• Bordork's May 24, 19:09 comment on Addiction
    A few years back, I had a similar situation, older brother as well. Except it was Acid, also causing havoc, and generally causing mayhem. No one can control nor really oppress the actions of someone who's allowed themselves to be overtaken by drugs.
  • Holley's May 24, 18:30 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    I really enjoyed your writing it was very personal and i enjoy that. I understand the feeling of loosing or distancing from a places you love due to reasons. It was very interesting to hear about snow too since iv'e never been in real snow before. thank you for writing this passage i enjoyed it a lot.
  • Angelina's May 24, 18:16 comment on 5 questions about“Sonnet 129” by William Shakespeare
    Dear: Jillian I am satisfied with your poem, “Sonnet 129,” because your poem is really straightforward. One set of line from stanza 2 line 3-6 that stands out for me is, “Each meaning changes the poem in different ways. The idea that a spirits value is based of how shame it creates is very interesting. What creates shame is a very controversial topic. What brings shame to one’s self or family changes on the person’s ideology therefore this “value” system of a spirit is quite biased and controversial.” I was thinking the same thing and idea because when you first introduced in like in the first stanza it kinda implied that so i was thinking about then when confirmed it i was shocked. Your poem seems so familiar to me i just can't figure out what it was probably a poem that I once .Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I enjoyed your thinking and your choice of words.
  • Ivan's May 24, 14:11 comment on My Question About “Changes” By Tupac Shakur
    Dear Erald, I am intrigued by your post because I have done the same analysis on “Changes”. I want to see what you think about the poem/song. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “The Black Panthers believed that black people should arm themselves...” I think this is interesting because Tupac mentions Huey’s death when he tried to use violence to gain equal rights. Your post reminds me of the violence and racism today. It seems that police brutality is dying down, but it is still going on. Black people still haven’t had their rights equal to white people. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas are interesting.
  • Coleman's May 24, 13:50 comment on Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
    Dear Nate : I am Impressed by your post, “Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath” because of your insightful questions and comments towards Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She writes, “I began to talk like a Jew. I think I may well be a Jew.” Why is she comparing herself to a Jew and what does she mean that she is talking like one? The lines raise questions about what she felt that made her make that comparison and how her father fits into that.” I think this is interesting because she also mentions nazis in the poem and it’s making me wonder if something made her become a jew and if it has anything to do with her father. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “Had time for what? This is a turn because in the previous line she says she had to kill him. Why would she want to kill him but suddenly regrets not having time with her father?. This line raises the question of what happened to her father and what makes her hate him so much.” This stood out for me because I also had the same thought about that stanza. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have very interesting thoughts.
  • Erald's May 24, 13:46 comment on My questions on “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    do you think its more than just racism?
  • Erald's May 24, 13:39 comment on Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    i agree with everything that u wrote i had the same poem and wrote about the same thing i also saw another changes analysis by tyler and he thinks its about poverty and racism i agree but i think its way more than just that as we both wrote on our analysis
  • Teo's May 24, 02:33 comment on My questions on “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Dear Tyler, I really enjoyed your analysis and your question really got me thinking. I think that it is possible to diminish racism and poverty but we will never be able to weed out all racism because it is to deeply root in our nation's culture and history. The song "Changes" by Tupac Shakur talks about how the police interact with minorities and how they mistreat them. He says in one line, “cops give a damn about a negro” and a feel like even though this nation has made so much social progress, there is still a lot of brutality and mistreatment of minorities by the police. Most times the police aren't held accountable for their actions because they some slick excuse that clears them of any responsibility like saying that they feared for their life even though they might be 6'3 and a hundred eighty pounds and they tase a twelve-year-old approaching them. I feel like Tupac did a really good job of giving people a look inside the lives of minorities living in poverty.
  • Sydney's May 24, 01:54 comment on Helping the Homeless NYC
    Hi Karolina, I like your idea and that you're trying to help homeless people. I think it is impressive that you were able to get twenty-six signatures! I read in another post and they were marketing their idea through social media. They said they used twitter and Instagram to help spread their idea. I would agree I think that people want to engage in this issue. Sydney Stephens
  • Sydney's May 24, 01:48 comment on Atticus Finch in Different Places
    Hi Fatumata, I really enjoyed your post! I would agree that Atticus is the protagonist in "To Kill a Mockingbird." However, I would argue that slavery is still intense. I think that in Alabama after the Civil War the issue was more equality. I think there was unfairness and Tom was certainly treated differently because of his skin color. I think that if Tom were white then he maybe would not have been convicted or I think that there would have been more of an investigation. Sydney Stephens
  • Sydney's May 24, 00:36 comment on Reflection on FreshPod
    Hi Maria, I think that it is great you are trying to make a change and make teenagers more aware of the affects of juuling. I thought it was interesting when you talked about how you utilized social media platforms. I think that it is becoming more common to start movements via social media. I also think that it is amazing you got forty-five signatures! Sydney Stephens
  • bs's May 23, 21:53 comment on Mark Twain’s use of dialect in Huck-Finn
    For the love of god can you put the right page on your quote you retard
  • Rayce's May 23, 20:15 comment on Why Does America Hate the Stick Shift?
    nathan, I totally agree with you nobody seems to know how to drive stick any more personally i love stick my car is a 5 speed subaru forester and i love it. It doesnt get boring i am always doing something and i feel more in control. but sadly stick shift cars seem to be going away.
  • Nathan's May 23, 18:22 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    You're picture that you chose really gave me an idea and allowed me to better picture everything you talk about in your poem
  • Quantel's May 23, 18:10 comment on Analysis on “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E Housman
    I like that you have a better understand with the poem then me and putting more details down and now i have a better understanding of how to go into deep feelings/thoughts
  • Joshua Woody's May 23, 17:58 comment on Analysis on “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E Housman
    I think that the analysis that you've presented goes into deep detail and gives a clear breakdown of the authors perspective. I also agree that the poet writes their poem not only in the eyes of an athlete but the eyes of a runner. The rush and high speeds that are set by expectations from the runner.
  • Kheriya's May 23, 17:00 comment on Fall Into Wonderland
    I love how you mentioned the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that made me see it more visual
  • Lucky's May 23, 16:32 comment on My view of the East River
    Dear Julissa: I am amazed by the image I can picture in your poem, “My View Of the East River,” because of the sentence when I was little, I would sit out on my balcony with my feet up on the railing at sunset. One line that stands out for me is, “ Whenever i’m on my balcony I feel kind of relaxed and peaceful because i’m away from everything yet I still have a sense of feeling like I am outside.” I think this line is relate-able because whenever I am trying to relax I will go out to my balcony to relax and get my mind right. Another line that stands out for me is, " I was still grateful for the fact that she thought about buying me the camera because she saw I was interested in photography.” I think this line is amazing because it shows how much you love taking pictures and how grateful you are . Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Your poem makes me picture what you are doing and makes me picture the beautiful view.
  • Sam's May 23, 14:21 comment on To Be Or Not To Be (Nice)
    I agree with this guy ^^^^^^^
  • Sam's May 23, 14:20 comment on To Be Or Not To Be (Nice)
    Dear Sam: Wowza you wrote a great essay !
  • Isaiah's May 23, 13:56 comment on Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Dear : Ivan I am Intrigued by your post, “Questions about “changes” by Tupac Shakur,” because you talk about this poem and a lot of the problems with society like you have been placed in his shoes, you seem to be viewing the world as him for a day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “He writes, “Pull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero”. The police can be corrupt sometimes. If they kill someone, they might be looked at as a hero. Why would the cop be called a hero? ” I think this is relatable because this happens to a lot of people of color and the fact that the same thing happens to many people all around the world and even to this famous rapper says a lot about the society. Another sentence that I was interested in was: “I’m tired of bein’ poor and, even worse, I’m black”. Why is he tired of being poor and black? Since he’s poor, he won’t gain much respect and he’s black, which doesn’t give many privileges” This stood out for me because no one can really answer your questions and the way you ask them is just so interesting to read on. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i loved reading about this and how much sense was being mad during this poem and how much you seemed to connect with him is fascinating
  • Orlando's May 22, 19:21 comment on Old Field, Mi Cancha
    Dear Oscar : I enjoyed your poem, because it talks about one of my favorite sports, soccer. One thing that stands out for me is that you threw in some Spanish words in there. I believe that makes the poem more interesting and it engages the reader and keeps them hooked. It is also very creative because it shows what type of languages and people are heard and seen around there. Another thing you did that I enjoyed is how you used the fields surroundings to try to describe the location. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
  • Kasandra's May 22, 18:51 comment on Places We Love: Photos
    I really like your description of the place, it reminds me of how me and my brother would go to our community park in the hot summer.
  • Jada's May 22, 18:47 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    Hey, Hatou I enjoy reading your poem. Did you know that blue or lavender is a stress relieving color and lavender can relieve your stress also. I like how you said that it helps you put up with school. It seems like their is a lot of bullying in your school and that going to this park helps you to cope with all that bullying. I can also relate to this poem in a way. Because i'm a victim of bullying and I know exactly what it feels like to be built up with stress after it. Thank you for writing this poem it helped me realise some things.
  • Ariel's May 22, 17:35 comment on Initial Analysis of “School Prayer” by Diane Ackerman
    I really like how in depth you went into even in the smallest lines.For example the line "How should I accept nature".
  • Ashley's May 22, 14:03 comment on My questions about the poem “A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti
    Dear Chloe, Thank you for your comment. I'm glad it helped you understand my poem more.
  • Keeba's May 22, 13:43 comment on Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
    Dear Nate, thanks for this great post. This poem seems to be very intriguing. Do you think that maybe she had a bad childhood and she probably has been traumatized. When continuing to analyze this poem you should look at some psychoanalytical lenses. They help you to understand how relationships from any point in your life affect you when you get older. This will definitely be crucial when your trying to come up with a strong claim.
  • Vanessa's May 22, 06:29 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    After reading your article, I have learned that the Oakland community has began to come together to bring awareness and trying to put an end to their fear. I feel that at home as well in our community we should never have to worry whether or not our children or family members and friends are at risk of never returning home. Or the fear of what something like sex trafficking does not only mentally, but also physically and emotionally. Something I wish you would have included more in your essay is perhaps a victim and their story to use as an example.
  • Kimberly Arias's May 22, 02:57 comment on A poem of Mexico
    I Enjoyed this poem because i feel many of us can relate to it. Make it fit in our own lives. When I go to Baja-California, I feel the "freedom" you speak about. As your poem says " She finds herself leaving that place with lots of stories to tell"also once she leaves she just waits for her chance to go back with this Eagerness. Very true and powerful poem.
  • Joshua's May 21, 18:22 comment on Questions about the poem “Latin Night at the Pawnshop” by Martin Espada
    You kinda show that you understand but these arent paragraphs and your sentences are cut off.
  • Wendy's May 21, 18:02 comment on 5 questions about“Sonnet 129” by William Shakespeare
    Dear Jillian: I am impressed by the connection you made between the poem , “ Sonnet 129,” because your poem instead of answering your question directly, did it discreetly. You made an inference for the answer to your question due to having the evidence first. It is impressive because you decided to come up with a question backwards. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “From what I understand, a spirit is judged on how they are perceived in human form” I think this is a magnificent catch because you found out what the poem is saying and what is occurring in the poem. With you really understanding the poem, you also understood that someone was being judged for who they really aren’t. Another sentence that I really liked was: “I believe the poem is about how one’s life value is judged and whether or not we deserved to be remembered.” This stood out for me because after this line you added evidence from the poem. This sentence was also your beliefs and you stated it. Your questions or analysis for your poem reminds me of something that happened to me. I was also questioning my poem and I turned it into a life question. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Lizeth's May 21, 16:00 comment on Immigrants are Important
    Dear Natalie I honestly agree with you: it is true that immigrants don't have a lot of opportunities as other people have. Both of my parents are immigrants too. They always have worked their entire life, so that me and my siblings are not missing nothing in our life. They don't get pay that much because they are immigrants and they do not have a visa or the same protections as workers with status.
  • Holley's May 21, 15:07 comment on When does a person become an adult?
    dear Ed, i agree and enjoy a lot of what you said, like when you asked if 18 was the right age and i think about that quite often as i am becoming of that age . it is so crazy to think our brains aren't fully developed yet..i mean for some thirty year old's its like their brains will never develop, if you know what i mean.
  • Chloe's May 21, 14:22 comment on My questions about the poem “A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti
    Dear Ashley : I am interested about your poem, “A Birthday,” because of the line the author started the poem with. Also, the title of the poem is very creative to me. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it was filled with lushness and fertility. I commented “Maybe her heart is pounding so hard that it sounds like a beat or a song.” ” I think this is relatable because I also don't see how it's about a birthday. Another sentence that stood out to me was: “The poem makes me wonder “Who was her love?” and “When was her birthday?”. The poem answers “Who was her love?” by portraying her love as someone who supported the author. I know because she said “Because my love is come to me.” This proves my prediction more because it represents the reason why the author seemed happy. It must’ve been the best birthday she’s ever had.” This stood out for me because now I see why the poem is called "A Birthday". Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Jovana's May 21, 14:15 comment on Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
    Dear Nate, thank you for your post. I have read this poem and I think it is really interesting for analyzing. I am wondering what's relationship this girl has with her father and what makes her hate him so much... You said: "She writes, “You died before I had time—.” Had time for what? " -I am also confused, time for what? Did they started something that's not done? Maybe before she can really meet his personality? I am looking forward for your next writing, and I hope it will be as good as this one.
  • Rafael's May 21, 13:04 comment on I’d rather listen
    Dear Ronaysi: I’m very impressed with your writing piece, which is called “I’d Rather Listen.” Because I’ve been through the same changes we have to make to be able to get used to a new place and a new life. One sentence that I relate to was “I was born in the Dominican Republic but I came to the united states with my father and my lil brother” because I came to the United States being the little one in my family out of my 2 sisters and my only brother. Another sentence that I relate to is “One of the reasons that I came to the United States was for a better future, because in the Dominican Republic, the schools are O.K.” because one of the important reasons I came to this country was to go far in life and get prepared for a better future, which in my country is hard to do. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your story is very similar of how was my life as soon as I came to a new place and started a new beginning.
  • Devin's May 20, 23:11 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    I was very relieved when i saw your post about “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood” as it’s hard to find someone who believes abortion is not a bad thing. People are to focused on the fact that babies are killed with abortion and fail to think about the benefits and ways it helps people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is your first sentence “There are many people people who are against abortion and believe that killing a clump of cells is “ murder “ or “ homicide. “ I feel like this sentence is so important because it shows how brave you have to be to support this position. For example many people disagree and are willing to argue about it. Anyway thank you for writing and i appreciate you for sharing your opinion. I am excited to see what you have to say in the next post but in the meanwhile come check out my blog and see what i have to say about this whole situation. My Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/moneyforplannedparenthood.home.blog
  • Kheriya's May 20, 18:39 comment on Where I’m From
    I love the emotion and details you added into this poem it feels like i am there.
  • Kheriya's May 20, 18:37 comment on Song of Myself (In the Style of Walt Whitman)
    This is a beautiful poem i love how you placed the words and made it all connect
  • Kheriya's May 20, 18:33 comment on A Happy Place
    I love how you explained it and gave details
  • Eclas's May 20, 18:16 comment on Hurricane Michael
    Katelyn, Your poem "Hurricane Michael" really spoke out to me. I love how you decided to write about an important event that we can all learn from. This poem is something we can all take notes on and learn from. Thanks for educating us on this big situation. There is some people who might've not even known about this issue. I love the line "Wednesday, October 10. One of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded slammed into Florida" The way you started off the poem made me as a reader interested in reading!
  • Ethan's May 20, 16:02 comment on My view of the East River
    That must've been one of the best times to take those photos, that balcony is a big part of your life huh?
  • George's May 20, 15:22 comment on Analysis of “There is a Garden in her Face” by Thomas Campion
    Dear Jovana, I am intrigued by your analysis because you you have descriptively analyzed the poem “There is garden in her face”. I like how you are very detailed in how you talk about the poem and what you went through to create these conclusions. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ Is the poet referring “cherries” just to her red lips or is it metaphor for woman’s virginity? (“There cherries grow which none may buy”).” I think this is interesting because I can see how you have two perspectives of this line. This makes me think that the line may have maybe even more perspectives that we both have no idea of. Your analysis reminds me of when in my class we read a poem called “mushroom” and as a class we talked about the perspectives we have. It was surprising to see that there was a lot of different and interesting perspectives. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this analysis was very intriguing on how you were able to understand this poem. You future work it definitely going to be as good as this one.
  • Elle's May 20, 03:24 comment on Benefits of Medical Marijuana
    The Need for Marijuana Legalization A controversial topic across the United States is whether or not marijuana should be legalized. It has already been legalized completely in ten states and medicinally in 24 (Source I). Those opposed to the idea claim marijuana is addictive and bad for user’s mental health (Hawkins). However, the benefits majorly outweigh the negatives addressed by those against the legalization of marijuana. There are positive reasons behind legalizing marijuana medicinally and recreationally across the united states and it could positively boost the economy and help those with certain medical issues and mental diseases. The legalization of marijuana will boost the economy, allow those suffering medical issues options to other therapies, and promote consumer and public safety. Legalizing marijuana will boost the economy by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide, gaining millions of dollars of revenue through taxes and tourism, and saving on law enforcement time and resources. A study published in 2017, shows there is $2.40 in economic activity for every dollar spent on legal weed proving that everyone in communities of legal weed are benefiting from a taxed and regulated system, whether they support legalization or not (Adams). Colorado's Governor Hickenlooper was opposed to the 2012 initiative allowing recreational use of Cannabis as he feared increased use by children. However, Hickenlooper changed his mind as there was not an increase in Colorado children cannabis use and he boasted about the tax revenues for social programs that regulated states provided (Source H). A trade of this magnitude needs the backing of federal government to open up the possibility of over 1 million new jobs and over $131 billion dollars in federal tax revenue (Adams). One of the main pushes for marijuana legalization is based on the treatment it provides for many medical and psychological issues. Medical marijuana helps to control pain, ease nausea, treat loss of appetite, and improve muscle control problems. The use of medical marijuana has been known to help control seizures in children. Another major medical benefit and reason for marijuana use is the many psychological and neurological disorders it helps aleve. These psychological disorders include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, Huntington’s, parkinson's, and alzheimers. (Source J). There is no reason that citizens across the country should be denied access to a plant that helps cure and aleve the pain and effects of numerous disorders. The legalization of marijuana also promotes consumer and public safety. When citizens use legal and regulated marijuana they are informed about the product they are using as opposed to those using unregulated marijuana. There are also regulations and requirements for the production of legal marijuana that ensure and promote consumer safety (Macedo). Legalizing marijuana also helps to promote public safety as law enforcement is given more time to focus on the safety of the general public rather than individual pot users (Adams). A study done in Colorado where weed is legal, shows that the state spends $4.50 to combat public health and safety issues for every dollar spent on legal weed (Adams).The truth of the matter is marijuana will be used whether or not it is legalized, so it might as well become a regulated product through legalization allowing law enforcement to spend their time on issues that are actually a threat to society. The need for the legalization of marijuana federally across the country is rather explicit. Between the immense positive economical benefits to the immense medicinal benefits, one can clearly see the overwhelming positive outcomes that will arise in our nation through marijuana legalization. We are at a time in our nation where there are countless studies and research that has been conducted that can conclude legalizing marijuana truly causes more good than harm as seen through the thirty four states that have already legalized marijuana recreationally and medically.
  • Abraham's May 19, 21:57 comment on Benefits of Medical Marijuana
    Dear Kai: I am Abraham. I am very interested on your post, “Benefits of Medical Marijuana,” because there are many uses of marijuana that can be use for good. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Medical Marijuana has proven to be more effective than its alternatives in the medical field, and is especially helpful for chronic pain. ” I think this is interesting because chronic pain has been a serious problem and now there could be a cure. I hope you can keep up the good work.
  • Patrick's May 19, 18:49 comment on Animal Testing Video
    I agree that animal testing shouldnt be allowed.Because animal tests are so unreliable, they make those human trials all the more risky. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has noted that 95 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they don't work or are dangerous.Therefore they should not be allowed
  • zkpromakeup's May 18, 07:19 comment on What Can You Be?
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  • Kaylee's May 17, 23:29 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Dear Doranelo & Valeri To begin with thank you I agree with what you're saying. Although I am pro-life I am impressed with your letter to Planned Parenthood because this is a very risky and sensitive topic that hits home. I was also very excited to read this because I recently did a research project on the topic abortion so this intrigued me. One sentence that really stood out to me was where you said "there’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them". Wow that was really powerful and well said many do not understand the true meaning of this. I feel you should have included more to the pro-life side as well to show the point of view of both.
  • lucky's May 17, 17:01 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan, I find your perspective of the the central park pretty because it looks like some place I will go and relax, or take pictures. The background is so much nature with all the tress and plants, and the color green gives me the vibe of nature and relaxation. The angles are amazing because you get to view the different places and how the park look.
  • lucky's May 17, 16:54 comment on Nights!
    Dear Jalaya, The perspective of this photo is amazing and interesting because the background remind of New York. Is this New York?. I feel like I am the one walking down the path. The background is pretty with all the colors and river which stands out to me because I like rivers too. I like the angle of the picture because it makes it look more interesting to look at.
  • Kayla's May 17, 16:15 comment on Pro Choice is the Right Choice
    Dear Sarah: I am agreeing with your post “Pro Choice is the Right Choice,” because you make very good and valid points about how abortions should be the women's choice and why they can be extremely beneficial and could potentially result in a better life for the woman and avoid a life full of hardships for both the fetus and woman. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Abortion is not murder and is beneficial to many women. ” I think this is very true because of the points you made stated that women sometimes chose to get pregnant but later on the pregnancy can be life threatening for the child and/or the mother. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “In the research that we’ve done so far, we’ve found that 45% of all pregnancies were accidents or unintended. This means that many people may not want or be able to afford the child that they would give birth to if not allowed to get an abortion.” This stood out for me because it really describes what ends up happening a lot because a women gets pregnant accidently. It's not fair because sometimes women will still protect themselves and still get pregnant or wil; get raped. Their lives get ruined because of something that was out of their hands. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I have a blog talking about planned parenthood, abortion and new laws that people are trying to make. You covered a lot about the benefits of abortion and you really highlighted how this is something that can save many lives.
  • Zaharoula's May 17, 16:08 comment on Global Warming
    I agree with the statement you are making that we are constantly destroying our planet in some way and i believe that we need to take action upon that. People always talk about how young people need to care about their futures and make sure that they do things to allow them to have one, but we won't have a future to protect and look forward to if we don't have a safe planet. Another fact that i agree with is that there are people who still believe that climate change doesn't exist or isn't a problem, yet there is so much evidence to prove them otherwise. Therefore, we need to find some way to get the government to take it seriously in order for people to realize that the whole commotion around the topic isn't for nothing. One point you made that truly stands out to me is that hurricanes are occurring more frequently and that sea levels are continuously rising. This is a true wake up call that should alarm the general public and motivate them to try and make a difference since things like this should most definitely not be happening. There is a theory rising that multiple scientists support that we need to make a difference in climate change and fast because in about 12 years the world is going to reach a point of no return with climate change and will make it unable to support life. This should inspire people even further if they truly care about having a future and a life to live.
  • Isabel's May 17, 16:08 comment on Why Abortion Should be a Fundamental Right
    Dear Paakhi: I am agreeing with you about your post on your stance on “Why Abortions Should be a Fundamental Right”. I agree with this due to the fact that I believe that abortions is a choice upon what someone chooses to do with their body, and that nobody including the government should be allowed to tell someone what they can or cannot do with it. Abortions is not a decision to be taken lightly, and for the government and other people to make that choice for another person is inhumane. One sentence that really stood out to me was when you stated “The sexual rights of many women lie in the hands of the government, where they are exploited and subject to succumbing to someone else’s beliefs”. I really connected to this because I completely side with this due to to the exploitation of a women’s beliefs or body or just the criticism of how they choose to live their lives isn’t civilized. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to see what you right next, because I love how eloquently you put such a highly controversial topic without being offensive (which isn’t something you see a lot lately).
  • John's May 17, 12:47 comment on Upstander Reflection
    I agree with your project that bullying should stop and its sort of related to my group project. Which is "Gender Neutral Bathroom" and our topic is about how Neutral bathrooms should be a common thing around the world for those that don't identify themselves as one gender.
  • Karen's May 17, 01:53 comment on Our Life is at RISK!!!
    Dear Jennifer: I am glad to read that there are others who took notice of this problem our world currently has. Your little message to the “future president” made me think about an issue my community has. I live in NYC and of course there has to be some sort of construction project. And many of those times, trees surrounding that area must be cut down. This is just in the city. Going out of the city, apparently there’s a lot of forests for the humans to cut down. Now, with the new president, Donald Trump, I don’t think we would be helping our our planet any time soon. It is important that the government notices this problem. We need to be rid of our selfish acts and think of the benefits of the tree. For example as you had mentioned that trees give shelter to animals. Humans aren’t the only organisms living on this Earth for there are others. Every living thing has a reason to live, so why not help out our trees for reforestation. By planting trees after cutting them down, we can balance out the damage through our repairs. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have interesting subjects to talk about. If you want to read more about trees visit my website https://deforestationinnyc.home.blog/ I hope that I can look even more into the issue than just glossing over it and constantly asking for others help out on the issue
  • Rachel's May 17, 01:42 comment on Affordable Care?
    Dear Abbi, I am in an agreement with you about affordable health care. I agree with the points you made in your post “Affordable Care?” ” because you highlighted that millions are unable to get affordable healthcare, which is unacceptable. You bring awareness that healthcare is a human right that everyone should have access to. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The right to health care is an internationally recognized basic human right, alongside the right to a free and equal life, many other rights the United States chooses to uphold to the absolute best of their ability (for the most part). Health care should not be any different”. I think these sentences are powerful because it emphasizes the fact that it is imperative that every one human receives affordable health care. You show that the right to health care is just as important as the right to an equal life. Another sentence that I found important was: “As of 2014, 33 million people in the United States did not have health insurance, a serious epidemic and a huge issue for many people with serious medical problems that do not have access to health care that they can actually afford. ” This stood out for me because the fact that so many people are unable to afford insulin is absurd. It is unethical that health care companies charge so much money for healthcare, something that everyone needs and depends on. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with the points you made. I am also concerned with similar problems. Check out my blog https://wordpress.com/view/insulinforall.wordpress.com.
  • Crystal's May 17, 00:35 comment on Animal Testing
    Dear Luke, I am greatly disappointed about your post, “Animal Testing”, because I believe that animals should not have to go through suffering for the development of medical care for humans. It is simply inhumane and cruel that we are treating animals in such a way, for our own benefit. I understand your view on the topic, however, there are alternatives for a reason and I believe, we should use those alternatives and limit the use of animals in testing medical procedures. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:“ If vaccines weren’t tested on animals, many animals would have died from diseases such as rabies, hepatitis, and many other deadly viruses. Other positives of animal testing include; some cosmetics and healthcare products must be tested on animals to ensure their safety, animal testing is also an alternative to human testing, a n animal’s lifespan is short, relatively few animals are used in research compared to how many we eat per year, and those used in testing are treated with care”. I think this is just selfish and brutal because vaccines tested on animals to ensure their safety, is for the benefit of animals, themselves. However, vaccines tested on animals for the benefits of humans, just because they have a shorter lifespan is simply selfish and completely disregarding the value of their existence. Another sentence that I saw was “Also laws such as the Animal Welfare Act are put into place to protect animals from mistreatment. Although it is argued that there are alternatives to animal testing, there are no more efficient ones expect testing on humans (which isn’t legal)”. This stood out for me because most of the time, these laws/acts aren’t exactly put into place, especially, if the experiment are done discreetly/privately. In addition, it has been proven that alternatives are better than the usage of animals in efficiency and affordability. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because though our views are completely different, I respect your opinions and seeing what the other side thinks/believes. If you would like, please check out my blog at http://bestfwens.home.blog for animal cruelty content.
  • Arianna's May 17, 00:31 comment on Mislead and Falsely Informed
    Dear Emily, I am happy about your post "Mislead and Falsely Informed" because it proves that the Affordable Care Act is not hurting us, as believed by many. It really shows that the ACA is set in place to help the us and should not be repealed. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "The radical idea that the government is interfering with personal patient to doctor relationships is admittedly misleading". I believe this is important because many people believe the quality of their doctor visits or treatments are affected by the governments involvement with healthcare and the ACA. Many people don't know that doctors are capable of discriminating based on their own beliefs, but it needs to be talked about. Another sentence I found to be important was "On the contrary, insurance prices have essentially remained consistent under Affordable Care Act". This stood out for me because I agree with you that the healthcare prices have not fluctuated drastically since the ACA has been put in place, based on the information you've provided. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you talk about the ACA which is connected to a topic I am advocating for. By you writing this article, I am able to gain insight into how others feel about the ACA.
  • Rafia's May 16, 23:33 comment on How Addiction Affects Family and Friends
    https://freshpod.home.blog/ this is the correct link
  • Isabella's May 16, 23:18 comment on Becoming an Upstander
    Dear Judith, I am amazed with your post, "Becoming an Upstander," because of how much passion and effort you seem to have put in this campaign. One sentence that really stood out to be was: "recognize your privilege." From my experience, I have learned that people often forget that they have this immense privilege of being able to create change, which gets in the way when we are actually trying to put forth a movement. I find your post very inspiring as it is not often, in any of the schools I have gone to, that people have the courage to start a campaign, especially when the majority of the students are against it as you said. I see a very bright future for your movement, and I hope that you can change the mindset of those students who lack empathy and use offensive language towards the LGBTQ community. Starting a campaign with two people in front of an entire school is an accomplishment in itself. My teammates and I are also starting a campaign in regards to the LGBTQ community and their rights in the healthcare system so if you ever wanna check it out here's the link:https://lgbtqhealthcare.home.blog/. Thank you for writing and I look forward to seeing what you will write next!
  • Vera's May 16, 23:17 comment on The Myanmar Refugees
    Dear Sheikh, I am interested in your post because of how you were able to discuss the persecution the Rohingya face from Myanmar’s government. After all, I also have a blog focused on the Rohingya refugees I want to raise awareness about this crisis. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “No one is taking care of them and their problems aren’t being discussed … After research on these refugees, I learned about the horrifying things that has happened to them.” I think this is interesting because of how many people are still unaware of this issue. In addition, you also discussed how you learned more about the Rohingya after researching, which shows me that you were also able to learn more about the Rohingya too. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. I also made a video about Rohingya refugees and the persecution they faced throughout history. I felt that it was important to address their history because not many people of this issue or how they had to seek refuge in camps in neighboring countries like Bangladesh. I also talked about the UN’s role for the persecution the Rohingya face and how it led to more studies about the Rohingya. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I hope to read more information about the Myanmar crisis and many stories about the Rohingya. This way, I can also get more insight on your views on this issue and potential ways to support them. Through your efforts of making this post, people can become more aware of the persecution the Rohingya face. If you want to go visit my blog that focuses on Rohingya refugees the link is: https://rohingyarefugees92.home.blog/.
  • Lina's May 16, 22:19 comment on Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education
    Dear Edwin: I am in complete agreement with your post, “Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education,” because I find that your post discusses topics that I also am in support of. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ from 2016 to now prices per vial have gone up to $540 (Alltucker). The amoral companies that are profiting off the diabetic community are against making insulin cheaper because they are generating huge amounts of revenue... This is an outrageous cost to pay for life-saving medication. ” I think this is highly problematic because in the recent years insulin prices have become so overly expensive. Diabetic patients who were unable to afford insulin turn to rationing, which puts their life in great danger. I also believe that the very first step we have to take in order to change these problematic issues is by educating our society on ways to recognize the symptoms of diabetes early on, so that the spiking growth of diabetes will hopefully plummet. Another sentence that was striking for me is: “. However, in California, the price of insulin has skyrocketed recently. From 2012 to 2016; prices have gone from $35 to $234 per vial which is an increase of over 500%.” This stood out for me because insulin is a life-saving-drug. The high prices of insulin just goes to show how corrupt and greedy insulin manufacture companies are. Insulin should be something that is easily accessible and affordable for those with diabetes, since their lives depend on it. Insulin, a life saving drug that is extremely costly is basically asking money in exchange with a person’s life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am in support of what you are trying to speak out against the skyrocketing prices of insulin. In addition, you are also bringing awareness towards having to educate people on the topic of diabetes. I am concern about the same problem, you could see the same concern on my blog https://insulinforall.wordpress.com/
  • Eclas's May 16, 17:32 comment on A Happy Place
    I love how well you described this happy place you so call. Its like i can vision my self there.
  • Kristen's May 16, 16:43 comment on Drunk Driving History
    Hi Natalia, I agree with you! Drunk driving is still a serious problem. I believe people don't understand how serious it is. You could kill someone, a human being who is just like you! You could be in jail for how many years! That is not how you live life. I love your video! Very good statistics. But I have a question for you. Do you think you could make a video on what to do when you see a drunk person who is about to drive? I see that drunk driving often happens after a group setting. I believe there are people who are not as drunk that don't step up and tell the drunk person, "No, don't drive. Stay here for now." Just a thought but you did an AMAZING JOB! Kristen
  • Ashton's May 16, 12:50 comment on Osprey Argument
    That is very cool. In order to many prevent bird deaths, we need to stop bird collisions. We can do this by trying to make the TWC building laminate their windows https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96
  • Aidan's May 16, 12:48 comment on Los soldados no van a morir, van por vivir un sueño.
