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Health care is not a right; it’s a service

By Tyler Grimes |
Photo by Phil Sunkel

We’ve all heard President Obama say he thinks health care should be a right for every American. I don’t think the government should be in the business of mandating the purchase of any good or service.

So what’s next? Will swimming pools, cars and house cleaners be “rights?” No, but like health insurance, they would improve our lives. If you cannot afford something, it is not the government’s responsibility to provide it.

The Top 5 Things to Know About the Health Care Reform

By Lauren Belcher |
Graphic by Katie Davis

The number one thing that anyone – not just students – should know about the Health Care Reform bill is that it will affect them now, in September and then permanently in 2014.

Another important note: everyone will be affected differently. The bill affects a college student differently than an elderly man on Medicare or a sick child.

These are the top five things that an 18 to 26-year-old should know:

Tea Party organizers struggle with faith

By Matthew Boyle |
Illustration by Ellen Gambrell

St. Johns River Community College freshman and self-described conservative and agnostic Canyon Molitor finds it difficult to be involved with the local Tea Party movement because he isn’t religious.

Molitor, 18, said other conservatives don’t make him feel welcome among their ranks. He backs conservative and Tea Party views on health care and taxation, but other faith-based conservative issues turn him off.

Drugs, violence wear down order in Mexico

By Matthew Boyle |
Photos by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: Alfredo Corchado speaks at Flagler’s Communication Week. Angela Kocherga, Border Bureau Chief of television network Belo, stands with him.

Dallas Morning News Foreign Correspondent Alfredo Corchado thinks Americans need to invest more interest in helping Mexico battle drug cartels.

Only a few days before Corchado’s scheduled Monday speech at Flagler College’s Communication Week, a group of high-profile federal officials led by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced a trip to Mexico City to pledge more U.S. support in the fight against drug cartels.

Carving up the college culinary competition

By Max Roux |
Photo by David Castagno

Executive Chef Keith Atkins serves up some cuisine conversation when asked about his participation in the Fourth Annual ARAMARK ACE Campus Dining Challenge.

“The competition is a Top Chef Style cooking tournament involving University and College Chefs from the region,” explains Atkins, who is also known as Chef Keith.

Church provides free rides home from Hattie’s

By Erin Miller |

Steve Meehan, Flagler College junior and college ministry intern at Good News Church, goes to Panama Hattie’s every Thursday night to drive people home.

Meehan and Andy Hirko, College Director at Good News, began taking the church van to Hattie’s, a popular drinking spot for locals and college students. They go from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, commonly referred to as “Sink or Swim” night.

Carmelo’s to open restaurant

By Emily Hoover |

The most convenient store in downtown St. Augustine just got a little more convenient.

Carmelo’s owner Joe Tringali has owned the corner Shell for 20 years. He is adding Carmelo’s Pizzeria to the bistro and gas station, ideally on March 21.