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ID Badges: Are They Necessary? Part 1

Tragedies across the nation have been happening in schools, mainly shootings. The incredible and horrible loss of so many students and teachers has brought more safety precautions. This school year at Evans and across Columbia County, identification badge policies were put in place. Students and faculty are now mandated to wear these badges everyday with their name and picture clearly seen. This ID policy was put in place for safety, but many people have opinions about them  – some are positive but more are negative.

These unfavorable responses mostly came from students. Earlier today, students at Evans were asked how they felt about wearing IDs, and many of the responses were similar. Students said that the IDs seemed unnecessary, aggravating, costly, and wouldn’t work well for security. The cost of the ID for students is one dollar for a temporary replacement, and five dollars to permanently replace one. Students here at Evans think that the money spent for replacements waste money and cost too much for just one day. They are also interested to find out where exactly these funds go. 

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ID Badges: Are They Necessary? Part 2

One student here at Evans talked about how intruders would be hard to identify, as it is  nearly impossible to get a clear image of someone on the cameras. There is no way to zoom in with the security cameras enough to see a student’s name. Other students feel the IDs are unnecessary and aggravating because they largely are not used for anything and it gets annoying trying to remember the ID everyday.

Although most of the student body believes that IDs are just an annoyance, there are some that see the positive impact of the identification cards. A senior at Evans said that she could see that the changes in the world made the ID cards necessary and she thought that even though they can be annoying, they are beneficial. Supporters say the IDs also don’t just help with security, they get you ready for college life, which uses ID cards.

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ID Badges: Are they Necessary? Part 3

Students were not just the only ones to voice their feelings on the topic.  A few administrators voiced how they felt. Unlike the students, the teachers and faculty talked about how this is the world we live in: ID’s won’t just have to be worn at school, but in the business world. Another thing an administration said was they were great, and they would help students and eventually could be used for things like paying for lunches.

The ever changing world is altering how things are ran in schools and in society. Nowadays, ID cards are in the workplace, schools, and at Evans High School. Students mostly have negative feelings about the use of  the ID card. The administration, though, feels that they are necessary, beneficial and can be helpful in life at school. Even with all these feelings, the identification cards are still in effect, but students are still wondering: are ID cards really necessary?

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Football Team

Our football team at Evans is on a loosing streak but the real question is why. We have gathered some information from one of the football players that it’s because of the young team that they have and the fact that some of their good players are injured. With the young team they lack certain advantages but the truth is we need a victory! We need the players from last year and we also the players that are injured currently. If they want a shot at victory then they are going to have to figure out how to work as a team and they are also going to have to learn how to communicate.  We support our boys and anticipate a WIN at homecoming!

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The Issue with America’s Current Federal Government Part 1

For the past month, confirmation hearings have been taking place in Congress for Brett Kavanaugh, the most recent judge to be nominated by President Trump to fill the empty space on the Supreme Court. During the hearings, Senator Ben Sasse, a republican from Nebraska, took the time to address a concern he has for the American system of checks and balances. Senator Sasse lists four brief points to explain what is wrong with America’s current legal system to answer the questions “How did we get here? And how can we fix it?” Sasse states that the legislative system should be the center of the political system, that currently it is not because the branch is giving its power to the executive and judicial branches, that the people yearn for a place where politics actually happen, and that the original system set up by the founding fathers should be restored.

First, background information is necessary to help understand how checks and balances should be set up. In the 1787 the United States constitution was finally finished. The document is separated into different articles, with the first three dealing with how the branches of government should be established. The Articles were established so no one branch had the most power but was also established so that the legislative branch was the center of political debate. You can see this because the citizens have the most “say so” in the branch by being able to choose who goes in there and the shorter term limits the legislatures have. The citizens have the least say so when deciding the Judicial branch because they are not directly elected by the citizens, and they have lifelong tenure.

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The Issue with America’s Current Federal Government Part 2

With a background established we can go into what Senator Sasse is trying to express. Sasse is saying that in the past century, the politicians in the Legislative branch have gotten lazy with their duties and have traded the importance of their job with trying to serve as long as possible. The politicians continue to give power away to the executive and judicial branches. This can be seen by the countless number of agencies administrated by the executive branch and the more and more people protesting in front of the Supreme Court for them to change issues. These agencies are very high in corruption because the bureaucrats in them are not elected by the people and the regulations they create are not decided by the people’s vote. This means that these department heads can create laws that the people have no say in even though the laws can greatly affect their lives.

