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    Ronata! The ideal graduation is filled with tears, hoorays, and goodbyes. But this one year is unique its one of a kind. Lucky or not we are apart of history, we were the 2020 graduates who the suffered with this pandemic. But instead of focusing on “aww poor us” we are part of history. And we are ready for the next chapter in our lives.
  • Horyna's May 18, 21:54 comment on Letter to AOC
    Dear Denieris, I love this piece and the way you wrote it! I have always wanted to write a personal or an open letter to my representatives and other legislators. Also, I am a huge fan of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! I was not aware that AOC had made these inspiring comments prior to reading your open letter and I couldn’t agree more with your analysis of her comments! I too believe that the youth hold so much power and have so much potential. Your statement, “Young people are the future of this country, not because young people are young, but because young people enrolled in society,” really caught my attention because I had not previously considered this angle when thinking about why young are revered as valuable in today’s society. As you mentioned, young people are involved in political and social activism more than ever before. Young Representatives, such as AOC, are living proof. In your letter, you mentioned a young anti-violence activist named Edna Chavez. If you are interested in researching more young activists, here is a link to a video containing some of Greta Thunberg’s most powerful speeches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwakaSwqTEo. Greta Thunberg is a young, dedicated climate change activist from Sweden. She too believes in the power of the youth and special role we play in determining the future. Another powerful example I think you would be interested in that also demonstrates just how much power the youth has is the March For Our Lives Movement (https://marchforourlives.com/). I hope to hear more from you on this topic Denieris. I have a feeling once COVID-19 slows down, there will be a political upheaval that the youth will undoubtedly play a role in. I would love to read more open letters to Representatives and other government officials as well! You are very well-spoken! Best, Amaia
  • Tiffany's May 18, 20:01 comment on Ramadan And The Different Rituals
    Hi! It’s crazy to read and hear about how the virus is affecting so many people and religions. In all honestly, when this first began, I was so excited because no school, but after a few weeks passed, I started realizing how bad this is affecting everyone. But like you said, this situation has made us focus on the positives of the Internet and focus on the memories we’ve made before this happened.
  • Tiffany's May 18, 19:56 comment on The Graduation no one asked for…
    Hi, I 100% agree with you. This sucks and I wish it was different. We’ve all worked so hard for the last 4 years for this moment, and instead, we get yard signs and 5-minute graduation with only immediate family. There were so many things I was looking forward to this last quarter, and it definitely did not have anything to do with sitting at home all day. But, we did it. We finished high school. I mean it’s not the way we all wanted it to be, but we still did it and that’s what’s important. So focus on the positives, and keep the memories of Judge fresh in your mind. It’s time to say goodbye and create new memories and meet new people and just move forward with our lives. It’s college time and we’ve been preparing for this moment since freshman year.
  • Sam's May 18, 18:53 comment on The Graduation no one asked for…
    I feel you and understand how you are feeling without a doubt. Isn’t this all quite underwhelming? Im personally most bummed about not having a proper prom because that’s kind of like the last hurrah with everyone. Although this feels terrible and is not quite what we were anticipating, we must look at the as a new chapter in our lives book being turned over and this disappointment should turn to excitement. I hope the best to you and to see you again in the future.
  • Maria's May 18, 18:12 comment on The Walking Forest
    Dear Patricia: I am surprised about your publication “The Walking Forest”, because I like how he expressed himself and how he wrote the story and what is happening to the girl. A phrase he wrote that is relevant to me is “She’s desperate to know more until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets” I think this is very integrative because there is a boy who offers to reveal secrets to him, it is very mysterious because It is not known what kinds of secrets he will reveal. Thanks for your writing, I hope to continue looking at what you write below because I found it very integral because I would like to know if they cross or if they were amtrated.
  • Emma's May 18, 17:59 comment on COVID-19 in Utah
    I am very glad Utah reacted in a timely and professional manner compared to other states. It is great news that as a state we have a considerably low number of deaths. Governor Herbert was smart in prohibiting dining in, enforcing a curfew and keeping gathering under 10 people. Utah was lucky to have preventive existing conditions that has slowed the spread of the virus. However, citizens of Utah have been following the state and national guidelines very poorly. As a whole, Utah has not seen a substantial decrease in non-essential visits, social encounters or mobility*. Utah has roughly 7,000 confirmed cases (as of May 18th), but social distancing is the upmost important preventive tool we have when responding to a pandemic like COVID-19. Furthermore, a second wave is predicted to hit Utah later this year. Our state epidemiologist is concerned as the state loosens the restrictions*. So while we have a slight advantage compared to other states, we still have a long way to go. *https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard?view=county&fips=49035 *https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/05/01/utah-should-expect-nd/
  • Angeth's May 18, 17:46 comment on Ms. Rona
    I like the message in this article. We may not get our traditional graduation celebration. But that doesn’t take away from any of our accomplishments. We still graduate we still made it. Not having graduation can put a damper on everything and we may not be inclined to celebrate, but we should because we deserve it.
  • Angeth's May 18, 17:25 comment on The unique class of 2020
    I agree with you, Alysa. This senior year has been very different. Who would’ve thought the last day of the third quarter would be the end of senior year. I think we all had a little hope that we would go back by April but that didn’t work out as planned. We get no senior sunset, no prom, or graduation, and that’s very disappointing, to say the least; but we have been strong and we all have tried to stay connected with each other as best we can, and that’s all that matters. We may not get the experiences but we have the memories that will last forever. Stay strong class of 2020!!
  • Megan's May 18, 16:39 comment on America Means Identifying With a Common Culture
    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! Megan 
  • Megan's May 18, 16:32 comment on Senior Year During COVID-19
    Kaitlyn, I resonated with your post because as the stay at home orders were extended, I was also in utter disbelief. I thought that it would be the two weeks, and then everything would go back to normal. we would get our senior year back. I also agree with the ups and downs of being quarantines during this time. Part of me thinks that maybe it is a blessing, as we are getting more time with our families and loved ones before going to college. The other part is sick of spending time with my family, and wishes I had the routine of going to school and my senior year back. I know that ultimately this will be something that we looks back on, and maybe even are grateful for, even though now this seems incredibly hard to believe. But for now, we just have to make the best of it! Personally, a big upside of Covid-19 is that Judge has really been there for everyone, is ways that I know other schools haven’t. Ultimately, I think that this whole thing will make our class stronger and closer!! Thank you for your post, it helped me realize that I was not alone in my thoughts! Megan
  • Alison Ely's May 18, 12:54 comment on Abortion is murder
    abortion due to rape is not justified, even though it on the surface seems to make sense. abortion is an ADDITIONAL trauma. children of rape have proven to be healing to their mothers!! when a rape victim chooses abortion, she not only must now work through a rape experience alone, she now also must deal with being the mother of a dead child. often it’s said that the abortion was even more traumatic than the rape experience. the baby is still a person, just as valid as a simple accidental pregnancy. so it’s not justified to kill it. I have many other examples of rape not justifying it, but that’s what I’m sharing for now. abortion due to fetal abnormalities is bogus, too. the baby will have a very traumatic, painful death through abortion, which would be quite different than what would happen naturally if the baby dies regardless of being given a chance to live. if the baby is at least given a chance, the mother often even gets to hold the baby before having to let it go, which is a precious moment in time, rather than having the baby ripped away in pieces from inside of you. plus, sometimes the abnormalities were not there after all, and a healthy baby is born. I have many other examples of why abnormality doesn’t justify abortion, but that is what I’m sharing for now. abortion due to saving the life of the mother is also wrong. hardly any abortions fall into this category, btw. even if the mother lives due to the abortion, she will experience trauma because she just had her baby killed. she has to live with that now. it takes immense courage to do the right thing sometimes, but I would not allow my baby to be deliberately ripped apart just to save my own life. there are other examples to explain why the life of the mother is not a reason to kill her baby, but that’s what I’ll say for now. I had an abortion in 2007 and have been in every direction as far as my views on what constitutes a permissible abortion. after being cornered by every exception I could think of, I became convinced that abortion is never good. it’s in fact being pushed on society for the sake of making money. it’s an evil industry that has fooled most of us. they are lying and they have fooled us. it’s not about women’s rights or healthcare. it’s money and power. Google even pushes for the abortion agenda. try to research abortion on Google, and you will mostly be hit with links that support the procedure. they work hard to make it look like abortion is good to be available to society. but let me tell you- they are seeking to deceive. now that I know I caused abhorrent pain to my 14-week baby, I am horrified for life. it has affected my sex life. many women never want to admit how abortion has hurt them. for the longest time, I tried to tell myself the same lies I’d been fed. but enough is enough. I know the truth now. so please. remember the “exceptions” they claim- rape, abnormality, inc- are bullshit. ***it’s NOT the fault of the women who choose abortion.*** it’s the industry that has preyed on us to believe a lie, for their benefit. the original article here is wonderful, besides the fact that the writer is deceived into believing there are exceptions to the rule. I’m here to advocate that no, even the so-called exceptions do not apply. I appreciate the writers heart for the unborn. but it is clear from reading that even someone who believes in the sanctity of life can be fooled by an evil industry that is deceiving the masses. so finish waking up to the truth. we are being lied to about abortion. it is pure evil.
  • Rom H's May 18, 07:41 comment on Literary Analysis ” The difference within race and a Lesson for life”
    Sadly the USA was not truly made for blacks
  • Nancy's May 18, 01:38 comment on The Walking Forest
    Dear Patricia: I am curious about your publication, “The Walking Forest”, because it is a very interesting story and I like how it expresses the story that keeps me reading and I would like to know more about the story because I want to know what happened to the girl A phrase that you wrote that stands out to me is “Sometimes it’s churning in the woods, and when the paths of Rea and the witch collide, a more treacherous and deadly truth than either of them could imagine surfaces.” I think this is intriguing because you can imagine many things about it if they cross if they kill each other or what happens. Thanks for writing. I hope to see what you write next, because I would like to know what happens if they are killed or crossed.
  • Horyna's May 18, 00:47 comment on The unique class of 2020
    Hi Alysa, As a fellow senior at Judge, I have been experiencing a lot of the same emotions. I am not someone who loved high school by any means, I have actually been quite eager to leave, but the abrupt ending was not how I wanted it to happen. I too have been plagued with the nagging “what ifs?” about when this is going to end and what our future holds. I really resonate with your reflection on how, “at one point everything was fine and then at the next everything was gone.” As a class, I think one of our biggest takeaways from COVID-19 is how quickly life can change. I have been reflecting on this idea, I hope it inspires us to live more in the moment and to appreciate our friends and families more once this is all over. I know it can be easy to slip into a negative mindset during these times and to feel alone, but we aren’t. We are all going through this together. If you need something inspiring and specific to the Class of 2020 I recommend watching President Obama’s commencement speech if you haven’t already. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta5anRPf8rQ. Here is another link that has resources on how to cope from the American Psychology Association: https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/student-stress. I hope to hear more from you on this topic! Do you think COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the Class of 2020 and on our generation as a whole? What has helped you manage your stress and disappointment? I know things are hard right now and I am experiencing the same emotions you shared. Nonetheless, I know we will get through this! If you ever need to talk you can text me! I miss you, Alysa! You are an amazing writer!
  • Samantha's May 18, 00:36 comment on Deception
    Dear Abigail: I am excited by your post, “Deception,”because reading is very interesting. You are left with the intrigue that it will happen later. I like how the plot is. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict.” I think this is great that when people have conflicts they resolve them. I think that when we have conflicts we all have to try to resolve them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I was very interested in this post you made. I like the story you have read is very interesting. Samantha Mora.
  • Orlando Velasco's May 18, 00:24 comment on Paper toilets aren’t the only supplies vanishing
    I agree with the quote you added in your article. People will believe anything on social media and it’s scary. When all it takes is to keep yourself clean and keep your immune system strong and people are still going crazy, that’s when you know society has its priorities messed up. But it’s not their fault it’s social media. Someone will post something and people will believe it to be true. The scariest part is that it’s done so easily. People aren’t gonna stop going crazy though. So all we can do is prepare ourselves the way we should and let natural selection take its course. Fear is what drives these people to buy everything front the stores. But as long as you remember that fear is just faith in the wrong things you’ll be alright.
  • Orlando Velasco's May 18, 00:08 comment on Trump suggests injection of “disinfectant” for COVID-19?
    So first of all who’s taking this advice from this man? It doesn’t take much to see that what he is saying is complete crap, clearly you were able to make an article based on the topic and people are dying from misinformation? We already know that Trump will say outrageous things so that’s no surprise. The surprise for me is that there are people who listen to this type of stuff which is common sense. At the end you said it builds distrust between the citizens and the ones making the cure. This is something I find completely baffling even a little hilarious if it’s true. Vaccines take time to make. If someone is so misinformed that they take crazy things to try to get rid of the virus let them.
  • Orlando Velasco's May 17, 23:54 comment on The unique class of 2020
    It is a weird and interesting senior year. I too wanted to experience the things that seniors are supposed to. But the same wind blows on us all. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man persists to adapt the world to himself. Yes it sucks but we gotta get comfortable with eating sh*t. We didn’t get what every other senior got but that’s whatever. At the end what matters is how the story is told. The journey is everything.
  • Ezra's May 17, 23:45 comment on Senior Year During COVID-19
    Hey Kaitlyn As much as this sucks, it makes me wonder if this is going to be how education is going to be for everyone in the not so distant future. As human history continues, and as the population continues to rise, more and more powerful viruses are going to threaten humanity, natural selection ensures that. So it might just be the case that digital learning will become the standard, to ensure safety from diseases. Over time, technology is only going to get better, and so are deadly pathogens, so I wonder if our children or their children might deal with this every day. As much as this impacts OUR mental health, how much will it impact theirs? or will they be used to it and just accept it?
  • Ezra's May 17, 22:40 comment on Why Are Eastern Countries Doing Better Than Western Countries With COVID-19?
    Interesting point about how eastern countries are doing so well at quarantining, but I would be interested to hear your opinion about how Taiwan (or Chinese Taipei) is excluded from the WHO, despite being one of the world leaders in their handling of the virus. In terms of Asian countries, I would say no one is doing better than them. Taiwan has 0 new cases despite its excellent testing, so what reason does the global community have to oppose including them in the pandemic response?
  • Olivia's May 17, 21:36 comment on Covid-19 Upstander Proposal
    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 because without a job it is hard to put food on the table or keep a roof over your head. I also thought it was interesting that you brought up the fact that non-profits such as animal shelters and food banks are also suffering. I hadn’t thought about that before. If you are curious to know how my community is dealing with the virus here is an article for you to check out: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/utah-coronavirus-cases.html . Best wishes, Olivia
  • Olivia's May 17, 21:26 comment on Senior Year During COVID-19
    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 pandemic here is an article I think you will like: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247 . It is an article written by a Harvard Medical School professor that details the good new about coronavirus and how most people will recover, numbers are going down, etc.
  • Cora's May 17, 18:30 comment on Social distancing while in quarantine
    Hi Manuel, I liked reading your post. It was informative and well though through. I agree more people need to take part in wearing masks when they go outside. They are endangering themselves and others. What scares me the most are the people who are asymptomatic and think they don’t need to wear a mask. Your other point about staying indoors is okay. If people did wear masks when they go outside then everyone wouldn’t need to stay inside as much. Unfortunately since a lot of people don’t wear masks outside then staying inside would be safer. Do you think that we as a society will have to do everything at home because of COVID-19? Here is an article I found that could help you further your ideas. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf -Cora
  • Cora's May 17, 18:18 comment on Online schooling good or bad?
    Hi Paula, I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree that everyone is responding differently to the online schooling. Some are excelling while others are taking a turn for the worse. It is disheartening that this year we will not be able to walk for graduation as a collective class. I researched for some more perspective from other students on online learning. Hopefully this article helps in the future, “https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/4/what-some-students-are-saying-about-the-switch-to-remote-teaching-and-learning -Cora
  • Ronata's May 17, 15:16 comment on Coronavirus Pandemic
    Hey Tim, I find it very annoying how people have the audacity to not follow stay at home orders during quarantine like you mentioned they don’t acknowledge the severity f the situation at hand. And it is a very scary situation indeed, you could be sick and infecting people (especially if you are not staying home) and not even know about it which is so surreal but it’s happening. Rip to senior year, but we made it amidst the madness!
  • Ronata's May 17, 15:10 comment on The Graduation no one asked for…
    Hey Natalie We’re in the same boat. I hate that we won’t be able to ever have the full experience of senior year. I don’t know about you but I felt absolutely defeated when this madness started. Putting in 110 percent effort year after year only to be met with the reality that you “won’t be able to walk.” Oh yeah, and no more games or dances or plays. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with hopelessness and anger and like you sad we have that right but at the end of the day, we made it. It might not be acknowledged enough but we did that!! Hope you the best.
  • Candace Ko's May 16, 06:56 comment on Is Screen Time Unhealthy?
    Hi Amy, I really think your article is an important work to be read by everyone, especially during these times of online learning. Although we must work from screens, it is important to know your limits and how to properly take care of oneself. Screen time does not affect our bodies in the same ways as other medical issues may, but it affects us in ways that some people may overlook. I liked your graph depicting a survey of people who believe/do not believe whether screen time is unhealthy or not. It connects your data with the real world, allowing the opportunity for people to reevaluate their thoughts on the issue. I agree with your first aim about educating the community. The first step in anything is addressing the issue, and you have laid out a great pathway in doing so. Your second aim is a great idea for alternatives for excess screen time. What are your hobbies that you enjoy? Your article was very informative and i applaud you for choosing such a relevant topic to our current situation. Keep it up!
  • Claudia's May 16, 06:52 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear Victor, I found your piece on immigrants and housing very compelling. My parents are also immigrants from El Salvador and you are very right, it is such a huge risk to take. Leaving everything behind, moving to a country where you don’t understand the language, and risking deportation. It does almost seem illogical. It is very sad to read that immigrants are treated so poorly and I agree that President Trump’s racist comments only add fuel to the hate and the racism in this country. Sadly, most people can agree that housing in the bay area has become extremely unaffordable. I really did enjoy reading your blog, great work Victor!
  • Maddie G.'s May 16, 06:44 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, Thank you for sharing with your blog post, “Gun violence,” because this is a topic that everyone should be informed on. It seems that gun violence is a problem in Oakland which is very unfortunate. This topic is so powerful because it can be related to other major topics. For instance, gun violence is a big issue especially here in the U.S. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It is sad that children have to witness violence because they are innocent and their only worry should be school and being kids.” I think this is a powerful statement because it can be related to all these unfortunate mass school shootings that have happened in this country. Another sentence that caught my attention was: “Today, an estimated 4.6 million minors, approximately 7% of all U.S. children, live in homes with at least one firearm that is both loaded and unlocked.” That statistical statement in itself made me re-think just how many children have experienced that. While 7% may seem like a small number, on a large scale it is actually quite big. Your blog post is a reminder to many people about the harmful effects of gun violence. There do need to be more laws, and more people should be educated on this. This applies to you because you talk about your own neighborhood and its rise in gun violence. This topic brings awareness to what goes on in your community as well as other communities nationwide. Thank you for sharing your blog post.
  • Candace Ko's May 16, 06:41 comment on Sports Injuries.
    Hi Luis, I really enjoyed your article on sports injuries. I agree with you that not everyone knows all the risks when they decide to pursue a career in professional sports. I think your idea of creating an Instagram page to educate the sports community is very practical and society-conscious. Because our society is so social media-based, it makes sense for this to be your main effort in spreading awareness. I also think the assembly idea is a good way to make sure everyone hears the information that needs to be learned. Your graphs really caught my eye. I didn’t expect more girls to be playing basketball than boys; that was interesting to learn. Do you have a theory on why that is? Is there a correlation between the types of injuries players sustain and the sport they play? I noticed that on the ‘exercise’ graph, there is an absence of seniors who exercise for 4-5 hours a day. Do you think there is a correlation between grades and time spent exercising? Think of the factors that could affect these times. Again, I enjoyed your article and you have great ideas! Keep it up!
  • Tania Preciado's May 16, 06:41 comment on Latinx Community
    Hello Fernanda, I loved reading your blog because it brought to light issues I was never aware of or even concerned about. Something that really stood out was learning about Latinx communities being moved around because of gentrification. It is sad to see people being thrown out of there homes because they no longer can afford to remain in that area. But you’re right the longer a community has stay put, the harder it is to remove them since they most likely own the homes they live in. Thank you for being vocal about the issue and informing others such as myself.
  • Claudia's May 16, 06:26 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, Thank you for sharing your piece on crime in Oakland. As a bay area transplant I am somewhat new to the area but in the short time I have lived here one of the firsts things I was warned about was about how dangerous Oakland is. After reading your post, I now know my likelihood of being a crime victim in Oakland is 1 in 77. I thought it was great of you to inform us of the different types of crime that occur i.e. violent crimes vs, property crimes, gun violence etc. You mentioned, more awareness in the media of the crime happening in Oakland, do you think there’s anything the community can do to reduce crime rates in Oakland? Do you think awareness in the media can help in some ways?
  • Maddie G.'s May 16, 06:23 comment on Immigrants; Migrating for the Better
    Dear Jennifer, I am glad that I read your blog post, “Immigrants; Migrating for the better, because I am able to relate to it with my own experienced. My parents both immigrated to the U.S. before I was born for more opportunities and to be able to create a better life for themselves. I think it is important that everyone should know what immigration is and why it is so important. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This article is trying to explain that without immigrants working in the U.S. they wouldn’t be able to have such a well working and stable economic system.” I think this is such a powerful statement because it is absolutely true that the immigrants that first come to the U.S. helped contribute to the making of America. Without their hard work, the U.S. would no be the same. Another sentence that I gave a lot of thought to was: “Lucia mentioned that as a young adult, she has worked in order to provide for herself and her children. But she couldn’t do it in Mexico because it didn’t give her the opportunities she heard the U.S.” This stood out for me because here in the U.S. you do need to work to get by and support yourself. The U.S. has many more opportunities than other countries so that is a great point to make. Your blog post reminds me of my family. My parents gave up so much to come to the U.S. They came to a foreign country knowing no English and no money. They came here for a new start in life. I always remind myself of the sacrifices my immigrant parents made for me. Thank you again for sharing your blog post, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
  • Vanessa's May 16, 06:22 comment on Latinx Community
    Hey Fernanda, I enjoyed reading this as I learned things that I had no clue about. I think it is important that you are writing about this because people should be informed on how this is not correct and should be stopped. I can relate to the situation where communities try and raise rent in Latinx communities and it is not right. So many people are affected by this and other related problems. Thank you for sharing, and keep informing the public!
  • Nora's May 16, 06:15 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear Armando, My name is Nora, I am currently a student at SJSU, and I have found your post to be very interesting. I enjoyed all the information and opinions you have mentioned. I agree that gun violence is a huge issue today but I also think that mental health also plays a big role in the way guns are used. I feel like a lot of people who commit gun violence have certain mental issues or traumas etc. that play a huge role in the way they use guns. But I definitely think that less guns would lead to less worries because there wouldn’t be the worry of guns getting in to the wrong hands. Thank you so much for all the information on this post!
  • Nora's May 16, 05:58 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose, My name is Nora, I am current student at San Jose State University and truly appreciate your post. I agree and support a lot of the arguments you stated in your post. I identify with it as well because my parents are both immigrants and they also came to the U.S. for similar reasons. But thanks to their courage and want for a better life, I have the opportunity to have a better future than they did back in their native land. I truly appreciate you shining light on this topic especially at this time where there is a lot of negativity around immigrants.
  • Vanessa's May 16, 05:50 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, I enjoyed reading about your neighborhood and the different views that people may have on it. How you and many others believe they are the best streets because of it’s history and and the culture that it brings out even though people view it as a dangerous place. I love how you find meaning and are proud of where you come from. I believe it is important for people to embrace it just like you are doing. I think it is cool how different neighborhoods have their own nicknames depending on the history and etc. By writing this you are informing the world about the history and culture of Oakland and I think that is incredible!
  • Jiecel's May 16, 03:46 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Chris, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. The use marijuana has its pros and cons like you have mentioned. The legalization age of marijuana is 21 and over, however, we can now see children at such a young age (i.e. high school students) having access to marijuana. With students having access to marijuana it prevents them from being able to perform well overall, especially in their academic performance. The use of marijuana also has its benefits such as for medical use. However, yes many people are having more access to marijuana and not using it for the right purpose.
  • Brenda Rodriguez's May 16, 03:35 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, I am a student at San Jose State University! I really enjoyed reading your post, “Littering in Oakland” because littering has become a big issue that can affect everyone in a negative way. I have noticed that littering has increased throughout the years, because back then there wouldn’t be as much trash on the ground as there is. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In Oakland just about 11 miles searching for trash to pick up and clean, there was a shocking number of trash picked up by volunteers and there was 109,460 pounds of trash, founded (SF.gov).” The reason this stood out to me is because that is so much trash for just 11 miles. I never knew that people could be so inconsiderate by littering. Another sentence that stood out to me is, “She wrote, Oakland, California has an illegal dumping problem that costs the city $5.5 million per year.” Those $5.5 million dollars could have been used for a worthy cause like charity or helping homeless people. Instead it is being used for a problem that we the people can fix. Your post reminds me of something that happens to me on a daily basis. My little cousins or friends think throwing a little wrapper on the ground won’t make a difference, but it actually does. I always tell them to throw it in the trash because littering can also cost a fine. You did an amazing job writing about this! Thank you.
  • Brenda Rodriguez's May 16, 03:02 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Dear Jaqueline, I am a student at San Jose State University! I want to say how impressed I am by your post, “Littering in Oakland,” because I honestly never knew that there is such a high percentage of homelessness in Oakland. At the same time, it is not a big shocking fact knowing that California has one of the highest prices to pay for rent compared to other states in the United States. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “From 2017 to 2019 homelessness increased by 47 percent. The main cause of homelessness according to the article titled, ‘Homelessness in Oakland’, it says, ‘(1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, and (4) low wages, in that order.’” The reason this stood out to me is because homelessness has increased by a big percentage in just two years. A lot of people, including myself, do struggle financially just to pay rent because of how high it is. Another sentence that stood out to me is, “Stereotypes affect all homeless people, not just the ones where those stereotypes apply. A stereotype about homeless people is that they’re drug addicts and alcoholics.” I have heard of these stereotypes about homeless people, and it makes me angry how people can be so rude. When it talks about stereotypes about homeless people, it reminds me of one time when a girl called a homeless man “drug addict” and I told her to not be calling him that because she doesn’t know what he has been through. Ever since then, it really does get me thinking about how people end up being homeless, but from reading your post now I get a glimpse why. You did an amazing job writing about this! Thank you.
  • Estefani Conde's May 16, 01:50 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Christopher, I appreciate how you address the positive and negative aspects of marijuana. Now that marijuana has been legalized in some states, it is still a controversial topic. When talking about the pros of marijuana, a sentence that stood out to me was “the possibility of bringing more money in the U.S,” I did not think about the demand for weed and how it can increase the economy in California. On the other hand, the cons were that marijuana can be addicting and serve as a gateway drug to other intense drugs. My question to this is how can we keep track of who uses it for the right purpose and who doesn’t. Best, Estefani
  • Isabella De La Rosa's May 16, 01:34 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Hi Armando, My name is Isabella and I am a student at San Jose State. Your post is extremely relevant to our day and age. This is a very controversial topic. To begin I completely agree, less gun violence, does indeed mean less worries. I find it to be extremely depressing and disappointing that one, there are school shootings to begin with, two, rather than inflicting stricter gun laws, we are prioritizing ways to protect ourselves from shooters instead. After reading your perspective as well as the perspective of Emily Hernandez it is nice to know that younger generations see the dangers of guns outweigh the viewpoint of guns being a “constitutional right.” I truly hope that one day we may witness life where gun violence is eliminated.
