• Antonio's Apr 13, 23:55 comment on Viability of Nuclear Energy
    Hey gus, even though that nuclear power is clean energy than others, the disaster of the past has made it look as if I was bad for the environment. people think that sources like solar and natural gas are good but in the long run, it not really good. If you ever heard of Michael Shellenberger, then you will like his ideas.
  • Dominique's Apr 13, 21:10 comment on The Epidemic of Homelessness due to COVID
    Dear Emily, I really enjoyed reading your article. Homelessness has increased due to the pandemic. Unfortunately not everybody could be helped but maybe one day we can eventually help everybody out so nobody will be homeless. I agree with you that homelessness does affect businesses and our society! It’s overall a sad situation. Thank you for your writing.
  • Anastasia's Apr 13, 13:36 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    Amanda, Loved reading this. I also loved how you included other parts of the world and their numbers.
  • Ellen Rago's Apr 12, 15:50 comment on Literacy Skills in Defining Yourself
    Hi. Can you tell me who created the image of the girl with the victims of police violence in her hair? I am interested in using it for a lesson plan. Thanks, Ellen
  • Matthew's Apr 12, 07:08 comment on The Problem of Reading Motivation
    Hey Maria. I agree with your post as a whole because I believe that it’s important that as a child, we get accustom to reading. I say this due to the fact that we take in the most information and create potential life long habits as children, so it would be extremely beneficial if certain influences around children (parents, teachers, etc.) would promote academic behaviors like being involved with reading books. Something that caught my eye was: “If lack of reading motivation continues to become a problem in schools, our society will see a drastic change in the coming years.” I think motivation in general is something that needs “momentum”. For example, after brushing your teeth and taking a shower, you’ve already got some momentum of productivity to start off the day, so you a feel a little good and decide to throw out the trash or clean your room, boom momentum! With that built up momentum you make the decision to read the book that you’ve been putting off, although minute as it seems, it’s productivity nonetheless that you continue with throughout the day. That being said, if teens or people who struggle with motivation in general learn how build that momentum, It could definitely apply academically to teens. Thanks for your writing. I hope you continue to bring more interesting topics that sometimes go unnoticed.
  • Sofia Meza-Lua's Apr 12, 06:57 comment on Women’s Rights
    Dear Kayla, I am very interested in your post “Women’s Rights” because I like learning about women’s rights. Another reason is that Women fought very hard to get their rights. I agree that that sexual harassment is a problem in society even to this day. I also agree that Women are not getting fair pay while men get paid a good amount of money. It’s honestly sad to know that this happens in society. Thanks for writing a post about “Women’s Rights” because I feel that it’s important that people know about this type of issue.
  • Jennifer's Apr 12, 06:48 comment on The Weeping Willow
    Dear Taylor, I am touched by your poem “The Weeping Willow,” because it talks about finding comfort after losing it. This poem shows me an image of how it would feel like to have to start something new when you were so comfortable with the past. Some lines that you wrote that really stand out to me are “…in attempt to find comfort in attempt to sooth as if to tell its story of a lost lover a lost friend a loss of something that once was there but is no longer…” I think these are so touching because it’s like this tree lost its rhythm after losing an important aspect of its life. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your poems are so relatable. Change is the main aspect here and I could see that within the first six lines. Jennifer Mendoza
  • Sofia Meza-Lua's Apr 12, 06:37 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Dear Aaliyah, I totally agree with your post because of how the Asian community has been treated with brutality. The government indeed needs to do something about these hate crimes towards the Asian community, the Asian community is living in constant fear because of the hate crimes happening. It’s really sickening and tiring. This Asian community just wants all these crimes happening towards them to stop and to live in peace. Thanks for your writing about this because it’s something everyone should be aware of.
  • Litzy's Apr 12, 00:56 comment on Women’s Rights
    Dear Kayla: I was very intrigued by your post, “Women’s Rights” because this is a topic I haven’t seen many people talk about. Reading about the women who helped us get where we are now is amazing. I never realized how it was before we had rights and how much they put up with. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be able to speak up for what we believe in. I also have to agree with you about women still having some issues with our rights. For example the difference between womens and mens salaries. These are things that need to be changed for women to prosper. Thank you for your writing. I look. forward to seeing what you will write about next. -Litzy
  • Selena's Apr 8, 19:46 comment on How Selena Quintanilla Valued Her Nation, Culture, and Traditions
    Thank you for your post about one of the most inspirational people, the Mexican American Selena Quintanilla. Until this day after 25-26 years, she has been gone, her music is still played and inspires people. Her rise in the music industry symbolized leadership for Latinos around the world. The Tejano superstar inspired, Christian Serratos who recently embodies Selena in the Netflix series, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez. Did you know Selena Gomez’s named her after the song Como La Flor because they were such big fans? Across many social media platforms, people have said, “Selena showed me how beautiful it is to be Mexican-American and to be proud of it.” “She was magical and taught me you didn’t have to be stick-thin to be beautiful.” Her fans were her everything and the biggest influence on making music. I personally love my name, because of her. I was not named after her but I was named for it to be easier for my Mexican American family can pronounce my name. Her legacy is forever lived, the queen of Tejano music. The demographic face of California changed for the first time in its modern history. Latios/Latinas have become the biggest ethnic group. They come to California for Opportunities that they did not have in their own mainland. recently vendors on the streets of towns selling corn, chips, shaved ice, are being beaten. Why? They are only trying to make a living like everyone else. How can we put a stop to this?
  • Zachary's Apr 6, 06:16 comment on Dog Training
    Dear Litzy I liked how you talked about how a dog doesn’t really need to be trained to be friendly with other people or even with the owners. I liked how you said that you need to warn the people who are trying to pet your dog that to be careful because he might growl, bark, or may even bite. Something that stood out to me was that you gave your opinion and said that if you are able to afford someone to train your dog then you should go ahead and train it. I look forward to what you will write again.
  • Zachary's Apr 6, 05:47 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with what your saying. I believe with what your saying because the way that the companies advertise there ads can be very convincing sometimes. Like Mcdonalds making a Travis Scott meal, Mcdonalds thought that by making a Travis Scott meal and advertising it will convince teens to go to Mcdonalds and buy that meal. I look forward to hear more from you soon.
  • Cynthia's Apr 6, 05:45 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo, I agree with your statement about students and parents taking time to learn some English. my father at first didn’t care enough to learn English but he realized how important it was for him to know how to read, write, and speak English to get by. He started with books that I used to read as a little kid so from there he started learning and also from my family as we all speak English so he had us only speak and respond back in English it took time but he improved.
  • Cynthia's Apr 6, 05:28 comment on months of quarantine
    Dear Sara, I enjoyed and related to things you mentioned remembering about the start of quarantine. staying in bed and not really paying attention to school. I finished my junior year doing packages of work that had to be done every week. I also remembered waiting for summer but after I remembered why I never looked forward to summer despite the months we get off I can’t stand the heat. it’s really interesting seeing someone else’s perspective of quarantine. – Cynthia
  • Cynthia's Apr 6, 04:53 comment on I Remember
    Dear Ocean, I can also remember my first time listening to Clint Eastwood by the Gorillaz and I still find joy in playing it when I skate, or when I work out. I can also remember the first comic I ever read. although I never dressed up my favorite demon slayer character I remember the first time watching it. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say because it brought up memories that I thought I had forgotten.
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 03:25 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Dear Megan, I am intrigued by your post, “The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests” because it’s something that I’ve also taken a notice of myself. I agree with your point that a big issue I that men think we exist for them as if the world and every female revolves around them and their needs. One sentence that stood out to me was, “This just shows that the ridicule that teenage girls receive is also received by adult women.”. I think this is important because often we as women are told we make things too big a deal and I feel it’s important to recognize that we don’t only receive this treatment as teenage girls but also as adult women. This shows we aren’t simply “too sensitive”. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 03:18 comment on Who should be doing the domestic work in a household?
    Dear Alondra, I am drawn by your post, “Who should be doing the domestic work in a household?” because it’s an argument I’m all too familiar with. I have heard this argument my whole life and agree with you that responsibilities should be shared between both parents and not simply the mother. I also agree with the point of having their kids, regardless of their gender help do household chores. One sentence that stood out to me was, “A recent survey from Gallup elaborates that from ages 18-34 both females and males said it was okay for a woman to stay home while the husband worked but not okay if it was a stay at home dad”. I think this is interesting because when it comes to a man having to stay at home everyone is against it and sees it as wrong which is definitely a mindset that needs to be changed. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 03:05 comment on How Would You Feel?
    Dear Gogisgksoquili, I am shocked about your poem, “How Would You Feel?” because of the emotions that can be felt behind your writing. It’s obvious the point you are trying to convey and as someone who is part of the minority I understand the frustration and fear you have expressed. One sentence that stood out to me was, “This was my story, my only story”. I think this is powerful because at the beginning of the poem we were not yet made aware of what Khalil had gone through or that he had died so using the same phrase at the end of the poem had a great impact on what you were saying. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you write with such emotion and passion. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 02:53 comment on Why the “American Dream”?
    Dear Zuleika, I am intrigued by your post, “Why the ‘American Dream?” because it’s something I am familiar with being told and talked about. I have the perspective of the “American Dream” from an immigrant Hispanic household. One sentence that stands out to me is, “She wants to be a writer and go to college in New York, but her parents want her to be a traditional Mexican housewife who does not go away to college.” I think this is enlightening because in my household I was told the opposite. I was told to go to college, move out and get myself a government job whereas Julia was told to stay at home and not go to college. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 02:37 comment on What Is Life Without Risk
    Dear Nicolle, I am intrigued by your post, “What is Life Without Risk” because the way you explained the book caught my attention. The thought of kids simply wanting to go on an adventure where they then encounter dangers like being bitten by a snake makes me question what else they might have encountered. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “It’s just very chaotic but not in a bad way.” I think this is interesting because usually when you use the word chaotic to describe something it’s intended in a bad way, but the fact that you said it is in a good way makes me wonder what that kind of chaotic is like. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your explanations of books are very interesting and intriguing. Yadira
  • Ricardo's Apr 5, 22:38 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa: I am surprised by your post, “Did you have struggles finding a job?,” because it can be really tough to find a job that fits your schedule. And now during a pandemic, it is even tougher. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The epidemic has hit young and old around the world hard, leaving them unemployed.” I think this is important because it shows that the pandemic has affected many lives, not just young nor old. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because we shared similar thoughts amidst this writing piece. Ricardo Sanchez
  • Cynthia's Apr 4, 00:26 comment on Should America Still Welcome Immigrants?
    Dear Heidi, I couldn’t agree more with you. something that was mentioned in your post was ” He writes that American workers don’t need competition from immigrants because due to COVID many Americans have lost their jobs and are currently struggling.” but this has been said even before covid started. and the only thing that I think of when people say this is, wouldn’t it better for America to give jobs to people who are qualified especially since America is so money driven. and on the other hand, like you said most immigrants take jobs that Americans don’t want to do.
  • Cynthia's Apr 3, 23:56 comment on Should the Penny Be Eliminated?
    Dear eidi : I am impressed by your post, “should the Penny Be Eliminated?” because it’s inciteful to know that’s its affecting our environment and an alternative about how to go about it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In my opinion, I think the penny should no be eliminated because I think of it as money” I think this is great because we get a clear understanding of where you stand with this and its true every penny counts. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how straightforward you are when it’s time to give your opinion. the other thing is how you follow that with personal experience -Cynthia
  • Nomi's Apr 2, 09:10 comment on Astroturfing and The Importance of Corporate and Political Transparency
    Amazingly accurate. Where on earth did you develop such an amazing ability to perceive truth so clearly and the take that further; in writing thus as YOU DID?! wow!
  • Maria's Apr 2, 02:59 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan, I like how you addressed the fact that society overlooks or diminishes people with mental health issues. I feel this happens especially in young people because either they do not feel comfortable speaking up or they speak up andare told that they should not feel the way they do. This can lead to a feeling of isolation and can worsen symptoms of already present issues. I think this is something that needs to be fixed in our society.
  • Heather's Mar 31, 22:53 comment on months of quarantine
    Thank you so much for sharing. It is nice to get to read others’ views.
  • Antonio's Mar 31, 20:40 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Hey Cristian, I do agree that these fast food ads get you Hungry. Ever since I have been born, I have seen ads on the tv and gotten hungry in a little bit of time. There are many ways that ads can make you go in a fast food restaurant like an hype or new item, change to make the food more better and such.
  • Antonio's Mar 31, 20:26 comment on months of quarantine
    Hello Sara, I appraise your post because it really reflect my time during the worldwide pandemic and other things that were happening. Many have felt the misery more during this time. I remember so much that has happened. But everything will soon return to normal, somewhat. Stay safe and please wear the mask.
  • Ashley's Mar 30, 19:26 comment on The Problems That Teens Face With Social Media
    I liked this article a lot! This article achieves the overall purpose of touching on the negative effects social media can have on teens. I believe this topic is an important one to make sure teens are aware of the negative effects social media can have on us. Great job!
  • Maya's Mar 30, 19:24 comment on Why can’t you just be happy for once?
    Maddie, I agree that there is a stigmatism around mental health. You show this through the parents point of view, inferring that they to face mental health. Everyone faces obstacles in life, no matter how little a person shows it. I especially liked the part where you said mental health is something “that you have to learn to cope with and live your life to the fullest.” If you never learn to cope with mental health issues, it will only end up becoming worse and hindering your ability to enjoy life. Thank you for sharing! -Maya
  • Grace's Mar 30, 18:02 comment on The Epidemic of Homelessness due to COVID
    I really like you’re post about the problem of homelessness and the connection with covid. I agree with you about how homelessness affects us as a society and how it affects businesses. Overall, I liked your post about the homeless community and the affect it has on everyone!
  • Molly Sullivan's Mar 30, 17:39 comment on The Epidemic of Homelessness due to COVID
    I really like this article! I think you did a really good job of emphasizing how much of an issue this has become due to covid. It really adds perspective since most of us don’t see this on a daily basis. Great job!
  • Camille Sheetz's Mar 30, 17:33 comment on Problem Section – Ocean Pollution
    I really enjoyed your post and feel as though it addressed a very important and relevant issue. You did a really good job of mentioning one of the most important issues, which is the coral reef. I learned a lot from this and feel as though it really helps reader see the dangers of pollution in a different and more serious way.
  • Annie's Mar 30, 17:33 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I found reading your post very interesting, you brought up many good points to consider. I liked the introduction to your blog and how it caught the readers attention. The point you brought up about not knowing the insurance that the driver has is also valid. Sharing our location is something that is extremely dangerous in our society now. Not only with ride sharing, but also with any other form of social media, there are creepy people and sharing our location can always bring up new issues in our lives.
  • Megan's Mar 30, 05:18 comment on The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
    Claire, I think your post was very interesting! The part when you said “ COVID-19 has taken control of the lives of many beginning in March 2020” really sticks out to me. All of our lives have been drastically changed in almost every aspect. Wearing masks is something that we have all adapted to, but there are some people who will struggle to financially recover from this event for many of the following years. I also think that mental health is something that we should keep in mind, as the pandemic may have lasting affects on the mental health of individuals.
  • Lauren's Mar 30, 03:05 comment on Gentrification in Chicago
    Amarylis, I really enjoyed your blog post. You did a good job in presenting the issues that gentrification brings to communities by giving specific examples including financial struggles, a loss of culture, and overall division. You established a sense of exigency throughout the post and especially at the end that helps the reader understand that this is an important issue that needs attention now. I also enjoyed how you wrote about Chicago specifically followed by an explanation that this is happening everywhere because it allows the reader to have a better understanding of the scope of the issue.
  • Isabella's Mar 29, 18:01 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I really enjoyed reading your article and I think that it brought up some very valuable things to consider when using Lyft or Uber. I like how you mentioned, “For example, the customer does not see what kind of insurance the driver has, so the customer does not know if they will be covered in a car accident. The uncertainty will deter the amount of customers these companies will receive.” I think this is very important to make sure that the driver has insurance and that if an accident does occur, everyone involved will be protected. I agree that the uncertainty will lead people away from these companies. I think your article is very informative and will allow people to think more about their safety and consider the consequences of ridesharing.
  • Elizabeth's Mar 29, 16:32 comment on The Transition to Green Energy
    I really enjoyed your post and I thought you made a really good argument. I liked how you brought up different studies and articles to support your idea and even had things to consider when transitioning to green energy. Overall, you had a very informed article.
  • Sam's Mar 29, 16:21 comment on Viability of Nuclear Energy
    Hey Gus! I love your perspective. I always appreciate when an author can be objective and approach a topic without preconceived conclusions. I think that more often than not, topics like nuclear energy that so often find themselves under the proverbial microscope are seen through certain lenses; and more often than not, those lenses don’t allow for an objective approach. Nuclear energy is one such issue; and for the reasons you stated. I also like how you view nuclear energy as a stop gap between current fossil fuels and more reliable, cleaner sources of renewable energy once the technology develops in the future. Were you to elaborate further, I would be interested in a plan for the integration of more widely accepted renewables after nuclear is no longer needed.
  • Haley's Mar 29, 15:59 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I found it really interesting how you opened up your post with imagery and putting the reader into the place of the story. It gave me goosebumps when reading what you said about passengers forgetting to turn off their location. I also think it is really dangerous as a passenger who is heading home. Usually they give their address to the driver to put into his or her maps. That address can always be saved and then some random person knows where you live. Good Job Julia!
  • Sam's Mar 29, 15:27 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Oftentimes, when we hear negative news about ride-sharing services, it has to do with a scandalous CEO, how they mistreat their drivers, or exorbitant price hikes. Rarely do we analyze the more poignant and existential dangers of ride sharing. Perhaps we should. This is rather telling, I think, of how easy it is to focus on the non-human aspects of tech companies. We love corporate drama, workers rights, and low prices, but we often forget about the people behind the wheel; but not as often as those in the back seat. It is morally reprehensible that ride-sharing apps consistently fail to consider the safety of rider and driver; but hardly unsurprising. Were you to expand on your work, I would be interested to hear about how location sharing and other lack-safety measures impact drivers and those who operate ride sharing services. Great post!
  • Sam's Mar 29, 15:14 comment on America Cannot Be Defined
    Love your work! In a world where it seems as if politics and culture are more closely defined by pessimism and gloom than ever before, a bit of optimism and a cool head go a long way. I appreciate your level headed approach to your sources, because it would seem as though with a topic as contentious as the definition as America, it can be easy to come to a preconceived conclusion rather than one based on evidence. Worse yet, it can be deceptively easy to twist sources to fit a preconceived conclusion. But you analyzed your sources, attempted to understand what they had to say, and drew conclusions thereafter. And I happen to agree with your conclusions; America as an idea is too broad to be defined by a single statement. And with such a uniquely perspective based argument, it would seem as though you find a middle ground that anybody of any political affirmation can understand and accept. Were you to expand on this topic, I would love to see more opinions weighed and analyzed.
  • Zhelanea's Mar 29, 06:33 comment on I Remember…
    Dear, Kaimea I related to a lot of the experiences you shared in your post. It helps me understand that we often have all experienced similar things in our lives. We might come from different cultures and backgrounds, but some things are the same. One specific line you wrote was, “I remember switching to new prescriptions often since my eyesight was terrible.” I too passed had worsening eyesight every single time growing up when I returned to my appointments. I also have a sister and we would watch PBS almost every day. It’s these simple events that help us built who we are today.
  • Marlissa Morris's Mar 29, 04:31 comment on learning it all
    Hi Anderson, It’s always great to see all your accomplishments and to hear all the good you have done. Just by reading your post, your dad is a great example to be there to show you and teach you. To me, I believe every life’s lesson is something that we will use as you become an adult. My son is 7 years old; he played tball and now coach pitch. He’s learning to be in the community and show his talent. As he becomes your age, he can say something similar to your post. Continue to do a great job, you never know who’s watching whether it be other students your age, kids younger than you, or even adults. You represent your father and family. Continue to do great work. Thank you for your post.
  • Marlissa Morris's Mar 29, 04:13 comment on Life in the past
    Dear Saniya, I can relate to your post and it was such a tragic time. How much did it affect you in your personal life? Were you always in your community attending events? This affected me tragically because I am a teacher and always being in the classroom to not being there, has affected me. One of your lines stuck out to me about friends texting saying I miss you. Being such a close family, my father always texted us to check on us or vise versa. I would cry because I miss my family. Now that the world is somewhat open, we are slowly visiting but far from each other. We are still taking that precaution. Great post, thank you for sharing.
  • Milo's Mar 29, 04:12 comment on The Journey to Extremism
    Lilly, I find your article very important in these times. With extremism on the high, knowing the signs of it and how to avoid it is crucial. If you were to perhaps include some stories on its dangers, it would add a level of narrative that would be real engaging for all those who read it.
  • Yamile's Mar 29, 03:59 comment on Are Warning Labels on Unhealthy Foods a Good Idea?
    Hello Heidi, I found your post very interesting and I also agree with you. As mentioned obesity is a rising problem in the U.S., yet I think putting warning labels on unhealthy foods will only slightly educate some but not solve the problem. The fault falls on both companies and people, it’s a business and completion for companies and people make their own choices as well. Companies can look for ways to make their products healthier, yet I think they may lose sales as healthier products tend to be more expensive than unhealthy foods. I also think eating healthy tends to become a lifestyle and some people get tired of it and go back to their old unhealthy eating habits because it is less of a hassle and cheaper. At the end of the day, I feel like in order to minimize the obesity problem in the country we all need to work together. Thank you for writing Heidi, I hope to see more of your writing soon because your post brought an important issue to the table which needs to be more acknowledged before it gets too far and we can’t go back. – Yamile
  • Milo's Mar 29, 03:04 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    Amanda, thank you for pointing out how police brutality can be seen the world over. Often, in our current media and geopolitics, most news is seen as American-centric, and more often than not, certain problems seen in other countries go unnoticed since they don’t get the media attention here in the states. If my understanding is correct, there is a huge issue in Myanmar with police brutality and killings due to all the protests against the coup in that country. If you were to possibly expand on your writing by including this, it would be really eye opening to those who read it.
  • Milo's Mar 29, 02:49 comment on America Cannot Be Defined
    Great post, Vilhelm! I found your reasoning as to why America cannot be defined is most right, as well as optimistic. In today’s age, we may find ourselves locked in a perpetual cycle of pessimism, especially when it comes to politics, where others often decry America for its problems. Rather than striving to fix it, however, they often just pigeonhole the entire country, complain about it, and leave it at that. Your opinion, however, acts to point out the wrongness of our country in the modern age, yet show the silver lining, and push us towards a better future. Rather than pigeonholing the country, you understand that you cannot simply lump such a word as America into one definition, as you said in the end; “n my opinion, America cannot be defined in a simple statement. America is such a large country with a diverse population, in terms of ethnicity, geography, background, and experiences. Everyone has a different perspective and opinion of what they think America is and what it should become.” If you were to ever write on this topic some more, I would love it if you maybe went into how others define America, and how they may be wrong or right in their own right. Having that contrast can be real interesting, and delving further into their reasoning of why can certainly be engaging.
  • Molly's Mar 28, 22:10 comment on Problems that lead to Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I agree with your analysis of the impact of animal extinction on the whole population. I like how you mentioned specific examples of where this extinction is happening. I really like how you said, “ Animal extinction is harmful to others because infectious diseases are rapidly increasing and the food chain is being affected by the loss of species.” This quote provides the reader with an insight about the problem of animal extinction and why people should care about it. I think the evidence that you chose is necessary and adds to your argument. You did a good job of defining the problem and its extent. You also argued the necessity of why people should care about this issue.
  • Sarah's Mar 28, 16:46 comment on Mental Health during the Pandemic and College Students
    Nice post! You mainly discussed the effects of the early stages of the pandemic; Now that we are mostly a year into it, how do you think mental health has changed for college students? Many universities have released statements about returning to in-person learning next term(Check this out: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/03/12/why-colleges-are-racing-tell-students-they%E2%80%99ll-be-open-person-fall), how are college students reacting to that news?
  • Emily's Mar 28, 14:18 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I like how you introduced your blog post with a practical example that catches the reader’s attention. I agree with your point that ride share services have several problems that users often do not consider before getting into a stranger’s vehicle. You used strong evidence from a variety of sources to support your claim. Additionally, your analysis of the quotes helps the reader understand your argument. I agree with your point that, “The consequences of location sharing have no mercy for who the passenger is, which is why it is important for the passenger to turn off their location as soon as they can.” This presents a possible solution to this problem and gives the reader practical advice.
  • Sarah's Mar 27, 17:51 comment on The Violence in Chicago Neighborhoods
    Awesome post, Elizabeth! Unfortunately, it’s the reality that so many young black men in urban areas fall into gang-related violence. There are multiple issues that affect their involvement, and adequate education is a prime example. Here’s a link to gentrification and redlining, both of which can affect predominantly black neighborhoods. (https://www.chicagotribune.com/real-estate/ct-re-gentefication-gentrifcation-logan-square-0707-20190702-fmia4wsxdbd2ndcznlx6bselky-story.html) and (https://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/august-2017/how-redlining-segregated-chicago-and-america/) I recently wrote a post about young black men who fell into gang violence and their efforts at exiting the cycle. Check it out! (https://nowcomment.com/documents/254010)
  • Sarah's Mar 27, 17:38 comment on “America Means” Blog Post
    Wonderful post, Nimra! I believe this post represents the challenges and injustices the U.S. faced in 2020. I agree with your quote, “of the “Two Americans.” This past month we have seen clear examples of Two Americas through the hate crimes performed towards Asian Americans and the white shooter walking away free. (https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/17/us/shooting-atlanta-acworth) While nearly a year ago, a black man was shot for “performing a crime”. (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-investigation.html) As a woman of color, it’s heartbreaking to realize that BIPOC Americans live in a United States where liberty and justice aren’t protected.
