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    Paper or plastic?

    In the article " Bagging Plastic" I learned that a ban of disposable plastic bags went into effect in the state of New York. Three other states like California, Hawaii, and Oregon already have bans on plastic bags and...

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    What really happens to all the plastic Americans toss into blue bins?

    In the article "The Truth About Recycling," I learned that recycling is actually meaningless and the world is getting overrun by plastic waste. The latest numbers from E.P.A. show that in 2018, 27 million tons of U.S. plastic ended...

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    • Ashley, I enjoyed your post about plastic and recycling. Often times I think we, as humans, believe that it is okay to use plastic as long as we recycle it when we finish. I think you are exactly right in saying that recycling symbols on the plastic do not guarantee that the item will be recycled. Everyone needs to be more mindful about the plastic they absolutely need versus want for convenience. Thank you for spreading awareness about this topic- I think it is extremely important to remember in our day-to-day lives.

    • that in recent years in the united states people have begun to leabe a lot of they want an that we have to avoid it .

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    Why are many young people unemployed at this time?

    In the article,¨Young and Unemployed,¨ I learned that all over the world many young people have been affected by the pandemic and are unemployed because of it. In the U.S. 12 percent of young are unemployed many are resorting...

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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.

    • This is a very interesting article. Young being unemployed is a pretty serious issue. I actually lost my job back in March when Covid first hit and my job title was officially terminated because it was no longer necessary during the pandemic. Currently, in Utah, the unemployment rate is 3.6%. It increased when Covid hit and has stayed at this rate ever since.

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    Should pro athletes be getting paid more than those who save lives?

    In the article “ Are Pro Athletes Overpaid?” I learned that pro athletes are highly paid. There are some who think they are paid way more than people who save lives, school teachers, and emergency nurses. Jesse Spector a...

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    • Ashley, I really enjoyed your post about the salary of professional athletes. In the midst of the pandemic as an avid baseball fan myself, I have found myself debating between the same question; however, I never considered the companies behind the players. While personally, I cannot see the salaries changing in the future, I believe the wages should be more evened out between the two professions.

    • Dear Ashley:
      I don’t agree with you that athletes aren’t overpaid because athletes get contracts with millions of dollars while people like health care workers, social workers get paid less. I understand they put their life on the line to get a chance to play the sport they love and show off to the world their talent but what about the healthcare worker? they should at least be paid very well not the same as Athletes but have a reasonable and good price income.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like hearing different opinions from others and I liked how you gave the reason as to why you believe this.

    • Dear Ashley,

      I Enjoyed reading your Should pro athletes be getting paid more than those who save lives? Post because I agree that they are one of the main reasons why many people spend lots of money to spectate this type of entertainment. One of your sentences that stands out to me is ¨I think pro athletes are not overpaid they put their lives on the line some of these sports can be dangerous if you think about it¨. I liked this sentence because sports players do kind of do risk their lives because if they get hit by a baseball for example they could get seriously injured depending on where it hits you. Thanks for your post I will be looking forward to seeing your future posts

      Sincerely,
      Bryan N

    • Dear Ashley,
      Athletes are not overpaid, Their salaries are based on how they are as a player and how they play. All sports have serious risks. Athletes’ salaries are high because of the people who go watch all the gear/ food they buy all goes to the team organization. Also, sponsors give money to Organizations and free gear, so that means less money to spend on new gear, etc. This gives Organizations a lot of extra spending money for their athletes and all that.

    • Dear Ashley:

      I am very interested in your writing “Should pro athletes be getting paid more than those who save lives?” because as one grows up surrounded by sports, many people go out of their way to pursue a high career in playing professional sports. Yes, some may get paid more than those who seek a higher education level but both careers are putting their lives on the line when they go to play or for work purposes. All the higher wages solely depend on the player and their achievements and the same goes for someone in say a medical field.

      One sentence that caught my attention was “…because he thinks pro athletes get paid too much to toss a ball around.” This really caught my attention because those players do not just throw a ball just to have fun but because it is their living and they are supporting the team and company they are intended for.

      Thank you for writing about this topic and will look forward to your next writing because I like seeing the comparisons that others make on worldwide careers.

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    Does smartphone technology affect us?

    In the article, ¨ Are smartphones making us stupid?¨I learned that 81% of Americans own a smartphone especially young people. We carry our phones anywhere we go and we use them for everything. Two experts give their opinion on...

