• Viviana's Jan 18, 05:21 comment on THE BARRIO KINGS
    Dear Tigist, This sounds like such an interesting book, and I look forward to reading it in the future. This book reminds me a lot of I book I read late last year. The book is called Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle. In his book he speaks of his nonprofit organization Homeboy Industries where he has helped rehabilitate thousands of gang members. In his book there are many people like Rosario who struggle to move forward with their lives after they leave gangs. If you really enjoyed The Barrio Kings you might also enjoy Tattoos on the Heart.
  • Aria's Jan 17, 23:24 comment on Charter Schools
    Dear Mia, You're article was very interesting and unique. I agree that charter school provide something more than an education by looking into the arts and being able ot take college level courses. But I disagree that it's better than public schools because there are also private schools that provide just as good an education along with a public school, it just depends on what school you go and your preference. I agree that your charter school should be considered a private school because just like my school, it's a college prepatory school. Here is an article that may help your case: https://www.brighthubeducation.com/education-industry/128393-the-good-and-bad-of-charter-schools/ Sincerely, Aria
  • Aria's Jan 17, 23:09 comment on Widening Wealth Gap
    Hello ALysa, I agree with what you have to say regarding income inequality. It has become a big problem in today's day in age. The poor are suffering too much whilst the rich get richer. The only way to fix it is by taxing the rich in order to make the gap more equal. Here is an article I found that may help you in your case: https://www.vox.com/2019/3/19/18240377/estate-tax-wealth-tax-70-percent-warren-sanders-aoc -Aria
  • Olivia M Anderson's Jan 17, 22:30 comment on Is the Death Penalty Effective?
    Hi Lola, I really like your post and how you explained the statistics of the issue and also how the death penalty is practiced in the US. Your argument is backed up by a lot of really good evidence. Here is a source that talks about more facts surrounding this issue. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/08/02/5-facts-about-the-death-penalty/
  • Megan's Jan 17, 21:45 comment on What are our American Values?
    Ethan, This was very interesting and extremely well written. its interesting how you linked the values directly to the Constitution! Its clear that you thought out this before writing it, and put much time, effort, and thought into your ideas and writing. Heres a link that may help you further your research. https://usahello.org/resources/american-values/ . Cant wait to see what you write next! Megan
  • Megan's Jan 17, 21:42 comment on Animal Rights
    James- I found this post super interesting because it is the same topic that I wrote about! I think that this was very well written, easy to follow, and its clear that you out time and effort into your research. Heres a link that may help further your research. https://newint.org/sections/argument/2011/06/01/animal-testing-medical-research-laurie-pycroft-pro-test Cant wait to see what else you write on the topic! Megan
  • Ella's Jan 17, 21:14 comment on Just Peace
    Hi Noemi, I loved your poem! Personally, poetry has never been something that I have loved, but yours was really good! It was very relatable as well. I agree with you and think that peace is something that is found when imagining something that makes you happy and calm. It is something that gets rid of your stress and makes you feel completely harmonious. My favorite lines are your last two when you say "Peace doesn’t have to make sense, It just has to make you happy." I totally get that and can see how this is true. One person's idea of peace can be completely different than another person's. That doesn't matter though because as long as the person is happy and calm, it is ok. I truly loved your poem and can't wait to see what you write next!
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 21:04 comment on Increasing Utah’s Public Transportation will lower the Inversion Season
    YES! Coming from Chicago, a city with a vast public transportation infastructure, SLC needs to improve their offerings. This would help with air quality and to support the growth the valley is projected to see in the upcoming years. I also think more people need to be encouraged to take the buses and carpool up the canyons, so maybe a campaign about that would help, too.
  • Emmy's Jan 17, 20:51 comment on Widening Wealth Gap
    Alysa, I knew this issue was bad but I had no idea to the extent in which it went. It is crazy to hear that the top 1% have half of all the nations income. I definitely believe we need to tax the rich more to balance the economy somewhere back to when the rich had 1/3 of the nation's income... after all they can afford it! As this gap intensifies I find that our society becomes more and more elitist where money seems to buy power. Do you see this issue too or is the wage gap found strictly in the economy for you? I'm looking forward to hearing more from you on this issue and reading your problem solution essay in the future! -Emmy
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:50 comment on Gun Violence
    I love your proposed solutions. I think we also need decrease the number of guns sold illegally, especially across state lines (ie: Indiana has more lax gun laws than Illinois, which is why many Chicagoans who want guns via illegal means simply drive an hour to purchase a gun).
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:46 comment on What is the Best Way to Reduce Abortion Rates?
    Such an important healthcare topic. I wonder how much politics are impeding or supporting solutions to more thorough sexual education and access, given today's political climate.
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:42 comment on How the ski industry can save itself
    I am wondering how access to skiing as a sport/hobby will be impacted by climate and the choices resorts have to make. It seems like lift tickets and season passes get more and more expensive each year, plus the cost of equipment, makes me think more individuals and families are being priced out of skiing. If this continues, resorts may have a dwindling number of vacationers/season pass holders to fill their resorts and keep the funded. I wonder if there is an intersection between the environment, tourism, and the economics of skiing.
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:39 comment on Healthcare: Problem-Inquiry Solution
    Such a timely topic with the election--I wonder if you can weave in what specific candidates' plans are. What concerns me, like many of our social issues, is that those who are the most impacted often have the least power in our society. Universal healthcare, if sustainable, would ideally give individuals access to a more equitable life/better life with improved health. Health is truly a human right.
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:37 comment on Ending Police Brutality
    There are so many issues that intersect with your topic--politic/political beliefs, experiences with the police, ideas about the police from childhood/family, race, gender, location/neighborhood, individuals (civilians and officers), etc. Definitely a complex issue and I love how you establish credibility by stating there will be no "one size fits all" solution to creating better relationships. I am excited to read about your solutions!
  • Maggie's Jan 17, 20:34 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    Interesting--I think this is an important topic because health, including sexual health, is a priority for a healthy adult life. I am curious to know more about the social/cultural impacts on different genders and groups of people--who receives the "best"/most education on the topic? What have trends over decades revealed for different genders/groups? Is there a correlation with teenaged/unwanted pregnancies in these groups?
  • James's Jan 17, 20:32 comment on Yellowstone’s History is Surprisingly Unknown.
    I never knew the history of Yellowstone! This was very interesting and detailed and I like the way you wrote this post.
  • James's Jan 17, 20:30 comment on Outright banning guns won’t work. What will?
    Hey Pete, I found your post very interesting and well written. I agree with you about not just banning guns and think there should be some control over who can have a gun.
  • Italia's Jan 17, 18:51 comment on What is the Best Way to Reduce Abortion Rates?
    Christina, this is such an important topic in this day and age! Thank you for speaking on it by creating a well-educated statement. I whole-heartedly agree with your proposed solution and think it's a full-proof plan. This article illustrates the methodology of a solution similar to yours and is very good at explaining its intent: https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/access-to-free-birth-control-reduces-abortion-rates/. Thank you for your post, I'm glad someone notices the parts where we are failing the female population of our country and isn't stubborn enough to see there are other ways of figuring out the problem.
  • Alysa's Jan 17, 18:51 comment on School uniforms
    Hi Roman, I found this article about school uniforms quite interesting and I think you would enjoy it. https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-uniforms/ I think that you did a good job because I do agree that sometimes school uniforms seen unnecessary because of the rules that come with them. You stated that it takes away from the goal of the uniform. Which I agree because kids get in trouble if there shirt is not tucked in which takes away from learning in the classroom. I do think that uniforms can be a pro because sometimes clothing can be a distraction because kids focus more on what they are wearing instead of actual learning. It makes everyone seem equal so people that are poor do not have to compete with the wealthy. I really liked your discussion.
  • Tomas's Jan 17, 18:49 comment on IS School Necessary?
    Willbert, this is a very interesting question. However, I think school is very necessary. Elementary onto middle school develops a kid into a teen with the skills necessary for high school and daily life. High school forms someone a person ready to launch into the new world as an adult. The people who are rich, and dropped out of school are a small minority. They had strong ideas, and since they were so passionate about it they were able to create something amazing. Here is a link showing the benefits of schooling for someone’s life: https://www.borgenmagazine.com/top-10-benefits-of-education/. Overall, the amount of people successful from not being schooled in minimal compared to the benefits from going to school. The path someone takes in life may be set or influenced by outside variables, so I think that saying school is unnecessary isn’t completely true. Schooling may not be for everyone, but it helps people make a living in the long run.
  • Emily's Jan 17, 18:48 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Your essay makes a compelling argument for helping teachers afford rent. This is a very important issue across the US. You might find this article, which relates to your issue, interesting: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-urban-rents-hit-all-time-high-at-average-1405-report/ .
  • Elliot's Jan 17, 18:45 comment on Who benefits from lateness?
    Hey Alis, I think the problem you bring up is one of sleep and nutrition in teens as more of a broad subject. For example, I think if school even started 30-45 minutes later students would be able to eat better and get more sleep. However, I think being late does affect other people not just yourself. Teachers are trying to teach a curriculum and its difficult for them to do this with distractions and people walking in whenever they get to school.
  • Alysa's Jan 17, 18:45 comment on America’s past and present
    I thought you did a great job discussing America's history. Here is an article on minority rights that I thought you would find interesting. https://minorityrights.org/country/united-states-of-america/ I do agree with you that America is not the greatest country on earth. There are many problems facing the nation, we were at once a great country, but it has diminished. There are other country that have equality and there are not problems concerning gender gap. The United States citizens focus on the past and therefore see it as the best, but that is false because the world is changing and new things need to be done concerning new issues. I really liked how you stated this and I agree something needs to be done. I would enjoy if you wrote about a possible solution on how America can learn and grow to improve the country for the better. All in all great job, I found it very interesting.
  • Tomas's Jan 17, 18:41 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    Simon, I completely agree with you. Teen vaping has become such a large issue in our country. Here is a link to a NY Times page where they calculate the number of deaths and injuries from vaping, I think the numbers will surprise you: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/vaping-illness-tracker-evali.html. It is crazy to see that even with so much harm, people are so willing to go out of their way to get these devices. The addiction is crazy. Here is another link expressing how we can go about this issue: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking-tobacco/how-to-keep-kids-and-teens-from-smoking-and-vaping. Thank you for your post, it is good to see that someone recognizes this issue. Let me know if you find anything interesting in those links.
  • Emily's Jan 17, 18:40 comment on How the ski industry can save itself
    This is a very interesting topic. I agree that we should mobilize skiers and the outdoor community to work for political and environmental change. You might find this article interesting: https://snowbrains.com/the-future-of-the-ski-industry-is-in-jeopardy/ .
  • Elliot's Jan 17, 18:34 comment on School uniforms
    Hey Roman, In your first paragraph you say that a uniform makes students stand out, but isn't designed for the opposite effect. I think a uniform makes it so kids that are poor will not have to compete with students that can use a ton of money from their parents on clothes. But I do agree with you that the uniform should be enough, the extra rules are pointless in my opinion. Overall well written, good job.
  • Kaya's Jan 17, 18:03 comment on Boys Need to Listen
    Hello Ana. You did an amazing job on this article. I believe that sexual assault is a huge problem, especially in America today. I have friends that have been sexually assaulted and it really messed them up. I believe that teaching young boys that no means no could help the issue because some simply do not understand. I looked up ways to help stop sexual assault and harassment. One of the best ways to stop this harassment is to simply tell people about it when it happens to you. Bringing attention to the problem is a good way to help get it resolved. http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/svaw/harassment/explore/5prevention.htm This source shows what we can do in the positions we are in. It shows what to do if it happens to you, a friend, or someone you know. I think it could be a big help if you wanted to continue research on this topic.
  • Kaya's Jan 17, 17:50 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    Good morning Simon. I think you have some really clear points laid out. I believe that the amount of teens that vape is very out of hand. They can easily get addicted to nicotine and then they can not stop. This can cause harm to brain development and can be a gateway to using other tobacco substances and alcohol. I have found a great source that can help you if you would like to further your studies on this. https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/knowtherisks.html This source shows the risks of vaping and the affects it has in the long run.
  • Cooper Williford's Jan 17, 15:52 comment on Immigration in the U.S.
    I appreciate how this post gives a timeline of America's immigration history, but I feel lost about the Donald Trump part. You sort of jumped to it and didn't even bother to explain why he made the decisions he did.
  • Roman's Jan 17, 15:51 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah
    Good post. Religion and important subjects such as these should not be mixed together.
  • Peter's Jan 17, 15:49 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Hi Luis. My name is Peter, I'm a student at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Utah. I was curious as to why you believe a lot of the things you do in your post. You present your ideas, but you don't exactly go into the specifics of why you believe what you do. For example, when you talk about how animals are being held captive in zoos without a choice. While this is a completely valid argument, you don't really go into it much further other than that. AVMA talks about how they are ethical in the sense that we can use them for education. https://www.avma.org/javma-news/2002-12-01/it-ethical-keep-animals-zoos I hope you have a good day.
  • Roman's Jan 17, 15:49 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree that people should be educated about climate change. It's an important issue that we will have to live with and hopefully it can be fixed.
  • Cooper Williford's Jan 17, 15:46 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah
    I really enjoyed this post! You have a good amount of sources to back you up and you make some great points. Teaching kids abstinence will not teach kids about safe sex at all, it only confuses them more!
  • Peter's Jan 17, 15:44 comment on The Paris Agreement/Climate Change
    Hey Elliot, I like your points you brought up about how we shouldn't mess with the planet because of the repercussions it could have on humanity. According to CFR the main reason Trump pulled out of the agreement was to stimulate the US economy (Despite this not being a good option) https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/consequences-leaving-paris-agreement?gclid=Cj0KCQiA04XxBRD5ARIsAGFygj9Ym9LGyN4PGL1PuD0PeYqr0IUOI-kkfJ6glJHuY6A88HJ3wdBeX5waAmqgEALw_wcB, My main problem with your article is how it is written. There are a lot of run-on sentences, as well as some things that don't make sense. There also weren't any links to your sources. Overall, you had the right idea, but it could have been brought out a bit better.
  • Ronata's Jan 17, 08:34 comment on War! What is it good for?
    Hi Diego. I agree with you that war overall is a parlous act. There are better ways to handle disputes between nations or even disputes within a single one. War benefits neither side, at the end of the day loses are taken by both ends so a win is never really a win. To often humanity turns to fighting as a way to settle things once and for all but never really take a step back and see the inevitable outcome that is underway. I really enjoyed reading your prompt, I hope to read more of your work. Thank you.
  • Ivan's Jan 16, 23:55 comment on Are We Under Appreciating Food Truck Workers?
    Dear Christian, I like your article and its an amazing piece but, I disagree that food truck food is high quality food your article states that “Over 90 percent of diners rated food truck quality as excellent or good and over 80 percent of them used words like fun, exciting, new, different and unique when asked why they dined there” (Milbrath). But if you look up the percentage of how many people don't enjoy food truck food is 60% according to FoodTruckEmpire.com. (a counter argument would have been good to show both sides of the story).
  • Sugeiry's Jan 16, 22:28 comment on Oakland Roots SC
    Dear Efan, I think that your post was interesting because other posts talk about the negative side of Oakland but you wrote about a positive thing in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was, "Studies have shown that players of competitive sports such as soccer tend to have higher grades overall and lower rates of depression and to participate less in risky behaviors such as taking drugs or drinking alcohol." because there are more and more youth using drugs and this is a great way of distracting them.
  • Joshua's Jan 16, 20:55 comment on Prejudice towards immigrant children is dangerous to their mental health.
    I appreciate and can relate with your article. As the children of immigrant parents, I have often had to deal with balancing assimilation into American culture with preservation of my original culture. Your suggestion to overcome this dilemma by refusing to act on prejudice is one I support, encourage, and agree to act on as well.
  • Ronata's Jan 16, 20:49 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    A lot of the discussions on this website tend to be really substantial so reading this made me happy. The internet is definitely full of interesting little things and the fact that you found this both surprises me and intrigues me. The fact that people take the time out of their sometimes, busy days to staple bread to trees (and not always knowing the benefits it has) really brings me hope for a bettering community. I look forward to your next piece, thank you!
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 16, 20:48 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Melaine, I think your thoughts about prisoners getting the right to vote very informative on the benefits of getting prisoners their right to vote. I thought your second paragraph about criminals getting their rights said to them, but then being denied to them. I think your topic is interesting and I would love some more research on states that allow prisoners to vote and how it is effecting the elections.
  • Maddie's Jan 16, 20:41 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    I liked how strange and peculiar this topic is. I would have never thought of something like this to write about and nor do I have any idea where you found this but I love it. I'm glad you shared this with is and I am intrigued to look up more about bread stapling.
  • Christina's Jan 16, 20:37 comment on Abortion
    HI Liv! In my article, I researched this relationship between reducing abortion rates and restrictions to abortions. I found that contrary to what some may believe, restricting access to abortion does not reduce abortion rates. Instead, I found that what does reduce abortion rates is increased access to contraception, expanded sex education to include more than abstinence-based contraception, and expanded social welfare programs like paid maternity leave. You are absolutely correct to say that restricting access to abortion does not reduce the abortion rate.
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 16, 20:37 comment on Krispy Kreme Nazis?
    Sophia, Your article gave quite a surprise. I had no idea that the original owners of Krispy Kreme are ancestors of Nazi supporters. I wonder how it feels to know that your ancestors were supporters of one of the worst people in world history. I think the owners of Krispy Kreme did the right in donating to the Holocaust survivors to help right the wrongs of their ancestors. I wonder what other famous companies have interesting ancestors.
  • Joshua's Jan 16, 20:36 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Your article was very eye-opening Josh. I never thought that I would believe that bread could be damaging to trees Josh. I am not still sure about my opinion but will get back to you on that Josh. I'm back Josh. I don't agree with your opinion Josh. I think the stapled bread hurts the environment Josh. However, I appreciate the different examples you used such as Jesus being "stapled" to a tree and bread being a "staple" food Josh.
  • Maddie's Jan 16, 20:35 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    I think you're topic is very important because it is a problem that not enough people are aware of this. I like how you put in statistics and told who is affected by this problem.
  • simon's Jan 16, 20:34 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Very nice job!
  • stella's Jan 16, 20:33 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree this, I find it insane that something scientifically proved is still not being taught in schools, especially since teaching it would reduce the problem in the future.
  • Eric's Jan 16, 20:33 comment on The addition of Vocational training to schools.
    I agree with everything you have said, Gideon. I believe vocational training is essential in increasing the quality of life for blue-collar workers.
  • Wesley's Jan 16, 20:33 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree, once we start to teach about it in schools it may be taken more as a serious topic. I feel like in school I haven't actually been taught about climate change and how I can help with the problem. Once our society starts to understand it that is when we will be able to help it and make a change.
  • Jaime's Jan 16, 20:31 comment on Problem-Solution Overview
    Eric C. Stevens this was a very well written essay. I remember seeing something like this.
  • Addison's Jan 16, 20:31 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    This article was a nice change in pace from a lot of the heavier topics being written about! This made me smile and think about all the videos I've seen of this. At the time I had no idea there was such a huge community for bread stapling and it makes me think about all the other insane reddit blogs that must exist. I think it's awesome that this trend is un-harmful and I love finding dumb things like this which might even help small eco systems. I think this is an awesome essay that you could divulge into a lot more with the proper research, you might even be able to contact people within the community and conduct an interview!
  • Maggie's Jan 16, 20:29 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I agree with you that abortion is wrong and I like how you used credible sources.
  • Wesley's Jan 16, 20:29 comment on Criminalizing Homelessness
    Those that are homeless seem to be in a bad situation that might lead them to commit more crimes than those that are in better situations. If people really are being targeted because them being homeless makes them a easier target or because the stereotypes that come along with being homeless, then that is not okay and needs to be prevented. However maybe they are not really being targeted because they are homeless but because they are committing more crimes.
  • Christina's Jan 16, 20:27 comment on The State Of Sex-Ed
    Wesley, we both researched a similar topics, but covered different sides of it. While I looked at how to reduce abortion rates, you researched how to reduce teen abortion rates. It was interesting to see that improving sex education was a solution to both of our questions. Have you considered increased access to contraceptives as a way to reduce teen abortion rates?
  • Eric's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Education in Schools About Climate Change
    I agree with everything stated. It is imperative to have the younger generations educated in climate sciences and generating solutions since these generations are the ones that will have to deal with the issue and the consequences of climate change.
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Cora, I think your solution is very interesting and can be taken in very different areas about the environment and how being a vegetarian will help the body. I think being vegetarian will help lower the green house emissions and lower the process of climate change. I think you should consider that going vegetarian is more expensive than buying meat-based products in your counter argument and how it will not be accessible for being to become vegetarian.
  • Jaime's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    I agree with what you are saying. I agree that it is really easy for young people to get vape pens. Please reconsider this resource https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2019/02/vaping-rises-among-teens
  • Joshua's Jan 16, 20:26 comment on Ending Police Brutality
    Great insight! Your elaboration on police brutality was well thought and eye-opening.I never really gave much thought unequal status police officers could have in a courtroom.
  • Simon Briesacher's Jan 16, 20:25 comment on Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah
    Good job Amaia! Way to use your sources to defend your statements.
  • Maggie's Jan 16, 20:23 comment on How the ski industry can save itself
    I am a skier and I ski often and this post informed me on things that I have never thought about and was very informative overall.
  • Addison's Jan 16, 20:23 comment on A Way to Combat Depression
    I like the idea behind this because I think hugging can help a lot, however in severe cases hugging and physical contact may insight panic, anxiety and trauma in certain people. I also think that in recent years physical contact has been normalized to only be acceptable within romantic relationships which isn't the case, I think by normalizing hugs there could be a huge positive impact not only on the support we show one another but they way we express relationships. One more thought I had about this, I think this is something that service animals can help with, the compassion animals show us can be extremely helpful especially for people who may get anxiety around other people. I think this was a really interesting post and I want to research more about this.
  • Simon Briesacher's Jan 16, 20:23 comment on Problem-Solution Overview
    RICKY, this was very well written essay. Expand on it!
  • Eric's Jan 16, 20:22 comment on Teen Vaping 🌬
    I agree with what is stated. It is too easy for underage individuals to obtain concealable vaping devices, making it very easy to make our generation addicted.
  • Christina's Jan 16, 20:21 comment on Family and Fentanyl: How the ongoing opioid crisis is affecting the Deep South
    Wow. The statistic, "That is enough for 34 pills per resident for the entire county," really made me realize how widespread and significant this problem is. Being able to visualize the amount of pills each person would have drives home the fact that there are too many pills being distributed.
  • Maggie's Jan 16, 20:21 comment on Gun Violence in America: Opposing Viewpoints
    I like how you gave both sides of the argument and had evidence to support both.
  • Willbert's Jan 16, 14:50 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am interested by your music called “JazzDanceBeat” because I feel like you did a great job on the beat. I believe you have real talent. One part of your beat that stands out to me is where you switch the ride 'em and drop the beat. I think this is awesome because I'm into doing beats too. Another part I enjoyed is where the beat is just stays in flow at 15 seconds. This stood out for me because I feel like I can listen to this on my own time. Your beat reminds me of something that I made once. One time I was playing a game with the same beat. Thanks for the song. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I really enjoyed this one. Best wishes with your art Derrik
  • Yeury's Jan 16, 14:44 comment on that HoT F!RE🙌💥
    Dear Elijah, I am ambivalent about your beat/instrumental called “ That hot f!re” because your beat doesn’t have a catchy side. And also because your beat doesn’t change at all throughout the whole 50 seconds of the beat. One part of your beat that stands out for me is where you added another sound into the beat. I think that sound wasn’t needed at all it messed everything up. Another part that I noticed is where you changed it to another different sound in 29 seconds which wasn’t really needed.. This stood out for me because the beat didn’t need all that editing on it. Your beat remind me of a party I went to and the beats were just like the beat you made with no lyrics. Thanks you for your beat. I look forward that you learning something from the feedback I told you. Best wishes with your art. Yeury
  • Idrissa's Jan 16, 14:44 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am amazed by your beat work of art & music, called “JazzDanceBeat” because the beat sounds like it's for enjoyment. and the melodies really make you want to dance, even when you don't feel like it. One part of your song that stands out for me is where the beat flow changes almost every five to 10 seconds because you didn't want to let the beat sound boring. I think this is an extremely good because there's something about the beat that makes you wanna keep listening to it. Another part that I enjoyed is where you added some background in the back of the beat. This stood out for me because it reminds me of the old days music. Your beat reminds me of something that I made one time that sounds exactly the same as yours. Thanks for your beat. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because i really want to see what you are capable of. Best wishes with your art. Idrissa
  • Dewry's Jan 16, 14:40 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am happy about your song called “JazzDanceBeat” because is fun to listen to. One part of your song that stands out for me is at second 21:01 this stood out for me because the beat changes. Thanks for your music. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because i like this. Best wishes with your art. Dewry
  • Dawry's Jan 16, 14:38 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    JazzDanceBeat Dear Derrick, I am excited by your song called “JazzDanceBeat” because is fun to listen too. One part of your song that stands out for me is where the beat stops at 21:01 and then keeps going and that's fire. I think this is nice because people can dance to this song. Thanks for your music. I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like this. Best wishes with your art. Dawry
  • Glendy's Jan 16, 14:37 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    Dear Derrick, I am impressed by your music called “JazzDanceBeat” because the music changes in the middle of the beat. One line was in the middle of the song at 21:00 seconds. It changes beat from fast to slow. Your beat reminds me of the old Jazz Beat. Thanks for your beat, I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like old school music.
  • Joan's Jan 16, 14:21 comment on JazzDanceBeat
    I am amazed about this your music called “JazzDanceBeat" because the music changes in the middle of the song . One line was in the middle of the song , it changes beat .your song reminds me of the 80's jazz music. Thanks for your music . I look forward to seeing what you make next because I like jazz beats .
  • Divianca's Jan 16, 06:01 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear America, I think your post was really interesting and thoughtful because of how you explained that immigrants have to go through a lot of struggles and how Trump is only making it harder for them to succeed. A line that stood out to me was “Immigrants care about each other and their families like everyone else, and these new policies are degrading” because it’s true that they are just like anyone else and they have feelings. This also connects to what I have wrote about because it talks about wage theft which is one of many struggles that immigrants have to face. Thanks for writing, you are a very skilled and powerful writer and keep it up.
  • Edith's Jan 16, 05:01 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Dear Jimena, you’ve written a serious issue that needs to be talked about more. I agree with every point you’ve listed. Air pollution is damaging our Earth and children. We cannot let this problem be unseen by people in power. They too need to talk about this issue and figure out some solutions. A line that stood out to me is, “Global warming, most of the times is a very dangerous problem because it’s affecting the earth and the earth is basically depending on us to change the way we live and reduce global warming” because the planet is depending on us. We are all part of this problem. We started it and now we need to end it. If our home is gone, we are gone as well. Thank you for writing this, Jimena. I look forward to seeing more of your writing.
  • Edith's Jan 16, 04:59 comment on The Streets of Oakland
    Dear Jimena, you’ve written a serious issue that needs to be talked about more. I agree with every point you’ve listed. Air pollution is damaging our Earth and children. We cannot let this problem be unseen by people in power. They too need to talk about this issue and figure out some solutions. A line that stood out to me is, “Global warming, most of the times is a very dangerous problem because it’s affecting the earth and the earth is basically depending on us to change the way we live and reduce global warming” because the planet is depending on us. We are all part of this problem. We started it and now we need to end it. If our home is gone, we are gone as well. Thank you for writing this, Jimena. I look forward to seeing more of your writing.
  • Yaritza's Jan 15, 20:38 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, I agree with your blog because there's been a lot of gun violence in the community of Oakland and it's not safe. I agree with the sentence that you included that says "Gun violence is causing too many murders in Oakland because there are not enough laws to stop people from getting a gun, that is there must be a stricter laws for gun ownership and use." This s really important because if the law was more strict on guns there would be less gun violence murder. Thank you for sharing out your writing and giving out an important message on the gun violence in Oakland.
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  • Yaritza's Jan 15, 20:23 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Hello Dayanara, your writing is very important, i'm sure to a lot of people in Oakland and would also want to make a change for the homelessness in Oakland. Something you said that stands out for me is "Oakland had 859 sheltered people and 3,210 unsheltered people." Also the sentence "In 2017, Oakland hd 859 sheltered people and 1,902 unsheltered residents, a total of 2,761." This is important information for people to know so they can find solutions for homeless people. Thank you for sharing your sharing your writing. I look forward on seeing more on your writing.
  • Fernanda's Jan 15, 19:42 comment on Taxes In Oakland
    Dear Amy, I think your post is very informative because because you made me realize how Oakland is not using the taxes money aprodietly. A line that stood out to me was "It is undeniable from these numbers, that Oakland taxes are giving either too little or too much towards jobs that have the same amount of life risks which shows that Oakland can be using the money for unnecessary essentials..." because I didn't know what the Oakland people did with the taxes money and now you informed me and made me realize that they are not using the taxes right. I agree with you. Thank you fro writing and keep it up can't wait to read your next post.
