From the Ines Sainz sexual harassment saga to America's ongoing death penalty debate, 2010 was a busy year at Opposing Views. Some of our most popular topics were expected -- Obama's push for health care -- while others were more surprising. For instance, coming in at number one, readers question whether animals should be kept in zoos. Here's a quick look at the 10 most popular items on the site for the past 12 months:
1. Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?
For many people, the zoo is a source of childhood amazement and fond memories: swinging monkeys, laughing hyenas and growling tigers. Conservationists say zoos advance their educational and preservationist efforts, but others see zoos as prisons where innocent creatures are unjustly held captive. The next time your child asks you to take them to the zoo, what will your answer be? See the debate here.
2. AMA Ends 72-Year Policy, Says Marijuana has Medical Benefits
By ASA The American Medical Association (AMA) voted today to reverse its long-held position that marijuana be retained as a Schedule I substance with no medical value. The AMA adopted a report drafted by the AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) entitled, "Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes," which affirmed the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and called for further research. Read the piece here.
3. Hottest Photo on Internet: Mechnically Separated Meat
This photo of pink paste has been spoiling appetites all over the Internet latetly, and with good reason -- you are likely eating that gooey mess. It is mechanically separated meat, and it is the main ingredient of such goodies as hot dogs, bologna, salami, and some turkey and chicken products. Read the piece here.
4. Should Marriage for Same-Sex Couples be Legal?
The tide of marriage for same-sex couples has ebbed and flowed over the last decade with no end in sight. Because marriage sits squarely at the intersection of religion, law and society, the discussion around same-sex couples' inclusion into the institution of marriage has been one of the most complex and hotly contested topics in America. See the debate here.
5.Should the U.S. have Universal Health Care?
Nearly 50 million Americans are currently without health insurance, and many with insurance are still struggling to pay their medical bills. Everyone agrees that healthcare should be accessible to all, but the debate still rages on as to whether a universal system would be a wise or realistic solution. Is universal health care the remedy for what ails America? See the debate here.
6. Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony's Sister Michelle Dead at 36
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is dealing with the untimely death of his sister, Michelle Anthony, 36. Read the piece here.
7.Should Abortion be Legal?
The landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade was supposed to settle the question of abortion’s legality once and for all, but the Court’s ruling has instead become a fulcrum of debate. Placed squarely at the intersection of civil rights, health, religion and law, abortion is one of America’s most heated controversies. See the debate here.
8.Touchy Situation: New York Jets Accused of Harassing Ines Sainz
According to reports that began to circulate over the weekend, the New York Jets are conducting an internal investigation in response to accusations that staff allegedly harassed a female reporter, Ines Sainz, during one of their practices. Read the piece here.
9. Should the U.S. Abolish the Death Penalty?
The death penalty has provoked heated discussion since biblical times, and today the debate remains as controversial as ever. Is such a sentence ever justified? Capital punishment is an intensely emotional topic for everyone involved because it sits at the intersection of life, death and the very definition of the word 'justice.' See the debate here.
10. Should English be the Official Language of the U.S.?
Just how diverse is America? For starters, millions of people speak a language other than English (more than 300 different are languages are spoken in the U.S.). In an effort to create a linguistically uniform nation, some have proposed such laws as having English-only ballots. Do these measures help America keep its identity or end up doing more harm than good? See the debate here.