By Meghan Reynolds
(A picture of Daen and Patrick Reynolds [left to right] in their uniforms at a memorial.)
Growing up, it’s essential to have parental figures to guide you. However, oftentimes, military children go without one or more figures; they move around, and sometimes have trouble fitting in.
There is a common misconception that wherever the military member goes, so does the family. However, this is far from the case. Growing up, I originally had the fortune of travelling with my family around the United States, and even to Sicily. Soon after, my parents couldn’t afford to keep moving, so only my father moved around for his military deployment. He was a Navy Chief, a high rank for someone without a college degree, and thus he only came home for one day, and two nights.
I asked around for a few students who knew what it was like growing up in a military family. One of these students was freshman Krysten Brewer, whose step-father and brother are currently in the marine corps. While she wasn’t required to move around due to deployment, she expressed her feelings on growing up military. “In the military life, expectations are higher,” she says, “and punishments are different. Instead of having your phone taken away, we have to do exercises.” When asked how she felt about that, she said that in the long run, the punishments would help better herself.
Of course, it wasn’t necessarily easy for my father either. His absence often caused trouble in my household, and caused my mother a lot of grief. Eventually, my brother enlisted in the army, and was sent away to Iraq. Through that time, I never once saw him in three years.
One of the newer teachers, Mr. Magnusson, spoke with me about his experience. He referred to himself as a ‘military brat’. He wasn’t required to move around either, due to his father being a human resource officer for the Navy. He was in charge of deploying doctors to areas that were in need. As Mr. Magnusson says, “I was aware that my situation was much more fortunate than that of other [military] kids.” As the baby in the family, Magnusson didn’t have to move around, but says that his older siblings weren’t as fortunate.
Though growing up in a military family can be difficult, so too is gearing up for it. Senior Trevor Keefe is currently working to enlist in the Marines. He had said that he wished to become a combat engineer, and that it was mainly because, “The way they were explaining it seemed kinda fun.” I asked him about what possibly made him want to join the military, and he explained that he was a 3rd generation- being that his grandfather, father, and his brother had enlisted. He also shared that while he strayed off the path for a proper enlistment, and he’s working hard to set himself back on track.
While having a family divided may seem like a challenge, military families go through it each day. Be it that their family member is gone, retired, or even enlisting to fight, the factors that ultimately hold them together is the bonds of family.
San Tan Valley has grown in population,but the roads were not built for congestion. As construction workers frantically design and build the infrastructure to safely fit the growing community, traffic buildup has become a burden for many.
The construction has been a huge setback for an abundant amount of people in the San Tan Valley area. This work being done has led to traffic buildup. There may be times where you are sitting in traffic for an hour. This has caused a multitude of people to be late for work, school, and activities. Traffic has also angered some, wishing the roads would’ve been built with a booming community in mind.
Samantha Sabbara, a junior, states that she’s “been late to class a few times”. At one point, her normal twenty minute bus ride became an hour long. She now endures what many residents of San Tan Valley have to tackle everyday. The most bothersome part of the construction is that “it never seems to end.” Sabbara goes on to tell about how once one project ends, another one begins. She strongly believes that there should be some sort of separation between the projects.
Elaina Adams, a sophomore, talks of how it takes thirty minutes to get from her home to Poston Butte. She absolutely hates the traffic that the construction causes. Adams states “it’s just a waste of time.” The traffic she says is very “stop and go.” The overcrowded roads have made her five to ten minutes late to school before and almost late to her swim banquet. Adams suggests to take the backroads, like Arizona Farms, to try to avoid traffic.
Mr. Phillips, a teacher, says the roads have a secondary impact on him. He comes from the North and West where construction is close to nothing. He has students that come in late or complain about being late. He’s never been late and tells of how the construction doesn’t directly affect him. His advice to others is to “accept the fact that it exists”. If you need to leave earlier than usual to give yourself that time or go through neighborhoods then you should do so.
