In 2008, a BYU professor decided to talk about welfare to a class of his students. He first asked the students if they agreed on welfare. Many agreed on it, so the professor decided to try an experiment. This experiment would change many of the students' perspective on welfare. He first said that a quiz would be given the following week. When the day came, he handed out the test, and said that the test would be graded a little differently. The students, who studied, did well on it, and the students who didn't study did poorly. However, the professor figured out the class average, and gave all the students the average. The class average was a B minus. The students who did poorly on the test were very happy; however the students who did well on the test were very angry. The professor told the students that this was an example of welfare. He asked if this was fair. Was it or not? It was not fair. That professor was trying to teach the students something about the welfare system. Illegal immigrants are usually like homeless people, and don’t like to work. They usually just get on the welfare system, and literally make us work and support them. There are three reasons why illegal immigration should be kept banned, and that our borders should be more closely watched. The first reason is taxes. One of the first things an illegal immigrant will most likely do once they reach our country is to get on the welfare system. When they get on the welfare system, they will raise our countries taxes, and help themselves to our money. When they legally steal our money, it will increase the depravity of our countries recession, and help destroy our community. The second reason is crime. When illegal immigrants enter our country, they increase the chance of terrorism. They usually bring weapons, and can mortally wound someone or even kill someone. If we keep illegal immigration banned, and if our borders are watched more cautiously, then families can...
Why Abortion Should Be Illegal
Many people around the world view abortion as a normal life event for many women. However, people are unaware of the psychological effect this leaves on the women. More is lost than just a baby. Mind, body, and loved ones can also be involved in effects from an abortion. The father and society as a whole are two other large things to consider into the situation of abortion. More than likely abortion has occurred or been related to every person in some way considering that “One baby is aborted every 26 seconds in the United States.” (Minnesota Citizens)
Christopher Jacoby tells us in his article, “Side Effects of Abortion,” that “The thought of abortion for some women can be a source for emotional and mental disorder. Many women see that they have the choice to decide.” (Jacoby) However, there are other people involved. Abortion not only affects the women that have them. The psychological effects of an abortion affect the mother, father and society and therefore abortion should be illegal.
The first person that comes to mind when thinking about an abortion is the mother. She is the person who will have to suffer the physical pain of birthing a child. The woman is mentally affected in different ways. James C. Coyne author of “Negative Mental Health Effects of Abortion” tells us, women who have had a history of...
...Why Smoking Should be Banned
Undoubtedly, there will always be subjects of controversy. One example is whether smoking should be banned or not. Some people completely object to the idea of smoking and think that it should be banned. They believe that the negatives of smoking far outweigh the positives. On the other end of the continuum are the people who think that smoking is an individual’s choice that should not be restricted or banned in any way. Those people who wish to keep smoking legal argue that banning it is infringing on Canadians freedom of choice. Smoking has both negatives and benefits but it should be banned from Canada as the negatives of smoking are far greater than the benefits.
Smoking should be banned because of its high societal cost. Smokers cause financial burdens on the rest of society such as the cost of health care. In Canada the government spends $3 billion dollars each year on smoking related healthcare. In 2002 according to World Bank, tobacco use cost Canadians $4.4 billion directly on healthcare. Alberta Health Services states that “all Canadians are forced to absorb costs such as worker absenteeism, fires, and lost income due to premature death.” It is estimated to cost over 12 billion a year to cover these expenses. These statistics show how largely smokers...
...into other people’s lives. Some effects of temporary exposure to smoke include headaches, breathing problems, and even nausea. The bottom line is that secondhand smoke has numerous short-term and long-term consequences for innocent bystanders. Are health reasons the only reason why smokers should not smoke in public? When you and your family go out to eat do you really want to smell smoke the whole time? The odor lingers on people’s clothes and hair and can take a while to go away. No one wants to smell like smoke is they don’t smoke. That can be a little annoying nonsmokers.
In conclusion, there are many obvious reasons why smoking should be banned in public areas; the most recognizable reason would be it is unhealthy to the smoker as well as everyone else around them. Secondhand smoke exposure is clearly linked with negative outcomes on a person’s health. While the exact degree of harm is debatable, a recent study published in the medical journal Circulation reviewed 13 studies from around the world and found that banning smoking in public places can reduce heart attack hospitalizations by up to 36 percent over time, regardless of geographical location. Smoking is an addiction, and every step should be taken to discourage people, specifically the young, from becoming hooked by the toxic drug, nicotine. Even though I think smoking is bad for you and people shouldn’t pick up on this habit,...
