Of Social Issues Facing Voters”
Election day has arrived and, this year, the
voting frenzy has reached a fevered pitch. Issues
such as the Iraq War, stem cell research and health
care have citizens visiting the polls in record
numbers to vote for their candidate of choice.
Today Larry and his guests discuss several hot
topics that are pertinent in today’s election.
Read more about their opinions below:
One might assume Nita and Sharon both support
the Iraq War as mothers of men in the military.
In reality, Nita is strongly opposed to the war
and believes that Bush misled Americans about
his true reasons for going to Iraq. She maintains
that she supports her sons’ military involvement
but not on Bush’s agenda. Sharon says that
she is appalled at Nina’s stance and is
disgusted by war protestors. As a military mother,
Sharon expects more loyalty from her fellow brethren.
Since September 11, 2001, airports and other
public arenas have heightened security measures
to combat terrorism. As part of the new security
regime, racial profiling has been used to isolate
possible Muslim terrorists. Today’s guest
Miko says that he is an Arab-American citizen
whose life has been turned upside down by said
racial profiling. His house has been bombed, his
car vandalized and his privacy violated. Miko
believes that he deserves to be targeted just
because of his heritage when he has grown up as
an American citizen. Newspaper journalist Hussein
agrees that profiling is unconstitutional and
ineffective and believes all citizens should be
held to the same security standards. Debbie, a
columnist and attorney, believes the opposite:
that not all Muslims are terrorists but most terrorists
are Muslim. She believes racial profiling is warranted
if it can help prevent future attacks.
The topic of sex education has been a hot button
for Larry and his guests since the premiere of
the show. Today Larry revisits the topic to discuss
a new policy in Holyoke, MA, which permits the
distribution of condoms to middle-schoolers. Jonathan
Allyn, treasurer for the city of Holyoke, helped
to pass the new policy and feels that it will
help reduce the current teen pregnancy epidemic
in the city.
Fellow city councilman Lillian sides with Jonathan
on providing contraceptives to high school students
but is strongly against access for middle-schoolers.
She feels the parents of the community should
have had more of a say in the matter. Video: Click
here to see the debate between Jonathan, Larry
Susan, a loyal “Larry” viewer, contacted
the show after the previous Sex Education debate,
in which a student detailed how her teacher asked
her to put a condom in her mouth. Susan was outraged
and wanted to share her own views on sex education.
She sides with Larry in that sex education belongs
in the home, not in public schools.
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