Trump Supports a Man Accused of Misconduct (Again)

Trump Supports a Man Accused of Misconduct (Again) Annemarie Cuccia In what could only be described as an unsurprising, yet infuriating development in the saga of Trump White House scandals, staff secretary Rob Porter quit last week under allegations of physical and mental abuse concerning his two ex-wives. The reaction from the White House was, at best, mixed, and at worst, a chaotic attempt to push blame onto anyone but themselves. Initially, many staffers reportedly encouraged Porter to “stay and fight”, but when it became clear he would have to resign, they all crafted a unified message. And then promptly…

Rising Sun

Rising Sun Annemarie Cuccia   Here, in our house by the rising sea, nothing moves. Waves crash against walls as if they are attempting to shake them, but the stillness is oppressive. They ask why we remain here.   To leave? Well, to leave would be a crisis. When you only know one thing, when all that is familiar to you is just beneath your feet, it is hard to run your hands along another banister, to feel different sheets against your skin. Even the stillness would be, in the way that stillness must be, missed. For if we were…

Hawaii’s Nuclear Scare is Just the Tip of the Ballistic Missile

Hawaii’s Nuclear Scare is Just the Tip of the Ballistic Missile Annemarie Cuccia Hawaiians were in for a rude awakening one Saturday morning. An emergency alert was sent to the entire state reading “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” While the alert may not have been a drill, it was certainly an error. The alert was blamed on an officer selecting the incorrect message template to send, resulting in it being sent to everyone, rather than just internally. This caused understandable panic among Hawaiians, but it also caused those familiar with ICBM…

Flint: Two Years Later

Flint: Two Years Later Annemarie Cuccia Two years ago, news of a water crisis in Flint swept the internet. The response on social media could be called the beginning of the online activist age, with petitions and complaints going viral on Twitter. However, the world moved on, as Flint remained mired in corruption and plagued by poison. This is why, on January 5th of this year, Michigan Live published an article with the devastating title “Two years after Flint water emergency declaration, legislators call for action”. Incredibly belated reaction aside, the response indicates an unwillingness to act to benefit citizens,…

Step Up, Oklahoma

Step Up, Oklahoma Annemarie Cuccia After a year of budget shortfalls and funding crises, the Oklahoma legislature is entering a concurrent session in an attempt to rectify budget problems while continuing to govern. The session began with Mary Fallin’s final State of the State, in which she encouraged legislators to support a plan she believes can restore Oklahoma, called the Step Up plan. The plan was submitted by a group of community and business leaders to the legislature, and both parties have their concerns. As the legislature moves towards a vote, many Oklahomans are unaware of what the plan even…

Populism–Should it be this popular?

Populism–Should it be this popular? Op-ed by Annemarie Cuccia The rise of populism across the globe has been widely reported. From the Brexit vote, to the election of Donald Trump, to separatist movements across Europe, populism has saturated Western politics. The merits of these movements must be questioned, as well as their adherence to a true theory of populism. Any political philosophy is an attempt to balance your personal desires with those of your community, your country, and the world. What differs is the way the scales tip, how much weight is put on the well-being of any given community….

An Oklahoman’s Take on Global Warming

An Oklahoman’s Take on Global Warming Written by Annemarie Cuccia News OpEd   The realization that the world is slowly dying hits you all at once, fades, and then hits again a week later. Perhaps this is why, despite the universal problems it poses, climate change is too often an afterthought on the world stage. We are all so busy with yesterday’s scandal and today’s nuclear threat that tomorrow, much less a hundred years from now, is as foreign as a country halfway across the globe. Thankfully, discussions are beginning on how to slow this new enemy, but I will…

Cuba’s Unwritten Healthcare Conundrum

Cuba’s Unwritten Health Care Conundrum Written by Annemarie Cuccia News Article Though it may sound strange, Cuba has long been lauded as a prime example of a socialized medicine system. Access to care for all populations is guaranteed, and costs are much lower than in the United States. Even during the embargo, Cuba’s healthcare functioned well. However, cracks are beginning to appear in this seemingly perfect system, and doctors are leaking out of those cracks. The problem centers around a simple fact– Cuban doctors make about $30 a month. Even controlling for differing currency values and prices in Cuba, this…

Why I Don’t Care About Al Franken’s Apology

Why I Don’t Care About Al Franken’s Apology (And the Democrats Shouldn’t Either) Written by Annemarie Cuccia Op-Ed Here are some disclaimers: I am a Democrat. I am a woman. I have friends who have been the victims of sexual assault. And I don’t care what Al Franken says to try make up for his assault. Let me rephrase that. I do care. In a human, hopeful for the future way, I care. I want him to have learned, to have become a better person. I’m glad he’s not denying it, or calling the women liars, or following any of…