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Working over holidays beneficial, rewarding

Atticus Raasch
December 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Although widely considered a family day, holiday hours are one of the best opportunities for showing initiative and determination within the workplace. Working for a company is a test of skill and character. Taking shifts during holidays often gains recognition from employers. Workers who are new...

Gun-Free Zones do not stop crime

Adah Koivula
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

It seems day after day we hear news of more people dying in places that were specifically deemed safe zones. The idea was to protect citizens in malls, movie theaters, any public place, primarily schools. The safety was provided by “Gun Free Zones” and that meant nobody would ever bring a gun into tha...

The Represented Virtues of Hijab (Part 1)

Hadeal Rizeq
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

I started wearing the hijab full-time in eighth grade. Everything was so beautiful about the new way I dressed. Everyone admired the way my hijab gracefully complimented my outfit. It felt especially wonderful knowing it was the first day of Eid- Al-Adha, where all Muslims are able to get together, carnival...

President elect shuns equality and worth

Hadeal Rizeq
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

As I prepare for school in the mornings following the electoral results, all I worry about is the fate of minorities living in America. Throughout the 512 days President-elect Donald Trump campaigned across the United States, he never showed sympathy toward discriminated minorities. The way T...

Kaepernick uses platform as athlete to affect necessary change

Sydney Hall
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against the brutal police killings of innocent black citizens of our country is pertinent to raising awareness and creating conversation about race in the United States. Follow...

My wake-up call

My wake-up call

Sydney Hall
November 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

When I was seven years old, there was nothing I wanted more than to be president of the United States. My parents, the good-hearted people they are, nurtured this passion and bought me a book about women of political power in the United States. Among these amazing women was Hillary Rodham Clinton. ...

Polling system unfairly inaccessible

Max Bechtold
November 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

American voting regulations suppress many citizens’ right to voice their political opinions by complicating the polling process. According to the United States Elections Project, the 2014 midterm election experienced the lowest voter turnout since the 1942 midterm. Both midterm elections showed recor...

Donald Trump, you do not represent me

Adah Koivula
October 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

I once was a proud Republican. Now, the name makes me feel dirty. I don’t feel proud of it, because the party who nominated Donald Trump no longer represents my values. The Republican Party originally attracted me because of its message of political and economic freedom. Our Founding Fathers be...

New grading system creates disadvantage

Maggie Bahnson
October 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns, Uncategorized

The new grading system used by Park’s Science and Math departments ignores the needs of many students. Now, 80 percent of a student’s final grade comes from summative assignments, such as tests, presentations and projects while the other 20 percent comes from class work, participation, homework, q...

My iron pills are saving my life

Genesis Buckhalton
September 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

My vision was blurred. I couldn't feel my legs or the rest of my body. My head was pounding  incessantly. I thought I was going to throw up but the sensation passes. Out of nowhere, everything goes black. I passed out. It all started last fall when I tried to donate blood at Park’s annual blood d...

St. Louis Park money going toward unnecessary projects

Max Blackburn
June 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

The city of St. Louis Park is currently adding on to the Rec Center with a needless outdoor recreational facility designed for skating in the winter and other sports and events during the summer. The total cost of this new facility hovers around $8.5 million, but could be as low as $8.1 million depend...

Incorporate productivity into end of senior year

Jackson Eilers
June 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

At the end of the school year, high school seniors are at a point in their life when they are about to take a course unique to them. Each are going their own direction and are at different stages of planning their next step, but all are still counting the days until graduation. However, at Park, many seniors are in the sa...

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