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Capitol Riots: Impeachment was a Bad Move

Steven Pang '22, Opinions Editor February 8, 2021

After the storming of the capital, House Democrats (and a few Republicans) rushed to impeach Trump—to punish the president as severely as possible for inflaming the riots with false claims of a fraudulent...

Courtesy of Zenande Mdludlu '21.

Trump is the Puppeteer, but the People are the Problem

Alisa Gulyansky '24, Opinions Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

Following the violent siege of the Capitol, then President-Elect Biden stated in a speech condemning the incident that, “The scenes of chaos do not reflect the true America.” But unfortunately, they...

Courtesy of Angela Wei '21.

Politicians Need to Stay out of Science

Joon Yeon Whang '23, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2020

Wearing a mask to protect from Covid-19 is consensus among medical professionals around the world. Yet, in America, wearing a mask is political. According to a Pew Research Center survey 86% of Democrats...

We Can't Let the Culprit Become the Hero

We Can’t Let the Culprit Become the Hero

Trey Whitehead '21 April 28, 2020

As of April 28, COVID-19 has infected more than 2.9 million people across the world and claimed over 205,000 lives. This deadly pandemic — which has ravaged the global economy, locked billions of people...

The Pilot is Stupid and the Autopilot Sucks

The Pilot is Stupid and the Autopilot Sucks

Steven Pang '22 April 28, 2020

While Trump congratulated himself on his “very serious” travel ban on China in early February, COVID-19 was already spreading across the nation, unhindered by travel restrictions and aided by government...

The Forgotten Evil of American Politics

The Forgotten Evil of American Politics

Anuj Agarwal '21, Assistant Opinions Editor April 28, 2020

When someone says “politician,” many people immediately think of the word “corrupt.” This stereotype is more prevalent in America than in almost every other developed country. According to a survey...

Deaths vs. Dollars

Deaths vs. Dollars

Alisa Gulyansky '24 April 28, 2020

The United States has now surpassed all other countries in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, our economy has crumbled. With the virus quickly becoming a double-edged sword, government...

An Unaddressed Fallacy

Brendan Pelikh '22 April 28, 2020

The streets of Los Angeles and New York seem apocalyptic. Yet, all too often, we see young Americans mocking social distancing guidelines over social media. In the past few weeks, American cases have grown...

Groton School Primary

March 8, 2020

As the Democratic nominee field continues to narrow, many students and teachers engage in political discussions inside and outside of the classroom. The geographical diversity of Groton’s student body...

The Irony of COVID-19

The Irony of COVID-19

In mid-December last year, ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his medical school classmates about the possibility of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Wuhan. But on January 3, 2020,...

D&I is Inherently Political

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist March 7, 2020

Disclosure: I am both a registered Democrat and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion group.   The Diversity and Inclusion group (D&I) is inherently political. To be clear at the outset,...

Andrew Yang speaking at a rally in Iowa.

“Freedom Dividend:” Not Feasible in the Land of the Free

Alisa Gulyansky '24 and Eleanor Taggart '24 February 12, 2020

As we advance into a new era of American politics, the prospect of moving toward a socialist or social-democratic style of government is becoming more mainstream. With candidates like Elizabeth Warren,...

Should Congress Have Condemned China?

In 2017, China created “ Vocational Education and Training Centers” as a form of forced cultural assimilation directed toward Uighur Muslims. The camps entail prohibitions against religion, a ban on...

Unnecessary and Unwanted: Trump’s Iranian Crisis

Unnecessary and Unwanted: Trump’s Iranian Crisis

Anuj Agarwal '21 February 11, 2020

Former Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was recently assassinated through an American drone strike in Iraq. This killing has drawn criticism both from Democrats and foreign leaders like British opposition...

Fake News and Dollar Bills

Fake News and Dollar Bills

Kellen O'Donnell '22 December 20, 2019

The media within the United States has controlled the political realm dating back to our Founding Fathers. However, since the 2016 presidential election race, the influence of media in politics has become...

Trump’s Shot at Reelection

Trump’s Shot at Reelection

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist December 20, 2019

Donald Trump will likely be re-elected in 2020. The economy is strong, the Democratic candidates are weak, and impeachment is a colossal liability. That’s not even to mention the fierce popularity Trump...

Gerald Bostock addressing a crowd of news reporters.

Civil Rights For The LGBTQ Community

Leah Pothel '21, Assistant Opinions Editor October 13, 2019

In 2013, Gerald Bostock was fired for “conduct unbecoming” after he joined a predominantly gay softball league that was created as a safe space for the LGBTQ community in Atlanta. Bostock had worked...

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Llocxi Lopez '21 October 13, 2019

Not long ago, times were simpler –– at least technologically. Personal information was kept in cards, logs, and fiche film, and digital privacy laws were weak or nonexistent. However, in this new digital...

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign

Jared Gura '22 and Jiacheng Kang ’22 October 13, 2019

On September 24, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom unanimously ruled that Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful and an obstruction of democracy. The intervention...

Should the Hong Kongers Keep Protesting?

On September 4, after months of protests, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam withdrew the controversial extradition bill that allowed Hong Kongers to be tried in China. The protests, however;...

Destruction of the Presidency: Anderson’s Authority

Brooks Anderson '20 October 13, 2019

It is an impressive feat to fully extinguish all the prestige and tradition of an office, especially such a vaunted one as the presidency, in only three years. Most presidents attempt to rollback or alter...

