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STAFF ED: Facebook unfairly censors and targets conservatives

A picture of a perfectly-calm baby receiving an immunization shot. A picture of a young, unclothed child, whose clothes were burned off by napalm, crying as she runs away from the horrors of the Vietnam War. Both are censored by Facebook for being “shocking, sensational, or overly violent.”  Most of us, in some way or another, are acquainted with the Constitutional phrase “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” However, the great significance of the First Amendment is often mindlessly overlooked and taken for granted in today’s close-minded society.    ...
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Staff editorial: Revival of offshore oil drilling is a step back for U.S

2016 ended with a landmark policy, implemented by the Obama administration, which banned offshore oil drilling across the United States. Though the policy has overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans alike, that does not seem to matter to President Donald Trump, whose administration announced that they would be reviving offshore drilling all around the United States. Exploring our coasts for oil resources first began in the late 1800s and has since become a controversial topic. Nearly 120 later, thanks to the advancement of environmental science and several  catastrophes, it is clear that the risk ...
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STAFF EDITORIAL: Sanctuary Cities Make us Safer and Benefit the Economy

California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 on October 5, making California a sanctuary state for those who have entered or reside in the U.S. in violation of civil or criminal law. A sanctuary state is one that limits who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer in helping the federal government enforce immigration law, but does not prevent the federal government from entering county jails to question immigrants and conducting regular deportation raids. In other words, the bill, which will take effect on January 1, does not get rid of cooperation between local and federal law enforc...
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Staff Editorial: Ending DACA was Immoral and Unwarranted

On September 5, the Trump administration stood before the nation and struck fear into the hearts of 800,000 young undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  Our president did not even have the guts to do it himself. Instead, he had Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a known immigration hardliner, announce that the administration would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and give Congress only six months to revise the policy.  DACA was first implemented under the Obama administration, providing 800,000 young undocumented immigrants temporary residency and protection from deportati...
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Staff Ed: Security Cameras are helpful but unnecessary

A member of the TPHS Foundation recently suggested using some of the $313,444 the foundation raised this year to install security cameras on and around the school campus. The topic of security cameras on school property fuels a debate about students’ privacy versus security, as well as the cost of the maintenance and installation of the devices. However, the use of surveillance is a rational solution to many of the issues schools like TPHS face every day. As the world rapidly moves further into a digital age, a substantial number of teenagers now have cell phones with cameras and because of this, privacy, es...
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Staff Ed: UC Out-of-State Cap Will Help California Student Residents

To many Californian students, the University of California system is a friendly beacon in the treacherous and unknown sea of college acceptances. It is thought that because those residing in California pay taxes to support and fund the UC schools, college applicants from the Golden State should have a higher admissions priority than those from outside the state. The recent proposal by UC officials of a 20 percent cap on out-of-state undergraduate students was the result of public pressure from parents, who feel their children have been shut out of the schools funded by their tax dollars, and the students themselves. ...
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Dance wins at West Coast Elite National Competition

The TPHS dance team headed to the West Coast Elite National Competition in Long Beach on the weekend of Mar. 18, taking first place in the small hip hop GOLD category, second and sixth place in the large hip hop GOLD category, third place in the medium contemporary GOLD category and third place in the small contemporary SILVER category. After competing in a regional competition at Rancho Bernardo High School, the team left for nationals, where around 30 teams from across the nation compete in separate categories. “Nationals is basically like the dance team’s version of CIF,” varsity dance s...

Staff Ed: Finals Should Be Held Before Winter Break

For many, the winter holidays are synonymous with a period of celebration, reunion and rest. But for SDUHSD students and thousands of other high school students across the country, this is not always the case. Faced with the looming threat of semester finals only a couple of weeks after returning from break, students often find themselves scrambling to finish projects and to prepare for exams. Because of this, final exams should be given before winter break so winter break can truly be just that: a break. A major drawback of our current system is the fact that break comes at a very critical time — right before finals. Man...
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Staff Ed: Bilingual Education should be passed

In California, the debate surrounding bilingual education has been heated. In the 1990s, California voters voted to pass Proposition 227, a law requiring English-only immersion education in California public schools, in what many said was an effort to prevent illegal immigrants from accessing public benefits. A chance to repeal the law will be on the Nov. 8 ballot in the form of Proposition 58, which would once again make bilingual education an option in public schools statewide.  Understanding curriculum in fast-paced classes is often difficult for fluent English speakers, but proponents of the new bill argue tha...
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Staff Ed: Legal smoking age raised

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 480,000 people in the U.S. die each year from cigarette smoking. Yet, 42,000 people from that total number do not even smoke themselves — they suffer from the effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. On May 4, California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that raised the smoking age, for both cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, in California from 18 to 21 and restricted vaping in certain public areas. Though there is no guarantee that this measure will deter certain under-aged smokers from purchasing cigarettes, it was a necessary step by the gov...