  • Joshua's Jan 15, 19:41 comment on Oakland LGBTQ Community
    Dear Yari, I Think your post was great! because i really like how you want to help support the LGBTQ comunity most people won't even like to help them because they are homophobic, But I find the LGBTQ people are regular people that we meet. I want to meet someone who is gay or transgender because I want to know what are some people that supported them throughout their change. A line that stood out for me was "Oakland, in the other hand, can be very supportive to the LGBTQ community." This stood out for me because people in Oakland are supportive to the LGBTQ community and we can help them more if we have ask them what are some flaws that Oakland has about the LGBTQ community so we can fix them to make Oakland more comfortable for them. I agree with the point about Being unsupportive to the LGBTQ comunity because if we are unsupportive Oakland can be unsafe for the LGBTQ people. Thanks for writing and keep it up because I think you can even be a novelist and be a famous writer.
  • Jacob's Jan 15, 19:40 comment on Prop. 13 is beneficial
    Dear Elizabeth I think your post was very informational because it tells me about Propp 13 and how it lowers the amount of money we have to pay through taxes. A line that stood out to me was People who have been in their homes for many years and have paid rent every month should be able to keep a steady price because I believe this also and think this should actually come into effect.
  • Juan's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Sideshows
    Dear Josue, I think your post was good because sideshows are a part of Oakland in a way that the community enjoys them and spend a good time watching, they have fun and that's part of the culture now. A line that stood out to me was "Sideshows build a community by congregating everyone together from different places. Also it can show how Oakland culture passes from its predecessors to future generations. Again, it’s showing Oakland that it can go out and have fun" because it does bring people together like people may not notice that it brings them together, we have to show them in a different perspective because all they may see is dumb people risking someones life but the people know what they are getting themselves into they have fun doing these type of things. I agree with your point about how its about showing off cars because cars are something to look at its beauty to some and for others is metal put together.Thanks for writing and keep up the good work wish you the best on your writing in the future.
  • Christian's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, I think your post was amazing because you really explained the problem of this community's littering problem that hurts our environment and it really emphasises on how it's causing problems in our community. A line that stuck out to me was "Oakland residents don’t pick up after their trash, they will have to pay an expensive fine for illegal dumping" because it really spoke to me how it's impacting us in negative ways that we have to pay in our own cash for illegal dumpings and it's just wrong. Thanks for writing and keep it up!
  • Isaiah's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Dear Jacqueline, I think your post very positive and informational because homeless people really do not have a platform to speak their mind. I feel it is important that the homeless get to share their experiences as every human should. I feel that in a way you captured that in this article. One comment I can make on this piece is about he quote, " Is it their fault that their homeless?". Since it is a question, yes I do believe that most people who are homeless is due to their own actions. Whether it is drugs, bad affiliation or alcohol. It still is their choice at the end of the day. Thanks for writing this piece. Keep it up thooter.
  • Amy's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Dear Jacob, I liked how well detailed your article is. The part that I liked and agree with is that Oakland might feel abandoned if they don't have their basketball team, no more. I really enjoyed reading and commenting on your article.
  • Emily's Jan 15, 19:39 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Dear Ivan I think your post was great because you talked about the problems people are facing in oakland . A line that stood out to me was "Secondly, because of the increased rent due to gentrification Oakland residents are experiencing more stress." because it's true they have to worry about where they are moving and stress is being created.I agree with your point about gentrification because this is a huge problem happening right now in oakland. Thanks for writing keep it up
  • America's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    Dear Fanny, I think your post was amazing because you clearly stated your opinion on this issue and I totally agree with you based on some things i've seen on my own. A line that stood out to me was "if the chefs are white people then the original chefs might start to be valued as less" because it clearly explains how maybe other people cook different and someone may dislike that food and think the same about everyones else way of cooking that certain food. I agree with you point because as I said i have had my own experiences and seen others too. Thanks for writing and keep up the good work!
  • Jesus's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Latinx Community
    Dear Frenanda, i think your post was amazing because it really involved a lot about the latinx community. A line that stood out to me was "all the history and journey the Latinx went through and faced to get to Oakland." i really liked this quote because it talks about how different it was for latinx people to live in oakland. i agreed with the whole section because it really is hard to be latino and live in oakland. it is really a hard time because of money. thanks for writing, and keep up the good work.
  • Marcos's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Migration
    Dear Divianca I think your post is good because it talk about our culture. Aline that stood out to me was "migrants play a essential role in th U.S" because I highly do agree with this sentence. I agree with your point about migrants play a big role because most work happens by latins here in the U.S. Thanks for writing keep it up.
  • Xavier's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Dear Melissa, I think that your post was interesting because of the relevance it has towards Oakland to this day. A line that stood out to me was, "Oakland should benefit ALL of Oakland and it’s community members whether they’re low, middle or high income people/households the city of Oakland shouldn’t exclude people because we are all apart of the same community". This line stood out because you really address how Oakland should care more about it's community that is not as wealthy as the rich people who are moving in, I agree with your point about having the Oakland community congregate in order to cause change because it has been seen so many times in history that when a group of people who share solidarity group up and fight against something, they can make a change. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Maribel's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on What Is Did The Tech Boom Cause?
    Dear Douglas, I think your post was interesting because you explained how the rent has been raised. A line that stood out to me was “in 2012 it ignited a housing crisis that’s made it difficult for many people, especially those in minimum wage or entry-level jobs” because it shows me tht Oakland isn't how it used to be before when rent wasnt to high and everyone lived in their own homes. I agree with your point about the rent being too high because it was a good claim that the rent is too high nowadays, and that it's not right. Thanks for writing and keep it up you did a good job and your paper was good.
  • Dayanara's Jan 15, 19:38 comment on Crimes/Gun Violence
    Dear Jesus, I think your post was good and influential in a way because you brought up the fact that somebody traded in their gun because of a shooting. A line that stood out to me was ”I’ve got kids, man,” said Hurtado, who works at Waste Management in Oakland and has children ages 14, 10, 6 and 1. Hurtado was among hundreds of Bay Area residents who dropped off their firearms at buyback locations in Oakland and San Francisco on Saturday, collecting $200 cash for their weapons, no questions asked.”(Berton). This shows that people have empathy and are willing to trade in their guns for money and it's a helpful way to prevent like shootings. I agree with your point about returning guns because your able to reduce the amount of people that have guns which can make oakland safer. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 15, 19:37 comment on The Streets of Oakland
    Dear Marcos, I think that your post was very interesting because I didn't know that the colors that you wear can put your life on the line. A line that stood out to me was "But it's never to late for the city to adapt" because I totally agree that people can change for the better and that we should change because people should be able to wear what they want without having to worry about something as important as their life. I agree with your point about the streets becoming more dangerous because parents in Oakland are even more afraid to let their children go out at night lately. Thank you for taking your time to write this article, keep it up.
  • Neyzer's Jan 15, 19:37 comment on What Happens When You Increase the Rent of Your House?
    Dear Aida, I think your post was good because my topic was also about homelessness and how they ended up there because of different ways like housing being too expensive. A line that stood out to me was that ret is going up and that people go to court because they fall back on their rent and sometimes go to jail for their things. I agree with your point about rent being too high and that’s something that people can work on to help people without displacement. Thanks for writing and keep it up and thank you again for letting me read your blog post.
  • Wilbert's Jan 15, 19:35 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, I agree with your post because they should stop this at some point. Also, I agree with his "Gun violence is a different way than violent crime instead of physical attack they shoot because they have a weapon they can use" because they need a gun to kill someone and that's how most people die and these type of situations. hank yo for writing it, you did a good job.
  • Nahum's Jan 15, 18:36 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Dear Ashley I think your post was very good and interesting because it talked about how people are getting pushed out of Oakland due to high rent, you also talked about how more white people are moving into the neighborhood which you later stated that was gentrification. A line that stood out to me was “If there’s more construction, more of the rent is getting raised up which is making the people who used to live there move away because they can’t afford to pay their rent.” That line stood out to me because it connects to all of your evidence and your claim. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Ivan's Jan 15, 18:32 comment on The Problem
    Dear Neyzer, I agree with you that Oaklands homlessnes has been increasing and I think your post was interesting because you interviewed people that you knew and its interesting how we get to see the struggling part of homlessnes.
  • Yaritza's Jan 15, 18:32 comment on Mistreated
    Dear Durran, I think your post was interesting to others and me because it included the police brutality going on in Oakland. This one of the most important actions going on in Oakland because it has been occurring a lot and people has been trying to find ways to stop this. A line that stood out to me was " Oakland has a long history of police brutality in their communities. And even in the early years of police brutality it was still awful and could have gotten better" because even if it's not an OK action police in our community do, it's still going on. Thank you for writing and keep it up...
  • Esmeralda's Jan 15, 18:31 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    Dear Johanna, I think your post was captivating important things that happen in Oakland because you are stating facts like how people just ignore what's going on in their community. A line that stood out to me was"this incident helped the community know that there was something that had to be done" because people only want to accept something bad is happening when something terrible happens. I agree with your point because the community has to make sure that terrible things aren't happening to the community. Thank you for writing your blog, I think if people read it then would stand up and have justice
  • Jesus's Jan 15, 18:31 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, Agree with your post Undocumented People Mark Their spot in The USA because in the quote “sometimes i feel like i can't set my roots here completely because it could be taken away” This is important because a lot of families that come that are undocumented feel like this because at any moment they could just not be here anymore and that is something that maybe family's fear everyday when they should not have to fear that but they do. Another strong point was when you say that the USA is the land of the free but do people really feel free when they are here are they able to come in and out when they want are they able to live here without any worries. I agree with this point because if this was really the land of the free then shouldn't people really be allowed to do what they want. Thanks for writing keep it up.
  • Manuel's Jan 15, 18:28 comment on Life Without Insurance
    I see what you are talking about and i agree with you because you talk about people without insurance but also undocumented people who also fall into not having insurance. You have a really strong ord and i think that if other people saw this they would also really think about it others would like to also assist you with this.
  • Areli's Jan 15, 18:27 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose I think your post was very interesting because you were talking about the immigrants and why they were in the u.s.A line that stood out to me was "First, Not all Immigrants but many have the choice to come to the united states to get rid of the violence and for a better life and so they can help their family" is because this is true and that they only come to get some work in this place.I agree with your point that they don't want to go back because they are afraid of what could happen. Thank you for writing and keep it up with this.
  • Douglas Ramos-Mikery's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on What Happens When You Increase the Rent of Your House?
    dear aida pablo, I think your post was great because you were very explicit about your topic. A line that stood out to me was when you said that there was 4,071 homeless people in oakland because thats a lot of people on the streets and without jobs. I agree with your point about raising rent is a problem because the rent will keep going up to the point where it's to expensive. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Victor's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Christ, I agree with ou and the way that you explain how weed has been legal for the state of california but I don't understand Where did you find that quote and what it does mean?. something you need to work on is on capitalize your I because in some of the scentences you didnt also to have more evidence like were did you find it but for the rest its fine and I want to tell you that you did a good work. scincerly, Victor Gonzalez
  • Amilia's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear Manny, I think your post was really great because you explain a lot how there are no skate parks in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was "The city has nice places so people go there but also ban skateboarding so people don’t do it which is dumb because its a public area and people take items like backpacks purses and bicycles there so why would they not let people use skateboards there". This line stood out to me because you really have and argument because you think it's dumb that people ban skateboards on areas even if they are public areas. I agree with your point about how there are rarely any skateparks in Oakland because I drive with my family a lot around Oakland and never see any skateparks. I think that there should really be skateparks for children to go to so they don't have to skate where people wouldn't like them to skate. Thanks for writing and keep it up you are really doing a great job.
  • Dominik's Jan 15, 18:26 comment on Sideshows in Oakland since 1980
    Dear Yamilex, I think your post was interesting because the fact that you wrote, " Some people feel they are part of Oakland culture and good, while others feel they are dangerous and bad. " is showing me that there are two opinions on Oaklands Culture. The reason I think that your post is interesting is, "Sideshows are both good and bad, but they are mostly good because they started in Oakland in the early 90’s and they are still alive and happening. A lot of people enjoy watching sideshows and love hearing the sound of the wheels screeching and hearing the crowd goes crazy over how good the donuts were or how good the car looks." This quote is good for proving sideshows are good because I myself like sideshows and one of my cousins joins some of them as well. Anyways, your post in interiging and makes me more interested.
  • Cesar's Jan 15, 18:24 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear Armando, I think your post was very inspiring because you are talking about how gun violence is a big proble that has been here for a long time. A line that stood out to me was "Gun Violence is a very big problem, it has happened before, it is happening right now, and it will happen in the future.(Gonzales)" and I can add that we can change that if we take more actions bout who is eligable for having weapons or if weapons should still be aloud.Thanks for writting, keeep it up, you are inspiring. Greatfully, Cesar Sanchez.
  • Aida's Jan 15, 17:30 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Dear Yadira, I think your post was really good because you got really good pictures to prove your point about pavement in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was “Oakland residents are mad but don’t do anything to change this problem.” because I agree with you and we should change this problem.i agree with your point about pavement and the government should change this problem. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Jade's Jan 15, 17:29 comment on The Golden State Warriors Move To San Francisco
    Dear Isaiah, I think your post "The Golden States Warriors move to san francisco" was very interesting. One line that stood out to me was that was "The Warriors leaving Oakland has not had a massive effect on the Warriors success, instead injuries have because the GSW (Golden State Warriors) went from the best team in the entire NBA (Win – Loss) to the worst team in the NBA". I agree with you because the Warriors didnt make a difference leaving and they werent gonna get any better and thats really true.thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Aida Pablo's Jan 15, 17:28 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Dear Yadira, I think your post was really good because you got really good pictures to prove your point about pavement in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was “Oakland residents are mad but don’t do anything to change this problem.” because I agree with you and we should change this problem.i agree with your point about pavement and the government should change this problem. Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Robert's Jan 15, 17:27 comment on KP Launch and the positive benefits of internships
    Dear Maribel P i think your post was amazing because i got to learn that kp helps students with their medical pathways. A line that stood out to me was "Many students who participate in these internships get the opportunity to gain experience not only in careers but also in college preparation" because medical pathways get to help students get to college prep. I agree with your point about how they help people save lives because they help others.thanks for writing and keep up the great work roberto l
  • Jose's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, I think your post was amazing because you explained why the murder dubs are the best streets in oakland because of there history. A line that stood out to me “How 10 Oakland Neighborhoods Got Their Names it shows where the streets got their nickname. It comments “once known as “The Rolling ’20s” or “The Roaring ’20s,” but locals today frequently call it “The Twomps.” That line stood out to me because I only knew them as dubs but know I know that they can also be called “ The Rolling 20’s or The Roaring 20’s.Thanks for writing and keep it up with the good work express yourself as a dubs kid.
  • Omar's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Sideshows in Oakland since 1980
    Dear Yamilex, I think your post was interesting because you gave two points of views in the essay. A line that stood out to me was, "Sideshows are both good and bad, but they are mostly good because they started in Oakland in the early 90’s and they are still alive and happening." I agree with your point because sideshows can be both negative and positive. They can be violent at times and be dangerous but in others they can therapeutic watching cars spin and spin. Thanks for writing and I hope to read your work in the future!
  • Angel Gutierrez Solorio's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Pavement Issues In Oakland And Why They Haven´t Been Resolved
    Dear Yadira, I think your article was awesome and very relatable to the residents of Oakland. I liked that you explained how Oakland is trying to fix these streets but, sadly they don’t have enough money. Something that really popped out to me was when you said, “That’s a lot of money just for potholes and the Oakland budget is inadequately small compared to the renovation Oakland needs. Oakland residents are mad but don’t do anything to change this problem”(Yadira). That line is 100% true because Oakand is not getting enough funding for these streets because they need to tax people more in order to get more money. At the same time this is a bad and good thing because even though Oaklnd is not fixing their streets they are also not charging as much tax which shows they are sort of being good to us. I agree with your point because there were times where you would say people would get mad at potholes which is very relatable considering one time my dad was driving casually when out of nowhere he hit a pothole and got a flat right on the street. So yes I agree with you all the way and believe that you're onto something for more support go to, “https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/potholes-oakland-bad-roads-how-to-fix-report-13817984.php”. In this article they talk about people who go out at night to fix bay areas potholes. This may be illegal, but at least they are actually doing something that Oakland isn’t doing to help the community be safe. Not only are potholes annoying but can be really dangerous if you lose control. Thanks for letting me read your article, I really enjoyed your reasoning and up class vocab. These little things made your article sound very proper. Next time I see you I hope to see more of these great writing along with more grammar and typo fixes. Overall I really enjoyed your article. Sincerely, Angel
  • Fanny's Jan 15, 17:26 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear dayanara, I think your post was interesting because it is important that not every where peoples have homes. I agree with you because Oakland needs to do something for this peoples. Maybe if many people read your blog it will change their feelings and they will do more for Homeless.Thanks for writing and keep it up.
  • Efraim's Jan 15, 17:23 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Dear Cesar I think that you post was really intresting to me because it talks about how that teachers are getting low pay. A line that stood out to me is that "On top of having trouble with payment, because of payment, teachers are getting second jobs to get paid better." I can agree with you because with your point about that teachers have a second job because they need money to survive. Thanks for writing keep it up
  • Armando's Jan 15, 17:22 comment on Churches In Oakland
    FYI keep up the excellent work and do well on the next essays and certifications that we will receive.
  • Efan's Jan 15, 17:21 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia I agree with your point about other people coming from other countries because both of my parents came from Mexico because it was hard in Mexico at the time so my dad had to drop out of school to help out his family and came to the US to have a better life and work very hard as a Mexican man starting with nothing to having something in his life
  • Armando's Jan 15, 17:20 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, first of all it is really cool that you have actually put your work into this blog and i want to agree on the fact that catholic churches accept all people no matter what and that brings joy to those who actually feel negative and to pray to god for a better future. Also that those who are feeling down and damaged by others, they may need someone to talk to about it and to recuperate from it.
  • Durran your dad's Jan 15, 17:19 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear manuel. ithink that your post was pretty decent. A line that stood out to me is" In many public places in Oakland and the Bay Area, people screw metal rods in cement blocks where people sit on to prevent them from riding on top of them, but Oakland doesn’t do much or spend money on skateparks. That’s why people skate around the city because they don’t have anywhere else to skate around" because you had made a good point an that point actually makes sense. I agree with u because your a skater and you feel strongly about this.keep it up.
  • Luis's Jan 15, 13:52 comment on To what extent are electric vehicles a solution to global pollution?
    Dear keily i strongly agree with your post “To what extent are electric vehicles a solution to global pollution?”Because if we the people that live in this world don't protect it we are going to loss it.Global warming is not the only problem that we have in our world there more like climate change and this cause wildfires,super storms,drought. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Electric cars have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine”i think this is important to know because if we make more electric cars the pollution(height)will decrease in a big way. Another sentence that I made me realize that we have time to change the global warming such as other problems in the world “electric don't completely solve air pollution but its less than normal cars”this stood out for me because if we work together we can Essen the air pollution in this world. I do support and agree with you that we have to change the air pollution what we can because wen is very late we don't know what to do.one reason i say this is because things can happen any time and any place. Thanks for writing.i look forward to seeing what you write next,because people need to see what other people think or know for the future you will need it.
  • Jimena's Jan 15, 06:55 comment on The Golden State Warriors Move To San Francisco
    Dear Isaiah, Your post “The Golden State Warriors Move to San Francisco” I found it very interesting. One sentence that stood out to me was, “Just because a team is not in their home stadium doesn’t mean that they will perform bad.” This stood out to me because any team could not be in their home but yet they still play bad or sometimes they do better at a different teams home. Their home does not say anything about how they would play if it’s good or bad. However, one thing that I disagree with this line, “Many people believe that this move is affecting the strength of the Warriors” because I know you said people think them moving is affecting their strength but maybe that is wrong. Them moving is not affecting their strength because it’s not doing anything to them physically, they are just in a place they were before and as time passes by they are going to get used to the place. Maybe they are just not trying their best to play and I think that's normal for teams because there are times were they really don't try but then most of the times they do try.
  • Christopher's Jan 14, 14:51 comment on Why do people move to the United States from the Dominican Republic?
    From what I read, I can't really relate to the author as i was born in the US but come from two immigrant parents. But the story and reason on why Dominican republic people come to the US is practically the same as Mexican people or any country people such as the North Koreans,China,India,cuban, and many more just because there's a lack of food,jobs,awful unfair laws,corrupted cops and presidents or leaders, the killing,wars. So i do agree when Luis states “here are some reasons why people come to the United States from dominican Republic. Because they are trying to have a new change in another place, make a future for their family”. Everyone wants to live a life without trouble or fear losing their family just because of the bad condition of their country and it's understandable why they chose the United States because its a country with freedom,good laws,great jobs, and opportunities to have a better life. Just wished that people who came here from suffering areas did not have such a bad country with corruption or short food storages so they can live happily and great in their own country.
  • Idrissa's Jan 14, 14:45 comment on Football, Basketball, Video Games
    Dear Christian I am proud of your post, “Football, Basketball, video games,” because you were into positive and negative activities by gambling over video games and you almost die of it back in 2014 so you stopped. I wish the best for you and keep chasing your dream and you might achieve it one day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In middle school, I used to be into video games like crazy. I used to play for money and tournaments. I stopped because I almost died in 2014.” I think this is cool because almost every kid in middle school play video games and some kids even still their parents money to go buy more video games. Another sentence that I respect was: “History is a subject I am good at and can't wait to learn more about .” This stood out for me because you even though you play video games too much but you still want to learn more about a very hard subject in school. I do agree with you that you are willing to learn more about your favorite because no matter how much fun you play outside of school you still need to go to school to become successful in life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know if you achieved the goals you chasing after and to see if you will go back to gambling over video games or tournaments.
  • Glendy's Jan 14, 14:42 comment on Part Two Of The First Part Last
    Dear Luis I am amazed about this poem. Part two of the first part last . I was amazed because Bobby had a baby at a young age. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is” This boy named Bobby has a baby at the age of 16 named Feather. Before Feather Bobby used to escape from school and have fun with his friends K-boy and J.L.” I think this is upset because Bobby needs to have a good future for himself to take care of his daughter Feather. “Angela Johnson might leave a reader feeling bad because he is just a kid that does whatever he wants to get out from school with his friend and he has a baby and it is hard for him to take care of her but the good thing is that he is doing his best to protect his baby”. I stood that this will make people feel bad because he is very young to have a kid, and to live the life he lives. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your stories are interesting , and your stories are about things that's going in some peoples life.
  • Joan's Jan 14, 14:36 comment on Who will be our next president?
    Dear Christian, I am interested about your post of “Who will be our Next President?” because it would be interesting to see who would control the United States and how he or she would control it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Donald Trump is being investigated and might be removed from office” I think this is important because I would want to know who will be our next president . Another sentence you wrote that I was surprised by was “President Trump withheld nearly 400 million in military aid in part to pressure Ukraine to pursue an investigation that could benefit him politically”. This stood out for me because this is a bad move for the military Trump is holding a lot of money in military which is bad for the military. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next ,because you write about things that's going on today in our daily life.
  • Emanuel's Jan 14, 14:15 comment on Young Life at the Border
    Dear Viviana I am intrigued by your post , "Young Life at The Border," because you used an experience from someone who traveled to Texas from Mexico to go to school. I also like how you added that young life is meant to aid children in other countries to go to school. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: " Andrea Perez Lopez is a young 24 old college students who travels between Juarez, Mexico and Texas to go to school. When she first started school she was surprised at how lonely she felt" I think this is important because most people don’t know how it feels to be put in school in a different country where the language they speak is different from your own. Another sentence that I found to be impressive was: "To be able to go to schools within the US, students must lie about their residency and risk being fined or even incarcerated." This stood out for me because not only are the students left feeling isolated, but they are also taking a huge risk of being in trouble with the law. I do agree with you that “Young Life” should not be seen as something bad but helpful. One reason I say this is allowing children to get a better education than what they get in their home can help them to improve their country. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I want to know if there are any other programs such as “Young Life” that aid the children of poor or non-stable countries.
  • Keily's Jan 14, 14:10 comment on Part Two Of The First Part Last
    Dear Luis, I am fascinated about your letter “Part two of The First Part Last” because you show a plethora of information about the book , it also shows you are concerned about what’s going on and you’re trying to help others by preventing being a young parent. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “This is important because Bobby spends too much time with his daughter so that when he somewhere she is going to cry”. I think is confusing because you are kind of contradicting yourself because It seems like the mother of the baby is not being with the baby but how is Bobby being such a bad father ?, if his with the baby all the time and taking her to daycare and going to school? Another sentence that I agreed was “I will be looking forward to reading ...this book can change people’s thinking of having a baby” This stood out for me because I think is a good way to spread a message to focus on school and not the streets like Bobby in the book. I strongly agree with you that is a book that will change your opinion of having a baby at a young age. One reason I say this is because I'm a young mom but is never impossible , i think is really how much people are matured and what they are willing to do when you have a problem like this. Is hard but not impossible and if you’re not ready is best to stay in school and not in the streets. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because situations like this are important to talk about.
  • El-Hassn's Jan 14, 06:27 comment on Loneliness Is A Battle With No Winner
    Dear El-Hossin Salem: I am enthusiastic about your short story, “ Loneliness is a battle with no winner” It is an intense story. I am fascinated by the way you narrated the story from a psychological aspect. One line that stands out for me is, “ My loneliness made me feel me that I was obligated to reunite with my family.” It makes me think that sometimes we do things that we don’t want to actually do or because we think that we have to actually do it. As humans, we have control over ourselves, so what makes us feel that we are forced to do something? Another line that stands out for me is, “I will never forget those days when I did not have any 6company but the bleak darkness of the midwinter” I think this section is intense because it makes me think that we actually realize the value of things when we lose it. We take everything for granted, but the bitter fact that nothing is for granted in this life. Your story reminds me of my childhood and makes me feel that when I was young I did a lot of things that I felt that I should do, but, in fact, I didn’t want to do it. In the meantime, I think that I should never do something to satisfy anyone, I should do just the right things despite everything. Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next. Your way of writing shows your deep thinking, but also shows the influence of your life experiences on every letter in your short story.
  • El-Hassn's Jan 14, 06:26 comment on Maggie’s Mournful life
    Dear Yeanoor Chowdhury: I am astonished by your short story, “Maggie’s Mournful life” because you reinforce the equality that exists between siblings in some cases. We know that this problem exists, but we don’t address it. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “My mom never faired with me as she was doing with Dee. She was getting everything according to her just because of her lighter skin compared to me.” I think these lines are very thoughtful because it shows that the reality of some families which is children face different treatment based on their skin color. I think it needs the courage to address such a social problem that exists in some societies. Another line that stands out for me is, “My mom broke her back saving money for Dee to go to college, and I was staying home, carrying out the heritage.” I think this section is intense because it makes me wonder why the mother didn’t put the same efforts to send both her daughters to college instead of one. Having different skin tone doesn’t make you less or more qualified to get a higher education. Your story reminds of discrimination in the U.S. and it makes me curious to know how people have unacceptable mindset and still think it is an acceptable mindset. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Your way of writing is very touching and I can see the optimism and you know the love that you have for nature.
  • El-Hassn's Jan 14, 06:23 comment on Mom Obligation
    Dear Emely Lopez: I am astonished by your short story, “Mom Obligation” because it reinforces the cruel environment of living as an African American at this time. It also shows the power of education and how it could change minds. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “I only had the opportunity to be a slave who has sold like an object without any value. I got up early every single day to work in the cotton fields with the sun rays burning my skin.” I think these lines are very thoughtful because it shows that the mother knows the true power of education despite the fact that she wasn’t able to get an education because she didn’t have a choice. Another paragraph that stands out for me is, “After all, I am going to be proud I believe that one day both of you are going to be a change for the country creating equality.” I think this section is> intense because it shows that the mother really believes and depends on her daughters to change the world that she wasn’t able to change by herself. Your story helps me to understand “Everyday Use” that I once read. It talks about a girl called Maggie who feels she is better than her sister because she is highly educated. I think that we don’t get equal chances in life, so we can’t say that someone is better than others. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Your way of writing is very emotional and realistic. I hope to see you writing more stories that are history-related and non-fiction.
  • TAHJMIER BAKER's Jan 13, 20:48 comment on Why are the Impoverished Judged?
    i think this article was really good and I think we as a society think to much about others opinions I'm not saying you should cry out your feelings or violently hurt them I'm just saying stop caring.
  • Gisselle's Jan 13, 01:38 comment on Taken Away
    Also you should’ve fact checked your statistics, you began talking about Oakland’s kidnapping but then brought up kidnappings generalizing the whole country.
  • Gisselle's Jan 13, 01:35 comment on Taken Away
    I agree with some of your statements but i think there were a lot of grammatically incorrect sentences. Also, your paragraph was really redundant, you often said your same point for most of your essay. Though I do think that a lot people how kidnap do, do it for the money but its not only that. There's a lot of mentally ill people who kidnap people, or other reasons you could’ve elaborated on.
  • Armando's Jan 12, 11:02 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Dear Melissa, I really like the fact that you decided to talk about one of the main issues and also that you really used excellent pieces of information. However, gentrification may not be the only reason I believe. Also that we live in oakland and from my experience here, there is a plethora of violence and homelessness and for some people, they may not feel safe. Overall, great job on your blog, based on you research and interview, I learned some new information from your blog.