    Ok, but did you know that birds are dying everyday because of colliding with the windows of TWC? If you want to learn more click this link below: https://twcbirds.home.blog/
  • Rena's May 16, 12:48 comment on Is Testing on Animals Ethical?
    Dear Naycet : I am astounded by your post and argument on, “Is testing on Animals Ethical?,” because I’ve only read articles that thought animal testing harmed animals and therefore did not support it. Hearing your perspective on this issue really opened my eyes, even if I don't necessarily agree with what you were saying. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This is important because if we never have used animals in the past there is no way that the treatment could have been made and there would be many people getting affected and dying.” I think this is interesting because I haven’t thought about animal testing this way. I agree that we would have be so medically advanced if it weren’t for animals but I feel like scientists could have taken a different approach to this situation. They could have used humans that were willing to “sacrifice” themselves to scientific research. I would think that there are some people willing to volunteer knowing that they may save tens of thousands of people. Another sentence that I found enticing was: “Instead, the drug or technique is tested in animals to make sure that it is safe and effective… Some animals have biological similarities to humans that make them particularly good models for specific diseases, such as rabbits for atherosclerosis or monkeys for polio.” This stood out for me because I realize that these tests are tested for how safe they are before they are administered but if they are so safe and dogs have similar DNA to humans, why can’t the tests be performed on humans? Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this piece was intriguing and it helped me understand that there are people who believe that animal testing is considered to be ethical, even if I am not one of them.
  • Jose's May 16, 12:46 comment on A Life of a Teen
    Dear Isaiah : I am interested with your post, “A life of a teen,” because you write about real life experience that one as a human goes through such as there different types of like that one has and that special person that you love such as a family member a loved one or someone you admire like you have said your grandfather. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Two days later I came home and saw her crying on the couch and when I asked her what’s wrong she said “your grandfather passed away” after that day I wasn’t the same ” I think this is bewildered because I, myself have lost someone that was important to me we were co-workers that have been working together for a long time he taught me a lot he was a German wise man that had time to spare to help you out no matter what the situation is. Another sentence that I astonished was: “ I know someone I could buy illegal drugs from if I wanted to?” is a question that I feel is unnecessary and [harmful? Inappropriate?] on a community survey for teens and young adults..” This stood out for me because we have many reason why many people don't tell you that they do some type of drug because there not comfortable telling you or they just don't care, it’s a disrespect asking a person if they do or sell drugs. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was working and as a supervisor you have to make sure everything is running well without any problems, I had a co-worker that i considered my right hand because if i had any type of trouble i would go to him and he would always have a solution to turn anything back on track. When i woke up in the morning of Tuesday, May 14 of 2019 i received a call from my boss and told me what was the last day that Mrs.Singh clocked in i told him that it was Thursday of last week i remembered because that day he invited me to eat with his family he didn't show up then after that my boss said “ hate to break it up with you kid but i was informed that Mrs.Singh has passed away” he said i was dropped down and couldn't believe it, i felt like i was done for he was my right hand for any situation he would be there but till this day and till i die[ god forbid] i will never forget him. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i was very interested to what you wrote many people from across states don't know each other but could have story that can be common to each other in a sense of certain types of goals and failures that one goes through in life
  • Arin's May 16, 12:46 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    I am completely agreeing about your post, “We are Against Child Sex Trafficking! ,” because… the writers are trying to do all that they could to spread awareness to other organizations. Also this has been such a big problem from a long time ago. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The issue is that children are being taken away from their mothers and fathers, and are abused and forced into prostitution. ” I think this is true because most of the children who has been sex trafficked before probably will never look at anyone the same again.It’s sad that once you are taken from your family, you will never mentally come back. Another sentence that I agree with was: “Trafficking organization are our allies because they support children who have been sex trafficked and donate money to them and want to put an end to this. Parents are also our allies because they don’t want their children or and other children to go through this because as a parent they also suffer/deteriorate because they wake up not able to see their child in the eyes everyday.” This stood out for me because, there are other organizations made to stop this problem but we don’t use this to our advantage. This is why sex trafficking is still continuing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… your post can open up a lot of people’s eyes, and expose them to the dangers of sex trafficking. I also look forward to all the other facts you will present next time. I am doing sex trafficking as a project for my school. Hopefully you can check out my blog. http://stopsextrafficking.home.blog
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:46 comment on My Father Marino
    Nice dad. Did you know birds are dying in time warner center https://www.youthvoices.live/2017/05/26/common-ravens/#comment-13726 yeah they hit the windows because they think its their reflection or vegetation and they die and hit the sidewalk hard. Sad
  • Ash's May 16, 12:44 comment on How Has Conversion Therapy Evolved?
    Dear Mariah, I am intrigued by your post because you really provided an eye opening article. After reading your post, I really realized how conversion therapy works and how horrible it really is. It’s horrible to think that people are forced to this just because they do not live up to society’s expectations. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ According to Kathy Baldock, an LGBT rights advocate, in an article from ABC News Australia, this therapy even includes ‘giving people drugs while they showed them gay porn so they’d throw up. Not giving them drugs while they showed them heterosexual porn so they wouldn’t throw up.’ ” I think this is interesting because it really shows how mentally and physically harming conversion therapy can be. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really were able to expand the minds of my peers and I. Please check out my blog, where I also fight for LGBTQ+ equality: http://lgbtqhealthcare.home.blog
  • Ononto's May 16, 12:44 comment on Why are people addicted to brands?
    TWC is killing pigeons. They be thinkin they reflection be someone else. check dat out. https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96 Check our blog out too https://twcbirds.home.blog/ Do it
  • Ashton's May 16, 12:44 comment on Dear Yellowstone
    Another problem that birds face is colliding into windows. A lot of times birds see reflections in windows, and believe that they are flying into it. This is terrible for the birds, and these huge glass skyscrapers need to be fixed. One such building is the TWC center, which isn't laminated, and lots of birds hit it. By asking them to laminate their windows, there can be a positive impact upon bird collisions. https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96
  • Arin's May 16, 12:44 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    Dear Marleni : I am completely agreeing about your post, “
  • Julianne's May 16, 12:43 comment on How does euthanasia effect veterinarians?
    Dear Lucy: I am heartbroken by your response about veterinarians’ reactions to euthanasia. It’s really upsetting even as a regular person to witness someone euthanizing your friend, your pet in front of you, but you really opened my eyes to how veterinarians may feel as they are doing the act. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ““a third of veterinary students had experienced depression, compared to around an eighth in the general population. Vets are also three to four times more likely to take their own lives – significantly more than doctors.”” I think this is interesting because although working with animals may bring happiness into many lives of veterinarians, the sad aspects of this job far outweighs the pros of it. Another sentence that I was shocked to read was: “Two [vets] described it fairly emotionlessly, using the phrase “it’s just a part of the job.” One described it as a way to help an animal die with dignity.” This stood out for me because you can see the varying reactions to such a devastating event. Some veterinarians try to be emotionless, while others push to have the animal die “with dignity”, or bringing honor to the animal. Thanks for your writing. It really opened up my eyes to see how not everyone handles euthanizing and the death of their pets/patients the same way. My classmates and I run a blog that is tied with topics similar to euthanasia, and we would love to have you check it out! Here is the link: http://bestfwens.home.blog
  • Nashat's May 16, 12:43 comment on Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia
    Dear Sex Trafficking in South Asia : I am torn by this poverty showcase, having women sell their bodies because they think it’s the only way to survive is just sickening I made my own blog and instagram posts concerning the same topic. My blog is called https://wordpress.com/view/stopsextrafficking.home.blog and my instagram page is @sextrafficking.awarness_ because my friend and I think more light needs to be shed upon this concerning topic. Not enough action is made upon something so serious and there needs to be a change. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “In these areas, young women and girls are forced to sell their bodies either for food, money, and/or to pay off their family debts. For them, this is the only way to survive, yet, it is at the expense of their own humanity and freedom. “I think this is a crucial part of the post because it highlights the disgusting circumstances all these women are facing and how much help they need.
  • renee's May 16, 12:43 comment on Do Diabetes Products Need to have Lower Prices?
    Dear Jack, I feel sympathy from reading your post, “Do Diabetes Products Need to have Lower Prices?” because you have had diabetes since your were in 5th grade and you have to pay so much money for insulin. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The cost of type 1 diabetes management has risen to $7,910/year for people without insurance.” I think this is horrifying because you shouldn’t have to pay so much money for something that costs barely anything to produce. Doctors also suggest to “carefully reusing supplies to keep spending at a low” and that’s just sad. You and your family shouldn’t have to worry and stress about how you’re going to acquire money for medicine. Thanks for your writing. I also have a blog advocating for having insulin prices decreasing and you can check it out with this link: https://insulinforall.wordpress.com.
  • Niles's May 16, 12:42 comment on Boycott Nicotine to Minors
    buss down on da gang
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:41 comment on Common Ravens
    if you dot the windows though them birds will realize theres no vegetable or bird in there and go away.
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:40 comment on Common Ravens
    them birds think those windows are other birds or vegetable due to the reflection, so they get close and hit their stupid bird head and die and fall on your yeezys.
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:39 comment on Common Ravens
    yeah you know what birds do have natural predators pigons. pigons got them buildings as their natural predators. check it: https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96 and its not just pigons its robins too. there be robin guts all over the damn side walk
  • Ruyi's May 16, 12:38 comment on Discrimination Against The LGBTQ community
    Dear Kaly, I am intrigued by your post because you offered eye opening statistics that really exposed the problems in society. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation.” I think this is sad because of the fact that people are isolated just because of their sexuality. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really understood more about the LGBTQ community and the problems we still need to fix. please check out my blog where we also fight for LGBT equality: http://lgbtqhealthcare.home.blog
  • Joanne's May 16, 12:33 comment on Despite Myself
    Ok but them birds be fallin on my balls https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:24 comment on The Running Shoe Debate: Maximalist vs. Minimalist
    run with yeezydes
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:22 comment on Kanye West: Genius or Crazy?
    He made the yeezys
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:21 comment on Zoo regulations and security
    Rip harame
  • Amira's May 16, 04:08 comment on The Homeless Will Not Be Ignorned
    Dear Aleashiaray Rheaves, I am moved by your post because it’s full of sincere emotions that make me realize how we can do more instead of neglecting what’s right in front of us. It makes people aware of how serious the homelessness crisis is and how they can possibly be the next victims if we don’t act fast. One thing you said that stands out for me is how small efforts can make a difference. I think this very true because if everyone participates, success is guaranteed. Your post reminds me of the countless homeless people I encounter everyday in New York. I always see everyone ignoring their calls for help and I get very frustrated that I’m not doing much myself. I try my best to provide them with whatever I can, but I believe that we can do much more. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I'm working on a similar project myself. Three of my classmates and I are working on spreading awareness about the critical issue of homelessness in NYC. Our project is called Helping The Homeless NYC. Please take the time to visit our blog at https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com Sincerely, Amira.
  • Karina's May 16, 03:13 comment on Food Deserts
    Hi Christy, I was very pleased about reading your post on “Food Deserts”. I never knew about this issue until now, and I think you did a great job discussing your issue. The fact that you not only discuss your issue and directing your attention to someone who can help, Mayor Schaaf, as well as discussing solutions that don’t necessarily mean more supermarkets. One thing that stood out to me was “This is due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers. Food deserts have become a large problem helping to fuel our national obesity and diabetes epidemic. Rural areas commonly have local convenience stores that provide mostly highly-processed, fattening and sugar-added food and drinks” because it told me how exactly this can affect me or someone I know if they were facing this issue; and I wouldn’t want that. It’s much easier to call attention to an issue that is affecting our lives negatively and how we can improve it. To add, your interest in providing another solution was very helpful for those who feel that creating another supermarket might not be feasible. Moreover, you helped build a general idea on how others can organize a rooftop garden to assist in ameliorating the problem such as the “rooftop garden would have fruits and vegetables grown in our schools. There would be adult supervision, of course, and the rooftop garden would only be open to specific people to go on top of the roof…” Thanks for writing this post. I hope to learn even more about this issue and see if you will be as successful as I imagine. I also have a similar cause but not nearly as significant, which is building a community garden. If you’d like you could visit if your interested at https://projectgarden.home.blog/. I hope to inspire others like you inspired me about improving the issue on food deserts as well as making or having such an important cause.
  • Ben's May 16, 02:36 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan, I find your perspective on the topic of nyc parks pretty interesting. You look at a park aesthetically and it is a good idea to enjoy nature. You stated “diversity” in which I agree upon but there are also aspects of a park that are pleasing. For example, you go to a playground and you see children of many ages playing around cheerfully in a playground, you feel joy as you see kids enjoy themselves. I look forward to seeing what you post next, because it shows how much you are interested about NYC and it’s parks. I also have the same topic and have my own blog which is co-owned by a few of my peers. If you want to check it out, it is https//:parks.home.blog . Thanks for your writing.
  • Elsie's May 16, 02:24 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Dear Penelope, I am intrigued by your claims of how plastic bottles negatively impact our society. I have lived in an urban environment for all my life. The city is constantly being trashed with plastic bottles. I know I don't have the willpower to force everyone to pick up their trash, but I wish I did. One sentence that really stood out to me was, "there are so many cheaper and safer options for the environment. It makes me upset to see humans trashing the world like they are." This sentence really stood out to me because of how relatable it is. We are constantly creating an unsanitary environment, but a lot of us don't seem to do anything about it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how littering impacts our society. Your post should be shared with everyone who constantly throws their trash on the sidewalk. Check out my blog : https://cleanconeyisland.wordpress.com
  • Amy's May 16, 02:03 comment on Feed the Hungry not the Streets
    Dear Melody, I am interested by your post, “Feed the Hungry not the Streets,” because you provide a really unique and different approach to the causes and solutions of homelessness. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Some people are so addicted to drugs that they spend most of their money on drugs when that money should’ve gone to their rent and bills.” I think this is true because aside from financial and family issues, drugs play a huge role in the homeless population. People on drugs spend a lot of money to satisfy their addiction even if it means going broke or isolation from family and friends. Another sentence that I liked was: “The first step of action I believe we should take to end homelessness is having empathy towards people who are having a hard time.” This stood out for me because again, it was a very different from most solutions. Aside from what we can physically do to help, as you mentioned, we should first change our emotional attitude towards those without homes. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. I really enjoyed reading your post and if in any way possible, I hope to collaborate with you one day. If you are interested, come by and check out my blogs dealing with homelessness in NYC. I would love to hear your feedback. Link --> https://homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com/
  • Karolina's May 16, 01:25 comment on Poverty in NYC
    Also if you are interested in finding out more about the topic you could visit my blog at https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com
  • Ayman's May 16, 01:19 comment on R32 subway cars, oldest and most rickety at 54 years old
    Dear Booker, I am extremely fascinated by your post, 'R32 subway cars, oldest and most rickety at 54 years old' because of how it shows the many problems that the MTA has, that they have yet to fix. The people must acknowledge and take action! I agree with this post tremendously. One thing that you said that stood out to me was 'They are not expected to be fully retired until 2022, when they will be 58 years old!' This shows how the MTA is extremely careless and take all the time in the world to fix their problems, when they should be fixing them as fast as possible. Another thing that you said to me that spoke to me was 'The R32 subway cars are the oldest and most rickety subway cars in the subway system at 54 years old.' because it conveys the bitter truth of the MTA. It shows how they do not care about the dangerous safety hazards and safety conditions that are brought forth by keeping these trains on the tracks. I invite you to come check out my website, https://bettermta.wordpress.com/ , as it is strongly related to your topic. We also focus on trying to gain the attention of the MTA in order for them to fix the dangerous conditions and safety hazards that they provide to the passengers of the MTA. We have also created a petition, https://www.change.org/p/andy-byford-metropolitan-trash-authority in order to obtain the acknowledgment of Andy Byford, the CEO of MTA. It would be greatly appreciated if you can sign it. Thank you spreading awareness by creating this post! I hope to hear more from you soon!
  • Fahmia's May 16, 01:10 comment on Why are people Homeless?
    Dear Breanna, I find your post very interesting and agree with you. I find it so important that people see this post since most people aren't looking at all the causes of homelessness before making a judgement. Telling someone to simply "get a job" without taking in consideration these factors such as disabilities is completely ignorant. It would be greatly appreciated if you to visit our blog, https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com . It talks more about the issues with homelessness in NYC.
  • Ivy's May 16, 00:54 comment on Mental Illness in the Homeless Population
    Dear Sera : I am elated about your post, “Mental Illness in the Homeless Population,” because One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “These numbers have been steadily increasing since the 70’s, and mentally ill homeless people have become, in many cities, part of the scenery.” I think this is a powerful statement because it reveals just how much the rates of mental illness have increased to the point where it just becomes “part of the scenery”. This highly suggests that not much awareness is being spread about mental illnesses affecting those who are homeless in the last couple of decades. It almost seems as though it is being normalized. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “many mentally ill people are less likely to be violent than the general population.” This stood out for me because it is very contrary to what people generally believe. They see mentally ill people as more violent because they are unable to control their actions due to their mental instability.You post reminds me much of a recent multimedia project I completed based around the factors that affect the causes for homelessness. One major idea was similar to the points you made about mental illnesses because it is truly a problem that restrains many from providing for themselves.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading more from you and if you get the chance please skim through my blog: https://homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com/
  • Sebastian's May 16, 00:45 comment on Anti Gun Violence In Schools
    This topic was very interesting because I did not know their was people out their that advocate for gun rights even after everything that has happen in the U.S. The writers had very good points that they brought up on why people should not advocate for gun rights. They brought up all the school shootings that has happen in all level of schools which included elementary, middle, high schools and also university's. The point that I thought that was really great one to use was the Sandy Hook example. The reason I say that is because it could bring out emotion in those parents that have kids in elementary or even heading into it or parents that have kids in general. I feel mad because a lot of people are for gun rights even after all the shootings that have happend. I am glad that I read this so now I know that their is people out their that really did not care what happend to those kids that were involved in the school shootings. The thing that I believe that you guys could have included was some more examples of the school shooting not just the one that happend at Sandy Hook. I really appreciate you writing this I learned a lot after reading this Sincerely,Sebastian Lira
  • Kailyn's May 16, 00:27 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Dear Oscar, I was intrigued by your post because of your examples of unfair living conditions throughout the post. When you wrote “This clearly emphasizes how Oakland residents that live in the “flats” of Oakland or low-income places have a hard time accessing food meanwhile the people who live in the “hills” of Oakland have easier access to food due to high class residents” I was reminded of the residential issues in New York City in terms of the “poorer” and wealthier areas. Many people throughout the city must travel on the bus and train for hours just to get some groceries. Another one of your quotes I found interesting was “Low-income communities in Oakland have a hard time accessing preventative health activities but people who are wealthy have the opportunity to access those preventative health activities. At first preventative health might seem really confusing but to break it down, preventative health can be like exercising, sleeping well, eating well, and taking medications”. This also reminded me of many of the people living in the city. Most working class people don’t have the time to take care of their basic needs as they are always working. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to reading your next post because you help me to create connections between poverty in New York City and other communities, such as Oakland. Also, please check out my blog at https://lowerpovertyratesnyc.home.blog/ where I advocate for the poor and raise awareness for a decrease in poverty rates in New York City.
  • Karolina's May 16, 00:10 comment on Poverty in NYC
    Dear Zacharia, I was really moved by your article "Poverty in NYC", because it showed me how easy it is to forget about these people and their struggles even though we see them everyday. Everyday, people walk past homeless people in New York City and nobody seems to care about them. Your article really helped me realize what big of a problem this is and how we have to do something about it. One thing that really stood out to me was how you made a personal reference when you spoke about how at the age of 4 you moved to New York from Morocco and provided your own insight on New York and the things that you see everyday walking down the streets of the city. I also like how you included the video. I feel like it provided me with a lot more information to your case and that really helped me understand the topic more thoroughly. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I got really interested in this topic.
  • Vanessa's May 16, 00:02 comment on The Rise of Homelessness in NYC
    Dear Lena, I am very moved by your article on helping the homeless in NYC. One sentence that stood out to me is "There are various ways to how people end up in the situation of homelessness, like: the increase of rent in NYC, mental illnesses, drug addiction, etc." I think that this is eye opening because many people in the US and even NYC don't understand how homelessness is a problem and that the the homeless need help. Mental illness is a big problem and the homeless with mental illnesses should receive the healthcare and help they require and deserve. Another sentence I liked was “The simplest thing that we can do is give a smile, because a smile shows an act of kindness and they are reminded that there are still kind people in this world and that there is still hope for them to get back and start a new and better life.” This stood out to me because it shows how small things have a big impact on people. People may not grasp the concept of how one thing can change a person’s a life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am interested i helping the homeless in nyc as well. You should check out my blog https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com/ which discusses how we can help the homeless in nyc.
  • Pritam's May 15, 22:57 comment on M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction
    Dear Booker, This post, in particular, is very interesting since the M train is essential to coming to school for me and numerous students. Without the M train, it is extremely difficult to come to school. This post goes to show the situations regarding the MTA prior to coming to high school, which fortunately got improved. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was "Phase 2 (September 2 to April 30, 2018): M trains were still diverted to Broadway Junction after Myrtle Avenue, while a shuttle train service operated between Metropolitan Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues, connecting with the L train for a connection to the mainline M at Broadway Junction, and a shuttle bus making stops at Knickerbocker and Central Avenues (which were still closed), to Myrtle Avenue for the J, M and Z trains." This resonates with me because trains are being delayed and it affects other people during this time. There may have been tons of people that went through months of inconsistent and horrid services to get to work, school, or personal needs. The time required to complete this assignment is too lengthy. From Septemeber 2 to April 30 is too much time spent on repairing systems and train lines. In an instance a few days ago, a track issue occurred on the 75th ave train station, which resulted in the F train to reroute and proceeded to the M and R tracks. I was one of the many individuals that were frustrated with the delay that occurred and the lack of care towards its passengers. This results in a call for action as I would like to promote my blog page as the link to it is https://bettermta.wordpress.com/. We would greatly appreciate if you would be able to collaborate and address a few more issues regarding the MTA. This would also be a great opportunity for our site as we slowly grow into our own. I enjoyed the great informative information that was presented and hope that we can really shine a light to issues regarding the services of the MTA.
  • Shirley's May 15, 21:48 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Dear Adrian, I am astounded by your post, “Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community,” because you have showed me and our community real dedication on this issue. You took time out of your day to conduct an interview with the people around you, which is an act that reveals your commitment to this problem. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "So many people don’t know the actual struggles of being homeless. There are many struggles of being homeless, one of them not getting water or not getting home cooked meals or even warm meals." I think this is eye-opening because not everyone gets the same privileges like us and have access to food or water. This is a problem that we often times overlook, but I believe that we can make a difference by giving back to the homeless ones, even if it's just the tiny things like food/water or spare change. Another sentence that I discovered was: “This stood out for me because…Some might think that homeless are terrible people but they just want to be like us with a life and job to keep their hard earned money and a roof over their head to keep them warm. Homeless are humans too not animals that can be just thrown in a street and just survive. " This made me realize how society has the wrong mentality towards homelessness since most of us assume the characters of those based on their outer appearance. However, we simply just can't generalize all homeless people into being criminals or druggies because there are people who are actually struggling. Like what you said, humans are not animals, thus they shouldn't be treated like one. Nobody deserves to live on the streets, while fighting for their survival at the same time. Thank you for sharing this writing, but most importantly thank you for continually fighting for the cause of homelessness. If you can, please check out my blogs on building more homeless shelters in NYC. Please follow: https://wordpress.com/view/homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com
  • Eclas's May 15, 18:53 comment on Wada’n Yemen, Hello New York
    I love how you went in deep about your experience with your religion, it takes a strong person to stand out and talk about a situation like that. I also have trouble with my religion in this nation. I'm Somalian and proud and everyone always wants to be racist or mad dog me because of my scarf. I keep strong and its crazy how people are dying because of their religion.
  • Eclas's May 15, 18:49 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    I love the story about the thief its very eye opening. Its crazy how the least expected can happen. Its crazy how someone can be so cruel enough to hit an elder women! This nation has no respect and its very disappointing and sad! It hurts my heart to hear such a story!
  • Eclas's May 15, 18:48 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
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  • Lucky's May 15, 18:24 comment on Military Pensions Op-Ed
    Dear Elijah : I am happy to know that you feel the same way as I feel about military needing more benefits. Your post, “Military pension,” is important because after serving all those tough times I believe military people deserve more benefits. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ They should also be given cash bonus every time they enlist in the military because they are putting more of their time into the military and are putting their lives back on the line for our country. ” I think this is a good quote because it is true what you said, people are putting their lives on the line joining the military because they don't know what can go on during the time they serve; like they can get killed or get hurt. Another sentence that was important to know is: “ In a post on Military.com, it says that “If you are in the Reserves you become eligible for retirement when you have served 20 good years, but you cannot draw your pension until age 60.” This stood out for me because me trying to join the military and not knowing I have to be a certain age to be able to get my retirement money is crazy and helpful to know. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when I was talking to my recruiter about retirement she told me you can't just get your money when you retire. She told me you have to be a certain age but she didn't tell me what age. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this helped me learn something and knowing that I am not the only one who feels the way I feel.
  • Lucky's May 15, 18:00 comment on Military Pensions Op-Ed
    Dear Elijah : I am happy to know that you feel the same way as I feel about military needing more benefits. Your post, “Military pension,” is important because after serving all thoes tough time I believe milit One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…> reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…
  • Kasandra's May 15, 17:15 comment on A Rec
    I really like your poem, i remember my rec. All the kids from the neighborhood would go there an hour after getting out of school. My rec had 2 old hispanic ladies who would have there little table and carp and would sell candy, corn inna cup, juices, and chips. There was never any gang activity there thankfully.
  • Kasandra's May 15, 17:11 comment on Nana’s House
    I love your story as well, grandmas house is where everyone and they cousins go to hang out. Breakfast at my grandmas house was always very interesting considering it was 6 of us.
  • Muhammad's May 15, 16:30 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Dear Adrian, I am surprised with your post, “Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community”, because i personally believe that if people are in need than everyone should try to help them. Thats not all homeless people should receive help and others should try and support them through their hard work. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I have also seen some of the homeless go through where some are pushed off some land. Some residents would call this a disturbance but in reality where are homeless suppose to go if they don’t have anywhere to go? Why should neighbors say terrible things to them” I agree with this because it supports my beliefs and that everyone should always be helped. Also people should help others especially if they have the money a recourses to. Another sentence that I saw was: “The rate of becoming homeless has increased over the years. Many more people have been on the street with no home and people are going to be homeless. ” This stood out to me because it reveals the truth about homelessnesses and just how bad it's getting. I agree with your statement and I know that all over the place homelessness has become a real problem and it has been increasing rapidly. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to see your thoughts on homeless ness and how much of a problem it is. If you would like to see my work on homelessness you can follow https://wordpress.com/view/homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com
  • Anna's May 15, 16:29 comment on Plastic vs Our Environment
    Dear Penelope, I am extremely informed from your article, "Plastic vs. Our Environment" because you've deeply informed me on the harms of plastic pollution in our environment. You have used a great variety of evidence from status quo to argue and drive your point that plastic pollution must be dealt with to significantly minimize it's harm. One thing you mentioned was that, "A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change." This is a perfect example of how to introduce the horrific topic of plastic pollution to unknowing readers. I like how you were straight forward by introducing the harm, adding a statistic, and analyzing the severity of the situation to really intrigue your viewers. With a topic such as plastic pollution, it is important to get people up to date with the state of our environment to get a reaction in return. It is really important to get people on board with supporting this cause for the betterment of mankind and our planet. This, I think, is a particularly good strategy in engaging readers in taking action for a cause you are advocating. Overall, I thank you for writing this amazingly informative piece, and I wanted to let you know that I also advocate for this cause. It would be great for us to work together to further our strive to end plastic pollution. Check out my website at https://stopstrawsnycblog.wordpress.com/ and let me know what you think! I also write about plastic pollution but focus more on the harm of plastic straws. Until then, I can't wait for an updated article to further increase my knowledge of this cause.
  • Anika's May 15, 16:29 comment on Drug vs Teens
    I am fascinated with your article, "Drug vs Teens" because you discussed about students skipping school and failing many of their classes. When teens start doing drugs, they become addicted and loose interest in many of the activities that occur in school. If students worry about drugs too much, they misplace their attention on grades and showing up on school. From what I've researched the nicotine addiction could also impact how students behave at home. That is why I completely agree when you state "Furthermore, teens who do drugs can negatively affect their households. This matters because teens may start lying to their parents, start stealing money for drugs, become antisocial and not oblige to parent communication." This delineates the affects nicotine in drugs can do to students. Not only could students begin lying to their parent's however, students show anger and frustration from the displeasure of not having drugs on them to their parents. Please check out my blog, http://freshpod.home.blog, for more information on addiction.
  • Sofia's May 15, 16:29 comment on Oakland’s Human trafficking
    Dear Briceida Vega : I am so moved, about, your post on trafficking, “Oakland’s Human trafficking” because you really talk about the harshness of the situation. You make it apparent that the only way to fix human trafficking is if we all help. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In conclusion Oakland should do something about human trafficking. They should make websites or hold groups together because of human trafficking. The website will help people learn, understand, and raise public awareness about human trafficking.” I think this is important because you give people a way to help people in need. Another sentence that I read was: “ And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will.” This stood out for me because human trafficking can happen to any person not only young girls. Your post “Oakland’s Human trafficking” reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was at an airport and my mother had told me to look out for anyone young child who might look lost because its easy for them to kidnapped. MY dad had turned to us and told me its important to look out for anyone not only little kids, adults are trafficked too. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I appreciate the effort you put into trying to solve human trafficking.
  • Nicole's May 15, 16:29 comment on Littering in NYC
    Sorry about this but i accidentally posted this on someone else's account because they forgot to log out. Dear Ritwika, I agree with your claims about wanting NYC to be the best city in the world for sanitation. I think personally that New York is very dirty and has lots of litter everywhere. I am glad you talked about how marine litter effects ocean ecosystems like when you said "As a result of accidentally ingesting this litter, marine species may choke, entangle, starve, or drown." We all need to make a change in helping to save the marine life and its ecosystems by not littering. We all can do a small deed which will help lead to a bigger change. "These options include: participating in a community clean-up, making sure your trash is secured, recycling and reusing, and spreading the word." This stood out to me because i love how you gave people options on how they can help save our environment. Thanks for you writing! I look forward to reading more of your posts about litter.
  • Mamoon's May 15, 16:28 comment on My Second Home
    Dear Isaiah: I am astounded with your post, “My second home” because you demonstrate the importance of having parks nearby, and how you made most of your friends while playing in the park. It must have been a great feeling to be able to play in a clean and good environmental park. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I met them playing basketball, and basketball kind of brought us together and the fact that it made me become closer with many people in such a quick amount of time is really crazy and kind of cool.” I think this is very cool because you had a lot of fun when playing with your friends and you seem greatly fortunate to be able to play in a clean park. Another sentence that I really stands out for me was: “We would help each other get better at our game and show each other how to do new moves, sometimes we would even try and copy another players move, and I would ask my friends who could do it better ” This stood out for me because it displays how much fun you really are having when you get to play in the park. I do really agree with you that parks can help you make friends. One reason I say this is because I see many people making and hanging out with friends in many parks Another reason I agree with you is that I also used to have fun with my friends while playing in a park. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this really influences the importance of having a clean park. With a clean park to play at, you can make new friends and have a lot of fun. Please visit this blog page: https://parks.home.blog/ My classmates and I are trying to fix a park called Dutch Kills Playground as out tech project. I hope you can help!
  • James's May 15, 16:27 comment on M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction
    Dear Booker: I am astonished about your post, "M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction," because I am also worried about everything regarding the MTA. The MTA needs to get it together. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "a shuttle bus making stops at Knickerbocker and Central Avenues (which were still closed), to Myrtle Avenue for the J, M and Z trains." I think this is terrible because the MTA's train service is so unreliable that shuttle buses were required as an alternative. Another sentence that I noticed was: "The M train will resume regular service on April 30." This stood out to me because this allowed me to understand how long it took to reconstruct the M line. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time there was construction on a train line and I had to take an alternative route. I was upset that the MTA did not care about its customers. The MTA needs to get it together. Many people are suffering from the unreliability of the MTA and its services. Additionally, I, along with others, have compiled a website focused on addressing the issues of the MTA. The link is right here: https://bettermta.wordpress.com/ I kindly request that you visit our website and review it website to learn more about what the MTA is hiding. I thank you for your insight on this topic and I look forward to you visiting our website and taking a stand against terrible service and safety. Let's all work together for a better MTA.