  • Estefani Conde's May 16, 01:15 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, Thanks for sharing your research about the crimes in Oakland. I have always lived in the Bay Area and knew that it was a dangerous place but your post helped me be more aware of it. The statistic that “1 in 77 people can become a victim of a crime” made it more real of the danger of living in Oakland (AreaVibes). The interviews provided also helped me understand the point of view from current residents. Especially, when Okamura said that “violent crime is decreasing and property crime is rising because of the increase in rent.” From the research you have gathered, do you or any of the interviewees have a possible solution or idea on how to reduce the crime in Oakland? Best, Estefani Conde
  • Isabella De La Rosa's May 16, 00:59 comment on “WEED”
    Hi Chris, My name is Isabella and I am a student at San Jose State. I think you are shedding light on an important topic. While marijuana is now legalized it is still a very controversial topic that many debate on to this day. I really commend your work based on the fact that you remained very neutral. You explained both the positive and negative aspects of marijuana intake. A sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “a pro from legalizing marijuana has a possibility of bringing more money in the U.S.” This gave me a completely different perspective as to how marijuana is so much more than “getting a high.” The sales of marijuana could indeed have an affect on the California (as well as other states) economy for its demand recreationally and medicinally. You also brought some awareness to me that there is no scientific data to prove that is harmful. I am curious to know if there is any current studies to prove that it is harmful aside from the fact that it can be addictive and can be a gateway drug. From what I have heard, I know that it can provide medicinal benefits. All in all, I appreciate this piece and I cannot wait to see what you write next.
  • Andrea's May 15, 23:46 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    Hey Fanny, I am Andrea, a student from San Jose State University, and I want to congratulate you on an important topic that is not often discussed. I am Central American, and I agree that ethnic food tastes better when the person making it has a connection to the food. I know how it feels to miss a part of your culture and crave the food, and for it not to taste how you expect it is disappointing. To a certain extent, it does lose value, but it is also a good idea to keep an open mind because anyone should be able to make the food they want. I know that many people work so hard to learn how to cook new dishes and should be appreciated. I do agree that may not be the same or hold the equal value, but sometimes you will be amazed by the quality of the dish. I also like how you shifted from English to Spanish; it was weird to read Spanish since I had not done it since high school.
  • Andrea's May 15, 23:02 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Hello Dayanara, I am Andrea, a student from San Jose State University, and I enjoyed reading your post. Something that caught my attention was the picture you provided at the beginning of your post. It is shocking to see how homeless people have to make their homes out of anything they find on the streets. That lady in the picture seems very unhappy and viewing that as her reality. A while back in October, I visited Oakland, and it was so much more shocking to see homelessness in person. There were tents and garage bags everywhere, and it’s sad to think about how many people do not have stable homes. However, I was not aware of the number of people without homes until I saw the statistics you provided. I agree with you that the city of Oakland needs to do more for these people because they are also part of the community. It is mortifying to think that money can be invested in other things like new buildings but not at home for people who need it.Hello Dayanara, I am Andrea, a student from San Jose State University, and I enjoyed reading your post. Something that caught my attention was the picture you provided at the beginning of your post. It is shocking to see how homeless people have to make their homes out of anything they find on the streets. That lady in the picture seems very unhappy and viewing that as her reality. A while back in October, I visited Oakland, and it was so much more shocking to see homelessness in person. There were tents and garage bags everywhere, and it’s sad to think about how many people do not have stable homes. However, I was not aware of the number of people without homes until I saw the statistics you provided. I agree with you that the city of Oakland needs to do more for these people because they are also part of the community. It is mortifying to think that money can be invested in other things like new buildings but not at home for people who need it.
  • Carmen's May 15, 22:28 comment on Immigrants
    Hello Jose! I found your post very interesting and informative. I can relate to you as I also come from parents that immigrated here for a better life. At the time they arrived, their reasoning for coming was to be able to provide for their family back in Mexico. While at times they do miss their old home, as you stated, it can be very dangerous due to gang violence. I found that your information really made me put into perspective just how many people are continually being affected by this. Not to mention those who also fall under DACA are being significantly affected by something that was out of their control. I thoroughly enjoyed your post!
  • Carmen's May 15, 22:10 comment on Drug Problem
    Hello Sugeiry! I really enjoyed reading your post and agree with you in that drug abuse is a problem that needs to be addressed more often due to the impact it has on both the individual abusing and those in the community. While drug abuse can be initiated by a variety of reasons, I felt that it was a very important point that you brought up was the effects that just viewing others’ use and abuse can have a large influence on teenagers. As we know, the teenage years are a time of growth and development both physically and mentally, so it is important to provide teens with resources to get the support they need so that they do not self medicate with opioids or alcohol. As you mentioned, the lack of resources is also a very large issue. Sadly many of the resources that are available come at a very high cost or those that are free or made affordable lack proper funding and the necessary amenities to ensure the largest possibility of success for those who choose to seek help. I definitely believe this is a very prominent issue that more people should express interest in learning about and helping. Thank you for informing us of the topic and a great job on your post!
  • Jiecel's May 15, 21:40 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, I completely agree with you on your post about gun violence because it is one of the biggest problems that we have. Like you have said there are so many people getting access to guns even when they should not. I do believe that having stricter laws for guns is essential, however, people are going to continue to find loopholes and disobey these laws but it is good to have to somehow minimize the access to guns. One thing that you wrote that stood out for me is your introduction when you mentioned “15 years ago, there used to be barely any shooting on my block. People used to always be so calm in my neighborhood. Now, it’s not even safe to even be outside or walk around the corner store due to killing’s occurring so often”. At this time that we live in now, we now have to be completely alert of our surroundings as anything can happen anywhere at any time. In the Philippines, when I was a child, I would play outside with my sister and my cousins, as so did other children. However, now you barely see children playing on the streets as parents are becoming more concerned about the issue of gun violence and of their safety. Thank you for sharing and addressing this issue.
  • Zane's May 15, 20:47 comment on Paper toilets aren’t the only supplies vanishing
    Dear Cesar, I am shocked by your article, because people are really taking this situation like it is doomsday. And thinking that personal care products and hygiene products are the savior. One sentence that stuck out to me was “There’s a phenomenon that is common in the behavior of a consumer called FOMO syndrome. That is explained in the report called “Why people are buying so much toilet paper amid coronavirus outbreak”. That mentions “Consumer psychology experts say the irrational herd mentality is fueled by social media and alarmist news coverage, according to the BBC.” this stuck out to me because I honestly agree with it. Social media’s dramatic approach to this caused fear and paranoia to everyone. Causing everyone to over populate themselves in toilet paper. Another sentence that stood out was “In another way to put it, there are many people that don’t need to be high class to solve a problem on consuming, there are the ones that see many ways to solve a problem one after another.” This second quote stuck out to me also because it’s very true. We shouldn’t have to be on the higher end of society to survive. And those who NEED the supplies should get their hands on it. Thank you for your writing, and I am eager to see what happens next with your writing.
  • Zane's May 15, 20:37 comment on Trump suggests injection of “disinfectant” for COVID-19?
    Dear Casey, I am on par with the way you feel about this situation. Because no leader should invoke a wrong cure, let-alone a harmful one. Which had taken a life. One thing that stood out to me was “This isn’t the first time Mr. Trump has recommended an incorrect cure for COVID-19. Last month he recommended hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure for the virus. The result of that ended with the death of an elderly man.” I think this is outrageous because that drug is used for malaria from mosquitos. And shouldn’t be used for anything else. Another sentence that struck me was “It is sad because there becomes a gap of distrust between society and the groups putting full effort into creating tests and cures.” This stood out to me because it’s very true. Honestly I don’t even know what to believe anymore. About cures, the way it started, or even how it started. Thanks for your writing and I will tune in if there’s another message about trumps foolery.
  • Zane's May 15, 20:29 comment on The Graduation no one asked for…
    Dear Natalie, I feel your frustration, and almost like everything you worked up for has been taken away. Every senior this year wasn’t expecting our last year to go this way at all. But you have to look at this in a positive way. You still get the diploma you’ve worked your life off to get, and no one is any less proud of you or any other senior. One sentence that stuck out for me was “None of these material things bother me as much as missing time with my friends.” I think this is what hurts the seniors most. Because for the friends we didn’t see outside of school we never go to say a goodbye not knowing if we’ll ever even see them again. Another sentence that I felt was “I just want to be done with high school” and this stood out to me because even though our graduation was different than any other classes we still made it. Thanks for your writing and sharing your thoughts and feelings about this topic. Hopefully you do see the good in this situation, and It doesn’t impact your thoughts any longer than it has.
  • gb20009's May 15, 18:10 comment on My Immigrant Story
    Dear Joshua, I am glad that you shared your story. Most people do not realize how challenging life can be as an immigrant. You went through it and now you help others, the less fortunate, because you know what they are going through and understand the why it is necessary to help them.
  • claudia's May 15, 18:07 comment on KP Launch and the positive benefits of internships
    Hello Maribel, I appreciate you posting your blog because it has essential information for students. I especially liked that you added the comment of Reetah Boyce because it allowed me to see what an impact this has for students. I liked how you went into detail and explain the benefits of the KP Launch Internship. I always knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was younger. I also know many people who feel skeptical about their career as you mentioned. I think this blog post will benefit those students and it’s great that it occurs in the summer. Also, this provides college preparation is another bonus for students. You should be very proud of yourself for writing this blog post that will support many students. Thank You! 🙂
  • gb20009's May 15, 18:05 comment on The Graduation no one asked for…
    Dear Natalie, I certainly can relate to this. The fact that all sports, activities, and even graduation have been cancelled is frustrating. No big ceremony with all your family and friends cheering for you as you receive your diploma and no senior night for spring athletes is something that most of us seniors will not be able to just forget.
  • Claudia's May 15, 17:51 comment on Oakland Immigration
    Dear Madelyn, I appreciate you taking the time to write this well-written blog post. I found it very inspiring and truly happy to know about the opportunities for immigrants in Oakland. I really liked how you added a statistic about the 40 percent of Americans who cannot afford lawyers and the impact it has on undocumented humans. If Americans can barely afford a lawyer, then its less likely for an immigrant to afford one. I liked how your blog post represents support and resources for hiring a lawyer. I can tell that you spent time researching this topic and gathering information to write this blog. You should be proud of your work. Thank you for being an advocator for the Oakland health clinic for immigrants. Thank you! 🙂
  • Derrick Johnson's May 15, 17:38 comment on The Graduation no one asked for…
    Dear Natalie, After reading your post I can feel the frustration that you have and I can tell you its more than justified. Your absolutely correct that its not fair that you don’t get to spend those last moments with some classmates you may never see again and walk the stage with friends you may have for life. That being said I want to tell you that one thing your missing is the connections with your friends although your moving. This isn’t the end of your friendship and although you may not be able to see your friends as often because you guys are all going to different schools. The connections you have with those friends will stay the same regardless of the distance between you as long as you guys stay connected. You have the whole entirety of your life and your friends going off on their own journey will only come back to teach you new things when you all see each other again. I don’t want to sound like I’m telling you to be happy and look forward to the future because that’s not what I’m trying to say at all. All I’m trying to say is although this virus is ruining chances and opportunities at great lasting memories with your friends. Don’t let this virus make you believe that their won’t be anymore grand moments besides this high school journey. It has only stopped one of many of joys will experience in life.
  • Sonia's May 15, 08:58 comment on I’m a good dad, right?
    I really enjoyed reading your poem. I like that you stated what you think being a good dad means and that you also compared that to what other people think being a good dad is. I also liked that your poem was sweet, short and to the point. This was a good topic to choose and I enjoyed reading it. Overall, great job!
  • Sonia's May 15, 08:39 comment on Is TikTok actually a Chinese spy app?
    I agree with what you stated. I understand why people would think that this app could be used to spy people but I don’t think that’s the case. I also liked the fact that you incorporated quotes from the sources that you used. This was a very interesting topic choice and one that I could not have thought of myself. Overall, great job!
  • Vy Le's May 15, 08:21 comment on Taken Away
    Dear Amilia, I am astounded by your post, “Taken Away,” because of the number of people get kidnapped in Oakland. It is indeed a huge amount of people who get kidnapped compared to the population in Oakland at large. I am aware of the issue but have never been informed explicitly about the magnitude of it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The high unemployment rate in many countries has forced citizens to find other ways to make money—and some of those ways are illegal. Kidnapping a rich person can be a lucrative business.” I think the author also has their points and the points do make sense in certain ways when we read it. However, in my opinion, I do not think it can be an excuse for people to kidnap others so that they can benefit themselves but then do harm to others. Not alone does the kidnapping can be beneficial or harmful to individuals, it also can evaluate the morality and dignity of a person. Another fact that you mentioned I found agreeable with was how many people think only girls get kidnapped but not the boys. I think that besides kidnapping and getting the ransom money, female victims could be occupied for sexual purposes because we are familiarized with the idea that the majority of kidnappers are males. Furthermore, I agree with how you said in order to reduce the incidence of kidnapping, parents should provide their children with defense tools so they can protect themselves. If common defense tools used by others such as pepper spray or taser devices are not allowed for individuals to carry to school or may have allergic reactions to, they can use something that is sharp such as a pen, pencil, or key to protect themselves. Thanks for your writing, Amilia. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to keep updated with the issue, want to know the government’s actions upon the issue, and whether the issue has already gotten lessening its severity in Oakland.
  • Vy Le's May 15, 06:27 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia, I am totally relatable with your post, “Immigrants.” because my family and I are also immigrants and that my parents immigrated to the U.S. mainly for my older brother and me to have a better education. They also decided to move to the U.S. in order to seek more job opportunities and able to take care of my grandparents as well as unite with other siblings. One sentence you wrote that makes me feel connected with you is when you interviewed your mother asking her about the reason why she decided to move to the U.S. Likewise, I remember I did ask my parents the same question because, to be honest, at that time I did not want to leave my country, Vietnam, because I did not want to leave behind my group of friends who I was really close with, my neighbors, my teachers, my school, etc. Being able to navigate through everything in a completely new country was never easy for my parents, but they were willing to sacrifice for my brother and me for our bright future ahead. Another sentence that I felt connected with you was when you talked about taking ELD classes. I remember I had to take ELD 1, 2, 3 classes before I could take English 1 class like how my other classmates were effortlessly enrolled in. Let me tell you, it is okay for us to take a different path than everyone else to reach the final destination; everyone is different from each other and we should really take part in whatever is tailored to us. What I got out of while taking ELD classes was I got to befriend with other friends who have a similar background as me, we became friends during class and after class and became study buddies to help each other passing all the classes. In addition, I do agree with you that every immigrant deserves an opportunity to get jobs in the U.S. so that they could have a better life that they may not be able to obtain in their native country. I also believe that it is based on the person’s competence and the skills they have in order to get accepted into their desired jobs. Instead of thinking the immigrants take away jobs from the Americans, we should rather look at the immigrant’s perspectives, their backgrounds, where do they come from, there are many more untold stories we do not know about them that we should be culturally sensitive to. Thanks for your writing, Remigia. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know how your journey turns out as an immigrant, whether our American Dream is similar or different from one another.
  • Hiral Lariya's May 15, 00:18 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear American, This was a very well written post. Thank you for doing all the research and sharing an important topic. You explained the situations and problems that immigrants face and how Trump’s administration may be making it hard for them. I appreciate how you did the research to back up your points. Keep up the great work.
  • Alexis's May 14, 21:09 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Hi Jesus, I agree with you in how you stated that gang member are still to be treated like human beings. I feel like that is a general rule we should apply with everyone. A lot of these people have no choice kind of a “hunt or be hunted” mindset. Gang culture has so many deep and intricate levels but on the outside it easy for people to label them as thugs, criminals, and menaces to society. I think those labels also impact how they may feel about themselves, like “ if the world already thinks of me as a criminal, why not?”. On the other hand, so many innocent people are affected by gang violence, so many innocent bystanders have been hurt. It’s a complex issue but I think if we focus on solving the root causes of why people join gangs and providing the needed support we can make a difference. Thank you for your post!
  • Alexis's May 14, 20:45 comment on Sideshows in Oakland since 1980
    Hi Maribel, I completely agree with you about how side shows have both positive and negative components. I love the idea of them when that are being done safely because it is a way for Oakland native to showcase their own bay area culture. I think the bay area has already been gentrified and stripped of its culture so much already, I understand why people want to hold on to side shows that have been happening since the 80’s. On the other hand, I also see how they could be dangerous with the risk of cars spinning out and potential shootings. I wonder if there is a way to make them safer or if putting to many rules and regulations in place with take anyway of the authenticity? Either way Oakland has such a rich history and that should be honored, I personally love attending Oakland’s “First Fridays” with my friends and family.
  • Teresa's May 14, 18:34 comment on Traitor Forever?
    Dear Xavier, I am currently a student at San Jose State. I enjoyed reading your post about Oakland’s sports teams. I have one question, what do you mean by “positive look?” I think I might know, but I would like to hear from you. I also wish that both teams would have stayed. I am sad that the Warriors left Oakland to play in San Francisco, but it makes me content that they are still in the Bay. On the other hand, I’m really sad that the Raiders left for Las Vegas. This past season, I went to my first game! I had a lot of fun with my boyfriend and next season (if there is a season), I’m road tripping to Las Vegas to watch them play. I’m a faithful fan, the location doesn’t matter. Best, Teresa
  • Teresa's May 14, 18:12 comment on History of Oakland
    Dear Juan, I am currently a student at San Jose State. I enjoyed reading about the history of Oakland. Everything was new to me, I didn’t know that it went from the Ohlone to the Peraltas. I understand that history and tradition is very important and must not be forgotten. When it is forgotten, people don’t know where they come from. Reading your post, it makes me want to research the history of San Jose.
  • Rosa's May 14, 16:40 comment on Impossible love
    Dear Samantha: Me pareció muy interesante tu escritura Impossible love porque habla de cómo dos niños que están enfermos se enamoran, una frase que me gusta es”hay personas con enfermedades que no quieren enamorarse porque tienen miedo hacer daño a otra persona”yo creo que enamorarse de alguien que está enfermo no es malo al contrario, es bueno porque si está realmente enamorado va tener un motivo para seguir luchando por su vida en cambio si estás solo quizás no mueras de la enfermedad si no de Soledad. Espero que sigas escribiendo mas sobre esa hermosa historia”Gracias por tu escritura”
  • Deysi's May 14, 02:00 comment on A Poem of Mexico Response
    Dear Yadira, Me emociono mucho tu post, “A Poem of Mexico Response” porque me recordo a mi querido El Salvador. Hace un año que lo deje pero, nunca he olvidado de donde soy y de lo orgullosa que me siento. Una frase que escribiste que se destaca para mi es “learned of how beauty behind Mexico, its unity in family and its love for peace and quiet” cada país tiene sus defectos, pero no los tiene porque deve si no porque nosotros mismos nos encargamos de destruir a cada paso que damos, pero cada quien ve su país diferente y se basa en lo que tenemos, si tienes tu familia completa, un techo y como sobrevivir te sentirás bien donde estas, pero siempre hay personas que dejan su país no porque quieran, sino porque quieren seguir disfrutando de eso mismo. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque me parece interesante como ves tu país. Y a ti, si te gusta tu país? Deysi
  • Hiral Lariya's May 14, 01:38 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear Manuel, I found your post very interesting and informational. I didn’t know that there aren’t skateparks for skateboarders in Oakland. I see many people skateboarding every day to get to places. I agree with your idea about building parks for skateboarders. I think that will help bring the skateboarding community together. Great job.
  • Alexis's May 14, 00:29 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Dear Angel, I am currently a student at SJSU and I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed reading your blog. You are very well organized and make some great points about the homeless population increase. When you talk about how putting them in jails would be only hurting their mental health, I totally agree. I feel like putting such a vulnerable population in jails, would not only affect their mental state, but is also just pushing the issue of the increasing homeless population to the side. Isolating these people does not fully solve the issue. Overall, great job on the blog! -Alexis
  • Alexis's May 13, 23:57 comment on Oakland Roots SC
    Dear Efan, I am currently a student attending SJSU and I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed reading your blog. The anecdote in the beginning had great detail and I was able to imagine an d feel like I was at the game. When you said it made you, “proud as a kid to be living in Oakland” it made me smile because everyone should embrace and love where they come from. Your point about how teens who play sports tend to have higher grades, engage in less risky behavior, and are less likely to try drugs and alcohol caught my eye. From experience, I know playing a sport in high school kept me motivated and taught me how to work with other people and strive towards one common goal. Overall, great job with the blog! – Alexis
  • Amber's May 13, 20:12 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I can because I don’t need my beliefs to be defined by you. Thank you
  • Amber's May 13, 20:10 comment on Trump suggests injection of “disinfectant” for COVID-19?
    Hi Casey, I agree, no one should be injecting themselves with disinfectant, but people also take information very wildly. He was being sarcastic and the media took it way out of proportion. People will blame Trump for anything, just like they tried blaming the man who “drank” fish cleaner on him when it was his wife who murdered him. But I agree, no one should be selling fake cures.
  • Marilyn's May 13, 18:52 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Dear Cesar, I am a student at San Jose State University and my major is Child and Adolescent Development, specifically preparation for teaching. Therefore, your blog post caught my interest. This is a very prominent issue in the U.S. especially in the Bay Area where rent has increased ~70% since 2010! It’s shocking to me that teachers who are doing a service to our America through teaching the future generations are having to live pay check to pay check. I liked that you mentioned “more teachers, less rent, more education, more opportunities, more liberty.” This is the reality, with more education comes more opportunity for children, however, this is not possible if teachers can’t afford rent. More teachers, like you mentioned, should also include lower rent. I am glad that you are shedding light on such an important topic, it is voices like yours that give hope to those who want to go into the field as future educators, because they truly care about children. Thank you for wonderful post, Cesar. Keep advocating for us teachers, united we stand stronger!
  • Cristine Nguyen's May 13, 17:33 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Hi Jacob, My name is Cristine and I’m a student at SJSU! Your blog post really interested me since I am a fan of the Warriors and was actually really interested on the different perspectives people had on their move to San Francisco. I definitely agree that abandonment is a major issue in this move, there have been so many memories and historical moments that happened at Oracle. I initially thought the move was tragic due to the sentimental value that Oracle had, but you bringing up gentrification definitely enlightened the situation a bit. I think Oakland is going to lose a lot of business that came from Warriors games, and it’ll be hard to gauge what economic hardships will happen. Despite their move, Oakland will definitely be remembered in Warriors history. I hope you continue to stay a fan! Remember, strength in numbers.
  • Cristine's May 13, 17:20 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Hi Ivan! My name is Cristine, and I’m at student at San Jose State University. I really appreciated your post about gentrification. If i’m being honest, I didn’t have a clear idea on what gentrification was and I think you explained it really well. Your title made me laugh, but your information was very enlightening! As someone who has to worry about rent prices and picking neighborhoods to live, I can relate to struggling to find decent areas to live at a good price because of people overpricing their rent. It is something that plagues university students like us. Rental rooms near our school are very expensive because property near campus are considered high value. It makes it difficult for college students to find good places to live for a reasonable price. Thanks for sharing, it was really nice to see a topic I could personally relate to!
  • Tomas's May 13, 17:10 comment on Ramadan And The Different Rituals
    Ishak, I completely agree with you. I think this virus has really changed the world in so many ways. To hear that your religion was affected is truly saddening. Many large events are being altered, and there is nothing we can do to fix it. We can only make the best of the situation at hand. In my religion class, we actually read about how Ramadan was being affected by COVID-19, here’s the link: https://religionnews.com/2020/04/23/during-ramadan-in-quarantine-muslims-get-creative-to-preserve-community/. It talks about how people are dealing with it. By setting up zoom meetings, using social media, or even mailing things to each other, the interaction can be felt in a way. I know Ramadan is very much based on the idea of community, and without it, I bet it is hard. It is like you are just going through the motions in a way, and not fully experiences Ramadan. However, the virus has made us manage the times differently. I know that you have been able to adapt with the situation, and the internet and social media, as you said, really helps. Finally, I agree with your statement that this virus makes us think about our blessings and helps us realize that we must cherish the time we have before our lives can be changed like they have now. I think this piece was very good, and I applaud you for working through Ramadan to the best of your abilities. I loved hearing about your experience in past years, it seems like a very influential moment in your life. Hopefully you make it through Ramadan, and I hope to hear about your experience, and what you did to adapt. Stay safe!
  • Tomas's May 13, 16:54 comment on Risk vs Reward when returning to sports after COVID-19
    Louis, I completely agree with you saying that the risk and rewards need to be understood and maybe balanced to make a final decision. This virus has put so many people into difficult situations, and has even taken a large shot at our economy. I think sports is more than just an economic boost and entertainment, it is something that brings lives together. It grows communities, and it is crazy to see how much sports mean to this nation since they are now gone. Let’s just talk about basketball, I think that there needs to be a guarantee that each player doesn’t have any symptoms or the virus. I think it would suck, but maybe games being played without fans, or limited fans would be the next move. This is an article from the NYTIMES that asks major questions, and has many answers that you may like: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/sports/coronavirus-sports-come-back.html. I agree with your statement that by starting to slowly proceed into sports may “build up an immunity,” and I think that is a very important point. I just think the NBA needs to slowly finish their season, where it is safe for the players, fans, and all organizations. If this occurs, it may not be exactly the same, but it shows that we may be getting closer again to the “normal” life we need. I loved to read about this topic, and I can’t wait until you make your stance and declare your opinion in what you think are the best moves to make going forward. Stay safe!
  • SoloStiX's May 13, 15:23 comment on Hip-Hops Purple Reign
    Lets be real…Lean/purp/oil came from the “3rd coast” which is Houston/Hustletown/Htown, period. Then all the other misc rappers stole the swishahouse show or tried to, htown rap made it popular.
  • Marilyn's May 13, 07:16 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Dear Jesus, I’m a student at San Jose State and I wanted to thank you for shedding light the topic of how gang members feel while in a gang, as this group is often misinterpreted. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was when you had mentioned was how “people join because they want to feel accepted by others” and how “gangs are a way in which people from dangerous places in Oakland to get supported by other friends.” Many times outsiders who are not part of gang life see gang members for all that their criminal acts and threat to society. However, many do not fully understand the hardships many gang members face and the reality that many do not want to be involved in gang but rather join as a means of survival or as a way to feel connected and a part of something they believe is bigger than themselves. However, joining a gang comes with many hardships and gangsters are faced with the reality of living a fear dominated life where they potentially never live a life outside of a gang. I enjoyed your post and how you shed light on such an important topic and gave us an inside perspective on what life is like as a gang member. You should check out the book Concrete Rose which talks about the hardships and realities of a 17 year old boy whose father was a former gang legend, reminds me a lot of your post. Thank you, Jesus for shedding light on such a taboo topic. You have a way with words. Keep up the good work!
  • Erica's May 13, 06:08 comment on “Children are our future”
    Hi there, Fatema. This letter is extremely powerful and cites many different young activists. I enjoyed the different areas of activism you drew from, ranging from female education rights to the rights of the natural land in America. These issues are core to our generation and they are fights we will continue to fight until we have won. In the future, perhaps you could write about your own experiences with activism, or issues that are close to your heart. Beyond that, maybe continuing to write letters on issues that matter to you, or more like this one that thank elected officials for what they are doing. With so much negativity in the world today, I think it is important we all remember simple things like saying thank you or letting others know they are doing a good job. Keep up the good work and positivity! -erica s
  • Erica's May 13, 05:59 comment on Trump suggests injection of “disinfectant” for COVID-19?
    This is a very insightful article, Casey. I had no idea how significant the number of people selling fake “cures” for the virus was. I knew people would try to profit off of people’s fears, but the New York Times article you cited really explained it well. In the future, I hope to read more on actual CDC recommendations as well as research being done towards a treatment for later dates. Great job! -erica s
  • Bianka's May 13, 00:07 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Hi Christian! I am a student at San Jose State University, SJSU. I want to start off by mentioning that you did an excellent job on writing this and chose a very unique and interesting topic! I learned a lot from what you wrote and it made me think a lot more about our food truck workers. One thing that stood out to me was that you mentioned that food truck workers are underpaid. I agree with you on this because there are so many food truck workers who cook so delicious and yet do not get many clients because some people may not trust their business or whatever. Along with this, it also stood out to me that you explained how food from food trucks are as delicious and excellent as a restaurant. This is also true. I have been to many food trucks where the food is extremely good and tasty, better than some restaurants that I have been to. However I do have some questions for you. Has this ever happened to you, where food from food trucks taste better? Have you ever thought of all the hard work that they are doing, while being trapped in the heat inside the truck? A quote that I really liked was when you mentioned, “food trucks are made with high quality ingredients but are sold cheap.” I completely agree with you on this. I once went to a food truck where they sell tacos and they were way better than from a previous restaurant I had gone to. The tacos are the food truck were $2 and at the restaurant $4, ridiculous. This is important to me as well because anything and anytime you buy off of food trucks, the workers are greatly appreciated. They have to rent the space they are taking up and have to buy or rent the food truck as well. As you mentioned at the beginning, it also stood out to me when you said that workers sleep in food trucks. To me, that is sad, due to the fact that sometimes they do not get sleep and work. I personally like food trucks better than restaurants and I hope they can get acknowledged more. Good job writing this. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.
