Archive for August, 2012

August 10, 2012

Unlocking Gridlock for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

by Kayla Abing

Domestic abuse, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.  In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was constructed by many “national, tribal, state, territorial and local organizations, as well as individuals committed to securing an end to violence against women”, and was passed into law to combat the previously mentioned crimes of violence.  The act has always been reauthorized with a bipartisan bill every five years and with little trouble.  However, some believe that this election year has turned VAWA reauthorization into a political battle. 

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August 10, 2012

Time to Reduce Media Violence

by Megan Kauffman

“By the time the average child is eighteen years old, they will have witnessed 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders,” according to the Media Education Foundation (1). With most children having seen this much violence before they are in their 20’s it is safe to say that violence is a normal daily, or at least weekly, occurrence for most Americans. The striking correlation comes when we realize that this violence is not simply virtual. The amount of massive killing sprees is on the rise, the most recent being the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the Wisconsin shooting at a Sikh temple.

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August 10, 2012

Chick-fil-A: No Foul Play

by Dallas Moffis

Dan Cathy, president and CEO of Chick-fil-A was asked point blank on a recent radio interview if he was in support of “traditional marriage” (which of course is just a politically correct way of saying “Do you think gays/lesbians should be denied the right to be married?”). His response?

“Guilty as charged.”

Guilty indeed found the public. Guilty of being a homophobic bigot. Guilty of not promoting diversity, and not being inclusive.

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August 10, 2012

It’s Too Easy for Any Arms to Bear Arms

by Brawnson Adams

The Second Amendment, which states that American citizens have the right to bear arms, has been under debate many times in the past.  When reading the amendment, it can be interpreted that the intention of said amendment was to allow for safety and a well-regulated militia. In many tragic events, some have abused a privilege reserved for protection and used it for harm. Currently, there has been a movement to ban assault rifles, which I think it a misguided initiative. 

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August 10, 2012

Responsibility and America’s Political Mess

by Christy Ray

To the disapproval of many Americans—and dismay of anyone following American politics—Congress has a major problem. The problem, of course, is that the atmosphere in Congress has finally reached a point where few bills can live, survive, and pass. This is, of course, due to the hyperpartisanship that is erupting, influenced, no doubt, but the grassroots movement known as the Tea Party. However, because of our democratic government, it is ultimately up to We the People to decide the fate of politics, and this is possible even without running for office because we, as Americans, can voice our concerns to Congress. And if they don’t act, we should not reelect them.

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August 10, 2012

The Fight for Equality

The issue of same-sex marriage has constantly been in the media for quite some time. There are many speculations, many views, both negative and positive, and also many opinions on the issue itself. Why such the widespread to legalize same-sex marriage? What triggered someone, or something to really go above and beyond, and really try to get this law passed? One word, equality.

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August 10, 2012

Drug Trafficking: Death Penalty is Not the Solution

by Samantha See

In sixteen Asia Pacific countries, the death sentence is meted out to people who are found guilty of drug trafficking and possession. This law is especially strict in South East Asia which includes the infamous Golden Triangle that borders Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The mandatory death penalty is different from the ‘regular’ death penalty because the judges do not have any discretion in terms of sentencing. Once the defendant is found guilty of the crime, the only sentence is death (Deathpenaltynews). In the latest news, an Australian lady, Emma Louise L’Aiguille has been charged in Malaysia after one kilogramme of methamphetamine was found in the car that she was driving (ChannelNews Asia). If convicted, L’Aiguille could face the death penalty.

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August 10, 2012

One-Sided Education of China

by Lauren Smolic

It has only been fifteen years since Britain gave control of Hong Kong over to China. Since that time, this territory has been able to enjoy a very independent atmosphere, away from mainland China. This atmosphere includes independency of education, political views, and ideas. From an education standpoint, Hong Kong seems to be very successful on its own, as the BBC has moved Hong Kong’s educational ranking as extremely high, the forth highest in the world. With their success, the people of Hong Kong want to stay on their own, as they still foster sadness from horrible events like, Nanking Massacre and the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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August 10, 2012

A Potential Step Toward A Middle Ground For Gun Control

The tragic events of mass (and ordinary) shootings over the past couple of years have not directly affected me and my life.  However, as a citizen of the United States, the recent Aurora shooting has raised my concern for the well being of other citizens, especially those close to me.  Gun violence has the potential to affect anyone, regardless of what state they may live in.  The rise in popularity surrounding issues of gun violence over the past few decades has also sparked political debates about gun rights, bans and regulations.  Members of the far right view the far left as wanting to take away their firearms and the freedom to posses those weapons.  Members of the far left view the far right as a major contributing factor to the deaths of many American lives.  What members from each side are failing, or refusing, to see is that they are closer to a middle ground than they realize. 

