Are you using common sense?

May 15, 2012 Front Page No Comments

We have all said it, heard it said, heard other people say it, and heard other people say it about us. “Use your common sense.” Usually when it is being said, it is in response to someone’s expectations not being met. “You should’ve known better, it’s common sense.” Am I the only one that seems to hear it being said at least seven times a day? Does anyone have common sense? To answer this question, first let’s get to the bottom of another question, what is common sense?

So first we have common, a pretty common word. But when we look it up, it turns out that there are actually six general definitions, some of them even seem to have conflicting meanings. I wonder if that is commonly known?

Okay let’s look at these three definitions:

1 occurring, found, or done often; prevalent: “salt and pepper are the two most common seasonings.”

2 showing a lack of taste and refinement; vulgar.

3 shared by, coming from, or done by more than one

             Okay this is getting sketchy. For the sake of time, let’s all briefly think of the meaning of common sense if we inserted definition 2….thinking…..okay moving on.

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#PutTheGunsDown: School Shooting in Ohio

February 28, 2012 Front Page, Problems 1 Comment

Anything that happens in Ohio is officially a trend. In the aftermath of yet another tragedy at the place we send our young people to become adults, parents are left wondering: if there is a safe place left for our children to grow? Have school shootings officially become “commonplace” in the United States?

In a state where guns laws have become less stringent in past years, there is one question on the minds of many Ohioans. Will this be the last straw for proponents of carrying guns on college campuses?

In April of 2004, Ohio became the 46th state to allow qualifying citizens to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm. Since then, there have been several amendments to the law, placing fewer restrictions on where and how people can carry. The latest amendment was last September when Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that would allow concealed carry in bars. To many, college campuses are the logical next targets to allow students to carry weapons.

Do gun rights lead to more or less safety?

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Let’s Do Lunch

January 19, 2012 Front Page No Comments

Central Ohioans are feeling the financial crunch. However, one might not recognize the economic crisis being experienced by a growing number of Columbus residents if they went by the unprecedented amount of construction and physical growth of the city itself.

To get a clearer picture of how well families are doing, one need look no further than the school lunch line, the cash register that is.

Since access to free or reduced-priced lunch is based on actual earnings and not estimations, a look at the amount of students who qualify will tell us a lot about the changing economic situation of the Central Ohio family.

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Who benefits from a PACT?

January 12, 2012 Front Page, Politics No Comments

It is official; Poindexter Village is scheduled to be demolished. The 26-acre housing development will follow the faith of countless landmarks that were once beacons of black unity and accomplishment and the glue of the historic near-east side, Bronzeville district in Columbus, Ohio.

I will be the first to say that the  neighborhood where I grew up and went to school is long overdue for some rehabilitation. With the tremendous growth that has taken place in Columbus in the past decade, there is now an intensified focus on my beloved neighborhood.

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Obama Drama: Finding the Politics in the Politician

September 16, 2011 Politics No Comments

The other day, I got to see the president of the United States of America in person. Like, he was actually a ten-minute walk from my house. I must admit, when I first heard the President would be in town, I had illusions of us having an exclusive picture taken together (Go Christina). It is undeniable that Barack Obama is a charismatic man whose intelligence propelled him to America’s Top Spot. However, I find it necessary to always remember that he has a job to do… and his main job (in his mind) from now until November 2012 is probably to get himself re-elected.

The question I pondered, as I heard the crowd roar, was how much will he be working for you if he thinks he does not have to work for your vote?

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