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The three percent Sales Tax Relief Act, which will appear on the November 2 ballot all over Massachusetts, questions whether or not our state should decrease sales taxes from the current 6.25 percent to the lowered three percent. Enacting a law lowering the Massachusetts sales tax sounds appealing to many consumers. However, what voters fail to realize is the severity of this action. While most voters who vote for the ...

RMV puts profit before road safety

By Alex Gershanov | Published: October 2010
You just turned 16 and a half and got your license. Congratulate yourself. This is a momentous occasion if not a milestone in your life. Not only have you earned the freedom to get from place to place by your own volition, but you have earned yourself a dainty little spot within the RMV's cash crop, otherwise known as licensed teenagers. A bureaucrat's dream, the RMV licenses kids for driving 50 ...

Hard Times for Halloween

By Alexandra Fen | Published: October 2010
As October comes to a close, I find that all my friends are making plans for costumes and activities, while neglecting to respect the spirit of Halloween. Swept up by a sense of nostalgia, I compiled a few complaints about how our generation has managed to distort this cherished holiday...and then some others just for the sake of complaining. First and foremost: my friends don't go trick-or-treating ...

Midterm elections stir up age-old conflicts

By James Palmer | Published: October 2010
America is divided. There are liberals and there are conservatives. As November 2 draws closer, we are constantly reminded of the division between these groups as the tensions are rising as both groups scratch and claw their way into office or remain in their seats. With hundreds of seats on the line in Congress and the senate, not to mention individual state legislatures and governorships, both Republicans and Democrats are ...

Starbucks: to pay, or not to pay?

By Hattie Gawande and Jarrett Gorin | Published: October 2010
The other day we walked into a Starbucks for a little overpriced, overrated goodness and came up short. We were flabbergasted. Our formerly modestly populated Waban Starbucks was packed with South students, most of whom were not from the area, implying that they were there because they genuinely wanted to, and not just for the convenience. We were bewildered and then suspicious: what was our little neighborhood café chain doing to ...

Words from our Hearts

By Jeff Hurray and Adam Sachs | Published: October 2010
Where do you like to reflect upon yourself? You know, that special place where you can let your hair down, say anything crazy'€that special place where you feel safe, for there is always someone to help you. We're talking about home. For us, that place is Newton South. From the moment we stepped into former Principal Salzer's metaphorical embrace, we've felt that South has been there for us. This rare sense ...
It seems like Massachusetts is once again taking the lead and taking care of something that should have been addressed years ago. In a country where 25 percent of car accidents are a result of texting while driving, it only made sense for this dangerous practice to be outlawed. Sure, it's terribly inconvenient, but considering a society in which teenagers have devised ways to steer their vehicles using their thighs ...

Opposing Viewpoints: Apple’s iPad is a practical new technology

By Andrew Feng | Published: September 2010
Far too often are students forced to lug around backpacks filled to the brim with folders and binders tucked with essential class papers. Then, on top of all that, they're forced to bring textbooks to school as well. With so many things to carry, and so much of it necessary, it's pretty hard to find something to lessen the load. However, the iPad will do exactly that. Most criticism leveled ...

Opposing Viewpoints: Apple’s iPad is useless and overpriced

By Hattie Gawande | Published: September 2010
With an increasing number of students buying iPads for school-related reasons, it's about time the question we're all wondering was asked: is the expensive gadget really worth it? Before answering that, let us first establish that the iPad is pretty awesome. It's sleek, is half the size of the average laptop, and weighs only about a pound and a half. And wouldn't it be so convenient to keep all your textbooks ...

Hurricanes overrated, time and time again

By Helen Holmes | Published: September 2010
In the broad spectrum of natural disasters, none is quite so destructive, finicky, or fascinating as the hurricane. Of course, hurricanes are not to be underestimated: Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans and the Galveston hurricane of 1900 killed 8000 people. However, in the past few years, it would seem that New England, specifically, is almost entirely hurricane-proof. When a hurricane approaches, it must see some giant flashing sign saying something ...

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