• Andrea's Jun 15, 13:07 comment on What do we feel?
    Dear anonymous, Ok yes Tati did put him under the bus with what she has done. But Tati isn’t like that, she just wanted to show to the world what she through that moment was bad about him, kind of like what you’re doing right now. Yes she does have money and so on, but majority of the people who saw that video were people from other places, some never heard of Tati before so she wasn’t using her fame in that sense. Kind of like Pewdiepie, he didn’t know any of them just watched the video because drama. At this moment, everything pretty much diffused though.
  • Jessica's Jun 14, 19:52 comment on Pro Choice
    I agree with this perspective on abortion. This article is very well written and explains how abortion isn't always about "killing an innocent life". Many women are living different lives, and have their own reasons to have an abortion and everyone must respect that. Health issues, money issues, are things that we must take into consideration when understanding why a woman might have an abortion. Supporting and helping women is something that we must all do.
  • Ricky Herrera's Jun 14, 19:06 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    My name is Ricky Herrera and I attend BOYCP. I was reading your article and found most of the points you made very interesting. Also, children are the future of our country and society so having them do something that isn't beneficial doesn't seem like time well spent.
  • Sheyla G Aguirre's Jun 14, 17:22 comment on How to cope when life falls apart
    I like how they shared personal things about their problems.
  • Sheyla G Aguirre's Jun 14, 17:21 comment on Weed Legalization
    I think weed should be legal under certain circumstances. Depending on the person.
  • Sheyla G Aguirre's Jun 14, 17:20 comment on Woman’s Rights Being Taking Away In front Of Our Own Eyes.
    I think women should do what they want to their bodies and it should be their choice. At the end of the day women will end up taking care of the baby if they decide to keep it, no one else will do that job for them and if they take away abortion women will find unsafe and harmful ways to do it.
  • Ashley's Jun 14, 14:06 comment on Gateway Essay – “Daddy”
    Dear Coleman: I am saddened by your essay, “Gateway - Daddy” because it's crazy that the author hates her father for dying. I feel bad for her because he died. One line that stands out for me is, “When her father died, it was also the year that World war 2 was going on and as a young eight year old it must’ve been very traumatic to have her father die and then witness all these atrocities coming from her home country, she probably is using this poem that she created years later to finally be able to share how it felt which is how she came to creating “Daddy”.” I think this line is sad because I don't want to lose my father an I know I would be heartbroken like her if I did. Another line that stands out for me is, “And sadly battles fought against themselves are the most agonizing and brutal, with Plath’s being no exception since we already know that she commited suicide a year after creating “Daddy” it shows that sometimes life becomes too much and you just have to say “I’m through”." I think this line is sad because her depression took over her life. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. It was a good essay. Hopefully the next one is just as good or better.
  • Erald's Jun 14, 14:03 comment on The Obsession of Her
    wow reading this shows that u put your time into it and really thought about the little things and thinking out the box and not thinking literal you say its about a girls virginity and i totally agree with that statement it just makes sense when u say what does cherry ripe mean and you say something about girls virginity good job i love your essay.
  • Fatjon's Jun 14, 13:51 comment on The Hustle
    Dear Erald , I liked how you explained about the oppression of black people and police brutality. One sentence that suprsed me was "The big question is why is there police brutality? The poem answers this question with the line “pull a trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero.” The hero in that stanza means the police" I liked how you explained the police brutality and your interpretation about the Tupac's theory. Thank you for writing!!
  • Malcolm's Jun 14, 13:51 comment on Gateway Essay – “Daddy”
    Coleman I really like this essay. It is a very good example of how to analyze a poem. My favorite parts of the essay are when you go back and forth between lines in the poem and relating them back to the author's real life problems or situations that you think the poem is highlighting. I also like your good use of transitions and I feel good vocabulary words were used throughout your paper. I think that overall I don't have any low lights to mention about your essay so great job , and I look forward to reading your next papers.
  • Jovana's Jun 14, 13:50 comment on The Hustle
    I like the reason you chose this poem, because you are discussing about the racism and bad threatening black people. I've read your poem and you pointed out everything important. One of your quotes that stands out for me is "...The poem springs from a particular historical moment/culture specifically, the LA riots in the 1990s. The poem revolves around several themes, including resistance and hate. If this poem were a question, the answer would be “police brutality is unfair."
  • Danny's Jun 14, 12:41 comment on Gun violence in Philadelphia
    Dear Tyler I am Danny,I really like your video and I find it surprising when watching your video because I didn’t know that many people died in Philadelphia. One sentence you say that stands out for me is: “The city doesn't have much opportunity and young killing each other” Your right, city need to take actions and I will be impossible for a person to live in peace. I also agree with your idea to prevent death around schools or outside the street kids should be taught about gun violence. Your post touching and inspiring and your post also help people spread awareness about gun violence.One time Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your video opened my eyes and to others
  • ximena's Jun 13, 18:31 comment on Anxiety
    hello there, i know what this feels like because i'm going severe anxiety as well, and isn't fun when your family doesn't support you. and yeah it is hard having to think if your going to scream insanely or drop to the floor talking to yourself. but the important thing is to get help. even thinking that they wont help you, its still goo to communicate. because they know what their talking about. having anxiety is tough and i'm proud you overcame it. and i love the positive thinking after being discharged.
