Opinion Archive

  • By Christopher Johnson While they are all Independent, the three alternative candidates to Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker—Scott Lively, Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick—have very different, sometimes contradictory ideas. “As governor, my number one priority will be to create jobs and grow the economy,” McCormick said in a campaign video...

    Independent Candidates Offer Alternatives

    By Christopher Johnson While they are all Independent, the three alternative candidates to Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker—Scott Lively, Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick—have very different, sometimes contradictory ideas. “As governor, my number one priority will be to create jobs and grow the economy,” McCormick said in a campaign video…

  • By Tyler Bacon Martha Coakley was the preferred choice for governor by MCLA students, but a large number of undecided voters make it a toss-up. Students were overwhelmingly supportive of ballot questions 2 and 4. The Writing and Reporting the News II class conducted an unscientific poll on the upcoming...

    Students Prefer Coakley, Favor Bottle Bill

    By Tyler Bacon Martha Coakley was the preferred choice for governor by MCLA students, but a large number of undecided voters make it a toss-up. Students were overwhelmingly supportive of ballot questions 2 and 4. The Writing and Reporting the News II class conducted an unscientific poll on the upcoming…

  • By Brittany Gallacher Question 2 on the Massachusetts state ballot aims to expand the Beverage Container Deposit Law to require deposits on all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated liquids, excluding dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medications. Supporters of Question 2 believe the expanded law will increase recycling and reduce the amount...

    Question Two Would Expand Bottle Bill to Water, Juices

    By Brittany Gallacher Question 2 on the Massachusetts state ballot aims to expand the Beverage Container Deposit Law to require deposits on all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated liquids, excluding dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medications. Supporters of Question 2 believe the expanded law will increase recycling and reduce the amount…

  • By Gionna Nourse   SPRINGFIELD, MASS. Early last month, three major casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., closed due to the bad economy and lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Showboat, Revel, and Trump Plaza said goodbye after over 20 years of entertaining the famous seaside community. Foxwoods and...

    MGM Ready to Build In Springfield Despite Poor Economy, Struggling Industry

    By Gionna Nourse   SPRINGFIELD, MASS. Early last month, three major casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., closed due to the bad economy and lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Showboat, Revel, and Trump Plaza said goodbye after over 20 years of entertaining the famous seaside community. Foxwoods and…

  • By Caitlin O’Neill Casinos: In or out? Ballot Question 3 will allow voters to decide if casinos and other forms of gambling will continue to exist in Massachusetts. However, its wording could prove to be a source of confusion for many voters, because in this case, yes means no. A...

    Jobs and Tax Revenue vs. Social Impact Drive Debate

    By Caitlin O’Neill Casinos: In or out? Ballot Question 3 will allow voters to decide if casinos and other forms of gambling will continue to exist in Massachusetts. However, its wording could prove to be a source of confusion for many voters, because in this case, yes means no. A…

  • By Jesse Collings San Antonio Spurs- The defending champs have league’s smartest player (Tim Duncan) and best coach (Greg Popovich). Los Angeles Clippers- It’s a make or break year for this talented team; look for Blake Griffin to become an offensive force and possibly generate some MVP buzz. Cleveland Cavaliers-...

    Spurs Sit Atop NBA Preseason Power Rankings

    By Jesse Collings San Antonio Spurs- The defending champs have league’s smartest player (Tim Duncan) and best coach (Greg Popovich). Los Angeles Clippers- It’s a make or break year for this talented team; look for Blake Griffin to become an offensive force and possibly generate some MVP buzz. Cleveland Cavaliers-…

  • By Nick Arena A terminally ill, 29-year-old woman will be ending her life on Nov. 1. A USA Today report about Brittany Maynard, a Calilfornia native who has moved to Oregon, stated that the woman has chosen to die with dignity, rather than die in pain. She is suffering from...

