• Eugene Sung's Oct 25, 23:16 comment on Why Marijuana Legalization is Actually a Bad Idea
    With all due respect, I disagree, Parker. While usage will increase, the quality and the safety of the overall product will also improve. Weed grown from someone’s lab is not reliable, and buyers have no way of finding out how safe the product is. However, if it is legalized, authorized sellers will be required to pass tests on the overall hygiene of the farm and the product. This may also get rid of a large amount of illegal dealers and put them out of business, as stores and markets now sell the item cheaper and legally.
  • June's Oct 25, 21:34 comment on Procrastination in Teenagers.
    Dear Isabella, It was very fascinating to read about this topic. Especially because I am a procrastinator myself. Procrastinating affects my health and my mood. For example, I would start my homework at 1 AM. This leads me to wake up a 5 in the morning to get my work done. the lack of sleepiness affects my health and sets the day in a bitter mood. The main reason why I think I procrastinate is that there are distractions everywhere. Every time I do activities I do not enjoy, there are always things that are more enjoyable that can distract me. Overall I think is post is very relatable and an interesting topic to go over. Sincerely, June
  • Aimi Matsuzaki Waters's Oct 25, 17:07 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Hi Sephora! I just read your article and I deeply agree with you. The fact that you mentioned driving, going to the military and having a job, it seems like a really important fact that we should change the law. You clearly pointed out that you are bias towards changing the age for voting, and I can clearly see why. I too, think that teen voices matter since a lot of the top news today is about them. Since I am a teen myself, I can safely say that this article can be true and thoughtful in different and many ways. To be honest, when I first clicked this article to read, I didn’t really think it was a good idea to lower the voting age, since teens can be a little playful and not take things seriously, but you have completely changed my opinion towards this topic!
  • Dana Lee's Oct 25, 13:28 comment on Procrastination in Teenagers.
    Dear Isabella, It was very interesting to read your article. Reading your article, I could see myself procrastinating easily when I do school work. I also believe that procrastinating can affect teenagers’ lives very badly. I couldn’t sleep as much because of procrastinating. I thought that I should not procrastinate for myself. I learned that procrastinating can cause anxiety, depression, or self-doubt. I should avoid this habit before I become an adult. I don’t want to suffer from procrastination when I become older. Through your essay, I learned a lot about procrastination, the bad effects, and myself. Sincerely, Dana Lee
  • Josie Hathaway's Oct 25, 02:25 comment on The importance of keeping good mental and physical health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Dear Ishmael, I am very excited about your blog post because I feel that mental health is a topic of discussion that should be openly spoken about, which is what your post does. I take mental health very seriously because I realize how important it is for people to prioritize it, since it can be harmful if it is merely thrown to the side. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “…talking to people you trust about your feelings and concerns can help you unwind and destress from anxiety and stress. ” I think that this is a very good point to make, because I feel that talking about feelings is not as encouraged as it ought to be. I firmly believe that many people shy away from this because of many reasons, whether it be their pride or just the fact that they feel alone. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. During this past quarantine, I became very obsessed with food and exercise, and always felt guilty for the fact that I was sitting around a lot and not doing much, which is completely normal given the circumstances. However, I became too concerned with this, and my relationship with food and exercise became very unhealthy. Looking back, I should have just spoken with someone about my feelings instead of just keeping it inside and dealing with it myself. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what your write next because this post offers much-needed information, especially for teens nowadays. As Covid is still very relevant even now, these tips in mental and physical health remain just as important as they did 6 months ago, at the start of the pandemic. I would definitely love to see what else you post, because I think you post topics that are very reluctant to what is happening now.
  • Madram's Oct 25, 02:10 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Dear Sephora after reading your post I strongly agree with you that voting age should be lower but not to 16 at least up to 17 so those who are 17 and older will have better understanding of what’s going on and know who to vote for on their own. I also agree that those people at age 17 matter and should get the same voting rights as the older ones. Teen at age 17 are old enough to vote for whom they want to be president and should be left out. many old generation dont know whats going on now a days and if we lower the rate of age it would do us good to let age 17 people to vote and make a difference. I would love to see age 17 teens to vote for the next upcoming election.
  • Natalia's Oct 24, 14:54 comment on Do You Know How The Electoral College Works?
    Some people think the electoral college should be abolished and our president should be elected by the popular vote. What do you think?
  • Natalia's Oct 24, 14:52 comment on An Election Like No Other
    I have always voted in person and enjoyed wearing the sticker they give out. This year I voted by mail for the first time and was very happy to have that option!
  • Liann's Oct 24, 04:46 comment on Procrastination in Teenagers.
    Dear Isabella, I am intrigued by your post, “Procrastination in Teenagers” because it clearly relates to my own life as well as the lives of my peers. It clearly explains the hidden reasons behind procrastination, showing how there is often a larger issue behind the practice besides pure laziness. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Others may do it because they have an undiagnosed condition, like depression, OCD, anxiety, etc.” I think this is important because often times, mental illness is demonized and shamed. Kids who do have these mental illnesses and are punished for procrastination will just believe that they ARE just simply lazy, stupid, or unable. Gentle encouragement and an attempt to legitimately help fix the habit of procrastination will prove more effective than anger or shame. I also loved how you mentioned that procrastination can also prove effective if used in moderation! Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your ability to weave credible evidence into your thoughts! Also your ability to differentiate between procrastination that harms students and healthy procrastination that motivates students shows your skill as a writer to create a complex perspective! Great job on this and a lovely read!
  • Izzy's Oct 23, 23:49 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Dear Estrella, I am intrigued by your post regarding how future generations will be impacted by Covid because it focuses on the future rather than the here-and-now. WIth such a widespread virus, many of the precautions that have been taken are in response to the immediate situation without taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. One thing you said that stand out for me is: “This is the first time Gen Z will experience any type of recession“ with the most recent recession being 9/11. I think it is interesting how you connected the two seemingly distant events by relating their effects on “ employment, traveling, the economy, and education”. I had not thought of the impacts of COVID as being similar to the impacts of 9/11 and it makes me think about both how long it will take to recover from such a recession and the steps we should take towards pulling our country out of such a depression. Your post reminded me of the thousands who are losing jobs because of the brief closure of the economy. Near me, there were hundreds of stores closed up and empty for over three months. There were small businesses that couldn’t make it through the economic pitfall and eventually closed up shop despite being a favorite amongst many. Thank you for your project and I look forward to reading other posts you write. A large job well-done, and I hope you continue investigating other aspects surrounding the COVID and its effects on society.
  • Katie's Oct 23, 23:39 comment on Procrastination in Teenagers.
    Dear Isabella, I am intrigued by your post because I have never thought about what concrete reasons could be the cause of procrastination. I find it interesting and informative that these reasons could be a sign of mental illness or undiagnosed conditions that people don’t even know they have. One thing you said that stands out to me is “the struggle is just getting to the part where they are able to use procrastination as a strength and not a weakness.” I think this is intelligent and holds a lot of truth because it is difficult to understand how you can take a bad habit of procrastination and turn it into something beneficial. Yet, it is also encouraging to know that you can make an effort to turn procrastination into a positive thing. Your post is very relatable. From personal experience, I know it is very easy to procrastinate on assignments or even simple tasks that have to be done. I honestly have never really thought about why procrastination is so popular though, especially among teens. This is what led me to click on your post because I wanted to learn more! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and information! I enjoyed reading it 🙂
  • Kaylee's Oct 23, 21:25 comment on Coronavirus and Impacts
    Dear Nicholas, I am interested in your post because I think it does a great job of highlighting some of the most important effects of the coronavirus pandemic. I like how you pointed out that unemployment because of the virus “has caused many families excessive financial stress and in a few cases has probably caused much more damage to people’s lives.” I think it is important to focus on the financial damage that the pandemic has caused because it affects so many people. We are all experiencing the impacts in some way. Thanks for your writing, and I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Madison's Oct 23, 20:40 comment on Is the academic qualification really that important?
    Dear Yangliu, Your post, “Is the academic qualification really that important?,” caught my eye and was an extremely interesting read! The multiple perspectives and insights given were question-arising and they undoubtedly peaked my interest. I especially think the question you asked discussing whether or not an academic qualification should be “regarded by many people as a measure of one’s intelligence?” is really captivating. I think this is interesting because of the many different possible views. The part of reasoning you gave for the more positive view, regarding tags, was really interesting and unique, especially in the idea that we are all living in a rather fast paced world. Almost immediately our brains or minds associate certain topics or ideas to certain “tags” or labels generated, which I think can be both a negative and positive thing. I also agree more so with the negative view because where we go to school or the degrees we earn should not be the face of our intelligence. Also, learning not only stems from school but it also comes from the experiences we face outside of the school building as well, such as certain tribulations in our lives that teach us certain lessons. One of my own family members, my father, never got a degree and he is truly one of the smartest and most intelligent person I know. This was a great project and I look forward to reading your next possible posts, especially because I think the insight you come up with is really interesting and thought provoking!
  • Sarah's Oct 23, 20:34 comment on How One Rural California County Went From The State’s Highest Rate of Opioid Deaths To Zero
    Dear Viviana, I am intrigued by your post because you thoroughly provided us, the readers, insight into how a specific opioid-related problem was solved. Normally, when we think of the opioid crisis, we think of the problem as being too large to fix completely, as there are a multitude of factors and circumstances that influence the problem. One thing you said that stands out for me is “Counties that join their coalitions together could help provide more help to their residents by increasing the access to resources. The aid these coalitions provide depend on the specific problem they are trying to solve.” I think this is interesting because it emphasizes the need for customized solutions to the opioid crisis, as there are many factors that influence the severity of the crisis in different regions. Your post reminds me of a time in which I read in article that said that the state of Utah’s leading cause for death for children is suicide. The article that I read parallels with your post because it tries to pinpoint specific reasons why Utah has a severe issue with adolescent suicide rates compared to other states. The state is now trying to customize its preventative measures for suicide with state-specific factors, such as the influence that the evident presence of religion may have on children in the state and how it may ultimately affect suicide rates in youth. Thank you for your project. I look forward to seeing what you will write next because you handled such a complex problem well by discussing one specific example of how a Plumas County, California approached the issue to the best of their ability by customizing its solution. This level of customization towards tackling a large problem is an excellent way to approach all complex problems, not just the opioid crisis. Sarah
  • 2021 Justin Omal's Oct 23, 20:31 comment on What would happen if we didn’t have sports?
    Dear Markie, I agree with your post, Sports is beneficial in many aspects. Sports provide jobs, money, and even entertainment. The NBA generated about $8.76 billion in revenue. That is the NBA alone imagine the money FIFA, NFL, and Ufc generate each year. This shows the impact sports have from a financial standpoint. Sports is beneficial health-wise, it helps you reach your fitness goals and maintain a healthy weight. So without sports, our life would be different.
  • Emma's Oct 23, 20:17 comment on A Hollow Promise
    While i love that you acknowledged how corrupt America has become i modern society, i do think its important that we also acknowledge the corruption that has lived inside America since its creation. I would say that we have never been fully united, and America has not been the best example for conduct in war (WWII ignoring until threatened, Vietnam War, Hiroshima). However, your sources of the prison system and military system are spot on, and I love the line about working for ford. I also think the line “collected the worlds greatest artists and minds” is great. I do agree that America was once admired for its innovation, diversity, and prowess. Now what do we do to get back to that? Overall, i really enjoyed your writing and I’m interested in what you’ll write next 🙂
  • Maia's Oct 23, 20:15 comment on A White Man’s World
    Jenna, I thought that your post was very interesting to read and is especially relevant to what’s going on in the world today, specifically in America. I like how you used the Constitution as your main point of reference, as well as other events in history that directly discussed injustice, both of race and gender. I recently learned about the Constitution and some of the events you mentioned in my Government class. I especially like your discussion on the Jim Crow laws and the commentary you gave in regards to them. You said that these laws primarily benefited white people and that they have never felt the fear that people of color have felt while living in America. I completely agree with your statements and view, and I think that what you said has proven to be evident, especially today. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed your discussion on this topic.
  • Anna's Oct 23, 20:15 comment on What are we to do?
    Very interesting, Diego. I agree with what you have said about while there is little way for us to reverse the effects of climate change, we should still help to slow the rate of harm done to the earth. It makes me wonder, like you, “in what way can we make the world better” with so much damage done to the Earth already? I am currently taking AP Environmental Science right now. The class educates me on the environment and how humans interact with it, and it brings up essential questions and solutions you have written about as well. I also liked how you connected world hunger to environmental issues. I think they go hand-in-hand with making the world a better place. I hope to read more from you soon as I find your point of view on this topic similar to my own. I like to see other people thinking the same things I am about the state of the world as it gives me hope that maybe the future has the ability to change.
  • Jessica's Oct 23, 20:14 comment on True Crime in Relation to Positive Mental Health and the Justice System
    Dear Lisa, I was very intrigued by your post! I myself am a fan of true crime stories, however, I do get scared very easily. Nevertheless, I was very interested about your stance on how true crime relates to mental health and the criminal justice system. I do agree that true crime, with its gore and horror, has many pros and cons. One thing that stood out to me in your post was the mentioning of how women (and others) can benefit from watching true crime shows. Seeing the inner workings of the criminal’s mind may be horrifying, but it also aids the watchers in how they can better protect themselves and others around them. This type of content has many conflicting opinions, but I appreciate your stance on the subject, and I look forward to hearing more about what you write next.
  • Ellie's Oct 23, 20:12 comment on Confederate Monuments, and the History That Should Be Kept
    Milo, I love the perspective addressed in this post! Graves and graveyards in our society are commonly places to pay respect and remember people which contrasts with the heinous actions and impacts of fallen confederate soldiers. This reminds me of an article I read recently that highlighted the fact that many confederate statutes were dedicated quite some time after the Civil War including during the Civil Rights Movement and the enforcement of Jim Crow laws. I have often seen a solution that recommends these statutes be taken down and put in museums where they can be surrounded by ample information and not glorified for their actions. However, I don’t think this can apply to the graves of soldiers. One potential solution could be to identify the graves and provide information to the public about the historical events that the fallen soldiers contributed to. In any case, thank you so much for your contribution in challenging the viewpoints and perspectives of many Americans.
  • 2021 Justin Omal's Oct 23, 20:11 comment on High School Athletes Impacted by COVID
    I agree with you it is a difficult time to be an athlete. Last spring when lockdown occurred most of us thought we were going to return however, that wasn’t the case. The spring season was cut short for those who would typically play in the spring. Which was very difficult for them. Summarizing one of the comments I read it stated “We should cherish things we have because when they are gone, they are gone.”
  • Kaileigh's Oct 23, 20:11 comment on America; All Unique But All One
    Dear Griffin, I am very interested in your essay because I never viewed American culture from this view point. I was intrigued by our one identity as Americans. One thing that stood out to me was when you said: “…we are all Americans, we share the same core values…” because it really reflects the unity of all Americans. Especially at an uncertain and frustrating time like this, I think this article reminds us that we are all in it together. Thanks for your essay, and I look forward to hearing more of your ideas!
  • Melissa's Oct 23, 19:46 comment on Why is Vaping so Addictive in the Youth?
    Dear Maria, I am interested by your post “Vaping in Adolescents,” because you explained E-cigarettes thoroughly. Nowadays, it is common for teenagers to vape at a young age. One sentence that stood out to me is: “In summary, the leading cause for addiction is the addictive flavors provided in the Juul “Pods” (cartridge of nicotine) leading to it becoming addicting.” I think this is informative because not many people understand why vaping is so addictive. I personally know so many teenagers who start off with vaping and go into more drugs. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is an interesting topic to talk about. Melissa Aguilar
  • Paul's Oct 23, 15:43 comment on kinda sad and happy
    Thank you for sharing this story. I can feel how this affects you. I like the line “something that all parents say when something is not going so well so. ” That is what they do. I don’t think the sofa moving gave her this illness, but I can see why you connected to it here.
  • Emme's Oct 23, 12:52 comment on College Readiness and Coronavirus
    Traditionally, students embrace an in-state school mostly for the lower in-state tuition option, among others. However, in our pandemic-filled world, in-state schools may be the safer option because of the proximity to home if a student were to be quarantined or sent home for coronavirus reasons. It is a sad fact, because the college experience is skewed due to current conditions.
  • Parker's Oct 23, 07:48 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hi Leslie, I found your post really compelling. We have an incredibly high teen suicide rates here in Utah, and that’s commonly attributed to the LDS church that’s dominant here. Whether or not that’s the case is irrelevant right now (though it’s an incredibly compelling argument). The article is trying to spread awareness about mental illness to the public, and I found it fitting because it’s currently Invisible Illness week. It’s an incredibly important topic, it’s up to all of us to make sure we’re there for each other.
  • Parker's Oct 23, 07:36 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    Interestingly enough, I wrote my discussion posts on this same topic! I’m curious to see if you agree with all the arguments I made against its legalization, they’re mainly focused on recreational legalization (like yours). https://www.youthvoices.live/?p=110218 – I’ve got one in affirmation of legalization too, which is what I currently subscribe to.
  • Brian Cho's Oct 23, 05:21 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I really agree with your opinion that not to use those poor animals with the materials for an experiment. Because those animals are also a life that can live on this earth, and we don’t get any allowances from them, and we cannot get any allowances from them either. Also, we need to save those lives, and it sounds very cruel when I hear using those rats or whatever animals that are used to experiment. I like this article, Arooj. Keep your work.
  • Christopher's Oct 23, 05:09 comment on Post Office Trouble?
    Dear Juan, I found your post intriguing about the concerns of mail delay since my father is a clerk for the United States Postal Service (USPS). I agree with the comment in responses of it being “frustrating that important mail is being delayed”. The Post Office has tremendously impeded the process of mail being sent out to the community. Just receiving letters in the mail are normally later than usual, due to “COVID-19”. Operationally, there are numerous internal issues that have been causing problems and especially, in regards to prevalent times with ballots meeting a certain deadline. I think hearing how chaotic some of my father’s personnel experiences and his intake on solving this problem is by addressing this issue internally with animosity between employees, Management, and the Union. I’m looking forward to what you will write next in future responses to issues like these. This post tackles critical points of information within the nation and highlights significant detail of how it’s affecting the community.
  • Katia plaisimond's Oct 23, 05:07 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Hi phopho i was 📚 careful your post i can’t say im totally agree but if a teenager can hold a 🔫 a shut make parents 😥 the same way they can think better and let them 🗳
  • Christopher's Oct 23, 05:06 comment on Agricultural Emissions and Climate Change
    Mark, this is very compelling and it brought a new outlook on what is more essential to minimizing gas emissions that are currently contaminating the air we breathe and affecting the environment around us. I value the way you brought into consideration of how “difficult” it’s going to be to make the adjustment for climate change due to the “scale of agriculture” and the habits of the way people “rely on it”. After listening to the conversation between Rebecca Hersher and Allison Aubrey on NPR, do you think that changing the majority of human diets by limiting it down to a quarter-pound of red meat will significantly decrease potent emissions into our environment? If so what are some methods you would personally use to help encourage those that have meat as a big part of their diet?
  • Isabella's Oct 23, 04:24 comment on How to reduce the rich-poor gap
    Hi Shuang! I like your take on the gap between the poor in the wealthy. Also, I agree with your opinion and I appreciate the ideas/information you provided. Personally, I have always agreed that education is one of the most important things to help the poor get better jobs and are in a higher wages. But, even though there are ways for these people to get good education sometimes they may not always know how to use it. They may not know how to get a good job or how to apply to jobs or how to even apply to colleges, etc. that’s why I think not only education is important but also teaching them how to use their education day-to-day. It’s funny how you you say people What disagree with you on taxing the rich because I definitely agree with you. I have always believed in this, especially when I know that there are people that are not even earning minimum-wage. While these multi millionaires are gaining so much money from the hard work that these people put in. it is a problem in many societies and in countries, and hopefully it will be resolved peacefully. There are those who don’t know what is going on, so hopefully they will be educated and not understand what is going on with other people. Thank you for your opinion! I do agree with you and it’s nice knowing that someone else has the same ideas as I do!
  • Isabella's Oct 23, 03:44 comment on When are you considered a grown up adult?
    Hi! After reading your Youth Voice post, I have to say that I totally agree with you. In my opinion I think that the age to be considered an adult should be 18 to 21. It gets confusing when states have different ages regarding when adulthood starts, especially with the age of consent. The government should establish a nation age of consent because a 14-year-old or 16-year-old should not be able to get married or decide on sex. The only thing I do not fully agree on is the age and decision for life in prison. To me, an 18-year-old has the ability to know what is right and what is wrong. If he or she knows what is right they should not land life in prison to begin with. Of course they are still young, but they are legally an adult and can be sentenced as one. Overall, I do agree with you about the age of being an adult. I think you brought up good points and reasons for why the age of being a legal adult matters.
  • Antonio's Oct 23, 01:14 comment on Should more gun control laws be enacted?
    Dear Jose I did enjoy the article you have wrote but I do have some questions about what you have said in it. Most of the mass shootings that have happened were caused by people who were mental Ill and other reasons. Some of these shootings were realized too late, so I don’t think they were preventable at most. Do I think that weapons, in general, should be banned? No, this is a violation of our right to own any firearms. should it be regulated heavily to see who gets it, yes I think it should.
  • Lizbeth's Oct 22, 16:42 comment on The Unknown Power Of Music
    Dear osiris I Like your post about Unknown power of music. I agree with you that music can be good for some students. When it comes your playlist it shows your personality.I think music help people concentrate in class and not get distracted by other people.I also think that when people listen to music it help them get there work done on time. Music can also help take off stress and keeps you calm.
  • Leslie's Oct 22, 16:15 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hi Eunice, I am especially shocked (this was a very relatable post for me because where I live now (South Korea), it is currently 10th in suicide rates in the world). I can’t believe it: 0 People today are consecrated in what will happen in our future, that is why they subject their children to stress, it makes me something terrible that where you live they do not attend to a super delicate issue that is depression, that they do not see what happens today With young people, adults and even children with their things to be better in their studies to have a better career, better let us give ourselves the pleasure of being happy which is what matters most, let us give ourselves to beautiful memories in our youth those that we will always remember. . Sometimes our own parents submit us with their ideas (I make it clear that we should not neglect the study, but neither is our happiness the main thing) For those people who are going through a situation like this, please take these moments into account and realize that you are not alone and will never be, do not let yourself see that it is not easy, something similar happened to me when you are in that kind of situation You don’t think that, you stay in your own world that makes you worse and worse. Here’s something I wrote when I was in a similar situation that I felt like nothing made sense … Mainly and most importantly 1: Be happy, be able to really smile, feel love for yourself. 2: Get out of your comfort zone, distract yourself by doing something that appeals to you. 3: Read books, write down your feelings, express yourself, uh even yell if you want (sounds crazy but step it up) 4: Sleep that will keep you away from those bad thoughts. 5: Do daring things and get your adrenaline pumping 6: Learn to do things you never dared to do. 7: Take photos, even if it is the most hasty. 8: Listening to favorite music sometimes makes you feel good. 9: Play or learn to play an instrument. 10: Knowing new horizons does not make you disconnect from technology for a while. I hope it serves you and you realize that THEY ARE NOT ALONE!
  • Selina's Oct 22, 13:34 comment on Should more gun control laws be enacted?
    Dear Jose, I agree with the part where guns should have laws to decrease mass shootings. However, I don’t fully agree with the part where you said that if someone buys a gun, the person will be ok with using guns against someone or killing them. Some people might just have a gun for self-protection because anyone can buy a gun and they can come up and threaten you. I personally believe that guns should be sold in a place where the government can check the person’s data and decide if they are able to carry a gun safely. So then mass shootings where people have a mindset of revenging people or people who send out threats on SNS would not be able to buy a gun. Selina
  • Jessica Woo's Oct 22, 11:40 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I am also very concerned about animal testing, and I am very happy that there is someone that stands up for animal rights. Animals are a part of our society, and they have a right to live, and we have no right to test them. On the other hand, some parts that were contradicting were that animals were a part of the most amazing discoveries in human history. For example, thanks to animals, Louis Pasteur was able to find a vaccine for rabies, and many other scientists and doctors were able to create amazing results using animals, which made us who we are right now. However, I have to agree with you that animals also feel pain when syringes are inserted inside their bodies, and it is selfish to only think of humans instead of animals. Finally, it is most concerning that animals are locked up in cages, without any freedom. This is like being in jail where there is no space and you don’t know if you are going to die and live. Mostly, since animals can’t speak to humans and can’t say their own feelings, in those parts, animal testing should be banned. Thank you for your great article. Sincerely, Jessica
  • Chloe Seeun's Oct 22, 11:37 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arroj, Arroj I definitely agree with your article because it’s very wrong to treat animals as an experiment. They are also living things like humans and they have the right to live. Anyway I hope this kind of unfair world changes one day and thank you for your awesome article Arroj!
  • Anna's Oct 22, 10:47 comment on A White Man’s World
    I liked that your article included great details about not just racial discrimination, but gender discrimination too. Recently, George Floyd was choked by a police officer after being accused of robbery. Despite his pleading, the police officer continuously used force to control him. What is even more outrageous is that the officer, Derek Chauvin, was released from jail after paying the bail. The BLM movement was a major step towards ending all sorts of racism, but police violence and discrimination continues in America. Also, women have been discriminated against due to several prejudices that were set against them. For example, men are expected to excel at athletic activities, while women should be more efficient in “calmer” activities.
  • Aaron's Oct 22, 09:27 comment on Should more gun control laws be enacted?
    Dear, Jose I enjoyed reading your article. I liked the fact that you analyzed different sides of the ongoing controversial debate. That provided me with insight into the gun control laws. To explain my stance, I agree that more gun controls laws to be enacted. First of all, as you mentioned in your article, 146 mass shootings could have been prevented. Moreover, there are a lot of issues with guns these days. I think enacting more gun control laws could help prevent these unfortunate events. Thank you for writing such an awesome article that provides details to both of the sides of the debate. I look forward to your next articles. Aaron
  • Eunice's Oct 22, 07:59 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, Your post “No More Suicides!” was very meaningful and relatable. In many countries, suicide is a major problem, however, it is often hidden by other issues and news. I think suicide is one of the topics that should be noticed in the world more frequently. This would help students and adults in depression get support from friends, a therapist, etc. This was a very relatable post for me because where I am living right now (South Korea), currently is in 10th place of suicidal rates in the world. Suicide happens so frequently here, especially among young teenagers. Common students in South Korea often receive a lot of pressure from their parents in studying. Most (but not all) parents want their children to succeed academically, and they think sending them to after school academies will make their child learn ahead of time and improve their grades. A typical high school student in public schools could stay until ten o’clock (at night) in school or academies. When they arrive home, they would have to study for tests and complete work, and consequently puts a lot of stress. This happens not only in South Korea, but also in many other countries. A student could commit suicide due to stress at school, problems in learning a topic, struggling mentally at school, and much more. I like how you mentioned for students to speak up if they are facing a problem or depression. I agree to this statement because through communicating his/her problems with a close friend, family, or any adults, they could help them overcome the problems. Many people often doubt themselves and hesitate when trying to tell someone their mental difficulties, but at the end, it would benefit them. Therefore, it is very essential for these students or anyone who is suffering mentally or physically to share their feelings. Just to continue on your idea, I think one of the ways to reduce and end depression (and the feeling of wanting to committing suicide) for students is to do what you enjoy and what interests you instead of things that people force you to. Succeeding in the future is important, however, I think that being happy in life is even more important. You cannot be successful if you do not enjoy your life. Your article has made me think more deeply about suicide in the world and possible causes and solutions to suicide. Thank you for your writing! 😀 – Eunice
  • Yangliu's Oct 22, 04:20 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Sephora, I love your article. I like the fact that you used some other examples to show that 16-year-olds are capable of voting. Because in today’s fast-moving society, the age of 16 knows a lot more than it used to. So I think they have the ability to participate in the voting in the country. Because even a man of thirty has his faults. And I fully agree with what you said about “Voting is not just about choosing who the President will be, it’s about our future.” That is true. There are too many examples of people in this country suffering because of the failure of our President. I think you will like this: https://debatewise.org/27594-should-the-voting-age-be-lowered-to-16/ And thank you. It was a pleasure reading your article. I look forward to reading your article again next time. Your article is well organized, it is easy to read. And your point of view appeals to me very much.
  • Maria's Oct 22, 04:11 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Hi Sephora! I found your post very interesting, I have to agree with you that the voting age should be lowered. However I feel that it should be lowered to 17 rather than 16. The reason is, the time most teenagers are seniors in high school (age 17-18) most have matured and become very involved in politics and solidified of their beliefs. Meaning they know what they would want in their community. You said that since 16 year olds have the privilege to drive they should still have the privilege to vote. I have to disagree with that, looking from an older perspective most 16-year olds are very driven into the “teenage life” rather than focusing on what’s going on in the world, meaning they’re focused on their own life rather than the nation’s.
  • Gage's Oct 22, 04:06 comment on High School Athletes Impacted by COVID
    I agree with this Christopher because of the pandemic that is going around it has become a lot hard on people who are struggling in a way where they are not able to give them an opportunity to be in a sport that they want.
  • Yangliu's Oct 22, 04:03 comment on What are we to do?
    I like this, Diego. I think what you said about the current state of the earth’s environment is right. Human’s actions have caused serious and irreversible damage to the natural ecosystem of the world. And these changes in the environment will also do great harm to human beings. I think you will like this article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/it-s-time-to-bring-our-planet-back-from-the-brink-together-now/ But I think it’s probably inappropriate to stop fishing in the sea at one time. Because the natural environment has a self-healing function, I think we can selectively and controllably fish the sea. Because it’s not going to damage the environment and it’s not going to put a lot of people out of work and put the global economy in trouble. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your point is very interesting and appealing to me. And your essay clearly expresses your ideas.
  • Maria's Oct 22, 04:01 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Hi Nicolette, I enjoyed reading your post! It really caught my attention due to the fact that it didn’t only talk about COVID-19 cases within Adults and the Elderly; what you would normally hear about in articles. Yet, it talked about another vulnerable group, children. When you stated that the spike in cases had risen from 2% to at least 10% it occurred to me that this age group is also very much vulnerable as well.
  • 2021 Henry Vandegrift's Oct 22, 03:25 comment on A Hollow Promise
    I think it’s interesting to think about the connection between how Americans value the idea of an individual and America’s capitalistic society. I think the “American dream” has warped peoples idea of a success story and being a successful self-made individual is the standard in today’s culture.
  • 2021 Henry Vandegrift's Oct 22, 03:19 comment on High School Athletes Impacted by COVID
    I agree with you it is a hard time to be an athlete. I think its important to realize how much we miss things when they are gone and reflect that in gratitude when we have them. I hope we can have some spring sports this year because my spring season was cut short after only two games.
  • Carson's Oct 22, 03:14 comment on Using Our Freedoms for Equality
    In your article, I found it interesting how you brought up getting involved in our government when we’re young. The article you used from the New York Times about what teenagers think America stands for definitely made it easier to connect with the article as a whole. What you wrote about what other people our age think about freedom and equality made the article more meaningful. This also makes me wonder how young people in other countries exercise their own freedoms. Some information about this could be found in this UNICEF article: https://www.unicef.org/files/Every_Childs_Right_to_be_Heard.pdf.
