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The Many Benefits of Medical Marijuana - Marijuana has many health benefits, ranging from pain relief to halting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (Medical Benefits of Cannabis). What other medicine is there that has such a wide range of healing properties. There certainly is not a manufactured medicine on the market that aids so many different types of ailments with one medication, as Marijuana. Using Marijuana for medical reasons has less bad side effects and more positive medical uses than any single synthetic pharmaceutical on the market....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Reducing Teen Pregnancy With Sex Education - Adolescent pregnancy is a crisis that inadvertently affects all. This is not only a burden to the young woman and her family, but also has a consequential impact on society. By reducing the number of adolescent pregnancies we could promote child well-being and decrease child poverty statistics (National Data). Increasing the number of comprehensive sex education courses would help young people learn how to better protect themselves against premature pregnancy and STDs, and would in turn curtail the number of teenage pregnancies....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive]
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The Dream Act Promotes Illegal Immigration - Today, there are about 80,000 undocumented students who will graduate from high school in the United States. Nearly 65,000 of these students will not only be graduating, but have been living in the country for five years or more. Undocumented students face various challenges as they move along the academic pipeline. Yet, a growing number of them are graduating from U.S. high schools each year prepared to enter our nation’s colleges and universities. These students are most likely in favor of the Dream Act, Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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We Need Stronger Child Support Laws - The amount of child support cases in arrears would decline if a few things were changed, hopefully providing incentives to pay child support on time and regularly. There are also harsher consequences that could be carried out to prevent future mistakes. There are things being done, but is it enough. As it stands the noncustodial parent can face loss of visitation, probation, and even jail time for none payment of child support. By not enforcing court ordered child support and making examples out of those who are not in compliance, we are sending out a message that child support is more of an option than a legal obligation....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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American Needs More Government Jobs Programs - According to Livermore (2008), people who are actively looking for work but are not currently in a contractual arrangement are considered unemployed. Since the recession in 2007, unemployment has been an ongoing problem in America. Many companies were laying off thousands of employees because they could not pay them. As of September 2011, the South and the West has the highest concentration of unemployment. Nevada has the highest jobless rate, 13.4%, followed by California with 12.1% (Cooper, 2011)....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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The Death Penalty: Cruel and Unusual - The death penalty is the most inhuman and crucial punishment. Even though it is not applied in every state, the death penalty is a very strong debate and argument within our own government. There are people who support it and those who are against it. The death penalty is a punishment to those who due to their actions and circumstances commit crimes. All people are all equal under the eyes of the law and those people in the end are still humans no matter the crimes they have committed. The death penalty is looked as a violation to the eighth amendment....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 1284 words
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Seat Belt Enforcement Laws are Beneficial - Does everyone have their seat belts on. This is a question that children hear repeated each time their parents start the vehicle. Seat belt laws are enforced in in forty-nine of the fifty states even so; parents reiterate it time after time to keep us safe rather than just following the law. Beginning in the 1930’s, physicians determined that a lap belt should be used in automobiles to avoid serious injury or a fatality. Over the years, the simple two-point lap belt has evolved into a multiple point seat belt used for many different types of driving....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Halloween: Family fun or Satan’s Playground? - Okay, I admit this time of year is a guilty pleasure of mine, with the changing of the seasons. The crisp cool days and evenings let you cook hearty healthy meals that fill the home with such sumptuous, delicious smells. It’s the time of year for hot apple cider, pumpkins and families that get together. Harvest time used to be a time when all the hard work of the year was being stored up for the long cold months of winter. We recently had the pleasure of hearing: “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.” Why do we say this....   [tags: Halloween Argumentative]
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School Should Meet Students Needs Better - The educational leaders who control the schools can either be the state board of education or the principal. This control is decided by the state and whatever laws they abide to in that state. Principal job duties include responsibility of managing school programs, pupil personnel, community relations, physical facilities and student behavior and coordinating professional. However, the school board also can control the schools. The school boards are responsible for enacting policies that adhere to the spirit and letter federal, state and local laws and codes to assist the school systems in ensuring that students are provided an education that meets the needs of all students being served....   [tags: education, argumentative] 1365 words