The agencies having power to control the public with no representation causes for lobbyist, or people who are not looking to benefit the public but rather benefit themselves, to gain power and influence. One famous example of a lobbyist being able to gain power comes in the form of the agricultural industry. Often, the heads of certain food and agricultural companies obtain jobs working in agencies that regulate the industries. The lobbyists will turn away from protecting the people of the United States and focus on increasing wealth for the companies they previously work for and hold business in. This can be very harmful to the safety of the American people because agencies might deter from laws that protect the people to advance their companies interests.

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The Issue with America’s Current Federal Government Part 3

Finally, Sasse talks about the Supreme Court, the position in which Brett Kavanaugh is trying to obtain. He says that the Supreme Court justices should not play politics and put their opinion into court decisions. Sasse says, “the question before us is whether or not he has the temperament and the character to take his policy views and political preferences and put it in a box marked ‘irrelevant’ and set it aside when he puts on the black robe.” Sasse is trying to say that many judges put their political beliefs in their work, when their main job is to uphold the law of the constitution. Justices should not decide decisions based on opinions, but rather if it supports or does not support the Constitution.

All in all, the American way of central government is flawed, but not impossible to fix. The Federal government must return to its original state when drafted by the founding fathers, so it can properly represent the citizens of the country. Right now, the people of the greatest force of democracy and self-government are not being heard and are continuing to be pushed around like pawns on a chess board. Sasse ends with saying, “if the voters are going to retain their power, they need a legislature that is responsive to politics.”

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They Talked/Listened Part 1

I never meant to do it. Not in the beginning.
At first, they came in and they talked and they talked and they talked. And they wouldn’t listen to me. No one would.
But then they did. And I helped them. I told them what they needed to do. And then some talked and talked and talked about why I was wrong. So they talked and talked and I helped. I talked and I talked and they listened. And I told them another way it would work. And they did. And for some of them, it worked. For others, it didn’t. They came back and I said ” Well, make them not want to leave. Maybe having an affair makes them want to keep you. They should.” And they did.
But then they came back. And they talked and they talked and they talked. Now, eventually it didn’t work. The other person did not care. They had tried to make them jealous. They came back and talked to me.
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They Talked/Listened Part 2

And I told them, well one of them offered it first. They said we can make them pay. Do something, make them see that they are wrong. So I did. At first I was very messy and I almost got caught. But I didn’t.
No, I did what needed to be done. I didn’t kill anyone of course. I just made them regret what they did(made them so that no other would want them). And I continued like that. They talked and talked and talked. For some of them, I didn’t need to go out and do anything.
But then, one of my favorites (because she was the first who actually listened) came in and she cried because her husband had been with other women, and he hurt her very, very badly. And she asked me to deal with him. I said I will. But then she said no. Not how you dealt with the others. I want him gone permanently.
At first, I didn’t want to help her. I said no, we don’t do that. But then I agreed, I said alright. But we CANNOT kill him. We are not the ones who decide that. So I took her with me and we dealt with him. And I turn my back for one second and when I turned back, he was there, dead.
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They Talked/Listened Part 3

Now, this is where I find that I was no longer right in the head, for instead of leaving and making her face her crime, I helped her. I helped her get rid of the body. I helped her hide from the police. I helped her get away from it all. So, I took the body to one of my friends, he owed me a favor, and he dealt with the body. No questions asked. And I went back and they talked and they talked and they talked.
Then, more came in and asked for it, and I did. They came with me, of course. Amd we dealt with them permanently. So that became my routine, people would come in and they would talk and they would talk and they would talk. And just for them we can make a plan where we can just deal with them, without me having to get involved. With others, others I had to take a personal interest in.
 And my friend, he got rid of the bodies for them and he introduced me to his friends, who introduced me to their friends. And eventually I had this whole community of people who knew and they didn’t judge me. They didn’t say anything. They were, were like a family. And what’ best is… they listened, without being asked. When it seemed like I needed to speak or when they asked a question, they stopped and they listened. And I liked that so I stayed. And then I did it more.
🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓this is a time break named bob, hi🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓🚓
(Police)
“Why are you telling us this?”
And I go ” Because you’ll listen. I tried to tell others, but they wouldn’t listen. You did, so I told you.”
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