• Justin's Jan 25, 08:04 comment on Endagered Species In China
    Dear Braden I am very excited by your post “Endangered Species In China,” because I feel like many of your ideas about how endangered species in China line up very closely with mine and I feel that in the future your work will get even better and better. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Through this article I’ve learned that it’s not the black market that is the whole problem, it’s also the regular trade market” I think this is very important because many people think that all of China's endangered wildlife trade is underground and hidden from plain sight, however much of it is actually not considered illegal and can be seen in public. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “ I believe that if enough attention is brought to this problem, it would bring people from around the world to stop the Trade of endangered species.” This stood out for me because I feel like this is the best way to solve this type of problem and earlier cases of people just bring attention to a problem and people realizing and fixing it have happened before like with the shark fin soup social ban/reform.Have you seen this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud_jKdI68eI I thought you might be interested in this because it shows how China did put in a lot of effort to preserve animals like the Giant Panda, kinda like how you wrote about in your post.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem to genuinely care about this topic and want to spread all the information you know on to others to bring forth change. That is something I wish I will be able to do in the future and along with seeing how far you'll go down in the rabbit hole of information in this cruel, but fascinating topic.
  • Ahmed's Jan 25, 07:46 comment on Mom Obligation
    Dear Emely I appreciate you that you focus in Mama struggles in her life, You did a great job, most of us were focusing in Maggie and her sister, while the main character who faced a lot of issues wad the Mama. You just change our opinion about Mama, while we were thinking that she wasn't fair with treating her daughters. However now we know by your writing that Mama had very difficult life where she had to being fair in the position that being fair is not the most important. Mama was trying always to be fair but she always had other things to do in order to gain the satisfaction of her daughters in a difficult stage of life. Thanks again Emely you did great.
  • Ahmed's Jan 25, 07:00 comment on Dee and the Quilts
    Dear Hanna I literally read what I should read in the real story Everyday Use. Your imagination show the real conflict that Mama and her daughters had about the quilt. Each one of them had her claimed of what is the best for the quilt. You did great job, isn't easy to predict the whole argument between the family, but you did very well.
  • Ahmed's Jan 25, 06:26 comment on My true feelings
    Dear Eros Great job I literally felt like Maggie who wrote these words. There is so much emotion in the sentences you wrote almost in each word I read, moves my heart emotionally. The most words that hurt my feelings was when Maggie said " Today, I still reflect on the idea that I am maybe not enough to be loved." These fifteen words were strong enough to take me away thinking about the millions of people who are suffering in different part on the world. They may feel the same thing, especially the kids who have no reason to take there rights away from them. They are thinking why we're suffering and not being loves by getting some help, since the environment around us is mist up by the war. Finally I want to congrats you Eros that you wrote really great sentences.
  • Armando's Jan 25, 00:21 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear Cesar, thank you for your support and also it really important to me that i am getting good feedback which who wouldnt. Also the fact that you said that i am inspiring, I will work on that and get more academic because writing isnt my thing but in order to become a really good writer, i and everyone else is going to need our teachers feedback, support and tools in order to become highly educated people. And again thank you for your support, it really helps.
  • Armando's Jan 25, 00:18 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    and also thank you for your support.
  • Armando's Jan 25, 00:17 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear Victor, thank you for your support and positivity. I really like how you agree with my post about gun violence because gun violence is a really big issue in the whole world especially the united states. Also that suicides cause by firearms is a really critical fact and hopefully in the future i will write more about it and try to ave people think about it if i can.
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 24, 21:36 comment on The Next Step for Children’s Climate Change Protests
    Matthew, This is very well written. Through your writing, I can tell how strongly you feel about this topic, and that makes it incredibly captivating and interesting to read. When a writer is clear how strongly they feel about what they are writing about, it makes it much more convincing. When you said "Without their vote and their power to put the world on the right track, us kids can do nothing but watch the world burn, despite our cries," I could really feel the emotion behind your words, which makes the argument stronger. Furthermore, I agree with what you are arguing: I think adults also need to take a stand if they want their future generations to survive. You said "We are dying, and they should be taking care of us," which I had never really thought about before. Most teenagers who are taking a stand are still in high school, which means a large majority cannot vote or take any actions towards change because they are not old enough. Thus, adults are also a part of the change, but many adults do not see this. I found this article that relates to your topic, so I highly suggest reading it! (https://hbr.org/2019/03/young-people-are-leading-the-way-on-climate-change-and-companies-need-to-pay-attention) Thanks for sharing this! -Kaitlyn
  • Dominic's Jan 24, 21:34 comment on How American should proceed in the Middle East
    Hello Topey, I thought this article was very well-timed due to so much happening in the news with the Middle East. Personally I didn't know half of the events you discussed, so this was a great small summary of what has led up to all of the new conflict that I didn't know the history to. I also liked how you linked all of this to 9/11. Looking back it's a clear and easy comparison to make, but I didn't think about it and the connection you made to it really helped with my understanding of the analysis you were making with all of the US and Middle East conflict. I noticed that you would like to further research what other actions we have done in the Middle East, but I think it would also be helpful to look into what the Middle East has done in the US (I don't know of anything other than 9/11 so more information about that would be good for creating a better picture of the history around the topic). Overall this was one of the best articles I have read on youth voices and I thought it did a great job of summarizing all that has happened in the news recently.
  • Ella's Jan 24, 21:34 comment on The Next Step for Children’s Climate Change Protests
    HI Matthew! I really liked your article and found it very interesting. I agree with everything that you said. Climate change is more serious than ever right now, and it is crucial to do something about it. I am writing a research paper about climate change in schools, and how it is being taught. I have focused on how some kids get taught it in schools, whereas (based on the teacher's viewpoints) some kids don't learn about it at all. I have been saying that is is extremely important to educate children because they are the future of our planet. However, reading your article has made me think differently. I still believe it is important to teach kids, but I agree with you about how we have to teach adults. We are in school, getting this education, and they aren't. You are absolutely right when saying that these "children’s protests started, to get adults to listen to us, to listen to the scientists telling us that the world is almost guaranteed to end if nothing is changed." Voting, writing letters, marches, etc. are all great ways to try and get some action when talking about climate change. If us kids can keep it up, then hopefully adults can see the risk at stake, and join us. I really enjoyed your article and thought it was very well-written. It got me thinking a lot! I look forward to see what else you have to write about this topic!
  • Erica Strand's Jan 24, 21:33 comment on Australian fires and climate change
    Hi Lior, This was super interesting article. The notes about the Australian economy being dependent on coal mining as well as sales are really interesting because not many people realize that. I also really enjoyed learning about the Dipole, which I had not previously known much about. I would love to hear more about the economic consequences of these bushfires, as not many people are covering that. -erica s
  • Viviana's Jan 24, 21:32 comment on Bicycling in the East Bay Can Be Unsafe
    This is such an interesting topic. I absolutely think that cities should be more involved in getting people to be more active in their everyday lives. As you mentioned many challenges arrive when you think about public safely. Cities should be aware of these risks and work to find solutions that benefit everybody. Your solution of building more biking pathways to increase safety, is a very good idea.
  • Abbey's Jan 24, 21:32 comment on Why children shouldn’t be expected to save the whole world
    Hi Livia! I completely agree with what you are saying here and I think that it is so important to bring up the topic because I think a lot of the time people hide behind what they are scared of and they do nothing to fight back. Us as children are doing what we can to make sure that we have the future that we deserve and adults should be doing the same, not standing idly by as our entire planet goes under. Here is another article that I think you would like! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/climate/global-climate-strike.html
  • Hannah's Jan 24, 21:32 comment on Endagered Species In China
    Hi Branden! This is an awesome post and something that we often don't think of in our day to day lives. The lives of animals, especially endangered species are so important to education, history, and the preservation of our environment. I just finished an Oceanography class at my high school and we actually talked a lot about the illegal shark finning market in Asian countries, especially china. Most of the animals being hunted and killed are for medicinal purposes; with the shark fins they are usually made into a soup that was once eaten by royalty. A documentary that you should watch that made a huge impact on me was "Shark water Extinction" and the dangers of the finning industry. Animals are so important and i think it's very important that you are raising awareness. Your writing was very well written and used appropriate sources of information. GOOD JOB!
  • Sam's Jan 24, 21:30 comment on Opioid epidemic
    I think the opioid epidemic is one of the most harmful and dangerous problems in present times. I completely agree with your point that slowing down the rate and amount of prescriptions would have been useful before the epidemic, but now it is too late. This is something I don't think a lot of people understand and there is so much money in the prescription drug world that I doubt any big change will happen in the near future. I agree with you that the best option for right now is too educate and highly enforce the dangers of what people are being prescribed and hope that they will listen.
  • Ellie's Jan 24, 21:29 comment on Endagered Species In China
    Braden, I enjoyed reading your post because I am currently interested in climate change and endangered species. Especially when you summarize an article that exposes the problem of legal markets by saying "Through this article I’ve learned that it’s not the black market that is the whole problem, it’s also the regular trade market. Its legal to trade these animal parts of these endangered species. Therefore, China is encouraging the killing of these species. This policy opened up the gates for illegal trade completely," it made me realize that there are a lot of governmental policies that the voters are not aware of. This case specifically emphasizes the need for voter education so that voters can vote for policies that conserve our planet rather than make illegal things legal. You might be interested in reading this article https://ballotpedia.org/Endangered_species_policy_in_the_United_States because it makes us look back at our own policies on endangered species in the United States. I hope to keep reading articles from you and would love to stay in touch. Ellie Han
  • Megan's Jan 24, 21:29 comment on The Next Step for Children’s Climate Change Protests
    Matthew- This article is amazing! It is very well written and obvious that you spent time researching the background to voting and initiating chnage. It offered excellent insight to the issue at hand, which I personally believe all young adults are facing the burden of. We are expected to change the trajectory of the world, but this cannot change until we can vote. There needs to be a way to ensure that people are voting and using their voices to initiate change in the world! Heres a link that I believe will help you in your future research and writing (https://www.businessinsider.com/how-designers-increase-voter-turnout-2016-10) I can't wait to see what you write next! Megan
  • Olivia's Jan 24, 21:28 comment on Opioid epidemic
    Hi Sebastian, I really like your approach to researching this topic by looking into previous lawsuits because I think finding out who is liable for this epidemic is important. I also really liked that your article was thorough and explored many parts of the issue (health, laws, etc). I think this source will be really helpful to you because it talks about big pharma and the lawsuits they faced: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6461324/ . Thanks, Olivia
  • Pauline's Jan 24, 19:43 comment on Australian fires and climate change
    Hey Lior! I thought your article was informative and interesting! I had no idea about the Indian Ocean Dipole and thought you did a great job of explaining it. I like your prescriptive on the idea that we will have to wait until the fires stop to truly understand what to do next. I found an article showing the effects the fires already have on Australia I hope you enjoy it! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50951043
  • Pauline's Jan 24, 15:49 comment on Should School Start Later?
    Hey Kayla!! I agree with you that school should start later and that the pros outweigh the cons! I liked how you addressed how it may be hard for some families with jobs to drop off their kids earlier and definitely think that is something that would need to be addressed if school were to start later. Here is an article I found that shows an example of a schools starting later in California. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/14/us/school-sleep-start.html Enjoy!
  • Sydney's Jan 24, 15:45 comment on The Meaning of American
    Hey Noah! I agree with what you are saying. I like your definition of America because not many people realize that American are all different. There are so many ways to describe an American and I think that your definition is pretty good. Here is an article that I think you may like. https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/my-part-story/what-does-it-mean-be-american
  • asher's Jan 24, 15:42 comment on Endagered Species In China
    Hello Branden Thank you for your post I think you bring a lot of important topics and points that people need to take note of. especially in countries outside of the U.S we might not care to look in further on a topic because of that, but if we don't learn from others than we can't grow without making those life changing mistakes. An article from new York times talks about the mix signals china has made with their stance on protecting animals, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/chinas-mixed-messages-on-the-global-trade-in-endangered-animal-parts.html I think that leaders need to focus in on this and make sure there is a consensus that letting these animal go extinct with result in a much bigger cost than to sell them will make. -Asher
  • Livia's Jan 23, 20:07 comment on Why children shouldn’t be expected to save the whole world
    🙂 Thank u for agreeing im so tired of adults
  • Isa's Jan 23, 18:54 comment on Bicycling in the East Bay Can Be Unsafe
    I agree with lior, and I’ve found when driving on larger streets drivers are rude or just completely ignore the bike lane so I end up riding on the sidewalk.
  • Isa's Jan 23, 18:51 comment on Why children shouldn’t be expected to save the whole world
    I fully agree with this, I think adults have gotten lazy or given up. They always say that it’s up to us since it’s going to be our world. The truth is though that we weren’t the ones that screwed it up so adults should take responsibility and do something so we aren’t left with a world that we can’t help.
  • Lior's Jan 23, 18:47 comment on Are Uniforms Needed?
    i agree that students should have the freedom to wear what they want as long as it follows dress code policies.
  • Lior's Jan 23, 18:46 comment on Bicycling in the East Bay Can Be Unsafe
    I think this is a great solution, as a biker the bike paths and bicycle friendly streets are very helpful!
  • Jenifer's Jan 23, 18:31 comment on Here’s how Russia’s new weapon would leave us defenseless.
    Dear Charlie: I am interested by your post, “Here’s how Russia’s new weapon would leave us defenseless”, because apparently the weapon you speak seems to be a fairly strong weapon. It is also good to know what the nuclear missile can do. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ The USSR eventually developed ICBMs, which eventually (flash forward to December of 2019) led to the creation of the Avangard, the world’s first hypersonic missile.” I think this is interesting because we are talking about the first hypersonic missile. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because that missile seems to be very interesting. Especially what it can cause. Also, why did they make that missile if it is very powerful, like what purpose was it made for? Jenifer
  • Hanna Salem's Jan 23, 17:43 comment on The Hardest Letter to Write
    Dear Abigail, I am impressed by the way you composite your letter "The hardest letter to write " because it shows the awaiting reunion between Maggie and her sister. It also shows how Maggie has changed and improved her life. One line that stands out for me is "Hello Dee or I should call you Wangero? Whatever." because it shows the disconnection between Maggie and her sister. Which reflects on creating the conflict between Maggie and her Sister. The lack of communication aspect between Maggie and her sister arise issues between them and helps to weaken the bonds and cohesion between them . That line astonished me "However I would like to visit you one day and maybe have a cup of tea and talk about our lives. I almost forgot to tell you that I have always admired you." because it shows the dedication of Maggie to strengthen the bonds between her and her sister and also implies on how important the family is for Maggie. I loved reading you letter and i look forward to read more work from you.
  • Deng's Jan 23, 17:20 comment on Uniforms aren’t needed
    Dominic this was very well typed post, I agree with you and notice that uniforms don't really serve any purpose in the school system.
  • Hanna's Jan 23, 16:41 comment on My true feelings
    Dear Eros, I am intrigued by your letter "My true feeling " because it explains the difficulties that Maggie had to face due to the lack of support she received from her mother. I also admire your elaboration of the distinctive behavior that mama had toward Maggie. One line that stands out for me is "Mama put you ahead of me and made me feel like I was really nothing just like I was not capable of reaching to the gold pedestal that she had you on" because it asserts how Mama had a strong negative attitude toward her.It also explains why Maggie doesn't have a strong personality like her sister . Maggie always received negative attitude from her family whose supposed to be there for her and also being person of color in the 80s was not welcoming. I would like you to elaborate in that line "because more than just be taken down by the negative it gave me strength and tools to make myself stronger and I thank her for all the times that she tried to make me feel that I was less than you but what she did not know was that she was just making me better than what you was through her eyes in some way or another." How do you think that Maggie is building her life? Is there a specific line in the story that implies that Maggie is building her life. From my understanding of the story Maggie seems to be a submissive person who does not like change and she like to have conventional life like her family. I enjoyed the time reading you letter and i look forward to read more of your work.
  • Hanna's Jan 23, 16:11 comment on It Is How I feel In Real Life
    Dear Leticia, I like your story "It Is How I feel In Real Life" because it shows the insecurities that Maggie has to deal with due to her body scars.It also stresses on the power of words and how the words can deeply affect someone's live. One line that stands out for me is " I am someone who is barely recognized or even noticed by the world because I am silent and distant. " because it shows how deeply Maggie affected by her body scars. She almost feel invisible and she doesn't have a voice. This trauma affected her whole life and she carry it with her. Another line that made me curious is "Despite that my mother attitude was like I liked her and I will always protect her." . It shows how thankful Maggie is despite the negative attitude that she gets , she is till grateful for her mother . I look forward to read more of your stories and i would like to know why Maggie still grateful to her mother even though her mother didn't value her.
  • Matthew's Jan 23, 06:13 comment on Why children shouldn’t be expected to save the whole world
    Hi Livia! We know each other in real life but I'm gonna be excessively formal. I appreciate this article, and I agree that children are put under way too much stress. I also agree that adults not doing anything to solve these problems is very dumb. If the voting age were lowered, we could actually do stuff! Anyways check out my post its way better than this one (that was a lie for a joke this article is also very good) AND it kinda relates sort of https://www.youthvoices.live/2020/01/22/the-next-step-for-childrens-climate-change-protests/
  • Livia's Jan 23, 05:49 comment on The Next Step for Children’s Climate Change Protests
    Hi Matthew! We know each other in real life but Im gonna be excessively formal. I appreciate this article, and I agree that adults need to actually do something, rather than just lauding us for being "brave". I also think it is a good idea that children cannot vote, which is dumb. the voting age should be lowered so that we can actually do stuff! Anyways check out my post its way better than this one (that was a lie for a joke this article is also very good) AND it kinda relates sort of https://www.youthvoices.live/2020/01/21/why-children-shouldnt-be-expected-to-save-the-whole-world/
  • Madi's Jan 23, 05:13 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Hi Jimena, Throughout your essay, I thought you did a very good job raising awareness about the air pollution and the effect it can have on humans. It is a very serious topic in todays society and should be in conversation more. I found an article that goes into further detail about the effects of air pollution: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/air-pollution/ -Madi
  • Madi's Jan 23, 04:58 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Hey Kaya! I really enjoyed your post on the topic of sleep deprivation and the effects it has on students. I was primarily drawn to your post because I personally struggle with getting enough sleep, whether it be because of homework, sports, phone distractions, etc. I liked how you have raised awareness for this issue as well as give different ways that students can start obtaining better sleeping habits! I found another source that goes into further detail about the effects of sleep deprivation: https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body#4. Sincerely, Madi
  • Douglas's Jan 23, 03:05 comment on The History Of Life Academy
    I feel a little confused when you said “ Losing a relationship with a friend sucks because you have been talking to them and learned so much about them.” Because I don’t know how that correlates to your topic about the history of life academy and the ousd. Could you please explain how this correlates to your point?
  • Theo's Jan 23, 02:54 comment on Renewable Energy
    An extremely well written and well-informed article. The only real problem seems to be a typing error, as, for me at least, the first three paragraphs are printed twice. Other than that, an very informative and interesting piece.
  • Lev's Jan 23, 01:19 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    Dear Simon: I am excited about your post, “Teen Vaping” because it is a serious issue that affects many people. I think it will also grow in scope as time progresses. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Teen Vaping is an epidemic that recently has picked up some steam around the country in recent years.” I think this is accurate because it's imposible to enter the poo facility without being confronted by a cloud of vapor, often of the cannabinoid variety. Another sentence that I was pleasured by was: “Several flavors have been restricted and the age limit has been raised from 18-19 to 21” This stood out for me because a similar ban is going into place in my state, so I felt tickled that you would make your post relevant to me! I agree with you wholeheartedly that vapers and Juul-fiends should be reprimanded and pathways for their toxic habit betaken away. This cannot go on! Have you seen this article? https://kushfly.com/product-category/concentrates/cartridges/ I thought you might be interested in this because of the disturbing easy access to THC and nicotine based products. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your grammar seems to be greatly improving and your sentences got clearer towards the end.
  • Lev's Jan 23, 00:38 comment on Was President Trump’s reaction to Iran justified?
    Dear Jimmy: I am excited that you decided to write “Was President Trump’s reaction to Iran justified?” because I think relations with Iran may prove to be a central focus in foreign policy in the new future. I think this will continue to be the case as the restart their nuclear program because of Trump decision to cut off foreign relations. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Iran has been playing the US for a while now and no-one has done anything about it, making them think it’s ok.” I think this is an ill-informed and oversimplified view of the matter because it fails to take into account past administrations and other allies successful negotiations with the regime. Yes Iran is an oppressive state, but that doesn't justify inflaming tensions to the point of war with Iran Another sentence that I questioned was: “ Something no-one else had the guts to do, except our President, Donald Trump. ” This stood out for me because there was no personal courage or sacrifice on the part of the President in the killing of Soleimani. The people that have to pay the consequence for the needless escalation are the U.S. servicemen and women who will have to fight the war, and Irani civilians who are under the brow of the regime. Trump is not going to fight in the war, he avoided fighting in the Vietnam War despite draft. The cost of Trump's pet war will be paid in the blood of our brave military. As you probably could tell, I don't agree with you that Trumps killing of Soleimani was justified. One reason I say this is it circumvented diplomatic relations, posing unnecessary costs both in the form of money and lives. Another reason I disagree with you is the result of the attack was the reinstating of the Iran nuclear program, which will only make Iran more powerful. Someone else will fill Soleimani's shoes but they will be made a lot more powerful with Iran's construction of nukes Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you seem to be very passionate and have strong opinions. I hope that you learn to do full contextualized research instead of taking talking points out of the Presidents mouth
  • Peter's Jan 22, 21:36 comment on How wildfires have destroyed Northern California
    Adam, thank you for sharing this piece about wildfires. As someone who is from Montana I consider myself fairly familiar with the disastrous effects this massive fires can have. Not only are they often started from undetected causes, they often times become impossible to contain due to inclement weather and winds. An article that I found interesting about wildfires talks about the people based in Montana and elsewhere in the country who fight these massive fires. https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/fire/smokejumpers/missoula
  • Peter's Jan 22, 21:33 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized
    Alex, I appreciated you writing this paper on this controversiall topic. Personally I am in favor of legalizing marijuana on all fronts, it is after all just a plant right? Thank you for sharing both the negative and positives of the drug. Another article that I find helpful when referring to the legalization of marijuana is https://disa.com/map-of-marijuana-legality-by-state.
  • Angel's Jan 22, 21:07 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. One line you said that stood out to me was , "I disagree with you is that why would they put homeless in jail if they are making cabins for them"(Areli). This makes sense, however can you give me evidence of the homeless getting sent to cabins? because I have no clue what your talking about. Try to bring evidence. Also I like that you disagreed to look at what my mistakes are. Next time I could find more evidence. I could try to bring up Homeless being in cabins next time. Look forward to hearing back.
  • Emily's Jan 22, 19:46 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I had a few questions for you based on your comment . I really thought about your question about what we can do as a community for the rent. But do you really think that a small group can make such a movement especially with rent? I feel like maybe we might get ignored
  • Emily's Jan 22, 19:40 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address what you said about me getting the word out because that was the whole point of this article. I have a question why didn't my article change your mind about the importance of the house?
  • Yadira's Jan 22, 19:38 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was,¨considering one time my dad was driving casually when out of nowhere he hit a pothole and got a flat right on the street." I liked how you connected your experience to my blog. Look forward to hearing back!
  • Fernanda's Jan 22, 19:38 comment on Latinx Community
    Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address what you said that being a latino is being hard because a lot of people dont know what the latinx go through. Thank you
  • Jesus's Jan 22, 19:37 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Hey Divianca, thank you very much for reading my blog! i love the input you have put for my blog too. the part of the comment that stood out to me the most wa "By adding this, you explain how gang members not always get the choice of getting an education, because of fear, and because sometimes they are forced into being in a gang and they have no choice." it shows that you really agree wit me and read the article. Thank you and look forward to hearing back.
  • Jacob's Jan 22, 19:37 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate that you agree with me and understand where i'm coming from.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 22, 19:36 comment on Prop. 13 is beneficial
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part that stood out to me was that you agree with the fact that people who have lived in their homes while paying all of their rent should be able to keep a steady price. I have a question for you, what do you think about the fact that some people are losing their homes because of prop. 13? Look forward to hearing back!
  • Jaqueline's Jan 22, 19:36 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was, " we shouldn’t just stand there and watch them sleep on the streets, instead we should help them out and not let them suffer alone." I agree with you because the homeless population is just increasing and there is not many people doing anything to help. Look forward to hearing back!
  • Dayanara's Jan 22, 19:36 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Thank you for reading my blog it's very appreciated. I also agree with you on how everybody is human and deserves to be helped. What do you think is another solution to help homelessness ?
  • Wilbert's Jan 22, 19:36 comment on Dubbs
    THank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was "The Rolling 20’s or The Roaring 20’s.Thanks for writing and keep it up with the good work express yourself as a dubs kid. Look forward to hearing back!.
  • Neyzer's Jan 22, 19:35 comment on The Problem
    Thank you, Angel, for commenting on my blog and reading it. I wanted to address what you said about helping me with more articles and thanks for giving a helpful article that helped me. Also, you give me some background of the article and somethings that contain others to sign up and help out.
  • Isaiah's Jan 22, 19:35 comment on The Golden State Warriors Move To San Francisco
    Dear Jimena, I see your point, but your ignoring my point. That was my counter argument not necessarily MY argument. So you are kind of agreeing with me. Thank ou so much for reading my blog. But next time read the whole blog.
  • America's Jan 22, 19:34 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear Yadira, Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address your question I have not really asked myself why Trump is targeting latinos but when I though about this question the first thing that came to my mind was "because he is a racist" and I don't really think that he values other peoples lives except his own race. But I would really like to know what you think?
  • Xavier's Jan 22, 19:34 comment on Traitor Forever?
    Thank you so much for reading my blog Michael. I appreciate that you took time to examine my lengthy argument. I had a two questions for you based on your comment. The first question I had was, while reading did you read anything that you disagree with or thought needed more explaining? My second question is, since you are a NFL fan, what is your opinion on their current situation right now?
  • Amy's Jan 22, 19:33 comment on Taxes In Oakland
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was , "I didn’t know what the Oakland people did with the taxes money and now you informed me and made me realize that they are not using the taxes right." A question I have for you is has taxes ever impacted you or and one you might know? Looking forward to hearing back!
  • Emily's Jan 22, 19:33 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I had a few questions for you based you comment. what do you think as a community we can do to fix this problem?
  • Marcos's Jan 22, 19:33 comment on The Streets of Oakland
    Thank you for reading my blog. I have a question for you based on your comment. What do you like most about my blog.
  • Yaritza's Jan 22, 18:34 comment on Oakland LGBTQ Community
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood up to me was when you mentioned about places not having signs that say they support transgenders people but their still transgender friendly, because that is very true. Usually when someone supports you they eventually don't always make it known that way, but they show respect and they don't make them feel different. A question I have for you is how do you think the community can make the LGBTQ community feel more supported ? I look forward to hearing back.
  • Johana's Jan 22, 18:33 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address what you said when "People who have moved here to escape poverty or injustice in their own country shouldn’t have to risk their lives and then be put in even more danger in the place they dreamed of escaping to." The reason is that I want more people to know about this incident so we can prevent these things.
  • Josue's Jan 22, 18:33 comment on Sideshows
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I had a few questions for you based on your comment What made you change your mind?
  • Manuel's Jan 22, 18:32 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    thank you for reading my article an like how you connected it to your personal life too
  • Erick's Jan 22, 18:32 comment on The History Of Life Academy
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address what you said when you said that the low test scores were because of the education they are getting. I could agree with you on that but that also elaborates on what I said because The district thought that they just have to make small schools in poor neighbourhoods so they didn't want to pay a lot for the teachers or supplies because it was on a poor neighbourhood. Look forward to hearing back from you.
  • Sugeiry's Jan 22, 18:32 comment on Drug Problem
    Thank you for reading my article, it means a lot. Something that stood out to me in your comment was that you were not aware of the opioid problem in Oakland. It stood out to me because I think that it's pretty obvious that there are drug addicts here. Thanks again for reading 🙂
  • Jesus's Jan 22, 18:32 comment on Crimes/Gun Violence
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said that selling their guns is a good way to prevent shootings. A question i have for you is if you have any other solutions that could also help prevent shootings? Look forward to hearing back.
  • Victor's Jan 22, 18:32 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear Melissa, Thankyou for read over my work and I agree with you because alot of the ime land lors dont trush on immigrants because other people tlk bad about them and that makes the land lords mad.
