By Cameron Olenick & Reagan Ahlquist
Until a few weeks ago, a terror plagued the streets of Austin, Texas, striking fear into the homes of all Texans in the area. An anonymous terrorist had been placing explosives devices into packages and mailing them to people’s doorsteps. The trend however, was that these packages were only being sent to homes owned by minorities.
By Julie Amoss
Since the Parkland shooting, the eighth deadliest shooting in modern US history, there has been an uproar of student-led protests. Several national school protests and walkouts have been planned and have reached national attention. Students are angry, and it seems nothing can stop their tide of righteous activism.
By McKenna Rueter
President Donald Trump has proposed a new bill that enables certified teachers to carry concealed firearms in school buildings. After recent massacres at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Sandy Hook, citizens are calling for gun control and protection of repeated events.
By Charlie Glazier
On February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz entered the school with a firearm and killed 17 individuals. After this event, many questions and worries have arisen from parents and students themselves on the safety of their loved ones and themselves during the school day.
By Alex Long
Since January, select Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Northeast have been making some significant changes. These select restaurants have removed the “Donuts” from their name and also removed some items from the menu as a sort of trial run for the changes to come. The changes to the name have been reportedly made in an effort to separate the chain from their reputation of being a place for just coffee and donuts.
By Bethany Stewart
At the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there has been a controversial doping incident, with the Russian mixed doubles curling team, who are competing under the Olympic name rather than Russia’s.
By Hannah Butera & Tyler Curtiss
In 2017, 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol were detected and confiscated from all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. There have been multiple accounts of individuals blacking out after a few drinks, and even one fatal incident where a woman died as a result of substandard alcohol.
By Anna Lawson and Ryan Hack
The flu during winter this year, H3N2, has been one of the worst viruses the country has seen in many years. H3N2 has been known to circulate when the vaccine is not as effective, and this year is an example of that. So far, the flu has caused over 12,000 hospitalizations, and at least 2,355 deaths since October of last year. In the United States, the flu has been highly active in forty-six states, with Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Montana, having less severe outbreaks.
There has been trouble treating patients with the flu this year too. As a result of the hurricane in Puerto Rico earlier this year, there has been a shortage in IV bags, since they are manufactured there. Megan Lydon, a Glenelg Junior and intern at Howard County General Hospital, says that, “IV bags and saline are a crucial aspect in keeping patients hydrated while they wait for further treatment.” If a patient does not receive saline, they risk becoming dehydrated which could lead to further complications.
Doctors are still encouraging people to go out and get vaccinated if they have not already. Anybody over the age of six months should get a shot, and not the nasal spray, as the shot is effective. The flu shot this year, the Flublok Quadrivalent, has been said to be only ten percent effective, but the nasal spray has been said to not be effective at all this season. Some children are recommended to be vaccinated twice for proper protection.
The flu also has some very common symptoms that point out what a person is coming down with. These symptoms include a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Junior Payton Jaap says that, “When I had the flu last year, I felt a sore throat at first, but it eventually turned into a really bad cough and nausea.” If you feel like you are coming down with any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Basic preventative actions such as washing your hands in concurrence with getting vaccinated will increase your chances of dodging the flu this season. In addition, you can take vitamin C boosters such as Emergen-C. However, if you have already gotten the flu once this season still be cautious. It is possible to get the flu twice due to various strains.
By Nicole King
Despite the small area, Maryland is the state of traumatic climate changes due to its unpredictability. With an array of climate changes, no one ever knows whether they will need their winter jacket or flip flops. Temperatures have ranged from the highest of 109 degrees to its lowest of negative 40 degrees fahrenheit. It ranges from being chilly in the morning to scorching hot in the afternoon. Senior, Michael Forester, said that him and his friends “...always have to wear their hat and gloves in the morning, but end up walking around in shorts by the end of the day.” Some days include pouring rain one minute and sunshine the next. All of these erratic changes cause a constant battle when deciding how to handle school days.