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    • Dear Ashley,

      I am very interested in your post because I agree that our generation and even those younger than us have a problem with excessive phone usage, which in turn makes us more self-absorbed. I entirely agree that although these devices have a negative impact on ourselves and those around us, they also act as Tools that give us access to greater knowledge and offer different views on the world. One thing you said that stands out to me is: “smartphones are making us more wrapped up in ourselves”. I think that this is truly saddening because I have found myself more indulged in my phone rather than enjoying the company of those I am spending time with sometimes. Your post reminds me of the times I spent on my smartphone at certain gatherings or hanging out with friends. I tend to tune out my surroundings and only focus on what’s going on on this little screen, so miss out on creating memories or having heartfelt conversations with my friends and family.
      Thank you for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed this thought provoking post. Your writing has caused me to reflect on my own smartphone usage and the self-absorption it has caused me to obtain. I am intrigued to see more information you’ve learned from this topic, especially the contrast between older generations and younger generations of today regarding device usage and its effects.

    • Dear Ashley:

      I am deeply interested in your topic because our generation is growing up with a more advanced technology than other generations which is making us more dependent on it than ever before. Many of us are using more technology than being connected to materials like books or hand written letters, we are becoming more and more dependent on technology. Yes technology can be very useful, but as a generation and future role models we should not be overly obsessed with this growing technology and show that technology is not the reason why we are “smart”.

      One sentence that caught my attention was: “..smartphones are making us more wrapped up in ourselves and we have less knowledge of the world around us”. This really explains our generation because even on days that we just want to rest with our families or eat together as a family, phones are present as a distraction and becomes a barrier between our surroundings and ourselves.

      I think this is a strong topic and a hurtful topic to talk about and look forward to your future topics. Reading about this topic makes me realize that is it because we invest so much time with phones that our thoughts and actions are being influenced by those who are popular?

      Monse Alvarez

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    Is going to Mars worth the risk?

    In this article ¨Should Humans Go to Mars?¨I learned that several private companies are already developing the advanced technology to make a possible trip to Mars. Although NASA has only sent robots to Mars many scientists believe humans can...

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    Is housework split up fairly in your home?

    In the article “Who’s Still Doing The Housework” I learned that the Covid-19 pandemic is helping solidify traditional gender roles. It's important that men and women with families communicate about who does what. In this article, it states the...

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    • The article “Is housework split up fairly in your home?” explains how now men help out at home than before. Men before just went to work and came home. Women would be the ones taking care of the kid(s), cleaning, cooking, etc. Now men are coming home and helping out with chores. This is not included in the article but women are able to go to work too. I believe housework has changed a little and it’s getting fair for most families.

    • Dear Ashley,
      I am intrigued by your post because one thing you said that stands out for me is “ Its best if both work and do housework… “ This is a good thing why covid-19 happen both husband and wife can work together and this is a great chance for both to work fairly and in a teamwork. Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write in the near future.

      Sincerely Rosa

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    Why are teens fighting for a raise?

    In the article “The Teens Fighting for $15 an Hour,” I learned that teenagers aren't getting paid enough or as equally as other workers. Age doesn't matter, most teens take care of themselves so they need the money too....

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    • I personally think that teens should get a raise. Most teens really do need the money. For example, they could be living on their own or helping their parents with bills and/or food. They might also need to pay for college on their own. I think teens getting a raise can help a lot. The raise might not be too much but it will be greatly appreciated.

    • Dear Ashley, I like this topic about teens should get a raise. There are teenagers that are not getting paid enough as other w.orkers are. These teens need a raise now because there are things in their life that they must pay as well. They also need to help their families you never know if they are poor that’s why they are working. They are young but not retarded they can work the same as an adult sometimes. Give them a raise.

    • Dear Ashley:

      I am impressed by the topic you wrote about because this type of topic is not discussed much as teenagers can have harder lives than others and that kind of raise in their wages can help boost their motives to become better. Adults might not think it is a serious topic regarding wages because they think they are too young but why are they deciding the way they are.

      One sentence you wrote that stood out was: ” they think younger people don’t have the capabilities and skills”. I think this is an important sentence because some teenagers can have a huge amount of pressure on their shoulders from a young age yet their parents still see them as “children”.

      Thank you for your writing and will be waiting for your next topic.

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    Car Accidents

    In the article “Car Accidents,” I learned that more people need to be educated on why people should take driving more seriously and carefully, too many people are killed every day by fender benders. An Oakland community created a...

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