  • ximena's Jun 13, 18:23 comment on Motherhood and School
    hello there, i'm glad that you got the courage to get up and speak up for yourself. i know the pain of feeling like you've lost your place in this world. getting attention isn't that selfish if you never felt it. getting help isn't crazy, your getting help on not to lose a precious life that everyone has. its good that you didn't go father into your thoughts, but just know that your not alone. you gotta step up for yourself because others wont do it.
  • Anonymous's Jun 13, 18:23 comment on Motherhood and School
    I'm sorry you had to go through such a tough time all by yourself. I'm glad you're talking about your emotions and feelings to other people. I know it's hard, but things will get better. Keep your head up, and live life to the fullest!
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 15:01 comment on Untitled
    Oof. I liked this
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 14:57 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with everything that you said. And this story was long awaited and I am so proud of you for telling it because it could help someone else. I will you the best of luck
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 14:56 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with everything that you said. And this story was long awaited and I am so proud of you for telling it because it could help someone else.
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 14:49 comment on Anxiety
    This is great and thanks for telling your story. The beginning of this story made me cry and I was shocked because i barely ever cry because of stories. I relate to this so much because I went through something similar and still am. I don’t mean to diagonosed what you went through but I think this is more of Depression than anxiety or even both because they are like twins they come in pair
  • Litzy's Jun 13, 13:47 comment on Shyness
    My name is Litzy and I am from Curie High School as well. I can relate to this because I use to be very shy and never wanted to get called on by any students or teachers. I would try my best to avoid any eye contact by looking down at my paper or just a plain desk in front of me. But, now I am not as shy as before. Only the first day of school since some people I’ve never talked to in my life become classmates and it is just awkward and weird. Especially because I know of them just don’t talk to them one on one.
  • Adrian's Jun 13, 13:01 comment on Pro Choice
    I agree with the stance on being pro choice because a woman should be able to choose whether or not to follow through with a pregnancy, but I feel as if there should be a cut off limit to how long she could take to make this choice. This time limit being until the fetus can feel pain because that is around 27 weeks into the pregnancy, which would give a woman enough time to make a choice on whether or not she wishes to continue the pregnancy or not.
  • Gabriela's Jun 13, 05:31 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    My name is Gabriela and I am a BOYCP student, I found this article very interesting because I did not know that Curie took in consideration a child's learning skills which for me personally is very important. Many children are not allowed to enroll into school because of their age, behavior, or abilities to do personal things by themselves. I think that more high schools should also keep in mind that these children are the future generations and we should focus on strengthening their skills to avoid struggling with simple tasks. I am wondering why the title of the post is named like it is but nice article !
  • Janely's Jun 13, 02:12 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Dear Natasha, I completely agree. Brain development begins sooner than we think. I have a 10-month-old nephew who has learned to mimic many things we do. I believe by having children attend sooner have a higher chance of being more advanced by the time they are in kindergarten. I know many of my friends didn’t go to pre-k or if they did they took it twice. I personally don’t know if this is a good or bad thing but I’m sure there are some studies that can back this up.
  • Janely Sanchez's Jun 13, 02:09 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Dear Natasha, I completely agree. Brain development begins sooner than we think. I have a 10-month-old nephew who has learned to mimic many things we do. I believe by having children attend sooner have a higher chance of being more advanced by the time they are in kindergarten. I know many of my friends didn't go to pre-k or if they did they took it twice. I personally don't know if this is a good or bad thing but I'm sure there are some studies that can back this up.
  • Janely Sanchez's Jun 13, 01:58 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    Hello Wiliam. My group actually met up with the "Active Transportation Alliance" yesterday. Lynda, who is the organizer of this group had the idea of allowing 18-year-olds and above to have 50% off the already reduced fare. while students below 18 travel for free- since most don't have jobs yet.
  • Octavio's Jun 12, 13:45 comment on A Place of Happiness
    Dear Oliver, I am interested in your poem because of the way you talk about how cars made you happy. I like the lines when you say "London Our place of happiness" I like this line because of how peaceful it sounds. A place of happiness. I look forward to seeing more of you work.
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 19:30 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Thank you very much. We as a team wanted the youth to understand we have a lot of power together tbh.
  • Lanitra's Jun 11, 19:28 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    I fully agree with the idea of Trump getting impeached! You're very convincing on getting the youth to come together and use their voices to make sure that Trump is impeached and can't be re-elected.
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 19:23 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Thank you so much for the support and open-mindedness. We really appreciate it.
  • Dekyra's Jun 11, 19:22 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Dear Melanie, I thought that your post about getting the right to vote in prison was interesting. I agree when you say that if prisoners can vote it will help out immigrants because, everybody know this year has a been a rough year for immigrants, so maybe if prisoners can vote it will change laws for immigrants. Your post has me thinking if the president and congress consider letting prisoners vote.
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 19:22 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Exactly our point. We are so glad that so many youth minds think alike.
