Category Archives: Opinion

Is CUSD really deserving of the ‘Ocean Guardian’ title?

BY JACK JORDELL Three years ago, CUSD made history by being the first entire district named an “Ocean Guardian School District.” A long-time steward of Monterey Bay with inventive, fleshed-out…

California’s state of affairs leaves little to write home about

BY RYAN YOUNG The sunny weather, the waves crashing on the shore,  the smell of hot dogs at a baseball game—what could possibly be wrong with California? While California is…

Meatless diet, trend brings risks, benefits to teens

BY KYLIE YEATMAN As vegetarian and vegan diets have risen in the last five years—roughly one in eight Americans have reportedly tried the diet at some point, and an estimated…

‘Black Panther’ lacks plot, makes up for it with message

BT ATHENA FOSLER-BRAZIL   Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” was one of the most antiipated films of 2018 for its action, special effects, cast and political message. In most ways, the…

Talent prospects make 2018 MLB season one to catch

  BY ALEX POLETTI When Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs in his new Yankee uniform March 29, it signified the onslaught of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. After…

Reexamining blame in the aftermath of Parkland

BY IAN GEERTSEN Nikolas Jacob Cruz was adopted 19 years ago by Roger and Linda Cruz, although neither of his parents were alive to see him kill 17 Marjory Stoneman…

Fall Out Boy fuses pop-punk with their flagship sound on ‘Mania’

  BY KYLIE YEATMAN Bordering on the pop-punk appeal and clever lyricism that helped them gain momentum over a decade ago while simultaneously venturing closer to the punching, more synthesized…

Student athletes better have a backup plan

BY SCOTT MCMAHON By the time Mike Palshaw was 8 years old, he was taking lessons from a private pitching coach. By the summer before his senior year of high…

Roundabout needed at dangerous Carmel Valley intersection

BY PRISCILLA CABALLERO Within Carmel Valley lies the familiar intersection at Carmel Valley Road and Laureles Grade, which sees dangerous traffic from all angles.   For as long as community…

Go read a book: How screens are negatively rewiring the brain

BY JACK CORDELL Technology is a wondrous thing. From the machines and vaccinations that keep people alive and healthy in hospitals to the computers that keep people informed and entertained,…