Thursday, February 12, 2009

Make claim...

I have conducted extensive research on dog breeding and the world of show dogs. After that research, I have decided that legislation should be enacted to govern dog breeding.

The most predominant issue is pet overpopulation. The AKC doesn't really recognize that it even exists. Conversely, PETA believes that virtually no one should breed, unless a specific license is obtained. Clearly, a middle ground should be reached.

Few laws currently exist surrounding breeding. Basically anyone can breed as dogs wherever and whenever they choose. This lack of governance has resulted in millions of dogs euthanized yearly in shelters. Also, puppy mills are rampant throughout the U.S. They provide almost all of the dogs that are sold in pet stores.

Honestly I think that people just don't do the adequate research prior to purchasing a dog. Every breed is different and not all of them will work for everyone. Ample research is required before buying a dog. Also, dogs should be purchased from reputable sources. Yes, the AKC has members that are often "good" breeders, but they are harder to find and often more expensive.

The only viable way to ensure the safety of animals is through legislation. Money should be put behind laws, then it should be used to govern them.

Viaduct Replacement

A replacement to the Alaskan Way Viaduct is inevitable, thus I would vote in favor of a tunnel. First and fore most, our state is in dire need of jobs and this project would provide tens of thousands of jobs throughout the next nine years.

Next, Seattle is well-known for traffic problems. Nothing will better relieve conjestion than additional roadways. Seattleites that currently use public transportation are unlikely to revert back to the roads just because a new tunnel is in existance. Yes, the tunnel could free up some traffic, but it is not likely to solve the problem all together.

Finally, the current viaduct is dangerous. Numerous experiements have proven that it is likely to collapse in an earthquake. A safe and effective alternative is necessary.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Veronica Martin

Veronica Martin
Martin takes a personal approach to her education and hopes to further her personal interests through the education received at Seattle University.
It was a toss up between Seattle U and Chapman in Orange, California. In retrospect she feels that the schools are polar opposite and is happy with the decision to attend S.U.
Martin has, however, discovered that Journalism promotes relationship with people that is forced and relies on the “what’s in it for me?” approach. She does not feel comfortable looking at friends as potential stories and would like to lead her life in a different manner.

Socrates Interpretation

Seattle University is divided over the transition to Division One basketball. The impending change to Division One has students taking sides, either for the transition or against it.
Let us apply the following Socrates proverb to the Division One transition. “The root of education is bitter, but sweet are its fruits.” Some, like Alyss Tsukayama, feel that placing more emphasis on sports could impede her education.
“I feel that Seattle University has a great reputation for high qualities of education, and that is why I chose this school over others that spent more money on sports,” she says.
Tsukayama could be onto something—or missing the point--when juxtaposing Socrates’ stance on bitter and sweet. Her fears and anticipation about Seattle University putting more stock in Division One sports might end up improving the academic experiences for students.
Seattle University basketball coach Gweth talks about the unexpected winning season for his team.
“We came out of nowhere and ended up traveling thousands of miles this season,” he says. “My team goes out on the court and is winning—without the attitude of other teams.”
Taking the time to work, practice and sneak-in might give Seattle U the winning edge. After all, it is easier to win as the expected underdog, without the pressures of previous success.
Because change can harbor resistance, the quote from Socrates could lend a helping hand to those concerned about Seattle University. All anyone can really do s wait and see. This difficult time of transition could end up reaping rewards of improved education from increased finances granted to the school.