  • Alex's Jun 11, 19:20 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree with this post this is great for the upcoming generation because they have to start off early to prepare for grammar school.
  • David's Jun 11, 19:19 comment on Will changing the age of concealed to carry to 18 make more gun violence in Chicago?
    dear taedo i thought that this a very interesting in your post i agree with almost everything because people outside looking in don't understand how chicago kids live
  • Dekyra's Jun 11, 19:15 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Dear Natasha, I thought that your post about preschool was very interesting. I agree when you say when children goes to preschool at young age they get to learn and grown because, they are interacting with other children. Your post has me thinking why do others feel like preschool isn't good for children?
  • Taedo's Jun 11, 19:13 comment on Hip Hop
    this was nice i love to learn more about hip hop and artists that made hip hop so popular.
  • Michael's Jun 11, 19:12 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Dear Heaven and Sadiyah i agree to wait it out till the next election because there's a lot of people who said Pence is worse than Trump. Even if Trump is bad, I think having Pence as president would be worse.
  • Dekyra's Jun 11, 19:08 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    Dear Janely, I thought that free CTA pass for high schools students was interesting in your post. I agree when you say that most students come late because, they don't have transportation to school, I feel like if they gave students free CTA passes kids would be on time everyday for school. Your post has me thinking if the admin at the school understand what we are saying and if they're on the same page as us.
  • wyonae's Jun 11, 19:06 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Dear luis The thought of animals dying for our needs was interesting in you post. I agree with you about us needing to harm animals for protein and to test on them to fix diseases. And I like the idea that you talked about the zoo and how we need animals for protein.
  • Ivyanna's Jun 11, 19:05 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Dear Heaven and Sadiyah, I see exactly where you are coming from. When people say we should just impeach Trump they don't think about the bigger picture. The bigger picture being that the runner up president is a lot worse than who we have now. If we work together when re-elections come around we can take majority of the vote and get someone who isn't openly racist and homophobic. Good Job!
  • Dezmon's Jun 11, 16:48 comment on U pass For Students in Chicago
    Dear Jennifer, I thought that you understand that the student reduced fair isn't enough. I agree when you say we should incorporate high school students in the u pass. Your post has me thinking who in the CTA organization should we press about this issue. Lastly, I wonder if you thought about telling your alderman about this pressing issue.
  • William's Jun 11, 16:44 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    Dear Janely, I thought that your idea of the upass was interesting in this post. I agree when you say people may not have enough money to pay for bus rides all school years because when I was a freshman I relied on my parents to give me bus fare to get to school but, I felt this was a burden to put 15 dollars on my bus card every week. Your post has me thinking of some questions. I wonder, did you think about who we might have to contact to make this happen, if so who?
  • Sadiyah's Jun 11, 16:37 comment on How to cope when life falls apart
    Dear Anonymous, I thought that your braveness was interesting in your post. I agree when you talk about your own personal life and thoughts into a post to be shared with us.
  • Shameeka's Jun 11, 16:36 comment on Motherhood and School
    Dear Anonymous, I thought that you said when you referred to " it will always be there but just know how to control it" that depression and anxiety will always be a factor is something that i thought was interesting. I disagree when you stated that because those defense mechanisms would only take over if you allow it to. Do you think that working on self discipline will help a ton in this situation?
  • William's Jun 11, 16:35 comment on What do we feel?
    Dear Anonymous, I thought that your perspective on the matter was quite interesting. I agree that James Charles has an internet persona and an IRL persona because that is the way most youtubers are and I can see where your getting your assumptions. Your post has me thinking of some questions though, I wonder, did you think about how he became a popular youtuber displaying the persona he has now? I'm pretty sure he has other influences on the way he acts toward others IRl. I believe people or youtuber above him may have downed him or that as he gained a bigger influence on social media other fans may come at him with disrespect because of what's going on in their life.
  • kash's Jun 11, 16:16 comment on Females can play video games too
    Dear Lisa, I Like Your Argument About how Females like to play games also but What about the females who doesn't like to play the game.
  • kash's Jun 11, 16:16 comment on Females can play video games too
    Dear Lisa, I Like Your Argument About how Females like to play games also but What about the females who doesn't like to play the game
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 16:08 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Neither, they are both too unstable to be able to run an entire nation
  • Citlalli's Jun 11, 14:41 comment on Pro Choice
    There is a lot of issues with the way that politicians deal with abortion. For me by far the most annoying argument, as you mentioned, is that it is like"killing life". The reason this makes me mad is because there are so many kids in the US dying from issues like hunger, and suffering from homelessness, but they want to focus on what is happening inside of a women's body instead. They only care about the "child" when it's in the woman's body, but once it comes out they could care less. How could they possibly say that they are pro life when they are letting real humans die in this country? These politicians need to stop caring about a fetus that isn't even born yet, and serve the people who they pledges to serve and care for.
