• Hi Emily,
    Im researching universal healthcare and I have come across many of the criticisms you brought up of the affordable care act. The affordable healthcare was a step towards bringing healthcare to everyone, but it was so widely and passionately opposed that I feel like getting closer to a universal healthcare system in the United States is…[Read more]

  • The United States spends far more on health care than other high-income countries, yet U.S. citizens have poorer health than other first-world countries (The Commonwealth Fund). In a study performed by The

  • Anna commented on the post, Harry the Bear 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Thank you for sharing this story. It’s very creative! I loved the descriptions you used, you painted a picture of the great Montana wilderness using only your words. I also like the way you wrote the story, especially when you were able to slow the reader down by dragging your words out. You really made me feel like I was in Montana. You…[Read more]

  • Angeles,
    Thank you for sharing this poem. I can relate to the fear that public speaking causes. You captured the feeling of fear in this poem through your words, which is no easy feat. I liked your repetition if words throughout the poem such as ” I prefer” and “Now I”. I especially liked your poem because its up lifting. You overcame this fear,…[Read more]

  • What a fascinating topic Chloe. I never really considered the wage gap in the medical felid, let alone the reason for it. With both men and women getting the same amount of education and experience in med school, it seems absolutely crazy that theres a $20,000 gap. It was interesting to see the connection between lower paying professions within…[Read more]

  • The United States spends far more on health care than other high-income countries, yet U.S. citizens have poorer health than other first-world countries (The Commonwealth Fund). In a study performed by The

  • Hi Reilly,
    Thank you for writing about such an important issue. After reading your post, I was surprised to find out that “reducing your carbon footprint through methods such as carpooling, eating locally and organic, and turning off unnecessary lights can slow global warming and in turn conserve coral reefs”. You don’t need to take drastic…[Read more]

  • Valerie,

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem! It has such wonderful description, I could vividly see the image of the dogwood tree. I especially enjoyed the parallel structure you used in lines six and seven. Your poem kind of reminded e of the poem “Dogwood” by Kelli White (https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/dogwood_797827_). I hope you…[Read more]

  • Hi Lexi,
    What an important topic. The statistics you provided were intriguing, and I agree with you when you say “how can someone who is mentally disabled be held accountable for being allowed to get guns”. Change is hard and it must be fought for and this is definitely a change that needs to be made. Mass shootings are unacceptable. In…[Read more]

  • There’s no doubt that the present system for providing healthcare has flaws and needs to change. Opponents and supporters of universal healthcare both believe this to be true. The disagreement starts on how the

    • Thank you for presenting this argument. Unfortunately, the cost of universal health care isn’t the only concern; another is the quality of the care and the speed thereof. Take a look at Canada; they have universal health care. However, the wait time for health care, on average, is 15.4 weeks in Ontario. That is absurdity! As a basic rule of economics (which does indeed tie into this), public goods and services will be worse than private goods and services by default; private doctors will be able to see their patients in a matter of hours while the government struggles to see its patients after weeks. Overall, privatization of all things is the answer to this much-larger problem.

    • Anna, I thought this post was extremely well written and researched, I genuinely enjoyed reading it. I liked how you discussed the issues with improving universal health care and that you said people on both sides of the matter agree that change needs to be made. Thank you for your post! You may enjoy this article for future research: https://www.thebalance.com/universal-health-care-4156211.

  • Hi John,
    I agree with you that we can’t give humans untested medications and cosmetics, but I do not think that we need to test our products on animals. Plenty of companies no longer test on animals, such as Toms, Dermalogica, Method, and more (https://www.peta.org/living/personal-care-fashion/these-companies-dont-test-on-animals/). With modern…[Read more]

  • Anna commented on the post, Strong Minded 1 month ago


    What a wonderful poem! It’s really cool how you were able to combine poetry with history and create a poem that carries emotional depth and tells the story of Bessie Coleman. I like your rhyme scheme, it was mostly AABBCC with a few exceptions. I like how you described her death with the sound BOOM and implying she died in an crash of…[Read more]

  • Anna commented on the post, Feel The Struggle 1 month ago


    I enjoyed reading your blog posts. I have never read Victor Rios’ Street Life, but through your description of sensory details, I can tell that it invokes strong emotions from the reader. I agree with you that the strong wording he uses, such as “fleeing” create a vivid picture in the readers mind of the hard life he has lived. Im c…[Read more]

  • With so many citizens in desperate need of health care, I decided to look into if universal healthcare a realistic goal for the United States of America. The United Kingdom, China, Russia, Canada, India all have

  • What a fascinating question Jean. Its hard for me to chose the single most important person in my life, but what you wrote rings true for me too. My mom is by far the most important person in my life. Somehow she always knows just what to say or do to make me feel better. I really like the quote you used from your mom, “never let anyone put you…[Read more]

  • The issue of whether the minimum wage should be increased seems straight forward (the minimum wage hasn’t been adjusted in years and inflation is leaving the workers who are paid minimum wage in horrible economic conditions). Of course it should be raised, its impossible to live on a salary of $15,000 a year! However its a much more complex issue.…[Read more]

  • Should the minimum wage be raised?

    This question has been the center of many political debates in the past few years. As of now, the national minimum wage is $7.25. Low income workers can barely subsist on these

  • As the generation who has grown up with social media and texting, it’s surprising to learn that the decrease in face-to-face communication that it has caused is detrimental to our development. Speaking from personal experience, about a decade of my life was social media and texting free, so I feel like our generation has the basis of how to…[Read more]

  • Hi Kenny,

    I really liked your post. I agree with you that being an American extends beyond the literal definition of being an American. I especially liked your point about how being an American means having opportunity: opportunity to better yourself, your community, and your nation. Since the beginning of our nation, Americans have always had…[Read more]

  • The internet is changing our brains. It’s a system of distraction. We get the rewards of having unlimited information at our fingertips, at the cost of being kept in a state of perpetual distraction and constant

    • Anna,

      I found your article very interesting. Specifically, when you said “We’re relying on Google to store knowledge long-term, instead of our own brains.” This topic is something I am also very interested in. I agree that people are not able to deeply analyze a subject anymore. Also, I think that people are becoming more isolated and not as social in person as they used to be. I have attached a link below that gives more information the use of technology and its impact on society. I look forward to reading your next post.

      Technology And Society – Impact of Technology On Society

    • Dear Anna, I see a memory as something that will become not nessiary after a while in our race. This will become the equivalent of hunting and gahering skills where only a few people have them while the majoruty of society doesn’t. I don’t see this as a good bad thing but rather just a way the world evolves and changes. They change over time and what is nessisary today wont be tommorow. This article sumerizes this, http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/20/when-memories-are-remembered-they-can-be-rewritten/
      Thanks, Simon

    • Anna,
      I really enjoyed reading your article. I thought it was very interesting when you said “We’re relying on Google to store knowledge long-term, instead of our own brains.” I completely agree with that statement. I find myself doing the same thing and thinking that I won’t have to remember it because I basically have google in my pocket every day. I think that the internet is letting us hide a lot from our actual feelings and lowering the importance of face to face contact with others. I found an article that focused on the four negative sides of technology. I loved your post! I hope to hear again from you soon.

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