Ice-breakers, Class engagers
What Is Your Opinion?
1. Fact: About 100,000 Americans currently are awaiting organ transplants. Fact: At least 7,000 die each year because an organ was not found in time. Proposal: Prison inmates trade an organ for a 6-month reduction in prison. This bill is up for consideration in South Carolina now. What is your opinion?
a. open to all offenders
b. open to all offenders provided they wear a monitoring device for 3 years after release
c. open only to non-violent offenders
d. No, not a good idea
In a court case a couple of years ago,
doctors stated that in their opinion, chemo and radiation treatment had
a good chance of curing a 13-year-old girl’s cancer. Without that
treatment they said, she would die. The girl’s parents and the girl
herself stated that she did not want this medical treatment. They stated
that if God wanted her to live then prayer would cure her. The Court
sided with Child Protective Services and ordered that the girl was to be
removed from parental custody and treated for cancer in the hospital.
Was the Court was right to make this order?
In Iraq we routinely collect DNA samples
(just a swab inside the mouth or nasal passage) of everyone we question.
Those samples are then recorded in a large DNA database along with the
person’s name and description. What’s good to do over there is good to
do here too – we should collect a DNA sample of everyone questioned by
police and record this DNA in a national DNA database. Then we can
compare unsolved crimes and crimes to be committed in the future to this
database and probably solve many more crimes. Is this a good idea?