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No More Antipsychotic Drugs for Children - Antipsychotic drugs are the new quick fix for mental illness in children, whether right or wrong. Doctors shouldn’t give children antipsychotic drugs at a young age, even though it may be the easy way out of dealing with these children. These drugs will make the victim lifeless and without character for a long time. Such drugs have caused major side effects which caused the child to have long-term issues, which they will face for the rest of their lives. In other words, antipsychotic drugs are gruesome for young children and therefore shouldn’t be used....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 1310 words
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The Media Presents Negative Role Models - The media has a strong influence on society, both negatively and positively. So when children as young as 6 are being influenced by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears; we as a society have lost site in what it is to be a positive influence. Kathleen Deveny and Raina Kelly raised awareness in their article “Girls Gone Bad?” which depicts the bad behavior and influences set by celebrities such as Hilton, Lohan, and Spears have any long term affects on young women. Are young women so riveted to the highlights of these celebrities and the media that surrounds their lifestyle that, as Deveny and Kelly boldly puts it, we are raising ‘prosti-tots’....   [tags: argumentative essay] 852 words
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Competition Is Not Good For People - Ancient China has a number of sayings about competition, such as, “seeking great honor results in no honor at all”. Theodore Isaac Rubin, a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, explains in his essay, “Competition and Happiness” competition seldom brings out the best and often brings out the worst in people. He argues that competition is a form of projection in which the development of self is abandoned to beat the next fellow. Rubin believes that, “competition is a residual of a primitive past, and it is not a genetic residual” (312)....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1434 words
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Genesis Shows the Deceitfulness of God - The book of Genesis is the story of creation according to Hebrew text, God creates the world as a paradise, a lush green world that is good, a world that is right, God himself is presented as being caring and fair. However later on there are many stories within Genesis which question God's morality towards his creations. The supposedly just God is at many times shown to be petty, deceiving, and unequal in his treatments towards his creations. As a result of God's own duplicity the men he created covenants with, God's numerous prophets and their respective bloodlines, themselves are often two-faced and unjust....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1263 words
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Every Dictator's Nightmare, by Wole Soyinka - Wole Soyinka's essay "Every Dictator's Nightmare" in the April 18, 1999 edition of the New York Times magazine seems almost prescient in light of the events currently occurring geopolitically. The recent events occurred in Egypt are certainly representative of the themes present in Soyinka's essay; “the idea that certain fundamental rights are inherent to all humanity" (476). Soyinka, the 1986 noble peace prizewinner for literature, portrays not only his well-formed persona in his essay, but also his well formed thoughts, devoid of literary naiveté common in so many of today’s writers....   [tags: Summary, Argumentative]
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It's Time to Reduce America's Materialism - America is in desperate need of an ego deflation. With the cockiness of how people throw their money around and the arrogance in their divine belief that they deserve all of their luxuries - it will surely be the eloquent downfall of any dignity we think we possess. If that statement unnerved you, perhaps you might be willing to consider the prospect of change. This is where I propose endorsing a Buy Nothing Day. Quite literally what it sounds like, this day would be a 24 hour period where people are encouraged to ignore their impulses and not buy anything....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 838 words
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India and Pakistan: Dissent vs. Disagreement - Tensions between India and Pakistan, which have been increasing in recent years, are reaching an all-time high as nuclear technologies in both countries threaten safety and provide potential for direct nuclear war. For now, India and Pakistan are in a disagreement – but as time progresses, and their discord transforms into dissension, citizens are put at risk as both nations currently have the technology to utilize weapons of mass destruction. For now, the people are safe. But once this conflict reaches new heights and diminutive disagreements turn into dangerous dissent, devastation is inevitable....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 887 words
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Friendship for Women and for Men - While girl friends are sitting around fireplaces gossiping, sharing recipes and talking about the latest fashion trend, boys are exchanging opinions on the new administration and forming great friendship that may well impact the future of the whole country. History has witnessed some of the greatest friendship between men. As a result, their friendships have been idealized as the embodiment of bravery and loyalty. In comparison, those cozy nights girls spends wrapped in the bonding of sisterhood seems both trivia and naïve....   [tags: argumentative essay] 762 words
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - The film from class that I most identified with was “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Of all the films we have watched so far, this film and the readings that accompanied it were the most interesting and applicable to my emergence as a new teacher. I was most excited to watch the film because I love Maggie Smith and had never heard of this film. As I began to watch, I became entranced by her performance and by attempting to discover the message the film is attempting to portray. After watching and reading the associated articles, I discovered that the primary point of this film is to express how significantly teachers can influence their students, and that this influence is not always appropr...   [tags: Informative, Argumentative] 1454 words
