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Impeachment

By Lauren Cohn

By now, I’m sure everyone has heard of President Donald Trump’s recent impeachment, at least to a degree. Whether you have just heard the word tossed around or have been scouring the news for updates, it is clear that this announcement has left its mark, but what exactly does it all mean? What is impeachment and what are the next steps? 

For starters, an important distinction must be made between impeachment and removal from office, as they are often confused for one another despite their differences. When a president commits a high crime like treason or behaves in unconstitutional ways, the House of Representatives can begin the process of removing him from office through impeachment. Essentially, impeachment acts as a final check on the president’s power, but does not necessarily imply that he will be removed from office as it is only the first step of the process. Donald Trump is the third president in United States history to get impeached, which only goes to show how momentous these past few months have been

Reaching impeachment can take a long time, as evidence needs to be collected to prove the wrongdoings of the president and representatives must be meticulous and careful when going about the process. Before a president can officially become impeached, the House of Representatives must draft the articles of impeachment, describing what the president has done that warrants this action. In President Trump’s case, the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, moved to impeach him on two counts: abuse of power and obstruction of congress. The House accused Mr. Trump of blackmailing Ukraine by withholding aid and preventing Congress from investigating, but those who support the Republican party and Mr. Trump have denounced the accusations, calling the process a “hoax”.

All of these time consuming steps culminated in the House with a vote, one that was greatly divided primarily along party lines. However, because of the Democratic majority, the articles were approved. President Trump was officially impeached.

At this point, the articles have been sent to the Senate, where there will be a trial and another vote to determine whether or not President Trump will truly be removed from office. So, while the president has been impeached by the House, there is no guarantee that the Senate will agree and actually remove him. The Republican party rules the Senate, so chances of removal are extremely low given party loyalty; yet, this event still marks an important milestone in American history, representing a call to action by those who disapprove of the current administration and the further polarity of political parties as the process continues to divide the nation.

UPDATED February 5, 2020: The senate has voted on whether to remove President Trump and the result is exactly as expected. Members of the Senate voted along party lines, with the exception of one Republican, Mitt Romney, who voted for removal. So, the president will not be removed from office and has been acquitted on both articles of impeachment, marking the end of this historic trial.

Healthcare

*Disclaimer: This is an opinion and these views do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire newspaper staff.

By Ben

Government controlled healthcare, or a socialist medicare system, sounds good in theory: all citizens get access to healthcare regardless of their socioeconomic background. Medical care has become increasingly expensive and many are unable to afford it. The market driven care system creates a dilemma. We have the ability to choose from various doctors, medicines, and hospitals because our medical market is so profit driven; however, we lose that choice if we give into government controlled healthcare. Yes, healthcare will be available to everyone nationwide, but that doesn’t mean we will have it when we need it as we will have to wait long periods of time for any care according to The Hill. Medical innovators will no longer have the motivation to create the “next best thing”, like a universal flu vaccine that kills all forms and mutations of the virus, something we are currently trying to develop. When we pay our doctors and scientists minimum salaries without incentives, they will lose a significant percentage of motivation to innovate as claimed by The Hill. Additionally, supporters of this system have re-marketed this service to sound better to consumers. While most Americans would fear a socialist medical system, a “Medicare for all” system might not sound as bad according to Investopedia.

