Category Archives: Opinion

Is the door to my room closed?

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Illustration by Isabella Schreckhise

Jared Valentine
Staff Writer

A year or so ago, I would spend 15 minutes of every morning running in circles around my room touching different objects chasing this feeling that everything could be “just right”. No matter how hard I tried, I could never seem to catch it. I have OCD.
If you’ve ever heard anyone say ‘I’m a bit OCD’ or ‘I think I have OCD’ then trust me they’re not – and they don’t.
It’s fun to joke around about how clean your room is, or how you like to double check that the stove is off, but the real disorder is absolute torment.
Say I leave my house. Any regular person would have no problem just grabbing their keys and going to wherever they need to go. I, however, and millions of other people in the US alone will instead be bombarded and almost irresistibly compelled to act on thoughts like:
Did I REALLY turn the stove off?
Is the door to my room closed?
Are all the lights off?
Did I check the TV?
Is the drier off?
Is it still warm? Could it catch fire if it’s still warm?
What about the washing machine?
I checked the washing machine yesterday so I must check it again today or else…
Is the back door locked?
Did I check?
Should you check again just in case the key didn’t work properly?
And so on…
The same severity can be applied to other mental disorders like depression. It’s fun to ironically say you want to die or your depressed, but living with the real deal is no easy task.
It can be hard to explain how depression feels to someone who has not experienced it. One of the common misunderstandings about depression is that it’s similar to feeling sad or down.
Although many people with depression feel sadness, it feels much more severe than emotions that come and go in response to life events.
The symptoms of depression can last for months or years and can make it difficult or impossible to carry on with daily life. It can disrupt careers, relationships, and daily tasks such as self-care and housework.
While I personally do not and have not had depression, it comes with a variety of difficulties including these: There’s no pleasure or joy in life. Concentration or focus becomes harder. Everything feels hopeless, and there’s no way to feel better. Self-esteem is often absent. Sleeping may be problematic. Energy levels are low to nonexistent. Food may not seem appetizing. Food may be used as a comfort or coping tool. Aches and pains may be present.
These are just two of the variety of mental disorders that cause unimaginable problems from those suffering and are nothing to be joked about.
If you do genuinely or even slightly believe your might be one of those suffering it’s important to seek help immediately; however, if you aren’t have a little more respect, offer more support, and pay more attention to the daily struggles of those who are.

The Man

Kyle Smith
Staff Writer

Edward Davis is the greatest person I’ve ever met. He’s always happy, he’s hilarious and he’s a caring person. Ever since the beginning of junior year he has sent me me texts every morning saying, “Good morning Kyle Smith,” and every night saying “Good night Kyle Smith.” He has never missed a day. 

He’s a true fan. A fan of all things Kayhi and the Seahawks. He knows all of the Seahawks players names, the teams schedule for the whole season, and where they play for each game, which is pretty impressive.

Edward and I have daily conversations about football. I joke around with him and ask him what team the Seahawks will lose to the upcoming week. I always tell him whoever the Seahawks are playing are my favorite team. He usually laughs and tells me there’s no way the Seahawks will lose, and when they win, I don’t hear the end of it until the next game.

There’s not one Kayhi basketball game, boys or girls, that I don’t see Edward sitting in the stands, smiling and talking it up with the ladies. He loves watching the games and socializing with everyone, he’s laughing and smiling the whole time.

But Edward not only cares about football and basketball, he also cares about the people around him.

After the Senior Carnival some friends and I were in the parking lot just about to call it a night when one of my friends got in his truck and started to drive away. Another kid just getting to the school wasn’t paying attention and ran into my friends truck. All of us went to check on my friend to make sure they were alright, and we called the police to report the accident. 

Within 2 minutes of us reporting the incident we each got a call from Edward, checking in to make sure everyone was safe and no one was hurt. We all asked each other, how he knew there was an accident? So we asked him.

“I heard your name on the police scanner,” he said, “I was just calling to make sure you were alright.”

Come senior night I will have to think of my favorite basketball memory. Usually this is a hard thing for people to think of, but not for me. My teammates will most likely have the same favorite memory from last night’s game against Petersburg.

The game started, we tip the ball, Marcus receives it, passes it to Chris who then gives it to Edward. He eyes the hoop, puts it up and boom. He hits it. First try.

The crowd went absolutely insane, screaming Edward’s name. I’d be surprised if there was anyone in the gym who didn’t tear up.  

Watching Edward catch the ball and drain a jumper on his first try is by far my favorite memory of my high school career. Leading up to his shot I pictured him draining it and the crowd going wild, but nothing will ever compare to actually witnessing it. It was perfect.

During halftime, the dance team performed to Edward’s favorite song, Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

He was sitting dead center of the bleachers dancing along, singing and clapping, he was living it up.

This night was by far one of the greatest things I have ever seen, everything about it was perfect. It couldn’t have gone any better, and I have never been so proud to be a part of this community as I was last night.

