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    Desdemona 1.3.208-218

    Father,

    I have divided responsibilities:

    I am bound to you because of my life and education;

    My life and education have both taught me

    How to respect you, you are the lord of duty;

    I

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    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 Father, I have divided responsibilities: I am bound to you because of my life and education; My life and education have both taught me How to respect you, you are the lord of duty; I am your daughter: but he is my...

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    Contrary to popular belief, professional athletes are actually underpaid. We all know that professional athletes make millions and millions of dollars to play a sport in front of the whole country, but when you

    Professional Athletes are Underpaid

    Contrary to popular belief, professional athletes are actually underpaid. We all know that professional athletes make millions and millions of dollars to play a sport in front of the whole country, but when you compare how much athletes make...

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    • Olivia,
      this is a very interesting topic to be researching, especially considering the fact that people most times wouldn’t look in the professional sports world for pay inequality. I found a lot of articles on the difference in pay between male professional athletes and female professional athletes. I did find one article that covers this issue in soccer http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-0297.00599/full. I think that this is a great topic to cover and I want to read more from you in the future.

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    Does the level of education play a role in the present day wage gap in the United States?

     

    It is no secret that there is a wage gap in the United States between male and female workers. We have seen the

    Does the level of education play a role in the present day wage gap in the United States?

    Does the level of education play a role in the present day wage gap in the United States?   It is no secret that there is a wage gap in the United States between male and female workers. We have seen...

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    • Liv, I really enjoyed this because this is something that is relevant in our lives as women. I agree that we need to start being paid the same as men because it is only fair. We work just as hard or even harder and we still aren’t recognized for our duties. Here is an article that I found about the wage gap: https://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

    • Olivia,I am in awe of your insight. This is a question that I wished in 2018 we would not have to ask. I liked the fact that you included research and statistics of how women are excelling in education, “women were projected to get 58% of masters and bachelor’s degrees, and over half of PhD degrees for the 2011-2012 academic year”; yet still get paid less than men. The sad part is that in some industries, women who have higher degrees than their male counterparts still get paid less. How can this change? Will it ever change?

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    It is no secret that women and men are paid differently even though they are doing the same exact thing. Female doctors, actors, teachers, managers, etc. are paid less than their male coworkers. Women in the

    Are salaries equal throughout professional sports?

    It is no secret that women and men are paid differently even though they are doing the same exact thing. Female doctors, actors, teachers, managers, etc. are paid less than their male coworkers. Women in the Finance and Insurance...

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    The average professional basketball player in the NBA makes around $5.15 million a year while the average professional baseball player in the MLB makes about $3.2 million a year. Is this an excessive amount for

    Are professional athletes overpaid?

    The average professional basketball player in the NBA makes around $5.15 million a year while the average professional baseball player in the MLB makes about $3.2 million a year. Is this an excessive amount for anyone to make, no...

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    • This has a strong statement about if athletes are overpaid or not.

    • This has a strong statement about if athletes are overpaid or not.

    • This has a strong statement about if athletes are overpaid or not.

    • MAN, who cares. That’s how life works. As long as you make enough to maintain your family, you’re good.

    • Hi Olivia, I think this is a great topic and I found your post very interesting. I really liked that you included some real numbers in your post to illustrate the spectrum of salaries between a professional athlete, to a doctor, to an average income household, I felt seeing the actual difference in numbers helped to really get the point across and it definitely stuck out to me. I also liked how you addressed both sides of the argument, both that professional athletes get paid too much, and the other side that says their salaries are justified. This is one article that I thought did a good job of comparing both sides of the argument and thought it could be helpful – https://thetylt.com/sports/do-professional-athletes-make-too-much-money – I look forward to hearing more from you on this topic.
      Mason

    • Hey Olivia! This is a very interesting topic to me, and I think you presented both sides very well. I hadn’t thought of some of the points you had brought up, such as how they pay out of pocket for health issues. In a country with such extreme income inequality, it can be hard to justify someone making so much money, but like you said, there is a rhyme and reason to it. Another argument you could use if the amount of time they spend practicing (for years!) justifies their huge salaries. You could also expand on comparing athletes of different sports. Here is an interesting article discussing the two sides to your debate!
      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1089195-two-sides-to-every-coin-are-professional-athletes-overpaid

      I look forward to your other writing!
      Beth

    • This has a strong statement about if athletes are overpaid or not

    • Dear Olivia:

      I am very intrigued about your post,”Are professional athletes overpaid” because to me, it seems like you are hating on their jobs. They worked hard to make it to the top, and be who they are now. Like I said before, as long as you yourself are living good, then there shouldn’t be a problem. At times though, I do think they receive a bit too much money but it is what is. Good article though.

