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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...

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...

Mindfulness activities ineffective

Tennam Gyaldatsang

November 17, 2019

The use of mindfulness activities during school is a waste of precious class time which could be utilized for implied actual classwork. My own experience with mindfulness activities is that 10-15 minutes of the class is spent by students either not listening or dozing off. The amount of wasted time out...

Park pride Schoology notifications harm community

Park pride Schoology notifications harm community

Colin Canaday

November 2, 2019

Every day, at seemingly inconsistent times, hundreds of Park students receive Schoology notifications designed to recognize their accomplishments in five specific areas: Purpose, Relationships, Inclusiveness, Dependability and Excellence. Although this program was clearly created with good intentions, ...

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...

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...

Delayed remorse for anti-Semitic cartoon

Delayed remorse for anti-Semitic cartoon

Adin Zweigbaum

May 1, 2019

The New York Times apologized for their anti-Semitic cartoon three days too late. The cartoon shouldn’t have been uploaded in the first place, but three days is too much to wait for an apology. The New York Times published a cartoon April 25 depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ...

Notre Dame disaster uncovers one-sided attention

Notre Dame disaster uncovers one-sided attention

Abby Intveld

April 24, 2019

On the evening of April 15, two prominent religious buildings burst into flames from separate causes — the Notre Dame in Paris and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Yet most people, including me, only knew about the Catholic Church’s tragedy. The disaster in Paris overwhelmed the media, with almost every m...

Hateful sign at Minnetonka High School fuels anti-Semitism

Hateful sign at Minnetonka High School fuels anti-Semitism

Tamar Gewirtz

February 17, 2019

Although anti-Semitism is far from new, it is not too often we hear about anti-Semitic activity taking place so close to home. When a Minnetonka high school student asked another out to Sno Daze using an anti-Semitic sign referencing Hitler, the incident was felt throughout all of Minnesota. As a Jew living just one suburb away, in a community full of Jewish people, the anti-Semitic sign shook me to my core. In...

Staff Editorial: Evicted before convicted program must be stopped

Staff Editorial: Evicted before convicted program must be stopped

January 23, 2019

Since 2008, the crime-free housing ordinance has been in effect in St. Louis Park. According to the city, it was put in place to address concerns about disorderly and criminal activity in housing units. The ordinance allows St. Louis Park police to tell landlords to evict tenants for reported instances ...

University of Minnesota finally hires female president

University of Minnesota finally hires female president

Marta Hill

January 18, 2019

In the 167 year history of the University of Minnesota, 16 men have filled the role of university president. That will all change come July 1, 2019 when Joan T.A. Gabel will become the president of the university, according to the University of Minnesota. Currently, Gabel serves as provost at the University of South Carolina, and will continue to serve there until she assumes the po...

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