  • Daniela's Mar 26, 22:29 comment on What Happens to the Plastic that we Recycle into Blue Bins?
    Dear Yamile, I have found your post very interesting. All this time, I have been doing my part and recycling to better the environment, but now you are telling me that I am actually doing more harm than good? Even though this was surprising to me, I agree with you that we should stop using recyclable water bottles and start using reusable water bottles. It will be hard to eliminate all plastic products, but it is a good start. Thank you for bringing awareness and giving some solutions to this problem. I look forward to reading about more ways that we can avoid plastics from ending up in the ocean.
  • Selena's Mar 26, 21:42 comment on months of quarantine
    Hi Sara, I like your post because it is a reflection of today. It has been months since Covid-19 has been around and it seemed to interrupt and destroy people’s lives. Around the world, many families have lost love ones, people losing jobs, no money to pay bills, etc. I can agree with a lot of your “I remember….” It seemed to be a long time ago when we had the freedom of going out or having the energy to do something. But now it is completely the opposite. Everything will get back to normal, just have to give it some time but stay safe and remember to wear your mask to stop the spread of Covid-19.
  • Bryan's Mar 26, 21:34 comment on I Remember…
    Dear Kaimea, I am intrigued with your post I ¨Remember…¨ Because I really liked watching PBS Kids as well when I was smaller. Every day when I came to school I remember I would turn on the TV and watch my favorite cartoon at the time which was wild kratts. One sentence that caught my eye was ¨I remember bragging to people I was absent for two years of school in America to go to two years of school in China.¨ I liked this sentence because I’d never been to China but hopefully in the future I can. Possibly to work there or just to be a tourist and learn about the cultures there and try new foods that I have never tried. Anyways I really enjoyed reading your post. I am going to be looking forward to your future posts. Bryan
  • Madram's Mar 26, 18:43 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them. The phrase that stood out to me the most was ” They use everything to show the burger and the details of it which make us crave a burger”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them. Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that. Madram Ahmed
  • estrella's Mar 26, 18:39 comment on Police Brutality and Body Cameras
    Hello Nyayeek, I really enjoyed reading your post about police brutality and the “solutions” police departments are providing in hopes to end brutality. Like you said in your post, POC are greatly affected by this issue regardless of the use of body cams. The only solution is the redistribution of money in all police departments. With this, they could properly fund areas such as, training in which they could successfully arrest a person without killing them. But instead, money is being put into useless body cams.
  • Madram's Mar 26, 18:37 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them. The phrase that stood out to me the most was “Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them. Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that. Madram Ahmed
  • Lilly's Mar 26, 18:36 comment on Air Quality
    The facts and statistics you include are shocking, they really help express just how big of an issue this is for Utahns. The statistic about vehicle emissions is new to me, but I think it would be really interesting to see your thoughts or possible solutions to this issue!
  • Madram's Mar 26, 18:35 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them. The phrase that stood out to me the most was “Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them. Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that. Madram Ahmed
  • Thomas's Mar 26, 18:29 comment on Potential Solution to Misinformation in Social Media
    I like the organization of your post. It provides a clear issue, highlights an example and finally proposes a solution.
  • Mae's Mar 26, 18:26 comment on Sleep and the brain
    Hi- Getting a good night’s sleep has been something we have been told for years and although we are lectured about it constantly we have not seen a change. This piece was extremely informative and the statistics you incorporated throughout were thought-provoking and scary. Are there any studies that show what lack of sleep in your teenage years does to your body and brain late in your life? Is there a solution to this? Do you think if you had less or no homework that you could get 8 hours of sleep a night? Overall really good work!
  • Oriandy's Mar 26, 18:25 comment on America Means Injustice
    Hello Halimah, First of all, great writing and perspective. There are so many points you make which I agree with, such as how people that are considered a “minority” are treated. As a fellow Mexican student, my life is always shadowed by stereotypes, critics, and judgment. There is such a hidden aspect that I feel others in the US want to hide regarding the justice some people lack to receive from our neighbors. I love the examples you gave, especially your own observation and experience with others. I wanted to thank you for bringing this topic to light and talking about this sensitive issue some prefer to stay quiet about. Great job.
  • Lilly's Mar 26, 18:23 comment on America Means: Illusion of Freedom
    Hi Matthew! It’s clear you put a lot of work and passion into this piece! I especially liked your second source, the Langston Hughes poem. I feel like this source helps supplement your position well. I thoroughly agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed in this poem and feel that your incorporation of these sentiments was very powerful. I think your expression of America through an “illusion of freedom” is also very powerful and thought-provoking. I would love to see more about this idea from you!
  • Estrella Estrada's Mar 26, 18:20 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Hi Megan, I completely agree with you. As a woman myself, I can understand your frustration. No matter what women will always be ridiculed. And you made that very clear in your post. As you said, this all stems from the hypersexualization of women in our society. Estrella Estrada
  • Yara's Mar 26, 18:19 comment on Since we are all a little more stressed, should we get mental health breaks?
    I think that this is a really important thing to discuss. Mental health wasn’t built into the structure of modern day schools. I think that extra day simply dedicated to doing school work and getting help has really helped my stress levels as well as many others. However, in a non-online school format, do you think that one day would be plausible? Would it still be online even after COVID?
  • Thomas's Mar 26, 18:18 comment on Problems that lead to Animal Extinction
    Nice information! Try searching for more general reasons why Animal extinction occurs and what we can do to stop it.
  • Mae's Mar 26, 18:17 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Hi Maggie, I really enjoyed your piece I feel extremely strong about this subject too. The way that you articulated this was incredible you were informative yet emotional and thought-provoking. We think that our country has come such a long way but in reality, we have stayed stagnant when it comes to women’s rights. Your last paragraph was very emotional and powerful. We have to be the ones to step up if we want to see change. Very well done.
  • Lilly's Mar 26, 18:14 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    I think your perspective of police brutality globally is really unique and rarely addressed. Police brutality is a direct violation of natural and human rights and should not occur as often as it does, not only in the United States but globally. I think it would be especially interesting to continue this topic by contrasting countries that don’t have a prevalent police brutality issue with those that do in order to find solutions to this terrible and unjust issue. I really liked that you included sources for the statistics and facts you mentioned in your article, it really helps to amplify and back your position on this topic!
  • Yara's Mar 26, 18:12 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    That is so absolutely interesting! It wasn’t until the protests in the summer of 2020 all around the world that I realized how global the problem of police brutality is. My only question is why do you think it’s a consistent issue? Is it because we put to much power into other peoples hands or is there something deeper at play here?
  • Estrella Estrada's Mar 26, 18:12 comment on America Means Injustice
    Hello Halimah, I really enjoyed reading your post, “America means Injustice.” I was really impressed with the connection you made with the poem, “The Hill We Climb,” this poem definitely reflects American culture and the pride people hold in being American, and that isn’t just being patriotic but finding ways to fix American society. Thank you for sharing your experience as a hijabi Muslim woman and I completely agree with you. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, it’s hard to think America will change for the better when there is so much hate present within our country. Estrella Estrada
  • Ali's Mar 26, 18:10 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Hi Maggie! Great essay! It’s so important to illuminate issues as relevant and vital as gender inequality in our society. Giving specific statistics to back your argument and further solidify your thesis, I think you composed this essay wonderfully.
  • Yara's Mar 26, 18:08 comment on America Means Inequality
    I completely agree. I really like how you said that America is the land of false advertising to some. That is absolutely true. Many come here for the many opportunities that are constantly advertised by the country, but are left disappointed when they find that it is virtually impossible to build the life you want without having an in. Why do you think that is? Do you think that it has always been false advertising or was it once true?
  • Mae's Mar 26, 18:08 comment on Two Americas
    Hi- this is a really great piece. This subject can be difficult to write about and articulate but I think you did a wonderful job. Your sources made sense and flowed with your overarching claim. Your writing at the end about your experience was touching and good. Something that I would look back over is your second to the last sentence you bring up the THUG for a second but it seems a little out of place where it is right now. Overall very good work!
  • Ali's Mar 26, 18:07 comment on American Means Impact
    Hi Julian! Great essay! I really liked how you incorporated several different outlooks on what people define as being “American”. If I had any advice, it would be to make the essay sound a little more professional. For example, instead of saying “She is basically saying, to be American is to have an impact on your country.” You could try to use some conjunctive adverbs, such as “in summary” etc.
  • Mark's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    Hello Amanda! I thought this is very interesting post! So often it seems we fail to appreciate that many of our American issues are global issues, which you did a great job of addressing! I wonder what strategies we may employ to build international cooperation to solve this issue? Thank you for your post!
  • Josh's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on Should college be free?
    I think this topic is very interesting and very much so relevant. With this being a problem in our generation of college being too expensive I think this is something that needs to be talked about. I think you did a good job on presenting fact and numbers and explaining them.
  • Thomas's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on America Means Inequality
    I like how this post was written from the perspective of a person with opportunities. You also considered many factors that contribute to inequality including racism and poverty. Maybe try including some effects of inequality and why it is present in the U.S.
  • Gus's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    I believe that the reason that these stigmas are created is because we don’t know that much about mental illness yet. Modern technology allows us to assess and deal with physical injuries instantaneously, but research and technology for mental illness is for behind.
  • Josh's Mar 26, 18:03 comment on Utahs Struggle with Air Quality
    I really like this article and the problem is very significant. I think that this problem is very important and not really talked about in our state. I think that showing the damaging effects of this problem can be very impactful and presenting solutions and even past proposed solutions and why they have not worked.
  • Patrick's Mar 26, 18:03 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    This was really interesting to see. It might be worth while to research the influence of certain substances, especially hallucinogens, and their influence in various native cultures and spiritual practices/beliefs. It’s important to know what might be responsible for some of these issues with substance abuse and if the word “abuse” is even fairly assigned.
  • Mark's Mar 26, 18:02 comment on American Means Impact
    Hello Julian! I thought that this was a very interesting post! I especially agreed with your statement on our collective responsibility to make change and do better. America has often failed to live up to the values it proclaims. However, America has undergone radical change and development through democracy in the past. I agree that America requires that “everyone contributes and works together to make America a better place. Part of that is overcoming those challenges…” We all have a responsibility to make the United States better and I agree that is what America is about. I also agree that we must appreciate all perspectives in America — it is not any one narrative. Thank you for your post!
  • Gus's Mar 26, 17:58 comment on Potential Solution to Misinformation in Social Media
    Misinformation is a huge issue in today’s day and age. False information has the ability to tear our society apart as we know it.
  • Mark's Mar 26, 17:54 comment on Bears Ears National Monument and the Antiquities Act
    Hey Milo! As a Utahn and as someone interested in conservation, I find the debate around Bears Ears to be fascinating. I’d be curious to learn more about the impact of the changes in land designation to national recreation areas or other designations because the more I look into the issue the more complex the designations are. For example, why are some lands National Historic Sites and others are National Historic Parks? The debate upon Bears Ears seems to touch on this issue. I know some folks believe that the Antiquities Act itself is a violation of separation of powers, so I would like to read the legal arguments around it. Overall, this is a fascinating and diverse issue! Thanks for writing!
  • Josh's Mar 26, 17:54 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Maggie, I really like your article and like the fact that you are shedding light on to this problem. I think your article is very well composed with really good information backing it. I think including different numbers can show the significance and power of your argument.
  • Gus's Mar 26, 17:51 comment on America Means Dependency
    You mentions some very interesting points about American being a land of opportunity for only a select few. However, there are many examples of people of color and immigrants coming up the ranks and establishing themselves as prominent people in this country. Why do you think this is?
  • Alyssa's Mar 26, 16:04 comment on Why We Should Keep the Electoral College?
    I think this is a part of our government that we have to really think about when it comes to its effectiveness and why the electoral college is there in the first place. It is such a controversial topic to some people, and I find it interesting a lot of times to hear why people think the electoral college should stay in use. I think Ken Blackwell did a good job in describing one of the reasons why it would be better to keep the electoral college in place, but I still think at the end of the day the negatives outweigh the positives.
  • Micah's Mar 26, 15:26 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    I agree with you wholeheartedly that this is wrong, however, it is not unexpected. This is a function of capitalism. In a capitalist society, men become more powerful. If we do not completely upheave the current system, it is highly unlikely that any REAL change will occur. It can be said, though, that we can still make changes and yes, we can, we have, and we will continue to make changes to our society that provides a more equal playing field for everyone. But men will likely always have a certain power over women in some way, and the only way for that to change would require drastic change that I cannot see happening any time soon.
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 15:14 comment on Covid and How some teachers Handeles it across the US.
    Elizabeth, I think this is a very interesting and important topic, and liked the variety of issues you presented within the bigger issue, which is really that Covid has made learning very difficult for many kids over the past year. I think this issue has a strong tie to the fact that this past year has largely been characterized by the constant need for self-motivated action, and how isolation and working remotely oppose it. An article from The New York Times, “What We’re Learning About Online Learning,” discusses many problems similar to those in your analysis, and also offers a variety of solutions. One solution in particular that I think relates to the issue you described of kids not showing up online or engaging, is the process of mobilizing facilitators, coaches, and other staff members to support those in this situation. Though this may not be a possibility for every school, I think the simple act of support, in any form, is a possibility. As students continue learning online all around the world, I look forward to reading more of your insight into the issue and possible solutions. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/13/health/school-learning-online-education.html?searchResultPosition=1
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 15:13 comment on Covid and How some teachers Handeles it across the US.
    Elizabeth, I think this is a very interesting and important topic, and liked the variety of issues you presented within the bigger issue, which is really that Covid has made learning very difficult for many kids over the past year. I think this issue has a strong tie to the fact that this past year has largely been characterized by the constant need for self-motivated action, and how isolation and working remotely oppose it. An article from The New York Times, “What We’re Learning About Online Learning,” discusses many problems similar to those in your analysis, and also offers a variety of solutions. One solution in particular that I think relates to the issue you described of kids not showing up online or engaging, is the process of mobilizing facilitators, coaches, and other staff members to support those in this situation. Though this may not be a possibility for every school, I think the simple act of support, in any form, is a possibility. As students continue learning online all around the world, I look forward to reading more of your insight into the issue and possible solutions.
  • Amarylis's Mar 26, 15:12 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Maggie, Your problem section was very intriguing. It did not occur to me that many companies will go to that extent for their image. Women in the workforce deserve better treatment and equal opportunities than men. There should be no excuses for these types of actions. It very devastating to see that no matter how progressive we think we are there are still issues between men and women. I also really enjoyed your hook. It makes your audience think and consider what side they are on.
  • Micah's Mar 26, 15:08 comment on GOAT?
    I would agree that he should be in the conversation of the most influential and progressive/trendsetting athlete, however, I would say the GOAT conversation is obviously meant for those who were/are ACTUALLY the greatest players of all time. Yes, while you did mention the fact that he could be considered the GOAT on OR off the field, I do not think he would necessarily be considered either. Because you must also consider Jackie Robinson or Moses Fleetwood Walker in that same conversation. I agree that Jim Thorpe was absolutely amazing at his many crafts and that he is absolutely an important figure in American Civil Rights, he just isn’t the GOAT of any particular sport.
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 14:56 comment on Lack of Reading Motivation in Students
    Maria, This is a problem that, like you said, isn’t considered often, but your analysis does a great job at conveying the importance of reading by displaying the problem at stake, as well as many attainable solutions. As high schoolers, reading after a long day at school is the last thing many of us want to do. Even if the reading is assigned, it can be tempting to simply skim the pages or find a summary online, but like you said, this likely reduces comprehension drastically. I agree with your statements that a lack of self-motivated reading can have a serious impact on acedemic performance and reading comprehension, and thought your proposed solutions were very encourageing, especially, “One simple answer is to make reading fun. Teachers can implement games or give incentives for completing an assignment.” This solution in particular reminded me of an inspiring article by The New York Times, “The Influence of a Perfect Teacher,” which displays just how far simple tactics like implementing games or giving incentives can go in the world of self-motivated education. The author reflects on her elementary education, in which her teacher made reading into a “ritual and compelling drama,” and her librarian had recommendations at all times and even a couch to read on for students who finished their work. What’s so inspiring about this issue, is that the solutions are so simple, and even fun. The task seems really to be getting people to grasp how a lack of reading really does have negative effects on students. I enjoyed your analysis of this issue, Maria, and I look forward to reading your further insight into this topic. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/well/family/teacher-reading-influence.html?searchResultPosition=9
  • Charlie's Mar 26, 14:40 comment on “Utah’s Contradictory Steps Towards Ending Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation”
    Where I moved from, this was a big issue as well. People are usually less excepting in the southeast, so normalizing LGBTQ+ was a struggle. It seems that whatever law is passed, it could be beneficial to one group but other groups still feel discriminated for this. From what I get from your post, it seems that Utah is in the “tug-or-war” state where no one will fully pull one side completely. This was really well written and i’m glad you discussed issues in the LGBTQ+ community!!
  • Lindsey's Mar 26, 14:37 comment on Should Rank Choice Voting Replace the Electoral College?
    Yara, This is a very interesting approach to the flawed voting system the U.S. has in place today. We are forced to choose one candidate to represent us, when we know that they certainly don’t cover all the bases and, if they don’t win, we will most likely get stuck with the candidate with opposite views. I do feel like it will make people feel more comfortable when voting, especially those who have views across the political spectrum, however, voting is already pretty complicated and this may lead to incorrectly filled out forms. I found this pretty interesting article on what positive effects rank-choice voting could have on candidates that may be overlooked most times https://time.com/5718941/ranked-choice-voting/ I would really love to see examples of this type of voting that probably changed the outcome of elections. Thank You!
  • Sage's Mar 26, 14:37 comment on Is AI Being Biased?
    Diana, this should be a problem that is more widely addressed. Do you think there is a reason that people are not hearing about the biases programmed into AI during the hiring process? I would think that such a stark issue should be talked about more. In the efforts to reprogram the AI, how does one insure that absolutely no bias is included in the machine? Should applications be devoid of any irrelevant personal information? Great job on the article.
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 14:35 comment on The Covid Economy
    Bryan, this is a very interesting perspective, and I definitely agree with you. I like how throughout your examples of elements of our everyday life in America, you show how the theme of being comfortable with our situations may not be as positive as many think. In this case, it seems as though ‘comfortable’ is associated with ‘easy’–through relying on other countries for vital products and choosing to zoom rather than go into work, and like you implied, it’s generally not best to take the easy way out. Your comment about the desire to work from home reminds me of an article from The New York Times, “The Future of Offices When Workers Have a Choice” which discusses the possible transformation of the marketplace after this period of flexibility and essentially choice. Like you said, returning to normality by returning to the office seems like the least problematic route, but likely won’t be the case. Thank you for your analysis, Bryan, I look forward to reading about your further insight into the effects of Covid on our economy–a topic that needs to be considered. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/upshot/work-office-from-home.html?searchResultPosition=3
  • Charlie's Mar 26, 14:32 comment on Problems that lead to Animal Extinction
    Animal extinction has been a major problem every since colonizing had happen. Even when the rail roads were being built across America, the workers has to slaughter the water buffalo that populated the region of where the railroad is established today. They are no longer native to America and were pushed to the brink of extinction.
  • Jack's Mar 26, 14:31 comment on If We Want To Save Our Public Land, There’s Only One Way To Do It; Together
    I thought this article was a great summation of the amazing work that BHA does to help protect public lands. It reminds me of NGOs such as the sierra club and other environmentalist groups. Protecting public lands from private interests is something that I hope we can all agree on, as we all want to protect and enshrine the amazing beauty of our land.
  • Sage's Mar 26, 14:29 comment on Viability of Nuclear Energy
    Gus, I agree with some of your points but disagree with others. When you mention Chernobyl and Fukushima, you mention these as if it was the dangers of nuclear energy that caused that. While nuclear energy surely increased the damages done, Chernobyl was an unauthorized experiment pushing the reactor to its limits, while Fukushima was a mix of under preparation and intense natural disasters. I think that if you look at nuclear power as a future, it offers more safety and sustainability compared to fossil fuels.
  • Lindsey's Mar 26, 14:28 comment on The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
    Claire, This is a very interesting take on the pandemic. Obviously, there is a large focus on physical health and the economy within popular media, but there seems to be less focus on the relationship struggles that you are talking about here. I wonder how to combat this and help strengthen relationships between each other while still navigating the newly found covid struggles? Here is a resource I found on how to do that that I think can mostly be applied to more than just Covid. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/nurturing-our-relationships-during-coronavirus-pandemic I would love to see some more specific issues that families are dealing with. Thank You!
  • Alyssa's Mar 26, 14:27 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Meghan, I think you are completely right when you say, “When someone is really struggling with depression or anxiety, it is looked upon as something normal because it is talked about so often. The reality of this situation is that people who are struggling with these mental illnesses are feeling invisible and that they do not matter as much because society sees their illness as “normal”. ” As someone who has struggled with anxiety since I was little, I have never been able to put this feeling into words until you did. When so many people around me say they have anxiety when they get a little nervous about something, it makes me feel crazy when I have panic attacks before doing something that would normally be easy for anyone else. I think it is important to destigmatize mental illness, but in order to do this, we have to also talk about the “ugly” parts of these illnesses.
  • Jack's Mar 26, 14:22 comment on The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
    Dear Claire, I found this article you wrote about the impacts of COVID-19 fascinating. I think COVID-19 will most likely be one of the biggest economic shifts in modern history. I vaguely remember the 2008 financial collapse, and I can only now imagine how much more financial fallout will result from the disruption of everyday lives.
  • Lindsey's Mar 26, 14:20 comment on Is AI Being Biased?
    Diana, I never thought something artificial could produce human biases like this. It makes me wonder how these biases are programmed in or created. I found it interesting how the AI biases directly line up with the ones found here, as many humans who hire for companies tend to choose men over women, just like what the AI does. I feel like this connects to ads, such as the ones on Instagram, that specifically target people based on race, gender, location, and more. I found this pretty interesting article on types of AI biases you may like https://research.aimultiple.com/ai-bias/ I would love to see ways on how to combat this type of AI prejudice. Thank you!
  • Charlie's Mar 26, 14:20 comment on Loneliness During Quarantine
    Its awesome to see someone one talking about the isolation that teenagers have felt during the pandemic. Teens really thrive off of the social connections in their life, so cutting those off for a long period of time puts strain on teenagers social skills. This was an really cool discussion post!!
  • Sage's Mar 26, 14:20 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Meghan, I liked how you covered this topic of mental health. I thought it was a very insightful angle to talk about how the normalization of mental health issues can cause more problems for people with serious mental issues. I think that it is important to talk about mental health on an individual basis, and I think you did a great job presenting this situation.
  • Jack's Mar 26, 14:18 comment on The Covid Economy
    Dear Bryan, I found your writing on the covid economy to be fascinating. Particularly “There’s been a recognition that if you rely too much on supply chains that are long and go to China, we may find ourselves in a bad place if we need something in a hurry” China has undoubtedly dominated global supply chains for decades now and has become “the world’s factory” since opening up under the policies of Deng Xiaoping. I think our supply chains have been exposed to weakness after COVID-19, and we will most likely see the rise of resilient supply chains. What do you think?
  • Alyssa's Mar 26, 14:18 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Aaliyah, I completely agree with everything you said in your discussion post, especially when you said, “It is ironic how a generation that says to be more accepting and united is still having racial issues.” I think it is particularly important to hold our generation accountable for their actions, as what we do now will affect how race is perceived in the future. I hope that our generation can be the ones to reduce this hate that is so easily spread, and in order to do this, we need to keep bringing attention to the issues at hand in our country today. I recommend looking at the article “What you can do to fight violence and racism against Asian Americans ( https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/what-you-can-do-to-fight-violence-and-racism-against-asian-americans) because I think it fits in very well with what you wrote about.
  • Dewry's Mar 26, 13:54 comment on Covid-19 Mexico and USA
    Dear Andrea: I feel grief after reading your post, “Covid-19 Mexico and USA” because you say you lost people in your family. I also lost two of my uncles here in the Bronx, and their names are Domingo and Cesar. Your post helped me remember them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “That virus took great people who were part of my family and it hurts us a lot. But we have to accept reality since it will never be the same as it was a year ago but then life will continue.” I think this is sad because we always miss them because they used to come to our house to visit all of us. Another sentence that I feel connected to is: “I hope we are all well but still let’s take care of ourselves and be happy just enjoy life a lot.” This stands out for me because it helped me connect with others who also lost family members but need to enjoy life now. Have you seen this article https://khn.org/news/bereaved-families-are-the-secondary-victims-of-covid-19/? I thought you might be interested in this because of how they talk about how ‘’worrisome ripple effects may linger for years’’ for people like us who have lost family members to COVID. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you write about things that are important and it is all true.
  • Dawry's Mar 26, 13:22 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    Dear Leslie: I am afraid because like you said this pandemic is not a joke in your post, “Crisis in Minnesota and California” because… even myself I lost a family member and even my friend has covid right now as I write this I hope he gets well soon. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I was surprised because I thought this virus was going to be something simple like the flu or something like that.’ I think this is true because… at first I thought the same; I thought this virus was like the flu or a cold that people get and they get sick and they drink medicine and they get well but with this virus, it is different than that because this virus can kill people. In another sentence that I liked, you said: “I asked Johathan about life before the pandemic, he said, ‘I used to go out to the parks, attending school a normal routine has changed a lot.'” I feel the same as Jonathan because my life has changed too, for example, I used to go out with my friends and I used to go to school and now I can do that because of the pandemic. This stood out for me because it is important to learn about this virus because we don’t know if this virus is going to end at some point so we need to take care and be safe. Have you seen this article? https://www.ycteenmag.org/issues/WEB/From_the_Bronx_to_Brandeis.html?story_id=WEB-2020-03-23p I thought you might be interested in this because in this article she talks about how her life was good before the pandemic and when the pandemic came her life was not the same because her mom lost her job. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… I really like articles like this because they bring joy to people’s faces.