  • Dina I.'s May 15, 16:26 comment on Littering in NYC
    Dear Ritwika, I agree with your claims about wanting NYC to be the best city in the world for sanitation. I think personally that New York is very dirty and has lots of litter everywhere. I am glad you talked about how marine litter effects ocean ecosystems like when you said "As a result of accidentally ingesting this litter, marine species may choke, entangle, starve, or drown." We all need to make a change in helping to save the marine life and its ecosystems by not littering. We all can do a small deed which will help lead to a bigger change. "These options include: participating in a community clean-up, making sure your trash is secured, recycling and reusing, and spreading the word." This stood out to me because i love how you gave people options on how they can help save our environment. Thanks for you writing! I look forward to reading more of your posts about litter.
  • Shanika's May 15, 16:24 comment on Human trafficking: Modern Slavery
    Dear Lizbeth, I made my video about human trafficking as well. I'm glad that you're passionate on this topic as well since the group, the Rose Thorn Project, is very concerned with spreading awareness about human trafficking. I like how you mentioned that human trafficking has happened in many places secretly, which exemplifies how so many people get away with this horrid crime. With everyone's help we can make sure that so many people that are currently in danger, return to their peaceful lives and their families. Most of the humans that are trafficked are also children, which makes the situation even more critical since they are more vulnerable and have a long life ahead of them. Thanks for your writing.
  • Hanna's May 15, 16:23 comment on Today: SEXtrade
    I would like to add that I felt your video covered the basis of human trafficking in an efficient manner whilst also demonstrating how significant it is to help the cause. Your in-depth description of possible allies is immensely helpful and portrays that this is a pressing issue. I agree with the ideas you have portrayed, especially that young people should be more informed in regards to sex trafficking.
  • Rafia's May 15, 16:22 comment on How Addiction Affects Family and Friends
    Hello Johnny, I enjoyed your article. The article perfectly summarized the affects of drugs to not only the individual undergoing substance abuse, but the caregivers/family associated with the individual. Your ability to capture this topic in a different perspective has helped me with my research and blog post about the destructive E-cigarettes, juuls. On my blog, I advocate for the prevention of juuls through communication and education. Your well examined description of drugs helped me open my eyes to the multiple reasons why drugs are harmful. You can check out my blog to gain more insight to this multi dimensional issue https://wordpress.com/view/freshpod.home.blog
  • Ankita's May 15, 16:19 comment on Are tobacco manufacturers using new flavors to target minors?
    I agree with you. Based on my research on juul, vape Juice contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavorings. E- Cigarettes were imported to U.S only in 2006 so no long term effects are known. So just because it's safer doesn't mean it's safe. People with asthma are triggered by e-cigarette more dramatically than smoking. People with lung conditions may be at higher risk of vaping from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People say e-cigarettes are better because they don't contain tobacco, but they release toxic chemicals such as- formaldehyde. One child even died from e-cigarette poisoning in 2014 after swallowing liquid nicotine. From 2013 to 2015, there was 1500 increase in children under 6 poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes. Please check our website on juuls for more information. Our goal is to reduce the accessibility in New York. https://wordpress.com/posts/my/freshpod.home.blog
  • Hanna's May 15, 16:18 comment on Today: SEXtrade
    This post was of great interest to me as I have a blog pertaining to the topic of human trafficking and supporting another ally in the fight against human trafficking, Thorn. Thorn is an amazing organization which raises money to develop software that prevents human trafficking. Their programs have helped save thousands of children and protected lives from falling into the gruesome world of sex trafficking. If you would like to continue to research this subject, our blogs provide information in regards to it. By clicking the following link, you will have access to viewing our blog with consistent posts https://theroseproject.home.blog/
  • Maria Sandee's May 15, 16:18 comment on Addiction
    Dear Johnny: I found your article very helpful as it removed the stigma around addiction as being "a result of a lack of willpower." You used scientific facts to support your argument which helps people like me who are researching on the topic of nicotine addiction, specifically, juul. I am thankful for your concise writing as it kept me focus. One sentence that stood out was "Nicotine is probably one of the most widely used addictive chemicals, especially in teen years." This stood out to me as it relates to my research on Juul use in NYC among teens. Please check out our website to learn more about the main cause of nicotine addiction in New York City among high school students: https://freshpod.home.blog/
  • Ashley's May 15, 16:16 comment on Storms
    Dear Samantha: I am interested with your post, “Storms,” because I love when it rains but not when there storms because they can affect the population they suffer damages. Storms are an action in this world muy popular in a lot of countries in this world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ Algo similar entre mi libro y el mundo es que en el mundo existen muchas personas que investigan acerca de cómo se originan y cómo se va a acabar.” I think this is true and excited because we need people to descubre how to prevent the storm or what do do when there is a storm. They people that study this kind of things are amazing they can tell us when is it going to be a storm or etc. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this storms are interesting and I love to know about the nature. We need to know how to prevent them what to do in a storm.
  • Niles's May 15, 16:16 comment on YO, LOOK AT MY PRESENTATION
    Subway travel is an imperative part of being able to get to parks. Fixing subway travel issues theoretically will lead more people to use the subway to get to parks, increasing the amount of people going to parks. I invite you to view your blog on similar park related issues https://parks.home.blog/
  • Jenifer's May 15, 16:16 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear Sofia: I am very amazed by your publication, "A dangerous list", because you tell us a little about your experience that you had with your friend. What I liked most was that you had an experience to tell in this text. A phrase that you wrote that stands out for me is: "They put my name on the best student mural and I feel happy, but at the same time sad for my friend". I think this is amazing because even though you were in the mural you never felt better than the other people. It was also that even being in the mural you worry about your friend wanted to be in the mural and could not. Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next, because I like you to tell your stories. And also because you include your friends.
  • Veronica's May 15, 16:11 comment on Be yourself!!
    Estimada Sofia: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación “Be yourself” por que no tenemos que fingir ser otras personas solo para encajar en un grupo o para caerles bien a otras personas. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es “when something we pretend another person.” Creo que esto es muy cierto por que no todos tenemos los mismos sentimientos y carácter. Aveces es mejor ser único a no ser uno mismo. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque es muy interesante los libros que lees.
  • Niles's May 15, 16:11 comment on YO, LOOK AT MY PRESENTATION
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "It is apparent that there has been a lack of legislation to solve these issues". Could you explain or give an example for the "lack of legislation" mentioned. I understand the purpose of petition, however simply demanding for Andrew. M. Cuomo to fix MTA will not change anything. As an example of the thereafter mentioned "lack of legislation", I believe that closing down subway systems during the late night to very early morning will fix these issues. Only 1.5 percent of weekday riders, or about 85,000 people, use the subway between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., according to 2016 data (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/nyregion/subway-end-weeknight-service.html). Even with these low numbers, nighttime trains could be replaced with busses. There needs to be a shutdown to make drastic changes to the subway system. Work is extremely hard to finish from morning to evening, as construction work must be planned around still allowing those who usually go to that station a viable necessary option of transport. New York is one of the only systems in the world that has a 24/7 subway system, and the damage shows.
  • Alejandro's May 15, 16:10 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear sofia I am impressed by your post I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!,’’ because… because in the publication I did not know if she felt happy or sad happy because they put her in recognition of the school and sad because her friend also wanted to be there. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:’’but he also feels sad because his sister is not on that list. I think this is important because… when people are like this they can get depressed thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… you write about the things that the people these pasando at that moment
  • Sofia's May 15, 16:04 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear gmack2137: I identify with you because sometimes I feel sad without knowing why, sometimes I think that I feel sad because I miss my family. I like that you think and shared what you feel. I would like to know more what you think about my post. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like to see your opinions. sofia.
  • Eduardo's May 15, 16:03 comment on The girl in the white dress
    deer claudia I liked your post because there is something creepy and one part of you said " One day a man and his daughter, his daughter in the evening a girl dressed in white that was very ugly and the girl tells him what he wants from her that is out" makes me feel creepy
  • Maria's May 15, 16:03 comment on Volviendose locos
    Dear Evelyn: Thank you for your publication "Going crazy" because it reminds me of many people who feel lonely and often have many problems that they can not solve and need to let off steam with a person who listens and understands them, because many people can not cope with their problems alone. Nobody can ever need a person who is available to listen to them. Thank you for your publication I hope to continue looking at what you write because it makes me very interesting.
  • Samantha's May 15, 16:02 comment on The 1918 Flu Pandemic
    Estimado: Alberto Estoy asombrada por su publicación, “The 1918 Flu Pandemic,” porque yo no sabía acerca de que cayó un meteorito. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “en 1918 el viento se infecto y afectó a muchas personas que tuvieron que ser hospitalizado porque el aire los infecto y estuvieron a punto de la muerte pero los doctores lograron salvarlos.” Creo que esto es asombroso porque eso estuvo muy fuerte y se pudieron salvar es lo bueno. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque está muy asombroso de lo que escribes. Me gusta la manera en la que te expresas a través de la escritura. Samantha
  • German's May 15, 15:56 comment on Los soldados no van a morir, van por vivir un sueño.
    Estimado Rolando Estoy impresionado por tu publicación ‘’ los soldados no van a morir, van por vivir un sueño’’ Porque se me ase una historia muy interesante. Una frase que usted escribió que se describió pa mi es ‘’ los soldados que relatan su historia por medio de imágenes antigua y cuadros informativos imprimidos’’ Gracias por tu publicación espero que escribas a continuación porque es una historia muy interesante.
  • Ashley's May 15, 15:55 comment on The Bad People
    Dear, Veronica: I am excited by your post, “The Bad People,” because they are so many people that just want to destruct us and make us feel bad. The people that are bad doesn’t like that other people can be happy. They are so many people bad in this world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In the real life make everything from destructed the life until they can killed you.” I think this is real because there are times when people are too cruel to kill you, they can reach the limit. Also when some people are drugged they also can hurt you. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because these cases are very common now with youth. We need to know what to do, how to control it and how to prevent it.Bad people are people that need help to control themselves .
  • Rolando's May 15, 15:54 comment on Volviendose locos
    Estimada Evelin: Estoy ilusionado con su publicación"volviéndose locos" porque es un tema real en el cual las personas pueden caer y nunca volver a levantarse. una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es : "The plot reminds me of this because there are a lot of people they go crazy because they are left alone and they have no one to talk to and they look like they feel very lonely and sometimes they look at other people and confuse" . gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación , porque es un tema dell que todos queremos conocer para no caer ante el.
  • Claudia's May 15, 15:44 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear Sofia: I am amazed by your writing, "I do not know if I feel happy or sad" because I learned from people that we should be happy when we win or lose because in life sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. A phrase that you write that stands out for me is "sometimes we win high and we feel happy for that" because that is the truth of life that you have to conform to the fence that happens in life. Thanks for your writing. I hope and see what you write next, because I want to learn more.
  • Terren's May 15, 13:30 comment on Playing the Game of Life
    I believe this poem is about how he express himself through basketball and how judgmental and serious some people take it.
  • Natalia B.'s May 15, 03:35 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    Dear Wendy : I am impressed by your post “Don’t Drink and Drive,” because I completely agree with your theory that teenagers need to be educated in order to decrease the amount of drink driving cases and the amount of deaths caused by them. It is truly devastating to a family for a family to lose a teenager to such a preventable cause. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ In order for teenagers to not get hurt it’s impactful and total nonsense to lose you kid just because they were drinking and driving when their parents should have taught them to prevent these actions. Parents should make sure that they go through ground rules with their kids before letting them drive because no parent wants to lose their children at such an early age for a mistake that could have been prevented.” I think this is very true because if parents educated their children and teenagers about such important issues, it could greatly impact the rest of their lives. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “ People should think about ways to stay safe for example if they are at a party ways to get home without having to drive in order to keep others and themselves safe instead of endangering their lives.” This stood out for me because I agree that there are many ways for people to not drink and drive, many solutions that can be found. No one should ever have to resort to a solution where they are endangering their life and someone else’s life. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I read a very helpful article providing tips for both parents and teen on way to avoid drinking and driving at all costs. This is an example of one of the steps being taken to decrease the number of teens killed due to drinking and driving. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because there are many other aspects of drinking and driving that have to be addressed in order to make changes in the death rates caused by it. I appreciated this post and actually have a blog of my own dedicated to drinking and driving. Here’s the link to my blog, feel free to check it out for more information about drunk driving: https://fightingdrunkdriving.wordpress.com/
  • Amy's May 15, 03:30 comment on R32 subway cars, oldest and most rickety at 54 years old
    Dear Booker, I am intrigued by your post because I feel very passionate about the MTA. I feel the need to bring to peoples attention that there are many problems that need to be fixed. I find your post very informative and interesting. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “R32 subway cars are the oldest and rickety subway cars at 54 years old”. I think this is interesting because one would think as the years go by more newer trains would come into view than there are now. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me countless times. There were many times when the trains were super delayed. I would end up being late to school. I also think of the people who would be late to work. I politely encourage to keep writing about the MTA and help my colleagues and I out with promoting our blog and petition https://teensforthemta.wordpress.com/ and https://www.change.org/p/andrew-cuomo-solve-issues-in-mta-today Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts relate much with the MTA. I also see that not everything about the MTA has to be critical.
  • Madison Z.'s May 15, 02:49 comment on Is Global Warming Real?
    Dear Madison (We have the same first name haha) I am surprised by your post, “Is Global Warming Real?,” because you are so knowledgeable and provide so many facts about this topic. You provide logical reasoning as to why Global Warming is very real as well as why some people may refuse to believe so. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "It’s becoming clear for most people that humans have caused most of the past century’s warming by releasing greenhouse gases to power our modern lives and at the sametime kill our planets and its wildlife.” I think this is correct because humans are responsible and ignorant to their negative contributions on Earth such as producing an unhealthy amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Another sentence that I support was: “You ever leave an ice cube in your drink last longer than five minutes? It melts, and yet we’re meant to believe these 'ice caps' lasted millions of years. They’re not even trying to be convincing any more.” This stood out for me because the example of melting glaciers and warming temperatures are very real and is causing serious consequence (due to Global Warming even if others tell us otherwise). I do largely agree with you that a new and more unpredictable climate poses unique challenges to all life. One reason I say this is that something disastrous could happen any day now as climate change becomes more prominent. Another reason I agree with you is that many animal species are dying due to unfit and unhealthy conditions and temperatures in their environment. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am also a student advocate for climate change and strong believer that Global Warming is real and happening right this second. I agree with all your statements and appreciate that you’re educating others about this issue. Please check out my blog if interested: globalwarmingactivism.wordpress.com
  • Chloe's May 15, 02:34 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    Dear Raine I am intrigue to know that another person has a lot of interest in Animal Cruelty and Animal testing. In your post "Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing" because of how you realized the inhumane conditions animals have to go though, when they are used as testing subject. I also like how you mentioned make up. Within makeup products animals are used a lot in cosmetics world, being In the products and tested on. One thing that stood out to me was "There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells." yet some companies still use animals as resource when testing their products which make me sad to knowing that fact. If wanting to know how to more about animals being used in the cosmetic world read my blog post https://theanimalsaviors.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/watch-my-youtube-video-to-know-what-can-found-in-your-make-up/
  • Kristopher's May 15, 02:32 comment on The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
    Dear Sante : I am glad you decided to write your post, “The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement ,” because the anti vax or anti vaccine movement is dangerous which has in recent times already resulted in the spread of infectious diseases. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By refusing your child a vaccination, you risk them contracting a preventable disease whose treatment could be expensive. ” I think this encompasses the entire anti vaccine movement. Where parents decide to take their children's health into their own hands endangering their kids and those surround the kids themselves. Another sentence that I thought stood out was: “However, because vaccines became so pervasive in society, people came to forget the diseases and rare cases of vaccines harming children were overexposed.” This stood out for me because it provides an explanation as to why parents are so dismissive of vaccines as credible and useful resources. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was very in depth concerning anti vaccine motives and their views. I'd like to see what you would think of my vaccination blog, tell me what you think! http://vaccination.home.blog
  • Mariam's May 15, 02:11 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    Dear Raine, I am fascinated with your post, “Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing,” because I’ve looked into the topic of animal cruelty myself but never went too into depth with animal testing. I’m shocked to believe that humans relied on the more expensive and harmful choice when there were clearly better options. Your post has opened my eyes to just how badly animals are being treated especially during animal testing even while we can easily avoid this cruelty. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells.” I think this is saddening because people are going out of their way to abuse animals when there are easier and better methods to use. People can choose to consider these options instead of constantly abusing animals. Another sentence that surprised me was: “ Experimenting on animals doesn’t just harm the animals involved in it, but also can negatively affect the people as well.” This stood out for me because people not only go out of their way to harm animals, they harm themselves in the process but continue to use these methods anyway. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts clearly identify the problem and possible solutions. Your posts also use reliable sources that can be further analyzed by the reader. Thank you for addressing the problems people avoid. If you want to check out my wordpress blog, you can find it at https://theanimalsaviors.wordpress.com/
  • Brenda's May 15, 02:05 comment on Animal experimentation = Animal cruelty
    Dear Melody, I am impressed about your post because I like how you wrote “I believe that animal experimentation is the same thing as animal cruelty depending on how they treat the animals," "Animal experimentation = Animal cruelty." This is a vey important topic that should be discussed because although it is beneficial, people need to know the truth of animal testing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it shows how much you care about this topic which this post will provide a deep analysis of animal cruelty. I also have the same topic and have my own blog. If you want to check it out, it is theanimalsaviors.wordpress.com. Thanks for your writing.
  • Emmanuela's May 15, 01:07 comment on upstander reflection
    Mental health has become one of the biggest issues happening at this time and age. I think adding statistics to your project could help benefit in the sense that we are able to see when it started to get worse as well as how it progressively is getting worse, if that is the case. Also writing some of the causes of mental health issues as well as how it affects you day to day. Maybe you can even interview someone going through these issues today or anyone who has overcome it. But other than that great work kimberly.
  • Emmanuela's May 15, 00:57 comment on Academic Success
    Wow I found this article to be very interesting especially when you mention that the more prepared someone was for a class lead to them having a higher graded leading them to be more success. It was also very interesting that this success also lead them to other successes beyond just in their school work. I would think that added some statistics to this research would further help your argument on how this can be determined. Otherwise good piece of writing.
  • Sama's May 14, 23:22 comment on The Risk we Run with Uneducated Teenagers
    Ozzie, I am interested with your post “ The Risk we Run with Uneducated Teenagers” because I agree with your ideas that teenagers have always been drinking in high school, however when someone is told not to do something they will want to do it more which may be why people under 21 have been drinking in large amounts. I found it interesting that you included a parents point of view on drinking which is something that most teens may not think about. I found it interesting when you said “he states that when he was in high school and the legal drinking age was 18, kids were still doing it. It is more of parents take on teenage drinking and the Nationwide drinking age”. This was an eye opening sentence because it showed that it is a possibility that the rebellion of teens against the law may not be the only reason for teen drinking it could be from a number of other things. Another sentence that I found interesting was “ Binge drinking has become a popular style of consumption for teenagers, and it is believed to be the by-product of the government driving alcohol into the underground teen scene”. This stood out to me because it emphasized that the government trying to limit alcohol may be causing teens to drink in an unhealthy manner. Your post reminds and explains to me the stereotype of the binge drinking teenagers which we often see in movies, however previous to this I could never wrap my head around why someone would do this to themselves but this post has opened my eyes and explained that to me. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems like you have ideas that may have been thought by many people, but not discussed. I am sure that these ideas will help me realize things that may have never crossed my mind. Drinking and Driving is also a topic strongly related to teen drinking to find out more about it check out my blog https://fightingdrunkdriving.wordpress.com.
  • Ania's May 14, 21:16 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    I am in love with your post, “Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing,” because I am very passionate about companies being cruelty free. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells.” I think this is interesting because I've heard about those alternatives, especially vitro testing. It is upsetting how simple these testing methods are and no companies are taking into consideration the alternatives. Another sentence that I found intriguing was: “ I will do my best in using products that don’t involve the torturing of animals..” This stood out for me because i strive to stay away from products that involve animal testing as well. Your post reminds me of when I was researching animal testing and came across PETA. You included a link to them and I really liked how you did so because their website contains good information that needs to be shared among others. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want your audience to be more educated about animal testing if they aren't already. Feel free to check out my twitter at @noanimaltesti10 or https://twitter.com/noanimaltesti10 and my wordpress blog at http://animaltesting.video.blog . I have a video on my blog that talks about why animal testing should be stopped which I think you may find interesting.
  • Matthew's May 14, 20:23 comment on Upstander Reflection – Abortion Rights
    First of all, I don't think that you can really change peoples minds on this issue by arguing with them on Instagram or by just posting things in the halls. This just reinforces people's beliefs rather than actually changing their minds. For example, if I were to tell you about the pro-life beliefs and why you are wrong here, you would likely just refuse to actually hear my points and neither of us would gain a thing. This is to not say that your project is for nothing. A lot of the time, people are uninformed on abortion and I really think that you could inform people of it so that they could choose their side based on facts, which is something that I think you did well. I think that you should also bring up all the trap and hoop laws that are harmful to those who want/need abortions because a lot of those have been universally panned as being bad things, so I think starting with something that you agree on could help to push the conversation to a more constructive and factual way.
  • Steven's May 14, 20:20 comment on Social and Economic Inequality
    It is honestly dissapointing that our economic system is hugely impacted based on the income of the people, being rich or poor. Such a system is too damaging and must be abandoned.
  • Nyasa's May 14, 20:19 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
    Dear Caleigh: I am extremely intrigued by your article, “Stigmas with Menstruation,” because… it was so interesting for me to find out today how women in other countries in the world have to deal with periods. I live in America as well, so to see how women have it so hard in foreign countries is so shocking to me. The fact that women can't afford products or don't even know about them sometimes is so cruel for them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: women “living in Bolivia can be found with many used pads in their backpacks, because they are told menstrual blood is so dangerous it can cause diseases like cancer if mixed with other trashes.” I think this particular sentence was interesting for me because from when they're young to about adults, women learn that periods are wrong, disgusting and a sin. So, when I found out women in Bolivia have to hide their pads, used too, just because it can be "harmful" as a spread of diseases, that's what actually disgusting. Another sentence that I thought was cool was: “they are told it leads to infertility, and charge up to $4 for a singular pad." This stood out for me because women are told incorrect information for the longest time just because their families don't want them to know what a period actually is, also to make sure they don't disclose anything to the public. I completely agree with you that women have it so hard in many countries, and people need to fight to get equal right for women, because they deserve so much better. One reason I say this is is because women are the ones who reproduce, so periods and the knowledge of periods are necessary for everyone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this topic interested me so much. The way you talk about women's periods and why they deserve equal rights is so inspiring. Thanks for writing this! Furthermore, I have a blog that talks about everything period related. From the horrible luxury tax on them, to period poverty, etc. I would love it if you would check it out and support our campaign! -> https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com/
  • Matthew's May 14, 20:16 comment on School Shootings
    I don't think that this is an issue that needs much direct education upon it. I think learning about the complexities of mental health and educating people about that is more valid than focusing on horrific actions taken by disturbed individuals. This is just a roundabout way of saying that you should think about your project as being a way to talk about mental health in its most extreme and how people can help to stop these atrocities from happening. I think that you did a good job on your project, but I think that you need to really think about how this comes off and how people need to be educated on the why, not the how people do these things.
  • Mary's May 14, 20:13 comment on The effect of sports on the mental health of student-athletes
    Hi Grace, This is an interesting approach to take in how sports can affect you. I've usually only seen all the evidence that points to sports being good for your mental health, but being able to see the other side of the coin is good as well. For example if a certain sport is someone's whole and is taken away from them, their can be severe side effects such as depression and PTSD as you've mentioned above. I like how you mentioned that some websites that state sports are good for your mental health "don’t take a lot of factors into consideration, only the facts that the person is a student and they play a sport." It's important to look at all these factors of anything before diving into it. I thought you might like this article from the atlantic that talks about teen athletes struggle with mental health. (https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/teen-athletes-mental-illness/586720/). I really enjoyed this article and hope to see more writing from you in the future. Mary
  • Matthew's May 14, 20:12 comment on My Opinion On Being An Upstander
    I think that it is extremely important to think of how this issue has changed overtime. Domestic abuse used to be one of the biggest issues by far, just by sheer volume. It was common for a man to come home and beat their wives, and now it is much less so. This is not saying that it is not an issue, I am just saying that it has gotten better over time and that, to some degree, the issue has gotten better. I think that you should bring up the drop in domestic abuse that happened after the introduction of no-fault divorce and how people feel as though they must stay together, even if they hate their partner. Why I bring this up is that you need to bring up the history around domestic abuse to help explain that it is still a problem. Another thing that I think you could bring up is the whole situation around Chris Brown. This situation has a lot of information around it that wasn't focused upon and I think that it says a lot that Chris Brown has just generally been forgiven for all the terrible things he has done against his partners.
  • Mary's May 14, 19:59 comment on Heated Question
    Lucky, I think it's great that you're interested in the army and how well it works. It's true it is very strict because it's designed to teach you discipline and respect. It's also interesting that you're thinking of these high level questions about the military. For example, "are mental health issues addressed in the military?" This is good question to ask because they go through dangerous and traumatic things on a regular basis so being able to see if they are being taken care of is something good to think about. Here's an article from theatlantic I think you'd might like about the need for people in the military to receive psychological help. (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/the-urgent-need-for-confidential-psychological-care-for-us-military/266381/) I really enjoyed this article and hope to see more writing from you soon. Mary
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:54 comment on upstander reflection
    I think that mental health has gotten a much bigger spotlight in the last few years and I think that your project would gain a lot from noticing that and adding more to it. I know that I can't see your poster and that this might have been something that you already did, but I genuinely think that it really helps a lot of projects to notice the time that they are taking place in. So, instead of talking about what you did to help spread awareness to mental health as a singular example, you could use a lot of the examples that have occurred in the limelight to show that you aren't the only one to spread this information, but what you are doing to add to this information and how you add to this at your local level.
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:46 comment on Police Brutality Reflection
    I really like your project, but there are a few flaws with it. First, by only having black and white headshots of people, you make them seem very disconnected and you take away a little bit of our relatability to these people. This is a major problem when you are trying to emphasize how these are people and that they are being completely and utterly mistreated. Another thing that you should think about with you project is how people tend to argue against police brutality. A lot of people just say that you should just listen to the police and you will be fine, but I think that it would be important to get cases where people are hurt regardless to how well they listened to the police officers. This could help to outstep people who would just try to take away meaning from your project before they could even try.
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:38 comment on Upstander Reflection
    I don't think that the issue of homelessness needs more awareness, I think it just needs more understanding. I personally live in Utah and people can be very harsh against the homeless population and I know that this is the case in California. It is common to hear someone say that they are on the streets because of drugs and if they stop taking drugs, they will not be on the streets anymore. People act like getting off drugs will just magically help homeless populations and allow for them to find jobs, but this is not the case. America has developed and the need for jobs drop down with no replacement jobs in the sectors that are there. This just means that a lot of these homeless people have no real chance at getting the jobs that they once had and that the only real solutions are what you proposed with a food drive.
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:26 comment on My Opinion About Being An Upstander
    This topic is extremely interesting, but it is highly political and that can easily make people refuse to talk to you. So, titling your Instagram as stopclimatechange can really put people off of you message. Also, I would say that you should probably have much more information on your poster. If you are going to convince people to change their opinions, you need to first convince them that they are wrong and then you need to help them to adopt your ideology, and there is a lot of information on climate change that a lot of people don't know. This article https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2018/11/29/indisputable-facts-on-climate-change/#6cb8467a3d05 is really good about explaining things in a non-partisan way and I think that it has a great basis in explaining global warming as simply a fact without looking down on those who don't believe in global warming.
  • Eduardo's May 14, 18:21 comment on Should the tobacco industry be held accountable for Its exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions and members of the military?
    In addition Johan, when you said :"For decades, the tobacco industry has promoted their products to the mental health community with the idea of tobacco as medicine. ", I really felt what you were trying to convey. I believe that it is evil that tobacco companies would market their products as medicine! I Strongly agree with you entire message! I feel as if that tobacco companies are immorally attempting to market themselves as something they aren't! I hope that you continue to write more articles similar to this one in the future, so that more light can be shone on this issue!
  • Jada's May 14, 18:20 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
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  • Madison's May 14, 18:19 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    Dear Allison, I am happy with your post, “Climate Change and the Ocean,” because I like to think about how we as a generation have to work together in order to save the future of the Earth. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This then causes many issues to arise, such as global warming, the melting of glaciers, and the rise of sea levels." I think this is a really good quote because it focuses on EVERYTHING that climate change impacts. Thanks for your writing
  • Lesley's May 14, 18:19 comment on The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
    Dear Sante, I am interested with your post surrounding “The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement,” because of your discussion about why people support the anti-vaccine movement. You also bring up how this support against vaccinating children puts society at a great dilemma. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By refusing your child a vaccination, you risk them contracting a preventable disease whose treatment could be expensive.” I think this is important to bring up because it highlights the hypocrisy of the anti-vaccination debate. Another sentence that I took note of was: “This comes not only from risking the health of the child, but also those in society who are more susceptible to catching these diseases such as the elderly, sick, and too young to receive vaccines.” This stood out for me because it states why people who don’t want to vaccinate their kids are not only harming their kids but the people around them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with a lot of your statements and explanations regarding this topic. You can check out my blog about this topic too if you like: https://newyorkclinic.home.blog/
  • Jada's May 14, 18:17 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
    Dear Caleigh, I am interested in, your post because stigma on periods is something that I also believe is a serious issue in society. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “many girls are embarrassed of the sounds made from hygiene products, so they avoid using them at school or in public, and many citizens and international women said they didn’t know what menstruation was until their first period came, and when they got it they felt scared that they were sick or that something was wrong with them. ” I think this is interesting, because it discusses the real life stigma that women in everyday life feel as a result of something that is a natural part of their body. Your post reminds me of my own blog posts on word press where I also discuss the stigma on periods and the tampon tax. I feel that that this is not a topic that is discussed enough in society and as a result, women have to suffer. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem very invested in your writing. Your voice speaks to people and informs them of important issues in society. It is not just filled with factual informations, but also connects with the reader on a personal level. I really like the topic you chose and how you executed your presentation of it. If you or anyone else would like to hear more about this topic and try to make a difference visit my blog post at: https://wordpress.com/posts/my/luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com
  • Aarush's May 14, 18:17 comment on Writing a proposal to solve a problem
    Dear, Mack I strongly agree with all your viewpoints and have a similar motive. Remind the world of the poverty in America, New York and most importantly the world. Many societies are in a tough battle through poverty. I also agree with your thoughts on children poverty. For a child to be successful a strong base is highly recommended. Many people are by our side to increase the economy of the world and just make the world a better place. Helping others is a great way to limit poverty all around. My group and I also have a blog to propose information and methods to limit poverty. If you want to check out our blog, https://wordpress.com/view/povertynyc702223502.wordpress.com. We would love a collaboration, thank you.
  • Trinity's May 14, 18:16 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Dear Daniel, Joseph, and Diego: I am in agreement with your article, “Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority,” because I understand that animals and people are negatively affected by plastic pollution. I understand that plastic can break down into tiny pieces and consumed by creatures who then suffer as a result. I love how your article brings out the issue and encourages people and companies to take steps to fix the issue. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Because of all the plastic packaging being in an ecosystem, every animal in the ocean can be affected because of how the ocean’s currents move the trash all around the globe. With all the trash in the water, the animals there can be affected negatively which not only affects the predators there, but also people because we eat the animals in ocean. ” I think this is interesting because it shows how plastic waste travels and affects all animals. A small plastic wrapper could end up harming an animal miles away. There is no way for animals to escape plastic pollution's harmful affects except to stop polluting. Bringing this issue to light is admirable. I enjoyed how you showed how this truly affects every animal. Another sentence that I thought was intriguing was: “The article reads, “Visitors will no longer be allowed to carry in single-use plastics into Peru’s 76 natural and cultural protected areas, from Machu Picchu to Manu to Huascarán, or national museums”” This stood out for me because it was a good example of how leaders of other countries are making changes to improve the situation of plastic pollution. I think it's important to recognize the actions people take to create less pollution and show how encouraging and enforcing the stop of using single use plastic is possible. I definitely agree with you that Nestle should change their packaging. One reason I say this is that their packaging is a one-time use plastic and when it gets thrown away, the improper disposable can lead to the ocean getting massive amounts of plastic. Nestle is a big company, and encouraging them to change their packaging and significantly reduce the amount of plastic used. Another reason I agree with you is because plastic packaging in the ecosystem harms all animals. It affects not only the animals, but also humans because we eventually catch and eat the animals that die as a result of our plastic pollution. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this article was very detailed and I can see that you guys put a lot of detail and effort into it. I'm glad you're raising awareness of this issue and encouraging large companies to change their products. I'm excited to see what else you guys will put out. Sincerely, Trinity Z.
