Category Archives: Views

This will be for all viewpoint articles, including editorials, op ed pieces, and editorial cartoons.

Right vs. left brain argument continues

I’ve always considered myself right brained. For those of you who don’t know that term, let me elaborate. If you are one of the two sides, then you are a type of thinker. If you’re more left brained, you are analytical and prefer logic. Those who are considered right brained are more artistic and focus on their intuition. Each side of the brain deals with problem solving differently.

Right brainers see things holistically, meaning the see situations in a big picture. Left brainers see situations strategically, piece by piece. Right brainers move randomly from task to task. Left brainers deal with things in sequences.

I’ve never been a math and science centered person and I have struggled every year with at least one subject, whether it be math or science. Last year was the year that tested my resilience when I made the terrible decision to take Chemistry. Something I discovered that year: teachers don’t always understand the right/left brain argument. I spent the entirety of last year with everyone telling me: “It’ll click eventually” or giving me that sad, pitying look they gave me instinctively after I said how awful I was at Chemistry.

Let me tell you, there is no stronger blow to your self-esteem when you’re doing terribly at something and no matter how hard you work at it, nothing changes. Last year I lost sight of the fact that even though I was bad at being analytical and logical, I’m actually pretty good at some other things. I like art, I may not be awesome at it, but I paint a pretty good sumi-e fox and throw a super rad plate on the potter’s wheel.

I guess my reason for writing this piece was to point out that not everyone has the same strengths, and not everyone has the same weaknesses, before some right brained loser makes you feel bad because you can’t do chemistry conversions or you don’t know anything about unit circles, remind him that you could probably beat him in a singing contest.

Staff Editorial: schedule changes impress

With the new school year, a new schedule has been implemented.  Students have hit the ground running and adjusted quickly, but since then the new schedule has been modified even more.

In the original new schedule, students in the first wave of buses had only a few minutes to get out to their bus before the buses took off.  This only wreaked havoc on all who had to catch a bus.

Overall the new schedule is good for students, as it allows them to take more classes and have time for more study halls. This is especially useful for AP students, who used to be forced to sacrifice electives in order to take double-block lab classes.

The day also moves quickly since the class periods are shorter. Teachers can no longer complain about the periods being uneven lengths.  Now even lunch period classes are 45 minutes long.

There are however a few issues with the new schedule. School this year starts five minutes earlier. Although this doesn’t seem like much, in the morning five minutes makes a world of a difference and it would be nice to have that time back.

The modified new schedule also warrants some complaints. The most important of these is the four-minute passing period.

Our hallways are already overflowing and it’s often impossible to force one’s way through the gridlock. Teachers are right when they say some students are late to class because they simply dawdle in the halls, but the last minute of this passing time is solely responsible for many people’s tardies.

Another complaint is that the schedule printed on the agenda is now pointless and confusing. Some students received a sticker with the new schedule to place over the old one, but not everyone has these.

One great thing about the modified version is that school now gets out at the old time of 2:30 PM instead of 2:35 PM like at the beginning of the year.  This gives more time for the students trying to get out to the buses and is just a nice bonus for students that walk or drive.

Overall the new schedule is favorable with its offering of more periods that gives students power to utilize and improve their high school experience.  There are a few bugs to work out, but there’s plenty of time for them to make a schedule that’s better for everyone.

It’s time to clean house: shut down and get out

Paul Winters • Views Editor

The government is strong and ready for action when it comes to going to war with Syria.  When it comes to the functioning of our own country we are given threats of a government shutdown.  Maybe it is time we clean house, since they have shut down, let them with a few conditions. Government officials should not get paid for failing to do their job and reach agreements. Protected by the 27th Amendment to the constitution, congressman are not able to go without pay.

Under the current conditions, according to CNN the government has sent 800,000 workers home to complete the cease of the government.  It is not fair to put them out of work, while their constituents still get paid and don’t have to work. This is the first time this has happened in 17 years. It may be a healthy cycle if we clean house along with it.

We need to stop wanting to make certain parties look good and rather push to make the country look good. It is amazing what we can get done when we don’t care who gets the credit.

We have armed forces fighting for freedom in other countries but we are failing to identify our own war on freedom on the homefront.  Regulations and restrictions are being passed everyday on the way we can carry out our lives.  We are living the war on freedom, someone burning our flag on the other side of the world is not the war on freedom that should concern us as much as what freedoms politicians are trying to take away from us on the daily basis, such as the right to bear arms.

