Marijuana ignites debate

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Legalization causes more headaches than it cures JEFFREY TANGNEY | Copy Editor If the state of Kansas were to legalize marijuana, as some other states have already done, then it would bring about some negative consequences and would set a dangerous precedent by allowing for partial legalization of certain things. It is in the best interest of Kansas, and every other state, to ignore the support for legalization and continue as it has for years. Legalizing marijuana, even for medical purposes, would almost certainly lead to abuses of the system. How does the state decide which medical cases warrant the use of marijuana? Have they tested every disease to figure out which disease is alleviated…

Disappearing rainforests require global action

Digamber Eslampure | Staff Columnist Forests around the world are rapidly disappearing. The Latin American and Caribbean regions collectively account for more than half of the forests in the world. Deforestation in South America has recently increased drastically. There are several reasons for this plight. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 130,000 square kilometers of world forests are lost every year. According to the World Bank, deforestation accounts for up to 20 percent of global green house gas emissions that contribute to global warming. In addition, forests provide habitats to about two-thirds of all species on Earth, and deforestation of closed tropical rainforests could account for biodiversity loss of as many as 100…

If corporations booze, locals may lose

Liquor law fears are seriously overstated JEFFREY TANGNEY | Copy Editor The Kansas Sen- ate supported a bill that would allow grocery and conve- nience stores to sell alcoholic beverages containing up to 5.0 percent, as opposed to the traditional 3.2 percent. I honestly don’t see that big of a difference between the two. The main opponents are liquor-store owners, who say the bigger chains of stores could drive them out of business. I take issue with this statement, as Kansas is one of only five states that currently have a difference between alcohol sold in liquor stores and alcohol sold in conve- nience stores. The main argument against the bill is that the larger…

World must proceed with caution on Iran

DIGAMBER ESLAMPURE | Collegio Reporter Tensions between Israel and Iran flared up again when Israeli leaders accused Iran for two recent attacks on Feb. 23 in New Delhi, India, and Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, a Eurasian country. The tensions were further heightened when Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu, paid a visit to Washington and met with President Barack Obama. The crux of the discussion was how to freeze Iran’s nuclear program. It is not only a concern of Israel and the United States, but also a concern of the world. According to a report from the Inter- national Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Nov. 8, 2011, Iran has carried out the following activities related…

Gunning down the arms barriers

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Reasonable restriction or unnecessary infringement? In deciding whether to allow lawful concealed-carry on campus, the question that must be answered is not why is concealed-carry needed, but what reasons are there to restrict or deny concealed-carry? Anytime a right is restricted it is crucial that the decision to do so be based on solid evidence and not mere supposition. The burden of proof should not be on the citizen to demonstrate a need for his or her right; rather the onus should be on the party that wishes to restrict that right to prove that such action is necessary. Concealed-carry is currently allowed at several community colleges and universities in states such as Colorado, Virginia…

The world contemplates placing trust in North Korea

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Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Reporter The new deal between North Korea and the United States will freeze the nuclear program of North Korea in exchange for food aid from America. This is certainly a positive deal, but we should not jump the gun and conclude that it is a big breakthrough. We should not build our hopes based on this deal because the two partners share decades of mistrust. The North Koreans breached a couple of previous agreement. In 1994, Bill Clinton’s administration brokered a deal to shut down the nuclear program in return for aid from America in building electric power plants. However, North Korea broke the agreement in 2002 and both sides accused…

Separation anxiety

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Religious right is religious wrong JEFFREY TANGNEY | Staff Writer I will keep this simple: Religious beliefs should not have any influence on political decisions in a democracy. There are two things to know about me before I continue. One, I am agnostic and lack any religious beliefs. This is not to be confused with atheism, which is the denial of any religious beliefs. Two, I am perfectly fine with people practicing whatever religion they choose. Religious beliefs have been ingrained in our democratic system for so long it seems unlikely that they will ever be two separate entities. This has become an ever-increasing way of life in Washington, and I feel this is a…

A new Arab world is in the making

Digamber Eslampure | Guest Columnist The revolutionary wave of change in the Arab nations is spreading. The revolt against the regimes is not only just out of political and economic grievances, but also out of a deeply rooted sense of humiliation, contempt and injustice. The emerging situations from this region raise several hard questions: What are the factors causing these revolts? Who is behind these movements? How will it impact the outside world? What are the possible reactions from the outside world? Because of the huge diversity in history, politics and culture of these nations it’s difficult to answer these questions. Before we try, though, let’s take a quick glance at what was going on…