  • Oscar's Jun 11, 13:54 comment on A Poem of Mexico
    Dear Wendy, I am touched with your poem, “A Poem of Mexico,” because I am also Mexican and i could relate with the struggles of not being able to see our families everyday. One stanza that stands out for me is, “She waits for the day when she’ll go back She waits for the day where she’ll see her family again She waits for the day and is getting tired She waits for the day and isn’t getting inspired ” I think these lines are fascinating because i’ve never been to Mexico and reading this made me wanna go even more and i can’t wait to go now. Another line that stands out for me is, “She finds herself getting closer to her family” I think this line is interesting because it’s always a good feeling when your whole family can go out all together and have fun without all the yelling and arguing. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once wrote about a soccer field. This reminds me of my poem because one you mentioned a soccer field and two it was because me and my family are always there and when I can’t go I feel upset and I miss it because I always have fun with my family and i sometimes even get to know more family that i didn’t know I had(we mexican's have a lot of cousins we don’t even know about) Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • youthvoices.live's Jun 11, 10:59 comment on Questions about “Sex Without Love” by Sharon Olds
    There is a fine prize for victory. youthvoices.live http://bit.ly/2KAqsiS
  • Nereida's Jun 11, 02:53 comment on What is Chicago doing to protect people from sex trafficking?
    I agree today all we hear and see is how teenage girls are going missing and police authorities aren’t doing anything. I’m pretty sure that all of these missing girl cases are connected to sex trafficking. Why only girls? How come we still don’t have answers ?
  • Nereida's Jun 11, 02:49 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree with this post I feel like preschool is necessary because the best age to learn new things is as kids. I feel like as kids need preschool in order to be successful further down the school timeline. In preschool you get a jump start in which you learn how to speak properly and learn your shapes so when you hit kindergarten year you are already prepared.
  • Genesis's Jun 10, 19:14 comment on Berry Street Park
    It seem like your place is nice and quit and a good place to hang out out.
  • Genesis's Jun 10, 18:28 comment on Life is circular, a heavy rotation
    I like this because it has truth to it
  • Leslie's Jun 10, 17:01 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree with this post, ever since the former Mayor removed preschool it's been an issue. Kids should be able to learn at the age where they become more active in the process. There's a certain age in which kids learn the most, allowing them to learn early helps them strive and be prepared for the future.
  • Sapphire's Jun 10, 15:40 comment on Prospect Park in the Rain
    Dear, Jillian: I feel involved with your photographs “Prospect Park in the Rain,” because i love the rain and I used to live around Prospect Park. One part of your photograph that stands out for me is the third picture shows a public bench but the details of the rain dripping from the bench makes the picture look good. I Really love that picture. Another part where I interesting is the first picture because it showed the outlines of the tree and tree branches. This stood out to me because it looked very unique and the sky blended in with the tree, it could tell a story. Your photograph reminds me of paintings or when scary movies show the outside when it rains. Thanks for your lovely photographs I really like how you captured the rain drops. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because your photographs tell a story.
  • Tyler's Jun 10, 15:24 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan : I am amazed by your photo of central park because you chose very relaxing and calm spots in central park. I also like the camera angles that you took them from. One photo that really stands out for me is the photo of the water. I think this is interesting because it’s the only photo that’s different from all the other photos. Another part that I like is the first and the last photo, and the reason why I like these two photos is because it shows. Your photos reminds me of when I was younger and I used to just relax and just hang out at the park. Not having a care in the world. Thanks for your photos. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because it reminds me of easier times.
  • Keeba's Jun 10, 13:49 comment on Initial Analysis of “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
    Dear Chloe, I liked your analysis because it a different interpretation i had of the poem. i Got a sense that the poet was visiting or recalling all the memories he had before he dies. The poet probably has an idea that he will die soon. However your analysis is interesting as well as different because you are implying that the poet has already passed away and is "on their way to eternity.
  • Anaee's Jun 9, 22:25 comment on Berry Street Park
    This place seems pretty calm and serene and I can see why you like it! Places like these are nice to hang around in.
  • Brychonda's Jun 7, 18:33 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Dear Heaven & Sadiyah , Your essay on to impeach Trump or not was very explained and i also agree to wait it out till the next election because who wants Mike Pence as a president . In conclusion , the solution to ban Donald Trump is perfect because taking his power will stop him from destroying us once again .
  • Ariel's Jun 7, 18:27 comment on Do peoples relationships to family separate with time?
    Dear Ariel, One thing I loved about your essay is how you elaborate on even the small things to help us have a bigger understanding of it.
  • Wendy's Jun 7, 18:27 comment on Can you abandon everything for a better life?
    Dear Ariel, One thing that I liked about your analysis is that your question was a question that some people like me wonder as well. You chose this question for the right poem. This poem is talking about how someone left their family for a better life which answers this question.
  • rukiya's Jun 7, 18:26 comment on What is Chicago doing to protect people from sex trafficking?
    i totally agree.
  • Ethan's Jun 7, 18:20 comment on Should people care about their own lives?
    I feel that, besides your questionable grammar you ask too many questions that you don't answer, the few ones you do answer are barely supported with anything that can help the readers understand the question or poem in general.
  • Brychonda's Jun 7, 18:17 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    This .. was .. AMAZING !!!
