Amber Alerts, smart phones and you

Six hundred and seventy-nine. That’s how many lives have been saved by the broadcast emergency response for America’s missing children, or more familiarly, the Amber Alert.

The Amber Alert got its name from the kidnapping of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in Texas in 1996. Four days after her abduction, she was found murdered. The killer was never found, and the case remains unsolved. If the public had been more informed of the situation at hand, maybe justice would have been served long ago.

The tragedy stunned Amber’s small community, and they promptly created an emergency broadcast system that was eventually adopted nationwide under Amber’s name.

By 2005, all states had an Amber Alert system that broadcasted alerts on all radio and television stations. Alerts are also displayed via electronic billboards, email and text messages. Today, smart phones allow for the quickest public notification. Continue reading

10 reasons to love today

Valentine’s day is upon us.

I’m one of those people that gets really excited over Valentine’s day. I’m a hopeless romantic. The combination of cheesy hearts, cards, stuffed animals and bad chocolate just make for a perfect holiday in my mind.

It’s not all about the merchandise though, there are a lot of reasons everyone should celebrate Valentine’s Day. Single people look at this as a day to feel sorry for themselves, and that’s just not necessary. Anyone can celebrate.

Nobody cares if you’re sad, so you might as well be happy. Look at it as a day to give cheesy gifts to your friends and pig out on Russell Stover’s. It’s not all about relationships. Back in the day when I was single, you can bet I loved this day just as much as I do now. Here are 10 reasons why you should do the same.

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The grass is greener on the other side

In my mind, the benefits of marijuana outweigh the risks.

Let’s talk about the economy. Colorado made $1 million on the first day of recreational sales, and with a 25 percent tax, that means that roughly $250 thousand was made in taxes by the government that day. According to colorado.gov, 42.3 percent of that tax money will go to schools. That’s over $105 thousand for K-12 schools in just one day. Continue reading

Legalization efforts fire up in Kansas

Regulating medical marijuana

Alaska, Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Montana are expected to loosen their marijuana laws soon. photo courtesy of MCT Campus

Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana.

At 8 a.m. on Jan. 1, marijuana dispensaries opened up to the public in Colorado for all citizens. Colorado residents 21 and older can buy up to one ounce of weed at a time, and non-residents can purchase up to a quarter of an ounce at a time.

For Kansas, this means nothing. All marijuana is illegal in Kansas, and possession of any amount can land offenders in jail for a year with an additional $1000 fine. The only way Colorado’s law is affecting Kansas is that more marijuana is traveling across the border.

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Why are the dads out there?

I would say that homecoming went smoothly last Friday, but there is one question on everyone’s mind: where were the male attendants and king candidates during the crowning?

“I wasn’t aware of what was going on and what the scheduling was for that evening,” high school football coach Jon Novotny said. “I knew homecoming was going on but I wasn’t up to speed on what was supposed to happen.” Continue reading