C2M Opinion Editor William Rose

OPINION: Why sequestration is problematic

The United States cannot sustainably spend more money than it takes in—period. There will be a point where we are so tragically in debt, countries will stop buying our bonds and investing in the American economy. At the point that the world recognizes our budgetary issues cause us to be an unsustainable black hole, America itself will lose potency and further degrade its reputation.

OPINION: The importance of confirming Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel has a good history. Because of his fairly clean, relatively moderate and free-thinking background, it’s not particularly surprising that he was chosen by President Obama to be the next Secretary of Defense. As a Republican senator from Nevada, Hagel voted largely along Republican Party lines, receiving a lifetime rating of 84 percent from the American Conservative Union. After retiring from the Senate, he entered the realm of academia as a professor at Georgetown University.

OPINION: Campus construction is a cause for frustration

As the semester begins, prospective students stroll along the sidewalks of campus with their parents. Some of these school-scouts have likely visited Virginia Tech or The University of Virginia, two schools which boast stately architecture and a beautiful symmetry. Though I was not able to visit any universities before I enrolled at Mason, my first impression of the school was that it seemed park-like. Winding concrete sidewalks took students on tiny adventures to undiscovered buildings with odd names.

OPINION: When is it appropriate to begin decorating for the holidays?

Connect2Mason conducted a poll in which 69 respondents gave us their opinion  concerning the appropriate time to begin decorating for the holidays. The results might surprise you. 

OPINION: Extramarital affairs should not affect the employment status of government officials

Correction: An earlier version of this column stated that Bill Clinton had stepped down from the presidency over his impeachment trial. This was a mistake and has now been changed to say that he was impeached.

OPINION: Though Romney outperformed in debate, he failed to capture my vote

To me, it is—frankly—surprising that anyone is undecided in this election.

OPINION: The fallacy with the Libertarian economic argument

“Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness.” - Viktor Frankl