Category Archives: Opinion

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,…

Apocalypse when? Apocalypse now! Can you survive?

Society has always been morbidly fascinated with the end of the world. How would I do in an apocalypse? Would I live? Would any of the people I care about…

The holiday season brings fake cheer, overplayed songs and absurd drinks

Dear gingerbread-latte-drinkers and Nov. 24 decorators, Your beloved Dec. 24 is just as average as Dec. 21 and Jan. 4. Your year-long display of Christmas lights cannot dim the sorrow…

The frequently ignored aspects of Planned Parenthood

By: ELLAH FOSTER Amid the everlasting controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood’s various contraceptive services, there are many other benefits that tend to go unnoticed by anti-abortion protestors. For many years, Planned…

The American people’s triumph over tragedy

By: RYAN YOUNG Disaster just cannot seem to go away with the recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, horrible earthquakes in Mexico, the fires in California, the Las Vegas…

Current trends suggest now is the time for gun reform

By: MILES PREKOSKI Every year, multiple tragedies cause the death of many innocent people, bringing up the constant debate of gun control and background checks. But what do these background…