Locked & Loaded

Nightforce rifle scope representatives discuss features of their products with potential clients at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Gun control and school safety: strange bedfellows Rick Lindskog | Letter To The Editor Start with this fact: Statistically speaking, there is no safer place for a child to be than a school – a child is safer in school than at home, church or granny’s. Gun violence in a school is extremely rare, and quite difficult to defend against. Hiring armed guards and installing metal detectors at schools is not only expensive, but it’s also destructive to optimal learning environments. Schools should reflect a climate of safety and well-being, not ‘good guys with guns,’ metal detectors and anti-terrorist security measures. Anti-gun proponents contend there is no legitimate use for semi-automatic assault rifles, insisting we…

Opinion: Win or lose

A disappointed fan remains in the student section in the second half of the game against Missouri Western's on Oct. 20 in Carnie Smith Stadium at the homecoming game. The Gorillas lost 63 to 14.

Fan support shown in numerous ways RJ Palmgren | Guest Columnist Fan support is part of sports culture all over the world. All fans show their support in a variety of ways. Fans who stand and scream all through the game ar cheap viagra e not necessarily more supportive than the fans who watch while seated quietly. When a team is losing badly and fans get up and leave, I do not believe that makes them any less of a fan than the people who stay to watch the end of the game. Yes, some of those fans could be considered “bandwagon fans,” but a lot of fans simply cannot stand to watch their beloved…

David Petraeus affair is his family’s business

FILE - In this June 29, 2012 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Marcus Clem | Collegio Writer Is a 60-year-old man having a sexual relationship with a woman 20 years his junior a story? Is there anything surprising or shocking about this? Is the man, even if he is married, in the world we live in t cheap viagra for sale oday or before, committing some grave and unheard of sin? Is the woman wrong to pursue an older man? Does the marriage in question even matter in terms of the public interest? If you don’t tell anyone any other details about this scenario, I predict that nine times out of 10, the average person will pay it no mind. The reason is simple: Sex is a…

Affirmative action

Abigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, accompanied by her attormey Bert Rein, talks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP)

Case unfounded; law keeps playing field level Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to address those who would disregard my opinion on this matter because of the color of my skin. Some may question the credibility of this piece because I am African-American. I know this and I implore the reader to truly assess my beliefs on this topic, rather than ignore them based on a misconception they may have. Misconceptions Misconception is the key word here. There are many misconceptions perpetuated by our society. Among the most insulting is the idea that affirmative action is an unneeded practice. Affirmative action is a government action…

Tale of two different ideologies

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer At the U.N. General Assembly, anti-American protests took center stage. If you read between the lines of different state heads it is clear that the United States is facing a difficult situation in the Muslim world. President Obama addressed the assembly by saying the recent attacks were not simply an attack on America but an attack on the fundamental principles of the U.N. As expected, Muslim leaders around the world questioned America’s freedom of expression, and they asked for some restrictions on sensitive issues such as religion. Some of them asked the United States to change its approach toward the Muslim world. Israel supported the U.S. value on freedom of…

Psychotherapy banned in California

Gay conversion therapy not back with science Chandra Morris | Collegio Writer A California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29 banned psychotherapy practice designed to make gay teenagers straight for a simple reason: That is not science. Science is knowledge based on facts or principles. It is knowledge gained by systematic studying. This study needs to involve experiments and positive results. This isn’t a gay rights issue. This law, which will take effect January 1, deals with the lack of science behind this form of psychotherapy. I strongly agree with Gov. Brown’s decision to sign this bill into law. I applaud his initiative for being bold enough to be the first of…

Romney jumps the gun

Libyan men protest against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 21.

John T. Sullivan | Guest Columnist When I was growing up and taking citizenship classes in school, we were always taught that “politics stops at the water’s edge” and that “we only have one president at a time.” I guess all of that went out the window on Sept. 11 when Mitt Romney, with less than cautious abandon, dove into the precarious political waters of Middle Eastern uncertainty to heap scorn on the president of the United States at a time when unity of purpose, resolve and response would have made more sense. Clearly, for whatever reason, Romney jumped the gun to inject himself into an ongoing crisis, while prudence dictated that he hold his…

Is nuclear energy safe enough?

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer The demand for energy has been increasing consistently, and it will only get greater. But natural energy resources such as coal, water and oil are rapidly being depleted and can no longer meet the demand, forcing nations to search for alternative energy resources. Nuclear energy gave hope for future energy production, but some incidents forced us to fundamentally rethink using it. Nuclear energy currently provides only 6 percent of the energy used. The debate about nuclear energy safety gained momentum in recent years, especially after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. There have been other nuclear power plant accidents in the past. The Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986…

Distrust the media, but don’t disregard it

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter I’m about to enter a career that is in big trouble. On Sept. 21, The Gallup Organization, well known for its titan status in the business of public sentiment research, published a poll. This poll showed that at more than at any other time on record, Americans distrust the national mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. A total of 60 percent of Americans reported to Gallup that they hold this alarmingly negative sentiment. Of even greater concern may be a poll showing that only 39 percent of Americans say that they follow the news, any news, closely. That number is up this year, from 35 percent…

Bad weather hurts global food prices

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer Global food prices are increasing daily, leaving families around the world struggling to make ends meet. However, bad weather is making the problem worse. According to the World Bank’s Food Price Watch report released last month, food prices increased by 10 percent in July alone, mostly due to a major drought in the United States, and dry and hot summers in Eastern Europe. The dry summer in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan is adding further pressure on food prices, while below average rainfall in India is also a cause for concern. The United States’ Climate Prediction Center expects that the emergence of El Nino in the coming months is likely to…