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Each night, my family and I alternate which news platform we watch to gain insight into the world around us - through this practice, I have learned to be open minded and respectful of others’ political views as well as strengthening the basis of my own.

Politically diverse home fosters political empathy, perspective

Hannah Conn '23, Web Opinions Editor March 15, 2022

Is it a CNN or Fox News night tonight? Once we finish battling over Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune over an amazing meal, and the dishes are all clean, my family normally retires to the family room to watch...

Gordon announced on Feb. 14 that he would be joining the race for Connecticut State Senator in District 26 after current State Senator Will Haskell publicized that he would not be running for a third term in 2022. Gordon has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D./MBA from Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School. Gordon joins competitors Ceci Maher and Ken Bernhard.

Gordon begins campaign for Connecticut State Senator

Lilly Weisz , Assistant Creative Director March 4, 2022

Michael Gordon wears many hats in the Westport community: he’s a husband and a father to three children; he was four-time chair of the Board of Education (BOE) and board member on the Anti-Defamation...

As more celebrities attempt to get into politics, questions arise about whether this would be beneficial or harmful to American democracy.

Celebrities must stay out of politics; we must stop listening

Audrey Kercher ’23 , Web Arts Editor March 1, 2022

Amidst rumors of who will be running for upcoming elections, there are curious whispers of names usually only seen on billboards or movie screens. As politics become a more defining part of every aspect...

Despite the various human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese government, the United States didn’t pull out its Olympic team, instead opting to enact a diplomatic boycott. This decision didn’t fulfill the United States’ responsibility to uphold human rights internationally.

United States diplomatic boycott insults victims of abuse from Chinese government

Jake Fitzpatrick ’22, Staff Writer February 18, 2022

The United States is widely regarded to be a global superpower, a powerful nation that can exert enough military, political and economic power to persuade nations to take important actions they wouldn't...

Westport Civilian Review Panel seeks new members

Ryan Hong ’23, Staff Writer February 14, 2022

The Westport Civilian Review Panel (formerly the Civilian Review Board) is looking to add two new members, which would bring the panel up to a total of five members. The Civilian Review Panel is a recently...

In both chambers of the United States Congress, men over the age of 61 years old make up the majority of delegates.

Generation gap creates divide in political sphere    

Lyah Muktavaram ’22, Broadcast Director December 5, 2021

When scrolling through the comments on Senator Richard Blumenthal’s most recent Instagram post, I am immediately met with a flood of “Anyone else come from that embarrassing video clip?” or “I...

Much of Alex Jones’ content has been taken down by big tech companies such as Youtube, Facebook and Apple, who all cited hate speech and glorification of violence as their primary motives for doing so. Jones has frequently used dehumanizing language when speaking about the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants and Muslims.

Political polarization is resulting in loss of empathy, humanity

Mishael Gill ’23, Paper Features Editor November 24, 2021

Ask any decade-long Connecticut resident what comes to mind when they hear Dec. 14, 2012. Most will recall the tragic Sandy Hook Shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults. And yet,...

As shown by the statistics above, polarization is running rampant in today’s political climate. In order to keep our nation unified, we must respond by improving our stances rather than only denouncing others’.

Biden’s Connecticut visit alludes to severity of today’s political polarization

Giselle Oldani ’22, Web Managing Editor October 28, 2021

When President Joe Biden visited a child care center in Hartford, Connecticut on Oct. 15, he faced “yelling, cursing [and] the F-bomb,” according to Gov. Ned Lamont. These protestors were in the presence...

In both chambers of the United States Congress, men over the age of 61 years old make up the majority of delegates.

Generation gap creates divide in political sphere    

Lyah Muktavaram ’22, Broadcast Director October 15, 2021

When scrolling through the comments on Senator Richard Blumenthal’s most recent Instagram post, I am immediately met with a flood of “Anyone else come from that embarrassing video clip?” or “I...

Bobby Valentine, former New York Mets manager, may now be managing a whole lot more than one team: an entire city.

Former Mets player and manager to run for mayor of Stamford

Finnegan Courtney ’23 , Paper News Editor June 7, 2021

In recent weeks and months, there has been a major uptick in celebrity politicians running for office across the country. Celebrities like The Rock are rumored to be running for President in the 2024 election....

Rishabh Mandayam ’21, Katie Simons ’22, Alex Harrington ’22, and Natalie Bandura ’22 prepare for the competition via Zoom. The group covered Unit 5, which focuses on freedom of speech and the right to privacy.

We The People continues winning streak at state-wide competition

Poppy Livingstone '21 , Editor-in-Chief February 12, 2021

Staples’ We The People (WTP) team placed first at the 2021 state competition on Feb. 8, 2021, continuing their two-year winning streak.  The WTP competition, which was held virtually, simulates congressional...

Throughout Joe Biden’s campaign trail he discussed mask mandates on public 
transportation, now it’s a reality.

Joe Biden implements new mask wearing mandates just days into his term

Jake Gersh ’21, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

Newly inaugurated president Joe Biden signed executive orders mandating mask-wearing on federal property as well as on all public transportation including busses, trains and planes. Biden has put a...

Instagram transforms to platform for political conversations

Instagram transforms to platform for political conversations

Remy Teltser ’21, Red Staff Paper Managing Editor December 8, 2020

With a global pandemic forcing communities into lockdown, polarization during the presidential election and civil unrest regarding systemic racism, 2020 has created the perfect storm to transform Instagram,...

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