Destruction of the Presidency: Garett’s Gospel

Garrett Johnson '20 October 13, 2019

The greatest myth of the presidency is that the ethical code of the office’s occupant must match the respect the nation owes to the office itself. The office of the president is a symbol of democracy,...

Senator Bernie Sanders at a rally.

Feel the Bern: Why Sanders is “Most Electable”

Anuj Agarwal '21 September 24, 2019

Many Democratic voters nowadays are concerned with electability. According to August polls conducted by The Economist and YouGov, Democratic voters would rather vote for a candidate who would beat Trump...

A Constitutional Reg Flag

A Constitutional Reg Flag

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist September 21, 2019

It has become clear to the vast majority of Americans that “thoughts and prayers” are no longer enough. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, there have been numerous calls for legislative action to...

Erosion of Democracy

Erosion of Democracy

Jack Wilmerding '19, Assistant Opinions Editor February 5, 2019

A recent Groton alumnus, Victor Liu ’17, is currently forbidden from leaving China, with no charges against him. The Chinese authorities are after his father, Liu Changming, an alleged $1.4 billion fraudster...

Vaping in America: a Buzzing Issue

Vaping in America: a Buzzing Issue

Jack Wilmerding '19, Assistant Opinions Editor December 18, 2018

Vaping, particularly Juuling, has wormed its way into high school and college campuses across the country. While the explosion of Juuling is unhealthy for all age groups, it is especially damaging to minors...

Khashoggi at a conference in March, 2018

Khashoggi: Free Speech Martyr or Another Forgotten Victim?

Jack Wilmerding '19, Assistant Opinions Editor November 10, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi is dead, murdered by the government that he so rightfully criticized. He entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul under the premise of getting divorce papers (papers which were redirected...

Two Views: Affirmative Action at Harvard

Two Views: Affirmative Action at Harvard

Andrew Porter '20, Derek Hu '21, and Powers Trigg '21 November 10, 2018

Days ago, Harvard University completed defending itself against a lawsuit alleging that it discriminates against Asian American applicants. The suit, undecided at the time The Circle Voice went to press,...

Revisiting Trump's Letter in the Wake of Midterm Elections

Revisiting Trump’s Letter in the Wake of Midterm Elections

Powers Trigg '20, Assistant Sports Editor November 10, 2018

Groton has always had a history of public service.  There is perhaps no greater emblem of that tradition than the letters and portraits from the last nineteen presidents of the United States that line...

The Right to Be “Part of the Resistance”

Tyler Weisberg '22 October 19, 2018

In early September, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed essay from a senior official of The Trump Administration. It disclosed the dilemmas the President was facing, and how the author believed...

SAT-Optional Admissions Will Fail the Test

SAT-Optional Admissions Will Fail the Test

Andrew Porter '20, Assistant Opinions Editor September 13, 2018

Last July, the University of Chicago announced that it would be enacting the UChicago Empower Initiative, a test-optional admissions policy mainly intended to serve underserved applicants. This change...

Anthony Kennedy and Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh: Disaster or Opportunity?

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist September 13, 2018

The Supreme Court is arguably the most powerful national institution; justices’ immense authority coupled with lifelong terms allow a small group to influence American society for generations after their...

Where Groton Failed in the #NeverAgain Movement

Katie Reveno '20 May 30, 2018

When Annabelle Mata, a close friend and former teammate of mine, walked into school the morning of February 14th, 2018, she didn’t expect anything other than a normal day of classes. She didn’t expect...

A Not-So-Balanced Budget

Brooks Anderson '20 March 2, 2018

Oh where, oh where have the deficit hawks gone? I can tell you this much: they’re certainly not on Capitol Hill or in the White House. On January 31, 2010, Representative Paul Ryan said the following...

A Joint Korean Team is a Step Toward Unity

Brooks Anderson '20 March 2, 2018

On January 17, North and South Korea agreed to march together under one flag and field a joint women’s ice hockey team in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Koreas’ agreement to field an Olympic team under...

When the FCC Got Its Way, We Lost More Than Net Neutrality

Jack Wilderding '19 January 19, 2018

What is the Internet? It is a tool for discovery. It is a tool for creators. It stimulates and facilitates modern human progress. The Internet is not only wonderful, but also a necessity in this day and...

Under The New Tax Bill, Everybody Loses

Brooks Anderson '20 January 19, 2018

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is remarkably equitable in its effects. If you live in a high-tax blue state, you lose, because you can no longer deduct your state and local taxes from your federal...

Kim Jong Three, Two, Un: A Nuclear Countdown?

Kim Jong Three, Two, Un: A Nuclear Countdown?

Rajit Khanna '19, Reporter May 11, 2017

In another of a series of miscues regarding the Trump administration’s North Korea foreign policy, Trump claimed that he was sending an “armada” to the Korean Peninsula. North Korean officials probably...

Liberté, égalité, and fraternité win out over malignité

Liberté, égalité, and fraternité win out over malignité

Brooks Anderson '20, Reporter May 11, 2017

On May 7, the rising wave of populism was halted in its tracks by a crushing loss for the far-right nationalist candidate, Marine Le Pen. Ms. Le Pen, whose ideology, rhetoric, and style parallel that of...

Venezuela, socialist dream turned nightmare? Not so fast

Leo McMahon '19, Reporter May 11, 2017

Despite what is commonly believed in the United States, Venezuela’s economic and political crises are not the fault of socialism, but the result of incompetent state capitalism and the sabotage of the...

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