  • Karishma's May 14, 18:15 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
    Dear Caleigh, I am happy to read your post "Stigmas with Menstruation" because I think it is a very good idea that you are bringing awareness to this issue. Menstrual products such as tampons and pads are becoming less and less affordable which is very unfair for women. Women should not have to worry about the price of their period. Instead, they should have to worry about taking care of themselves. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We were born this way, and without us women in the world there would be no natural way of creating more people in our world.” I think this is very interesting because it is exactly what people need to see. It is the truth and it shouldn't be dismissed as it is. Another sentence that I liked was: “This stigma needs to end about menstrual health, and I think we need to start taking a stand when it comes to proper hygiene and care for women internationally.” This stood out for me because it draws attention to the idea that menstrual health is very important and it needs to be acknowledged. I agree with you that we must raise awareness for menstrual hygiene. One reason I say this is because it would good for the well-being of women. Another reason I agree with you is that you clearly show that you want to make a change and to help raise awareness about female hygiene. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I definitely support what you are fighting for. I believe that menstrual hygiene is very important and we must continue fighting to help menstrual products become more affordable. In addition, my friends and I have a blog called "Luxury Tax Ain't It." On this website, we are trying to remove the sales tax from menstrual products. We hope you visit our website! Here is the link: https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com
  • Mansha's May 14, 18:15 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Dear Joseph, Daniel, and Diego, I am intrigued by your post because it is very well researched and even taught me about Peru's protest against single use plastic. I also liked how you talked about ways people can reduce their plastic pollution intake. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Dearest Nestle brand: We are writing to you today because you have been throwing an absurd amount of plastic packaging into our oceans which is really damaging our oceanic ecosystems” because it is interesting how you wrote your post like a letter and directly talked to Nestle instead of talking about it to your audience. Your animations and images are also really good as they are good at conveying your message to the audience. Thanks for your effort in informing people about the issue that is plastic pollution. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Best of luck! Check out our blog right here!: http://plasticearth.home.blog
  • Joanne's May 14, 18:15 comment on How helpful are vaccinations?
    McKenna, I really enjoy your informative article speaking upon the Dear McKenna, I am satisfied and in agreement with your informative article because it speaks greatly on the current issue of vaccines and whether or not they are essential to human life. Using scientific reasoning to back up your claim, your statements stood with truth and stability. Purely speaking about the importance of vaccinations would really open your readers' eyes on the issue and hopefully it would encourage them to vaccinate their child immediately. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “That is exactly the outcome vaccines are designed to accomplish, to help ensure that people, especially young children who are still developing their immune systems do not contract a life threatening illness. ” I think this is intelligent because it definitely defeats the statement that vaccines enable autism among children. Your article reminds me of something that happened to me. As I was attempting to reach out to people and support the stabilization in healthcare in America, I believe there was discussion about vaccinations being too costly in America- to the point that it discouraged people to get them. The average cost to fully vaccinate a child with private insurance to the age of 18 to $2,192 from $100, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next! In the meantime, I'd like to speak about articles in my blog that speak on this issue of vaccinations as well! In my blog, the option of clinics opposed to other conventional healthcare settings are heavily encouraged due to the fact that clinics provide an affordable option to things like STD testing, treatments to common illnesses, and vaccinations! Please go and check it out at http://newyorkclinic.home.blog.
  • Artemis's May 14, 18:15 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica, I am impressed with the amount of research you put in to your blog post, because it supports all the information you are including to prove your point is correct. A well-researched fact makes your opinion stronger, and you clearly have taken this into consideration by finding a great amount of evidence for your topic. I was especially drawn to your claim that "People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something" because it is a very large accusation. At first I was unsure that it was fully accurate, but after continuing to read I realized that because you had so much evidence, your statement was most likely correct. I know fully agree with your statement. I think that a possible solution to solving the problem of littering in Oakland is to put more trash cans in the streets. If there are more trash cans, it will be easier to dispose of trash, and therefore more people will do so. In addition, fines for littering can be increased, so every time someone is caught littering they will have to pay for it. More people will realize littering is not worth it and stop. In time, it will cease to be a problem. I think it is very important to recognize the causes behind littering, because it is the first step to finding a solution. I will definitely continue reading your posts because they are very well written and filled with lots of interesting information about littering. I think you, as well as others viewing this post, would be very interested in my own blog, in which I discuss littering and sanitation in New York City with several informed posts every week. You can find these posts here: https://sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com/
  • Dina I.'s May 14, 18:14 comment on The Price of Being a Woman in Prison
    Similar to women in prison not receiving the necessary hygienic products that they need, pads and tampons, women who aren't incarcerated also have a problem obtaining the menstrual products they need due to the luxury tax placed on them. If you read the blog posts made on, https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com/, you'll find a lot of information on why the luxury tax needs to be removed from women' menstrual products. Here my group and I talk about how it is inhuman to make a women pay for being a women. In addition, similar to women who are incarcerated woman on a daily basis can not afford these products due to the tax and other expenses that they need to pay. We need to fight for the justice of woman' hygienic needs and make sure that they are as available to women as possible.
  • Maisha's May 14, 18:13 comment on Stop Bullying The Air
    Hey Latrell, I am convinced by your poem, " Stop Bullying the Air", because you are very persuasive and it is well written. I think this is magnificent and you make very good points. I agree with you and I also believe that cars are releasing harmful gas into the environment. I really like your poem and I can see how passionate you are about helping the environment and making the earth a better place. I also believe people should use bikes more because riding a bike is good for our physical health and bikes don't release harmful gases into the air. I also believe that we should take more care of the earth and our environment. I also have a blog about helping the earth and I think you might be interested in my blog, you can view my posts at "https://wordpress.com/stats/day/sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com".
  • Ritwika's May 14, 18:13 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Here is the link to my blog: https://wordpress.com/view/sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com
  • Ritwika's May 14, 18:11 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica: I am impressed by the amount of effort and research you put into the blog post, “Littering in Oakland,” because the variety of sources you utilized and cited makes your information more valid and well-supported. The interviews and articles you incorporated in your post makes it much more informational. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “People are littering in Oakland because they think it’s socially acceptable to litter.” I think this is absolutely correct because people think it's okay to do something when it meet the norms of society, but they hesitate to do something different or normally not accepted or expected by society. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something". This stood out for me because although it seemed like an ordinary, vague reason, you supported this point in multiple ways with multiple different sources. This persuaded me to agree with what you were trying to imply. Thanks for conveying your viewpoint towards this vital issue in society which can have dire consequences upon the people in our society, as well as future generations. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you utilized numerous different sources and research to support your point of view, convincing your audience to consider your viewpoint. I think you would be very interested in my own blog posts, addressing similar concerns to yours. Together, we can make a change in sanitation and abolish littering once and for all!
  • Junia's May 14, 18:10 comment on Perfectionism
    Dear Isabell: I am incredibly interested by your post, “Perfectionism,” because it talks a lot about how society has a great impact on the mental health of everyone in it, which is an interesting concept- especially when considering perfectionism. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Some of the effects of perfectionism include depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts or actions.” I think this is important for people to know because it shows how our expectations for ourselves, as well as society’s expectations can be detrimental when too perfection-oriented. I am also a student who cares a lot about mental health and mental illness (especially how society impacts these things). I have a wordpress blog called Psychologically Strong (url: psychologicallystrong.wordpress.com). If you’re interested, be sure to check it out! Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Alexis's May 14, 18:10 comment on Do You Really Know Where Your Food Comes From?
    Hi! I have a blog where I discuss more about chicken cruelty and if you'd like some more information, this is the link to my blog: https://saferchickenfarmingblog.wordpress.com/ I am extremely moved by how you feel affected and how you decided to share your opinion! Your concern for this topic really motivates me to post more and research more on my blog.
  • Zacharia's May 14, 18:09 comment on Income Inequality
    I completely agree. Income inequality is one of the most important issues we face. I made a video on the different uses of donation and think that the problem is the lack knowledge on these topics. My video focusses on educated society and I really believe you should check it out at https://povertynyc702223502.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/poverty-in-nyc/. Follow my blog, me and my colleague Aarush make new content every week. Aarush is a brilliant teen battling depression. His family is one that has a long line of poverty and he is really open about. As a child his mom frequently debated giving him up for adoption because of her lack of money. His father died of starvation because he was unable to afford food. His mother died when he was 6 from malaria. Since then Aarush has lived with uncle and is doing a lot better. Our blog's purpose is to limit the amount of Aarush's in todays society. Help us both by getting educated and following our blog.
  • Alexis's May 14, 18:08 comment on Do You Really Know Where Your Food Comes From?
    Ed, I was extremely moved by your posts and how you explained how consumers can help and contribute. I really enjoyed your quotes and references and how you specifically stated some trustworthy labels where we could get safe food and boycott those with animal cruelty. I am also researching this animal cruelty and thanks to you, I have found more information on certain companies that have trustworthy reputations in this field. I was able to find that not only were the chickens suffering, but we as consumers were as well. You mentioned the feeding of other animals feces to help them grow and I learned that the chemicals in the feces can affect us, humans, who may consume the meat. “Farmers cut costs by feeding animals the remains of other animals, keeping them in extremely small and soiled enclosures, and refusing to provide bedding”. I can now critique the famers with this information that they aren't feeding the chickens well. I also know that they use certain chemicals in the food but feeding of feces is cruelty on a whole other level. If you would like to help out in this cause, I have a petition and it would mean a lot if you sign. It is to the HHS in the USA and i'm trying to make a differences and decrease this cruelty in chickens used for food. Petition: https://www.change.org/p/united-states-department-of-health-and-human-services-healthier-chicken-on-your-dinner-table I have also been doing a lot of personal research and if anyone would like to know more, this is the link to my blog: https://saferchickenfarmingblog.wordpress.com/ Thank you so much Ed, I look forward to reading more blog posts from you.
  • Alexander's May 14, 18:07 comment on Addiction
    I found this article very helpful, as it broke down what addiction really was, in only a couple paragraphs. This post stated the facts and only the facts about the inner workings of addiction, the probability of being able to rid the addiction, and the most common substance that people are addicted to that people should stay away from. This response to the Harvard article mentioned is written very well and concisely, and I really enjoyed reading it. A couple of my classmates and I created a website discussing nicotine in the youth community, specifically Juul. This is our website: https://wordpress.com/view/boycottnicotine.wordpress.com
  • Farah's May 14, 18:06 comment on Megan’s My Beautiful Neighborhood
    Dear Megan : I am amazed with the ways in which you described a real experience many New Yorkers experience. “Megan’s My Beautiful Neighborhood spoke to me because I have had multiple experiences like the one you described. Also I enjoyed your wording and the realism you showed me. The line you wrote that stands out to me was "The air is fresh and it make me feels good as I am standing there". This line reminds me to be grateful for the MTA. I think is important because even though it may be bothersome at times, it makes me remember how much the MTA assists me in going to school despite all of the issues. Another sentence that I connected to was "The inside of the subway has the bird poop". This made me chuckle because of the true presence of this in the MTA. This reminds me of the time that I took the train to school in the morning and there were so many pigeons flocked around. They were chirping so loud, and it was still morning! I was very tired, but I still had a great love for the MTA system. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really have a way with words. I felt that it was so coincidental that we both have an interest in the MTA. I would appreciate it if you could possibly take some time and possibly check out my blog on the MTA! https://teensforthemta.wordpress.com/ We also have an instagram account: @teensforthemta Thank you so much for your writing and I hope you check it out!
  • Kesang's May 14, 18:04 comment on M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction
    Dear Booker, I am intrigued by your post about the MTA. My friends and I are also concerned about the MTA and have seen multiple improvements. As I also use the M train, it is important for me to know that this issue has been fixed, considering how many times I've suffered from the delays. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “On July 1, 2017, the reconstruction began, and was split into two phases...The M train will resume regular service on April 30..." This is important because it shows how the MTA is trying to fix their problem, however, it also shows how long it will take to fix the damages. Another sentence that made me think about the MTA's progress is the fact that there are two phases in construction. The two phases are spread about an orderly time, however, it also clashes with the time that many people use the train. It makes me wonder how will the MTA help people adjust to this construction schedule, and ones in the future. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time there was scheduled construction in a train station that my school was right next to and I had a hard time of adjusting to the construction because it took me a long time to walk to the next train station. I also have a blog about pertaining to the MTA, https://teensforthemta.wordpress.com/ Please share with others about the importance of the MTA. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know more about the MTA and other changes that will occur.
  • Liam's May 14, 18:04 comment on Are tobacco manufacturers using new flavors to target minors?
    Johan, I mean it when I say that this is an extremely insightful blog post with accurate information ranging from the selling of tobacco in general to the selling of e-cigarettes and electronic devices. I really like how you tied them all together and how you display the facts in an unbiased manner. I also like how you attribute the increasing popularity of these companies to their greed and possible motive for attempting to sell to minors. Very unbiased. Very factual. Amazing. In the process, my partners and I are also creating a blog regarding the same issue. You can access this blog at: https://wordpress.com/view/boycottnicotine.wordpress.com I suggest you check it out!
  • Khan's May 14, 18:04 comment on Poverty in America vs the World
    Dear Caleigh: I am moved by your post and am also trying to bring attention to the many negative effects of poverty on young minds. The difference between poverty in America to poverty in third world countries because of the fact that many people in America’s society may not have knowledge in subjects that deal with the difference between problems in economies is mind blowing. People take things for advantage and don't know the hardships many people face every morning when they wake up.
  • Eduardo's May 14, 18:03 comment on Should the tobacco industry be held accountable for Its exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions and members of the military?
    This is a very accurate and meaningful blog post. I agree that tobacco is a huge problem, and that cigarettes and other smoking devices need to be stopped! I think that this is very accurate coverage of this issue, and that we need to stop the spread of these products. You should also check out this blog that I came across, which discusses this same issue, but is more focused on e-cigarettes. You should check it out at: https://boycottnicotine.wordpress.com
  • Sean's May 14, 18:02 comment on What would happen if we didn’t have sports?
    I find your research on sports effect on life in general very interesting and informative. It's effect on business, obesity rating and society is of without question. I myself one a blog with a similar topic as your text, I focus on the specific sport of basketball and the positive effect it can have on poor societies specifically the repression of gang violence here's a link to my blog: https://wordpress.com/view/icanhandle444147763.wordpress.com
  • Madison's May 14, 18:01 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    I love reading about these issues because I know from the publicity it is gaining there are more people who will also take a stand! I think that your post really helped to highlight the specifics like coral that are in danger because of these fossil fuels. I really appreciate that you have chosen to focus on such an important topic, especially one that I am so enthusiastic about. Thank you!
  • Jesus's May 14, 18:00 comment on Stop Bullying!
    Dear Janie and Chris, I could see your frustration throughout your thoughts on bullying. I could relate to this also because as for myself when I was in elementary I got bullied too. Being bullied at a young age really puts down your self-esteem because your just a kid and getting told something bad, just because how you look? I understand why you guys would write this article and I totally agree with you because all your trying to do is just spread awareness to others to see what happens to kids nowadays. Thank you Janie and Chris for being a Justice Oriented citizen, I appreciate the amount of care you have for this society.
  • Khan's May 14, 17:57 comment on Poverty: A problem worldwide
    This video is really helpful and it relates to our blog post which also focuses on poverty in New York. Poverty is a really limiting factor in peoples lives.
  • Zacharia's May 14, 17:53 comment on Poverty: A problem worldwide
    This is a great video. I made a similar video and really believe it is important that we get the word out. Watch my video at https://povertynyc702223502.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/poverty-in-nyc/. Us students need to stick together especially because we have similar goals.
  • Arianna's May 14, 17:52 comment on My favorite place to talk about…
    I agree with him because everybody need a place to be alone to talk and think about everything thats happening and going on.
  • Emilie's May 14, 14:40 comment on upstander reflection
    Howdy, Kimberly! I love your opinion on the situation of upstanders that if we make changes we may make progress. One example of these is the ecofriendly posts supporting the planting of trees that became prevalent on social media things like "100 likes = 1 tree" gives awareness to the environment. Though my goal is small, we would like you to support my petition! https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-make-declawing-illegal-in-ny
  • Jacob B's May 14, 14:39 comment on Testing on Animals
    You should check mine out if you want: peopleagainstpollution.wordpress.com
  • Syeda's May 14, 14:39 comment on Gender Dysphoria and Public Restrooms
    Dear Miriam: I found your post, “Gender Dysphoria and Public Restrooms,” interesting because I've been trying to learn more about gender dysphoria and other related topics recently. I want to make sure that everyone, no matter who they are, are comfortable in their own skin. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I personally avoid having to use public restrooms so that I can avoid being hurt and so that I don’t make others feel uncomfortable.” I think this really makes the reader understand the situation. Using personal anecdotes is pretty helpful in posts like this where you're trying to make people understand why they should support something. Generally, it helps people see things the way you do. Another sentence that I liked was: “For example, North Carolina passed a bill that requires students to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth sex.” This stood out for me because I don't understand why that bill would have passed in the first place. I understand that people might not understand gender dysphoria and why gender neutral bathrooms are needed, but that bill would be very harmful to some people. Your post reminds me of the time I saw that in a library I had regularly visited, they had changed the male and female bathrooms to gender neutral bathrooms. I was surprised at first, but then I was glad that they'd done that, since I know I'd always felt comfortable at that library and I'd want everyone else to feel the same way. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the post was really interesting. Also, if you could check out the blog I have along with a couple of members in my class, that would be great! You can find it here- https://genderneutralbathrooms564415170.wordpress.com/blog/
  • Kevin's May 14, 14:38 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica I enjoyed your post and agree with what people do with harming the community. I feel littering in Oakland tells us the harms that littering causes and this gives us an idea of the harms were causing by littering One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "People are littering in Oakland because they think it’s socially acceptable to litter. This is true because of the amount of trash there is and they see other people doing it. To start off, in an interview with Aleah Fajardo, an Oakland resident and after school teacher, she was explaining how she thinks people don’t care which is leading others to not care about the littering problem that we have. Fajardo points about, “I think, to me, it’s just a reflection of the city government, cause it’s like if the city government doesn’t care then why would they expect other people to care and I feel like I’ve heard that argument a lot”(Fajardo).” I believe this is true because people don't always talk about the harms that they might cause and because of the lack of care. Another sentence that i agree with is "People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something. This is true because people are illegally dumping and not throwing their trash in a public trash can. To begin, in an interview with Kristen Esquivel, a Oakland resident and student, she was explaining why people don’t throw away their trash properly. She commented,”People get used to people not cleaning up and so they’re like “alright they’re (the public) not cleaning up so let’s just not do it”…since they get use to it, they’re too lazy to throw away their trash”(Esquivel). She believes that people follow what other people do in not throwing away their trash." This stood out for me because this brings up what i talked about before, people lack care for something they think is fine or not important. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i would like other thoughts on this . Check out our blog at peopleagainstpollution.wordpress.com
  • Fanny's May 14, 14:38 comment on Animal Safety
    Dear Ingrid and Miguel I am ecstatic with your post, because I also support your ideas. I support anti-declawing and I think more people should know of it and support it since declawing is going against the cat's safety and well-being. This goes against the idea of animal safety and I was hoping that you could support us by signing our petition and checking out our blog! Petition: https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-make-declawing-illegal-in-ny Blog: https://clawclique.wordpress.com/
  • michael lebron james mc donald's May 14, 14:37 comment on Testing on Animals
    noob get rekt
  • Michele's May 14, 14:36 comment on Why are people racist?
    Dear Tania : I am moved by your post, “Why are People Racist,” because it truly shows how racism is a problem and it shouldn't go unnoticed. Additionally, your article is just one of the many articles out there spreading awareness about racism which helps the spread of the topic and gets us closer to limiting racism. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “people are racist because they feel as if other people they consider different may harm them so that’s why they segregate people by color, nationality, etc.” I think this is accurate because many people feel that their color of their skin is superior to others, but that is not correct. Everyone should have equal rights not based on the color of their skin. Another sentence that I noticed was: “Racism is more than just words, beliefs and actions. It includes all the barriers that prevent people from enjoying dignity and equality because of their race.It can also be reflected in systems and institutions..” This stood out for me because it's true. Some people are out there in the world self conscious for things they shouldn't be, such as the color of their skin. They are wasting their time trying to please others when then they should be enjoying their life. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was discriminated against by the color of my skin. I felt like I was treated unfairly, and that nobody should ever be treated like that or do something like that to another person. Why spend time trying to bring people down when you could just mind your own business. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas and concepts truly intrigue me. I also write stuff about not just racism, but additionally police brutality, another problem connected to racism. If you would like to check it out, I would happily share you the link: http://racialprofiling95.home.blog Enjoy the rest of your day; thank you!
  • William's May 14, 14:35 comment on Immigration Separation
    I think it is Very sad and i am disgusted when immigration officers break Family apart. I think family should stick together no matter, what and it is not right for an Immigration officer to break a family apart. I advise you to check out my website i talk a lot about Immigration. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/22chichad95.wordpress.com
  • Jacob B's May 14, 14:34 comment on Testing on Animals
    Dear Allison I am very interested in your topic about your essay Testing on animals because I used to do this topic in the 8th grade and my dad use to have discussion with me on this. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is why Peta discusses topics on why animals should not be tested on. My reason for like this is because i feel the same way. Another sentence that I read was I believe that testing on animals is unnecessary. This stood out for me because i agree animals should always be protected. Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when i was younger i had a pet dog. I was outside playing with him and he ran away. I looked for him that day and found out he was at the animal shelter. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would like to see more of things like this and i should expect even better.
  • Olivia's May 14, 14:34 comment on How Police Brutality Affects People of Color in Oakland    
    Dear Linda: I am so happy about your post, “How Police Brutality Affects People of Color in Oakland,” because of how open-minded you are about this topic. You provided a great amount of facts and events that happened in Oakland. Police Brutality truly affects people of color and has to be stopped. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This also shows that police aren’t being taught what is wrong and right in situations when they have done something” I think this is so true because a lot of people, especially cops, have a difficulty in admitting they're wrong or if they did something worthy of a punishment. Another sentence that stuck out to me was: “...because most police don’t worry about what is important and target mostly people of color in most situations they are in..” This stood out for me because I find this quote crucial to most of the brutal incidents caused by the police. If more police cared more about people of color, more people could have survived and more people could have had a better opinion on the police and their actions. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I study and write about police brutality and racism a topic too! Feel free to check out my blog at https://wordpress.com/view/racialprofiling95.home.blog !
  • Nicholas Erndl's May 14, 14:33 comment on Good Hearted
    being good is a way of having a good life*
  • Sahana's May 14, 14:32 comment on Social and Economic Inequality
    Twitter: @noanimaltesti10 Wordpress: http://animaltesting.video.blog
  • William's May 14, 14:31 comment on What does American Mean?
    America is hard working, America have all different culture were you get a little bit of knowledge of culture even if you don't realize it. America is history because we are very diverse in all culture. We are very innovative and all culture in America help with this. I advise you to check out my website i talk a lot about Immigration. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/22chichad95.wordpress.com
  • Giovanni's May 14, 14:30 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    You should check out my blog at https://peopleagainstpollution.wordpress.com/
  • Yvonne's May 14, 14:26 comment on Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities
    Dear Edwin, I am interested in your post because I am also doing the topic racism and I would like to inform more people about racism. My goal is to let people realize that racism is wrong. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “The solutions for solving this topic would be to punish those who use force and violence in the communities OR have city officials, mayors, senators, governors, and the community itself to be very focused on their police departments and police officers.” I think this is interesting because your view on the solution is very good. I like this solution which inspired me to base my solutions off your idea. I would like to elaborate on your solution because I wonder how we can get city people into this major problem. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was discriminated from a different neighborhood because of my ethnicity. The ethnicity was African American in the neighborhood and my ethnicity is Asian. I felt out of my place going to that neighborhood because I was the only one different. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I got very inspired by your post on racism. I will definitely come back to view your post.
  • Nicholas Erndl's May 14, 14:26 comment on Good Hearted
    having a good is a way to having a good life
  • Giovanni's May 14, 14:26 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Dear Penelope : I am interested about your ideas about banning plastic bottles, I agree that plastic pollution is an important thing in our world and that we need to protect the environment against pollution. As you mentioned, there are about 50 billion bottles used by Americans in one year with only 38 billion being recycled. That leaves 12 billion bottles left which is a lot of plastic bottles. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ That’s only 23 percent! Not only is it destroying the planet, but it’s not helping our wallets either." I think this is interesting because 23% left unrecycled is a big number compared to how much is actually being left which is a much bigger number. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because what you posted is important and should be shared. This information is very useful in showing how much pollution is exactly in the world.
  • William's May 14, 14:25 comment on The Meaning of American
    Dear Noah I agree with your comment that America is not just the United States it is also other countries like Mexico and Brazil. I think we should all work as a continent and not be isolated. We should do what the European Union does and make a America Union with both North and South America. This would be good because everyone who participate can benefit. Also i agree if you are born here you are American. No matter if you speak a different language or associate with people from a different ethnicity than American you still are American if you are born here. I advise you to check out my website i talk a lot about Immigration. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/22chichad95.wordpress.com
  • Sahana's May 14, 14:25 comment on Social and Economic Inequality
    Dear Madison : I am captivated by your photograph, “Social and Economic Inequality,” because it captures the beauty of Times Square in a unique way. It is displayed through the view of a pedestrian, walking through the streets of NYC. The colors are very bright and drag in the reader. One part of your photo that stands out for me is where the Lion King sign is. I think this is nostalgic because of the few times that I have gone to see that incredible show. It stays as a great memory in my mind. Another part that I find interest in is where the people are standing or walking. This stood out for me because they all come from different lives. They could be tourists or people who are just trying to get home from work that day, Your photograph reminds me of something that I made once. One time I took a photo of the NYC skyline. It also captured the beauty of New York, just like this photo does. Thanks for your photo. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because the aesthetic of this photo is very pleasing to the eye. The use of symmetry and perspective is exquisite, taking an interesting take on a simple photo.
  • Kevin's May 14, 14:22 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear : I am <by, about, with> your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…>, “,” because… One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…> reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…> reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…
  • Sahana's May 14, 14:13 comment on Police Brutality Reflection
    This is so informational!
  • Hatou's May 14, 13:57 comment on Voices in Prospect Park
    Dear Jillian, I am amazed by your poem, “voices in prospect park” because you gave explicit details on how you feel about the park and what emotions trigger you up. Also, you explained who you like to go to that park with and how much they make you smile. One line that stands out for me about your poem is ,’It was full of laughter and smiles.” I think this line was beautiful since that’s your friends are what made you feel the way you feel about that park. This is also important to me because it gives me an idea on what i should do when i’m depressed or sad and who i should go with. Another line that outraged me was,”The convo continued for a strenuous period of time”.this quote explains how many things you can share with your friends and how much y’all enjoy each other. Your poem reminds me of me and my friends when we go to the park and have lots of fun with each other. I love how you even spoke about them in this poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would also love to share your amazing this with others. I’ll advise you to keep up the good hard work.
  • Ashley's May 14, 13:49 comment on Bio
    No my mom is really strict. My dad is more lenient with certain things.
  • Ashley's May 14, 13:48 comment on Bio
    Thank you for writing this. It means a lot. My 3 bros and 1 sis and I are close but I hardly see them.
  • Terren's May 14, 13:42 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    I didn’t have the confidence to shoot the ball either but then I realized its either we win or overtime so i shot it. Sometimes you just gotta let it flow and see what happens
  • Terren's May 14, 13:37 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Thanks for the comment and the only reason I believed in myself was because I had a group of great teammates. But, listen sometimes its better to take the last shot instead of the first because the last shot matters more.
  • Hatou's May 14, 12:44 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    I truly agree thank you for your comment
  • Hatou's May 14, 12:44 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    thank you and yea, I grew up coming to this park all the time so i like going there when i feel upset or stressed ..it reminds me of my childhood and calms me down.
  • Kiran's May 14, 03:10 comment on My Generation (I can’t explain)
    Steve! You've revised your bio so much over the course of the weeks! Your tone is generous and reflective, and you share your serious interests and preferences. I loved reading what you came up with, and following your version history as you warmed up to the occasion of introducing yourself. Kiran
  • Antonio's May 14, 02:47 comment on Animal Testing Is Animal Cruelty
    Dear Salvador: I am in intrigued about your post, “Animal testing is Animal cruelty,” because it has so much info. There are many good points that a lot are not always seen. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Animal cruelty is the same thing as animal testing because animals die animals don’t get love and animals can’t defend themselves and can’t speak up.” Another sentence that I agreed with was: “Moreover, based on my background I know that when a young person hurts an animal automatically people see a future killer, the reality is that by not putting a stop to this adults become murders of the poor animals. ” This interested me because it is very true. Animals are hurt all the time and this shouldn't happen. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have many good points, and this is a really well written post.I have made a blog hoping more people join and you should too. Link here.https://animalcruelty715408535.wordpress.com
  • Amy's May 14, 02:18 comment on Gender Dysphoria and Public Restrooms
    I agree with this article, in that I very much believe that anyone would be given the ability to use the bathroom which corresponds to their gender identity, and I can personally empathize with you not going to public bathrooms for fear of making others uncomfortable or being personally hurt, and so I know the difficulties of living that way. Although in living that way, I do often find myself exhibiting internalized transphobia. I think there is an interesting discussion to be had about where this habit comes from, obviously the threat of violence that trans people face in public restrooms is a factor, but I can't help but notice that I do also restrict myself from public restrooms for the comfort of others, which begs the fascinating question of how society has conditioned us to care about the comfort of those who clearly don't care about our own. I know I'm reading very deeply into what is ultimately a very small part of this post but it's just something I think about a lot. https://transhealth.home.blog/
  • Ashley's May 14, 01:53 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Dear Oscar: I am impressed by, your article “Oakland Let’s Talk About Health Disparities ” because you were able to demonstrate clearly how unfair living conditions are towards those with lower wages or live in poverty. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There is a tremendous disparity in residents’ access to grocery stores—in Oakland’s poorer “flatland” neighborhoods there is 1 supermarket for every 93,216 residents, compared to the more affluent “hills” communities which have 1 supermarket per 13,778 residents”(Youth Uprising).” I think this is great evidence because it truly emphasized the injustices many people face not just in Oakland but throughout the entire nation and the world. You were able to explain it well and as someone who does not live in Oakland it is quite shocking to learn that many residents have to be confined to such conditions. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because as someone who takes part in a blog page declared to the bringing awareness of poverty, I was able to grasp the concept on a more wider scale. Please do also check out our blog page! We advocate the values of human rights over their economic status just as you mentioned in your writing Thank you!! https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/
  • Madison's May 14, 01:13 comment on Fat girl
    Oh my goodness Shakia! Your poem called " Fat Girl" is so inspiring and really hits the point of not being ashamed. I really connected with this poem because I can relate of being ashamed of myself. But this poem really helped me show myself that I am who I am and I should love myself, no matter my size. Because I learned from you that sized does not matter. Thank you and you did an amazing job.
  • Madison's May 14, 01:09 comment on If it is medically and cognitively irresponsible to lower the drinking age from 21 then why is it a debate we are having?
    Kianna, While I was reading your reproach I came to a realization that completely agree with your statements. Your statement about under age drinking is certainly a problem and needs to be fixed as soon as possible before it gets worse. Your research that you did was very well done and was very compelling. And thats why I think your article is so good. Thank you and you did amazing.
  • Tasnia's May 13, 23:26 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    Hi! I find your article extremely informative and full of important information that most might not be aware of. I find the chart that you included to be quite useful to understand just how dire this situation is. 10% of girls as young as 13 have experienced some form of sexual harassment. I find this absolutely disgusting and shocking, young girls who do nothing to deserve what they get. What is even more shocking is that as many as 27% of young women get sexually harassed by the age of 17. I would not have known this previously, so thank you for making this article and informing many of what is going on. Please make sure to check out my blog on wordpress: https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/
  • Eden's May 13, 23:22 comment on Truth about about America
    Dear Saoronn: I am interested your by poem, “Truth about about America” because we should be able to find unity and peace between everyone. We should also try putting our differences aside and focus on the good things.. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you describe what the rallys were doing to each other and how the KKK had a rally first and then the other people had a rally to stop it. I think this is fascinating because it’s weird how they tried to stop fighting with more fighting. Another part that I was interested is where you say what you think the solution should be. This stood out for me because i agree with not fighting and maybe talking it out. Less violence is always better. Your poem reminds me of something that happened once. I saw two students fighting and the teacher decided to stop it and make them talk. Now they are really good friends. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because you are original and have an good way of seeing things.
  • Eden's May 13, 23:10 comment on My Favorite Places , People and Things
    Dear Jai: I am interested your by poem and photograph, “My Favorite Places, People and Things” because Iive in New York and we don’t really see things like that in the picture. I also think it’s interesting how you described the garden. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you describe the rose and how you add “love” into it too. I think this is fascinating because you added a feeling to a flower giving it personification. I thought how you did that was very original. Another part that I was interested is where the picture shows the castles reflection in the water. This stood out for me because its as if the castle is seeing its reflection and looking back at itself knowing it belongs their. Your poem reminds me of something that I made once. One time where i took pictures of an important place that tells me where i come from. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because you are original and have an interesting way of seeing things.
  • Nayeli's May 13, 22:50 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Thank you for sharing this information it has been very informative . It was interesting to read about your take on teen pregnancy . I agree on the point you have made that most teens that get pregnant at a young age get judged and treated differently based off of their religious beliefs . The example you gave made your point very valid and supported you claim . Something that would have helped more would have been providing percentages of the teen pregnancy and basing it off of the religion beliefs . Other than that is was a great way to call attention to teen pregnancy because not a lot of people think it is a problem .
