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July 4, 2020

Providing an Education for the Students of Tomorrow

Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus, states have closed down places that were often populated with people to flatten the growing curve. From restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, to schools. Because learning institutions are shut down, many students have had to adjust to the online learning environment. This has caused many frustrations from parents having difficulty providing meals at home, to students adjusting to the foreign teaching strategies implemented. A student affected by the coronavirus pandemic expressed her dissatisfaction to the New York Times,“‘If you had told me a few months ago that I would be praying to go to school, I would’ve laughed and called you crazy, but I would do anything to go back to my school.’” It is understood by everyone that having students stay at home would be the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. However, as a student, I believe that the lack of proper learning for students is a bigger issue, as the online learning environment is creating problems for these students. They are the future generation. It’s important that we give them the education they deserve. Because of these points, there should be a discussion of reopening schools.

July 4, 2020

In women we trust

As Americans we live in a land of freedom where, for the most part, we are able to make our own decisions. A big controversy currently in the news is the topic of abortion. There are two sides to this great debate: Pro-life and pro-choice. Pro-life refers to anti-abortion activists who believe that they are the voices for the unborn and they deserve the right to live. On the other hand, pro-choice supporters believe that there is a right for all women to make a decision to consider abortion. While I can see the good intentions behind anti-abortion activists, abortion should ultimately be a decision that a woman can fall back on if necessary. 

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July 4, 2020

Tourist Dependent

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies a chain of Hawaiian Islands. The beautiful scenery and aloha spirit captivate the attention of vacationers, adventurers, and travelers all over the world, all year round. Although, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, all incoming travelers should be thinking twice before booking a trip, as they would be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Per Governor David Ige’s orders, incoming travelers, including trans-pacific and inter-island (until recently) are required to self- quarantine for 14-days. Simply stated, no leaving the place of dwelling for 14-days (for anything besides a medical emergency), whether it be a friend’s house or a hotel. However, in this attempt to decrease the spread of coronavirus on the islands, unfortunately, 23% of the islands’ workforce is unemployed. Many of these individuals are a part of the hospitality and tourism industry that awaits reopening. Though the issue arises of whether plans to reopen tourism on August 1st will be effective in simultaneously boosting the economy and keeping residents safe.

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July 4, 2020

Hong Kong Battle for Its Autonomy, How Long Will It Last

Communist China has been attacking on Hong Kong’s autonomy causing violence and protest to appear all over the city. In the past 10 years, Hong Communist China has been attacking Hong Kong’s autonomy causing violence and protest to appear all over the city. In the past ten years, Hong Kong has experienced numerous acts by the Chinese communist government to gain more control of the Hong Kong government and threaten its autonomy. This attack on Hong Kong has been met by stiff opposition labeled as “Hongkongers.” The battle between the Chinese government and Hongkongers in recent years has turned from protests to violence. It has only been 23 of the 50 guaranteed years since Hong Kong received its autonomy, and Communist China’s actions seem that its 50 years might be a little too long.

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July 3, 2020

Who is to say which monument deserves to stay?

Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and many more – what they all have in common is the recent debate whether to remove their monuments as a part of Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. However, not only in the US but around the world, statues are being toppled, scorched, beheaded, or painted over for reasons ranging from colonial associations to African slave-trade connotations. The Black Lives Matter movement, erupted by the death of George Floyd, has renewed efforts to remove controversial Confederate figures in the U.S. and sparked activists across the country to call for the removal of several statues and monuments perceived as “symbols of racism and oppression in the United States”. On the other hand, this has also caused illegal vandalism and violent destruction of some statues escalating into vandalism cases such as Andrew Jackson’s monument. Due to this case, Trump began asserting punishments of arrest and up to 10 years in prison for any person who “willfully injures or destroys, or attempts” to destroy any type of monument on public property. The current escalation of vandalism and toppling statues without discrimination does not make any purposeful or effective progress for the BLM movement but actually disillusions the original message of the movement instead of working toward a solution for the future. 

