Skip to main content

Opinion

Everything in life is a choice

by Michael Nguyen

 

     Over the last few weeks, I have been learning about the controversial topic of the teenage brain and its connection to the way we behave. It is a widely debated topic that has two sides trying to scientifically explain why the conventional teenager in our society behaves immaturely and irresponsibly. Teenagers are generalized into a stereotyped group that portrays us as powerless beings incapable for being responsible for our own decisions.

     My emphasis in this article is the importance of choice, and the role it plays in all of our lives, not just teenagers. I do not believe that it is legitimate to excuse any reckless behavior on our developing brains, nor should social limitations cause unruly behavior. They try to explain bad behavior in correlation to the still unknown teenage brain, but i believe there is no explanation required. Misbehavior is a choice, as is every characteristic of who we are right now. As human beings, we have the capacity to change any aspect of our lives by simply choosing to change. Who you are right now is your decision, and you are a culmination of every single aspect you have chosen to define yourself with. I believe people are not restrained into certain lifestyle, we all have the same potential as everyone else, it is simply a matter of understanding that everything in life, is a “choice”.

School newspapers have yet to lose their value

Editorial by the Lincoln Log staff

 

The paper’s purpose is to be the voice of the people, and as high school students, we normally don’t have a voice. Having a school newspaper is important in teaching young adults about freedom of speech, while keeping the general public informed on social matters.

            Students not only learn about and practice the First Amendment, but they also receive the opportunity to write for a school-wide audience. Confidence is built and gained in both the writers and readers of the article written. Seeing a fellow peer write an article in the newspaper generates a friendly and positive environment.

            People may not read the school newspaper because students wrote it and therefore less valuable than a true newspaper because student journalists are likely to be less informed about the subjects they’re reporting about. However, whether or not the stories in a school newspaper are the most accurate and informative isn’t why the paper is valuable. The true value lies in the fact that the school newspaper’s purpose is to lend a voice to the students. With First Amendment rights student journalists can freely present their own opinions and share different perspectives on the topics being reported about. Through the paper, students who usually have no say in higher matters have an opportunity to share their opinions. The paper builds community, not jus within one class, but within the entire school. Student journalists can see their classmates reading their articles and receive acknowledgement and praise. People are informed of the happenings on campus and the more students have of their school, the tighter the community will become

Swilly and the Snatcher
Swilly and the Snatcher

Public transportation should be your way to get around

by Jaimie Liu

 

Driving may not be as efficient as it seems for students of Abraham Lincoln High School. The L.jpgWhen it comes to getting to school in a timely fashion, using public transportation instead leads to many benefits. The amount of money and time that is stripped away from the students on a daily basis would be saved, and students could avoid issues with inconvenient tardies or parking spots.

   At present, the average amount of gas per gallon costs about $4.00. Students may be employed and feel able to afford gas for themselves, or their parents/guardians cover the cost. However, money is still money. By taking the bus or train, that money can be kept, and invested in greater purposes for the future. The prices of monthly fast passes, now referred to as clipper cards, do exist! They usually can be refilled at $22.00 dollars at monthly intervals in local stores. Besides coming and going to school, they can be unlimitedly used to roam all around the city by catching public transit. All students should take advantage of the unlimited use of clipper cards. It is not ‘just’ a piece of plastic. You can use it as many times in a day as you want, every single day for a month, and catch any bus in the entire city! Obviously that includes the subway as well. Surely, that beats the prices of gas and having to pay for it every few days. As long as it gets you to school, why not?

   Air pollution is an issue that should also be taken into consideration. Students tend to neglect their treatment towards their community and hardly ever think twice about their behavior. Our sunset district holds a serene atmosphere as it is. To maintain the fresh air and clean streets of our school and the area it lies within, public transportation also plays as a major role. By leaving cars at home and taking public transit, students can contribute more for less air pollution. That means less gunky air that other fellow students also inhale.

   Time is what many licensed students struggle against the most. Tardies are a solid example. Various factors come with driving when trying to reach school, but often ending up late to class. (Depending on how early one wakes in the morning to find parking, the many minutes needed to start and warm the car, traffic on the roads, etc). There is no reason students should have to concern themselves with such obstacles. In fact, there are many simple ways in which students can avoid tardies. By following an efficient pattern of getting up in the morning and making sure they catch necessary transits, students would have no problem. It is understandable the countless of students disagree with waking early. However, public transportation is ready to go for all of us, and the chances of traffic are much less likely. Muni buses, and especially MUNI subway, follow a direct route where other vehicles will not obstruct. There is only a very limited amount of space for vehicles around the perimeter of school. It’s tiring to have to constantly compete with other ALHS students for a place to park, and not near any level of convenience.

   Following a stereotypical teenage image, many students pay attention to their reputation in school, and have the urge to prove themselves as a ‘cool kid’. Driving is one of the ways in which they think they can achieve that status. But it comes with a huge hassle, and there is absolutely no problem with taking MUNI – it is highly inexpe