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Lighten up on Obama

By Robert Pfefferle | Nov. 4, 2014, 9:40 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Republicans and Democrats alike have grown tired of Obama's indecisive actions on global issues, and are already looking forward to 2017.


The Pink Out's true colors

By James Sleigh | Oct. 30, 2014, 9:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which once again reminds Americans both about the disease and the controversy surrounding the organizations and nonprofits working for a cure.


Attempt at a new playoff system is backfiring

By Sasha Tidwell | Oct. 26, 2014, 2:59 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

With this new system, the odds are completely in favor of the division winners and completely against the wildcard team. But somehow, both wildcard teams have made it to the World Series in the second year of this new system.


The election speculation sensation that's sweeping the nation

By Sarah Trunk | Oct. 24, 2014, 12:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Almost since the last election ended in 2012, poor Hillary Clinton hasn't gotten a break from the press about her possible 2016 presidential campaign.


APUSH to stay true to curriculum

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 22, 2014, 7:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

But the point of school isn't to influence students' beliefs, which countries to support and how patriotic they should be. Teachers need to give the facts.


Rated R for ridiculous

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Oct. 16, 2014, 4:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A new type of ratings system would force the MPAA to shy away from their prudishness and leniency towards violence, which is apparent in their current standards for what defines different movie ratings.


Tableting to the future

By Robert Pfefferle | Oct. 16, 2014, 10:21 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although some disagree, MCPS has the right idea. However, the arrival of the tablets is long overdue and insufficient: MCPS should add tablets to students of every class and grade level.


Darren Wilson likely to escape punishment

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 15, 2014, 7:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The grand jury's delay in the case of Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson speaks volumes about the ineffectiveness of our legal system, especially in certain states.


The impact of Scotland's vote

By Rohan Oprisko | Oct. 14, 2014, 10:25 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Scotland and Catalonia have had the strongest and most developed independence movements of all of the aforementioned movements. Because of this, for other separatists it seemed the time for secession was to come, only to be disappointed by Scotland's vote.


Breaking the stereotype of the ignorant American

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 13, 2014, 8:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is a common stereotype that Americans are ignorant of other cultures and countries. Start typing in Google, "Why are Americans…" and two of the suggestions are "so stupid" and "so ignorant."


Sexism evident in media's handling of Hope Solo

By Zoe Johnson | Oct. 11, 2014, 10:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A closer look at Solo's story raises questions. Not only about whether she should be suspended, and whether U.S. Soccer deserves blame, but about the media's treatment of Solo and Rice respectively. There are a few facts that most journalists, in condemning Solo and the USWNT, have failed to mention.


The NFL's broken suspension policy

By James Sleigh | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Regardless of the National Football League's (NFL) decision earlier this last week regarding Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, it is clear that the League's internal justice system is completely nonsensical.


TI: same since ‘84

By James Sleigh | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Because of the outsized cost of Texas Instruments calculators, school districts should not encourage students to buy TI's brand, and should instead recommend other calculator brands, like Casio.


Nobody is more important than the state

By Jacob Popper | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:18 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham has beheaded several Western journalist hostages in the past few weeks, but while these deaths are horrible and all lives should be valued, it's vital that we don't pay ISIS in exchange for hostages.


Yes means yes bill passed in California

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Sept. 19, 2014, 11:29 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The bill, which is colloquially being called a "yes means yes" law, requires colleges to adopt affirmative consent into their policies about sexual assault.


The Need for Police Demilitarization

By Kalin Vassilev | Sept. 15, 2014, 12:56 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The events of St. Louis show a very disturbing reality that contradicts this purpose, and something must be done to change the police force before any more Americans suffer as a result.


Two Wilson football players are off the team, but DCPS loses the game

By Aidan Keys | Sept. 12, 2014, 10:37 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Clearly, these non-Wilson students shouldn't be able to play for a Wilson team, but it wasn't these students' fault. Instead, the football coach at Wilson High School should take responsibility for letting the students on the team.


The tuition is too darn high

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Sept. 11, 2014, 1:50 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If a college degree is ever going to be a commodity students of all economic statuses can obtain, states and the federal government must end their reliance on college loans and make a renewed investment in student aid programs.


A lethal combination

By Zewde Ingram | Sept. 9, 2014, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A kid and a powerful Uzi submachine gun is a disastrous combination.


Happy camp is just happy talk

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 6, 2014, 2:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

North Korea's Children's Camp is just a false pretense of positivity for the government, instead of a genuine attempt by the government to create a nurturing community for children over the summer.


Shutting down on learning

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 2, 2014, 8:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blackboards, books and lessons or lectures from classroom teachers are all quickly fading into the past; taking their place are shiny tablet screens, E-books and online lessons and resources. More laptops and tablets available for student use will mean more distractions and less vital human interaction in the classroom.


Clinical trials for Ebola drug could cure thousands

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Aug. 28, 2014, 5:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The WHO needs to begin a clinical trial with Ebola patients in West Africa to test the ZMapp's effectiveness and hopefully save thousands of lives. The first phase of this has already begun.


Why the #IceBucketChallenge isn't so stupid

By Brian Le | Aug. 27, 2014, 5:46 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The ice bucket challenge requires people to pour a bucket of ice water on themselves or donate $100 to the ALS Association—or both—then nominate others to do the same. Millions of people around the world and countless celebrities are posting their challenge videos online.


A purely political effort

By Nicholas Shereikis | Aug. 20, 2014, 3:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The recent push by conservatives like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to repeal Common Core is purely political and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the program.


Driverless cars ready to traverse cities and help save lives

By Kalin Vassilev | Aug. 6, 2014, 12:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Though it may seem unlikely now, the speed at which the technology is being developed suggests that driverless cars could be seen cruising down your street as early as 2017.

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