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The danger schools face

The danger schools face

Sam Bender-Prouty, Staff writer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On February 7, Betsy DeVos was confirmed for the position of Secretary of Education by one vote. This could have negative effects for students everywhere. DeVos is an advocate for school vouchers, which are state-sponsored scholarships that allow students to attend private school instead of public school....

What could ‘alternative facts’ mean for Kellyanne Conway?

What could ‘alternative facts’ mean for Kellyanne Conway?

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Donald Trump truly has had an eventful first few weeks in office with the Women’s March on Washington on January 21 as well as some widely debunked remarks about the crowd size of the inauguration from Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary. However, after her defense of Spicer, someone who is sudde...

Journalism in the time of Trump

Journalism in the time of Trump

Abigail Presson, Staff Writer

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Relations between the White House and news media have never been fantastic.  Journalists have, much to the dismay of the government, endeavored to share news with the public as soon as possible, while politicians may prefer to keep such events or ideas private for longer.  However, there has always bee...

Should public servants use social media?

Should public servants use social media?

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Modern technology has become a growing platform for figures of authority for a long time, but especially after an election season so involved with social media, politicians are getting more and more aware that using social media can be a viable way to reach out to the common people. Most promine...

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

Sam Bender-Prouty, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Donald Trump administration has an unusually close relationship with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, one that might threaten years of U.S. policy. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, is well known for his ties to Russia. Over his 10 years in control of the...

Why the December break should be called winter break

Why the December break should be called winter break

December 23, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

With the holidays quickly approaching, more and more students are feeling excited for the holiday season. The break means time off from school, spending time with family, and many times, it means good food. However, along with the positivity of the holiday season comes a little bit of controversy: Sh...

The case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Sam Bender-Prouty, Staff Writer

December 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific nations that, if ratified, would promote economic growth, support the creation of jobs, raise living standards and lower poverty. Both major-party candidates, including President-elect Donald Trump, railed against it in the...

Letter from APS School Board

Letter from APS School Board

Nancy Van Doren, School Board Chair

December 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Dear Crossed Sabres Editors,   I am writing on behalf of the Arlington School Board in response to Matthew Herrity’s Opinion piece in the December 7, 2016 edition of Crossed Sabres.   Mr. Herrity’s piece is well-written and passionate and we thank him for his letter.  We welcome and encourage all stud...

Open Letter to the School Board

Open Letter to the School Board

Matthew Herrity, Online Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Dear Arlington County School Board, Hung on the walls of your building are your Core Values: “Excellence, Integrity, Diversity, Collaboration, Accountability and Sustainability.” Last Thursday, you voted, in a unanimous 5-0 decision, to abandon all of these values with your passage of High School Bo...

When colleges come to town

When colleges come to town

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In the midst of college application season, seniors have a lot on their plates. They have challenging classes, standardized tests, supplements, extracurriculars and were given the stress-inducing task of deciding on their senior quote, so it seems surprising that they would give their time to option...

Young Dems and Reps make arguments for Tuesday

Young Dems and Reps make arguments for Tuesday

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

With Election Day tomorrow we asked representatives from Washington-Lee's Young Republicans and Young Democrats to write a short essay advocating for their candidates.

Been there, done that

Been there, done that

Jordi Kassa and Alice Naland

September 24, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Specials, Top Stories

Class of 2020, Welcome to high school! Throw away everything you have heard; nothing beats experiencing it yourself. However, high school is not as intimidating as it may sound. Sure, lots of things are different, and you have probably never been in a school with this many kids before, but that is...

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