Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hillary Clinton overqualified and out to serve

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by Nick Shepard – Staff Reporter

Who is qualified to be President of the United States? Should a person, perhaps, have served as a U.S. Senator for eight years? Or maybe act as the U.S. Secretary of State? What if you’ve already lived in the White House, would this give you experience?
Before he was president, John F. Kennedy, the man who got us on the moon and negotiated us out of the Cuban Missile Crisis, only had experience as a Senator and a member of the House of Representatives. Ronald Reagan was credited by some Republicans with the resolution of the Cold War, but only had experience as the governor of California after his career as an movie actor. Abraham Lincoln, who led the the U.S. through the Civil War, had only been a member of the Illinois and U.S. Houses of Representatives, before becoming president.
According to our current president and commander-in-chief, Barack Obama, these three qualifications are exactly what is needed to make progress as president in the Oval Office. On July 26 at the Democratic National Convention, he said, “there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill Clinton, nobody, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States.”
All you have to look at is her voting record as a U.S. Senator from New York, to understand why she is the most qualified candidate. She voted in the widely accepted Military Force Authorization directly following the Sept. 11 attacks, she voted down the expansion of offshore oil wells and development of oil shale, she makes decisions that are fundamental to the function of our country, and she, no doubt, will make the same kinds of decisions in the White House.
When the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, was finally killed in 2011, Clinton was there in the situation room. Speaking at a Cincinatti rally in August, she said, “I brought to those discussions my experience as a senator from New York on 9/11 and my commitment to do whatever I could in whatever role I had to bring bin Laden to justice.” When the 3000 Americans who were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001 were finally avenged, she was right there making tough choices. These types of decisions could keep our country out of whatever troubles may come our way.
If you want to promote a more modern and elevated version of teaching, and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote. If you want the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership to be repealed and replaced with a plan that will bring back American jobs from overseas, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote. If you want to strengthen our southern border, while still paving a realistic path to citizenship, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote. If you want the immensely successful Affordable Care Act to not only be protected but expanded upon, so it can reach even beyond the 20 million people it covers, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote.
Ironically, in 2008, when she was running for president, Clinton even recieved an endorsement from prominent billionaire and businessman Donald J. Trump, who wrote on his website, “I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president… Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person.” If she’s able to stem cooperation on both sides of the aisle like this, there’s no doubt that as president she could work to clear the current gridlock we are seeing in congress and actually lead our country to true progress.
It is indeed difficult to be qualified, let alone overqualified, for the job as the most powerful person on the planet, but with her proven track record as being a positive force for the American public in years past, this election shouldn’t even be a contest; Hillary Clinton will continue to make the right decisions for the people and will turn out to be one of the best presidents this nation has ever seen.

Questionable character with unclear policies

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by Matthew Silva – Guest Writer

