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Land of the free or land of the imprisoned?

The United States’ incarceration rates continue to exponentially increase. Millions of Americans are imprisoned, some wrongfully so. America’s prison system must undergo reform.
November 25, 2020

A disturbing 500 percent increase in incarcerated Americans over the past 40 years has 2.2 million people currently residing in the United States’ prisons. These increased incarceration rates are...

Inside the box: why labeling is a major issue in 2020

Labeling people can lead to many mental health problems and the onset of excess stress.
November 24, 2020

It is human nature to categorically label people to fit a dichotomous view. Black or white. Rich or poor. Boy or girl. This detrimental thought process comes with a limited view of the whole picture. Labeling...

A little bit of respect can go a long way

Shaking hands is one of the most universal signs of respect.
November 24, 2020

Next month Americans will find out who their next president will be for the next four years. Although the mainstream media projects former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner, results will not be...

Jill Biden’s promising role as First Lady

Jill Biden shows promise in helping American education get back on its feet.
November 20, 2020

Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States, has caught the attention of educators across the nation. And during such times of uncertainty, the American people can only hope that Joe and Jill...

The obvious, partisan, hypocritical coverage on gatherings

Thousands of people gather in many of America’s big cities to celebrate Joe Biden being named president-elect by the media.
November 17, 2020

“The most trusted name in news” is the motto of CNN, who, along with other media outlets, is covering partisan gatherings in a completely different fashion from one another. In this COVID-19 pandemic,...

Tending to the truth: The importance of good journalism

As media sources become more polarized and biased news continues to spread, the need for true journalism in American society is greater than ever.
November 17, 2020

Freedom of the press is a defining component of democracy, serving as the connection between the people and the truth. While the importance of true journalism has been undeniable throughout history, the...

Quarantine: What is it like being isolated for 14 days?

As Scott County rises in case numbers, many students have found themselves struggling with the concept of quarantine and being completely isolated in their room for 10-14 days.
November 16, 2020

To limit the spread of COVID-19, those who test positive or have been exposed to the virus are required to self-isolate for 10-14 days. With no social contact, it can be damaging to mental health. When...

Oregon is going to regret decriminalizing hard drugs

The fine for finding a small amount of hard drugs in Oregon is only $100.
November 12, 2020

On Nov. 3 Oregon decriminalized all drugs in their state, meaning people possessing small amounts of hard drugs are able to pay a fine of 100 dollars or go to an addiction recovery center. Large amounts...

Climate change has no time for politics

Climate change is imminent, so politicians need to put partisan politics to the side and help heal our planet.
November 10, 2020

With current carbon emission trends, scientists estimate that we have until 2030 before climate change becomes irreversible. If our planet is running out of time, why are politicians making it a partisan...

Let’s hear it for the girls: The value of women in politics

With women being severely underrepresented in politics, there is a dire need for women in politics in the United States.
November 10, 2020

With 2020 marking the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, long should be the days where women's rights are still a source of partisan polarization. The monumental 19th Amendment...

The wasted votes

The symbol of the Libertarian Party, one of the few parties beyond the Republican and Democratic Parties.
November 5, 2020

Blue versus red. Democrat versus Republican. American politics seem to be two-sided, a dichotomy, black and white. One either votes Democrat or votes Republican. While this is what many people think, there...

Voter suppression is treason

Millions of Americans have already voted early, either in person or by mail. However, many fear that their votes may not be fairly counted.
November 4, 2020

The right to vote is sacred and inalienable. It is the basis of U.S. democracy, protected by the Constitution. Any effort to discredit or devalue a vote is an act of treason against the United States. There...

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