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Why I don’t stand for the pledge

Why I don’t stand for the pledge

Jamie Ryu, Pascack Valley High School

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinions

Editor’s Note: The opinions presented in this article are not necessarily that of The Smoke Signal or its staff. To be consistent with prior opinion articles, this disclaimer was added after the fact for both clarity and transparency. I stand with Colin Kaepernick. I stand with Brandon Marshall....

Presidential posteriors

Presidential posteriors

Ann Bailey, Summerville High School

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinions

August was a big month for America—Chicago chalked up its bloodiest month in twenty years with 472 shooting victims, NASA’s new spacecraft Juno photographed Jupiter in its first flyby, and perhaps the most momentous incident of the month took place when Malia Obama played hookie with the Democratic...

The Green Party’s rose-colored glasses

The Green Party’s rose-colored glasses

Nell Jaskowiak, Parkway West High School

September 27, 2016


Filed under Opinions

Physician-turned-politician Jill Stein has been a name among the Green Party for years, and as frustrations grow with mainstream presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, she is breaking onto the national stage as voters search for other options. As a physician in the 1990’s, Stein...

Gun violence: The disease we refuse to cure

Gun violence: The disease we refuse to cure

Andrew Vester, Staples High School

May 23, 2016


Filed under Opinions

Gunman massacres 20 children at school in Connecticut;” “Gunman kills 12 in Colorado Movie Theater;” “14 dead in California in mass shooting.” These headlines have appeared far too often in our newspapers and on our televisions, and we’ve unfortunately grown far too accustomed to hearing...

Open Books, Open Minds: How censorship limits students

Open Books, Open Minds: How censorship limits students

Anne Cameron, Linganore High School

May 19, 2016


Filed under Opinions

“It’s not appropriate.” If you’re a teenager, your parents have probably told you that a thousand times. Then it’s off to your room to change out of your adorable new skirt or to text your friends an apology that you can’t make the R-rated movie you all had planned to see. In the struggle...

Embrace Innovation

Embrace Innovation

Alex Harring, Grosse Pointe North

May 16, 2016


Filed under Opinions

On Oct. 16, Jimmy Hubert disappeared after a sorority mixer. He was found, alive but unresponsive, lying face down in a ditch. Hubert’s friends successfully tracked him using the Find My iPhone app and were able to get him medical attention. Josh Koger nearly died from a downed power line in 2008....

McCrory Flushing Education Away with Bathroom Bigotry Bill

McCrory Flushing Education Away with Bathroom Bigotry Bill

Alina Sichevaya, Green Hope High School

May 13, 2016


Filed under Opinions

On Monday, May 10, Governor Pat McCrory responded to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) letter which informed the Governor and the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) that House Bill 2 (HB2) was a violation of Title IX and of the Civil Rights Act. The law prohibits transgender people from using public...

Bible as Literature class constricts students’ cultural awareness

Bible as Literature class constricts students’ cultural awareness

Erin Schilling, Starr's Mill High School

May 13, 2016


Filed under Opinions

Starr’s Mill is smack in the middle of Georgia, nestled in the depths of the Bible Belt. Students are accustomed to seeing churches on every corner and have grown up with pre-game prayers and Christian-based clubs as the norm. Christianity and the contents of the Bible are nothing new to a majority...