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Opinion: Black on Black Crime: The Black Man’s Relationship With Dark-skinned Women

Opinion: Black on Black Crime: The Black Man’s Relationship With Dark-skinned Women

Tino Tugwete, Senior Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

When I was in the fifth grade, the one black boy in my grade (there may have been a few, but regardless) without any provocation said to a group of other kids, “I wouldn’t date Tino. She’s ugly.” Granted, he thought I didn’t hear him. Lil Punk… Tino doesn’t want to date you, of all people, eith...

Opinion: Despite Name Change, Girls Flag Football Retains Sexist Undertones

Opinion: Despite Name Change, Girls Flag Football Retains Sexist Undertones

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

For clarification: This article represents the opinion of the writer and not The Talon as a whole. The Talon aims to act as a forum for student opinions, and we appreciate students sharing their opinions in the comments section. Guest writers are also always welcome to present their opinions by emailing...

Social Media Stars: The Dangers of Following False Idols

Social Media Stars: The Dangers of Following False Idols

Emma Van Geuns and Mayu Alten

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

For decades now, fame has been a relatively difficult goal to achieve. However, with the recent influx in the popularity of social media, it has become less of a matter of how hard you work, and more about who can produce the most dramatic content. As a result, we can easily add social media stars t...

Downtown Los Altos: Don’t Forget the Teenagers

Downtown Los Altos: Don’t Forget the Teenagers

Javin Pombra, In-Depth Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

On a Friday night, it’s common to see barren parking lots in downtown Los Altos. Quite frankly, it’s common any night. Los Altos has made it a mission to become a family-friendly town, but a large demographic is missing from that family: teenagers. High schoolers and middle schoolers who atte...

First Impressions: When do They Matter?

Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

If you knew me in seventh grade, you might notice that a lot of things have changed. I no longer have braces, I cut off ten inches of my hair, and my T-shirts are no longer emblazoned with smiling pandas or lime green musical notes. Eleventh-grade me prefers drinking kombucha out of Klean Kanteens, toting a...

Pros of a Politically Correct Punchline

Pros of a Politically Correct Punchline

Priya Dixit, Senior Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Amidst the chaos of contemporary politics, comedians are attempting to voice their opinions and establish a spectrum of perspectives on current events. A byproduct of this phenomenon is the trend of comedians toeing the line between offensive humor and what’s considered politically correct. This raise...

Overcoming Obstacles as a First Generation College Applicant

Overcoming Obstacles as a First Generation College Applicant

Emily Meza-Perez, Senior Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Obstacles and challenges in life can be perceived in one of two ways: either you become overwhelmed and let them overpower your drive for success, or you become stronger and use these hardships as motivation. I have chosen the latter, but it hasn’t always been that way. I’ve kept a part-time job...

Hold Celebrities Accountable: Stop Complicit Consumption

Hold Celebrities Accountable: Stop Complicit Consumption

Anisha Desai and Justin Yu

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

History is repeating itself with Harvey Weinstein’s recent scandal. Again, a successful Hollywood celebrity has stayed above the law for years. Victims’ testimonies are only now uncovering his acts of sexual assault. Weinstein's influence in Hollywood forced actresses to keep quiet. Even worse, new...

The Next Step

Daniela Gloster, Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

In a country where political dissent has become the norm, it’s rare for a protest to capture the public’s attention for more than a split second. However, through blood and violence, the Charlottesville rally did. The counter-protest was seen as a moment of unity and bravery, and in the few weeks s...

Guest Writer: Eitan Weiner

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Here's my take on the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia: Nazis are disgusting wastes of space for whom I have no sympathy for. Period. But, we live in America, and as long as this country abides by the Constitution, those Nazis still have a right to assemble, shout anti-Semitic s...

An International Perspective

Max Weirauch, Photographer/Graphic Artist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

My name is Maximilian Weirauch. I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and I moved to Los Altos and began attending LAHS in January 2017. The events in Charlottesville reminded me of my childhood and alerted me of the dangerous direction our nation is heading in. As a child of a German father and a Russian ...

A Partisan President

Nathan Godderis, Senior Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Deadly demonstrations of racism and anti-semitism flooded the streets of Charlottesville as President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters protested the removal of Confederate statues in the South. In response to this, Trump took a side: his supporters. The side that shouted “You will not replace...

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