    The Right to Die with Dignity

    By Nick Arena A terminally ill, 29-year-old woman will be ending her life on Nov. 1. A USA Today report about Brittany Maynard, a Calilfornia native who has moved to Oregon, stated that the woman has chosen to die with dignity, rather than die in pain. She is suffering from…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney So, you want to lose weight and be healthy, but you don’t know where to start. Well, getting an inexpensive fitness tracker is a good way to start getting healthy because you’ll be able to analyze what your strengths and weaknesses are via smartphone app. For my...

    Tracking Your Goals

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney So, you want to lose weight and be healthy, but you don’t know where to start. Well, getting an inexpensive fitness tracker is a good way to start getting healthy because you’ll be able to analyze what your strengths and weaknesses are via smartphone app. For my…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney As the bright colors of the Berkshires fall away, our workouts might take a plunge as well. Before we get a jump start on the winter slump, let’s make a few changes to the old exercise routine from summer. Within our area, outdoor activities such as hiking...

    Falling into a Routine

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney As the bright colors of the Berkshires fall away, our workouts might take a plunge as well. Before we get a jump start on the winter slump, let’s make a few changes to the old exercise routine from summer. Within our area, outdoor activities such as hiking…

  • By Nick Arena Halloween is on its way again. That means costumes, candy, decorations, and fake public service announcements meant to scare you more than your local haunted house. The information age has brought breaking news and other important updates to our fingertips, but it has also brought with it...

    The Internet vs. Common Sense

    By Nick Arena Halloween is on its way again. That means costumes, candy, decorations, and fake public service announcements meant to scare you more than your local haunted house. The information age has brought breaking news and other important updates to our fingertips, but it has also brought with it…

  • Editorial The removal of a large number the Oct. 9 issue of Beacon newspapers occurred on Monday at some time prior to an Open House event, hosted by the Admissions office. The Beacon speculates that the removal was because issue four of the Beacon displayed bomb threat and drug bust...

    Editorial The removal of a large number the Oct. 9 issue of Beacon newspapers occurred on Monday at some time prior to an Open House event, hosted by the Admissions office. The Beacon speculates that the removal was because issue four of the Beacon displayed bomb threat and drug bust…

  • By Nick Arena Last week’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots has sparked yet another controversial conversation in the NFL. On Sept. 29, the Chiefs took down the Patriots with a score of 41 – 14, which is depressing enough as is for any Pats...

    Equality Issues in the NFL

    By Nick Arena Last week’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots has sparked yet another controversial conversation in the NFL. On Sept. 29, the Chiefs took down the Patriots with a score of 41 – 14, which is depressing enough as is for any Pats…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney For some students, the weekend starts on Thursday, but for others, it may begin late afternoon Friday. What’s one of the first things that come to mind at the start of a relieving weekend? Beers, shots, parties, funneling, shot-gunning, or any way to get drunk quickly. Of...

    Liquid Courage

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney For some students, the weekend starts on Thursday, but for others, it may begin late afternoon Friday. What’s one of the first things that come to mind at the start of a relieving weekend? Beers, shots, parties, funneling, shot-gunning, or any way to get drunk quickly. Of…

  • By Courtney Alana Smith The pit in my stomach— you know, the one that only cracks open when fear is present— became unfastened as soon as I sat down in seat 30A. Flight 0728 was a red-eye to London Heathrow, and it just so happened to be the first plane I’d...

    More than I Bargained For

    By Courtney Alana Smith The pit in my stomach— you know, the one that only cracks open when fear is present— became unfastened as soon as I sat down in seat 30A. Flight 0728 was a red-eye to London Heathrow, and it just so happened to be the first plane I’d…

  • By Nick Arena Apparently Devils Lake High School in North Dakota has banned female students from wearing leggings, yoga pants, jean leggings, or jeggings as they are more popularly known, and tight blue jeans. Why are these articles of clothing being banned? Because they are distracting to male students and...

    Dress Code Woes

    By Nick Arena Apparently Devils Lake High School in North Dakota has banned female students from wearing leggings, yoga pants, jean leggings, or jeggings as they are more popularly known, and tight blue jeans. Why are these articles of clothing being banned? Because they are distracting to male students and…

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