Category: Opinion

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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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The United States is no longer a moral leader

For decades, the United States of America has prided itself as the leader of the free world, something that I once firmly believed. Since the election of Donald Trump, this high honor has been resigned. Our current president, with his blatant racism, lack of compassion and bold disregard for human rights, has propelled our great nation into a moral crisis. The U.S. is no longer committed to increasing awareness around the globe, but rather uses its platform to spread hatred and intolerance. Trump claims that “the world is finally starting to respect the United States of America again,” and this s...
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Culture of sexual harassment is omnipresent in the U.S.

In Oct. 2016 a video wherein Donald Trump is heard saying, “I just start kissing [women]. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y,” was released. A month later, he was elected President of the United States of America. In electing Trump after knowing he made such vile remarks, the U.S. made it clear that it condones a culture of rape, defined as an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Clearly, sexualized violence is excused by our culture, or at...
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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 enforc...
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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...