Looking at this upcoming midterm election I believe once again that the United Kingdom can offer us something new to take: stronger voter turnout. In the 2017 Parliamentary elections, voter turnout in the U.K. was 68.8%, which continued a trend of increasing turnout since 2001. What’s even more impressive is the stark increase in estimated voter turnout among those between the ages of 18-24, which for the first time since 1992 surpassed 60%.
By Justin McMahan ‘21
The time was 8:45 on a Saturday night. I was walking back home with my two friends after spending the entire day on the court. We were three blocks from home, and had already walked around the park as Mom always reminded me to do.
“I don’t want you getting in any trouble, you hear me?”, that was her favorite saying. I knew it was for good reason;
By Starr Rhee '21
1965- in the midst of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act, forming the basis for our modern-day immigration system. Unbeknownst to the American public, with a stroke of the pen, Johnson permanently shifted the racial demographics of the United States.
By Allison Scharmann '21
“There seems to be a problem with your insurance. Do you have another card?”
I froze. I had just gotten out of my first appointment at HUHS this November, and needed to pick up a prescription. Without thinking, I reached for the MassHealth card in my pocket and held it out to the pharmacy worker.
“I’m sorry, we don’t accept MassHealth,” she said in a sympathetic tone.
By Reed Shafer-Ray '18
The problem, of course, cannot be solved by simply increasing representation of diverse groups within every sector of society (while this obviously would be one important step). Fundamentally, people need to begin thinking about individuals as individuals, not just as members of some larger group. Only then could people be recognized for their merits, talents, and unique expression independent of comparisons to group stereotypes.
By Maggie Beazer '20
Though McMullin’s stint as presidential underdog is over, his relative third-party success has intriguing ramifications for the future of American politics... As the current Republican Party turns ever more radical, the more centrist “Utah Republican” voters that feel alienated could be swayed away from their traditional ticket – something for moderate Democrats to keep in mind as their party undergoes its own fragmentation.
By Nick Abbott '18
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Democrats lambasted their Republican colleagues for devoting time and taxpayer dollars to investigations and scandals instead of working on the issues that matter to the American people. Having lost the election, it seems many Democrats have found it best to adopt their opponents’ tactics, calling for resignations and special investigations into alleged misdeeds, rather than maintain a strictly “on the issues” focus.
By Alexander Zhang '20
Coming to that realization has allowed me to refocus on the fact that Hillary Clinton, along with all her flaws, is a candidate capable of growth. That’s a significant step towards the type of systemic reform Bernie Sanders stood for, and that’s enough to recapture my faith in a party I had once nearly forsaken.