The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, October 30, 1981, Image 2

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Bad Image This letter is in response to Alise Rudio's last editorial enti- tled \Lance Policy explained.\ Her editorial criticized Principal Don Harbaugh's opinion that the Lance is negative and gives the school a bad image. When I first read the article, I felt Alise was too harsh on Harbaugh. He was giving constructive criticism and you refused to accept it. I agree - with Harbaugh that the present policy does create a bad image. The first obligation of any newspaper, including the Lance, is to inform not to incite its readers. The Lance is a student paper and should address stu- dent concerns and activities. Over haH of the last issue, who has been no exception , was de- voted to national and state news which is covered by other news · media. Perhaps it is time to reexa- mine the policies of the Lance. Don't reject this without consid- eration . Since the Lance is a stu- dent paper, financed largely by student fees, report on student programs, activities and con- cerns . If there are problems with our school let's not only critize them but work actively to im- prove them as a student body. I feel negativism promotes negativism whether it is ex- pressed at home, in the class room, or in a newspaper. I would like to see the Lance do tr l I ' .S T IJD!: NTS - DON T more feature articles . Why don't you wrjte about Harbaugh's in- volvement in all of our extra-cur- ricular activities? Report on his ideas and goals for our school. Write how former Sentinel stu- dents (m yseH included) are over- whelmingly enthused about HELLGATE . Tell how Hellgate had the highest number of Na- tional Merit Semi-Finalists in the state for its enrollment and do a feature on these students instead of just printing their pic- ture. The Lance should work with student Senate and vice- versa instead of putting each other down. They are both part of Hellgate's foundation. Hellgate High School is and al- ways will be the first Missoula CARS FoP.-rRASPDY<.TAT: ot , )\ County High School. Sentinel is second, Seeley Swan is third and Big Sky is fourth. A large num- ber of Missoula residents are loyal alumni of the first Missoula County High School and that loy- alty remains with that school- HELLGATE . We are number ONE-but only if it's reflected in our attitudes and behavior . Lori Byrne Se nior Editors note: the Lance is not published with any use of stu- dents' fees. It is financed 45 per- cent by district funds, and 55 percent is made through the sale of advertising b~ Journalism I. 1 LdnCE 1 Edit• ....... . .. ·········-~···............ Aile M ...... EditOt ...................................................... .. ... 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W>MI .. . . ·-·-·······--···----··-·····- loo ...-. hilt••• Writers ..... . .. - .. ··-·· · ······ · ······ ·· · ····-·····-···· Midrllle c-,1111 ...... _ Sports Repolter ••..•. ······-·······-·····-· ··· ····· ·· ·····-·······-····-·· Etl 1,.-. - ................ .. ... . ........................ . ............................ W-Soitt ~Wwortioiol .. ... ..................... .. ...... .. .......... - ................ --! No thanks Dear Editor : We would like to th1Ulk the Hellgate cheerleaders and Pep Club for the wonderful job they've done giving the cross- country teams the support they ' ve needed . Well thanks , but then again no thanks . After long hard practices , and hard run races we feel we owe more gratitude to the Big Sky and Sentinel schools for their support than to our own home school. Furthermore , we feel we are a part of Hellgate athletics and should be treated as an equal varsity sport . Cross-county is a rewarding sport, but it is hard to recruit any people when we don't get any recognition. Most people don 't even know that cross-coun- try exists. We work just as hard if not harder than the football team , for instance , which gets more than its share of recogni- tion . We ' d appreciate some support and recognition from Pep Club and the cheerleaders in the fu- ture. Tricia Fifield Junior Caity Borgman Junior David Woodbury Sophomore Maile Field Sopohomore Anette Peterson Sophomore Marcie FrisseU Senior Jean Robinson Sophomore Josie Johnson Freshman Holly Lungren Sophomore Michelle Lane Sophomore Amy Edgington Sophomore Tllo IMee CUSPS 5U - 14G) io ~ IO< ... dy Sop-\\\\\\ llby . .,..,, lor-..,._ 11y 111o-.- II dno vi H ..... lo H .. - 100 S.. .. H ..... - _._ 51111. T ..... 7U - Z400, oiL Zll. T11o .._. ooo- vi lllo ~ lltou Anociodoo. lllo IWI_. Suollocioty . --<llllo-A,. .... I• 1110-11 . - .._ .... r oto- ......... -. <1- 132 . ZZ . l'osul----. _. ... 01 -._ MT 51101. C.-lioo io UOO . Raising - legal driving age unfair to teens The automobile is used tremendously come so dependent on the automobile for by teen-agers in the U.S., and it provides transportation to work, running errands for much freedom. Yet, that same freedom has parents and transnorting sisters, brothers ted to receive a license. (If teens really want to drive then they can show th~y care enough to learn how to drive safely.) become a top killer of teens. and friends. Then there are the weekends. An insurance research group issued ant Teens tend to live very social lives and the 11-page report last month, \Teens and car becomes very important for movies, Autos: A Deadly Combination\. In this re- school activities, parties, and cruising. The port the group suggested that teen-agers be automobile gives whoever drives it a sense only permitted to drive during the day. The of independence. group also said that the legal driving age Obviously though , there is a problem. should be raised to 18 years of age, and More than 7,000 teen-agers · were killed in driver's education classes should be elimi- automobile accidents in 1978, and more nated from high schools. than half of these deaths occurred in the The report explained that nearly 50 per- evening. It is a well known fact that teen- cent of all deaths of teen-agers between the age boys are one of the highest risks to in- ages of 16-19 years old are caused by motor surance companies (and thus cost more to ·. vehicle accidents. More than half of these insure). accidents occur at night while teens are There have to be some changes made in drinking alcohol. By eliminating the choice terms of alcohol and driving, licensing of of night driving by teenagers this problem teen-agers and speeding. Stricter laws need could be removed. to be enforced that punish people who According to the group, driver's educa- drive while intoxicated. It should not be tion classes in the high schools encourage considered a joke. 16-17 year olds to drive and thus increase The process for teen-agers to become the likelihood of accidents. A 1980 Yale licensed as drivers .should also become study showed that accident rates among harder. Teens should prove their interest in teen-agers dropped in communities where safe driving. The pass/fail grading system driver's education classes were eliminated. for driver's education at Hellgate should be · Yet, it is hard to imagine teen-agers · changed. Only students receiving at least a giving up . the right to drive. They have be- C (or even a B) average should be pennit- Ctuising (the drag) is another hab1t that should be eliminated. It encourages speed- ing, drinking, and just basic wreckless driv- ing. It also wastes a tremendous amount of gas and pollutes Missoula (as well as other places .) Biking and public transportation could eliminate some of the necessity for teens to drive, but both of these options do not · work for evening activities. There is no public transportation during the evening in Missoula, and biking is dangerous in the dark when using the same roads as cars. As long as there is gas teen-agers will be driving. In order to make it safer for ev- eryone, new laws are going to have to be made. Many teen-agers can drive safely and share the roads with everyone else. But, there are some who cannot, and they shouldn't be permitted to drive. Li- censing must be harder to pass, and driving while intoxicated should become total taboo. The automobile ought to be used by all as a form of transportation and not as a very dangerous and deadly toy. - Martha Roberts

The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana), 30 Oct. 1981, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.