Symposium 2016: Hollywood celebrities have taken it upon themselves to dictate their political views to the general public. Should they be allowed to become self-appointed spokespersons for the whole country?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent- Celebrities become spokespeople because we allow them to.  Celebrity worship in this country has reached alarmingly pathetic proportions. George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey are just exercising their freedom of speech, but because they have been anointed as celebrities, their words are given greater weight and greater supposed wisdom than yours or mine.  This, of course, is hogwash. However, nothing should be done to shut them up, as that would be a constitutional nightmare.  Rather, let’s stop buying, watching and giving web surfing time to the outlets that deify them. Continue reading

Symposium 2016: The word hero is one that is bandied about quite regularly and seems to be applied to almost anyone just doing his or her job? Is the term overused and should hero status be assigned or given to only a certain few?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent- The word hero is one that is overused and political correctness has allowed its overuse. Now it seems that anyone can be a hero, and it has gotten to the point that the word has lost its real significance. Nowadays it seems that a person can be a hero automatically, solely through their trade or profession. Everyone is awarded a prize or honorary award simply for doing ordinary, everyday things. Continue reading

Symposium 2016: The costs of attending college have skyrocketed while actual learning has declined. Are these costs legitimate and has learning simply become a big business?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent- Since 1980, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average college tuition increases have more than doubled the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The strange accompanying fact is that enrollments in post-secondary schools have also increased significantly, nearly doubling in that time. Continue reading