opinions


99% problems, 1% solution

By Langston Taylor | Oct. 14, 2011, 10:44 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The District has been "occupied” since October 1. While six of the protesters were arrested, the group made a major step forward Tuesday: it identified a coherent goal.


Party like it's 1492

By Alison Kronstadt | Oct. 11, 2011, 10:26 p.m. | In Humor »

This intrepid reporter has traveled all over the Internet to bring you the best ways to make Columbus Day special – or at least very, very interesting.


Execution of Troy

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 29, 2011, 10:20 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is important to remember justice for the sake of closure is not actually justice. Taking the life of a potentially innocent man isn't justice. As long as there is a shadow of doubt, there was reasonable cause to assume that the justice system could have sentenced the wrong man to death.


Apply yourself

By Alison Kronstadt | Sept. 23, 2011, 1:56 p.m. | In Humor »

Your academic experts here at SCO have been whining – I mean brainstorming – about how to improve the college application process and we have the answer: welcome to the application for SCOllege.


An unanswered call

By Mimi Verdonk | Sept. 18, 2011, 6:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

What the American public wants, and needs, is an actual plan to generate savings, but what Obama provided in his speech earlier this month was a lot of empty words.


How to survive the apocalypse without really trying

By Sarah Harper | Sept. 16, 2011, 12:18 p.m. | In Humor »

So the question isn't when the world will end, but how. In order to prepare for the worst-case scenarios, SCO proudly presents the Idiot's Survival Guide to the Impending Apocalypse!


No more peanuts and cracker jacks

By Mimi Verdonk | Aug. 22, 2011, 10:15 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

As the fall sports season gets into full swing for Montgomery County, sweat, whistles and school spirit fill the air. Sadly, so does the late July decision to cut MCPS's athletic budget by almost ten percent.


Balancing outrage and accountability

By Saaraa Farooq | Aug. 6, 2011, 12:12 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although the opposition to the proposed curfew bill may be justified, parents must acknowledge that they are partly at fault for the issue at the heart of the proposal: a lack of control over their children.


One step forward, no steps back

By | July 27, 2011, 7:59 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although many people may see the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal as a major breakthrough, it is the first of countless steps needed for the acceptance for gays throughout the country.


Parenting like a pro

By Brittany Cheng | July 25, 2011, 11:24 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

On July 9, thousands flooded the streets of Juba to celebrate the birth of South Sudan and their independence from Sudan. Although the "birthday party" is over, the problems have just begun.


Order in the court

By Rachel Auerbach | July 12, 2011, 6:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

When spectator Matthew Bartlett, 28, gave prosecutor Jeff Ashton the middle finger during the Casey Anthony murder trial, Bartlett jeopardized the sixth amendment rights of the accused; this was justification for the judge's decision to order the arrest of Bartlett on the spot.


The power of big business

By Hannah Lynn | June 27, 2011, 9:49 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Wal-mart vs. Dukes decision, which is considered to be a landmark ruling, will only give rich and powerful businesses precedent in future sex discrimination cases.


A troubling norm

By | June 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

After releasing a sexual picture on Twitter, Representative Anthony Weiner decided to seek treatment and resigned his position. The only type of treatment Weiner needs is a good dose of common sense.


Pruning Ivy tuition

By Sarah Harper | May 26, 2011, 1:56 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Bloated tuition and living costs have limited the selection pool, and applicants without a comfortable family income are repeatedly shut out from the education they deserve.


The aftermath

By Alison Kronstadt | May 24, 2011, 1:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Osama bin Laden is dead – unless the conspiracy theorists are right for the first time. But to those who were celebrating in the streets, this is more or less the only fact that matters: for the people from Pakistan, the terrorist's death may be only the beginning. Bin Laden's death prompted a newly introduced bill that proposes ending all American aid to Pakistan, which could have catastrophic results for the already problematic relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.


A good compromise

By Eli Schwadron | May 6, 2011, 1:30 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Illegal immigration is one of the country's most controversial issues. In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama let the nation know that he would do his best to enforce the law and get rid of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers in our country. In order to do so, certain federal laws are being enacted, including one in particular that will soon have a large impact on our county.


Ask Chips: Where trite meets wordplay

By Liv Jacobson, Anya Gosine, Mandy Xu | May 5, 2011, 11:16 p.m. | In Ask Chips »

Welcome, readers of SCO! You are part of a very lucky and blessed group to have come across the last Ask Chips this year. We know, we will be dearly missed.


Proceed with caution

By Alison Kronstadt | April 7, 2011, 1:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

When the damage from the tsunami spread to several of Japan's nuclear reactors, the issues raised sent ripples across the world. All the debate boils down to a simple question: is nuclear power worth the risk?


Don't pity these fools

By Alison Kronstadt | March 31, 2011, 12:11 p.m. | In Humor »

Being funny is hard, as anyone who's had a joke go south can tell you (the memory will stay with you until you die. Maybe after.) You readers have it easy.


Urban DictSCOnary

By Alison Kronstadt Eli Schwadron | March 7, 2011, 1:47 p.m. | In Humor »

There's tons of slang being tossed around Blair nowadays, but we've picked out the best of the best to get you #hip.


A high-stakes game

By Sarah Harper | March 4, 2011, 10:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For college athletes, stiff competition is the name of the game. It's a competition to be healthy, both mentally and physically. In short, it's a competition on and off the field.


snoWatch: Seventy to freezing in three days

By Ava Wallace | Feb. 21, 2011, 4:03 p.m. | In Humor »

Spring lulled the 85 percent of the female population into a false sense of security, but we snoWatch experts know that the laws of nature don't really apply to Silver Spring.


A crucial clean-up

By Myla Sapp | Feb. 10, 2011, 1:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Dec. 29, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The new TMDL will be a beneficial part to restoring clean water in the bay and the region's streams, creeks and rivers.


Ask Chips: Gucci aliens ask deep philosophical questions

By Liv Jacobson Anya Gosine | Feb. 3, 2011, 1:13 p.m. | In Ask Chips »

B minor asks "When's the next bag of Ask Chips coming out!!?"Right now, so prepare yourselves, mortals.


SnoWatch: Can we get an Even day?

By Ava Wallace | Jan. 31, 2011, 5:53 p.m. | In Humor »

On Tuesday, we found out that the sky gods are democratic, as they heeded Obama's words from the State of the Union address and "did big things" (those of you who are out of the loop, go to 1:01:16).

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