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Hunting for the Truth
Anthony Smith May 4, 2017
As a hunter, I spend a lot of time in the woods. Most of the time it's hunting. Hunting is the sport of killing wild game legally. Whether it's deer coyote, turkey, or whatever the DNR allows you to bag. All of this occurs during in the fall, which is breeding season for deer, but for turkey it's in the spring. The DNR sets up good dates for an opportunity to make a lasting memory. Doing all of this takes quite some work though. It involves setting up tree stands, planting food plots, etc. We do it because it is a great outdoor activity to bond friends and family in an unspeakable way like no other.
“Hunting is not a ‘blood sport’, it's a sport in my blood.” -Don Kisky
First of all, us hunters are not evil wildlife slayers. The DNR has set up specific rules that if we do not follow, there will be reasonable consequences such as fines, a ban from hunting, or even jail time. These rules only allow you to bag one deer per season. There is a season or two for each weapon, bow, shotgun, and muzzleloader. For example, if you kill a deer in the first season shotgun, you can't kill a deer for second season shotgun. That applies for all of the seasons. That may seem like a lot of things being killed for just one person, but it's not. There are over 32 million deer in the world right now, and us hunters keep it in perfect balance. It's almost like how the wolves impacted yellowstone.
Highway Park, Not a Good Idea!
by Alison Keeler
I think the stars are amazing little beacons of light. I like to go out and just watch them, to try and see constellations. I even found one that looks like a giant wolf that’s easy to spot under the right conditions since one of its back legs contains Orion's Belt. I call it the Great Wolf. But I’ve noticed something; the stars are getting harder and harder to spot. The first time I saw the Great Wolf, I was out in a sort of country area, with almost no light pollution. It was easy to see the outline of the tail, head, and body, even to see smaller, more unique details like the eyes and the mouth. I can’t see these things from the deck in my backyard. I used to have a moderate visibility of the stars from there, but now I can hardly make out anything but the Belt.
It’s so disappointing to me that light pollution is such a well-known thing, yet no one does anything about it. I can’t stop it, I know that much. I’m “just a kid”, no one would take me seriously on matters like this. Most people don’t even consider scientists as a valid perspective, even though they’re the ones with real, solid, scientific evidence that this is a problem. I guess everyone just doesn’t care. I want to do my part by not using lights at nighttime, but I already am. My family doesn’t keep lights on when we’re asleep. I just feel like I can do more, but I don’t know what, since talking to people about it ruled out because, like I already said, I’m “just a kid”, who’d take me seriously? I don’t know what else to do about this problem. It’s almost as if there’s no solution.
Why Video Games are Addicting
by Justin Anderson
Game designers want you to be hooked into their games so that you will buy the next one. Almost every game has a challenge, like beating a level or a high score. Online games can be addictive because you want to be the best or attain the highest level. Since the first video game, Pong, there was an objective. In pong, you wanted to last long enough to beat your opponent.
Not all addicting video games have ends. Games like MMORPG’s don’t have a defined end, except for a small goal like going from level one to level two. Almost all video games have an in-game currency, which can be awarded by leveling up, completed quests, or being the best.
But there can be real cash from games. Take fantasy football as an example., Ppeople drive to be the best so they can get that new man-cave or buy a new grill.
"The first study I began in 1999, to basically try to show video game addiction isn't a real thing, and it turns out I was wrong!" says Douglas Gentile, a psychologist at Iowa State University.
Video game addictions are serious, so share this article and talk to someone you know who is addicted to video games.