  • Marlissa Morris's Mar 26, 04:44 comment on Pandemic
    Kiran, I was interested in your post by the Pandemic because it was what was happening around the world. I think I have learned to be a better educator and a better person to my community. Reading your post also made me realize that we all learn one way or another about our community and what is around us. I am sure it was difficult being a high school but by you being safe, you stayed indoors and took every precaution. It was a great post reading about what you learned within your community through a tragic change and how it affect who we are today. I am not near where you are, but I seen on the news how bad everything was. Thank you for sharing.
  • Dominique's Mar 25, 22:55 comment on Women’s Rights
    Dear Kayla, I am really happy that you wrote about Womenś rights because we both have the same hopes for females. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, ¨It is not fair¨. This really stands out to me because as females we have came a very long way and I agree that itś not fair but life is not fair. We need to make a change for the better. Thank you for your writing and I look forward to reading your future posts.
  • Tadeo's Mar 25, 18:47 comment on Is AI Being Biased?
    Dear Diana : I am quite curious about something you said on your post. More specifically, where it said about AI sorting resumes. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “As of now, companies and other software developers are working hard on developing and improving AI so that hiring people is easier and to make sure that the correct and qualified people.” I wonder why if it seeks for qualified people, it tend to choose more men. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you seem like a decent writer. From Tadeo
  • Marlen's Mar 25, 18:46 comment on Remembering Your Worth
    Dear Maddie, I enjoyed you saying all these things about how you overcame this obstacle in your life. I was really impressed because with all these negative things that happened to you, you still managed to pick yourself up from that situation. I can agree with you on the fact that bullying can affect our mental health severely due to the fact that I’ve been in your shoes at a certain point in my life. It also took me a while to cover come to that obstacle in my life. Something that stood out to me is when you said “you deserve everything good in the world”, I strongly believe that this is so true because everyone deserves everything good coming their way. I really appreciate that you shared your experience because then a lot of people would be able to relate to this and it’ll help them out more knowing they weren’t the only ones who went through something like this! Marlene
  • Aaliyah's Mar 25, 18:44 comment on Pandemic
    Dear Kiran, I am intrigued by your post, “Pandemic”, because it really exemplifies what is occurring in the pandemic in a poem like style. There have been pros and cons of this pandemic that has both helped people grow but also has a way of holding people back as well. Our personal life has been adapting to this new lifestyle but our personal life isn’t the only thing changing as politics has been a back and forth debate with recent issues. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “I remember the fireworks all day and all night for a month — stimulus checks popping on the street — the sizzle of the long fuse, the whistle, and the bang, batteries of bottle rockets, missiles, and barrages of roman candles, the boom of M80’s outside my window at 3 AM.” This sentence elaborates how people are moving past the pandemic like it is not an issue anymore, still going out and doing what they please. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues against the pandemic and how we can find solutions to them. Aaliyah
  • Juan's Mar 25, 18:43 comment on No Petting?
    Dear Yamile, I am star-struck based on your post. I can’t believe the dog actually doesn’t like to get a pet, I thought every dog would like to get affection and attention. Maybe the dog needs more training since it gets upset at things that should be normal. I believe that the dog owner should train him more in order for the dog to learn some discency. One sentence that stands out to me is when you mentioned that when people ask to pet him, the owner says no, but yet they take it as it a joke and still proceed to pet him which enrages the dog. That stood out to me because there, the owner should control the dog a bit better, he should be able to tame him at any given time. Also, he should have let people know that the dog doesn’t like to get a pet, instead of them figuring it out on themselves. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next time because I didn’t know of a dog that didn’t like to get petted. I feel like you bring interesting topics when you post which makes this assignment much more entertaining. -Juan
  • Cynthia's Mar 25, 18:40 comment on Are Warning Labels on Unhealthy Foods a Good Idea?
    Dear Heidi, I impressed by your post “are warning labels on unhealthy foods a good idea?¨because I agree with you I don’t see the point in putting labels on unhealthy food. At the end of the day, people will eat what they want. i mean take my friend for example she eats an unhealthy amount of bacon every other day, she knows this but continues because she loves bacon. so you and I both agree that people already know eating unhealthy food isn’t the best for them but still do it anyway. one sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ¨If people are obese then it is on them,¨ I think is well written because it shows your thought process. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m you’re a good writer and well put together in your explanations. – Cynthia
  • Dulce's Mar 25, 18:39 comment on When Mental Illness is Severe
    I am satisfied by your text “When mental illness is severe” because it really does give a good understanding how some of the things that they do to people with illnesses just makes them worse. They did not choose to have this life but they are still human beings and should be treated equally no matter what. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is , “This just proves the lack of knowledge law enforcement has on the field of mental illnesses and treats it as if the person with the disorder has malicious intent”. Many people need to learn how to understand and deal with people with mental illnesses not just make their feeling worse, the more pressure you put on them the rougher they take it. I understand this very much and it really upsets me how officer can’t even control them they just instead have bad manners and bad ways of handling them. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because what you wrote right here is something that everyone needs to hear and learn from it. I hope to see more of your disagreements towards other articles of yours. Dulce Cardona
  • Diana's Mar 25, 18:39 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo, I agree with your text. I have also thought of this because I have tried to get my mom to learn how to speak english for a while now, but she just won’t do it. She uses those same excuses, that she’s too tired or that she needs to cook. But I think that you can’t force someone to learn something they don’t want too. If my mom doesn’t want to take this opportunity to learn, then I can’t make her. It all falls down to whether they really wanted too or not. Because if you really wanted something that badly, you wouldn’t make up any excuses for it.
  • Alondra's Mar 25, 18:37 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan, I am very much satisfied with your post about mental health which should be a big issue, not something that is normalized as if you’re going to church. “Since it is so generalized in society today, not many people are talking about how this stigma affects those who struggle with their mental health every day”. This stood out to me the most because it is true that the normalization of mental illness has become common that we don´t feel empathy or show solidarity for those who struggle day by day. The world needs to acknowledge such issues and take into priority the well being those who are less fortunate and aid them so they can try to live an easier life.
  • Alexis's Mar 25, 15:51 comment on Dog Training
    Dear litzy i am very impressed about your post “Dog training” Something that i really liked was that you dont really need to train a dog but that it would be best for the owner or owners. I also liked that you said “They question whether they should train their dog to be friendlier with strangers or to be more direct with the people that are eager to touch their dog” i believe that whether the dog isnt trained it can still be friendly but that all depends on the dog as well. Something that stood out to me was that was either you should train a dog or you dont. Thank you litzy . i look forward to see what you will write next.
  • Mario's Mar 25, 15:45 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra, I am now even more hungry after seeing the image of the burger you posted on, ¨Do junk food ads make you hungry?¨, because as it is I don’t eat breakfast before arriving at school so I’m hungry during class. As of now me writing this I am hungry. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was ¨Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers¨. I think this is a great way to put it because everywhere u see are advertisements for pretty much everything. Thank you for your writing Alondra, and I hope someday I get picked for a food social experiment.
  • Manuel's Mar 25, 15:42 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra: I 100% agree with your post, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?” because I have craved things off an ad, and any time I go out and eat I chose the item that is similar to it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers. Even though the teens said they didn’t notice the ads, it was clear that the marketing had influenced their decision-making.” I think this is surprising because usually when I see an ad I just fly by it and I see it but I don’t pay attention to it but later on, I would see things similar and get it because of the craving I got from remembering the ad from before. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed the way you wrote, it was enjoyable and straightforward. Manuel Cruz
  • Mayra's Mar 25, 15:41 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Dear Aaliyah , I completely agree how it can be ironic that the government is known for protecting it’s people’s rights although more and more we see hate crimes towards other races. More people need to be aware of how it is not right to target people over there race and how dangerous and unsafe those people can feel based on what the government is allowing to happen. The government needs to address such a topic as Asian-american hate crimes and all other hate crimes in general so they can find people accountable for their wrong actions and so it will influence people to support one another.
  • Fatima's Mar 25, 15:40 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan: I am impressed with your post, “How Far Is Too Far?” because throughout this post you give an explanation about what people experience and that people with this illness are having a hard time. Society has rea;ly come to the point where someone who is depressed is a stage (in most part of society) that is what society thinks. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We should care about the negative stigmas surrounding mental health because it is a problem in society that is not talked about very often” I think this is tough because in the world we tend to push aside things that seem unimportant because they could be a waste of time, but often time we do not have any idea what people who have this problem struggle within a daily basis. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think the way you expressed this situation and how society is taking it is very impressive. It really brings me to think ‘what if I was in their situation?’ definitely I would not like to be judged while having my own problems. Fatima Esparza
  • Gerardo's Mar 25, 15:38 comment on Life in the past
    Dear Saniya, I really enjoyed your post ¨Life in the Past¨ because I can relate to you in many aspects. I was really intrigued when you said that you were watching anime and being excited about watching the next episode. Also, I can relate when you say that you would eat snacks while watching a movie. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨I remember me starting to watch anime for the first time.¨ I liked this sentence because I too can remember trying out anime for my first time I thought it was going to be boring but no it was the complete opposite. Anyways, I really enjoyed this piece of writing and I look forward to your future posts. Gerardo
  • Mayra's Mar 25, 15:34 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo I agree with your statement of how parents and students should make the best of their time when they do interact. It is important for parents to also succeed in education and the more they are able to understand and get educated it can lead them to more opportunities in the workforce. It would be helpful for students to have empathy for their parent as they did not have the same chance to get educated as they did and should take that to their advantage and include any type of education topics into the time they have together. Education does not have a limit it is just important for people to learn and evolve for themselves.
  • Morgan's Mar 25, 15:32 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    I like how you are addressing this cause because this is really important. I agree that the government needs to make a move towards granting Asian American rights. These events such as shootings, racial slurs, and physical violence are all important to address because this can get out of hand and become an even bigger problem around the world. Yes, I agree this generation is always talking about being united and accepting one another but still have racial issues. We do need to focus on ending the pandemic instead of other things. Thank you for addressing this problem, Aaliyah.
  • Alex T's Mar 24, 18:42 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Meghan, I really liked your writing on the issues regarding mental health. You mentioned how society often overlooks people who are struggling which can result in worsening their conditions. I believe that this is a major problem in our society that needs to be addressed more often. You wrote from a very formal perspective and introduce facts that can help people to hopefully become more educated. I liked the urgency of your writing as well. Awesome job! I hope your writing reaches more people to help break the stigma attached to mental health so that we can help those who are struggling.
  • Aaliyah's Mar 24, 10:13 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan, I am intrigued by your post, “How Far Is Too Far?”, because it discusses the issue of how society treats those with mental illness as dangerous. Society will often stereotype those with mental illness as someone who will bring harm to people. People don’t realize what negative part they are taking in a person One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Since it is so generalized in society today, not many people are talking about how this stigma affects those who struggle with their mental health every day”. Since mental illness is so generalized in society people don’t really take notice in the harmful effects it does to a person. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding mental health and how society can learn ways to handle these mental illnesses. Aaliyah
  • Aaliyah's Mar 24, 08:35 comment on When Mental Illness is Severe
    I am intrigued by your post, “When Mental Illness Is Severe”, as it discusses the importance of handling mental illness with appropriate manners. Throughout this decade, there have been many tragedies or occurrences dealing with people who have mental illnesses. It shouldn’t be ignored or handled incorrectly to prevent such tragedies from making its way to the surface again. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “In conclusion, our society treats individuals who suffer from mental disorders as if they’re abnormal, erratic people when in actuality they are human beings in need of dire assistance”. This is important because we shouldn’t treat these people as issues but people who need assisting with their mental illness. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding mental health and how society can learn ways to handle these mental illnesses. Aaliyah
  • Julia B.'s Mar 23, 20:10 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    I liked how you discussed that society does not really accept mental disorders because this is a major problem in society. Schools should be a place where mental disorders are accepted, and teachers and administration teach children how to manage these disorders. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many students still struggle with these issues, let alone managing homework with home life. These children need help with learning how to manage these mental disorders. If schools teach students how to deal with these mental disorders, they will have the skills to manage them in the real world, specifically the workplace. Our society needs to accept that these mental disorders exist, and implement ways to understand how to cope with these mental issues.
  • Meghan's Mar 23, 14:56 comment on Today’s School System Does Not Prepare Students for Life.
    Evelyn, I really loved your post, especially because it was about something that every student can relate to. I agree that preparation for college and life in general is a very important aspect that most schools don’t incorporate into their teaching. Your point about financial skills as well as life skills being essential to succeeding in a career after college is very well written and researched. I appreciate your use of credible sources and think that having these sources makes the post more impactful. Life is more than just academics and students need to be better prepared for the obstacles that come with living on their own for the first time. -Meghan
  • Rory's Mar 22, 16:37 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Maggie, I really enjoyed how informative your problem section was. Personally today I thought that we have come pretty far to break that barrier of gender inequality but your article made me realize the reality of the situation. People have just gotten so use to the inequality they don’t even realize that they’re experiencing it and some people say they are very equal in their work space just to give them a better look which in reality they are not inclusive.
  • Miguel's Mar 20, 19:39 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Well I think he included most of the things but I think he missed more but hey so I stay but also thank you for commenting
  • Miguel's Mar 20, 19:37 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Yes, I chose that one because it was interesting to me and because it talks about my people, that’s where I come from, but thank you also for the comment
  • Miguel's Mar 20, 19:35 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    si orlando bueno asi lo ise y asta la fecha creo yo que me a quedado bien orlando pero grasias
  • Maggie's Mar 19, 20:13 comment on Media Bias on Social Injustice
    Miles, I really enjoyed your post. I think it’s interesting how you brought the concepts of social media’s influence and news influence together. I agree with you that the news can have a mental impact on the public whether directly influenced or not. It’s crazy how something made to prevent stress by keeping people in-the-loop has done the opposite.
  • Maddie's Mar 19, 17:42 comment on Today’s School System Does Not Prepare Students for Life.
    Evelyn, I absolutely love your post. It explains main issues with how school don’t focus on the business aspect of preparing for college. Schools need to evolve more and keep up to date with the society today. Good job!
  • Amanda's Mar 19, 17:33 comment on Problem Section: Human Trafficking in South Asia
    Hi Paige! Thank you for this article! It’s very important that people start to shed more light onto this issue, because it sadly is very common. I like your comment when you said that “…trafficking is just hidden, so it is hard to discover and put a stop to,” which is very true. Many people are scared or unable to come forward, so very little or nothing is done about it and no justice is served. Again, thank you for shedding light onto this saddening issue.
  • Ian's Mar 19, 14:13 comment on Where I’m From
    Dear Ocean: I am amazed with your poem, “Where I’m From” because you’re talking about all these unique things that makes you, you. One line that stands out for me is, “From those memories I know I am the product of intellect and diverse cultures ”. I think this line is great because you’re talking about your family. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Paige's Mar 19, 02:07 comment on Lack of Reading Motivation in Students
    Maria, I agree that the lack of motivation to read for students today is an issue and it is one that I find myself faced with often. Since reading is seen as not the most fun activity to some, it can be hard to find the motivation to read. I can see how students who read for fun are higher achieving academically because they are practicing their comprehension skills more often and are using their brain in a different way than the students who do not read for fun. I agree that it is important to implement reading for fun into the lives of children today so they are more knowledgeable and more likely to succeed in the future. If children start reading early on and find ways to make it fun for them, it will become a habit and not be seen as a chore.
  • Heather's Mar 18, 19:40 comment on Little town
    Dear Megan, I am fascinated by your poem, “Little town,” because it says so much about you. But at the same time it doesn’t reveal much. One line that stands out for me is, “And family of many generations. ”. I think this line is intriguing because what is it that made them stay. Another line that stands out for me is, “Littleton remains a place of my past my present continues to unfold Littleton”. I think this line is compelling because it seems that you’ll never forget where you come from. Your poem reminds me of a story that I once heard.The book was about a boy and his tree. He loved his tree. Throughout his life he uses his tree. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you can continue to write poems like these.
  • Alexis's Mar 18, 16:44 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear rosa, I am very surprised by your wonderful post, ” Did you have struggles finding a job” never in a million years did i ever think that something like this can affect us and our work ability. I enjoy reading the information that you have for us and i agree with you it left many people unemployed and jobless. And young teens that have been enter to the U.S to work and get the chance to help out there family but with the covid 19 it affected it all. Something that stood out to me the most was ” Years of job growth have disappeared in a matter of months, leaving more than twice as many young people as other adults out of work”. Everything that you said was perfect. Thank you rosa for this helpful information.
  • Haley Brummel's Mar 18, 16:03 comment on Remembering Your Worth
    Hi Maddie, I really liked your blog post and found myself relating to you while reading. I especially enjoyed how you expressed how you felt and made everyone reading feel what you were feeling during this time. I also enjoyed how you normalized therapy and having family members and quotes to lean on when times got hard. I think what you had to say will leave a lasting impact on everyone who reads this and leave them with a different perspective on life. Great job! Keep your head up!
  • Tasneem's Mar 18, 15:57 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, i really enjoyed reading your poem and I think you did I an amazing job describing New York City in your own perspective. I can actually say i agree with most of what you wrote. GREAT JOB !!! One stanza that stood out to me was “ Walking to the deli and Talking to the workers and petting the cat”. I really like this stanza because i can restore to it and most delis have cats there. So if you aren’t afraid of cats or allergies the owners don’t mind you touching the cat , and that is one thing i like doing. Another thing i really enjoyed reading was your title “ the street we walk” Because i felt like i can picture what you wrote just by reading it. Especially when you wrote, “ I heard them and I still hear them”. When i was younger i used to hear my mother and my friends parents call them as well, and i feel like that was really important that you added that on your poem.
  • Lydia's Mar 17, 23:49 comment on Remembering Your Worth
    Maddie, I really enjoyed everything you wrote about and how your past challenges have helped you overcome your toughest battles. I’m a true believer that everything we go through teaches us a lesson and forms our character as a person. I agree that bullying can affect our mental health and I think more people need to be aware of that because it can have a long lasting impact on our lives. Overall, I really thought you did a great job on this blog!
  • Miles's Mar 17, 18:15 comment on Media Bias on Social Injustice
    Gorvett, Zaria. “How the News Changes the Way We Think and Behave.” BBC Future, BBC, 12 May 2020, www.bbc.com/future/article/20200512-how-the-news-changes-the-way-we-think-and-behave.
  • Natalia's Mar 17, 16:18 comment on Covid-19 Mexico and USA
    Dear Andrea, I am impressed with your post, “Covid-19 Mexico and USA” because you demonstrate a lot of insight. You teach us about the differences in how people have responded to COVID in the US and Mexico. You also make powerful statements about how we can make the best of the situation. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We must take care of each other.I learned that we must be very understandaing and not pretend that this does not matter. Because this virus is true and no one is immune to it so let’s all take good care of ourselves and be aware of all those we love.” I think this is important because many of us need reminders to NOT pretend that this does not matter. Your plea to take care of ourselves and think of those we love is so valuable. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think you are an insightful person who helps us understand topics with the rich details you include. Ms. N.
  • Orlando's Mar 17, 16:17 comment on Covid in Michoacan, Mexico
    Hi rafael Mi post trata de covid en Michoacan supongo te gusto, gracias por comentarlo, claro que los casos de covid en Mexico son muy altos en cada estado tienen sus reglas, en Michoacan una de la mas importante es mantener su distancia pero como sabemos nadie la respeta pero si los casos son muy altos en michoacan Rafal lindo dia. Orlando Timoteo Huipe.
  • Jeimy's Mar 17, 16:13 comment on Covid-19 Mexico and USA
    Dear Andrea: I am impressed by your poem “Covid-19 Mexico and USA” because you are saying that people don’t want to wear masks and people don’t believe that this is true the government give a statement to be 6 feet apart and don’t do parties or meetings. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ” The government and also there were shortages of things and utilities for the house” I think this is awesome because the government is also following the rules. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you wrote next because I like how you write it and how you explain it, and how your interview tell you that hospitals are full of people sick. Jeimy
  • Andrea's Mar 17, 16:09 comment on Covid in Michoacan, Mexico
    Dear Orlando I can relate to your post, ” Covid in Michoacan, Mexico ” because we are all going through this situation that is very difficult for everyone and that affects us every day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “the virus in Mexico and the virus in the United States. In Mexico, the precautions are not taken so rules.” I think this is worrying because people ignore the rules about covid and we can see that Mexico is one of the countries that are affected by that since many people do not believe and simply do not take care of themselves we hope this is over soon and we can have a better life. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next,because i am quite interested in your blog and I would like to know a little more about what the situation is like and what each country is facing. I would like to continue telling about your country. Andrea A.
  • Bryan's Mar 17, 01:13 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Christian, I am totally agreeing with you with your article ¨Do fast-food ads make you hungry?¨ because I feel like they brainwash you in order for you to buy their products. And they use certain well-known people to help them advertise what they are selling. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨As we know, recently McDonald’s has partnered up with Travis Scott a rapper to show the people what he orders at McDonald’s.¨ This shows us that businesses like McDonald’s use famous individuals to help them sell their products with a way more success rate of them selling products. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed what you have stated in your post. Bryan
  • Alondra's Mar 16, 18:53 comment on I Am From Brooklyn and Haiti
    Dear Alexis, I would like to say that your poem is beautiful and the diction is beautifully chosen. I really enjoyed reading about both sides of your lives because it’s important to cherish your culture and your heritage. I liked how you described Haiti from what the world views it as but we both know that Haiti has more to it than just the negative. You should be proud of the person you and the independent woman in your life. Keep writing because it’s beautiful.
  • James's Mar 16, 15:40 comment on How to spot Fake news?
    if it has alot of ads if it has alot of links and stuff
  • James's Mar 16, 15:38 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    yes sometimes because the food look good and makes you want to try if its new
  • James's Mar 16, 15:36 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    yes as young people it is hard to find a job people that is hiring always want to people with expreince and that able to work full time
  • Orlando's Mar 16, 01:51 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Hi Miguel Estoy un poco identificado con lo que pusiste en tu post sobre como se expandio el covid por tu escuela y pueblo, me gusto como quedo tu ensayo con en titulo y todo porque tu texto o post es lindo no en todo sentido. Una parte me llamo mucho la atencion fue “Change because covid 19 a example is that because of the virus” pero si tu texto es muy bien explicado sigue asi amigo.
  • Litzy's Mar 15, 22:25 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa, I was very intrigued by your post, ” Did you have struggles finding a job?” because it is impressive how much you learned about the unemployment rates of Europe. I never thought unemployment was so big in other places as well. I’ve seen it occur here in The U.S but didn’t realize it was bad everywhere in the world. Unemployment has changed many people’s lives in bad ways and it’s sad to see how high the rate has gone. In this post I see you are talking more about the young people’s point of view but, it’s not only them having difficulties but also older people who have families to support. They not only have to worry about themselves but also their families. Which makes it harder for them to just move back to their parents house which leads them to becoming homeless and jobless. Thank you for writing this post. I am looking forward to seeing what you will be writing about next. -Litzy
  • Zhelanea's Mar 15, 07:03 comment on Sleep deprivation is becoming an epidemic among high school students
    Dear Nicolette, I found your post very informative on the topic of sleep deprivation in teens. I myself struggle with regulating my own sleeping schedule. One line that stood out to me was, “…87% of teenagers are averaging far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, making it extremely difficult for them to reach their potential in terms of performance. It shows how many teens aren’t getting an adequate amount of time to sleep. Some could carry on with as little as 4 hours every day. It’s a problem that hasn’t been fully addressed, yet it is having great consequences. I agree with your post and the arguments brought up.
  • Dulce's Mar 15, 06:52 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear rosa, I am astonished by your writing hear about “did you have struggles finding this job” because it has made me realize how not only our country is struggling to recover. Thousands of jobs were lost and many are left unemployed and its hard to come back to normal when you have no money and no job. Trying to provide for your kids during this pandemic is very risky. I really found it interesting how you mentioned the percentages of the unemployment of before and then. This really affected a lot of people. Thank you for writing this, This has made me realize that in life you have to expect the unexpected and always go for the best, I look forward to see more of your writings. Dulce Cardona
  • Fatima's Mar 15, 06:19 comment on America Means Injustice
    Dear Halimah: I am impressed by your post, “America Means Injustice,” because I think you really expressed how the United States has suffered from the lack of knowledge on how to make it a better place. It is important to know that we Americans are responsible for many of the things happening in the country. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “how we repair the damage that we have done to this country in the past” I think this is powerful because it is saying that is not something that has barely started but for years and years we have been damaging this place. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed reading your post and the perspectives of others towards the situations here. Also, I think you gave amazing and relevant information on why America is shown as an unfair place or more specifically America Means Injustice. Fatima Esparza
  • Juan's Mar 15, 06:02 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your conclusion of analyzing the fact that ads do make you hungry. The dramatization of the ads can indulge you in craving foods you don’t regularly eat. Colors such as red, blue, and yellow attract the eye and make you hungry. I hope to hear from you soon. I loved your post and your personal thoughts on fast food.
  • Mayra's Mar 15, 04:53 comment on The Pay Gap Between Men and Women
    Dear Julia, I agree that there is a great issue that there is even a pay gap jus based on gender. It is sad to say that this is a reality and the country fails to realize this and fix the situation. This is a conversation that more people need to talk about and be taken seriously. When you wrote “These are the consequences of sexism and white supremacy specifically in the United States” i couldn’t agree more. That was a valid point and it is only right to stop stereotypes over women in the workforce and race should never affect your salary that is completely unfair.
