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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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August 8, 2017

North Korea: The Inevitable War

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After exploring the dark side of YouTube, more specifically of North Korea, I became more interested in dictator Kim Jong-un’s leadership and the power he currently possesses. In recent news we have seen a shift in tone regarding the nuclear threat of North Korea, instead of joking about this ridiculous dictator we are now understanding the danger he poses.

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August 8, 2017

Is Peace Possible With North Korea?

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“I wish for world peace” is a common thing to hear when you ask people what they wish for this world. But how far do we have to go, and could go, to ensure it? Would it be acceptable to use force against someone that threatens peace? Although being the one trying to keep the peace and being the one that threatens the peace should have a clear division, the truth is that there are blurred lines between both categories.

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August 8, 2017

Everyone is equal, @realDonaldTrump

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Since Donald Trump had entered the race to run as president, he said he would be a strong defender of the LGBT community—and even claimed he would be a better president for LGBT Americans than his opponent, Hillary Clinton. However, on Wednesday, July 26, our ever illustrious president posted three tweets announcing the ban of transgender people from serving in the United States military. Quoted from President Trump’s twitter via CNN: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. 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. Thank you.” This statement was not approved by the Pentagon (something I’m not surprised about). But why such a hasty and impulsive decision made by the military’s own Commander in Chief? Prior to Trump announcing his ban on transgender people from serving in the military, Obama repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that was administered under Clinton’s presidency. This policy allowed “closeted members of the military to serve,” where outed ones could not. Under Barack Obama’s presidency, in 2011, he lifted the ban on transgender people from serving openly in the military. However, the Obama administration also allowed for a one year review to allow for the Pentagon to be able to analyze and come up with a plan on how they would implement new transgender recruits into the military, openly. And with no plan by the end of the deadline, current Defense secretary, James Mattis, who was on vacation, postponed a decision on finalizing the transgender policy. Trump merely tweeted him his final answer.

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August 8, 2017

Health Care is a Right Not a Privilege

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Have you or someone in your family recently visited a hospital or visited a doctor? How much did it cost? Think about that cost if you did not have any health insurance. 18.4 million people were estimated to have stayed overnight in a hospital last year. According to Zane benefits an average stay at a hospital without insurance is, “more than $73,000. With insurance, the cost averages $2,400.” I don’t know about you, but paying $2,400 sounds a lot better than paying $73,000. As Americans, we have access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. My wish is to keep the Affordable Care Act in place.

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August 8, 2017

Finishing a Full Course of Antibiotics: New Medical Myth Exposed?

pillsAntibiotics are currently used by millions of people all over the world to treat numerous amounts of infections. However, many bacteria are evolving to become resistant to antibiotics. As a result, many common, easily-treatable infections have now become difficult to treat. There is no doubt that the misuse and overuse of antibiotics have given rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but how can we combat this when we need these medications?

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