• Matthew's Dec 10, 06:00 comment on The Negative Effects of the Death Penalty
    Nic, You make good points on why the death penalty can be a bad thing. I agree when you say a person is not afraid of death if they can bring themselves to kill someone. Your analysis is thought provoking.
  • Paula's Dec 10, 05:58 comment on Why do we have different religions?
    Hi Keury, I had never read something that had such questions, and I was kind of taken back. Those are real questions people don't really think about. especiallhy when religion can take a big toll on a marriage or in a ordinary relationship. (https://www.bolton.ac.uk/Chaplaincy/Worldviews/Summary.aspx) thought this might interest you. -Sincerely, Paula
  • Paula's Dec 10, 05:44 comment on The Downside to School Uniforms
    Hey Sophie, I really like what you wrote, especially since I agree with your stance regarding this topic. Students should at least be allowed to alter their uniform, that is if you want to meet at the middle. (https://medium.com/@freyayuki/cons-reasons-students-shouldnt-wear-school-uniforms-84073e7b16b8) Thought this might interest you. -Sincerely, Paula
  • Anthony's Dec 10, 05:42 comment on The Negative Effects of the Death Penalty
    Nic this is such a great topic to choose and one that is not talked a lot about. I agree with you that this should not be the punishment one receives for their misbehavior's. I like the argument you make in that it is best to send someone to prison for the rest of their lives because that is more of a punishment than killing them. I am with you on this topic.
  • Sophie's Dec 10, 05:32 comment on Trumps opinion on Immigrants
    Hi Emanuel, You made a lot of good points that I agree with. You can't base your opinion on an entire group of people off of a few instances like Trump is doing. You supported your opinion with valid points and good information. I think you did a very good job!
  • Dakota's Dec 10, 05:24 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    I agree with you that people have the right to speak whatever language they are comfortable with because language in itself is a great thing that brings people together in so many ways. however i do think that in the US you should know english or Spanish as these are the most predominate languages that are spoken and i imagine it would be very difficult to communicate with others when that is the majority.
  • Sophie's Dec 10, 05:21 comment on Climate Change is Our Fault
    Madi, I think this is a very real and important issue. I thought all the facts you added about the topic were very relevant.
  • Audrey's Dec 10, 05:15 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, I like your post because it explains the true meaning of the love we have for our family. The "This is Not The End" book you reference sounds interesting and I may want to read it. The way you describe what you learn helps me see what I learned. Something sad is that we have to experience losing everything to truly understand our love we have for others. I think we should already have a good feel of how we feel towards those closest towards us. Here is a link to more meaning of family https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-true-meaning-of-family We go through ups and downs with our families but the way we feel for them should stay positive. -Audrey
  • Kayla's Dec 10, 05:13 comment on Abortion
    Hi Morgain! I really liked your article, it was full of facts and sources. I am personally pro-choice. I would never get an abortion, however I think that it should be a women's choice on what to do with her child. However it was nice to see the other side of the story. So thank you. Here is an article i think you'll like: https://www.thoughtco.com/pro-life-vs-pro-choice-721108
  • Alexander's Dec 10, 05:10 comment on Annoyance of Silence
    Chris, This is an extremely interesting article. I used to live in silence. I was a super shy kid who just didn't ever end up talking to people. However recently I have found a passion for music. I almost always have music playing or I am playing my own music. I play in two bands and I have found that it acts as my form of expression or venting, similar to how you said, big talkers talk because "it’s their way to vent something out when they talk". Here is an interesting article about the actual health benefits of silence. https://psychcentral.com/blog/the-hidden-benefits-of-silence/
  • Kayla's Dec 10, 05:06 comment on We need better evidence.
    HI Audrey! This is super interesting and well thought out! You lay out the facts really well and everything you say you back up with facts. Also the topic intrigues me a lot, so thank you for educating me on that topic. Here is an article that I think you might like. https://www.innocenceproject.org/
  • Dakota's Dec 10, 05:05 comment on Our Right to Healthcare
    Hey luke, I agree with everything you brought up in your post, i found this article that might help you expand your knowledge on the issue- https://www.palomar.edu/telescope/2018/02/28/should-the-u-s-have-free-universal-healthcare/
  • Audrey's Dec 10, 05:05 comment on Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
    Hi Sydney, I like your post because it relates to us since we do wear uniforms everyday to school. I had not really thought about them past not being able to express ourselves and that we don't have the stress of picking outfits each morning so it was interesting to read other pros and cons. Here is a link to a study on school uniforms conducted for students in Nevada who have to wear uniforms. https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2013/school-uniform-study You share good points and they make wearing the uniforms not as bad as I thought. -Audrey
  • Kayla's Dec 10, 05:00 comment on Will Trump get Impeached?
    Hi Gracie! This interesting but I would have loved to hear about you opinions if the impeachment will go through or not. Here are some other people opinions, like the Washington Post: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/10/03/can-impeachment-succeed/
  • Alexander's Dec 10, 04:58 comment on Heated Question
    Lucky, I can tell that you clearly have an interest in enlisting. I have an uncle in the military, special forces to be exact, and he talks about how the military was the best thing that ever happened to him. Before joining he was in a very bad place, dealing with a lot of problems. He always talks about how the military and it's strict standards really helped form him into a better person. While the standards are strict, they will likely end up benefiting you in the end. I really enjoy the fact that you are interested in a question that differs from the common topics. Your question "Is it common for someone to enter the military and change for the better?" is one that I feel many people would say yes too. Here is an article about somebody who joined the military and their experiences. https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/building-a-gi-from-scratch.html
  • Pauline's Dec 10, 04:47 comment on Deforestation is hurting our environment
    Hello Yeury! I completely agree with you that deforestation is bad for all living things including us! It is sad to think how many thousands of acres we as humans have destroyed in such a short amount of time. I found this article which also has a video showing more reasons why deforestation is happening and is bad. I hope you enjoy! https://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html Thanks, Pauline
  • Gracie's Dec 10, 04:43 comment on Is being Vegetarian Good for You?
    Hi Carter, This was really intresting to read. I didn't know how many types of vegitarians there are.
  • Gracie's Dec 10, 04:38 comment on Our Right to Healthcare
    Hi Luke, I really enjoyed your take on this current problem. I loved the comparison between Canada and America's healthcare system.
  • Pauline's Dec 10, 04:36 comment on Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
    Hello Sydney! I agree with you that the uniforms are good! I found this article explaining more reasons why they are good https://www.frenchtoast.com/why-school-uniforms I personally like how it says that uniforms are good because it eliminates feeling like you have to empress and just focusing on school. I also like how the uniforms are so easy and that I don't have to worry about what I'm going to wear everyday! -Pauline
  • Madi's Dec 10, 04:22 comment on Woman Rights
    Hi Keily, I really enjoyed your article and totally agree that everyone should be equal and have equal rights. Over the years, women have suffered a lot from gender inequality and it is very important in which that problem changes. The rights you mentioned in your post are granted to women but I understand your standpoint and agree where you are coming from. Here is another article going into further details about women's human rights: https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/womens-human-rights/ Sincerely, Madi
  • Siwei's Dec 10, 04:07 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hi Emily, I am interested in your topic. Nowadays, plenty of students cannot get enough sleep when they studied at school. In order to get a good great, students need to make the decision between sleep and grade. Most of them will choose to give up the sleep. They can use the sleep time to study. It is really bad for students health. What' more, if students cannot get enough sleep, they will fall asleep in the class. Also, they will feel tired or sick.
  • Madi's Dec 10, 04:07 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hi Emily, I really enjoyed reading your argument and agree with your statement especially since it affects myself and many people I know everyday. Sleep is very essential and teenagers these days are not getting enough due to new technology and homework, like you mentioned. I found another source that gives more examples about why we need sleep: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-do-we-need-sleep Sincerely, Madi Tartaro
  • Nic's Dec 10, 04:01 comment on American Culture
    Hi Lauren this was an interesting post to read I have always thought about how much of an opinion on the world we form by ourselves and not by our parents and clearly we do get a lot from them. I thought the part where you said lack of knowledge can be perceived as ignorant was very true especially in today's society.
  • Nic's Dec 10, 03:54 comment on Should the Death penalty be Legal?
    I did the same topic and this was all vary close to what I found in my research. I was also very surprised to find out that the few seconds of putting someone to death costs more than keeping them in prison their entire life. I was also surprised to find all of the cases people have been put to death and than found innocent. Interesting topic it was good to see both sides in yours.
  • Gelson's Dec 10, 03:53 comment on Macbeth’s Dilemma
    If you directed the play, it would be good the way you described it. It would fit the scene almost perfectly
  • Oumy's Dec 10, 03:45 comment on Martin Luther King
    Dear Jake I am grateful to your poem , “Martin Luther King,” because I see that it is a really important person and it is really good for people to keep thinking about him. I like the way you used repetition in the poem. But would like to know more background information about him and did he accomplished his fight.One stanza that stands out for me is, “Brave, Confident, Bold Dad of Bernice, Dexter, Yolanda, and MLK III, Son of MLK Sr. and Alberta Williams Freedom for all, Happiness, inequality” I think this section is interesting because it is giving a wide information about him and how his personality is showing his character. Another line that stands out for me is, “Freedom, equality, no racism” I think this line is a powerful line because he is fighting against racism without using harmful emotion. We can say that he is confident and he knows what he is going through. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Also it we was really nice to write this comment and I am looking forward to get to know you better with also other story or poem.
  • Sydney's Dec 10, 03:32 comment on Woman Rights
    Hey Keily, I agree with what you are saying. I would like to mention though that all of these rights that you stated are already granted. But that does not mean that everything is equal yet. Here is an article about pay gaps between men and women that I think you would like. https://iwpr.org/issue/employment-education-economic-change/pay-equity-discrimination/ enjoy!
  • Luke's Dec 10, 03:26 comment on Trumps opinion on Immigrants
    Hi Emanuel, I found your article on Trump and his view on immigrants ver interesting. You presented good examples and evidence of how Trump presents immigrants in a negative way, when they should be looked at in a completely opposite manor. I found this article that on your topic deeper, check it out, https://cmsny.org/trumps-executive-orders-immigration-refugees/
  • Oumy's Dec 10, 03:26 comment on The hidden Struggle of my life.
    Dear Danieris I am delighted about your short story, “The hidden Struggle of my life,” because in life a child can not really express how they feel toward their family. They always want to hide it but some have the courage to do it so. Like your story, Maggie is so lonely but we can see that she is her personality is supporting her. I like the way she can see herself without her family's support. She dealing with a lot of pressions but her kindness and courage is helping her to build a strong woman. One line that stands out for me is, “Well I did want to become something more like her but that was all because I wanted to get the acceptance of my family. ” I think this line is stirring because despite all she wants, she is just thinking about her family. It is like that she need a benediction from her family to do what she desires. Another line that stands out for me is, “It was a struggle but it was like a nift stabbed in the chest but the more pain you have you need to keep it to yourself because you’re alone in a desert without any help to get out. ” I think this line is interesting because I liked the way you are using metaphor to compare a person feeling to real life obstacle.Thanks for your for your story I am looking forward to read another story of yours.
  • Sydney's Dec 10, 03:26 comment on Is America the best country in the world?
    hey Sam, I found your topic to be really interesting to read. I never realized how much we take free speech for granted and other basic rights that we have in America. It really put it into prespective of other countries and realize that we may not be the best, but we are trying to be. Here is an article that I think you would enjoy. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/30/most-americans-say-the-u-s-is-among-the-greatest-countries-in-the-world/
  • Luke's Dec 10, 03:18 comment on The difference between gun control and gun bans
    Hey max, I really liked you take on gun control, having written my post on gun control a couple weeks ago. How you went into deeper explanation of gun control was most interesting because to many people do not understand gun control completely. I found an article that goes into more about gun control that you might find interesting, https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-gun-control-facts-laws-pros-cons.html
  • Oumy's Dec 10, 02:59 comment on It Is How I feel In Real Life
    Dear Leticia, I am curious about your short story “It’s How I Feel in Real Life”, because I would like to know how Maggie is seen her life through her sister. Your story is great and I like the way you are using imagery to describe things. One line that stands out for me is “ Moreover, I am a burn victim and since that day my mother starts to describe me in less than flattering terms such as a wounded animal who must live her life forever overpowered to forces bigger than her own will.” I think this line is interesting, because Maggie is describing herself of how people see her or treat her. For me she is trying to send a message to her family to consider her as a person not an animal. Another line that stands out for me is, “Also I can thank her because I become more confident after my sister comes to ask about her quilts and then mama defends my best interests” I think line is fascinating because despite all that Maggie endure, she is thankful her mother because she is now defending her and Maggie feels like she is understanding that way her mother and sister play. Thanks for your story, I look forward to seeing what you make next time and I will be so happy to read more of your story. Keep up the good context of writing and can wait.
  • Sofie's Dec 10, 02:41 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hi Emily, I was interested in your essay, because I have believed for a long time that people need to get more sleep. Sleep is important for people of all ages but especially kids. One thing that you said that stuck out to me was " if students develop good sleep habits it will lead to a long lasting healthier life". I agree I think that healthy living is all about make the right choices and then developing those things into habits. I also agree that parents should take away electronics from kids at night. I know that personally I sometimes go to bed early but then end up playing on my phone late into the night. Thanks for sharing, I support your argument and I hope you continue to write about it.
  • Issaka's Dec 10, 02:26 comment on Maggie’s Diary
    Dear Celines I am really amazed by the short story “Maggie’s dairy” your because of the following lines that you mentioned . One line that stands out for me is, “I was in shock and Mama told me that the quilt have to belong to a special, humble and responsible person and this person was me.” I think that this line made things interesting because Maggie never expected that her mom would offer her the quilt because to her, De was the perfect daughter so it almost unreal to her. The line also stands out for me is, “This impact my whole life for first time Mama demonstrated me that she know of me that I’m exist.” I think because it made this line is important to Maggie because it made her feel like she is part of a family and she wasn’t being forgotten. Your short story helped me understand the story “Everyday Use” that I once read. I think that your version of the story could be a good match because Maggie was this self sobbing person who always stays on her own. Thanks for your short story “Maggie’s dairy”. From what you wrote, I can tell that you're an excellent writer, so I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Clinton's Dec 10, 01:48 comment on One Thing
    Hi Orlando, This is a very positive post. I know it is very hard for everyone to join into a new environment and most of the people don't like study all day long in school. Because just like you, I like sports too. Also, you action to those homeless animals is very kindness. I hope they all could find their home soon.Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness There are some resources about homeless animals. Good luck!
  • Clinton's Dec 10, 01:38 comment on Gender Equality
    Hello Yanna, This is a very powerful post. I can see what you are tring to tell us in this post. However, I really like what you said and I agree with you. Gender equality is still an important issue in society that have not been solve yet. Just like many other social issues, it will not get solve immediately but I believe it will disappreaed eventally. Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/gender-equality/ It is all about gender equality.
  • Yeanoor's Dec 10, 01:14 comment on Mama and Maggie’s struggles
    Dear Fatema, I am stimulated by your short story " Mama and Maggie's struggles" because it is a great story which has a very specific details about the event that Maggie had faced which never makes her feel confident and make a good communication with outside of people. Her fantasy to be becomes a successful could makes change of her fear that she have inside of her. One sentence that stands out for me, “ Suddenly, they heard a crackling sound and inside the house it was all black smoke. Mum was looking back to the house horrified. She can only see the fire is up to the sky and so dark” this scene is horrible but it is foreshadowing of your story. We can infer what would be the next chapter about. Your story helps me to comprehend “ Everyday use” that I once read, where Maggie's some of body part got burned because of the flame of fire and mama we're happy to have two daughter. Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Riley's Dec 10, 01:07 comment on Abortion
    Dear Morgain, After reading your article I had multiple thoughts about the article. I am pro life. I believe that every baby whether outside of the womb or inside it is still a human life. Thank you so much for talking about the topic. Most people don't want to talk about Americas biggest crime and shame.
  • Riley's Dec 10, 00:59 comment on Homework is Becoming a Problem.
    Matt, Hey Matt, after reading your YV post about the homework is very interesting. I personally believe that the homework has gotten out of hand. Kids have lifes outside of school and these students are being completely taken over by teachers with unreasonable expectations. Most of my time off of school is spent doing homework at home. I believe that student work should be kept at school.
  • Rachael's Dec 10, 00:16 comment on “English is our language no exceptions learn it”
    Hi Keily, Good post. I like how you mention that you are an immigrant and add your personal perspective that's been affected because of this. I agree that immigrants shouldn't be met with so much aggression when it comes to learning English. Instead, they should be helped with getting used to their new situation and be able to preserve their native customs and language, while still being able to learn the language of their new home country in order to find work and send their kids to school. I found an interesting article that adds a lot to the subject of immigration and language: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/language-immigrants-multiethnolect/420285/. Here, they discuss how immigration changes language, which is really fascinating.
  • Rachael's Dec 10, 00:04 comment on Mission: Save Planet Earth with Greta Thunberg
    Hi Aria, really good information. I really like what Greta Thunberg is doing and it's really impactful that you spoke up about climate change in this post as a way of joining her. Right now, Thunberg is asking the media to give her less attention and other climate activists more attention because she gets all of the media coverage:https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/too-much-greta-thunberg-16-year-old-activist-urges-focus-on-others. This article is really interesting because it highlights how Thunberg is a really effective activist: she doesn't make her work all about herself and gaining attention.
  • Abigayle's Dec 9, 23:59 comment on Opioids: The Good and the Bad
    I think your article brings up a very good point and is relatable to some people. I agree that opioids are a danger for most people, but some people don't see it that way because they are suffering from so much pain that it is their only resort. Here is another source that I think could help you as well. https://medlineplus.gov/opioidmisuseandaddiction.html
  • Max's Dec 9, 23:43 comment on Does Size Really Matter
    Hello Zya. I agree with much of what you said, but I think that it would be interesting for you to know that size-ism is actually not targeted at female athletes. Male athletes struggle with body positivity just as much as female athletes. Your comment about the 250 ibs man being celebrated can be true on the football field, but the 125 ibs kid who cannot grow no matter what he does is still prevalent. And people will not only go up to that kid and say they shouldn't be on the team, but they will also disrespect them because they think they could squash them like a bug. And the 250 kid will get made fun of off the football field for being to heavy. It is a lose lose situation and it is not gender specific. This article could say what I am trying to say in a more formal way, https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/male-body-image-problems.
  • Yeanoor's Dec 9, 23:36 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Dear Emily, I am inspired by your story, “More sleep? I think Yes!” because it is very powerful and authoritative. The way you emhaziede the idea to having a good sleep in teens years, just because developed the brain and it will lead us to do a better job at academic life by concentrating a lesson or topic. One line that stands out for me is, “ Not enough sleep can cause children to become obese, develop type 2 diabeters, get in car accidents, along with depressoin, anxiety, and irritablity” this point is absoulately true and intriguing. This teaches us that we should have a good sleep in order to avoid this problem because this would ruin our normal life into worse. Another line that stands out for me, “ if students are able to develop good sleep habits it will lead to a long lasting healthier life than those who do not get the proper amount of sleep” there is a phrase in english its says, Health is wealth. When our health is fine, its helps us to do things very fast and easily. Your story reminds me of my childhood when my mom used to say,“Go to sleep early, so you can wake up early in the morning and feels fresh and energetic.” Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Max's Dec 9, 23:35 comment on Is America the best country in the world?
    Sam, I completely agree with you. People think that because America has problems it can't be the greatest country. This video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMqcLUqYqrs is supposed to show that America is worse than all these other countries in all these separate fields and therefore cannot be the greatest country. The thing is, we can never be the best at everything, but we are collectively alright at almost everything and that makes it the greatest country in my mind.
  • Abigayle's Dec 9, 23:22 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hello Danny, I really liked your article because it relates to many kids today and it presents many facts that make young people realize how dangerous underage drinking is so they will stop doing it. You are right when you say that underage teens need to be aware of the decisions they are making and the consequences that follow. Here is another article that might help. https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/underage-drinking/
  • Sophie's Dec 9, 22:34 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Hey Ricardo, I agree with you in saying that single use plastics should be reduced to the minimum. However, your solution to this problem is what society has been doing for a long time, but the change is not dramatic enough. To see noticeable change, people need to stop using plastics and that make them should find cleaner ways to make it and cleaner ways to make more eco-friendly bottles. Here is a link you might find interesting. https://www.earthday.org/2018/04/05/fact-sheet-plastics-in-the-ocean/ -Sophie Ewing
  • Cooper's Dec 9, 22:26 comment on Should the Death penalty be Legal?
    I think this is a great post that weighs both sides and helps the reader think about his or her own viewpoint.
  • Sophie's Dec 9, 22:25 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hey Emily, I liked your argument as to why teachers and schools should give out less homework to students. It is really important to maximize the students potential to learn, and getting enough sleep is vital to a good learning experience. I liked when you said that good sleeping habits will lead to a long lasting, healthier lifestyle. This is very true. Here is a link I found that you might like about how people can get more sleep. https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/how-to-get-more-sleep.html -Sophie Ewing
  • Ben's Dec 9, 22:12 comment on Decisions
    Bella, I don't know you but your story enthralled me. I found it extremely relatable because I have lived a life very similarly but here in Utah! I'm sorry to hear that your life is in shambles but I know that it will get better if you work hard. Sincerely Ben
  • Ben's Dec 9, 22:07 comment on Should All Americans be entitled to Health Care?
    Hello Matt! Great article! I especially love the part where you talk about how, with health care, we can all live happier lives because we wouldn't have to worry as much. Heres and article listing the pros and cons of your article (https://healthcare.procon.org/) from Ben
  • Rachael's Dec 9, 22:06 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Hi Emanuel, Your post is quite interesting, especially how you shared your personal experience. This article I found presents some statistical information about immigration that you might find useful with the questions you asked in your post: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/17/key-findings-about-u-s-immigrants/. Your post was really interesting.
  • Emily's Dec 9, 19:27 comment on LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
    Dear Ruyi, I think this is a great project and I support what you are trying to do. I believe that everyone should have the same rights and I think that it is good that you are addressing that and trying to make a change. The website https://lgbt.columbian.gwu.edu has a lot of good information about it that may help your research as well. Sincerely, Emily
  • Emily's Dec 9, 19:23 comment on Homework is Becoming a Problem.
    Dear Matt, I 100% agree with this post, because I believe as well that homework is good to an extent, but teachers are starting to give so much more, because they are trying to cover so much more material, but at this point it is only affecting the students. On this website, https://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-more-homework-means-more-stress-031114 I found that homework is causing many more anxiety and stress disorders in students, because it has become such a burden and overwhelming for students. Sincerely, Emily
  • Matt's Dec 9, 18:04 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Emmanuel, I thought your article about immigrants in the U.S was really interesting because I never really thought about all of the different ethnic groups in our country, it is really fascinating to see what this country has become because of immigrants. I also thought your thoughts on the American Dream were really inspiring as well, and I agree with you 100%. Great Job!
  • alex's Dec 9, 18:02 comment on Why do we have different religions?
    HI keury, I think that i very cool that you want to know so much about different religions and why they do certain things in their culture such as the example with muslim women wearing a scarf over their face. To me religion will always be more complex then what the eye sees and it is important to learn about different culture and what makes them more unique then the next. I think you would like this article on crazy traditions in different religions https://listverse.com/2007/08/13/10-weird-religious-practices/
  • alex's Dec 9, 17:56 comment on Is America the best country in the world?
    Hello Sam, I think that your topic is very interesting. For one I did not know that Canada you can get your free speech taken away for life, that is crazy to think about that you can get limited speech for on hateful comment. I think you would like this article on the things america has that some other countries do not. https://www.insider.com/things-only-in-america-2018-3
  • Eliza's Dec 9, 17:54 comment on Macbeth’s Vulnerability
    I feel like the things you said about Macbeth as a character is very insightful. You noticed how Macbeth has a pattern of guilt. Macbeth is trying to cope with the idea of death and the way you analyzed that is very interesting and intelligent.
  • Emmy's Dec 9, 17:53 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Laya, Your essay does a great job of depicting how complex families are. There is something that bonds us together no matter how many struggles we may have to face. I think your book also brought up an important issue. Who's needs come first: your own or that of the greater good? I wonder who you would have brought back to life given the chance! I hope to see more writings from you as I like the way you explore multiple venues of a topic.
  • Brittany's Dec 9, 17:52 comment on On Hecate’s Monologue
    Dear Maximiliana: I am very interested about your perfomance of the monologue, “On Hecate’s Monologue,” by maximiliana because it elaborates on the idea of hecates and her relationship with the 3 witches/ weird sisters. I like how you emphasize the character hecate. One line that stands out for me is, mistress of your charms.” Your tone in this line is proud, and I think you were able to express this because of your pitch that you said this in. it sounded really proudly said because when someone says something like that they are usually gassing themselves Another line that stands out for me is, ‘’did you dare, trade and traffic with macbeth? ” I think this line is mad because when you say Did You Dare you gave it a really strong pronunciation and grew your voice and sounded like you were pissed off. It showed how mad you were and it had an accent so it made it sound so good Your performance of this monologue helps me to understand this character better because it shows thew way they act and how they are. This showed how good you preformed this monologue. And it shows how her relationship with the witches is. Which creates a big idea. Thanks for your performance of this monologue. I look forward to seeing what you make next
  • Emmy's Dec 9, 17:48 comment on A Decision that Changed my Life
    Your story is so amazing, I can't believe how hard it would be to leave everything behind but you are proof that it is possible to succeed in a new place. I love how you could either read your story like normal or see it through the views of a comic. I bet it took a lot of time and it makes your story so multidimensional to a reader. I'd love to see more animations from you!
  • asher's Dec 9, 17:44 comment on Why we need zoos
    Hey Katie, I think that you make a good point but in my opinion Zoos do a lot more bad than good, and that they would be fine if proper steps are made to make the living for the animals better and how they get the animals better. I do agree they offer education and when the animals were ones that were injured and are now in living safer it is fine. But many zoos don't offer that and make sure that the animals weren't taken without reason from the wild. I think that this article gives a good argument for both sides and makes important points https://ww2.kqed.org/education/2019/10/01/are-zoos-good-or-bad-for-animals/
  • asher's Dec 9, 17:34 comment on Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?
    Hey Alex, I think you bring a good point in your post that we are considered an adult and can fight but not not drink for another three years. I think it is important to keep in mind and that a brain isn't developed by even 21 but at 25, an article from NY times makes a good agreement https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/02/10/you-must-be-21-to-drink/return-the-drinking-age-to-18-and-enforce-it
  • Matt's Dec 9, 16:23 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Kaya, I found your article about sleep really interesting. Sleep is something we all need to live healthily. What I liked about it the most was the problems that causes sleep deprivation, and also the benefits that sleep gives us in our everyday lives. Here is an article I think you might like based off your article. https://childmind.org/article/teenagers-sleep-deprived/
  • Chelsea's Dec 9, 15:34 comment on The Influence Behind the Invisible Man
    Eric, Your writing does an excellent job of connecting the ills of society in the book and in life and history. Equality has changed so much over time, what people think deserves equality and what qualifies as equal has changed. It makes me wonder how our children will look back on the time we're in right now and how we'll adapt to those changes. You make some great points, especially with connecting the Civil Rights Act and Native American prejudice. Your writing definitely pushes me to want to read The Invisible Man. ~Chelsea
  • Jhon's Dec 9, 15:14 comment on Macbeth Soliloquy Analysis
    Dear Milo: I am amazed with your performance of the monologue, “The tragedy of Macbeth”, by Shakespeare because I saw that you understood the scene. When you performed it you actually sounded like you were acting he scene. overall I think that you did good. Your performance of this monologue helps me to understand this character better because it shows how Macbeth is a dynamic character. It helps me understand because of how in the explanation of the monologue you mentioned that at first Macbeth didn't want to kill Duncan, but h=then he decided to kill the king. So it shows how Macbeth changes at the very beginning of the Book. Thanks for your performance of this monologue. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope to see other things be done, Good Job.
  • Mia's Dec 9, 12:58 comment on Uplifting All Minorities
    Jasmine, I love your work on this! You tied your book to your ideas very well. I love the usage of sources to back up your claims. I'd love to see what you have to say about other issues in America that concern inequality. Good job!
  • Siwei's Dec 9, 06:43 comment on Problems with romantic relationships in schools
    I disagree with your opinion. As we grow up, we need to learn how to communicate with others, and we need to know how to deal with interpersonal relationships. And in study, they can help and encourage each other
  • James's Dec 9, 05:22 comment on Homework is Becoming a Problem.
    Matt, I agree that there has to be something done about homework. I do believe there is some basis for assigning homework, but it has to be reasonable. More and more, it seems that a teacher gives a 15 minute lecture on a subject, then says "here's your homework assignment for tonight". The homework then takes quadruple the amount of time to complete that the teacher even spent to teach the concept. Teachers try to explain that repetition is the key to mastering a concept. I disagree, instead the Teacher should repeat the lesson that is being taught. A good teacher should be able to come up with various methods of communicating the concept that is being taught, especially given the number of years the Teacher has been teaching. It is undisputed that students don't all learn the same way, so the pressure should be put on a Teacher to effectively teach the lesson. If a Teacher's tenure, compensation, or other benefits were in jeopardy if they did not properly teach the concepts, maybe the need for homework would not be as necessary. My opinion is that if a Student's grade does not reflect that they know the material being taught, perhaps both the Student and the Teacher should be blamed. Maybe the Teacher should be required to spend more time with students who do not master the materials after the 15 minute instruction period rather than just sending the student home to muddle through something that they obviously have been inadequately taught in the classroom.