  • 2021 Emmanuel Okongo's Oct 22, 03:02 comment on High School Athletes Impacted by COVID
    I totally agree with you and yes some of us are fortunate to have had a sports season this fall, like I was lucky to play at least two games of my season before I got hurt. Some athletes are indeed struggling and don’t know how to coup with the pandemic and yes this is where resilience is truly key so that we realize that even though we are not in the best of times the best is yet to come, I also think that playing a little bit with your siblings or with close cousins in small groups can help lift the mood.
  • Allie Lin-A's Oct 22, 02:58 comment on How can we Handle Covid-19?
    I agree with the author about the part that we can come together as a nation and go through Covid-19. However, if there is something to add, I would say that we have to come together as a world, not a nation because the virus is all around the world taking numerous people’s life.
  • estrella estrada's Oct 22, 02:38 comment on Why is Vaping so Addictive in the Youth?
    I completely agree with you, vaping has become very popular in recent years but mostly among teenagers. Like you stated, this is because of their highly addictive and appealing flavors like mango and mint. I believe that big tobacco companies are to blame in this situation mostly because of their advertisements. Some improvements that you could make is, make some connections between how past generations didn’t see the dangers cigarettes until years later.
  • Chloe Cho's Oct 22, 02:30 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    I didn’t know how serious homelessness is right now. After reading the post, I realized that I knew very little about the world. I believe that the two-part “homeless people are forced into employment programs where they can generate capital into the economy rather than rely on those who have jobs for survival,” and “So maybe acts of charity aren’t the only way to end poverty and homelessness. Maybe it’s a mix of accountability, hard work, morals, and ethics, that will combat homelessness,” is the most important because many people don’t know how homeless people are being forced to do work and how they are treated. Acts of charity aren’t going to help homeless people with going through force. I believe that accountability, hard work, morals, and ethics are a great way to help them but also can give help by stopping and reporting when sighting the scene.
  • Carson's Oct 22, 02:24 comment on How Can We Combat Climate Change Without Hurting the Economy?
    Miles, that was interesting to read. I liked how you were able to break down the events of Trump pulling America out the Paris Agreement and what his plans were going forward in terms of the environment. Because of what you said about what our government is doing with the environment, I think it would be interesting to see organizations are doing in terms of climate change. This article from NASA could be helpful in with finding information about this: https://climate.nasa.gov/nasa_science/history/. This is a good post and I look forward to seeing what you may write about what is being done about climate change outside of our government.
  • Terrell's Oct 22, 02:24 comment on High School Athletes Impacted by COVID
    I wonder why people had open boxing back up?
  • Christopher JiHoon's Oct 22, 02:02 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Hi Sephora! I think this is a strong article with many different supporting reasons. However, I disagree with you in some parts. Your warrant to support your claim is that younger generations are mature like adults. There are SOME people that are mature, but there are A LOT of people that don’t have enough ideas about voting. Teenagers need to have more time to learn more about what is happening in the world. They might vote for someone without any idea, or they just want to. Even though there are some teenagers that are mature, I think they still need more time to know more about the world. However, it was a nice article. Keep it up!
  • Terrell's Oct 22, 01:48 comment on High School Athletes Impacted by COVID
    I wonder why Highschoolers can not do after school activities due to Covid 19
  • Josphina's Oct 22, 00:49 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Sephora, I really liked your post! Many teens have the right to be heard, and their interests should be taken into more consideration. Holding votes from teens allows politicians to disregard teens’ interests since they have no means to hold them responsible. This ought to change, as young people are more affected than everyone else by such problems, like long-term government debt, obesity, and school policies. Plus, because the youth is severely underrepresented in politics, the issues that concern them are often underrepresented.
  • Shuang's Oct 22, 00:35 comment on Should more gun control laws be enacted?
    I like how you talk about this question from different perspectives. First, I agree with more gun control laws be enacted, but we should still be allowed people to have the gun just in case. As a person from a country where the citizen doesn’t be allowed to use a gun, I was surprised that why the US can allow people to own a gun. But for whatever reason, since the people here already have the ability to own a gun, I don’t think is a good idea to take off their right. If they are banned to use a gun, there still are a lot of people holding a gun illegally. They might get their gun from some underground market, which is the government can’t trace. So the people can’t protest themselves from the people who hold the gun illegally. So my opinion is still allowed people to hold their guns for self-protecting but use the law to restrict their rights.
  • Shuang's Oct 22, 00:12 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    I disagree with you. Having a job and a driver license only can prove that most of the teen at age 16 has the ability to drive and do the work at places like restaurants or children camp. Even some of them are doing an internship at a hospital still doesn’t mean they are mature. Of cause, the height and depth of thought may not match the age, but we can’t guarantee the majority has a certain level to think about the problems comprehensively. Teenagers are easy to be led by the media or the adults around us.
  • Josphina's Oct 21, 23:49 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    Parker, this is a fascinating discussion, and this question has haunted society for decades. I think many positive reasons overcome the negatives about the use of the drug. Many people can benefit from it when used responsibly, whether it is for medicinal or recreational purposes. Besides, if marijuana illustrates the potential of good medicine and if alcohol and cigarettes are legal, then shouldn’t marijuana be too? It’s time America confronts this issue.
  • Hanna's Oct 21, 23:38 comment on What Does It Mean To Be American
    Adam, your post really makes me think differently than I used to. As a non-American, I really liked how you mentioned that being American is to come together because since I came to this country all alone just to learn more cultures, I do feel neglected sometimes. But just by working hard and improving myself to be part of this world, I could feel that I am getting involved a lot even though I was not born as an American. Also, I appreciate how you tried to look at different perspectives and put them together to build up your own opinion about it. This article could give you some idea of why people are so into the concept of the “American Dream.” Foreigners tend to look after the unique characteristics that Americans could have. https://www.thoughtco.com/what-makes-americans-unique-4048010
  • Seth's Oct 21, 23:06 comment on The Best For My Children
    This is an interesting topic Abigail, and I like when you’re talking about needing to savor the food. But I don’t think Amanda is controlling her sons actions but instead strongly suggesting what he should try to do instead. Like how most parents show kids how to things, they don’t force them they just guide them. You brought my attention to this topic and I’m interested in what you’ll post next.
  • Vivian's Oct 21, 22:45 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, As I read the story, I felt that there are two different issues involved regarding animal testing. First, no one would disagree with the cruelty of its nature. Second, people would hardly give up on animal testing regardless. You pointed out three reasons to stop animal testing. Animal testing violates animals’ rights to live their lives. Animals feel pain. Lastly, it is selfish to take advantage of the lives of animals for the sake of humans. They were all great reasons to let go of animal testing. However, I wonder if the day when the whole world is free of animal testing would finally come. I’m sorry to say but I doubt. The reasons why animal testing continues are that it works and that mankind could not find other effective alternatives to replace it. I do believe that animal testing is unjust. However, science and technology must provide the world with the foundation to assure the safety of humankind without animal testing. Vivian
  • Hanna's Oct 21, 22:30 comment on COVID-19 and getting back to school
    Ceci, this is really the topic that a lot of people should focus on right now. But I think high school students are also pretty risky to do in-person classes like elementary school students because high school students will be also asymptomatic and they will more careless about those little signs of their body system. And the parents will less care about high school students than elementary school students since they are young adults who mostly think that they can take care of themselves most of the time. But it is hard decisions to make since both elementary and high school students need social interactions to build communication skills. The most important thing right now is to find the best solution for educations that could provide a safe environment and social interactions. Hybrid education could be the answer but I found an interesting article. Check it out! https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/08/14/hybrid-learning-coronavirus-risk/
  • Seth's Oct 21, 22:23 comment on Why Can’t We Decide On Gun Laws?
    This is an interesting topic Audrey, but one that needs to be talked about. I’m responding to your point of how the courts hesitate to even mention gun rights, not because they don’t care, but because they are trying to offend/aggravate as few people as possible. By staying away from the topic they avoid offending/aggravating people. Gun control is also treated as a flair-up topic, it’s only talked about when something happens and when something new comes up it is no longer talked about. I think it is important that more people comment on this to provide a greater reach of information and I’m interested to see wht else you have to say.
  • Emery's Oct 21, 21:39 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    I agree with you. I think that the younger generations have lived through a lot politically recently with shootings and protests. If we had the ability to put our voices in at an earlier age, we may be able to make changes sooner. A lot of older people do not believe in controlling gun laws or climate change just because of the times they have lived through. I think it would be interesting to see the outcome of the upcoming election if we had the ability to let younger people vote.
  • Emery's Oct 21, 21:35 comment on Why is Vaping so Addictive in the Youth?
    I definitely agree with you. The advertisement that these businesses create make vaping seem youthful and safe. The different flavors they have and the way they are represented definitely appeal to younger generations rather than older. It is interesting to see how our society just moved past the cigarette era and suddenly corporations have to make a new smoking system which is probably just as harmful in the long run. We don’t know what the long term effects are so that would be something interesting to research.
  • Alexandra's Oct 21, 21:33 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Nicolette, fantastic post! I totally agree with your statement of “With reopenings came a popular mindset that other aspects of life should return to “normal” as well, leading to more playdates, time in large groups, sports, and activities out of school.” It’s barely safe to go back to school, and even more unsafe to break social distancing guidelines and go back to “normal”. There is nothing “normal” about a global pandemic.
  • Alexandra's Oct 21, 21:19 comment on Titanic II
    Cristina, great post! I’ve only seen the movie “Titanic” once, but the thought of a twin model terrifies me. I don’t think I’m brave enough to ride the Titanic 2.0, but it would be super cool to experience what other Americans experienced in 1912. It’s really interesting to me that this ship is taking the same route as the original Titanic, considering the outcome wasn’t particularly successful.
  • Caden Hojun's Oct 21, 19:06 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    This class-based theory of homelessness is very impressive. Somehow, I regarded anti-homeless law is cruel since it deprives the homeless of their shelter to rest. Moreover, I took granted that charity should support the homeless because they are a member of our society. However, the article changed my view of the homeless and society. It is interesting that through employment, both the homeless and society can be beneficial. However, in my opinion, the matter of how we can educate the homeless to work will be challenging.
  • Jose's Oct 21, 18:58 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, This information is pretty interesting and I really liked your article. I found really interesting your point of view concerning animal testing. To be honest, I have a neutral point of view concerning animal testing. I feel like your opinion is well supported by actual facts and I feel like this is a topic that opens up for future discussions. I would encourage you to read about the pros of animal testing just for you to gain more insights on this topic. I would love reading another article about the cons of animal testing and absolutely loved the way you presented this idea.
  • Diego's Oct 21, 18:28 comment on How Can We Combat Climate Change Without Hurting the Economy?
    It is great to see other teens watching out for the environment. I agree that clean energy does not have to come at as a cost of economy.
  • Jose's Oct 21, 18:16 comment on True Crime in Relation to Positive Mental Health and the Justice System
    This information is really interesting Lisa, especially the reasons why some people really enjoy watching these types of series. I found it really interesting how people like watching true crime series because it helps them reduce anxiety by creating the worst possible scenario. I would have never imagined this was the case. I also found it really interesting that watching crime series gives them a sense of control and safety. I totally agree that this type of content opens up new discussions about injustices and other controversial topics. I look forward to reading more of your content because I feel like you always include important information about topics and I would be interested if you could do another article about the cons of watching true-crime series.
  • Katie's Oct 21, 17:24 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I really enjoyed reading your article! I really liked some of the points you brought up because some of them you don’t nefariously think of when hearing animal testing. The point I found interest is about animals having emotions and what the testing could do to them. We are basically using them to see if the products will harm us in any way, which is putting the animals directly in harm’s way. I think that animal testing is wrong and should not be happening. Nice work. -Katie
  • Katie's Oct 21, 17:17 comment on How can students stay more energized throughout the day?
    Dear Seth, I really enjoyed reading your post. I had similar issues to you. I really could not keep my energy levels up at all. I was tired and drained almost every day. I found your article very useful. I think that in today’s world everyone is sitting on a computer all day every day and forgetting to get out and exercise. I noticed a similar change in my energy when I started exercising as well. Great post! – Katie
  • Tommy Jang's Oct 21, 16:04 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    (plz ignore the part when I said that there could be two outcomes; I do not know why I wrote that)
  • Tommy Jang's Oct 21, 16:00 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I clicked on this article because animal testing is a big debate going on in the world right now and I am very interested in it. It was very interesting to read your article and I agree with your points about why animal testing is cruel. So now I will talk about my opinion on this. While I do agree that animal testing is very cruel for animals, I think that we really can’t do anything about animal testing because there are no alternatives. First of all, we, humans, have successfully reproduced and developed our technology enough to be the dominant and strongest species on planet Earth. Nature functions in a way that the stronger species(the predators) take over the weaker species(the prey). In this case, human beings are the strongest species, and we earned this position by continuously developing our technology. So, because this is just the way that nature functions, whatever we do to the weaker species are justified. When it comes to these types of issues, I always like to think of this as the same thing as animals hunting for each other. In the process, animals bite off each other, rip off the skin, and kill each other. And that’s totally justified because that’s just how animals live. Since we are animals too, this is just how we live. Now, I understand that our actions can be considered far more cruel than animals hunting each other because, in the case of animal experiments, we are not using them for a food source. Even aside from the fact that we earned our position as the strongest species, we need to think about our lives as well. If we do not have any animal experiments, we will not be able to develop appropriate medication for serious diseases. We can see this in the recent COVID 19 pandemic. If animal experiments are banned, nobody will be able to develop a safe vaccine. Imagine having to live with this outrageous pandemic forever without a vaccine. Lots of lives were lost because of the recent covid situation, and I think these people’s lives also need to be respected. So, here’s the choice to be made: are the values of animals’ lives more important, or are the values of human beings’ lives more important? Of course, everybody’s opinion can be different, but I choose the value of human beings’ lives. We are all one human race, and we are a team. It is necessary for us to help each other live our lives successfully and safely. I don’t think it is ethical to disrespect the value of human beings just for animals’ lives. Consider this: all human beings originated somewhere in the middle of Africa; yet, many countries in Africa still remain as countries with poor medical care. My point is, we are completely disregarding the importance of our human race, especially from our ORIGIN(which is pretty ironic). Just because we live in safe environments and we can receive enough medical care, it doesn’t mean that other people can have appropriate medical care as well. Animal testing is a key step in vaccine production as it tests the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Safety is important. If we accidentally develop a vaccine that is unsafe, we can kill millions of lives. So here’s another choice to be made: is the life of one animal that died while vaccine testing more important, or are the lives of millions of people more important? I strongly believe in Utilitarianism(maximized benefit for the majority), so I think that the lives of millions of human beings are way more important. So there could be two outcomes. First is that the vaccines are never developed. If vaccines were never developed, human beings would have completely failed by big issues like SARS, Ebola, MERS, Zika, Influenza, or COVID. But here’s what’s even more interesting. Without the ability to do animal testing, we would not have any medication for “simple” diseases like catching a cold. So, with simple diseases like the cold combined with extreme pandemics, we wouldn’t even be here now. So, that’s why I strongly believe that animal testing is justified. But that was just my opinion and everybody’s opinion can be different. To wrap up, even if I had a different opinion, I really enjoyed your article because it was very detailed with various good examples and reasoning.
  • Leslie's Oct 21, 14:54 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hello Robert How did you comment Not only you, sometimes in a stage we feel bad, depressed, negative thoughts that haunt you day and night but we comment, sometimes our own mind can be our worst enemy in those moments, what I want to give to understand that our Mind can be very wise and we let ourselves be carried away by those thoughts that we think are fine, but I know that they can cope with that .. Thank you very much for your comment..
  • Robert's Oct 21, 14:21 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, I first want to thank you for posting this article. I totally agree with you, suicide is one of the major problems in the world, however, people are not paying much attention to it. As you mentioned, people mostly think it is an action to draw attention. But that’s is not true at all. I also felt like I was having mental and emotional issues which could lead to suicide for some people and I am sure that wasn’t and isn’t not only me. I felt depressed and I couldn’t stop thinking about negative things. But now I know that it is important to talk to people about it like you said. I also found out that we can feel better when you rest and I also think it is critical to know that you are not alone. NO MORE SUICIDE. -Robert Cho-
  • Amy Da-Jeong's Oct 21, 13:47 comment on How can students stay more energized throughout the day?
    Dear Seth, This article is very useful especially these days, because of COVID-19. Many people are taking online classes, and students get stressed out just by looking at the computer for several hours. I agree with you because I was also stressed out when our school used to make students take online classes. Right now being able to go to school, I feel less stressed out, because it made me exercise more, and I started reading books and taking bath every day. I love this post because this can inspire people to start making their habits to exercise and sleep well. I wish many people took a look at this to see what they can do to gain more energy in their lives! -Amy-
  • Jenny Lee's Oct 21, 13:40 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I read your article about your opinions on the incorrect justification for animal testing. I truly acknowledge it since it may be a convenient and acceptable method for some of us, however, if you think of it as an animal, it will go through painful progress. When I went through your article, I learned that more than 100 million animals in the US suffer and die from chemical, medicine, nutritional and cosmetic experiments each year. Just like humans, animals are likely to have adverse and health effects if they use unproven medical drugs or products. I hope, in the future, animals will be in a position to earn more rights and protections. I really enjoyed your writing. Thank you! Jenny
  • Alvin Youngho's Oct 21, 12:52 comment on Gun Control. Good or Bad?
    Hi Owen, First of all, I really liked how you pointed out the positive effects of gun ownership and thought on both perspectives of people against gun usage and people who are not. I really appreciated how you discussed about a topic not much tolerated in school and I really want people to be aware about gun ownership. One part I really liked was when you concluded that there is no correct answer to this question. I believe that most people will say that they are against the usage of guns but as you thought about this in both perspectives, your conclusion did make sense to me. Anyways, I really enjoyed your article and I learning much from it.
  • Andy Zuvin Lee's Oct 21, 12:52 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear, Arooj Andy
  • Andy Zuvin Lee's Oct 21, 12:50 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    I agree that people shouldn’t use animals as their experiment. However, I think that if it weren’t for animals, the author of this article wouldn’t have been living a happy life with no worries about viruses. So, I agree that we shouldn’t use them. However, if we aren’t going to use them or humans, what are we going to use? I think that the article should have been written down with what people are going to use if they didn’t want animals or humans to risk their lives.
  • Solah's Oct 21, 12:12 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    This is a very interesting yet important topic to discuss. Thank you for sharing the article with us Grace. Before now, I never realized that homelessness was this serious. I thought it was all resolved and over. And now I read your post and I thought. “Wow. This is really bad.” Your last paragraph, “So maybe acts of charity aren’t the only way to end poverty and homelessness. Maybe it’s a mix of accountability, hard work, morals, and ethics, that will combat homelessness.”, it was really touching. It really got me thinking about how it’s their fault that they ended up like this. I’ve always felt sorry and pity for them. Now, I don’t know what I should feel toward them. Accountability, hard work, morals, ethics. These are things we should always remember. As for the employment program, I’m not so certain about it. I know that it might help the homeless people for jobs, but they didn’t work hard enough in the first place. What would happen the second time? I guess it all depends on how their minds are set. Thank you for talking about this. I really liked the way you added the article you have read. I am looking forward to your next writing.
  • Apple UYoung's Oct 21, 12:04 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, This article definitely expressed how significant it is to know and to respect animal rights. When reading, I pondered a lot, as you brought up topics that aren’t mentioned as much as they should be. For instance, I truly appreciated that you mentioned how animal testings can lead to queer behaviors such as biting themselves and pulling their own fur out. This gave me a great insight on how much power humans have, and what happens if we don’t use that power in a circumspect manner. I totally agree, but I also think that animal testing are sometimes essential to prevent the extinction of our species. For example, scientists test vaccines on mice, which is a sad fact, but I would say that is something necessary to test if a vaccine is safe for humans to use. I respect your opinions, and it would be. much more humane if we find a better method of testing medicine in the future. I look forward to the day when young people can close this controversial topic once and for all with a more efficient method. Apple
  • Julie's Oct 21, 11:54 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I was very inspired by your text about the flaws of animal testing. I didn’t know it was such a topic that we can go into so deeply, and made me question, and ask myself so many thoughts. Moreover, this is a very big topic people tend to argue about, but I am glad that you brought this topic up, and alert others about animal testing, others’ opinions, and especially stating your opinion without losing confidence. While reading the text, I agreed with most of your thoughts and facts you have listed, but I also think animal testing reduces harm to humans, like us today. However, I do agree that there are way too many people that tend to waste precious life on just our daily life chemicals. This is just my opinion, and I understand if you have some rebelling points about this comment. Thank you for writing all of this very necessary information, and for alerting others about this topic that everyone should know about, and should be aware of. Sincerely, Julie 🙂
  • Sophie Parsons's Oct 21, 11:41 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I had to click on this article as soon as I saw the headline. I have always thought that testing on animals was bad and is animal cruelty, after reading your article, I feel that way even more. I also agree that testing on animals is very very unsafe. I don’t even want to know how many animals have died due to experiments. Animals do have feelings, just like us humans. I think that your writing was very powerful and important. I think that animal rights need to be more enforced and taken seriously. Every life on this earth is important, life can’t be taken lightly. Sure, we need vaccines and cures, but I think that humanity is better than this and can come up with a new way to test the vaccines. I really think you did a great job on your article, and I think more people should know about this concern. -Sophie
  • Isabella Lee's Oct 21, 11:32 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I was really inspired by your article. I always thought that animal testing is necessary, since it helps us to develop vaccines and medical technology. After reading your article, I was very shook by the quote, “If people want to live openly, so animals will want freedom. They have emotions, but they do not show them as humans do.” I feltl guilty for all the good products I’m currently using. The products were tested by animals, and I thought that as a usual thing. However, I never knew it would be this serious. I really respect you how you changed the views of many people reading this article. I think you exceeded to tell the world about the flaws of animal testing. I was really touched by your article! Sincerely, Isabella
  • Christine's Oct 21, 11:29 comment on How can students stay more energized throughout the day?
    Dear Seth, Your post “How can students stay more energized throughout the day?” was amazing. Like you, I had the same problems how I didn’t have much energy throughout the day. Reading your post really inspired me and convinced me to start doing these things to help you gain your energy. I really like in the first paragraph of how you said getting more sleep is really important. I really agree because I feel like, throughout this online learning for students, a lot of them probably use a lot of their time using their devices and I think that strains a lot of their energy out. So getting time to sleep more and resting their eyes for a longer time would be really good. I also really liked how you gave simple but beneficial advice so people can actually use them by not giving so much effort during this whole pandemic! In conclusion, I really liked reading your post and hope you had fun writing it too! -Chrsitne-
  • Isabella Lee's Oct 21, 11:25 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I was inspired after reading your thoughts about the flaws of animal testing. I strongly agree that animals should have the same respectful treatment as humans. I was touched by the fact that you said, “If people want to live openly, so animals will want freedom. They have emotions, but they do not show them as humans do.” After reading your article, I feel pretty bad for the animals that they are locked in their cages, waiting for their turn to feel pain. This shouldn’t be the world they live in. I don’t understand what they did to get this shameful treatment. Even though this might help medical technology, I still agree with you that animal testing isn’t necessary. Thank you for letting others know about your thoughts and about animal testing. I really enjoyed reading this. Sincerely, Isabella
  • Ryan's Oct 21, 11:05 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I really agree with your article. I definitely think that animal tests should come to an end. As you said, animals have rights and they shouldn’t always be used for testing where there are possibilities of death which makes alive animals live shorter. Moreover, you said that animals want freedom which is true! People don’t want to be locked in a cage and live their lives which is the same for animals. In my opinion, I think we have to definitely reduce animal testing since many animals are being tested over the world. However, I think we few animal testing because to make vaccines like right now, we should first see if the vaccine will work and then test it on people. Ryan
  • Kevin's Oct 21, 09:58 comment on Homework is Harmful
    Dear Elizabeth, I found your essay to be great and interesting, and I agree with all of your arguments, that homework is assigned not to make students “grow”, but to increase the workload. However, I also think that homework is important to prepare for tests and that foundation brings up to SATs and TOEFL (if you are NOT an US student) and so much more assessments. And that also leads to colleges that you will go, then to companies, and a lot more! Even solving just one math problem might inspire you to try new problems and get interested at it. And that is a benefit! I agree with all of your statements, but I am telling you different points and benefits of homework. I look forward to read my comment and explore this topic more! Good job Elizabeth! Sincerely, Kevin from South Korea
  • Niharikaa's Oct 21, 09:12 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I am very grateful that you brought this topic up and let everyone know. I realized how animal testing is common and how rarely people bring this topic to awareness. However, I partially agree with your idea. It’s true that it’s cruel and unhygienic for us to use animals as a test subject. I understand that animals have feelings and thoughts too, they also get scared and depressed just like you said. But aren’t everybody trying to survive in this world? I understand those testing animals and using them for survival is a massive difference but scientists need to test in some organism that is similar to humans. I’m sure that even the scientists thought about this unsanitary decision. I think to test on an organism to see if the composition actually works or not is much safer than testing it directly on humans. I might be thinking inaccurately though. Overall, I was very interested in your writing! ~Niha
  • Kaeli's Oct 21, 05:12 comment on Should We Ban Plastic Straws?
    Dear Yamile, I appreciate how you took the time to look at banning plastic straws from both sides. I agree that it is not as black and white as people may think. There are pros to both sides and everything should be considered. Personally, I think it would be beneficial to have a majority ban on plastic straws, replacing them with reusable or recyclable ones. This would drastically reduce the accumulation of plastic straws in the environment. However, by also allowing exception to a ban would mean that those who need straws could continue to use them. And like Emily said, plant-based biodegradable straws are more eco friendly and are becoming more widely used each year, so hopefully we are headed in the right direction. Thank you for your viewpoint, I’m glad to see that others are interested in plastic pollution as well. -Kaeli
  • Annie's Oct 21, 04:56 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I definitely agree with you there is a lack of animal rights in the society. Testing on animals that are alive and have sensation of pain just for the benefit of humans is not right. I really liked how you actually mentioned this severe topic that people are ignoring in the society. I think that more people should recognize that animals and humans are both living and have the same rights. Thank you for writing an article about such important topic! – Annie
  • 2021 Ishmael Elliott Molina-Zepeda's Oct 21, 04:02 comment on The Divided States of America
    This was a very interesting post here Allison, and there are many points that I agree with you full-heartedly. In America, there is such a great political divide between people, even with things that aren’t really related to politics such as Coronavirus. There is a great divide between people who want to come together as a community and collectively combat this virus, and those who choose to not wear a mask and comply with CDC guidelines and make our situation even worse. It is only a matter of time where people realize it’s not about them, but rather about the safety of others who are more vulnerable to this virus than others. Even with this, somehow were are all “connected” together through the American Creed. We are all connected through our identity of being an American, and our goal to achieve and become better people, but there will be some sort of divide between the American population.
  • 2021 Ishmael Elliott Molina-Zepeda's Oct 21, 03:00 comment on Confederate Monuments, and the History That Should Be Kept
    I fairly enjoyed your post here Milo, and it is interesting to see this situation from different perspectives than considering it from one perspective. I fully agree that the people that are represented by these statues were put to fear monger and to entail White Supremacy and they shouldn’t have been put up in the first place because it represents hatred. I agree that the graves of these soldiers should be left alone because it shows a dark past in our country and I feel that these dark events we can reflect on and see how we can prevent ourselves from causing another Civil War and preventing these actions in the future. These graves I feel shouldn’t be praised that much because they have caused significant damage to different populations in the U.S. but should be taken as a method of remembrance to not cause this again, but the statues and monuments I feel should be taken down based on community decision rather than a federal decision.
  • Jace's Oct 21, 02:07 comment on Using Our Freedoms for Equality
    In your essay I really like how you say we as Americans have shared values and want to create a better nation for us all. We shouldn’t take our freedoms for granted. Its very crucial that we create an envirnment of fairness and equal oppurtunity.
  • Jace's Oct 21, 01:54 comment on Why is the United States responding so poorly to wearing masks in comparison to the rest of the world?
    This is a very interesting topic. It’s crazy to me to see people not wearing a mask and to also see poeple not wearing a mask at big gathering spots. I do wish we as a nation had more trust in our national government to take care of this.
  • Sofia Kwak's Oct 21, 00:20 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I’m very contented that you have decided to bring this topic up. It’s not mentioned as much as it deserves since people don’t realize that many of their everyday products are tested on animals, I gotta admit, even I forget that somtimes. Bringing harm to innocent animals for our own good is cruel and should be reduced throughout the globe. Thank you for spreading awareness regarding unsafe chemincals and substances being injected into animals, I agree with your idea that animals are equal to humans. These animals deserve their own ways of life, just like us. I will definately bring your article into consideration by attempting to follow the three R’s. Regardless, I was wondering in what ways we can prevent animal testing, but still harmlessly be able to test certain products to make sure it is safe for the public? Is there a harmless method that can replace animal testing? I look forward to researching further about this topic to answer those questions myself. Sofia
  • Minori Nicola Kojima's Oct 20, 23:11 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, This article really made me feel the importance of respecting animals and their rights. This is a really controversial topic, and I appreciate that you wrote about it and brought it out into the light for others to notice. I partially agree with your ideas, but I believe the opposing idea of having to use animals to help save humans is also important too. Is it that different from eating other animals for our own needs? It may be cruel, but it is needed for our own species, similar to how animals in the wild kill other animals for survival. This is just my opinion, and I respect your opinion, too. Again, thank you for writing this fantastic article. Minori
  • Bella Kim's Oct 20, 22:49 comment on Animal Testing
    Dear Mia, Your post, “Animal Testing”, informed me of many different aspects of animal testing. I enjoyed how you decided to include how animal testing is bad for not only harming animals but how it is also useless. I also liked how your post included broad topics/ideas, and specific data about the topic, creating a well-balanced article that is both interesting and informative. Data on the animals are not collected by nations, which just proves that although they know it will not receive good attention, they will do it anyway. I think that it is troubling how companies are aware of the harm they are causing, but are just not smart enough to figure that animal testing is only going to harm them in the end. I think that your post was very interesting, and I hope you enjoyed writing it! Bella
  • Gerardo's Oct 20, 22:01 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I am very impressed with your topic of animal testing because I feel the same way as you animals need to be protected and not harmed. Using them as research subjects are cruel they deserve to be treated with respect just like any other lifeform. Some sentences that stand out for me are ¨Some people might argue that testing animals lead to cures and procedures that save human lives. I must refute this argument because animal life is just as important as human life, and it is selfish to kill animals to save people.¨ I believe this is important because Animals suffer every day they may even be suffering right now as you read this so we need to protect animals not be monsters to them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because This topic was really interesting for me. Keep doing a good job Arooj. Sincerely Gerardo
  • Zoe's Oct 20, 20:41 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira! I found your post very interesting. I am passionate about psychology and also interested in how different the psychology is of high school students compared to other ages. I agree that along with other things, school is a major stressor in our lives. I did not know that mental health is now considered a valid excuse to be absent as of June 2019, however I am pretty surprised that this change has been made so recently. I would think that this should have been done a long time ago. I live in Utah, which has the highest rate of teen suicide in the US. Although school is still a major factor, many people connect this high rate to our large culture of mormonism. The Mormon church is notorious for not accepting the LGBTQ+ community, and many people claim this greatly contributes to the high teen suicide rate, what do you think about this? I have done some research on this topic, here is a link to an article that could help: https://www.sltrib.com/news/health/2018/04/07/utah-needs-a-better-strategy-to-prevent-suicide-a-researcher-is-about-to-spend-years-talking-with-grieving-families-to-design-it/ Thanks for writing, your work has helped me think more deeply about mental health in teens, I am excited to research more about it!
