• Abigail's Jul 21, 05:25 comment on My profile picture
    thank you appreciating his work . that my pride and motivation
  • Paul Allison's Jul 20, 21:42 comment on Did I open this up for authors now?
    Yes!
  • Laura's Jul 19, 20:09 comment on Should America Still Welcome Immigrants?
    Dear Heidi, I agree with your post. I’m an immigrant too, and my family and I have worked very hard in this country to contribute. You and Felix stated very clearly America should still welcome immigrants. Immigrants are part of this country and help it runs. Also, they do work jobs that other people do not want to do. 
  • Laura's Jul 19, 19:27 comment on My Profile Picture
    Thank You !!!
  • Harry's Jul 19, 14:22 comment on Video Game Impacts
    Nicely stated Caleb, I agree with al of the above. Just as with other things, there are stereotypes people have about gaming. Great topic Monserrat!
  • Caleb's Jul 19, 12:52 comment on Video Game Impacts
    Dear Monserrat, I’m really interested in your post, and how you correlated real life with video games (I thought that was cool). To answer your question from the article, what I find to be comforting in chaotic situations would be video games. I believe video games to be used as something to escape from reality, For example you can use it as something to forget all your problems for a brief amount of time or to just have fun. Now the reason why I like video games even though It can make me angry and frustrated is because it provides a challenge on my thinking skills, my reaction speed, and even my memory depending on what game I’m playing of course. All in all I just really liked your post and It grabbed my attention when I read video games.
  • Robyn's Jul 19, 12:35 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    Yes, slight typo I meant “and i do think”. I agree with Edward’s statements and disagreed with McMullen’s.
  • Nile's Jul 18, 18:23 comment on Police
    I think there really are some good cops out there. The problem is the bad ones who are responsible for killing Blacks and minorities over and over give all police as a whole a bad name. One of the biggest issues with the police force as a whole is that they continue to hire police that come from neighborhoods where there aren’t any minorities that live in those areas at all. As a result, police often feel threatened when they interact with them because they don’t know how to approach, interact or engage with them socially. Because police train cops to kill and shoot first, they’re quick to grab their weapons in every scenario and usually end up hurting someone unnecessary with excessive force. The good cops unfortunately get dragged into it because if they stand up or testify they end up being harmed or threatened by other police. This forces many cops to stay quiet and never report anything out of fear of their family being harmed or being harmed themselves.
  • Mirseda's Jul 16, 22:32 comment on Feminism Does Not Mean Woman Supremacy
    Dear Kahyun I am very intrigued by your post, since feminism is a topic that always argues with people. The reason why is exactly how you have explained in your post because the misconception of feminism is not only about what does that means but how we let the concept be misinterpreted in our society. I strongly agree that you said in your post ”  I do not hate men, I value women equally as men, and could be what they describe as “feminine” because it explains the importance of what it means to be equal and not what is being a man or women. In this world still exist misconceptions of having equal rights and fighting for them. Your post and video remind me of the country where I come from, Albania. I have difficulties explaining to people what feminism means and what is important to be equal, usually, I argue with friends there because their idea of “feminism” is not right and women should be all the time after the man and not being able to be a leader or having the same post. Thank you for your post and it really inspired me to fight the fear of being feminist.
  • Aliena forest's Jul 16, 16:54 comment on Mental Health Stigmas
    Hi Caleigh I like your letter it was really interesting how it stated a lot of facts and information about mental health and how it affects people. You did really great you got the point out there. this is very helpful for people who are suffering.
  • Harry's Jul 15, 20:34 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    Robyn, I like how you look at both sides of this issue – and in reality, since you picked this article, in the profile setup – step 3- maybe you indeed should have (and maybe did) choose the template for agree.disagree, but you did well! I was curious, wasn’t sure when you typed, “o a do think ” – did you mean to say there, “or do you think?”  I do think consumers have a much larger say on companies if more voices are heard – same as voting – more voices need to be heard to have positive change in all areas.
  • Marina's Jul 15, 20:06 comment on My Digital Journey
    Hi Mirseda! Congrats on the good news! Thank you for sharing how important your cover photo is to you as well! It sounds like a very special place. Enjoy your time while you are there!
  • Harry's Jul 15, 14:21 comment on Profile Pic
    This reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean movie, lol. Thanks for dropping the details though, so those of us that are not familiar can check it out!
  • Robyn's Jul 15, 13:16 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    Dear Edward,: I am interested about your post, “Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made? ” because among things like the recent building collapse due to inadequacy of building codes and lack of communcation i fell like this goes at a critical time.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This is a great evidence to the assertion because she’s basically saying that the consumers really can’t do anything about the working conditions that these people are in , only the brands/companies can do that.” I think this is both right and wrong because i think companies would also listen more once they realized that consumers don’t want unethical material. o a do think it would be helpful if they spoke. So i do agree with your analysis and not what Mcullens’s saying. Another quote that stood out was “As consumers it is our job to demand that the companies are more transparent about what goes on in the industry.” because it further illustrates what i stated above. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are great at analyzing your sources and providing clear concise writing.
  • Harry Brake's Jul 15, 13:02 comment on my profile picture
    THIS IS SO COOL! I was going to say this looked like you! HAHAHAHAHA! WAY COOL
  • Harry Brake's Jul 15, 13:02 comment on my profile picture
    Yeah! You were able to add the image, way to go! YEAH!
  • Marina's Jul 15, 00:42 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Maritza! The image that you selected for your cover photo is so engaging! It is even more powerful now that I know how much you love owls and your connection with their deeper meaning. Thank you for sharing!
  • Marina's Jul 15, 00:35 comment on My Profile Picture
    Hi Laura! Thank you for sharing your thoughts around your cover photo. It is a nice reminder to take moments to reflect on all we have. It is a beautiful photo and your words add to it!
  • Marina's Jul 15, 00:18 comment on Jen’s Digital Journal
    Hi Jennifer! Thank you for sharing! Your cover photo is striking and immediately caught my attention. Hearing more about why you chose the image is inspiring!
  • Marina's Jul 14, 19:46 comment on Aniya’s Digital Journal
    Hi Aniya! Thank you so much for sharing more about your avatar and cover photo. Your post definitely emphasizes your friendly personality!
  • Marina's Jul 14, 19:32 comment on My profile picture
    Thank you so much for sharing the story of your student and his accomplishments. Additionally, being able to see his accomplishment makes the story stand out even more. Thank you!
  • Aniya's Jul 13, 21:10 comment on A Neighborhood by the George Washington Bridge
    Dear Mario, I really enjoyed reading your poem. Not only was it personal, but it was a piece that I could relate to because I am very familiar with Heights and the details that you included. I also enjoyed learning more about you and really liked when you said, “I’m from the Heights with family from the DR. From a sister who thinks she saw God when she was sick”. This poem spoke to your cultural identity, but also to what makes you you. I look forward to reading more from you!
  • Jennifer's Jul 13, 21:03 comment on A Neighborhood by the George Washington Bridge
    I love Where I’m From poems and this is a great one! I liked how you used Spanish in the poem. I wonder if it was necessary to translate the Spanish and how it might change the effect if you were to just leave it and let the reader figure out how to navigate that experience. I could really see and feel the moments you were describing.
  • Khurram's Jul 13, 21:02 comment on Is Video Gaming Considered a Sport?
    Dear Ritchy, I am in agreement with your take in your post, “Is Video Gaming Considered a Sport?,” because the e-sports scene in the video game industry is just as demanding to the players as in a traditional sport. In e-sports teams rely on coaches, training, mechanical skills, and constant strategizing that is not always easy to do for every person.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I think video games should be considered a sport even though they don’t have any physical contact or movement” I think this is a common misconception because a lot of mechanical skills is required to play certain video games, using and training with a mouse or controller for long periods of day have caused many players to get carpal tunnel and could end their careers at times even in their youth. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the e-sports scene is ever growing and I believe it will continue to grow expanding in all aspects. Because of this there will be much more to write about and investigate in the industry in the near future.
  • Niki Fayne's Jul 13, 20:50 comment on Pro at 13
    Why does this upset me? I had a son who I schlepped around the country because he was a nationally ranked tennis player. I saw lots of kids who made the decision (or whose parents made the decision) to leverage athletic ability and forego regular childhood activities (like school, friends, etc.). I found myself having a visceral reaction to this choice. Yet, if I had a child who had the potential to be a concert violinist, would I also want the child to “grow up normal”? Is it sports for me or is it premature decisions that deny children a childhood?
  • Harry's Jul 12, 00:01 comment on The Rights of Human Beings: Brooklyn Public Library Convocation Speech
    I love the points made in this article and the response made by Robyn – wow. Some deep though exhibited here!
  • Robyn's Jul 10, 17:01 comment on The Rights of Human Beings: Brooklyn Public Library Convocation Speech
    Dear Nathaniel,  I am excited with your post/speech entitled “ The Rights of Human Beings: Brooklyn Public Library Convocation Speech ” because I loved your interest and clarification of balck civil and human rights in relation to public libraries. One sentence you wrote that stood out was your last sentence “Or do we use our education and our voice to initiate another grassroots movement but this time maybe we should focus not on “Civil” rights for Black people but on the Rights of Human Beings?” I think ist was powerful and brought back several of the strong points you had made earlier in your speech. Another really well written sentence was “ As far as Education, We are experiencing the same issues today in 2019 – segregation, unequal facilities, and resources, not to mention unfair disciplinary practices. The dream has not been achieved.”  This really stood out because we see segregation and exclusion as things in the past tense/. Not something that happens in a cooperative modern day society. But it does happen even if we don’t consciously or unconsciously realize it. Another thing I like is how you brought it back to not being wiped out of important parts of history for being black or any other race but also being LGBTQIA+ which I think is also important because they also feared many of the same treatment. I look forward to seeing more of what you write because I feel we share the same views and your delivery was phenomenal.  Robyn G
  • Jada Smith's Jul 9, 14:56 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I love your poem on a different level because I feel a connection, the sun the water the beautiful view. Are all things part of my happy place as well. In your writing you talk about how chaotic the world is but you still see your happy place, I connect with that one hundred percent.
  • Nyasia Cole's Jul 9, 06:31 comment on Home
    Home is a important Place to me because I can do what I want while I’m there . I don’t have to be bothered by the one I don’t know. I also could vibe alone with no interruptions.
  • Emani Dixon's Jul 8, 16:08 comment on This Is The Place I Love
    I love coming here with friends and family!
  • Jonathan's Jul 2, 17:54 comment on Police
    Police are overall bad, trust me though there are good cops but a lot of the police are racist/bad cops.
  • Edward's Jun 29, 17:06 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I agree with your idea that the environment is being polluted because of the company,but I think that the majority comes from us , because we continue to buy their cheap products that are being made with cheap and harmful materials , then when we are tired of them we simply throw them away without care.
  • Edward's Jun 29, 16:59 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    Although we may not be the ones who produce the products, we are the ones who choose to buy them. Consumers need to understand that we give them power, we are supporting by constantly giving them our money.
  • Edward's Jun 29, 16:55 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    Yes, Consumers need to spread more awareness about what is happening so that more people can stop supporting these companies.
  • Harry's Jun 29, 14:50 comment on Who should we blame for our products not being ethically made?
    Dear Veronica: I am interested by your article, “Who should we blame for our products not being ethically made?, ” because when I lived in Mexico, I saw from outside the united Stated in, how products are accepted and who they are made from. For example, products from China that say Made in China, are now allowed to be accepted by anyone in Mexico, and I was not allowed to send products with the made in China tag on them to anyone in the United States. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “If brands really cared about giving their consumers a good deal they shouldn’t have to take it too far to the point that they know they might be risking someone’s life. ” I think this is important because I agree that too many lives are taken advantage of on other countries just to simply have a product that someone wants. People do not think about the lives it took to make that product. Another sentence that I liked was: “In a country where a little hand shake and a small exchange of money gets the job done, this process often fails to give an accurate picture of factory conditions, building and fire safety.” This stood out for me because I do highly agree with you that with products, lives should be thought of when purchasing. One reason I say this is I feel greed and the want for materials goods often can get in the way of thinking about how we get these products we “need.”  I agree with you and your thought. Have you seen this article on Old Navy and ethics on their products? https://stylewise-blog.com/ethical-alternatives-to-old-navy/ I thought you might be interested in this because of wanting to know who around us is an ethical company that produces clothes. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your bring up issues that affect people and lives around us.
  • Ingrid's Jun 29, 14:26 comment on Should everyone go to a four-year college?
    Dear Haithem, I am very glad about your post,”Should everyone go to a four-year college?.” Many people think going to a community college will not be beneficial as going to a regular college. Which is not true, people can still get a financially stable job if they went to a community college. I just want to add on that some jobs require people to get bachelor’s degree and there certain jobs that only need an associates degree. One thing to said in your post is how colleges might have classrooms that have more than 300 hundred students which can be very hard thing to go through because you might not receive the help you need. I agree that it is easier to be in a class less than 30 people because it’s easier to communicate with you teachers and be able to make friends. It all depends on the person and what they are studying. Thank you for expressing your opinion.
  • Paul's Jun 26, 03:23 comment on My Profile Pictures
    I like how you brought different parts of your personality together and represented them with movies and music.
  • Michelle's Jun 25, 15:59 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I have to agree with Edward. I also believe the consumers are at fault because by buying clothes from the company we are supporting them and basically saying it is okay they leave their factories in that poor condition. As consumers, we should be researching if our clothes are ethically produced.
  • Jennifer's Jun 25, 15:42 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I agree with you that consumers should be more aware if the clothing they are purchasing is being ethically made. I would also agree with you that companies should be more transparent about what is going on in the industry.
  • Luis's Jun 25, 15:41 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I disagree with you when you said “I think that the consumers also have a bit of responsibility because they are the ones who are always demanding more fast fashion.” I disagree with this because no one really knows where the clothes come from or what conditions they were made in they just see nice clothes and want them. I also disagree with “Consumers are also the ones who give more and more power to these companies and most of the time decide not to research if the clothing they are buying are being ethically made” I disagree with this because until we really hear about this topic or learn about it then it goes unnoticed and we don’t really realize whats happening.
  • Kevin M's Jun 25, 15:40 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I agree with your opinion Edward because if it wouldn’t have been for the consumers demanding more cheap clothing the brands wouldn’t have to do such things to satisfy their customers and its also partially the brands fault too because it’s also their job to make sure their workers are in the right environment to be working.
  • Edward's Jun 25, 15:40 comment on Who should we blame for our products not being ethically made?
    I find your opinion very similar to mine because I also think that the “consumer should also take half of the responsibility for ensuring that our products are ethically manufactured…”. Although it is the brand’s responsibility to make sure products are being ethically made, the consumers are also supposed to make sure that they are not buying clothing that is being made unethically.
  • Veronica's Jun 25, 15:40 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    Edward, I completely agree with you when you say, ¨ Consumers are also the ones who give more and more power to these companies and most of the time decide not to research if the clothing they are buying are being ethically made.¨ I agree with you because consumers do give a lot of power to companies producing fast fashion. Consumers encourage the brands to get more and more non-ethical products.
  • Ghaleb's Jun 25, 15:39 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I disagree with the part when he said ” I think that the consumers also have a bit of responsibility because they are the ones who are always demanding more fast fashion.” I disagree with that because we are not the people who made the product. I agree with him when he said ” this connects to the assertion that the brands are responsible because its the companies job to make sure that the source of their products” because they are the people selling it and the have to check if it’s good to sell or not.
  • Diana's Jun 25, 15:39 comment on Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made?
    I believe what you said is our fault because of the power we give to that company on buying their brands dealing with businesses. I may disagree in this case because the businesses know what they have but this is dealing with the environment that is being polluted because of the company not making sure if they are ethically made. I agree with the fact that you said “consumers make them have power by buying their clothing ” but have you ever thought about the environment being hurt just because of the businesses not caring. For the simple fact of them just not caring about other things like humans.
  • Harry's Jun 24, 13:06 comment on BLM vs Trump Supporters
    Dear Leo: I am moved by your article, “BLM vs Trump Supporters” because seeing the movie trailer caught my attention. I wanted to know what you had to say about the film and like that you connected related issues to the film. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The protesters are just standing there and the rioters are rushing the police.” I think this is somewhat true, because there was at least one incident where a fellow police officer was letting protestors IN. This definitely confused me to see this and your comment made me think about this weird action. Another sentence that I noticed was: “I think that the police are there to protect people for the most part but the system they are in has systemic racism which causes bad things to happen to minorities. .” This stood out for me because I do see this occurring based on events reported on, involving more minority incidents. Have you seen this article from, June 2020?  https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01846-z  I thought you might be interested in this because of the ratio being presented with the connections between minorities and the police. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have chosen a topic that is very explosive, and yet, discussion needs to happen without anger. In this process, both groups you mention willing to discuss and talk without emotions carrying the day, I feel real change is possible.
  • Harry's Jun 24, 02:17 comment on What Happens to the Plastic that we Recycle into Blue Bins?
    The second link I forgot to include is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP1s7viFZHY&t=9s
  • Harry's Jun 24, 02:07 comment on What Happens to the Plastic that we Recycle into Blue Bins?
    Dear Yamile: I am interested and in agreement of the value of your post “What Happens to the Plastic that we Recycle into Blue Bins?” because I think of this often as well. I have seen commercials of how straws, plastic lids, and other plastics get bundled up, and shipped to other countries, not being recycled at all, OR finding their way into our oceans as a result of slipping through recycled processing machines. It makes me feel defeated when I am trying to do the right thing! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Instead of constantly purchasing plastic water bottles, buy a reusable water bottle instead of plastic. With a reusable water bottle, you can just refill it whenever you want and you are helping reduce the amount of plastic being thrown out.” I think this is correct because this reduces the amount of material we are putting into the earth, This is my question, I am afraid of where to get the water, to insure it is as clean as the bottled water I am purchasing (how do I really know the bottled water is exceptional as well?) SO I am thinking, it is probably the best move to purchase a filter for my faucet, would you agree? Another sentence (actually questions) that reached out to me was: “So what’s the point of recycling?.” This stood out for me because I think until more people in the community realize the value of recycling AND making sue the items are being recycled, then things will not change. Have you seen this video on a plastic shredder? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9OuNUuVbdI   I obtained this idea from this idea found here:    I thought you might be interested in this because I have been entertaining the idea of obtaining a shredder to shred the plastics that cannot be recycled. Then I would like to move onto the step of turning those shredded bits into useful items. I am stuck. I need to find a place that can help me obtain or build a plastic shredder to provide this service.  I am still working on that first step.   Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this topic is important and valuable to the world around us. AND I do believe ideas like this can cause new initiatives and opportunities for youth to create businesses and see how an idea can benefit the world around us – through first ideas, then action. 
  • Megan Thompson's Jun 22, 11:25 comment on The story of my parents divorce, and how it affected me.
    Thanks for sharing, it was very interesting to read. Divorce is not a desirable thing that takes a lot of time and effort. People with more property or assets might have longer divorce proceedings as the courts decide how to divide them equally, just as people with children might have contested issues regarding child care and child support. Consider contacting an attorney if you want to learn more about how long your situation might take under divorce in Texas https://lawrina.com/blog/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-a-divorce-in-texas/. 
  • Tabea's Jun 22, 08:40 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    Dear Angelina, I just discovered your poem, doing research about the Parks in Inwood for my PhD project about Children’s independent mobility in New York City and Berlin. It is a wonderful text and I would like to quote it in my work, if you would be happy with it. Please drop me a line, when you find this message, All the best from Germany, Tabea
  • Lorena rosas's Jun 17, 04:32 comment on Mental Health Stigmas
    Hi Caleigh! I really likes this, I could really feel what you were trying to say thru your writing. I agree with the fact that this shouldn’t be something that people are embarrassed about.
  • Jake's Jun 17, 01:18 comment on Feeling Blue?
    This reminded me of Destiny Blue https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/artist-channels-how-depression-feels-into-beautiful-drawings_uk_59940cffe4b04b193361a2e3
  • Paul's Jun 14, 17:44 comment on Where I’m from
    So… where are you from?
  • bestketamineclinic's Jun 10, 21:11 comment on The importance of keeping good mental and physical health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation in article! Mental health is one of the most important parts of the modern world and of the personality. Taking care of your mental health helps to clarify your thoughts, recharge with new energies, think over your emotions and emotional state as a whole. Physical health problems arise precisely from an unstable depressed mental state. No one should be allowed to harm your mental health. https://bestketamineclinics.com/
  • Drew's Jun 10, 14:35 comment on Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden, Read By Drew H.
    I chose this poem.  Or, rather, it chose me.  Because of how much I could relate it with my own  life. My first impression of this poem was reminiscent.  The poem intrigues  me. Yet, at the same time it makes me disappointed .  A line that particularly makes me feel intrigued is, “then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday”.  But suddenly disappointment arises for me when I read the lines, “No one ever thanked him.” I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking, When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house, Speaking indifferently to him,”.  This could be because of the emotions I hear my father express after a long day at work. Sometimes he complains about his feet hurting or even how he  got a cut on his hand from the labor. And it pains me that I can’t help him, Make things easier so he feels better.  What I know about the situation- is that, The author is sharing the stories of a snowy sunday for him and his family, basically how his father would get up early and start working  even though he must be tired from all the labor he spends doing every week.  What I know about the speaker is that they are the kind of person who Sees the little things and feels bad afterwards.  This is suggested by the words “then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. The speaker seems to be speaking about his father, and perhaps to himself .  I say this because he’s sharing things about his sunday to us/his mind, He never clarifies if he’s talking to a person. Only talking ABOUT a person.   The poem doesn’t seem to spring from a particular historical moment or culture.  The poem revolves around several themes, including innocence  and memories.    If this poem were a question, the answer would be “I saw/Thank you for all you’ve done ”.  If it were an answer, the question would be “Why did he never take a break?/Does he need help?”  The title suggests  How things used to be.     The poem’s form is a Dramatic monologue .  This form is a vehicle for the content of the poem.  If the poem were, say,  a Pastoral, it would not guide me toward an understanding of its meaning.  These forms shape the meaning of the poem for me because of the way he speaks on the Sundays he’s experienced, and how they could relate to anyone with an older figure that may help them out a lot. He just wants us to listen/visualize, like he should have . 
  • leah's Jun 4, 10:39 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    How do I send this to the government
  • Melody's Jun 4, 08:24 comment on Body positivity
    thank you for showing love and i appreciate this wonderful comment.
  • Paul's May 27, 21:04 comment on Compare and Contrast Essay
    Hi Christian– You know, if you intend this to be here for only teachers to see, that’s fine — given how you have limited access. But if you would like other youth to see it and comment on it, consider putting it up as a discussion post following these (relatively easy) steps for How to Post a Discussion on Youth Voices.
  • Paul's May 26, 17:56 comment on revolution
    Revolution with a sense of dread! You have captured a strong passion here. Do you want to post it so that others can see your poem when they come to the site? You need to follow these (pretty easy) steps for Posting a Discussion on Youth Voices.
  • Paul's May 26, 14:33 comment on I would have probably been done with school
    What have you learned because of the pandemic?
  • Paul's May 23, 03:06 comment on My Profile Picture
    Maybe you could describe what your avatar represents. It looks sci-fi or something, and a little frightening. Is this what you intended? Also, please put up a cover image as well and talk about how this represents you.
  • Paul's May 20, 15:43 comment on Covid and Low-Income Communities
    This all seems true, but the reasons need to be made clear. Otherwise this might be mistaken as blaming the victim.
  • WAKE UP AMERICA's May 20, 13:14 comment on What Are The Pros And Cons Of The BLM Movement?
    It goes both ways, walk a mile yourself! Before acting as all police officers are good and they always do the right thing. Lets sit back and think are the people you are contacting harming anyone? Is it a minor infraction? Has an actual law been broken? Then think how do you act when you respond to a call or when you stop someone? Are you treating EVERYONE with respect? Are you understanding of the emotions people are going through? You do understand POLICE are NOT there to judge and sentence the person? Right? they are merely there to enforce the LAW, not feelings, not anything else. So if NO law has been broken then make contact peacefully and leave, don’t instigate by talking down to someone or giving unnecessary directives. Be professional, be humble, show some empathy and if you cannot do that find a new job because you clearly cannot handle dealing with the public. You should not want to be in law enforcement because you were bullied in school or feel like you need to have authority over others. You should want to HELP and make a difference for the GOOD it should not be for MONEY and AUTHORITY. If you don’t have the drive to make a difference, if you don’t have empathy, if you cannot handle stressful situations, if you cannot understand people have emotions and act on the way they feel or if you don’t understand some people may have mental handicaps and need to be treated a different way then DO NOT BECOME A POLICE OFFICER!!!!!
  • Sara's May 19, 21:54 comment on My childhood
    Dear Heather: I am loving your poem, “my childhood,” because of how much a can relate to it on a personal level. it makes me reminisce on the past and makes me kinda miss early middle school. One line that stands out for me is, “I remember getting stains from Crayola markers on my fingers”. I think this line is amusing because this used to happen to me all the time. so much so that I don’t think there was I time that my hands were clear. Another line that stands out for me is,  “I remember playing on the tire weel swing at the park”. I like this line because of how much I can relate to it. a park right near my house has these 2 big trie swings that my 4 friends and I could fit on. Your poem reminds me of my childhood and it so nice to read. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. 
  • Paul's May 19, 14:31 comment on My cultural roots
    This was short, but very thoughtful. You might have something here to explore in the future.
  • Shirley's May 18, 23:28 comment on What Do I Remember?
    Dear Emmanuel, I am proud of your writing because it is listing all the memories you had as a young child. This also taught me that we should take advantage of life when we are young because we only get to experience it once. I also found very attracive the part that lists how you had a fear of your swimming classes which is something I have been facing for a good while. I believe that their should be an organization in which children get to face their fears and not be scared to try something. Thanks for your writing. I look foward to seeing what you you write next, because this topic could impact many´s lives. I hope you really could make an organization to help these kids out. I think that this will get so many people to join since it is a tough topic. Keep writing and letting us know youre experiences.
  • Artem Konoplyanko's May 18, 14:14 comment on Prop. 13 is beneficial
    If you need to quickly and efficiently register an offshore company, I advise you to refer to https://www.wis-international.com/
  • Paul's May 17, 16:17 comment on Mandatory Vaccine
    Hi Fatima — I find this to be a pretty confusing issue because it pits personal choice against civic duty. Your last sentence where you point out that “not everyone having the vaccine also affects others who do have it” might be an argument for why getting the vaccine should be mandated. What were you trying to say with that last sentence? It’s seems to be different than what you say above it where you say that “a person should not be mandated to take it.”
