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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...

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...

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...

Staff Editorial: New Graduation speakers allow for inclusivity

Staff Editorial: New Graduation speakers allow for inclusivity

June 5, 2019

Because we are an upstanding community, we must strive to ensure all voices within our community are heard. Every year families of high school students come together for Commencement and expect to hear the year’s valedictorians speak. However, this class’s 11 valedictorians voted to allow other...

Staff Editorial: Game of Assassins should consider expense in the future

April 28, 2019

The 2019 Park Assassins game commenced April 21 with leaders anguishing over the details of the game, yet failing to account for the game’s inclusivity as cost could be keeping people from participating. The objective of Assassins is to kill everyone on the six-person hit list the leaders of the game...

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

April 16, 2019

How can we call ourselves a “caring, diverse community” — as the district does in its mission statement — if we are an exclusive one? By originally scheduling Prom on Ramadan, the administration isolated Muslim students and failed to act in the best interest of the entire community. Although ...

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

April 10, 2019

The morning of April 11 will be a crowded one for Park, as around 500 educators from around the country will be coming together for the National Building Assets, Reducing Risks Conference hosted by the school. Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) contains policies that are meant to create teacher-stu...

College scam hurts Park student’s chances

College scam hurts Park student’s chances

April 3, 2019

The arrest of 50 celebrities, business owners and a number of other wealthy individuals has exposed what many already assumed about college admissions; the wealthy have the easiest access to the most elite schools. The Echo Editorial Board feels it is unfair for colleges to prioritize money over actual...

Staff Editorial: Nature center renovation needs re-evaluation

Staff Editorial: Nature center renovation needs re-evaluation

March 19, 2019

This month, the city of St. Louis Park is exploring the use of bonds to obtain $22 million in order to work toward several projects and renovations. The Echo Editorial Board sees this as a misdirected use of funds. The majority of the money will go toward renovating the Westwood Hills Nature Cente...

Staff Editorial: Introduction to new net neutrality bill beneficial to community

Staff Editorial: Introduction to new net neutrality bill beneficial to community

March 17, 2019

The issue of net neutrality has been a lingering question in our government for several years now. Earlier this year, the Federal Communication Commission repealed net neutrality, allowing internet providers to block and prioritize certain users over others. To combat this, Rep. Paul Thissen and Sen. ...

Staff Editorial: Hands-free driving bill presents solution

February 28, 2019

Recently, a bill to restrict phone usage while driving has gained support in the House of Representatives and Senate among both Republicans and Democrats. The Echo Editorial Board sees this as a step in the right direction, towards safer driving for everyone. According to the Minnesota House of Representative...

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