  • Diavionne's Jan 12, 03:24 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    I don't think Zoos should be closed because this is a way kids get to see animals up close. But there is somethings that the zoo can change like having more space for the animals to live and play. Also a cleaner enviroment. For some kids this is the first trip they go on in school and it helps them learn about animals why better than just reading a book for some kids.
  • Sandra's Jan 11, 23:37 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Trash is trash. And people need to learn how to pick up after themselves. Humans ignore the fact that trash creates a huge problem for our enviroment.
  • Ella's Jan 10, 21:41 comment on Air Pollution and the Environment
    Hi Jimena, I think this topic that you addressed is one that everyone should pay attention to more. Air pollution is getting worse and worse and I agree with everything you say about it in this article. You talk about how it causes it a lot of illnesses, and it is true. Air pollution can be detrimental to our health. Here is a link to all of the different types of health effects that air pollution has on people: http://www.sparetheair.com/health.cfm My favorite line in your article was how " the earth is basically depending on us to change the way we live and reduce global warming." I thought this was very powerful and I agree with you one hundred percent. People need to start making a change because the Earth is literally depending on us, and only us. I am very sorry that the pollution in Oakland is so bad. I live in Utah and we also have very dangerous pollution and really bad inversion. It is horrible and we all need to start contributing to make a change. Your piece was very nicely written! Great job!
  • Viviana's Jan 10, 21:39 comment on You Attract What You Think
    This was such an interesting article to read. I like how you were able to describe a somewhat confusing phenomena by using your personal experience. I think that we are constantly told by our parents, teachers, and friends to think positively, however, this can be very hard to do when you are at a low point and it seems like there is nothing to be joyful, or grateful for. I know the this would be a very hard thing to test with science, but I hope that there can be some sort of experiment in the future. http://www.thelawofattraction.com/what-is-the-law-of-attraction/
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 10, 21:36 comment on Taken Away
    Amilia, This is so scary! I am shocked that there are so many people being kidnapped. Since I am from Utah, I am not aware of the amount of people being kidnapped in Oakland, and how this number is going up for both boys and girls. Since most people assume that girls are always the ones being kidnapped, it is very important for people to know that almost as many boys are being kidnapped as well. Although I agree with most of the things discussed in this, I feel like there are more reasons as to why people kidnap. Yes, a lot of kidnappers do so for money, but I don't think this is the only reason. I found this article (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/27/science/who-would-abduct-a-child-previous-cases-offer-clues.html) which dives into the reasons why kidnapping happens. Thank you for bringing this to people's attention!
  • Jonathan's Jan 10, 21:35 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Hey Anthony, Zoos do bring us closer to animals most people would ever see in their life because of the where they are located in the world. While they are their for educational purposes, many people do not read the plaques of information on the animal, they just look at the animal and move on. The best way to learn about animals nowadays are to research about them online. The internet has given a way where people can learn more facts on animals than a zoo could and in less time. I like how you talked about their living conditions. It is important that people understand that most of these zoo animals need way more space than they have. A lot of animals have depression because a lot of animals are herd animals. They need to be in large groups or else they can feel exposed and in danger. While there are a lot of endangered animals, people need to realize that zoos are taking them in because we have not taken action and responsibility for leading them to extinction. While zoos are better than nothing, it is a last resort that is failing.
  • Dominic's Jan 10, 21:34 comment on Designer Clothes
    Ricardo, I thought your talk about profiling was very insightful because fashion is a topic that is not brought up a lot, but is prevalent none the less. I really liked your point on saying that cheap clothes can be worn instead of expensive designer ones and still look good because so many people think of price being the only way to judge clothes. This subject also relates to people's self-image and if more people thought the way you do then they wouldn't be so down on themselves and could be confident in their body and fashion. Overall I thought your article was very well written and I enjoyed reading it.
  • Erica's Jan 10, 21:32 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Hi there Cesar, This is a really interesting article. The housing crisis across America continues to grow, and it is critical that affordable housing be provided for working professionals. Teachers are a critical part of society, but it has become evident in the past few years that their salary does not accurately reflect the gravity of their jobs. Without stable teachers, the education system, and thus the cycle of society, will collapse. I would be interested to read more on how this crisis became so severe, and what current work is being done to counteract it. Overall, a great article that makes a massive issue across the country local. -erica s
  • Abbey's Jan 10, 21:31 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora, I loved your article and the solution it proposed. You can really tell you did your research and that you know what you are talking about and want to do what you can to help our planet earth. I had no idea that eating meat regularly was bad for the planet and how much green house gas it produces, Im glad that there are places we can go to learn more about issues like this and how we can be more eco-friendly. Here is another article I think you should read about vegetarians and climate change! https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49238749
  • Hannah's Jan 10, 21:31 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora! This is such an awesome article. I really enjoyed reading your piece and agree with the points that you made. I personally am a vegetarian and one of my main reason for doing so is to decrease my role in global warming and climate change. Many people believe that in order to actually make a difference in changing the environment is to go all in, but it's actually a lot simpler than that. Just by making small changes in our diets and actions we can decrease the climate change occurring on the planet. One article you should read is about the affects of doing "Meatless Mondays" https://www.meatlessmonday.com/for-the-environment/ and can help people ease into vegetarianism and or just consciously helping the environment. The vegetarian movement is becoming more relevant now than ever before. Awesome piece, definitely something that should be spoken of in a positive light 🙂
  • Sam's Jan 10, 21:30 comment on Should We Legalize Prostitution?
    This is a tricky and unorthodox topic for most people and many do not even think about potential benefits of decriminalizing prostitution. I agree with you on this topic and think legal prostitution is a natural safe way in which both parties benefit. The stigma surrounding the topic makes people unwilling to even look at the situation in a fair manner ultimately leading to the dangerous and harmful way it is handled now.
  • Jonathan's Jan 10, 21:27 comment on War! What is it good for?
    Hey Diego, That books sounds very interesting. I think I will have to check it out. You said the book changed your views on war. What were your viewpoints it before reading the book. Is there anything you believe about war that was true before reading it and after reading it? I think it is interesting to think about how both sides are fighting for their own country and it is hard sometimes to see who is right and who is wrong. War hurts both sides and causes pain and grief. How do you think the affects of being in a war and fighting would change the characters views on life if they grew up never having to worry about being a soldier and fighting. You have a lot of great stuff here. Your writing helps draw in the reader to want to hear what you have to say and care about the issue. If you had to look at the other side, there are people who glorify war. Video games are a good example. Even though they are not real, a lot of people play games with killing.
  • Ellie's Jan 10, 21:26 comment on Weed Legalization
    Deshawn, This article definitely caught my attention because it was a viewpoint I haven't had the chance to hear from before! Your article was overall logical, detailed and persuasive. I was especially surprised at the part where you mention "This is “power compounded” because it give power to the people with power and it also gives power to the powerless. By legalizing weed it will decrease the crime rates and war on drugs with policies. Legalizing weed will increase the population of people that use it. Looking at the Government, the local or state legislative branches can legalize weed for smokers that’s 21 and smokers that’s above the age of 21." Not only would legalizing weed help benefit the economy but also decrease the crime rates. You might find this article interesting "https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/why-we-shouldnt-legalize-marijuana" because it provides a different viewpoint. I am excited to read more of your work! Ellie
  • Kaitlyn's Jan 10, 21:25 comment on Stopping Sex Trafficking at the Truck Stop
    Amaia, This is a very important discussion and I am glad that you took the time to research and post this so more people, including myself, can learn more about it. Your research and sources gave you really good information, and it shows with how well this is written and supported. I learned more about sex trafficking. Do you know if there are any other "hot spots" where sex trafficking rates are more popular (for lack of a better word)? It is really important that more people know about this topic because of how prominent it is becoming in the United States, so keep researching and discussing this topic!
  • Olivia M Anderson's Jan 10, 21:25 comment on Abortion
    Hi James. I thought it was interesting that you talked about the religious side of the argument because that is a large part of the anti-abortion argument. However, preventing access to these services will not decrease the number of how many are performed because it will just happen illegally which puts the mothers life at risk. This article demonstrates that criminalizing abortion will do nothing to reduce the amount of abortions performed https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/abortion-rates-go-down-when-countries-make-it-legal-report-n858476 .
  • Ella's Jan 10, 21:25 comment on Having a career before being charged for college tuition
    Hi Alysa! I found your article super interesting! I have never even thought about this, and I didn't even know that some schools actually did it. I think it is a great idea though. I agree with what you are saying, about how colleges should focus in landing their students jobs. They should. It is a really interesting idea having people pay for their college after they get a job. I like this idea a lot and I know the majority of most families would; College is very expensive these days. However, I do not think it is a realistic one. Many big schools need the money to fund their programs and pay for their teachers. A lot of others might be concerned if the students don't pay them back all the way. Maybe in the far future this could be a possibility, but right now I do not think it will happen any time soon. I agree, and think it would be helpful and appealing, but there is a reason why only a couple, small, schools use them. It is just not a realistic idea that bigger schools are willing to adopt. I thought this topic was super interesting though, and it was an idea I've never heard of. Great job writing and I look forward to read more from you, especially if it is on this topic! Ella
  • Kathryn's Jan 10, 21:24 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    Fanny, I think you did a great job identifying an issue that isn't talked about very much. It is important for people to realize that cuisine can be particular to a place and in a country like the US the perpetration of it can imply inaccuracy in process and result in discrediting of the "original" chefs or cooks. I appreciate the shift from English to Spanish in your articles, as it keeps it interesting and maintains the reader engaged.
  • Megan's Jan 10, 21:23 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Jimena, Your post was very interesting and did an excellent job at highlighting the negative affects and serious dangers of the air pollution in Oakland! I agree that we need to immediately do something to address the air pollution, as I live in Utah and in the Salt Lake Valley we have dangerously bad Air pollution. Heres an interesting article that may prove beneficial to any future research that you do! It highlights the basic every day steps that we can all take to balancing out air pollution! https://www3.epa.gov/region1/airquality/reducepollution.html Cant wait to see where your research takes you! Megan
  • Viviana's Jan 10, 21:23 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    I was surprised to find that this trend began somewhere around 2017, and it already consists of 1% of the Reddit community. I also found that people are starting to become more creative with the type and band of bread that they use. Some have even started to use bagels, hamburger buns, rolls, and even pizzas. However, many people become upset when the stapling is harmful to the trees like in the case of Bonsai trees. https://www.esquireme.com/content/36907-why-is-the-internet-stapling-slices-of-bread-to-trees-an-investigation
  • Dominic's Jan 10, 21:22 comment on Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
    Hi Graham, I thought that this article was a good comparison between cigarettes and e-cigarettes. You did a good job on listing the side effects that can affect teens who are starting to smoke e-cigarettes and show that they are not as safe of an alternative to real cigarettes than most people think. One thing I think you could add is listing the other FDA-approved smoking cessation options that you mentioned but did not go into detail on. Overall I very much enjoyed your writing.
  • Abbey's Jan 10, 21:21 comment on Justice For Immigrants
    I think that what you are saying here is very important, after all our country wouldn't be here without immigrants and we owe so much to them. People who have moved here to escape poverty or injustice in their own country shouldn't have to risk their lives and then be put in even more danger in the place they dreamed of escaping to. Just because someone is different than you does not mean that their life matters any less than yours and should be treated fairly. Here is another article you should read that is talking about the same things you are and wanting to make difference in all our communities, https://justiceforimmigrants.org
  • Erica's Jan 10, 21:21 comment on Nothing about us without us
    Hi there Italia, This topic is a really interesting one, especially since these programs are based out of Chicago which has had issues in the past with school to prison pipelines. I would love to hear more about potential ideas to make this more affordable, and what kinds of plans the government could use to close this gap. -erica s
  • Hannah's Jan 10, 21:21 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Hey Ivan! Wow what an amazing and informative article. I actually had never heard of the term gentrification in my life before reading your piece. You did a really excellent job at citing your sources in the text so it was easy to refer to what interview you were talking about in your bibliography. Getting to hear the real stories from people affected by gentrification helped me to better understand the definition of the word and the reasoning behind your article. It may be beneficial to include a counter to your argument as to the positive impacts of gentrification to show that you are seeing both sides of the story and to avoid bias. A great article for that would be https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/1581-impacts-of-gentrification-a-policy-primer/for-students/blog/news.php as it talks about the benefits and the downfalls of gentrification. Overall this is an amazing piece to read and a topic that I believe should be brought into the spotlight a little more. Thank you! Keep up the amazing work!
  • Sam's Jan 10, 21:19 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    I completely agree. The stereotypes and generalizations of skateboarders being criminals, drug users, and dangerous people is an unfair and inaccurate assessment of reality. Skateboarding is an art to those who practice it and can lead to entire careers and professions. The idea to implement more areas for skaters to go is great and something that should already be implemented in areas like this.
  • Kathryn's Jan 10, 21:19 comment on Diverse Immigrant Communities Unite to Preserve TPS
    Mashlin, this is a very informative piece of writing and a very important one too. You did a good job of identifying the issue and proposing a solution for it as well. Pointing out that the main reasons for migration include safety hazards is an imperative part of the reason to keep TPS running especially for Central Americans. Perhaps including more information on how this removal would affect people that are already residing in the US and how it affects those still in El Salvador would add to your already compelling argument. https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/trump-has-ended-temporary-protected-status-hundreds-thousands-immigrants
  • Megan's Jan 10, 21:17 comment on Stopping Sex Trafficking at the Truck Stop
    Amaia-- This is so well written! It is clear that you took the time to research what you were talking about, and able to source reputable sources that help the reader gain clear insight about the topic! I think that its also crucial too ick a topic that is a pressing issue, and has solutions that are beginning to be implemented to solve the issue! Heres an article that may help address and implement possible solutions to this increasingly pressing issue. (https://www.trucker.com/drivers/article/21746688/how-truckers-can-stop-human-trafficking) Great job, I can't wait to see what more you have on this subject!
  • Ellie's Jan 10, 21:17 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Joshua, This article definitely caught my attention with the smiling bread picture! When you said "No, not at all. In fact, by stapling bread to trees, we start helping the trees. Birds build their nests up in the trees and the trees get nutrition from the birds pooping near them. When we staple bread to trees it attracts the birds to the tree. So, stapling bread to trees is a wonderful thing and it helps our forests just a little more by giving them the nutrition they need. That’s why I think we all need to start stapling trees on a regular basis to help the environment." I was surprised by the fact that you gave this silly trend a well thought meaning. I think that you might like this article: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/bmzk35/weird_trends/. It is a reddit about silly trends. I hope to see more of your writing soon. Ellie
  • remigia's Jan 10, 21:14 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear America, I feel surprised about your article I love the way you talk about the immigrant struggle how they have been impact one sentence that stood out to me was Immigrants care about each other and their families like everyone else, and these new policies are degrading. This stood out because they care about other people and I see on TV that Donald Trump has affected immigrants that he says that immigrants bring drug in the United States but it not true what he says about immigrants.
  • Fatema's Jan 10, 20:59 comment on Dee’s plan to become rich
    Dear Issaka, I am amazed by your story "Dee story to become" the way you characterized Dee shows that she will do anything to get what she wants even if it meant taking advantage of other people wealth. You mentioned something really powerful in your story that it touched me and I think It something that need to be taking in consideration as a life lesson. The line is "we shouldn’t take advantage of people for their wealth". This is the section that I think it now day girls some take really seriously that they will have a bright future. Thanks for your Story. I look forward to seeing what's coming up next.
  • Abraham's Jan 10, 19:39 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    I agree, the skating community has been placed down by many because the public believes that skating is a breeding ground for crime. Though in reality skating is a positive activity that push kids to go outside. I believe illicit behavior occurs when the youth has nothing to do or nowhere to go. Skateparks give the youth a safe location to perform and socialize with others in their community.
  • Mashlin's Jan 10, 19:27 comment on La tradición de los resturantes
    I understand what you are saying because I sometimes see people of other countries making completely different food. and it actually does tase different form those who are originally from that place. Your story is very interesting and I like how you shift from English to Spanish.
  • Emma's Jan 10, 18:52 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    Wow. I am not surprised that this exists on the internet. As for the history of the bread people of reddit, it is hard to track or pinpoint viral jokes and trends. It is kinda scary how vast the internet is. I do have to question whether mass stapling of bread to parks and neighborhoods is a health benefit for the birds. I wonder what possible problems could arise.
  • Jayme's Jan 10, 18:49 comment on The Choice to Leave
    This is very well written as a way to present the information you have found. It's interesting how the US has been built up as a place of opportunity for immigrants and refugees throughout its history. That long-held status is falling apart now because we've made it so complicated to become a legal citizen and make a living as an immigrant or refugee. I think your article is a great way to show how and why that American ideal is fading away.
  • Bella's Jan 10, 18:47 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Jimena, Your post was very informative about the state of air pollution in Oakland and I found it very interesting. This was mainly because I live in Salt Lake City where we have much air pollution as well. Having pollutants in the air which become trapped when we experience an inversion, it becomes dangerous as people can develop respiratory issues. I believe that we must do something to regulate carbon emissions such as changing how cars are manufactured or simply traveling by car less. The Earth is a place where people must coexist together and we must take care of our Earth to create a safe environment for everyone. Here's an interesting article pertaining to reducing our carbon footprint: https://www.nytimes.com/guides/year-of-living-better/how-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint Hope to see what you write next, Bella
  • Gedeon's Jan 10, 18:45 comment on Diverse Immigrant Communities Unite to Preserve TPS
    Great job Mashlin! You clearly demonstrated the goal of your writing by pointing out the impact of the economy on the population and also by showing how the gangs are affecting people's daily lives. You clearly conveyed the reasons for the population's migration to the US by repeatedly pointing out gang violence, which clarifies the TPS's importance in the migration process. If you were to give some evidence of this in El Salvador, the validity of your writing will indisputable. Check out the link at the bottom to get an idea of what evidence might be helpful for you to add. https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/el-salvador/life-under-gang-rule-el-salvador
  • Alexander's Jan 10, 18:45 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Manuel, The idea of building areas in which skaters can go in Oakland is a great idea. It is not an uncommon thing to ban skateboarders around city areas. People tend to associate skateboards with disrespectful kids who vandalize everything. Even though this stereotype isn't always true, it is one that is very real. That is why I think the idea of building areas where skateboarders are allowed to go is a great idea and one that should be put into action soon. The building of skateparks would be a service to skaters as well as one to the city as they won't have to worry about the potential problems of skateboarders. I am interested in hearing more about what you have to say on the topic. Additionally, here is an article about some of the benefits of skateparks. https://www.spohnranch.com/the-top-6-benefits-of-public-skateparks-2014-03-02/ -Alexander Nuntapreda
  • Abraham's Jan 10, 18:45 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    I agree, zoos do bring us closer to wild life though many are not aware of the living conditions of a zoo. Animal activist believe that zoos are terrible ideas (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gqmvzx/why-we-should-close-all-zoos-778). This article focuses on why zoos should be banned and how living conditions have not improved over the years. It mentions how there are reports worldwide of zoos abusing and stressing animals.
  • Emily's Jan 10, 18:44 comment on Air Pollution and Environment
    Your essay is very interesting. I agree this is a very serious issue that needs to be solved. You might find this article interesting: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/ams/aqmdp/share.htm . It lists solutions people can implement on a personal level to try and help to solve this problem.
  • Amani's Jan 10, 18:44 comment on Young Life at the Border
    I love this perspective of trying to better and help you immigrate children who are coming to the US and are trying to fit in and blend in. Yet, I agree it's hard at times considering the circumstances and I love that Young lives exists for them to be able to find a place in the US that tells them you belong and we are here to help. The information that you have provided is excellent and needs to be shared more around our country today. Especially now with our immigration rights changing, I feel like this is a good way to show that some of these immigrants aren't alone and that they will get through this.
  • Alysa's Jan 10, 18:44 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Angelina, Great job! I thought your article was very interesting and important. Here is an article that discusses littering in general that tells the causes, problems, and solutions. https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-problems-solutions-littering.php I have lived in California myself and remembering seeing a lot of litter. It is upsetting to see people do not care about fixing these problems because we all live on the planet and need to make a difference to take care of the planet. I liked your use of sources because it made your argument stronger. I think by paying people to pick up trash would be good for some people, but could retaliate and therefore more people would throw trash on the ground because they would claim well someone is payed to do that so I will not do anything. It is shocking that even though people can be fined for trash, they do not pick it up. Having more access to trash cans can make a difference because there are more places to throw things away. All in all I thought you had a great argument and I think with the article I shared with you, you can find more solutions to help the problems in Oakland and throughout the world.
  • Emma's Jan 10, 18:43 comment on IS School Necessary?
    It is an interesting question. In today's climate, people are shying away from the traditional of success. Young people increasing jumped on social media outlets for money. Many kids have even dropped out of school to take on their new career. The decision isn't stupid; they make a lot of money fairly quickly but it is not a stable source of income. These kids should not be dropping out of high school but it seems that finishing high school and completing college is not the only way to be successful in modern America look at Elon Musk. Musk dropped out of college to pursue Paypal. With that being said education seems to be the most promising strategy to achieve and maintaining success. I agree everyone should complete high school.
  • Horyna's Jan 10, 18:43 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    Hi Glendy! I agree that people should be able to speak whatever language they are the most comfortable with in the United States. English, though a global and popular language, should not be considered superior in comparison to other languages. In my opinion, as our world becomes increasingly globalized, it should be a requirement to be at least bilingual. In the United States, for example, I think it would be beneficial for citizens to have a general understanding of the Spanish language and ideally be fluent. The following article explains the benefits of being bilingual in today's world: https://www.success.com/why-everyone-should-be-bilingual/. I hope you take a look at it! I hope to hear more from you about this topic!
  • Alicia's Jan 10, 18:43 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Hi Angelina! I enjoyed reading what you wrote. I think that making the picking up of the litter into a paid job is a great idea and would have a better turnout in the long run. I also realize that your article is only about litter in that specific area, but my boarder question is this: where would the trash go after it is picked up? Would it just go somewhere else and create a problem there? Overall I thought this was really great because every country has a littering problem that needs to be discussed. Great Job!
  • Emmy's Jan 10, 18:42 comment on Teachers and Rent in Oakland
    Cesar, I think your essay is both well written and discusses a pertinent issue in our country. My mom is a teacher here in Utah and we have similar problems. Teachers, especially those in early elementary, are paid barely enough to get by. As a singer mother my mom regularly lives paycheck to paycheck and we get by just fine but I know that even getting just a little less would make our situation unlivable, and that's how it is for most. One thing that really stuck out to me was the snowball effect you mentioned in your article, no teaches=poor education= less professionals in the future= a society on the verge of collapse. Things like these really point to a big picture and how people, and politicians, should care about this issue more. I'd love to hear more from you about the specifics of a rent program, funding, availability, access, and overall how it can solve this issue. Well done!
  • Tomas's Jan 10, 18:41 comment on Religious Freedom
    Deng, I definitely think that freedom of religion is such a significant topic to be talking about. In our world today, there is still discrimination and prejudice that surrounds certain religions. As a predominantly Christian nation, the outsiders get no attention, and almost get hatred for the fact that they are a different religion. Here’s is a link offering up some frequently asked question about religion that I found very interesting: https://www.aclu.org/other/your-right-religious-freedom. Religion has become a delicate topic to talk about, and I am glad that you displayed your point on here. I think the practice of religion should be free to all, and if it is kept separate from state and government, it should be good. Religion offers much diversity to our nation, and I found another link showing how religion can influence our society in different ways: http://marripedia.org/effects_of_religious_practice_on_society. Deng, thank you for writing about this, and I am excited to see what comes from you next.
  • Michael's Jan 10, 18:40 comment on Traitor Forever?
    Xavier, this article is thoroughly impressive. You used extensive objectivity and factual evidence tied in with your subjective viewpoint of the problem at hand. As a huge NFL fan, I found this article very relatable and enlightening into the future of team moves and relocation. You had extensive sources to back up your thesis, and your inclusion of the opposition's standpoint added more credibility as it showed a conflicting viewpoint and its faults. Your trail of logic was very clear and coherent and this continued to add strength and credibility to your point, which you wrapped up beautifully and succinctly.
  • Natalie Risse's Jan 10, 18:39 comment on Gentrification Sucks!
    Hi Ivan! I really liked this article about such an important topic. I liked your quote "This individual is experiencing having to move due to gentrification, showing that it’s impossible for him to flee from his problems." The interviews you referenced really strengthened your argument. This link might be good to check out http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.579.8588&rep=rep1&type=pdf . Gentrification does suck, thanks for making such a great article to showcase that. 🙂
  • Angeth's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    I really enjoyed this article, the topic is very interesting to me. I always thought being vegetarian would inevitably help the environment but I never actually did the research, so thank you for posting this now I know that it could very potentially help the environment. The only things I think you should change in the article to make it stronger would be to not state your opinion in the very beginning of the paragraph because it could make the reader think the article is untrustworthy because of possible bias. here's where I got that from "I believe that being a vegetarian can improve climate change because through the little amounts of food being consumed by vegetarians there is a great possibility for an immense decrease in greenhouse gas emissions." also there were some spelling error's. Besides that very good article, amazing job.
  • Elliot's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on IS School Necessary?
    Hey Willbert, You bring up an interesting question, but I can't decipher whether or not you support schooling. According to some posts like this graph (https://taxfoundation.org/chart-day-income-levels-vs-education-levels/) those with high level degrees are statistically the highest paid. Is your work "off the books" sustainable over a lifetime? There are entrepreneurs that are able to make millions without a GED but this is extremely rare, and I'd rather play it safer and put my energy into achieving the highest education possible while finding my passions.
  • Alexander's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    If you are interested, check out this article on how video games affect the brain. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318345.php#1 -Alex Nuntapreda
  • Italia's Jan 10, 18:36 comment on History Not Left Behind
    Christian, I love that you chose to speak on this topic; it is super important in this day and age because unfortunately, it still occurs, maybe in even greater proportions than we might want to imagine. This article, https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/us/everyday-racial-profiling-consequences-trnd/index.html, brings to light the dangerous effects of racial profiling. It's really interesting and at times even frightening.
  • Jayme's Jan 10, 18:35 comment on How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college
    I agree, the price for higher education nowadays is getting ridiculous. This is a creative solution that I haven't seen before and could be promising. However, are raw numbers the only thing we should be looking at? I can't help but wonder what the implications of accelerating the college program would be. Extra programs could also potentially create more inequity and bias if this gets traction from ivy-league schools. Do you think extra programs and shaving off a year in college time would have more positives or negatives if it was implemented on a larger scale?
  • Gedeon's Jan 10, 18:35 comment on 41st
    Wonderful poem Khierya! I liked how you demonstrated your connection to the street you grew up on. The small details such as the title of your poem, your word choice (first), and poem length and structure played a crucial role in conveying your point. Pointing out that 41st was the street where you first rode your bike, where you had your first scar, and where you first fought shows how the street impacted your life and shaped you as a person. I think adding your perspective of what it means to you now that you have matured will help readers perceive your current view on it.
  • Horyna's Jan 10, 18:35 comment on Preventing Racism Through Children’s Books
    Hi Tomas! This is such a interesting organization! I agree that to solve major issues such as racism, we, "have to stop it at its core - adolescence." This concept reminds me of the phrase, "racism is not taught, it is learned." I am interested to see if the children now reading the books produced by We Stories will have a different perspective on prejudice and discrimination once they are old enough to understand them. Along with children's books, the wording and content of history books is crucial to a child's awareness and premonition to racism. I think you would enjoy the following video by Vox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkFXPblLpU. It explains how textbooks were written in the South after the Civil War. The video highlights The Daughters of the Confederacy and they kept the confederacy alive by teaching young children that the Civil War was not about slavery. It also touches on how the presence of Confederate Monuments impacts communities and social interactions. I would love to hear more from you on this topic!
  • Sam M's Jan 10, 18:34 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Great article. I think many people know littering is a problem, but not many know how serious it actually is, and how it affects communities, and I think you did a great job of shining a light on that. I think that adding how it can cost the city money was another great point on why the problem needs to stop, because the city can't improve without money. Overall, I thought this was a very great argument!
  • Michael's Jan 10, 18:34 comment on Scaring People Who Text
    Jonathan, you did a great job of evaluating and explaining the problem at hand then proposing a solution. The inclusion of previous trials and their success with this strategy really pointed to the potential and viability of this solution to texting and driving. Your train of logic and deduction was coherent and clear. I think your annotations only continued to make this clear and give me a better look into your deeper thought processes and how you add individualism to the solution.
  • Amani's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on History Not Left Behind
    I agree that racial profiling has become a very serious issue in the United States and it has become very aggressive and violent. I agree that there should be changes on how our criminal justice systems treats people of different color. We all deserve to be treated the same way and we should all be treated as equal, because at the end of the day our skin color shouldn't matter. Police officers should do better of not giving special treatment to those who aren't African Americans. Then that raises the question of can we trust our justice system to keep us safe? or Can we trust them not to be biased about other peoples race?