  • Dekyra's Jun 7, 18:11 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Would you rather keep Trump as a president or have the vice president be the new president?
  • Sheyla's Jun 7, 17:23 comment on Defend DACA!
    There are many people that rely on DACA, so i believe it should be defended as much as possible!
  • Sheyla's Jun 7, 17:15 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I think this is a good idea because many students struggle to find a way to get to school and don't have the money to pay for a ride. By getting this students won't have to worry about any of that and will be very helpful.
  • Dennis's Jun 7, 17:14 comment on Improving our communities
    This is a very important topic because pollution can be very harmful and by taking care of this issue, we will improve living conditions for all. If we don't do something now, we will then face tremendous consequences.
  • Dennis's Jun 7, 17:12 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I think this idea is beneficial for a lot of students who struggle to get to school. This could help increase attendance rates therefore improving the education of students.
  • Kheriya's Jun 7, 16:47 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    Dear Angelina, your photos are beautiful. I find it real amazing how you took a picture from every single angle. I am in love with the last photo and how the sun looked in it. I really enjoyed looking at your photos, i hope you post more like these.
  • Kheriya's Jun 7, 16:43 comment on Places I Love-Pomander Walk
    Dear Nathan, i am fascinated by your pictures because i love the angles you took them in. One of the photos that stands out to me is the third one i was so amazed with how the lights looked, its so beautiful. Thanks for your photos i look forward to seeing you post more photos like these.
  • Keeba's Jun 7, 14:22 comment on How come we see death as something that is negative?
    Dear Chloe, I liked your analysis because often times we as think we can freeze time and stop death. I liked the way you interpreted death as a "gentle man". This is something people often dont wanna speak about at all, especially in literature.
  • Mariam's Jun 7, 14:19 comment on Literary Analysis of “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
    glow: good use of evidence grow: finish essay
  • Derek's Jun 7, 14:18 comment on My Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Sounds very interesting, i would also like to keep other teens from joining gangs because i personally would never want my little brother to join a gang
  • Vanessa's Jun 7, 14:17 comment on Can people change from violence? Can violence change anything?
    Dear Ivan: I am surprised by how you written your post, “can people change from violence? Can violence change anything?,” because it is so well written and i don’t think i could “press” you Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next
  • Chloe's Jun 7, 14:16 comment on A call to do better !
    Dear Keeba, I liked your analysis but I think you should write when the poem was written where you first introduce the poem instead of where it is now because it seems like a run on sentence instead of a sentence with an appositive.
  • Anaee's Jun 7, 14:15 comment on A call to do better !
    - use single quotation marks when there's a quote within a quote. - there should be their
  • Octavio's Jun 7, 14:13 comment on Can people change from violence? Can violence change anything?
    Ivan your writing was good. I liked how you explained this poem and how laid everything out. If there was one thing you can say more of is how we the people can make a change in everything thats going on. Thank you for your writing. I hope to read more of your work
  • Nathan's Jun 7, 14:13 comment on Looking for the real meaning of “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti
    I think your essay is good and you do a great job of getting your point across. The only thing is that it sounds like you are just answering questions and would be better if you made the essay flow better. But overall a great essay.
  • Kiran Chaudhuri's Jun 6, 20:24 comment on Voices in Prospect Park
    Hi, Jillian! I notice that you replace "dirt" in the first draft with "heart" in the second draft: "In the heart of Prospect Park". So interesting!. I like both options. For me, the image of "dirt" brought to mind ground that was unadorned with grass. That visualization made me wonder if dirt symbolized the feelings you had from being unheard and unseen in that conversation: being voiceless or being left out can make one feel unlovely or unimportant or like you don't matter - like dirt. Then I saw another possible connotation: maybe the "convo" was gossip -- like maybe the friends were sharing the "dirt" (intel) on people outside the friend group. Or maybe the topic of conversation was repulsive to you - dirty. Or maybe none of this! Maybe it was just wet out, and the grass was too wet to sit on, so you sat where it was drier. When you replaced "dirt" with "heart", as in "the heart of Prospect Park", it seemed like a stroke of genius irony: the friends were heartless. I enjoyed reading your poem! Your teacher, Kiran.
  • Davonta's Jun 6, 19:16 comment on Do you believe that it’s possible to change poverty and racism?
    this deep & true facts the title really caught my eye good work.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:31 comment on Skin Color
    I really like and agree with this because i believe you should not change who you are. You should always be true to yourself and stand up for your rights. No matter what your skin color is.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:29 comment on The Mind Dump
    I like how your mind dump has a lot of relatable words in it. These problems have had such a bad impact in our world and we should all be trying to fix it asap.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:24 comment on I walk slowly to go further.
    I like how this has a deep meaning to it. It makes it relatable and I like how you used it to connect it to your personal life.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:21 comment on Life is circular, a heavy rotation
    I like this six word memoir because it kind of reminds me of karma. I truly believe that whatever you put out into the world will come back to you.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:18 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    I love that this is very eye opening. Everyone faces challenges in life but it only teaches you more about life and yourself.