  • James's Dec 9, 05:06 comment on Should we have Zoos?
    Timothy, This is a very interesting topic that you have raised. Personally, I have fond memories of my childhood and all the many zoos, animal parks, and other situations in which my family went to see animal exhibits. What I have realized is that there is a substantial amount of research that goes on in these situations where animals are kept captive. Their health conditions are taken care of by well trained veterinarians, their caretakers treat the animals as though they are their own children, and all of their necessities of life are provided for them. I know of one caretaker that actually took two monkeys to schools to teach children how intelligent they are. When they travelled, he simply put them in child car seats, dressed them in clothes, and they ate on plates with utensils just like we do as adults. Zoo animals are protected from predators and the elements. Some people would claim that those poor animals are cooped up in their cages, but those habitats are researched and scientifically constructed to be as much like the wild as possible. The alternative for these animals would be to always be running away from their predators, fending for their lives and food, and unfortunately the circle of life would cause many of them to perish. For those reasons, I believe zoos are still a very good idea for the purpose of educating the next generation and providing a good opportunity for scientific research. It may be selfish, but I still like to visit a good zoo now and then, and I want to be able to take my children to educate them as to the various animal species we have here on the Earth.
  • James Trease's Dec 9, 04:47 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Kaya, You are absolutely right on point in regards to your post regarding sleep. Teenagers seem to be torn in so many different directions, and unfortunately sleep seems to be the one item that suffers the most. When we attempt to prioritize the various responsibilities we have in our lives, getting to bed and obtaining restful sleep is the first one on the list that gets reduced. However, in listening to others, regardless of age, it sounds like this situation may be more of a lifelong challenge than just a teenager problem. Adults have deadlines, appointments, and many other demands on their schedules as well. I have witnessed many older people that have the same problems with sleep habits as you have discussed regarding teenagers. Similarly, when I have travelled to other Countries, it also does not appear that this is solely an issue related to Americans either. In fact, if you go anywhere that someone has the opportunity to just sit and wait for something to occur, I have noticed that when there is nothing else to do, a person will simply shut their eyes and nod off to sleep. Clearly this is a more wide spread issue than just for teenagers, it extends to the entire human race. You have raised awareness to a topic that we as teenagers must further investigate because the adults that have proceeded before us obviously have not found the answer either.
  • Samuel's Dec 9, 04:05 comment on Guns Guns Guns!!!
    Almost everyone of the Democratic candidates this election season have said they will ban all guns. I don't think all leftist voters want this but im just saying what the people the left are voting for want.
  • Siqi's Dec 9, 03:47 comment on Woman Rights
    Women's rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage.
  • Siqi's Dec 9, 03:45 comment on We Eat Too Much!
    I think there are restaurants that serve appetizers, yes appetizers that have more than 1000 calories! Who’s appetite are they intending to appetize anyway? So if you do the math, in one day you can easily be eating 3–5000 calories with very little effort. So how do you make a dent in this if you are running in today’s fast paced life!
  • Wuyou's Dec 9, 02:47 comment on The k-pop
    Hello Evelyn, I really like k-pop. I think they have a really good system of finding k-pop idol and making music. Here is a link about my favorite k-pop music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZcuSplFrS4. Sincerely, Wuyou Zhou
  • Wuyou's Dec 9, 02:40 comment on Parents mean more than we think.
    Hello Cassie, I agree that parents are definitely the most influential people in our life. Children's living environment is simple. So parents naturally become the biggest part of their life. Many parents do not pay attention to their words and action, thinking that their children are still young. As everyone knows, children's imitation is extremely high, and parents' words and action may be copied by the children and accompanied by life. Here is a link that you may interest on https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev.psych.51.1.1 . sincerely, Wuyou Zhou
  • Yanna's Dec 9, 02:23 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, I agree with you. I believe that family is a special existence for us, and it will affect us a lot. The family can also provide us with a warm harbor. You have well linked your comments to books and resources and provided a lot of convincing evidence. Here is an article I think you might like https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-true-meaning-of-family
  • Issaka's Dec 9, 02:03 comment on America’s past and present
    It's fascinating how you brought the United States history and how you made the connection to today's United States. More over, I believe that history defines the present and potentially be use to predict the future.
  • Ronata's Dec 9, 01:43 comment on Climate Change
    I love how you used a poem to serve as an article. Poems are so often under looked, but I think it is the most powerful way to get a message across. We need to change our ways, it's the only way to safe our planet and everyone one it (including pandas!) I had a great time reading your poem, it is beautiful. I hope I get to read more of your work soon, and if you are interested I found a few other poems that are written to bring awareness to climate change https://poets.org/poems-about-climate-change
  • Horyna's Dec 9, 01:38 comment on To Leave or Not to Leave
    Dear Ashleigh, My name is Amaia Horyna and I am a senior at Judge Memorial High School in Utah. I absolutely love this piece. I can tell this is a topic that you are extremely passionate about and that you are very knowledgable about this topic. I too am disgusted with how the United States has handled immigration in recent years and years past. Adding the quote that is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty was so powerful and really made me aware of how far our nation has strayed from its founding values. The detainment centers at the border make me sick and I so desperately want change in the future. The treatment of immigrants in these border camps is extremely concerning. Concentration camp is defined as, "a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution." (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/concentration_camp) According to this definition, these border camps are a type of concentration camp although we have not yet turned to forced labor or mass extinction. Have you been keeping up on the death of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez? If not, I have attached a link explaining the situation. https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/concentration_camp He is the the seventh child to die within the past year in the border camps. I would love to hear more from you about this topic and potential solutions to the situation! Sincerely, Amaia Horyna
  • Ronata's Dec 9, 01:35 comment on Unite
    Mariely, I too think that women need to stand together to fight for issues that oppress us. We are often times viewed as inadequate and are not taken as seriously as men are in positions of power. Although throughout the last few decades or so the injustices women have faced seemed to have lowered, we are continuously patronized. I think you'd really enjoy this article https://nationswell.com/womens-equality-day/ I had a greta time reading your post, hope to read more from you. Thank you
  • Ronata's Dec 9, 01:20 comment on Police Brutality
    I really enjoyed your post and I, like many, agree that African American men especially are targeted in the United States. It has become a huge problem these past few years and is a a growing systematic issue. A lot of police officers tend to dehumanize blacks and place them into a box. They are "dangerous threats." Many other people of all genders, sexes, religions, and races are have also been targets of police officers throughout the country. I read an article https://www.britannica.com/topic/Police-Brutality-in-the-United-States-2064580 that goes more into the statistics of it. Thank you for sharing your opinion, I look forward to reading more of your work.
  • Horyna's Dec 9, 01:17 comment on Abortion is murder
    Hi Jimmy. Though I do not agree with you, I can respect your point of view. Nonetheless, I want to share a couple resources with you in regards to some of the statements you made in your article. First, I want to address your claim that women use abortion as a method of birth control. The following article reports that 51% of abortion patients in the study used some other form of contraceptives during the month they got pregnant. https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/about-half-us-abortion-patients-report-using-contraception-month-they-became . It is also important to remember that abortions are a extremely traumatic experience for the women receiving them. Women are not "pure evil" and malicious in their intent when seeking an abortion. The next source I have attached relates the experiences of women who have had abortions, how it impacted them, as well as their reasons. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a31727/what-its-really-like-to-have-an-abortion/ You may disagree with their reasoning, but I think you should refrain from calling an abortion a "convenience" or call their actions "pure evil" simply out of respect for fact that you know nothing about their situation and never will. Additionally, this research concludes that third trimester abortions, in which the baby can feel pain as you stated, are primarily conducted due to medical issues and the risk of maternal morbidity. Additionally, less than 2% of abortions happen beyond the first trimester. https://www.guttmacher.org/evidence-you-can-use/later-abortion. I respect your position, however, I do not think it is affective to make emotionally charged claims without researching the topic first. Nor do I agree with calling other human beings evil for their choices. I hope to hear more from you about this topic!
  • Carter's Dec 8, 23:51 comment on Graffiti
    Hi Hugo! I liked your article. I agree that graffiti is all around cities and people do vandalize places, but I do still believe that some people that do graffiti is beautiful and that they doin express themselves and show messages through it. here is a link to an article that is a discussion post website on the controversies of graffiti that I thought you might like. https://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/03/23/graffiti-and-street-art-can-be-controversial-but-can-also-be-a-medium-for-voices-of-social-change-protest-or-expressions-of-community-desire-what-how-and-where-are-examples-of-graffiti-as-a-posi/ have a good one! -Carter
  • Carter's Dec 8, 23:44 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hi Danny! I really thought that your article on underage drinking and how to prevent it was really interesting. I think that people should not be drinking under age and people should be an advocate for themselves to be better and healthier. We are young and I know that it happens all of the time around the United States. Here is some more facts and stats about underage drinking in America by the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm have a good one! -Carter
  • Hannah's Dec 8, 23:39 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Kira, This is an excellent and well written post. Mental health has become apart of many peoples lives and is something that needs to be addressed. I found it shocking when you talked about those who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression have increased in numbers from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in recent years, and I'm sure the number will continue to rise. Many of my fellow students suffer from anxiety and depression, all from varying factors. Schools do put lots of pressures on students so it might be interesting to research the most common causes of poor mental health in the United States. I agree with the law that was passed in Oregon; I know myself and other students take mental health days just the same as we would when we are sick. I think it's important for students, especially in todays competitive world, to decompress and take a break from the stressors of the world. I think it's important to talk about mental health with family and trusted adults. The world needs to break the stigma around mental health, because it is normal. If you want to find more about that stigma, I would recommend reading this article https://www.verywellmind.com/mental-illness-and-stigma-2337677. I really enjoyed your post and hope to see more of your work soon! Great job.
  • Oumy's Dec 8, 22:25 comment on Sisterhood
    Dear Fatoumata, I am satisfied about your short story “ Sisterhood” because, it explains a lot about Dee’s feelings and how she is an understanding person. She did not want to change her personality for her sister. I think it’s a good idea to not follow other people's point of view of your personality. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ She thought that I hate Maggie but she is wrong even though I like nice things or have knowledge that did not mean I’m a bad person or I hate my sister. The thing my Mama and Maggie did not understand we are a family and this will not change”. I think this is fantastic because in my opinion, I can let my sister to change my personality just to satisfy her. Another sentence that I inspired me was: “ But I have no idea how it will start. I guess I am supposed to behave or be the same as my sister. Obviously It will not going to happen because I will not change my personality. ” This stood out for me because Dee made a fair point by talking about her family and how they should themselves equally. Also she is not letting her family decide for her. I Delightfully agree with you because your story inspires me and I connected to me one of my weaknesses is that I cannot say “NO” to other which is affecting me and how people think about me. One reason I say this is that reading your story gives me faith and courage to not let others decide for me. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I adore your motivation and intention to talk about and personality. I am really looking forward to read another story of yours
  • Yanna's Dec 8, 22:03 comment on Parents mean more than we think.
    Hi Cassie, I like your post very much. I think the relationship between parents has a certain impact on our growth. The relationship between the child and the parent affects the child’s ability to socialize and work with others. We must also properly recognize the influence parents have on us and the selfless love that parents have for us. This link you might like https://www.momjunction.com/articles/helpful-tips-to-strengthen-parent-child-bonding_0079667/
  • Yanna's Dec 8, 22:02 comment on Parents mean more than we think.
    Hi Cassie, I like your post very much. I think the relationship between parents has a certain impact on our growth. The relationship between the child and the parent affects the child's ability to socialize and work with others. We must also properly recognize the influence parents have on us and the selfless love that parents have for us. This link you might like https://www.momjunction.com/articles/helpful-tips-to-strengthen-parent-child-bonding_0079667/
  • Alysa's Dec 8, 21:55 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hello, I think you would enjoy reading this article.https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-in-Schools I completely agree that schools need to work on this because it is a huge deal. I think technology has a lot to do with this. People become alone and feel depressed. We need to find ways to help students so the levels of suicide come down. Children are stressed with helping up with everything and it is overwhelming.
  • Abhi's Dec 8, 21:43 comment on Where American Values Come From
    Hi Jack, I thought your post on where American values come from was very intriguing and I agree with what you're saying. Families play a very big role in who we are and what we believe in. In addition to family, I think friends also play an important role. According to M.Farouk Radwan, MSc., friends can impact our beliefs on things such as views on different topics. I think, in general, the people who we surround ourselves with, including family, can make a big impact on us. Overall, I really enjoyed reading your post. It gave me an interesting perspective on where American values come from. Link to article by M.Farouk Radwan, MSc: https://www.2knowmyself.com/how_can_friends_affect_your_life
  • Louis's Dec 8, 21:11 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Hello Yeira I completely agree with you that we should ban single use plastic.Single use plastic is destroying our world and Eco-systems and we need to preserve it for future generations. Here's an article you may want to look at: http://www.marinesafe.org/the-problem/single-use-plastic/
  • Louis's Dec 8, 21:05 comment on What does “America” mean?
    I agree with you that america means the country but for america to be made and founded there needed to migrants and true it is called america but it needed people to found it and share cultural beliefs to make it a land of prosperity. Here's an article you may wanna look at:https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/05/08/americans-see-advantages-and-challenges-in-countrys-growing-racial-and-ethnic-diversity/
  • Louis's Dec 8, 20:58 comment on Should Marijuana Be Federally Legal?
    I really like you post it outlines this issue very well.I like how you said it will help with the vaping crisis and will help with the welfare of the people.And if its federal it will be regulated and the taxes can help our economy. Here's an intriguing source you may want to look at:https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/free-the-weed-a-new-bill-could-end-federal-prohibition-of-marijuana-629190/
  • Louis's Dec 8, 20:53 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    I really like you article because today underage drinking is a major issue.I like how you said mental problems arise from this and make certain people more at risk for other issues.You data is very good supporting your information. Here is a good source to look at: https://drugfree.org/article/how-to-address-underage-drinking/?gclid=CjwKCAiA27LvBRB0EiwAPc8XWZgqCq4Out0jpgNHb8QPk7E9ADACiSENaUNQ6so_ETFOF0wru_hQ5BoCBw8QAvD_BwE
  • Leticia's Dec 8, 20:08 comment on My true feelings
    dear Eros I am proof of your letter about your story, “My True Feelings” because I like the way you showed Dee voice as a writer to express through her letter to say what she wants from her family. And this is a situation of many families that has some problems they can just figure out the solution by writing a letter. One line that stands out for me is,“I am writing this letter to you at this very moment, because I just feel like is time to speak my truth and address the issues between us.” I think this line is striking because it makes me to pay attention and understand more about how someone can get the courage to say what he desires even though sometimes it is not as easy as he thinks. Another line that stands out for me is, “it gave me strength and tools to make myself stronger and I thank her for all the times that she tried to make me feel that I was less than you.” I think this line is compelling because it shows that Dee recognizes that Maggie can be better that her sometimes and she thanks her mother showed her that. Your Story helps me to understand a story that I once read on “everyday use” because in this story it was an issue of a family that one sister was burned and others one not . Then the burn sister can not handle her situation . She found that her situation was unfair. But when I read you story I think is very different that this story. Thanks for your letter I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to see different type of story from you. Then try to include some strategies elements that we can feel it more.
  • Leticia's Dec 8, 19:36 comment on Sisterhood
    dear Fatoumata I am touching about your short story, “Sisterhood” because your story demonstrates there is relationship with sister even though her Maggie was closer than her with their mother. One line that stands out for me is, “The thing my Mama and Maggie did not understands we are a family and this will not change.” I think his line is powerful for me because your story makes me reflect on one point very important about family. The family is very key of someone's life, you can not reject someone from your family. You have to appreciate the way he is. Also, when there is some trouble between you and your sister never forget she is your and you have to find a way to solve any problem. Another line that stands out for me is, “I would love to have the same relationship with her.” I think it is sensitive because Dee claims the attention from her mother. She wishes to have the relation with her mother that Maggie has with her. Thank you, your story has been helpful to me. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would really like to come back again to read your story because I found it very trusting the way you express Dee’s emotion, what she desires from her mother.Also, Your writing is very right and clear.
  • Angeth's Dec 8, 19:06 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    I really like this article underage drinking is an issue. But drinking while driving is an even bigger issue that is probably the most severe. I don't hear or see a lot about teenage alcoholics but there are tremendous amounts of stories about DUI's for teens . I think your right when you say we need to keep promoting cautionary tales to let teenagers know there are severe consequences.
  • Leticia's Dec 8, 19:04 comment on My Beloved Daughter
    dear Khadjia, I am proud of your poem, “My Beloved Daughter” because your story demonstrates how a mother can love her daughter and share the affection that she has with her daughter. One line that stands out for me is, “My Maggie, My daughter, The love of my life.” I think his line is fascinating because your story to attract and hold attentively by a unique power. Another stanza that stands out for me is, “ I only want you to know, That when I’m struggling, Or dealing with strife, You are where I always go.” I think it is captivating because it excites the attention to someone to read over and over. Your poem reminds me of a story I once read. This story tell me how a child can be strong for her everything she has to go through difficulties. Thank you, my heart is still smiling. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would really like to come back again to read your story because I found it very interesting the way you used the word of feeling to express the sentiments of mother toward her daughter. And also, Your writing is beautiful.
  • Angeth's Dec 8, 18:53 comment on Skin Color
    I really enjoyed this topic. I believe it's something very important. Your postal code really shouldn't determine your destiny. Being black in a white world will sometimes make you insecure and might make you feel like you have to change in order to fit in. when in reality there's really nothing you can do but get used to the fact that you are an outsider and find healthy ways to deal with the fact.
  • Leticia's Dec 8, 18:48 comment on Feeling Insecure
    Dear Juliana Coutinho, I am passionate about your short story, “Feeling Insecure,” because I really like how you made connection your story and yourself. One line that stands out for me is, “I felt that way with my older sister sometimes she makes me feel less because I don’t know how to do something and she does.” I think it is striking because it is very powerful. Something you feel that you do not worth in front your older sister, you the younger one, you can not express yourself in front of her, even say a word. Another line that stands out for me is, “The smallest girl in the story feels less being around her sister because her sister is confident and she thinks everything she plans is going to come true that stands out for me is”. I think it is interesting because it shows what how sometimes you can not feel safe around your family and also lacking self-confidence. Your story helps me to understand a story that I once read. I feel so concerned about this story because I was shocked how the little was lack of security and constantly doubt of herself. My sincerest gratitude. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to come back to take a look more about your creations because I was really appreciate you as a writer. Also, I read some amazing words in your story that captivates me. You story is connected with some stories that I read before and lived.
  • Leticia's Dec 8, 18:33 comment on My Beloved Daughter
    dear Khadjia, I am proud of your short story, “My Beloved Daughter” because your story demonstrates how a mother can love her daughter and share the affection that she has with her daughter. One line that stands out for me is, “My Maggie, My daughter, The love of my life.” I think his line is fascinating because your story to attract and hold attentively by a unique power. Another line that stands out for me is, “ I only want you to know, That when I’m struggling, Or dealing with strife, You are where I always go.” I think it is captivating because it excites the attention to someone to read over and over. Your story reminds me of a story I once read. This story tell me how a child can be strong for her everything she has to go through difficulties. Thank you, my heart is still smiling. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would really like to come back again to read your story because I found it very interesting the way you used the word of feeling to express the sentiments of mother toward her daughter. And also, Your writing is beautiful.
  • Leticia's Dec 8, 18:22 comment on My Beloved Daughter
    dear Khadija I am proud of your short story, “My Beloved Daughter” because your story demonstrates how a mother can love her daughter and share the affection that she has with her daughter. One line that stands out for me is, “My Maggie, My daughter, The love of my life.” I think his line is fascinating because your story to attract and hold attentively by a unique power. Another line that stands out for me is, “ I only want you to know, That when I’m struggling, Or dealing with strife, You are where I always go.” I think it is captivating because it excites the attention to someone to read over and over. Your story reminds me of a story I once read. This story tell me how a child can be strong for her everything she has to go through difficulties. Thank you, my heart is still smiling. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would really like to come back again to read your story because I found it very interesting the way you used the word of feeling to express the sentiments of man toward her daughter. And also, Your writing is beautiful My Beloved Daughter.
  • Aboubakar's Dec 8, 17:12 comment on Maggie’s Diary
    Dear Celine: I am happy with your Journal, “Maggie’s Diary,” because this story is told the Important keys for family members to live together. These keys are only the basis for only family members but also for the whole world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “we need to know the person first that judges their actions or how the person looks..” I think this is confused because someone’s actions can be different from how he looks. I’m 100 percent that we need to know the objective of his action before we start juicing them. Another sentence that I attracted my attention was: “ I was in shock and Mama told me that the quilt has to belong to a special, humble and responsible person and this person was me.” This stood out for me because these thoughts are breaking a lot of families in the world. People think that their parents should be more attention to them because of the most respective child in the house. But it is like that the world work. If in a family there is a child who is a good route and another who isn’t, so the parents have to give this child more attention in order to bring this child to the good route. I don’t Perfectly agree with you in that sentence: “I feel happy because Mama recognizes that I’m the unique person that cares about her. Even though I feel sad for my sister because I think she was the favorite person of Mama”. One reason I say this is a mom can never love more one of her children than the other. The child who stay next to her or his mom will be the one who will always receive more experience from his or her mom. A mom will do every sing things to teach her children all the thing that she learn in hole life. Another reason I disagree with you is when a mom give something to one of her children and doesn’t give it to the other, that means the second children have something that has the same valuer than the thing she gave to the first one. Have you seen this article? https://www.mon-poeme.fr/citations-mere-enfant/. I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about the love of a mom to her children. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Jayme's Dec 8, 07:45 comment on Should we have Zoos?
    You bring up an interesting point with the balance between conservation justifying less than humane conditions. The article makes me wonder if zoos can evolve to a point where those ends justify the means. I remember reading about how different animals in captivity can have completely different behaviors compared to those in the wild. If zoos are used for conversational purposes to the point where the animal is extinct in the wild (such as the black rhino) how would the educational aspect change since the animals being observed differ from how they would naturally be?
  • Danny's Dec 8, 06:18 comment on Woman Rights
    Hi, Keily I agree with your views. Unfortunately, females are doomed to be unequal to males in our society. Women always suffer more prejudice and discrimination from this society and surrounding people, no matter in the past or the current. This situation has happened in most countries of the world. Fortunately, our community is gradually changing that women began to stand up and fight for their rights. Here is the link that you may be interested in: https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/womens-human-rights/.
  • Danny's Dec 8, 06:06 comment on Should Marijuana Be Federally Legal?
    I completely agree with your points and we can know that marijuana can affect the development of brains, memory, and mood, which also causes mental health disorders if severe. As well as, it is possible that marijuana is both physically and psychologically addictive. Here is the link: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/recreational-marijuana-faq.
  • Gedeon's Dec 8, 03:51 comment on Fighting For You
    Great poem! I liked your use of repetition. It brought consistency and focus to the poem. You allowed the reader to relate to your ideas and appeals especially with the use of "sorry" and " I refuse". It demonstrates your care for our plane and your current stance. You also included specific problems in your poem, which the reader could specifically relate to and better comprehend the issues at hand. You could also add a link to an non-profit organization looking into potential solutions that others can also partake in by donating.
  • Donald's Dec 8, 02:48 comment on Macbeth Soliloquy Analysis
    Dear Milo, I loved how in depth your monologue analysis was, especially the lineI might choose to stage him in the bathroom where he is looking at himself in the mirror, because i think that would be perfect for this scene. I can’t wait to see more of your work.
  • Donald's Dec 8, 02:44 comment on On Hecate’s Monologue
    Dear Max, I am amazed by your performance of this monologue, because of the accuracy that it portrays, i had never realized how much so most female characters are associated with magic, like you mentioned with the witches. I think that the same claim can be made for lady Macbeth, she definitely has those moments of being seemingly connected with spirits(or at least times that she thinks she is). Its also possible that when looking at it through the lens of freud that the all female characters are depicted as having powers over men, because of the so called “penis envy”. Anyways i can’t wait to see more of your work.
  • Khadija's Dec 8, 00:44 comment on It Is How I feel In Real Life
    Dear Leticia. I am choosing an adjective showing emotion of excited about your story. your story, “It Is How I feel In Real Life” because I like the way that you give voice to a person that you are written for. And this is a situation that many problems have struggling for in reality life thanks to our society influence. One line that stands out for me is,“She does not fortify me with many powerful qualities because she never encourages me like she used to do with Dee.” I think this line is thought-provoking because it catching my attention to know more why you give her voice in your story . Since this sentence have a strong powerful definition to understand your still written. Another line that stands out for me is, “Despite that my mother's attitude was like I liked her and I will always protect her.” I think this line is compelling because it makes me think in which level mothers are important in our like. And their value is so bigger since we don’t have the right to judge them just love them despite all the things they are doing for us. Your Story helps me to understand a story that I once read on everyday use because in this story it was a problem of a families that one sister was burned and others one no . Then the burn sister the situation was hard for her . I find it was unfair, however when I read your story I realize I'm totally wrong because no human on this earth is perfect so we should love our family specific our mothers. Thanks for your Story I look forward to seeing what you make next . Since I would like to see different type of story in others situation that people don’t consider it . Then using some of strategies elements that we can feel it more. And those can of thing will bring me back to see others creations you made.
  • Khadija's Dec 8, 00:42 comment on Dee’s plan to become rich
    Dear Issaka. I am choosing an adjective showing emotion of enriched about your story. your story, “Dee’s plan to become rich” because you is teach us how women can be determined at the same ambitieuse. In an interest to succeed her life and for her family. One line that stands out for me is,“This was the ideal family I wished to came from or to be part of” I think this line is thought-provoking because it caught my attention to know more about the story. Since I was asking myself many questions about her that was where is love because she just think about her profit when the man will be married her. Another line that stands out for me is, “ I have always been a great looking girl and so making myself noticed by him would be the easier part of the plan.” I think this line is interesting because it makes me think how became a rich girl was her dream. Does why she just feel happy inside of her because she is thinking the situation will be easy for her since she has all the tools man need to see from women. Your Story helps me to understand a story that I once read on everyday use because in this story it was a problem of a families that one sister was burned and others one no . Then sister who doesn’t burn she just acts differently because she think the family is not deserve here. Does why all things she doing is like rich daughter. Therefore your history just open eyes for me to understand more clearly. Thanks for your Story I look forward to seeing what you make next time . Since I would like to see different type of story in others situation like that . Then using some of strategies elements that we can feel it more. And those can of thing will bring me back to see others creations you made.
  • Khadija's Dec 8, 00:40 comment on Sisterhood
    Dear Fatoumata. I am choosing an adjective showing emotion of affectionate about your story. Your story, “Sisterhood” because I like the way that you explain how family sisters works despite all the things that will happen the family still be family. Also This story has one strong feeling that is you and I are one and forever. And does is one teaching I get in your story when I read then this so special and have a connection with reality. One line that stands out for me is,“Maggie is my sister and nothing will change that.” I think this line is compelling because it catching the reader's attention to know more about the story . Since this sentence have a strong meaning to understand in one part of path road. Another line that stands out for me is, “The thing my Mama and Maggie did not understands we are a family and this will not change.” I think this line is interesting because it makes me think in which level family are important. Since I never think about family and the way the have an impact on me. Your Story helps me to understand a story that I once read on everyday use because in this story it was a problem of family that one think her mother doesn’t give her more love like her sister. And I find it was unfair, however when I read your story I realist I'm wrong because no women on this earth will say she doesn't love her daughter specific on family case . Thanks for your Story I look forward to seeing what you make next time . Since I would like to see different type of story in others situation that people are not familiar with. Then using some of strategies elements that we can feel it. And those can of thing will bring me back to see others creations you made again.
  • Khadija's Dec 8, 00:38 comment on Martin Luther King
    Dear Jake. I am choosing an adjective showing emotion of proud about your Poem. Your Poem, “Martin Luther King”, because I like the way that you write a poem with more adjectives that most people think he deserves it. Also This poem feel like you are teaching something to someone . One stanza that stands out for me is,“Martin , Brave, Confident, Bold,Dad of Bernice, Dexter, Yolanda, and MLK III, Son of MLK Sr.” I think this section is interesting because it catching the reader's attention to know more about this written poem. Since they adjectives that you choose to characterize him are strong. Another line that stands out for me is, “Freedom, equality, no racism” I think this line is thought-provoking Because it makes the reader think about why those words if he never hear about Martin the person will do research . And know the appropriate meaning of all those words. Your poem reminds me a poem that I once wrote about Everyday use because I really like they way you show your poem with many emotions of feeling that you want people to feel it like you do. And this is the same thing I did then I hope the will feel it. Thanks for your poem . I look forward to seeing what you make next. Since I would like to see more variation of your word with a different adjectives people are not familiar with. Then using some of strategies elements that we can feel it , touch ,smell and see. And those can of thing will bring me back to see others creations you made again.
