Category: opinion

Service Dog Etiquette

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER I’m going to be flat out and honest. Service dogs are not for your personal pleasure. Yes, they may look really cute, cuddly and behave rather well, but it still does not mean they exist…

Your Mental Health Doesn’t Belong to Anyone’s Schedule

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER While we slowly chip away at the stigma and silence surrounding issues of mental and emotional health, we have managed to barely scratch the surface of the problematic views we still hold as a society….

Your Next Car Will Be Electric, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

BY DANIEL SCOTT MITCHELL, STAFF WRITER In many ways, 2018 was the year of the electric vehicle (EV). For example, despite numerous production delays, leadership scandals and other various roadblocks, Tesla ended the year with the best-selling luxury vehicle in the…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots, Hope you’ve all had a good start to your semester so far. In our News section, we have great stories updating you on the political situation in Virginia since Ralph Northam’s yearbook photos came out last week and…

Do We Still Need the Postal Service

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER The Trump administration recently proposed allowing private companies to pay the United States Postal Service (USPS) for the privilege of putting packages into mailboxes, a practice which has long been illegal. The proposal is a way…

It’s Okay Not to Care About Football

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER The Super Bowl has come and gone, along with all of the great American pastimes that accompany the massive televised event. For many people, it is a tradition as important as Thanksgiving, usually with similar…

Kamala Harris as the Democratic Nominee Makes Sense

BY OWEN FERGUSON, STAFF WRITER For the past two years, the American people have dealt with one of the most outrageous and hypocritical presidents in recent memory. As time marches forward, President Trump’s approval rating has continued to drop, while…

Ralph the Racist (r. 2018-2019)

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS, STAFF WRITER As many have probably seen, the once kind-hearted and grandfather-like figure of the great Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam, is not as innocent as we all thought. Within the last week his leadership abilities have…

The Hidden Benefit of University

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER Over the last several years there has been much debate over the cost of going to university. As the number of college graduates rise, some of the overt benefits of going to college seem to…

The Importance of Traveling

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER If there’s one thing I tell someone the most, it’s likely about the importance of traveling to another country. Since I was six months old, I have been traveling the United States and the globe, eventually…