Marching with the Resistance

Author: Jack Riedy

Inauguration Day was cold and gray, but on the day of the Women’s March, South Bend was as warm and sunny as the first day of spring. Like spring, it was the birth of something. In the shadow of construction in downtown South Bend, people gathered to build a movement. 

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All the Times I Have Embarrassed Myself in a Fast Food Restaurant

Author: Jack Riedy

Hello. My name is Jack. I am a 21-year-old person recovering from an accident. That was foreshadowing. Thank you for reading this piece. Can you guess how many of these stories take place in a McDonald’s? Three of these stories do that. That was also foreshadowing.

I tried to walk through a Florida McDonald’s drive-thru with my friend Kyle. We were in town for his older sister’s wedding. The doors to the McDonald’s across the street from our hotel were closed, but we could see employees working. They ignored our waves and told us over the speakers that we needed a vehicle to order food.…

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Reunite the Original American Idol Judges to Judge the 2016 Presidential Debates

Author: Jack Riedy

Since 2009, a great absence has haunted this nation. The philosophical balance that drives this country forward has been replaced by acrimony and discord. Only one solution can restore harmony to our culture: Reuniting the original American Idol judges to moderate the 2016 presidential debates. 

In the halcyon days of the new millennium, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson guided the zeitgeist as judges on FOX’s American Idol. From 2002 until Abdul’s departure in 2009, this trio critiqued countless singers. With the guidance of the judges, America voted powerhouses like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Lee DeWyze to be our Idols, sending them to the top of our hearts before they reached the top of the charts. …

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