Argumentative Essay: Pond Hockey And Civic Duty

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Pond Hockey and Civic Duty
Whether at a stadium with referees and organized periods, or a pick up game with friends on the pond behind my house, I have always enjoyed hockey. However, each of these two styles of play is quite different. A good example of this is when the goalie covers the puck by their goal. In professional hockey, the players are always taught that until the referee blows the whistle, they are to jab their stick at the goalie and his glove in an attempt to knock the puck out. This can hurt the goalie and instigate fights, I know fights in hockey… surprising, but more importantly, it means that the referees have to be overzealous on making calls, and have to enforce stricter punishments when the players break them. However
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The United States Constitution delineates a system of government in which the citizens of the government are the government. Our Constitution gives citizens a voice and, with it, the responsibilities of upholding the values of the nation. The Constitution establishes the rights and privileges of citizenship and equality under the law along with the responsibilities that …show more content…
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