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U.S. must follow example of ancient Athens, cherish democracy

U.S. must follow example of ancient Athens, cherish democracy

Samuel Teas, Features Editor

May 15, 2017

479 years before the birth of Christ, the people of Athens had a choice to make. There were two options: liberty, with the possibility of death; or safety, but under the rule of a stranger: the Persian Emperor Xerxes. The decision was of dire importance. Nothing is more frightening than the death of ...

Juniors, seniors travel to Washington D.C.

Kayley Pham, Staff Writer

December 23, 2016

January 16, students will be heading to Washington D.C. for the annual Close Up trip. This trip coincides this year with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Close-up is a non-profit organization that works with schools to set up a week-long trip to the nation’s capital. There, seniors...

Donald Trump’s triumph, the death of the modern two-party system, and more

Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Arizona. His victory could mean serious changes in both parties, and even the rise of a third party.

Samuel Teas, Features Editor

December 8, 2016

On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, I awoke hoping for a miracle. I didn’t get one. Election results summed up everything that the election had been about: upsets, fear, and the unexpected. Most polls were wrong. The New York Times, which had just a few days earlier given Hillary Clinton a 91 percent ch...

Libertarian, Green Parties fight for 2016 election

Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. Johnson's party is socially liberal and fiscally conservative, and  is the third largest political party in the U.S.

Samuel Teas, Features Editor

August 5, 2016

In an election where both major candidates see their unfavorability ratings at an all time high, a few political underdogs wonder if they might have a chance. Two major third parties, the Libertarian and the Green Party, are fighting for the presidency this year, giving an opportunity to voters who disl...

Trump, Clinton, face obstacles in upcoming national conventions

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event. She will be tested by Bernie Sanders supporters, who vow to fight for the Vermont Senator's nomination.

Samuel Teas, Features Editor

July 4, 2016

From white supremacists to FBI indictments, both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions will have to deal with unprecedented challenges this year electing their party nominee. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and his controversial policies have caused a stir among the leaders of...

America can’t keep fighting gun violence with more guns

The most recent mass shooting in the U.S. saw 50 dead and 53 injured after a gunman used an assault rifle to storm Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In 2016, there have already been 136 mass shootings.

Samuel Teas, Features Editor

June 13, 2016

After the largest mass shooting in U.S. history took place Sunday in a gay nightclub in Florida, America experienced the same shock seen after countless incidents of the same type in recent years; Aurora, Newtown, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino, and now Orlando to name a few. These are the mass...

Minimum wage students talk money

Snovia Moiz, Voice Editor

April 11, 2014

To gain a student perspective in the growing debate on minimum wage, The County Line sought out working students for their view on the issue. Junior Ariel Alexander works as a barista at Starbucks, making $7.75, 50 cents above minimum wage. Alexander works on weekends and one to two school ...

‘Murica 2013: Solutions we can count on?

Trevor Nichols, News Editor

January 9, 2013

Last week, Congress managed to avert going over the “fiscal cliff.” The compromise bill evokes memories of recent eleventh hour family Christmas shopping, in that it was a last ditch effort, not very high quality, and contained altogether too much shouting for anybody involved to be happy with the...

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Bipartisanship

November 12, 2012

If ever a man should have been rewarded for his insights and foresight, George Washington should have been after warning the youthful Union of the dangers of the bipartisan political system, including sectionalism and disunity, in his late eighteenth century farewell address. More than two centuries...

America needs a candidate who listens

Trevor Nichols, News Editor

September 19, 2012

As my standard issue news chopper touches down at the school every morning, I have to stop and think- have I helped the American people enough today? The answer is always a resounding yes. As the County Line’s official (self-appointed) election correspondent, I will be tirelessly covering the political sea...

Majority rules when it comes to top stories

Shiva Mirzahaidar, Staff Writer

April 5, 2012

As matters such as the presidential election, violence corrupting third world countries and strings of heroism continue to be the main points emphasized in the media, many people begin to form opinions on such issues. However, these viewpoints may be distorted, and influenced heavily by the majority. This...

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