  • Denieris's May 12, 20:16 comment on What The World Will Be Without Youth?
    I love the tittle that you give to this letter, and you’re right what would be the world without the youth. I love how passionate you are about Ms. Cortez work, she have been pretty amazing in her Instagram but its awesome how she encourage young people like you and me to do better.
  • Adriana's May 12, 16:43 comment on Migration
    Dear Divianca, My maternal grandfather came to this country from Mexico with my grandma and 6 children in the early 70s. He worked as a cement layer for decades in order to support his family. My paternal grandparents also brought 5 children with them in the 70s. Now, I am weeks from obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree at San Jose State University. If it were not for the terrifying sacrifice that my grandparents took to bring my parents to the United States, my life would be completely different. I really liked how you broke down the different struggles that immigrants face. It is not only financial, it is also social and emotional due to the racist people that make it hard for people to survive and make a living wage. I was also happy to see that you mentioned other countries from which people migrate from like Juan Mendez from Guatemala. Also, immigrants very much do keep this economy going and occupy MANY more jobs than you think. Great job overall and thank you for writing such an understanding and uplifting post about such a controversial topic especially during this administration.
  • Adriana's May 12, 16:27 comment on Oakland LGBTQ Community
    Dear Yari, You did a great job at organizing your post in a way that flowed very easily for the reader. I particularly enjoyed the way you would mention the opposing side or Joshua’s story of how he feels supported. I completely agree with you that there is so much more to be done in order to support our LGBTQ community. Thank you for sharing how OUSD and the other programs have taken strides in supporting LGBTQ youth. I have read some articles that have shown that having a support system whether it be parents, family member, mentors, or even just a friend can make a tremendous difference in the life an LGBTQ youth and even diminish the risks of mental health disorders and suicide. As you mentioned, this may not be enough, so it is important that the city of Oakland and everywhere across the globe seek to support the community.
  • Heather S.'s May 12, 07:16 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Hi Jesus, This is a really interesting topic to choose especially considering the stigma regarding gang members. That in itself is impressive and I’m really glad you decided to write about a group that is widely misrepresented. I really like how you included the interview with Joie Fung and included a perspective on why people may join gangs in the first place. You showed that gang members are not inherently bad, yet kept them accountable for “deaths, drug usage, and hospitalizations.” It’s really important to understand others for preventative measures, but not to excuse any wrong-doings. I also really liked how you mentioned education and it reminds me of this movie called Freedom Writers. I highly recommend watching that movie especially if this is something you are passionate about! It highlights a true story based on gang members in Los Angeles who were able to find their way out through education. Your article reminded me so much of it! Thank you for writing about this topic!
  • Heather S.'s May 12, 06:55 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Hi Ivan, I really impressed with your article regarding gentrification. I appreciate how you highlighted that gentrification can cause displacement due to an increase in rent. I like how you mentioned this because its something that people overlook when they see old homes or restaurants being torn down and turned into trendy cafes or pricey apartments. The fact that you included stories and experiences of other people made this more meaningful and you included a human person to an issue that at first glance seems like an industrial issue. Thank you for opening up about your family. I live in Los Angeles, but I can relate to you just the same. My sister had to move homes because her complex was getting torn down and it was really unfortunate to see people who had lived there for years leave after raising their families there. A lot of the culture in my city has been displaced because of gentrification and it not only creates economic struggle but a loss in culture. Thank you for sharing such an important issue!
  • Bianka's May 12, 04:54 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Hi Jaqueline! I am a student at San Jose State University, SJSU. I just want to start off by saying that you did such an amazing job writing this. I loved the topic that you chose, due to the fact that I know a couple of homeless people & also my family and I have been in some financial problems these past years. There were a lot of things that stood out to me. For example, when you mentioned that “4,071 people are homeless in Oakland, it rose 47%, from 2017-2019.” This stood out to me because it shows that more and more people are suffering and many people do not do anything to help them. We obviously do not want to keep seeing the numbers increase. I really liked the fact that you talked about stereotypes on homeless people. You mentioned that a really being stereotype was that many people think of them as drug addicts and alcoholics, and this is correct from what I have seen and heard from other people. I liked the idea that you mentioned about how many homeless people are not even trying to work for money, but are trying to get it from other people by handouts. I am wondering why you decided to do it on homelessness. Is it something that interests you? Do you think that homelessness will be a forever thing or do you think it will end someday? I personally know a lot of people who have become homeless. One of them being some girl I went to highschool with. She decided to go to Washington State and while she was over there, she became in debt and became homeless. Therefore, she is sleeping in her car and her parents can not afford to pay for her college, due to the fact that they are not wealthy. She thought she was able to pay everything off with her own money, but unfortunately she could not. Also, I always see a lot of homeless people that are asking for money at the exits of the freeway. Sometimes I ask my friend to give them money but she responds with, “They’re only going to use it on drugs and alcohol, and not food.” There are many people in this world who think of homeless people like that and it is not right. Since we are in the pandemic, I know there are many families who are becoming homeless, but hopefully this all ends soon. Your thoughts extended my thoughts because reading the stats and stereotypes you mentioned really made me think about all the homeless people. Overall, you did an amazing job writing this and it was really interesting to read! Thank you.
  • Nancy's May 11, 22:29 comment on Screen Time
    Dear Wilbert: His letter “Screen Time” impressed me, because it gives teens a lot of information that makes us think that if we use our phones too much or if we are in front of a computer for too long it can harm our eyes. We need to reduce the time we use our phones. One phrase he wrote that catches my eye is “The more teens spend in front of an electronic device, especially at night, the longer the delay in releasing melatonin, making sleeping challenging …” I think This is surprising because teens do use their phone at night and do not know that it is the night when they can hurt their eyes. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write below, because I would like to see what you write about the teen to see what kind of information you can provide us.
  • Fatema's May 11, 20:52 comment on Age Does Not Define Your Knowledge
    I am very inspired by what you say also I agree with you, about, “this generation cares about others, cares about everybody. The youngest are more sensitive because they feel empathy for others. ” because after 50 to 60 years we will not be here and today children will maintain the world so we should let them decide and share their opinion what they want and how will be there future. One sentence you wrote “we know how to solve problems and are intelligent enough to take leadership roles and choose the government.” that stands out for me is because what you said it completely true. today’s children are very independent they what they need to have a better life and make a good future and they are passionate about it and they are ready to take any challenge to fully feel their desire. Have you seen this organization” Advocate for youth”? https://advocatesforyouth.org/. I thought you might be interested in this because they are very well organized organization and they advocate for youth revolt. I also want to share there website quiet ” Young people understand that reproductive and sexual health and rights are inextricably tied to social justice and the fight for liberation. Join thousands of youth activists and adult allies as we build a better and more equitable world”. I found this quote very inspiring. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Fatema's May 11, 20:45 comment on Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future
    Dear Yeanoor: I am very inspired by what you say also I’m agree with you, about, “Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future” because after 50 to 60 years we will not be here and today children will maintain the world so we should let them decide and share their opinion what they want and how will be there future. One sentence you wrote “we know how to solve problems and are intelligent enough to take leadership roles and choose the government.” that stands out for me is because what you said it completely true. today’s children are very independent they what they need to have a better life and make a good future and they are passionate about it and they are ready to take any challenge to fully feel their desire. Have you seen this organization” Advocate for youth”? https://advocatesforyouth.org/. I thought you might be interested in this because they are very well organized organization and they advocate for youth revolt. I also want to share there website quiet ” Young people understand that reproductive and sexual health and rights are inextricably tied to social justice and the fight for liberation. Join thousands of youth activists and adult allies as we build a better and more equitable world”. I found this quote very inspiring. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Joshua's May 11, 18:32 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hey April, I totally agree, school has been pretty hard this quarter. I can barely get myself to do work and I’m glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way. School is a lot better when you have all the fun social stuff that comes with it too instead of just learning. I kind of lost all my motivation, so yes. Online school is the solution for now but sometime we’ll have to resume back to normal.
  • Joshua's May 11, 18:25 comment on Vape: Fact or Fiction
    I think this is a very interesting idea. I thought it was a new concept but I guess I was wrong. Why do you think vaping is so appealing to us now where cigarettes aren’t? I personally think cigarettes are far worse than vaping but vaping is also not healthy.
  • Fatema's May 11, 18:20 comment on Stand Up Generation
    Dear Celines : I am very delighted by, your essay response to Ocasio-Cortez, “Stand Up Generation”, because it inspires people to speak up for their rights. if we want to change something as a youth revolt we have the power to do it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I totally agree with you when you say that people have the power to change our world and that they should start in their communities.” I think this is very significant because we have to become together in order to materialization our rights and what we need. Have you seen this article? the link is here https://adamfletcher.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/abbreviatedWYVH.pdf. I thought you might be interested in this because of this generation activate for youth voice and their rights and make the youth voice community stronger. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because what you said is really supportive of the youth revolt.
  • Winnie's May 11, 05:56 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Dear Cesar, Thank you so much for sharing! I enjoy reading about your post because this is a very important topic and issue that many teachers are struggling in the Bay Area. I like how you interviewed a teacher and hear about their perspective. Also, providing solution suggestions to help teachers that are in situations like this, that they are facing challenges of paying rent. One sentence you wrote stood out for me is “if new teachers can’t afford a house then they won’t be able to teach.” I feel so connected to this because I know an English teacher in college that only taught about a year and now she’s no longer able to teach. It is because rent is too expensive and it was hard for her. I also agree that many teachers look for a second job during their time off because they need those incomes in order to support themselves. Another sentence that I connected to was “new teachers to join the renting program and join schools in Oakland that need new teachers which can help students.” This stood out to me because I believe teachers play an important role in our development and teach the information we need in order to be successful. A question that I am wondering is would teachers be more likely to accept the teaching position in Oakland if rent is cheaper? Again, thank you so much for sharing!
  • Winnie's May 11, 05:50 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, I am so happy to read about your blog because that is an ongoing issue, not only in the city of Oakland but other cities as well. Thank you for addressing this issue and sharing your experience as well as providing a solution to help with littering in Oakland. One sentence you mentioned surprised me, “volunteers picked up 109,460 pounds of trash”. From the numbers I see, I agree that there might be an increased amount of trash that is laying around our cities in the future. I remember when I was in middle school, my school took us to the trash compost area and explained to us the importance of not littering, but showed us how to do our part as a citizen. It not only affects where we live but also the global, and those liters can get to animals and it’s bad for them. You have summarized this post very clearly and very detailed. I like how you provided facts and statistics to help the reader to understand the seriousness of littering in the city. After reading your post, it is very encouraging that we as citizens should do our part and make Oakland or other cities clean and reduce littering. I wonder, if the city placed more trash cans around, would that help reduce littering? Again, thank you so much for sharing!
  • Lilly's May 11, 03:53 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    “And besides a fetus can’t remember anything when in the womb. It doesn’t hurt the fetus . The fetus isn’t alive.” A baby starts to develop a nervous system 16 days after conception. It feels pain after 8 weeks which is when 66% percent of abortions happen. 92% happen after 13 weeks. So actually, it does hurt the Baby, because the baby can feel everything that happens to it. Also, the baby has a heart beat as early as 5-6 weeks. Therefore, the baby is alive.
  • Samantha's May 11, 01:55 comment on La historia de el paso
    Dear Evelyn: I am excited for your post, “La historia del paso,” because it’s a very interesting story. I think what you went through happens to many more people. It is a very good publication to share your story. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “No había donde dormir dormíamos en la calle en casas de campanas y pasabamos frío algunas personas no tenían dinero para comer y entre la gente nos cooperavamos.” I think this is sad but at the same time something happy because It is sad to know that people slept on the streets in bell houses. And at the same time it is a happy thing because people support each other. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I was very surprised by your publication. And I would like to know more about how you are right now. It is very interesting to know how people go through all that. Samantha.
  • Deysi's May 10, 22:35 comment on The Consequence that my mother is addicted?
    Dear maria, I liked much your post about “The Consequence that my mother is addicted?” because I know of many children who are in that situation, they walk the streets asking for money, there are even children who do not survive this problem with their parents. One sentence that caught my attention was “Many times their children do not have even the basics at home such as clean food and clothes, because the parents are under the substances they ingest” responding your question “Do you think addicted people need to seek help to get off drugs?” Parents must urgently seek help to solve their problem and care for their children. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I want to know more about these problems. Deysi
  • Evelyn's May 9, 23:49 comment on La historia de el paso
    Dear Evelyn, I am impressed with your post, La historia de el paso, because It is very interesting of those that you wrote because I grab something similar where you where I pass you where I pass and the truth if it is very ugly that to be there until the good thing is that I was lucky because I was only there as 6 days. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is Llego el dia donde nos cerraron el puente y ya no querían dar protección familiar entonces la gente se empezó a cruzar por el río para que así migración los agarrara a algunos les toco suerte dependiendo su caso los dejaban pasar. I think this is awesome because some even risk their life by passing here. But the only thing is that some people are lucky to pass by here because being there for days or months is very sad. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to see what you write next, because it’s very interesting what you write. Evelyn salinas,
  • Abigail's May 9, 04:31 comment on Stepping up to change our lives and our generations
    Dear Idelkys : I am inspired by your response to AOC, “ Stepping Up To Change Our Lives And Our Generations,” because make think that there is teeneagers that really care about the future. But also they care about other people’s rights. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They are learning how to defend their rights. It is because they care about them. They want other people to get the rights that they deserve. ” I think this is awesome because I agree with you that young people care for others. As well, younger people are learning how to exercise their rights to get others rights. Another sentence that I loved was: “it is very important to remain the other side that they need to speak up against injustices in order to to receive the benefits that they desire and want in society; including education, wealth equality and racial equality. .” This stood out for me because it is true that we have to let others know that they need to stand up and raise their voices for their rights. Also that we should respect each other because of our race and fight to make sure that everyone gets equality and respect. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • wini's May 9, 03:06 comment on The Lost Boys of the FLDS
    I would also like to help–this makes me very sad–the older men are terrible..taking advantage and brain-washing these young women and men-this is not right–the young women have babies way too young–it is more of a cult I feel -are there any programs that help these kids called The Lost Boys??
  • Susannah's May 8, 21:18 comment on Drug Problem
    Hey Sugeiry! Drug abuse is such a huge issue, it can happen to all people, unfortunately. The medications put you on a high and as you use it more and more often you’ll become so addicted to the point where you can’t live without it. It’s an issue amongst all populations, mostly college students and older, and while it’s talked about with people there aren’t many resources available. There are also not many resources that are free, some require you to pay thousands of dollars to receive treatment and that is a lot to ask for, some thinks it’s easier to just pay the $20 and then get their next high. My grandma lives in Albany, so it’s close to Oakland, and I can already see how much Oakland needs to change. Your article was well written. I also think that the city of Oakland needs to support their citizens more because how can people from low-income families rise up? It’s a cycle, the poor are meant to stay poor and the rich stay rich. It’s easier for some to work a part-time job and take drugs than to save money and go to college to get a degree, sometimes society makes it impossible for people in poverty to climb out and it’s really sad because as a society we should be lifting each other out, and as soon as people start working together then I believe there would be a decrease in the number of people who do drugs.
  • Susannah's May 8, 20:59 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Hi Melissa! I hope you are well. I read your article and I thought it was really insightful and I’m glad you chose to write about displacement since it’s a very relevant topic. I agree with you that wealthy people moving into lower-income areas are really not benefiting people. The area might look prettier, but it really isn’t helping people with prices increasing. I think it’s sad that businesses feel like they should increase prices because wealthy people are there. I live in an area close to the big tech companies and prices are crazy high because of the influx of wealthy engineers that find housing here. While it’s great the city is remodeling itself to look nicer, landowners need to take into account that not everyone is able to afford a $3000-$4000 rent per month.
  • Shilpa's May 8, 20:14 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, your article was super interesting and very informative. I really enjoyed reading it and completely agree with you on the basis that littering is a very serious issue that is happening in our communities and on this planet as a whole. It’s crazy to learn that the city has to pay fees upwards of 5 million dollars just to pick up all the trash that it’s citizens leave around the streets. I was also really happy to learn about the record trash pick-up that happened last year; it is absolutely insane that there was already over 100,000 pounds of trash picked up and that there is even more left to be cleaned up. This earth is so mistreated by its inhabitants and it is an issue that also weighs on my mind. I think that your idea of the city paying volunteers to pick up trash is a great idea! I hope that these bay area cities, specifically Oakland, soon finds better ways to counteract the litter issue it’s facing.
  • Karen Manalac's May 8, 20:00 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Hey Jacob, Your post “Golden State Leaving to Golden Gate,” is an interesting read. I’m not caught up with sports but your post provided informative details that helped me understand the situation on the Golden State Warriors. I really enjoyed reading your piece and how there’s more to watching sports and being a fan. There is a lot of behind the scenes going on and how a team moving to different places can greatly impact the community. What stood out to me the most is the issue on gentrification and how it affects a sports team. Gentrification is an important issue to discuss and how there are many factors involved, such as sports teams. Another thing that stood out to me the most, is providing two different opinions. I appreciate how you provided two different perspectives to give a better understanding how people are feeling. Great job!
  • Karen Manalac's May 8, 19:42 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Hi Angelina, I enjoyed reading your post “Littering in Oakland” because it emphasizes an important issue that many people do not talk about. Some people tend to litter because they believe that it is not a big deal. However, I agree with you on how it is an important topic to talk about and how it can greatly affect our community. The topic itself stood out to me the most because littering is a rare topic but it should be discussed. Just looking around my city, I noticed how there are certain areas where littering is a big issue. Another thing that stood out to me, was the cost that littering has caused in Oakland. I did not realize the cost of this consequence could be. I really appreciate you exploring this topic and raising awareness about the consequences on littering.
  • Shilpa's May 8, 19:36 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia, thank you for sharing your personal experiences and feelings in regard to immigration. I agree with you 100% that immigrants are not stealing jobs but are only finding the opportunities they can in order to help their family. I really appreciate how you added in statistics such as the percentage of citizens who are immigrants in the U.S. and how the U.S. is actually the country that has the highest and most diverse rates of immigration. I am a daughter of two strong immigrants who came here from a completely different country too, and I have been working towards my goal of being a nurse too! Just like your experiences have inspired you, mine has as well. Great job on your post!
  • Ceillea Acuna's May 8, 03:00 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, Thank you for enlightening me with information regarding the churches in Oakland, California. I admire how you brought emphasis on how churches build more interests by local communities to feel comfortable and welcome in diversity, inclusiveness, and overall open a relationship towards one’s spiritual beliefs. I find it heartwarming to know “how church [assists] many people [to] congregate and feel more Emphatic about themselves and others”. As you mentioned in your post, I understand how some churches may be more accepting than others, especially when it comes to one’s sexuality. I do also agree that some Roman Catholic churches are more traditional and have the desires to spread more historical traditions in praising Catholicism while some Christians are found to be more accepting and empathetic toward the LGBTQ communities. As you also mentioned, churches positively engage throughout their communities by giving back to the less fortunate families and children, and I find that many resources to do more good than harm connects to the inclusiveness that Churches share the light on others to engage in such heroic deeds. I also found that many community churches find resources to turn people’s lives around, especially those who may have came from a bad past or have gone through difficulties in their life such as drug use, abuse, divorce, conviction, etc. and churches are an outlet to those who seek for acceptance in which church do have a positive influence in those groups. I found that ministries in west Oakland have recently been organizing ways to assist communities to feed children who are at home from this pandemic, parents who have lost their jobs trying to provide for their family, and caregivers who need more supplies at home (Worldimpact.org). Oakland churches have also positively impacted men in prison by guiding fellowship and assisting other urban communities by building more local churches to share the light of God. Additionally, Oakland churches have been offering more affordable child care and community breakfast for those who need assistance in food or child care during this pandemic (worldimpact.org). Although some churches in the Oakland area may not be as accepting of LGBTQ communities, I know that it is difficult to change the minds of others unless we share positive growth in such communities. LGBTQ communities not only have different desires, but their are still human with the same organs we all share and know, in which churches should understand to accept as our generation continues to evolve. In my childhood, I too would come across catholic churches who were less accepting of LGBTQ individuals which was brought to my attention to feel that some churches may not be as accepting as others. However, after experiencing and extending my faith in Christianity, I found that Christian churches were more accepting, brought exclusivity to a halt, and promoted diversity. My question to this post is, what would be the difference between catholic churches and christian churches in Oakland communities? What if there was a mild difference in positive and negative factors to such religions that distinguishes a difference among these religions around different communities? I hope that this gives you more ideas to gather more research!
  • Ceillea Acuna's May 8, 01:06 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Chris, My name is Ceillea and I am a current student at San Jose State University. I admire how you controlled the topic of marijuana in both positive and negative views. I find it interesting how you find that marijuana drives more cons than pros, but I am sure many others have different perspectives. I myself feel that marijuana is used on a daily basis in and out of California and that the illegal or legal substance use has no difference in people’s perspectives of drug use. However, I do appreciate how you explained both the pros and cons to marijuana use. For example, as you stated that “the use of marijuana in a legalized state like California promotes higher sales in drug purchases”, I find that this is also true. As this substance use is legal to purchase for those of 21 years of age or older, I find that there is in fact a higher demand in marijuana use than for those who are unable to purchase legally out of California. I personally feel that from my own experience of locating the difference in drug purchasing prior to the legalization versus today is that marijuana is much easier to purchase and use. I also think that as marijuana is more legal, it’s not much in demands as opposed to when it was illegal and harder to purchase without law enforcement being involved. I also feel like the issue of marijuana was one of many reasons where arrests began. I found it in the past that law enforcement generalized marijuana users to protect the community from such usage, effecting the safety for citizens. I found on in an article that about 15% of founded marijuana users were convicted of drug use and selling illegally were black and Hispanic (Golub, Johnson, and Dunlap 2007). Issues of arrests also connected to the illegality usage of marijuana causing higher numbers of arrests convicted of marijuana use or selling to a total of 67,088 cases in NYC within the year of 2000 (Golub, Johnson, and Dunlap 2007). Overall, your post gave me insight on current convictions being lessened due to the legalization of marijuana in California compared to other states such as New York. As California legalizes marijuana, we face fewer cases of marijuana convictions and more cases of police brutality unfortunately. Although this is a different issue to your standpoint, I know that police brutality is another case worth mentioning! Thank you for an inspiring post Chris, Take care!
  • Scarlett's May 7, 23:31 comment on Abortion is murder
    Hi Jimmy I respect your bravery in posting this on such a public forum knowing you’d get backlash for your opinion. I do disagree with your opinion. It is in no way your place to tell a woman what to do with her body. You brought up that less than 1% of abortions are the result of rape, which is true (at least for legal abortions), but it’s also true that 32.4% of victims won’t know that they’re pregnant until they reach the second trimester, which in many places is too late to get an abortion. Women do not get abortions as a form of contraception. Abortions are a medical procedure. They take time, effort and money, and in most cases abortion is an absolute last resort for women. Please imagine this. I assume you are not a woman, so imagine it for your sister, mother, a friend or a future wife of yours if that’s what you want. This woman gets pregnant, and she is FORCED to have an abortion. All choice is completely stripped away from her. She has no say in the matter, even though it’s her own body. You would see that as extremely inhumane and wrong, I assume, because her right to choose has been taken away. Sound familiar? In conclusion, you are in no place to tell a woman what she needs to do with her body and with the clump of cells that would not be able to survive outside her body, and is therefore not human life yet. Be pro-life for yourself, but don’t force pain upon others in order to fulfil your religious or moral beliefs or whatever they may be. 🙂
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  • Harper's May 7, 03:47 comment on The Price of Sustainability
    Hi Nico, I appreciate that you are thinking of alternative issues and trying to raise constructive criticisms, as we all should strive to do. However, I disagree with your claim that wind turbines pose a bigger threat to bird populations than fossil fuels do. I admit that wind turbines do kill birds: there are between 0.3 and 0.4 fatalities per gigawatt-hour of electricity produced according to a study from https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/enepol/v37y2009i6p2241-2248.html. What you have overlooked is the fact that fossil fuels too cause bird deaths. The same study found that fossil fuels were responsible for about 5.2 fatalities per GWh, that’s almost 15 times more deaths! That means that wind turbines ‘[kill] approximately seven thousand birds’ a year, while ‘fossil-fuelled power plants [kill] 14.5 million’! That is a huge number that destroys the misconception that wind turbines are particularly harmful to birds and demonstrates perfectly how much safer wind farms are relative to their competitors. Nevertheless, these extremely misleading claims are increasingly being used by conservative politicians to distract us from the real issues of climate change and to fear monger the public away from positive action. Furthermore, the article you referenced concedes that wind companies are making ‘smart blades’ and developing technology to reduce avian mortality. And if bird deaths are something that greatly concern you, maybe you should start with reducing numbers feral cats, rather than wind farms, which alone murder an unbelievable 80,000,000 birds per year (in the USA)! Compare this to the minuscule 7000 killed annually by turbines and you will begin to get a real sense of this issue. For more information on this topic I recommend you read this article by The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/wind-farms-are-hardly-the-bird-slayers-theyre-made-out-to-be-heres-why-79567. Lastly, you said that these bird deaths were ‘only one con’. Would you please explain another? It would be great to understand more of your concerns around the development of green energy. Thank you.
  • Emely Lopez's May 7, 02:47 comment on Stand Up Generation
    Dear Celines: I am surprised and admired by your essay responding to Ocasio-Cortez, “Stand Up Generation” because it encourages young people to take actions and fight for our human rights no matter the circumstances. Keep in mind that nothing is going to change if we don’t do anything about that. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I totally agree with you when you say that people have the power to change our world and that they should start in their communities” I think this is important because in order to make big changes we should started with small group, making meeting or orientations so other young people can also get enroll in the movements. Another sentence that I was impressed with “This is basically saying that people are not surprised by the violation and some issues that happen just because they are adapting their life like that. If people don’t take action, justice can not have value to protect people living there. ” This stood out for me because as I said previously we should not remain quiet and get used to all these injustices around us, it is time to wake up and make change happen. Have you seen this article here is the link https://www.lotsofessays.com/viewpaper/1712929.html I thought you might be interested in this because talk about how young people changelle the power in order to get their humans rights. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Emely's May 6, 22:56 comment on The Future Started Yesterday
    Dear Aboubakar I am feeling very happy by your letter “The Future Started Yesterday,” because the title makes me think that our future started at the ready . We have to take more consideration of what we are doing right now because of the impact on the environment. I support both videos. These teenagers are a pretty good example of activism who want to cause change in today’s society. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ In order to fight we need two groups: one in the streets to convince people outside to fight for their rights and another group inside the government to convince the government to vote for the law.” I think this is important because people in the government should also support the society’s opinions. Trying to solve the problems that all of us face. Another sentence that I liked was: “This is basically saying that it is our duty to protect all the things that give us life in order to make the future butter.” This stood out for me because we destroy the planet, we are responsible for taking care of the planet and no one is going to do it for us. Have you seen this article https://dailycampus.com/stories/2020/4/22/how-you-are-d estroying-the-plaNet-and-how-you-can-do-better I thought you might be interested in this because explain who have being blame for the pollution in the earth. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Nancy's May 6, 22:19 comment on Why Are Eastern Countries Doing Better Than Western Countries With COVID-19?
    I was impressed by your post, “Why are Eastern countries doing better than Western countries with COVID-19?”, Because where that COVID-19 came from, people are more cautious, talk to people and consult the situation and People take more precautions and follow the rules in the United States, they take COVID-19 as a joke that explains why the United States is now the most infected with COVID-19. One phrase he wrote that stands out to me is: “Second, Aisan’s culture makes people listen to and trust government advice, makes them stay home, to decrease the virus’s ability.” I think this is important because the government has to provide people to trust government advice to stop the virus. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write below, because I would like to know more about what you think we should do with COVID-19.
