Heather Tomko Contributing Editor

Class of 2010


  • ADA should apply to all areas

    The age-old argument of church-versus-state has gotten a lot of media attention lately with the passage of Proposition 8 in California. While present attention is focused on this dichotomy regarding gay marriage, other aspects of the debate often go unnoticed.

    Forum | November 24, 2008
  • Predicting political activism

    To most high school students, the football team’s record or the Homecoming King overshadow any need to understand politics.

    But for a short while, local high school students shifted their focus away from gossip circles when they held mock presidential elections last week. The program, which originated in 1988, had around 350,000 participants across the state.

    Forum | November 10, 2008
  • Is Pittsburgh ready for glam?

    Pittsburgh has never been hailed for its shopping or fashion culture. However, fashion aficionados in the area can now do some serious shopping (and burn through some serious cash) with the opening of a number of specialty stores in Ross Park Mall. The mall is getting a major face-lift with the opening of Nordstrom, which is bringing Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Kate Spade, and Michael ...

    Forum | November 3, 2008
  • Ecuador’s constitutional amendment will benefit environment

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” So states the Declaration of Independence, when listing the rights granted to all citizens of the United States.

    Forum | October 13, 2008
  • Corn syrup commercials perpetuate unhealthy eating

    Cigarette advertisements were banned from television in the 1970s because of the product’s potential heath risk. This, along with others, is an example of past recognition of the power of commercial advertisements.

    However, recently, a surprising new series of commercials advertising questionable products have been playing on television — commercials for high fructose corn syrup.

    Forum | September 22, 2008