    • Dear Olivia,
      I am amazed about your post, “Are professional athletes overpaid?,” because you included facts and numbers to show your point of view of this topic of sports pay versus average jobs. Also I liked how you compared a doctors salary over a year to professional athletes salary over a year.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Athletes make money for a much shorter time than any other profession, so they need to make as much money as they can in that short time. ” I think this is great because… <you talk about a short career which means that athletes can only play sports for only so many years, basically saying father time catches up to you so have to make the money while you still can. Also having a career like being a doctor can be a lifetime job until you retire and call it quits and make great money for a longer period.
      Another sentence that I liked was “An insurance company is not going to cover a professional athlete, but pro athletes get injured more than someone working a 9-5 job. So, professional athletes have to pay out of pocket for knee surgery, rehabilitation, medications, etc. Another reason for the extreme salaries is their short career.” This stood out for me because, once your injured in any sport as a professional athlete you have to pay for your recovery and rehab just for you to someday soon get back to playing sports but sometimes may recover but will not be able to play sports ever again.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your blog was very interesting for me I loved how you detail your blog thoroughly. Also the comparison between athletes and normal jobs.

    • Olivia, I can not agree with you more on this argument. The lineman protecting our quarterback are making more money then the men in Afghanistan, fighting to protect our country. Something is not right but sadly we can not do anything about it since we are the cause for professional athletes salaries being so high. I wish we could do something to make the salaries of jobs that actually mean something go up.

    • Hi Olivia, I do believe that they are overpaid personally and as someone who watches a ton of sports I think about this alot. We as a society place such a emphisis on athletics that on the super bowl sunday 4 million will only buy you 30 seconds. We need to have some kind of reform in all the legues and have an expation of the charities these Associations run. The top has so much money in these organizations and they sit on it and aren’t doing much to better society.
      Thanks, Simon

    • Hi Olivia, I found your article very interesting. I do believe athletes are very much so overpaid. Yes they are perfectionist at their craft but at what cost. Some basketball players will have a good season get paid a 10 million dollar contract not including endorsements and other outside income and not do much else in here career. I believe we need to value other figures on our society much more than athletes. They are entertainers, but there are other people in society struggling to make a leaving while athletes are living in the top 5%. They do deserve money for their hard work and dedication, but I believe sports should be based of commission. If you contribute to your team at a high level pay them, but if you are getting paid to sit on the bench, I think that money can go else where to help others in need.

    • I definitely agree that professional athletes are over paid. However, their salary is reflective of how much revenue they bring to their team, sport, organization, etc. I had never considered the lack of insurance for professional players. You made good points that represent both sides of the argument.

    • Olivia,
      I think this post touches on the overall wage gap in America, with the top 1% holding a huge majority of the Money in the US. While professional athletes are typically within that top 1%, your concern doesn’t seem to be with the overall economic makeup of American society. You seem to be wondering if Pro athletes re making “too much” for what they do. While this is a matter of opinion, I think you do a great job in demonstrating many perspectives.
      There are lots of articles on this topic, but this one was particularly interesting- https://thetylt.com/sports/do-professional-athletes-make-too-much-money

      Lucy

    • Olivia,
      I like how near the end of your writing you explain why the players receive more money than most. I never thought there we legitimate reasons that they got paid as much as they do. However, I still don’t think they should be paid as much as they are. As you said they make around $5.15 million a year, where some people don’t even make that in a lifetime. Instead of giving them so much money, I think doctors and teachers should make more. Doctors are saving people’s lives every day and teachers are shaping our next generation. An article I found that you might like that says 61% of people think athletes make too much money. The url is http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-athletes-make-too-much-money
      Thank you for sharing your story.

    • I see my recent comment being on the trash, I don’t know how that happened at all, hopefully you didn’t delete it, thank you have a nice day!

    • Olivia,
      I really liked how you explained why athletes may need to paid more for insurance, injury, and career span reasons. Its something that we often don’t think about when we talk about how much athletes get paid. I think we look at the number and can’t even fathom how much money that is, but after tax, surgeries, and other expenses it can be justified. https://fee.org/articles/athletes-salaries-too-high-sports-fans-blame-yourselves/ explained that its the fans fault for showing so much support and buying tickets and merchandise so the athletes have the ability to be paid more.

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    The United States is in the midst of the largest opiate and heroin epidemic ever. The epidemic has caused an alarming rate of drug overdoses, deaths, and hospitalizations. It is also alarming because he reaches

    Opiates in Our Backyard

    The United States is in the midst of the largest opiate and heroin epidemic ever. The epidemic has caused an alarming rate of drug overdoses, deaths, and hospitalizations. It is also alarming because he reaches ever demographic; every race,...