This year, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is changing the ways they process snow days. Normally, for everyday school is closed, a day is added onto the end of the school year. School officials declared that this year is a year for change. In order to prevent the year from extending far into June, they are allowing two days to be added to the end of the year. Freshman, Noah Stewart, said he is “...extremely thrilled that he will get to get out of school early enough to attend his family vacation the last week of June.” Not only will less days added to end of year help students like Stewart, but they will allow more opportunities for others to branch out and be active on their day off. If more days are closed, days students normally have off, such as Presidents' Day, will be made a school day. If numerous days must be closed due to weather conditions, spring break has a possibility of becoming a school week. Most students have already planned family vacations during this week so many complications have the possibility to arise. If all goes well, the weather will cooperate and students will be able to keep their days off while not extending school into the 2018 summer.
Some may ask what weather conditions declare it unsafe to go to school? Between 3:00-4:30am, supervisors review national forecasts and conduct on-road observations. After further assessments, directors discuss their findings and form a plan of either having school, a delay, early dismissal, or no school at all. Before the clock strikes five in the morning, the county superintendent is contacted with an overview of information and makes the official call, informing all families and staff in the designated area.
Do you want to be informed of the emergency closings? Text the word “YES” to 67587 to (HCPSS connect system) in order to be texted any updates the second a decision is made. Other options include checking school homepages, tuning into the news, and/or following the school Twitter and Facebook page.
By Reagan Ahlquist
The first successful human transplant was performed on a corpse in China on November 17th 2017, by Italian surgeon, Sergio Canavero. The purpose of this procedures was to find out if this surgery was even possible. After the surgery was complete, surgeons found out that connecting the spine, nerves, and blood vessels was possible, at least on a dead body. This transplant comes a year after the a team of medical professionals, led by Dr. Xiaoping Ren performed a head transplant on a live monkey, in January 2016. The monkey did survive the procedure, but was put down after 20 hours for ethical reasons.The next step in this experimental process is to do a head transplant between brain dead organ donors. The ultimate goal is to eventually perform an entire head transplant on live patients. Canavero wants to perform a transplant between a terminal patient and give them the head of a patient who is brain dead. This procedure will take place in Russia, hopefully within a year.
Even though this surgery was considered a success, others doubt if this transplant will actually work on living patients. Glenelg Senior, Robbie Baxter believes that “The transplant will work because the medical world has already advanced so much in the last 100 years.” It is true that the medical world 100 years ago looks so foreign to what it is like the in the modern day. And if this transplant can done successfully then it will lead to other advancements in the medical world. Baxter also said that “If they can connect all the nerves together then they should be able to do surgeries on others parts of the bodies, like limbs, making people be able to walk again or use their arms after accidents.” Being able to give patients their limbs back, after already having them healed over, and having them work so they can have feeling in them again would be a remarkable accomplishment. It will help people who are physically disabled get back to their normal lives, before their tragic accidents.
Others are wondering if this surgery is moral. The surgery requires at least one person to die in order to get their head onto the patient receiving the head transplant. Glenelg senior, Seth Taylor thinks, “The person losing their head is already technically dead, so it is like getting a donated organ making it moral.” It is true that the head is coming from a person who is considered dead, but they are still taking their head and putting in onto another person's body, which can be strange or disturbing for the families and friends. In the future these moral and ethical concerns will be addressed if these types of procedures become more common. But for now, this transplant is a breakthrough in the medical world and could potentially save lives in the near future.
By Julianna Mirabile
“One small step for man, one giant step for mankind”: This widely known phrase was relevant to the millions who watched Neil Armstrong do the impossible. But did it actually happen? For over forty years, the 1972 Apollo 17 moon landing has been subjected to being a hoax, with new evidence being revealed recently. This theory is centered around the Apollo missions, saying that they were all a hoax created by NASA. It was first mentioned by Bill Kaysing, in his book, We Never Went To The Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle. In this book, Kaysing claims that faking the moon landing to the world would be much easier than actually landing on the moon. He also states that in the effort of raising money for the mission, NASA received thirty billion dollars, which could have been used to pay organizations to help with the act. Though Kaysing was the first to speak up, he certainly was not the last. Following Kaysing, thousands of people joined in to voice their opinion on television and make documentaries on their theories.
