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Green New Deal is vital to the country’s reputation as a respectable nation

Green New Deal is vital to the country’s reputation as a respectable nation

Grace Wirkkala, Online Editor

February 11, 2019

Something must be done about climate change. It is understandable to hear of worry among younger generations when reputable sources like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) report that carbon dioxide levels are “at their highest in 650,000 years” and that in 2012, “Arctic ...

EIC Column: snow days added back to original calendar

EIC Column: snow days added back to original calendar

Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019

The Polar Vortex this winter has caused many schools to close down due to the weather conditions. The Stillwater district had room in its calendar for one snow day, but due to the anomaly of days that the schools had to shut down, there is a discussion on which days should be added back to make up fo...

Accepting undocumented immigrants is one thing, giving them money is another

Accepting undocumented immigrants is one thing, giving them money is another

Emma Stansbury, Distrubtion Reporter

February 1, 2019

New York welcomes undocumented immigrants with money and education. The Dream Act was passed in New York on Jan. 23. The act aids undocumented immigrants in education in rebuke to Trump. This is not a solution and this is not the way New York should deal with undocumented immigrants. The Dream Act stands for development, relief, and education for alien minors act. This ...

Trump administration reinstitutes gender based discrimination

Trump administration reinstitutes gender based discrimination

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2019

Being the highest employer of transgender individuals in America, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a military ban on transgender people has been a huge blow to the community. After a proposed ban was blocked back in 2017, the Supreme Court has recently decided to allow Trump to move fort...

Covington youth handle tense situation better than adults

Covington youth handle tense situation better than adults

Martin Kurle, Podcast Reporter

January 30, 2019

A conflict in front of the Lincoln Memorial between a group of Catholic high school boys wearing Make America Great Again hats, a group of Native American men and five black Hebrew Israelites which consisted of shouting racial slurs, chanting and even pounding a drum in a boy's face was first interprete...

Minnesota voters prepare to see marijuana on ballots

Minnesota voters prepare to see marijuana on ballots

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

January 30, 2019

Minnesota politicians prepare for a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana use to pass their desks and potentially appear on the 2020 ballot. State Rep. Raymond Dehn recently proposed a bill Jan. 22, that would leave legalization of marijuana up to the voters. Before the measure can appear on the...

Government shutdown deepens bipartisanship

Government shutdown deepens bipartisanship

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

January 26, 2019

The controversial border wall issue has stricken the country with bipartisan turmoil once again, this time taking a hit at the paychecks of federal workers. After debate in Senate over its funding, a decision was made to partially shut down the government, a decision that would cause more harm to federal...

Trump recieves historically low approval rating

Trump recieves historically low approval rating

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

January 25, 2019

President Trump was responsible for the 35-day government shutdown this past January and it did not help his overall approval rating, according to the polls. Trump’s approval rating had already been trending in this direction and the government shutdown only magnified people’s disapproval. The people’s ...

New abortion law causes controversy in New York

New abortion law causes controversy in New York

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

January 25, 2019

“Today [Jan. 22] I signed the #ReproductiveHealthAct, protecting women’s reproductive rights no matter what the federal government does,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, just hours after the new law was passed. The new law focuses a lot more on giving women rights during pregnancy but doe...

John Kelly finally resigns as White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly finally resigns as White House Chief of Staff

Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor

January 18, 2019

Former Chief of Staff John Kelly was supposed to bring stability to the White House when he replaced Reince Priebus as the White House Chief of Staff. Kelly has resigned and is leaving Mick Mulvaney to deal with his mess. Kelly was known for his hard stance on immigration policies. He was a stron...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Hannah Genosky, Distribution Reporter

December 20, 2018

Forty-nine percent of high school students say that they feel “a great deal of stress” on a daily basis. High school students worry about the ACT a lot because of how important it is. Starting in ninth grade, teachers will talk about the ACT but never go in depth. ACT curriculum should be taught m...

Death penalty for cop murderers unjustified

Death penalty for cop murderers unjustified

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor

December 20, 2018

  The United States grants certain criminals with a death sentence everyday. President Donald Trump mentioned in his 2016 election that he would sign a executive order forcing those convicted of killing police officers to be put to death. He recently restated this order in December and ha...

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