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    East has a toxic school culture

    When your options feel limited, you feel limited. You begin to question yourself and your judgments. Your life becomes a drag, and you blame it on your teachers. Then, as adults around you question your failures in school, you begin to blame it on yourself, whether or not your struggles are justified. The academic culture at East Chapel Hill High School is toxic. We cannot escape it, so we have two options: resist the urge to conform, or submit and accept your fate. This leads to the primary consideration:why is our modern educational system the way it is? A multi-degree graduate from Stan- ford and a vocal critic of higher…

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    Halloween is disappointing

    As I’m writing this piece in the throes of October, I’m surrounded by the enthusiasm for fall, and particularly the very end of this month: Halloween. The moment October starts, the world goes full SpookyTM mode, turning orange and black at every turn with pumpkins on every corner and a horror movie trailer in front of every YouTube video. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely adore fall. Sweaters, boots, hot drinks and crunchy leaves are some of God’s greatest gifts to the world. I even like the idea of dressing up and eating a bunch of candy, in theory, at least. The problem is that Halloween night it- self…

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    American Policy Towards Israel Must Change

    Israel is a staunch Middle Eastern ally of the United States and one of the primary recipients of American aid. Since the establishment of Israel as a nation, the United States has unashamedly backed Israeli interests without considering its own interests. However, this unconditional support by the United States to Israel is a fundamentally flawed and ultimately wrong political policy. For decades now, the United States has stood firmly behind Israel, regardless of its own strategic interests in the Middle East and abroad. In its blatant and inflexible support for Israel throughout the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the United States has alienated potential allies and created new enemies. Although tacit support for…

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    America needs to change how it approaches drugs

    It’s been 47 years since President Nixon launched his infamous “war on drugs” political strategy, and so far it’s done little to help America’s drug crisis. Not only has the war on drugs been ineffective, it has been incredibly expensive, costing over a trillion of taxpayer dollars. Almost all of the American presidents since Nixon have adopted the war on drugs, and have maintained the racially-charged policies used for dealing with narcotics. America can’t fix the drug issue by approaching it with a warlike strategy. Instead, we need to treat drug usage as a social issue if we truly want change, offer treatment instead of incarceration, and decriminalize all narcotics.…

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    Why feminists should want women in the draft

    For centuries, women have had to fight for the right to participate in many things that men inherently got to do, such as vote, drive, and marry women. There are still several areas, however, where women and men do not share such equalities. In pay, beauty standards, and the national draft, women and men have yet to be treated equally. On most issues with gender inequality, many feminists are quick to defend women and stand up for the solution that brings gender equality. But when it comes to the draft, some feminists are much quieter than on other issues. There have been several attempts to include women in the draft…