So why fake the moon landing in the first place? Some theories state that NASA would do it to win the “Space Race”, the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to be more advanced in the solar system. This race prompted several satellite launches, and could have given the United States the push to fake the moon landing. Another theory states that NASA faked it not only for the money, but because President John F. Kennedy had a goal to land a man on the moon and safely return him home. Fulfilling this goal would be huge publicity for both the President and NASA.
Knowing why NASA would do this makes the evidence a bit more believable. Many photos from the mission seem to be photoshopped, with crosshairs being deformed and rotated. Along with this, it appears that artificial light was used because the shadow colors and angles are erratic. Uniform backgrounds in photos that were taken miles away from each other prove that it could have been a backdrop, and in these backgrounds there appears to be no stars. Finally, the most recent evidence was discovered by a youtuber, “Streetcap1”. It is a photo that has a reflection in the astronaut’s visor of a man “standing on the moon” without a spacesuit on. Conspiracy theorists are going crazy over this photo, saying that this proves that the moon landing was all a hoax. Glenelg High School alumni, Christian Rausch, exclaimed, “How could there possibly be such a reflection if they were actually in outer space on the moon?” Especially if Neil Armstrong was the supposedly the only astronaut who stepped foot on the moon. Glenelg High School Senior, Will Breslin, is an active believer in the moon landing being a fraud. When first seeing the picture that “Streetcap1” evaluated, Breslin said, “This picture is an amazing source of fraud. I personally believe the moon landing is humanly impossible and I have been suspicious about it for awhile. After seeing this picture, I could definitely prove NASA guilty.” Maybe ordinary people actually caught this deception, and this theory will finally turn into a reality.
By Mason Steinberg
College is synonymous with Fraternities and Sororities for some students. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in deaths due to hazing and binge drinking. In a Fraternity or Sorority, pledges are often forced to partake in excessive drinking, as well as other life threatening activities, such as drunk driving and daredevil stunts. Many of the acts the pledges are forced to complete humiliate them and often go against all of the good values that the Sororities and Fraternities were founded on. The good will Fraternities and Sororities were originally founded on have been replaced with insensitive and dangerous behavior. In 2016 alone, there were 67 Fraternities suspended, and four deaths attributed to hazing. The frequency of hazing related deaths has alarmed school administrators and left parents searching for answers.
The most recent Hazing related death occurred on November 3rd at Florida State University. Andrew Coffey, 20, a fraternity pledge was found dead in a home off campus in Tallahassee on Friday morning.This has caused the university to indefinitely suspend all Greek life on campus. University President John Thrasher said, “I want to send a serious message, I really do,” he said. “We’ve got a serious problem.” The hope is to end the indefinite suspension as student leaders will meet with school administrators to put rules in place to prevent any more deaths.
Similar actions have been taken by schools after hazing deaths at large campuses such as Penn State. Many schools try to stop negative behavior before it causes something as serious as a student to lose their life by suspending specific fraternities and sororities or expelling students off campus. However, these strategies have failed, as incidents have occurred at a record pace. The fear among school administrators and parents is that these tragedies will continue to occur until serious action is taken to change the culture around Fraternities and Sororities.
After every incident schools and parents around the country hope it will inspire change to prevent another catastrophe. Both Sororities and Fraternities have long been beneficial for their members. Members have friends for life and can build connections that can help them find jobs when they get out of college. Many of the negative stereotypes about Sororities and Fraternities have caused much of the country to forget the positives that comes with them. Hopefully, with cooperation between students and administrators Sororities and Fraternities can get back to their positive values and prevent any more tragedies from occurring.