  • issy's May 16, 23:59 comment on I remember poem
    Hello, I am awed by your poem “I remember” because I can relate to a lot of the things you wrote including the graduating on zoom line. One line that stands out to me the most is “I remember my first day of 6th grade.” I think this line stands out to me the most is because I also remember my first day of 6th grade. I was super nervous for it especially since it was a new school. Your poem reminds me a lot of myself and I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for your poem I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Emmanuel's May 16, 22:09 comment on A Walk Around The Heights
    Dear Kenny, I am happy with your poem “A Walk Around The Heights”, because I am also from the Heights. Washington Heights is also my home and you captured Washington Heights perfectly with your poem. One line that stands out for me is, “Every block is so full of life and music”. I think this line is so amazing because that is exactly what happens. Every block is truly a party and everyone is welcoming and even if you don’t know someone they will treat everyone like family. Another line that stands out for me is, “Spanish music is all around you”. I think this captures the culture of Washington Heights. Washington Heights is so cultured and it has many cultures and anyone can feel accepted. It is different from any other neighborhood. Your poem reminds me of a story that I once heard of because the story takes place in Washington Heights. The story was so vivid of music and Spanish and how much a family this neighborhood is and you also say this in your poetry. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to see what you make next.
  • Emmanuel's May 15, 22:13 comment on Talking to the Sun
    Dear Bethzy: I am sad after reading your poem, “Talking To The Sun,” because I can understand this. Anyone who has grown up can understand this feeling. Finally accepting that we are growing up is hard and terrifying. One line that stands out for me is, “I remember being excited to attend school everyday”. I think this line is amazing. I feel like when we were younger school was more enjoyable, yet as we grow up its stressful. We grow to like school less and less. Another line that stands out for me is “I remember being attached to the tv for hours watching powerpuff girls everytime i came back from school”. I think this line is so nostalgic because I also remember come home from school and not being worried about homework os studying. Instead I could enjoy my free time and watch T.V after school which I can’t do now. Your poem reminds me of a story that I once heard. It was about these two girls who waited to have fun and finally live life u til the day before their graduations. Their entire life they worried about school and prioritized it a lot that they missed their teenage years. This helped me see and understand their feels although childhood and teenager years are different it did help to understand it better. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. 
  • Selena's May 14, 00:25 comment on WE NEED TO CHANGE
    I enjoy your post, it is short but it is also straightforward. It gets to the point, the injustice that has built-in this society. Change can always be a good thing and things do need to change for the better. It does not matter the way we look or where we came from. We as people should be together as one, not divided.
  • Angie's May 14, 00:05 comment on months of quarantine
    Dear Sara, I really enjoyed reading about your feelings during quarantine. I found this poem to be really relatable. A line that stood out to me was “I remember having no motivation to do school work.” This stood out to me because during quarantine I started to fail some of my classes for the same reason, but overall your poem was really good and I like your writing style. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!
  • J. Luke's May 13, 14:17 comment on Will Cloning Save Endangered Animals?
    We can clone extinct animals for entertainment or science, because it is an interesting and exciting way to learn about our nature. I do think it will help, because stopping the extinction process and reversing the hands of time can help these types of animals. Duplicating genes and DNA structures and reworking the interior will help that specific animal survive and breed to make new animals.
  • Tristan's May 11, 15:09 comment on The narrator compare here live with a TV show
    I think that it is a good comment because The mother imagine herself in a completely different perspective which is opposite from what she is in reality
  • Paul's May 11, 14:15 comment on Celebrity life and achievements
    I guess, but wouldn’t it be good if we didn’t have to make this choice.
  • Kimberly Divirgilio's May 10, 23:46 comment on Talking to the Sun
    I really like what you’ve written! I just gave my 8th grade students a similar assignment, and yours would be a great example to show them!
  • Kimberly Divirgilio's May 10, 23:43 comment on I Remember (Childhood)
    I am an 8th grade Language Arts teacher, and I was just introduced to this site. I love what you’ve written!
  • Amra's May 10, 06:28 comment on How Bad is Stress?
    Hi My Name is Ashley I agree but the stress came from the pandemic all the remote learning that students were doing and all the work that was given to us
  • Amra's May 10, 06:26 comment on Coffee
    Hi My Name is Amra I Daniel I have a question Why don’t you like going to Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks?
  • Ian Scheffler's May 8, 18:04 comment on Injustice
    Dear Brendaly: I am moved by your post on The Hate U Give and racial injustice because it so powerfully connected the text to issues happening in the real world. It’s clear why everyone should read this book–it stands to transform their understanding of social justice. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “What’s probably going to happen next is they’ll probably begin to protest and riot in the name of justice in order for the officer who committed the act to be sentenced to jail.” I think this is at once optimistic and encouraging because you see hope in the book’s potential to change others’ perspectives on race in America, and to lead them to advocate for change. Another sentence that spoke to me was: “A man in a mental crisis cannot just easily obey orders..” This stood out for me because, all too often, we fail to recognize the difference between what someone is going through and what they are trying to do; just as in this case, the police misunderstood what was happening, with tragic consequences. Have you read the book Concrete Rose? I thought you might be interested in this because it tells the story of Starr’s father. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have a very importance voice to share!
  • Olga Molina's May 8, 17:12 comment on Injustice
    .Dear Brendaly: I  like how you are able to compare the story to real life events. I see the connection you are making and also how difficult this might be as one might feel hurtful with everything that we hear and see in the news lately.
  • Erin's May 8, 17:05 comment on Injustice
    Dear Brendaly: I am intrigued with your post, “Injustice,” because it discusses one of the hardest parts of the book and connects to what is happening in our current state. I want to acknowledge how well you connected the situation to a real account. I hope that your post is seen by many, and people do continue to read the entire book to see how it ends. Thank you for your post!
  • Joe Bellacero's May 8, 17:00 comment on Injustice
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “After this part of the book, most readers probably will not be looking forward to reading the rest of this book” I think this is perceptive because we live surrounded by so much pain and injustice, that sometimes when we see it coming in a book we just want to avoid it. Yet, we know that sometimes you have to face these things if you want to grow as a person, and it is easier to face them in a book than in real life.
  • Ms. W's May 8, 16:58 comment on Injustice
    I like how you make the comparison to the real world. If you think about it, there are many stories in the headlines that can connect to Thomas’ book. I think the way she expresses the senselessness of his death is an important moment for readers to take a minute and let sink in. Your presentation is well done.
  • Towndefender's May 4, 12:36 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    I totally agree with this post. And look at me here failing, even though I know the stuff, but my grades are bad so I have to learn WHAT I ALREADY KNOW again. And the words School, Math and Homework are acronyms. Look! S even C cruel H ours O f O ur L ives M ental A buse T owards H umans and H alf O f M y E nergy W asted O n R andom K nowledge!!! (These acronyms are not mine, I saw them on a video.)
  • Professor Jenkins's May 3, 21:44 comment on How Rap Music Affects Teens
    I am a prolific professor from harvard university. These outrages claims anger me. In my personal research I have found that rap music or music in general doesn’t affect anything. Music is simply music. It is the person that does the crime not the music.
  • Juan's May 3, 06:58 comment on 2020 pandemic
    Covid-19 impacted world-wide. The pre-caution that has to be done on Covid-19 has to be taken serious. Following guidelines will help us from preventing spreading the virus and ultimately protecting ourselves from the virus. Covid-19 impacted all of us in different ways and forms. Many lost their jobs, many got the viruse, and Covid-19 introduced us to quarantine. Covid-19 will always be remembered as the pandemic that happened nearly 100 years after the Spanish Flu. A line that stood out to me was, “Many people died because of the neglictance of themselves and relatives.” This is very true because many just take it as a joke and do not take the pandemic serious. Even to this day, people break guidelines and do not follow the rules. I am glad you wrote this as an additional source of information prior to Covid-19. It is extrememly important for us to know how Covid-19 could dragistically change our lives in the matter of seconds. -Juan
  • Selena's Apr 30, 21:46 comment on End the Hate
    I enjoyed your post because during these unfortunate times and killing is unacceptable. I agree that everyone should be treated equally and have the rights as everyone else no matter their race. In many communities, there are different races, ethnicities, etc. We as people should be together as one and not against each other. Our system, is not always agreed with because of the way police officers treat people they have stopped or any action towards them. The violence is not acceptable when the person is not doing such a thing to put the cop in danger or is a threat. I agree that there must be a change and bring justice to everyone.
  • Paul's Apr 30, 20:26 comment on Quit
    Really? Sometimes it’s important to quit something before you can start something more positive. Have you ever done something like that?
  • Brock's Apr 30, 01:21 comment on The Dangerous Diary: Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets
    can u please accept i love this FYI i think y’all should tell other people what you think because prime example if your told by a popular kid to jump of a cliff do you no
  • nathanael's Apr 29, 19:16 comment on Would You Want Your Country To Have Nuclear Weapons or Abolish Them?
    we had to end it some how
  • nathanael's Apr 29, 19:15 comment on Would You Want Your Country To Have Nuclear Weapons or Abolish Them?
    you are making it sound like we were the bad guys in ww2 but do you even know how many american soilders lost their lives fighting for you to be safe no we were being slotered there they shoved gernades down our throuts and beat us and killed us I disagry with you.
  • nathanael's Apr 29, 19:08 comment on America’s Biggest Domestic Problem
    I think this is not tru because without guns we can be good but we could be attacked from a country and if a robber in inour homes what are we supposed to do give them a cup of tea no we need guns knives to protect
  • Samantha Massart's Apr 29, 18:52 comment on DEATH NOTE
    YES I love this anime so much and I wish that I could watch it all day.
  • Samantha Massart's Apr 29, 18:42 comment on Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour
    I love this and I can’t wait tooo
  • Brock's Apr 29, 18:40 comment on Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour
    can you tell me how to freind
  • justin jandron's Apr 29, 16:49 comment on Fist Stick Knife Gun
    This is really good i am flabberghasted
  • justin jandron's Apr 29, 16:42 comment on Are Shooting Games a Reality?
    this is very good i like how it explains the details good
  • justin jandron's Apr 29, 16:37 comment on Are Shooting Games a Reality?
    gud
  • Clinical Research's Apr 29, 11:10 comment on Introduction of genetic engineering
    Genetic engineering refers to the direct manipulation of DNA to alter an organism’s characteristics (phenotype) in a particular way. It may also mean extracting DNA from another organism’s genome and combining it with the DNA of that individual. Great Post, keep your good work.
  • Kenny's Apr 27, 22:35 comment on From Fall To Winter
    Dear Angie : I am amused by your poem, “From Fall To Winter,” because the words said in the poem make me feel like I’m actually there. It also feels nostalgic. One set of lines  that stands out for me is,  “The smoke dances out of the grill, Waltzing into the charcoal-colored sky’ Decorated with diamonds that are forever glistening until the sun rises”. I think these lines are amusing because I remember going to barbeques at the park and staying there until sundown. Another line that stands out for me is,  “The scent of red velvet fills the air as the moon hides behind the porcelain colored clouds and the fireflies greet us from the last of the emerald-colored bushes. ”. I think this line fascinating because it shows the beauty of nature and our planet. Your poem reminds me of the song “flaming hot Cheetos”  that I once heard. It’s a really good song. The melody gives me a vibe of nature. The vibe of that song makes me feel good and think about life. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. 
  • Micah's Apr 26, 15:38 comment on GOAT?
    I would agree that he should be in the conversation of the most influential and progressive/trendsetting athlete, however, I would say the GOAT conversation is obviously meant for those who were/are ACTUALLY the greatest players of all time. Yes, while you did mention the fact that he could be considered the GOAT on OR off the field, I do not think he would necessarily be considered either. Because you must also consider Jackie Robinson or Moses Fleetwood Walker in that same conversation. I agree that Jim Thorpe was absolutely amazing at his many crafts and that he is absolutely an important figure in American Civil Rights, he just isn’t the GOAT of any particular sport.
  • Nico's Apr 24, 23:03 comment on “TODAY” by Billy Collins – Read by Kaimea
    Dear Kaimea, I am thankful for your poem, “TODAY,” because It was very calming. Each word you read had emphasis. A line that stood out for me is, “a day with the cool brick paths, and the garden bursting with peonies”. I think this line is amusing because of how the garden and the paths around are described. I could Imagine the cool brick on my feet and the peonies that engulf you. Another line that stands out for me is, “Into this larger dome of blue and white, well today is just that kind of day ”. I think this line is thought provoking because it makes you realize that we are all just in a blue and white dome which we call earth. It makes you realize how small we are compared to everything else. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Luisa's Apr 24, 23:02 comment on “TODAY” by Billy Collins – Read by Kaimea
    I liked how you explained why you chose this poem and I liked how you read the poem and tried your best to portray the tone of the poem. Also, how you explained what the poem means and why you thought it meant by giving an example.
  • Matthew's Apr 19, 16:53 comment on Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden, Read By Drew H.
    Dear Drew, I am amazed by your performance of Hayden’s poem, “Those Winter Sundays” . It was cool hearing a little kid point of view. One line that stands out for me is, ”When the rooms were warm, he’d call, / and slowly I would rise and dress”. This line is nostalgic for me because I remember waking up when i was little on a snowy day on winter break. Thanks for your recital. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Matthew's Apr 19, 16:52 comment on Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden, Read By Drew H.
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  • Juan's Apr 19, 15:51 comment on Life
    Hey Dom, I hope your okay and being safe and totally agree with what you are saying. Life is an emotional rollercoaster at times whether you can have your highs and lows. Many people tend to have bad habits when dealing with stress and frustration. The line that stood out to me was, “Life is all growth and evaluation.” I believe in that so much I even live off by that. Growth can make you realize lots of things and can make you recognize the better person you have become. Dealing with stress can’t be easy but you can overcome this. Overall, it is a great post and I can’t wait to hear more from you. -Juan
  • Ashley's Apr 19, 07:12 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo, I fully agree with what you said in your post. My dad has lived in the united states for most of his life and still doesn’t know how to read, write, or speak English. It infuriates him whenever someone speaks to him in English and he has to ask us to translate for him. Recently he has asked me to teach him how to speak English and I have been doing so. He now understands some words and phrases which is a huge improvement in my eyes.
  • Fatima's Apr 19, 06:57 comment on Problem Section: Human Trafficking in South Asia
    Dear Paige : I am amazed by your post, “Problem Section: Human Trafficking in South Asia,” because many people do not realize that human trafficking is a big deal, especially with children and women. Sometimes it is not taken as seriously as one would expect because it happens a lot and it is so sad that it does. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Having these after-effects from going through a traumatizing situation is something many people have to deal with.” I think this is tragic because to think that people experience traumatic experiences and that at any moment it could be someone close or even oneself. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing helped me to see the situation happening with human trafficking a little better than the knowledge I had. Also, I think it helps a lot to make people see the dangers in the world and that we need to always keep an eye on everything and everywhere. Fatima Esparza
  • Monserrat's Apr 19, 06:52 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian: I am impressed by your post, “Do fast-food ads make you hungry?”, because it is interesting that the food ads are made to get more money and eventually gets the customers hungry. Ads that are worked into the TV systems can be used to help the artists or help companies bring in more money, like using Travis Scott to sell a burger out of his fame. The advertisements play with the teens’ minds and societies and want them to start craving what they want to sell. One sentence that stood out to me was: “We as humans every day when we see someone eating something we start to crave it if we like it.” I think this is very important because it is very important that as a society we have to see that McDonald and other fast food restaurants have made their products cravable; which is making more money off of the interest of other people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like these topics about our society.
  • Yadira's Apr 19, 06:47 comment on Our bodies are not a political discussion
    Dear Kayla, I am intrigued by your post, “Our bodies are not a political discussion,” because as a woman I understand the argument and have heard it many times. I fully agree with your statement that men definitely shouldn’t have a say in what we can do with our bodies. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “We were not put on earth to take care of men and wait on their wants and needs.” I think this is important because men do have this constant idea that we are here to serve them and to tender to their needs. I think that it’s an idea/stereotype that we should get rid of and teach men that women aren’t objects. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you write with passion and you can feel how important this subject is to you. Yadira Guillen
  • Dulce's Apr 19, 06:36 comment on Finders Keepers
    Dear yamile, I am very interested in your post about “finders keepers” because I feel like these types of situations are an everyday thing. I think that If i were to be in this situation I would not spend the money at all because I would feel guilty for some reason. I would feel guilty because while that other person is hoping to find their card, I would just be wasting their money so that is why I would not use that card. But in reality if nothing can be done to give the card to the owner then I would use it for only emergencies for family not to spend for myself. Thank you for writing about this and for sharing this little story with us, I look forward to seeing more of your posts in the future.I like how you give a brief summary and make it sound very interesting. Dulce C
  • Zhelanea's Apr 19, 06:19 comment on Life
    Dear Dominique, I found your perception of life very interesting. Fulling living life is an unknown to many. I think many of us stress over things we cannot change. The line that stood out to me was, We often ask ¨why me¨ but instead, we should say ¨try me.¨ This line shows what life is really about. It’s about moving forward instead of loathing and staying stuck in a past we cannot change. Your interpretation of life was very refreshing to to read.
  • Ashley's Apr 19, 06:07 comment on Pandemic
    Dear Kiran, I have never related so much to a post before in my life. This pandemic has been an extremely scary rollercoaster. Just like you for most of the time, I thought about all the negatives instead of the positives when it came to talking about the pandemic. Then I realized that it’s more than that. There actual positives when it comes to this scary ride. All the doctors and nurses doing their best to treat everyone that walks into hospitals. We would be nowhere without them and also those that give us the instructions to stay 6 ft apart and wear masks.
  • Ashley's Apr 19, 05:50 comment on Public Lands In Native Hands
    Dear Sam, I found your article very informative and interesting. The textbooks that we use in school, tells about how before people came to “Explore” these lands that we walk were owned by the Natives. It is great the Biden administration has finally decided to give land to its rightful owners. They will now have what was taken from their ancestors and live the life as they did.
  • Sofia Meza-Lua's Apr 19, 05:39 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Dear Ariana, I am very impressed with your post “The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws” because it talks about putting strict laws when purchasing guns. I am also impressed that you mention how gun violence will be less of a problem. One sentence that wrote that stood out to me is: “Gun laws are laws that should be taken into serious consideration when any person can walk into a store and buy one.” This stood out to me because I agree that guns should be strict on their laws when buying a gun at a gun store. It could really reduce a lot of gun violence. Thanks for your writing!
  • Marlen's Apr 19, 05:35 comment on Body positivity
    Dear Melody, I agree with you that people shouldn’t have a say in our bodies. No one should have a say in what we could wear and what society wants us to wear. In my opinion, every body is beautiful in its own way. Everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin without people judging them. They shouldn’t need to be identified as “skinny” in order to be accepted by society. Everyone should be taught that not every body is going to look the same. I am so fascinated by your poem because everyone should hear about body positivity. Marlene Sosa
  • Ashley's Apr 19, 05:29 comment on Latina Influence and Leadership
    Dear Selena, your post brought me great joy. Her music is still played to this day and everyone adores them. It amazes me how much Selena gave to the community of Mexican-Americans. She gave us the power to feel free and true to who we are. If any of her songs are played it gives me great joy how the people around me know every word to her songs. It is sad though to see so many street vendors who are only trying to make a living are beaten on the street. There needs to be a stop to this violence.
  • Gerardo Reyna-Gomez's Apr 19, 04:56 comment on I Remember…
    Dear Kaimea, Your post has piqued my interest. I recall… because I used to enjoy watching PBS Kids when I was younger. Every day when I arrived at school, I recall turning on the television and watching my favorite cartoon at the time, Wild Kratts.  One sentence that caught my attention was ¨I remember bragging to people I was absent for two years of school in America to go to two years of school in China.¨   This sentence appealed to me because I have never visited China but intend to do so in the future. Perhaps to work there, or simply to visit and learn about the cultures there, as well as to try new foods that I have never tried before. Anyway, I had a great time reading your post. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more of your work. Gerardo
  • Mayra's Apr 19, 04:45 comment on Are Warning Labels on Unhealthy Foods a Good Idea?
    Dear Heidi, I did not realize how a topic like this can be controversial. Although there are people out there trying to help those dealing with obesity , those same people are responsible for what they consume. Yes warning labels would seem like a reasonable thing to do i agree with the fact that people are aware of the foods that they should not consume. Although that might not be the best way to decrease obesity but there are many other ideas to decrease this problem.
  • Ashley's Apr 19, 04:34 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Dear Aaliyah, I fully agree with your post and the statements you mentioned. It is definitely wrong how much hate has been directed towards Asian-Americans. It isn’t right that as you said that we as a generation that is fully wanting to accept everyone are seeing hate crimes being committed against Asian-Americans. I am also astonished at how closed-minded some people are to bully others because of their race in this day and age, but it has been happening for years even before most of us were born. This post was very informational thank you for writing this.
  • Diana's Apr 19, 03:56 comment on Finders Keepers
    Hey Yamile, I think that if I were to find gift cards, I would probably ask the store if there is any way on contacting the owners of it. If there is nothing that can be done, then I would most likely use them on things for my family on for myself. But if it were cash alone, I would probably keep it, unless someone came up to me and asked for it saying it was theirs.
  • Heidi's Apr 19, 03:35 comment on I Remember…
    Dear Kaimea, I was really intrested in your poem because I can relate to you. I relate to you on certain things like watching PBS kids in the morning while I was getting ready for school. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “I remember people would constantly squish my cheeks.” I can realte to this because I had chubby cheeks when I was a kid and may family members would always squish them when I saw them. I would always find it annoying. Reading your poem made me remind of my childhood and how I loved it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Cynthia's Apr 19, 03:33 comment on Life
    Dear Dominique, I agree with you life sometimes can be tough but it’s about how you handle these types of situations. how you approach things will determine how the rest plays out. it was really interesting reading someone’s opinion about how their mind will go about dealing with tough situations.
  • Marlen's Apr 19, 02:59 comment on Restraining Orders
    Dear Sage, I agree with you with the fact restraining orders doesn’t really work as we wish we wanted them to. Restraining orders are supposed to make us feel safe everywhere we go knowing we have some sort of protection from that person. Many women and men feel the need to go to this level with their ex-lover. But I don’t believe that there should be any GPS tracking device placed on a person because at the end of the day they should have their own privacy and they should know to oblige by the rules they are being given. I found your post very interesting to read because my sister went through the whole restraining order currently and I know that just by having that it won’t help you have that certain protection you are .wanting
  • Litzy's Apr 19, 02:46 comment on What is Climate change causing?
    Dear Zhelanea: I was very intrigued by you post, “What is climate change causing” because this is a topic I haven’t seen many people talk about. Reading about climate change made me think so much about what can occur in the future. If we don’t start doing something about this situation we can probably end the human race. I never realized there was many people getting affected by this already. I like that you also mentioned some ways we can start making a change in our world. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you will write about next. -Litzy
  • Tadeo's Apr 19, 01:47 comment on Future Meat
    Dear Brian : I am concerned about what you posted, not about you, but about the information presented. It’s bizarre to hear things like lab grown meat. Really makes you think how far we’ve gone in science. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “…place it in a bottle, and then scientists add nutrients to it…” I think this is kind of monstrous to be honest. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it was a quite interesting thing I haven’t heard about before. TB
  • Drew's Apr 17, 00:23 comment on Home
    Dear Nicolle: I am intrigued by your poem, “Home,” because of the idea that with family you are at peace and always feel safe. It’s something I can relate to. One line that stands out for me is, “The good and bad in these closed walls Is home”. I think this line is so powerful because of the truth it holds, even when things aren’t the best it’s still your home/family. Another line that stands out for me is, “But no matter where I go as long as I have family I will always be Home.” I think this line is compelling because family is what makes a home, not the place/building it’s in. But the people that surround it. Your poem reminds me of a song that I once heard. It’s called To build a home by The Cinematic Orchestra. It gives me the same vibe as this poem, basically about realization. And how you have to honor the memories. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Leo's Apr 16, 22:21 comment on “The World in the Evening” by Rachel Sherwood, Read by Ian
    Dear Ian: I am calmed by your reading of Rachel Sherwood’s poem, “the World in the Evening,” because the words give a very calm vibe. Also the title is very calm. One line that stands out for me is, “voices sound like echoes in these streets.” I think this line is calm echoing is a very psychadelic sound. Another line that stands out for me is, the color of the sky makes brilliant reflection”. I think this line is deep because it is a metaphor for reflecting on life at the end of the day.
  • Nico's Apr 16, 22:16 comment on “TODAY” by Billy Collins -Read by Kaimea
    Dear Kaimea, I am thankful for your recital of Billy Collins’ poem, “TODAY,” because It was very calming. Each word you read had emphasis. A line that stood out for me is, “a day with the cool brick paths, and the garden bursting with peonies”. I think this line is amusing because of how the garden and the paths around are described. I could Imagine the cool brick on my feet and the peonies that engulf you. Another line that stands out for me is, “Into this larger dome of blue and white, well today is just that kind of day ”. I think this line is thought provoking because it makes you realize that we are all just in a blue and white dome which we call earth. It makes you realize how small we are compared to everything else. Thanks for your performance. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • AlexR's Apr 16, 20:01 comment on “God’s Secretary” by R. S. Gwynn, Read by Nico
    Dear Nico, I like the way you brought out the emotion of your poem by the way you read it.
  • Amra's Apr 16, 18:58 comment on months of quarantine
    Dear Sara, I am hurt by reading this poem because when Quarantine Started I was hurt, depressed and upset because there were curfews and life wasn’t normal. everybody locked up. Your line, “I remember completely not caring about school” is puzzling. When schools started online I was distracted ,and I did not have any motivation because I was used to getting up and actually going to school, not getting up, getting myself ready and grabbing my macbook . Another line that stands out to me is, “I remember the anger and sadness”. It reminds me of the Violence and yelling for justice, and the protests about George Floyd. In addition to what happened in the capital house people breaking in and breaking things – it’s unbelievable. It reminds me of the news photographs of guns with helmets, FBI ,posters of Trump. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Luisa's Apr 16, 18:00 comment on “TODAY” by Billy Collins -Read by Kaimea
    I liked how you explained why you chose this poem and I liked how you read the poem and tried your best to portray the tone of the poem. Also, how you explained what the poem means and why you thought it meant by giving an example.
  • Anderson's Apr 16, 17:27 comment on I remember poem
    Dear rojo I am satisfied with your poem, “I Remember,” because it reminds me of my own childhood. One line that stands out for me is,  “I remember going to Isham Park as a little kid.”. I think this line is powerful because it is a park you grew up in and I also have a park where I grew up in. Another line that stands out for me is,  “I remember my first day of 6th grade”. I think this line is fascinating because it was a very important part in your life. Your poem helps me to understand how quick life is that I once heard your poem. it makes me understand that you don’t appreciate something until it’s taken away from you. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Douglas's Apr 16, 17:18 comment on I Remember…
    Dear : I feel your poem, “,” because . One that stands out for me is, “”. I think because . Another that stands out for me is, “”. I think because . Your poem a that I once . Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Kaimea's Apr 16, 16:18 comment on Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden, Read By Drew H.
