The Foothill Dragon Press

Opinion: Horror behind the veil – forced marriages in America

Forced marriages can put extreme mental and physical pressure on individuals.

Kaitlynn Dibblee, Writer

November 24, 2019

Forced marriage is normally considered to be a third world issue, that children being married off so young is not apart of American culture. In reality, the opposite is true. About 250,000 children were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010. Some of them were only 12 years old. Almost all were y...

Opinion: Climate Change Policies Need to Change

If climate change policies don't change soon, the Earth will be past the point of no return

Zack Kinnaman, Writer

November 11, 2019

Governments need to make the switch to renewable and carbon-neutral energies now before the path that they’re taking leads to apocalyptic-amounts of greenhouse gasses in the air. As of now, a sizable majority of American electricity production is through fossil-fuels. According to the US Energy Information Administration, only about 17 percent of our electricity is r...

Cartoon 49: “Extensive Tests”

Cartoonist Lillian Li questions the validity of the district's statement regarding the closure of only specific schools, as there was literal ash flying around Foothill Tech on Monday.

Lillian Li, Illustrator

November 5, 2019

Opinion: Our digital privacy is slowly being stolen

As technology becomes more intertwined with our daily lives, the methodology big tech companies employ to collect data on us has become more ingenious, more alarming, and sometimes downright stalkerish

Rebekah Yahner, Writer

November 2, 2019

You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, and your eyes settle on a large, abrasive ad in the middle of your screen. As you scan the ad, your skin starts to tingle as you register what you’re seeing.  Under any other circumstances, coming across an ad for Barkthins Dark Chocolate Pretzels wouldn’t b...

Opinion: De-Standardizing Standardized Tests

Because of standardized tests, real education has been replaced with test taking strategies

Zack Kinnaman, Writer

October 30, 2019

While standardized tests are taken at most public schools in the United States (US), it’s not clear why. For two main reasons, standardized tests should not be part of the US school system, or at least not mandatory. First and most importantly, these tests exist for political and economic reasons not...

Opinion: What Every Foothill Freshman Needs to Know

Although high school can seem scary and confusing to a freshman, experienced seniors can offer their advice.

Rebekah Yahner, Writer

October 23, 2019

As my time at Foothill dwindles and I’ve begun the delightful experience of trying to stand out as a “memorable candidate” on college applications, I’ve come to realize a few important things. Though valid, the typical “stay on top of your work” or “get enough sleep” advice become...

Satire: Why you should boycott the Ventura County Fair

Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Alex Dodos, Writer

October 14, 2019

Although we are just two months out from the last Ventura County Fair, it’s not too early to make a commitment to boycotting it next year. After 143 years, it should be obvious that the Fair is nothing but a parasitic ritual kept alive by cultural inertia and rampant consumerism. The facts lay this...

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