Construction and traffic have become a part of this community for a while and no one knows when it’ll be done. All anyone can do is be prepared and ready for whatever comes this way.
By Lillian Spires
Here stands a opinionated decision for all citizens to make for their beloved pet. Make the right decision, choose with caution, you have to live with the decision you choose.
People do not take animal euthanizations serious enough. People think that the only way to euthanize an animal is a shot at a vet clinic. Not many people really understand what getting euthanized really is and this is a terrible thing.
Say that your animal is not ok with going to the vet or does not get along with being outside of the walls of its home. Most animal hospitals do home euthanizations where the vets go to your home and will euthanize your pet on the comfy spot on the couch it loves to lay on
instead of having your pet uncomfortable in a place where it has no clue where its at.
Self euthanizations do exist. People sometimes decide to take their pet to the middle of nowhere and take them out in the pet owner’s decision. A fellow cavit student says that they may do it from not having enough wealth to pay for the animal hospital euthanization so take their animal and would self euthanize their animal somewhere themselves for free,
That same cavit student said that he is not with nor against it but he would appreciate if people would just take their animal to a hospital to get euthanized. Roger stated, “It is your animal, you care for it, you have to be there for it because it has always been there for you”. Roger agrees with self euthanizations.
For companion animals in animal shelters, 14 states in the US now prescribe intravenous injection as the required method. These laws date to 1990, when Georgia's "Humane Euthanasia Act" became the first state law to mandate this method. Before that, gas chambers and other means were commonly employed.
Another topic that needs to be issued it that when a person takes in a stray animal to an animal hospital, the hospital cannot keep that animal. The animal will need a place to go and if the Hospital has the animal for three days, they either send the animal to some shelter or they euthanize them. There is a much higher euthanization rate in older dogs because most people like young little cute puppys and not an older aged dog.
In conclusion to this, People do not understand what pain and confusion your animal has when doing a self euthanization. Yes, it shows a more respectful perspective towards your animal but it is also not humane to do for this animal being your beloved pet.
By Lilly Spires
Lena (German Shepard), buddies up with one month old Kennedy
Large dogs are decreasing over the years and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. Shelters are euthanizing larger sized dogs and this is caused by families not wanting a dog for its size.
According to the animal shelter “Paws and claws” People adopt small and mid-sized dogs more frequently. People determine that larger sized dogs are more dangerous or not safe for their children to be around. People and families think of this because of what they see on the web or social media. People feel large dogs are more dangerous and more eager to attack because of their breed. The truth is, they are not dangerous dogs. It all depends on how these dogs are raised.The people that have these larger dogs disagree with the people that don’t have large dogs.
There was a school in Virginia called “Mckinley Elementary“ which put the school in lockdown from a Pitbull walking around the school boundaries and they said it attempted to jump over the fence. That was not at all necessary because they had all children inside but they still did it of precaution. Later on they found out this dog was sick and not trying to attack.
Before the mid 80’s Stories of Pitbull attacks are almost non existent. People’s actions in the area are getting worse by the year. It’s the owner, not the breed.
There is a large population of people being attacks by k-9’s but 87 percent of these people being attacked was the owner of the dog from abuse or torment. As in pits were used in dogfighting, Same with Rottweilers and Dobermans. So all people assume that these breeds are aggressive and dangerous.
On the backstory, Between 1975 and 1982, was known as the “Leakage Period”. When the breeding of pits drastically increased mostly threw gang members who wanted the “toughest dog” would breed these dogs to get the genes and looks they wanted on their dog so it could be and look “the best”. By breeding these dogs you would get a dog very large and intimidating.
People don't seem to understand that dogs are not as harmful as they seem. It’s all in the looks or the drama that they see on the internet. People need to understand what dogs are really made of and meant for. They need to be raised the way they are supposed be raised. Humans are the cause of dangerous dogs. They torment and abuse them so that these dogs will be criticized and no longer be trusted because they seem dangerous for defending themselves.