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Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Be a Step in the Right Direction to Ensure Safety for Our Country

Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Be a Step in the Right Direction to Ensure Safety for Our Country

Mallory Middendorff, Staff Reporter

June 5, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Keeping the victims and their families in our “thoughts and prayers” is not enough anymore. We need to stand up to the problem that the United States faces every day. While mental illness is to blame for some aspects of this country's frequent mass shootings, the easy access to guns is where the Uni...

Homelessness in Portland Is a Huge Problem — Here Is What We Can Do

Homelessness in Portland Is a Huge Problem — Here Is What We Can Do

Ryan Cechini, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Oregon is ranked second in the U.S. for the amount of unsheltered homeless, people who are without a permanent place to live and escape the weather. For homeless people in Multnomah County, the count climbed 10% in just two years to a total of 4,177 in 2017. This recent increase in the homeless pop...

La Salle Students Should Be Able to Opt Out of Going to School Mass

La Salle Students Should Be Able to Opt Out of Going to School Mass

Nick Slugg, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

With daily prayer, religious studies classes, and the occasional liturgy, La Salle has a prominent Catholic presence. Despite this, according to Ms. Katie Allen, the Admissions Director, approximately 39% of students at La Salle (278 students) do not identify as Catholic. When I first came to La Salle from a very pr...

I Took a Month Off of Social Media and Here’s What Happened

I Took a Month Off of Social Media and Here’s What Happened

Nehemiah Jackson, Assistant Editor

May 1, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Week 1 On March 25, the first dream happened. In the midst of the dream, I was sitting on my bed checking Instagram. I refreshed and a new story popped up, so without thinking, I clicked on it. A party invite popped up: the date was March 26. When I woke up, slowly returning to reality from th...

Oregon’s Education System Is Failing Its Youth and Its Future

Oregon’s Education System Is Failing Its Youth and Its Future

Olivia Aragon, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In 2018, Oregon’s public education system was ranked 8th worst in the United States. This horrific fact serves as a call to action for us to improve Oregon’s largely defective public school system that, with its poor quality, is doing a disservice to students and in turn, failing its youth. T...

Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media

Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media

Nehemiah Jackson, Assistant Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As my junior year came to a close and with summer on the horizon, the last few weeks of school dragged along; during finals week, I found myself overwhelmed and stressed, but also excited, thinking about the endless possibilities summer offered. And after my last final, I knew I was only a few days fr...

Getting Rid of Biannual Time Change — Is It the Right Idea?

Getting Rid of Biannual Time Change — Is It the Right Idea?

Jacob Wolf, Staff Reporter

March 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion

For most La Salle students, this Monday morning was a challenge. From just wanting to fall back asleep, confusion with alarm clocks, or even struggling to concentrate while getting prepared for school, springing forward made Monday morning a rough one. However, this experience could be one of the la...

Manual Transmission Cars — Are They Worth It?

Manual Transmission Cars — Are They Worth It?

Tarn Bregman, Assistant Editor

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

With only eighteen percent of today’s Americans driving manual transmission cars and only three percent of the cars currently sold in the U.S. being a stick shift, the question many face is if manual transmission cars are worth buying and learning how to drive. Speaking from experience, I can say...

Political Polarization Is Bad, and Unlikely to Stop

Political Polarization Is Bad, and Unlikely to Stop

Kierra Young, Assistant Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Over the past few years, political polarization has increased, creating a new divide between the two main parties in America. A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that around 38 percent of Democrats indicate consistently liberal views, from the eight percent that it was in 1994. Republicans show a...

Lessons I Wish I Knew as an Underclassman

Lessons I Wish I Knew as an Underclassman

Emily Hawkins, Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It seems like just yesterday I was questioning how I was ever going to be able to successfully navigate the hallways of La Salle. Am I going to be able to get to class on time? How hard will my classes be? Who will I sit with at lunch? These are all questions I asked myself as I entered the front doors of...

Six Self-Care Tips for Stressed Out Students

Six Self-Care Tips for Stressed Out Students

Peyton Hedges, Editor in Chief

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

High school students are no strangers to feeling stressed out. During busy or stressful times, we tend to neglect ourselves and our health, often without even meaning to. We are less able to positively handle the stress and chaos that comes our way when we are mentally and emotionally exhausted. ...

More Than Just Academics: Why Schools Should Prepare Students for Life After High School

More Than Just Academics: Why Schools Should Prepare Students for Life After High School

Mallory Middendorff, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Most of the curriculum taught in high schools focuses only on academic information, and rarely gives students opportunities to learn new life skills. The classes are there to prepare students for college and its workload, but what happens when you aren’t behind a desk? High schools are equipped to prepare student...

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