Archive for August, 2017

August 13, 2017

Trump’s 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?

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August 13, 2017

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

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Black 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.

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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.

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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.”

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August 12, 2017

Taylor Swift Fighting the Patriarchy

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In the headlines we see Taylor Swift is currently in a legal battle with David Mueller, but it raises the question, is this a sociological problem (which often occurs in this industry) or perhaps just one guy who made a mistake? There is no doubt in my mind that Taylor Swift is honest in her allegations that “former radio DJ for KYGO, inappropriately touched her at a backstage meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center in June 2013.” There is photo evidence confirming

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August 10, 2017

The Rail Is A Fail

Oahu, Hawaii is ranked number one for the worst traffic in the nation.This horrible traffic is due to having limited road space, a high population, and the amount vehicles almost equalling the amount of people on the island. That means for every one person there is one vehicle.When having almost as much vehicles as the state’s population, this creates problems due to the roads not being able to sustain that many cars. This problem had led to our government to finding the best possible solution, which is to build a rail transit.

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August 9, 2017

Smartphone Zombies- How to stop this addiction

FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a mobile device while working out in San Francisco Imagine going out to the store to buy some groceries and all you have is your cell phone. You then receive a text message from a friend and you can’t resist the urge but to look at your phone while crossing the street. You’re not paying attention to your surroundings and don’t see an oncoming car speeding down the road. The driver of the car is also on his phone, texting, while going 40mph on a 25mph road and is not weary of other pedestrians crossing. You cross on the “don’t walk” sign because you’re too attached to texting and at the very last minute the driver rams his breaks to come to a complete stop, nearly causing an accident. The both of you are shaken up after the incident, but luckily no one was hurt after both parties were careless in their decisions and didn’t take heed of the consequences when breaking the law. Who would you blame in this situation? Who’s at fault? I argue that the driver was at fault in this scenario because they’re supposed to heed to the pedestrians and pay attention while driving; however, the person using their phone while crossing the street is also to blame due to reckless endangerment.

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August 9, 2017

Addressing Both Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic

depression-824998_640If there is one thing that every human has in common, it is the fact that we can all feel pain. Recovering from a surgery or getting injured could inflict chronic pain, and when the pain gets unbearable, many people turn to opioid drugs. Opioid drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are meant to treat moderate to severe pain. But with the rise of opioid addiction and abuse in the United States, are these drugs doing us more harm than good?

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August 9, 2017

Michelle Carter Conviction: Can Words Kill?

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On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy was found dead in a Kmart parking lot. Roy had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. However, after further investigation police found thousands of messages between Roy and his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, discussing suicide plans. In a text days before Roy’s suicide Carter wrote, “I still don’t think you want to do this so you’ll have to prove me wrong…Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself. I don’t know. There’s lots of ways.” Not only were they discussing suicide, but Carter was goading Roy into killing himself which prosecutors focused on.

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August 9, 2017

Abortion and the Right to Choose as a Litmus Test for Dems

medical-563427_640The New York Times reported on pro-life/anti-choice “Representative Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, [who] said in an interview this week, citing the party’s need to build “a broad coalition” to win control of Congress in 2018. “There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” Luján told The Hill. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.””

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August 9, 2017

Trump tweets to target transgenders

people-2575608_640Has tweeting replaced the lawmaking process in the United States? President Donald Trump seems to think so. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted his thoughts about transgender people who serve in the military. He shocked the social media world with his want to stop people who identify as transgender from serving in the U.S military. One of his tweets from his chain of tweets read “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” He also mentioned that he had consulted with his Generals and military experts before making this decision. This tweet surprised the public, but it was actually in response to a current debate on Capitol Hill of whether or not taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy.

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August 9, 2017

Suing the School and Parents of a Cyber Bulling Case: A Step Forward

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual rate of suicides from ten to fourteen year olds has doubled. One of the main reasons for this is Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying happens when, “someone hurts, harasses and threatens another over digital devices and related platforms, such as social media, blogs and text messages.” Children and adults alike have become more susceptible to bullying through the Internet. We often say the freedom of speech gives us the free will to say what we want, even if it means harming other people. How far can one go before harming another individual with words? Should they be punished for this?

