opinions


When patience isn't enough

By Zewde Ingram | April 25, 2016, 9:41 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Long lines are more than a pet peeve to American voters; a functioning democracy is at stake. Not only are long lines the issue, but so are the demographics of people who typically fall victim to them: low-income, black and Latino voters.


Picking a bone with David Trone

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 18, 2016, 10:44 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Campaigning extensively and aggressively over the past few months, 60-year old multimillionaire David Trone has entered the race to become the Democratic nominee for Maryland's eighth Congressional District.


A SCO guide to locker use at Blair

By Charles Lott | March 29, 2016, 10:40 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

In a school of almost 3,000 students, with three stories and tens of hallways, it's hard to get from one end of the building to the other in eight minutes. When you add a stop at a locker to that commute, you're almost guaranteed to be late.


The case for graduation

By Lauren Frost | March 16, 2016, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The County Council needs to approve the proposed budget increase in order to give students the graduation they deserve.


Divination station

By Neida Mbuia Joao | March 14, 2016, 5:47 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

New Age is a movement that gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s as an alternative approach to traditional Western methods of spirituality. In my experience and in that of some fellow Blazers, New Age spirituality can be both fun and serious.


A problem of the present

By Zewde Ingram | March 13, 2016, 12:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Montgomery Blair prides itself on its diversity. However, Blair is a rarity in an age when schools are more segregated than in 1971.


How a single inch of snow can shut down the county's schools

By Charles Lott | March 12, 2016, 10:25 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While it might be easy for schools to reopen quickly in the northernmost tundra of Minnesota or Wisconsin, the DC metropolitan area has good reason to wait out the storm.


The pen is mightier than the keyboard

By Maniza Habib | March 11, 2016, 9 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Writing by hand is slowly becoming an old-fashioned way of learning, and this is detrimental to the education of our students. In an age of rapid technological development, the value of pen and paper should not be forgotten.


Everything you need to know about college financial woes

By Neida Mbuia Joao | March 7, 2016, 1:54 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In order for students to enter the college decision process informed, they must be aware of the ways in which the institutions to whom they are entrusting thousands of dollars are making financial decisions.


Ooh ah, you wish you were a Blazer!

By Eleanor Cook | March 3, 2016, 1:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In basketball, and all sports, female athletes work just as hard as their male counterparts, and should therefore be given the same respect. Girls' sports teams should be referred to without the preceding "Lady."


Donald Trump and the rise and fall of white nationalism

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Feb. 17, 2016, 2:35 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

There's plenty to fear about Donald J. Trump. He's a bully, a sexist and a narcissist. But what's even scarier is the rising movement he represents: white nationalism--a movement defined by white identity and opposed to forces of economic and demographic change.


#aesthetic vs. art (Video)

By Ellie Struewing | Feb. 13, 2016, 10:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the past few months, pictures of the Renwick have appeared on Instagram and Snapchat or Tumblr nearly every day, and to see so many enjoying art isn't discouraging, it's exciting.


More computer science means more opportunities

By Eleanor Cook | Feb. 3, 2016, 7:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The advances in computer science education in the county should be lauded, but need also be pushed further. Computer science should be made a graduation requirement.


What's happening with the Democratic presidential race?

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 29, 2016, 9:50 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While not as flashy or entertaining as the GOP campaign, the Democratic primary has been plenty contentious and raises interesting questions about the Democratic Party, liberalism in America and the appeal of pragmatism.


What's going on with the 2016 GOP race?

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 29, 2016, 9:30 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The 2016 presidential campaign has been the most unpredictable and entertaining race in recent memory. In the Republican race, a reality TV star and a senator widely despised in his own party lead in the polls.


The inside scoop on motivational posters

By Charles Lott | Jan. 26, 2016, 2:58 p.m. | In Humor »

Blair students have differing opinions on what effect these peppy, brightly colored slogans actually have on a student's performance in the class and whether a laminated image of an athlete trying their best will suddenly bring to memory a forgotten formula midway through a semester exam.


A warning about school Google products

By Eleanor Cook | Jan. 22, 2016, 8:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In Montgomery County Schools (MCPS), a county which uses multiple Google products, teachers should be wary of using Google products, particularly for out-of-class assignments.


Breaking the routine

By Ellie Struewing | Jan. 14, 2016, 1:50 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Every once in a while, there is a school day that really stands out, leave an impression and allow students to learn in new ways. These days are field trips.


College mail and why it fails

By Ellie Struewing | Jan. 3, 2016, 2:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Colleges and universities should reconsider the storm of mail that they send to students and refocus their efforts (and funding) on more tangible ways to help students see if that school is the right fit for them.


Teaching the financial ABCs

By Zewde Ingram | Jan. 3, 2016, 2:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Mandatory financial literacy classes are key to ensuring that youth have adequate knowledge to make responsible financial decisions after high school.


Can't survive on $7.25

By Maniza Habib | Dec. 8, 2015, 2:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The campaign across the country should be a wakeup call for politicians in this country. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not a harsh demand- it's a simple right.


Vitamin Shoppe replaces Carvel Ice Cream and Jerry's Subs and Pizza

By Charles Lott | Nov. 22, 2015, 10:06 a.m. | In Humor »

The Jerry's Subs and Pizza and Carvel Ice Cream stores formerly situated next to the 7-11 at Four Corners have both been closed down. And which company has decided to take advantage of this hotbed of high school consumers? The Vitamin Shoppe.


Why it's more than just #BoycottStarWars

By Zewde Ingram | Nov. 16, 2015, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Outrageous trending hashtags and racist trolls are commonplace on Twitter, but recently an especially problematic topic emerged on the top 10 trending on the social media platform: #BoycottStarWarsVII.


Blair's practice fields don't get the ball rolling

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 12, 2015, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blair's practice fields are large, strangely shaped patches of dirt surrounded by weed-filled grass. Rocks are in almost all of the dirt patches, making the fields seem like a gravel road. When there is a dry stretch, dust is commonly kicked up as players run through.


Hurricane Patricia: deadly, devastating, and not overblown

By Brian Le | Nov. 11, 2015, 4:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the case of Hurricane Patricia, there was no such thing as exaggerating, and we need to stop believing there was. In treating this storm as another example of overhyping, we risk complacency the next time a powerful natural disaster hits.

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