  • Aboubakar's Dec 8, 00:13 comment on The Hardest Letter to Write
    Dear Abigail I am hurt by, your letter, “The hardest Letter to Write,” because of the things that you wrote about your mom. Yeah, sometimes we kind of having the exact feeling but it is not the truth. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It feels strange and sad that mom tells us that she loves equal to both but she always treats both differently.” I think this is nervous because a mom always loves her children whatever happened. You may feel like she does not love both of you yus equally, but it just because you want her to give you the same thing as she gave to your sister. Sometimes you have to set and thing why mom gave this thing to my sister and not to me? Is that thing good for me? Another sentence that I past tense verb was: “Since mom passed away the last thing that I know about you is your address.” This stood out for me because this is not the behavior of a sister. I don’t appreciate it. One reason I say this is because after your mom passed away, you guys should stay together as a family and support each other and not run away from each other. Another reason I disagree with you is that your sister should not be hart by you. On the contrary, you should get closer to her lean from her in order to get the same equal love as your sister from your mom. Have you seen this book name: the neckless? https://photos.state.gov/libraries/hochiminh/646441/vantt/The%20necklace.pdf I thought you might be interested in this because of reading it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Natalie's Dec 7, 23:33 comment on Annoyance of Silence
    Hi Chris 🙂 I'm in the middle of this category, I talk too much but I also like being alone a lot. I liked how you were able to gain some understanding from writing this article. I thought this quote somewhat reigned true since I am socially awkward: "I think big talkers or people who have to have a random sound going in the background keeps them from being awkward when having someone around or keeps them from thinking negative thoughts. " Thank you for sharing your thoughts and being honest. Sometimes silence is amazing. -Natalie 🙂
  • Bella's Dec 7, 23:25 comment on Why Test?
    Hi Cassie, I agree that standardized testing is heavily weighted in the US especially with regards to the SAT and ACT and getting into university. I also agree that an individual's academic growth is not taken into account when looking at their standardized test scores. I believe that an individual's transcript is much more explicative of academic growth rather than a single number scored from a test done in a single sitting over the course of a couple hours. Standardized testing is good when it is performed in elementary or secondary school in that it can help identify which students may need extra help with academics, and teachers can provide them with the proper tools for success. However, I don't believe that standardized testing should be so heavily weighted when it comes to getting into university, as in countries like China or India where doing poorly on standardized tests can completely reroute a student's future. My hope is that the United States lessens the weight of standardized testing as these tests can cause stress and low self-esteem. Here is an interesting article I found regarding how standardized testing varies from country to country: https://www.insider.com/standardized-tests-around-the-world-2018-9 Looking forward to what you write next, Bella
  • Natalie's Dec 7, 23:23 comment on Is Abortion Ethical?
    Hi Peter, I liked the beginning of your article because it is very neutral. However, I do not agree with your argument about abortion. First off, I am a female and I would have to raise the child despite what money I don't have. There is the option of adoption, yes, but it is also a matter of the toll with going through a pregnancy. I am both pro-life and pro-choice. I believe that no one should kill their child but at the same time it is not my body, not my child, not my money and, therefore, I have no right to judge them or choose for them. This book includes both sides: https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=_GnZCwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=abortion+pro+choice&ots=VErIoiBelo&sig=XZHYVSNSTU2ie1YqWgacZaqMxiM#v=onepage&q=abortion%20pro%20choice&f=false I don't want to come off as biased, but I truly believe you cannot say that abortion is bad unless you are a woman with an unwanted pregnancy that doesn't know what to do.
  • Aboubakar's Dec 7, 22:42 comment on Charter Schools
    Dear Charter School: I am disbelief with your short stor>, “Charter Schools,” because A charter school is learned by the community. The society that lives with the students and sees what the students face in order to succeed. This society knows what we call to suffer and for in the world they let their children suffer as they did in the past. One set of lines that stands out for me are, “line 4 to line 6” I think these lines are the prove why charter school shole be more than the other school. Charter school is can be compared to a hard puzzle because students have to figure out all the track of success and also figure out the possible way to avoid them in their lives. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “8 - 11” I think these lines are shown why it is important to go charter school. The most interesting The part is that charter schools to prepare for the future next step. These next steps are the step where the student has to use all the things that they learned since they were born. The second important is that they have to take these steps by themselves. Your story reminds me of my country where privates schools are better than public schools. Private schools give students better teachers and also pay them very well to make them pride in what they are doing. Sometimes they do some competition between students. The student of the student who wins the competition gets a big price. A story that I once was Everyday use by Alice Walter. I did rewrite it because it was a family of 3 people: The mother, and her two daughters. One of her daughters was felling lonely despair. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. When I was reading your story for a moment I thought this person one of my favorite book writers. Then when showing your school name I remember that you were him.
  • Isabella's Dec 7, 22:36 comment on Anxiety
    Hi Tori, As someone who also has anxiety, I admire your courage to talk about your story. I agree that there are stigmas in society about mental health, but by educating and spreading awareness about mental health to the public, we can diminish these stigmas. Reading your article made me feel less alone, and I believe that your article is capable of helping many other people as well. For future posts, maybe you could write about strategies that help you cope with anxiety. I believe this would be very beneficial to others. Here is an article with some helpful tips for coping with anxiety: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-practice/201503/50-strategies-beat-anxiety Looking forward to what you write next, Bella
  • Aria's Dec 7, 21:07 comment on A Female
    Dear Janie, I really enjoyed reading your poem. It's so inspiring! I agree that women should not have to be afraid to be themselves to please others, whether it's by wearing makeup or what they look like to others, but who they are on the inside and not the outside. Here is an article I found fighting for and against it: https://metro.co.uk/2017/01/23/should-women-wear-makeup-two-writers-argue-for-and-against-6389837/ Sincerely, Aria Handlon
  • Aria's Dec 7, 21:02 comment on Should we have Zoos?
    Hello Timothy, I agree with you that zoos have both negative and positive aspects when looked at and that keeping animals in captivity has become more of a controversial issue nowadays. I wrote an article on this awhile back and found some interesting facts in it: https://gracemarievelez.weebly.com/wild-animals-should-not-be-kept-in-captivity.html Sincerely, Aria
  • Michelle's Dec 7, 21:02 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya! I agree with your opinion on people's behavior affect by their parents and surroundings. Also you did a good job connecting your opinion to the book and your resources, especially the data and the quotation you used to explain your opinion and set the evidence. It is good for me to learn from you. Your post give me a lot new ideas about the family that I didn't realized before. Thank you for your sharing, I really like it. And hope you enjoy your weekend!
  • Michael's Dec 7, 18:29 comment on Macbeth Soliloquy Analysis
    i liked that you chose this monologue because it has flow. it was smart of you to choose a monologue you would easily remember. i chose a monologue i was able to relate to rather than one easy to remember.
  • Kaitlyn's Dec 7, 07:29 comment on Woman Rights
    Keily, The points you brought up in this post are valid and I think this is one of the most discussed topics in today's world. Although the world has come a very long way in terms of women's rights and equality between genders, there is still a lot to be done. For example, women are still not paid as much as men are and there are still certain stereotypes placed on women. There are also stereotypes placed on men, too. So, I think focusing on equality is very important. You mentioned that women should have "equality , free, able to vote , able to get an education and freedom of speech." Although most of these things have already been granted, that does not mean your thoughts are not valid. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this important topic! Kaitlyn Taylor
  • worldvaping's Dec 7, 06:05 comment on The Impact On Drug Dealing
    Getting the most effective DNA boards is not a stroll in the park. However, Evolv has attempted to make the procedure simpler.
  • Alicia's Dec 7, 02:36 comment on Woman Rights
    Keily, I think you're on the verge of a great discussion, however the rights you mentioned are already granted to women. Women's rights these days is advocating more for equality, such as getting paid as much for doing the same job as a man does, and respect, such as putting a stop to objectifying women and placing limits on things that women can do. These are things that need to be talked about more than being able to vote and be free because we already have those rights.
  • Erica's Dec 6, 21:45 comment on Socioeconomic Status vs Crime in America
    Hey Dorothy, This is really interesting! The majority of adults associate crimes with lower socioeconomic areas or people, which is certainly not always the case. My sister is a criminal defense attorney and it is true that it costs a lot of money to defend yourself. I would love to read more about solutions you have to fix the holes in our current system . Sincerely, Erica Strand
  • Viviana's Dec 6, 21:44 comment on Should we have Zoos?
    https://www.humansandnature.org/the-show-is-over
  • Ella's Dec 6, 21:44 comment on Shut Up
    Elijah! YES! I LOVED this so much you have no idea! I clicked on it because I thought it was an interesting title and when I clicked it, I was so glad I did. I liked how you described things that this terrible man does, and how they are so bad and detrimental to our country. He offers bad points of views and says terrible things about women and other races. He is a symbol of what our country SHOULDN'T be like, and I think you got that point across. I thought that all your points were very valid and saying "shut up" between the lines made it more empowering to me. The impeachment process id happening right now, I am not sure if it is going to go through, but it gives hope of getting this awful man out of the White House. Well done! I am excited and look forward to what you write next!
  • Viviana's Dec 6, 21:44 comment on Should we have Zoos?
    Dear Timothy, I think this is a very interesting topic. I liked how you wrote about both sides of the arguments make on whether or not zoos are ethically correct. I think that zoos have to potential to inform the public about animal life. I found an article that gives steps that zoos can take to make their facilities more humane.
  • Hannah's Dec 6, 21:42 comment on Years of Women’s Rights
    Hi Peyton, I really enjoyed reading your post; I especially liked how you tied Chinese culture into American values. I agree that we as humans should become more educated on different cultures and the rights of their people. It was really eye opening to hear you talking about how women in china live their lives, "she can never hope to be anything more than a possible wife candidate for the husband her parents choose for her". I feel very lucky to have my own rights as a woman to choose how I want to live. I think that you should continue to research more countries and women's rights. This article by the un, https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/gender-equality/ , would be a great place to start. I really hope you continue to work on this topic. You are an excellent writer.
  • Kathryn's Dec 6, 21:42 comment on Not all people like food from Honduras or USA
    Kaitalin, I agree with your statement about different food from different cultures. I too believe that not all food is the same, and especially that the certain flavors or ingredients used in foods from different cultures vary depending on their geographical location and the ingredients that are available to people in their countries. Maybe including more diversity and examples of different foods that are typical in different continents or regions would great add to your post and make it a bit ore interesting. I look forward to reading more about this!
  • Erica's Dec 6, 21:41 comment on Fitting in the Gaps
    Hi there Thomas, This sounds like an extremely interesting novel that I would love to read! This made me think about the puzzle pieces that make up all of the different communities we are all part of. I would love to hear more about how this book applies to the real world and how we can apply it to our daily lives. Sincerely, Erica Strand, JMCHS
  • Dominic's Dec 6, 21:41 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Hi Emmanuel, I thought this was an interesting article to read because of the statistics on the demographic in NYC. I did not expect there to be so much more minorities in the population compared to white people, so when I saw that only 30% of the population is white I was surprised. Another part I liked was that you gave your take on the topic and even showed your family's experience with immigration into America.
  • Sam's Dec 6, 21:39 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    I completely agree that mental health is one of the biggest problems facing youth in schools. I like the statements you made and how you backed them up with statistics and facts.
  • Ella's Dec 6, 21:39 comment on Fighting For You
    Hi Meghan! I loved your poem! A couple months ago I read another poem, I think from your same school, that talked about saving polar bears. I loved it. I feel like you even took that one step further, talking about saving everything. If more people in our planet had this mindset, our planet would be so much better. All of your points are valid and it is so scary to think about all those risks happening to our planet. When you talked about the ice caps melting, the ocean drowning us, etc. it hit me. More people should find this and read this because people need to know about the risks and solutions there are to global warming. I think climate change is the biggest fear happening today, and more people need to try and help out our dying world. This website shows even more solutions:https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming I can't wait to see what you write next!
  • Olivia M Anderson's Dec 6, 21:36 comment on Rehabilitation Into Society After Incarceration
    Hi! I really liked your article and agree that rehabilitation is better than punishment. We would have a much more functional society if we focused on helping more people. It is interesting to look at the statistics regarding this issue. Here is a website I think will be helpful: https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug03/rehab .
  • Ellie's Dec 6, 21:35 comment on Decisions
    Isabella, Your story was interesting to read as I am also a senior in high school. It is difficult to balance athletics, academics, extracurricular activities and social life as a high schooler when it feels as though time is running out. Although you may feel that you have ruined your grades, and therefore your academic future, I believe that the person you have formed to become through your many experiences will present you as a well-rounded person. One section that stood out to me was "I honestly don’t know how I’m already a senior. I don’t know how I made it this far. I don’t even know if I’ll graduate." As I face finals and the second semester of my senior year, there are a lot of unknowns. However, I believe that it is important to focus on the growth and look in the positive direction. After all, you made it this far. Good luck on your journey. I hope to read your story again soon.
  • Kaitlyn's Dec 6, 21:35 comment on Trust No One
    Hello, Your post was very interesting and eye-opening to read. I have dealt with many instances where my trust has been broken and the quote that you said in the beginning ("Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair") was something that I connected to. I think that there have been a lot of cases, big and small, that people have had to deal with their trust being broken or mishandled. When trust is broken, a lot of things can change. Also, your connection to 9/11 and how so many Americans saw Muslims differently after this incident reminded me of a book I read that had a teenage Muslim girl as the main character that faced so much discrimination and prejudice just because she was Muslim. Are there any other instances that you think that trust in the world has been broken or changed? Thank you for sharing this! Kaitlyn Taylor Judge Memorial
  • Erica's Dec 6, 21:35 comment on Abortion is murder
    Dear Jimmy, Here are a few resources that may help you to fact check your article: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=90&ContentID=P02362 https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2019/09/us-abortion-rate-continues-drop-once-again-state-abortion-restrictions-are-not-main The first is from the University of Rochester which explains how a fetus is attached to a woman. The second informs you about the current abortion statistics in the United States and how banning abortions actually influences women who seek abortions (this is via the Guttmacher Institute). The third paper, also via the Guttmacher Institute, explains why women seek abortions, as many women do not know from experience, and boys, such as yourself, cannot possibly know why these decisions are made via personal experience. I would suggest reading those before contributing to any further articles on this topic, in order to get a holistic and educated view on the topic. I would also suggest using Gramerly or Spell-Check to edit your work before publishing to avoid spelling and grammar errors such as those present in this article. I see you are passionate about this topic, but over all the lack of correct facts, reliable sources, extreme scenarios (such as a fetus, unattached to a woman, being found on Mars), and grammar mistakes made it difficult to focus on your message as a whole. I look forward to reading more from you on this topic. Sincerely, Erica Strand
  • Dominic's Dec 6, 21:34 comment on Why do we have different religions?
    Hi Keury, I think that this article is very unique because not a lot of people want to talk about religion because it is a sensitive topic. I personally think that the religions practiced today are so different because of how much history is in each one. Religion has been around for thousands of years, so each one has had time to make traditions that have shaped their core beliefs. By now, a lot of the traditions do not seem to make sense in our modern world (like how Muslim women separate from the men in houses), but because they have been around for so long the people have followed them because that is what they were taught to do.
  • Kathryn's Dec 6, 21:34 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Emanuel, your post very well highlights the motives many people have for leaving their home countries and immigrating to the United States. I too am a child of immigrant parents and I can speak to the experiences my parents have had living in this country and building their lives from scratch. A lot of the time people do not realize that leaving your birthplace and your home country is not easy; no one does it just for fun. I think that perhaps including more statistics on immigration specifically from Latin America would be beneficial to your argument and would validate your main point. Background on the current economic and social state of many Latin American countries would also be interesting to see in a post like this.
  • Hannah's Dec 6, 21:33 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Kaya, I really enjoyed reading your post about sleep deprivation. I find this information to be very important and very relevant to teens today. I myself struggle with putting the phone away at night and taking naps during the day. I think to improve your writing it might be helpful to cite where you got your information from so that readers may be able to gain further information. I think you should continue to research this topic. Some websites that may be helpful are https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6143346/ which is a medical website with lots of information on how sleep affects the brain. A lot of what I read in this article kind of shocked me and makes me wonder how we can make effective steps towards changing our sleeping habits. Great work!
  • Abbey's Dec 6, 21:33 comment on Socioeconomic Status vs Crime in America
    I really like what you are saying here, it's not fair to always associate those with a lower socioeconomic status with criminal activity because it is not often the case. But they end up getting convicted of a crime they didn't commit because they didn't have the money to afford a good attorney or other forms of help. I think that we should find a way to move away from the stigma that the poor are criminals. I hope to read more of what you have to say about such an important topic!
  • Ella's Dec 6, 21:32 comment on What can be done for Global Warming?
    Hi Kutay! I read your article and really enjoyed it! I agree with you when you say that global warming is the biggest threat to our planet at the moment. I think that the solutions you found and proposed, like driving less and decreasing the burning of fossil fuels, are great. I just think that more people in our society need to be educated about it. Lots of people do not know the source of global warming or the solutions they could help make. I found this article that talks about even more solutions and would highly suggest reading it if you are interested in learning ways we can stop it: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming This was a great article! Great job, Ella
  • Ellie's Dec 6, 21:31 comment on Mama and Maggie’s struggles
    Fatema, You have a beautiful talent in writing, especially in the scope of drawing readers in. It is fascinating to watch someone be able to tell a story that did not happen in reality with such great details. One line that stood out to me was " They were hugging each other and sharing happiness. Mom was holding the baby with teary eyes, and thinking what a blissful gift she had received from God." With just a few simple sentences, you have succeed to portray the emotions of a mom who had just given birth. Your short story inspires me to write more and more importantly, express my gratitude for my mother because moms are the best. Thank you for your story. I look forward to reading your next one.
  • Olivia M Anderson's Dec 6, 21:30 comment on Heroin Addiction
    Hi Conor. I agree with you that this is a big problem. I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by drug addiction. I like your solutions as well, but I also think some good solutions involve changing the law. Here is a website that can elaborate on this: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/policy/laws.html .
  • Megan's Dec 6, 21:30 comment on Heated Question
    Lucky, Your article is very interesting, and I can see why you chose to write about it! Often times, people don't address the "heated questions," such as the one you brought up, when in reality it is those ones that need to be discussed the most! Through the amount of people who go through this process, it is necessary to understand how they are treated and how it may affect their mental and emotional state. I would go further in depth on the reasonings behind the changes. Heres a link to an article I believe would help. (https://www.nap.edu/read/12023/chapter/9) Thanks for bringing up this question and reflecting on it, it was very interesting to read!
  • Abbey's Dec 6, 21:29 comment on The War in Yemen
    I agree with Casey! I think you did a great job writing and presenting the important facts, but in some instances come up with ways to solve the problems that are going on and how they can affect everyone and then maybe connect it to other places. Overall you did a very good job and I hope to read more of your writing soon!
  • Sam's Dec 6, 21:28 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    I don't see the point of this because freedom of speech is a thing and you are already able to speak any language you would like to in this country. The overwhelming majority of this country speaks English just how every other country in the world has their own native language. English is not necessary to live in the US, it is just easier to socialize and complete daily tasks if it is known. Again just like any other country.
  • Kaitlyn's Dec 6, 21:28 comment on Parents mean more than we think.
    Hello Cassie, I enjoyed reading your post. I believe that family and parental relationships are very important in the way that we (teenagers and children) are brought up. The sentence you wrote "The relationship between a child and their parent is one that affects both the physical, social, and emotional development of the child" is something I agree with. Whether the relationship is good or bad between children and their parents, it can effect the future and growth of the child. Your parents have a lot to do with the person that you become. I think a lot of us take our parents for granted in certain ways, and your post made me realize this. Thank you for sharing this! -Kaitlyn Taylor
  • Dominic's Dec 6, 21:26 comment on Global Warming Threats
    I didn't log in to my account while making this comment and I would very much enjoy credit for it so I'm leaving this comment to signify my ownership of the previous comment.
  • Olivia M Anderson's Dec 6, 21:25 comment on Abortion is murder
    Hi Jimmy. I disagree with your argument about abortion. It is a woman's right to choose what to do with her body. There are a lot of reasons a woman would get an abortion. For example, if the mother is in danger due to the pregnancy she should reserve the right to choose whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. Here is a resource that I think would be helpful for you: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/considering-abortion/what-facts-about-abortion-do-i-need-know .
  • Kathryn's Dec 6, 21:24 comment on Gun Control
    Danny, your article is very well written, and I like that you present points of view from both sides of the issue. In the future, I think maybe expanding more on what has led people to have certain stances on this issue would be interesting to look at, as well as providing statistics on gun ownership and mass incidents.
  • Megan's Dec 6, 21:24 comment on What causes hate crimes and how do they affect Americans?
    Hi David! I completely agree with everything you said! It is clear that everything you said are high issues concerning our country, and the points you raised were very valid. Hate crimes are very prevalent, and a lot of the information you provided was relatively shocking. My one addition is that maybe go further in depth on the definition of a hate" crime, and possibly what constitutes it. Heres a link that may help you (https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/learn-about-hate-crimes) Your essay was very interesting to read. Thank you!
  • Dominic's Dec 6, 21:23 comment on Global Warming Threats
    Hello Timothy, I very much enjoyed your article Global Warming Threats. I thought your link to more information on the greenhouse effect was very helpful because that term constantly gets thrown around in these arguments, so getting an in-depth look on it was good support for your article. One thing I would like to see from you is more detail on how your proposed solutions will help the problem. I know the recycling system in the US has many issues, so I would like to know how helpful or not helpful using refillable water bottles will be to reduce global warming. Overall this article was very informative and I am looking forward to your next insightful take into "hot" topics like global warming.
  • Ellie's Dec 6, 21:23 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Charlie! I found your article really interesting because college tuition is affecting all students at Judge currently. Not only does it make students hesitate from pursuing higher education, it often limits students and their families from having a standard quality of life. Although some may argue that there are financial aid opportunities out there, it is extremely difficult to get substantial help for college education. I admire your creativity in the metaphor of "But it’s similar for the younger generations, except everything is on fire, because it’s hell." It puts everything in perspective and easier to understand for people who are not familiar with the college tuition situation right now. One article that might help you expand your argument is https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-college-tuition-costs Good job on your essay!
  • Sam's Dec 6, 21:21 comment on Should Marijuana Be Federally Legal?
    I really agree with your points here especially the fact that legalizing marijuana on a federal level will get rid of the current the vaping illness epidemic.Everything would be healthier for the population and most importantly the youth who are primarily being effected by this problem.
  • Abbey's Dec 6, 21:20 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Charlie this is a great paper!! I really enjoyed reading what you had to say about this topic that definitely concerns us as we are beginning our journey towards being college students and the problem that is looming over our heads is student debt because education costs so much money. I hope that you continue to research and write about this topic I would love to read what you have to say.
  • Megan's Dec 6, 21:19 comment on Police Brutality
    Asnica I completely agree with everything you said! It is clear that police brutality is a high issue concerning our country, and the points you raised were very valid. My one addition is that maybe, while focusing mainly on brutality against African Americans, add cases of brutality against other races too! Heres a link that may help you! (https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/04/24/usa-today-revealing-misconduct-records-police-cops/3223984002/) Great job!
  • Asnica's Dec 6, 21:18 comment on Parents mean more than we think.
    cassie I totally agree with you because when parents and kids have a healthy relationship they are better to grow up to have a healthy and stable life.''a child who grows up with a healthy relationship with their parents have a better chance of developing a happier and safer relationship with friends as they grow up.'' this is true and I agree with you a lot.
  • Siqi's Dec 6, 21:17 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    I think speaking more than one language is a good thing. But if you are in the US, you have to learn and know English well.
  • Maddie's Dec 6, 21:10 comment on Police Brutality
    Hey Asnica. I agree that this is a major issue happening right now. I feel everyone should be protected not just those chosen due to race or privileged. I believe this link may be helpful. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Police-Brutality-in-the-United-States-2064580 I hope this helps and great job!
  • Siwei's Dec 6, 21:09 comment on Global Warming Threats
    Hi Timmy,I am so interested in your topic. Nowadays, the global warming are affecting our life and the earth. There are some effects of global warming: The heat energy brought by the rising temperature will provide huge kinetic energy to the air and ocean, thus forming large-scale, or even super-large-scale typhoons, hurricanes, tsunamis and other disasters. Each year more and more disasters are suffered and faced, the loss of life and money is more and more unacceptable. Typhoons, tsunamis and other disasters not only directly damage buildings and threaten human life, but also bring secondary disasters, especially typhoons, hurricanes and other disasters brought by large amounts of rain, will lead to mudslides, landslides and other serious threats to the safety of traffic and residents. Rising temperatures will draw water not only directly from the oceans, but also from the land, resulting in widespread drought in inland areas, which will reduce food production and thus feed. Food and meat will be scarce, a direct threat to national stability. Food scares and fights are no longer the preserve of backward villages. Melting icebergs due to rising temperatures are the primary source of fresh water on which we depend for our survival. Much of our underground freshwater reserves come from iceberg meltwater. When the temperature balance is normal, the ice and snow circulation of the icebergs, which melt in summer, flows downhill and underground, accumulating fresh water in the plains and acting as a filter. The whole cycle ensures a stable balance of our fresh water. But now global warming has made ice and snow accumulation far less rapid than melting, and some icebergs have stopped accumulating, cutting off local drinking water. This will lead to conflicts and wars caused by water shortage. Rising temperatures are disrupting the natural food chain.
  • Siqi's Dec 6, 21:07 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    From my point of view, phone is a big problem that can influence your bedtime. Depending on age, gender, marital status, amount of homework, drunkenness, and many other factors, this period ranges from 0:00 to 23:59:59. It is often simply defined as a person going to bed, although there is some debate as to whether this means going to bed or actually turning off the lights, closing your eyes and trying to sleep.
  • Siwei's Dec 6, 21:04 comment on Feel The Struggle
    Hi Nallely, I am so interested in your topic. I think each kids should get a lot of experience from life and the society. But if they have too much work and hard work to do, they will feel difficult and depressed. Their experience will change them a lot, not only for their body, but also will influence their mind.
  • Roman's Dec 6, 20:49 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Great paper Charlie! It's messed up how expensive it is for people to now go to college. I hope this trend changes and college can be affordable for many people again, though it shouldn't outright be free.
  • Roman's Dec 6, 20:44 comment on How Good people Think
    While most everyone has different opinions on different things I wouldn't say everyone is a good person. But I do agree with your last statement. Overall though your paper was really hard to read because of various spelling and grammatical errors. I would suggest working on that if you ever need to write another thing like this again.
  • Elliot Gleich's Dec 6, 20:27 comment on Trumps opinion on Immigrants
    Hey Emanuel, You addressed the information well and brought good examples to support it. I think you should reread it for spelling and grammar checks to make your point more clearly. I agree with you about how Trump is trying to make immigrants look bad to complete his agenda. What do you think individual people can do to help fight Trumps agenda?
  • Italia's Dec 6, 19:34 comment on Woman Rights
    Keily, while I agree with you that women deserve the right to education, free speech, and suffrage, all women in the United States in are all granted these rights and freedoms. Regardless of this though, we are still a long ways away from gaining full equality between men and women. Women are constantly discriminated against and objectified, the wage gap is still an issue many deal with today, and they aren't given full control over their own body.
  • Amber's Dec 6, 19:25 comment on Guns Guns Guns!!!
    Excellent post Samuel. Many far left wing activists will want to ban guns, but it is nearly impossible. Guns themselves do not kill people, people kill people. Mentally ill, people who may have experienced extreme bullying and harm, have been on their breaking point. Many people who are pushing for gun control are asking for universal backgraound checks. But what most people don't realize is that THERE IS ONE. Any U.S. citizen legal of age, who purchases a gun from an NRA retailer, must go through a background check also known as the FFL (Federal Firearms Liscense). It is privately owned companies who are selling guns illegally who do not require background checks. Also, safety training for those who do know how to operate a gun it extremely important. Here's an article more on it, if you're interested. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Firearms_License#Record_keeping
  • Cassie's Dec 6, 19:20 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    What you wrote was very interesting and I agree that immigrants move from their home for a better life for themselves and their children. I think we need to put more effort into programs that assist those coming into the united states because the entire US is made up of immigrants who moved from unsustainable places to a place that is known for dreamers and those who can accomplish anything. Here's an article I found about this idea (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/17/key-findings-about-u-s-immigrants/)
  • Emma's Dec 6, 19:19 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Wow Kira great article. I love Oregon's idea. I'm sure it was taken well by students and it sounds like teacher and parents must support it as well. It is great to hear that mental illnesses are increasingly addresses as if it were a broken bone because depression is a verified illness that effects millions. I also was surprised to hear the classes are taking a few minutes of class time to discusses their own mental health. At my school was hang lots of posters urging students to get help if need be. We have even implemented a minute of mindfulness each morning during class. Thank you for writing on this issue.
  • Rachael's Dec 6, 19:19 comment on We Need Diversity Of Thought
    Good point. It makes sense that nothing gets done in the federal government because people are too polarized and therefore cannot work together to make decisions or fix things. I found a good article that describes a fundamental cause of political and social division creating a gridlock: https://time.com/5435825/divided-america-values-language-meaning/.
  • Cassie's Dec 6, 19:11 comment on Police Brutality
    Asnica, I completely agree with what you have written about the police brutality issue that's becoming very widespread in america. Only police officers who obey the rules and follow the strict rules should be wearing the badge and protecting ou community because people with bias cause a once good thing to become bad. According to an article I read, the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing, with a total 753 civilians having been shot, 150 of whom were Black, as of October 29, 2019. Here's the article link (https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/).
  • Emily's Dec 6, 19:10 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    This is a very interesting topic to think about. I think prisoners should be allowed to vote in prison; it is highly unfair to deny prisoners their constitutional rights. You might find this article interesting: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/prisoners-convicts-felons-inmates-right-to-vote-enfranchise-criminal-justice-voting-rights-213979
  • Emma's Dec 6, 19:09 comment on Annoyance of Silence
    I commend you for making an effort to understand the constant talkers and their viewpoints. I am a relatively quiet person and I don't love making small talk. I love talking about things that actually matter. It is funny how something as little as background music can allow a person to focus or calm down. It blows me away the power music can have on our everyday lives. Interesting piece, Chris.
