Student Voices: February 16, 2009

Roland Kassales and Davy Mullenex of Pear Park Baptist School comment on changing societal mores. Kellie Gross of West Middle School thinks teens should be allowed to drive at 15. Darrien Medina of Fruita 8/9 questions the fluctuation of gas prices, and Vanessa Herrera of Fruita Middle School calls for an end to pollution and global warming.

Why is crime so high?

  In a society where there are no absolutes and many things never even considered before they are “tolerated,” many people wonder why there is so much crime and lack of respect toward one another. The cause of this dilemma is a lack of responsibility or true consequences for one’s actions. For example, the United States, according to, has the highest rape average (per 1,000 people) in the world. Countries such as the Bahamas and Singapore have very low rape averages, because of the severe punishment given for such a crime as this. If crime were punished every time as it should be, a person would think twice before breaking the law, and, in doing so, bringing hurt, shame and sorrow to those involved.

Roland Kassales, 17, Pear Park Baptist School

United we stand …

  There is a big push these days on being an individual, to separate oneself from everyone else by any means possible. Individuality is not a bad thing, but it can be taken too far. In this day and age, it is more important for us to stand together as a country, and to hold to those beliefs that our country was founded on:  “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Davy Mullenex, 16, Pear Park Baptist School

Roll down driving age

  The driving age should be lowered to 15 because it makes it easier on parents and it helps the economy. Lowering the driving age would help parents out by a landslide. If kids did not have to wait so long to get their licenses, they could go grocery shopping for their parents, go to the mall or even go to work. The more teenagers are able to drive, the more the economy improves. When teenagers buy new cars, they need to pay for the cars, insurance and gas. Let teens drive at 15.

Kellie Gross, 14, West Middle School

Why did gas prices plummet?

  Gas prices recently went through the roof and back down. Even though prices are now low, it doesn’t mean that is a good thing. When gas goes from $5 to about $1.50, it’s insane. It doesn’t make sense that it would drop that fast. If I could, I would want gas prices to stay about the same.

Darrien Medina, 13, Fruita 8/9

Help preserve earth’s creatures

  Although our world may seem beautiful, it is not very healthy because of global warming and pollution. Not only does it affect the earth, but also people and animals. One way global warming and pollution affect the earth is by making the ozone layer thinner. If the ozone layer gets thinner, it could be very dangerous for everybody. Ultraviolet rays can get though the atmosphere, and give people skin diseases. Another way global warming and pollution affect the earth is by killing animals. Global warming harms the environment that polar bears live in, which could cause them to become extinct. Pollution by boats is killing many creatures in the ocean. All in all, if we stop polluting and help stop global warming, we can have a healthy and beautiful planet, without harming any people or animals.

Vanessa Herrera, 12, Fruita Middle School


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