  • Zoe's Oct 20, 20:26 comment on Agricultural Emissions and Climate Change
    This is really interesting, Mark. I am pretty passionate about climate action and I had no idea how much agriculture contributes to our global buildup of greenhouse gasses. I agree that reforestation is key to slowing this growing problem, as well as reducing livestock. I was shocked by the amount of land taken up because of this already, and it is crazy to think that “50% of all vegetated land would need to be dedicated to agriculture” in the future, like you said. An article (https://www.pnas.org/content/104/50/19691.short) I recently found discusses the necessary adaptations to agriculture we must make, as you mentioned. Thanks for writing, your research has provided me a new perspective on climate action to learn about!
  • Nicholas's Oct 20, 20:10 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Estrella, This is a very important topic that we all need to be thinking about. Originally no one imagined covid would last this long but now, here we are. It is crazy to be living through something that younger people will learn about in school and that new rules and policies may go in place because of. Overall well done.
  • Nate's Oct 20, 20:09 comment on Students Go Online in India
    This article makes some very valid and interesting points about how India and its population have been faced with economic challenges in light of covid. With a population of 1 billion-plus, that’s a lot of jobs lost and kids to be sent online. With poverty numbers rising globally this is a massive unknown problem, especially in the US, where the transition has been easier and more effective. You did a good job summarizing and writing this.
  • Mang's Oct 20, 20:04 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Dear Arooj, I really liked your article and of how you brought about the animal test subjects having emotions. Testing on animals may or may not be morally justified but I do think that testing on animals is a necessary cause. I think this because, lets say for example there’s a medicine the researchers are testing on animals that could potentially cure a disease that’s killing humans, to me a human life is worth more than a rats. This is just my opinion thought. Thank you for your writing I really enjoyed contemplating on this topic.
  • Nate's Oct 20, 19:59 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    I believe you make some solid points about how marijuana should be used medicinally, but I feel like you have either misinterpreted the data or do not have a full understanding of THC, while minorly possibly addictive (still sitting around 10%) marijuana is much more dangerous as a gateway drug than anything else, but legalization is at the age of 21 and with research either not done or fully supported on the negative effects of marijuana, that’s not a major problem you also say “Marijuana is a very serious drug based on the fact that with many smoking weed illegally, there isn’t much of a debate, but a setback” But I think it is very important to realize it as a very solid and much much safer alternative to opioids and opioid abuse.
  • Nicholas's Oct 20, 19:55 comment on Why is Vaping so Addictive in the Youth?
    It is ridiculous how popular something that is harmful to our health has become. You bring up good points of why they became so popular and the negative impacts it may have on people. Something that I am curious about is what impacts this will have 30+ years down the road.
  • Yara's Oct 20, 18:35 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    I think that especially because children are at a higher risk than the average person it is neglectful to rush into reopening schools. I think Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, said that only 14,000 children would die making it seem like it was a small number. I think that one child dead is too many. We should not be putting our children at risk in any way.
  • Josh's Oct 20, 18:20 comment on Why is Vaping so Addictive in the Youth?
    I agree with you. With vaping being such a recent thing that has popped up, I think it is important to know that we don’t know much about it. I think this article https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/major-anti-vaping-scientific-study-retracted/ helps give good information about the research being put into vaping and things. You then later talk about the appeal of vapes coming in different flavors and colors which I agree with what you say about how they target the youth.
  • Anthony's Oct 20, 18:10 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    Firstly, this is a very important topic and I’m glad that you brought attention to the epidemic of homelessness that has plagued our country. I think two important factors to be considered while speaking about homelessness should be considered as well – mental health and drug addiction. These two things often lead to homelessness and a large chunk of the homeless population throughout our country deals with these factors on a daily basis, and it’s a big part of what keeps them homeless. I like your finishing sentence a lot, because I think it’s true. I think that charity is not the only way that homelessness is going to be fixed but through hard work by the rest of the population.
  • Oriandy's Oct 20, 18:07 comment on Importance of Equality in America
    Dear Sasha, I completely agree with you. I believe that many people know this but just forget to practice and encourage it. It seems like the answer could be done so easily but people refuse to let go of the norms and perspectives they know. We need to remember that we all have unalienable rights, we are all equal, and we should help encourage this idea until it is something as simple as ABCs.
  • Mark's Oct 20, 18:07 comment on Titanic II
    Cristina, This article was pretty interesting. I would not ride the Titanic II if it were a cruise because cruises do not interest me. However, if it were for transit I would have no issue getting on the ship. Building a second Titanic is peculiar but comprehensible. I wonder how much this is entirely a marketing ploy and how much the new ship will resemble the old. In conclusion, like many of the people who have replied before me, I would trust the ship, but I would not be particularly interested in riding it. I thought this was a pretty interesting article. It definitely focused on a situation I had not heard of before.
  • Lilly's Oct 20, 18:06 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    I think it might be beneficial to look deeper into the downsides of marijuana use, both recreationally and medically. I think there are a lot of valid points to support your claim that you fail to bring up in your discussion. For example, marijuana itself is not known to be as harmful as you describe, but its effects as a “gateway drug” highlight the extreme dangers of illegal substances. Personally, I don’t agree with your argument that marijuana should not be legalized, but I do think you could find better support for the claims mentioned.
  • Elizabeth's Oct 20, 18:06 comment on Titanic II
    I think if I wasn’t so afraid of the ocean, I would 100% ride on the Titanic II. I recently watched the Titanic movie for the first time and before that I knew the story but after watching it, it seems so much more real. I hope the people who build the second one are smarter than the ones who built the first and prepare for it to sink because even the one that was said to be unsinkable hit the ocean floor. I think the idea is an amazing one though. I wonder if a lot of people will ride or if they will have extra space?
  • Yara's Oct 20, 18:06 comment on When will a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg occur?
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be a part of our history but we need to decide how her story ends. Do we disrespect her last wishes or do we decide not to follow precedent, something she cared quite a bit about as a SCOTUS, and replace her seat before election day? I think that many conservatives in government refuse to see how hypocritical they are being when they are pushing for Amy Coney Barrett. Lindsey Graham said to use his words from 2016 against himself if he steps in the way of the will of the people by choosing to vote in a new SCOTUS right before the 2020 election but when we did, he said that democrats would do the same ( refer to this article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/us/politics/lindsey-graham-supreme-court-reversal.html). Whether democrats would do the same or not, is irrelevant, because it doesn’t make going back on his promise any better. I completely agree with you that we should delay the SCOTUS hearing because if the republicans are so confident in their nominee winning the race then there would be no need to rush a decision. What do you think that normal citizens should do to stop ACB from being sworn in against the peoples will?
  • Mae's Oct 20, 18:06 comment on Importance of Equality in America
    I completely agree with your argument. The founding father based this county on the fact that “every man is created equal” when at the time most of them owned African American slaves. The rights of women have always been far less advanced than those of men. We need to step up like Ruth did and advocate for what is just.
  • Sarah's Oct 20, 18:05 comment on A Dish from My Culture
    Fatoumata, I’m very pleased to hear about your traditional dish. I’m also pleased to hear about how this dish reminds you of your home. I also have traditional dishes that allow me to revisit my home without having to actually leave the U.S. I liked how you connected Latchiri Kossan with dance and music. I believe that food can serve as a representation of things beyond fulfilling hunger. I also like how you compared your dish with Thanksgiving. It allowed readers to better understand how important the dish is in your culture.
  • Josh's Oct 20, 18:03 comment on What Does It Mean To Be American
    I think this is a very well written article on a topic that is very important in today’s time. For me, I am not American, in fact I am an immigrant from the U.K and the first part of your article where you included your mother got me really intrigued. I think that was a strong part because it is someone that many can relate. I don’t know your background or your mother’s, but I can get a sense of it from how she explained how it felt to be American. With that being said, I think including more things about the BLM movement and tying that can help strengthen your article. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/19/golf/kirk-triplett-blm-pga-tour-golf-spc-spt-intl/index.html this article can maybe help you get some information.
  • Gus's Oct 20, 18:03 comment on Teen Vaping
    I love the irony of the point that you made that E-cigarettes were invented to lean people off of smoking, but instead, have become an addiction in themselves. These pens introduce metal into your body that was never before present in cigarettes. One could make the argument that one is as bad as the other.
  • Patrick's Oct 20, 18:03 comment on Why are people dying at a young age?
    This is a really interesting post. I haven’t heard of that poem until now, but it sounds really good. I like your interpretation of the author’s writing where you think the author is speaking to all of their readers. Based on what the author said I’d probably draw the same conclusion.
  • Lilly's Oct 20, 18:01 comment on True Crime in Relation to Positive Mental Health and the Justice System
    Lisa, I really liked this discussion! As someone who reluctantly digests such true crime content, I was able to relate to the ideas and topics you had mentioned in your post. Specifically about anxieties. I find the link between this type of content and anxiety really interesting, and would be intrigued by further research about it. Like you stated, this type of content opens up discussions about injustices, and guides possible change.
  • Oriandy's Oct 20, 18:00 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    Dear Grace, First of all, I wanted to say that I like that you chose to write about this major problem in the US that many people dismiss and ignore. Also, I just wanted to add to this discussion that I’ve seen and heard many people talk about homeless and instead of feeling empathy for them and try to help them out, they say “they are just being lazy and don’t want to get a job.” It infuriates me when I hear anything like this because people judge without seeing their side of the story and just assume that things can be easier for them if they just tried. I know that getting a job is hard, especially if they don’t have a home, and we don’t know the circumstances they have faced that led them to this hard life. I believe that if people understood what they are truly going through, more people would be willing to help them out or create more programs to do so.
  • Elizabeth's Oct 20, 18:00 comment on The next round – Boxing vs. Covid-19 (part 2)
    Hey Oriandy, I loved reading your article! In your post, you said, “Forbes mentioned that the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, is planning on opening its doors to the competitive world of boxing once again.” Do you think the idea of opening the doors is a good idea, especially if precautions to keeping the boxers and the people watching safe? How have you stayed active with gyms being closed?
  • Anthony's Oct 20, 18:00 comment on When will a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg occur?
    I agree with your outlook on the political views of Mitch McConnell. I don’t think it’s right for him to change his views just because of the party affiliation of the presidency. Changing political views when it is only individually beneficial is morally wrong. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an advocate for countless people and it’s only right that a situation is put into place in which a replacement for her is able to do the same thing and continue her work.
  • Gus's Oct 20, 17:59 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    You mention a very interesting point towards the end of your writing. This being the fact that we as a society need to change how we view homelessness. Instead of criminalizing the homeless, we need to encourage them to find work. Because if the homeless become participators in the consumer economy of the United States, then our country as a whole will become stronger.
  • Mae's Oct 20, 17:59 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Nicolette, you raised some very good points about how schools are handling re-opening. I agree with what you said about now that schools are going back in session many people think that means life may resume as normal when that is certainly not the case. How do you think schools could open back up safely and still give kids the education that they would receive if they were in the classroom?
  • Sarah's Oct 20, 17:58 comment on Why is Vaping so Addictive in the Youth?
    I agree that vaping has become widely popular among today’s youth. I also agree with your conclusion that vaping is triggered by a variety of appealing flavors. I believe that the trend of vaping will only continue to rise throughout the next few generations of youth. Unfortunately, so will poor health among teens. If you revisit this post, I think it would be interesting to add specific comments about the effects of vaping on teens as they age into adulthood.
  • Mark's Oct 20, 17:57 comment on True Crime in Relation to Positive Mental Health and the Justice System
    I too have never been especially drawn to the true crime genre, though I am a horror fan. Do you believe there is an important distinction between true crime and fictional but realistic horror stories in how they affect audiences? I totally agreed with your conclusion that true crime, like any genre, can have both positive and negative effects. A potentially interesting direction of inquiry would to be examining whether true crime media has been demonstrated to have had direct impact either on criminal justice and law or on encouraging emulations of some prior crime.
  • Patrick's Oct 20, 17:56 comment on Why do we Have Two Parties??
    This was really interesting. I thought it was a great explanation of how the two-party system started. I really like how you started out the post by saying why you had problems with the two-party system as well.
  • Rosa's Oct 20, 16:00 comment on Should Immigrants be Separated from their Families?
    It is sad that families are separated. We live in the country which we say it is the land of the free yet it takes so long to get papers. The progress takes forever and when people say well why don’t they come here legally? It is like the fear and sometimes everyone’s situation is different.
  • Rosa's Oct 20, 15:58 comment on Should Immigrants be Separated from their Families?
    It really is sad. The waking up every morning and the unknowing feeling if you’ll see your family again.
  • Audrey's Oct 20, 15:48 comment on When photos lie…
    Alondra, I really liked reading about this topic. It really is way too easy for misinformation to be spread on the internet. That being said, how can we make sure we aren’t reading into that misinformation? I would be curious to know what I can do to quickly fact check what I am reading. I’m not exactly jumping to research every image I come across on the internet, and I would imagine others feel the same, but if there were to be some way for people not to be mislead that would be a really interesting story to tell. You could zone in on source establishment and credibility or any bias that sources may have. There are, of course, unlimited factors in this, but you could try picking a few and doing some more research. Best of luck, Audrey
  • Leslie's Oct 20, 15:37 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hello Olivia, As you mentioned from the beginning it is a conversation that should be treated, And also it is not that difficult to find a person with depression, Sometimes we are just afraid to speak we are afraid of being judged by other people and we just don’t keep it , But it is not good since each time that increases more and it is not a good thing because we carry that weight that every day increases every day and can become worse .. I appreciate your comment olivia..
  • Paul's Oct 20, 15:27 comment on Things i have done in the past 24hrs
    Totally! It was great to have you in class today — and every day. I hope you like Born A Crime https://nowcomment.com/blogs/231199
  • Micah's Oct 20, 15:26 comment on Confederate Monuments, and the History That Should Be Kept
    I 100% agree with you that those statues represent traitorous bastards, but I also disagree that we need to necessarily keep the history. I mean, of course, we need to know about slavery and the confederacy, but we do not need to keep up their monuments to remember them. They can keep their graves, as that to me, is not as big of a deal as a memorial dedicated to a person who empowered white supremacists.
  • Leslie's Oct 20, 15:26 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hello Sam Exactly these days people are suffering more mental problems due to everything that is happening, it really shocks me that they think that yes, let’s not forget our relatives who may also be going through a situation like this. Thanks for your comment
  • dominic's Oct 20, 15:24 comment on How to combat fake news and disinformation?
    Hey Sam, I have to agree with just about everything you said in this post. Especially when you talked about trying to find out what media outlets or specific articles have to gain from you. Finding out if they are selling something or benefit from swaying your opinion greatly helps in taking what they say with a grain of salt.
  • dominic's Oct 20, 15:20 comment on Why Can’t We Decide On Gun Laws?
    Hi Audrey, great post. I like this post because, without taking a stance, it tackles the seemingly simple question of why there is such disagreement on this topic. Obviously one could say that there are people that want their guns and people that want to ban guns and people in the middle, but of course its not that simple. You are definitely correct to say that “There will likely never be a solidified decision on gun rights in the United States.” The people in my life are very weary of the government, and feel they need something to protect themselves from the government, and naturally Id have to agree. But the debate itself is very interesting. Thanks for reading!
  • Leslie's Oct 20, 15:17 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hello dear Ashley of course, how are you commenting? We do not know about the problems that a person is going through and sometimes we just judge without knowing what happens to that person, what if we better listen to them and stop judging people? And of course we are going to listen to you, whatever time it is we are going to listen to you remember that you are never alone, I loved your comment very much Ashley I appreciate your nice comment.
  • Micah's Oct 20, 15:15 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    This is pretty wrong but the opinion is still appreciated. Marijuana is not a naturally addictive substance. While many do get addicted to it despite it being a non-naturally addictive substance, it is still a rarity. I personally believe that recreational use of the drug is a bit dumb, I still understand the want to. It is far less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes. Not one person has ever died from smoking too much weed. Snoop Dogg, for example, should be dead by now, if that was the case.
  • Lisa's Oct 20, 15:12 comment on My POV Of First Twilight Book
    Hi Drew, Your summary of Twilight is very detailed and goes over the events of the book very well. I thought it was very interesting how you said “It’s a Person v. Person type of conflict that’s driving this story (…) because throughout the book it was the coming together of two completely unlike lovers”. While I agree that the conflict is Person versus Person, I would maybe consider that it is between different characters. Bella and Edward, despite having tension and arguments, they are still on the same side and unite against the antagonist, James. I really enjoyed how you fleshed out why the setting is important in this story. From signaling Bella’s new life to providing a secretive and gloomy environment that is ideal for the Cullens’ family, Forks is vital to the characters of Twilight.
  • Matylda's Oct 20, 15:04 comment on A Letter to My Cousin about COVID-19 in America
    Fatoumata, not only was this letter very relatable but it also warmed my heart. I do feel for you, hearing that your graduation had to through zoom breaks my heart, this must have been so difficult. I am a senior this year and I am praying for at least a semi-normal graduation. It makes me very sad to hear your anecdotes about the recent stereotyping of Asians, this is awful. I appreciated your openness and honesty about the difficulties of COVID. Hope all is well in your college years!
  • Grace's Oct 20, 15:04 comment on A Letter to My Cousin about COVID-19 in America
    Fatoumata, This is a very relatable letter. I am from Salt Lake City, UT, where the Coronavirus did not hit as hard as New York. We never had a mandate to stay in doors, but for the months of March, April and May, I can relate to the loneliness you felt. More now than ever before, I appreciate the little things like being able to hug my grandma, going to school with all my friends, or being able to see someones smile. I feel like this virus has changed most people’s perspective on life and will have an affect on how we navigate our future. Hope you are well and that those you love are safe and healthy. Grace
  • Sage's Oct 20, 15:01 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    Daniel, I’m interested in your use of the word “addiction” in this sentence, “Although many use Marijuana illegally, cases have risen, and many people, including teenagers, have become completely addicted to the product. ” It seems that you may not have fully considered the facts of marijuana abuse and gateway drugs. Marijuana itself has a very now addiction chance, and it is directly tied to THC contents inside. In Amsterdam coffee shops, they found that with regulation, addiction rates lowered proportionally to the THC contents. Marijuana is also considerably less addictive at 10% compared to alcohol (20%) and cigarettes (33%). I would be interested in another article from you talking about the gateway potentials of marijuana in teenagers.
  • Matylda's Oct 20, 14:57 comment on How to combat fake news and disinformation?
    Sam, I like the ideas you’ve outlined here. I agree, there is an increasing amount of fake news in the media these days and this is very hard to avoid. I like your ideas about combatting this, we need to make sure people know where their news is coming from and if it is reliable.
  • Nyayeek's Oct 20, 14:55 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    Hi Gerardo, I think this is an interesting topic to talk about. So many things are available to you when you turn a certain age when your 16 you can drive, 18 you can vote, and at 21 you can drink alcohol. I think that these ages are set to teach responsibility, so you are prepared for adulthood. Many people aren’t ready to move out and become an adult by the age of 17 that is why I think the juvenile system is in place to show children how there life could be. I think the ages that we have set in place are good, because they allow us to grow and mature, slowly and responsibly.
  • Sage's Oct 20, 14:52 comment on True Crime in Relation to Positive Mental Health and the Justice System
    Lisa, this is a very interesting topic, and I rather liked the explanation you found on why people watch and consume true crime media “The author argues that this genre can help reduce anxiety in some individuals by exposing them to the worst possible scenario, providing them with a sense of control, as well as insight into the mind of the person committing the crime”. I agree with this, as I rather enjoy listening to true crime podcasts. These stories entertain me for hours on end, as I love the psychological aspects that these stories encapture. I would be interested if you could do another article on the effects of true crime stories on paranoia and anxiety.
  • Henry's Oct 20, 14:43 comment on War: What’s it for?
    No matter what side you’re on I believe that war is never something we cherish and adore. War is horrible and has taken more lives than needed most of witch were forced to battle for their side. I hope that in my lifetime there is never a war so that nobody has to be drafted and nobody has to be killed. I love how you used this book and looked at it as a whole to come up with your opinion on war in general.
  • Owen's Oct 20, 14:36 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    While you argue several smaller points in your argument, I do agree that marijuana should be used primarily for medical purposes. When you say “Yet with evidence from Health departments, it is stated that the problem with Weed isn’t its legalization debate, but the effects it has on the ones that abuse it”, there is a powerful message behind your statement. This brings in an important group in the issue and puts it next to your own opinion. This could be a very strong motivator for someone with a half-developed opinion on this topic to go with your opinion. I think you could research the effects on those who do not use it for medical purposes to improve your argument.
  • Milo's Oct 20, 14:35 comment on Post Office Trouble?
    I’ve always wondered how the Post Office works, and how come its been having issues as of late. For example, I only had a rough idea that buying stamps helps fund the Post Office, but as you said, “Despite inflated their stamp rate from 33 cents to now 55 cents per stamp, they are still having financial problems.” I never knew how much such a simple thing as a postage stamp can have such value, or be inflated. I’ve heard ever since the election became a big issue, that some of the Post Office’s problems are not just from COVID, but its administration. I found this recent article (https://wisconsinexaminer.com/brief/baldwin-sends-new-demands-to-postmaster-general/), which may shed some more light on the problem. If you could write some on the Post Office’s administration issues and the election, I would most certainly come back to read.
  • Olivia's Oct 20, 14:35 comment on No More Suicides!
    Leslie, this is a conversation that is so important and I’m glad that you wrote about it. Teen suicide is sadly something that is common. It is not hard to find someone that is struggling and needs help, yet everyone is too scared to talk about it because everyone thinks they are alone. I really liked how you made it clear that these people are not alone, and that they should not have to go through this all by themselves. Thank you for writing a post about something so important. I hope you continue to write on this topic and educate others on the importance of mental health. – Olivia Vandersteen
  • Henry's Oct 20, 14:34 comment on The next round – Boxing vs. Covid-19 (part 2)
    Trying to imagine big sporting events coming back into light is a very hard thing to do right now and something like boxing were there can’t be social distancing between athletes is even harder to imagine. I love how you found articles that go over the possibilities of this and the precautions if they ever were to come on again. I don’t know too much about boxing but I know its a well loved sport by many and hopefully soon it can go back to normal.
  • Grace's Oct 20, 14:34 comment on How to combat fake news and disinformation?
    Sam- it’s true… fake news is everywhere. It’s challenging today to find completely non-bias, factual media. This is very divisive. I think that there needs to be some sort of regulation of the media. This reminds me of what I learned in the new movie “The Social Dilemma.”
  • Sam's Oct 20, 14:32 comment on A Dish from My Culture
    This is very interesting Fatoumata. I love how this post relates to your very own culture. This Fulani Tribe dish sounds delicious and now I really want to try it. I love the stories that you share, and remembering the first time your mom made this dish for you. You go into great depth and description of making the dish. I love hearing about new cultures and traditions. My family is Cuban, and my mom always make Cuban dishes and I love to hear the stories and history behind them. It is very interesting and I love learning new things about my culture. I am excited to see what you have to say next because I would love to hear more about you and your culture.
  • Cecilia's Oct 20, 14:31 comment on Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour
    Hi Heather, I agree that the setting of the Hunger Games is indeed a dystopian society like The Giver. I believe that Suzanne Collins left the identity of the person who was shot a mystery because it could then become whomever the audience believed it was. It didn’t matter who died, just that someone did. I would love to see more of a connection between the Giver and Hunger Games Trilogy. Are there any more connections between Katniss and Jonas in the way that they behave? Do any of the side characters in the book match each other? Why are both books considered dystopian, is it because of the oppressor’s power, or the people’s refusal to see the problem? I would love to see your thoughts on these questions!
  • Miles's Oct 20, 14:29 comment on Are you considered an adult when you turn 18?
    I agree that the age of 18 is the official mark of adulthood based off your points, that you can drive, vote, be enlisted into the military, be on a jury, etc. I feel that the drinking and gambling age limit should be on the same level because if they started to be treated like an adult at the age of 18, you deserve all the adult rights that are given with it. Do you think that the age of adulthood should be raised or lowered? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/us/usa-legal-age.html
  • Audrey's Oct 20, 14:29 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Estrella, Lately I have been thinking a lot about this type of thing too. It is so strange that we are living through this giant piece of history. I guess now the world has somewhat gotten used to the hand we’ve been dealt. It’s become hard to remember a time before all of the masks and hand sanitizer. You mention toward the beginning of the article that education has done a poor job of handling the pandemic and that it will likely be affected for a long time. I absolutely agree, and I think you should talk more about that. Maybe talk more about what school systems have done, then maybe talk about what they should have done. You also used the word “affected” a lot throughout your writing. Try switching some of them out with words like “limited”, “touched”, or “troubled”. Audrey
  • Henry's Oct 20, 14:29 comment on Titanic II
    I wouldn’t ride any cruise, ever (pandemic or not). They scare me, so I’d much rather stay home or travel on my own terms. But if I knew that everything would be okay, I would consider going on the cruise because it would be interesting to experience history. I’ve also never seen the movie Titanic, so it’d be cool to watch it on the Titanic.
  • Olivia's Oct 20, 14:28 comment on True Crime in Relation to Positive Mental Health and the Justice System
    Lisa, I commented on your last post about mental health and crime, and while I liked what you said there, I think this discussion is even better. I completely agree with the fact that true crime has many pros and cons to it. While there are some harmful factors, there are also ways that true crime is opening up discussions about injustice and change for the future. It would be interesting if you could add some information from articles on how true crime shows have directly influenced something that a person or people have done.
  • Henry Poppe's Oct 20, 14:28 comment on The next round – Boxing vs. Covid-19 (part 2)
    Trying to imagine big sporting events coming back into light is a very hard thing to do right now and something like boxing were there can’t be social distancing between athletes is even harder to imagine. I love how you found articles that go over the possibilities of this and the precautions if they ever were to come on again. I don’t know too much about boxing but I know its a well loved sport by many and hopefully soon it can go back to normal.
  • Lisa's Oct 20, 14:26 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Dear Estrella, I absolutely agree with your statements about how Gen-Z are struggling not only because of COVID-19 but because of the economic recession, which we don’t have any experience dealing with, as well. “‘Whether they just graduated from college or are early in their career, members of Gen Z may have to rethink their path'” was an interesting quote that caught my attention. And it makes sense to me because COVID has made people reconsider what they want to do and what experiences are important to them. A resource that might be interesting to check out is https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2020/05/19/one-third-high-school-seniors-say-they-will-defer-or-cancel-rather. It talks a lot about whether or not seniors are going to honor commitments if schools are totally online and I feel like it would help support your last two sentences.
  • Milo's Oct 20, 14:26 comment on More Than One Sort of Greenhouse
    Nice post, Mark! I’ve always thought that there were other factors to our climate crisis other than fuel emissions, but I didn’t exactly know how much agriculture contributed to it (maybe that’s because “it is difficult to measure the carbon released from the soil by agriculture,” but I digress). While looking into the topic somewhat, I found this paper (https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data) that shows the data behind carbon emissions, and where it comes from. I always knew that methane was a problem, but because of your post, and the article I wrote here, I now understand how big that problem was. I’m thinking if you could write a whole, cohesive post on all large causes of carbon emissions, and how we can mitigate them, I would most certainly come back to read it!
  • Lindsey's Oct 20, 14:26 comment on Post Office Trouble?
    This is a pretty interesting subject because it involves so many parties. Not only does it screw with the election, but it puts people’s lives at risk by keeping medication out of the hands of those who need it. You mentioned how it can change the number of votes for a presidential candidate, this seems to show a sort of fragility in Trump’s reelection chances. I found an article (below) that shows Trump’s success in slowing down the collection of ballots as well as how states are being restricted in counting ballots late. I would love to see a more updated version of this story as the election grows closer, especially in this tight unpredictable race. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/15/trump-restricting-mail-in-ballots-429545
  • Sam's Oct 20, 14:26 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hello Leslie, Teenage mental health is something of a minefield these days… its hard to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to. It can be easy to question if you’re doing more harm than good. But I think your article walks that tightrope; not only addressing the issue of teen suicide, but providing ideas and resources for its address. I’m glad to know the conversation continues, as it is not always an easy one to have. But I think that at the end of the day, we are all called to be there for one another and provide support for our brothers and sisters in times of need, and I am glad to see you acting on that calling. Best, Sam
  • Nicolette's Oct 20, 14:26 comment on Lady Macbeth’s Deviant Side
    Eliza, very interesting perspective of Lady Macbeth throughout this monologue. I read Macbeth my freshman year of high school, and your post reminded me of many of my own interpretations of and feelings about Lady Macbeth as her character developed throughout the play. I loved how in the beginning you related the situation to something everyone can relate to–how often people say more than they’re willing to do. I liked also how you showed the progression of character development throughout the specific scene of Lady Macbeth receiving the letter. I think it would also be very beneficial to include some examples from the text just as you did at the end in saying, “Wouldst not play false and yet wouldst wrongly win…” Quotations like these are helpful in supporting the claim you’re making, and I think your claim is a very compelling one. For example, you could quote, “Shalt be what thou art promised” to emphasize your interpretation of Lady Macbeth’s thirst for power. https://litchapter.com/macbeth-by-william-shakespeare-lady-macbeth-quotes
  • Alyssa's Oct 20, 14:24 comment on Titanic II
    I would not ride the Titanic II even if someone offered to pay me! I already don’t like cruises because I get motion sick very easily, and adding to the fact that the first Titanic sank and many people lost their lives, I would not want to be one of the first people to ride the Titanic II. Although I don’t think anything bad will happen to the ship on this second go-around, I would not want to take any chances.
  • Nyayeek's Oct 20, 14:24 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Hi Estrella, I agree that Covid19 has greatly changed the world for us now and it will continue to change later, Gen Z is greatly affected by this change. Gen Z sees the changes in the education system, high school and college students have to learn from home and high school seniors are seeing many changes in college applications. Students will have new experiences compared to those before and jobs will be harder to find.
  • Henry's Oct 20, 14:21 comment on Should We Get Rid of the Electoral College?
    I agree that the electoral college system needs change, whether that be from a new system or more moderate improvements. However, I disagree one thing you said. I think that the popular vote would allow candidates to disregard smaller states and focus on the most populous ones. That would be bad because these states would probably feel under-appreciated and unrepresented. We need a better system that still involves every state.
  • Cecilia's Oct 20, 14:21 comment on The next round – Boxing vs. Covid-19 (part 2)
    Hi Oriandy, First off I want to say I love this topic- it is unique, interesting, and raises some important questions. So you mention how boxing might be opening back up in Las Vegas and the boxers will be tested, will they also be kept in a bubble-like protective group as the NBA did? How many people usually participate in a boxing tournament, and is it popular enough to stream it for fans, so the athletes can feel important? You mention amateur boxers in your writing, and I am wondering what are you personally doing to stay fit and healthy during this Quarantine?
