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Unethical Practices in Puppy Mills Must be Stopped

Puppy mills have already been known for their substandard treatment of animals, but the issue has escalated over the course of the pandemic. To make change, we as a society need to make sure they are held accountable for their unethical actions. Photo Courtesy of JACLOU-DL.
September 25, 2020

Quarantine has brought along multiple challenges for the public which has led to new, innovative ways to cope with this self isolation. For many parents in particular, getting their children to adapt to...

The Gay Panic Defense Law Needs to be Abolished

The Gay Panic Defense law is an extremely controversial law which justifies a person's sexual orientation as motive for crimes committed against them. Many are calling for it to be repealed, considering how it lightens the sentence against murderers and discriminates against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan
September 21, 2020

Over the past years, America hasn’t exactly been best known for its famous testament of, “liberty and justice for all,” as seen by the multiple human’s rights activist groups fighting to repeal...

New Voices Texas Advocates to Stop Censorship of Student News

New Voices Texas is a student-led movement that strives to amplify the voices of student journalists and advocate for strengthened First Amendment rights for high school and collegiate level student journalists. Photo Courtesy of New Voices Texas
September 18, 2020

In the preservation of democracy, we seek our knowledge from the press. We live in a  highly polarized climate, so we must be aware of biases in the news we consume. The exercise of the press is valuable,...

Despite the Negative Impacts, COVID-19 has also Drastically Improved the Environment

COVID-19 has caused pain around the world but conversely, has also helped the environment. The air has cleared in many places such as the US and China and animals are living healthier than they have been in recent years.
September 14, 2020

Ever since the global pandemic, COVID-19, there have been drastic indirect changes within the air. With motor vehicles, power plants, and other facilities slowing to a halt, the greenhouse gases they emit...

The Trump Administration is Undermining LGBTQ+ Rights

A pride flag flies during pride month at a military base in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. As attitudes towards them shift in a positive direction, President Trump and his administration continue to undermine their rights.
August 31, 2020

The Justice Department has supported discrimination against the LGBTQ community in a series of efforts led by the Trump administration to undermine basic rights of these Americans. Since Mr. Trump’s...

Students Speak out About Race and Gender Discrimination

Recent discussions have brought issues with gender and racial discrimination to light.  Unfortunately, these problems seem to be present at Westwood High School as well, with students coming forward about the injustices they faced at this school. This can be fixed however, by promoting discussion and stricter disciplinary action against people who perpetuate a culture of hate.
August 23, 2020

This story includes mentions of suicide and sexual assault which may be triggering to some individuals. Please read with caution. With the current movement to educate ourselves and others, many students...

Racially Insensitive Issues in Bon Appétit are Part of a Larger Problem

The highly popular test kitchen staff is widely regarded for their Youtube channel. But the recent scandal regarding former Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport, has brought staffers to speak up about the discriminatory culture at Bon Appétit.
June 16, 2020

Bon Appétit has always stood as a testament to high editorial standards and exploring the rich culture of food. A highly acclaimed food magazine and richly regarded business based in New York City, Bon...

George Floyd’s Death Emphasizes the Need for Change in America’s Mindset

Protestors gather to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a cop. His death sparked a series of protests against the ongoing issue of police brutality and racism.
June 7, 2020

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died on Monday, May 25 shortly after being detained and arrested for using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. While this alleged...

Mental Health Needs More Awareness

Mental illness, despite its prevalence in the United States, doesn't have nearly as much awareness as it should. Especially during this pandemic, it is easy to neglect your mental health. Luckily, organizations such as Sophrosyne Mental Health and Plannr Counseling are here to help people learn about mental health and get help with coping.
May 28, 2020

Anxiously turning on the TV, you dread watching the news that highlights the rising death tolls, the situation worsening day by day, and the apparent gloom seeping through everyone’s home. Time slips...

Reopening States Early is a Risk Due to the Spread of COVID-19

A sign hangs from a shop window, notifying customers that it is closed. Due to COVID-19, many governors had issued stay-at-home orders and shut down non-essential businesses. However, many states are seeking to open early, a dangerous move since the virus is still spreading rapidly and hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with the amount of people infected.
May 15, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 has led many governors to issue stay-at-home orders to enforce quarantine and slow the spread of the virus. Many businesses deemed non-essential, such as retail and entertainment,...

Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden Need to be Scrutinized

Former Senate staffer Tara Reade has made sexual assault allegations against potential presidential nominee Joe Biden. Though her claims are serious, many of her allegations seem not to line up with other facts.
April 27, 2020

Currently, the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential race, Joe Biden, is facing new sexual assault allegations made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade. These are not the...

When Facing Isolation, Social Media Helps Us Find Solace

In a time of such uncertainty, people around the world turn to social media not only as a source of information but as means of communication.
April 20, 2020

Thousands of tweets, videos, and posts alike adorned with hashtags such as #FlattenTheCurve and #TogetherAtHome are just a small slice of an evergrowing conversation among social media users. It is evident...

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