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  • I hadn’t really thought of the repercussions of young people being unemployed, so this was very interesting to read about! I never thought about the effect that many young people going back to school instead of working could create a lot of competition for not only getting into college but also getting a job afterwards.

  • I really liked this article! As someone who was on a team who decided to kneel for the national anthem, this was a very interesting article to read. It is important that we don’t forget why we are kneeling in the first place so we can educate people who do not know.

  • Alyssa wrote a new post

    Moving Forward from Private Schools' Racist Past

    Although swept under the rug, many private schools, especially Christian schools, have a racist past of segregation that cannot be ignored. According to the article "Some Christian schools are finally grappling with their racist past and segregated present," many...

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    • Alyssa,

      Your synthesis of this article is very interesting and eye opening. I wasn’t aware of the racist history that so many private schools have and how this continues to have an impact today. As I’ve gone to private school my entire life, your synthesis has made me curious about this issue and how it continues to affect other private school around the country besides Alma Heights Christian Academy.
      I think the way that you described the solution was powerful, and relatable to seemingly every issue. Conversation seems to be such a simple solution that so many people to not want to accept, and I think the way you portrayed it conveys that. Over the past year, deep rooted issues that, like you said, should have been adressed a long time ago are coming to surface in a more appartent way. I think conversation really is the first step toward change, as it creates education, and education creates action.
      The article “Growing up in Asia taught me the importance of speaking up on social issues” discusses how we, as Americans, often take the opportunity to speak up against what we know is wrong for granted, and shows just how powerful conversation can be.

  • Right as I started to read your letter, I deeply related with the sentence “Why do people have to have so many expectations for women?” And it’s true. Women are scrutinized in every single aspect of their life, and there seems to be only one mold of a woman that society finds acceptable. Although we are growing our perception of what women can do,…Read More

  • Alyssa commented on the post, Titanic II

    I would not ride the Titanic II even if someone offered to pay me! I already don’t like cruises because I get motion sick very easily, and adding to the fact that the first Titanic sank and many people lost their lives, I would not want to be one of the first people to ride the Titanic II. Although I don’t think anything bad will happen to the…Read More

  • Gerardo,
    I think this is an interesting topic to bring up. There are so many discrepancies between state laws that are based on age, like when you are able to drive a car legally or even when you can rent a car. Also, I feel as though it is weird that 18-year-olds are considered old enough to make decisions about joining the military or voting,…Read More

  • Alyssa wrote a new post

    The Pro-choice vs Pro-life Dilemma in Utah

    Politics is an ever-present topic in our daily lives. With the 2020 presidential election coming up, hot topics like immigration and abortion are talked about an obsessive amount. I wanted to research how my state has been handling the...

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  • Alyssa commented on the post, Save the World

    I thought the article you focused on explained a very important issue in our society. I think it is important for people like you and me to try to decrease the use of plastic, but we should also push for large corporations to adopt more eco-friendly ways of production. Our own decrease of plastic use will help save our planet, and if we all push…Read More

  • I thought this was really interesting! I think we have all noticed how COVID-19 has affected people working, and it is interesting to see the way my parents are feeling about working from home is similar to many others. COVID-19 will change the way the workplace functions and I agree that this might become the new normal.

  • Alyssa wrote a new post

    Protecting Our Right to Choose

    In 2019, a bill was introduced in Utah to put a ban on abortion at 18 weeks or later. Although this bill has taken a period of dormancy and not been pursued for a while, it has resurfaced again....

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    • The right to choose is so important and is something that is a big risk now. I think voters need to start understanding that not only is the presidential election so important but the elections going on in their own states can really affect their lives. I think your last paragraph is super important, people should understand that staying silent is lethal to our country.

    • Ever since the Roe v. Wade court case was introduced, the constitutionality of abortion has been a huge topic of debate in our country. I think the recognition of this issue is important and I agree with you when I say that the constitutional right of choice is even more important. In order to make sure that women are able to have the choice of whether to abort or not, especially in Utah with the recent resurfacing of this bill, it is important that all of us educate ourselves on the things that are happening and, furthermore, be involved in the government processes as much as we can. It is a woman’s constitutional right to choose whether or not to have an abortion and it is incomprehensibly important that every person fights to help keep this constitutional right.

    • I agree with you that we need to speak up and out. It’s the only way to change things. I think some people think that their opinion doesn’t matter or they don’t think they can make a difference, and they need to realize that every single person (or vote) is essential in helping women keep this important right of decision.

    • I agree that it is so important for us to become involved in government processes to maintain our constitutional rights. Making abortions illegal won’t stop them from happening, it will only put an end to safe abortions. If people are so focused on making abortions illegal, they should also be advocating for proper sex education in public and private schools, and better access to contraceptives. Thank you so much for talking about this topic. These conversations need to be continued in order to make sure our rights are protected.


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