  • Sam's Oct 20, 14:21 comment on More Than One Sort of Greenhouse
    Hello Mark! Your optimism is something of a welcome surprise. Too often in the fight against climate change are we overwhelmed by doubt, fear, and failure. Some have already given up; but to this end, no progress can be made. It’s no secret that agriculture, and livestock in particular, are a major contributor to climate change, particularly in the form of methane expelled by cows. But I had no idea that carbon emissions from the land itself was even a reality. I did appreciate, however, how you not only presented the information but also solutions to perhaps mitigate the disaster at hand. I think that all too often we are forced to face the reality of climate change without the tools to do anything meaningful about it, but to know those tools are available and that someone else is also paying attention is comforting.
  • Miles's Oct 20, 14:21 comment on What Does it Mean to Be an American?
    I agree with you on that Freedom, Liberty, and Equality are all the desired American values however, it would be interesting if you could expand on how these American values are demonstrated today within politics and social society. Also, it would be interesting to see on a study with a large scale of American citizens with different diverse backgrounds to see how many of them believe they live with these desired American values.
  • Henry Poppe's Oct 20, 14:20 comment on War: What’s it for?
    No matter what side you’re on I believe that war is never something we cherish and adore. War is horrible and has taken more lives than needed most of witch were forced to battle for their side. I hope that in my lifetime there is never a war so that nobody has to be drafted and nobody has to be killed. I love how you used this book and looked at it as a whole to come up with your opinion on war in general.
  • Jack's Oct 20, 14:19 comment on Boxing vs. Covid-19
    This is a good article that examines how Covid-19 impacted the world of boxing. Like everything, covid 19 brought severe disruptions to the ways we normally do things. It is also fascinating to see how sports are responding to these challenges brought by the onset of covid 19. This is a really good article and I’m excited to see what you post next.
  • Alyssa's Oct 20, 14:17 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    Gerardo, I think this is an interesting topic to bring up. There are so many discrepancies between state laws that are based on age, like when you are able to drive a car legally or even when you can rent a car. Also, I feel as though it is weird that 18-year-olds are considered old enough to make decisions about joining the military or voting, but are not considered old enough to consume alcohol. The major reason for all these discrepancies I believe is directly connected to our federal form of government, which allows states to have the power to make their own laws based on what they deem is correct. I think because the government deems us as “adults” when we are 18, we should be able to make decisions like whether or not we want to drink or if we can drive a rental car.
  • Jack's Oct 20, 14:16 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    This is a good post, while I do not agree with the main point of the argument that weed should not be legalized, I think you bring up some underrepresented points in the conversation around legalizing marijuana. ” Yet with evidence from Health departments, it is stated that the problem with Weed isn’t its legalization debate, but the effects it has on the ones that abuse it.” I think this is a issue that isn’t discussed quite enough. Personally in my life, everyone who I know uses weed recreationally has no addiction or negative affects with it.
  • Sankeeth Udayakumar's Oct 20, 12:59 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    I also think that “areas such as employment, traveling, the economy, and education” have been affected a lot. Due to COVID – 19, many jobs have been lost, traveling has been restricted by many countries, there are economic recessions all over the world, and education has been limited to online schooling in many countries or social – distanced schooling with strict restrictions.
  • Sankeeth Udayakumar's Oct 20, 12:41 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Hi Estrella, I agree with your opinions that Gen Z kids are having a lot of trouble during this COVID – 19 situation. I also think that “areas such as employment, traveling, the economy, and education.” I especially think that employment and the economy have been affected. Countless amounts of people are losing their jobs due to COVID – 19. The economic recession this time has really affected many countries and has had a chain reaction all around the world. Sankeeth
  • Ashley Hannah Kim's Oct 20, 11:30 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, I found your post, “No More Suicides!” very important to our world. Right now, at this time, someone could be going through severe depression and possibly thinking of ending their life. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see so many young people go through situations where they think about suicide. Even the smallest word, smallest act, smallest thought, can change someone’s life drastically. So, check up on your close friends, family, coffee barista, whoever it is, it can change their lives in an instant. I particularly like when you said, “But remember that you are not alone, fortunately there are people who can help you treat the depression that you are going through, do not shut up, talk, do not be afraid, think about yourself.” It is very important for people to talk about their problems and feelings, not to bottle everything up and one day let it all out in the worst way possible…suicide. People have to know that they aren’t alone, we are there for them, we will listen to their story about how they found their favorite candy at the store. We will stay up all night together venting all of our feelings. We will listen…never forget that.
  • Adhya Marulappar's Oct 20, 08:26 comment on Students Go Online in India
    This article has a lot of information and amazing points about what Indian students are facing from the pandemic. This whole article was very neat and I could see how much effort you put into this. The vocabulary choice and transition words were very smooth, however, I thought that paragraph two, three, and even four seemed a bit rushed. I really liked how you put points in the article about the percentages of students who have access to the internet and who don’t. In conclusion, I thought that this article was amazing and had so many interesting details.
  • Jackson Chiang's Oct 20, 07:20 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    In my opinion, we need to make the law and rule for homeless people because Some of homeless people stay in the train station or other places. For that reason, they can earn money and also they can’t buy food to eat. Therefore, If we help homeless people to make the job or help them to make earn money, they can try their best because they got the chance of their life. Finally, homeless people is not bad things. They have their personal reason or other things. So if we help them to improve, they can do their best
  • Lily Eun Lee's Oct 20, 05:22 comment on Animal Testing
    Dear Mia, Your post was very touching to me. I knew animal testing was a thing in America along with other places in the world, but I never knew it was this violet or common. I feel very bad for the little creatures and I believe they should be treated and thought of fairly. Just because they are different form us or don’t know how to communicate or speaks to people doesn’t give humans the right to treat them as objects. It is such a shame that several thousands of animals are killed just to test a product. And worse than that, 90% of the time the products that were resulted to be safe on animals failed to be safe on people. I love the sad but truthful and informing post you posted and I hope this post will spread more awareness on animal testing and how awful it is. Lily
  • Camille Butcher's Oct 20, 02:38 comment on How will future Generations be affected by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19?
    Hi Estrella, Future generations will now have a new reality that was non-existent a one year ago. The college experience will change and their job prospects will be based on how well politicians can ensure a huge recession does not crumble the economy.
  • Asher's Oct 19, 23:36 comment on An Oral History with my sister Oumou in Guinea
    Your story is awesome! Reading about your family and love for your sister is something really cool. I liked how you talk about all the amazing things your sister has done and how she seems to be staying positive through it all. I hope you and your sister are able to continue communicating with each other.
  • Asher's Oct 19, 23:31 comment on How Can We Combat Climate Change Without Hurting the Economy?
    This was a very interesting piece to read. I thought that you structured this writing in a very strategic manner, and the information you used seemed to be very reliable and persuasive. I really like how towards the end you made that the point that “strong economy and the push for clean energy go hand and hand.” I agree with this statement because jobs in the fossil fuel industry will be replaced with jobs in the green energy industry, as well as creating millions of additional jobs.
  • Hugo's Oct 19, 21:42 comment on El peligro en mexico
    Estimada evelyn, yo tambien se lo feo que se siente en esa situación porque en mi rancho también se quiere meter un cartel organizado y eso no es fácil porque a ellos no les importa matar a cualquier persona ellos solo quieren mandar.
  • Sanjay's Oct 19, 20:28 comment on How are schools affecting the spread of Corona cases?
    This is interesting. You brought up some good questions about why the rates of the cases are going up. The amount of cases has only increased, and now we’re getting an alarming amount. Do you think schools should go all online. This website was nice. https://www.chalkbeat.org/2020/3/9/21178727/to-close-or-not-to-close-as-schools-weigh-tradeoffs-in-light-of-coronavirus-here-s-what-research-say
  • Mia's Oct 19, 20:27 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    Gerardo, I think that this is a very valid thing to question. I do no think that we should be able to make life changing decisions at such a young age. I think driving is ok at 16, since you tend to take on more responsibilities as you get older. However, I don’t think voting, drinking, and legal adulthood should be granted until 24. Now I know this seems much too late but I have my reasons. The prefrontal cortex, which is the part of your brain that controls decision making, isn’t fully developed until you are about 24 years old and alcohol and drugs can damage its development. We shouldn’t be making these important decisions until we are fully capable to make a meaningful and smart decision. I’ve linked an article that explains the significance of the prefrontal cortex below. Thank you for your input on the matter! https://ucdneuropsychologylab.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/why-is-the-prefrontal-cortex-so-important/
  • Mia's Oct 19, 20:15 comment on True Crime and Compassion
    Lisa, This is a very interesting topic. I am one of the many who are fascinated with true crime and serial killers, especially Ted Bundy. I understand your point about how these movies wrongfully glorifies and idolize serial killers. However, I think they are just showing a different perspective, one from the killers point of view, to people in order to show a more complete picture. When I watch things like this or read about them, I am looking more for the psychological aspect of the killer. I’ve linked below an article that I think explains how I watch and read about true crime and serial killers. I had never thought of true crime movies to be glorifying and I would like to thank you for giving me a different perspective to look at. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/wicked-deeds/201909/understanding-what-drives-serial-killers
  • Leslie's Oct 19, 15:51 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hello Dear Juan, unfortunately there are many people going through these types of problems without having help, I am very sorry about your case, but the good thing was that you were able to get ahead, and as you said, sometimes there are people who I cannot live with adequate help for that type of problems, unfortunately it was also my case about 2 years ago I felt overwhelmed since I suffered comments against me and that made me fall into a depression in which I was ending my life but then I resumed my life and let those comments These People will not affect me and above all my mind did not disappoint me, but right now we can get help from school, outside of school .. And remember if one day you feel bad or have thoughts like that, don’t give up. Sometimes our Mind can be our worst enemy in these cases. I really like your comment and I like the way you express me more and I also thank you for telling me about your situation you went through … I would like you to write more about serious topics that could really affect and positively change your life, that was part of everything that I really liked and if I am going to continue commenting on different topics so that people feel good about themselves. Dismissal, Sincerely: Leslie Ramirez Hernandez
  • Zhelanea's Oct 19, 06:50 comment on How are schools affecting the spread of Corona cases?
    Hi Elizabeth, I agree with the topics you are questioning. In California, in my town, many of the smaller grades are going back to school. I often wonder if this will increase the coronavirus cases. They will be indoors most of the time surrounded by each other. And just like your post said, the coronavirus is affecting younger ages. They too could have contracted it at home and spread it at school.
  • Juan's Oct 19, 06:47 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, I found your post, “No More Suicides” devastating knowing that more and more people face the problem of depression which causes suicide. It is frustrating and saddening knowing that people go through some problems and don’t get the help they need. At times, they can find it difficult receiving help and also finding people that will listen to their problems. Depression can be categorized differently for each and every person, but although depression has different categories, the emotional distraught it brings to the person can bring them down. I personally went through depression in my life, and it was just emotionally tough to deal with things. Going out for help was pointless and I just felt that I wasn’t enough for people and their times. I then started to reconsider things and started to open up. Those who have gone through depression or are going through it right now, should open up to the most trustworthy person you know or you can always call the The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. One line that stood out from your post was that, “But remember that you are not alone, fortunately there are people who can help you treat the depression that you are going through, do not shut up, talk, do not be afraid, think about yourself.” This sentence should be understood by everyone and should be taken into consideration. It is true, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There will always be someone there for you no matter how much you deny them, the help and the companionship are always going to be there for someone battling depression. Thank you for writing this, I would like for you to write more about serious topics that could really affect and positively change one’s’s life. -Juan
  • Monse Alvarez's Oct 19, 06:30 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Dear Nicolette, I am intrigued about your post “Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen” because with this new virus hitting the world like a bus, we restart the way of living and how we treated our surrounds. As our world consists of normalizing masks and online learning, that puts pressed on our parents and our teachers/education districts because they are trying their best to provide the best learning environment. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “But at the same time, I’m glad the school is doing what they can to protect our kids”. I think this is important concept because with this new and upcoming years, our lives will forever be changed and be modifying. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we need to be more aware about our surrounds concerning our education and teachers. Monserrat.
  • Aaliyah's Oct 19, 06:17 comment on How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty??
    Dear Grace, I am intrigued by your post, “How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty?” and how you brought out an issue that isn’t as discussed as much as it should be. I understand the importance of homelessness and how being pressured into gaining employment isn’t the answer for those who need assistance. Though said, homelessness criminalization does help encourage people to gain their status in society and regain their lives through employment. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Maybe it’s a mix of accountability, hard work, morals, and ethics, that will combat homelessness.” Instead of putting homelessness on those who help with charity, those who are homeless must also be accountable for what they have experienced or condoned. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about your opinions for those who might find your opinions relatable. Aaliyah
  • Fatima Esparza's Oct 19, 05:55 comment on Domestic Violence
    Dear, Angelina: I am amazed by your post “Domestic Violence” because you give an understanding of the situation many people experience every day. Situations like those that involve domestic abuse is what we should think about because some people think that is something normal which is not. One sentence that stood out to me is “Physical abuse can leave traumatic scars, internal and external for the victim no matter what there will always be scars left behind, whether other people can see it or not.” I think this is shocking because not everyone would think that physical abuse is also going to affect someone mentally. Which here you stated that physical abuse is something that will stay as a scar mentally because of the trauma that person happened. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you surprised me with the information given about this abuse happening to a lot of people. Those people should know that they are not alone that they can find help and that they should trust more people with their situation so they can be helped. Fatima Esparza
  • Ashley's Oct 19, 05:40 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    Dear Monserrat, I am kind of sad by your post What will life be like after Covid-19 because it sucks to say that the new norm wearing a mask and being away from people. I also feel sad about this post because as I am a high school student being home all day does suck but it is helping reduce the spread however I also wonder how life after this pandemic will be like. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is ¨This virus will without a doubt put a mark on our history, as people around the world are attempting to put their lives back on track; as well as companies, manufacturers, businesses, and well the world. ¨I think this is true this will make history and it will be told in the future. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next because these are interesting topics to be informed about.
  • Osiris's Oct 19, 05:06 comment on Should We Ban Plastic Straws?
    Dear Yamile: I am intrigued by your post, “Should We Ban Plastic Straws,” because I always thought that banning plastic straws was the way to go. Now that I have read your post I now know that banning them might not be a good idea. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “And for those people that favor alternative straws, they have to think about the drawbacks because it’s difficult to sip hot drinks from paper straws, or some reusable straws aren’t easy to clean which can cause bacteria to build up. ” I think this is important because any other straws would not do the job properly like a plastic straw would do. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like how you look both ways. Many people do know that straws have many pros to it and paper and reusable straws have many drawbacks. Osiris
  • Ashley's Oct 19, 04:47 comment on Conditions of Being an Immigrant
    Dear Aaliyah I am sad about your post Conditions Of Being an Immigrant because I don’t think kids should be separated from their families and I don’t think they deserve those horrible conditions in facilities they stay at. I agree that these families just want a better life for their families. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me ¨Family separation has been a significant topic as they’re only allowed to be separated for only 20 days, that statement, however, hasn’t been entirely true as children have been separated from their families for over a year.¨I think this is upsetting to know because these families that have children are probably sad and hopeless they arent with there families. However, I do hope this stops and the conditions get better because no one deserves this. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because these types of topics need to be known in our world.
  • Ricardo's Oct 19, 02:54 comment on Post Office Trouble?
    Dear Juan : I am fascinated by your post, “Post Office Trouble?,” because I agree that many people depend on the post office for important things as you mentioned. Now, to see the post office in trouble, many people will begin to panic and there will be a huge delay on many things. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It is frustrating that important incoming mail is being delayed to a crisis such as Covid-19.” I think this is correct because most changes caused by COVID-19 have been frustrating and with a huge impact on the post office, there is bound to be lots of frustration. Many people depend on the post office to deliver and receive important messages, objects, checks, etc., meaning if they don’t there will be frustration. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we share similar ideas on certain things. I like how you address your opinion on important problems we have today. Ricardo
  • Alondra's Oct 19, 02:33 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    Dear PArker I agree with this exact standpoint Marijuana should be legalized and it should be legal to those of 21 years of age, just like alcohol and cigarettes. This topic is very interesting and difficult to digest for the older more traditional generations but Marijuana has no really deadly impact such as cigarettes or alcohol. Those need it for medical reasons should have easy access to it and not just because others or abusing the substance it should delay the legalization. What stood out to me was that ” It’s a substance that could be used to the advantage of thousands of people, but we continue to deny it from being utilized in spite of the evidence we’ve had for decades.” because you are right. Marijuana isn’t dangerous but it can be rather useful.
  • Diana's Oct 19, 00:48 comment on Harry Potter
    Dear Jamie: I am super delighted with your post, “Harry Potter,” because I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so I was very excited when I saw your title. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “At the end of the last book, Harry Potter was able to kill a piece of Voldemort’s soul using a Basilisk’s tooth.” I liked this because you included part of the plot and story. It made me think back about the movie and relate it to what you were talking about. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I loved this one. Hopefully, you write more Harry Potter related articles. (Also I haven’t read the book, but I’ve watched the movie.) – Diana Zuniga
  • Grace's Oct 18, 23:41 comment on When photos lie…
    I really enjoyed reading this article. I think it is so easy for famous people or anyone to lie to others on social media. Many children look up to these adults, and want to be just like them. It is definitely hard for children to be like these adults when they are posting lies on the internet. I feel like if many people didn’t photoshop themselves, then many children today wouldn’t have such bad body confidence issues.
  • Heidi's Oct 18, 21:56 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Dear Nicolette, I am understand about your concern about the virus by your post “Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen” because its a new dangerous virus that we all don’t really know about. I personally don’t think that opening schools is a big problem because the schools that have reopened are now being careful of who is coming in schools, are now cleaning the schools, and is making sure that staff and students are stating 6 feet apart. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me is “Whether or not this was the right decision is heavily dependent upon the location and enforcement of sanitary precautions of each school, but the overriding trend is that children are being affected by the virus more than what most originally expected.” I think this is false because I see parents going to stores with their kids, traveling, and having big parties that no one is wearing a mask. If parents are taking their children out then they should be okay with sending their children to school.Thank you for you writing. I look forward to see what you will be writing next because I was intrigued of the topic you chose.
  • Cristian's Oct 17, 19:43 comment on Are you considered an adult when you turn 18?
    Hey Heidi, I love what you said about being a adult when you turn 18 but are we really? My opinion is if you still live with your parents your not a adult. You go to college and parents send you money for food etc… your not a adult. Yea you will generate money working but honestly a minimum wage job aint going to cut it for you as a student. For me a adult is when someone doesn’t need any help from there family and is able to be stable for the rest of their life. A adult is someone who is old enough to care for themselves rather than having someone care for them.
  • Leslie's Oct 17, 19:09 comment on No More Suicides!
    Hi Yamile, how are you? I’m very sorry about your friend, I know what it feels like to lose a loved one to depression, that’s why I was inspired to make the publication for those people who are going through a difficult stage in their life, to remind them that they are not alone, they have friends, family, and even teachers who appreciate such people. I really like your comment, thank you very much for taking my post into account, and as I mentioned before, depression is something that should be treated with time, and if, as you said, sometimes those kinds of comments about How was your day? Even if it’s the smallest word, they make that person feel important and loved. I really appreciate your comment, I really like the way you express yourself and above all * If you are ever thinking about committing suicide, CALL 1-800-273-8255 (The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) * I really like that part. I say goodbye with a big greeting Yours sincerely: Leslie Ramirez Hernandez
  • Yamile's Oct 17, 03:30 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, I found your post “No More Suicides!” emotional because I have experienced the loss of a close friend due to depression. I agree with you that this is a serious topic that needs to be discussed more frequently. I think it’s disappointing that some people don’t take depression seriously and think that people could just get over it like nothing. Depression can emotionally and physically bring down a person due to many reasons, and for the most part, people don’t realize you can be going through it which is why you should never judge anyone because you don’t understand what’s going on with their life. I would also encourage parents like you mentioned to check up on your children because the simplest “How was your day?” can make them feel much better and supported. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was, “People think that it is better to end their life and thus their problems would end, but it is not like that,” This sentence right here needs to be heard by everyone. Please don’t turn to what you may think is the quickest route to end your suffering, there will always be someone there willing to hear you out, but to do so you must speak up. We want to hear from you, you matter, everyone does! Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would like to continue to hear more about serious issues that need to be addressed more often. -Yamile *If you are ever thinking about suicide PLEASE CALL 1-800-273-8255 (The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)*
  • Viviana Flores's Oct 17, 00:59 comment on Is housework split up fairly in your home?
    The article “Is housework split up fairly in your home?” explains how now men help out at home than before. Men before just went to work and came home. Women would be the ones taking care of the kid(s), cleaning, cooking, etc. Now men are coming home and helping out with chores. This is not included in the article but women are able to go to work too. I believe housework has changed a little and it’s getting fair for most families.
  • Viviana Flores's Oct 17, 00:48 comment on Is college worth it?
    The article “Is college worth it?” explains that people have the option of either going to college or not. This article explains that people,e that do go to college have a better advantage to get a job than a person that did not go to college. Going to college also gives you more job opportunities than the people that did not go to college. People that go to college get paid more and have better life-lasting opportunities than others.
  • andres's Oct 16, 21:33 comment on Are you considered an adult when you turn 18?
    Dear Heidi I am very interested and impressed to know that being 18 is not just a privilege it also comes with more responsibilities. Your are 18 and are now allowed to do more however you can get in trouble with the law a lot more. I am glad you mention this information. one sentence that stood out to me was “I think when you turn 18 you gain this freedom and a push to the adult world. At 18 you go to college, you have a job, and you learn to be independent.this is interesting for me because I turned 18 and it’s a lot scarier now because you are 18 years old and have all these new responsibilities. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I liked how you related to atopic that is relative to the viewers. a lot of people reading are around the age and they will have this info to reflect on. Andres Tristan
  • Litzy's Oct 16, 18:09 comment on Is a smartphone affecting us?
    Dear Fatima, I was very intrigued by your post “Is a smartphone affecting us” because this is a topic young people try to avoid including myself. Many older people believe phones are affecting the younger generation because of how society is now. Although, phones may be a great source and help us if we’re lost or just in need of a friend to talk to it takes up lots of our time. It also changed us in a really bad way it can sometimes lead to cyberbullying or even insecurities because of the standards needing to be met. In my opinion, smartphones has affected us in good and bad ways. Hope to hear more about your future posts- Litzy
  • Litzy's Oct 16, 17:56 comment on Titanic II
    Dear Cristina, Your post about Titanic II intrigued me because it’s a topic not many talk about and mention. It is crazy to me how they would want to create another boat like this. If it was a fail once why try again. Although it has many new innovations this could still be very dangerous because no one actually knows what’s in the water. In my opinion, I would not want to be a guest on the new Titanic. Hope to hear about more posts soon. – Litzy
  • Anvita's Oct 16, 17:09 comment on How has COVID-19 affected developing countries?
    Hey Sarah, your essay has some impressive facts that I was not aware of earlier. It makes sense that developing countries are underfunded when it comes to medical facilities. Due to this, funding is not available for testing and cases go unreported. In my opinion, if developing countries had more funding, that would probably have more cases. Thank you for your writing!
  • Estefani's Oct 16, 14:48 comment on Are you considered an adult when you turn 18?
    Dear Heidi, I agree with you say in your article about are you considered an adult when you turn 18? For me if you are considered an adult when you turn 18 because you can look for a job and you can start to depend on yourself even if you have a family. Also if you are studying you can have a job at the same time you study when you are 18 years old. I like when you said ”you are severely punished when you commit a crime that can affect your life” because they will no longer treat you like a child and they will treat you as an adult whether you are or not. I believe that are you saying is the reality of life and that for me young people of 18 years old less we would have to behave like adults. Thanks for write. I hope to read your next discussion because I really liked your article and would like to read more of your articles.
  • Joan's Oct 16, 14:07 comment on Is a smartphone affecting us?
    Dear Fatima: I am interested in your post, “Is the smartphone affecting us ,” because I really want to know if smartphones are changing how we think and how we do things. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Things like this make a big impact on what we are used to with technology. Thinking about it before technology things were considered easier even though it took more time to do things.” I think this is important because before smartphones , people would focus more on doing things for they life , but now smartphones are taking that away. Another sentence that Iiked was: “Young people are mostly the ones who are more into smartphones and technology.” This stood out for me because younger kids are using social media which can be a bad thing because a lot of people do bullying online so that affects younger kids. I do agree with you that young kids are the most who use smartphones, One reason I say this is because most of the young people in my family has a smartphone ,Another reason I agree with you is that things were easier before smartphones Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… you write about things that is happening right now , and things that are facts
  • Ms. Hernandez-Speer's Oct 16, 13:42 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Dear Nicolette: I am Affirmed by your post “COVID-19 cases rising…,” because you address the ambivalence that I feel as this strange year drags on and on. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “With reopenings came a popular mindset that other aspects of life should return to “normal” as well, leading to more playdates, time in large groups, sports, and activities out of school.“ I think this is insightful because it speaks to the desire for everyone to get back to their own idea of normalcy. The human mind does a lot of work to help us survive adversity, and in this case, it may be working against us: what the mind needs might be the opposite of what the body needs (Specifically, the least possible exposure to the virus) in this situation. This seems to lead many people down the path of magical thinking….”I don’t want things to be this way anymore, so I’m going to pretend that it’s over so that I can do the things I want to do”. It’s so tempting, I’ll admit it. I don’t want to do this anymore. But if I don’t , I’ll be in a much worse situation. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because we definitely need to stay sharp, flexible, informed and balanced. Your post helped refocus me a little bit.
  • James's Oct 16, 13:38 comment on When will a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg occur?
    Hello Zhelanea, I totally agree that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of certain rights for individuals, and her time on the court will serve a lasting impact on the country. However I believe that the country still needs to uphold the constitution. RBG in her own words said that Presidents serve for four years, not three years when Obama tried to pass his own replacement for the late Justice Scalia. You also brought up the fact of Conservative domination of the court. I feel that political and personal views are irrelevant since the Justices serve an oath to uphold the values of the constitution, and not of their own ideology. In the confirmation process of Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trumps nominee for the Supreme Court, she has stated she is not serving to strike down the rights of Abortion, Gay Rights, etc., and that she hasn’t and never will impose her Catholic belief on others while she was a judge. All in all, the next in line of RBG has a big shoe to fill, and I hope that person can live up to her legacy.
  • Majesticlay Birmingham Driveway's Oct 16, 13:36 comment on The Importance of Education
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  • Shikha's Oct 16, 13:16 comment on Save the World
    Hi Selena. You bring up a topic that has been discussed, warned about, and dismissed over the last few decades. The solutions you offer are proven to work actions more people should be taking. The main problem is indecisiveness of humans to act on these type of issues. That is a repetitive behavior that has been in human nature ever since the start of modern societal structures. The main question here seems to be: Are all humans willing to put in the effort for a cause that doesn’t benefit them in the short term? The answer at the moment seems to be no. Hopefully the issue becomes a frontline problem in the near future so more attention and exaggeration of the topic prompts more people to take action.
  • Seoah's Oct 16, 13:10 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    Hey Nicolette! Personally, I don’t think the only problem is the fact that the children are being sent to school in the middle of a pandemic. It’s also the lack of enforcement of social distancing or health safety measures in some of these schools. I’ve seen a lot of videos on social media of masses of students out in the hallway or in the classroom without masks, but no one in their administration seems to be doing anything about. I think some of the schools even tried to take the videos down forcefully! If the children have to go to school in person, the least they can do is to ensure that those basic regulations are in place. Have you seen any of these videos, what do you think of them?
  • Holly's Oct 16, 13:09 comment on Titanic II
    I wonder why they decided to create another Titanic because of the previous reputation with it, and I would have to agree with you and say I surely won’t be on the first voyage of the Titanic II.
  • Madelyn's Oct 16, 13:06 comment on Protecting Our Right to Choose
    I agree that it is so important for us to become involved in government processes to maintain our constitutional rights. Making abortions illegal won’t stop them from happening, it will only put an end to safe abortions. If people are so focused on making abortions illegal, they should also be advocating for proper sex education in public and private schools, and better access to contraceptives. Thank you so much for talking about this topic. These conversations need to be continued in order to make sure our rights are protected.
  • Dylan's Oct 16, 13:05 comment on Why Do We Need To Save The Sharks?
    Olivia, you really touch on many preconceived notions many still have over sharks. People seem to forget that sharks are very important in the balance of the sea. Like you said, sharks don’t kill humans as much as people like to believe, and that’s because they’re more afraid of us then us afraid of them. I hope this will serve as an important catalyst in the change of view of how our humankind views sharks.
  • Carter's Oct 16, 13:04 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    While think doing anything illegal is wrong, I think a path towards the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana is a step in the right direction. Marijuana has been shown to be addictive in only severe cases or marijuana use disorder. For an average consumer it would be no more addicting than caffeine or alcohol (National Institute of Drug Abuse).
  • Anna's Oct 16, 13:04 comment on Conditions of Being an Immigrant
    This article was really well done and I think that it was really enlightening on about how the government treats immigrants. It explained well about what they go through and it’s horrible conditions. Trump has had a strong hold of what has happened to immigrants and their families and it has lead to many people being deported. I think that overall this article helped me better understand what goes on and you made some good strong points.
  • will's Oct 16, 13:04 comment on Titanic II
    I would definitely not ride the titanic II, if I was going to ride a ship I would want it to be somewhere warm and relaxing. The new innovations are a huge difference by the way, it is very very unlikely that the ship will crash again so I would trust it, even though I wouldn’t choose to go on it. Anyways great info and I had no idea they had a second Titanic coming and going out into the water.
  • Jyothika's Oct 16, 13:03 comment on The Impact of George Floyd
    I agree that the circumstances in which they were killed is heartbreaking. I believe that these protests will be a step forward to gaining true equality. Everyone should have the same rights, under the law. I wish that happened in reality. These deaths have sparked a unity among people of different races, ages, etc. People around the world have been protesting together for equality. People can gain justice by sharing their opinions, protesting, signing petitions, and anything they can do to help. I just hope that true equality will be reached in the near future.
  • Jeremiah's Oct 16, 13:03 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    I also like how you mentioned the fact the reopening causes more people to be together, and I feel that all of that is causing the cases to spike because it is just more people being around each other and more chances for the virus to spread.
  • ZhiQiang's Oct 16, 13:03 comment on Are We Ready for Drive Less Cars?
    Dear Cristian, I do believe that everything is exploitable in terms of technology but the company, Tesla, will do countless testing to find exploits in their system and if there are tons, people won’t but it. This is my answer to your question. Thanks, Zhiqiang
  • Jackson's Oct 16, 13:02 comment on Should We Get Rid of the Electoral College?
    Hi Yara, I also agree with you that it is a good idea to replace the electoral college. Did you know, a candidate could only win 11 states and have enough to tie. That means that they could lose by 100% in each state besides 11, where they only have to get the majority of the vote which could be in the 30% and 40% range, and they would still tie.
  • Griffin's Oct 16, 13:01 comment on America: The Most Diverse Country in The World
    Hey Oscar, I like how you included the different sources and they were not just forced in, this was a nice piece to read, good work!