    Dear Drew, I enjoyed your reading of Robert Hayden’s poem, “Those Winter Sundays” because it was nice hearing a child’s perspective of their morning routine on winter Sundays. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made / banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.” I think these lines are confessional because the child was saying no one ever thanked the father for his hard work, but the child knew and acknowledged him. Another line that stands out for me is, “When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress”. I think this line is touching because the father didn’t want his child to get up and dress in the cold, so he would wait until the rooms were warm to wake the child up. Thanks for your recording. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Cristina's Apr 16, 15:59 comment on Fashion and Men
    Dear Karla, I love the way you begun by showing men from our past, our history and how they were both strong yet wore clothes seen today as “feminine” type of clothing. You were able to show how even before this was normal, it’s always been normal it’s just society has changed it to make it seem like a bad thing. You’re argument was valid and easy to understand plus convincing with the men you chose to include. The men you included were all big figures then and some still are today so including them and their choice in fashion were strong and valid. I personally agree that clothing is more of a way to just experiment and explore one’s sense of fashion. Clothing is clothing, it shouldn’t have gender affiliated with it. Since when did skirts become limited only to women or heels or anything else? People shouldn’t feel limited to only a certain form of clothing or colors because of what society deems acceptable or right. We are entitled to our own opinions and styles and I love the way today’s artists are challenging that and letting their opinions and values be seen. As the current generation, we need to be more accepting and less judgmental towards others and what they do. Do you think clothing should have gender related to it? #OCHS
  • Jaiden's Apr 16, 05:39 comment on “The World in the Evening” by Rachel Sherwood, Read by Ian
    this poem was so good
  • Nicolle's Apr 16, 05:12 comment on months of quarantine
    Dear Sara, I really enjoyed seeing you Point of view of the first months of quarantine it just goes to show the different ways people interpreted/ took in with this pandemic. The line where you start to say this is the new normal I can relate to it because never in a million years if you were to ask me let’s say four years ago I would have never thought this would happen. I really enjoyed your poem and I can relate to our feelings to an extent.
  • Daniel's Apr 15, 23:57 comment on Why are many young people unemployed at this time?
    Myself, and many that I know can relate to this. Ever since COVID, millions have lost loved ones, and their jobs. Me still in high school I applied for 8 different jobs during quarantine hoping I would be lucky. It was a necessity, I always watched my parents struggle to pay bills, arrive exhausted from work, and I wanted to do something. Sadly I could not obtain a part time job. Thankfully instead of moping around I just headed towards the fields. It is tough work, but at the end of the day It is worth it, to be able to help someone.
  • Miguel's Apr 15, 20:14 comment on I remember poem
    I like parks because there I play and do the things that I like the most. I have a good time there, good writing
  • Miguel's Apr 15, 20:10 comment on Life
    So it is then I laugh so much that I can not stand it and then I am also sad that I can not anymore your writing was interesting
  • Yamile's Apr 15, 18:48 comment on Should America Still Welcome Immigrants?
    Dear Heidi, I also agree with your statement on the article as well as Feliz. Immigrants are essential to our country. They pick produce from the fields, construct buildings/streets, clean homes and schools, and so much more. The majority of these jobs are some of which Americans would not want. Immigrants can’t be taking Americans’ jobs, the reason being that many immigrants don’t meet the requirements for higher quality paying jobs so they settle with whatever jobs they can find. Instead of blaming immigrants for “taking jobs”, we should be giving them more credit for ALL the work they do for this country. Thank you for writing Heidi, I hope to see more of your posts in the future.
  • Alondra's Apr 15, 16:41 comment on Latina Influence and Leadership
    Dear Selena, I really enjoyed reading your article. We can look back to civil rights movements where assimilation was pushed and Mexicans/ MexAmericans could not embrace their culture. It was frowned upon where even speaking Spanish was prohibited. I think its cool you guys have the same name and that you looked into the figure that Selena Quintanilla reprsents in the Latino/Latinx community. Having representation in a large platform such as the entertainment industry is empowering for our community.
  • El's Apr 15, 00:36 comment on Hyperthymesia Research Using Gale
    Same- I remember my birth and certain details like the color of the hospital room and there’s no video footage or photos of it. My mom asked me questions to see if it was legit, and I answered them correctly. I know a lot of scientists think you can’t remember anything before 3 years old, but I disagree. I remember though not 100% vividly certain memories of being a toddler like sneaking out of a nap at 2 years old. I wonder if it has to do with being a preemie or something. I don’t know.
  • AvA's Apr 14, 23:25 comment on There’s a Problem With Dress Codes – Poem
    What is your last name??
  • Selena's Apr 14, 17:00 comment on Public Lands In Native Hands
    Hi, Sam, I read your post and I really enjoyed it. It was very informative on land that was before owned by Natives. Natives describe to other people that our land we live on today was their ancestor’s land and belonged to them. I think that it is a good idea that Biden and his administration give back to the Natives that they longed for. It will give the natives a voice in managing their land and hold them dear to them. The two most important things to them are their land and the spiritual significance of past loves ones that passed on.
  • lizbeth's Apr 14, 16:39 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because when i see something like that i start to crave it and would go that same day to go buy it or even sometimes I have to be craving it for long time. One sentence that stood out to me was The teens all picked the same thing:.It stand out because a lot of people can be craving that same thing because they all may see it in ads..I think the fact that when seeing an ad makes you hungry is because the ad is really edited good to make someone come buy there good so they can get way more costumers. Thanks for writing and posting this I would look forward to seeing more about these kind of topics because I like everything that has to do with food. Lizbeth
  • Rojo's Apr 14, 15:10 comment on “Nocturne” by Louise Gluck, Read by Douglas
    I really like the poem you chose really depressing, nice
  • Ocean's Apr 14, 14:46 comment on “The World in the Evening” by Rachel Sherwood, Read by Ian
    Dear Ian: I am intrigued with your reading of Rachel Sherwood’s poem, “The World in the Evening,” because when you read it I was able to get a deeper understanding of what this poem could mean. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “miniature guerillas that mimic the ancient news of the world and shout threats, piped high across mock fences to girls riding by in the last pieces of light”. I think these lines are powerful because it shows what summer can potentially be in this town. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “voices sound like echoes in these streets the chattering of awful boys as they plot behind the juniper and ivy,”. I think these lines are powerful because it shows the negative actions people can have this summer. Your reading helps me to understand a poem that I once heard. It is also about how summer is approaching but the only difference is in this poem, it was about the positives of summer in this town. Thanks for your reading. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Oliver's Apr 14, 14:46 comment on Hedgehog, by Paul Muldoon, read by Ocean
    Dear Ocean, I am delighted by your poem “Hedgehog”, by Paul Muldoon because of “The hedgehog gives nothing Away, keeping itself to itself”. ” We wonder what a hedgehog Has to hide, why it so distrusts”, stands out for me. I think “We forget the god Under this crown of thorns”, are thought provoking because of, “We forget that never again Will a god trust in the world”. Your poem reminds me of the underline messages and metaphors used in a open mic where an 11 year old poet read her poem “things that I believe”, where she used simile to describe people and animals . Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Alexis's Apr 14, 14:34 comment on “God’s Secretary” by R. S. Gwynn, Read by Nico
    Dear Nico I am amused by your reading of R. S. Gwynn’s poem, “God’s Secretary” because i liked the tone of voice you used when reading the poem, your voice makes it seem like you were the one who made the poem. One line that stands out for me is, “She’s long resigned He’ll never know or love her ”. I think this line is fascinating because it sparks some type of mystery in the poem. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “She sees a sparrow fall Fluttering to a claw-catch on a wall. / Will He be in today? God only knows.” I think these lines are amusing because in answer to a question, people say, “God only knows”. I found it funny that Gwynne would put that into the poem. Gwynne’s poem reminds me of a story that I once read. it was about this secretary working for God. and how they have to put aside their differences to get their job done. In the end they fell in “love”. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Ian's Apr 14, 14:27 comment on “Cartoon Physics, part 1” by Nick Flynn, Read by Karim Mansour
    Dear Karim: I am happy with your reading of Nick Flynn’s poem, “Cartoon Physics,part 1 ,” because the poem talks about the innocence of the child, where they can use their imagination to be whatever they want, but the real adult world isn’t the same. One line that stands out for me is, “that if a man runs off the edge of a cliff / he will not fall / until he notices his mistake.” I think this line is important because it is talking about the ignorance of adults. This line is a metaphor for everyday problems that adults have. They are too stubborn to admit their mistakes until it’s too late. Another line that stands out for me is, “Ten-year-olds should stick with burning houses, car wrecks, ships going down—earthbound, tangible disasters, arenas / where they can be heroes.” I think this line important because the poet is saying he would rather them stay in the cartoon world because it protects their innocence and child ignorance. Nick Flynn’s poem reminds me of a video that I once saw because it was talking about how the world looked so much brighter when we were children compared to how dull and grey it looks now that we’re older. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Antonio's Apr 13, 23:55 comment on Viability of Nuclear Energy
    Hey gus, even though that nuclear power is clean energy than others, the disaster of the past has made it look as if I was bad for the environment. people think that sources like solar and natural gas are good but in the long run, it not really good. If you ever heard of Michael Shellenberger, then you will like his ideas.
  • Dominique's Apr 13, 21:10 comment on The Epidemic of Homelessness due to COVID
    Dear Emily, I really enjoyed reading your article. Homelessness has increased due to the pandemic. Unfortunately not everybody could be helped but maybe one day we can eventually help everybody out so nobody will be homeless. I agree with you that homelessness does affect businesses and our society! It’s overall a sad situation. Thank you for your writing.
  • Anastasia's Apr 13, 13:36 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    Amanda, Loved reading this. I also loved how you included other parts of the world and their numbers.
  • Ellen Rago's Apr 12, 15:50 comment on Literacy Skills in Defining Yourself
    Hi. Can you tell me who created the image of the girl with the victims of police violence in her hair? I am interested in using it for a lesson plan. Thanks, Ellen
  • Matthew's Apr 12, 07:08 comment on The Problem of Reading Motivation
    Hey Maria. I agree with your post as a whole because I believe that it’s important that as a child, we get accustom to reading. I say this due to the fact that we take in the most information and create potential life long habits as children, so it would be extremely beneficial if certain influences around children (parents, teachers, etc.) would promote academic behaviors like being involved with reading books. Something that caught my eye was: “If lack of reading motivation continues to become a problem in schools, our society will see a drastic change in the coming years.” I think motivation in general is something that needs “momentum”. For example, after brushing your teeth and taking a shower, you’ve already got some momentum of productivity to start off the day, so you a feel a little good and decide to throw out the trash or clean your room, boom momentum! With that built up momentum you make the decision to read the book that you’ve been putting off, although minute as it seems, it’s productivity nonetheless that you continue with throughout the day. That being said, if teens or people who struggle with motivation in general learn how build that momentum, It could definitely apply academically to teens. Thanks for your writing. I hope you continue to bring more interesting topics that sometimes go unnoticed.
  • Sofia Meza-Lua's Apr 12, 06:57 comment on Women’s Rights
    Dear Kayla, I am very interested in your post “Women’s Rights” because I like learning about women’s rights. Another reason is that Women fought very hard to get their rights. I agree that that sexual harassment is a problem in society even to this day. I also agree that Women are not getting fair pay while men get paid a good amount of money. It’s honestly sad to know that this happens in society. Thanks for writing a post about “Women’s Rights” because I feel that it’s important that people know about this type of issue.
  • Jennifer's Apr 12, 06:48 comment on The Weeping Willow
    Dear Taylor, I am touched by your poem “The Weeping Willow,” because it talks about finding comfort after losing it. This poem shows me an image of how it would feel like to have to start something new when you were so comfortable with the past. Some lines that you wrote that really stand out to me are “…in attempt to find comfort in attempt to sooth as if to tell its story of a lost lover a lost friend a loss of something that once was there but is no longer…” I think these are so touching because it’s like this tree lost its rhythm after losing an important aspect of its life. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your poems are so relatable. Change is the main aspect here and I could see that within the first six lines. Jennifer Mendoza
  • Sofia Meza-Lua's Apr 12, 06:37 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Dear Aaliyah, I totally agree with your post because of how the Asian community has been treated with brutality. The government indeed needs to do something about these hate crimes towards the Asian community, the Asian community is living in constant fear because of the hate crimes happening. It’s really sickening and tiring. This Asian community just wants all these crimes happening towards them to stop and to live in peace. Thanks for your writing about this because it’s something everyone should be aware of.
  • Litzy's Apr 12, 00:56 comment on Women’s Rights
    Dear Kayla: I was very intrigued by your post, “Women’s Rights” because this is a topic I haven’t seen many people talk about. Reading about the women who helped us get where we are now is amazing. I never realized how it was before we had rights and how much they put up with. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be able to speak up for what we believe in. I also have to agree with you about women still having some issues with our rights. For example the difference between womens and mens salaries. These are things that need to be changed for women to prosper. Thank you for your writing. I look. forward to seeing what you will write about next. -Litzy
  • Selena's Apr 8, 19:46 comment on How Selena Quintanilla Valued Her Nation, Culture, and Traditions
    Thank you for your post about one of the most inspirational people, the Mexican American Selena Quintanilla. Until this day after 25-26 years, she has been gone, her music is still played and inspires people. Her rise in the music industry symbolized leadership for Latinos around the world. The Tejano superstar inspired, Christian Serratos who recently embodies Selena in the Netflix series, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez. Did you know Selena Gomez’s named her after the song Como La Flor because they were such big fans? Across many social media platforms, people have said, “Selena showed me how beautiful it is to be Mexican-American and to be proud of it.” “She was magical and taught me you didn’t have to be stick-thin to be beautiful.” Her fans were her everything and the biggest influence on making music. I personally love my name, because of her. I was not named after her but I was named for it to be easier for my Mexican American family can pronounce my name. Her legacy is forever lived, the queen of Tejano music. The demographic face of California changed for the first time in its modern history. Latios/Latinas have become the biggest ethnic group. They come to California for Opportunities that they did not have in their own mainland. recently vendors on the streets of towns selling corn, chips, shaved ice, are being beaten. Why? They are only trying to make a living like everyone else. How can we put a stop to this?
  • Zachary's Apr 6, 06:16 comment on Dog Training
    Dear Litzy I liked how you talked about how a dog doesn’t really need to be trained to be friendly with other people or even with the owners. I liked how you said that you need to warn the people who are trying to pet your dog that to be careful because he might growl, bark, or may even bite. Something that stood out to me was that you gave your opinion and said that if you are able to afford someone to train your dog then you should go ahead and train it. I look forward to what you will write again.
  • Zachary's Apr 6, 05:47 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with what your saying. I believe with what your saying because the way that the companies advertise there ads can be very convincing sometimes. Like Mcdonalds making a Travis Scott meal, Mcdonalds thought that by making a Travis Scott meal and advertising it will convince teens to go to Mcdonalds and buy that meal. I look forward to hear more from you soon.
  • Cynthia's Apr 6, 05:45 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo, I agree with your statement about students and parents taking time to learn some English. my father at first didn’t care enough to learn English but he realized how important it was for him to know how to read, write, and speak English to get by. He started with books that I used to read as a little kid so from there he started learning and also from my family as we all speak English so he had us only speak and respond back in English it took time but he improved.
  • Cynthia's Apr 6, 05:28 comment on months of quarantine
    Dear Sara, I enjoyed and related to things you mentioned remembering about the start of quarantine. staying in bed and not really paying attention to school. I finished my junior year doing packages of work that had to be done every week. I also remembered waiting for summer but after I remembered why I never looked forward to summer despite the months we get off I can’t stand the heat. it’s really interesting seeing someone else’s perspective of quarantine. – Cynthia
  • Cynthia's Apr 6, 04:53 comment on I Remember
    Dear Ocean, I can also remember my first time listening to Clint Eastwood by the Gorillaz and I still find joy in playing it when I skate, or when I work out. I can also remember the first comic I ever read. although I never dressed up my favorite demon slayer character I remember the first time watching it. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say because it brought up memories that I thought I had forgotten.
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 03:25 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Dear Megan, I am intrigued by your post, “The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests” because it’s something that I’ve also taken a notice of myself. I agree with your point that a big issue I that men think we exist for them as if the world and every female revolves around them and their needs. One sentence that stood out to me was, “This just shows that the ridicule that teenage girls receive is also received by adult women.”. I think this is important because often we as women are told we make things too big a deal and I feel it’s important to recognize that we don’t only receive this treatment as teenage girls but also as adult women. This shows we aren’t simply “too sensitive”. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 03:18 comment on Who should be doing the domestic work in a household?
    Dear Alondra, I am drawn by your post, “Who should be doing the domestic work in a household?” because it’s an argument I’m all too familiar with. I have heard this argument my whole life and agree with you that responsibilities should be shared between both parents and not simply the mother. I also agree with the point of having their kids, regardless of their gender help do household chores. One sentence that stood out to me was, “A recent survey from Gallup elaborates that from ages 18-34 both females and males said it was okay for a woman to stay home while the husband worked but not okay if it was a stay at home dad”. I think this is interesting because when it comes to a man having to stay at home everyone is against it and sees it as wrong which is definitely a mindset that needs to be changed. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 03:05 comment on How Would You Feel?
    Dear Gogisgksoquili, I am shocked about your poem, “How Would You Feel?” because of the emotions that can be felt behind your writing. It’s obvious the point you are trying to convey and as someone who is part of the minority I understand the frustration and fear you have expressed. One sentence that stood out to me was, “This was my story, my only story”. I think this is powerful because at the beginning of the poem we were not yet made aware of what Khalil had gone through or that he had died so using the same phrase at the end of the poem had a great impact on what you were saying. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you write with such emotion and passion. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 02:53 comment on Why the “American Dream”?
    Dear Zuleika, I am intrigued by your post, “Why the ‘American Dream?” because it’s something I am familiar with being told and talked about. I have the perspective of the “American Dream” from an immigrant Hispanic household. One sentence that stands out to me is, “She wants to be a writer and go to college in New York, but her parents want her to be a traditional Mexican housewife who does not go away to college.” I think this is enlightening because in my household I was told the opposite. I was told to go to college, move out and get myself a government job whereas Julia was told to stay at home and not go to college. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Yadira
  • Yadira's Apr 6, 02:37 comment on What Is Life Without Risk
    Dear Nicolle, I am intrigued by your post, “What is Life Without Risk” because the way you explained the book caught my attention. The thought of kids simply wanting to go on an adventure where they then encounter dangers like being bitten by a snake makes me question what else they might have encountered. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “It’s just very chaotic but not in a bad way.” I think this is interesting because usually when you use the word chaotic to describe something it’s intended in a bad way, but the fact that you said it is in a good way makes me wonder what that kind of chaotic is like. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your explanations of books are very interesting and intriguing. Yadira
  • Ricardo's Apr 5, 22:38 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa: I am surprised by your post, “Did you have struggles finding a job?,” because it can be really tough to find a job that fits your schedule. And now during a pandemic, it is even tougher. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The epidemic has hit young and old around the world hard, leaving them unemployed.” I think this is important because it shows that the pandemic has affected many lives, not just young nor old. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because we shared similar thoughts amidst this writing piece. Ricardo Sanchez
  • Cynthia's Apr 4, 00:26 comment on Should America Still Welcome Immigrants?
    Dear Heidi, I couldn’t agree more with you. something that was mentioned in your post was ” He writes that American workers don’t need competition from immigrants because due to COVID many Americans have lost their jobs and are currently struggling.” but this has been said even before covid started. and the only thing that I think of when people say this is, wouldn’t it better for America to give jobs to people who are qualified especially since America is so money driven. and on the other hand, like you said most immigrants take jobs that Americans don’t want to do.
  • Cynthia's Apr 3, 23:56 comment on Should the Penny Be Eliminated?
    Dear eidi : I am impressed by your post, “should the Penny Be Eliminated?” because it’s inciteful to know that’s its affecting our environment and an alternative about how to go about it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In my opinion, I think the penny should no be eliminated because I think of it as money” I think this is great because we get a clear understanding of where you stand with this and its true every penny counts. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how straightforward you are when it’s time to give your opinion. the other thing is how you follow that with personal experience -Cynthia
  • Nomi's Apr 2, 09:10 comment on Astroturfing and The Importance of Corporate and Political Transparency
    Amazingly accurate. Where on earth did you develop such an amazing ability to perceive truth so clearly and the take that further; in writing thus as YOU DID?! wow!
  • Maria's Apr 2, 02:59 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan, I like how you addressed the fact that society overlooks or diminishes people with mental health issues. I feel this happens especially in young people because either they do not feel comfortable speaking up or they speak up andare told that they should not feel the way they do. This can lead to a feeling of isolation and can worsen symptoms of already present issues. I think this is something that needs to be fixed in our society.
  • Heather's Mar 31, 22:53 comment on months of quarantine
    Thank you so much for sharing. It is nice to get to read others’ views.
  • Antonio's Mar 31, 20:40 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Hey Cristian, I do agree that these fast food ads get you Hungry. Ever since I have been born, I have seen ads on the tv and gotten hungry in a little bit of time. There are many ways that ads can make you go in a fast food restaurant like an hype or new item, change to make the food more better and such.
  • Antonio's Mar 31, 20:26 comment on months of quarantine
    Hello Sara, I appraise your post because it really reflect my time during the worldwide pandemic and other things that were happening. Many have felt the misery more during this time. I remember so much that has happened. But everything will soon return to normal, somewhat. Stay safe and please wear the mask.
  • Ashley's Mar 30, 19:26 comment on The Problems That Teens Face With Social Media
    I liked this article a lot! This article achieves the overall purpose of touching on the negative effects social media can have on teens. I believe this topic is an important one to make sure teens are aware of the negative effects social media can have on us. Great job!
  • Maya's Mar 30, 19:24 comment on Why can’t you just be happy for once?
    Maddie, I agree that there is a stigmatism around mental health. You show this through the parents point of view, inferring that they to face mental health. Everyone faces obstacles in life, no matter how little a person shows it. I especially liked the part where you said mental health is something “that you have to learn to cope with and live your life to the fullest.” If you never learn to cope with mental health issues, it will only end up becoming worse and hindering your ability to enjoy life. Thank you for sharing! -Maya
  • Grace's Mar 30, 18:02 comment on The Epidemic of Homelessness due to COVID
    I really like you’re post about the problem of homelessness and the connection with covid. I agree with you about how homelessness affects us as a society and how it affects businesses. Overall, I liked your post about the homeless community and the affect it has on everyone!
  • Molly Sullivan's Mar 30, 17:39 comment on The Epidemic of Homelessness due to COVID
    I really like this article! I think you did a really good job of emphasizing how much of an issue this has become due to covid. It really adds perspective since most of us don’t see this on a daily basis. Great job!
  • Camille Sheetz's Mar 30, 17:33 comment on Problem Section – Ocean Pollution
    I really enjoyed your post and feel as though it addressed a very important and relevant issue. You did a really good job of mentioning one of the most important issues, which is the coral reef. I learned a lot from this and feel as though it really helps reader see the dangers of pollution in a different and more serious way.
  • Annie's Mar 30, 17:33 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I found reading your post very interesting, you brought up many good points to consider. I liked the introduction to your blog and how it caught the readers attention. The point you brought up about not knowing the insurance that the driver has is also valid. Sharing our location is something that is extremely dangerous in our society now. Not only with ride sharing, but also with any other form of social media, there are creepy people and sharing our location can always bring up new issues in our lives.
  • Megan's Mar 30, 05:18 comment on The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
    Claire, I think your post was very interesting! The part when you said “ COVID-19 has taken control of the lives of many beginning in March 2020” really sticks out to me. All of our lives have been drastically changed in almost every aspect. Wearing masks is something that we have all adapted to, but there are some people who will struggle to financially recover from this event for many of the following years. I also think that mental health is something that we should keep in mind, as the pandemic may have lasting affects on the mental health of individuals.
  • Lauren's Mar 30, 03:05 comment on Gentrification in Chicago
    Amarylis, I really enjoyed your blog post. You did a good job in presenting the issues that gentrification brings to communities by giving specific examples including financial struggles, a loss of culture, and overall division. You established a sense of exigency throughout the post and especially at the end that helps the reader understand that this is an important issue that needs attention now. I also enjoyed how you wrote about Chicago specifically followed by an explanation that this is happening everywhere because it allows the reader to have a better understanding of the scope of the issue.
  • Isabella's Mar 29, 18:01 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I really enjoyed reading your article and I think that it brought up some very valuable things to consider when using Lyft or Uber. I like how you mentioned, “For example, the customer does not see what kind of insurance the driver has, so the customer does not know if they will be covered in a car accident. The uncertainty will deter the amount of customers these companies will receive.” I think this is very important to make sure that the driver has insurance and that if an accident does occur, everyone involved will be protected. I agree that the uncertainty will lead people away from these companies. I think your article is very informative and will allow people to think more about their safety and consider the consequences of ridesharing.
  • Elizabeth's Mar 29, 16:32 comment on The Transition to Green Energy
    I really enjoyed your post and I thought you made a really good argument. I liked how you brought up different studies and articles to support your idea and even had things to consider when transitioning to green energy. Overall, you had a very informed article.
  • Sam's Mar 29, 16:21 comment on Viability of Nuclear Energy
    Hey Gus! I love your perspective. I always appreciate when an author can be objective and approach a topic without preconceived conclusions. I think that more often than not, topics like nuclear energy that so often find themselves under the proverbial microscope are seen through certain lenses; and more often than not, those lenses don’t allow for an objective approach. Nuclear energy is one such issue; and for the reasons you stated. I also like how you view nuclear energy as a stop gap between current fossil fuels and more reliable, cleaner sources of renewable energy once the technology develops in the future. Were you to elaborate further, I would be interested in a plan for the integration of more widely accepted renewables after nuclear is no longer needed.
  • Haley's Mar 29, 15:59 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I found it really interesting how you opened up your post with imagery and putting the reader into the place of the story. It gave me goosebumps when reading what you said about passengers forgetting to turn off their location. I also think it is really dangerous as a passenger who is heading home. Usually they give their address to the driver to put into his or her maps. That address can always be saved and then some random person knows where you live. Good Job Julia!
  • Sam's Mar 29, 15:27 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Oftentimes, when we hear negative news about ride-sharing services, it has to do with a scandalous CEO, how they mistreat their drivers, or exorbitant price hikes. Rarely do we analyze the more poignant and existential dangers of ride sharing. Perhaps we should. This is rather telling, I think, of how easy it is to focus on the non-human aspects of tech companies. We love corporate drama, workers rights, and low prices, but we often forget about the people behind the wheel; but not as often as those in the back seat. It is morally reprehensible that ride-sharing apps consistently fail to consider the safety of rider and driver; but hardly unsurprising. Were you to expand on your work, I would be interested to hear about how location sharing and other lack-safety measures impact drivers and those who operate ride sharing services. Great post!
  • Sam's Mar 29, 15:14 comment on America Cannot Be Defined
    Love your work! In a world where it seems as if politics and culture are more closely defined by pessimism and gloom than ever before, a bit of optimism and a cool head go a long way. I appreciate your level headed approach to your sources, because it would seem as though with a topic as contentious as the definition as America, it can be easy to come to a preconceived conclusion rather than one based on evidence. Worse yet, it can be deceptively easy to twist sources to fit a preconceived conclusion. But you analyzed your sources, attempted to understand what they had to say, and drew conclusions thereafter. And I happen to agree with your conclusions; America as an idea is too broad to be defined by a single statement. And with such a uniquely perspective based argument, it would seem as though you find a middle ground that anybody of any political affirmation can understand and accept. Were you to expand on this topic, I would love to see more opinions weighed and analyzed.
