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June 30, 2018

The Last Stand of The Not so Big, Not so Bad Wolf

afterglow-animal-backlit-247583By Kāʻai Fernandez

So, you’re an endangered Red Wolf. First off, congratulations on that; secondly, you’ve got some problems. Okay, “some” is an understatement, but I’m sure you’re not worried… right? You’re an endangered species—that’s a bummer. And, even though you used to live throughout this place called America, from Texas to Pennsylvania, you now only live in North Carolina; oh, and there are fewer than a 100 of you left in the wild. You’ve been hunted, shot, starved and butchered—life’s been difficult.

And life is about to get a whole lot worse.

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June 27, 2018

Keeping Families Together Makes America Great

By Eve Berlinskyposters-2590766_1920

As our country attempts to tackle the topic of immigration, there is heated debate from both opponents and proponents of it. On one side, we see those who believe that immigration should be reduced in order to provide jobs for American citizens. On the other side, we see those who believe that immigrants help better our country by diversifying it, among other reasons. However, it seems that the recently implemented “zero-tolerance” policy has gained the attention of those on both sides. Many people have seen the heartbreaking photos and read the saddening reports of children, as young as two years old, being taken away from their parents as a deterrent to those crossing the United States border. From these accounts, it is evident that this policy is a cruel, barbaric one. Separating children from their parents in a foreign country where many of them do not even speak the language is wrong, and America stands for so much more than that.

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June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling Could Bury Online Small Businesses

adolescent-bag-beautiful-919436Think about this. When you make a purchase at a store, does the cashier charge you a sales tax based on where you are from or where the store is located? Personally, I’ve never had a cashier ask me for my state ID in order to figure out how much sales tax to charge me. That would be ridiculous and inefficient. Generally, sales tax has been based on where the business is physically located. The business sector has been progressively becoming more technology driven. Some of the most prominent companies in the world only operate online. Companies like Amazon have really changed the business environment in this way. Companies can sell their products globally without having a physical presence near their customers. Clearly e-commerce has been a growing sensation in the world. E-commerce currently makes up for about 10% of all US retail sales. That 10% share is about $500 billion in sales and is expected to grow exponentially.

Since the rise of e-commerce, there has been debates in the US on how these companies would be deal with the varying sales tax policies in each state. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that state governments may only impose a sales tax on companies that have a physical presence in their state. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overrule their 1992 vote. Now states are allowed to require companies with no physical presence to collect sales taxes on transactions.

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June 26, 2018

Your Daily Coffee Is About To Get Roasted

Many are familiar with the name Al Gore. The 45th Vice President of the United States of America. Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election. Divorcee of his high school sweetheart. 1969 Army enlistee. Well now I’m getting off track. The point is, most have heard the name Al Gore at some point in their lives, whether they lived through his vice-presidential terms, or they have heard his name on the news when topics of climate change are brought up. Regardless, Al Gore was ahead of his time. He argued on the existence of climate change and the obligation we have to bring it under control, even winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. However, even now, eighteen years after he served as the Vice President and fought for the country to gain a control on climate change, many still do not believe that climate change is a problem that affects them.

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June 25, 2018

Why did Businesses Destroy the “Head Tax”?

administration-adult-black-and-white-808424What picture pops into your head when you think about Seattle? Maybe it’s the wide array of scenery, like the Space Needle or the Puget Sound. Maybe you picture its progressive community. Or maybe you picture its thriving business environment. Seattle has shaped itself into one of the most sought out places to live. It is a vibrant, progressive, and modern city with an incredible business market. But, with such rapid economic growth comes a price. Homelessness has become an unfortunate upward trend in Seattle because of the increase in cost of living. Seattle has seen an increase of 4% in homelessness in the past year, and there are 8,599 people living in streets, in vehicles, or in abandoned buildings. A lot of people blame big companies for the increase in living expenses in Seattle. The rising rates of gentrification, income inequality, and homelessness is believed to have been brought by an increase of highly paid tech workers in the city. Houses that are located in King County, which is where Amazon is located, have appreciated twice as fast as the national average. People are being forced to live in the streets because they no longer can afford to pay their rents. If living in the streets wasn’t bad enough, Seattle’s cold climate and geographic location doesn’t help much either.

In response to this growing problem in March of 2017, the Seattle Council Board enacted a ‘head tax’ that required Seattle based companies that made over $20 million in revenue to pay $275 of taxes per employee to combat the homeless issue surrounding the city.

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June 25, 2018

Trusting the Science of Vaccinations

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By Eve Berlinsky

When people decide to have children, there are many choices they must make regarding themselves and their children. These can range all the way from what color they should paint the child’s room to which daycare they should place their child in. These choices seem trivial compared to one of the most important decisions a parent must make- whether or not to vaccinate their child. In the past, the answer to this question was always a yes. It seems that only in recent years people have become less accepting of science and medicine.

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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 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 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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July 2, 2016

It’s Time for Churches to Pay Their Share

moneyThere 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.