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  • Bryan Quezada's May 6, 05:59 comment on The Problem
    Hey Neyzer, My name is Bryan I currently attend SJSU. Passion for the homeless is something a lot of people are missing. I always think of wanting to do something to change this. I give what I can when I see some homeless people, money, spare change whatever it is that I have. It sounds like most of our city officials or country as a whole do not care about people without homes, they simply want their cities rid of them and they want them off certain property so they force them to move. San Jose is pretty bad as well, a lot of homeless people. That first fact hit me like a punch to the face. More than half a million, that is a crazy amount. WIth all the money in the world we can end this along with other stuff. Things remain unchanged. I liked your passion and ideas. Good job.
  • Bryan Quezada's May 6, 02:31 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Hey Manuel, How are you? I used to skate as a kid, something I used to love, just cruising around, waiting for my friends to knock on my door and say lets go. We had faced the same issue. I currently go to SJSU. I have been in SJ my whole life I’m 22 years old now. We would usually go skate near the local carls jr and liquor store parking lots, using wheelchair ramps as ramps for us to get some speed haha or grind on the sidewalk or at least try. I agree with your comment, that cities should make safe places for people to skate and invest in the communities. In the youth and those interested in skating. Yeah that is not a great thing when a public pace kicks you out, when you have every right to be there. I also think less chaos will happen in cities if they correct have a place to go. Great ideas, good points, and I like the passion behind the words.
  • Bryan Quezada's May 6, 01:16 comment on Immigrants
    Hey Remigia, my name is Bryan Quezada. I am currently attending SJSU. My parents are from Mexico and also came here at a young age to seek a better life and better education. Although my parents were not able to complete high school due to teen pregnancy, it was up to us to complete that dream my grandparents had for my parents. I am here having this chance at SJSU because my grandparents chose to come here to give a better life for the generations after my parents as well. I am proud to be a son of immigrant parents. I agree that there is a huge stigma on immigrants taking jobs from Americans. It is totally unfair and very incorrect. Immigrants have to work harder to get a job, and it is even harder with no legal documents. Nothing is given to immigrants, they work hard for what they want, and I am glad it is usually for their family. Immigrants want the best for their family just like any other non immigrant family, everyone deserve chance at a better life. As well as an equal opportunity for a chance at higher education. Great Job, I really enjoyed it, and felt your passion.
  • Mia's May 5, 19:47 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Dear Ivan I am engaged by your post “Gentrification Sucks” because I come from a low income family and I couldn’t relate to anything more. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “gentrification causes increased rent and potential for displacement” I think this is awful because many families live in the same house for years and often it’s all they have. Like you said, this causes a financial burden very quickly. Another sentence that I found interesting was “This individual is experiencing having to move due to gentrification, showing that it’s impossible for him to flee from his problems” This stood out for me because it’s one thing to have to move because of gentrification, but to have to KEEP moving because of gentrification is not okay. This does not allow people to establish a sense of home and community with their neighbors. Not only that, but also it puts a burden of possibly having to change schools for children as well as a further commute for adults. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. When I was about seven years old my parents got divorced. After that I was raised by a single parent, my mom which meant only one income for our family. This was a struggle for my family but my mom began working two jobs to keep up the rent. After the lease was over, the owner of the house decided to raise the rent of the house and my mom couldn’t afford it so we had to move quickly with nowhere really to go at the time.
  • Mia's May 5, 18:48 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Dear Christian Your post “Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers” stood out to me because I never really thought about how under-appreciated food truck workers are. After reading your post, I completely agree with you. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “food truck workers are so underpaid that they have to sleep in their own trucks just to keep up with their schedule, but coming from these hard workers is food that is cheap, delicious and just as excellent as a restaurant or possibly better” I think this is interesting because when I go to buy food from food truck workers they are very hard working. They are always working at a fast paste, trying to satisfy their customers. I also agree that their food is just as delicious or even better than a restaurant yet they have to work under harder conditions. If it’s freezing cold outside then they are also freezing. If it is super hot outside then they are working under hot conditions yet, their food is still delicious. In comparison to restaurants, they work under a heated or air conditioned atmosphere. Another sentence that I was interested in was “food trucks sell food that is just as amazing as any other high costing restaurant but these hard workers are so underpaid that they work extra days to even make a living off the food truck business” This stood out for me because now that I think about it, food truck workers wake up everyday not knowing if they are going to make enough or any money at all yet they still work very hard not matter what. Like you said, they have to work extra days to be able to make a living. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was buying food at a food truck and it was around dinner time so it was very busy. A customer showed up very upset because they had ordered on the phone a while ago and their order was still not ready. The customer was very disrespectful and did not consider the workers working in the Food truck. Even with the customer being rude and disrespectful, the food truck workers were respectful. Their busy clientele shows how good their food is however, it also shows how rude and unappreciated food truck workers are.
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  • Maria's May 5, 01:40 comment on Critics
    Dear Jenifer I am surprised with you post ” Critics” because I think it is a bad idea to criticize other people since these people can be affected by our opinion or criticism about it. one phrase that you wrote that stands out to me is “The plot reminds me of this because In the world there are many people who criticize their physique when their physique does not matter. “I think that is very relevant since there are people who criticize the physical aspect Thank you for you writing. I look forward to seeing your next post because it was very interesting to me. And many people can be affected by negative comments from others. Monica
  • Billy Riley Jr.'s May 4, 18:10 comment on ONLINE LEARNING DURING COVID-19 DOES NOT WORK
    Hey James thank you for talking about this issue. As I am about to graduate and head to college. I notice it is hard for me to remember that I have school work to finish and sometimes I need the teachers help and since we all have lives and we can’t attend schools, finding the right hours to communicate with them can challenging. Lastly I want to bring up the fact that people can cheat on exams, hw, etc. So a lot of trust is going to be needed if the government is going to continue with online schools. Hopefully you can comment back and we can talk about more ways why online school don’t work. Great argument
  • Billy Riley Jr.'s May 4, 17:31 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    Hey Aria, I like what you said about online school being both challenging and relief to some students. As a student myself about to graduate in a couple of weeks, I like to share my thoughts about online school vs traditional schools as well. I believe online schools can be good for many reasons like getting the proper rest instead of staying up all night to finish an assignment and then waking up early in the morning, being comfortable with what you wear or being comfortable in what you do without being judge by others, and like what you said, being able to work on an assignment when ever you want or can. However I do have some reasons why traditional schools are a lot better then online schools. For example some students prefer having the teacher with them to help them and you have trouble makers who didn’t do school work at school and now knowing they don’t have to go to school they can be slacking off even more and not doing the school work without supervision. Hopefully you and I can come up with more ideas on online schools vs traditional schools.
  • Alyssa S.'s May 4, 07:17 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Dear Christian, What an interesting article you wrote! This issue is not something I had ever really thought about previously, so reading your article truly informed me about the struggles food truck workers face. One of the things that stood out to me the most was the fact that these workers possibly have to “sleep in their own trucks just to keep up with their schedule” and “work extra days to even make a living off the food truck business.” These quotes made me imagine what the life of a food truck worker must be like, with potentially excruciatingly long work hours that still fail to provide them with a large income. Do you know of any further research that deeper investigates the causes and effects of food truck workers being so underpaid? Also, the statistics you included struck me as well and made me wonder why are food truck workers forced to struggle so much if so many people claim to enjoy their food and support them? Clearly, as you pointed out in this article, people are not support these workers and business as much as they say they are or should be. Because of this, your article has altered my view of food trucks workers and has motivated me to attempt to show more support to these workers by buying from them more often, rather than larger restaurants who do not need my support as much as these smaller businesses do. You did a great job of highlighting how dedicated and hardworking these individuals are, even when they do not receive great pay.
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  • Alyssa S.'s May 4, 06:01 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Dear Ivan, I am speechless and touched by your article regarding the very prevalent issues of gentrification that so many people are impacted by in today’s world. Your article beautifully, yet heartbreakingly, described the experiences that individuals have to go through due to the increasing rent prices and financial burdens that arise with gentrification. The information and quotes you included from real people facing these struggles really emphasized the negative impact that gentrification can have on people who are simply trying to take care of themselves and their families. One quote that stuck out to me was from the interviewee named Alejandro, which said “It’s almost impossible to try and feed my kids while I’m working late at night and leaving them home alone, running a huge risk of something happening to them.” This quote truly caught my attention and struck a chord with me. The fact that people have to work such long hours and have to worry about their children back at home all because of unreasonable prices is heartbreaking and is something that no one should have to experience, which you highlighted greatly. You tackled a very important issue in this article, as gentrification is affecting more and more people each day. Even just driving around certain areas, it is impossible to not notice the gentrification taking place and wonder how it is impacting the individuals who originally called such places their home. Your article has really made an impact on me, and likely others as well, and has influenced my perspective and my desire to pay more attention to the harmful changes gentrification brings. You have done a wonderful job bringing light to such a pressing issue.
  • Miss claudia Miller's May 3, 21:24 comment on Should zoos and aquariums be shut down?
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  • Wanhua's May 3, 20:39 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia, Thank you for sharing your experiences. Immigrants are big issues, and your post was very insightful. You provided data to support your statement that why immigrants want to come to the U.S. For better jobs, better educations, and a better future. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “people come to the U.S to have better jobs and education for their children. They are not stealing jobs but finding opportunities. ” I totally agree with you that people are looking for opportunities. They work hard, and they deserve to have a better future. However, why do people still don’t like immigrants? It’s also a big issue to think about. I am also an immigrant, and I came here to seek better educations and a better future. I also note you want to be a nurse in the future. the United States has a lot of opportunities for us to pursue our dream. Catch it, and make it come true. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Thank you!
  • Joe's May 3, 15:09 comment on The Erasure of the Little People: Why History’s Lost Stories Matter
    Gwendolyn, this is such an interesting read. Thank you for bringing Gen. Sears to our attention. and I love the idea of using research to resurrect the fogotten people of our history. On a slightly different topic, if you really love visiting graveyards, you should some day find a way to visit the Bates Cemetary in the Adirondach Park in New York State. It is the most interesting cemetary I have ever seen. I wish I could show you pictures. Many of the gravesites are decorated with flowers and momentos and photos and pinwheels. Some of the gravestones are weird, like the one that is shaped like an old time television set. One grave has a big sign that sys, “Cancer Sucks.” I wish I could attach pictures for you, but I guess you’ll just have to go there someday. It’s in the Town Of Johnsburg in Warren County. Meanwhile, keep on writing the histories of us little people.
  • Joe's May 3, 14:55 comment on Family story
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  • Wanhua's May 3, 06:48 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    Dear Fanny, I am glad that you shared your post to talk about these issues. I totally agree with you because it is a big problem with cultural heritage. Sometimes food can represent a country, and the taste is very important to the people who miss their countries. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “how it is occuring with every restaurant and how the original chefs will start to valued as less because you know that the people that are supposed to be making that certain food is not and is someone from another race.” I think it is very meaningful to let people think about it. How important do you think that an original chef cook a certain food for customers? Some customers may not accept the taste, which cooked from an original chef, and they think the food is good and delicious for them even though the chef is not from that country. It also reminds me of something that happened to me. I saw some chefs from a different race to cook Chinese food in a Chinese restaurant. It tasted good but it was not the original tastes that I wanted. Have you felt that before? I think you point out the issues very well. In the article, I also notie that you use English and Spanish to write about this post. It’s amazing, which gives more chance for people to read about your post and share experiences with you. Thank you for sharing.
  • Samantha's May 3, 00:18 comment on What To Know About Coronaviruses
    Dear Siqui: I am surprised by your post, “What To Know About Coronaviruses,” because it is a very interesting topic at the moment, since we are in quarantine. It is very good to continue being informed about this virus that affects us all. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ In the 1960s, scientists found the first evidence of human coronavirus (HCoV) in the noses of people with the common cold.” I think this is amazing because In this year there was already a coronavirus and nobody said it was something to quarantine like we are right now. It is interesting that this already existed before and nobody was scared in those years. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is an interesting topic. I would like you to continue reporting more about this virus. It would be great. Samantha
  • Evelyn's May 2, 21:06 comment on People’s thoughts
    Dear Jenifer, I am excited with your post, people’s thoughts because I think that whenever you enter another school or when you enter a new school year you get very nervous and for him it was going to be more difficult because people pointed it out. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ He was very nervous because he didn’t know how his new teammates would react”. I think this is excellent because the child feels nervous because he is excited to go to school and I think that is a good thing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, becauseIt is very interesting from what you write and I think that other people should also know about this. Evelyn
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  • Maria's May 1, 15:51 comment on A Poem of Mexico Response
    Dear Yadira   I am surprised by your poem “¨A Poem of Mexico¨ because it shows how beautiful Mexico is and talks about the places there are.   A phrase that you highlight for me is “We are beautiful no matter where you’re from down south, east, north, west, or anywhere in between. Here are there” I think this is truly true because in reality it does not matter where let’s come the important thing is to show us the respect not dependent on our origins Thanks for your writing I hope to continue looking at what you write below because your publication seemed very interesting to me.
  • Karen Montes's May 1, 06:50 comment on Abuse of power
    Hello Nahum, The topic you decided to write about is a really big issue in this country. I believe that people of color have always been seen as less than any other race. With racism still being an ongoing problem, those who have more power over others think it’s easy to get away with things such as killing someone else. I totally agree with you when you say that “Race is playing too large of a role in policing in the country.” Priority is often given to white people and they’re also more likely to get away with certain things because of their skin color. Your suggestion about recording a conversation with an officer when being harassed by then is a good idea. There has been videos throughout social media showing how certain police officers abuse of their power and use force when in some cases is not even necessary. This videos have brought this problem to light and even though the changes haven’t been big, there has been an improvement. I hope just like you that this racism and abuse of power will disappear one day!
  • Karen Montes's May 1, 06:24 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    Hey Johana, I really enjoyed reading your post. I completely agree with you that something needs to be done in order to address this problem. I believe that the Latinx community is not only ignored here in Oakland but also in other places in the United States. Immigrants and people of color are often ignored when it comes down to this type of crimes. Throughout the years theres been protests because of this and even then sometimes it’s hard for the community to get a response from the authorities. I believe that with the technology we have today, by using it the right way, we can bring this issue to light and have others support the cause and make a change to support the latinx community.
  • Alexander Tobon's Apr 30, 21:01 comment on War: What’s it for?
    Dear Diego I am stunned by your summary of “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Because it has a summary of what you have been reading and shows the other side of the spectrum on the German army during WWI. The common misconception is they ,the German soldiers, are the worst people because they were the enemy of the allied powers during WWI. One sentence that stood out to me in your article was, ” This is sad because even though he is on the “wrong” side that being on the German army he has no choice and many of the people like him are just puppets being used and forced to do people in power’s bidding.” The reason that this stood out to me was because, many of the men that were conscripted into the German army were honest men with good jobs, a family and a life to look forward to. Thanks for the writing. I hope this will bring another perspective on WWI to people that read this article. -Alexander #Orange Cove High School
  • Casey's Apr 28, 17:01 comment on A Poem of Mexico Response
    Yadira nice post! It is amazing to hear how beautiful a poem truly is. It is something everyone can cherish. Your article is fantastic however, I would love to have read more content about this! Nice job overall!
  • Casey's Apr 28, 16:56 comment on Paper toilets aren’t the only supplies vanishing
    Cesar great post! It is very important to inform people that we should not be buying all the supplies. You have a very good article I enjoyed reading! There is few grammatical fixes that could be made but overall, great job!
  • Invader_gamer's Apr 27, 03:42 comment on Homework is Harmful
    Ah yes I see you are a good man of culture as well
  • Amanda's Apr 24, 22:06 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Hey Jesus! I am a student from San Jose State University and I just wanted to say great blog! It was very well written, and as others have mentioned very enlightening. I appreciate that you wrote this blog from both perspectives. You have emphasized that we should all treat one another with respect and to not be so judgmental. Like you have written in your blog, I have heard that most people who join gangs only joined with intentions of receiving protection. Sometimes joining a gang is the only option someone might have, it is a means of survival. You wrote “they might have wanted to join gangs for protection, but ended up setting themselves up for a scary dangerous life without even knowing”, this is very true and once they have realized what is really going on, it is too late or too dangerous for them to leave. Most people join gangs at such a young age where they are still naive, as you mentioned, some people also join gangs for status. In addition to treating a gang member with respect and hearing what their story is, what other ways do you think we can do to support our youth and let them know they have other options aside from committing their life to a gang? Keep writing as you have a way with words! You can continue to enlighten others on such a prevalent issue in society! Best, Amanda
  • Amanda's Apr 24, 21:41 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Hey Christian! I’m a student at San Jose State University and I thought your post was very interesting. It was definitely a unique topic. I also love food trucks and I agree that most of time, the best foods comes from food trucks and are usually so affordable! I was shocked to read that many food trucker owners also sleep in their food trucks, I never knew that. During my senior year of high school, my ASB class hosted our first ever food truck event! We called it Food Truck Friday and our committee reached out to local food truck vendors and asked them to participate in our event. It was an event that occurred after-school, we had music, live performances by other students/clubs, and the food trucks surrounded our quad area. It was a public event and a great way for the food trucks to get their businesses out there and get new customers! It was very successful and the whole thing was student-led. Perhaps this is something you would like to consider and suggest to your high school’s associated student body. Best, Amanda (:
  • Cesar's Apr 24, 05:44 comment on Vape: Fact or Fiction
    I actually understand what you are saying Charlie and I agree, some of the many people think that e-cigarettes are good, but actually they are worse than a single small cigarette.
  • Denieris's Apr 23, 20:00 comment on What A Good Writer Should Do?
    Oumy loving the title and love the whole article keep doing a great Job
  • Denieris Marte Marte's Apr 23, 19:58 comment on Literary Analysis Comparing Three Stories
    Lenin, I am really amazed of what a great job you have been doing but specially in this analysis you make these three stories take value by comparing then to each others it seems that you’re agree on being well educated is the key to succes
  • Denieris Marte Marte's Apr 23, 19:44 comment on Education Is The Key To The World
    I love the way that she let us know how she feels about education in just a tittle, I actually like the picture that you pick it shows a lot about your personality and how important is for you being educated
  • Lizzette's Apr 23, 19:14 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Hi Victor, I go to San Jose State University and I really enjoyed reading your piece. It truly is sad how the price of rent impacts the ability for immigrants to prosper in our society. To live in fear is a terrible way to live because you are held back from doing so many things. Just like you mention they’re scared to do basic human things like defending themselves because of their status and being turned away from housing because of their status is terrible. I like this line ”The immigrants are not crummy people but racism tricks people to think they are”. People do hate because they’ve been misinformed by other racist people who are pushing their own agenda. Everyone deserve to be treated fairly regardless of their immigration status because at the end of the day, everyone is human regardless of skin or immigration status.
  • Lizzette's Apr 23, 18:07 comment on Abuse of power
    Hi Nahum, You made a great point tying in racism and police brutality within the Oakland community. I really like how you give data to support this point. Just going on social media or flipping on the news it feels like there’s always a story about some abuse of power going on. It makes me wonder what can we do to help? You mention that people should “take out your phone and begin to record the situation“, which I totally agree with. It might be more dangerous to try and actually stop a situation, given that a cop is involved, but by recording it on video you at least have visual evidence to potentially help the other person. Overall I really enjoyed reading this piece you wrote and want to thank you for voicing your opinion on something that is a very real issue in not only just Oakland but in society!
  • Timothy's Apr 23, 17:41 comment on Genetic Engineering
    Genetic engineering is a very interesting topic. This technique has been used in livestock and crops to increase yields in food production, taste, and quality. I am not sure how I feel about genetically engineering livestock and other animals because of complications and “playing god”. But I feel as though plants should be manipulated for the best natural yield.
  • Anonymous's Apr 23, 17:36 comment on Abortion is murder
    Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  • Timothy's Apr 23, 17:30 comment on Call Center Scams in India
    I agree with you James. It is slave labor to have these people work for a company only paying 20 dollars a month and threatening them if they leave. This topic is very underrated and is sad for India. I also think it is crazy that these business owners can pay off the police to stay undercover.
  • www.forexshared.com's Apr 23, 12:05 comment on The story of my parents divorce, and how it affected me.
    Hello Dear, are you truly visiting this website regularly, if so after that you will absolutely take nice experience.
  • James's Apr 22, 17:10 comment on America: The Most Diverse Country in The World
    Hey Mat, I enjoyed reading your comment and support what you’re stating. Diversity is good and a key part to a healthy economy and social system
  • James's Apr 22, 17:07 comment on Is it worth giving Americans $1,000?
    Hey dom, nice post. I agree that it will further the national debt but I think that it supports the citizens of America and shows that America cares and wants people to survive. And also I don’t think that we will be the ones paying back the debt because only certain people in our age group qualify so I feel like it would be unjust for some to have to repay the national debt.
  • Thao N.'s Apr 22, 01:07 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    Hello Johana, As an immigrant, I want to thank you for taking the time to write about this important topic. I enjoyed reading this very much and I feel heard. I like how you incorporated statistics so that the readers can have a clear visual image in their heads about the issue. I also like when you discussed about trauma being one of the outcomes. Not a lot of people understand the tough challenges that immigrants face underneath the surface. I like to think that Oakland is a relatively diverse area, so it was quite saddening to read this post. Can you imagine what immigrants would struggle with if they live somewhere else far less diverse than Oakland? You added some positivity under your post regarding this heavy subject. It helped restored my faith in humanity while all these horrible things are happening. When a person in a community suffers, everyone suffers. We as a whole need to do better if we ever want to progress as a collective and lower these statistics.
  • Thao N.'s Apr 22, 00:55 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Hey Jimena, I really like what you wrote about “Air Pollution and Environment”. I think that especially during this time, it is so crucial to address the current situation that we are all currently facing, global warming. This is such a serious matter and I know that there are some people out there who do not believe in global warming, which is concerning but what you wrote is very informational and I like the reliable sources that you chose! How you incorporated Jahvonn Mair’s story was very powerful and insightful. It is a great way to make the readers feel more connected to your topic. As someone who has a minor-case of asthma, I feel relatable as I read it, and it is important to spread awareness about how global warming can affect others (even if it doesn’t affect you…yet). I also like how you said the Earth depends on us, and you know what? You are right. We only have our Earth, and it is our home. We do not treat our homes with disrespect by polluting it and trashing it. We all need to step up as a collective and help our planet before there’s nothing that we can do it about it anymore. Thank you for sharing this!
  • Louis's Apr 21, 15:10 comment on The Thing about Taxes
    Hello Christian I really liked your post. There are lots of differing opinions on taxes and I think you put forth good information on how they are used. I also liked how you brought up the issue of inappropriate spending because it is real and somethings just don’t need as much funding as people think they need. Here is a link you may want to look at: https://www.gao.gov/key_issues/tax_expenditures/issue_summary
  • Louis's Apr 21, 14:59 comment on Impossible love
    Hello Samantha, I really liked your post because it poses a question that affects everyone and in response to your question falling in love with someone you know is going to die I think it is only good if both people love each other where they are ready to assume the risk that is being placed upon them. Because that is real love going against odds and showing how loving you are towards the other person. Here is a link you may want to look at: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/five-feet-apart-2019
  • Louis's Apr 21, 14:52 comment on Coronavirus
    Hello Cesar, I really liked your post because you provided information to support what you were talking about. I especially liked how you provided information from a Google form to school that some people were educated on the matter. Here is a link you may want to look at: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/17/us/coronavirus-education-distance-learning-challenges/index.html
  • Nancy's Apr 20, 22:58 comment on Impossible love
    Dear Samantha: I am excited with your post, “Impossible Love” because if sometimes people when they find themselves in a situation where they ask what is best for the person they love, but people who really want and love to be with a person, no matter how little time, take advantage and remember the best moments with that person. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Which reminds me ah that in the world there are people who are terminally ill and do not want to fall in love, because they do not want to harm the other person.” I think this is sad because although that person wants to be with her, she thinks that when she has to leave, she will suffer with her departure, but she can remember the best moments with her, so she should enjoy the moment and not worry about it. Yes, I would like it even if I knew you had little time left to enjoy and spend the best moments with him. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to know what happened if he decided to give him the best moments, even if it is for a short time.
  • 402176's Apr 20, 08:05 comment on A Poem of Mexico
    Dear wendy : I am inspired by your poem, “A Poem of Mexico,” because although i’ve never been able to go the way my parents describe the good side of it makes it vivid for my to live the memory. I enjoy when they talk about their mother land because although im not yet able to go i feel like i’ve already met Mexico. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She waits for the day where she’ll see her family again” I think this is incredibly relatable for me because my grandparents aren’t getting any younger, i have a need to meet them but can’t just yet. also it’s not just them i might not get to give a final and first hug to it’s my tias, tios and even primos. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i really like your style and flow. Yadira M.
  • Samantha's Apr 16, 18:05 comment on The Consequence that my mother is addicted?
    Dear Mary: I am surprised by his publication, “The consequence of my mother being addicted?” Because it is a very interesting topic. We hear a lot about people who are irresponsible for such activities if you could say so. This usually happens very often. One phrase he wrote that stands out to me is: “Your children don’t even have the basics at home, like clean food and clothes, because the parents are under the substances they ingest.” I think this is sad because children do not have a good life and they do not have because they suffer. Thanks for writing. I hope to see what you write next, because I like this type of topic. Because these types of people do not deserve to have their children since they never take care of them. And I think they are not available to take care of their children. Samantha.
  • Evelyn's Apr 16, 17:58 comment on Critics
    Dear Jenifer, I am excited with your post, ¨Critics¨ because it is not good to criticize other people. Most of the time they hurt that person they are criticizing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨ August became very depressed that he ended up leaving the classroom without them noticing¨ i think this is important because so other people can know when they hurt others with their comments. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is very important for the world to know that they can hurt other people with their comments. Evelyn,
  • LaRone's Apr 15, 23:30 comment on How Rap Music Affects Teens
    thats kinda the same thing ”a extra push” and pressure. but i agree with you though i disagree with this article
  • Jina Cold's Apr 15, 10:35 comment on The story of my parents divorce, and how it affected me.
    Very touching story. Thank you for not being afraid to share a secret. My parents also divorced, only then I was 11 years old. I did not understand at all what divorce means and why mom and I should leave dad. Then he moved to another state, and he no longer wanted to communicate with me. A few years later, my stepfather appeared in our family, but I could not accept him and call him dad. I am just grateful to him that he is next to my mother, that she is happy with him. Honestly, most of all I’m afraid that because of my childhood, someday I will also file for divorce from my husband. I would really like to find love for life and avoid such a fate.
  • Lola Dink's Apr 15, 10:33 comment on Should self-driving vehicles be allowed to drive on public roads in the Unites States?
    I think this is very dangerous, because people have consciousness, unlike robots. I think I read something about it here.
  • Lezly's Apr 14, 21:20 comment on Online schooling good or bad?
    Estimada Paula, Estoy muy de acuerdo con tu publicación “la educación en línea es buena o mala?” porque en estos momentos todos estamos pasando por unos momentos difíciles y nuestro plantel educativo ha decidido que nosotros los estudiantes estemos trabajando desde nuestra casa. Esta es una opción muy buena porque así, nosotros los estudiantes tenemos oportunidad de estar aprendiendo desde nuestras casas. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “La educacion en linea es algo que todos enfrentamos en este mismo momento”. Creo que esto es muy importante de saber para que todos como alumnos tengamos en cuenta que debemos hacer nuestros trabajos que nos asignen. Para que no nos afecte el hecho de no asistir a la escuela como de costumbre. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque tus publicaciones son de mucha importancia para nosotros los estudiantes. Y porque haci tambien nos damos cuenta que no somos los únicos que tenemos que tenemos que hacer nuestros trabajos en casa. Qué te parece a ti la educación en línea?
  • Wuyou's Apr 14, 07:11 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    Hello Luka, I love your poem. It’s so cute and it’s also talking about the environmental issue. I wish they will all be safe. Here is a link about more endangered animals. https://www.britannica.com/list/9-of-the-worlds-deadliest-mammals Wuyou Zhou
  • Wuyou's Apr 14, 07:05 comment on Covid-19 Pandemic
    Hello, I am from Wuhan. I have seen how the coronavirus spread out in Wuhan, China and the world. Specialists have not yet been able to determine the true source of the virus or even confirm whether there was a single original reservoir as some of the people infected with the virus had not been frequenting the market. Here is an assessment of the virus. Hope everyone will be safe and healthy Wuyou Zhou https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30185-9/fulltext
  • Natalie's Apr 13, 19:02 comment on Cesar’s Shadowbox
    Dear Cesar, I really liked how you added your background and the things that represents you in your box! I love all of the Loteria cards a lot! I think it adds not only colors to your box but more information about yourself! From your box, I can tell that you are a fun and bright person. Thank you for showing your box! I love it that you show your background a lot in your box, we need people like you in this world to show how proud you are with your background. I hope you never stop representing your Mexican culture. I enjoy reading your description, thanks for showing your box to me! 🙂
  • Natalie's Apr 13, 18:57 comment on Whats inside the box?
