Northwood freshman Cory Babazadeh can finally play on his school's JV basketball team. That's because after failing algebra and being ruled ineligible last year, he is re-taking the class and has managed to earn a high C—a grade that his parents say hasn't stopped improving. But all that may change next fall when MCPS pulls the plug on one of the best programs it has started in a long time.
On Sept. 24, the lives of five area teenagers ended early on the roads of Montgomery County. The following week, County law enforcement officials and local policy makers made numerous calls for action, ranging from helicopter traffic surveillance to reforms in the driver's license testing process.
A Navy poster sits beside a stack of PSAT practice booklets in the Career Center. Against an adjacent wall lie piles of business cards left from the many military recruiters who frequent Blair's hallways. At the front desk is a rack of glossy Army brochures bearing slogans like "the experience of a lifetime” and shining with the faces of confident, clean-cut soldiers far removed from the bloody battlefields many recruits will soon face.
Four years ago, this country was forced to choose between a monotonous but qualified vice president and a charismatic but inexperienced governor from Texas. Charisma won, but four years later, we find ourselves rebuilding two countries, $450 billion in debt and a country sharply divided. The Bush administration's environmental, economic and education record is weak, but even more troubling issues are the mismanagement of Iraq and the exploitation of petty but riveting positions on gay marriage and stem cell research. Although John Kerry has been thoroughly pounded for his supposed liabilities, including his anti-war demonstrations and his tendency to "flip-flop,” he presents a more specific plan for this country. Therefore, Silver Chips Online throws its support behind John Kerry and John Edwards for control of the White House come January.
The use of historical precedent often times ignores the nuances of the event that is being used as an example. Take for instance the popular comparison of Iraq to Vietnam. The two are alike in that they are wars in which the United States fought; yet the nature of the conflicts could not be less similar.
John Kerry has dedicated his life to serve America. He fought valiantly in Vietnam earning a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. He has served with distinction in the United States Senate. As President, John Kerry will lead the American people to a better future.
Of the American electorate, Abraham Lincoln said, "If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." In this election our country, 26% of which is composed of people under the age of 18 according to the U.S. Census bureau, is in danger of reversing four years of progress, and instead sitting on four years of a John Kerry presidency.
I would like to offer a counter opinion to two articles written earlier in the school year regarding athletic ineligibility at Blair. As the varsity baseball coach, assistant athletic director and Blair alumnus (class of 1980), it pains me that our athletic teams have not been as successful recently as some of our up-county rivals, but there are understandable reasons for this, and I think the aforementioned articles are somewhat misleading in their representations of cause and effect.
The newly elected Spanish government removal of Spanish troops from Iraq is an act of democracy that followed through on campaign promises. The move will protect the lives of Spanish citizens, while improving and changing the country's policy on the conflict.
In a lecture before an audience skeptical of new and less rigid educational practices a renowned progressive educator named Dean Hollis Caswell of Teacher's College at Columbia University delivered a speech in which he claimed that:
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