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« chiangrai wrote on Monday, Mar 11 at 11:31 AM »
I don't believe this guy wrote this rubbish. Unless the writer experienced Chiang Rai about 40 years ago, he is misleading everyone. I have lived in and near Chiang Rai for years. There is NO village within 20 miles of Chiang Rai that has children who have not seen white people unless the children are newborns. Chiang Rai itself has a huge population of expats and the surrounding villages have expats living in or near them, no matter how far out they are. Lastly, the tourists do run all over the countryside, hiking and on motorcycles and motorcycle tours. There is no place left untouched by tourists here. It is what it is and why the writer decided to take liberties with what it really is is beyond me. I guess losing credibility for the rest of his life isn't a big deal to him. What is real here is certainly worth writing about without embellishing anything.
« Bearclaw wrote on Monday, Mar 11 at 10:46 AM »
The second amendment reads, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The spirit of the law is that people have a right to weapons in order to maintain a military force. We have that. Several branches of it. It does not specifically guarantee civilians a right to keep their own weapons, as they are not part of a "well regulated militia." This law was designed to protect the right to regulate a national defending force, not empower people to stockpile armories in their own homes. Also, when this law was written, it took a couple minutes to load a gun, after which you could only fire one shot. Modern weapons bear no resemblance to the weapons available when framing this law. Hauling out the second amendment and applying it to present day gun ownership is like using horse-and-cart regulations at a NASCAR speedway. Of the most violent mass shootings since 1966, roughly half were in the U.S. Maybe I'm reaching, but that statistic seems indicative of a problem. http://www.statista.com/statistics/248845/number-of-victims-of-mass-shootings-in-western-democratic-countries/ You may not like making this an emotional issue, but I imagine the survivors of these massacres, and the families of the victims feel differently.
« MyPenName wrote on Friday, Mar 08 at 12:10 PM »
Dear Editorial Board, I see that there are fresh ideas in The Plainsman office today. Here’s a question: Why don't you use your considerable, uncontested journalistic prowess on campus to encourage the other 77% of Auburn's non-affiliated student body to vote and organize? Also, the fact that there is a joint, higher education march on the Montgomery Capitol Building each year to advance the very same causes you suggest should be taken up on Dr. Gogue’s lawn must have slipped the mind of the entire Plainsman Editorial staff(check the spelling of our president's name from time to time). It is conceivable to the conscientious observer that your staff just does not know what it is talking about in this particular article. On the topic of breaking up the Greek influence: If you thought a fraternity of 90 guys campaigning is a political force majeure, maybe you should consider what might happen, if say, a member of the student band ran for SGA elected office? In reality, there are considerable resources at the disposal of any Auburn student who wants to change the campus conversation through elected office. It just takes planning, determination and shaking some hands. Yes, Greek-affiliated students can more easily just throw a campaign together and win. But for a dark horse, unconventional candidate to take the office by storm just takes a compelling message. The body politic is craving it. Sadly, the message of winning candidates has been dry for years. Parking, classes, meals, etc. Same ideas, no pressure to exceed our expectations, no pressure to actually fulfill these promises. I wonder what would happen if The Plainsman used its circulatory monopoly on campus news to demand a new paradigm in which only a genuinely progressive and forward thinking campaign with tangible ideas could march on to vic’try?! (Strike up the band?) Alas, we get the same bland campaign promises to which no candidate is held accountable, not by the press at least. We get the same bland newspaper that goes on occasional stumps about normative claims of undergraduate electoral justice and other forgotten things. Do you want to write a valuable article? Do you want to spark debate? Do you want to change the paradigm on campus? Then ask tough questions to our leaders and aspiring leaders. Ask something of the students who have the power to vote, especially those who abdicate that right. I’ll help you out with first a first topic: why does the SGA Elections Board (E-Board) carry so much influence in the outcome of our elections (vote counting, petition adjudications and such), yet the student representative body (the Senate) does not vote to confirm appointment of these E-Board members? You’re only elected representative on this board is the current SGA president. Check the SGA Code of Laws. Federal Election Commission (FEC) appointees in the U.S. must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, an elected body. Why not our appointees? Why doesn’t The Plainsman write a piece about E-Board members, their merits, their background? Ask the tough questions, report on it, and consider your contribution to electoral transparency, and then you might actually see a glimmer of the change you want to see in this world. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ – George Bernard Shaw Ask “Why not?” Plainsman Editorial Board.
« MyPenName wrote on Friday, Mar 08 at 11:03 AM »
Relevantsam, why does your vote not count? There is usually a run-off decided by less than 400 votes. If you want to change the way independents are represented in the cabinet et al, run for SGA senate and propose legislative changes. Did you really say that an independent vote counts more than a Greek? Sure you want to go there? They count the same, one vote. You make plenty of subjective claims (should this, should that), many do including this free-market Milton Friedmanish author, but would you say that politicians running for US office should not have any advantage because they joined a political party? The campus in 33% Greek, but 100% Auburn. Perhaps the silent majority should organize and exercise its considerable voting sway to push for less-Greek centered initiatives (if there are any at all). You will likely find, if you are ever remotely close to an administration, that most things are done for Auburn-at-large, not the Greeks (that's what the IFC and PHC are for). Bottom line - if you don't like something, DO something.
« Atlas_Shrugs wrote on Thursday, Mar 07 at 04:09 PM »
To Bearclaw, Please provide some logic to your argument. If you could shed light on data that refutes our guaranteed rights as American citizens or contradicts the former studies disproving any correlation between the previous "assault-weapons" ban and reduction in violence, you might be worth acknowledging. Until then, leave emotion at the door. It is your only tool and quite honestly, a weak form of argument. You are obviously relying upon it because you have no ground on which to stand in your attempt to strip us of our rights.
« Bearclaw wrote on Thursday, Mar 07 at 03:20 PM »
I'd like to watch you say all this to the Sandy Hook Elementary parents as they visit their kindergartners' graves.
« RentGearHere wrote on Thursday, Mar 07 at 02:13 PM »
Becky, thanks for the great article! Just a quick clarification. We are not currently ranked 14 on the voting survey! When you go through the survey, you can vote for us on question number 14! There are no rankings on the survey until after voting ends March 15th! Follow this link to vote http://30a.com/non-dining-hot-spot-awards/. Go to question number 14, select RentGearHere.com, go to the end of the survey, type your email and hit submit to vote! Thanks everyone for your support!
« ThatSpectrumGirl wrote on Thursday, Feb 28 at 05:04 PM »
// -That means you're essentially "intolerant" of my "intolerance?" // It is not intolerance to want to prevent the negative treatment of a group of people. Nobody is preventing Christians from practicing their beliefs, but rather preventing Christians from affecting the lives of others. You have a right to your beliefs, but not a right to a society run according to those beliefs or to a society free of people who don't hold your beliefs.
« cougartackle wrote on Thursday, Feb 28 at 04:40 PM »
Thank you for the support!!!!
« cougartackle wrote on Thursday, Feb 28 at 04:17 PM »
Ive always been amazed by the similarities between the arguments against gay marriage and for slavery and segregation.
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