  • Zhelanea's Mar 29, 06:33 comment on I Remember…
    Dear, Kaimea I related to a lot of the experiences you shared in your post. It helps me understand that we often have all experienced similar things in our lives. We might come from different cultures and backgrounds, but some things are the same. One specific line you wrote was, “I remember switching to new prescriptions often since my eyesight was terrible.” I too passed had worsening eyesight every single time growing up when I returned to my appointments. I also have a sister and we would watch PBS almost every day. It’s these simple events that help us built who we are today.
  • Marlissa Morris's Mar 29, 04:31 comment on learning it all
    Hi Anderson, It’s always great to see all your accomplishments and to hear all the good you have done. Just by reading your post, your dad is a great example to be there to show you and teach you. To me, I believe every life’s lesson is something that we will use as you become an adult. My son is 7 years old; he played tball and now coach pitch. He’s learning to be in the community and show his talent. As he becomes your age, he can say something similar to your post. Continue to do a great job, you never know who’s watching whether it be other students your age, kids younger than you, or even adults. You represent your father and family. Continue to do great work. Thank you for your post.
  • Marlissa Morris's Mar 29, 04:13 comment on Life in the past
    Dear Saniya, I can relate to your post and it was such a tragic time. How much did it affect you in your personal life? Were you always in your community attending events? This affected me tragically because I am a teacher and always being in the classroom to not being there, has affected me. One of your lines stuck out to me about friends texting saying I miss you. Being such a close family, my father always texted us to check on us or vise versa. I would cry because I miss my family. Now that the world is somewhat open, we are slowly visiting but far from each other. We are still taking that precaution. Great post, thank you for sharing.
  • Milo's Mar 29, 04:12 comment on The Journey to Extremism
    Lilly, I find your article very important in these times. With extremism on the high, knowing the signs of it and how to avoid it is crucial. If you were to perhaps include some stories on its dangers, it would add a level of narrative that would be real engaging for all those who read it.
  • Yamile's Mar 29, 03:59 comment on Are Warning Labels on Unhealthy Foods a Good Idea?
    Hello Heidi, I found your post very interesting and I also agree with you. As mentioned obesity is a rising problem in the U.S., yet I think putting warning labels on unhealthy foods will only slightly educate some but not solve the problem. The fault falls on both companies and people, it’s a business and completion for companies and people make their own choices as well. Companies can look for ways to make their products healthier, yet I think they may lose sales as healthier products tend to be more expensive than unhealthy foods. I also think eating healthy tends to become a lifestyle and some people get tired of it and go back to their old unhealthy eating habits because it is less of a hassle and cheaper. At the end of the day, I feel like in order to minimize the obesity problem in the country we all need to work together. Thank you for writing Heidi, I hope to see more of your writing soon because your post brought an important issue to the table which needs to be more acknowledged before it gets too far and we can’t go back. – Yamile
  • Milo's Mar 29, 03:04 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    Amanda, thank you for pointing out how police brutality can be seen the world over. Often, in our current media and geopolitics, most news is seen as American-centric, and more often than not, certain problems seen in other countries go unnoticed since they don’t get the media attention here in the states. If my understanding is correct, there is a huge issue in Myanmar with police brutality and killings due to all the protests against the coup in that country. If you were to possibly expand on your writing by including this, it would be really eye opening to those who read it.
  • Milo's Mar 29, 02:49 comment on America Cannot Be Defined
    Great post, Vilhelm! I found your reasoning as to why America cannot be defined is most right, as well as optimistic. In today’s age, we may find ourselves locked in a perpetual cycle of pessimism, especially when it comes to politics, where others often decry America for its problems. Rather than striving to fix it, however, they often just pigeonhole the entire country, complain about it, and leave it at that. Your opinion, however, acts to point out the wrongness of our country in the modern age, yet show the silver lining, and push us towards a better future. Rather than pigeonholing the country, you understand that you cannot simply lump such a word as America into one definition, as you said in the end; “n my opinion, America cannot be defined in a simple statement. America is such a large country with a diverse population, in terms of ethnicity, geography, background, and experiences. Everyone has a different perspective and opinion of what they think America is and what it should become.” If you were to ever write on this topic some more, I would love it if you maybe went into how others define America, and how they may be wrong or right in their own right. Having that contrast can be real interesting, and delving further into their reasoning of why can certainly be engaging.
  • Molly's Mar 28, 22:10 comment on Problems that lead to Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I agree with your analysis of the impact of animal extinction on the whole population. I like how you mentioned specific examples of where this extinction is happening. I really like how you said, “ Animal extinction is harmful to others because infectious diseases are rapidly increasing and the food chain is being affected by the loss of species.” This quote provides the reader with an insight about the problem of animal extinction and why people should care about it. I think the evidence that you chose is necessary and adds to your argument. You did a good job of defining the problem and its extent. You also argued the necessity of why people should care about this issue.
  • Sarah's Mar 28, 16:46 comment on Mental Health during the Pandemic and College Students
    Nice post! You mainly discussed the effects of the early stages of the pandemic; Now that we are mostly a year into it, how do you think mental health has changed for college students? Many universities have released statements about returning to in-person learning next term(Check this out: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/03/12/why-colleges-are-racing-tell-students-they%E2%80%99ll-be-open-person-fall), how are college students reacting to that news?
  • Emily's Mar 28, 14:18 comment on The Problem with Ride-sharing
    Julia, I like how you introduced your blog post with a practical example that catches the reader’s attention. I agree with your point that ride share services have several problems that users often do not consider before getting into a stranger’s vehicle. You used strong evidence from a variety of sources to support your claim. Additionally, your analysis of the quotes helps the reader understand your argument. I agree with your point that, “The consequences of location sharing have no mercy for who the passenger is, which is why it is important for the passenger to turn off their location as soon as they can.” This presents a possible solution to this problem and gives the reader practical advice.
  • Sarah's Mar 27, 17:51 comment on The Violence in Chicago Neighborhoods
    Awesome post, Elizabeth! Unfortunately, it’s the reality that so many young black men in urban areas fall into gang-related violence. There are multiple issues that affect their involvement, and adequate education is a prime example. Here’s a link to gentrification and redlining, both of which can affect predominantly black neighborhoods. (https://www.chicagotribune.com/real-estate/ct-re-gentefication-gentrifcation-logan-square-0707-20190702-fmia4wsxdbd2ndcznlx6bselky-story.html) and (https://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/august-2017/how-redlining-segregated-chicago-and-america/) I recently wrote a post about young black men who fell into gang violence and their efforts at exiting the cycle. Check it out! (https://nowcomment.com/documents/254010)
  • Sarah's Mar 27, 17:38 comment on “America Means” Blog Post
    Wonderful post, Nimra! I believe this post represents the challenges and injustices the U.S. faced in 2020. I agree with your quote, “of the “Two Americans.” This past month we have seen clear examples of Two Americas through the hate crimes performed towards Asian Americans and the white shooter walking away free. (https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/17/us/shooting-atlanta-acworth) While nearly a year ago, a black man was shot for “performing a crime”. (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-investigation.html) As a woman of color, it’s heartbreaking to realize that BIPOC Americans live in a United States where liberty and justice aren’t protected.
  • Daniela's Mar 26, 22:29 comment on What Happens to the Plastic that we Recycle into Blue Bins?
    Dear Yamile, I have found your post very interesting. All this time, I have been doing my part and recycling to better the environment, but now you are telling me that I am actually doing more harm than good? Even though this was surprising to me, I agree with you that we should stop using recyclable water bottles and start using reusable water bottles. It will be hard to eliminate all plastic products, but it is a good start. Thank you for bringing awareness and giving some solutions to this problem. I look forward to reading about more ways that we can avoid plastics from ending up in the ocean.
  • Selena's Mar 26, 21:42 comment on months of quarantine
    Hi Sara, I like your post because it is a reflection of today. It has been months since Covid-19 has been around and it seemed to interrupt and destroy people’s lives. Around the world, many families have lost love ones, people losing jobs, no money to pay bills, etc. I can agree with a lot of your “I remember….” It seemed to be a long time ago when we had the freedom of going out or having the energy to do something. But now it is completely the opposite. Everything will get back to normal, just have to give it some time but stay safe and remember to wear your mask to stop the spread of Covid-19.
  • Bryan's Mar 26, 21:34 comment on I Remember…
    Dear Kaimea, I am intrigued with your post I ¨Remember…¨ Because I really liked watching PBS Kids as well when I was smaller. Every day when I came to school I remember I would turn on the TV and watch my favorite cartoon at the time which was wild kratts. One sentence that caught my eye was ¨I remember bragging to people I was absent for two years of school in America to go to two years of school in China.¨ I liked this sentence because I’d never been to China but hopefully in the future I can. Possibly to work there or just to be a tourist and learn about the cultures there and try new foods that I have never tried. Anyways I really enjoyed reading your post. I am going to be looking forward to your future posts. Bryan
  • Madram's Mar 26, 18:43 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them. The phrase that stood out to me the most was ” They use everything to show the burger and the details of it which make us crave a burger”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them. Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that. Madram Ahmed
  • estrella's Mar 26, 18:39 comment on Police Brutality and Body Cameras
    Hello Nyayeek, I really enjoyed reading your post about police brutality and the “solutions” police departments are providing in hopes to end brutality. Like you said in your post, POC are greatly affected by this issue regardless of the use of body cams. The only solution is the redistribution of money in all police departments. With this, they could properly fund areas such as, training in which they could successfully arrest a person without killing them. But instead, money is being put into useless body cams.
  • Madram's Mar 26, 18:37 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them. The phrase that stood out to me the most was “Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them. Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that. Madram Ahmed
  • Lilly's Mar 26, 18:36 comment on Air Quality
    The facts and statistics you include are shocking, they really help express just how big of an issue this is for Utahns. The statistic about vehicle emissions is new to me, but I think it would be really interesting to see your thoughts or possible solutions to this issue!
  • Madram's Mar 26, 18:35 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra, I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them. The phrase that stood out to me the most was “Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them. Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that. Madram Ahmed
  • Thomas's Mar 26, 18:29 comment on Potential Solution to Misinformation in Social Media
    I like the organization of your post. It provides a clear issue, highlights an example and finally proposes a solution.
  • Mae's Mar 26, 18:26 comment on Sleep and the brain
    Hi- Getting a good night’s sleep has been something we have been told for years and although we are lectured about it constantly we have not seen a change. This piece was extremely informative and the statistics you incorporated throughout were thought-provoking and scary. Are there any studies that show what lack of sleep in your teenage years does to your body and brain late in your life? Is there a solution to this? Do you think if you had less or no homework that you could get 8 hours of sleep a night? Overall really good work!
  • Oriandy's Mar 26, 18:25 comment on America Means Injustice
    Hello Halimah, First of all, great writing and perspective. There are so many points you make which I agree with, such as how people that are considered a “minority” are treated. As a fellow Mexican student, my life is always shadowed by stereotypes, critics, and judgment. There is such a hidden aspect that I feel others in the US want to hide regarding the justice some people lack to receive from our neighbors. I love the examples you gave, especially your own observation and experience with others. I wanted to thank you for bringing this topic to light and talking about this sensitive issue some prefer to stay quiet about. Great job.
  • Lilly's Mar 26, 18:23 comment on America Means: Illusion of Freedom
    Hi Matthew! It’s clear you put a lot of work and passion into this piece! I especially liked your second source, the Langston Hughes poem. I feel like this source helps supplement your position well. I thoroughly agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed in this poem and feel that your incorporation of these sentiments was very powerful. I think your expression of America through an “illusion of freedom” is also very powerful and thought-provoking. I would love to see more about this idea from you!
  • Estrella Estrada's Mar 26, 18:20 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Hi Megan, I completely agree with you. As a woman myself, I can understand your frustration. No matter what women will always be ridiculed. And you made that very clear in your post. As you said, this all stems from the hypersexualization of women in our society. Estrella Estrada
  • Yara's Mar 26, 18:19 comment on Since we are all a little more stressed, should we get mental health breaks?
    I think that this is a really important thing to discuss. Mental health wasn’t built into the structure of modern day schools. I think that extra day simply dedicated to doing school work and getting help has really helped my stress levels as well as many others. However, in a non-online school format, do you think that one day would be plausible? Would it still be online even after COVID?
  • Thomas's Mar 26, 18:18 comment on Problems that lead to Animal Extinction
    Nice information! Try searching for more general reasons why Animal extinction occurs and what we can do to stop it.
  • Mae's Mar 26, 18:17 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Hi Maggie, I really enjoyed your piece I feel extremely strong about this subject too. The way that you articulated this was incredible you were informative yet emotional and thought-provoking. We think that our country has come such a long way but in reality, we have stayed stagnant when it comes to women’s rights. Your last paragraph was very emotional and powerful. We have to be the ones to step up if we want to see change. Very well done.
  • Lilly's Mar 26, 18:14 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    I think your perspective of police brutality globally is really unique and rarely addressed. Police brutality is a direct violation of natural and human rights and should not occur as often as it does, not only in the United States but globally. I think it would be especially interesting to continue this topic by contrasting countries that don’t have a prevalent police brutality issue with those that do in order to find solutions to this terrible and unjust issue. I really liked that you included sources for the statistics and facts you mentioned in your article, it really helps to amplify and back your position on this topic!
  • Yara's Mar 26, 18:12 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    That is so absolutely interesting! It wasn’t until the protests in the summer of 2020 all around the world that I realized how global the problem of police brutality is. My only question is why do you think it’s a consistent issue? Is it because we put to much power into other peoples hands or is there something deeper at play here?
  • Estrella Estrada's Mar 26, 18:12 comment on America Means Injustice
    Hello Halimah, I really enjoyed reading your post, “America means Injustice.” I was really impressed with the connection you made with the poem, “The Hill We Climb,” this poem definitely reflects American culture and the pride people hold in being American, and that isn’t just being patriotic but finding ways to fix American society. Thank you for sharing your experience as a hijabi Muslim woman and I completely agree with you. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, it’s hard to think America will change for the better when there is so much hate present within our country. Estrella Estrada
  • Ali's Mar 26, 18:10 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Hi Maggie! Great essay! It’s so important to illuminate issues as relevant and vital as gender inequality in our society. Giving specific statistics to back your argument and further solidify your thesis, I think you composed this essay wonderfully.
  • Yara's Mar 26, 18:08 comment on America Means Inequality
    I completely agree. I really like how you said that America is the land of false advertising to some. That is absolutely true. Many come here for the many opportunities that are constantly advertised by the country, but are left disappointed when they find that it is virtually impossible to build the life you want without having an in. Why do you think that is? Do you think that it has always been false advertising or was it once true?
  • Mae's Mar 26, 18:08 comment on Two Americas
    Hi- this is a really great piece. This subject can be difficult to write about and articulate but I think you did a wonderful job. Your sources made sense and flowed with your overarching claim. Your writing at the end about your experience was touching and good. Something that I would look back over is your second to the last sentence you bring up the THUG for a second but it seems a little out of place where it is right now. Overall very good work!
  • Ali's Mar 26, 18:07 comment on American Means Impact
    Hi Julian! Great essay! I really liked how you incorporated several different outlooks on what people define as being “American”. If I had any advice, it would be to make the essay sound a little more professional. For example, instead of saying “She is basically saying, to be American is to have an impact on your country.” You could try to use some conjunctive adverbs, such as “in summary” etc.
  • Mark's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    Hello Amanda! I thought this is very interesting post! So often it seems we fail to appreciate that many of our American issues are global issues, which you did a great job of addressing! I wonder what strategies we may employ to build international cooperation to solve this issue? Thank you for your post!
  • Josh's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on Should college be free?
    I think this topic is very interesting and very much so relevant. With this being a problem in our generation of college being too expensive I think this is something that needs to be talked about. I think you did a good job on presenting fact and numbers and explaining them.
  • Thomas's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on America Means Inequality
    I like how this post was written from the perspective of a person with opportunities. You also considered many factors that contribute to inequality including racism and poverty. Maybe try including some effects of inequality and why it is present in the U.S.
  • Gus's Mar 26, 18:06 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    I believe that the reason that these stigmas are created is because we don’t know that much about mental illness yet. Modern technology allows us to assess and deal with physical injuries instantaneously, but research and technology for mental illness is for behind.
  • Josh's Mar 26, 18:03 comment on Utahs Struggle with Air Quality
    I really like this article and the problem is very significant. I think that this problem is very important and not really talked about in our state. I think that showing the damaging effects of this problem can be very impactful and presenting solutions and even past proposed solutions and why they have not worked.
  • Patrick's Mar 26, 18:03 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    This was really interesting to see. It might be worth while to research the influence of certain substances, especially hallucinogens, and their influence in various native cultures and spiritual practices/beliefs. It’s important to know what might be responsible for some of these issues with substance abuse and if the word “abuse” is even fairly assigned.
  • Mark's Mar 26, 18:02 comment on American Means Impact
    Hello Julian! I thought that this was a very interesting post! I especially agreed with your statement on our collective responsibility to make change and do better. America has often failed to live up to the values it proclaims. However, America has undergone radical change and development through democracy in the past. I agree that America requires that “everyone contributes and works together to make America a better place. Part of that is overcoming those challenges…” We all have a responsibility to make the United States better and I agree that is what America is about. I also agree that we must appreciate all perspectives in America — it is not any one narrative. Thank you for your post!
  • Gus's Mar 26, 17:58 comment on Potential Solution to Misinformation in Social Media
    Misinformation is a huge issue in today’s day and age. False information has the ability to tear our society apart as we know it.
  • Mark's Mar 26, 17:54 comment on Bears Ears National Monument and the Antiquities Act
    Hey Milo! As a Utahn and as someone interested in conservation, I find the debate around Bears Ears to be fascinating. I’d be curious to learn more about the impact of the changes in land designation to national recreation areas or other designations because the more I look into the issue the more complex the designations are. For example, why are some lands National Historic Sites and others are National Historic Parks? The debate upon Bears Ears seems to touch on this issue. I know some folks believe that the Antiquities Act itself is a violation of separation of powers, so I would like to read the legal arguments around it. Overall, this is a fascinating and diverse issue! Thanks for writing!
  • Josh's Mar 26, 17:54 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Maggie, I really like your article and like the fact that you are shedding light on to this problem. I think your article is very well composed with really good information backing it. I think including different numbers can show the significance and power of your argument.
  • Gus's Mar 26, 17:51 comment on America Means Dependency
    You mentions some very interesting points about American being a land of opportunity for only a select few. However, there are many examples of people of color and immigrants coming up the ranks and establishing themselves as prominent people in this country. Why do you think this is?
  • Alyssa's Mar 26, 16:04 comment on Why We Should Keep the Electoral College?
    I think this is a part of our government that we have to really think about when it comes to its effectiveness and why the electoral college is there in the first place. It is such a controversial topic to some people, and I find it interesting a lot of times to hear why people think the electoral college should stay in use. I think Ken Blackwell did a good job in describing one of the reasons why it would be better to keep the electoral college in place, but I still think at the end of the day the negatives outweigh the positives.
  • Micah's Mar 26, 15:26 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    I agree with you wholeheartedly that this is wrong, however, it is not unexpected. This is a function of capitalism. In a capitalist society, men become more powerful. If we do not completely upheave the current system, it is highly unlikely that any REAL change will occur. It can be said, though, that we can still make changes and yes, we can, we have, and we will continue to make changes to our society that provides a more equal playing field for everyone. But men will likely always have a certain power over women in some way, and the only way for that to change would require drastic change that I cannot see happening any time soon.
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 15:14 comment on Covid and How some teachers Handeles it across the US.
    Elizabeth, I think this is a very interesting and important topic, and liked the variety of issues you presented within the bigger issue, which is really that Covid has made learning very difficult for many kids over the past year. I think this issue has a strong tie to the fact that this past year has largely been characterized by the constant need for self-motivated action, and how isolation and working remotely oppose it. An article from The New York Times, “What We’re Learning About Online Learning,” discusses many problems similar to those in your analysis, and also offers a variety of solutions. One solution in particular that I think relates to the issue you described of kids not showing up online or engaging, is the process of mobilizing facilitators, coaches, and other staff members to support those in this situation. Though this may not be a possibility for every school, I think the simple act of support, in any form, is a possibility. As students continue learning online all around the world, I look forward to reading more of your insight into the issue and possible solutions. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/13/health/school-learning-online-education.html?searchResultPosition=1
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 15:13 comment on Covid and How some teachers Handeles it across the US.
    Elizabeth, I think this is a very interesting and important topic, and liked the variety of issues you presented within the bigger issue, which is really that Covid has made learning very difficult for many kids over the past year. I think this issue has a strong tie to the fact that this past year has largely been characterized by the constant need for self-motivated action, and how isolation and working remotely oppose it. An article from The New York Times, “What We’re Learning About Online Learning,” discusses many problems similar to those in your analysis, and also offers a variety of solutions. One solution in particular that I think relates to the issue you described of kids not showing up online or engaging, is the process of mobilizing facilitators, coaches, and other staff members to support those in this situation. Though this may not be a possibility for every school, I think the simple act of support, in any form, is a possibility. As students continue learning online all around the world, I look forward to reading more of your insight into the issue and possible solutions.
  • Amarylis's Mar 26, 15:12 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Maggie, Your problem section was very intriguing. It did not occur to me that many companies will go to that extent for their image. Women in the workforce deserve better treatment and equal opportunities than men. There should be no excuses for these types of actions. It very devastating to see that no matter how progressive we think we are there are still issues between men and women. I also really enjoyed your hook. It makes your audience think and consider what side they are on.
  • Micah's Mar 26, 15:08 comment on GOAT?
    I would agree that he should be in the conversation of the most influential and progressive/trendsetting athlete, however, I would say the GOAT conversation is obviously meant for those who were/are ACTUALLY the greatest players of all time. Yes, while you did mention the fact that he could be considered the GOAT on OR off the field, I do not think he would necessarily be considered either. Because you must also consider Jackie Robinson or Moses Fleetwood Walker in that same conversation. I agree that Jim Thorpe was absolutely amazing at his many crafts and that he is absolutely an important figure in American Civil Rights, he just isn’t the GOAT of any particular sport.
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 14:56 comment on Lack of Reading Motivation in Students
    Maria, This is a problem that, like you said, isn’t considered often, but your analysis does a great job at conveying the importance of reading by displaying the problem at stake, as well as many attainable solutions. As high schoolers, reading after a long day at school is the last thing many of us want to do. Even if the reading is assigned, it can be tempting to simply skim the pages or find a summary online, but like you said, this likely reduces comprehension drastically. I agree with your statements that a lack of self-motivated reading can have a serious impact on acedemic performance and reading comprehension, and thought your proposed solutions were very encourageing, especially, “One simple answer is to make reading fun. Teachers can implement games or give incentives for completing an assignment.” This solution in particular reminded me of an inspiring article by The New York Times, “The Influence of a Perfect Teacher,” which displays just how far simple tactics like implementing games or giving incentives can go in the world of self-motivated education. The author reflects on her elementary education, in which her teacher made reading into a “ritual and compelling drama,” and her librarian had recommendations at all times and even a couch to read on for students who finished their work. What’s so inspiring about this issue, is that the solutions are so simple, and even fun. The task seems really to be getting people to grasp how a lack of reading really does have negative effects on students. I enjoyed your analysis of this issue, Maria, and I look forward to reading your further insight into this topic. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/well/family/teacher-reading-influence.html?searchResultPosition=9
  • Charlie's Mar 26, 14:40 comment on “Utah’s Contradictory Steps Towards Ending Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation”
    Where I moved from, this was a big issue as well. People are usually less excepting in the southeast, so normalizing LGBTQ+ was a struggle. It seems that whatever law is passed, it could be beneficial to one group but other groups still feel discriminated for this. From what I get from your post, it seems that Utah is in the “tug-or-war” state where no one will fully pull one side completely. This was really well written and i’m glad you discussed issues in the LGBTQ+ community!!
  • Lindsey's Mar 26, 14:37 comment on Should Rank Choice Voting Replace the Electoral College?
    Yara, This is a very interesting approach to the flawed voting system the U.S. has in place today. We are forced to choose one candidate to represent us, when we know that they certainly don’t cover all the bases and, if they don’t win, we will most likely get stuck with the candidate with opposite views. I do feel like it will make people feel more comfortable when voting, especially those who have views across the political spectrum, however, voting is already pretty complicated and this may lead to incorrectly filled out forms. I found this pretty interesting article on what positive effects rank-choice voting could have on candidates that may be overlooked most times https://time.com/5718941/ranked-choice-voting/ I would really love to see examples of this type of voting that probably changed the outcome of elections. Thank You!
  • Sage's Mar 26, 14:37 comment on Is AI Being Biased?
    Diana, this should be a problem that is more widely addressed. Do you think there is a reason that people are not hearing about the biases programmed into AI during the hiring process? I would think that such a stark issue should be talked about more. In the efforts to reprogram the AI, how does one insure that absolutely no bias is included in the machine? Should applications be devoid of any irrelevant personal information? Great job on the article.
  • Nicolette's Mar 26, 14:35 comment on The Covid Economy
    Bryan, this is a very interesting perspective, and I definitely agree with you. I like how throughout your examples of elements of our everyday life in America, you show how the theme of being comfortable with our situations may not be as positive as many think. In this case, it seems as though ‘comfortable’ is associated with ‘easy’–through relying on other countries for vital products and choosing to zoom rather than go into work, and like you implied, it’s generally not best to take the easy way out. Your comment about the desire to work from home reminds me of an article from The New York Times, “The Future of Offices When Workers Have a Choice” which discusses the possible transformation of the marketplace after this period of flexibility and essentially choice. Like you said, returning to normality by returning to the office seems like the least problematic route, but likely won’t be the case. Thank you for your analysis, Bryan, I look forward to reading about your further insight into the effects of Covid on our economy–a topic that needs to be considered. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/upshot/work-office-from-home.html?searchResultPosition=3
  • Charlie's Mar 26, 14:32 comment on Problems that lead to Animal Extinction
    Animal extinction has been a major problem every since colonizing had happen. Even when the rail roads were being built across America, the workers has to slaughter the water buffalo that populated the region of where the railroad is established today. They are no longer native to America and were pushed to the brink of extinction.
  • Jack's Mar 26, 14:31 comment on If We Want To Save Our Public Land, There’s Only One Way To Do It; Together
    I thought this article was a great summation of the amazing work that BHA does to help protect public lands. It reminds me of NGOs such as the sierra club and other environmentalist groups. Protecting public lands from private interests is something that I hope we can all agree on, as we all want to protect and enshrine the amazing beauty of our land.
  • Sage's Mar 26, 14:29 comment on Viability of Nuclear Energy
    Gus, I agree with some of your points but disagree with others. When you mention Chernobyl and Fukushima, you mention these as if it was the dangers of nuclear energy that caused that. While nuclear energy surely increased the damages done, Chernobyl was an unauthorized experiment pushing the reactor to its limits, while Fukushima was a mix of under preparation and intense natural disasters. I think that if you look at nuclear power as a future, it offers more safety and sustainability compared to fossil fuels.