What is most surprising about the 2016 election is how little the people of the United States seem to care about how well each candidate would do in office. It seems that flame wars on social media about the latest scandal involving the candidates have gotten more attention than what policies they would enact, and even take up the majority of time in the debates. As awful as the situation is for the people who have the choose between two evils, Hillary Rodham Clinton is in fact the worse candidate.
The 30,000 emails that Clinton deleted containing classified material clearly stands out as the elephant in the room. To quickly address this, it was a highly illegal act and falls under the following regulations, “Mishandling Classified Information”, which requires all classified information to be handled on government approved servers, the “2009 Federal Records Act”, which stated any classified information must be handled on a federal record system, and the “Freedom of Information Act” that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.
In these regards, Clinton is similar to Richard Nixon, who lied about his involvement in breaking into the democrat headquarters at Watergate hotel, deleted 8 minutes of security footage, and was impeached for it. Clinton however, despite breaking several laws, is still running strong. This clearly shows that she has little respect for the law if it overshadows her own convenience, and abuse of power is soon to follow if she is elected.
Much of Clinton’s campaign has simply attacked the other candidate. She has spent over 400 million dollars on her campaign, according to Washington Post. A campaign that released next to no details on what she planned to do with the economy, immigration policies, the threat of domestic terrorism, and numerous other issues facing the United States.
On immigration, she has simply said, “I think all of us on this stage agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Border security has always been a part of that debate. And it is a fact that the net immigration from Mexico and South has basically zeroed out.”
On terrorism, “I will be laying out in detail, what I think we need to do with our friends and allies in Europe and elsewhere to do a better job of coordinating efforts against the scourge of terrorism. Our country deserves no less, because all of the other issues we want to deal with depend upon us being secure and strong,” Clinton describes this without ever telling people what it is we need to do.
Instead, Clinton has spent that money attacking her rival nominees and candidates. She has focused her entire campaign on digging up dirt. Clinton has done very little since the beginning of her campaign except attack the other candidates. For example, she tweeted out an article and in describing it said, “A (non-exhaustive) list of all the terrible things Donald Trump has said about women.”
Few people have any idea of what she will do in office, they have just started guessing, and in the end, that’s all we can do with Hillary. We have no guarantees of what will happen, good or bad.
In the end, Clinton is the worst candidate. Not because of the numerous scandals surrounding the Clinton family, or because of her personal life, but because nobody seems to know what she would do with the position. She has the capability to abuse power in office without a second thought, and in the end, we do not need someone in office, who doesn’t know their own motivations, goals, and aspirations.
The ballot shouldn’t be decided by scandal. It should be decided by policy, and Clinton does not seem to have decided hers.

Donald Trump a “True Builder” for our country


by David Ellithorpe – Guest Writer

The decision of who we choose as out next president will forever impact the country and how other countries see us, but the way to go about this is simple. We need a leader who will make us strong, safe, and frightening to the enemy. The candidate that will benefit us the most in this horrifying election is Donald Trump.
The United States of America, the birthplace of the American dream, and the home of the brave, is divided in a way that is more intense and tension-filled than we have seen in a while. So much of what used to make us strong has been absolutely thrown out of the window because of foreign issues and attacks from within. Trump may be an eyesore, but if we were to look past the blinding orange glow we would see his beliefs, and his plans for this malfunctioning country.
According to the Huffington Post, “The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001.” The American people are frightened and nervous of what this once magnificent country will become.
We cannot afford to have someone like Hillary Rodham Clinton in office, for our country would become so corrupt, and so broken-down that we would sail into economic oblivion. In fact, Forbes said “weak economic growth” and “continued governmental gridlock” in Washington D.C. will be fast-arriving if Clinton takes the office, meaning that just like the Obama administration, we will only have new enforcements under executive orders.
Donald Trump sure wouldn’t solve our problems, but he would set us on the right path. For starters, he would build up our defenses. Trump said, “We need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly,” because, “killings, murders, crimes and drugs are pouring across the border, he means it. Our people would once again start to feel safe in public spaces such as theaters, streets, and schools, because our police force would be active and able to counter acts of violence and terror.
Donald Trump is a true builder, and would use his expertise to direct cash flow not towards government welfare or free college, but towards our roads, transportation, and economic well-being. The wages wouldn’t have to be higher, because merchandise and trade would be priced lower. Jobs would be created everywhere from truck drivers to school teachers, and the middle class would thrive while the lower class is brought up.
Trump’s campaign was nearly all self-funded, unlike Clinton’s, whose campaign funding consisted of outside donors. In an interview, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, even said she, “took money from kings of Saudi Arabia and Morocco.”
The proof is in the history of the candidates, and Trump built himself up in business, breaking ground on new buildings throughout his years. Newsmax said that, “Trump also suggested on Fox & Friends Sunday morning that he may ‘sell a building’ to continue self-financing his own campaign.”
Not only does his devotion towards the campaign and American people show here, but really provides any voters who are on the fence some evidence that economic skills will be put to use under a Trump administration.
America is a free country; you are permitted to do as you please under the law. As one united country, we can keep it that way, so that we can continue doing the things we love. That is why undoubtedly, the candidate with better economics, better history, and overall favorable plan for this country is Donald J. Trump.