    Dear Douglas, I am a student from San Jose State University and I really like all of the items that are in your shadow box because they represent you and who you are as a person. I also really liked how you put your second place medals in your box, it really shows me that you are super humble and doesn’t give up until you get first place. I do hope you get first place soon. And lastly, everything in your box really shows who you are and I hope you never change. Keep representing your background and you as a person! 🙂
  • Calvin's Apr 13, 18:47 comment on Crimes/Gun Violence
    Dear Jesus, I’m a student at SJSU, and after reading your post, I was compelled to find out more about the reasons as to why Oakland has so many issues related to gun policies. Why are the people so fixated on the usage of guns in Oakland? I feel like your post issues a strong statement to nonviolent approaches, while also addressing the benefits that guns and a knowledge of guns have for the public, which is great! Many, especially in California, are not familiar with dealing with guns nor dealing with people who have guns, and you have solid evidence to back up resourceful solutions! “But if the Oakland community wants this to change they need to change and that means helping people if they need help and by convincing people that killing one another is not the right answer to settle arguments and that there are other ways to settle arguments.” To respond, I agree completely, in that the decisions the Oakland community makes requires the conviction of the overall population in Oakland. However, I do feel that there is a need to dive deeper into the motivations of the people who feel the need to use guns in Oakland. From there, I feel that the process of finding and incorporating a positive solution for the needs of Oakland could be better addressed. Your solutions are quite practical, but I feel like there is a disconnect towards responding to the worries and stresses that many still have towards gun violence. Awesome writing, Jesus! Thanks for the read!
  • xhitlali.perez's Apr 13, 18:19 comment on Shadow Box
    Hi America! My name is Xhitlali and I am currently a student at San Jose State University. I really love your box idea and how you chose certain items to symbolize aspects of yourself! In particular I love that you put both the Mexican and American flags and that you included the Virgencita in the middle as I know she is a big part of Mexican identity. A statement that stood out to me was, “…people believe that I’m lazy, girly, and that because my family is Mexican I have to be part of the Catholic religion. Some even tell me that I’m privileged…” The last portion about privilege in particular really caught my attention because I feel that “privilege” is an aspect people often project onto the children of immigrants, especially towards first generation students like myself (and perhaps you as well). I have been told by my peers and even friends that I am “lucky” to get certain scholarships based off my first generation status and that I’m “lucky” to be able to get through college that way. This is a belief that gets normalized and as you mentioned, people often think we’re “lazy”. I think you’re very bright to counteract that by stating that you are, in fact, an extremely hard worker and I admire that you have such confidence in yourself and your abilities and that you are shutting out those negative stigmas- so props to you! Great job on your box and your post! I really enjoyed learning more about you! Thank you for the insightful post, Xhitlali Perez
  • xhitlali.perez's Apr 13, 17:58 comment on Sideshows
    Hello Josue! My name’s Xhitlali and I’m a student at San Jose State University. I was very intrigued by your post as I have my own set of beliefs in regard to side shows. I’ll admit- most of my views leaned more towards the negative aspects that comes with these shows. I’m a big fan of classic cars and classic car shows so it isn’t necessarily that I dislike the concept of cars and community, but I’ve always found that people are extremely reckless when muscle cars and speed get involved. In the quote regarding how one attendee feels you said “he explains that when he goes to the sideshows he goes to have fun. He also said that the sideshows is like another family that everyone knows him.” I think it’s great that people want to go out and have fun and it’s a very beautiful feeling when you feel you have a sense of family outside of the traditional household. My question for you is, do you feel there’s a way to incorporate this culture into society in a more safe way? I admire the passion people have for their cars, but am also aware that people often risk their lives (and the lives of others) trying to perform tricks that look cool. What are some recommendations you may have to ensure the safety of people attending these shows and performing the tricks? Thank you for your interesting post!
  • Calvin's Apr 13, 17:47 comment on Going Against OUSD
    Dear Joshua, I’m a student at SJSU, and after reading your post, I felt that you described the predicament you’re facing quite well. As a student, it’s easy to feel nervous about events that happen at school, and with a collaborated strike of 7 days, it makes sense to be aware of the effects that it brings to the general population in Oakland public schools. I really appreciate the concern over your teachers’ feelings and needs, instead of writing about how it potentially affects just your own livelihood. As for the strike itself, it is absolutely pivotal for the community to stand up against issues that cause a violation of their rights, and with a strike, that’s a powerful way to respond to unjust decisions. From what you wrote, “But since the contract will be ending soon, I fear that the strike will happen again that we might be pulled out of school for more than seven days,” I’m perceiving this statement as coming from a doubt that the efforts of the people who cooperated to foreword the strike were not enough. When I was in high school, our school’s was promised funding for a new choir building. However, they kept pushing it back, and it got to a point where our music department decided to respond immediately. Thus, we wrote a letter and had representatives from our choir attend the city council meeting, in which they spoke out regarding our building’s funding to be placed. Somehow, we got our building’s funding to be prioritized! In this, I cannot relate to your fear, because I always believe that there are ways for people’s voices to be heard in a community like yours. Perhaps it does not have to cost valuables like time in education, like through a strike, but there can always be consistent, subtle methods to communicating dire needs for important individuals like yourself. As long as you have faith in the power of the influence you have, you can always create change in what seems to be hopelessness. I hope you continue to write about the things that you find important. Thanks for the read!
  • Mark Spelic's Apr 13, 17:42 comment on Class of 2020
    Final Draft Dear Sophia, I am Interested in your post “Class of 2020” because I am graduating high school this year and my school, Gateway High School, is closed for the remainder of the year. Also, I thought what I found was interesting were the events you recalled from elementary school to high school. You made me realize that the world events we’ve witnessed are so overwhelming because I have never thought of the stock market crash, the Boston bombing, and the school shootings before.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “The accumulation of these events has made us numb to information. It’s not that we don’t care, but we almost expect it. Our entire lives, America has been at war, yet we never talk about it.” I agree with you because none of us really talked about the past problems like (the stock market crash, or the Boston bombing, or the school shooting) until the pandemic occurred and arrived in the United States. I think that this type of information about how COVID-19 impacts schools and the class of 2020 is important. In Mr. Dillion’s class, we have done an assignment called, “20 questions’ ‘, and we as a class came up with 10 questions about the world and 10 questions about ourselves. The question that was most important to me was, will I graduate on time? Because I have never done an online school before and there might be an issue with the wifi at home. Have you seen this podcast COVID-19 could shrink the earnings of 2020 graduates for years to come?:http://theconversation.com/covid-19-could-shrink-the-earnings-of-2020-graduates-for-years-to-come-134765,I thought you might be interested in this because of your concern about COVID-19 and the other flus. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading what you write next because I’m interested in learning from COVID -19 and the effects from the pandemic. Best, Mark
  • Aisha Aden's Apr 13, 17:27 comment on The King
    Dear Wilbert Reyes, My name is Aisha Aden, and I am a student at San Jose State University. Wow! Your post was really powerful and inspirational. I liked how you want to honor your ancestors, and how you want to honor the values and success of many centuries. When you said, “I want to honor the power of being proudly Mexican” I thought that was a powerful statement. I know that these days are very hard on immigrants and being the daughter of one I find that I do struggle with not only being Somali, but similar to you I grew up in East San Diego and back then it was known to be a bad area, but my family and I pulled through. I find what you said about being proud Mexican and proud immigrant to be beautifully written. I want to say please always be proud, and never let personal opinions put you down. It said a lot when you proved to those who racially profile latino people, that here a latino person is telling you the truth, one should take it the way it is, that you are Mexican and American, and proud. Thank you
  • John Ke's Apr 13, 17:16 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Hi Melissa, I am a student from SJSU. I feel that your post has a good amount of detail on construction and its effect on rent in Oakland. When you say, “This all has to do with construction bringing in higher class people/families,” I feel that you should talk about a solution to this in your conclusion, in order to make a bigger impact. You should also rephrase it as construction “targeting” higher class people. You can talk about the before and after construction; give details on the upgrades. For example, the Blue Shield’s office will have more light and air, and also has floor-to-ceiling windows, a gym and a roof deck. Thanks for writing!
  • Aisha Aden's Apr 13, 17:10 comment on Countering Assumptions
    Dear Armando Gonzales, My name is Aisha Aden, and I am a student at San Jose University. I found your Shadow Box to be very insightful, and how although we do not know each other I can tell a lot about who you are just by looking at the contents inside your Shadow Box, what you wrote, and connect it together. I really like how you added the activities you do such as swimming, hiking, and biking riding, and how it ties into your Chosen Identity. My favorite part you wrote about was when you spoke of you Dominant Narrative and you said that they are on the outside and, “shows about peoples assumptions about us Mexican people.” For me this was my favorite because, although I am not Mexican I can relate since I am a minority too. People always assume what you are and take stereotypes to influence their thoughts about who you are. I agree that there can be a lot of struggles, but I would like to say that these are what make you stronger as you get older. I honestly appreciate that you are a very positive person, who has good thoughts and wants to overcome these struggles. Thank you
  • John Ke's Apr 13, 17:01 comment on History of Oakland
    Hello Juan, I am a student from SJSU. I feel that your post has a lot of research about the history of Oakland. As someone who has a sister going to school there in Berkeley it connected with me. When you say that “Oakland residents need to know more about the history of their own land” I wondered about the basis for your argument. How do you know that Oakland residents do not know about this history? I find it interesting you did not mention how Oakland got its name. Oakland was derived from the oak trees it has. Splendid isn’t it? A land of oak. This one who chose this name was Horace W. Carpenter, an owner of a ferry service that brought him there to Oakland in the first place. Thank you so much for the time you spent writing this piece. I enjoyed it.
  • Cashanne's Apr 13, 16:51 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear Victor, I am a student from San Jose State University and when reading your post, it is very heartfelt. I can not imagine the pain and hardships you are feeling and it must be so hard for you. A line that stood out to me was “There are sometimes that people from other cultures like White,Black and all of them get angry because Donald Trump says that immigrants come in and steal Americans jobs when that is not true and that just makes immigrants feel angry because they pay a lot of money for coming inside the United States and the last word they want to hear is that the President is being Racist.” I can relate to what you are speaking here because I think all people deserve equal rights as well no matter what and who you are. Thank you Victor!
  • Cashanne's Apr 13, 16:50 comment on The Streets of Oakland
    Dear Marcos, I am a student from San Jose State University and reading your post and can tell how you wanted to explain how much Oakland has changed and how it could be even with its bitter moments. When you said “Oakland CA is a city about excitement where nobody is antisocial and the community is diverse, in Oakland people make sideshows for fun and anybody is invited but one is there at their own risk”, I could tell that you wanted others to understand and see what Oakland was really like. Thank you Marcos!
  • Trang's Apr 13, 16:16 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear Manuel, I am a student at SJSU. I agree with you about building skate parks for skaters. This action could bring could the skaters’ community together. However, I still doubt if there will be less people skateboarding around the city if skateparks built. Because people could use skateboards as public transportation to places. Overall, I think you explained the problem well and had done good research on this topic.
  • Trang's Apr 13, 15:25 comment on Life Without Insurance
    Dear Esmeralda Dear Esmeralda I am a student at SJSU. I agree with you on how undocumented people must be qualified for healthcare insurance. As you mentioned about the construction worker, I realized there is a good amount of undocumented people who works at heavy-duty jobs such as construction. It is very risky for these people to get hurt easily, and they have to pay a lot of money to see a doctor without having insurance. You provided excellent examples that happen in our everyday life and other people’s lives. I hope someday the government will take this issue into action and provide for their well-being. Thank you for bringing up this problem.
  • Miguel Maes's Apr 13, 08:27 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear Dayanara, Hello, my name is Miguel and I am a student at San Jose State University. I found your post very interesting and shocking. I liked how you used this in your post,”…Oakland had 861 sheltered people and 3,210 unsheltered people, bringing the estimated number of homeless people to 4,071. In 2017, Oakland had 859 sheltered people and 1,902 unsheltered residents, a total of 2,761”(Ravani).” This shows how the population of homeless people grew and makes us see the importance of this post. I feel shocked because I was never aware of the homeless population and how the increase in rent had caused so many families to lose their homes. In your research did you find out why the city of Oakland hasn’t built more tiny homes to house the homeless? You did a great job explaining the problem(homeless population) and expressing some of the solutions to help fix the problem (tiny homes and vacant homes). Great job, Thank you.
  • Maryam's Apr 13, 08:20 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Hi Victor, Thank you for sharing your story and perspective. I’m the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, so I can definitely relate to some of what you’re explaining, although I can’t say that I’ve had the same first-hand experiences as you. Nevertheless, I completely agree with your point of view. It’s frustrating that so many people do not trust immigrants, especially when their families immigrated to the United States not too many generations ago. It also saddens me that immigrants have to deal with so many racist threats when renting houses. Racist individuals seem to lack the ability to empathize and it’s causing so many hardships for immigrants who just want a place to call home. I hope that this country starts making more of an effort to fight this issue. In the mean time, I hope you keep writing insightful blog posts like this one so you can shed light on important topics that need to be discussed!
  • sandra.pasco's Apr 13, 08:16 comment on Drug Problem
    Hi Sugeiry, my name is Sandra and I am currently a student at SJSU. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post because it was interesting to learn more about the homeless rates and opioid usage in Oakland. I have seen similar issues in San Francisco, and it makes me sad that our community and government has failed to help those struggling with drug usage. Along with failing to help users, our community seems to have failed its citizens as well. “Their answer to that is nine times out of 10, ‘If you call us and they are not harming you or your business, we are not going to come out. You can file a report online or you just need to attend the city council meeting and express it there,” I believe this quote and it is unfortunate that this is a common occurrence in cities struggling with these issues. Like you’ve stated, those who use opioids/other drugs tend to end up in situations they can no longer control. If only we were able to do more to help those during difficult times in their life. Thank you for taking the time to inform readers on important issues that may sometimes go unnoticed in our communities.
  • sandra.pasco's Apr 13, 07:57 comment on Sideshows in Oakland since 1980
    Hi Maribel, my name is Sandra and I am currently a student as SJSU. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post because I myself, have been a fan of sideshows. Sideshows are part of the Bay Area’s culture and it would be a shame to have it taken away from us. “But for those who grew up in the early days, sideshows were not as dangerous as they are innovative. They created a space for self expression and originality that bubbled up on streets of deep East Oakland,” I strongly agree with this quote. Sideshows do not often occur anywhere else, and it has become a part of Oakland’s history. While attending sideshows nowadays, it’s definitely amazing to be there and experience it all happen in real time; until you realize there is a high possibility of accidents that may occur. I also like your suggestion of creating an arena specifically for sideshows, because of the increase of safety for everyone. Thanks for the post!
  • Maryam's Apr 13, 07:47 comment on What Happens When You Increase the Rent of Your House?
    Hi Aida, I think you’ve done a wonderful job expressing how homelessness in Oakland is a rising issue. I’m a writing tutor at San Jose State University, and some of my tutees have written about this topic as well. Nonetheless, I was still able to learn some new information from your post! For example, I didn’t know that individuals over the age of 65 are most affected by rising rents and displacement. It makes me think that there should be some kind of law to ensure that the elderly are taken care of. I also like that you cleared up the difference between gentrification and displacement. Some of my tutees have struggled with making this distinction, so I’m impressed that you addressed this misconception. Thank you for teaching me some new information and I hope you continue writing some thought-provoking blog posts!
  • Miguel Maes's Apr 13, 07:34 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Dear Jade , Hello, my name is Miguel and I am a student at San Jose State University. I enjoyed reading your post and you did a great job overall. I liked how you used multiple examples to express how protest is important for a community. I liked this part of your post “I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.” Using Kaepernick is a good example of how people use a protest to bring attention to a problem and make people aware. I agree that protest does strengthen the community and are a good way to bring up an issue that needs attention. This post supports protests and brings to light the good they can do. Great job. Thank you
  • Jennifer's Apr 13, 06:48 comment on Ivan’s Shadowbox
    Hi Ivan, my name is Jennifer and I am a student from San Jose State. I really enjoyed seeing and reading about your shadow box, I could tell you put a lot of thought into it. I loved how you mentioned equality between men and women since that is something a lot of males don’t talk about. I also liked when you said “ But I think that all women can take care of themselves and I know, and they know that they don’t need someone to rely on.” This showed that you believe in equality and don’t let what society tells us be what you believe. I appreciate you bringing awareness to topics that aren’t always discussed and standing up for what you believe! I enjoyed learning more about how you are in the inside.
  • Jennifer's Apr 13, 06:45 comment on Ashley’s Shadow Box
    Dear Ashley, I am a student from San Jose State and would like to say that your shadow box is beautiful! I really like how you brought light to the topic of females. Females are always seen as less than men but I’m glad you made it clear that women aren’t weak. I love how you said “we are just like them able to control our lives by not depending on men and taking care of serious stuff.” This is something more people have to start understanding and reading that makes me happy because you are doing your part to put an end to it. I really enjoyed seeing your shadow box and learning more about your identity.
  • Jeremy Gonzalez's Apr 13, 04:26 comment on Fighting Against Dominant Narratives
    Dear Jesus, I am a student at San Jose State University and I want to say how interesting your shadow box describes you. As someone who grew up on the creative side, I also enjoy painting when I have free time available which in a way helps me release my stress if any. By taking a look at your shadow box, it fully grabs my attention as you added small details that define who you are. By adding your two strange favorite colors, photos of your childhood, your cultural values, and what makes you stand out. I also notice how music is an important aspect of your life and has given you the ability to produce something you love doing. You have found something that makes you, you which I hope you never stop doing what you do. As I’ve grown in a Mexican household, I know the struggles considering certain individuals think “we are bad people” but in reality, they don’t know the sacrifices one makes for another or the idea of giving someone a better life. I hope you never forget your roots and where it all comes from. Continue being you and what brings you joy where you never stop believing in yourself.
  • Jeremy Gonzalez's Apr 13, 04:25 comment on Shadow Box
    Dear Omar, I am a student at San Jose State University and I want to start off by saying how interesting you described your shadow box. You truly grab my attention when I read your post since I notice some similarities within your description of your life. I can see your family is your major support system considering you mention your brothers and your parents being there for you in every step that you take. Growing up as the middle child of two brothers, my brothers have been there for me whenever I need them as well as my parents who are my motivation. My parents have also worked at their best to provide a roof over our heads and encouragement to keep us going in life. As you mentioned, I am also “forever grateful” since they have “sacrificed” their lives to give us a better one too. I can see you put a lot of thought into your project especially including culture which gives a representation of where you come from by adding elements of your city, photos and your ethnicity in your shadow box. I’m glad you demonstrated a part of you as I hope you never forget your roots, where you come from and what truly makes you, you.
  • 402176's Apr 13, 03:00 comment on ONLINE LEARNING DURING COVID-19 DOES NOT WORK
    Dear James : I commend you on your post, “ONLINE LEARNING DURING COVID-19 DOES NOT WORK,” because its something that should be said because I too am finding it hard to work from home because i have AP testing coming up and I feel like i am not yet prepared enough for either of my exams. Plus i also an=m going into college and i wasn’t able to have a tour around the campuses so i’m going in blindly, not to mention that i need help with school both filling out financial aid info and homework. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “School can be stressful on it’s own and when you add the threat of illness and death from a relatively unknown virus, the stress level is increased substantially.” I think this is great because i’ve already been to high school i’ve already done my four stressful four years and learning from home when none of my teachers have reached out to me other than messaging me about how the week is extending, more homework, or not communicating at all when i ask questions about a subject. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you’re writing is really good at conveying your ideas and persuading the reader Yadira.
  • Nicole's Apr 13, 02:56 comment on My Reality
    Dear Nahum, Hello my name is Nicole and I am a child development student at San Jose State University. I thought that you did a wonderful job on your shadow box. I loved how you talked about the positives and negatives of important things that make you who you are. I especially enjoyed this part “ The reason I am proud to represent being from San Bernardino is because I have many family members that are from San Bernardino. I also have a lot of cousins I enjoy being around. But the negatives that come with being from San Bernardino is people thinking I am somehow involved in gang activity” I love that you are proud of where you came from even though the stereotypes about that area are negative.Thank you so much for sharing your shadow box.
  • 402176's Apr 13, 02:43 comment on Breaking the Stigma Around ADD/ADHD
    The article, “breaking the stigma around ADD/ADHD” Gracie the author talks about how society has labeled and sees people with ADHD/ADD as special-needs but the difference is the ADHD is most commonly controllable and even has some benefits to it. ADHD is the capacity to not be able to focus but there is hyper fixation. Where someone with ADHD is able to absorb large amounts of information about a subject with no problem, this can lead to a possible career in that field. As a person who has struggled a lot with The focusing aspect of learning, I have learned how society is cruel to those who are different in the classroom. Although I have never been diagnosed with this disorder but I can still comprehend the struggles of the way society has treated people with disorders. I understand how the labeling can get to someone and how frustrating it is for people to assume things about disorders because i myself struggle with them but the most important and best thing we can do is try to educate those who want to be educated and not waste our time on those who don’t, like i for one have learned things that i didn’t know before about people who have hyperactive disorder and will continue to, in hopes to make someone who goes through this life a little easier.
  • Preston's Apr 13, 02:39 comment on The Golden State Warriors Move To San Francisco
    Hey Isaiah, I’m a student from SJSU and I thought that your blog was an interesting and informative read. Honestly speaking, I don’t have much knowledge about professional sports, so this is all foreign territory from my perspective. However, from what I read, I really enjoyed the arguments and information that you brought out. I liked how you took stats and data, and compiled them into an overarching argument surrounding the basketball team’s overall performance. For example, I see that you mentioned variables like season performance, injury, and even them moving to a different city. It’s interesting to note that although these stats seem simple on their own, they each contribute towards a bigger picture and the team’s long-term dynamic, which I noticed you putting in your post. Well done on the blog and although I don’t know much about the sport, it was very enjoyable to read and explore. Thanks for writing your blog!
  • Nicole's Apr 13, 02:37 comment on Union v.s Non-Union
    Dear Dominik, Hello my name is Nicole and I am a child development student at San Jose State University. Overall I thought you did an amazing job on your post. I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into your work. I especially liked this part “ By analyzing the research and conducting interviews, it is clear that non-union construction teams aren’t equal and not everyone feels safe therefore all construction teams should be in unions so they can all be treated equally.” I completely agree with what you are explaining and I think that it is great that you are bringing light to this topic. Overall amazing job. Thank you.
  • Preston's Apr 13, 02:32 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Hey Angel, I’m a student from SJSU and I had an enjoyable experience reading your blog. Living in California, I’ve seen first-hand the many problems that the issue of homelessness brings to both society and the people that live in it. It’s one of the big problems that hold back many great things that could be happening. I found your comparison between Oakland and San Diego to be very interesting, particularly the different approaches that each city takes toward the homeless problem. You mentioned that Oakland’s homeless rates are increasing, while San Diego’s is decreasing, and quote “getting less money they overall are handling their homelessness right by using their money properly.” I absolutely agree with that sentiment; while San Diego is at a disadvantage financially, they still are able to help out their homeless in the best way they can — which is a much better solution than resorting to jail like Oakland. Homelessness is a big problem throughout the world — not just in the U.S. and I think that you bring forward some very compelling opinions on the topic. Hopefully, the future can bring about more positive change like San Diego has. Thanks for writing this article!
  • 402176's Apr 13, 02:26 comment on Breaking the Stigma Around ADD/ADHD
    Dear Gracie: I understand and agree with your post “Breaking the Stigma Around ADD/ADHD ” because society is cruel to those that are in the slightest different then the “norm” and i understand they way you feel about the labels society gives. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ ADD/ADHD has been labeled as special needs or less intelligent when in all reality it has many benefits and to manage it takes a little more organization and at times medication.” I think this is true because i’ve seen it happen from places like the classroom to the internet and even in public. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you’ve written about an important topic. Yadira.
  • Rocio Arjon's Apr 13, 00:37 comment on Mistreated
    Dear Durran, I find it interesting that you mentioned that the rate to become a victim of violence in Oakland is 1 in 13. I enjoyed reading your opinion on police brutality in Oakland. In your opinion, what is one way we can prevent police brutality? Is it through the implementation of prevention programs or education for either the citizen or police or even both? You mentioned that “police brutality for people who live in Oakland is normal.” How does this make you feel? Is there any way you can help lower the rates or change this statement? I can relate to the post, as I have many friends at SJSU who are from Oakland and feel the same way. I enjoyed reading your perspective on police brutality in Oakland and look forward to hearing your views on possible preventions. Best, Rocio Arjon
  • Rocio Arjon's Apr 13, 00:27 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Robert, I find it interesting that you mentioned the importance churches have on the community. I enjoyed reading about how churches help people such as by giving food or resources to help the community. How would you say that LGBTQ communities feel about churches and how can we make them feel more accepted rather than judged? This ensures that churches are being inclusive and helping everyone in the community. You mentioned that “Churches are positive because they work for justice and peace.” I agree with this but wondering if they are always positive being that they do judge specific groups like the LGBTQ community. I can relate to the post, as I am catholic and would go to church often as a child and obtain many of their benefits. I enjoyed reading your perspective on churches. Best, Rocio Arjon
  • Thanh's Apr 12, 18:58 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Dear Jacqueline, I am a student at SJSU. First of all, I just want to let you know that I have learned a lot when I read your blog. Your blog post is very informative and well-organized and I can see the effort that you have put into writing this blog. You begin your blog post by asking some questions about your topic, and one first question that stood out to me the most is “Why do you think people are homeless and living on the streets?” For me, I think people are homeless and choose to live on the streets because of many reasons such as lack of money to support themselves, unemployment and many other things. Some people want to have more freedom and feel more comfortable since if they live in a shelter then they have to follow the rule and cannot do the thing that they want. Interestingly, you believe “most homeless people become homeless because of expensive housing and not because they are alcoholics and/or drug addicts.” However, there are homeless shelters across the country and are free of charge that the government has offered. But some people hate the restrictions in the shelters so they choose to live outdoors and enjoy doing their own things. On the other hand, you have included all the important information about reasons for people being homeless. Is it possible to end homelessness? This question might be tricky because everyone will have different perspectives when they answer this question. Overall, I think you did an amazing job of writing this blog. Thank you for writing and sharing this blog, Jacqueline! I will look forward to reading more blogs from you.
  • Thanh's Apr 12, 18:54 comment on Oakland Roots SC
    Dear Efan, I am a student at SJSU. I just want to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog. I think you’ve got some really important points in this blog, especially in the second paragraph. For example, you did talk about how the Oakland culture was starting to disappear over the past years and how the Oakland Roots help to bring the culture back. When you write, “Oakland Roots has brought in our community and how it has partnered with other organizations to bring back the old Oakland culture.” This line helps me to know that there are still many organizations out there that have the same goal as Oakland Roots which they are willing to work to bring the Oakland culture back to the community. In my personal experience, I always like to work with other people because it helps me to build a better connection with them and learn new ideas. I agree with you when you say everyone will be inspired by everything Oakland Roots did for the city in the future because I believe that all the members in the Oakland Roots, as well as all the organizations, have worked really hard to do something that they find will benefit the community and the next generation. Thank you for writing and sharing this blog, Efan!
  • Christian's Apr 12, 07:24 comment on Banning Firearms Isn’t The Answer
    I agree with your stance, but what stood out to me was how well written and organized your post it. You had well expained arguments with a clear structure and good sources. Good job.
  • Christian's Apr 12, 07:20 comment on Vape: Fact or Fiction
    If e-cigarettes were developed sooner, what other health concerns would we know about?