  • Areli's Jan 22, 18:31 comment on Homeless, Rent, Problems With Solutions
    Thank you so much for reading my blog.I wanted to address what you said when I'm only talking the bad things of oakland I think I would't notice this if you did't post this comment thank you again for opening my eyes.
  • Dominik's Jan 22, 18:31 comment on Union v.s Non-Union
    Dear Nahum, Thank you for reading my blog. I had a few questions for you based on your comment. One question I have is, How does my Blog really make you feel. Is it actually interesting?
  • Ashley's Jan 22, 18:31 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was how you didn't know anything about gentrification and you learned from it.
  • Manuel's Jan 22, 18:31 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Thanks alot for reading my blog I like how you took a direct quote to prove what you were saying and made it stronger
  • Amilia's Jan 22, 18:29 comment on Taken Away
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was where you stated that this topic should be on the news. A question I have for you is would you ever start researching about kidnapping and why? Look forward to hearing back!
  • Esmeralda's Jan 22, 18:29 comment on Life Without Insurance
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me as when you said that other people would assist me with my blog. A question I have is how would they assist me can you give details? I look forward to hearing back from you.
  • Victor's Jan 22, 18:27 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear yaritza, Thank you for reading to my work and agreeing with me because this is a sad topic to talk about and see alot of people who left there original country to find a better life but what they found is the opposite of what they are looking for thnak you for giving me more Ideas to write in my next blog.
  • Jimmy's Jan 22, 17:44 comment on Banning Firearms Isn’t The Answer
    I agree with you that banning firearms is not the answer. It creates more victims, stripping the right of self defense for law abiding citizens, and putting the guns in the hands of criminals. What I think most people often forget about when they think of the second amendment is that it was made for the people to keep and bear arms in case of government tyranny, not just self defense or shooting for sport. Your post was long but it was worth the read.
  • Jimmy's Jan 22, 17:37 comment on Immigration
    I agree with what you said regarding the process to becoming a citizen takes too long. It took my parents 5 years to finally become a US citizen and they don't regret it at all. We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation with laws. Immigration is a very serious topic and needs to be taken care of. As Cooper said, Donald Trump wanting to deal with illegal immigration has nothing to do with racism. Rather it is our president trying to fix this issue, and hopefully eliminating illegal immigrants. Immigrants are more than welcome into the country, just come in the right way like everyone else.
  • Angel's Jan 22, 17:26 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was, "I dont know what Oakland bugdet is and maybe raising taxes is helping Oakland"(Yadira). A question I have for you is that, Did you read my article ?, because I explain that Oakland has a budget towards the homeless which is about million of dollars. Hopefully that answered your Wonderings. Look forward to hearing back!
  • Omar's Jan 22, 17:25 comment on Immigration to Oakland
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was "Thank you Baby Omar for writing this". A question I have for you is, How did my blog interest you? I look forward to hearing back!
  • Durran's Jan 22, 17:23 comment on Mistreated
    Thankyou so much for reading my blog. A question i have for you based on your comment is, Why did my liine happen to stand out to you and is there anything that i can do to make my writing as an author better for any of my readers so i can seem more intresting.
  • Sydney's Jan 22, 17:21 comment on Should School Start Later?
    Hey Kayla! I agree that school should start later. There are so many benefits to the students and the teachers. Here is an article that I think you would like. Enjoy! https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/backgrounder-later-school-start-times
  • Heriberto's Jan 22, 17:18 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized
    Dear Alex: I'm amazed by your poem, "Should Marijuana be Legalized" because I learned that marijuana can be medicinal. I am from Mexico and I live in California. One thing I liked was that you say that marijuana is medicinal as for rheumatism. Something I think is that, on the one hand, marijuana should not be legalized because even children smoke it and I think that is not right. Numas should legalize it as in some parts and for those who really need them but only for that. That is why I think it is a good thing for the elderly as the sick less for the children. Thanks for your writing. I hope you keep posting more park and I keep seeing them and keep commenting. what are your favorite things. Heriberto
  • Lezly's Jan 22, 17:15 comment on Stop Suicide
    Estimado Honam, Estoy muy de acuerdo con su publicación, “Detener el suicidio”, por que es muy cierto que cada vez hay más personas enfrentándose a problemas de depresión, hay diferentes tipos de depresión a el que las personas enfrentan dia con dia. Para estos tipos de problemas las personas necesitan ayuda profesional. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “los suicidios son causados principalmente por deficiencias en la resolución de problemas cuando se enfrentan a situaciones extremas de la vida” creo que esto es algo muy importante porque hay muchas personas que tienen diferentes tipos de problemas como problemas familiares,escolares,en la calle y otros más. Estas personas muchas veces porque no saben como resolver sus problemas y ellos piensan que la mejor manera de arreglar las cosas es el suicidio. Pero estas personas están muy equivocadas en vez de suicidarse deben buscar ayuda con familiares o psicólogos para que ellos puedan ayudarlos y no se suiciden. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribas a continuación, porque tus publicaciones hablan de cosas importantes que nuestras sociedad debe de saber, para que en nuestro mundo no haya tantos suicidios en nuestro país. Y para que las personas que tengan algún tipo de problema busquen ayuda con otras personas y no se dejen vencer por el miedo a no resolver sus problemas.
  • Evelyn's Jan 22, 17:12 comment on Homeless
    Dear Idrissa: I am surprised by his publication, "Homeless" I think this is very important because there are many people who have nowhere to live. They also don't have to eat. I also think that the government should do something to help them. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “The government should do something about it because many of them are dying of hunger, their everyday job is to wake up and go beg for money and food so they can survive in the street” . I think this is hopeful because by doing so you can give a message to people who also have other people who care about other people who don't have a place to live or eat. Thanks for your writing. I look forward seeing what you write next, because it is very important that other people know about this. Also the government to help these people. Evelyn
  • Natalia's Jan 22, 17:11 comment on Trabajo
    Patricia, I also admire people who don't give up and work hard to have a better life. Can you give me an example of when Francisco or his family didn't give up? Ms. Navarro
  • Patricia's Jan 22, 17:08 comment on Immigration
    Dear khristina, I am really excited of what you write. Your post is really interesting because you write about immigration things. Also when people come to the USA they come for a good job because they want to have more money to buy their things that they need. They also come to work hard everyday and send money to their families in mexico. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is when “we should always welcome people who are in search of a new/better life.” I think is a good thing you wrote because immigrants also have rights. No matter what the immigrants are part of the world and everybody from this world have rights. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because what you write gives me a lot of ideas. Patricia
  • Samantha's Jan 22, 17:02 comment on Stop Suicide
    Dear Honam: I am surprised by your post, “Stop Suicide,” because I like your topic. This topic is very important for the tennegers. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Methods to reduce the suicide rate become important to these people. Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy are proven to be effective in preventing suicides.” I think this is great because there are people who can help people with their problems. They can vent and thus stop thinking about committing suicide. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like this topic. I like how people know about this topic and how other people they have this problem may know that there is a lot of help and they are not alone. Samantha.
  • Rolando's Jan 22, 17:01 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized
    Dear Alex: I am perplexed with its publication since it gives its point of view of the subject in a glorifying way but my opinion is that in my point of view marijuana should not be legalized since people instead of using it medicinally, will use it as a drug recreational and I tell you this because I have seen people who are asking for money to eat but in reality they are only going to buy more and more drugs until they make a load for society. I do not say this just to say it since it actually happened to me, when I was eating hamburgers in LA once a lady came to my table and asked me for money for food but when I gave it to her I told her to buy the food in that same restaurant and she said yes but when I released her in money she ran away and I could see through the windows of the restaurant as he gave money to a person and instead gave him a cigar and that's why I oppose the legalization of marijuana because it only ruins people.
  • Alejandro's Jan 22, 16:53 comment on Was Jesus Divine?
    Dear Samuel: I am really interested about your post,’’Was Jesus divine?,’’ because you’re talking about if Jesus the son of god or a simple person and you say that the Holy Bible is the book more famous all over the world One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:’’ If Jesus was not Divine, he was the world’s greatest con man’’ I think this is interesting because...If you believe in jesus or god that doesn't mean that you’re not bad because the religion is good because convert bad people in good people Thanks for for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… you are interested with your thoughts but you can improve if you strive.
  • Meghan Malone's Jan 22, 05:14 comment on Abortion
    I completely agree with you on this Sophie. It should always be the mom's choice when it comes to abortion. Banning abortion is not only just plain cruel, but like you said it can also be really unsafe. I remember this story that was in the news about how there was a 12 year old girl from Alabama who was raped and got pregnant. But because of the new laws against abortions there she couldn't get one/ so both her, and the baby's live's were in extreme danger. I'm not entirely sure of what happened to her but I remember hearing about it and just being shocked that because of some male politicians making a completely ridiculous decision some poor girl's life was in danger. Anyway, this was incredibly well written and very persuasive. I can't wait to see what you write about next.
  • Sophie's Jan 22, 03:08 comment on Renewable Energy
    Hello! I believe you made a lot of great points and gave a lot of good resources that I find very interesting. This is a huge issue and something needs to be done. These were all great ideas. Good Job!
  • Sophie's Jan 22, 03:01 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized
    Alex, I really enjoyed reading your writing. I liked how you added both the pros and cons of medical marijuana. I agreed with everything said, and think that you presented your information very well. Heres a source I think you might enjoy reading! https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine
  • Jack's Jan 22, 01:36 comment on How wildfires have destroyed Northern California
    I think wild fires have become a serious issue. We can clearly see that in Australia now. California has had a few terrible fires in the past years due to the state being in the middle of a drought. It's an issue that has been hard to address given that it's hard to get rid of the effects of a drought.
  • Jack's Jan 22, 01:30 comment on Ethics of Nuclear War
    I agree with nukes being ethically wrong. Mutally assured destruction should hopefully prevent nuclear weapons from ever being used again. The agrument for using them now would have to be a truly dire circumstance. I doubt they will ever be used but as long as people are still killing each other people will keep creating new methods of doing so
  • Casey's Jan 21, 21:40 comment on Uniforms aren’t needed
    Dominic great post! I agree with you and personally I am not a big fan of uniforms myself. While I do see the minimal purpose they serve I feel there are less cons about uniforms than pros.
  • Dominic's Jan 21, 21:36 comment on Child Custody
    Hi Akira, I related to your post so much, and I think that a 50/50 custody agreement would be the most ideal choice for any child/parents in that situation.
  • alex's Jan 21, 21:27 comment on Changes in Life and Circumstances
    Hello I really liked your entire post, even though I dont have a lot in common with you I think that your story is very inspirational. I think in our society it is key to be hardworking even if you are not naturally good at a lot of things. I think that hard work can get you almost anywhere in the world even if you are not that talented at it. I think you would like this article on why hard work is the greatest characteristic to have. https://medium.com/the-mission/hard-work-is-the-single-greatest-competitive-advantage-8e65a1e674f4
  • Casey's Jan 21, 21:25 comment on The American Opioid Epidemic
    Nic overall this post covers the opioid epidemic very well. I like how you explain what is happening as well as some examples of where people go wrong with opiates. The only thing I would recommend is maybe making it a little bit lengthier next time with more details.
  • Nini's Jan 21, 21:24 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Dear Yeira, I strongly agree with what you're talking about. I had learn about the affect of plastics in my oceanography class last semester, we used too much plastics and can really recycle it, it's a really serious problem. Thanks for sharing this post to let more people know about it! Nini Kang
  • alex's Jan 21, 21:22 comment on Fake News
    I liked this Khristina I think that fake news in our society has truly messed with the perception of media because a lot of it has been exposed as either false or just plain up fake. I think out society needs to change the way that the media reports and make sure that the things that they are reporting are true and faithful I think you would like this article about fake news and the history of it. https://www.cits.ucsb.edu/fake-news/brief-history
  • Nini's Jan 21, 21:20 comment on The War in Yemen
    This post told me what happens in Yemen, I don't know about it because I don't follow the news. It's a great post, and I hope that one day there's no war but only peace and love in this world.
  • Nini's Jan 21, 21:15 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    Hi Dominic, Cool post, I agree that we should not let kids play violent video game, because kids does not have cognitive ability as adult, so we should keep them out of that kind of game. I think kids should only look at cartoon and play normal game, and do not spend too much of time on it, that's what my parents told me. Nini Kang
  • Riley's Jan 21, 20:45 comment on Video Games and Its Benefits
    Hey Kutay! After going through all of the posts made by other students this one pulled me in because normally when you hear media talking about video games, they tend to shun the gaming community. I definitely agree with you post because I play video games, like a lot. The connections that I am able to make are very nice. Kids that I meet at school normally have xboxs and it is so nice to just sit down and play some games with them. One of my best friends lives in Ogden (27 miles away from judge) and we rarely get to see each other because him and I are always so busy but we always set aside time during the weekend to get on Fortnite and play together. An example was Saturday. On Saturday we got on xbox at 9 a.m and played until 12 a.m. We have so much fin together because of these gaming devices! If you have a xbox come talk to me because I would love to play with you!
  • Cassie's Jan 21, 20:39 comment on IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA
    Hey Pauline, This was a very interesting post to read. I agree with you on the idea that we shouldn't shut out those who are seeking asylum because our country is a place of work and living. I also agree with you that border security is very important when it comes to those who come into the country. Here is a link you might find interesting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process.html
  • Cassie's Jan 21, 20:35 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Hi Ricardo, Your post was very interesting to read. I agree with your views on single use plastics and how they must be reduced. I like how you listed all the wrong types of single use plastics and than wrote the other ones we could use to reduce our footprint. Here is a link you might find interesting https://www.nrdc.org/stories/single-use-plastics-101
  • Bella's Jan 21, 20:19 comment on Changes in Life and Circumstances
    Husnain, Thank you for sharing your story of how you immigrated to the U.S. from Canada. My parents also immigrated from Canada, and I am a dual citizen of both countries as well. There is definitely few differences between the two countries as both have similar cultures, but I have found that even though discrimination exists everywhere, it is definitely more prevalent and harsh in the U.S. I believe that the U.S. has stronger disparities between races than Canada, and Canada seems to be more accepting of immigrants. I do believe that improvements need to be made regarding racial bias in the U.S., and I believe this can be attained through a nationwide effort to be more inclusive of others. Here is an interesting article regarding how Trump is making it harder for Canadians to immigrate to the U.S. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/01/12/trump-is-also-making-it-harder-for-canadians-to-legally-immigrate-to-the-us-lawyers-say.html Hope to see what you write next, Bella
  • Bella's Jan 21, 20:10 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    Wesley, I agree that the lack of sex-education is a problem in the United States. In order for teen pregnancy rates to decrease, there needs to be a spread of awareness to prevent this problem. Young women across the world need to be educated, and the fact that 90% of teens who get pregnant drop out of school is shocking. The United States should also be working to teach a more positive approach to sex, rather than the common abstinence-based approach. We should especially be more inclusive of people of genders, sexual orientation, and ethnicities when teaching safe practices. Here is an interesting article regarding solutions on how to solve the lack of proper sex education in the U.S. https://psmag.com/news/six-solutions-to-our-failing-sex-ed-system Hope to see what you write next, Bella
  • Graham's Jan 21, 17:24 comment on Immigration
    Hey Clayton, I really liked your post on the US-Mexico Border wall. You expressed so many positives that a wall would provide when the topic is so negative. Your discussion is a refreshing take on something that has been looked down upon so much. Keeping a positive attitude is so important in our negative world. Even if the wall is ultimately bad, there are still good things that we can take away. Thanks! Graham
  • Olivia's Jan 21, 17:23 comment on Crimes/Gun Violence
    Hi Jesus, I really liked your post because you were able to back up your claims with various types of evidence such as tables, graphs, and statistics. I also like how you offered two solutions instead of just one! I think you would like this article about gun violence solutions https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/12/20679091/thomas-abt-bleeding-out-urban-gun-violence-book-review . It reviews a book that offers solutions to gun violence in cities.
  • Olivia's Jan 21, 17:19 comment on Is a vegetarian diet really have benefits for the environment
    Hi Katie, I really like your argument and how you use not only evidence from our world today, but all the way back to the ancient civilizations. There is a lot we can learn from that. Your argument was easy to follow, well supported, and straight forward! I think you would enjoy this article https://time.com/4266874/vegetarian-diet-climate-change/ . It is about how we can all decrease our carbon footprint by following a plant based diet!
  • Emma's Jan 21, 16:07 comment on Dear fellow oxygen-consuming Penguins
    I loved your poem. I didn't even considering the life-threatening impact climate change has on Penguins? I especially liked our description of the beautiful penguin in line 3. In all seriousness, I am terrified for every creature on this planet. for the next coming decades. It is the biggest issue in human history and it is not getting enough attention. I appreciate your closing statements reassuring the penguins safety but it is sad to think we probably won't be able to save those sexy penguins. If you are interested in adapting a penguins and knitting him or her a little penguin jumper here is a link for that. https://penguinfoundation.org.au/get-involved/
  • Maggie's Jan 21, 15:59 comment on Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism.
    Interesting idea! I wonder how long it would take to turn the economy and the systems we have built developing a capitalist society, as well as what the opposition says. I think this would be challenging, especially given our political climate that seems to be changing individuals to be more about keeping their wealth/earnings for themselves and playing less of a "brother's keeper" role in larger society.
  • Emma's Jan 21, 15:53 comment on Is a vegetarian diet really have benefits for the environment
    Looking at the detrimental environmental impacts of animal farming and consumption is mind blowing. If eating meat was necessary for humanity's health well being, I would be most tolerant to meat eaters. However the health benefits of a vegetarian diet is enough to change my mind. So why are people still eating meat? I wonder if it is a meat preface or convince issue or if it is more of a financial burden to adopt a vegetarian diet.
  • Graham's Jan 21, 15:21 comment on Stop Suicide
    I think suicide is a interesting topic. Awareness and signs around school only make it worse. When you expose people to suicides and talk about people killing themselves, it only places those thoughts in their minds. The solution is trying to see people going through these hard times, not necessarily avoiding the problem.
  • Ruhang's Jan 21, 07:04 comment on Homeless
    I agree with you that the government should help homeless people by providing them with food and shelter. Everyone will have their difficult time. The government should help them out of difficulties. The following link can help you learn more. https://thetartan.org/2015/11/9/forum/homeless
  • Ruhang's Jan 21, 06:57 comment on Should School Start Later?
    Hi Kayla! I agree that the school should start later. If the school starts later, a later start can help students get more sleep, which can make the students feel more energetic the next day, and they will not sleep during class. I think in the long run, this is more harm than good. The following article can help you learn more. https://www.cdc.gov/features/school-start-times/index.html
  • Emily's Jan 21, 05:50 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Dear Yeria, I strongly agree with you, because plastic is contaminating our planet and single use plastic is a huge problem in it. If we cut down even half of the plastic we are using in the world we can help save our planet along with the wild life that are dying because of this. This website talks more about how we can stop using so much plastic and the good it will do when we stop using it. https://freshlittlelove.com/blogs/blog/10-ways-to-stop-using-single-use-plastic Sincerely, Emily
  • Emily's Jan 21, 05:42 comment on The Wage Gap in Pro Tennis
    Dear Luke, I strongly agree with your thoughts on the wage gap in sports, because I believe women are working just as hard as men, therefore they should be paid equally. Here is a website that talks more about the wage gap between men and women in sports. https://confessionsoftheprofessions.com/closing-gender-wage-gap-sports-infographic/ Sincerely, Emily
  • Cooper Williford's Jan 21, 05:09 comment on Immigration
    The reason Donald Trump wants to handle illegal immigration from Mexico is because an overwhelming amount of illegal immigrants who came here do in fact bring drugs and violence. While I do think that the "Build The Wall" idea is a bit far fetched and bad for the environment, there is nothing wrong with wanting to take care of illegal immigration and calling out the issue. You also must remember that the immigrants are literally coming here illegally when they have an option to immigrate legally. I understand the process of immigration is not easy but you must also understand that the United States has always had a more lax immigration policy compared to other countries and has throughout history. Donald Trump wanting to handle illegal immigration has nothing to do with racism or xenophobia of any kind, it is simply a president wanting to handle a country's problem. For years presidents have been trying to tackle the issue. In fact, Obama deported more illegal immigrants than Trump.
  • Melissa's Jan 21, 04:28 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear Victor, I think your post was very relatable because my family also struggled with housing so I understand this topic and relate to it well. A line that stood out to me was “housing for immigrants is hard because people talk unacceptable about Immigrants and landlords are making an impediment so they don’t rent to immigrants”. This line stood out to me because people in the United States create a stigma around immigrants and it causes landlords to not rent to immigrants because they think they will do something bad. I agree with your post and the evidence you used was great. Keep up the good work and I hope to read more of your writing!
  • Khristina's Jan 21, 03:50 comment on IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA
    I agree with you on this topic how we should have extensive background checks going in and out of the country. I really think you gave a lot of facts too that were good and they helped me understand more about immigration.
  • Honam's Jan 21, 03:36 comment on Altering Advanced Placement Classes
    Hi Gedeon, I partly disagree with the idea of adding the career aspect into the high school AP courses. It's not feasible for most high school students to spend time on careers that they don't even know if they are interested in or will be study in. Therefore, there will be less and less students going to place themselves into AP courses. https://www.eachieve.com/HighSchoolAP/BestCoursesFor Sincerely, Honam Cao
  • Honam's Jan 21, 03:07 comment on Does the death penalty stop the crimes happen?
    Hi Danny, I found this issue controversial because different states have different laws on death penalty. In my point of view, no one has the right to take others' lives away, even that person had killed another person. It's not a problem if death penalty is effective, but it's a problem if we are right to do so. https://eji.org/issues/death-penalty/ sincerely, Honam Cao
  • Matthew's Jan 21, 02:38 comment on A Solution to the Plastic Problem `
    Hi Zania, I agree that this issue is very important and being taken seriously enough. If something is not done soon, it will eventually be too late. Here is an article about the plastic issue I found interesting. https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/world-ocean-day-2019-oceans-plastics-problem/story?id=63324490 Thanks, Matthew
  • Matthew's Jan 21, 02:35 comment on Australia’s Warm Winter
    Hi Ben, I thought this post did a great job on educating people about the wildfires. The part about affecting ecosystems as well as humans was interesting. Here is an article I found about the topic. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bushfires/australian-bushfires-fires-hit-coal-output-conditions-to-worsen-idUSKBN1ZJ2CS Thanks, Matthew
  • Heaven's Jan 21, 02:27 comment on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: ​an analysis and review
    Love everything bout this keep going love you support ♥️
  • Sophie's Jan 21, 01:12 comment on IS School Necessary?
    Hey Wilbert! I agree with you and think the school is necessary to be successful, however, the price of school is extremely unfair to pay. Everyone should get higher education but it can not simply be done because of the prices. Here is a website that talks about the different prices of college. https://www.collegedata.com/en/pay-your-way/college-sticker-shock/how-much-does-college-cost/whats-the-price-tag-for-a-college-education/ -Sophie
  • Angeth's Jan 21, 01:06 comment on Money For Planned Parenthood
    I really found this article interesting, well written. here is an article you would be interested in https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/19/health/planned-parenthood-title-x.html
  • Angeth's Jan 21, 00:59 comment on The Harmful Side of “Voluntourism”
    I like this topic the issue is not really talked about. Here's an article you would be interested in https://uncorneredmarket.com/volunteering-voluntourism-good-bad-and-questions-to-ask/
  • Sophie's Jan 21, 00:30 comment on Australia’s Warm Winter
    Hey, Ben! I liked your post and thought it was well written and clearly explained what is happening in Australia. I liked the part where you talked about why some brush fires are started in your first paragraph. Here is a website I found that talks about more reasons why the fires were started. https://www.newsweek.com/australia-wildfires-arson-new-south-wales-police-1480733 -Sophie
  • Hannah's Jan 21, 00:17 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Hey Angelina! I think that this is a great piece that identifies a problem in your local community that affects a wide variety of people and things. Littering is a huge problem all across America and you gave a great visual to what is happening in Oakland. I think that adding a tax or a fine for littering on the whole city would help reduce the amount of litter because it would require them to be aware of the trash they are creating by paying a price. I love that you gave a list of solutions, this article , http://www.gwinnettcb.org/help-the-environment/litter-prevention/, has a whole list of solutions that ordinary people everywhere could implement that would reduce the litter little by little. I also liked that you referenced your sources of where you got your information. I wonder how long it would take to see results in the city? I hope that this inspires others to not litter and raise awareness of the impact of trash. Great Job!
  • Ben's Jan 21, 00:17 comment on Feedback request on Human Trafficking thesis 🙂
    Bladimir, I found your post intriguing and made me interested in the topic of human trafficking. I found this link that can maybe help you with your work (https://polarisproject.org/myths-facts-and-statistics/). I hope you're doing well! Ben
  • Ben's Jan 21, 00:11 comment on College is getting too pricey
    Alex, I completely agree with your post. As a high school senior, I have been stressed out about paying for college and have been looking for ways to pay for college. I wish it were cheaper :(. I found this link (https://vittana.org/19-should-college-be-free-pros-and-cons) talking about the pros and cons of free college. Thanks! Have a great night! -Ben
  • Abigayle's Jan 21, 00:07 comment on Physician Assisted Suicide
    Hi Kelsey, I found what you wrote was very interesting and it makes people reading think about the argument you are portraying. The reason this was so interesting to read was because not many people talk about whether assisted suicide should be legal. Most people read or hear the word suicide and don't want to talk about it because of the problems of suicide that exists in this world. I agree that if people are requesting this type of treatment that they should be allowed to have it as an option because they are in control of their own life. Here is another article that might interest you. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1121585/
  • Abigayle's Jan 20, 23:54 comment on Should School Start Later?
    Hi Kayla. I agree with your argument that school should start later in order for students to get more sleep and maintain good mental health. You addressed a very good problem that if school were to start later, then most students would stay up later at night because they know they can. I found this link that might interest you and give more information towards this argument. http://neatoday.org/2019/02/27/what-happens-when-schools-start-later/
  • Ella's Jan 20, 21:01 comment on School Uniforms
    Hi Cam, I found your piece very interesting. I have worn a uniform ever since I was in Kindergarten. I understand that it blocks people from expressing themselves or having a creative identity. However, I personally like uniforms. Maybe it is because I have spent my whole life wearing one, but I find them easy and convenient. I think that wearing uniforms is easier than having to find something new to wear everyday. Also, uniforms can offer a sense of inclusion to some kids. I agree with your when you said "Having a uniform dress code also has a lot of up sides. It prevents gang violence, make it easier for kids to dress, gives pride, promotes learning, etc." I really enjoyed reading what you had to say, nicely done.
  • Gedeon's Jan 20, 20:56 comment on American Literature
    Great writing! You effective conveyed your points to readers through your conciseness and analysis. I think adding a couple of sentences addressing the meaning America had when it was first introduced will tremendously help your writing.
  • Gedeon's Jan 20, 20:51 comment on The Paris Agreement/Climate Change
    Great job Elliot. I like the fact that you were concise with your points and got the issue your writing about across to the reader. I believe that if you add direct quotes and additional evidence to support your claims, your writing will be more reliable. This is article at the bottom might be helpful for your writing. https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/what-is-the-paris-agreement
  • Hanson's Jan 20, 20:47 comment on Two Parties | One Country
    Hi Clinton Your article about the two party system in the United States is very interesting. The discussion between the two party system and multi party system never stop. I believe each system has its advantage and disadvantage. Here is an ariticle I read about the polotical system. (https://futureofworking.com/9-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-the-two-party-system/) Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Luke's Jan 20, 20:45 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hey Kira, I enjoyed reading your post about mental health. I feel like it is a very prominent subject that needs to be taken seriously. Many people that I personally know struggle with mental health, after reading this post I have learned more things about it. I found this article that relates to your post check it out, https://www.tqee.org/blog/childrens-mental-health-1-concern-of-teachers/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=blog_posts&utm_content=childrens_mental_health&utm_term=kids%20mental%20health&gclid=Cj0KCQiAvJXxBRCeARIsAMSkApqCfPZkgZLGwiAXfZSjTtLpfY5JxWfqHiZmfxXWM0QkE0LOITC41pMaAqVfEALw_wcB -Luke
  • Alicia's Jan 20, 20:39 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Hi Ricardo! I thought what you wrote was extremely interesting. We talked about this problem in my Oceanography class and took a look at how much plastic is really in the oceans. It's shocking how much waste we humans have thrown away and how it is still impacting us, even if it is no longer in our possession. The amount of marine life that is harmed by this problem is huge and it affects us as well, like you said,, because we eat some of that plastic when we eat seafood. I agree that we should reduce our use of single-use plastics. It's not only better for the environment but it is also cleaner.
