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Anna Childs

Anna Childs, School News Editor/Columnist

Anna Childs is a senior who has just joined the newspaper staff this year. Anna joined the newspaper staff to improve her graphic design skills and gain journalism experience. She is writing the liberal side of the “Taking Sides” political column. She is interested in math,  journalism and political science, and spends her school days in various extracurriculars like Math Club, tennis, and volunteering for the National Honors Society. During her free time, Anna reads and watches Netflix.

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Taking Sides: The Government SHOULD Tax the Rich More

Taking Sides: The Government SHOULD Tax the Rich More

Anna Childs, Columnist/staff writer April 29, 2022

  Since 1980, income growth has been noticeably higher for the top five percent than for the rest of American families (Pew Research Center). This trend of income inequality has only continued to grow...

Cartoonist: Charlotte Noller

Taking Sides: The Death Penalty SHOULD Be Abolished

Anna Childs, Columnist/Editor March 24, 2022

As more and more states have begun to evaluate the necessity of the death penalty, the effectiveness and morality of such an extreme form of punishment have come into question. While some argue that it...

Taking Sides: The Police SHOULD Be Defunded

Anna Childs, Coulmnist/Staff Writer March 3, 2022

  As the brutal death of George Floyd and subsequent prevalence of the Black Lives Matter movement rose to media attention in June 2020, the notion of defunding the police was questioned throughout America....

Taking Sides: The U.S. Military DOES Recieve Too Much Money From the Government

Anna Childs, School News Editor/Columnist February 2, 2022

  As the United States continues to recover from an economically devastating pandemic, reducing unnecessary discretionary spending is of the utmost importance. However, the U.S. government continues...

Taking Sides: Roe v. Wade SHOULD NOT Be Overturned

Anna Childs, Staff Writer/Coulmnist January 3, 2022

  The overturning of Roe v. Wade is up in the air with the proposal of a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and a recent Texas abortion law allowing anyone to sue people getting...

tick, tick... BOOM! From Broadway Musical to Netflix Top 10

“tick, tick… BOOM!” From Broadway Musical to Netflix Top 10

Anna Childs, Features Editor November 30, 2021

  Tick, tick, tick. For young people, this sound evokes feelings of apprehension, knowing the metaphorical clock is ticking and thinking that there is so little time to make your mark. “tick, tick…...

Cartoonist C.Noller

Taking Sides: President Biden is NOT to Blame for the Rising Gas Prices

Anna Childs, Opinion Columnist November 30, 2021

As gas prices rise across the country, an upset population is eager to point fingers at political leaders and direct blame. However, while it may seem that President Biden has caused this recent spike,...

Cartoonist: C.Noller

Taking Sides: Masks SHOULD be Mandated in Schools

Anna Childs, Opinion Columnist October 29, 2021

  A mask mandate across all public schools would not only help keep the majority of kids enrolled in in-person classes, but could be potentially life saving for those with immunocompromised family and...

The decor at Barrio really helped make it an authentic experience

New Mexican Restaurant Opens up in Downtown Traverse City

Ella Smith and Anna Childs September 30, 2021

Barrio is a new restaurant in Traverse City, voted one of the top 10 taco stands in the United States. Barrio opened their doors on July 8, 2021. They are located in downtown Traverse City, on West Front...

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