Saturday, November 25, 2006
While taking the October S.A.Tís a few weeks ago witnessed, firsthand, the consequences of stress and pressure that is put upon students to succeed. We all go into a testing room with an idea of what we hope to get on the test. Our colleges of choice provide us with these numbers by stating the scores they expect to see on our record. Many times the pressure that this puts on students is overwhelming and we go to extreme measures to ensure success. So where do we draw the line? Are you willing to lie or beg for a good grade on a test? How about cheat?
Thursday, November 23, 2006
If you can't imagine Thanksgiving dinner without a turkey at the center of your table, then you've never been to the Butterball slaughterhouse in Ozark, Ark. Undercover investigators from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals worked there from April to July of this year. What they found isn't much fun to think about at this joyous time of year, but we Americans are compassionate people who don't want the vulnerable among us to suffer. So perhaps we can take a few minutes to consider what happens to turkeys before they get to the grocery-store freezer.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
On 11-15-2006, Beijing officials called for Organ donors in China to register themselves, in an effort to stop the illegal organ transplants done in the nation. Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu also advocated for better information to guide those who wish to donate organs, saying China was suffering a huge shortfall in donations.
Monday, November 13, 2006
GARRETT PARK, Md. — Six years after the emergence of the hanging chad and two years after the noun ``swift boat'' also achieved verb status, another midterm election is at hand and those of us who collect words and phrases have our pencils out.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
With the concession of Senator George Allen to Senator-elect Jim Webb in Virginia, the 2006 midterm election ends with Democrats in control of both House and Senate. By virtue of common sense, this situation seems to offer an alternative to the present economic declines, government inefficiencies, and possibly a reprieve for the Iraqi war. Sounds great, no?
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Like all of my opinions, the inspiration for this article came from an incident I had in class. I was totally not doing my English homework when the conversation turned inevitably toward politics, and I say inevitably because when they're not talking about going to prom or the new Akon album, teenagers often try their hand at political punditry. "Try" is emphasized for a reason because quite frankly, teenagers make lousy pundits.
Monday, November 06, 2006
On Oct 17th, the president privately authorized an amendment to the Insurrection Act, which gave Bush the power to declare martial Law, in cases whereas,
"Under this act, the President may also deploy troops as a police force during a natural disaster, epidemic, serious public health emergency, terrorist attack, or other condition, when the President determines that the authorities of the state are incapable of maintaining public order.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
On October 26, 2006, President George W. Bush signed a bill into law that authorized the building of a massive wall to keep illegal immigration at bay.
The very day before, James Logan High School went on lockdown after the threat of a deadly weapon was reported to be on campus. This lockdown follows almost an entire straight month of news that school violence in the form of shootings, riots and beatings were at an all time high.