The Pony Express

Racial colorblindness, a secret enemy

Racial colorblindness, a secret enemy

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

“I don’t see color” is not something a colored person wants to hear. Racial colorblindness is an attempt at proving one is not racist, but the term “racial colorblindness” is actually hurting, not helping. Sometimes, ignorance is not bliss. Racial colorblindness is a person refusing to acknowledge one’s ra...

Recap of Donald Trump’s first year as president

Recap of Donald Trump’s first year as president

Ellie Faeth, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2017


Filed under Political Opinion

It has been nearly an entire year since Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States. Love him or hate him, he has achieved much. From the first ninety day travel ban on people from certain middle eastern and North African countries to ending DACA. Hurricane season then challenged the ...

Legalizing marijuana, smart and strategic

Legalizing marijuana, smart and strategic

Paxton Watson, Podcast Reporter

December 6, 2017


Filed under Podcasts, Political Opinion

The legalization of marijuana has been an increasingly talked about topic in the United States. In fact, 29 states currently have laws encouraging the legalization of marijuana. Therefore, marijuana should be legalized in the United States. Marijuana was first recreationally used in the early 1900’s. It...

Trump’s new tax plan will ‘make America great again’

Trump’s new tax plan will ‘make America great again’

Luke Dickinson, Business Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under Political Opinion

As promised by his campaign on Sept. 27, the Trump administration came out with a new tax plan. This new tax plan will change the tax brackets for income tax, double the standard deduction, but eliminate personal exemptions and lower the corporate tax rate. This new tax plan will be voted on No...

Trump travel ban replaced with extreme vetting, lacks clarity

Trump travel ban replaced with extreme vetting, lacks clarity

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

December 3, 2017


Filed under Editorial

In recent months, the Trump Administration has started cracking down on immigration and refugees in a new way. President Trump rid the country of his latest travel ban back in September after numerous failed attempts, and instead settled for new restrictions and screening of all people trying to enter the United States. Over the course of Trump’s entire presidency people have been...

EIC Column: U.S. lacking in foreign aid due to Trump’s prejuidice

EIC Column: U.S. lacking in foreign aid due to Trump’s prejuidice

Emma Lowey, Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

The Trump administration has sparked controversy for being wildly unprofessional and compassionate to the people of Puerto Rico and lacking in the call to help fellow American citizens. The behavior reflects poorly on the U.S.’ image as an aiding country because it makes it seem as though we are neglec...

Staff Editorial: Photoshop affects body image

Staff Editorial: Photoshop affects body image

Arieanna Junghans, Social Media Editor

December 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Podcasts

Media outlets and advertisers who use Photoshop to alter images of women causes harm among viewers and readers. With teenagers having more access to the internet, it creates the perception that everyone has to be a certain shape and size to be “good enough” and Photoshop within the “media culture” ...

Franken, Moore could not be handling harassment claims worse

Franken, Moore could not be handling harassment claims worse

Hunter Hippel, Online-Editor-in-Chief

November 27, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

Politicians haven't always been the cleanest, fairest or most charming individuals.  Many have been involved with crippling corruptions cases or embarrassing bombshell scandals.  John F. Kennedy had Secret Service agents aid him in escorting prositutes onto Capitol grounds.  Richard Nixon was the...

Minnesota midterms 2018: who should you endorse?

Minnesota midterms 2018: who should you endorse?

Ben Valerius, Announcements Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Editorial

For the upcoming 2018 elections it is a race between Kathy Lohmer and Shelly Christensen for Minnesota House of Representatives for District 39B. Each represent many different issues and students should think ahead for their choices....

All gender bathrooms offer additional options

All gender bathrooms offer additional options

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Gender neutral bathrooms were added to the schools in the last year. The GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club) has advocated for their building in the past years, and now they make their debut this year. There are four gender Neutral bathrooms in the school, two by the Black Pony Center and two b...

Confederate statues should remain historical landmarks

Confederate statues should remain historical landmarks

Joshua Framke, Distribution Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Photo Slide Shows, Political Opinion

Ever since the Charleston church shooting in 2015, there have been controversies around confederate statues and monuments. Many people believe that they should be taken down because they stand for hatred and racism. While that may be true for some, there is a lot of blatant hatred making people want them gon...

American English departments lack diversity

American English departments lack diversity

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Amidst heated debates about immigration reform, protests which have somehow made the general populace throw the First Amendment out the window, and hate crime rates skyrocketing, public education coats an underlying element of racism: the canon. As a largely homogenous group of the so-called white male majori...