  • Gerardo's Mar 15, 04:42 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa, I am shocked by reading your post “Did you have struggles finding a job” because I really never thought that this many people would be unemployed. But it’s very interesting that you wrote something outside of the United States because we are the country that is affected the most by this virus. One sentence that I liked was “Young professionals are being disproportionately hit, economically and socially, by lockdown restrictions, forcing many to make painful adjustments like moving back in with their parents.” I found this sentence very hard to believe because I thought that we were having a bad time other countries are struggling equally or even worse than us. But anyway thanks for sharing this very informational piece of text I’m looking forward to what you post in the near future. Gerardo
  • Matthew's Mar 15, 04:30 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa, I am surprised by your post, “Did you have struggles finding a job?” because I never really thought about how the coronavirus hit others across the globe. I think it’s great sharing information that many people like me aren’t informed about, especially about this whole pandemic going on. Something that stuck out was, “The European Union jobless rate for people 25 and under jumped from 14.7 percent in January to 17.6 percent in August (compared to 7.4 percent overall).” It’s saddening to know that many people are losing their livelihoods due to something they didn’t expect or see coming. I could only imagine how bad It was in the beginning, particularly with most having almost no control over what was occurring. Thanks for the writing. I look forward to reading more of your informative writing. M.M.
  • Wendy's Mar 15, 03:11 comment on Human Trafficking
    I really appreciate your piece as it raises awareness on a topic that needs to be addressed. I agree that no one should be forced to do anything they don’t want to. Something that stood out to me in your writing was “Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations (“What is Human Trafficking?).” Many people that are not as aware of this topic may not know the forms of ways that people are taken into human trafficking. Your piece was very informative. – Wendy
  • Diana's Mar 15, 01:01 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your statements. I also believe that the way companies advertise their products make us feel a certain way. I’ve heard that the colors such as red, blue, and yellow, attract people to their company. So I would not be surprised if this were another trick for them. I hope to hear more from you soon.
  • Hugo's Mar 14, 22:59 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    Hello camila, unfortunately, the situation we are going through right now is a bit difficult for some people as an example I really like to go out because of this that I almost do not go out to have fun with my friends
  • Jennifer's Mar 13, 09:15 comment on Art
    Dear Tara, I am so pleased about your piece, “Art” because people have different perspectives of what they initially considered a form of art. Answering these questions is great because literally, everyone’s response will be different. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “What do you consider art?” I think this is powerful because this simple question of what people consider art is a whole conversation starter for what people think. It also is great to hear what people think because in a way it’s their personality that expresses what type of art they enjoy. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to hear you talk about the different perspectives of art. I want to hear about what you consider art.
  • Anna Higham's Mar 12, 20:44 comment on Hyperthymesia Research Using Gale
    Hello I’ve read up about this after a few therapy sessions I have been told by many I have experience similar to what you have writen about, I can remember the day I left the hospital when I was born and details that have never been told to me and before look at old photos for example my room from laying in a cote to the lay out and colours of the house or even the hospital and the weather. I find it’s useful and I suppose cool, but in worse times I can’t forget! And it’s seems like a never ending punishment, I’m interested to discuss and discover more. I apologise for spelling Anna H
  • Kayla's Mar 12, 08:10 comment on To Bi or Not to Bi: Exploring Bisexual Representation in Media
    Dear Lisa, I was excited to read your post because you mention not only bisexuals but LGBTQ in general. I really liked how you added a quote to further explain your thesis. My favorite line is “The only way to move forward is to include bi individuals as major figures in the creation, development, and portrayals of such characters.” I enjoyed this quote because you mention the development we could have if bisexuals were included. Thank you for writing, I look forward to your next text. Kayla Castillo
  • Dominique's Mar 11, 23:46 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Dear Megan, I am very glad to have came across your writing. I absolutely agree with what you said in your post. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “It seems as if no matter what girls do, their interests will be considered ridiculous” because I agree with you but as a female all we can do is be happy with what we do and live life for ourselves. Thanks for your writing I look forward to reading what you write next.
  • Cristian's Mar 11, 23:13 comment on Students & The Pandemic
    Hey, Aaliyah, I see that you’re talking about the life of children during the change of the pandemic. I believe they put themselves in that spot and they don’t accept change. So I feel they get this depression, anxiety because they cant continue with life knowing there’s a change. Change is scary but change is really really good. I believe people found themselves and who they truly are as a person. Thank you!, I hope to see some more of your writing soon!
  • Selena's Mar 11, 22:30 comment on The Neglect of Skid Row
    I agree with what you have said skid row people in Los Angeles. In my county, there is always homeless people, “skid row” among the highways and freeways. Many programs and systems are set up to give the homeless a play to stay, a shelter, or food given and new clothing. I believe there should be a safer and better plan because overall you can not take people off the streets if they do not want to help themselves. Everyone has their own situation and own reason and the help is there but only if the skid row really wants to. It’s a helping hand to a better life, to turn their life around from being homeless and sleeping in the streets, on the side of the freeways, etc.
  • Angie's Mar 11, 22:12 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I am Amazed by your poem, “Along Manhattan Avenue,” because I really like how you’ve incorporated the techniques that you saw from your mentor poem and made it your own. I also like how genuine your poem is. One line that stands out for me is, “shining bright through the walls of despair”. I think this line is impactful because it reminds me that even when things get tough there’s always hope for better days. Another line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect”. This made me think about the pressure society puts on us to be the “ideal” person especially when it comes to our physical appearance. Thanks for your poem. I really look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Leslie's Mar 11, 21:29 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    Hi Camila, I mainly thank you for taking my blog into account, Unfortunately, the situation we are going through right now is a bit difficult for some people, a clear example is you since you like to go out and have fun with your friends, family. It’s really kind of funny about that because if the government was commenting “This quarantine will last a maximum of 2 weeks” And look here for almost 1 year like that. But they are already taking action on it.
  • Abdul's Mar 11, 18:23 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    I wonder how this COVID pandemic will end. Are countries going to announce that we’re are done with it and everything is going to go back to normal right away? Or will people start getting normalized to it and start taking their masks off and stores get crowded like they used to get without having that government announce anything?
  • Mae's Mar 11, 18:08 comment on Should Covid Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Heidi: I found your post interesting, because many people around the world, believe the vaccine can contain substances we don’t know about, many people has heard about the government controlling us trough a vaccine or device, I believe that is not true, and we need to rely on the vaccine in order to get out of the pandemic as soon as possible, to return to our normal lives once again.
  • Rafael's Mar 11, 17:55 comment on Covid in Michoacan, Mexico
    Hi Orlando I feel empathic with your post ”Covid in Michoacan, Mexico”. I specifically have empathy with the quote ”In Mexico, the precuations are not taken so rules by people untl it happens to a relative”. I can corroborate what you are saying because I have experienced quarentine in Mexico and in the US. And I would say the same, in the US, the population is aware of the covid, whereas in Mexico, when I was there, the percentage of the population that respects the confinement was too low compared to the population that did not respect the necessary rules to stop the contagion of Covid.
  • Camila's Mar 11, 17:47 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    One thing that stood out to me was when you said ” I never thought that life could change from one moment to another.” I feel the same way too, because a year ago when everyone had to stay at home the only thing that I could think was ” for how long am I supposed to stay here,” the first weeks were really hard for me because I am that kind of person who hangs out a lot with my friends and family and I also love to do things outside and now I had to stay in my house for more than a week. I felt overwhelmed and stressed because my apartment is too small and I lived with 5 people. Another thing that I liked about your essay is when you said ” The government said it would end soon.” This sentence is fun for me because I clearly remember when the government said that it would be over every 2 weeks and we have been in the same situation for around a year.
  • Grecia's Mar 11, 17:44 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    It was very interesting when you said “this will become a learning experience for everyone including the government on how to properly react to a pandemic” this is very true because I don’t think nobody was ready for this. My grandparents also life In Aguascalientes and they feel that the government is not helping at all, so they have to take care of them self even more.
  • Arooj's Mar 11, 17:42 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Dear Miguel, I really liked how you included many different examples in your writing. COVID has affected everyone in the world and made things difficult for everyone. I felt connected when you said that when we go back to school things would be different.
  • Micah's Mar 11, 15:33 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    I do believe this is something we should look into. Guns make it significantly easier to kill people. That is why they are bad. More control on who we let have guns should make that issue significantly less bad.
  • Micah's Mar 11, 15:29 comment on Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being
    I 100% agree with you. This year should be looked at with an asterisk next to it. It is something special in a seriously horrible way.
  • Alexis's Mar 10, 04:38 comment on Child Separation
    i agree they shouldnt spread their kids from there family. Its just so sad because number one for what reason huh ? Once they grow up or start growing uo whos going to be there for them and when they need there parents ? its not right taking child from their parents like it should illegal . seperating their child can lead to anxiety and having fear. I just dont support the child separation.
  • Alexis's Mar 10, 04:31 comment on Covid Vaccines
    hello litzy, i believe that covid 19 vaccines should not be mandatory due to the fact that we dont know how its going to work and all the risk that we are taking this vaccine. Everything that you said was pretty good because theres many risks taking this vaccine because one reason is that it only lasts 6 months and after that 6 months you got to take the vaccine again over and over. So we dont know if its really good for us or not. Some that stood out to me was when you said that if we get the vaccine one it will stop the spread but really we dont know what the outcome of that is going to be. But thank you for you thoughts about that it should be mandatory but i really dont think so.
  • Lisa's Mar 9, 16:04 comment on Kids should be able to sleep late
    Dear Tatianna, As a person who tends to fall asleep in the very early morning, I totally understand the want to have school start a bit later. But in regards to lines like “my school has said you have to be there before 12 so if I sleep in or I’m still tired I don’t have to go right at 8, ” I feel that may cause a huge fluctuation in the schedule. It implies that there are regular classes happening during this time that people could simply skip if they didn’t want to come. I feel like having a system where school starts an hour or two later but takes up the same chunk of time may be more beneficial and less chaotic. Parents should also be considered when talking about these kinds of schedule changes, especially for younger kids, because they have to drop them off/make sure they are ready for school. While I enjoyed and empathized with your view on the topic, I feel like there is a lot of nuance and (like you said) some flexibility is required. – Lisa
  • Lisa's Mar 9, 15:54 comment on Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It
    Dear Sam, I think this is a fascinating subject that is really relevant these days. With so much knowledge being available online, how does one find accurate and reliable news and information. The quote “Media literacy is the literacy of the 21st century,” rings true. I have had some experience with this myself in AP Seminar and Research, where it is vital to be able to tell whether or not a source can be trusted. Do you have any ideas about how we would teach media literacy? I feel like there are a myriad of ways to approach this topic depending on the age and audience. Is it better to start young and make kids aware that there are sources we shouldn’t trust or should that wait until middle or high school? I quite enjoyed the topic and I think you brought up some valid points about the importance of making people aware of what fake news is. -Lisa
  • Hugo's Mar 8, 18:35 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear camila, the truth is, your post was very interesting to me because, as they say, people took the codiv as a joke and when people began to die they already began to make the rules but it was too late because the codiv was already around almost everyone. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is that everyone took the codiv as a game i think this is that was what isolate the codiv spread.
  • Zhelanea's Mar 8, 07:36 comment on The Pay Gap Between Men and Women
    Dear Julia, I think your post explains very well the pay gap between women and men. I completely agree with everything you discussed has I have seen this pay gap in present times in many cases in which women are paid less. “Women of color make a little more than half of the median annual pay of the average white male in the workplace.” This specific quote focuses the light on not only gender but also race. Women minorities suffer the most in workplaces as their pay isn’t as great compared to their male counterparts. Inequality continues in the workplace, and I believe it’s very important to talk about it. I liked your posting and look forward to more.
  • Matthew's Mar 7, 18:32 comment on My story
    I am Fascinated by your poem,My story because things you said in your story was realateble with the people in the lobby to the loud music.
  • Jaylene's Mar 5, 22:51 comment on A Happy Place
    Dear Juan, I am amazed by your poem, “A happy place” because it caught my eye and kept me interested. Even thought it was short it had a lot to tell. One line that stands out for me is, “Out here I can feel the gloom.”. I think this line is interesting because it shows how a place can change someone’s mood. Another line that stands out for me is, “I know your room helps you keep the faith, The faith that the world is a happy place”. I think this line stood how to me because it shows how much the world can affect someone and how a special place can make them feel better. Your poem helps me understand an event that I was once told. Many people find their room like a sanctuary and this poem helps explain why some people feel so safe there. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope to see more of your poetry!
  • Lizbeth's Mar 5, 16:27 comment on Do you absolutely take school seriously?
    Dear Rosa, I like your post “ do you absolutely take school seriously“ it is interesting to see how before they would make their girls work in ugly stuff and just make guys go to work. I think if I want to be there I wouldn’t like to be doing well my parents would tell me I feel like I would like to go to school so I can become better. For school the first few years I wouldn’t take it seriously but now that im a senior I take things seriously in school and I complete my work on time and I actually pay attention. Now these days I take it seriously because my parents never went to school so I want to make them proud until they could see that their daughter succeeded in school. hope you make more of these post they’re actually interesting Lizbeth
  • P's Mar 5, 13:58 comment on If you could remember every single day of your life, would you want to?
    I have it and it has made my life a living hell.
  • Reed aka Samuel's Mar 5, 02:56 comment on A Place Like Haiti
    I like the play of juxtaposed tragic and beauty in this piece.
  • lizbeth's Mar 4, 16:46 comment on Students having hardships during the pandemic
    Dear rosa, I like your post ” Students having hardships during the pandemic” it’s really interesting to see that people got somewhat affected by the pandemic. I think a way to not be stressed is to talk to someone that is really there for you or also at least go out of your house or even make ejercies inside the house will distance someone by not falling into depression or even have stress. I really like your post hope you share for about this because its whats going on know in life.
  • lizbeth's Mar 4, 16:37 comment on Outside Jail Life
    Dear rosa Your post ” Outside Jail Life” is really interesting because there these inmates who are trying to become better in life and since they are in jail they need so much help. I feel like its actually nice that they mak zoom meeting call so that these people can become better and learn to be better.But I also think its bad when they don’t have there technology because maybe those people who don’t need a little more help on there writing and there education. Thanks for sharing this post hope to see more of these because there really interesting how they make zoom meeting for inmates.
  • Kenia's Mar 4, 04:26 comment on The Morality behind Planned Parenthood
    I am writing an essay soon on this topic about how Planned parenthood should be funded agin and how abortions are only 3% of what they really do so I completely agree. There is this whole moral dilemma that everyone is talking about but it really isn’t even a thing. There are so many problems with what many people think planned parenthood is about and being pro life. If we were to ban abortions then we need to do something about the foster system and how corrupt it is. I also think that this topic needs to be heard a lot more, Good Job!
  • Miguel's Mar 3, 20:40 comment on What really happens to all the plastic Americans toss into blue bins?
    that in recent years in the united states people have begun to leabe a lot of they want an that we have to avoid it .
  • Hugo's Mar 3, 18:26 comment on Champions League
    Dear Morgar, I found your article and it seems very interesting because that never happened avia that is crazy I think that watching the game would be crazy. I would like to know more about what happened. Hugo vargas villanueva
  • Andrea's Mar 3, 18:13 comment on What To Do With Landfills
    Hello Henry, Your post sounds Awesome to me because This Topic is very important Trought The world When I read your post, it made me think about we must take more care of our planet and keep it stable.
  • Paul's Mar 3, 16:12 comment on Journal entry
    What movies did you watch? Which do you recommend and why?
  • Litzy's Mar 2, 03:58 comment on Is big tech too powerful?
    Dear Dulce: I was very intrigued by your post, “Is big tech too powerful?” because this topic was a very interesting topic that i’ve never thought about. I didn’t think those big tech creators of apps and social media’s had so much control over people. I agree with you that all this is crazy, especially the evidence that the department of justice field had over the big company google which shows how even the government understand that these big tech companies are getting way to much power with their apps. Which is leading them to wanting to change it before they become to powerful. Thank you for writing. I am looking forward to seeing what you write about next. -Litzy
  • Thuê căn hộ's Mar 2, 02:28 comment on Child Development and Behavior: Broken Homes, Hopes, and Dreams
    Plz, let me know went u have a new post!
  • Douglas's Mar 1, 18:45 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren: I am astonished about your poem, “Just a kid with a ball and a dream,” because the line syou chose to write made me think about the shot and the steps towards that shot. also you make me think about how basketballers would feel when there is very little time on the clock left. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “ Around I go with the ball in a flow The defense picks me up so now it’s a give and go FASTER , FASTER, it’s just 5 seconds left The clock too close to zero: this is a time to be a hero”. I think these lines are amusing because i didnt think lines could make me feel interested in basketball when i dont really even watch it. i dont know what you did but the ryhmes also helped with it cause it kind of made it hyped up. Another line that stands out for me is, “ I get to my spot so I could take the shot SWISH! nothing but net”. I think this line is intriguing because the sounds you wrote helped me imagine about the basketball game. the way you described this helped me think more about these moments and when i watch basketball games this helps me understand the situation. Your poem helps me understand a some things about basketball games that I once heard or watched. its like watching some basketball game thats very long then its up to the last few seconds and some would shoot while some will pass nad with this poem i think i could understand what people think about in the game. i could see that the moment they take the shot and makes it and wins the game is the best feeling around but i fel like some people would lose and that could be the worse feeling of all. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. i will look forward to the exciting parts and the rhymes. hope you keep on writing about more sports that you play and understand
  • Paul's Mar 1, 15:48 comment on One thing i did over the past 24 hours?
    What is your dream car? How do you do this practice? Who helps you?
  • Heidi's Mar 1, 06:18 comment on Students & The Pandemic
    I am fascinated by your article “Students and the Pandemic” because I also agree that many teens have changed so much because of the pandemic since they were at home all the time. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “The young teens and adults have had to deal with major changes within this pandemic that has affected them in a various number of ways.” I think this is important because many teens have changed and they don’t know how to deal with it. I also think that for some they found their true self which was a good thing for them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.
  • Rachel's Mar 1, 05:46 comment on Jane Eyre’s Influence on my Own Story
    Dear Sarah: I really enjoyed this post because you clearly outlined how the narrator was characterized and how you plan to use what you learned in your own writing. Something that stands out for me was when you said that your characters will,  “first observe their surroundings, and then they will use their observations to guide their actions and dialogue.” This is a great way to apply what you learned as it helps the characters to seem more like real people. In the real world, people react based off of what they take in through their senses and so the characters act more organically when they incorporate these aspects. It also helps the world of the story become three dimensional for the reader. Thanks for your post, as it was intriguing and very helpful. You had good evidence and insightful reasoning. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Ava's Feb 25, 15:27 comment on What really happens to all the plastic Americans toss into blue bins?
    I totally agree. There are so many other options like Brita filtering bottles. Or reusable/refillable water bottles, which you can keep for years.
  • Dominique's Feb 24, 22:26 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, I am very thankful that you decided to write a post like this. Suicide is not talked about as much as it should be. I am glad you wrote this post because it gives me comfort that I am not the only one who acknowledges suicides. I love that you informed the reader that they are not alone. With this post alone I am sure you saved plenty of lives. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ” Perhaps something to attract attention is what some people think”. This sentence stands out because some people who do not fully understand depression might believe this is true which causes those diagnosed with depression to lack bringing up their emotions. Thank you for your writing I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Bob's Feb 24, 15:08 comment on Who Should Handle Cyberbullying?
    Dear Aaliyah, I was a cyber victim as well and I think that we should inform the schools about cyber bullying. I’ve had run-ins with cyber-bullies on the web without people to protect but now I have my family, friends and teachers. Cyber-bullying can be decreased for those who speak out and ask for help.
  • Sara's Feb 23, 17:56 comment on The Name that Changed the World
    I really liked the whole message of the last paragraph, and I agree where you talked about how divided we are as a country. I also strongly agree with the last statement and think this whole thing was very well written
  • Molly Sullivan's Feb 23, 15:44 comment on The Name that Changed the World
    Amanda, I like the point you made about the American Dream possibly having a negative connotation now. Throughout the recent events that has happened in America, most other countries seem to be laughing at us. The injustices happening in our system are flashing bright right now and are in need of reform.
  • Anastasia's Feb 23, 14:29 comment on First Impressions
    Maria, I really enjoyed this post. I personally, think first impressions are the most important. I always make sure that my first impression is the best it can be by wearing a nice suit, makeup ect. I really like how you said “you can’t make a second first impression”. When I meet someone for the first time thats what I go off of. I usually never give people second chances because then you won’t see the real authentic them but you will see a version of themselves that they have made up so that you could maybe like them. First impressions are the biggest thing not only for me but for almost everyone. great job
  • Gabriel's Feb 23, 05:59 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    I am very impressed about, your post ,”Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory? ” because the government creating the covid vaccine is cool. I find it weird that people will not take the covid vaccine for the benefit of society. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ if a sufficient amount of people take the vaccine, it can not only decrease the spread of Covid but potentially end it..” I think this is surprising because if everyone were to take the vaccine the spread will only go so far and it will stop from spreading and it will save a lot of lives. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I found your post interesting. I learned new information from your post.
  • Evelyn's Feb 23, 05:31 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I really respect and appreciate your decision to write on such an attacked and frowned upon topic in our world today. Not only was the topic well chosen, but your word choice was as well. The evidence that you added was a strong addition to the point that you were trying to get across. I would really enjoy reading a longer and more elaborate version of this post in the future!
  • Gabriel's Feb 23, 05:23 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    I am impressed by your post, “Modern Day Christian Persecution” because it is impressive how you presented this web journal post with a solid sentence to urge the reader’s attention. I concur along with your point that numerous individuals are ignorant of the mistreatment that’s taking put towards Christians around the world. the sentence that really stands out to me is “By educating approximately and talking out almost the bad form that Christians all over the world are confronting in many different ways, Christian mistreatment can ideally one day really ended up a thing of the past.” I accept that through legitimate instruction and sharing individual encounters, that ready to nullify the abuse of Christians. this sentence really impressed me beauce many christians are being mistreated everyday around the world.
  • Maddie's Feb 23, 05:11 comment on Overcoming the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
    Meghan, I though that you did an excellent job on focusIng on the aspect of education. As a person who suffers from anxiety, I can definitely see how this paper could help other people feel supported.
  • Alex's Feb 23, 05:09 comment on Why Is Reading Important?
    Julia, I loved how you brought up multiple points about the benefits of reading and took time to expand on them. I think it is great how you mentioned that reading not only works with reducing stress, but that it can aid in your learning as well. Overall, awesome job! Your blog is very well written.
  • Maya's Feb 23, 03:17 comment on Overcoming the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
    Megan, I thought. you did a great job at displaying what you needed to in an organized manner. It is an important topic that many could relate to and I like how you introduced your topic and then led the reader into steps to take in order to deal with the stigma. -Maya
  • Keira's Feb 23, 03:11 comment on Lack of Reading Motivation in Students
    Maria, I like how you mentioned that a lack of motivation to read is a growing problem leading to a negative impact on reading comprehension and intelligence as a whole. I find myself fighting the battle to read more and constantly feel that my vocabulary is lacking. Reading this article has brought to life some of my struggles and I hope it helps others realize the importance of reading as well. Thank you.
  • Mayra's Feb 23, 01:43 comment on The Neglect of Skid Row
    I agree that people need to look beyond the overall view of cities and look at deeper problems . Skid Row is a place that needs more focus on and place not be abandoned and ignored. You made your point very throughly that those people need resources to move forward with their life, they are filled with potential but also with greater problems that can be solved for each and everyone of them. SInce many approved for new housing and services , the people who are in charge need to take action and go through with their plan to fix this situation.
  • Annie's Feb 23, 00:58 comment on Education Reform
    Hi Peyton! I thought your article was extremely interesting. The fact that only 37% of the curriculum that we see in school is seen in our everyday lives. This is interesting because in class I feel that it was always common that a student asked when we would ever use what we were learning in real life. The teacher that gets asked the question always seems to get upset, but you just proved the validity of that point. I believe that if we see a change in our education system, students will be more willing to learn and remember material rather than just memorizing the information for the test and then forgetting about it.
  • Meghan's Feb 22, 21:10 comment on Why Is Reading Important?
    Julia, I really liked your post and I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on why reading is important. One point you made that stood out to me was that reading can reduce stress. This is very important because we often need an escape from the real world and reading, in my opinion, is the closest thing to that. It seems as if stress is everywhere we look and escaping through a good book relieves that stress and allows you to focus on something other than your daily to-do list. I also liked how you included personal examples in order to connect with the people reading your post.
  • Maria's Feb 22, 20:48 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Hi Megan, I like how you addressed the issue of girls being ridiculed for their interests no matter what it is. I think you are right in focusing on how it affects mainly teenage girls. However I think you could even farther to say that it begins at a much earlier age. Maybe you could explore the impact that activities or sports that girls are involved in during elementary school has on their interests in their teenage years.
  • Amarylis's Feb 22, 17:36 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I think your article is super interesting. It is something that should be brought up more in schools. I agree when you said that we should “enhance” it and that most of the information students end up learning is later forgotten. I also enjoyed how you brought up an alternative way for students to learn. STEM learning is known to be more effective, but there should also be another form of leaning for students interested in art. Your article was easy to follow as well. Great job!
  • Julia G.'s Feb 22, 17:03 comment on The Paradox of “Social” Media
    Hey Lauren, I agree with what you said throughout this post and I also believe there are positive and negative effects to the use of social media. Though it can be used to communicate with friends and family from a distance, it also provides a way for strangers to come in contact with others and provides a way for unwanted information to be spread. I also liked how you explained the effect of social media on teens mental health because it is a large issue in society today that has not been addressed until recently. More attention should be drawn to the subject and your post provides a great explanation of the topic.