  • Stephanie's Jun 6, 17:38 comment on Love
    I so agree with how do we know we love someone we may think we do but really don't know exactly but yes everyone will love something or someone I do believe love is a strong and meaningful word
  • Stephanie's Jun 6, 17:30 comment on my mind dump
    This is really good I like how you added these strong words into your mind dump
  • Marbella M Gil's Jun 5, 17:29 comment on Improving our communities
    I agree with what you are trying to do because we should be able to live in a clean environment and take care of it as well, at the end of the day we are the ones that are going to pay the consequences once we dont have any green resources
  • David's Jun 5, 17:29 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I personally think this is a great idea since many students not only do not have everyday transportation but lack the funds to be able to pay for a bus ride or two on weekdays . This would make students education a lot easier as they would not have to worry about getting to school everyday.
  • Andrea's Jun 5, 17:29 comment on School Funding For Low Income Schools
    I mean what do you mean by fairly?
  • Andrea's Jun 5, 17:28 comment on School Funding For Low Income Schools
    Do you have a plan for this to be changed in some way?
  • Leslie's Jun 5, 17:27 comment on Students at Back of the Yards College Prep High School Have no Access to Their Library
    This is a great idea, since Dr.Breke already has been wanting to take care of this issue. You guys can work with the people who already been involved. Hopefully this happens soon, it's a great and amazing idea that can change BOYCP for the better.
  • Jesus Manriquez's Jun 5, 17:27 comment on An additional social worker in CPS Schools
    This is a really good idea considering that I have noticed there is kids in school who look like they can use an adult to talk to and figure things out.
  • Nereida's Jun 5, 17:24 comment on Improving our communities
    Improving the communities is important because that where we live and should be able to feel safe at least in our own community because that's our home. A lot of these factories are polluting the air and it affects us in the long run.
  • Marbella M Gil's Jun 5, 17:24 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I agree with your statement because many students struggle with transportation when it comes to coming to school and going back. Students shouldn't have to struggle with transportation when it comes to school since school is mandatory and since we have a time when they want us to come in.
  • Leslie's Jun 5, 17:21 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I agree with this idea, I honestly think that this will be good for students. Yet, is it for all Cps or high school students? Anyways this can work and have a positive impact on the students as a whole.
  • Nereida's Jun 5, 17:21 comment on An additional social worker in CPS Schools
    i agree with this i feel like schools are lacking social workers and this is affecting students. Sometimes students need someone to talk to and help them with situations and teachers are busy with their lesson plans and don't have the time to talk to students one on one.
  • Sonia's Jun 5, 17:20 comment on The Mind Dump
    I like your mind dump because most of the words are big problems in today's society .I think about these problems a lot.
  • Emily's Jun 5, 16:33 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    I'm sorry about what you went through when you were younger. No one deserves to go through something like that. You're very strong for opening up about this, it's courageous of you.
  • Emily's Jun 5, 16:27 comment on Makeup is for everyone…
    I love your opinion on makeup. There's several people, including boys and girls, that still seem pretty ignorant on this topic. I personally think that we should be able to do whatever we want on our bodies because we're not here to please anyone else but ourselves.
  • Mariana's Jun 5, 13:57 comment on Motherhood and School
    I thought it was great that you opened up and talked a bit about your problems with depression. Being a mother and being depressed isn't a great combination but you're working hard to get through it and be there for your daughter. I didn't really know that a large number of students are dealing with depression and anxiety go untreated. Do you whether this is in the country or worldwide?
  • Mariana's Jun 5, 13:51 comment on Makeup is for everyone…
    I found it interesting that a school in Texas gave an in school suspension to a student for wearing makeup. I'm glad that many people found it ridiculous and decided to do something about it. I thought this was really great and i really liked how you talked about your own experiences with your school and their makeup rules.
  • Mariana's Jun 5, 13:43 comment on Undocumented
    This was great and informative! I thought it was really great and i learned some information. It was good that you brought up the part about how most of them are careful with the law. People think of them as just criminals but it's good you talked about how they did things for the economy. Do you think you could find information about how much in taxes they actually pay?
  • Dustin Voss's Jun 5, 13:34 comment on U pass For Students in Chicago
    This is a very good idea! On which elected or appointed officials do you think we should point our pressure at? I'm pretty sure Clerk Anna Valencia would be an ally here.
  • Bria's Jun 4, 18:18 comment on Do you hear me?
    This is so great! My sibling also has hearing aids, and he is placed in a class similar to yours. Despite the limitations he is a smart little guy that loves to have fun. Your experience is so moving. I love it!
  • Sonia's Jun 4, 17:05 comment on My Poetry of Place
    your poem is one of the ones I like because I feel like most people don't think of home as a important place.My favorite part of the poem is when you said that it's far but it's still far for you.
  • Sonia's Jun 4, 17:04 comment on My Poetry of Place
    I liked your poem because I feel like most people don't think of home as a important place.My favorite part of the poem is when you said that it's far but it's still far for you.
  • Stephanie's Jun 4, 17:02 comment on Six Word Memoir
    the picture shows it all this is very powerful.
