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When is a joke not a joke?

By Sarah Trunk | April 21, 2014, 12:49 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Critics fail to understand the point of satire such as Colbert's � satire, in context, is necessary to criticize essential issues.


The College Readiness Contest

By Sarah Trunk | April 8, 2014, 12:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although the new SAT has good intentions, it won't fix the old SAT’s failure to fulfill the test's purpose-- to provide colleges with a fair and accurate evaluation of students' ability to succeed in college.


An alert for every occasion

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | April 2, 2014, 1:51 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Protecting children should and has been a top priority for citizens and law enforcement, but what about all of the other crimes that take place daily in this country? With an AMBER-style alert system in place on a statewide or regional basis, police could respond more quickly to and increase awareness of crimes taking place in communities everywhere.


A push to remove the zero tolerance policy

By Temi Ibirogba | March 30, 2014, 2:02 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Schools in Montgomery County are some of the 14,000 in the country working to exercise this idea of increased tolerance and adapting to the situation.


Whose turn to host?

By Samuel Popper | March 14, 2014, 12:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the "Fédération Internationale de Football Association" (Fifa) must be more responsible when choosing locations for their events to preserve the great traditions their respective games.


Controversy and cold weather

By Sarah Trunk | Feb. 13, 2014, 9:52 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The recent and ridiculously named "polar vortex," "cold snap," "winter of mass destruction," "when even Hell froze over," simply "Hoth" or whatever you want to call it, prompted much heated discussion about weather patterns from scientists and talking heads alike. What is the real cause of this cold-spell?


Ethics come before rights

By Birhan Alemayehu | Jan. 2, 2014, 1:24 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The emotional wounds are still fresh in our minds, but now the wounds have been opened again with the release of the 911 calls.


To be or not to be? That is the black dilemma

By Abel Chanyalew | Dec. 30, 2013, 9:06 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Whenever I introduce myself for the first time, the conversation quickly becomes one where I have to justify my identity. Generally, the conversation goes as follows...


Reduce the achievement gap from the beginning

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Dec. 21, 2013, 11:24 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In order to start every kid on a level playing field, the U.S. federal government must fund a public preschool system available for all two- to five-year-old children.


Making the roads safe: banning cellphones is a place to start

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Oct. 22, 2013, 12:19 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Distracted driving is a major issue in the United States and must be addressed, starting with prohibiting drivers from using cellphones in cars.


Respect trumps tradition

By Samuel Popper | Oct. 21, 2013, 12:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Washington Redskins have had a tough season so far, but they are currently facing an even bigger problem: their team name.


¿Estamos verdaderamente unidos?

By Rohan Oprisko Abel Chanyalew | Oct. 20, 2013, 12:47 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Gritamos "1-4” cuando estamos en cualquier lugar y hacemos bromas de los otros grados porque somos los más mayores, ¿pero en realidad estamos unidos? Esta es una pregunta en todos los institutos, pero sin embargo no estamos.


The Republican shutdown

By Jacob Popper | Oct. 17, 2013, 10:54 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Despite the government's reopening, we still have not found a long term solution to this pressing problem.


Montgomery County should do more for the homeless

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Oct. 4, 2013, 1:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The donations will go to "grassroots efforts" to help those in need. A charitable idea, yet one that is ultimately about driving homeless from the area and is evidence of growing disdain for the homeless in Montgomery County.


United? we stand

By Abel Chanyalew | Oct. 4, 2013, 12:50 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Are we truly united? This is a question in all high schools, but, nonetheless, we are not.


Greatness has been found - and ignored

By Zoe Johnson | Sept. 23, 2013, 6:41 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

It's a vicious cycle: the media doesn't cover women's soccer because there's not much of an audience, and there's not much of an audience largely because the media doesn't cover it.


The kid behind the myth

By Abel Chanyalew | Sept. 23, 2013, 3:14 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Whether it was taking wild photos of himself in clubs, hanging with various rap stars like Drake and Rick Ross or mysteriously getting (Yahoo Sports) kicked out of the Manning Passing Academy, Johnny Football's extracurricular activities were never more serious than the behavior of a 20 year old college kid.


Egypt wrong to dismiss sexual violence

By Zoe Johnson | Sept. 1, 2013, 1:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

At least 91 Egyptian women were assaulted or raped at protests across Egypt over the course of four days at the beginning of last July.


Colleges rank us; now our turn to rank them

By Jacob Popper | Aug. 31, 2013, 11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The new college ranking system proposed by President Barack Obama will help reduce the tuition of college through financial incentives for schools and help get more low income kids through college and even help manage the repayment of debt through the Pay as You Earn program.


Segregation still prominent 50 years after the March on Washington

By Aidan Keys | Aug. 30, 2013, 11:46 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The government introduced significant legislation to ensure a successful American education system in the last 50 years; however, not enough legislation focuses specifically on improving education in impoverished areas.


The meeting not to abandon

By Rohan Oprisko | Aug. 22, 2013, 7:38 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

After spending a month in a Moscow airport, Russia granted Snowden one year of asylum. Because of this action, the Obama administration cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in which they would have talked about important issues relating to both countries.


The NFL's problem is not one of crime, but of image

By Abel Chanyalew | Aug. 14, 2013, 8:43 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Though his case is much more sinister than most, Hernandez is the 27th current National Football League athlete to be arrested since the Super Bowl last February. This seemingly exorbitant number has fueled the ongoing perception that the National Football League (NFL) has a serious "crime problem".


Indefinite detention is definitely wrong

By Sarah Trunk | Aug. 14, 2013, 8:16 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The NDAA of 2012 included Section 1021, a section that gave the president the right to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely in military detention without due process. The definition of suspected terrorists was vague, leaving most of the act's interpretation up to the president. Section 1021 is alarmingly unfair and should be completely eliminated as soon as possible.


New student loan law provides only short-term relief

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Aug. 10, 2013, 11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A university education is already priced beyond the reach of many Americans and the enactment of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 could make education even more unattainable.


House Republicans must overcome gridlock to pass immigration bill

By Martha Morganstein | Aug. 7, 2013, 1:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If the Republican Party wants to win the next presidential election, it is essential that they pass the Senate's bill.

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