• The past few days I have been conducting research on the social and economic effects that the legalization of marijuana could have on our country. I have found that there is convincing evidence that the new and

    • Koji- I really like the point you made in this article, and you did a great job making it! I think it is really important to look at what groups legislation effects, and after looking at this case in particular from your article, it is clear to see that there are certain groups that are more targeted when marijuana is still illegal. I also liked that you looked at the counter arguments, such as it being a gateway drug, and you gave the reader the perspective of a teenager, which is very relevant in this topic.

    • Koji,
      I thought it was interesting that you were able to tie minority groups into this argument. While I haven’t thought about that, it is true. With this new booming industry, people that were originally behind are able to catch up and succeed. I agree with Lindsay as well with you being a very good voice for this topic. It is fresh and new. Do you think the legalization of marijuana would change any traditions or social norms we have set in place in recent years?
      Helpful Link I Find Important: https://www.healthline.com/health/marijuana-and-epilepsy

    • This is a really interesting article Koji! You do a really good job of taking an issue that is really relevant today and bringing up points that no one really thinks about. It is important to realize how big legislation can have positive effects on groups, and how the lack of it can cause harm to groups. By taking the main points against the legalization and showing why they are ineffective, your argument becomes that much stronger. I found this article on marijuana legislation, and I think you should check it out! http://www.drugpolicy.org/issues/marijuana-legalization-and-regulation

  • Hi Ed,

    This is a very well written article. I liked how you said that there are a lot more studies to be done and that we can’t fully conclude the effects of helicopter parenting, but that from what we do know helicopter parenting does have negative long-term effects on children. I personally think that my parents sometimes do to much for me,…[Read more]

  • Hi Charlie,

    I found you’re post very interesting. Space travel and exploring the universe is very fascinating to me. I think building a base on the moon would be cool, but it may be an inefficient use of resources and time. I think if we were to colonize any of the planets in our solar system, our best bet would actually be mars. Not only is it…[Read more]

  • Hi Andrea,

    I find this topic very interesting. The universe is so vast, so infinitely large that it is impossible to wrap my brain around it. Because the universe is so big, I agree that there must be some other life forms outside our solar system and maybe in our own galaxy. There is a lot of debate and different view points on this topic, so I…[Read more]

  • Hi Billy,
    this is a very interesting topic that you have chosen. Your topic concerns all of humanity, and plays a huge part in our future generations. I often wonder how long it will be until we kill off our species, or we destroy all of our resources and food. A good resource/video i think you would find interesting is linked to this comment. I…[Read more]

  • Marijuana has been a large topic of debate for the past decade. No one can seem to agree on whether or not this drug should be legalized for recreation, legalized for medicinal purposes or legalized at all. As

    • Yo Koji!
      This was a dank article (pun intended). I really liked your title because I just barely watched “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”, so it really stood out to me. I find it interesting that by legalizing marijuana, we would actually reduce crime in cities. My question is, should there be a legal age to smoking Marijuana? And how old should it be? It is illegal to buy/sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18, and buy/sell alcohol to anyone under 21. So what would the regulation for Mariana be?

      You might find that this article will give you a tickle:

    • Koji,
      This was a very well written article. I enjoyed the fact that you included both sides of the argument. I personally support and found your pros interesting. While the legalization could be a negative because of deals and the illicit market, I think that there are more pros than cons. My sister has epilepsy and it effects her greatly but it has been proven that marijuana helps with the effects of epilepsy. Here’s a link: https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy. What do you think?

    • Koji, I really enjoyed this article especially with such controversy this topic brings with it. Legalization of marijuana will not only benefit the economy but will bring numerous jobs with it as well. People are going to get their marijuana anyways, there is no way of ridding this country of it, so why not tax them on it. You pointed out the economic benefits well but I think you should also mention the medical and physical benefits. you can find some here, https://www.investopedia.com/articles/insights/110916/economic-benefits-legalizing-weed.asp. You could possibly mention how it’s been seen to stop epileptic seizures, or how adults in the work force tend to enjoy they’re jobs more, with regular use not using while on the job. I enjoyed this article hope to hear more from you soon.

    • Koji,
      I really enjoyed reading this article, and feel it is a very big controversy in our society today. I liked how you argued both sides of the argument, and didn’t completely stick to one side of the argument. I personally support the legalization of marijuana because of my anxiety, and there has been many studies showing the positive impacts of using medical marijuana with anxiety. I found this article >http://www.westword.com/marijuana/anxiety-and-marijuana-why-i-chose-pot-over-antidepressants-9633709> about a guy who has struggled with anxiety his entire life, and had a bad “trip” with marijuana back in college, but found that using small doses of CBD in his every day life worked better for him than having to rely on antidepressants such as Xanax. My question to you though is, what do you think a healthy age is to legalize marijuana, and do you think it should be just for medical use, or do you think there could be some goods to legalizing it recreationally?

      Thanks for sharing

  • Koji commented on the post, Heartbeat 3 weeks ago

    Hi Taleb,

    I think this is a very good analyzation of the quotation for George Orwell’s book 1984. I agree with you, i think that he included the describing words “frightening loudness” to emphasize his passion and emotions during this part of the book. I think by adding these descriptive words to a book, it makes the book a lot more appealing to…[Read more]

  • Koji commented on the post, What Can You Be? 3 weeks ago

    Hey Kyle,

    This was a really cool article. I had never heard of the story about Thoreau and how he moved to the Walden Pond. I think it is very interesting how he moved from his comfortable life in New York City to a solitary wood cabin on the pond, it makes me think about what his personality was like? Was he anti-scoial?