  • Stephanie's Jun 4, 16:34 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    I think this is very important for people to know but i also believe that if we did not test on animals we would not be able to have those right vaccines for humans and i mean your right its wrong but we also need those as well and yes that's very wrong for zoo's to keep animals in cages and take away their freedom.
  • Bria's Jun 4, 15:48 comment on Addiction
    The struggle with knowing someone who's a drug addict is the worst, especially if they're family. My dad is addicted to benzoylmethylecgonine, also known as cocaine. It has been hard as a child and as a teen. Personally, I think it affects you a lot more as you grow older. I agree with you because once you start a drug that is easy to get addicted to there's no going back, unless with the help of people who understand. Rehab facilities are great places for addicts.
  • Bria's Jun 4, 14:55 comment on Living without Papers
    This is very powerful and relatable! But even if we face these hardships, we are the heart of everything! Don't forget that.
  • Bria's Jun 4, 14:50 comment on Females can play video games too
    This is great! I enjoy playing COD, especially with my brothers who are rage quitters.. haha.
  • Bria's Jun 4, 14:48 comment on Art
    I can relate, I love drawing and it's only fun when you"re creating on your own time. It's a great hobby to have when you're stressed out.
  • Jennifer's Jun 3, 23:48 comment on U pass For Students in Chicago
    Do you have any other ideas of options for students of lower income families that may not be able to afford this U-Pass either?
  • America's Jun 3, 21:22 comment on Nana’s House
    I love this story, it reminded me of me and my cousins. Growing up I spent a lot of time at my grandma's so now that we're older we always talk about all the memories we had at her house. I also really loved how a lot of people could relate to this.
  • America's Jun 3, 21:16 comment on Favorite Place
    I liked this because he explains why he loves his neighborhood. I also like how i can really relate to this. It was pretty simple but he did a good job at describing the whole thing.
  • Alondra's Jun 3, 20:11 comment on Six Word Memoir
    The images with the quotes are very clever and they are meaningful
  • Alondra's Jun 3, 19:35 comment on Escaping Immigration
    I loved the slide show. It was very emotional as well as inspirational and of course it says something important!!
  • Sonia's Jun 3, 19:05 comment on The Carnival
    The carnival is also one of the places I love. The pictures are nice and you gave good descriptions.
  • Alondra's Jun 3, 18:35 comment on Bonfires of Memory
    Love the photo as well as your poem. Beaches are always a place one can go to!! I agree with you on that.
  • Lucy's Jun 3, 16:31 comment on Females can play video games too
    If anyone wants to check out my Twitch that would be great, and a follow would be appreciated! Link is : https://twitch.tv/angell10_
  • Lucy's Jun 3, 16:29 comment on Females can play video games too
    Thank you! I believe that as the years go by their will be more female players in the gaming community! 🙂
  • Ikaika's Jun 3, 07:59 comment on Mind Dump
    This mind dump really shows the issues that equality bares, equality is dealt with race, religion, color and rights. This shows that you know that equality isn't as it seems. I don't believe in equality in the first place, I believe equity is a more substantial way of thinking, give to those who don't have and receive when you are in need.
  • Ikaika's Jun 3, 07:53 comment on Skin Color
    I agree with this because it is showing that you are who you are, there is no turning back, no changing your race. You stand up for yourself and demonstrate who you are, it doesn't matter what skin tone, or language you speak.
  • Ikaika's Jun 3, 07:49 comment on Climate Poetry
    May have to download file to listen to the audio file.
  • Ikaika's Jun 3, 06:41 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    This seems to be a good future to set for yourself, and to see that this is what you want to do even with the things you have to see in life. Being who you want to be even when in fear.
  • Ikaika's Jun 3, 05:11 comment on A Rec
    This poem speaks out of passion for what you once used to live in. I love the way you had used "place" and "of" as pieces to show what to pay attention to. The highlight I feel makes people more aware of the meaning of what you are trying to display.
  • Kayra's Jun 2, 14:53 comment on The Effects of Being Silent
    Anyone want to help me to release from this severe silence..?? I am 23, and I strive my self to fight against this silence🙁
  • Nazaret's Jun 1, 13:55 comment on Shyness
    My name is Nazaret, I go to BOTY and I can relate to this so much. I am very shy during class and I hate being put on the spot by teachers. Usually I do know what to say and what my thoughts are, but the nerves just get to me and I can’t fully express myself. I prefer to be observant on what my peers say and listen to their thoughts and opinions. But I can’t seem to articulate my own unless I have to.
  • kheriya's May 31, 18:19 comment on Times Square
    Dear, Jovana your photos are jaw dropping. I am in love with your photos, the way you got the angles and everything is amazing. My mom grew up here and i never really got to see it physically but these photos make it look so real. Thank you for your post, i look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • Ethan's May 31, 18:08 comment on My questions on “As I Walked Out One Evening” by W.H Auden
    Dear Tyler I understand where you're coming from but I have no idea what you're trying to get at. Their is a difference between poems and stories, I feel this is a poem that is not meant to be understood but to be taken as advice.
