The chickens of this world are headed for inevitable disaster. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, the amount of chicken consumption doubled from 1970 to 2004. The population of chickens in the U.S. cannot possibly keep up with the growing world demand. We must all, therefore, conserve our consumption of chickens. Buy only one chicken for the family at Popeye's. Eat more tofu chicken.
For those of you who don"t know, I play piano. One of the things that my piano teachers have told me is that repetition is a great way to remember a piece. Apparently, TCU politicians have taken this to heart. Every year, somebody running for student government tells me how they want to improve programs at the university.
While I admire their efforts, one has to wonder if it's all futile. For our answer, let's turn to everyone's favorite buzz kill: economics.
One thing I hate about studying economics is that it makes it so easy for you to become a killjoy. While I do enjoy taking down a protectionist or arguing with someone about why minimum wage laws hurt the poor, there are some things even I wish weren't true.
Take sports stadiums, for example. I love sports and am a big fan of my hometown teams, but I can't help but think that building a big stadium is a bad idea for economic progress.
We've all made this mistake at some point. We accidently let the door shut on someone, or we offend someone with something we said with no intentional malice. Hopefully, if you are a proper human being, you eventually recognize your error and try to fix it.
There are a few things, however, that go unnoticed as being rude, especially on the college campus level. Here are a few:
A phrase often attributed to former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli reads, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." I hate to be clichÃÂ©, but I think this quote is a perfect example of a situation of which I have become aware.
An article in the Sept. 29 edition of the Daily Skiff titled "Contrary to idea, inequality exists" included the line, "the poverty rate has climbed to its highest point in 15 years, with an astounding 43.6 million Americans in 2009 (a rate of 14.3 percent) living below the poverty line of $22,050 for a family of four."
It seems logical that people believe things only if the evidence tells them so. But in my experience, this is not the case. People mostly only believe what they hear on TV from wackos like Dr. Oz, old wives' tales from their moms or just talk amongst their friends. That's fine. People don't have the time to look at every single thing they hear to make sure it's true. Other times, it can create problems.
Take teachers' salaries, for instance. It's pretty much understood that teachers are underpaid and educate our children for little money. Or is it?
It's great when I'm able to get through to people. When I'm able to show someone that trade is actually a good thing or how the minimum wage can hurt the poor, I know I've made a difference.
It stills pains me, however, to read articles like the one in the Skiff Tuesday that begins with "The university bookstore showed its support for ethical business practices by beginning to offer products from a new clothing line committed to a humanitarian effort."
I've been writing these opinions for two years and a lot has changed around TCU. The university added Scharbauer Hall, and Milton Daniel Hall is now a pleasure to live in. One thing I've noticed, however, is that environmentalism has changed on campus. Instead of being pushed in my face like it was freshman year, the issue has, thankfully, softened up. The change made me think back to a column I wrote as a freshman but never got published. I thought recalling it would make a statement to environmentalists or those who have environmentalist tendencies.
In a great win for common sense, Californians decided to put the question of legalizing marijuana on the November ballot. If successful, this would make it the first state to legalize marijuana.
The war on drugs is a failure. It created an underground economy that has been detrimental to tax payers as well as those in poor neighborhoods because it created dangerous gangs and drug wars.
Unfortunately, these reasons alone are not enough for some people to support the legalization of marijuana. These proponents bring up one particular reason to legalize marijuana: taxation.