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Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Pop singer Taylor Swift shared her views on political candidates in a lengthy caption that she posted to her instagram. Swift’s picture was liked by over 2 million people. Meanwhile, our president’s inauguration was attended by only 900,000. Recently, celebrities have been impacting politics by promoting ...

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


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In America, a “rubber” is slang for a condom. In Australia, it serves as slang for an eraser. Either way, it seems as if MCPS is soon going to have both of these important tools roaming the hallways. Due to recent reports on the drastic increase of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U....

Athletes must live up to role model standards

Athletes must live up to role model standards

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


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The women’s finals match of the 2018 U.S. Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka has sparked controversy not only in the tennis community, but throughout the sports industry. In a major upset, legendary tennis champion Williams lost the U.S. Open to Japanese player, Osaka. It is not Williams’...

Makeup Brands “Oversexualize” Names of Products

Makeup Brands “Oversexualize” Names of Products

By Jasmine Baten, Staff Writer

April 19, 2016


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

It’s getting a little too hot in here. It’s no secret—makeup brands have been giving their lipsticks and eyeshadows unnecessarily suggestive names like Urban Decay’s “Perversion” and NARS’ “Orgasm” for years. In March, leading drugstore cosmetic brand Rimmel London released ...

Stop the stigma surrounding mental health

Stop the stigma surrounding mental health

By Eugenia Cardinale, Observations Editor

May 27, 2015


Filed under Opinions

When I was in middle school, I used to cut myself. One day, one of my teachers made a joke about cutting. I sat there and watched my whole class laugh at an issue I was struggling with. It took me over two years to tell an adult about my cutting and depression because I felt ashamed, weird and afraid of...

Students, staff should have been consulted before schedule change

By Staff Editorial

January 12, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

During first period on Wednesday morning, students, refreshed from a relaxing snow day and two-hour delay were jarred awake by a shocking announcement. Principal Joan Benz promised that the disruption would bring “good news;” however, the decision to push back the entire exam schedule one day was...

Bullying policy needs to take its own advice and ‘be the change’

Bullying policy needs to take its own advice and ‘be the change’

By Gil Jacobson, Production Editor

September 24, 2013


Filed under Column, Opinions

"Nobody likes you," "Why would you wear that?" and "You’re so gay," are just a few of the phrases heard throughout the CHS hallways every day.  While some of these are said in a joking or even sarcastic tone, not everyone interprets them the same way. Physical abuse at CHS may be rare, but verbal...

Sitting or Standing, students deserve respect

Sitting or Standing, students deserve respect

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

September 24, 2013


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

The Pledge of Allegiance was originally written Sept. 8, 1892 with several additions made over the years. The version used today, with the words "under God" and the act of standing in salute to the flag on the wall was proposed and finally settled on in 1954. For some people, the Pledge is a way for them...

Elimination of Kids Ride Free hurts teenagers

By By Zack Potter, Archives Manager

October 1, 2010


Filed under Opinions

In response to the current economic recession and Montgomery County’s massive $1 billion budget gap for fiscal year 2010-2011, county executive Isiah Leggett has had to make millions of dollars in budget cuts.  However, he made the wrong decision this June when he decided to suspend the Kids Ride...

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