“Donald Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s Treatment and Why it’s Unjust”: A Counter Article. Reply

Grace Baer

In the article, “Donald Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s Treatment and Why it’s Unjust,” author Dylan Weber tries to compare the 44th president (Obama) and the current president (Trump). He asks the audience “Are they really? (different)” and in my opinion, yes.

Obama is very different from Trump in many ways. First, he respects each and every minority seeing that each individual is equal to one another. Trump has expressed hate towards minorities on Twitter and even on live TV. He is seen many times expressing hate for these people by insulting their intelligence. He told a female reporter once “You’re not thinking. You never do” over a controversial question she asked. He also mocked a disabled reporter in talking about the Washington Post. The video is here. Trump later says that he didn’t know what the reporter looked like, but it doesn’t take away the fact that Trump will insult or mock anyone who disagrees with him. Obama, on the other hand, was praised for the work he’s done because he deserves it. He apologized for things he couldn’t control and tried to either repay or fix them. More…

Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s and Why It’s Unjust Reply

Dylan Weber

Obama vs. Trump. Two people you may believe are different, but are they really? In 2014 Obama had a speech, talking of immigration policies. He himself states, “We’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country . . . even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe they must be held accountable. Especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years the deportation of criminals are up 80 percent and that’s why we are going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security.”

Donald Trump in a recent address said, “Illegal immigration affects the lives of all Americans, illegal immigrants hurt American workers, burdens American taxpayers, undermines public safety, and places enormous strain on our schools, hospitals, and community in general. Illegal immigration costs billions and billions of dollars each year.” Both presidents don’t like illegal immigrants. But there are more similarities. Similar to the current one, the 2014 government shutdown affected 2.2 million lives, according to PolitiFacts.com. Barack shutdown the government in order to force Obamacare. Donald Trump had a shutdown in order to fund the wall. Both of these presidents shutdown the government for debatably noble reasons. More…

Wake Up and Smell the Burning of Fossil Fuels Reply

Avalyn Walton

Editorial: This is an opinion piece. All opinions are of the author and may or may not be shared by the Cougar Chronicle staff.

Climate change is absolutely real, and it will affect you sooner than you think. We need to start making changes soon before everything we’ve already done to our Earth is completely irreversible.

But then, there’s another question. Is it already too late to go back? According to NASA, “Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, global warming would continue to happen for at least several more decades, if not centuries. That’s because it takes a while for the planet (for example, the oceans) to respond, and because carbon dioxide – the predominant heat-trapping gas – lingers in the atmosphere for hundreds of years.” Basically, NASA explains that even if we where to stop, the effect would not be immediate.

NASA also explains that a multitude of experts are concerned that we will, or already have, passed numerous tipping points, after which we will never be able to undo the effects of climate change. These changes would be irreversible. More…

Why There Should Not Be State Testing 2

Isabella Gonzalez

Editorial: This is an opinion piece. All opinions are of the author and may or may not be shared by the Cougar Chronicle staff.

State testing, most students dread the long hours spent each day that they have to take multiple tests for three weeks. Although there are some/few benefits of standardized tests, there are many more downfalls to weigh down the benefits.

One of many reasons state testing is hurting students as well as teachers is because teachers have to “teach the test” instead of teaching the students more important things they will need to know later. Teachers instead, just try to cram everything in. Students will not benefit from doing this, and most teachers probably do not enjoy it either.

State testing uses test scores to reward or punish teachers for the students’ grades. This could cause teachers to cheat for their own gain or teachers may be punished because students may not remember exactly what they learned from the beginning of the year since the test is in May. According to USA Today, 178 Atlanta public school teachers and administrators from 44 schools were found to be cheating on standardized tests according to a state report. More…

My Treatment of Being a Trump Supporter 65

Dylan Weber

You may have seen a boy, about 5’11, white, dirty blonde hair and blue/green eyes wearing a hat featuring the words “TRUMP” and “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Surprise, surprise, that was me.

The one thing that was a big surprise to me was the treatment I was receiving from fellow classmates.

