Let’s see the greens


With the limited variety of options offered in American lunchrooms, students with dietary restrictions are finding it more & more difficult to commit to their unique lifestyle.

The Last Straw: Small steps are first steps. They can’t be the last steps.


Initiatives like that of the straws — moving to reusable metal straws or replacing plastic straws with paper straws — are innovative enough. But the fight to treat the planet with a bit more respect can’t end there.

STAFF: For some seniors, the road ahead doesn’t need to lead to college

In the weeks ahead, East’s seniors will take their next step along the road of life. For some, a life in the military lies in wait. For others, a foothold in the workforce. And for others, their education doesn’t end here, as they will move into college classrooms that eagerly await them. But is that destination necessarily the best one for all students?

It’s a man’s man’s man’s world … But not in mine.


In Hispanic communities, what is known as “machismo” ideologies encourage a notion of male superiority, of feminine inferiority. The times may be changing, but it’s taking too much time for this particular columnist.

“Man’s best friend?” It’s time we all started acting like it …


There appear to be so many options for families in search of bringing a pet home to the household. But many of those options are so much more deadlier and so much more difficult than an option that’s generally right beneath our nose … Shelter adoption.

STAFF: East’s health classes mature with the times


As the faces of East’s students continue to change, the most logical & responsible response for the school’s health classes was to change with them. And what a change a year can make …

When America calls a national emergency, America can call it “Trump.”

What America needs isn’t a wall at the Southern border, and the President’s call for a national emergency in order to get it is irresponsible. Perhaps even more irresponsible than other issues plaguing America today …

Omar’s apparent anti-Semitism reflects racism exists on both side of the aisle

Were Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s tweets anti-Semitic? Of course. Was she contrite in her apology? Of course. Has racism been expunged from contemporary politics? Of course not.

Here comes the sun …

… And here are three good reasons to get some fresh air this spring


The natural world is home to a wealth of wonders that can dramatically change one’s life for the better. However, many people choose to spend most of their lifetime indoors. Here’s why high school students should be more proactive about going outside.

I am tired.

Generation Z will need to turn exhaustion into fortitude for the future

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With the future of the nation looking more & more calamitous, today’s teenagers are going to have to muster the courage & strength to fight the battles already lost by today’s government & politicians.

Where were you before?: The latest immigration casualty muddies an already dirty deportation debate


East’s resident columnist wants to know — in the wake of 21 Savage’s imminent deportation — “Where was the concern for the hardworking people faced with the same fate?” It would appear the answer is simple: Nowhere to be found.

Oswego East needs a World Religions course

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Next to Shakespeare, the Bible is one of the most referenced works in literature. Beyond that, the diversity of the world & Oswego East requires that a World Religions course broaden the perspectives of all students.

My Christmas reality


For most, the holidays are the best time for making time for the family. For some, the holidays can inspire an absolute dread when making time for the family.

We now know that Trump employs undocumented citizens at his golf clubs. We now know that Trump is a hypocrite.


With the revelation that Trump has no problem taking advantage of & employing undocumented citizens, America becomes more & more aware that the rules may not apply to this Commander in Chief.

Trigger: The high school student mental health epidemic


Depression has become one of the most deadly prospects for teenagers across America and, according to this columnist, the educational system needs to adapt to the changing face of teen needs across the nation.

A Black & White Christmas? [PHOTO EDITORIAL]

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The weather was cold on Black Friday this year. Warmer still were the credit cards and cash registers that signaled the start of an expensive shopping season. How costly are the holidays to the family? This rare photo editorial attempts to answer the question.

Birthright citizenship is a Constitutional right


The Trump administration takes aim at the birthright citizenship. Doing so takes aim at the Constitution itself.

America was never that great to begin with


With a history of marginalizing the very people that populate it, can it really be said that America has lived up to its name of greatness? The answer is no.