  • Luke's Jan 20, 20:35 comment on It’s Bed Time!
    Hey Kaya, I found your post very interesting because of how I can relate. School and other distractions often effect my sleeping schedule. I agree that getting in a good routine and limiting distractions is a good idea. I found an article that goes deeper about school and how it effects sleep patterns, https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/school-stress-teen-needs-good-nights-sleep/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAvJXxBRCeARIsAMSkApqb4VYZhf611Lnkma6yQtf0b2A9HyDriGWNCrTZi-nUiaG2e-CDGPgaApUSEALw_wcB -Luke
  • Hanson's Jan 20, 20:35 comment on Aging population in society
    Hi Yanna I am very agree with your opion of aging society had beocme a porbloem in our soicey. I am very glad someone is finally aware of this problem. The problem of our aging society is a problem we denifaly are being challege with. Here is an article I read about the aging society(https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/ageing/) Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Yanna's Jan 20, 20:34 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, I agree with your opinion. Family is important to each of us. The family environment and education also have a certain impact on our development. Just as the survey shows, children of single-parent families are more likely to commit crimes. The book "This is not the end" you referenced is also very interesting. Your post made me understand the importance of family to us. Thank you for sharing. This link might interest you https://cyberparent.com/relationships/define-family-true-meaning-family/
  • Alicia's Jan 20, 20:25 comment on Should School Start Later?
    Hi Kayla! I agree that school should start later. Later start times could help students get more sleep, if they didn't stay up too late that is, and it could also allow students to get up and finish their homework before school without being stressed. This would make it so the student is more focused on the task and not just turning something in to get the points but not actually learning anything. I understand the cons but in the long run I think those could be easily dealt with, the pros are more impactful to the student in the long run.
  • Yanna's Jan 20, 20:24 comment on Should School Start Later?
    Hi, Kayla I love your post very much. It is indeed a little early for the school to arrange 8 o'clock, and maintaining adequate sleep is also very helpful for the development of our brain, but as you said, many parents 'work starts at 8 o'clock, and going to school too late will affect the parents' work arrangements. We can go to bed early to maintain adequate sleep because late sleep also affects our health. This link may interest you http://neatoday.org/2019/02/27/what-happens-when-schools-start-later/
  • Jonathan's Jan 20, 17:52 comment on A reflection on our project
    Hey Santiago, I like your initial approach to use social media. Because of the way it can spread information is useful. Even though it was not successful there are other ways of spreading awareness of this. Going through your own neighborhood and talking to people about this problem or asking strangers as they walk by for their opinion. Hard work might not always pay off but it shows a good work ethic. Even though this endeavor did not work others might. Even though the intended result failed, you should be proud and happy with all the work you put into it.
  • Jonathan's Jan 20, 17:41 comment on Lack of Education on Nutrition to Younger Generations
    Hey Kaitlyn! This topic has really made me think about the food industry and obesity. I first thought about how geology makes a big impact on good health including exercise. Being in Utah we have access to much many outdoor activities but places like Arizona and Florida is the summer is hot where people want to spend more time indoors where it is cooler. Then I remembered something I read a couple years ago about meal planning comparing the prices of fast food to food at home. Many people believe it is cheaper and easier just to get fast food than make your food food. The people who believe this are usually lower income families who do not have a lot of money so fast food restaurants will set up business in these kind of neighborhoods. This website talks more about healthy eating spending and fast food spending. https://www.valdosta.edu/online-fitness/is-fast-food-cheaper-than-healthy-food.php. I found it fascinating.
  • Kayla's Jan 20, 16:08 comment on The Harmful Side of “Voluntourism”
    I really liked the article because it is not something that gets talked about a lot, but I think is a very important issue. It is really important to raise awareness about this topic because it is a reality. Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention and many other people. This article talks about the negative consequences of Voluntourism and how we can try to change it and stop negatively effect these thrid world countries. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/voluntourism_b_1525532?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZWNvc2lhLm9yZy8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAIZRldWiS6XdJoKfw5vMErKiMlrYM3zvef3f5t7_1rc8xTYYQOobvppvKCWs9EOFiH5UT0_2TonKTpDMwrmRMRETimnaynKM86wQrH5tNze-UTdV9z3jSfeYDYnx9OGhj4uKZnY_l0HpVdh15dJAEEzlaIWMNjf02timhqbenKE1
  • Paula's Jan 20, 06:59 comment on Global Warming
    Hey Koree, I found your article to be quite educational, since I myself often got confused with this. I found something that might interest you (https://climate.nasa.gov/resources/global-warming-vs-climate-change/). - Sincerely, Paula
  • Paula's Jan 20, 06:55 comment on Ethically Testing on Animals
    Hey Megan, I don't really knw what to think regarding this subject since it does conflict me to an extent. I found something that might interest you a little (https://animal-testing.procon.org/). - Sincerely, Paula
  • Wuyou's Jan 20, 06:04 comment on Reflection on Digital Activism Project: The Journey of Global Warming Activism
    Hello Madison, I just made a post about wildfire in Australia. Many people may think that it's in Australia and it's nothing about me. But the worst wildfire in the 21th century ,18 million acres of land have been burned and and released nearly 350 million tons of carbon dioxide. Here is a link about it https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/australia/australia-fire-wildlife-deaths-intl-hnk-scli/index.html. SIncerely, Wuyou Zhou.
  • Wuyou's Jan 20, 05:57 comment on Lack of Education in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    Hello, I agree with your opinion that education is so important. It's the most effective way to change and improve people's life. Here is a link that you may interested in. https://edlab.tc.columbia.edu/blog/9886-Why-is-Education-So-Important-in-Our-Life Sincerely, Wuyou Zhou
  • Danny's Jan 20, 04:26 comment on Accusations and Due Process
    Hi, Jackson I agree with your views. we know there are plenty of stereotypes and females are doomed to be unequal to males in our society. Women always suffer more prejudice and discrimination no matter in the past or the current. This is an unfair world we have lived in. Fortunately, women began to stand up and our community is changing gradually. Here is the link that you may be interested in: https://educators4sc.org/teaching-about-gender/?utm_campaign=Teaching+About+Gender&utm_medium=ppc&utm_source=adwords&utm_term=gender%20equality%20rights&hsa_tgt=kwd-297763724342&hsa_mt=b&hsa_acc=2755491261&hsa_grp=84252379917&hsa_ver=3&hsa_src=g&hsa_cam=8149123573&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_kw=gender%20equality%20rights&hsa_ad=397879296689&gclid=Cj0KCQiAmZDxBRDIARIsABnkbYQexx0YTrb9kvnNlgLqaYHYb83iAs-co0BZA2UIcBiel9Bcd3JZAqsaAp5_EALw_wcB
  • Danny's Jan 20, 04:18 comment on Outright banning guns won’t work. What will?
    Hi, Peter, I agree that gun control is a severe, controversial issue in the United States. We must do everything to prevent any tragedy happen. We must do something in our power to prevent the tragedy from happening to increase our safety under gun control laws for reducing the risks related to guns. Here is the link that hopes you are interested: https://www.preventioninstitute.org/focus-areas/preventing-violence-and-reducing-injury/preventing-violence-advocacy
  • Siqi's Jan 20, 03:01 comment on Drinkin Problem
    I think drinking will do nothing good to people's brain especially to kids. We drink only for fun. To be bold and strong, don't let alcohol control you. You must control them.
  • Siqi's Jan 20, 02:48 comment on School Uniforms
    I agree with that students in school should be wearing uniform. Uniforms are a good idea but it blocks how much money kid's parents can make and to avoid children trying to express themselves and finding their self identity. But there is a serious problem that the uniforms are too expensive for those of student‘s parents who don't have economic conditions. I highly recommend that the school should decrease the price of those uniform.
  • Kaan's Jan 19, 20:58 comment on IS School Necessary?
    Hello Willbert, I can agree that there is a problem with education in the US. Although, I do believe that education is necessary for a better future I can see how a few individuals make it seem like it is not. First of all, those individuals are very rare and I believe making use the education found is far better than leaving it up to chance. Second, I believe there is huge education inequality in America as people who can afford better education end up with a more successful life. Here is a website that compares the eduction in the US to other countries. I hope this is useful. https://wenr.wes.org/2018/06/education-in-the-united-states-of-america Best, Kaan
  • Kaan's Jan 19, 20:51 comment on The Harmful Side of “Voluntourism”
    Hi Stella, I really wasn't aware that this was an issue in third world countries. It is sad to hear that the efforts being made by voluntourists are essentially causing more harm than good. I found this website that gives tips for to avoid the voluntarism trap. https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/ethical-voluntourism-tips/ I appreciated your article, best, Kaan
  • Margaret Campbell's Jan 19, 18:40 comment on Why do we have more respect for educated people?
    I agree with what is said. I was not able to obtain a University education however I do get the impression that I don’t count in society because of this and that my opinion would therefore be rejected. My observation Is hat many educated people are not that smart in real life.
  • Alexander's Jan 19, 17:28 comment on Abuse of power
    Nahum, The statistics you shared in your post a quite shocking. Especially that, "law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black". Racism, while less serious than that of the 1700s, is still a very big issue in society. It is sad to see racism leading to the death of so many individuals. Police brutality is something that should be talked about more. Yes, police need to do their job, and should be able to use force accordingly, however we need to set more guidelines as to what really justifies serious force. Here is yet another article telling a case of police brutality. https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police/being-black-not-crime-yuneks-story-police-brutality?redirect=blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/being-black-not-crime-yuneks-story-police -Alexander Nuntapreda
  • Alexander's Jan 19, 16:04 comment on Australian Wildfire: What Now?
    Ellie, The Australian fires are a heart breaking thing. I didn't realize just how much they were affecting Australia and even more so how much they were affecting other countries neighboring Australia. The line, "Skyrocketing temperatures and shifting winds makes it impossible to breathe and see not only in Australia but neighboring countries from thousands of miles away" was really shocking. It is crazy to think that the range of harm due to the fires is so large. We as a society need to do something about this. Here is an article providing some more general knowledge on the bushfires. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/australian-fires-everything-we-know-about-the-crisis-and-how-you-can-help/ -Alexander Nuntapreda
  • Stella's Jan 19, 16:02 comment on Let’s clean the air!!
    This is a very big problem that people don't care enough about. Everyone assumes that what they do to help won't make a difference, but if everyone in Salt Lake changed their habits, even a little bit, we can make a cleaner and healthier planet, like you said. We need to start small.
  • Lola's Jan 19, 16:00 comment on A problem no one is solving
    I forgot to embed my citations so I am posting them here in case you want to do some further reading. Ellen MacArthur Foundation, "The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics," ellenmacarthurfoundation.org, 2016 Toronto Environmental Alliance, "Where else in the world have governments banned plastic bags?" www.torontoenvironment.org, Transparency Market Research, "PLASTIC PACKAGING MARKET TO THRIVE ON THE BACK OF EXPANDING FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRIES" www.transparencymarketresearch.com, 2015 Thank you.
  • Stella's Jan 19, 15:59 comment on A problem no one is solving
    I agree with everything in your post. It is difficult because we can try to avoid plastic as much as possible but sometimes there's no way around it - there are times when it is our only option. This is why the responsibility falls on the large corporations to make more sustainable decisions, and on the government to enforce restrictions on plastic. If they don't take responsibility, our planet might be doomed, but in the meantime we should try our best to reduce our plastic use.
  • Lola's Jan 19, 15:54 comment on Let’s clean the air!!
    Hello Audrey, Thank you for opening up this important conversation, I really enjoyed reading your post. I am really scared to see the outcomes of this problem. Especially when living in our valley when we see these problems at their worst. I found a source that outlines big issues and effects this might have on us in the future that I think you might be interested in. https://www.renewableresourcescoalition.org/pollution-causes-effects/ Thank you, Lola
  • Lola's Jan 19, 15:50 comment on The Harmful Side of “Voluntourism”
    Hello Stella, I really enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for opening up this important conversation. It is really sad to watch this become a trend considering all the negative effects and lack of research of participants. I found an article with a bunch of statistics you might enjoy that highlights the scale of this issue. https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-reality-of-voluntourism-and-the-conversations-were-not-having Thank you, Lola
  • Aboubakar's Jan 19, 06:03 comment on Charter Schools
    Dear Charter School: I am disbelief with your short stor>, “Charter Schools,” because A charter school is learned by the community. The society that lives with the students and sees what the students face in order to succeed. This society knows what we call to suffer and for in the world they let their children suffer as they did in the past. One set of lines that stands out for me are, “line 4 to line 6” I think these lines are the prove why charter school shole be more than the other school. Charter school is can be compared to a hard puzzle because students have to figure out all the track of success and also figure out the possible way to avoid them in their lives. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “8 - 11” I think these lines are shown why it is important to go charter school. The most interesting The part is that charter schools to prepare for the future next step. These next steps are the step where the student has to use all the things that they learned since they were born. The second important is that they have to take these steps by themselves. Your story reminds me of my country where privates schools are better than public schools. Private schools give students better teachers and also pay them very well to make them proud in what they are doing. Sometimes they do some competition between students. The student of the student who wins the competition gets a big price. A story that I once was Everyday use by Alice Walter. I did rewrite it because it was a family of 3 people: The mother, and her two daughters. One of her daughters was felling lonely despair. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. When I was reading your story for a moment I thought this person one of my favorite book writers. Then when showing your school name I remember that you were him.
  • Aboubakar's Jan 19, 06:01 comment on The Hardest Letter to Write
    Dear Abigail I am hurt by, your letter, “The hardest Letter to Write,” because of the things that you wrote about your mom. Yeah, sometimes we kind of having the exact feeling but it is not the truth. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It feels strange and sad that mom tells us that she loves equal to both but she always treats both differently.” I think this is nervous because a mom always loves her children whatever happened. You may feel like she does not love both of you yus equally, but it just because you want her to give you the same thing as she gave to your sister. Sometimes you have to set and thing why mom gave this thing to my sister and not to me? Is that thing good for me? Another sentence that I past tense verb was: “Since mom passed away the last thing that I know about you is your address.” This stood out for me because this is not the behavior of a sister. I don’t appreciate it. One reason I say this is because after your mom passed away, you guys should stay together as a family and support each other and not run away from each other. Another reason I disagree with you is that your sister should not be hart by you. On the contrary, you should get closer to her lean from her in order to get the same equal love as your sister from your mom. Have you seen this book name: the neckless? https://photos.state.gov/libraries/hochiminh/646441/vantt/The%20necklace.pdf I thought you might be interested in this because of reading it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Aboubakar's Jan 19, 05:59 comment on Maggie’s Diary
    Dear Celine: I am happy with your Journal, “Maggie’s Diary,” because this story is told the Important keys for family members to live together. These keys are only the basis for only family members but also for the whole world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “we need to know the person first that judges their actions or how the person looks..” I think this is confused because someone’s actions can be different from how he looks. I’m 100 percent that we need to know the objective of his action before we start juicing them. Another sentence that I attracted my attention was: “ I was in shock and Mama told me that the quilt has to belong to a special, humble and responsible person and this person was me.” This stood out for me because these thoughts are breaking a lot of families in the world. People think that their parents should be more attention to them because of the most respective child in the house. But it is like that the world work. If in a family there is a child who is a good route and another who isn’t, so the parents have to give this child more attention in order to bring this child to the good route. I don’t Perfectly agree with you in that sentence: “I feel happy because Mama recognizes that I’m the unique person that cares about her. Even though I feel sad for my sister because I think she was the favorite person of Mama”. One reason I say this is a mom can never love more one of her children than the other. The child who stay next to her or his mom will be the one who will always receive more experience from his or her mom. A mom will do every sing things to teach her children all the thing that she learn in hole life. Another reason I disagree with you is when a mom give something to one of her children and doesn’t give it to the other, that means the second children have something that has the same valuer than the thing she gave to the first one. Have you seen this article? https://www.mon-poeme.fr/citations-mere-enfant/. I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about the love of a mom to her children. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Aboubakar's Jan 19, 05:58 comment on My true feelings
    Dear Eros I am choked by, your letter, “My true feelings>,” because a lot of children in this world thing that their mothers or their families don’t love them, but they are wrong. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “At some point, she was so sure that I was literally nothing that she made me believe that I really was just a simple piece of a human being, while you just got all her love and admiration something that I never had from her.” I think this is impossible because whoever you are your mother will be the first person to give everything she has for her children’s happiness. Another sentence that I attracted my attention was: “I feel like that not only we lost everything in the fire, but also we might have lost our love as a family having to deal with the heart-wrenching notion that I was just not good enough to be treated like you was by our mother.” This stood out for me because a family is where anybody can go and have support. It doesn’t matter who is in your family. Family is not a synonym love but in reality, it is. Have you seen this article? https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/love/family-love-what-it-is-what-it-looks-like-and-how-to-make-it-happen/. I thought you might be interested in this because it gives detail about love and family. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • lilly's Jan 19, 03:41 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Actually, it is´t bad for our health, printwand.com states, ¨bottled water is tested for microbes and other water pollution four times less than tap water¨ and there are chemicals like PET [polyethylene terephthalate] that are in the plastic in water bottles that are bad for our health. they also contain BPA [bisphenol A] which causes certain cancers. i´m no scientist i just do my research you idiot. P.s i´m 12.
  • Audrey's Jan 18, 23:33 comment on Widening Wealth Gap
    Hi Alysa, I like your post because you bring attention to the income gap we have in this world. You include good information and ways to reduce the gap. Here is a link to an article about more ways to reduce it. https://belonging.berkeley.edu/six-policies-reduce-economic-inequality. I very much agree that income inequality is a big issue in the U.S. and that it's unfair. We as a country need to focus more on this issue and we need to not be so self-centered all the time. We should put ourselves in other people's shoes and see the problems income inequality has caused. -Audrey
  • Audrey's Jan 18, 23:25 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Hi Jimenia, I really like your post because it brings awareness to the air pollution in Oakland. You included good facts and links. This post inspired me to write my own post about the air pollution in Salt Lake City. Both places have bad air pollution as well as the rest of the world. Here is a link to a page about SLC's air pollution just if you're interested. https://westernresourceadvocates.org/utah-air-pollution/ Thanks for voicing about the air problem in Oakland. -Audrey
  • Viviana's Jan 18, 05:21 comment on THE BARRIO KINGS
    Dear Tigist, This sounds like such an interesting book, and I look forward to reading it in the future. This book reminds me a lot of I book I read late last year. The book is called Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle. In his book he speaks of his nonprofit organization Homeboy Industries where he has helped rehabilitate thousands of gang members. In his book there are many people like Rosario who struggle to move forward with their lives after they leave gangs. If you really enjoyed The Barrio Kings you might also enjoy Tattoos on the Heart.
  • Aria's Jan 17, 23:24 comment on Charter Schools
    Dear Mia, You're article was very interesting and unique. I agree that charter school provide something more than an education by looking into the arts and being able ot take college level courses. But I disagree that it's better than public schools because there are also private schools that provide just as good an education along with a public school, it just depends on what school you go and your preference. I agree that your charter school should be considered a private school because just like my school, it's a college prepatory school. Here is an article that may help your case: https://www.brighthubeducation.com/education-industry/128393-the-good-and-bad-of-charter-schools/ Sincerely, Aria
  • Aria's Jan 17, 23:09 comment on Widening Wealth Gap
    Hello ALysa, I agree with what you have to say regarding income inequality. It has become a big problem in today's day in age. The poor are suffering too much whilst the rich get richer. The only way to fix it is by taxing the rich in order to make the gap more equal. Here is an article I found that may help you in your case: https://www.vox.com/2019/3/19/18240377/estate-tax-wealth-tax-70-percent-warren-sanders-aoc -Aria
  • Olivia M Anderson's Jan 17, 22:30 comment on Is the Death Penalty Effective?
    Hi Lola, I really like your post and how you explained the statistics of the issue and also how the death penalty is practiced in the US. Your argument is backed up by a lot of really good evidence. Here is a source that talks about more facts surrounding this issue. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/08/02/5-facts-about-the-death-penalty/
  • Megan's Jan 17, 21:45 comment on What are our American Values?
    Ethan, This was very interesting and extremely well written. its interesting how you linked the values directly to the Constitution! Its clear that you thought out this before writing it, and put much time, effort, and thought into your ideas and writing. Heres a link that may help you further your research. https://usahello.org/resources/american-values/ . Cant wait to see what you write next! Megan
  • Megan's Jan 17, 21:42 comment on Animal Rights
    James- I found this post super interesting because it is the same topic that I wrote about! I think that this was very well written, easy to follow, and its clear that you out time and effort into your research. Heres a link that may help further your research. https://newint.org/sections/argument/2011/06/01/animal-testing-medical-research-laurie-pycroft-pro-test Cant wait to see what else you write on the topic! Megan
  • Ella's Jan 17, 21:14 comment on Just Peace
    Hi Noemi, I loved your poem! Personally, poetry has never been something that I have loved, but yours was really good! It was very relatable as well. I agree with you and think that peace is something that is found when imagining something that makes you happy and calm. It is something that gets rid of your stress and makes you feel completely harmonious. My favorite lines are your last two when you say "Peace doesn’t have to make sense, It just has to make you happy." I totally get that and can see how this is true. One person's idea of peace can be completely different than another person's. That doesn't matter though because as long as the person is happy and calm, it is ok. I truly loved your poem and can't wait to see what you write next!
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 21:04 comment on Increasing Utah’s Public Transportation will lower the Inversion Season
    YES! Coming from Chicago, a city with a vast public transportation infastructure, SLC needs to improve their offerings. This would help with air quality and to support the growth the valley is projected to see in the upcoming years. I also think more people need to be encouraged to take the buses and carpool up the canyons, so maybe a campaign about that would help, too.
  • Emmy's Jan 17, 20:51 comment on Widening Wealth Gap
    Alysa, I knew this issue was bad but I had no idea to the extent in which it went. It is crazy to hear that the top 1% have half of all the nations income. I definitely believe we need to tax the rich more to balance the economy somewhere back to when the rich had 1/3 of the nation's income... after all they can afford it! As this gap intensifies I find that our society becomes more and more elitist where money seems to buy power. Do you see this issue too or is the wage gap found strictly in the economy for you? I'm looking forward to hearing more from you on this issue and reading your problem solution essay in the future! -Emmy
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:50 comment on Gun Violence
    I love your proposed solutions. I think we also need decrease the number of guns sold illegally, especially across state lines (ie: Indiana has more lax gun laws than Illinois, which is why many Chicagoans who want guns via illegal means simply drive an hour to purchase a gun).
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:46 comment on What is the Best Way to Reduce Abortion Rates?
    Such an important healthcare topic. I wonder how much politics are impeding or supporting solutions to more thorough sexual education and access, given today's political climate.
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:42 comment on How the ski industry can save itself
    I am wondering how access to skiing as a sport/hobby will be impacted by climate and the choices resorts have to make. It seems like lift tickets and season passes get more and more expensive each year, plus the cost of equipment, makes me think more individuals and families are being priced out of skiing. If this continues, resorts may have a dwindling number of vacationers/season pass holders to fill their resorts and keep the funded. I wonder if there is an intersection between the environment, tourism, and the economics of skiing.
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:39 comment on Healthcare: Problem-Inquiry Solution
    Such a timely topic with the election--I wonder if you can weave in what specific candidates' plans are. What concerns me, like many of our social issues, is that those who are the most impacted often have the least power in our society. Universal healthcare, if sustainable, would ideally give individuals access to a more equitable life/better life with improved health. Health is truly a human right.
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:37 comment on Ending Police Brutality
    There are so many issues that intersect with your topic--politic/political beliefs, experiences with the police, ideas about the police from childhood/family, race, gender, location/neighborhood, individuals (civilians and officers), etc. Definitely a complex issue and I love how you establish credibility by stating there will be no "one size fits all" solution to creating better relationships. I am excited to read about your solutions!
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:34 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    Interesting--I think this is an important topic because health, including sexual health, is a priority for a healthy adult life. I am curious to know more about the social/cultural impacts on different genders and groups of people--who receives the "best"/most education on the topic? What have trends over decades revealed for different genders/groups? Is there a correlation with teenaged/unwanted pregnancies in these groups?
  • James's Jan 17, 20:32 comment on Yellowstone’s History is Surprisingly Unknown.
    I never knew the history of Yellowstone! This was very interesting and detailed and I like the way you wrote this post.
  • James's Jan 17, 20:30 comment on Outright banning guns won’t work. What will?
    Hey Pete, I found your post very interesting and well written. I agree with you about not just banning guns and think there should be some control over who can have a gun.
  • Italia's Jan 17, 18:51 comment on What is the Best Way to Reduce Abortion Rates?
    Christina, this is such an important topic in this day and age! Thank you for speaking on it by creating a well-educated statement. I whole-heartedly agree with your proposed solution and think it's a full-proof plan. This article illustrates the methodology of a solution similar to yours and is very good at explaining its intent: https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/access-to-free-birth-control-reduces-abortion-rates/. Thank you for your post, I'm glad someone notices the parts where we are failing the female population of our country and isn't stubborn enough to see there are other ways of figuring out the problem.
  • Alysa's Jan 17, 18:51 comment on School uniforms
    Hi Roman, I found this article about school uniforms quite interesting and I think you would enjoy it. https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-uniforms/ I think that you did a good job because I do agree that sometimes school uniforms seen unnecessary because of the rules that come with them. You stated that it takes away from the goal of the uniform. Which I agree because kids get in trouble if there shirt is not tucked in which takes away from learning in the classroom. I do think that uniforms can be a pro because sometimes clothing can be a distraction because kids focus more on what they are wearing instead of actual learning. It makes everyone seem equal so people that are poor do not have to compete with the wealthy. I really liked your discussion.
  • Tomas's Jan 17, 18:49 comment on IS School Necessary?
    Willbert, this is a very interesting question. However, I think school is very necessary. Elementary onto middle school develops a kid into a teen with the skills necessary for high school and daily life. High school forms someone a person ready to launch into the new world as an adult. The people who are rich, and dropped out of school are a small minority. They had strong ideas, and since they were so passionate about it they were able to create something amazing. Here is a link showing the benefits of schooling for someone’s life: https://www.borgenmagazine.com/top-10-benefits-of-education/. Overall, the amount of people successful from not being schooled in minimal compared to the benefits from going to school. The path someone takes in life may be set or influenced by outside variables, so I think that saying school is unnecessary isn’t completely true. Schooling may not be for everyone, but it helps people make a living in the long run.
  • Emily's Jan 17, 18:48 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Your essay makes a compelling argument for helping teachers afford rent. This is a very important issue across the US. You might find this article, which relates to your issue, interesting: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-urban-rents-hit-all-time-high-at-average-1405-report/ .
  • Elliot's Jan 17, 18:45 comment on Who benefits from lateness?
    Hey Alis, I think the problem you bring up is one of sleep and nutrition in teens as more of a broad subject. For example, I think if school even started 30-45 minutes later students would be able to eat better and get more sleep. However, I think being late does affect other people not just yourself. Teachers are trying to teach a curriculum and its difficult for them to do this with distractions and people walking in whenever they get to school.
  • Alysa's Jan 17, 18:45 comment on America’s past and present
    I thought you did a great job discussing America's history. Here is an article on minority rights that I thought you would find interesting. https://minorityrights.org/country/united-states-of-america/ I do agree with you that America is not the greatest country on earth. There are many problems facing the nation, we were at once a great country, but it has diminished. There are other country that have equality and there are not problems concerning gender gap. The United States citizens focus on the past and therefore see it as the best, but that is false because the world is changing and new things need to be done concerning new issues. I really liked how you stated this and I agree something needs to be done. I would enjoy if you wrote about a possible solution on how America can learn and grow to improve the country for the better. All in all great job, I found it very interesting.
  • Tomas's Jan 17, 18:41 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    Simon, I completely agree with you. Teen vaping has become such a large issue in our country. Here is a link to a NY Times page where they calculate the number of deaths and injuries from vaping, I think the numbers will surprise you: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/vaping-illness-tracker-evali.html. It is crazy to see that even with so much harm, people are so willing to go out of their way to get these devices. The addiction is crazy. Here is another link expressing how we can go about this issue: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking-tobacco/how-to-keep-kids-and-teens-from-smoking-and-vaping. Thank you for your post, it is good to see that someone recognizes this issue. Let me know if you find anything interesting in those links.
