A few weeks ago, I attended a graduation ceremony at my daughter's school, where awards were given by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Vietnam Veteran's Association (VVA) to the students who wrote the winning submissions for their annual essay contests. Every student at VBCS is required to contribute an entry each year, and this year, 9th grader Rachel Ross won first place for her "Voice of Democracy" VFW entry. Congratulations on a job well done, Rachel!
IS OUR CONSTITUTION STILL RELEVANT?
by Rachel Ross
The Constitutional Convention met on May 25, 1787, to discuss and revise the Articles of Confederation. After much debate and negotiations, they were able to draft the final version we know today. Our United States Constitution was endorsed by thirty-nine men and sent to the states for ratification. This momentous document is the very foundation upon which our remarkable nation is governed. Our soldiers have valiantly and heroically defended it for over two hundred years. The purpose of the Constitution, to form a government involving the people which allowed for separate powers and ensured the basic rights of life, liberty and property, is still relevant today.
There have been a few ladies recently who have asked why conservatives can’t be light hearted like our liberal counterparts. Some have stated that they enjoyed reading magazines like Cosmo and Glamour for the “tips” on fashion, relationships, and sex…where they also read short political pieces. They have questioned why we conservatives must always delve into topics that are so serious that the average female fan of The Kardashians would be turned off? So, in the interest of reaching out to those young women who might be persuaded to cross over from the dark side. (Oops, I just remembered, we conservatives were criticized for writing too many persuasive pieces) Instead, let me say, “In the interest of reaching out to those young women who might enjoy some conservative tips on fashion, relationships, and yes…sex…with some political thought dispersed throughout…here we go.
Last weekend I took part in a firearms safety class at Trigger Time, a local shooting range here in Flowery Branch, Georgia. For the first hour and a half or so, our instructor went over everything that he could about the pieces that make up a firearm, how they go together and how to use them safely. From the classroom we went to the range. After going over additional safety notes and basic range etiquette, it was time to start shooting. Our instructor spent one-on-one time with each student to help them to get comfortable standing and holding the firearm, and then aiming and pulling the trigger.
I have to be honest with you, I'm a little scared. I mean, all the things parents have to know these days, that my parents didn't have to deal with is frightening, and overwhelming. The world seems so much bigger now. Yet, to experience it's vastness, you never even have to leave your home.
The World Wide Web, though it sounds well traveled, is actually entirely consumable in your home. From your computer, smartphone, tablet - whatever your device of choice happens to be. The first computer we had was a Commodore 64, and the only danger it posed to me was if it fell off the desk, I might be pinned under its weight. Today, we keep danger in our pockets.