Scar Assignment

October 17, 2010 § 3 Comments

The summer before his freshman year of high school, Michael Bruckman was warming up to pitch, on the baseball field at the school he would soon be attending. While tossing the ball around with one of his teammates the ball flew right past his face and almost hit him. His team mate joked with him saying, “You better watch out, man.” Michael laughed, brushing the incident off his shoulder as if it was nothing.

Michael started the game off well until a line drive deflected off his glove, and hit him right in the eye. The loud bang of the ball the second it made contact with his face is a noise he will never forget. “Everything went white,” he said, describing what he saw as he fell to the ground.

When he finally opened his eyes, he saw a circle of people around him; his brother, Steven Bruckmer, his coach, Ozella, and his parents were the few he distinctly remembers. He saw his brother’s jaw drop, that’s when he knew it was bad.

He was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he learned he had fractured his orbital bone. After missing 3 weeks of school, he finally returned only to be told he looked like a “monster,” with a baseball sized lump covering his left eye.

The lace of the ball has left a permanent scar above his eye, but the scar is nothing compared to the effect this hard hit had on his life. “It ruined my love for baseball,” he said; he realized he hasn’t played baseball since. When he sees the scar he thinks of his unfortunate luck, “This kind of stuff happens to me a lot.”

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Two topics to choose from

October 4, 2010 § 2 Comments

Should Oregon voters pass Measure 73, which creates minimum sentencing guidelines similar to Measure 11 and 57?

The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is a nonprofit, educational association that provides legal education, formal and informal networking as well as legislative action. The OCDLA opposes Measure 73, as well as Measure 11 and other minimum sentencing requirements. In their “News” section, the OCDLA Legislative committee reviews Measure 57 as a pre-2009 session document, as well as Measure 73 for the upcoming ballot in November.

Http://www.safetyandjustice.org/campaigns/ballot-measures/measure-73 is a web site from a non-profit organization based out of Portland, Oregon. This group has appeared in news stories in The Oregonian, The Register Guard, OPB, Statesman Journal, The Examiner, and Think Out Loud Radio Program. A few of the organizations that support PSJ are The Drug Policy Alliance, The Prison reform advocacy center, and Northwest Health Foundation. Most of the organizations that support the PSJ are researchers, including the Northwest Health Foundation.

Another source I found, is an article from The Register Guard, http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/25179867-41/measure-oregon-voters-ballot-panel.csp. This is a news article by Rob Rashio, who reports about Measure 73 and refers to Gail Meyer, the president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. This article is a journalistic source.

RAND is a nonprofit research organization that refers to the OCDLA. Http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2006/RAND_TR142.pdf, is a pdf of Oregon’s Measure 11 sentencing reform. On page 45 of the document the OCDLA is cited in the “Opposition to Measure 11” section.

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The American Lung Association of Oregon was the second group that interested me in the Oregon Public Policy. One of the topics they are working on is increasing funding to educate students on the health risks of cigarettes. My question related to this topic is: Should the legislature increase sales tax on cigarettes, and increase funding for tobacco prevention and the tobacco education budget?

The first source I found on this topic was through the National Conference of State Legislators. The link is: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14349. This reference cites the American Lung Association as one of their main sources. The NCSL shows enacted state cigarette tax rates throughout the US. Another source that references the American Lung Association is www.smokefreeoregon.com. The creators of this site appear to be researchers advocating the reduction of teen smoking. They are also providing resources to help people quit smoking. The third source I found is http://www.oregonvotes.org/sep172002/guide/meas/m20fav.htm. This site explains Measure 20, a measure to increase the cigarette tax by 60 cents, and shows many organizations in favor of this measure, including the American Lung Association.

The topic I will be using is about the minimum sentencing guidelines.

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