Thanksgiving is WORTH Celebrating, Even in Light of Its Origin

Opinions on Debatable Issues #13 Professor Robert Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin previously said: “One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.” The debate over the legitimacyContinue reading “Thanksgiving is WORTH Celebrating, Even in Light of Its Origin”

Funding the Defenders: Not Enough to Curb the Abuse of Prosecutorial Power

Opinions on Debatable Issues #12 “You have the right to remain silent … You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” This is what you hear when being Mirandized. Coined and established in 1966, the Miranda warning is one of the steps that theContinue reading “Funding the Defenders: Not Enough to Curb the Abuse of Prosecutorial Power”

Defending Patriotism

Opinions on Debatable Issues #11 Patriotism, as defined by Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, denotes a special attachment to a particular political community or the devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country. It includes four qualities: Special affection for one’s own country A sense of personal identification with the country Special concern for the well-beingContinue reading “Defending Patriotism”

Is it truly ideal and effective to keep children from online dangers by allowing parents to monitor their social media accounts?

Opinions on Debatable Issues #10 Under the law, children in the United States are fully formed human beings with the same basic constitutional rights that adults enjoy. The Fourth Amendment protects privacy against unreasonable searches. A parent monitoring their children’s social media accounts with no evidence of any crimes being committed or dangers present isContinue reading “Is it truly ideal and effective to keep children from online dangers by allowing parents to monitor their social media accounts?”

Halloween Amidst the Pandemic. Yes or No?

Opinions on Debatable Issues #9 Since the late 1800s, Halloween has been a beloved and passionately celebrated holiday in the United States. The marvel costumes and delicious candies attract almost every person, kid or adult alike, to look forward to the upcoming October 31st. However, this year is different. Too much is being risked toContinue reading “Halloween Amidst the Pandemic. Yes or No?”

Roe v. Wade: Why the Current Ruling is both Unconstitutional and Unethical

Opinions on Debatable Issues #8 Roe v. Wade decides that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was protected by the privacy rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, the ruling was made on a false premise because it only upholds if abortion is a privacy issue. However, abortion is notContinue reading “Roe v. Wade: Why the Current Ruling is both Unconstitutional and Unethical”

Parents Should NOT be Given the Legal Rights to Refuse Medical Treatments for Children

Opinions on Debatable Issues #8 Normally, parents have the responsibility and authority to make medical decisions on behalf of their children. With a health-care proxy, parents can act as agents or proxies of their children to get information about the child’s condition, discuss options, express their wishes, and make treatment decisions when the children areContinue reading “Parents Should NOT be Given the Legal Rights to Refuse Medical Treatments for Children”

The United States Elections Should NOT be Run as a “Lottocracy”.

Opinions on Debatable Issues #7 Lottocracy, also called sortition, is the selection of political officials as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates. Ernest Callenbach and Michael Philips argue this “scheme would ensure fair representation for the people and their interests, elimination of many realpolitik behaviors, and a reduction in the influence ofContinue reading “The United States Elections Should NOT be Run as a “Lottocracy”.”

Using MORE Nuclear Energy for Commercial Energy Generation. Yes or No?

Opinions on Debatable Issues #6 What is commercial energy? According to sicencedirect.com, the energy sources that are used to generate electricity and that are available in the marketplace with a specific price are known as commercial energy sources. The most commercialized forms of commercial energy sources are electricity, coal, and advanced petroleum products. The majorContinue reading “Using MORE Nuclear Energy for Commercial Energy Generation. Yes or No?”

The Fairness of Progressive Taxes

Opinions on Debatable Issues #5 Progressive Taxes is a taxation system that imposes different tax rates based on the taxpayers’ financial ability with low-income individuals paying fewer taxes. Tax brackets are used to group taxpayers by income ranges. The money the individual earns places him or her into a bracket, resulting in a higher taxContinue reading “The Fairness of Progressive Taxes”