  • Adam's Oct 16, 13:01 comment on The next round – Boxing vs. Covid-19 (part 2)
    I think you bring up some very good points. Boxing is a very close quarters sport and would be very difficult to stop the spread of the virus if someone had it. The biggest problem with being a professional athlete right now is trying to stay healthy, and with boxing being gone for such a long time there is probably some pressure for its return. Do you have an estimate when you think it would return?
  • Nathaniel's Oct 16, 13:00 comment on Should We Get Rid of the Electoral College?
    While I do think replacing the electoral college is something we should heavily consider, I think there could be better reasoning for it. For example you stated that because of the electoral college candidates compete heavily in battle ground states, however, if it were to be replaced by, say, a popular vote, this would just turn the largest states into the new battleground states and smaller states would begin to receive no attention or care whatsoever. I do think the electoral college should be replaced, but I’m not sure if we have yet come across the best solution.
  • Andrew's Oct 16, 13:00 comment on Be Thankful For Your Blessings
    I like how you didn’t tell us it was a dream so when you realized it was a dream in the story we also were surprised. It makes me think about how everything I say can have an impact.
  • William's Oct 16, 13:00 comment on What did I do this weekend?
    This past weekend I played a lot of basketball in grand rapids with my basketball team on Saturday. Next, I hung out with my friends Saturday night and watched college football.
  • Levi's Oct 16, 13:00 comment on Are you considered an adult when you turn 18?
    Turning 18 is officially becoming and adult, but I feel like most 18 year old don’t feel ready to become adults, I’ve seen my 2 brothers and my sister become 18 and they all seemed rather scared of the thought. I like when you said “you are punished severely when you commit a crime and that can affect your life. You no longer are treated like a child anymore” because 18 is the turning point whether the person is ready for it or not.
  • Julia's Oct 16, 12:58 comment on How has COVID affected developing countries in comparison to developed countries?
    I really like how you focused more on the economic and social aspects of the virus, rather than the health effects. I feel like so much of what we are hearing in the new right now is about the virus itself, but there are so many other things that have stemmed from this pandemic. I also really liked learning about how the virus has affected developing countries. As someone who lives in a developed country, it is often something we overlook. In reality, we should educate our selves on these issues so that we can provide help to those who need it.
  • Karthick prem Satheesh's Oct 16, 12:57 comment on How are schools affecting the spread of Corona cases?
    I found your post interesting. I don’t know why Utah’s Alpine district even let students come in person since as you said, they have the largest group of students. I hope that that all schools go online and students who need help can get it. Why do you think some Utah schools decided to open some schools for in person? Maybe they didn’t have the resources to have online school?
  • Jeremiah's Oct 16, 12:56 comment on Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
    I liked how you brought in the percentages because that helps me get a visualization of what is truly going on.
  • Marlene's Oct 16, 04:42 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    hello Montserrat, I found your topic interesting since we do not know what will happen in the future, going back to our normal lifestyles as in the beginning, how this will mark our world history and we are living in it.
  • Abdul's Oct 15, 18:04 comment on Why Do We Need To Save The Sharks?
    I believe that we need to save our lives first, then try to help animals. Because there are people are getting killed everyday and no one is saying anything. What’s crazy is that when people found out about a turtle being trapped in a plastic bag they all started talking about it and sharing it all over social media. I’m not saying that’s wrong but don,t you think we all should do the same and more for those innocent people getting killed in front of their families in Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, china, and all the other countries. for no reason.
  • Oliver's Oct 15, 18:03 comment on Save the World
    The article is really interesting because it really important to stop using plastic bag that cause a lot of pollution and destroy nature. Even though plastic bag is good to use but the harm it bring is more than it benefit.
  • Arooj's Oct 15, 18:00 comment on How is the government going to stop the production and ban the use of animal testing?
    Dear Aria, I really liked the subject you chose for your easy. Animal testing is really important topic because every year a lot animals die each year due to the experiments that are done on them. They are being treated really poorly. Animal get depressed and their behavior changes. They try to hurt themselves by pulling their fur and biting themselves.
  • Edwin's Oct 15, 17:55 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    I agree with the fact to be considered as a grown up adult when you get 21 years old. I don’t see what’s that point of letting people under 18 years do things that only adults should be able to, have they wonder if 16 years old juveniles are already prepare to get involved in politics world?. I would like for this country to clarify when are you really considered as an adult? because some under ages is treated as they were over age and not only by society, but also for the laws that rule the country.
  • Mustapha Abdulkadir's Oct 15, 14:44 comment on The Importance of Education
    I believe that education is the best way to protect our self from poverty and many other problem in life
  • Victor's Oct 15, 13:30 comment on Legalize Weed……… Yes/No?
    I do agree with you that it should be used as medical purposes rather than just for other uses and that it’s not a debate but a setback. To be honest it’s true that it is a setback. The people who use it without medical purposes do set back the legalization for the ones who need/use it because it helps them. I actually really like what you said about everything. This is what they should do rather then make it legal for everyone as that will just make marijuana look bad because of the people who use it for other ways. But if you look at it this way that if they legalize it, it would make the world better rather then worse because then people who need it can use it without having to have all theses extra steps to get it.
  • Allison's Oct 15, 13:23 comment on A Letter to My Cousin about COVID-19 in America
    Dear Fatoumata, Your letter was very relatable. I remember watching the news everyday back in in March and April. I would watch Governor Cuomo speak and I imagined how scary it would be to live in New York during the pandemic. I live in Michigan, and during the lock down I watched a lot of Netflix too! I also missed socialization and my friends. I am so sorry that you did not have a graduation. I know that is something every high schooler looks forward too. It broke my heart when you said someone was making a rude comment to an Asian Women. I think it is so cool you have a cousin that lives in another country! Thank you for your writing. Good luck in college!
  • Sienna's Oct 15, 13:20 comment on When will a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg occur?
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg has touched my heart with what she stood for. I am so sad to see such a phenomenal role model pass away, only for the current president to try and replace her with a much less worthy replacement. I agree with you fully on waiting until the election to appoint a new justice for a few reasons. One of them being the fact that the Republicans seem to switch sides when it benefits them most which is quite unfair. We should stick to what has happened in the past. Also once a new president is elected this person will be the person who the majority of America would like to represent them. So, it only makes sense for the winner of the upcoming presidential election to decide the new Supreme Court Justice, because they would be selected with the current values of the American people as a whole. Do you agree?
  • Amulya's Oct 15, 13:18 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    I think this is a very hard question to answer. In some places, people are even allowed to get married as young as 14, but in others, you have to be at least 19 to be considered an adult. This shows how there is no universally defined line as to what makes you an adult. When you said that 21 should be the legal age to be considered an adult, I would have to disagree. I think that it should be the age of 18. But do you know that the human brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 25? Do you think that this is important to consider as to what it means to be an adult?
  • Aidan's Oct 15, 13:17 comment on Students Go Online in India
    Hey i really enjoy your article but i still would like to learn more about the economic outcomes do to the pandemic in India
  • Derek's Oct 15, 13:17 comment on Lord of the flies By William Golding..
    I am happy to see someone else enjoys reading about “Lord of The Flies” as much as I did. This is a great book to read and I encourage everyone to read this book as it can open your eyes to what can happen when there is no one around to keep us in check.
  • Ismael's Oct 15, 13:17 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    Dear Gerardo I am intrigued by the question of “When are you really an adult?” Because it’s something that makes me think very hard. When do we actually know that we are fully grown up? Are there signs along the way that tell us? We really don’t know and that why your piece was so interesting to me. It’s a question that has many answers. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoy seeing your side of these questions.
  • Emily's Oct 15, 13:17 comment on Should We Ban Plastic Straws?
    Dear Yamile, I think your argument is great, plastic straws are an issue and need to be talked about more. Since there are so many alternatives I think that getting rid of straws in most facilities would be beneficial. In cases like nursing homes, like you said they should not be banned. They should be much more limited then they are now. Straws can also be made to be better for the environment. Have you ever seen plant-based biodegradable straws? They are similar to plastic, but they are more eco friendly. Thank you for writing, Emily Knox
  • Owen's Oct 15, 13:16 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    I agree that there is no specific time when you become an adult. It can be very different depending on where and how you grow up. Someone could be much more independent and capable than others at a certain age. It felt contradictory when you talked about the ages for voting and drinking needing to be higher, but age for punishment on crime should be lower. You said that people know exactly what they’re doing when they are young, but don’t really know what they are doing with these other things. That seems hard to justify. How could you justify that?
  • Samuel's Oct 15, 13:16 comment on “To be or not to be” by Ryan North isn’t like other books.
    Isabell, this seems like a very interesting book. I’ve read choose your own adventure books before, but never one with the premise of being Shakespeare characters. How well does he keep Shakespeare’s style? Or is it more of a joke book? I really like the idea of choosing how to change a famous play like Hamlet. Especially when you mentioned that you could chose the character you make choices for, “Then you choose who’s role or life story you want to be”. Thank you for posting about this interesting book!
  • Jacob's Oct 15, 13:15 comment on Youth Mental Health and COVID-19
    I liked the way the sources were integrated, but maybe add a short summary or insert a quote. I’m left asking how drastic the number of mental illnesses has grown and even what may be able to be done in order to combat it.
  • Jenna's Oct 15, 13:14 comment on When photos lie…
    I think this is a really interesting topic. I think so many young people go on social media’s such as Instagram or Twitter and see all these fake photos. It sets unrealistic wants for young people. I think it creates self-esteem issues and low confidence issues. I feel that if people are going to post pictures that are photo shopped so drastically that they should tell us because it can be detrimental to people who so badly want to look like these fake people.
  • Tanish's Oct 15, 13:13 comment on Students Go Online in India
    This article has valid points about the changes in India, plus you make good points in your essay. But, in my opinion between the second and third paragraph it feels a little rushed and that you are jumping from point to point instead of using a smooth transition.
  • Owen's Oct 15, 13:12 comment on If i had a super power?
    Dear Angelina I am curious about your post, “If I had a super power,” because this is a topic that I have been asked about and have thought about before. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Also reading people mind can also allow me to help people” I think this is wonderful because it means that we can choose to use our advantages to help other people rather than purely benefit ourselves. Another sentence that I noticed was: “If i had super powers i would choose to read people mind.” This stood out for me because It is an interesting super power to choose. I dont swiftly agree with you that… One reason I say this is that flying is clearly the better option. Another reason I disagree with you is that flying could also let us help people but in better ways like a cat falling from a tree. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you brought up many good points and I wonder if there are more superpowers that we have not thought of.
  • Elena's Oct 15, 13:12 comment on The Unknown Power Of Music
    I really enjoyed reading this. I agree that music is a very important form of expression. i often listen to music when I’m feeling stressed so I enjoyed being able to relate to that. I didn’t know about the “Mozart affect”, but I find that very interesting. I think a playlist tells a lot about a person.
  • Arsalan's Oct 15, 13:12 comment on Conditions of Being an Immigrant
    This article was incredibly enlightening as it uncovers the entirety of the monstrosities that foreigners need to suffer in camps set up outside the fringe. The treatment of outsiders and evacuees going to the United States has consistently been a hot catch point in legislative issues right up ’til the present time. President Trump conveys a solid migration strategy to the United States that has prompted the extradition of thousands of illicit migrants. This was an extremely fascinating article and the purposes of the outline that you made were extraordinary!
  • Annabella's Oct 15, 13:10 comment on My Digital Journal
    I’m curious, what makes anime such an important part of your life? Why does it mean so much to you? My fave anime is kakeguri! I love it too;)
  • Jack's Oct 15, 13:10 comment on When are you really an Adult?
    You don’t think 21 may be a little old for all of these things. Like driving and voting. Obviously some things can wait like drinking or when it comes to crimes maybe they can come up with a law. But I know a lot of teenagers have a lot of political views that could be for the better or an idea that someone didn’t think of.
  • Aditi's Oct 15, 13:09 comment on Teen Vaping
    Kayla, I agree that this is a serious problem for teens. Drug addiction is extremely detrimental to one’s physical and mental health. And, as you said, could even cause the death of the individuals who choose to take part in these things. In terms of the statistic, you gave at the beginning of your writing, does that apply to all of America, a certain state, or a region? Regardless of the answer, it is extremely saddening to see those numbers so high. Especially because it is only looking at a one-month time span. Aditi Mishra
  • Sasha's Oct 15, 13:07 comment on Protecting Our Right to Choose
    I agree with you that we need to speak up and out. It’s the only way to change things. I think some people think that their opinion doesn’t matter or they don’t think they can make a difference, and they need to realize that every single person (or vote) is essential in helping women keep this important right of decision.
  • BCV's Oct 15, 02:59 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Just found this post. No clue if you’re still active on this but thought I’d help if you still are. I’m one of the mods on r/BreadStapledToTrees. You’re definitely overthinking it. My friend u/despot1 (now u/despot2) created the sub a few years ago just for fun. Not really a reason for staples, bread, and trees other than because it’s random (there is a story behind the name but that’s not super important). If you want a more in-depth story, despot would probably tell you it.
  • Selena's Oct 14, 18:02 comment on The Unknown Power Of Music
    I liked your post about the unknown power of music. I agree what you have elaborated about adding a short summary of a proven fact that music does good to a person. When It comes to music, it is everyone’s outlet because they are in their own mind space. Some say that music can also be bad because of the certain artist and what they say in their music that may influence someone to do something. There is some artists out there that made a reputation doing music and it saved their lives. Music has a lot of meaning to it in many ways.
  • Gus's Oct 14, 15:26 comment on Students Go Online in India
    This article makes some very good points of the economic barriers that some kids have to face in India. In addition to this, you make a great point at the end of your summary of the paragraph that, due to the United States access to good internet, online school has been an easy transition for students here. I find this very insightful because it is absolutely true. Some of the problems that other places in the world are facing right now are non existent in the United States. I feel very lucky to live in a country where all the things that I need are readily available to me.
  • Gus's Oct 14, 15:20 comment on Conditions of Being an Immigrant
    This article was extremely eye opening as it reveals all of the atrocities that immigrants have to endure in camps set up outside the boarder. The treatment of immigrants and refugees coming to the United States has always been a hot button topic in politics to this day. President Trump carries a strong immigration policy to the United States that has led to the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants. This was a very interesting article and the points of summary that you made were great!
  • Parker's Oct 14, 05:41 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    Women’s rights are a more critical issue now more than ever. With the recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there’s a lot of political influence at stake, even the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade which protected abortion. Given all these factors, are you hopeful for the future? I’m interested to hear it from the perspective of a woman.
  • Parker's Oct 14, 05:12 comment on Conversion Therapy in Utah
    While I’m super happy with the ban on Conversion Therapy on minors, I’m still curious why the Federal government hasn’t stepped in thus far. I looked into it and saw that a couple problems arise constitutionally: https://www.collegesoflaw.edu/blog/2020/05/27/the-constitutionality-of-conversion-therapy-bans/?_page=3 but I’m interested where you stand on this. Do you think it’s the right of the federal government to ban a practice so horrible?
  • Natalia's Oct 13, 16:10 comment on Teen Vaping
    Kayla, I’m so glad you are writing about this. I recently participated in a meeting with people who are strategizing on how to reduce youth vaping in Orange Cove. The work is being led by Regional Advocates Countering Tobacco (ReACT) with funding from the California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program. People can contact me if they want to get involved. Ms. N.
  • Ms. Hernandez-Speer's Oct 13, 14:49 comment on I like the subway
    I chose this piece because it shows I was starting to get the hang of Youth Voices.
  • Ms. Hernandez-Speer's Oct 13, 14:10 comment on What did I do this weekend?
    Estefani, this is a thoughtful, well-written journal. Good work!
  • Micah's Oct 13, 06:19 comment on Abolish immigration detention centers
    It really is so sad to see what is going on at the border. There needs to be a better system of dealing with those trying to cross the border. Even if they cross illegally, a detention center is a wrong way to go about it. Instead of putting these innocent people in cages, they should make it easier for those people to become citizens.
  • Micah's Oct 13, 05:08 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    I have agreed with this exact standpoint for many years now. Marijuana does not deserve its Schedule 1 classification and it should be 100% legal to those of 21 years of age, just like alcohol and cigarettes. If anything, the real harmful substances here are alcohol and cigarettes, which are both known to have caused many deaths and illnesses in the past. Weed, on the other hand, has never caused a single death on its own, nor has it ever really caused any illnesses (however it may put you at risk of certain lung-related illnesses but that has not been proven). We need to legalize weed because it is simply not worth it to prohibit it, as it is the most popular drug to use in the entirety of the United States, and because we spend so much money putting people in jail for it.
  • Josh's Oct 13, 03:42 comment on With the growing deadly wildfires in California and the west coast, how can the whole country open its eyes to climate change and realize this is a matter of urgent justice?
    I agree with your argument Miles. I think you started your argument very strongly using numbers and facts. As we learned in class this is the use of pathos and even logos appealing to emotions and using numbers and facts. I think a big key part your article is missing is citing the source and providing links in the text to make it easier for you and the reader. But other than that I think you presented a good argument on how the world should see climate change more.
  • Josh's Oct 13, 03:24 comment on When photos lie…
    I really liked this article. I think in today’s world this topic is very relevant and you did a good job picking a relevant topic Alondra. There were two things I specifically liked. The first was the example of the Russian immigrant and her child. This shows how fake photos or “phony photos” as you said could be taken in the wrong context and used in completely wrong ways. The second thing that I like was the part about social media. In our day and age, social media is such a big part of our culture. In fact it is so big that you find more people on it that those who are not. I think it is very important understanding the real and fake. You did a good job mentioning how social media has become a place where fake photos can spread. I think the example of the Kardashians you talked about in the end really exposes that.
  • estrella's Oct 13, 03:11 comment on Should we eliminate the electoral college?
    I really liked how you introduced another approach we should take when it comes to voting and how the ranking system worked in other countries. I completely agree with the ranking system. When it comes to voting, the electoral system seems to eliminate the interest of voters.
  • Lilly's Oct 13, 02:18 comment on Should we eliminate the electoral college?
    Yara, Your writing is very persuasive, and I fully agree with all your opinions in this piece! I think you demonstrate your ideas quite well and in a very effective manner. Your inclusion of examples of ranked voting and popular vote systems outside of the US also helps express your point even further. I think It would be really interesting to look beyond this and possibly outline the negative effects of this system to weigh the pros and cons, or, look into the process of making this concept a reality within the United States and laying out the congressional steps that need to be taken.
  • Lilly's Oct 13, 02:12 comment on Does Age Define Your Maturity?
    Dear Juan, I found this piece quite interesting! Your research on adulthood not only in the US, but in other countries was quite intriguing, and a topic I have never thought about before. I agree with your statement at the end, 18 years old does seem to young to be considered an adult. I think this topic opens up extensive discussions about age and maturity in all sectors of our lives. If one is not mature at 18, why can they still be drafted into the army to fight and die for our country? Contrastingly, if age is just a number, why is the voting age nationally 18 when age doesn’t correlate to mental capability? Your writing is quite thought-provoking!
  • Brendaly's Oct 12, 23:26 comment on Mystery Of The Hidden Sniper
    Dear nicolle I am intrigued by your post the mystery of the hidden sniper. Because of the person to person conflict. And mystery of finding the man behind the rifles. One sentence that’s stands out for me is “The tension rises when he can’t understand why there aren’t any prints on the objects the sniper left behind” I think this is irritable. Because it doesn’t give you hope that the end of the book will be that the sniper is caught. Another sentence that I disliked was “ We never find out who was behind the sniper” this stood out to me because I like mystery to be solved in books. It seems you are very interested in mystery stories since that’s what I’m mostly encountering when I explore your page ,have you seen https://youtu.be/JZaI7V3MMDM I think you might be interested in this because as I said you seem to really like things including mystery.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you explain things easily. And you seem to like mystery books the same as me.
  • Oriandy's Oct 12, 22:01 comment on How Music Impacts My Life
    Dear Juan, I completely agree with you. Music is a part of us that defines who we are and tells a small story about who we are. The type of music we listen to and how often we hear it, tells people something about us that we might never say for ourselves. I really enjoy listening to alternative and pop rock, and my family and friends think it is “satanic” or dark. But to me it is just a genre that lets my emotions speak for themselves and manages my feelings in positive way by changing my mood or feeling better. Everyone has their own way of relaxing and feeling secure. For me it is listening to music and let my mind go free. Sincerely, Oriandy Reyes
  • Oriandy's Oct 12, 21:53 comment on Why Do We Need To Save The Sharks?
    I really liked that you bring into consideration the existence of sharks in this post. I agree with you on how the media makes them seem evil, but in the end of the day, they are animals and killing seals is their instinct as they do so to survive, and killing humans isn’t as common as people would think. I also know that them going extinct would only affect the ocean food chain and the oceans overall.
  • Sage's Oct 12, 05:35 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    Parker, I agree with your viewpoint on the uneducated classification of marijuana and how the punishments for possession should be reduced. it’s crazy to think how it was “ranked higher than substances such as meth-amphetamine for their abilities to be abused” and agree that with current knowledge it should be an easy decision to reduce the punishments. Have you heard of the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah shown in this (https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/02/18/utah-lawmaker-says/) article? I’d be interested in reading about the legalization and its progress through the country, and reduction of punishment in the future.
  • Sage's Oct 12, 05:22 comment on Why Are Many College Students In Debt?
    Yamile, I really think that this is an interesting topic that should be paid more attention to. I rather enjoyed reading about the proposed solutions to this problem that most college student and their families face. I’d think that maybe financial education may help students struggling with debt help pay off their loans more effectively? If you were to write another article about a topic in this field I would be interested in reading about financial education and the paying-off of loans. Something like this article (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/when-its-ok-to-stop-paying-student-loans) might be a place to start looking into this topic. I’m a senior in high school currently in the process of looking for a college that is a good balance of educational value and monetary value. It’s cool to read an article about a problem that I’m currently experiencing.
  • Lisa's Oct 11, 05:59 comment on Why Are Many College Students In Debt?
    Dear Yamile, I think this topic is very important and at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds, especially seniors. All of us have heard that it’s hard to find a job if you don’t have a college degree but as you said “some are afraid of being in debt they will get discouraged and not want to go to college”. But that poses the question of where the money to lower school costs who come from? The government? And how would it affect private school prices, for people who want to go somewhere smaller and perhaps more focused? I personally feel terrified by the crushing weight of debt, especially considering I want to go out of state. Same as you, I know that my parents are going to help me with my bachelor’s but that still leaves any higher education I plan on getting as a potential future financial burden that I then have to spend a good chunk of my life paying off. I also think it’s important to keep in mind the fact that most classes are online right now. Is it really worth all that money and struggle to do classes over zoom? I greatly enjoyed your engaging style of writing and the personal connection was wonderful!
  • Audrey's Oct 10, 13:39 comment on True Crime and Compassion
    I think this topic is fascinating as a whole, but I love that you highlight the desensitization of death. I think that you could link this to not only our current frenzy over true crime, but the fact that we have been interested in gore for centuries. I mean even Shakespeare was killing off characters for viewer entertainment. You could look at the evolution from the sympathy going towards the victim, to the sympathy being focused on the perpetrator. You could also add some more specific examples of people who have been “glorified” for their terrible actions. Ted Bundy is a great example, but there are so many others as well.
  • Lisa's Oct 10, 06:05 comment on How is Corona affecting schools in Utah?
    Dear Elizabeth, Despite knowing that there were some of the variations in school responses throughout the state, I was surprised by the fact that plans changed not only in the district but depending on the student as well. I think having a varaition that would work for a number of kids is important. It was surprising to learn that only one district has gone fully online. I wonder though if the quality of education received by students online while their school is all in person decreases. Because I know it’s a lot harder to follow in class when you’re on zoom and there are people physically in the class room. Do you think some school will start switching up the plans when flu and cold season starts? I enjoyed how straight forward and specific your writing was and how it effectly and efficiently coomunicated the information about school’s plans.
  • Mariely's Oct 9, 22:36 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    Dear monserrat, I am intrigued by your post because one thing you said that stands out for me is “ keeping your distance around those who you have no contact with “ I think it’s interesting because I interpreted this as those who have been affect by the social distance physically and mentally. Those who thrive of social connection and socializing has been affected by not being able to hangout with friends , certain family members or simply be out there socializing . Overall covid has affected the world in deep painful ways each valid reasons . Your post reminds me of something that happened , while being in distance it has made me realize that things are moving much faster and evolving especially people and it has affected the way everyone communicates and yearn for those connections but we also have to understand that everyone is just trying to adapt to this new reality. Thank you for sharing your perspective. I look forward to seeing what you write in the near future . Stay safe and keep the distance
  • Owen's Oct 9, 20:35 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    This is a very powerful post because it reminds the reader of just how many tragedies that have occurred due to the outbreak. As you said, although online school can be boring, it is necessary. Although this is true, it needs to be more than that. We have to come together as a nation and as a people to be better. We need to be wearing masks everywhere that we go, we need to be cautious of who we are around, and we need to live as healthy as we possibly can. We need to continue this lifestyle until an effective vaccine is created.
  • Owen's Oct 9, 20:28 comment on How is Corona affecting schools in Utah?
    After reading this, I am left with one primary idea. Why is the government not involved? Why is there not a standard plan for every school in America? The current method that Judge Memorial uses is effective, but schools down the street are using plans that may or may not be effective. Cases are rising in schools, such as Corner Canyon, that have a large student body. The government should step in and find a plan that is effective for all schools. Schools all over America should be going full time online to prevent the spread. When will the government take the initiative to prevent spread?
  • Elizabeth's Oct 9, 19:12 comment on 6 Things To Know About The Atomic Bomb
    Victor, Before reading your post I figured radiation had still been affecting the lives of so many but never confirmed it. The title captured my eye because you hardly hear anything about the atomic weapon anymore, typically it’s nuclear. Sometimes it’s hard for me to be appreciative of what I have. Do you think the decision of bombing Japan brought the war to a quicker and less vital stop? Was it the wrong decision because the US didn’t know the effects? Thank you for writing!
  • Yara's Oct 9, 19:00 comment on Crisis in Syria
    I think that it is important that people recognize that this is still happening. I feel like this left people’s minds the minute it wasn’t on any news networks and that isn’t okay. These people are still suffering and it isn’t okay that they were essentially abandoned by the rest of the world. I know quite a few Syrian people who have become hopeless when it comes to the situation in their home countries. Many of them don’t ever think they’ll be able to return home. It is disheartening to say the least. Do you know of any ways to still help or if their is still anyone in the area still attempting to assist them? I hope you keep posting on this topic.
  • Sarah's Oct 9, 18:57 comment on Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour
    As a Hunger Games fan, I’m glad to read this response! I believe the author did well in engaging the readers throughout the series. There wasn’t a time that I wasn’t intrigued by the story. Generally, when writers create a dystopian universe, they are imagining what our world will look like in the future. Some might argue that how we currently live with COVID could be an example of a dystopian universe. How do you think COVID has changed our world drastically? What do you see the next five years of society looking like? Will the rich thrive from easily accessible medical access and the poor left to “fend for themselves? Consider these questions in your next response!
  • Mae's Oct 9, 18:56 comment on Homeless
    This is the devastating truth for a lot of young children. I think you had a lot of really good facts in your article that I don’t think most people have thought about. Often when we think about homeless kids or people we think about how they aren’t getting enough to eat or enough clean water and those are still very important things but I don’t think a lot of people think about things like the dentist or the doctor. You had some very eye-opening thoughts.
  • Mark's Oct 9, 18:55 comment on Save the World
    Dear Selena, I already live by all of the suggestions in the article. That’s some good advice you give! However. I often worry that reducing current plastic usage is not enough. There is so much plastic already in the oceans and other waterways, I often wonder whether we need to more heavily invest in methods of removing plastic from our ecosystem. Hopefully we can find a solution to this issue or it may dog us for centuries.
  • Kenia's Oct 9, 18:52 comment on Abolish immigration detention centers
    This is a very sensitive topic at the moment, with the kids in the ice detention camps and so many of them missing and reports of sexual abusive are being heard. Many families are coming for a better life but with the system we have going on at the moment they become stuck in those detention centers, they are getting separated, taken, and used. You had great points and it’s crazy how much it has escalated.
  • Anthony's Oct 9, 18:51 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    It is my belief that it is extremely important for the American people to do all we can to try to halt this epidemic. Opioid usage is a crisis and even though the 2019 Opioid Crisis Response Act was indeed a very important step towards coming up with a solution, the underlying problem still exists. I think that the relatively new practice of doctors prescribing methadone pills in order to help wane addicts off of powerful opioids while also lessening the opiate withdrawals is important but it will not fix much. The base of the problem must be eliminated, which is the overprescription of powerful opiates like hydrocodone and oxycontin.
  • Elizabeth's Oct 9, 18:50 comment on COVID-19 and getting back to school
    It is so crazy how fast we had to change the way we went to school. When the pandemic first hit teachers did not have much time at all to plan how they were going to handle being online. I agree that there is a big difference between being in elementary school or high school and doing online. In elementary you are being taught or figuring out right from wrong. In high school hopefully, you have that most of the way figured out. What do you think about the Salt Lake City school district going all online for the first little while? What do you think of Judge’s Plan compared to Sterling elementary? Do you think they made up for the difference between having elementary students and high school students?
  • Patrick's Oct 9, 18:50 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    I really liked this because you wrote in such a way that made me know you knew what you were talking about and it carefully examined this political topic neutrally. I like to think about marijuana and its legalization the same way I think about marxism. Old people are really scared about it because they’ve been misinformed their whole lives. I still find it perplexing that as a population, collectively, we’ve allowed a subtly tyrannical government to take something away from us that isn’t theirs to take away. Marijuana is a plant that grows from the Earth, in my opinion no one should be able to tell another what they can and can’t have of what the Earth provides them. And it has proven to be pretty useful when used in a medicinal context.
  • Mae's Oct 9, 18:47 comment on With the growing deadly wildfires in California and the west coast, how can the whole country open its eyes to climate change and realize this is a matter of urgent justice?
    I agree with your argument completely. Everything you said was true and terrifying. Our climate is changing and heating up at an alarmingly rapid pace. I think what you said about how it’s not only damaging our climate but how it is so damaging to our health was an important statement. A surprising amount of people on this planet simply don’t care about it and how we are running it because it will not likely affect them in their lifetime. Do you think that if more people knew how bad it is for us they would care more and do more things to help our world?
  • Sarah's Oct 9, 18:47 comment on Confederate Monuments of America
    I found this post to be extremely intriguing. As a black woman in America, I already feel that my skin color remains a confining factor, the confederate monuments are just a reminder to black Americans that our existence was equivalent to property rather than humanity. I liked your opening statement where you stated “The removal of Confederate monuments from our cities and gathering spots is necessary for our country to move forward into a new era, ditching a history of pain, anger, and hatred….” I also agree that if America intends to progress, the removal of Confederate statues is a positive direction. How do you believe the rise of BLM, ALM, and Blue Lives Matter has affected Americans’ attitudes toward Confederate statues?
  • Yara's Oct 9, 18:44 comment on Do We Still Need the Senate?
    That is so interesting. I have also been thinking about this topic. It doesn’t make sense to either that these states receive so much power in the senate despite representing such a small portion of the US citizens. I have always thought the house’s framework of representatives based on population was much more democratic than the senate. What in your opinion is a feasible solution? I hope you make another post about this topic.