What Winter Means to Me

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Illustration by Isabella Schreckhise

Cristopher Carlson
Staff Writer

Powdered snow sucks. Helplessly trying to pack handfuls of powder together to form a snowball while my two older brothers are rushing at me is like someone being charged by a bear while trying to load a gun. I tried to run but as I got up they were already grabbing at me ready to dump me head first into the snowbank. These are the memories I’ll never forget.
Growing up in Anchorage, winter time has always been a big part of my life. Anchorage averages 102 inches of snow per year while the US average is only 26 inches. According to CNN, the record of 132 inches of snowfall, set in 1954-55, was broken by an inch in 2011-12. I was 12 years old with a backyard filled with 133 inches of snow.
My brothers and I always came up with plenty to do in the winter. With snow towering over our heads the ideas were endless. When our parents weren’t looking we would snow-skate off the lower roof into the giant mounds of powder. The neighborhood kids and my brothers built a treefort about 10 feet or so off the ground in our backyard and by winter time we would be jumping out of it and pushing each other off the platforms carelessly because the soft snow would brace our fall.
Winter time was always our favorite growing up. Winter meant frozen ice, which meant hockey season. We all started playing hockey by age 3, it was one of our favorite things to do competitively or on our own in the cul de sac with our friends. My oldest brother Owen played all the way into the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League while Jayce and I were running around the stands and rink watching his games and playing around getting in trouble.
My older brother Jayce and I started to get into snowboarding pretty seriously around age 7 and 10. We went almost everyday after school from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Hilltop Ski Area. We would be out on the hill for so long we would get wind burn on our faces and horrible chapped lips, but that never stopped us from going out again. We would go inside the small crowded lodge, take a break for about half an hour to get a soggy piece of flavorless pizza and a hot chocolate to warm us up, and then we’d be back at it.
I’m always going to be looking forward to winter because of all the great memories it brings back of my brothers and I. Even though half of the time they were giving me a whitewash or locking me outside without a jacket or snow clothes.

 

Don’t waste your time with horror movies

Connor O’Bryan
Staff Writer

A common Halloween tradition is to watch horror movies throughout the month. Personally though, I don’t like horror movies, and a lot of the ones coming out now tend to have the same problems. They rely really heavily on jumpscares and have a paper thin plot. Most of the time you’re watching them, it just feels like you’re watching an extended cut of the trailer. The acting is bad, the lighting is bad, and they’re not even scary most of the time. There are still good horror movies being made, but the majority of them being put out now are hot trash and almost the same movie. Another problem is that the only successful ones are all based on old, worn out franchises. Movies that are based on original ideas tend to fail because either they’re not good movies, or they didn’t do any advertising so nobody watched it. Most of the popular horror franchises now are from the 70s and 80s. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th were some of the most successful from this era and they got a ton of sequels and spin offs. Production companies don’t want to risk the tens of millions of dollars it costs to make a big movie on something that nobody knows or is already a fan of. They’d rather play it safe and make a bad movie from a popular franchise already well established because they know it’ll sell. That’s why there are 12 Friday the 13th movies, 11 Halloween movies, 9 Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and 8 Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Most of these are terrible, but they sold, and that’s all they really care about.

National Peace Day

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Photo by Sarah Campbell

Madison Rose
Staff Writer

How can one make the world a more peaceful place? How about starting by promoting National Peace Day. Imagine a place of no violence and troubling disputes between one another. A utopia of safety, kindness and love. It is great to think of such a wonderful place, but as humans we are not perfect. Does that make peace an impossible thing to acquire? I believe peace can be attained through a single person, with a simple act.
Here are three things anyone can do to help.
1. Be nice. (Seems pretty self explanatory that peace and kindness accompany each other, which is exactly why people should be.)
2. Spread the love. (Exposing others to being treated with grace and love is part of creating peace)
3. Give. (Giving is a representation and example of how to show peace.)
Everyone is aware and understands what peace can do for society. But now it’s time to take charge and put peace into action. Being friendly is an easy task and requires minimal amount of effort. Even if you’re not feeling your best, it’s important to remain considerate of others. Often times we become absorbed in our own problems and forget how our behavior can cause a ripple effect. Bad events and negative things can be a drop of poison, destroying all things beautiful. But, an act of kindness or an example of peace, can restore good and maybe create something that wasn’t there before.
I have seen the impact that peace can do and hope it continues to grow throughout the world. Peace can be applied to any situation, whether its investing in the world or to your inner self, it can make a more positive and happier atmosphere.
Honoring Sept. 21 as National Peace Day was the first step the United Nations took in realizing the need for peace. But why have just one day when everyday can be peace day. This is how you spread the love and get the message across to others. Softening your hearts towards one another and doing good deeds will not only create a better world, but also a more superior life of living. This is why people should part take in Peace Day. In attempt to motivate others and find refuge.
Peace can be described as many things, one of which “giving” plays a big role in. For instance; Instead of thinking about your next shopping spree for the latest fashion, perhaps save that money for a cause or donation. Same thing goes when it comes to spending your free time. Maybe instead of watching the news about dramatic events that drain you, direct your attention to healthy living and ways you can enhance your life. If you’re a very enthusiastic (outgoing)  person, I highly suggest investing your energy towards acts of peace. Point being that giving doesn’t have to be something extravagant, and it can easily be applied to your lifestyle. It’s the impact that giving has to offer and how it’s a step towards making a difference.
People go wherever the light goes, and if one person stands then soon others will follow seeking to reach the light. If people can come as one and express gestures of tranquility, then to me the world will build its way into a better place.