  • Emily's Jan 17, 18:40 comment on How the ski industry can save itself
    This is a very interesting topic. I agree that we should mobilize skiers and the outdoor community to work for political and environmental change. You might find this article interesting: https://snowbrains.com/the-future-of-the-ski-industry-is-in-jeopardy/ .
  • Elliot's Jan 17, 18:34 comment on School uniforms
    Hey Roman, In your first paragraph you say that a uniform makes students stand out, but isn't designed for the opposite effect. I think a uniform makes it so kids that are poor will not have to compete with students that can use a ton of money from their parents on clothes. But I do agree with you that the uniform should be enough, the extra rules are pointless in my opinion. Overall well written, good job.
  • Kaya's Jan 17, 18:03 comment on Boys Need to Listen
    Hello Ana. You did an amazing job on this article. I believe that sexual assault is a huge problem, especially in America today. I have friends that have been sexually assaulted and it really messed them up. I believe that teaching young boys that no means no could help the issue because some simply do not understand. I looked up ways to help stop sexual assault and harassment. One of the best ways to stop this harassment is to simply tell people about it when it happens to you. Bringing attention to the problem is a good way to help get it resolved. http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/svaw/harassment/explore/5prevention.htm This source shows what we can do in the positions we are in. It shows what to do if it happens to you, a friend, or someone you know. I think it could be a big help if you wanted to continue research on this topic.
  • Kaya's Jan 17, 17:50 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    Good morning Simon. I think you have some really clear points laid out. I believe that the amount of teens that vape is very out of hand. They can easily get addicted to nicotine and then they can not stop. This can cause harm to brain development and can be a gateway to using other tobacco substances and alcohol. I have found a great source that can help you if you would like to further your studies on this. https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/knowtherisks.html This source shows the risks of vaping and the affects it has in the long run.
  • Cooper Williford's Jan 17, 15:52 comment on Immigration in the U.S.
    I appreciate how this post gives a timeline of America's immigration history, but I feel lost about the Donald Trump part. You sort of jumped to it and didn't even bother to explain why he made the decisions he did.
  • Roman's Jan 17, 15:51 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah
    Good post. Religion and important subjects such as these should not be mixed together.
  • Peter's Jan 17, 15:49 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Hi Luis. My name is Peter, I'm a student at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Utah. I was curious as to why you believe a lot of the things you do in your post. You present your ideas, but you don't exactly go into the specifics of why you believe what you do. For example, when you talk about how animals are being held captive in zoos without a choice. While this is a completely valid argument, you don't really go into it much further other than that. AVMA talks about how they are ethical in the sense that we can use them for education. https://www.avma.org/javma-news/2002-12-01/it-ethical-keep-animals-zoos I hope you have a good day.
  • Roman's Jan 17, 15:49 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree that people should be educated about climate change. It's an important issue that we will have to live with and hopefully it can be fixed.
  • Cooper Williford's Jan 17, 15:46 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah
    I really enjoyed this post! You have a good amount of sources to back you up and you make some great points. Teaching kids abstinence will not teach kids about safe sex at all, it only confuses them more!
  • Peter's Jan 17, 15:44 comment on The Paris Agreement/Climate Change
    Hey Elliot, I like your points you brought up about how we shouldn't mess with the planet because of the repercussions it could have on humanity. According to CFR the main reason Trump pulled out of the agreement was to stimulate the US economy (Despite this not being a good option) https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/consequences-leaving-paris-agreement?gclid=Cj0KCQiA04XxBRD5ARIsAGFygj9Ym9LGyN4PGL1PuD0PeYqr0IUOI-kkfJ6glJHuY6A88HJ3wdBeX5waAmqgEALw_wcB, My main problem with your article is how it is written. There are a lot of run-on sentences, as well as some things that don't make sense. There also weren't any links to your sources. Overall, you had the right idea, but it could have been brought out a bit better.
  • Ronata's Jan 17, 08:34 comment on War! What is it good for?
    Hi Diego. I agree with you that war overall is a parlous act. There are better ways to handle disputes between nations or even disputes within a single one. War benefits neither side, at the end of the day loses are taken by both ends so a win is never really a win. To often humanity turns to fighting as a way to settle things once and for all but never really take a step back and see the inevitable outcome that is underway. I really enjoyed reading your prompt, I hope to read more of your work. Thank you.
  • Ivan's Jan 16, 23:55 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Dear Christian, I like your article and its an amazing piece but, I disagree that food truck food is high quality food your article states that “Over 90 percent of diners rated food truck quality as excellent or good and over 80 percent of them used words like fun, exciting, new, different and unique when asked why they dined there” (Milbrath). But if you look up the percentage of how many people don't enjoy food truck food is 60% according to FoodTruckEmpire.com. (a counter argument would have been good to show both sides of the story).
  • Sugeiry's Jan 16, 22:28 comment on Oakland Roots SC
    Dear Efan, I think that your post was interesting because other posts talk about the negative side of Oakland but you wrote about a positive thing in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was, "Studies have shown that players of competitive sports such as soccer tend to have higher grades overall and lower rates of depression and to participate less in risky behaviors such as taking drugs or drinking alcohol." because there are more and more youth using drugs and this is a great way of distracting them.
  • Joshua's Jan 16, 20:55 comment on Prejudice towards immigrant children is dangerous to their mental health.
    I appreciate and can relate with your article. As the children of immigrant parents, I have often had to deal with balancing assimilation into American culture with preservation of my original culture. Your suggestion to overcome this dilemma by refusing to act on prejudice is one I support, encourage, and agree to act on as well.
  • Ronata's Jan 16, 20:49 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    A lot of the discussions on this website tend to be really substantial so reading this made me happy. The internet is definitely full of interesting little things and the fact that you found this both surprises me and intrigues me. The fact that people take the time out of their sometimes, busy days to staple bread to trees (and not always knowing the benefits it has) really brings me hope for a bettering community. I look forward to your next piece, thank you!
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 16, 20:48 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Melaine, I think your thoughts about prisoners getting the right to vote very informative on the benefits of getting prisoners their right to vote. I thought your second paragraph about criminals getting their rights said to them, but then being denied to them. I think your topic is interesting and I would love some more research on states that allow prisoners to vote and how it is effecting the elections.
  • Maddie's Jan 16, 20:41 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    I liked how strange and peculiar this topic is. I would have never thought of something like this to write about and nor do I have any idea where you found this but I love it. I'm glad you shared this with is and I am intrigued to look up more about bread stapling.
  • Christina's Jan 16, 20:37 comment on Abortion
    HI Liv! In my article, I researched this relationship between reducing abortion rates and restrictions to abortions. I found that contrary to what some may believe, restricting access to abortion does not reduce abortion rates. Instead, I found that what does reduce abortion rates is increased access to contraception, expanded sex education to include more than abstinence-based contraception, and expanded social welfare programs like paid maternity leave. You are absolutely correct to say that restricting access to abortion does not reduce the abortion rate.
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 16, 20:37 comment on Krispy Kreme Nazis?
    Sophia, Your article gave quite a surprise. I had no idea that the original owners of Krispy Kreme are ancestors of Nazi supporters. I wonder how it feels to know that your ancestors were supporters of one of the worst people in world history. I think the owners of Krispy Kreme did the right in donating to the Holocaust survivors to help right the wrongs of their ancestors. I wonder what other famous companies have interesting ancestors.
  • Joshua's Jan 16, 20:36 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Your article was very eye-opening Josh. I never thought that I would believe that bread could be damaging to trees Josh. I am not still sure about my opinion but will get back to you on that Josh. I'm back Josh. I don't agree with your opinion Josh. I think the stapled bread hurts the environment Josh. However, I appreciate the different examples you used such as Jesus being "stapled" to a tree and bread being a "staple" food Josh.
  • Maddie's Jan 16, 20:35 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    I think you're topic is very important because it is a problem that not enough people are aware of this. I like how you put in statistics and told who is affected by this problem.
  • simon's Jan 16, 20:34 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Very nice job!
  • stella's Jan 16, 20:33 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree this, I find it insane that something scientifically proved is still not being taught in schools, especially since teaching it would reduce the problem in the future.
  • Eric's Jan 16, 20:33 comment on The addition of Vocational training to schools.
    I agree with everything you have said, Gideon. I believe vocational training is essential in increasing the quality of life for blue-collar workers.
  • Wesley's Jan 16, 20:33 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree, once we start to teach about it in schools it may be taken more as a serious topic. I feel like in school I haven't actually been taught about climate change and how I can help with the problem. Once our society starts to understand it that is when we will be able to help it and make a change.
  • Jaime's Jan 16, 20:31 comment on Problem-Solution Overview
    Eric C. Stevens this was a very well written essay. I remember seeing something like this.
  • Addison's Jan 16, 20:31 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    This article was a nice change in pace from a lot of the heavier topics being written about! This made me smile and think about all the videos I've seen of this. At the time I had no idea there was such a huge community for bread stapling and it makes me think about all the other insane reddit blogs that must exist. I think it's awesome that this trend is un-harmful and I love finding dumb things like this which might even help small eco systems. I think this is an awesome essay that you could divulge into a lot more with the proper research, you might even be able to contact people within the community and conduct an interview!
  • Maggie's Jan 16, 20:29 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I agree with you that abortion is wrong and I like how you used credible sources.
  • Wesley's Jan 16, 20:29 comment on Criminalizing Homelessness
    Those that are homeless seem to be in a bad situation that might lead them to commit more crimes than those that are in better situations. If people really are being targeted because them being homeless makes them a easier target or because the stereotypes that come along with being homeless, then that is not okay and needs to be prevented. However maybe they are not really being targeted because they are homeless but because they are committing more crimes.
  • Christina's Jan 16, 20:27 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    Wesley, we both researched a similar topics, but covered different sides of it. While I looked at how to reduce abortion rates, you researched how to reduce teen abortion rates. It was interesting to see that improving sex education was a solution to both of our questions. Have you considered increased access to contraceptives as a way to reduce teen abortion rates?
  • Eric's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree with everything stated. It is imperative to have the younger generations educated in climate sciences and generating solutions since these generations are the ones that will have to deal with the issue and the consequences of climate change.
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Cora, I think your solution is very interesting and can be taken in very different areas about the environment and how being a vegetarian will help the body. I think being vegetarian will help lower the green house emissions and lower the process of climate change. I think you should consider that going vegetarian is more expensive than buying meat-based products in your counter argument and how it will not be accessible for being to become vegetarian.
  • Jaime's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    I agree with what you are saying. I agree that it is really easy for young people to get vape pens. Please reconsider this resource https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2019/02/vaping-rises-among-teens
  • Joshua's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Ending Police Brutality
    Great insight! Your elaboration on police brutality was well thought and eye-opening.I never really gave much thought unequal status police officers could have in a courtroom.
  • Simon Briesacher's Jan 16, 20:25 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah
    Good job Amaia! Way to use your sources to defend your statements.
  • Maggie's Jan 16, 20:23 comment on How the ski industry can save itself
    I am a skier and I ski often and this post informed me on things that I have never thought about and was very informative overall.
  • Addison's Jan 16, 20:23 comment on A Way to Combat Depression
    I like the idea behind this because I think hugging can help a lot, however in severe cases hugging and physical contact may insight panic, anxiety and trauma in certain people. I also think that in recent years physical contact has been normalized to only be acceptable within romantic relationships which isn't the case, I think by normalizing hugs there could be a huge positive impact not only on the support we show one another but they way we express relationships. One more thought I had about this, I think this is something that service animals can help with, the compassion animals show us can be extremely helpful especially for people who may get anxiety around other people. I think this was a really interesting post and I want to research more about this.
  • Simon Briesacher's Jan 16, 20:23 comment on Problem-Solution Overview
    RICKY, this was very well written essay. Expand on it!
  • Eric's Jan 16, 20:22 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    I agree with what is stated. It is too easy for underage individuals to obtain concealable vaping devices, making it very easy to make our generation addicted.
  • Christina's Jan 16, 20:21 comment on Family and Fentanyl: How the ongoing opioid crisis is affecting the Deep South
    Wow. The statistic, "That is enough for 34 pills per resident for the entire county," really made me realize how widespread and significant this problem is. Being able to visualize the amount of pills each person would have drives home the fact that there are too many pills being distributed.
  • Maggie's Jan 16, 20:21 comment on Gun Violence in America: Opposing Viewpoints
    I like how you gave both sides of the argument and had evidence to support both.
  • Willbert's Jan 16, 14:50 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am interested by your music called “JazzDanceBeat” because I feel like you did a great job on the beat. I believe you have real talent. One part of your beat that stands out to me is where you switch the ride 'em and drop the beat. I think this is awesome because I'm into doing beats too. Another part I enjoyed is where the beat is just stays in flow at 15 seconds. This stood out for me because I feel like I can listen to this on my own time. Your beat reminds me of something that I made once. One time I was playing a game with the same beat. Thanks for the song. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I really enjoyed this one. Best wishes with your art Derrik
  • Yeury's Jan 16, 14:44 comment on that HoT F!RE🙌💥
    Dear Elijah, I am ambivalent about your beat/instrumental called “ That hot f!re” because your beat doesn’t have a catchy side. And also because your beat doesn’t change at all throughout the whole 50 seconds of the beat. One part of your beat that stands out for me is where you added another sound into the beat. I think that sound wasn’t needed at all it messed everything up. Another part that I noticed is where you changed it to another different sound in 29 seconds which wasn’t really needed.. This stood out for me because the beat didn’t need all that editing on it. Your beat remind me of a party I went to and the beats were just like the beat you made with no lyrics. Thanks you for your beat. I look forward that you learning something from the feedback I told you. Best wishes with your art. Yeury
  • Idrissa's Jan 16, 14:44 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am amazed by your beat work of art & music, called “JazzDanceBeat” because the beat sounds like it's for enjoyment. and the melodies really make you want to dance, even when you don't feel like it. One part of your song that stands out for me is where the beat flow changes almost every five to 10 seconds because you didn't want to let the beat sound boring. I think this is an extremely good because there's something about the beat that makes you wanna keep listening to it. Another part that I enjoyed is where you added some background in the back of the beat. This stood out for me because it reminds me of the old days music. Your beat reminds me of something that I made one time that sounds exactly the same as yours. Thanks for your beat. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because i really want to see what you are capable of. Best wishes with your art. Idrissa
  • Dewry's Jan 16, 14:40 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am happy about your song called “JazzDanceBeat” because is fun to listen to. One part of your song that stands out for me is at second 21:01 this stood out for me because the beat changes. Thanks for your music. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because i like this. Best wishes with your art. Dewry
  • Dawry's Jan 16, 14:38 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    JazzDanceBeat Dear Derrick, I am excited by your song called “JazzDanceBeat” because is fun to listen too. One part of your song that stands out for me is where the beat stops at 21:01 and then keeps going and that's fire. I think this is nice because people can dance to this song. Thanks for your music. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like this. Best wishes with your art. Dawry
  • Glendy's Jan 16, 14:37 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am impressed by your music called “JazzDanceBeat” because the music changes in the middle of the beat. One line was in the middle of the song at 21:00 seconds. It changes beat from fast to slow. Your beat reminds me of the old Jazz Beat. Thanks for your beat, I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like old school music.
  • Joan's Jan 16, 14:21 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    I am amazed about this your music called “JazzDanceBeat" because the music changes in the middle of the song . One line was in the middle of the song , it changes beat .your song reminds me of the 80's jazz music. Thanks for your music . I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like jazz beats .
  • Divianca's Jan 16, 06:01 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear America, I think your post was really interesting and thoughtful because of how you explained that immigrants have to go through a lot of struggles and how Trump is only making it harder for them to succeed. A line that stood out to me was “Immigrants care about each other and their families like everyone else, and these new policies are degrading” because it’s true that they are just like anyone else and they have feelings. This also connects to what I have wrote about because it talks about wage theft which is one of many struggles that immigrants have to face. Thanks for writing, you are a very skilled and powerful writer and keep it up.
  • Edith's Jan 16, 05:01 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Dear Jimena, you’ve written a serious issue that needs to be talked about more. I agree with every point you’ve listed. Air pollution is damaging our Earth and children. We cannot let this problem be unseen by people in power. They too need to talk about this issue and figure out some solutions. A line that stood out to me is, “Global warming, most of the times is a very dangerous problem because it’s affecting the earth and the earth is basically depending on us to change the way we live and reduce global warming” because the planet is depending on us. We are all part of this problem. We started it and now we need to end it. If our home is gone, we are gone as well. Thank you for writing this, Jimena. I look forward to seeing more of your writing.
  • Edith's Jan 16, 04:59 comment on The Streets of Oakland
    Dear Jimena, you’ve written a serious issue that needs to be talked about more. I agree with every point you’ve listed. Air pollution is damaging our Earth and children. We cannot let this problem be unseen by people in power. They too need to talk about this issue and figure out some solutions. A line that stood out to me is, “Global warming, most of the times is a very dangerous problem because it’s affecting the earth and the earth is basically depending on us to change the way we live and reduce global warming” because the planet is depending on us. We are all part of this problem. We started it and now we need to end it. If our home is gone, we are gone as well. Thank you for writing this, Jimena. I look forward to seeing more of your writing.
  • Yaritza's Jan 15, 20:38 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, I agree with your blog because there's been a lot of gun violence in the community of Oakland and it's not safe. I agree with the sentence that you included that says "Gun violence is causing too many murders in Oakland because there are not enough laws to stop people from getting a gun, that is there must be a stricter laws for gun ownership and use." This s really important because if the law was more strict on guns there would be less gun violence murder. Thank you for sharing out your writing and giving out an important message on the gun violence in Oakland.
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  • Yaritza's Jan 15, 20:23 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Hello Dayanara, your writing is very important, i'm sure to a lot of people in Oakland and would also want to make a change for the homelessness in Oakland. Something you said that stands out for me is "Oakland had 859 sheltered people and 3,210 unsheltered people." Also the sentence "In 2017, Oakland hd 859 sheltered people and 1,902 unsheltered residents, a total of 2,761." This is important information for people to know so they can find solutions for homeless people. Thank you for sharing your sharing your writing. I look forward on seeing more on your writing.
  • Fernanda's Jan 15, 19:42 comment on Taxes In Oakland
    Dear Amy, I think your post is very informative because because you made me realize how Oakland is not using the taxes money aprodietly. A line that stood out to me was "It is undeniable from these numbers, that Oakland taxes are giving either too little or too much towards jobs that have the same amount of life risks which shows that Oakland can be using the money for unnecessary essentials..." because I didn't know what the Oakland people did with the taxes money and now you informed me and made me realize that they are not using the taxes right. I agree with you. Thank you fro writing and keep it up can't wait to read your next post.
  • Joshua's Jan 15, 19:41 comment on Oakland LGBTQ Community
    Dear Yari, I Think your post was great! because i really like how you want to help support the LGBTQ comunity most people won't even like to help them because they are homophobic, But I find the LGBTQ people are regular people that we meet. I want to meet someone who is gay or transgender because I want to know what are some people that supported them throughout their change. A line that stood out for me was "Oakland, in the other hand, can be very supportive to the LGBTQ community." This stood out for me because people in Oakland are supportive to the LGBTQ community and we can help them more if we have ask them what are some flaws that Oakland has about the LGBTQ community so we can fix them to make Oakland more comfortable for them. I agree with the point about Being unsupportive to the LGBTQ comunity because if we are unsupportive Oakland can be unsafe for the LGBTQ people. Thanks for writing and keep it up because I think you can even be a novelist and be a famous writer.
  • Jacob's Jan 15, 19:40 comment on Prop. 13 is beneficial
    Dear Elizabeth I think your post was very informational because it tells me about Propp 13 and how it lowers the amount of money we have to pay through taxes. A line that stood out to me was People who have been in their homes for many years and have paid rent every month should be able to keep a steady price because I believe this also and think this should actually come into effect.
  • Juan's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Sideshows
    Dear Josue, I think your post was good because sideshows are a part of Oakland in a way that the community enjoys them and spend a good time watching, they have fun and that's part of the culture now. A line that stood out to me was "Sideshows build a community by congregating everyone together from different places. Also it can show how Oakland culture passes from its predecessors to future generations. Again, it’s showing Oakland that it can go out and have fun" because it does bring people together like people may not notice that it brings them together, we have to show them in a different perspective because all they may see is dumb people risking someones life but the people know what they are getting themselves into they have fun doing these type of things. I agree with your point about how its about showing off cars because cars are something to look at its beauty to some and for others is metal put together.Thanks for writing and keep up the good work wish you the best on your writing in the future.
  • Christian's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, I think your post was amazing because you really explained the problem of this community's littering problem that hurts our environment and it really emphasises on how it's causing problems in our community. A line that stuck out to me was "Oakland residents don’t pick up after their trash, they will have to pay an expensive fine for illegal dumping" because it really spoke to me how it's impacting us in negative ways that we have to pay in our own cash for illegal dumpings and it's just wrong. Thanks for writing and keep it up!
  • Isaiah's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Dear Jacqueline, I think your post very positive and informational because homeless people really do not have a platform to speak their mind. I feel it is important that the homeless get to share their experiences as every human should. I feel that in a way you captured that in this article. One comment I can make on this piece is about he quote, " Is it their fault that their homeless?". Since it is a question, yes I do believe that most people who are homeless is due to their own actions. Whether it is drugs, bad affiliation or alcohol. It still is their choice at the end of the day. Thanks for writing this piece. Keep it up thooter.
  • Amy's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Dear Jacob, I liked how well detailed your article is. The part that I liked and agree with is that Oakland might feel abandoned if they don't have their basketball team, no more. I really enjoyed reading and commenting on your article.
  • Emily's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Dear Ivan I think your post was great because you talked about the problems people are facing in oakland . A line that stood out to me was "Secondly, because of the increased rent due to gentrification Oakland residents are experiencing more stress." because it's true they have to worry about where they are moving and stress is being created.I agree with your point about gentrification because this is a huge problem happening right now in oakland. Thanks for writing keep it up
  • America's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    Dear Fanny, I think your post was amazing because you clearly stated your opinion on this issue and I totally agree with you based on some things i've seen on my own. A line that stood out to me was "if the chefs are white people then the original chefs might start to be valued as less" because it clearly explains how maybe other people cook different and someone may dislike that food and think the same about everyones else way of cooking that certain food. I agree with you point because as I said i have had my own experiences and seen others too. Thanks for writing and keep up the good work!
  • Jesus's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Latinx Community
    Dear Frenanda, i think your post was amazing because it really involved a lot about the latinx community. A line that stood out to me was "all the history and journey the Latinx went through and faced to get to Oakland." i really liked this quote because it talks about how different it was for latinx people to live in oakland. i agreed with the whole section because it really is hard to be latino and live in oakland. it is really a hard time because of money. thanks for writing, and keep up the good work.
  • Marcos's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Migration
    Dear Divianca I think your post is good because it talk about our culture. Aline that stood out to me was "migrants play a essential role in th U.S" because I highly do agree with this sentence. I agree with your point about migrants play a big role because most work happens by latins here in the U.S. Thanks for writing keep it up.
  • Xavier's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Dear Melissa, I think that your post was interesting because of the relevance it has towards Oakland to this day. A line that stood out to me was, "Oakland should benefit ALL of Oakland and it’s community members whether they’re low, middle or high income people/households the city of Oakland shouldn’t exclude people because we are all apart of the same community". This line stood out because you really address how Oakland should care more about it's community that is not as wealthy as the rich people who are moving in, I agree with your point about having the Oakland community congregate in order to cause change because it has been seen so many times in history that when a group of people who share solidarity group up and fight against something, they can make a change. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Maribel's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on What Is Did The Tech Boom Cause?
    Dear Douglas, I think your post was interesting because you explained how the rent has been raised. A line that stood out to me was “in 2012 it ignited a housing crisis that’s made it difficult for many people, especially those in minimum wage or entry-level jobs” because it shows me tht Oakland isn't how it used to be before when rent wasnt to high and everyone lived in their own homes. I agree with your point about the rent being too high because it was a good claim that the rent is too high nowadays, and that it's not right. Thanks for writing and keep it up you did a good job and your paper was good.
  • Dayanara's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Crimes/Gun Violence
    Dear Jesus, I think your post was good and influential in a way because you brought up the fact that somebody traded in their gun because of a shooting. A line that stood out to me was ”I’ve got kids, man,” said Hurtado, who works at Waste Management in Oakland and has children ages 14, 10, 6 and 1. Hurtado was among hundreds of Bay Area residents who dropped off their firearms at buyback locations in Oakland and San Francisco on Saturday, collecting $200 cash for their weapons, no questions asked.”(Berton). This shows that people have empathy and are willing to trade in their guns for money and it's a helpful way to prevent like shootings. I agree with your point about returning guns because your able to reduce the amount of people that have guns which can make oakland safer. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 15, 19:37 comment on The Streets of Oakland
    Dear Marcos, I think that your post was very interesting because I didn't know that the colors that you wear can put your life on the line. A line that stood out to me was "But it's never to late for the city to adapt" because I totally agree that people can change for the better and that we should change because people should be able to wear what they want without having to worry about something as important as their life. I agree with your point about the streets becoming more dangerous because parents in Oakland are even more afraid to let their children go out at night lately. Thank you for taking your time to write this article, keep it up.
  • Neyzer's Jan 15, 19:37 comment on What Happens When You Increase the Rent of Your House?
    Dear Aida, I think your post was good because my topic was also about homelessness and how they ended up there because of different ways like housing being too expensive. A line that stood out to me was that ret is going up and that people go to court because they fall back on their rent and sometimes go to jail for their things. I agree with your point about rent being too high and that’s something that people can work on to help people without displacement. Thanks for writing and keep it up and thank you again for letting me read your blog post.
  • Wilbert's Jan 15, 19:35 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, I agree with your post because they should stop this at some point. Also, I agree with his "Gun violence is a different way than violent crime instead of physical attack they shoot because they have a weapon they can use" because they need a gun to kill someone and that's how most people die and these type of situations. hank yo for writing it, you did a good job.
  • Nahum's Jan 15, 18:36 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Dear Ashley I think your post was very good and interesting because it talked about how people are getting pushed out of Oakland due to high rent, you also talked about how more white people are moving into the neighborhood which you later stated that was gentrification. A line that stood out to me was “If there’s more construction, more of the rent is getting raised up which is making the people who used to live there move away because they can’t afford to pay their rent.” That line stood out to me because it connects to all of your evidence and your claim. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Ivan's Jan 15, 18:32 comment on The Problem
    Dear Neyzer, I agree with you that Oaklands homlessnes has been increasing and I think your post was interesting because you interviewed people that you knew and its interesting how we get to see the struggling part of homlessnes.
  • Yaritza's Jan 15, 18:32 comment on Mistreated
    Dear Durran, I think your post was interesting to others and me because it included the police brutality going on in Oakland. This one of the most important actions going on in Oakland because it has been occurring a lot and people has been trying to find ways to stop this. A line that stood out to me was " Oakland has a long history of police brutality in their communities. And even in the early years of police brutality it was still awful and could have gotten better" because even if it's not an OK action police in our community do, it's still going on. Thank you for writing and keep it up...
  • Esmeralda's Jan 15, 18:31 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    Dear Johanna, I think your post was captivating important things that happen in Oakland because you are stating facts like how people just ignore what's going on in their community. A line that stood out to me was"this incident helped the community know that there was something that had to be done" because people only want to accept something bad is happening when something terrible happens. I agree with your point because the community has to make sure that terrible things aren't happening to the community. Thank you for writing your blog, I think if people read it then would stand up and have justice
  • Jesus's Jan 15, 18:31 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, Agree with your post Undocumented People Mark Their spot in The USA because in the quote “sometimes i feel like i can't set my roots here completely because it could be taken away” This is important because a lot of families that come that are undocumented feel like this because at any moment they could just not be here anymore and that is something that maybe family's fear everyday when they should not have to fear that but they do. Another strong point was when you say that the USA is the land of the free but do people really feel free when they are here are they able to come in and out when they want are they able to live here without any worries. I agree with this point because if this was really the land of the free then shouldn't people really be allowed to do what they want. Thanks for writing keep it up.