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Solitary Confinement Is Cruel and Ineffective - The first time I remember being put in time out was when I was five years old. I can remember feeling scared, lonely and infuriated, all at the same time. My time outs were only for a short time, but they felt like a life time. Now can you imagine being in a time out for a week, months, or even years. This is a tactic used by the prison system to punish bad behavior. Solitary confinement is being locked in a cell where you can see out, for 23 hours a day with no human interaction. How long can the human mind be left alone....   [tags: Argumentative Essay]
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Pacifism: An Alternative to Constant War - Imagine for a moment a world without war and hatred; a peaceful union of people with a large spectrum of beliefs. Pacifism has proved largely successful for millions of individuals as well as several nations. Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha. This is defined as resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahmisa, or total nonviolence. This concept helped India gain independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 1139 words
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Legalization of Marijuana: Just Say No - Pot, weed, grass, hay, Mary Jane: all names for the illegal drug marijuana. This drug can be used for either medical or recreational purposes. In the past election, many states voted for the legalization of this drug. Legalizing marijuana, in my opinion, would not be beneficial. Releasing this drug to a greater population would increase the chances of it falling into the hands of children and causing harm to those around the abuser. Also, marijuana is considered a “gate-way” drug, or a drug leading to the usage of methamphetamine, heroin, or any ‘harder’ drugs and its addiction is difficult to overcome....   [tags: argumentative essay]
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Television is a Threat to Education - Everyone in America is brought together by a popular medium. Television is the backbone of modern society. Many people rely on television for news and entertainment. Additionally, television provides relief from the stresses of everyday life. Unfortunately, this relief is psychologically damaging to reality. “Television has become the heroin of the masses, a powerful escapist drug deviating stressed psychologies away from reality. For hours at a time, the human mind, never before bombarded with the stresses experienced today, can relieve pressure and relax to the tunes of a fictional world of beauty, perfection and orchestrated wonderment, a world that the natural human condition can neve...   [tags: argumentative essay] 1117 words
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International Criminal Courts Must Prosecute Genocide - Genocide: a horrible occurrence where the word sends varying messages to people across the globe. Genocide in Germany means the slow, efficient near extinction of millions of the Jewish population, as well as the more discreet murdering of gypsies and homosexuals. Genocide in Rwanda means the most brutal slaughter the world may have ever seen: over 800,000 members of the Tutsi tribe were dead in little more than 100 days. Genocide in Darfur, a country with such restricted accessibility, means the reality of the death toll of the native tribal blacks is unknown, ranging anywhere between 200,000 and 2,500,000....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1102 words
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Effects of Wearing Uniforms in School - I. Introduction The reasons why students should wear uniforms are almost always the same. People have delved to find out information about different perspectives of how uniforms influence students. The problem is statistics determination was equal. Some people say that uniforms will decrease crime and violence in schools. Also improving the behavior of students in and out of school. Student’s ambivalence about what other students are wearing, are less likely to judge one another. This also helps prevent students from forming different cliques....   [tags: Argumentative Essay]
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The Financial Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana - For over a century, marijuana has been illegal in the United States and in a lot of cases it remains prohibited because it has been prohibited for so long. Laws in California and Colorado are currently popular in the media because they are legalizing and taxing marijuana production and distribution. After adding sales and excise taxes to the sales price in these states, consumers are purchasing marijuana legally for a lower price than its black market price. Revenue gained from taxes in these states is being put towards such things as education and regulation of the substance....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Worship of Sports Teams and Athletes - Thirty, twenty, ten, touchdown, and the Redskins win. With that one play the mood of all those Redskins fans went through the roof and the moods of the opposing teams fans dropped. Fans across the nation follow every stat, every play, and every game of their favorite sports teams. If you ask any football fan what Sunday means they will probably reply football and drinking with the guys instead of church. Is it a good thing that people plan their lives around what time their teams’ play. When you base your life around a single sports team or a favorite athlete then it can be very problematic....   [tags: argumentative essay]
