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Exercise your rights: Democracy cannot operate without participation

This election season was rife with mud-slinging partisanship on all sides. Conservatives, liberals, moderates, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents all contributed to the acrid political climate that drove people away from the polls in droves. Not to mention that this year’s election wasn’t a presidential one, which typically has a lower turnout. I have heard … Continue reading

Polygamy and intolerance are both never okay: Media influence and stereotypes hinder the understanding of the Mormon faith

People of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are upstanding members of the community. They are doctors, lawyers, teachers, swim club members, bake sale organizers, den mothers and friends to hundreds of people across the country. So why then is it acceptable to mock them in public? One of my oldest and best … Continue reading

Recent destruction digs a deeper hole of despair

As we enter the third week of the Gulf Coast oil spill, various strategies have tried and failed to stop the flow of 210,000 gallons of oil per day. These include, but are not limited to, roping off the area, a failed cap system, untested chemical dispersants and even stuffing the hole with shredded tires. … Continue reading

Children living behind bars: Trying children as adults poses significant threats to both justice and future of society

Last February, a 26-year-old woman was found shot dead in her bed in western Pennsylvania. She was eight months pregnant and her daughter, four, found her and alerted people working around the house. The lead suspect in the case was apprehended the day of the shooting and has been charged with a double homicide. The … Continue reading

Spanking: Disciplinary tactic or abuse?

In Graham. Michael David Ward spanked his 8-year-old son after he disobeyed him and proceeded to lie about his actions. The following weekend, the boy’s mother (who has visitation rights) saw red marks on his buttocks and called the police, citing child abuse by Ward. Ward was charged with abuse and the case went to … Continue reading

Time to put the Tiger in its cage

Tiger Woods’ name is in a headline and suddenly, we’re paying attention. Unintentionally, because of our curiosity, we have begun to feed the machine. What machine? The Tiger Woods media coverage wood chipper: good intentions enter the machine like trees and come out as rotting excuses, more lies and overall junk. Maybe I’m being harsh. … Continue reading

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