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Logan Salas
11-7 Discussion
Fri Nov 7, 2014 10:18am
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I am considering the topics “Should the U.S. government impose so-called sin taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and other products deemed harmful to public health?” (Issues and Controversies Database) and “Do the benefits of high school sports programs outweigh the physical risks?” (Issues and Controversies Database) These two topics both interest me. The first topic is interests me because I think it is a good way to lower taxes on other things that impact middle and lower class families. If we could replace or lower those taxes with the sin taxes from products that are harmful to our health, it could boost the economy. Also, the best way to discourage the use of these harmful products is by adding a high tax. People will still buy them, but maybe at a lower rate and make them last longer. Increasing the tax on cigarettes could lead to heavy smokers reducing or stopping the habit all together because it costs too much to continue. A possible counter argument is “Sin taxes are an unfair form of taxation because the burden of such taxes falls disproportionately on the poor, who tend to smoke and drink more. In addition, sin taxes have not been successful in reducing smoking and drinking, and are only an unwelcome attempt by government to regulate people's personal activities” (Issues and Controversies Database). I think the most powerful counter argument is that the government would be trying to regulate people’s personal lives. People don’t like it when the government interferes with their personal matters.
The second interests me because I want to be an athletic trainer and sports injuries are what I would deal with. I think that the benefits from high school sports greatly outweigh the risks. The character and work ethic that high school sports build is one of the greatest things that students can learn in high school. Safety is always important and will be one of the greatest concerns of the school, but the gains outweigh the risks. A possible counter argument is “Sports can place young athletes at excessive risk of injury if proper safety precautions are neglected. Schools should be compelled to improve their safety procedures, by law if necessary, and parents should discourage their children from playing especially hazardous sports” (Issues and Controversies Database). I don’t think this is a very good argument because the safety rules are highly enforced in the high schools.

Source- http://icof.infobaselearning.com/articles/culture-and-media/high-school-sports-injuries.aspx?issueID=14079
http://icof.infobaselearning.com/articles/economy,-money,-and-business/cigarette-and-alcohol-taxes.aspx?issueID=14107

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