By Anna Lawson and Ryan Hack
Vehicle-related terrorist attacks are on the rise, as there have been at least thirty over the past decade around the globe. One third of all vehicle terrorist attacks since 1981 have occurred this year alone. This increase is due to their simple nature and difficulty of prevention. As more terrorist groups continue to see these occur, the rate of attacks will grow even more. To see the change of strategies that these groups are having since major terrorist attacks such as 9/11, previous recent attacks need to be closely analyzed.
Most recently, on October 31, 2017, Sayfullo Saipov ran down dozens of people in a New York City bike path, injuring fifteen and killing eight. Saipov is a green card holder, originally from Uzbekistan, who pledged his allegiance to ISIS during the attack. He used a rented Home Depot truck in order to carry out this horrific massacre. The simplicity of planning attacks similar to this one make them appealing to terrorists. In addition, it is almost impossible to detect and prevent vehicle attacks in contrast to the easier nature of detecting bombs, such as the Times Square Bomber of 2010. Faisal Shahzad attempted to detonate a car bomb in the busiest area of New York City. However, his plan went askew when two street vendors notified security of smoke coming from his car. Fortunately, the bomb was diffused and nobody was injured.
A couple of months before the New York attack, eight people were killed, and forty-eight people were injured in terrorist attacks in central London before police shot and killed three suspects. The alarming violence began when a van drove through a crowd of pedestrians on the London Bridge. The suspects then jumped from the van and made their way to Borough Market, a densely populated nightlife and tourist area, where they stabbed people in restaurants and pubs. Over 50 people were taken to the hospital.
Glenelg students agree with the idea that these types of terrorist attacks will not stop anytime soon. When asked about these vehicle attacks Lucy Loazer, a Junior, said that “this is a big dilemma, since it is so easy to carry out an attack like this without detection by law enforcement”. Josie Stubs, a Junior, said that vehicle-related attacks are increasing because “there are so many drivers on the road, and it would be almost impossible to detect when one wants to commit an atrocious attack and run people over.” Because there is not currently a complete strategic procedure for preventing these attacks, they will continue to occur this way until a plan is developed to stop them.
By Philip Johnson
Division and anger. Arguments and controversy. Firing and blackballing. Politics and social media. Backstabbing and hate. All of this negativity has led to change and awareness. The established tradition in sports of standing for the anthem has been a major topic of discussion in past weeks. Recently NFL players and coaches have taken a stand against social injustice by kneeling, sitting, or not even showing up for the national anthem. In recent weeks, the problem has had backlash from military, team owners, and even the President. This movement for social awareness has taken a toll on the league its players and even the fans.
On August 26th, 2016 in a preseason game last season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was photographed sitting down on a bench for the national anthem. His actions were almost overlooked until the photo was shown. When asked why he sat he said he won't stand for an anthem that represents a country where there is social injustice and racism regarding police shootings involving black men. The backlash he met was unprecedented. There were racial slurs thrown at him, hatred from the media and really the whole country. There were death threats, calls for him to be fired, and even for him to be banned from the NFL.
To see where all the hate comes from one must look at multiple areas. Most people who are against the protests say it’s because Kaepernick disrespected the military. Their reasoning is that people have died and sacrificed their lives for that flag and everything it stands for. For instance Daulton Der a junior at GHS agrees in the sentiments about the disrespect shown to the military and took it step further when he said “it not only disrespects the military but the pride of our country itself”.A country’s flag is the most recognizable symbol about the country, and in America, many people are passionate about it. So when Americans see a man making millions of dollars sitting down; showing the utmost disrespect to the thing they take the most pride in they are going to be angry. Kaepernick also faced backlash from his teammates, owners across the league and the commissioner. He continued to sit/kneel for the anthem the entire 2016-2017 season which eventually led to his team releasing him.