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Reward Systems for Students Are Ineffective - “The table group with the most points will get a treat for behaving so nicely today.” Well that ought to teach every student to follow the classroom rules…or does it. Reward strategies are an everyday occurrence in our classrooms. All across the country, teachers have succumbed to using stars, stickers and smiley faces to help motivate students. More than ever, a myriad of incentive programs and systems have been created to help schools and teachers manage behavior, motivate learners and encourage engagement....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal - Assisted Suicide has been a controversial issue for some time now. It is also confused with the term euthanasia; however the two do not mean the same thing. Euthanasia is the killing of another to relieve their pain; whereas assisted suicide is the practice where an individual assist the person committing suicide. The practice of both of these issues reliefs the person that is in pain. Assisted suicide has positive and negative issues. There is a debate on whether it should be legal or not. Some of the positive issues on assisted suicide are it reliefs a person from the pain they are in....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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What is a Good Man? - What is a good man. A popular and often controversial topic amongst women, also a question that has various answers and opinions. A good man encompasses various qualities which may be broken down, but not limited too, three subjects: true love, confidence and strength as well as a sense of responsibility of words and/or actions. A man looks out for those around him whether it is woman, friend, or stranger. A man can speak to dogs. A man fantasizes that kung fu lives deep inside him somewhere. A man knows how to sneak a look at cleavage and doesn't care if he gets busted once in a while....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 791 words
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Extending Business Hours in Australia - In South Australia, the business hour is shorter than other places in Australia, such as Sydney and Melbourne. Some people states that the business hour is long enough to them in South Australia and extending business hour would raise social problems, such as social security and state budget. However extending business hour benefits a lot for South Australia. It can create more economic profits and is good for the whole society. The main argument against the extending business hours that is increasing trading hours will lead to many problems, such as social security and state budget....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 561 words
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A New Education: Education Reform - There is much debate today on what would be the best way to reform education. Credible and scholarly writers such as Alfie Kohn, Joel Westheimer, and Andrea Schlesinger have vast ideas on different approaches that can be taken to improve America’s education system. Although there are many opportunities when attending an American school many citizens, including students, question the education system of today; here are four steps that qualified educators believe to be able to improve the American education programs....   [tags: argumentative, informative]
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Sweatshops are Good for Everybody - There are two sides to the issue of using cheaper labor in other countries. Some can argue that using cheap labor in developing countries constitutes exploitation. In some extreme cases, this is potentially true. For example, by making empty promises time after time, diamond cartel De Beers has repeatedly taken advantage of the lack of governmental regulations and communication in African nations. It could be argued that the developing countries house factories that not only use cheap (though market rate for the area) labor, but unfairly exploit employees....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 726 words
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An Argument Against Breed-Specific Legislation - The term “breed-specific legislation” is not one that comes up often in day-to-day discussion for most people. Breed-specific legislation refers to all laws that seek to restrict or eliminate ownership of certain animal breeds, most often dog breeds. It was first conceived as a method of controlling and reducing animal cruelty, as well as mitigating the occurrence of dog-related human injuries and the illegal activities of dog-fighting and related crimes. Breed-specific legislation is distinct from animal control laws that restrict ownership of wild or demonstrably dangerous (those with a past history of unacceptable, aggressive behavior) animals, because breed-specific legislation makes a b...   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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Gay Marriage Will Help America - Why is gay marriage such a big deal. Why are there so many people against it. Most of the time it is easy to presume where to draw the line when interfering with someone else’s rights. Simply, do not do it. Everyone has the right to get a driver’s license or has the freedom of speech, but why on earth do some people have the right to wed and think that he or she has the right to tell somebody else that he or she does not have that same right. Gay marriage is not traditional, gay relationships are immoral, and marriage is for procreation....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive ]
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Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal - Marijuana use for medical purposes has been a major controversy in the United States and other countries for several years. A few doctors favor medical marijuana use because it specifically helps certain types of medial issues such as cancer, Aids, etc. It is obviously hazardous to give a patient too much medication and in some cases, the medications that is prescribed does not help and can make the patient more sick. Across the United States doctors should be allowed to use it to help patients whose conditions may be alleviated by marijuana use....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Suspects Need Their Miranda Rights - In criminal trials, a defendant’s confession often delivers evidence that is influential when it is the primary source of the prosecutor’s evidence. When a suspect is brought into police custody to obtain a confession or a statement, police officers are required to read the Miranda warning if they believe the confession will be used to convict the suspect. The constitutional basis for the Miranda warning and the conditions for a voluntary waiver of the Miranda rights were announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miranda v....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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America Needs the Patriot Act - Is the Patriot Act Unconstitutional. The Patriot Act was introduced in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. The Patriot Acts purpose is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world. The Patriot Act Is meant to help stop terrorism by making it easier to get search warrants for suspected terrorists. The purpose of the Patriot Act is to enable law enforcement officials to track down and punish those responsible for the attacks on 9/11 and to protect against any similar attacks....