The Epitaph

Reopening economy doing more harm than good

As seen in the graph above, since reopening, the amount of new COVID-19 cases has increased rapidly.

By Amber Birrell

July 5, 2020

California, along with many other states, has begun to slowly reopen and ease lockdown restrictions.  While this does sound relieving, there has not been a significant decline in the amount of COVID-19 cases to warrant the rapid reopening. Reopening with such a large number of positive cases will o...

Combatting struggles of homeless, underprivileged

With the combined efforts of many students in the HHS community, more and more hope is being provided to the homeless and the underprivileged.

By Macy Li

June 15, 2020

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of stay-at-home orders, the frenzied lives of many have come to a halt. For the vast majority of students, school and work now happen at home, within the confined safety of their walls. However, while many lives have slowed down, each day...

U.S. response to COVID-19 leaves people slipping through the gaps

As seen in the infographic above, millionaires earn - on average - 430 times as much as ordinary American citizens.

By Dan Penalosa

June 3, 2020

A month ago, the bipartisan stimulus package grabbed national headlines. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) guaranteed paid sick leave and free testing, while the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was hailed as the largest relief bill in American history as the bill expanded unemployment benefits to individuals impacted by the coronavirus.   ...

The dangers of shopping during a pandemic

When people run out of supplies they have to make the decision whether to make do or risk getting infected at a grocery store.

By Ritaja Subrahmanya

May 31, 2020

Grocery shopping, something most people do on a weekly basis, has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CNN, workers are most at risk for contracting coronavirus. However, shoppers face risks, too. Freshman Elise Vambenepe said her family has been buying groceries more often because they...

The toxic reality of hyperpartisanship

The toxic reality of hyperpartisanship

By Dan Penalosa

May 26, 2020

President Trump is a known climate change denier, xenophobe and misogynist. And yet, the Republican Party still backs him. In fact, he isn’t anywhere near losing his party’s support; according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, his approval ratings are almost at an all-time high among Republicans at ninety-two percent. In the midd...

Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

By Katelynn Ngo

May 26, 2020

In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to turn on a TV or phone without being bombarded with statistics and news about the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaching 1 million as of April 27 according to Worldometer,  the end of the virus does not seem to be in sight. However, amidst all the panic and fear, there is silver ...

California eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

Shop owners began opening up stores for curbside pickup after being closed for more than two months.

By Amber Birrell

May 23, 2020

Gov. Newsom announced that on May 8 California would begin to ease lockdown restrictions and allow certain businesses that were deemed as “not essential” to reopen, The Guardian reported. According to The New York Times California has started stage two of the four-phase reopening plan which  allows ...

Students create, sign petition against canceling graduation

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, FUHSD has resorted to celebrating the seniors through a virtual graduation.

By Anika Karody

May 4, 2020

Due to COVID-19, events such as graduation and prom have been postponed, leading to disappointment from students. As a result, FUHSD announced a virtual graduation through a districtwide email; however, some students were still not content and expressed their disappointment through the creation of petitions, in an at...

Social distancing: A crucial step to slow the spread of COVID-19

Staying 6 feet apart from people who you are not quarantining with is an important step to slow down the spread of the virus.

By Amber Birrell and Christine Kim

April 30, 2020

As the novel COVID-19 continues to spread, social distancing becomes a necessity in most, if not all, communities around the world.  In an attempt to minimize the escalation of the pandemic, it is essential we all participate in social distancing. Most public places, where close contact with others i...

It’s time to start caring more about the homeless than ourselves

LOOKING BEYOND OURSELVES: It takes a global pandemic for us to start taking initiative and reexamine our empathy toward the homeless.

By Shreya Partha

April 25, 2020

As the novel COVID-19 outbreak continues, the challenges homeless people face are becoming increasingly worse. Shelters are either full, closed or replete with the risk of coronavirus to even consider sleeping in.  But the issue of homelessness has been a long-standing crisis that has only gained recognition when the ...

Parent, student dynamic enhanced during lockdown

Due to COVID-19, many families are ordered to stay home, where they complete their work and school as well as spend some family time.

By Seoyoung Hwang and Christine Kim

April 9, 2020

Due to the shelter-in-place order set in place by the state of California, many parents have been forced to work from home, either due to work closures or having to look after their kids because of school closures.  Freshman Mae Richardson said she and her entire family have had to stay home due to ...