Fast-forward to this season - Kaepernick is still unemployed. However, his message has gotten out. He had one goal and that was to raise awareness, and that he did.Regardless of those who still throw shade his way he has supporters. Such as Glenelg senior Chris Barlow who says his message is great and his means of attracting attention to that message were perfect”. Much to his dismay and too many who support him he can’t get work. This season, players have taken a stand against the injustices they see in this country going unsolved. Leading into the third week of the season, President Trump tweeted out that any player who sits for the anthem should be fired, and if a fan finds the player’s actions offensive they should walk out of the stadium. He followed up his sentiments by calling anyone who sits/kneels a “son of a b****”".
Well, those statements were taken very personally by NFL players. As such there was a league wide protest held on Sunday, September 26. Every team had some form of protest happen. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, and Seattle Seahawks went to the lengths of not coming out of the locker room for the anthem. Some of the performers singing the anthem took a knee while they sang. Kaepernick’s wish to get his message across about social injustices that happen and are swept under the rug and can no longer be accepted, had been heard. He found the one way that in his mind that would make people open their mouths and finally start discuss the social problems this country faces.
As of today, the protests are ongoing. But to everyone's surprise this season the owners are on the player's side. Or so the players thought. After week 3 every owner except for one came out and said we are behind our players. A bigger surprise was the owner who came out first. Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, is the most powerful owner in football. He is also a Donald Trump supporter and donated millions to Trump's political party when he ran for office. However, he reportedly backed his players and their protest. The sole owner who was initially against the protests is none other than Jerry Jones. The Dallas Cowboys owner initially came out and said any of his players that “does anything other than stand and place his right hand over his heart will not play for his team”. Coming out of the most conservative state in America this response was expected. What wasn’t was when he sang a different tune at a press conference on October 8th when he said he "made a mistake in his previous comments" and that he "respects his players and their opinions and actions".
However all the owners sang a different tune when reports from ESPN came out on October 10th said the owners want to implement a rule where players must stand. This change in opinion is in response to a slight decline in attendance in the last three weeks. But what the owners don’t realize and most of the country doesn't either is that what they're doing directly relates to what Kaepernick was trying to stop. They’re trying to sweep the players protests under the rug and as Kaepernick has said one of the ideals this country was built on was protests. It seems although his message got across it's not being taken seriously.
While Kaepernick remains unsigned, even though he is better than many of the quarterbacks in the league, his impact of what he did on the field is going to be long lasting. He did something many have tried and failed at. He got people to start talking, and having conversations that were uncomfortable and still are for a lot of people. But at least people are discussing it. Now where do the protests goes from here? Will Kaepernick ever get signed again? What's the next step for these athletes? Those questions can’t be answered right now, but what we do know is that through the death threats, firing, blackballing, and unemployment, Kaepernick’s message has changed the landscape of sports forever.
By Cameron Olenick
On August 24, 2017 a category four storm, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas destroying thousands of homes. The storm also hit Louisiana before weakening. Harvey resulted in eighty-two deaths in the United States and roughly $200 billion worth of damages. Then on Sunday, September 10, 2017 a category three storm, Hurricane Irma, struck the southeast putting substantial damage on Florida. Places like the Florida Keys, Miami, and St. Augustine were devastated by Irma, resulting in seventy-two deaths. The cost to rebuild the state has been estimated at $100 billion. Florida is a very popular vacation spot, but with the recent events, beaches and buildings have been destroyed.
Nonprofit organizations that are supporting those in need include the Red Cross, UNICEF, and SPCA International. Countless efforts have been started to help pay for the destruction. The states affected are taking all the donations they can get. Glenelg’s own Key Club is helping with relief efforts. At a school football game they raised over $700 worth of donations in less than four hours. They will be collecting more money at future games to come. Glenelg teacher and advisor of the Key Club, Mrs. Doerman said, “ We have raised a total of $1200. All the money is going to the American Red Cross”. Residents all across Howard County have donated to Glenelg graduate and fifteen-year Howard County teacher of Reservoir High School Dave Boteler, who filled two twenty-six foot U-Haul trucks with food and supplies that he drove to Houston to give to people suffering there.
