The Wilson Beacon

Stop blaming the opioid epidemic on the victims of chronic pain

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Compassion is a collective effort

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Sarah Morgan

September 8, 2019

Mutual respect is one of the most basic foundations for any healthy, productive relationship, and Wilson seems to be missing it. We as students have a knack for getting under teachers’ skin, and teachers have a knack for calling kids out in embarrassingly public corrective endeavors. Things like these cr...

Students need space, not stress, to thrive

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Shirah Lister

September 8, 2019

Less than a decade ago, Wilson renovated the building, but somewhere along the line they forgot to renovate how they teach their students. The focus on homework and testing, among other things, has led to an enormous and sometimes unnecessary amount of stress. During conversation, many students will casu...

We’re paying attention to the wrong aspect of the Area 51 raid

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Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

September 8, 2019

In the past weeks, we’ve seen a veritable flood of media coverage surrounding the ever-mysterious Area 51, the heavily guarded USAF base in rural Nevada, which has long been rumored to be the site of alien activity. The most important element of the whole debacle was one rooted in revolutionary the...

Trump crushed my dreams. He also opened my eyes.

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Anna Parra-Jordan

September 8, 2019

Trump. Trump. Trump. On TV, on the radio, and worst of all—on Twitter. There is no escaping the nightmare that is Donald Trump. But whether or not I like him, he’s been a huge part of my teenage years. All feelings aside, it’s time to think about how President Trump has shaped me. When Presiden...

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