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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,...

Laptops need to be plugged in

Mia Oliver, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Barely beating the bell,you rush into Guided Study, swiftly dumping your backpack at your desk before heading to grab a laptop. Your head throbs at the thought of all the homework you have: an essay for AP Lang, three EDpuzzle videos for precalculus, and a formal lab write-up for APES. All of this you...

Snow ≠ Shorts

Tatum Lindquist, Opinion Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

It’s December, and we all know what that means: sweater weather. Or, that’s how it should be. When your car door won’t close because the mechanism is frozen, people usually take the hint and dress for cold weather. They wear gloves, hats, scarves, coats—and most important: pants. Recently, it’s...

Press Perspective: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

Background on the SDQ: On November 15, administration gave out the very first SDQ, or Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, to all students. It was part of a recent initiative by the Issaquah School District called PBSES (Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Stress Program). Prior to conducting th...

Limiting our losses with new DUI law

Madison Prather, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Washington’s new distracted driving laws are both reasonable and necessary, especially in light of our growing dependence on phones for constant communication. Nearly everyone will acknowledge that driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is an incredibly foolish decision, as that it has...

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