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    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

    Shrek 2: Cinematic Perfection

    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 nominated for the 2004...

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    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

    Should We Ban Plastic Bottles?

    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 to be used only once before they are...

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    • 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.

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    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

    Should We Legalize Prostitution?

    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 may put them at risk of criminalization which traps...

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    • 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.

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    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

    What’s the Risk in Using Medical Marijuana?

    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 previous activities...

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    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

    Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?

    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 regular cigarettes vaping can...

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    • 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.

    • Graham, this was a helpful, I understand what to stay away from, and learned a lot on the consequences of nicotine.

    • 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.

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