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March 21, 2014


Volume 48, Issue 5


Boy’s varsity basketball complete perfect season with 5A State Title! Page 9



Honored students shine at Academic Assembly Victoria Holm ARTS/FASHION EDITOR


The Goldies this year were made to look like gold medals, designed by senior Katie Ackerman.

Academic Award winners were honored at the Academic Assembly on the morning of Mar. 1 in

the gym. The district office staff, parents and the school board were invited. English teacher Paula Uriarte said, “ They love to see what our stu-


dents are doing and be a part of that recognition of Capital’s efforts.” With the theme being the Olympics, ceramics students and teachers made the awards to look like Olympic gold medals. There was also a podium where students received their medals, resembling the Olympic places of first, second and third. Towards the end of the assembly, when all the students were recognized, the teachers formed the five rings with all the different colors representing the school’s motto of pride, performance, responsibility, integrity, diversity and excellence. “There is a long history behind academic assemblies. When I taught at Centennial, about 18 years ago we decided that there should be something to recognize students just as we had been recognizing athletes in our assemblies since our first

purpose is academics,” Uriarte said. “When I came to Capital, Mr. Ruzicka said he would like to do something here. It started out as more of a class competition, teacher skit kind of thing, but we decided two or three years ago (maybe even four) to combine it with our usual end of the year awards for seniors that we called The Best In the Nest,” Uriarte said.   Photography award winner Senior Michelle Fretwell said, “I’ve been in photo for five years and I worked hard so it felt cool going up in front of everyone and getting recognized for photo, I was glad my family and friends were there to support me like my mama and Grammy.”

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Top Left: Senior Whitney Blackburn accepts her gold medal for Art Student of the Year from Vice Principal Greg Oram. Above: Seniors Peter Huang, Sergio Rodriguez, Miranda Tang and John Van De Graaff stand on the podium after receiving Academic Hall of Fame. Left: The English Department poses as the royalty of England before the assembly.

Debate dominates District and State tournaments

Five teams qualify for State after succeeding at Districts and bring pride back to Capital by getting second at State Charles Walker STAFF WRITER

On Mar 1. Capital’s debate team triumphed at Districts. Of the 11 teams that competed, five qualified for state. Two weeks later, Capital Debate took 2nd place at State overall, a large feat for the team. There were four Policy teams, two Lincoln Douglas Debaters, and five Public Forum teams. One policy team,

one LD Debater, and two PF teams made it to State. In Policy, the team of senior Jamie Maas and sophomore Clea Wurster came out undefeated with a record of 6-0. Maas has been debating for three years, while this is Wurster’s first. “Clea and I were debating economic engagement by the US towards Mexico, Venezuela, or Cuba. This means that we should increase trade and eco-

nomic support,” Maas said. Maas and Wurster also qualified for NFL Nationals this year. In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, senior Janice Witherspoon went undefeated as well and broke to state. Witherspoon, like Maas, has been in debate for three years, and return for her fourth year of debate in the fall. “At Districts I was debating Resource Extraction versus Envi-

ronmental Protection. Basically we were arguing whether or not we should try harvesting more resources, such as natural gas and lumber, or if we should preserve remaining wildernesses instead of mining and industrializing in them,” Witherspoon said. Public Forum is the only debate style that Capital sent multiple teams to state. The teams of seniors Zach Bramwell and Mackenzie Moss, who went

undefeated, junior April Miklos and senior Emma Singer, who also went undefeated, and seniors Zach Lien and Kevin Miklos, who went 5-1, all broke to state. All three teams were debating that section four of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Seeing as the Public Forum topic changes every month, the teams had to debate something completely different at state, Moss says.