  • Karlotte's May 13, 21:57 comment on Times Up
    Hello Bella, Your post is really informative and well-written, and I'm thankful that you took the time to write out this issue. The topic of sexual assault needs to be talked about more, as people usually overlook this issue. The truth is that many women face sexual assault everyday, and no authority is doing anything to lessen the problem, so it’s great that a movement has started to speak out and raise awareness. I also like your statistic on the discrimination upon women of color; it shows how sexism that is prevalent today. Your post is extremely motivating and helpful. ps you should visit our blog--- we're also trying to fight for women: http://fight4victims.home.blog
  • Thalia's May 13, 20:17 comment on Why
    I really liked this blog post because it was very informative and addresses an issue in society that shouldn't be overlooked. It is so important to share survivors' stories to raise awareness. It is also important that you emphasized that it is not the victims fault that they were raped, and they need to be protected. This blog talks more about this topic as well- http://fight4victims.home.blog
  • Lamiah's May 13, 19:25 comment on My Reflection on Spreading Awareness for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
    Dear Jessica, I agree with your posts and idea because I also believe that sexual harassment is a very serious topic and sexual harassment in the workplace is very serious and should be adressed. I also agreed with how upstanders are important. One sentence that really stood out to me was, "Being an upstander means to stand up for yourself and others for whatever you believe in. You can be an upstander by spreading awareness and helping others." I think this is very true and well said because upstanders are a big part of sexual harassment since they are the ones who can really change sexual harassment. We all need to speak out in order to change the world for the better. Another sentence that I agreed with is (from the tri-fold) is how we should take action against sexual harassment as groups. You also said how working in a group can really affect the cause you are trying to work for. I agree with this too becasue I think it is very important to gather people who believe the same things as you, if you really want to make a difference. I also agree with how we are all stronger together and how everyone has a part in society and the problems in society. For example, in a topic like sexual harassment, everyone has to do a part in order to stop it. Thanks for your writing! I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems like you really care about sexual harassment.
  • Lucky's May 13, 18:36 comment on Bio
    Dear Ashley: I am interested in your bio because it is hard to imagine what it is like being the only child in a house. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They don’t live with me. I’ve always wanted younger siblings so I’ve always felt lonely.” I think this is a little sad because I am really close to my older sister and we live together. I would be sad if I did not have her in my life because I look up to her tremendously. She makes me laugh, a lot. I hope you are able to connect to your older sisters even though they are older. Another sentence that made me curious was: “I live in the Bronx, but I used to live in Queens when I was younger for 9” This stood out for me because I once went to Queens for a girls trip. It was a lot different from Texas. Thanks for your writing and for sharing about your life.
  • Lucky's May 13, 18:19 comment on Bio
    Are you spoiled being the only child?
  • kevonte spencer's May 13, 17:07 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    in this case you must never feel sad for your success be happy and with all the positive input gives an output think about the good things and the care you have for people goes to show that you have a good vibe about yourself everyone has a chance in life no matter where you are don't think about it in that way think about it as something that people can look up too later in life it's inspiration, motivation, and enthusiasm. i felt this way in my life and had to realize i motivate people and you could be doing the same thing and not realize it it's the character that you have that is super awesome not everyone would or could care less where anyone sits in life but you show the opposite of that. keep smiling and keep your head high. much love.
  • kevonte spencer's May 13, 16:55 comment on Hard Work and Me
    hard work is very essential to our lives and it is part of our lives and it all pays off at the end it may seem that the goal is very far but in reality it's just around the corner.
  • kevonte spencer's May 13, 16:48 comment on Animal Safety
    This is beautiful helping animals is awesome and giving them shelters is even better. I believe animals deserve a better life than to be abandoned on the street i am very happy, glad, and supportive of what you guys have done and been doing to make it a better safe haven.
  • Omar's May 13, 15:58 comment on Emily:)
    Dear Emily : I relate with your bio, “Emily:),” because my mother had me at a very young age as well, and I also don’t have a very close relationship with my father because of the fact that he left my mother before she was born (and it’s not an uncommon thing either, which sucks). One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I think high school is the part of your life where you have to realize your growing up and reality hits you to show you that your a soon to be adult. I want to focus on becoming someone and join and do stuff that benefits my future in a good way..” I agree with you because high school is where you determine what path in life you’ll be taking, who you’ll become, and how it’ll affect others as well. It determines whether or not you want to go to college, or if you want to be a nurse, a police officer, or a lawyer. Another sentence that I loved was: “Women are taken and seen as a joke in some eyes, mostly Men. But i’m here to change that, i’m here to try to change the word and make women be taken seriously. To stop people from saying “ you play like a girl, or you should go to girls team”. To stop people from believing stereotypes making it look like a women are supposed to stay at home and cook clean and just do that. As women we are worth more and the world is gonna see that.” This stood out for me because I feel like women don’t get the credit they deserve for all that they do in the world. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I relate to your story somewhat, and I think we’d be interested in the same things.
  • Kalina's May 13, 15:44 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan, I really like these photos, and I also like this part of the park, looking forward to what you post next
  • SAPPHIRE NEBLETT's May 13, 15:37 comment on Artistic, I guess?
    Dear, omar: I feel relaxed because your bio title, “Artistic, I guess?” speaks for itself, you tell a story about you and it shows that you have a great personality. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “... I felt like I needed him, and I didn’t because it’s been 7 years since I’ve met him,” I think this shows that you are a strong person because you push through the toughest course in life. Another sentence that surprised was: “I do enjoy writing poems...” This stood out for me because as your friend I never knew you enjoyed writing poems. One sentence you wrote reminds me of me. “I like to- and I can’t stress this enough- sleep. I love to sleep,” I also love to sleep on my free time. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I love reading your stories even tho it’s not a story it actually happened.
  • Andrew's May 13, 15:35 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Hello, Diego, Joesph, and Daniel, I am impressed this your blog post because of how well researched it was and how good your arguments were. There were good points made in this blog post. One quote that stands out to me is "Our issue with your business model is that your products use one-time use plastics for their packaging which get thrown away by the general public which can lead to the ocean getting massive amounts plastic in it since so many people use your products. Because of all the plastic packaging being in an ecosystem, every animal in the ocean can be affected because of how the ocean’s currents move the trash all around the globe. With all the trash in the water, the animals there can be affected negatively which not only affects the predators there, but also people because we eat the animals in ocean. " is good because you connect how animals being harmed by plastic hurts us humans as well. This would get people to be less careless with how they dispose of plastic waste. I am also making a blog post on Wordpress that is also about plastic in the ocean. Here is the link to it: https://plasticintheocean.video.blog/ I agree with your arguments and I look forward to seeing more from you. Sincerely, Andrew
  • Jana's May 13, 15:35 comment on The Meaning of American
    Check out my blog where I talk about things like this. The blog disucssed sanctuary cities and immigration issues. It called NYC: A Safe Haven (http://nycasafehaven.home.blog)
  • Raeesah's May 13, 15:34 comment on Why
    Dear Kayla, I appreciate your post on rape culture. It is really informative and inspires me to talk more about this topic. In fact, my teammates and I actually have a blog dedicated to ending rape! Please check it out. https://fight4victims.home.blog/
  • Molly's May 13, 15:33 comment on Immigration- Upstander Project Reflection
    Dear Oscar, I find it really amazing all the work you are putting into this project of yours at school. Immigration is defiantly a topic that needs to be discussed more, and changes need to be made especially during times like this. Being an up-stander is something that I think is important for people to know about, so that they can use this information later on if they ever happen to be in a situation like that. Being a 9th grader and trying to get your voice heard when there are so many adults who are over-looking all of us students because they feel we don't know enough can be really frustrating. I think that working in groups and having the support of other students at your school can be helpful though when it comes to spreading the word about your topic and it defiantly helps improve social skills and experience working in groups. At my school we are also doing group projects about topics we are passionate about. Me and my group also happened to chose immigration because we all found that it affected our lives in one way or another, and we don't want other people to have to ever worry about losing family members, or even worrying about our own safety in the United States. We have a blog all about how to help keep New York a Sanctuary City so that immigrants can come here to seek safety and shelter without having to worry about being deported. Please go visit our blog and check out our post (https://wordpress.com/view/nycasafehaven.home.blog)! Thank you! I loved your post and being able to learn about what you were able to learn.
  • Lidia's May 13, 15:32 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Dear Oscar, I am satisfied with your post because you offer great solutions to poverty and lack of healthcare and food. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “First, every single citizen in Oakland should receive free health care because somebody’s health is very important in their life. If Oakland offered free healthcare for every citizen that people in Oakland will have a better and healthier life for themselves” I think this is intelligent because if people were given free healthcare they wouldn't have to worry about paying for their health needs and can access it when needed. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i had a debate talking about healthcare rights and i was on the negative side which was extremely difficult to argue. Your points strengthen the argument that everyone should have free healthcare. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing provided a lot of different solutions that would help people in need and this is a great issue to advocate for. Check out my blog in which I talk about how to alleviate poverty: peopleoverpoverty.home.blog
  • Lina's May 13, 15:32 comment on Poverty in America Today
    please check out my blog: https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/2019/04/16/more-memes/
  • Lina's May 13, 15:32 comment on Poverty in America Today
    Dear Michelle : I am happy with your post, “Poverty in America Today,” because it is very informative. I like it because it relates to my topic. The facts will help me with my blog. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The child poverty rate is still a problem as well, as “about one in five children lack consistent access to sufficient and healthy food". I think this is sad because children aren't able to have necessities they need to grow. This is unacceptable and is a huge problem. Another sentence that I liked was: “Although the percentage has doubled, America has established many programs to try to help the issue of poverty.” This stood out for me because it shows that there are efforts being made to help the less fortunate. This a good thing. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was reading a story about someone going through poverty. They struggled to meet ends meet too. They were forced into an unhealthy lifestyle. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because there are a lot of facts. It will help me with my blog.
  • Maisha's May 13, 15:31 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla J, Juan M, & America, I really enjoyed reading your post regarding the topic of domestic violence. Your post is very detailed and organized. I do agree that domestic violence is an issue that needs awareness, in our society. In addition, it is important for victims to have a voice in our society, to receive the support that they need. A sentence that caught my attention from reading your post is “when attention is brought on the issue, the silence that victims face will be broken because that’s when they will feel safe enough to speak up”. This quote stood out to me because when this issue receives attention, the victims will feel comfortable to speak up for themselves and it will become easier for them to express their emotions and feelings. I also think it’s important for schools to educate children and teenagers about domestic violence, so they can become aware of the issue and to learn about preventing it from happening. Check out my blog on child marriage: http://childmarriage.family.blog. Within child marriages, domestic abuse is very prevalent. Child marriage puts not only the brides at risk of violence, but also their daughters or sons. They often face abuse throughout their lives, and child brides are most likely to believe that a man is justified in beating his wife.
  • Tyler's May 13, 15:30 comment on Legalization of Marijuana, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Koji, This was a well written article presented. The ideas you mention provide a nice outlet towards two different view points towards legalizing and the legalization of marijuana. Your objectivity is refreshing as many who write about this topic, depict their opinions rather than describe the circumstances revolving around the legalization of marijuana. The one idea that brings up some questioning is, how will we properly convey towards society that legalizing marijuana will make for a safer environment. As you said will not result in the growth of an illicit market, but actually result in the opposite. Marijuana bas many benefits including the treatment with cancer, used as a proper coping mechanism. With the thought about the affects it would have on the economy, will this assistance in relieving some of our debt as a nation, be short lived, and temporary such as other factors that have skewed the market.
  • Vasha's May 13, 15:29 comment on ICE is inhumane
    Dear Ulises, This blog post was very informative and enlightened me on a subject I did not know much information about. I can tell you are very passionate about this topic and I appreciate it. ICE not treating immigrants like human beings is such a big issue in America and should be talked about more with sources like yours. I appreciate how well known you are on this topic. I would encourage you to check out out own blog! http://nycasafehaven.home.blog
  • Jana's May 13, 15:29 comment on The Meaning of American
    Dear Noah, I completely agree with your post on 'The Meaning of American" because it captures what an American actually is. It's so difficult to pinpoint what an American actually is, since we live in a country build off of so many different cultures. Saying that being American is "being red, white and blue and being free" really makes me think about what it means to be American. That definition is so ambiguous, which makes sense, since the term American is ambiguous. You say that the definition of being American is "undefinable" which stands out to me. America is built off of the rights of life, liberty and happiness. If your in America, and stand by those rights and notions, that I think that makes you American. Is it fair to say that anyone is a pure American (outside of Native Americans of course), since at some point someone immigrated into this country. But that diversity is what makes America America. To be American is to accept others and allow them to live a life of freedom and happiness, not what country they originated in.
  • Patrick's May 13, 15:28 comment on How Addiction Affects Family and Friends
    This post did a very good job of explaining the effects of drug users on families and friends. I really liked the part where you discussed how someone has to step up and care for the abuser by providing them help in whichever means available and most effective. I think this was very well written but was missing a few aspects and parts such as the total effect on society, in my blog I explained this issue both in a multimedia presentation and several times on my blog. If you wish to read it you can using the link https://stopopioidabuse219602461.wordpress.com/
  • Fiona's May 13, 15:28 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla, Juan and America>, I am intrigued by your post because I too have a blog on this topic. https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/ One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ If they see that there one of their parents is hitting the other parent the child will grow up believing that hitting their partner is okay to do and they will do it to their spouse in the future.” I think this is intelligent because it shows the effect of abuse on a child. When children grow up society effects how they view the world and if the world they view involves abuse then they are more likely to become abusers. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are clearly very educated on the topic. You have done your research. There can never be enough recognition for domestic abuse. Keep up the great work!
  • Lina's May 13, 15:27 comment on How Poverty affects the nation
    please check out my blog: https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/2019/04/16/more-memes/
  • Lina's May 13, 15:26 comment on How Poverty affects the nation
    Dear Emilee : I am happy with your post, “How Poverty affects the nation,” because it is very informative. I like it because it relates to my topic. The facts will help me with my blog. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Does Poverty define you or does Poverty make you stronger?” I think this is interesting because it makes me think a lot. The question is really deep. Another sentence that I liked was: “ “Social science tells us that children raised by single parents are significantly more likely to have children young, to drop out of high school, and to work less as young adults.” This stood out for me because I didn't know this before. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was reading a story about someone going through poverty. They struggled to meet ends meet too. They were forced into an unhealthy lifestyle. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are doing a great job. I like it and it will help me with my class.
  • Kai's May 13, 15:26 comment on Legalize Marijuana in Montana
    If you would like to view our blog that my team and I have created, i'll link it down below. Thanks again! https://weeducation420.wordpress.com/
  • Kai's May 13, 15:25 comment on Legalize Marijuana in Montana
    Dear Devin I am excited by your post, “legalize marijuana in montana,” because I can completely agree with your topics. There have been several studies showing that marijuana is safer than many pain treatments, such as opiods, while being less addicting. I'd also like to add that much of peoples concern from legalizing weed comes from the extremists, and with every society their will be extremists present. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Another added bonus to having marijuana legalized is having it government-regulated and safe for the public” I the way you said this is brilliant because currently, the United States is indirectly encouraging the black market by not legalizing weed. People will always aim to get drugs off the black market, and marijuana being government-regulated would mean that this weed is safe for the public, and wouldn't encourage the growth of the black market, but rather the opposite. It would began to wane. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really believe more people should be aware about this issue, and are mislead by the news. You know, I don't think a lot of people know of how medically benefical Medical Marijuana is, or it would already be legalized. The one thing I disagree with you about, is that for the reasons you mentioned, Marijuana should not be only legalized in Montana, but throughout the whole United States. Best Regards, Kai.
  • Maisha's May 13, 15:24 comment on Why Mental Health Matters
    Dear Li, I appreciate you taking your time to focus on mental health.This topic is extremely significant since mental health affects the overall well being of people. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Check out my blog on child marriage: http://childmarriage.family.blog. Child marriage has a devastating impact on the mental health of child brides, such as depressive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and nicotine dependence.
  • Alba's May 13, 15:23 comment on Teen Drug Abuse: Prevent it
    Also here is a link to a blog that i made for a : https://wordpress.com/view/domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com
  • Ronald's May 13, 15:23 comment on Legalization of Marijuana, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Koi, You included a lot of interesting statistics and we totally support your cause. Some things were not developed on enough like what exact laws you want put in place and where. You might find some more interesting details at https://weeducation420.wordpress.com/
  • Fiona's May 13, 15:21 comment on Teens Dating Violence
    Dear Julissa, I am intrigued by your post because it is so eye opening to read about the statistics of abuse. I was shocked how large the statistics were for adolescent females. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States are a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner” I think this is interesting and sad because adolescent girls should not have to live with these fears. The weight this types of abuse leaves on someone is too great and is damaging to adulthood. Your post reminds me of how horrible the world can truly be sometimes. We need to fight for these girls and their freedoms and safeties. Thanks for your article. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was really eye opening and there can never be enough recognition for horrifying topics such as these. I talk about these issues on my own blog. Come and see! https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/
  • Alba's May 13, 15:21 comment on Teen Drug Abuse: Prevent it
    Dear Alexa, I think this is an important post because it talks about a very common issue. i know people my age who have been hospitalize because of drug abuse.
  • Grace's May 13, 15:15 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    This is a very interesting topic. As someone who works with animals in zoos and aquariums, a majority of the animals there are rescued, cannot be released back into the wild due to injuries or simply being bred into captivity, or are being rehabilitated. I think it'd be great to research this further in either animal testing or animal captivity. Lush is a great resource for finding out more about animal testing in the cosmetics world, while websites dedicated to zoos and aquariums are a good place to find out why the animals are there and what laws governments put in place to protect the animal population.
  • Max's May 13, 15:12 comment on Why
    This was a solid blog post. Keep up the good work. I am impressed by the extensive research you did with your works cited list. Check out my blog here: https://arp.video.blog/
  • Ronald's May 13, 15:10 comment on Trump: a Great Man
    Heck yea!!! #MAGA
  • Grace's May 13, 15:09 comment on John Hughes’ Influence Today
    This is very interesting to look at. It is very apparent that Hughes is still influential today and I didn't necessarily realize that. Maybe it would be good to look on the larger societal effect and how these tropes influenced by Hughes' work have indirectly affected society.
  • Jaylin's May 13, 15:08 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    This place is very nice. It's good that you have a place that you an go to when you are upset or just to think. It is also very good that the park is open to everybody. As well as, it's interesting how you go to the same park all the time.
  • Mariam's May 13, 13:38 comment on Heyo!
    Dear Anaee: I am amazed by your post, “Heyo!,” because of the fact that I can see myself in your writing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I do know I like music a lot and I’m very open to listen to all types of music” I think this is relatable because I as well listen to all types of music and I will will listen to just about anything. Another sentence that I liked was: “something I like doing and that is the trip home. I find it relaxing to look around my surroundings even if i dislike the rush of the city.” This stood out for me because I feel like when you’re on the train, listening to music, time sort of loses its essence and you get lost in your own world and thoughts. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I can sort of see myself reflected in your posts.
  • Derek's May 13, 12:57 comment on Favorite Place
    Thank you Jeremiah
  • Fatjon's May 13, 00:15 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren, I am inspired by your poem because you believed in yourself in those moment when you shot the ball. A line that stands out for me was “But no – my teammate comes and sets the pick…” . I think this line is striking because you showed that you had support in those moments and also showed that with support you can win everything. Thanks for writing. You inspired me and maybe I will take that last shot sometimes.
  • Cheyenne M Thompson's May 11, 19:40 comment on Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Violent
    I believe that video games don’t make children violent because for one as a parent we should all be aware of the video games we buy and give out children if we believe it’ll have an effect on their behavior and I also think that game creators shouldn’t have to store making games who those who enough games with gore if they believe children are getting ideas from certain games then that’s when monitoring needs to come in place
  • Cheyenne M Thompson's May 11, 19:28 comment on love
    I like the poem even if it wasn’t long it was basically saying that it’s a scary feeling to start to fall in love with someone especially when we don’t know the outcome of things
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:35 comment on Nights!
    It is a very peaceful place and it is basically somewhere that you go sit and think about all of the things you are going through and how you are going to recover from it. It is relaxing and laid back
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:27 comment on Black Lives Matter Summit
    In this world , black lives matter sometimes. It is not a always every time. Black people gets treated more less of people.It is hard for them to get homes , jobs etc. Black people have to always work together
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:20 comment on End Child Sex Trafficking
    Sometimes in a neighborhood things can become very rough and hard especially when there is no one there to listen and you can open up to. If you have a community filled with people that has the same mindset everything will be smoother and better cause everyone will already have a understanding of what is going on in the area.
  • Shauneice Orr's May 10, 17:20 comment on Mommy and Student at the Same Time
    It's not always easy having 2 kids and trying to finish school but as longs as you believe in yourself and you want to finish then you will because people will always have some negative to say about you.No matter what you do even if you finish school or not that's why you keep pushing and going hard for yourself and your 2 kids because nothing or nobody else opinion matters .
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:15 comment on Hard Work and Me
    Hard work pays off period. If you put in the effort to do good and better , that is what will push you. You have to have and keep that type of mindset in order to get where you need to be. Life is about making mistakes and recovering from them.
  • Shauneice Orr's May 10, 17:14 comment on Is Cereal the Most Important Meal Of the Day?
    I strongly agree about cereal being the most important meal of the day because without breakfast in the morning most people are mean, and starving in the morning and that's not good because you need something on your stomach.You can't just not eat because your health is everything and not having nothing on your stomach and going to school can make you upset if you are in school, or at work that's really the only thing on your mind. Also not eating anything in the morning can make you throw up or even give you an headache so that's why they made breakfast so that you can enjoy it in the morning because like they say "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day".
  • Lizeth's May 10, 16:41 comment on Karla’s Journey
    Dear Karla I really like your bio. I think your story is nice because a lot of kids who only have one parent may have a hard time getting through school.I live in Texas my whole live I wonder how i would be in NY.
  • Jeremiah H's May 10, 16:29 comment on Favorite Place
    I liked this reading because he kept it simple.He explained directly why his neighborhood is his favorite place and why it is significant to him.Me personally I can´t relate because my favorite place is not where I´m from but this was cool to read.
  • Jeremiah H's May 10, 16:12 comment on Making Decisions
    I liked reading this story because he was open about the type of kid he is. He talked about not only his decisions in life but others too which was good. I did not like how he extended his sentences too much and he also had a few typos.
  • Kiemerra's May 10, 15:42 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree with you because hard work does pay off.Because its all going to turn out in the end.You should always stay motivated and keep trying even when you you don't want to.Never give up.I liked how dean said that his grandfather didn't have as much as he had and his hard work pays off,so just think with all the opportunities I have I know I can do it.
  • Nick B's May 10, 15:41 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree that hard work always pays off in the long run. I believe that hard work will always beat talent. I understand how hard it is to overcome certain things because of my experiences playing sports. I know that nothing is given to you so I respect dean because he had to make them sacrifices.
  • Mary's May 10, 12:02 comment on Rap Music Affect on Society
    Hi Emmanuela, I really liked your approach to finding the deeper meaning in rap lyrics. I listen to rap as well and I like it because I'm able to find the deeper meaning in it's lyrics. On some levels it can relate to your own life when they rap about the pain and heartache some of them have to go through on a day to day basis. I especially like the part where you talked about rap being an escape for some, "Those who grew up in the ghetto rap acts as a form of a escape and in some cases even motivation to get out of their current situation." It shows the other outlets rap can be used for. Here is a link to an article about raps impact in society I think you might like https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/mediarace/socialsignificance.htm The Social Significance of Rap & Hip-Hop Culture. I really liked this articles significance and I hope to see more writing from you in the future.
  • Mary's May 10, 11:48 comment on You Can Do It !!!
    https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/dozens-help-beaches-go-green-clean-up-atlantic-and-neptune-beaches/77-585596496
  • Mary's May 10, 11:47 comment on You Can Do It !!!
    Hi Celeste, I think this is a really cool project that focuses on caring about other people. Teen pregnancy is a topic that we as a society tend to shy away from or look down upon so I'm glad you're doing something to help teen moms get the resources they need to take care of themselves and their kids. I especially liked how you talked about what being an upstander means to you, "Being an upstander for me is being super passionate about a certain topic / issue and wanting to create a better change for that issue." I like how you included wanting to create better change for an issue. Here is a link to other kids who are trying to be helpful in their community as well Dozens help Beaches Go Green clean up Atlantic and Neptune Beaches I loved reading about your project and I hope to read more from you soon
  • Andre's May 10, 07:46 comment on Comfort Zones
    I agree with you Emma,I feel like stepping out your comfort zone is a big step in your life because there’s going to be people that judge you or had something to say.But you have to remember no one is perfect,you have to have a good mindset when you don’t let people identify you.I say this saying every morning that’s gets me through my day and that is”God only made one you, and if you don’t be you nobody else will”.And that means to me be confident enough to love yourself.
  • Ruby's May 10, 01:17 comment on Upstander Reflection
    Hi Kalani, I love your idea of helping teen moms because it is a much more common thing in our society these days. Do you think that the best way to help them is give them baby supplies or do you feel like these girls could be helped before the fact and aid them with contraceptive methods? I think that this topic is hard to deal with because of the stigma around it that you mentioned but no matter what it is always going happen, do you think that the amount of teen pregnancy today is a good thing or should we try to lower the amount of teen pregnancy? I love your idea of an instagram about teen moms, that would give them a really great way to connect with other teen moms and create a better support system. Way to be an up-stander!!
  • Ruby's May 10, 01:07 comment on End Child Sex Trafficking
    Hi Yasmine, I think your concern for the human trafficking problem in the U.S. is a very significant issue that really needs help. I think you have a really great idea on how to raise money for the MISSSEY foundation, but do you think it is enough money? Will you get enough profit from selling candy because if you have to buy all that candy then you are losing a significant amount of money. For example if you spent 3 dollars on each bag you were selling for 5 dollars that would only be a 2 dollar profit. Maybe you could make a huge batch of cookies because the production cost of that is much less and you could sell them for the same amount to make a much bigger profit. I wish you the best in this idea, I think that it is a really great cause to support!
  • Ruby's May 10, 01:00 comment on Upstander Reflection (diabetes prevention)
    Hi Christina, I love the idea of Diabetes prevention because it is a very prominent health issue in our society right now. I was wondering what kind of posts you would post on your Instagram to make people care about the content. I feel like if they were just posts about the dangers of Diabetes no one would want to have that in their feed. Although I love the idea for instagram because it is such a large media platform. Also I was wondering where would you hang up the posters and do you think that would have the most impact opposed to other methods? How often do you take advice from posters you see?
  • Armoni's May 9, 20:49 comment on Playing the Game of Life
    Isiah Feels as though the sport of basketball makes him feel comfortable he goes on to say everyday he walks around he is thinking about basketball. this is good because he has something that can help him become better as a man with the lessons and adventures that come with basketball.
  • Audrey's May 9, 19:47 comment on End Mental Health Stereotypes
    Dustin, Kimberly, and Leslie, Thank you for sharing this interesting read. I think that this article was very well organized. I think that since you are writing to people who stereotype mental health disorders, you should be more passive in your approach to telling them to stop. I think that it is so cool that you guys care so much about this topic and I care about it to. I think it could be easier for people to see your way of thinking if you were a bit less emotional about the matter. Thank you for sharing this article it was a very interesting find. Sincerely, Audrey
  • Audrey's May 9, 19:41 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Celeste, Thank you for sharing this article, it was very interesting to read. I think you are right that teen moms should not be ostracized the way they are sometimes. As a teen myself I could never even imagine being a mother right now so I felt for the girls you talked about in your article. I think it could be interesting if you talked about the reasons that teen pregnancy rates are dropping. This would maybe help you come up with more solutions to help people. Here is an article to get you started. ( https://www.womenshealth.gov/30-achievements/09 ) Sincerely, Audrey
  • Audrey's May 9, 19:33 comment on Stop Bullying!
    Chris and Jaine, I thought your article was very good. It was interesting how you used so many specific examples of stories of people who have experienced brutal bullying in their lifetime. However, adding on to this support, I think it could be effective if you brought in information about ways to tell if someone is being bullied or what do do when you know someone is being bullied. I think it is so great that you guys are passionate about this cause. Sincerely, Audrey
  • Rayce's May 9, 18:30 comment on A Place of Happiness
    Dear Oliver, I was interested in your post because of the photo. I really like the Ford GT. I am curious about a few lines from your poem. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you say, "We don’t go in That might be a bad choice With the blinding lights in our face" What do the blinding lights represent? Are they car lights? I only ask this because your car photo makes me think that. Thanks for your photo and poem.
  • Cassidy C's May 9, 17:41 comment on Be Strong! Help Us!
    I agree with you're blog because it's like they don't want to help us out us Black people needs jobs instead of being on the streets. We need more programs to get the help and support that we need not only for the communities but in this world period. By the programs and jobs being added could get people off the streets and encourage others to do good and help others. They should start a program called "All Lives Matter" to be equal and no one could feel like another person is being discriminate not being bias to each other.
  • Cheyenne M Thompson's May 9, 17:36 comment on Normalization and/or Legalization of Abortion?
    i liked that you spoke about both sides to abortions but what do you think about those who have an abortion do you feel as if they are committing a crime or that it isn't humane to do one even if the person didn't plan to become a parent do you think that they should still take that responsibility even when they aren't prepared or financially ready?
  • Armoni's May 9, 17:33 comment on How Rap Music Affects Teens
    I disagree because music has never made me want to do anything i already didn't want to do. Or peer pressure me into trying to do something i dont want to do in my right mind.music is to be enjoyed not be relateable all the time. Music has changed it is made to please the ears.
  • Meech 🎰's May 9, 17:31 comment on Hard Work and Me
    Hard work pays off for sure. I definately agree because I remember a relative of mine had straight A's since we were little. She used to get on punishment if she brought home less than an A for many weeks maybe even months. She has maintained straight A's all throughout high school. She showed up early for school and left late everyday. Now she has over a million dollars in scholarships. So, yes hard work pays off.
  • Anthony Hampton's May 9, 17:30 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    this inspired me becuase alot of us wouldnt have the confidence to take that shot because they cant take the heat. but i feel like i wouldnt have had the confidence to take that shot
  • Miaa Robinson's May 9, 17:30 comment on Gentrification is a “Slap In The Face”
    I really like this topic, I think that it is important that people understand gentrification. I like that you showed statistics that show outrageous rent prices. You should have interviewed someone who was significantly affected by gentrification. However, the way that you have written the blog makes it fairly easy to assume the consequences of gentrification
  • Shauneice Orr's May 9, 17:29 comment on Everyone has Opportunity
    This is very interesting to me because i agree with you because everybody is different and have opportunities just like others. Anybody could do anything that you put your mind too it doesn't matter what others think, or feel about your decision. Its what you make it and how it turns out. You should never lower yourself or your dreams to make somebody else feel better. Whatever opportunity comes your way you should take it!.
  • Cassidy C's May 9, 17:27 comment on Why Violence is a Problem
    I really enjoyed reading your blog I was so interested about learning the community and the environment that a person could be raised in. I also like how you showed specific ways such as negatively and getting therapy because it's a lot of people out in this world that needs the help but don't want the help. I liked how you added the part about it taking a community to raise a child, and how the community and environment a person is raised in, and lives in, can ultimately affect or influence their behaviors and actions. In my opinion feel that other more communities should have more programs to give help and support and especially for those who feel like he/she is alone in this world.
  • Anthony Hampton's May 9, 17:25 comment on Derek’s Life
    i totally agree with the last statement becuase I feel school is important for us up to a certain point. Yes we need to finish school to move on with in life. But do we really need to learn everything we learn? i wake up and think like this every time i come to school.
  • J Johnson's May 9, 17:24 comment on love
    Even tho it was short, it spoke volumes. I totally get your perspective writing this poem. And I understand that scared feeling of what being in love feels like
  • Anthony Hampton's May 9, 17:21 comment on You
    I agree with this article because i done been through situations like this recently in my relationship. in this situation i think i am the one who is being talked about in this article and i feel like the person i talk to will agree.
  • Shauneice Orr's May 9, 17:20 comment on Hard Work and Me
    "Education is the passport to the future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today" What this quote means is that education is the key to bigger and better things. Without education, and studying you wouldn't be where you at today. Which is why i agree with you when you says hard work pays off because when you never give up and put your mindset to do something you can achieve anything you want.
  • J Johnson's May 9, 17:20 comment on You
    I like this poem that you wrote. I really connected with it because i've been hurt by someone i cared about too.What really stood out was"You better get your act together, before I start doing whatever".
  • Cheyenne M Thompson's May 9, 17:17 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree hard work does come with many of sacrifices to get to a place that you want to be in life and you have to start becoming a person who doesn't mind giving up some of your time energy to be successful and i'm sure it was hard coming to a new place and not understanding what the other person was saying to you but for you to keep a positive mindset is a good thing when learning something new
  • Paul M's May 9, 17:17 comment on Hard Work and Me
    This story is very enjoyable and motive but I agree. Hard work will help you be success in life, if you don't give up. They're a lot of people who are successful in life because the hard work they put in.
