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Profanity in School

Emily Sheng

January 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Profanity has become so prevalent at FHS that it's being blended into the average hallway conversion. Students saying expressions like "what the [expletive]" and "I want to  [expletive]..."  are heard everywhere. Although many think profanity is a sense of self expression, it really only offends. The...

Climate Change In The Debates

Ryan Kim

January 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Over the four and a half hours of presidential debate, there has been seemingly endless unconventional responses and shots taken at each other by both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. These debates had record-breaking viewership, with the first debate generating 84 million viewers. This viewer...

School Should Open After Labor Day

School Should Open After Labor Day

Emily Sheng, Opinion's Editor

September 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order in late August to require all public schools to begin school after Labor Day and end before June 15, while maintaining 180 days of school. His cited that the long weekend boosts the tourism industry and protects traditional family values. However for the ...

Third Parties in Presidential Debates

Third Parties in Presidential Debates

Emily Sheng

September 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The three presidential debates that run on prime time television should be open to the major third party groups. Currently only candidates that poll over fifteen percent in recent polls can participate. This year with the two main candidates very far left and far right, respectively, the people should...

A Plea to Liberals and Conservatives Alike

A Plea to Liberals and Conservatives Alike

Kate Bellows

April 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion

I was never interested in elections until 2015, when I heard that a 74-year old Vermont democratic socialist named Bernie Sanders promised to transform America. He sounded great to me. Sanders spoke of income inequality, of racial injustice, of our rigged economy with candor and grit. He didn't want ...

No Mr. Trump, America Is Already Great

No Mr. Trump, America Is Already Great

Mike Breslin

April 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is running on the slogan, "Make America Great Again." Amongst the other planks in Trump's platform that he is completely and utterly wrong about, this slogan is perhaps the most incorrect aspect of his campaign. The United States of America is great, has b...

The Bellows Report: Let’s Talk About Mental Health

The Bellows Report: Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Kate Bellows

March 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Imagine that your knee hurts. It starts out as a dull pain, but over time, it gets worse. Soon, every step you take hurts. It's impossible to ignore. So you mention it to your friend. And she says, "Oh, you're fine. I'm sure it'll get better soon!" It doesn't. So you visit your doctor to ge...

Midterms Cause More Harm than Good

Midterms Cause More Harm than Good

Courtney Herzog

December 16, 2015


Filed under Opinion

The end of the first semester is rapidly approaching, meaning that the dreaded midterms are advancing as well. Some people feel that the midterm is a useful tool that helps students see their learning progress, while others believe that the midterm is unnecessary and does not help the students whatsoever....

Santa Maybe: War on Christmas

Santa Maybe: War on Christmas

Kate Bellows

December 16, 2015


Filed under Opinion

This year, expect the family debate to be around the coffee table rather than the dinner table: Starbucks has replaced its Christmas-themed red cups with ombre, blank cups. To some, this is a wise move. But to others, it is offensive, as the new design lacks Christmas images. Is Starbucks trying to ...

Must Be This Old To Enter

December 10, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Who doesn't want to eat lunch outside? With the stuffiness, crowdedness and dim lighting of the cafeteria, the senior courtyard is the perfect spot to spend the splendid 30 minute period in the middle of the school day that we hold so near to our hearts. However, it is called the senior courtyard f...

Election 2016: Rubio Rightly Surges Towards the Top

Election 2016: Rubio Rightly Surges Towards the Top

Mike Breslin

December 10, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Politics

In a field dominated by political outsiders, outrageous campaign promises and struggles to stay relevant, one candidate is making himself stand out for all the right reasons: Marco Rubio. After four consecutive strong performances in the Republican presidential debates, Rubio (R-Fla.) has made a strong...

A Different View on Donald Trump

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer

November 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Everyone has opinions of Donald Trump, whether they are good, bad or indifferent. However, when one looks at Trump in depth, there are some weird things that one can see. Trump is known for his brash comments against illegal immigrants, like threatening to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He has tol...

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