Category: Opinion

Voter Suppression in the 2020 Election

Cleo C., journalist

The 2020 election has been dubbed by some people as “one of the most important elections of a lifetime.” So why are we suppressing the vote? In an unprecedented decision, Michigan has just changed its strategy to outlaw counting ballots received after 8pm on election night. Previously to this Appeals court decision, there was a seven day grace period for ballots that were postmarked before election day. Two-hundred and thirty similar lawsuits have been filed across the country regarding similar voter suppression efforts that have been successful. 

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A Masquerade Of Inconsistencies Within The WHO

Julian-Alexandre W., journalist

Recently, serious questions about the World Health Organization’s intentions have arisen. Camouflaged actions that remain to be uncovered ignited a feud between President Trump and Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). When pandemics infiltrate world populations, this specialized agency’s job is to defend, assist countries, and ultimately lead the global effort to extinguish the disease. Yet, the WHO appears to have misinformed countries about COVID-19 and, at the same time, contradict itself. Were there in-house biases that eroded the WHO’s aggressiveness in recognizing the makings of a pandemic?

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A global problem

We live in an age of authenticity. 

We have all been told to be ourselves, urged to express our feelings, and freely voice our opinions. We are encouraged by society to be our authentic selves, unabashed of who we are, and where our core principles lie. In a sense, it all sounds like empowering advice, but in truth, authenticity is quietly distorting our sense of self-value and twisting the ways we view one another.

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“I don’t see color”

Aala S., journalist

“Oh, I don’t see color!” How many times have we heard this sentence before? Usually, when people say this, their intentions are good. What they mean to say is “I do not judge a person based on the color of their skin.” They believe that they are sending a message, which is that we are all equal. What they do not realize is these two different statements are perceived differently by others, since racial issues are very sensitive subjects for many. In order to understand why the historical context is important, and why pretending not to see color is not helpful, we must also understand why some people say this.

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New Way Forward Act, Sensible but Senseless

Julian-Alexandre Wang, Journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team.

On December 10 th , 2019, members of Congress introduced a bill, the New Way Forward Act. With an unconstitutional undertone, this bill has struck a malignance towards the American spirit. This exceeds the extremes of the Green New Deal by far, and the radicalism encroached within this bill envisions the future of our country as apprehensively dismal. Regardless of political sides or opinions, any American should firmly stand against this. The New Way Forward Act goes against American laws, American culture, and the American people. There should be no appropriation on what America has been built upon. From the great Revolutionary War of 1776 to modern society, history has explained that our democratic-republic country is a governmental system that should never be tampered with. It may not be perfect, nor will it ever be, yet that still should not result in dire transpositions. I believe in the American Constitution. I believe in our democracy and our republic, and the belief of a new country distorted astray from the intentions and visions of our Founding Fathers is too irrational.,

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Should Football Be Completely Banned?

Hank T., journalist

A Brief History

The history of American football goes back to Ancient Greek times. Ancient Greeks played a game called Episkyros. Essentially, the game consisted of twelve to fourteen players trying to throw a ball over a scrimmage. Over time, the game morphed and eventually led to the development of the British game rugby, which ultimately led to American football. Football was then played at collegiate levels and later the National Football League was formed in 1920 in Canton, Ohio. Even then, it was an extremely dangerous sport that was destructive to many people. The 1894 Harvard-Yale Game resulted in crippling injuries for four individual players. In 1905, there were nineteen football-related fatalities. President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to shut down the game if the league did not make changes. 

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2020 National Women’s March

By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, editor

Sat January 25, 2020

(GW CHRONICLE) — On January 18th and 25th, 2020, thousands of women’s rights activists united across the nation to advocate for equality. Standing in unity, women’s rights activists carried the gustiness that had initially sparked the origin of the Women’s Rights Movement in the year 1913. The marchers of today represent not only their current generation but also the hundreds of generations that bravely marched before them. For centuries, the notion that men are the superior and entitled gender in comparison to women has been challenged to a point where now women are rising above, rising above stigmas, discriminatory barriers, and unjust enactments that accede to discrimination.

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The Trump, Venezuela Standoff

Julian-Alexandre W., journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team. 

The entropy in Venezuela has reached an all-time high. Since 2013, the authoritative Nicolas Maduro, the current leader of Venezuela, has continued to plummet this country into an economic and political disaster. He has exploited his power to instill absolute and complete control over his people. His socialistic dictatorship has failed. Yet he refuses to accept the hard truth even as the people of Venezuela protest against his political reign. The United States and its sitting President, Donald Trump, has recognized this and has recently taken action to prevent Maduro’s malicious deeds and intentions. But how can the United States maneuver Maduro to accept new leadership and bring back prosperity to Venezuela?

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Hong Kong’s disruptive anarchy

Julian-Alexandre W., journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team.

Since the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders Amendment Bill, outrage has spread among many Hong Kong civilians. This bill supports the enactment of extradition – anyone who commits a severe crime in Hong Kong will fall into the hands of mainland Chinese jurisdiction. Because of this newfound bill, a once civilized and law-abiding Hong Kong has become divided, belligerent, and angry. The cry for democracy and human rights have driven the youth to mass protests throughout Hong Kong island. These ongoing demonstrations have proven to be dangerous for both the protestors and the police. Angry crowds turn into mobs, taking their voices to a new level by overturning cars, burning garbage, smashing storefront windows, and littering bricks to blockade busy streets. In retaliation, the police are violent as well by carelessly dropping tear gas and utilizing pepper spray. The mad chaos often turns the police force’s fears into executing unintentional shootings of young demonstrators.

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