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Austin Should Prioritize Helping the Homeless Over Restricting Them

Austin Should Prioritize Helping the Homeless Over Restricting Them

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

November 10, 2019

Many of us have gone camping with our families. The tent, the flashlight, the sleeping bag, and the campfire are glued in our blissful memories. What most of us won’t ever remember is waking up the next morning in the tent to beg for money and food. We won’t remember the suffering of having to slee...

Fourth Democratic Debate Exposes the Petty Division Within the Democratic Party

Fourth Democratic Debate Exposes the Petty Division Within the Democratic Party

By Keana Saberi, Reporter

November 5, 2019

The Fourth Democratic Debate on Oct. 15 saw the Democratic candidates in a tense and compelling discussion against one another. The night centered around the ongoing impeachment investigations into President Trump, and while they seemed to all be in agreement on this pressing issue, it was pretty much the o...

Trump’s Phone Call With Ukraine Proves Why He Should Be Impeached

Trump’s Phone Call With Ukraine Proves Why He Should Be Impeached

By Ayesha Middya, Reporter

November 3, 2019

The possibility of U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment has reappeared in the latest news. On Sept. 25, a transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released, revealing an attempt by President Trump to dig up political blackmail on his rival candidate, Joe Bid...

The Trial of Amber Guyger Calls to Attention Our Flawed Justice System

The Trial of Amber Guyger Calls to Attention Our Flawed Justice System

By Shawkin Kabir, Reporter

October 27, 2019

All he had done in that moment was eat some ice cream while watching a bit of television. That has never been a crime. Yet he was still shot. This was the scene that led to the trial of Amber Guyger for her murder of Botham Jean that had all eyes watching. Guyger is a white former Dallas police off...

The US Prison System Must Change

The US Prison System Must Change

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

October 22, 2019

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman forked over $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores manipulated by Rick Singer, the mastermind behind a huge college admissions scandal consisting of over 50 wealthy people and celebrities. Accompanying Huffman were six other parents eager to break the l...

Additions to the ADL’s Hate Symbol Database Highlight the Need to Combat Hate

Additions to the ADL’s Hate Symbol Database Highlight the Need to Combat Hate

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

October 17, 2019

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) continued the long-standing fight against hate on Thursday, Sept. 26 with the addition of several new hate symbols to its Hate on Display database, which tracks the use of symbols and slogans by hate groups. The symbols added include the ‘OK’ hand gesture and Pep...

Cheerleaders Treated Unfairly

Cheerleaders Treated Unfairly

By Cynthia Ramirez '18

October 16, 2019

A Ninth Amendment Violation is in question at Westwood High School. [Editor's Note: The Ninth Amendment is not related to the current cheerleader situation. We believe the author meant to say "Title IX," which is an anti-discrimination law meant to ensure that both sexes are treated equitably in spo...

Greta Thunberg Is An Inspiration To Young Climate Activists

Greta Thunberg Is An Inspiration To Young Climate Activists

By Keana Saberi, Reporter

October 14, 2019

From leading the masses in striking against climate policy inaction to sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on a yacht to minimize travel impacts on the warming globe, plucky and strong 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is an icon to the young generation of climate activists.  The teen delivered an impassioned speech at ...

The U.S. Healthcare System Must Be Fixed

The U.S. Healthcare System Must Be Fixed

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

October 8, 2019

Luca Palmiscino was born with alveolar capillary dysplasia, a rare congenital lung disease, and Hirschsprung's disease, a condition affecting the large intestine. At only five months old, he had to get a lung transplant after several doctor’s visits, surgeries, and an instance of cardiac arrest. His...

School Shooting Hoodie Designs Pollute the Conversation Around Gun Violence

School Shooting Hoodie Designs Pollute the Conversation Around Gun Violence

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

October 4, 2019

Controversy emerged once again on the internet during New York Fashion Week from Sept. 6 to Sept. 14 when a label debuted its new line of hoodies online. Bstroy, a streetwear brand based in New York, released a series of Instagram posts showing off designs of sweatshirts with the names of schools suc...

Candidates Stand Out On Various Issues During the Third Democratic Debate

Candidates Stand Out On Various Issues During the Third Democratic Debate

By Keana Saberi and Catharine Li

October 1, 2019

The intensity between the Democratic candidates rose and particularly heated up in the Third Democratic debate on Sept. 12. From Julian Castro attacking Joe Biden on his personality rather than policies, to Pete Buttigieg saying that action is needed rather than just weak promises, to Beto O’Rourke ri...

Odessa Shooting Emphasizes The Need For Reform

Odessa Shooting Emphasizes The Need For Reform

By Ayesha Middya, Reporter

September 25, 2019

Mass shootings are occurring at exorbitant rates all across our nation. Over the weekend of Aug. 31, 22 lives were brutally taken in a shooting spree in Odessa, Texas. The West Texan gunman, identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator, opened fire after being pulled over on the Interstate 20 highway for a routine traffic stop when his erratic driving was reported to the polic...