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August 9, 2017

The Wall That Could Kill All

industry-1752876_640From the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, he has always mentioned that he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico Border. As his political career progressed and as he was elected president, a wall started becoming the wall. The wall has caused a lot of controversies within our government and society as individuals from many sides are at conflict with one another about the construction of the wall. One of the main issues is on the environmental impact the wall will have on our planet. On August 1, the Department of Homeland Security released a memo stating that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws and regulations to expedite the construction of the border wall along San Diego, marking this as the first major construction for the wall. Studies have shown that the wall will reap many consequences to the environment that surrounds the wall such as escalating the endangerment of more species and adding to the pollution of the terrain if the government is to proceed with this decision. The wall needs to be stopped and should not be furthered develop as the wall will only increase the rates of endangered species dying and intensify the high carbon emission level the US is producing.

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August 8, 2017

Changing The Future

iStock_000018006045_DNA genesOne small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. – Neil Armstrong. It’s amazing what can change the course of history forever. With the lunar landing came more science, technology and knowledge of outer space. Science can make us or break us. What we know about the human body and how it works is helpful, but altering it in ways much more than superficially (plastic surgery/hair dying), seems like we’re taking it too far. However, how far is too far when we’re talk about curing diseases that have plagued the human race for centuries? Should we do it? Seems like a no brainer.  We shouldn’t play God because it could be dangerous, but if we don’t even try, who knows what we could miss out on.

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August 8, 2017

Who Has The Final Say- End of Life Care

Final Say: Who has it?

Today, we live in a society that is rooted in left vs. right arguments. One of the arguments that constantly gets brought up is Death with Dignity. The left supports it and the right sees it as outrageous. People ask the question of ‘how do we know life is really over’ or what the qualifications are to be “technically” dead. While a notable subject, it gets to be even more sensitive when we bring in the thought of children and their well-being. The moral dilemma being, who has the last say in a minor’s well-being? Should it be the parents who helped raised them or the doctors who treated them and have science to back them up? I’ll support the latter.

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August 8, 2017

Trump doesn’t care about you (the minority)

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President Donald Trump has just recently decided to have his Department of Justice team identify and then, if need, sue universities that are deemed to have affirmative action policies that discriminate against white people. “The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.”  But what exactly is affirmative action? Affirmative action programs are normally required by federal law which strongly recommend universities to offer or hold positions in admission to those of minority. Minorities, when talking about affirmative action, include, women and those of chicano, black, asian, and American-Indian background. The big BUT is that not all universities have an affirmative action implemented, and the ones that do are not required to have the same program across the nation.

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August 8, 2017

Trump’s presidency won’t last long

rainbow flagThe November 2016 general election has been one of the most interesting, yet stressful elections America had to face. It has made me realize that President Trump is unfit to serve the US and I feel a great deal of suffering for our country in the years ahead. Ever since Trump was sworn into the White House, he has said many derogative things and mentioned how he will make “America great again.” This issue should raise flags about choosing him as president. I argue that he’s a very good liar and needs to be impeached, thus making me wonder why America voted for a man of his stature.

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August 8, 2017

Trump’s Ban Against Humans

ID-10047916“We don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.” – Barack Obama

This quote was pulled from a speech by our former President Barack Obama. This portion of the speech focuses on the basis of what America was built on. The US has promised equality and equal opportunity to its citizens for many years. Yet we haven’t been able to achieve such dreams due to the belief of many people, that not everyone deserves equal rights and opportunity because of how they are. Trump expressed this conservative belief on July 26th, 2017 when he decided to informally ban all transgender individuals from serving in the US military with a tweet on his personal Twitter account. This Tweet has been a cause for celebration by conservative parties and a sign of defeat for liberal parties.

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