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Staff Editorial: Local Trump rally sparks division

Staff Editorial: Local Trump rally sparks division

October 17, 2019

The night of the Trump rally Oct. 10, gloomy skies and flurries of rain complemented the unfolding chaos below as the president spewed hate before a large audience of his supporters inside the Target Center, sheltered from thousands more protesting outside. Although Trump stuck to the basics for much of the rally — focusing on the booming economy, corrupt media and the ongoing impeach...

Deja vu in Minnesota

Deja vu in Minnesota

Tobias Khabie

October 11, 2019

The 2019 Minnesota Twins will be remembered by most fans as the team to break the home run record by hitting a staggering 307 home runs in a single season. For us Twins fans, however, we will remember them for making history in a different way; when the Twins lost to the New York Yankees in the America...

Impeachment splits country

Impeachment splits country

Tobias Khabie

October 7, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi rattled the country when she announced House Democrats would be moving forward with the impeachment process of President Trump. By doing this, Pelosi has created even more drama in Washington and the country is now as divided as ever.  According to the New York Times, this move c...

Adding LGBTQ+ pioneers to schools’ curriculum

Adding LGBTQ+ pioneers to schools’ curriculum

Tamar Gewirtz

October 4, 2019

The history of the LGBTQ+ community is rarely talked about, and when it is, it's usually just in passing. But this is beginning to change. On August 9, Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois implemented the Inclusive Curriculum Law; a law that mandates schools to teach about LGBTQ+ pioneers, among other groups of people. Now is the time for other states, including Minnesota, to follow su...

Forced body cavity searches violate human rights

Forced body cavity searches violate human rights

Tamar Gewirtz

September 29, 2019

Protecting the civil rights of those accused of crimes has always been a challenge. A measure of our humanity, however, is the way we treat those who have the fewest rights.  Strip searching prisoners and conducting body cavity searches has been a longstanding practice in the criminal justice syst...

Unlocked locker rooms alleviate inconvenience

Unlocked locker rooms alleviate inconvenience

Isra Mohamed

September 29, 2019

The new locker room policy put in place during the first few weeks of school prevented student athletes from using their athletic lockers before school, which proved inconvenient for their already busy schedules.  The administration recently updated the policy to allow student athletes to have time in ...

Staff Editorial: Global Climate Strike week creates opportunity for activism

Staff Editorial: Global Climate Strike week creates opportunity for activism

September 27, 2019

In the past week, hundreds of communities have rallied together as part of the Global Climate Strike. Not only did Minnesota host a strike Sept. 20, but students from Park also have the opportunity to take part in the fight to end the age of fossil fuels.  After not being able to rally at the first Global Climate Strike Sept. 20 at the State Capitol becaus...

Staff Editorial: E-cigarette flavors ban serves as necessary step

Staff Editorial: E-cigarette flavors ban serves as necessary step

September 21, 2019

Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes will bring much needed change to combat the vaping epidemic. Without access to appealing types of pods such as mango and mint, many middle and high schoolers will be prevented from ever getting addicted. According to the Center for Disease Control a...

Racist incidents ignored in Chaska schools

Racist incidents ignored in Chaska schools

Lily Simonett

September 21, 2019

Six Chaska students and their families are suing the school district after the school officials ignored blatantly racist actions against their students.  This is a scary reality for many students and I think the lawsuit is a necessity.  According to Star Tribune  the nearly 50-page lawsuit “asks for a j...

Staff Editorial: New bathroom policy neglects student needs

Staff Editorial: New bathroom policy neglects student needs

September 11, 2019

In order to succeed, students must have their basic in-school needs met, including access to a bathroom. However, due to the numerous closures and the poorly thought out release of the new bathroom-pass policy, Park administrators have failed to provide for their students. According to assistant principals Todd Goggl...

Hands-Free Law improves road safety

Hands-Free Law improves road safety

Maddie Schutte

September 11, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s new Hands-Free Law will keep drivers’ hands off their phones and on the wheel again. This new legislation will protect the lives of Minnesotans every day. Gov. Walz signed the bill April 12 and it went into effect Aug 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Publi...

Xcel Energy’s climate reforms fall short

Xcel Energy’s climate reforms fall short

Gabriel Kaplan

June 7, 2019

As a planet, we are on a crash course with the climate crisis — but it’s not too late to change policy. According to the United Nations, we must cut global emissions in half in just 10 years in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. However, a large number of nations lack the reso...

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