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Youth Sports Should be a Choice

Youth Sports Should be a Choice

Mack Cox

June 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Children should not be forced to play organized sports at a young age. Children become tired of playing by the time that they reach their teenage years.  Some kids are involved with a sport’s team year round with little time for anything else. According to a CNN researcher from the National Al...

Milk Prices

Milk Prices

Corey Brown

June 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Science

Milk prices fluctuate more than most people could ever believe. One day they are at $22.85 and the next check,t it goes down to $20.00, and then after the first drop, they drop another dollar or two. Farming is a very expensive gamble. We spend more money on farming than people make in ten years. When ...

Police in Schools Would Prevent Violence

Police in Schools Would Prevent Violence

Kayleigh Blocho

June 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Safety

Acts of violence in schools can range from a single brawl between two students, to an angry student threatening and attacking a teacher, to an adult intruder on school grounds with the intent of hurting someone,  to a killing spree carried out by a student, teacher, former student, or outsider. The Natio...

Torture Should be Used in the War on Terror

Torture Should be Used in the War on Terror

Tyler Gustason

June 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Safety

Torture…. It’s been around since the dark ages: it was used to instill fear, it was a punishment, and it was a way to get information. Kings, Cults, Armies, CIA, KGB, the list goes on, torture has been utilized by many people in many different ways for different reasons. Torture has evolved since the D...

Vaping and E-Cigs or Cigarettes?

Vaping and E-Cigs or Cigarettes?

Austin Gustason

June 7, 2017


Filed under Drugs and Alcohol, Opinion

Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of cancer and death in the United States. About one in five deaths are caused by cigarettes.(Google). E-cigs and vapes are on the rise and are pushing regular cigarettes out of business. E-cigs and vapes allow people to inhale nicotine and not the bad chemicals...

 LGBT Rights and State Laws

 LGBT Rights and State Laws

Rosey Lanning

June 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Social Issues

In discussions of LGBT Rights and State Laws, one controversial issue has been whether gay marriage should be legal. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) has been a growing population, but it has been a population that’s been discriminated against for many years (“LGBT Rights”). Some people don...

Marijuana/Cannabis Legalization: Good or Bad?

Marijuana/Cannabis Legalization: Good or Bad?

James Booth

June 7, 2017


Filed under Drugs and Alcohol, Opinion

A source of debate in many countries is the legalization of marijuana. Outlawed in the states since 1925 due to the international opium convention, marijuana has provoked many arguments. While most of these arguments used to be against marijuana, the public opinion is slowly changing.  I for one think...

Why is Poaching Wrong?

Why is Poaching Wrong?

Keith Weaver

June 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

The sport of hunting is one that is enjoyed by many but it is also abused by some. Some people hunt for the pleasure of killing, or the trophy, and that is it. This act is known as poaching, which is when someone kills something to take the horns or the head as a trophy. Disrespectful hunting is when...

Athletes and Sexual Orientation

Athletes and Sexual Orientation

June 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

In today's world, homosexuals playing professional sports is a huge controversy. People don't want to come out when playing sports because they are embarrassed. Or they are judged to the point of embarrassment where some may not want to do the one thing they love most, being an athlete.Athletes ted t...

Legalized Marijuana with Age Limit

Legalized Marijuana with Age Limit

MacKenzie Hurd

June 2, 2017


Filed under Drugs and Alcohol, Opinion

People in today’s society think marijuana is unacceptable because it is a drug. These people don’t understand the positive benefits that can come from legalizing marijuana. Some  individuals who smoke marijuana use it for other purposes then “getting high,” this can be shown by a study viewed ...

Fight for MLDA 18

Fight for MLDA 18

Gage Lincoln

June 2, 2017


Filed under Drugs and Alcohol, Opinion

In discussions over the minimum legal drinking age, or MLDA, one controversial issue has been whether or not to decrease the age for consumption.  One one hand, some believe  that the MLDA ought to be decreased to 18, the same age as other restrictions into adulthood are stopped.  Opposing this ar...

Gun Control, Should it be Tightened or Loosened?

Gun Control, Should it be Tightened or Loosened?

Nate Hill

June 2, 2017


Filed under Gun Control, Opinion

According to  The Washington Times article, “Gun Crime Gallery,” “in 2013, a shooter opened fire at Prince Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia. However, after wounding only one student, the suspect was disarmed by an armed guard who was stationed at the school.”  A mass school shooting could have h...

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