• For my recitation, I chose to do a monologue from Act 3, Scene 5 of As you LIke it. This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and I read the Character of Rosalind. Here, she is shaming a woman who is being

  • Following the Parkland shooting, the President of the United States claimed that the mental health contirbuted to the mass number of shootings, which has prompted many discussions on how mental health and these

    • Lexi,
      I also agree that mental health is not discussed enough in society making it a taboo and frowned upon. I could tell you felt very passionate about your research and wanted to enact change and your posting about metal health awareness already seems like a step in the right direction. Organizations that share the same passion as you for example https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week, are also discussing and informing people about mental health. I really enjoyed reading your post, good luck with the rest of your research!

  • Andrea,
    I thought those were very interesting statistics, and I thought it was super cool that the amount of people taht believed in aliens was roughly 60%, which I thougth was really cool. I thougth this was outside the box, and I really liked it. Heres an interesting article…[Read more]

  • Issac,
    What do you think this holds for the future of the world, and for the internet? Does the possiblility of charging for internet change bitcoin? Here’s an article from a well known public figure.

  • After the events of the Florida Shooting, I wanted to do some research into how mental health and shootings such as these are correlated. Even the president commented on how those with mental health issues were to

    • Lexi,

      I commend you for tackling this topic, especially as it is one that is so widely-discussed and controversial in our country. As a citizen who can only offer my take, I, of course, cannot suggest an all-encompassing solution to such a complex problem, yet I think it’s important for our generation to continue discussing it. First of all, it is important to note that there is a deal of controversy over the statistic you mention above regarding 18 school shootings in this year. In an article from the Washington Post, it was determined that only five of those shootings took place during school hours and caused injury. Obviously, any number of shootings above zero is intolerable, but I think it is important to be clear on these types of statistics.

      Too often, people attempt to categorize an issue such as gun control into absolute categories, in other words, you’re for it or you’re against it. This is an irresponsible simplification in my opinion. While my own views of gun ownership are considerably negative, I respect the right of those who exercise the second amendment to own guns- within reason. I think it illogical for anyone to argue against strengthening background checks for those attempting to purchase a gun, especially when it is blatantly obvious that our background checks now are insufficient in the wake of the carnage resulting from public shootings in this country. At the same time, we have to ask ourselves a moral question: to what degree is it reasonable for citizens to own guns? For example, there is a clear difference between owning a handgun for self-defense and being able to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle, whose sole purpose is to eliminate life as quickly as possible. That logic is not political, it’s not partisan. It’s common sense.

      Finally, we have an obligation to each other and our posterity to support policy now that will make our country safer. That requires knowing who you’re voting for, knowing which candidates are backed by organizations like the NRA. And, regardless of legislation, we cannot allow ourselves to become numb to events such as those in Florida. Even with shootings in 170 different schools since Columbine in 1999, we cannot allow this to become the norm. We can’t extend thoughts and prayers only to let the issue slip by without the action to fight it. Complacency is unacceptable, and our generation needs to be the one to end it.
      This is almost certainly a longer comment than anything you anticipated but I hope that it may continue a greater discussion on this topic and sponsor your continued interest in it.


      Article from the WP: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-there-havent-been-18-school-shooting-in-2018-that-number-is-flat-wrong/2018/02/15/65b6cf72-1264-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html?utm_term=.7035dfb82cf4

    • 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 response to your question, ” How can people help?”, I found a resource thats lists 30 actions you can do to help gun reform: http://www.30guncontrolactionsyoucantakenow.com/take-action/. Thank you for writing about such an important and devastating issue.

