YOU DECIDE: Cars That Stop Drunk Driving?

YOU DECIDE: Cars That Stop Drunk Driving?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2021 in You Decide! | No Comments

When Congress passed President Biden’s infrastructure package last month, it included a demand for U.S. automakers: find a way to stop drunk people from driving cars. As a result, automakers are developing monitoring systems in cars. These new safety systems could be installed as early as 2026. But the legislation isn’t specific about what exactly […]

YOU DECIDE: Civilian Space Travel

YOU DECIDE: Civilian Space Travel

Posted by on Oct 21, 2021 in You Decide! | No Comments

In September 2021, four people–a CEO, a physician assistant, an aerospace data engineer, and a pilot/geoscientist–became the first all-civilian crew to orbit Earth on a mission called Inspiration4. On October 14, 2021, actor William Shatner experienced his own eleven-minute journey to the edge of space courtesy of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin aerospace company. Space travel, […]

YOU DECIDE: School Social Media Free Speech Case

YOU DECIDE: School Social Media Free Speech Case

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Current Events, You Decide! | No Comments

As a student, what are you allowed to say–and not allowed to say–on social media? That’s the question at the heart of a recent Supreme Court ruling. A high school student from Pennsylvania is at the center of the case. She posted her frustration on Snapchat after not making the varsity cheerleading team. Here, btw […]

YOU DECIDE: Should Daylight Savings Time Become Permanent?

YOU DECIDE: Should Daylight Savings Time Become Permanent?

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in You Decide! | No Comments

Spring forward, fall back . . . or is it the other way around? Daylight Savings Time  was first developed in the early 1900s to save fuel during World War I. Most states in the United States observe Daylight Savings Time—which lasts for eight months of each calendar year. Standard Time (from November to March) […]

YOU DECIDE: D.C. Statehood

YOU DECIDE: D.C. Statehood

Posted by on Apr 6, 2021 in You Decide! | No Comments

The District of Columbia, the capital of the United States, is not a state. At the time of the country’s formation, not enough people lived in the District to justify statehood. National leaders didn’t want so much power to be concentrated in one state.  Today, D.C. residents pay federal taxes, but still do not have […]

YOU DECIDE: Raising the Minimum Wage

YOU DECIDE: Raising the Minimum Wage

Posted by on Feb 23, 2021 in You Decide! | No Comments

Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. It can be difficult to survive on that amount of money, even for full-time workers. This is especially true if a worker has a family to support or rent and utilities to pay. On the other hand, raising the minimum wage could have a negative impact […]

YOU DECIDE: Should Democrats Pursue a “Court-Packing” Strategy?

YOU DECIDE: Should Democrats Pursue a “Court-Packing” Strategy?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in You Decide! | No Comments

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September left a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Within days, President Trump nominated a new justice: Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The Senate confirmed Judge Barrett’s on October 26. The Court now has a 6 to 3 majority of justices appointed by Republican presidents, leading many […]

YOU DECIDE: Supreme Court Appointments

YOU DECIDE: Supreme Court Appointments

Posted by on Oct 15, 2020 in You Decide! | No Comments

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month left a critical vacancy on the Supreme Court. With only weeks to go before the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump has nominated Justice Ginsburg’s replacement: Judge Amy Coney Barrett. While Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings are taking place this week, Republicans and Democrats strongly disagree on whether […]

YOU DECIDE: Controversial Monuments

YOU DECIDE: Controversial Monuments

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in You Decide! | No Comments

You may remember the 2017 tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, when an anti-racism protestor was killed by a white supremacist. That incident began over the city’s attempt to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Afterwards, the country began to debate the role of controversial historical monuments in our public spaces. Hundreds of statues, […]

College Athletes: To Pay or Not to Pay?

College Athletes: To Pay or Not to Pay?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Current Events, Economics, You Decide! | No Comments

They bring in billions of dollars in revenue and tons of recognition for colleges, yet they themselves are not allowed to profit from their skills in any way. This has always been the role of college athletes, even at Division I schools that can make thousands or even millions by using the athlete’s image for […]