Cartoonist:Gamze Ayaz ’16
Letters to the Editor
The article Celebrating Chinese New Year Is No Monkey Business means a great deal to me. As an Asian- American, Lunar New Year is a very important holiday to my family and I. Although it is known for all the great food, the traditional aspects are what matter most to me, and I think that’s the aspect of Lunar New Year that most people should see. With that being said, I think the authors of this article did a wonderful job of showing multiple perspectives of Lunar New Year. There was a balance of traditional and fun aspects of this holiday which I could really relate to and appreciate.
In the end, the best part of celebrating Lunar New Year is the fact that students have a day off to celebrate the holiday and experience all the festivities. A holiday that was once geared towards one ethnic group is now celebrated by many. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen the community grow more and more diverse and I think that’s the best part of this day. No matter what ethnicity you are or where you come from, a holiday like this can be celebrated by many with those they love.
Vivian Ng ’16
I found great pleasure in reading the article on the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe that it is a very controversial issue which has been debated for years. It has even gone to the Supreme Court. The pledge itself is no problem, but the words “Under God” have been the focal point of many debates. I believe that the pledge should be said every morning, but I also believe that it is every student’s personal choice to actually get up and say it. If students don’t want to say it, they shouldn’t be held accountable.
In my class, about 40% of the class gets up for the pledge. Then again, my period 5 class is AP Physics 1 and many students feel distracted by the pledge. However, I’m not going to make the argument that the pledge is taking time away from the lesson. I believe that we should honor the soldiers in the front lines who protect our nation and our freedom. Bringing back the pledge is great for patriotism. But it shouldn’t be mandatory, it should be optional.
A Fellow Hornet,
Anas Cheema ’16
Dear Argus Editor,
I appreciated the article about one of Brooklyn’s hidden spots, Dumbo. I think it is very important to educate our student body about parts of our borough. Brooklyn is huge and has many neighborhoods. Some I have never even heard of. I have lived in Brooklyn my whole life, like many students at Midwood, and although I feel like I know a lot about my city, there is still a lot I don’t know. Dumbo is one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn and I am glad you are sharing it with the school. It is somewhere everyone should visit. I think you should continue to share different neighborhoods of Brooklyn, perhaps ones less known. We should know our city and kids are always looking for something to do.
Dear Argus Editors,
To be completely honest, I’m not too fond of your guys’ newspaper for various reasons. My first reason is because you guys don’t talk about anything with substance or anything that your readers want to read about. Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to read about the events that happen in the school and general information that we all should know. But there should be things included that the students and faculty would be interested about and read your newspaper more. For example, an advice column about how to fill out college applications, what to do if you don’t get accepted to the college of your choice, how to deal with all the crazy teachers or an immense amount of homework. Another example is an anonymous column. An anonymous student would write about various things going on in the school. Obviously nothing inappropriate or derogatory but just something to spice up an already boring newspaper. Lastly, the newspaper should have a section where we get to rate our teachers after each semester ends and give advice to freshman on which classes they should take.
Dear Argus Editors,
After reading about “Pledge of Allegiance Causes Controversy. I am more towards going against it. Like you said, that reciting the pledge might “build patriotism” or respect to those fought in wars.
However, I believe that there are other ways to “build patriotism” and/or respect the soldiers. The pledge is mostly seen as a waste of time. Some kids might stand for the pledge, but not mean it at all. Like people that talk about God and others, it is about if a person truly believes in their heart. Saying the pledge means nothing unless you are thinking about those that fought/ Other than that, the pledge is just words that we have to listen. It doesn’t do anything for us!
Cynthia Ha ’16
First, I would like to thank you for publishing the article, Alumna Comes Back to the Hive. Ms.Goldfarb is one of the teachers I will always be thankful for. I had her both semesters for Trigonometry during sophomore year. She made math fun with her enthusiasm. She would always stress the importance of math. Seeing an article on one of my favorite teachers makes me very happy. I really appreciate articles like this because they allow us to show our respect for those who spend their time sharing knowledge with us. Reading how much she loves teaching makes me so happy to have once been her student. Once again, thank you for publishing this article, and the newspaper as well. I look forward to the next issue of Argus!
Brandon Zhang ’16
I really enjoyed the article Rolling Drones and Botley Crue move on to Regionals. I found the article to be quite informational. I was aware of Midwood’s robotics team but I did not know anything beyond that. I was rather surprised to see how well they did. It did not surprise me that they were an organized bunch, dedicated to compete. It was a moment of pride to see Midwood reach new heights. However, I would’ve preferred if you had focused on the journey as well as the end. It’s great that they won, but I want to know how they got there. There were small details on the challenges they faced but not a lot on how they got through them. What was the psychological mindset of the teams during the whole journey? What was their original goal? Was there something they failed to accomplish?
Bilal Azhar ’16