June 27, 2018

The Bigger​ Picture: Why the International Space Station should remain in the hands of NASA

By Tahlia W.

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When I was a little girl, my mom and I would track the International Space Station and search for the bright light that shone as it passed us in the night sky. It was during these instances that I first had an inkling of the potential that human beings had in space exploration
if given the opportunity and resources. As a former Houstonian proud of the feats accomplished at Johnson Space Center and a lifelong admirer of all things space-related, I have avidly followed the contributions achieved through NASA’s research. The International Space Station is an example of NASA’s trailblazing work in space research. Recently, however, steps have been taken by the White House that would cause NASA to sever ties with the ISS. Continue reading

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June 27, 2018

THE CANNABIS ACT AND THEIR CONTROVERSIES

Before we start off with the argumentative issue about the use of marijuana, let’s begin with some historical facts about this plant. Back in the days, around 2637 B.C., marijuana was used to help with digestion in China.  Sepalika wrote that if it is prepared in a synergistic formula with other herbs under the supervision of experts, then it is safe to use.

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June 27, 2018

The Magic Plant

cannabis-week-2-flower.jpgCannabis has been a very controversial plant in the present day. Numerous provinces, including some parts of the United States, have been legalizing marijuana both medically and recreationally. In the likes of Canada, the plant has been legal medically ever since the early 2000’s. According to ABC News, Canada’s Senate just passed a Bill C-45, a bill that moves to legalize cannabis recreationally all throughout the country (Winsor, 2018). This means that it will be legal to sell, grow and use cannabis with accordance to some rules, of course.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

June 26, 2018

From Zero Tolerance Policy to Zero Tolerance Morals

barb-wires-barbed-wire-barrier-340585By Kāʻai Fernandez

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, was built on the backs of the poor, of the hungry, of the huddled masses. This country of ours was founded on the hopes and dreams of a people who felt hopeless in the Old World, who traveled thousands of miles over open ocean in dangerous conditions, into the unknown, for nothing but a chance at a new life. And after its founding, immigrants came because America had limitless opportunities, because America had freedom, because American had humane, morally good policies for struggling immigrants.

Those humane immigration policies don’t appear to exist anymore.

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June 26, 2018

Keep The Children Fed

Keep The Children Fed

By Cory Gleason

 

Image result for SNAPOn Thursday, June 21, 2018, The House passed the Farm Bill by a vote of 213-211. The Farm Bill will re-authorize programs ranging from nutrition assistance and crop subsidies to rural development and agricultural research.Democrats were in opposition to the bill because of the changes to the food stamp program. The bill imposes new work requirements on food stamp recipients. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, more commonly known as food stamps helps to provide more than 40 million Americans with groceries to feed themselves and their families. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

June 26, 2018

College: from the eyes of the kids who can’t afford it

Let us first and foremost shed light on the fact that not all issues that should be front and center in the world of news always are, especially those that people may feel are out of their control. After all, who in their right mind would truly believe that anything they had to say about their own personal struggles in relation to living as a college student, would be heard by 5,300 institutions nationally? Todays reality behind what I will refer to as, the college epidemic, lies with the fact that a college degree is not optional for most jobs in todays economy. That being said, more and more students from low-income backgrounds are pursuing higher education. However, as we all know, with higher education comes higher costs, in the United states of America. In this public argument, I will provide context on the issue of college student poverty in America from both objective and subjective articles in order to display the arguments surrounding the importance of finding solutions for us struggling students. Continue reading

June 26, 2018

Deepening the Divide: How the De Niro-Trump feud affects our collective discourse

 

railway-1758208_1920As a student in an argumentative writing class, I have recently cultivated an appreciation for effective rhetoric. Fostering substantive rhetoric is an age-old art and is described by the great rhetors of the past such as Cicero and Quintilian. In their time, rhetoric was a tool by which an issue was deliberated. My study of ancient rhetoric led me to question the quality of our own societal rhetoric. I have observed that the quality of our nation’s rhetoric has slowly diminished as a result of the prevalent state of discourse in our society today. The recent exchanges between actor Robert De Niro and Trump are one instance of many similar to this but highlight the prevalence of empty, meaningless words rather than substantive, logical discourse. Continue reading

June 26, 2018

A Pledge to Humanity

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Currently, thousands of illegal immigrants from Mexico encounter conflicts upon their attempts to come across the border, a big percentage of them being children. When immigrants are discovered, they immediately are separated amongst each other to get evaluated by the Customs and Border Protection Facility. Families get separated and left behind. President Trump makes it known that we do not allow immigrants into our country without justification. 

