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Staff Editorial: March against fossil fuels encourages change

Staff Editorial: March against fossil fuels encourages change

November 1, 2018


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On Sunday, Oct. 28 an anti-fossil fuel march was held in St. Paul, Minnesota in solidarity with Youth v. Gov suing the federal government for the cause of climate change. Students organized the march to show they are the future and to stand with the 21 youths who are bringing the case to trial. Acc...

Staff Editorial: Drug Take Back Day needs more promotion

Staff Editorial: Drug Take Back Day needs more promotion

October 20, 2018


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St. Louis Park will participate in the 16th national Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27, a day in which anyone can drop off expired or unused prescription drugs, according to the St. Louis Park City website. People will be able to bring in their drugs to the St. Louis Park Police Department from 10 a.m...

School now enforcing Pledge of Allegiance law

School now enforcing Pledge of Allegiance law

May 6, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Staff Editorials

Park administrators began enforcing Minnesota Statute 121A.11 on April 18, which mandates a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance school-wide. Despite dissenting reactions from students, the editorial board believes the administration’s action is justified. As established in West Vir...

Assassins game appears insensitive

Assassins game appears insensitive

April 14, 2018


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Every year, two seniors organize a game of assassins — an activity centered around students hunting other students with Nerf guns. The current educational and political climate brings new layers to the context of the game that cannot be ignored, including increased awareness of gun violence. ...

March amplifies voices

March amplifies voices

March 16, 2018


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In light of the recent Parkland shooting, activism surrounding gun violence is on the rise with students at the forefront. Because of this, the voices of teenagers are more important than ever. The recent walkout, organized by students, stands as an excellent example of the power of student action ...

Students must understand consequences, reasons for walkout

Students must understand consequences, reasons for walkout

March 12, 2018


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Students who wish to participate in a walkout during school hours should be aware of the consequences which come with this protest. Those who walkout of class will be marked absent from the classes they miss. According to American Civil Liberties Union, the students are required by law to attend class,...

Climate Plan creates opportunity for student action toward environmental sustainability

Climate Plan creates opportunity for student action toward environmental sustainability

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

On Feb. 5, the St. Louis Park City Council unanimously passed a brand new Climate Action Plan spearheaded by Park’s own Roots and Shoots, iMatter, and the St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission. This Climate Action Plan (CAP) includes the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality...

Drug policy should be more accessible

Drug policy should be more accessible

November 17, 2017


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According to the student handbook, “possession, use or being under the influence of any narcotic, drug or controlled substance, alcohol or other mood-altering substance, while on school grounds” is prohibited. However, the Echo editorial board feels students have not been made blatantly aware of...

Staff editorial: Distracted driving must be addressed, ended

Staff editorial: Distracted driving must be addressed, ended

October 2, 2017


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The issue of distracted driving resides strongly within our community, with the tragic loss of Officer William Mathews Sept. 8. The editorial board believes now is time to act on safer driving. A current petition brought forth by senior Katie Fredrickson asking to initiate a “hands-free” law has alre...

Administration must prepare for dance changes

Administration must prepare for dance changes

September 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

In hopes of allowing more students to attend the dance this school year, Student Council elected to host the Homecoming dance in the high school’s gym. For the past several years, the Homecoming dance has been at a location other than the high school. This resulted in higher ticket prices ranging...

Open mindedness key to better political discourse

Open mindedness key to better political discourse

March 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

With the increasingly tense political climate, the editorial board believes Park must better work toward fostering a community where all voices are respected. We must ensure people with opposing opinions feel safe and respected. The key aim of our community should be creating an environment where s...

Students must question all perspectives

Students must question all perspectives

November 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

  As the election approaches, students must critically analyze all information presented to them when forming their own political opinions. It is important students do not unquestionably accept the views of their parents or peers. They must learn to think critically for themselves. Paren...

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