Destructive bigot and misogynist

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by Nolan James – Staff Reporter

Another year of presidential elections, this one might be the weirdest, and is definitely the worst. Our two candidates, Hillary Clinton representing the democrats and Donald Trump representing the Republicans, are both immature and unqualified candidates, but Donald Trump is the worse one.
Donald Trump is a rich business mogul who is known for his reality TV show The Apprentice. Trump left messages about Obama, revolving around his birth and whether or not it was in the U.S., which offended many people. The people demanded that NBC remove Trump from the show. However, it wasn’t until Trump left offensive messages about Mexicans that they fired him for good. After his comments, even the show he made famous wasn’t willing to keep him on.
There are many sexist and racist things from Trump, too many to mention. One of the more recent ones, a tape recently surfaced of Trump from 2005, which showed him making some degrading remarks about women, including one about him assaulting them. This lost him a lot of his supporters, yet people still, somehow, want him to be president.
Trump’s Taj Mahal, a giant casino built in New Vegas, went bankrupt recently, and while he was financially fine, 3,000 workers were fired. 3,000 people lost their job because Trump couldn’t take care of his “eighth wonder of the world,” as he called it. This could happen to our country, and only Trump will come out fine.
Trump has said a lot of insane things, including building a wall on the border of the U.S. and Mexico, and get Mexico to pay for it. Donald Trump said about this, “I will build a wall, and nobody builds a wall better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our Southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” There isn’t much point to building a wall. While it might be useful to keep immigrants out for a while, they’ll eventually find a way in.
Trump is extreme with his anti-Muslim beliefs. He doesn’t want to allow any Muslim immigrants into the U.S. on the off chance that they are terrorists. His plan is to ban Muslims from our country. “They’re not coming to this country if I’m president. And if Obama has brought some to this country, they are leaving, they’re going, they’re gone,” said Trump about Muslim immigration. After so many years of progression, Trump will revert us back twenty-plus years. We shouldn’t want someone who’d do that in office.

Katie Beliveau wins first in district


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This fall, the girls swim team has glowed with team spirit and swimming talent. This year, the team has dealt with change and has shown that they are a talented group of swimmers.
This year, the team has gone through many changes. A new coaching staff has been gained, and there has been a loss of swimmers. The new coach this year is named Erin Eronemo. The girls are already familiar with Erin, as he was assistant coach last year. The new assistant coach, Patty, has helped the swimmers train. Patty also coaches triathlons and has the girls do long distance swimming during practice.
The team has bonded incredibly over the summer and fall. Through 5:30 AM practice sessions during the summer and matches in the fall, the girls have gotten closer and bonded. According to team captain Carmen Conforti, the team’s attitude and bond is one of the greatest things about the season, as well as the relays and higher amount of swimmers willing to do long-distance.
The team has struggled this year with a total of two wins and five losses. Though the team has not held up a winning streak, it is still thinking strong and looking on the bright side of things. Conforti has described the season as a “building year,” as the team has lost many of last years’ graduating swimmers. Even though the team is smaller than last years’, it constists talented and hard-working swimmers. Swimmers Katie Beliveau, Cecilia Loudermilk, Cassandra Padilla, and Haley Pond are heading off to the district competition. Beliveau has won first place in league, with Padilla following close in second.
Through change in staff and swimming members along with unsuccessful scores, the team has maintained a positive attitude and has hopes that next year will be more successful.

