Posts Tagged ‘editorial’

Voting: It’s important and it matters

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

For those of you who do not pay attention to recent events or don’t get into politics, Nov. 6 is Election Day this year.

Voting is extremely important, because that is how we choose our leaders. Selecting a candidate isn’t just affiliating with your party. It is deciding who fits the bill the best.

You should take voting very serious and research the candidates without bias. That way, you can decide which person is the best to you. Don’t let your peers, family members or anyone else dictate who you choose. It is your vote and no one should change your mind.

Some people don’t vote just because they don’t believe that their candidate will win or that their vote doesn’t matter. That is far from the truth. Each individual vote counts.

Take the Kevin Costner movie “Swing Vote” for instance. He is a pretty crappy dad when he forgets his daughter at school to drink and he ends up missing the election. So his daughter decides to sneak in and vote for him and the computer malfunctions, making his vote unfinished. This ends up being the tie-breaking vote for the whole country.

Any way, the point is that every vote counts for your state and county. If you aren’t voting when you are legally able, don’t be upset with the candidate elected if you aren’t in favor of them because you didn’t do your part, or help the others who voted for the same candidate you would have.

According to fairvote.org, about 60 percent of Americans vote during the presidential election years and 40 percent of Americans vote during the midterm election years. The statistics are even lower for local elections. So go out, take American responsibility and vote.

Editorial: What does it mean to be an adult?

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Whether college students or high school students are living with their parents still, the parent or parents will often make the son or daughter pay rent and help them get ready for the real world.

This is a great thing to do and will help them know how to handle money, and what to spend on their need and wants.

If the parent knows that, say their son, is in college, they will often make him not pay rent.

There are, however, students that pay for their car, phone, other utilities, and also help out with groceries at home.

Just like how a regular adult would pay for all the things that they own, so the student should be able to the same right?

Yes, if a college student is unaware on how to spend money, they should either teach themselves, have a family member teach them, or read Pablo Sanchez’s regular money-saving-app stories in this newspaper.

Or just go on YouTube and watch tutorial videos on how to do these things, and who doesn’t like watching YouTube?

Stop blaming the schools for not teaching how to do all the things adults do.

Seriously, grow up and stop blaming the education system and take the time to learn how to write out a check, or set up a bank account, without the need of the parent doing it for you.

Our parents didn’t have classes to show them how to do everything. They learned a lot of this on their own

They won’t always be there to help out. It’s better to figure this stuff out now than in your late 40s.

Our view: Crazy Hutch Drivers

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

As the Kansas State Fair continues, you expect the busy streets, crazy drivers and inconveniently closed off areas to come along with it right?

What about when the fair is over?

Then we will go back to the drivers who never use their blinkers or don’t watch out for pedestrians as often as they should.

Granted, there are many students who feel it would be fine to be hit as long as they get their tuition paid for. You know who you are.

Well, how about if you get seriously injured because someone really wasn’t paying attention on Plum Street or at the crosswalks from the dorms to campus? You wouldn’t be too happy then.

Something has to be said about the crazy drivers here in Hutchinson. It’s ridiculous sometimes.

There are even drag races, which take place at night where people love showing off their fancy cars that go super fast and almost get them totaled in the process. What common sense is that?

Have you noticed how many people don’t use their blinkers in this town, well it’s quite a few.

Whatever happened to the common courtesy of letting the person behind you know what you are doing?

Not to mention, signaling people in the other lanes that had no clue you were going to swap into their lane all of a sudden.

Another trait of the average crazy Hutch driver is that they seem to think they can beat you when a two-lane road turns into a one lane.

Come on, just wait a second instead of passing to speed up then switching lanes right when the road cuts off making the person directly behind them slam on their breaks.

So for every Hutchinson driver reading this, please, for everyone’s safety and sanity, please use good driving etiquette! We understand you might be in a hurry, but you will arrive at your destination faster if we don’t get into a wreck.

Pocket struggle is real

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Do you ever regret wearing a certain pair of jeans because of the pockets? Whether it be from having the wrong size of pocket to having no pockets, only lines that should open as pockets, you surely have gotten frustrated from pockets at some point.

