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Inmates fight fires in California

Inmates fight fires in California

Emma Yarger

December 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

The U.S. prison system is already unfair, corporatized and racist. Now it is using prisoners to fight the fires in California. These inmates are being placed in harm's way and given unfair wages all for the benefit of the state. They are being treated as slaves. According to CNBC, inmates were fighting the...

Focus on school safety provides reassurance

Focus on school safety provides reassurance

Maddie Schutte

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

The joint St. Louis Park City Council and School Board’s latest meeting regarding the new safety measures and potential mental health resources to be implemented in Park schools helped to return the overall feeling of safety in the community. Participating in the April 20 National School Walkout last year ...

Conservative win may have unintended consequences

Conservative win may have unintended consequences

Samantha Klepfer

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

All across the nation women cried as Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional statement describing when Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in college. Nine days later the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh with a two-vote margin in Kavanaugh’s favor, according to The New Yor...

Broader gender options for driver’s licenses

Broader gender options  for driver’s licenses

Maria Perez Barriga

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The new gender option on driver’s licenses gives people the option to choose neither male nor female. “Gender identification is a self-descriptor like eye color, height and weight. Licenses will either have an M, F or X noted in the gender section,” a statement released by the Minnesota Drive...

Tragedy brings solidarity to Jewish community

Tragedy brings solidarity  to Jewish community

Talia Lissauer

October 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

I never realized the extent of anti-semitism until I saw the news report of a shooting at a synagogue. At Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a Jewish congregation was practicing their religion when a gunman opened fire while yelling anti-Semitic slurs using an AR-15 killed 11 innocent people and w...

Scams interrupt daily life

Scams interrupt daily life

Evelyn Nelson

October 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The beginning of this year has made me realize how apparent spam messages from phone calls, text messages and everyday interactions I was truly receiving. The problem only increasing when receiving up to four phone calls from random numbers in one class, distracting my learning during school. I was n...

Nike ad with Kaepernick receives unnecessary backlash

Nike ad with Kaepernick receives unnecessary backlash

Maddie Schutte

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

Prompting severe backlash from some and immense support from others, new Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick shows bravery and dedication to a movement that isn’t leaving any time soon. Kaepernick first tweeted the ad on Sept. 3. It was a black and white photo of him with the quote, “Believe in somet...

Opinion: Ilhan Omar, a luke-warm candidate

Opinion: Ilhan Omar, a luke-warm candidate

Gabriel Kaplan

August 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns, Showcase

State Representative Ilhan Omar will be able to serve the 5th Congressional District using a national voice unlike that of any recent 5th District representative, but her past comments on Israel are concerning. Following Omar’s Democratic Primary win on August 14, the candidate is on track to beco...

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

William Phelan

May 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

On May 16th, my IB testing concluded with the Spanish B SL exam. 22 hours of sitting in a desk over the course of the last two weeks, taking some of the highest pressure tests of my life thus far. However, if I had the choice I would do it over again in a heartbeat. As an IB diploma candidate, these past two y...

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Sofie Geretz

May 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

In response to the many school shootings taking place around America, some schools have decided to take preventive measures. Hopkins, Southwest and Park have all acted differently to combat this issue, Park being the least active. Hopkins decided to implement door alarms to their school to ensure the securit...

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