Archive for December 2009

Ranking the best of Star Trek

Dec 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Opinions, Top Story, TV Reviews

by Zach Becker I read a blog post written by one of my relatives, Nels Lindahl, in which he rated his favorite Star Trek iterations, including both television and movies. As a Trekkie myself, I was surprised by his rankings of the various Star Trek endeavors, specifically how low DS9 and First Contact rated on […]



News-Leader editorial reopens wounds for two teachers who cleared their names

Dec 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Editorials, Opinions, Springfield News

The Springfield News-Leader published an unsigned editorial Sunday urging the public to push for more transparency from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in its handling of investigations of teacher misconduct for certification purposes. The overarching theme of the editorial is of sound logic in suggesting greater transparency; however, the author decided […]



Woman picks at motorist’s baby-back ribs in Chili’s parking lot

Dec 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, Opinions, Springfield News

by Zach Becker You might want to think twice next time before swooping in on that perfect parking spot. According to the Springfield News-Leader, a young woman allegedly pulled out an ice-pick and stabbed a man repeatedly after she felt he stole her parking spot at Chili’s Grill and Bar on Sunday. Luckily for the […]



Duggars elicit range of reactions from people, from disgust to support

Dec 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

by Zach Becker After garnering a slew of comments on my recent blog post about the Duggars, I thought I’d take the time to respond to a few of these people. Janice says: …It doesn’t appear that they are having kids any faster than they did before they were in front of cameras. I do […]



News reporting discretion lacking in online age

Dec 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Zach Becker Discerning news from non-news used to be one of the key functions of journalists and their editors. Back in the day, reporters were limited by the practical problem of limited physical space in the print edition. Some things made it, others didn’t. While I love the Internet (as I sit here blogging), […]



Healthcare reform appeals to emotion, but logic falls flat

Dec 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Zach Becker All Americans should have access to affordable healthcare and no one should be denied coverage by health insurers because they are sick. It’s a great ideal, but how great an idea is it in reality? Under the latest Senate bill, all Americans will be required to buy health insurance or else pay […]



War on Drugs not having intended results

Dec 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, From the Archives, Opinions

by Zach Becker It is time to declare a ceasefire. The war on drugs is a classic case of the solution being a bigger problem than the problem itself. Now, before you attack me, let me state that I have never tried nor ever intend to try any drugs. This is not the ranting of […]



Duggars not bad people, but their actions may have unintended consequences

Dec 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker I wrote an article on the Duggar family, stars of TLC’s 18 Kids and Counting, and felt I needed to follow up after comments indicated a misunderstanding of my thoughts. For one, the original article was not intended as an indictment on the Duggars, but rather ABC.com for bringing in environmentalism as […]



Soy burgers offer solution to school meat quality issue

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions, Top Story

by Zach Becker I was shocked after reading a controversial USA Today article discussing the quality of meat served in America’s public schools. Would someone tell me when, exactly, did they started serving meat in school lunches? Meat must have been added to the menu in the last few years, because the only thing I […]



Duggar children pollute the atmosphere, says ABC

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker The Duggars are destroying our planet! It’s time for the EPA to step in and put a stop to this unchecked procreation! Yes, according to an ABC.com “news” article, Michelle Duggar of the TLC program 18 Kids and Counting recently gave birth via emergency C-Section to her 19th child. While the usual […]