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    • Hey Olivia, I was intrigued by your post, This story hits home for me because many within my family have to take medication such as those that you listed for the pain they have to deal with everyday. And the fact that we have an epidemic for the over usage of such drugs scares me. I’ve always hoped they were doing something about this. Do you know of any programs or if our government or any hospitals are responding to this?

    • Olivia, you have made some great points. One thing I have heard about is it that doctors often prescribe more doses than are necessary. And like you said the medication is so addictive. That is one thing that could be a positive change-only give the minimum number of doses.

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    I believe as a society, we care about too many things in our life that should not matter or affect our daily lives. We care too much about celebrities and sports, buying nice things, and impressing people. We

    Are we too caught up in the trivial things in life?

    I believe as a society, we care about too many things in our life that should not matter or affect our daily lives. We care too much about celebrities and sports, buying nice things, and impressing people. We think...

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    • Hey!
      I like your last statement, in the third paragraph. “Why am I doing this? And does it matter?” This question has probably ran through thoughts of my own. When I am partaking in certain actions, or deciding between two things this has actually been a useful tactic I’ve used to analyze the “why’s” and “so’s” and “because” in my life.
      I think more people could ask themselves these self evaluating questions to determine what’s important to them, rather than getting blinded my shallow, mediocre activities- or people.

    • Olivia,
      Your claim in the first paragraph is very interesting, and I would like to examine some other sides to what you said: “We think more about how other people perceive us than how we treat others or ourselves”. Firstly, how people perceive us is, at least in part, affected by how we treat other people. Of course, that can be positive or negative, depending on who you associate with, but the only way to not care about interacting with other people would be to live as a self-sufficient hermit somewhere very far removed from civilization. Second, I would argue that in modern times it is harder to not take care of yourself than it is to take care of yourself. The advertisements that you noticed are an interesting example of social media pushing people to “take care” of themselves – which you noted in your analysis of the Huffington Post’s article.

      I think your observation at the end – that the world would be a bit better if everyone considered their actions a bit more – is remarkable. Reading http://bigthink.com/think-tank/slow-down-you-think-too-fast may interest you. It examines a bit of how people make decisions, the effect part of the advertising industry that many people don’t or refuse to recognize.

    • Olivia,
      I really enjoyed your post, and I feel that this is very interesting and relevant to our society today. We are caught up in the materialistic part of our world, and too concerned with other peoples lives instead of our own. I like how you asked questions like “Why do we think we need what everyone else has? Why do you need to get the newest thing as soon as it comes out? Why do we feel the need to always impress people?” because I feel this is very true. And I feel it is very visable in my own life today, I am very involved in other peoples lives, and or seeing what do items are coming out this month. And I remember being in Thailand, where people care more about themselves, and don’t care what is coming out. It was very visible how happy they were, and so I am wondering if you think that if you are very involved in a materialistic world, if you are less likely to be happy. I loved your post, and I’m excited to read more!

    • Olivia Sauer!
      I agree that the norm in today’s society is to flaunt what you have no matter how minimal while others are left in awe. You brought up some great points like asking why it even matter’s and why are you doing this, and it has really made me think. Why do I need to show off on snapchat or on instagram that I am out having a good time? Has that really become the social norm? While I was thinking about this questions, I came across a website that has great information to look more into this topic if you are interested! https://www.huffingtonpost.com/marianna-glynska/are-you-hooked-the-impact_b_6872962.html

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    Has technology helped or harmed the development of the world?

    I believe that technology has helped AND harmed the development of the world. I think that the world has made great advances in medical technology

    Has technology helped or harmed the development of the world?

    Has technology helped or harmed the development of the world? I believe that technology has helped AND harmed the development of the world. I think that the world has made great advances in medical technology because without it, many people...

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    • Olivia,
      I agree that there are many issues and benefits to technology. Personally, when I take a step back and look at it, all I can see are issues. Although it may be an entertaining source, the psychological issues that arise with phones is causing a depletion in the way we communicate, our social skills, and the interactions between people. I am in full support of medical technological advances, although I do see how as the technology advances, people lose their jobs. That is incredibly degrading to those who are being replaced by a robot. I enjoyed reading your post Olivia, thank you!

    • I also agree that there are definite benefits to technology, but I also believe that there is a time and a place. Modern advances in technology are amazing in what they ca do for the sick and the injured and even work, but i feel it has really taken over our everyday lives, especially in regards social media.

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    I think that leaders do in fact have moral obligations. As a leader, it is their responsibility to set an example for those they are leading and to always do the right thing. But what is morality? Morality are

    Do leaders have moral obligations?

