There is an indoor public pool in Brooklyn, New York that has become the subject of a growing debate over discrimination. This is nothing new, public pools were a large issue in the civil rights battles of the 1950’s and 60’s, and public bathhouses have been significant in debates over gay rights. Continue reading
By: The American
July 20, 1969, the first man stepped onto the surface of the moon marking a historic day for the people of America. NASA had its largest budget percentage of the federal government’s spending during the years leading up to this space achievement and has since declined to an all-time low. Can we afford to increase NASA’s budget during our recently tough economic times and should we attempt to revive the nation’s interest in space exploration? Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and many other astronauts are American icons and heroes. America has lost its ambitions to explore and as astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson put it, “we stopped dreaming.” It is time to regain our lost glory by increasing NASA’s budget and once again start dreaming.
Performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) have been around the sporting world for a long period of time and within the past 2 decades have come to the headlines of the sporting world. There have been scandals in the baseball world, cycling, and the Olympics. PED’s have been banned by all major sports across the US in an attempt to keep a level playing field but many do slip through the cracks. Despite these efforts, professional athletes will do whatever they can to gain an edge over their competition. As adults, should they be given the freedom to do what they want to their body? The playing field has never been fully even throughout history and despite efforts to even it, does not seem like it will in the future.
The 2016 Presidential Elections are right around the corner and the candidates are putting on a show for the entire nation. Candidate Bernie Sanders has shaken the nation by proposing to give free public college education for all if elected. This comes at a time where student debt is at all-time highs and morale for college graduates is at a low. Can we really afford to give out a free college education to all?
The LGBTQ Community has been in the spotlight for a few weeks now in various media outlets. Whether it is about the Orlando Shooting, denial of blood donations from gay people, or now the military lift of the ban on transgender soldiers, this community is serving up quite the conversation. Continue reading
By Jerrisa Ching
On June 28, Australian professional golfer, Jason Day, declines the honorable participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Why did he miss this opportunity? The answer here is simple: Zika virus. Day mentions that “the reason for my decision is my concerns about the transmission of the…virus and the potential risks that it might present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family. While it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics…playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family”. Day provides a reasonable explanation to declining the Olympics. And who is to blame him? The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease that is commonly transmitted through Aedes mosquito bites, sexual intercourse, and pregnancy. The virus poses risks to newborns with microcephaly, a condition where a newborn’s head is smaller than the average size, and other brain development issues in movement, balance, and vision.
Every four years the world is united through the summer Olympiad games. On August 5, 2016 the 28th version of the modern day summer Olympic games will kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Continue reading
Recently, the topic of Transgender people rights to using the restroom has become a huge topic of discussion. We find states agreeing and disagreeing with policies to allow people to use the restroom they identify with. The issue with going against trans people and allowing them to use the restroom they identify with; is we risk their safety. We must not turn a blind eye, and allow Transgender people to use the restroom they identify with, or we could face far more issues than we realize.
Were you profoundly focused on the last political remark you read on social media? If so, were you aware that it affected you? In regards to the presidential elections, social media currently has great power. The power of social media is driven by collective intelligence. Collective intelligence in business can enhance a company’s image, increase their profit, or make consumers feel important. Continue reading
Living on an island in the middle of the Pacific ocean is a tropical luxury. We are surrounded on all sides by a vast ocean full of life, balance, and vibrance. But, you know what they say: what sounds too good to be true, often is. Right now, we are in the midst of the worst episode of coral bleaching in history. In total this is the third coral bleaching disaster our earth has seen, and scientists are worried about the future of our ocean life. Continue reading