Pockets have been getting smaller and smaller. Some pockets aren’t even pockets, just lines that indicate where a pocket should be. What is the point of that?

Who thought, “Hey I have a great idea… fake pockets!”? Someone else had to have thought, “Brilliant!” Thus, the abomination on pockets was born.

Girls’ pockets are awful. If you don’t think so, you’re lying. Year after year, girls’ clothing like jeans, and shorts get worse in the design of pockets. This is because designers care more about looks than infrastructure.

Mens’ pockets are pretty great. They serve a purpose. To hold things like a phone, wallet, keys, and whatever else they want. With smart phones getting longer, it’s hard to have the perfect pocket, but at least they have decent sized pockets.

Girl pockets are like two inches in running/athletic shorts. What are you supposed to put in those? Chapstick doesn’t even fit in those pockets.

Some men’s pockets are strange and on the side of the pants, but at least they aren’t fake.

Whoever’s idea to put pockets on dresses is a genius. Not only do women not need to carry a purse with them everywhere, but now they have extra space in the dress to put a cell phone in or lip gloss.

So let’s stop talking about equality of rights, instead we should be discussing equality of pocket sizes. That is the real issue taking place.

 

Editorial: There should be age, term limits for those in Congress

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Social media and the many qualms that surround it has recently come into a blinding legal spotlight focusing on the possibility of users’ personal data being shared or sold to third party companies and advertisers.

Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, then testified before Congress to address the issue of data breaches and, although the time could have been beneficial for the intently listening public, Zuckerberg was instead pelted with off-base, ill-informed questions from many elderly and middle-aged Congress members who clearly had no idea how Facebook or other social media platforms function.

This begs the question; at what point is Congress, of which the average age is nearly 60, out of touch with the younger generations whose futures they are shaping?

Plenty of video compilations of the ridiculous questions, and memes about Zuckerberg’s confusion have been created and shared across, you guessed it, social media. But one thing Congress didn’t seem to understand is that data that Facebook stores, is all willingly given by those who willingly join the platform.

Just as teachers and real-estate agents have to continually build knowledge and stay updated on the current events, why are members of Congress not held to the same standards?

There are plenty of issues that could and should be addressed about social media platform but unfortunately, these people were in no way qualified to ask such complex questions about a subject that they seemingly did not comprehend.

How do we fix this? There’s not one simple answer. Many have suggested age or term limits for members of Congress. But then where would be the cut-off be for discriminating on age in other careers?

Others have suggested passing a test on current events and trends every year. This is perhaps more plausible and non-discriminatory. The fact is, that a Congress more than 40 years older than the incoming adults, cannot make the best decisions for those who are the future of America. But, maybe no age limits or tests should be put in place. Perhaps the younger generations who are annoyed the with competency of Congress should instead take action and elect younger officials who better understand current technology and who can make better decisions and ask better questions about their future.

The importance of college newspapers

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Across the nation, many believe the popularity of physical newspapers to be decreasing and use this as a reason to cut funds to local and students newspapers alike.

The Wichita State University student newspaper, The Sunflower, is currently facing massive budget cuts, nearly a 50% decrease in funding which threatens the award-winning and widely-read publication featuring their student voices.

Student newspapers are a vital part of campus life and should always work to provide insight to the day-to-day student activities while also reporting on the extraordinary events across the college as well.

The Sunflower deserves to have the funding necessary to continue to keep their campus well-connected through the use of the hopefully never-fading physical newspaper.

An online presence, while beneficial for any newspaper organization, fails to connect with its audience the way that a good old fashioned, hard copy news does.

Printed papers, which continue to exist through adequate funding, immerse the readers away from the constant storm of news that bombards the rest of their social media feed.

The readers can pick up a copy from any of the racks across campus or from a staff member handing them out in the student union and connect with the stories in a way that isn’t possible online.

For over two centuries physical newspapers have dominated the new sphere and today, even if many get most of their news online, it is important for journalists to continue to push for print media.