The Middle East is in turmoil and many argue that as a superpower it is our duty to do something about it. Airlines tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others in emergency, America should do the same. We have our own issues and before we go about trying to solve the problems of the world we should at least have our own issues at least somewhat figured out. Having the government shut down on us means we have some work to do. We can’t ask the people who created the problems to fix the problems because they’re blind to the issues.

The implementation of Obamacare is finally starting to show its true colors.  It will cost more for the average American, when it was supposed to help out the middle class.  The truth comes out, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The whole mandate is falling apart, exemption after exemption. The pushing of the new healthcare budget is the reason for the gridlock we have seen in Washington. There is great opposition to the new healthcare, it should not be shoved down people’s throats.

Thomas Jefferson once said “What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers aren’t warned from time to time?” This could be our time, the time that we let politicians play politics but at the same time let them know we have had enough of not being heard. At times like this it is too easy to point fingers and place blame on other people. Both sides need to give a little to gain a lot.  We are in dire need of strong leadership and if the current politicians can’t oblige it’s time to clean them out.

Ralph Lahman: Authority on sports

Jamie Lahman • Graphic Designer

This is not going to be easy to say, so I’m just going to say it: Cheerleading is not a sport. It isn’t now, it wasn’t back then, and it won’t be in the future.

You see, there is a very important part of an activity that is essential to be able to call it a sport and cheerleading simply does not have it. That important part is the direct competition between two opposing teams’ wills. Summed up in one word, it would be ‘defense.’ There is something special about watching a defensive player in any sport quickly react to some anomaly thrown by the offensive team. It is literally what makes a sport, a sport.

Now, if you’re a cheerleader, you shouldn’t worry if it’s a sport or not. Take for example swimming: Swimming is arguably the most grueling and painstaking physical activity there is, yet because there is no defense involved in a 200 meter butterfly, in my opinion, it is not technically a sport. Likewise, Chess, an activity with almost no physical exertion, should be classified as a sport. (Yes, chess is a sport and cheerleading is not).

There are other activities that don’t quite make the cut under this classification: both track and field events, golfing, gymnastics, and, as much as it pains me to say, professional speed eating.

On the other hand, activities that are sports that people may not usually think of include: staring contests, thumb wars, actual wars, NASCAR, and soccer.

But what about the mental aspect of cheering or racing against someone bigger, faster, stronger, and overall better? A preposterous accusation to be able to classify something as a sport. If having better competition to bring the best out of yourself is enough to classify an activity as a sport, than applying to Harvard University would be the hardest sport in the world.

Don’t get me wrong, I love cheerleading! If ESPN were to show a few more pikes or tucks during Monday Night Football, I would not complain for a second. Likewise, I’ve been forced (against my will, I would like to add) to do a couple of cheerleading jumps, and I can tell you they are not something one can just do without innate ability or intense practice.

I have profound respect for cheerleading and other such activities, but in my personal opinion, they don’t classify as sports, no matter how difficult. ϖ

Irrelevancy takes over: Let’s get serious, America

Noël Beyer-Hermsen • Staff Writer

“Hello, George!” Oh joy. The whole world has been waiting for the revealing of the royal baby’s name. Now the world can be at rest, since society has been so intrigued as to what the baby’s name would be.

Egypt is nearly being divided and it seems as though America has focused their attention to irrelevant, uninteresting things. Could this be because we only have our eyes on Facebook and Twitter? How many people do you actually see tweeting about Egypt or the West Nile virus?

When has a baby’s name and selling outfits Kate wore when she was pregnant been such a huge deal for people? Does nothing else matter? Lately in news there have been stories about the deaths of young stars or new releases on albums. I don’t think people are as informed as they should be until something bad happens.

An example would be the Boston marathon. It was scary for Americans because people were killed and it came out of nowhere. It was all over the news and people were freaking out, then it dropped off the news stage and people aren’t really into that anymore. Don’t you want to know what happened to the guy who bombed the marathon? Or what that means for other public events?

The things that really get attention are celebrities that do horrible things or something different, like Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMAs. The next day everyone was posting pictures and tweets about Cyrus’s memorable performance.  This kind of stuff is what really sticks with Americans nowadays.

We don’t hear about any good news and it seems like the media concentrates on only the bad stuff and no real good things. There are good things going on in the world and in America, we are not just the country of fake tans, pregnant teens, and drugged up singers.

