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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers to Rachel Scott's legacy, Jeers to hindering free speech.
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  • Cheers...to spreading Rachel Joy Scott’s legacy
        “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
        This is the legacy of Rachel Joy Scott that she left for high school students to carry out after she was killed in the Columbine High School Shooting in April of 1999.
        Students varying from sixth to twelfth grade from Crookston, Climax and Fisher high schools were exposed to this legacy on Tuesday during a “Rachel’s Legacy” program given in the Crookston High School auditorium. Rachel’s Challenge Team Member, Nomad Ali, touched on how easily students can make a difference in their peers’ lives, which can ultimately leave a lasting result on not only their schools as a whole, but also their communities.
        Rachel Scott touched the lives of many people before she died, and continues to do so today through Rachel’s Challenge. Cheers to Rachel’s Challenge being introduced to the high school, hopefully encouraging students to think like Scott, who said, “I will not be labeled as average.”
    – Katie Davidson, student staff writer
    Jeers...to hindering free speech
        Jeers to those who refuse to allow their fellow men and women exercise their freedom of speech.
        What is it, you may ask? In this past week, citizens of all states, except Vermont, have started to sign online petitions and send them to the White House, asking to secede from the Union. Texas has gained the most signatures, tallying up to over 100,000.           
       Well, the counter-action petitioning has begun and those loyal to President Obama have started a petition asking to have these "rebels" be disregarded their U.S. citizenship. A few thousand people in Austin, Texas have even petitioned to secede from the state itself. That's just wrong.
        Why can't they just allow these people to express their feelings of the election results in a peaceful manner? It's not like there are angry mobs storming the White House gates. Besides, it's likely that when the signings started most people agreed that the states wouldn't be allowed to secede. It was just a unique way to protest.
        Everyone deserves their freedom of speech. If opponents can't agree with that, then that's on them.
    – Amanda Wagner, Times intern

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