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July 3, 2020

Diversification or Devastation: Tourism Arrives at an Economic and Ideological Crossroads

By Carin Enovijas

crowded waikikiCatastrophic upheaval and devastation wrought by wars, plagues and natural disasters generally tend to inspire collaborative, innovative solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Even when empires collapse, “the ratchet effect” is what drives us to keep improving our odds for generational survival and quality of life through increased complexity and diversity. The global Covid-19 pandemic has emerged at a crucial intersection of dysfunction that goes well beyond issues of public health and safety. It has helped to expose the critical erosion of economic, political, and social institutions, while interrupting fragmented efforts to address the imminent devastation of climate change.

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July 1, 2020

Cancel Culture: Fear as Capital

There are a few ways one can define themselves as a human being. We huddled together in caves, and brought down the largest of prey and have built up our understanding of science and math through generations of research and development. From the beginning, we have evolved as a species to achieve more than any other on the planet. This would be entirely impossible without community. To “cancel” someone can be described as: “They want to take away their power or their cultural capital. They want to diminish their significance, whether it’s a personal boycott or a public shaming.” In ancient times, this would have been a death sentence. In modern times, it can be a professional death sentence. Cancel culture is a double-edged sword that has given the consumers autonomy through the use of technology.

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June 30, 2020

The Importance of Immigrants to the Workforce

passport-2642172_640Ever since President Donald Trump took office, he has established his strong beliefs against immigrants. From promising a wall to hinder illegal immigrants from entering the United States during his election, to the separation of children from their parents due to deportation, he has made a negative impact as the President of the United States. Now, he has established an executive order to suspend visas that allow immigrants to come to America and work, along with extending the freeze of issuing green cards for new immigrants.

June 30, 2020

Reform to Defund Law Enforcement

The resurgence of a human and civil rights movement that was triggered by the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of law enforcement officials has truly swept the nation as well as the world. Protests and civil disorder erupted in not only in major cities in the United States such as in Los Angeles, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota that lasted numerous days but also in other countries such as China to fight for justice to those who lost their lives at that hands of police officers, social reform, and racial equality. As a result of these tragedies, protestors and activists are advocating for social reforms to “Defund the Police” or “Abolish the Police,” one of the few slogans that became prevalent from the events.

June 30, 2020

Reopening Schools During A Pandemic

Schools play a major role in the lives of children. They provide them with a space where they are able to learn under the direction of their teachers. While in school children are able to socialize with others and learn more about themselves in the process. However, back in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic schools were forced to shut down and all students had to receive their education through online learning. Now with only a little over a month of summer break left many are wondering what is going to happen in Fall. Not all districts have released their decision on whether or not students will be able to return to in-person classes. It is clear that the number one priority is everyone’s safety, but children should be able to return to school as long as specific health guidelines are implemented within these institutions. Students need to return back to school so that they can receive a proper education, they can get the services they need that they are unable to get at home, and so that their parents are able to return back to work to help rebuild our economy, 

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June 30, 2020

Americans Need A Second Stimulus Package

The United States economy is experiencing a recession it has not seen since the Great Depression. Back in March, America went on lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During the lockdown, millions of people lost their jobs and the number of people who filed for unemployment reached an all-time high. Unemployment rates reached 14.7 percent in April with approximately 36.5 million Americans filing for unemployment in the first eight weeks of the shutdown. As a way to help citizens, the government passed the CARES Act which was to help protect people from the health and economic impact of Covid-19. The bill gives those on unemployment an extra $600 per week and allowed each person who qualified to receive a one time $1,200 stimulus check, but that was back in April. As we approach July, people are still struggling to make ends meet and many are worried that once the lockdown is declared over they will be facing mountains of debt due to not being able to pay their bills while being out of work.

June 30, 2020

Putin’s Ambitions

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In a world where globalization has allowed more communication to take place than ever before, one can argue that there are ways in which this fact can be taken advantage of: this is clearly seen in countries such as Russia, where Putin has been the leader for the better part of the last two decades. But it is arguable as to whether or not he is a good leader. It is also difficult to decipher Putin’s true ambitions when it comes to his meddling with the Western world. Is there enough proof to suggest his motivations?

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June 30, 2020

The Mask Dilemma

As the number of deaths linked to coronavirus in the United States looms over 100,000, in theory, all measures are put in place to prevent and protect the population. In some states this means mandating the use of face masks in most public settings or when social distancing can not be enforced. For many, though not all, face masks have become the new fashion and new way of living. For others, numbers, science, logic, laws will not stop them from their defiance in wearing a mask, including the President. Arising from this is the issue of whether more can be done to enforce the requirements and orders of wearing face masks in public. If further steps are not taken, there may be fearful consequences to the United States. Though what more can be done?