  • Tomas's Dec 6, 19:02 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    Glendy I completely agree that people should be able to speak whatever language they want. It is their right to be able to do such a thing. I think because our nation has so many different races and languages, it makes us more diverse and better. Language is such a beautiful thing, and everyone should be able to do it however they want. Here is a link showing why people should learn another language: https://www.pandatree.com/reason_foreign_language. Learning a new language can help us in many ways, and since diversity is very important to me, I completely agree with you.
  • Emma's Dec 6, 18:56 comment on We Need Diversity Of Thought
    Hi Cooper, I completely agree that general public should be have serious and progressive conversations about the major issues that are ripping our country apart even further. And may I add that we should be respectably listening to each others argument. To a certain extent, Mitchell is right that television loves to highlight politicians bickering, though it can also be said that how they address each others viewpoints does not help anything. It seems that people still base their views on irrational things, misconceptions or personnel pride. Everyone in the media seems too scared of being cancelled to share their opinions. I liked your article because it needs to be said. Hopefully as more people say things like this, then we will make progress.
  • Tomas's Dec 6, 18:52 comment on Woman Rights
    Keily, I agree that women definitely deserve equal rights. Our country has come a long way in the category of women's human privileges. I agree that the picture does portray a public assembly of women trying to express their opinion. This is their human right of assembly and free speech, which they have. At the end of you reflection, you said that women "should be treated equality, free, able to vote, able to get an education and freedom of speech.", but women have the right to be free, vote, get education, and speak. Their is definitely still some sexual discrimination between genders, and we still have a long way to go before we can truly call both genders equal. Here is a link telling why we need to do this: should be treated equality , free, able to vote , able to get an education and freedom of speech. Thank you for expressing your opinion, it really does matter.
  • Gedeon's Dec 6, 18:51 comment on Woman Rights
    I like your argument and the things you pointed out at the beginning of your writing. It is crucial to let others know about the message that is being conveyed by the poster and protest as a whole. But towards the end you mentioned the Freedom of speech, Vote, and Education which are all in place already in our society.
  • Emily's Dec 6, 18:51 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    You make many good points in this post. I think the Oregon bill is a very good idea; it would help many people I know. I think it good you also covered possible solutions, because many people only discuss the issue but not any solutions. You might find this article helpful if you want to write more on this topic: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services .
  • Amani's Dec 6, 18:51 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    I agree with that statement that people should be free to speak whatever language they want to speak, and maybe another if they want too.
  • Tiffany's Dec 6, 18:50 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Your post was well written and I appreciate you adding in that little bit of personal information. My mom as well left her home country, in order to have a better life for me and my sister. I enjoyed the facts you added, which helped realize how diverse New York is.
  • Italia's Dec 6, 18:49 comment on Police Brutality In America
    This is such an important topic in this day and age! The trauma and hoops people of color, but especially African-Americans have to go through just to live their daily lives, is absurd. The only way to combat this huge problem society is to educate the children of today, the only future that this world holds, and teach them to be kind and compassionate. Racism is not inherent, it is learned.
  • Elliot Gleich's Dec 6, 18:49 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Hey Emanuel, You presented all your information well and it makes sense that they would want to move here for a better life. I just wish America was putting into place more programs for family like yours who struggle with poverty and living situations. Our country was founded by immigrants and families like yours only help the economy, so I don't know why some people don't want to help immigrant families.
  • Alysa's Dec 6, 18:47 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Here is an interesting article to further grow your argument. https://novakdjokovicfoundation.org/6-reasons-why-preschool-is-good-for-your-child/ I do agree that preschool is important. It is important for kids to be exposed to learning so they are prepared for kindergarten. I like how you discussed how your school takes action in teaching students how to write. I think you should write about why others view preschool is not important. Then go back to your claim, to make your argument stronger. I think you should look at some data to show if children who go to preschool are more prepared for kindergarten. School is very important and as soon as kids can be exposed to learning, the better.
  • Alicia's Dec 6, 18:47 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Hey Charlie, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say. Just the other day my teacher and I were talking about how the price of college has changed drastically even since they were in college. The price is way too high and this leads students to live their life trying to pay off student debt. I fear that the attendance rate of college will begin to drop again. I think this is something that needs to be addressed more! Great job on your article!
  • Emmy's Dec 6, 18:46 comment on We Need Diversity Of Thought
    Cooper, We actually talked about this in AP Gov today. It's such an interesting division among the American people that has caused us to move into to different neighborhoods and even go to different coffee shops. The division among us has become so deep-rooted it's almost subconscious to gravitate towards those who agree with you. I'd love to see you explore possible solutions of this issue, check out the Big Sort by Bill Bishop.
  • Horyna's Dec 6, 18:46 comment on Fighting For You
    Meghan, I absolutely love this poem. I really resonate with the emotions you expressed. It is extremely frustrating to watch as our climate becomes increasingly mild and temperatures begin to rise. It is frightening and I think you portrayed that very well with your words. I too hope that we will be able to turn things around and that humanity will be able to survive this, but we must do something soon. Have you thought about some policy solutions for climate change? If not, I think you would really enjoy Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Green New Deal ( https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/climate/green-new-deal-questions-answers.html ). Your poem is extremely well done! I loved how to you tied in real life events such as the burning of Amazon in comparison to the burning of Notre Dame. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future!
  • Amani's Dec 6, 18:45 comment on Remove Posters
    Hi Luis, I agree with your statement that during the 1920's women were more free spirited in society and were becoming different. Women became more creative and became for self sufficient. They started to be themselves and do what they wanted to do they didn't stick to what society wanted them to be. here's in interesting article about women in the 1920's https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zt8ftyc/revision/2.
  • Angeth's Dec 6, 18:44 comment on A Solution to the Plastic Problem `
    I liked your topic and I agree with what your saying one-hundred percent. This problem is not taken as seriously as it should. It's killing sea life and will if it already hasn't will affect human life. So we need to make a change before it's to late. I think a tax is necessary, if people won't recycle they should be taxed maybe not to much but enough for it to be an inconvenience that provokes them not to do it again. Here's an article i think you would like reading. https://www.scmp.com/article/675323/should-people-be-fined-if-they-dont-recycle
  • Isabella's Dec 6, 18:44 comment on First Section Of Orange Is The New Black.
    Hi, Joan, I also read the book Orange is the New Black, and I watched the Netflix show as well. I loved this book and I'm glad it resonated with you too. I believe that this book illustrates what an urgent problem mass incarceration is in the United States coming from Piper's perspective as a woman who was in prison. I liked how you connected this book to "El Señor de Los Cielos" as I had not previously heard of this show and I'm intrigued to watch it. I recommend looking more into the problem of mass incarceration in the United States as unfortunately Orange is the New Black is not a fictional book. Here's a link with more info about the problem: https://www.aclu.org/issues/smart-justice/mass-incarceration Looking forward to what you write next, Bella
  • Natalie's Dec 6, 18:44 comment on Trust No One
    I like this article a lot. The quote at the beginning (“Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair”) was a nice way to start out the article. This topic is extremely important in this day and age. This might be an interesting paper to check out https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2008.00689.x Thank you for bringing awareness to this issue. -Natalie Risse 🙂
  • Jayme's Dec 6, 18:44 comment on Should semi-automatic guns be banned?
    I think you write an interesting argument to the pro-gun choice. It's a clever point that uses the argument's own logic to support your point. I think stating each of the author's credentials and work would help with understanding the background of where this information came from. You made some strong points using your own opinion combined claims from the articles. Though this mainly focuses on civilians, do you think police should carry semi-automatic guns?
  • Alexander's Dec 6, 18:43 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Kaya, I too feel that it is a necessity to get good sleep. We as teenagers should be getting between eight and ten hours of sleep per night according to https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/teens-and-sleep. I believe that reading this article could help broaden your knowledge on the lack of sleep amongst teens. The line, "When a student stays up to do homework all night, it will actually cause the students grade to lower because it is harder to concentrate." is really interesting to think about. Often times, we as students stay up late working on homework and end up tired the next day. We should work to find a good balance between work and sleep. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. -Alex
  • Gedeon's Dec 6, 18:43 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Great writing Kaya! I think you made some great points about sleep deprivation and its effects on teens. Sleep is crucial for everyone especially those in schools because sleep is key to their success. Whether we are talking about the academic or emotional aspect of it in their education. I believe that adding a few steps for those who have sleep problems because some of those steps you mentioned about do not apply to them. Here is an example that might give you some insights https://www.verywellhealth.com/sleep-problems-and-hiv-49407 .
  • Tomas's Dec 6, 18:43 comment on Police Brutality
    Asnica, I completely agree that the African American community has been traumatized with police brutality in the past years. The police ended up killing someone, but also ended up significantly affected the entire black community. I agree that PTSD has been formed with African Americans, creating tension between them and black lives. It is very interesting to see the data that you showed. It helped me understand the total effect the police issue had the African Americans. This is a site with information on how a society could hinder police brutality against anyone (https://populardemocracy.org/news/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-end-police-brutality). I think police brutality happens to all races, and some police officers should be no duty. However, police officers and citizens need to do their parts to end this conflict and break the tension between them.
  • Tiffany's Dec 6, 18:42 comment on Police Brutality
    I agree that police brutality is a huge issue, and I agree that it mainly occurs to African Americans, but there have been some cases of it happening to whites. I think that you should add that point of view in your article. Other than that, it was well written and definitely something that needs t be addressed.
  • Emily's Dec 6, 18:41 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Your post is very interesting. I strongly agree with you; college is far too expensive. If you want to delve further into this topic maybe consider looking at this article: chttps://www.businessinsider.com/why-is-college-so-expensive-2018-4 . I think it would also be interesting if you wrote about possible solutions to this problem.
  • Alicia's Dec 6, 18:41 comment on The issue of homelessness within CPS
    I think this is a really good idea. There's no reason for houses that aren't being used to just stay there and be empty. There are people in need of homes and there are homes not being used, that makes for the perfect combo! The only thing that would be difficult is finding funding for the homes so that the students can continue to live there for as long as they need to during the school years.
  • Sam's Dec 6, 18:40 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Dear Kaya, I thought this piece was very good! All the information about how too little sleep affects people really helped your point come across clearly, not to mention it allowed the reader to see and realize for themselves why sleep is important. I also liked how you mentioned the negative effects of too little sleep, along with the positives of healthy amounts of sleep. I think this allowed the readers to visualize the affects and compare them easily. Overall, Great work!
  • Elliot Gleich's Dec 6, 18:39 comment on Opposing Viewpoints: Should an Impeachment Inquiry Take Place?
    Hey Eric, You did a great job sourcing your information and summarizing the main points of the article, it made it easy to understand and create an opinion. I also agree with you, if Trump broke the law something needs to be done about it. We shouldn't allow people to sweep it under the rug and forget about it. No one is above the law. Try putting all the information into 2 coherent paragraphs to make it more easy to read.
  • Amani's Dec 6, 18:38 comment on Police Brutality
    I agree Police brutality has gone too far and is a big issue in todays world. I feel like if you are a police officer and wear a badge you should be protecting everyone not just who you want to. Black people deserve and have the right to be protected as much as everyone else. https://www.washingtonpost.com/policeshootings/ her is a link talking about how many deaths there were in 2016 that were caused by police brutality.
  • Alysa's Dec 6, 18:38 comment on Does Class Size Matter?
    Riley, I think you would find this article interesting discussing more about class size. https://www.hmhco.com/blog/class-size-matters I agree with you that smaller class sizes are better because the dedication to a student one on one is important. I think you need to focus more on discussing the pros instead of focusing on the cons of public school. I also went to public school and I think that it is important to have more dedication especially if they are struggling. Public school teachers dedicate themselves to their students just as much as private school teachers- their are always good and bad teachers. At public school if the student catches onto things easily, they do not need the one on one education. I think, however, it is sometimes good to be in a big school because it gives you more drive to work harder because there are more students. Overall an interesting topic, but I think you need to add more, maybe some data. -Alysa
  • Tiffany's Dec 6, 18:35 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    I agree with you that people should be able to speak what they want to say, but I would add more. I would add more to what the picture is showing, and also add more to your claim.
  • Peter's Dec 6, 17:57 comment on Remove Posters
    Hey Luis, I totally agree with your sentiment that during the roaring 20's women's ideology completely changed as an entire society. With more creativity stemming from women mind, our society greatly benefits. An interesting article that tracks the history of feminist movements is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist_movements_and_ideologies
  • Peter's Dec 6, 17:54 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Hey Kaya, I totally agree with your take on lack of sleep causing lots of problems for students. If we students do not get enough sleep, their entire day can be affected. From their mood, to their ability to study. With increasing responsibilities for students it is harder and harder to get a full night of sleep. The tips you gave for getting more sleep, are very helpful. Another article that I found is helpful is https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/guide-to-sleeping-for-college-students-and-teens/.
  • Jimmy's Dec 6, 17:51 comment on Police Brutality
    While I agree that police brutality is an issue, and that there are no doubt some officers who wear a badge and should not be wearing a badge, I would like to say that police officers are not targeting black people. According to statista.com, in the years 2017-2019, more whites have been killed by officers than blacks. In 2019 so far, there have been 220 whites killed as opposed to 150 blacks killed by officers. https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/ In all honesty, I believe this is a victim mindset that blacks are being targeted and oppressed by officers, which is not true. Black on black crime is an also a big issue and is something you should also focus on.
  • Jimmy's Dec 6, 17:40 comment on Is Abortion Ethical?
    I agree with your post, in regards that the argument of "what about rape or incest" for abortion would not be a very good argument. These cases are rare and do not happen often. If you cannot afford to raise the baby, adoption is always an option. One does not get to choose whether or not a fetus, human being, should live or die based on ones own personal convenience. Determining whether something gets to live or die based on convenience is pure evil.
  • Peter's Dec 6, 17:36 comment on What does “America” mean?
    Nice article, however I think without the people, there is no America. Men and women built this country back over 200 years ago, and we have continues to thrive as a country ever since. I think you would like this article that explains what it is to be an American. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1939/03/what-makes-an-american/309021/. Thanks, have a great day.
  • Peter's Dec 6, 17:21 comment on We Need Diversity Of Thought
    Hey coop, great article. I like how to took more of a factual approach to the problem, rather than choosing to pick a political side. I think you would like this article by the New York Time that illustrates this problem. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/07/learning/why-is-it-important-for-people-with-different-political-beliefs-to-talk-to-each-other.html. Have a great day!
  • Cooper Williford's Dec 6, 15:51 comment on Woman Rights
    Education, free speech, and suffrage are all rights that women have had for years in the United States, and all over Western Civilization in general.
  • Asnica's Dec 6, 15:40 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Dear kaya, complete agree with you on how it's hard to get enough sleep during the school year. It would definitely help us if were on our phone's less. When it's time for us to go to sleep to put our phones in another room so we get a better night sleep.
  • Ashleigh's Dec 6, 14:50 comment on Cops for Injustice
    Jihan, I really enjoyed how you talked about a difficult topic with the use of statistics instead of many different personal stories. While personal stories are always a great way to talk about a topic the use of statistics was a wonderful way to add detail and evidence to the Black Lives Matter movement. For next time try to remember to identify what the acronyms stand for. -Ashleigh Weiszbrod
  • Ava's Dec 6, 14:48 comment on New Unique Values for American’s?
    Hi Rohan, I completely agree with your piece of writing. You tied your information together with certain parts of your book, and it flows really well together. I can relate to the correlation to realizing things after you read your book and it was very interesting reading your thoughts on different sections of your book.
  • Sloane's Dec 6, 14:46 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi again Laya! You're so welcome for helping you reach your goal of stardom. You truly deserve it with the intricate and complex analysis you wrote on the novel. It's very considerate of you to not want to spoil the book. Hope you have a marvelous weekend. Best wishes, Sloane
  • Angela Wang's Dec 6, 14:44 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Dear Charlie, I agree with your post “College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?” because the cost of attending college is extremely expensive. And although more people are going to college, it's generally because more and more people are expected to based on our modern society. In addition, families are making more in the recent decades, so they can provide financial help for their children. The sentence that stands out to me is the same as the sentence that stood out to Cooper. "One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The University of Chicago cost around $850 per year ($7000 adjusted to inflation), and it was the most expensive school at the time. Now, average tuition is $59,000 per year, with the current most expensive school being Harvey Mudd college, at a whopping $70,000 a year.” The idea that the tuition cost for college can skyrocket to that extent scares me. Imagine decades from now, imagine how crazy the tuition could be for our kids and grandchildren. In history, many events occur repeatedly. If we apply what happened in the past to the future, the tuition for future generations could be over $100,000 Have you seen this article https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/23/as-us-college-costs-soar-some-students-find-bargains-overseas.html This article provides another side of this issue: the amount of people going to U.S. colleges may decrease within years and resorting to overseas colleges. This might help with the end of increasing college costs; however, it may not be very good for our economy. I enjoyed reading your piece, and I hope to see more writing from you. This topic is very relevant to our generation, and I feel that something should be done to help people go to college without the extreme college debt. I liked how you provided the statistics about the University of Chicago.
  • Han's Dec 6, 14:43 comment on Protected: Black Air Force Ones Linked to Violence?
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  • Alexander's Dec 6, 14:43 comment on Trust No One
    I think your post brings up an important point. By hating someone for something they did, you only make the situation with that person worse. I think it is necessary for people to repair trust, but the question is, are people willing to go through that trouble? both side will have to be actively trying to build trust in order for it to be successfully restored. so I wonder, do you think that people are willing to do that?
  • Dorothy's Dec 6, 14:42 comment on Protest Sign
    Hi Luis, I totally agree that women can do just as much as men. We are learning about the 1920s and reading The Great Gatsby in class right now, and I find flappers particularly interesting. They were really bold and brave to break out of the mold that society put them in, and do what they really wanted to do. I especially liked their choice of fashion, their short dresses and hair were really unique and fun. What did you find most interesting about flappers?
  • Laya's Dec 6, 14:42 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Prerna! Thank you so much for your feedback!
  • Aliko's Dec 6, 14:41 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, I love how you talked about family and family is important to us all and they makw who we are. I personally say that family is the most important thing to me and that it comes first before anything. Here is an article i think you might like https://www.beliefnet.com/love-family/family-values.aspx
  • Laya's Dec 6, 14:39 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Sloane! Thanks for commenting on my post and helping me continue my journey towards youth voices fame. It's true that Lake wanted to bring back someone outside her family, but I don't want to spoil much. I think it is a hard decision but it truly is her choice on who she wants to resurrect. Thanks again and have a good day. -laya
  • Lauren's Dec 6, 14:36 comment on The effect your parents have is much greater than you think
    Ava, I enjoyed reading your piece. I agree that parents do have a big impact on your idea of culture, but also your values. I had never thought of the fact that as children, we want to make our parents happy and our childhood is where our values develop. As you stated, I think it’s important to recognize our parent’s influence on us more and appreciate what they’ve done for us. Your book sounds very interesting and I would like to read it.
  • Thomas's Dec 6, 14:36 comment on Years of Women’s Rights
    Hello Peyton, I really liked how you somehow tied in Chinese culture into American values and problems. One sentence that really stood out was when you said that "An outside look can sometimes give you insight otherwise impossible to get." I think this is insightful because people need to learn to see things through different lenses and need to know how it feels to walk in someone's shoes. By viewing something in a different perspective gives you more detail and maybe, just maybe, will change your view on that from your previous views. Although your post is about women's rights, the bigger picture you are getting at is viewing things from different lenses to get the bigger picture. By doing so, people might overcome their differences and come together. There are always two, or more, sides to every story. Sincerely, Thomas
  • Mitchell's Dec 6, 14:36 comment on We Need Diversity Of Thought
    Hello Cooper, I enjoyed your article and I found your points very relevant for the most part. However, I would like to challenge the idea that people stray away from discussing their views with people who disagree with them. I think it is the opposite. Think about the presidential debate, it is essentially a televised disagreement from the two top presidential candidates that is watched by millions. People love to argue and disagree. However, I agree with your statement that people should be much more open to an extent.
  • Olivia's Dec 6, 14:33 comment on To Leave or Not to Leave
    Dear Ashleigh, I found your paper very interesting. It is crazy to think that even now things like back in the holocaust are happening now without anyone noticing. I can't believe things have gotten this bad and we are letting it go! I agree with you that things are being handled very, very poorly. These people are trying to escape bad conditions by coming to the US but then are put into just as bad, if not worse, conditions and are being separated from their families. I believe they should be treated like anyone else. They are people too and deserve to be treated and tried fairly. I do believe they should have a background check before coming in but it needs to be handled better! They need to stay in a nice place with their families and be fed and taken care of while the legals are being taken care of. They should not be kept in these terrifying prison like cells. We need to treat them better, treat them like humans, not animals. Thank you for sharing your work and ideas! Sincerely, Olivia
  • Lily's Dec 6, 14:30 comment on Protected: Black Air Force Ones Linked to Violence?
    Hi Aidan, I think this is a very interesting and concerning topic. What is your source?
  • Catherine's Dec 6, 14:30 comment on American Culture
    Hi Lauren, I really enjoyed reading your post! When you said, “Literacy and what we read is very important for our development, not just educationally but as people”, I agreed wholeheartedly with that. I never really thought about how much our parents influence how we see the world and the people and issues in it. Another thing that affects our views of the world is what we read and see on social media. Social media helps us to hear other people’s opinions, and that can change our entire world views.
  • jack's Dec 6, 14:26 comment on Where American Values Come From
    Hey Owen, thank you for reading my essay. I liked that you brought up confucianism. I remember learning about that in history last year. I also read the article, so thank you for giving me that source. I might have to use that source in some of my other reading.
  • Baoyang Dong's Dec 6, 14:26 comment on Waste-to-energy
    Wow interesting! I didn't heard about the clothes line ban before, and also I agree with your opinion about wasting in United States. American technology is very developed but it also caused a lot of wasting and high labor costs. Thank you for sharing this. I really like this post and can't wait to learn more.
  • Jihan Park's Dec 6, 14:26 comment on To Leave or Not to Leave
    Dear Ashleigh, I am Jihan responding to your 'To leave or not to leave' because I really enjoyed the read and have some of my own opinions as well. One thing that really stuck out to me was when you took what was inscribed on state of liberty and reworded it into something that relates to our current situation: "The American Dream now is ‘keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." I very much agree on your thought of our immigration problem. You used popular thinking--illegal immigrants are bad--and then used that to state what was going wrong. I myself don't agree with illegal immigrants, however, when one places more limitations of legal immigration, it would most likely be a given that illegal immigration would increase. Some questions I have for you would be What do you think we should do about the immigration problem? What are your thoughts on the illegal immigrants already living in the US, and how should we handle them? I really enjoyed reading this and I commend your work. Sincerely, Jihan
  • Mitchell's Dec 6, 14:25 comment on Woman Rights
    Hello, I would just like to address that women are actually able to vote, they have been since 1920.
  • Laya's Dec 6, 14:25 comment on What causes hate crimes and how do they affect Americans?
    Hi David! I really enjoyed your post and think your topic is a very important thing that everyone should be more educated about. Your book sounds really interesting, and especially significant considering the times we are in now. In the second paragraph, where you talked about how the FBI doesn't consider hate necessarily as a crime, was very shocking to me. I wonder to what extent that means because "hate" can be a super vague term but also just as broad. I agree that hate crimes are very prevalent still and people need to be more educated about them in order for us to prevent them. Do you think things will change soon? Overall I think you did a great job writing this essay.
  • William's Dec 6, 14:25 comment on Americas Hope
    Hello Han, I am interested in your post because of the title of the book you reviewed, and the connections you made to the real world. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “9/11 definitely influenced how we think about foreign security when it comes to terrorism.” I think this is interesting because 9/11 really changed our perception of other countries, and other countries perception of us. Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. When I traveled to Jamaica, the security was very relaxed and easy. But when I came back to America, the security was far more difficult to get through. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your word choice and style is interesting.
  • Aidan's Dec 6, 14:24 comment on We Eat Too Much!
    Hey James, interesting ideas you have put out in this article, however I have a couple discrepancies. First of all how can you say that Thanksgiving has become more about food then being thankful, when the reason the holiday was started was coming together and being thankful for food. Now it might be true that Americans eat too much, but I think that the problem doesn't lay within holidies this is when we should be able to indulge. I think the problem is with the lack of government intervention in the public health arena.It's simple either the government gets involved and we become a healthier nation or we stick to our old libertarian ways of thinking and we don't judge how other people choose to consume.
  • Peyton W Rose's Dec 6, 14:23 comment on The k-pop
    Hello Evelyn, I also really enjoy k-pop, some of my favorite music is from k-pop groups. I would suggest if you like k-pop that you check out some j-pop groups. It's a bit different, but there are a lot of parallels with the genres.
  • Jessica's Dec 6, 14:23 comment on Should we have Zoos?
    Dear Timothy, I think this is an interesting and complicated topic. On one side I can see zoos being used for education purposes and conservation. On the other side I can see zoos being harmful and causing an environment that would be stressful to animals. I think zoos should focus on education and conservation. Sometimes zoos do shows with the animals, I think this should be prevented because it can cause the animals to feel extra stressed. Zoos should make sure they protect their animals and make their lives happy and stress-free. In what ways do you think zoos should change to help the quality of life in the animals?
  • Sloane's Dec 6, 14:19 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya! I really enjoyed reading your post. That book seems really interesting, and I'd love to read it sometime. I thought that you did a really good job connecting the book to the essential question. I think you brought up interesting points about morals and loyalty to your family as well. From your writing, I am assuming that Lake chose to bring back someone who wasn't in her family, and that her family shamed her for this because they wanted her to bring back someone else. What do you think about this? Do you think she made the wrong decision or do you think it doesn't matter because it's her choice? Can't wait to hear back from you!
  • Dorothy's Dec 6, 14:19 comment on My Daily Routine
    Hi Luis, it is great that you have such an organized daily routine. I have a daily routine as well. I find that stretching and doing exercises in the morning is a great way to wake up and not weird at all. It seems like you are quite busy after school. When do you find the time to do your homework and study?
  • Mitchell's Dec 6, 14:15 comment on The k-pop
    Hello Evelyn, I really enjoyed reading your article. I liked your word and topic choice. Great job tying your book into your topic. Lastly, I am a huge fan of K-Pop. Also didn't BTS get convicted of murder?
  • madison's Dec 6, 14:14 comment on “English is our language no exceptions learn it”
    Hi Keily, I think that you bring an interesting point into discussion about learning English. You specifically mentioned immigrants learning English. It is important to know different languages, especially learning English in America because so many of us speak it and it is easier to communicate with one another. It is okay, however, to not know English and live in America because America celebrates diverse culture and language. There are still ways to communicate with others without the use of language. I agree with you that knowing English is helpful, but it should not be forced upon non native speakers.
  • Jonah's Dec 6, 13:41 comment on A Plethora of Problems
    Keily I read this book in class as well, I enjoyed the book it was good to see junior progress as the book went on. Junior grew a tremendous amount as the book went on and i was surprised by how he turned out. He had a great journey to get where he ended up.
  • Cooper's Dec 6, 13:38 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Dear Charlie I agree with your post “College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?” because it cost so much more money than what it used to. It can be scary how much more it cost a year in order to go to school. Without help of loans and benefactors, only a small number of people would be able to attend college at the moment. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The University of Chicago cost around $850 per year ($7000 adjusted to inflation), and it was the most expensive school at the time. Now, average tuition is $59,000 per year, with the current most expensive school being Harvey Mudd college, at a whopping $70,000 a year.” I think this is scary because people now have so much debt that they can't buy themselves a good house or car when they get out of school because they have to pay of their debt. Another sentence that I liked was: “But it’s similar for the younger generations, except everything is on fire, because it’s hell." This stood out for me because It shows that people are angry with how much tuition cost now and it can cause problems in society. Have you seen this article https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/student-debt-has-increased-almost-61-billion-since-end-of-2017-survey-shows/2019/05/05/cf923122-6f90-11e9-8be0-ca575670e91c_story.html I thought you might be interested in this because it shows that not only does it cause a problem with money, it also can affect people's mental health. This article shows that people are likely to commit suicide in order to escape the debt they they get into over loans for college. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed the amount of research you showed in the post. I think that it was nice to see so many statistics on a topic, and it really helped provided a point in the article.
  • Nico's Dec 6, 13:35 comment on The Price of Sustainability
    Hi Jayme, thank you for sharing your thoughts on how we could approach the energy crisis we are facing and are going to face. Energy is very important in our lives and is like a necessity today unlike before. In a matter of around 200 years, we have been able to improve our advancements in energy production. I agree that the price of sustainability will decrease over time because of new inventions and innovations. Solar power and wind power are great energy production processes; but like gas and oil markets, they have their pros and cons. Solar and wind power, as you said, are not as effective and cost-efficient today; these cons can be fixed in the future through new developments. But there are cons that will always be problems to these markets. According to Emma Bryce, “Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America, making it the most threatening form of green energy. And yet, it’s also one of the most rapidly expanding energy industries: more than 49,000 individual wind turbines now exist across 39 states.” While we are trying to make energy safer to the environment, green energy such as wind power hurts the environment differently than oil and gas companies. Though I only presented one con to these green energy methods, there are many more than this. In conclusion, I agree that the energy crisis is very important to the future of the world and that the future holds what is to come. If you want to research more about bird deaths related to wind turbines, the link is https://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds.