  • Kenia's Oct 9, 18:44 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    This topic is a hard conversation to have with generations older the then one we are in now. The evidence you gave describes marijuana as moderately healthy and safe. Many people use this “drug” to ease pain, anxiety, and etc. It is a hard topic to discuss due to the fact that it is legal in some states but other it is considered completely illegal. There are some things that can be conserving such as the need to feel the “first high” and using stronger drugs to feel the same feeling as the first time getting high.
  • Patrick's Oct 9, 18:43 comment on Confederate Monuments of America
    Although I’m not completely sure, and it would require a tremendous amount of research, I don’t think the losers of any war throughout history were allowed to build statues of their leaders after the fact. Obviously, things are a little different in America, because we have certain constitutional rights that can’t be violated. This has enabled the hate and racism many still have to deal with today. I have to say Milo, I couldn’t agree more with what you had to say here. No matter what these statues stand for in the eyes of the people who are keeping them up, they stand for slavery and hatred to others, fellow Americans in fact. And this is just my opinion, but I don’t think anyone should want to be reminded of Southern heritage and history, because it’s a racist history and something that still disgraces this country that was formed in such a way that everyone is created equally. Thanks for writing this, I enjoyed it.
  • Mark's Oct 9, 18:42 comment on Confederate Monuments of America
    I agree with you. Confederate monuments were not made to remember the dishonorable and racist actions of the CSA and it’s leaders but rather to celebrate and honor them. Confederate Monuments do not teach about the past — they glorify a racist cause. Monuments to traitors certainly do not belong on federal or public lands. I recently read a fascinating article in the New York Times about the logistical difficulties faced in the relocation of monuments. It truly is a fascinating issue. Link to the NYTimes article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/arts/design/jefferson-davis-monument.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  • Anthony's Oct 9, 18:41 comment on Protecting Our Right to Choose
    Ever since the Roe v. Wade court case was introduced, the constitutionality of abortion has been a huge topic of debate in our country. I think the recognition of this issue is important and I agree with you when I say that the constitutional right of choice is even more important. In order to make sure that women are able to have the choice of whether to abort or not, especially in Utah with the recent resurfacing of this bill, it is important that all of us educate ourselves on the things that are happening and, furthermore, be involved in the government processes as much as we can. It is a woman’s constitutional right to choose whether or not to have an abortion and it is incomprehensibly important that every person fights to help keep this constitutional right.
  • Lindsey H.'s Oct 9, 18:30 comment on Big Data
    I think this point is very interesting. It got me thinking about how many companies are making money off of our personal data. We rarely think about it when we click on a product or search a certain item, even if we don’t buy it, the products surrounding the topic keep showing up. I found this article from Forbes talking about how WE become the product. It would be cool to see how that factors into the algorithms as well as what you mentioned about healthcare and bail. I also wonder how much this what seems like random data plays into decisions that we, as the consumers, don’t know. It would be interesting to know how we can learn more about big data to help us, or, for the more paranoid, how to stop it. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2019/06/27/how-do-tech-companies-make-money-from-our-personal-data/#7c878f194788
  • Miles's Oct 9, 16:43 comment on Crisis in Syria
    I know that relations between the Syrian and U.S governments were suspended in light of the start of the Syrian civil war but according to this article I found from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35806229, where since 2012, the U.S has given non lethal assistance to rebel groups in Syria who want democracy in their country under a different president. They have also joined an alliance with Arab and Kurdish militias to capture land claimed by ISIS terrorists. I feel that the U.S should offer more support to Syrian refugees because they definitely had an impact on the country in the aftermath of the Iraq War. It was interesting how you connected other issues in the Middles East to the turmoil in Syria.
  • Jeimy's Oct 9, 15:55 comment on With the growing deadly wildfires in California and the west coast, how can the whole country open its eyes to climate change and realize this is a matter of urgent justice?
    I think this post is interested and scary because the climate has changed the others days it was good and now the sky looks ugly with so much smoke.
  • Cecilia's Oct 9, 15:40 comment on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: ​an analysis and review
    Dear Katarina, You make an interesting, and intriguing connection between Wonderland being the adult-world. I have read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ​by Lewis Carroll during my freshman year, and to be honest, I did not understand the purpose behind the story. I would love to re-read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with this new perspective of the book. I would love to know if you know of any more evidence in the book referring to wonderland as the adult world. Great Review!
  • Audrey's Oct 9, 15:35 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Osiris, Your title immediately caught my attention. Boredom is certainly something we’ve all encountered in our lives. It is also something that we typically think of in a negative light. I like how you acknowledge that boredom is not typically an enjoyable experience, yet you still suggest ways that it can become useful in our lives. You could even connect this story to the benefits of meditation or how silence affects our minds. I’ve attached an article to this comment that I think might be helpful if you choose to pursue the effects of silence on the human mind and body.
  • Sam's Oct 9, 15:32 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    This is what everyone is asking. However, first we need to end this. In order to do this, we will have to maintain social distancing and everyone needs to wear a mask constantly and wash their hands. This can all be over if we follow the proper rules and restrictions. Once this happens, I think that everyone will still have a fear of the pandemic and spreading germs. People will still be wearing masks, and people will be more cautious of spreading germs. This pandemic will really change our world and the way we live. I think that it will be a while before things are fully back to normal. Hopefully, school will go back full time. Our world has changed due to the effects of COVID-19. Here is an article about how COVID-19 will play out in 2021. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02278-5
  • Milo's Oct 9, 15:32 comment on Crisis in Syria
    I found it interesting how you wrote about the Syrian-Turkish relations. I always knew they were sour, but I never knew quite how far back and intense their rivalry was. I remember at some point last year, when U.S. troops left Northern Syria I believe it was, and later that week the Turkish military came down due to the Kurdish presence in the area. I’m wondering how Syria’s relations have gone with other nations, or the Kurdistan Independence Movement in the region. I saw this article and thought it could answer this question (https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/the-gordian-knot-of-kurdish-unity-talks-in-syria/). I’d like to read more on the subject, so if you could go in-depth on these issues in the Middle East surrounding Syria, I’d be quite interested to come back.
  • Henry's Oct 9, 15:31 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Plastic Bags are a classic dilemma today because of the amount of jobs in the plastic bag industry. You said “it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I completely agree. We need to ban plastic bags and a way to support the people who would lose jobs. There’s no other option, because by 2050, if nothing changes, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
  • Miles's Oct 9, 15:31 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    I agree with you that there has been insufficient evidence to support the ban on marijuana and needs to be a better way to research the causes and effects of the use of marijuana for people. It shouldn’t be treated as dangerous or more than meth amphetamine or any highly addictive drugs. People should have the right to learn to use marijuana in moderation and responsibly.
  • Olivia's Oct 9, 15:31 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Alvaro! Your post is so interesting. This is such an important topic that not enough people are talking about. I am very fond of the ocean and all of its creatures, and I find it so sad when I see pictures of a seals stomach cut open with pure plastic filling it. I am also very involved in ocean conservation, and our trash may be the biggest problem that our ocean faces. This article really goes into detail and explains all of the facts and evidence. Thank you for spreading the word.
  • Sam's Oct 9, 15:27 comment on Letter to AOC
    Few figures represent the future of liberal politics like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I think this letter in and of itself is representative of her impact both on individuals and the political landscape at larger; if a junior congresswoman from New York can inspire young people nationwide to political action, what’s stopping us from doing the same? I love the idea of open letters to our Representatives… we often forget, I think, that their very purpose is to be held accountable to the people they represent. That being said, young people and young politicians remind us that this is still the case, and that perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for the future of American politics after all. Best, Sam
  • Cecilia's Oct 9, 15:26 comment on Big Data
    When reading the article that you provided, I remembered another article that I have read about big data, where these algorithms took the information that they know and fill in the gaps based on similar information about other people. I think the main example from the article was that people who ordered fries at this certain place, were more intelligent and do better in schools than people who don’t. And this was all based on similar personalities and behaviors that the algorithm deemed as intelligent. At the end of your post, you mention concern about the collection of big data, and I was wondering if you had any potential solutions to the big data collection. Is this just the normal path of integrating our world with technology? Is there anything we can do to stop big data collection? Is there any situation where big data collection could help better our society? I would love to hear more about your opinion on this and look forward to more of your writing.
  • Lindsey H.'s Oct 9, 15:26 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    That’s a very interesting point Osiris. It is very easy to fall into a “funk” when boredom hits, even if there’s a lot to do and time to do it, doing nothing seems like the better option in the moment. I liked how you wrote “I think that if people stopped and appreciate their “boredom time”, they would start to see how they can benefit from it. ” This points out how most people, including myself, don’t realize everything we could be doing to better ourselves. Now, I believe taking some time to relax is important for our mental and physical health, but, in this quarantine time, we seem to be bored more than we aren’t, so there comes a point where we need to get out of that “funk.” I think what would be very helpful is HOW to get out of that state of boredom, it’s hard to just get up and get going, many of us need more tricks to help us. Here’s an article from the Guardian I found that explained how easy it was to fall into such bored states that I found pretty interesting. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/oct/14/boredom-is-bad-for-health
  • Nyayeek's Oct 9, 15:25 comment on Protecting Our Right to Choose
    The right to choose is so important and is something that is a big risk now. I think voters need to start understanding that not only is the presidential election so important but the elections going on in their own states can really affect their lives. I think your last paragraph is super important, people should understand that staying silent is lethal to our country.
  • Nicolette's Oct 9, 15:24 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    Monserrat, Like you said, our “new norm” is something we have to accept and adapt to as the unpredictability of this virus and its effect make it difficult to see a future of going back to the way things were. I think something that every student can relate to is the struggles of online school. The disappoints we’ve all faced have been something we never would’ve expected, but what matters most is the way in which we respond to these disappointments. We can either hang our heads or hold them high and look for the silver linings in every aspect of our new normal.
  • Grace's Oct 9, 15:24 comment on Why are humans destroying nature instead of honoring it?
    I like this. I think that we as humans have come to think of nature as something that can benefit us. While its resources are plentiful for now, I think we need to take time to appreciate the world we are surrounded by and recognize that if it is not taken care of, it will not be the same.
  • Jack's Oct 9, 15:24 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    I enjoyed reading your post, which provides a refresher about how covid-19 impacted nearly everything we do. We now find ourselves in a weird in between of being shut down and being back to normal. With the speculation surrounding what life will look like in the future when this is over is really anyone’s guess. What I think will happen is once a vaccine is widely adopted, we will be getting back to a semblance of life we once enjoyed in March and February. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/10/07/sunetra-gupta-oped-herd-immunity-covid-coronavirus-normal/ here is an article I enjoyed reading which provided me some insight on what is needed to return to normal
  • Milo's Oct 9, 15:23 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    It is quite interesting seeing how recently the debate on medical marijuana has shifted, with people like Dr. Gupta changing their minds over only a couple years, and how apologized for his previous stance. Reading over your post, however, I wonder what exactly the affects of the Drug War are, and how deep they run? I understand that its affects have been catastrophic for many, and it should be looked more into detail when it comes to the debate of decriminalization. While this article doesn’t solely focus on marijuana, it does go more in depth on the consequences of the Drug War (https://www.vox.com/2016/5/8/18089368/war-on-drugs-marijuana-cocaine-heroin-meth) I’d be interested to come back if my questions were answered, and you went more in-depth on the Drug War in the U.S.
  • Henry's Oct 9, 15:23 comment on My Own Memories
    When reading your response to reading the play, “The Glass Menagerie” I got really exited for two reasons. First of all I love reading new plays and stories to see the character development and growth. Secondly its a whole new spin on a ply because its in the memories of one of the characters so the possibilities of what could happen are endless which makes me want to read it even more.
  • Henry Frech's Oct 9, 15:23 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    “Scientists can get research marijuana from a special farm in Mississippi, which is astonishingly located in the middle of the Ole Miss campus…” This irony represents the lack of concurrence in the US surrounding the marijuana debate. As you said, the science behind marijuana’s effects on people is evolving and therefore unclear to most people. Some people are supportive of legalized weed, and others are wary of it. Would you say that the legalization of marijuana can only happen when more people understand its effects?”
  • Sam's Oct 9, 15:22 comment on With the growing deadly wildfires in California and the west coast, how can the whole country open its eyes to climate change and realize this is a matter of urgent justice?
    I think that this post is very interesting and scary. Climate change is growing very fast and this is scary for the future of our environment. The fact that all ice on earth is going to melt by the year 2100, is a very sad fact. I know you mentioned that fossil fuels need to phase off, but can you think of any other ways to save our environment and stop climate change? Here is an ad for 100 ways to end climate change that might help. https://landing.pachamama.org/climate-change-solutions-course?utm_term=climate%20change%20solutions&utm_campaign=Drawdown+Online+Course&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=ppc&hsa_tgt=kwd-294757895902&hsa_grp=81537677881&hsa_src=g&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_mt=b&hsa_ver=3&hsa_ad=381292798683&hsa_acc=3809916187&hsa_kw=climate%20change%20solutions&hsa_cam=6486018216&gclid=CjwKCAjwlID8BRAFEiwAnUoK1VIUggnC9gjbFDjhHt_nrNxgogHh4Bj481EsJxql4sLxPdsFdOm2hxoCiKsQAvD_BwE
  • Audrey's Oct 9, 15:21 comment on True Crime and Compassion
    I think this topic is fascinating as a whole, but I love that you highlight the desensitization of death. I think that you could link this to not only our current frenzy over true crime, but the fact that we have been interested in gore for centuries. I mean even Shakespeare was killing off characters for viewer entertainment. You could look at the evolution from the sympathy going towards the victim, to the sympathy being focused on the perpetrator. You could also add some more specific examples of people who have been “glorified” for their terrible actions. Ted Bundy is a great example, but there are so many others as well.
  • Alyssa's Oct 9, 15:21 comment on Save the World
    I thought the article you focused on explained a very important issue in our society. I think it is important for people like you and me to try to decrease the use of plastic, but we should also push for large corporations to adopt more eco-friendly ways of production. Our own decrease of plastic use will help save our planet, and if we all push for businesses to “go green” we can make an impact on saving our environment.
  • Olivia's Oct 9, 15:20 comment on True Crime and Compassion
    Lisa, I think that this is something really interesting. There is always two sides of any story, no matter who they are, or what they have done wrong. It is really difficult finding someone to place the blame on. While yes, the one why harms innocent people should be locked away, what about their mental health? Clearly this person is not right in the head. Should we then look back at their history and try to rehabilitate them so they can join society again? But then when taking this into consideration, the victims will become upset since this person could have ruined their life, and now they get a chance at life again.
  • Henry's Oct 9, 15:17 comment on Should Marijuana be Legalized?
    I agree with the evidence that you have presented about how weed in moderation is healthy and should be legal but in that sentence is the problem. Humans suck at doing anything in moderation, we have no real control. People let what makes them happy take control over and they do what they need to please it. This is why I feel legalizing could become a problem just due to human nature and our compulsive impulses.
  • Jack's Oct 9, 15:17 comment on Confederate Monuments of America
    Dear Milo, I thought this was a well thought and constructed essay on the current state of confederate memorials in America today, which are very prominent in the south. I strongly agree with the point you made about no matter the intention of the creators of these statues, they have taken a new meaning as a symbol of hatred and white supremacy among alt right groups. In order for this country to move forward, I think we need to address these statues and rectify the horrible past they represent. Here is an article I found interesting https://www.npr.org/2020/10/06/919193176/confederate-statues-come-down-around-u-s-but-not-everywhere
  • Nicolette's Oct 9, 15:17 comment on What will the workplace look like post-COVID?
    Lilly, I thought the way you addressed the reality of true situation we’re in as a country in the midst of a pandemic was clear and straightforward, and also just a true statement that a lot of people probably don’t want to hear. I thought it was very interesting that you explained the importance of adaptability and acceptance, versus simply waiting around for things to go back to the way they were. I agree that whether than waiting around for something that may not happen for a long time, or may not happen at all, it’s better to work with what we have to continue with our lives.
  • Sam's Oct 9, 15:16 comment on Confederate Monuments of America
    In this era of social change and social healing, I couldn’t agree more; Confederate monuments are antiquated symbols of hatred and oppression that need to go. I’m glad to see someone addressing the “heritage not hate” argument, and sending it to the depths where it belongs.
  • Alyssa's Oct 9, 15:14 comment on What will the workplace look like post-COVID?
    I thought this was really interesting! I think we have all noticed how COVID-19 has affected people working, and it is interesting to see the way my parents are feeling about working from home is similar to many others. COVID-19 will change the way the workplace functions and I agree that this might become the new normal.
  • Estefani's Oct 9, 14:18 comment on Human Trafficking
    The human trafficking that I remember when I was in Puerto Rico in the news you saw that there were not many missing people but now I have seen many missing people and more are young or are children who are caught and killed as happened with Rosimar who found her nearby Where I lived in Puerto Rico, the most that are disappearing are many young people and in truth this is very ugly.
  • Cristin's Oct 9, 13:58 comment on Are We Ready for Drive Less Cars?
    Dear: Cristian i am intrigued what you say is 100% true. I will love to say that Supporters of driverless cars say the vehicles will make roads safer by cutting down on the number of crashes caused by distracted ­driving or other human errors. In addition to saving lives, fewer ­accidents would reduce traffic—and pollution—since cars wouldn’t be stuck on congested roadways as a result.
  • Eiriaine Rodriguez's Oct 9, 03:44 comment on My Digital Journal
    I love Todoroki & Anime
  • Isabell's Oct 8, 22:06 comment on Are We Ready for Drive Less Cars?
    Dear Cristian, I am intrigued by your post because what you said was completely true and I agree with you. One thing you said that stands out for me is “Also in this day Technology can be hacked at any time. We just hack into the computer system an we have full control”. I think this is interesting because I have never thought about it that way. Thanks for your project, I enjoyed reading this.
  • marcela's Oct 8, 16:49 comment on How Rap Music Affects Teens
    i personally disagree because rap music can only be a bad influence if you want it to because i listen to rap music and i have never ever copied anything that their music videos have done .
  • Heather's Oct 8, 02:58 comment on The Mystery Of Margo
    Dear Nicolle I am satisfied about your post about Paper Towns because you explained the first chapters very well. You tell the main plot of the chapter very well. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “After this part of the book, most readers would probably will be looking forward to be reading the rest of this book” I think this is true because the book has a way of capturing the reader into being interested. The author tells the story in a way that makes the reader interested. Another sentence that I agreed with was “The first three chapters of Paper Towns might leave a reader a bit confused.” The first few chapters might not make sense at first but it would eventually make sense. The book makes more sense later on. I do agree with you that “It’s weird why she ask someone who isn’t close anymore” I agree with you on this since readers don’t get much context on what Margo is planning. I also agree because when the reader finds out what she is planning it gets very interesting. I thought you might be interested in The fault in Our Stars since it’s by the same author. Both of the books are really good books. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the book gets really crazy. I hope you will enjoy the book
  • Jaylene's Oct 8, 01:53 comment on An Unwanted Guest
    Dear Ian, The book sounds very exciting and interesting. Mystery and thriller books are very interesting and this books seems like a book worth reading from how you described it. One thing you said that stands out for me is “What’s probably going to happen next is that they will realize that the deaths of the guests are not accidents, but murders and they will have to do their best to try to not get murdered and make it out alive.” What you said has me interested in reading the book and reading about the characters. This book reminds me of another book I’ve read called the lost where two girls were abducted and have to escape from their tormentors. Thanks for the great information on the book, I’d definitely check it out.
  • Cristina's Oct 7, 17:20 comment on Are Uniforms Needed?
    “Are Uniforms Needed” talks about the desired effect that schools want by enforcing uniforms, yet how that effect isn’t really happening which is the prevention of bullying. By enforcing uniforms schools expect their students to stop bullying from happening as it pertains to the students appearance. Usually the brand of clothing can lead to bullying but uniforms doesn’t change that bullying aspect as there are factors contributed to bullying. Along with bullying the author mentions other things schools want to encourage such as individuality and a form of expression but with uniforms that isn’t allowed and even with uniforms students are still getting in trouble when they break a certain rule with their clothing. I agree with Deng that uniforms shouldn’t be enforced as they don’t really make a difference. In my area we aren’t required to wear uniforms but I can only imagine how other students forced to wear them must feel as we also get in trouble when we break dress code. Though we aren’t required to wear uniforms we are expected to follow a lot of rules regarding our clothing, keeping our sense of style or identity in check. How would you feel if you had to wear a uniform? #OCHS
  • Kaimea's Oct 7, 15:56 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear Osiris, I am interested in your writing, “is boredom a good thing?” because i though you made a good point with learning to look at boredom with a positive attitude, then boredom may not seem like such a bad thing. one thing you said that stands out for me is “The faster people accept, instead of dragging, boredom the faster people would adapt to it.” i agree that the sooner you except boredom, the quicker you can adopt and be happy. you inspired me to accept boredom, and to just make the best out of situations. thank you for your project.
  • Ocean's Oct 7, 14:29 comment on Should Immigrants be Separated from their Families?
    It is really sad and a change that needs to happen in this world right now. Innocent children are being stripped away from there families. If the United States is truly the land of the free, they should let Immigrants be free. The everyday necessities are being stripped away from kids and families they have no food,water and no family. I believe that immigrant families shouldn’t be separated from they’re loved ones. Immigrants aren’t criminals yet people like ICE are treating them like criminals.
  • Luisa's Oct 7, 04:05 comment on With the growing deadly wildfires in California and the west coast, how can the whole country open its eyes to climate change and realize this is a matter of urgent justice?
    I agree with everything you are saying and I would like to add that corporations produce just about everything we buy, use, and throw away and play an outsized role in driving global climate change. A recently published report identified that 100 energy companies have been responsible for 71% of all industrial emissions since human-driven climate change was officially recognized.
  • Tasneem's Oct 6, 18:29 comment on Save the World
    Dear Selena, I am attentive about your post , “Save The World,” because we live in a society where people don’t take care of their environment. One sentence you wrote that struck out for me is: “ We want healthy air and clean surroundings when we go out to places.” I think this is extremely critical because we have a lot of global warming,climate change, and pollution . There are countries that suffer from pollution because the air they are living in is not healthy for the body. Another sentence that I totally agree with and that everyone should be following is ; “There are many more ways to save from using plastic. I encourage everyone to not litter and recycle.” This stood out for me because , like I said before there are people that don’t take care of their environment. For instance, like what Selena wrote about littering; there are people that litter and not recycle and that is how it is affecting our world. I do certainly agree with you that we need to save our world . One reason I say this is because it is not healthy for our body . For example, more than 250,000 people may die each year due to climate change.Another reason I am with you , because when you wrote, “It also uses 8% of oil resources in production and after it’s thrown away, it remains toxic to the environment.” This sentence broke my heart because it’s sad to see that the only way we use plastic bags is to affect our environment in a very toxic way. I think you will also be interested in articles about saving the world . Like have you seen this https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi6srCfy6DsAhWKl3IEHcjsDIEQFjACegQIBRAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.livescience.com%2F64535-climate-change-health-deaths.html&usg=AOvVaw2NlUnt05M58bkZNct_ksK8. I thought you might be interested in this because you wrote about the terrible environment we are living in . Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I loved that you wrote about the world. I hope that I will be able to see more of your amazing work about saving our environment. The reason why I will come back and see your work because not a lot of people talk about saving our world and that is the most important part.
  • Nicolle's Oct 6, 17:58 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear, Gabriel I agree with your point many people tend to not talk about Human Trafficking which is a big problem. I especially agree with the point you made that it can happen to anyone, and it can also affect the person mentally. Human Trafficking doesn’t get spoken about often when it should in order to make sure it doesn’t happen. It happens everyday and still people don’t do much about it when they should. The streets should be a place where we can walk without being afraid of anything. There should be protocols in order to keep people safe.
  • Paul's Oct 6, 17:33 comment on Getting Started in the YV Book Group
    What if we ask students to create Forum Topics titled as the book they are reading? I switched to Ian’s account for a minute just now and tried it. I think this has possibilities: https://www.youthvoices.live/groups/book-club/forum/
  • Kayla's Oct 6, 17:30 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Dear Kira, I am very touched with your writing about current and relevant events occurring today. I like that you state facts within the article, not just opinions. One sentence that stood out to me was “Oregon has recently passed a law allowing students to take a maximum of 5 mental health days. As of June 2019, mental health is now considered a valid reason for an excused absence, like appointments or being sick.” I think this is important because it allows students to feel as though their mental health is just as important. I look forward to reading your next article because of the real-life issues that are being discussed. Kayla Castillo
  • Hai-Cheng's Oct 6, 16:02 comment on Save the World
    Dear Selena, I am interested in your post because pollution is a big problem and we need more voices speaking out on it like you. People should help the environment as a community. One sentence you said that stands out for me is “It also uses 8% of oil resources in production and after its thrown away, it remains toxic to the environment.” I think this is sad because everybody uses plastic bags and for plastic bags to be this toxic to the environment is disgusting. Thanks for your project I look forward to seeing what you write next because your project can and will teach a lot of people about saving the Earth
  • Drew's Oct 6, 15:17 comment on Pandemic
    Dear Hayley, I definitely agree with your post, Everyone is facing the great challenges of this pandemic, according to school, outside life and even remarkable experiences. But kids that were supposed to graduate, it hurts even more. We were supposed to be celebrated for such a big accomplishment but that was taken from us and we may never get that chance again. A sentence that stood out to me was “However, we are in a pandemic and their is a strong possibility that we won’t get to experience that.” because it’s facing the reality of the situation. Some people might think that were going to go back before the year is done but that might not be true. It’s a very big if. So Thank You for this and hopefully you get to enjoy your senior year as your supposed too. Drew Horsford
  • Ian's Oct 6, 15:16 comment on Confederate Monuments of America
    Dear Milo, I am happy with your post, “Confederate Monuments of America”, because I agree with you that the only we can move forward as a country is by removing the confederate monuments from our cities and leaving it where it belongs. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “These monuments of the Civil War, no matter what their intended purpose may be, have become havens for the far-right, subjugation of minority groups, and false narratives of the truth of the Civil War. ” I think this is correct because these monuments don’t allow people to move from the events of the past, and that is bad for our country as a whole. Another sentence that I liked was, “Public grounds and parks are inappropriate to hold them due to their connotations and connections to the hatred and disgust our nation has faced, and continues facing through many forms of racism and bigotry.” This stood out for me because those monuments have connections too our past tragedies that we still continue to face today. I do agree with you because I also think that the monuments should be taken down. One reason I say this is because they are disrespectful to the minority groups of this country because of what they are representing. Another reason I agree with you is because monuments like this don’t allow our country to progress. Have you seen this article, https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/us/confederate-statues-removed-george-floyd-trnd/index.html. I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about how they are removing the monuments after the death of George Floyd. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… I like your ideas and what you are talking about in this post. Keep making posts about the problems facing our country and I will keep checking in because I like what you are saying and you have good opinions Also because I liked your take on the confederate monuments in America.
  • Alvaro's Oct 5, 22:13 comment on Is Your Cellphone Draining Your Intelligence?
    Dear Yamile I am very interested by your post, “Is Your Cell Phone Draining Your Intelligence?” because you brought some interesting information that caught my attention. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Never in history have we had so much access to ideas, information, and creativity”. The thought that our generation is the first generation that has access to such advance technology is crazy. Cell phones are such a useful tool and is probably the only one you need in most situations. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “Personally I think cellphones are a big distraction as sometimes we are connected more to our electronics than the real world around us”. This stood out to me because I’ve been noticing an increase of cell phone usage from everyone due to popular apps like Tik Tok or Snapchat. People would rather have quick and easy entertainment than meaningful interactions with the people around them, and I don’t blame them. Great post Yamile. -Alvaro
  • Morgan's Oct 5, 16:56 comment on Martin Luther King, Jr
    Martin Luther King is an important person to African Americans which he fought for their rights and equality against white Americans. He has impacted so many lives and continues to do that even tho he is gone he will forever be remembered for his bravery. He even has a day dedicated to him so people can remember what he did for the black community.
  • Zachary's Oct 5, 16:12 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    Dear Melissa, I found your post very interesting because I didn’t know that over 3.2 million acres have burned in California. It is crazy how the fires burned over 5,000 structures. It is crazy how those fires are still going on till this day and are still damaging more buildings. It is very crazy how over 17,000 firefighters are fighting the fires all over California. It is very crazy how the SHaver Lake fire has been only contained only 18% and it has been active for 10 days
  • Ashley Renteria's Oct 5, 07:36 comment on Why Are Many College Students In Debt?
    Dear Yamile, I am very interested and informed by your post “Why are many college students in debt?” because I believe college tuition should be free so many students wouldn’t end up in deep debt. I feel like debt is always a problem and a set back for college students its also always talked about. Two sentences you wrote that stood out to me is Some students say their debt is all they have in their mind and they feel like they’re just drowning. On the other hand, economists believe that college is worth it because it’s been proven that those with a college degree will be better off than those who only have a high school diploma as they have better chances of succeeding. I think is because strongly agree that without these high educations we wouldn’t be as successful however being in debt creates a whole problem later on which effects lives even with a high education. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I find these topics interesting because I am soon to be a college student in the near future.
  • Fatima's Oct 5, 06:45 comment on Dear People Who Think Doing Drugs and Gun Violence Are Okay
    Dear Kheriya: I am impressed with your post “Dear people who think doing drugs and gun violence are okay” because it caught my attention on the understandings you give about gun violence and people who get drugged. The points you give about gun violence and people who get drugged, those are not in their right state of mind. One of the sentences that you wrote and stands out for me is “Overall these are things that need to be taken seriously and dealt with. Enough work is not being done to help make a change.” I think this is impacting because it’s saying that things are not being taken care of but ignored. There should be more thoughtful choices about these situations and think about what different choices can they make because people who get drugged and the ones that commit gun violence are because they are not in their right state, they do not think about the consequences this might have. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of the valid points you state about these situations. In the writing, you made the situation look serious how it should be taken and the points to express the reasons for this situation. Fatima Esparza.
  • Juan's Oct 5, 06:39 comment on Save the World
    Dear Selena, I am very motivated by your post, “Save The World,” because you made it a point by saying that when using less plastic, pollution percentage decreases. I think people people should stop littering because it is affecting the environment. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “We want healthy air and and clean surrounding when we go out to places.” I think that everyone can relate to this because it is the safety of our bodies and also we should all want the best when it comes to the environment. Thanks for writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next. I liked the fact that at the end of your post, you made some suggestions on how to save the world from plastic. Juan
  • Aaliyah's Oct 5, 06:38 comment on Loyalty Over Love
    Dear Idrissa, I am curious about your post, “Loyalty Over Love”, and to why you were aspired to write about the importance between the differences of these two words. I agree with you that loyalty should be a long-term want for relationships with other people. I also agree that loyalty is a sign of respect and it is important to want those who are important to you to have your respect. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Loyalty and love are not the same and never will be.” I slightly disagree with this statement because regarding the differences between these two words I believe that a person’s loyalty comes from within their love for you, so in a way loyalty and love do correlate. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because I like how you elaborate words that some may find hard to contrast. I would like you to continue writing about your opinions for those who might find your opinions relatable. Aaliyah
  • Osiris's Oct 5, 05:40 comment on Fat girl
    Dear Shakia: I am touched by your poem, “Fat girl,” because as a big girl myself I agree with everything you have wrote. People have also tried to give me “advice” on being a big girl. One sentence you written that stands out for me is, “Or she will only get a role in the movie as the funny fat friend, Sidekicks,” I think this is accurate because if there is a female role it is also a skinny or fit girl. People only see fat girls as a joke and nothing else. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I agree with your point of view and fat girls should be allowed to do the same things any skinny/fit girl can do. People should stop and think that their “advice” can hurt people. Osiris
  • Zhelanea's Oct 5, 05:34 comment on 6 Things To Know About The Atomic Bomb
    Dear Victor, I agree with your post about the topic of a huge crisis occurring in Japan. Radiation has affected Japanese people’s lives drastically. We are able to see that with the evidence you provided of not having clean water, and many children being born sick due to the radiation. Their conditions are harsh to live a long healthy life, as compared to the US. It shows the great damage these Atomic bombs caused.
