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Impeachment looks good on Trump

Impeachment looks good on Trump

Benjy Chait

November 12, 2019

Donald Trump has been committing impeachable acts for the past three years and it’s finally catching up to him.  The most recent offense is the Ukraine scandal. It all started with Paul Manafort, a political consultant who would give the scum of the earth advice on how to stay in power. In 2004, Pa...

Renaming Columbus day isn’t enough

Renaming Columbus day isn’t enough

Leah Carrier

November 12, 2019

If a robber were caught stealing a diamond from a jewelry store, they’d probably be arrested and fined. If a murderer were identified, they’d be put in jail, and in some states, sentenced to death. But when US colonists themselves were accused of the homicide and maltreatment of Native Americans, our fervor...

America’s choice to pull out of Syria is a disgrace

America’s choice to pull out of Syria is a disgrace

Luke Widenhouse

November 11, 2019

President Trump’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Northern Syria must be met with the sharpest of criticism.  The Kurds have been our allies in our war against ISIS. Yet, President Trump’s decision has directly put the Kurds at the mercy of Turkey as they launch a major offensive ...

Global tragedies require more than a tweet to fix

Global tragedies require more than a tweet to fix

Jack Bartlett

October 14, 2019

It seems like every day, without fail, a new tragedy floods our social media feeds. Stories about the war in Yemen, Flint’s lead-polluted water, or the Amazon rainforest on fire loom over us. But then, skip to the next week. Where’s the outrage? Where are the people preaching about ‘saving the r...

Stop blaming the opioid epidemic on the victims of chronic pain

Stop blaming the opioid epidemic on the victims of chronic pain

Sophia Tatton

October 13, 2019

Over the last several years, the opioid crisis has escalated rapidly and captivated a significant corner of the media. This epidemic began with the over-prescription of opioid drugs, specifically to treat chronic pain, a fact that is constantly pointed out in the recent torrent of negative articles on...

Political activism shouldn’t have an age requirement

Political activism shouldn’t have an age requirement

Aaron Gorman

October 13, 2019

As the political world becomes increasingly polarized, celebrities are under immense pressure to take some form of a stand. But what about child stars? Do they have the same obligation as their older counterparts to become politically active, or does their age mean that they should avoid politics enti...

We can’t label migrant facilities without experiencing them

We can’t label migrant facilities without experiencing them

Alexander Diaz-Lopez and Shirah Lister

October 13, 2019

After searching for a home for the new child migrant detention center, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has found the ‘perfect’ place: Takoma Park. People from all wards have shared opinions on the matter, but because of the obscurity surrounding the migrant ‘facilities,’ a tru...

Holocaust terminology: inappropriate or acceptable?

Holocaust terminology: inappropriate or acceptable?

Gabriel Satin

October 13, 2019

“This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying,” Tweeted Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), the New York Representative, after visiting a border detention cen...

State hate: Which states’ gotta hit the road?

State hate: Which states’ gotta hit the road?

Shirah Lister and Sarah Morgan

October 10, 2019

Have you ever looked at the flag of the U.S. of A and thought: which sorry state is gonna have to go once DC inevitably becomes a region with votes that count? We have too. As we all know, we only have space on our gorgeous flag for 50 stars. Fifty-one would simply be unthinkable. A national disgrac...

Wilson should make FAFSA mandatory

Wilson should make FAFSA mandatory

Benjy Chait

October 10, 2019

The class of 2018 lost an estimated $2.6 billion in Pell Grants, need-based federal aid for college. Why? Because they didn’t submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It is time we upped the ante and expect all students to apply and allow those with extenuating circumstances t...

Please, show some respect for spirit week

Please, show some respect for spirit week

Anna Arnsberger

October 10, 2019

Each year, as fall rolls around, high schoolers are left with a seasonal feeling of dread. Already weeks into school, with course work being dumped on them by the tons, students come to realize that they still have nine more months of cranking out exhausting drudgery.  Enter spirit week: a chance for everyone to ...

Student should care about serving the community

Student should care about serving the community

Leah Carrier

October 10, 2019

Freshmen are constantly receiving advice from upperclassmen. While tips like “don’t sit on the senior steps” and “set your schedule as your lock screen” are helpful, I was overwhelmed by the number of times I heard someone say, “Don’t leave your community service hours until the last mi...

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