“At state, all Public Forum teams were debating whether or not gender specific classrooms should be instituted in schools nationwide,” Moss said. State Debate was held on Mar.15-16. The debaters take time out of their weekends to come out to different schools and debate with one another multiple times and see who can present the best evidence for their side as well as debate it the best.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Students participate in Unified basketball game

the kids…[they were] learning new skills to play as a team,” Kanatzar said. Other Capital stuOn Mar. 7, Unified dents, or what Kanazter Basketball, a Special called ‘peers’, senior Olympics sponsored Mokoma Musa, junior basketball game took Tomas Idoeta and place at Bishop Kelly High that several Capi- sophomore Justin Gostal students participated sage helped as well by helping the athletes in. dribble the ball and set The kids would up shots for them. practice once a week “It was good for the at lunch under the peers, it taught them guidance of teachers Kathy Kanatzar, Sharon compassion,” Kanatzar said. Boland and Candace Musa helped with Chase. the Special Olympics “It was good for Emily Lundquist EDITOR IN CHIEF

basketball game and was actually the Head Coach. Musa did this project as a chance to start his senior project. “My English teacher asked me to join and it was a great chance to start my senior project to teach development and better [the athletes].” Musa said that from this experience, he learned that “it’s not always easy for other kids…but everyone can be an athlete by just trying.”


Senior Carson Goodrich and junior Thomas Haggerty participate in the Unified basketball game on Mar. 7 at Bishop Kelly High.


Sophomorer Marcus Burington and Madeleine Zahm participate in the Unified basketball game on Mar. 7 at Bishop Kelly.


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The Capital Unified basketball team poses for a team picture on Mar. 7 at Bishop Kelly High.

Capital alumni Curtis Stigers performs with choir and band Andrew Sargent OPINION EDITOR

Curtis Stigers, a Capital graduate, is now a worldwide professional singer and saxophone player. For the past three years Stigers has been performing concerts with the jazz choir and band in the auditorium with their latest concert on Feb. 21 at 7:00p.m. The purposes of these concerts are to raise money for Capital’s music department, festival fees, transportation, and instrument repairs. When Stigers was at Capital, he was a mem-

ber of the jazz band and was in a jazz choir group known as the Singers. He received most of his inspiration for pursuing jazz from jam sessions led by Gene Harris. Stiger’s song, Swingin’ Down at Tenth and Main, is a tribute of his good times with Harris. After Stigers graduated, he moved to New York to pursue his music career and later found himself playing and singing in a jazz trio. He was signed to a record contract by Arista Records and released two albums. Stigers also appeared on the Dawson’s Creek soundtracks, participat-

ed in the BBC Television show Just the Two of Us, and his song This Life is used as the intro for the American show Sons of Anarchy. Stigers was known as a jazz vocalist performing and recording with artists such as Gene Harris, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band, and Joe Cocker. He also sang a duet with Julia Fordham on her re-recording of Where Does the Time Go? “The fact that we have Curtis Stigers, Idaho’s own Emmynominated singer, songwriter, saxophonist, guitarist, and Capital

High School graduate, giving back to his alma mater and his community is great,” Benjamin Simmonds said. “I thought it was really awesome playing with him because he’s famous and took time of his busy life to help out school,” junior Kylee Lay said. “He’s for the music, not for money or fame,” junior Kayla Cocozzo said. “He puts his heart and soul in his music,” Cocozzo said. “I was ready for constructive criticism. I’m glad he was so nice and humble,” senior Justin Tam said.

Students teach elementary kids Buy a bagel at how to understand writing break Taylor Anfinson ASSISTANT EDITOR

On Mar. 7, 18 Fiction Club members went to Horizon Elementary from about 12:30 to 3:00 to teach fifth and sixth grade students about writing and how to write certain genres like Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, etc. Senior Peter Huang said that, “It was super fun. All the children had great ideas.” The Fiction Club set up eight presentations

of the different genres they were teaching, like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry and Historical Fiction. The kids cycled through two genres of their choice, and for one hour each group of FC members gave a short presentation to a group of 25 kids. They then worked with them in writing activities to teach them how to write that genre. “Interacting with each kid [was my favorite part]. The few kids I

got to talk to taught me their own writing tips,” Huang said. Senior Alma Delic’ said that this was important because, “There aren’t many chances for kids to write what they want to write and to explore different kinds of genres.” “Interacting with the students and getting them excited about writing [was my favorite part],” Delic’ said.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Brave New World

Golden Guild interprets a book for performance



Senior Tristen Zachary acts out the scene from the play “Brave New World.” Zachary said, “This is the scene where Bernard is belittled by the Director and Henry Foster. This is just before Linda enters as Bernard’s ‘Proof’.” on Mar. 12.

