June 29, 2016

Let’s Regulate Chemicals to Protect America

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By Jerrisa Ching

Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals in the United States are not adequately tested for their effects on human health? Well, I sure didn’t. These 80,000 chemicals especially lurk in your furniture, clothing, cars, and even food. Chemical consumers are often unaware of the risks that chemical-based products have. Because of these health risks, the U.S. federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comes into the story.

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June 29, 2016

Play for Pay

football-557565_640Individuals choose to attend major colleges and universities across the nation for various reasons. Some seek higher education, while others desire to find passions and refine various skills one may use to find a professional career upon graduation. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

June 28, 2016

Net Neutrality is a Good Thing

AmplifyWhat is the Internet? It seems like an easy question, but is it? Do we really know what the Internet is? We know what Facebook or Google is. We know what we use every day on our phones. However, who can actually formulate an accurate definition of the Internet? That is our first step on the way to stasis. What is it? We can argue about it, we can debate how to use it, but without a definition, it is just sound and fury, signifying nothing. Continue reading

June 28, 2016

Medicinal Marijuana Across The Nation

cannMarijuana has been around for centuries, and states are now coming to the conclusion that this herbal plant has properties that can help ease pain, and other medical conditions. Medical Marijuana is the use of the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat a disease or the symptoms. Medical Marijuana has been seen in many cases to help ease pain without the strong effects of becoming addicted the way other opiates work, and helping decrease many mental aspects to conditions such as depression. There have been recent cases in which Medicinal Marijuana has been more affective then other medications used over time. Although 50% of our country benefits from the use of Medical Marijuana as an alternative to health damaging medications, there is still the other half of our country fighting for these gains. The legalization of Medicinal Marijuana should be nationwide and not only limited to half of our country.

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June 27, 2016

Should Gun Amendments Be Included With Mental Health Care?

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By Jerrisa Ching

Imagine that you are a patient in a mental health hospital. The H.R. 2646 Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act has been implemented recently, so you have open access to numerous mental health services. You decide to take an inpatient service, where a doctor will assist you in medication administration and group therapy programs. But one day, your doctor comes into your room to ask if you own a gun and whether you store a gun correctly. You feel perturbed by these questions, but respond with an honest, ‘No, I don’t own a gun’. The doctor looks doubtful at your response, despite what he suspects from your mental health record.

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August 15, 2015

Target Island Needs $1 Billion from US Military

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By: Megan Kono

The Island of Kaho’olawe is just off the coast of Maui and was used by the US Navy for military target practice. The Navy bombed the 45 square mile island from World War II. After decades of protests by the Native Hawaiians, President George H W. Bush ordered the military to stop their target practice in December of 1990. It was agreed that the military would remove 100% of the ordinance from Kahoolawe.

Forty-two years later, “Despite an expensive cleanup of unexploded ordnance [by the US Military], the island and its surrounding waters are still littered with bullets, shells and bombs.” Scientists from over fifty countries urge the “U.S. military to spend $1 billion to remove the unexploded ordnance on Kahoolawe and restore its environment.” The Navy’s failure to clean up Kaho’olawe has caused damage to the Island and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners; they should be held responsible for the damage they have caused.

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August 15, 2015

Re-Victimized for Speaking Out: The Repercussions of Rape

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In a world where Americans try to preach the equality of men and women and the rights that each of us have as citizens, comedian Bill Cosby manipulated his way and lied to the public against accusations from women who claim that he drugged them, and either sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, or raped them. When the first several women came out, the public, including celebrities, appallingly ridiculed them and accused them of being money hungry, fame hungry, or both. Some even had the audacity to ask why these women could not speak up earlier and report it to the police if it was in fact true. Why have they been judged, ridiculed, and victimized for speaking out about their horrendous experiences with the vile comedian, who tried to paint a completely different, wholesome picture of himself to the world? This type of reaction is far too common, especially when the sexual predator is famous or a very prominent person in the community. Continue reading

August 15, 2015

The Naked Truth behind the Backpackers in their Birthday Suits

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It took several hours. I had believed them when they told me that oxygen thinned as you went higher in altitude, but I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of first-hand experience. It took nearly twenty breaks in between scaling the smooth slab of rocks to eventually reach the base of the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu—Low’s Peak, or so it was named. On my left was South Peak, the second highest peak whose image is emblazoned on Malaysia’s hundred ringgit note. My breathing was difficult and shallow, and I thought, for probably the hundredth time that day, that any hopes of scaling Mount Everest were an immediate shutdown. Continue reading

August 15, 2015

Hawaii Need’s to Burn its Recycling Program

Going green? Our society has seen some drastic changes when it comes to protecting the environment.  For some, when they hear the words “Global Warming,” Al Gore comes to mind. The Inconvenient Truth presentation given by Al Gore illustrates the harsh realities of our environmental impact on Earth. To this day, right before I throw my plastic bottle into the waste can or “grey barrel”, I can’t help but to stop and think of the melting iceberg with the adorable polar bear on it. Continue reading

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