Should laws be changed to allow 16 year olds to vote?

January 19, 2015 0 Comments

The recent decision of a city in Maryland to lower the voting age to 16 for municipal elections has shed light on a debate that has been brewing for several years. Should laws be changed to allow 16 year olds to vote? When the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789, voting was reserved for white, […]

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Sledding: Childhood fun or childhood danger?

January 6, 2015 0 Comments

Growing up in northeast Iowa, I went sledding on “Suicide Hill.” As I recall, it was lined with trees and emptied onto a frozen river. My husband used to careen down sledding hills on a cafeteria tray. We were fortunate and didn’t get hurt. However, as more and more people have been injured, liability issues […]

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Iowa Woman Fakes Birth to Collect Child Support

December 28, 2014 0 Comments

This month an Iowa woman pled guilty to mail fraud in federal court and faces up to 20 years in prison. What did she do? She met a man on a dating website in 2007 and later told him that he was the father of her daughter. He wanted a paternity test but she said […]

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Domestic Violence and Pets

December 16, 2014 0 Comments

Last week, an actor who appeared on several popular television shows was arrested for allegedly killing his former girlfriend’s pet rabbit. He is accused of skinning, cooking, and eating the rabbit and also sending her photographs of what he was doing. He says it was a hoax — that he set the rabbit free but purchased […]

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U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Facebook death threats

December 1, 2014 0 Comments

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of making threats on Facebook against his estranged wife and law enforcement officials.  He was sentenced to 4 years in prison and appealed. Elonis said that he was just venting when he posted rap lyrics and that […]

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Taylor Swift and Spotify are no longer in harmony

November 17, 2014 0 Comments

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular musicians on the planet. Spotify is one of the most popular commercial music streaming services on the planet. Swift was paid tens of thousands of dollars from Spotify — so why did she pull all her songs from the service? For viewers unfamiliar with Spotify, the company is […]

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More states approve legal marijuana on Nov. 4

November 6, 2014 0 Comments

Two states and the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana in Tuesday’s election. The ballot measure in Oregon and Alaska is similar to Washington state and Colorado and would allow for retail shops. Oregon’s law goes into affect in July of 2015 and Alaska would follow suit sometime in 2016 after regulations are written. […]

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Brittany Maynard and “Right-to-Die” Laws

October 28, 2014 0 Comments

Brittany Maynard is a terminally ill 29 year old woman who has been in the headlines since announcing that she has chosen to die on November 1, 2014.  Brittany was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January.  She made a video which has been viewed millions of times in which she explained that instead of dying […]

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The Texas Hospital’s Handling of Ebola: Can They Be Held Responsible?

October 16, 2014 0 Comments

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas is under continued scrutiny for their treatment of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. On Sept. 25, Duncan went to the emergency room but was sent home. He returned on Sept. 28, was diagnosed with Ebola and later died. Two nurses who cared for Duncan have now been diagnosed with […]

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A New U.S. Supreme Court Term Has Begun

October 7, 2014 0 Comments

The first Monday of October is always one of the most interesting days of the year for me. Why? Because that’s the day that the U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term. The term started off with some excitement as the justices surprised many court watchers by announcing they were refusing to review gay marriage […]

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The views expressed on this blog are the opinions of Karen Thalacker, not of KWWL nor its parent company, Quincy. This blog is not intended to be used as legal advice.