G.I. Independent not for Guns in Schools


For JMC 406 class we were asked to find an editorial, on the state level, which we either liked or disliked. I choose this story from the Grand Island Independent speaking about the proposed legislation which would allow certain teachers and faculty members to carry  concealed weapons  in school.

The legislation, proposed by Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial, would allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons if “certain previsions,” are met.

The Independent does a good job of making their stance clearly know right form the beginning. After giving some very general information on the bill, the editorial says “This newspaper strongly opposes the idea of guns in schools, other than in the hands of police.” This is a very precise and string statement.

The paper does a good job of presenting some emotional and intangible reasoning, supporting their stance. The paper also admits that though the bill may carry good intentions it is drastic and not well thought out. I think the writer of this piece wrote this with a sound and realistic mind.


Editorial: Progress for Alternative Energy Requires World Corporation

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In a world where we so heavily rely on fossil fuels, it’s hard to even fathom where society would be without oil. What if there was no oil? What if we run out? These questions, which seem so impractical, will soon be answered.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest producer of oil, producing 8,406 barrels per day, has publicly commented that they are currently exploring alternative energy solutions. A concern that the countries domestic demands won’t be met sparked the sudden interest.

Reports indicate that if Saudi domestic demand for oil continues to rise at its current rate, Saudi Arabia will need to produce 8 million barrels of oil per year simply to satisfy domestic demand. When combined with estimated foreign demand, it’s believed that Saudi oil reserves will run dry sooner than originally expected.

Real progress in the search for a reliable, reusable, alternative energy source won’t be made without cooperation between the nations of the world. World leaders will need to work as a unified coalition in order to make substantial improvements.

The world is headed for an energy crisis. Dismay and panic could ensue when word get out that oil reserves are dry. The world could be on the verge of chaos and war if this issue is not resolved and resolved together.

Saudi Arabia has already implemented a dual plan which consists of nuclear and solar energy sources. The Saudis plan to consult with multiple nations, including the United States, France, Great Britain, Korea, and Japan. The Saudis will look to have operational solar energy plants with the capability of producing energy on a commercial level in 8-10 years.  

That being said, the Saudis know their experience alone won’t allow them to make those advancements. Other world leaders should take a page from “The Kingdoms,” playbook. With the best interest of their countrymen and the entire world in mind, Saudi leaders asked for help.

The world should continue this trend. Progress can be made and this potential energy crisis can be evaded.

The World Pushes for Alternative Energy Progress

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If Eskimos were searching for a replacement to ice, I would consider that a pretty good indicator that ice reserves were dwindling. Now I’m certain we wont ever encounter a lack of ice, but oil, yes.

A story by RENEWABLEENERGYSPOT.COM has reported that “although Saudi Arabia, if they would keep producing the same amounts of oil as now has reserves which could last for around 80 years, they are concerned about their own, domestic energy consumption.

With the Saudis domestic demand on the rise, the amount of oil they will be able to export will diminish. Accordingly, the rest of the world which relies on Saudi oil will also need to explore alternative energy options.

“We have started to take the required steps to utilize solar and nuclear energy,” said Ali al-Naimi, the oil minister. He also noted that the saying “energy derived from fossil fuels is different from that from renewable sources” doesn’t hold water anymore, and that the world needs all the energy they can get, according to the report.

More progressive countries like America, Russia, England, and Japan have already began research in alternative energy, The trend needs to continue.

World leaders, such as American President Barack Obama, have already began to make alternative energy a priority in their respective countries. In a story done by Jason Mick, it explains how Obama addressed Americas alternative energy initiative in last night State of the Union Address.

Obama’s plan my be domestic, but I argue that the expansion of alternative energy should be one tackled by a world coalition. It’s apparent that the need is there for most countries and with fossil fuels reserves being used up faster and faster everyday, something needs to give, progress needs to be made. Were already behind.

Ill steal a line from Ralph McGill’s 1959, A Church, A School.

It is late, But there is yet time.

Good Rhetoric On “Gay Marriage”


This post comes as the direct response to a blog made by my classmate, Alison Sievers. In my JMC 406 class, a number of student have voiced the opion on this controversial issue.

I don’t claim to be an expert on gay culture or marriage, but I have done some brief research prior to posting this comment. So here goes.

By definition, according to many online reference books such as Webster Merriam and dictionary.com, marriage is “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law.”
So, the phrase “gay marriage,” is completely void. Again, this is a completely secular generated opinion.