August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a Dream” speech. Is this not important? This speech changed the world and inspired many people. I think something like this should get thousands of tweets, instead of the royal baby. Something like this is a part of history that has affected the racial equality in the United States for people of all races. Let’s talk about that on our Facebook pages.

Horrible things happen everyday: killings, terrorist attacks, and along with that there are great stories that America has yet to shed light on. It would be best for the people of America to be more informed about issues in our country as well as other countries. It isn’t all about rehab celebrities and ways to make you look younger and more fake.

I am sure Justin Bieber getting a monkey and One Direction coming out with a new movie is great. But come on people, does that really represent America? There are people in Syria who are dying because their own country is using chemical weapons on them. Just something to think about. ϖ

‘Leave it to Beaver’ ads must be left behind

Lily Wiest • Managing Editor

Type “Cheerios” into Google and the first suggestions that come up will have nothing to do with the cereal’s history, nutrients, or cost. Every single suggestion is about a commercial that went viral this past spring.

The advertisement was fairly unexceptional. A little girl asks her mom whether or not it’s true that Cheerios are good for heart health. Her mom says yes and the camera jumps to the girl’s dad, who wakes up on the couch with a pile of Cheerios on his chest.

So why did the video get so many views? One reason. The girl’s mother is white and her father is black. That’s it. Interracial marriage was made legal 46 years ago and people are still fighting over a biracial family in a cereal commercial.

This argument is happening now because America is just now getting around to portraying diversity in commercials. The Cheerios commercial shocked many people because though it’s normal to see mixed families walk- ing around on the street, they are very rare in advertisements.

This blatant lack of diversity goes beyond the issue of race. JCPenney ran two ads in their catalog last year featuring a same-sex couple. The Christian group One Million Moms responded in outrage. They encoreaged their supporters to talk to local JCPenney’s managers about their concerns and even organized a boycott when JCPenney announced openly-gay Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson.

The most ridiculous part of these cases isn’t even the obvious bigotry. People will always be afraid of change and diversity. It’s the fact that, for better or worse, everyone is surprised by the ads.

Prejudiced groups are able to throw hissy fits over these advertisements because they’re easy to pinpoint in that there are so few of them. If commercials accurately reflected the diverse meaning of family in America today, there would be far too many ads portraying mixed-race marriages, single parents and same-sex couples; people against the idea couldn’t possible boycott every company that ran them.

According to the 2000 census, single parents run 27 percent of the households in America with children 18 years old or young- er. That same year there were over 4.5 million couples mixed racially or ethnically, and these numbers almost certainly have risen since then. Between 1990 and 2000 the number of fathers acting as primary caregivers grew 62 percent, yet I’ve only ever seen one commer- cial with a laundry-doing dad, and it aired just this past January.

The idea of family is changing, whether people like it or not. Digital History reports that ‘traditional’ families with a working husband, an unemployed wife, and one or more children make up less than 15 percent of the nation’s households. It’s about time advertisements caught on.

Paulitics: Party in the front, but no business in the back

Paul Winters • Views Editor

We are heading into the president’s second term now. Many who have loved him in the long run still stand with him, but others are finally picking up on that not much is getting done.

We still have our issues, but the president seems to think they can wait. Recently he has gone on a nice long vacation to Africa at the cost of $100 million. The cost of the vacation could have kept the White House tours open for 10 years.

The deficit might suggest we can’t manage to keep the White House open, but we can afford his luxurious vacation, no problem. Yes, everyone needs some time off, but this seems extreme.  When you have conflicts, just run away from them at others’ expense.

Last time I checked, we weren’t on the campaign trail anymore but he is still parading around and trying to keep his image alive.  I encourage people to look past his wording, because an “investment” still means throwing money at something.

The solar company Solyndra received $500 million in stimulus. Soon after, they went bankrupt. Great investments we have going on here. He simply doesn’t stand up to the image he is always is trying to cast, just more artificial progress.

This is one person that loves to lead from behind, and when something goes wrong he is never a part of it. He is never accountable for his actions; this is all still Bush’s fault.  Only this time, the joke’s on us. We put him back in there, and now he has no problem with having a little party up front.

Staff editorial: Keep guns out of classrooms

School systems across the nation are facing a new question: should they provide teachers with guns in case of emergency? Recent events such as the Sandy Hook shooting have brought this issue to the forefront.  Many people support the idea of armed teachers, but in most cases, this is dangerous and unnecessary.

