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‘No deal, Mr. Obama’

The Feb. 25 healthcare summit proved to be a waste of time for Democrats who likely hoped the Republican candor would crumble with some eight million viewers watching (at least for a few moments) part of the seven-and-a-half- hour ordeal on TV. It is impossible to meet in the middle for a true “compromise” if Democrats continue to snub certain points Republicans cannot give up for the sake of the American people. According to a Scott Rasmussen poll, 85 percent of Americans currently have health insurance. Of those surveyed, 80 percent said their insurance coverage is “good or excellent.” Number 1: Increased cost Government-run healthcare would, in fact, raise premiums for those individually insured, raise taxes and force employer-based insurance to switch to the government plan to save on the sure-tosky rocket free market plans. Number 2: Decreased quality Government-run healthcare would not improve the quality of life for the uninsured as the Democrats are promising because the plan would force doctors to accept lower pay, leaving many hospitals forced to fire staff and limit the availability of care. Number 3: Rampant dishonesty Nothing from the government is free. Government-run healthcare would put bureaucrats in charge, and they’re not even sure they trust themselves. Not even all the Democrats are convinced. And yet they’re filling their own states’ pockets with money (no doubt a tactic for re-election). Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) obtained a $300 million increase in Medicaid funding for her home state Louisiana, some say for agreeing to vote for the bill. Arizona Sen. John McCain said, “Passage of this bill is an indication of the Chicagostyle sleazy sausage-making that’s been going on around here.” It wasn’t good government; it was bad TV according to many national leaders who endured the hours on end brawls over the healthcare bill. The “summit,” affectionately named like it was a high level meeting that would end with Democratic results and handshakes, turned out to be a close one, given to Republicans – even according to mainstream liberalized news organizations. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said, “We do need to reform much of our health care that we have in America. But (Republicans) were able to articulate that, whereas the Democrats, the president, it was just more of the same old, same old, and it was a whole lot of lecturing again.” There were no doubt times of arguing similar to that of an angry parent and a defiant teen. One of the most notable squabbles was the spat between McCain and Obama. McCain accused the president of not being as transparent as his campaign had claimed the government would become, saying...

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‘Take the deal’

Even before President Obama took on the monumental job of repairing years of damage, his every move was scrutinized and dissected to pieces. His latest challenge has been developing a universal healthcare plan which has undeniably been more of the same. On Feb. 25, Republicans and Democrats took part in the healthcare summit which lasted a grueling seven hours. Both parties gave compelling arguments, but the main concerns seemed to be the cost, the low quality of insurance and the potential for the government to “take over.” Obama denounced these theories and held his position of supporting the new plan. Number 1: As long as there is a public option, which will be part of the new plan, the cost will go down. Number 2: Even if the quality of insurance is slightly diminished, which it shouldn’t be, some insurance is better than no insurance at all. Number 3: It’s not all government run. The American people will still have the option of sticking with their current insurance provider. These arguments are scare tactics being used by Republicans to make the public believe the new plan is the root of all that is unholy. Yes, 85 percent of Americans currently have health insurance, and 80% percent are pleased, but what about the 15 percent who can’t afford insurance at all? Don’t they deserve to be just as happy? The plan is clearly imperfect and will have to be tweaked a bit, but this is the next best thing. For goodness sake, the man is trying to help the less fortunate people of our nation. Despite the negative opinion, most people agree that providing universal healthcare is a means to bettering our economy. Obama can’t please everyone, everywhere, all at the same time, but with this list of positives, he’ll come pretty close: 1. Your choice of doctors will be protected. 2. Insurance companies can’t drop your coverage if you get sick. 3. Dependents up to 26 years old can be covered on their parents’ policy. 4. You will have access to emergency care, in or out of network, with no additional cost. 5. Affordable insurance will be made available if you have been uninsured or have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. 6. Small businesses will be eligible for tax credits so they can afford to provide insurance for employees. These are just a few of the great things that the plan will do. For years, some Americans have looked at Canada in envy because of their healthcare design and wished that the U.S. would adopt something similar. Here’s our version. It’s not perfect yet, but for...