I would be in favor of gay couples and/or permanently unified couples receiving the same benefits as any other married couple. I believe that a new unification clause, which legal defines two people as a couple, should be adopted. I believe that all legal, state, and social institutions should recognize these people as a unified couple, but not a married couple.

I don’t agree with the claim that individuals who oppose the “gay marriage,” issue are scared. I think that a majority of those opposes have some sort of moral, or religious compass guiding their views, which is completely fine. Although this is a completely different issue, this country was founded on religious views and the idea that we will ever have a “real” separation between church and state is completely out of the question.

Do you know Sports? Results

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There are only 13 College football mascots, in FBS, with names which don’t end in “s.” Name them.

 Wrong Examples: Husker(s) Longhorn(s) Sooner(S)

 Right Examples: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

 Good Luck ***Note Using the Internet is illegal and is considered cheating.

  1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  2. Syracuse Orangemen ( courtesy Dr. H)
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide (Courtesy Nate B.)
  4. Navy Midshipmen (Courtesy Nate B.)
  5. Illinois Fighting Illini  (Courtesy Nate B.)
  6. Stanford Cardinal
  7. North Texas Mean Green
  8. Nevada Wolfpack
  9. UMASS Minutemen
  10. Marshall Thundering Heard
  11. NC State Wolf pack
  12. Tulane Green Wave
  13. Tulsa Hurricane


The “Kingdom” to Investigate Alternative Energy


In a world where fossil fuels are becoming more scarce and the race to find new alternative energies is on, Saudi Arabia is becoming a world leader. The Kingdom of Saudi plans to end their reliance on fossil fuel and develop an alternative energy mix, which would include atomic and solar sources, according to a story done by Abeer Allam.

Saudi leaders estimate that by 2028 the country will need to produce around 8 million barrels of oil simply to meet domestic demands. When calculating in the amount of oil needed to satisfy the demands of the remaining countries relying on oil from Saudi Arabia, it’s clear how important it is for advancement to be made in the search for alternative energy.

The Saudi plan calls for a mix of both nuclear energy and solar energy. This plan will require research in both fields which will be beneficial for both Saudi Arabia and the rest of the World.

Hashim Yamani, president of the King Abdullah Atomic and renewable Energy City, says he believes the country will develop solar energy in commercial quantities before atomic energy. He said in the 8-10 year period it will take to make those advancement, Saudi Arabia will work closely with, and use a mix of US, French, British, Korean and Japanese experience.

This is exactly what our world needs to be doing. If we are going to find renewable sources of energy, which can can cut our reliance on fossil fuels than we are going to need to do so as a unified coalition.

Saudi leaders know that in order to keep their country as a front-runner in the alternative energy race, they’ll need to look to other countries with more experience. Our world needs to make a unified push to make the alternative energy initiative a priority in every nation. This world-scale movement will require more and more leaders to think in similar to the Saudi king.

R. Sargent Shriver Remembered by The Oregonian


While working on my JMC 406 project, and searching numerous editorials, I came across this piece written by The Oregonian editorial Board.

I have to say I really enjoyed this editorial. I think it satisfy another function of a publications editorial board; to make stories which the board is passionate about herd. I think that’s exactly what the individuals on The Oregonian editorial board did here.

 I find that all too often the editorials I find seem to be just useless and repetitious banter on issues I have no real interest in. It gives me hope that you can still look in the newspaper and see something which has a real difference on humanity, opposed to a slew of political pieces which a majority of people can’t relate to, or dont care to relate to.

I first learned about Robert Sergeant Shriver my junior year of high school. My teacher mentioned Shriver as the only politician he ever knew who so solely thought about the well-fare of people. Shriver was the driving force behind the Peace Corps, Job Corps, and War on Poverty, Special Olympics, Head Start, VISTA and Upward Bound.

After having his hand in a number of different things, including being a vice president candidate in a loosing effort in the 1972 election, Shriver retired to his home in Massachusetts. In 2003 Shriver was diagnosed with Alzheimer, a disease he would battle for many years. On August, 11, 2000, Shriver’s wife of 56 years, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, died.

Shriver died on January 18, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 95. Shriver’s family released a statement calling him, “a man of giant love, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment” who “lived to make the world a more joyful, faithful, and compassionate place.”

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