  • Christine Manasan's Apr 12, 04:17 comment on shadow box
    Hi Fanny! My name is Christine Manasan from San Jose State University. I really liked what you have said in your post, especially about the food! People do not realize how much food has an impact on someones life and culture. Culture is very important to you and I appreciate how you expressed that through your shadow box and post. Also, memes are great and I am glad we both enjoy looking at memes! Thanks 🙂
  • Christine Manasan's Apr 12, 04:12 comment on My True Self
    Hello Aida! My name is Christine from San Jose State University. I admire what you have said in your post because not a lot of people understand who you truly are until you say something. You know who you truly are and you have expressed that in your shadow box and post. One thing that you have said in your post that I really like is that the flowers and colors in your shadow box represent that you are free and outgoing. It reminds me of people being like flowers and that their purpose is to grow and put color into peoples’ lives! Thank you 🙂
  • Jiahn's Apr 12, 02:57 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, Hi, I am a student at San Jose State University and I appreciate your research on your post. I have lived in the Bay Area for the majority of my life and have always known that Oakland was a dangerous place, but your post has allowed me to become more aware of how big of a role crime has in that area. The statistics that you used on your post was extremely powerful, like when you cited that “‘In Oakland, CA your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 77” (AreaVibes).'”. While researching about homicides in Oakland, did you come across certain trends or causes to what makes homicide rates increase or decrease? I also thought your explanation as to why property crime has been increasing was very precise and clear. Great job on your research and blog post! Thank you for informing others about this serious issue. Sincerely, Jiahn Kim
  • Darnell De Luna's Apr 12, 02:17 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, I am a student at SJSU and after reading your article on the undocumented, it really gave me new perspectives on the situation. I am definitely in your support of the argument that we need to treat those undocumented with the same respect that those have grown up in the U.S. The quote you added into your article stated, “Our plan was to save up and return [to Mexico] after five years…But your children start growing up here, and they become Americans because they grow up just like the other kids.” I have never thought about how hard it is to even grow up in the U.S and suddenly have to go back to a country in which you never grew up. This could be really hard not only for the parents but for the children as well. This article has informed me more about this situation that many people in the U.S are facing. I appreciate you sharing this with everyone.
  • Jiahn's Apr 12, 02:09 comment on Counter Narratives
    Dear Elizabeth, Hi! My name is Jiahn and I am currently a student at San Jose State University. I really enjoyed reading about your shadow box and learning about your identity. I could tell by the way that you describe yourself that you have such great inner strength, it’s truly inspiring! I really liked that you said, “the cross reminds me that I am strong and that there are people who will be with me and who will give me hope always” because religion has always had a big role in my family and my faith gives me the same feelings of guidance and hope. Your shadow box is amazing and thank you for expressing who you are! Sincerely, Jiahn Kim
  • Darnell De Luna's Apr 12, 02:06 comment on Mistreated
    Dear Durran, I am a student at SJSU and your post has brought me to become more aware of what is happening in Oakland. Being from California growing up I have always heard Oakland was a bad area, but I always wondered why. It always had a bad reputation, but from reading your post I now understand why. Not only is the violence high but the amount of police brutality people face in the city is astonishing to me. Something that really caught my attention was when you stated, “Oakland has residents that have gotten use to police brutality that happens occasionally in Oakland.” To me, that is surprising because that should not be something we should be used to as people with rights. Your article was well written and has informed me. I appreciate your willingness to share such events.
  • yingmei.liang's Apr 11, 04:27 comment on KP Launch and the positive benefits of internships
    Dear Maribel, I am a student at SJSU. I appreciate you for sharing the blog with me because I feel related to my life when I was in high school. Additionally, you shared plenty of great information about KP Launch to readers which can help readers have a better understanding of what KP Launch and how it works. I believe internship is a great way to experience and it can help people to explore a future career. I was an intern at an Elementary School in San Francisco when I was a senior in high school. I found out that I loved to spend time and interacted with children. Thus, now I am majoring in Child Development. A line that stood out to me was “That makes those interns competitive because in internships students take college classes and have hands on experiences and that prepares them for a real job” because an internship is a way to guild students through their career fields. I am interested in knowing how students can apply not only for KP Launch but also for other internships. It might be a good idea to provide more information for students who are interested in other different fields. Thank you!
  • Athena Weiland's Apr 11, 01:23 comment on Yari’s Shadow Box
    Dear Yaritza, I am a student at San Jose State University. Thank you for sharing your shadow box, I really enjoyed all of the effort and color you used and put into every single detail of your box. One of my favorite things from this post is how much your family name means to you, half of my family migrated to America from Puerto Rico and they are my very close-knit family. I also am the only daughter of my mother, but the oldest so I learned a lot about how to be a good big sister and take care of them when I was young. I wonder what are some other ways we can counteract the narrative society gives females as being “weak”? Thank you so much for sharing, Athena
  • Athena Weiland's Apr 11, 00:58 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, I am a student at San Jose State University, and I want to say I really enjoyed reading about your experience with littering in Oakland. When I first learned about littering I was in sixth grade and a company came in to talk about how it affects not only where we live, but globally. At the time I didn’t understand that the city has to pay to clean it up, but as I got older it made so much more sense, how else would the workers get paid to pick up after us? But I don’t think I ever would have guessed 5.5 million dollars! I really liked your summary of the Battle for the Bay article, I have never heard of it until now and 109,460 pounds of trash is just insane! I also enjoyed how you interviewed another youth living in the condition, I have always wondered why more companies haven’t been started to clean the streets, I wonder what the next steps could be to help a startup company actually do this work. Thank you so much, Athena
  • yingmei.liang's Apr 10, 21:09 comment on Taxes In Oakland
    Dear Amy, I am a student of SJSU. After reading your blog, I very much agree with you. It would be a good idea if Auckland could spend more money to support education rather than unnecessary demand. In addition, I like the way you compare the education budget of Los Angeles with Oakland. “The amount of tax money that LA gives there schools is myriad more than what they give students in Oakland , which could mean that LA has more opportunities for their students that help them better than what they offer for Oakland students.” It It can draw the reader ’s attention, which is a good way to prove that Auckland students need more support financially. I like how you pointed out that the Oakland Police Department obtained more than $ 143 million more than the Fire Department, and then you try to understand that this is reasonable because people need more police in Auckland to reduce the risk of crime. One thing I am interested in is what is the percentage distribution of the average annual expenditure in different categories (such as housing, food, transportation, health care, etc.). Overall, your blog is very powerful and inspirational.
  • Moi Tong-Woo's Apr 10, 01:44 comment on The Truth
    Hi Amilia, My name is Moi, and I am a student at San Jose State University. I really enjoy your shadow box. It genuinely reflects how intuitive you are and how well you know yourself. I am so glad that you want to break the stereotypes of today’s society; most people would prefer to settle to avoid conflict. I can tell that you are unapologetically yourself. Also, I find myself to be a very creative person as well! Creativity shows a lot about a person, and using yarn as a medium is something I have never ever thought of. Thank you for the inspiration (: Good luck to you. -Moi
  • Jamie's Apr 9, 23:59 comment on Oakland Immigration
    Dear Madelyn, Hi, my name is Jamie and I am a student at San Jose State University. I enjoyed reading your blog post very much and I thought it was very informative and well-written. I also learned a lot of information about immigration in Oakland from your post that I never knew before. One thing that I found interesting in your post was when you talked about Oakland having affordable health clinics for immigrants and possibly being able to have free check-ins. I think the city of Oakland having that clinic is incredibly important and really inspiring for other communities to see and hopefully follow suit with what they are doing. Thank you for posting and being very informative about immigration in Oakland I learned a lot.
  • Jamie's Apr 9, 23:44 comment on emily shadow box
    Dear Emily, Hi, my name is Jamie Buchman and I’m a freshman at San Jose State University. I really loved your Shadow Box as well as the description that you add to it. I thought the detail you provided in both your Shadowbox and the description of yourself was genuine. It was really amazing that you were very honest and open about how you see yourself and I loved the personal touches you added to your box that shows who you are. When you said, “I see myself as…” I thought that was really cool because you do not listen to the assumptions that people make about you and instead you listen to your own voice and self which is inspiring. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself!
  • jonathan.chang01's Apr 9, 19:47 comment on Shadow Box
    Dear Fernanda, Hi my name is Jonathan and I am a student at SJSU. I enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you. I thought it was interesting that even though many people assume you are Mexican because of the way you look, you are actually Ecuadorian and Guatemalan. I like how you say you are a free spirited person and that you like to travel. I also love traveling even though I don’t do it very often. I like how you chose the color blue to represent freedom. I agree with that choice because blue is the color of the sky and there is nothing blocking you when you are up there. Thank you for sharing!
  • jonathan.chang01's Apr 9, 19:45 comment on Shadow Box
    Dear Jose, Hi my name is Jonathan and I am a student at SJSU. I think it is very inspiring that you are very confident in yourself and your chosen identity. I see this in your last sentence where you say “Although there are many struggles I’m still going to be successful by just being me.” It is very admirable that you love to work hard and that you will work hard to be successful no matter what struggles you may face. I also enjoy playing video games at home. I play league of legends. I wonder what games you like to play. Thank you for sharing your shadow box!
  • Tanya's Apr 9, 17:49 comment on Class of 2020
    Sophia, Your argument did the thing I hope every argument I spend time with will do; it made me see something differently than I saw it before. Thank you. Now I’m thinking about what I might do about what I see. Are you also thinking about that?
  • Moi Tong-Woo's Apr 9, 17:44 comment on Jacob January Artist Statement
    Hi Jacob, My name is Moi and I am a student at San Jose State University. I really like your shadow box. I can tell by your aspirations in life that you do not care about what other people think about you. That’s a really inspiring mindset, and not a lot of people can say the same. I noticed XXXTentacion in your box, and though I do not listen to his music, I know he helped a lot of people through really tough times. It’s important to have these times of role models, especially in times like this. I hope you achieve your dream; you got this! -Moi
  • Sandra's Apr 9, 15:43 comment on Class of 2020
    Powerful. Thank you for sharing, Sophia.
  • Shiv's Apr 9, 05:46 comment on How Rap Music Affects Teens
    Strongly disagree, I think that rap music has a positive affect on youth due to the fact that even though the lyrics are harsh and very explicit, it provides motivation and inspiration when you’re listening it while trying to complete a task. I also believe that the sources you provide when you are stating your evidence are not credible, especially when you refer to a source from 2005, that is a very outdated 15 yr old source.
  • Gracie's Apr 9, 05:35 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Manuel, I found your article very intresting to read. I am not a resident of the Bay Area but I felt as though you explained the problem so well that someone who doesn’t live there can sympathize with you. ‘ Gracie
  • Gracie's Apr 9, 05:32 comment on How Wii are all gamers
    Hi Sophie, I loved the time when wii came out, defiantly some of my greatest memories. I loved how you wrote your article in a way that the readers can follow your thought process. Very fun to read!
  • Spencer's Apr 9, 04:14 comment on Shadow Box
    Dear Divianca, I am a student at SJSU. I loved how you immediately got my attention with the first line. I was instantly hooked by this line, “Many people assume that I am a criminal just because of my colored skin, that I am dumb because of my race/ethnicity, that I am less then and uncapable because I’m a female.” This is such a powerful statement that describes how our society judges people today based on their race, gender, and appearance. This was a very strong and inspiring shadow box. Thank you for your time.
  • Spencer's Apr 9, 04:10 comment on Jimena’s Shadow Box
    Dear Jimena, I am a student at SJSU. I think your interpretation of how your shadow box portrays you is very unique. I really loved how you said “I know my true identities and that’s all that matters, my chosen identities speak louder than the assumptions and assigned identities people make.” It is important to know who you are and portray it yourself instead of letting others’ opinions affect who you are. Thank you for your time.
  • Kasey Kinch's Apr 8, 19:24 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Hi Christian, My name is Kasey and I am a student at San Jose State University. I thought your blog post was great! I love food trucks, they serve amazing quality food at great prices and your correct the portions given are awesome! This is a topic that never would have crossed my mind, people working in this industry are underpaid. It’s terrible to hear that employees are sleeping in their food trucks due to lack of income. You stated ” These food truck workers are getting underpaid but are still working in the food truck industry but they can shut down at any minute from lack of income”. These workers do work hard for little amounts of money and it would be awful if the trucks closed. When I visit food trucks I often leave large tips for the workers. If everyone did that and gave what they could, maybe we could make a difference in the quality of food truck employees lives? Thanks for the information!
  • Kasey Kinch's Apr 8, 19:07 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Chris, My name is Kasey and I am a student at San Jose State University. I found your blog post very interesting. I can appreciate your ability to look at the positive and negative sides of legalizing marijuana. I agree with the legalization of marijuana for people over 21. So many people have been incarcerated for using marijuana and it is truly sad. Also the medical benefits of marijuana are amazing, I have seen it first hand. In regards to your statement, “Some negative is that people can get addicted to weed and it comes with big consequences like people can just want to spend all their money on weed and makes them go broke and they can end up one the streets”. I can agree that some people are incapable of mantaining motivation and work ethic while under the influence of marijuana, however, many people who use it medicinally and recreationally can still maitain a normal, productive life. I also just wanted to provide some further information regarding a comment on your blog, I went to the CDC.gov website and they provided information about overdosing. The CDC states, ” A fatal overdose is unlikely, but that doesn’t mean marijuana is harmless. The signs of using too much marijuana are similar to the typical effects of using marijuana but more severe. These signs may include extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting. In some cases, these reactions can lead to unintentional injury such as a motor vehicle crash, fall, or poisoning”. Here is the link to some frequently asked questions regarding marijuana use https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/faqs.htm Thank you for such an informative post!
  • Sophia Ornelas's Apr 8, 17:54 comment on Homeless, Rent, Problems With Solutions
    Hey Areli, I am a student at SJSU assigned to reading your topic. I must say that I am very impressed with the amount of research done for this blog post. The amount of research done makes what you say seem more credible. You also made it seem more personal by adding the exert from the mother saying that “In a interview to an Oakland resident mother that has been here for 16 years she agrees that rent is the problem.”. It is well known that rent increase is a problem in most of the Bay Area, and choosing this topic was a good choice. Thank you for such a great post!
  • Sophia Ornelas's Apr 8, 17:37 comment on The History Of Life Academy
    Dear Erick, I am a student at SJSU assigned to reading your piece. I really feel you put a lot of though and effort into your work. When you said “After they made 40 small schools in poor neighbourhoods they found out that making small schools didn’t improve test scores (Murphy).”, it showed that you did your research on this topic. You also made sure to talk about all views and not just yours. Overall, you did a very great job on this blog post!
  • Kathleen's Apr 8, 05:29 comment on Artist Statement
    Dear Johana, I am a student at San Jose State University and I enjoyed learning about your personality! I love your determination to defy the odds, and not adhere to stereotypes, which prove to me a large issue in today’s society. I love that you see yourself “as a young female who is able to pursue anything that comes to [your] mind.” I relate to our parents having to work hard to have us be standing where we are now, and that means a lot to me. Thank you for sharing your ideologies and please continue to live by your own values!
  • Kathleen's Apr 8, 04:48 comment on Oakland Education Crisis
    Dear Efraim, I am a student at San Jose State University and I loved reading your blog post! I think it has a lot of significance especially because education plays such a large role in our lives as students. When you talked about “the increase in class sizes and not enough staff,” I could not relate more: I went to a large, public high school in San Francisco, and we had almost 3,000 students with the student to teacher ratio almost 30 students per teacher. Thank you for sharing your perspective and experiences from Oakland; I truly enjoyed it.
  • Riley's Apr 7, 22:46 comment on Free College May Not Be The Best Idea
    Hi alex! I agree with what you said in your article and how no matter if it is free to the public, it is going to cost people millions somewhere. College is a very important part of our educational lives and if we hesitate on going we lose that opportunity. It would be amazing if we are able to make it free, but it is 100000000% unlikely that it will happen. Thanks!
  • Riley's Apr 7, 22:42 comment on The Risks the virus might lead to in the Future
    Hi alex! I 100% agree with what you have said. I think that what you are saying is a real issue because of the unknown factor that is coming with this new virus. The thing that worries people the most is how the virus mght be able to mutate in the future causing it to kill more and more people without us tracking it. This is a very interesting topic you have chosen and I can’t wait to see what might happen within the next couple of months! Thanks.
  • Peter's Apr 6, 02:21 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    I agree with your contention that schools should not be able to limit students online speech under the first amendment rights of free speech. This was already proven in the Tinker vs Des Moines case of 1969. Here is a link to an article on that case, https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/about/faq/what-has-the-supreme-court-said-about-free-expression/.
  • Peter's Apr 6, 02:09 comment on ONLINE LEARNING DURING COVID-19 DOES NOT WORK
    Hey James, thanks for writing about this issue, because it’s something that is greatly impacting us all at this moment. I agree with your contention that online school does not work for the majority of students. I as well agree that the classes should be moved to pass or fail grades if school does not return. The only question I have is what an alternative for online schooling would be? Especially being seniors it’s important we finish our credits so we can graduate on time, so if online classes were to be cancelled how would credits be rewarded.
  • Cooper Williford's Apr 4, 21:17 comment on Class of 2020
    I really appreciate this article! It helps shed some light on what we’ve been through and what we’ve grown up with. We live in a crazy world in a crazy time and everyone is simply just used to it. I think we could all become a little more mindful, no matter what generation you are a part of.
  • Cooper Williford's Apr 4, 21:05 comment on Polygamy: It’s Back!
    I love this article and I love how you focused on something that just happened that no one has really wrote about. For me personally, I just don’t think a law will change anything. Polygamy has been around this whole entire time, people have just decided to do it illegally and not get caught.
  • Noa's Apr 4, 20:10 comment on I Just Remembered, I Have ADHD
    I really like this, unfortuantely, I do not have ADHD.
  • Paul's Apr 4, 16:08 comment on What’s this about a 5-minute test? Investigating Sources
    Thanks, Timmy. I took.a look at the author, Alice Paul’s profile and given that she is a “senior writer” at a mainstream, reliable magazine, we can be pretty sure about what she relates. However, I’m leaning more toward learning directly from scientists right now, not just reliable journalists. Here’s an example of why: I’m also asking Alice Paul’s question: “Why aren’t all COVID-19 tests run using the faster technology?” Her answer: “One reason has to do with volume; traditional genetic tests can process hundreds or even thousands of tests a day; the ID NOW system can only run about four samples an hour.” Ah… this just sounds circular to me: the faster tests can’t process as many as the traditional tests so they are slower? She also says: “And while traditional tests may take longer to produce results, researchers don’t need to spend as much time developing the test itself so it can start testing people sooner.” This doesn’t help me to understand WHY the rapid test takes longer to produce. Nothing wrong with this sentence. It’s just not helpful. More reporting here: “The rapid test ‘takes quite a bit of optimization and refining,’ says John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott Diagnostics. That means it requires more up front development time and takes longer to get up and running.” I want to find out what involved int the optimization process, not just be told it’s needed. Do you think I’m being too picky? Right now, I’m thinking this might be more helpful Update: US FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Abbott’s 5-min #COVID19 test. See our full coverage on fast, portable tests
  • Elyse's Apr 4, 15:35 comment on Class of 2020
    Good post, Sophia. And thank you for making it public and shareable so that lots of people can read it.
  • Elyse's Apr 4, 15:34 comment on Class of 2020
    Good post, Sophia. And thank you for making it public and sharable so that lots of people can read it.
  • Zhonghua Mao's Apr 4, 05:47 comment on Health Care
    I think that health care is a very improtant thing— most of the people that do not have a health care ,they can not afford the price of medciation
  • Zhonghua Mao's Apr 4, 05:43 comment on Should we wear face masks?
    It is a great article, I think that most of American do not see this a improtant thing
  • Siwei's Apr 4, 05:21 comment on Coronavirus Vs. The World
    Hi, In my opinion, we should stay at home and not go out, unless we need to go out to buy the necessary daily necessities.
  • Siwei's Apr 4, 05:13 comment on COVID 19 and The American dream
    Luke, I just wrote an article about the COVID-19. I am so interested in your essay. I know American stranded for freedom. But before we achieve the American dreams, we have to keep our life healthy. I think American dreams and our health having the same status.
  • Paula's Apr 4, 04:54 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hey April, I really understand your feeling quite well, since I am strugglig the same way. I did a post on if online schooling is good or bad and I pretty much had the same stance you have right now. One of the articles I used was (https://homeschoolbase.com/pros-and-cons-online-high-school/) I think it might interest you since it does speak about certain facts that I at least didn’t think about all that much. Sincerely, Paula
  • Kutay's Apr 4, 04:48 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hi, I agree with your ideas and also think that they both have some advantages and disadvantages.Nevertheless,personally I prefer going to school and being more social. On the other hand, I think online education is the best choice to do in these cases where we are not able to go to school. You can also look at this website(https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/learning-innovation/teaching-and-learning-after-covid-19)
  • Paula's Apr 4, 04:46 comment on The Risks the virus might lead to in the Future
    Hi Alex, I agree with the fact that people need to be cautious even if the governme nt gives us the permission to go outside. One of the main ways of us being cautious is by washing our hands, so I thought this might interest you. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html Hope to read more from you. SIncerely, Paula
  • Kutay's Apr 4, 04:35 comment on What are the risks and effects of recreational marijuana?
    Hi Danny, I really agree with your ideas that you have shared in your post. I really like how you clearly explained the results of it and being legal in some states and supported your ideas with datas. You may want to look at this website too(https://medlineplus.gov/druguseandaddiction.html). Good job. Kutay.
  • James's Apr 4, 04:32 comment on Should Schools limit Student online speech?
    That is a very interesting article that you have. Your position really speaks to me and I do believe that it is a right to say what ever we want as long as it is not at the expense of others. But sometimes we have to limit our selfs from saying things online for our personal protection. And in the world of online bullying, situations like those can be very tough spots to get out of.
  • James's Apr 4, 04:30 comment on Is online schooling better than traditional schooling?
    There is so much more to education than simply opening a book and reading from it. The actual interaction between a student and a teacher, and between students themselves, represents a substantial part of the entire education experience. For sake of our mental health, the traditional school programming is proving to be much more important than on-line impersonal learning. As people are finding out during this time of independent quarantining, many more people are suffering from mental health problems associated with isolation. For generations, it has been known that people need personal interaction with others to maintain a good healthy mental attitude. That is all being taken away from us during on-line learning. Psychological experiments have constantly concluded that most people are much more likely to inflict pain on lab rats and supposedly even real people, if they are not in the same room as the potential victim or recipient of the pain. I believe this is proving to be consistent with on-line education efforts in that it appears many teachers are assigning a significant greater amount of homework than we would have if we were attending classes physically each day. It is great that we have technology to allow us to participate in Zoom meetings, but it does not assist us in engaging in the same type of worthwhile discussion as if we were sitting in the same classroom. In other words, I miss being in the classroom with my friends, teachers, and everyone else that make up the Judge Memorial community.
  • Dominic's Apr 4, 03:10 comment on Is online schooling better than traditional schooling?
    Asnica I agree with your article, online schooling is harder and more stressful. School was easy with the one on one interactions and it was fun seeing everyone.
  • Dominic's Apr 4, 03:08 comment on How is COVID-19 helping the earth?
    Hi Katie, I agree with your article and SLC’s air has been looking very clean due to this whole pandemic!
  • Nini's Apr 4, 03:01 comment on How Music Impacts My Life
    Dear Juan, I totally agree what you said, music impact our life in a positive way. and I can’t recognize the world with out music. Thank you for sharing how music impact your life, and hope you always love music. Sincerely, Nini Kang
  • Nini's Apr 4, 02:56 comment on The Economic impact of COVID-19
    Hello Hanson, Your topic is pretty interesting. In this difficult time, some people doesn’t care about it, and some people just freak out. Thank you for sharing those information, and here is a source I thought you might be interesting at: https://abcnews.go.com/Business/us-cuts-701k-jobs-march-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/story?id=69955931
  • Kayla's Apr 4, 02:41 comment on Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future
    Hello Yeanoor, I think this article is the positivity I need at a time like this! I agree with the other comment about how the older generations do not know what we can do if we put our minds to it. Because it is not just TikTok and avocado toast, we can accomplish great things. However, we seemed to be underestimated! Thank you for posting this!
  • Mijin's Apr 4, 02:33 comment on Why do we have different religions?
    Hello Keury, I am always curious about the reason people have different religions. I think the reason is that all countries have different cultures and I think religions are based on their cultures. I really like your post! Here is a source that you might like to read: https://www.eurasiareview.com/21032020-why-does-one-god-with-one-message-produce-many-different-religions-oped/
  • Kayla's Apr 4, 02:33 comment on Drinking age, too high or just right?
    Hey Dakota! I think this article is super informative! I really liked how you told both sides of the story equally, so we don’t really know your stance. You validated both sides and it made it seems more factual instead of opinion-based. Here is an article that I think you will like: https://drinkingage.procon.org/ It is the official website for the issue and it provides solid reasoning for both sides of the story!
  • Mijin's Apr 4, 02:23 comment on The Economic impact of COVID-19
    Hello Hanson, I think your topic is really interesting. I also worried about the stock because it has a great decline due to pandemic. I hope everything will be better soon! Here is a source you might like to read: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/business/stock-market-predictions-coronavirus-shiller.html
  • Anthony's Apr 4, 02:21 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Hey Melanie, this is quite the topic and I personally had never thought about it. I will have to disagree with you although you made valid points. People in prison do not deserve to vote because as soon as they committed the crime they did,they lost that right. Great article article but I strongly disagree with you.
  • Honam's Apr 4, 02:17 comment on Social Distancing is Vital
    Hi Madi, I agree that we should all allow ourselves to keep a distance from people we meet in order to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the coronavirus. https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/coronavirus-what-social-distancing-means.html
  • Anthony's Apr 4, 02:14 comment on Limited supply
    I read some of the main points to this article and I also found it fascinating how they were not giving tests to people who believe they had the disease. Although I believe that has changed because they have given Utah more tests, I feel everyone has the right to be tested because as you said they could be passing it to others. Great article and topic.
  • Honam's Apr 4, 02:13 comment on The Risks the virus might lead to in the Future
    Hi Alex, I agree with your idea that vaccines should be tested. Many vaccines have side effects that could be lethal to some people. We should be more careful about when to give vaccines to the public. https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/vaccine-side-effects-and-adverse-events
  • Madi's Apr 4, 00:12 comment on Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future
    Dear Yeanoor, I really enjoyed your article and it gave me a sense of hope for our future. Like you said, our generation “knows how to solve problems and are intelligent enough to take leadership roles” which I think is very important! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
  • Sydney's Apr 4, 00:11 comment on Homeless
    Hey Idrissa! I liked reading your post. I like how you mentioned that everyone makes a mistake in their lives and shouldn’t be punished for it. I just have a question, what if people don’t want the help? what if they like their lifestyle. That’s my only question, but I really liked reading your post! Here is an article that I think you might like! https://www.usich.gov/solutions/
  • Graham's Apr 4, 00:07 comment on Just Stop
    Hey Erick, Thanks for the post. Bullying can really hurt and stereotyping is in that group. Sadly, not enough people speak up. Your post acts as a quick read to stop these terrible acts of aggression. Thanks again! Graham Hodell
  • Sydney's Apr 4, 00:05 comment on How is COVID-19 helping the earth?
    Hey Katie! I really liked your essay, it talked about a lot of things that I didn’t really think about before. Like how people are making less waste because they are staying home and cooking their own meals. I did not think about that before. Here is an article that I found that I think you might like. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-climate-change.html
  • Madi's Apr 4, 00:04 comment on Move it to up your Mood
    Hi Emily, I really enjoyed reading your article because during this quarantine, I have struggled to be active everyday and you have motivated me to start doing so. Being active has so many positive impacts and boosts your mood which is what a lot of people need during this time! I found this article that gives further detail about the effects of being active! https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-exercise
  • Graham's Apr 4, 00:01 comment on I was right. Here is How to Deal With It.
    Hey Max, Your post was informative and hilarious (a great combination). However, more than anything this was a wake-up call. This is a time that provides us the opportunity to catch up on life. Thank you. Graham Hodell
  • Dakota's Apr 3, 23:15 comment on Class of 2020
    Hi sophia, This has been a very tough time for all of us, but that is only making us as a generation stronger and smarter. We have been through a lot in our very short time here on earth, but i believe that we will come together and make a better society for all in the near future.
  • Rachael's Apr 3, 22:59 comment on Abolish immigration detention centers
    Hi Sergio, I agree that the US is doing an awful job when it comes to immigration. There’s too much political conflict and an inhumane attitude towards immigrants. We need to focus on how to help immigrants, not how to contain them or close our borders. The US is made up of immigrants, and it’s important that we help immigrants become citizens and treat them humanely. I found an interesting source that gives facts about immigration in the US that you might find interesting: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states.
