Homework: Student Voices September 29, 2008
Seventh-graders at East Middle School comment on salaries for professional sports players and the need to recycle. Two writers disagree on how to view the homeless population in Grand Junction.
Stop overpaying players
• Did you know that David Beckham, a soccer player for the LA Galaxy, received last season over $100,000 for ten minutes he played on the field? Did you know that Derrick Rose, a basketball player for the Chicago Bulls, will rake in $52.5 million in the next three years? He’s only 19.
Overpaying players and coaches is taking the fun away from sports and making it all money related. Why can’t we just stop paying them so much? I can understand a million for really good players but not $20 million for an exceptional player. Almost every team in the NBA has a player signed for over $10 million, the same with the NFL and MLB. Even in Europe soccer clubs have players signed for $10 million plus.
Nowadays in sports everybody is doping (taking illegal steroids). If we don’t pay players as much as we are, we could take away doping completely because they could not afford the steroids.
People like Derrick Rose and David Beckham deserve money, but not that much. Overpaying players is bad for sports; it makes players stop wanting to succeed and just want more money.
Henry Carmichael, 12, East Middle School
Who wants to live in a dump?
• Here in Grand Junction and all over the world people are trashing the earth. Our landfills are getting full, and trash is piling up along streets. People are throwing lots of recyclables away. Our lakes and oceans are being polluted. People are throwing their trash into the ocean, killing fish and animals. All of this could be avoided very easily. You can recycle and throw your trash away. If we can do our part, the landfills would be minimized down to one half. Plus, the oceans and lakes would return to being clean, supporting life and drinking water. So, please just do your part, because who wants to live in a dump?
Nicole Shook, 12, East Middle School
Catering to homeless increases numbers
• Grand Junction is one of the worst towns for the homeless. According to Beverly Lampley, Jan. 19, 2007, was one of the coldest days we had. There were 444 homeless people who checked in for the night. Surprisingly, most of them were adult men. We have so many homeless, because we cater to them by giving them shelter and food. It is scary when you are using a public restroom or are at a park and homeless people are sleeping right next to you. When kids walk to school or ride a bike, it’s unsafe because the homeless come right up and ask for stuff like money. Their health is also an issue, because they catch most of the colds that go around. In the U.S. right now there are over 744,000 people homeless living on the streets. Come on, people, let’s not only make Grand Junction look better but make it much safer and cleaner.
Cassidy Husted, 12, East Middle School
Homeless population needs our help
• The homeless population is ridiculous, and we need to do something about it. The homeless population has swelled to over 2,000 just in Grand Junction. While you’re inside stuffing your faces, there are people dying right in your town from hunger. A study shows that one in four homeless people are veterans, so why is it that they fought for our country and to give us freedom and we just throw them on the streets? We have enough food and land. We should be able to get these people off the streets and on their feet. We are building more and more houses and abandoning houses; we should give them those houses so they can have shelter. Come on, Grand Junction, together we can do this. Give these people a home, and let our community live worry-free.
Connor Moore, 12, East Middle School