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Staff Editorial: Shortened winter break prompts many perspectives

Staff Editorial: Shortened winter break prompts many perspectives

December 19, 2019

With a shorter winter break, the Echo Editorial Board feels this change may be detrimental to students despite its benefits. For the 2019-2020 school year, winter break will last Dec. 21–Jan. 2, less than the previous year’s winter break which spanned from Dec. 22–Jan. 6. The final day of school for Park this school year is June 4, earlier t...

United States assists Chinese citizens in fight for democracy

United States assists Chinese citizens in fight for democracy

Tamar Gewirtz

December 19, 2019

Minnesota soybean farms are going into bankruptcy at increasing rates. This is all because China, the largest purchaser of soybeans in the world, is imposing tariffs on United States soybeans. These tariffs are a response to tariffs imposed on China by the United States government to pressure China into ...

Methodist Hospital provides wonderful assist to Muslim women

Methodist Hospital provides wonderful assist to Muslim women

Tobias Khabie

December 17, 2019

Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park recently became the first hospital in the country to sell hijabs, a scarf that covers the hair of religious Muslim women. By doing this, the hospital will help patients and staff alike. Due to St. Louis Park’s high population of Muslims, there is a need in hospitals for reli...

Lawsuit against JUUL provides positive message

Lawsuit against JUUL provides positive message

Lilly Strathman

December 17, 2019

Minnesota sued JUUL Dec. 4, accusing the e-cigarette company of targeting youth as consumers. By displaying the idea that e-cigarettes are dangerous and deterring support for tobacco, the amount of e-cigarettes used by younger generations will hopefully decrease.  Minnesota taking action against JUUL for tar...

Students prevented from printing at school

Students prevented from printing at school

Samantha Klepfer

December 17, 2019

In high school, it is required for many classes that students print assignments. In some cases, it’s required that students print during their class period. When students aren’t able to perform this integral job, it slows down classes and other school functions. Many students utilize the printers in the Li...

Staff Editorial: Hennepin County should vote to welcome refugees

Staff Editorial: Hennepin County should vote to welcome refugees

December 13, 2019

Following an executive order issued by President Trump Sept. 26, a North Dakota county created local tensions by considering a ban on refugees. Burleigh County attracted national attention over a rule mentioned in the executive order, authorizing both the State and local government to express written co...

Non-binary emojis add inclusivity

Non-binary emojis add inclusivity

Zuhayb Yassin

December 12, 2019

With the new iOS 13.2 update, Apple added non-binary emojis. I support their addition of gender-neutral emojis in their software update. Since Apple added new non-binary emojis, users don’t have to identify themselves as feminine or masculine. Before the update, it is understandable that people may ...

EPA must add Park to National Priority List

EPA must add Park to National Priority List

Henry Brettingen

December 6, 2019

The Superfund is a program that allocates federal funds to clean up pollution that are too complex for states to handle by themselves. The National Priority List is a list of sites that will be given priority for the Superfund program. The Superfund program will help clean up potentially hazardous s...

Staff Editorial: SOAR meeting sparks important dialogue

Staff Editorial: SOAR meeting sparks important dialogue

December 5, 2019

The St. Louis Park community places significant value on diversity and student voices. This culminated in the meeting of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) Nov. 19. The Echo Editorial Board applauds SOAR for creating this opportunity for student voices to be heard. Conversations about race are very impo...

Likes on Instagram repress self-worth

Likes on Instagram repress self-worth

Ruthie Posada

December 3, 2019

The number of likes on Instagram has an incredible influence over teens and young adults today in a way that is not always positive. By taking away the number of likes, the mental health of social media users will significantly improve. The fact that Instagram has taken action to address one of the n...

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