  • Akilra R's May 9, 17:17 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I believe that hard work does pay off because no matter what your trying to achieve you just can't get it handed toy you. With any situation you should put hard work and dedication to it so it can be accomplished. I think if you wan't something you should work for it. Overall I agree with the saying "Hard works pays Off"
  • Destiny M's May 9, 17:17 comment on Hard Work and Me
    what i think about what the author said is that it's true that hard work pays off. i agree with this because my mother used to always tell me this when i wanted to give up on something. My mother always told me to keep pushing because all my hard will pay off in life.
  • Miaa Robinson's May 9, 17:15 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree with the statement that "hard work never betrays". Hard work is more about dedication than it is opportunity. Though opportunity plays a big tole in how you maneuver through life, it is not most important!
  • Armoni's May 9, 17:15 comment on Prospect Park
    I Love the way You are talking about your home in a 3rd person view makes it very mysterious. I agree with everything you are saying about leaving home because im supposed to be headed to college after high school and i feel like I will miss home a whole lot.
  • J Johnson's May 9, 17:13 comment on A Life of a Teen
    Sorry for your lost. Its beautiful that you have connection with music and your plan on taking it serious. Is music away you cope with life, after a lot of things changed in your life, after your grandfather passed away?
  • J Johnson's May 9, 17:06 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I totally agree that hard work does pay off.A lot of successful people have gotten to be where they are because of hard work. Life got a little easier but also a little harder considering that we live in a different era. Working hard is the key to success.
  • Cassidy C's May 9, 17:03 comment on Hard Work and Me
    My Father passed away when I was a new born baby I only have my mother and my family. I didn't even get a chance to meet my father but my relatives just tell me good memories about him and how much of a good father he was. As I was growing up I started to build self confidence within myself and set goals for myself and achieve them all to make him and my mother proud I do the best that I could to be successful. The same hope that your grandfather instilled in you, as well I agree that hard work always pays people back, if you want something you have to work hard for it and in the end all the hard work will be worth it. I like how he included his grandfather´s story and how it influenced him to work hard.
  • Armoni's May 9, 17:01 comment on Hard Work and Me
    The author was trying to say hard work will take you far and will put you in positions to have a big reward In the end. The Author used his grandfather as an example Of Hard work.He came to the south with nothing And worked very hard to become successful.
  • Audrey's May 9, 17:01 comment on Child Obesity
    Destiny, this was a great article. I think that schools should implement more nutrition education too since the child obesity rates in America continue to rise. I think you made many good points and I especially like how you also offered solutions. One question I have would be how would this apply to lower economic classes since healthy food is a little more expensive and less accessible. Overall I enjoyed your article thank you for sharing this piece. Sincerely, Audrey
  • Jalynn Griffin's May 9, 16:43 comment on Making Decisions
    This is a good story to me because to me this story is about a boy who makes good decisions. Kevin talks about how he likes to play sports and hang out with his friends but he only hangs out with his friends if he doesn't have a lot of homework. Kevin pushes me to be the best I can be because if he can do it, I can too.
  • b woods's May 9, 16:40 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    This is about a kid having confindence to do something he believes in. He wanted to take the shot from the jump , he did and he scored. He finished the game for his team with all belief he could do it.
  • Jeremiah H's May 9, 16:39 comment on Gun Violence (Protest Poem)
    I really liked this poem. Mostly because I can personally relate for a couple of reasons. I live in Chicago which is one the most violent cities in the U.S so gun violence has become a normal thing which is pretty sad. I have also lost loved ones the gun violence,and it hurts when I think about them never being here again.
  • b woods's May 9, 16:37 comment on Making Decisions
    This article is about a kid who chooses to make correct life decisions. He has people around him who don't make the greatest life choices but he continues to stay on the right path.
  • Essence Palmer's May 9, 16:37 comment on A Life of a Teen
    First & Foremost I am very sorry for your lost. Do you ever begin to think about your grandfather when you are all alone? If so , do you play instruments or make music to try to get him off of your mind? Yes I also agree that the question that you stated is inappropriate for teens when taking a survey.
  • Jalynn Griffin's May 9, 16:35 comment on Playing the Game of Life
    I think this is good because Isiah talks about how basketball and real life are alike. I like when he said "Can't walk without people looks, Comparing me to those crooks". He is saying that even though he play sports, the color of his skin give people in the outside world that doesn't know him the vibe that he is just like everybody else that is the same color as him that does nothing but crime.
  • b woods's May 9, 16:32 comment on Playing the Game of Life
    In this short poem he's basically expressing his emotions through a sport that he feels comfortable doing so. This is great for him because basketball is something thats always around when he needs to express himself.
  • Jeremiah H's May 9, 16:31 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree because hard work in life will take you far and will always have a good reward. He used his grandfather as an example who came to the south with nothing and because he made the decision to work hard he became successful. I already understood what hard work can do for you but this story was really just motivation to me.Now I know no matter what I choose to do with my life and no matter the challenges I may face, hard work is the only way I will be able to elevate.
  • Essence Palmer's May 9, 16:30 comment on Nana’s House
    Wow, I love this story for many reasons , especially because of my childhood. I really love the part where you stated that everyone's house looks the same on the outside , but on the inside it's very different. I agree with that because in my neighborhood literally every apartment building look the same , but the vibe and actions on the inside were different. Every day , my childhood friends & I would go outside & have fun , but now everyone has either moved or we grew apart and now that we are all grown we barely keep in touch.
  • Cassidy's May 9, 16:28 comment on Hard Work and Me
    In my situation hard work is something that is important to me being dedicated to hard work will give me the opportunity to achieve and be great at life. Nobody will ever tell me i can't do it or i won't make it i have the faith from others to not give up if i was in the predicament that i wasn't born in the united states i still wouldn't have an excuse being motivated in school is one of the most successful things you could do.
  • b woods's May 9, 16:25 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I can agree with everything he is saying , hard work definitely pays off because it shows it the long run. I've always been told hard work is the key to success so this isn't the first time im hearing this. I believe if you work hard enough you can achieve anything you feel capable of. I agree with the whole thing overall its very realistic and true.
  • Essence Palmer's May 9, 16:24 comment on A Place of Happiness
    I like the fact that you made this into a poem. Whereas , every detail can be visualized by the reader and even other poets. Overall , what made you come up with the title "A place of happiness"?
  • Jalynn Griffin's May 9, 16:23 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I enjoyed reading Deans story and I believe and agree with everything that Dean was saying in his story. From my own experiences, I understand how hard it is to learn a new language and play sports. I know that everything you learn to do does take time and sacrifice in order to be and do the best you can do and that's why I salute Dean.
  • Arianna Reaves's May 9, 16:21 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree with him when he said hard work pay off no matter where you at make something out of you situation and dont give up. You will make your goal you just need to have faith.
  • Essence Palmer's May 9, 16:17 comment on Hard Work and Me
    Hard work definitely does pay off , to get where you want to be you have to start from somewhere. It will get hard but if you want to get somewhere then you'll have to work for it. As you stated English was not your first language , so it took you some time to get it , in the end it all worked out. Hard work really does pay off.
  • Dannelle C Hampton's May 9, 15:43 comment on what my life would be like in 20 years
    I like this story just because he talks about his life and it's well written in such short writing I could understand how much of a successful person he is.
  • gmack2137's May 9, 15:42 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    this is ironic to me because sometimes i feel this way , i do not know if this is a sense of depression but i feel this sense of emptiness at moments .
  • Dannelle C Hampton's May 9, 15:40 comment on Beauty Isn’t a Size
    The title automatically caught my attention. This is an huge issue in society not only for adults but for people my age, teens. Young men tend to date girls these days because of their body size, a girl can't be too thick or she's considered too fat or they only date skinny girls- discriminating. I love how you went into so much detail about this story and didn't speak briefly.
  • Amaya's May 9, 15:40 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree that hard work always pays people back, if you want something you have to work hard for it and in the end all the hard work will be worth it. I like how he included his grandfather´s story and how it influenced him to work hard. This story really encouraged me to work hard towards my goal because in the end it´ll pay me back.
  • gmack2137's May 9, 15:40 comment on Everyone has Opportunity
    This story is quite relating to me because i feel the same , i feel as if the world we live in right now is full of opportunity , not because of laws or because of what we are allowed to do, but because i feel as if the time is now for everyone to flourish however they imagine in their life , you can only do this through two sources though .
  • Dannelle C Hampton's May 9, 15:36 comment on How bad is teen depression?
    I think this a big issue that needs to be addressed, and this story is good because it does make people aware, hopefully more adults with kids that a lot of teens are depressed and going through something. When I go on my social media it's full of teens going through something negatively in their life and they're unhappy and depressed and is seeking the wrong the wrong outlets just so they can find happiness like a relationship. The only thing I think you could've did better was went more in depth because this is a great topic that should be talked more about.
  • gmack2137's May 9, 15:36 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    this post is inspirational to me because this person is enjoying the simple things in life , pure peace or happiness does not come from what we all thing it does , simple things like nature and your family the life god gave you can help you relieve stress and bring your self up when you are down.
  • Andre's May 9, 15:35 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree with you in so many ways. Im saying this because in your article you said that you uncle was successful and didn't have that many options as you did,so I know you can do it.I feel like with timing and being motivated that anything is possible.
  • sabrina's May 9, 15:30 comment on Artistic, I guess?
    i love how he admit that he felt like he need someone but he really dont need them. he talks about what people expect. he also said how he dont like school as much but he love writing which i can say i agree with. he also talks about where he live. he switch topics in a well way.
  • gmack2137's May 9, 15:27 comment on Hard Work and Me
    this story is quite ironic to me in many ways, i too have been trying to master a skill , a talent , multiple talents in my opinion , for the past 2 years i have been putting in my 10,000 hours . My Father passed away last year and before he died he instilled in me the same motivation, same hope that your grandfather instilled in you , he too gave me a life he did not have so i can be better than him !
  • Dannelle C Hampton's May 9, 15:26 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree with the whole perception of hard work pays off because it is definitely true. I like how you went in depth and used examples of your life and how it has shaped you. I think it's not more so of how hard you work it's about really how much effort you put into it because you want it, some people work hard just to work and don't really have a good purpose. Overall I agree with this and it's very so true.
  • sabrina's May 9, 15:19 comment on Hard Work and Me
    i love how he compare his life with his grand father. i dont like how he read it sooooo slow.but he did speak alot on his main topic . he also talks about why he gives his why .
  • Chloe's May 9, 14:11 comment on An Extroverted Introvert Who Loves Music and Is Good at Math
    I actually don't do anything specific to be good at math, I guess it's just a gift. I'd love to give you advice or help you in math or anything that you need. Just let me know what you need help with and I got you <3
  • Fatjon's May 9, 14:05 comment on Pelham Bay Park
    Dear Octavio I am interested by your poem “ Pelham Bay Park” because I live very near to Pelham Bay park and I like the way you are describing life there. One part of your poem that stand out for me is where “Hurry before they catch up”, this line surprises me because I think that you are saying something about sports but then this line could have another meaning like running from someone for something that you did. Another part that i found interesting is where “ Chasing you for what you are” . This stood out for me because what i got from that line is that people can be jealous and will hate you for what you are. Thanks for your poem. I really enjoyed it. b
  • Nahir's May 9, 12:25 comment on Fuera las Malas Personas
    Hola Veronica me encanto tu escritura. Me asombro mucho. <3
  • Isaiah's May 8, 21:11 comment on Pelham Bay Park
    Dear Octavio: I am Interested by your poem, “Pelham Bay Park,” because I used to live around that area and took the same trains as you so it’s kind of cool to go to the same school as that person. One line that stands out for me is, “All you had to do was shoot” I think this line is striking because you seem like you are talking about basketball and soccer but then it seems like a deeper meaning if you think about it on a deeper level. Another line that stands out for me is, “Chasing you again, you run” I think this line is interesting because You seem like you are running from something deeper than just an opponent. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. because you you are a good detailed writer and know how to get a reader attracted to your writing
  • Zariya's May 8, 18:27 comment on Cha-ri-ssa!
    Dear Charissa : I am so happy for you I also have a baby sister she is 15 months. I am happy about your post “Cha-ri-ssa!” because… I really think i can relate to the this. Also it was interesting to hear about your life. and it was really One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “high school in my eyes is okay. ” I think this is interesting because… Another sentence that I really liked was: “a first-year student at Harvest Collegiate high school.” This stood out for me because… I am too!! Your bio reminds me of something that happened to me. One time ... in my life Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next hopefully its soon. Maybe we can speak more in school so we can talk more about our sisters and family together. One last thing why do you choose a picture of your sister and not you.
  • Ariel's May 8, 18:19 comment on Guitar player from DR
    Thanks for this comment I really like the fact that im not the only person that has had an ecounter with gangs
  • Stephen's May 8, 18:06 comment on Guitar player from DR
    Dear Ariel, I'm happy to hear you love playing guitar because I'm the same way, sometimes i feel like all i want to do is play guitar for the rest of my life. It's cool that you're very straightforward about your academics, it shows you have a lot of determination when it comes down to what you care about/are invested in. A sentence that stood out to me was "they [gangs] have threatened me before. This is a real turning point in my life because for the first time I could actually see what the world is like." this is interesting, because this experience made you see things more clear about the world we live in, how people are not always friendly and you will encounter people who are trying to hurt you. thank you for telling us about yourself. Keep playing guitar and have fun with it.
  • Jillian's May 8, 17:36 comment on Initial Analysis of “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
    Dear Chole, Your initial analysis was done very well. I can tell that you have thought deeply about the subject. I personally really like your word choice. Your word is strong and really adds a punch and it puts your work on a different level. The words you chose also helped get you get your point across.In addition, I love how your theme it was about dark and different. Your idea is very intriguing. I would love to talk to you about your idea. I can't wait to see more of your work. Jillian Wood
  • Oliver's May 8, 17:35 comment on Pelham Bay Park
    Dear Octavio I'm assuming that this is about soccer or some sport. If it is then I really like how you didn't straight up say it but instead made hints to it such as ball, pass, and shoot. One line that stands out for me is You miss and hate will come. This line is intriguing because of how it's talking about something that should be enjoyable yet when you describe it, it seems like if you aren't good at what you do you will be an outsider who nobody cares for.
  • Charissa's May 8, 17:27 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    Dear Angelina: I am exuberant by your poem “ Anne Loftus Playground” because one of my favorite places is park also that i use to go everyday after school to be with my friends. One part of your artwork that stands out for me is where you spoke about how much you use to love the place so much but you grew out of it,because that's how i also feel about my favorite place. I feel like that place will always be my favorite memory. Thanks for your poem I look forward to seeing what you make next, because maybe in the future it can become your children favorite place or maybe you can start going back there and hang during the summer time.
  • Veronica's May 8, 16:25 comment on “The school list”
    Estimada Sofia: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación “The school list” por que existen personas tan criticonas hasta envidiosas por que un persona se vea mejor que otra. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es"I know because I’ve seen in the school that there’s always girls who say who is the most beautiful and the ugliest and this affect people because it makes them feel bad." creo que esto es interesante por que en realidad todas las personas son bellas y nadie es perfecto en la vida aparte todos te critican pero no te tienen que afectar por que en realidad no te afecta en nada no te tienes que poner el saco. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, por que son interesantes los libros que lees hasta podrías recomendarme uno.
  • Claudia's May 8, 16:24 comment on Fuera las Malas Personas
    Estimada Veronica: Estoy asombrada por tu escritura " Fuera las malas personas " porque aprendí que no debemos tener envidia a las demás personas porque triunfan yo creo que todos tenemos la oportunidad de triunfar. Una frase que usted escribió que destaca para mi es "llegan personas que no te merecen porque no valoran todo el cariño que les das y terminan hasta lastimandote" tienes que ver a las personas que les confíes tus cosas porque algunas solo te quieren lastimar. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero y ver lo que escribes a continuación porque quiero aprender mas sobre las personas.
  • Eduardo's May 8, 16:23 comment on Controlar un ejército no es fácil (=_=)
    Estimado Rolando: Estoy impresionado por tu publicación “controlar el ejército no es fácil’’ porque es una publicación muy interesante. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es ‘’“Ninguna guerra es necesaria” y ambos ejércitos ya sea uno u otro, los generales no podían controlar lo que hacían sus soldados en todo momento,’’ me encanto tu tema espero y vuelvas a escribir sobre esto:)
  • Sofia's May 8, 16:18 comment on Men are afraid???
    Dear Elena: I am happy because you like my post and thank you for recommending the article “what are we afraid of “ I think it will be very interesting. I like that you think because I can know what you thought of my post and also help me with your recommendations. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is interesting what you think. Sofia.
  • Enrique's May 8, 16:18 comment on Charter School Funding
    Dear Madalyn, You propose a very interesting question. I like how you brought up that students are asking for change. Maybe you should explore what kind of change they are asking for or why charter schools don’t get as much funding. Great job! Grace
  • Natalia's May 8, 16:12 comment on The Hunger Games
    Samantha, I agree with you! Life is so wonderful when you share it with someone you truly love! Ms. Navarro
  • Samantha's May 8, 16:05 comment on EARTHLIGHT
    Dear: Alberto. I am excited by your post, “EARTHLIGHT,” because your publication about astronauts is very cool. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ En el EARTHLIGHT habla de que muchos personas viven en la luna y trabajan allá arriba son humanos que nacieron en la luna.” I think this is awesome because it's amazing that there are people who were born on the moon. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked what you write. I liked the way you express yourself when writing. Samantha
  • German's May 8, 16:03 comment on Controlar un ejército no es fácil (=_=)
    Estimado Rolando Estoy impresionado por tu publicación “controlar el ejército no es fácil’’ porque es una publicación muy interesante. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es ‘’“Ninguna guerra es necesaria” y ambos ejércitos ya sea uno u otro, los generales no podían controlar lo que hacían sus soldados en todo momento,’’ Gracias por tu escritura. Espero que escribas a continuación por que se me ase muy interesante.
  • Natalia's May 8, 16:02 comment on Controlar un ejército no es fácil (=_=)
    Rolando, Your topic is very intense. Is the book based on a particular war, or war in general? What do you think about the statement, "Ninguna guerra es necesaria"? Ms. Navarro
  • Natalia's May 8, 15:54 comment on goku llega a tiempo.
    Hi German, This sounds like an action-packed book! Does it remind you of anything? Ms. Navarro
  • Rolando's May 8, 15:52 comment on goku llega a tiempo.
    Estimado German: Estoy maravillado con su publicación, " goku llega a tiempo" porque es una historia que le recomiendo a cualquiera ya que es una historia variada que contiene de todo. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es : "y vegeta le pide que lo derrote a freezer que defienda a la raza saiyajin, y goku va a ser lo más posible para derrotarlo" Creo que esto es bueno porque le pone toda la responsabilidad a goku. Gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque es una historia muy interesante.
  • Natalia's May 8, 15:43 comment on EARTHLIGHT
    Hi Alberto, Wow! It's amazing to think about what it would like to live on the moon! I really don't think I would ever want to do that, but from what I hear it might actually be in our future. Would you want to live on the moon? Why or why not? Ms. Navarro
  • alejandro's May 8, 15:43 comment on The Time Machine
    Dear ashley I am impressed by your post The time machine because… the post say that people travel to the exact places this is awesome because think in all the places to the what would you go in the past change the past etc… one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is :’’future they just went to the specific place. I think this is impressed because you could at any important date in the time thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… your posts are very interesting and have a form in that the history it develops.
  • Keeba's May 8, 14:25 comment on Prospect Park
    Dear Chloe, I really admire your incredible use of imagery. Almost as if the reader and you were at the park at the same time. One of your lines that stand out to me is " As the sun comes down and it is time for the moon and stars to shine" because I actually tell what part of the day your talking about. I like that you didnt just say it was night but You gave the reader a perfect glimpse of how it looks. Both of our poems discuss that this place is an area where you escape. Especially when you say " Where stress doesn’t exist". Instead i rote in my peom about a racist free place. Thanks for Writing!
  • Holley's May 8, 14:24 comment on Pelham Bay Park
    Dear Octavio I enjoyed your poem it feels very personal and i like that. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you said What you think is hate is love I think this is interesting because it really catches you attention. Thank you for writing this i enjoyed it very much.
  • Malcolm's May 8, 14:04 comment on A Rec
    Dear Keeba: I am really happy with your poem, “The Rec,” because it made me feel whole. The rec is a place a lot of people need to experience and visit not literally but there should be recs everywhere. A place where everyone can just have fun and be themselves regardless of their situations can be really helpful for a lot of people. One that stands out for me is, “A place where racism, segregation, and sexism evaporates into the air. A place where financial situations are not factors into the community. But people are blinded by your background. Almost like a portal into a new world. This new world is filled with different types of people. ” I think these lines are heartwarming .Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next!
  • Nathan's May 8, 13:41 comment on Initial Analysis of “Daddy” By Sylvia Plath
    I like your interpretation of the poem. I find it very interesting and like how you describe how certain lines of it made you feel.
  • Chloe's May 8, 13:40 comment on A Rec
    Dear Keeba : I am in love with your poem “A Rec,” because it reminds me of the park that I went to a grew up in. I like how it isn't written like a basic poem, it is written like a letter and that is very creative. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ A free place to run into the fields, a place where tons of kids skinned there knees, a place where the droplets of water would splash out of a 10- holed pipe. Where throwing water at each other and chasing each other was a game. A place where smiles widen and droplets of water your eyes created ran down your face.” I think this is very nostalgic for me because this is exactly how it was for me growing up in Prospect Park. Another sentence that I loved was: “You walk to the end of the block, pass the big tree that has cherry blossoms, then make a right turn to the fire hydrant and walk two blocks down near the daycare center and there you reside.” This stood out for me because this is very very similar to the way Prospect Park is set up for me. Your poem reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was riding my scooter in the park and the wheel had went over an unleveled part of the sidewalk and I fell and scraped both of my knees. It reminds me of how the park was a place where I made friends of all races and backgrounds. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really loved this poem and your creativity. -Chloe
  • Nathan's May 8, 13:37 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    I like the imagery you used and how you incorporated rhyming into your poem.
  • KALINA TURKEL's May 7, 18:26 comment on My first impression of Sonnet 129 by William Shakespeare
    Dear Jillian I am thrilled by your post, “My first impression of sonnet 129 by William Shakespeare,” because , I love how you gave background information on the poem, and what william shakespeare was going through at the time, so we(the readers) can get some insight in on the poem lines your talking about. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Sonnet 129 was written in the year 1593. During this time Shakespeare’s close friend, Christopher Marlowe passed away. ” I think it is cool that you included this bit of information because it makes the lines that you said more interesting because now I know the context. Another sentence that I liked was: “. Marlowe and Shakespeare wrote multiple different things together. Shakespeare has a tendency to write tragedies. With that information I can infer that this sonnet was written about the death of Christopher Marlowe.” This stood out for me because you made a point and proved it very well and concisely. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post was very welll thought out, informative, and interesting. -Kalina
  • Wendy's May 7, 18:03 comment on Close Reading of “The Raven”
    Dear : Octavio I am curious by your analysis on the poem you chose , “ The Raven,” because your analysis on it made me question, is the man really sane? Your analysis on the poem helped me see that there are different point of views to it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I say this because He is alone and is trying to prove to himself that he is sane when he calls the raven the devil. ” I think this is shocking because I never thought of this poem in this form. I always thought that the Raven and other things occurring in his home are in his imagination. Another sentence that I was curious about was: “ If this poem were a question, the answer would be “that the Raven is the reaper that is going after this man.” If it were an answer, question would be “What is the Ravens purpose?”.” This stood out for me because it also made wonder if the Raven is a reaper. It made me wonder if the raven is really real or if it’s just in the speakers imagination. Your analysis really helped out for when I was writing my own analysis. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • George's May 7, 17:52 comment on Initial Analysis of “Daddy” By Sylvia Plath
    Dear Coleman, I am interested in your analysis because I am intrigued in the way you have describes what this poem means to you. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “My first impressions of this poem were confusion” I think this is interesting because even as you find the poem confusing you still managed to analyze the poem very well. Your analysis reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I read a poem and I didn't really understand what it meant but even though I did I still made an assumption on what I thought the poem was. Thanks for your analysis. I look forward to seeing what you write next because Of how detailed you analysis was and I bet you other work is just as good as this.
  • Emily's May 7, 17:51 comment on Pictures of Mexico
    Dear Wendy: I am so touched by your story about the places you love, “Pictures of Mexico” because you just shared what are the parts of Mexico that means the most to you and how it has taught you and helped you so far in your life. Also how you talk about your culture and Represent how you are Mexico in some type of way. One part of your story that stands out for me is where “Over there you won’t see the roads you see in New York but in their place there is a sand/dirt covered street. “Over there you don’t get judged by the amount of money you owe but you get judged by how much effort you put in and how much you care about your family”. I think this is delightful because you compared how New York, well I mean the united states is so different Another part that stood out to me is where I peeped through the writing that you really meant every word you said.This stood out for me because you poured your soul out in this. Your story reminds me of when I was eleven I went DR and I loved how different it was from the city. One time when I was in Dr I went to the River in Santiago and it was so fun, i went with family and friends. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because I really liked how you expressed yourself and should that even tho Mexico is in a bad places because of Trump's wall and stuff you still go passed that and wrote what you loved about Mexico.
  • Jaylin's May 7, 17:48 comment on An Extroverted Introvert Who Loves Music and Is Good at Math
    Dear Chloe, You were very blessed and lucky to be able to go the concert, not only go to the concert but to also be able to sit as close as you were. What exactly was going through your head when he looked at you and smiled. i can relate to you when it comes to music.i don't know how to play an instruments but the piano which i'm not very good at. what type of music are you more interested into? Did you do anything specific to be good at math. like studying or just gifted when knowledge? i personally struggle with math. i would appreciate any advice you have that can possibly help.
  • Audrey's May 7, 17:16 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Valerie and Doraneli, I think that your article was a very thought provoking read. I also believe in abortion rights. I think your guys' idea to spread awareness with Planned Parenthood is very creative. One suggestion I have for you two is that I think it could be more effective if you used more scientific terms in your argument. For example, I think it could be good if you found a biological term to replace "clump of cells". I think that being more technical might help people who don't believe in abortion rights understand your perspective. Great job on your article Sincerely, Audrey
  • Audrey's May 7, 17:08 comment on Stop Bullying The Air
    Latrell, This poem was very creative and it had a lot of emotion in it. I also thought that it had a good rhythm to it. One suggestion I have would be that I think it would be really cool if you included imagery of the environment in your poem. I think it could help your audience visualize the issue that you are writing about. Overall I think your poem was very creative and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing it. Sincerely, Audrey Hendarto
  • Audrey's May 7, 17:03 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Joseph, Daniel, and Diego, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. Ocean conservation is something that is important to me too. I think you guys supported your argument well and I like how you even used worldwide examples. One suggestion is it would be beneficial if you guys included information about alternatives or solutions for the single use plastic issue that Nestle has. I think it would make your argument stronger and it would also be an interesting topic to research. Here is an article about alternatives to single use plastic to get you started (https://packagingeurope.com/are-alternatives-to-single-use-plastics-the-answer/). Thank you for sharing this article, I look forward to reading more of your work in the future. Sincerely, Audrey
  • Ana's May 7, 16:45 comment on WHY I”M BROWN AS HELL
    Dear Cristina, your poem was beautiful, i loved how you wrote about your skin color and how you are proud of it. My skin color is also brown (de Piel morena). You had said on your poem that really stand out to me which was "Hay un poco mas significado, Que la importancia de mi indentificacion" I totally agree to it because no matter skin color or anything else that is different from others doesn't matter because everybody has the beauty in them. Gracias por tu historia, Sigue escribiendo espero oir mas historias!
  • Chloe's May 7, 14:14 comment on My first impression of Sonnet 129 by William Shakespeare
    Dear Jillian : I am intrigued by your post “My first impression of Sonnet 129 by William Shakespeare,” because you added the history of the poem and the poet into your post. It really made you analysis even stronger than it already is. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “When I first read this poem I found it very unusual, I was unable to grasp the meaning of the poem. This poem had me feeling perplexed but at the same time content.” I think this is very relatable because I felt the exact same way when I read my gateway poem. Another sentence that I was: “Sonnet 129 was written in the year 1593. During this time Shakespeare’s close friend, Christopher Marlowe passed away. Marlowe and Shakespeare wrote multiple different things together. Shakespeare has a tendency to write tragedies. ” This stood out for me because you can really tell that the poem you analyzed was about the death of his friend. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are an amazing writer.
  • Derek's May 7, 14:11 comment on You must stand up for yourself
    Dear Fatumata, your story really stands out and is touching. You have gone through a lot of things and your just an inspiring person. You love your religion and passionate. This story should be hurd more and let it inspire others. on how to get through things and how it'll help out. I can relate on moving, i've lived in a few states around the U.S such as Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and now NYC. NYC is a lot different then where I used to live but I got over it and adjusted.
  • Ashley's May 7, 14:03 comment on Largest Park in New York City
    Dear Octavio: I am amazed by your place, “Largest Park in New York City,” because it seems calming. I like the last picture the most. It looks so cool. One line that stands out for me is, “It’s where we chill and relax after a long day.” I think this line is relatable because I like to relax. I would only relax there if it's not too hot and not too cold. Another line that stands out for me is, “It’s the place the main place where you want to have fun.” I think this line is also relatable because I also like to have fun. Your place reminds me of a when I went to there for track and field at my old school's camp. Everyday on my way to school, I pass Pelham Parkway because its only a few stops away from mine. Thanks for your place. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I think it will be just as good as this one or maybe better. Great job!
  • Derek's May 7, 13:59 comment on Doing Basketball and Life Right
    My son josh. This is a good story you've been through a lot and your story stands out. its similar to others but not the same. Keep your head up.
  • Isaiah's May 7, 13:59 comment on My Childhood: A Story to Tell
    Dear Charissa : I am Curious by the age you were when you started going to the park your Photographs of , “A story to tell,” because you show that you are at a basketball court, did you only go to the court when you were younger One part of your Life story that stands out for me is where You talk about how much you did when you were younger I think this is interesting because… not a lot of kids do as much as you said you did when you were younger Another part that I found interesting is where you went there everyday after school and in the summer This stood out for me because you must have loved that park to go there everyday, showing how much it means to you Thanks for your story . I look forward to seeing what you make next, because the amount of detail you put into your writing is amazing, you describe it really well.
  • Keith Anderson's May 7, 01:44 comment on Should College Athletes be Paid?
    For the PERFECT way to pay college athletes, see http://www.PayCollegeAthletes.com
  • Oakley's May 7, 00:01 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Hi Kayla, Juan, and America, Thank you for bringing focus to this topic of domestic violence, as it needs to be recognized as a real issue today. It is scary how normalized abuse is in today's culture. By bringing awareness to different organizations that can help and educating people on spotting read flags, we are starting the conversation that needs to be had out in the open rather than behind closed doors. Multiple times in your references, you mentioned a doctor or an organization as credible resourced for your readers. I would research the background for credentials and verification in order assure your readers the information you have is accurate. Your efforts to start these conversations in school is really admirable. - Oakley
  • Skye Fredericks's May 6, 20:29 comment on A letter to the mayors.
    This letter is so profound and informative. I truly enjoyed reading it and was compelled by the points you guys made. I also really liked how you cited different reasons for homelessness and connected the dots to show the roots of the cities' issues. I think you have given a really comprehensive overview of homelessness ans some of the reasons it continues to occur. However, I think you guys could demand change a little more. You are asking the majors to put more money into programs that fight homelessness, but you don't suggest where that money could come from. You guys have such an expansive look at the issue, I think you could go even deeper. Give them practical ways they could help clean up the streets. List some inexpensive options that have worked in other cities or countries. Also, explain exactly how you're going to raise awareness with the Instagram account and maybe even provide incentives for people that spread the word, and you could even ask people to donate prizes and do giveaways. Get creative! You guys definitely have a passion for this and I think you could be more adamant about the specifics of the change you want.
  • Orlando's May 6, 19:37 comment on Metal Heals
    Sean, I enjoyed reading your post because I feel the same way you do, not just about Metal, but all other subgenres of Rock. People see it as violent music, like you said or call it ¨music for emos¨ or for goths, not that there is anything wrong with them, but I feel like anyone could listen to it. I have always stuck with Rock music not only because I can relate to most songs, but also because they are very talented people that make art with their instruments and voices. I would like to hear more about your take on other types of music genres or even your favorite bands!
  • Ahlexus's May 6, 18:56 comment on Tecumseh Playground
    Dear George, I like your poem a lot because it was very interesting. I liked the part where you say" sometimes I didn’t do my homework" because it was very relate-able.I also like when you said"We Played and Played Forgetting what the time But it was pretty late I’m sure it was late enough to witness a crime" because it was funny.
  • Julissa's May 6, 18:26 comment on Raise Awareness on Police Brutality!
    Dear Kenya, This topic that you and your group decided to take upon is very important and also controversial in these times. I really like how you guys were able to give many examples of different forms of police brutality towards colored people. It was nice to see that you had them from different times instead of just one specific year. I also enjoyed how you guys were able to tie in film that is relevant to this issue today. One thing I would say is look at both sides of the argument you are making. Look at the training that police officers receive when they are in preparation in becoming a officer is important. Asking and talking to an office can add on to your argument. I know that they can't really trust anyone in any situation, but you could bring in the argument of who do they feel safer around: white American people or colored people and why? But, overall, you guys did a really good job!
