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Trump lashes out with government shutdown

Trump lashes out with government shutdown

January 25, 2019

Usually, when a child doesn’t get what they want, they throw a tantrum. Their parent reprimands them, and hopefully they learn. But, the issue arises when our president acts in the same manner: like a child who doesn’t get their way. He refuses to hear criticism and remains fixated on his idea for...

NFL fumbles as helmet rule fails to effectively combat CTE

At a Houston high school football game, a coach talks to his team.
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Caroline Monaghan

January 25, 2019

The camaraderie of a team. Cheers and adoration from the entire school. Scholarships that could cover college tuition. The reasons to play football in high school are greater than just the love of the sport. Still, the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) adds up to something that no sc...

Female sexual liberation makes strides in media

Beyoncé, a supporter of female sexual liberation, performs at Wembley Stadium on July 3, 2016.
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Brigid McCarthy

January 25, 2019

“Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have you're a slut. It's a trap. You want to but you can't, and when you do you wish you didn't, right?” Allison Reynolds said in the 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.” It was a truth for teenage girls and their sex lives in the 1980...

Road test should yield for realistic driving skills

The NJ road test does not require successful merging and yielding in order to pass.
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Sally Ehlers

January 25, 2019

My heart pounded and my hands sweated as they gripped the steering wheel. My dad’s voice nagged at me with each turn of the wheel. My adrenaline pumped as I checked the mirrors, used the turn signal, turned left, parallel parked, made a u-turn and finished. The two-minute test was beginning to feel like...

Trophy hunting destroys wildlife

A trophy hunter poses with a hippopotamus prize.
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Madison Vigdor

January 25, 2019

Trophy hunters destroy the nature of Africa. They whistle the tune “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King” and claim “no worries for the rest of your days” by donating insignificant amounts of money to protect wildlife. But, when the media is not looking, they hang Simba proudly in their off...

Politicians use America’s surveillance agencies to spy on opponents, Trump is among the victims

Former President George W. Bush shakes hands with Senator Jay Rockefeller after signing the FISA on July 10, 2008.
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Will Dean

January 25, 2019

There used to be a bipartisan consensus that the weaponization of America’s surveillance agencies to target political opponents was wrong. This is no longer the case. During the 2016 election season, Donald Trump and his campaign were among the first victims of this new government process. In ...

Diversity dominates discussion, lacking in the workplace

The Peterson Institute for International Economics found a strong correlation between diversity and an improved work environment.

Vaughn Battista

November 21, 2018

Diversity: whether you think it is a buzzword or an American value, it dominates national discussion, especially in the workplace. According to Aperian Global, companies such as Uber, Google and Facebook openly discuss the amount of diversity in their offices, and admit that they need to work on achie...

Include teens at the polls: young people deserve a say in local, federal elections

Include teens at the polls: young people deserve a say in local, federal elections

November 21, 2018

The best way to change the country isn’t complaining over social media, like many stereotypes teens as doing. Amidst school shootings, sexual assault allegations and racial injustices, teenagers are more politically active now than ever, according to The Associated Press. So, we have to include them....

School expulsion worsens behavior in the long run

People rally at the University of Minnesota in 2010 to defend public education.

Eli Tapia

November 21, 2018

Education is a legal right for every student in the world, according to Article 26 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The U.S. government requires every student to attend school and complete the high school curriculum level in order to get a minimum wage job. But for kid...

Kavanaugh joins Supreme Court despite opposition

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on Oct. 6, 2018 despite allegations of sexual assault against him.

Tess Rempel

November 21, 2018

Despite three accusations of attempted rape & sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, he joined the Supreme Court as its newest justice. Besides Justice Clarence Thomas, Kavanaugh is the only Supreme Court Justice to have allegations of sexual assault against him, according to the Guardian. ...

New Jersey deserves more than Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez beat Republican Bob Hugin in the midterm elections.

Will Dean

November 21, 2018

Democrat Bob Menendez faced off against Republican Bob Hugin in the race for one of New Jersey’s senate seats on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Incumbent Sen. Menendez has faced serious allegations of corruption, such as taking money from private interest groups in exchange for use of his political office, accord...

It is time to toss the tampon tax

Cristina Garcia serves on the California State Assembly and advocates for the elimination of the tampon tax.

Madison Vigdor

November 21, 2018

When former President George H.W. Bush first imposed the luxury tax in 1991, its main purpose was to reduce the federal budget deficit by imposing taxes on the wealthy for non-essential products. But since 1991, the meaning of luxury has shifted from jewelry pearls to Tampax Pearls. Unlike the ot...

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