Charles Walker STAFF WRITER

“Brave New World” is a play based upon the book by Aldous Huxley. The play ran from Mar. 7-15. It is a story about a utopian future where everything is predetermined and orthodox behavior is key, and a man who tries to break the standards of society. The play takes place about 250 years “After Ford,” stating that instead of religions that

currently exist, Henry Ford has been viewed as the highest figure of all. Humans are no longer born, but created in test tubes and made for predetermined jobs and places within society. The world believes that the created social hierarchy is highly important. People are only equal within their social clique, and anyone higher or lower is vastly superior or inferior. The social ranks, going from highest to lowest, are Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Gammas, and Epsilons.

Junior Charles Walker and Kimbal Murray act out the scene from Act 2 Scene 1 from the play “Brave New World.”

The world also has eradicated any unpleasant emotion, such as sadness or despair. Bernard Marx, the main character, is a man who strives to feel emotions. He stops taking soma (essentially anti-depressants), he doesn’t conform to social standards and tries to deviate from the norm. Several World Controllers govern the world. These Controllers are the highest in the social hierarchy and have absolute, very dictatorial rule over the

world. “Each controller dominates a specific place on the planet, and I play Mustapha Mond, the Controller for Western Europe,” senior Addie Sterling said. For the Drama department, this play has some special significance among the actors. Some of the Beginning Theatre students were allowed to move up to Advanced Theatre to perform. “I’m very excited to perform in Brave New World because it is the first play I have per-

Skiers save a Mountain View student after snowboard attracts their attention

formed in,” sophomore Molly Lutjens said, who played Fanny, who is Lenina’s loyal and rather promiscuous friend and coworker. Others in the group were happy to do the play simply because they enjoyed the book. About 20 people were involved with “Brave New World,” and all were in charge of parts both on stage and offstage. One example of an offstage job was student director, a job taken by senior Rachel Taylor. “As student director I

am in charge of organizing the actors movements and coordinating scene changes, and I also help with overseeing costuming,” Taylor said. The actors stayed many days after school running through each scene until they had each line and movement memorized. With two acts averaging about an hour each, with dialogue, blocking, and tech to organize.

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The Bogus Basin ski patrol poses with the CHS students who saved a Mountain View student. Back Row: Steve Marolf, Karen Jensen, Dale Kennedy, Nate Shake, senior Austyn Hazen, Scott Gibson, Jake Mitchel Front Row: Kalen Swan, senior CeCe Harris and Aaron Karela.

Fatuma Mnongerwa STAFF WRITER

On February 14 at Bogus Basin Dotty Clark Championship race four Capital students saved a Mountain View High School boy’s life. Senior Scott Gibson said “ It felt really cool to save him and we did what any other human being would do, and

just to know that we were at the right place at the right time felt cool.” The four students involved in saving the teenager’s life were seniors Cece Harris, Scott (Christopher) Gibson, Jake Mitchell, and Austyn Hazen. Senior Cece Harris said, “It felt really cool to save him because he was a teenager just like us, he was popular and had friends there so it just felt really cool.”

Editor: Taylor Anfinson

The basic story is, while skiing, Gibson noticed a part of a snowboard sticking out of the snow and went to investigate. He, along with Harris and Hazen, realized there was a person buried in the snow attached to the snowboard and they began digging and told Mitchell to go get help.  They dug the person out of the snow before the Ski Patrol got there. “It was also really cool

to be recognized and having people know what we did,” Harris said. The students also were treated to dinner and received gifts from the Ski Patrol and the Mountain View boy’s parents to celebrate and thank them. “Just to know that we came at the right place at the right time felt amazing,” Harris said.