  • Bella's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college
    Ronata, I do support the claim that college tuition has become increasingly high as of late, and that there needs to be a means to take action to resolve this issue. I found the concept of using high school credits to cover college credits very interesting as this would amount to less time in college, and a lower tuition. Student debt is also a huge problem in this country and I hope this method could help lower student debt rates as well. I don't believe this method is a waste of time because in order to resolve an issue, we must experiment with solutions. Here is an interesting article that presents another solution, income share agreements, to help resolve the issue of outrageous tuition rates: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/business/dealbook/education-student-loans-lambda-schools.html Looking forward to what you write next, Bella
  • Emily's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Lack of Education Inside the Juvenile Justice System Creates an Endless Cycle
    I agree that this is an important issue. You might find this article interesting: http://www.justicepolicy.org/news/8775 . At the end it suggests ways to to help solve this problem.
  • Alysa's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Anthony, Nice job. I thought your post was very interesting. Here is an article that further discusses the problem with zoos. https://www.bornfree.org.uk/zoo-issues I agree that zoos have many affects on animals especially with anxiety. I liked how you stated zoos benefit "because they will promote the animals they got which will bring in more money for them while not considering the health of the animal." This helps to claim that zoos can be greedy instead of living out their task of helping animals. I think you should included some sources to help deepen the argument of the long term effects, with specific examples of some animals. I think while you also state the negatives of zoo, you should include an argument for zoos, to help strengthen your opinion of removing zoos. Coming up with a solution would make this stronger. It is unfortunate how animals are not treated fairly and we need to find a way to end this problem.
  • Emmy's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora! First off I thought your post was very interesting because I never knew there were so many variations of vegetarians and I had no idea that we could cut down greenhouse gasses that much! I would like to read another post by you discussing what approaches are the most beneficial for converting meat eaters into healthy vegetarians. In fact it's something that I'm curious about myself, I know that fruits and vegetables are not enough to sustain you alone and many substitutions for animal products contain nuts such as almond milk. Do you think that people with allergies could sustain a vegetarian diet too? Anyways it's such an interesting topic and I'd love to read more about it, maybe this article will give you a kick start! https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/becoming-a-vegetarian
  • Alexander's Jan 10, 18:33 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    Dominic, In today's society, the topic of kids being negatively affected by violent games is commonly addressed. The statistic that,"60% of boys and 40% of girls in middle school that has played or watched a violent video game are bound to bully, fight, or have aggression" is one that is quite surprising. I believe that video games can indeed have a negative effect on young children, however an average of 50% seems rather high. That said I have limited knowledge and so the fact could very well be true, in which case I think we need to not expose young kids to such violent games. I feel that games can also have a positive benefit to children as it simultaneously teaches them problem solving skills in various adventure based games. However at the end of the day I believe that other activities such as exercise, music, etc. have more positive effects than gaming. Overall you have a well written post and I am interested in hearing more.
  • Tiffany's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Taken Away
    I enjoyed your article, and was shocked by the number of people getting kidnapped. i was also shocked by the amount of males being kidnapped. Most people assume that females get kidnapped more. I liked how you added articles that talk more about this topic. I also liked how you expanded on each quote you added into your article.
  • Sandra's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Hey Anthony, I agrue with most of what you explained. Zoo are harmful for the animals, the poor animals face alot of problems such as anxiety, depression, anger etc. The animals are forced to live in terrible conditions, they are not provided witht he proper space they need or habitation. It is important to inform people about the behind the scenes of zoos. People should be educated about the dangers animals face when they are locked up with a lack of care and attention
  • Alicia's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Can Vegetarians Improve Climate Change?
    Hi Cora. I really enjoyed reading your article. I both agree and disagree with the solution you have proposed to counteract climate change. I think that becoming vegetarian could help in small ways because there are less factories that are polluting the air in order to package and process the meat we consume, but I also believe that things such as driving less would have more of an impact on us directly. I understand that the vegetarian lifestyle has health benefits as well but we also need protein from meat and other foods for our bodies as well. However, I do think that vegetarianism could greatly cut down on the factories used to process the meat, but even at that point i'm worried that there would be more methane released into the air if we are not keeping it in check somewhat by consuming the animals as well.
  • Tomas's Jan 10, 18:32 comment on Who benefits from lateness?
    I think this is a very interesting point. I think that it is very hard because schools start so early. You have been placed into a really tough situation where do you sacrifice your learning for nutrition? I’m not sure if I know the correct answer to that question, but I have researched the idea of schools starting later. IF they started later, you could eat a good hardy breakfast, get enough sleep, and be ready for the day. Most schools start before 8:30, mine starts at 8:00, and it gets hard to wake up in the morning and keep yourself going through the day. Here is a link with points on why there should be a later start to schooling: https://www.cdc.gov/features/school-start-times/index.html. Thank you for your opinion, I am looking forward to your response if one, but I hope that the rest of the school year goes well for you.
  • Mashlin's Jan 10, 18:31 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    This was very interesting to read because it has so much meaning behind the story. You did a good job describing and the story about how she was so determined about school and lives in tough conditions is inspiring.
  • Angeth's Jan 10, 18:29 comment on History Not Left Behind
    This topic very important to me I like that you have decided to write about this. The topic is also frustrating, it's been decades and black people are still looked at as less than as dangerous as uneducated and the list goes on and on it's crazy. Here is an article I think would interest you https://www.washingtonpost.com
  • Elliot's Jan 10, 18:29 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    Hey Sandra, I thought this article was very interesting and you summed it up well. I like the idea of having more programs for kids that focus on cooperation. I think it sets them up to do better in the future. Do you think US students would benefit from programs like that, which look to strengthen the bond between peers?
  • Italia's Jan 10, 18:29 comment on Secondhand Shopping As a Solution to Fast Fashion
    Emily, I think this topic is super important because not a lot of people realize that the way they choose to shop for clothing affects the environment. This article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/books/review/how-fast-fashion-is-destroying-the-planet.html) holds a lot of detail on the subject and even the recounts the story of how fast fashion became such a problem.
  • Tiffany's Jan 10, 18:28 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I think you did a good job explaining your opinion, as well as justifying it. I like how you added credible sources, as well as facts, which made the article that much more justifiable. I do disagree that abortion is murder, but I support your decision and completely understand where you are coming from.
  • Natalie Risse's Jan 10, 18:27 comment on Bread stapled to trees
    I like this article a lot, probably because not most people would think to question such a weird internet thing. I liked this statement "The definition already defined bread as “a staple food”. In conclusion, stapling is in bread’s nature. " I never thought of that, and it is a stretch but it's something. I would recommend better sources for a stronger essay. This made me laugh, thanks for that.
  • Sam M's Jan 10, 18:27 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    I thought this was a very interesting piece. I find it very interesting how the schools run can affect the class and wealth status a person has later in life, and I think you did a very good job at bringing that to attention.
  • Nickolas Sizer's Jan 10, 14:23 comment on War! What is it good for?
    I agree, war is bad.
  • Jesus's Jan 10, 05:57 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, I feel great about your post “Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA” And that you decided to choose this topic. One sentence that stood out to me was, ”Thousands and thousands of undocumented people come to the US each year. Most of them are young. And as they grow old, they start to consider the US as home instead of their home country.” it stood out to me because it is true, most of the kids who are brought here to the U.S do see the country as home and where not raised in what was supposed to be their home country. However, a part of your article I disagree with is when you mentioned Andrea Barbara because she didn’t say “materialistic things” as a way to say immigrants can get in power. Have you considered changing the claim to match the quote, the quote talks more about immigrants coming to the U.S and putting in hard work to be able to live in a nicer area and not them getting in power.
  • Jennifer's Jan 10, 05:13 comment on Latinx Community
    Fernanda, I feel impressed and interested by your post, "Latinx Community". One sentence that really stood out to me was "...the Latinx community has survived in Oakland for several years despite the countless times they have been displaced in different parts of Oakland." This stands out because it shows perseverance; no matter how many times the Latinx community has been "displaced" from the city, it shows that they are capable to move on regardless of the hate they receive from the Oakland community. One thing I disagree with was, hypothetically, I guess some people from the Latinx community probably don't feel safe in the Oakland community because they are being displaced by the Oakland people and community, my question is, what can we do in order to help out not just the Latinx community but everyone so that they all feel equal and respected? I also understand that they aren't willing to move out because "it's their home" but have you also ever thought about adding some diversity in all neighborhoods of the Oakland community, not just Fruitvale. I believe this will allow us to understand everyone's different cultures and history; help us become more open minded about certain groups of people. Thanks for sharing your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Edith's Jan 10, 04:17 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Dear Ashley, you post, “Oakland’s Downfall” is really interesting. Your writing is intriguing. And now that I realized it, gentrification is removing the culture that is in Oakland. A sentence from your post, reads “Oaklanders are the root of the culture” and I completely agree with this. The fact that high rent is the reason why POC leave their homes just proves that Oakland is obviously doing nothing! Which leads to us to fix this issue. But how? How will we stop gentrification? You’ve listed all the problems, but what are the solutions? Another problem that strikes Oakland is racism. Oakland is one of the most cultural cities in the bay area (in my opinion) but oppression still surrounds the place. In an article named “We're being pushed out': the displacement of black Oakland” by Sam Levin, he talks about when police were being called for black people doing a barbecue. The article reads, “While African Americans in Oakland have been steadily displaced by gentrification, others who remain are treated like criminals in their own hometown.” (Levin). Gentrification is affecting TONS of African Americans which results to them leaving. While the other AA receive discrimantion and racism in the homes they own. They are LITERALLY getting disrespected at the town AA been leaving for more than a decade. While people who are just arriving to Oakland and getting to know the city, have the audacity to oppressed the ones that are more knowledgeable than they are. Thank you Ashley for this great piece of writing. This topic has open new perspectives. I look forward to seeing more of your work, Ashely!
  • Jaqueline's Jan 10, 04:01 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Dear Emily, I feel bias about your post “Changes In Our Home”. Some sentences that stood out to me were, “Cohen bray a house with so many memories and history is yet waiting to be destroyed” and “The only people that know are those who live near it, this house should get more attention than what it has.” These sentences stood out to me because if the house isn’t getting that much attention, then it shouldn’t be such a big deal that it is getting destroyed. Have you ever thought of instead of writing about something that is going to get removed, just write about another building that has been in Oakland for a long time, that isn’t getting destroyed. Another thing that you should keep in mind should be to get the word out to people that the Cohen bray house is filled with memories and history and it is going to get destroyed so that people can fight to keep it. Other than that your writing was good. Keep up the good work!
  • Melissa's Jan 10, 03:46 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Remigia, I feel that this is a very controversial topic. A line that stood out to me was when you stated, “ They are not stealing jobs but finding opportunities”. This stood out to me because lots of people think that immigrants come here to “steal jobs” and that's a very common misunderstanding, and although I agree with most of your points, you mentioned that immigrants come to the U.S. for better education and a better life for their families a lot, do you think that there are other reasons why people may come to the U.S.? Thank you for sharing this information and writing this blog. Looking forward to your next piece of writing!
  • Amy's Jan 10, 03:10 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose, I feel that your topic is a big issue and many people like the government aren't doing much about. One sentence that stood out to me was," —Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. With violence and crime now at unprecedented levels—they are among the top 10 most violent countries in terms of homicides—that number had jumped to 42 percent in 2016." This stood out to me because a lot of immigrants come to united states so they could be safe and not worry about all the danger that is happening in their home town, this also shocked me because there is a lot of violence risking peoples life.However, one thing I think you could have added was how immigrants struggle to continue being with their family if they keep getting deported and can't find jobs because of it. But overall you have a strong article.
  • Yadira's Jan 10, 02:34 comment on Immigrants
    Dear Jose, I feel that your topic is an issue the government is not helping considering the situation. Overall your argument was strong and I didn’t feel lost in your article. Furthermore, one sentence that stood out to me was, ̈This is true because immigrants come to the United States for a better life.̈ This stood out to me because your whole article revolves around this claim, I also like how it was short and straight forward. However, I disagree with what you have to say about how, “Immigrants have a fear of deportation don’t want to go back to the violence.” Immigrants don’t only fear that they can also fear debt and or financial issues, having a place to stay, or even family, these are only a couple of examples and there a plenty more but everyone has reasons to be afraid to get deported and its not only violence. In the article you introduced, Why Does The U.S. Need Immigration Reform? The author writes how immigrants just want to gather with their families and a place to stay away from the place they were born in and many people can agree to how violence isn’t the only way to drive someone away from their home country. Just wanted to tell you there are more options for immigrants.
  • Xavier's Jan 9, 04:34 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, I feel intrigued about your post “Churches in Oakland” One sentence that stood out to me was, “To illustrate, Skyline United Church of Christ discusses how everyone is welcome inside the church and how they are not going to be judged.” This stood out because you are really putting churches in a good light and that really helps your argument. However one thing I disagree with is the idea that churches are inclusive to all, I acknowledge that you realized most catholic churches do no accept LGBTQ people, but I still think that this detail really puts a dent in your argument and is hard to cover up or still have your argument be strong. Have you thought about better explaining why some people would not be welcomed in churches.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 9, 04:07 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, I think that your post “Gun violence” is very moving and it is important that the problem of gun violence is asserted. But when you stated “We need a law that has stricter background checks so people cannot buy a gun so easily”, it made me disagree with your idea of a solution because if you make stricter laws that go into people’s background, then you can cause ICE to find illegal immigrants and families will suffer even more when being separated. While you try to solve one problem, you will be adding to a much greater problem in our society and you will even be adding to the problem that you are trying to fight. If kids get separated from their parents, they won’t have anyone to look up to, which can cause them to get on the wrong track and start using guns to hurt people while they are the ones hurting deep inside.
  • Sugeiry Gutierrez's Jan 9, 04:00 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Angelina, You had a great argument on littering in Oakland but I have to disagree with it. First of all, I don’t see that much trash here and I think that there are bigger problems that we should be focusing on. For example there is a ton of homeless individuals who don’t get help, a drug problem, and lots of violence. Those are problems that I think are things we need to focus on first before we worry about trash. Sincerely, Sugeiry <];)
  • Angel's Jan 8, 21:27 comment on Homeless, Rent, Problems With Solutions
    Dear, Areli I disagree with your topic because Oakland has spent millions on the homeless community is that the community isn’t using it correctly. You clearly explain the problems and solutions like when you talk about rent, you also talk about who is causing the rent to go up, but you don’t explain why Oakland isn’t helping the homeless. What I want from you is instead of talking all about the bad in Oakland, you should talk about some of the good. That is why I disagree with your opinion because your only showing the bad of Oakland. This makes me more engaged into your article by letting me support you in a disagreeing way. For example, when you say, "Homeless people because they don’t have jobs that pay the right amount of money they need to pay for the rent"(Areli). It let's me know that it's Oaklands fault for having homeless people on the streets but you don't explain the income of these homeless and the rent cost. So how is the reader gonna understand the amount of money compared to rent and prices. This connects to my topic which is also about homelessness because just like me I also talked about rent prices. In one of my interviews my person explained how Oakland isn't giving anything back to the community and how they should use tax money from the community for shelter towards the homeless. Not only is this useful towards your article but, it will make it stronger for future readers by showing ways of how Oakland could help. Also, almost forgot you should talk about the amount of money given towards the homeless community to show why it isn’t enough. Some resources for you if your still looking for free shelter, just go to, "https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Oakland State=CA". Who are a professional Oakland program helping homeless people out of the streets into FREE shelter. I recommend them to you because they are open 24 hours a day meaning you can redirect homeless people towards the program so they wouldn't have to suffer outside in the cold. These homeless people can stay for as much as a month if they wished which shows they don't only want them off the streets but, into a loving community foreshadowed by the Oakland government. Another source that will help people agree with you is the amount of money spent on the homeless, “https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/15/oaklands-9-million-homelessness-solution-new-preventive-program-launches/”. This article explains the amount of money Oakland spends on the homeless making it helpful for explaining rent prices. This can be a solution for your first quote being, "The Bay Area News Group reports that Oakland CA saw a 47 percent increase in homelessness since this time in 2017"(Kukura). By giving resources towards the community we could stop the rates from going up. Even though I disagreed with your work, with my feedback and ideas you could make your article even stronger. Overall I'm really supportive of your ideas and will hope to see you write again. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your masterpiece which was filled with strong and wonderful ideas. I felt very optimistic reading your article because it showed me that there was still hope for this community. One way you could bring people like me towards your writing would be more effort on your grammar, not saying your article was bad, it was just a bit disappointing that you had such strong reasoning but not correctly spelled words. Another change that will bring people back is comparing Oakland to other cities like San Jose which has a well controlled system. So just remember I want to see more effort and comparing. Next time I see you I would hope to see even stronger writing along with more corrections. Sincerely, Angel
  • Efraim Tril's Jan 8, 20:24 comment on What Is Did The Tech Boom Cause?
    Dear Douglas Ramos, I feel a litte counfused about your post because that Oaklands rent hasnt doubled priced. “The rent in Oakland has doubled in price in the past 10 years!” This sentence stood up to me because prices didnt doubled because for that reason. The real reason they doubled because people in San francisco couldnt afford to pay for the rent so thats why people from San Francisco came here to Oakland and that is why the prices have doubled up. Also because people are expericing poverty too.
  • Joshua's Jan 8, 19:52 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Dear, Isaiah I feel connected with your post "Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland" Because I can see why you want to fix homelessness in Oakland, The rent for houses are high now in then and people cant afford to buy a house and it is tough to see people living in tent on the streets just because they can't afford a house. One sentence that stood out for me is "A stereotype about homeless people is that they’re drug addicts and alcoholics." This stood out for me because people assume a lot of things about homeless people thinking they are "crack addicts" I don't think all homeless people are not drug abusers they have their life choices. They can had made a promise to themselves to not do drugs or drink alcohol even if they are homeless or not. However one thing that I disagree with was "A way to fix homelessness is to lower rent prices because high rent is a leading cause of people losing their house." Have you ever thought about people who are homeless they can live in homelessness camps which people who work there can help feed the homeless people and give them a place to stay for awhile.
  • Divianca's Jan 8, 19:51 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Dear Jade, I feel like your post “Protests in Oakland” is very interesting because you explain the importance of protests and the beneficial effect it has in our communities. I enjoyed reading about the different perspectives people have on protests because it shows an understanding on more then one point of view. One sentence that stood out to me was, “I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.” This stood out to me because it is really true because if their is no communication or protests then people wouldn’t really understand others and what they are going through. Protests provide a space where people can chant about certain problems, and that can lead to more understaining in the communities. However, one thing I disagree with was, “This means that some people don’t have any respect for the positive space and the community that others are trying to build to make Oakland a better place.” I think the opposite, they do have respect for the space and are trying to build a better, more respectful space in the communities, like you had argued.
  • Emily's Jan 8, 19:45 comment on Migration
    Dear, Divianca I feel very moved about your post "Migration" one sentence that stood out was" In spite of having quality workers, the boss decided to take advantage of the migrant worker by threatening to turn him in to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency". This stood out because I have known a lot of immigrants that have worked very hard and they get robbed by only paying them a little. However one thing i disagree with is when you said "Nowadays since ICE is more active due to President Trump’s administration, more undocumented people fear even setting a foot outside their own home" because even before trump with barack obama administration obama deported 5 million this deporting problem started way before trump.
  • Neyzer's Jan 8, 19:35 comment on The History Of Life Academy
    Dear Erick, I feel “pleased” about your post one sentence that stood out to me was that Ousd made small schools and they realized that they weren’t getting the highest test scores that they would or wanted. This stood out to me because it shows how schools have changed a lot and they have gotten very big over the years and test scores have gotten up. However, one thing I disagree with was that there were small schools in poor neighborhoods and test scores were very low because what I think its the education that they were getting in that school that is why they were getting so low test scores. Next time you should look at your research deeper and maybe think about the real problem that maybe the problem is the teachers and how they teach the students and then from there depends on the test scores. Thank you for letting me take a look at your blog post.
  • Isaiah's Jan 8, 19:34 comment on Oakland LGBTQ Community
    Dear Yari, I feel very supportive about your post. One sentence that really stood out to me was, "San Francisco and Oakland are so close together that they should have the same offering of help, but Oakland just doesn’t have enough programs." This stood out to me because after you mentioned this, you didn't mention a way that you or the Oakland community could advocate for more transgender health clinics or even places that help support transgender youth. I feel if you added this to your article it can be be more strong and it can make some people even step up and take action. However I disagree in a way because even though there aren't places that have signs that say they support transgender there is places that are transgender friendly. Often than not there are a lot of places such as schools and afterschool programs that support transgender folk. Thank you for writing this article. I am excited to see what you write in the future.
  • Emily's Jan 8, 19:32 comment on Migration
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  • Abigail's Jan 8, 18:41 comment on Dee and the Quilts
    Dear Hanna: I am curious about your dialogue, “Dee and the Quilts” because it changes my perspective about Dee. I can see that there is a conflict between the three of them and I would like to learn more about it. One line that stands out for me is, “Mama: Do you believe in your culture? You abandoned us for ten years and now you are coming to strip us from the only thing that represent the authentic history of my family, your family, and our culture” I think this line is interesting because Mama is being kind about Dee even thought she abandoned them Mama is welcome to her. I think Mama words are little controversial I can feel that she is angry but at the time she upset and sad about what Dee wants to take away. Your dialogue helps me to understand that life does not always work for people. Also that there are people which will not be enough what you do or give to them. Thanks for your dialogue. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I will like to see more about your conversation and how it ends.
  • Victor's Jan 8, 18:30 comment on Less Gun Violence, less worries
    Dear, Armando I feel satisfied about your topic " less gun less worries ". one scentence that stood out to me was " Also, it discusses mostly about suicides in different countries and compare them." tis scentence stood out to me becuse I dont understand how does suicides relates to gun violence. how ever I dissagree with the pharagraph that has this scentence because it does not make scence to me. but your other pharagraps were exelent so keep working hard. scincerly, Victor Gonzalez.
  • Areli's Jan 8, 18:30 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Dear Angel, I feel good about your post because you are talking about the homeless that they should not be in the streets but not even in jails. One sentence that stood out to me was " Putting homeless people in jail is immensely irresponsible of Oakland because if they are put into jails away from society they could experience isolation" This stood out because how would Oakland send homeless to live in jail. However one thing that I disagree with you is that why would they put homeless in jail if they are making cabins for them.
  • Manuel's Jan 8, 18:30 comment on Abuse of power
    Dear Nahum, I see what you were saying all that you wrote about has evidence and statistics that support it but you talk a lot of police hiding behind their badge when they use force on people and that is one of my main questions when police ask about and I.D to someone they need to see more because they are disobeying police and dont they also need to put them down when they keep resisting because they also need to cooperate when they refuse to. I just think that you should include this in your article.
  • Amilia's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Dear Roberto, I feel like you're wrong about your post. One sentence that stood out to me was "Churches can help people feel less depressed and feel more empathy." This stood out to me because it is true that it helps with depressed people and give them reasons why it's okay to be that way sometimes. However, one thing I disagree with was that how you said churches bring communities together. I disagree with this because many people decide to not go to church because they have no time or other reasons. Have you ever thought about if people don't go to church? How would church bring people together if some people decide not to go to church?
  • Esmeralda's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on Drug Problem
    Dear Sugeiry, I feel grateful that you wrote this as your blog. There was many sentences that stood out to me. One of the sentences were “These situations end up with the teen being a victim to situations that they can’t control.” This stood out to me because there are many people who deal with situations like abuse or parents using alcohol or drugs. However they can have the option to do drugs everyone has an option, but that doesn’t me that they are all going to chose to do drugs are drink alcohol. Have you ever thought that people do care about what’s going on in Oakland about drugs but people just ignore them because their voice is to small or people think that what they are saying is wrong.
  • Dominik's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on Oakland Education Crisis
    Dear Efraim, I feel good about your post "Oakland Education Crisis". One sentence that stood out to me was,"Oakland Education has taken a big turn and is one of the lowest and poorest education in California because of funding issues." This stood out to me because it shows how Oakland Education has taken a big turn and that is a thing to worry about. However, one thing I disagree with is,"Oakland Education has taken a big turn and is one of the lowest and poorest education in California because of funding issues." I disagree with this sentence because not all places are treated equally. A quote showing this is, Greenwich spends $6,000 more per pupil per year than Bridgeport does, according to the State Department of Education.” This quote is proving that Greenwich spends $6,000 more per pupil per year than Bridgeport does. Which shows not every school is treated easily.
  • Cesar's Jan 8, 18:23 comment on “WEED”
    Dear Chris, thanks fro writting, but I respecctfuy disagree that having weed legalized could have more cons tha pros. For example, weed can cause people to die or even do crazy things. While doctors try to find out how to make people not overdose from weed, thousands of people would have died before the doctors find an answer. Have you ever thought about how mant people die each year because of weed? Sincerely, Cesar Sanchez.
  • Mariely Padilla's Jan 8, 14:47 comment on Emma: Journalist for Bulldog Press
    Hi Emma, I'm interested in your story due to the fact that I also relate to it in many ways. I never considered myself a writer either, but as time went by I realized there's so much I had to express, so I started writing and pouring my heart out and it has become my creative outlet to express myself and connect more with others. Writing has become like my journal, a space to express myself. Additionally, film its also a space for me to express myself. Film has a very special place in my heart I connect with it in so many ways and when I decide to do film. One day I want to be able to connect with others and display messages that I would like to put out there. Film is like giving a piece of your heart to the public in hopes for them to get the message and relate to it in their perspective. Many won't understand but what matters is that we do. I look forward to more of your writing .
  • Mia's Jan 8, 13:19 comment on Racism
    Benjamin, I love how you tie literature in this writing! Especially since the book you read brings light to racism towards Native Americans. That is a situation that gets less attention than other forms of racism. You could b a bit more in-depth with some of your points, though. Great work other than that!
  • Mia's Jan 8, 13:08 comment on Contraction and Corruption in Our American Beliefs
    Naomi, I love your work here. You have brought an important issue to light in a way that is educational and formal. Your outlook lets the reader truly understand what you're saying. Good work!
  • Angel's Jan 8, 03:37 comment on Homeless, Rent, Problems With Solutions
    Dear, Areli I agree with your topic and feel sad for Oakland not doing its best to help the homeless community because you clearly explain the problems and solutions like when you talk about rent you also talk about who is causing the rent to go up which is Oakland making me believe you know what you're talking about. This makes me more engaged into your article by showing the ways to help the homeless. For example, when you say, "Homeless people because they don’t have jobs that pay the right amount of money they need to pay for the rent"(Areli). It let's me know that it's Oaklands fault for having homeless people on the streets because you're giving me the correct reasons. This connects to my topic which is also homelessness because just like me I also talked about rent prices. In one of my interviews my person explained how Oakland isn't giving anything back to the community and how they should use tax money from the community for shelter towards the homeless. Not only is this useful towards your article but, it will make it stronger for future readers. Also, I have some resources for you if your still looking for free shelter, just go to, "https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Oakland State=CA". Who are a professional Oakland program helping homeless people out of the streets into FREE shelter. I recommend them to you because they are open 24 hours a day meaning you can redirect homeless people towards the program so they wouldn't have to suffer outside in the cold. These homeless people can stay for as much as a month if they wished which shows they don't only want them off the streets but, into a loving community foreshadowed by the Oakland government. This can be a solution for your first quote being, "The Bay Area News Group reports that Oakland CA saw a 47 percent increase in homelessness since this time in 2017"(Kukura). By giving resources towards the community we could stop the rates from going up. Overall I'm really supportive of your ideas and will hope to see you write again. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your masterpiece which was filled with strong and wonderful ideas. I felt very optimistic reading your article because it showed me that there was still hope for this community. One way you could bring people like me towards your writing would be more effort on your grammar, not saying your article was bad, it was just a bit disappointing that you had such strong reasoning but not correctly spelled words. Another change that will bring people back is comparing Oakland to other cities like San Jose which has a well controlled system. So just remember I want to see more effort and comparing. Next time I see you I would hope to see even stronger writing along with more corrections. Sincerely, Angel
  • Abigail's Jan 7, 17:54 comment on Maggie’s Mournful life
    Dear Yeanoor I am fascinated about your short story, “Maggie’s Mournful life” because it helps me to understand how Maggie felt because the unequal treatment that she got from her mother. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “Life is not easy as we predict. We all need to put effort to gain things that we desire for. Yeah, I agree that I am not and even see myself less than white people, however, I never aspirated wrong or bad for my sister. Even though, I used to feel jealous, because she was getting everything which I am deprived from it.feels stylist” I think these lines are very conscious because how she expresses about her sister make me think that she is a persistent and optimistic person. Maggie’s characterization is reasonable because all the bad feelings that she had about her sister is gone, she understands that is what life is about. Your story reminds me of one story I once read. In the story a girl was brave against racist. She was a slave and she is learning to write and read hide even thought was not allowed for the slaves. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. You have a very good writing and I love how you apply a lot imaginary and characterization in your story.
  • Mashlin's Jan 7, 17:25 comment on Immigrants
    Education is very important and this matters to immigrants so much more than people think. It is what people look for when they immigrate. They are looking for better opportunities and an education that will help them in life. They search for a better lifestyle and education is one of the priorities.
