SPECIAL: POTUS Debate Judge’s Ballot

Just shy of a decade has elapsed since I last judged a round at a sanctioned debate tournament. Having competed in both parliamentary and policy debate formats at the high school and collegiate level, I obtained a sample ballot for a parliamentary debate (my preferred format) round for yesterday’s main event: the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.potusdeb3

My intention was that it would provide me with a sensible framework within which to render an objective decision regarding the event’s winner. Alas, this would’ve been an unnecessary relic of civility had this been a true round of debate. Unfortunately

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Executive Completion: Lobbying Run Riot

[image source: Everything-PR.com]
[image source: Everything-PR.com]
With the Presidential election fast approaching the freedoms we have (as American citizens) are on my mind. To be able to take part in an election, no matter how small of a role we may play, is a freedom that so many others across the planet are not able to enjoy. The freedom I find most important in America is the freedom of Speech. The first Amendment is my favorite Amendment because in other societies throughout history the freedom to express oneself is not readily available to the people. In my opinion, this makes the first Amendment sacred. It is a cornerstone in our free society, offering Americans the

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The Rights of These United States: the Eighth Amendment

The eighth amendment reads, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”8cartoon

The term “excessive bail” is not a set dollar amount or a percentage of estimated net worth of the individual. It is simply an amount over than what should reasonably be imposed to prevent the person accused of a crime from “fleeing”. For example, a person accused of a crime that has not gone to trial that has a net worth of $2 billion would be able to pay a bail of $1 million is reasonable. However, a person with a net worth of $500,000 would absolutely not be reasonably able to pay

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SPECIAL: Legal Voting Age

ablueribbonUnder normal circumstances, the age an American citizen is given the right to vote is eighteen years old. However, there is a minority that feel the legal voting age should be lowered to thirteen years old. To this, I disagree. The voting age should remain the same.

I say this for a few reasons. First off, when people say the voting age should be lowered to thirteen. They’re basically saying that we should not only allow politically-uneducated young adults to vote. But, also middle-school kids who probably don’t know what politics are. Due to their political unawareness, kids would then be more likely to agree with

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OP-ED

America: Cultural Fondue

[image courtesy of The New Orleans Film Society]
[image courtesy of The New Orleans Film Society]
Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana offered me a unique perspective of the world. The little floating Crescent City offers an amalgamation of cultural influences through art, architecture, food and an array of amazing neighbors making up a diverse, cohesive and proud population. Being raised in such an environment taught me that groups of people from different cultural backgrounds living together enhances the world. The fact of the matter is, until I was older the idea of some sort of separateness between cultures existed never occurred to me. By separateness I’m not referring to something

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EDITORIAL

The media is supposed to be a non-biased source of information. Is it, though? Each media outlet is so concerned with sensationalism that the news is lost in the bleak myriad of garbage that we have to sift through to try and find the truth. Is it really any surprise that the violence and intolerance that plagues our country not only continues but is gaining momentum? If all we see is man’s inhumanity, then what else can we expect to see but more inhumanity? If we fill our children’s heads with scenes of violence, then how can we expect them to behave but with violence?

We all sit down and watch the news at times, and our children likely

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Executive Completion: Campaign Finance

My son started school this week. I sat down and went through all of his paperwork, compiling a list of what he would need for each class, I began to think about the upcoming notices I would be receiving. The forms asking for aid with canned drives and potlucks for most departments to raise money for much needed support for programs across the spectrum in his school. 

mccainfeingoldI began to think about this article I’d been intending to write and found myself becoming more and more frustrated. As my mind ran through all of the events I would attend in an effort to help students and teachers my frustration grew into outrage

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