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Press Perspective: Diversity in film starts with Hollywood

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

The acting world is notorious for its misrepresentation of cultures. The most iconic example is perhaps Disney’s Mulan, which features a traditional Chinese folk tale that is riddled with historical inaccuracy, including the use of Japanese style clothing and flags. So when we heard that Renton’s...

Political protests surge as the election sweeps through America

Press Perspective, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017


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The Situation So Far On November 9, a change of colossal proportions struck The United States. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in what has been called the greatest upset in modern political history, won enough electoral votes to secure the presidency instead of the expected winner,...

Press Perspective-Kneeling during the national anthem: a demonstration of freedom or disrespect?

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

The History If you’ve watched a NFL game within the last few months, it’s impossible to avoid the controversy surrounding players who kneel during the national anthem, as sign of protest in the face of the rising Black Lives Matter movement and the alarming number of fatal black shootings by police. The...

Apple vs. FBI controversy: Personal privacy outweighs national security

Tyra Christopherson and Sara Flash

April 18, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

On December 2, 2015, two shooters carried out a mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured. This San Bernardino terrorist attack was the worst since the 2012 Newtown shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The FBI is in possession of the iPhone of one of the shooters and wants...

Cultural Appropriation: where to draw the line between honoring and mocking

Sara Flash and Tyra Christopherson

December 7, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

When you think of the winter months of the year, some common things come to mind: Halloween, Christmas trees and more sweets than any one person knows what to do with. But in the midst of this happy and festive time of year, it is important to recognize the traditions we are following, the ways we are...

United States should step up its aid in the Syrian Crisis

Tyra Christopherson and Sara Flash

October 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

Four and a half years ago, in March 2011, the Syrian crises began. Since then, 220,000 people—half of whom are civilians—have become casualties of the conflict. To escape the violence, four million Syrian refugees have fled the country, and more leave their homeland every day. These refugees need...

Defeating discrimination: take responsibility and act

June 2, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

When you think of Indiana, what comes into your mind? Corn fields? NASCAR? Country music? NCAA basketball? Stereotypes aside, Indiana has been the center for a lot of controversy lately as a new bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was just passed through the state legislature. It may sound...

The Smarter Balance Test is destabilizing education

April 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

This year, for the first time, Liberty will be administering the Smarter Balance test to all juniors and sophomores. Before you freak out, this year is just a trial. The scores won’t mean anything as far as graduation, but in future years, they might. That is one of the reasons why the administrators...

Register for classes – the smart way

April 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

Every year it’s the same story. You’re trying to register for classes, and all you can hear are the counselors telling you to challenge yourself, older students warning you to stay away from APUSH and Honors Physics, and your friends discussing which classes they will sign up for together. So how...

How effective are teacher evaluations, really?

November 26, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

In 2010, Washington State set a lofty goal: to evaluate teachers and administrators in a way that would improve student learning and the classroom atmosphere. Fast forward four years, and this Washington state legislation, known as the Teacher and Principle Evaluation Project (TPEP), is in full swing. We...

The healthy, hunger-free kids act

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

The United States has a weight problem. Today, with 74.1% of the American population overweight, obesity rates continue to increase and 120,000 people die per year of preventable causes related to obesity. The Patriot Press applauds efforts taken by the U.S. government and our school district to solve...

Liberty’s AP teachers deserve appreciation

September 3, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

It’s one in the morning, and your eyes begin to glaze over as you stare at the computer screen, your half-typed essay glaring right back. Completely unable to fathom why any teacher would ever even consider burdening a poor high school student like you with such a ridiculous amount of homework, you curs...

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