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We hope you enjoy this new online format of The Independent.  Many, but not all of the articles that appeared in the latest printed version are posted here.  Additionally, you can find a .pdf file of the most recent issue on the “Archives” page.

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The Health Care Debate


Iason Togias (Liberal) vs. Taylor Barker (Conservative)
Please vote in the poll at the bottom of the page! Continue reading

Spring Varsity Sports Roundup (Photos!)


Sports Editor Nicko Gladstone ranks St. Albans’ best sports teams this spring. Continue reading

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My Brother Was Born Without a Head


by Conor Goetz (’11)

Watching the Winter Olympics this year, I was struck by how much our culture rewards the best sob story.  Everyone loves when a hero triumphs over catastrophic adversity, and it certainly can be inspiring. Continue reading

Life Without Parole Unfair for Juveniles


by Marissa Baly (’12)

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity/To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment/Would you capture it or just let it slip?

These words from Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” exemplify Continue reading

Changing Contexts: From the Close to the Middle Kingdom


by Ricahrd Loeper-Viti (former STA teacher)

When I teach students to proofread their writing, I ask them to do two specific things: print their work and read it on the page, rather than on the computer screen; and have someone read their work to them.  I do this because changing the context within which they view their work affords writers the opportunity to see their work anew, which helps writers reaffirm their smart choices and offers them another opportunity to notice (and improve) problems that persist. Continue reading