Editorial Blog
9/17/2018
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  November 6 can not come fast enough. Regardless of political affiliation, this midterm election is nerve-wracking. The Democrats are trying to fight for a chance in the Senate and the House, which has been in Republican control since 2010. The Republicans are running on platforms further right than ever before. Besides this, we are also seeing a shift from the traditional candidate. Many high profile political candidates in this election do not conform to the traditional candidate mold: older, white, straight and male.

  From Vermont, which has made history with the nation’s first transgender woman as its Democrat nominee for governor, to Georgia, which could see the first female black governor in US history, we are seeing a more complete representation of America in all its shades and stripes.

  This election is unique, not only for the growth of diverse politics, but also where diverse candidates are cropping up. For example, along the coasts and regions with a high population and/or majority of minorities, diversity has already taken root and has been readily accepted over the past few decades. The diversity that is sprouting in the 2018 elections is both more geographic and categorical than ever before.

  Even up to their primary wins, imagining some of the candidates even being on the ballot was little more than fantasy. Lupe Valdez, a gay Latina woman running for governor in Texas. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, two Midwestern Muslim women who will likely win their House races and become the first Muslim women in Congress. Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual congresswoman who is now running for a Senate seat from Arizona. Tina Smith and Amy Klobachur, Democrat and Republican respectively, both women vying for the seat previously occupied by Al Franken, who was exposed by the #MeToo movement.

  Why does the United States need more people like the people above, people of color, Muslims, women and LGBTQ+ people?

  It is because they have a place in our America. A Congress that is occupied by a vast majority of white straight men does not accurately portray the America we have today or the America we are going to have in the future. America has to understand that to achieve political diversity, it needs to put its minorities in a position to advocate and to make change for its populace.  America has a lot of work to do. How do we get there?

  Advocate for these political candidates. The argument that the election of a gay Latina woman in Texas is a non reality is simply an excuse not to commit to diversity. It was obvious that it is a reality when she won her primary.  These candidates need a strong base that believes in them, as they are the symbol of a brighter and more diverse America.

  Research your options. There is no way to be able to put forward the candidate your community desires without doing the research. According to Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, there are more than 200 women nominees for federal level positions. According to LGBTQ Victory Fund, there are more than 430 candidates from the local to federal level who are open about their sexuality. According to JETPAC, a non profit to increase American Muslim engagement, Muslims are running for office in the highest numbers since before September 11, 2001.

  Run for that office. Warren Central and its community is diverse. We have a wide range of racial, social and economic backgrounds. Representation and diversity start with your own community.

  This November, everyone should be an educated voter or supporter of the politically diverse candidates that are finally taking their place in a diverse America.


 

9/14/2018
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THUMBS UP TO Nike supporting Colin Kaepernick by making him the face of a new ad campaign. They are putting their money where their mouth is.

 

THUMBS UP TO Australia for discovering a new affordable source of solar energy-- solar panels that can be printed using a 3D printer. We are finally on the right track.

 

THUMBS UP TO Starbucks testing out a program paying their employees to split their work hours with volunteer hours. They are helping communities that support them.

 

THUMBS UP TO the new tardy policy. Where are all the kids in the hallway? Oh yeah, that’s right. They are in CLASS!

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THUMBS DOWN TO Netflix testing out commercials. Hopefully this temporary test run will prove to be unsuccessful so we can continue to binge in peace.

 

THUMBS DOWN TO Ariana Grande being groped at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. Her funeral was meant to be a sacred place of respect for a legend, not a platform for men to openly harass women.

 

THUMBS DOWN TO the French Open not allowing Serena Williams to wear her signature catsuit. It’s 2018! Her suit on the court is nobody’s business but hers, especially when she is the champ.

 

THUMBS DOWN TO the new policy regarding distribution of snacks and candies. It’s understandable and needed at the K-5 level. At a high school level, however, we are expected to be treated as young adults and this, unfortunately, is a step back.


 

9/14/2018
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  The Warren Central that we walk through today is not the same Warren Central that was around 20 years ago. This Letter to the Editor, in the Oct. 25 1998 edition of the Warren Owl, is a clear example of the disconnection between the modern, forward thinking community today and the community that was here 20 years ago. In that letter, the author held the opinion of what was the majority in 1998; he thought that homosexuality was a wrong “lifestyle.” I am not debating that there are not still people who think like that- I know there are people like that. However, how the writer ever had the gall to even submit the letter with his name on it, I do not know. That is because I graduate in 2019, and he graduated in 1999.

  To understand how he could maintain his point-of-view, we have to look back to the time period he was in. His letter was in the same month as the October 1998 murder where Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten into a coma and tied to a fence outside of his town, dying days later. In the summer of 1998, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott equated homosexuality with alcoholism and kleptomania. As late as 2007, according to a CNN/ORC poll, the support for gay marriage was only 40 percent.