  • Johnny's May 6, 18:26 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Kayla J, Juan M, & America D, I was so moved by your piece on Ending Domestic Violence. Its an issue that I think we all know is very difficult to erraticate. However, I know there are steps we can take to prevent or end it. I think you should include some of these in your writing. You've addressed the issue very well with lots of information, but I'm sure the victims of domestic violence would also like to hear some possible solutions. One of my ideas would be to set up an anonymous hotline of some sort where victims can speak to a professional in private. People are usually held up in domestically violent relationships because they feel like they aren't good enough or they feel trapped. This concept would be similar to a suicide prevention hotline. It would be great to include a couple ideas in your writing! I love the concept and I can't emphasize how important I think it is. Can't wait to hear more.
  • Olivia's May 6, 18:04 comment on Climate Change
    Dr. Williamson knows about climate change. There is no need to explain what it is and it's repercussions to him. If I were him, I would be wondering who exactly is part of your team and how you guys are actively working to reduce the severity of climate change. Sure, you may be making posters and presenting to middle schoolers, but what are you going to present and how. He also knows what his own writing is so there is no need to summarize it. Cut to the chase and explain why you are writing to him. Is it for funding to buy supplies or is it to have support from a scientist? If nothing else, I would suggest proof reading because there are a lot of errors that can be easily fixed.
  • Johnny's May 6, 18:00 comment on Stop Bullying The Air
    Hi Latrell, I am Johnny from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City. You're poem is fantastic and stuck out to me right away because I am aware of the issue of pollution in our society; its especially bad in Salt Lake. A few of my friends even have Asthma .I think biking and walking are great ways to save our air, but I'm sure we can both agree that those two modes of transportation won't always suffice. I would love for you to integrate other ways we can save our air such as carpooling, using public transit, and not idling our cars. I would also recommend you add something in your poem about the future of transportation such as electric/ hybrid cars. Other than that, it's a great poem that provides great incentive for change! Keep up the good work!
  • Isabella's May 6, 17:59 comment on Anti Gun Violence In Schools
    The issues concerning gun violence are especially prevalent regarding school safety. Your thoughts have a lot of relevancy because this is a huge ongoing issue. A question I have for your specific audience is: Regarding gun safety, What does the word safe mean to you? This topic can mean many different things to specific individuals. By asking certain questions, one can understand the other perspectives in our society of gun violence. Thank you for sharing!
  • Kasandra's May 6, 16:52 comment on Pictures of Mexico
    I agree with Kalina your pictures are so beautiful. I remember going to Puebla only when i was younger, I haven't visited in quite a long time. About 2 years ago i went to Mexico City and then Michoacán. You visit such beautiful and historic places, and get to learn more about your culture.
  • Kasandra's May 6, 16:48 comment on Dark as Night, Clear as Day
    I really like your post. The Ocean is such a calming yet mysterious thing. Only 5% of the Ocean has been discovered. Imagine all the creatures that exists that we don't know about.
  • Kasandra's May 6, 16:42 comment on A View of the Lake
    Your pictures have good quality, hopefully one day I can take a long peaceful walk there.
  • Marleni's May 6, 16:13 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    Dear Sam, Thank you so much for taking time to read our proposal? We greatly appreciate your comment and the feedback you have given us. We have not yet looked into an app that can locate the traffickers but now that you mention this method would very beneficial for the Oakland community.
  • Yasmin's May 6, 16:05 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    Dear Ilse Thank you so much for commenting on our post and writing everything that you thought of. We also agree with you when you "they turn their head the other way" because many people don't realize how important this issue is. We are hoping that you keep up with us and see what we post next.
  • Andrew's May 6, 15:09 comment on Hard Work and Me
    Hard work Pays off! I've always believed this and your article coincides with that. Great job
  • Julissa's May 6, 14:35 comment on Immigration
    Dear Oscar, Your post on immigration has really impressed me. Reading through this shows much you care for this situation that is going on. I loved how you specifically addressed people and gave so many examples of how the 'zero tolerance' order, separation of families, and the injustices that the Latino community receives. I suggest looking at both sides of the situation. You did mention ow this all affects the Latin community. But play Devil's Advocate. What problems or issues arise when there are people trying to get across the border? Looking at both sides of this issue could help make your claim/point much stronger. But overall, I think you did a really good job. I recently did a whole research project on children and undocumented parents and this post really just tied in and made me think more upon my own research and analysis that I came up with Good job!
  • Nojimoulla's May 5, 06:25 comment on The Effects of Being Silent
    Silence is not good. If you are keeping silent ,No one knows your opinion .If you know the truth, please try to raise your voice.
  • Dustin Voss's May 4, 13:57 comment on Child Obesity
    Anahi, Maria, Evelin, As an adult that grew up with childhood obesity having obese parents as you describe, I was welling with pride hearing our Nation's young people taking on this issue. As you describe, I grew up with self-esteem issues and still have body issues even though once I was out of my parents house and away from the constant flow of food I've been able to more or less take control of my body and get in better shape. I am curious about the details. When I was in school we had had health class and I remember my mom diving full into the snack wells craze (a line of products that removed fat in snack foods and replaced them with more sugar, artificial sweeteners and thickeners) because its as low fat and fat=bad. I remember being taught that a banana and yogurt was a healthy choice for breakfast, but being in college and noticing that if I ate this at breakfast I'd be hungry 1.5-2 hours later. As I came to find out, my blood sugar was too sensitive to eat this way and avoid over-eating. I wonder, have you investigated the role of Government in subsidizing the standard American's diet? Have you looked into lobbying for local, State, and Federal policies that subsidize less nutrient dense foods, questionable nutrition advice, and established food producers that may be contributing to childhood obesity? I do think the consumer habits that you represent with your careful thinking about the issue is somewhat moving the ball in the right direction. To provide one example, I remember being a kid (I'm 35 now) and seeing both sides of a long supermarket aisle stocked top-to-bottom with low-fat, high-sugar cereals and my twin brother and I drinking an entire gallon of skim milk with that cereal a day. Now when I go into my local supermarkets cereal makes up less than half an aisle and there's far fewer people in the checkout lines with skim milk. Instead there's a huge portion of the grocery store that is devoted to semi-prepared meal with fresh ingredients. I think I'd call this progress, but I wonder about what you all would think.
  • Dustin Voss's May 4, 12:49 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Doraneli & Valerie, Thank you for your post and letter to Planned Parent Hood. The organization has a clinic less than 2 blocks from my work and has helped many many people I'm connected to. In my 11 years of working, I've never seen outright protests around the clinic, but I do know there are those in our community (South Side Chicago) that do consider life at conception. I think you're right to call this controversial. In fact, I think many things people discuss as controversial are not actually because if thought carefully about enough, you see that an initial position being argued can't be strongly supported by evidence or even by any of the lists of shared values that Americans suppose we hold. In this instance, I fall strongly on your side that value that ought to be prioritized here is a persons freedom over their own choices (and in this case perhaps the most native choice, choice over your own body.) For people that prioritize life, even at conception first, I wonder if they have thought over this value and faced up against their own prioritization that would put their own choice over bodies below the value of innate biological expression that begins at sexual reproduction (which they will call life.) In the end, I like your tack, because I think the solution is education. Even then we still have a legitimately controversial issue, but at least we'd have less name calling and recognitions of the values we are championing.
  • Gwendolyn's May 4, 00:30 comment on Are You an Ally to the LGBTQ Community?
    Judith and Imelda, I really enjoyed your post because I think that being an ally for the LGBTQ+ community is extremely important. One side that I think you need to address is the religious aspect. I know people who would never say anything bad about a person who identified as LGBTQ+, but who are very uncomfortable with the subject due to a religious objection. Middle schoolers are unlikely to actually cite their religious beliefs or the religious beliefs of their family as the reason that they are bullying or being unkind to an LGBTQ+ youth, but it maybe an underlying factor. I would suggest adding something to your proposed presentation about reconciling certain religious faiths and caring for and supporting LGBTQ+ people. I might cite powerful figures from major religions who have spoken out positively on the subject, but there are many other options too. But again, really nice work and clear layout of your ideas! Gwen
  • Andrew's May 3, 18:47 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    The ocean is one of the most beautiful places on this planet and its sad that mankind has affected it so much. You did a great job publishing this piece to inform people about the scary and impending doom we face if we continue living and dumping into our bodies of water.
  • Andrew's May 3, 18:25 comment on Initial Analysis of “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Great analysis of his lyrics! I have always thought he stood out among all rappers as one of the greatest to ever do it. My favorite song is "dear mama"
  • James's May 3, 17:01 comment on Global warming and its effects on animals
    Dear Irvin, I enjoyed reading your letter, and am impressed you are taking action for something that you believe in. I hope that you hear back from whoever you hope to reach at General Motors, and make sure to offer alternatives to fuel burning cars as mentioned above. Re read and fix some grammatical errors and I'm sure this will be a very poignant letter. One thing you might add that came to my mind when reading, is to mention ways that GM can benefit as well from making environmentally conscious decisions. I hope to hear more from you.
  • Saheth's May 3, 16:38 comment on Anti Gun Violence In Schools
    Hi Lupita, I thought your piece was very well written but I would have to disagree with you. One point is that making something illegal or "banning" it doesn't make it disappear all together. For example several drugs are illegal to obtain but people still get them. How? The black market. If guns were to be banned people would still be able to obtain them. Just not people with good intentions. What I mean by that is people who choose to own guns for their own protection and hunting would be punished the most and the people who have bad intentions, such as carrying out a school shooting, could still obtain them. The concept of having stricter gun laws seems great in theory but it doesn't work in practice. For instance, Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws but has some of the highest death rates from gun related violence in the country. My father is a legal gun owner and I feel safer at night knowing if someone broke into our house and had a firearm we would have some sort of protection. Taking guns away or making them harder to obtain would lead to people like me (people who use guns for protection) to be punished, not the people who commit school shootings. See, if someone really wanted to commit a shooting it wouldn't be that hard for them to obtain a gun from the Silk roads on the dark web, the worlds largest black market. Thats ultimately why I disagree with your point.
  • hatou's May 3, 13:14 comment on A poem of Mexico
    Dear Wendy, I am stunned by your poem, “A poem of mexico”, because it says a lot about how much you love your country. It also shows me how concerned you are about where your from. One part of your poem that stands out for me is when you said, “She finds herself getting closer to her family Family that’s only over there and over there she has a wonderful time”. I think these lines explain a lot on how much your family means to you and how comfortable you feel around them. Also, it seems that you just love them so much that you don't want to leave them which is wonderful. Another part of your poem that astonished me was when you stated, “This place is a special place where mostly everything goes well. She finds herself leaving that place with lots of stories to tell.” you seem to love out there. I hope you loved there to the fullest and i hope you’ll have many more chances to go back and reunite with your family members again. This poem reminds of me when i was leaving from Africa to come here {u.s}. It had me feeling so sad to leave my loved ones. Thanks for your poem i look forward to see what you make first. The fact that your able to express your feelings in an poem and have the rhythm to it amazed me and was so wonderful in my eyes.
  • Jaydin's May 3, 07:30 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Dear Doraneli and Valerie, I was really excited when I found your post about "Abortion Rights: Letter to Planned Parenthood," because it is a topic that hits home for me. This subject takes a lot of courage to talk about because of the so many controversial views and stigmas behind it. One sentence you wrote that really stands out for me is, "There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them." After I read this it made me think about how many people truly do not understand the meaning of this. I read somewhere onetime, a story that another female was sharing on an encounter she had with a male. He had taken off the condom in the middle of intercourse and ejaculated inside of her without her knowledge. This happens more often than people talk about. Another sentence that I liked was, "Another tactic that is used is public art which is also spread throughout the world." It stood out to me because it gave me something new to look into, because I did not know this. One more thing I want to comment on is all the wonderful things you both are trying to accomplish in bringing awareness to Planned Parenthood. Keep it up! Thank you so much for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post.
  • Jaydin's May 3, 06:41 comment on Can Fortnite affect a person negatively or positively?
    Dear Dustin, "Can Fortnite Affect a Person Negatively or Positively?" was a really awesome topic choice. It caught my attention as soon as I read the title, mainly because I have a younger brother who loves to play this game. When he comes home from school, I often find him surrounded with two or three extra TV screens that his buddies hauled over to the house just so they can all play together and have their own TV. Anyway, it is great to evaluate the negative and positive affects this game might have on an individual. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, "But, something positive about Fortnite is it’s an online game that lets a person play with everyone." I think this is a great point to make because it is a means to be social as well as competitive. Another point I loved was that people are able to express their personality through this game by the "skin" they choose. I think being expressive through our clothes is always a positive and fun thing for people. Thank you for your post, it was such an interesting topic.
  • Sabrina's May 3, 06:38 comment on A letter to the mayors.
    Dear Mathew and Martha, I am so impressed with your letter, "A letter to the mayors", because it is very rare for young individuals to advocate for a change by writing letters to public officials. One sentence you guys wrote that stands out for me is "This problem is at an institutional level and it shows how the government wants to protect the 1%’s money yet they don’t care for the people trying to live in such a harsh environment, which also shows how the homeless constantly have to move from place to place because they’re a inconvenience to the public." I think this is crucial for readers to understand because people do not realize how their decisions to destruct areas to build skyscrapers can displace many homeless people. As a result of the government ignoring the homeless, the homelessness population has skyrocketed because they are not being provided the resources that they need to start fresh create better lives for themselves. Thank for your writing. I look forward to seeing what the two of you write next because you are both very ambitious and put a lot of thought and research into your writing.
  • Diana's May 3, 06:03 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla, Juan and America, I am moved by your letter, “Say No to Domestic Violence,” because it is a topic that is not really talked about with youth. Knowing that there are young people that care about this issue makes me hopeful that future generations can have the power to end this issue. Learning about this topic at an early age can help prevent domestic violence in the future. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by intimate partner in the United States” I think this is horrifying because that means that violence is just so prevalent that it is really scary. For you all to understand that this is a great issue is a great step to start educating those around you about it. Also the sentence that I agreed with was: “If they see that there one of their parents is hitting the other parent the child will grow up believing that hitting their partner is okay to do and they will do it to their spouse in the future.” This stood out for me because environment can have a great impact on our development and it can also be a factor on how we will act as adults. One reason I say this is because living in a violent environment can lead to what you mentioned, thinking that this is how problems are solved. Another reason I agree with you is because this behavior is very present in all types of relationships and families, unfortunately violence does not discriminate gender, sex orientation, or race. This is a type of behavior that is observed by little ones and older children as well and it is something that can be normalized in their environment, which can lead to more violence. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is inspiring to see that the youth of today are becoming informed and motivated to spread awareness of an issue. I would love to see your thoughts on the me too movement and gun control, since they are both about very present violent topics. I hope you all stay motivated to make a difference in this world!
  • Sabrina's May 3, 06:03 comment on STOP THE BULLYING
    Dear Jose, I am excited by your post "STOP THE BULLYING" because it is nice to see adolescents taking a stand to prevent bullying in school settings, especially since bullying is a common experience for many children and can negatively harm someone's self-esteem and mental health. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: "If students can be more in clubs that would help a lot more because it would help for the student get some friends for they can relate or hangout." I think this is crucial because from personal experience, joining a club or extracurricular activity allowed me to interact with people who have similar interests or hobbies as me and created a sense of belonging. Another sentence that I agreed with was "I had experiences when I used to go to my old school that there would be multiple fights and teacher wouldn’t even know." This stood out for me because there are so many things that teachers are not aware about, such as cyber bullying and fights, that can depict how an adolescent behaves and feels. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are very insightful and care a lot about the topics you are discussing.
  • Audrey B.'s May 3, 05:57 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Hi Cece, Tania, Kalani, My name is Audrey, I am a graduating senior at San Jose State University. I enjoyed reading your concern for academic success in teenage mothers. Society tends to generalize adolescent mothers in engaging in high risk behavior and achieving low academic success. I am currently analyzing a case study in my Critical Issues in Adolescent Development of a young mother in San Francisco who in fact, gained much more academic motivation after having a child at the age of sixteen. I believe that if we want to see higher success in these young mothers, more academic support and intervention should be implemented, as you also suggested. Best, Audrey
  • Audrey B.'s May 3, 05:56 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    Hi Jessica H., Beatriz B., and Ashley M., This is an alarming issue that should not be taken lightly. Thank you for taking the time to speak up about such a sensitive topic. As a young woman, everyday tasks can sometimes be difficult, as we are always being targeted. It is important to emphasize the importance of personal safety habits, such as carrying pepper spray, to all individuals. Hearing about spreading awareness at your school is amazing, and I am glad that woman empowerment is being recognized even at a young age. Continue to be amazing! Best, Audrey
  • Chynna Sites's May 3, 05:55 comment on Animal Safety
    Ingrid & Miguel, I want to thank you for choosing this topic to write about. First off, I think it is important for people to know and understand that animals, unlike humans, cannot defend and provide for themselves in the ways that we can. I think people take for granted how big of a fold that animals can play in our lives. I personally have 2 dogs and I cannot even imagine the day that they are no longer here with me. My mom is a PETA angel and growing up she always made it a point to remind us that animals are to be cared for and treated with love, respect and care. Although my parents love animals, my siblings and I weren’t allowed to get our dogs until we were in high school & my parents reasoning behind it was that we didn’t know how much work it was going to be. And they were right. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my dogs and would never get rid of them, but as a kid my parents were right. I wasn’t ready for the responsibility that came with having to take care of another life because thats what pets are. They become a part of the family. I think the topic of animal safety is important and not something to be easily overlooked or taken for granted.
  • Keirstyn's May 3, 05:48 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Dear Celeste, Your post on "Supporting Teen Moms" is both intriguing and perplexing. I definitely agree with you that teen moms should receive more support from their community. Raising funds and implementing programs for these young mothers would not only benefit the baby and mother but society. However, I feel some aspect of this support should include education on safe sex practices, maternal/baby health, and other domains. I do not agree that we should be promoting teen pregnancy; however, shaming these girls is completely unnecessary. Thank you for this post! Keirstyn
  • Amber's May 3, 05:41 comment on Gun Violence Prevention
    Dear Kimberly, I would like to begin by commending your post on bringing awareness to such a sensitive and prevalent topic in the world today which is gun violence. I think that it is especially important for people like you as a student who is involved in the education system, to help shed light on how devastating gun violence can be for communities. I think you made very great points with proposing how we could help this issue by supporting those with anger issues or those who are unhappy because in many cases, guns that end up in the hands of violent people end terribly for the community and the fact that this is such a prevalent issue in our school systems shows that something needs to be done to create change. I particularly like the statement you made when you said " A support system would make a huge impact and reach them more in their life and would help them find the core of what they’re dealing with" because getting help and seeking support for those who need it can really make all the difference and helping that one person come to terms with what is making them angry or what is causing them so much anger can potentially deter them from turning to guns for violent reasons in school. The use of interviews in your post was well thought out and gave interesting insight to what teachers think about this issue involving gun violence in schools because they are also at the forefront of having to handle this issue. Students and teachers at all schools need posts like this to help give them the knowledge they need to stay aware of gun violence in the education system and what we as community members could do to be proactive. Thank you for the well thought out post and look forward to reading more from you. Sincerely- Amber Smith
  • alexandra rosas's May 3, 05:35 comment on Not Loving the Right Person
    Dear Cece, Your poem speaks to everyone who suffers for their parents and others to accept you for who you truly are. I believe that someone should love and support you know matter what or who you are becoming. It must have been hard to write such a personal topic, but I believe that writing this poem has helped you express your true feelings and express who you truly are as a person even if some do not accept you as who you truly are. Someone who believes in something with all their heart it is hard to make them believe in something else that they have never thought about before. One quote that stood out to me was "My heart says I should love whoever I want," and your right the heart wants what it wants and there is no way of changing it. I just want to thank you for writing this article, it gives others the thought that they are not alone.
  • Chynna Sites's May 3, 05:34 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    “Furthermore, teenagers need to hear about these issues in order to make a drop impact in the teenage community because it has the highest percentage of accidents of drunk driving” I completely agree with this statement & I think if more teenagers are aware of the effects and repercussions that drinking driving entails, that would be a helpful tool in preventing future incidents. Growing up, as children we’re always told, “don’t drink & drive” but seldom are we informed of the why factors. I don’t think any age is too young to start educating youth on the life lasting consequences that drinking and driving can have on not only the drivers but others as well. By doing our best to make sure that adolescences know & understand the detrimental side effects of drinking and driving we can hopefully contribute to a decrease in this indiscretion that has taken so many lives.
  • Rosaura's May 3, 05:25 comment on love and war by matthew
    Dear Matthew, I am amazed by your poem "Love and War" because you bring out a lot of relevant topics. It was impressive to see how you made the story of Romeo & Juliet into a modern story. It is disappointing that the separation of the rich and the poor is still relevant. Including snapchat and instagram was a twist into modernizing the story. Another sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was "all these false stereotypes make me feel bad" because stereotypes are something we often deal with. Stereotypes, specifically negative ones are disappointing. In your poem, you mention 'like crack babies' which makes me think of the type of people we often think about when Oakland comes to mind -- bringing out the concept of stereotypes. Your poem reminds me of that time when I was teaching a group of children and witnessed the separation of wealth. Love and wealth is something that should not even be considered, but even after the time Romeo and Juliet was written, this is sadly still relevant in today's day.
  • Keirstyn's May 3, 05:19 comment on HURT
    Dear Jocelyn, Let me first start by saying thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. You are so brave to share this grief and I am sure you have helped others by doing so. It is okay to mourn the loss of others; using a creative outlet is a great way to not only express creativity but help form closure. Never stop writing honest poems such as this! Keirstyn
  • alexandra rosas's May 3, 05:12 comment on End Mental Health Stereotypes
    Dear Dustin, You make a good point on talking about ending mental health stereotypes, there are a lot of people who do not understand that there are many people who are suffering mental health and keep it to themselves. There are so many people in this society who suffer from a mental disease and some of us don't even know it, there are some who make comments not knowing that the jokes they make may hurt those mentally. You make a good point in which we should support people who have mental health make them feel that they don't have to be afraid of truly showing their emotions. I believe that more people should be aware of the different mental health that some suffer so they understand that in some situations it is bad to make a comment that is not relevant or that might hurt others. You make a good point by writing this topic and spreading the awareness of this topic and it may help those with mental health to know that they have people who care and stand up for them.
  • Diana's May 3, 05:07 comment on Immigration
    Dear Oscar, I am amazed by your letter, “Immigration”, because it is moving to see that our younger generations are becoming more aware of this issue and the extent on how hurtful it can be to immigrant families. I get extremely happy to see that you are taking advantage of your right to be listened by these people in office, this may seem like a small act, but the awareness you are spreading on this topic is huge to many immigrants. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Also since Donald Trump is a person that has a lot of power and people listen to what he has to say and follow what he does and says to the world.” I think this is remarkable because for someone so young to understand that words can be powerful, means that our generations to come may be more well-founded, in comparison to the people that support these comments that just create more hatred. Being able to think critically and to analyze allows for more comprehension of the root of the problem instead of having media or powerful leaders decide what is right or wrong. Another sentence that moved me was: “these are stereotypes that harm the immigrant community and can lead to hatred and racism towards them.” This stood out for me because of how much truth your words have, stereotypes and prejudice have played a big role on many tragedies. Do you think stereotypes will ever stop existing? Your letter reminds me of my very own immigrant family. My parents are from Mexico and they have gone through some discrimination, but what impacts me more is that this did not stop them from doing the best they could for their children. My parents are some the most diligent people I know as well as many other immigrant people. I believe that the hardships they have had in their life just pushes them to do more. Immigrant people are defying stereotypes along with the newer generations who are not staying quiet on this issue.
  • Julissa's May 3, 04:52 comment on Creating a Change in Foster Care Health
    Dear Ariana and Alondra, I am very intrigued and interested in your post “Creating a Change in Foster Care Health”. This topic is not really touched upon or even brought up in any case at all. And I love that you guys have brought it out into the light. We never notice or I thin even pay attention how much children suffer from being in alternative family services at times. I also enjoyed how you were able to tie in your experience and view on being in alternative family services since you did go through process. There are question and doubts that do arise in me after reading this. "The requirement of a biological parent having to be present in medical emergencies needs to be changed. It’s possible that this policy was made with the intention to keep the kids close to their biological parents, but in reality some kids might not have a good relationship with them." This quote specifically bring attentions and your reasoning of why there needs to be permission of having your biological parents there. One thing to consider or look at is answer the question: why are they notifying my biological parents and will it be beneficial in the end? You have to look at both sides. Yes, it could be traumatizing and scary for the child, but one could never actually know what is going on through a parent's mind. Another thing I was going to bring up is how you use the word propaganda constantly in your research. Usually, propaganda is usually used in the knowledge that t is used to persuade or create a bias for people to believe. Is the "propaganda" used in this used to create a bias or is it to help bring awareness to the situation? Overall, I think you guys did a great job. I really like how you guys looked into this topic further and tried to collect as much information as possible. Keep up the great work!
  • Catherine's May 3, 04:24 comment on Fighting Body Standards
    Dear Kelly and Ivy, I am very excited to share with you guys that I absolutely loved the post. There were many valid points that were addressed in which companies and high-end corporations unfortunately oversee now and are less concerned of the detrimental effects that it has on every single individual. I actually commend both of you for the amount of courage and dignity that you guys have to stand up against these modeling companies because I know it is not an easy thing to do. Sticking by your truth about how these beauty standards come in all shapes, all sizes, through all types of imperfections, and regardless of skin color and etc., it will definitely reach all ears of the community who needs to hear and receive the positive message that true beauty starts within themselves. If one is not confident with himself or herself, one will never be satisfied with the effort he or she puts in except when they feel the need to gain social acceptance and validation through others.
  • Alma's May 3, 04:16 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    Dear Jerry, Oswaldo, & Wendy, This topic is important to discuss because it is significant to young and late adolescents, but it also applies to everyone who drives behind a wheel. Your research was well organized and I liked how you guys provided important statistics that supported your ideas. One statistic that really caught my attention was the one from Development and Advising in Traffic Safety, which stated that more than one third of adults and half of teenagers admitted to driving under the influence. This statistic is significant to readers and myself because it is a high number, and we expose ourselves to that danger when driving on the road. Another aspect about your research that I thought was really good was that it provided information on how this post is relevant to adolescents , and how they are more likely to engage in risk taking decisions especially when they are around other teens. Having that information really brings awareness too drunk driving and teenagers. Your ideas on using social media to bring awareness to this topic is great because many teens use social media. Thank you for providing us with important information on drunk driving.
  • Lizett's May 3, 03:54 comment on Fighting to Change the Foster System
    Hi Ariana, I really enjoyed reading your post on the foster care system. I also wrote an article about the foster care system and have also noticed that many of the children there are not being treated right. Like you mentioned how children are not being supported or cared for by their foster parents. Although, this might not always happen, there are many other cases where foster families have supported children which is amazing and hopefully there are more families like this. In your posts you have made some really good points and more people should look deep into this issue and can help the kids in the foster system.
  • Alma's May 3, 03:40 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla, Juan, & America, You’re post broaden my knowledge on domestic violence, when I thought about domestic violence the first image that would come into mind would be physical and verbal abuse. I learned from your post that, “ Dating abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional, and includes stalking.” I was surprised when I read this because I didn’t consider stalking online as a form of dating abuse, but reading more about it I can see as to why it would be considered as a form of dating abuse. Another sentence that stood out to me was the amount of people that are victims of physical violence in the United States alone, it is surprising how many people go through an abusive relationship. Your post made me realize that the topic of domestic violence should be talked about more, and it makes me happy that at your age you are thinking of different ideas to spread information on domestic violence, and the support that the domestic violence victims are given. Thank you for sharing this useful information and for wanting go make a change for the community.
  • Lizett's May 3, 03:28 comment on Anti Gun Violence In Schools
    Hi Lupita, I wanted to let you know that your post was really interesting to read. You have made some really good points about the use of guns and how dangerous it can be if people would get a hold of it. It is unfortunate that these things happen and you are right ! We should all take a stand and march for anti-gun violence. Your post is so powerful and I hope many people can read this and pass on the message.
  • Michelle's May 3, 03:13 comment on Why Air Pollution Need To Stop
    Dear Bryan, Jai'kari, and Latrell, I really enjoyed reading your post, it was written well with supporting evidence. I like how you are advocating for our future world and addressing a topic that affects everyone. I wasn't aware of the statistics you presented about how many people suffer each year from poor air quality. Also, I like how you are using social media platforms to raise awareness, keep up the great work, and thank you for addressing this topic.
  • Michelle's May 3, 02:59 comment on Prostitution in Oakland
    Dear Kalini, I like how you wrote about a topic that you feel is an issue in your community. I do agree with you that prostitues can be compared to slavery, depending on the circumstances of their situation. Unfortunetly, it is common for women to be forced to become prostitutes. I also like how you asked members of your community about their opinions about this topic. Thank you for sharing.
  • Angelina's May 3, 01:04 comment on A poem of Mexico
    Dear Wendy: I am touched with your poem,"A Poem of Mexico" because its a very unique and lovely poem. I really enjoyed reading your poem I think your repetition of "she waits for the day" in the last stanza made it powerful. It makes it more interesting and easy for people to understand and want to read more like how I did. Two lines that stand out to me is in lines 3&4 of the first stanza "She wants to stay To breath in the unique scent of day". These line o so well together and enjoyable because of the rhyme and this makes it way more stand out to me because I really like when poems rhyme but not every line like your poem. this poem relates to me because there used to be long period of time that I don't go back to the Dominican Republic and i will get stuck in the city just like that girl in the poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because i know that many people will find your past and upcoming pieces relatable to anyone someway somehow.
  • Sarah's May 2, 23:39 comment on Food Deserts
    Hi Chrisy, you did a great job on this post. You had a very good argument and backed it up with really important facts. These points that were made are true and it should be announced that Oakland should get another grocery store. Making sure everyone is available to get the right nutrients and foods for their body is key for a healthy lifestyle. You're idea of a rooftop garden is very creative and effective as well. With not have the resources from a grocery store can make eating organically very hard to do. With the rooftop it makes your idea perfect! Overall, great job and I enjoyed reading what you had to say.
  • Vanessa Vasquez's May 2, 23:09 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Dear Valerie: I am amazed by what the letter you wrote, "Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood,” because I know many people have similar opinions and stories as yours but are afraid to speak up about what they believe in. It is nice seeing youth have such strong feelings towards something and having the courage to do such thing to make a difference. Seeing how passionate you are about this topic and so knowledgable is something else that amazed me. A part you wrote that stands out for me is: "They don’t look at the bright side of things and knowing that there’s so much stigma around abortion and clinics — it takes so much courage to open up a clinic that involves this controversial topic. We are allies of what you all are doing and appreciate your hard work even when not everyone agrees with it. And as someone who has almost been aborted, it doesn’t change my view of abortion at all." I think this is important for you to share your personal opinion and real life experiences because you allow the reader to know your input and how much this topic resonates to you. Knowing so many people have opinions opposite than yours, you still managed to stay firm about relying a positive message. Your post reminds me so much of my own opinion on abortions and I am full of joy that youth, just like you, are speaking up for many of us!
  • Lizbeth's May 2, 22:38 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Dear Doraneli and Valerie: I am impressed with your letter, “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood,” because you hit a risky topic for many people for the same reason you mentioned, there are many people split in decision to this topic. As well I really liked how in your letter you can almost hear the passion to your opinion that women should not be judged if they decide to abort. Now, I agree because it is common sense that if it is not your body, no one should be commenting on what you can and cannot do! Going on, a sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them.” I think this is a powerful phrase because it gives the rape or consent opinion another context. What I mean by that is that I agree with you two that even though you gave consent to one thing, does not mean women give consent to the full process or this is another way of seeing rape. I also like that you guys mentioned Planned Parenthood because they do get so many controversy opinions to supporting this but, it is important for them to keep going for the women who do not want to bring a child to this world to suffer. Overall, I think your topic is something that is a cause for concern because I cannot remember right now but there recently I heard news where young girls cannot abort if they do not seem responsible or in their full senses (correct me if I am wrong), which sounds insane. I think it is time for women to be in charge of their decisions and bodies; and we are here to support. Lastly, I like how you two are trying to educate others and take time out of your day to visit Planned Parenthood, encourages me to try and help the movement, good luck in your process. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • George's May 2, 22:04 comment on A poem of Mexico
    Dear Wendy: I am impressed by your poem, “A Poem of Mexico,” because it is a very beautiful and calming poem. One line that stands out for me is, “She waits for the day and is getting tired She waits for the day and isn’t getting inspired ” I think this line is intriguing because as you end with a rhyme the poem ends at a happy tone making me wonder what could happen next. Another line that stands out for me is, “To breathe in the unique scent of the day” I think this line is interesting because as when I read it I can almost hear the Inhale and exhale and it makes your feel very relaxed and calm. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once read. It talking about a game that they were played and strategizing to win, Your poem is also like a battle to find a relaxing soothing place and you do it in a calm manner. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Maybe it's something like this poem or maybe the exact opposite i'm sure it’ll be just as good as this.