With government controlled healthcare, all of our medicines will become the bare minimum; instead of receiving medicine that treats our illness, the government will give us a cheaper alternative that only masks the symptoms so that we just feel better. When the government monopolizes our healthcare, they benefit from the cheapest option and raising taxes as found in The Hill. And with a fixed, low salary for medical professionals, the quality of our doctors will plummet as cited in Investopedia. Without the incentive to be the best doctor and get the most clients, they won’t care because they know how much money they will be receiving, regardless of the quality of their care and quantity of patients treated. This could even result in a scarcity of medical professionals The Washington Post argues. Take Canada, for example. Canada is currently using this system and their healthcare quality is much below standard for a modern nation as cited in The Toronto Sun, a Canadian media source. They are also facing an extreme scarcity of medical professionals The Toronto Sun reports. Patients in need of care are having to wait long periods of time: weeks if not months, to get below-average treatment as claimed by The Toronto Sun. Imagine waiting three days for a diagnosis and treatment of a simple broken arm, which only takes only a few hours right now in America. The wait time is atrocious, let alone how agonizing it would be to wait that long in immense pain. If you doubt this reality, I encourage you to read this Canadian news article from the Toronto Sun that speaks about this issue from the Canadian perspective while also presenting the facts. These are only some of the underlying problems with this ideology. Government controlled healthcare sounds good in theory, but it is ultimately detrimental to ourselves and the country overall.

Biggest Trends of the Decade

Writers: Sydney Fox, Emily Taylor, Bradley Friedrich, and Mat Fluker

Editor: Lauren Cohn

2010: Kik, Wii, Angry Birds, Silly Bandz

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2011: Call Me Maybe, Temple Run

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2012: Vine, Candy Crush, Gangnam Style, Snapchat Filters

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2013: Selfie, Dumb ways to Die

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2014: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Frozen, Black and Blue Dress

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2015: The Dab, Hoverboard, Whip Nae Nae

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2016: Mannequin Challenge, Pokemon Go

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2017: The Fidget Spinner, HQ

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2018: God’s Plan, Fortnite, Juuls, Tide Pods

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2019: Tik Tok, Vsco Girl + E-boy

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Citations:

“Call Me Maybe.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Dec. 2019, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Maybe.

ET Bureau. “Why the Angry Birds Is Making Headlines.” The Economic Times, Economic Times, 8 May 2016, https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/why-the-angry-birds-is-making-headlines/articleshow/52166855.cms. Accessed 11 Dec. 2019.

“Fidget Spinner.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Dec. 2019, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidget_spinner.

“God’s Plan Starts Playing.” Know Your Meme, 22 Nov. 2019, https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gods-plan-starts-playing.

Hamburger, Ellis. “Indie Smash Hit ‘Flappy Bird’ Racks up $50K per Day in Ad Revenue.” The Verge, The Verge, 5 Feb. 2014, https://www.theverge.com/2014/2/5/5383708/flappy-bird-revenue-50-k-per-day-dong-nguyen-interview.

Jones, Gary. “Pokemon Go: How to Get Smeargle Catching Tips Revealed with Warning.” Express.co.uk, Express.co.uk, 28 Feb. 2019, https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/1093575/Pokemon-Go-How-to-get-Smeargle-easy-tips.

lee23j. “Some YouTube Commenters Argue PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Is Japanese.” Soompi, Soompi, 13 Aug. 2012, https://www.soompi.com/article/415986wpp/some-youtube-commenters-argue-psys-gangnam-style-is-japanese.

Litman, Laken, and Like. “Cam Newton Says It’s Time to Let the Dab Go.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 9 June 2016, https://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/06/cam-newton-says-its-time-to-let-the-dab-go.

Mahler, Jonathan. “The White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress That Melted the Internet.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 27 Feb. 2015, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/business/a-simple-question-about-a-dress-and-the-world-weighs-in.html.

Mix. “TikTok Is Testing a WhatsApp Shortcut to Share Videos with Close Friends.” The Next Web, 18 July 2019, https://thenextweb.com/apps/2019/07/18/tiktok-whatsapp-instagram-youtube-snapchat/.

Top Ten Things to do During the Winter Holiday Season

Writer: Hayden Jacobs Editor: Lauren Cohn

10. Go Shopping for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a great time to purchase items for your friends, family and even yourself. We all know about black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but there are sales from now through the end of December. Right now is a fantastic time to save money, so go shopping, and if you hate crowds (or people in general) stay at home and browse online for equally great deals.