Money can be given directly to the Glenelg Key Club and it will be used to help those in need. Every cent counts and these people need our help, so if you or your family has money to donate, bring it to Mrs. Doerman it will go to a very good cause.
By Alex Long
Governor Hogan has recently passed a new mandate in Maryland that forces schools to start after Labor Day, and end before June 15. Governor Hogan implemented this mandate as an effort to benefit the state’s economy as Ocean City would get more visitors. He also believed that Maryland families would also benefit as summer would last longer.
By making summer longer, the school year is shortened and thus students will get less days off during the school year. This means that there is no room to account for snow days in the school calendar as students must attend 180 days of school, and if there are snow days, make up days will be taken from Spring Break, or other additional days off in the school year such as President’s Day.
While students are happy about an extended summer, the thought of a shortened Spring Break is upsetting. Regarding the matter of a shortened Spring Break, Senior Allyson Kim said, “They can take my Spring Break, I won't come to school.” Many other students share the same opinion, and are angered at the idea of having less days off during the school year. If students skip school to go on vacation during Spring Break, students will fall behind, and teachers will not be able to plan lessons accordingly.
Another thing to take into account is how AP courses are affected by the shortened school year. Since Maryland schools start later, the time for covering material before AP testing is limited. Less time to cover AP material before the test could mean lower scores and more stress on students to spend their free time struggling to cover material there is not time to cover in school anymore. Teachers would also struggle to teach information quicker which could result in an undercoverage of topics. As Senior Gloria McComas said, “Sticking bookends on the school year is just not realistic.” It seems as if Maryland students are at a disadvantage as they get less time to cover important AP material, and have less days off during the school year. Also, if there is a huge snow storm or natural disaster, there are no days to make up for the missed school which means there is even less time to teach.
It seems as if students are not the only ones negatively affected by this decision. It is already hard enough for parents to find a place for their kids to go during the summertime without the additional weeks that have been tacked onto summer this year. It was even harder for parents to find camps and day cares this year however, because many of the child care places had closed in the assumption that school would start at the same date as previous years. Additionally, parents struggled to find the money to send their kids to camps for an additional two weeks, as most parents have jobs and cannot stay home to watch their kids.
With all of the problems regarding the new state mandate, it seems as if it would be more beneficial to both parents and students to start school before Labor Day. This way, students would have the time they need to learn all AP material before the tests, there would be room for snow days in the school year, and Spring Break would not be shortened. Also, parents would not have to scramble to find childcare for their kids in the last couple weeks of summer anymore as their kids would be in school.
By Steven Stetson
Are Americans safe from the rising threat of terrorism? That’s just one of many questions President Trump has strived to solve in the past few weeks. Trump’s answer pertaining to that of the American’s safety was a travel ban. After Trump’s previous travel ban, he revised and mandated a new one. This time around, he has changed the requirements. On top of that, he removed Iraq from the ban, as well as making known his plan ten days in advance before taking effect. Trump has made it known that the ban is in the interest of Americans. Safety is his top priority, but the way in which he went about it last time, seemed to target Muslims specifically. He, as well as the Trump administration, has high hopes for this new one.
A question that needed to be addressed was whether or not Iraq would remain on the ban list. The reason it was an issue at all, was because people saw Iraq as a key ally in the fight against ISIS. Fear of losing them as a result of the ban was the concern. In wake of Trump’s decision, he spoke to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi. Between the two, they discussed key issues in regards to vetting. According to CNN, “Trump also faced pressure to remove Iraq from the order from some American national security officials, who argued the restriction burdened a key anti-ISIS partner” (Diamond). ISIS has been an issue Trump promised to handle once in office. After heavy consideration, his meeting with the Prime Minister led Trump to his ultimate decision to leave Iraq off the ban.
