Granite Bay Today

Commentary: The social media façade

Commentary: The social media façade

Sophia Harimoto, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

What happened to online authenticity? Social media was originally intended to be a place for people to share real memories and communicate with their friends around the world. When I was younger, I viewed it as a safe place to share my thoughts and destinations without having to worry about judgement...

Commentary: Flu shots are not an option

Commentary: Flu shots are not an option

Drew McKown, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

When people say, “I don’t believe in the flu shot,” or “the flu shot doesn’t work,” it drives me absolutely crazy. Do people think that doctors are just poking us with needles that do nothing? Doctors would not be encouraging flu shots if they didn’t work. Doctors are some of the...

Commentary: ‘Joker’ movie is definitely no joke

Commentary: ‘Joker’ movie is definitely no joke

Simi Singh, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Since Todd Phillips’s, “Joker,” hit the box office, there have been a number of mixed reviews regarding the film. Overall, it’s been pretty well received among audiences, and personally, I absolutely loved it. The cinematography is brilliant, and the amazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix deserves ...

Commentary: Success has numerous definitions

Commentary: Success has numerous definitions

Ashley Yung, Senior Editor

November 7, 2019

In the narrative we tell ourselves, success matters. Most people believe that with success, other people will view us differently, and as a result, we’ll be able to view ourselves differently.  To me and to most people I know, success – whatever externally-defined version of success we believe ...

Commentary: Animal rights should be acknowledged

Commentary: Animal rights should be acknowledged

Armaan Saini, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

For a very long time, humans have used animals as a source for their survival. In modern times, humans haven't had the need to kill animals like they once needed. Killing creatures for fur is no longer necessary thanks to new technologies that can create the same textures as fur. And all neces...

Commentary: Adopt don’t shop

Commentary: Adopt don’t shop

Gaby Mathis, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted a dog. A best friend, a great companion and a partner in crime. When I was 10 years old, I threw an awesome birthday party. The theme was dogs. We ate a big cake, sang songs and danced. But the most memorable part was making beds and toys with my friends for...

Commentary: Flexing your parents’ money

Commentary: Flexing your parents’ money

JJ Hill, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Trust me; I get it. I really do. On a certain level, it makes sense. When the direct deposit goes through your bank or the cash is in your hands, you feel good. You can buy whatever you want. Parents are usually pretty keen on allotting you a sum of their hard-earned cash if you think you need...

Commentary: Muslim America

Commentary: Muslim America

Mareesa Islam, Staff Writer

October 25, 2019

I’ve felt it too many times, the deep stares during attendance, the turning of heads at the mention of my last name. It all seems too familiar to me. For all of my 11 years of formal schooling, growing up as a Muslim-American has been, for the lack of better words, a journey. I am not usually...

Commentary: Trick or treating as a teen

Commentary: Trick or treating as a teen

Drew McKown, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

If you are a high school student who is going trick or treating this year, you have to be polite, wear a costume and you should not be driving from house to house just grabbing buckets of candy. If you are a teen and expecting to get candy from my house, there are definitely some expectations that...

Commentary: Politics have come for comedy

Commentary: Politics have come for comedy

Justin Ha, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

In the months leading up to Donald Trump’s election in 2017, there was a series of Saturday Night Live skits about the debates that rapidly grew in popularity. After each debate, there was sure to be a skit poking fun at the candidates in front of millions of viewers. The first few skits grew...

Commentary: Celebrating others

Commentary: Celebrating others

Sophia Harimoto, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

I get jealous. I hate that I do, but I can’t help it. My heart drops in envy when others succeed, but my nerves relax in relief when they fail. Call me a terrible person, but I am sure that we have all felt this way before. As humans, we are naturally competitive. We are constantly competing...

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