Articles by parkerbolstad


Vote “huh” on Prop 112

James Madison once wrote that what differentiated the government of the United States from that of previous iterations “[lied] in the total exclusion of the people in their collective capacity.” Madison, perhaps our most crucial Constitutional progenitor, was apprehensive about the public’s ability to properly judge and vote on all the nation’s laws. No current…

ROTC Program at Mines

The Colorado School of Mines has the fourth longest running ROTC program in the country. Since the program’s inception in 1919, more than 2,000 Army officers have been commissioned from the school and, until 1971, all freshmen were required to take at least one year of Military Science classes. Our school’s history with the United…

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Response to Charlottesville

My name is Parker Bolstad and I was last year’s president of Hillel at Mines, the Jewish student organization on campus. I am writing today to talk about the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. I watched in horror as issues that have plighted our country for years — racism, anti-Semitism, radical nationalism — reared…

The Electoral College

The Electoral College, the body of 538 delegates who vote for the president in December, the body created by the constitution, is inherently undemocratic. There I said it, but before you start burning effigies hear me out. We fervently believe in democracy, because it is what makes our country so amazing. We have a society…

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