The Orion

Death penalty: Inhumane but necessary

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Reed Mccoy

April 29, 2019

Capital punishment is a contentious topic that permeates our justice system and society. For thousands of years, criminals have been executed in various ways, many by completely barbaric methods. That is no longer the case in the U.S. Today, capital punishment (in more left-leaning states, at least) ...

Judging people from the past: a brief discussion

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Reed Mccoy

April 26, 2019

Judging the people of past times is a difficult task. The societies of their times almost always have drastically different standards than the ones that we have. Some people we judge are from eras in which murder and slavery were not only commonplace, but also considered necessary. When reading about the...

History is neglected in American public schools

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Reed Mccoy

April 13, 2019

History is an exciting thing if you take a college course about it.Understanding and learning history is one of the core tenants of the American public school system. However, it is also one of the most reviled school subjects, along with math.Most people don't like history until college. Understandabl...

Purge the Binging: It’s not good for you

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Reed Mccoy

April 10, 2019

Alcohol is easily the best and worst invention that humanity has come up with. To some people, it induces great feelings for short periods of time and for others, if too much is consumed, bad feelings.I enjoy alcohol as much as the next person, but I don't think I should drink it, really. I have a we...

GMOs are not as scary as they seem

Illustration by Melissa Joseph.

Reed Mccoy

April 7, 2019

The population of earth will balloon to about 20 billion people by at least 2050, if not sooner. This realization has people concerned about our ability to produce enough food. Well, there is an answer to the possibility of food storage; GMOs.What is an easier way to make more crops, without having to...

Water in the southwest a ticking time bomb

Lake Mead at a low water level
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Reed Mccoy

April 7, 2019

Today's California particularly the Southern half features cities and agriculture where desert should be.More likely than not, the water that keeps these cities running comes from a river or stream in Northern California.The south has been stealing water from the north for much too long. This has been dr...

Growing up vegetarian

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Reed Mccoy

April 4, 2019

Growing up, this was by far one of the most common questions asked to me whenever someone found out I was vegetarian. It wasn't my choice if we are going to be truthful about it. The story begins when I was born. No, seriously. From the day I was born, I was a vegetarian. My mother had decided when my...

Online games: A toxic toll on my soul

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Reed Mccoy

March 26, 2019

Online games, from my own experience, are among the most rewarding types of games to play. Being able to immerse yourself in a fictional world full of real players is a truly awesome experience, especially if you have friends to play with. However, there is a dark side to the fun that comes with online ga...

Trump isn’t the worst dog from the White House

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Reed Mccoy

March 21, 2019

What do you mean Trump isn't the worst President ever? Have you gone insane?Truthfully, no; while Trump may have a terrible presidential reputation in many social and political circles, it takes more than just a few years to adequately judge the legacy that a person has left behind. History passes judgment...

Bernie Sanders vies for presidency again

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Reed Mccoy

February 26, 2019

I really want to like Bernie Sanders.I enjoy his fiery speeches promoting a better future for us millennials, his reputation for being stubborn and sticking to his guns; his intense dislike for the establishment. These qualities have endeared this once obscure Senator from Vermont to millions of young ...

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