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Fort Hood shooter may be detained in Belton

According to several news sources, accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan will be housed in the new Belton County jail, just miles from UMHB. Hasan has been in a military hospital in San Antonio since the Nov. 5 shootings. The Bell County Sherriff’s office says the move is not a done deal but, “If and when an agreement is made to accept Hasan, his transfer date and time will not be announced in advance.” Why Belton? Fort Hood has sent prisoners here for years because the base does not have adequate facilities. Students do not need to feel alarmed by Hasan’s closeness. The Bell County jail is only a year old, away from town, and up to state standards. Hasan will be held in a medical unit where he can be treated. It should be an honor that the government feels comfortable housing him there. Millions of dollars went to the construction for the very purpose of taking care of criminals. He should be here. Belton is home to his lawyer, and near Fort Hood. It is also near where the hearing will be. He is a paralyzed man. Security around Hasan has been airtight since the attack. Even the general statements by the sheriff point to continued safety and protection of the situation. What is there to fear? Belton lawyer John Galligan represents Hasan. He argues that Belton is ill-equipped to treat his client who is paralyzed. On his blog he states that one of his former clients was not properly taken care of during her time there. His out-spoken blog is grasping for sympathy for his client in a community that is already hostile toward Hasan. Still Galligan demands fair and right treatment and process, exactly what Americans should expect. Hasan’s housing and trial is a major point in the struggle of American justice against terror. Galligan is loudly standing up for his client as the June 1 military hearing approaches. We have seen and heard of the trauma of Guantanamo. Obama’s attempts to close the Cuban base have been fruitless because there is no where else to house terrorists. Hasan is not a foreign born attacker, but his successful holding, hearing and trial could prove that terrorists can face justice within American borders. Hasan is an American still, and it is encouraging that due process is served to him like any other American regardless of his crime. Galligan is fighting tooth and nail for his client. Despite the anger and betrayal people may feel towards someone who perpetrated the largest shooting on an American military base, Hasan is getting his due process. That is what...

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Letter to the editor

After reading an article (I hate the day of ‘love’) in your last issue, I was a bit disgruntled. The opinion piece discussed UMHB women and their peculiar dating habits, which has proven to be a hot issue on campus. Some believe that girls at UMHB have unrealistic expectations for their future relationships and are consequently turning down too many young men who put themselves out on the line by asking girls out on dates. Another idea that was presented in the article was that it was offensive for a woman to turn down a casual date despite lack of interest in the pursuer. After brooding over these issues on my own and discussing it with students of both genders at the university, I am compelled to argue the other side of this topic. It is a well-known fact that men and women have very different views and motives when it comes to the dating realm. What is the male motivation for asking a girl out? When asked that question, many men that I talked to confirmed that the reasoning was to get on a different level with the girl of interest. Whether it is a deeper knowledge of the other person’s character, a step toward a serious relationship, or to advance in physical relations with girls, men are pursuing a different level when they ask a girl out on a date. From the female perspective, it is deceitful to agree to a date in order to reach that different level with someone they are uninterested in. It would rob the boy of money and effort spent on the outing and would drain some emotion and time away from each party. Most girls, especially at UMHB, are willing to acknowledge the fact that we may get a little aggressive with the idea of finding “the one.” When we are presented with the chance to get on a different level with a boy, if we don’t see the potential for that growth we will usually say no. This may serve to protect us from an awkward situation, or to protect our names in future conversations of how Miss So-and-So led Mr. So-and-So on and then destroyed his pride after she said she wasn’t interested in a second date. The simple question I would like to present is how would these men react if they were in the woman’s role? I challenge male readers to toy with the image for just a moment of a girl that you know. She may not be attractive to you, share any commonalities with you, or even provide the assurance of an enjoyable evening if...