Previously, Trump referenced a “Muslim ban” during his campaign speeches. The media however, was quick to pounce on the name of Trump’s original ban, having claimed it was unconstitutional. As a result, the ban was put on hold, which prompted Trump to make a new one. This time however, Trump addressed the religious aspect directly, making known that it had nothing to do with race or religion. In Rolling Stone, Trump’s advisor, Stephen Miller stated, “There is no religious exclusion, test or establishment of any kind, shape or form whatsoever” (Diamond). This was of great concern from the get go, but after announcing the ban’s new intentions, it clarified concerns.
The ban in general is still highly controversial. Many Democrats continue to stand by their claim of it being unconstitutional, while others buy into it being for the safety of Americans. Wherever one stands, it remains to be seen whether or not the reinstated ban will have a better outcome than last time. As of now, Trump will continue to abide by his belief that America will benefit by such a ban.
By Steven Stetson
Many argue that Trump says controversial things constantly, and really, who can blame them? A fair amount of the things he’s said have definitely warranted him his reputation. However, there’s one issue that’s remained fairly constant, and that’s his view on abortion. Over the years, Trump’s made known his stance on abortion, which as of right now, amounts to being pro-life.
According to The Washington Post, a survey poll found that 66% of Americans oppose tax funding of abortion laws, opposed to the 34% that identify as pro-choice, and in support of said laws. Given these percentages, it’s clear that America as a whole is primarily pro-life, giving Trump one favorable trait amongst the majority.
Introduced in 1984 by Ronald Reagan, came the Global Gag Rule, also known as the “Mexico City Policy”, which banned government services, and funding for those who sought abortion outside the U.S. While a foreign policy it was, many Americans were opposed to it, believing that women’s rights should be valued outside the country as well. However, in 2009 Obama reversed the rule, until this year, when Trump reversed it immediately following the Women’s March on Washington D.C, for the “Power to Choose.”
The true definition of abortion (according to Dictionary.com, that is) reads, “The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.” The real issue is determining when it’s officially classified as human. Let’s get technical. Take the word pregnancy. According to Dictionary.com, pregnancy is, “the state of being pregnant.” What’s pregnant mean? Once more, Dictionary.com reads, “having a child or young developing in the uterus.” Most would consider “child or young” to be human. It’s evident that Trump takes to heart this view, in regards to believing an abortion is murder (“termination”). Why else would he oppose it, and suggest means of punishment?
On an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, Matthews asked Trump whether or not there should be some sort of punishment for those who choose to abort, and Trump answered, “There has to be some form of punishment.” Trump continued on explaining his choice of pro-life, whilst making his stance clear. Abortion is a problem, and was on Trumps radar for sometime, that’s why he’s made the decision to act, and stand up for what he as President believes.
While it’s true that President Trump, as well as a large significant of the population are anti-abortion, it remains a topic of discussion. Sure, Trump is pro-life, but regardless of what you or I may believe, there will always be a variety of opinions differing from our own. Trump’s view on abortion is what’s at hand however, and must be seen as such, for he is our model as President. Make no mistake - opinions are to be shared and debated, as that is our right. But for the purpose of this article, it’s that of Trump’s (opinion) that we must focus on, and analyze.
By Abbey Soltis & Molly Swartz
For the past three years, the citizens of Flint, Michigan have been experiencing the side effects of lead-contaminated water. Residents are getting sick, children have high amounts of lead in their bloodstream, and people are being forced to buy excessive amounts of bottled water for everyday necessities such as showering, cooking, and cleaning.
In April of 2014, Flint authorities switched their main water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. As a result of the more corrosive river water, lead pipes have been leaking and contaminating the water used by the town. According to the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the river water has always been of poor quality, especially after the 1970’s, due to the “presence of fecal coliform bacteria, low dissolved oxygen, plant nutrients, oils, and toxic substances” (Flint River Assessment, July 2001). The presence of lead in the water has lead to stunts in child cognitive development; many studies in the past several years have indicated defects in the growth of the young children of Flint in speaking or writing compared to other children their age. Some neurological disorders, such as ADHD, have affected the education systems in Flint, and have ultimately cost the city a great amount of money. The city of Flint is already bankrupt, but it is now necessary to provide funding for the children who have been affected by lead poisoning to receive the proper necessities to earn an education and obtain a job.
