Editor’s Note


Haley Haltom, Digital Editor

Editor’s Note

I remember watching CNN 10 in my sixth-grade history class taught by Mrs. Gonzales. The episode covered Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. That was my first introduction to politics. However, as a sixth-grader I was more concerned with beating the boys during recess football than educating myself about the 2016 presidential candidates. That young I did not think that politics impacted me.

A lot of the kids I know hear their parents talk about politics at home and by that I mean what their mom read on Facebook or what their dad deems as “fake news.” My home has never been one to really talk about politics. It wasn’t until this year, my junior year, that I found out whether my parents were registered as republican or democrat. Being in Newspaper class and looking into different sources and digging deeper for myself is how I was able to form my own opinions and get into politics on my own.

January’s events at the capital and all around America were eye-opening. Following the riot at the Capital things were tense. Now into February, we are still witnessing the consequences for the actions that led up to and occurred that day. Conflicting opinions can oftentimes lead to misinformation, so for this issue, The Totem worked to give you the facts concerning the riot at the Capitol, Trump’s second impeachment, and Trump’s ban from social media. One of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Jones, always says “History doesn’t repeat itself but it sure does rhyme.” That is why it is so important to educate yourself with facts and to understand that no matter what age politics do have an impact on you individually. Educating yourself and others is the only way to change future events.

Find the PDF version of the printed issue here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10CM-FQHI6tcH0gUzwHskrpnPIl3AQoSm/view