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The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Bar graph showing the average age of political candidates from 2015 through 2022.

Age restrictions needed for older political candidates

Paige Van Duyne, Broadcast Editor June 1, 2023

The debate on whether there should be a maximum age for political candidates has strong arguments on both sides. Old age often impacts political views, priorities, memory and more. The battle stands mainly...

Somebody launching TikTok, a social media platform, on their iPhone.

President Joe Biden should ban TikTok

George Palm, Graphics Editor April 3, 2023

President Joe Biden and his administration recently signed the Restrict Act, which directly threatens TikTok. The act stands for Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information...

President Joe Biden standing in front of an American flag, speaking into a microphone.

Presidential candidates should meet a maximum age limit

Aubree Bigger, Political Cartoon Editor April 1, 2023

Presidential candidates should have to meet a maximum age limit to be elected. One must follow many rules to become president of the United States of America, such as a minimum age limit of 35 years....

The push to ban assault rifles is critical as mass shootings increase by the day as seen in this graphic. Data from

Legislators pushed to ban assault rifles

Paige Van Duyne, Broadcast Editor February 27, 2023

Legislators are facing pressure to ban assault rifles in the United States. With a rising number of shootings, the push is crucial.  Following the two mass shootings in California this past January,...

Black and white photo of someone placing a ballot in a drop box

Congress must stay under Democrat’s control

Jasmine Allison, Social Media Editor-in-Chief October 10, 2022

With the political climate extremely polarized, all eyes are on the 2022 midterms. Historically, the party in the White House loses control of Congress during the midterm elections. However, recent polling...

Junior Sara Norton gets gas at the Kwik Trip in Oak Park Heights on March 23. Gas was $3.99/gallon at this location.

Gas prices skyrocket unlike ever before

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor April 19, 2022

On Feb. 24 at approximately 10 p.m., Russian missiles and airstrikes were sent throughout Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv. As a result of the actions taken by Putin, various countries, including the...

Seventeen Republican-controlled state legislatures pass laws that further limit their constituents ability to vote in upcoming elections. Supporters say that it will increase voter confidence in our elections, while social activists say that it is an attempt to suppress minority voters.

Republican state legislatures pass voter suppression laws

Jasmine Z. Allison, Social Media Editor October 13, 2021

After the 2020 presidential election, 17 Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed laws that further limited their constituents' ability to vote in upcoming elections. Republican supporters...

Molly O’shea and her neighbors are seen following the guidelines and wearing a mask when 6 feet is not accessible. She is still able to be social while maintaining the guidelines.

Mask mandates continue to spark different views

Calli Dierkhising, Food Blog Reporter March 14, 2021

As more people educate themselves on the virus of COVID - 19, different beliefs arise on whether the government should enforce a mask mandate, or give people the freedom of choice. With many states such...

Members of Stillwaters Young Democrats make cookies for the Vice Presidential debate. The Young Democrats watched the debate to be educated and learn more about their candidates Vice President. It is important to stay educated on politics by watching, reading, or listening to the news.

Transfer of presidential power necessary for peace

Luci Miller and Calli Dierkhising November 20, 2020

America’s future is riding on the election results of Nov. 3 and the direction our leaders will take. Many Americans believe with the division the country is experiencing, that a peaceful transition...

President Trump speaks at a rally in April. Recent rallies in Minneapolis have caused controversy following the impeachment inquiry.

Impeachment inquiry against President Trump sparks national debate

Austin Fierro, Online Editor November 18, 2019

The system meant to keep the country together is ironically what divides it the most: politics. Following a phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine, which seemed to suggest...

Nancy Pelosi has launched and official impeachment inquiry, after President Donald Trump asked Ukraine to investigate his rival Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden. Trump must be impeached so he is taught that no-one  is above the law.

Donald Trump needs to be impeached, not removed from office

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor In Cheif October 8, 2019

Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24, after news broke that President Trump asked Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine to investigate Trump's rival, Joe Biden and his...

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