The Patriot Press

Pretests are for posers

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Apart from death and taxes, pretests are one of life’s certainties. Every year, we take them to help teachers gauge our abilities. But are they really necessary? Let’s be honest, we probably don’t know the material: that’s why we’re taking the class. Being told that teachers need to know who...

Door-opening angels

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

While walking to class on the familiar route that I’ve used for the past three years, I absentmindedly exit the cafeteria and head down the stairs. The steps appear eerily unoccupied, and as I reach the concrete floor, I suddenly realize why: the outside doors have been locked! Burdened by my crammed...

Locked doors: an illusion of security

Jake Hopkins, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Twenty seconds is a rather insignificant amount of time. It probably takes you longer to stop and tie your shoes, or wash your hands. But 19.5 seconds is how long it takes to walk from the unlocked doors outside the library, to the locked ones just down the stairs by the english hallway at a reasonable...

Student debt and college cost: high-yield American fraud

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“My dream, for as long as I can remember, has been to a private college and the University of Portland checks all the boxes for me. Good education program, good community, and most importantly it’s in a big city. However, with a sticker price of $62,200 per year, it’s unrealistic that I would ever...

Plant-based diets: better for you and your environment

Elise Sickinger, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Many Americans would say that meat is an essential part of one’s diet. Almost as many would assume that meat consumption is the best way to get protein. Some are quick to disregard plant based diets, labeling them as “unfulfilling” or “unrealistic.” However, not only are diets such as veganism...

Appreciation for reading does not come from school

Hallie Chen, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

From the second a kid enters school, they are forced into an environment where reading is considered one of, if not the most, important skills they will ever learn. Whether it be through independent reading logs in elementary school or annotating at least three lines a page in high school, there seems...

Conspiracy theories: crazy or genius?

Elizabeth Rollison

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Aliens wearing the skins of politicians. Vampires roaming the streets of New York. Elvis appearing in a piece of toast. All of these notions sound completely and utterly insane. But what if there was, underneath the unbelievable exterior, a tiny grain of truth in conspiracy theories? Consider the...

The reclaim bin is your new cornucopia

Elise Sickinger, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

Just imagine: you’re starving. Every morning you wake up, quickly get dressed, and rush out the door to Liberty—no time to pack a lunch—yet you’ve forgotten your wallet, and can’t buy food either. Every second you go without food is another second your stomach spends growling. You dart into...

Random acts of kindness

Hallie Chen, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

Your Liberty sports bag may look pretty snazzy, but coupled with a fifty-pound backpack, bassoon, P.E. shoes, and a $6 lunch from the Patriot Pantry, you’re having a pretty hard time getting around campus. Lucky for you, the person in front of you has turned to hold the door, even though you’re still t...

An open letter to my former teacher

Nicole Winters, Guest Columnist

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Perhaps it was my youth that allowed me to remain convinced that all who enter schools as teachers and mentors are there because they feel the drive to sculpt the next generation of cooperative leaders, talented artists, and empathetic humanitarians. It could be that I grew up in a school environment...

The commercialized corruption of Christmas

Mia Oliver, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I walk into Target, greeted by huge signs advertising holiday sales. Making my way down the aisles, I’m attacked by heaps of wrapping paper, extravagant bows, and rolls of ribbon. I find myself quietly humming along with the Christmas songs blasted through the store’s overhead speakers as I grab...

College is expensive before going

Gabe Waldbaum, Editor-in-Chief

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“Hey, Mom, I found out the other day that we have already spent about $2,000 in preparation for a college that I do not attend.” “Wait—what?” “Yeah; I added up all the expenses: AP tests, sending AP scores, SAT scores, PSAT fees, sending SAT scores, College in the High School credits,...

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