Ron Paul gets my vote

Katie Stegall
Senior, Chester High School


Now that the Republican candidates are down two people, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry, the stakes are even higher.

Among the four remaining candidates, the question buzzing about is what excites college age youth to support Texas Congressman Ron Paul?

When asked this question at the Myrtle Beach debate by Fox News political correspondent Bret Baier, Paul smiled and said, “I’m an old man with young ideas.”

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Doctor says defibrillators must be available at all sporting venues

Ramin Manshadi, M.D.,
Department of Cardiology, UC Davis Medical Cente

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a non-traumatic, nonviolent, unexpected death due to cardiac causes within one hour of the onset of symptoms. Though there is no official registry, research suggests between 200 and 300 high school athletes die of SCD each year.

Read more: Doctor says defibrillators must be available at all sporting venues


Make a resolution to volunteer in 2012

Susan Cort Johnson
Staff writer

Ask around any community, and you will hear many people voice a need for volunteers. I have been creating a list of organizations in my area that need help in order to write a series of articles on volunteerism, and the opportunities for volunteering are great.

Local fire departments, community libraries and museums operate with volunteers. The schools need volunteers and many of the sports programs and activities for children, such as Cub Scouts, can’t be offered without volunteers.

Read more: Make a resolution to volunteer in 2012


The sticker shock of California’s consumer health care costs in 2020

The coming year will determine whether — or in what form — health reform survives.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on reform’s constitutionality before it adjourns in June. If it survives the court challenge, it will at least face a political gauntlet — if not its demise — if the Republicans capture the White House, Congress or both in the 2012 presidential election.

Read more: The sticker shock of California’s consumer health care costs in 2020


2012: Off-base or on-target?

Mona Hill
Staff Writer


There’s been a steadily building crescendo for 2012 doomsday prophesies. It seems the end of the world, civilization or the human race — depending on who you listen to — is supposed to occur in a little less than a year: Dec. 21, 2012, the winter solstice.

A 2008 History Channel delved into the coming end of the world. Combining a mishmash of astronomy, the Mayan calendar and Nostradamus’ prophecies from “The Lost Book of Nostradamus,” the History Channel uses an earnest voiceover, talking heads and somber music to predict the end of life as we know it.

Read more: 2012: Off-base or on-target?


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