West Side Stories

Holiday Traditions in the Wauwatosa West Community

Wauwatosa West classroom door decorated for the holiday season.

Anyiah Chambers, Staff Reporter

January 14, 2020

From the middle of November to the beginning of the New Year one can hear Christmas music filling one’s ears in every direction. Walking into the malls one notices almost ev...

A Texas-Sized Blunder

October 24, 2011

When Texas Governor and current republican presidential candidate Rick Perry released an executive order that required 6th grade girls to be vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, he could have hardly predicted the long term consequences its issuance would cause. Those consequences would be remarks decrying the order made by Republican presidential hopefuls, especially Michele Bachmann...

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...

A Papal Problem: Vatican Cannot Cure AIDS by Ignoring Problem

August 18, 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, ...

Ban a Burqa, Ban a Muslim

August 18, 2010

In 2004, France banned Muslim headscarves, Jewish caps, Sikh turbans, and Christian crosses in its private schools. Now, it and several other countries, including Belgium and Sweden, are attempting to ban burqas, coverings for Muslim women that cover the entire body, including the face. The governments of these countries believe that burqas do not allow Muslim women to freely express themselves. Not only th...

Tosa West Student News