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Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Why is America so opposed to background checks for gun buyers?

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Why is America so opposed to background checks for gun buyers?

By Caitlin Plummer 3,700. The number seems random, doesn’t it? Like a kid is trying to guess how many jellybeans are in a jar at the local carnival. 3,700 is the number of confirmed gun-related deaths in America since the Newtown massacre just over four months ago. The number is mounting every day. You can find it online by following Slate’s gun death-tracker, which keeps a detailed daily tally. W... »

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: What you should know about applying for college

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: What you should know about applying for college

By Caitlin Plummer March, as many of you know, is the month that most colleges finally send out responses to their applicants. Seniors sit in anticipation, tracking each of their applications and waiting to see if they will receive that desired information in an email or even an old-fashioned letter. All of this waiting has gotten me thinking about the things I wish I knew about applying to colleg... »

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Real-world lessons that should be taught in school

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Real-world lessons that should be taught in school

By Caitlin Plummer Growing up, I had always vaguely understood that I was considered “lucky.” I’d been born into a middle class American family with a nice, two-story home and the funds to enroll me in dance classes and sports teams. However, I don’t think I ever understood the true alternative to the “lucky” life that I had been given. However, recently I’ve began to see my life in a different li... »

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: The ultimate guide to dealing with haters

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: The ultimate guide to dealing with haters

By Caitlin Plummer We all have them. Haters are just a fact of existence, and unfortunately, they’re not going to disappear from your life anytime soon. There will always be people who are jealous of you, disagree with you, or just plain dislike you. Journalists especially have to learn to adjust to haters, because we have the privilege and power to express our thoughts for the world to read; obvi... »

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: We all know a couple…

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: We all know a couple…

By Caitlin Plummer I vividly remember the first time it occurred to me that not everyone accepted gay couples the way my family did. It was in middle school. I had caught a ride home from some sports practice with a friend, and we had just discovered that her mom distantly knew the family friend babysitting for my brother and me that night. That babysitter was half of a lesbian couple. The mother ... »

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Senior year doesn’t define the rest of your life

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Senior year doesn’t define the rest of your life

By Caitlin Plummer Senior year. How many television shows, movies and books have been based off its classic reputation? Senior year is supposed to be the best year of your high school career, if not your entire life. If you ask me, this positive status seems more like a haunting stigma, because every senior believes that their year has to be perfect. It has to be the most fun, cause the least stre... »

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Taking to the road in Tanzania

Real Talk with Caitlin Plummer: Taking to the road in Tanzania

My Edmonds News is pleased to welcome our newest columnist, Meadowdale High School senior Caitlin Plummer. In her first column, Plummer writes about her family’s recent visit to Tanzania. By Caitlin Plummer On the 17th of July, my family left home in the dark morning with 11 pieces of luggage packed into the back of our minivan. The drive to the airport was the first leg of our two-day journ... »