...Why Whaling Should Be Banned
* Whales have been hunted by humans for their meet, bones and blubber.
* Whaling, during the 19th century, wiped out most of the world's whale populations.
* Whales grow and breed slowly; numbers will take a long time to recover. This means that they will more easily become more extinct.
* The International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned whaling in 1986.
* There are some countries that issue permits to kill whales for research; Japan uses this to hunt whales and the meat from their research.
* The Japanese whaling people left for the Antarctic in December 2006, with the intention of killing 850 Minke whales and 10 fin whales.
Whales are hunted for their:
* Liver – oil
* Skin – Belts/ shoes/ handbags and luggage
* Bone – animal feed and fertilisers
* Teeth – buttons/ piano keys and jewellery
1. Lots of different types of whales are hunted, including:
* Right Whale: It was considered the perfect whale to hunt because it had lots of blubber for oil lamps; (that is why it is called “Right” whale.)
* Blue Whale: Considered too dangerous to hunt mostly, but some of the more brave hunters went after this whale because, it is bigger and so it provides more blubber, meat and bone.
Arguments against Whaling
Anti-whaling extremists claim that the whale is an...
...1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.
2. Washington DC’s low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis’ high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.
3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are “just statistics.”
4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.
5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.
6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.
7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.
8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.
9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should “put up no defense – give them what they want, or run” (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don’t Die – People Do, 1981, p. 125).
10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.
11. One should consult an automotive...
...Back to CMS Library
According to the American Library Association (ALA), young adult novels are challenged with the best intentions. In most cases a parent will read a book that their child might be reading in class to find out if the book is hazardous to their child’s well-being. If the novel seems problematic, the parent then challenges the book. Even though the purpose of challenging a novel is to keep children from reading about issues that may not be seen as appropriate for their age group, censoring children from difficult subject matter is not always the solution. There is always controversy when difficult issues arise in adolescent geared novels. Even though there are many concerns with Lois Lowry’s The Giver, this book should not be banned from the Coopertown Middle Library.
The Giver is about an eleven-year-old boy named Jonas is a light-eyed boy who lives in a Utopian society. Within his society, there is no suffering, no hunger, no war, no color, and no love. There is no uniqueness and everyone is, in essence, the same. No one leaves the community unless they are released, which normally only happens to elderly adults, sick infants, or those choosing to break the rules. When the children turn twelve, they are assigned professions. Jonas was skipped when it was his turn to receive a profession, and at the end of the ceremony he is selected to be The Receiver of Memory. He is the apprentice of The Giver, an elderly man that...
11 May 2010
Why Marijuana should be Illegal
In society today, many people are looking for a feeling of freedom. Some go on vacation and spend money while others look to drugs. The sense of high that results from using marijuana acts as an escape from the stresses of everyday life. As a result, a tremendous number of Americans participate in the illicit use of marijuana. Our American society is facing a tremendous drug problem that will increase exponentially by the legalization of this drug. Marijuana should be illegal because it will cause an increase in drug users and drug related crimes, the short term and long term effects of marijuana on the body, and the effect it will have on the country.
One of the consequences of legalization would be a tremendous increase in marijuana users. Right now with the use of illicit drugs comes the fear of law enforcement agents and punishment causes individuals to be too scared to try marijuana. However, if weed become legalized, the fear becomes nonexistent and the number of users skyrockets.
Legalized marijuana provides an ease of access to the drug, which in turn, promotes an increase in sales and use. An increase in marijuana use will also result in an increase in drug related crimes. Supporters of the legalization of weed believe that crime and...
...Why abortion should be illegal
An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it does not result in the birth of a baby. Abortion has always been a major issue of discussion in our society and there are always different opinions on abortion. I am against this practice and I think abortion should be illegal.
To start with, it is false to claim that no one knows when life begins and dishonest to argue that abortion does not kill a human being. Every new life begins at conception. This is a known fact of biology. It is true for animals and true for humans. No matter what the circumstances of conception, no matter how far along in the pregnancy, abortion always ends the life of an individual human being.
Prominent defenders of abortion rights publicly admit that abortion kills human beings. They are not saying that abortion is morally defensible because it doesn't kill a distinct human entity. They are admitting that abortion does kill a distinct human entity, but argue it is morally defensible anyway.
Personhood is properly defined by membership in the human species, not by stage of development within that species. A living being's designation to a species is determined not by the stage of development but by the sum of its biological characteristics— actual and potential—which are genetically determined. If we say that the fetus is not human, e.g. a member of Homo...