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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

The Ventura County Fairgrounds hosts gun shows such as the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. Its most recent gun shows took place on Oct. 23 (pictured) and 24, 2021, and on March 5 and 6. Crossroads of the West Gun Shows has gun shows scheduled for Aug. 27 and 28, and Oct. 22 and 23. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Opinion: Gun shows should continue at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

Alejandro Hernandez July 26, 2022

United States citizens have the innate right to assemble and bear arms On July 21, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill (AB) 1769. According to the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom,...

Abortion providers such as the Planned Parenthood health center on Ralston Street in Ventura are protected by California law, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The federal government should protect abortion rights, lifting the burden from states to decide and ensuring that every American can abort their pregnancies if they so choose. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Opinion: Abortion is a human right that demands protection

Alejandro Hernandez June 29, 2022

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, citizens must decide their preferred national direction On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50-year-old ruling...

Opinion: ASB’s diversity is lacking

Opinion: ASB’s diversity is lacking

Avery Cameron and Sophia Nacu June 25, 2022

“We’re trying little by little and I think we’ve got some kids that are doing a great job of it, but it’s going to take some time,” said ASB advisor Ann Larson Ventura High School’s Associated...

COVID-19 can make people feel sick and flustered. Graphic by: Avea Baker

Opinion: Why does it seem like everyone is getting COVID-19 again?

Avea Baker and Halle Gentry June 16, 2022

Why has there been such a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases? Ever since prom, there has been a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases at Ventura High School. Although I’m sure cases were spiking before...

Ear piercings are some of the most popular piercings among teens. Photo by: Livia Vertucci

Opinion: Get over it! The era of trashy piercings is out, from this moment on piercings are the embodiment of fashionable!

Elise Sisk and Livia Vertucci June 10, 2022

Two pierced up girls' opinions on the stigmatization of body jewelry The days of “trashy” piercings are out. Most piercings that were considered trashy are now popular. It’s extremely common to...

As COVID-19 numbers rise, public attention on the virus at both the national and local level unjustly declines. Students are faced with vital decisions such as whether to mask or not. Photo by: Brody Daw

Opinion: COVID-19 is not hindsight 20/20

Alejandro Hernandez and Brody Daw May 25, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet The COVID-19 pandemic has largely been pushed to the sidelines. It’s like as soon as mask mandates were lifted so were concerns about the pandemic, which is still...

Estudiantes en classe de Maestra Sellers durante periodo uno en horario bloque. Muchos estudiantes no les gusta este horario, pero es preferible para mi. Photo by: Avery Cameron

Opinión: Te amo horario de bloque

Avery Cameron May 20, 2022

¡Mi día de escuela empieza a las 10:30 a.m! Puedo hacer muchísimo en ese tiempo. Voy de camino con mi perro, hago tarea y tengo mucho más tiempo que el horario normal. Solo tengo cuatro clases en la...

On April 12 at the Chevron on East Main Street in Ventura, the price of regular fuel was $5.79 per gallon. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that price is over a dollar more expensive than the average California gas price of Feb. 2022. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Opinion: Gas prices shouldn’t be this high

Alejandro Hernandez April 19, 2022

The United States needs to nationalize its oil industry to lower gas prices and more Gasoline. It is a commodity that is also known as gas or fuel. It has sharply risen in price, while the corporations...

Gold Coast Transit District offers a “VHS Tripper” service line which runs between Ventura High School and Ventura avenue. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Opinion: Fare free public transportation is a necessity for the modern-day

Alejandro Hernandez March 22, 2022

Public transportation is an essential service Public transportation is defined by Merriam Webster as, “a system of trains, buses, etc., that is paid for or run by the government.” The city of Ventura...

Scissors cutting through the year 2020, reflecting how it felt since it went by so fast. Graphic by: Avea Baker

Opinion: COVID-19 time warp

Avea Baker March 10, 2022

Over the past 2 years time has been flying by, it seems to be because of COVID-19 During this scary time of COVID-19 and social dilemmas, two years have passed us by. It is unbelievable that it is now...

Ventura High School English teacher Elizabeth Mainz said, Theres all kinds of words and phrases that we gender as a society that we dont always cognitively think of. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Opinion: It’s time to de-gender the English language

Alejandro Hernandez February 24, 2022

Gender-neutral terms must come first Gender. According to the Merriam-Webster definition, gender is, “the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex.” It has a...

Senior Martie Pecht said, “[COVID-19] Misinformation is very harmful and can be very deadly so I think people should be penalized for it.” Photo by: Olive Kranzler

Opinion: Social media platforms need to stop COVID-19 misinformation

Alejandro Hernandez and Olive Kranzler February 10, 2022

The virus of ignorance that spreads online In today’s day and age, most of our information comes from online sources. The validity of facts online has often been misleading, but what about when it comes...

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