Thursday, August 9, 2007


In response to Laws Vs. Liberty article on “B-on-Time Project” I have to agree. Personally having the B-on-Time loan I do understand the benefits of it. It is a loan that you do not have to pay back if you meet the requirements (graduate with 3.0 and in 4 years). I found out about this loan during my freshman year by one of my friends. I was immediately accepted into the loan. The loan has another advantage if you do not make the forgiveness requirement it becomes an interest free loan. This loan has huge potential and should be available to all. With my next semester coming up I received an email telling me that my loan wouldn’t go through till after September because of financing from Texas. The main reason that I accepted the loan was for the forgiveness; my little brother went to a two year school and was able to also get accepted for the loan. He was able to maintain the requirements and did not have to pay anything back. With the popularity increasing in this loan I have noticed a problem with Texas A&M. I initially got into the program knowing that they gave engineering students 5 years instead of 4; Texas A&M has gone in and stated that Engineering is a four year degree. So I don’t know if the current cuts in money have caused for this statement but I still endorse the Loan to anyone looking for help with rising cost.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Law of Parties

To start this argument I will quote a source, in searching for Texas Penal Code Section 7 I found this website with the citing from the Penal Code Book. Referring to The law of Parties here is what Texas Law says (taken from ONECLE.COM):

§ 7.01. PARTIES TO OFFENSES. (a) A person is criminally
responsible as a party to an offense if the offense is committed by
his own conduct, by the conduct of another for which he is criminally responsible, or by both.
(b) Each party to an offense may be charged with commission of the offense.
(c) All traditional distinctions between accomplices and principals are abolished by this section, and each party to an offense may be charged and convicted without alleging that he acted as a principal or accomplice.

Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974.
Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1,
ONECLE, 3, August 2007

(a) A person is criminally responsible for an offense committed by the conduct of another if:
(1) acting with the kind of culpability required for the offense, he causes or aids an innocent or nonresponsible person to engage in conduct prohibited by the definition of the offense;
(2) acting with intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense; or
(3) having a legal duty to prevent commission of the offense and acting with intent to promote or assist its commission, he fails to make a reasonable effort to prevent commission of the offense.
(b) If, in the attempt to carry out a conspiracy to commit one felony, another felony is committed by one of the conspirators, all conspirators are guilty of the felony actually committed, though having no intent to commit it, if the offense was committed in furtherance of the unlawful purpose and was one that should have been anticipated as a result of the carrying out of the conspiracy.

Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974.
Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1,

So to start this argument about the law of parties we must look into how Texas defines who is responsible for the act. Looking to section 2 part 2, “Acting with the intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts, to aid the other person to commit the offense.” we see that if a person were to help in any offence they are considered liable. Now you must refer back to section one part b, “Each party to an offense may be charged with commission of the offense.”
So by Texas law each person involved in a crime may be charged with the highest offence of any one person. If they wanted to have every man go on trial for the same punishment to get a testimony for a plea bargain they could.

I agree with this law. This makes every one responsible for their actions at any given times. It also allows the state to crack down on gang violence by allowing them to charge every one involved with anything. This law does make some people mad. Like the case of Kenneth Foster. He had people give testimonies about his innocents from the shooting but Texas Law Says he is guilty. Having him not try to stop his affiliate and also being his getaway driver associates him even more. So Texas did the right thing by making an example of him and pushing for the maximum punishment death.

A solution to this problem is not changing the law. We must continue to hold peoples accountable for every action they commit or those around them. Education of this matter is the only way to make this clear to everybody. We must target kids at the earliest age of understanding the law to be able to drive home the fact that every action they take place in if its just watching to actually participating they are accountable for. Many will disagree with this but I know that in school we did not learn this, if I were taught this at a younger age maybe, some of my class mates would not have been in jail during high school.

Friday, July 27, 2007

$154 million veto

The governor rejected a 154 million dollar proposal to help fund community college group health benefits. Saying, “To get money for these employees, community colleges falsified their appropriations requests.” According to the Austin American Statesman most of the money raised for community college comes from local taxes and tuition. I know that for many people a rise in health costs is a huge blow to the pocket book. So how do you find a happy medium? I don’t like the fact that the cost of living goes strait to me. Since I started school tuition was deregulated, I have felt every increase in my tuition. So here is the big question… do educators continue there quest for the money to help there rising cost of insurance to pass the cost down to me when I struggle to pay for my education. Or do they stop the push for the money and let me the student feel a little relief from the finical burden. Gov. Perry wants the money to go to the students. I can see his point of view. He has put us before teachers and this has made a group of people upset. I applaud Perry for what he has done, we the students are the majority and he is following what the majority wants.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sex Offenders

Will a test show you the future? Maybe if it was pregnancy test and you were hoping to get pregnant. How can tests show what your behavior will be in years to come. With new tests being passed on how to rank a sex offender, is there a real good way to do so. People say the old system was to strict. I believe that when it comes to crimes you can never be too strict. Look at the old system, you be the judge. Read the article by the Dallas Morning News