  • Ricardo's Oct 5, 03:31 comment on What will life be like after COVID-19?
    Dear Monserrat, I am well informed about your post, “What will life be like after COVID-19?” because I understand that we find ourselves in an awkward situation due to COVID-19. And honestly, it is really hard to tell what the new normal will be, with a lot of news coming out daily. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Online schooling can be boring as we stay home all day but in doing so we are maintaining our health and not going out putting our lives at risk.” I think this is well said because I know most of us do not like this ‘new’ lifestyle, but if this is what it’s going to take for us to stay safe, most of us are willing to live this way. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we are currently living in this life-changing event and you spoke very well on this topic. Ricardo
  • Lizbeth's Oct 5, 03:21 comment on Could humans eventually live on Mars?
    Dear rosa I am really interested in your post ” could humans eventually live in mars” Because I never thought going to mars is bad for humans. I agree with you that mars is every far away from the earth and that the weather is different than the earth. I Think they send robots to mars so humans won’t be affected. I think that when they send robots to mars Its benefit for the people because they would probably not stand the weather that there is in mars. Lizbeth
  • Cristian's Oct 4, 21:30 comment on Men need to change
    Mayra, honestly I don’t know what world you live in but I don’t think you’ve met the right people. You are already being stereotypical that all guys use women for pleasure and how they are rapists. I thought you were the one talking about change, I think you need to think about change when you are stereotyping men. I’m not trying to disrespect you or your opinions. At the end of the day I have said my opinion and you said yours and I respect that.
  • Alondra's Oct 4, 18:57 comment on Running
    Dear Inez, I just want to say of how very creative your writing is . Your writing can be based of how when you run you imagine zombies chasing you or also interpreted such as you run your course of life never knowing how it will end. The phrase that stood out to me was when you said ” Life is a gamble I think to myself on the way down. We all die eventually”, because it is true from the day we are born we have our days counted. I like how you expressed your feeling of acceptance as you fell to your death. I am a cross country runner and this poem stood out to me because when I run I look to perform up to the best of my ability and pretend that someone I look up to is watching me run lol. Sincerely, Alondra
  • Chase_Parker's Oct 4, 11:14 comment on Mark Twain’s use of dialect in Huck-Finn
    You don t know about this without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ; but that ain t no matter. Mr. Mark Twain wrote it and he got considerable praise for using a boy s voice to tell a tangled story about race and about America and nobody kin say for sure where that voice come from. Now a Twain scholar has linked Huck s voice to a 10-year-old black servant Twain met just before starting work on the book.
  • Daisy's Oct 3, 00:10 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear Osiris : I’m impressed with your post “Is Boredom A Good Thing?,” because It is impressive that a person instead of considering boredom something bad we should consider it something of an advantage. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “One way to get used to boredom is by using our creativity and imagination” I think this is impressed because… boredom that really in this quarantine we get bored very often Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am very interested, your publication is very interesting, how did you talk about boredom. Daisy
  • Gerardo's Oct 2, 21:25 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear Osiris, I really liked your post “Is Boredom a Good Thing?” because it shows the highs and lows about boredom and what to do to solutionize this issue. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” Boredom is something that can not be avoided, everyone gets bored now and then and it should be normalized.” I agree we need to come up with something productive to get our mind off of the idea of “being bored”. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you really opened up my mind to this way to cure boredom. Also because I get bored frequently and i don’t know what to do about it but that’s a diffrent story now. I can’t wait for your next discussion post sweetie. Sincerely, Gerardo
  • Yamile's Oct 2, 18:14 comment on Medical Neglect in ICE Detention Centers
    Dear Lindsey, Your post caught my attention because it’s actually something that I heard about a few weeks ago on the news. When I heard that the doctors at this ICE detention center were removing the uterus of many women I was in shock. I wasn’t even aware that the uterus could be removed. And the truly sad thing about this situation is that many of these poor women aren’t even aware of what’s happening to them. I read that for the most part many of these women don’t need the surgery, yet they still go through it. It’s also sad because many women have the illusion of having children, and these doctors are taking that opportunity away from them. And the problem is that many people don’t speak out about these issues, but thanks to the nurse that was working there found this wrong and is now speaking on the situation. The real question is are they going to do anything about it or are they just going to let it slide. (Link to the CNN article on the hysterectomies at ICE facilities https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/politics/immigration-customs-enforcement-medical-care-detainees/index.html ) One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was, “ ICE workers have also refused to test detainees for COVID-19, underreporting cases they have tested for, shredded medical requests submitted by detained immigrants, fabricated medical records, etc.” I think immigrants’ lives are more in danger under the hands of ICE because they are treated horribly. They escape their homeland due to violence or other problems so that many just end up dying in cages. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write about next because these are topics that should receive more attention to end such problems. -Yamile Beltran
  • Bryan's Oct 2, 17:59 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear gabriel : I liked your post “Human Trafficking,” because people do not talk about this topic as much as it should be.people tend to ignore this topic even though it is an important one.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Human trafficking can happen to anyone” I think this is important because many people think that they are not at risk. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because enjoy when people bring up topics that other do not.topics like this should not be ignored
  • Heidi's Oct 2, 17:50 comment on How has COVID-19 affected developing countries?
    Dear Sarah I am surprised about your writing “How has COVID affected developing countries?” because I didn’t know that developed countries got all resources to protect themselves from the virus while developing countries didn’t. Developing countries should be getting the most help since their healthcare lacks resources. One sentence that stood out for me is ” Most manufactures have told these developing countries that they cannot order the necessary COVID treatment supplies due to constant demand from the U.S and other developed countries.” because even though there is a pandemic every country should be having the supplies to prevent/ treat COVID. In my opinion I think that developed countries should help developing countries or share their resources when they are the most at risk of having COVID. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write, because I enjoyed the epic you wrote.
  • Matthew's Oct 2, 17:43 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Dear Alvaro: I am intrigued about your post, “Plastic bags are gonna stay for a while” because it’s an issue that hasn’t had as much attention as it should have. This is an issue that affects us, the environment, and animals so negatively, that if something isn’t done in the near future, there might not be a chance at recovery. One sentence that caught my attention is: “…it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I agree with this because we are the ones responsible for creating an issue that shouldn’t have existed in the first place. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you have in store in the future because you pointed out who and what is affected by this issue. I also enjoy the insight you included on the topic. Matthew
  • Kayla's Oct 2, 17:43 comment on Police Brutality exploded and Criminal Justice System needs to Change
    Dear Dejuan, I am proud to read that you are writing about such honest and current events. Police brutality has been pushed aside and normalized for a long time. Police took it upon themselves to feel superior, which caused the current oppression. One sentence that stands out to me was “police homicides have increased over the years and the criminal justice system has not given the police a reasonable punishment.” I think this is outraging because the police hide behind their badge and obtain no consequences because of the fact that they work for the government. Thank you for writing, I look forward to seeing your next post because you write about current issues that need to be brought up. Kayla Castillo
  • Daniel's Oct 2, 17:40 comment on True Crime and Compassion
    Dear Lisa To be completely honest, In my opinion Nobody really knows what true crime is because if someone were to do something that is wrong in the eyes of others; yet someone else does the exact same thing, but they are Special ed; then they would be less likely to be in trouble. Yes I believe that it does promote a more flippant view on people who commit crimes because nobody knows who they really are nor their past. People just judge based on one’s actions, not themselves personally. Maybe they have been forced, no options, no where to look, or turn for help. Yes I agree that without a solution what’s gonna stop more crime dealers from being born, and continuing to rid the world of its little peace it holds onto.
  • Diana's Oct 2, 17:36 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Dear Alvaro I genuinely enjoyed reading your post “Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay for a While,” because this topic is about something that more people should address. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “To conclude, it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I like this sentence because i think it overall summarizes what you talked about. You also include your own personal opinion and what you believe is right. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked reading your post. I liked it because I would have not expected you to write about this topic. I really like how you composed your post, and how you used multiple sources as your evidence. – Diana Zuniga
  • Alvaro's Oct 2, 17:35 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Thx bruh U making me feel sum typa way Could I take you out for dinner some time?
  • Paul's Oct 2, 13:37 comment on Journal
    Great question! I think being open to change is a life-long journey, and the thirst to learn is what keeps us alive emotionally.
  • Paul's Oct 2, 13:34 comment on Who are the three most important people in your life right now? How would each of these people describe you if I asked them to?
    It’s great to learn these things about you. Thanks for sharing!
  • andres's Oct 2, 01:41 comment on Why Are Many College Students In Debt?
    Dear Yamile I am very interested and thrilled about your post. I think you pointed out lots of information that was good to know about college. I like how you put examples of how college is so expensive it can be a hard decision being made . one sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is “According to a study from Wisconsin University in 2017, they found that it usually takes around 20 years for graduates to pay off their debt”. I think this is very interesting because lots of students have to go there a majority of there prime of life being scared of there debt that there making. thanks for writing this interesting article about college expenses. this has really helped me because I am at this part in my life where I need to make this choice and this had provided good info for me. I look forward to seeing what else you post that you.
  • Monserrat's Oct 1, 23:47 comment on Bad things
    Dear Samantha, I am intrigued by your post, “Bad Things”, because our parents are the ones who are our role models and our guide of how we live life, but your post shines light on how some parents are not ideal and start to show their children paths that are dark. They are supposed to be the light in the darkness, they are not supposed to be showing us the darkness as one. One sentence that stood out to me was: “..in the world sometimes the fathers wants to do something bad to they children’s,..”. This caught my attention because there is so much people in the world who are not qualified to have children but bring them into this world to cause them pain and harm their growing personalities. Thank you for your writing. I will look forward to seeing what else you write about, because this is a very serious topic even though it can be related to a book. Monserrat
  • Elisha's Oct 1, 23:25 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Dear Alvaro I am commenting on your post, “Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While,” because I am very concerned with the amount of plastic polluting the earth. I am aware and worried about the effects that plastics have on the environment. I am glad to hear about the efforts to recycle the plastics. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “To conclude, it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I think this is inspiring because it makes hope seem in reach. It also provides a reason for recycling. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I feel that you will continue to address issues that need to be addressed. I also enjoy your writing style and word choice.
  • Bryan's Oct 1, 23:19 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Dear Alvaro: I am interested by your post, “Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While,” because you brought up a topic that not alot of people talk about . One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “People who don’t care enough to properly dispose of their plastic are also responsible for plastic being where it shouldn’t” I think this is sad because people do not realise the damage they are causing.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you bring up the underlying topic that people stray away from Bryan nunez
  • Daniela Alberto's Oct 1, 23:16 comment on Should Immigrants be Separated from their Families?
    I agree with the article that kids deserve to grow up with a family, in a good, stable home away from violence and mistreatment. When reports are filed on child abuse, the government is in charge of removing the child from that environment and obligated to find a new home and family for the child. It is disgusting to see that our own President, is abusing hundreds of young children. Nobody deserves to be contained in cages. Nobody deserves to be degraded. American citizen or not, they are human.
  • Keily's Oct 1, 15:01 comment on Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While
    Dear Alvaro I am very interested by your post, “Plastic bags are gonna stay for a while,” because you brought some interesting information that caught my attention. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Although banning plastic bags would help the environment, there’s also a downside”. ” I think this is thoughtful. Because Everything that has a good side also comes with consequences or a bad side. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “If plastic bags were to be banned, then they all risk losing their jobs.” This stood out for me because I have family who work in factories making these types of bags and it would impact them negatively if this happens. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because they caught readers attention and it’s very interesting.
  • Paul's Oct 1, 12:33 comment on my view of the pandemic
    What a frightening world you see.
  • Selena's Sep 30, 17:53 comment on Why Are Many College Students In Debt?
    I like this post because this is something that everyone struggles with. Many families, since the very beginning have had a mindset that their children will attend school and college. There was no other exception but the only problem was how to pay for it. Yes, like you said over the years college prices have rose, giving high school students and others second thoughts. There is tuition, and final aid, taking out loans will help you in the moment getting your education but what are after? Everyone thinks in the moment and say I will pay it later after getting my degree. When it comes to that time in life, you have a pile of dept that you can not afford all in one time. You have a very good question, “Should college tuition be free?”. In my opinion , no it should not because not everything in your life of education is not free. Everyone has to work for your own benefit and for your own education if you really want it. Everything has a price to pay weather it is not in life or anything you do.
  • Haithem's Sep 30, 17:20 comment on How soon should kids focus on only one sport?
    Dear mamadou I am interested by your post, How soon should kids focus on only one sport? Because I like soccer too. Also, I like many other sports, but the only one that I am most interested in is soccer. Thank you for shearing your ideas.
  • Melissa's Sep 29, 21:30 comment on How is Corona affecting schools in Utah?
    Dear Elizabeth, I am shocked by your post, “How is Corona affecting schools in Utah?” because school districts have their own plans on whether they should continue with online learning or not. I thought that the government had to choose on what is best for students but I learned that’s not the case. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Salt Lake City School District is the only one in the state to be going all online, according to the article from the Salt Lake City Tribune.” I think this is devastating to me because I was looking forward to attending East High for my senior year and get to live that high school experience everyone wishes for. Unfortunately, they decided to continue online classes throughout the school year. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you did your research and stated factual information. Melissa Aguilar
  • Hugo's Sep 29, 03:08 comment on People of color & No equality
    I am impressed by your post, “people of color no equality”because you don’t have to judge other people by their color because god isolates un like that and nobody has to try to make other people feel bad because they are not the same color.one sentences you wrote that stands out for me is” Equality is all the colored people want, they do not want to be seen differently compared to Hispanic, White, Asian, or whatever the race shown by color. I think that’s amazing because you don’t even have to judge another person because they are not the same color as you.
  • Lizbeth's Sep 28, 18:03 comment on Will there be a vaccine for COVID-19 soon?
    Dear Litzy Your post will there be a vaccine for covid 19 soon is interesting because no one really know when they are going to create a vaccine. what I think is that they are going to find a vaccine but not know or I think they may have it but not sure to take it out because they might not know if it helps prevent it or not. I agree with you that the goble disease made people die but also some people still don’t believe in it. Thanks for writing this Its actually a good topic.I really look forward for you making another part talking about this because I would like to know a little more on this topic. Lizbeth
  • Andrea's Sep 28, 17:54 comment on Men need to change
    Dear Mayra I am agree with your post, “Men need to change” because this is an issue that is very important and society hardly talks about it, which is an issue that should matter more since it is seen very often. One sentence you wrote that strikes me is “it includes that men need more self-control and should have more respect for women.” I think this is interesting because we must all know that women are not only a pleasure for men or that we only have to serve them, we also deserve respect and affection and not because of how we dress or because of our actions we are bad and This topic is very common among men since they do not know how to treat a woman equally and men must understand that we are already in the middle of the 21st century and that we will no longer remain silent. Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next. Andrea Aguilar
  • Leslie's Sep 28, 17:49 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear Gabriel, I agree with you that human trafficking is something that can happen to anyone. I am very happy to read your documentary, it seems to me something very interesting, “Since at this moment, a lot of human trafficking is happening” A phrase that interested me a lot was the one you put “That people can be left with a mental disorder after the event happens to you, it seems strange to me since unfortunately some do not return home
  • Joselyn's Sep 28, 17:44 comment on 6 Things To Know About The Atomic Bomb
    Dear : Victor I am happy with your post “6 Things To Know About The Atomic Bomb” because you are explaining what happened in japan and what caused the atomic bomb and i like that you are given this information so like that people can know what’s happened around the world . One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ It must be horrible to feel there is no hope to get out of the city with radiation. I think this is sad because it is true people can’t live with radiation because of its dangers and their lives are in danger . Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i like what you wrote because you explain what is happening in japan and i didnt know that and now i know thanks to your writing. Sincerely, Joselyn orozco
  • Daisy's Sep 28, 17:41 comment on The Impact of George Floyd
    Dear: Aaliyah I am very interested about your post, “El Impacto de George Floyd,” because…It is something that moved millions of people because of racism and how they killed him was something cruel something that thanks to the racist police officer, George’s wife was left without a husband and her daughter without a father to see her grow up One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “George Floyd’s death sparks massive protests across the country” I think this is interesting because… It is something that moved and many people protested what they did to George, which was something that led them to teach that not only for being brown skin is criminal Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because…It is something that if I was moved by the racism that exists in many parts of the world Daisy
  • Evelyn's Sep 28, 17:37 comment on Should Immigrants be Separated from their Families?
    Estimada Cristina estoy asombrada de ver que le quitan los niños a sus familias y agradecida por que gracias a su post estamos sabiendo más sobre el tema se me hace muy injusto que los niños estén en jaulas como animales y también me imagino que su alimentación no es muy buena y tampoco su aseo personal. Una frase que destaco en mi es ”Estamos alojados en una habitación con decenas de otros niños” creo que esto es muy fuerte para esos niños ya que no son tan grandes para comprender la situación.
  • Zachary's Sep 28, 16:08 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear Gabriel, I liked this topic because not a lot of people talk about human trafficking all over the world. This topic needs to be talked about more often because this is also a very serious matter. Human trafficking can take a big toll on the person that got kidnapped and their families. You should never ever walk alone in the dark late at night because that’s when you will be kidnapped. Many victims of human trafficking can have a lot of mental problems because of what they went through. Some victims sometimes will never go back to being the same person they used to be. You should also know where your at and your surroundings.
  • Mauricio's Sep 28, 16:08 comment on Is college worth it?
    in the article “Is college worth it?” I learn that the option of going to college has been discussed a lot. Many people have come to the conclusion the college is the best option. Statistics show that people that don’t have a college education are most likely to be un unemployed. People who have a degree have a better income than those who just have a high school diploma or less. People who go to college have a better life and income.
  • Alexis's Sep 28, 16:05 comment on Will there be a vaccine for COVID-19 soon?
    Hello there litzy i strongly agree with you. I don’t believe that there will be a covid-19 vaccine soon. I think its going to take another year or months or so because it is not easy to get a vaccine because it needs to be make sure that this vaccine is going to be effectedly and succesfully to the people. Also theres been so many death all around this world so its not easy right now. This global disease that’s going all around the world very dangerous. Do i think that everyone would want to take the covid-19 vaccine umm thats a good question i believe that not everyone would not want to take this vaccine for the coronavirus.
  • Manuel's Sep 28, 15:57 comment on Watch out For Traffic!
    Dear Daniel, I agree with the information you point out because human trafficking is a world issue at it could lead to mental health for the people that are affected of it. Human trafficking is something that is known around the world but it goes unnoticed at the same time, It just depends if your aware of your surroundings.
  • Ashley Renteria's Sep 28, 15:55 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear Osiris, I am contentful by your post ” Is boredom a good thing” because I absolutely agree with your belief about boredom, instead of looking at as a bad thing we could actually use it as a good thing and do anything using our creativity and imagination. Considering new hobbies or joining a club boredom also allows you to engage in self reflection. One sentence that stood out to me is “The faster people accept, instead of dragging, boredom the faster people would adapt to it.” I think this is important for everyone to know because boredom should be normalized because it should be something people use for free time. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with type of topic not everyone sees boredom this way.
  • Hayley's Sep 28, 15:50 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear Gabriel, I like how you chose to do this topic about human trafficking.This is a topic that isn’t being talked about on the new and I think that if they talked about it on the media it would prevent it from happening as much. This is happening to someone everyday.The victims can prevent them from being chosen because they want everyone. To avoid this happening to you I think that you should avoid being alone always walk in a big group and always be aware of who and what is surrounding you.
  • Alexis's Sep 28, 15:48 comment on Self-Driving Cars
    hey there andres im alexis and i been reading about your article and i strongly agree with you about technology being used on cars. I believe that if they want to make cars drive on its own they really need to be spot with all this technology being right and advance and perfect and also because in the article that i read it says that a 40 year old man has been killed by driving one of theses cars. It also says if we get this right and have driveless cars it would make the world a safer place. The creaters are making a plan to make this be successful for the people for them to have driveless cars.
  • Morgan's Sep 28, 15:43 comment on Why are teens fighting for a raise?
    Dear Ashley, I like this topic about teens should get a raise. There are teenagers that are not getting paid enough as other w.orkers are. These teens need a raise now because there are things in their life that they must pay as well. They also need to help their families you never know if they are poor that’s why they are working. They are young but not retarded they can work the same as an adult sometimes. Give them a raise.
  • Eduardo Diaz's Sep 28, 15:43 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear, Gabriel i agree with you that human trafficking is something that could happen to anyone at any point of their life. This happening to someone could result in them being traumatized for life because it affects them mentally. Some when they are affected mentally resort to doing drugs to get rid of their pain and forget everything. That isnt always the matter. Doing these drugs will only result in their own downfall. Thats why it best to talk to a trusted someone about it instead of just doing drugs. Its better to get therapy which will help the victim.
  • Cindy's Sep 28, 15:42 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    Dear Melissa, I found your post very interesting because coming from the same community I was aware that these fires were occurring but I did not know that they were so dangerous. It is so sad to think that people are losing their home and businesses because of these crazy fires. I hope that the firefighters are staying health and well taken care of. Thank You for writing, can wait until you write again. – Cindy Reynosa
  • Morgan's Sep 28, 15:38 comment on Human Trafficking
    Dear Gabriel, I like this topic because this topic needs to be talked about all over the world. Human trafficking happens to a lot of people around the world. They get kidnapped and trafficked across the globe and never to return to there familyThese decisions take over your mental health because you have problems as well in your life which leads you to make this bad decision. These actions can be prevented if people seek help.
  • Fatima's Sep 28, 06:51 comment on Living without Papers
    Dear Anonymus; I am amazed by your post “Living without papers”, because of the fact that you have the courage to tell your family history and how hard is for some immigrants living in the United States. As you said in your story for immigrants life is harder and they have to work harder to have the things they need to provide for their families. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “the average American who works 34.5 hours a week” I think this is really explanatory because it is true and many Americans have the privilege that they can work way fewer hours than someone who is an immigrant who sometimes has to even work the double of those hours to barely get food in their table. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your words really make the ones who have not had this kind of life obstacles think about how others sometimes have to live. Immigration is hard the whole change living in a new country with different people maybe not even knowing the language and still working hard to give the family the best it is possible.
  • Mariely's Sep 28, 02:31 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear Osiris, I am interested by your post “ is boredom a good thing “ because I started to look at boredom in a different way . Boredom can be a space for you to look internally and listen to your thoughts , find new things you always wanted to do , change your fashion , the way you think , doing research, and more . I look at it as a way to ground yourself and look more into yourself . One thing going you said that stood out for me is “ instead of looking at boredom as a bad thing , we should take advantage of it “ I think this is interesting because not many people look at boredom in such a positive way but I think that if we change the way we look at it and see it as an opportunity to get creative we can find out many things about ourselves. Thank you for sharing your project . I look forward to seeing more of your writing because , it opened up a new way of seeing boredom.
  • Raja Sabung's Sep 26, 22:34 comment on Risk vs Reward: The Dangers of Canyoneering
    Fantastic website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get suggestions from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Many thanks!
  • Dewry's Sep 25, 20:04 comment on Will there be a vaccine for COVID-19 soon?
    i agree with her because covid-19 is a global disease that many people have died from that disease and that is why i agree with her.
  • Cristian's Sep 25, 18:04 comment on Self-Driving Cars
    Hey Andres, you have a very good point. I agree that if we using technology it has to be very spot on. Technology always has its flaws. Computers been around for so many years and they still have their flaws. For people to just jump so quick into electric cars is very scary. Look at tesla if you done research on there self driving mode, they can’t really make sharp turns. People are like so trustful with technology that it scares me on how the future will be. At the end of the day Technology needs to be at 110% to be trusted.
  • Jeimy's Sep 25, 15:47 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    Dear Melissa I found your post very interesting because the Volunteer firemen they are volunteers to go out to put out the fire and it cannot cause the houses, cars, animals, etc, to burn. Jeimy
  • Dawry's Sep 25, 15:00 comment on Will there be a vaccine for COVID-19 soon?
    i agree with her because covid-19 is a global disease that many people have died from that disease and that is why i agree with her and also because she has accused economic problems. in the city the total of cases are 458k in new york and the total of death 32,696.
  • Cristin's Sep 25, 13:58 comment on Car Accidents
    Dear: Jennfire I am cristin i just wanted to say Always stop if you are involved in an accident, this is your legal obligation. Even if you do not think there was any damage, any time you collide with something, you need to stop yList of Information to Collect About the Car Accident or Collision 1 Date and Time of the Accident 2 Address of the accident, or approximate address 3 Road you are on and the nearest cross street 4 The direction you were traveling in 5 The direction the other car was traveling in 6 Take photos from a few angles or sketch a diagram of the crash scene 7 What happened (As soon as you can write out your account of what happened, or use your mobile phone to record yourself telling all the details for your own records. our car.
  • Mariely's Sep 24, 15:27 comment on The Impact of George Floyd
    I agree on how George Floyd death has had an impact in the world recently sparking protests from all around the world .This protest are a fight for the continuation of injustices against black people and police brutality which has been ongoing for years. I believe if people keep protesting , signing petitions , educating themselves and others on the topic and keep the resistance and keep doing research on these injustices against black people , and keep making our voices be heard against systematic racism . It’s a long fight but we are stronger together.
  • Christian's Sep 24, 14:57 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear osiris, “Is Boredom a Good Thing?” opened up my mind when thinking of what boredom is, The way i see boredom is as a way to think and open up your creativity which you wrote about and i related to it so much, Why i think boredom is good on teens or just people in general it opens up a new way of thinking and you can go deep in your thoughts and understand thing you never understood before, It also it opens up new ideas you never though you had. Boredom is also good because we try and find new things to kill it such as reading, studying, etc. Also when we try to kill boredom with doing such activities we go in with deeper thoughts which opens up new ways of thinking. Love your article osiris keep it up!!.
  • Joan's Sep 24, 14:56 comment on Self-Driving Cars
    Dear Andres i am interested about your poem “Self-Driving Cars” because these type of cars we might use in the future because the gas smoke is damage earth, One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “However, although there are many good reasons they should continue to invest money in car companies there are also an opposing side of people who do not want to make this the world they live in.” i think that sentence is important because self driving and electric cars can make us save more money. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you make articles about technology.
  • Yeury's Sep 24, 14:46 comment on Why do people protest with looting & violence?
    Dear keily your post is very interesting to me. Because after george floyd was killed the cops i think every color just got tired of seeing white police kill color man for no reason. I think people started looting because people thought that just protesting and walk on the on street was not going to change nothing so people took it the other way and did the violence way to see if it can change something but til now i dont think things changed i think things are still the same.
  • Cristin's Sep 24, 14:43 comment on People of color & No equality
    I feel like nobody should see someone for their skin tone because god made us equal and every skin tone is pretty and nobody should have to treat someone else different.
  • Brendaly's Sep 24, 14:32 comment on Human Trafficking
    I agree with you on this topic of human trafficking especially the part where you said “ Human trafficking can happen to anyone it is a serious matter that really takes a toll on the victim” because no one really pays much attention to this matter cause they don’t expect it to happen to them until it does
  • Sandra Kemp's Sep 24, 13:59 comment on Risk vs Reward: The Dangers of Canyoneering
    I did the Keyhole the following year. I read about it. We did Pine Creek before it that morning, then went to where there was wi-fi, re-checked the weather and water levels again before going into the Keyhole. It was eery to think about them trapped in that canyon. It is very closed off. Once you are in it, the only way out is to use ascenders if possible. The walls are tall and slick and in places claustrophobic, so narrow you can barely squeeze through. Super cool though!
  • Rich Novack's Sep 24, 01:59 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    Thank you for bringing me closer to this extraordinary situation. Such tragedy. Such folly. I hope you amd yours keep safe! Best.
  • Mayra's Sep 24, 01:57 comment on Watch out For Traffic!
    I agree that human trafficking is a problem and can happen anywhere and anytime. It is important for communities to have discussions about this to keep people safe. I also agree that victims need just as much help and support due to the fact that it is a life changing experience and no one should have to live through that. With a close community comes a better way to keep people safe and comfortable.
  • Andres's Sep 22, 16:15 comment on Would You Want Your Country To Have Nuclear Weapons or Abolish Them?
    dear Hiede i thought it was very interesting how you put the examples of war in the article. it really showed how much we’ve learned as a country to let history repeat it self.I think it will be a great idea to get ride of the bombs because it will stop them from doing it again. my favorite sentence that you wrote was ¨Not only did the U.S. bomb once but twice which was double the sorrow. this is very important because we are the monsters in this topic and should be accepting responsibility and work on banning nuclear power. i had a great time reading you post thank you so much i look forward to seeing what you have next thank you. Andres Tristan
  • Aaliyah's Sep 22, 16:01 comment on Prejudice towards immigrant children is dangerous to their mental health.
    Dear Sloane, I strictly agree with your post, “Prejudice towards immigrant children is dangerous to their mental health”, because it really exhibits the reality of the struggles American immigrants go through. I agree that it is difficult to find your balance in between your own culture and the American culture and how it makes you struggle with your identity. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “I wish that more American citizens who might not be as familiar with the immigrant experience would be more open to sitting down and talking to immigrants, refugees, and asylees in their communities.” This sentence stood out to me because those who discriminate against other cultures or races discriminate because they are ignorant in the stories of immigrants. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, I am impressed with your knowledge of those who’ve immigrated and their issues when immigrating. I would like you to continue to mention the struggles of immigrants to inform those who aren’t familiar with how immigration occurs. Aaliyah
  • Cristina's Sep 21, 16:53 comment on Backlash on Zoos
    The article “Backlash on Zoos” provides the writer’s opinion and examples regarding the treatment of animals in zoos. He mentions how others think animals found in zoos are treated poorly but he also mentions how that is not the case in every zoo. Every zoo is different and some are more caring and responsible towards their animals and make do with what they have available. The writer also mentions an example of why it is difficult to tell when an animal is in need of help and proceeds to show an example of a giraffe and her unborn baby. I really appreciate you bring into attention the treatment and examples of zoos. I agree with your provided article that some zoos are not the best with their treatment toward their animals but yet how some zoos are not as bad and actually be helpful and beneficial for animals. I understand your feelings towards many zoos because it is true that many have horrible treatment towards their animals and agree with the anger many have towards their treatment. How do you think we can bring more awareness to the maltreatment of animals in zoos? #OCHS
  • Zhelanea's Sep 21, 08:35 comment on Pandemic
    I agree with your post that the pandemic has caused a lot of changes for highschool seniors. We are still not sure what will happen as the year goes by, so that leaves us with many questions. These questions, however, I think will be answered with time. We just have to wait and see what happens. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the current events that are taking place.