    • Hi Lexi,
      I thought your post was great. I agree that mental health and gun control are both substantially important. I believe that although it is prominent to take care of people’s mental health before they buy guns, that takes time. It takes way less time to have at least one more rule for our country’s gun control, so people who have mental health issues cant can their hands on guns in the first place. Some say that it is the people who kill people, not guns, but the truth is they go hand in hand. I appreciated your post; if you want to read more about this, here is an article you might find interesting: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/politics/trump-gun-legislation-mental-health/index.html

  • Jenessa
    I really liked your post. I thought it brought to light many things that people would think to be true, and you took the facts and presented them with clear and concise arguments. I think that having face to face interactions are very important in making connections with people, and I think the questions that you asked are super…[Read more]

  • Maggie,
    I really loved this. This was incredibly interesting to read, and I thought you wrote it really well. It makes sense when you think about it, but I really liked the extra information and facts backing it all up. I thought you had very clear arguements and great facts to back it…[Read more]

  • The further society advances, the further it leaves behind those who cannot keep up. Mental disabilities are arguably the most prevalent problems in our society, they affect everyone, personally or personally.

  • Ed,
    I really liked this article. I thought you were asking very good questions, and I think it is especially important to us as we get older and prepare to step into adult hood. I think that the age of adulthood can vary, and the laws around it aren’t incredibly clear. This https://www.thespruce.com/happy-18th-birthday-new-adult-3570791 is…[Read more]

  • Hi!
    Really interesting article! I like how different it is ( I would not have thought to write about it, yet it is still incredibly prevalent.) I think ID laws are such a tricky thing to balance, because we want as many people as possible to vote, but we also want it to be as easy as possible for people to vote, without any extra hassle. Here’s…[Read more]

  • In my reserch, many things about mental health have become increasingly obvious. It is a far more prevalent problem than anyone can imagine. Many people who suffer from mental health disorders are seen as “weak”

  • I think it is really interesting how technology has advanced, and what the role of it will be. I think that this is a major step for technology, but if it is positive, or negative I do not know. I think that the advancements of technology could be dangerous, if not used correctly.…[Read more]

  • I agree that not enough attention has fallen under this subject. We need a higher awareness of these weapons in order to keep our community safe, and protected. Gun control is an issue that is not likely to go away, but we need to fight to keep each other safe. Here’s an interesting link I…[Read more]

  • Recently, a stunning awareness to women’s sexual assault has taken over social media. At the Golden Globes this past Sunday, many people wore black to stand in solidarity against this problem, and have joined the

  • What steps do you think we can take to change this? Is it possible to fix? How can we do it locally? Globally?

  • In society, people often deal with tragedy in different ways.

    Many use prayer to cope with it, ” “It’s a part of our deep longings and hopes and fears that we do have a sense of the divine. In the moments of trag

  • I really like your post. I think they demonstrated such bravery, and they stood up for what they believed in. I think that they were not being disrespectful, the flag is supposed to stand for freedom, and having the freedom to do this is what America is about

  • I like that you think that we should get more information about abortions and those who have children can help us with their opinions. I also liked that you didn’t bash on anyone’s beliefs, and simply stated ways to help other people. I think this is a good way to think about difficult topics like this.

  • I often will wonder why it is that mental health is still such a prevalent issue. In Utah, the leading cause of death for teenagers is suicide. This has been a statistic for some time now, and yet, there is little

    • Lexi,
      I really liked your post about mental health. I think this is a very important topic among our society today. There are a lot things that play into depression and mental health and I think it is very interesting that depression is increasing at the rate that it is. What are some of the factors that have played into this alarming increase in depression amongst the youth? Do you think that social media has anything to do with this? I personally think that it is crazy that most people between the age of 12-17 have known someone who have taken their own lives. Do you think there is something we can do to fix this? I found an article about mental health and depression among teens. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression-teens
      Thank you,

    • Lexi,
      Thank you for writing this informative post. I would cite the place that you are getting your information from (to make it more credible and to avoid plagiarism). What do you think we can do as a society to keep the rates of depression in youth down to a reasonable level? Why do you think that the rates of suicide and depression keep going up? Good post!

  • I believe that players are right in taking a knee. They are not disrespecting the flag, and are peacefully protesting something that is incredibly relevant and dangerous to society. People think that it is offensive, and Trump’s involvement angers me. He reacted with such immaturity, that I am once again dumbfounded with how he got to be…[Read more]

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