  • Elizabeth's Feb 22, 16:59 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    This is a really great article! It’s super intriguing and challenges a new way too look at young girls and the challenges they face with finding interests. I agree with what you said about how girls often find themselves getting ridiculed or made fun of for their intrests. Having brothers I definitely notice that my parents and other family take more of an interest in what they’re doing, and are willing to invest more time and money into their activities. Your post clearly describes this situation and makes it interesting.
  • Amanda's Feb 22, 16:48 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I like that you chose to write about this topic to spread more awareness and to show how passionate and empathetic you are regarding this issue. I agree to your points when you stated that it is more or less humans fault that animal are becoming more extinct since the world is becoming more and more industrialized, which has very many negative effects. I also liked how you gave examples as to how we can minimize pollution and create change to better the environment. Overall, this topic should be more talked about and I’m glad you chose to shed more light on it!
  • Grace's Feb 22, 16:43 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Hi, I agree with what you said in your post. I also agree that women are constantly criticized and attacked for what they wear and what we do. Women have always ridiculed by others about what they are supposed to be doing. Your blog post describes the situation and problem very clearly and well.
  • Kamila's Feb 22, 15:02 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I really like how you introduced your blog post with a very strong message. As a Christian myself I am happy to see someone speak up about this topic. It saddens me to hear and to realize that I did not even know the extent of Christian persecution. I did not know that TikTok censored Christian content. I think your post will defiantly bring awareness to what is going and hopefully will make others think about it.
  • tomholms's Feb 22, 08:46 comment on Unashamed Conversations About Unmet Mental Health Needs
    Overall, physical health is important and helps us live our day to day lives but we have to keep an idea on mental health as well because many people are affected by it everyday. Even if you can’t see your neighbors or friends, a simple text or call would make their day. https://place-4-papers.com/problem-solution-essay-writing-service/
  • tomholms's Feb 22, 08:39 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Gun laws are always a very controversial topic because some people agree that gun laws need to be more strict, and some people believe that everyone has the right of owning a gun. Gun laws become very political because of the two opposing views of the topic. Gun violence will decrease with more restrictions and with more restrictions, guns become less dangerous to humans but better for self defense or other things guns will be used for https://place-4-papers.com/case-study-writing-service/
  • Rory's Feb 22, 07:47 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Yamile, I enjoyed your post discussing the covid vaccine and whether or not it should be mandatory. I really like how you included both sides of the argument in the article. It is very difficult for people to do that , especially nowadays, and be able to correctly argue from each side. Though I agree that the vaccine should be mandated, it helps to see the other side of the argument rather than just assume your opinion is automatically correct.
  • Megan's Feb 22, 05:40 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I really liked your post! I think that it was very interesting that “he believed that 90% of what they teach their students will never be used in their lives and they are wasting their time.” I thought this was so interesting because this is coming from a teacher’s perspective. I also think that this becomes more true the older a student gets. I believe that younger kids should learn about all the subjects in order to find out what they are most interested in. However, I feel like if one student wants to go into a heavily English focused career, they should not be forced to study science in depth. I also think this would lead to more students enjoying school and would give opportunities to teach life skills to students. For example, many students do not know how to write a check or cook basic meals.
  • Rosa's Feb 22, 05:37 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Dear Edwin, I personally believe it’s terrifying and awful because it’s hard enough that people have lost their work, but your writing makes it clear that it may be even worse that people of all ages are dying. I read that your friend Juan has got the lockdown virus and thank you for sharing this with us in quarantine. Rosa Zavala
  • Rosa's Feb 22, 05:31 comment on Homes are a big part of Salt Lake City’s air pollution problem — and are also the solution.
    Hello Milo In my opinion, I think that as more people come to Utah for a number of causes, this is a very common problem and even more so. I assume that, while not cost-effective, your article from SolutionsU provides a viable approach to the problem. I can also suggest that using more energy-efficient vehicles, carpooling more, using public transit, etc., would be another part of this approach. Lovely work!! -Rosa Zavala
  • Karla's Feb 22, 04:27 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and research in education reform. I totally agree with your fact that, “ on average, only 37% of the curriculum in school is used in everyday life, and that the rest of the information is forgotten and never used” which needs to be changed. I also believe that incorporating STEM into our daily educational lives is important. We need more hands on learning and overall become more in depth with STEM and its aspects. Overall, I liked how you provided information and your own thoughts to tie it all together.
  • Lauren's Feb 22, 03:20 comment on Why Is Reading Important?
    Julia, I enjoyed reading your post, and I agree with all of the points you made. I liked when you said, “Taking a break from our own lives and stepping into the life of another allows us to be transported into a situation that we may never be able to experience ourselves.” This was a great point that you made because I believe that this is applicable to all literature. I also appreciated how you made your post personal as you gave examples from your own life to reinforce your argument.
  • Catherine's Feb 22, 01:06 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia! First of all-I love it! Your word choice conveyed empathy which shows just how passionate you are about this topic! I like how you gave multiple examples as to the reasons for extinctions, as well as how we can help prevent this in the future. You really placed the responsibility on all of us which is something I think we all needed to hear. Overall, very good job!!
  • Mary's Feb 21, 22:23 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I enjoyed your post because I believe there should be more awareness about this topic. I liked how you described all the aspects and included evidence as to the reasons why animals are becoming endangered and extinct. I agree that it is our responsibility to try to reverse our detrimental actions towards the ocean and animals habitats. Thank you for creating more awareness towards this topic!
  • Maggie's Feb 21, 20:17 comment on What really happens to all the plastic Americans toss into blue bins?
    Ashley, I enjoyed your post about plastic and recycling. Often times I think we, as humans, believe that it is okay to use plastic as long as we recycle it when we finish. I think you are exactly right in saying that recycling symbols on the plastic do not guarantee that the item will be recycled. Everyone needs to be more mindful about the plastic they absolutely need versus want for convenience. Thank you for spreading awareness about this topic- I think it is extremely important to remember in our day-to-day lives.
  • Mary Kate's Feb 21, 18:41 comment on Snail Mail
    Catherine, I really appreciate how you emphasized how it’s just too easy to communicate with others in that our messages can be perceived a bunch of different ways. I agree with this idea because whatever you respond with can be interpreted very differently then anticipated. Really great job!
  • Isabella's Feb 21, 15:45 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I liked your article about education reform. I found it very interesting when you said, “ only 37% of the curriculum in school is used in everyday life, and that the rest of the information is forgotten and never used” and “ subjects that power a sense of innovation and lead to new ideas are needed.” I was very surprised to find out that such a small percentage of what we learn in school is seen as useful in everyday life. In addition, I liked how you said that new subjects need to be added and a possible solution to that is the STEM program.
  • Miguel's Feb 20, 04:29 comment on A movement to integrate schools across the United States.
    that in united statesthe moviment it is diferent here and in united states because people are diferent and there are a lot of local people who abuse children
  • Miguel's Feb 20, 04:05 comment on Students & The Pandemic
    that the boys of noware getting more complicated the situasion because of passed from covid and they can no longer go to school so safatly
  • Miguel's Feb 20, 03:36 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    thath is united states they already sccarred a covid 19 vaccine and thah it was approbed because it worked and pepole now use it
  • Saniya's Feb 19, 22:59 comment on High Up in the Heights
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  • Rosa's Feb 19, 22:33 comment on Why I always go with my heart
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    Hello Thomas, I delighted in perusing your post, “Electric Car Batteries,” since you bring up an issue that numerous individuals conversation approximately, indeed in spite of the fact that it’s a broadly known subject. It’s an issue that no one can discover a practical arrangement to, but at the slightest attempt to require a step in finding that solution we trust to attain. Something that I discover curiously is: “The truth is no one knows how electric cars would influence the current circumstance on worldwide warming in the event that we substituted them for gasoline cars, but they certainly empower a life with less CO2 emissions.” I think it’s cool you recognize the reality individuals are uninformed of how precisely a deed such as this would change our current circumstance and what kind of put the world be, great or terrible. In any case, thanks for sharing your post. Rosa Zavala
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  • Rosa's Feb 19, 22:09 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
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  • Rosa's Feb 19, 21:05 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Hello Paige, I like how you presented this web journal post with a solid sentence to urge the reader’s attention. I concur along with your point that numerous individuals are ignorant of the mistreatment that’s taking put towards Christians around the world. You employ solid prove and an assortment of sources to back your claim. Furthermore, your examination of the cites makes a difference the peruser get it your contention. I concur along with your point that, “By educating approximately and talking out almost the bad form that Christians all over the world are confronting in many different ways, Christian mistreatment can ideally one day really ended up a thing of the past.” I accept that through legitimate instruction and sharing individual encounters, that ready to nullify the abuse of Christians. Sincerely Rosa Zavala
  • Haley's Feb 19, 16:19 comment on First Impressions
    Hi, I really enjoyed how you wrote that there are never second first impressions. Using this phrase, you showed how important it is to make a good first impression. I also really enjoyed how you explained everything that goes into making a good first impression and how people judge you within the first ten seconds of meeting them. Overall I agree with everything you said. However I do believe that looking your best is only a factor that goes into the first impression. Many people say that your personality can change how you look. I believe that having a positive personality when meeting someone for the first time will be the biggest impression they have on you. Good Job!!
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    Dear Yamile : I am astonished about, your post ,”Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory? ” because the government creating the covid vaccine is cool. I find it weird that people will not take the covid vaccine for the benefit of society. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Certain people do not trust the vaccine or any vaccines in general. Certain people do not trust the vaccine or any vaccines in general.” I think this is surprising because the vaccines are required to pass several test. Why would they not trust them after many trial and errors. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I found your post interesting. I learned new information from your post. Victor
  • Peyton's Feb 18, 23:03 comment on The Power of Song
    I really like how you related music to social issues. You also showed how music relates to personal aspects of one’s life. Music contributes to style and a level of comfort. Many people use it as a form of language or inspiration. I relate to this because before a softball game, I use music to get me energized and gain a sense of confidence.
  • Cristian's Feb 18, 22:32 comment on Who Should Handle Cyberbullying?
    Hey Aaliyah, Cyber Bullying is something the goes around very casually, Yes I indeed say casually but it’s how the world is nowadays. We need to stand up for change. Everything starts of with school don’t get me wrong. People making fun of people is a daily thing but to a certain extent. Once feelings are hurt that’s the ending line. Not many people know how to stop so its something I believe needs to be taught at home.
  • Claire's Feb 18, 15:03 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I really like how you approached this topic. As a Christian, I find this to be a very important topics that many need to be educated on. I liked that you were able to approach this topic in the sense that individuals don’t realize that Christian prosecution is still used in modern time. I liked that you addressed that speaking on Christian prosecution and religious beliefs can later lead to a decrease in this treatment.
  • Julia B.'s Feb 17, 21:56 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Hey Paige! I love this blog post! As a Catholic, it saddens me that I did not recognize this. I knew that Christians were persecuted in different countries, but it never occurred to me that Christians were being persecuted on different social media platforms, like TikTok. As someone who scrolls through TikTok, I am not surprised by your research that proves your claim. People can be so sensitive in the comments, and many people take even a 15 second video about their faith as an offense to their faith, or lack of one. This blog post really opened my eyes to see how others are still being abused because of their faith. Thank you for sharing this!
  • Molly's Feb 17, 18:41 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I agree with your statements that it is the responsibility of individuals to act to save animals from going extinct. I think that the evidence that you used is relevant and adds to your argument. I like how you included several main reasons why animals are going extinct. I agree with your specific example that individuals can reduce their amount of plastic use and intake to make a huge difference. I really like how you said, “We can limit pollution by limiting down our use of plastic bags, avoiding plastic products, and recycling properly.” This quote is relevant to the topic and gives the reader an example of how they can change to make a difference.
  • Emily's Feb 17, 18:39 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I like how you introduced this blog post with a strong sentence to get the readers attention. I agree with your point that many people are unaware of the persecution that is taking place towards Christians around the world. You use strong evidence and a variety of sources to support your claim. Additionally, your analysis of the quotes helps the reader understand your argument. I agree with your point that, “By teaching about and speaking out about the injustice that Christians all over the world are facing in many different ways, Christian persecution can hopefully one day actually become a thing of the past.” I believe that through proper education and sharing personal experiences, that we can abolish the persecution of Christians.
  • Paige's Feb 17, 16:47 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I loved when you said, “This comfort we feel through song is one of the many reasons why music is a truly powerful language.” If I can relate to the message of a song I’m listening to, it can help me to feel less alone in what I’m going through. Having songs that can help us through tough times is an awesome gift we are able to have. I also think that it is great that artists are using their songs to help spread messages about social issues. Famous artists have such large audiences, that by using the platform they have to spread awareness on the issues, it can really start a big change.
  • Kayla's Feb 17, 07:36 comment on A movement to integrate schools across the United States.
    Dear Estrella I thought your post was very interesting because it represents the progression that America has grown since years ago. Although we ended segregation in schools, you have made it evident that racism still exists in the US today. A sentence that stood out to me was “A movement like this doesn’t allow schools in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods to have proper funding from the federal government. Integrated schools are a step closer to an anti-racist America, but proper funding for public schools will further the movement.” I thought this was important to add because it shows how far we had to come for equality to be presented to black people.
  • Cristian's Feb 16, 20:20 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Hello Thomas, Electric cars are really taking over this world and era. People will lose their jobs because of what will be the point of gas stations. Transferring from gas to electric chargers will be a lot of money and honestly, I don’t know how it will work because a Tesla takes 10 hours to charge. I don’t think people are willing to wait 10 hours to charge. Unless there is like a really quick charge which takes like 10 minutes. I am willing to convert from gas to electric anytime soon.
  • Gerardo's Feb 16, 05:41 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    I was really interested in your article, “Electric Car Batteries,” because I’m interested in electric vehicles and the future. And I want to hear if they’re going to change or make our earth worse. A single word that caught my attention was I recently read an article reporting that StoreDot, a revolutionary Israeli firm, has produced new and improved batteries for lithium-ion cars with five-minute charging times. If these new batteries charge 5 times faster than the ones we already have, I think it’s going to be a huge boost. We should only wait 2-3 hours before the battery is fully charged instead of waiting for the car battery to charge for like 10 hours now. Thank you for giving Thomas a wonderful and informative message. I’m going to look forward to your future subjects.
  • lizbeth's Feb 16, 04:27 comment on Covid Vaccines
    Dear Litzy, your post ” covid vacancies is every interesting because In my opinion I think that covid vaccines should not be mandatory because a lot of people may think different about it. I also think that when getting the vaccine people may have different kind of effects to it and some may not feel anything.I also think that the vaccine should not be mandatory because its people decisions if they want to be safe or not.Some people may think its not a good idea because they see that other people are getting different effects on the vacince personally me i would not get the vaccine because I think its the same thing as the flu vaccine because usually when i get the flu vaccine i get really sick so i think it would be the same thing that’s why I couldn’t get it. Thank you for posting this I would love to see more of your posts. Lizbeth
  • Ashley's Feb 15, 22:27 comment on Should Covid Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Heidi, I am intrigued by your post ” Should covid vaccines be Mandatory” because I also believe the vaccine should not be mandatory. I feel that anyone should have a choice for this vaccine because we all really don’t know if these vaccines are even good for us or not. Many experts have different opinions on this topic but how do we know who’s right. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me is ” The people are scared to take the vaccine because they don’t trust the government and they don’t want to take it against their will.” I think this is true because so many say bad things about our government. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find these topics interesting and I like how this topic is about what is going on in our world today.
  • Jennifer Mendoza's Feb 15, 20:51 comment on Stigma
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  • Alexis's Feb 15, 20:18 comment on A Happy Place
    Dear Juan I am interested in your poem, “A happy place,” because you literally described every teenager’s life of how they feel more safe in their room than anywhere else. We feel safe there because we can be yourself without being judged. One line that stands out for me is, “In my space, I feel the calm and hear nothing but a pin drop”. I think this line is powerful because it proves that it’s quiet and you feel like nothing can hurt you. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “I know your room helps you keep the faith,The faith that the world is a happy place.I think these lines are impactful because many teens stay in there rooms just to get away from our problems and life. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
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    Dear Melody, I love your poem, “Body Positivity” because it shows that all bodies are beautiful. One sentence that stood out to me was “who are you to tell me how I should be”. I think that no one should tell people what they think they should do with their bodies. Everyone is in control of what they want to do and if they want to show their bodies they have every right to do that. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.
  • Lydia's Feb 15, 18:07 comment on The Effects of Media
    Amanda, I like how you touched on how we need to try our best to avoid only reaching out and talking to people over social media once the pandemic is over. Misleading information is very common nowadays and once an individual views that site they believe everything it said is true, which can be bad. I agree it’s important to really rationalize the amount of media we put into our lives daily because it consumes the majority of our lives.
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    Dear, Sam I’m interested in the topic of media literacy in your post, “Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It” because it shows how we are surrounded by fake news, so it is important to know how to identify it. One sentence that stands out to me is, “This meaning that media literacy is going to be a very important tool in our current generations and is going to be something that must be taught to everyone.” It stands out to me because I know how our generation uses the internet and sees media news every day. That is mostly how we learn about what’s going on in the world. With misleading information, many people could go the wrong way understanding news. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find your points valid.
  • Matthew's Feb 15, 08:08 comment on Covid Vaccines
    Hello Litzy, I enjoyed reading through the stats of cases and how you expressed the two different sides of the type of stance on the situation of COVID-19 vaccines. It’s also interesting reading your thoughts on the situation, I think the answer to this is somewhat subjective depending on the person something that intrigued me from your post was: “Do you think the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory?” Regarding your question, do I think that we should track down people and inject them forcibly? No. Should I agree that individuals should be allowed to have access to certain facilities (hospital work, public schools, etc.) unless they have a valid medical excuse not to do so? Yeah, of course. Anyways, I enjoyed read the stats and your thoughts on the whole COVID-19 vaccination situation, as well as the question you left off with at the end of your post. I hope to see what other opinions you have.
  • Dulce's Feb 15, 08:06 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear camila I am impressed by your writing in the article “covid-19 around the world”, this really makes me understand the changes that covid has made in peoples lives. I think that covid has changed many of us in bad and good ways. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “I hope that this pandemic makes us reflect about being doing what we want to do or be, without fear or questions, we have to be brave and select carefully what we want for our future because the time that is leaving doesn’t come back. ” This is very true because now I realized that we should not waste any time. We have to learn to take the opportunity when its there an open. Thank you for writing this. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I know this can make an impact on peoples lives. We have to learn how to go through tough challenges in life. Dulce Cardona
  • Alondra's Feb 15, 08:01 comment on San Miguel de Allende Plaza
    Dear Nico your poem was absolutely well written. I really liked the diction you used as such as music, plaza, love, and more because it brings imagery into the reader’s heads. As I read your poem I felt like I was Mexico in the pueblo of San Miguel. I like how you said colorful and bright as Mexico is a country of very vibrant and beautiful people.
  • Juan's Feb 15, 07:09 comment on Covid Vaccines
    Yes, I think Covid-19 vaccines should be mandatory due to the fact that they can’t stop the spread. According to your post, it was sort of biased due to the fact you gave your personal thoughts and mutual feelings about the situation. I disagree with you since I believe that when taking the vaccines, grants you immunity to the virus, and you as a person helps stop the spread of the virus. One sentence that stood out to me was, ” However the vaccines only have the potential to end the pandemic if enough people take them to stop covid-19. ” I like this sentence because you acknowledge that these vaccines do in fact have the potential to end the pandemic, so why not make it mandatory. I believe the vaccines have the potential and will stop the spread of the virus. Thank you for your personal thoughts upon the vaccine, but overall it should be because slowing the spread is essential to go back to normal life.
  • Andres's Feb 15, 06:54 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Dear Thomas, i am very impressed with your post on electric cars because it was very interesting how we’ll these cars can help the economy. it is very awesome how they can be the future and eliminate gas problems. one sentence that stood out to me was “The inconvenience of this long charging duration plus the expense of the car is one of the main reasons why people are scared to make the investment, but this new battery may solve all of those problems”. this stood out because yes that is a major inconvenience but one that can be solved with time and the right technology. thanks for writing this interesting article I look forward to seeing what you right next thank you.
  • Monse Alvarez's Feb 15, 06:41 comment on Should We Ban Plastic Straws?
    Dear Yamile: I am impressed with your post “Should We Ban Plastic Straws?”, because it is impressive i thought that if she banned plastic straws it would help the environment a lot but that may not be the case anymore. Plastic straws despite the benefits they may include, the weight that they carry with themselves in the ocean can become more dangerous for both the aquatic life and the environment. It is true that there are other safer alternatives to using plastic straws but can society really listen and take action? One sentence that I argue with you was: “The solution is not banning plastic straws, but to increase recycling and handling our trash correctly so that fewer straws end up in our oceans”. I think this is a valid point because as much as we try to ban plastic straws that is only 1% of the problem and will have little to no effect on the environment. Having a bigger impact will have to involve more ci=ommunity work and worldwide alert, more than anything. Thanks for your writing. I will look forward to seeing what topic you choose next to write about, because I really like the way you bring two different perspectives to the table. Monserrat
  • Fatima Esparza's Feb 15, 06:16 comment on Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind
    Dear Patrick : I am impacted by your post, “Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind ,” because it is so sad that people treat their own in a bad way not giving them opportunities just because of a mistake they committed. As a society, we should be able to give the people who are willing to change and become better in their future and give them the opportunity to become someone better. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “76% of all inmates, nationally, end up back in jail within 5 years of being let out.” I think this is absurd because when those inmates go to find a job they are denied the opportunity to receive a job because of a mistake that they made before. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think it is very interesting because of the lack of human society has. Also, I found the way you demonstrate the information and express it. Fatima Esparza
  • Litzy's Feb 15, 06:09 comment on What do you think when people talk about race ?
    Dear Lizbeth: I was very intrigued by your post, “What do you think when people talk about race” because I like that you are interested about these topics and also how open you are to talking about this situation. I think it’s interesting how many people try to avoid making conversation about these types of situations. When in reality people should try to talk about these situations more to be able to understand both perspectives. Talking about these situations can help people come back together and help get equality. I also agree with you that parents should teach their kids when they are young that everyone is the same no matter their skin color. This would help kids learn that everyone looks different and no matter how they look they are still human, and should be treated equally. Thank you for writing. I am looking forward to see what you write about next. -Litzy
  • Diana's Feb 15, 03:03 comment on A Happy Place
    Dear Juan, I really liked reading this, although short. Not sure if you made it yourself or were inspired by something else but I really liked it. It brought a lot of emotion to it. It made me think back to when I feel sad sometimes, and I only want to be in my room laying down, doing nothing. I understand the meaning behind it as well; that people would rather stay in a safe place that brings them comfort, than being outside in the real world where it doesn’t feel so safe.
  • Chi's Feb 15, 02:18 comment on A Happy Place
    This is a good read!
  • Miles's Feb 14, 22:45 comment on Are You a True American?
    I believe that values such as individualism define American ideals and values, however, they are often not available for every human being in this country. Minorities have to fight much harder to reach the level to achieve the ability to act on their individualistic rights to be successful and gain respect from their community.
  • Miles's Feb 14, 22:24 comment on A Sports Dilemma: Controversial Team-names and the Indigenous Community
    This was an interesting article to read because I’ve been fascinated by the recent sports- name changing controversy across all leagues in the U.S. The surge to change the Washington Redskins name was going around for over 20 years before the official change of the name that emerged from the madness of 2020. It interests me what native American names are deemed appropriate and what are offensive. For example, the Cleveland Indians have indicated plans to change their name as well in the midst of the Washington debate. However, thousands of other sports teams have Native American related names such as the Atlanta Braves or the Chicago Blackhawks. It is just interesting to where is the line between appreciating native American culture and racist depictions.
  • Ricardo's Feb 14, 03:55 comment on Should Covid Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Heidi : I am fascinated by your post, “Should Covid Vaccines be Mandatory?,” there are 2 answers, and neither is wrong. It is understandable that many fear the vaccine and what is behind it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I believe that the vaccine will control the virus and one day everything can go back to normal.” I think this is fair because at the end of the day, we just want everything to go back to normal. At this point we don’t even know what normal is for us.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the idea you had behind this question was valid. I like how you understand both sides of this argument. Ricardo
  • Evelyn's Feb 13, 07:54 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear Camila, I am so excited about your post ’’COVID-19 Around the world: Buenos Aires, Argentina’’, because it’s shocking how people made jokes about the pandemic and didn’t believe in a certain virus. I think that after they began to broadcast on the news the propaganda all the people began to prepare. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ‘’the people started wearing masks because they realized that COVID-19 wasn’t a joke’’, I think it was good that people realized what was really happening since by putting on their mask they could avoid getting infected. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your post and I like the way you express yourself.
  • Yamile's Feb 13, 03:42 comment on Penny Production
    Hey Diana, I found your post “Penny Production” very interesting. Its similarity reminds me of something I posted not so long ago which was also a debate whether we should get rid of establishments that don’t accept cash. In the times we’re living in right now some find it easier to use credit cards than exchange cash that others have touched, but they also have to keep in mind those people that don’t have credit cards and only carry cash. Same with the pennies I would say. I agree I never pick up pennies when I see one I leave it there or when I do get some when I receive change I just throw it in my piggy bank. I’m not much of a coins person when it comes to paying so I only like using cash, but I would say it’s not a necessity for them to get rid of the pennies because there are people who use them and it may be the only thing they have to pay. Thank you for sharing, I hope to see what you write soon. -Yamile Beltran
  • Bryan's Feb 13, 01:18 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Dear Thomas, I was really interested in your post ¨Electric Car Batteries¨ because I am interested in the future and electric cars. And I want to know how they will improve our earth or make it worse. One sentence That caught my eye was ¨Recently I read an article declaring that StoreDot, an innovative Israeli company, had developed new and improved lithium-ion car batteries ‘with five-minute charge times¨. I think if these new batteries that charge 5 times faster than the ones we currently have are going to be a great improvement. Instead of waiting for the car battery to charge for like 10 hours now we could only wait 2-3 hours until the battery is fully charged. Thanks for making a great and interesting post Thomas I’m going to be looking forward to your future topics. Bryan N.