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June 30, 2020

How Trump Has Changed America

2020 is not only the start of a new decade, but potentially the beginning of a new political era. Donald Trump, the current president of the United States is the least approved president in U.S. history. His approval rate is currently 45%. The next presidential election is only four months away and Trump’s current approval rating is continuing to fall. If Donald Trump was to be reelected our country would see major changes that would last generations. The country needs a presidential candidate that has plans to reform our country for the benefit of the people. We need a candidate who strives for greater financial and racial equality, a stronger democracy, and less environmental impact. This being said, the fate of our democracy lies in the hands of the people.

June 30, 2020

The Consequences of Ignoring Public Health

In February 2020, a killer broke ground in the United States, and citizens had no idea they were about to become targets of a blind massacre. Frank Gabrin, 60, was the first E.R. physician to feel the sting of the murderer’s weapon. April Dunn, 33, was an outspoken disability rights advocate, who dedicated her life to equal access for those with disabilities before passing. Wogene Debele, 43, died shortly after giving birth to her fourth child, a son, whom she never had the opportunity to meet. There are countless stories like this; stories of ordinary people, good people, who had their life cut short due to this devastation. But what is to blame?

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June 30, 2020

Intersecting Pandemics: Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue Rooted in Inequality

By Carin Enovijas

2 pistolsAmerica is simultaneously fighting two intersecting pandemics: Covid-19 and the deadly spread of chronic, socioeconomic inequalities underlying the proliferation of gun violence that disproportionately affects communities of color. Historically in America, gun violence rises during times of crisis. Economic hardships and social unrest incite fear and panic causing people to scramble for protection, as was the case following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Sandy Hook shootings, and now Covid-19.

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June 30, 2020

What Defunding the Police Should Mean and Why we Should do It

woman-kneeling-on-the-back-of-a-car-and-holding-a-sign-4613906Everyone has seen or heard the protests that have been going on for the past few weeks. People chanting various phrases such as, “Say their names” or “No justice, no peace, no racist police.” However, one phrase has stuck out, so much so that the idea is gaining traction and support throughout the United States. This phrase is, “Defund the police.” However, people are unable to agree on what defunding the police means and entails. Some believe that it means to abolish the police and some people believe it means to give them funding and so forth.

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June 30, 2020

Coronavirus is not Easing the Pedal on Its Spread, Neither Should We on Our Restrictions


In just one week’s time, the state of Florida witnessed a rise of nearly 13,000 cases of coronavirus. As the number of cases begin to rise following the anticipated “reopening” of states and ease of restrictions, there is a growing concern over whether it is safe to do so.

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June 30, 2020

Covid-19 Underscores the Need for Medical for All

By Carin Enovijas

M4AAs the world struggles with the socioeconomic impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic, The United States of America remains the only industrialized nation in the world without universal healthcare. Yet, we outspend all other developed nations, averaging $10,000 per capita annually on healthcare expenses. Meanwhile, in 2018 nearly 37 million were uninsured and another 41 million were unable to access costly healthcare services, according to a Yale University study published by The Lancet. Medical bills are still the number one cause of bankruptcies in the US, while the top seven US health insurance companies pocketed $35.7 billion in profits for 2019.

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June 29, 2019

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Advocates Agreed! But Not For the Same Reasons

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Last week, a woman in the UK was court-ordered to have her unborn baby killed. The woman’s doctors convinced Justice Nathalie Lieven to compel her to have an abortion because of her mental disabilities. The doctors believed that because she has to the mental age of a child, the birth of and care for the baby would be harmful to the woman and to the child. It was believed that the baby might not be cared for and that the mother would be subject to psychological damage in the process of childbirth. The baby’s grandmother, mother of the woman, joined forces with the woman’s social worker and lawyers to make an appeal because they all believed the baby should be born. Internationally, the public was rooting for the woman; it was even a possibility that the US would get involved in protecting the woman and her child. Many are rejoicing, however, because the ruling was overturned

It is significant that here, many on both sides of the abortion argument agreed that this woman should not be forced to have an abortion.

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