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EDITORIAL: Vaccination advantages outweigh disadvantage

EDITORIAL: Vaccination advantages outweigh disadvantage

Sydney Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Vaccines are the most effective way of preventing infectious diseases from spreading, yet there are thousands of families across the nation that reject them despite doctors urging families to vaccinate their kids.  Luckily, low vaccination rates are not an issue at Omaha North or even Nebraska in general. According to the Nebraska Department of Health a...

Kevin Hart faces backlash over homophobic tweets from past

Kevin Hart faces backlash over homophobic tweets from past

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The controversy over some homophobic tweets by Kevin Hart have kept him from being the 91st host of the Oscars. While homophobia is a very big and unfortunately growing problem I don’t think he should have stepped down from hosting the oscars. The tweets that are under fire stem from early 2010....

Shutdown leaves nation and its parks in disarray

Shutdown leaves nation and its parks in disarray

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The first national park, Yellowstone National Park, was created by Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. President Theodore Roosevelt improved upon this idea and added even more national parks to the United States. Eventually more and more parks were added by future presidents. Because of an initiative led by...

Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

Corey Griffin, Business Manager

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Callaway, Nebraska is a small town surrounded by barren sandhills and open fields, along the beginnings of the South Loop River, which seems to meander aimlessly through the valley. And though the town is quiet, the people are hard at work. Jim Jenkins is all in the food business, owning a ranching and...

EDITORIAL: Reoccurring violence leads to desensitization

EDITORIAL: Reoccurring violence leads to desensitization

Sydney Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In America, violence is seen in many forms throughout games, shows, movies, and especially in real life. It is something that is hard to get away from because humans have normalized it so much. This is desensitization. According to Cambridge Dictionary, to be desensitized to something means “to...

CRUEL COSMETICS

CRUEL COSMETICS

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

When you bring up animal cruelty, some of the first things to come to mind are dog fights, starvation, neglect, suffering, etc. But there is also a form of abuse that doesn’t get as much light. Animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry is a problem humanity have had too long. While more than a few...

Hands on learning leads to better education

Hands on learning leads to better education

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The benefit of a hands-on learning approach can be seen in an increasing number of programs, yet it isn’t implemented in enough areas to be as helpful as it could be. Many students who don’t learn very well from traditional lecture style teaching thrive in a project and hands on environment. We...

The appropriate age to stop trick-or-treating

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

How old is too old to trick or treat? While a majority of parents didn’t agree on a specific age, they did specify a range. Seventy-three percent of more than 2,000 respondents of a Facebook poll said kids should stop trick-or-treating between the ages of 12 and 17.  There is a consensus that once you reach your ‘teen’ years, you need to be doing something else with your evening than going door to do...

EDITORIAL: Mental health classes benefit all students

EDITORIAL: Mental health classes benefit all students

Sydney Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

According to Governing magazine, as of July 1, 2018, New York became the first state to require schools to incorporate mental health education into their curriculum. Virginia is also working on integrating mental health education into ninth and 10th grade classes. According to Bustle, the classes...

Graphic media: How far is too far?

Graphic media: How far is too far?

Zach Hansen, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In today’s television and media, we’ve begun to desensitize ourselves to the more graphic scenes seen in some of the most popular shows today. The repeated graphic scenes in “13 Reasons Why” has shown this over and over again. While the shows warn about particularly graphic episodes, it does...

EDITORIAL: Requirement changes make Personal Finance worth the cost

EDITORIAL: Requirement changes make Personal Finance worth the cost

Sydney Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Starting with the class of 2019, seniors are required to take a semester long class called Personal Finance to be able to graduate. As stated in Honors and Academic Personal Finance teacher Jonas Luedtke’s syllabus, this course aims to “review the most critical financial literacy concepts needed...

Seaworld attendence rises, company makes a comeback

Seaworld attendence rises, company makes a comeback

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It is no secret that orca whales should not be kept in captivity. It can be hands down the worst thing to do to sea animals. But businesses like SeaWorld still use these animals for cruel human entertainment. Seaworld is “a chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation...

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