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August 10, 2012

Solving Obesity: Educate Instead of Taking Away Choice

“During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.”  (Overweight and Obesity – Facts, 2012)  It’s no surprise that obesity has become an epidemic.  Larger portions are being served, children are sitting in front of video games instead of out playing, and people just don’t have the extra time and money to eat healthy home cooked meals anymore.  A solution is needed stop this increase in obesity and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York thinks he’s got the best solution. 

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August 10, 2012

Flip that Classroom!

Sam is tired.  He can hear the teacher talking, but he does not understand anything.  He glances down at his incomplete notes and then back up at the teacher.  In front of him, Sarah is furiously scribbling down notes and viciously bobbing her head in agreement to whatever the teacher is saying.  Sam is not good at chemistry. He knows it. But he also knows that he is not stupid, just a little slower.  When he manages to get help from the teacher after class, he understands it.  For now, he puts down his pen, frustrated and confused, and looks around. 

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August 10, 2012

Cayetano, the PRP, and Politics as Usual

By Galen Chee

Welcome to election season 2012, where anything goes! It’s a battlefield out there with bluffers, mud-slingers, and name callers who would be the ne’er-do-wells of society if not for their quick wit, money, networking skills. Political affiliates and special interest groups are on a mission; working hard to get their man in office, or in this case prevent one from getting in. They know their way around an election and will spare no expense to meet their goals.

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August 9, 2012

Anonymous Discourse on YouTube and the Internet

By Allen Dang

In recent years YouTube has cemented its place as the premier video sharing site online.  Given the wide variety of material posted, the site attracts a very large and diverse audience.  Viewers are also encouraged to post feedback in a designated “comment” section below the videos.  However, YouTube is infamous for the masses of immature, racist, sexist, or hateful comments that get posted, often by anonymous users or “trolls”.  Google, the owner of YouTube, is aiming to clean up the comment section by pushing users to log-in via their Google+ accounts and use their real names on YouTube, for both commenting and uploading videos. 

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August 9, 2012

Saving Hawaii: Guarding our State’s Future

By Megan Kauffman

Hawaii needs to use more clean energy. In order to do this the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative called for Hawaii to use 70 percent clean energy by 2030. To get the ball rolling Big Wind was proposed. Big Wind (a.k.a. Interisland Wind) is a 400 megawatt wind farm project that was originally supposed to be built on Molokai and/or Lanai. The power generated by the wind farm would be fed to Oahu by an undersea cable. It is now likely that Molokai will not be used because First Wind, Molokai’s wind farm developer, missed a deadline to show the Public Utilities Commission that it had acquired land to build on.

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August 9, 2012

Ambercrombie Loses Kona Coffee

The islands of Hawaii have seen loss after loss. Hawaiians have watched as their economic value in the world has plummeted, with the removal of their revenue producing crops. We have seen this happen in numerous farms; in pineapple, sugar, and now coffee. Sugar, for instance, was grown a lot on the islands until Hawaii’s earnings dropped to miniscule amounts after mainland companies decided to grow sugar with cheaper labor. Countries in other parts of the world could produce sugar cheaper, and the quality product from Hawaii became less important. This resulted in huge losses for Hawaii, but now these islands are trying to move forward. Yet, there is a governor in Hawaii who is pushing Hawaii’s economy backwards.

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August 9, 2012

Time to End ObamaCare

With the upcoming 2012 elections, we as Americans will have the choice to decide which presidential candidate will do the best job at running our country. A big issue that has come to surface during the campaigns is whether the Affordable Health Care Act which was introduced by President Obama will be the right decision for America. This act is also popularly known as “ObamaCare” by those who are in opposition to this act. This act will allow millions of Americans across the nation gain access to health care as well as reap benefits. However, although this act seems promising, there are many areas of the act that are problematic.

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August 9, 2012

Gun Control: Address the Real Problem

Almost 9,000 people were killed in 2010 (2010 is the last official data from the FBI) by guns in America, a staggering number when you compare that number to other first world countries (1). Germany’s fatality rate with firearms was 269 people last year. In Japan, only 47 people were murdered with a firearm. Its not hard to understand why there is such a high disparity when you consider the fact that in the US you can own a gun pretty much anywhere by simply just saying you want one.

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August 9, 2012

Following the Diplomatic Road to Damascus

by Christy Ray

The Arab Spring began with a desire for democracy in the Arab world and spread without regard to boarders, toppling governments and bringing change to the world. Syria also took part in the Arab Spring, and while the protests began peacefully, President Bashar al-Assad responded by murdering the dissidents. In the sixteen months since the Syrian uprising, an estimated 17,000 Syrians have been killed—massacres are common and yet there has been little to no help from the international community. The number of people affected by this clash is significantly higher with the figure of U.N.-registered refuges numbering 120,000; the unregistered Syrian refuges make the total number of displaced much higher.

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