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal - The right to use marijuana for optional medical treatment has been a long drawn out battle between the U.S. Federal Government and the people petitioning for its therapeutic uses. The history on the use of marijuana (also known as cannabis) has been a big deterrent on legalizing this type of drug today. The controversy stems from the medical and legal implications that the U.S. Federal Government has towards the use of marijuana. Others controversies are associated to petitions filed to re-classifying marijuana (a controlled substance) for optional medical treatment....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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America Needs the DREAM Act - Illegal immigration has been a constant topic of debate in politics. For years now, politicians have tried to create an immigration reform that will encompass all problems dealing with illegal immigration. According to an article in the Economist (2010), there are four major immigration problems that the country is trying to focus on solving; these are: securing of the nation’s borders in order to prevent more illegal immigration, expanding the number of high-skilled foreigners that America allows in and keeps, finding a way to ensure an adequate supply of “unskilled workers, perhaps through a guest-worker program”; and finding a solution for dealing with the 11 million illegal immigrants cu...   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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Deadbeat Dads are Not Criminals - Fathers every year in Washington go to jail for nothing more than being broke (Deadbeat). They are called “dead beat dads” by their peers, scorn by society, and treated as subclass citizens (THE, ASSOCIATED). This is a very grim reality that men of every age range face daily. Both men and women make the choices which result in babies. However, women are given a choice at every stage of the child’s development to adopt out, abort, or even use contraception (Why). Thus, men and women share equal responsibility in the acts that conceive children....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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The Problem with Genetic Enhancement - In 1913 Teddy Roosevelt, who is considered to be one of the greatest US presidents to serve in office, wrote to the Department of Genetics, “Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind [...]. The problem cannot be met unless we give full consideration to the immense influence of heredity....” (Dykes, 2008, p. 1). What Teddy Roosevelt was referring to was the idea of enhancing the human population. Today genetic enhancement is paired specifically with technology, but throughout history genetic enhancement has been a very popular but controversial topic....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 1975 words
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The Problem of Teen Pregnancy - The Problem of Teen Pregnancy Red and blue lights are flashing and the noise of the ambulance impels everyone to a point where they have to look outside and observe the situation, as if a mystical force was compelling them. From what they can see, the paramedic is holding a tiny hand telling her to hold on. As the stretcher rolls by, the onlookers notice a huge lump, or ball as a few may say, under the pallid cotton covers....   [tags: Argumentative, Pregnancy] 1608 words
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Romantic Relationships During High School - Are relationships in high school truly worth the potential heartache. Answers to this question vary, ranging from the enthusiastic “yes!” to the skeptical view of which cutting off one’s own third toe makes more sense to indifference. Yet, how can the value of a relationship be determined when the tumult of everyday teenage life may result in the potential loss or gain of a new relationship every week. One view may be relationships teenagers enter into are valuable practice for later in life, teaching those which engage in them how to interact with members of the opposite sex in a way which leads to marriage or family....   [tags: Argumentative Essay]
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Death Penalty in the U.S - In this paper I will argue for the moral permissibility of the death penalty and I am fairly confident that when the case for capital punishment is made properly, its appeal to logic and morality is compelling. The practice of the death penalty is no longer as wide-spread as it used to be throughout the world; in fact, though the death penalty was nearly universal in past societies, only 71 countries world-wide still officially permit the death penalty (www.infoplease.com); the U.S. being among them....   [tags: Argumentative Essay ]
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Homosexuality Is a Mental Illness - Homosexuality Is a Mental Illness The history of gay or same sex marriages has been long in the whole world. Most of the western societies in the early time tolerated it. Astonishingly, they went to an extent of celebrating the same sex relationships and marriages. In ancient Rome, there are evidences of the same sex marriages but their proof is not clear. Same sex marriages can also be traced in medieval Europe and also the ancient Greece. There are also some other proofs of gay marriages among Africans Native Americans....   [tags: Argumentative Essay]
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The Mass Media Increases Violence - As television and video games become more popular due to technology, so does the increase in violence. With the increase of technology more children are playing video games or watching television shows, rather than playing outside. As some television shows and video games provide an educational experience for younger children, most provide an act of violence. Sixty-six percent of children programs have violence associated with the television show (Hamilton 111). While most children television shows have the good vs....   [tags: argumentative essays] 1410 words
