Archive for October, 2008


Platform Speech Topics

October 31, 2008

Are you a platform speaker struggling to identify a good topic? Look over the pages to the right – Platform Speech Topic Ideas or Sources for Platform Speech.

If you are interested in public health issues, you may also want to research one of these potential expository or oratory topics:

Phthatlates Phthalates are a class of widely used industrial compounds used in softeners of plastics, oily substances in perfumes, additives to hairsprays, lubricants and wood finishers. Phthatlates are banned in Europe and are known to cause cancer and infertility.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in baby bottles, toddler sippy cups, water bottles and other food and beverage containers. BPA is believed to cause birth defects and developmental problems. In addition, exposure to BPA has been blamed for a variety of other problems, including cancer, diabetes, obesity and attention-deficit disorder.

Radon – As many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home.


What Do You Think?!

October 27, 2008


LD Felony Negative Arguments

October 13, 2008

Here are some potential arguments on the Negative:

LD Negative Arguments Nov/Dec 2008

You may also want to check out the topic overview at:


Felony Right to Vote Affirmative Arguments

October 9, 2008

Here is a compiled resource for the Affirmative on our new Lincoln Douglas Topic.

LD Aff Arguments Nov-Dec 2008


New Web Resource!

October 8, 2008

Captain Tyler found this great website for debaters! has arguments for and against a variety of issues – including our new LD topic on the felony right to vote!

Check it out at:


We Need Volunteer Judges!

October 6, 2008

Know an adult who can come volunteer to judge at speech and debate tournaments?

Encourage them to attend the workshop right here in Nampa!

When: Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Nampa High School Little Theatre (Building 500)

What: A two hour workshop to learn all about debate and speech judging!

Free child care and refreshments will be available!


New Topics!!!

October 1, 2008

It’s the first of the month – and you know what that means – release of the new Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum topics!!! Check it out!!!

Public Forum

2008 November Topic

Resolved: That the United States government should implement universal health care modeled after the French system.

 Lincoln Douglas

2008 November/December Topic

Resolved: In a democratic society, felons ought to retain the right to vote.

Looking for resources?

Public Forum:

Is Europe’s Health Care Better?

France’s Model Health Care Program

U.S. Spends Most on Care But France’s Treatment is #1

Universal Health Care Tip

Essays on the French Health Care System

Health Care Lessons from France

Lincoln Douglas:

Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the U.S.

Restoring the Right to Vote

States Grapple With Voting Rights

Felony Disenfranchisement

Should Felons Have the Right to Vote? No.

Is the Right to Vote a Criminal Matter?