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Editorial: The Capitol riots made America’s divisions clear

Compared to the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020,  the Capitol riots resulted in far fewer arrests, reaffirming to the American public that a racial divide still exists in the country.
Editorial Board January 15, 2021

A Black Lives Matter supporter watches the horrors of the Capitol riots from their phone last Wednesday. As Trump-supporting extremists burst in, they destroy government property, and take pictures joking...

Editorial: Trump deserves second impeachment

President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time for inciting insurrection, but it's hard to ignore all of the other offenses that should have removed him from office far earlier.
Editorial Board January 14, 2021

With less than one week remaining of Donald Trump’s presidency, the nation is divided yet again. In the wake of the riots that took place at the nation's Capitol on January 6, Trump has been impeached...

What to expect on Inauguration Day

January 20, 2021 President Elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated at Capitol Hill as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor January 11, 2021

On January 20, president elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. And although traditional events are already in place for Inauguration Day, things are going to look...

Essay: Defending democracy

Weeks after the 2020 election—and after Democratic candidate Joe Biden was announced the winner of the presidential race—political signs still adorn neighborhoods throughout McHenry.
Ciara Duncan, Features Editor November 24, 2020

America is a democracy. Its citizens enjoy free thought, free will, and a free country. That's what makes the U.S. great; people are allowed to believe what they want to believe. That is, of course, until...

The heartbeat of democracy

Voters in Des Moines precincts 43, 61 and 62 cast their ballots at Roosevelt High School on November 3. Poll workers around the country, including in McHenry County, helped ensure that Election Day go more smoothly than many expected.
Joe Hissem, Contributing Writer November 18, 2020

Election Day is the most widely and arguably important time of the year for millions of Americans around the nation. The time that changes the course of the country for the next four years and a time that...

President-elect Biden begins transition

President-elect Joe Biden celebrates his election victory in a speech on November 9 to the American public. During his transition, Biden has continued to preach unity between political parties—a key campaign message.
Emma Snyder, News Editor November 17, 2020

President-elect, Joe Biden, wasted not time taking action. Only hours after winning the election on November 7, Biden gave a speech calling for peace between Democrats and Republicans.  “Refusal...

Opinion: When politics divide, learn when to let go

With the current events of the 2020 election, places all over the country are split between their political views.
Alayna Trimingham, Staff Writer November 13, 2020

Many people have trouble knowing when to say something and when to not say something, especially about politics. At the end of the day, it’s up to you. Are different political beliefs worth losing friends...

Opinion: Amy Coney Barrett isn’t for human rights

Though President Trump's nominated another woman to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Amy Coney Barrett does not live up to Ginsberg's legacy—and may do more harm than good from the bench.
Becky Arendarczyk, Art Director November 11, 2020

Human rights or just politics? It’s the debate American citizens found themselves in when President Donald J. Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Barrett’s past shows that she has...

2020 Presidential race still uncertain

The course of the 2020 Presidential Election has been full of twists and turns, all leading to a close race between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Emma Snyder, News Editor November 5, 2020

Election night is over and it is still unclear as to who the 46th president of the United States will be. With votes being counted and key states left to win, it could be a week before Americans know the...

APLAC students run for president

Posters hang around West Campus advertise students running for APLAC president. Students vote on November 14th.
Hayley DuHamel, Staff Reporter November 21, 2019

AP Language and Composition, or APLAC, is holding a in-class presidential election where students put up their own campaign posters around the school and give speeches where they make promises to the student...

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