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Faculty/Staff that graduated from Capital High School: Spanish teacher Matt Furihman, Special Education teacher JeNelle McEwan, Choir teacher Benji Simmons, Social Studies teacher Caleb Mattravers, Physics teacher Sean Boston, English teacher Matt Jacobsen, Biology/Video Productions teacher Rob Parsons, Psychology/AVID teacher Paul Rush, Biology teacher Jason Gordon and Special Education assistant Jenna Hunt.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Softball hopes for repeat of last season Charles Walker STAFF WRITER

After last season’s victorious end at districts, this year’s softball team, coached by Shane Alder, has 14 players and hopes to take first at districts again this year. The team has very organized practices, Alder says. “The team starts by warming up, then doing infield and outfield drills, followed by working on and planning for different situations,” So far there has only been one game this season. The game was against Eagle and

resulted in a loss with a final score of 5-8. The athletes were not sour about the loss however. In fact, the team enjoyed the game, says senior Hailey Erekson. “We were tied for most of the game, but Eagle pulled ahead in the sixth inning. All the players on both teams were good sports about everything and the game was fun because of it,” Erekson said. The team is very close and has fun regardless of the conditions, says senior Heather Tracy. “I enjoy the people on the team and we all get along and have fun

together during practice,” Tracy said. This year’s team hopes to improve from last season and hopes for the best, says junior Lauren Thowless. “We didn’t make it to state last year, but the team has definitely improved since then. We all hope and plan to be district champions this season,” Thowless said. Thowless also regards softball to be her passion. “I’ve been playing softball since I was ten, and I have always enjoyed the team aspect of the game,” Thowless said.


Senior Jordan Ward pitches the ball on Mar. 17 against Eagle High.

Track participants stride for success Fatuma Mnogerwa STAFF WRITER

The track team had over 100 athletes including long distance runners from the crosscountry team that had taken state this year. Senior Grayson Lowe had already qualified for districts in the first track meet of the year taking First in both the mile and the 800m dashes. Coach John Doherty

said, “ I always look forward to seeing kids improve and to see them enjoy the process. Where that takes them, you just don’t know.” Junior Andrew Schultz took third in the state for cross-country and will be on the Capital Wall of Fame. 2013 state discus champion junior Nicole White said, “ My favorite part about being a thrower is its all about improving to make

myself better at what I’m doing and when I do improve I get a great feeling I feel after.” Her shot put PR (personal record) is 39’2’’ and for discus PR is 132’9’’. Some of the students in track have been training all winter and are hoping to qualify in varsity. They all want improvement this track season and also want to go to state. Seniors Alex Kingmixay, Nick Dow,

Marcell King, Isaiah Jackson, and Aadryan Hammond are expected to do very well. Junior Tereza Tong, said, “ This track season started is challenging but my goal this year in track is to PR (personal record) my time from last year and make it to varsity.” Last year about twelve more or less students went to state in track and this year the coaches are hoping to

Athlete of the Month

get more athletes into state. Senior Aadryan Hammond, a said, “Last year was my first year in track, at first I was really nervous because I realize I will be racing with other girls who are experienced. But after a few weeks I improved and I got qualified to go to varsity districts.”

Mokoma Musa

Senior Sport: Unified Basketball Years playing: 4 Loves the sport because: It’s relaxing and fun Favorite opponent: Fruitland Difficulty level: 6.5 One word to describe sport: A dream

Top Left: Senior Marcell King triple jumps at the Capital vs. Boise Dual meet on Mar.14.

Hours dedicated to sport each week: 25

Top Right: Senior Aadryan Hammond races during the Boise Dual meet on Mar. 14.

Right: Junior Roma Aatifi and freshman Peyton Simis race in the Capital vs. Boise Dual meet on Mar. 14.

