Ugg-ly boots are hotter than ever
After multiple years, Uggs remain stylish
Public Opinion vs Public Option A public option is the best and only way towards real reform Gabe Menchaka Business Manager
Sara Smoler Entertainment Co-Section Editor Bzzzzzzzz. It is 6:05 a.m., when blasting music from my alarm clock wakes me up. My favorite song blasts on the radio until I hear the D.J. say, “the high for today will be a toasty 10 degrees, and expect a snowstorm this afternoon.” As I groggily roll out of bed, I am already dreading the day that is to come. Getting dressed for school, I await the moment when I slip into my tall, cozy, sheepskin lined Ugg boots. They are my best friends on cold Michigan winter days, like today. They come in an array of colors and even patterns. From floral to patchwork, including various knitstyles, buyers options are limitless when it comes to the Ugg merchandise. If a product has the name “Ugg” attached to it, I expect many of the female population in Andover High School to be sporting it this winter. This poses the question, “what is it about Ugg boots that make them appeal to millions throughout the nation?” Is it the fluffy interior found within each sheekpskin bootie? Perhaps it is the warmth emitting off of the sheepskin material, that envelopes the foot. Maybe, it is Trends like the appeal of Crocs, boyfriend presenting jeans and plat- a designer, bohemian forms circa Spice look that Girls Era, all fade. c e l e b r i t i e s However, it seems h a v e overdone that the Ugg boot is since the year here to stay. 2004, only to result in a mainstream f a s h i o n fiasco. Though Uggs have been notoriously labeled “ugly boots,” they continually appear on the feet of the most fashionable women each season, from Madonna to Miley Cyrus. Whatever the mysterious reason may be, it is certain that the Ugg Boot trend is inevitable. Ugg Boots will continue to invade the halls of Andover for years to come. Due to the designer world we live in, wearing one shoe brand over another is a status symbol almost as eye-catching as what car you drive. For guys, this translates into what gym shoes they wear, like the latest version of Nike hightops. This poses another question, “where exactly do people’s priorities lie?” Though the Ugg boot is not waterproof, and the winter salt tarnishes the outer layers of the boot, people still continuously opt for the Ugg. Is it considerably worth the money to save up for the newest pattern of Uggs, or would it possibly be more strategic to purchase a less trendy, and more durable boot? I cannot recall the last time shoes have held such a powerful impact on culture. Trends like crocs, boyfriend jeans and platforms circa Spice Girls Era, all eventually fade, but it seems that the Ugg boot is here to stay. Those viewers that religiously watched the Sex and the City television seasons can recall lead character Charlotte York’s obsession with designer shoes. Who could forget accomplice Carrie Bradshaw’s walk in closet shoe emporium? This televised shoe obsession created excessive buzz with pop culture. Moreover, the original Chuck Taylor Converse remains a staple in many closets today. I similarly predict that the Ugg boot will continue to hold place in department stores across the country, and on the feet of many this coming year. As I walk out to my car to begin my school day, I realize, there really are no other boots I would rather be wearing than my fluffy tall black Uggs.
Public option is costly, inefficient and the wrong choice for citizens James Feuereisen Staff Writer
Healthcare is perhaps one of the most polarizing issues on the table right now. Particularly controversial is the role that people are comfortable letting the government play in the industry. Furthermore, at the heart of this issue is the question of whether or not the federal government should provide a public option to compete with private insurers. A public option is absolutely necessary for there to be any degree of real health care reform. If the healthcare insurance industry is left to their own devices to change, not only will prices keep going up, but we can expect the industry to continue to run roughshod over the ones who need them the most, sick Americans. People complain about ‘death panels’ when the reality is that right now those death panels exist. Insurance companies are designed to maximize profit while minimizing payouts. This creates an atmosphere that is not conducive to the health of Americans. When a faceless corporate lackey is deciding your fate with his next paycheck in mind, you get a different degree of sympathy than from someone who’s there not for the money, but to honestly help people. Health care or lack thereof affects every single American. Ultimately, if you aren’t an insurance executive, healthcare reform will have one of two effects: you will see no change in anything, or your quality of life will be improved. This is a win-win situation for the American people. A public option will drive cost down and make health care more affordable for the uninsured. This is an important first step toward an America where all citizens are covered and can reasonably expect to live a healthy life. That America starts here, in 2009, with basic health care reform. In the same way Franklin Delano Roosevelt, forever changed the country during the midst of the Great Depression, Barack Obama and this generation will forever change the face of America. And a public option is a step in the right direction.
