To the Editor: Ryan knows nothing about Love and Honor

Nine years ago, outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gave the commencement speech at his alma mater. “I remember my own transformative experience here,” he said. “It is here at Miami where I was able to find myself; I found a sense of direction and a sense of identity.” Given Ryan’s obsequious behavior toward President Donald Trump, it is clear that this sense of direction was based on a religious belief in lower taxes, gun rights, anti-reproductive choice, and opposition to universal health care. After initial reservations about Trump, Ryan succumbed to the intoxication of power. Republicans now controlled all three branches of government. Ryan saw his life-long goals in sight — a unique opportunity to pass his radical (not conservative) legislative agenda. Ryan had to sell his soul to Trump, the most ignorant, sexist, and racist president in recent history. As Speaker, Ryan had a bully pulpit too, but we heard nothing from Ryan as Trump signaled his approval to those who wanted to stop immigrants with a “big, beautiful wall,” lock up Hillary Clinton, beat up the opposition, treat women like sex toys and call the free press traitorous. It is not too strong to call these tactics fascist. Evidently, Ryan did not learn at Miami that leadership matters, especially from the president of the world’s most powerful and important democracy. Autocrats around the world are...

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‘Trump: An American Dream’ reveals the dangers of chasing wealth

Netflix’s new series, “Trump: An American Dream,” narrates the character development of our current president. It unravels Trump’s ascension in the business world through sketchy deals with local politicians, his accumulation of wealth and his short-lived downfall through foolhardy deals. All of this leads to the crescendo of him announcing his bid for the White House in Trump Tower. Interviews with those from Trump’s past (his chauffeurs, friends and former employees) reveal an intimate portrait of the man behind the catchphrase: “You’re fired!” He wasn’t always the abrasive personality we know today. In the first episodes, the series paints a kind but ambitious man. Everyone seems to recall from this time a man who’s hard not to like. Some might credit this to a salesman’s charm, but from what I can gather, this was the genuine Trump before money corrupted his soul. These early episodes make it hard to see this Trump and the Trump sitting in his bedroom, eating cheeseburgers and yelling at news networks as the same man. What this series portrays is a man who fell victim to the corruptive nature of wealth, or more specifically, the caricature of wealth that has evolved over American history. Earlier in my life, I viewed Trump’s extravagant lifestyle with envy. The beautiful mansions, private jets and immense power speak for themselves. However, once I understood his life behind the...

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Local woman agonizes over which leggings to wear to Netflix and Chill

Sadie Albright, 21, spent most of last Friday afternoon deliberating which pair of leggings she should wear to Netflix and Chill that night. Her friend and roommate, Casey Stevens, confirmed that Albright spent at least part of the afternoon on April 6 in her room after class, staring down at each of the nine pairs of leggings she owns, which were laid out across her bed. Stevens reported that, while Albright “definitely spent the most time” debating after class, she’d also casually mentioned her dilemma the night before at least twice. “I’m glad she did,” Stevens said. “If she had decided to wash one of them, that would’ve thrown off our house laundry schedule for the entire week.” While each pair of leggings she owns is black and made of cotton, with some spandex, Albright insists no pair is exactly alike. “The Nike ones definitely make my butt look the best,” she said. “But this pair I got from Target, like, four years ago is way more comfortable. And I have those other Nike ones, but they kind of have a hole in the crotch, so I only wear those to bed.” She paused. “Usually.” Her ex-boyfriend, Danny Contreras, confirmed that the Nike ones “make her ass look real good,” but acknowledged that the old Target-brand ones are probably more comfortable. Albright said agonizing over which leggings to wear...

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The only baseball preview you need this season

The doldrums endured in the harsh winter months by baseball fans were hardly warmed by a Hot Stove this offseason. This free agent market was closer in consistency to collusion-riddled molasses than the quick flowing open-market that us baseball fans are accustomed to following. In baseball, the season for hope to spring anew is not springtime but winter, when the shackles of a team’s record the previous year are consigned to the history books, and everyone has the same win-loss of 0-0. Championships are won during these winter meetings, when GM’s confer with hungry agents to bring in elite talent at a fairly high cost. None of that happened this year. Rather, teams wary of overpaying for aging talent and emboldened by a favorable Collective Bargaining Agreement spent very little on the free agents. Mid-tier players, the kind of solid dudes that round out a lineup, ended up with pennies on the dollar in their contracts. Unlike the Padres of 2015 or the Dodgers of 2012, there has been no team drastically upending their roster in order to suddenly compete. Rather, they are following the playbook of the Astros and Cubs. Both are two dominant teams which, a few years back, disemboweled their roster of competitive players in order to tank, and then rebuild, the farm system. This is encouraging teams who did poorly in 2016-2017 to feel no...

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Local women are sorry

Almost every female Miami University student reports that they are sorry. Not for anything in particular, most of them were quick to clarify — just in general. Sophomore Sophie Jackson, along with two of her friends, attributed their inexplicable urge to apologize for everything to their polite, Midwestern upbringings. “Actually,” Jackson said, “That’s bullshit. It’s just because I’m a woman.” When a male student seated at the table next to her in Armstrong leaned over to interject, she told him he was wrong. “Sorry,” she promptly apologized, wondering if maybe she had expressed her opinion when he hadn’t explicitly asked for it. Sophomore Christian Lopez said he was unsure why his girlfriend “is always, like, apologizing for everything.” “The other day, I spilled coffee all over her stats homework,” Lopez said. “And she apologized for having it out on the table.” Taylor attempted to justify the apology, saying that she felt as though it was her fault for leaving her homework in a coffee-spillable zone. “First of all, what does that even mean?” Lopez asked, perplexed. Then, when addressing his girlfriend, said, “The only thing you have to apologize for is apologizing too much.” Paul Martinez, Jackson’s business legal studies professor, and Andrea Taylor, her Spanish professor, were both also confounded as to why she — and all their other female students — feel compelled to apologize for everything....

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