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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.

Searching for sanity

By Melissa Haniff | Jan. 29, 2011, 9:52 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In mid-December, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) began random inspections of carry-on bags at two Metrorail stations. The purpose, according to Metro, is simple: to keep riders safe and stop explosives or any other harmful devices from entering a train. But considering the limited resources and capability of the Metro system, the program is flawed and terribly inefficient.

Pro/Con: Continuing corollary sports

By Sarah Harper Valerie Hu | Jan. 13, 2011, 10:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

This year, MCPS partnered with the Special Olympics to establish a corollary athletics program. The program is intended to give students with and without mental and physical disabilities a chance to participate in an interscholastic athletics team and largely restricts other varsity and junior varsity athletes from joining the teams.

One successful sale

By Marjorie Fuchs | Jan. 9, 2011, 1:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Yes, MCPS provides us with an apt education, but it has its fair share of problems, such as rising amounts of overcrowded classrooms and frustrating politics.

No need to "wine"

By Melodi Anahtar | Dec. 21, 2010, 8:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For the past few decades in Montgomery County, there has been a ban on buying alcohol on Sundays.

Let fWEEDom ring

By Alison Kronstadt | Dec. 2, 2010, 10:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Last year, around 15,000 Americans were arrested for murder. About 800,000 were arrested for car theft. Some 88,000 were arrested for rape. And approximately 750,000 were arrested for the possession of a plant.

A bad gamble

By Liv Jacobson | Nov. 20, 2010, 6:50 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The state's first slot machine casino in Perryville, however, raised $2 million in the first four days of operation. While slot machines are an effective way to raise money for the state, the newly selected slot venue is a definite mistake.

Where do you like it?

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 6, 2010, 5:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The instructions had a very clear message—women were supposed to update their statuses but leave men in the dark about what the statuses meant.

Better together

By Anya Gosine | Oct. 22, 2010, 4:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Junior Daniel Muskin-Pierret is a dedicated Latin student, but when he strolls into his Latin 3 class each day something is off, for Muskin-Pierret sits surrounded only by Latin 1 students.

Not your typical fundraiser

By Molly Nicholson | Oct. 14, 2010, 4:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, high school and middle school students wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam War but were forced to take the bands off during the school day.

From Arizona with hate

By Molly Nicholson | Sept. 6, 2010, 9:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In Arizona, immigration status has proven to be more significant than criminal activity, especially when the state's controversial immigration law (SB1070) was passed.

Life vs. Life

By Alison Kronstadt | Aug. 31, 2010, 8:42 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth struck down a presidential order and sent the scientific community reeling. President Obama's law reversed a ban on stem cell research that former president George W. Bush passed in 2001.

Pepco Dismal

By Eli Schwadron | Aug. 24, 2010, 11:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

After a string of torrential thunderstorms throughout the months of July and August, it's clear that the company's management needs to be replaced.

Building religious freedom

By Melissa Haniff | Aug. 15, 2010, 11:55 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Aug. 3, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to deny a 19th-century building the historic status it needed to prevent the building from being demolished.

No more h8

By Myla Sapp | Aug. 13, 2010, 10:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in favor of overturning Proposition 8 (Prop 8) and took a huge step towards positively restoring basic rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Hackers rejoice!

By Melodi Anahtar | Aug. 9, 2010, 7:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In late 1983 Apple released a commercial where it attacked the "Big Brother" government, an idea sensationalized by the novel 1984.

Keep the "DREAM" alive

By Valerie Hu | Aug. 3, 2010, 11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Approximately 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate from high schools in the United States each year. Though they are prepared, one thing causes them to walk into their futures uncertain, unprotected and unsupported by the nation they call home – their citizenship status.It is time that undocumented youth had their chance to pursue the American Dream, with no status standing in their way.

Drowned out

By Anya Gosine | April 20, 2010, 2:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Each year, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students attend school in fear. They fear their peers who will bully them because of their sexual orientation and gender expression. And each year, students at schools across the nation support this sound cause with the power of silence.

Pro/Con: Eliminating senior year

By Ava Wallace Rose Wynn | March 31, 2010, 8:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

To cut costs in the Cottonwood Heights education system, Senator Chris Buttars (R - Utah) suggested statewide elimination of senior year in public high school. He dubbed 12th grade a year of "nothing but playing around" and advised lawmakers not to waste their bucks on slacking seniors. While some juniors feel they have completed high school and are ready to engage in bigger and better things come senior year, others feel 12th grade provides essential opportunities and time for mental, social and intellectual development.

Out of the dark

By Rose Wynn | March 4, 2010, 10:59 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For 16 years, they've served in silence. They've risked their lives for those who didn't believe in them, for states that denied their right to love and for a country that forced them to conceal their true identity.

Mission possible

By Sophia Deng | Jan. 16, 2010, 9:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

What do Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and first-semester seniors have in common? The college craze.

Pro/Con: Calorie crackdown

By Blake Morgan-Gamber Mandy Xu | Dec. 25, 2009, 2:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Montgomery County Council members passed a measure on Nov. 17 requiring some restaurants to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards. The law, which was passed by an 8-1 vote, requires restaurants in the Maryland county with 20 or more outlets nationwide to post calorie counts alongside food items and provide additional nutritional information to customers upon request.

A step in the right direction

By Katie Sint | Dec. 2, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

"We're about to embark on an exciting journey here in the city," D.C. Council member David A. Catania said. Addressing city council members in a packed room, Catania gave a voice to the hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian Americans living in the District. And now, with one piece of legislation, Catania is giving them all hope.

Managing medical marijuana

By Anya Gosine | Nov. 23, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The federal government's past policies on medical marijuana produced the following side effects: distorted perception, issues with logic and problem-solving and delusion. The amount of illegal drug users and dealers in the country shows the government's War on Drugs has been in vain. But at last, a new policy from the Obama administration will provide sanity in the long-drawn conflict.

A Rhee-evaluation

By Blake Morgan-Gamber | Nov. 8, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The D.C. public school system (DCPS) faces a long list of obstacles standing in the way of improvement, chief among them $40 million in budget cuts. This financial deficit has led to the mass firing of more than 200 schoolteachers, according to the Washington Post.

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