I just recently was accepted as a political opinion writer for my student newspaper. As the only non-liberal opinion writer on staff, I cannot stress to you enough how important it is for you to do everything you can to be a part of your school's mainstream media and to give the student body a different point of view. Even with all the stress you'll go through with the editors trying to censor or tone-down your position, it'll be worth it with the minds that you'll change, or at least open up to a new way of thinking.
For example: In the first issue of the newspaper, another opinion writer wrote about 9/11, which is fine of course. However, instead simply expressing his condolences or his reflections on the event, he had to go political on it. So he decides that he's going to find a positive spin to put on it (I can see most of you squirming in your seats). He says, "the repercussions of [al-Qaeda's] actions have benefitted our country in the long run" through the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.
I ended up writing about 9/11 (seeing as the anniversary is just a week before publication), except with a little bit more of a critical spin. Not towards the TSA or the DHS, which I'm sure will come later, but more towards a critique of U.S. foreign policy. I did however, run into some snags with my editor on the first draft. So here it is, with all the corrections for the second, and hopefully final, edition of the article.
Anything deleted will be in red. Anything added will be in blue. Editors' comments will be surrounded by *____*.
9/11 Revisited 10 Years Later
By Kendall Sontag
On this 10th anniversary of September 11, I hope you took the time to remember where you were and what you were doing at that fateful moment. I also hope that you prayed for *What if someone isn't religious? Pray can stay, but another word is needed.* took the time to think about all the families of those who lost their lives, for all the first responders who acted so heroically that day, and to that day, and to thank all the troops who have fought and given their lives for our freedom.