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“The Last Text” Presentation

November 2, 2011

Each Wednesday, students discuss something different in homeroom. In the past month, academic s and career planning were featured frequently, but on November 2nd, discussion took a more somber turn when students talked about the dangers of texting while driving. At the beginning of homeroom, students texted in to an online poll regarding their opinions on texting while driving. (See below.) This w...

Another Program to Cut

February 23, 2011

To commemorate the centennial birthday of Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin was one of several speakers to speak at a banquet in California. Among other things, Palin complained the government is “spending too much” and “controlling too much”. She was presumably unaware of the irony within her statement, because capital punishment does both. The traditional conservative position on the subject of c...

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Do Discriminate

February 4, 2011

A wretched manifestation of an old problem has come under the scrutiny of the United States. The subject is the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Besides the injustice it does to otherwise perfectly functional military personnel, this policy undercuts any moral arguments one might make to justify the wars. Soldiers are fighting for liberty and freedom while simultaneously being denied these Western...

Legalizing Marijuana

August 18, 2010

In the revealing question of how full a glass is with water, an optimist is known for the opinion that the glass is “half full”; the pessimist for reporting that the glass is half empty. For realists like myself, the question is trivial and meaningless. The value of the question is indeed not scientific, but somewhat metaphysical. Realism, unmarred by optimistic or pessimistic doctrine, is our...

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