Readers’ Forum Oct. 11


Police Brutality

Many people would argue that police brutality is happening more often than ever before. I’d argue that this statement is false. It is becoming more publicized in today’s media. Many of the videos streamed on social media show real evidence of police using strong force, but what isn’t shown is the entire situation. Some officers have been in the wrong and they should be punished accordingly.

The media publishes one-sided stories involving police brutality. In one case, a man named John Harrison was going to be arrested for several offenses, but as the officers were cuffing him, he attempted to assault them. When the officers brought him forcefully to the ground, a man came over and began recording the situation. Later he stated that he never saw the suspect do anything wrong. As this video circulated the media, the officers were criticized for using unnecessary force. Fortunately, the dash cam recorded the entire situation, in which the officers clearly responded appropriately. It is important to know the full story before making any judgements on what took place.

I am not claiming that police brutality doesn’t happen, but I am stating that it is not becoming more of an issue. We need to be responsible citizens and educate ourselves about the accusations being made. Research the entire situation and consider both perspectives before making a judgement. If we choose to obey an officer’s instructions there will be less violence in our encounters with the law. Remember they are here to serve and protect us, not to harm us.

Seth Casillas
Eagar, Arizona

Fast food nation

As a student I find it difficult to eat healthy foods when I am tempted by so many fast food restaurants on and around campus. Fast food has become a bad habit for myself and many. Implementing grocery stores, which sell fresh produce and healthy foods on campus; could lead to healthier people.

Becoming more aware of the foods we consume on a daily basis to fuel our bodies is essential to living a healthy life. Eating fast food has become a daily routine for many students. Fast food does not generally grant our bodies the essential nutrients we need. Some would argue that there are healthy fast food options and that it can be quick and cost effective. I say there are better options, but sadly not the same convenience. We can make adjustments in our daily routines that will change our fast food habits, but we need resources.

Introducing grocery stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables etc. at universities could dramatically change students eating habits. Who doesn’t want at their convenience, fresh wholesome food to fuel their body? When rushing to class or on the way home after classes, handpicking fresh food to eat is appealing.

The environment we live in has made it such that we have become so dependent on fast food to get us through the school or work day. How about we make some changes to this problem by introducing grocery stores on campus, which will encourage students to make wise food choices.

Jon Lee

Draper, Utah

The downfall of the NBA

The NBA is dying. The rise of the unstoppable super teams filled with the best players in the league may be entertaining now, but it is the downfall of the NBA. I am an incredibly avid basketball fan who has always enjoyed watching the superstars and have loved the thrill of this amazing sport. The new trend towards super teams, however, puts in jeopardy all of the joys of basketball that we have grown up with. Unstoppable teams these days, such as the Warriors and the Cavaliers, are fan favorites, but they are destroying the market for other teams, players, and the sport itself.

If the NBA continues to allow super teams to gain power, the sport will lose the very thing that makes it so special; unpredictability. The problem climaxed this year because the teams are now allowed to spend more money on their players, meaning that the best teams can stock up on all of the superstars. The solution is to again put in the policy that limits the budget for the teams to spend on players. This will force the superstars to again spread to different teams, and will reestablish the balance of the NBA.

The devastating effects of super teams are already at work on professional basketball. On our current course, all of professional basketball will soon fall into obsoletion. The continuance of super teams is killing the NBA that we have come to know and love.

Matthew Bentley

Orem, Utah

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