    I found an article…[Read more]

  • Dear McKayla, this is a great poem.

    I especially like the stanza, “Flashbacks in my head renewed

    A sleepover in the middle of June

    Laughing and playing.

    Little did we know the next morning in the street you’d be laying

    Lifeless, as blood trickled through your beautiful curly hair that always smelled like coconut oil

    And we didn’t know whe…[Read more]

  • Koji commented on the post, Internet freedom 1 month, 1 week ago

    Dear Colin, I really like your essay about net neutrality. I believe it is a super important issue of our time today, and it is essential that we keep net neutrality in place to stay competitive with other nations. The internet is essentially a ultillity in today’s day and age, so it should be treated as one too.

    Here is an article on how to save…[Read more]


    Should self-driving cars be allowed to drive on public roads? States across the nation seem to think so, as more and more states continue to legalize autonomous vehicles. California is one of those states,

    • Hi Koji,
      I found your article to be very interesting and informing on the topic of self-driving cars. It does seem like self-driving cars are the way of the future, with safety concerns being the main obstacle. When self-driving cars start to become more common, on the road, car insurance could change drastically as well. Overall, I think this topic will continue to be the topic of popular debate.

  • Hi Shane!

    While I think that you make a few really sound points, I think that advanced robotics could really help our future! Robots are much faster and more efficient when it comes to making calculations and simulations than humans are. It is already proven that robots could help diagnose and treat cancer, simulations on climate change and much…[Read more]

  • Dear Zoe,

    I found your post year interesting and insightful. I agree with you that the opioid epidemic and the drug crisis are real problems and we should be working towards a solution. There are a lot of different informational videos and articles to delve deeper into this topic, and I think you would find them interesting!

    Here is a link to a…[Read more]

  • All over the news we hear stories about gang violence, murders and shootings. It seems as though the world we live in is becoming increasingly violent and unforgiving. But it might surprise you that the homicide

  • Hi Charlie,

    This was a very interesting point. I agree with you that in terms of technology, we have made huge strides in the past century starting from the industrial era. It seems as though we can only move forward and at an increasing exponential rate. I found the site with the predictions very intriguing, especially the prediction of space…[Read more]

  • Koji commented on the post, Finesse 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Amjid,

    I really appreciate your post on the word “finesse”. l think it doesn’t get the attention that it deserves, because not only is it an amazing descriptive word that could be used every day, but it is also very fun and satisfying to say. A suggestion for your post would be how you use the word finesse in your every day life, and give some…[Read more]

  • Koji wrote a new post, Zamboni 3 months, 1 week ago

    Zamboni. The satisfaction of just saying the word, zamboni, is similar to beating a high score on a game or getting a good grade on an assignment. After saying the word, zamboni, images of an ice skater twirling

    • Koji,
      This post was great, and honestly reading it made my mood better. You are right that the word ‘zamboni’ is only satisfying. I honestly came into this post expecting something different, but I’m glad that is wasn’t. This writing made me wonder what are some other ways that the zamboni has helped people, so I looked up stories and it was quite interesting. Thank you for making me rethink the way I see zambonis, making me laugh, and I hope to read more from you in the future.

    • Koji,

      I thought this was an interesting approach to writing about a zamboni. Being a figure skater, I totally relate to this, however I do want to point out that figure skaters don’t do twirls. I do think everyone could use a little zamboni in their lives.

    • Koji! Wow, this post made my day! While reading this, I could instantly feel my mood improving. You made me think about what other words bring people joy, I bet there’s a lot out there. I happened to look up what the most satisfying words are to say in the English language, and let me tell you, saying some brought me joy! Zamboni just happens to be #5!!! http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/the-25-most-satisfying-words-to-say-in-the-english-language.php
      Keep up the good work!

  • Koji commented on the post, My shadow box 4 months ago


    I am inspired by your call to join the military. Joining the military is a big feat, putting your life on the line is not an easy task. The fact that you want to protect our country by risking your life is very inspiring, being a part of the military is one of the most respected careers I can think of.

    I really appreciate how you carry…[Read more]

  • I often find myself contemplating on my life and what it means to be happy. So often times I wonder, will I be satisfied with how I lived my life when I leave this Earth. Our time on this Earth is limited, we

    • Koji, this was a very interesting post, and I think its holds true in many aspects. I definitely agree with that statement of how our society focuses heavily on self improvement. Everywhere you go there is some book, or article or accessory you can buy to “change your life”, and how friends can impact your lives in ways that materialistic things cannot. I remember in Thailand where people were more happy and content with the people they had in their lives, instead of the “stuff” they owned. I read in this huffpost article, that those who considered friendship very important were more satisfied in every category from their health, their personal achievements, their safety, their relationships and their lives as a whole. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-quigley/friendships-make-your-hap_b_8238262.html. I find it interesting that friendships correlates so closely with happiness, and I urge you to find more information and studies on this. Thanks for sharing

  • Dear Matthew,

    Internet safety is an important issue that I think is not talked about enough in our homes, workplace and classrooms. Something that our generation today isn’t aware of, is how big of an impact social media has on our future life, including the schools we get into and the jobs that we get.

    I think your research paper could be…[Read more]

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