Armed teachers would send the wrong message about school.  If teachers were given guns, the very people who are supposed to be creating a comfortable learning environment could actually make school seem more hostile. Many schools employ a resource officer, so there is already one gun in the school in case of emergency.

Some argue that armed teachers would lead to quicker reaction times and greater force against an intruder, but there are too many negative possible side effects for this to merit support.

The largest of these possible risks is student access. Many of the recent school shootings have been instigated by a student of the school.  If guns were available in schools, the number of these shootings could actually rise. People must also think of the possibility for suddenly unstable teachers and the damage they could do if weapons were readily accessible to them.

Arming educators would redefine their job description.  If teachers were required to go get the proper permits and feel comfortable using weapons as well as teach, they would face an overwhelming amount of duties. They would now be responsible for protecting the students, which should be the responsibility of the resource officer.

There are a few cases where it would make sense to arm teachers. For example, a more rural community may find it very necessary for armed teachers, since police stations could be far away and there might not be as much money in the budget for a resource officer. Therefore, the issue of arming teachers should be dealt with on a local level, not by the federal government.

Despite these possible exceptions, overall public schools should remain a “gun free zone,”  with the exception of a resource officer. The role of teachers is to teach, not fight. ϖ

Delectable or disgusting: School lunch debate continues

I enjoy school lunches

Collin Wittig • Sports Editor

I need order in my life. Too many choices freak me out, and I can’t make a decision. School lunches complete me.

Just kidding, but I do enjoy school lunches. The spicy chicken and french fries are something that I enjoy just about every day.

School lunches are great for me mainly because I don’t have the time or desire to make my lunch everyday. Who wants to wake up even earlier in the morning in order to make a half decent PB&J? I sure don’t, plus nothing beats a hot lunch served by our wonderful lunch staff.

Our school lunches give us more options than anything we could ever make at home. How else could you get pizza, Chinese, or burritos without it being cold leftovers? Last time I checked, Chipotle doesn’t deliver. I’m not saying that our school lunches are comparable to a 5-star restaurant, but I am saying that they could be a whole lot worse than what they are.

We also have a pretty good selection when it comes to a la carte items. If you’re feeling healthy, you can go ahead and get some carrots sticks or a side salad. If not, there are plenty of other items from the likes of yogurt to muffins. I personally enjoy a PB&J or a bag of barbecue chips. Students get the opportunity to customize their lunches in a way that suits their personal taste preferences.

The main reason I like school lunches is that I love french fries. I love french fries so much that I’m going to write a whole entire paragraph on how awesome and delicious they are. I like french fries of all shapes and sizes. Anything that is made of potatoes and is fried can be served on my lunch tray anyday. Waffle fries are delectable, but my all time favorite starchy food is tater tots. There is something unique about the tater tots of Delaware Hayes High School, a uniqueness that has not yet been matched by any other food establishment across the nation.

But I’ll say one thing: sweet potato fries are down right gross.

I don’t like school lunches

Reece Kotaka • Staff Writer

Lunch is a meal that is eaten by people every day of the week. It is usually an enjoyable time of the day. However, when lunchtime rolls around here at Hayes, it is a far from pleasurable experience for me.

The school lunches are expensive, coming to an average price of $13.75 a week. That adds up to approximately $55.00 every month, and doesn’t even include buying a la carte.

Along with the cost, the lunches are overcrowded. You have to wait in long and slow-moving lines just to get your food. We may have four different lunch lines to choose from, but they are all backed up beyond belief. We’re also only allowed 30 minutes for lunch. Personally I would like to spend that time eating my lunch and not standing in line. The overcrowding also causes a shortage of chairs and table space.

The noise level during lunch is ridiculous. I’d like to be able to hear the conversation I’m trying to have, but instead I’m only met with the screams and shouts of my fellow classmates as they stuff their faces.

Another thing that grinds my gears about the lunches here is how forceful the emphasis on being nutritious is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for eating healthy and staying fit, but I’d rather not have it forcefully thrust upon me by our country’s leaders.

One of the biggest reasons why I’m not a fan of the school’s lunches is because of those sweet potato fries. In all honesty, the sweet potato fries aren’t that good and you have to drown them in barbecue sauce for them to even be tolerable to eat. I didn’t know that it was possible to ruin something so perfect like french fries by tainting them with the poison that is sweet potatoes.

Why even bother with eating here when you have the option of open lunch? Would you rather have to endure everything I just talked about, or would you rather go out and get yourself a nice meal? The choice is yours; choose wisely.