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Thursday, April 15, 2010 The Carlisle Citizen Page Five Register Now for June ACT Test Registration is now open for the June 12, 2010 ACT* achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before May 7, 2010. The ACT is a curriculum- based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learn- ing. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for entry-level college-credit courses based on ACT College Readiness Standards TM. Every student's results can be tied directly tO these consistent standards. The ACT has four sec- tions-English, mathemat- ics, reading and science-- and takes about three hours to complete. Students who take the ACT Plus Writing complete an optional writ- ing test that requires an ad- ditional 30 minutes. Unlike other exams, students are not penalized for guessing or answering all the ques- tions on each test section. In fact, it is beneficial for test takers to answer all ques- tions within the time al- lowed. During registration, stu- dents may select up to four universities to receive their score reports. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States. ACT reports scores only when requested to do so by the student. Additional score reports are available for a small fee. All students complete a detailed inventory of ques- tions during ACT registra- tion. Each test taker re- ceives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with high school course selection, college readiness, career planning, and college ad- missions. The cost for the ACT test without writing is $32. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $47. Stu- dents who qualify may ap- ply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor. The ACT website, www.actstudent.org, has helpful information, free sample items, and options to order inexpensive test prep materials to assist test takers get ready for the exam. However, the best preparation is to take rigor- ous core courses in school, study hard, and learn the academic skills needed in college. Most students register online at www.actstudent.org. Stu- dents may also pick up reg- istration forms from their high school counseling of- rices; these forms must be postmarked by May 7, 201}. Late registration is avail- able until May 21, 2010 for an extra fee. Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACTpro- vides a broad array of as- sessments, research, infor- mation, and program man- agement solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves mil- lions of people--nationally :and internationally--in middle and high schools, colleges, professional asso- ciations, businesses, and government agencies. Find out more at www.act.o. "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America." These words begin one of the greatest documents in man's history. This document is, aside from God, the highest lawin the United States. The words that followed this preamble set up a government, the likes of which had never been seen before on earth. The first ten amendments to this constitution guaranteed the rights of the citizens of this new nation. All ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights, are interesting and have their own controversies surrounding them. But in this editorial I will discuss only the eighth amendment and the debate currently surrounding it. "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. "--Eighth Amendment to US Constitution The controversy about the eighth amendment came to a head in 2009 shortly after President Obama took office. On January 22 of last year, Mr. Obama signed an executive order closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He stated, "The individuals currently detained at Guantfinamo have the constitutional privilege of the writ of habeas corpus." The People Have Spoken... But Will the Legislature Listen? Public notice advertising is important to Iowans. What is public notice advertising? Public notice advertising, or "legal advertising," is that required by Iowa law to be published by government bodies to keep the public informed about government expenditures and actions taken by their elected officials. 71% of lowans believe public notices should be published and 87% read their local newspaper, according to a 2009 readership study.* *2009 Newton Marketing Research Statewide Study Citizen's Rights For Terrorists? By Ryan Carter, Carlisle Home School Student I believe that captured terrorists and enemy combatants have no constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment. To come up with a defense for this assertion I looked into arguments from the opposing side of the issue. I found an article written by Jacob G. Hornberger. In this article he states that terrorism is a criminal offense, not an act of war. Thus, he goes on, terrorists are entitled to all of the protections in the Bill of Rights, specifically the eighth amendment. Let's examine some key points of his argument. He claims that terrorism is a criminal offense. For now, we'll agree with this assumption. For the sake of our argument, we'll examine two hypothetical situations. Let's say that a person from California organizes a group of people, and starts an Al Queda cell in the United States. They drill and practice and eventually execute their mission. One day, they walk into a mall and start shooting people indiscriminately. After the authorities arrive and arrest them, they are held for trial. Now, take the same scenario, except the group consists of Iraqi citizens. I assert that the first group is entitled to legal defense and cannot be excessively punished. However, the second group is not protected by the constitution nor do they have the protections of the eighth amendment. Why? Simply, they are not citizens of the United States and are not guaranteed any rights by the U.S. Constitution, What about the assumption that terrorism is a criminal offense, not an act of war? Consider what terrorism is. It is defined as violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, carried out for political purposes. What do you call killing innocent civilians and soldiers at random, convincing parents to let their children strap on a bomb and detonate it on a packed bus, or putting women in suicide vests to kill American soldiers? Are these acts criminal offenses or acts of war, carried out by hostile foreigners against our country? When the founding fathers wrote the constitution, it was shortly after America had gained independence from Britain. The colonies won the war by using Unorthodox methods of combat. Instead of meeting the "lobsterbacks" on a field of battle, they fired from behind trees, rocks, fences, and other types of cover. If America intends to win the war on terror, it must use some of the same tactics employed by terrorists. I do not believe in instigating acts of terror against innocent civilians in other countries. However, employing harsh interrogation tactics on suspects, and finding and eliminating leaders, guilty of acts of terror on our soil, should be utilized. Terrorists and foreign citizens are not protected under our Constitution. This is because they ARE NOT CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES They should not be tried by jury and can be held for indefinite amounts of time. In conclusion, using the United States Constitution as a defense for justifying civil trials and humane treatment of terrorists is wrong. I believe Mr. Obama's executive order is unconstitutional and so is using the constitution to defend terrorists. How to Train Your Dragon By Meredith Francisco Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a Viking--and he's not even a good Viking. He's a scrawny, brainy Viking who just happens to be the son of the Viking Chief...and he has a pet dragon. This movie, How to Train Your Dragon, is based off the book series by' Cressida Cowell. There are some consider- able differences between the two, since the books seemed to have been crunched together into the one movie. Also, some major facts have been twisted. When the movie starts, the Viking village where Hiccup lives is under attack by dragons. In the movie, the drag- - ons are Vikings' mortal enemies, fighting over land and livestock. BUT in the book, the dragons are their greatest assets, their pets, their beasts of burden and war. When each Viking became of age, they were allowed to select their dragon for training from the dragon nest. Each dragon had a different purpose, but of course, Hiccup, who should have gotten the honor of the fiercest dragon, got a tiny dragon with no teeth that he dubbed Toothless. Now, Toothless (the book dragon) and Toothless (the movie dragon) are two completely different creatures. The book dragon was small and clever and was considered use- less to all of the Vikings. The movie dragon was a highly feared dragon called a Night Fury, with next to nothing known about it. It could blend in with the night sky and was large enough to ride. The Vikings had never caught a Night Fury before, and when Hiccup succeeds, he trains it in secret and names it Toothless because it can retract its teeth like a cat's claws. All in all, this is a great movie that kids of all ages-- from toddlers to senior citizens--will love, whether they've read the book or not. Save money with our muh-policy discount! hen you insure your car and home or mobile home . with us, through Auto-Owners Insurance Company, we'll save you money with their n 1 multi-policy discou t. Mature policyholders can earn even greater savings. Contact our agency today! 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