Should the Voting Age be Lowered? By: Tyler Fisher Recent debate has left a question unanswered. Should the voting age be lowered? No, many kids under 18 don’t fully understand how government works. Voting requires a high level of civic responsibility and knowledge. Many kids don’t even know who their senators are! People are arguing that lowering the age to vote will ultimately increase future turnouts at the poles. While that may be true they don’t think about the short term effects. Kids would be more easily manipulated into voting for the “flashiest” choice instead of the best choice. I personally noticed that throughout school, many people are only interested in buzz words. They don’t want to look up what’s actually happening in the news or what politicians are really doing. Research has shown the brain doesn't stop developing until the mid twenties, meaning that a child may not even have the capacity to make the right choice at the poles. If you’re under 18, you can’t join the military or serve on juries, so you should allowed to vote. Children under 18 don’t have the right skills to vote, so they shouldn’t.
Is Cheerleading aSport? By: Bridget Burkett No one can deny that cheerleading involves a huge amount of athleticism, skill, flexibility and endurance, but can it rightfully be described as a sport? No it can’t. Cheerleading is not commonly considered a sport because of the inability to compete against an opponent. It is an activity solely dedicated to entertain and motivate the crowd during sports events. Sports teams exist to complete, not to perform and entertain or support another group that competes. In the cheer-as-sport conversation, this is the most important element to understand. One can be an athlete and not participate in a sport. And one can participate in a sport and not be very athletic. In my opinion, standing on a sideline does not consider you an athlete. On the other hand, Competitive Cheerleading is a sport. It involves more strength, athleticism, flexibility and is faced with other opponents. Competing against other squads is why it makes it a sport. Sideline cheerleading is not a sport.
Let Us Sleep By: Michaella DiFiore Students often are accused of being lazy for falling asleep in class. This behavior is not caused by students just being lazy or not caring, students aren't getting enough sleep. Teenagers hormone cycles can prevent them from falling asleep especially before 8 pm even if they are tired, then they have to get up the next morning for school. Students going to sleep late and having to get up considerably early in the morning means they get little sleep. No getting enough sleep can cause a variety of ill effects on students. Lack of sleep leads to sleep deprivation - anything less than 8.5 to 9 hours. Sleep deprivation causes and increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure and is believed to alters hormone levels and puts additional stress on the body. Tired students may go for foods high in sugar or caffeine, hoping to get an energy boost putting them at higher risk for serious health problems.
Not getting enough sleep can also have adverse effects on students grades. “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that a lack of sleep impacts performance by reducing concentration, creating attention deficits, slowing reaction times, increasing distractibility, impairing decision-making skills and causing forgetfulness. AASM also says that sleep-deprived people are more prone to errors. These effects can have a severe impact on test scores and the grades students receive on class projects and papers” (Morgan).
Sleep deprivation also slows down reaction time leaving teens more likely to get in car crashes. “AAA says that drowsiness contributes to more than 100,000 crashes per year… Adolescents are especially at risk for driving drowsy because of early school start times” (Morgan). Additionally, sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on teens mental health. “AASM reports that sleep deprivation leads to anxiety, irritability, lack of motivation and other symptoms of depression. Delaying school start times can reduce these symptoms, as demonstrated by the results of the University of Minnesota study” (Morgan). And, AAP’s Adolescent Sleep Working Group found that poor sleep is linked to increased reliance on caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.
Changing school start times has been found to work. “Investigators studied two school districts that changed their start times to 8:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. When compared with students attending schools with earlier start times, the students reported getting higher grades. They also had fewer depressive feelings, got more sleep on school nights and had less daytime sleepiness” (Morgan). This is a change that would be all around beneficial for students health, safety, and grades.
Morgan, Leigh Ann. “Pros and Cons of Later School Start Times.” Sleeping Resources, 17 Jan. 2012, sleepingresources.com/pros-and-cons-of-later-school-start-times/. Morin, Amy, and Lcsw. “Should High Schools Really Start Later so Teens Can Get More Sleep?” Verywell Family, 3 Oct. 2018, www.verywellfamily.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-starting-school-later-2609565.
Should Papa John be Fired from Papa John’s? By: Tyler Fisher John Schnatter the former CEO of Papa John’s has resigned. After he was trying to avoid future public relation problems, he used the N-word and said some things that had offended people. Since that was not his intention, Papa John’s should not separate themselves from John Schnatter. Schnatter has spent his whole adult life working to build Papa John’s. He also still has thirty percent stock, the largest amount, in Papa John’s. What Schnatter said was not meant to hurt or offend anyone, in fact he was trying to mend his relations with the public. Schnatter has Papa John’s best interest in mind, there is no reason for him to want to hurt his own company. Papa John’s wants to remove his face from the pizza box and stay as far away from Scatter as they can. Many news sites say that Schnatter is hurting the company and should be casted away. If Papa John’s isn't making money, than Schnatter isn't making money. Thirty percent stock is a large portion of a huge company like Papa John’s. While Papa John’s stock has gone down, Schnatter claims that it’s partly management fault. Before the PR incident, Papa John’s was losing sales, including a 6.1 percent sales decrease from the second quarter. Papa John is the face of Papa John’s and he should not be ousted from his company.
Immigration By: Tyler Fisher Should we let illegals immigrants (aliens) into America? Aliens are criminals just by entering the US illegally. They don’t serve jury duty, can't be drafted, vote or do anything else that is expected of a US citizen. That isn’t fair to the rest of Americans. Sometimes illegals immigrants will leave their families behind in order to try to live in the US. We should allow immigrants into the US because that’s what make America so great, it’s the melting pot. Some say that illegal immigrants are good for the economy because of the cheap labor they provide. Also they take jobs that Americans may not want. With that being said they could also hurt the economy and take away jobs from Americans that they want. You see on the news how families are from apart because they entered the US illegally, that is their fault. It is like the old saying “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”