determined the remainder of President Donald Trump’s term. “My estimation is that over 2,000 UVM students voted in Burlingt...

Which pressing issues take precedence? Ask the press

Which pressing issues take precedence? Ask the press

Henry Mitchell

November 10, 2018

In an Oct. 30, 2018 piece I wrote, I tried to defend the benefits that come with a nonpartisan, representative press. I admit that it was a rather optimistic outlook on the state of freedom of speech in our country and one that doesn’t hold up very well in our current political climate. The questio...

Nation drowning under Trump’s program

Nation drowning under Trump's program

Lily Spechler

April 5, 2017

Hopefully that wall that Trump is building will double as a raft to save us from the perpetually rising sea levels induced by climate change. Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry and cut back on environmental regulations will potentially be one of the most expensive and dangerous mist...

Trump’s claims frame refugees as terrorists

Trump’s claims frame refugees as terrorists

Lily Spechler

March 23, 2017

"This is a nation-wide soul search,” my father’s friend Dmitri said regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. Dmitri is the son of Greek refugees, political asylum seekers, who fled Greece in hopes of a better life in America. The question is, are we still a nation that opens our arms to...

Get Trump out of the bedroom

Get Trump out of the bedroom

Sarah Heft, Senior Staff Writer

February 18, 2017

I hate to admit it, but I have thought about Donald Trump while having sex. Not because he makes me weak in the knees, but because his anti-women policies can very well put myself and many others in unfortunate situations. I try to talk myself down from these fears, but all of them are legitimate concerns...

Hope for the future with progressive millennials

November 9, 2016

Dear Editor,  Similar to most Americans right now, I can't even begin to explain the emotional toll this election has taken. Election night took every ideal I had been taught about American society and shattered it. For the first time in my life I questioned whether this was somewhere I wanted to co...

Trump sign marked with Swastika found near Hillel

Trump sign marked with Swastika found near Hillel

Lindsay Freed and Lauren Schnepf

November 9, 2016

A student found a campaign sign with a spray painted swastika Nov. 9. Sophomore Isabelle Schechter discovered a campaign lawn sign three doors down from the Hillel center, where she is working as an engagement intern, she said. The Hillel center is a Jewish organization on campus. It is unknown whether th...

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