• I enjoyed reading your article, this is a very interesting topic and exciting for the future of science and humanity. However I disagree with you. I believe there is much more to learn on mars than there is on the moon. The faster we can get to mars the better and quicker we will be able to make huge advancements in our knowledge of space and…[Read more]

  • The initial research I have done on the debate of National security vs. personal privacy brought me to an article written in the Huffington post in the late 2000’s. While this article is old it covers the main c

    • Zach replied 1 week ago

      This is excellent commentary on this issue, Nathan. I am currently writing this from an airport after going through the extensive process of getting through security, and despite the hassle I still believe that it is a process that should be in existence. However, I think that in terms of cost to the government and resulting safety levels, the money could go elsewhere to protect people even more than before. 9/11 was a shock that to this day hasn’t worn off in America, but I still think that despite the shock still being there, the amount of money spent on airport security is ridiculous. Here is an article on this I think you might find interesting: http://reason.com/archives/2011/08/19/airport-security-vs-the-consti. I’ll look forward to your next post.

    • Sofia replied 1 week ago

      I think that the article you have cited is very interesting. Obviously, the debate between security and privacy has been a hot topic of discussion over the last decade. I agree with Zach that we need to have security, but we are spending absurd amounts of money on it. I feel that we should still have security, but that there are other ways that we can protect the citizens against terrorism and other attacks. I also agree that we don’t necessarily need to sacrifice our personal privacy for the security of our nation.
      Here is an article you may find interesting: https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/04/politics/deena-zaru-internet-privacy-security-al-franken/index.html
      Great post!!

    • Nathan, your article was very well written on this issue. I have also done some research on the issue and I liked how you included other aspects that have been influenced by these events, not just airline security. I believe that the global terror threat is constantly shaping and making American security smarter and more in depth in some ways, however I do believe that in some areas we have not improved, despite previous occurrences. I found this interesting source that you might like to read that analyzes the global terror issue and it’s influence on our travel security. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-30/how-terror-incidents-have-shaped-global-airline-security/8757450

  • This is a really good idea I like it, I don’t think there is enough time or space to discuss uncomfortable topics in today’s world.

  • Healthcare is a big issue in America and everywhere it is one of the most divisive issues today. I think we need to have a larger focus on fixing it.

  • The “war on crime” era of American history drastically changed how we deal with crime, and incarceration. The saying “lock em up and throw away the key” became the structure of our sentencing and impriso

    • Nathan,
      I agree that the mistreatment of inmates over the last 40 years has gotten out of hand. while there are those that deserve to be in prison, most that are, are as you said in possession of small amounts of drugs and then locked away after they’ve been caught. The government needs to switch to the options you listed because it will work better and save them a lot of money.

    • Nathan, you have some good points I agree with. Too many people are put in prison for crimes that don’t put the public at risk. It would be better to give prisoners skills and opportunities for rehabilitation, especially young offenders. That way after they have served their time in prison they might do better when entering the real world.

    • Nathan,
      The US prison system values punishment over reform, rather than help people suffering from various socioeconomic factors traps them in a inescapable system. I wrote my post of the war on drugs which resulted in millions of people imprisoned for non violent crimes. The US stands alone on its harsh punishments and long sentences for relatively small crimes that target the minority and poor population. Id love to read more about what happens to people after they leave prison and what their return rate it. thanks!

    • Dear Nathan :
      I am happy by your post, “Lock Em Up and Throw Away the Key,” because it talks about people and jail who don’t belong there and how the population of people that are in jails has increased over the years.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This idea has not helped our country or anyone affected by these policies, on the contrary it has ruined millions of families, countless lives” I think this is accurate because my mom and dad is in jail and I feel like that ruined our family because all my siblings don’t live with each other. It makes me and my siblings sad and angry a lot.
      Another sentence that caught my eye was: “Putting every man and woman who breaks the law behind bars is not a healthy way to deal with crime.” This stood out to me because I think it’s a better way to handle criminals who do Non-violent things. But for example, a person carry lot of marijuana should not be put in jail they should get it taken away or have to pay a fine.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I liked your last topic because it related to me and I want to see what you got coming next.