  • Mashlin's Jan 7, 17:16 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Homlessness is now seen so much all around the world. And it is hard to believe how the United States hasn't been able to help those who are homeless in our own country.Yes, prices have gone up drastically that it is even hard for people who work and have their own jobs. In Oakland, and California, there is a lot of homeless people all around and it is very upsetting because these people all have the opportunity to work but for specific reasons, they are on the streets. We are all humans and we all need a helping hand.
  • Mashlin's Jan 7, 17:09 comment on A Way to Combat Depression
    You're article is very interesting because depression is something that is very common now and there should be a solution to it. The solution can be as easy as just showing a little more love to other people. Depression should be treated and hugs can make a difference.
  • Jackie lautaimi's Jan 6, 16:20 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Dear Emily, I agree that erasure is happening and that people of color are being driven out of Oakland because people are raising rent prices for non white people which is causing let diversity in Oakland.
  • Monse's Jan 6, 16:02 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Dear Melissa, I agree with you because some people just want to leave in another place that could be a cheap.
  • Jose's Jan 6, 05:48 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Dear Jade, I am very interested in your post because you add a football player perspective and you get to see what he does in his spare time and helps the community when you interview your mother and she explained how she tries to help the community and that could create a change to Oakland. I agree with you because we need a change in our community. When you said “ Protesting is gonna have a positive effect because the community will come together and make a change”. This stood up to me because this is saying that protesting can be helpful in many ways and it can change the community and it can create a good change to the community. Thank you for letting me know this information and why its useful. .
  • Yadira's Jan 6, 04:22 comment on Golden State leaving to the Golden Gate
    Dear jacob, I liked reading this article because you gave two different thoughts about the move. I agree with the fact that the city feels abandoned. I feel the warrios gave Oakland more importance then what it has and now its taken away. Anyway thank you, I enjoyed reading your article.
  • Nahum's Jan 6, 03:47 comment on Union v.s Non-Union
    Dear Dominik, I think this topic is very interesting and unique. A part in your blog that really stood out me was “Construction is a sector that has historically excluded black workers" the reason that part stood out to me was because it was something that I didn't know and I found very negative. I agree with you when you stated "all construction teams should be in unions so they can all be treated equally." the reason I agree with that statement is because I think it is really bad if construction workers who build stuff for people don't get treated equally, then the construction workers will resign their jobs. Thank you Dominik for taking your time in writing this blog.
  • Jade's Jan 6, 02:58 comment on Oakland’s Downfall
    Ashley, what you're focusing on is very interesting and a very important topic, I didn't know that stopping gentrification was that important to you.
  • Melissa's Jan 6, 01:42 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Dear Edith, I agree with your blog, "Undocumented People Mark Their Spot In The USA" because you mentioned that the U.S. is called the "land of the free" but, immigrants aren't free, they are controlled and constantly told what they can and can't do. You also mentioned "The US is a land of immigrants but we treat immigrants like the other". These lines stood out to me because we are living on stolen land, the land of immigrants and they are still dehumanized and controlled. You made great points on how immigrants or children of immigrants start to call the U.S. home and how when they go back to their country, they see it as a whole new world and it's completely different. I agree with this as well because since they've lived here for the majority of their life or possibly their whole life, they forget what their country looked like and it's sad. You are a very talented. writer and thank you for sharing, I hope to come across more of your writing.
  • Jennifer's Jan 6, 01:26 comment on Churches In Oakland
    Roberto, I agree that churches help bring together the community and help people realize the diversity in the different churches. Also that you don't have to be a certain race to believe in a certain religion. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was: "These events are Jubilant for the community because since it helps bring people come together by singing, praying, and talking." You also mentioned acceptance and how the church accepting the differences of different people in their religion creates a strong bond towards the church and the people. Another sentence that stood out for me was: "Churches can help people feel less depressed and feel more empathy." Churches help the people feel better and uplift themselves and making them feel like a better person. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Jennifer's Jan 6, 00:49 comment on Sideshows
    Josue, I am mind blown by your blog, "SideShows" because at first I thought sideshows were dangerous and didn't think we should continue having them, but now that I've read your post it made me understand how important sideshows are to Oakland residents and how it's a part of our community. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...sideshows are a big thing in the Oakland community because it can bring everyone together." As you also stated, it is a "social event" that helps the Oakland community to have fun and become united. Another sentence that I thought really stood out to me was: "...Sideshows are important because they build community." This stood out for me because it shows how much sideshows have shaped the Oakland community. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing stood out to me and made me change my opinion about this certain topic. Again, thanks for sharing and I can't wait til I read another one of your pieces of writing.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 23:58 comment on Undocumented People Mark Their Spot in The USA
    Edith, I am in total agreement with you and your blog "Undocumented People Mark Their Spot In The USA" because, after reading your blog, I believe undocumented people feel insecure, unsafe and excluded from society and from a place other than their hometown. Instead of making them live with the constant fear of them one day leaving this country, we should help them out by making sure they feel safe and comfortable at all times; make them feel like they're at home. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...undocumented people deserve respect and equity as citizens not deportation because they have adapted to living in the USA, because they lived in the U.S. for most of their lives..." I think this is very useful and makes a very clear point about how we cannot kick "immigrants" out of the US because they weren't born there. They've lived in this country for more than half of their life and we don't have the right to kick them out of it because we feel like it. Another sentence that I thought really stood out to me was: "We cannot depend on one single, possibly a cruel leader (our president), we need to depend on each other as leaders. We still have the ability to stop the oppressive history from repeating itself into our presence." This stood out for me because it made me rethink and realize that if we want something to change we have to take action and not wait on one individual to make decisions for all of us. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really liked the variety of evidence you choose and how well you were to analyze it. Again, thanks for sharing and I can't wait til I come across more of your amazing writing.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 23:08 comment on Protests in Oakland
    Jade, I am surprised by your blog, "Protest In Oakland" because I didn't realize how much of it means to people to protest and how much it helps them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...protesting is important in Oakland is because it helps shape the community." I think this makes a valid point of how Oakland is a city that makes changes for the better, and by that they unite together and protest to be equal and satisfied by their decisions. Another sentence that caught my attention was: "Protesting is gonna have a positive effect because the community will come together and make a change." This stood out for me because it shows that protesting is something helpful for those who choose to and it creates a great change for them and their community. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you made me learn a lot of this topic from your writing and made me realize how important protesting is and how much of an impact it makes towards the community and people. Again, thank you and I can't wait til I read one of you other pieces of writings.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 22:39 comment on Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland
    Jacqueline, I agree with your post "Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland" because since I am an Oakland resident myself, I have also noticed that Homelessness has been a huge problem here in this city. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "...But if you actually talk to someone then you will know that they are homeless because they can’t keep a roof over their head..." I think this is important to know because I feel like homeless folks don't become homeless on purpose, it's just very difficult for them to be able to pay for their costs to live under the roof. Another sentence that stood out to me was: "Hopefully, the community overcomes the impediment of homelessness so that people can live a better life and no longer be homeless." This stood out for me because it made me & hopefully other readers that we shouldn't just stand there and watch them sleep on the streets, instead we should help them out and not let them suffer alone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it made me realize that not all people on the streets choose to be homeless or want money for drugs. Some actually want to improve and be able to have a roof over their heads. Again, thanks for sharing your piece of writing, I look forward to reading more.
  • Jennifer's Jan 5, 21:39 comment on Oakland Immigration
    Madelyn, I was thrilled to read your blog and now that I got the chance to, I feel like I've learned a lot about immigration, specifically in Oakland. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Good thing there's Justicia Lawyers because they can help immigrants and fight for their rights." I think this is useful because it makes readers realize that "immigrants" are not alone and have lots of support. Another sentence that caught my attention was: "Oakland cares about everyone, the homeless, immigrants, children..." This stood out to me because it informed me that Oakland is a united community where they all support each other regardless of their looks, culture, home etc. Anyways thanks for sharing your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you made me learn a lot; not just about immigration but how Oakland makes sure everyone is safe and how united they are. Again, thank you for sharing this piece of writing and I hope I see more of your writing.
  • Yadira's Jan 5, 18:41 comment on Taken Away
    Dear Amilia, I liked you article a lot and I didnt know that many people got kidnapped. As a person who partailly watches the news in the afternoon I am not informed this many kidnaps, but What are the reasons of the kidnappings? Which age group is it? Which area is it most likely happening in? I think that this topic should be seen more on the news so people can be informed and prepare their children. Thank you for writing this topic.
  • Yadira's Jan 5, 18:31 comment on Drug Problem
    Dear Sugeiry, You article was one interesting one I didnt think I would come upon. I wasnt aware that Opiods led to a lot of homeless people in Oakland, and I am glad you put that out there. Teens being surrounding by it is not good as well, itll lead them under the freeway like most homeless people becoming like them. You article informed me a lot, Thank you.
  • Yadira's Jan 5, 18:17 comment on Does Oakland Really Care For The Homeless?
    Dear Angel, as a reader I acknoledge that you were focusing on homelessness in Oakland and did a good job explaing the problem. It must be a complicated subject because you have to find accurate evidence to support this issue fro both areas. I both agree and disagree with your point on Oakland not doing enough to help the homeless because I dont know what Oakland bugdet is and maybe raising taxes is helping Oakland. I must reiterate this is a complicated topic. Thank you for writing this interesting article.
  • Esmeralda's Jan 3, 22:36 comment on Latinx Community
    Dear Fernanda, I am interested in your post because it’s very informative on how the latinx community has lived here since 1910. Also because you talk about different times in your blog which is giving many stories/perspectives One line in your blog that stood out to me was “ In 1950s-1960s the destruction of West Oakland began the latinos were displaced once again”. This line stood out to me because it saying that latinx are being moved multiple times from there home. I also think that ir’s interesting because of your blog I think that they are the most affected. Thank you for sharing you blog for the world to see and to see how we are being impacted by gentrification.
  • Esmeralda's Jan 3, 22:08 comment on Abuse of power
    Dear Nahum, I am agreeing with our post because police do take advantage of how much power they have. Also I feel that you were speaking the honest truth, therefore I agree with what you say.There was one sentence that stood out to me " the cops hide behind their badge". This sentence stood out to me because like you said they use their badge to make commands to the Oakland residents. Your post is good because I don't think people don't really see it as a problem since police have a gun, badge, and a uniform people don't want to mess with them. I want to thank you for writing this blog I hope it lets people know what's really going on in the world.
  • Edith's Jan 3, 08:34 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear Dayanara, the statistics you’ve provided really did startled me. The idea of building tiny houses and turn vacant homes occupied is a goal we as a community in Oakland should accomplished; to decrease the growth of homelessness in our city. You’ve said, “If they can obtain more volunteers to build the tiny homes, than the faster they can move homeless people into the home so they can adapt to the new change of having a home.” Participation and volunteers is the key to building these tiny houses and occupied vacant homes. But if nobody is willing to advocate this huge issue in Oakland, homelessness will just continue to spread. Not only that but these innocent homeless people have a higher chance of dying by the age of 50 than those that have shelter. According to an articled named Oakland's Homeless Americans Die Uncounted As Mayor Protects Illegal Immigrants, it reads, “It should go without saying that homelessness elevates an individual’s risk of illness, injury and death. Having little access to health care or healthy food, even homeless people living in milder climates like, for example, the Bay Area, pass away decades earlier than people who have access to housing and health-care” (Durden). Due to the lack of health care or just anything that's healthy, increases their chance of dying or having serious health issues later in life. If we don't have participants to help reduce homelessness growing in our city, tons of innocent people will die. How will we motivate Oakland residents to help solve this huge problem? Thank you for writing this, Dayanara. Your statistics clearly connect to your points.
  • Areli's Jan 3, 05:54 comment on Immigrants; Migrating for the Better
    Dear Jennifer I am interested about your post, of "Immigrants; Migrating for the better", because of how a lot of people are coming in the use because they only want to have future for them and their family. Even they need to sacrifice from were they came from so they can become independent for them self in the US. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is "coming to the U.S. might have been one of the best decisions she’s ever made" I think this is a powerful meaning because this shows how she doesn't regret it from coming to the US. Another sentence that I liked was "They are the ones who help the U.S. run the money business." This stood out for me because this shows how the immigrants are more powerful for doing hard work. "People might believe that migrating to this country will create more violence in the community and will turn both Oakland and the U.S. into a violent place." I don't agree with you that Oakland could be more violent with immigrants. One reason that I say this is because I live in a Immigrants neighborhood and it is not violent. Another reason I agree with you is because then you talk that is not even true because they only come to work hard not to find problems with other people. In the end thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing interesting and amazing because it has a lot of information that all people needs to know now. Thank you again for letting me read this important information.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 23:08 comment on Homelessness in Oakland
    Dear Dayanara, Like you, I believe that if we give a helping hand, we could get rid of homelessness. When you say "Providing rent assistance alone can prevent homelessness by a big amount. Rent is increasing by a drastic amount in the Bay Area so if people that are struggling to keep their homes are assisted then we can prevent them from becoming homeless", it reminds me of other articles that I have read. I agree that rent is the main reason for many problems like homelessness, but we also have to keep in mind that usage of drugs might be involved. You said that "Once they are moved in they can receive help with getting back on track", but should this be the way we do things? Or should we start with finding the homeless who are addicts and help rehabilitate them before getting them into homes where they might harm their neighbors? In the article The Crisis - Oakland Homelessness Response, it states that "California accounts for 50 percent of the nation's homeless population.There are many reasons behind these staggering statistics. Skyrocketing housing costs, a housing inventory deficit, and a decrease in state funding are all contributing forces." There is not enough state funding so if you are not able to get the tiny homes in your plan, do you think that getting the government to give the homeless their own park to live in tents would be the second best option? How will you get the state to fund for these tiny homes and where would you build them, and how will you make sure that the rent doesn't get too high? This article was a great read, thank you for writing it.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 22:44 comment on Changes In Our Home
    Dear Emily, I agree that more white people are living in Oakland now and I really like how much feeling a felt while reading your article. It seems like you truly care about your home and that you love the way that it is. But when you said "This is saying that change could be great but not here because of all the people are left homeless" it made think that maybe these people who are recently moving to Oakland might be moving here because they lost their homes elsewhere. There are many horrible stereotypes about Oakland and I personally don't believe that Oakland would be the first choice for many people. Although people are losing their homes in Oakland and we have to help them, we also have to keep in mind that this problem is going on in other places as well and that everyone is looking for a way to put a roof over their family's head. In the article How Has Oakland Changed? by Adrian Kudler, it syaesthat "Rents in Oakland jumped 34 percent between 2010 and 2014, and 14 percent in just the last year; the median for a one-bedroom is now an unbelievable $2,300 a month." Rent is one of the biggest reasons why Oakland is changing so much, so what do you think that we as the residents of Oakland can do to solve the raises in rent? What can we do in order to save our city from being overrun by whites who "are changing are colorful,and artistic place into a nondescript place?" This article helped me see through many different perspectives and I really appreciate that. Thank you for writing this informative piece of writing.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 22:20 comment on Air Pollution and the Environment
    Dear Jimena, I think that I is very important that you chose just an important problem. I also love that although you talked about how our city is hurt more, you also talked about how the whole world is impacted negatively. I think that when you assert that "Residents here are twice as likely to go to the emergency room with asthma as people in Alameda County overall. They’re also more likely to die of cancer, heart disease or lung disease — all illnesses with known links to polluted air” it gives a better perspective of the problem and it helps you warn the reader that if nothing is done to solve the problem, then it can become very lethal. Also in the article titled Mike's Record on Climate, it states that "Mike created America’s most comprehensive urban sustainability plan, which reduced New York City’s carbon footprint by 14%, expanded solar power, eliminated dirty-burning heating oil, and achieved New York City’s cleanest air quality in more than 50 years. Mike’s mayoral administration planted 800,000 trees and added 850 acres of parkland." I personally think that this is a great start to helping the environment. I would really like to know how you feel about this plan and what you think has to be done in order to save our planet. Do you believe that what Mike is doing is enough and what do you think that should change in Mike's plan? What should we, as residents, do in order to help solve this problem. Thank you from taking your time to write this article. I was actually very entertaining and it made think a lot, which i loved.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 21:54 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, Your post is very informative. People like me, who live across the city from the “The Twomps.”, probably didn't know about "the closing of multiple liquor stores because of murder and drug dealing." Of course, this is an awful problem that I wish would be fixed, but I want to know the reason why you think this is a problem that happens more in the 20s than any other place in Oakland. Also, you explain that there are "famous residents" in the 20s. Why do you think that people from these streets rise up through music? The dictionary describes The Roaring 20s as "a time when many people defied Prohibition, indulged in new styles of dancing and dressing, and rejected many traditional moral standards." Do you believe that the cultural history beneath theses streets is was causes many rappers to ascend? Thank you for writing this, it was very interesting to learn more about this part of Oakland.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 2, 21:29 comment on Crime In Oakland
    Dear Ronny, I think that it is very important to assert this problem. I agree that crime in Oakland is a huge problem and when you said "property crime is rising because a lot of people are stealing because of rents going up" it reminded me about my own post. My post is about Proposition 13, which is a law that precludes the government from raising taxes by more than 2% each year. I was wondering about your perspective on this law. You say that higher prices for rent is what is causing the property crime rate to go up, so do you think that Prop. 13 is an important contributor to crime rate going down? Also, on the AreaVibes website (https://www.areavibes.com/oakland-ca/crime/), it explains that "The amount of violent crime in Oakland, CA has decreased by 11%" per 100,000 people. What do you think about this data? Do you believe that it is false? Or do you believe that a decrease of 11% year to year is not enough to show real results? This post helped me think more about the certain flaws in our city that affect the citizens both physically and mentally. Thank you for writing it, you did a great job.
  • Jesus's Dec 31, 18:05 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Hey America, I enjoyed reading your article about immigrants and how they have been impacted. I really loved how you talked about immigrant struggles and how trump made everything worse for immigrant families. You also involved a lot about the protests that people have done to help out these families that are being attacked by trump. I can see you put in a lot of time into this article because of how empathetic you are for immigrant families and how much research was put in. I was just wondering one thing that you can include as a topic, why do people decide to come to the U.S? It can help you out because it would tell us as readers why it is so important for immigrant families to stay in the U.S. Sincerely, Jesus Ramirez
  • Omar's Dec 31, 03:55 comment on Oakland Education Crisis
    Dear Efraim, I agree with your post, "Oakland Education Crisis" because teachers in Oakland should get payed more for the job they do. One line that stood out to me was, "The increase in class sizes and not enough staff makes it difficult for students to get the right education." I agree with this statement because if there is more students in one class than the students are less likely to get 1 on 1 attention that they need. Your essay reminds me of when the teachers had the strike in march for better pay and smaller classroom sizes. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really enjoyed reading ur writing. I like looking at other people point of views and comparing them to mine. Hope to read your work in the future!
  • Yadira's Dec 26, 21:06 comment on Immigrant Struggle
    Dear America, I feel through this article you care for immigrants and their rights being taken away from them. Being seperated from your family can really change a person, and not in a good way. I see Trump is making racist decisions and isnt thinking about how these families are being treated and how they feel about it. People in the government should make rights that are equal for everyone. I also have a questoin for you, Have you asked yourself why Trump is targeting latinos?
  • Siqi's Dec 21, 03:24 comment on A Way to Combat Depression
    If you've taken self-help steps and made positive lifestyle changes, but still find that your depression is worsening, seek professional help. Needing extra help doesn't mean you're weak. Sometimes negative thoughts in depression can make you feel like a lost cause, but depression can be cured and you'll feel better! But don't forget these self-help tips. Even if you are receiving professional help, these tips can be part of your treatment plan to speed up your recovery and prevent depression from recurring.
  • Siqi's Dec 21, 03:21 comment on Gun Violence in America: Opposing Viewpoints
    As America's leaders grapple with the gun violence crisis, they should consider a range of policy and programmatic solutions that will have a major impact on reducing gun-related deaths, injuries, and crime in the United States.
  • Divianca's Dec 20, 22:16 comment on How Do Gang Members Feel While In A Gang?
    Dear Jesus, I am really enlightened and amazed about the topic you decided to talk about because it emphasizes different perspectives and views on gangs. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "In summary, the next time you see a gang member, treat them with respect, maybe even try to get their story." This line stood out to me because it's so true, to not assume anything without knowing the full story. Because people don't know what others are going through, and by trying to talk to them and learning, one gets to better understand someone to be more empathetic and so they aren't disrespectful. Another sentence that stood out to me was " Some gangsters joined gangs because of the environment they were raised in, but it is mainly fear. Fear of either getting rejected by others in their environment or fear because a gang is after them." By adding this, you explain how gang members not always get the choice of getting an education, because of fear, and because sometimes they are forced into being in a gang and they have no choice. Your blog reminds me of other stories where sometimes people don't know the full story and that's why they are disrespected. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have great thoughts and opinions that need to be shared.
  • Isaiah's Dec 20, 19:37 comment on Gun violence
    Dear Natalie, Your topic is very interesting and as a Oakland resident I agree to this topic because I have lived in Oakland throughout fair share of my life. I heard the gun violence not in person but from afar. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, "15 years ago, there used to be barely any shooting on my block. People used to always be so calm in my neighborhood. Now, it’s not even safe to even be outside or walk around the corner store due to killing’s occurring so often." This stand out because this is a very powerful statistic about Oakland that is talked about quite frequently so the fact that you bring it up and it is wrong is very hurtful to me as a Oakland resident. In fact in 2018 statistics show that the murder rates in Oakland is the lowest it has been since 1999. So I disagree with your statement that is in quotes above. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because maybe you can learn from this experience and grow as a reader to do your research. Hopefully you improve.
  • Neyzer's Dec 20, 19:34 comment on Dubbs
    Dear Wilbert, I think this is a interesting topic that you picked. I can see that the Murder Dubs are very dangerous to people that arrive their.I can also see that people have closed down a lot of businesses because of drug dealing and people getting killed. I think the murder dubs should should lay down on killing people. I'm surprised that taco sinaloa isn't closed because of all that dangerous stuff happening in the murder dubs. I feel like your blog is very good the things you typed connect to your topic and are very strong piece of evidence. Thank you for letting the public know how important the Murder Dubs are to you.
  • Wilbert's Dec 20, 19:32 comment on Immigration to Oakland
    Dear, Baby Omar I feel good about your post because your topic is interesting.I agree with you on everything cause you have good reasons. Thank you Baby Omar for writing this.
  • Yaritza's Dec 20, 18:31 comment on Why is Hard for Immigrants to find Housing?
    Dear Victor, this a strong and relatable topic to others because there's people from other countries that come here to the U.S without being able to get housing. They don't know their surroundings because their whole life they've lived somewhere else, and sometimes they don't have any family around. I agree with your article about it being a very hard struggle for people coming from other countries and not being able to get housing. Thank you Victor.
  • Dominik's Dec 20, 18:18 comment on Going Against OUSD
    Dear Joshua, I agree with your clam, Based on research, Teachers in Oakland felt under appreciated because of how awful OUSD is treating them, but since the strike, they hope that the conditions can improve. Your claim is good because it's starting your paragraph by showing how much of a B## the OUSD is to the people who work hard(teachers,principals, etc).
  • Angel's Dec 20, 17:26 comment on The Problem
    Dear Neyzer, I agree with you that Oakland is increasing in homelessness but, what's your solution? There are so many ways to help but, how specifically can you help. I think you should make a plan to help prevent homelessness before it gets worst like you predicted. "A prediction that I have is that in the future it will be too hard for any other group to stop homeless people from continuing to live on the street.". You should think about how to stop it instead of saying it's gonna spread. Instead of just saying it's gonna get worse you should actually do something about it. I'm not against you I just want you to actually make a difference for the community. For help go to the article, "https://projects.sfchronicle.com/sf-homeless/how-to-help/", where you sign up to be a volunteer to actually help the homeless yourself. Overall you have a strong piece of work that makes sense to me, it's just that you don't have a plan and are counting on other people to make a difference instead of you actually doing anything. Thanks for sharing your info with the public, really appreciate you for coming out to tell the truth instead of just sitting there. This was very fearless of you because people ARE gonna disagree with you so you have to be strong to go against anybody with your opinions.
  • Synae Fielder's Dec 20, 14:45 comment on Hunger Games Review
    I think the hunger games book is quiet interesting but i think it just goes to show that there’s challenges in life and you have to make some risk to complete the challenge.
  • Samuel's Dec 20, 14:39 comment on Construction is Causing Rent Increase
    Melissa, Thanks for writing this insightful article about rental rates in Oakland. While doing your research for this article, did you discover what impact platforms like Airbnb are having on the rental markets? I am use Airbnb and host short term rentals. I wondering in the long term is Airbnb making it more difficult for rent affordability ? Reed Educator U School
  • shanukalk's Dec 20, 08:54 comment on What’s up with Keto?
    This is my idea of keto diet this diet is not for everyone i think peoples try to start with keto diet and peoples try to get weight loss goal as fast as they can but its not good everything do slowly,Thank you http://weightlossdietpln.com/negatives-of-ketogenic-diet/
  • Joshua's Dec 20, 05:43 comment on Mama and Maggie’s struggles
    Hey Fatema: I loved your story and I think it's truly inspirational. You can really feel the emotion you put behind the story. As I read it it kind of felt like a story that could have happened in real life. So my question is, where did your inspiration come from? Thanks! Josh
  • Joshua's Dec 20, 05:39 comment on Bad things
    Hey Samantha, you know I totally agree with you. I've never read that book but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the idea! I honestly think that our behavior is shaped by our parents more than we realize. They teach us the difference between right and wrong. Or at least they should. A lot of parents take their responsibilities too lightly and teach their children things that won't help them in the world at all. Parenting is something we definetly need to talk about more...
  • Joshua's Dec 20, 05:32 comment on Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education and winning
    Hey sandra, I thought this article was quite interesting because I've always admired the finish school education. They value cooperation more than grades and the results have been amazing! So thanks for sharing!
  • Joshua's Dec 19, 19:07 comment on Should We Ban Zoos?
    Hey Anthony, I worked at the zoo over the summer and I do agree with some of what you're saying. Zoos are for the most part bad for the animals and that is one of the reasons I quit my Job. I didn't want to support an organisation harming animals who are innocent. We need to stop that. Though when zoos say they are helping an animal that's going extinct that is true. We are helping species live who couldn't otherwise from where they come from. Something that's important to know is that most of the animals at the zoo aren't captured anymore. They are raised in a zoo, and then sold off to another zoo that needs it. We don't go very often to Africa to find Lions to capture. No the lions are raised here in the US just for zoos.
  • Joan's Dec 19, 13:45 comment on First Section Of Orange Is The New Black.
    thank you Bella for your feedback
  • noemi's Dec 18, 22:30 comment on Little town
    I like your poem because it talks about why you like your town.
  • noemi's Dec 18, 22:19 comment on Telluride
    I like your poem because it explains how you enjoy going hiking and it talks about nature.
  • noemi's Dec 18, 21:58 comment on dear philippine eagle,
    I like your poem because it talks about how eagles and other kind of birds can go extinct by some people that are causing it.
  • Noemi's Dec 18, 21:38 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    I like your poem because it talks about a baby polar bear. I think that baby bears are so adorable.
  • Anthony Vazquez-Esparza's Dec 18, 20:32 comment on How can humans stop climate change?
    Hey Mijin, i really loved reading this little essay from you. it was very well presented and it had many great facts. another thing that i really loved from the writing is that you presented us with some solutions that we can do in our every day life to try and stop climate change, or so we can try to reduce our own carbon foot print.
  • Mia's Dec 18, 15:18 comment on American Values
    Jonah, I love the conversation you're wanting to have. Equality is an important issue to discuss for all people. Your book sounds interesting, and I'd love to know more about it! Are there any other books that you know of that are similar to the one you decided to tie into this piece? Good job!
  • Mia's Dec 18, 13:20 comment on Social Values and Culture
    Navid, I like how many directions this piece goes in. Your tie-ins to literature is a great way to try and help your reader understand your ideas. I like how you talked about history as well, as that always impacts a society and cultures. You have a lot of interesting ideas going on here. I would love to hear you elaborate on some of your points, like with your history piece. Good job!
  • Mia's Dec 18, 13:11 comment on The Bullets you Shoot
    Prerna, I love your thoughts on this subject. It's nice to see how much literature was able to teach you about a certain topic. Your tie-in to democratic values at the end was a nice touch. Are there any other books you could find that talk more about this topic? Any movies you can think of? I would love to hear your thoughts!
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 06:25 comment on language discrimination
    I completely agree with you. People come to America to pursue their American-Dream, but when they get here they don't have the same opportunities as others do nor do they dominate the english language making it harder on them to learn and communicate. Here is a link related to your post. https://legalaidatwork.org/factsheet/language-discrimination/
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 06:20 comment on How one Maine school is cutting $30,000 or more from the cost of college
    Ronata I completely agree with lowering college prices. Colleges are way too overpriced and not everyone has the money to even pay for college so lowering the prices would give equal opportunities. Here is an article similar to the topic. https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/05/26/lowering-college-tuition-is-a-good-idea
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 06:05 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    Hey Dominic I thought your topic was very important. Today we use so much plastic it is unbelievable, we have huge piles of plastic just floating in the water. None of its good, water bottles, caps, etc. anything that is not biodegradable will be on the earth for 100's of years. Here is a link to a similar topic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 05:59 comment on Stay alive
    Hey Mariely, the topic you chose is so very important in todays society. Technology has advanced so much in the past decade and it has honestly just become more of a distraction. Cars are now compatible with phones which is another distraction added to the list. My point is that no matter what you drive or how long you've driven you are always putting your life at big risks while texting and driving. Here is a link to a similar topic. https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 05:50 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, your post was great and I agree I believe that family is everything. Family is always going to stick next to your side through thick and thin. Also family plays a huge role on the development of a kids life, such as single parent kids has a higher risk of getting into drugs or gangs. Here is a like related to your topic. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/12/17/1-the-american-family-today/
  • Khristina's Dec 18, 05:43 comment on Abortion
    hi James, I think that you did a good job talking about religion and political issues. I think that this topic is very talked and debated about. I also think its something that should be accessible if needed.
