• Many people have different conceptions about the word American and what it means to be American. Diverse experiences inform people’s associations and connotations with the idea of Americanism. However, in the Bay

    • Hello Sebastian,
      I thought your adaptation of what the definition of the “American Identity” was interesting. I loved how you gave both the extremes of both sides as well as the moderation. I agree with you, I think the meaning of being an American citizen is different for everyone. For me personally I think being an american means fighting for what’s right and the freedom and equality for all where as some may not agree but that’s what being an american citizen is, having the right to have different opinions.


    • Sebastian, this was an awesome thing to read. I completely agree with you. I think today’s political climate makes it very hard to be proud to be American, no matter which side of the party-line one falls on. This website speaks a little to that https://townhall.com/columnists/jackiegingrichcushman/2018/06/28/why-americanism-is-important-n2495088. The point about Americanism being a mixed bag makes sense. I hate America sometimes, but there is nowhere I would rather be really.

    • Hey Sebastian, I’m a student from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Utah. I came across your article, and found it to be very interesting. I fully agree with the idea that in the modern world it’s difficult for somebody to say they’re proud to be an American. I do think it’s an interesting topic that kind of gets overlooked when you take into consideration how much attention other issues are getting. I look forward to seeing anything in the future.

    • Sebastian,

      Thank you so much for sharing this post!
      You had many interesting ideas and thought-provoking conversations. I liked how you talked about the extremes of both sides as well as the moderation within your statements. I agree with you, that the meaning of being an American citizen is different for everyone. With all the cultures in America, it can be hard to identify with one common culture. This being said, the “American culture“ at times can be hard to identify with. While there are amazing things about our country, there are also negative aspects that I think all of us can agree aren’t easy to live in a country with. However, in a way these still constitute the American culture, which is composed of many cultures from all around the world. I think that this “mixed bag “as you said, is what makes our country so unique and has shaped many of our perspectives of the place that we live. Again, thank you for your post, and I can’t wait to see what you write next!


  • The opioid epidemic is a large issue affecting people of a variety of ages across the country. Opioids were introduced to the market as a new safer pain medication and quickly grew in usage and popularity amongst

    • 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 talks about big pharma and the lawsuits they faced: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6461324/ .


    • Sam replied 4 months ago

      I think the opioid epidemic is one of the most harmful and dangerous problems in present times. I completely agree with your point that slowing down the rate and amount of prescriptions would have been useful before the epidemic, but now it is too late. This is something I don’t think a lot of people understand and there is so much money in the prescription drug world that I doubt any big change will happen in the near future. I agree with you that the best option for right now is too educate and highly enforce the dangers of what people are being prescribed and hope that they will listen.

    • Hi Sebastian,
      I think the topic of the opioid epidemic is so incredibly important because it has been a problem in our society since they are constantly being misused. After reading this I completely agree with your points of lowering the rates and amount of usage and should be more regulated it could potentially eliminate the problems. But the quickest and effective way to change it now would be to educate people about what they are actually taking the long term risks.

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