  • Manuel's Jan 15, 18:28 comment on Life Without Insurance
    I see what you are talking about and i agree with you because you talk about people without insurance but also undocumented people who also fall into not having insurance. You have a really strong ord and i think that if other people saw this they would also really think about it others would like to also assist you with this.
  • Areli's Jan 15, 18:27 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose I think your post was very interesting because you were talking about the immigrants and why they were in the u.s.A line that stood out to me was "First, Not all Immigrants but many have the choice to come to the united states to get rid of the violence and for a better life and so they can help their family" is because this is true and that they only come to get some work in this place.I agree with your point that they don't want to go back because they are afraid of what could happen. Thank you for writing and keep it up with this.
  • Douglas Ramos-Mikery's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on What Happens When You Increase the Rent of Your House?
    dear aida pablo, I think your post was great because you were very explicit about your topic. A line that stood out to me was when you said that there was 4,071 homeless people in oakland because thats a lot of people on the streets and without jobs. I agree with your point about raising rent is a problem because the rent will keep going up to the point where it's to expensive. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Victor's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Christ, I agree with ou and the way that you explain how weed has been legal for the state of california but I don't understand Where did you find that quote and what it does mean?. something you need to work on is on capitalize your I because in some of the scentences you didnt also to have more evidence like were did you find it but for the rest its fine and I want to tell you that you did a good work. scincerly, Victor Gonzalez
  • Amilia's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear Manny, I think your post was really great because you explain a lot how there are no skate parks in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was "The city has nice places so people go there but also ban skateboarding so people don’t do it which is dumb because its a public area and people take items like backpacks purses and bicycles there so why would they not let people use skateboards there". This line stood out to me because you really have and argument because you think it's dumb that people ban skateboards on areas even if they are public areas. I agree with your point about how there are rarely any skateparks in Oakland because I drive with my family a lot around Oakland and never see any skateparks. I think that there should really be skateparks for children to go to so they don't have to skate where people wouldn't like them to skate. Thanks for writing and keep it up you are really doing a great job.
  • Dominik's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on Sideshows in Oakland since 1980
    Dear Yamilex, I think your post was interesting because the fact that you wrote, " Some people feel they are part of Oakland culture and good, while others feel they are dangerous and bad. " is showing me that there are two opinions on Oaklands Culture. The reason I think that your post is interesting is, "Sideshows are both good and bad, but they are mostly good because they started in Oakland in the early 90’s and they are still alive and happening. A lot of people enjoy watching sideshows and love hearing the sound of the wheels screeching and hearing the crowd goes crazy over how good the donuts were or how good the car looks." This quote is good for proving sideshows are good because I myself like sideshows and one of my cousins joins some of them as well. Anyways, your post in interiging and makes me more interested.
  • Cesar's Jan 15, 18:24 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear Armando, I think your post was very inspiring because you are talking about how gun violence is a big proble that has been here for a long time. A line that stood out to me was "Gun Violence is a very big problem, it has happened before, it is happening right now, and it will happen in the future.(Gonzales)" and I can add that we can change that if we take more actions bout who is eligable for having weapons or if weapons should still be aloud.Thanks for writting, keeep it up, you are inspiring. Greatfully, Cesar Sanchez.
  • Aida's Jan 15, 17:30 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Dear Yadira, I think your post was really good because you got really good pictures to prove your point about pavement in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was “Oakland residents are mad but don’t do anything to change this problem.” because I agree with you and we should change this problem.i agree with your point about pavement and the government should change this problem. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Jade's Jan 15, 17:29 comment on The Golden State Warriors Move To San Francisco
    Dear Isaiah, I think your post "The Golden States Warriors move to san francisco" was very interesting. One line that stood out to me was that was "The Warriors leaving Oakland has not had a massive effect on the Warriors success, instead injuries have because the GSW (Golden State Warriors) went from the best team in the entire NBA (Win – Loss) to the worst team in the NBA". I agree with you because the Warriors didnt make a difference leaving and they werent gonna get any better and thats really true.thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Aida Pablo's Jan 15, 17:28 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Dear Yadira, I think your post was really good because you got really good pictures to prove your point about pavement in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was “Oakland residents are mad but don’t do anything to change this problem.” because I agree with you and we should change this problem.i agree with your point about pavement and the government should change this problem. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Robert's Jan 15, 17:27 comment on KP Launch and the positive benefits of internships
    Dear Maribel P i think your post was amazing because i got to learn that kp helps students with their medical pathways. A line that stood out to me was "Many students who participate in these internships get the opportunity to gain experience not only in careers but also in college preparation" because medical pathways get to help students get to college prep. I agree with your point about how they help people save lives because they help others.thanks for writing and keep up the great work roberto l
  • Jose's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, I think your post was amazing because you explained why the murder dubs are the best streets in oakland because of there history. A line that stood out to me “How 10 Oakland Neighborhoods Got Their Names it shows where the streets got their nickname. It comments “once known as “The Rolling ’20s” or “The Roaring ’20s,” but locals today frequently call it “The Twomps.” That line stood out to me because I only knew them as dubs but know I know that they can also be called “ The Rolling 20’s or The Roaring 20’s.Thanks for writing and keep it up with the good work express yourself as a dubs kid.
  • Omar's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Sideshows in Oakland since 1980
    Dear Yamilex, I think your post was interesting because you gave two points of views in the essay. A line that stood out to me was, "Sideshows are both good and bad, but they are mostly good because they started in Oakland in the early 90’s and they are still alive and happening." I agree with your point because sideshows can be both negative and positive. They can be violent at times and be dangerous but in others they can therapeutic watching cars spin and spin. Thanks for writing and I hope to read your work in the future!
  • Angel Gutierrez Solorio's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Dear Yadira, I think your article was awesome and very relatable to the residents of Oakland. I liked that you explained how Oakland is trying to fix these streets but, sadly they don’t have enough money. Something that really popped out to me was when you said, “That’s a lot of money just for potholes and the Oakland budget is inadequately small compared to the renovation Oakland needs. Oakland residents are mad but don’t do anything to change this problem”(Yadira). That line is 100% true because Oakand is not getting enough funding for these streets because they need to tax people more in order to get more money. At the same time this is a bad and good thing because even though Oaklnd is not fixing their streets they are also not charging as much tax which shows they are sort of being good to us. I agree with your point because there were times where you would say people would get mad at potholes which is very relatable considering one time my dad was driving casually when out of nowhere he hit a pothole and got a flat right on the street. So yes I agree with you all the way and believe that you're onto something for more support go to, “https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/potholes-oakland-bad-roads-how-to-fix-report-13817984.php”. In this article they talk about people who go out at night to fix bay areas potholes. This may be illegal, but at least they are actually doing something that Oakland isn’t doing to help the community be safe. Not only are potholes annoying but can be really dangerous if you lose control. Thanks for letting me read your article, I really enjoyed your reasoning and up class vocab. These little things made your article sound very proper. Next time I see you I hope to see more of these great writing along with more grammar and typo fixes. Overall I really enjoyed your article. Sincerely, Angel
  • Fanny's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear dayanara, I think your post was interesting because it is important that not every where peoples have homes. I agree with you because Oakland needs to do something for this peoples. Maybe if many people read your blog it will change their feelings and they will do more for Homeless.Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Efraim's Jan 15, 17:23 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Dear Cesar I think that you post was really intresting to me because it talks about how that teachers are getting low pay. A line that stood out to me is that "On top of having trouble with payment, because of payment, teachers are getting second jobs to get paid better." I can agree with you because with your point about that teachers have a second job because they need money to survive. Thanks for writing keep it up
  • Armando's Jan 15, 17:22 comment on Churches In Oakland
    FYI keep up the excellent work and do well on the next essays and certifications that we will receive.
  • Efan's Jan 15, 17:21 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia I agree with your point about other people coming from other countries because both of my parents came from Mexico because it was hard in Mexico at the time so my dad had to drop out of school to help out his family and came to the US to have a better life and work very hard as a Mexican man starting with nothing to having something in his life
  • Armando's Jan 15, 17:20 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, first of all it is really cool that you have actually put your work into this blog and i want to agree on the fact that catholic churches accept all people no matter what and that brings joy to those who actually feel negative and to pray to god for a better future. Also that those who are feeling down and damaged by others, they may need someone to talk to about it and to recuperate from it.
  • Durran your dad's Jan 15, 17:19 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear manuel. ithink that your post was pretty decent. A line that stood out to me is" In many public places in Oakland and the Bay Area, people screw metal rods in cement blocks where people sit on to prevent them from riding on top of them, but Oakland doesn’t do much or spend money on skateparks. That’s why people skate around the city because they don’t have anywhere else to skate around" because you had made a good point an that point actually makes sense. I agree with u because your a skater and you feel strongly about this.keep it up.
  • Luis's Jan 15, 13:52 comment on To what extent are electric vehicles a solution to global pollution?
    Dear keily i strongly agree with your post “To what extent are electric vehicles a solution to global pollution?”Because if we the people that live in this world don't protect it we are going to loss it.Global warming is not the only problem that we have in our world there more like climate change and this cause wildfires,super storms,drought. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Electric cars have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine”i think this is important to know because if we make more electric cars the pollution(height)will decrease in a big way. Another sentence that I made me realize that we have time to change the global warming such as other problems in the world “electric don't completely solve air pollution but its less than normal cars”this stood out for me because if we work together we can Essen the air pollution in this world. I do support and agree with you that we have to change the air pollution what we can because wen is very late we don't know what to do.one reason i say this is because things can happen any time and any place. Thanks for writing.i look forward to seeing what you write next,because people need to see what other people think or know for the future you will need it.
  • Jimena's Jan 15, 06:55 comment on The Golden State Warriors Move To San Francisco
    Dear Isaiah, Your post “The Golden State Warriors Move to San Francisco” I found it very interesting. One sentence that stood out to me was, “Just because a team is not in their home stadium doesn’t mean that they will perform bad.” This stood out to me because any team could not be in their home but yet they still play bad or sometimes they do better at a different teams home. Their home does not say anything about how they would play if it’s good or bad. However, one thing that I disagree with this line, “Many people believe that this move is affecting the strength of the Warriors” because I know you said people think them moving is affecting their strength but maybe that is wrong. Them moving is not affecting their strength because it’s not doing anything to them physically, they are just in a place they were before and as time passes by they are going to get used to the place. Maybe they are just not trying their best to play and I think that's normal for teams because there are times were they really don't try but then most of the times they do try.
  • Christopher's Jan 14, 14:51 comment on Why do people move to the United States from the Dominican Republic?
    From what I read, I can't really relate to the author as i was born in the US but come from two immigrant parents. But the story and reason on why Dominican republic people come to the US is practically the same as Mexican people or any country people such as the North Koreans,China,India,cuban, and many more just because there's a lack of food,jobs,awful unfair laws,corrupted cops and presidents or leaders, the killing,wars. So i do agree when Luis states “here are some reasons why people come to the United States from dominican Republic. Because they are trying to have a new change in another place, make a future for their family”. Everyone wants to live a life without trouble or fear losing their family just because of the bad condition of their country and it's understandable why they chose the United States because its a country with freedom,good laws,great jobs, and opportunities to have a better life. Just wished that people who came here from suffering areas did not have such a bad country with corruption or short food storages so they can live happily and great in their own country.
  • Idrissa's Jan 14, 14:45 comment on Football, Basketball, Video Games
    Dear Christian I am proud of your post, “Football, Basketball, video games,” because you were into positive and negative activities by gambling over video games and you almost die of it back in 2014 so you stopped. I wish the best for you and keep chasing your dream and you might achieve it one day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In middle school, I used to be into video games like crazy. I used to play for money and tournaments. I stopped because I almost died in 2014.” I think this is cool because almost every kid in middle school play video games and some kids even still their parents money to go buy more video games. Another sentence that I respect was: “History is a subject I am good at and can't wait to learn more about .” This stood out for me because you even though you play video games too much but you still want to learn more about a very hard subject in school. I do agree with you that you are willing to learn more about your favorite because no matter how much fun you play outside of school you still need to go to school to become successful in life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know if you achieved the goals you chasing after and to see if you will go back to gambling over video games or tournaments.
  • Glendy's Jan 14, 14:42 comment on Part Two Of The First Part Last
    Dear Luis I am amazed about this poem. Part two of the first part last . I was amazed because Bobby had a baby at a young age. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is” This boy named Bobby has a baby at the age of 16 named Feather. Before Feather Bobby used to escape from school and have fun with his friends K-boy and J.L.” I think this is upset because Bobby needs to have a good future for himself to take care of his daughter Feather. “Angela Johnson might leave a reader feeling bad because he is just a kid that does whatever he wants to get out from school with his friend and he has a baby and it is hard for him to take care of her but the good thing is that he is doing his best to protect his baby”. I stood that this will make people feel bad because he is very young to have a kid, and to live the life he lives. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your stories are interesting , and your stories are about things that's going in some peoples life.
  • Joan's Jan 14, 14:36 comment on Who will be our next president?
    Dear Christian, I am interested about your post of “Who will be our Next President?” because it would be interesting to see who would control the United States and how he or she would control it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Donald Trump is being investigated and might be removed from office” I think this is important because I would want to know who will be our next president . Another sentence you wrote that I was surprised by was “President Trump withheld nearly 400 million in military aid in part to pressure Ukraine to pursue an investigation that could benefit him politically”. This stood out for me because this is a bad move for the military Trump is holding a lot of money in military which is bad for the military. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next ,because you write about things that's going on today in our daily life.
  • Emanuel's Jan 14, 14:15 comment on Young Life at the Border
    Dear Viviana I am intrigued by your post , "Young Life at The Border," because you used an experience from someone who traveled to Texas from Mexico to go to school. I also like how you added that young life is meant to aid children in other countries to go to school. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: " Andrea Perez Lopez is a young 24 old college students who travels between Juarez, Mexico and Texas to go to school. When she first started school she was surprised at how lonely she felt" I think this is important because most people don’t know how it feels to be put in school in a different country where the language they speak is different from your own. Another sentence that I found to be impressive was: "To be able to go to schools within the US, students must lie about their residency and risk being fined or even incarcerated." This stood out for me because not only are the students left feeling isolated, but they are also taking a huge risk of being in trouble with the law. I do agree with you that “Young Life” should not be seen as something bad but helpful. One reason I say this is allowing children to get a better education than what they get in their home can help them to improve their country. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I want to know if there are any other programs such as “Young Life” that aid the children of poor or non-stable countries.
  • Keily's Jan 14, 14:10 comment on Part Two Of The First Part Last
    Dear Luis, I am fascinated about your letter “Part two of The First Part Last” because you show a plethora of information about the book , it also shows you are concerned about what’s going on and you’re trying to help others by preventing being a young parent. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “This is important because Bobby spends too much time with his daughter so that when he somewhere she is going to cry”. I think is confusing because you are kind of contradicting yourself because It seems like the mother of the baby is not being with the baby but how is Bobby being such a bad father ?, if his with the baby all the time and taking her to daycare and going to school? Another sentence that I agreed was “I will be looking forward to reading ...this book can change people’s thinking of having a baby” This stood out for me because I think is a good way to spread a message to focus on school and not the streets like Bobby in the book. I strongly agree with you that is a book that will change your opinion of having a baby at a young age. One reason I say this is because I'm a young mom but is never impossible , i think is really how much people are matured and what they are willing to do when you have a problem like this. Is hard but not impossible and if you’re not ready is best to stay in school and not in the streets. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because situations like this are important to talk about.
  • El-Hassn's Jan 14, 06:27 comment on Loneliness Is A Battle With No Winner
    Dear El-Hossin Salem: I am enthusiastic about your short story, “ Loneliness is a battle with no winner” It is an intense story. I am fascinated by the way you narrated the story from a psychological aspect. One line that stands out for me is, “ My loneliness made me feel me that I was obligated to reunite with my family.” It makes me think that sometimes we do things that we don’t want to actually do or because we think that we have to actually do it. As humans, we have control over ourselves, so what makes us feel that we are forced to do something? Another line that stands out for me is, “I will never forget those days when I did not have any 6company but the bleak darkness of the midwinter” I think this section is intense because it makes me think that we actually realize the value of things when we lose it. We take everything for granted, but the bitter fact that nothing is for granted in this life. Your story reminds me of my childhood and makes me feel that when I was young I did a lot of things that I felt that I should do, but, in fact, I didn’t want to do it. In the meantime, I think that I should never do something to satisfy anyone, I should do just the right things despite everything. Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next. Your way of writing shows your deep thinking, but also shows the influence of your life experiences on every letter in your short story.
  • El-Hassn's Jan 14, 06:26 comment on Maggie’s Mournful life
    Dear Yeanoor Chowdhury: I am astonished by your short story, “Maggie’s Mournful life” because you reinforce the equality that exists between siblings in some cases. We know that this problem exists, but we don’t address it. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “My mom never faired with me as she was doing with Dee. She was getting everything according to her just because of her lighter skin compared to me.” I think these lines are very thoughtful because it shows that the reality of some families which is children face different treatment based on their skin color. I think it needs the courage to address such a social problem that exists in some societies. Another line that stands out for me is, “My mom broke her back saving money for Dee to go to college, and I was staying home, carrying out the heritage.” I think this section is intense because it makes me wonder why the mother didn’t put the same efforts to send both her daughters to college instead of one. Having different skin tone doesn’t make you less or more qualified to get a higher education. Your story reminds of discrimination in the U.S. and it makes me curious to know how people have unacceptable mindset and still think it is an acceptable mindset. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Your way of writing is very touching and I can see the optimism and you know the love that you have for nature.
  • El-Hassn's Jan 14, 06:23 comment on Mom Obligation
    Dear Emely Lopez: I am astonished by your short story, “Mom Obligation” because it reinforces the cruel environment of living as an African American at this time. It also shows the power of education and how it could change minds. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “I only had the opportunity to be a slave who has sold like an object without any value. I got up early every single day to work in the cotton fields with the sun rays burning my skin.” I think these lines are very thoughtful because it shows that the mother knows the true power of education despite the fact that she wasn’t able to get an education because she didn’t have a choice. Another paragraph that stands out for me is, “After all, I am going to be proud I believe that one day both of you are going to be a change for the country creating equality.” I think this section is> intense because it shows that the mother really believes and depends on her daughters to change the world that she wasn’t able to change by herself. Your story helps me to understand “Everyday Use” that I once read. It talks about a girl called Maggie who feels she is better than her sister because she is highly educated. I think that we don’t get equal chances in life, so we can’t say that someone is better than others. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Your way of writing is very emotional and realistic. I hope to see you writing more stories that are history-related and non-fiction.
  • TAHJMIER BAKER's Jan 13, 20:48 comment on Why are the Impoverished Judged?
    i think this article was really good and I think we as a society think to much about others opinions I'm not saying you should cry out your feelings or violently hurt them I'm just saying stop caring.
  • Gisselle's Jan 13, 01:38 comment on Taken Away
    Also you should’ve fact checked your statistics, you began talking about Oakland’s kidnapping but then brought up kidnappings generalizing the whole country.
  • Gisselle's Jan 13, 01:35 comment on Taken Away
    I agree with some of your statements but i think there were a lot of grammatically incorrect sentences. Also, your paragraph was really redundant, you often said your same point for most of your essay. Though I do think that a lot people how kidnap do, do it for the money but its not only that. There's a lot of mentally ill people who kidnap people, or other reasons you could’ve elaborated on.
  • Armando's Jan 12, 11:02 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Dear Melissa, I really like the fact that you decided to talk about one of the main issues and also that you really used excellent pieces of information. However, gentrification may not be the only reason I believe. Also that we live in oakland and from my experience here, there is a plethora of violence and homelessness and for some people, they may not feel safe. Overall, great job on your blog, based on you research and interview, I learned some new information from your blog.
  • Diavionne's Jan 12, 03:24 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    I don't think Zoos should be closed because this is a way kids get to see animals up close. But there is somethings that the zoo can change like having more space for the animals to live and play. Also a cleaner enviroment. For some kids this is the first trip they go on in school and it helps them learn about animals why better than just reading a book for some kids.
  • Sandra's Jan 11, 23:37 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Trash is trash. And people need to learn how to pick up after themselves. Humans ignore the fact that trash creates a huge problem for our enviroment.
  • Ella's Jan 10, 21:41 comment on Air Pollution and the Environment
    Hi Jimena, I think this topic that you addressed is one that everyone should pay attention to more. Air pollution is getting worse and worse and I agree with everything you say about it in this article. You talk about how it causes it a lot of illnesses, and it is true. Air pollution can be detrimental to our health. Here is a link to all of the different types of health effects that air pollution has on people: http://www.sparetheair.com/health.cfm My favorite line in your article was how " the earth is basically depending on us to change the way we live and reduce global warming." I thought this was very powerful and I agree with you one hundred percent. People need to start making a change because the Earth is literally depending on us, and only us. I am very sorry that the pollution in Oakland is so bad. I live in Utah and we also have very dangerous pollution and really bad inversion. It is horrible and we all need to start contributing to make a change. Your piece was very nicely written! Great job!
  • Viviana's Jan 10, 21:39 comment on You Attract What You Think
    This was such an interesting article to read. I like how you were able to describe a somewhat confusing phenomena by using your personal experience. I think that we are constantly told by our parents, teachers, and friends to think positively, however, this can be very hard to do when you are at a low point and it seems like there is nothing to be joyful, or grateful for. I know the this would be a very hard thing to test with science, but I hope that there can be some sort of experiment in the future. http://www.thelawofattraction.com/what-is-the-law-of-attraction/
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 10, 21:36 comment on Taken Away
    Amilia, This is so scary! I am shocked that there are so many people being kidnapped. Since I am from Utah, I am not aware of the amount of people being kidnapped in Oakland, and how this number is going up for both boys and girls. Since most people assume that girls are always the ones being kidnapped, it is very important for people to know that almost as many boys are being kidnapped as well. Although I agree with most of the things discussed in this, I feel like there are more reasons as to why people kidnap. Yes, a lot of kidnappers do so for money, but I don't think this is the only reason. I found this article (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/27/science/who-would-abduct-a-child-previous-cases-offer-clues.html) which dives into the reasons why kidnapping happens. Thank you for bringing this to people's attention!
  • Jonathan's Jan 10, 21:35 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Hey Anthony, Zoos do bring us closer to animals most people would ever see in their life because of the where they are located in the world. While they are their for educational purposes, many people do not read the plaques of information on the animal, they just look at the animal and move on. The best way to learn about animals nowadays are to research about them online. The internet has given a way where people can learn more facts on animals than a zoo could and in less time. I like how you talked about their living conditions. It is important that people understand that most of these zoo animals need way more space than they have. A lot of animals have depression because a lot of animals are herd animals. They need to be in large groups or else they can feel exposed and in danger. While there are a lot of endangered animals, people need to realize that zoos are taking them in because we have not taken action and responsibility for leading them to extinction. While zoos are better than nothing, it is a last resort that is failing.
  • Dominic's Jan 10, 21:34 comment on Designer Clothes
    Ricardo, I thought your talk about profiling was very insightful because fashion is a topic that is not brought up a lot, but is prevalent none the less. I really liked your point on saying that cheap clothes can be worn instead of expensive designer ones and still look good because so many people think of price being the only way to judge clothes. This subject also relates to people's self-image and if more people thought the way you do then they wouldn't be so down on themselves and could be confident in their body and fashion. Overall I thought your article was very well written and I enjoyed reading it.
  • Erica's Jan 10, 21:32 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Hi there Cesar, This is a really interesting article. The housing crisis across America continues to grow, and it is critical that affordable housing be provided for working professionals. Teachers are a critical part of society, but it has become evident in the past few years that their salary does not accurately reflect the gravity of their jobs. Without stable teachers, the education system, and thus the cycle of society, will collapse. I would be interested to read more on how this crisis became so severe, and what current work is being done to counteract it. Overall, a great article that makes a massive issue across the country local. -erica s
  • Abbey's Jan 10, 21:31 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora, I loved your article and the solution it proposed. You can really tell you did your research and that you know what you are talking about and want to do what you can to help our planet earth. I had no idea that eating meat regularly was bad for the planet and how much green house gas it produces, Im glad that there are places we can go to learn more about issues like this and how we can be more eco-friendly. Here is another article I think you should read about vegetarians and climate change! https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49238749
  • Hannah's Jan 10, 21:31 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora! This is such an awesome article. I really enjoyed reading your piece and agree with the points that you made. I personally am a vegetarian and one of my main reason for doing so is to decrease my role in global warming and climate change. Many people believe that in order to actually make a difference in changing the environment is to go all in, but it's actually a lot simpler than that. Just by making small changes in our diets and actions we can decrease the climate change occurring on the planet. One article you should read is about the affects of doing "Meatless Mondays" https://www.meatlessmonday.com/for-the-environment/ and can help people ease into vegetarianism and or just consciously helping the environment. The vegetarian movement is becoming more relevant now than ever before. Awesome piece, definitely something that should be spoken of in a positive light 🙂
  • Sam's Jan 10, 21:30 comment on Should We Legalize Prostitution?
    This is a tricky and unorthodox topic for most people and many do not even think about potential benefits of decriminalizing prostitution. I agree with you on this topic and think legal prostitution is a natural safe way in which both parties benefit. The stigma surrounding the topic makes people unwilling to even look at the situation in a fair manner ultimately leading to the dangerous and harmful way it is handled now.
  • Jonathan's Jan 10, 21:27 comment on War! What is it good for?
    Hey Diego, That books sounds very interesting. I think I will have to check it out. You said the book changed your views on war. What were your viewpoints it before reading the book. Is there anything you believe about war that was true before reading it and after reading it? I think it is interesting to think about how both sides are fighting for their own country and it is hard sometimes to see who is right and who is wrong. War hurts both sides and causes pain and grief. How do you think the affects of being in a war and fighting would change the characters views on life if they grew up never having to worry about being a soldier and fighting. You have a lot of great stuff here. Your writing helps draw in the reader to want to hear what you have to say and care about the issue. If you had to look at the other side, there are people who glorify war. Video games are a good example. Even though they are not real, a lot of people play games with killing.
  • Ellie's Jan 10, 21:26 comment on Weed Legalization
    Deshawn, This article definitely caught my attention because it was a viewpoint I haven't had the chance to hear from before! Your article was overall logical, detailed and persuasive. I was especially surprised at the part where you mention "This is “power compounded” because it give power to the people with power and it also gives power to the powerless. By legalizing weed it will decrease the crime rates and war on drugs with policies. Legalizing weed will increase the population of people that use it. Looking at the Government, the local or state legislative branches can legalize weed for smokers that’s 21 and smokers that’s above the age of 21." Not only would legalizing weed help benefit the economy but also decrease the crime rates. You might find this article interesting "https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/why-we-shouldnt-legalize-marijuana" because it provides a different viewpoint. I am excited to read more of your work! Ellie
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 10, 21:25 comment on Stopping Sex Trafficking at the Truck Stop
    Amaia, This is a very important discussion and I am glad that you took the time to research and post this so more people, including myself, can learn more about it. Your research and sources gave you really good information, and it shows with how well this is written and supported. I learned more about sex trafficking. Do you know if there are any other "hot spots" where sex trafficking rates are more popular (for lack of a better word)? It is really important that more people know about this topic because of how prominent it is becoming in the United States, so keep researching and discussing this topic!
  • Olivia M Anderson's Jan 10, 21:25 comment on Abortion
    Hi James. I thought it was interesting that you talked about the religious side of the argument because that is a large part of the anti-abortion argument. However, preventing access to these services will not decrease the number of how many are performed because it will just happen illegally which puts the mothers life at risk. This article demonstrates that criminalizing abortion will do nothing to reduce the amount of abortions performed https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/abortion-rates-go-down-when-countries-make-it-legal-report-n858476 .
  • Ella's Jan 10, 21:25 comment on Having a career before being charged for college tuition
    Hi Alysa! I found your article super interesting! I have never even thought about this, and I didn't even know that some schools actually did it. I think it is a great idea though. I agree with what you are saying, about how colleges should focus in landing their students jobs. They should. It is a really interesting idea having people pay for their college after they get a job. I like this idea a lot and I know the majority of most families would; College is very expensive these days. However, I do not think it is a realistic one. Many big schools need the money to fund their programs and pay for their teachers. A lot of others might be concerned if the students don't pay them back all the way. Maybe in the far future this could be a possibility, but right now I do not think it will happen any time soon. I agree, and think it would be helpful and appealing, but there is a reason why only a couple, small, schools use them. It is just not a realistic idea that bigger schools are willing to adopt. I thought this topic was super interesting though, and it was an idea I've never heard of. Great job writing and I look forward to read more from you, especially if it is on this topic! Ella
  • Kathryn's Jan 10, 21:24 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    Fanny, I think you did a great job identifying an issue that isn't talked about very much. It is important for people to realize that cuisine can be particular to a place and in a country like the US the perpetration of it can imply inaccuracy in process and result in discrediting of the "original" chefs or cooks. I appreciate the shift from English to Spanish in your articles, as it keeps it interesting and maintains the reader engaged.