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The Pitfalls of Cosmetic Surgery - Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly more popular. However, many are unsatisfied with their results. Debra Dunn decided to have cosmetic surgery to fix a bump she had on her nose as a result of a childhood injury. After having two nose jobs and spending thousands of dollars, she was so dissatisfied with her results that she was embarrassed when she left the house and avoided mirrors. When she ventured out in public, she hid behind her hair. Although doctors tried convincing her that her nose was lovely and others would kill for a nose like hers, she greatly regretted ruining the face she was born with....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
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Ragged Dick, by Hoatio Alger - Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a society where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in life. No one looks at race or anything of that nature just solely on merit and no matter where you come from or what you go through you have the same opportunity as the next person. Merit is the quality of being particularly good or worth especially so as to deserve praise or reward. Well, this is the message that Horatio Alger gives to his readers that some people feel as though it’s a myth as oppose to others thinking it’s great guidelines or a great blueprint to success....   [tags: Argumentative, Dalton] 1517 words
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Academic Success through Athletic Invlolvement - In high school I was the most predictable student in the entire student body. When teachers would take roll, they could always count on one thing: me not being there. My grades were horrible. My accumulative grade point average was below 1.0. I had no interest in school and kept junkie friends. These so-called friends would often skip school and would pressure me to do drugs. I was already puffing away on cigarettes by the time my junior year rolled around, and my future looked pretty bleak. During my senior year, I decided it was time for a drastic change....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive] 974 words
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Unitary and Federal Goverment Systems - Unitary and federal government systems operate on the principles of checks and balances and the separation of powers. Unitary systems control all local governments such as city, regional, provincial, and municipal. The president using unitary form of government “has the entire local governments, all military and police forces, all tax collection agencies, all fiscal agencies (banks), all health agencies, all prosecution agencies, all health and social welfare agencies, all natural resources agencies an labor while declaring war and national emergencies, use emergency and military powers during war, rebellion, revolution and terrorism” (Salvilla, 2006)....   [tags: Informative, Argumentative]
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The Positive Effects of Tobacco - Everyday occurrences in our life become normal we don’t take a second glance. We are surrounded by smoking day to day everywhere we go even if we don’t smoke it affects us. It has been in our society for generations. Families have grown up with family members that smoke or even smoking themselves. Smoking is a large part of our society spending billions while boosting the economy with sales and ads; in the midst of so much negativity surrounding smoking which is it good or bad. We hear the negatives all the time but upsides to smoking are never discussed....   [tags: Argumentative Essay]
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Advertising Distorts Perception of Self-image - Men and women view themselves differently and both men and women are concerned about how others view them. This leads to both genders becoming increasingly conscientious of what they eat, how much they eat, and how often they should exercise. Often times both struggle with making these changes so they look for an easy way to see the results they desire. Advertising agencies have noticed this stigma and taken advantage of both sexes insecurities about self-image. This can be seen in the Hydroxycut ad from 2008, and the SuperPump 250 ad in 2010....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1730 words
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The Media Causes Eating Disorders - During your lifetime 250,000 people will die due to an eating disorder. Is this really the type of society we want to be a part of. One which causes people to die needlessly due to media influences which cause the augmentation of a detrimental body image. In the eyes of society emaciated celebrities are the embodiment of perfection. This media ideal of thinness presents society with an unrealistic body image and is projected through the means of television, commercials and magazines, causing women to replicate this ideal....   [tags: argumentative essays] 2161 words
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Affirmative Action Programs are Racist - All of my brothers, sisters and I had one high school teacher in common. We were all told the same thing. “Getting your high school diploma is important because without it you cannot become a trash collector for the city.” In her eyes, us being a trash man was a good thing because working for the city came with benefits. Not that people who work in the sanitation industry are under achievers, but when young minds are reaching for the stars, it is sobering to understand that certain people simply do not believe in you....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 1000 words
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Math is the Universal Language - Every semester throngs of incoming freshmen howl out their earsplitting lamentation: “This is so stupid. Why do I have to take algebra classes. I am not going to use any kind of math in my profession!” What these arriving freshmen do not understand is that math is a skill that is used every day in all professions in some form or another. Understanding and being able to function mathematically is a fundamental building block of a well-rounded education. However, disabilities related to math and numbers can hinder students who are affected....   [tags: argumentative essay] 807 words
