Student Voices: March 09, 2009
Kids talk out about current issues
Logan Kindall of Pear Park Baptist School argues against gun control; Violet Mullennex of Pear Park Baptist comments on homeless people in city parks. Chris Martinez of Fruita 8/9 calls for ownership of hybrid cars, and Nancy Garcia, student of the month at West Middle School, wants to see reform of immigration laws.
Gun ownership is an essential right
• Is gun control a good idea? First, it’s a constitutional right to legally buy a gun. The Second Amendment clearly states that it is a freedom we have. If you don’t like it, don’t buy a gun. Second, it’s a good idea to buy a gun if you live alone or if you’re elderly. A thief is going to respect you a lot more if he’s facing down the barrel of a gun rather than a bat. Finally, what if government takes away our right to have a gun? The only people that will have a gun are the criminals who don’t care about breaking the law. So, what would you rather have: guns or being at the mercy of any criminal who decides to come into your home?
Logan Kindall, 16, Pear Park Baptist School
Homeless people make parks unsafe
• Most of the parks in Grand Junction are nice parks, but some of them have homeless people. I would like to go to the downtown parks, but I can’t, because there are too many homeless people, and it seems unsafe. If I had children, I would not want them playing where it is not safe. To keep people safe, I think the city should restrict where the homeless can be.
Violet Mullennex, 14,
Pear Park Baptist School
Hybrids can help save planet
• People are polluting the earth with gas powered cars. Global warming is happening right now, and we need to make electric cars. People should start riding bikes or walk more often. The earth will only last so long. A hybrid is a good example of a good car, and that’s the only car we should be able to own. We are the only ones who make a difference in the place we live.
Chris Martinez, 14, Fruita 8/9
Fix immigration system
• Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., recently said, “Our immigration system is a broken system that needs to be fixed. We need reform that provides hardworking people of good character with a real path towards citizenship.” Mexican citizens working in America should not be deported because they are needed and many of them add to the economy. Some Americans don’t want to pick fruit and vegetables because they are not going to get paid well. That is one of the reasons why Mexican workers are needed in America. They also add to the economy by working in the agricultural fields. We should let Mexican citizens come with a special paper to the United States.
Nancy Garcia, 14, West Middle School