  • Megan's Jan 10, 21:23 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Jimena, Your post was very interesting and did an excellent job at highlighting the negative affects and serious dangers of the air pollution in Oakland! I agree that we need to immediately do something to address the air pollution, as I live in Utah and in the Salt Lake Valley we have dangerously bad Air pollution. Heres an interesting article that may prove beneficial to any future research that you do! It highlights the basic every day steps that we can all take to balancing out air pollution! https://www3.epa.gov/region1/airquality/reducepollution.html Cant wait to see where your research takes you! Megan
  • Viviana's Jan 10, 21:23 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    I was surprised to find that this trend began somewhere around 2017, and it already consists of 1% of the Reddit community. I also found that people are starting to become more creative with the type and band of bread that they use. Some have even started to use bagels, hamburger buns, rolls, and even pizzas. However, many people become upset when the stapling is harmful to the trees like in the case of Bonsai trees. https://www.esquireme.com/content/36907-why-is-the-internet-stapling-slices-of-bread-to-trees-an-investigation
  • Dominic's Jan 10, 21:22 comment on Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
    Hi Graham, I thought that this article was a good comparison between cigarettes and e-cigarettes. You did a good job on listing the side effects that can affect teens who are starting to smoke e-cigarettes and show that they are not as safe of an alternative to real cigarettes than most people think. One thing I think you could add is listing the other FDA-approved smoking cessation options that you mentioned but did not go into detail on. Overall I very much enjoyed your writing.
  • Abbey's Jan 10, 21:21 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    I think that what you are saying here is very important, after all our country wouldn't be here without immigrants and we owe so much to them. People who have moved here to escape poverty or injustice in their own country shouldn't have to risk their lives and then be put in even more danger in the place they dreamed of escaping to. Just because someone is different than you does not mean that their life matters any less than yours and should be treated fairly. Here is another article you should read that is talking about the same things you are and wanting to make difference in all our communities, https://justiceforimmigrants.org
  • Erica's Jan 10, 21:21 comment on Nothing about us without us
    Hi there Italia, This topic is a really interesting one, especially since these programs are based out of Chicago which has had issues in the past with school to prison pipelines. I would love to hear more about potential ideas to make this more affordable, and what kinds of plans the government could use to close this gap. -erica s
  • Hannah's Jan 10, 21:21 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Hey Ivan! Wow what an amazing and informative article. I actually had never heard of the term gentrification in my life before reading your piece. You did a really excellent job at citing your sources in the text so it was easy to refer to what interview you were talking about in your bibliography. Getting to hear the real stories from people affected by gentrification helped me to better understand the definition of the word and the reasoning behind your article. It may be beneficial to include a counter to your argument as to the positive impacts of gentrification to show that you are seeing both sides of the story and to avoid bias. A great article for that would be https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/1581-impacts-of-gentrification-a-policy-primer/for-students/blog/news.php as it talks about the benefits and the downfalls of gentrification. Overall this is an amazing piece to read and a topic that I believe should be brought into the spotlight a little more. Thank you! Keep up the amazing work!
  • Sam's Jan 10, 21:19 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    I completely agree. The stereotypes and generalizations of skateboarders being criminals, drug users, and dangerous people is an unfair and inaccurate assessment of reality. Skateboarding is an art to those who practice it and can lead to entire careers and professions. The idea to implement more areas for skaters to go is great and something that should already be implemented in areas like this.
  • Kathryn's Jan 10, 21:19 comment on Diverse Immigrant Communities Unite to Preserve TPS
    Mashlin, this is a very informative piece of writing and a very important one too. You did a good job of identifying the issue and proposing a solution for it as well. Pointing out that the main reasons for migration include safety hazards is an imperative part of the reason to keep TPS running especially for Central Americans. Perhaps including more information on how this removal would affect people that are already residing in the US and how it affects those still in El Salvador would add to your already compelling argument. https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/trump-has-ended-temporary-protected-status-hundreds-thousands-immigrants
  • Megan's Jan 10, 21:17 comment on Stopping Sex Trafficking at the Truck Stop
    Amaia-- This is so well written! It is clear that you took the time to research what you were talking about, and able to source reputable sources that help the reader gain clear insight about the topic! I think that its also crucial too ick a topic that is a pressing issue, and has solutions that are beginning to be implemented to solve the issue! Heres an article that may help address and implement possible solutions to this increasingly pressing issue. (https://www.trucker.com/drivers/article/21746688/how-truckers-can-stop-human-trafficking) Great job, I can't wait to see what more you have on this subject!
  • Ellie's Jan 10, 21:17 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Joshua, This article definitely caught my attention with the smiling bread picture! When you said "No, not at all. In fact, by stapling bread to trees, we start helping the trees. Birds build their nests up in the trees and the trees get nutrition from the birds pooping near them. When we staple bread to trees it attracts the birds to the tree. So, stapling bread to trees is a wonderful thing and it helps our forests just a little more by giving them the nutrition they need. That’s why I think we all need to start stapling trees on a regular basis to help the environment." I was surprised by the fact that you gave this silly trend a well thought meaning. I think that you might like this article: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/bmzk35/weird_trends/. It is a reddit about silly trends. I hope to see more of your writing soon. Ellie
  • remigia's Jan 10, 21:14 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear America, I feel surprised about your article I love the way you talk about the immigrant struggle how they have been impact one sentence that stood out to me was Immigrants care about each other and their families like everyone else, and these new policies are degrading. This stood out because they care about other people and I see on TV that Donald Trump has affected immigrants that he says that immigrants bring drug in the United States but it not true what he says about immigrants.
  • Fatema's Jan 10, 20:59 comment on Dee’s plan to become rich
    Dear Issaka, I am amazed by your story "Dee story to become" the way you characterized Dee shows that she will do anything to get what she wants even if it meant taking advantage of other people wealth. You mentioned something really powerful in your story that it touched me and I think It something that need to be taking in consideration as a life lesson. The line is "we shouldn’t take advantage of people for their wealth". This is the section that I think it now day girls some take really seriously that they will have a bright future. Thanks for your Story. I look forward to seeing what's coming up next.
  • Abraham's Jan 10, 19:39 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    I agree, the skating community has been placed down by many because the public believes that skating is a breeding ground for crime. Though in reality skating is a positive activity that push kids to go outside. I believe illicit behavior occurs when the youth has nothing to do or nowhere to go. Skateparks give the youth a safe location to perform and socialize with others in their community.
  • Mashlin's Jan 10, 19:27 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    I understand what you are saying because I sometimes see people of other countries making completely different food. and it actually does tase different form those who are originally from that place. Your story is very interesting and I like how you shift from English to Spanish.
  • Emma's Jan 10, 18:52 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Wow. I am not surprised that this exists on the internet. As for the history of the bread people of reddit, it is hard to track or pinpoint viral jokes and trends. It is kinda scary how vast the internet is. I do have to question whether mass stapling of bread to parks and neighborhoods is a health benefit for the birds. I wonder what possible problems could arise.
  • Jayme's Jan 10, 18:49 comment on The Choice to Leave
    This is very well written as a way to present the information you have found. It's interesting how the US has been built up as a place of opportunity for immigrants and refugees throughout its history. That long-held status is falling apart now because we've made it so complicated to become a legal citizen and make a living as an immigrant or refugee. I think your article is a great way to show how and why that American ideal is fading away.
  • Bella's Jan 10, 18:47 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Jimena, Your post was very informative about the state of air pollution in Oakland and I found it very interesting. This was mainly because I live in Salt Lake City where we have much air pollution as well. Having pollutants in the air which become trapped when we experience an inversion, it becomes dangerous as people can develop respiratory issues. I believe that we must do something to regulate carbon emissions such as changing how cars are manufactured or simply traveling by car less. The Earth is a place where people must coexist together and we must take care of our Earth to create a safe environment for everyone. Here's an interesting article pertaining to reducing our carbon footprint: https://www.nytimes.com/guides/year-of-living-better/how-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint Hope to see what you write next, Bella
  • Gedeon's Jan 10, 18:45 comment on Diverse Immigrant Communities Unite to Preserve TPS
    Great job Mashlin! You clearly demonstrated the goal of your writing by pointing out the impact of the economy on the population and also by showing how the gangs are affecting people's daily lives. You clearly conveyed the reasons for the population's migration to the US by repeatedly pointing out gang violence, which clarifies the TPS's importance in the migration process. If you were to give some evidence of this in El Salvador, the validity of your writing will indisputable. Check out the link at the bottom to get an idea of what evidence might be helpful for you to add. https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/el-salvador/life-under-gang-rule-el-salvador
  • Alexander's Jan 10, 18:45 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Manuel, The idea of building areas in which skaters can go in Oakland is a great idea. It is not an uncommon thing to ban skateboarders around city areas. People tend to associate skateboards with disrespectful kids who vandalize everything. Even though this stereotype isn't always true, it is one that is very real. That is why I think the idea of building areas where skateboarders are allowed to go is a great idea and one that should be put into action soon. The building of skateparks would be a service to skaters as well as one to the city as they won't have to worry about the potential problems of skateboarders. I am interested in hearing more about what you have to say on the topic. Additionally, here is an article about some of the benefits of skateparks. https://www.spohnranch.com/the-top-6-benefits-of-public-skateparks-2014-03-02/ -Alexander Nuntapreda
  • Abraham's Jan 10, 18:45 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    I agree, zoos do bring us closer to wild life though many are not aware of the living conditions of a zoo. Animal activist believe that zoos are terrible ideas (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gqmvzx/why-we-should-close-all-zoos-778). This article focuses on why zoos should be banned and how living conditions have not improved over the years. It mentions how there are reports worldwide of zoos abusing and stressing animals.
  • Emily's Jan 10, 18:44 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Your essay is very interesting. I agree this is a very serious issue that needs to be solved. You might find this article interesting: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/ams/aqmdp/share.htm . It lists solutions people can implement on a personal level to try and help to solve this problem.
  • Amani's Jan 10, 18:44 comment on Young Life at the Border
    I love this perspective of trying to better and help you immigrate children who are coming to the US and are trying to fit in and blend in. Yet, I agree it's hard at times considering the circumstances and I love that Young lives exists for them to be able to find a place in the US that tells them you belong and we are here to help. The information that you have provided is excellent and needs to be shared more around our country today. Especially now with our immigration rights changing, I feel like this is a good way to show that some of these immigrants aren't alone and that they will get through this.
  • Alysa's Jan 10, 18:44 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Angelina, Great job! I thought your article was very interesting and important. Here is an article that discusses littering in general that tells the causes, problems, and solutions. https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-problems-solutions-littering.php I have lived in California myself and remembering seeing a lot of litter. It is upsetting to see people do not care about fixing these problems because we all live on the planet and need to make a difference to take care of the planet. I liked your use of sources because it made your argument stronger. I think by paying people to pick up trash would be good for some people, but could retaliate and therefore more people would throw trash on the ground because they would claim well someone is payed to do that so I will not do anything. It is shocking that even though people can be fined for trash, they do not pick it up. Having more access to trash cans can make a difference because there are more places to throw things away. All in all I thought you had a great argument and I think with the article I shared with you, you can find more solutions to help the problems in Oakland and throughout the world.
  • Emma's Jan 10, 18:43 comment on IS School Necessary?
    It is an interesting question. In today's climate, people are shying away from the traditional of success. Young people increasing jumped on social media outlets for money. Many kids have even dropped out of school to take on their new career. The decision isn't stupid; they make a lot of money fairly quickly but it is not a stable source of income. These kids should not be dropping out of high school but it seems that finishing high school and completing college is not the only way to be successful in modern America look at Elon Musk. Musk dropped out of college to pursue Paypal. With that being said education seems to be the most promising strategy to achieve and maintaining success. I agree everyone should complete high school.
  • Horyna's Jan 10, 18:43 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    Hi Glendy! I agree that people should be able to speak whatever language they are the most comfortable with in the United States. English, though a global and popular language, should not be considered superior in comparison to other languages. In my opinion, as our world becomes increasingly globalized, it should be a requirement to be at least bilingual. In the United States, for example, I think it would be beneficial for citizens to have a general understanding of the Spanish language and ideally be fluent. The following article explains the benefits of being bilingual in today's world: https://www.success.com/why-everyone-should-be-bilingual/. I hope you take a look at it! I hope to hear more from you about this topic!
  • Alicia's Jan 10, 18:43 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Hi Angelina! I enjoyed reading what you wrote. I think that making the picking up of the litter into a paid job is a great idea and would have a better turnout in the long run. I also realize that your article is only about litter in that specific area, but my boarder question is this: where would the trash go after it is picked up? Would it just go somewhere else and create a problem there? Overall I thought this was really great because every country has a littering problem that needs to be discussed. Great Job!
  • Emmy's Jan 10, 18:42 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Cesar, I think your essay is both well written and discusses a pertinent issue in our country. My mom is a teacher here in Utah and we have similar problems. Teachers, especially those in early elementary, are paid barely enough to get by. As a singer mother my mom regularly lives paycheck to paycheck and we get by just fine but I know that even getting just a little less would make our situation unlivable, and that's how it is for most. One thing that really stuck out to me was the snowball effect you mentioned in your article, no teaches=poor education= less professionals in the future= a society on the verge of collapse. Things like these really point to a big picture and how people, and politicians, should care about this issue more. I'd love to hear more from you about the specifics of a rent program, funding, availability, access, and overall how it can solve this issue. Well done!
  • Tomas's Jan 10, 18:41 comment on Religious Freedom
    Deng, I definitely think that freedom of religion is such a significant topic to be talking about. In our world today, there is still discrimination and prejudice that surrounds certain religions. As a predominantly Christian nation, the outsiders get no attention, and almost get hatred for the fact that they are a different religion. Here’s is a link offering up some frequently asked question about religion that I found very interesting: https://www.aclu.org/other/your-right-religious-freedom. Religion has become a delicate topic to talk about, and I am glad that you displayed your point on here. I think the practice of religion should be free to all, and if it is kept separate from state and government, it should be good. Religion offers much diversity to our nation, and I found another link showing how religion can influence our society in different ways: http://marripedia.org/effects_of_religious_practice_on_society. Deng, thank you for writing about this, and I am excited to see what comes from you next.
  • Michael's Jan 10, 18:40 comment on Traitor Forever?
    Xavier, this article is thoroughly impressive. You used extensive objectivity and factual evidence tied in with your subjective viewpoint of the problem at hand. As a huge NFL fan, I found this article very relatable and enlightening into the future of team moves and relocation. You had extensive sources to back up your thesis, and your inclusion of the opposition's standpoint added more credibility as it showed a conflicting viewpoint and its faults. Your trail of logic was very clear and coherent and this continued to add strength and credibility to your point, which you wrapped up beautifully and succinctly.
  • Natalie Risse's Jan 10, 18:39 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Hi Ivan! I really liked this article about such an important topic. I liked your quote "This individual is experiencing having to move due to gentrification, showing that it’s impossible for him to flee from his problems." The interviews you referenced really strengthened your argument. This link might be good to check out http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.579.8588&rep=rep1&type=pdf . Gentrification does suck, thanks for making such a great article to showcase that. 🙂
  • Angeth's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    I really enjoyed this article, the topic is very interesting to me. I always thought being vegetarian would inevitably help the environment but I never actually did the research, so thank you for posting this now I know that it could very potentially help the environment. The only things I think you should change in the article to make it stronger would be to not state your opinion in the very beginning of the paragraph because it could make the reader think the article is untrustworthy because of possible bias. here's where I got that from "I believe that being a vegetarian can improve climate change because through the little amounts of food being consumed by vegetarians there is a great possibility for an immense decrease in greenhouse gas emissions." also there were some spelling error's. Besides that very good article, amazing job.
  • Elliot's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on IS School Necessary?
    Hey Willbert, You bring up an interesting question, but I can't decipher whether or not you support schooling. According to some posts like this graph (https://taxfoundation.org/chart-day-income-levels-vs-education-levels/) those with high level degrees are statistically the highest paid. Is your work "off the books" sustainable over a lifetime? There are entrepreneurs that are able to make millions without a GED but this is extremely rare, and I'd rather play it safer and put my energy into achieving the highest education possible while finding my passions.
  • Alexander's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    If you are interested, check out this article on how video games affect the brain. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318345.php#1 -Alex Nuntapreda
  • Italia's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on History Not Left Behind
    Christian, I love that you chose to speak on this topic; it is super important in this day and age because unfortunately, it still occurs, maybe in even greater proportions than we might want to imagine. This article, https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/us/everyday-racial-profiling-consequences-trnd/index.html, brings to light the dangerous effects of racial profiling. It's really interesting and at times even frightening.
  • Jayme's Jan 10, 18:35 comment on How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college
    I agree, the price for higher education nowadays is getting ridiculous. This is a creative solution that I haven't seen before and could be promising. However, are raw numbers the only thing we should be looking at? I can't help but wonder what the implications of accelerating the college program would be. Extra programs could also potentially create more inequity and bias if this gets traction from ivy-league schools. Do you think extra programs and shaving off a year in college time would have more positives or negatives if it was implemented on a larger scale?
  • Gedeon's Jan 10, 18:35 comment on 41st
    Wonderful poem Khierya! I liked how you demonstrated your connection to the street you grew up on. The small details such as the title of your poem, your word choice (first), and poem length and structure played a crucial role in conveying your point. Pointing out that 41st was the street where you first rode your bike, where you had your first scar, and where you first fought shows how the street impacted your life and shaped you as a person. I think adding your perspective of what it means to you now that you have matured will help readers perceive your current view on it.
  • Horyna's Jan 10, 18:35 comment on Preventing Racism Through Children’s Books
    Hi Tomas! This is such a interesting organization! I agree that to solve major issues such as racism, we, "have to stop it at its core - adolescence." This concept reminds me of the phrase, "racism is not taught, it is learned." I am interested to see if the children now reading the books produced by We Stories will have a different perspective on prejudice and discrimination once they are old enough to understand them. Along with children's books, the wording and content of history books is crucial to a child's awareness and premonition to racism. I think you would enjoy the following video by Vox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkFXPblLpU. It explains how textbooks were written in the South after the Civil War. The video highlights The Daughters of the Confederacy and they kept the confederacy alive by teaching young children that the Civil War was not about slavery. It also touches on how the presence of Confederate Monuments impacts communities and social interactions. I would love to hear more from you on this topic!
  • Sam M's Jan 10, 18:34 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Great article. I think many people know littering is a problem, but not many know how serious it actually is, and how it affects communities, and I think you did a great job of shining a light on that. I think that adding how it can cost the city money was another great point on why the problem needs to stop, because the city can't improve without money. Overall, I thought this was a very great argument!
  • Michael's Jan 10, 18:34 comment on Scaring People Who Text
    Jonathan, you did a great job of evaluating and explaining the problem at hand then proposing a solution. The inclusion of previous trials and their success with this strategy really pointed to the potential and viability of this solution to texting and driving. Your train of logic and deduction was coherent and clear. I think your annotations only continued to make this clear and give me a better look into your deeper thought processes and how you add individualism to the solution.
  • Amani's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on History Not Left Behind
    I agree that racial profiling has become a very serious issue in the United States and it has become very aggressive and violent. I agree that there should be changes on how our criminal justice systems treats people of different color. We all deserve to be treated the same way and we should all be treated as equal, because at the end of the day our skin color shouldn't matter. Police officers should do better of not giving special treatment to those who aren't African Americans. Then that raises the question of can we trust our justice system to keep us safe? or Can we trust them not to be biased about other peoples race?
  • Bella's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college
    Ronata, I do support the claim that college tuition has become increasingly high as of late, and that there needs to be a means to take action to resolve this issue. I found the concept of using high school credits to cover college credits very interesting as this would amount to less time in college, and a lower tuition. Student debt is also a huge problem in this country and I hope this method could help lower student debt rates as well. I don't believe this method is a waste of time because in order to resolve an issue, we must experiment with solutions. Here is an interesting article that presents another solution, income share agreements, to help resolve the issue of outrageous tuition rates: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/business/dealbook/education-student-loans-lambda-schools.html Looking forward to what you write next, Bella
  • Emily's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Lack of Education Inside the Juvenile Justice System Creates an Endless Cycle
    I agree that this is an important issue. You might find this article interesting: http://www.justicepolicy.org/news/8775 . At the end it suggests ways to to help solve this problem.
  • Alysa's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Anthony, Nice job. I thought your post was very interesting. Here is an article that further discusses the problem with zoos. https://www.bornfree.org.uk/zoo-issues I agree that zoos have many affects on animals especially with anxiety. I liked how you stated zoos benefit "because they will promote the animals they got which will bring in more money for them while not considering the health of the animal." This helps to claim that zoos can be greedy instead of living out their task of helping animals. I think you should included some sources to help deepen the argument of the long term effects, with specific examples of some animals. I think while you also state the negatives of zoo, you should include an argument for zoos, to help strengthen your opinion of removing zoos. Coming up with a solution would make this stronger. It is unfortunate how animals are not treated fairly and we need to find a way to end this problem.
  • Emmy's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora! First off I thought your post was very interesting because I never knew there were so many variations of vegetarians and I had no idea that we could cut down greenhouse gasses that much! I would like to read another post by you discussing what approaches are the most beneficial for converting meat eaters into healthy vegetarians. In fact it's something that I'm curious about myself, I know that fruits and vegetables are not enough to sustain you alone and many substitutions for animal products contain nuts such as almond milk. Do you think that people with allergies could sustain a vegetarian diet too? Anyways it's such an interesting topic and I'd love to read more about it, maybe this article will give you a kick start! https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/becoming-a-vegetarian
  • Alexander's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    Dominic, In today's society, the topic of kids being negatively affected by violent games is commonly addressed. The statistic that,"60% of boys and 40% of girls in middle school that has played or watched a violent video game are bound to bully, fight, or have aggression" is one that is quite surprising. I believe that video games can indeed have a negative effect on young children, however an average of 50% seems rather high. That said I have limited knowledge and so the fact could very well be true, in which case I think we need to not expose young kids to such violent games. I feel that games can also have a positive benefit to children as it simultaneously teaches them problem solving skills in various adventure based games. However at the end of the day I believe that other activities such as exercise, music, etc. have more positive effects than gaming. Overall you have a well written post and I am interested in hearing more.
  • Tiffany's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Taken Away
    I enjoyed your article, and was shocked by the number of people getting kidnapped. i was also shocked by the amount of males being kidnapped. Most people assume that females get kidnapped more. I liked how you added articles that talk more about this topic. I also liked how you expanded on each quote you added into your article.
  • Sandra's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Hey Anthony, I agrue with most of what you explained. Zoo are harmful for the animals, the poor animals face alot of problems such as anxiety, depression, anger etc. The animals are forced to live in terrible conditions, they are not provided witht he proper space they need or habitation. It is important to inform people about the behind the scenes of zoos. People should be educated about the dangers animals face when they are locked up with a lack of care and attention
  • Alicia's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora. I really enjoyed reading your article. I both agree and disagree with the solution you have proposed to counteract climate change. I think that becoming vegetarian could help in small ways because there are less factories that are polluting the air in order to package and process the meat we consume, but I also believe that things such as driving less would have more of an impact on us directly. I understand that the vegetarian lifestyle has health benefits as well but we also need protein from meat and other foods for our bodies as well. However, I do think that vegetarianism could greatly cut down on the factories used to process the meat, but even at that point i'm worried that there would be more methane released into the air if we are not keeping it in check somewhat by consuming the animals as well.
  • Tomas's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Who benefits from lateness?
    I think this is a very interesting point. I think that it is very hard because schools start so early. You have been placed into a really tough situation where do you sacrifice your learning for nutrition? I’m not sure if I know the correct answer to that question, but I have researched the idea of schools starting later. IF they started later, you could eat a good hardy breakfast, get enough sleep, and be ready for the day. Most schools start before 8:30, mine starts at 8:00, and it gets hard to wake up in the morning and keep yourself going through the day. Here is a link with points on why there should be a later start to schooling: https://www.cdc.gov/features/school-start-times/index.html. Thank you for your opinion, I am looking forward to your response if one, but I hope that the rest of the school year goes well for you.
  • Mashlin's Jan 10, 18:31 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    This was very interesting to read because it has so much meaning behind the story. You did a good job describing and the story about how she was so determined about school and lives in tough conditions is inspiring.
  • Angeth's Jan 10, 18:29 comment on History Not Left Behind
    This topic very important to me I like that you have decided to write about this. The topic is also frustrating, it's been decades and black people are still looked at as less than as dangerous as uneducated and the list goes on and on it's crazy. Here is an article I think would interest you https://www.washingtonpost.com
  • Elliot's Jan 10, 18:29 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    Hey Sandra, I thought this article was very interesting and you summed it up well. I like the idea of having more programs for kids that focus on cooperation. I think it sets them up to do better in the future. Do you think US students would benefit from programs like that, which look to strengthen the bond between peers?
  • Italia's Jan 10, 18:29 comment on Secondhand Shopping As a Solution to Fast Fashion
    Emily, I think this topic is super important because not a lot of people realize that the way they choose to shop for clothing affects the environment. This article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/books/review/how-fast-fashion-is-destroying-the-planet.html) holds a lot of detail on the subject and even the recounts the story of how fast fashion became such a problem.
  • Tiffany's Jan 10, 18:28 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I think you did a good job explaining your opinion, as well as justifying it. I like how you added credible sources, as well as facts, which made the article that much more justifiable. I do disagree that abortion is murder, but I support your decision and completely understand where you are coming from.
  • Natalie Risse's Jan 10, 18:27 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    I like this article a lot, probably because not most people would think to question such a weird internet thing. I liked this statement "The definition already defined bread as “a staple food”. In conclusion, stapling is in bread’s nature. " I never thought of that, and it is a stretch but it's something. I would recommend better sources for a stronger essay. This made me laugh, thanks for that.
  • Sam M's Jan 10, 18:27 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    I thought this was a very interesting piece. I find it very interesting how the schools run can affect the class and wealth status a person has later in life, and I think you did a very good job at bringing that to attention.
  • Nickolas Sizer's Jan 10, 14:23 comment on War! What is it good for?
    I agree, war is bad.
  • Jesus's Jan 10, 05:57 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, I feel great about your post “Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA” And that you decided to choose this topic. One sentence that stood out to me was, ”Thousands and thousands of undocumented people come to the US each year. Most of them are young. And as they grow old, they start to consider the US as home instead of their home country.” it stood out to me because it is true, most of the kids who are brought here to the U.S do see the country as home and where not raised in what was supposed to be their home country. However, a part of your article I disagree with is when you mentioned Andrea Barbara because she didn’t say “materialistic things” as a way to say immigrants can get in power. Have you considered changing the claim to match the quote, the quote talks more about immigrants coming to the U.S and putting in hard work to be able to live in a nicer area and not them getting in power.
  • Jennifer's Jan 10, 05:13 comment on Latinx Community
    Fernanda, I feel impressed and interested by your post, "Latinx Community". One sentence that really stood out to me was "...the Latinx community has survived in Oakland for several years despite the countless times they have been displaced in different parts of Oakland." This stands out because it shows perseverance; no matter how many times the Latinx community has been "displaced" from the city, it shows that they are capable to move on regardless of the hate they receive from the Oakland community. One thing I disagree with was, hypothetically, I guess some people from the Latinx community probably don't feel safe in the Oakland community because they are being displaced by the Oakland people and community, my question is, what can we do in order to help out not just the Latinx community but everyone so that they all feel equal and respected? I also understand that they aren't willing to move out because "it's their home" but have you also ever thought about adding some diversity in all neighborhoods of the Oakland community, not just Fruitvale. I believe this will allow us to understand everyone's different cultures and history; help us become more open minded about certain groups of people. Thanks for sharing your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Edith's Jan 10, 04:17 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Dear Ashley, you post, “Oakland’s Downfall” is really interesting. Your writing is intriguing. And now that I realized it, gentrification is removing the culture that is in Oakland. A sentence from your post, reads “Oaklanders are the root of the culture” and I completely agree with this. The fact that high rent is the reason why POC leave their homes just proves that Oakland is obviously doing nothing! Which leads to us to fix this issue. But how? How will we stop gentrification? You’ve listed all the problems, but what are the solutions? Another problem that strikes Oakland is racism. Oakland is one of the most cultural cities in the bay area (in my opinion) but oppression still surrounds the place. In an article named “We're being pushed out': the displacement of black Oakland” by Sam Levin, he talks about when police were being called for black people doing a barbecue. The article reads, “While African Americans in Oakland have been steadily displaced by gentrification, others who remain are treated like criminals in their own hometown.” (Levin). Gentrification is affecting TONS of African Americans which results to them leaving. While the other AA receive discrimantion and racism in the homes they own. They are LITERALLY getting disrespected at the town AA been leaving for more than a decade. While people who are just arriving to Oakland and getting to know the city, have the audacity to oppressed the ones that are more knowledgeable than they are. Thank you Ashley for this great piece of writing. This topic has open new perspectives. I look forward to seeing more of your work, Ashely!
