The Patriot Press

Acceptance without Affirmative Action

Alex Diamond, Senior Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Go carefully down the halls and be sure to gently step over the senior crying in the middle of it. It’s college application season—thus the stress-sobbing teens—but this year, a top university is also under a great deal of pressure. This past October, the prestigious Harvard University came under...

How tariffs hurt Washington’s cherry farmers

Jency Clement, Beyond Liberty Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Beyond Liberty

I typically don’t think about farmers, probably because I live in one of the suburbs of Seattle. However, the issues farmers deal with are close to home; if I lived in an obscure town in the middle of Eastern Washington, I would be pretty worried. Recently, President Donald Trump imposed a series...

Milk: a government’s lie

Bridget Ury, Photography Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Humans are a little odd. We are the only species in the world that drinks the milk of other animals. However, almost 75% of the world is lactose intolerant in some form. This means that 5.7 billion people across the world lack the ability to create the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the milk-sugar...

Why we need more political parties

Jency Clement, Beyond Liberty Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Red or blue? Donkey or elephant? Democrat or Republican? Some of these questions are easy to answer, some are more difficult. It’s easy to choose between colors, but for many of us, it gets harder to choose between political affiliations, especially if we have views that don’t completely align...

In pursuit of progress: sexual assault and harassment awareness

Madison Prather, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Update: film producer Harvey Weinstein accused of sexual assault. Update: journalist Mark Halperin accused of sexual harassment. Update: film star Kevin Spacey accused. Update: politician Roy Moore accused. Update: senator John Conyers accused. Update: television journalist Matt Lauer. Update: singer-songwriter...

The unspoken price of “cheap” clothing

Jency Clement, Beyond Liberty Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

In Cambodia, a young woman slaves in a garment factory—it’s dry season, so the factories are especially hot, much hotter than they should be. She’s been painstakingly sewing shirts for 13 hours. She needs water and a break, but garment workers are rarely given these necessities. She collapses,...

How the education gap in the U.S. affects you

Felicia Yan, Online Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Liberty students may exceed the national and state averages on standardized testing such as the SAT and ACT, but the education gap is still relevant. Every year, the United States spends 634 billion dollars on education for students, which equals up to approximately $12,509 per public school student....

What the U.S. should learn from Europe

Jency Clement, Beyond Liberty Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Most of us have, or soon will, go through the dreaded process in which we try to pay for our higher education. Many of us will join the 44.2 million Americans who struggle with student loan debt, others will work part-time and attempt to continue their education, while a few others will not go to college. While...

The cons of raising minimum wage

Jency Clement, Beyond Liberty Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Theoretically, it sounds great to give people more money. However, it’s necessary to understand that raising the minimum wage won’t raise the quality of life for everyone. Firstly, augmentation of the minimum wage will probably hurt the people who need money the most, as businesses(especially...

The pros of raising minimum wage

Kerrek Matson, Staff Writer

June 2, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

The minimum wage in Washington is currently $11.00, which is a significant boost from the wage of $7.25 across most of the nation. This boost is beneficial to the residents of Washington because it helps everyone with a minimum wage job gain a window of opportunity. There is already a minimum wage...

Discussion: the exchange, not attack, of ideas

Jency Clement, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

“All my views are correct, and if you don’t support my opinions, I will not only hate your opinions, I will also hate you.” While these aren’t the typical words we hear during a heated, close-minded, political debate (which some refer to as a “political discussion”), this is what is often...

How free is our free speech?

Kiran Singh, Beyond Liberty Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Beyond Liberty

Imagine you’re having a casual conversation with someone, and they didn’t appreciate something you say. They tell you that what you said shouldn’t be repeated, as it might be perceived as offensive. Is this precautionary effort a form of oppression? Was your word choice or idea hateful and marginalizing...

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