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Random compliments: the best holiday gift

Kaitlyn Keyes, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

We’ve all had those days: your alarm clock went off late, you missed the bus, forgot you had a CRO due, tanked a test, and to top it all off, hadn’t even had time to make yourself coffee in the morning. But then, a random stranger, perhaps someone you’ve only seen at a glance, flashes you a small...

You heard us, but you didn’t listen

Jake Hopkins, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Wednesday, December 12, I witnessed the Issaquah School District Board of Directors pass a motion approving Superintendent Ron Thiele’s proposal for schedule changes throughout the district with a 4-1 vote. With the passing of this motion comes a death sentence for Liberty’s beloved eight-period...

One leaf won’t save the Earth

Jake Hopkins, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under Just Listen For A Second

Whenever my family went to the park when I was younger, I would always get the insatiable urge to pick a leaf off of whatever plant we happened to be walking by. I’d pick off a leaf, then spend the next 10 minutes tearing it into fun shapes. However, my mom used to scold me, telling me not to hurt...

Little actions; big results

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under Just Listen For A Second

“I didn’t do it!” Sure, it may be a childish statement, but we all use it: the ease of attributing blame to other individuals rather than taking responsibility for our own misfortunes is addicting. And in the case of climate change, it’s entirely convenient to assign the blame to large corporations...

Press Perspective: Flex time? More like waste of time

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

BACKGROUND The Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele issued a charter that commissioned a high school scheduling committee be formed to discuss and ultimately propose a new common schedule for the three high schools (Liberty, Issaquah, and Skyline). While discussing pros and cons of dif...

Life, liberty, and the right to free speech

Nick Vanni, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As an American, how do you expect our government to take criticism? With denial and condemnation, or with understanding and action? Do you expect to have the right to free speech? Free speech is an essential right of all Americans—and one that President Trump is currently threatening. With his general...

Caffeine: just brew it

Ella Gage, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Your alarm starts ringing. It is a Tuesday morning, 4:30, and you still have a CRO to write and a Spanish test to study for. You’re running on a solid three hours of sleep. It’s too early, you’re too tired, and you have too much to do in too small of a time frame. You have to wake up. Fast. Your...

The Pledge of Allegiance: nationalism or patriotism?

Nathan Jackson, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Whenever the announcements ask me to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, I do so with apprehension at best and stand awkwardly silent, while the rest of my class says the Pledge in a monotonous voice. I understand that the Pledge is supposed to be patriotic, but there seems to be a nationalistic vibe...

Partner tests kill motivation

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Wanting to spend more than the allotted sixty seconds on a playground swing or hoarding a castle of wooden blocks from our kindergarten classmates, we all have been gently reprimanded with the rhyme “sharing is caring.” From a young age, we are taught that the compassionate choice is to always abandon...

Fixing the gender gap in computer science

Brigitte Larkin, Social Media Director

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In 2012, a nonprofit organization called Girls Who Code was created. The founder, Reshma Saujani, created it with the mission of fixing the large gender gap in computer science. The club has two programs: one for third to fifth grade girls, and another for sixth to twelfth grade girls. Recently, the...

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...

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