    I think that leaders do in fact have moral obligations. As a leader, it is their responsibility to set an example for those they are leading and to always do the right thing. But what is morality? Morality are the...

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    • I agree that our leaders have the responsibility to be morally right and to also be politically correct. If our leader doesn’t have good moral values such as not accepting those who don’t fit into the “norm” than what does that say about America? Our leaders should be some of the most politically correct and morally right people, but for that to happen we must elect people that have those qualities.

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    I think that most people are happy when they are doing things they love or are with people they love. For myself, I know I am my happiest when I’m playing volleyball or spending time with my family and friends. H

    What makes you happy?

    I think that most people are happy when they are doing things they love or are with people they love. For myself, I know I am my happiest when I’m playing volleyball or spending time with my family and...

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    • Dear Olivia, I am proud of your work and on how you did it while spending your time doing this good argument. The sentence that stands out to me is “are happy when they are doing things they love or are with people they love.” I do agree with you about how you explained that how people can be happy with the things they love or love doing and love spending time with their loved ones. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are a really good writer and good at explaining things.

    • I am satisfied with your post, they way you explain your happiness makes me understand that you have different ways to be happy. ” So what is happiness? I think it differs for each person because everyone has different interests and hobbies. What someone finds happiness from might be someone else’s least favorite thing.” This explanation, shows how people are different from each other, and even happiness are different. ”Another study talked about the ways we can reach happiness by our own standards: optimism, achievement, integrity, and humor. When we are doing things we know are right and that benefit not only ourselves but others, we are more likely to be happy because we know we are giving back. Those with humor have a sense of fun and are not afraid to laugh at themselves.” We can also chose to be happy, sometimes our self esteem can lead to our happiness.

    • Dear Olivia, I think this is interesting because in this world there are many opportunities or options that can make one happy. I liked the fact that you described how happiness is like a feeling that generates pleasure to your physical and mental features. I agree with the idea that the little things are considered to be one of the best way to generate happiness.

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    When the class had Angie Monsen talk to us about how she takes pictures and edits them after, I learned a lot. Angie did not use much of Photoshop in her pictures, but relied on LightRoom to send her finished

    Connect with a Photographer

    When the class had Angie Monsen talk to us about how she takes pictures and edits them after, I learned a lot. Angie did not use much of Photoshop in her pictures, but relied on LightRoom to send her...

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    When taking these pictures, I thought it would be cool to have the pictures telling a story. It was challenging to get a story in just three pictures and to play with the depth of field. I think that because the

    Toy Story

    When taking these pictures, I thought it would be cool to have the pictures telling a story. It was challenging to get a story in just three pictures and to play with the depth of field. I think that...

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    • Hello Olivia! Nice work. I wish the pictures were bigger so that I could see them more clearly, but what I can see of them really spoke to me and depicted a story. Do you think that different readers may interpret this piece differently than others? Why or why not? Thank you for sharing your work!

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    The important person I took portraits of is Coach Cordova. He is important to the community because he coaches our football team and teaches some of our physical education classes. Coach Cordova also helps student

    Important Person-Cordova

    The important person I took portraits of is Coach Cordova. He is important to the community because he coaches our football team and teaches some of our physical education classes. Coach Cordova also helps student whenever he can. He...

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    • Dear Olivia,
      I really enjoyed reading the reasoning behind why you picked to person that you picked. I think that in order to be a great coach you have to be engaged in the community. To me Coach Cardova sounds like a great coach. I really liked how you took the picture in a place that is related to what he does. Great Photo!

    • Olivia,
      I deeply enjoyed your post as it is showing off one of the positively minded people you have in your school. It is great to have an adult to talk to in school, who you can just lay everything out to unfiltered. I play football as well and know how down to Earth some coaches can be, but when it comes to study and preparation they are as serious as you can get. Thank you for your post I found it very enlightening!

    • Olivia,I really enjoyed your post. Coaches are often very important people in communities, as they influence the development of their athletes in so many different ways. I enjoyed reading about why you chose Coach Cordova as your subject, and why you photographed him where you did. Thank you for sharing your picture with us.

    • Olivia, I liked your post. In an age where kids spend more and more time away from home and less time with their parents, Coaches can be an important source of wisdom and attitude. Without positive role models, kids can end up passive-aggressive, misguided, and suffer from a lack of confidence. Coach Cordova looks like a good guy, and your school is lucky to have him.

  • While studying Jimmy Nelson’s photography and techniques for his portraits, I saw that he changed his depth of field depending on what he was trying to draw attention to in his pictures. For his portraits, he would use a shallow depth of field to blur out the background and keep the attention on the person. But for his group photos, his depth of f…Read More

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