Today was the first day of the voting for the Senior Superlatives. It was also one of our biggest days of the year in terms of traffic. Due to this huge increase in traffic, old stories that had gone unnoticed suddenly were thrust into the limelight. This happened specifically to a certain opinion piece by Heather Nale, entitled “NHS Dinner Fashion FAIL”. The article generated an enormous amount of response, much of it very negative.
So I would like to take a moment to explain The Cub’s editorial policy and its stance on this entire issue.
To begin with, it is and always has been the policy of The Cub to publish opinion articles, regardless of whether we agree with it or not. It is my opinion that any opinion, regardless of how unpopular it may be, deserves to be heard and evaluated on its own merits, and the author of that opinion should not be subjected to hate or intimidation from anyone. If the author is allowed to be threatened and be a target of such vitriolic comments, then their right to free speech is encroached upon. The correct way to respond to an opinion piece (and the article was clearly labeled as such) is by clear, informed discussion and disagreement. I agree that the tone of the article was in some parts rather bad and condescending, but that is not good reason to respond to it in kind. I would also like to point out that Heather did not use any names or anything else that could link any specific person with the topic of her article. The commentors on the other hand, had a very specific target in mind, and were not afraid to let everyone know just what they thought of her.
Personally, I think this is a huge overreaction to an opinion article, and does more to damage the image of the members of the Salem NHS than this (otherwise) obscure article would ever have done. Is this the correct way to act over a short opinion piece published on this site? I don’t think so.
So, while I think that Heather could have worded her piece differently, I believe that she has every right to voice her opinion without being shouted down by a group of people that are supposed to be the very best of Salem High School.