  • Catherine's May 2, 19:52 comment on Unwind Pecha Kucha Presentation
    Hello Matthew, I am filled with shock and sadness that there is something like the Bill of Life exist here in America. Like you, I believe that everyone especially young teens deserve to live their lives without any worries. It’s interesting that you pointed out that the book talks about youth oppression because as children move into their adolescent years, they do receive pressure from all types of directions, and they don’t get the opportunity to live for themselves. On top of that, adults not giving them the chance to live provides a lesser chance for young teens to experience their autonomy which is extremely important during this time. However, on a more positive note, I am glad that you and your team are pushing this issue publicly and spreading awareness to the community so they can be educated about it and hopefully, join the force to end this violence once and for all.
  • Ingrid's May 2, 19:06 comment on Animal Safety
    Hey Alyssa, Thank you for taking your time to read our work and yes we do really like this topic because we believe that animals are as important as us humans. We are happy that we have supporters and help us out like you!.
  • Maria's May 2, 19:05 comment on Child Obesity
    Dear Destiny, thanks for taking your time and reading our article we really like to inform people just like you so you guys could take care of your health and eat more healthy. Please help us get more people to read it and you should go follow us on our instagram @obesity.child and help spread this out so people could know about child obesity.
  • Anahi's May 2, 19:04 comment on Child Obesity
    Dear Tania, I appreciate that you took the time out of your day to read our upstander proposal. I also agree with you that child obesity has skyrocketed in a drastic way and if we never address the issue it continue to grow. By informing them it help change because they'll be more aware. Also its important that they feel supported by their peers and community.
  • Gregorio's May 2, 18:57 comment on Oakland Youth Drug Abuse Help
    Dear Raven N Reed, Thank you for reading our work and leaving feedback we are very appreciative. When you said why we started with audience, I agree that starting with audience was a bit off-putting and it was an assignment, that's how we were suppose to organize our work. Also, we used the two reviews of teens because those were the only reviews that showed up for the place so it's all we had to work on. Thank you for reviewing our work, we are grateful. Also, we wouldn't mind at all if you showed are work to your students. If you would like to check our the work of our other classmates please do. You can find it when searching for "upstander project" at the search bar and look for the ones posted in 2019 for my classmates work. There are also work from previous years with the same topic of being an upstander. Sincerely, Gregorio
  • Judith's May 2, 18:48 comment on Are You an Ally to the LGBTQ Community?
    Dear Olivia, Thank you for your comment! One way you can help the LGBTQ+ community safe is to just provide space for them! The LGBTQ+ community is often silenced so something you can do is encourage others to step down, and let others talk for a change. Also, the best way you can be an ally to someone is to ask them what a good ally to them means. Everyone needs different type of support and others, might not want it at all. It's better to ask than assume! However, it is not there job to educate you. There's always lots of room to grow and ways to learn. Also, GSA isn't necessarily an organization. It is a student led club that can provide emotional support, start discussions and organize school events. Does your school have a GSA? If it doesn't, maybe YOU'LL be the one to start it. If you are more intereseted in creating a GSA for your school or want to know more, visit the GSA network or just leave a comment here. Or, you can also contact us on our instagram @everythingrainbowoakland_ Good job being an ally!
  • Kassandra's May 2, 18:43 comment on Oakland Youth Drug Abuse Help
    Dear Alondra, Thank you for the support and follow! We appreciate you for following our instagram account. I agree that it is upsetting that there aren’t places youth can go to for help. It’s even more upsetting that the ‘program’ that should be helping youth with drug addictions just keep them as ‘slaves’ to beg for money, and smoke drugs. What’s even worse is that they went there to get help, not get high. We want and need to make a change. We look forward to your support! Thank you for taking the time to follow us and read this post. Sincerely, Kassandra
  • Imelda's May 2, 18:42 comment on Are you an Ally?
    Thank you for your taking your time to leave us a comment. One of our action of changes was to do a Middle School presentation and we successfully finished one on Tuesday and we have 2 more left. During our presentation we talked about GSA's and how they could create one. We gave them information about the GSA that we have in our Highschool. Allies can support the LGBTQ+ community by attending a GSA. Our school GSA is open to EVERYONE and when an ally walks in it shows their support towards the LGBTQ+ community. If you would like to see more of our actions and what we've accomplished you can follow us on Instagram @everythingrainbowoakland_. We would really appreciate it! - Imelda.
  • Erica's May 2, 18:39 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla, Juan and America, I am optimistic about your post "Say No to Domestic Violence" because you guys really gave a clear explanation of what Domestic Violence is. A sentence that stood out to me was "Domestic violence- also known as domestic abuse, intimate partner violence or abuse may start when one partner feels the need to control and dominate the other". This stood out to me because you guys are really providing a concrete example of where Domestic Violence begins to become evident in partners. Also, another sentence that stood out to me was "Dating abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional also includes stalking in a relationship". This stood out to me because I never knew all these categories led to an area in domestic violence. Your post reminded me of one of my past relationships at the moment I never looked at it as toxic relationship but reading through your research really explains it. Your post I feel can go and support many people and shed the light on a dark topic. Thank you for sharing and trying to make a positive change where change is necessary.
  • Judith's May 2, 18:37 comment on Are You an Ally to the LGBTQ Community?
    Dear Sergio, Thank you for your comment! I am happy that the letter was that important to you. Like you stated, our goal was to give voice to those underrepresented so hopefully this letter encouraged you to do the same! If you would like to learn ways to do so, please feel free to contact @everythingrainbowoakland_ on instagram!
  • Olivia's May 2, 18:08 comment on Are You an Ally to the LGBTQ Community?
    How can middle schoolers make members of the LGBTQ+ community feel welcome through their every day actions? In what ways can I show that I am supportive of all genders and sexualities without being part of a specific organization. I want to help make people feel comfortable. It almost feels like the things proposed in this piece are targeted towards older people, but younger people should not need to be part of an organization. What are some things I can take part in?
  • Erica's May 2, 17:53 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Dear Celeste, I am happy by your post "Supporting Teen Moms" because you are shedding light as to why a support system is important for teen moms. One message you wrote that stood out to me was "we want to educate people about this topic and have them feel empathy towards teen mothers instead of thinking that getting pregnant at 12-19 is a "bad choice". I think this is important because regardless of our age we all need to be educated in this changing life we live in and be taught to look at the positives as much as we do the negatives. Your post reminds me of when I went to the mall this last weekend and an older lady asked young mom how old she was and she responded "17" the older lady looked disappointed. I felt really bad for the teen mom and felt like the response to her simple question was not necessary. Supporting our teen moms and educating our surroundings is the first step to change. Thanks for sharing Celeste!
  • Edwin's May 2, 17:45 comment on Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education
    Dear Julia, I agree about how we should help others to have the necessary medications to save money and help their loved ones who are not doing well. My Grandpa was diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 and my mom and uncle (my mom’s younger brother) were sending money to help their family and father to have affordable medications to be healthy but sadly he passed away in October by having kidney failure in the hospital. If you want help our campaign to lower the medication costs please sign the petition @https://makeinsulinaffordable.org/petition/
  • Patricia's May 2, 17:43 comment on Anti Gun Violence In Schools
    I really enjoyed reading about this issue in particular because it is relevant among high school students today. You stated that the NRA advocating for more gun rights leads to more school shootings, but you don't necessarily dive into how that could happen. You make a conclusion, but don't use information to back up that claim. You say guns are bad and lead to school shootings, but you don't refer back to your audience (the NRA) saying that, because guns are bad, you shouldn't push for more gun rights. You also state what the government is doing to prevent school shootings. If I was the NRA I would ask, "Why would should there be gun control laws if there are other policies that can prevent school shootings?" Another question I would ask if I was the NRA is that "this issue seems to be rooted in bullying, why can't schools focus on preventing bullying and therefore prevent school shootings?" This post was very informative and it was interesting reading up on the current issue of gun rights.
  • Edwin's May 2, 17:33 comment on Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education
    Dear CM, I am sorry to hear that one of your students have diabetes and that student is fighting back to lower the costs of insulin. We are trying to help people to learn about this topic of rising costs of medication by educating the community and telling the truth about it, too! If you want to help your student and our group and the community, go to this link to sign the petition of lowering the cost of insulin https://makeinsulinaffordable.org/petition/ Thank you for your time. Calvin, Christina, and Edwin
  • Wendy's May 2, 17:28 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    Thank you so much for taking time out of you day to read our post we appreciate it a lot. We thought we should focus on this topic because it's important and we can really create a change and have death rates lower. You should follow us on instagram @n0_drunk_driving_ for you to check out the movements we are making to cause a change. Best- Wendy, Oswaldo, Jerry
  • Wendy's May 2, 17:24 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    Thank You so much for taking time out of your day to read our post. Besides educating high schoolers we also did a parent meeting and explained our topic and our concern in letting their teenagers drink and also drive and a lot of parents were fully engaged. We are willing to consider your opinion thank you so much again for looking over our work. It would be great if you followed us on instagram @n0_drunk_driving_ that way you can see everything we have done so far and support us. Best- Wendy, Oswaldo, Jerry
  • Maria's May 2, 16:15 comment on Sonrie!
    Dear Veronica I love your post, Sorie, because it is very important to keep in mind that smiling makes the person feel very good. One of his outstanding prayers in his publication was "it reminds me that just because it is a fashion that you have to do, you can do what you want", because smiling is something that should never go out of style and is essential for our lives to complement each other perfectly . . Thanks for your writing, I hope to continue seeing your publications because I find it very interesting to be able to read this type of publications
  • Carlos's May 2, 15:35 comment on The Lost Boys of the FLDS
    This is so sad. I think it is interesting how this group values the polygamy practice for older men, rather than investing in their future. I had never heard of these boys and I thank you for bringing this issue to light. I hope that raising awareness will help these unfortunate children and young men receive more support and lead to bigger change. I could not find many articles on this subject that I think would help you. However, if you were able to include more testimony from these boys, it would add an entirely new level of depth to this article.
  • Carlos's May 2, 15:28 comment on Bridging People Together
    I really like this picture essay. As someone who does not live in an area where there are a lot of bridges, if any, I have always found bridges to be cool and interesting. I think that the few sentences at the end are impactful. However, I think that if a little more background information was given to this park and the shooting that occurred, this essay could become even more beautiful. I appreciate you going and finding all these pictures from different angles. It gives the park life and depth.
  • Carlos's May 2, 15:19 comment on Life and Loss
    I appreciate your willingness to be vulnerable on this very sensitive and personal topic. As someone who has had the fortune to not lose many loved ones, I will admit that I am scared of the inevitable. I do not know how well I will be able to cope with the loss of my grandmothers, heaven forbid my parents. I believe you correct in your article. Life isn't fair. No matter how rich or influential you are, you will always be confronted with the lose of those who you love. The only real comment I have for your article would be maybe focusing on editing your grammar. You have something very important and impactful to say. Yet, sometimes the mood and intent is lost when it is hard to follow what you are saying.
  • Carlos's May 2, 15:11 comment on 2019 Australian Grand Prix
    I love sports of all kinds as much as the next guy. I have never been very familiar with the Formula 1 racing world. I love your enthusiasm and obvious excitement for all these events. However, as someone who is not completely familiar with the finer intricacies of this sport, I believe this article could be even more fun if you explained why these events are so thrilling. If you gave a bit of background on the Formula 1 racing scene, who the drivers are, and what the stakes were at this particular event, I would be even more invested and entertained. Other than that, I found this article very fun and descriptive.
  • Carlos's May 2, 14:54 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    It is no secret that the effects of climate change on the ocean are becoming catastrophic.Ocean acidification and the killing of coral is dramatically affecting every part of the aquatic ecosystem. I thank you for spotlighting this important and cataclysmic event. I only wonder if you could maybe add a bit more to the article. You give a great hook to capture audiences. Expand on this more. https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F Here is an article that talks about ocean acidification. Read this and expand and I will definitely be back read more.
  • Heriberto's May 2, 13:12 comment on Maltrato de los perros
    Dear: Jenifer Estoy angustiado por su publicación “Maltrato de los Perros” porque el tema de los perros es un tema bastante crucial y más en los tiempos de ahora antes era conocido como el mejor amigo del hombre y ahora si la perra está preñada tiran a la perra junto con los perros o solo a los perros indefensos. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: ” Esta no es un cuento o algo por el estilo, esto es lo que está pasando en las comunidades y en el mundo entero” creo que esto es cierto porque es la pura y cruda verdad sobre el ser humano por eso debemos adoptar y no comprar. Gracias por tu escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación , porque es un tema que me gustaría saber o conocer más a fondo hola y adios :’v
  • Hatou's May 2, 13:01 comment on Voices in Prospect Park
    hey jillian i love your peom it was awsome but i also have a question. why didnt you rhyme in it? keep up the good work tho .
  • Zaozao's May 2, 07:42 comment on Stop Bullying!
    Dear Janie and Chris, I am enjoying to read your letter, “stop bully,” because bully becomes a big issue during children and adolescent's life.One thing you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Bullying should be seem as a bigger issue because many people don’t know how many people are affected by bullying.” I agree with you that people should know more about bullying. One reason I say this is because bully is very normal right now. and it is bad for people. Bully will affect people's mental and physical health. Many of people get hurt by others. Everyone should stop bully people that around you or online.Thanks for your writing.
  • David Jablonsky's May 2, 05:21 comment on Creating a Change in Foster Care Health
    Ariana and Alondra, Alondra, thank you for sharing your story and connecting it to your activism. It’s clear that the work that you and Ariana are doing is coming from a personal place. It’s always important, however, to balance your opinions with researched evidence, and you do just that. Like Clarissa, I found your argument that forced engagement with biological parents can adversely affect children to be particularly compelling. I really like how the set of tactics you plan to put into action are very diverse, which will hopefully allow you to reach many different people. I’m left with a couple questions: 1. You use the term “propaganda” in the third paragraph. It may be the history teacher in me overthinking things, but are you intending to use this word that suggests extreme bias to persuade public opinion? Or are you more commenting on media used to attract people’s attention? I wanted to be clear on you point, because it sounds like you’re wanting to reform some of the policies of Alternative Family Services and not opposing the foster care system in general. 2. Are there local or state laws that regulate whether AFS or other foster care programs must reach out to biological parents in the case of an emergency? Is this a common practice in other programs across the state or even nationally? I certainly understand why you selected AFS as your audience. Perhaps next steps could involve broadening your focus to attacking this problem across other institutions and targeting lawmakers if necessary. These were just some wonderings I had, but I wish you a lot of luck in rolling out your action plan.
  • Zaozao's May 2, 05:21 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Dear Celeste: I feel sad about your post, "Teen Pregnancy", because I am doing a case study about teen pregnancy. I found that being a teen mom is very difficult. One sentence you wrote that stand our for me is "how society treats them or views them, but places like M". I think this is very normally in our society because they will think the teen mom differently than other regular mother. Your post reminds me of something that happened to one of my high school friend. She is a teen mom. One time she went to shopping with me. A women said, " bad girl" to my friend when the women went across us. That's very rude.
  • David Jablonsky's May 2, 04:47 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    Jessica, Beatriz, and Ashley, This is such an important topic. Thank you for your work on it. I like how you were direct in selecting Tarana Burke for your audience as you point out how she initiated the movement that continues to inspire. Similarly, you narrowed your focus to workplace harassment, because your evidence guided you towards this being a space of more frequent abuse. It sounds like you have an ambitious set of plans to raise awareness among your peers. I’m curious about something: Understandably, your project is about supporting survivors, but I wonder what support is being offered in the workplace to be more proactive in preventing this type of mistreatment. What kind of things are Human Resources Departments doing to more effectively stop or minimize sexual harassment? Are there common training programs, tested strategies, or outside resources in general that have been particularly useful to resisting a toxic workplace? This was just something I was left thinking about as I considered how common this issue sadly is.
  • Tania's May 2, 04:38 comment on Child Obesity
    Dear Anahi, Maria, and Evelin, I was very interested in your Upstander Proposal, "Child Obesity," because not only am I a Child and Adolescent major, but I find this to be an extremely important issue for everyone. Child obesity has skyrocketed in recent years, the lack of education, physical exercise, and major advertisement are contributions to this issue. Your comment that, "child obesity leads to interpersonal and internalized oppression because the community around them make them feel excluded by their appearance," stood out to me. I think this is important to touch up on because not only are children's health affected, but so are their emotions. The fact that these children are more likely to experience depression and low-self esteem based on either peers picking on them or them comparing themselves to others is disheartening. It goes to show how much of a bigger issue child obesity is. Also, you guys mentioned multiple factors that all affect child obesity. I agree completely, eating healthy and doing physical activity is crucial. Technology has become a huge part of society and children are playing outdoors less as they sit in-front of a tablet or playing video games. By informing parents, they will realize to take action and take their children to at least go out and play some ball. Your post has a great message that does bring awareness and it is true parents need to be educated. Although junk food makes their child happy, a nutritious meal is better for their health in the long run. Thanks for bringing awareness and being advocates for the children who need healthy role models!
  • Mia's May 2, 04:23 comment on Social Media: Why Do We Use It?
    I agree with you. Social media is important for people to stay connected with the events and news reports on a daily basis. I use social media everyday to check up on what's happening with my friends as well as important news that matters to me. I get easy and quick access to information which is a main impact of social media on modern society.
  • Cristy's May 2, 03:35 comment on Food Deserts
    Hello Jessica, Christy and Jose, I am very impressed about the well written letter that you guys have made in regards to "Food Deserts". That title just got my attention and made me keep on reading more and more. I agree that nutritious healthy foods are very important and all communities deserve to have access to them. Not having easy access to healthy food can lead to bigger health problems in the long run. I totally would like to see the Mayor act upon this important request that is beneficial for the entire community. I really like that you guys are active members of the community and all I can say is, keep that way, keep working hard and don't stop requesting for good important projects!! like this one you guys have already started working on.
  • CM's May 2, 02:15 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    Jerry, Oswaldo, & Wendy I appreciate your post here. You have done thorough research and crafted a nice plan. It was very insightful of you to notice that education, public art, and propaganda were key factors in combating drunk driving. I think you have a great plan for educating high schoolers, as many of them will be learning to drive soon and start drinking alcohol in the coming years. Keep thinking about how you want to educate your peers. Of course, the first thing you want to do is dissuade teenage drinking as much as possible. However, we know teenagers will drink--so what should their plan be? Rideshare apps? A sober friend? What do they do if they have a friend who is considering drinking and driving? Just some things to consider... Keep up the good work!
  • CM's May 2, 02:03 comment on Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education
    Calvin, Christina & Edwin This post really resonates with me. One of my students has diabetes, and he has shared with me about the rising costs of insulin and the burden his parents face because of his disease. The “amoral companies” as you call them, make my student feel that his life has a monetary value outside of his control. Like you guys, he is determined to do something about it. I think you have a great plan for educating the public. Since so many are at risk of diabetes, many people have family and friends affected if they themselves aren’t. This makes all of us a part of the “diabetic community,” even if some don’t count themselves as members. Galvanizing the community in classrooms and social media is a great idea and important work. Keep thinking about the ways to engage people without diabetes who may feel this issue isn’t important to them. Also, leverage the diabetic community as much as possible. I appreciate your voice. It is so vital to (a) tell the truth and (b) take aim at power structures.
  • Charissa's May 2, 01:40 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    Dear Angelina: I feel exuberant when I read your poem “ Anne Loftus Playground” because one of my favorite places is also a park that i use to go everyday after school to be with my friends. One part of your piece that stands out for me is where you spoke about how much you use to love the place so much but you grew out of it, because that's how i also feel about my favorite place. I feel like that place will always be my favorite memory. Thanks for your poem I look forward to seeing what you make next, because maybe in the future it can become your children favorite place or maybe you can start going back there and hang during the summer time.
  • Samantha's May 2, 01:36 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    This is very well written! I love the idea of using social media to advocate for women who have experienced sexual harassment. How has your instagram page been doing so far in terms of spreading awareness?
  • Samantha's May 2, 01:25 comment on Global warming and its effects on animals
    I really enjoyed the use of statistics and logical evidence to support the message you were trying to convey. Do you think that the chairman would agree to create more fuel efficient cars in order to help perserve animals' habitats?
  • Raven N Reed's May 2, 01:16 comment on Oakland Youth Drug Abuse Help
    Greetings Gregorio, Kassandra and Khalid, I love the topic your group has picked, drugs and addiction in general is a huge problem for families as well as teens as noted within your project. It is important for teens to have some type of drug awareness education and treatment services other than just say no. I think that it is smart that you've provided within your argument easy to copy and paste website that your audience can go to, people are more likely to do research the easier they can find sources. I have two brief points of criticism.. The format for the remainder of the project is fine, but it was off-putting that you started the letter with Audience. It makes it obvious that this is an assignment rather than something ya'll were passionate about. Second, I wouldn't rely as heavily on the reviews of just 2 teens. It makes seems like reviews were "cherry-picked," to best suit your needs rather for objectivity. I'd suggest having more reviews, to alleviate possible perceived biased. It is a shocking statistic alone that they was only one drug treatment facility catered to teens, the reviews as listed hurt that section. I’m impressed with your work, if you wouldn’t mind I’d love to send my students to your page so as an example of projects they can create!
  • Raven N Reed's May 2, 01:02 comment on Animal Safety
    Greetings Ingrid and Miguel As a person who has rescued three fur-babies, (and been rescued right back by them) I truly appreciate your work for animals who are in the shelter. I love the ideas your team has come with to educated the members of he community so that animals don't end up in shelters. Education through the community is a great way to alleviate the numbers of animals in the shelter.. I also appreciate that you are starting with younger students within elementary schools. The elementary age students can inform their families about safe ways to care and keep animals. This is a great plan to educate many generations. The only criticism I would offer other than some formatting would be to be careful for the voice and your target audience within your grabber: Dear Oakland Animal Services: Did you know that “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.” Because it is Oakland Animal Services they are probable well aware of how many animals are abandoned. A better us of this shocking fact would be in the education campaign for families via infographic. I'm impressed with your work, if you wouldn't mind I'd love to send my students to your page so as an example of projects they can create!
  • Eden's May 2, 00:08 comment on Dancing my next step
    Dear Anais : I am interested by your poem “Dancing my next step” because… you describe a big turning point in your life which is really interesting. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ At that point I knew I had to change for the better because I didn’t want to be stuck anymore. Also wanted to take the next step of my life.” I think this is fascinating because I don’t see many people really try to turn their life around. Itshows you were’nt willing to give up. Another sentence that I read was: “A huge turning point in my life was at the age of 18 when I had to watch all of my friends graduate and move on to college while I was getting left behind and stuck in high school..” This stood out for me because I can relate to this. Seeing all your friends moving on and you feeling left behind. Your poem reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when all my friends got awards at a school ceremony and I didn’t get an award. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think I can relate to some things. Your life is also really unique and interesting.
  • Sam Reed U School's May 1, 23:43 comment on Fighting Body Standards
    Kelly and Ivy Thank you for your advocacy and action to fight body image bias. The media and popular culture in general contributes a lot to this scourge to society. I appreciate that you forcibly call out Monique Pillard and Ivan Bart. As leaders and executives that play a role in promoting body image bias. I even appreciate more that you are developing a @b0dyimage social media response to promote diverse positive body images. You should check out the poem "Fat Girl" (https://www.youthvoices.live/2019/04/17/fat-girl/ ) one of my students composed to address the exact issue you are tackling. Did you consider using your @b0dyimage social media campaign to get consumer to boycott magazines and media executives who promotes body image bias? Hitting dispassionate executives like Monique Pillard and Ivan Bart in their wallets could be more effective than them calling out.
  • Alyson Chew's May 1, 23:39 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    Your article is very interesting and alarming! Thank you for including all of these charts and percentages, it adds a lot to your paper. It is very unfortunate that women are being sexually harassed in the workplace, but thank you for taking the first step to help spread awareness! I love all of your plans to spread the word. You will be able to reach different audiences with all your plans! Flyers and ribbons will definitely spread awareness on your campus and using social media will help you reach people all over the world! I love the Instagram page you created, it's a great username. I’m excited to read your next follow up article and see your success!
  • Dustin Voss's May 1, 23:17 comment on End Mental Health Stereotypes
    Dear Dustin, Kimberly, and Leslie. Dustin! I'm Dustin too! I hope we can be allies! You sound right to me when discussing the thoughtlessness with which some people use language and how this perpetuates stereotypes about those in the mental community. I appreciate your integration of data and would even add that suicide attempts are up, particularly for young women (https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/01/health/suicide-poisoning-teens-study/index.html) I'm have several questions for you all. 1. How is social media raising the stakes for the discussion you point out and what solutions or redress of the harmful effects of social media might you (experts as youth posting on YouthVoice) suggest? 2. Have you considered part of your advocacy to demand public spending on mental health? Here in Chicago we've had many mental health facilities close down since the recession of 2008 and I have seen schools like the one I work with absorb that impact.
  • Branda's May 1, 21:49 comment on Raise Awareness on Police Brutality!
    Dear Kenya, Adrian, and Costello, I really enjoyed reading your post on this important issue in society. Police brutality has been an ongoing issue that happens everywhere over the world. I am glad you guys gave more attention and research to this topic. What stood out to me was "Do we stay quiet or do we fight towards a more equitable world?" and I couldn't agree more! We all need to speak out and fight for what we believe is right. Secondly, you guys did an amazing job researching about individual victim cases and giving potential solutions to raise awareness. I thought you guys came up with great and mature solutions that focused on nonviolent resistance. I do have a question for you guys as well, is there anything else you guys plan to do to educate your peers about police brutality? Lastly, you guys did a fantastic job with this post and I even learned a thing or two about police brutality. I look forward to reading more of each of your writings as well!
  • Amber's May 1, 21:14 comment on Fighting Body Standards
    Dear Kelly and Ivy, I really enjoyed your topic and reading about all of your ideas and I think that a topic such as body image and body positivity is so important especially at this time in society where issues with body image are so prevalent. because of the huge increase in social media use and the many platforms that the youth have to compare themselves with images of others that just aren't realistic such as models and celebrities, I think that bringing awareness to this topic could help the younger audience understand that not everything they see in magazines or on social media is realistic to every day people and that it is okay to look exactly the way you are and that they should feel accepted by society in their own skin. I really liked the point you made where you stated "This is why you need to promote a more diverse range of models that people can relate to. People’s overall confidence can increase when they are being celebrated". I really like this point because when all that young people have to look at on their social media sites or in magazines is unrealistic body types and nothing that they can truly relate to, then they begin to ask themselves "why don't I look like that"? or "am I suppose to look like that"? which are two very dangerous questions because that is social comparison and that can ultimately lead to negative rumination of ones own body. If the media and society learns to celebrate all body types as equal and beautiful then the idea of the "perfect" body type because extinct and everyone can then learn to love themselves just as they are. I think that your proposal of the instagram page to support all body types and self-love is such a great way to start a movement towards positive body image and getting the youth to see that there are people out there who look just like them and that they can be celebrated or be models and be themselves at the same time. I am curious as to your idea of reaching out to the magazine companies and modeling agencies and what they may reply to you, and what you could do with those responses afterwards. I admire your persistence and I hope that your instagram page brings you both success in following through with this proposal! Your post was very well-written and thoughtful, I think your ideas and words will help to bring awareness to this issue and shed light on its importance for the youth.
  • Alyson Chew's May 1, 20:31 comment on Yasmin’s Shadow box
    Hi Yasmin, I really enjoyed reading your article about your shadow box. My favorite part about your article was reading how your grandmother gave your parents flowers as a good luck charm. I’m really close to my family and this made me think about them. I really liked how you compared your parents to a butterfly because it made me think about the freedom of traveling. The gems on the outside of the box are an interesting and true interpretation of women. People think that we are very fragile and pretty, but gems also represent the tough conditions they have to go through in order to become beautiful. Great job!
  • Sam Reed U School's May 1, 19:15 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    Jessica H., Beatriz B., and Ashley M. Thank you for all your advocacy and action on this long standing issue of sexual harassment. I really appreciated that you included an informative graph that visually represented the level and intensity that sexual harassment takes place ( even at an early age) Your social media action plans seem like a great idea too. Do you plan to include graphs and visuals in your campaign? I think using infographics and visual aides will really help communicate your advocacy and action plan. All the best !
  • Sam Reed U School's May 1, 18:57 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    Dear Yasmin, Marleni, and Estefani, Thank you for your advocacy. It is clear from your letter that you are knowledgeable , informed and passionate about this immoral issue of child sex trafficking. It is great that you are going to raise money for this important cause. Did you consider other ways people can help? Are there any apps that could be developed to help "track the traffickers"? I look forward to learning more about your youth advocacy and action plans.
  • Jillian's May 1, 18:27 comment on A poem of Mexico
    Dear Wendy, "A poem of Mexico" is a very versatile poem. There are many literary devices that you use that really bring out the poem. Specifically your use of repetition makes the poem more powerful. When you repeat she waits, it just adds more emotion. The more emotion makes it easier for people to fully connect to the poem. This poem i feel like is relatable to a lot of people. I personally relate to it, because I yearn to go back to my family in China. Im waiting for the day I go back to be reunited. This poem just bring back multiple memories of going back to China. This poem isn't just relatable to me, but I for other people. Especially, people who have family in other countries. Your writing is brilliant. I hope to see more of your work. I love that you go back to your culture and really represent. Your fellow student, Jillian Wood
  • Wendy's May 1, 18:27 comment on Voices in Prospect Park
    Dear : Jillian I am enchanted By your poem, “voices in prospect park,” because it is really admiring of how u described a good time.Even if your friends didn’t notice when you left, you looked at the positive. One line that stands out for me is, “Alongside my friends who talk but i talk not ” I think this line is mysterious because you decided to stay quiet although your friends were having a great conversation. Another line that stands out for me is, “Caught up with themselves they forgot about me” I think this line is showing more emotion towards the poem by saying that they had a great time but they didn’t even pay any attention to your absence. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once hanged out with my friends and we had a great time and they also paid no attention to the fact that I had to leave Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Cristina's May 1, 18:19 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Hello Joseph, Diego, and Daniel, I am very impressed by all the work you guys did into completing this post, "Ocean Conservation" because it shows that you guys care about nature and the importance of clean oceans. The visual of the glove made it easy to understand how exactly the ocean currents move. It is really sad to see how our oceans are turning into garbage dumpsters, leading to harmful unbalanced levels of ocean acidity as well affecting the life of many species that live and interact and feed from the oceans. Nestle and many other food companies as you guys point out need to move away from those single use plastic packaging that in the long run not only affects the animals, but also us the humans. I can say that your post made me be more aware and concern of the use of single use plastic specially since I live in Santa Cruz which is town that has access to the ocean. Walking along the beach I can see the problem of plastic and I totally want to see garbage free beaches and oceans. You guys made me think that next time I go for a walk in the beach I can do some beach garbage pick up, and the other thing I want to do is to cut us much on the use of single use plastic. I love the idea you guys came up with, which is to provide students on their first day of classes with a reusable water bottle. Ideas like this need to be supported and implemented to move forward into a more friendly environment for all.
  • Ethan's May 1, 17:28 comment on I Remember
    i know right?
  • Melissa's May 1, 16:54 comment on Global warming and its effects on animals
    I enjoyed reading this post due to it being relatable to most people, especially those of driving age. I particularly enjoyed the information in regards to indirect pollution. I also appreciate the outreach for GMC to make less trucks and more fuel efficient cars. Also being in education I appreciate the efforts to stop global warming.
  • evelyn's May 1, 16:27 comment on The hope
    Dear: veronica I am sorprendida con tu post “The hope” because te expresas bien sobre tu libro. Una frase que usted escribió que es mi es The theme reminds me of this because in the book they passed a lot of bad things. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribistes a continuación, porque dices que el los libros también pasan cosas malas. Evelyn
  • Ashley's May 1, 16:23 comment on Sonrie!
    Dear Veronica: I am in agreement with your post, “Sonrie,” because its a theme interesting and real. We need to have this always in mind and to whatever we want. Always smile and never put attention to bad comments. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ with your body and your life you can do what you want.” I think this is realist because we can do everything what we want with us without hurting ourselves. We need to be happy with our defects and be pleasure with what we have. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this themes are interesting because more of the people criticize other without knowing their reasons. In addition how you wrote it’s our body and we can do whatever we want with it. Be yourself and being happy of it it’s the perfect thing you can do.
  • Veronica's May 1, 16:15 comment on “The smallest being in the world but the big in the heart”
    Sofia: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación “The smallest being in the world but the big in the heart” porque es interesante que algunos padres quieran decidir con quién te puedes enamorar. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “Pero sus padres no querían porque pensaban que él no era el adecuado para ella.” Creo que estoy en desacuerdo con ellos porqEstimadaue no siempre te tienen que decir de quien te enamores o que elijan a la persona incorrecta. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, por qué has leído muchas cosas interesantes que atrapan a los lectores.
  • Sofia's May 1, 16:10 comment on Men are afraid???
    Dear Ari: I am amazed for you comment because I’m glad you liked my post. I respect the question you ask me, I think that the man say do not be afraid because the modernity of today makes men feel more than women and so they have to say do not fear anything. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because is interesting listen your opinion about what I write. Sofia

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