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Proposition: Christina Pastoressa (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Harley Norton (Binghamton University)

Judge: Brandon Evans (Binghamton University)

Resolution: RESOLVED: Sugary drinks should not be sold in primary and secondary schools.

  • Christina Pastoressa
    Christina Pastoressa

    Harley Norton
    Harley Norton
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    Posted at February 26, 2014 10:28:31PM EST by Christina Pastoressa



    Should Sugar Be Regulated like Alcohol and Tobacco? |

    Read more: Sugary Beverages Linked to 180,000 Deaths Worldwide |

    Posted at February 27, 2014 11:57:18PM EST by Harley Norton



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    Posted at February 28, 2014 11:40:56PM EST by Christina Pastoressa



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at March 2, 2014 11:43:19PM EST by Harley Norton



    "Rationing drink size to help rationalize our sugar intake" Matthew B. Stanbrook

    Posted at March 3, 2014 11:16:59PM EST by Christina Pastoressa



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at March 6, 2014 12:49:01AM EST by Brandon Evans

    Category Christina Pastoressa Harley Norton
    Use of evidence: 3.5 2.9
    Delivery skill: 2.7 2.9
    Coherence of arguments: 3.6 3.9
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.5 3.3
    Identification of key points: 3.5 3.6
    Comments: You don't need to go into as much detail as you do on one source. Please use the entirety of your speech time as you were only able to make three arguments in your second speech, and two of them were defense. You can't just say that your evidence is from "an author in the source"; you need to provide who the author is and what that source is, or else your opponent cannot properly respond to you. You should not sigh while giving a speech. Try to refer to your opponents arguments without repeating them exactly as she said them. I am a little confused about the counter-plan you are proposing; are you advocating for regulation and education, or education, which would in turn lead to less consumption?

    The decision is for the Opposition: Harley Norton

    Reason for Decision:

    I don't think that the Proposition Rebuttal properly answers the opposition's counter-plan. As such, I have to give a lot of weight to the claim that the opposition's education program would be able to sufficiently solve for the harms that the proposition is claiming to resolve. The opposition doesn't extend a freedom net-benefit, but I end up voting on the argument that exposure to sugary drinks at a young age is key to foster moderation. Although I am slightly hesitant to vote this way because the proposition claims that even a single serving of many sugary drinks is dangerous, I am left to conclude that this still dangerous moderate usage of sugary drinks is better than the binge drinking that would result without the education the opposition provides and the proposition prevents.


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