 

Ketchikan By the Numbers

Jenna Miller
Staff Writer

There are 13,376 people in town today.
That would be the 4th largest city in Alaska.
That’s 26,752 eyeballs (ideally) 133,760 fingers (hopefully) 133,760 toes (theoretically) Average Snapchat user opens the app 18 times daily so it will likely be accessed 240,768 times in Ketchikan today.
Jack.ramsay just posted him arriving in Ketchikan on a cruise line.
Codieannie “making his way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and he’s homebound” at Ketchikan Creek.
Ketchikan is light__catcher’s favorite town so far.
The average person has seven social media accounts that roughly adds up to 93632 active accounts roaming Ketchikan.
The average person spends about two hours on social media each day.
If I begged a dollar from each of them, I could fly to the Bahamas ($1441) stay at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau ($186) for 45 nights and back with $3500 for spending money.
Or I could take the ferry to Wrangell and back 110 times. If I wanted, I could get berths take all my friends, and go six times.
I could buy a 2016 Nissan Versa SV with only 34,000 miles on it.
I would be able to pay for one year of college tuition at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
1 in 10 people have athlete’s foot making an extra 1,300 people wandering around Ketchikan with it.
This is what I think about when Leah stops and lets half the town cross in front of me.

Google Pixel 2 Review

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The smartphone market is dominated by Apple and Samsung, and rightfully so. These two tech giants have been duking it out for over a decade — always trying to one-up the other by creating the better phone to attract another consumer. And a decade is a long enough time to build an army of followers *cough* *cough* Apple. But every once in awhile, an underdog will build the courage to enter the market.
This year’s underdog, the Pixel 2 by Google. Mind you, the most these underdogs do is scalp the undecided buyer or the one bored with the usual selection of phones. They are never a threat to the two powerhouses’ customer base. To put it into perspective, Google sold a total of 3.9 million smartphones (Pixel and Pixel 2) in 2017. On average, it took Apple a week to sell the same amount of smartphones according to The Verge. Let that sink in. Regardless, here’s why I think the Pixel 2 is the best smartphone on the market.

Camera and Storage
One of the biggest promises Google made was that the Pixel 2 was going to have the best camera out of its competitors. Boy, did they deliver on its promise. The pictures you can take with Google’s flagship are breathtaking. It delivers a clear, crisp, vibrant, and high-quality image that may be better than actually seeing it with your own eyes. All new smartphones take amazing photos, but the Pixel goes above and beyond.
Google has also generously given Pixel 2 owners unlimited Google Drive storage for pictures and videos — but there’s a catch. Users can store full resolution photos on Drive until 2020, after which all future files stored will be compressed to Google’s “High Quality” size (16-megapixel photos & 1080p videos). It will only compress the files if one were to go over the free 15GB of Drive data all Google-users receive. Don’t forget that phone also has 64 or 128GB (depending on what you choose) of internal storage. So to all the moms out there who love taking photos, Google has answered your prayers. Go on and click that camera button without feeling guilty, they have your back.

Price
The Pixel 2 redefines the term “bang for your buck”. Taking on the biggest names in the smartphone realm, creating an amazing product, and doing it for — wait for it — $650. That is a steal. It keeps up with some of the most daunting competitors such as the iPhone X & Samsung Galaxy S9, in terms of performance and storage, for a fraction of the price. Did I mention that you can buy it factory unlocked and use it with any carrier? Well, you can.

Charging and Battery Life
The battery life on the phone isn’t impressive compared to the competition. It won’t outlive an iPhone or a Samsung. But if you use it moderately, a full charge on the Pixel 2 will get you through a majority of the day. I have yet to have the phone die on me before dinner time, but then again I’m a below-average phone user.

Hey, do you have a charger I can borrow for my phon—-forget it.

You better get used to that. The Pixel 2 further separates itself from the competition by having a USB C charger. What that means is that iPhone and Android chargers (micro USB) won’t work on it. There are benefits to the change in charging design.
For starters, it charges ridiculously fast. I remember plugging it in with 10% remaining on the battery life right before I showered, when I came out, the phone was at 92%. USB-C is the next step in data transfer and charging evolution. All new devices will begin to adopt and use it–that is until they figure out the next best thing. But not only does USB-C transfer data and charge quicker than its predecessors, you can plug the head in either way. No longer will you have to flip over your USB-A head because you had it on the wrong side (which happens every time). We are indeed living in the future, my friends.
This phone doesn’t disappoint. It truly is a great smartphone for a great price; one can’t go wrong with this buy. But by setting the bar so high with the Pixel 2, Google might be setting themselves up for failure with the Pixel 3. I truly believe it will be hard to top the second generation Pixel in terms of performance and value.