Golf Update

On February 17 & 18 at Sulphur Springs Country Club in the District Preview Golf Tournament Liesia found herself out of the top 10 shooting an 85 on Friday. However, on Saturday Liesia came back with an even par 72 to finish 4th. That same day she had two coaches from Drury University there watching her and immediately after the round they verbally offered her a full golf scholarship.

On February 24 & 25 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco at the Regional Preview Tournament Liesia fired a 79 Friday on a cold windy day. Saturday with the temperature in the high 30’s and low 40’s most of the morning Liesia struggled the front nine shooting 43 holding only a 2 shot lead over a girl from Wylie. Holes 16, 17 and 18 Liesia went birdie, birdie and par while the Wylie girl had bogeys on all three holes. Liesia shot 37 on the back nine and won the tournament. Liesia’s next tournament is Monday, March 6th at Dallas Athletic Club.

Skeeter’s Varsity Soccer take on Berkner Rams.

Mesquite Varsity Soccer played on Tuesday March 3, 2015 against the Berkner Rams.

Mesquite, playing their 10th game this season, came out the victor 2-0 against the Rams. Defender, Saul Para, put the Skeeters on the board by scoring early in the match. Para headed in a cross from Winger, Trevor Debase, making the score 1-0. Within 10 minutes of the first goal, Brandon Avalos, a Mesquite forward put in the second goal of the match now making the score 2-0.

Berkner’s forwards launched multiple attacks on the Skeeter’s defense. With Skeeter goalkeeper Alex Ibarra having to make multiple close saves. The Rams attacks were pointless with the Skeeter’s defense holding firm.

The Skeeter’s were victorious, winning 2-0.

Shattered trust

By Chandler Claxton

Growing up, I always valued the truth, no matter how brutal it was. The truth is what first attracted me to journalism. The profession survives on the credibility and accuracy of media outlets and their reporters. Without the audience’s trust, news stories hold no water and the primary purpose of the news business is lost.

The integrity of Journalists and the profession itself are yet again under fire. The latest incident stems from “NBC’s Nightly News” anchor, Brian Williams, who has been suspended without pay for six months as of Feb. 10 due to an ongoing investigation into his continued exaggeration of an incident he reported in Iraq in 2003.

Williams and NBC have been telling the story differently from their original reporting since 2003.

The most recent inconsistency in his report went public at a Jan. 30 New York Rangers game. There, Williams paid tribute to retired soldier Sgt. Maj. Tim Terpak, claiming Terpak protected Williams and his camera crew after their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. But Williams is not alone.

Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, Judith Miller and a number of others all fabricated or plagiarized stories during their careers and damaged the integrity of their fellow journalists.

Glass made up as many as half of his stories for The New Republic. Blair, an up-and-coming writer for The New York Times, was found to be a serial plagiarizer. Miller of the New York Times Washington bureau was involved in controversy after her coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program was debunked.

Because of their actions, these journalists have no accountability with the public and are no asset to any media outlet.

So what does this mean for future journalists like myself?

I respect journalism so, it is hard to take it lightly when a highly respected journalist, especially one who has won a Pulitzer Prize such as Williams, embellishes a story. The first thing any aspiring journalist learns about is ethics and the great importance of honesty.

The Society of Professional Journalists has gathered a list of ethics journalists should follow. It argues that ethical journalism should be fair and balanced.

Journalists should never plagiarize and always take responsibility for the accuracy of their reporting. Fraud should never be justified.

It is never acceptable for a journalist to disregard the relationship he has with his audience by reporting anything other than the facts. When journalists disrespect their audience, they should immediately be sidelined.

If a reporter fabricates a story, the public should be outraged. When reading a news story or watching a news segment, the reader places their trust in the reporter to tell the truth. This relationship puts a tremendous amount of responsibility on a journalist. If they cannot perform their job appropriately, they should step aside for a more ethical journalist.

In the wake of Brian Williams’ falsehoods, journalists now have to be more careful than ever about not only what they report, but what they say away from the news desk. It is vital that journalists are clear and precise in reporting and retain the audience’s trust.

Danger or Defense

A notable law debate has become heavily discussed across the nation. More and more states are passing a law allowing educators to bring guns to schools and into the classrooms. There are currently around 20 states that have officially passed this law, and lot of controversy has up-roared over this decision.

While agreeing that keeping schools a safe environment should be a priority, there’s no certainty that we’ll be doing so by allowing teachers to carry firearms on campus. If anything we would be putting more people in danger.

