The Magnet Tribune

Spotlight: Vaping and its consequences

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

September 17, 2019

450 cases of lung illnesses potentially linked to vaping have been reported in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with at least six confirmed deaths in connection to vaping-related illnesses. A teenager Adam Hergenreder said vaping gave him lungs “like a 70-year-old” and is suing a leading e-cigarettes company. In the span of just 18 months using Juul, he managed to obtain old and weak lungs like those of a 70-year-old. This is really an issue that hasn't been given t...

Spotlight: 14-teen-year-old murders family out of rage

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

September 12, 2019

When I first heard that a boy had murdered his family, I felt sick to my stomach just imagining this terror. A 14-year-old boy murdered his father, stepmother, half-brothers, and half-sister. I am speechless and don’t comprehend where this boy’s head was at to commit this atrocity to his family I do believe the boy had a reason as to why he committed these murders. People don’t just snap and murder for no reason. Daisy McCarty, the teen's first cousin revealed to WAFF-TV that the boy had started acting...

Spotlight: Climate Crisis is here and it’s Dangerous

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

August 20, 2019

The future we so prolonged is here. The effects of climate change are happening much faster than any of us expected. Over the weekend, CNN published a story where scientists went on an expedition and discovered around 850 salmon dead. They believe the number could be up to 10 times more. After the scientists examined the salmon and determined they were in perfect conditions, they concluded heat stress was the cause of the mass death. Snow melts more quickly, lakes that once froze don’t do so as often, and weeds and...

Spotlight: Bribery charges should result in strong justice

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

October 25, 2018

The fact that two elected officials fell for temptation and took bribes is just wrong. Corrupt people should not take part in any city or county position let alone have a part in city or county matters. I am glad that former Webb County Commissioner Jaime Canales and former member of Laredo City Council John “Johnny” Amaya pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy charges in federal court. Canales accepted things of value including checks disguised as campaign contributions, personal loans, use of a Padre Island co...

Spotlight: Students protest for gun control

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

April 11, 2018

In the first 13 weeks of 2018 there were 10 school shootings -- about 1.4 shootings per week. Students from a high school decided to do something about this situation. The survivors from the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida co-founded the “Never Again MSD” gun control organization and “March for Our Lives,” a march for gun control. Emma Gonzalez, a shooting victim and student, spoke at this march and paid her respects by remaining quiet for six minutes, which is how long the shooting took. “S...

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