Thanks for the post. Bullying can really hurt and stereotyping is in that group. Sadly, not enough people speak up. Your post acts as a quick read to stop these terrible acts of aggression. Thanks again!
Everybody loves Shrek. It’s an amazing film. However, Dreamworks achieved perfection with the next installation of the franchise, Shrek 2. It is the best movie of ALL TIME. “Along with Shark Tale, the film was
Tons of plastic debris is discarded every year, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and oceans. The main problem for the excess in plastic pollution is single-use plastic. Single-use plastics are intended
You say that the solution is to control where plastic ends up. I agree that it’s important to keep plastic out of the ocean, however I think the issue is far larger and requires a much more radical solution (eliminating certain plastics). I see where you’re coming from by saying that eliminating plastic bottles would put the public health at risk. However, by tackling the problem directly, real progress could be made instead of plastic numbers rising and piling up on our Earth. I think a viable solution would be to use alternatives to plastic made out of biodegradable material, which would address your public health concern and also prove to be more eco-friendly
Dear Graham: I am intrigued by your post and agree that plastic should be kept out of the ocean. I think there could be an alternative for plastic and it should be made and used more. One sentence you wrote that stands out is “There have been a number of bans recently on these plastics and in particular plastic bottles. ” I think they should keep the plastic from entering the ocean as much as they can and start using less plastic. Animals are dying and are filled with plastic because they eat it thinking it is food. I think if this continues there will be animals going extinct and not just sea animals birds are being filled with plastic too. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you made a lot of good points.
I really liked your post on the US-Mexico Border wall. You expressed so many positives that a wall would provide when the topic is so negative. Your discussion is a refreshing take on something that has been looked down upon so much. Keeping a positive attitude is so important in our negative world. Even if the wall is ultimately…[Read more]
I think suicide is a interesting topic. Awareness and signs around school only make it worse. When you expose people to suicides and talk about people killing themselves, it only places those thoughts in their minds. The solution is trying to see people going through these hard times, not necessarily avoiding the problem.
The existence of prostitution anywhere is society’s lustful portrayal of women. However, with laws that prohibit sex work the inevitable prostitute is left without protection from the police. Reporting crimes m
This is a tricky and unorthodox topic for most people and many do not even think about potential benefits of decriminalizing prostitution. I agree with you on this topic and think legal prostitution is a natural safe way in which both parties benefit. The stigma surrounding the topic makes people unwilling to even look at the situation in a fair manner ultimately leading to the dangerous and harmful way it is handled now.
In the U.S., the most common use for medical marijuana is pain control. It has been found to be quite effective for chronic pain. Patients who use medical marijuana claim that it allows them to resume their
Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical and is the main component in cigarettes and e-cigarette products. Many people turn to vaping as a solution to stop smoking. However, even if it may be healthier than
Hey Graham, thought this post was very informational and helpful. I’ve seen this issue arise so many times in the news in the last year. This has definitely become an epidemic for teens across the US. However for people who smoked cigarettes, I would agree that vaping is a more healthy option.
Hi Graham, I thought that this article was a good comparison between cigarettes and e-cigarettes. You did a good job on listing the side effects that can affect teens who are starting to smoke e-cigarettes and show that they are not as safe of an alternative to real cigarettes than most people think. One thing I think you could add is listing the other FDA-approved smoking cessation options that you mentioned but did not go into detail on. Overall I very much enjoyed your writing.
Hey Pauline, I thought your post was very thorough in how zoos are very beneficial. You presented numerous positive impacts of zoos that I can totally understand. However there are a lot of cases where animals in zoos were very mistreated that you simply cannot avoid like Harambe. Take this article for example that gives multiple examples:…[Read more]
Hey Matthew, I thought you made some good points on gun violence, a massive problem in America. The statistics that you provided are really shocking. I think this article from time magazine will aid you in finding more solutions to this problem: (https://time.com/5209901/gun-violence-america-reduction/).
Hey Lola, Your post was really interesting. I like how you gave evidence supporting the death penalty, but then used reasoning to give credit to the other side of the argument. Here is a link to an article stating a case that opposes the death penalty: (https://www.aclu.org/other/case-against-death-penalty). In particular, it presents statistics…[Read more]
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