  • Lindsey's Mar 26, 14:28 comment on The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
    Claire, This is a very interesting take on the pandemic. Obviously, there is a large focus on physical health and the economy within popular media, but there seems to be less focus on the relationship struggles that you are talking about here. I wonder how to combat this and help strengthen relationships between each other while still navigating the newly found covid struggles? Here is a resource I found on how to do that that I think can mostly be applied to more than just Covid. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/nurturing-our-relationships-during-coronavirus-pandemic I would love to see some more specific issues that families are dealing with. Thank You!
  • Alyssa's Mar 26, 14:27 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Meghan, I think you are completely right when you say, “When someone is really struggling with depression or anxiety, it is looked upon as something normal because it is talked about so often. The reality of this situation is that people who are struggling with these mental illnesses are feeling invisible and that they do not matter as much because society sees their illness as “normal”. ” As someone who has struggled with anxiety since I was little, I have never been able to put this feeling into words until you did. When so many people around me say they have anxiety when they get a little nervous about something, it makes me feel crazy when I have panic attacks before doing something that would normally be easy for anyone else. I think it is important to destigmatize mental illness, but in order to do this, we have to also talk about the “ugly” parts of these illnesses.
  • Jack's Mar 26, 14:22 comment on The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals, Families, and Businesses
    Dear Claire, I found this article you wrote about the impacts of COVID-19 fascinating. I think COVID-19 will most likely be one of the biggest economic shifts in modern history. I vaguely remember the 2008 financial collapse, and I can only now imagine how much more financial fallout will result from the disruption of everyday lives.
  • Lindsey's Mar 26, 14:20 comment on Is AI Being Biased?
    Diana, I never thought something artificial could produce human biases like this. It makes me wonder how these biases are programmed in or created. I found it interesting how the AI biases directly line up with the ones found here, as many humans who hire for companies tend to choose men over women, just like what the AI does. I feel like this connects to ads, such as the ones on Instagram, that specifically target people based on race, gender, location, and more. I found this pretty interesting article on types of AI biases you may like https://research.aimultiple.com/ai-bias/ I would love to see ways on how to combat this type of AI prejudice. Thank you!
  • Charlie's Mar 26, 14:20 comment on Loneliness During Quarantine
    Its awesome to see someone one talking about the isolation that teenagers have felt during the pandemic. Teens really thrive off of the social connections in their life, so cutting those off for a long period of time puts strain on teenagers social skills. This was an really cool discussion post!!
  • Sage's Mar 26, 14:20 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Meghan, I liked how you covered this topic of mental health. I thought it was a very insightful angle to talk about how the normalization of mental health issues can cause more problems for people with serious mental issues. I think that it is important to talk about mental health on an individual basis, and I think you did a great job presenting this situation.
  • Jack's Mar 26, 14:18 comment on The Covid Economy
    Dear Bryan, I found your writing on the covid economy to be fascinating. Particularly “There’s been a recognition that if you rely too much on supply chains that are long and go to China, we may find ourselves in a bad place if we need something in a hurry” China has undoubtedly dominated global supply chains for decades now and has become “the world’s factory” since opening up under the policies of Deng Xiaoping. I think our supply chains have been exposed to weakness after COVID-19, and we will most likely see the rise of resilient supply chains. What do you think?
  • Alyssa's Mar 26, 14:18 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Aaliyah, I completely agree with everything you said in your discussion post, especially when you said, “It is ironic how a generation that says to be more accepting and united is still having racial issues.” I think it is particularly important to hold our generation accountable for their actions, as what we do now will affect how race is perceived in the future. I hope that our generation can be the ones to reduce this hate that is so easily spread, and in order to do this, we need to keep bringing attention to the issues at hand in our country today. I recommend looking at the article “What you can do to fight violence and racism against Asian Americans ( https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/what-you-can-do-to-fight-violence-and-racism-against-asian-americans) because I think it fits in very well with what you wrote about.
  • Dewry's Mar 26, 13:54 comment on Covid-19 Mexico and USA
    Dear Andrea: I feel grief after reading your post, “Covid-19 Mexico and USA” because you say you lost people in your family. I also lost two of my uncles here in the Bronx, and their names are Domingo and Cesar. Your post helped me remember them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “That virus took great people who were part of my family and it hurts us a lot. But we have to accept reality since it will never be the same as it was a year ago but then life will continue.” I think this is sad because we always miss them because they used to come to our house to visit all of us. Another sentence that I feel connected to is: “I hope we are all well but still let’s take care of ourselves and be happy just enjoy life a lot.” This stands out for me because it helped me connect with others who also lost family members but need to enjoy life now. Have you seen this article https://khn.org/news/bereaved-families-are-the-secondary-victims-of-covid-19/? I thought you might be interested in this because of how they talk about how ‘’worrisome ripple effects may linger for years’’ for people like us who have lost family members to COVID. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you write about things that are important and it is all true.
  • Dawry's Mar 26, 13:22 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    Dear Leslie: I am afraid because like you said this pandemic is not a joke in your post, “Crisis in Minnesota and California” because… even myself I lost a family member and even my friend has covid right now as I write this I hope he gets well soon. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I was surprised because I thought this virus was going to be something simple like the flu or something like that.’ I think this is true because… at first I thought the same; I thought this virus was like the flu or a cold that people get and they get sick and they drink medicine and they get well but with this virus, it is different than that because this virus can kill people. In another sentence that I liked, you said: “I asked Johathan about life before the pandemic, he said, ‘I used to go out to the parks, attending school a normal routine has changed a lot.'” I feel the same as Jonathan because my life has changed too, for example, I used to go out with my friends and I used to go to school and now I can do that because of the pandemic. This stood out for me because it is important to learn about this virus because we don’t know if this virus is going to end at some point so we need to take care and be safe. Have you seen this article? https://www.ycteenmag.org/issues/WEB/From_the_Bronx_to_Brandeis.html?story_id=WEB-2020-03-23p I thought you might be interested in this because in this article she talks about how her life was good before the pandemic and when the pandemic came her life was not the same because her mom lost her job. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… I really like articles like this because they bring joy to people’s faces.
  • Marlissa Morris's Mar 26, 04:44 comment on Pandemic
    Kiran, I was interested in your post by the Pandemic because it was what was happening around the world. I think I have learned to be a better educator and a better person to my community. Reading your post also made me realize that we all learn one way or another about our community and what is around us. I am sure it was difficult being a high school but by you being safe, you stayed indoors and took every precaution. It was a great post reading about what you learned within your community through a tragic change and how it affect who we are today. I am not near where you are, but I seen on the news how bad everything was. Thank you for sharing.
  • Dominique's Mar 25, 22:55 comment on Women’s Rights
    Dear Kayla, I am really happy that you wrote about Womenś rights because we both have the same hopes for females. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, ¨It is not fair¨. This really stands out to me because as females we have came a very long way and I agree that itś not fair but life is not fair. We need to make a change for the better. Thank you for your writing and I look forward to reading your future posts.
  • Tadeo's Mar 25, 18:47 comment on Is AI Being Biased?
    Dear Diana : I am quite curious about something you said on your post. More specifically, where it said about AI sorting resumes. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “As of now, companies and other software developers are working hard on developing and improving AI so that hiring people is easier and to make sure that the correct and qualified people.” I wonder why if it seeks for qualified people, it tend to choose more men. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you seem like a decent writer. From Tadeo
  • Marlen's Mar 25, 18:46 comment on Remembering Your Worth
    Dear Maddie, I enjoyed you saying all these things about how you overcame this obstacle in your life. I was really impressed because with all these negative things that happened to you, you still managed to pick yourself up from that situation. I can agree with you on the fact that bullying can affect our mental health severely due to the fact that I’ve been in your shoes at a certain point in my life. It also took me a while to cover come to that obstacle in my life. Something that stood out to me is when you said “you deserve everything good in the world”, I strongly believe that this is so true because everyone deserves everything good coming their way. I really appreciate that you shared your experience because then a lot of people would be able to relate to this and it’ll help them out more knowing they weren’t the only ones who went through something like this! Marlene
  • Aaliyah's Mar 25, 18:44 comment on Pandemic
    Dear Kiran, I am intrigued by your post, “Pandemic”, because it really exemplifies what is occurring in the pandemic in a poem like style. There have been pros and cons of this pandemic that has both helped people grow but also has a way of holding people back as well. Our personal life has been adapting to this new lifestyle but our personal life isn’t the only thing changing as politics has been a back and forth debate with recent issues. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “I remember the fireworks all day and all night for a month — stimulus checks popping on the street — the sizzle of the long fuse, the whistle, and the bang, batteries of bottle rockets, missiles, and barrages of roman candles, the boom of M80’s outside my window at 3 AM.” This sentence elaborates how people are moving past the pandemic like it is not an issue anymore, still going out and doing what they please. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues against the pandemic and how we can find solutions to them. Aaliyah
  • Juan's Mar 25, 18:43 comment on No Petting?
    Dear Yamile, I am star-struck based on your post. I can’t believe the dog actually doesn’t like to get a pet, I thought every dog would like to get affection and attention. Maybe the dog needs more training since it gets upset at things that should be normal. I believe that the dog owner should train him more in order for the dog to learn some discency. One sentence that stands out to me is when you mentioned that when people ask to pet him, the owner says no, but yet they take it as it a joke and still proceed to pet him which enrages the dog. That stood out to me because there, the owner should control the dog a bit better, he should be able to tame him at any given time. Also, he should have let people know that the dog doesn’t like to get a pet, instead of them figuring it out on themselves. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next time because I didn’t know of a dog that didn’t like to get petted. I feel like you bring interesting topics when you post which makes this assignment much more entertaining. -Juan
  • Cynthia's Mar 25, 18:40 comment on Are Warning Labels on Unhealthy Foods a Good Idea?
    Dear Heidi, I impressed by your post “are warning labels on unhealthy foods a good idea?¨because I agree with you I don’t see the point in putting labels on unhealthy food. At the end of the day, people will eat what they want. i mean take my friend for example she eats an unhealthy amount of bacon every other day, she knows this but continues because she loves bacon. so you and I both agree that people already know eating unhealthy food isn’t the best for them but still do it anyway. one sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ¨If people are obese then it is on them,¨ I think is well written because it shows your thought process. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m you’re a good writer and well put together in your explanations. – Cynthia
  • Dulce's Mar 25, 18:39 comment on When Mental Illness is Severe
    I am satisfied by your text “When mental illness is severe” because it really does give a good understanding how some of the things that they do to people with illnesses just makes them worse. They did not choose to have this life but they are still human beings and should be treated equally no matter what. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is , “This just proves the lack of knowledge law enforcement has on the field of mental illnesses and treats it as if the person with the disorder has malicious intent”. Many people need to learn how to understand and deal with people with mental illnesses not just make their feeling worse, the more pressure you put on them the rougher they take it. I understand this very much and it really upsets me how officer can’t even control them they just instead have bad manners and bad ways of handling them. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because what you wrote right here is something that everyone needs to hear and learn from it. I hope to see more of your disagreements towards other articles of yours. Dulce Cardona
  • Diana's Mar 25, 18:39 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo, I agree with your text. I have also thought of this because I have tried to get my mom to learn how to speak english for a while now, but she just won’t do it. She uses those same excuses, that she’s too tired or that she needs to cook. But I think that you can’t force someone to learn something they don’t want too. If my mom doesn’t want to take this opportunity to learn, then I can’t make her. It all falls down to whether they really wanted too or not. Because if you really wanted something that badly, you wouldn’t make up any excuses for it.
  • Alondra's Mar 25, 18:37 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan, I am very much satisfied with your post about mental health which should be a big issue, not something that is normalized as if you’re going to church. “Since it is so generalized in society today, not many people are talking about how this stigma affects those who struggle with their mental health every day”. This stood out to me the most because it is true that the normalization of mental illness has become common that we don´t feel empathy or show solidarity for those who struggle day by day. The world needs to acknowledge such issues and take into priority the well being those who are less fortunate and aid them so they can try to live an easier life.
  • Alexis's Mar 25, 15:51 comment on Dog Training
    Dear litzy i am very impressed about your post “Dog training” Something that i really liked was that you dont really need to train a dog but that it would be best for the owner or owners. I also liked that you said “They question whether they should train their dog to be friendlier with strangers or to be more direct with the people that are eager to touch their dog” i believe that whether the dog isnt trained it can still be friendly but that all depends on the dog as well. Something that stood out to me was that was either you should train a dog or you dont. Thank you litzy . i look forward to see what you will write next.
  • Mario's Mar 25, 15:45 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra, I am now even more hungry after seeing the image of the burger you posted on, ¨Do junk food ads make you hungry?¨, because as it is I don’t eat breakfast before arriving at school so I’m hungry during class. As of now me writing this I am hungry. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was ¨Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers¨. I think this is a great way to put it because everywhere u see are advertisements for pretty much everything. Thank you for your writing Alondra, and I hope someday I get picked for a food social experiment.
  • Manuel's Mar 25, 15:42 comment on Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?
    Dear Alondra: I 100% agree with your post, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?” because I have craved things off an ad, and any time I go out and eat I chose the item that is similar to it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers. Even though the teens said they didn’t notice the ads, it was clear that the marketing had influenced their decision-making.” I think this is surprising because usually when I see an ad I just fly by it and I see it but I don’t pay attention to it but later on, I would see things similar and get it because of the craving I got from remembering the ad from before. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed the way you wrote, it was enjoyable and straightforward. Manuel Cruz
  • Mayra's Mar 25, 15:41 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    Dear Aaliyah , I completely agree how it can be ironic that the government is known for protecting it’s people’s rights although more and more we see hate crimes towards other races. More people need to be aware of how it is not right to target people over there race and how dangerous and unsafe those people can feel based on what the government is allowing to happen. The government needs to address such a topic as Asian-american hate crimes and all other hate crimes in general so they can find people accountable for their wrong actions and so it will influence people to support one another.
  • Fatima's Mar 25, 15:40 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan: I am impressed with your post, “How Far Is Too Far?” because throughout this post you give an explanation about what people experience and that people with this illness are having a hard time. Society has rea;ly come to the point where someone who is depressed is a stage (in most part of society) that is what society thinks. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We should care about the negative stigmas surrounding mental health because it is a problem in society that is not talked about very often” I think this is tough because in the world we tend to push aside things that seem unimportant because they could be a waste of time, but often time we do not have any idea what people who have this problem struggle within a daily basis. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think the way you expressed this situation and how society is taking it is very impressive. It really brings me to think ‘what if I was in their situation?’ definitely I would not like to be judged while having my own problems. Fatima Esparza
  • Gerardo's Mar 25, 15:38 comment on Life in the past
    Dear Saniya, I really enjoyed your post ¨Life in the Past¨ because I can relate to you in many aspects. I was really intrigued when you said that you were watching anime and being excited about watching the next episode. Also, I can relate when you say that you would eat snacks while watching a movie. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨I remember me starting to watch anime for the first time.¨ I liked this sentence because I too can remember trying out anime for my first time I thought it was going to be boring but no it was the complete opposite. Anyways, I really enjoyed this piece of writing and I look forward to your future posts. Gerardo
  • Mayra's Mar 25, 15:34 comment on Are teen students responsible for the education of low-educated parents?
    Dear Tadeo I agree with your statement of how parents and students should make the best of their time when they do interact. It is important for parents to also succeed in education and the more they are able to understand and get educated it can lead them to more opportunities in the workforce. It would be helpful for students to have empathy for their parent as they did not have the same chance to get educated as they did and should take that to their advantage and include any type of education topics into the time they have together. Education does not have a limit it is just important for people to learn and evolve for themselves.
  • Morgan's Mar 25, 15:32 comment on Stop Hate-Crimes
    I like how you are addressing this cause because this is really important. I agree that the government needs to make a move towards granting Asian American rights. These events such as shootings, racial slurs, and physical violence are all important to address because this can get out of hand and become an even bigger problem around the world. Yes, I agree this generation is always talking about being united and accepting one another but still have racial issues. We do need to focus on ending the pandemic instead of other things. Thank you for addressing this problem, Aaliyah.
  • Alex T's Mar 24, 18:42 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Meghan, I really liked your writing on the issues regarding mental health. You mentioned how society often overlooks people who are struggling which can result in worsening their conditions. I believe that this is a major problem in our society that needs to be addressed more often. You wrote from a very formal perspective and introduce facts that can help people to hopefully become more educated. I liked the urgency of your writing as well. Awesome job! I hope your writing reaches more people to help break the stigma attached to mental health so that we can help those who are struggling.
  • Aaliyah's Mar 24, 10:13 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    Dear Meghan, I am intrigued by your post, “How Far Is Too Far?”, because it discusses the issue of how society treats those with mental illness as dangerous. Society will often stereotype those with mental illness as someone who will bring harm to people. People don’t realize what negative part they are taking in a person One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Since it is so generalized in society today, not many people are talking about how this stigma affects those who struggle with their mental health every day”. Since mental illness is so generalized in society people don’t really take notice in the harmful effects it does to a person. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding mental health and how society can learn ways to handle these mental illnesses. Aaliyah
  • Aaliyah's Mar 24, 08:35 comment on When Mental Illness is Severe
    I am intrigued by your post, “When Mental Illness Is Severe”, as it discusses the importance of handling mental illness with appropriate manners. Throughout this decade, there have been many tragedies or occurrences dealing with people who have mental illnesses. It shouldn’t be ignored or handled incorrectly to prevent such tragedies from making its way to the surface again. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “In conclusion, our society treats individuals who suffer from mental disorders as if they’re abnormal, erratic people when in actuality they are human beings in need of dire assistance”. This is important because we shouldn’t treat these people as issues but people who need assisting with their mental illness. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding mental health and how society can learn ways to handle these mental illnesses. Aaliyah
  • Julia B.'s Mar 23, 20:10 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    I liked how you discussed that society does not really accept mental disorders because this is a major problem in society. Schools should be a place where mental disorders are accepted, and teachers and administration teach children how to manage these disorders. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many students still struggle with these issues, let alone managing homework with home life. These children need help with learning how to manage these mental disorders. If schools teach students how to deal with these mental disorders, they will have the skills to manage them in the real world, specifically the workplace. Our society needs to accept that these mental disorders exist, and implement ways to understand how to cope with these mental issues.
  • Meghan's Mar 23, 14:56 comment on Today’s School System Does Not Prepare Students for Life.
    Evelyn, I really loved your post, especially because it was about something that every student can relate to. I agree that preparation for college and life in general is a very important aspect that most schools don’t incorporate into their teaching. Your point about financial skills as well as life skills being essential to succeeding in a career after college is very well written and researched. I appreciate your use of credible sources and think that having these sources makes the post more impactful. Life is more than just academics and students need to be better prepared for the obstacles that come with living on their own for the first time. -Meghan
  • Rory's Mar 22, 16:37 comment on Gender Inequality (Problem Section)
    Maggie, I really enjoyed how informative your problem section was. Personally today I thought that we have come pretty far to break that barrier of gender inequality but your article made me realize the reality of the situation. People have just gotten so use to the inequality they don’t even realize that they’re experiencing it and some people say they are very equal in their work space just to give them a better look which in reality they are not inclusive.
  • Miguel's Mar 20, 19:39 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Well I think he included most of the things but I think he missed more but hey so I stay but also thank you for commenting
  • Miguel's Mar 20, 19:37 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Yes, I chose that one because it was interesting to me and because it talks about my people, that’s where I come from, but thank you also for the comment
  • Miguel's Mar 20, 19:35 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    si orlando bueno asi lo ise y asta la fecha creo yo que me a quedado bien orlando pero grasias
  • Maggie's Mar 19, 20:13 comment on Media Bias on Social Injustice
    Miles, I really enjoyed your post. I think it’s interesting how you brought the concepts of social media’s influence and news influence together. I agree with you that the news can have a mental impact on the public whether directly influenced or not. It’s crazy how something made to prevent stress by keeping people in-the-loop has done the opposite.
  • Maddie's Mar 19, 17:42 comment on Today’s School System Does Not Prepare Students for Life.
    Evelyn, I absolutely love your post. It explains main issues with how school don’t focus on the business aspect of preparing for college. Schools need to evolve more and keep up to date with the society today. Good job!
  • Amanda's Mar 19, 17:33 comment on Problem Section: Human Trafficking in South Asia
    Hi Paige! Thank you for this article! It’s very important that people start to shed more light onto this issue, because it sadly is very common. I like your comment when you said that “…trafficking is just hidden, so it is hard to discover and put a stop to,” which is very true. Many people are scared or unable to come forward, so very little or nothing is done about it and no justice is served. Again, thank you for shedding light onto this saddening issue.
  • Ian's Mar 19, 14:13 comment on Where I’m From
    Dear Ocean: I am amazed with your poem, “Where I’m From” because you’re talking about all these unique things that makes you, you. One line that stands out for me is, “From those memories I know I am the product of intellect and diverse cultures ”. I think this line is great because you’re talking about your family. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Paige's Mar 19, 02:07 comment on Lack of Reading Motivation in Students
    Maria, I agree that the lack of motivation to read for students today is an issue and it is one that I find myself faced with often. Since reading is seen as not the most fun activity to some, it can be hard to find the motivation to read. I can see how students who read for fun are higher achieving academically because they are practicing their comprehension skills more often and are using their brain in a different way than the students who do not read for fun. I agree that it is important to implement reading for fun into the lives of children today so they are more knowledgeable and more likely to succeed in the future. If children start reading early on and find ways to make it fun for them, it will become a habit and not be seen as a chore.
  • Heather's Mar 18, 19:40 comment on Little town
    Dear Megan, I am fascinated by your poem, “Little town,” because it says so much about you. But at the same time it doesn’t reveal much. One line that stands out for me is, “And family of many generations. ”. I think this line is intriguing because what is it that made them stay. Another line that stands out for me is, “Littleton remains a place of my past my present continues to unfold Littleton”. I think this line is compelling because it seems that you’ll never forget where you come from. Your poem reminds me of a story that I once heard.The book was about a boy and his tree. He loved his tree. Throughout his life he uses his tree. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you can continue to write poems like these.
  • Alexis's Mar 18, 16:44 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear rosa, I am very surprised by your wonderful post, ” Did you have struggles finding a job” never in a million years did i ever think that something like this can affect us and our work ability. I enjoy reading the information that you have for us and i agree with you it left many people unemployed and jobless. And young teens that have been enter to the U.S to work and get the chance to help out there family but with the covid 19 it affected it all. Something that stood out to me the most was ” Years of job growth have disappeared in a matter of months, leaving more than twice as many young people as other adults out of work”. Everything that you said was perfect. Thank you rosa for this helpful information.
  • Haley Brummel's Mar 18, 16:03 comment on Remembering Your Worth
    Hi Maddie, I really liked your blog post and found myself relating to you while reading. I especially enjoyed how you expressed how you felt and made everyone reading feel what you were feeling during this time. I also enjoyed how you normalized therapy and having family members and quotes to lean on when times got hard. I think what you had to say will leave a lasting impact on everyone who reads this and leave them with a different perspective on life. Great job! Keep your head up!
  • Tasneem's Mar 18, 15:57 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, i really enjoyed reading your poem and I think you did I an amazing job describing New York City in your own perspective. I can actually say i agree with most of what you wrote. GREAT JOB !!! One stanza that stood out to me was “ Walking to the deli and Talking to the workers and petting the cat”. I really like this stanza because i can restore to it and most delis have cats there. So if you aren’t afraid of cats or allergies the owners don’t mind you touching the cat , and that is one thing i like doing. Another thing i really enjoyed reading was your title “ the street we walk” Because i felt like i can picture what you wrote just by reading it. Especially when you wrote, “ I heard them and I still hear them”. When i was younger i used to hear my mother and my friends parents call them as well, and i feel like that was really important that you added that on your poem.
  • Lydia's Mar 17, 23:49 comment on Remembering Your Worth
    Maddie, I really enjoyed everything you wrote about and how your past challenges have helped you overcome your toughest battles. I’m a true believer that everything we go through teaches us a lesson and forms our character as a person. I agree that bullying can affect our mental health and I think more people need to be aware of that because it can have a long lasting impact on our lives. Overall, I really thought you did a great job on this blog!
  • Miles's Mar 17, 18:15 comment on Media Bias on Social Injustice
    Gorvett, Zaria. “How the News Changes the Way We Think and Behave.” BBC Future, BBC, 12 May 2020, www.bbc.com/future/article/20200512-how-the-news-changes-the-way-we-think-and-behave.
  • Natalia's Mar 17, 16:18 comment on Covid-19 Mexico and USA
    Dear Andrea, I am impressed with your post, “Covid-19 Mexico and USA” because you demonstrate a lot of insight. You teach us about the differences in how people have responded to COVID in the US and Mexico. You also make powerful statements about how we can make the best of the situation. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We must take care of each other.I learned that we must be very understandaing and not pretend that this does not matter. Because this virus is true and no one is immune to it so let’s all take good care of ourselves and be aware of all those we love.” I think this is important because many of us need reminders to NOT pretend that this does not matter. Your plea to take care of ourselves and think of those we love is so valuable. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think you are an insightful person who helps us understand topics with the rich details you include. Ms. N.
  • Orlando's Mar 17, 16:17 comment on Covid in Michoacan, Mexico
    Hi rafael Mi post trata de covid en Michoacan supongo te gusto, gracias por comentarlo, claro que los casos de covid en Mexico son muy altos en cada estado tienen sus reglas, en Michoacan una de la mas importante es mantener su distancia pero como sabemos nadie la respeta pero si los casos son muy altos en michoacan Rafal lindo dia. Orlando Timoteo Huipe.
  • Jeimy's Mar 17, 16:13 comment on Covid-19 Mexico and USA
    Dear Andrea: I am impressed by your poem “Covid-19 Mexico and USA” because you are saying that people don’t want to wear masks and people don’t believe that this is true the government give a statement to be 6 feet apart and don’t do parties or meetings. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ” The government and also there were shortages of things and utilities for the house” I think this is awesome because the government is also following the rules. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you wrote next because I like how you write it and how you explain it, and how your interview tell you that hospitals are full of people sick. Jeimy
  • Andrea's Mar 17, 16:09 comment on Covid in Michoacan, Mexico
    Dear Orlando I can relate to your post, ” Covid in Michoacan, Mexico ” because we are all going through this situation that is very difficult for everyone and that affects us every day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “the virus in Mexico and the virus in the United States. In Mexico, the precautions are not taken so rules.” I think this is worrying because people ignore the rules about covid and we can see that Mexico is one of the countries that are affected by that since many people do not believe and simply do not take care of themselves we hope this is over soon and we can have a better life. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next,because i am quite interested in your blog and I would like to know a little more about what the situation is like and what each country is facing. I would like to continue telling about your country. Andrea A.