  • Alvaro's Sep 21, 07:14 comment on Is Boredom A Good Thing?
    Dear Osiris, I enjoyed your writing , “Is Boredom a Good Thing?,” because it provided me with a new way of thinking about my bored moments. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A way to get used to boredom is by using our creativity and imagination. Instead of looking at boredom as a bad thing, we should use it as an advantage. ” I always looked at being bored as an uncomfortable waste of my time. Like I should be doing something productive instead of staring at the wall. But, this sentence made me realize that boredom has produced a lot of good memories. Especially when I was a child, I always did something to keep myself from being bored. Whether that be playing with my siblings or creating something. The point is boredom can bring the creative and fun side out of you. Alvaro Canales
  • Juan's Sep 21, 06:40 comment on Self-Driving Cars
    Dear Andres, I am interested by your post, “Self-Driving Cars”, because it is technology has advanced throughout the years. It is impressive because of how those who aren’t capable to drive, can now access a form of transportation while following the law. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me came out in the very last paragraph where it states, ” the future is coming, is it a good thing or a bad thing?”. I think this is an interesting topic to talk about and by the way you acknowledge and emphasize this question, gets me more intrigued into your post. Thanks for your writing. I would love to hear more from you because this post was quite delightful. I would also love for you to keep telling more about your own personal ideas to the topic. Overall, great piece of writing! Very interesting!
  • Juan Gomez's Sep 21, 06:35 comment on Self-Driving Cars
    Dear Andres, I am interested by your post, “Self-Driving Cars”, because it is technology has advanced throughout the years. It is impressive because of how those who aren’t capable to drive, can now access a form of transportation while following the law. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me came out in the very last paragraph where it states, ” the future is coming, is it a good thing or a bad thing?”. I think this is an interesting topic to talk about and by the way you acknowledge and emphasize this question, gets me more intrigued into your post. Thanks for your writing. I would love to hear more from you because this post was quite delightful. I would also love for you to keep telling more about your own personal ideas to the topic. Overall, great piece of writing! Very interesting!
  • Ashley's Sep 21, 06:14 comment on Why do people protest with looting & violence?
    Dear Kelly: I am intrigued by your post, “Why do people protest with looting & violence” because it shows the two different sides of people when protesting against what is seen as not right. I am also intrigued by the way one person can change the mind or redirect them in the right direction in terms of protesting. The sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Kimberly thinks that looting is what it takes for the world to see the need for justice but Stephanie doesn’t agree.” I think this is informal for those to see what people think need to be done in order to get justice and whether or not others agree with that idea. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to know about your thoughts and how you view others ideas. It would be gradually appreciating to know that people care about things like these. Ashley
  • Alondra's Sep 21, 05:46 comment on Is Music Good or Bad While You Study?
    Dear Carter, I really liked your article and it caught my attention because I also can’t decide whether music is wise choice for when your studying. Sometimes music helps but other times it distracts me and makes me feel even more anxious. One sentence that really stood out to me is “ There has been studied at Cambridge University that says that listening to hip-hop music if they are under a lot of stress and anxiety will help.”. This sentence stood out to me because I was writing a typed essay for English the other day and I was listening to R&B the other day and it helped. Overall I liked your post because it very well written and you use data to support your argument.
  • Mario's Sep 21, 04:24 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    Dear Melissa, I find your post very interesting cause the wildfires are 1 thing California is known for along with earthquakes. The fires this year are very big and being 2020 its not a surprise Cali is up in flames. I like how you even incorporated the type of weather conditions the firefighters have to deal with because it makes their job deadlier. The fires can move at rather fast speeds and can even be hard to outrun. The creek fire got bigger than should of because it jumped over the river due to the little sparks that flew because of the wind. Luckily they have contained some of it and is not as big as before. Thank you for your writing and can’t wait for your next one.
  • Diana's Sep 21, 04:05 comment on Men need to change
    Dear Mayra, I enjoyed your writing , “Men need to change,” because it talked about real life situations we need to address more frequently. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I also feel like it is men that should change their view on women as society is evolving so should their perspective. ” I think this is true because everyone and everything in society is changing nowadays, and people need to learn to keep up with things nowadays, especially with their thought process. Men need to understand that these are different times, and that women are no longer going to put up with topics that used to be unspoken. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Diana Zuniga
  • Ricardo's Sep 21, 03:11 comment on Is Your Cellphone Draining Your Intelligence?
    Dear Yamile: I am fascinated by your post “Is Your Cellphone Draining Your Intelligence?” because the usage of cellphones has really skyrocketed recently and that is a huge impact on our society. There are many pros and cons of cellphones, it really depends on how we use them. One sentence that stands out to me is “Although there are other people that rely on their phones at all times, and in some cases, it’s even an addiction.” I think this is true because many people spend lots of hours on their phones, watching people live their life on social media. Whereas others use it to benefit themselves in intelligent ways. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this really opened my eyes to how we use our phones. It also just made me think about the wasted time I’ve spent on my phone when I could have been doing other things. Ricardo
  • Heidi's Sep 21, 02:32 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Robert, I can agree with you by enforcing a strict law towards guns because there has been so many incidents about innocent people being killed by guns. I also agree that it should be a lot harder to be able to own a gun. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me is “I say we should make a law where if you own a gun you could only use it if it’s a life or death situation. Or if we could only have it at certain age.” I think this is true because this implies to school shooters that are in the ages between middle school and high school. This shows that they have very easy access to be able to have a gun. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find it interesting.
  • Selena's Sep 19, 21:50 comment on Human Trafficking
    I liked this topic on human trafficking because it happens everyday around the world and you may not know it. No one really understands why someone would do this to someone else because it is dangerous and threatening. Watching your surrounding and not letting certain know your location. Keep things private because it can happen to you or someone you know. Human trafficking is really at a stage where, the drugs, alcohol, or some sort of mental state that gets someone to do it and or they want revenge on someone. It is a serious topic because once they take you, no one knows where you are or what they will do to you for their own sanctification. Only 2 percent of human trafficker victims are rescued. Can you only image the ones who are never found and what life may be for them?
  • Monserrat's Sep 19, 21:46 comment on Lack of Education on Nutrition to Younger Generations
    Dear Kaitlyn, the topic that you wrote about has caught my attention as I also believe that nutrition for the younger generations is vital for growth in population and lives. The lack of education on nutrition negatively affects the following the growing generations as they are not fully aware of what endangers their livelihoods. I also agree with your statements that as children and older students are not being educated on what is good for their bodies and the bad items, as it should be more taught in school systems because when they are in their younger years; that is when they learn their food habits and favorite foods. One sentence that intrigued my interest was ” If we were to teach younger students now when they are at their most vulnerable learning period rather than later, there is the potential of making a large impact on their health in later stages of life”. I feel strongly about this point of view because if there was a better resources that are available for younger students it can decrease the numbers of obesity, food poisoning, overweight, and eating disorders. It can also promote a long and healthy life instead of being scared for your life as there is dangers that those 4 factors cause in someone’s life. Thank you for your writing! I am looking forward on your next writing based on important information and education. I would like you to shine light on subjects that society do not speak on. Monserrat
  • Jeff Knorr's Sep 19, 20:28 comment on “Rocky Mountains” (a response poem to “The Sacramento” by Jeff Knorr)
    Natasha, I enjoyed your poem. Thanks for using my line as a piece of inspiration for your poem–that means a lot. I can entirely relate to your sentiments in the poem of watching this land change and considering our impact in that change.
  • Litzy's Sep 19, 03:59 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    Dear Melissa, I was very intrigued by your post ” The Dangers of California Wildfires” because I did not actually know how bad these fires were. These wildfires have caused so much damage not only to the people and their homes but the animals that live in these places. I believe these firefighters deserve more than they receive for their hard work and protecting us from these fires. Even though they seem so far they aren’t, and they are actually very close to our homes which is crazy. Thank you for this post and I hope to hear more about your post soon. – Litzy
  • Gerardo's Sep 18, 20:46 comment on Watch out For Traffic!
    Dear Daniel, I completely agree with you that there are many people being trafficked in Oakland and worldwide. And you never now if you are going to be the next victim. Meanwhile many people just want to spend quality time with their family and don’t want to have any problems. Also If you keep saying to yourself that you aren’t going to be a victim you don’t now that anyone can be trafficked. Sincerely, Gerardo
  • Yaslin's Sep 17, 22:18 comment on Pandemic
    Dear Hayley: I totally agree with your statement, I almost have no hope that we will get to experience a fun and fulfilling senior year. It’s been half a year since we’ve been in this pandemic, and doing school from home isn’t easy. It’s stressful and causes me to feel unmotivated to do my work. A sentence that stood out to me was “We have spent more than half of our lives in school working for the moment where we get handed our high school diplomas at our graduation, hearing our parents cheering us on from the stand, with some of us being first-time graduates in our families” because we’ve waiting so long for this year just for it to go down the drain. Thank you for your writing, I enjoyed reading about this since I can relate. Yaslin Loera
  • Natalia's Sep 17, 21:57 comment on AYO! Tik Tok Check!
    This reminds me of how grateful I was for Tik Tok at the end of March and April–it was a great outlet for my daughters during shelter-in-place!
  • Antonio's Sep 17, 16:42 comment on The Dangers of California Wildfires
    This is the most devastating moment in our lives and California too. The air is full of cancer for our lungs and fires that will make all of our forest into a distant memory. I’m worry about the sake of the town itself and my family as well. Idk how these fires started but they are worse than anything in the long list of wildfire that happen.
  • Antonio's Sep 17, 16:25 comment on Should Immigrants be Separated from their Families?
    It’s horrifying that the children are being taking away from there families who are marked as criminals. Currently, most of the children are in the cages like animals. They have no way of talking to member of their families and none of their needs are there. if the untied states is dubbed “the land of the free”, then why are in concentration camps. I believe that the children should be with their families.
  • Mayra's Sep 17, 16:14 comment on Legalizing Abortion
    I agree with the fact that women should have the right to abortion without being shamed upon , what a women does with her body should be up to her only and shouldn’t be decided upon anyone else. Abortion should be a personal matter and a woman should have a right to this and safety should be a priority. Woman who choose abortion need ro be comfortable as possible and should be reassured of the safety.
  • Zachary's Sep 17, 16:01 comment on Could humans eventually live on Mars?
    Space experts from all over the world are trying to figure out if going to Mars is a good idea to do. They don’t think it is a good idea to go to Mars yet because of Mars’ thin atmosphere. They think humans are not ready to go to Mars because of all the things that happen there still. If they don’t want to send humans to Mars then they will send robots to Mars because they have been a big part of exploring Mars. Some people think that sending humans to Mars is a bad idea because of all the sand storms. They also think that if they send humans to Mars they will get cancer or even go brain dead. If they do send humans to Mars than us humans are gonna accomplish a lot of stuff and who knows what will happen with further exploration in the future.
  • Yaslin's Sep 17, 15:56 comment on Desperate for Change
    Dear Bubar: Your summarization of the article, “How Our World Change” was very informational. I like how you explained what the text was talking about, this really caught my attention. I agree that change should be made in this world, I’m very glad the BLM movement was started. Especially how there’s been thousands of people who’ve supported this movement by protesting and or posting on the media to make it aware. One sentence that stood out to me was: “With more and more people realizing what’s going on in our country, more actions have been taken.” I think this is important because it means that now we’ve got more voices to share stories and make them known. Thank you for writing, I can’t wait to read more from you. Yaslin Loera
  • Morgan's Sep 17, 15:35 comment on Could there be a cure soon?
    Seven months have passed and the whole world is in quarantine. The world is in quarantine because of a sickness called COVID-19. We have been missing on interactions with other people for months now. A vaccine for this sickness could possibly take decades. To make this vaccine you will need a lot of tools and a lot of research. A vaccine for this COVID-19 would change everyone’s life and everything would go back to normal. What I learned from this is that Covid-19 is a serious thing and we all need to take responsibility in this and protect each other. Can make a vaccine really take more than a decade? How is everyone living in these terrible times in the world? How long will the people be in quarantine? Yes, making a vaccine can take more than a decade due to it using a lot of tools and a lot of research. How everyone is living is by staying 6 feet apart from each other and have no contact with another. As of right now, no one knows how long this quarantine will take it can take up to years until they find a cure for this sickness.
  • Daniela's Sep 17, 01:18 comment on Is Your Cellphone Draining Your Intelligence?
    Yes, many may argue that social media is bad for us because of the amount of time we spend on it. What others don’t see though, is the information we view on social media. For example, Mr. Weinberger states that, “cellphones don’t make us stupid as they have made a great impact on society.” I agree with this because recently many have used social media to spread awareness of issues around the world. Without this resource, us, teens, wouldn’t have known about the realities in society.
  • Melissa's Sep 17, 00:13 comment on Health Care
    Dear Samantha, I am impressed by your post, “Health Care” because not many people are aware of this. I am glad that you chose to write about this topic since it is very important especially now that there is many diseases and viruses happening around us. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Throughout our research, we found that many of these ‘basic’ rights are not being followed in this place.” I think this is ridiculous because a health care business should remain professional rather than falling behind on important information, lacking sanitation, and not catching up with medications. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing is very informative. This post can educate many people who had no idea about their rights. -Melissa Aguilar
  • Gabriel g's Sep 16, 22:26 comment on Could humans eventually live on Mars?
    i believe that sending robots should just be the government’s main focus because it wouldn’t be affecting us and we could learn new things about the atmosphere in mars. I also liked the way you explained it and also that you were realistic. Although humans going to mars they can accomplish their main focus and look for what exactly they are looking for it is still a huge disadvantage and risk they are willing to take when we should take extra precaution.
  • Tadeo's Sep 16, 18:08 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    How u verified m’boi?
  • Sephora's Sep 16, 17:30 comment on America Means: Diversity
    Dear < Claire, I am touched by your post it really spoke to me in a way that I now have a different perspective about "America" One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Because of this, a diverse group of people can bring parts of their culture such as food, art, and beliefs to form “American culture.” I think this is interesting because America is about bringing people together to form a group and sharing different cultures is one of them. Your, post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I had to bring food from my country to share with my school because it was culture week and sitting at different tables and trying new food really brought me closer to my classmates and the understanding of their culture. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was an inspiring topic.
  • Litzy's Sep 16, 06:43 comment on A Dish from My Culture
    Dear Fatoumata, I am very intrigued about your post “A DIsh from My Culture” because hearing how much love you have for your culture is very genuine. I really like learning about new cultures and I felt like your culture seemed so nice the way you all show your love towards the people you care about by making them a dish that takes a long and difficult process. I agree with you that when you make a traditional dish it reminds you of home and makes you happy. When my family makes a traditional Mexican dish it reminds me of my ancestors and makes me happy to have the culture I have. Hope to hear more about your culture soon!! -Litzy
  • Litzy's Sep 16, 06:25 comment on Could there be a cure soon?
    Dear Diana, I was very intrigued by your post about a vaccine for COVID-19. I agree with you that by a vaccine getting created it would change the world drastically. It would let us humans go back to normal without having to use masks and businesses being able to reopen again. Although many of us want this vaccine to come out faster we have to keep in mind that for vaccines to usually be effective and safe it goes through a lot of tests and precautions which could take years or sometimes decades. -Litzy
  • Litzy's Sep 16, 06:14 comment on Could humans eventually live on Mars?
    Dear Rosa, I am very intrigued by your post because I never thought scientists would want humans in mars. I agree with you that humans going to mars is such a bad idea, it’s very dangerous. Although humans going could accomplish their main focus and look for what exactly they are looking for it is still a big risk. Maybe sending robots should just be their main focus because it wouldn’t be affecting humans and we could learn new things about the atmosphere in mars. -Litzy
  • Viviana Flores's Sep 16, 02:49 comment on Is Your Cellphone Draining Your Intelligence?
    I think phones are a big distraction but do not decrease our intelligence. I also think they are very helpful. Phone helps us look up words we don’t know really fast, and we are able to contact friends or teachers when we need help with classwork. Phones can also be a distraction by giving us the temptation to text our friends and go on social media instead of doing work.
  • Viviana Flores's Sep 16, 02:37 comment on Why are teens fighting for a raise?
    I personally think that teens should get a raise. Most teens really do need the money. For example, they could be living on their own or helping their parents with bills and/or food. They might also need to pay for college on their own. I think teens getting a raise can help a lot. The raise might not be too much but it will be greatly appreciated.
  • Viviana Flores's Sep 16, 02:24 comment on The Impact of George Floyd
    I think the protest people are trying to change history and how African-American people are getting treated now. I believe if people come together and keep using their voices then change could happen. In the picture, what caught my eye was the different races protesting. I think it’s even better because more people are helping out and showing that they care about multiple race/races.
  • Viviana Flores's Sep 16, 02:08 comment on Desperate for Change
    Dear Bubar: I am impressed by the summary you provided for “How Our World Changed”. This caught my attention because I feel like not lots of people pay attention to how black people are getting treated and if they do pay attention people don’t really do anything about it. A sentence that stood out to me was “I was shocked to see so many white kids out here,… Back then, it was just Black folks”. This stood out to me because you noticed “so many white kids” and before you used to see “just black folks”. I believe black people are not getting the same chances as white people and I believe that this is not fair for the other race. Thank you for writing this. Things like this can make a change even if its little things or writing like this. people can read this and start relizing whats happening in the world. I look forward to seeing what you will write next.
  • Arooj's Sep 15, 23:16 comment on Ramadan And The Different Rituals
    Dear Ishak, I agree with you that COVID-19 has affected Ramadan a lot because in some countries Mosques were closed, and many people were sad. I hope that the everything will get better soon. I am looking forward to your writing.🙂🙂
  • Melissa Aguilar's Sep 15, 23:00 comment on AYO! Tik Tok Check!
    Dear Sophie, I am fascinated by your post, “AYO! TikTok Check!,” because TikTok has been one of the most used social media platforms so far. It is a great way to be creative and express yourself through videos. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “You tell yourself that you’ll go on Tik Tok for a couple of minutes, but 5 hours later you’re still scrolling and a notification pops up telling you to take a break.” I think this is interesting because I downloaded the app as a joke and now I am on it every day. It can be very addicting yet it is used for entertainment and knowledge. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is interesting to learn about the different types of social medias and what they are used for. -Melissa Aguilar
  • Daniel's Sep 15, 18:14 comment on Another Attack?
    Dear Monserrat I agree, that these are hard times we live in, and that nobody saw this crisis coming. Personally, I was just looking at 2020 to be a New year/Decade, where I pull my act together, do what needs to be done so I can have a perfect life. Until Quarantine happened, and to me it was like life has fallen into a dark hole. I also agree that the world was not prepared for this crisis to happen, and that many people did not believe it was true, and did not listen to stay inside, practice social distancing, and to wear a mask. For me personally it affected me, but not in a huge way, like my workouts are different, having to reschedule appointments etc, and school. Yet with nowadays the Air Quality getting worse, in the Central Valley due to fires, Many of my plans have been cancelled, and my workouts took another hit. All in all I do agree that the world was not prepared for this, but we can be.
  • Yamile's Sep 15, 18:02 comment on A Dish from My Culture
    Dear Fatoumata, I found your post “A Dish from My Culture” interesting because I enjoyed hearing about how passionate you are about your culture. I think it is important to learn about other people’s cultures because it is a huge part of one’s life. Everyone has different values and learning about their culture can expand your view to respect everyone and acknowledge the diversity around you. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In the Bronx, last Eid, my mom and I decided to cook Latchiri Kossan to remember the smell of our country through this traditional dish.” I found this relatable as to when I help my mom cook. I like learning how to make new Mexican dishes because I get to learn more about my culture. I also feel that our dishes make us come closer together especially on holidays because the whole family gathers and works together to make the food. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would like to continue to learn more about your culture. -Yamile
  • Ashley's Sep 14, 21:00 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    Dear April,  I am content with your response to “ Which is a better alternative: Online school vs. Traditional school” because I agree that there are pros and cons to these two alternatives. However online school could be a good option for certain students.  One sentence that stood out to me is “Although home-based learning may be a better alternative for some students, not everyone is able to learn from home without guidance and help from teachers.” I think this is true because I personally think that online schooling a good thing for me in a way but however its better having  traditional schooling. Online schooling is good for me because I’m very anti social so now that were online I’m anxiety free and stress free in a way. Although traditional schooling is better because you get to actually get help from your teachers in person than through online.  Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find these topics interesting. What will bring me back is the topics that relate to me in a way or I could make connections with.
  • April's Sep 14, 20:57 comment on Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?
    In the article, “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?” I learned about the pros and cons that come with online school and which alternative can be better for certain students. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic schools and other major facilities have been forced to close down and people are encouraged to be sheltered in place. With this, students and teachers have switched over to home-based learning. Although home-based learning may be a better alternative for some students, not everyone is able to learn from home without guidance and help from teachers. Some students find it more difficult because they don’t have easy access to tutoring or physical representations of how to do their assignments. I believe that home based learning is not for everyone. As of March 17th my school has also switched over to home based learning and this makes it difficult for me to not only learn but also get my work done. I enjoyed going to school because I saw it as a way to take my mind off of things and learn. I was also able to ask questions and ask for help, although home based learning is not a terrible idea, and good for those who can’t attend school. Being a procrastinator, I also have a hard time managing my time and actually getting my assignments done and turned in. I also think that it’s overwhelming for students to receive a significant amount of work all at once. Which do you like best, home based learning or traditional school?
  • Cristian's Sep 14, 17:10 comment on Stop prescribing addicting opioids/painkillers
    Hey Dayanara, I understand where you are coming from on this article about addicting drugs. But also these drugs treat a lot of health conditions and without that what are we supposed to do. You may say that there is other drugs that may help but what if there not as effective. All prescription drugs are useful to the people and all. I agree there is addictions but like whoś fault is it really that gets addicted its not the pharmacists or doctors who prescribe it. It’s the people using it that gets addicted.
  • Chandler's Sep 14, 16:34 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    I agree because vaping is getting bigger and bigger as a trend people claim they just want to “try it” until they get addicted. I know 3 people who happend to overdose but thank fury they survived, as well as there also 13!
  • Chandler's Sep 14, 16:28 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    Yes bro
  • Carmie's Sep 14, 16:27 comment on Watch out For Traffic!
    Human Trafficking is a really big problem all over the world today. It happens all around us and we don’t even notice. It is important that when you see something you say something. I know people who have lost loved ones due to this. It is important to stay safe and report it if you saw something suspicious.
  • Rosie's Sep 14, 15:51 comment on Watch out For Traffic!
    Human trafficking is a big issue in our world today. We need to start being cautious and staying close to someone at all times.
  • Mateo-R's Sep 14, 15:49 comment on Could humans eventually live on Mars?
    It’s true, there could be advantages and a lot of disadvantages, space exploration has never been cheap and maybe in the future it would be, now just robots are in mars but in a future we don’t know yet. It remembers me a video game called Planet Base, is about making a base in other planets, one of them was mars, but there the hurdles were not very big. I liked the way you explained it and also that you were realistic
  • Rosie's Sep 14, 15:48 comment on Could there be a cure soon?
    At this point it’s almost been 8 months with no cure or vaccine. It can take another year to get a vaccine. They haven’t even started to run the first trial yet. Hopefully they get a cure ASAP and save lives.
  • Rosie's Sep 14, 15:46 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Robert your article is true. But I disagree with that it only happens to Oakland teenagers. If this article is for them to help them out and spread awareness then I understand. My question is why did you get the idea to write about this article?
  • daddy's Sep 14, 15:39 comment on Manipulation
    I can appreciate the character Amanda. Amanda is very dynamic and caring for the loved ones she loves in her town. My genuine reaction was that she cares about the people around her and the people that she can be friends with and help out.
  • Elisha Perez's Sep 14, 07:12 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    Bro same
  • Alvaro Canales Saucedo's Sep 14, 07:11 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    fr bro
  • Alvaro Canales Saucedo's Sep 14, 07:10 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    Really good post Gerardo! I also think that vaping is a serious issue that isn’t being talked about as much as it should. Since no one talks about it, everyone my age is pretty much oblivious to the negative effects on the human body and mind. Especially at such a young age, vaping is very easy to become addicted to and I am happy that you brought it up.
  • Elisha Perez's Sep 14, 07:10 comment on The Vaping Crisis – What can be done to stop it?
    I agree that vaping is an issue and I am glad that you addressed the teenage population becoming addicted to it.
  • Hayley Galvez's Sep 14, 05:48 comment on It’s Just Hair, Not Sex
    Dear Audrey, I really like how you convey your readers that you can do whatever you want want your hair because your hair is your hair.I never knew that Islam girls don’t show their hair for the reason that men use girls hair as a find to find them attractive. When it comes to my hair I just straighten and curl it every now and then.I find this article very interesting because I prefer my hair to be in the middle like not to short nor to long.
  • Ritchy Valtierra's Sep 11, 17:33 comment on Video Games and Its Benefits
    Dear Kutay, Your post “Video Games and its benefits” was interesting because I play video games everyday and I never knew they can be beneficial. Something that stood out to me was “As a benefits of video games this website lists some of the things like exercising your brain, problem solving and exercising your body.” This stood out to me because I never knew that playing games can benefit the brain.
  • Nina's Sep 11, 15:22 comment on Car Accidents
    Dear Jennifer, I agree with your post, “Car Accidents”, because people do need to start taking responsibility when driving. Drivers need to start knowing about the dangers and take caution when driving to prevent future accidents. One sentence that stood out to me was, “There are a great deal of thoughtless, alcoholic, speed drivers out and about that could undoubtedly hit you and could ensure you end up in a hospital”, because it shows the reality of what could happen if people are not safe when driving. In the end, I agree that people need to start taking action and learn to be careful when driving.
  • Camila's Sep 11, 15:22 comment on Global Warming and Health effects
    I appreciate the detail in this article! It is so interesting how much Global Warming can cause. I can connect to this because I have always been very interested in saving and making the Earth that we have better. I even participated in a challenge that included the whole US where you came up with an idea to help reduce global warming. My group and I focused in reducing food miles. I believe that the Earth is a gift for humans, and we have to protect it. As you have stated, “ By measuring the success it would be like people would start to use less cars they could share cars if they go in the same way.“ I think that is so important because I have done that for the past year and it not only reduces your cars gasses but the others in that ride as well! Thank you!
  • Gabi's Sep 11, 15:21 comment on Why do people protest with looting & violence?
    I really enjoyed this article and loved how it is very appropriate to the time period and realistic especially towards today. The different point of veiws and opinions is really cool. You say “ Martin approaches while still listening to Stephanie, Amber & Kimberly) I’ve been listening for some time now, and I think what these girls are telling you is right, look let me tell you something.” And I wanna know if he was actually supposed to be there or if he was just supposed to be in their head. I can connect this to me because when I watch the news or videos about the riots and looting I feel so bad for the store owners who get looted and when I watch the protests I feel so bad for the protesters. No one deserves this and the way you made this article really shows what’s going on behind the scenes. If I was in Ambers shoes I would just leave because being peer pressured into doing something like that is crazy.
  • Giulia's Sep 11, 15:20 comment on A New Perspective
    Dear Hannah, I agree with you post and can connect to it. These are very hard times now and we all wish we could be with our friends celebrating these amazing steps in our lives. I moved to the USA last year and when COVID-19 started I was just starting to create stronger bonds with people. Something that stands out to me is when you said before Covid you were not living life to the fullest. That is very interesting and I agree with you. Before Covid everyone was always in a rush and had things to do, we didn’t have much time to stop and appreciate the small moments and things around us. You said that we have to put things in perspective and be thankful for having good health care and a place to live, is that what you mean? That we should appreciate what we have and use these difficult times as a way to reflect on us and how lucky we are. One question I have for you is how do you feel Covid has affected learning because you said that we are still learning and gaining and education, do you feel that we are getting a good education? Also, how was you graduation and how did you feel by not having you friends next to you?
  • Andrew's Sep 11, 15:19 comment on Human Trafficking
    Nahum, this I a great articled I really apreciate it because it spreads awareness for a very, very serious issue. This resinates with me because my family being from other countries have told me awful stories about some things that occur in other countries. “Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states”. People are under a false narrative that this is a foreign thing and that America is safe but it’s not. Our less privileged adolescence get trapped because they trust one wrong person and their whole life is either being forced into marriage or flat out being a sex slave. This post did make me think about this in a new light as the is modern day slavery in America but illagal. We all need to consider this more as one of the paramount issues in todays society.
  • Jacob Coffman's Sep 11, 15:19 comment on Why do people protest with looting & violence?
    I really appreciate the fact that this article really does relate to the world nowadays. I like how there are two different sides with two different opinions. There many instances in this article that I’m sure have happened over the past few months. For example, “I believe the more people unite together, we will have a stronger voice and would make everyone listen to us!” This is something that many people who have been protesting can relate to. I can connect that quote to the NBA. The NBA has been peacefully protesting as group; united as one, so they can have their voices heard. Kimberly, I hear your point that looting should be okay, but in reality, if you want to prove a point and inspire others, peacefully protesting would be more reasonable. I find it very interesting how the writer brings in MLK at the end to show that what is happening now with the protesting and the Civil Rights Movement, is extremely similar to what happened in the 1960’s.
  • Taylor's Sep 11, 15:17 comment on Jabril’s Space During Quarantine
    I like how even though there is a health crisis you are trying to make the most of it and still having fun. Do you every still get board, because I do? What do you think is harder virtual or in person school? Do you only play on a Switch because I would guess you also do other things? Stay safe during quarantine, and hope things go back to normal soon.
  • Brian's Sep 11, 15:17 comment on Sports Injuries in Minors
    Dear Omar, I am fascinated by your post “Sport Injuries in Minors,” because I am an athlete myself. This post informs athletes about the risk of getting injured. One of your quotes that really spoke out to me was “As people who practice a lot, it is important to know the risks involved and how to preclude injuries. ” I think you should talk different schools about their teaching about the risk of sports. I can connect to this to myself because every year for school sports we have to learn about heat illness, concussions, and sudden cardiac arrest. This was a very interesting post and helps athletes understand that with playing sports also comes with a risk of getting injured.
  • Ava's Sep 11, 15:15 comment on Making the most of things
    Dear Alexander, I love the way you kept a good mindset on this situation. What stood out to me was when you said, “ Making the most of things.” This can really help when you feel sad about COVID-19, and not being able to hang out with friends. I really connect with your idea on learning a bunch of new things. I personally have taken up skateboarding and also surfing at the local beach. One question I do want to ask though, is whether or not you have gone on to any online celebrations according to your senior farewell/goodbye. I am personally not a senior in high school, but if I were in your shoes, I would be disappointed, with it being your last year of high school.
  • Dylan's Sep 11, 15:15 comment on Gun violence
    Thank you for sharing all this information. It really helps people get to know what is going on around the world. It’s disappointing how your city handles this issue. You wrote this very well and it makes me think you have a personal connection to someone who maybe got injured from guns.

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