Missouri Bars Reformed Criminals From Serving in Democratic Government

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Tyler Curtis | @tylercurtis42

Should you be prohibited from participating in a democratic government simply because you smoked pot? What about if you accessed someone else’s WiFi without permission? What if, as a teenager, you hit a few mailboxes with a baseball bat? 

In Missouri, criminals guilty of these, or any other felony crime, could become permanently unable to hold an elective office.

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Capital Punishment Is an Outdated and Barbaric Idea

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Cassandra Twining | @cass_twining

Capital punishment, commonly known as the death penalty, is one of the most contentious topics of our time. There are many nuanced positions the thinkers of our society take. One of the most popular arguments in favor of the death penalty is the idea of retribution; an eye for an eye. This is not any new concept, it has been around for hundreds of years. This, however, doesn’t mean it’s right or a perfect argument.

Louis Pojman, Oxford graduate and author of A Defense of the Death Penalty, argues in his paper that we should enact capital punishment when it is necessary and deserved. He believes that is the case when someone takes the life of someone else pointlessly and intentionally. Pojman argues that when someone consciously takes the life of an innocent human they inherently forfeit their right to life, and therefore can be put to death without breaking basic moral codes.

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