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Nuclear Power Plants are Safe - Nuclear fission was discovered in the 1930s and, with that discovery it opened the doors to an exciting new field of energy production. When first discovered, it was so misunderstood that some children’s toys actually included live radioactive material. However, we learned from our mistakes and moved forward. Today, nuclear reactors that produce electricity for the populace are common in big cities, in some rural areas, but how safe are they really. This question is being brought up again by the events in Japan with the nuclear reactors there....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Prostitution Should NOT be Legal - Prostitution is considered to be the oldest profession in the world. Many people support the idea of legalizing prostitution, while others do not. This controversial debate has been ongoing since the beginning of time. I desire to take a stand on the value of human worth, which is why I oppose the legalization of prostitution between consenting adults in our State. The structure of society is losing ground everyday by what some people view to be human rights. I understand the importance of having freedom to exercise our rights....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 1064 words
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College Athletes Should be Paid - A running back slips through the line, breaks a couple tackles, and scampers down the sideline for a large gain. The point guard pulls up for a deep jump shot over his defender and nails it as the shot clock expires. Both of these descriptions can be used to describe either a college athlete or professional athlete. Both are participating in a sporting event in which fans will pack into the stadium or arena. Money is flowing into both the college and professional organization. This is where the similarities end....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1307 words
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Military Service Should Be Mandatory - Most people have, at one point or another, considered what they were going to do with their lives. Whether a person would like to become an activist, an artisan or a business professional, the military has something for everyone. Finding a path in life is often filled with uncertainty and procrastination. The United States military is a path in itself, should one wish to retire from it; however, should a person wish to make their own path, there are benefits for that as well that can remove all doubt and curb procrastination....   [tags: argumentative essay] 920 words
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The Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana - The war on drugs is a movement of prohibition and military aid being undertaken by the United States government intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade (Bullington). In the year 2010 the U.S. government spent $15 billion on the war on drugs, at a rate of $500 per second. State and local governments spent another $25 billion as well. In 2007, $42 billion was spent on the marijuana prohibition. That is more money than the war on drugs spent on all types of drugs three years before (Hardy)....   [tags: argumentative essays]
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The Military Draft is Unconstitutional - There is a Time and a place for everything, for instance there were times when a militarized force wasn’t nearly large enough for an impending war as necessary to stand even that of a fighting chance towards victory. Our nation’s solution to this problem was creating the military draft, which most recently was used during the Vietnam War. The military draft, or Selective Service System, is Conscription, or in other words “forced labor demanded by some established authority” (Worddiq). “From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means.” (Landscaper) 2/3 of the American...   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 733 words
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It's Time to Abolish Religion - Can a society exist emancipated from religion. Will its foundations decay due to the absence of it, or will it flourish and achieve a new stratum of knowledge which will result in a peaceful co-existence. The word “religion” has its roots in the Latin word “religare” which means to bind together, or to connect; on the contrary I argue religion has been an apparatus of division, rather than achieving collectivism, thus doing much more harm than good. History represents the bloody warfare instigated and propagated in the name of religion; it is the antithesis of peace and unity....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 847 words
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Camping: The Best Family Vacation - While growing up for most family vacations my family and I would go camping in the woods. Camping is one of my all time favorite things to do. While camping, I love going on hikes and seeing the beauty of the world around us. I love the fresh air and smell of the pine trees. I love just sitting around a campfire at night, smelling the burning wood, staring at the bright fire with the darkness of the night all around up, looking up and seeing all the beautiful bright stars glowing in the dark night sky....   [tags: Argumentative Essays]
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Detrimental Affects of Affirmative Action - Detrimental Affects of Affirmative Action Beginning in the 1960's several government programs were introduced in order to ensure equality in the job market. However, these programs accomplished the exact opposite by judging potential employees by their race and gender and excluding possibly more qualified persons. This is not the plight of women or African-Americans, but that of the white male. Affirmative Action is not only an ineffective method for compensating for past disadvantages, but also widens the racial and gender gaps in today’s society....   [tags: Argumentaive] 1006 words
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Argumentation on TANF a form of Medicaid - Argumentation on TANF a form of Medicaid North Carolina’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is one of the primary forms of Medicaid. TANF is also called Work First, which is based on the premise that parents have a responsibility to support themselves and their children. Through Work First, parents can get short-term training and other services to help them become employed and self-sufficient later on, but the responsibility is theirs to find the actual job. Most families have two years or less to move off Work First Family Assistance and after that they are completely on their own....   [tags: Welfare]