  • Navid's Dec 6, 13:35 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Dear Kaya: I am surprised by your post, "It's Bed Time," because I didn't know that sleep deprivation could cause our everyday life and mindset. The fact that not getting enough sleep causes brain break/damage is very shocking to me and as a result lowering our concentration is also a moving fact. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: "Young adults need to realize that it's a necessity to be the best versions of ourselves," I think this is a fabulous line because, young adults encounter different events and facts in life that can shape their future, as for this line, it is implied that one must never lose it's own real identity and never give up in order to succeed in life. Another sentence that I liked was: "Getting sleep can help with these negative thoughts and increase the overall mood of a person." This stood out for me because it shows the most essential benefits of sleep. Humans like machines need a break to gain more energy which is done through sleeping. However, I think too much sleep time can have an opposite (negative) effect on people, for it may make us more lazy. Have you seen this article https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body#4. I thought you might like this because it has sleep deprivation side effects with proves through science and everyday life evidences. Thanks for your writing, I am look forward to seeing what you write next, because I find your post informative: It helps us build up a better foundation and decisions for becoming the best versions of ourselves.
  • Drew's Dec 6, 13:33 comment on Immigrants in the U.S.
    Dear Emanuel, Your article was very interesting, and I enjoyed learning more about the background of people in New York. I go to Buffalo to visit family, and this made me reflect on the people that I interact with there. Hearing your Mom’s story about coming to NYC was very moving. Coming to a new country and giving up your old life to help your children’s future is incredible. I recently did research about public housing, and found information about New York City. Apparently “New York City has a public housing waiting list with ‘a 1 percent vacancy rate and more than 270,000 families waiting for a spot’” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-public-housing/2015/09/11/2e55a57e-57c9-11e5-abe9-27d53f250b11_story.html). I know shelters aren’t technically public housing but I thought this information might be interesting considering your topic. I enjoyed hearing your unique perspective on this topic, and look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Owen's Dec 6, 13:23 comment on Where American Values Come From
    Hello Jack. I thought your take on where American Values came from was interesting and agreed with most. According to Trevor Holmes (https://trevor.help/part-2-series-on-values/), you gain your major values between ages 8 to 13. This means that most people will learn from their families about their values. One sentence that stood out to me was when you talked about how family was the most important thing in our lives. This reminded me of Confucianism because one of the main beliefs of it, is that family is important. Thank you for your article. It made me reevaluate where values are formed.
  • David's Dec 6, 13:22 comment on What It Really Means To Be An American
    Hi Laya, I enjoyed reading your post about the "American dream" and how hard work and determination leads to success. I think on the surface it is all about how hard you work and is fair, not based on your economic status, but I also believe that this "dream" is a lot more complicated. For instance, if a child grows up in a not so fortunate household, I think they will have to work a lot harder than a child who grows up in a more privileged home. The more fortunate child will have many more opportunities. We all don't start form a level playing field.
  • Caroline's Dec 6, 13:21 comment on To Leave or Not to Leave
    Dear Ashleigh, I really enjoyed reading your paper. I especially found it very appalling and interesting to read. It really liked how it gave me a new perspective on how we are handling immigration. I think it's awful how people are treating immigrants who are just trying to get to safety in the USA and instead are being treated probably just as bad as they are forced out or wait to come in to the United States. One thing you did that really stood out to me was the way you said the line on the Statue Liberty has changed in the course of recent actions. I found it very profound when you said stated, "keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore" (To Leave or Not to Leave). I agree with you that we are handling this immigration thing very poorly. Just because these people come from a different place to America, doesn't mean they need to be treated like they are less than nothing. What do you think we need to do our immigration system in order to make it better for immigrants waiting to be let in and people already living here in the USA? Thank you for sharing your work and well done. Sincerely, Caroline
  • Annie's Dec 6, 13:18 comment on The Bullets you Shoot
    Dear Prerna, I am impressed with your post "The Bullets You Shoot". I liked the way you explained the book in a way that doesn't give any spoilers and that you cited other texts that backed up your arguments. One part that stood out to me was "This book is very important to today’s world. African Americans and other minorities are killed at a higher rate than their white counterparts". I thought this was very good information and I liked how you then backed it up with a quote in the next sentence. Another part I thought was interesting was "The Hate u Give helps people become less ignorant about what’s happening today and allows those people to make their decision on whether or not to recognize this problem and help promote change". I was interested by this because you showed that when reading this book the reader sees discrimination from a new perspective and gets a better understanding of the wrongdoing by officers. You also made it clear that although everyone reading will see this problem it's up to them to do something to stop it. Have you seen the movie The Hate U Give? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MM8OkVT0hw) The movie might be good to watch after reading the book to see how it compares and if it shines the same light on discrimination. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are a great writer and bring up good points in your writing in a smart way.
  • Rachel's Dec 6, 13:18 comment on Religious Freedom in America
    Dear Sloane, I agree with your claim about personal beliefs being separated from the government because it would have a lot of influence on how laws are made and just things around that. The overall message of your post was to the point and I clearly understood what you were trying to say. Yes, Americans have the freedom religion, press, speech, etc. but, there should be a certain limit as to where it is applied regarding the government and our daily lives.
  • Jasmine's Dec 6, 13:17 comment on My Beloved Daughter
    Hello Khadija, I really enjoyed reading your poem! In our American Literature class we read a poem every day, which has exposed us to various artistic styles and literary elements. I was intrigued to read your piece because of the heartfelt title and beautiful picture! I think poetry is such a good way to express emotion, and I especially liked: "The love of my my life./ I only want you to know,/ That when I’m struggling,/ Or dealing with strife,/ You are where I always go". This reminded me of my own life, and how looking at it from the opposite perspective, I always go to my mother! Also, have you read "When They Call You a Terrorist" by Patrisse Khan-Cullors ( https://patrissecullors.com/call-terrorist-black-lives-matter-memoir/ )? Your poem reminded me of this book, and I highly recommend it. Although it does not show exactly the same family dynamic as the one described in your poem, one of a strong mother-daughter relationship, family is a central part of this novel. The main character, Patrisse (it is a memoir) has a very strong relationship with her father. She turns to him for love and help when she needs it, and he does the same as well. Even if you don't look at this book, I really appreciate your time writing and posting this on Youth Voices! Thanks. -Jasmine
  • Lauren's Dec 6, 13:12 comment on What Is Family?
    Hey Rachel! I love your Article! I believe family is very important and that it should be put before anything else. I think it doesn't matter if it is a parent, cousin, sibling or friend that you are closest to, but you should surround yourself and be yourself around the people you are closest to. I believe you should be grateful that you have a family or someone that cares for you and watches out for you because some people don't have that. I think your family shapes who you are so having good relationships with them and being able to talk to them about anything is a really awesome thing. I feel like for your book the biological mom went from not being able to support and then all of a sudden thinking shes ready to take care of her and I think that is only half fair to the child. There is a family that will love and care for the child and give them a good life and it seems a little selfish to want the child back. I understand if you can't support but it is a huge decision to put them up for adoption. I think the child should have a right to know who mom is and maybe at that point decide to go back but I feel like the mother isn't ready yet. It happened too fast to believe it.
  • Naomi's Dec 6, 13:10 comment on Fitting in the Gaps
    Hey Thomas! I really enjoyed your article. I made me think more about the ideas of being an outcast and having to look at everything on the outside. I can't imagine what it would feel like to live in a town that spreads such rumours and says very hateful things as you were saying in your essay. I did feel like you sort of just talked about the book and you could have gone more into how these experiences happen in real life and effect a great number of people. Great essay!
  • Prerna's Dec 6, 13:09 comment on The American dream in Death of a Salesman
    Hi Annie, You did a good job of explaining the book and how the definition of the American Dream is incredibly idealistic or popular during the time I assume your book took place. I like how you examined each character's arc because it helps me understand differing points of view along with how family is a harder thing to keep steady than one may expect. I also like the socioeconomic criticism you tied into this by talking about the money involved in the story.
  • Jonah's Dec 6, 13:09 comment on OT RAFI
    OT RAFI, keep up the good work man. Songs fire, sounds great. I like how it is in Spanish very cool. the fro' and the green under armor shirt drippy doe. love the photo edit very cool as well.
  • Eric's Dec 6, 13:08 comment on The Oppression of Freedom
    Hi Nico. Thank you for writing this great piece about the role of equality throughout history in society. You bring up some very good examples of oppression, such as the one faced by the Jewish people during World War II. I found this website that gives a third instance of this here: https://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears.
  • Prerna's Dec 6, 13:04 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, I really liked your essay especially the really big words you used. I think your book ties well into the meaning of family and how it is an American creed which you do a good job of explaining. I also enjoyed your opinion on family being so important in one's life and the ability to overcome obstacles within it.
  • Donald's Dec 6, 02:15 comment on The End of the Semester
    Dear jackson: I am impressed by your story “the end of the semester”, because you were able to paint a very vivid picture of your experience. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Ms.Williams heels cracking on the floor” I think this is beautiful writing because it shows very good attention to detail. Another sentence that I loved was: ‘Something I have found out about myself from this experience is I can do better.” This stood out for me because it shows a lesson you learned from this experience. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing style and attention to detail are very mature.
  • Kaya's Dec 6, 01:23 comment on Be Comfortable In Your Own Body
    Hey Sagrario. I am sorry that you have struggled with this. I think it is absolutely terrible that people shammed you for your body. Everyone is beautiful in their own ways. It is hard to be happy when others are bringing you down. I found some sources that show why you should love yourself. Do not let others bring you down girl. You are beautiful. You are you and for that, you should love yourself no matter what others say. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/15-reasons-to-love-yourself This is such a common issue, especially for teens. I believe that if we were all a little kinder to one another, there would be less circumstances where this happens. Bringing others down to build yourself up is not the answer. Keep being you. You are gorgeous.
  • Kaya's Dec 6, 01:15 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Hey Charlie! I really like what you have said. I believe that college should be free and affordable for everyone. It is not fair that people can not go to college because they can not afford it. Even when you get financial aid for college, the prices are still extremely high. Making college free would help with college debt as well. I found a source that shares the pros and cons of making college free. I hope it will help you if you want to continue your research! https://www.procon.org/headline.php?headlineID=005432
  • Yeanoor's Dec 5, 20:46 comment on Dee’s plan to become rich
    Dear Issaka I am enthusiastic about your short story, “Dee's plan to become a rich,” because the way you depict Dee’s motives which really emphasized she knows how to play around people by only caring about her desires and gain what she craves for. She did not feel melancholy, even for a little bit when the old house god burned in the flames and her strong mom was breaking her back to manage household. One line that stands out for me is, “ we shouldn’t take advantage of people for their wealth, ” I think this line is intriguing because this is authentic which makes your story excellent and teach a great lesson Your story helps me to understand Everyday use that I once read, we should be satisfied with what we have by giving important heritage and tradition. Thanks for your Story. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • El-Hossin's Dec 5, 20:34 comment on Preserved Heritage
    Dear El-Hassn: I am inspired by your short story because it is a very powerful and phenomenal piece of writing. One sentence that stands out for me, “Dee, started to shed tears and approached me to hug me” I think this sentence is critical to your story’s overall feelings, because it is very sad! Your short story reminds me, wallah, of my childhood 🙁 Thanks for your short story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Bas Bas
  • El-Hossin's Dec 5, 20:29 comment on Maggie’s Mournful life
    Dear Yeanoor: I am inspired by your short story because it is very powerful and phenomenal piece of writing. One sentence that stands out for me, “My sister and mom never understood me” I think this sentence is critical to your story’s overall feelings, because it is very sad! Your short story reminds me of my life back home 🙁 Thanks for your short story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Bas Bas
  • El-Hossin's Dec 5, 20:23 comment on Mama and Maggie’s struggles
    Dear Fatema: I am inspired by your short story because it is very powerful and phenomenal piece of writing. One paragraph that stands out for me, “Zahra life was at risk. Almost half of the body got burned. Her bodywould be filled with scars. This is why she always feel sad about it. Because when she goes out of the house, people look at her in a different way.” I think these two lines are critical to your story's overall feelings, because it is very sad! Your short story reminds me of my friend that I have not seen for decades, is this even true? Thanks for your letter. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Bas Bas
  • El-Hossin's Dec 5, 20:19 comment on The Hardest Letter to Write
    Dear Abigail, I am inspired by your letter because it is very powerful and efficient in solving the conflict between Maggie and Dee. One paragraph that stands out for me, "However I would like to visit you one day and maybe have a cup of tea and talk about our lives. I almost forgot to tell you that I have always admired you." I think these two lines are critical to your letter, because this key to solving the conflict between Dee and Maggie Your letter reminds me of my friend that I have not seen for decades, is this even true? Thanks for your letter. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Bas Bas
  • Donald's Dec 5, 03:58 comment on The End of the Semester
    you painted such a vivid picture i think many of us around the world can relate to. great work!.
  • Donald's Dec 5, 03:57 comment on Kai’s Life
    i appreciate your passage because it shows how one decision whether made by you or a parent can change your life in a seemingly minute way but in reality be big.
  • Max's Dec 4, 18:54 comment on A Complicated Tragedy
    Your stress for certain words that convey the integrity and mood of the monologue is well done, and well executed. However, I feel that this monologue calls for further intensity in the voice of the speaker, the overall tone of your performance is adequate in my opinion, but I think you could improve this by lowering the tone of your voice, or speaking harshly rather than softly, Lady Macbeth is scolding her husband using her words as daggers not a soft pillow. Wonderful job though! I think that your analysis outlines the core elements of this piece of text to a T.
  • Maevon's Dec 4, 16:06 comment on Macbeth: A Tale of Guilt
    Dear Katarina I am intrigued by your analysis and recording, Macbeth: A Tale of Guilt,” because I interpreted this scene differently. I saw this scene as Macbeth proving that he is a man. When Macbeth says “Be innocent of knowledge”, I thought that Macbeth was telling LM to not worry that he (Macbeth) has everything under control, and that she (LM) doesn’t need to know his plan. I did not notice that Macbeth was in an unstable position, maybe he is just showing that on the outside but you saw his true emotions that he isn’t showing. That is why I find your analysis very interesting because it is from a different perspective than mine. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “for Macbeth to perhaps drop or throw against the ground in order to show his declining mental state after killing Duncan.” I think this is original because in the versions we watched I do not remember anyone directing this scene using this method. At first I wouldn’t have thought that this action would match the scene but after reading your analysis I realized that during this scene Macbeth is “unhinged” as you said. Another sentence that I awakened by was: ““good things of day begin to droop and drowse” reflect the murder that Macbeth commited- ridding the kingdom of a peaceful and good authoritarian figure, only to be replaced with himself” This stood out for me because I didn’t realize that is what that line meant, and I agree with you. From what it said about Duncan in the play it seems that he is a kind and loyal kind, and during his reign Scotland prospered. But after Macbeth killed Duncan it all started to go downhill. Have you seen the musical Something Rotten? https://www.rottenbroadway.com/. I thought you might be interested in this because the Broadway Musical is a comedy that combines Shakespeare, and the present. Two brothers struggle to find success in the theatrical world, but they meet someone that shows them the future of what will happen in theater, and they decide to create a show. This part is most likely related to the witches from Macbeth, and it doesn’t just use Macbeth, the show includes ideas from a wide variety of Shakespeare’s plays. The comedy follows the brothers journey to create a 20th century show while also including Shakespeare. It is a hilarious show and I recommend that if you have time to go and see it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your interpretations opened my eyes, and helped me to see a bigger picture. And I expect that your future writing will do the same.
  • Milo's Dec 4, 15:41 comment on A Complicated Tragedy
    I like how you put emotion into the monologue, stressing certain words, and pausing between sentences and phrases. It makes it more believable that you really are trying to persuade Macbeth to go through with killing Duncan. I also like how you would stage this scene. It goes along well with the mood that this scene has.
  • Kai's Dec 4, 13:49 comment on Friends
    Dear Ceming, I am confused with your story, Friends,” because I want to know why the boy was fighting with you. He was being bullied. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I didn’t do anything to you and I was trying to help you in the morning!” I think this is helpful because you help friends and don’t fight. Your snapshot reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I see people they throw pen class room. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is interesting. Sincerely, Yang Kai
  • Charlie's Dec 4, 04:14 comment on We Eat Too Much!
    Hey James, I think that this is a really interesting article about obesity in America. I like how you called out all of these holidays for using them to sell even more foods. My other favorite thing you said, was we should start listening to health professionals about being more healthy. Here is an article that can relate to yours; https://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/about
  • Charlie's Dec 4, 04:02 comment on We Need Diversity Of Thought
    Hey cooper, I really liked this article. I like how you talked about how bad the political diversification situation is getting in our country. Another article about this you might want to look at is this one here. https://freedomoutpost.com/examples-political-correctness-destroying-america/
  • Cesar's Dec 3, 17:10 comment on A Growing Addiction
    Hello Emanuel, your idea and opinion on the problem of having to remove an addiction is very expressive problem. I actually like to read the book "Down These Mean Streets" it not expresses of how Piri wanted to fight his addiction, but of how a person is forcing them serfs of removing a habit that is unhealthy for them. An addiction is technically an infection (for example) that someone see that it does not harm them at the start, but after a few years it started to harm you physically, emotionally, and socially because it becomes part of someones life in a bad way. So it would mean that for Piri is gonna take him a lot of struggle to let it go. If these is happening in the book, it can mean that is happening to some people on these year.
  • Katarina's Dec 3, 15:23 comment on On Hecate’s Monologue
    Dear Max, this analysis is amazing! I found that your points regarding the potential motives Hecate was driven by were extremely interesting. The way that you were able to discuss the true aspects of her character in such detail was very informative- and provided tons of insight on how she was able to impact the story as a whole. You were also able to identify the themes in the text (like the impact of fate on the main cast), and expand on it; while connecting it to Hecate (which I think is super interesting). All in all, you did a great job, and I look forward to reading your next textual analysis!! :>
  • Chelsie's Dec 3, 00:54 comment on Crossing The Red Sea
    Dear Ishak, I am inspired by your post, thinking that you and your family had to run out of your own country because of war and because everything was turning inside out, the story make me think about a book I read and also today in my country the same thing is happening not a war between countries but a civil war and now my country turned inside out. I also like this passage from your story I was lying on my back and meditating on the stars because I could not sleep, and the sea was all around me, calm. My nephew and my cousin are asleep as if they were unconscious. Because I can create the image of trying to sleep while your family is deeply in sleep. I really loved your story I think it was kind of an adventure.
  • Maximiliana's Dec 2, 17:55 comment on Macbeth: A Tale of Guilt
    Nicely done, love the analysis. You go into such great depth about guilt and internal thoughts of Macbeth. Macbeth is such a great example of remorse and the fear of karma that the actions he take to protect himself are show us more about his mindset and the inner workings of his psyche.
  • Cooper's Dec 2, 03:06 comment on Same Sex Marriage
    Great article! Gays should be aloud to marry since it doesn't effect anyone else. Just because your religion doesn't agree with it doesn't mean that you should have a say in other people's life decisions.
  • Cooper's Dec 2, 02:54 comment on “English is our language no exceptions learn it”
    While learning a new language is a very hard task, I think immigrants should learn English. Since an overwhelming majority of Americans speak English and it is our country's official language, it makes sense that an immigrant would be expected to learn English. You may be able to get a job not speaking English, but being able to speak English will make you be able to communicate better with most citizens and it will definitely help an individual move up the job ladder. It would especially help that person as they could speak two languages and many company's see that as an advantage.
  • Cooper's Dec 2, 02:45 comment on Conversations will save the U.S
    I think this article addresses one of the biggest problems in the United States today. Several Americans are clinging to one side and will refuse to accept what the other side wants to say. Intellectual discussions involving people with all points of view working out their differences are necessary to build a better America.
  • Cooper's Dec 2, 02:38 comment on We Eat Too Much!
    I think this an interesting outlook on holidays and how they become a little too materialistic. Holidays were created to honor an event and bring people together, not to be about food and gifts. I think this is a unique post and it truly gets people thinking.
  • Emma's Dec 1, 22:46 comment on A Glimpse of Grubb
    Dear Olivia, I love how you introduced your interest in a specific theory involving comas then expanded it into a story idea. It would be a cool piece. I am also happy to hear that you are learning a lot in the short year and half of journaling. I'm curious what kinds of stories are you most interested in writing?
  • Edwin's Nov 27, 20:13 comment on Pablo’s Life
    Dear Family: Edwin. I am Edwin, your story is very good, it has many interesting things that you went through to get to the states, for everything that happened to the dangers, ”because these are done if you say you don't like schools, you don't like the country. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “The most familiar thing I have with you is that it is very difficult for me as it is for me, perhaps because I am not very sociable and that is why I cannot speak the language well. Because many say that I am not a normal person I almost don't like to talk. This reminds me of an experience I had eleven, well the truth is I did not immigrate because I was born, but you must be strong and it is better to continue. I am doing without my dad or my mom they are in Mexico and I am with my uncles but I hope you do not get discouraged and move on Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I hope that you still give me your opinion of mine. Form: Edwin
  • Kerly's Nov 27, 20:07 comment on Shouldn’t Have Done That
    Dear Chelsie, I am Kerly, and I am charmed by your story, A sentence you wrote that stands out to me is "A week ago my mom and I were sitting together, I was doing my homework, and my mom was selling clothes in front of the house. Mr Robert, an old friend of the family for a very long time, was passing by and he saw something that attracted him. I bought the clothes from my mom for $ 150, but never paid her for them. pay her the next day, but never did. So since then, I had to avoid him. " I loved this paragraph of your story because it is something that once in our life will happen to someone. This reminds me of an experience I once had with a friend in Ecuador, because a friend asked me to lend her $ 5 and never paid me. Thanks for writing I hope to see what you write next, because I really like how you write your stories because they are so interesting. From: Kerly Dutan
  • Louise's Nov 27, 19:44 comment on Crossing The River
    Dear Briant, I am touched by your story, “Crossing the River,” because even though I knew that you had to immigrate alone at a young age, I didn’t really understand until I heard the story from you. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Often, I would see them fighting with bats in abandoned houses across from the park where we were playing.” I think this is really good setting description because the details support the central message of your story: Honduras was too dangerous to stay in. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I think you are an incredible writer! And I bet you have lots of stories to tell. Thank you so much for sharing. Ms. Bauso
  • edwin's Nov 26, 20:23 comment on Pablo’s Life
    Dear Edwin: I am Edwin Your story is somewhat surprising because of everything you've been through to be now where you are and you don't feel like following, "Your story is very convincing and for everything you've been through we all deserve opportunities" / When you talk about the journey that you undertook, mine is something similar, only that I did not immigrate, I was born in the United States, only that they took me very small to Mexico to live and now after 15 years I came. That never happened to me but I imagine everything that happened Thank you for listening to me and I hope it helps
  • Erick Orellana's Nov 26, 20:18 comment on Crossing The River
    Dear Briant: I am Erick, I wanted to tell you that you wrote an excellent story about how you came to the United States as a step as you felt at the time “ Crossing The River,” because Your story is very good because as you tell it as how it happened because there were 20 people who were in that boat and it is a lot of weight for a boat. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is that when you say that in Honduras you were at home watching television and listening to sticks everywhere I think this is true because the same thing happened in my country in El Salvador you were in your house very quiet and it restrains you eight shots everywhere. This reminds me of an experience I had once that you were on the soccer field and other people were playing soccer, and two men came out firing from other people and we had to run to the house and the sounds could be heard. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because We have similar stories from our countries and I think this story is perfect.
  • Lyse's Nov 26, 20:16 comment on Big Decisions
    Dear Heymi I am pleased with your essay, “Big Decision,” because when I was in middle school I had to choose a high school too and I was scared that I was not going to get into a good high school. but park slope chose me and I felt relief One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I saw that one school was really near my home but it had a bad reputation and people don’t really graduate from that school so I was happy that, that school didn’t choose me.” I think this is because you don’t want to go to a bad school that is going to cause you problems and I agree.
  • Hanson's Nov 26, 20:15 comment on Does Class Size Matter?
    HI Reliey! I am very agree your opion that class size matter. Class size really matter for the education. If the class size is so big, there is certainly not enough time for teacher care every one. Here is a article I read about class size matter.https://www.hmhco.com/blog/class-size-matters Kind regards Hanson Hong
  • Kerly's Nov 26, 20:06 comment on Cuando casi me caigo
    Dear Edwin, I am Kerly, and I read your story entitled “When I almost fell,” because I find it very interesting and very fun to read these types of stories since in that type of stories we can know a little about the writer’s fun life. One sentence he wrote that stands out to me is: “Then we arrived at the abandoned house and my friend Ernesto takes out some beers called dos Equis lager.” I think this is wrong because you have to be big to be able to drink beer. Another sentence that caught my attention was: “But I had never tried beers, but I said,” well I do not think anything will happen.” This stood out for me because for you it was the first time taking alcohol and for that reason, you didn’t have to accept drinking because you’re not old enough yet and because you didn’t have permission from your parents, but you decided to drink. I think it is your first time writing a part of your life and it is very good because that way you let more people know what happened to you in your life. I thought you might be interested in this because it is a very funny story and very interesting. Thank you for writing this story I hope to see what you write next because it is very interesting to read that kind of story because they are so funny. From: Kerly Dutan
  • Ebrahim's Nov 26, 18:02 comment on How World War II Affected American Life
    Through this news I knew about world war II and how it was ended and this is very well-written. But it differs from the war in my country, Yemen, because the war in Yemen is a civil war and a struggle to seize power. In Yemen, some people do not find food and feel anxious and the salary is not available in these circumstances. But I hope that Yemen's problems will end as soon as possible so that people can live in peace and security and have a future for their children.
  • Casey's Nov 26, 17:56 comment on The War in Yemen
    Overall great job Ebrahim presenting the information. I really like how detailed and oriented your facts are. It helps the reader easily understand what its happening on Yemen. You do a great job explaining what is happening however, I think you should explain maybe a possible solution or two.
  • Oscar's Nov 26, 17:47 comment on Oscar’s Life
    Hi Louis, I really like what you think about graffiti and rap are two arts that will prevent a lot but hurts that are not considered very good for society. luck in everything.
  • Oscar's Nov 26, 17:43 comment on Oscar’s Life
    Hi Alex, thank you for reading my story and that you liked it, thanks for the information you left me. luck in everything.
  • Edwin's Nov 26, 17:06 comment on Samil’s Life
    Dear samil I ‘am interested in your post because I like ur point of view and how u describe the problems that teenagers confront about drug abuse. I also see sometimes how some teenagers have problems and use these substances to get out of them for a short time. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Others cannot control their impulses or cravings for these substances.” I think this is true however we don’t know the situation or problems that a person is going through that causes them to make the decision to start abusing drugs.These people just think about getting from the problems for a few hours. What people don’t know is that the using of drug is just causing more problems. Your post reminds me of something that happened to one of my friends.He used to own a lot of money to a dangerous person that has a lot of control. Due to this problem he hid and began to take refuge in drugs to forget about his problem made him addicted. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because good to know about the drug abuse and deal with people who are addicted.
  • Max's Nov 26, 16:12 comment on Guns Guns Guns!!!
    With all due respect Samuel, who plans on banning all guns? This is a common misconception. The word control does not mean abolish. Some people want to ban all guns, but that is a select few. Most liberal affiliated people just want gun control that they feel can create a better handle on the gun epidemic created in our society. If you can site a source proving that most people want all guns to be banned I will find your comment more credible, but even the most bias of articles like https://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp could translate to you as wanting gun bans, yet this is actually just a push for more sensible mediation.
  • Max's Nov 26, 16:06 comment on The effect your parents have is much greater than you think
    Hello Ava. This was very interesting and I completely agree. I think that as we grow older our parents stop affecting us quite as much, and we start to develop our own thoughts which can create conflict. An article I read said "while young children emulate their parents early on, adolescents and adults who recognize negative behavior can manage the influence your parents had on you." https://www.businessinsider.com/problematic-parenting-leads-mental-health-issues-in-adulthood-2019-9. It is an interesting concept for sure.
  • Angel's Nov 26, 14:23 comment on Decisions
    Dear Isabella I’m interested in your story and the way you move yourself because i feel like i can relate to you because i too come from doing bad i had recently just signed myself to school because last school year I had to much going on that I didn't want to worry about school so i just stopped going. Then I figured that I needed to do something with my life so i got back in school. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was when you said “ I honestly don’t know how I’m already a senior. I don’t know how I made it this far. I don’t even know if I’ll graduate. From doing drugs to drinking to shoplifting, I’ve been through a lot. But it has shaped me into the mature person I am now” because like i said i can relate and because I never thought I'd become a senior either and i honestly don’t know if ima be able to finish. Thanks for writing. I look forward to see what you write next.
  • Jimmy's Nov 26, 00:17 comment on Can we really control guns?
    I see what you're getting at, but machine guns are already illegal. Gun owners can buy accessories to make their semi-auto rifle similar to that of an automatic. The purpose of the second amendment was in case of a tyrannical government, the people will be able to defend themselves. Now the only machine guns people can legally own are ones made prior to the cutoff date in 1986, but those are very expensive, usually in the five figure range, and individually/closely tracked by the ATF.
  • Hanson's Nov 25, 17:18 comment on Should Abortion be Legalized?
    Hi Haonam I agree with your claim about women should have right to make choice over their body. The Untited States was established on the idea of freedom of choice, therefore in the United States we should let our women to have choice over their own body. Here is an article I read about the abortion that similar with your claimhttps://www.prochoiceamerica.org/issue/abortion-access/. Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Ceming Zeng's Nov 25, 15:52 comment on An Accident in the Street
    Dear Zheng hao Chen I am very impressed by your post, “ An Accident in the street,” because it’s very thrilling and dangerous that got hit by the car rearview One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Then the driver tried to find me so the driver ran straight outside my house and start shouting“ I think the driver has a responsibility because he didn’t run away and he felt guilty about what he did to you. Another sentence that I was: “I remember to always think before you do something.” This stood out for me because it's very important that you put your eyes on the road when you cross the streets. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I'm very interested in your other story.
