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President’s Day: the never noticed holiday

Megan Rinock, Illustrator
February 21, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

There are a lot of holidays in American culture that are about as noticeable as dirt. Without fail, Americans never actually celebrate the few holidays that we do have about our country. The only major country-celebrating we do have is the 4th of July. But President’s Day? Memorial Day? Veterans Day?... Read more »

CON: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege

Meredith Ablao, News Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

We know how the bathrooms at Portage Northern are absolutely trash, right? There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of the main ones is that the custodial staff has been privatized. The move, which allows different companies to try and undercut each other to get the job, demonstrates an incentive... Read more »

Pro-Con: Privatizing Healthcare

Pro-Con: Privatizing Healthcare

February 16, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

NOTE: in the latest edition of the paper, the "PRO" side of this article was printed incorrectly. The correct version appears below.  

Whistleblowers: Traitors or Patriots?

Whistleblowers: Traitors or Patriots?

Bryn Bogemann, J1 Staff Writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

**UPDATE** JUST BEFORE 6:00 PM ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTED THE SENTENCE OF CHELSEA MANNING. SHE WILL NOW BE RELEASED IN MARCH 2017. THERE IS NO WORD YET AS TO WHETHER OR NOT JULIAN ASSANGE WILL EXTRADITE HIMSELF TO THE UNITED STATES AS PROMISED.  ____Original Article_____ ... Read more »

Russian Interference in Presidential Election

Komalpreet Kaur, J1 staff writer
January 16, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion, Uncategorized

The date of inauguration is nearing, and PEOTUS Donald Trump is still being questioned by the media regarding the election. From CNN to the CIA, many organizations are raising queries that are getting the population to wonder whether Trump won the White House fair and square, and if not, what the implications... Read more »

Obama’s Farewell Address: The Final Words

Obama’s Farewell Address: The Final Words

Anai Freeman, J1 staff writer
January 16, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

On Tuesday January 20th, 2009 history was made when the first African-American president was inaugurated. Eight years later, on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, Barack Obama made his final address as president of the United States. His overall message? “We have hope.” Throughout his whole presidency, the med... Read more »

Debunking the myth of the wage gap

Deidre Crowell, Staff Writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under All, Opinion

Over the the past few years, the gender wage gap has become a prevalent social issue. Taking a look at the raw numbers, feminist activists claim that women’s earning 77 cents on the dollar men earn is outright discrimination. Although injustice certainly does exist in some instances, it is important... Read more »

THE PROBLEM- P.D.A.

Annie Malek, J1 Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under All, Opinion

Public Displays of Affection, possibly one of the most controversial topics at any high school. Why do couples feel such a strong urge to suck face and stick their tongues down each other’s throats in the hallways? Or pick each other up and prance through the hallways like Bambi and Thumper? Hello,... Read more »

The Black Lives Matter movement is our generation’s civil rights movement

Drayke Simpkins, J1 Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under All, Opinion

Throughout the past few years, our country has watched as the issue of police brutality has become more apparent and more and more innocent victims have just become hashtags on social media. In turn, we have seen the Black Lives Matter movement created and praised by many to try to help and create a cha... Read more »

Mental Health is Not a Joke: Kanye West’s Hospitalization

Issra Said, Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under All, Opinion

The overall public reaction of rapper Kanye West’s hospitalization is a reflection of the negative stigma surrounding mental health in society. This is especially true in regards to celebrities. Kanye West was reportedly hospitalized on Monday due to a “psychiatric emergency” at his personal tr... Read more »

#OptOutside this Black Friday

Mackenzie Brey, Staff Writer
November 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On the morning of Friday, November 25, otherwise known as Black Friday, The Washington Post reported that 151 million Americans will be at the store, in lines, and barely awake on the sweet salvation of caffeine. These deal-hungry people will be shopping until they drop and taking away the meaning of... Read more »

Election 2016: assessing the candidates

Lexi Doll, Staff writer
October 28, 2016
Filed under All, Opinion

This year’s presidential election has been the major subject in all conversation nowadays.  Though some people may be all for Hillary Clinton and some people may be all for Donald Trump, but the truth is that these nominees both have good aspects as well as bad ones.  Trump has often been perceived as racist,... Read more »

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