Recently, I ran a bit of an experiment to see how students and staff would react to a pro-Trump student walking the halls. The results made me both proud and disgusted. More…

Debunking Anti-Vaxxers and Rebutting Their Claims 7

Gavin Mercado and Grace Baer

Vaccinations are a heated topic that has been building fire in recent times. While many follow the guidelines doctors have recommended for years in order to reduce the spread of deadly diseases, some are skeptical or even outright confrontational regarding the science. The truth is, many of these anti-vaxxers are misinformed and are putting their beliefs before doctors and scientists who have studied diseases and successfully used vaccines for hundreds of years.

Sorry, Sharon, crystals are not going to cure your child’s measles, and no, crystals are not going to cure your child’s flu. Now let’s get to some scientific evidence.

Many anti-vaxxers claim that vaccinations are unsafe because they contain a substance called Mercury or (Hg). A vaccine used to contain 25 micrograms of mercury. This may seem like a lot, however, a normal serving of fish contains 40 micrograms. More…

There are Two Sides to Every Fire Reply

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Madison Evans

Ever since the Notre Dame fire, many have shared opinions on the great donations towards repairing it. After over $1,000,000,000+ has been donated, some people have expressed thoughts about how we could’ve used this money to solve many of Earth’s other big problems. Others believe that it is all for a great cause and are grateful for the outpouring of donations.

First, thousands of people who question the new found money are angered that the $1,000,000,000 is being used to rebuild could have used to help solve many huge world problems. This includes donations that could have been made towards the Sri Lanka bombing on Easter 2019. Over two hundred people died, along with many people injured. The funds could have helped the families and victims if given to them. It could have helped hospitalize the people and give them stability while injured. More…

Why Vegetarians and Vegans are Wrong 24

Madison Evans

Disclaimer: This is NOT aimed at ANYONE in particular or at people who are vegetarian/vegan for religious reasons OR by choice. It is not about certain people or about everyone, just some vegetarians/ vegans in general.

screenshot-docs.google.com-2019.04.05-08-56-04Everyone can agree that vegetarians and vegans are always saying, “animal lives matter, too!” and “all animals deserve a chance at life!” Well, many are tired of hearing this. And not that this is everyone, but certain people. They are also always bragging, “I’ve been a vegan for two weeks!” No one cares, Karen. Everyone knows you’ll be stuffing your face with chicken wings the next time you have a chance.

When you look at vegetarians and vegans who don’t brag, it’s fine. For example, people who have learned to grow with other people wearing or eating animal products and will just leave you alone for wearing a leather skirt or fur coat. More…

The Illegal Border Crossing Crisis 6

Editor’s note: Editorials are opinion pieces that reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication or its staff. Constructive feedback is always welcome. 

Dylan Weber

There is a new epidemic at hand. While it seems small it’s much bigger than it really is, drugs and crime are sweeping the southwestern border of the United States. It is happening fast. Illegal immigrants are pouring into California, Arizona, Texas, etc. It is almost to the point to where it can’t be stopped. Yet people want it.

They want South Americans in our country, but why? Well, that is because they can’t see the full picture. In today’s modern society we tend to become unaware of all of the third world countries around us. But now that third world country is coming into ours. I don’t blame them whatsoever for doing this though. More…

What Is Socialism? Why Is It So Bad? 2

screenshot-www.google.com-2019.03.28-15-14-03Editor’s note: Editorials are opinion pieces that reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication or its staff. Constructive feedback is always welcome. 

Dylan Weber

Socialism is the new fad nowadays, but what is it? Why is it popular? And why is it immoral? This article will answer all of your questions.

Socialism is an economic and political ideology that highly shortens or eliminates the gap between social classes. Defined by dictionary.com socialism is a “Political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”  

What socialism basically means is that all production, distribution, and exchanges are managed by the government. This means that the labor and money made by citizens belong to the community, aka the government. It is popular in today’s day and age because people don’t look at it as theft. More…