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Our incompetence for empathy

Our incompetence for empathy

Eveline Murphy-Wilson, Editor in Chief

December 13, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

I've been writing a paper for my literature class in which I have to discuss the role literature has in developing a reader's empathy. What I've learned is that literature is a huge catalyst for our capacity for empathy. Election results have exposed many negative qualities our country has one of which...

We have the power to change it

We have the power to change it

Todd Nathan, South Student and Guest Writer

December 11, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

Hello South High! There was an election not that long ago for some big spot in the government, yes? Well apparently a big orange alien won it (I have no idea how). That big orange alien calls himself Donald Trump. Now the country was pretty much split evenly voting for Trump and this other person nam...

“Your silence will not protect you”: Healing with Audre Lorde

“Your silence will not protect you”: Healing with Audre Lorde

Soline Van de Moortele, News Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

I don't have much more to say. We are waiting, and fighting, but fighting without knowing can be as hard as knowing without fighting. We push against a water that we feel on our skin, but that we cannot see. It's frightening. But in these moments, we can ground ourselves with strength through others,...

There’s no dialogue

There’s no dialogue

Anonymous, South Student and Guest Writer

December 9, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

What if I told you that on a scale from 1 to 10 on how worried I am about Trump’s presidency, I’m currently standing at a 5? Oh, I can already imagine the look of repugnance on your face, I can almost hear the judgements and characteristics you’ve already assigned to me. Let’s take a guess. Well,...

I can’t rely on the results to change

I can’t rely on the results to change

Eli Shimanski, Photo and Graphics Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

I should probably start my letter by saying that I’m and always have been a middle class, white boy who lives in Northeast Minneapolis, surrounded by people who think the same way as me. I think that because of that, I was a prime candidate to be surprised by just how diverse this country is. A ...

Our President is a demagogue like Zaphod Beeblebrox

Our President is a demagogue like Zaphod Beeblebrox

Elliot Askari Rabe, South Student and Guest Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

On the night of the election one month ago, me and many other Democrats were gathered in front of T.Vs at homes, restaurants, and ….other locations with T.Vs. We were constantly checking our phones, acting like we knew what states the election was gonna come down to, and I myself forgot to eat that...

Impact > Intent

Impact > Intent

Elly Luknic, South Student and Guest Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

I am writing this on december 5th, with 45 days until trumps inauguration. While the shock has faded, it's still very hard for me to accept that America could elect such a man to office, a man who has had countless scandals and law violations, a man who has admitted to sexually harassing women, mocking...

It woke up a lot of Americans

It woke up a lot of Americans

Mia Swanson, Staff Writer

December 4, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

When Donald Trump was first announced there was an overflow of feeling. There was fear, anger, and lots of confusion. So much had been accomplished in the past eight years and this election truly felt like two steps back after taking one step forward. Before being told to write this letter I’ve bee...

When you sleep early on the night we fell

When you sleep early on the night we fell

James Warren, Staff Writer

December 3, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

I slept early on the night everyone's feelings of hope crumbled into the hands of someone who spray tanned themselves way too much. I woke up on the day our atmosphere felt nasty and  thick with sadness and anger caused by this man even though he hasn’t done any of those nasty things he said. I c...

Students have power too

Students have power too

Livia Lund, Features Editor

December 2, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

When the tape of Billy Bush having “locker-room talk” with Donald Trump came out, my brother was ecstatic. “It’s impossible for him to win now, Livi. Nobody comes back from that.” That day feels pretty far away right now. Donald Trump got elected about three weeks ago. A lot of things have...

Please try and listen

Please try and listen

Luca Raffo-Simoes, Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

Dear President Elect Donald Trump, I’m sure you are aware of the immense fear that you have made much of America feel but I want you to take a step back and realize what you are going to be doing for the next four years. You will be in charge of one of the most powerfull countries in the world....

I will strike back a thousand times harder

I will strike back a thousand times harder

Kalley Kegg, South Student and Guest Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under 73 days, 73 letters

#notmypresident This will be a very hard transition from Obama - who has such grace and utmost class, sterling character, high intelligence, and dignity to a lying hypercritical tv reality star who has limited vocabulary and no knowledge of politics. I am beyond baffled at this point to even try t...

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