The Creative Corner
Vidual interpretations from BHHS students
Photography by Aulaire Jensen, Sophomore
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Stop “Agreeing to Disagree”
on Facts and Bigotry
Yes, you have freedom of speech— but that doesn’t mean you have freedom from consequences.
Opinion by Zoey Dorsey
The first reaction of anybody who has ever been wrong in a debate: agreeing to disagree. Now, of course there are things that people can civilly agree to disagree on, like pizza toppings or whether or not you liked the newest blockbuster. But the line must be drawn when someone who is clearly misinformed or morally wrong decides that the best thing to do is just shut down the conversation entirely. I’m not going to sit here and “agree to disagree” with somebody about whether or not the Earth is flat, or if LGBTQ+ people deserve rights; I’m not going to pretend that it’s completely fine for people to disagree on these things. So the amount of times that I’ve been told, “Oh, we just disagree! That’s okay, let’s agree to disagree!” is absolutely insufferable. 

Furthermore, the people who say whatever comes to their mind always get angry when other people rightfully call them out. “What about my freedom of speech? I should be allowed to say slurs if I want to!” they cry, sounding like toddlers who don’t understand why they can’t have ice cream for dinner. I will never, ever be able to understand these types of people, who absolutely insist they can be as offensive as they want to be without any sort of repercussions. It doesn’t matter if you’re serious or joking. People are allowed to get mad at your “edgy dark humor,” especially if it’s entirely unfunny and there’s no punchline other than you going, “Haha (insert minority) am I right?”

Let me make this very clear, with a message that I’ve been told too many times to count: facts do not care about your feelings. The Earth has been scientifically proven to be round, just like every other planet in the universe, and it makes absolutely no sense to lie about it. Denying scientific evidence in this manner is funny on the surface, but when you get to the types of people who deny the effectiveness of vaccines or masks, it becomes dangerous and possibly deadly. Believe it or not, every single conspiracy theory you find online is not true, and believing in them doesn’t make you some super genius. Regardless of sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or whatever, every single person deserves rights. Denying rights from other people simply because they’re different is abhorrent and entirely wrong.

Agreeing to disagree or taking a middle stance doesn’t change this. You’re not somehow more enlightened than everyone else for being between everything or slinking away because you were called out. All it does is end the conversation because you’re too uncomfortable to live with the fact that you’re wrong. All it does is continue an endless cycle, where you can’t be called out because if you are, the other person is simply too “stubborn” or “aggressive” to come to what you believe is a compromise when it’s really just an avoidance tactic. Stop telling me, and countless others to agree to disagree on important subjects. It doesn’t help your case whatsoever.
THE HEALTH OF OUR RIVER
by Lily Corrigan
The Cheto river is Oregon's wildest river with the best water quality. It is also one of the top 10 best outdoor places in Curry County. The Chetco  receives healthy runs of large winter steelhead and fall chinook salmon. On a good year, the river fishing is best when the water levels are between 2,000 and 4,000 cubic feet/seconds (cfs).The health of the Chetco was good until four years ago on July 12. The Chetco fire burned roughly 191,000 acres. Since the burn everything has slowly started to grow back. When the Oregon coast has a good winter that is really cold, with a good amount of snowfall, and a lot of rain, the river seems to stay pretty high all summer, which is a very good thing. If we have a year where we don’t have a lot of precipitation, the water levels drop pretty low and the ecosystem suffers. 
CATCH AND RELEASE ON THE CHETCO
by Wyatt Harms
You can keep one steelhead/salmon a day but some people think they can just keep catching more in one day because nobody is watching. What they don't know is that they aren't catching as many the next year. On the Chetco you can keep trout all year long and the bag limit is 5 fish, many people, such as myself, do not like the idea of keeping a large quantity of fish, I just catch and release until I catch a big one. For greedy people this bag limit presents a problem because they want to catch and keep everything. People who do not follow the laws also often complain when they don't catch anything.  A problem occurs when people continuously go to their favorite spot, there may be a lack of fish because over-fishing has decimated the population. The biggest salmon ever caught was 97 pounds 4 ounces! We can only see more fish like that if we stop over fishing and keeping everything we catch. 
THE LOVE OF FISHING
by Colton Hill (pictured above)
Colton Hill loves all of the local rivers.
" I personally fell in love with the outdoors and fishing is a way that I get to spend time there.  I prefer fishing much more than hunting because when you go hunting no matter what you take an animals life with the risk of getting no reward as in the case of a badly placed shot but with fishing I am able to fight a fish and sure it can be on some spiritual level of seeing whether or not I'm "worthy" of catching that fish but in the end, I can release that fish back to the water so it can live its life and finish its course with the life cycle.  In the end fishing just is something that makes me joyful and feels right."

Oceana released a report, based on an analysis of e-commerce packaging data, that found Amazon generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2019. The report found that Amazon’s estimated plastic packaging waste, in the form of air pillows alone, would circle the Earth more than 500 times. Oceana is calling on Amazon to give customers a plastic-free packaging choice at checkout. READ MORE HERE
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