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    Covid-19 Volunteers

    In the article " The Volunteers" by Jan Hoffman it talks about how some teens volunteered for the covid-19 trial vaccinations. 2 young adolescents named Alexandra and Isabelle King got out of their science class for a good cause (The Trial Vaccinations). And...

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    Our Future Meat World

    Did you know that there are scientists trying to come up with an alternate option for meat? This new type of meat is called a lab-based type of meat. So far it has only been tried in Singapore but...

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    Our new Economy with COVID

    Since the beginning of Covid, the United States has depended too heavily on other countries to manufacture everyday goods such as masks, clothes, hand sanitizer, and other critical items. Wessel, for example, believes that “there has been a recognition...

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    Not everything that Shines is Gold

    Not all you read on the internet is real. According to research, the internet contains a lot of useful material, but not all of it is reliable. For example, when this video of an orangutan washing its hands went...

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    The truth about our plastic

    Ever since World War 2 began, plastic has been a massive global problem. Most Americans think that it will be reused and reduced while it continues to be recycled if you put a plastic item in a recycling bin....

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    Crises Facing Biden: Covid-19, Climate Change, Immigration, China...

    Now that Bidens is the next president of the United States, he's going to have to face some very major crises that have never been faced by any other president. First of all, he's going to have to confront...

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    The Remarkable Journey of an Ironman

    There is this very young individual called Chris Nikic and he was born with a chromosome disorder referred to as down syndrome but that didn't stop him from accomplishing his dreams. He did struggle quite a lot he changed...

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    Crimes Against Humanity

    Basically during World War 1 there were lots of executions and it was basically Jews being executed. This war was one of the most devastating wars because over 6 million jews were executed like if it was nothing. But...

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    An Election Like No Other

    This year is a new year for people to vote in a presidential election. But due to this pandemic that is affecting everyone from voting in person, it might be a bit more different and overwhelming for everyone. The...

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    • I have always voted in person and enjoyed wearing the sticker they give out. This year I voted by mail for the first time and was very happy to have that option!

    • I liked your post and I agree with what you said. This year has been a new normal for everyone, school being virtual but also the main focus of the debate. The debates were to inform the people of what they may apply. Everyone wants to see something happen, once someone is elected, everyone deserves some answers. One situation was how to get in ballots to be counted and not stolen, and states have come up with many. Everyone is encouraged to vote because every vote makes a difference. Will you be voting?

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    When are you really an Adult?

    When do you really know when you become a so called "Adult". Some states have it to when you turn 18 you are physically turned to an adult but are you really mentally an adult. Also some people say...

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    • You don’t think 21 may be a little old for all of these things. Like driving and voting. Obviously some things can wait like drinking or when it comes to crimes maybe they can come up with a law. But I know a lot of teenagers have a lot of political views that could be for the better or an idea that someone didn’t think of.

    • I agree that there is no specific time when you become an adult. It can be very different depending on where and how you grow up. Someone could be much more independent and capable than others at a certain age. It felt contradictory when you talked about the ages for voting and drinking needing to be higher, but age for punishment on crime should be lower. You said that people know exactly what they’re doing when they are young, but don’t really know what they are doing with these other things. That seems hard to justify. How could you justify that?

    • Dear Gerardo

      I am intrigued by the question of “When are you really an adult?” Because it’s something that makes me think very hard. When do we actually know that we are fully grown up? Are there signs along the way that tell us? We really don’t know and that why your piece was so interesting to me. It’s a question that has many answers.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoy seeing your side of these questions.

    • I think this is a very hard question to answer. In some places, people are even allowed to get married as young as 14, but in others, you have to be at least 19 to be considered an adult. This shows how there is no universally defined line as to what makes you an adult. When you said that 21 should be the legal age to be considered an adult, I would have to disagree. I think that it should be the age of 18. But do you know that the human brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 25? Do you think that this is important to consider as to what it means to be an adult?

    • I agree with the fact to be considered as a grown up adult when you get 21 years old. I don’t see what’s that point of letting people under 18 years do things that only adults should be able to, have they wonder if 16 years old juveniles are already prepare to get involved in politics world?. I would like for this country to clarify when are you really considered as an adult? because some under ages is treated as they were over age and not only by society, but also for the laws that rule the country.

    • Gerardo,
      I think that this is a very valid thing to question. I do no think that we should be able to make life changing decisions at such a young age. I think driving is ok at 16, since you tend to take on more responsibilities as you get older. However, I don’t think voting, drinking, and legal adulthood should be granted until 24. Now I know this seems much too late but I have my reasons. The prefrontal cortex, which is the part of your brain that controls decision making, isn’t fully developed until you are about 24 years old and alcohol and drugs can damage its development. We shouldn’t be making these important decisions until we are fully capable to make a meaningful and smart decision. I’ve linked an article that explains the significance of the prefrontal cortex below. Thank you for your input on the matter!
      Why is the prefrontal cortex so important?

    • Gerardo,
      I think this is an interesting topic to bring up. There are so many discrepancies between state laws that are based on age, like when you are able to drive a car legally or even when you can rent a car. Also, I feel as though it is weird that 18-year-olds are considered old enough to make decisions about joining the military or voting, but are not considered old enough to consume alcohol. The major reason for all these discrepancies I believe is directly connected to our federal form of government, which allows states to have the power to make their own laws based on what they deem is correct. I think because the government deems us as “adults” when we are 18, we should be able to make decisions like whether or not we want to drink or if we can drive a rental car.

    • Hi Gerardo, I think this is an interesting topic to talk about. So many things are available to you when you turn a certain age when your 16 you can drive, 18 you can vote, and at 21 you can drink alcohol. I think that these ages are set to teach responsibility, so you are prepared for adulthood. Many people aren’t ready to move out and become an adult by the age of 17 that is why I think the juvenile system is in place to show children how there life could be. I think the ages that we have set in place are good, because they allow us to grow and mature, slowly and responsibly.

    • Dear Gerardo
      I am surprised by your post ¨ When are you really an adult?¨ because there
      isn’t an official age to be called an adult. However, I feel like it depends on where and how you grew up. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is¨ Also I believe that the law enforcement should not be so light on juveniles because most of them do know what they are doing and they see that getting in trouble is like a game for them.¨I think this is sad that they let that ¨minors ¨ get away with bad things when they know exactly what they’re doing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find these topics interesting.

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    Facts about the Atomic Bomb

    If you didn’t know already 75 years ago the United States dropped 2 nuclear bombs on japan. Ever since this incident the world has changed and hasn’t been itself. One of these bombs was so destructive that it boiled...

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    The Vaping Crisis - What can be done to stop it?

    Vaping is starting to become a big worldwide issue many teens are starting to get involved with this little but addicting plastic stick. And once people try it that is when it starts to become addicting and your body...

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    • I agree that vaping is an issue and I am glad that you addressed the teenage population becoming addicted to it.

    • Really good post Gerardo! I also think that vaping is a serious issue that isn’t being talked about as much as it should. Since no one talks about it, everyone my age is pretty much oblivious to the negative effects on the human body and mind. Especially at such a young age, vaping is very easy to become addicted to and I am happy that you brought it up.

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    • I agree that vaping is a problem, but I don’t think it is as simple as you might think it is. If someone is addicted to something they can’t just stop. Addiction runs deeper than that in order to help them quit you would need to figure out what causes them to feel like they need to vape. Asking for help may be easier said than done because oftentimes they don’t realise they have a problem and the 33 people that died could’ve had unrelated complications or illnesses that caused them to die. With everything in life, there are risks. Too much of anything can be bad to your health.

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