Hi Joshua, My name is Olivia and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I was reading your post I noticed that both of our communities are suffering from the COVID 19 outbreak in similar ways. Business owners and all workers are suffering economically from the virus since they have been forced to shut down. This is scary for so many Americans…[Read more]
Hi Kaitlyn, I really liked your post because I think this is how seniors all across the globe are feeling. I completely understand how you feel when you say sometimes you enjoy the relaxed schedule, but also that you miss routine and friends. Hopefully, this pandemic is solved soon. Since the media is filled with negative news surrounding the…[Read more]
Hi Jemina, I really liked your argument because you provided multiple sources that are reliable. Not only were they provided but you used described how they helped support your argument really well. Do you think that there is a solution that is cost-effective and fast enough to save the environment? Here is a source that I think will be helpful:…[Read more]
Hi Emily, I really liked your article because I never knew fast fashion was this big of a problem in our world today. I liked how you said there isn’t a perfect solution, but there are a bunch of little things that we can do to make sure that we are supporting ethical and sustainable brands. Here is a link to a website that provides brands that…[Read more]
Hi Amber, I’m confused about how you call yourself “pro life” if you are okay with abortion under “certain circumstances.” That completely undermines your whole argument. You used good evidence, but you can’t be pro-life and be okay with abortion in certain situations.
I read three articles this week about abortion, planned parenthood, and birth control. There seems to have been a large drop in unintended pregnancies which is due to increased conversation and funding regarding
Hi Dejuan, I like the idea behind your article because there is a lot of information there. Maybe to add to it you could use other examples of cases around the country. This website https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ would be really useful because it maps cases of police brutality across the country. I hope this was helpful! -Olivia
Hi Sebastian, I really like your approach to researching this topic by looking into previous lawsuits because I think finding out who is liable for this epidemic is important. I also really liked that your article was thorough and explored many parts of the issue (health, laws, etc). I think this source will be really helpful to you because it…[Read more]
Hi Jesus, I really liked your post because you were able to back up your claims with various types of evidence such as tables, graphs, and statistics. I also like how you offered two solutions instead of just one! I think you would like this article about gun violence solutions…[Read more]
Hi James. I thought it was interesting that you talked about the religious side of the argument because that is a large part of the anti-abortion argument. However, preventing access to these services will not decrease the number of how many are performed because it will just happen illegally which puts the mothers life at risk. This article…[Read more]
It is no secret that teen pregnancy comes with a lot of risks. I annotated an article that talked about a plan in Colorado that has significantly reduced the number of teen birth rates and the number of abortions
Hi! I really liked your article and agree that rehabilitation is better than punishment. We would have a much more functional society if we focused on helping more people. It is interesting to look at the statistics regarding this issue. Here is a website I think will be helpful: https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug03/rehab .
Hi Conor. I agree with you that this is a big problem. I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by drug addiction. I like your solutions as well, but I also think some good solutions involve changing the law. Here is a website that can elaborate on this: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/policy/laws.html .
Hi Jimmy. I disagree with your argument about abortion. It is a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. There are a lot of reasons a woman would get an abortion. For example, if the mother is in danger due to the pregnancy she should reserve the right to choose whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. Here is a resource that I think…[Read more]
Hi, I disagree with you when you said “it will help our country succeed further and become a safe place not only for us now, but for generations to come also.” A wall is simply a symbol of hate and doesn’t actually detour crime. How would the physical wall prevent crime better than actual boarder security?…[Read more]
I really liked how you brought cost into the argument and how you stated that animal testing can cost as much as “a private school tuition.” I completely agree that it is wrong to test on animals. Do you think factual arguments or moral arguments are more effective in creating change? Here is an article that states the laws in place about animal…[Read more]
In the first article I read, the title was “Safe and Legal Abortion is a Human Right.” The author is claiming that the woman’s right to choose has support in guarantees of life, autonomy, health, and freed
Hi! I really liked reading this because I happen to be an advocate for gun control, and I felt that this article was opinionated but you had good evidence to back up your claims. My favorite part was when you contrasted rural and urban Americans, and how people who live in different areas have different outlooks on what guns are. However, is…[Read more]
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