America needs more representation in its government representatives

If white males are becoming more and more a minority in the diverse United States of America, then why doesn’t the country’s Congress look like it? This columnist attempts to understand why.

Dethroned: The Life of a Teenage Black Queen

The trappings of young black women are the stuff of modern day royalty. So why are their features — the hair, the eyes, the fashion, the culture — more valued on anyone else’s body except for the young black women who appear to wear them so well?

The Internet is an incredible resource. America’s young adults are using it wrong.

Next week, young adults will participate in one of the most important mid-term elections this nation has known in a great long while. It doesn’t help that those young adults are getting most of their information from social media sites like Snapchat and Twitter. #epicfail

Minority groups need to stop fighting affirmative action policies

Affirmative action remains a necessary weapon to in the fight against systemic oppression in America. So why are some minority groups so quick to abolish it?

Khashoggi murder demands strong response by Trump, America

With the revelation that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was, in fact, murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate, it is essential that the President & America respond appropriately in order to send a message that tyranny will not stand.

OPINION: Kavanaugh case reminds America that facts — not emotion — are the answer

The case against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh is an affront to the legitimacy of justice as long as people allow their emotions to guide their sense of truth.

OPINION: Kavanaugh case reminds America that Justice puts politics over people

The current investigation into Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh should not be about partisan politics. It’s about the lives that are potentially affected by this latest scandal.

Hollywood, biased media need to stay in their lane

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As those in politics become more divisive, Hollywood and others get in on the acerbic action.

Feminism is not a dirty word

Radicalism has stained the image of what it really means to be a feminist.

STAFF: Make academics first at E-A-S-T

Incentives may be the solution for better grades in high school.

The freedom of choice is the freedom to deny service

In the case of the controversial story of Jack Phillips refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple, the nation turns its eyes towards the supreme court decision.

Banning ‘best friends’ is not enough

Helicopter parents, rejoice! There’s a startling new way to protect kids from the dangers of the outside world.

Stop fighting it. The travel ban could save thousands of American lives.


The Supreme Court has upheld the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban on Muslim majority  countries. In an era of radical Islamic terrorist attacks, the President is acting on behalf of the American people.

I hate Christmas. Don’t hate me.

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Christmastime means something different to families who don’t spend the holidays with family.

Millennials, why socialism? Why Bernie Sanders?


Bernie Sanders ensures that socialism and communism, despite their glaring flaws, maintain an attractive foothold with America’s millennials.

STAFF: Thanksgiving is a time for unity, not divisiveness

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At the end of a long year of anger and frustration and political hostility, it’s important to remember that the dinner table can be a safe place to build memories this year.

Thanksgiving not so much about giving thanks anymore

As what has become known as Black Friday carves deeper and deeper into the Thanksgiving meal, it would appear that people no longer appreciate the notion of giving thanks, as they should. It’s time for people to give thanks for what they have, not to look forward to what they want.

Affirmative action: There is no such thing as ‘positive discrimination’

Affirmative action policies have a profound yet often times overlooked negative effect on higher education, often creating more problems than it was intended to solve.

Girl Scout patch fails to stitch up gender inequality

A new initiative spearheaded by the Girl Scouts hopes to encourage young girls to take a more active role in participating in large group discussions in the classroom. It’s intended to help in nurturing more assertive girls these days. But is an embroidered patch the solution? This columnist asserts herself: “Absolutely not.”

Presidential phone calls don’t fix anything

Controversy regarding Trump’s conversation with the widow of a fallen soldier sparks a national conversation. Should the phone call have taken place in the first place?

STAFF: Misconduct no longer a matter of ‘boys being boys’

With accusations mounting against more and more famous figureheads throughout Hollywood, sexual misconduct & harassment is suddenly being recognized as a systemic problem. It can also be a local one, even in the hallways of  Oswego East.

Stricter gun control leads to greater gun-related crime

In the wake of Las Vegas, the gun control debate has been reloaded. But many do not understand the dangers that come with stronger gun control laws.