Finalists chosen for Great American Think-Off
Staff Reports Four finalists have been chosen to debate this question for the Great American Think-Off on Saturday, June 10. Of the hundreds who submitted an essay, these four have been selected to come to New York Mills, and argue their position...
Four finalists have been chosen to debate this question for the Great American Think-Off on Saturday, June 10.
Of the hundreds who submitted an essay, these four have been selected to come to New York Mills, and argue their position in front of a live audience.Arguing for Safety are Tom Bailey, a 39 year old archivist from Houston Texas and George ONeill, a 54 year old Electrical Estimator from Crest Hill, Illinois.
Tom argues that a society can live without freedom but not without safety. Safety remains the foundation upon which every society depends and every freedom is built.
Selection of the Safety or Freedom question was inspired, in large part, by the heightened protections and Homeland security measures that have been implemented since 9-11.
In his essay, George says that he could not appreciate his family, his job... without the peace and security afforded to him by his country.
On the side of Freedom are Joseph Pingo, 32, a director of childcare programs from Rockford, Illinois and Sarah Dennison, 47, a creative consultant from Minneapolis.
Joseph cites a personal example that shows how people value freedom more than safety. Sarah points out how intertwined they are but points out that no free society ever forsakes the safety of its citizens.
Each of the finalists has unique views on this topic, one that is the focus of much discussion and even debate throughout the country
The Great American Think-Off provides a forum for ordinary people to voice their opinions. Last years question, Cooperation or Competition: Which Benefits Society More? provoked thoughtful essays from across the country.
Now in its 14th year, the Great American Think-Off has a history of asking provocative questions such as Should Same Sex Marriages be Prohibited? (2004), Does God Exist? (1996) and Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? (1998), a memorable year that was broadcast live on C-Span.
This years debate begins on Saturday, June 10 at p.m. at the James W. Mann Performing Arts Center in New York Mills and the seated audience will decide the winner.
For more information visit the website at www.Think-Off.org where you can also listen to last years debate.