In addition to benefiting readers, at a collegiate level, knowing the basics of designing and laying-out a physical newspaper is essential to pursuing a job in journalism. Student newspapers exist for more than just campus pleasure, they are a vital learning experience for the students working behind the pages.

‘Tis the season to be … hateful?

Friday, December 1st, 2017

As sang by MAGIC!: Why you gotta be so rude?

There has been too much arguing going on and not enough happiness and cheer being spread around this season.

Thanksgiving seems to have gone by so fast and yet did anyone really stop to think about what they are thankful for? Or did they just eat a gigantic meal and take a nap afterwards?

With all of the terrible events happening recently, the world could use some laugher and kindness.

What ever happened to being hospitable and welcoming to people?

It seems that society is too wrapped up in social media and certain standards of “normal” that they treat people like they are the better person.

There are too many hypocrites in this world and with a bit of warm Christmas spirit, you can improve someone’s day. Just a friendly smile can make someone’s day or asking how they are doing could impact their mood.

So what is with all of the judging going on? Tabloids and TV shows make gossip too hard to resist, and we try to fit into “Hollywood” expectations, which are almost impossible to accomplish.

Why must we compare ourselves with everyone around us? There is no reason to point out flaws in you or someone else just by a one-second glance.

Think about people judging you based on your appearance. You probably wouldn’t like that very much either. “Killing people with kindness” is a great rule of thumb that everyone should use.

Be happy this Christmas and help others be happy too, and don’t judge people just because you think you know what’s going on in their lives. Take the time to get to know someone before you write them off.

Come on people, it’s the time to be jolly! It isn’t the time for a bunch of Scrooges to be ruining the cheery time of year for others.

Editorial: Student section spirit in the slumps

Friday, October 27th, 2017

HutchCC, as amazing as this school and its athletics are, has a student spirit problem.

It’s been mentioned around campus and pointed out by various visitors that drop by games expect more hype from the student section.

When asking various students for their input for the campus beat, several students, not included in this week’s edition, had absolutely no clue that HutchCC even had a homecoming.

At games, the pep band does a great job with cheering, screaming and supporting the team, but the student section lacks that same school spirit.

Maybe if the pep band was moved closer to the students and was no longer outcasted to the very outskirts of the bleachers. That way, peppiness would spread to the rest of the students in attendance.

A large portion of HutchCC’s students aren’t even on campus to share in the school spirit, but that doesn’t leave those who do show up to games with an excuse to not make the bleachers shake beneath their feet with chants and cheers.
What happened to the pep sections seen at high school games? Did that spirit die when everyone left and came to college? Are students scared to show rowdiness amongst their peers now?

On a flip side of the coin, the cheerleaders and Dragon Dolls have amazing school spirit. Those gals and guys spend game after game cheering to the crowd and team all while facing the cold that is inevitable with games continuing later into the year.

Hopefully students start getting more pride for HutchCC during basketball season, because the volleyball players have been a bit disappointed in the turnout of their recent home games. When they hear cheering of the crowd it motivates them, so it’s important to show team spirit.

Editorial: Age shouldn’t be a problem for trick-or-treaters

Friday, October 20th, 2017

A popular issue that has never been solved is the controversy surrounding the proper trick-or-treating age.

It is common that adults turn away most teenagers and adults. How old is too old though? If teenagers are asking for candy rather than drinking, smoking, or doing other disapproving things, then shouldn’t adults encourage them to go trick-or-treating?

There are also some exceptions for adults and exchange students going door-to-door asking for candy.
What if the adult is mentally handicapped or a foreign exchange student that has a once in a lifetime opportunity to partake in the thrilling American tradition?

If the issue is running out of candy, then the teenager would most likely understand that the children could receive the candy instead. It is the owner’s right to give to whoever they want, so the trick-or-treater should also respect the wishes of the candy giver. There are always more houses to go to.

Halloween is supposed to be fun and exciting, so why are people judgmental about who gets involved in the holiday? It should be about the experiences, not the personal issues? It isn’t a matter of life or death.