  • Bryan's Mar 17, 01:13 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Christian, I am totally agreeing with you with your article ¨Do fast-food ads make you hungry?¨ because I feel like they brainwash you in order for you to buy their products. And they use certain well-known people to help them advertise what they are selling. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨As we know, recently McDonald’s has partnered up with Travis Scott a rapper to show the people what he orders at McDonald’s.¨ This shows us that businesses like McDonald’s use famous individuals to help them sell their products with a way more success rate of them selling products. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed what you have stated in your post. Bryan
  • Alondra's Mar 16, 18:53 comment on I Am From Brooklyn and Haiti
    Dear Alexis, I would like to say that your poem is beautiful and the diction is beautifully chosen. I really enjoyed reading about both sides of your lives because it’s important to cherish your culture and your heritage. I liked how you described Haiti from what the world views it as but we both know that Haiti has more to it than just the negative. You should be proud of the person you and the independent woman in your life. Keep writing because it’s beautiful.
  • James's Mar 16, 15:40 comment on How to spot Fake news?
    if it has alot of ads if it has alot of links and stuff
  • James's Mar 16, 15:38 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    yes sometimes because the food look good and makes you want to try if its new
  • James's Mar 16, 15:36 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    yes as young people it is hard to find a job people that is hiring always want to people with expreince and that able to work full time
  • Orlando's Mar 16, 01:51 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Hi Miguel Estoy un poco identificado con lo que pusiste en tu post sobre como se expandio el covid por tu escuela y pueblo, me gusto como quedo tu ensayo con en titulo y todo porque tu texto o post es lindo no en todo sentido. Una parte me llamo mucho la atencion fue “Change because covid 19 a example is that because of the virus” pero si tu texto es muy bien explicado sigue asi amigo.
  • Litzy's Mar 15, 22:25 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa, I was very intrigued by your post, ” Did you have struggles finding a job?” because it is impressive how much you learned about the unemployment rates of Europe. I never thought unemployment was so big in other places as well. I’ve seen it occur here in The U.S but didn’t realize it was bad everywhere in the world. Unemployment has changed many people’s lives in bad ways and it’s sad to see how high the rate has gone. In this post I see you are talking more about the young people’s point of view but, it’s not only them having difficulties but also older people who have families to support. They not only have to worry about themselves but also their families. Which makes it harder for them to just move back to their parents house which leads them to becoming homeless and jobless. Thank you for writing this post. I am looking forward to seeing what you will be writing about next. -Litzy
  • Zhelanea's Mar 15, 07:03 comment on Sleep deprivation is becoming an epidemic among high school students
    Dear Nicolette, I found your post very informative on the topic of sleep deprivation in teens. I myself struggle with regulating my own sleeping schedule. One line that stood out to me was, “…87% of teenagers are averaging far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, making it extremely difficult for them to reach their potential in terms of performance. It shows how many teens aren’t getting an adequate amount of time to sleep. Some could carry on with as little as 4 hours every day. It’s a problem that hasn’t been fully addressed, yet it is having great consequences. I agree with your post and the arguments brought up.
  • Dulce's Mar 15, 06:52 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear rosa, I am astonished by your writing hear about “did you have struggles finding this job” because it has made me realize how not only our country is struggling to recover. Thousands of jobs were lost and many are left unemployed and its hard to come back to normal when you have no money and no job. Trying to provide for your kids during this pandemic is very risky. I really found it interesting how you mentioned the percentages of the unemployment of before and then. This really affected a lot of people. Thank you for writing this, This has made me realize that in life you have to expect the unexpected and always go for the best, I look forward to see more of your writings. Dulce Cardona
  • Fatima's Mar 15, 06:19 comment on America Means Injustice
    Dear Halimah: I am impressed by your post, “America Means Injustice,” because I think you really expressed how the United States has suffered from the lack of knowledge on how to make it a better place. It is important to know that we Americans are responsible for many of the things happening in the country. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “how we repair the damage that we have done to this country in the past” I think this is powerful because it is saying that is not something that has barely started but for years and years we have been damaging this place. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed reading your post and the perspectives of others towards the situations here. Also, I think you gave amazing and relevant information on why America is shown as an unfair place or more specifically America Means Injustice. Fatima Esparza
  • Juan's Mar 15, 06:02 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your conclusion of analyzing the fact that ads do make you hungry. The dramatization of the ads can indulge you in craving foods you don’t regularly eat. Colors such as red, blue, and yellow attract the eye and make you hungry. I hope to hear from you soon. I loved your post and your personal thoughts on fast food.
  • Mayra's Mar 15, 04:53 comment on The Pay Gap Between Men and Women
    Dear Julia, I agree that there is a great issue that there is even a pay gap jus based on gender. It is sad to say that this is a reality and the country fails to realize this and fix the situation. This is a conversation that more people need to talk about and be taken seriously. When you wrote “These are the consequences of sexism and white supremacy specifically in the United States” i couldn’t agree more. That was a valid point and it is only right to stop stereotypes over women in the workforce and race should never affect your salary that is completely unfair.
  • Gerardo's Mar 15, 04:42 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa, I am shocked by reading your post “Did you have struggles finding a job” because I really never thought that this many people would be unemployed. But it’s very interesting that you wrote something outside of the United States because we are the country that is affected the most by this virus. One sentence that I liked was “Young professionals are being disproportionately hit, economically and socially, by lockdown restrictions, forcing many to make painful adjustments like moving back in with their parents.” I found this sentence very hard to believe because I thought that we were having a bad time other countries are struggling equally or even worse than us. But anyway thanks for sharing this very informational piece of text I’m looking forward to what you post in the near future. Gerardo
  • Matthew's Mar 15, 04:30 comment on Did you have struggles finding a job?
    Dear Rosa, I am surprised by your post, “Did you have struggles finding a job?” because I never really thought about how the coronavirus hit others across the globe. I think it’s great sharing information that many people like me aren’t informed about, especially about this whole pandemic going on. Something that stuck out was, “The European Union jobless rate for people 25 and under jumped from 14.7 percent in January to 17.6 percent in August (compared to 7.4 percent overall).” It’s saddening to know that many people are losing their livelihoods due to something they didn’t expect or see coming. I could only imagine how bad It was in the beginning, particularly with most having almost no control over what was occurring. Thanks for the writing. I look forward to reading more of your informative writing. M.M.
  • Wendy's Mar 15, 03:11 comment on Human Trafficking
    I really appreciate your piece as it raises awareness on a topic that needs to be addressed. I agree that no one should be forced to do anything they don’t want to. Something that stood out to me in your writing was “Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations (“What is Human Trafficking?).” Many people that are not as aware of this topic may not know the forms of ways that people are taken into human trafficking. Your piece was very informative. – Wendy
  • Diana's Mar 15, 01:01 comment on Do fast-food ads make you hungry?
    Dear Cristian, I agree with your statements. I also believe that the way companies advertise their products make us feel a certain way. I’ve heard that the colors such as red, blue, and yellow, attract people to their company. So I would not be surprised if this were another trick for them. I hope to hear more from you soon.
  • Hugo's Mar 14, 22:59 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    Hello camila, unfortunately, the situation we are going through right now is a bit difficult for some people as an example I really like to go out because of this that I almost do not go out to have fun with my friends
  • Jennifer's Mar 13, 09:15 comment on Art
    Dear Tara, I am so pleased about your piece, “Art” because people have different perspectives of what they initially considered a form of art. Answering these questions is great because literally, everyone’s response will be different. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “What do you consider art?” I think this is powerful because this simple question of what people consider art is a whole conversation starter for what people think. It also is great to hear what people think because in a way it’s their personality that expresses what type of art they enjoy. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to hear you talk about the different perspectives of art. I want to hear about what you consider art.
  • Anna Higham's Mar 12, 20:44 comment on Hyperthymesia Research Using Gale
    Hello I’ve read up about this after a few therapy sessions I have been told by many I have experience similar to what you have writen about, I can remember the day I left the hospital when I was born and details that have never been told to me and before look at old photos for example my room from laying in a cote to the lay out and colours of the house or even the hospital and the weather. I find it’s useful and I suppose cool, but in worse times I can’t forget! And it’s seems like a never ending punishment, I’m interested to discuss and discover more. I apologise for spelling Anna H
  • Kayla's Mar 12, 08:10 comment on To Bi or Not to Bi: Exploring Bisexual Representation in Media
    Dear Lisa, I was excited to read your post because you mention not only bisexuals but LGBTQ in general. I really liked how you added a quote to further explain your thesis. My favorite line is “The only way to move forward is to include bi individuals as major figures in the creation, development, and portrayals of such characters.” I enjoyed this quote because you mention the development we could have if bisexuals were included. Thank you for writing, I look forward to your next text. Kayla Castillo
  • Dominique's Mar 11, 23:46 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Dear Megan, I am very glad to have came across your writing. I absolutely agree with what you said in your post. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “It seems as if no matter what girls do, their interests will be considered ridiculous” because I agree with you but as a female all we can do is be happy with what we do and live life for ourselves. Thanks for your writing I look forward to reading what you write next.
  • Cristian's Mar 11, 23:13 comment on Students & The Pandemic
    Hey, Aaliyah, I see that you’re talking about the life of children during the change of the pandemic. I believe they put themselves in that spot and they don’t accept change. So I feel they get this depression, anxiety because they cant continue with life knowing there’s a change. Change is scary but change is really really good. I believe people found themselves and who they truly are as a person. Thank you!, I hope to see some more of your writing soon!
  • Selena's Mar 11, 22:30 comment on The Neglect of Skid Row
    I agree with what you have said skid row people in Los Angeles. In my county, there is always homeless people, “skid row” among the highways and freeways. Many programs and systems are set up to give the homeless a play to stay, a shelter, or food given and new clothing. I believe there should be a safer and better plan because overall you can not take people off the streets if they do not want to help themselves. Everyone has their own situation and own reason and the help is there but only if the skid row really wants to. It’s a helping hand to a better life, to turn their life around from being homeless and sleeping in the streets, on the side of the freeways, etc.
  • Angie's Mar 11, 22:12 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I am Amazed by your poem, “Along Manhattan Avenue,” because I really like how you’ve incorporated the techniques that you saw from your mentor poem and made it your own. I also like how genuine your poem is. One line that stands out for me is, “shining bright through the walls of despair”. I think this line is impactful because it reminds me that even when things get tough there’s always hope for better days. Another line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect”. This made me think about the pressure society puts on us to be the “ideal” person especially when it comes to our physical appearance. Thanks for your poem. I really look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Leslie's Mar 11, 21:29 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    Hi Camila, I mainly thank you for taking my blog into account, Unfortunately, the situation we are going through right now is a bit difficult for some people, a clear example is you since you like to go out and have fun with your friends, family. It’s really kind of funny about that because if the government was commenting “This quarantine will last a maximum of 2 weeks” And look here for almost 1 year like that. But they are already taking action on it.
  • Abdul's Mar 11, 18:23 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    I wonder how this COVID pandemic will end. Are countries going to announce that we’re are done with it and everything is going to go back to normal right away? Or will people start getting normalized to it and start taking their masks off and stores get crowded like they used to get without having that government announce anything?
  • Mae's Mar 11, 18:08 comment on Should Covid Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Heidi: I found your post interesting, because many people around the world, believe the vaccine can contain substances we don’t know about, many people has heard about the government controlling us trough a vaccine or device, I believe that is not true, and we need to rely on the vaccine in order to get out of the pandemic as soon as possible, to return to our normal lives once again.
  • Rafael's Mar 11, 17:55 comment on Covid in Michoacan, Mexico
    Hi Orlando I feel empathic with your post ”Covid in Michoacan, Mexico”. I specifically have empathy with the quote ”In Mexico, the precuations are not taken so rules by people untl it happens to a relative”. I can corroborate what you are saying because I have experienced quarentine in Mexico and in the US. And I would say the same, in the US, the population is aware of the covid, whereas in Mexico, when I was there, the percentage of the population that respects the confinement was too low compared to the population that did not respect the necessary rules to stop the contagion of Covid.
  • Camila's Mar 11, 17:47 comment on Crisis in Minnesota and California
    One thing that stood out to me was when you said ” I never thought that life could change from one moment to another.” I feel the same way too, because a year ago when everyone had to stay at home the only thing that I could think was ” for how long am I supposed to stay here,” the first weeks were really hard for me because I am that kind of person who hangs out a lot with my friends and family and I also love to do things outside and now I had to stay in my house for more than a week. I felt overwhelmed and stressed because my apartment is too small and I lived with 5 people. Another thing that I liked about your essay is when you said ” The government said it would end soon.” This sentence is fun for me because I clearly remember when the government said that it would be over every 2 weeks and we have been in the same situation for around a year.
  • Grecia's Mar 11, 17:44 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    It was very interesting when you said “this will become a learning experience for everyone including the government on how to properly react to a pandemic” this is very true because I don’t think nobody was ready for this. My grandparents also life In Aguascalientes and they feel that the government is not helping at all, so they have to take care of them self even more.
  • Arooj's Mar 11, 17:42 comment on Covid in Calvillo, Aguascalientes
    Dear Miguel, I really liked how you included many different examples in your writing. COVID has affected everyone in the world and made things difficult for everyone. I felt connected when you said that when we go back to school things would be different.
  • Micah's Mar 11, 15:33 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    I do believe this is something we should look into. Guns make it significantly easier to kill people. That is why they are bad. More control on who we let have guns should make that issue significantly less bad.
  • Micah's Mar 11, 15:29 comment on Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being
    I 100% agree with you. This year should be looked at with an asterisk next to it. It is something special in a seriously horrible way.
  • Alexis's Mar 10, 04:38 comment on Child Separation
    i agree they shouldnt spread their kids from there family. Its just so sad because number one for what reason huh ? Once they grow up or start growing uo whos going to be there for them and when they need there parents ? its not right taking child from their parents like it should illegal . seperating their child can lead to anxiety and having fear. I just dont support the child separation.
  • Alexis's Mar 10, 04:31 comment on Covid Vaccines
    hello litzy, i believe that covid 19 vaccines should not be mandatory due to the fact that we dont know how its going to work and all the risk that we are taking this vaccine. Everything that you said was pretty good because theres many risks taking this vaccine because one reason is that it only lasts 6 months and after that 6 months you got to take the vaccine again over and over. So we dont know if its really good for us or not. Some that stood out to me was when you said that if we get the vaccine one it will stop the spread but really we dont know what the outcome of that is going to be. But thank you for you thoughts about that it should be mandatory but i really dont think so.
  • Lisa's Mar 9, 16:04 comment on Kids should be able to sleep late
    Dear Tatianna, As a person who tends to fall asleep in the very early morning, I totally understand the want to have school start a bit later. But in regards to lines like “my school has said you have to be there before 12 so if I sleep in or I’m still tired I don’t have to go right at 8, ” I feel that may cause a huge fluctuation in the schedule. It implies that there are regular classes happening during this time that people could simply skip if they didn’t want to come. I feel like having a system where school starts an hour or two later but takes up the same chunk of time may be more beneficial and less chaotic. Parents should also be considered when talking about these kinds of schedule changes, especially for younger kids, because they have to drop them off/make sure they are ready for school. While I enjoyed and empathized with your view on the topic, I feel like there is a lot of nuance and (like you said) some flexibility is required. – Lisa
  • Lisa's Mar 9, 15:54 comment on Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It
    Dear Sam, I think this is a fascinating subject that is really relevant these days. With so much knowledge being available online, how does one find accurate and reliable news and information. The quote “Media literacy is the literacy of the 21st century,” rings true. I have had some experience with this myself in AP Seminar and Research, where it is vital to be able to tell whether or not a source can be trusted. Do you have any ideas about how we would teach media literacy? I feel like there are a myriad of ways to approach this topic depending on the age and audience. Is it better to start young and make kids aware that there are sources we shouldn’t trust or should that wait until middle or high school? I quite enjoyed the topic and I think you brought up some valid points about the importance of making people aware of what fake news is. -Lisa
  • Hugo's Mar 8, 18:35 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear camila, the truth is, your post was very interesting to me because, as they say, people took the codiv as a joke and when people began to die they already began to make the rules but it was too late because the codiv was already around almost everyone. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is that everyone took the codiv as a game i think this is that was what isolate the codiv spread.
  • Zhelanea's Mar 8, 07:36 comment on The Pay Gap Between Men and Women
    Dear Julia, I think your post explains very well the pay gap between women and men. I completely agree with everything you discussed has I have seen this pay gap in present times in many cases in which women are paid less. “Women of color make a little more than half of the median annual pay of the average white male in the workplace.” This specific quote focuses the light on not only gender but also race. Women minorities suffer the most in workplaces as their pay isn’t as great compared to their male counterparts. Inequality continues in the workplace, and I believe it’s very important to talk about it. I liked your posting and look forward to more.
  • Matthew's Mar 7, 18:32 comment on My story
    I am Fascinated by your poem,My story because things you said in your story was realateble with the people in the lobby to the loud music.
  • Jaylene's Mar 5, 22:51 comment on A Happy Place
    Dear Juan, I am amazed by your poem, “A happy place” because it caught my eye and kept me interested. Even thought it was short it had a lot to tell. One line that stands out for me is, “Out here I can feel the gloom.”. I think this line is interesting because it shows how a place can change someone’s mood. Another line that stands out for me is, “I know your room helps you keep the faith, The faith that the world is a happy place”. I think this line stood how to me because it shows how much the world can affect someone and how a special place can make them feel better. Your poem helps me understand an event that I was once told. Many people find their room like a sanctuary and this poem helps explain why some people feel so safe there. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope to see more of your poetry!
  • Lizbeth's Mar 5, 16:27 comment on Do you absolutely take school seriously?
    Dear Rosa, I like your post “ do you absolutely take school seriously“ it is interesting to see how before they would make their girls work in ugly stuff and just make guys go to work. I think if I want to be there I wouldn’t like to be doing well my parents would tell me I feel like I would like to go to school so I can become better. For school the first few years I wouldn’t take it seriously but now that im a senior I take things seriously in school and I complete my work on time and I actually pay attention. Now these days I take it seriously because my parents never went to school so I want to make them proud until they could see that their daughter succeeded in school. hope you make more of these post they’re actually interesting Lizbeth
  • P's Mar 5, 13:58 comment on If you could remember every single day of your life, would you want to?
    I have it and it has made my life a living hell.
  • Reed aka Samuel's Mar 5, 02:56 comment on A Place Like Haiti
    I like the play of juxtaposed tragic and beauty in this piece.
  • lizbeth's Mar 4, 16:46 comment on Students having hardships during the pandemic
    Dear rosa, I like your post ” Students having hardships during the pandemic” it’s really interesting to see that people got somewhat affected by the pandemic. I think a way to not be stressed is to talk to someone that is really there for you or also at least go out of your house or even make ejercies inside the house will distance someone by not falling into depression or even have stress. I really like your post hope you share for about this because its whats going on know in life.
  • lizbeth's Mar 4, 16:37 comment on Outside Jail Life
    Dear rosa Your post ” Outside Jail Life” is really interesting because there these inmates who are trying to become better in life and since they are in jail they need so much help. I feel like its actually nice that they mak zoom meeting call so that these people can become better and learn to be better.But I also think its bad when they don’t have there technology because maybe those people who don’t need a little more help on there writing and there education. Thanks for sharing this post hope to see more of these because there really interesting how they make zoom meeting for inmates.
  • Kenia's Mar 4, 04:26 comment on The Morality behind Planned Parenthood
    I am writing an essay soon on this topic about how Planned parenthood should be funded agin and how abortions are only 3% of what they really do so I completely agree. There is this whole moral dilemma that everyone is talking about but it really isn’t even a thing. There are so many problems with what many people think planned parenthood is about and being pro life. If we were to ban abortions then we need to do something about the foster system and how corrupt it is. I also think that this topic needs to be heard a lot more, Good Job!
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    that in recent years in the united states people have begun to leabe a lot of they want an that we have to avoid it .
  • Hugo's Mar 3, 18:26 comment on Champions League
    Dear Morgar, I found your article and it seems very interesting because that never happened avia that is crazy I think that watching the game would be crazy. I would like to know more about what happened. Hugo vargas villanueva
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    Hello Henry, Your post sounds Awesome to me because This Topic is very important Trought The world When I read your post, it made me think about we must take more care of our planet and keep it stable.
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    What movies did you watch? Which do you recommend and why?
  • Litzy's Mar 2, 03:58 comment on Is big tech too powerful?
    Dear Dulce: I was very intrigued by your post, “Is big tech too powerful?” because this topic was a very interesting topic that i’ve never thought about. I didn’t think those big tech creators of apps and social media’s had so much control over people. I agree with you that all this is crazy, especially the evidence that the department of justice field had over the big company google which shows how even the government understand that these big tech companies are getting way to much power with their apps. Which is leading them to wanting to change it before they become to powerful. Thank you for writing. I am looking forward to seeing what you write about next. -Litzy
  • Thuê căn hộ's Mar 2, 02:28 comment on Child Development and Behavior: Broken Homes, Hopes, and Dreams
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  • Douglas's Mar 1, 18:45 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren: I am astonished about your poem, “Just a kid with a ball and a dream,” because the line syou chose to write made me think about the shot and the steps towards that shot. also you make me think about how basketballers would feel when there is very little time on the clock left. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “ Around I go with the ball in a flow The defense picks me up so now it’s a give and go FASTER , FASTER, it’s just 5 seconds left The clock too close to zero: this is a time to be a hero”. I think these lines are amusing because i didnt think lines could make me feel interested in basketball when i dont really even watch it. i dont know what you did but the ryhmes also helped with it cause it kind of made it hyped up. Another line that stands out for me is, “ I get to my spot so I could take the shot SWISH! nothing but net”. I think this line is intriguing because the sounds you wrote helped me imagine about the basketball game. the way you described this helped me think more about these moments and when i watch basketball games this helps me understand the situation. Your poem helps me understand a some things about basketball games that I once heard or watched. its like watching some basketball game thats very long then its up to the last few seconds and some would shoot while some will pass nad with this poem i think i could understand what people think about in the game. i could see that the moment they take the shot and makes it and wins the game is the best feeling around but i fel like some people would lose and that could be the worse feeling of all. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. i will look forward to the exciting parts and the rhymes. hope you keep on writing about more sports that you play and understand
  • Paul's Mar 1, 15:48 comment on One thing i did over the past 24 hours?
    What is your dream car? How do you do this practice? Who helps you?
  • Heidi's Mar 1, 06:18 comment on Students & The Pandemic
    I am fascinated by your article “Students and the Pandemic” because I also agree that many teens have changed so much because of the pandemic since they were at home all the time. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “The young teens and adults have had to deal with major changes within this pandemic that has affected them in a various number of ways.” I think this is important because many teens have changed and they don’t know how to deal with it. I also think that for some they found their true self which was a good thing for them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.
  • Rachel's Mar 1, 05:46 comment on Jane Eyre’s Influence on my Own Story
    Dear Sarah: I really enjoyed this post because you clearly outlined how the narrator was characterized and how you plan to use what you learned in your own writing. Something that stands out for me was when you said that your characters will,  “first observe their surroundings, and then they will use their observations to guide their actions and dialogue.” This is a great way to apply what you learned as it helps the characters to seem more like real people. In the real world, people react based off of what they take in through their senses and so the characters act more organically when they incorporate these aspects. It also helps the world of the story become three dimensional for the reader. Thanks for your post, as it was intriguing and very helpful. You had good evidence and insightful reasoning. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Ava's Feb 25, 15:27 comment on What really happens to all the plastic Americans toss into blue bins?
    I totally agree. There are so many other options like Brita filtering bottles. Or reusable/refillable water bottles, which you can keep for years.
  • Dominique's Feb 24, 22:26 comment on No More Suicides!
    Dear Leslie, I am very thankful that you decided to write a post like this. Suicide is not talked about as much as it should be. I am glad you wrote this post because it gives me comfort that I am not the only one who acknowledges suicides. I love that you informed the reader that they are not alone. With this post alone I am sure you saved plenty of lives. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ” Perhaps something to attract attention is what some people think”. This sentence stands out because some people who do not fully understand depression might believe this is true which causes those diagnosed with depression to lack bringing up their emotions. Thank you for your writing I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Bob's Feb 24, 15:08 comment on Who Should Handle Cyberbullying?
    Dear Aaliyah, I was a cyber victim as well and I think that we should inform the schools about cyber bullying. I’ve had run-ins with cyber-bullies on the web without people to protect but now I have my family, friends and teachers. Cyber-bullying can be decreased for those who speak out and ask for help.
  • Sara's Feb 23, 17:56 comment on The Name that Changed the World
    I really liked the whole message of the last paragraph, and I agree where you talked about how divided we are as a country. I also strongly agree with the last statement and think this whole thing was very well written
  • Molly Sullivan's Feb 23, 15:44 comment on The Name that Changed the World
    Amanda, I like the point you made about the American Dream possibly having a negative connotation now. Throughout the recent events that has happened in America, most other countries seem to be laughing at us. The injustices happening in our system are flashing bright right now and are in need of reform.
  • Anastasia's Feb 23, 14:29 comment on First Impressions
    Maria, I really enjoyed this post. I personally, think first impressions are the most important. I always make sure that my first impression is the best it can be by wearing a nice suit, makeup ect. I really like how you said “you can’t make a second first impression”. When I meet someone for the first time thats what I go off of. I usually never give people second chances because then you won’t see the real authentic them but you will see a version of themselves that they have made up so that you could maybe like them. First impressions are the biggest thing not only for me but for almost everyone. great job
  • Gabriel's Feb 23, 05:59 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    I am very impressed about, your post ,”Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory? ” because the government creating the covid vaccine is cool. I find it weird that people will not take the covid vaccine for the benefit of society. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ if a sufficient amount of people take the vaccine, it can not only decrease the spread of Covid but potentially end it..” I think this is surprising because if everyone were to take the vaccine the spread will only go so far and it will stop from spreading and it will save a lot of lives. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I found your post interesting. I learned new information from your post.
  • Evelyn's Feb 23, 05:31 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I really respect and appreciate your decision to write on such an attacked and frowned upon topic in our world today. Not only was the topic well chosen, but your word choice was as well. The evidence that you added was a strong addition to the point that you were trying to get across. I would really enjoy reading a longer and more elaborate version of this post in the future!
  • Gabriel's Feb 23, 05:23 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    I am impressed by your post, “Modern Day Christian Persecution” because it is impressive how you presented this web journal post with a solid sentence to urge the reader’s attention. I concur along with your point that numerous individuals are ignorant of the mistreatment that’s taking put towards Christians around the world. the sentence that really stands out to me is “By educating approximately and talking out almost the bad form that Christians all over the world are confronting in many different ways, Christian mistreatment can ideally one day really ended up a thing of the past.” I accept that through legitimate instruction and sharing individual encounters, that ready to nullify the abuse of Christians. this sentence really impressed me beauce many christians are being mistreated everyday around the world.
  • Maddie's Feb 23, 05:11 comment on Overcoming the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
    Meghan, I though that you did an excellent job on focusIng on the aspect of education. As a person who suffers from anxiety, I can definitely see how this paper could help other people feel supported.
  • Alex's Feb 23, 05:09 comment on Why Is Reading Important?
    Julia, I loved how you brought up multiple points about the benefits of reading and took time to expand on them. I think it is great how you mentioned that reading not only works with reducing stress, but that it can aid in your learning as well. Overall, awesome job! Your blog is very well written.