Reading the facts of this case, one might be shocked at how Flint officials and the EPA were able to get away with the contamination of the city’s water for as long as they did. However, by researching more deeply, one can see the possible enabler of such an ignored catastrophe- Flint’s distinct demographic status. According to the US Census Bureau, 41.2% of Flint residents live below the poverty line. This shocking statistic reflects on the officials in charge of the water quality in towns such as Flint. Dr. Shepard, a science teacher at Glenelg High School, believes that the crisis “highlights the failure of our infrastructure in the United States.” During an interview, she elaborated on the idea that poor people in the United States rarely get counted in public decisions. She also commented on how the contamination would not have gone on for nearly as long if the citizens were wealthy, because wealthy people would have had more political-say, and the EPA would have been forced to discontinue the use of the Flint River as the source for the city’s water.
An anonymous teacher at Glenelg High School stated their belief that the crisis occurred because of the demographics of the city. This teacher, in concurrence with Dr. Sheppard, believes that the poorer people of Flint were taken advantage of because of a multitude of factors, including lack of education and ability to stand up in front of a court for their rights.
The inexcusable actions committed by the officials in charge of Flint pose questions for all citizens of America. What if other water is contaminated? What if one’s friends and family are being harmed, and will suffer irreversible cognitive deficits due to the government’s unwillingness to spend money? Did the Flint Water Crisis occur for political reasons? Or a financial issue? Due to Flint’s water crisis, there is a debate as to whether or not the rest of the country can trust the EPA with drinking water. It is important that citizens question everything. Residents of Flint were falsely assured about the quality of their water, and ultimately suffered because of the EPA and the Federal Government. Flint, Michigan is the quintessential example of neglect of poor individuals in the US. This should be the last time people in the United States are ignored because of their socioeconomic status.
By Garrett Athey
President Trump issued a new immigration policy on January 27th that suspended refugee resettlement and early entry into the United States from several countries in the Middle East. The suspended countries included in the ban are Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Syria. The action was taken by Trump to protect the U.S. from potential terrorists entering the country while his team create stricter background checks. Anyone with a visa or green card holder from those specific countries is prevented from coming into the U.S.
Although many people are against this new policy, Trump has the power to take this action as the President. According to the law, the President can issue an immigration ban on foreigners as long as he or she believes there is a threat to national security. However, Trump’s policy will most likely be sent to the Supreme Court to make sure the action was within the authority of the Executive Branch. If the Supreme Court rules that the ban was not within the President’s power it will be repealed immediately.
The policy has caused controversy because some people question Trump’s real purpose for instituting this policy. Some feel as though the action was taken on the basis of discrimination towards people from the Middle East. Junior Natalie Proviano feels the policy is a good idea because “The countries included in the ban are dangerous and have been under surveillance for awhile, Trump’s policy will prevent these countries from threatening the national security and protect Americans as well.” People feel safer as a result of the ban because they feel the government is doing more to protect the country from acts of terrorism. However, others disagree with the new policy because of the intentions it holds to ban certain people from entering the United States. Junior Zach Rizk feels the policy is a hurtful act taken by Trump, “It was rushed and it limits refugees that need help from entering the United States. Trump doesn’t realize that it is hurting the countries that the ban is placed on.” Those who oppose the policy do not like how Trump is preventing groups of people from coming into the U.S. because of the region that they come from.
The policy will continue to be in effect unless the Supreme Court rules against it or if Trump himself feels that it is no longer needed. This is just the beginning of Trump’s plans as President in order to make Americans safer from foreigners. This order could even mess up relationships with other countries that feel that it is discriminatory towards specific groups of people. Only time will tell how far Trump will go with his policies in order to get what he wants done in the government.