  • Gracie's Nov 25, 15:31 comment on How World War II Affected American Life
    Hello Taylor, I particularly enjoyed this article. I had never thought of the long term problems of WWII besides the world relations effects. Here is an article on the effects of WWII had on the workforce. http://www.iptv.org/iowapathways/artifact/impact-world-war-ii-us-economy-and-workforce Thank you, Gracie
  • Gracie's Nov 25, 15:27 comment on Does Class Size Matter?
    Hello Riley, This is definitely an interesting take on the class size question, Many colleges are now asking the same questions. I agree a smaller class size is beneficial in an academic regard but I don't agree with the small social life claim. Here is an article about the class size problem. https://www.wnyc.org/story/teachers-weighing-class-size-say-over-20-usually-too-big/ Thank you, Gracie
  • Abbey Kurmel's Nov 25, 15:10 comment on Is Homework Actually Beneficial?
    Madi, I did not know that there was a "10-minute rule". It is very interesting to know about this rule and I think it should be put in place. It is the perfect way to keep students stress to a minimum and still get homework done while gaining life skills. Thank you for sharing your research.
  • Samil's Nov 25, 14:14 comment on Oscar’s Life
    Dear Oscar, I am Sad about your story because your story says that your mother died. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “I think that graffiti must be legal in schools and communities because graffiti is an art of personal expression.” I think this is true because… I AGREE THAT GRAFFITI IS ART. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time, I saw by my house there is a graffiti that shows a man drawn with his son who represents love. It is very beautiful. Thanks for writing. I hope to see what you write next because you have been very strong because you no longer have your mother and that is very difficult for a young person.
  • Carter's Nov 25, 03:31 comment on What has Chicago done about human trafficking?
    Hi Angela, I felt like what you discussed is a very important topic and needs to be shared more about what is happening in the world. Human trafficking is very serious and can happen to any of us. Here is a link to another resource that I feel you may be interested in and is related to your topic. https://fortune.com/2019/04/14/human-sex-trafficking-us-slavery/ have a great day! -Carter
  • Carter's Nov 25, 03:27 comment on Should Medical Marijuana be Legalized?
    Hey Nic, Your article was very interesting. I feel like legalizing medical marijuana would be beneficial for many people who are in need of it. Here is a link that I think will interest you and about your topic of discussion: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine
  • Mijin's Nov 25, 02:43 comment on Dogfighting Abuse
    Hi Brenda, I am really interested in animal rights and I also think that dogfighting stops happening. I think that people should try to make a law for that and should try to publicize to the ones that don't know about this. I found a website that would relate to your opinion, 'https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/dogfighting-fact-sheet' Thanks, Mijin
  • Riley's Nov 25, 02:33 comment on Physician Assisted Suicide
    Hey Kelsey! I just finished reading your post and I just want to say how amazing it was to hear another person share similar information as me. My first Youth Voices post was about assisted suicide and I haven't seen one ever sense I posted it. I'm so happy to see other people finding the same topics as interesting as me!
  • Pauline's Nov 25, 02:16 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Hey Sydney! I loved how many facts you have in your article! I especially enjoyed the second paragraph where you described how plastics came to be! I found an organization called The Ocean Cleanup Foundation they are trying to clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years! their website is https://theoceancleanup.com/ and they are definitely worth checking out!!!
  • Pauline's Nov 25, 02:02 comment on Why do zoos keep animals in captivity, when, in reality, they should be out and about in the wilderness?
    Hi Aria! I agree with you that the best scenario is that animals are out in the wild where they belong unfortunately, this is impossible for many species. Many animals do not have homes due to deforestation from humans. With the issue of climate change growing many animals such as polar bears are facing extinction in the wild and the only way they will be alive is through zoos. Zoos do a very good job of educating the public about all animals and the habitats in which they live. Zoos are home to a variety of animals and without zoos smaller reptiles would be completely extinct in their natural habitats. Thanks to zoos smaller, less represented, animals have a home and a second chance at life. If zoos weren't around many people would not know that these smaller species exist and they would experience a "silent extinction." I found this article on how zoos are helping animals in a multitude of ways I hope you enjoy it! https://time.com/4364671/zoos-improve-lives-of-animals/
  • Mijin's Nov 25, 02:00 comment on What is education and why it is so important?
    Hi, Clinton. I agree with education is important and education helps us to overcome failure. By having education or studying, we should have the patience to keep working on it. 'https://medium.com/coming-of-age-for-men/why-education-is-important-bc050af7a99b' This website might help you to add more information. Thank you.
  • Riley's Nov 25, 01:42 comment on The Bilderberg Meeting: The Most Important Event You’ve Never Heard Of…
    Hey Micheal! I just finished reading your essay and what I first want to say is that your title pulled me in immediately. Just like a click-baited YouTube video you were able to say just enough for me to want to read it. Its so cool to hear about how these important people all met up in one location for 1 day to discuss disclosed information!
  • Pauline's Nov 25, 01:38 comment on What can be done for Global Warming?
    Hi Kutay! I'm Pauline! I really liked your article and how you pointed our specific ways in which we can lower our carbon emissions! I found this article which shows more ways we can lower our carbon footprint hope you like it! https://www.nytimes.com/guides/year-of-living-better/how-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint One of the ways I found most effective is to eat less meat and eat what you need and not waste food.
  • Dakota's Nov 24, 22:58 comment on Why Getting Vaccinated is Important
    Hey Soph, i would have to agree with you that everyone should be vaccinated. It puts you and those around you in danger of catching diseases and other infections that are truly preventable. I found this article about 10 diseases that you can avoid with getting vaccinated and it is truly mind blowing to me that people dont vaccinate their children knowing that is making them safer and preventing so much in the long run. Heres the link https://gun-control.procon.org/
  • Dakota's Nov 24, 22:52 comment on Gun Control
    Hey Luke I would have to agree that it is hard to make any decisions when talking about a topic as controversial as gun control, so i found this article to maybe get you to think about it on both sides of the playing field. here the link https://gun-control.procon.org/
  • Siddh Patel's Nov 24, 22:31 comment on Can Fortnite affect a person negatively or positively?
    Make a video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Luke's Nov 24, 22:29 comment on Marijuana and the Obstacles It Faces
    Hi Kaan, I really enjoyed reading your article on the obstacles that marijuana faces. I agree with you when you stated that marijuana created more jobs and generates more money. I found a article that expands more on marijuana legalization, https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/471521-wednesdays-marijuana-legalization-vote-was-truly-historic-heres-why. -Luke
  • Luke's Nov 24, 22:20 comment on What Is American Culture
    Hi Aliko, I enjoyed reading about American culture. I especially like when you mentioned that we as a nation are coming together to achieve a greater goal. I found a article that I thought you would find interesting, https://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/way-of-life/american-culture/.
  • Roman's Nov 24, 17:48 comment on Immigrants in America
    Good paper. Even though we're all basically immigrants it can be hard getting used to new people. I hope that this can change and we all get along better.
  • Roman's Nov 24, 17:41 comment on Same Sex Marriage
    I agree. People should be able to do what they want, as long as it isn't illegal.
  • Yousef's Nov 24, 02:59 comment on Crossing The Red Sea
    Dear Ishak I am surprised by your post "Crossing The Red Sea" because it looks really good One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is " people always think that I’m not strong, with a small, sacred heart, but the reality is on the inside I am a volcano" I think this because people also think that about me too they think that because I'm still a kid and scared and stuff like that but they can't read us from inside because inside us there is a whole different world. This reminds me of an experience I had once when I was in Yemen at those days when they were the war the aggression they were Rockets hit and there were somebody parts were in our roof because there was a big explosion in the mountain and our house was under the mountain. Thanks for your writing I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Charlie's Nov 24, 01:00 comment on Opioid Epidemic in the United States
    Hey Louis, I thought this was a very interesting article about our opioid problem in the United States. I also like how you talked about that a lot of the addictions started with people simply getting injured, and in turn have to take these pain medications, which they then become addicted to. If you'd like to read more on this topic, take a look at this article: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/3/16079772/opioid-epidemic-drug-overdoses
  • Charlie's Nov 24, 00:56 comment on What can be done for Global Warming?
    Hey Kutay, I really liked this article. I liked how you gave us examples of ways to lower our carbon emissions, and explained how if we don't do something our planet could be facing a lot of dangers.
  • Honam's Nov 23, 07:38 comment on Don’t Text And Drive
    Hello Joan, I know text and drive has been a big topic in driving. Avoiding being on the phone while driving is an essential rule to insure both the drivers and the pedestrians. https://medium.com/@pricelindy/why-do-people-still-text-and-drive-despite-dangers-f6cd8d717a62 sincerely, Honam
  • Kutay's Nov 23, 07:36 comment on Marijuana and the Obstacles It Faces
    Hi Kaan, I liked your article, and found really interesting that according to Elizabeth Hartney reducing crime related to possession of amount of marijuana. Your article gave me an idea from different perspective. I think you did a great job!! Also you can check this website, it is related to your article. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320984.php#2
  • Kutay's Nov 23, 07:14 comment on Climate Change
    Xochitl, I agree with your ideas about fossil fuels and its effects to climate change which is a big threat for our future. Also I think that you may find this website (https://www.northwestern.edu/fm/fm-staff/10-ways-to-stop-global-warming.html) interesting. Great job!
  • Honam's Nov 23, 07:08 comment on Is Homework Actually Beneficial?
    Hello Madi, I had never knew homework could have so many negative impacts on us. valuing both health issue and the amount of homework would be important for educators in the future. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/research-trends-is-homework-effective-youki-terada sincerely, Honam
  • Honam's Nov 23, 07:06 comment on Is Homework Actually Beneficial?
    Hello Madi, I had never knew homework could have so many negative impacts on us. Balancing health and homework would be important for educators in the future. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/research-trends-is-homework-effective-youki-terada sincerely, Honam
  • Audrey's Nov 23, 05:56 comment on Years of Women’s Rights
    Hi Peyton, I like your post because you share and compare the roles women have had in American and Chinese households. I agree that we should see other countries' culture and lifestyle so that we can see what women have done to gain equal rights around the world. Here is a link to a page about women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2018/12/rights-today-2018-middle-east-and-north-africa/ This shares more countries' stories with women's rights. Sincerely, Audrey
  • Danny's Nov 23, 05:21 comment on Improving our communities
    Hi Dulce, I agree that it is essential to improve our communities. Additionally, developing communities can help us to make new friends, learn some new skills, contribute to our society. Here is a link probably you may be interested in: https://www.onefamily.com/talking-finance/wellbeing/six-ways-to-help-your-community/.
  • Danny's Nov 23, 05:11 comment on Gun Control
    Hi, Luke, I completely agree that gun control is a severe, controversial issue in the United States. We must do everything to prevent any tragedy happen. To reduce the risks related to guns, we should address the contributors to gun violence and the prevention infrastructure necessary to ensure effectiveness. Here is the link: https://www.preventioninstitute.org/focus-areas/preventing-violence-and-reducing-injury/preventing-violence-advocacy.
  • Paula's Nov 23, 04:59 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    Hello Luka, I loved you poem. it has some very good shifts and a very deep meaning. I found a link to a source that talks about poem structures. I thought this might be useful for you since you already write very good poems. https://www.aresearchguide.com/poetry-structure.html Sincerely, Paula
  • Paula's Nov 23, 04:54 comment on Is Homework Actually Beneficial?
    Hello Madi, I had never heard of the ten minute rule, but it seems like something completly rational. I found a link that might be useful for your research (https://www.procon.org/headline.php?headlineID=005411). It goes into depth about some cons and pros of homework. Sincerely, Paula
  • Wuyou's Nov 23, 04:08 comment on Are zoos bad for animals?
    Hello, Mijin I have always concerned about this question also. But for those extinct animals, a zoo can be a legal place to protect wild animals. For example, the extinct birds are hatched and brooded, and the survival rate can already reach 85%, and the field is certainly lower. And we also expand the gene population. Here is a link that you may interested in. https://medium.com/taronga-conservation-society-australia/10-endangered-species-saved-from-extinction-by-zoos-682c454d0125 Sincerely, Wuyou
  • Wuyou's Nov 23, 03:58 comment on Years of Women’s Rights
    Hello Peyton, Sun Yat-sen, the interim president of the Republic of China, issued an order to persuade the foot-binding. on March 11th,1912. At that point, "foot-binding" is banned on the statute. Here is an article about it .http://fj.people.com.cn/n/2014/0311/c181466-20749898-2.html Sincerely, Wuyou Zhou
  • Katie's Nov 23, 03:20 comment on Climate Change
    Hi Sydney! This was really interesting to read about, I agree with you on how everyone talks about climate change but there is nothing being done to change that. I already knew about climate change but this educated me a little more on it. I found this website on more about climate change. https://www.climate-change-guide.com/stop-climate-change.html
  • Katie's Nov 23, 03:11 comment on WHY WE NEED ZOOS!!!
    Hey paul! I really enjoyed reading this post. It made me have a new outlook on zoos and I realized how much they help endangered species and to educate people on different animals. Here is an article more on how zoos are helping! https://www.globalanimal.org/2016/02/25/are-zoos-good-or-bad/71442/
  • Sophie's Nov 23, 02:12 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Hey Melanie, This is a hard question to answer. This was a well-done article about the rights or prisoners and I do not think that there is one easy answer. Simply put, if you are an American citizen then you have the right to vote. However, if a person is in jail then they have broken the law (no matter how petty), so they, in turn, give up their right to vote. Again, this is not an easy question to answer because every persons reason for being in jail is different. Here is an article that I think you would find interesting. https://www.sentencingproject.org/news/opinion-prisoners-allowed-vote/ Cheers, -Sophie
  • Ben's Nov 23, 02:05 comment on What’s up with Keto?
    I forgot to sign my name Thanks! Ben
  • Ben's Nov 23, 02:04 comment on What’s up with Keto?
    Sophia, Way to write an interesting article. I never knew what a Keto diet was before and you really opened my eyes to that lifestyle. This article I found (https://health.usnews.com/wellness/food/articles/mediterranean-vs-keto) talks about the differences in diets both in the Mediterranean way of eating and the keto diet and the pros and cons of both
  • Sophie's Nov 23, 02:04 comment on Vibin’ With Vaccines
    Hey Ben! I liked the last sentence of the second paragraph because it makes the claim that not vaccinating your kids is more dangerous. I can understand why parents have concerns about the vaccines, but their only concern should be about the health of their child when they go to school without the flu shot. Here is an article you might find interesting. https://www.publichealth.org/public-awareness/understanding-vaccines/vaccine-myths-debunked/ Cheers, -Sophie
  • Ben's Nov 23, 02:00 comment on How to Voice Your Opinion in Democratic Schooling
    Amy, I'm going to be frank with you. Your article was stellar and really opened my eyes to the idea that democracy is apart of our lives every single day even we don't know it. It truly affects everyone around us. Me, you, and everyone we love. I found this article (https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2019/11/21/20974897/do-we-have-too-much-democracy-election-2020) to be interesting and related to the part where you write about democracy in today's word. Thanks! Ben
  • Ben's Nov 23, 01:55 comment on The Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana
    Hello Matthew, I really enjoyed reading your article and learning more about such a prevalent topic in today's world. I found this article about the people who qualify for medical marijuana in Utah to be helpful and also relatable because we live in Utah! https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/medical-marijuana/ut/qualification/ Have a great night! Ben
  • Madi's Nov 22, 21:35 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira, I really enjoyed your article because it is a very relevant and highly discussed topic in today's society. With so many people suffering with mental illness, I agree that the topic needs to be addressed more as well as stay in today's conversation. You gave many good points and stated facts that further develop your overall article. I found another source that relates to your topic: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services Sincerely, Madi
  • Madi's Nov 22, 21:18 comment on WHY WE NEED ZOOS!!!
    Hi Pauline, I really enjoyed your article and respect how you wrote from the opposite side than the majority of zoo articles on the internet do. You found the beauty and positivity in zoos and revealed how they can be beneficial to endangered animals which is something not a lot of people understand. I found another article that provides information on how zoos can act as a vital conservation lifeline for some of the world’s most endangered species: https://medium.com/taronga-conservation-society-australia/why-the-world-needs-good-zoos-more-than-ever-fc098b575a0e Madi
  • TBrady's Nov 22, 20:55 comment on PS4 Friends and Family
    I agree dewy, I believe that these gaming systems have really opened up a new way of connecting and a new way of making friends. This I think is very beneficial for people because not everybody can always go out and kick it with their friends. I remember when I was in las vegas and I didn't know anyone who lived there so I went on my Ps4 and played with my friend that were still in Washington and we played various games such as call of duty and borderlands 2. this is really a good movement and I think it’s a good way to stay connected with your friends.
  • asher's Nov 22, 20:52 comment on What Is American Culture
    Hey Aliko I believe what you said about american culture, it is a country built off of others. and coming together to reach a greater goal. And it is very important that america has a constant cycle of new people coming and bringing new ideas.
  • asher's Nov 22, 20:44 comment on Should the Legal Drinking Age Change to 18?
    I agree with your statement and that the drinking age should stay at 21 not 18, but I think it is important to look at other countries and their laws regarding drinking. a lot of countries have it from 16-18 and all have a much lower rate of drunk driving accidents and such. not saying thats what we should switch to just that it is important to see it is partly do to our culture in the U.S
  • Kaan's Nov 22, 20:41 comment on Stay alive
    Dear Mareily, I agree with everything you mentioned in this article. Texting and driving is very dangerous, especially at this day and age. The technological advancements are definitely positive but also lead to problem like these. Apple and big corporations should put a better feature rather than just do not disturb mode. This will prevent accidents related to distracted driving. Here is an article about the effects of cell phones and driving https://www.drive-safely.net/cell-phones-and-driving/ Hope you enjoy the feedback! Sincerely, Kaan
  • Riley's Nov 22, 20:38 comment on Stay alive
    Mareily, I agree with you on this topic and I realize that most people have no clue that when they are doing this that it has such a big impact on other people's lives. At the bottom is a link that could help you out with this. Have a nice day, Riley Bouillon https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/distracted-driving/cell-phones
  • Matthew's Nov 22, 20:37 comment on How to Voice Your Opinion in Democratic Schooling
    Hi Jillian, I thought the article was great. Your idea of how democracy is present in all facets of our lives really made me think about its effects in the country and how it effects me. Education and democracy are both very important. Here is an article that relates to the topic. (https://www.americanexperiment.org/article/what-is-education-for-democracy/) Thank you, Matthew
  • Matthew's Nov 22, 20:31 comment on Vibin’ With Vaccines
    Hi Ben, I agree with the points you made in the post. The benefits heavily outweigh the risks, and something every parent should do. Here is an interesting article that relates to your post on why vaccines should be given. (https://www.nfid.org/immunization/10-reasons-to-get-vaccinated/) Thanks, Matthew
  • Cassie's Nov 22, 20:03 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira, Your essay you wrote about mental health in schools really resonated with me. You brought up great points such as how we need to realize that this isn't just a fact but a necessary thing that needs to be changed and dealt with immediately so kids are able to get the proper education without feeling like everything is going wrong. Here's an article I found related to this topic http://neatoday.org/2018/09/13/mental-health-in-schools/
  • Cassie's Nov 22, 19:51 comment on A Solution to the Plastic Problem `
    I really liked this topic you wrote about because it effects everybody not just one person. I agree with you on your ideas of how to fix these problems and why they are occurring in the first place. I liked your point on how you can't just ban plastics all together but you need to come up with ways to reuse and reduce the uses in general. Here's an article I found supporting your views and response to the plastic problem (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/28/our-plastic-footprint-reuse-to-take-the-pressure-off-recycling)
  • Timmy's Nov 22, 19:39 comment on Stay alive
    Dear Mariley, I found your article very interesting and agree that texting and driving is a issue and people need to realize that it their phones are not as important as their safety . I think you may like this article from a children's hospital in Philadelphia https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/distracted-driving/cell-phones . Sincerely, Timmy Jerome
  • Timmy's Nov 22, 19:30 comment on Stay alive
    Dear Mariley,
  • alex's Nov 22, 19:21 comment on A Solution to the Plastic Problem `
    Hello Zania I really like your argument and personally really agree with you on this topic. I really found it interesting on you idea to start putting a tax or additional charge on plastic products. I had never really thought of that before but I do think that could be a viable solution or at least help for this topic. I think you would like this article below because it also has some point on how to reduce plastic products and why a tax might or might not work. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/ban-bag-why-plastic-bag-taxes-bans-don-t-always-n580926
  • Riley's Nov 22, 19:17 comment on What’s the deal with Airplane Safety?
    Hello Charlie, I think that plane safety is becoming better and better. The reason I say this is because my older brother works for Boeing and I contacted him about this issue. He recommends that you try and contact some of the people at Boeing and see what all they are doing to fix these problems. good luck if you proceed with doing this you may also talk to me and get his contact information about these problems.
  • Timmy's Nov 22, 19:17 comment on Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?
    Hey Alex, I agree with the points you made in this post and thought it was very interesting. You might enjoy reading this article from LA times about the topic of changing the drinking age https://www.latimes.com/style/la-xpm-2011-may-30-la-he-drinking-age-20110530-story.html .
  • Kira's Nov 22, 19:16 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hello Riley, Thank you for your comment! I do think that showing students what resources are available would be helpful. This way, they would have a better idea, if nothing else, of what they can do when they're ready to talk. I don't think it will necessarily prompt a lot of students to suddenly get help just because they know, but at least they would have the information. As for your second question, I do think that it would be good to pass the Oregon law in other states. Personally, I have been extremely stressed and anxious due to homework and projects, and having the opportunity to take a day to myself to recuperate and recharge my batteries would not only help my health, but also my productivity. I know I can't say the same for other people, but again, having the option would be very beneficial. -Kira
  • alex's Nov 22, 19:15 comment on Marijuana and the Obstacles It Faces
    Hello Kaan I like your article about Marijuana and the obstacles it faces, I think their are a lot of good points and details in it. I found it very interesting what Elizabeth Hartney said about the benefits of marijuana legislation and I thought it was crazy all of the different benefits that it could help with in today society. I think that you might also like this article which also talks about some benefits of marijuana legislation.https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-benefits-to-legalization-of-marijuana
  • Clinton's Nov 22, 19:11 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Hello Luis, I could see how much you like animals through this post. I think that human is a kind of animal too. It is the natural law that stronger animals have the rights to eat or do something else to other animals. But it is true that you said maybe we are killing too much animals so I will let more people to notice the truth. Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong Here is a link that might help you: https://sentientmedia.org/how-many-animals-are-killed-for-food-every-day/ It is all about killing animals.
  • Clinton's Nov 22, 19:02 comment on Should the United States have universal basic income ?
    Hello Hanson, This is a veru interesting post for me. I really like what you said about Andrew Yang and his idea. His idea is very unique and it might helps a lot of people in the U.S.. I hope that I could see you to post more interesting informations in the future. Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.yang2020.com/ It is all about Andrew Yang and his ideas.
  • Joshua's Nov 22, 19:02 comment on Do you believe that it’s possible to change poverty and racism?
    Dear Tyler, I am Surprised by your post because now I know things I didn't know before. I am an emigrant and I go to school with people from other countries and cultures and in my lifestyle there is not a lot of racism. Maybe in the time of Tupac or in that place there was a lot of racism. I didn't know this before because my first language is Spanish and I don't understand all the words of Tupac, but his music catches my attention because I understand some words, for example,”Dear Mama.” That is a song I listen to a lot. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Is it possible to change poverty and racism?” I think your question is interesting, because racism is something we live daily. I think that racism can be changed if people come together because the unity is strength. The song of Tupac can change racism as people listen to it and reflect because we are all human and we have the same rights. GOD made us in his image and the Bible says that we all have rights, that we should not discriminate against anyone because of their color, or because of their culture in this world. Nobody is better than anyone. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think this is a great topic for people to reflect on and not believe that they are better than anyone.
  • Rachael's Nov 22, 18:56 comment on Why the Long Face Gen Z?
    Hi Maggie, It's a really striking phenomenon that our generation has such a high rate of mental illness and suicide. I found another article that compares our rates of loneliness with those of previous generations, and Gen Z has the highest rate of loneliness compared to past generations: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/01/606588504/americans-are-a-lonely-lot-and-young-people-bear-the-heaviest-burden
  • Abigayle's Nov 22, 18:54 comment on Standardized tests
    Dear Amani, I found this article to be very interesting and many kids taking standardized tests can relate to it. I agree that standardized tests don't show the full capabilities of a student is they aren't tests takers and I don't think that they should be required. I feel like they are seen as the most important factor of getting into a college when they shouldn't be. Here's another source I found that night help. https://standardizedtests.procon.org Sincerely, Abigayle Kendell
  • Clinton's Nov 22, 18:18 comment on Are you OK?
    Hello Siwei, This is a very powerful post. I can see you put a lot of work and time in it. However, I really like what you said and I strongly agree with you. I have seen many of my friends struggling with depression. It is more serious than most of the people think it is. I hope more and more people would spend their time for those depression patient. Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression it is all about depression.
  • Kaan's Nov 22, 18:07 comment on What’s the deal with Airplane Safety?
    Howdy Charlie, I agree completely with what you mentioned. There is a big fear surrounding airplanes. What creates this fear is most likely how modern the airplane really is. Most people are more comfortable with cars and boats because it's not a relatively new thing. Here is a cool website that gives instructions on how to get over the fear of flying https://www.smartertravel.com/fear-flying-18-ways-cope/ Hope you enjoy! Best, Kaan
  • Audrey's Nov 22, 18:05 comment on Why people aren’t going vegetarian
    Hi Lola, I like your post because it brings awareness to those who may think about changing to a vegetarian diet. You give good examples and links to reasons why people don't change their eating habits. Here is a link to why vegetarian diets are good. https://www.vegsoc.org/info-hub/why-go-veggie/environment/ I do eat meat but if it came down to it, I would be willing to go vegetarian. It is a pretty big change going from eating meat to not. For me, there is the factor of my family because they all eat meat and cook most of our meal with meat. It's hard for me to change diets if my family doesn't but I'm happy for your decisions and how far you have gone as a vegetarian. I hope you know all the good your doing! Sincerely, Audrey 🙂
  • Abigayle's Nov 22, 18:04 comment on Stay alive
    Dear Mariely, I found your post very informative and interesting. It is a very relevant topic for people today and most kids can relate to this because they find themselves looking at their phones while driving more often than not. I agree that texting and driving causes most accidents and leads to death, which makes texting and driving of little importance compared to your life. Showing adds and billboards like these are helpful, but how can we say they are making change when we continue to hear of accident and deaths due to texting and driving. We need to find more productive and effective ways to stop texting and driving. Here's an article that I found that I think will give more insight on this topic. https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/distracted-driving/cell-phones
  • Lola's Nov 22, 18:04 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Melanie Elizabeth and Evelyn, I agree that prisoners should be able to vote because without their vote the turnout in elections and laws is made by an unrepresentative population considering the overwhelming percentage of people that are incarcerated in our country. I also agree with you that it is important that not every right is stripped away in prison, including this essential one to American values. I found an article that I linked below which provides information on the issue. Thank you, Lola https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/prisoners-convicts-felons-inmates-right-to-vote-enfranchise-criminal-justice-voting-rights-213979
  • Kaya's Nov 22, 18:04 comment on Why Getting Vaccinated is Important
    Sophie, I really like what you had to say about this. I find it very interesting that some parents vaccinate their kids while others do not. I think that everyone should be vaccinated because it will help prevent these diseases from spreading. I found a great source that could help if you wanted to look into it further. http://infectiousdiseases.edc.org/sites/infectiousdiseases.edc.org/files/documents/pro_con_vaccines.pdf This website shows the pros and cons to vaccinating. I think the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. One of the pros is that it saves children's lives. They are 90-99% effective in preventing the disease. I hope this helps!
  • Jack's Nov 22, 18:03 comment on Years of Women’s Rights
    Womens rights have been a heated topic for a very long time. Today gender equality is better then it ever has been. I do not think that better is good enough. Society needs to push to the point where both genders are completely equal. Other countries have played a huge roll in womens rigths.
  • Sophie's Nov 22, 18:01 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hello Kira, Your article was very well put. Sometimes it is very difficult for people to come out and talk about this stuff and I think your article could make a lot of people take a second and think. Mental health has become such a huge issue in teens and a lot of people just look right past it. We do need to take this seriously and look for it in other people and in ourselves and get help if needed. I think that what Oregon is doing is a step in the right direction, but we still need to do more. I am very glad I got the chance to read your writing. Sincerely, Sophie
  • Emily's Nov 22, 18:01 comment on Got Weed?
    Dear Kaya, I 100 percent agree with your post, because medical marijuana has helped so many people and it is natural. It is also much cheaper than most over the counter drugs, which can help so many people across America with their health and financial situation. I think this was a great post and here is a link to why it should be legalized from another source. https://marijuanalegalizationcanada.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/great-reasons-why-marijuana-legalization-is-important/ Sincerely, Emily Malouf
  • Jack's Nov 22, 18:01 comment on Shooting Games Should Be Banned.
    The games aren't mean't for young kids and while It could attribute to some what shootings. I think that mental health and gun control maybe more likely problems leading to shootings.
