Archive for August, 2013

August 14, 2013

Reforming the Drone Program

dronePrior to the September 11th attacks, unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, had been used almost exclusively by the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Military for surveillance purposes. However, as a result of the challenges faced in Afghanistan, drones were eventually armed with missiles in order to more meaningfully participate in armed conflicts. Indeed, one of the hallmarks of the War on Terror has been the proliferation of the use of drones to launch attack from a position that does not jeopardize American lives. Since then, drones have been used to strike at targets not only in Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, areas in which the United States is not actively engaged in conflict. As a result of this, as well as the numerous diplomatic problems that have presented themselves through the extensive use of drone strikes in the last decade, it is clear that their use needs to be restricted.

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August 14, 2013

Regulations Needed for E-Cigs

nosmokingA couple of years ago as I was strolling though a mall, a young man, at a kiosk, smoking from a pen-like tool approached me and suggested I take a puff out of one of his devices. With Hawaii’s statewide ban on public indoor smoking, implemented in 2006, I immediately thought, how illegal, what in the world is this man trying to do?!  My curiosity was immediately sparked which led me to research and follow the use and regulation of these devices closely.

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August 13, 2013

Just Tell Us What We’re Eating

Silhouette of cheese burger and summer garden vegetablesby Amanda Orcutt

The American diet is currently a prominent issue, negatively affecting the health of much of the US population and resulting in issues like obesity and diabetes. Such problems are often linked to poor food choices. While what people eat in their own homes contributes to these factors, it is no secret that restaurants and fast food chains do not offer the healthiest meals. Instead, they are associated with quick but innutritious food. Although the occasional fast food meal may not be detrimental to one’s health, the average American eats out 4-5 times per week. Clearly, restaurant meals are a large part of the nation’s diet.

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August 13, 2013

MLB Too Soft on Cheaters

IM000248.JPGBy Matthew Moses

We have all heard the saying cheaters never win and I believe that to be true, but in Major League Baseball it seems that for the most part cheaters do not lose. Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) users get suspended without pay for positive drug tests but that still does not seem like enough to deter players from cheating. With the recent news of Major League Baseball seeking to suspend players who have been linked to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis ‘anti-aging’ clinic in Miami, it makes me question if MLB is doing enough to maintain the game’s integrity.

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August 11, 2013

Threatening Our Rights to Choose

courtsIn North Carolina a bill has been passed by the House of Representatives to add further restrictions on having an abortion. Texas has also passed similar laws putting more regulations on having abortions. North Dakota has banned having abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and these are not the only states to pass new laws on abortion considered anti-abortion bills; Wisconsin, Virginia, Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, Mississippi, etc. have also passed laws making abortions harder to get.

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August 11, 2013

Marriage Equality for All, Please

gayflag“Marriage – 1) a legally, religiously, or socially, sanctioned union of persons who commit to one another, forming a familial and economic bond. 2) a. The social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments religious ceremonies etc. 2) b. A similar institution involving partners of the same gender as in gay marriage; same sex marriage.”  Recently this past June, the U.S Supreme Court made a historic decision by ruling the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA as unconstitutional; entitling same sex couples to the same federal benefits as traditional couples. In addition the U.S Supreme Court also effectively made California the thirteenth state to legalize same sex marriage. Though this is a major feat, there are still some major questions to be answered and hurdles to be overcome in regards to how to overhaul federal programs that involve marriage. To avoid these issues and headaches marriage equality should not just be offered in a handful of states, rather it should be offered nationally.

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August 10, 2013

Not Quite What You Think: Lives Surrounding Prostitution

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Merlin Agcamaran

At this moment, the United Nations estimates there are 2.5 million people who are deprived of their liberty and trafficked around the world. Regarding the United States, approximately 300,000 American children are victims of human trafficking and UNICEF reports that 50-60% of children trafficked worldwide are under the age of 16. The organization ECPAT, devoted to ending child prostitution and trafficking, estimates that 25% of international ‘sex tourists’ are Americans. The human trafficking industry is the second most profitable industry behind drugs as reported by Prostitutionresearch.org.

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August 10, 2013

Living Wage Bill an Imposition

walmart_iconBy Matthew Moses

Owners and managers of a business should have the last word in how they want to run their operations.  Regardless if the business is a small ‘mom and pop’ store or a large corporation, if they are following the laws they should not be told how to conduct themselves by an outside entity. Well this is exactly what is happening in Washington D.C. A ‘living wage’ bill has been passed by the Council members in the District at a vote of 8 to 5 and now currently awaits the approval of Mayor Vincent C. Gray and then a congressional review period.

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August 9, 2013

Demise of a Legacy: To Change Our Hearts

detroitBy Radha Butler

In Detroit, Michigan, for many years, the auto industry made cars and boomed with the making of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler vehicles. Like any major city, they had the rich areas and the poor areas, but it was a booming city, with people coming in for the opportunities. As the decades wore on to the present time, and the population declined from 2.0 million to 700,000, the city accumulated $14 billion in debt, outdoing some other major metropolises, making it the largest city in debt because of the political corruptions, decline in state aid, and lack of collection of income taxes.

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August 9, 2013

To Vaccinate Or Not

syringeBy Abigail Perrin

I gave birth to my son at home and he was delivered into this world in my bedroom.  He did not receive the routine vaccinations that are given at birth in all hospitals. He simply was wrapped up as I was cleaned up and we were put to bed together. He was, and is, a happy healthy human being. He is not vaccinated. He is almost 3 years old and has never been sick other than a light common cold.

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August 8, 2013

Amnesty is Unacceptable

immigrationImmigration is nothing new to our country. We have people from all around the world that come to America to live the “American Dream.” Even my own family migrated from the Philippines and established the grounds that my family now lives on. If it were not for them coming here I would not be living this wonderful life. However, that was decades ago and times have definitely changed since then. As our country’s economy has flourished so has the population, with not just U.S. born citizens but immigrants as well. With the rising concern of the growing number of immigrants in the U.S., the Senate has finally approved a bill for immigration reform. The decision is now left in the hands of the House, where republicans are not so easily convinced.

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August 6, 2013

Should Higher Education Be More Accessible?

graduationThe issue of high education costs and high interest rates on student loans affects everyone, because education right now is considered a luxury, but it is a necessity of achieving a higher standard of living and reaching a certain status in the hierarchy of society. Knowing about how education will affect an individual’s life is an issue that should be taken personally. The issue of inaccessible education is a critical point in the present time. There is the position of education being made free or more affordable, and then there is the current position of education being a commodity subject to the economy and capitalism strategies.

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August 5, 2013

Congress is Broken

courtsBy Lee Cabacungan

Congress is one of the oldest political institutions in the United States, one that was designed to be as balanced as possible in order to fulfill the needs of the people.  However, over the years, it has become, in a sense, broken.  It is because of this balance in congress that it has become inefficient, with opinions on many issues being split almost entirely down the middle leading to deadlock and extended discussions and arguments for, or against issues that should be helping the people of the United States. 

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August 4, 2013

With Great Power

policeBy Lee Cabacungun

A great man once said, “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.”  These would later be the words that would spur on the fictional character of Peter Parker to become Spider-man.  These words, as well as the notion behind those words, have begun to fall on deaf ears to those who wield great power, specifically, those in the law enforcement profession.  Not limited to police officers, but many officers in similar fields have been somewhat lacking when it comes to their responsibilities to the community that they serve. 

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