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Flint’s water crisis still isn’t solved, government failing

Gia Opsahl, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

Thomas Jefferson famously believed "the first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. Abandon that, and you have abandoned all." He would be deeply saddened by how untrue that is in our governmen...

Leaving high school early was the best decision I’ve ever made

Elizabeth Saubestre, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

I never planned to attend college at 16. I was supposed to graduate at the slightly more reasonable age of 17, the age I will be turning in a couple of weeks, but I took a chance when an opportunity arose and haven’t looked...

Think for yourself, we should question our parents’ beliefs

Celina Jauregui, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

Too often, youth are influenced by the social and political values enforced at the family dinner table.  Although please and thank you’s are important manners to practice, dining room table talk can be far more influential t...

It’s too hard for immigrants to pursue American education

Marie Lassaigne, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

Four years ago, I immigrated to the United States from France. To this day, I still can’t work, leave the country, have a debit card or get a driver’s license that lasts more than six months. I moved to Santa Barbara the...

Playing music changed my life, should be required in K-12

Max Mullins, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

My first memories of playing music go back to when I was in elementary school, signing songs and learning “Hot Cross Buns” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the recorder. Although the recorder is often ridiculed, perhaps...

California should require ethnic studies for high school students

Lucy Marx, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019

America’s youth are growing more inclusive and diverse than ever, so why isn’t that reflected in our high school curriculums? The demand for ethnic studies courses in California reflects this vast disconnect. California is one of our nation’s most diverse states. More th...

We all need to do our part in keeping plastic out of the oceans

Madeleine Sydkvist, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019

You might imagine what beauty lies beneath the surface while gazing at the waves crashing onto the beach, but the truth is that our oceans are turning into a landfill. It’s not news that plastic has taken over our world. ...

Minority veterans shouldn’t have to pick between pride in heritage, pride in serving

Ramiro Detrinidad, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019

It was my first year in the Navy and I was proud to have the privilege to serve, receiving gratitude from what I perceived to be genuinely kind people who saw a young man serving his country. I had no concept that this res...

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