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June 29, 2016

Striving for collective intelligence 

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By Jade

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.

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June 29, 2016

Supreme Court Stops Obama’s Immigration Plan

affirmative-actionStevie was my neighbor from the time I was born. We played together just about every day, and we went to Kindergarten together at the public school up the hill from our houses. We played with G.I. Joe mostly, and I never saw the irony in that. It never registered with me that his name was actually Esteban. Even when his parents were speaking Spanish they called him Stevie.

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August 12, 2015

The Tent City: Running Out Of Room For Sweeps

Tents line the sidewalks at Ohe Street near Waterfront Park in Kakaako. 30dec2014 . photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat http://www.civilbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/kakaako-homeless-ohe-street1-640x322.jpg

Tents in Kakaako. 30dec2014 . photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat.

As I drive by Kaka’ako, I see homeless children, mothers, and fathers, pushing their possessions in a shopping cart. I see others chugging their problems away with Karkov Vodka. I see a crazy lady with white wispy hair preaching nonsense to the world on the corner of McCully and Kapiolani Blvd. I see “Mooch,” a native Hawaiian surfer, every Sunday, where he lives at my favorite surf spot, Rockpiles by Ala Moana.

I find myself trying to sweep my memories of the homeless away under a bridge, just like how the government tries to sweep them away, hoping they’ll be less visible. The fact of the matter is that sweeping away homeless people with more “Sit-lie” bands do nothing but move them around. Conducting city sweeps does not solve the root of the homeless problem. The government must stop wasting time on money and sweeps and work towards more permanent/affordable housing along with a livable minimum wage.

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August 12, 2015

Netflix’s Special Gift

netflixCurrently, according to the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees expecting to care for a newborn or newly adopted child are entitled up to 12 weeks of leave, but hold your applause; this leave is unpaid. According to the Center for American Progress, only 12 percent of Americans work for companies that offer paid leave. This low percentage is due to the fact that paid leave only applies to companies that have more than 50 employees, which means very few Americans can take benefit since a majority work for small to midsize companies that have fewer than 50 employees.

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August 14, 2014

Obama Airstrikes, But Keeps Promise

Map showing ISIS presenceOne week ago, the White House and Obama Administration discussed a possible military airstrike against an Islamic Extremist group (known as ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) quickly gaining ground in Iraq and Syria.  The group, also known as the successor to Al-Qaeda, gained a hold of the most powerful dam in Iraq that grants them access to the entire Baghdad River more or less.   With that acquisition, the United States along with other allies such as France and smaller cities in Iraq decided that it was time to take action.  Would the best tactic be a full-on military assault to stop the group immediately?  Should we not take military action, but just aid the religious minorities?  President Obama proposes an airstrike.  A move that covers and solves the three major problems we currently have: offense, defense, and promises.

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August 13, 2014

Corporate Inversion: A Popular Trend

round-glass-offices-architecture-1229592-sThe idea of a multinational corporation has become more attractive in recent months. Becoming a multinational corporation, also known as MNC, is currently the go to method for maximizing profits. One the major benefits of becoming an MNC is avoiding paying taxes. The act of merging with a foreign company in order to relocate to another country that has a lower tax rate is known as corporate inversion. In 2004, Congress did take measures to limit this activity. But because of a gaping loophole, the recent surge of corporate inversion has been ever present.

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May 8, 2014

Minorities, Children, and Minimum Wage

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The recent racist remarks from, now banned, Clippers owner Donald Sterling has surely sparked a controversy that highlights the issue of racism in our country. Once thought to have been dwindling, considering America has been making attempts at becoming a more accepting and tolerant nation, this reminded us all of how there are still those with unfair and morally debased judgments. The mindset says that black people, as well as other minorities, are inferior to white people.

These thoughts and beliefs aren’t only unique to Donald Sterling, however.

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May 8, 2014

FCC: Caught in the Corporate Net

neutral 1On May 15th, 2014 there will be a notice of proposed rulemaking issued to the public that Senator Al Franken says “is the free speech issue of our time.” These rules aren’t being proposed by any court or justice department, but instead by the fellas at the freaking FCC, as Peter Griffin refers to them. Before you scoff at Al Franken’s remark, let’s take a closer look at the history of printed information and see why the Senator is not alone.

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May 7, 2014

Tattoos in the Workforce

Tattoos_Workplace_MillennialsDo you know someone with a tattoo? Tattoos are now becoming mainstream due to their increased acceptance in society. About 60% of people with blue collar jobs have a tattoo. Tattoos have meaning or tell a story about a person. Certain cultures encourage tattoos because it symbolizes overcoming hardship and their personality.

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April 28, 2014

Time for an Upgrade?

Microsoft-Windows-XP-logo-blissTechnology is advancing like the speed of light, and every day, month, and year, something new is being released making current technology outdated. The possibility of the advancement and what we can do with technology is so great, that it makes running businesses and even our personal lives easier.

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