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A panda prescription for an ailing zoo

By Mary Donahue | July 24, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

Between the continuous death of animals and a deteriorating physical appearance, the national treasure status of the Washington National Zoo seems to have been lost. But that glorious status can be restored by none other than a baby panda, roughly the size of a stick of butter. The baby panda cub's birth will not only help restore the positive image of the zoo, but the cub will also provide a much needed moral boost in light of recent animal deaths.


Are we really safe?

By Alexis Egan | July 11, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

Even though these words were spoken nearly 250 years ago by Benjamin Franklin, they hold just as true today. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in London, it is reasonable to assume that more changes will be made to American security.


Separation of reason and state

By Simon Kanter | July 6, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

Less than a week before graduation, the Montgomery County Public School system informed Montgomery Blair High School that it might not be permitted to hold the ceremony at the Jericho City of Praise, the 10,000-seat church that has hosted Blair's ceremony for the last three years. This was the result of a complaint filed by concerned parents to the advocacy group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AUSCS), which immediately notified MCPS.


Slots are a gamble no matter how you play 'em

By Natasha Prados | June 30, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

As candidates gear up for the 2006 Maryland gubernatorial election, the introduction of slot machines appears to be the most controversial issue of the campaign. The issue divides the candidates for the Democratic nomination: Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, both of whom have taken a position different from that of incumbent Republican Governor Robert L. Ehrlich.


Securing Social Security

By Armin Rosen | June 27, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

If the liberal historian Howard Zinn is correct in saying that history is nothing but an endless sequence of present-days (I believe that he is), then a past date, namely 1935, is just as relevant to the ongoing debate over Social Security as the future date of the program's insolvency. And just as constructionists look to the intent of the Founding Fathers to decipher the often nebulous subtext of our Constitution, we should frame any debate on Social Security in the context of the expectations and intentions of its Founding Father: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


Motion for cloture

By Armin Rosen | May 23, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

I think our Senators need to be reminded of just how little the debate over the "nuclear option" matters. The filibustering of judicial nominees is not the gross abuse of power that the Republicans cast it as, nor is its banning a threat to the very pillars of democracy as Democrats have maintained. Aside from extreme partisanship there are few conflicting or overarching principles in play, since this is, fundamentally, a disagreement on procedure.


Ask Chips 12: We succumb to the outsourcing craze

By | March 11, 2005, midnight | In Ask Chips »

Due to the highly complex nature of the questions for this installment of Ask Chips, we decided to do what all technical companies are doing and outsource the labor. This week, we have invited a special guest answerer to tackle these mind numbingly boring questions in the hopes that this will spur you all on to much more meaningful queries. Our special guest for this round will be AP Physics teacher Mr. Schafer, who has graciously offered his expertise in answering these questions.


Letter to the editor: MCPS responds to food editorial

By | March 9, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

MCPS Food Service Supervisor Marla R. Caplon wrote this letter to the editor in response to the Silver Chips article The inside scoop on school meals.


The inside scoop on school meals

By | Feb. 13, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

After the lunch bell rings, the cafeteria is bombarded with a mob of hungry students. One by one, they emerge from the lunch line, carrying with them a variety of foods: fries, nachos dripping with processed cheese, fries, baked potatoes with more processed cheese, fries...


Liberals shouldn't fear four more years

By Kiran Bhat | Feb. 10, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

These visionary words bring to mind the one politician from the past 20 years that Democrats can be proud of, President Bill Clinton. They are grandiose and confident, and hopeful in every sense. However Clintonesque they may sound though, they came from the mouth of one man liberals in America despise most, President George W. Bush.


A chance for peace in the Middle East

By | Feb. 8, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The election of Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has given both sides of the conflict an incentive to renew peace negotiations. To gain a better sense of the concerns Palestinians have for Abbas, I interviewed two Palestinians, Mike and Alex. (With current violence on the Israel-Palestine front, printing the full names of these sources may endanger their lives.) Mike is an administrator in Bethany, West Bank, and Alex is an accountant in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem.


Agencies must be held accountable for payoffs

By | Feb. 5, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The current administration prides itself on its moral clarity, even as some of its members shroud unethical policies in secrecy. On Jan. 7, light was shed on this hypocrisy, as USA Today reported that a government agency, the Department of Education (DOE), had spent $241,000 to bribe conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams into promoting the president's No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on his radio show and in his columns.


Gonzales the wrong choice for attorney general

By Kiran Bhat | Jan. 14, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

In this age of political battles and constant squabbling, it is simple to declare that one side or the other has lost a sense of moral direction. However, the one event that most indicates our government's lack of a moral compass as a whole is the appointment of Alberto R. Gonzales to the position of attorney general, head of the Department of Justice.


MCPS budget blues: an opinion

By Armin Rosen | Dec. 24, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

As a member of the Board of Education, former Blair PTSA President Valerie Ervin will take aim at the achievement gap, push for minority participation in GT classes and programs and advocate decreased class sizes. She will also confront an issue that lacks the visibility, but not the importance of GT enrollment and academic discrepancies: budget clarity.


Grammy rock music nominees are nothing to rave about

By Emma Zachurski | Dec. 17, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

On Dec. 7, a crime against music, particularly rock and alternative, was committed: the Grammy Awards nominations were announced.


Ask Chips nine: girls back in business

By | Dec. 14, 2004, midnight | In Ask Chips »


Stuck between a block and a hard place

By Samir Paul | Dec. 9, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

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.


Ask Chips eight: we're just that great

By | Nov. 19, 2004, midnight | In Ask Chips »


Dangerous driving isn't just an accident

By Armin Rosen | Nov. 12, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

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.


Military recruiting makes army of the disadvantaged

By Pria Anand | Nov. 11, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

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.


Ask Chips: it's our turn to ask you

By | Nov. 8, 2004, midnight | In Ask Chips »


Blazers' thoughts on the election

By | Nov. 7, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The following is a compilation of quotes from Blazers regarding their thoughts on the 2004 presidential election. Please feel free to leave your own comments as well.


Silver Chips Online endorses Kerry

By | Oct. 31, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

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.


A little history lesson...and the case for Bush

By Armin Rosen | Oct. 31, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

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.


Ask Chips: latest and greatest

By | Oct. 27, 2004, midnight | In Ask Chips »

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