Fiona O'Brien


Fiona O'brien is a reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Reminder: politicians are here to serve our needs, not for their sense of style

Americans elect representatives into office so they can serve our needs. If politicians are over-idolized, the elected officials can lose sight of what actually needs to get done. They will think that their constituents will vote for them, sheerly because they are good-looking or relatable on Twitter. The idolization of politicians is something we need to nip in the bud now. 

Fiona O'Brien is a reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: I am terrified of pandemic fatigue, and you should be too

When talking about the whole country coming to a screeching halt in March, my friends refer to it as “back in quarantine.” They are talking about March, April and May, when the stay-at-home orders went into effect.  Everyone stayed home and watched Tiger King, practiced embroidery and watched Zoom concerts. It is referred to in past-tense, as if COVID-19 is not as serious now. COVID-19 right now is more serious than it has ever been in Oregon, with a population that is getting tired of seeing their friends and family from a distance.