Some of these immigrants go days and even weeks without seeing each other again as they get relocated into temporary shelters, but for many, the chances of being reunited are little to none.  Continue reading

June 26, 2018

Trump’s New Title X Takes Away Crucial Funding for Family Planning Organizations

Screen Shot 2018-06-26 at 12.00.52 AMSomething I don’t think some people realize, is how grueling having a baby can be. The changes to your body and hormones, medical complications, medical finances, etc. If you don’t have the support and stability for that, what can you do? Some people say adoption, but just having your body change out of your control, and giving birth is something that isn’t easy to endure. Many people focus on all the positive aspects of having a baby. However, for many women who aren’t ready for that, it’s a nightmare. The fear of getting pregnant at the wrong time is why we also have contraceptives and places like Planned Parenthood. It’s to give us choice of deciding what we want to do. A lot of the funding that supports women and families in need are being threatened. Trump’s revision of Title X will ruin what was created to help people. Continue reading

June 26, 2018

The Overlooked Flaw in Our Justice System

One of the most overlooked problems at present is the unjust handling of cases involving the youth of today. A case that really stood out to me was the case of Brendan Dassey. According to Chris Harris of People Magazine – Crime, “Dassey is serving a life sentence for intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and sexual assault.” (https://people.com/crime/brendan-dassey-whats-the-latest-on-his-case-after-making-a-murderer/) Dassey was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Although he sits in prison right now, it is highly believed by prosecutors that he was coerced into confessing by the police officer who administered his interrogation. Continue reading

June 25, 2018

Windowless Airplane – Emirates Airline

Technology used to be something that we weren’t so familiar with but now it is hard to imagine a life without technology. Some technology can be beneficial while others can cause more negative impacts.Technology sometimes can make us safe but can also be harmful in other situations as well. We cannot just set in stone of which technology is good or bad because everyone values their lives differently due to their lives’ styles they have. Here is another debatable issue on the new game changing in our technology world where Emirate Airlines that decided to launch their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, a windowless airplane with virtual windows. They’re only doing for first class, the economy class will still remain windows for now, however, their ultimate goal is to create aircrafts without any windows. Many have come across the questions about pros and cons and here are some (Whitehead 2018). Continue reading

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. Continue reading

June 25, 2018

Take the Turnpike to Failing Bureaucracy

bagger-constructing-construction-2489As a child, I found something fun about going over potholes; they’re like jumps after all—and creaking bridges and cracked roads make the world feel old, like life’s an adventure. But by the time you own the car that trips over that pothole and cracks a rim, it’s not fun. And when you pay taxes on the bridges that make you nervous to drive over and cracked roads that make you frown. When there is a lack of results from the private sector and the public sector working together, it doesn’t feel like an adventure. It feels like a horror movie.

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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. Continue reading

June 25, 2018

Mental Healthcare: Let’s Do Something About It.

Mental Healthcare: Let’s Do Something About It.

By Cory Gleason

The recent suicides of public icons Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have reminded the world of celebrities mortality and of the fact that everyone has an internal struggle. Mental illness is something that can affect anyone regardless of their gender, age, race, or physical health. I have personally struggled with anxiety throughout most of my life and would not wish it on anyone. To be in a room full of people and still feel alone is one of the most isolating feelings and often times has made me think I was crazy. The subject of whether or not mental illness exists or is serious is not what we see debated today. In fact, President Donald Trump has openly recognized the need for mental health care reform in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida. The problem is, everyone recognizes that we have a mental health epidemic in our country, but no one seems to know what to do about it. We admit that our mental health care system needs to be revised, so why is our government defunding it? Health insurance coverage for mental health care needs to be reformed by providing more funding and access to people that need help. Continue reading

June 24, 2018

Amusement and Theme Parks Would Be Wise to Follow in SeaWorld’s Footsteps

Every month I look forward to receiving my monthly copy of National Geographic. The vibrant, striking photos on the cover with their intriguing captions and headlines never cease to capture my attention. This month, when I pulled my copy out of the mailbox, I was immediately struck by the beauty of the iceberg the cover image displayed. It was bright, white, and shimmering in the sunlight, reflecting itself onto the ocean surrounding it. However, upon closer glance, I came to the realization that it was no iceberg at all, but instead, it was a plastic bag partly submerged in the ocean with the headline “Planet or Plastic? 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”    Continue reading

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? Continue reading

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