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Solving the Foreclosure Crisis - The American Dream promises us prosperity for all people. As children, we are told to own a home with a spouse, 2.5 kids, and a dog. This symbolizes social and economical status. However, with the recent economy down spirals, unemployment reports are almost being overshadowed by reports of foreclosures, while sweeping our so called “American Dreams” and ownership privileges right out of our front doors. It seems that in a crisis no one person wants to take the blame for the other. The government is blaming the lenders, the lenders are blaming the borrowers, and the borrowers are blaming both the government and the lenders....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 994 words
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A Pro-Gay Marriage Argument - In the United States today, the divorce rate is at 50% throughout the nation. With promiscuity on the rise, and the effects of the ever dropping economy, marriage is no longer a priority to some. Still to others, overlooking the fact that many no longer see marriage as crucial, they are determined to save what they consider constitutes the model for marriage. For years, marriage opportunities for homosexuals has been an ongoing debate, and it still continues today. Many critics of the ordeal pose the argument that the allowance of same-sex unions would single-handedly demolish the already fragile structure of marriage (Head)....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative]
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Momework Must Be Banned. - I stared at the row of C’s and D’s on my yellow report card for the third time, head shaking in disbelief. It couldn’t be. Not after a quarter of all-nighters bent over my desk. My teachers all said that my homework grades had added up before returning to the piles of unfinished grading on their own desks. My parents weren’t satisfied with my explanation, even when I pointed out that many of my friends suffered the same plight. Most kids and adults hate homework, whether they’re forced to do it, create it, or grade it....   [tags: argumentative essay] 744 words
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Internet and Copyright Issues - The emergence of the Internet and the World Wide Web brought upon a medium of communication with a range of opportunities to the world. However, this medium is, in due course, subject to the control of a few major companies. The enigma of expression and free speech on the internet is the central concern of the debated concept of network neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea of equal access to information for users and the concept pertaining ISP’s and their control over access to content (Weitzner 78)....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1147 words
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Political Compromise in America - In America’s past we struggled with polarization in government from before it was even officially born. We note hours upon hours of deliberation that nearly tore the fledgling America apart before it even began over the single issue of representation. While today we are greatly thankful for what the framers produced, wouldn’t it have been much more efficient had the framers simply compromised from the beginning. If we as Americans emphasize compromise and bipartisanship in our own political voting agenda, we would find ourselves with a far more productive and efficient government....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 871 words
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Muckrakers: Exposing the Truth - During the Progressive Era Theodore Roosevelt coined the term “muckraker” to characterize journalists that he believed overdid themselves when researching a story, comparing them to someone stirring up the mud at the bottom of a pond. However, while Roosevelt created the nickname, he also used the muckrakers’ influence to directly appeal to the American people. Journalists who are considered muckrakers do not go too far in the pursuit of their stories because they are using their positions to expose the ills of the government, big business, and society; it is beneficial to the American people....   [tags: Informative, Argumentative] 825 words
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Reinstating the Military Draft - When you enjoy the freedoms you have living in the United States, you can thank those men and women who serve in the armed forces. But in recent years, our armed forces have seen a decline in enlistments, which has reignited and old debate. Should we reinstate the Military Draft. This one question has sparked a debate nationwide, between friends, family, and even perfect strangers. Reinstating the draft is just one way to ensure people can continue to enjoy those freedoms the armed forces have fought for over the years....   [tags: Argumentative Essays] 875 words
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America Should Emulate China - The green revolution. It is no longer just a nostalgic dream of the small amount of supporters, but it is now a necessary step the United States, and the rest of the world, must take in order to stabilize the economy and to furthermore save our natural resource of crude oil. The American dependence on oil is a threat to the economy and also a threat to the security of our nation. Importing crude oil creates a transfer of wealth from oil consumers to oil producers. Due to the fact that the United States has used most of its crude oil supply, we, as a nation, import most all of our crude oil, from Canada and the rest from the Middle East....   [tags: argumentative essay] 718 words
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The Disadvantages of Technology - Many companies wants us to believe that the newest technology gadgets and gizmos will make us happier, but will they. With the advent of modern technology the world is provided with conveniences intended to make life easier. However, with careful scrutiny one can assess that these expedient products and services actually pose new problems. This insight makes clear that conveniences aren’t so beneficial after all. We can note this elucidation in examining the disadvantages of fast-food, automatic teller machines (ATM), and dishwashers....   [tags: argumentative essays] 837 words
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