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Opinions: Protests lack clear leadership, direction

Opinions: Protests lack clear leadership, direction

Adah Koivula

February 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

The “Not My President” protests are immature and uninformed. At noon Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, and no protests or hashtags are going to change that. According to the First Amendment, all Americans have the right to protest the President ...

False news sources create lack of trust

False news sources create lack of trust

Alec Pittman

January 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

Starting off as a simple conversation about the recent political happenings around the country these past three months, a well-intended discussion often leads to an angry argument. Throughout the presidential campaign, both candidates used news sources and media to attack the other. The candidates made o...

Trump picks EPA director unfit for job

Trump picks EPA director unfit for job

Jayne Stevenson

January 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is a threat to the future of the earth. Pruitt is a critic of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has attempted to weaken the agency’s actions. According to the Washington Post, th...

Teachers should create unbiased classroom

Teachers should create unbiased classroom

Yonit Krebs

January 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

Teachers have a role to ensure their classroom is open for discussion and to encourage informed decision-making. Politics are a tough topic, especially after the recent presidential election’s chaos, for teachers to keep neutral. Not only can their expression of political views detrimentally inf...

Frigid temperatures provide bonding opportunity

Frigid temperatures provide bonding opportunity

Alec Pittman

December 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Although temperatures below zero aren’t popular with the majority, the cold front creates alternative positives often overlooked. The wintry conditions offer numerous activities to do that otherwise go ignored or aren’t done when the weather is warm. The freezing temperatures constitute an environ...

Working over holidays beneficial, rewarding

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

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)

The Represented Virtues of Hijab (Part 1)

Hadeal Rizeq

December 6, 2016


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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

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

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

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...

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