Attention! The freedom of information you have tried to exercise has been blocked by your network provider. An all-too-common barrier to student education, web censorship services like Fortiguard block websites from student access and present little-to-no useful information to support it. For example, students will find that they cannot access local news sites like St. Louis Today and Warren County Record, but have open access to documents like the Anarchist Cookbook 2000. The sporadic censorship of websites is unreasonable and nonsensical. Not only that, but Fortiguard blocking also appears to hold an implicit bias. Seniors wishing to inform themselves about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6 are welcome to go to the candidates’ websites… as long as the candidates are not Democratic. Firefox users find that they have free access to the page of local candidate Kent Haden, but cannot access the page of his Democratic opponent Jamie Blair. Furthermore, the page of local candidate for Missouri Senate Ayanna Shivers is also blocked. Whether or not this is intentional is unclear; however, this censorship of the freedom of information certainly is not fair, and certainly is not right.
OPINION: Parking Passes
Maddie Walker-Karhoff ----- 27 September 2018
Parking passes are costing students at Mexico High School $10. Other schools vary depending on where they are. In Troy, Missouri they cost $25. In St. Charles, Missouri they are $60. In Columbia, Missouri they are $50. In Rush Hill, Missouri they are free. Senior Sherell Williams said “ I think its stupid that we have to pay for a parking pass when we have to pay for everything else. She further explained, “ I guess I get it or it makes sense. You have to pay at college, but I still don’t think high schoolers should have to.” Richie Karhoff, class of 2002, said “ Back when I was in high school I drove the school but I parked at my aunt’s house because she used to live by the school, I didn’t want to pay $5 to park at the school when I had family close by and could just walk across the street.” He also said, “Parking passes are costing students money to come to school when school is supposed to be free and they can get their money from somewhere else.”