Choosing convenient classes over challenging courses

March 27, 2012
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table editor As state budgets around the country are being cut, so is the number of classes which high schools like Middletown can afford to offer. Numerous creative arts and language courses are among those on the chopping block. While I recognize the need to reduce t... Read more »

Pa. judge’s ruling nullifies the First Amendment

March 2, 2012
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table Editor Pennsylvania Judge Mark Martin recently dismissed a case filed by Ernest Perce, an atheist activist who was attacked by a Muslim, Talaag Elbayomy, in reaction to Perce's portrayal of a zombified Muhammad in a local Halloween parade. The Commonwealth of Pennsylv... Read more »

Dr. Horrible comes to the MHS stage

February 14, 2012
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table editor In the midst of the 2007 Writers Guild Strike, Joss Whedon, the creator of several network television shows including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly", wrote and directed an online miniseries entitled "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog".  The 42-minute musica... Read more »

O’Malley’s gas-tax is untimely, unnecessary

February 14, 2012
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table editor In Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's latest state-of-the-state speech, he announced his intent to raise Maryland's gas-tax by 21 cents (6 percent) over the next three years, exceeding the state commission's recommendation by 6 cents. This is in addition to several other hikes proposed by O'Malley, most of which are aimed at redu... Read more »

Prison inmates need not be put to death

December 7, 2011
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table reporter As of October 2010, there were over 3,000 inmates onAmerica's death row. While most states, as well as most Americans, support capital  punishment, the policy's shortcomings severely outweigh its merits. An institution with such broad disparities in its application, one-tenth of its intended victims' eventual exoneration, and ... Read more »

An evaluation of the Republican presidential debates

May 16, 2011
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By Brendan Raleigh Roundtable Reporter On May 5, the first of the Republican Presidential Primary Debates was held in Greenville, South Carolina. Candidates participating in the debate included the following: Rep. Ron Paul, from Texas; Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza; Former Pennsylva... Read more »

Journalism students compete at WVU

April 4, 2011
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Middletown High School students from English teacher Noah Kady's journalism class went to West Virginia University to attend the results of their annual journalism competition. Students attended classes throughout the day and the awards ceremony at night, winning eight awards for Middletown. - Photo... Read more »

MHS participates in United Nations simulation

March 21, 2011
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table reporter Frederick County's sixth annual Model United Nations simulation took place on March 19. Students from schools in Frederick, Washington, and Montgomery County gathered at Hood College to debate and devise solutions for world issues. Each participant was ... Read more »

Uprising in Libya raises conflict in U.S.

March 15, 2011
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table reporter In George Washington’s Farewell Address, he specifically warned his countrymen to avoid unnecessary entanglement in foreign affairs. Thomas Jefferson reiterated Washington’s concerns in his inaugural address, listing the avoidance of interfering with other natio... Read more »

Feelings over facts rule political punditry

February 9, 2011
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By Brendan Raleigh Round Table reporter The world of political punditry is one void of any middle ground or even a valid purpose. Whether it’s Ed Schultz claiming that he’d cheat in an election to keep Scott Brown out of office or Sean Hannity saying that Democrats deserve to be tortured a... Read more »