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Tebow ad trouble
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Tebow ad trouble

With the Super Bowl weeks past and far from people’s minds, it’s the commercials that are still the talk of the town. From the talking babies in e-Trade commercials (What do babies have to do with stocks?) and the Doritos’ “Don’t touch my Mama” advertisements went for the lure of humor. However, not all of them used this tactic. The Dodge Charger ad targeted married men who feel as if they can’t do what they want, but the auto maker promises them the return of masculinity if they own the muscle car. But one ad received more pre-game attention than any other commercial − even beating out the questionable airbrushed thumb of Megan Fox and the gay couple in the Motorola commercial. On YouTube, users comment and argue over her eternal destination. The Tim Tebow “celebrate life” commercial faced flak before the Super Bowl even took place. Focus on the Family sponsored the 30-second $2.8 million pro-life ad featuring Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, and his mother. Focus’ ad has over 800,000 views on YouTube, while Motorola trails with about 32,000. The comment section is disabled on Tebow’s. Tebow was born in Manila, Philippines, where his parents were Christian missionaries. The family moved to the U.S. when he was a toddler, but he continued to visit often. In a recent trip, he even performed surgeries on orphans, such as removing cysts. Tebow’s popularity was only springboarded by his success on the football field as quarterback for the Florida Gators. He receives about 400 speaking requests a month and continues to share his faith, which seems to make him the prize spokesperson for a pro-life message. “I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn’t make it into this world,” Pam Tebow says in the opening of the ad. It continues with the story of how baby Tebow might never have existed. The mother of four had a rough pregnancy. She says in the ad, “With all our family’s been through, you have to be tough,” claiming she still worries about her son, who is “not nearly as tough as I am.” The commercial closes and tells viewers to go online “for the full story” with the flash of the Focus on the Family Web site address. Their site features a video of Pam alongside her husband, Bob. He had prayed that God would give him “Timmy” even before the child was conceived. He promised to raise the boy as a preacher. Pam was 37 years old and complications with the pregnancy were inevitable. Local doctors told the family that baby Tebow was a mass of tissue − a...

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Respect has no color boundary

By LaKeshia Sauls UMHB is a lot of good things to a lot of good people. From motivating within, to the outreach that spreads beyond the campus, students of all races and ethnic backgrounds can come together for God’s purpose. Despite the ministry messages and mission trips that UMHB students participate in, despite the cities, states and countries they vow to reach out to, there are some who feel the dagger behind the smiles. At times the whispers are heard as if they were screams. In the black community, the pride and joy of finally seeing an intelligent, educated man with a face of color gracing the White House is often overshadowed in a land (or on a campus) where Obama is loathed. As change comes, (especially one that has been set in motion for so long) so do the thoughts, actions and words people express. Politics are shaky; the beliefs of the Democratic and Republican parties are semi-permanent, and unfortunately, racism seems to be here to stay. What some forget is that the two parties are not segregated by color of one’s skin, but by individualistic goals for the world we live in. Freedom of speech is a wonderful idea but when one says, “that man,” instead of the given title of “President Obama,” “The President,” or even his name given at birth, Obama, there is no doubt the dislike for the current leader is deeper than just his win over McCain. President Obama is put down for the speeches he makes, the plans he carves out, the future he speaks of, and even his name; his wife is ridiculed for being tall, well versed, intelligent and wearing clothes made in her size. It has to be said. Not everything that comes out of the brown faced, Harvard graduate man’s mouth is agreed upon in the community that cried for their ancestors when he claimed his new territory. No, not everything is believed. Not everything is solved. But just as with other presidents in the past, Americans should give him a chance. Ultimately we don’t have a choice, unless he harbors a scandal as with the Nixon administration or has his own personal dishonor like President Bill Clinton. So, before he is ridiculed for receiving the nomination of president, or winning the Noble Peace Prize, look at the majority who voted for him instead of wishing him only to be forever just a...

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