Author Archives: Derek Witzenman

Pledge of allegiance

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There was a time when the pledge of allegiance sent chills down our backs, but now it’s mostly being brushed off or mocked. In an age where government rollback is on the minds of most Americans, the youth in our public school system either unintentionally disrespect the pledge or openly refuse to recite it. With no religion being the biggest growing demographic of all religions, the “one nation, under god” phrase of the pledge may leave many unsure about such a commitment. I, myself, rarely gave much thought to the phrase. When I said it, it wasn’t out of religion […]

January 26, 2015

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Up in Smoke

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Despite the numerous negatives regarding smoking, the motivations to smoke continue to be relevant for some teens. “I just like the activity of smoking,” senior Eddie Leal said. “It doesn’t matter what it is. I like to relax and take a couple of drags, watch the smoke fly, take a moment. It’s just wondrous.” Cigarettes are often an acquired taste, as Leal found. He experimented with smoking periodically until last year when he began to embrace the habit. “Usually, people would always offer me cigarettes,” Leal said. “I was not big on them, so I would say no. After a […]

January 22, 2015