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Volume 70, Issue 7, Tuesday, August 31, 2004



Lies, misconceptions hinder pot debate
The war on drugs is a politician's dream: they can simultaneously sound tough on crime and compassionate about our children's future. It isn't a surprising phenomenon -- myths and misinformation make it an easy issue to exploit. Many Americans do not realize how much money and how many resources are being diverted to fight the "boogey man," and just how unfair the fight really is.

The grain that broke the camel's back
Food is an essential human need. So, in 1997 when RiceTec, Inc., an agribusiness firm located in Alvin, got approval for a patent on a strain of Basmati rice, a major conflict erupted. The main issue: How could a company suddenly claim ownership over a strain of rice that, like most food, has evolved over thousands of years?

Buying American isn't supporting America
Because of massive American unemployment and underemployment rates, the "Buy American" slogan is slowly returning to vogue. Die-hard patriots nationwide are finally reminding themselves that the only way Americans can buy their products is if they have jobs to pay for the products, and that only through buying the products Americans make can the job market truly remain stable.

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