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Category: Board Editorials

Georgia campus carry bill puts state’s university students at risk

Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed House Bill 280, better known as the “Campus Carry Bill,” into law. This bill makes it legal for licensed gun owners over the age of 21 to carry concealed weapons on public campuses in Georgia. A similar bill was passed last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Deal. In a public statement last year, Deal […]

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Betsy DeVos should not be confirmed as secretary of education

President Donald Trump began the process of appointing members of his cabinet soon after he won the November election. One of his most controversial nominations is Republican education activist and billionaire Betsy DeVos, whom Trump chose for Secretary of Education. Soon after the nomination, there was a rush to examine her experience in education, and in the end she had […]

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Bockman puts district policies into action

Most of our parents have always stressed the idea that first impressions are extremely important. As we get older, this advice manifests into telling us how to dress for interviews, properly shake hands and make sure our manners are up to par. However, first impressions go far beyond these basic societal customs. At the beginning of the school year, students […]

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School needs more inclusive namesake

Henry Woodfin Grady was a white supremacist. This school, however, still gives him the honor of representing an educational environment. Grady was a prominent journalist who believed in a “new south.” Most of his ideas revolved around new economic policies. Unfortunately, he also strongly believed that the same “new south” depended on the social supremacy of whites over blacks, which […]

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Guns kill 90 people a day; U.S. should care

We write to you today in the wake of the 352nd American mass shooting of the year. Undoubtably, by the time this article gets into your hands, there will have been another. In the three days it takes to print and return The Southerner to our school, approximately 180 people in the U.S. will likely have been killed with a […]

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Useless fight policy

After a week with three fights on three consecutive days and a riot in the Grady parking lot Friday, Grady administration announced on Sept. 29 that fights will not be tolerated in the future. Under the new policy, students caught watching fights will be punished along with the students fighting. Although the message of this announcement is good, the execution […]

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Sprawl shares blame

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. will go down in history as the day that two inches of snow completely shut down Atlanta, the 11th-largest metropolitan region in America. But what became known as “SnowJam 2014” showed us more about Atlanta than the obvious facts that the city needs to update its emergency weather alert apparatus. It also revealed the latent consequences of the racial division that […]

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Thoroughly excessive

Ten dollars. With 42 percent of our school dependent upon free or reduced lunch, we still charge $10 to see a Grady theater production. Grady’s theater program aims to encourage everyone to come enjoy its musicals and plays, but the reality is that many students can’t afford to pay so much to see a performance. Three-fourths of our editorial board were involved with […]

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Give options a shot

The holidays are the time of year to be thankful for what we have, and what we all have in common and should be thankful for is our school. With its longstanding reputation for excellence in many areas, Grady is a cultural melting pot that offers each student numerous opportunities for advancement and enrichment. Unfortunately, we often do not take advantage of the educational […]

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Responses welcome

The “comment section” is truly the bane of the Internet. From YouTube to The Atlantic to 11 Alive, there’s no quicker way to lose faith in your fellow man than to scroll to the bottom of any article and read the posted comments. Racism and homophobia are rampant, and “trolls” run wild throughout the World Wide Web. Comments about The Southerner, however, have more often […]

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