  • Maya's Feb 23, 03:17 comment on Overcoming the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
    Megan, I thought. you did a great job at displaying what you needed to in an organized manner. It is an important topic that many could relate to and I like how you introduced your topic and then led the reader into steps to take in order to deal with the stigma. -Maya
  • Keira's Feb 23, 03:11 comment on Lack of Reading Motivation in Students
    Maria, I like how you mentioned that a lack of motivation to read is a growing problem leading to a negative impact on reading comprehension and intelligence as a whole. I find myself fighting the battle to read more and constantly feel that my vocabulary is lacking. Reading this article has brought to life some of my struggles and I hope it helps others realize the importance of reading as well. Thank you.
  • Mayra's Feb 23, 01:43 comment on The Neglect of Skid Row
    I agree that people need to look beyond the overall view of cities and look at deeper problems . Skid Row is a place that needs more focus on and place not be abandoned and ignored. You made your point very throughly that those people need resources to move forward with their life, they are filled with potential but also with greater problems that can be solved for each and everyone of them. SInce many approved for new housing and services , the people who are in charge need to take action and go through with their plan to fix this situation.
  • Annie's Feb 23, 00:58 comment on Education Reform
    Hi Peyton! I thought your article was extremely interesting. The fact that only 37% of the curriculum that we see in school is seen in our everyday lives. This is interesting because in class I feel that it was always common that a student asked when we would ever use what we were learning in real life. The teacher that gets asked the question always seems to get upset, but you just proved the validity of that point. I believe that if we see a change in our education system, students will be more willing to learn and remember material rather than just memorizing the information for the test and then forgetting about it.
  • Meghan's Feb 22, 21:10 comment on Why Is Reading Important?
    Julia, I really liked your post and I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on why reading is important. One point you made that stood out to me was that reading can reduce stress. This is very important because we often need an escape from the real world and reading, in my opinion, is the closest thing to that. It seems as if stress is everywhere we look and escaping through a good book relieves that stress and allows you to focus on something other than your daily to-do list. I also liked how you included personal examples in order to connect with the people reading your post.
  • Maria's Feb 22, 20:48 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Hi Megan, I like how you addressed the issue of girls being ridiculed for their interests no matter what it is. I think you are right in focusing on how it affects mainly teenage girls. However I think you could even farther to say that it begins at a much earlier age. Maybe you could explore the impact that activities or sports that girls are involved in during elementary school has on their interests in their teenage years.
  • Amarylis's Feb 22, 17:36 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I think your article is super interesting. It is something that should be brought up more in schools. I agree when you said that we should “enhance” it and that most of the information students end up learning is later forgotten. I also enjoyed how you brought up an alternative way for students to learn. STEM learning is known to be more effective, but there should also be another form of leaning for students interested in art. Your article was easy to follow as well. Great job!
  • Julia G.'s Feb 22, 17:03 comment on The Paradox of “Social” Media
    Hey Lauren, I agree with what you said throughout this post and I also believe there are positive and negative effects to the use of social media. Though it can be used to communicate with friends and family from a distance, it also provides a way for strangers to come in contact with others and provides a way for unwanted information to be spread. I also liked how you explained the effect of social media on teens mental health because it is a large issue in society today that has not been addressed until recently. More attention should be drawn to the subject and your post provides a great explanation of the topic.
  • Elizabeth's Feb 22, 16:59 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    This is a really great article! It’s super intriguing and challenges a new way too look at young girls and the challenges they face with finding interests. I agree with what you said about how girls often find themselves getting ridiculed or made fun of for their intrests. Having brothers I definitely notice that my parents and other family take more of an interest in what they’re doing, and are willing to invest more time and money into their activities. Your post clearly describes this situation and makes it interesting.
  • Amanda's Feb 22, 16:48 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I like that you chose to write about this topic to spread more awareness and to show how passionate and empathetic you are regarding this issue. I agree to your points when you stated that it is more or less humans fault that animal are becoming more extinct since the world is becoming more and more industrialized, which has very many negative effects. I also liked how you gave examples as to how we can minimize pollution and create change to better the environment. Overall, this topic should be more talked about and I’m glad you chose to shed more light on it!
  • Grace's Feb 22, 16:43 comment on The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests
    Hi, I agree with what you said in your post. I also agree that women are constantly criticized and attacked for what they wear and what we do. Women have always ridiculed by others about what they are supposed to be doing. Your blog post describes the situation and problem very clearly and well.
  • Kamila's Feb 22, 15:02 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I really like how you introduced your blog post with a very strong message. As a Christian myself I am happy to see someone speak up about this topic. It saddens me to hear and to realize that I did not even know the extent of Christian persecution. I did not know that TikTok censored Christian content. I think your post will defiantly bring awareness to what is going and hopefully will make others think about it.
  • tomholms's Feb 22, 08:46 comment on Unashamed Conversations About Unmet Mental Health Needs
    Overall, physical health is important and helps us live our day to day lives but we have to keep an idea on mental health as well because many people are affected by it everyday. Even if you can’t see your neighbors or friends, a simple text or call would make their day. https://place-4-papers.com/problem-solution-essay-writing-service/
  • tomholms's Feb 22, 08:39 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Gun laws are always a very controversial topic because some people agree that gun laws need to be more strict, and some people believe that everyone has the right of owning a gun. Gun laws become very political because of the two opposing views of the topic. Gun violence will decrease with more restrictions and with more restrictions, guns become less dangerous to humans but better for self defense or other things guns will be used for https://place-4-papers.com/case-study-writing-service/
  • Rory's Feb 22, 07:47 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Yamile, I enjoyed your post discussing the covid vaccine and whether or not it should be mandatory. I really like how you included both sides of the argument in the article. It is very difficult for people to do that , especially nowadays, and be able to correctly argue from each side. Though I agree that the vaccine should be mandated, it helps to see the other side of the argument rather than just assume your opinion is automatically correct.
  • Megan's Feb 22, 05:40 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I really liked your post! I think that it was very interesting that “he believed that 90% of what they teach their students will never be used in their lives and they are wasting their time.” I thought this was so interesting because this is coming from a teacher’s perspective. I also think that this becomes more true the older a student gets. I believe that younger kids should learn about all the subjects in order to find out what they are most interested in. However, I feel like if one student wants to go into a heavily English focused career, they should not be forced to study science in depth. I also think this would lead to more students enjoying school and would give opportunities to teach life skills to students. For example, many students do not know how to write a check or cook basic meals.
  • Rosa's Feb 22, 05:37 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Dear Edwin, I personally believe it’s terrifying and awful because it’s hard enough that people have lost their work, but your writing makes it clear that it may be even worse that people of all ages are dying. I read that your friend Juan has got the lockdown virus and thank you for sharing this with us in quarantine. Rosa Zavala
  • Rosa's Feb 22, 05:31 comment on Homes are a big part of Salt Lake City’s air pollution problem — and are also the solution.
    Hello Milo In my opinion, I think that as more people come to Utah for a number of causes, this is a very common problem and even more so. I assume that, while not cost-effective, your article from SolutionsU provides a viable approach to the problem. I can also suggest that using more energy-efficient vehicles, carpooling more, using public transit, etc., would be another part of this approach. Lovely work!! -Rosa Zavala
  • Karla's Feb 22, 04:27 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and research in education reform. I totally agree with your fact that, “ on average, only 37% of the curriculum in school is used in everyday life, and that the rest of the information is forgotten and never used” which needs to be changed. I also believe that incorporating STEM into our daily educational lives is important. We need more hands on learning and overall become more in depth with STEM and its aspects. Overall, I liked how you provided information and your own thoughts to tie it all together.
  • Lauren's Feb 22, 03:20 comment on Why Is Reading Important?
    Julia, I enjoyed reading your post, and I agree with all of the points you made. I liked when you said, “Taking a break from our own lives and stepping into the life of another allows us to be transported into a situation that we may never be able to experience ourselves.” This was a great point that you made because I believe that this is applicable to all literature. I also appreciated how you made your post personal as you gave examples from your own life to reinforce your argument.
  • Catherine's Feb 22, 01:06 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia! First of all-I love it! Your word choice conveyed empathy which shows just how passionate you are about this topic! I like how you gave multiple examples as to the reasons for extinctions, as well as how we can help prevent this in the future. You really placed the responsibility on all of us which is something I think we all needed to hear. Overall, very good job!!
  • Mary's Feb 21, 22:23 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I enjoyed your post because I believe there should be more awareness about this topic. I liked how you described all the aspects and included evidence as to the reasons why animals are becoming endangered and extinct. I agree that it is our responsibility to try to reverse our detrimental actions towards the ocean and animals habitats. Thank you for creating more awareness towards this topic!
  • Maggie's Feb 21, 20:17 comment on What really happens to all the plastic Americans toss into blue bins?
    Ashley, I enjoyed your post about plastic and recycling. Often times I think we, as humans, believe that it is okay to use plastic as long as we recycle it when we finish. I think you are exactly right in saying that recycling symbols on the plastic do not guarantee that the item will be recycled. Everyone needs to be more mindful about the plastic they absolutely need versus want for convenience. Thank you for spreading awareness about this topic- I think it is extremely important to remember in our day-to-day lives.
  • Mary Kate's Feb 21, 18:41 comment on Snail Mail
    Catherine, I really appreciate how you emphasized how it’s just too easy to communicate with others in that our messages can be perceived a bunch of different ways. I agree with this idea because whatever you respond with can be interpreted very differently then anticipated. Really great job!
  • Isabella's Feb 21, 15:45 comment on Education Reform
    Peyton, I liked your article about education reform. I found it very interesting when you said, “ only 37% of the curriculum in school is used in everyday life, and that the rest of the information is forgotten and never used” and “ subjects that power a sense of innovation and lead to new ideas are needed.” I was very surprised to find out that such a small percentage of what we learn in school is seen as useful in everyday life. In addition, I liked how you said that new subjects need to be added and a possible solution to that is the STEM program.
  • Miguel's Feb 20, 04:29 comment on A movement to integrate schools across the United States.
    that in united statesthe moviment it is diferent here and in united states because people are diferent and there are a lot of local people who abuse children
  • Miguel's Feb 20, 04:05 comment on Students & The Pandemic
    that the boys of noware getting more complicated the situasion because of passed from covid and they can no longer go to school so safatly
  • Miguel's Feb 20, 03:36 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    thath is united states they already sccarred a covid 19 vaccine and thah it was approbed because it worked and pepole now use it
  • Saniya's Feb 19, 22:59 comment on High Up in the Heights
    Dear Mario, I am amused by your poem, “High up in the Heights” because I feel like you made the reader visualize what it was like to be there. Also because you showed how you feel about being there. One line that stands out for me is, “It’s where all the Spanish people live. I like it, I love it, I live it. Spanish is all on the signs.” I think these lines are powerful because you are talking about the beautiful culture that you will see when walking into the heights. Your poem helps me understand what walking around the heights is like. You described The things you can do there and emotions you can feel. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Rosa's Feb 19, 22:33 comment on Why I always go with my heart
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    Hello Thomas, I delighted in perusing your post, “Electric Car Batteries,” since you bring up an issue that numerous individuals conversation approximately, indeed in spite of the fact that it’s a broadly known subject. It’s an issue that no one can discover a practical arrangement to, but at the slightest attempt to require a step in finding that solution we trust to attain. Something that I discover curiously is: “The truth is no one knows how electric cars would influence the current circumstance on worldwide warming in the event that we substituted them for gasoline cars, but they certainly empower a life with less CO2 emissions.” I think it’s cool you recognize the reality individuals are uninformed of how precisely a deed such as this would change our current circumstance and what kind of put the world be, great or terrible. In any case, thanks for sharing your post. Rosa Zavala
  • Rosa's Feb 19, 22:20 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, I delighted in your lyric “Along Manhattan Avenue,” since it was exceptionally genuine and agreeable. One line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into somebody else’s box labeled “perfect”. I think this line is exceptionally genuine, we are all anticipated to be a certain way concurring to other peoples’ standards. Thanks for your sonnet. I see forward to seeing what you make another. I am looking forward to perusing your another curiously and thought-provoking poem.
  • Rosa's Feb 19, 22:17 comment on San Miguel de Allende Plaza
    Dear Nico, Your poem was entirely well composed, caught my eyes, I love it. I truly enjoyed the phrasing you utilized as such as music, plaza, love, and more since it brings symbolism into the reader’s heads. As I examined your sonnet I felt like I was Mexico within the pueblo of San Miguel. I like how you said colorful and bright as Mexico could be a nation of exceptionally dynamic and excellent people.
  • Rosa's Feb 19, 22:09 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Hello Lydia, your post caught my interest and I concur along with your explanations that it is the obligation of people to act to save creatures from going extinct. I think that the prove merely utilized is important and includes your contention. I like how you included a few fundamental reasons why creatures are going terminated. I concur together with your particular case that people can decrease their sum of plastic utilize and admissions to form a tremendous distinction. I truly like how you said, “We can constrain contamination by restricting down our utilize of plastic bags, dodging plastic items, and reusing properly.” This quote is pertinent to the subject and gives the peruser an illustration of how they can alter to create a distinction.
  • Rosa's Feb 19, 21:05 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Hello Paige, I like how you presented this web journal post with a solid sentence to urge the reader’s attention. I concur along with your point that numerous individuals are ignorant of the mistreatment that’s taking put towards Christians around the world. You employ solid prove and an assortment of sources to back your claim. Furthermore, your examination of the cites makes a difference the peruser get it your contention. I concur along with your point that, “By educating approximately and talking out almost the bad form that Christians all over the world are confronting in many different ways, Christian mistreatment can ideally one day really ended up a thing of the past.” I accept that through legitimate instruction and sharing individual encounters, that ready to nullify the abuse of Christians. Sincerely Rosa Zavala
  • Haley's Feb 19, 16:19 comment on First Impressions
    Hi, I really enjoyed how you wrote that there are never second first impressions. Using this phrase, you showed how important it is to make a good first impression. I also really enjoyed how you explained everything that goes into making a good first impression and how people judge you within the first ten seconds of meeting them. Overall I agree with everything you said. However I do believe that looking your best is only a factor that goes into the first impression. Many people say that your personality can change how you look. I believe that having a positive personality when meeting someone for the first time will be the biggest impression they have on you. Good Job!!
  • Victor's Feb 18, 23:22 comment on Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Yamile : I am astonished about, your post ,”Should the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory? ” because the government creating the covid vaccine is cool. I find it weird that people will not take the covid vaccine for the benefit of society. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Certain people do not trust the vaccine or any vaccines in general. Certain people do not trust the vaccine or any vaccines in general.” I think this is surprising because the vaccines are required to pass several test. Why would they not trust them after many trial and errors. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I found your post interesting. I learned new information from your post. Victor
  • Peyton's Feb 18, 23:03 comment on The Power of Song
    I really like how you related music to social issues. You also showed how music relates to personal aspects of one’s life. Music contributes to style and a level of comfort. Many people use it as a form of language or inspiration. I relate to this because before a softball game, I use music to get me energized and gain a sense of confidence.
  • Cristian's Feb 18, 22:32 comment on Who Should Handle Cyberbullying?
    Hey Aaliyah, Cyber Bullying is something the goes around very casually, Yes I indeed say casually but it’s how the world is nowadays. We need to stand up for change. Everything starts of with school don’t get me wrong. People making fun of people is a daily thing but to a certain extent. Once feelings are hurt that’s the ending line. Not many people know how to stop so its something I believe needs to be taught at home.
  • Claire's Feb 18, 15:03 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I really like how you approached this topic. As a Christian, I find this to be a very important topics that many need to be educated on. I liked that you were able to approach this topic in the sense that individuals don’t realize that Christian prosecution is still used in modern time. I liked that you addressed that speaking on Christian prosecution and religious beliefs can later lead to a decrease in this treatment.
  • Julia B.'s Feb 17, 21:56 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Hey Paige! I love this blog post! As a Catholic, it saddens me that I did not recognize this. I knew that Christians were persecuted in different countries, but it never occurred to me that Christians were being persecuted on different social media platforms, like TikTok. As someone who scrolls through TikTok, I am not surprised by your research that proves your claim. People can be so sensitive in the comments, and many people take even a 15 second video about their faith as an offense to their faith, or lack of one. This blog post really opened my eyes to see how others are still being abused because of their faith. Thank you for sharing this!
  • Molly's Feb 17, 18:41 comment on Leading Causes of Animal Extinction
    Lydia, I agree with your statements that it is the responsibility of individuals to act to save animals from going extinct. I think that the evidence that you used is relevant and adds to your argument. I like how you included several main reasons why animals are going extinct. I agree with your specific example that individuals can reduce their amount of plastic use and intake to make a huge difference. I really like how you said, “We can limit pollution by limiting down our use of plastic bags, avoiding plastic products, and recycling properly.” This quote is relevant to the topic and gives the reader an example of how they can change to make a difference.
  • Emily's Feb 17, 18:39 comment on Modern Day Christian Persecution
    Paige, I like how you introduced this blog post with a strong sentence to get the readers attention. I agree with your point that many people are unaware of the persecution that is taking place towards Christians around the world. You use strong evidence and a variety of sources to support your claim. Additionally, your analysis of the quotes helps the reader understand your argument. I agree with your point that, “By teaching about and speaking out about the injustice that Christians all over the world are facing in many different ways, Christian persecution can hopefully one day actually become a thing of the past.” I believe that through proper education and sharing personal experiences, that we can abolish the persecution of Christians.
  • Paige's Feb 17, 16:47 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I loved when you said, “This comfort we feel through song is one of the many reasons why music is a truly powerful language.” If I can relate to the message of a song I’m listening to, it can help me to feel less alone in what I’m going through. Having songs that can help us through tough times is an awesome gift we are able to have. I also think that it is great that artists are using their songs to help spread messages about social issues. Famous artists have such large audiences, that by using the platform they have to spread awareness on the issues, it can really start a big change.
  • Kayla's Feb 17, 07:36 comment on A movement to integrate schools across the United States.
    Dear Estrella I thought your post was very interesting because it represents the progression that America has grown since years ago. Although we ended segregation in schools, you have made it evident that racism still exists in the US today. A sentence that stood out to me was “A movement like this doesn’t allow schools in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods to have proper funding from the federal government. Integrated schools are a step closer to an anti-racist America, but proper funding for public schools will further the movement.” I thought this was important to add because it shows how far we had to come for equality to be presented to black people.
  • Cristian's Feb 16, 20:20 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Hello Thomas, Electric cars are really taking over this world and era. People will lose their jobs because of what will be the point of gas stations. Transferring from gas to electric chargers will be a lot of money and honestly, I don’t know how it will work because a Tesla takes 10 hours to charge. I don’t think people are willing to wait 10 hours to charge. Unless there is like a really quick charge which takes like 10 minutes. I am willing to convert from gas to electric anytime soon.
  • Gerardo's Feb 16, 05:41 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    I was really interested in your article, “Electric Car Batteries,” because I’m interested in electric vehicles and the future. And I want to hear if they’re going to change or make our earth worse. A single word that caught my attention was I recently read an article reporting that StoreDot, a revolutionary Israeli firm, has produced new and improved batteries for lithium-ion cars with five-minute charging times. If these new batteries charge 5 times faster than the ones we already have, I think it’s going to be a huge boost. We should only wait 2-3 hours before the battery is fully charged instead of waiting for the car battery to charge for like 10 hours now. Thank you for giving Thomas a wonderful and informative message. I’m going to look forward to your future subjects.
  • lizbeth's Feb 16, 04:27 comment on Covid Vaccines
    Dear Litzy, your post ” covid vacancies is every interesting because In my opinion I think that covid vaccines should not be mandatory because a lot of people may think different about it. I also think that when getting the vaccine people may have different kind of effects to it and some may not feel anything.I also think that the vaccine should not be mandatory because its people decisions if they want to be safe or not.Some people may think its not a good idea because they see that other people are getting different effects on the vacince personally me i would not get the vaccine because I think its the same thing as the flu vaccine because usually when i get the flu vaccine i get really sick so i think it would be the same thing that’s why I couldn’t get it. Thank you for posting this I would love to see more of your posts. Lizbeth
  • Ashley's Feb 15, 22:27 comment on Should Covid Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Heidi, I am intrigued by your post ” Should covid vaccines be Mandatory” because I also believe the vaccine should not be mandatory. I feel that anyone should have a choice for this vaccine because we all really don’t know if these vaccines are even good for us or not. Many experts have different opinions on this topic but how do we know who’s right. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me is ” The people are scared to take the vaccine because they don’t trust the government and they don’t want to take it against their will.” I think this is true because so many say bad things about our government. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find these topics interesting and I like how this topic is about what is going on in our world today.
  • Jennifer Mendoza's Feb 15, 20:51 comment on Stigma
    Dear Mariely, I am very happy about your post, “Stigma,” because I believe mental health is an important issue to talk about. I believe it’s something that should be talked about more with everyone. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “if society tries to get educated on it and realize that is a normal and very delicate topic then maybe society would be better maybe there would still be people here maybe society would be a more open space for people to share their problems…” I think this is powerful because mental health is something that people still take as a joke and don’t know how serious this really is. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because Based on the topic today I can tell you want to make a change. Hopefully, with the topic of mental health you wrote, people can start talking about it more and can help those in need of help who still feel like they don’t have a voice. Jennifer Mendoza
  • Alexis's Feb 15, 20:18 comment on A Happy Place
    Dear Juan I am interested in your poem, “A happy place,” because you literally described every teenager’s life of how they feel more safe in their room than anywhere else. We feel safe there because we can be yourself without being judged. One line that stands out for me is, “In my space, I feel the calm and hear nothing but a pin drop”. I think this line is powerful because it proves that it’s quiet and you feel like nothing can hurt you. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “I know your room helps you keep the faith,The faith that the world is a happy place.I think these lines are impactful because many teens stay in there rooms just to get away from our problems and life. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Heidi's Feb 15, 20:03 comment on Body positivity
    Dear Melody, I love your poem, “Body Positivity” because it shows that all bodies are beautiful. One sentence that stood out to me was “who are you to tell me how I should be”. I think that no one should tell people what they think they should do with their bodies. Everyone is in control of what they want to do and if they want to show their bodies they have every right to do that. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.
  • Lydia's Feb 15, 18:07 comment on The Effects of Media
    Amanda, I like how you touched on how we need to try our best to avoid only reaching out and talking to people over social media once the pandemic is over. Misleading information is very common nowadays and once an individual views that site they believe everything it said is true, which can be bad. I agree it’s important to really rationalize the amount of media we put into our lives daily because it consumes the majority of our lives.
  • Zhelanea's Feb 15, 08:58 comment on Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It
    Dear, Sam I’m interested in the topic of media literacy in your post, “Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It” because it shows how we are surrounded by fake news, so it is important to know how to identify it. One sentence that stands out to me is, “This meaning that media literacy is going to be a very important tool in our current generations and is going to be something that must be taught to everyone.” It stands out to me because I know how our generation uses the internet and sees media news every day. That is mostly how we learn about what’s going on in the world. With misleading information, many people could go the wrong way understanding news. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find your points valid.
  • Matthew's Feb 15, 08:08 comment on Covid Vaccines
    Hello Litzy, I enjoyed reading through the stats of cases and how you expressed the two different sides of the type of stance on the situation of COVID-19 vaccines. It’s also interesting reading your thoughts on the situation, I think the answer to this is somewhat subjective depending on the person something that intrigued me from your post was: “Do you think the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory?” Regarding your question, do I think that we should track down people and inject them forcibly? No. Should I agree that individuals should be allowed to have access to certain facilities (hospital work, public schools, etc.) unless they have a valid medical excuse not to do so? Yeah, of course. Anyways, I enjoyed read the stats and your thoughts on the whole COVID-19 vaccination situation, as well as the question you left off with at the end of your post. I hope to see what other opinions you have.
  • Dulce's Feb 15, 08:06 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear camila I am impressed by your writing in the article “covid-19 around the world”, this really makes me understand the changes that covid has made in peoples lives. I think that covid has changed many of us in bad and good ways. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “I hope that this pandemic makes us reflect about being doing what we want to do or be, without fear or questions, we have to be brave and select carefully what we want for our future because the time that is leaving doesn’t come back. ” This is very true because now I realized that we should not waste any time. We have to learn to take the opportunity when its there an open. Thank you for writing this. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I know this can make an impact on peoples lives. We have to learn how to go through tough challenges in life. Dulce Cardona
  • Alondra's Feb 15, 08:01 comment on San Miguel de Allende Plaza
    Dear Nico your poem was absolutely well written. I really liked the diction you used as such as music, plaza, love, and more because it brings imagery into the reader’s heads. As I read your poem I felt like I was Mexico in the pueblo of San Miguel. I like how you said colorful and bright as Mexico is a country of very vibrant and beautiful people.
  • Juan's Feb 15, 07:09 comment on Covid Vaccines
    Yes, I think Covid-19 vaccines should be mandatory due to the fact that they can’t stop the spread. According to your post, it was sort of biased due to the fact you gave your personal thoughts and mutual feelings about the situation. I disagree with you since I believe that when taking the vaccines, grants you immunity to the virus, and you as a person helps stop the spread of the virus. One sentence that stood out to me was, ” However the vaccines only have the potential to end the pandemic if enough people take them to stop covid-19. ” I like this sentence because you acknowledge that these vaccines do in fact have the potential to end the pandemic, so why not make it mandatory. I believe the vaccines have the potential and will stop the spread of the virus. Thank you for your personal thoughts upon the vaccine, but overall it should be because slowing the spread is essential to go back to normal life.
  • Andres's Feb 15, 06:54 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Dear Thomas, i am very impressed with your post on electric cars because it was very interesting how we’ll these cars can help the economy. it is very awesome how they can be the future and eliminate gas problems. one sentence that stood out to me was “The inconvenience of this long charging duration plus the expense of the car is one of the main reasons why people are scared to make the investment, but this new battery may solve all of those problems”. this stood out because yes that is a major inconvenience but one that can be solved with time and the right technology. thanks for writing this interesting article I look forward to seeing what you right next thank you.
  • Monse Alvarez's Feb 15, 06:41 comment on Should We Ban Plastic Straws?
    Dear Yamile: I am impressed with your post “Should We Ban Plastic Straws?”, because it is impressive i thought that if she banned plastic straws it would help the environment a lot but that may not be the case anymore. Plastic straws despite the benefits they may include, the weight that they carry with themselves in the ocean can become more dangerous for both the aquatic life and the environment. It is true that there are other safer alternatives to using plastic straws but can society really listen and take action? One sentence that I argue with you was: “The solution is not banning plastic straws, but to increase recycling and handling our trash correctly so that fewer straws end up in our oceans”. I think this is a valid point because as much as we try to ban plastic straws that is only 1% of the problem and will have little to no effect on the environment. Having a bigger impact will have to involve more ci=ommunity work and worldwide alert, more than anything. Thanks for your writing. I will look forward to seeing what topic you choose next to write about, because I really like the way you bring two different perspectives to the table. Monserrat
  • Fatima Esparza's Feb 15, 06:16 comment on Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind
    Dear Patrick : I am impacted by your post, “Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind ,” because it is so sad that people treat their own in a bad way not giving them opportunities just because of a mistake they committed. As a society, we should be able to give the people who are willing to change and become better in their future and give them the opportunity to become someone better. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “76% of all inmates, nationally, end up back in jail within 5 years of being let out.” I think this is absurd because when those inmates go to find a job they are denied the opportunity to receive a job because of a mistake that they made before. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think it is very interesting because of the lack of human society has. Also, I found the way you demonstrate the information and express it. Fatima Esparza
  • Litzy's Feb 15, 06:09 comment on What do you think when people talk about race ?
