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Bexley Staff is a junior at Bexley High School and a staff reporter on The Torch.

Opinion

Editorial: Barriers prevent contraceptives from being accessible to U.S. citizens

On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. While the act was primarily meant to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, it also required insurers and employers to include birth control in their coverage. However, in recent years, states and the Trump-Pence administration have made […]

Opinion

Healthcare workers should be required to get COVID-19 vaccine

After almost a year with COVID-19, Moderna and Pfizer have been able to produce and begin to distribute vaccinations in the U.S. For many who have been following the CDC’s guidelines of social distancing and wearing masks, the introduction of an effective vaccine is a light at the end of the tunnel after such a […]

Opinion

Editorial: State governments must act on rising coronavirus cases in coming weeks

The coronavirus is draining Ohio.  According to the Institute For Health Metrics and Evaluation, in Ohio, the need for hospital beds is rising, the Intensive Care Units are full, and the number of deaths in the state will more than double by April 1, 2021, exceeding 16,000. With such grim predictions and a lack of […]

Opinion

Is it safe for students to travel over winter break?

Pro Mia Diffley Staff Reporter Most students look forward to the rest and relaxation they achieve during the holiday season, along with quality time spent with family and fun vacations they often have. However, with the current rise of COVID-19 numbers and the quick approach of winter break, many have questioned if it is still […]

Opinion

Editorial: High school’s Focus on Freshmen program demands too much from students

The Focus on Freshmen program implemented in the high school last school year has returned after being adapted to the new hybrid learning model. This mandatory program is designed to teach students new study habits and help facilitate their transition into high school. However, the Focus on Freshmen program is much too overbearing for students […]

Opinion

Should the US rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement?

Pro Rosa Ferdelman Staff Reporter Scientists believe that the surface temperature of the Earth will increase up to 10 degrees by the end of the century, causing irreversible damage to the environment if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled, according to the Climate Action Reserve. The Paris Climate Agreement was formed in 2015 to encourage […]

Opinion

Is the district’s hybrid learning plan effective?

Pro Sara Benedict Staff Reporter Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the shutdown of the country, students have been forced to learn from home. However, for the first time since March, students are being allowed back into the building to learn in person with added precautions.  With these precautions, hybrid learning can help students […]

In-Depth

Students of color reflect on their experiences in Bexley

Isabel Bowling Aden Flora Sarah George In-depth Editors Editors’ Note: Students’ names have been changed to grant them anonymity.  Have you ever been the only person in the room who looks like you?  This is a familiar feeling for Black students in Bexley. Being the only Black student in a Bexley City Schools classroom is, […]

Opinion

Editorial: Arts departments need more funding, support from schools

Funding for the arts and theatre departments has been a subject of debate due to the lack of support they often receive from both the federal and state governments and local school districts. The district’s previous decision to reduce the theatre department’s budget and temporarily pause activities as a result of state funding cuts from […]