  • Dominic's Dec 18, 05:36 comment on Teaching Young Students About the Birds and the Bees
    Hey Kaitlyn, I completely agree with teaching kids about sex education at a younger age. Kids do not understand the consequences that could come with practicing unsafe sex. Its scary to think that in 2017 over 194,377 babies were birthed by a teen-age mother. Education on sex is a very important thing to know when it comes to your future life and family. Here is a link to a cite I found relating the same message. https://www.debate.org/opinions/should-we-teach-kids-sex-education-from-an-early-age
  • Sam's Dec 18, 03:06 comment on College can cost an arm and a leg, but it wasn’t always like this. What happened?
    Charlie, I really enjoyed reading this and honestly learned a lot. I think all of us as high school students worry about the cost of tuition, and have all at one point wondered why it has become so expensive. I never knew any of this information before reading this, and it was very interesting to read. I think this information could help a lot in the search for ways to make college and higher education more affordable. I would also recommend reading this article for more information on this topic, in case you want to look more into this. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-is-college-so-expensive-2018-4.
  • Sam's Dec 18, 02:56 comment on How World War II Affected American Life
    Taylor, This was such a great piece! I like to think that I know a good amount about WWII but after reading this I realized then there was a lot more to it than just the stuff we learned in history class. I never thought about how everyday American life was changed due to this war. I think the best part of this piece was how well you were able to explain the affects of the war, it really allowed the reader to visualize what was going on in the country at that time. Great job!
  • Sam's Dec 18, 02:35 comment on The War in Yemen
    This was a great piece! I learned a lot about what's going on in Yemen because of this and it allowed me to develop my own views on the issue as well. I think that the background information you gave about the country before the war started showed that it isn't just a country that is defined by war. If you want to look more into this issue, I would recommend reading this article: https://www.cfr.org/interactive/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/war-yemen. Overall, great job!
  • Zhonghua's Dec 18, 02:32 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hi Danny, I really like you article about drinking. It is hard for teengers to control themself. I think that we should put more focus on this ,i think we should have a stricter rule for this problem
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 01:33 comment on Yellowstone’s History is Surprisingly Unknown.
    This was really interesting to read. I am not very familiar with the history of Yellowstone even though I have been there many times. I found it interesting how a Frenchmen was who discovered the landscape and explored it. Very good informative writing.
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 01:25 comment on Abortion
    Hey Morgan, I love the topic you chose because it is a serious issue and I feel that it is it being taken seriously enough. I love the points you have made and I would say that I am on the other side form you on this topic. I feel that it is the women choice whether she wants it or not. None the less I liked getting your point of view in this topic.
  • Sam's Dec 18, 01:09 comment on How is plastic affecting the human race?
    Asnica, I thought this was a very good piece. It gave a lot of good information about how plastic can negatively affect people. I think the best part of the piece was when you explained how BPA can harm people, because it helps the reader visualize the problems that can become of this. If you want to look more into this topic, I would recommend taking a look at this article: https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health/case_studies/plastics.html. Overall, I though this was a very good article with a lot of good information. The specific details, and information, are what made this piece great to read.
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 00:52 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    I love the concern you have about this topic, in fact it is a topic I feel very passionate about. "An estimated 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year, while only 1% to 2% of it gets recycled." This has stuck to my head an I am astonished by this stat. This goes to show you all the flaws our society has. We are not only harming ourselves, but our future generations. We have to bring change before it is too late.
  • Anthony's Dec 18, 00:36 comment on Abortion
    Hey James, I love to see your interest on this topic. The amount of abortions there are in a year is an astonishing and we should really question our modern day society. We are taking lives even though it may not seem like it and I agree with you in that it should not happen as much as it does.
  • Janet's Dec 17, 22:25 comment on California Fights Vaping in Schools
    My students created a presentation and spoke at our local town council meeting about selling vape pens 4 years ago. The council voted to move the pens from the front counter to behnid the counter where other tobacco products were located. Never doubt the power of your voice. Nice job!
  • Deng's Dec 17, 21:24 comment on Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
    Graham, this was a helpful, I understand what to stay away from, and learned a lot on the consequences of nicotine.
  • Casey's Dec 17, 19:16 comment on Young Life at the Border
    Viviana I really like how you give a viewpoint that not everyone gets too see. The information provided is crucial for everyday American's to see in forming their opinions.
  • Casey's Dec 17, 19:09 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    Dominic, great job bringing a controversial topic to light and giving a good explanation on it. Pollution is very bad for the environment and in my opinion we need to find a way around creating pollution. Overall, awesome job!
  • Casey's Dec 17, 18:51 comment on The addition of Vocational training to schools.
    Gedeon, I really like the way you put this post together it is very well organized and gives a detailed explanation to a uncommon idea. If I could recommend something, it would be to include your opinion and why. With that said, you did a very great job!
  • Casey's Dec 17, 18:49 comment on Abortion
    James, I think you did a great job defining an abortion and I agree with your opinion. If I could recommend one thing it would be to be more detailed by giving examples and maybe other people's opinions as well. Overall, great job!
  • Maggie's Dec 17, 18:47 comment on Abortion
    Hi James, I like that you brought up the issue of religion interviewing in political issues. Heres a website that I think might help educate you a bit more on the topic of abortion: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion Have a great day!! -Maggie
  • Abigail's Dec 17, 18:16 comment on The Differences Between Sisters
    Dear Housseynatu: I am sorrowful about your short story , “The Differences Between Sisters” because it has a lot of imagery that I can see and feel the horrible scenes of the fire. One line that stands out for me is, “Some unkind people came to hurt a black family, because one member from the black family got into a fight.” I think this line is intriguing because how is possible people can hurt others just because their color. Also, I can't stop thinking about all that Maggie felt and experienced. Your story reminds me of a situation that I once experienced. In my neighborhood a young girl was playing with her brother and the house caught on fire but they never know who did it. The boy get off the house on time but the girl did not so she burned all over but she survive. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Deng's Dec 17, 17:37 comment on Abortion
    James, this was a good topic, I like how you speak about both sides and go into detail. Abortion is a serious matter in America.
  • James's Dec 17, 17:35 comment on Climate Change
    Hey Antwon, I found your writing on climate change to be very informational and helpful for the general public. I agree that this is an issue that leads to erratic weather conditions and and record lows and highs in different areas. Its been happening in salt lake and not many people realize its because the jet stream is off due to the differential tempuratures
  • James's Dec 17, 17:32 comment on Do not be a DUI on the road!
    I thought that this was very informative and helpful to know. I think awareness needs to be spread about the topic. I enjoyed reading the last paragraph and thought that your opinion is very important to this piece
  • James's Dec 17, 17:28 comment on China’s Big Secret
    Hey Charles, I found this post to be very interesting! I never knew the Chinese were holding mass amounts of muslims in concentration camps. I think we need to raise awareness about this attack on muslims and how they are being oppressed in China.
  • James's Dec 17, 17:20 comment on A New Way to Deal with the Plastic Pollution Crisis
    I think that plastic has become a huge issue and this post perfectly describes the problems and difficulties we will face with this excess amount of plastic. I think this was very insightful and had important information fully explains the problem of plastic
  • James's Dec 17, 17:15 comment on Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?
    Hey Graham, thought this post was very informational and helpful. I've seen this issue arise so many times in the news in the last year. This has definitely become an epidemic for teens across the US. However for people who smoked cigarettes, I would agree that vaping is a more healthy option.
  • James's Dec 17, 17:10 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    Hey dom, I thought this post was very insightful and necessary. However, I'd have to disagree in some cases. I feel like it depends on how often you play the game and who you play it with. Anyway, cool post bro
  • Amber's Dec 17, 15:46 comment on Abortion in the US
    Hi Maggie! I appreciated your opinion and stance on abortion. I am on the other side of this however. Princeton, an Ivy League School, with some of the most intelligent people have written an article on when a life starts. ( https://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html ) Of course this is opinionated yes, but very scientifically based. But like you said, as long as you respect others for giving their opinion, there is always room for canversation. Maybe its the Catholic in me, but I believe every life is valuable from begging where the sperm cell and egg meet, to natural death.
  • Jackson's Dec 17, 00:32 comment on The American Dream
    Hey Sam, I liked your post about the American dream. I agree with the sentiments you express, especially "I hate the fact that anyone in America thinks they can't achieve their dreams. That number should be zero..." With the growing income inequality in our country, it does feel like younger Americans may not have the opportunities to achieve their dreams in the way previous generations did. I myself have been looking for positive messages about the American dream, and I found this article online that I think you'll find encouraging. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/opinion/american-dream.html.
  • Kayla's Dec 16, 19:19 comment on Five More Minutes: Why Schools Should Start Later
    I really liked this article. Obviously every high schooler wants more sleep. All we want is to start later and get a good night sleep. For me when I hear that the required hours of sleep for teenagers is 8 hours, I scoff at that statistic. I cant really remember the last time I got more than 6 hours of sleep on a school night. I found this prezi really interesting. It talks about what your article talks about: https://prezi.com/hhvvl3rtosaw/school-should-start-later/
  • Cesar's Dec 16, 16:37 comment on Climate Change
    Greetings Ivy, I see what you mean and I like the ideas of what is really causing global warming. Also one of the most natural effects of global warming is of the coral bleaching process which is something including the heating of water. If you like you can read it about it here: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coral_bleach.html.
  • Cindy's Dec 16, 15:24 comment on What is depression?
    Hi Nini, I agree that depression is a big issue, people should care more about this problem. It is not just a physical illness, depression can lead to a horrible situation. I think people like us need to now more how to deal with people that have depression. Here is the link that might help, https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/helping-someone-with-depression.htm
  • Christian's Dec 16, 04:47 comment on Annoyance of Silence
    Personnally, my least favorite type of talkers are the ones without boundaries. Specifically the ones who ask you questions or try to make conversation while you have your earbuds in. I think it's just rude. I found it interesing to compare your post to my life, becuase there are times I completely agree with you, and times where I don't, and I times where I am guilty of everything you describe.
  • Christian's Dec 16, 04:40 comment on Is suicide legal
    I think this discussion is very interesting, especially because I can't find an answer for the question. While I do not think suicide is right, it seems ridiculous for it to be a crime. What made me think most was when you said we have the right to protect ourselves and choose our own path. It made me think on the question, do we have a right to die?
  • Christian's Dec 16, 04:35 comment on Krispy Kreme Nazis?
    This surprised me greatly. I love Krispy Kreme donuts and this made me stop and think for a moment. I think this article could open up a lot of discussions about ethics. Are the sins of the father the sins of the son? What makes a company evil? Should we support businesses with terrible histories? All questions I asked myself while still wanting a donut.
  • Cindy's Dec 16, 04:14 comment on How can humans stop climate change?
    Hi, I agree that climate change is a big problem. You have a clear point and good evidence suppor. I think you can give a more clear situation how bad is climate change, here is the link that I think will help. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qVXiWpLXmb6oJ3zc0c3yB8XDQvIynhyRCCeNN7TeXRo/edit?usp=sharing
  • Cindy's Dec 16, 04:06 comment on Fake News
    I like the way you explain how are the fake news, and how these fake news pushes can make confusion, and I reallly think this link about spotting fake news can help. https://www.summer.harvard.edu/inside-summer/4-tips-spotting-fake-news-story
  • Cora's Dec 16, 01:52 comment on Don’t Text And Drive
    Hi Dewry, I completely agree with you that texting and driving is a very bad thing. Over the past decade we have become addicted to our phones that we feel it needs to be a part of everything we do. What makes our phones so addicting? Do you think there will be less crashes if there is a decrease in people texting and driving? Here is a link to an article that talks about ways in which we can prevent texting and driving, https://www.vdriveusa.com/resources/how-to-avoid-texting-while-driving.php
  • Cora's Dec 16, 01:44 comment on What Is Family?
    Hi Rachel, I loved the fact that you looked at the word family from different viewpoints. Family for me is a group of people I can be myself around. My family makes me feel comfortable. Would you recommend another book that is centered around the meaning of family? Here is a link to another article about the meaning of family, https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-report/past-issues/summer-2014/what-family which I hope you will enjoy reading.
  • Cora's Dec 16, 01:30 comment on School is not cool
    Hi Amber, Your post was intriguing to read although I do not agree with the fact that you said, "The whole education system in America is a joke and a fraud." School is a necessary part about growing up because you learn how to interact with people. If we didn't have school we would not be exposed to as much as we are now from different ethnicities to languages. I agree that school has not done a good job with preparing us for things like finances or simple things like fixing a tire. Maybe there could be a couple required classes added to the school curriculum to help with that. What would you want done to have the school system prepare us for life skills? Do you think that if students already know what job they want to pursue should not have to take any classes that do not relate to that job? Here is a link to a Ted-Ed Blog where Adora Svitak talks about how school doesn't prepare students for life but gives solutions to this increasing problem, https://blog.ed.ted.com/2015/08/25/does-school-prepare-students-for-the-real-world-this-teen-speaker-says-no/
  • Cora's Dec 16, 01:15 comment on Same Sex Marriage
    Hi Paula, I liked reading over your post. I completely agree that there are many more fights to come for same sex marriage to become a nationally recognized right. It is strange to think that America is the land of the free yet same sex marriage is not allowed in a majority of the country. Why do you think that is? What is so wrong about same sex marriage? What can people do to help get same sex marriage recognized as a national right? Here is a link to a timeline of the legislation of same sex marriage, http://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/c.php?g=592919&p=4182201 which might help with learning more about the hurdles same-sex couples have overcome.
  • Cesar's Dec 14, 23:48 comment on Krispy Kreme Nazis?
    Hi, I'm a actually in shocked and amaze that the owners of Krispy Kreme have there ancestors as Nazis supporters. To be honest I imagining that they feel terrible about knowing the fact that your families legacies and history is connected to the time when the Nazis were executing and slaving them in concentrated camps. If I were them I would the same things that they did for helping families that are Jews.
  • Samuel's Dec 13, 23:02 comment on Fat girl
    Shakia I agree with Carlamarie, You definitely deserves kudos for writing this piece. Thanks for writing a piece the challenges that notion of body shaming and reaffirms the power of self love.
  • Samuel's Dec 13, 18:59 comment on Is keeping a Firearm in a household safe?
    Louis Thanks for posting this timely piece. As Damaris notes firearm safety is critical for households with young children. I wonder what the research says, about how safe are homes with guns inside. I love the image you include in your post. Did you consider including some data charts to show how homes are more or less safe with guns? Thanks again for sharing this important topic.
  • Carlamarie's Dec 13, 18:56 comment on Fat girl
    I love the message behind this poem. As a big girl, I've been made fun of countless times over the years because of my weight, stomach and my chubby cheeks. I used to hate the way I looked because of the bullying and I was extremely insecure but I learned to love myself for who I am and ultimately find peace in the things I was taunted about. Not everyone has to be skinny or what society deems as "perfect" to be loved or to be beautiful. Every body is beautiful regardless of the size.
  • Natalie's Dec 13, 18:49 comment on There’s a Problem With Dress Codes – Poem
    I'm always shocked when I see posts and young girls listing off reasons that they have been dress coded. I think that not everyone understands how telling young girls and what women, in general, should wear is sexist, but that they should be educated on this topic. Women should be able to express themselves just as boys are allowed to at school without being dress coded or shamed for being proud of who they are.
  • Damaris's Dec 13, 18:44 comment on Is keeping a Firearm in a household safe?
    i don't think that keeping a firearm in the house safe because if you have kids under the ages of 9 they gonna think that its fake and someone might die so no its not safe to keep a gun in the house.
  • Samuel's Dec 13, 16:55 comment on AYO! Tik Tok Check!
    Sophie, Unlike Synae, I am an old "fart". I do not understand the appeal of Tik Tok. Last week in my students at the U School had an interesting conversation about how Lil Nax X leveraged Tik Tok and a catchy trap-country music beat to fame. I will leave Tik Tok to the younger generation. I am trying to control my social media diet in general and don't trust Old School Facebook or Twitter 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptKqFafZgCk
  • Samuel's Dec 13, 16:42 comment on Abortion is murder
    Jimmy Diavonne has weighed in on your controversial argument. She makes a valid point that people are going to do what they want to do. Before Roe vs Wade, many horrible abortion practices were prevalent in shadowy and unsafe places. Providing women legal and safe places to have abortions might be better than the earlier alternatives/ Your argument reminds of the recent article I read in Atlantic Magazine. "The debate about abortion is not a winnable argument." (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/12/the-things-we-cant-face/600769/) I really appreciate you bravely and respectfully presenting the other side of the argument that may be less popular for many of my students here at the U School in Philadelphia. Reed Humanities Teacher U School
  • Samuel's Dec 13, 16:07 comment on Jim Crow’s Residue
    Beverly, I am co-signing Donta's shout out.... Thanks for sharing this thoughtful review and response to Nic Stone's novel, Dear Martin. Last year, my students at U School, had the opportunity to meet Ms. Stone at a book talk at one of our local public libraries in Philadelphia. We enjoyed her talk. During her talk, she really helped enhance her characters' background stories. Reading your review and thinking of Jus, Jim Crow Jr, and Police Brutality makes me more interested in seeing the film Queen and Slim. Have you seen this movie yet? Based on your response to Dear Martin I would love to read your review of the film Queen and Slim 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3iE416WxE Reed Humanties Teacher U School
  • Diavionne Range's Dec 13, 15:00 comment on Abortion is murder
    I feel like abortion is your own choice but there is a limitation and standards on it. But at the end of the day a person is going to do what they want to do anyway not matter what anyone else think.
  • Donta Reid's Dec 13, 14:40 comment on Jim Crow’s Residue
    Amazing story!!
  • Husnain Khan's Dec 13, 14:32 comment on Intro To Me
    Dear Grant, I am impressed by essay "Intro to Me" because of the authenticity of your work. I enjoy reading biographies and yours was interesting to read because it is from the the perspective of another high schooler's. One sentence that stood out to me was "My favorite subjects are math and science because I find them the most interesting and I am the best at them." This stood out to me because I feel like most kids hate these subjects the most. They are often the toughest subjects as well, maybe you are just a very bright student. Another sentence that caught my eye was "In college, I want to go into the medical field just like my dad". This stood out to me because it got me thinking about how big of an influence a child's parents are. Have you seen this article: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/04/17/med-school-washington-university-st-louis-will-be-tuition-free-more-half-new? I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about potentially free medical school. This is really cool because we both know how much in debt medical students have to go into. You should check it out! Thanks for writing, I look forward to seeing your writing because I am interested in what you will do in the future. We both live in Michigan, so it would be awesome to see you do big things in the future and represent Michigan at the same time. In addition,what better way to share those experiences than on here!
  • Synae Fielder's Dec 13, 14:24 comment on AYO! Tik Tok Check!
    Funny because it’s true. The Tik tok trap is real. Especially late nights when you say just one more and then you look at the time after watching 100plus videos and its 4:47 in the morning.
  • Graham's Dec 13, 07:04 comment on WHY WE NEED ZOOS!!!
    Hey Pauline, I thought your post was very thorough in how zoos are very beneficial. You presented numerous positive impacts of zoos that I can totally understand. However there are a lot of cases where animals in zoos were very mistreated that you simply cannot avoid like Harambe. Take this article for example that gives multiple examples: (https://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/blog/entry/five-tragic-zoo-incidents-that-didn-t-have-to-happen). Graham
  • Graham's Dec 13, 06:58 comment on How can we limit gun violence?
    Hey Matthew, I thought you made some good points on gun violence, a massive problem in America. The statistics that you provided are really shocking. I think this article from time magazine will aid you in finding more solutions to this problem: (https://time.com/5209901/gun-violence-america-reduction/). Graham
  • Graham's Dec 13, 06:53 comment on Is the Death Penalty Effective?
    Hey Lola, Your post was really interesting. I like how you gave evidence supporting the death penalty, but then used reasoning to give credit to the other side of the argument. Here is a link to an article stating a case that opposes the death penalty: (https://www.aclu.org/other/case-against-death-penalty). In particular, it presents statistics on innocent people given the death penalty. -Graham
  • Graham's Dec 13, 06:45 comment on How can humans stop climate change?
    Hey Mijin, I think that your post on climate change was really great. It's a huge problem, and you went over some of the easiest ways to prevent global warming. Here is a link to an article that I think provides some good evidence: (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/10/climate/climate-change-arctic-warming.html). Graham
  • Emely's Dec 13, 03:13 comment on In a rare writing way, I predict a part of the story’s future.
    Dear Ahmed: I am touched and inspired by your writing skills. The short poem called “ In a rare writing way, I predict a part of the story’s future.” let us thinking about what would happen after the end of the real story. Would Dee able to respond her Mom like that, you made me think about what is pretty interesting you let the reader wonder by calling his attention. I also impress by the audio music background matched very well with your voices and letters congratulation!!! One lines that stands out for me is, “I study the past in my education and somehow that moved my feelings” because, is saying that after Dee finish her education at college help her to be a mature person and be reasonable about her surroundings and what changes they need in the time. Your poem reminds me why education is so important, that’s the only way we can change the society. Thank you so much I wish you the best, I hope to read another of your writing soon.
  • Emely's Dec 13, 02:27 comment on What is a Friend?
    Dear Aboubakar I am feeling surprise after having read your create and unusual explanation about your story called “ What is a friend?” which made me think that maybe the main characters from “Everyday Use” are going to meet a new person but I am confused about the topic how they connect with each other. One of the lines that stands out for me is,“ Sometimes I wonder if I have to kill my sister for not saving me when the old house was burning on me” I think that Mom after read this lines she was in shock, was hard for her to understand why Maggie was feeling in that way. I guess that after finding this Mom, start to act differently, so Maggie can feel the support that her family has for her. I also believe that by Mom find this notebook made her feel worry about her family unity and harmony during the period of time. Thank you so much for your story help us to understand what made people to commit suicide sometimes because they do not have enough support to overcome their problems I wish you the best.
  • Emely's Dec 13, 01:07 comment on The Differences Between Sisters
    Dear Housseynatu: I am feeling melancholy after having read your interpretation “The Differences Between Sisters.” It because in the story mom was trying to help other back family when this horrible experiences happens to Maggie, is unfair for sure but this is the cruel reality took place many years ago. That’s the way how back community suffered. The most heavy stands that call my attention is when you said “ Dolorously, Maggie was in the living room and she was burned all over her arms and legs. Mama came home and found Maggie fainted in the room and she quickly called for help. Over months Maggie’s injured healed but she still had scars all over her arms and legs. “ For sure this situation was devasting for the family. I pretty recommend you story to the audiences, because people should the real history behind today society. Thanks for your words, and dedication creating this touching story I wish you the best.
  • Darlenny's Dec 12, 22:38 comment on Macbeth’s Vulnerability
    Dear Donald: I like your tone and your pacing because the way you speak says that the character is feeling sad. Macbeth is speaking as if he gave up at night. I admire the way that you described your scene. I like the way that you present Macbeth. One sentence that stands out to me was if it was up to me to stage this scene, I would most likely make the actors playing Macbeth pace back and forth in a castle in order to set the mood of Lady Macbeth “In the scene where this monologue occurs, Macbeth is quite a gloomy character. This is especially true after he kills duncan”. I like the way you described Macbeth.
  • Yeanoor's Dec 12, 19:27 comment on Loneliness Is A Battle With No Winner
    Dear El-Hossin I am enthusiastic about your short story, “ Loneliness is a battle with no winner” It is a wonderful story. I really liked the way you portray Dee's personality, and described how isolation was killing inside of her. The one line that stands out for me is, “ My loneliness made me feel me that I was obligated to reunite with my family.” when we are alone, our brain thinks very deeply and make us realize what we are missing. Your story helps me to understand “ Everyday use” that I once read, that you have to sacrifice something in order to gain something. Dee’s knows how to play around people by only caring about her desires and gain, what she craves for. Her confidence helped to pursue a better life, which was completely opposite for her sister Maggie. Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Madelyn's Dec 12, 19:04 comment on Gun Control the only viable solution
    Hi Jack, I really enjoyed your article. Gun violence is a growing problem in today's society. The number of deaths by guns is only going up. I agree with you that gun control is an efficient resolution to this. This is an issue that needs to be addressed, especially in the coming election. Here is a link I think may be helpful to you: https://gun-control.procon.org/
  • Madelyn's Dec 12, 19:00 comment on What is depression?
    Hi Nini, I agree that depression is an important issue that needs to be discussed more. It is a problem becoming more common in people, especially teens. We need to start this discussion and start looking for solutions. Here is a link I think may be helpful to you: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/teen-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20350985
  • Madelyn's Dec 12, 18:55 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira, I really enjoyed your article. This is an issue that is becoming more common, especially with our generation. I think it is an issue we need to raise awareness about. Many people understand the struggle but are unwilling to discuss. I think you did a great job and are helping people open up with conversation. I think this article may help you in understanding the different illnesses and diseases teens may have. http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/
  • Madelyn's Dec 12, 18:51 comment on American: What’s it mean?
    Sam, this is a wonderful essay. I can tell you took time into writing this and really thought about what being an American means. May I suggest the book, "Call Me American" by Abdi Nor Iftin. It is a book about a young man who travels to the US from Somalia. I hope this helps.
  • Strom's Dec 12, 18:32 comment on AMERICA IS IN 22 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT!!!
    Hey Pauline, great post! I think you brought a lot of good evidence to the table, and applied it well in your article. Its scary to think that our country is in that much debt. Even fathoming a number of that size is almost impossible. You also included good info on how we accumulated this much debt. I found this source super helpful if you want to check it out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_of_the_United_States
  • Honam's Dec 12, 17:56 comment on Is the Death Penalty Effective?
    Hi Lola, I found this interesting that less and less people consider capital punishment effective as a deterrant to crimes. Instead, impriosnment has been more effective. I think it may be time to revise the punishment given to criminals. Here is an interseting ressearch from Dartmouth College. https://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/teaching_aids/books_articles/JLpaper.pdf Sincerely, Honam Cao
  • Honam's Dec 12, 17:47 comment on Sexist School Dress Codes
    Hi Madelyn, I agree with your idea that dress code should be changed to make students feel more co=mfortable in their learning envirnments. Moreover, dressing is also a way for students to express themselves. Therefore, changing dress code seem necessary.n Here is an intersting story about weird dress code. https://www.change.org/p/donna-spacek-change-their-stand-on-the-dress-code-and-re-evaluate-the-reasons-that-our-daughters-are-being-given-for-not-being-allowed-to-wear-shorts sincerely, Honam Cao
  • Fatema rahman's Dec 12, 17:28 comment on The Hardest Letter to Write
    Dear Abigail, I am delighted by your story ” The Hardest Letter to Write” because your it is very heroically. one line that stands out for me is, ”However I would like to visit you one day and maybe have a cup of tea and talk about our lives. I almost forgot to tell you that I have always admired you.” It shows how Maggie loves Dee despite what Dee thinks of her. Your story help me to understand the story very well and make me realize Maggie’s feelings. Also, still black people suffering and your story show their struggles. Thanks for your beautiful story “The Hardest Letter to Write”. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Fatema rahman's Dec 12, 17:04 comment on Mom Obligation
    Dear Emely, I am very inspired by your short story, “Mom Obligation ,” because this story show that how strong a women can be. in this story mom had to do lot of hard work to raise her two daughter. she didn't think about herself. she want to make her two daughter happy and she took all the hard time to herself. One line ," I am a single Black women who raised my two daughters by hard work as a man on the field all day, breaking ice to get water for washing doing the best so Maggie and Dee can be proud of me," that stands out for me because this shows that the women can do anything. and hard life make us learn lot of thing and make us strong. Your story helps me to understand, "Everyday use" story more clearly and mama's personality and what she did for her daughter. Thanks for your story " Everyday use" I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Jordyn del Rio's Dec 12, 16:14 comment on Is suicide legal
    Hi Cindy, I think the topic you chose was really cool! But I think you should have stayed in the boundaries of whether it's legal or not. Instead of venturing into the topic of how selfish it is or how "stupid" is it to be quoted by you. I think this article will help you understand how suicidal people truly feel instead of your own judgement. http://healthexperiencesusa.org/depression-in-young-adults/living-with-depression/how-depression-feels/ I hope this article helps you see the true reasons why some people choose this option. Jordyn del Rio
  • Khadija's Dec 12, 15:47 comment on My Beloved Daughter
    Hi Jasmine, I really like the way you make a connection with my poem through other book you have read. This is so fantastic and have emotion because is not only the connection of the story some has your personnel connection and it is fabulous. Therefore I hope to see you again to read others poems that I will made again. Thanks!
