August 13, 2017

Trumps America: The Charlottesville Horror

TRUMP IS A DUMPOn August 11th, 2017, hundreds of white supremacists rallied together in the collegetown of Charlottesville, Virginia in order to spread fear, hatred, and bigotry amongst the people of the town. For the “alt-right” white supremacists, this was a rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. With lit torches in hand, the protesters also meant to strike a message to anyone not of their race and ideology, showing that they were rallying to take back America for themselves.

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August 13, 2017

The Birds and The Bees: The Importance of Sex Education

sex-987126_640Sex. It is uncomfortable to talk about, but it is an important subject nonetheless. Despite the awkward feelings that come with sex education, it is crucial in informing young adults about the dangers of unsafe sex and educates them on how to practice safe sex. Sex education curriculums help reduce the occurrence of sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmissions and teenage pregnancy. In the states where sex education is not required, teenagers have been getting their sex education through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program that Former President Barack Obama started in 2010. If the TPP Program is the best way to educate teenagers whose schools do not provide sex education, then why is the Trump administration completely cutting off funding for it? Continue reading

August 13, 2017

Putting an end to police brutality

stop police brutalityImagine living in a multiethnic community consisting of Asians, whites and people of color. You decide to go for a walk around the neighborhood when a black guy walks past you with his white girlfriend. Suddenly you hear a loud commotion and when you look back, there’s a white police officer telling the black man to put his hands up because he’s under arrest for a crime he committed. The man tells the cop he has the wrong person and that someone else who looks like him is the suspect, but the cop doesn’t buy his story. The man refused to cooperate, so the officer took out his gun and shot the victim at point-blank range, causing him to fall to the ground and later dying from his injuries. His girlfriend started screaming at the cop asking him why he targeted an innocent person, and the cop told her that there were too many people of color inhabiting the neighborhood. You then turn to the officer and say “What if that was your family member? How would you feel if someone killed them because of their race?” Continue reading

August 13, 2017

North Korea’s Threats Aren’t As Serious As They Seem

The problem arising between North Korea and the United States has taken the world by surprise. It seems as though a lot of discordance and agitation has risen since Mr.Trump has taken ahold of the US presidency. Between conflict amongst US citizens, to conflicts between the US and other countries, President Trumps negative attitude has began to affect us all. North Korea has always had a desire for power and now feels threatened by Trumps desire for the same. Continue reading

August 13, 2017

Can your political opinions get in the way of doing your job

rs-colin-kaepernick-cba1b94e-a689-4bf4-9ac7-6e4117275e09Black Lives Matter is a movement/organization that started in 2012, spreading awareness in the U.S about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of their basic human rights and dignity. There is also an opposing movement that claim All Lives Matter. A true statement, but one that takes away from the real issue of racism. When celebrities in the black community want to speak out in support of the movement, they always choose a careful time to do it. Jesse Williams, actor on the ABC drama Greys Anatomy gave an eloquent acceptance speech at the BET awards about his support and need for awareness to the movement. Singer The Weekend shows his stance through donations, a silent but obvious sign of support. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick showed his fight by kneeling during the National Anthem at a football game, a stunt that many believe cost him his job. The argument is, was it his political stance, or his field performance that lead him to be jobless today; I say it’s both. Continue reading

August 13, 2017

Trump Just Cut Funding to The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Even Though It Works

5359438During his administration Obama created the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, a program that funds organizations that work to prevent teen pregnancy throughout the U.S. The programs costs about $100 million per year and reaches 1 million teens in 40 states and territories. The TPP program funds 81 different organizations through 5 year grants. However, last month the Trump administration decided to cut funding, meaning that these 5 year grants are now three year grants set to end in 2018 as opposed to 2020. The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has only recently offered a reason for the cuts stating that it was due to, “very weak evidence of positive impact of these programs.” In light of this news, these organizations are scrambling for funding and critics have opposed this move made by the Trump administration offering numerous amounts of statistics and evidence that this program is effective.

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August 12, 2017

Where’s the magic school bus?

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With the end of summer, students were excited to attend their first week of school in the state of Hawaiʻi. However, middle school and high school students in Maui were faced with transportation issues due to the the lack of bus drivers on those islands. Many families have been scrambling to find another form of transportation for their children and many do not know when this issue will be resolved. If every child has a right to an education, they should have access to transportation to get to their school. Students can not practice their right to free education if they donʻt have access to transportation. Continue reading

August 12, 2017

Capital Punishment: the Right Way to Go

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The Death Penalty is also known as capital punishment. It can be given for many crimes however, the most common is first-degree murder. First-degree murder is any murder that is premeditated and willful. What can cause a person to commit such an atrocious crime? I argue that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for heinous crimes committed.

Ame Deal was a ten-year-old girl who was murdered by her cousins Sammantha Allen and John Allen. Shirley Deal, Ame’s mother, left Ame with her father David Deal after his family abused Shirley. Shirley was forced out of the house without her children. Ame was left in the care of her Aunt Cynthia Stolltzmann. Cynthia would abuse Ame for years. Ame was forced to eat dog feces, crush aluminum cans with her bare feet, drink hot sauce, get beaten with a wooden paddle, and many other acts of abuse. Ame’s last day was spent inside a fourteen by twelve inch box. Her cousin, John Allen put her inside the box for taking a Popsicle while Sammantha watched. The couple then went to sleep and found her dead seven hours later when they went to release her from the box. During the questioning by the police Sammantha and John blamed Ame’s death on a game of hide and seek gone bad. Sammantha was convicted of first-degree murder, four counts of child abuse, and put on death row. Continue reading

August 12, 2017

Democracy Might Be Dead in 2020

ballot-1294935_640As President Trump continues to shock the American people in every waking minute, a new controversial poll broke out this week and, this time, it didn’t come out of Trump’s mouth. The Washington Post recently conducted a poll that asked American citizens if they were to support or oppose a proposal from Trump himself asking for a postponement in the 2020 presidential election that until the country can make sure that only eligible Americans can voice. The results are quite shocking as 52 percent of Republicans say they would support the move. Although some Americans may like the idea of postponement, I am highly against it as it goes against the US Constitution and goes against almost every American moral we stand by. The election may be three years away from us, but there should not be a postponement of any kind to the 2020 presidential election as the democratic process will be destroyed in the making in order to keep Trump’s title of the “leader of the free world.” Continue reading

August 12, 2017

White officer fatally shoots innocent black youth (what’s new)

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Let’s face it: the police are not America’s favorite people to be aroung. And if you are a minority, you may even leave being racially profiled or even shot. On July 25, 16-year old Aries Clark, was fatally shot by two police officers. The officers that shot and killed Clark were found not guilty on Wednesday, August 9. Unfortunately, this did not make any sort of headline news. Continue reading

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