Category Archives: OPINION

Opinion: The alt-right isn’t all right

A Whatcom Community College safety alert sent Tuesday, Oct.1 described the finding of 13 stickers promoting white nationalist group Patriot Front throughout campus. The stickers were promptly removed after reported.

In the alert, Whatcom President Kathi Hiyane-Brown condemned the white nationalist group and urged the community to report any signage promoting Patriot Front or any similar groups to campus security.

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L’editor: It’s your story, but our story to tell

Dear sources,

A student reporter’s job description is not up to you.

Their job is, first and foremost, a learning experience. Every quarter new students sign up and we start from scratch. Journalism is a very hard writing style to adapt to. It is precise, unbiased, and concise.

Students learn how to write articles without using their voice, something they’ve most likely been fine tuning throughout their educational career. The stories assigned are news features—our goal as a newspaper is to inform, not influence.

Students need to reprogram their brains, while interacting with their sources and taking any other obligations seriously. It can be daunting and students who walk into it with fervor and confidence deserve a pat or two on the back.

However, in rare instances, things don’t go as planned.

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L’editor: Welcome back to the W double C

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in betwixt, welcome or welcome back to Whatcom Community College.

Transitioning back into school is always hard, even if you like it. Your first class is way too early, why did you think you could handle an 8 a.m.? It’s not even noon but before you leave, your new professor slaps you in the face with four assignments and two essays due in five weeks.

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L’editor: It feels like we only go backwards

By Apple Parry

When President Donald Trump ran for office, his campaign slogan and anxiety-inducing hats read, “Make America Great Again.” Allow me to translate what it actually says: “I want all my straight white male privilege back.”
On May 8, under the Trump administration, Alabama’s female mayor passed a law banning abortions no matter the circumstances. This includes incest and sexual assault.
On top of that, any doctor who performs an abortion could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison.
However, if this is the first you’re hearing of this, you’re bound to be unaware that legislators have been doing their best to chip away at abortion rights since they became legal. Continue reading
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Travel – My experiences as a foreigner in Japan

By Madison Roper

“Baka gaijin!” is something my brother, Kyle, and I have been saying to each other at least once a week since coming to Japan at the beginning of April.
In Japanese, ‘baka’ means idiot and ‘gaijin’ means foreigner or someone who’s non-Japanese.
Kyle and I are Japanese American, so we are guessing we only fall under the category of foreigner.
No Japanese person has said either of these things to us, so it’s mostly a joke between the two of us when we do something stupid.
Such as getting on a train that’s completely empty and exclaiming “we’ve hit the mother lode” when in reality everyone got off because the train was at its last stop and officially out of service. Continue reading
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