Should porn be banned?

The U.K. is set to block porn websites if they do not comply with age-verification rules, forcing providers to submit proof that performers are of legal age. Activists hope this is an opportunity to finally regulate the adult film industry. People critical of pornography say it's harmful to society and teaches children, especially young boys, the wrong things about sex and the opposite gender. Oth…

Should deep dish pizza really be considered pizza?

Pizza purists say deep dish pizza should not be considered pizza. They say pizza, no matter what form it takes, is supposed to be thin, chewy and crispy. Deep dish is something closer to a casserole or a pie. There's nothing wrong with that, just don't call it a pizza. Deep dish fans say of course it's pizza—and it's the best pizza. Just because it's different doesn't make it wrong. What do you th…

Should boycotting Israel be a crime?

Congress wants to make it a felony for Americans to boycott Israel. If passed, those who boycott Israel will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 in fines and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. Legislators say the bill is necessary to stop what people think is a growing anti-Israel movement. The ACLU says this bill "would punish individuals for no reason other tha…

Should Oregonians be allowed to pump their own gas?

We can't remember a time in Oregon when this wasn't a topic of hot debate. Oregon is one of just two states where drivers aren't allowed to pump their own gas. (New Jersey is the other.) Native Oregonians and many who live on the west side of the state love it, and wouldn't have it any other way. Full-service gas stations, they argue, provide good-paying jobs and are convenient for the consumer. M…

Is Elon Musk full of shit?

Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he received verbal approval to build an underground Hyperloop that would connect New York, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. The problem is, no one knows what he's talking about—including the city of New York. People are calling bullshit, but his supporters are saying wait and see. Musk has pulled off crazy projects in the past and he probably will again. What do…

Is it wrong to listen to R. Kelly's music?

R. Kelly has a long history of abusing women and acting in predatory ways. A recent BuzzFeed investigation alleges Kelly has an "abusive cult" of women whose lives he entirely controls. Some people are turning off R. Kelly forever—they can't financially support an abusive artist who subsidizes his predatory behavior with music sales. Others think it doesn't make sense to boycott Kelly. They see hi…

Should police be able to seize property from people before they're even charged for a crime?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is lifting restrictions of civil asset forfeiture, making it easier for police around the nation to seize property and cash from people who have not been charged with a crime. Sessions says civil asset forfeiture gives police the tools they need to fight the war on drugs and hit criminals where it hurts most—their wallets. People on both sides of the aisle oppose it.…

Should police officers be responsible for saving overdose victims?

In Ohio, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is barring his officers from carrying the antidote for heroin overdoses because he believes it only enables people with addiction. Jones says it's counterproductive for police to carry it—they're not trained for medical response and paramedics already carry it. But many are saying Sheriff Jones' opposition is cruel and uncivil. Addict or not, no one…

How is 'GIF' pronounced?

One side says GIF should be pronounced with a hard 'G'. It stands for Graphic Interchange Format. You wouldn't say 'jraphic,' so why would anyone pronounce it as 'jif'? But in an interview with the New York Times, the creator of the GIF said people who pronounce it with a hard 'G' "are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.” Which side are you on? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯…

Is it wrong for journalists to use anonymous sources?

Anonymous sources play a key role in the news, but not everyone is happy with that. President Donald Trump and his supporters have been consistently attacking the news media for using anonymous sources. Trump believes anonymous sources are leakers who are exposing confidential government information. Others think anonymous sources, when properly vetted, are key to bringing vital information to the…