    Dear Lizbeth: I was very intrigued by your post, “What do you think when people talk about race” because I like that you are interested about these topics and also how open you are to talking about this situation. I think it’s interesting how many people try to avoid making conversation about these types of situations. When in reality people should try to talk about these situations more to be able to understand both perspectives. Talking about these situations can help people come back together and help get equality. I also agree with you that parents should teach their kids when they are young that everyone is the same no matter their skin color. This would help kids learn that everyone looks different and no matter how they look they are still human, and should be treated equally. Thank you for writing. I am looking forward to see what you write about next. -Litzy
  • Diana's Feb 15, 03:03 comment on A Happy Place
    Dear Juan, I really liked reading this, although short. Not sure if you made it yourself or were inspired by something else but I really liked it. It brought a lot of emotion to it. It made me think back to when I feel sad sometimes, and I only want to be in my room laying down, doing nothing. I understand the meaning behind it as well; that people would rather stay in a safe place that brings them comfort, than being outside in the real world where it doesn’t feel so safe.
  • Chi's Feb 15, 02:18 comment on A Happy Place
    This is a good read!
  • Miles's Feb 14, 22:45 comment on Are You a True American?
    I believe that values such as individualism define American ideals and values, however, they are often not available for every human being in this country. Minorities have to fight much harder to reach the level to achieve the ability to act on their individualistic rights to be successful and gain respect from their community.
  • Miles's Feb 14, 22:24 comment on A Sports Dilemma: Controversial Team-names and the Indigenous Community
    This was an interesting article to read because I’ve been fascinated by the recent sports- name changing controversy across all leagues in the U.S. The surge to change the Washington Redskins name was going around for over 20 years before the official change of the name that emerged from the madness of 2020. It interests me what native American names are deemed appropriate and what are offensive. For example, the Cleveland Indians have indicated plans to change their name as well in the midst of the Washington debate. However, thousands of other sports teams have Native American related names such as the Atlanta Braves or the Chicago Blackhawks. It is just interesting to where is the line between appreciating native American culture and racist depictions.
  • Ricardo's Feb 14, 03:55 comment on Should Covid Vaccines Be Mandatory?
    Dear Heidi : I am fascinated by your post, “Should Covid Vaccines be Mandatory?,” there are 2 answers, and neither is wrong. It is understandable that many fear the vaccine and what is behind it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I believe that the vaccine will control the virus and one day everything can go back to normal.” I think this is fair because at the end of the day, we just want everything to go back to normal. At this point we don’t even know what normal is for us.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the idea you had behind this question was valid. I like how you understand both sides of this argument. Ricardo
  • Evelyn's Feb 13, 07:54 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dear Camila, I am so excited about your post ’’COVID-19 Around the world: Buenos Aires, Argentina’’, because it’s shocking how people made jokes about the pandemic and didn’t believe in a certain virus. I think that after they began to broadcast on the news the propaganda all the people began to prepare. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ‘’the people started wearing masks because they realized that COVID-19 wasn’t a joke’’, I think it was good that people realized what was really happening since by putting on their mask they could avoid getting infected. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your post and I like the way you express yourself.
  • Yamile's Feb 13, 03:42 comment on Penny Production
    Hey Diana, I found your post “Penny Production” very interesting. Its similarity reminds me of something I posted not so long ago which was also a debate whether we should get rid of establishments that don’t accept cash. In the times we’re living in right now some find it easier to use credit cards than exchange cash that others have touched, but they also have to keep in mind those people that don’t have credit cards and only carry cash. Same with the pennies I would say. I agree I never pick up pennies when I see one I leave it there or when I do get some when I receive change I just throw it in my piggy bank. I’m not much of a coins person when it comes to paying so I only like using cash, but I would say it’s not a necessity for them to get rid of the pennies because there are people who use them and it may be the only thing they have to pay. Thank you for sharing, I hope to see what you write soon. -Yamile Beltran
  • Bryan's Feb 13, 01:18 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Dear Thomas, I was really interested in your post ¨Electric Car Batteries¨ because I am interested in the future and electric cars. And I want to know how they will improve our earth or make it worse. One sentence That caught my eye was ¨Recently I read an article declaring that StoreDot, an innovative Israeli company, had developed new and improved lithium-ion car batteries ‘with five-minute charge times¨. I think if these new batteries that charge 5 times faster than the ones we currently have are going to be a great improvement. Instead of waiting for the car battery to charge for like 10 hours now we could only wait 2-3 hours until the battery is fully charged. Thanks for making a great and interesting post Thomas I’m going to be looking forward to your future topics. Bryan N.
  • Jaiden's Feb 13, 00:45 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, I think you summed up what it is like for us every day in the “Street We Walk.”
  • Selena's Feb 12, 21:59 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    Hi, I like your post because I think gun laws are one of many problems today. From what I read it seems to work in Hawaii. Will they ever make this law for the mainlands? With all these restrictions and how hard it is to get a hand on a gun but still people are able to purchase. Would you think it would be a good idea to ban guns once and for all? And only let them be allowed for those in the military or some type of service?
  • Daniela's Feb 12, 21:41 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    I would disagree that “more guns is the solution.” A lot of tragedies have happened due to people who have access to guns. Many guns have landed in the hands of the wrong people which led to many deaths/ incidents. Even those who do have the right to own a gun have used it wrongfully. I think that picking and choosing who gets to have a gun is very risky since we never know what the outcome of the decision will be. I hope that gun violence goes down soon and there is a solution for this to happen.
  • Andrea's Feb 12, 21:21 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Dear Sephora, I believe that the pandemic balances the rich and powerful, as well as the poor and sick. And while each of us is experiencing a little differently but it affects all of us, it would be false to say that we have a great deal of shared experience. I hope all this ends very soon; and that everyone takes more consequence of what is really happening since every day many people die personally throughout this and learned that I must take care of myself since this is not a joke or a game less because I already experienced the pain and sadness of losing my relatives due to this pandemic, we can only understand and follow the health rules well.
  • Orlando's Feb 12, 21:18 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Hello Sephora: My opinion is that the people of Virginia in the world should take many precautions about the virus that, is very deadly. You should not say hello if does not matter. If it is your best friend or girlfriend, it does not matter first the health of each one of all because the pandemic is not a game in the country and the world.
  • Antonio's Feb 12, 19:16 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    Gun laws are currently a problem in our society. From what I have read from this, it seems that Hawaiian laws are working well. Just leaves me with this question, why isn’t this being put into place in the mainland united states. I don’t think that the right of owning a gun should be banned in any way. It just needs to be regulated properly, to prevent any event that causes many to die.
  • Aaliyah's Feb 12, 17:44 comment on A movement to integrate schools across the United States.
    Dear Estrella, I am intrigued by your post, “A Movement to Integrate Schools Across the United States” because of the segregation we can see throughout communities currently. As a country that created laws and rules to make the country united and education systems integrated there is still some segregation. In the education system, segregation is done by the color of one’s skin and socioeconomic status which is supposed to be frowned upon, and that is demonstrated greatly in your text. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “People have created a grassroots movement called Integrated Schools in hopes to integrate schools across the country”. This movement shows how society is taking its part to make their own communities come together again, especially through children’s education. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding segregation in education and communities.
  • Rojo's Feb 12, 17:12 comment on My Bathroom
    Dear Genesis I am thankful for this poem. I enjoys because it is unique and funny which is rare in most poems. One line that stands out to me is “I hope you have a place thats peaceful like mine once was”. This line shows how important this bathroom is to you. This poem reminds me that not all poems should be serious, and how some can even be funny.Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Isabell's Feb 12, 13:32 comment on New York City
    Dear Hai-Cheng: I am absorbed by your poem, “New York City,” because of the way you described nyc as to you. I agree with you when you said that New York City is unique and filled with music and entertainment. One line that stands out for me is, “Five puzzle pieces”. I think this line is powerful because it is in a metaphor of how the 5 boroughs create up New York City Manhattan,Queens.Brooklyn, Staten Isalnd and the Bronx. Another line that stands out for me is, “A compact melting pot”. I think this line is compelling because nyc does have a lot of different cultures, different people here. We are all one though in this big diverse city. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next! Oh and I loved how you included metaphors in your poem.
  • Matthew's Feb 12, 04:37 comment on Electric Car Batteries
    Hey Thomas. I enjoyed reading your post, “Electric Car Batteries,” because you bring up an issue that, to me, not many people talk about, even though it’s a widely known topic. It’s an issue that no one can find a realistic solution to, but at least try to take a step in finding that solution we hope to achieve. Something that I find interesting is: “The truth is no one knows how electric cars would affect the current situation on global warming if we substituted them for gasoline cars, but they certainly encourage a life with less CO2 emissions.” I think it’s cool you acknowledge the fact people are unaware of how exactly a feat such as this would alter our current situation and what kind of place the world be, good or bad. Nonetheless, thanks for your writing. I’d like to see what you have next and as well as what other issue you would possibly bring up. M.M.
  • Cristin's Feb 11, 23:15 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa i love this poem and is important because kids these days are super young be on the street late and parents are worrying about their kids and also stranger telling kids come over here and they get take away but for me the street aren’t safe for us at all.
  • Cristin's Feb 11, 22:34 comment on Hawaii’s Gun Laws and How They Reflect on the Nation
    Dear yara i agree with you yes gun are the problems from today and around the world because many people getting killed by a single shot for no reason and i don’t think that a good ideas especially for young kids cause they going to think oh that look fun to do and i see many young kids playing with guns and shot the self by accident and i think everyone should talk about this and take this for real.
  • Amra's Feb 11, 21:22 comment on Little town
    Dear Megan, I am excited by your poem “Little Town”, because it reminds me of Montenegro because there are twin villages. One line that stands out for me is, “Lined with memories of people come and gone/ And family of many generations,” I think because it reminds me of socializing with my family in Montenegro and going to events with them in the summer. Another line that stands out for me is, “My town, my home” because Montenegro is my home and it will always be because it’s so much fun. Your poem reminds me of Montenegro because the mountain and beaches are beautiful and calm. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next about your town.
  • Genesis's Feb 11, 20:48 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I am inspired by your poem, “ Along Manhattan Avenue ” because I like how you were able to take your poem that you chose in part 1 and make your poem so realistic and heartfelt. One set of lines that stood out for me is, “above the yelling and screaming/above the locked doors and heavy breathing/ above the beatings and blood”. I think these lines are powerful because of the way you used sensory description. Another line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect’”. I think this line is impactful because society forces stereotypes on us for what everyone should look like and dress like and act like. Your description is a perfect statement of this enforcement. Your poem reminds me of a song that I listen to on the daily. The song describes a person looking in the mirror, analyzing her reflection, and seeing how to change herself. And I feel that this is an exact example of what you’re saying. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Drew's Feb 11, 18:06 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa : I am Pleased by your poem, “The Streets We Walk,” because Of the common idea and surroundings of the place where you (and I may) walk past everyday. One line that stands out for me is, “Walking to the deli and Talking to the workers”. I think this line is striking because I do the same thing when I walk to/in the store. Your poem reminds me of my life and experiences while living in New York. Because all these ideas are so common around this area. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Because This poem was great and you have a great way with words
  • Amra's Feb 11, 18:05 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren: I am empowered by your poem, “Just a kid with a ball and a dream” because I like your rhymes. I also like how you asked questions like “should i pass or should i shoot what if i miss and it’s brick” One line that stands out for me is, “I get to my spot so i could shoot”. I think this line is interesting because it shows that you know a lot about basketball. I like Basketball sometime I play Basketball. Another line that stands out for me is,“ SWISH!! Nothing but net as I see the clock empty.” I think this line is thought-provoking because when you say the clock is empty you is serious. You wants that ball to go in the hoop and get a score. You want to shoot in the basket. Your poem reminds me of memories of watching the stories about the NBA on the tv. On Tv, I saw Lebron James making a shot in the hoop. Lebron James is good at making shots. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to hear more about Basketball. What will bring me back to you posts is if you keep writing about basketball. I like basketball. It keeps me moving and energetic. I hope to see more about basketball.
  • Amra's Feb 11, 17:56 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren: I am empowered by your poem, “Just a kid with a ball and a dream” because I like your rhymes. I also like how you asked questions like “should i pass or should i shoot what if i miss and it’s brick” One line that stands out for me is, “I get to my spot so i could shoot”. I think this line is interesting because it shows that you know a lot about basketball. Do you play basketball? Do you like Basketball? Another line that stands out for me is,“ SWISH!! Nothing but net as I see the clock empty.” I think this line is thought-provoking because when you say the clock is empty you is serious. You wants that ball to go in the hoop and get a score. You want to shoot in the basket. Your poem reminds me of memories of watching the stories about the NBA on the tv. On Tv, I saw Lebron James making a shot in the hoop. Lebron James is good at making shots. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to hear more about Basketball. What will bring me back to you posts is if you keep writing about basketball. I like basketball. It keeps me moving and energetic. I hope to see more about basketball.
  • Drew's Feb 11, 17:52 comment on Central Park
    Dear Ocean: I am emotionally Inspired by your poem, “Central Park,” because of the way you describe it and how you use the beauty of it’s nature. One line that stands out for me is, “ and the feeling of a breeze that can help relieve. With the smell of fresh air, you start to not care”. I think this line is relatable because after I walk around this park for a long time, I start to see the little thing and the blossoming of the world. Your poem reminds me of the many things/emotions Central Park provides. Because for me being born in New York I have taken advantage of this park and everything it has to offer since I’ve been there so many times. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Because I enjoyed your take on the world and the way you made these words come together.
  • Dehao's Feb 11, 17:26 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa Your poem in my opinion captures what being a child felt like as if we are at the ages of 10 again. Your poem “The Street We Walk” captures how personally I was as child , since I know that I used to enjoy going to the park and come back rather late. I don’t need to pick a line since I believe the whole poem is what brings the nostalgia not just a single line. Thank you for this poem as it has brought back some nice memories.
  • Mario's Feb 11, 15:34 comment on A Night/Gloomy Morning In NYC
    Dear Drew: I am happy with your poem , “A Night/Gloomy Morning In Nyc,” because I like mornings and nights in NYC. Also, you used beautiful words. One line that stands out for me is, “The moonlight bounces off the empty street.”. I think this line is striking because I thought about moonlight bouncing like a basketball. Another line that stands out for me is, “But what happens when the sun never rises and the moon is the only thing we see”. I think this line is stirring because what does happens if the sun never rises? Your poem reminds me of a story that I once read. The story was from when I was a kid. It was about a moon. I think it was titled, “Good Night Moon.” I liked that story alot. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like you to write more about moons. Also, show us more pictures of the city.
  • Milo's Feb 11, 15:10 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Dear Sephora, It was really interesting reading two separate stories on COVID and how their community/state dealt with it, and how they not only contrast to themselves, but contrast to my experience in Utah, which up until recently hasn’t really been very well (if you’re curious how we’re doing right now, you can read this link https://kslnewsradio.com/1942893/gov-cox-covid-19-vaccine-may-be-available-for-all-utahns-sooner-than-expected/). I am also curious how the entire state of California has dealt with the Pandemic, aside from Berkeley. Anyhow, great post, keep it up, and I hope to read more about how our Union has dealt with this pandemic differently.
  • Miguel's Feb 11, 03:05 comment on Selena Quintanilla
    Selena Gomez is a Mexican idol that changed the latin music.
  • Jeimy's Feb 11, 02:36 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Edwin you post is interesting I think is sad to lose your job and I know that is hard to stay in home but is more healthy for you and for your family I see that your mom is a nurse some people is getting the vaccine and some are scare in mexico the vaccine is not there the people who is getting infected is losing the smell or the taste.
  • Evelyn Aritza Rodriguez Mendoza's Feb 11, 01:13 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    Dear Arooj I am impressed with your post, ‘’COVID-19 Around the world: Mexico’’, because the way in which you describe how the covid-19 affected Mexicans is impressive. I think that covid-19 affected all countries worldwide. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me ‘’There are more than 1.8 million COVID cases and more than 150,000 deaths in Mexico’’ I think this sentence It makes me wonder how a disease can affect an entire country. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your report and the way you described it in detail.
  • Nico's Feb 11, 00:56 comment on Central Park
    Dear Ocean, I am appreciative of your poem, “Central Park,” because It talks about the beauty of central park and its birds, people, and environment. I like how you described the park as If I were in it right now. One line that stands out for me is, “the laughter of kids playing basketball”. I think this line is intriguing because It really describes the way that the park would be if you went there right now. I can picture it in my head. Another line that stands out for me is, “a variety of birds can be found”. I think this line is interesting because I can picture the birds and I notice the birds when I go to the park, even If I don’t look at them I still hear them. I think birds are very interesting because there are so many in the trees. Thanks for your poem Ocean. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Grace's Feb 11, 00:39 comment on Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind
    Patrick- I think you bring up some really unique points here- this is not an issue that is commonly discussed. The cycle of former-inmates not being prioritized for jobs worsens their likelihood of being able to create a stable life for themselves and put themselves into a position to not get into trouble again. These resources are great. Ultimately, if taxpayers invest in programs such as these, there should be a decrease in second crime rates. Therefore, it is extremely cost effective, equally as expensive and more influential/ likely to make a positive impact on human society. It will encourage those who are let out of jail to stay on track.
  • Nico's Feb 11, 00:39 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, I am interested in your poem, “Along Manhattan Avenue,” because I like how the sun was part of the poem and what it represents. One line that stands out for me is, “molding yourself into someone elses box labeled ‘perfect’”. I think this line is striking because it is saying that you have to be “perfect” for other people and not be perfect for yourself. Another line that stands out for me is, “I see the sun”. I think this line is compelling because even through all the things that are bad and how hard life is, you can still see the sun. I like how you repeated “I can see the sun”, or “I can see it”. Your poem is very well written. I like the repetition of your sentences. I like how you said that you can still see the sun but you know that God is still above the sun. This poem stood out to me because of the descriptive language you used. Great job on this poem. I’ll look forward to reading more poems like this one.
  • Tasneem's Feb 10, 19:34 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, the reason why i chose to reply to your poem is because it stood out to me the most. I can say that everything you wrote i agree because that’s what goes around her in Manhattan (New York in general) One stanza that stood out to me the most was “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect” This reminds me of one of my poems because i wrote about how people want you to fit their standard of beauty but never yours, and thats why it stood out to me . I think what you wrote was amazing. Great job!!
  • Jeimy's Feb 10, 18:21 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Edwin you post is interesting I think this is frightening and horrible because it’s bad enough that people have lost their jobs, but your writing makes clear that it could be much worse because of people of all ages dying. I read that you friend Juan got the virus he lockdown and quarantine thank you for share this to us.
  • Sam's Feb 10, 18:20 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Virginia, USA
    Sephora, Covid is a uniquely shared experience, isn’t it? There’s been a great deal of discussion about how the pandemic is some sort of ‘great equalizer,’ leveling the rich and powerful just as it does the poor and sickly. And while we each experience this catastrophe differently, it would be untrue to say that we have a great deal of shared experience. I do hope it will be over soon; but until then, we can all commiserate together.
  • Sam's Feb 10, 18:16 comment on Holocaust and Antisemitic Education in the United States
    I would never have expected anti-Semitism to be such a prevailing issue in the modern day. But I suppose that comes from the perspective of an individual who was educated about the holocaust from a fairly young age, as a core part of historical curriculum. It is interesting to see how effective these education initiatives are, and I hope they can be implemented on a wider scale in the near future.
  • Leslie's Feb 10, 18:15 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    Hello dear Arooj, I am amazed with your publication since I thought the same as you, that this pandemic was going to end soon, the part that caught my attention the most was’ I assumed that COVID-19 was going to end shortly after it began, but All changed. I used to go out every day, but now I don’t go out often, I think the pandemic is affecting a lot.
  • Mbathio's Feb 10, 18:10 comment on Fresh Earth
    Dear Chloe, I am happy with your poem, “Fresh Earth” because you clearly have a lot of love for Prospect Park and all the important events in your life that took place there. One line that stands out for me is, “ I made my first friends there”. I think this line is nice because friendships are really important and it’s such a great memory that you made it in a park that you still go to. Another line that stands out for me is, “ It is where I walk my dog, where I go on relaxing walks to clear my head.”. I think this line is special because it’s really nice to know you have an escape. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Lexie's Feb 10, 18:03 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa I really enjoyed reading this poem. The way that you described everything made it so easy to picture. And you reminded me of some memories I forgot that I had.
  • Mbathio's Feb 10, 17:58 comment on What I am made of?
    Dear Ishak, I am thrilled with your poem, “What Am I Made Of?” because of your clear faith and knowledge of yourself and who you are in your home town and in a Manhattan. One line that stands out for me is, “ I was raised by the Sunset over the Island I am from a view of Manhattan in the West”. I think these lines are powerful because it shows you’re appreciative of both of your settings and surroundings. Your poem helps me understand that your home will always be your home no matter if you’re far or not. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Luisa's Feb 10, 17:53 comment on Central Park
    Dear Ocean: Your poem talks about Central Park and how beautiful and how it one of New york beautiful features. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like how you describe Central Park.
  • Luisa's Feb 10, 17:48 comment on New York City
    Dear Hai-cheng : Your Poem talks about how you see New york city as a place that unique and filled with music and entrainment. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like how you talk about new york city and talking about the Music and entrainment in New York City and the culture there.
  • Nicolle's Feb 10, 17:18 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, I really enjoyed this poem because its raw and relatable. Many people can relate to this and imagine it. Its very nostalgic hearing it especially in times like now.
  • Dominique Cano's Feb 10, 16:13 comment on Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind
    Dear Patrick, I am very interested in your writing. I absolutely agree with you. I feel like this would be great for those incarcerated, it is giving them a second chance and I believe everybody should get a second chance. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is when you stated, “These programs are designed specifically for inmates who are interested in starting a business and provides them with useful online learning resources that they can access while incarcerated.” This gives me reassurance that only those who really want to do it will do it and not waste time. Thanks for your writing!
  • Kaimea's Feb 10, 16:06 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio, I enjoyed your poem “Along Manhattan Avenue ,” because it was very true and agreeable. One line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””. I think this line is very true, we are all expected to be a certain way according to other peoples’ standards. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I am looking forward to reading your next interesting and thought-provoking poems.
  • Ocean's Feb 10, 15:58 comment on New York City
    Thanks for your poem! I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like how you use different literary techniques one of which is enjambment. I also liked how you talked about NYC Culture like music and entertainment.
  • Ocean's Feb 10, 15:48 comment on Little town
    Your poem is very similar to Mi Pueblo, I think this because you both say the name of your town and then say “My town” after that. I look forward to reading more of your poems it truly is a great poem!
  • Ian's Feb 10, 15:43 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Dear Mbathio: I am shocked by your poem, “Along Manhattan Avenue,” because of what the meaning of the poem. One line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””. I think this line is good because of how we are expected to be perfect in this world. Another line that stands out for me is, “but never higher than god.”. I think this line is great because it makes me think that no matter what, God is still the best and the one who is on top. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I really loved this poem because it made me think about the deeper meaning within every line. I am excited for your next post.
  • Kaimea's Feb 10, 15:33 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa, I liked reading your poem, “The street we walk,” because it was very easy to picture what you were saying, and everything you wrote was relatable to me. One line that stands out for me is, “Hearing police sirens and seeing the A and 1 track passing.” I think this line is very relatable to me because I often heard and see these things in my neighborhood. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Ian's Feb 10, 15:32 comment on The Street We Walk
    Dear Luisa: I am happy with your poem, “The Street We Walk,” because when I read it for the first time I felt like I was reading a book. It was detailed and I could picture the scenes in my head. I could also relate to what was going on in the poem. One line that stands out for me is, “I heard them and I still hear them”. I think this line is important because This line is what leads you to the rest of the poem.. Another line that stands out for me is, “This is the place I know”. I think this line is also good because after reading the poem and reading that line, I feel like I understand you better. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I want to read about more of the places that you know.
  • Karim's Feb 10, 15:19 comment on Fading
    i like how you related oil and our society because its a big thing for us
  • Karim's Feb 10, 15:16 comment on The Street We Walk
    i like how you made the poem sound like your telling a dream/story
  • Natalia's Feb 10, 14:32 comment on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    Hi Zhelenea, Thank you for writing this; more people need to think about how our actions are affecting the earth. One way I reduce is by not buying plastic water bottles. My daughters and I use reusable bottles instead. One way I reuse is by saving the takeout containers we get from restaurants. Later, when I want to give someone food, I use those containers and I don’t expect to get them back. I try to recycle everything that is accepted. Recently, I started rinsing out my yogurt containers because I understand we are not supposed to place dirty items in the recycling bin. What do you do? How can we get more people to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Ms. N.
  • miguel's Feb 10, 04:58 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: Mexico
    I wonder how the people of the small ranches that don’t have the sufficient funds and even transportation deal with this covid situation since most of there needs come from outside of the ranch.
  • miguel's Feb 9, 22:23 comment on Womanhood
    The book looks intriguing.
  • Yara's Feb 9, 20:42 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    I knew that minority communities have historically struggled with substance abuse, but I had never realized how bad it was in the native community. Do you know why that is? I am aware that Indigenous people in the U.S and Canada face unique issues such as the problems with reservations, environmentally and otherwise, as well as the missing native women. Do you think that this contributes to the problem?
  • Lexie's Feb 9, 20:18 comment on Along Manhattan Avenue
    Mbathio I love your poem.My favorite part of the poem is “ above the yelling and screaming above the locked doors and heavy breathing above the beatings and blood above the intense lectures resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””.This is my favorite part because it reminds me of society and how we are always expected to be “perfect “ even though there is no perfect person.
  • Cecilia's Feb 9, 20:06 comment on Ready Player One: Winning the Egg
    Dear Leo, I have also read Ready Player One, and I didn’t think about how the setting change didn’t affect Wade as much as it should have. I think that Wade moving to Colorado, the setting change more concrete symbol of Wade’s change of status within the Oasis. He now has the money and points to travel to different worlds and sectors in the Oasis without needing to leave his room. My one question would be if you think that moving to Colorado had any sort of impact on Wade, a sense of protection from the sixers? I look forward to reading more thoughts on this novel.
  • Josh's Feb 9, 19:48 comment on COVID-19 Around the World: El Salvador
    Edwin, this article is really interesting and informative. The main take I got was how different it is for some people in different countries. I think showing the experiences of others, especially in other countries is really important to show how some lucky some of us are.

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