West Side Stories

The Story Behind the Story

February 23, 2012

They're off to see the President, the wonderful President of America, when he's in Milwaukee, of course. Four West Side Stories reporters, Seniors Ellyn Kirtley, Luke Salamone, and Zakiya Robinson, and Junior Kylie Hogrefe were given the opportunity to join professional reporters and writers covering President Obama's visit to Milwaukee on February 15. The President had come to speak to employees of Milwaukee's Masterlock plant. The ...

Awards Won at Convention

November 22, 2011

Wauwatosa West Journalism students received two best of show awards and one individual award at the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) National Convention this weekend. Over 4,000 students from around the country gathered at the convention which showcases classes and seminars about the growing world of journalism and to compete among their peers. The NSPA sp...

Another Program to Cut

February 23, 2011

To commemorate the centennial birthday of Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin was one of several speakers to speak at a banquet in California. Among other things, Palin complained the government is “spending too much” and “controlling too much”. She was presumably unaware of the irony within her statement, because capital punishment does both. The traditional conservative position on the subject of c...

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Do Discriminate

February 4, 2011

A wretched manifestation of an old problem has come under the scrutiny of the United States. The subject is the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Besides the injustice it does to otherwise perfectly functional military personnel, this policy undercuts any moral arguments one might make to justify the wars. Soldiers are fighting for liberty and freedom while simultaneously being denied these Western...

Scrutiny of Religion

November 15, 2010

America was founded on Western values, and prospered because of it. Among these sacred principles are the freedom to have civil discourse and freedom of religion. Protection of these Western values from corruption should therefore be of supreme importance. Activities done in private which have little effect on the public need not ―and perhaps should not― be publicly scrutinized. However, when th...

Legalizing Marijuana

August 17, 2010

In the revealing question of how full a glass is with water, an optimist is known for the opinion that the glass is “half full”; the pessimist for reporting that the glass is half empty. For realists like myself, the question is trivial and meaningless. The value of the question is indeed not scientific, but somewhat metaphysical. Realism, unmarred by optimistic or pessimistic doctrine, is our...

A Papal Problem: Vatican Cannot Cure AIDS by Ignoring Problem

August 17, 2010

On March 17, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI made his first visit to the African continent by visiting Angola and Cameroon. While there, Benedict reignited a large controversy over the Catholic stance on condom use, saying that AIDS was “a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”. Unfortunately, ...

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