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Government shutdown deepens bipartisanship

A woman from the American Federation of Government employees (AFGE) labor union displays a sign on a Styrofoam plate. She is participating in a silent protest at the Hart Senate building, where the AFGE assembled and dedicated 33 minutes of silence for every day the government was shut down at that point.
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...

Trump recieves historically low approval rating

There is a lot of scepticism surrounding President Trump in regards to the multiple investigations he is involved in, as well as him forcing the government into the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
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...

New abortion law causes controversy in New York

People protest abortion in St. Paul, some agreeing with it and some disagreeing. Since the passing of the new law in New York on Jan. 22, there has been lots of controversy on if the law is just or not.
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...

John Kelly finally resigns as White House Chief of Staff

Kelly worked as the Secretary of Homeland Security for half a year.  He was appointed Chief of Staff within his last few days of Secretary of Homeland Security.
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...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Junior Alli Kelm prepares for the ACT. There are multiple ways to prepare for the ACT. Kelm practices  her speed and knowledge of questions by doing practice worksheets.
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...

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...

Voter-approved levy required after $2.5 million deficit

The school board needs to implement another levy, but to make sure that they get the outcome that they want, there needs to be more information released to the public before they vote.
Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2018

 The Stillwater Area School Board has encountered decisions they have not had to make for many years. The board will have to make cuts in many different departments from all around the district because...

The only thing to hate is hate itself

A German synagogue left to burn, no firefighters will come. Nov. 1938, similar attacks are being carried out across Germany on the night known as Kristallnacht. Last October the shooting of a synagogue in Pittsburgh shows that antisemitism is still present despite the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist December 8, 2018

Late October, America watched as news of bomb threats to prominent Democrats and the shooting of a synagogue showed horrors we did not expect from Halloween. The antisemitism and hate Americans fought...

Flu shot necessary to keep everyone healthy

Junior Abby Lee goes to get her yearly flu shot at her local CVS pharmacy. Flu shots are recommended to get at the start of the flu season, but can still be received until the end of theflu season.
Pony Express Staff December 5, 2018

Some say they are toxic, that they make people sick and are unsafe for people to get. Others say they are necessary and help keep individuals healthy. So what do flu shots really do for us? Flu shots...

Citizens should have respectful response to George H.W. Bush’s death

There are places and mourners to go to for a person to grieve in their own way. These places and monuments are created for the public to honor the ones who have passed to carry on their legacy.
Emma Stansbury, Distrubtion Reporter December 3, 2018

A person grieves and responds to death in different ways, but is there a correct way to respond to the death of a prominent figure? George H.W. Bush died on Nov. 30, 2018, and served the United States...

Grading policies must reflect growth and learning

Website that links communication between teachers, parents and students concerning academic achievement. Teachers post grades on this website and also announcements. Students use this tool to check their grades.
Grace Roeske, Social Media Editor November 21, 2018

The Stillwater Grade Reporting Policy is focused on reflecting student’s achievements and it explains what grading includes. It is also the link between teachers, parents/guardians and students when...

EIC Column: Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

Immediately aafter recieving their pocket Constitutions, many of the fifth-graders at Andersen Elementary dove straight into the document to check it out. When asked why it was important to have documents like the Constitution, one student responded that
Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief November 17, 2018

As his class flipped through the brand new pocket constitutions they had just received, one boy recited the preamble to their very own Constitution, “We the P.I.E.sters, in order to form a more perfect...

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