Tennis team fosters love for sport despite rough season


by Asaiah Alejo – Staff Reporter

Twelve students made a great effort this season for boy’s tennis with a record of 1-14. Senior, Nathan Hanis the varsity team captain partnered up with Gunnar Ellsworth for a dynamic duo. Nathan and Gunnar accomplished to overcome this crucial season with tough opponents. Winning their first match this season against Kent Meridian.
Kjellden Knutzen, Junior Varsity player said “A lot of people think tennis is an easy sport but in reality tennis is a lot more difficult than you think. Physically you are drained from intense practices, running outside gives a high toll and affects players on how you preform. Not only does it also affect you physically but also mentally, trying to predict your opponents next move is a large part of the game anticipations is one of the many skills I learned this year. My favorite part about tennis was the single matches, everything was a lot faster paced and you could easily take all the credit if you win. It’s all up to you to win the match.”
Interviewing Brandon Jessup he had great spirit about this season he wants everyone to join and try it out. Brandon also said, “Tennis is what ‘d call a chill sport. While it is competitive, being on the team doesn’t give you any pressure, you can be playing at any level and still fit in. Also, the team position is amazing, full of really fun people.” With a great positive outlook and great team unity Tennis sounds like a great sport to join.

Underclassmen shine in volleyball


by Jett Gonzales – Staff Reporter

The Kentlake girls’ volleyball team is having a solid season, they are currently seven and six. They are also looking to finish the season strong and to make a run in the playoffs. “They’re going to be tough games.” Middle blocker, outside hitter and leader in hit percentage, Morgan Colston said
But, winning tough games has been a staple in Kentlake girls’ volleyball for years. Historically, girls’ volleyball has been the most successful sport. Winning the 4A state championship 3 years in a row from the years 2000 to 2002 and producing U.S. Olympian and NCAA national champion Courtney Thompson. But how does this years’ team stack up to past teams? “We’re on our way back up” said Colston, “My senior year will be our best.”
Just like how Courtney Thompson was to her team, every team has one or two players that stand out amongst the rest, one name that came up was Emma Agostini, a freshman, “She has great energy and is always positive” said Colston. Agostini is also fourth in kills and third in aces. This team is young with six players being underclassmen. They have a lot of potential and they are looking for a strong finish to this season.

X-country traditions prosper


by Gunner Ellsworth – Staff Reporter

Three point one miles. This is the distance a cross country has to trek, uphill and down running through rain, snow, sleet, or hail. Niklas Henning, a Varsity cross country runner speaks to the wear and tear a runner goes through both mentally dealing with motivation, and physically, “Being motivated to run and run faster is the hardest part. The last mile of the race when you have no energy left, or murder Monday.” Says Henning.
Murder Monday is the hardest workout of the week. This is because meets are usually on Wednesday, so the team wants to space out the harder workouts so they are not tired for the meet. Cross country this year is looking like it will go to districts, which is a great accomplishment.
These runners have worked hard all season in preparation for the league meet, and if they run fast enough they can make it passed the league meet and in to districts. This change is a better outcome for this year. Henning looks forward to next year’s success because of this years freshman and next year’s seniors, “There are a lot of new freshman runners and upcoming seniors who will do great for our varsity next year, the most talent that I have ever seen, look forward to seeing how everyone does next year.” says Henning.
A tradition of the team is called spaghetti dinners; these dinners are a time for the team to eats tons of carbs (to give them more energy in the upcoming races) while having fun. At these dinners they all go to someone’s house and hang out. When I talked to Henning, he told me this was his favorite part of being on the team.
This tradition unifies the team, when the team becomes more unified, it makes all the members more comfortable with each other. When they are more comfortable they encourage each other, and produce better results. It’s a common misconception that cross country isn’t a team sport, but Henning on team unity says, “The team unity is there; we encourage each other to go the extra mile.

