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screenshot-docs.google.com-2019.06.12-09-41-37Dylan Weber

Here’s the scoop. Lately, in the world, political parties have been shutting each other down for their own gain. Liberal students in colleges riot to stop speakers like Ben Shapiro from holding a lecture and republican youngsters shutting down other students for political beliefs. This is not new to the political world though.

In 1965 students attending a junior-high school participated in wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam war. The principal preemptively knew about the protest the students would be taking part in. She made an announcement that all students will be asked to remove the armband or students will be suspended. Children arrived at school the next day sporting the dreaded armband. As warned, the armband was removed and students were suspended. The motive for the principal to do this was that is could cause a disturbance on the school grounds. Students sued the school district, and it went to the Supreme Court who ruled 7 to 2 in favor of the students stating “Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” More…

“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…

Is the “OK” Gesture OK? 4

Jolie Phan

A few days ago, Marine Le Pen took a selfie, posing with the “OK” gesture and didn’t know that it had a dark meaning. “I’d never heard of the second meaning of this trivial gesture,” she said.

The sign can mean “troll the media”, OK, or ruffle feathers from many murderers. But it’s known as the white power symbol to many (WP). The three fingers – middle, ring, and pinkie – represents the letter “W” and the thumb, index finger, and the palm under the thumb stands for “P”. It got its name when a suspect of the Christchurch killings gestured with it and attracted many people’s attention afterward the suspect’s arrest.

Many people in the world take it offensive or racist. This is the reason why some people are accused of being racist when using the gesture just to say “OK.” There were many people who were banned or suspended from their jobs due to the white power symbol. A US coast guard suspended a member for forming the alleged symbol. Four police were also suspended for posing the sign in a photo. 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…

The Government Shutdown 8

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Gwyndalynn Kent

As of December 22, 2018, the federal government has been on shutdown all for Trump’s demand to fund a wall separating the US from Mexico. This demand is not being met. For those people who don’t understand what a government shutdown is, it is when the “nonessential offices of the government close due to lack of approval on the federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year,” according to Investopedia.com.

If an agreement is not reached, the shutdown causes many federally run operations to close and stops the work of all federal employees unless their position is considered essential. This shutdown will stay in effect all until a final decision is made and a budget bill is passed.

Around 800,000 Federal workers in the Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, and treasury departments are all being forced into work without pay because of the shutdown. Now is this really fair all because two groups of people can’t agree on a topic? More…

Should Schools Arm Teachers? 2

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Savannah McVey

Just in 2017 alone, 65 shootings were reported on school campuses. These incidents have caused many deaths and are some of the most heartbreaking occurrences ever. Students go to school every day with the thought in the back of their mind that there’s a possibility of a shooting occurrence. Parents have similar fear no matter what school they have their child attend. How could we stop the violence and fear?

One solution has been suggested, arming K-12 teachers. Teachers could have protection in the case of emergency. In February 2018, Donald Trump tweeted his support to the topic, “Armed educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them. Very smart people. Must be firearms adept & have annual training. Should get a yearly bonus. Shootings will not happen again–a big & very inexpensive deterrent. Up to States.” More…

Everything YOU need to know about Prop 6 Reply

Dylan Weber

The first thing you may be wondering is what is Prop 6, as in what is a proposition. Well, a proposition is an idea proposed by the government to create/repeal/ban/alter/abolish a certain law, tax etc; But prop 6 specifically presents the idea of repealing the taxation on gas. What will this do? What are the effects? Does it benefit me? All these questions will be answered in this article.

Some may want to vote, but may not have enough details on the matter to make a firm decision! Fortunately, this is the right place. Prop 6 isn’t simply going to make gas cheaper, there are some other things that go alongside it. But what caused the dreaded gas tax in the first place? More…

What’s the problem with Net Neutrality? 1

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Katie Mills

When anyone goes online, they have certain expectations: to be connected to whatever website they want, that cable or phone companies aren’t messing with the data and are connecting to all websites, applications, and content chosen, as well as to be in control of their internet experience. So when they are using the internet, they are expecting something called Net Neutrality.

So What Is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that internet service providers (ISPs) should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Many liken it to the common expectation that your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call or what you say on that call. More…