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Damage of politics

Photo Credit: Mrs. Danielle Allen
In the Capital Building laws should be passed because they will help the American people not simply voted for or against because of political affiliation. This is the culprit of America’s great divide.

For many years and especially this year, people have been torn away from each other based on their political views.  The amount of violence throughout the years caused by politics is ridiculous. Believe it or not, violence caused because of politics has resulted in many deaths.

My opinion

Before this year, I never really had my own opinion on politics and I never thought about it because all of it seemed meaningless to me. However, in quarantine, I had a lot of time to think and reflect on everything happening in the world. I still don’t have an opinion on what party I belong to, but what is going on because of politics is outrageous. No one would have ever imagined the world turning upside down because of people who have different views. The problem with our world today is that people can’t try and understand one another.

A way I can explain this in an easier way is that people tend to put themselves in two boxes, and what I mean by that is being a Democrat or being a Republican. There is nothing wrong with saying that you´re a democrat or saying that you´re a republican, the problem comes in when people can’t be open to ideas outside of their ¨box.¨

No one realizes how much peace we could have in the world if we try to understand each other. The respect in today’s world has gone down drastically because no one could respect the fact that people have different opinions. America is a free country. Everyone has the right to have their own opinion. However, no one seems to be open to considering why they feel that way.

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There have been thousands of protests throughout the years and not all of them have been peaceful. In November of 2016, there were many protests and riots against our newly elected President Donald Trump. In the article ¨Anti-Trump protests, some violent, erupt for 3rd-night nationwide¨ by Melanie Eversley, Aamer Madhani, and Rick Jervis, it says some of the things that happened after Trump’s election for example it says ¨About 4,000 protesters assembled downtown late Thursday chanting “we reject the president-elect!” the Associated Press reported. Some among the crowd vandalized 19 cars at a dealership in Northeast Portland.¨ 

This is just one of the examples of the violence that happened when Trump won. There were also buildings burned down, fires started, fights that broke out, and a lot more. The president should be treated with respect regardless of who it is. People are allowed to be upset if the person they want to win loses, but burning a building to the floor is not fixing anything. People got their business destroyed whether it was breaking windows or setting it on fire. We should all be working to make this country a better place, not making each-other the enemy. 


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Lauren Dugan
Lauren Dugan, Reporter
Lauren Dugan is 16 years old and is a junior at Colonia High School. Dugan was born on March 31st 2004. She lives with her mother, Denise Dugan and her twin sister, Caitlyn Dugan. Dugan has played softball since she was four years old and is still playing today for the Colonia Cyclones and the Colonia Patriots. She enjoys writing, playing softball, spending time with friends and family, and cooking. Her music choice varies from Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Billy Joel all the way to Billie Eilish, Juice Wrld and Sam Smith. Dugan plans to go to college, major in psychology and live happily and successfully with her family.
Mrs. Danielle Allen
Mrs. Danielle Allen, Newspaper Advisor
Mrs. Allen (formerly Simkovich) has been the advisor of The Declaration for 11 years and an English teacher at Colonia High for 18 years. She assisted in writing the curriculum for Intro to Journalism, Media Journalism and Broadcast Journalism which are all offered at Colonia High School. Allen also runs a Poetry Club at Colonia High and is the Costume Director for the school musicals. In 2009, Allen received her Master's Degree from Georgian Court University and has been an Adjunct Professor at Middlesex County College in the evening for the past 11 years.  In 2018, Allen was named Colonia High's Teacher of the Year. This year Allen is piloting a course at CHS that she created called Screenwriting and Video Production for students who want to work in the film industry or who want to make better YouTube videos. She is always looking for experts in the field of Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, radio, film and media to come speak to her classes so her students can learn first hand about the industry. If you are interested or someone you know is interested in possibly speaking to her class, please email Allen at the address below.  When she is not grading papers, tweeting for CHS, or working on the newspaper, Mrs. Allen likes to garden, sew, and make burlap wreaths She can be emailed at [email protected].

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    saraMar 12, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Hey, Y’all remember the days when there was no “Republican and Democrat”? I’d love to go back to that.

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