The United States is in the midst of a sea of change that will forever alter the nation. In Washington, one of the most debated topics is the public option in health care reform bills. Many argue that the public option is a great idea and will certainly improve the health care system, but if one examines the facts, not the emotions, they will gain an understanding of why the public option is detrimental to the United States. To start, there are few government run programs that are truly efficient, reliable, and actually save money. It is highly unlikely that a program ran by bureaucrats will run as efficiently as a private company, and health care is far too important to be damaged by bureaucrats. Lives are at stake. By having such a low cost, Americans that have a private plan’s business that provides health care for their employees, or affluent individuals who will be required to purchase such plans, may decide to use the public option. This is on top of the low-income citizens whom the public option is intended for. The long term effect of this is tens of millions of Americans being under the public option. A public option that will offer a lower cost involves the government taking a loss. With a government debt exceeding $10 trillion, the government is currently adding one trillion dollars annually to the total. With foreign governments, particularly the Chinese, owning that debt, the U.S. government cannot afford to further add to that deficit. A realistic solution to the dilemma of having unaffordable insurance plans, even with government subsidiaries, is allowing citizens to purchase plans across state lines or establish a federal insurance exchange. This method allows basic economic forces to prevail. With the newfound competition within the nation, the cost of insurance plans will go down, so they can actually be affordable for all families. Additionally, there will be more revenue from health insurance companies, which will lead to higher tax returns for the federal government. That change, will result in a reduction of the debt, an idea almost unheard of in Washington. With a bi-partisan bill, without the public option that reforms health care in a positive manner, President Obama will keep to his word, and be finally become the last President to tackle health care reform. If anything, America deserves that.
Frantic freshman’s first day blues First day at not as bad as she thought
Eve Sherbin Guest Writer As I rolled around restlessly in bed, butterflies swarmed my stomach reminding me of the terrors the next day held, ruining any hope I had of drifting to sleep. The past week I spent worrying about my first day of high school, and asked anyone who had high school experience what to expect. I was much more overtaken by nerves than they recalled from their own high school days. I awoke at 6:20 a.m. On the first day of high
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school, I was skittish and clammy, and questions raced through my mind. I attempted to calm myself down as I got dressed for school. After frantically stuffing school supplies in my backpack, I was ready to go. In my car pool, I wasn’t in the mood to talk to my friends seated next to me. I was preoccupied thinking about all the different aspects of being a freshman. Rumors that ninth graders were the target of upperclassmen’s bullying left images of getting stuffed in a locker in my mind. Then, a voice echoing in my head said, “Almost 1,000 kids.” That meant more opportunity to get lost in a lunchroom filled with upperclassmen, some of whom had beards or could vote. Miraculously, I managed to get from the car to the auditorium. A new level of stress rose as I looked around, and saw a sea of new faces. Then, I walked into my seminar and felt a wave of loneliness. The classmates I had sat with in middle school, were nowhere in sight. Instead, the room was filled with kids already grouped together.
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The lonesomeness swallowed me until I realized that I would have to branch out and meet new people. This thought hit me as I walked to lunch, giving me a jolt of confidence. In the lunchroom, the cliques were more defined than in class, and there was no way I could sit down at a new table without being labeled “weird.” Emptiness took over my emotions once again. I sat impatiently in my seventh hour class watching the clock’s second hand tick, waiting for it to show 2:30 p.m. I was ready for the day to end. Just as the bell rang, Mrs. Wendt said, “Tomorrow will be better, it just takes some getting used to.” I hoped she was right. Packing up, I felt all of the uneasy and lonely feelings were giving way to relief. It was over; I had survived my first day of high school. As my friends and I walked out of school, we shared our horror stories. One thing was certain - I wasn’t alone. We had all survived Day One. Mrs. Wendt was right. I could expect better days.