All in favor of passing this law believe that with this proposal teachers will be able to prevent school violence and make the school a safer place for both the instructors and students. They would feel protected knowing that they could defend themselves when needed.

This proposal isn’t necessary because the schools have School Resource Officers that are there to protect the people of the school. It is their place to be enforcing safety and regulation; no one else. Just because someone has all the proper requirements for owning a concealed weapon doesn’t mean the people are any safer.

Also, this proposition could lead to more violence. The weaponry could easily fall into the hands of a person of violence and lead to fatal actions. This does not install safety, but leaves a bigger possibility for violence.

Allowing this would also cause more accident prone problems. This leaves teachers and students in more danger than they could possibly be in before. Students could get a hold of it and a potentially fatal accident could happen.

Since making the school a safe environment for everybody is critical the situation would call for a better proposition. Teachers that are a great distance from School Resource Officers should be able to carry a taser with them to be able to euthanize someone.

All in all, we should let the officers that patrol the school do their job protecting us, and not take matters into our own hands.

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3D printing

There has been growing concern of Firearms due to today’s technology like the 3D printer. On Tuesday, December 3, the House of Representatives voted to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) for 10 years. The previous act is set to expire on Dec. 9

The 3D printing machine works by starting with a computer design of the object you want to make. The technology uses powered lasers to fuse small particles of plastic, metal, and glass powders that can make the shape you are wanting.

The 3D printer has come in handy with many situations and has not only helped increase manufacturing but saved money, too. Fast 3D printers can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars and end up saving companies many times that amount.

Three-dimensional printing is also occurring as an energy saving technology that can give environmental productivity in understanding of both the manufacturing process itself. It can save up to 90% of basic materials. According to Summit 3D Printing was originally a result looking for a problem. With any world changing technology, it only becomes important when it actually does change the world in a positive way.

3D printing has a wide variety of choices including the ability to personalize products according to the individual needs and requirements of the user.

A solution for this problem can be that all of the virtual designs of guns can be banned from any type of transfer on the media for the people to have any access to.

3D printing should not be banned from public use because they  have many uses that can be beneficial to the environment, manufacturing companies and many more creative ideas that the world may come up with.

Abbott vs Obama

Here’s a typical workday for Texas’ attorney general: “I go into the office, I sue the federal government and I go home,” Greg Abbott was quoted saying to a tea party group on April 30, 2013. If that’s the daily life of our attorney general, Mr. President is in for a ride.

Abbott has reportedly sued President Obama 25 times over the course of 4 years. Some including decisions involving Medicaid, and his Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The most recent lawsuit versus Obama is relating to his recent talks of federally taking on the Texas-Mexico border. Abbott talks of the upcoming lawsuit, but in a matter of speaking, he just dosen’t want Texas to be accountable for these drastic talks of control. Asking the government “not to open the floodgates of the border.”

President Obama and Attorney General Abbott aren’t the only ones who have to think about immigration on a day to day basis. Several students here at Mesquite High School are familiar with immigration and heave some thoughts on the subject.

A sophomore, who prefers to remain anonymous,  had this to say: “I learned that some immigrants come to America for a better life but once they get here don’t actually work towards it if they find someone to do it for them.  They get here and think that’s all there is to it. Not all immigrants are like this but the ones I know are.”

As for all the Hispanic families living in the state of Texas, Abbott is passionate about his legal actions towards the Obama Administration for more reasons than one.

“We share the sympathies. My family is multi-cultural — my wife is Hispanic….We found Hispanics agree with the Republican view of securing the border; I got more than 50 percent of the male Hispanic vote [and] about 44 percent of the overall Hispanic vote. This is an issue that really resonates across the State of Texas. We embrace and support legal immigration in this country, but everyone wants to assure that the broken immigration system caused by Washington, D.C. gets fixed.” Abbott said according to Breitbart.com

Immigration affects many citizens of Texas. Greg Abbott said he wants our border to be “secured and safe” so he can meet halfway with President Obama with these talks of border control.

“The first step is to secure the border,” he said. “As long as we have an open border, as long as the immigration laws are not enforced, as long as the president is inviting people to come here illegally, we will never see a secure border. So we must start with securing the border.”

 

 

Police Brutality

Story by Breanna Finney

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed in a suburb of Ferguson, Missouri by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. This sparked a nation-wide controversy concerning the safety of citizens regarding police officers.

This is not the first case of police brutality to ever appear in the U.S., but appears to be the most influential case of our generation. Another influence of our generation is social media. Videos and stories of violent handling by the law enforcement are being spread across the world via Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere they are able to be posted. There are websites dedicated to “busting cops”.