Mycah Moore

Junior Sport:



Baseball begins season with close games Selma Kovac SPORTS EDITOR

After finishing last season, the Varsity baseball team started off the season with their first game on Mar. 12 with a 3-4 loss against Eagle High. Head Coach Jerry Hollow said, “With strong senior leadership, we are looking forward to the new season.” They just completed a ten-week preseason workout program. “We play in the best baseball conference in the state so we have a great opportunity to


compete and continue to improve,” Hollow said. Junior pitcher Brannic Bailey said, “Coach Hollow knows the potential of the team and pushes us to the greatest level he knows we can achieve.” Senior pitcher Garret Pearson said, “I feel like he understands the game very well and really strives to better every player on the team.” Pearson also said, “I play pitcher and centerfield this year. It takes mental toughness and awareness to

stay focused, so that every pitch you throw covers the ground you want it to and overall speed you’re trying to achieve,” Pearson said. Bailey plays pitcher and infield. “It takes many hours of practice and dedication to progress and shape yourself into the player that you’re wanting to be,” Bailey said. On last season, Bailey said, “Winning JV district championships was the most memorable moment I had in playing baseball for Capital but I’m determined to make this


Junior Bradley Jekich slides at the Varsity baseball game on March 13 against Eagle High.

years even better with my team because I believe the friendships that are formed through

the spring baseball season will last a lifetime and our aspirations of battling to state cham-

pionships will be a big accomplishment.”

Editor: Selma Kovac


Friday, March 21, 2014

Boys’ rugby hopes to improve by beating tough opponents Emily Lundquist EDITOR IN-CHIEF

Boys’ rugby hopes to improve by beating tough opponents As of Mar. 17, the boys’ rugby team has a record of 0-1, losing to Nakahi (Rocky Moun-

tain High and Eagle High’s collective team), 10-19. Last year, Capital barely lost to Nakahi at the State Championship game and were ranked 22nd in the country. Head Coach Matt

Jacobsen said the team has a lot of younger players this year and, “it will be fun to see how much better they are by the end of the year.” Every year, the boys and girls teams take a trip over spring break

to San Francisco to play top-ranked teams. Jacobsen said the team is really excited to go. “I am excited to see the boys grow and mature as a team,” Jacobsen said. Senior flyhalf Jovie

Kahoiwai said the team is looking to improve from last year by, “playing harder and faster.” Even though the team lost to Nakahi on Mar. 17, Kahoiwai said he wants to beat them again at the end of the

year, along with their other tough opponent, Mountain View High. “[The game against Nakahi] went well, our new players did a great job…we didn’t lose by a whole lot,” Kahoiwai said.

Boy’s basketball team makes Capital proud by winning State title

Continued undefeated record by winning key games leading to District Champions, topping off season with State title for first time in nearly 40 years Emily Lundquist EDITOR IN-CHIEF

On Mar. 8, the boys’ basketball team won the 5A State championship game capping their perfect season 26-0. A 5A Idaho team hasn’t completed a season with a perfect 26-0 record since Centennial did back in 1995 – and Capital is one of four teams to go undefeated in the 5A tournament. The last two years, Borah High has won the State championship and was trying to defend their title. They were winning the first half with Capital behind 25-28, but come end of fourth quarter, Capital had them beat 63-53. Some key players were Hunter Young, ending with 28 points and Tarik Littlejohn with 11 rebounds. For the first round of the tournament, Capital played Timberline High on Thursday, Mar. 6 and beat them 66-56. Capital played Lake City High on Friday, Mar. 7, for the semifinal game and beat them 66-58. Head coach Paul Rush said the season went so well because “we have really good players who have dedicated so many hours throughout their lives to become the

players they are.” Rush said the team was so gracious towards their other teammates and putting others before themselves. “Before the championship game, Connor Poulsen gave Hunter Young a hug and wished him luck… really care for each other,” Rush said. Rush said some highlights for the final game were when Hodges Bailey brought the team back by hitting a three-pointer and Young shot soon after with another. As the season ended, Rush said he will miss the seniors and the personality each players brought to the team. “As a coach, you can never recreate the dynamics and jokes of a team,” Rush said. Junior point guard Derrick White said some of the highlights of the final game were teammate “Hunter Young’s performance and the atmosphere/ crowd.” White said he was proud of his whole team this season and how “good [we] played this year.” White said that the team got as far as they did with the compatibility of the team as well as “communication and