Golf season highlights team unity

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by Nick Shepard – Staff Reporter

However many holes you’re shooting, whatever the weather, Kentlake’s golf team is ready to take it on. Varsity golfer David Ellithorpe said that while many varsity members graduated last year, “…overall members of our team have really pulled together to take some great points from the other teams.” Head coach Mark Gaul also said that while this year the team “had to reload”, they ended up having a “great season”.
Gaul said that out of the 21 boys and seven girls on the team, three of each moved on to the supreme qualifier.
Golf is going to be a sport to watch in coming years at Kentlake, as there are “a lot of new enthusiastic freshmen” bringing a lot to the table, according to Ellithorpe. He said that the “varsity members like Alex Phillips and Riley Sauceda are just doing great, and it’s really nice to have them around.”
Ellithorpe himself has had a good season; he said he’s “kept a pretty constant score. I’ve been in a few dips, but other than that I’ve put up some good points. I shot my best round this year.” Ellithorpe was one that Gaul said is continuing on to post season, in addition to Phillips and Evan Little from the boys team, and Jordan Wayner, Brooklyn Garcia, and Ashley Hendricksen from the girls team.
According to Ellithorpe, Kentlake golf is not limited to being a sport, but also is a greatly unified group of friends. He said, “you can really connect with people throughout the sport. It’s something you can all relate to, like ‘oh man, I hit a bad shot right there,’ and, ‘oh yeah, I hit a bad shot over there.’ It’s like a big family.” Gaul said that golf is a “life long sport”, and he’s met all sorts of people who “wish they’d played golf in high school”.

NBA projections: ’16 – ’17

by Gunner Ellsworth – Staff Reporter

As the seasons of the NBA have progressed “Super Teams” have formed. Super Teams consist of a “Big Three,” this term describes a team with three all-star level players. These more often than not dominate the NBA.
These “Big Threes” are making the NBA unrecognizable. No longer can the game of basketball be dominated by just one player like Michael Jordan, or George Mikan it takes an elite squad containing three all-star players to compete.
The NBA is doing the opposite of that the United States is doing economically; the NBA is eliminating the middle class, no longer are there mediocre teams. In the modern rat race that they call the NBA being mediocre isn’t possible anymore.
The first modern big three was the San Antonio Spurs in 2004. It consisted of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan. They were a dynasty that lived until about 2014 winning three championships until they all got old, and couldn’t keep up with the newer faster players.
The next, and probably one of the most controversial big threes of all time was the 2011 Miami Heat. They put together a team consisting of LeBron James, (arguably the best small forward in the league at the time,) Dwayne Wade (arguably the best shooting guard at the time,) and Chris Bosh, an excellent power forward. This team won two championships together, and probably would have won another then LeBron James left.
This year there are more big threes than ever before. The Golden State Warriors even have a big four this year, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green this team is heavily favored to win the NBA championship.
Other teams with a “big three” include, the New York Knicks: with Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, and Joakim Noah, and the Chicago Bulls: with Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, and Dwayne Wade.
Other teams have made huge improvements this year such as, The Utah Jazz, who have Gordon Hayward in his prime, Derrick Favors, Joe Johnson and Dante Exum, and the Indiana Pacers who have Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, and Paul George.
Teams that are looking like conference finals contenders this year are the Cavaliers, and Clippers (playoff sureties and possible contenders for the championship.) Also the Spurs with Kawhi Leonard (defensive player of the year 2016), and Lamarcus Aldridge, and even the Memphis Grizzlies who have Mike Conley a deeply underrated point guard, and also Marc Gasol one of the best centers in the league. The Grizzlies are good enough to make the playoffs, they are in an easy division and have enough skill to make it.
Finally, two teams that will be good for years to come are the Phoenix Suns, who have young talent in Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Devin Booker who I see maybe making it to the playoffs this year and definitely next year.
The other team is the Boston Celtics, they have acquired an excellent team with the likes of Paul Millsap, and Isaiah Thomas, but that’s not all. The Celtics have traded for a ton of first round and second round picks in the upcoming drafts, they will get so many good young players that in five years I predict they will go all the way and take an NBA championship.
Frankly, this next NBA season is going to be a doozy, there are more changes this season than any before and, predictions can be made, but the only real way to find out what happens this season is to sit back and watch.