Political columns need reform before return
This will be the last time you see an issue of The Vermilion with political columns.
On top of multiple logistical reasons as to why we decided to make the cut, I think a big part of why we chose to cut the columns was mainly because of the polarized thoughts and beliefs labeling the columns “conservative” and “liberal” came with.
That polarization is something neither I nor my editors believe adds to our columns now. The U.S. population is more polarized now than it was during the Civil War, and we believe our political columns only reflected that.
Although government criticism is essential to any successful society, the format we employed didn’t add a fresh perspective to the issues and only mimicked beliefs along party lines.
With our religious, secular, film and music columns, there is always something new to be said. I could start listing some of Ashley Hinson’s music columns that have shook me to the core, but you could just read Audiophile and know exactly what I mean.
The way film columnist Johnny Trosclair writes about the medium obviously comes from a place of passion. The way he writes illustrates his love for movies in a way I could never do.
Secular columnist Dawn Darbonne has been around since before I started copy editing the Vermilion, and I have yet to read a weak piece from her. Every week, she tackles issues in the realm of science and secularism with interesting, thought-provoking prose. She isn’t afraid to call people on her side out, and she’s truly an inpsiration to me as a writer and a follower of rationalism. She’s always been a favorite of mine, as well as many of our other editors.
The weekly rotation of religious columnists keep the column fresh and provide interesting perspective on belief.
Man, writing this made me realize how much I love our other columns. You guys rock.
This is a problem we’ve been wrestling with for as long as I can remember. It got to the point where you could pick up The Verm and not have to read the political columns to know exactly what they’d say. That’s not to take away from some of the talent we’ve had for those columns; it’s more of a statement of the times we’re in.
We’re in the business of disseminating information, and until we can figure out a way we can give our readers political commentary outside party lines, the section will be benched.
We want to have political commentary that adds to the conversations on current affairs and public policy, not just mimick the voices of party leaders and people who toe party minds.
We need fresh thoughts and voices that reach across the aisle.
With the elimination of the political section, we’ll be adding in more news about our school and the surrounding area.
The Verm is always changing, and we hope you’ll like what we put in the place of those columns.
As always, please let us know what you think. My e-mail is in my byline, so feel free to let me know if you like the change, or if you think we messed up.