practicing as hard as we could.” Senior starter Nick Dow said that he was most proud of their undefeated record and winning State. Dow said they had a fantastic coach and incredible players who all would “strive to be the best version of themselves.” Dow said some highlights of the final game were “Hunter Young catching fire throughout the whole game with Tarik Littlejohn and Elvis Rudan putting up numbers when needed.” As for the season ending, Dow said he would miss “being around all my brothers and coaches.”


Junior Connor Poulsen passes the ball to junior Elvis Rudan during their game against Rocky Mountain High on Feb. 1.



Winter Sports Records Wrestling

20 matches won / 9 matches lost

Varsity girls basketball

Varsity boys basketball

JV girls basketball

JV boys basketball

10-9 10-2

Editor: Emily Lundquist

All records as of March 17, 2014



Top Middle: The varsity boys’ basketball team poses with their State banner after the Championship game, which they beat Borah High 63-53 on Mar. 8. Left: The Varsity boys’ basketball team poses with their District Championship plaque on Feb. 28. Above: Senior Nicholas Dow shoots the ball during their game against Rocky Mountain High on Feb. 1.




Friday, March 21, 2014

GMO’s: good, or bad?

Emily Lundquist EDITOR IN CHIEF

GMOs – bad for consumers and the environment Did you know that jellyfish genes are inserted in some tomatoes? In what way, is that natural or better? GMOs are used to “enhance” the quality and growth pace of food and crops by inserting genes or growth hormones. It has been in high debate for years whether or not GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are beneficial for the environment and people’s health. One use of the GMOs is to protect from pests and harmful herbicides, and even though this could be seen as beneficial, it’s not in some cases. The food could grow a resistance to the herbicides, causing more bacteria to grow and even cause greater allergens and negative affects to people’s health. Although, according to WebMd, with the rise of nearly 60%-70% of grocery store’s shelves stocked with food that contain GMOs, many


GMOs are the next step in feeding a larger world Genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) are any organisms that have been altered in science labs by inserting genes from different organisms to change how it works. Because of this a lot of arguments against the growing of GMOs has grown. The fact of the matter is, there is nothing wrong with using and or growing GMOs. The fact that we change the genetic makeup of an organism does not make it dangerous nor does it make it unable to be grown or used. A lot of the time these genetic changes are actually a positive change, making them more resilient, fruitful and less of a hassle to take care of using less water and a shorter growing period. A simple gene change does not make an


people are unaware of the negative affects that they have when they buy the food. The uses of GMOs are illegal in other countries, like in Europe, where everything in their food has to be labeled so their citizens are educated and know what they’re eating. Whereas here in the United States, our government and companies don’t regulate and educate their consumers, leaving them blind and unaware of everything they are consuming by not labeling their products, and don’t even thoroughly test their food. Also, with the use of GMOs, it puts organic farmers out of business when crossover pollination contaminates their fields and ruin their organic crops and income. Personally, I think there are more cons than pros of the use of GMOs – the only reason we started using them was to speed up the growth process and resistance, but studies show that organic crops grow just as fast. Not only that, but organic food is much healthier for consumers, because they actually know what they are eating is healthful and safe – both for them and the environment. Food should come naturally from the land, not some science experiment.

organism dangerous, it makes it behave differently. People get the use of chemicals and GMOs confused GMOs change behavior; chemicals add volatile, possibly dangerous things to a plant that can harm people or animals. For example, they have genetically modified corn to make it more fruitful, resistant to pests, require less water and it makes the growing time of the stalk of corn a lot shorter than a regular corn. Plus we have been, in all technicality genetically modifying plants for thousands of years. The corn and wheat you eat was not originally found in nature, it was domesticated and modified to what it is today. I honestly don’t see why people are making a big fuss about the use of GMOs in food. I completely disagree with the fact that people believe GMOs are bad. The world is changing, the population is growing, we need to find more effective and better ways to grow our food. Seven billion people and counting, how are we going to feed them?