  • Rachael's Apr 3, 22:46 comment on Is online schooling better than traditional schooling?
    Hi Asnica, I really like your argument. I never thought I would miss going to school normally but I miss it now. Its good for your mental health to interact with others and have a sense of structure in what you have to do. I find it difficult to maintain motivation during this time, even more than I did when I was in school. One good thing about online schooling, however, is that it saves time. I can take care of whatever school work will take me the longest first, then get smaller things done. So far, this has left me with more time to rest or get exercise. I think that our school has a really got environment, and I wish we could experience it now because our last year ends soon. I found this article that shows the pros and cons of online high school that mentions how if your high school has a negative environment, online school is a good option: https://vittana.org/20-pros-and-cons-of-online-high-school. This does not really apply to our situation, and I miss seeing people at school every day, but its still an interesting perspective.
  • Danny's Apr 3, 22:07 comment on Fighting For You
    Hi Meghan, This is an awesome poem and I really like it. You describe plenty of things from interesting views that I have never thought about before. The earth is the gift for all human beings, but we have still ruined and destroyed too many from the earth. Your poem reminds us to cherish what resources and materials we have in the current and not to do any damages to the earth.
  • Maggie's Apr 3, 22:04 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hi April! I loved hearing your take on the current issues and how COVID-19 is affecting education! Here is an article you might find interesting! https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2020/03/educator-voice-six-educators-share-their-take-on-the-coronavirus/ Stay Safe! -Maggie
  • alex's Apr 3, 22:02 comment on American means opportunity.
    Hello Davin I agree with your essay about how everybody has a differed opinion on what it means to be American, I think everybody should have a different perspective because everybody is their own self and should have the right to their own opinion. I think you would like this article on how everybody thinks different on what it means to be American. https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/perspective/Perspective-What-unites-us-as-Americans_164743039/
  • Maggie's Apr 3, 22:01 comment on Class of 2020
    Hi Sophia! This is a great post. We have had a rough go at it but we’ve gained great coping skills!. heres an article you might like that relates to your topic, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/04/02/coronavirus-were-owed-graduation-say-high-school-seniors/5115358002/ Love, Maggie
  • Nic's Apr 3, 22:01 comment on Is online schooling better than traditional schooling?
    Asnica I agree that online schooling has been difficult I do think it has some ups with us being able to have more flexibility but for the most part it has lot of downsides. The flexibility itself is a downside as you stated in that without the structure of traditional schooling it is up to the student to be disciplined enough to set deadlines and stick to a good schedule. I have found it increasingly difficult to stay motivated and stay on task especially when I am just a room or a few feet away from my bed. I too miss seeing my friends and teacher and I hope we can get back to normal life for the last few weeks of our high school career.
  • alex's Apr 3, 21:58 comment on COVID 19 and The American dream
    Luke I really liked your essay and I agree with a lot of the facts that you stated especially on how we judge or base our selfs off the success of others, I think you would like this article on how we judge ourselfs based off others https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-we-judge-others-is-how-we-judge-ourselves/
  • Eggert's Apr 3, 21:58 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    I gotta say I prefer real school, it gives me something to do, all my friends are there and I find it easier to focus
  • Eggert's Apr 3, 21:56 comment on You down with down?
    Thank you Strom, This is one of those small inhumanities no one ever considers. I am definitely switching to memory foam now. I unfortunatley do not have an article for you but this was quite eyeopening
  • Nic's Apr 3, 21:53 comment on Class of 2020
    I really liked this writing especially now because I have always thought about everything we have gone through just never formed it into a well put together article like you did. Our parents and aunts and uncles love to tell us how lucky we are with all this technology and instant communication but they don’t realize that we have to see all the tragedies through these devices. Like you said we have become numb to it because not only did we grow up through all these event but we got to see them in the palm of our hands and then continue to get bombarded with it. That is one thing I have really come to realize through this pandemic is that it is just a constant bombardment of negativity through this device that we are so “lucky” to have. Don’t get me wrong it is amazing the technology we have but its not always the best and I like you, wish our generation wasn’t classified as self absorbed because of it.
  • Danny's Apr 3, 21:53 comment on Social Distancing is Vital
    To Madi, I like your article and totally agree with your view. At this period, people should know this knowledge about COVID-19 to protect ourselves and others. Additionally, wearing masks and having a social distancing is the most important for all of us. Here is the link that hopes you will be interested, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html
  • Jack's Apr 3, 21:07 comment on Covid 19 test kits
    The lack of test kits in places that seriously need them is big issue. I’ve heard that the tests may have been more useful a week ago. Because of the incubation period of the illness. But now because the kits weren’t where we need them we may not know.
  • Jack's Apr 3, 21:00 comment on Class of 2020
    We’ve grown up mostly in a time of social and political change. We take a progressive step forward only to take two steps back. We were born into all of this we can’t change. It’s difficult to say nothing happened in the 2000s. But that doesn’t mean anything has been good. At least we all went through it together. Senior year will be a hell of a story to tell. (except the part where we all stay home for a few months)
  • Jack's Apr 3, 20:52 comment on Social Distancing
    Social distancing is very important. I had no idea the stats were that high. It’s quite concerning. But we’re all in this together as unfourtunate as it maybe. Stay inside folks. I recommend watching the Sopranos with all this free time. Stay safe kids.
  • Luke's Apr 3, 20:25 comment on Abolish immigration detention centers
    Hey Sergio I like your immigration topic. Separating families in such hostile conditions. This is not morally okay and I feel like more. I found this article that relates with your topic https://phr.org/our-work/resources/not-in-my-exam-room/?gclid=CjwKCAjwvZv0BRA8EiwAD9T2VSoWJFZPJw_ArzvfVZazLRW1-TBTdlVmxff9WMpnJmFIoQn4_JuEdRoC640QAvD_BwE, check it out!
  • Christina's Apr 3, 20:23 comment on Class of 2020
    This is powerful writing, Sophia, and a well crafted argument about why Gen Z should be considered in a new way. What I think is so powerful is the way you chronicle the major events that happened during each of your school transitions, plus the fact that war was a constant throughout. You are right and I hadn’t quite thought about it this way, but you paint a vivid picture for me, so I am thankful. I am also thankful for all the ways your generation has prevailed and I am sorry (both personally but also politically) that right now is so hard again. Us older generations need to reflect on what went wrong and then work together to make it right. Keep writing and sharing via Youth Voices and sharing your thoughts with the world; we need to hear from you and also we all need to stay connected.
  • Sophie's Apr 3, 19:56 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Luis, I enjoyed your insight on this topic, but I do not agree with you. I believe that animals should be treated with rights and not as something to simply be tested on in a lab. I do agree with you that testing is essential, but there needs to be a different method. Here is a link you might find interesting. It is about alternative ways to test products https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/alternatives-animal-testing -Sophie
  • Sophie's Apr 3, 19:49 comment on Groovin: An Essay on Music’s Affect on Productivity
    Hey Ben! I never knew that music had that kind of impact when working. I would have thought that music is a distraction. Here is an article about how music helps people focus. https://www.toppr.com/bytes/music-help-focus/
  • Luke's Apr 3, 19:40 comment on The Corona Virus and Me
    Sam I really liked your article. I hope you do not get coronavirus and your diabetes gets better. Coronavirus is pretty scary today and I hope you are staying safe. Heres a link about diabetes and the coronavirus and diabetes https://www.diabetes.org/coronavirus-covid-19.
  • Samuel's Apr 3, 19:38 comment on COVID 19 and The American dream
    Luke, I really liked reading this paper. I actually wrote a paper about this same topic because it is cool. These are strange times for us kids. read this article- https://www.americandream.com/ Love, Sam
  • Sophia's Apr 3, 19:33 comment on It’s not all Pink and Purple
    Ava, I completely agree with your points but no longer do I think about these instances. It has become second nature to me. For example when I wear “revealing” clothes I feel like Im just bound to feel uncomfortable around old me. This is something that should change. Thanks for your insight!
  • Sophia's Apr 3, 19:24 comment on Birth Control is a Must
    I think you make great points! I completely agree with you opinion because teens can be too scared to approach their parents about birth control, but need it. If it becomes over the counter teens can take control of their body in the way they want no matter what their parents believe.
  • Ben's Apr 3, 19:19 comment on The History Of Life Academy
    Erick, Great piece. What you said in the first paragraph was surprising to me (about the small and poor area schools). I’ve never heard of anything like this before. I feel like the nicer schools are being made in nice neighbor hoods and old schools aren’t getting the funding they need to stay up to date. This article https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2019/07/11/study-ranks-the-best-neighborhoods-in-san-antonio-for-2019 ranks the schools in San Antonio and the nicer schools seem to be in the nicer areas. I loved this article. Have a good day! Ben Yarrish
  • Ben's Apr 3, 19:11 comment on You down with down?
    Good afternoon Strom, Your article brought showed me how disturbing pillows can actually be. I don’t think I can sleep with a feather pillow again knowing what I know now and I will do everything I can to be conscious of what I purchase and consume. This link (https://www.ciwf.com/farmed-animals/) is about other animals being mistreated and used for their meat, wool and other things. Sincerely, Ben Yarrish
  • Timmy's Apr 3, 19:04 comment on What’s this about a 5-minute test? Investigating Sources
    Hello Paul, I enjoyed reading your article and agree with what you are saying so I thought you might find this article interesting https://time.com/5812664/5-minute-coronavirus-test/ Thank you, Timmy Jerome
  • Timmy's Apr 3, 19:00 comment on Covid 19 test kits
    Hello, Asher I agree that the test kits need to be more evenly distributed and the accuracy needs to be improved to help collect data and solve the issue. You might find this article interesting. https://khn.org/news/trump-touted-abbotts-quick-covid-19-test-hhs-document-shows-only-5500-are-on-way-for-entire-u-s/ Thank you, Timmy Jerome
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    Hello, Asher I agree that the test kits need to be more evenly distributed and the accuracy needs to be improved to help collect data and solve the issue. You might find this article interesting. https://khn.org/news/trump-touted-abbotts-quick-covid-19-test-hhs-document-shows-only-5500-are-on-way-for-entire-u-s/ Thank you, Timmy Jerome
  • Sophie's Apr 3, 17:51 comment on The Economic impact of COVID-19
    Hello Hanson, I am glad I got the chance to read your writing. We are living in a scary time and I don’t think we realize how much is going to be effected by this virus. Here is a source I thought you might want to look at: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/economic-impact-covid-19/
  • Sophie's Apr 3, 17:46 comment on Is online schooling better than traditional schooling?
    Hello Asnica, I completely agree. I have been having trouble with online schooling aswell. There are too many distractions everywhere and it is hard to focus. Here is a source that gives the pros and cons of online learning: https://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/F0232E15/Pros-and-Cons-of-Online-School/. I enjoyed reading this good job!
  • Strom's Apr 3, 17:39 comment on Weed Legalization
    Cool post man! I would have to agree on most things you said. There is no reason to outlaw a substance that does not pose any risk. For more info check this out. https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling
  • Strom's Apr 3, 17:32 comment on PETA vs Marines
    Jimmy your right. PETA are hypocrites who like to poke their nose into other people’s business. While I can’t accept punishment of an animal I am an avid hunter. There is nothing wrong with taking the life of an animal in a respectful way. The people who think its not are living in a fantasy world, and don’t understand where half their stuff comes from. Don’t tell me I can’t go hunt while you eat your cheeseburger, or where your leather coat. There is nothing wrong with tradition, and although I don’t plan on joining the military I have deep for people who serve. God bless america. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/20/hypocrisy-of-activists/
  • Max's Apr 3, 16:50 comment on Why do people stay up so late?
    Yanna, this was like poetry. It was kind of depressing but I am very happy I read it. I stay up late a lot but I never really want to. I think it is because of a dependace on technology, at least personally. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-electronics-may-stimulate-you-bed that article speaks to why technology is bad for you before you go to sleep.
  • Max's Apr 3, 16:46 comment on Age Does Not Define Your Knowledge
    Hi Abigail. This was really inspiring to read. It is funny because our generation is always told we are lazy and we get nothing done, but we are working harder than most any other generation. I got a job at a younger age than any person in my family had before, but I was still told I never worked hard enough. Maybe it is a human thing to suppress the impressive. Thank you for what you wrote. Here is an article that talks about why our generation will change the world. https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcperna/2019/10/22/the-why-gen-meet-our-next-greatest-generation/#33ef03703ab8
  • Madelyn's Apr 3, 16:04 comment on Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future
    Hi Yeanoor. This is amazing, I think many of the older generations do not know all that we are capable of. I really appreciate you pointing this out.
  • Madelyn's Apr 3, 15:54 comment on The Wage Gap
    Hi Riley, I think this is a very important issue that seems to be forgotten most of the time. I really enjoyed how you came up with possible solutions to this problem rather than just stating the issue. Great job.
  • Eric's Apr 3, 14:47 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hi, I agree with you. Online schooling might get teachers in confusion at the very beginning. It make us to learn at home during pandemic become possible. But it also has it’s short coming. The student at home need to have a very high self-motivation. But most people don’t have it. So online schooling still can’t replace the tradition one. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.k12.com/utah-online-schools.html
  • Eric's Apr 3, 14:42 comment on COVID-19 in Utah
    Hi khirstina,I agree with you. Even though the virus is serious now, but we can still come over through it. Because Utah have more medical sources than others, and fewer people get inflected. Also, Utah that is one of the state with serious lock down policy. So everything will be find. Here is a link that might help you. https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/29/are-utah-hospitals-ready/
  • LucyP's Apr 3, 13:48 comment on PETA vs Marines
    These barbaric drills must end. Troops should be taught real survival skills that don’t involve torturing animals. As for PETA’s shelter, please watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbzT6qi6ldc&feature=youtu.be. PETA operates one small shelter—a shelter of last resort for animals who need euthanasia to end their suffering (many of whom have been rejected by other facilities). This includes dogs who are aggressive and unadoptable because they have been kept chained their entire lives; feral cats dying of contagious diseases; animals who are wracked with cancer; elderly animals who have no quality of life and whose desperate guardians brought them to PETA because they can’t afford to pay a vet to euthanize them; and the list goes on. A painless end is a kindness for these animals, and the services PETA provides are vitally needed in an area where many people can’t afford to take their animals to a veterinarian.
  • Matthew's Apr 2, 20:20 comment on America: The Most Diverse Country in The World
    Hi Oscar, I really enjoyed reading your post. It was very well written and well thought out. I agree that diversity is a very important thing and integral to society. The melting pot is a good thing. Thanks, Matthew
  • Matthew's Apr 2, 20:17 comment on How is COVID-19 helping the earth?
    Hi Katie, I agree that it is great the environment has been able to recover a bit during this time. Your post was very interesting as well. Thanks, Matthew
  • Riley's Apr 2, 14:41 comment on Charter Schools
    Hi, my name is Riley and I go to a private catholic high school in Utah. I totally agree with you on this topic. with some similarities, I can firmly say that things need to be changed when it comes to education. This will be fixed. Have you thought about contacting the mayor or governor in your area about this and how they can possibly help? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2019/05/30/feature/charter-schools/
  • Riley's Apr 2, 14:37 comment on Why do people stay up so late?
    Hello Yanna, I have never really thought why sometimes I stay up so late. I like how you have taken this topic and created a better one with it I totally agree with you on this. I left a link below for you to look at if you wish. https://www.popsci.com/why-you-stay-up-too-late/
  • monica's Apr 2, 09:21 comment on Coronavirus Vs. The World
    hi, at what age can you start teaching a child to read? if you delay your child’s reading skill development until he or she enters school is a problem. there is a simple and extremely effective system that will even teach 2 – 3 year old children to read. www.readingheadstart.yolasite.com
  • Hanson's Apr 2, 06:01 comment on Why do people stay up so late?
    Dear Yanna, I am very impressed by your opinion in your article. You provided a brand new opinion for this field of study. Certainly, it is very harmful to your body if stay up late, but in recent years people are more tend to stay up late. Here is an article I read about the harm of sleep late, I hope it can helpful for you. https://www.bustle.com/p/7-ways-staying-up-late-could-be-harmful-to-your-health-5482908 Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Emily's Apr 2, 05:51 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hi, I completely agree with your argument. I believe that it is hard to manage your time at home when you are not used to it and on top of that have much more assignments to complete. I also feel as though staying at home being isolated makes it hard to learn, because you do not have your classmates and teachers to help. That being said there is also very little social interactions, which is hard to live without frequently talking to people face to face. I found an article that talks about how kids gain social skills while doing online school. https://www.asuprepdigital.org/students-interact-gain-social-skills-online-classrooms/
  • Hanson's Apr 2, 05:49 comment on How should the government deal with the Coronavirus?
    Hi Ruhang ! I am very agreed with your opinion in your article. The United States government had down a very poor job on the spread of the coronavirus. There are certainly more needs to be down to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Here is an article I read about the spread of the COVID-19. https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059502 Hope you will like it. Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Emily's Apr 2, 05:42 comment on Why do people stay up so late?
    Dear Yanna, I enjoyed reading your discussion post. I had never really thought about why I stay up late along with others. I think it is very interesting that you talked about how it is time to give ourselves a gap from today and tomorrow, because oftentimes I believe that is what it is along with procrastination. That being said I really enjoyed reading your post and I found a website that talks about why people stay up late and what it says about you. https://www.quora.com/Why-do-intelligent-people-stay-up-late
  • Ruhang's Apr 2, 04:45 comment on Endangered Species in China
    Hi Justin: I like your article very much, and I also like your point. China does a poor job of protecting endangered species. This has also led to the extinction of many rare animals. China should increase protection of rare animals. Here is a link to get you to know more. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/world/asia/china-endangered-wildlife-law.html
  • Ruhang's Apr 2, 04:36 comment on Why do people stay up so late?
    Hi Yanna. I agree with what you said trying to get rid of staying up late. I also like to stay up late, although I know that staying up late is not good. But like you said in the text: “On a lonely night, I feel that this world belongs to me.” So I am also trying to get rid of the status quo. I have a link here to help you learn more. https://scrubbing.in/what-staying-up-late-is-doing-to-you/
  • Abigayle's Apr 2, 03:18 comment on Abolish immigration detention centers
    Dear Sergio, I thought your post was very moving and very informative. You used a lot of information that gets people thinking about the effects of immigration and what it does to families and children. I think you bring up a great argument. Here is some more information I found about this. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/the-case-for-abolishing-immigration-detention/2020/01/23/25fde4d8-0bb4-11ea-bd9d-c628fd48b3a0_story.html Great work!
  • Abigayle's Apr 2, 02:58 comment on IS THE CORONAVIRUS UNINTENTIONALLY HELPING THE EARTH?
    Hi Pauline, I think your post is very interesting because I don’t think many people are looking at this situation this way because they are only worried about the virus. I think you bring up very good arguments and facts that prove that with people staying home we are helping the earth. Here is another source I found that can help with your argument. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/17/coronavirus-could-be-saving-lives-pollution-carbon-emissions/5066718002/ Thank you! Great Post! – Abigayle
  • Carter's Apr 2, 00:07 comment on Changes in Life and Circumstances
    Hi Husnain, I thought that your post is very motivational. I have actually never immigrated or moved anywhere before. Sharing your story was really brave of you! Here is a link to other people’s immigration stories: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2019/12/11/the-most-inspiring-immigration-stories-of-2019/#28021f7615c6 Have a good one! Stay safe and Healthy! -Carter
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    Hi Matt, I think that your post is really good and informational. It also spreads the awareness of cyberbullying and how there are negatives to social media. Here is a link to some more information on cyberbullying that I think you might be interested in. https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/cyberbullying.html Have a good one! -Carter
  • Celines's Mar 31, 16:21 comment on Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future
    Dear Yeanoor I am impressed by your text “Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future” because you explain some details about your opinion based on the video on Instagram of the representative Ocasio Cortez. Also you give some examples of the young activists that are the resources to prove that young people are presented. One set of the lines that stands out for me is “I think this is remarkable because you use some of the examples of how our young generation does not step back to learn or give value to our history and other memorials events that happened in the past.” This line describes the reason that young people are involved in the issues that affect the community. Also some examples that you find of other young people that advocate for their rights. Another sentence that I impacted was; “we know how to solve problems and are intelligent enough to take leadership roles and choose the government.”This stood out for me because you explain that young people have more possibilities to change the roles. They find some ways to make the difference according to the issue that they are facing. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you continue to post more texts like this one.
  • April's Mar 30, 22:13 comment on Dear People Who Think Doing Drugs and Gun Violence Are Okay
    Dear Kheriya, I am moved by your post regarding drug abuse and gun violence because unfortunately due to these issues we are losing thousands of people including innocent victims. When it comes to drug or substance abuse many people fall into a deep whole which seems impossible to come out of this sometimes leads to them losing their families. Gun violence is extremely sad because many innocent lives are taken by harmful people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is “When it comes to your kids you let the drugs have more meaning to you, the one that grew inside your tummy, the precious one. How can you choose something worth so less over someone who means the world?” This stood out to me because it’s true, many pick drugs over their children because they don’t know how to leave their vice. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was extremely meaningful and informative.
  • Cassie's Mar 30, 21:08 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah Pt.3
    Amaia, Your post was very interesting to read and I agree with you that the “abstinence-based programs are unrealistic in regard to expecting kids to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity.” We are so caught up on the idea of abstinence that we are never really taught the proper sex education needed. Heres an article you might like: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3194801/
  • Ron From Los Angeles's Mar 30, 21:06 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
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  • Mai's Mar 30, 21:05 comment on What Happens When You Increase the Rent of Your House?
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  • Pauline's Mar 30, 21:02 comment on Endangered Species in China
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  • Pauline's Mar 30, 20:42 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    Hey Aria! I really loved reading your article! I especially liked how you pointed out the benefits and downsides of online schooling! I also like how in the beginning you described what was going on in our current world. I found another article discussing the pros and cons of online school for high schoolers. Hope you enjoy it! https://vittana.org/20-pros-and-cons-of-online-high-school
  • Yanna's Mar 30, 20:29 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah Pt.3
    Hey Amaia, This is a very important topic for teenagers. I agree with “abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught.” We teach young people to treat them properly, how to protect themselves, and to respect the religious beliefs and ideas of others. This article might interest you https://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and- teachers / Why-sexuality-education-is-important
  • Yanna's Mar 30, 20:20 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Hi Luis, Your post is very interesting. Although animal testing can be harsh in some cases, this is essential because that’s the law of nature, because the sacrifice of these animals avoids the dangers of experiments in humans. But many scientists are looking for animal alternatives. Thank you for your article! This article you might like https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animal-testing-101/
  • Clinton's Mar 30, 19:36 comment on This I Believe
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    Hi Jack, This is a very interesting post. I strongly agree with what you said in the post. There are a lot of people want to go to college but they couldn’t affort it. That is why we should use this chance to study hard and maybe help more people to get into college. Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.snhu.edu/about-us/newsroom/2017/08/why-is-college-important There are some resources about colleges. Good luck!
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  • Matt's Mar 30, 18:40 comment on 1990s Rap vs. Now
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  • Matt's Mar 30, 18:30 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    Hey Aria, Your post really caught my attention because it the most interesting topic for me right now, especially with everything that has been going on. I completely agree with all the points you brought to online schooling, and traditional schooling. I also agree with the last point you made, it all comes down to the way the student learns better.
  • Kaya's Mar 30, 16:23 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Luis, I disagree with what you had to say. I believe that animals are precious and should not be used in medical testing. I believe that there are other alternatives then testing on animals. I also believe that we should not be dissecting animals just to learn about the brain. There are other options then killing an innocent animal to run certain tests on them or to dissect them. Here is an article that show the good and bad of each side. I can see where you are coming from. I just have certain views on animal rights. https://www.yourgenome.org/debates/should-animals-be-used-in-research
  • Kaya's Mar 30, 16:11 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    Hey Aria, I love this post. I like how you took what is happening with us and made it into something that is beneficial. Like you said, there are a lot of benefits to be able to do schooling online. It has many perks to it such as getting classwork done at our own time, not having to drive to school, and sleeping in. There are also a lot of bad things about schooling online. The biggest problem for me is not being able to interact with my friends everyday. I found an article about this that can help further your research if you choose to do so! https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article53087965.html This article talks about the importance of friendship and how spend a lot of time with them in school. It is hard not being able to interact with people.
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    hi Kelsey I just wanted to say that you did a really good job writing this. I just got done with reading it and it really made me think about people who have cancer and don’t want to live anymore because they are in so much pain this would help them. you did a really good job writing this!
  • Asnica's Mar 26, 03:09 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    hey aria, I love how you talked about the good things about having online school and also the bad things. The part that you talked about that I like was when you said we can either get our work done in the morning or afternoon. good job!
  • Aboubakar's Mar 25, 19:36 comment on AOC Makes Me Giddy!
    Dear Leticia I agree with your letter, “AOC Makes Me Giddy!” because < today generation is fighting to make their life the best. There are a lot of people today and there are not a lot of a good job of them. Therefore they have each have to fight to become the best. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I think the young generation is more sensitive in a positive way. They actually care about other people’s experiences in life” I think this is correct because the way this generation fight to get what they are different from the way that past generation used to get what they want. In the past, people were fighting for all group, but now people are fighting for themselves and the one that comes after them. Another thing that I stood out of it was: “the video.” This stood out for me because the future depends on the children. These children will not able to make the future the best if they don’t have educations. Have you seen this video: the Importance Of Education - What's The Real Purpose Of Education? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAdi6ZLktc. I thought you might be interested in this. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Oumy's Mar 25, 19:35 comment on Thank You for Giving Youth Courage to Fight Back!
    Dear Housseynatou : I am obsessed with your letter, “Thank You for Giving Youth Courage to Fight Back!,” because it gives me the power and the courage to do more in my life. It helps realize that in life we can do much more, and to not be shy to say what you have to say. It is good to let your voice be heard. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “One reason is that young youth are more open-minded and they are the future leaders who are meant to make the world a better place.” I think this is interesting because it is true that the youth are badass. But let’s not also forget that the youth from the past did a lot more, which is as for me, this new generation is doing the same thing and they are getting better and better. Another sentence that grabbed my attention was: “I think this story is a good example of what AOC is saying because it is always the young who suffer the most and the ones who risk their lives to save others and make their lives better..” This stood out for me because we can see that most of the people who die are youth either they were shot or they were bitten and all of that is because they are doing the right thing. It’s true that the truth hurts but it is only the truth who comes first and last. Have you seen this article and video “ https://www.teenstakecharge.com/campaign, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB2cbnxa7G0” I thought you might be interested in this because of the youth revolution. It’s about young youth who are fighting for an affordable education, they are representing the youth voices. Watch the video you will like, it is so important. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your passion of writing such a thing give me inspiration for wanting more of your ideas.
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  • Idelkys's Mar 24, 21:19 comment on Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future
    Dear Yeanoor, I am very much connected and agree with what you are saying about “Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Future” because you clearly stated that youth people have the courage to speak up for themselves and that teenagers and they are utilizing what happened in history as a tool to change what is happening in the actuality. One set of lines that stand out to me was, when it says” “His new generation is the radical acceptance that I see from so many and they take time to read and understand our history, the history of the labor movement, civil rights, the history of racial struggles, the history of economics, the history of the United States, the history of colonialism.” I think this is remarkable because you use some of the examples of how our young generation does not step back to learn or give value to our history and other memorials events that happened in the past. We always look forward to bringing out the past history and showing our interest by seeing that from different perspectives. We have the courage to accept the fact even though it could be bad, we always try to make it better by not repeating the same mistake.” This paragraph is important to highlight because many people are mistaken with why we fight and protest. We want to let people know that since we have the resources to protest and speak up for our rights , we have the possibility to make a change in the society. Youth people at this time, should not allow to continue what keeps tormenting us, such as political issues and injustices in Society. Thank you very much for sharing your story. I look forward to hear what comes next.
  • Khadija's Mar 24, 20:44 comment on Thank You for Giving Youth Courage to Fight Back!
