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Athletes should continue to advocate for social issues in America

By Nolan Wick | July 20, 2020, 8:28 a.m. | In Opinions »

Many athletes have responded to the killing of George Floyd by voicing their opinions on social media or even taking to the streets themselves


COVID-19 exposes flaws in the American healthcare system; it's up to us to fix them

By Lucie Peyrebrune | June 25, 2020, 3:48 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The U.S. must take a leaf out of other developed countries' books and switch to universal healthcare


Rallies for reopening businesses are detrimental and dangerous

By Billy Scott | June 18, 2020, 8:56 p.m. | In Opinions »

Reopening rallies put all protesters and non-protestors at risk and aren't anywhere near worth the risk of human lives


MCPS must not switch to a pass/fail grading system amid COVID-19 crisis

By Lucie Peyrebrune | April 17, 2020, 2:27 p.m. | In Opinions »

A pass/fail system unfairly rewards students for doing the bare minimum


Social media activism can do more harm than good

By Yuri Kim | March 6, 2020, 12:04 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While reposting information is an easy way to express support and awareness for global issues, let us consider its efficacy and credibility


Proposal for two-ply toilet paper should be flushed away

By Mercedes Pierce | Feb. 16, 2020, 12:23 a.m. | In Opinions »

Montgomery County Board of Education has to decide whether to leave room for better toilet paper in the 2021 budget


Bigger than biology?

By Joy Xu | Jan. 15, 2020, 1:40 p.m. | In Opinions »

In high school teams, transgender athletes should not be an issue


CON: Economically and ecologically, holiday gifting is nothing to celebrate

By Vivian Li | Dec. 31, 2019, 12:09 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Gifting is a reflex that loses money and gains waste


PRO: Emotionally, the tradition of holiday gifting is irreplaceable

By Shruti Chauhan | Dec. 31, 2019, 12:05 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

A stack of cash is neither a show of thoughtfulness nor a spirited effort


The Naviance data breach: a lesson to MCPS

By Boaz Yoo | Dec. 25, 2019, 11:10 p.m. | In Opinions »

Because ethics went out the door


How the term “OK Boomer” is massively misunderstood

By Sophia Lucarelli | Dec. 15, 2019, 9:39 p.m. | In Opinions »

Older generations have been mocking younger generations for years. Fast forward to 2019 and young people have clapped back with the term “OK Boomer.”


Should college athletes be allowed to make money off their name?

By Alex Russ | Nov. 22, 2019, 9:04 p.m. | In Opinions »

The NCAA made a new rule that will allow athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness starting in 2023. California was the first to pass this law, leading the NCAA in the right direction.


Snack on this: New vending machines promote health but have downfalls

By Shifra Dayak | Nov. 18, 2019, 4:01 p.m. | In Opinions »

The healthier options are just one step in the right direction


Equal pay for equal play

By Shruti Chauhan | Nov. 11, 2019, 10:53 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Female athletes should be paid equal to their male counterparts


Tobacco 21 tackles toxic nicotine epidemic among teens

By Shruti Chauhan | Nov. 5, 2019, 2:27 p.m. | In Opinions »

New law effectively prevents anyone under 21 from getting their hands on tobacco products, but increased reinforcement is necessary


Active shooter drills are not a step in the right direction

By Joy Xu | Nov. 4, 2019, 7:42 a.m. | In Opinions »

The sensitivity of mass shootings renders the new lockdown largely ineffective


Early AP registration misses the mark

By Shifra Dayak | Oct. 27, 2019, 7:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The College Board's new test policies inconvenience both staff and students


New ACT options will help students improve their scores

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Oct. 22, 2019, 5:27 p.m. | In Opinions »

Starting in September 2020, students will have new options when taking the ACT and reporting their scores


New dress code at Albert Einstein Highschool sparks controversy among students

By Sophia Lucarelli | Oct. 15, 2019, 7 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Students concerned about bias in the dress code and its enforcement


MCPS' new wellness initiative, while commendable, has its faults

By Mercedes Pierce | Oct. 15, 2019, 2:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The county’s initiative aims to address the mental and physical health of K-12 students


Sixty college credits is enough

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Oct. 14, 2019, 6:46 p.m. | In Opinions »

MCPS' new policy on substitute teacher requirements will benefit all parties involved.


Buses seem overcrowded, but there are solutions

By Shruti Chauhan | Oct. 1, 2019, 1:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

At the start of a school year, there are a million things Blazers anticipate, likely including classes, teachers, the new one lunch, or homework. But for some it’s high capacity buses that are at the top of their list of things to worry about.


One lunch, many benefits

By Yuri Kim | Sept. 20, 2019, 2 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blair's new lunch schedule solves logistical and academic problems


The SAT is designed to benefit the rich

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Aug. 31, 2019, 10:07 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The College Board's attempts to address testing inequity haven't been enough.


How many mass shootings in the U.S. must we see before action is taken?

By Billy Scott | Aug. 26, 2019, 4:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Red flag laws, universal background checks, bans on assault weapons and large magazines are necessary to decrease gun violence

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