Some police officers and other enforcers of the law should definitely learn to keep a plug on their temper when someone wants to undermine authority. Of course, you’re supposed to enforce the law but not put physical force with the law. There is a proper etiquette that police officers have to follow, steps to take before resorting to violence from a stern talking to the use of pepper spray. These things can calm a situation down or at least help to apprehend a suspect.

With these stories of police officers getting rough with a grown man or a small kid, everyone only sees the police officer doing the wrong. What about the reason that officer was called to the scene? Police officers are not called for just anything. Each call an officer takes is made to come to the rescue of someone, not to cause physical harm. Maybe if we didn’t do things to get law enforcement involved or do things to make a police officer feel the need to shoot his weapon, there wouldn’t be so much rioting and hate for anyone involved in a police brutality case.

As a society we all need to sit back and look at the facts, before we decided to pick up our picket signs. Who is really wrong and what is really the truth? That is the only way to find justice and ensure safety of all parties involved.

 

 

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43 Missing Students in Mexico

On September 26th, fifteen students were already dead, six people were shot to death, and 43 students disappeared without a trace. Even today, all but one student has yet to be found. A burned bone fragment was found and was identified to have the DNA of Alexander Mora Venacio.

Venacio’s parents have stated that as heart broken as they are, they will not sit and cry, but keep fighting until the other 42 students are found.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says the police in Guerrero turned the students over to the Guerreros Unidos gang. The gang has claimed they “incinerated” the bodies of students and dumped their ashes into a river. According to Karam, the students, all male, were on a trip to Guerrero, Iguala to protest about the funds for their college.

It’s reported that Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca had the police arrest the students and to hand them over to the drug gang. Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda were arrested after they were found hiding out in Mexico City, leading Karam to believe that the mayor must have something to do with the kidnapping of the students.

Members of the Guerrero have been interrogated  and interviewed and proclaim they they “wouldn’t call the police, ‘police’. I would call them Hit Men.” The members have named at least thirty police men as members of the Cartel.

In the last ten years alone, thousands upon thousands of citizens in mexico have disappeared, and hundreds have been murdered. The pain and struggles of the people had been collectively building up until now.

The situation in Mexico is bad, it always has been, and has only gotten worse. It seems like the missing students was the final straw, and the people of Mexico broke. Protests bursted through the contained, civilized walls and are fighting for answers and justice. The thousands of protesters refuse to give up hope on the students.

Teens, parents, kids, and adults all march the streets and roads of Mexico, crying out for their sons, friends and brothers. No answers have been given, but the people continue to hope for the return of the last 42 students.

Protests in Hong Kong Continue

Story by: Ariel Madrid

 

Recently, protests have broken out in Hong Kong over China’s new restrictions on the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s next leader. It started out in late September as just a small boycott with less than a few hundred people peacefully protesting, but quickly turned into a frenzy of unhappy people filling the streets supporting the leader along with another demonstrator who were arrested and more than 80 supporters who were tear gassed.

Four students went on a hunger strike December 1st as an attempt to pressure government officials into reevaluating their restrictions. Joshua Wong and supporter Prince Wong ended their hunger strike about a week later due to health issues. However, Joshua Wong continues to believe the government will have to take their requests into consideration.

Since Hong Kong is supposed to be a type of democracy it is only fair that the people have a say in which their leader is going to be. Instead of having a small committee that picks out certain candidates the people should choose from whoever is willing to run.

One of China’s restrictions was rejecting an open nomination for the future leader of the small territory. Because of this citizens lost their right to vote for whom ever they please. Being a democratic territory should mean that the majority of the people have an input on elections. In fact the major vote of the qualified public should influence the overall decision immensely.

The whole situation is a great contradiction. China’s government sent out a firm message to its’ civilians stating that they were still in charge even though the city was promised democracy when they first received their independence. This is exactly what the people of Hong Kong are scared of; a democracy that isn’t real. Therefore, the government should keep their promise and follow the guidelines of the law and not take away the rights of the citizens.

Also it does spike up suspicion that the government is controlling who gets to run to be leader. It is strange that they have to be approved by a small committee and a lot of people worry that China just wants the new leader to be working in their favor. If the government would simply allow the residents of Hong Kong to practice their right of voting without limitation it would stop the fighting in the city.

The government officials believe that making these restrictions prevents disorderly function in society. They think that the only way to have a successful election is to have these limitations. If not it would cause problems in the city and lead to more fighting.

If there has already been a decision on what type of government a city is then the officials should not stand in the way of their own law.

 

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