  • Jaqueline's Jan 10, 04:01 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Dear Emily, I feel bias about your post “Changes In Our Home”. Some sentences that stood out to me were, “Cohen bray a house with so many memories and history is yet waiting to be destroyed” and “The only people that know are those who live near it, this house should get more attention than what it has.” These sentences stood out to me because if the house isn’t getting that much attention, then it shouldn’t be such a big deal that it is getting destroyed. Have you ever thought of instead of writing about something that is going to get removed, just write about another building that has been in Oakland for a long time, that isn’t getting destroyed. Another thing that you should keep in mind should be to get the word out to people that the Cohen bray house is filled with memories and history and it is going to get destroyed so that people can fight to keep it. Other than that your writing was good. Keep up the good work!
  • Melissa's Jan 10, 03:46 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia, I feel that this is a very controversial topic. A line that stood out to me was when you stated, “ They are not stealing jobs but finding opportunities”. This stood out to me because lots of people think that immigrants come here to “steal jobs” and that's a very common misunderstanding, and although I agree with most of your points, you mentioned that immigrants come to the U.S. for better education and a better life for their families a lot, do you think that there are other reasons why people may come to the U.S.? Thank you for sharing this information and writing this blog. Looking forward to your next piece of writing!
  • Amy's Jan 10, 03:10 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose, I feel that your topic is a big issue and many people like the government aren't doing much about. One sentence that stood out to me was," —Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. With violence and crime now at unprecedented levels—they are among the top 10 most violent countries in terms of homicides—that number had jumped to 42 percent in 2016." This stood out to me because a lot of immigrants come to united states so they could be safe and not worry about all the danger that is happening in their home town, this also shocked me because there is a lot of violence risking peoples life.However, one thing I think you could have added was how immigrants struggle to continue being with their family if they keep getting deported and can't find jobs because of it. But overall you have a strong article.
  • Yadira's Jan 10, 02:34 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose, I feel that your topic is an issue the government is not helping considering the situation. Overall your argument was strong and I didn’t feel lost in your article. Furthermore, one sentence that stood out to me was, ̈This is true because immigrants come to the United States for a better life.̈ This stood out to me because your whole article revolves around this claim, I also like how it was short and straight forward. However, I disagree with what you have to say about how, “Immigrants have a fear of deportation don’t want to go back to the violence.” Immigrants don’t only fear that they can also fear debt and or financial issues, having a place to stay, or even family, these are only a couple of examples and there a plenty more but everyone has reasons to be afraid to get deported and its not only violence. In the article you introduced, Why Does The U.S. Need Immigration Reform? The author writes how immigrants just want to gather with their families and a place to stay away from the place they were born in and many people can agree to how violence isn’t the only way to drive someone away from their home country. Just wanted to tell you there are more options for immigrants.
  • Xavier's Jan 9, 04:34 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, I feel intrigued about your post “Churches in Oakland” One sentence that stood out to me was, “To illustrate, Skyline United Church of Christ discusses how everyone is welcome inside the church and how they are not going to be judged.” This stood out because you are really putting churches in a good light and that really helps your argument. However one thing I disagree with is the idea that churches are inclusive to all, I acknowledge that you realized most catholic churches do no accept LGBTQ people, but I still think that this detail really puts a dent in your argument and is hard to cover up or still have your argument be strong. Have you thought about better explaining why some people would not be welcomed in churches.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 9, 04:07 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, I think that your post “Gun violence” is very moving and it is important that the problem of gun violence is asserted. But when you stated “We need a law that has stricter background checks so people cannot buy a gun so easily”, it made me disagree with your idea of a solution because if you make stricter laws that go into people’s background, then you can cause ICE to find illegal immigrants and families will suffer even more when being separated. While you try to solve one problem, you will be adding to a much greater problem in our society and you will even be adding to the problem that you are trying to fight. If kids get separated from their parents, they won’t have anyone to look up to, which can cause them to get on the wrong track and start using guns to hurt people while they are the ones hurting deep inside.
  • Sugeiry Gutierrez's Jan 9, 04:00 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, You had a great argument on littering in Oakland but I have to disagree with it. First of all, I don’t see that much trash here and I think that there are bigger problems that we should be focusing on. For example there is a ton of homeless individuals who don’t get help, a drug problem, and lots of violence. Those are problems that I think are things we need to focus on first before we worry about trash. Sincerely, Sugeiry <];)
  • Angel's Jan 8, 21:27 comment on Homeless, Rent, Problems With Solutions
    Dear, Areli I disagree with your topic because Oakland has spent millions on the homeless community is that the community isn’t using it correctly. You clearly explain the problems and solutions like when you talk about rent, you also talk about who is causing the rent to go up, but you don’t explain why Oakland isn’t helping the homeless. What I want from you is instead of talking all about the bad in Oakland, you should talk about some of the good. That is why I disagree with your opinion because your only showing the bad of Oakland. This makes me more engaged into your article by letting me support you in a disagreeing way. For example, when you say, "Homeless people because they don’t have jobs that pay the right amount of money they need to pay for the rent"(Areli). It let's me know that it's Oaklands fault for having homeless people on the streets but you don't explain the income of these homeless and the rent cost. So how is the reader gonna understand the amount of money compared to rent and prices. This connects to my topic which is also about homelessness because just like me I also talked about rent prices. In one of my interviews my person explained how Oakland isn't giving anything back to the community and how they should use tax money from the community for shelter towards the homeless. Not only is this useful towards your article but, it will make it stronger for future readers by showing ways of how Oakland could help. Also, almost forgot you should talk about the amount of money given towards the homeless community to show why it isn’t enough. Some resources for you if your still looking for free shelter, just go to, "https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Oakland State=CA". Who are a professional Oakland program helping homeless people out of the streets into FREE shelter. I recommend them to you because they are open 24 hours a day meaning you can redirect homeless people towards the program so they wouldn't have to suffer outside in the cold. These homeless people can stay for as much as a month if they wished which shows they don't only want them off the streets but, into a loving community foreshadowed by the Oakland government. Another source that will help people agree with you is the amount of money spent on the homeless, “https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/15/oaklands-9-million-homelessness-solution-new-preventive-program-launches/”. This article explains the amount of money Oakland spends on the homeless making it helpful for explaining rent prices. This can be a solution for your first quote being, "The Bay Area News Group reports that Oakland CA saw a 47 percent increase in homelessness since this time in 2017"(Kukura). By giving resources towards the community we could stop the rates from going up. Even though I disagreed with your work, with my feedback and ideas you could make your article even stronger. Overall I'm really supportive of your ideas and will hope to see you write again. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your masterpiece which was filled with strong and wonderful ideas. I felt very optimistic reading your article because it showed me that there was still hope for this community. One way you could bring people like me towards your writing would be more effort on your grammar, not saying your article was bad, it was just a bit disappointing that you had such strong reasoning but not correctly spelled words. Another change that will bring people back is comparing Oakland to other cities like San Jose which has a well controlled system. So just remember I want to see more effort and comparing. Next time I see you I would hope to see even stronger writing along with more corrections. Sincerely, Angel
  • Efraim Tril's Jan 8, 20:24 comment on What Is Did The Tech Boom Cause?
    Dear Douglas Ramos, I feel a litte counfused about your post because that Oaklands rent hasnt doubled priced. “The rent in Oakland has doubled in price in the past 10 years!” This sentence stood up to me because prices didnt doubled because for that reason. The real reason they doubled because people in San francisco couldnt afford to pay for the rent so thats why people from San Francisco came here to Oakland and that is why the prices have doubled up. Also because people are expericing poverty too.
  • Joshua's Jan 8, 19:52 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Dear, Isaiah I feel connected with your post "Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland" Because I can see why you want to fix homelessness in Oakland, The rent for houses are high now in then and people cant afford to buy a house and it is tough to see people living in tent on the streets just because they can't afford a house. One sentence that stood out for me is "A stereotype about homeless people is that they’re drug addicts and alcoholics." This stood out for me because people assume a lot of things about homeless people thinking they are "crack addicts" I don't think all homeless people are not drug abusers they have their life choices. They can had made a promise to themselves to not do drugs or drink alcohol even if they are homeless or not. However one thing that I disagree with was "A way to fix homelessness is to lower rent prices because high rent is a leading cause of people losing their house." Have you ever thought about people who are homeless they can live in homelessness camps which people who work there can help feed the homeless people and give them a place to stay for awhile.
  • Divianca's Jan 8, 19:51 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Dear Jade, I feel like your post “Protests in Oakland” is very interesting because you explain the importance of protests and the beneficial effect it has in our communities. I enjoyed reading about the different perspectives people have on protests because it shows an understanding on more then one point of view. One sentence that stood out to me was, “I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.” This stood out to me because it is really true because if their is no communication or protests then people wouldn’t really understand others and what they are going through. Protests provide a space where people can chant about certain problems, and that can lead to more understaining in the communities. However, one thing I disagree with was, “This means that some people don’t have any respect for the positive space and the community that others are trying to build to make Oakland a better place.” I think the opposite, they do have respect for the space and are trying to build a better, more respectful space in the communities, like you had argued.
  • Emily's Jan 8, 19:45 comment on Migration
    Dear, Divianca I feel very moved about your post "Migration" one sentence that stood out was" In spite of having quality workers, the boss decided to take advantage of the migrant worker by threatening to turn him in to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency". This stood out because I have known a lot of immigrants that have worked very hard and they get robbed by only paying them a little. However one thing i disagree with is when you said "Nowadays since ICE is more active due to President Trump’s administration, more undocumented people fear even setting a foot outside their own home" because even before trump with barack obama administration obama deported 5 million this deporting problem started way before trump.
  • Neyzer's Jan 8, 19:35 comment on The History Of Life Academy
    Dear Erick, I feel “pleased” about your post one sentence that stood out to me was that Ousd made small schools and they realized that they weren’t getting the highest test scores that they would or wanted. This stood out to me because it shows how schools have changed a lot and they have gotten very big over the years and test scores have gotten up. However, one thing I disagree with was that there were small schools in poor neighborhoods and test scores were very low because what I think its the education that they were getting in that school that is why they were getting so low test scores. Next time you should look at your research deeper and maybe think about the real problem that maybe the problem is the teachers and how they teach the students and then from there depends on the test scores. Thank you for letting me take a look at your blog post.
  • Isaiah's Jan 8, 19:34 comment on Oakland LGBTQ Community
    Dear Yari, I feel very supportive about your post. One sentence that really stood out to me was, "San Francisco and Oakland are so close together that they should have the same offering of help, but Oakland just doesn’t have enough programs." This stood out to me because after you mentioned this, you didn't mention a way that you or the Oakland community could advocate for more transgender health clinics or even places that help support transgender youth. I feel if you added this to your article it can be be more strong and it can make some people even step up and take action. However I disagree in a way because even though there aren't places that have signs that say they support transgender there is places that are transgender friendly. Often than not there are a lot of places such as schools and afterschool programs that support transgender folk. Thank you for writing this article. I am excited to see what you write in the future.
  • Emily's Jan 8, 19:32 comment on Migration
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  • Abigail's Jan 8, 18:41 comment on Dee and the Quilts
    Dear Hanna: I am curious about your dialogue, “Dee and the Quilts” because it changes my perspective about Dee. I can see that there is a conflict between the three of them and I would like to learn more about it. One line that stands out for me is, “Mama: Do you believe in your culture? You abandoned us for ten years and now you are coming to strip us from the only thing that represent the authentic history of my family, your family, and our culture” I think this line is interesting because Mama is being kind about Dee even thought she abandoned them Mama is welcome to her. I think Mama words are little controversial I can feel that she is angry but at the time she upset and sad about what Dee wants to take away. Your dialogue helps me to understand that life does not always work for people. Also that there are people which will not be enough what you do or give to them. Thanks for your dialogue. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I will like to see more about your conversation and how it ends.
  • Victor's Jan 8, 18:30 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear, Armando I feel satisfied about your topic " less gun less worries ". one scentence that stood out to me was " Also, it discusses mostly about suicides in different countries and compare them." tis scentence stood out to me becuse I dont understand how does suicides relates to gun violence. how ever I dissagree with the pharagraph that has this scentence because it does not make scence to me. but your other pharagraps were exelent so keep working hard. scincerly, Victor Gonzalez.
  • Areli's Jan 8, 18:30 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Dear Angel, I feel good about your post because you are talking about the homeless that they should not be in the streets but not even in jails. One sentence that stood out to me was " Putting homeless people in jail is immensely irresponsible of Oakland because if they are put into jails away from society they could experience isolation" This stood out because how would Oakland send homeless to live in jail. However one thing that I disagree with you is that why would they put homeless in jail if they are making cabins for them.
  • Manuel's Jan 8, 18:30 comment on Abuse of power
    Dear Nahum, I see what you were saying all that you wrote about has evidence and statistics that support it but you talk a lot of police hiding behind their badge when they use force on people and that is one of my main questions when police ask about and I.D to someone they need to see more because they are disobeying police and dont they also need to put them down when they keep resisting because they also need to cooperate when they refuse to. I just think that you should include this in your article.
  • Amilia's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, I feel like you're wrong about your post. One sentence that stood out to me was "Churches can help people feel less depressed and feel more empathy." This stood out to me because it is true that it helps with depressed people and give them reasons why it's okay to be that way sometimes. However, one thing I disagree with was that how you said churches bring communities together. I disagree with this because many people decide to not go to church because they have no time or other reasons. Have you ever thought about if people don't go to church? How would church bring people together if some people decide not to go to church?
  • Esmeralda's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on Drug Problem
    Dear Sugeiry, I feel grateful that you wrote this as your blog. There was many sentences that stood out to me. One of the sentences were “These situations end up with the teen being a victim to situations that they can’t control.” This stood out to me because there are many people who deal with situations like abuse or parents using alcohol or drugs. However they can have the option to do drugs everyone has an option, but that doesn’t me that they are all going to chose to do drugs are drink alcohol. Have you ever thought that people do care about what’s going on in Oakland about drugs but people just ignore them because their voice is to small or people think that what they are saying is wrong.
  • Dominik's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on Oakland Education Crisis
    Dear Efraim, I feel good about your post "Oakland Education Crisis". One sentence that stood out to me was,"Oakland Education has taken a big turn and is one of the lowest and poorest education in California because of funding issues." This stood out to me because it shows how Oakland Education has taken a big turn and that is a thing to worry about. However, one thing I disagree with is,"Oakland Education has taken a big turn and is one of the lowest and poorest education in California because of funding issues." I disagree with this sentence because not all places are treated equally. A quote showing this is, Greenwich spends $6,000 more per pupil per year than Bridgeport does, according to the State Department of Education.” This quote is proving that Greenwich spends $6,000 more per pupil per year than Bridgeport does. Which shows not every school is treated easily.
  • Cesar's Jan 8, 18:23 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Chris, thanks fro writting, but I respecctfuy disagree that having weed legalized could have more cons tha pros. For example, weed can cause people to die or even do crazy things. While doctors try to find out how to make people not overdose from weed, thousands of people would have died before the doctors find an answer. Have you ever thought about how mant people die each year because of weed? Sincerely, Cesar Sanchez.
  • Mariely Padilla's Jan 8, 14:47 comment on Emma: Journalist for Bulldog Press
    Hi Emma, I'm interested in your story due to the fact that I also relate to it in many ways. I never considered myself a writer either, but as time went by I realized there's so much I had to express, so I started writing and pouring my heart out and it has become my creative outlet to express myself and connect more with others. Writing has become like my journal, a space to express myself. Additionally, film its also a space for me to express myself. Film has a very special place in my heart I connect with it in so many ways and when I decide to do film. One day I want to be able to connect with others and display messages that I would like to put out there. Film is like giving a piece of your heart to the public in hopes for them to get the message and relate to it in their perspective. Many won't understand but what matters is that we do. I look forward to more of your writing .
  • Mia's Jan 8, 13:19 comment on Racism
    Benjamin, I love how you tie literature in this writing! Especially since the book you read brings light to racism towards Native Americans. That is a situation that gets less attention than other forms of racism. You could b a bit more in-depth with some of your points, though. Great work other than that!
  • Mia's Jan 8, 13:08 comment on Contraction and Corruption in Our American Beliefs
    Naomi, I love your work here. You have brought an important issue to light in a way that is educational and formal. Your outlook lets the reader truly understand what you're saying. Good work!
  • Angel's Jan 8, 03:37 comment on Homeless, Rent, Problems With Solutions
    Dear, Areli I agree with your topic and feel sad for Oakland not doing its best to help the homeless community because you clearly explain the problems and solutions like when you talk about rent you also talk about who is causing the rent to go up which is Oakland making me believe you know what you're talking about. This makes me more engaged into your article by showing the ways to help the homeless. For example, when you say, "Homeless people because they don’t have jobs that pay the right amount of money they need to pay for the rent"(Areli). It let's me know that it's Oaklands fault for having homeless people on the streets because you're giving me the correct reasons. This connects to my topic which is also homelessness because just like me I also talked about rent prices. In one of my interviews my person explained how Oakland isn't giving anything back to the community and how they should use tax money from the community for shelter towards the homeless. Not only is this useful towards your article but, it will make it stronger for future readers. Also, I have some resources for you if your still looking for free shelter, just go to, "https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Oakland State=CA". Who are a professional Oakland program helping homeless people out of the streets into FREE shelter. I recommend them to you because they are open 24 hours a day meaning you can redirect homeless people towards the program so they wouldn't have to suffer outside in the cold. These homeless people can stay for as much as a month if they wished which shows they don't only want them off the streets but, into a loving community foreshadowed by the Oakland government. This can be a solution for your first quote being, "The Bay Area News Group reports that Oakland CA saw a 47 percent increase in homelessness since this time in 2017"(Kukura). By giving resources towards the community we could stop the rates from going up. Overall I'm really supportive of your ideas and will hope to see you write again. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your masterpiece which was filled with strong and wonderful ideas. I felt very optimistic reading your article because it showed me that there was still hope for this community. One way you could bring people like me towards your writing would be more effort on your grammar, not saying your article was bad, it was just a bit disappointing that you had such strong reasoning but not correctly spelled words. Another change that will bring people back is comparing Oakland to other cities like San Jose which has a well controlled system. So just remember I want to see more effort and comparing. Next time I see you I would hope to see even stronger writing along with more corrections. Sincerely, Angel
  • Abigail's Jan 7, 17:54 comment on Maggie’s Mournful life
    Dear Yeanoor I am fascinated about your short story, “Maggie’s Mournful life” because it helps me to understand how Maggie felt because the unequal treatment that she got from her mother. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “Life is not easy as we predict. We all need to put effort to gain things that we desire for. Yeah, I agree that I am not and even see myself less than white people, however, I never aspirated wrong or bad for my sister. Even though, I used to feel jealous, because she was getting everything which I am deprived from it.feels stylist” I think these lines are very conscious because how she expresses about her sister make me think that she is a persistent and optimistic person. Maggie’s characterization is reasonable because all the bad feelings that she had about her sister is gone, she understands that is what life is about. Your story reminds me of one story I once read. In the story a girl was brave against racist. She was a slave and she is learning to write and read hide even thought was not allowed for the slaves. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. You have a very good writing and I love how you apply a lot imaginary and characterization in your story.
  • Mashlin's Jan 7, 17:25 comment on Immigrants
    Education is very important and this matters to immigrants so much more than people think. It is what people look for when they immigrate. They are looking for better opportunities and an education that will help them in life. They search for a better lifestyle and education is one of the priorities.
  • Mashlin's Jan 7, 17:16 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Homlessness is now seen so much all around the world. And it is hard to believe how the United States hasn't been able to help those who are homeless in our own country.Yes, prices have gone up drastically that it is even hard for people who work and have their own jobs. In Oakland, and California, there is a lot of homeless people all around and it is very upsetting because these people all have the opportunity to work but for specific reasons, they are on the streets. We are all humans and we all need a helping hand.
  • Mashlin's Jan 7, 17:09 comment on A Way to Combat Depression
    You're article is very interesting because depression is something that is very common now and there should be a solution to it. The solution can be as easy as just showing a little more love to other people. Depression should be treated and hugs can make a difference.
  • Jackie lautaimi's Jan 6, 16:20 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Dear Emily, I agree that erasure is happening and that people of color are being driven out of Oakland because people are raising rent prices for non white people which is causing let diversity in Oakland.
  • Monse's Jan 6, 16:02 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Dear Melissa, I agree with you because some people just want to leave in another place that could be a cheap.
  • Jose's Jan 6, 05:48 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Dear Jade, I am very interested in your post because you add a football player perspective and you get to see what he does in his spare time and helps the community when you interview your mother and she explained how she tries to help the community and that could create a change to Oakland. I agree with you because we need a change in our community. When you said “ Protesting is gonna have a positive effect because the community will come together and make a change”. This stood up to me because this is saying that protesting can be helpful in many ways and it can change the community and it can create a good change to the community. Thank you for letting me know this information and why its useful. .
  • Yadira's Jan 6, 04:22 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Dear jacob, I liked reading this article because you gave two different thoughts about the move. I agree with the fact that the city feels abandoned. I feel the warrios gave Oakland more importance then what it has and now its taken away. Anyway thank you, I enjoyed reading your article.
  • Nahum's Jan 6, 03:47 comment on Union v.s Non-Union
    Dear Dominik, I think this topic is very interesting and unique. A part in your blog that really stood out me was “Construction is a sector that has historically excluded black workers" the reason that part stood out to me was because it was something that I didn't know and I found very negative. I agree with you when you stated "all construction teams should be in unions so they can all be treated equally." the reason I agree with that statement is because I think it is really bad if construction workers who build stuff for people don't get treated equally, then the construction workers will resign their jobs. Thank you Dominik for taking your time in writing this blog.
  • Jade's Jan 6, 02:58 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Ashley, what you're focusing on is very interesting and a very important topic, I didn't know that stopping gentrification was that important to you.
  • Melissa's Jan 6, 01:42 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, I agree with your blog, "Undocumented People Mark Their Spot In The USA" because you mentioned that the U.S. is called the "land of the free" but, immigrants aren't free, they are controlled and constantly told what they can and can't do. You also mentioned "The US is a land of immigrants but we treat immigrants like the other". These lines stood out to me because we are living on stolen land, the land of immigrants and they are still dehumanized and controlled. You made great points on how immigrants or children of immigrants start to call the U.S. home and how when they go back to their country, they see it as a whole new world and it's completely different. I agree with this as well because since they've lived here for the majority of their life or possibly their whole life, they forget what their country looked like and it's sad. You are a very talented. writer and thank you for sharing, I hope to come across more of your writing.
  • Jennifer's Jan 6, 01:26 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Roberto, I agree that churches help bring together the community and help people realize the diversity in the different churches. Also that you don't have to be a certain race to believe in a certain religion. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was: "These events are Jubilant for the community because since it helps bring people come together by singing, praying, and talking." You also mentioned acceptance and how the church accepting the differences of different people in their religion creates a strong bond towards the church and the people. Another sentence that stood out for me was: "Churches can help people feel less depressed and feel more empathy." Churches help the people feel better and uplift themselves and making them feel like a better person. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Jennifer's Jan 6, 00:49 comment on Sideshows
    Josue, I am mind blown by your blog, "SideShows" because at first I thought sideshows were dangerous and didn't think we should continue having them, but now that I've read your post it made me understand how important sideshows are to Oakland residents and how it's a part of our community. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...sideshows are a big thing in the Oakland community because it can bring everyone together." As you also stated, it is a "social event" that helps the Oakland community to have fun and become united. Another sentence that I thought really stood out to me was: "...Sideshows are important because they build community." This stood out for me because it shows how much sideshows have shaped the Oakland community. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing stood out to me and made me change my opinion about this certain topic. Again, thanks for sharing and I can't wait til I read another one of your pieces of writing.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 23:58 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Edith, I am in total agreement with you and your blog "Undocumented People Mark Their Spot In The USA" because, after reading your blog, I believe undocumented people feel insecure, unsafe and excluded from society and from a place other than their hometown. Instead of making them live with the constant fear of them one day leaving this country, we should help them out by making sure they feel safe and comfortable at all times; make them feel like they're at home. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...undocumented people deserve respect and equity as citizens not deportation because they have adapted to living in the USA, because they lived in the U.S. for most of their lives..." I think this is very useful and makes a very clear point about how we cannot kick "immigrants" out of the US because they weren't born there. They've lived in this country for more than half of their life and we don't have the right to kick them out of it because we feel like it. Another sentence that I thought really stood out to me was: "We cannot depend on one single, possibly a cruel leader (our president), we need to depend on each other as leaders. We still have the ability to stop the oppressive history from repeating itself into our presence." This stood out for me because it made me rethink and realize that if we want something to change we have to take action and not wait on one individual to make decisions for all of us. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really liked the variety of evidence you choose and how well you were to analyze it. Again, thanks for sharing and I can't wait til I come across more of your amazing writing.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 23:08 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Jade, I am surprised by your blog, "Protest In Oakland" because I didn't realize how much of it means to people to protest and how much it helps them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...protesting is important in Oakland is because it helps shape the community." I think this makes a valid point of how Oakland is a city that makes changes for the better, and by that they unite together and protest to be equal and satisfied by their decisions. Another sentence that caught my attention was: "Protesting is gonna have a positive effect because the community will come together and make a change." This stood out for me because it shows that protesting is something helpful for those who choose to and it creates a great change for them and their community. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you made me learn a lot of this topic from your writing and made me realize how important protesting is and how much of an impact it makes towards the community and people. Again, thank you and I can't wait til I read one of you other pieces of writings.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 22:39 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Jacqueline, I agree with your post "Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland" because since I am an Oakland resident myself, I have also noticed that Homelessness has been a huge problem here in this city. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...But if you actually talk to someone then you will know that they are homeless because they can’t keep a roof over their head..." I think this is important to know because I feel like homeless folks don't become homeless on purpose, it's just very difficult for them to be able to pay for their costs to live under the roof. Another sentence that stood out to me was: "Hopefully, the community overcomes the impediment of homelessness so that people can live a better life and no longer be homeless." This stood out for me because it made me & hopefully other readers that we shouldn't just stand there and watch them sleep on the streets, instead we should help them out and not let them suffer alone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it made me realize that not all people on the streets choose to be homeless or want money for drugs. Some actually want to improve and be able to have a roof over their heads. Again, thanks for sharing your piece of writing, I look forward to reading more.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 21:39 comment on Oakland Immigration
    Madelyn, I was thrilled to read your blog and now that I got the chance to, I feel like I've learned a lot about immigration, specifically in Oakland. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Good thing there's Justicia Lawyers because they can help immigrants and fight for their rights." I think this is useful because it makes readers realize that "immigrants" are not alone and have lots of support. Another sentence that caught my attention was: "Oakland cares about everyone, the homeless, immigrants, children..." This stood out to me because it informed me that Oakland is a united community where they all support each other regardless of their looks, culture, home etc. Anyways thanks for sharing your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you made me learn a lot; not just about immigration but how Oakland makes sure everyone is safe and how united they are. Again, thank you for sharing this piece of writing and I hope I see more of your writing.
  • Yadira's Jan 5, 18:41 comment on Taken Away
    Dear Amilia, I liked you article a lot and I didnt know that many people got kidnapped. As a person who partailly watches the news in the afternoon I am not informed this many kidnaps, but What are the reasons of the kidnappings? Which age group is it? Which area is it most likely happening in? I think that this topic should be seen more on the news so people can be informed and prepare their children. Thank you for writing this topic.