  There is a stark disconnect between what happened then and what is happening now. There is less outward and dangerous homophobia in our society. Some of the same people who opposed and went against homosexuals in the 90s are now in favor of gay marriage and LGBTQ+  rights. A perfect example of this was the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the military, where homosexuals were forced to be invisible in the US military or be barred from service. Introduced by the Clinton administration, this policy lasted from 1994 to 2011. Bill Clinton, who also signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a national policy defining marriage as between a woman and a man, into law, and his wife Hillary Clinton now try and advocate for the LGBT community after their direct or indirect opposition to the progress of LGBT rights.

  However, just because more important people are now watching out for the LGBTQ+ community’s back instead of stabbing them in the back, there is still a cultural and more subtle homophobia that occurs. The language that was used back then to put down the LGBT community is still being used now. Just because gay marriage is finally legal in all 50 states does not mean that the fight is over.

  Warren Central is not exempt from this. We have done a lot in the past few years to create a better environment for our increasingly visible LGBT community, but there is still a lot to do. My freshman year (2015-2016) was the premiere year for the GSA or Warrior Alliance. I have had class with two openly gay teachers. People are becoming more comfortable to be out of the closet. The infrastructure to treat our LGBT community right is there. It is time to be mature, to let go of harmful language and thoughts. Instead of treating the LGBT community as something that needs to touched with rubber gloves, integrate it into the community. We are Warriors, gay or straight.

 

- Letter to the Editor -

As a Christian at Warren Central High School, I feel that the story in the September 25 Issue of The Warren Owl titled, “The Rugged Road” was an unnecessary addition to the paper. I disapprovingly agree that homosexual relationships have increased from 10 years ago; but I must say that just because something is coming into practice more does not mean that we should accept it as being the correct lifestyle. Homosexuality is an alternative lifestyle, and ignoring the fact that alternative lifestyle means away from the normal way of life, let me offer you this explanation. Another alternative lifestyle that is on the rise is pedophiles (people who have sex with children). Do you think that we should accept this as well? Bestiality (having sex with animals) is also on the rise, should we say that this is a right way of life as well? Crime as a whole, but especially murder has also increased over the past 10 years; does that mean we get rid of police officers, lawyers, and judges because this is now an acceptable way of life? The point is clear; an increase in practice is not justification for an immoral lifestyle. Though I am not supportive of homosexuality, do not get the idea that I am supportive of the name calling, rude stares, or the assaulting of homosexuals. Two wrongs do not make a right. I am a Christian and am obedient to the Lord whom I serve. In doing that I have become accustomed to the name calling, stares and assaults. I understand the pain they go through every day. The only thing that gets me through each day is the love of Jesus Christ. The great thing about  Jesus’ love is that it is available to all that will accept it, because he has already accepted you as you are.

 

Sincerely,

Brandon Jackson, senior


 

9/12/2018
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By Hillary Gordon

 

   Throughout my speech career, female leaders have been labeled “bossy.” When a woman has given advice, there has often been someone complaining about how picky she was. I have watched captains of the speech team struggle to remain calm in order to avoid being labeled an “emotional” woman. Women are stuck in a strange in-between: pressured to act “like a man” while warned against being as bold as one.

    At meets, males tend to score better than females. In interpretation events, the bar is lowered dramatically for men because their performance becomes a protest to gender roles. It is impressive if a man cries, while a woman’s tears are viewed as overused. It is impressive if a man can be passionate, while it is no surprise if a woman is emotional. It is impressive if a man can talk about his struggles, but women are just playing the woman card. The same behavior that causes women to be viewed as being “whiny” makes men captivating.

   Because a woman’s emotions have been used as evidence for how they are lesser, many of my female peers have made themselves calm and quiet. Now, as one of the captains of the speech team, I have abandoned trying to contain my opinions. I will not hold my tongue to be respected. I will not feign being detached.

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    As a short young woman, it is difficult to look up at my male coach and give him advice, but we constantly need to motivate each other to improve. Despite my symbiotic relationship with Mr. Arvin, I have come to expect resistance when providing feedback to male peers. It is extremely frustrating that directing and teaching men always feels like I am overstepping my boundaries. However, I need to disregard the ingrained idea that men are more knowledgeable and capable than I am in order to disrupt the pattern of men being criticized less harshly than women.

    It is sad that I rarely talk about these types of struggles. I should feel comfortable with openly expressing my point of view, but I know that being passionate about misogyny will prove the point that women are melodramatic. Guys will have another excuse to roll their eyes and raise their eyebrows at a girl. My voice will become another way to justify them speaking over me.

   To any woman who leads— and by this I mean every woman— do not run from emotion. Show them that you do not just have an attitude, but were proving your point. You do not have to be the most soft spoken or level headed person in the room. Keep learning and applying your knowledge. Say what you mean and how you feel. And, to everyone, reach out to women. Ask them for insight. They will be surprised you asked.


 

5/30/2018
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What are your plans for the summer? 

Duyen Quang, sophmore 

“I am going to Vietnam for a whole entire month. I’m also doing my AP Language summer reading assignment.” 

Ms. Fitzgerald, math teacher 

“I’m retiring this year, which is kind of my next life plan. But I do plan to go to Michigan to see my mom.” 

Gregory Bradshaw, senior 

“I will be getting more involved with physical training to prepare to go to the Navy.”