  • Jack's Nov 22, 18:00 comment on What’s the deal with Airplane Safety?
    Charlie, I also think that plane safety is about as good as it can get. There is always a chance that something may go wrong. Many people fly everyday and very few people ever crash in a plane. The numbers so that planes are actually very safe. Here is a link to help understand. https://www.google.com/search?q=airplane+safety&rlz=1CAHJUL_enUS759US759&oq=airplane+safety&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l6j69i60.9050j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  • Jack's Nov 22, 17:58 comment on A story about learning English
    I think that language barriers are a problem sometimes not just in conversation but in understanding politics art and more. It's a bigger divider than the water between the continents and I think everyone can benifit from learning and experiancing things we don't relate to.
  • Kaya's Nov 22, 17:56 comment on Stay alive
    Mariely, I really like this post. I feel like texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things out there. No one can multitask, even if they think that they can. It is becoming a very life threatening thing that teens do just to respond to their friends. No text is worth dying over. I found a great website that can help you further your research. https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/distracted-driving/cell-phones This website shows the different ways we can refrain from our phones while driving such as texting someone back before you start to drive and check in with parents to show that you are safe when you get to a destination. Being safe is way better than being sorry.
  • Emily's Nov 22, 17:56 comment on Stay alive
    Dear Mareily, I completely agree with this article, because texting and driving is very dangerous and is one of the leading causes of car accidents. It takes your eyes off of the wheel and can cause people to crash much easier. I agree that it needs to stop and that people should put their phones on do not disturb when they drive them help prevent this. Sincerely, Emily Malouf https://www.drive-safely.net/15-facts-about-texting-and-driving/
  • Lola's Nov 22, 17:56 comment on Are zoos bad for animals?
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-zoos-help-endangered-animals/
  • Lola's Nov 22, 17:55 comment on Are zoos bad for animals?
    Hi Mijin, I also feel like the only publicized opinions on zoos are negative, and I agree that most zoos are not the best option for the animal. Animals should be left alone in their habitat to live where they belong. However, some zoos are purely rehabilitation, which benefits the species. I found an article that I linked below that talks about a program that reintroduces captive animals to their environment which in most cases are on the verge of extinction. Thanks, Lola
  • Sophie's Nov 22, 17:53 comment on Got Weed?
    Hi Kaya, I really liked how you added both the pros and cons in your writing. You gave a lot of good evidence to support both of the sides, and I agreed with your final paragraph about how it could solve a lot of problems we have today and how it is a way safer method for pain relief. I can tell you put a lot of effort into this. Good job! Sincerely, Sophie
  • Yanna's Nov 22, 17:48 comment on What Is American Culture
    Hey Aliko! I like your post. I think the "melting pot" is a metaphor about the United States, meaning that the United States can integrate the different cultures of the world into American culture. The United States is an immigrant country. The American public pays attention to achievements and admires heroes. Personal achievement is one of the highest value among all American values. These are the cultures of the United States. This last link may be liked: https://www.livescience.com/28945-american-culture.html
  • Peter's Nov 22, 17:48 comment on Shooting Games Should Be Banned.
    Hey Joan, I appreciate your concern with violent video games and the effect it has on our youth, because it is a new issue that we are just beginning to deal with. However before you make the claim that violent video games have led to the increase in school shootings I think you should understand some important facts. Violent video games are played all over the world, not just in the US. The US is leading by far in school shootings so this is clearly not the issue. If violent video games were increasing youth violence we would see an increase in violence in every country as result of the violent video games not just America. Along with this, it's important to understand all the other forms of violent media kids are receiving today. Between movies, TV shows and social media, video games takes a back seat to the amount of violence seen in these medias. An article I found helpful in understanding this issue is https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/sports/trump-violent-video-games-studies.html
  • Sydney's Nov 22, 17:48 comment on Does global warming cause cold weather?
    Hey Sophie, I really enjoyed this article because it is very well written and informative. This cleared up some of my confusion and helped me understand climate change a little bit better. Here is a link that I found has more information that I think you would enjoy. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/31102018/jet-stream-climate-change-study-extreme-weather-arctic-amplification-temperature
  • Yanna's Nov 22, 17:43 comment on Gun Control
    Hi Luke, I like your post very much. Gun control is indeed a problem. If guns are free, it may pose a threat to the campus, and it may be impossible to kill someone because of anger. This link may be helpful to you https://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp
  • Jack's Nov 22, 17:43 comment on Power of middle class
    I think that the middle class does often become an after thought. most of the time the upper class will benifit from the work the middle class has done. It's unfair but this is the system our country runs with. Reagan coined the phrase trickle down economics and we thought it would work.
  • Peter's Nov 22, 17:42 comment on Should Schools Drug test?
    Hi Kaila, I appreciate you writing this article as this is something that effects us at our own school. I like how you stated the positives of drug testing such as identifying the scale of the issue and getting those that need help the help they need. However I really agree with your concessive clauses that talk about how drug testing only creates a divide between administration and the students. Because of the anxiety caused from this relationship, some students may turn to drug use as a way to combat this. Along with this, teenagers are known to rebel against authority no matter what, so this creates another reason for students to begin using drugs. An article that articulates that point is https://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/drugresponse.2.html.
  • Sydney's Nov 22, 17:40 comment on What Is American Culture
    Hey Aliko! I enjoyed reading your post about American culture. America is most definitely a "melting pot" of culture. And I think that that is what draws people to America, to achieve the American dream. I think that this link will be interesting to you because it talks a little bit more about American values. https://usahello.org/resources/american-values/
  • Aria's Nov 22, 17:37 comment on Gun Control
    Hello Luke, I agree with gun control being such a controversial topic and issue that has arisen in modern society. Guns have become an issue relating to school shootings due to the vast number increase. The only way to eliminate guns is to ban them or put stricter laws on what we can to do make it safer for all. Here is an article regarding it all: https://reason.com/2019/11/20/new-gun-control-bill-encourages-financial-institutions-to-report-suspicious-firearm-transactions/
  • Heymi's Nov 22, 16:24 comment on An Accident in the Street
    Dear Zheng Hao Chen I am happy with your post, “An Accident in the Street,” because it’s really interesting and dangerous. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “A car’s rearview mirror hit me in my mouth and my face was bleeding. Blood was everywhere on the ground. When I first got hurt I felt really dizzy and then I started crying and ran back to my house.” I think this is embarrassed for you because after the car hit you, you were crying and you ran out to your home and you didn’t wanted to show your mama what happened with you in the street. This reminds me of an experience I had once because that happened with me once and that really stands out on me because a car almost kills me when I was 10 years old. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you explain what happened with you and that really makes me think I’m living the history I real life, looking at you while you crying and the ambulance takes you to the hospital.
  • Mohammed m Uddin's Nov 22, 16:22 comment on An Accident in the Street
    I feel you. When I came to the US I was bored too. Everyone is busy with their work.
  • Yousef's Nov 22, 16:20 comment on Crossing The Red Sea
    good job ishak I really liked your story and I see how hard was for you to come to the united state keep going
  • ZhengHao's Nov 22, 16:09 comment on An Accident in the Street
    Thank you for your comment
  • ZhengHao's Nov 22, 16:08 comment on An Accident in the Street
    Thank you for your comment
  • Ruhang's Nov 22, 15:47 comment on Plastic Bag Ban
    I agree with your thoughts because people in cities that implement bans have reduced the use of plastic bags, which has reduced about 40 million pounds of plastic waste each year. So the solution is useful, but it can lead to excessive use of the paper bag. The environment will still be destroyed. You can refer to this news. https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/04/09/711181385/are-plastic-bag-bans-garbage
  • Peter's Nov 22, 15:45 comment on Charter Schools
    My name is Peter Larrabee, and I got to Judge Memorial Catholic High School. I really enjoy the points that are brought up supporting Charter Schools. They are, in a lot of ways, superior to that of a public school. There were also good points brought up about how they provide a higher level of education, and how you are able to take college level classes. One point I would have brought up would be that of other forms of higher education. Other than Charter Schools, there are a multitude of other schools which also provide higher education, such as Catholic Schools, or Private Schools. Both tend to support education that is above that one would receive via the public school system. Overall, the article was very well done, it just could have displayed a few other perspectives.
  • Ruhang's Nov 22, 15:37 comment on The Conflict of Trade War
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stocks-down-as-china-trade-war-worry-whacks-dow-jones-index-for-third-day/
  • Peter's Nov 22, 15:36 comment on Connecting through music and writing
    I agree with your stances about writing and music, and overall like the points you bring up. While often not viewed as such, music is just as much a language as it is an art. Both music and writing are similar in the sense that the writing or music is telling a story. My main problem with this article is the small tangent on climate change in the last paragraph. I agree with the points that are brought up, but overall they simply don't fit in this article. The first half of the article is really well done as it displays the similarities of music and writing, but the bit on climate change doesn't really connect with the rest. They would be better suited in another article. Overall, not a bad article.
  • Eric's Nov 22, 15:27 comment on What Is American Culture
    Hi Aliko, your post is great I think the American culture is basically like what you say. And of course, the positive attitude when facing difficulties is also a symbol of American. American is a very competitive for welcoming all the culture in the world. It’s a “melting pot” and keep attracting all these great people to America to achieve their dream. Here is a link that might be helpful to you: https://usahello.org/resources/american-values/
  • Eric's Nov 22, 15:22 comment on Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence
    Hi peter, your post is good I think the video game is not the reason of making people be violated. 70 years ago, there is no video game but the WW2 still happen. I think the most important thing to do is to let parent make a good guide for their children. Because he can still play it when he is an adult. So it’s important to help children develop a good habit. Here is some sources maybe helpful to you: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170622103824.htm
  • Ryan W's Nov 22, 05:19 comment on Is the juul really cool?
    Hi Kaan, I noticed right away when reading our post that it appears much of the allure of e-cigarettes and juuls are their variety of flavors. I agree that this is a major factor making juul and other e-cigarettes seem much less harmful than they are. I hear your point about the health risks that are arising with e-cigarette use, and I agree that this should be at the forefront of discussion. I didn't realize that the FDA was the one that launched "The Real Cost" ad campaign. This changed my point of view on how the government is handling this epidemic, since I didn't know the extent to which they were involved in anti-advertising e-cigarettes. When I finished reading your post, I couldn't help but wonder what you think can be done about vaping in the high school, and the general use among high school kids? Thanks, Ryan W
  • Hazel king's Nov 22, 02:57 comment on Is Technology limiting Creativity Pt.1
    This is my first time on this app and it helped i guess.
  • Ishak's Nov 22, 01:36 comment on Crossing The River
    Hello, Briant I am very impressed of your post, “Crossing The River” because, you shows the denarius decision of your life. I also feel you, because your story it's can be similar to my story. one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "When me and some kids that were in the house arrived, my mother was outside the airport waiting for me, and when I went out of the airport, I saw her and I hugged her tightly and started crying." I think this is touching because, I can imagine how it's hard. Honestly I learned a lot of your personality. This remind me of an experience I had once, when I escaped Yemen after the Civil War start. I think my journey was safe, because I am a legitimate immigrant, but it was more dangerous because we were crossing a Sea. Thanks for your writing I look forward to seeing what you write next, because telling your personal story or show a moment of your story it really shows your personality.
  • Ishak's Nov 22, 01:06 comment on An Accident in the Street
    Dear ZhengHao: I really enjoyed, your post, "An Accident in the Street" because, it's shows that even the driver hit you he still have loyalty to the law and need to fix his mistake. one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "My grandmother was a really calm person but when I got hit by the car she was getting very scared and panicked." I think that is emotional, because as your grandmother personality is calm, but she didn't expecting someone of her grandson will got hit by the car. In addition, honestly when the car hit someone it's really scary.
  • Gena's Nov 21, 21:39 comment on STOP THE BULLYING
    Jose, you did a great job explaining that teachers should be paying more attention to what goings-on with the student and not only focusing on education. I believe that parents and teachers should bring their attention to bullying and helping to stop it in schools. There are so many different situations of kids being bullied in school that teachers are not aware of and the student are struggling because of it. There are so many dangerous effects on bullying and the kids and teacher are not taking them seriously.
  • Guru M's Nov 21, 21:01 comment on An Accident in the Street
    Hey ZhengHao, I loved how you said, "I remember to always think before you do something." I think this is an important lesson for all of us to learn since we can easily overlook the effect of our actions. We can hurt people or things in the careless things we do and by being aware, we can prevent a lot of mishaps. I too have had a similar experience in which I ran across a street without thinking. Fortunately, I wasn't hit by a car, but the experience etched into my mind, the importance of thinking before acting.
  • David's Nov 21, 20:59 comment on Should semi-automatic guns be banned?
    Stella, This post is making me question how much you really know about guns. First off, you stated that "...They might not be significantly more powerful than other guns, but they do automatically reload" No gun ever automatically reloads. You have to manually reload every gun there is. Pistol or rifle, once you reach the end of your magazine you have to reload it. That's how that works. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt because I'm pretty sure by reload you me re-chamber a round which semi automatic weapons do. Secondly, Marino and you both say that assault rifles are as powerful as other guns. This is simply inaccurate the typical assault rifle round is 5.56mm. That round is chambered in most AR style rifles. Now the typical pistol round is either a 9mm or a 45 acp. if you look up a picture of these 3 rounds you can probably figure out that the 5.56mm round is significantly more powerful. Next point is about the human shaped targets used at the range. The entire point of going to a range is to hone your shooting skills so in the off-chance you would need to defend yourself you are able to do so. The point of the human shaped is for self-defense against an intruder or someone who can bring arm to your or your family. It's better to be prepared than to wish you were prepared. Lastly i just want to touch on the ban. In my opinion the ban wouldn't do anything. Bad guys will get guns no matter what. Did you know that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country? Do you know which city in the country has the highest murder rate? Chicago. How can that be? Chicago is a living fact that no matter how much gun control there is, bad guys will still do bad things, and the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
  • Asher's Nov 21, 20:58 comment on Connecting through music and writing
    I understand what you say about writing, but I feel you've neglected to mention the true worth of writing. Writing is, in its purest form, the heart and soul of a person, entombed in words. Reading the works of persons who have lived through famous history, lived fascinating lives, or just simply have thoughts so wonderful that you couldn't not want to hear what they have to say. From the perspective of a young adult living in the twenty-first century, reading the thoughts and emotions of someone who's lifestyle and experiences are so far removed from my own is incredibly powerful. Books put tears in our eyes. They tell stories that teach us lessons we wouldn't have found on our own. The best books I've read have literally transposed memories onto me, from those memories I draw on the knowledge and advice of these prolific authors. Most amazingly, they can take two people who never have met, whom one may be dead and the other would be alien to the writer, and they can bridge the gap between the two belligerents in a way that transcends merely ink paper and into a meaning that is only understood through the whole message, the book in its entirety.
  • lani h's Nov 21, 20:51 comment on A Step in the Right Direction for Mental Health
    I found it very interesting to learn that they are starting to make a step to the touchy subject that is mental health. I remember reading about how a school in Utah is starting to incorporate Mental Health days. This will allow students to take the day off to reassure that they are safe and can take time to themselves without the stress of school. How do you think this idea relates to workers and the idea of a better space for them? Do you think this would be a good steps in other environments such as work? Furthermore, you say "Louise Bradley, the president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, acknowledges the workplace is not the root of the mental health epidemic. Still, it can be part of the solution." I am confused and was wondering if you have any information about how they will change work spaces to help solve mental health for workers. Maybe workplaces can offer a therapist to help allow workers to know they have a safe place at their jobs? I know this has been a continued idea for school districts to incorporate so it may be beneficial for companies to start looking into this idea as well.
  • RFreed's Nov 21, 20:50 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Audry I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the issue your post has been very helpful and insightful and really shows that you have some good firsthand experience with this topic, I have recently been looking into this issue in my high school and have found that with supporting those with mental health isn’t as easy as it seems even though there are resources available they aren’t readily advertised or sought after by students. From what I can see those who have issues with mental health troubles such as depression and anxiety due to school stress also have troubles at home at in another facet of their life’s that can prevent them from having a true escape from the stresses of school. What I don’t understand and what I want to know is how is it possible for us to further make available and create resources for students in high school with issues with mental illness to properly get them the help and support they need.
  • Seth's Nov 21, 20:50 comment on Weed Should Be Legal In Every State
    Hi Idrissa, I hear where you’re coming from and agree about marijuana helping those with sickness or pain, my grandpa used the substance towards the end of his fight with cancer so I know it can help. A question I have though is whether or not you believe that marijuana should be legal both recreationally and medicinally. The way I read your post it sounds like you’re trying to make the case for broad legalization for everyone, even children. Do you believe that there should be restrictions on who can buy the substance? If you want to learn more about the issue, it might be beneficial to learn about the negative effects and of marijuana as well as the positives to add some strength to your argument. I appreciate your point of view on the issue as I think the legalization of drugs is an important conversation to have, but it’s also a good idea to look into the other sides argument before deciding on a certain point of view.
  • Sasha's Nov 21, 20:49 comment on Discrimination Surrounding Us
    *I meant to say I have not experienced as much discrimination from my peers*
  • Riley's Nov 21, 20:49 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hey Kira, This was a very well written article; I do believe that schools have been beginning to do more than they used to in regards to mental illness. However, there is more they could do. Wheather is something as simple as just having a monthly check-in with students or even publicizing what resources the school has to assist students with their mental issues. Do you believe that bringing these resources into the light would be beneficial? Do you believe more states should pass this law?
  • Sasha's Nov 21, 20:48 comment on Discrimination Surrounding Us
    *I have not experienced as much discrimination from my peers*
  • Chicken Fingers's Nov 21, 20:44 comment on How drugs have destroyed people’s lives
    Hi wuyou, I agree on your stance in relation to many of the harder, prescription drugs resulting in overdose and the abuse of the analgesics such as fentanyl. But why would marijuana as a recreational and medicinal drug contribute to that impact, it is noted as a gateway drug but for the most part it's side effects and long term effects are limited and there are no deaths as a direct result of cannabis.
  • Guru M's Nov 21, 20:43 comment on PS4 Friends and Family
    Hey Dewry, I agree that playing console video games are a lot of fun because it's a great way to hang out with your friends without actually hanging out. At the same time, I understand why many people have concerns about video games. By the years, more and more kids are developing video game addictions. This addiction deteriorates their mental health. Healthy mental health is crucial to a person's wellbeing. I found my information from https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/process-addiction/video-game-addiction/related/gaming-addiction-statistics/
  • Tiffany's Nov 21, 20:43 comment on Recycling and Global Warming
    Hey Matt! It's nice to see this post about recycling and global warming because I think that this is a very prevalent problem today. I totally agree with when you said "it starts with recycling, simply being aware of the problem..." When people are aware of a significant problem, they will be more likely to engage in activity to help solve that problem. I found out that teachers have witnessed the custodians at our school contaminating the recycling by throwing away the recycling and trash in the same bin. When I found out, I was quite shocked and knew that this was a problem that I want to remedy at my school. Where did you get that statistic from? I think that that would be quite useful for the recycling project that I'm doing.
  • Colin Q's Nov 21, 20:42 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hello Kira, This article is very well written. It is very important to keep the conversation on mental health going, because we need to talk about it or else nothing will change. I personally know quite a few people who need mental health days, so it is nice to know that state governments are starting to notice the problem and do something about it. Do you personally believe that mental health days are important to helping students with mental health problems? I believe that mental health days will benefit students and grades as well. People often underestimate the stress of being a high school student, with college, friends, family, and grades. You gave me a new perspective when you stated that there are more people to a school counselor than to every social worker, which kind of amazed me. Overall, very well written article with some interesting ideas and some good statistics involved as well.
  • Sasha Conner's Nov 21, 20:41 comment on Discrimination Surrounding Us
    Personally I find it to not be very surprising that 61% of American tend to find themselves discriminated against since our nation is primarily made up of minorities. I wonder how many of this statistic are women, and find themselves discriminated against in society. I really like the part of where you mention how this problem came to be and why it seems like discrimination against women tends to be passed down from the older generation. It does seem like eventually women could possibly be seen more as equals, but it will take many more generations to come in order for that to occur. But the future looks bright. I find that the older generation (Boomers) from personal experience have made some discriminating comments about my gender, but our current generation (Gen Z) seem to look at women more as equals to men and I have experience as much discrimination from my peers.
  • celia's Nov 21, 20:41 comment on Social Media… Yes or No?
    Hi, While I agree that social media can place unnecessary pressure on teenagers, I also believe that it can be used for good. Social media can provide a platform for people to find their community and make connections with others that they might not have the chance to make otherwise. I think its also important to note that social media when used in the right way can have a positive effect on others. This can be seen in body positivity accounts as well as in cases of raising awareness in current social issues. When it comes to solving this issue I think that there is a level of responsibility that both the user of the social media platform need to take, as well as the owners of the media platform. I was also a bit confused when it came to your point about how parents also add pressure. While I don't disagree, I am wondering how parents are apart of the issue with social media?
  • James G's Nov 21, 20:41 comment on Vape Ban
    I appreciate that you also think that its awesome that people are aware that the leading case of death with vapes is the fake THC carts. I noticed though, that you feel that the nicotine devices are not necessarily the problem. I have seen that although there is not a lot a research on the negative effects of nicotine devices, there is still a large problem with the addictiveness of the devices and this is having a negative effect on people. Do you really feel that nicotine products are not a problem at all?
  • tbrady's Nov 21, 20:40 comment on Shooting Games Should Be Banned.
    As a person who plays shooting video games would say that yes it does propose and show violence to its viewers. But i feel that saying they should be banned for this is rather excessive. As i recall over the last several decades we have had access to television as well. this is another major access to violent viewership as well so to say its only video games is rather arrogant and if anything its more of a release for people who play them so they can cope with some form of anxiety or aggression they may possess.
  • Celine's Nov 21, 20:40 comment on Family and Fentanyl: How the ongoing opioid crisis is affecting the Deep South
    I noticed a particular thing was that you said there had many people died due to drugs addiction and abuse, and so many people used drugs because it can decrease their pain. So, by this, let me extended my thinking and a new direction that I think this is one of the major things that people want to decrease pain and using so many drugs to let them forget pain, and this is a problem that we need to solve because if people don't solve then will extend more and let it more serious. This also let me connected with the other news that I saw before which a woman was due to she had sick for a long time, so finally she ate so many medicines and causing died. So, in my opinion of this issue, I think I agree with you that the saying in this article which said "These pills and drugs, as well as everything we use to numb, can't get rid of the pain. They just deceive your brain to think it doesn't exist, but it does exist." It will still be there.” So, that was one of the good saying that remind people need to avoid or don't use too much medicines or drugs to decrease your pain because those are harmful for us, and maybe you can find other ways such as talking to people, etc. to decrease your pain.
  • Austin's Nov 21, 20:39 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Hi Sydney! It was so interesting and horrible to hear the amount of plastic that is in the ocean. I think that it is a major problem that plastic could outweigh fish in the future. I appreciate that you care so much about this problem as a teen. I do not think that enough teens care about this issue as much as they should. This effects everyone. In my own experience, something that I have done to limit plastic in the ocean is re-using plastic grocery and sandwich bags. When you said that animals will eat plastic thinking it is food that hit hard with me. It is horrible that humans are harming other species indirectly, and most people do not even know it.
  • Juan R's Nov 21, 20:37 comment on Is the juul really cool?
    Hi Kaan, This is a really good piece on the whole JUUL epidemic its really eye opening and you bring up a lot of good points, do you think there is a lack of research on the long term effects on vaping since this is all new as opposed to cigarettes and how they've been around for so much longer and have been researched thoroughly? -Juan R
  • Jen's Nov 21, 20:37 comment on Compensation for College Athletes
    Sam, I agree with your opinion on paying college athletes. You bring up very good points about the pros and cons of this decision. When you say "Paying college athletes will destroy the atmosphere" are you referring to all college sports or just college football? How do you think paying college athletes would work for those playing sports other than football? As a high school student in Washington, I know how much this can change the culture by seeing how popular college sports are at the University of Washington and Washington State University. In my opinion, it is a very complex decision and there are many pros and cons to paying college athletes.
  • Anna C's Nov 21, 20:37 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Also, do you have any advice for influencing teens to recycle? Informing students of the problem and consequences may not be enough.
  • Izzy's Nov 21, 20:36 comment on How To Prevent School Shootings?
    Hi Mary. I agree with your views for the most part. I agree when you said, "These kids felt so much pain that they felt as though there only escape was a gun. This shows that that the problem is deeper rooted in the mental health of a child" I also believe that mental health plays one of the bigger roles when it comes to a student shooter coming into a school. I appreciate that you had evidence within your article to back up your thoughts. The one part that I didn't fully agree with was when you said the best care takers for students are their parents. When a shooter comes into a school, they tend to not have an great family that they can lean back on. I believe that students should been shown that there is resources and trusted adults within their school to talk to, like counselors. Here is an article about mass school shooters who have grown up fatherless. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-report/winter-2018/fatherlessness-associated-gun-violence This article talks about how shooters struggled in their life because they didn't have that parent to rely on. Looking forward to hearing from you.
  • Anna C's Nov 21, 20:30 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Hi Sydney! I am working on a recycling project at my high school and am trying to increase awareness surrounding the importance of recycling. I was shocked that "billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces." Even though my high school is a small fraction of the world, we could still have a small impact by learning how to correctly dispose of waste. In the future, if we continue at this rate of carbon emission and waste production, we will live in a society in which natural disasters are the norm. I appreciate that you included information to back up your claims and presented the consequences of our plastic waste.
  • Will's Nov 21, 17:18 comment on Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence
    Hi peter, I enjoyed your use of studies that suggest that violent videogames can cause violence and was able to counter the research by stating that the studies are only of American children and that violence is only seeming to increase in America and not elsewhere where violent video games are played. it also seems that The media in the US seems to be focusing more on any and all types of violence and has contributed to the seemingly large increase in violence in America. There are also studies that show that videogames in general can cause people to become angry and frustrated when they don't win which most people can relate with and have experienced before. Even so most people will just become frustrated and stop playing not projecting that violence/frustration outside the game. It seems that the news articles that suggest that violent videogames cause violence are completely off base and are just relating normal frustration to being 'violent behavior' caused by violent videogames. Do you think that normal frustration could be described as violence and is that 'violence' actually causing disturbances in the real world?
  • B.O's Nov 21, 17:06 comment on Are you OK?
    Overall, I noticed how you focused a lot on depression and how serious it is. I appreciate that you had touched on positive mental energy and how much it affects the results of someone who is happy. While there is a lot of good info and backup in it, I feel that there should be more evidence and sources to help back it up. One thing I had trouble with was where you got the evidence for saying that depression was the 2nd worst disease in the world. How did you get that info? What about the other diseases? All in all, great job on talking about the topic but focus more on evidence and where it came from.
  • Kiera N.'s Nov 21, 17:05 comment on PLASTIC PLANET
    Thank you, Pauline, for referencing the plastic garbage patch. I know if I were a turtle trapped in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I would be very mad at the organisms who made this garbage appear. Who wants a slow and painful death when dying because they are choking? It must be scary for the other ocean animals that see the patch as a large animal trying to kill them if they get close. I never thought the pacific garbage patch was real. I first read it about in The 8th Continent by Matt London, where some scientists created a chemical compound that transformed the trash of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a green continent where plants and animals could live. If only scientists could make a compound like that in real life, this problem could be solved. But yes, I agree with Sandra that we need to educate everybody that this is a real thing out there. Because your and Sandra’s posts, I will educate all the people I meet about how plastic recycled affects the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is a very educational article, so how can we put this article out for all to be seen?
  • Cassie's Nov 21, 16:54 comment on Trump has Ruined Empathy
    Hey Simon, I noticed that you are saying that easy access to voice ones opinion is ruining empathy and I see your point but even before having twitter as a platform to "Spew hate" people were still voicing their concerns in the form of protests. This post did give me a new perspective though on how opinions of people influence others actions.
  • jack's Nov 21, 16:48 comment on Vaping is a No No!
    I see where you are coming from saying less flavors will create more unappealing views and I do agree. I was wondering if you have heard about the flavored juice ban in Washington state because living here I can say I've seen a significant decrease in the amount of teens vaping. I think the ban although meant to end teen vaping could push adult smokers in the wrong way because there are many adults who relied on vaping in order to kick their cigarette addiction but it almost seems as if they are being pushed away all due to the fact that teens are abusing it.
  • Natalee's Nov 21, 16:46 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira, This is a well-written article, and what you said about Oregon passing a law that lets students take a maximum of 5 mental health days stood out to me. I really like how you included this within your article, it left me (and likely other readers) with higher hopes concerning mental health in schools. I've also thought about school social workers myself, wondering how they're able to work with over a hundred students at a time and not get lost in the large amounts of data. You also said "Those who have ever been diagnosed with anxiety and depression between the ages 6 through 17 have increased from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in 2011-2012", and this was a shocking new perspective for me. I didn't know children as young as 6 years old could be diagnosed with the emotionally devastating disorder that is Depression. It really brings to light how serious this issue is if children barely out of 1st grade are being affected by this mental illness. Overall, your article was a very interesting read and helped me understand how serious and widespread this problem is.
  • Brooks's Nov 21, 16:41 comment on Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence
    Hey, I hear your point on saying that there has only been an increase in school shootings in America and that is a good point, you should also add in some research that has been done on young children for this topic, there's lots out there. Lots of kids enjoy getting a rated M shooter game like Black Opps at a young age, when I played those type of games at a young age I never had violent thoughts or aggressiveness, although I would say I always liked to play with airsoft bb guns. I respect your opinion and like this post, so please speak more on this topic for others to see violent video games aren't causing violence around the world.
