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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