9. Watch holiday movies/shows with friends and family

The holiday season is home to some of the most iconic movies and shows of all time. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your friends and family and embrace the holiday season.

8. Exchange gifts with friends and family

It is the season of giving, so show your appreciation toward your friends and family with gifts. They don’t have to be expensive or nice; it is the thought that counts. (Plus, giving now most likely means you’ll receive something in the future)

7. Bake holiday-themed treats and share them with neighbors, friends and family

Everybody loves holiday treats, and the reaction received when showing up to an event with a batch of freshly baked holiday cookies is like no other. Embrace the holiday season and find some festive recipes online to share with your friends and family.

6. Go to Snow Mountain (tubing)

Snow Mountain is not just a tourist attraction designed to interest your annoying relatives in town for the holidays, it is also a great thing to do during the “winter” in Atlanta.

5. Celebrate the new decade

It’s the end of an era, the end of the glorious 2010’s. New years is always a great holiday, but it is especially special this year, since we will be beginning a new decade. Have a 2010’s movie marathon, throw a 2010’s themed party, and definitely listen to the top songs/artists of the decade.

4. Make new year’s resolutions

The beginning of a new year is close by and what better time than now to finally get all your stuff together like you keep saying you will. Use the new year as an opportunity to enter the new year as a new and improved person. Write down all the things you want to do, this way you are twice as likely to accomplish them.

3. Learn about a holiday you are not familiar with.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to learn about someone else’s culture since there are so many holidays from different religions taking place during this month. If you are interested in another culture you have not heard much about, there is bound to be a place to observe it.

2. Decorate your home in style of the holiday season.

Buy a Christmas tree and/or wreath to make your house more festive for the holiday season (if you celebrate Christmas or just enjoy the holiday, of course). Also, what better place to buy a new decoration for the holiday season than from your Raider softball and baseball teams!

1. Help someone in need

It is the season of giving back and your help can go a long way. Find opportunities in your community to help out those in need. ‘Tis better to give than to receive!

Schedule Change

Writer: AJ Powell Editor: Maili Skollar

Is the Old Schedule Returning Too Soon?

At last, the old schedule of previous years is finally making its return in line with the criticisms of students and teachers alike. Among the disadvantages of the current schedule: there is the uncertainty of Fridays, the biweekly 5-day gap between seeing B-day teachers, and it being unfamiliar to the older students. Even though those particular problems are solved, one still must ask, is the old schedule returning too soon?

As known from hearing positive reactions in each class told about the change and from having interviewed a dozen students, most of the student population is either for or at least indifferent to the change. Despite the majority of 10th-12th graders being in favor of the old schedule, there are several caveats to the return of the old schedule at the beginning of the second semester.

One of the positive things that came from the new schedule, as Miriam Zetina, an 11th grader notes is that it benefits students who have jobs since it gives them a clearer schedule to work around. For example, what classes they must study and what homework to do. The utility of this beforehand knowledge of when classes will be couldn’t be more apparent for the computer science teacher. Ms. Khan, who will not be able to continue teaching here because her schedule interferes with her other job. The schedule doesn’t allow her to get to her work on some Tuesdays and Thursdays, subsequently preventing her from continuing to work at Riverwood.

Miriam also went on to say that “Changing things in the middle is going to make it seem kind of like a joke”, which couldn’t be more true since in a way the abruptness of the return makes it look as though the school wasn’t committed to its original decision and/or did not think it through sufficiently to the cost of potential student stress; but more tangibly, the change would directly bring financial hardship for some students and staff.

Perhaps the worst part of the change will be the effect that the new schedule will have on 9th graders who are only used to this schedule. Of course, it would not take too much conscious effort to conform to the new schedule, but it could potentially throw off the subconscious “flow” which most students get into later in the school year as they complete projects and prepare for assessments.

In all, the shift back to the old schedule is an overall welcome change by most of the student body, but it would be better suited to come at the beginning of a new school year as opposed to changing the structure of the schedule midway throughout the year.

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