  • Khadija's Dec 12, 15:37 comment on My Beloved Daughter
    Thanks you Leticia for comment My poem with many emotion that I feel it. Even Thought you call it story. You make a great connections that I want a person who read my poem can make and feel.
  • 2020 Timothy Tanga's Dec 12, 15:34 comment on Fap or Fiction
    Hey Strom, thank you for providing us with information about the dangers of pornography and fapping. I found an article that also gives more information about this topic. (https://www.frc.org/issuebrief/the-effects-of-pornography-on-individuals-marriage-family-and-community). It was interesting how you talked about dopamine and how each time your body will release less dopamine as you watch porn.
  • Maddie's Dec 12, 15:15 comment on Parents mean more than we think.
    Cassie, this is a very thoughtful article. I really appreciate how this really made me think about how my parents have impacted me. I think that our parents affect who we are as people. They help us grow and learn how to be the best us we can be. I think the following article may help you. http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/parenting-skills/according-experts/parents-attitudes-and-beliefs-their-impact-childrens-development
  • Issaka's Dec 12, 03:18 comment on Sisterhood
    Dear Fatoumata I am amazed by your short story “Sisterhood” because you mentioned two lines that really grab my attention One line that stands out for me is, “Usually mothers support their kids who are not favored that mean who don’t have confidence in themselves. She thought that I’m the one who takes all opportunities she should have, like education, and popularity.” I think that these lines is interesting because Maggie thinks that everything that Dee possess right now should be hers because she was unfortunately burned in the fire and so she expected more love and caring from both her mother and her sister. Instead Dee, was the one getting all the privilege which I think is the reason she isn’t so close with her sister anymore. The others lines that stands out for me is, “I guess I supposed to behave or be the same as my sister. Obviously It will not going to happen because I will not change my personality. I want to be loved how I am and for who I am.” I think these lines are reveals both sisters objectives which for Maggie was to get out of the house. Your short story “Sisterhood” helps me to understand the story “Everyday Use” that I once read. Thanks for your short story “Sisterhood”. From what you wrote, I can tell that you are an amazing writer so I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Adryan's Dec 12, 02:52 comment on Russell with the muscle
    In my perspective I agree with interviewing the more quiet and "behind the scenes" type people. It will be a good chance for them to overcome their fear of speaking out and putting themselves out into the world. Every person no matter who or in what circumstance will have a sort of story to tell that can interest anyone. Good idea! here is another article that I think could be interesting for you related to this topic, http://coolfidence.com/how-to-get-an-introvert-to-speak-out-and-contribute-solution-20018
  • Adryan's Dec 12, 02:36 comment on Should the drinking age be reduced from 21 to younger?
    I feel that because of the other non drinking related topics may be at a lowered age, and can still be dangerous, many more people would be under the impression of drinking and driving which can lead to more deaths per year in motor vehicles. But if used responsibly and in a safe scene around safe and cautious people then it could be a possibility. Here is a link you can read to see my viewpoint of lowering the drinking age limit. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/underage-drinking
  • Fatoumata's Dec 12, 02:12 comment on Get up
    Dear Ibad I am passionated by poem “ Get up” because It really warm my whole body and it very powerful. One stanza that stands out for me is, “ Do not forget people sacrificed themselves For the world today Do not destroy what they worked for. But continue what they started. Do not forget what it took for the rights people have today. Instead continue to gain more rights for those who don’t have any. Continue to make the world better.” I think these lines are fascinating because I think this what the world needed to hear. And continue to make the world better. Therefore it reminded us about people whom fight for our right. Another line that stands out for me is, “ Hate won’t gain you anything. So do the opposite instead. ” I think this line is puzzling because reminded of Marter’s speech about hate. Your poem reminds me of story that I once read call “The Hate You Give”. It was a black girl who lived to a black community. And faced a lot of struggles and injustice. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I’m excited to see your next poem. This poem show to people to make the world better and very powerful.
  • Fatoumata's Dec 12, 02:01 comment on Sisterhood
    Hey Kadija thank you for your comment and i’m looking forward to see you in my next story.
  • Fatoumata's Dec 12, 01:54 comment on Sisterhood
    Thank you for taking your time to read my story. I'm looking forward to see you to my next story.
  • Fatoumata's Dec 12, 01:52 comment on Sisterhood
    Thank you so much for your comment I'm glade you like it. In adition i'm so happy to inspire you and helped to connected with you.
  • Sandra's Dec 12, 01:04 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Natahsa, I compelelty agree with you, preschool is benefical. Allowing cghildern to be in preschool cerates a new atmosphere, even thought they are still so young it allows them to bond, interactive with other childern, make relationships. It is a one of the rpimary places where childernat a very young age begin to learn lifelong values, which are used everyday.
  • Sandra's Dec 12, 00:57 comment on Woman Rights
    Kelly, as a woman I comepletely agree with that women should be granted equality. Yet here here in the United States women are able ot vote, have freedom of speech and are able to get an education. Unfortunately in some other coutnries women do lack all of those opportunities and it is very unfortunate. But sadly women are still being discrimated by society.
  • Adryan's Dec 12, 00:51 comment on Bullying
    I agree, Bullying is a big problem and it needs more attention so the number of kids at schools being bullied will go down. Also because of this it can affect most kids bullied at a young age long term. https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html
  • Adryan's Dec 12, 00:44 comment on Danger Behind The Wheel
    Texting while Driving is a very dangerous thing that has began to get more popular in this generation it seems, and it doesn't look like it's getting better. Civilians that drive around occupied by their smartphone put not only themselves, friends, or family in danger but the other around them. https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/distracted-driving/cell-phones
  • Sandra's Dec 12, 00:42 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Emily, Reading your essay was a blast. In all reality students who aren't recieving the proper amount of sleep will afect their performance. I also believe this issue is so incredibly underrated, as we are still developing our brains, it is important that we take certain meausres and take care of our body both physical and mentally As it affects both equally.. As a student it is so hard because we are constantly overflowed with assignments,projects, therefore we lack sleep which increases our stress levels.
  • asnica's Dec 12, 00:33 comment on What is depression?
    hi nini yes, depression is a very very serious mental illness. We need to be able to talk about in weather its online or in schools or with family or friends we just need to talk about it more.
  • Asnica's Dec 11, 23:32 comment on Abortion is murder
    hello jimmy. I do not agree with your argument. It's not fair or okay if a women has gotten raped and she gets pregnant she should be able to have the choice of what she wants to do because she already has all of the trauma that she is dealing with and having to carry a baby even if you don't want to, its not healthy for you're mental health. Plus it's her body she gets to decide because she knows what's best for her.
  • Christian's Dec 11, 19:04 comment on On Hecate’s Monologue
    Dear Ms. McEwen: I am impressed by your performance of Hecate’s monologue. One part that stands out for me is, “Have I not reason, beldams as you are, Saucy and overbold?”. Your tone in this line is serious and assertive, and I think you were able to express this because of how you changed the speed in your voice to show the importance of your words. Another that stands out for me is, “And I, the mistress of your charms, the close contriver of all harms, was never called to bear my part or show the glory of our art?” I think these lines are critical because it showed the meaning of Hecate’s appearance and monologue. Your performance of this monologue helps me to understand this character better because hearing the words of a very self-righteous and demanding character from a person of very similar traits made it very simple to understand the true tone and meaning of the monologue. Thanks for your performance of Hecate’s monologue. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would love to read and hear more of your work in the future, especially if it’s to read a monologue as eloquent and skillful as this one.
  • Asnica's Dec 11, 19:02 comment on A story about learning English
    Dear zhenghao, Thank you for writing about learning English I completely understand how hard it is learning English if it's not you're first language. you did a really good job.
  • Idelkys C Checo's Dec 11, 16:31 comment on The Death Epidemic
    I feel astonished because people who tend to be in situations where they do not consider the tragedies that have happened already, will to cause more problems such as suicide, when they should really contribute for the solution of the problem. What i infer by this type of action is that most of his life really depended on those who did before him. On top of that, looks like he had a very strong relationship with them that he was got traumatized when he inferred that that relationship was not going to be as strong as it was.
  • Katie's Dec 11, 16:13 comment on Mission: Save Planet Earth with Greta Thunberg
    Hi Area! I thought this was really good information. I really like what Thunberg is doing and how she is speaking out about climate change. Here is an article about her and climate change https://www.eniday.com/en/human_en/greta-thunberg-school-strike-climate-movement/
  • Katie's Dec 11, 16:07 comment on Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
    Hello Sydney! I really enjoyed reading your post because it relates to us because we have to wear uniforms to school. I think uniforms are a good thing because you don't have to worry what you are going to wear everyday. You also said some good points and here is an article that talks about it a little more. https://school-uniforms.procon.org
  • Asnica's Dec 11, 16:00 comment on Burning Question
    Dear lizeth I want to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. I'm going to be going to a community college to do my generals because it's cheaper then having to go to a university just to do my generals that everyone has to do.
  • Fatoumata's Dec 11, 15:59 comment on It Is How I feel In Real Life
    Dear Leticia I am adoring by your short “It Is How I feel In Real Life” because I like how you used Maggie’s point of view to show how she feel about her life. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “I am rarely present even when I try to pronounce complete sentences.” I think this line is striking because it demonstrated that Maggie did not go to school. Therefore she did not have the opportunity. However her sister went to school. It show how their mother prefer Dee to Maggie. Another line that stands out for me is, “ Despite that my mother attitude was like I liked her and I will always protect her. Also I can thank her because I become more confident after my sister comes to ask about her quilts and then mama defends my best interests.” I think these lines are intriguing because she was saying that her Mama did not love as her sister but at the end she defended her. Your Story remind about our neighborhood back home in Africa. That were two sister whom was always fighting because the eldest one was less beautiful. Therefore she was less popular in school and she stoop going to school because did not have confidence in her. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. The next story I would like to see you writing about Dee’s point of view. I’m curious to see how you will interpreted it.
  • Fatoumata's Dec 11, 15:53 comment on The Hardest Letter to Write
    Dear Abigail I am eager with your Letter “The Hardest Letter to Write” because I love how you used Maggie’s point of view to used the Letter and explain how she felt about her sister. And also the way that you bring the story in the future by including after the death of their mother. One that stands out for me is, “At the beginning I was scared of people like mom said, but people are not bad… well some people. I feel like if mom was the one who made me or saw me like the scariest person in the world, and I understand her.” I think this section is interesting because even though she faced a lost difficult things in her live she did not blame her mother. She try to understand why her mother did all this things to why she did not let her go to school or why she try to protected her. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “ I am married and I have started a program to learn to be a better reader and writer.” I think this line is compelling because after her mother pass away she decided to learn how to read and write. This show that she gained confident in her self and started a new life with her husband. Your story helps me to understand never give up on the things you want to do. Therefore do not let people tell who you are and what you should do. Fallow you dream and your heart. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. For your next story I would like to see Maggie and her sister meet.
  • Fatoumata's Dec 11, 15:51 comment on My true feelings
    Dear Eros I am fascinated by your Letter, “My True Feeling,” because I really like how you used Maggie’s point of view to explain how she feel about Dee and all the reproached she had. How she think her sister did not love her. One set of lines that stands out for me is, “Today, I still reflect on the idea that I am maybe not enough to be loved.” I think this line is interesting because his really connected to his tittle how he want to used Maggies to expressed her feeling. Another line that stands out for me is, “Even at some point our mom was such as a strong supporter of the descriptiveness idea that I was nothing compared to you” I think this line is thought-provoking because I think Maggie don’t believed herself after she was burned. Therefore this made Maggie lost confident on her. Additionally Their mom have part of responsibility in the this situation because she could supported her daughter and helped to go to college as her sister Dee. Your Letter reminds me of childhood that I was burned on my legs. I did not remember the whole scene because I was little but I remember the pain and the people whom where screaming around me. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to see you writing about Dee’s point of view. I’m really curious how you interpreted that.
  • Idelkys C Checo's Dec 11, 15:15 comment on Success isn’t important but attitude is
    Dear Oumi, I am astonished in the way that you narrate the story from the side of Maggie and Dee's Mother. It shows the that the mother could not value Dee the same way since she let trust in neither of them. Dee's Mother slightly shows deception of her daughter Dee in having left her because Dee wanted to have a different type of life than what her Mother and her sister have. One of the set of lines that stand out the most for me was when the Mother says " Despite all, I did not stop loving Dee, but I can't believe that they were just playing with me and my feeling, so I wanted them to know that money cannot buy happiness and if they want me back, they will have to earn my respect" . This makes me think of the perseverance of the mother in being strong with her daughter. She wants to demonstrate to the daughter the lack of disrespect that she showed to the daughter without even having informed to the mother the decisions that she was going to do with her in life. Your story reminds me of my father, yet it sort of contrasts the story in someways. It is because every time my father suffers eagerness with any of our actions at home, he constantly keeps telling the Day that either you or I get to leave from this house, you will miss me because things would not be the same between you and me . I can also die and you would never get to see me again just because of your disobedience. I like your poem because It reminds me of the most important thing that I have in this life, which is my family. Thank you. I look forward to read more of your stories. Best regards, Idelkys Checo
  • Idelkys C Checo's Dec 11, 14:24 comment on Dee’s plan to become rich
    Dear Issaka, I am impressed by how you shorten the story of "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker in a very compelling way. It really shows how Dee sees the family in someway and I like how you emphasize how poverty is the main problem of the family division, especially in the case of Dee. It is also impressive how you talk about the efforts that the Mother has done for her, which most of the people do not see from the side you saw it. One of the lines that stand out for me were " My dream became so true when I met him", this explains how Dee did not want to continue living the type of life that she was going trough. This actually tells how she was not content how she lived with the mother and her sister and wanted to live another type of life outside of her box. It actually connects to my life because most of the people want to get rid off poverty since they seem that this is one of the ways in which they want to get rid of poverty . this actually reminds me of why many people regardless of the stability of the family in which they live, they still want to break down relationships that even if they do no`t have the most money, they still leave happy. On top of that some people because of their lack of understanding and ambitions that reach more that what they actually can. Thanks for allowing me to read your poem. I really like your point of view you left explain so much further than what we read so far in the story of "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker.
  • Dawry's Dec 11, 14:17 comment on Gun Control the only viable solution
    i like what you doing good work
  • Charlie's Dec 11, 06:57 comment on The War in Yemen
    Good job on this writing. I liked how you went into depth to describe the issues arising with the war going on in Yemen. I also liked how you talked about how devastating the war is, and why it really is so bad. Overall great post!
  • Charlie's Dec 11, 06:22 comment on Fap or Fiction
    Hey Strom, I really enjoyed reading this article on the dangers of pornography. Here is an article linked with more information of the dangers of pornography. ( https://www.allprodad.com/4-dangers-of-pornography/ ) I liked how you discussed the addictive properties that porn can have, and how it can effect the brain from a young age, but carry scars with them their entire lives.
  • Strom's Dec 11, 05:02 comment on Mars Mission and Preparations
    Dear Caesar, I very much enjoyed the nature of your article. Space travel and terraforming is one of my biggest interests. It was great to see someone who shared that same passion. The factual information you brought to the table was very intriguing. Great work overall, I enjoyed it. We will all be looking forward to the 2020 mission to Mars. For more info please check out the link below. https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/exploring-the-planets/online/tools/rovers.cfm
  • Strom's Dec 11, 04:55 comment on The CIA Wanted To Kill American Innocents, And May Have Killed The Man Who Stopped Them
    Well I can't say I am surprised. Thanks for your post. It seems to be another nail in the coffin of secret government agencies trying to undermine its citizens. Secrecy is often a sign of corruption in these sort of events, and there silence speaks louder than words. For further info check this out. https://www.britannica.com/event/assassination-of-John-F-Kennedy/Conspiracy-theories
  • Strom's Dec 11, 04:40 comment on Shark vs Humans
    Thanks for your post! I found the content very interesting, and it swayed my opinion on sharks. I grew up on movies like jaws, and found your references very relatable. Thank you for raising awareness to a subject that does not get talked about often. I found this site very interesting if you want to check It out. https://www.bioexpedition.com/shark/
  • Strom's Dec 11, 04:35 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Dear Luis, Your post on animal testing was very interesting. While I agree animal testing is egregious in some cases, it is a necessary evil. If there is a better way to test vaccines, then I am all for it. But, as of now, I just do not know if we have a better solution. Thank you for your post. I am interested to see what you say. For further research please check out the link below https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animal-testing-101/
  • Strom's Dec 11, 04:33 comment on Should the Legal Drinking Age Change to 18?
    Dear Timmy, I enjoyed the article you wrote on lowering the drinking age. I would have to agree with you that the age should stay the same. While lowering the age would make drinking relatively safer, the act of drinking in general is unsafe. Plus any substances affect on the developing brain is not positive. Thanks for your post, and good luck. I found the article below very helpful if you want to check it out. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-lower-drinking-age-debate-63724
  • Housseynatu's Dec 11, 03:24 comment on Success isn’t important but attitude is
    Precious Oumy I am very impresionante with your story “Success isn’t Important but Attitudes is” because you really told what some families have and no one has the courage to tell them how they are supposed to treat outsiders. I think people should really say what’s bothering them in an environment, they choose whether they stay there or not. What did Hakim did I agree with him because he decided to choose his dignity not what just to pretend and get what he wants. “Sorry Dee but love and respect can only go together. A relationship can not be based on lies. This is the sentence that showed me Hakim is respectful person, it does not matter to him if he is losing what is most precious to him. “So make your way and I will make mine. Goodbye Dee! I wish you luck with your new life”. This is another paragraph that made me realize that some families may be hating a person just because of his or her antigenicity, religion or background. The most hypocritical part is after all this hatred they want something from that person again. “I did not know how I would deal with that lady once I married her daughter. As an educated person, I did not want to disrespect her. I keep my calm, enjoying the fancy lunch we were having. After all I was paying. All the conversation was about Dee and how her mother was giving me conditions in order to marry her daughter. All she wanted was my money, and how I am going to take care of her daughter. At one moment I realized that this family do not know the meaning of respect. First they were making fun of my name and now they want me to give them all I have”. Reading your story makes me understand, life is not just having money to whatever you wish in the world. Life is a process that everyone has to go through. Sometimes success is important because it can help people grow and and know what they are supposed to do in their lives. On the other hand so is attitudes because it helps people to focus their reality so everyone will respect them and admire them in a fair way. I am so pleased that I have learned a lot from your perspectives. I am looking forward to reading your stories and be able to write and speak about them. I appreciate you writing on Hakim’ s point of view.
  • Housseynatu's Dec 11, 03:19 comment on Maggie’s Diary
    Dearest Celine I am ecstatic with your short story “Maggie’s Diary”, because the method you kept the story so simple and how you can understand every character’s emotion through Maggie’s words or perspectives. I am glorious with the techniques that you used your first paragraph a peaceful imagery that could keep a reader to continue being curious what is on the next paragraphs. This paragraph really catches my attention, “This impact my whole life for first time Mama demonstrated me that she know of me that I’m exist. At the moment I have a lot of questions, and also I think that she was joking with me. But the reality was not she speak with the true”, because this is a pivotal moment in her life and felt attentive due to the action that her mother showed her she cares about her. She has some questions that wondered about her but she was just enjoying her moment and try to get the best of it. This is another paragraph that stands out for me, “I feel happy because Mama recognize that I’m the unique person that care of her. Even though I feel sad for my sister because I think she was the favorite person of Mama. I know this is a special tradition for Mama, but I think this is something uncomfortable for the other siblings. I like that my sister was an agree with the decision of Mama and also she gives me some advice she never gave before”. This part shows that Maggie’s consideration towards her sister, even though she dose not think that her sister is the same towards her. Your diary aid me understand that some people might just feel left out and abandoned because they think their actions do not matter or the world is ignoring them. On the other side they do not know the surprise, their beloved one could show them the consideration and that could be a moment of change in their lives. This is away that they understand anyone can leave them but families always remain. I am so glad that I got to read your story and I am looking forward to reading what you are going to write next.
  • Housseynatu's Dec 11, 03:14 comment on “Young sister cries telling her Family experience after her hands were Burned.”
    Beloved Idelkys, I am Inspired about your short story “Young sister cries telling her Family experience after her hands were Burned”, because the way you expressed how Maggie would feel personally towards her mother and how her tragedy affected her life. What most attracted my attention is that even she knows her mother does not feel so much affection but she still glad that her sister is being loved. I feel so emotional that Maggie is not getting what she deserved but she did not blame anyone for it. This is the paragraph that stands out for me, “Dear Dee, I just want to let you know that the things that seem to be insignificant for you tend to matter a lot, such as when you did not care when Mom gave me the quarantines. I hope this precedent would not provoke you any negative feeling for the future, yet I will be a hundred percent sure that you have not felt as you felt before it even happen. Welcome to my world”, because this shows how Maggie is selfless and caring towards her family even though she is not getting the same from them. She still has hope that everything would go to normal back again. There is another sentence that really caught my eye is “ I just can’t agree with seeing any member of my family as sad as I feel right now,'' because this demonstrates that Maggie is finding ways to bring back the family not to act like them, she knows it would decrease the love that her mother feels for her. Even though sometimes she feels like she does not belong to the world, however she finds ways to make the family better. Your story reminds me one of neighborhoods that I had back in my county, there used to be sisters lived next to our house, the younger sister got married early. The eldest thought that maybe no one pays attention to her that’s why. On the other she also thinks that perhaps is that she was destined to live like that or a better one afterwards. I appreciate you writing this story, because I have learned so much in it. I can see that there are some people who think differently, even though they are the most hurt. They try to control how they feel to not blame innocent people. I hope to read more about your stories.
  • Housseynatu's Dec 11, 03:12 comment on My true feelings
    Dear Eros I am so sensitive about your letter, “My True Feelings” because not a lot of people are honest when it comes to how they feel about certain things. In this letter you showed how a true talks about when they see unfairness happens. Maggie wanted to have the truth all out, to start a new beginning with her sister. I am truly stimulated with the method you used to describe how Maggie wanted to have a peaceful family. This part caught my attention “Even at some point our mom was such as a strong supporter of the descriptiveness idea that I was nothing compared to you. At some point she was so sure that I was literally nothing that she made me believe that I really was just a simple piece of a human being, while you just got all her love and admiration something that I never had from her”, because Maggie showed her sister that she does not feel comfortable with Mama being ashamed of her, but she still ready to forget about everything and move on to the next step. Your letter reminds me, before I came to the United States I used to live with one of my aunts. We did not have a good relationship, the righteous part was when she called and asked me to forgive her and let everything behind us I did the same too because I wanted to have a new start with peace. I am so grateful That I got to read your letter and I can’t wait to read what you will write next.
  • Ana's Dec 11, 02:04 comment on Macbeth’s Vulnerability
    i admire how in detail you got, and how you showed a very good understanding of this scene, and Macbeth overall as a character. i also wrote about how Macbeth is obsessed with death, and having power, overall i completely agree with everything you said.
  • Jack's Dec 11, 00:29 comment on Air Quality In Utah
    Hi Riley, I agree that the population increase has played a big role in the bad air. I also agree that these lung diseases need to be stoppes. Bad air in Utah is everywhere and we need to get rid of it. There are some tips in the link below on how to help fix this bad air. https://www3.epa.gov/region1/airquality/reducepollution.html Sincerely, Jack Terrill
  • Jack's Dec 11, 00:25 comment on What is depression?
    Hi Nini, I agree that depression is a serious illness. We need to have more open talks to help these people. Depression has ways of being dealt with and the website below can help with that. Hope you can find it useful. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm Thank you, Jack Terrill
  • Jackson's Dec 10, 23:38 comment on Me: plays Minecraft* The Media: Now that’s an Avengers level threat
    This is a pretty solid argument, especially the part where you said "...therefore, pulling video games into conversations about white criminals may be using the games as a baseless excuse". It reminds me of when people blamed the Columbine Shooting on Eminem.
  • Rohan's Dec 10, 23:32 comment on Is the American Dream dead?
    Hey Brendon! I really enjoyed your post, It was very interesting and really made me think about American Cultures and Values. You used a great deal of real world examples and tied different arguments together and it fit really well. One opinion I have is that the American Dream is not dead and just merely slowed down. In the beginning of the 20th century I think is when the American Dream was at it's peak. People still have a lot of opportunities in this country and will have these opportunities for a lot of years to come. Thank you for sharing your piece, it really brought a lot of valid points to this topic Rohan
  • Nini's Dec 10, 21:39 comment on What does “America” mean?
    Hi Caton, Your post is interesting to read, because you have different point of view with me. I believe that people define the place they live, but I agree some of your opinion. It's good to see a different opinion, maybe you can write more about it so reader can more understand the point.
  • Nini's Dec 10, 21:31 comment on Gun Control
    Hi Strom, This post is interesting to read, now I know what is an assault weapon. I don't really search for knowledge about gun before, thank you for sharing this.
  • Issaka's Dec 10, 20:45 comment on My true feelings
    Dear Eros I am impressed by your letter “My true feelings,” because I noticed two lines in your letter which I think they are impresif. One line that stands out for me is, “However, what really made me this way was the discourage that I was getting from you as my sister you never step up and stand to defend me from our mother reckless behavior towards me. ” I think that this line interesting because you think that even though her mother wasn't paying any attention to her, as a sister, De should have spoken up for her so that she would feel loved. Another line that stands out for me is, “since then I feel like that not only we lost everything in the fire, but also we might have lost our love as a family” I think reveals the source of the because you mentioned that the fire could have burned their love along. Your letter “My true feelings,” helps me understand the story “Everyday Use” that I once read because form the story the relationship between Maggie and De after the house was burned wasn’t any better. Your edition of the story tells how their relationship was not getting better. Thanks for your letter “My true feelings”. Your writer is pretty impressive and so I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • celines's Dec 10, 20:30 comment on Dee’s plan to become rich
    Dear Issaka I am interested with your short story, “Dee's plan to become rich,” because related the ambitious that one girl wants to change her status of life doesn't matter the obstacles or sacrifices. One of the lines that stands out for me was, "This was the ideal family I wished to came from or to be part of. He was a bit older than I was but I didn’t mind. I thought to myself that if I could be a part of this family, it could bring an end to my miserable life. ” These lines represent that she is an ambitious person because she wants to have a better life that she has. Your short story “Dee's plan to become rich,” helps me understand that some people are ambitious and choose the easy way to change their life without thinking . Thanks for your short story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you post interesting texts like this one.
  • Lola's Dec 10, 20:30 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira, Thank you for opening up this discussion, I think mental health is huge issue among young adults right now. More than ever we are pressured by education and other responsibilities. I think Oregon is beginning something that is the future. We all know that it is a big issue but it seems like this is the first thing being done about it. I read a page which I linked below that has a lot of statistics about the sheer amount of diagnosed mental conditions among different age grounds. It is really astounding how little schools are acting after looking at these numbers. Thank you, Lola https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html#ref
  • Lola's Dec 10, 20:19 comment on Abortion is murder
    Hi jimmy, I respect your opinion and that you have opened up this discussion however, I disagree with you in many areas. The first place being the number you brought up about rape related pregnancies. Rape is a real problem in our world. Although the number may be small, women do get pregnant as a result of sexual assault and solely using information that that number is small instead of recognizing that among that percentage are real people decreases the dignity of those women who have already been effected by the awful event that they experienced. In another way, using the word you used “inconvenience” is only used to support your point however other inconveniences come when discussing abortion. The pregnancy can be an inconvenience of that woman mental health, her financial stability, the quality of life for that child, and in many other ways. In the resource I linked below It says “It’s not a good time in their life to have a baby.” In that sense your word “inconvenience” applies to every aspect of the choice a woman has. If a pregnancy is going to affect the woman or her quality of life it is her choice to abort. Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. Pro-choice means that after realizing that every circumstance is different, not one woman can be compared to the next and neither can her situation, It is her right to chose how to live her life. I think it would be beneficial for you to read https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/considering-abortion specifically under the heading “why do people decide to have an abortion” Thank you, Lola
  • Lola's Dec 10, 20:15 comment on Abortion is murder
    Hi jimmy, I respect your opinion and that you have opened up this discussion however, I disagree with you in many areas. The first place being the number you brought up about rape related pregnancies. Rape is a real problem in our world. Although the number may be small, women do get pregnant as a result of sexual assault and solely using information that that number is small instead of recognizing that among that percentage are real people decreases the dignity of those women who have already been effected by the awful event that they experienced. In another way, using the word you used "inconvenience" is only used to support your point however other inconveniences come when discussing abortion. The pregnancy can be an inconvenience of that woman mental health, her financial stability, the quality of life for that child, and in many other ways. In the resource I linked below It says "It’s not a good time in their life to have a baby." In that sense your word "inconvenience" applies to every aspect of the choice a woman has. If a pregnancy is going to affect the woman or her quality of life it is her choice to abort. Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. Pro-life means that after realizing that every circumstance is different, not one woman can be compared to the next and neither can her situation, It is her right to chose how to live her life. I think it would be beneficial for you to read https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/considering-abortion specifically under the heading "why do people decide to have an abortion" Thank you, Lola
  • Nini's Dec 10, 20:01 comment on LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
    Hi Ruyi, I think you have a perfect idea, and it'll be a great project. Equality is important everywhere, I'm appreciate that you are making a different. Sincerely, Nini
  • Kaan's Dec 10, 20:00 comment on Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
    Hi Sydney, I enjoy this post because it is very relatable, mostly because we go to a school that requires uniforms. I agreed with all of the points you made regarding how uniforms prevented kids making fun. Here is. a website that talks about the advantages and disadvantages of uniforms https://connectusfund.org/20-disadvantages-and-advantages-of-school-uniforms hope this helps, enjoy, Kaan
  • Nini's Dec 10, 19:56 comment on Is being Vegetarian Good for You?
