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E-Cigs pose threat to students

E-Cigs pose threat to students

Christy Prust

October 24, 2013


Filed under Editorial

Electronic cigarettes, also known as E-Cigs are gaining popularity as a healthier replacement to tobacco smoking. Containing no tobacco, E-Cigs work in the same way that nicotine patches and gum are used. While they are proved to aid adults in withdrawal from conventional cigarettes, the concern that E...

Online classes, a necessary evil

Online classes, a necessary evil

Virginia Vanlieshout

October 23, 2013


Filed under Editorial

The droning sound of a teacher going over a subject people know everything about is typically how the school day drags on. But for some students all they hear is their fingers clicking across the keyboard. Online classes are chosen in winter when registering for the following year’s classes. This is...

Increasing fast food causes complications

Increasing fast food causes complications

Kate Price

October 22, 2013


Filed under Editorial

Stillwater may not be the largest town, but that does not stop the fast food restaurants from flooding in. Within the last five years there have been over 10 new fast food restaurants that have made a home for themselves in the quaint town. It is beginning to become a bad habit for everyone in the area....

Navy Yard shooting raises tensions between pro-Second Amendment and anti-gun advocates

Ross Stickler

October 22, 2013


Filed under Political Opinion

The Navy Yard shooting was a horrific incident that has many people wanting stricter gun laws.  Liberals want to go as extreme as banning firearms all together, while pro Second Amendment advocate following Americans want to keep laws surrounding firearms the same. Experts are saying that mass shootin...

Obamacare high cost to all citizens

Alex Magler

October 21, 2013


Filed under Political Opinion

The Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama would help the citizens in need of healthcare, but Americans should not have to use their own money to pay for other citizens' insurance plans. Obamacare is a health insurance reform to provide affordable healthcare to people who do not have it, or cannot ...

Ted Cruz’s speech goes beyond necessary means

Anna Kaul

October 16, 2013


Filed under Political Opinion

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas stood before the Senate and spoke for 21 hours on the need to defund Obamacare on Sept. 24. With a potential government shutdown looming, his speech was unsympathetic to the true needs of the citizens he was chosen to represent, proving the damaging effects of partisan politics....

Staff Ed: Cyrus over-criticized for VMA performance

Staff Ed: Cyrus over-criticized for VMA performance

October 14, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

Miley Cyrus’ recent controversial acts on stage and off did not warrant her to receive the amount of public criticism that she did. In early Sept. Miley Cyrus performed Blurred Lines with original singer Robin Thicke at MTV’s video music awards. Since then she has gotten a lot of press attention a...

Taxing sugary drinks could combat obesity

Taxing sugary drinks could combat obesity

July 20, 2013


Filed under Political Opinion

Obesity has become more prevalent in America over the past few decades than ever before. Although the culprits are plentiful, ranging from lack of exercise to the multitudes of fast food consumed each year, legislation has recently targeted sugary drinks. A tax on sugary drinks has been proposed recently...

The patenting of human genes is immoral

The patenting of human genes is immoral

July 20, 2013


Filed under Editorial

Technology is advancing at an astounding rate. With phone’s capabilities skyrocketing and computer technology breaking barriers more and more things are becoming possible. A recent proposal has been issued to the United States supreme court that calls for the patenting of human genes. The idea of it...

Government must cut military spending

Government must cut military spending

July 20, 2013


Filed under Political Opinion

With the United States in almost $17 trillion of debt, many people are looking at what is to blame. The most obvious choice is the U.S military, whose budget includes $526.6 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, but does not include war costs or nuclear weapon activities. With this huge...

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