  • Yadira's Jan 5, 18:31 comment on Drug Problem
    Dear Sugeiry, You article was one interesting one I didnt think I would come upon. I wasnt aware that Opiods led to a lot of homeless people in Oakland, and I am glad you put that out there. Teens being surrounding by it is not good as well, itll lead them under the freeway like most homeless people becoming like them. You article informed me a lot, Thank you.
  • Yadira's Jan 5, 18:17 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Dear Angel, as a reader I acknoledge that you were focusing on homelessness in Oakland and did a good job explaing the problem. It must be a complicated subject because you have to find accurate evidence to support this issue fro both areas. I both agree and disagree with your point on Oakland not doing enough to help the homeless because I dont know what Oakland bugdet is and maybe raising taxes is helping Oakland. I must reiterate this is a complicated topic. Thank you for writing this interesting article.
  • Esmeralda's Jan 3, 22:36 comment on Latinx Community
    Dear Fernanda, I am interested in your post because it’s very informative on how the latinx community has lived here since 1910. Also because you talk about different times in your blog which is giving many stories/perspectives One line in your blog that stood out to me was “ In 1950s-1960s the destruction of West Oakland began the latinos were displaced once again”. This line stood out to me because it saying that latinx are being moved multiple times from there home. I also think that ir’s interesting because of your blog I think that they are the most affected. Thank you for sharing you blog for the world to see and to see how we are being impacted by gentrification.
  • Esmeralda's Jan 3, 22:08 comment on Abuse of power
    Dear Nahum, I am agreeing with our post because police do take advantage of how much power they have. Also I feel that you were speaking the honest truth, therefore I agree with what you say.There was one sentence that stood out to me " the cops hide behind their badge". This sentence stood out to me because like you said they use their badge to make commands to the Oakland residents. Your post is good because I don't think people don't really see it as a problem since police have a gun, badge, and a uniform people don't want to mess with them. I want to thank you for writing this blog I hope it lets people know what's really going on in the world.
  • Edith's Jan 3, 08:34 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear Dayanara, the statistics you’ve provided really did startled me. The idea of building tiny houses and turn vacant homes occupied is a goal we as a community in Oakland should accomplished; to decrease the growth of homelessness in our city. You’ve said, “If they can obtain more volunteers to build the tiny homes, than the faster they can move homeless people into the home so they can adapt to the new change of having a home.” Participation and volunteers is the key to building these tiny houses and occupied vacant homes. But if nobody is willing to advocate this huge issue in Oakland, homelessness will just continue to spread. Not only that but these innocent homeless people have a higher chance of dying by the age of 50 than those that have shelter. According to an articled named Oakland's Homeless Americans Die Uncounted As Mayor Protects Illegal Immigrants, it reads, “It should go without saying that homelessness elevates an individual’s risk of illness, injury and death. Having little access to health care or healthy food, even homeless people living in milder climates like, for example, the Bay Area, pass away decades earlier than people who have access to housing and health-care” (Durden). Due to the lack of health care or just anything that's healthy, increases their chance of dying or having serious health issues later in life. If we don't have participants to help reduce homelessness growing in our city, tons of innocent people will die. How will we motivate Oakland residents to help solve this huge problem? Thank you for writing this, Dayanara. Your statistics clearly connect to your points.
  • Areli's Jan 3, 05:54 comment on Immigrants; Migrating for the Better
    Dear Jennifer I am interested about your post, of "Immigrants; Migrating for the better", because of how a lot of people are coming in the use because they only want to have future for them and their family. Even they need to sacrifice from were they came from so they can become independent for them self in the US. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is "coming to the U.S. might have been one of the best decisions she’s ever made" I think this is a powerful meaning because this shows how she doesn't regret it from coming to the US. Another sentence that I liked was "They are the ones who help the U.S. run the money business." This stood out for me because this shows how the immigrants are more powerful for doing hard work. "People might believe that migrating to this country will create more violence in the community and will turn both Oakland and the U.S. into a violent place." I don't agree with you that Oakland could be more violent with immigrants. One reason that I say this is because I live in a Immigrants neighborhood and it is not violent. Another reason I agree with you is because then you talk that is not even true because they only come to work hard not to find problems with other people. In the end thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing interesting and amazing because it has a lot of information that all people needs to know now. Thank you again for letting me read this important information.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 23:08 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear Dayanara, Like you, I believe that if we give a helping hand, we could get rid of homelessness. When you say "Providing rent assistance alone can prevent homelessness by a big amount. Rent is increasing by a drastic amount in the Bay Area so if people that are struggling to keep their homes are assisted then we can prevent them from becoming homeless", it reminds me of other articles that I have read. I agree that rent is the main reason for many problems like homelessness, but we also have to keep in mind that usage of drugs might be involved. You said that "Once they are moved in they can receive help with getting back on track", but should this be the way we do things? Or should we start with finding the homeless who are addicts and help rehabilitate them before getting them into homes where they might harm their neighbors? In the article The Crisis - Oakland Homelessness Response, it states that "California accounts for 50 percent of the nation's homeless population.There are many reasons behind these staggering statistics. Skyrocketing housing costs, a housing inventory deficit, and a decrease in state funding are all contributing forces." There is not enough state funding so if you are not able to get the tiny homes in your plan, do you think that getting the government to give the homeless their own park to live in tents would be the second best option? How will you get the state to fund for these tiny homes and where would you build them, and how will you make sure that the rent doesn't get too high? This article was a great read, thank you for writing it.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 22:44 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Dear Emily, I agree that more white people are living in Oakland now and I really like how much feeling a felt while reading your article. It seems like you truly care about your home and that you love the way that it is. But when you said "This is saying that change could be great but not here because of all the people are left homeless" it made think that maybe these people who are recently moving to Oakland might be moving here because they lost their homes elsewhere. There are many horrible stereotypes about Oakland and I personally don't believe that Oakland would be the first choice for many people. Although people are losing their homes in Oakland and we have to help them, we also have to keep in mind that this problem is going on in other places as well and that everyone is looking for a way to put a roof over their family's head. In the article How Has Oakland Changed? by Adrian Kudler, it syaesthat "Rents in Oakland jumped 34 percent between 2010 and 2014, and 14 percent in just the last year; the median for a one-bedroom is now an unbelievable $2,300 a month." Rent is one of the biggest reasons why Oakland is changing so much, so what do you think that we as the residents of Oakland can do to solve the raises in rent? What can we do in order to save our city from being overrun by whites who "are changing are colorful,and artistic place into a nondescript place?" This article helped me see through many different perspectives and I really appreciate that. Thank you for writing this informative piece of writing.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 22:20 comment on Air Pollution and the Environment
    Dear Jimena, I think that I is very important that you chose just an important problem. I also love that although you talked about how our city is hurt more, you also talked about how the whole world is impacted negatively. I think that when you assert that "Residents here are twice as likely to go to the emergency room with asthma as people in Alameda County overall. They’re also more likely to die of cancer, heart disease or lung disease — all illnesses with known links to polluted air” it gives a better perspective of the problem and it helps you warn the reader that if nothing is done to solve the problem, then it can become very lethal. Also in the article titled Mike's Record on Climate, it states that "Mike created America’s most comprehensive urban sustainability plan, which reduced New York City’s carbon footprint by 14%, expanded solar power, eliminated dirty-burning heating oil, and achieved New York City’s cleanest air quality in more than 50 years. Mike’s mayoral administration planted 800,000 trees and added 850 acres of parkland." I personally think that this is a great start to helping the environment. I would really like to know how you feel about this plan and what you think has to be done in order to save our planet. Do you believe that what Mike is doing is enough and what do you think that should change in Mike's plan? What should we, as residents, do in order to help solve this problem. Thank you from taking your time to write this article. I was actually very entertaining and it made think a lot, which i loved.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 21:54 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, Your post is very informative. People like me, who live across the city from the “The Twomps.”, probably didn't know about "the closing of multiple liquor stores because of murder and drug dealing." Of course, this is an awful problem that I wish would be fixed, but I want to know the reason why you think this is a problem that happens more in the 20s than any other place in Oakland. Also, you explain that there are "famous residents" in the 20s. Why do you think that people from these streets rise up through music? The dictionary describes The Roaring 20s as "a time when many people defied Prohibition, indulged in new styles of dancing and dressing, and rejected many traditional moral standards." Do you believe that the cultural history beneath theses streets is was causes many rappers to ascend? Thank you for writing this, it was very interesting to learn more about this part of Oakland.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 21:29 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, I think that it is very important to assert this problem. I agree that crime in Oakland is a huge problem and when you said "property crime is rising because a lot of people are stealing because of rents going up" it reminded me about my own post. My post is about Proposition 13, which is a law that precludes the government from raising taxes by more than 2% each year. I was wondering about your perspective on this law. You say that higher prices for rent is what is causing the property crime rate to go up, so do you think that Prop. 13 is an important contributor to crime rate going down? Also, on the AreaVibes website (https://www.areavibes.com/oakland-ca/crime/), it explains that "The amount of violent crime in Oakland, CA has decreased by 11%" per 100,000 people. What do you think about this data? Do you believe that it is false? Or do you believe that a decrease of 11% year to year is not enough to show real results? This post helped me think more about the certain flaws in our city that affect the citizens both physically and mentally. Thank you for writing it, you did a great job.
  • Jesus's Dec 31, 18:05 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Hey America, I enjoyed reading your article about immigrants and how they have been impacted. I really loved how you talked about immigrant struggles and how trump made everything worse for immigrant families. You also involved a lot about the protests that people have done to help out these families that are being attacked by trump. I can see you put in a lot of time into this article because of how empathetic you are for immigrant families and how much research was put in. I was just wondering one thing that you can include as a topic, why do people decide to come to the U.S? It can help you out because it would tell us as readers why it is so important for immigrant families to stay in the U.S. Sincerely, Jesus Ramirez
  • Omar's Dec 31, 03:55 comment on Oakland Education Crisis
    Dear Efraim, I agree with your post, "Oakland Education Crisis" because teachers in Oakland should get payed more for the job they do. One line that stood out to me was, "The increase in class sizes and not enough staff makes it difficult for students to get the right education." I agree with this statement because if there is more students in one class than the students are less likely to get 1 on 1 attention that they need. Your essay reminds me of when the teachers had the strike in march for better pay and smaller classroom sizes. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really enjoyed reading ur writing. I like looking at other people point of views and comparing them to mine. Hope to read your work in the future!
  • Yadira's Dec 26, 21:06 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear America, I feel through this article you care for immigrants and their rights being taken away from them. Being seperated from your family can really change a person, and not in a good way. I see Trump is making racist decisions and isnt thinking about how these families are being treated and how they feel about it. People in the government should make rights that are equal for everyone. I also have a questoin for you, Have you asked yourself why Trump is targeting latinos?
  • Siqi's Dec 21, 03:24 comment on A Way to Combat Depression
    If you've taken self-help steps and made positive lifestyle changes, but still find that your depression is worsening, seek professional help. Needing extra help doesn't mean you're weak. Sometimes negative thoughts in depression can make you feel like a lost cause, but depression can be cured and you'll feel better! But don't forget these self-help tips. Even if you are receiving professional help, these tips can be part of your treatment plan to speed up your recovery and prevent depression from recurring.
  • Siqi's Dec 21, 03:21 comment on Gun Violence in America: Opposing Viewpoints
    As America's leaders grapple with the gun violence crisis, they should consider a range of policy and programmatic solutions that will have a major impact on reducing gun-related deaths, injuries, and crime in the United States.
  • Divianca's Dec 20, 22:16 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Dear Jesus, I am really enlightened and amazed about the topic you decided to talk about because it emphasizes different perspectives and views on gangs. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "In summary, the next time you see a gang member, treat them with respect, maybe even try to get their story." This line stood out to me because it's so true, to not assume anything without knowing the full story. Because people don't know what others are going through, and by trying to talk to them and learning, one gets to better understand someone to be more empathetic and so they aren't disrespectful. Another sentence that stood out to me was " Some gangsters joined gangs because of the environment they were raised in, but it is mainly fear. Fear of either getting rejected by others in their environment or fear because a gang is after them." By adding this, you explain how gang members not always get the choice of getting an education, because of fear, and because sometimes they are forced into being in a gang and they have no choice. Your blog reminds me of other stories where sometimes people don't know the full story and that's why they are disrespected. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have great thoughts and opinions that need to be shared.
  • Isaiah's Dec 20, 19:37 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, Your topic is very interesting and as a Oakland resident I agree to this topic because I have lived in Oakland throughout fair share of my life. I heard the gun violence not in person but from afar. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, "15 years ago, there used to be barely any shooting on my block. People used to always be so calm in my neighborhood. Now, it’s not even safe to even be outside or walk around the corner store due to killing’s occurring so often." This stand out because this is a very powerful statistic about Oakland that is talked about quite frequently so the fact that you bring it up and it is wrong is very hurtful to me as a Oakland resident. In fact in 2018 statistics show that the murder rates in Oakland is the lowest it has been since 1999. So I disagree with your statement that is in quotes above. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because maybe you can learn from this experience and grow as a reader to do your research. Hopefully you improve.
  • Neyzer's Dec 20, 19:34 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, I think this is a interesting topic that you picked. I can see that the Murder Dubs are very dangerous to people that arrive their.I can also see that people have closed down a lot of businesses because of drug dealing and people getting killed. I think the murder dubs should should lay down on killing people. I'm surprised that taco sinaloa isn't closed because of all that dangerous stuff happening in the murder dubs. I feel like your blog is very good the things you typed connect to your topic and are very strong piece of evidence. Thank you for letting the public know how important the Murder Dubs are to you.
  • Wilbert's Dec 20, 19:32 comment on Immigration to Oakland
    Dear, Baby Omar I feel good about your post because your topic is interesting.I agree with you on everything cause you have good reasons. Thank you Baby Omar for writing this.
  • Yaritza's Dec 20, 18:31 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear Victor, this a strong and relatable topic to others because there's people from other countries that come here to the U.S without being able to get housing. They don't know their surroundings because their whole life they've lived somewhere else, and sometimes they don't have any family around. I agree with your article about it being a very hard struggle for people coming from other countries and not being able to get housing. Thank you Victor.
  • Dominik's Dec 20, 18:18 comment on Going Against OUSD
    Dear Joshua, I agree with your clam, Based on research, Teachers in Oakland felt under appreciated because of how awful OUSD is treating them, but since the strike, they hope that the conditions can improve. Your claim is good because it's starting your paragraph by showing how much of a B## the OUSD is to the people who work hard(teachers,principals, etc).
  • Angel's Dec 20, 17:26 comment on The Problem
    Dear Neyzer, I agree with you that Oakland is increasing in homelessness but, what's your solution? There are so many ways to help but, how specifically can you help. I think you should make a plan to help prevent homelessness before it gets worst like you predicted. "A prediction that I have is that in the future it will be too hard for any other group to stop homeless people from continuing to live on the street.". You should think about how to stop it instead of saying it's gonna spread. Instead of just saying it's gonna get worse you should actually do something about it. I'm not against you I just want you to actually make a difference for the community. For help go to the article, "https://projects.sfchronicle.com/sf-homeless/how-to-help/", where you sign up to be a volunteer to actually help the homeless yourself. Overall you have a strong piece of work that makes sense to me, it's just that you don't have a plan and are counting on other people to make a difference instead of you actually doing anything. Thanks for sharing your info with the public, really appreciate you for coming out to tell the truth instead of just sitting there. This was very fearless of you because people ARE gonna disagree with you so you have to be strong to go against anybody with your opinions.
  • Synae Fielder's Dec 20, 14:45 comment on Hunger Games Review
    I think the hunger games book is quiet interesting but i think it just goes to show that there’s challenges in life and you have to make some risk to complete the challenge.
  • Samuel's Dec 20, 14:39 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Melissa, Thanks for writing this insightful article about rental rates in Oakland. While doing your research for this article, did you discover what impact platforms like Airbnb are having on the rental markets? I am use Airbnb and host short term rentals. I wondering in the long term is Airbnb making it more difficult for rent affordability ? Reed Educator U School
  • shanukalk's Dec 20, 08:54 comment on What’s up with Keto?
    This is my idea of keto diet this diet is not for everyone i think peoples try to start with keto diet and peoples try to get weight loss goal as fast as they can but its not good everything do slowly,Thank you http://weightlossdietpln.com/negatives-of-ketogenic-diet/
  • Joshua's Dec 20, 05:43 comment on Mama and Maggie’s struggles
    Hey Fatema: I loved your story and I think it's truly inspirational. You can really feel the emotion you put behind the story. As I read it it kind of felt like a story that could have happened in real life. So my question is, where did your inspiration come from? Thanks! Josh
  • Joshua's Dec 20, 05:39 comment on Bad things
    Hey Samantha, you know I totally agree with you. I've never read that book but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the idea! I honestly think that our behavior is shaped by our parents more than we realize. They teach us the difference between right and wrong. Or at least they should. A lot of parents take their responsibilities too lightly and teach their children things that won't help them in the world at all. Parenting is something we definetly need to talk about more...
  • Joshua's Dec 20, 05:32 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    Hey sandra, I thought this article was quite interesting because I've always admired the finish school education. They value cooperation more than grades and the results have been amazing! So thanks for sharing!
  • Joshua's Dec 19, 19:07 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Hey Anthony, I worked at the zoo over the summer and I do agree with some of what you're saying. Zoos are for the most part bad for the animals and that is one of the reasons I quit my Job. I didn't want to support an organisation harming animals who are innocent. We need to stop that. Though when zoos say they are helping an animal that's going extinct that is true. We are helping species live who couldn't otherwise from where they come from. Something that's important to know is that most of the animals at the zoo aren't captured anymore. They are raised in a zoo, and then sold off to another zoo that needs it. We don't go very often to Africa to find Lions to capture. No the lions are raised here in the US just for zoos.
  • Joan's Dec 19, 13:45 comment on First Section Of Orange Is The New Black.
    thank you Bella for your feedback
  • noemi's Dec 18, 22:30 comment on Little town
    I like your poem because it talks about why you like your town.
  • noemi's Dec 18, 22:19 comment on Telluride
    I like your poem because it explains how you enjoy going hiking and it talks about nature.
  • noemi's Dec 18, 21:58 comment on dear philippine eagle,
    I like your poem because it talks about how eagles and other kind of birds can go extinct by some people that are causing it.
  • Noemi's Dec 18, 21:38 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    I like your poem because it talks about a baby polar bear. I think that baby bears are so adorable.
  • Anthony Vazquez-Esparza's Dec 18, 20:32 comment on How can humans stop climate change?
    Hey Mijin, i really loved reading this little essay from you. it was very well presented and it had many great facts. another thing that i really loved from the writing is that you presented us with some solutions that we can do in our every day life to try and stop climate change, or so we can try to reduce our own carbon foot print.
  • Mia's Dec 18, 15:18 comment on American Values
    Jonah, I love the conversation you're wanting to have. Equality is an important issue to discuss for all people. Your book sounds interesting, and I'd love to know more about it! Are there any other books that you know of that are similar to the one you decided to tie into this piece? Good job!
  • Mia's Dec 18, 13:20 comment on Social Values and Culture
    Navid, I like how many directions this piece goes in. Your tie-ins to literature is a great way to try and help your reader understand your ideas. I like how you talked about history as well, as that always impacts a society and cultures. You have a lot of interesting ideas going on here. I would love to hear you elaborate on some of your points, like with your history piece. Good job!
  • Mia's Dec 18, 13:11 comment on The Bullets you Shoot
    Prerna, I love your thoughts on this subject. It's nice to see how much literature was able to teach you about a certain topic. Your tie-in to democratic values at the end was a nice touch. Are there any other books you could find that talk more about this topic? Any movies you can think of? I would love to hear your thoughts!
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 06:25 comment on language discrimination
    I completely agree with you. People come to America to pursue their American-Dream, but when they get here they don't have the same opportunities as others do nor do they dominate the english language making it harder on them to learn and communicate. Here is a link related to your post. https://legalaidatwork.org/factsheet/language-discrimination/
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 06:20 comment on How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college
    Ronata I completely agree with lowering college prices. Colleges are way too overpriced and not everyone has the money to even pay for college so lowering the prices would give equal opportunities. Here is an article similar to the topic. https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/05/26/lowering-college-tuition-is-a-good-idea
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 06:05 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    Hey Dominic I thought your topic was very important. Today we use so much plastic it is unbelievable, we have huge piles of plastic just floating in the water. None of its good, water bottles, caps, etc. anything that is not biodegradable will be on the earth for 100's of years. Here is a link to a similar topic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 05:59 comment on Stay alive
    Hey Mariely, the topic you chose is so very important in todays society. Technology has advanced so much in the past decade and it has honestly just become more of a distraction. Cars are now compatible with phones which is another distraction added to the list. My point is that no matter what you drive or how long you've driven you are always putting your life at big risks while texting and driving. Here is a link to a similar topic. https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 05:50 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, your post was great and I agree I believe that family is everything. Family is always going to stick next to your side through thick and thin. Also family plays a huge role on the development of a kids life, such as single parent kids has a higher risk of getting into drugs or gangs. Here is a like related to your topic. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/12/17/1-the-american-family-today/
  • Khristina's Dec 18, 05:43 comment on Abortion
    hi James, I think that you did a good job talking about religion and political issues. I think that this topic is very talked and debated about. I also think its something that should be accessible if needed.
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 05:36 comment on Teaching Young Students About the Birds and the Bees
    Hey Kaitlyn, I completely agree with teaching kids about sex education at a younger age. Kids do not understand the consequences that could come with practicing unsafe sex. Its scary to think that in 2017 over 194,377 babies were birthed by a teen-age mother. Education on sex is a very important thing to know when it comes to your future life and family. Here is a link to a cite I found relating the same message. https://www.debate.org/opinions/should-we-teach-kids-sex-education-from-an-early-age
  • Sam's Dec 18, 03:06 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Charlie, I really enjoyed reading this and honestly learned a lot. I think all of us as high school students worry about the cost of tuition, and have all at one point wondered why it has become so expensive. I never knew any of this information before reading this, and it was very interesting to read. I think this information could help a lot in the search for ways to make college and higher education more affordable. I would also recommend reading this article for more information on this topic, in case you want to look more into this. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-is-college-so-expensive-2018-4.
  • Sam's Dec 18, 02:56 comment on How World War II Affected American Life
    Taylor, This was such a great piece! I like to think that I know a good amount about WWII but after reading this I realized then there was a lot more to it than just the stuff we learned in history class. I never thought about how everyday American life was changed due to this war. I think the best part of this piece was how well you were able to explain the affects of the war, it really allowed the reader to visualize what was going on in the country at that time. Great job!
  • Sam's Dec 18, 02:35 comment on The War in Yemen
    This was a great piece! I learned a lot about what's going on in Yemen because of this and it allowed me to develop my own views on the issue as well. I think that the background information you gave about the country before the war started showed that it isn't just a country that is defined by war. If you want to look more into this issue, I would recommend reading this article: https://www.cfr.org/interactive/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/war-yemen. Overall, great job!
  • Zhonghua's Dec 18, 02:32 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hi Danny, I really like you article about drinking. It is hard for teengers to control themself. I think that we should put more focus on this ,i think we should have a stricter rule for this problem
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 01:33 comment on Yellowstone’s History is Surprisingly Unknown.
    This was really interesting to read. I am not very familiar with the history of Yellowstone even though I have been there many times. I found it interesting how a Frenchmen was who discovered the landscape and explored it. Very good informative writing.
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 01:25 comment on Abortion
    Hey Morgan, I love the topic you chose because it is a serious issue and I feel that it is it being taken seriously enough. I love the points you have made and I would say that I am on the other side form you on this topic. I feel that it is the women choice whether she wants it or not. None the less I liked getting your point of view in this topic.
  • Sam's Dec 18, 01:09 comment on How is plastic affecting the human race?
    Asnica, I thought this was a very good piece. It gave a lot of good information about how plastic can negatively affect people. I think the best part of the piece was when you explained how BPA can harm people, because it helps the reader visualize the problems that can become of this. If you want to look more into this topic, I would recommend taking a look at this article: https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health/case_studies/plastics.html. Overall, I though this was a very good article with a lot of good information. The specific details, and information, are what made this piece great to read.
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 00:52 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    I love the concern you have about this topic, in fact it is a topic I feel very passionate about. "An estimated 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year, while only 1% to 2% of it gets recycled." This has stuck to my head an I am astonished by this stat. This goes to show you all the flaws our society has. We are not only harming ourselves, but our future generations. We have to bring change before it is too late.
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 00:36 comment on Abortion
    Hey James, I love to see your interest on this topic. The amount of abortions there are in a year is an astonishing and we should really question our modern day society. We are taking lives even though it may not seem like it and I agree with you in that it should not happen as much as it does.
  • Janet's Dec 17, 22:25 comment on California Fights Vaping in Schools
    My students created a presentation and spoke at our local town council meeting about selling vape pens 4 years ago. The council voted to move the pens from the front counter to behnid the counter where other tobacco products were located. Never doubt the power of your voice. Nice job!
  • Deng's Dec 17, 21:24 comment on Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
    Graham, this was a helpful, I understand what to stay away from, and learned a lot on the consequences of nicotine.
  • Casey's Dec 17, 19:16 comment on Young Life at the Border
    Viviana I really like how you give a viewpoint that not everyone gets too see. The information provided is crucial for everyday American's to see in forming their opinions.
  • Casey's Dec 17, 19:09 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    Dominic, great job bringing a controversial topic to light and giving a good explanation on it. Pollution is very bad for the environment and in my opinion we need to find a way around creating pollution. Overall, awesome job!
  • Casey's Dec 17, 18:51 comment on The addition of Vocational training to schools.
    Gedeon, I really like the way you put this post together it is very well organized and gives a detailed explanation to a uncommon idea. If I could recommend something, it would be to include your opinion and why. With that said, you did a very great job!
  • Casey's Dec 17, 18:49 comment on Abortion
    James, I think you did a great job defining an abortion and I agree with your opinion. If I could recommend one thing it would be to be more detailed by giving examples and maybe other people's opinions as well. Overall, great job!
  • Maggie's Dec 17, 18:47 comment on Abortion
    Hi James, I like that you brought up the issue of religion interviewing in political issues. Heres a website that I think might help educate you a bit more on the topic of abortion: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion Have a great day!! -Maggie
  • Abigail's Dec 17, 18:16 comment on The Differences Between Sisters
    Dear Housseynatu: I am sorrowful about your short story , “The Differences Between Sisters” because it has a lot of imagery that I can see and feel the horrible scenes of the fire. One line that stands out for me is, “Some unkind people came to hurt a black family, because one member from the black family got into a fight.” I think this line is intriguing because how is possible people can hurt others just because their color. Also, I can't stop thinking about all that Maggie felt and experienced. Your story reminds me of a situation that I once experienced. In my neighborhood a young girl was playing with her brother and the house caught on fire but they never know who did it. The boy get off the house on time but the girl did not so she burned all over but she survive. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Deng's Dec 17, 17:37 comment on Abortion
    James, this was a good topic, I like how you speak about both sides and go into detail. Abortion is a serious matter in America.
  • James's Dec 17, 17:35 comment on Climate Change
    Hey Antwon, I found your writing on climate change to be very informational and helpful for the general public. I agree that this is an issue that leads to erratic weather conditions and and record lows and highs in different areas. Its been happening in salt lake and not many people realize its because the jet stream is off due to the differential tempuratures
  • James's Dec 17, 17:32 comment on Do not be a DUI on the road!
    I thought that this was very informative and helpful to know. I think awareness needs to be spread about the topic. I enjoyed reading the last paragraph and thought that your opinion is very important to this piece
  • James's Dec 17, 17:28 comment on China’s Big Secret
    Hey Charles, I found this post to be very interesting! I never knew the Chinese were holding mass amounts of muslims in concentration camps. I think we need to raise awareness about this attack on muslims and how they are being oppressed in China.
  • James's Dec 17, 17:20 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    I think that plastic has become a huge issue and this post perfectly describes the problems and difficulties we will face with this excess amount of plastic. I think this was very insightful and had important information fully explains the problem of plastic
  • James's Dec 17, 17:15 comment on Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
    Hey Graham, thought this post was very informational and helpful. I've seen this issue arise so many times in the news in the last year. This has definitely become an epidemic for teens across the US. However for people who smoked cigarettes, I would agree that vaping is a more healthy option.
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