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Please vote responsibly: A desperate rant

Lacie Tomson, staff writer

January 29, 2016


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In the 2014 election in Carroll County, only 29% of the 13,761 registered voters made use of their right to vote; and at the national level, only 19.9% of voters between the ages of eighteen to twenty-nine came out to the polls. For those of you who are not aware, twenty-nine percent is lower than the natio...

The importance of reading

Carol Johnson, staff writer

January 25, 2016


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So many times in my high school career, I’ve heard the following quotes: “I only go into the library because the printer is in there and I wouldn’t go at all if that wasn’t the case.” “I haven’t read a book since we had to do Reading Counts.” “Reading is stupid.” “Rea...

The blog effect: Testimonial of a rookie blogger

Emilee Gear, staff writer

January 22, 2016


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If someone mentioned blogging to me a couple years ago, I would have pictured  someone living in a little New York apartment, sitting down with a cup of black coffee every morning to write about the philosophical issues of modern society; someone with their life together, you know?  I have learned th...

Photographer Eric Pickersgill photoshops out electronic devices

Ariel Wolfe, staff writer

November 12, 2015


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In school, at work, or at lunch. Walking through the grocery store, sitting in a waiting room, or laying in bed. In that any setting that you walk into today, an electronic device will most likely be lighting up the face of at least one individual. Technology is amazing and we have advanced so far with it, but ...

Civilian possession of firearms should be illegal

Miranda Edwards, Editor

October 14, 2015


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     After a recent shooting at a community college in Oregon, the controversial topic of gun control has resurfaced and flooded the media. While in past years I used to believe citizens should be able to have the freedom to own guns for safety or hunting purposes, recent gun violence has caused ...

College: Can’t afford to go, can’t afford not to

Miranda Edwards, Editor

October 2, 2015


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    The cost for secondary education has reached an all time high. In fact, the cost for college has increased by 1,100% since 1980. Most students, locally and globally, depend on scholarships and loans to attend college. This leaves students in thousands of dollars of debt when they begin their a...

Is Taylor Swift the new Michael Jackson?

Hannah Irelan, staff writer

September 29, 2015


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Music is timeless; however, it is constantly reinventing itself. Over the course of history, music has given us voices that will stand the test of time. One of those voices is Michael Jackson’s. Over 20 years after the legendary album, “Thriller,” a new breakout star has surfaced atop the pop genr...

Presidential qualifications not strict enough

Miranda Edwards, Editor

September 11, 2015


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     America needs a president that has good political skills, but we also need someone with so much more than that. We need a president that has good social skills, patience, intelligence, and diplomacy. Lately, there are a few possible presidential candidates that lack all of the above qualities, an...

The deal with tattoos

Bella McGill, staff writer

September 8, 2015


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I like tattoos. I think they’re pretty. I think they’re cool. I think they’re a great way to express yourself. I think they’re a great way to permanently remember something or someone. Lately, tiny tattoos have come into fashion. Arrows, anchors, dream catchers, and infinity signs are extremel...

The power of a giving heart

Emilee Gear, staff writer

August 25, 2015


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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. “ - Mahatma Gandhi Service needs to become a more regular part of the daily life of youth. Students should be aware of the benefits volunteering can bring to not only the community, but the individual as well. Involving...

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