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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Cheers and Jeers

  • The newsroom weighs in with their cheers and jeers of the week.
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  • Cheers...to the vast majority of
    citizens who support comprehensive
    background checks on gun sales
        
        Cheers to the 94 percent of North Dakotans and 81 percent of Minnesotans who support comprehensive background checks on gun sales. This Wednesday, seven backpacks were delivered to North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp's and Minnesota Representative Erik Paulsen's offices calling on their support for background checks on all commercial gun sales. These backpacks were filled with signed petitions representing the seven children and young people who are murdered with guns every day in America.
        "In the nine months since the Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 26 first graders and their teachers, Congress has yet to take action to pass legislation that will prevent future tragedies," says Thomson Reuters. This past April, Heitkamp was one of the handful of senators who blocked the bipartisan background check legislation that would help keep guns out of the wrong hands.  This legislation was backed by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey who wanted to extend background checks for all gun sales at gun shows and online.
        Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in America and seven of those are children. It is far too easy for someone to get a gun these days without having an evaluation. Home and personal security are important, but safety should go hand in hand.

                                                                                                              – Jess Bengtson
    Jeers...to corporate interests infringing
    on college educational opportunities
        Whether you're a parent or a prospective student, it can be difficult to know where to start when entering the college world.
        While there are millions upon millions of resources available online as well as in print, in can be confusing to sort through what is actually needed and what can be a waste of time and money.
        So, in this vast sea of information, how do you know exactly what you'll need? You won't. Although it would be nice to have a master list of every resource available for you, chances are there won't be and you'll need to invest a generous portion of time and funds into your search. Jeers to corporate companies who are more invested in making money than helping its customers expend smartly.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Research carefully, spend wisely and work tirelessly-- all of these tips and processes will help you receive the best in your crazy college search.
                                                                                – Torrie Greer, student staff writer
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