Category: Opinion

Amazon, the mall changes shopping atmosphere

Online shopping has increased in popularity each year. One of the most popular online stores is amazon. Amazon has nearly limitless items, with a special membership called Prime. Prime members can be introduced to many special deals, free returns and free two day shipping. But, is Amazon really better than shopping at the mall? Amazon is

Two new coffee houses open

Over the past few years, there have been independent coffee shops growing in fame in Altoona.  The coffee shops Greenbean and The Clay Cup  serve our community, as the employees wake up and fuel tired customers. They both offer very different atmospheres- the Clay Cup being an art studio and Greenbean offering live music. I brought

Netflix removes ‘One Tree Hill’

Netflix took off many shows, including One Tree Hill, Oct. 1. One Tree Hill is a television drama about a fictional town in North Carolina that follows the lives of two half brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scott, and their friend group. The show displays the how a family’s past affects its children’s lives and how

Classroom food policy should be revised

Many students during the school day have food and drink on them. Students have food on them to eat breakfast before homeroom. Others will have food in their locker to eat during lunch. It has been an argument for years that we should be allowed to have food and drink in class. Students are allowed

Collins complicates writing process

The high school implemented Collins Writing into the curriculum, to the displeasure of a multitude of students.  The activities involved are no different than what is normally done by teachers. These include brainstorming, regular questions and writing with guidelines: not exactly the most original ideas. The only difference is that Collins has given students a

AASD needs to add spring break

Over the past few years, Altoona students have had a three-day week for spring break. We get Friday before Easter and Monday after Easter off ,but we always end up having a snow day on Easter Monday. These days off are considered spring break. It is actually just a long weekend. Colleges usually get a

Everything is to like about ‘Everything, Everything’

Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything, makes a heartwarming debut with this novel. It is a story about a 17-year-old girl named Madeline Whittier. Maddy has a rare disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, forcing her to never leave her home. The only people she ever sees is her mother and her nurse, Carla. Her life

Heat harms ability to learn

In many science classes in the Altoona Area High School students are learning about temperature, but all they think about is the extreme heat in the classroom. All the rooms in the high school are affected by the lack of functional air conditioning, but the rooms on the top floors of the A and B

Opinion: School lunch continues downward trend

Despite school lunch prices increasing on a yearly basis, the quality of the food in the cafeteria continues its downward spiral.  It should not be too much to ask that the quality of the food be at least average, but both daily entrees and everyday options are of abysmal quality.   The school cafeteria offers

Earlier start time detrimental to student achievement

The school board made the decision Nov. 14  to start the school day 10 minutes earlier in the next school year for the junior and senior high schools and two elementary schools. This means the warning bell will now be at 7:35 a.m. and dismissal time at 2:40 p.m.. The goal of the change is to