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A Night With Milo

A Night With Milo

Thomas Anderson, Senior Writer

November 11, 2016

One of the most well-regarded philosophers of the Enlightenment was Voltaire. An outspoken advocate of free speech, Voltaire uttered the famous lines “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Trailblazers like Voltaire helped bring about free speech ...

Hillary Clinton: Not the supreme Democrat

Hillary Clinton: Not the supreme Democrat

Kinaya Hassane, Staff Writer

May 15, 2015

On April 12, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her 2016 presidential campaign. Her candidacy had been long anticipated since she ended her tenure as Secretary of State in 2013. Although she is the de facto Democratic nominee based on public opinion polls that put her ahead of...

Depression Screaming

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

April 14, 2015

There’s an epidemic in Virginia. Not Ebola, nor the swine flu. It’s depression, and it has been ravaging FCPS. Counseling’s solution has been a “screening.” Students watch a video and take a short survey, which is read by counselors to find students considered “at-risk.” This system, however,...

The War on Drugs: How it lost its way

Paul Barnhill, Comment Editor

April 14, 2015

The War on Drugs is a policy that was brought forth by leaders of the “silent majority” and the moral right during the 20th century. In 1970, the Controlled Substance Act was passed. The legislation swept in the era of the War on Drugs and frighteningly harsh prosecution of everyone down the narcotics...

Corporate personhood corrupts politics

Alex Nesterovich, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

As presidential campaigns get underway, it seems that, more large corporations decide the fate of America’s biggest elections now more than ever. Several landmark Supreme Court decisions have led to a political climate giving corporations enormous influence. In Buckley v. Valeo (1976), the Supreme...

The desecration of principles: flag burning

The desecration of principles: flag burning

Daniel Jarris, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

Since the Vietnam War, Americans have burned the flag as a form of dissent and as a way to express their disapproval of the state of this country. In response to the failure to hold police officers accountable for incidents of police brutality in the past months, protesters have taken to the streets...

Farcical debate about Ferguson

Farcical debate about Ferguson

Bunyamin Sevim, Staff Writer

December 18, 2014

Earlier this December, Ferguson officer Darren Wilson was found innocent of the shooting of Michael Brown. Or, pardon me, he was found innocent of the murder of Michael Brown. Actually, neither of those statements are true in any way, but if you had only heard about Ferguson from debates online, you’d...

Virginia wage laws produce minimal satisfaction

Alex Nesterovich, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

Lately, addressing Ebola and ISIS has been the priority for Washington, but there is one particular issue that hits millions of Americans more directly. For the 1.6 million Americans who earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, living conditions get more desperate every day that a minimum wage...

Third parties are the key to democracy

Third parties are the key to democracy

Marianne Beveridge, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

As the Millennials—or Generation Y—reach young adulthood, they are beginning to hit the polls. This generation is different from any other: Teens and young adults (with the help of smart phones and social media) are now far more connected to the world around them, allowing them to keep in touch with...

Questioning authority of the Supreme Court

Alex Nesterovich, Staff Writer

November 7, 2014

Since the downfall of same-sex marriage bans in five states on Oct. 6, political commentators, almost exclusively on the right, have made claims of “judicial activism,” a term that describes a ruling from judges that comes from personal conviction rather than written law. Amid these claims, the...

President not justified in actions against ISIS

President not justified in actions against ISIS

Alex Nesterovich, Staff Writer

October 14, 2014

In order to combat the Islamic State, President Obama said he would order a “systematic campaign of airstrikes” and commit 475 servicemembers to Iraq. Citing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) law passed on Sept. 14, 2001, President Obama said he has “the authority to address the...