    • Alaa replied 1 month ago

      Dear Nathan

      I am sad about your post,“Lock Em Up and Throw Away the Key,” because the post talks about stupid police actions that really were devastating. The increase of people going to jail has grown 600% , but the population is only growing by 51%.“These are not violent criminals and by taking them out of the workforce and ripping them from their families to keep them in jail and make no effort to rehabilitate these men nothing is accomplishments except for a supremely effective waste of money for the government.” I think this is strong to say because you are talking about how you feel. I learned life is not fair and people will try to always bring you down in this case the government is bringing down the people who need help.  

      About what Another sentence that I liked was : “Today, victims of our broken judicial system feel unfairly treated, and they are not helped in any way to try and keep them out of the courts in the future.” This stood out for me because it talks about what I think is what’s wrong and what I was fighting about in the previous quote.

      I want to hear more about what you right about because you have amazing things to write about and i am happy you think of these things because it’s happening a lot these days.

    • Alaa replied 1 month ago

      Dear nathan
      I am sad about your post,“Lock Em Up and Throw Away the Key,” because the post talks about stupid police actions that really were devastating. The increase of people going to jail has grown 600% , but the population is only growing by 51%.“These are not violent criminals and by taking them out of the workforce and ripping them from their families to keep them in jail and make no effort to rehabilitate these men nothing is accomplishments except for a supremely effective waste of money for the government.” I think this is strong to say because you are talking about how you feel. I learned life is not fair and people will try to always bring you down in this case the government is bringing down the people who need help.
      About what Another sentence that I liked was : “Today, victims of our broken judicial system feel unfairly treated, and they are not helped in any way to try and keep them out of the courts in the future.” This stood out for me because it talks about what I think is what’s wrong and what I was fighting about in the previous quote.
      I want to hear more about what you right about because you have amazing things to write about and i am happy you think of these things because it happens a lot these days

  • I completely agree that the American dream is a much harder goal for most people. Coming to America a lot of times does not give you more opportunities especially if you are a minority. Today America is struggling, more than we might think. Yet the American dream might just be changing, like you say being “wealthy” might not be people’s dream,…[Read more]

  • The hook-up culture is a very real part of society especially for young adults in high school and college. It is very interesting how a writer from the early 20th century would have incorporated this idea into a dystopian work as becoming a very prevalent part of society because today’s dating world has a lot of similarities to early dystopian literature.

  • I have not heard of this book but I am aware of the story and love the movie. I totally agree that these boys represented the American creed through their hockey. What is truly amazing to me is how, just through a hockey game they untied an entire country and also brought out the best of this creed in all Americans. Sport is a very powerful tool…[Read more]

  • If you look at the global car market, and the American car market some very distinct differences arise. America one of the largest consumer markets in the world. We buy more things than any other country on the

    • Nathan,
      I found this particularly interesting because I have often wondered the same thing myself, and I always take note of whenever I see someone driving a manual. I personally don’t know how to drive a stick shift, but I know many people who do. You might find this article helpful: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2016/09/why-are-manual-transmissions-disappearing. In my opinion, in addition to your reasons above, most drivers today are distracted enough already with their cell phones, there’s no way they could actually drive a manual and properly pay attention, so the stick shift will continue to decline.

  • I just took your survey and I think that this is a great idea. I bet it’s very interesting because you will be able to see both sides of the spectrum. Personally, I do believe that sexism still exists. The wage gap is still a major problem, women are extremely under represented in politics among many other problems that women still face today. On…[Read more]

  • Walter, this is a really interesting post. I too, am from Salt Lake City and our air quality is absolutely terrible, especially in the winter months. We have beautiful mountains and the people that live in the valley are extremely outdoorsy but it can be very difficult to enjoy the outdoors when our air quality is so bad. This is having scary…[Read more]

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