    Dear Housseynatou, I am choosing an adjective peaceful to show you my emotion that I feel when I read your letter AOC, “Thank You for Giving Youth Courage to Fight Back!”. Your letter was too emotional for me because it was much realist and had a great thought about all the stuff we are facing in our community. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I live in the Bronx, and every month my community faces gun violence in schools.” I think this is powerful because it is a really true issue that the government doesn’t pay attention too much instead of that without us they are nothing and without them, we are nothing too. So we should stand up by ourselves and they will know what you want from them . Another sentence that I like was: “The generation before us some of them were really brave and scary..” This stood out for me because their fight does not start with us, some already started before us so we should respect their path roads in peace for they can have everything done. I like to do some reading online and the thing that interested me was a book called Patience. Have you seen this book? if not go see In a youtube I thought you might be interested in this because of the advice that you want to teach us from this video. Thank you for your bravery. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next Since I really enjoy reading your written style and it helps me to open my mind about our society even though sometimes it is really hard for us to accept everything. But I wonder if next time you can give us a deep conclusion? For more explanation, thank you.
  • Khadija's Mar 24, 20:30 comment on AOC Makes Me Giddy!
    Dear Leticia, I am choosing an adjective grateful to show you my emotion that I feel when I read your letter, “AOC Makes Me Giddy!”. Your letter was too emotional for me because it was much realistic and had a great thought about all the things we are facing in our real life. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Education is the basis of human rights..” I think this is powerful because without education we could not do anything so it is better to take this seriously because I like this sentence and I agree with that since education is a key of the whole world. Another sentence that I like was: “ I think that they are more sensitive, in a positive way” This stood out for me because they know even if it is hard one day they can make others like them before them . Since the fight does not start with us, some already started before us so we should respect their path roads in peace for they can have everything done. I like to do some reading online and the thing that interested me was a book called Patience. Have you seen this book? if not go see In a youtube I thought you might be interested in this because of the advice that you want to teach us from this video. Thank you for your bravery. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoy reading your written style and it helps me to open my mind about our society even though sometimes it is really hard for us to accept everything. But I wonder if next time you can give us a deep conclusion? For more explanation, thank you.
  • Housseynatu's Mar 24, 20:20 comment on Motivating Youth Activists To Advocate For Their Future
    Precious Fatoumata, I am so delighted by your letter to AOC “Motivating Youth Activists To Advocate For Their Future” because it really caught my attention and the way you talked about how the AOC motivates youth to fight for their rights. Most importantly when youth read this letter they will have the courage and believe that there is someone behind them and supporting them. One sentence that really stands out for me is when you said: “I think you used “badass” to describe how this generation is really not scared about accepting everyone and willing to talk about the world’s problems, compared to adults”. This makes me think that you are absolutely right and the generations now are willing to risk their lives to get what they are believing is right. The generation now is willing to talk about what’s holding people behind and try to fix it for everyone to move forward. This another sentence that I can relate to myself “I live in the Bronx, and every month my community faces gun violence in schools”. I live in the Bronx. There is gun violence every day on the news and it’s only kids who are in high school who are being killed. Their lives and dreams get destroyed just for nothing and injustice. I was watching videos on YouTube and I feel like you might be interested in watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCN55E-2qGo I thought you might be interested in watching this. Thank you for writing this letter. I look forward to reading what you will be doing next in “Youth Voices”.
  • Idelkys's Mar 24, 17:21 comment on AOC: Thanks for giving honors tot the young generations!
    Dear Khadija, I am thoughtful about your discussion ” AOC Thanks for giving Honors To the Youth Generation!” because it expresses how our voices may impact the society that we live in and by speaking up about the issues that remain in our society, we are the change to it . It is the most helpful way to be heard by others. One of the set of lines that standout for me is when you say ” don’t judge someone we should listen to people ‘s minds and that is totally clear to agree with. like” They’re not afraid to have those conversations. If anything, like I think they’re profoundly courageous because they’re willing to puncture more taboos and have conversations that, frankly, older generations sometimes struggle to have.” We are supposed to learn from each other and if one person does not have the courage to speak up to change society trough their voices, so it should be ethic to not stop those teenagers who have the worth to make a difference and be valients prior to the circumstance. Thank you for your sharing your story . I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Idelkys's Mar 24, 17:01 comment on Lack of Education Inside the Juvenile Justice System Creates an Endless Cycle
    Dear Erica, I am impressed by your post ” Lack of Education inside the Juvenile Justice System creates an Endless Cycle” because people were restrained from receiving the quality education that they wanted , aimed for and on top of that it was very difficult for them to graduate . One sentence that you wrote that stand out for me is in lines ” The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities,” says 43 percent of incarcerated youth nationally receiving remedial education services in detention did not go back to school once they got out, and another 16 percent went back to school but dropped out after five months.” These are more than just statistics, they show how these detention facilities impact students’ likelihood to graduate, or to continue their education at all?. It seems like it was impossible for them to get out of that cycle. Why could not people understand that those students have to complete their education?. It is not fair for those people to end up ruining their academics lives just because of social interruptions. Have you seen this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BinNvKznltA>? I thought you might be interested in this because it has slightly to do with certain people of color in the community. I wonder if the system was mostly likely like that for specific groups of people (including people of color or just everyone in general). Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because It is very important for me to update myself with this types of news about how dare there are ways like this to stop people from getting educated so that it gets to dispare the educational population. People of color tend to struggle more in society than white people.
  • Peter's Mar 24, 15:54 comment on America Means Identifying With a Common Culture
    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.
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    Hey Aria, nice article highlighting the benefits and downsides to online learning. It was interesting to see a bunch of these examples laid out in front of us. I especially liked when you talked about how we can either get up early to do our work, or we can sleep in and do it later, as I think this is something we can all relate to. Keep up the good work!
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  • Yeanoor's Mar 21, 22:20 comment on AOC: Thanks for giving honors tot the young generations!
    Dear Khadija, I am enthusiastic about your AOC letter, “ AOC: Thanks for giving honors tot the young generations!” It is a wonderful letter where has an inspirational word and movement. I really liked the way describes based on logic and evidence on your statement that our new generation does not afraid to step back to take cation. they always on top of it. The one line that stands out for me is, “ I’ve also been learning about accepting yourself the way you are no matter what” it is not easy to be highlight yourself and gain respect from society when you are LGBT. people conceal their self-identity because they do not want to face humiliation and the stating eyes. we need to change these things. one action can bring a lot of people of courage. Your inspirational video and letter help me to understand how much our ideology changes. How passionate we are to changes things and make them better. Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Aria's Mar 21, 20:38 comment on How do I define beauty?
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    Hi Cora, I agree with you that this trending hashtag can be sending the wrong message to those persons who are partaking in the challenge. This is because they could start thinking of their weight in a negative light as this website elaborates on whether it could be harmful versus healthy: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewarnold/2018/11/26/fitspiration-on-social-media-is-it-helping-or-hurting-your-health-goals/#6ac15bb847f0. Sincerely, Aria Handlon
  • El-Hossin's Mar 21, 18:35 comment on AOC Makes Me Giddy!
    Dear Leticia, I am really fascinated by your detailed and cogent letter to AOC. You really demonstrated how much impact AOC has had on young people. I agree with you on the fact that AOC unconsciously encourages young people to excel by motivating them. One thing you said that stands out for me is: ‘The way you Delibes the young generation is very amazing, and I feel proud as a young girl.’ because I believe that our generation experience unprecedented events. Yet, they do not complain but they always find ways to overcome them. Also, it proves that AOC speeches empower young youth. Thank you for your writing and I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • El-Hossin's Mar 21, 18:27 comment on Thank You for Giving Youth Courage to Fight Back!
    Dear Housseynatou, I am really fascinated by your detailed and cogent letter to AOC. You really demonstrated how much impact AOC has had on young people. I agree with you on the fact that AOC unconsciously encourages young people to excel by motivating them. One thing you said that stands out for me is: ‘One reason is that young youth are more open-minded and they are the future leaders who are meant to make the world a better place. Older people might be afraid that their love once would be hurt out of that.’ because I believe that our generation experience unprecedented events. Yet, they do not complain but they always find ways to overcome them. Thank you for your writing and I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • El-Hossin's Mar 21, 14:54 comment on Learning for Life
    Dear Idelyks, I am fascinated by your literary analysis of the three stories. You summarized the three stories in a concise manner. One sentence that stands out for me. “her Mom ignores her when it comes to being less beautiful, she uses voice to express in an educational Matter how Maggie is supposed to be in comparison with Dee.” because it shows persistence and dedication. Your analysis helped me to understand the three stories better. Also, you brought a different perspective to my overall understanding of the three stories. I look forward to seeing another phenomenal piece of writing.
  • El-Hossin's Mar 21, 14:39 comment on Three Life Lesson
    Dear Fatema: I am fascinated by your literary analysis essay, “Three Life Lessons,” because you really depicted how the three stories teach us a valuable life lesson with each story, has a unique lesson to teach. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “What I noticed in these three stories no matter who they are, the characters want to learn more about what they do not know about yet,” I think this is powerful because you find connection between the three stories about education, and new generations. Also is interesting because your idea changes my understanding of the stories. Another sentence that I felt was “They are also similar because they have high expectations for life because they are trying to be better.” This stood out for me because this sentence describes each character of each story that relates how they help their community to do not make the same mistakes as the people did on the past. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are a good writer and you identify details that can summarize your words.
  • Roman's Mar 20, 16:40 comment on Minimum Necessity
    I agree. Individual cities should set minimum wage as they see fit but I don’t think it should go below $7.25 nor go above $15.
  • Roman's Mar 20, 16:36 comment on Should Schools limit Student online speech?
    Very interesting article, and I kind of agree with your position. I believe we should be able to say what we want as long as there is truth to it. However cyber bullying should not be tolerated, which I personally define as going out of your way to harm someone with online tools.
  • Fatoumata's Mar 20, 01:36 comment on AOC Makes Me Giddy!
    Dear Leticia I am impressed by, your letter “AOC Makes Me Giddy!,” because you really show her your gratitude in this letter and how you used the video to show someone people in Africa whom don’t have the same opportunity to stand for themselves . One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I think this is feeling and expressive of gratitude because she gives us a big honor that represents our generation. That demonstrates that we are a generation that cares for other people’s life whatever their status. I do with the word of gratifyingly agree with you that.” I think this is emotional because when I was reading the text it was a lot of tone. Another sentence that I like was: “ This means that the young generation has determination to go further than other, older generations. This means that the young generation has determination to go further than other old generations..” This stood out for me because I like to watched online video, I found this wonderful activist who is Hadja Idrissa Bah founding president of the club of young girls leaders of Guinea, is a Guinean activist. She was President of the Guinean Children’s Parliament which fights against forced marriages, marital rapes and genital mutilation. Have you seen this video youtube? I thought you might be interested in this because you video is a little be similar with this story .Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are very thoughtful and an inspired person.
  • Leticia's Mar 19, 20:51 comment on Motivating Youth Activists To Advocate For Their Future
    Dear Fatoumata, I am picking an adjective grateful to demonstrate to you my opinion that I sense when I read your letter, “AOC Makes Me Giddy!”. Your letter was too perceive for me because it was a great conception of all the issues humans are facing in real life. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This one of the issues we face every day”. I think this is sturdy because we always mistreated by the police in the street. We could not even problem themself because they have power than us. Another sentence that I like was: “ She wanted to honor her brother and all the people who were affected by this violence in her community.” This stood out for me because it is really important to give a big shout out for those who have been killed. To advocate for them because those people who were died her brother was in so, therefore, she has to continue to fight for them and claim justice. I like to do some reading online and the thing that interested me was a book called “The Necklace”. Have you read this book? if not go read on google and I thought you might be interested in it because of the counseling this book wants to teach us.Thank you for your courage. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you show in your next writing because I really like reading your written style and it helps me to open my mind about our society even though sometimes it is really tough for us to assume or bear everything. Yet I wonder if next time you can give us a deep conclusion? For more explanation, thank you, my dear Fatoumata.
  • Leticia's Mar 19, 20:28 comment on AOC: Thanks for giving honors tot the young generations!
    Dear Khadija, I am choosing an adjective thankful to show you my sentiment that I sense when I read your letter, “AOC Makes Me Giddy!”. Your letter was too perceive for me because it was a great conception of all the issues humans are facing in real life. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I do totally agree with you when you are saying this young generation are not afraid to say something even if it will hurt. We’re not afraid to have those conversations”. I think this is sturdy because young people are not scared, we could not do anything so it is better to take this solemnly. Another sentence that I like was: “ as a Muslim woman, I can connect to some of her speech since it is hard in this society for some people to accept you as you are. In my opinion, I don’t think judge someone is a big deal .” This stood out for me because it is really difficult to accept who you are. Some people hide their identity because they are afraid of other cultures. I like to do some reading online and the thing that interested me was a book called “The Necklace”. Have you read this book? if not go read on google and I thought you might be interested in it because of the counseling this book wants to teach us.Thank you for your courage. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you show in your next writing because I really like reading your written style and it helps me to open my mind about our society even though sometimes it is really tough for us to assume or bear everything. Yet I wonder if next time you can give us a deep conclusion? For more explanation, thank you, my dear.
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    I really enjoyed reading this piece! I had no idea how much of a problem over fishing actually is and find the stats you mentioned mind blowing. If you would like to read more about this problem I would recommend reading this article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/critical-issues-overfishing/
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    I found this very interesting to read! You gave a lot of great reminders that many people probably needed to hear. I really also liked the piece about the place in Chicago, because it showed how real the issue actually is. If you have any interest in reading more about this topic I would recommend taking a look at this website: https://www.verywellhealth.com/patients-rights-2615387
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    America- Thank you for doing this research. I like how you both explain the federal policies/decisions and highlight the impact of them on individuals. I also appreciate how you linked to the articles you are referencing so readers can review your sources. I wonder how these policies and/or individuals have been affected by the covid-19 pandemic?
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    Hi Emily- Thank you for this article. I like how you started this post. Your first 8 sentences really grab the reader by engaging them in the topic through questions and connecting to your personal experience. I also appreciate your annotated bibliography. I am wondering if you have done any research on or seen any examples of older or pre-existing buildings being preserved or re-purposed instead of being torn down? I notice you wrote this in December 2019, could you also provide an update on the Cohen Bray House?
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  • Stephanie Ullman's Mar 15, 22:10 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Hi Yadira, Thank you for your insightful post on the challenges of fixing the many potholes in Oakland’s streets. I especially enjoyed the wide range of vocabulary you used to describe the issue. After reading your post, I wonder – what do you think might be a good solution to this issue? Clearly, individual residents cannot fix the potholes alone, but I wonder where the money for the city to do so might come from. I would love to hear your ideas, either in a comment or a future blog post! Best, Stephanie
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    Juan, As an Oakland teacher who was born and raised in Chicago, I really appreciated how much I learned from your piece. I did not know about how the Ohlone land was taken away from them by the Peraltas. At one point in your article, you made a connection to the decline in Oakland’s African American population. I was wondering what you thought the connection might be between the Peraltas and the present-day loss of land? I would love to hear more of your thoughts, either in a response or a future blog post! Thank you, Stephanie
  • Leni's Mar 15, 01:19 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    It seems that you are passionate about this topic Jacqueline and this is great! The rise in homelessness is unbelievable. I would like to see more quotes from your interviews. This helps your argument by making it authentic and real for the readers. In the second paragraph, you ask two questions to homeless people about increasing employment and adequate jobs. This made me think about the possibility of people working, but who are homeless. It’s very hard to live because you have to make a certain amount of money/income to afford housing. You mention that people are not homeless because they are “drug addicts and alcoholics.” Why did you use quotations? I understand that this may be a common stereotype, but I was wondering if you got this from one of your sources.
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  • Marina's Mar 13, 00:41 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Hi Jade, Wow, the song lyrics you chose to open your piece with were quite powerful and very fitting! Thanks for that. I agree that protests are a great way for people to come together around a common issue and voice their concerns and needs. Before reading this, I was unaware that the greater Bay area was a hub for protesters. One thing that surprised me from the article you mentioned is how the author of that article made a subtle connection between protesting and violent acts by organized groups. This seems like an unfortunate connection because protesting and organized violence are two different things and shouldn’t be lumped together, because by doing so it makes it sound as if organized violence and protesting are linked together, as if you can’t have one without the other. We know though, that that is not true. Many protests are peaceful, and if they do turn violent, it is not necessarily because of premeditated violence. Have you been to a protest, Jade? I’ve been to a few, and every time I attend one I leave with this sense of community. It feels good to stand shoulder to shoulder with people who care about the same things as you. As you mentioned in your post, protests are a good way to bring together the community while advocating for change.
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    Dear Juan, I definitely agree with you about the importance of how music impacts our lives. It impacts mine too in a positive way. Anytime I feel sad or just happy, I listen to my fav music and it makes the world make sense for it split second. It make me understand what the artist is talking about through its lyrics and being able to connect with that makes a person feel like they’re not alone. So, thank you for sharing this with us.
  • Beverly's Mar 12, 22:06 comment on Kids should be able to sleep late
    Dear Tatianna, I couldn’t agree with you more. I school starts at an early time too and it’s annoying having to get up to go to school at an earlier time. Unfortunately, i don’t have the option like you do but i do try my best to wake up on time even though am almost always running after the bus. I like that the option of your school works for you and hopefully, in the future, other schools will integrate that.
  • 402259's Mar 12, 21:14 comment on Photography.
    Dear Samantha, I am happy about your post because I also enjoy photography. I like the idea of her taking black and white photos because not many photographers do that. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “She take many photos because she likes that people look at the photos and see that there are a lot of beautiful in simple things.” I think this is nice because I can connect to this very well. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I am already interested in this story. I would also like to know what you feel about photography.
  • Joahan's Mar 12, 21:12 comment on The Effects of Zoos
    Dear Jonathan: I am concerned about your post, ” The Effects of Zoos” because the Zoos keep animals in a small space when animals need more room. I also seen that you sated “There is also a high infant mortality rate despite being in a facility that prevents other animals from killing.” This concerns me because Zoos are supposed to keep them safe. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was interesting. I’ll be back to see if you post some interesting once again. OCHS Joahan
  • Marisol's Mar 12, 21:10 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    Dear Giselle, One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “I hope that in the future we get to do what we want with ourselves and our bodies without being judged or told we are horrible people because what we choose to do”. I think this is important because it is the sad truth. Although it is our body women always get brought down for doing certain things that others don’t agree with. We could only hope things would change and we are able to live without judgment for doing things that should only concern us. OCHS
  • William's Mar 12, 21:06 comment on Health Care
    Dear Samantha: I am intrigued by your post, “Health Care” because I had never known that the right to health care was being violated in so many places. Many people are being taken advantage of because they don’t know their rights. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is, “Knowing your rights reduces the chances of being taken advantage of by people with higher power like the gov”. I think this is disgusting because the government takes advantage of those who don’t know their rights. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you had a very simple yet insightful information on health care rights being taken advantage, and not just health care but you showed me that all types of rights are being violated. William Orellana
  • Giselle's Mar 12, 21:04 comment on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Immigrants
    Dear Mashlin, I agree with your post because people have been here for many years and have contributed to the economy because of their temporary protected status. I myself have family who has that protection from this and they have lived here for quite some time as well as have built their homes and new families here. By sending them back they will reface the dangers they escaped and the United States will also lose as well because they are losing good hard working people. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I can relate and connect to your posts. I hope to see more of your opinions on the issue with the cancellation of this status. I have truly enjoyed reading this. Giselle Palacios OCHS
  • Maria's Mar 12, 20:56 comment on La historia de mi vida
    Dear Jose I am amazed by your poster “La historia de tu vida” because you relate how your arrival to the United States was and what you have had to go through. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is” nos quedamos en ciudad juárez por unos días mientras arreglaban las cosas para venir a los estados unidos” I think this very significant for you because you have had to go through very difficult things in your life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I found it very relevant that you tell a little of your history so the United States and circumcisions get. Maria
  • raul's Mar 12, 19:28 comment on Coronavirus Outbreak
    Dear keila: I disagree with you because the corona virus has not really killed a lot of people and more people die to a regular flu.
  • raul's Mar 12, 19:19 comment on Freedom is for All
    dear miguel since no one has the right tell another person how to live, Do you think abortion should be a woman’s right and no one should tell her what to do with their baby?
  • Kevin's Mar 12, 16:52 comment on Hec Beats
    This is heat Hec 🔥💥
  • Evelyn's Mar 12, 16:46 comment on La historia de mi vida
    Estimado jose, Estoy admirada con su publicación ‘’La historia de mi vida’’ Por que la mayoria de mexicanos sueñan con venir a los estados unidos y trabajar para ser alguien en la vida. Una frase que se destaca en mi es ‘’Cuando tenia 9 o 10 años’’ Por que en muy corta edad lo trajeron a vivir a los estados unidos sin el aprendizaje requerido para el inglés. Gracias por su escritura.Espero ver lo que escribas a continuación. Qué tan difícil fue adaptarse aquí?
  • Rosa's Mar 12, 16:19 comment on Explores the world
    estimada Jocelyn Me pareció interesante sobre lo que escribistes sobre ” Explores the world ” porque hablas sobre cómo la amazona se está quemando y es muy triste ver como se está destruyendo el planeta. Algo que me gusto que escribiste fue que como los animalitos se están muriendo por culpa nuestra,porque es cierto nosotros mismos estamos destruyendo el mundo. Gracias por tu escritura me gusto mucho espero que sigas escribiendo mas sobre ese tema.
  • Hector's Mar 12, 16:13 comment on “English is our language no exceptions learn it”
    Dear Keily: I’m Hector and your post “English is our language no exception learn it” was very interesting to me because I’m a immigrant as well,my fist language is Spanish and I want to tell you that is very hard to learn English for people who their first language is Spanish and they didn’t know any words in English.When I came here for the first time I found he English language very interesting to me,but there are many people that their first language is Spanish that they don’t want to learn how to speak English and they don’t know that speak a second language for example English or French can be helpful for them in the future. One sentence that you wrote was “If you’re an immigrant from another country you must speak English. I found this very rude because not all people have the resources to be able to sit in a classroom and learn a new language, especially people of age.”I’m agree with you and is true another example can be people who came from countries like Guatemala,El Salvador,Nicaragua,Honduras and other countries that don’t have enough resources they can’t learn a new language.I’m from El Salvador and English teachers are horrible teaching English but that’s all what we have and we can improve it but how I said we don’t have the resources to do it and when I came here for the first time and then went to school I learn English like in 3 month so if I can learned how to speak and write in English just in 3 month any body else can do the same if they want to learn a new language and if they want to be more and more successful by speak Spanish and English. Another thing is that many jobs specially jobs where you need to talk and engage with people starting a conversation this jobs need people who speak English and Spanish and they don’t care if your first language is Spanish they are just looking for people who write and speak English and use the Spanish when is needed.In my opinion people from other countries should learn English I know is a little bit harder but they can do it.
  • isaac's Mar 12, 16:06 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    I been playing video games ever since i was a youngin. Not once in my life i had a thought to do the activities that video show kids to do in the game. Not even an idea. Maybe we joke about it or act like the characters in the video game but at the end of the day video games can be an escape for some kids in this world. Instead of being on the streets the parents would rather have their children play games. i recommend going more deep and actually not focus on all the negatives about video games.
  • Rosa's Mar 12, 15:52 comment on la diferencia entre el amor y la amistad
    Estimada Lezly Me gusto mucho lo que escribistes sobre ”La diferencia entre en el amor y la amistad ” porque es cierto algunas veces por no perder la amistad de una persona decidimos callar nuestro sentimientos. Algo que me gusto que escribistes fue que al final,decidieron expresar sus sentimientos aun con el riesgo de perder la amistad que tenían desde niños Gracias por tu escritura espero que sigas escribiendo la continuación de la historia.
  • Tania Arellano's Mar 12, 15:44 comment on Changing Yourself For Someone Else
    Dear Leslie I am interested in your post “ Changing Yourself For Someone Else” because it is important to know the differences of your partner, yes you can change for someone else, but there is another way to improve as well they can both workout together so neither one or the other get bothered. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “two of my friends liked each other, but the boy he date a lot of girls and the girl like to listen to k-pop” I think is important to share with your partner what you like to listen, do or make, the past don’t matters when someone really wants to be with someone is just the future what matters. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Tania Arellano's Mar 12, 15:42 comment on Abolish immigration detention centers
    Dear Sergio I am really emotional about your post “Abolish Immigration Detention Center” because you not only see the consequences about it, you also care about the health care of the immigrants, you go deeper into what if someone dies, what is the response of the government to the community. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “It is not right to put a young child behind bars or in a cage for no reason whatsoever, other than they are from another country”. I think this is very emotional, because children don’t have the fault of this government, they are our future, they have a life and they want to have a normal childhood. Have you read this article called “What Happened To The Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents”, I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about what happened after their parents were deported in America or don’t. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you go into a subject and you provide the positive and negative impacts on it.
  • Tania Arellano's Mar 12, 15:40 comment on Teen Vaping
    Dear Maggie I am surprised about your post “Teen Vaping” because you provide me health information about vaping, of what are the bad consequences if i vape. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “vaping can be harmful to your body in multiple ways.” I think this is very important, because every human is different and we never know what would be the reaction of your body. Have you read this article called “ Vaping Rises Among Teens’ ‘, I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about how much it increased the vaping on teens, and how their body system changes through the process. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you go into a subject and you provide the positive and negative impacts on it.
  • Rachel's Mar 12, 15:04 comment on Oakland Education Crisis
    Efrain, Thank you very much for this thoughtful piece. This is issue is extremely important and I think you touch on a very important point about California’s education. As one of the biggest and wealthiest states, we are 42nd in per pupil spending. It doesn’t make much sense! I teach at a school in San Mateo and see everyday the disparities among schools and districts. The Bay Area is the most expensive place in the world to live and teachers can no longer afford to live where they teach. We lose good teachers every year because they can not afford homes in this area, and we are high paying district! Students in Oakland deserve an equal opportunity to the best education possible by having the best teachers possible. The only way to keep good teachers around is pay them more. I really enjoyed how you connected the teacher strike in Oakland, to student’s learning conditions and testing. Your opinion is very important and I am so glad you go the opportunity to research and discuss such an important topic. I can tell you are really passionate about it!
  • Christian's Mar 12, 06:16 comment on It’s not all Pink and Purple
    This is the first Im hearing of boys being allowed to go shirtless in gym class. Every school I’ve been to, the boys have worn baggy shorts too, and girls could were leggings. Interesting how different places give people different experiences.
  • Christian's Mar 12, 06:10 comment on Kecksburg Pennsylvania: The Town That Saw The Truth
    While I do think this is fake, the government responses have me thinking…
  • Mark's Mar 12, 01:10 comment on Video Games and Its Benefits
    First of all, I did some research and “scientist and doctors recommend that you should have 20 hours of video games and any other screens per week”, and I thought that it was interesting because in my opinion, thats 3 hours of screens per day and it was generous for the doctors and scientists. One thing that I did not like about your comment was that you typed some words in red, every word and letter should be typed in black, but other than that, your comment was great.
  • Mark's Mar 12, 01:03 comment on How Can We Help Students Pay for School?
    First of all, I liked that you posted a link with your comment, it helps to show Alexander on what you are talking about and it also shows evidence if you are agreeing or disagreeing on one of the sentences of the article. I did not like that your comment was long, i’m not saying that your comment was not great, but make sure you shorten your comment a bit. You should only type or write 3 sentences in a comment. I think that this is advanced work, and you should get an A on this assignment. One more thing, “I” should be Capitalized.
  • Cindy's Mar 11, 22:41 comment on Teen Vaping
    Hi Maggie, Thank you for Your information, I agree that the government has published more and more laws for stoping teen vaping, but it is not enough. Vaping is bad, but there is no way we can stop it, the only way is people themselves should be aware. Cindy Huang
  • Cindy's Mar 11, 22:35 comment on Underlying Issues of the US Healthcare System
    Hi Eric, I like your artic about how is the healthcare system in America and what is the problem about the system. It is great to know that the healthcare system program is too expansive that people can’t afford it. I feel like people should respect doctors, but doctors and hospitals should not help their patients based on economic. Thank you for your information. Cindy Huang
  • 414437's Mar 11, 18:57 comment on Los autos de los 70’s eran muy pesados (=_=)
    Rolando, quiero decirte que me enseñaste algo nuevo que no había escuchado, y estoy de acuerdo de que los autos eran más pesados que los de hoy, pero los autos de hoy están diseñado en fibra de vidrio porque tal vez esto ayuda a tener más potencia en el motor ya que la carrocería es más ligera.

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