  • Jaiden's Feb 13, 00:45 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, I think you summed up what it is like for us every day in the “Street We Walk.”
  • Selena's Feb 12, 21:59 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    Hi, I like your post because I think gun laws are one of many problems today. From what I read it seems to work in Hawaii. Will they ever make this law for the mainlands? With all these restrictions and how hard it is to get a hand on a gun but still people are able to purchase. Would you think it would be a good idea to ban guns once and for all? And only let them be allowed for those in the military or some type of service?
  • Daniela's Feb 12, 21:41 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    I would disagree that “more guns is the solution.” A lot of tragedies have happened due to people who have access to guns. Many guns have landed in the hands of the wrong people which led to many deaths/ incidents. Even those who do have the right to own a gun have used it wrongfully. I think that picking and choosing who gets to have a gun is very risky since we never know what the outcome of the decision will be. I hope that gun violence goes down soon and there is a solution for this to happen.
  • Andrea's Feb 12, 21:21 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Dear Sephora, I believe that the pandemic balances the rich and powerful, as well as the poor and sick. And while each of us is experiencing a little differently but it affects all of us, it would be false to say that we have a great deal of shared experience. I hope all this ends very soon; and that everyone takes more consequence of what is really happening since every day many people die personally throughout this and learned that I must take care of myself since this is not a joke or a game less because I already experienced the pain and sadness of losing my relatives due to this pandemic, we can only understand and follow the health rules well.
  • Orlando's Feb 12, 21:18 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Hello Sephora: My opinion is that the people of Virginia in the world should take many precautions about the virus that, is very deadly. You should not say hello if does not matter. If it is your best friend or girlfriend, it does not matter first the health of each one of all because the pandemic is not a game in the country and the world.
  • Antonio's Feb 12, 19:16 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    Gun laws are currently a problem in our society. From what I have read from this, it seems that Hawaiian laws are working well. Just leaves me with this question, why isn’t this being put into place in the mainland united states. I don’t think that the right of owning a gun should be banned in any way. It just needs to be regulated properly, to prevent any event that causes many to die.
  • Aaliyah's Feb 12, 17:44 comment on A movement to integrate schools across the United States.
    Dear Estrella, I am intrigued by your post, “A Movement to Integrate Schools Across the United States” because of the segregation we can see throughout communities currently. As a country that created laws and rules to make the country united and education systems integrated there is still some segregation. In the education system, segregation is done by the color of one’s skin and socioeconomic status which is supposed to be frowned upon, and that is demonstrated greatly in your text. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “People have created a grassroots movement called Integrated Schools in hopes to integrate schools across the country”. This movement shows how society is taking its part to make their own communities come together again, especially through children’s education. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding segregation in education and communities.
  • Rojo's Feb 12, 17:12 comment on My Bathroom
    Dear Genesis I am thankful for this poem. I enjoys because it is unique and funny which is rare in most poems. One line that stands out to me is “I hope you have a place thats peaceful like mine once was”. This line shows how important this bathroom is to you. This poem reminds me that not all poems should be serious, and how some can even be funny.Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Isabell's Feb 12, 13:32 comment on New York City
    Dear Hai-Cheng: I am absorbed by your poem, “New York City,” because of the way you described nyc as to you. I agree with you when you said that New York City is unique and filled with music and entertainment. One line that stands out for me is, “Five puzzle pieces”. I think this line is powerful because it is in a metaphor of how the 5 boroughs create up New York City Manhattan,Queens.Brooklyn, Staten Isalnd and the Bronx. Another line that stands out for me is, “A compact melting pot”. I think this line is compelling because nyc does have a lot of different cultures, different people here. We are all one though in this big diverse city. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next! Oh and I loved how you included metaphors in your poem.
  • Matthew's Feb 12, 04:37 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Hey Thomas. I enjoyed reading your post, “Electric Car Batteries,” because you bring up an issue that, to me, not many people talk about, even though it’s a widely known topic. It’s an issue that no one can find a realistic solution to, but at least try to take a step in finding that solution we hope to achieve. Something that I find interesting is: “The truth is no one knows how electric cars would affect the current situation on global warming if we substituted them for gasoline cars, but they certainly encourage a life with less CO2 emissions.” I think it’s cool you acknowledge the fact people are unaware of how exactly a feat such as this would alter our current situation and what kind of place the world be, good or bad. Nonetheless, thanks for your writing. I’d like to see what you have next and as well as what other issue you would possibly bring up. M.M.
  • Cristin's Feb 11, 23:15 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa i love this poem and is important because kids these days are super young be on the street late and parents are worrying about their kids and also stranger telling kids come over here and they get take away but for me the street aren’t safe for us at all.
  • Cristin's Feb 11, 22:34 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    Dear yara i agree with you yes gun are the problems from today and around the world because many people getting killed by a single shot for no reason and i don’t think that a good ideas especially for young kids cause they going to think oh that look fun to do and i see many young kids playing with guns and shot the self by accident and i think everyone should talk about this and take this for real.
  • Amra's Feb 11, 21:22 comment on Little town
    Dear Megan, I am excited by your poem “Little Town”, because it reminds me of Montenegro because there are twin villages. One line that stands out for me is, “Lined with memories of people come and gone/ And family of many generations,” I think because it reminds me of socializing with my family in Montenegro and going to events with them in the summer. Another line that stands out for me is, “My town, my home” because Montenegro is my home and it will always be because it’s so much fun. Your poem reminds me of Montenegro because the mountain and beaches are beautiful and calm. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next about your town.
  • Genesis's Feb 11, 20:48 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I am inspired by your poem, “ Along Manhattan Avenue ” because I like how you were able to take your poem that you chose in part 1 and make your poem so realistic and heartfelt. One set of lines that stood out for me is, “above the yelling and screaming/above the locked doors and heavy breathing/ above the beatings and blood”. I think these lines are powerful because of the way you used sensory description. Another line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect’”. I think this line is impactful because society forces stereotypes on us for what everyone should look like and dress like and act like. Your description is a perfect statement of this enforcement. Your poem reminds me of a song that I listen to on the daily. The song describes a person looking in the mirror, analyzing her reflection, and seeing how to change herself. And I feel that this is an exact example of what you’re saying. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Drew's Feb 11, 18:06 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa : I am Pleased by your poem, “The Streets We Walk,” because Of the common idea and surroundings of the place where you (and I may) walk past everyday. One line that stands out for me is, “Walking to the deli and Talking to the workers”. I think this line is striking because I do the same thing when I walk to/in the store. Your poem reminds me of my life and experiences while living in New York. Because all these ideas are so common around this area. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Because This poem was great and you have a great way with words
  • Amra's Feb 11, 18:05 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren: I am empowered by your poem, “Just a kid with a ball and a dream” because I like your rhymes. I also like how you asked questions like “should i pass or should i shoot what if i miss and it’s brick” One line that stands out for me is, “I get to my spot so i could shoot”. I think this line is interesting because it shows that you know a lot about basketball. I like Basketball sometime I play Basketball. Another line that stands out for me is,“ SWISH!! Nothing but net as I see the clock empty.” I think this line is thought-provoking because when you say the clock is empty you is serious. You wants that ball to go in the hoop and get a score. You want to shoot in the basket. Your poem reminds me of memories of watching the stories about the NBA on the tv. On Tv, I saw Lebron James making a shot in the hoop. Lebron James is good at making shots. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to hear more about Basketball. What will bring me back to you posts is if you keep writing about basketball. I like basketball. It keeps me moving and energetic. I hope to see more about basketball.
  • Amra's Feb 11, 17:56 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren: I am empowered by your poem, “Just a kid with a ball and a dream” because I like your rhymes. I also like how you asked questions like “should i pass or should i shoot what if i miss and it’s brick” One line that stands out for me is, “I get to my spot so i could shoot”. I think this line is interesting because it shows that you know a lot about basketball. Do you play basketball? Do you like Basketball? Another line that stands out for me is,“ SWISH!! Nothing but net as I see the clock empty.” I think this line is thought-provoking because when you say the clock is empty you is serious. You wants that ball to go in the hoop and get a score. You want to shoot in the basket. Your poem reminds me of memories of watching the stories about the NBA on the tv. On Tv, I saw Lebron James making a shot in the hoop. Lebron James is good at making shots. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to hear more about Basketball. What will bring me back to you posts is if you keep writing about basketball. I like basketball. It keeps me moving and energetic. I hope to see more about basketball.
  • Drew's Feb 11, 17:52 comment on Central Park
    Dear Ocean: I am emotionally Inspired by your poem, “Central Park,” because of the way you describe it and how you use the beauty of it’s nature. One line that stands out for me is, “ and the feeling of a breeze that can help relieve. With the smell of fresh air, you start to not care”. I think this line is relatable because after I walk around this park for a long time, I start to see the little thing and the blossoming of the world. Your poem reminds me of the many things/emotions Central Park provides. Because for me being born in New York I have taken advantage of this park and everything it has to offer since I’ve been there so many times. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Because I enjoyed your take on the world and the way you made these words come together.
  • Dehao's Feb 11, 17:26 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa Your poem in my opinion captures what being a child felt like as if we are at the ages of 10 again. Your poem “The Street We Walk” captures how personally I was as child , since I know that I used to enjoy going to the park and come back rather late. I don’t need to pick a line since I believe the whole poem is what brings the nostalgia not just a single line. Thank you for this poem as it has brought back some nice memories.
  • Mario's Feb 11, 15:34 comment on A Night/Gloomy Morning In NYC
    Dear Drew: I am happy with your poem , “A Night/Gloomy Morning In Nyc,” because I like mornings and nights in NYC. Also, you used beautiful words. One line that stands out for me is, “The moonlight bounces off the empty street.”. I think this line is striking because I thought about moonlight bouncing like a basketball. Another line that stands out for me is, “But what happens when the sun never rises and the moon is the only thing we see”. I think this line is stirring because what does happens if the sun never rises? Your poem reminds me of a story that I once read. The story was from when I was a kid. It was about a moon. I think it was titled, “Good Night Moon.” I liked that story alot. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like you to write more about moons. Also, show us more pictures of the city.
  • Milo's Feb 11, 15:10 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Dear Sephora, It was really interesting reading two separate stories on COVID and how their community/state dealt with it, and how they not only contrast to themselves, but contrast to my experience in Utah, which up until recently hasn’t really been very well (if you’re curious how we’re doing right now, you can read this link https://kslnewsradio.com/1942893/gov-cox-covid-19-vaccine-may-be-available-for-all-utahns-sooner-than-expected/). I am also curious how the entire state of California has dealt with the Pandemic, aside from Berkeley. Anyhow, great post, keep it up, and I hope to read more about how our Union has dealt with this pandemic differently.
  • Miguel Landeros Figueroa's Feb 11, 03:05 comment on Selena Quintanilla
    Selena Gomez is a Mexican idol that changed the latin music.
  • Jeimy's Feb 11, 02:36 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Edwin you post is interesting I think is sad to lose your job and I know that is hard to stay in home but is more healthy for you and for your family I see that your mom is a nurse some people is getting the vaccine and some are scare in mexico the vaccine is not there the people who is getting infected is losing the smell or the taste.
  • Evelyn Aritza Rodriguez Mendoza's Feb 11, 01:13 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    Dear Arooj I am impressed with your post, ‘’COVID-19 Around the world: Mexico’’, because the way in which you describe how the covid-19 affected Mexicans is impressive. I think that covid-19 affected all countries worldwide. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me ‘’There are more than 1.8 million COVID cases and more than 150,000 deaths in Mexico’’ I think this sentence It makes me wonder how a disease can affect an entire country. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your report and the way you described it in detail.
  • Nico's Feb 11, 00:56 comment on Central Park
    Dear Ocean, I am appreciative of your poem, “Central Park,” because It talks about the beauty of central park and its birds, people, and environment. I like how you described the park as If I were in it right now. One line that stands out for me is, “the laughter of kids playing basketball”. I think this line is intriguing because It really describes the way that the park would be if you went there right now. I can picture it in my head. Another line that stands out for me is, “a variety of birds can be found”. I think this line is interesting because I can picture the birds and I notice the birds when I go to the park, even If I don’t look at them I still hear them. I think birds are very interesting because there are so many in the trees. Thanks for your poem Ocean. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Grace's Feb 11, 00:39 comment on Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind
    Patrick- I think you bring up some really unique points here- this is not an issue that is commonly discussed. The cycle of former-inmates not being prioritized for jobs worsens their likelihood of being able to create a stable life for themselves and put themselves into a position to not get into trouble again. These resources are great. Ultimately, if taxpayers invest in programs such as these, there should be a decrease in second crime rates. Therefore, it is extremely cost effective, equally as expensive and more influential/ likely to make a positive impact on human society. It will encourage those who are let out of jail to stay on track.
  • Nico's Feb 11, 00:39 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, I am interested in your poem, “Along Manhattan Avenue,” because I like how the sun was part of the poem and what it represents. One line that stands out for me is, “molding yourself into someone elses box labeled ‘perfect’”. I think this line is striking because it is saying that you have to be “perfect” for other people and not be perfect for yourself. Another line that stands out for me is, “I see the sun”. I think this line is compelling because even through all the things that are bad and how hard life is, you can still see the sun. I like how you repeated “I can see the sun”, or “I can see it”. Your poem is very well written. I like the repetition of your sentences. I like how you said that you can still see the sun but you know that God is still above the sun. This poem stood out to me because of the descriptive language you used. Great job on this poem. I’ll look forward to reading more poems like this one.
  • Tasneem's Feb 10, 19:34 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, the reason why i chose to reply to your poem is because it stood out to me the most. I can say that everything you wrote i agree because that’s what goes around her in Manhattan (New York in general) One stanza that stood out to me the most was “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect” This reminds me of one of my poems because i wrote about how people want you to fit their standard of beauty but never yours, and thats why it stood out to me . I think what you wrote was amazing. Great job!!
  • Tasneem's Feb 10, 19:06 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, i really enjoyed reading your poem and I think you did I an amazing job describing New York City in your own perspective. I can actually say i agree with most of what you wrote. GREAT JOB !!!
  • Jeimy's Feb 10, 18:21 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Edwin you post is interesting I think this is frightening and horrible because it’s bad enough that people have lost their jobs, but your writing makes clear that it could be much worse because of people of all ages dying. I read that you friend Juan got the virus he lockdown and quarantine thank you for share this to us.
  • Sam's Feb 10, 18:20 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Sephora, Covid is a uniquely shared experience, isn’t it? There’s been a great deal of discussion about how the pandemic is some sort of ‘great equalizer,’ leveling the rich and powerful just as it does the poor and sickly. And while we each experience this catastrophe differently, it would be untrue to say that we have a great deal of shared experience. I do hope it will be over soon; but until then, we can all commiserate together.
  • Sam's Feb 10, 18:16 comment on Holocaust and Antisemitic Education in the United States
    I would never have expected anti-Semitism to be such a prevailing issue in the modern day. But I suppose that comes from the perspective of an individual who was educated about the holocaust from a fairly young age, as a core part of historical curriculum. It is interesting to see how effective these education initiatives are, and I hope they can be implemented on a wider scale in the near future.
  • Leslie's Feb 10, 18:15 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    Hello dear Arooj, I am amazed with your publication since I thought the same as you, that this pandemic was going to end soon, the part that caught my attention the most was’ I assumed that COVID-19 was going to end shortly after it began, but All changed. I used to go out every day, but now I don’t go out often, I think the pandemic is affecting a lot.
  • Mbathio's Feb 10, 18:10 comment on Fresh Earth
    Dear Chloe, I am happy with your poem, “Fresh Earth” because you clearly have a lot of love for Prospect Park and all the important events in your life that took place there. One line that stands out for me is, “ I made my first friends there”. I think this line is nice because friendships are really important and it’s such a great memory that you made it in a park that you still go to. Another line that stands out for me is, “ It is where I walk my dog, where I go on relaxing walks to clear my head.”. I think this line is special because it’s really nice to know you have an escape. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Lexie's Feb 10, 18:03 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa I really enjoyed reading this poem. The way that you described everything made it so easy to picture. And you reminded me of some memories I forgot that I had.
  • Mbathio's Feb 10, 17:58 comment on What I am made of?
    Dear Ishak, I am thrilled with your poem, “What Am I Made Of?” because of your clear faith and knowledge of yourself and who you are in your home town and in a Manhattan. One line that stands out for me is, “ I was raised by the Sunset over the Island I am from a view of Manhattan in the West”. I think these lines are powerful because it shows you’re appreciative of both of your settings and surroundings. Your poem helps me understand that your home will always be your home no matter if you’re far or not. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Luisa's Feb 10, 17:53 comment on Central Park
    Dear Ocean: Your poem talks about Central Park and how beautiful and how it one of New york beautiful features. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like how you describe Central Park.
  • Luisa's Feb 10, 17:48 comment on New York City
    Dear Hai-cheng : Your Poem talks about how you see New york city as a place that unique and filled with music and entrainment. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like how you talk about new york city and talking about the Music and entrainment in New York City and the culture there.
  • Nicolle's Feb 10, 17:18 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, I really enjoyed this poem because its raw and relatable. Many people can relate to this and imagine it. Its very nostalgic hearing it especially in times like now.
  • Dominique Cano's Feb 10, 16:13 comment on Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind
    Dear Patrick, I am very interested in your writing. I absolutely agree with you. I feel like this would be great for those incarcerated, it is giving them a second chance and I believe everybody should get a second chance. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is when you stated, “These programs are designed specifically for inmates who are interested in starting a business and provides them with useful online learning resources that they can access while incarcerated.” This gives me reassurance that only those who really want to do it will do it and not waste time. Thanks for your writing!
  • Kaimea's Feb 10, 16:06 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, I enjoyed your poem “Along Manhattan Avenue ,” because it was very true and agreeable. One line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””. I think this line is very true, we are all expected to be a certain way according to other peoples’ standards. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I am looking forward to reading your next interesting and thought-provoking poems.
  • Ocean's Feb 10, 15:58 comment on New York City
    Thanks for your poem! I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like how you use different literary techniques one of which is enjambment. I also liked how you talked about NYC Culture like music and entertainment.
  • Ocean's Feb 10, 15:48 comment on Little town
    Your poem is very similar to Mi Pueblo, I think this because you both say the name of your town and then say “My town” after that. I look forward to reading more of your poems it truly is a great poem!
  • Ian's Feb 10, 15:43 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I am shocked by your poem, “Along Manhattan Avenue,” because of what the meaning of the poem. One line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””. I think this line is good because of how we are expected to be perfect in this world. Another line that stands out for me is, “but never higher than god.”. I think this line is great because it makes me think that no matter what, God is still the best and the one who is on top. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I really loved this poem because it made me think about the deeper meaning within every line. I am excited for your next post.
  • Kaimea's Feb 10, 15:33 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, I liked reading your poem, “The street we walk,” because it was very easy to picture what you were saying, and everything you wrote was relatable to me. One line that stands out for me is, “Hearing police sirens and seeing the A and 1 track passing.” I think this line is very relatable to me because I often heard and see these things in my neighborhood. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Ian's Feb 10, 15:32 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa: I am happy with your poem, “The Street We Walk,” because when I read it for the first time I felt like I was reading a book. It was detailed and I could picture the scenes in my head. I could also relate to what was going on in the poem. One line that stands out for me is, “I heard them and I still hear them”. I think this line is important because This line is what leads you to the rest of the poem.. Another line that stands out for me is, “This is the place I know”. I think this line is also good because after reading the poem and reading that line, I feel like I understand you better. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I want to read about more of the places that you know.
  • Karim's Feb 10, 15:19 comment on Fading
    i like how you related oil and our society because its a big thing for us
  • Karim's Feb 10, 15:16 comment on The Street We Walk
    i like how you made the poem sound like your telling a dream/story
  • Natalia's Feb 10, 14:32 comment on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    Hi Zhelenea, Thank you for writing this; more people need to think about how our actions are affecting the earth. One way I reduce is by not buying plastic water bottles. My daughters and I use reusable bottles instead. One way I reuse is by saving the takeout containers we get from restaurants. Later, when I want to give someone food, I use those containers and I don’t expect to get them back. I try to recycle everything that is accepted. Recently, I started rinsing out my yogurt containers because I understand we are not supposed to place dirty items in the recycling bin. What do you do? How can we get more people to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Ms. N.
  • miguel's Feb 10, 04:58 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    I wonder how the people of the small ranches that don’t have the sufficient funds and even transportation deal with this covid situation since most of there needs come from outside of the ranch.
  • miguel's Feb 9, 22:23 comment on Womanhood
    The book looks intriguing.
  • Yara's Feb 9, 20:42 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    I knew that minority communities have historically struggled with substance abuse, but I had never realized how bad it was in the native community. Do you know why that is? I am aware that Indigenous people in the U.S and Canada face unique issues such as the problems with reservations, environmentally and otherwise, as well as the missing native women. Do you think that this contributes to the problem?
  • Lexie's Feb 9, 20:18 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Mbathio I love your poem.My favorite part of the poem is “ above the yelling and screaming above the locked doors and heavy breathing above the beatings and blood above the intense lectures resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””.This is my favorite part because it reminds me of society and how we are always expected to be “perfect “ even though there is no perfect person.
  • Cecilia's Feb 9, 20:06 comment on Ready Player One: Winning the Egg
    Dear Leo, I have also read Ready Player One, and I didn’t think about how the setting change didn’t affect Wade as much as it should have. I think that Wade moving to Colorado, the setting change more concrete symbol of Wade’s change of status within the Oasis. He now has the money and points to travel to different worlds and sectors in the Oasis without needing to leave his room. My one question would be if you think that moving to Colorado had any sort of impact on Wade, a sense of protection from the sixers? I look forward to reading more thoughts on this novel.
  • Josh's Feb 9, 19:48 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Edwin, this article is really interesting and informative. The main take I got was how different it is for some people in different countries. I think showing the experiences of others, especially in other countries is really important to show how some lucky some of us are.
  • Yara's Feb 9, 19:41 comment on Restraining Orders
    I agree that restraining orders don’t work how they were intended to be. However, do you think that maybe a gps tracker would be an invasion of privacy for the perpetrator. While yes there needs to be solution to this issue, I just don’t know if this is it.
  • Josh's Feb 9, 19:41 comment on BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem
    This is a really important topic. I think the intro with Colin Kaepernick is really important to bring into light because how we sort of forgot about it in a way. I think mentioning high school sports and college sports would also be interesting.
  • Sarah's Feb 9, 19:41 comment on “A Plan to Make Homelessness History”
    This was an interesting post. Homelessness clearly affects our nation, and the homeless population in downtown Salt Lake is fairly large. Is the organization, Common Ground applicable across the U.S.? If not, are there other organization attempting to relieve homelessness in the U.S? Check out this article: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/05/11/utah-was-once-lauded/
  • Sarah's Feb 9, 19:33 comment on Detecting Breast Cancer Before a Mammogram
    This was an interesting post. You mentioned that it cost roughly S10,000 to manufacture iBreastExam, would the device be sold to hospital in developing countries and how would the hospital operate and maintain such an elaborate device? Overall, I was intrigued by this post. However, I think it could be stronger if you included some of the common causes to breast cancer, and maybe compared the rates of breast cancer affecting women in developing countries vs. women in developed countries.
  • Anderson's Feb 9, 19:25 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    dear mbathio I am amazed by your poem “along Manhattan avenue because of the words and meaning behind this poem. one line that stands out for me is “but never higher than God.” this stands out to me because it reminds me of how god is king and nobody is better then him
  • Mark's Feb 9, 19:21 comment on Penny Production
    Diana, This was an interesting post! Do you know whether pennies will still be legal tender if they are no longer being produced? Personally, I’ve heard that pennies cost more to produce than they are worth, so I think the production of pennies should be stopped. I’d be interested to know more about the counterarguments against ending production of pennies. Great post!
  • Mark's Feb 9, 19:17 comment on Homes are a big part of Salt Lake City’s air pollution problem — and are also the solution.
    Hey Milo! As a Salt Laker, I’m especially interested in this article. I am especially interested in the critiques of this solution. 2-5% does not seem like very much of an increase in housing prices, but our prices are already inflated as it is. Do you know how much of an impact this will have upon access to housing in the Valley? This reminds me a bit of the zoning issues in Salt Lake — it’s always controversial when the city changes something about how and where structures can be built. I’d like to learn more about what levels of government and organizations are taking steps towards building more clean houses. Great article. 🙂
  • Cecilia's Feb 9, 18:41 comment on Miss working out? Follow these “ten” steps.
    Interesting post, Seth! I also agree with the need for just a change of scenery to improve mental health. As places are opening back up, I wonder which activities are the safest to do, especially in the winter cold. I would love to hear more about what sort of things you have been doing to stay active during the quarantine.
  • Nicolette's Feb 9, 17:54 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    Arooj, I, too, thought the pandemic would end soon after it began, but quickly realized that wouldn’t be the case. I’ve been fortunate to be able to attend school days a week, while having online school the others days, but understand how difficult this transition has been. With the constant updates and news, it’s easy to get caught up in COVID’s impact on the US alone, and to forget about how other countries are being affected. It’s interesting to hear your friend Mae’s perspective as someone who lives in Guadalajara. Her experiences doing online school, watching Netflix, and staying home are very relatable, as is having a president who didn’t take the virus as seriously as needed, but I wasn’t aware of the testing situation in Mexico, which makes me very grateful that we have access to such convenient and free testing.
