Category: Opinion

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President Trump should not censor government research

Facts matter. In a political climate in which politicians’ use of ‘alternative facts’ is rampant, it is necessary for the electorate to be well-informed on important issues. That is why the estimated $473 billion the U.S. government spends on research is so important. Spread across a variety of agencies, research on everything from the economy and healthcare to the environment provides data that guides the formation of policy and allows the government to make educated decisions based on credible information. Factual information should never become politicized. While politicians of all types twist data to fit a d...
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TPHS should add a mid-level Honors English class for juniors and seniors

Advanced Placement classes were created to offer students who were genuinely interested in a subject like, say, chemistry, an avenue through which to pursue that interest. Unfortunately, that idealistic view has been generally lost on the students at TPHS, many of whom often take multiple AP classes to make themselves more competitive in the college admissions race rather than to learn each of those particular subjects because they are passionate about them. However, when it comes to English classes, the attitude toward them shifts a little. Some students would like to step away from taking AP English classes, but they al...
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Now is the time for gun control, not “thoughts and prayers”

Nine killed in a church. Twenty-six in an elementary school. Forty-nine at a nightclub. Twelve more in a movie theater. And now 58 more at a music festival in Las Vegas. These are just a few of the shootings that occur every day in the U.S. The death tolls change. The locations change. The victim’s change. The shooters change. The one thing that does not is what seems to come after these shootings. How can this keep happening in the most advanced nation on earth? Each year more than 30,000 American lives are lost due to gun violence, a number far above those of other developed (and developing) nations. This is a nat...
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Personal Perspective: Ellie Ahles

Superman is one of my favorite heroes; he’s Clark Kent most of the day and no one suspects him of being any more. Obviously I’m no Superman, but there are things about me no one else cares to know about. I’m multifaceted: I’m a little naive, a little odd, a dreamer, a believer, occasionally optimistic, slightly scatterbrained, always honest, driven, determined, mostly sarcastic and the list goes on and on. Every side of me has been competing to shout something from this platform, but every idea faces a roadblock of fear. I want to use this space to talk about my curls, but fear no one will understand why t...
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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 enforcemen...
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Pro: Standing for the National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick was not the first professional athlete to refuse to stand for the national anthem. Before him came, among others, Brooklyn Dodgers player Jackie Robinson and Oakland Raiders player Marshawn Lynch, who began his silent protest while on the Seattle Seahawks. After Kaepernick, a slew of players from a variety of sports ranging from high-schoolers to professionals kneeled or linked arms in protest. In response to the widespread protest, at a rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump urged NFL owners to fire any player who does not stand because he “disrespects our flag.” NFL owners should allow kneeling an...
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Con: Standing for the National Anthem

The “Star-Spangled Banner,” has only been the nation’s official anthem since 1931. However, the lyrics date back to 1814 and the anthem was played many times during the 1800s. In August 2016, Colin Kaepernick, an NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand for the national anthem. Since then, many NFL athletes have followed in his footsteps by kneeling or locking arms and protesting in silence for the people of color who suffer oppression in the United States as frequent victims of police brutality, among other racist practices. It is respectable that these NFL athletes are shining a light upon...
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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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Diplomacy is the only solution to the North Korean nuclear problem

The world is at a crossroads.  A game is being played. They have made their move; it is almost a checkmate. Now, it is up to us. The timer counts down, second by second; time is running out. It may be our move, but they are in control. One wrong play, and we lose. One wrong play, and millions of people die. North Korea has made its decision. Now it is time we make ours. 1956 marks the beginning of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapon Development program. The Soviet Union began to train North Korean scientists and engineers “laying the foundation for future nuclear development,” according to the U.S. Naval I...
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Aung San Suu Kyi should have her Nobel Peace Prize revoked

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of a rebellious, pro-democracy and human rights movement in Myanmar, spent over 15 years under tight house arrest by the government. In 1997, the government gave her the option of temporarily leaving the country to visit her dying husband in England, but she feared the government would not allow her to re-enter the country if she left. Her dedication to bringing democracy and reform to Myanmar made her an icon for human rights and earned her international acclaim and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. After her house arrest ended in 2010, she began a rapid ascent to power. Now the State Counsellor, a posi...