Dear Yadira, I think your article was awesome and very relatable to the residents of Oakland. I liked that you explained how Oakland is trying to fix these streets but, sadly they don’t have enough money. Something that really popped out to me was when you said, “That’s a lot of money just for potholes and the Oakland budget is inadequately small…[Read more]
Dear, Areli I disagree with your topic because Oakland has spent millions on the homeless community is that the community isn’t using it correctly. You clearly explain the problems and solutions like when you talk about rent, you also talk about who is causing the rent to go up, but you don’t explain why Oakland isn’t helping the homeless. What…[Read more]
Dear Neyzer, I agree with you that Oakland is increasing in homelessness but, what’s your solution? There are so many ways to help but, how specifically can you help. I think you should make a plan to help prevent homelessness before it gets worst like you predicted. “A prediction that I have is that in the future it will be too hard for any other…[Read more]
What is Homelessness? Homelessness is the state of having no home including living on the streets, basically having no stable home to live in(Merriam Webster). Clearly, homelessness is an undeniable problem
Dear Angel, as a reader I acknoledge that you were focusing on homelessness in Oakland and did a good job explaing the problem. It must be a complicated subject because you have to find accurate evidence to support this issue fro both areas. I both agree and disagree with your point on Oakland not doing enough to help the homeless because I dont know what Oakland bugdet is and maybe raising taxes is helping Oakland. I must reiterate this is a complicated topic. Thank you for writing this interesting article.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was, “I dont know what Oakland bugdet is and maybe raising taxes is helping Oakland”(Yadira). A question I have for you is that, Did you read my article ?, because I explain that Oakland has a budget towards the homeless which is about million of dollars. Hopefully that answered your Wonderings. Look forward to hearing back!
I feel good about your post because you are talking about the homeless that they should not be in the streets but not even in jails. One sentence that stood out to me was ” Putting homeless people in jail is immensely irresponsible of Oakland because if they are put into jails away from society they could experience isolation” This stood out because how would Oakland send homeless to live in jail. However one thing that I disagree with you is that why would they put homeless in jail if they are making cabins for them.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. One line you said that stood out to me was , “I disagree with you is that why would they put homeless in jail if they are making cabins for them”(Areli). This makes sense, however can you give me evidence of the homeless getting sent to cabins? because I have no clue what your talking about. Try to bring evidence. Also I like that you disagreed to look at what my mistakes are. Next time I could find more evidence. I could try to bring up Homeless being in cabins next time. Look forward to hearing back.
I’m a student from SJSU and I had an enjoyable experience reading your blog. Living in California, I’ve seen first-hand the many problems that the issue of homelessness brings to both society and the people that live in it. It’s one of the big problems that hold back many great things that could be happening. I found your comparison between Oakland and San Diego to be very interesting, particularly the different approaches that each city takes toward the homeless problem. You mentioned that Oakland’s homeless rates are increasing, while San Diego’s is decreasing, and quote “getting less money they overall are handling their homelessness right by using their money properly.” I absolutely agree with that sentiment; while San Diego is at a disadvantage financially, they still are able to help out their homeless in the best way they can — which is a much better solution than resorting to jail like Oakland. Homelessness is a big problem throughout the world — not just in the U.S. and I think that you bring forward some very compelling opinions on the topic. Hopefully, the future can bring about more positive change like San Diego has.
Dear Armando Gonzales
I am proud of your work “Countering Assumptions”, because you put good grades and a Rubiks cube to show your self to people that Mexicans are smart and can actually be successful in life. Something else that stood out to me was the bike and rock climbing because you don’t really see Mexicans rock climbing or ridding a bike…[Read more]
I am happy about your photo and art work “My Identity Box”, because you’re being brave by showing your true self even though you get bullied you still try your best every day. One special item you have that I really like is the Mexican Flag and toys because you’re telling everybody that you’re not white but a true Mex…[Read more]
Hi! I’m a student at SJSU and I absolutely love what you had to say and what your box represents. I think that it’s great that you have a great sense of where you come from and where you want to end up. I love that you said that many of the objects in your box represent your struggle but they also represent your strength. That is a very powerful statement that I resonate with the more I read it. To me it means that your past and what you have gone through and overcome does not diminish what you have accomplished and what you are about to conquer in your future. It is a very powerful statement and I recognize that. I think that you have a bright future ahead of you and if you continue to stay focused and fight for what you believe in you will go far in life regardless of what ANYBODY has to say. Have a great school year and prove them wrong!
Your box represents your strengths and your weaknesses as you grew up. I appreciate you sharing what you said about the place you grew up in and how a lot of times people judge the area without even knowing it. I also have a Mexican background and hate when people talk down about the ethnicity. It is important that you know no matter what race you are it does not define who you truly are. That being said you have a lot to be proud of coming from a Hispanic background. I love the effort that you put into the box and all of the colors that you used, it truly added a lot of character. Continue to be proud of who you are and what you believe in!
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