WALK TALK: Breese, Cyphert prove rankings wrong
Rankings are great for athletics, whether they are at the high school, collegiate or professional level. It adds a level of intrigue and creates a ton of discussion — especially from those who aren’t ranked No. 1 but believe they should be at the top of the list. But this time of year, especially after what transpired at the PIAA Class AA Northwest Region wrestling tournament in Sharon, those rankings — and even individual records, for that matter — can be ignored.
State Fish and Boat Commission may be cutting off its fins despite its gills
On the face of it, the decision by the Fish and Boat Commission to reduce the number of trout produced by the agency’s hatcheries by 750,000 seems odd when you consider that 70 percent of people who buy fishing licenses spend the extra couple bucks to get a trout stamp.
WALK TALK: Rousey fight gives women’s MMA great start
There are a number of things in this world that are overly hyped: Whether it be a championship sporting event, a blockbuster movie or that next big pandemic that’s supposed to wipe us all away. Then there’s Ronda Rousey versus Liz Carmouche, which was supposed to change the fighting world forever since it was the first time women were to fight in the mixed martial arts conglomerate UFC. And though it’s rare that such an event is as exciting as the buildup, in 4 minutes and 49 seconds of heart-pounding action, Rousey and Carmouche’s tussle lived up to the hype.
D.C. forecast: Piecemeal progress and confrontation
Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling.
Enough about gun control: Time to look at mental illness
It did not take long for the liberal politicians and media to get on the bandwagon of gun control. It is incredible that politicians would jump to the conclusion that the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Conn., was caused by firearms instead of paying close attention to the individual and what drove him to do such horrendous act.
Without ultimate humanity, life can be very bleak
A few days after Christmas, the Catholic Church commemorates the Feast of the Holy Innocents. It seems that the three Magi stopped at the court of King Herod and asked for directions to the new born King of the Jews. Herod was afraid of any kind of opposition to his rule ordered the killing of “all men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under...” (Matthew 2:16-18.)
WALK TALK: Eliminating wrestling from the Olympics is ludicrous
The international wrestling community took a big hit when the International Olympic Committee announced that the sport was taken off the list of sports to compete at the 2020 Summer Games. It was totally unexpected and is absolutely ludicrous. Wrestling may not be as marketable as the IOC wants, but that’s not enough to eliminate a sport that was part of the original Olympic Games in 1896. From the elementary to junior high to high school to collegiate level, wrestlers are working their way up to someday be, they hope, an Olympic gold medalist. Wrestling doesn’t have a professional level — WWE and TNA are nothing like amateur wrestling — so taking away that Olympic option after college is earth-shattering to the sport.
Slate: NASA must do more to prepare for catastrophic asteroids
What should be NASA's most important task — keeping the Earth, and America, safe from asteroid and comet impact — is barely mentioned in its latest strategic plan, released earlier this week.
Only certainty after pope’s suprise resignation are more suprises
The Catholic Church is an institution that is older than any other in history. It has its own juridical system and its own form of leadership. Everyone knows that the pope is the supreme teacher in this religious institution. He is first and foremost a religious figure who celebrates religious liturgies and guides reflection on issues of belief and doctrine. But he is also supreme political leader in a government with its own legal system, court system, top-down authority systems.
Reduce obesity by offering consumers choices
Obesity has many sources, but one of them is obvious: increased portion sizes. We have a lot of evidence that people will eat whatever is put in front of them, even if they aren't hungry. As portion sizes expand, waistlines expand as well.
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