Should Idaho legalize marijuana?

Robert Parsons

Kristy Milien

Grayson Barrutic

Brandon Foss

“In some medical cases, like cancer patients, undergoing chemotherapy, there is a legitimate need for it. As far as general public usage, I think we should see what happens in Arizona and Washington. I don’t think it’s going to be legalized in Idaho though due to the overall conservative nature of our state.”

“I think marijuana should be legal in not only Idaho, but everywhere. When I think and research positive and negative affects of marijuana compared to alcohol, the pros for marijuana are greater. If there are rules to the use of the drug, I believe it should be legal.”

“Yes, I believe it should be because if the government did allow this they would hopefully tax the heck out of it and it would help out society. Allow more money to government and if kids want to spend that much then let them. Who cares?”

“No. I believe that if marijuana became legal, it would do more harm than good. I feel that people would abuse it leading to many problems that would hurt our society as a whole. I think it would be okay if it was used for medical purposes only.





Idaho should legalize Marijuana


All over America, states have been legalizing marijuana. Left and right more and more states are accepting the idea of using another helpful drug in their society. Most people think of marijuana as a drug that

only brings problems, like meth, but that’s not true. It is proven that marijuana actually helps treat a variety of medical conditions such as seizures and aches. Marijuana can also be good for our mental health; it reduces stress and can calm people down if they are having a temper tantrum. There is no compelling evidence that marijuana contributes substantially to traffic accidents or fatalities. It also does not cause long-term cognitive impairment in adult users. Marijuana can be a problem if people use

it too much though. If they use it for just getting high or start smoking more than necessary then it can be a problem for people around him/ her. But this goes for anything; too much of anything can be harmful. For example, too much of the same vegetables are unhealthy because of the over-dose of the same vitamins. Truth is, marijuana has its pros and cons but if we legalize it in Idaho then some of the cons we have about it now, while it’s illegal, will reduce. Over 750,000 people

get arrested a year for smoking Marijuana, according to drugpolicy. org. Rates also show that recreational uses of marijuana of young people tend to decrease when a state adopts medical marijuana. The biggest barrier to legalizing marijuana is that people always assume that anything already illegal is already bad, but that’s not true. I believe we should legalize marijuana because it will solve a lot of problems we have. If alcohol and cigarettes are legal, and they kill people, then this harmless drug should be too.

Are Russia’s actions in Crimea justified?


Russia has no right to be in Crimea and violate their sovereignty

As of Mar. 3 Russian forces entered the area of Crimea, Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin defending his actions by say-

ing that he is protecting Russians and Russian speakers in Eastern Ukraine from violent Ukrainian nationalists. Ukraine is split into two regions, the east and the west. Western Ukraine supports close ties to the EU (European Union) and their European neighbors. East Ukraine, on the other hand, supports closer relations to their neighbor, Russia. Before the Russian occupation massive riots broke out in Ukraine in protest in support of closer EU relations. I personally believe that Russia’s use of

force in Ukraine is completely absurd. Russia has no right to enter Ukraine with military force; no excuse could justify their reasoning. The reasoning of “protecting Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine” makes no valid sense. The simple fact is that Russia entered with no right. Leaving Russia and Putin alone to do what they will with Ukraine is like when France and England left Germany and Hitler to do what they wanted with Austria, and what did that lead to? One of the bloodiest wars humans

has ever seen. Imagine another large war in Europe, but double, if not triple the firepower, manpower, duration of time and don’t forget the threat of a nuclear holocaust. I believe that the United States and the EU need to work more cooperatively. The United States should sell its oil and natural gas to the EU so we could completely cut off Russia’s revenue source in Europe and the United States to force them to surrender Crimea and leave Ukraine alone.

Editor: Andrew Sargent

2014 March  
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