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Not voting should not be shameful

Not voting should not be shameful

Kalyssa Boyle, Staff Reporter

November 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Voting is a very important right, one that soldiers and civilians alike have fought and died for. However, shaming people for not voting should not be okay. There are six amendments to the Constitution dealing directly with voting, the 15th and 19th, which are the most notable due to the civil righ...

Teachers shouldn’t give homework to students

Teachers shouldn’t give homework to students

McKena McBride, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

While some may believe that giving students homework is helpful to their education, it is damaging to their mental health. Finland is the country with the top student scores in the world. Their students are given no homework. Finnish students go to school between 9:00-9:45 a.m., and go home by...

Gun rights should be honored in America

Gun rights should be honored in America

Cody Conger, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Second Amendment should be honored, and we should all have the ability to holster arms in our own homes but with some restrictions. If we place restrictions who can purchase and get their hands on firearms, then we can reduce a lot of the trouble present in America. While the U.S. loosely denies access t...

Hate speech not protected by First Amendment

Hate speech not protected by First Amendment

Kalyssa Boyle, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Hate speech should not be protected by the First Amendment. The definition of “hate speech” by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people. Many say that hate speech, although extremely racist or homophobic, is protected by the First Amendment. However,...

Freewill is an illusion

Freewill is an illusion

Addie Braun, Staff Reporter

September 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

By definition freewill is, “made or done freely of one’s own accord; voluntarily,” but, what if it doesn’t even exist? From the moment we begin to understand the people surrounding us, we are impressionable. We don’t know any differently than what they tell us because we are so young that we aren...

Edge superior to other browsers

Edge superior to other browsers

Kalyssa Boyle, Staff Reporter

September 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

While Google Chrome may be what teachers and administration urge students to use, Microsoft Edge has more advantages to the everyday student. Edge has the immediate advantage of the easily accessible “Hub” that contains “Favorites, Reading List, Books, History, and Downloads” with large icons...

Board of Education should not purchase Chromebooks for next school year

Board of Education should not purchase Chromebooks for next school year

Alicia Feyerherm, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Next school year, Hays High will be getting new devices to replace the Surface 3s. One replacement option is a Chromebook. However, if the Board of Education were to choose Chromebooks, it would be a mistake. First of all, Chromebooks run on their own operating system. They do not support any Windows...

Global warming evidence hard to ignore

Global warming evidence hard to ignore

Isabelle Braun, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As freshmen, students are tasked with a project over climate change in Integrated Science. This project gives students a chance to better form opinions on whether they believe in climate change or not. However, not believing in climate change is hard to do. According to Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: Evidence,...

25-minute lunches should be commonplace

25-minute lunches should be commonplace

Lacey Gregory, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Many teachers give up five minutes of their third hour class period to add to students’ already-short lunchtime, bringing the lunch period to a whopping total of 25 minutes. However, it has recently been rumored that 20-minute lunches will become required in all classes. This standard is not realistic...

Pressure to choose career stressful for teenagers

Pressure to choose career stressful for teenagers

Rebekah Porter, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Elementary school children and younger are constantly being told to think about a career. This can be a stressful thing for a kid, not knowing what they want to do, yet being pressured to decide on something even though they aren’t ready for it. We need to stop demanding definitive answers from stud...

YouTube’s policy change strikes outrage among small YouTubers

YouTube’s policy change strikes outrage among small YouTubers

Alicia Feyerherm, Staff Reporter

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Small YouTubers were outraged last week when YouTube released new guidelines to their Partner Program. The YouTube Partner Program allows YouTube channels to make money through Google AdSense. Once a channel becomes part of the program, YouTube places ads before or during that channel’s videos....

Golden Globes fraught with hypocrisy

Golden Globes fraught with hypocrisy

Lizzy Lee, Staff Reporter/Cartoonist

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This year’s golden globes had some amazing results, but the feel for the event was shadowed by a large political premise. That being the hypocrisy of the entertainment industry. For the whole night, women and men alike wore black to the red carpet to protest sexual abuse in the entertainment industry....

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