  • Neel K's Nov 21, 16:40 comment on Why are so many Police Brutality Cases?
    Excellent use of statistics in your response. Using the fact that the city directly took responsibility for the victims by paying large sums of money proves that the government agrees that the police are guilty. Going deeper, do you think that these were fair amounts to pay? On one hand, paying out multiple millions to these families seems to mean that the city is taking this issue seriously. They cannot pay out 4-5 million every time something like this happens, so it could mean that the city is paying out this money to settle these pending cases while they push for a long term solution. Alternatively, the city could be paying out this money in an effort to cover for a broken police system that they have no intention of fixing. I feel strongly that this issue deserves the national spotlight. To your point, it feels like we've normalized this, especially in big cities. I don't want to confound too many issues, but I also wonder if some responsibility lies with the media for failing to consistently cover these events. The media can sway the people's opinion, and the people's opinion will eventually sway "the ones who have the most power". Would love to hear your thoughts or other opinions on this.
  • Madison's Nov 21, 16:40 comment on Discrimination Surrounding Us
    Hi Danny, I think you have some really good points in here. What caught my attention the most was the statistic that 7 in 10 adults in the US reported to have experienced some sort of discrimination. I think this is completely ridiculous and that it is so unfortunate that it's a true statistic, I personally have been excluded from certain groups or activities for my gender and ethnicity. At the part you said, "The only thing we can do is to respect all the things surrounding us", it challenged my thinking a little bit. While I think it is true that respect is something a lot of people need to learn, I don't think it is possible to force everyone to start respecting their surroundings. This may be due to family backgrounds and beliefs or religion, so I think there will always be an imbalance there. I do think that the public can be more educated on the topic of discrimination so they are more aware of its negative impacts, so I agree with your point at the end. Raising awareness through education may be the most effective especially to get more people to respect their surroundings. I personally think there is a lot to be done in order to raise awareness on this issue aside from learning to respect our differences, and that the fact that racism has been prevalent for so long is sickening.
  • Henna's Nov 21, 16:39 comment on Dangers of Underage Drinking
    Hi Enzo, I really enjoyed reading your article and think that you discussed some very interesting topics. I was very nice to see that you backed up your ideas with facts and interesting evidence. Specifically, I was shocked to learn that "people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives." I have always known the dangers of alcohol but I surprised to learn how influential decisions made in high school can be for students in the future. I am currently a senior and I have seen the negative affects on students in my school and have lost a family member to alcohol abuse. It was very interesting to read your article.
  • Josiah Dillard's Nov 21, 16:37 comment on Helping the Homeless in NYC
    I found this really interesting because i am currently working on a similar project, the goal of our project is to raise awareness. On the increasing number of homeless individuals, and to make Kirkland Washington a more affordable place to live. I appreciate what you are trying to do, being that New York and Kirkland are both expensive places to live. So, what I'm hearing is the use of social media, was more beneficial than a traditional blog. Do you think New York being traditionally right leaning, influenced the number of responses on your survey ?
  • Cassie's Nov 21, 16:33 comment on What It Meant and Still Means To Be American; White
    Hey! I found this article very interesting because of all the censoring that they put in history textbooks that block out the reality of "freedom" in the United States.
  • Aidan's Nov 21, 16:33 comment on Stay alive
    I found this article interesting as I didn't realize how there are new billboards that make a joke about texting and driving. I agree that texting and driving is certainly bad, and can put your life and others in danger. I especially agree with the quote "It’s better not to text and drive and hold on to the message till you get to your destination or if it cant wait simply pull over and take care of it but don’t text and drive". People shouldn't feel the need to be on their phones while they drive. My question is whether you think these billboards and other ads about texting and driving actually work? And how can we fix this issue. Although texting and driving has always seen as bad it has increased significantly, meaning we need a new strategy to decrease texting and driving. Here is another article showing how it has increased. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texting-while-driving-up-50-percent-last-year/
  • Chase S's Nov 21, 16:33 comment on Stay alive
    I found this article interesting because prior to getting my license I never thought I would text and drive but as the years have gone by I have caught myself looking at my phone. One of the most dangerous things about texting and driving is that there's know demographic. everyone does it, I catch my friends, and family on their pones behind the wheel more often then I would like. I think the idea of adding adds to help stop texting and driving is both a good ide and a bad idea however. adding road side adds can help raise awareness and bring attention to a serious issue. However how do we know that these adds that are supposed to help us aren't just distracting us. there doing the same thing that the texts are doing and taking your eyes off the road. even if its just for a second when most people check there phone it's only for a second so what's the difference. so, do you feel we should post more road side adds to raise more awareness or limit them so they don't distract people?
  • Jason P's Nov 21, 16:32 comment on Sports can make your life better
    Hi! My name is Jason Pham, senior from Lake Washington High School. I really like the fact that you explained specifically how sports and exercise benefits our bodies. I personally agree with your statement, "sports can also help you in your daily life" because as an athlete myself, sports certainly make an impact on me daily. I play soccer competitively and my coach makes us put in a lot of effort during practice and let's us know that we should be applying this to our entire life including school, family, and etc. I am just curious at looking at sports from a different perspective and wanted to ask, do you think there is any problems with sports?
  • Caroline's Nov 21, 16:31 comment on Vaping is a No No!
    Hey Emily, I appreciate that you are writing about the dangers of vaping and how it can affect teenagers for the rest of their lives. I know a lot of people that have been affected by vaping and even someone that has suffered from popcorn lung. I like how you said that "the best way to prevent teenagers from vaping is through education". I know that when the cancerous effects of cigarettes were proven lots of campaigns were made to combat their reputation of being cool. I think that having similar campaigns that focus on vaping would also be helpful. I am curious about whether you think that all vaping should be demonized or just flavored vapes?
  • audrey's Nov 21, 16:31 comment on Homelessness in Chicago Public Schools
    hi Jaqueline I think its amazing that you're spreading awareness about homelessness in Chicago! I notice how you used an appeal to emotion in your article which I think is a great approach so people will be motivated to help. I agree with your statement that cities "should be helping these students out and offer a shelter of these children so they can continue attending school and live in a safe place." This is important so that public areas can be used for the purpose they were designed for, I took a survey of the people on my social media and over 50% said homelessness is a problem in their communities that needs to be addressed. Personally I think that homeless people, especially children and students, should be helped in any way possible.
  • Muzammil's Nov 21, 16:29 comment on Homelessness in Chicago Public Schools
    Hey Jaqueline, I find this surprising that the number of homeless Chicago children and teens is so high. It's hard to see that a portion from that don't belong to a parent/guardian. However, what could we do to support cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, in which they have higher homeless rates and worse conditions for our younger folks? Check this article out and see how this can help and apply to the solution you're trying to figure out: https://www.vox.com/2014/5/30/5764096/homeless-shelter-housing-help-solutions Good Luck, Muzammil (Seattle)
  • Liam Sweeney's Nov 21, 16:23 comment on Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence
    I found your article very interesting, being a teenager who grow up mainly outside of America and now in America and also being one that's parents refused to allow them to play violent video games. I definitely agree with the fact that most violent videos games don't cause heightened violence among those who play them. When you state – “The report states that games should not include rewards for killing humans or other characters, as it creates a sense of pleasure from the suffering of others”- do you agree with this or are you stating that you don't agree with what the article was saying? I hear the point you are making in your last paragraph about other issues in America and would agree. Not being from America and growing up seeing all the news reports about different types of shootings in schools or other types of mass shootings, I definitely see this as more of a larger issue than some of these articles claims that video game violence causes violence in those who play them.
  • yeury nicasio's Nov 21, 14:42 comment on Smoking Weed Can Lower Your Education
    my name is Yeury nicasio , i disagree with your argument because i smoke weed myself and when i get to school i go straight to my classes and get all my work done. i know that kids that are 15 years old are smoking weed but you don't know what the been thru they whole life so they just choose to smoke some weed. And also i disagree with you when you said that when kids get to school they mind is not there. thats person choice to do that , kids just go to school high and get dumb.
  • Aria's Nov 21, 03:26 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hello Kira, Your article was very well written, especially of a current and relevant issue still occurring today. Mental health is a serious thing and if we don't address it, then who will? It's a very hard topic to open up about as it's a struggle that we deal it with in daily life between school, keeping up with our grades, making time to hang out with family and friends, managing a paid job, and a number of extracurricular activities. Mental health days can be a good thing as the student will return to school mentally stronger and healthier. But, I also feel that those who don't have mental health issues may take advantage of it just to skip school because they don't feel like going. Here is an article I found regarding more information about your topic: https://www.verywellmind.com/when-and-how-to-take-a-mental-health-day-3144754
  • Hanna's Nov 21, 00:58 comment on Depression and Anxiety in American Teenagers
    Hi Kaitlyn, I agree that mental health is an important issue and many people are affected by it. I myself struggle with anxiety and it's made things very difficult for me because I didn't even know I had it until recently. it would make things easier if there was a way for parents, students and teachers to start talking about this issue openly. I would like to thank you for bringing up how spreading awareness is important because I also think that it plays a huge role in supporting people who suffer from a mental illness. what do you think is a good way to support individuals with mental illness?
  • Jovani's Nov 20, 20:51 comment on Vaping is a No No!
    What I see you saying is that you believe vaping is a problem that can effect the newer generations who don't understand the negative effects of vaping, and I can connect to this because as a student at Lake Washington I am working to raise awareness about the negative effects and have learned about how bad it is for you. Your post helped extend my perspective about the different things being done trying to stop kids from vaping like the banning of flavored vapes which I think would also be effective. I also notice the strong negative effects you've included in your post which is a good way to educate and inform the target market.
  • Eoin's Nov 20, 20:51 comment on Vaping is a No No!
    I hear your point that education will have a better effect on the current vaping epidemic but I've personally seen that with the current flavored vape juice ban put in place by Washington there has been a significant reduction on the number of teen vapers. Do you think that other states should follow? educate? or maybe both?
  • Hanna's Nov 20, 20:43 comment on Big Factors of Climate Change
    Gedeon, I think your analysis on the effects of overproduced products on the climate is very fascinating! I didn't even realize that, from what I picked up from your article, restricting agriculture production could be a way to lower carbon emissions. I noticed that you mentioned that Gimenez's solution is better than Cook's because having consumers adapt to a life without meat is more difficult, but I gave it some thought and would actually argue that by Cook's solution is better because Gimenez's solution of restricting agriculture could be applied as a domino effect. The way I see it, applying meat reduction programs (such as Meatless Mondays or switching to Beyond Meat) to schools and businesses is a cheap and more socially acceptable way to lower the consumption of meat. Yes, I agree it's hard for consumers to adapt to a meatless lifestyle, but this method is a lot simpler and financially capable rather than forcing an entire industry to lower their production. If the demand for meat lowered, then a whole chain of events would start: Meat industries would need to compensate this lower demand by decreasing their production of livestock, and this lowered number of livestock would mean that the demand for crops used to feed them would dropped, and this drop of crop demand would mean the agriculture industry would need to reduce their production of crops. This chain of cause and effect has Cook's solution eventually leading to Gimenez's, which is why I prefer Cook's method. I'm super curious to your thoughts about my breakdown though! I'm aware that Gimenez's solution can be a lot more efficient than Cook's, and that the chain can happen the other way around, but my concern is the cost and reaction of the consumers. I fear that if the chain were to happen the other way and consumers sudden lose their easy access to meat, there may be some angry people. Let me know what you think!
  • Olivia's Nov 20, 20:40 comment on Kneel Or Not To Kneel
    I was very intrigued in this topic and I fully agree with your stand point. As I noticed in your article you said "everyone is entitled to your own opinion. Everyone has a right to speak their mind. If you feel the U.S isn’t fair or justice, then protest. It is a peaceful protest and it doesn’t bother people." This put what I have been thinking into words. I appreciate that people value the same stand point I have. At my high school, at our home football games during the National Anthem, the student section change the lyrics at the end of the song to "home of the Kang's" instead of "home of the brave". Do you think that this is considered disrespectful to our nation or is it just pride in our schools name?
  • Esther's Nov 20, 20:36 comment on Shooting Games Should Be Banned.
    First of all, I agree that videogames can negatively impact social interactions as that has been my experience with excessive videogame playing. I've also observed aggression directly related to videogames, although it was generally in response to limited video game time. What I disagree with is the notion that videogames are directly related to school shootings. Violent movies have been around long before violent videogames became popular, so exposure to violence hasn't necessarily been increased in recent years. According to the National Center for Health research: "violent video game exposure was linked to increased aggressive behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, as well as decreased empathy. However, it is not clear whether violent video game exposure was linked to criminality or delinquency." It is certainly a possibility that violent video games lead to more school shootings, but placing all the blame on videogames distracts from other possible sources of mental health issues, which we should aim to address. http://www.center4research.org/violent-video-games-can-increase-aggression/
  • Amanda Davis's Nov 20, 20:34 comment on Vaping is a No No!
    I appreciate what you said in this article saying “one thing that might help prevent people from vaping is if they do not have flavors, because they will be less appealing to kids.” I believe that to help prevent teens from vaping its important to ban vape flavors and also better inform teenagers about the downsides of vaping. I’ve noticed that the flavored vape ban in Washington state has decreased the number of teen vapers. Should more states pass a vape ban like Washington? There is the link to talk about more what I'm talking about:
  • Yuka's Nov 20, 20:32 comment on The Transgender/Bathroom Debate
    Hi Blake, I understand where you're coming from and as a woman, I do fear this situation. But, and I know it's not the best way to compare with other topics, think of it this way: the percentage of a person of color committing a crime is higher. I know the more appropriate way to say this is that the poor commit more crimes but most of the poor consist of people of color because of America (which we can go on and on about but let's lead that aside for now,) resulting in the unavoidable statistics "people of color commit more crime." But, should we limit their individual rights just because it is statistically proven that way?
  • Tessa's Nov 20, 20:31 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Looking back at the second paragraph opening sentence I understood that students may feel like their speech is limited making it hard for them to express themselves and that, "that’s the main reason why it should be limited". I feel like there should be restrictions to their speech such as restricting name calling or true threatening comments; however social media is now used for big forms of activism. I am actually using social media to make a stand against bullying right now, so I think that if we truly limited the freedom of speech we have now on social media, teenagers could be restricted from reform movements because that is a way we express ourselves now. So I wonder if you could maybe remove the phrase "express themselves" and replace it with something more direct in the sense that the speech you'd like to be limited is strictly words of attack against another person? I truly thought that this was a moving article and believe that cyberbullying is a problem today that we need to choose, so I appreciate this article by bringing awareness to the issue.
  • Amanda Davis's Nov 20, 20:28 comment on Vaping is a No No!
    I appreciate what you said in this article saying "one thing that might help prevent people from vaping is if they do not have flavors, because they will be less appealing to kids." I believe that to help prevent teens from vaping its important to ban vape flavors and also better inform teenagers about the downsides of vaping. I've noticed that the flavored vape ban in Washington state has decreased the number of teen vapers. Should more states pass a vape ban like Washington?
  • Nate's Nov 20, 20:25 comment on Cyber Bullying Is Actual Bullying
    It really gave me a better perspective when you talked about teens making decisions with the amygdala instead of the prefrontal cortex, causing them to make decision based more on emotion than long term rational thinking. This made me realize that it's not a surprise that teens cyberbully. I was not really sure what you meant when you said, "In some way, the people benefiting from this inequity is the adults because the children are just starting and getting used to the internet but the adults are on the on hand experiences in the internet because they were here the longest in this world." This doesn't really make sense to me, as I think teens growing up with the internet, makes them more experienced and knowledgeable about it than their parents. I would love to get more of your perspective about this. What do you think the next step in decreasing cyber bullying would be?
  • Kevin Lomeli Gil's Nov 20, 20:25 comment on Eviction and the Evicted
    I personally have friends who have been experiencing the same issue of being evicted. They don't really talk about it much, and I wouldn't pressure them into telling others because it is a very personally topic. I really do feel for the people who have been evicted or rejected due to their past. I would imagine that it feels like a nametag or title that is always present whenever you try to rent or buy a house, obviously that nametag or title is probably negative, but it does not portrait the intentions, actions, feelings, and thoughts of a person. This article also changed my view on the whole topic of affordable housing because I used to think that people were evicted due to poor management of their money, but now I realize that some people simply don't have the salary to be able to keep up with rents and basic necessities like food or clothing.
  • Esther's Nov 20, 20:24 comment on Should the United States have universal basic income ?
    There have been a few cities that have experimented with UBI, the most recent being Ontario, Canada from 2017-2018. It was planned to be a 3 year experiment, but was ended two years early as it was deemed to be unsustainable by Ontario government. Finland has also tried a UBI system, and their findings were that low income citizens were happier when given money from the government, but their likelihood of getting a job was unaffected. Based on previous experiments, there is no guarantee that a UBI would be beneficial to American society, and it would be very difficult to implement. The poverty line and cost of living varies from city to city, so setting a baseline for receiving aid and the amount of aid received would be difficult to do on a national level. The fear of automation taking away jobs is valid, but for the most part, it moves labor away from minimum wage and physical labor jobs towards more technical jobs. With the creation of robots to complete simple tasks in manufacturing, it may take away someone's minimum wage job, but it also creates jobs for programmers, engineers, and repair technicians as well as decreases the cost of manufacturing so that more people can afford basic goods. Development of technology has only ever improved the American standard of living and should not be feared. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/universal-basic-income-ditched-in-canada-even-as-us-cities-try-welfare-experiment https://phys.org/news/2019-02-universal-basic-income-people-happier.html
  • Matteo's Nov 20, 20:23 comment on Is the juul really cool?
    Hey Kaan, I like when you talk about how a juul pod is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes because I feel like this information is not informed as much to teens. In my experience many teens think that vaping is a way to keep kids off cigarettes, but it is not a safer option. Also your point about trying to make a plan to prevent juice from stores and kids hands is a smart way to reduce vaping as making it less accessible will lead to fewer teens vaping. This post has lead me to be more aware of this issue and take time to think about what to do to try and help reduce the epidemic. Sincerely, Matteo D
  • Nate's Nov 20, 20:23 comment on Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence
    Hello Peter, Being a student who plays video games, I 100% agree with your claim. I have been called out by my own parents to "stop playing violent video games because they make you violent". I apricate you writing this very detailed explanation to try and prove your point. I have also seen many articles stating that their is a positive correlation between violence and video games. However, there are many confounding variables that are not accounted for by researchers - such as family history, mental illness, and economic status. Plus these children are not followed for long periods of time. Many of these "aggression tests" are also done in a laboratory setting. Laboratory settings do not account for real life examples. So when a child acts a certain way in a lab, that doesn't mean how they act in real life. When you state - "The report states that games should not include rewards for killing humans or other characters, as it creates a sense of pleasure from the suffering of others". Did you agree with this? Or do you think that rewards for killing people does not create a sense of pleasure?
  • Jack's Nov 20, 20:21 comment on Homework?
    Hi Cassie, I hear your point that homework can be more detrimental to kids than it can be helpful regarding kids below high school age, and I partially agree with you that regular homework wouldn’t benefit these kids that much. However, I think that by introducing some work outside of school can help students by helping them learn to manage their time instead of throwing the new idea of work outside of school at high school students all at once. An occasional small project or assignment could help build these skills while also limiting the amount of time younger students are required to dedicate to homework and would help kids learn to be able to focus. Although, as you mention, “having to do homework after school can be hard in a world full of social media,” homework would also help them be able to manage both the desire to be on social media and other tasks they need to accomplish. Instead of “preventing the child from learning anything from homework,” I think the presence of social media while students need to do homework might be able to help children learn to separate the two sides of after school activities and improve their ability to manage homework in the future when they need it to learn important material. Would you agree that decreasing the amount of homework of students below high school age to an occasional project would be more beneficial to children than completely getting rid of homework from their lives?
  • Kyle Clark's Nov 20, 20:21 comment on Understanding Mental Health
    I think it would be very impactful if people saw your line that says we assume the worst in the mentally ill because of fear, which worsens the stigma. It is a great line that stores a lot into a concise form. Something I also think is important for people to understand is that those with mental illness have trouble figuring out where to place their pain. They may either put it back into themselves or they may even try to relieve themselves of it by harming other people, hoping it will improve how they feel. From this, I do not think that it is a total misbelief that there is some connection with mental health and violence. It is just not present in all situations. A more common form of this is bullying. Also, a question I have is if people only think that mental illness translates into violence, or if they only believe that it can express itself in severe forms. Other forms of mental illness, such as OCD, may tend to be nonviolent but may result in self-harm depending on the level that a person possesses it. Overall, I think you make a great point and blocking ourselves off from learning about mental health will only worsen the stigma. It is important to discover new outlets to ease any pain a person may have.
  • Katie's Nov 20, 20:19 comment on The Morality behind Planned Parenthood
    Sara, I completely agree, one of the biggest debates in politics is the moral dilemma over abortions, which has now turned into the debate over planned parenthoods. I really like how you explained all of the different things planned parenthood does, other than just abortions. Often that information is never talked about so audiences are wrongly informed that planned parenthoods are an "abortion factory." The statistic you mention about only 3% of planned parenthood services are abortions was a really eye opening fact. States have started to defund planned parenthood, do you think that is constitutional? Should these states be allowed to defund a program that offers so much education and help to the youth of America?
  • Tessa's Nov 20, 20:17 comment on Cyber Bullying Is Actual Bullying
    I found this article very interesting being a teenager who has experienced cyber bullying, I agree that most teenagers don't really understand the true power of their words; however, my thinking was challenged when you stated " In some way, the people benefiting from this inequity is the adults because the children are just starting and getting used to the internet but the adults are on the on hand experiences in the internet because they were here the longest in this world.", due to the fact that most adults find technology rather challenging because it has grown profusely since their childhood, so being a part of a generation who has grown up with technology I would think that teenagers are more educated on technology? So I wonder if you were trying to say that grownups have more experience being able to be responsible on social media? Or do you believe that adults truly are more educated on technology itself than teenagers?
  • Max's Nov 20, 20:16 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Hi Aidan, I like what you said about how a small effort by many people can go a long way. It makes me feel like there is something more that I could do to help. You mentioned that "Between 2015 and 2017, the number of homeless individuals in the city of Oakland increased by 26 percent." Do you think that an increase like this could draw more attention to this issue? I think that part of the reason why is such an issue is because of the city's proximity to massive companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. Do you think this should be the government's responsibility? Should the issue be left to charity organizations? Should companies like these reinvest in the cities where they operate?
  • Sami's Nov 20, 20:14 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Very Cool, thank you
  • Sami's Nov 20, 20:06 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Read this article Katie and I can agree that it is really interesting. It seems that the Sydney (creator of this post) already saw this article as they quoted it a couple times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Andy's Nov 20, 20:02 comment on Vape Ban
    It's amazing to see someone else understand that the leading cause of death in this situation is from the fake THC carts, not the nicotine devices. I completely agree with legalizing weed as it will help regulate the ingredients in dab carts and it too could help with the U.S.'s never ending war on drugs as Marijuana is the leading drug import into the U.S.. Could legalizing weed end up helping the regulation of flavored nicotine devices?
  • Jacob Mueller's Nov 20, 19:54 comment on Is the juul really cool?
    Hi Maggie, Your point is valid that using vape products does indeed help keep kids away from cigarettes, but many kids claim to never want to try cigarettes. This is based on the "disgusting" element that smoking offers with the bad smells, tar that goes into your lungs, and the fact that it has an impact on your physical health (meaning facial features and teeth). Kids are more tuned into vaping because there are no "disgusting" factors to it because it has been marketed for years as "water vapor". Here's an article that talks about kids and smoking: cigarettes.https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/why-kids-start-smoking.html. I think that students are much more willing to try vaping rather than smoking cigarettes for two reasons: the “disgust” factor explained above and also the studies that have shown the impact of smoking. I know that vaping is fairly new, and we should not look at it as “healthy”, but I believe we are putting “healthier” products into our body when vaping than when smoking, even though both are bad. At my school, I have conducted research, and while about 60% of 12th graders have claimed to vape before, only 5% have smoked a cigarette. Do you believe that e-cigs and vapes are the reason why students aren’t turning to cigarettes and cigars for a nicotine buzz? Jake
  • Sami's Nov 20, 19:00 comment on Problems caused by Plastics
    Hey Sydney! A really well done and informative piece you put together here. It's unfortunate these marine animals cannot discern their own food sources from these plastics in our water bodies. I was just wondering how the plastics get their in the first place. Could this mainly be a problem of littering and litter making its way into our oceans? If the above is not the case, maybe we could dive deeper and say that this problem is caused by faultiness in our waste management systems. Although plastic creation and consumption is increasing, it should be the jobs of these systems to dispose of it in a safe manner. Anyways, it's a shame we have to worry about this problem in the first place.
  • Alan's Nov 20, 18:55 comment on Shooting Games Should Be Banned.
    There is a potential case for banning shooting videogames but what I am hearing you say is that violent video games are causing school shooting. I pose you this question where is the evidence supporting this, it is true that violent videogames negatively affect those under 8 years old but there has been no evidence showing the fact that it harms those who are older. And on the topic of being exposed to violence the cartoons and tv shows that children are seeing every day are full of violence look at shows like teen titans go, power rangers, even SpongeBob have violence in them. For some people even these games have formed a sense of community, look at Fortnight for example, people I know have formed relationships with people they met on these games that allow them to grow as people and be introduced to new ideas. In this case friendships are formed not impacted by the game. And while your point that "video games can change the way kids think and act" is completely valid it is also true that practically everything in our world does that to kids from cereal boxes to book kids thoughts and actions are influence, heck advertisements are intended to influence how people think and act. And finally do you have any evidence showing that any of this is affecting kids in a negative way that completely overshadows any potential good, I am open to any information you have, I would also encourage you to listen to the people who play these types of games and ask them what they gain from them as it will bring new perspective to you.
  • Jose De Jesus's Nov 20, 17:20 comment on UNAS VACACIONES A OTRO NIVEL [*_*]
    Hasta ahora, greg y su familia se fueron de vacaciones con su familia para recordar la luna de miel de sus padres y esto paso en “DIARY of a Wimpy Kid THE GETAWAY” me recuerda a algo que vi. Yo vi una película la cual es basada en el libro pero lo diferente de el libro que estoy leyendo l
  • Lezly's Nov 20, 17:15 comment on Shooting Games Should Be Banned.
    Estimado Joan: Estoy muy interesada, con su publicación, “Los juegos de disparos deberían estar prohibidos”, por que es muy importante que los padres de familia estén enterados de que los juegos de disparos no son solo juegos. Pueden ocasionar graves problemas a muchas personas por hacer este tipo de juegos. Muchos de los niños de ahora solo quieren jugar esos juegos y los padres no miran el daño que le están causando a sus hijos. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “cuando los niños juegan estos juegos de disparos están expuestos a la violencia” creo que esto es muy cierto porque como antes lo había mencionado los niños están expuestos a un grave peligro. Por eso los padres deben vigilar que juegos juegan sus hijos que no sean muy riesgosos para ellos.
  • Samantha's Nov 20, 17:06 comment on LA ALQUIMIA CON HUMANOS ESTÁ PROHIBIDA (+_+)
    Dear Rolando: I am surprised by your post, "THE ALQUIMIA WITH HUMANS IS PROHIBITED (+ _ +)," because they want to revive their mother because they don't want to be left alone. It is very nice that they want to revive it but at the same time it makes me very creepy. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They can't accept that their mother is dead.” I think this is sad because I wouldn't like to lose my mother. I think that I would not bear the death of my mother. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked your theme. I like how you write about your book. I would like to continue knowing about them. Samantha
  • Patricia's Nov 20, 16:56 comment on Are the nerves bad?
    Estimada Jenifer, Estoy asombrada por tu post por que me recuerda a algo similar como cuando yo también iba a conocer a mis tíos y estaba muy nerviosa . Una frase que escribiste que se destaca en mi es “the only thing left was great happiness and a great smile” eso fue muy bonito. Gracias por tu escritura espero ver lo que escribes a continuación porque es muy interesante.
  • David's Nov 20, 16:55 comment on Racism
    Estimado Benjamin;. Estoy emocionado y contento por leer su lectura, su publicación el Racismo es porque dices toda la verdad que está pasando en nuestro entorno. Cada día vivimos más el racismo Gente ignorando o humillando a gente de color, gente rechazando a otros por no tener cualidades tales como de ellos. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es "cualquier acción, práctica o creencia que reflejen la cosmovisión racial: la ideología de que los humanos pueden dividirse en entidades biológicas separadas y exclusivas llamadas" razas " . creo que esto a influido en todos los países donde el racismo se vive dia a dia por que segun las estadisticas E.U es el país donde más ocurre el racismo, el racismo es algo que puede traer problemas o tragedias. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación porque quisiera saber mas sobre el racismo
  • Jenifer's Nov 20, 16:49 comment on look for dad
    Dear Joselyn: I am a bit disappointed by your post, "A wrinkle in time", because there wasn't much information. Also when I started to get excited that emotion vanished because there was no more information. One sentence your wrote that stands out for me is: “In the communities there are many children without his father and they are looking for their father in the hope of finding him”. I think this is a phrase with a lot of motivation because it makes other children think that they do not lose hope that their father returns home. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like you to tell me more about the story you are reading because I only had the thorn of knowing what else happened in the story. And I recommend that when you write you put in a summary what you have been reading so that your post has more information, Or perhaps you would like to be left with the thorn of what else is happening in history?