    Hi Carter, This teach me new things, I wont know anything about it if I didn't read it. Thank you for posting this so we can learn some knowledge about being a vegetarian.
  • Kaan's Dec 10, 19:56 comment on What is depression?
    Howdy Nini, Yes, depression is a very important issue that needs to be talked about more. It's just as important as any physical illness. Here is a website on how to help deal with depression. You can share this with anyone that you think will need it. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm Sincerely, Kaan
  • Anthony's Dec 10, 19:35 comment on Plastic Around The World
    This was a well written response Vette. I commend you for your interest in this topic and wanting change. I liked how you gave us facts about the issue and I loved your approach on what we can do help keep our planet stay healthy. I agree with you that we should eliminate single-use plastic, it is one of the main sources that is causing thing problem and it has to stop.
  • Sam M's Dec 10, 18:15 comment on How Good people Think
    I think that having different opinions from others can be good in many cases, but I do disagree that people are good just because they have opposing opinions from someone. I also found your point very hard to find. I think the biggest thing you could do for this piece is reorganize your paragraph structure so that your point is easier to understand.
  • Celines's Dec 10, 18:14 comment on Maggie’s hard life.
    Dear Lenin I am fascinated with your short story, “Maggie’s hard life,” because related that the life of a girl that have scars on her skin. Its difficult to adapt and have confidence in herself. She always feel sad by her issue and feel different by her sister. One of the lines that stands out for me is,have noticed that,"Mama always paid more attention to dee than me. I was the black sheep of the family.” These lines represent the difference she look in her Mama about her sister. She related her feelings. Your short story “Maggie’s hard life,” helps me to understand the problem that faced some people with issues in their personality. Thanks for your short story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you post interesting texts like this one.
  • Fatema's Dec 10, 17:25 comment on The hidden Struggle of my life.
    Dear Deniers, I am delighted by your story " The hidden Struggle of my life" because your it is very heroically. one line that stands out for me is, " It was a struggle but it was like a nift stabbed in the chest but the more pain you have you need to keep it to yourself because you’re alone in a desert without any help to get out." It really shows Maggie's voice and what she felt about her family. the treat she got from her family this not make her satisfied because she want to be successful in her life but she couldn't because what her family and society think about her. some times being someone favorite do not make you content. Your story help me to understand the story very well and make me realize Maggie's feelings. Also, still black people suffering and your story show their struggles. Thanks for your beautiful story "The hidden Struggle of my life". I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Sydney's Dec 10, 16:24 comment on Is the American Dream dead?
    Hey Brendon! Thank you for your post, I found it very interesting. I really liked how you pulled specific examples from the books and articles you have read. Something that surprised me was the fact that 16% of the people interviewed thought being wealthy was a crucial part of the American Dream. In my opinion the American Dream has evolved from what it was in 1931. I think that today it is much more individual based. However, I don't think we talk about it as much as a country, and I definitely think some people have given up on it. Sydney
  • Peter's Dec 10, 16:14 comment on Is Abortion Ethical?
    Hi Natalie, I really appreciate this comment. I'm glad that I got a neutral response from somebody with a differing opinion, rather than somebody who has a strong opinion on either side. I know that as a male I may not have the ability to understand all the factors that play into the choice of getting an abortion, but from my point of view, I do think there are alternatives, such as adoption. I also enjoyed passages from the book that you linked because they also took more of a neutral stance, while still maintaining their opinion. I don't like getting political often, because it often leads to unneeded arguments, but abortion is a topic I had been against long before I knew anything about either political party. The main reason I believe that it should be treated as a life is because recent science shows that not only does the fetus have it's own brain patterns, but it also has it's own unique DNA. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002398.htm . I personally feel like with information such as this, we should remove abortion from the world of politics, and focus more on the science of the situation. Thanks again for posting the comment, and have a nice day!
  • celines's Dec 10, 16:13 comment on Dee and the Quilts
    Dear; Hanna I am fascinated with your short story, “Dee and the Quilts,” because related a discuss that family have by the heritage. Sometimes the siblings have a conflict with the heritage that parents working for them but parents did not have control of that. One of the lines that stands out for me is, “Mama: Do you believe in your culture? You abandoned us for ten years and now you are coming to strip us from the only thing that represent the authentic history of my family, your family, and our culture.” These lines represent the confidence that Mama have about the heritage because she clarify the importance and responsibility about their culture to her two daughters. Your short story “ Dee and the Quilts,” helps me to understand some issues that some people have about heritage. Thanks for your short story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you post interesting texts like this one.
  • Graham's Dec 10, 16:11 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hey Danny, I thought your post was well thought out. Underage drinking is a problem that can only be solved through proper education of the effects drinking has on the developing brain. This article seems to explain it very well: https://www.brainandlife.org/articles/how-does-alcohol-affect-the-teenage-brain/ Graham
  • Mijin's Dec 10, 16:05 comment on California Wildfires
    Hello, Mike. I am also interested in the relationship between bushfires and climate change, because I recently heard that there was a bushfire in Sydney and that made a thick air. I think that this thick air could ruin the atmosphere and it can lead to climate change because the air includes carbon dioxide. Here is an article about bushfires in Sydney: https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/sydney-smoke-before-and-after-photos-show-impact-of-bushfire-on-australian-city/ar-BBXR83y Thank you
  • Mijin's Dec 10, 15:55 comment on Marine Protection
    Hello, Wuyou. I really agree with your statement that marine is ruined by plastic products or things from human activities. I also think that this leads to climate change and global warming. Humans ruin the nature, which means we can stop climate change or ruining the oceans. Here is an article that would help you add more information about human activities that have impact on the ocean besides plastic products: https://sciencing.com/human-activities-negative-impact-ocean-17206.html Thank you.
  • Eric's Dec 10, 15:53 comment on Fake News in the United States
    Hi Hanson, I like your post. Now days lots of the media have bias in political. They create lots of fake news to attack other parties. This is not correct. The only think we can do is to have a good reconization to clearify these news. We should learn these media belongs to which parties before we go deeper. Here’s a link might help you. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/fake-news-exactly-has-really-had-influence/
  • Timmy's Dec 10, 15:53 comment on Marine Protection
    Hello Wuyou, I enjoyed reading your post and agree that everyone needs to do their part in keeping our oceans clean no matter how far they live from the oceans. I think it's important that everyone knows how to do their part and think you would enjoy this article https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/ Sincerely, Timmy
  • Eric Chen's Dec 10, 15:49 comment on The difference between gun control and gun bans
    Hi Max, your post is really good. I think the gun control is a hard thing. The company who sell guns have lots of power. They can’t let you change it easily. The best way to do it is still need to do more on the regulation. Also American should be more strict on gun control, just like Japan. Every gun and bullet need to be record. Here is a link might help you: https://gun-control.procon.org/
  • Graham's Dec 10, 15:48 comment on The Downside to School Uniforms
    Hey Sophie, I enjoyed your post very much. I agreed with the three arguments you made about school uniforms. I think that ultimately uniforms are a bad thing. Allow me to assist your side of the argument. This Article: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-unquestioned-goodness-of-school-uniforms sites that free dress promotes creativity in school and the workplace.
  • Timmy's Dec 10, 15:41 comment on How can we limit gun violence?
    Hell Matthew, I enjoyed reading your post and thought the statistics you put into this post made your claim that we have a issue much stronger. I think you may enjoy this article I found online https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-america/ Sincerely, Timmy
  • Matt's Dec 10, 14:47 comment on Why is important to save moeny?
    I totally agree that saving money is extremely important for our future. Money is a necessity in this world, and without money, we can't live a successful life.
  • Luis's Dec 10, 14:45 comment on Remove Posters
    HI Amani tanks for the comment
  • Matt's Dec 10, 14:31 comment on Our Right to Healthcare
    Hey Luke, I did a discussion on health care as well, and I totally agree with all of your points. One thing I think you could've added is more examples of health care situations so we can get a better idea. Here is a website I think might interest you. 🙂 https://www.modernhealthcare.com/
  • Rafael's Dec 10, 14:26 comment on OT RAFI
    thank you i appreciate the comment and thanks for taking time to listen to my song more coming thanks man.
  • Hanson's Dec 10, 07:25 comment on Our Right to Healthcare
    HI Luke I am very agree with your opion about the right to helath care. I believe for everyone have access to good health care system is very necessary. Here is an artical I recent read about the importance of the universal health care(https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/more/chetty20130828) . Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Hanson's Dec 10, 07:14 comment on Gender Equality
    HI Yanna You worte a great post about the gender equality issue in our society. I am very ageree with your idea about how we should sovle the gender quality issue. Here is another article I read, it will give you a great idea how we can solve gender equality issue(https://medium.com/bill-melinda-gates-foundation/yes-the-world-really-can-eliminate-gender-equality-34608a438a2a) Sincerely Hanson Hong
  • Ruhang's Dec 10, 07:09 comment on Boys Need to Listen
    Your article was particularly well written, which made me notice this problem again. Both boys' educational awareness of sexual assault and their understanding of sexual assault are lacking. (https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-assault-men-and-boys) This website has written a lot of knowledge about sexual assault, which can give you more ideas.
  • 2020 Kutay Eken's Dec 10, 06:52 comment on What Is Family?
    Hi Rachel, I liked your article and how you approach to "family" from different ways and different meanings. I also agree that definition for "family" can change from person to person. You can also check this website: https://family.lovetoknow.com/about-family-values/meaning-family.
  • Jack's Dec 10, 06:43 comment on Weed Legalization
    I think the legalization of weed can do a lot to fix our justice system by getting rid of possesion and distribution charges and economicaly speaking it can a huge benifit adding more industry to aggriculture and the medical field.
  • Jack's Dec 10, 06:38 comment on How can we help our environment?
    Fixing our environmental crisis is an incredible task. We need much of the worlds major world powers to been on the same page. People like Gretta Thunberg are making a difference. But it's hard to stop corporate greed from poisoning politics.
  • Kutay's Dec 10, 06:38 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hi Danny, I read your article and I think you did a really good job because I think, nowadays it is a common problem. So your aricle can be effective for children and also I think that some children are doing that because they do not know the possible consequences for underage drinking. You can check this website if you want: https://www.addictioncenter.com/teenage-drug-abuse/underage-drinking/
  • Ruhang's Dec 10, 06:21 comment on The Downside to School Uniforms
    Hey Sophie, I like your article very much. I also agree with you very much that school uniforms really limit students' freedom. Schools are inherently diverse. Students wearing their own clothes can reflect different styles for everyone. (https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-unquestioned-goodness-of-school-uniforms)This article can help you learn more.
  • Matthew's Dec 10, 06:05 comment on What does “America” mean?
    Caton, I agree that America is how people are defined, but I also believe that it is the people who make America what it is. I think the people that are involved in the culture are what continually defines America. Here is an article I found interesting on the topic: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/learning/what-do-you-think-are-the-beliefs-and-values-that-define-american-culture.html Thanks, Matthew
  • Matthew's Dec 10, 06:00 comment on The Negative Effects of the Death Penalty
    Nic, You make good points on why the death penalty can be a bad thing. I agree when you say a person is not afraid of death if they can bring themselves to kill someone. Your analysis is thought provoking.
  • Paula's Dec 10, 05:58 comment on Why do we have different religions?
    Hi Keury, I had never read something that had such questions, and I was kind of taken back. Those are real questions people don't really think about. especiallhy when religion can take a big toll on a marriage or in a ordinary relationship. (https://www.bolton.ac.uk/Chaplaincy/Worldviews/Summary.aspx) thought this might interest you. -Sincerely, Paula
  • Paula's Dec 10, 05:44 comment on The Downside to School Uniforms
    Hey Sophie, I really like what you wrote, especially since I agree with your stance regarding this topic. Students should at least be allowed to alter their uniform, that is if you want to meet at the middle. (https://medium.com/@freyayuki/cons-reasons-students-shouldnt-wear-school-uniforms-84073e7b16b8) Thought this might interest you. -Sincerely, Paula
  • Anthony's Dec 10, 05:42 comment on The Negative Effects of the Death Penalty
    Nic this is such a great topic to choose and one that is not talked a lot about. I agree with you that this should not be the punishment one receives for their misbehavior's. I like the argument you make in that it is best to send someone to prison for the rest of their lives because that is more of a punishment than killing them. I am with you on this topic.
  • Sophie's Dec 10, 05:32 comment on Trumps opinion on Immigrants
    Hi Emanuel, You made a lot of good points that I agree with. You can't base your opinion on an entire group of people off of a few instances like Trump is doing. You supported your opinion with valid points and good information. I think you did a very good job!
  • Dakota's Dec 10, 05:24 comment on In the United States People Can Speak any Language They Want
    I agree with you that people have the right to speak whatever language they are comfortable with because language in itself is a great thing that brings people together in so many ways. however i do think that in the US you should know english or Spanish as these are the most predominate languages that are spoken and i imagine it would be very difficult to communicate with others when that is the majority.
  • Sophie's Dec 10, 05:21 comment on Climate Change is Our Fault
    Madi, I think this is a very real and important issue. I thought all the facts you added about the topic were very relevant.
  • Audrey's Dec 10, 05:15 comment on The Meaning of Family
    Hi Laya, I like your post because it explains the true meaning of the love we have for our family. The "This is Not The End" book you reference sounds interesting and I may want to read it. The way you describe what you learn helps me see what I learned. Something sad is that we have to experience losing everything to truly understand our love we have for others. I think we should already have a good feel of how we feel towards those closest towards us. Here is a link to more meaning of family https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-true-meaning-of-family We go through ups and downs with our families but the way we feel for them should stay positive. -Audrey
  • Kayla's Dec 10, 05:13 comment on Abortion
    Hi Morgain! I really liked your article, it was full of facts and sources. I am personally pro-choice. I would never get an abortion, however I think that it should be a women's choice on what to do with her child. However it was nice to see the other side of the story. So thank you. Here is an article i think you'll like: https://www.thoughtco.com/pro-life-vs-pro-choice-721108
  • Alexander's Dec 10, 05:10 comment on Annoyance of Silence
    Chris, This is an extremely interesting article. I used to live in silence. I was a super shy kid who just didn't ever end up talking to people. However recently I have found a passion for music. I almost always have music playing or I am playing my own music. I play in two bands and I have found that it acts as my form of expression or venting, similar to how you said, big talkers talk because "it’s their way to vent something out when they talk". Here is an interesting article about the actual health benefits of silence. https://psychcentral.com/blog/the-hidden-benefits-of-silence/
  • Kayla's Dec 10, 05:06 comment on We need better evidence.
    HI Audrey! This is super interesting and well thought out! You lay out the facts really well and everything you say you back up with facts. Also the topic intrigues me a lot, so thank you for educating me on that topic. Here is an article that I think you might like. https://www.innocenceproject.org/
  • Dakota's Dec 10, 05:05 comment on Our Right to Healthcare
    Hey luke, I agree with everything you brought up in your post, i found this article that might help you expand your knowledge on the issue- https://www.palomar.edu/telescope/2018/02/28/should-the-u-s-have-free-universal-healthcare/
  • Audrey's Dec 10, 05:05 comment on Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
    Hi Sydney, I like your post because it relates to us since we do wear uniforms everyday to school. I had not really thought about them past not being able to express ourselves and that we don't have the stress of picking outfits each morning so it was interesting to read other pros and cons. Here is a link to a study on school uniforms conducted for students in Nevada who have to wear uniforms. https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2013/school-uniform-study You share good points and they make wearing the uniforms not as bad as I thought. -Audrey
  • Kayla's Dec 10, 05:00 comment on Will Trump get Impeached?
    Hi Gracie! This interesting but I would have loved to hear about you opinions if the impeachment will go through or not. Here are some other people opinions, like the Washington Post: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/10/03/can-impeachment-succeed/
  • Alexander's Dec 10, 04:58 comment on Heated Question
    Lucky, I can tell that you clearly have an interest in enlisting. I have an uncle in the military, special forces to be exact, and he talks about how the military was the best thing that ever happened to him. Before joining he was in a very bad place, dealing with a lot of problems. He always talks about how the military and it's strict standards really helped form him into a better person. While the standards are strict, they will likely end up benefiting you in the end. I really enjoy the fact that you are interested in a question that differs from the common topics. Your question "Is it common for someone to enter the military and change for the better?" is one that I feel many people would say yes too. Here is an article about somebody who joined the military and their experiences. https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/building-a-gi-from-scratch.html
  • Pauline's Dec 10, 04:47 comment on Deforestation is hurting our environment
    Hello Yeury! I completely agree with you that deforestation is bad for all living things including us! It is sad to think how many thousands of acres we as humans have destroyed in such a short amount of time. I found this article which also has a video showing more reasons why deforestation is happening and is bad. I hope you enjoy! https://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html Thanks, Pauline
  • Gracie's Dec 10, 04:43 comment on Is being Vegetarian Good for You?
    Hi Carter, This was really intresting to read. I didn't know how many types of vegitarians there are.
  • Gracie's Dec 10, 04:38 comment on Our Right to Healthcare
    Hi Luke, I really enjoyed your take on this current problem. I loved the comparison between Canada and America's healthcare system.
  • Pauline's Dec 10, 04:36 comment on Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
    Hello Sydney! I agree with you that the uniforms are good! I found this article explaining more reasons why they are good https://www.frenchtoast.com/why-school-uniforms I personally like how it says that uniforms are good because it eliminates feeling like you have to empress and just focusing on school. I also like how the uniforms are so easy and that I don't have to worry about what I'm going to wear everyday! -Pauline
  • Madi's Dec 10, 04:22 comment on Woman Rights
    Hi Keily, I really enjoyed your article and totally agree that everyone should be equal and have equal rights. Over the years, women have suffered a lot from gender inequality and it is very important in which that problem changes. The rights you mentioned in your post are granted to women but I understand your standpoint and agree where you are coming from. Here is another article going into further details about women's human rights: https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/womens-human-rights/ Sincerely, Madi
  • Siwei's Dec 10, 04:07 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hi Emily, I am interested in your topic. Nowadays, plenty of students cannot get enough sleep when they studied at school. In order to get a good great, students need to make the decision between sleep and grade. Most of them will choose to give up the sleep. They can use the sleep time to study. It is really bad for students health. What' more, if students cannot get enough sleep, they will fall asleep in the class. Also, they will feel tired or sick.
  • Madi's Dec 10, 04:07 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hi Emily, I really enjoyed reading your argument and agree with your statement especially since it affects myself and many people I know everyday. Sleep is very essential and teenagers these days are not getting enough due to new technology and homework, like you mentioned. I found another source that gives more examples about why we need sleep: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-do-we-need-sleep Sincerely, Madi Tartaro
  • Nic's Dec 10, 04:01 comment on American Culture
    Hi Lauren this was an interesting post to read I have always thought about how much of an opinion on the world we form by ourselves and not by our parents and clearly we do get a lot from them. I thought the part where you said lack of knowledge can be perceived as ignorant was very true especially in today's society.
  • Nic's Dec 10, 03:54 comment on Should the Death penalty be Legal?
    I did the same topic and this was all vary close to what I found in my research. I was also very surprised to find out that the few seconds of putting someone to death costs more than keeping them in prison their entire life. I was also surprised to find all of the cases people have been put to death and than found innocent. Interesting topic it was good to see both sides in yours.
  • Gelson's Dec 10, 03:53 comment on Macbeth’s Dilemma
    If you directed the play, it would be good the way you described it. It would fit the scene almost perfectly
  • Oumy's Dec 10, 03:45 comment on Martin Luther King
    Dear Jake I am grateful to your poem , “Martin Luther King,” because I see that it is a really important person and it is really good for people to keep thinking about him. I like the way you used repetition in the poem. But would like to know more background information about him and did he accomplished his fight.One stanza that stands out for me is, “Brave, Confident, Bold Dad of Bernice, Dexter, Yolanda, and MLK III, Son of MLK Sr. and Alberta Williams Freedom for all, Happiness, inequality” I think this section is interesting because it is giving a wide information about him and how his personality is showing his character. Another line that stands out for me is, “Freedom, equality, no racism” I think this line is a powerful line because he is fighting against racism without using harmful emotion. We can say that he is confident and he knows what he is going through. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Also it we was really nice to write this comment and I am looking forward to get to know you better with also other story or poem.
  • Sydney's Dec 10, 03:32 comment on Woman Rights
    Hey Keily, I agree with what you are saying. I would like to mention though that all of these rights that you stated are already granted. But that does not mean that everything is equal yet. Here is an article about pay gaps between men and women that I think you would like. https://iwpr.org/issue/employment-education-economic-change/pay-equity-discrimination/ enjoy!
  • Luke's Dec 10, 03:26 comment on Trumps opinion on Immigrants
    Hi Emanuel, I found your article on Trump and his view on immigrants ver interesting. You presented good examples and evidence of how Trump presents immigrants in a negative way, when they should be looked at in a completely opposite manor. I found this article that on your topic deeper, check it out, https://cmsny.org/trumps-executive-orders-immigration-refugees/
  • Oumy's Dec 10, 03:26 comment on The hidden Struggle of my life.
    Dear Danieris I am delighted about your short story, “The hidden Struggle of my life,” because in life a child can not really express how they feel toward their family. They always want to hide it but some have the courage to do it so. Like your story, Maggie is so lonely but we can see that she is her personality is supporting her. I like the way she can see herself without her family's support. She dealing with a lot of pressions but her kindness and courage is helping her to build a strong woman. One line that stands out for me is, “Well I did want to become something more like her but that was all because I wanted to get the acceptance of my family. ” I think this line is stirring because despite all she wants, she is just thinking about her family. It is like that she need a benediction from her family to do what she desires. Another line that stands out for me is, “It was a struggle but it was like a nift stabbed in the chest but the more pain you have you need to keep it to yourself because you’re alone in a desert without any help to get out. ” I think this line is interesting because I liked the way you are using metaphor to compare a person feeling to real life obstacle.Thanks for your for your story I am looking forward to read another story of yours.
  • Sydney's Dec 10, 03:26 comment on Is America the best country in the world?
    hey Sam, I found your topic to be really interesting to read. I never realized how much we take free speech for granted and other basic rights that we have in America. It really put it into prespective of other countries and realize that we may not be the best, but we are trying to be. Here is an article that I think you would enjoy. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/30/most-americans-say-the-u-s-is-among-the-greatest-countries-in-the-world/
  • Luke's Dec 10, 03:18 comment on The difference between gun control and gun bans
    Hey max, I really liked you take on gun control, having written my post on gun control a couple weeks ago. How you went into deeper explanation of gun control was most interesting because to many people do not understand gun control completely. I found an article that goes into more about gun control that you might find interesting, https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-gun-control-facts-laws-pros-cons.html
  • Oumy's Dec 10, 02:59 comment on It Is How I feel In Real Life
    Dear Leticia, I am curious about your short story “It’s How I Feel in Real Life”, because I would like to know how Maggie is seen her life through her sister. Your story is great and I like the way you are using imagery to describe things. One line that stands out for me is “ Moreover, I am a burn victim and since that day my mother starts to describe me in less than flattering terms such as a wounded animal who must live her life forever overpowered to forces bigger than her own will.” I think this line is interesting, because Maggie is describing herself of how people see her or treat her. For me she is trying to send a message to her family to consider her as a person not an animal. Another line that stands out for me is, “Also I can thank her because I become more confident after my sister comes to ask about her quilts and then mama defends my best interests” I think line is fascinating because despite all that Maggie endure, she is thankful her mother because she is now defending her and Maggie feels like she is understanding that way her mother and sister play. Thanks for your story, I look forward to seeing what you make next time and I will be so happy to read more of your story. Keep up the good context of writing and can wait.
  • Sofie's Dec 10, 02:41 comment on More sleep? I think Yes!
    Hi Emily, I was interested in your essay, because I have believed for a long time that people need to get more sleep. Sleep is important for people of all ages but especially kids. One thing that you said that stuck out to me was " if students develop good sleep habits it will lead to a long lasting healthier life". I agree I think that healthy living is all about make the right choices and then developing those things into habits. I also agree that parents should take away electronics from kids at night. I know that personally I sometimes go to bed early but then end up playing on my phone late into the night. Thanks for sharing, I support your argument and I hope you continue to write about it.
  • Issaka's Dec 10, 02:26 comment on Maggie’s Diary
    Dear Celines I am really amazed by the short story “Maggie’s dairy” your because of the following lines that you mentioned . One line that stands out for me is, “I was in shock and Mama told me that the quilt have to belong to a special, humble and responsible person and this person was me.” I think that this line made things interesting because Maggie never expected that her mom would offer her the quilt because to her, De was the perfect daughter so it almost unreal to her. The line also stands out for me is, “This impact my whole life for first time Mama demonstrated me that she know of me that I’m exist.” I think because it made this line is important to Maggie because it made her feel like she is part of a family and she wasn’t being forgotten. Your short story helped me understand the story “Everyday Use” that I once read. I think that your version of the story could be a good match because Maggie was this self sobbing person who always stays on her own. Thanks for your short story “Maggie’s dairy”. From what you wrote, I can tell that you're an excellent writer, so I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Clinton's Dec 10, 01:48 comment on One Thing
    Hi Orlando, This is a very positive post. I know it is very hard for everyone to join into a new environment and most of the people don't like study all day long in school. Because just like you, I like sports too. Also, you action to those homeless animals is very kindness. I hope they all could find their home soon.Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness There are some resources about homeless animals. Good luck!
  • Clinton's Dec 10, 01:38 comment on Gender Equality
    Hello Yanna, This is a very powerful post. I can see what you are tring to tell us in this post. However, I really like what you said and I agree with you. Gender equality is still an important issue in society that have not been solve yet. Just like many other social issues, it will not get solve immediately but I believe it will disappreaed eventally. Great job! Sincerely, Clinton Kwong. Here is a link that might help you: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/gender-equality/ It is all about gender equality.
  • Yeanoor's Dec 10, 01:14 comment on Mama and Maggie’s struggles
    Dear Fatema, I am stimulated by your short story " Mama and Maggie's struggles" because it is a great story which has a very specific details about the event that Maggie had faced which never makes her feel confident and make a good communication with outside of people. Her fantasy to be becomes a successful could makes change of her fear that she have inside of her. One sentence that stands out for me, “ Suddenly, they heard a crackling sound and inside the house it was all black smoke. Mum was looking back to the house horrified. She can only see the fire is up to the sky and so dark” this scene is horrible but it is foreshadowing of your story. We can infer what would be the next chapter about. Your story helps me to comprehend “ Everyday use” that I once read, where Maggie's some of body part got burned because of the flame of fire and mama we're happy to have two daughter. Thanks for your story. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Riley's Dec 10, 01:07 comment on Abortion
    Dear Morgain, After reading your article I had multiple thoughts about the article. I am pro life. I believe that every baby whether outside of the womb or inside it is still a human life. Thank you so much for talking about the topic. Most people don't want to talk about Americas biggest crime and shame.
  • Riley's Dec 10, 00:59 comment on Homework is Becoming a Problem.
    Matt, Hey Matt, after reading your YV post about the homework is very interesting. I personally believe that the homework has gotten out of hand. Kids have lifes outside of school and these students are being completely taken over by teachers with unreasonable expectations. Most of my time off of school is spent doing homework at home. I believe that student work should be kept at school.
  • Rachael's Dec 10, 00:16 comment on “English is our language no exceptions learn it”
    Hi Keily, Good post. I like how you mention that you are an immigrant and add your personal perspective that's been affected because of this. I agree that immigrants shouldn't be met with so much aggression when it comes to learning English. Instead, they should be helped with getting used to their new situation and be able to preserve their native customs and language, while still being able to learn the language of their new home country in order to find work and send their kids to school. I found an interesting article that adds a lot to the subject of immigration and language: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/language-immigrants-multiethnolect/420285/. Here, they discuss how immigration changes language, which is really fascinating.
  • Rachael's Dec 10, 00:04 comment on Mission: Save Planet Earth with Greta Thunberg
    Hi Aria, really good information. I really like what Greta Thunberg is doing and it's really impactful that you spoke up about climate change in this post as a way of joining her. Right now, Thunberg is asking the media to give her less attention and other climate activists more attention because she gets all of the media coverage:https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/too-much-greta-thunberg-16-year-old-activist-urges-focus-on-others. This article is really interesting because it highlights how Thunberg is a really effective activist: she doesn't make her work all about herself and gaining attention.
  • Abigayle's Dec 9, 23:59 comment on Opioids: The Good and the Bad
    I think your article brings up a very good point and is relatable to some people. I agree that opioids are a danger for most people, but some people don't see it that way because they are suffering from so much pain that it is their only resort. Here is another source that I think could help you as well. https://medlineplus.gov/opioidmisuseandaddiction.html
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