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Benjamin Nguyen

Benjamin Nguyen

Ben is a Junior at Lakota West High School.  There he serves as the Junior Class Representative of Student Government as well as plays for the Lakota West boys Tennis team.  This is his second year of Journalism and usually writes his passions and interests for the website.  He likes to talk politics, history, philosophy, and theology, as well as just casually talking with good friends.  He is South Vietnamese American, Christian, and 16 years old.  While Ben was born in Columbus, he considers his hometown Hamilton, OH, as he lived there for the first 10 years of his life.

 

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DeSantis Drops Out: Endorses Trump

DeSantis Drops Out: Endorses Trump

Benjamin Nguyen February 1, 2024

On Sunday, January 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended his campaign to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States.  This came almost a week after his second-place finish in the Iowa caucus, carrying 9 delegates and 21.2% of the vote,...

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Buckeye Brief III: DeWine Vetoes SAFE Act; Assembly Overrides

Buckeye Brief III: DeWine Vetoes SAFE Act; Assembly Overrides

Benjamin Nguyen February 1, 2024

Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine vetoed the Saving Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act on Dec. 29th, 2023.  His move resulted in overwhelming backlash from his own party and particularly the Ohio General Assembly, which is controlled by a...

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No Secrets: Epsteins Contacts Revealed

No Secrets: Epstein’s Contacts Revealed

Benjamin Nguyen January 29, 2024

In December, a federal court judge ordered that names relating to Epstein’s court documents be released.  More than 150 individuals are named, including alleged abusers and those who were abused.  The release of the names comes amid continued outrage...

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The Unfiltered Argument For Israel

The Unfiltered Argument For Israel

Benjamin Nguyen December 14, 2023

Israel is a situation not unlike my own story, beginning in Saigon, South Vietnam.  America had promised support but as public support turned, so did the tide of war.  South Vietnam fell on April 30th, 1975.  The Fall of Saigon marks a pivotal point...

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Buckeye Brief II: Senate Election 2024

Buckeye Brief II: Senate Election 2024

Benjamin Nguyen November 16, 2023

Election season is back, as Ohio prepares for what is forming to be a heavily contested Senate Election.  Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is up for re-election, for what could be his third term as a US Senator, having served since 2007.  Senator Brown is...

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Buckeye Brief I: Ohio November Issue 1 & 2

Buckeye Brief I: Ohio November Issue 1 & 2

Benjamin Nguyen November 6, 2023

On November 7th, Ohioans will decide whether or not to put into law, or reject, Issues 1 & 2 of the 2023 November Ohio Election.  These measures have raked in millions of dollars for both sides' ability to campaign in getting out the messages: Yes...

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Bidens Katrina Moment: Maui Burned, the President Tanned

Biden’s Katrina Moment: Maui Burned, the President Tanned

Benjamin Nguyen September 21, 2023

In 2005, on August 29th, a category 5 hurricane hit the United States making landfall on Gulf Coast states. Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest and costliest natural disasters to befall the United States. While Katrina hit the United States on...

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Interview with Sara Carruthers

Interview with Sara Carruthers

Benjamin Nguyen June 16, 2023

On June 2nd, I was fortunate enough to interview State Representative Sara Carruthers who represents Ohio House District 47.  I interviewed the Representative for her close relationship with Butler County and the down to earth prospective she could provide. ...

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Opinion: Criticism of Social Conservatism

Opinion: Criticism of Social Conservatism

Benjamin Nguyen May 18, 2023

Throughout the early 21st century we’ve seen social policy and social movements revive in relation to policies and social phenomenons.  Among these huge social policies are LGBTQ+ rights.  Following the Obergefell v. Hodges decision by the United...

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Joe’s All In: President Biden Runs For Re-Election

Joe’s All In: President Biden Runs For Re-Election

Benjamin Nguyen May 1, 2023

President Biden formally announced on Tuesday, April 25th, that he is running for re-election.  The 80-year-old Biden asked the American people to re-elect him in 2024 saying “Let’s get the job done!”  The President faces an uphill battle as he...

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The Mickey Mouse Fight House: DeSantis v. Disney

The Mickey Mouse Fight House: DeSantis v. Disney

Benjamin Nguyen March 31, 2023

On February 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed HB9B (2023) into Florida State Law.  HB9B’s purpose: to end Disney’s reign over its special district formerly granted to it by the State of Florida.  Prior to the bill, Disney had special...

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The White House Oilman: Biden Approves Willow Project

The White House Oilman: Biden Approves Willow Project

Benjamin Nguyen March 31, 2023

President Joe Biden approved the Willow Master Development Plan on March 13th, after controversy with climate activists regarding the environmental catastrophe the project may result in.  The Administration as a whole is taking flak for its seeming abandonment...

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Trump Arrest Rumors Loom Over 2024 Election

Trump Arrest Rumors Loom Over 2024 Election

Benjamin Nguyen March 30, 2023

On March 17th leaks from the Manhattan DA’s office of Alvin Bragg surfaced speculating that the DA’s office planned for the indictment and arrest of former President Donald Trump.  These rumors were heightened and used by right-wing influencers and...

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Teacher Feature: Karsten Klint

Teacher Feature: Karsten Klint

Benjamin Nguyen March 7, 2023

Mr. Klint is a teacher here at Lakota West.  His subject is AP Social Studies, specifically US and European history.  While a catchphrase of his class is ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ the opposite will be done as this West Press Teacher Feature highlights...

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The Republican Showdown: Nikki Haley Runs For President

The Republican Showdown: Nikki Haley Runs For President

Benjamin Nguyen February 24, 2023

Former South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, has thrown her hat in to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States in 2024.  She challenges the frontrunner, former President Donald Trump who lost the 2020 election to incumbent President...

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East Palestine Train Derailment; National Responses

East Palestine Train Derailment; National Responses

Benjamin Nguyen February 23, 2023

On February 3rd, 2023, a freight train from the Norfolk Southern Railway Company derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, near the OH-PA border. The train was carrying vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, as well as other hazardous chemicals and combustible liquids....

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Peanut President: The Close of the Carter Legacy

Peanut President: The Close of the Carter Legacy

Benjamin Nguyen February 23, 2023

Former President James “Jimmy” Earl Carter has decided to discontinue hospital visits after a string of stays opting for hospice care, in a statement released by The Carter Center.  The 98-year-old Former President has within the past 10 years broken...

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Buckeye State Hit With Red Wave

Buckeye State Hit With Red ‘Wave’

Benjamin Nguyen November 17, 2022

The Midterm Elections in Ohio were Tuesday, November 8th and the battle for the Governor's mansion and the open senate seat came to a close with republicans Mike DeWine and JD Vance seeing themselves re-elected.  The campaigns went on for nearly a year...

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