  • Nicolette's Feb 9, 17:43 comment on Moving Forward from Private Schools’ Racist Past
    Alyssa, Your synthesis of this article is very interesting and eye opening. I wasn’t aware of the racist history that so many private schools have and how this continues to have an impact today. As I’ve gone to private school my entire life, your synthesis has made me curious about this issue and how it continues to affect other private school around the country besides Alma Heights Christian Academy. I think the way that you described the solution was powerful, and relatable to seemingly every issue. Conversation seems to be such a simple solution that so many people to not want to accept, and I think the way you portrayed it conveys that. Over the past year, deep rooted issues that, like you said, should have been adressed a long time ago are coming to surface in a more appartent way. I think conversation really is the first step toward change, as it creates education, and education creates action. The article “Growing up in Asia taught me the importance of speaking up on social issues” discusses how we, as Americans, often take the opportunity to speak up against what we know is wrong for granted, and shows just how powerful conversation can be. https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2019-10-31/postscript/growing-up-in-asia-taught-me-the-importance-of-speaking-up-on-social-issues/
  • Audrey's Feb 9, 17:33 comment on Empathy in America
    Camille, I agree that we, as a country, have to work on empathizing with each other. Especially in the past year, we’ve seen so many people unapologetically go against every moral code in favor of their own selfish agendas. While this year has really highlighted those situations, I think this has been going on for a very long time. Even looking at the foundations of our American Democracy, you see the prioritization of independence over the community. That being said, I do agree that there are people who are empathetic and understanding, but it is always the people who lack empathy who have the loudest voices. How can we highlight and give a voice to kindness in our country in the future?
  • Audrey's Feb 9, 17:25 comment on Unfair Treatment of Workers
    Nick, I absolutely agree that outsourcing labor is a big issue, especially in the United States. You made several good points about the wealthy having so much control over these agreements. I think that it is fair to say that protests won’t be effective in stopping these giant corporations from exploiting cost-efficient labor, but what CAN we do? It seems that not even the government could become involved because they have no say in the labor laws of these third world countries.
  • Lindsey's Feb 9, 17:20 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Ariana, I really enjoyed how to discussed two opposing viewpoints about gun ownership. Your post offered in-depth solutions to the violence caused by gun ownership while showing what people who support the second amendment feel in regard to individual rights. It would be very interesting to see if gun laws are going to be affected in the change of presidency. Though it may not be on the top of Biden’s list, it could change in the near future. The link below shares Biden’s plan for the future which is a pretty interesting read. https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/
  • Olivia's Feb 9, 17:16 comment on Unashamed Conversations About Unmet Mental Health Needs
    Maddie! I like how in depth you went about the actions of people who are suffering. I also found it interesting how you looked into how COVID has affected the mental state of some people. This is a very important topic, especially with the pandemic still surging around the world. It is important to spread information. I would suggest maybe sticking to just one main point. I noticed that you bounced around a lot from mental health, to COVID, and then to physical fitness. Other than that, your discussion was great, thanks for sharing!
  • Sam's Feb 9, 16:51 comment on Why are many young people unemployed at this time?
    This is a very interesting article. Young being unemployed is a pretty serious issue. I actually lost my job back in March when Covid first hit and my job title was officially terminated because it was no longer necessary during the pandemic. Currently, in Utah, the unemployment rate is 3.6%. It increased when Covid hit and has stayed at this rate ever since.
  • Sam's Feb 9, 16:35 comment on The talk on private schools uniforms
    Nice Job Diego! I really liked how you showed both sides of the argument and you weren’t really biased towards one side or the other. I have never really thought about school uniforms this deeply. As a kid coming from a school with school uniforms, I don’t like them. I want to be able to wear whatever I want and express who I am through clothes. But there are also many benefits to uniforms, like not getting bullied on what you wear or not having to worry about what you are going to wear. This argument can go both ways. Here is another article on the pros and cons of uniforms that I think you might enjoy. https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-uniforms/
  • Grace's Feb 9, 16:08 comment on Homes are a big part of Salt Lake City’s air pollution problem — and are also the solution.
    Milo- I think that this a very prevalent issue and becoming more so as more people are moving to Utah for a variety of reasons. I think that your article from SolutionsU presents a valid solution to the issue, although not cost effective. I would also argue that another aspect of this solutions would be to use more energy efficient cars, carpool more, use public transportation, etc. Nice work!!
  • Milo's Feb 9, 15:53 comment on Ways of Coping with a Lack of Positivity and being Overwhelmed in School
    Hello, Ishmael. May I say, this is a very good, timely post to make, not only because of COVID and whatever mental health issues that may arise from isolation, but in Utah’s battle for mental health awareness. I like how you address one way to curtail any feelings of despair and loathing, “One way to stay positive that stood out is to think positively.” It’s so simple, yet so difficult to properly follow through. You mention how you have struggled in the past to do this, yet I wonder what those times were like? If that’s not too personal, of course. Anyhow, I found this article that goes a bit more into ways someone can think positively (https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-think-positive#tips). I would most certainly come back to read more if you were to perhaps show some more on ways on how to be positive and mentally healthy.
  • Olivia's Feb 9, 15:50 comment on Teen Suicide in Utah
    Zoe, this topic is so important to learn about. I like how you mentioned the most vulnerable groups and how they can be best protected. As a Utah resident, it makes me sad to know how many people, mostly teenagers, pass every year from suicide. This is an extremely sensitive topic that most people try to avoid, but it is not something that should be avoided. I know that up until recently, conversion therapy was still active and legal in Utah, which is just horrible to think about. I think that the overall acceptance of people would be extremely useful in lowering the suicide rates. Also, there definitely needs to be more access to help for when someone needs it. I would love to read some potential solutions next from you!
  • Henry's Feb 9, 15:49 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    I had never known that the substance abuse was much higher for any ethnic group let alone that group be Native Americans. This is a really interesting topic to read about and the solutions you talk about really could go towards every person and kid.
  • Lindsey's Feb 9, 15:46 comment on Inauguration Day 2021
    Alondra, This inauguration was definitely one to remember. The mention of former President Donald Trump not attending was very interesting, I’d say he showed his belief that he “actually won” through this act. I feel like part of that decision also stems from the riots at the capital a few weeks prior. I like how you turned the discussion around by mentioning Biden’s plans in his first 100 days in office with the Covid Vaccine. I would like to see how Biden tackles other issues during this time. https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2021-01-21/the-agenda-for-bidens-first-100-days-takes-shape Great Job!
  • Alyssa's Feb 9, 15:45 comment on Why are many young people unemployed at this time?
    I hadn’t really thought of the repercussions of young people being unemployed, so this was very interesting to read about! I never thought about the effect that many young people going back to school instead of working could create a lot of competition for not only getting into college but also getting a job afterwards.
  • Henry's Feb 9, 15:43 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    With the whole aspect of guns for self defense or for hunting I don’t understand why people wouldn’t be fine with just a small handgun for defense only and a simple hunting rifle. If we limit it to just the bare minimum then people still get guns for what they want but they don’t have access to overwhelming firepower.
  • Alyssa's Feb 9, 15:41 comment on BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem
    I really liked this article! As someone who was on a team who decided to kneel for the national anthem, this was a very interesting article to read. It is important that we don’t forget why we are kneeling in the first place so we can educate people who do not know.
  • Jack's Feb 9, 15:33 comment on Just Stop
    I think this is a really quality post, this reminds me of my experiences with being bullied in middle and elementary school. I think it is really important to help end bullying because of the negative impacts that it can have on people’s self esteem
  • Jack's Feb 9, 15:29 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    I completely agree with the overall point within the article. I like how you offer in-depth solutions to help solve the problems that are caused by the epidemic of gun violence in the United States of America. I also appreciate how you also take the time to explain the arguments and positions of the other side, which many people do not.
  • Karim's Feb 9, 15:19 comment on The way things grow
    where is this located and what is the park called
  • Karim's Feb 9, 15:17 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    how do squirrels bark
  • Anthony's Feb 8, 01:04 comment on Teen Vaping
    I liked your take on the epidemic of the use of nicotine devices among teens. As a senior in high school, I feel like I have seen this problem pervade teens everywhere. There are so many excuses that I hear used, “just one more pod”, “just a little more juice”, “just one more hit”. Addiction is not a joke and it is most definitely not something to be toyed with, especially not by people whose prefrontal lobe is not fully developed. I thought you did an excellent job of appealing to the logic of your audience by using facts from a reliable source (Healthline) in your article. Keep up the good work.
  • Paul's Feb 5, 15:01 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Dear Edwin: Your post, “COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador,” makes me a bit anxious because you talk about everything from death to losing a job to not being able to reach your goals here in the United States, then you show us how much harder it might be in another country like El Salvador. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It has caused loss of jobs, but perhaps what is harder to believe is the many deaths of people of all ages that it has taken away.” I think this is frightening and horrible because it’s bad enough that people have lost their jobs, but your writing makes clear that it could be much worse because of people of all ages dying. Right! So we worry about how difficult it is to have restaurants and schools closed, but what about the people who have lost family members to this pandemic? Another sentence that surprised me was: “He personally experienced what it is to have the virus. He describes it as a normal flu with the only difference of the loss of smell and taste..” This stood out for me because I didn’t understand until I read this that your friend Juan actually got the virus! His lockdown and quarantine was more personally serious than I thought at first. Thank you for sharing this with us! I did a quick check of the Covid numbers in El Salvador on this World-O-Meter https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/el-salvador/, and it looks like worst was this summer. Although the number of cases continues to climb right now. Have you seen this I thought you might be interested in this because you might be interested in the bigger picture in El Salvador and the kinds of risks your friend faces. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really make me think about my situation, your experiences, and you gave me a glimpse of what it looks like globally. I think it’s important to be aware of all of these different levels when it comes to Covid-19.
  • Tristan's Feb 5, 14:35 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Dear Sephora: I am really sad about the facts your report in your post “COVID-19 Around the world: Virginia, USA, because we all know the damage of the pandemic around the world and particularly in the US. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ”A lot has changed.” You wanted to describe the actual consequences of the pandemic. You talked about how professional sports had to stop. Have you seen this articles? As pro sports successfully restart, UVa and other college programs face more daunting COVID-19 challengesI thought you might be interested in this because of how it compares professional sports with college sports in Virginia. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is really important for me to see all the problem that the pandemic caused around the world.
  • Leslie's Feb 3, 17:42 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Hello Camila, How are you now with the pandemic? Hey, I read that your publication is very interesting since we all had that abrupt change, what caught my attention the most was that you commented that before the pandemic you laughed at that And now that you saw that the virus increased and people died, ¿ what happened? you feel? I found it very interesting since you commented on many causes before and after, Your population makes us reflect, Thank you for taking the time for that.
  • Andrea's Feb 3, 17:33 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear Camila I’m enjoying your post but also intrigued “ Causes of the Pandemic in Berkeley vs. Buenos Aires” because In your post you tell us about how the pandemic is affecting people’s lives, which is true in each country, is a little different, but it is seriously affecting us all, as you said, many people did not believe it and took it at stake but later they they realized that this was really serious. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: A phrase you wrote that catches my attention is: “I feel like I live in an unreal world” I think this is scary because As your friend Miguel says, everything is very different now, you can’t do many things from before and that is very sad for everyone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this topic about the pandemic is very important so we all stay informed of what is happening around us, I hope to know and know a little more than you know. Andrea A.
  • Miguel Landeros Figueroa's Feb 3, 17:26 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    the pandemic has affected and ther are reports that covid cases wuere occurring in united states and mhother who was going to take a job did not take it because she had children and wuas going spread them
  • Jeimy's Feb 3, 17:21 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear Camila, I am impressed by your post “Causes of the Pandemic in Berkeley vs. Buenos Aires” because it is impressed how you watch the news and you didn’t take it seriously at first and you see in the news that people is died for the virus then you interview your friend from Argentina to know how the virus is affecting their lives . Thank you for writing this I would like you to write more about the pandemic Jeimy
  • Natalia's Feb 2, 17:34 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Hi Camila, I really enjoyed reading your post. I appreciate how you reflected on the way your level of seriousness really evolved as the effects of the virus began to unfold before us. I also liked learning about the difference between Berkeley’s response and Venezuela’s/Argentina’s (?). I’m glad you have you have learned to value your time with your family and friends. However, it was sad for me to read that you feel you have wasted a year of your life and this time should represent the best years of your life. I like to think that our time at home has motivated us to do activities in our home that we might not have done under normal circumstances. In my family we have had family game nights, family movie nights, and more family walks. In the spring we ate meals in our backyard and enjoyed the seeing the hummingbirds in the process. One of my daughters has taken up crafting and re-transforming her room over and over. I’ve practiced yoga a lot more than I did before and that has helped me so much. Also, as someone in her late 40’s, I don’t necessarily think the teen years are the best. You have so much ahead of you. Some (if not all) of my greatest joys have been in adulthood. I know it is hard but I think it is worth it to engage in enriching activities you might not have done before Covid. Also, enjoy dreaming about how beautiful the entirety of your life can be and make choices that will help you make that life a reality. Sincerely, Ms. N.
  • Zhelanea's Feb 2, 16:38 comment on Our bodies are not a political discussion
    Dear Kayla, I liked how passionate you seem about the topic of abortion. I agree with you that most political debates are held by men. I have seen multiple times how men have entered this conversation and put in their strong opinions. “Something like abortion or birth control should not be a discussion made by men.” This quote stood out to me as I agree with you that women should be at the upfront of these decisions that would directly affect them.
  • Amy S.'s Feb 2, 00:57 comment on I Am Shy
    What a beautiful poem! I loved the focus on the world, with all of the different images of being in/of the world deepening as you read (I also appreciated the expression in your voice: I feel like I got to really hear you from the way you recited it).
  • Reed aka Samuel's Feb 1, 20:53 comment on I Am Shy
    Madram, thanks for the positive and encouraging feedback. It is also great that you have lots of empathy for the speaker in this work of art. You should also note that an artist can create art in order to set some distance from themselves. For example, a non-shy person could have created this art from their observations of shy people
  • Aaliyah's Feb 1, 17:47 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear Camila, I am intrigued by your post, “ Causes of the Pandemic in Berkeley vs. Buenos Aires” because we can see and understand how the pandemic has had an effect on people’s lives. It is true that the pandemic wasn’t taken seriously at first until it really took a part of people’s lives and how it affected more than just the stay at home order. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “ Miguel the guy that I interviewed has been saving money since the pandemic began because he said that he doesn’t know if he would lose his job any time.” This certain instance shows that those who don’t live as financially stable as others have been greatly affected and not only do they have to worry about money but worry about their career. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about the pandemic and how it affects people differently. Aaliyah
  • Aaliyah's Feb 1, 17:12 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    Dear Giselle, I very much agree with your post,”Open Letter for Women’s Rights”, as it discusses the societal stereotypes and expectations that are expected upon women. A lot of women deal with insecurities and finding their true identity and I can say that societal stereotypes and expectations are a great part of that. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “I hope that in the future we get to do what we want with ourselves and our bodies without being judged or told we are horrible people because what we choose to do.” The phrase ““I hope that in the future we get to do what we want with ourselves and our bodies…” is saddening because we women rightfully do have the ability to do what we want with our life and our bodies but feel as if we can’t because of societal expectations. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about women stereotypes and expectations and how it greatly affects them. Aaliyah
  • Madram's Feb 1, 07:57 comment on I Am Shy
    I onces was in you places to and I can relate to this. I felt alone and shy and I didnt want to stay like that so I made a move and started interacting with people and started talking and once I got the hang of it things were normal. I was confident and and didn’t expect it to turn out this way. I strongly believe that in order for you to not be shy you have try and and take action and start getting involved in conversations with group. ONce you do that you will feel much better and thing will change and you will see it. I enjoyed this and looking forward to learn more about your journey. Madram A.
  • Fatima's Feb 1, 06:22 comment on Struggles and Injustices
    Dear Owen: I am really amazed by your post/images “Struggles and Injustices,” because as I read your phrases but also saw what the images said it was really sad. It is hard to know that in the past it was hard for the people who owned the land to keep up with a good life or enough for them to have the resources they needed. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Government agents used alcohol to dupe Natives out of their land” I think this is sad because that is unfair to just decide to get someone out of their land to keep it or to manipulate them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was really interesting to see and read about some of the situations that have happened in the past with Native American’s land. Fatima Esparza
  • Wendy's Feb 1, 06:07 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    Julia, I was really fascinated by your post “An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming”. This is a topic that I have been drawn to before as I’m aware of the complexity behind the science of lucid dreaming, which is why I’ve always wanted to obtain a better understanding of it. A sentence that stood out to me was, “The explanation behind lucid dreaming is related to the complex composition of our thoughts and emotions in our brain.” We don’t realize how powerful our minds really are, to the fascinating capabilities that affect our dreams. I really enjoyed reading your piece and look forward to reading more of your work.
  • Gerardo's Feb 1, 05:51 comment on Have Big Techs Become Too Powerful?
    Dear Yamile, I am interested by your post ¨Have Big Techs Become Too Powerful?¨ Since I completely concur that the enormous innovation companies are mishandling their control. They feel like they can be the as it were ones who can succeed and they´re making the other companies who are beginning go down within the dumps. We have to be do something around these companies Misusing their control. One sentence you composed that stands out for me is ¨The DOJ says that Google is mishandling its control when it comes to web searches.¨ I concur with you since Google is misusing their control and we got to do something approximately this some time recently it gets more out of hand. Much appreciated for your composing. I see forward to seeing what you type in another since I truly delighted in perusing your post. I see forward to your future posts about similar tipics like these. Gerardo R
  • Lizbeth's Feb 1, 04:58 comment on What do you think about robot creatures?
    Dear Rosa I really like your post, “What do you think about robot creatures,” because it is interesting in how much technology the U.S uses it to make these robots. I also think that when making these robots they should take them to the opción to find out more about and to see new creatures people never seen before. Although, you mention that they would use these robot creatures in marine parks for entertainment I thinks it’s something good because like that the animal would not be in danger and they could live happily free in the ocean .I really hope to see more of this type of post or if not a different kind of topic I really like all your topics you post . -lizbeth
  • Ashley's Feb 1, 04:26 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Hailey, I truly enjoyed your article and I also agree with you that exercise can help benefit your mental health. Since a lot of people are staying at home most are just staying in bed. This could take a large on someones metal health. Staying in bed could strain someone and make them less likely to get up and be active. With exercise people can feel healthier and have more energy. They may even seem happier which can be a total upbringing from being alone and in bed all day. Ashley Arredondo.
  • Litzy's Feb 1, 03:33 comment on What do you think about robot creatures?
    Dear Rosa: I was very intrigued by your post, “What do you think about robot creatures,” because it is impressive how much technology the U.S has to make these type of robot animals. These robot creatures can be something that can help out on the long run. Although, you mention that they would use these robot creatures in marine parks for entertainment. It would have a better use if they used these robot animals to find out more about the ocean or just to help the environment in general. The fact that they are creating these robot animals in marine parks for entertainment is actually a good idea, because that would mean the real sea animals would be able to live in the ocean again and be free. This was a very interesting and great post thank you for writing this and I will be looking forward to seeing what you write about next. -Litzy
  • Diana's Feb 1, 03:30 comment on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
    Hey Drew, I honestly loved reading your analysis of the story. I have watched the movie before, but your analysis and interpretation of it made me feel as if I were reading it for the first time. I loved it honestly, now I want to rewatch the movie because of all their cute moments. I also like your format and how you summarized the story yet it was simple. I also like your word diction and your sophistication with it. Overall, I just really love how you made this topic so interesting, I loved it! I can’t wait to see what you write next. Sincerely, Diana
  • Monserrat's Feb 1, 02:46 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear Gabriel: I am intrigued by your topic because it really is an important topic to write and think about; as it really can kill a person on the inside and out. Subjectifying a person merely on their appearance or gender is a real crime as there are many sick people in this world that just do it for fine or money. Many lives are altered and destroyed as it can be the reason that suicide is high or the reason that someone is mentally unstable. One sentence that had caught my attention was: “..just because it hasn’t happened to someone, doesn’t mean that it never will, nor if they will ever experience it”. This sentence really caught my attention because in this world, the person that can kidnap someone can really be a trusted adult or friend. Awareness is a huge factor that generations should understand and get to spread around. Thank you for writing about this important issue as it can really be a lifestyle for someone and need the help from a community that is willing to open up their arms for them. Monserrat Alvarez
  • Ashley's Feb 1, 01:57 comment on Should High School Sports Be Canceled Because of COVID-19?
    Dear Cristian I am attentive to your post ” Should High School Sport be cancelled because of Covid-19″ because I agree with your side on this topic. Sports really do help students be healthy and it is true that its form the person you are. I also know being in a sport and be involved helps student socialize and interact with other students and make friendships. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is ” For some seniors, it’s their make or break year”. I think this is very true many seniors do they’re all during sports season to try to get recognized to play sports in college. I do think they should cancel sports because of covid because its a one time opportunity especially for seniors that do want to play sports in college. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because these topics about the school are very interesting to me because obviously, I’m in high school too. Ashley Renteria
  • Juan's Feb 1, 01:28 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hey Alvaro, I am very impressed with your post and the unbiased points you proved. For instance, it was very important of you to note the two sides of social media, the one that is entertaining and distracts you from the world, and the other where it questions your self worth. I think it is very amusing how social media can be so bright but yet so dark at the same time. One sentence that stands out from your post is the one where you stated the fact that suicide is the second highest cause of death for a teen. This was really important to know due to the fact that teenager’s amxiety, depression and mental illness rises when being too much on social media. Social media can really put down a person, not just teens. This a great statement you provided because it can serve as a PSA or a warning that social media is causing them to commit suicide. Thanks for your writing, I look forward for your next post. You are great providing the two sides of a story not just one, and I really like that. Juan
  • Heidi's Feb 1, 00:57 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    Dear Julia, I really enjoyed reading your post, “An Explanation To Lucid Dreaming” because it’s an interesting topic. Also, I have tried to control my dreams but I couldn’t. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “Though it may be difficult to stay asleep once one realizes they are dreaming, it is always possible to.” This is interesting to me because whenever I realize when I dream I tend to wake up because it gets hard to stay asleep. Also when I go to sleep I never realize that I am sleeping, I just feel my body relaxing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.
  • Viviana Flores's Jan 31, 21:07 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Hey Cynthia, I see ways that driverless cars can help people. I do agree that many people late at night get sleepy and driverless cars can help. It can also help drunk drivers get home safer without them driving. I can see the flaws on having driverless cars, teachnology does not always turn out to be perfect. Having driverless cars can go both way, it can save life and/or take lives.
  • Viviana Flores's Jan 31, 20:47 comment on Seeking Racial Justice
    Dear Aaliyah Your text caught my eye because of how five teenagers are wanting to make a difference in their communities. I like how rallies were formed to speak about racial justice. These teenagers were taking action to fight for racial justice and I believe they are doing the right thing. I do agree that Racism need to stop.
  • andres's Jan 31, 01:56 comment on Have Big Techs Become Too Powerful?
    Dear Yamile I enjoyed reading your article and thought about “have big techs become o powerful”. It Is an unknown problem to me I find it very interesting that google had a competition i did not know there were other portals. I think it is very impressive how google managed to make it successful. one sentence that stands out to me is ” Google argues that no one is forcing people to use Google, they use it because they want to and prefer it. this is interesting to me be used I can understand how that might be true but it may not be the case. I think some people might be in the same boat as me when it comes to these portals they may not even though they are any other options. thank you for writing I am looking forward to reading what you post next. i have found this article really interesting see you next time. Andres Tristan
  • Cristian's Jan 30, 08:24 comment on The people vs. Covid-19
    Hey Selena I liked what you talked about us playing our part on lowing the spread of the virus. All health care workers are indeed working extra hours because of this pandemic but them wearing a mask for 12+ hours is really really annoying. Helping those at high risk is very beautiful during these tough times. Covid-19 is going to be around still probably for another year or 2 we just got to get used to it and keep going in life no matter what bumps are in front of us. Everyone uses Covid-19 as an excuse but those who don’t are very special.
  • Kayla's Jan 30, 01:10 comment on BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem
    Dear Liliana, I appreciate the factual evidence you use to support your claim of America being a country of racial injustice. I like that you mentioned that people are protesting in so many ways to make a change. Like how athletes are refusing to stand for the national anthems before their games. This shows America that change needs to be made. I look forward to your next post because I enjoy reading your passion through the words you write. Thank you. Kayla Castillo
  • Antonio's Jan 29, 20:25 comment on Is Google/Facebook a threat to technology?
    I feel that these tech companies are getting too big in general. Smaller companies do currently have a problem of going against their much bigger competitors, due to reasons that are listed above. It’s good to have some competition because it can expose other to brands and see which will the consumer get. But having these monopolies buy out their rivals and such, then there’s a problem. Thats why we have antitrust laws in place to prevent these monopolies from happening.
  • Selena's Jan 29, 20:21 comment on Have Big Techs Become Too Powerful?
    Hi, I like your post because too many this is more than just a little problem. I think that technology is a big part of everyone’s life and way of doing business. I do not think those big techs should be broken down because, in my opinion, everyone has their favorite ways of searching for something on the internet. If one thing is taken down, don’t you think the people will be even more upset? Maybe everyone wants something new or bigger or that’s in the “trend”.
  • Evelyn's Jan 29, 06:25 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    Julia, I found your article very informational and intriguing. It was really interesting to read and understand how the brain allows one to lucid dream and the different areas of the brain that are needed to do this specific kind of dreaming. I think if you explained how to lucid dream or what it allows someone to dream about as well as how the brain is able to do it, that would really pull the article together. Great job!
