Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Comey Hearing raises more questions than answers

Owen Roberts
Staff Writer

The Trump-Russia connection seems to keep getting more complicated. On Tuesday, FBI director James Comey testified in front of congress and the intelligence committee about the alleged ties between the Trump Campaign and Russia. Although in November many criticized Comey for supposedly handing the election to Trump by the timing of his email announcements, he continues to be disruptive to both parties. In his hearing, Comey refuted President Trumps wiretapping claims, saying that “[he had] no information that supports those tweets,"
 He testified extensively on the Russian Connection, saying that the FBI was actively investigating the scandal. Vladimir Putin had a clear favorite, according to Comey: “It wasn't Hillary Clinton.” Furthermore, Comey said: “He -- Putin -- hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.”
 Democrats and Republicans at the hearing both tried to change the direction of the hearing. While Democrats wanted to hear more about the Russian connection, Republicans were more interested in where the leaks about former National Security Advisor Flynn came from.
 Representative Trey Gowdy attempted to discover who was behind the leaks by asking Comey if several Obama-Era officials would have had access to the top secret information. The FBI director confirmed that they might have, but he was unable to comment any further.

 The Comey hearing confirmed important information about the case, but even with the testimony of one of the top intelligence officials, the firestorm in Washington continues to grow. Partisanship is at an all time high in America and these hearings feed the flames of the Trump presidency.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Read Across America Starts at The LES and UES

Amanda Horak and Parker Miele
Staff Writers

On Thursday, March 2, a small group of high school students went down to read to the children at the Lower and Upper Elementary Schools. In the morning, a few high school students went to the LES and in the afternoon, more high school students went to the UES. The students were paired up to go into each of the classrooms to read to them on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The high school students mainly tried to read Dr. Seuss books for his birthday. Some of the students, who are Spanish students in the high school, read Spanish books to some of the younger kids as well.
 Emily Madara, Key Club’s co-president, said that this event was “a huge success for Key Club.”
 They had a lot of volunteers from the club, who also enjoyed themselves. The kids also really enjoyed listening to the high school students read.
 “The kids were always smiling and laughing as we read to them,” said other co-president Michaela Park.
 Key Club Adviser, Ms. Schwander, said: “This event was both rewarding for the elementary and high school students because the elementary school students love when the older kids come and read to them. They really enjoy the company.”

 We have to thank the people who made this event happen, not only for the younger students but the high school students as well. The people who did this amazing job were Dr. Lengyel, our reading specialist, Ms. Rachlin, the LES reading specialist, Ms. Rader, the LES librarian, Ms. Loving, the UES librarian, and Ms. Iannacone, the UES reading specialist. The event was a huge success thanks to them and the volunteers!