A Discourse on Halloween

By Justin McMahan ‘21

Any kid who grows up in America knows that there is no greater holiday than Halloween. They get to dress up in a costume, stay up till 9 pm running around the neighborhood with their friends, and receive candy from strangers. Those children who are lucky enough to live among wealthy Conservative Americans know that Halloween was made even better because rich houses stock up on king size candy bars. If the above story has not spooked the Conservative American then their survival is doomed. Perhaps a clearer explanation of such horror is needed: Halloween is nothing more than a social welfare program designed by the Liberal Left to redistribute wealth in America. Think about it.

An Uphill Battle Lost: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud and the Value of Challenging Complacency in Incumbent Politicians

by Allison Scharmann ‘21

I had been so proud to see Barack Obama win just eight years earlier. I pre-registered to vote in order to ensure that I would have a say in choosing the Democratic candidate I would invest my vote in that November, but when I looked at my first ballot it wasn’t the clash of Bernie and Hillary that caught my eye. I realized, scanning the names down the ballot, that being a Democrat in Massachusetts meant there wasn’t much variety in my primary choices.

Move it Across the Pond: The London Bridge and Voter Turnout

Move it Across the Pond: The London Bridge and Voter Turnout

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%.

What Happens to a Dream Deferred? The Issue of Mass Incarceration and Voted Disenfranchisement within the United States

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;

Losing Your Health Insurance 101: A College Student’s Guide to Medicaid in Massachusetts

Losing Your Health Insurance 101: A College Student’s Guide to Medicaid in Massachusetts

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.

Bidding Adieu to My Gender: Straight Male Culture and Gender Indifference

Bidding Adieu to My Gender: Straight Male Culture and Gender Indifference

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.

Utah and the Conservative Schism

Utah and the Conservative Schism

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.

The Missing Headline

The Missing Headline

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.