  • Maria Teresa's Jan 29, 03:43 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I love how you mentioned that music has the power to change our moods and how it is a language of its own. Even if its not always understandable music can touch people in many forms and display feelings that are hard to express through words and actions. On a personal level music has helped me learn English and communicate on a different level than speaking. Music is a way where we escape from the chaotic world to our own little place, that’s the power of music.
  • Alondra's Jan 28, 22:25 comment on Body positivity
    Dear Melody, your poem is beautiful and I really enjoyed reading it. We should normalize that everybody is acceptable and beautiful for both men and women. Everyone should be able to have confidence in their own skin. I like the way you express your own thoughts and feelings through poetry. if your struggling with any insecurity know that you are beautiful and you are unique. God created you and I bet you have qualities that no one else has.
  • Kiran's Jan 28, 19:26 comment on he talks about his religion in such a way that makes me think he's not very comfortable in the environment its created for him.
    I agree. A Pentacostal evangelical church in the 1930’s and 40’s would not have been a hospitable environment for a young, gay, free-thinker.
  • Mae's Jan 28, 05:17 comment on An Oral History with my Grandfather Juan
    Dear, An oral history of my grandfather. I found interesting your post because I know how the elderly are the most affected by the pandemic, and how many needs they provide. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ” When he was young he was the president of the Caserio, (a small place where a few people live), and in this Caserio, there were a lot of poor people” because I can see a mans big heart. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you did an amazing job.
  • Bryan's Jan 28, 00:40 comment on Have Big Techs Become Too Powerful?
    Dear Yamile, I am Intrigued by your post ¨Have Big Techs Become Too Powerful?¨ Because I totally agree that the big technology companies are abusing their power. They feel like they can be the only ones who can prosper and they´re making the other companies who are starting go down in the dumps. We need to do something about these companies Mishandling their power. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨The DOJ says that Google is abusing its power when it comes to internet searches.¨ I agree with you because Google is mishandling their power and we need to do something about this before it gets more out of hand. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed reading your post. I look forward to your future content. Bryan Nunez
  • Sara's Jan 27, 20:40 comment on he talks about his religion in such a way that makes me think he's not very comfortable in the environment its created for him.
    The same thing that I commented in the last post; I love talking about and analyzing religion so this is me doing just that. im atheist but I still think religion is a great topic for discussion. so analyzing the down sides of his religion is good to mention.
  • Sara's Jan 27, 20:39 comment on religion is also very important to him and It seems to help him in all sorts of ways and can be almost like an escape.
    I love talking about and analyzing religion so this is me doing just that. im atheist but I still think religion is a great topic for discussion.
  • Sara's Jan 27, 20:37 comment on this really shows how much they truly love each other. They really care about each other too.
    I decided to say this because this book is full of struggling people and unfortunate events. its nice to put in a positive out look on the book as well as serious/negative ones.
  • Sara's Jan 27, 20:36 comment on It concerns me that they may not be able to provide for each other and her child. there both so young and at that time it was hard to find a well paying job for such young people.
    I’ve heard multiple stories about families like this and its really sad for me to see. its important to reflect in this way because it show emotional/personal connection to whatever book you are annotating.
  • Sara's Jan 27, 20:34 comment on I don't really agree with this. if they know their truth and the truth would prove him innocent they should fight for his freedom.
    this is something I actually really care about. it actually made me sad that they had so little hope with telling the truth but guess that’s just reality.
  • Dulce's Jan 27, 19:13 comment on The people vs. Covid-19
    One sentence you wrote here that stands out for me is “You are helping them also, less patients, less loss, and the world can get back to”normal. ” I agree with you here that many live were affected because of covid and it really has changed us. I feel as if life is for risky now, we have to be very careful with the virus out there and sometimes you won’t even expect it if you suddenly have it. Masks and social distancing really are the only thing we can do now to stay away from others who might have it, we really have no option if we wanna stay away from covid. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because these are some of the things I find interesting. Dulce
  • Sofia Meza-Lua's Jan 27, 16:51 comment on The people vs. Covid-19
    One sentence you wrote that stood out for me is ¨Last year was when it all began, this virus spreading across the country, state to state. It’s a new year now and many things have changed, the virus is still taking the lives of many people. ¨ It stood out to me because it’s already been a long time already since the virus has started and it’s still continuing this year and in fact taken a ton of people’s lives which is sad.
  • Matthew's Jan 27, 07:07 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    Julia, I found your post about Lucid dreaming very interesting, especially the science behind it. I have always been interested in the concept of lucid dreaming, as I used to make attempts of having some sort of chance with them. Unfortunately, I have yet to experience one, so it’s still something very foreign to me. Something that caught my eye was: “This causes one to feel like they are in a state of consciousness and acting like they normally would, while in a dream…The explanation behind lucid dreaming is related to the complex composition of our thoughts and emotions in our brain.” The fact that you could be aware and conscious that you’re in a dream is fascinating to me because you’re able to make actions out of your own free will. I think there could also be a possibility in the future of artificially making dreams through technology and creating an array of opportunities that it could be used for. Thanks for writing. I enjoyed the topic you wrote about, so I hope to see what you have next.
  • Arooj's Jan 27, 04:52 comment on An Oral History with Rocio in Ecuador
    Dear Kerly : I appreciate how you’ve shared a lot of stuff about your world. Your grandma is a very special person to you. The way she defends herself from Covid-19 is very good because a lot of people don’t wear a mask. I will pray that everyone stay safe and healthy. Thanks for writing.
  • Mayra's Jan 27, 02:58 comment on Body positivity
    I agree with what you have wrote I believe that everyone should be able to embrace their body especially without the judgement of other. You are most definitely right about ” everybody is beautiful “. It is support important for people to be comfortable with their body. with the support of others and no stereotypes of the “perfect body” people should love themselves.
  • Brendaly's Jan 27, 01:49 comment on Domestic Violence: Pandemic Within a Pandemic
    Dear Lluvia I am worried by your post “ Continued: Pandemic within a Pandemic” because I can only imagine the abuse these people have to endure during this time and it kinda feels like a lose lose situation because if we don’t have restrictions on movement the virus will get worse but if we do have restrictions on movement then domestic abuse cases get worse.And I feel like if people would have followed the regulations from the beginning then maybe we wouldn’t still have so many restrictions and we could better help people in these domestic abuse cases One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “for COVID to pass quickly so the women, children, and men as well can move forward with their lives to stop the abusive cycle they live in” I agree with this because as you said I’m hoping the vaccine will be the answer to stop the abuse but I believe that alone won’t end it , maybe funding more domestic abuse organizations or placing laws/acts to better protect domestic abuse victims , can help avoid these cases from happening or getting worse . Another sentence that I agreed with was: “Like I said before what we could be doing to help this is by wearing our masks, taking the vaccine, and taking nutrition fortifying everyone’s health.” This can definitely help get past the virus quicker in order to better provide help for these cases Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the fact that you brought up the effects the pandemic caused that wasn’t just virus related
  • Yamile's Jan 27, 01:45 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Hello Haley, I found your post to be very relatable. I think it is very important to exercise as it has a positive impact on both your mental and physical health. With classes online because of the pandemic, I sit around usually all day doing my assignments and I also haven’t had basketball practice either in quite a while so I’ve been lazy lately. A couple of weeks ago I got back into exercising and I usually do it later in the evening once I’ve finished my work. I found it to really improve my energy and it’s easier for me to fall asleep as well. One line that you wrote that stood out to me was, “Other chemicals released into the brain are known as neurohormones which improve the body’s response to stress.” because when I’m working out I just forget about everything that’s going on in my mind and I’m just concentrating on my workout as it relaxes me. Thank you for writing, I hope to see more of your writing in the future perhaps on certain exercises people should practice every day to improve their health? -Yamile Beltran
  • Mario's Jan 27, 00:08 comment on The people vs. Covid-19
    I agree Covid-19 has affected everyone in the world. This pandemic has caused a lot of problems for many and some companies even benefited from this. Mask became a high demand so a lot of companies began selling and making masks to distribute. Slowly we will fight through this pandemic but our lives might not be the same.
  • Camila's Jan 26, 23:36 comment on The story with my mom Dominga in Tlaxcala
    Dear Edwin, I got emotional about your story “The story with my mom Dominga in Tlaxcala” because as an immigrant I know how you feel even though now I know that I am not the only one feeling that way. As much as you I really miss my family, I moved to California with my family almost 2 years ago but I don’t see my parents that much, they are always working and focusing on their own business. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “the interaction between my mom and me is by phone or by facetime of WhatsApp only thus we have been in communication.” I think this is an assertive way to describe how we communicate with our family when we are immigrants in a foreign country because we are just seeing them on the screen without having the possibility to touch or hug them. Another sentence that I really felt was “the best story with my mom is when I would go out with her to the park on Sundays to eat ice cream.” This stood out for me because I used to do exactly the same with my mom and dad in Venezuela before moving here and now it is basically impossible because they sadly got divorced. Moments never come back but the memories stay and I have a lot of beautiful memories while eating ice cream with my parents every Sunday. Have you seen this https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2018/05/01/manipulate-time-with-these-powerful-20-time-management-tips/?sh=20a6e24157ab I thought you might be interested in this because by reading this article you can distribute better your time and you would have more time to spend talking to your mom over the phone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I felt identified with what you wrote. I hope some day you can see her again please let us know!
  • Parker Catten's Jan 26, 20:06 comment on A Young Black Man Was Choked By Police at a Waffle House After Prom — A Cell Phone Video Captured What Happened.
    Yet another example of the disgusting racial violence taking place in our country. Asphyxiation and gunshots brutalize our fellow citizens of color. Police violence is the leading cause of death for young black men in America, 1 in 1,000 black men are expected to be killed by police. That’s irredeemable and an atrocity in and of itself. More people need to pay attention because everybody has to be fight this together. Source: https://www.pnas.org/content/116/34/16793
  • Daniela's Jan 26, 18:41 comment on The people vs. Covid-19
    I can agree that Covid-19 has really affected many people in different ways. It has changed our lives, but despite all the downfalls, there are many great things that Covid-19 has brought to us. One thing to be appreciative about is each other. As the article states, people are “making masks and buying groceries for those at high risk.” In our own way and any way possible, we are helping each other get through this pandemic. Our lives might not go back to how they used to be, but at the very least we have that, a life to live; another thing to be grateful about.
  • Rosa's Jan 26, 02:03 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Dear Cynthia, I agree with your post on “Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?” Driverless vehicles will surely be great to have in our society, they would certainly boost in certain ways. But it may still be a terrible idea. We never know how machines would behave, or when they might break or crash. It’s to say I stick to the positive better than the bad. I assume that driverless cars will save lives and avoid less, in my view. -Rosa Zavala
  • Rosa's Jan 26, 02:01 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Dear Cynthia, I agree with your post on this topic. Driverless vehicles will surely be great to have, they would certainly boost in certain ways. But it may still be a terrible idea, on the other hand. We never know how machines would behave, or when they might break or crash. It’s to say I stick to the positive better than the bad. I assume that driverless cars will save lives and avoid less, in my view. -Rosa Zavala
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:10 comment on yeah i agree. it might of made him a better person. and it can give him a example to want not to do to his unborn child because he knows how it feels
    i choose this because i can relate to it. when i was a kid i was dumb and do dumb stuff and they would teach me stuff the hard way. and they dont do the stuff they did to me no more but i know not to do it to my future children because i know how it feels.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:08 comment on yeah i agree. especially when she says to not give up. you have to keep pushing even through the rough times
    this comment is meaningful to me because when i was upset and i had my sad moment’s, and i felt like i was enough, i kept pushing. and now im happy and when i get upset about anything i listen to music.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:06 comment on i agree. i wonder what fonny and the others think about this. how do they feel that white people get pleasure of black people suffering?
    i choose this comment because i wanted to know how fonny felt about this. i feel bad and its sucks. i wanted to know if fonny was gonna do anything about this.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:03 comment on makes me realize what they have for eachother. they really do care for eachother and it makes me smile
    i chose this comment because i am in a relationship with this girl (she doesn’t go to our school) and she really cares about me. it makes me happy that i was about to pull her.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:01 comment on i agree. lairs never admit to their lying because they dont want to lose peoples trust. once people find out you lied, its hard to get someones trust back
    this is meaning full to me because when I was a kid, i used to lie a lot. and it affected me because now i am 14 about to be 15 and my parents don’t trust me because of my past. I regret it to this day
  • Dominique's Jan 25, 17:02 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    I’m really fascinated by this information! I have experienced lucid dreaming before but never understood what it truly was. I always thought that emotions and thoughts impacted dreams but didn’t know it’s what creates them!
  • Shirley Villalvaso's Jan 24, 21:49 comment on Hawaii’s Lava Waterfall
    Hey Rosa, I really found your post about the Hawaiiś Lava Waterfall important since it is something that can be spread quickly around the world. This was important since it did reach the Pacific Ocean and what if many animals died due to this fast rupturing Lava. I would like to know more about what occurs when the Lava hits the oceans and the effects it may cause the world. Is there any way this may be stopped before it damages more land?
  • Kiran's Jan 23, 22:44 comment on ask to marry
    “Mr. Hunt” meaning Fonny Hunt, right?
  • Kiran's Jan 23, 22:35 comment on I find it interesting that James Baldwin would include this poem into his book.
    I love that you share this research with us. It gives me a glimpse into what makes you tick, Heather — how your mind works and how capable you are. And it makes the book richer for all of us to know the historical background.
  • Kiran's Jan 23, 22:15 comment on I agree with you Juan because having a baby a baby and drinking is dangerous.
    The discovery of Fetal alcohol syndrome was made in the same year that Baldwin was writing his book – 1973. (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(73)91092-1/fulltext) The scientists who made the discovery published their findings in November of that year, after Baldwin sent his writing to the publishing company for editing and printing. In the early 1970’s, people were not aware that heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy can damage the fetus. My mom drank cocktails while she was pregnant with me in 1961. I think it takes more alcohol than she drank to hurt the fetus, though. I came out ok.
  • Maria's Jan 23, 20:57 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I liked how you said that music can influence how you feel. Expanding on that I think you could even say that music can influence how you feel about other people. For example if you listen to the same kind of music as someone else you might feel more inclined to be friends with them.
  • Anastasia's Jan 23, 18:22 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, I really loved this post. A lot of women struggle with insecurities and I think this is an amazing way to show them that they are not alone. I love how you said to balance your negative thoughts with positive ones. This takes practice and time. But if you really work on it, it does help a lot. I also love how you said to check and see if what you say about yourself is actually true. I think a lot of young women (including myself) go on social media and say “oh im not good enough” or “im not pretty” ect. I think that if you are happy with your body and image then that’s all that matters.
  • Molly Sullivan's Jan 23, 18:10 comment on A Deeper Look at the Education System
    I like how you pointed out that by keeping the workload not overbearing, it gives students a chance to have time to discover interests outside of school. I think this is very important so that we can all figure out what we’d like to do with our lives when we are done with school. It’s nice to have something to look forward to outside of schoolwork.
  • Camille's Jan 23, 12:40 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Lydia, I really liked how you posed a problem and then explained a variety of important reasons why this is such a major issue. I completely agree that any spread of misinformation especially from our country’s leaders is very damaging and can pose several risks. I also found it really interesting how you mentioned that Buchanan said to simply do nothing about fake news. This is a very good point that I may not have thought to do. Camille
  • Maddie's Jan 23, 06:56 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I liked how you included how music also helps express social issues because it overall helps convey how musical is personal to you. It helps depict your style and how we feel comfort through music as a form of language.
  • Alex's Jan 23, 06:00 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I think you did an amazing job. Abortion has become such a huge issue to society. I believe that you provided a solid reason why abortions should not take place. I like how you added credible facts as well as personal experiences and ways to prevent pregnancy. Overall, great job!
  • Rachel's Jan 23, 05:53 comment on Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?
    Sarah, I found your post very interesting because I had not realized how unhealthy the American diet truly is, and how it can drastically effect our lives. It’s very concerning that our life expectancy is decreased by such a large amount from our daily diets. 11 years is a very long time, more than a decade, and losing so much time from life is scary. One thing you said that stands out for me is that when you were in Switzerland as a child, you and your brother were craving fast food. As children, you probably couldn’t understand why the healthy food around you wasn’t satiating and why you had such a strong inclination for fast food. Fast food is designed to leave you always wanting more, and so of course the natural options could not compete with the man-made food. Your post reminds me of the saying that you are what you eat. Eating healthy foods rewards you because your body can build itself to be healthy. Extra years of life and health is certainly worth missing out on enjoying a good McDonald’s Big Mac for a few minutes. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts are very thought provoking!
  • Lluvia's Jan 23, 05:41 comment on What is the Best Way to Reduce Abortion Rates?
    I really like your article and it’s so important to discuss about this topic. Yes some think that restricting people will help, in reality it does exactly the opposite. I liked your plan of action to help prevent more abortions it is very planned out and detailed.
  • Meghan's Jan 23, 04:51 comment on Why are we likely to empathize with anti-heroes?
    Megan – I really liked how you mentioned that the concept of heroes and villains isn’t always black and white. Generally speaking, I think it is really important to understand that there is a grey area when it comes to good versus evil. As you said in your blog post, “people cannot be defined as completely moral or completely corrupt”, hence the grey area. I also agree with your point that we empathize with the antagonist more in a hero vs. villain story because we tend to relate to them more. We often see ourselves in the anti-hero and aspire to be the hero in the story which is part of the reason why we are so drawn to the anti-hero character. You did a great job of thoroughly explaining this concept in your blog post.
  • kamila's Jan 23, 04:31 comment on Competition
    Peyton, your blog was very interesting. I think you did a very good job at displaying the amount of stress that us as high schools encounter. We experience competition in most aspects of our lives wether we realize it or not. We are put under a lot of pressure to always perform well and be the best at everything we do. This stress and competition puts our minds and bodies through a lot of pain because of it. But this does give us the opportunity to become stronger in the future. Overall I think that you did a very good job.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:29 comment on i agree you can't change what's ready been done
    anything that happens in your life is in the past you can’t change the past of just focus on the future and make the best out of it.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:23 comment on i agree with you his parents relationship was abusive and disgusting.
    yes and you can’t really that’s why their family is so messed up. this reminds me of so many movies I’ve watched of how the parents were bad at parenting and the kids was deeply affected by that.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:19 comment on Even though he shows it in a rude way he really cares about his son and he wants him back.
    This reminds me of how my mom wasn’t really proud of us until we exceeded higher than she expected grade-wise.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:05 comment on observation
    It matters to me because every woman should/needs to have some type of confidence
  • Amarylis's Jan 23, 04:04 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Lydia, I love how you are bringing up this topic especially during this time. I think you made your argument very clear and your text was easy to understand and follow. Fake news can be tricky to handle but as a society we should try to stop it from spreading through different variations, including the one Buchanan suggests. It is easier to be influenced by fake news like this and it makes it easier to spread with social media. I love your writing and this topic is super important. You did such a great job! 🙂
  • Julia B.'s Jan 23, 04:00 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Hey Haley, I love how you chose this topic! At my middle school, part of our schedule was walking for 15 minutes every morning in between homeroom and first period, and we were told that walking, or exercising, can improve mental performance! I loved learning more about this topic. I especially found it interesting that exercise can improve sleep! This makes sense because we sleep better after we have used our body and our muscles throughout the day. I hope that this article has been informative for its readers, and I hope this article will motivate them to exercise more! Thank you so much for writing this article Haley! Nice work!
  • Madison's Jan 23, 03:40 comment on The Widespread Problem among teens today: How the Pandemic has increased social media usage
    Josie, your post about social media and its effects, specifically in regards to the recent isolation and quarantine, was very captivating and interesting to read about! I thought your argument was very convincing and relatable. Social media can be very addictive and even harming if you let it, though I also liked how you mentioned how social media was also useful, as it kept us in the loop and helped us escape the world for a bit. I agree though, that spending time away from your phone, or other devices, is a necessary thing to do today. Like you said, “there is so much more to life than an Instagram post, a celebrity birthday, or a Snapchat story.” Taking time away from social media is very important, as living life outside of the internet is an important thing to remember to do. For me, the adjustment to the sudden isolation was difficult, and I, too, turned to social media. Eventually, I remember taking a break from it all and taking a walk in the snow, as well as spending time with my family as often as I could. And, although I think social media is a great way to interact with others and to escape from reality for a bit, it’s important to remember to not spend every waking minute there and to take the time for yourself so that you can truly live your life to the fullest. I look forward to your next posts!
  • Ellie's Jan 23, 01:40 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    Julia, I really enjoyed this piece and I definitely learned a lot about lucid dreaming and the brain. Lucid dreaming has always been one of those things that I knew happened, but I never really understood how. That’s why I especially enjoyed your descriptions of parts of the brain involved in lucid dreaming and your clear explanations of how they work (especially the temporoparietal junction, it never gets the recognition it deserves). Good job! I look forward to more from you!
  • Megan's Jan 23, 01:29 comment on Why can’t you just be happy for once?
    Maddie, I really enjoyed this blog post! I definitely agree that there is a stigmatism around mental health in which people believe they can simply fix it. I think that it is important to realize that sometimes when you are trying to help, you may end up making things worse. This is why it is very important to be informed on mental health and why we should work toward eliminating the stigma surrounding it. I especially liked the part that said mental health is something “that you have to learn to cope with and live your life to the fullest.” If you never learn to cope with mental health issues, it will only end up becoming worse and hindering your ability to enjoy life. I also appreciate the fact that you have brought attention to the problem of trying to “fix people” because as humans we like to have control, and trying to fix people’s problems give us a sense of control. Thanks for sharing 🙂
  • Izzy's Jan 23, 01:21 comment on Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?
    Sarah, I really enjoyed your piece about blue zones and how the diet of Americans compares to that of one of the “healthiest” groups of people. Going into this post, I did not know that blue zones existed, nor were a recognized term for where people live the longest. It is interesting to directly compare the normalized American diet to Ikarians and their much more wholesome and nutrient dense meals. Your post makes me think about how the American diet which we have grown up with, is frankly disgusting to other cultures. Your personal story about searching for fast food in Switzerland was eye opening, and as someone who has never traveled out of the United States, it stresses that what we live in is normal to us, but is considered foreign to other nations. It is an interesting concept that places me outside of my comfort zone. Thank you for taking the time to write this post and I look forward to reading further posts from you!
  • Kaylee's Jan 22, 22:23 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Dear Lydia, I am very interested in your post because it discusses a topic that is concerning to most people right now, especially with all of the newsworthy events that are currently taking place. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Buchanan suggests that when we come across fake news we should do nothing about it.” I think this is fascinating because I have never heard that advice before. I agree that it is not good to draw attention to fake news, so ignoring it may be the best way to avoid the spread of it. Thanks for your writing and I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Isabella's Jan 22, 22:21 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I really enjoyed reading your article. I like how you said, “When exercising, the brain releases endorphins that are known as “feel good” chemicals improving the moods and decreasing symptoms for those struggling with a mental illness.” I liked this quote from the article because you explain what chemicals the brain releases and how they effect the body and mind. I like how you emphasized that exercise will help to increase your mood. In addition, I like how you explained other chemicals that are active when exercising like neurohormones.
  • Lauren's Jan 22, 20:45 comment on Bilingualism: The Key to Worldly Communication
    Emily, I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I agree that awareness of other cultures and languages is very important in the world today and that bilingualism is the key. I especially like when you said, “The knowledge of multiple languages gives individuals the opportunity to make deeper connections with others and have the freedom to communicate with those who speak another language.” Personal connections are very important in today’s world especially with the strong presence of technology. I also like how you mentioned the numerous benefits of bilingualism including the preservation of culture and personal development.
  • Julia G.'s Jan 22, 20:40 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Hey Maia, I really liked how you included that there were positives and negatives to social media and the different uses for social media. You did well explaining the extent to which social media can be used such as for school projects and also outside of school as a way to connect with friends and family. Though social media can have a large impact on mental heath, there are also plenty of resources and people on social media that can provide help for those individuals with depression or anxiety. I agree that social media can encourage students to learn and become more engaged because they are familiar with social media. Overall, very nice job:)
  • Josie's Jan 22, 20:35 comment on The Good That Exists Within Social Media
    Hi Katie, I really enjoyed reading your blog post that explores the good that exists in social media platforms. In contrast to my own post, it reveals all the positive aspects of this tool, like the ability to connect with others, and more importantly, the voice it gives people to speak out and raise awareness against issues of injustice. I really enjoyed when you said social media is “vital for people to use their ability to have a voice and express their thoughts in order to promote peace and justice to a vast amount of other people through the media.” I think that this really sums up the beauty that is social media, because it truly gives allows people to promote their beliefs through social media. I really enjoyed reading your post, and I look forward to your future posts. I also liked how you incorporated a real, relevant event to greater emphasize your idea. Great job!!
  • Ashley's Jan 22, 20:22 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I loved you ideas on this topic, I agree with your ideas about how exercise can be a very important component to good mental health. You blog post was also very well written and easy to follow, with this being an informative blog it made it easy to understand.
  • Amanda's Jan 22, 20:03 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Maia, I really liked how you showed both the positive as well as negative aspects of social media before stating your view on the topic. With the civilization becoming more and more technological and tech-dependent each day, its important that everyone know what resources they have at their fingertips and how they can be beneficial, especially within the classrooms. Great work!
  • Kiran's Jan 22, 19:45 comment on i agree with you his parents relationship was abusive and disgusting.
    Yeah. How can you be a good parent if you are wrapped up in a sado-masochistic relationship with each other? You are commenting on paragraph 17 in Part 1, right?
  • Kiran's Jan 22, 19:35 comment on Even though he shows it in a rude way he really cares about his son and he wants him back.
    This reminds me of my mom. She loved us no matter what. Where as my father loved us when we achieved go