  • Susan's May 31, 17:03 comment on So We’ll Go No More A-Roving
    This is such a sad poem. But also very true, because it's evocative of what one really feels when they have to breakup with someone they love. What do you think he means by "the moon be still as bright?"
  • Susan's May 31, 17:00 comment on Questions about the poem “So We’ll Go No More A-roving” by Lord Byron
    Why do you think someone needs to "pause to breathe" after a breakup? Why would the poet talk about a life force, air, when he talks about love and splitting up? BTW, I very much like the photo you chose.
  • Fredy's May 31, 16:12 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Hi Luis, My name is fredy i’m from california and i was looking to your post and I am surprised with your post, animals are "dying for our need", because I learned many things that did know and it help me understand. A quote the stands for me is the “i believe that animals have some rights like not being abused. I think we should only be able to use animals for medical reasons because animals are not as important as humans for the test vaccine. I suppose if we did not test on animals, we could not try any vaccine to see what might work to stop the spread of disease and fight against any disease.” This post is something that would help the person to understand how to treat an animal and how to take care of it because as an animal you care about your health you have to take care of theirs. Another thing that would help us to understand that the animates are if they were a person because they also eat and also have to pay attention too them. In my opinion that is something that it grathfull for putting this post because when people read it they will realize how to treat an animal and not be so bad with them. I hope you keep putting more poems and that you talk more about me because it looks very interesting and very understood how to treat animals and how to see how important animals are.
  • Eduardo's May 31, 15:55 comment on Feedback request on Human Trafficking thesis 🙂
    Dear Bladimir, I am in shock about your type of article about trafficking human because its cruel and violation to trafficking human and exploitation When a read your text i feel like in shock i can’t believe that but I think some people do that for one reason and i don’t have any interest to knows the reasons. But something that you write is “Human trafficking in the form of sexual exploitation is cruel and inhumane because it unjustly and predominantly violates the human rights of girls under the age of 18 In order for my thesis to be considered proficient, I have to have a focused, articulate, creative, and debatable thesis on an issue of social inequity.” I disagree for this human trafficking and exploitation because is bad to do that to others people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward seeing what you write next because i want to know more information I’m english learned”
  • Jessica's May 31, 12:55 comment on Living without Papers
    That’s what sucks about us being Hispanic and having family who are undocumented. We have to go through these types of worries and emotions that no person should ever have to go through. We are seen as the enemy when in reality we are trying to survive and do better for our future children.
  • Jessica's May 31, 12:50 comment on Females can play video games too
    Love this! Girls can play just like guys can. Do you think that as the years pass more females will play video games?
  • Jackson's May 31, 12:08 comment on U pass For Students in Chicago
    Great idea. Where do you think the revenue should come from?
  • Kheriya's May 31, 04:07 comment on Mind Dump
    Dear Eclas, I am facinated by your equality post, "Mind Dump", because you made it right to the point and clear. Its message stands out. One word you that you wrote that stands out to me is, "Race" I think this is agreeable because that is a main part of equality. Your post reminds me of when something like this happened to me one day regarding my race. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I can relate so much to your post and its easy to understand
  • Ikaika's May 31, 03:51 comment on The Carnival
    Just as important as it is to be one with yourself , fun brings that out. This is a good description of what it means to have a good time, and how the place around you can change the view of what happiness means to you.
  • Britney's May 30, 20:37 comment on My view of the East River
    The view of this is beautiful and seems like such a peaceful place to be at, you were very lucky to be able to enjoy this view.
  • Steven's May 30, 20:13 comment on Why Air Pollution Need To Stop
    Dear Bryan, Jai’kari, and Latrell, You guys did an amazing job on your post. You gave amazing evidence that was both relevant and well cited. I appreciate what you are doing to contribute to an issue that many choose to brush under the carpet. For those who are determined to make a better world, they thank you for your commitment. And also I LOVE your idea of a poem! Poems for sure give the audience the most emotional effect and really bring insight to them on what the poem is about. Good idea! The part that really ties the bow for me is having the mentality of the younger generations, which are the ones that would be most affected by this issue. Good work showing those who can make a difference that they CAN make a difference. I am a student working in a group touching on this issue and are planning on either contacting a major polluter in Chicago, Illinois directly, or making a public social media post that will contain context on the issue and evidence to support it. It would be much appreciated if you can give me feedback or advice- perhaps some issues that you had and how you handled them- thank you! Good Job on your post, very impressive! -Steven
  • Emily's May 30, 20:10 comment on Homless Youth and college debt
    Sallie, I didn’t know that there was a Homeless Student Act that prevents students from not having a home while studying. What I don’t understand is how come there is 1.3 million homeless youth living in the streets but yet there is a act that prevents that.
  • Mariela's May 30, 20:06 comment on Homless Youth and college debt
    Sallie, I like how you are focusing on students that have to pay for college/university which may lead them to end up homeless or having to stay in people’s houses. I also like how you brought up students who are still in high school and even though most high schools are public, they are struggling to have shelter to live in way before they go to college where students will have to pay for their education
  • Elizabeth's May 30, 20:01 comment on Progress on Sex Trafficking report
    I can see as to why it might have not been successful and as a student working in a project similar to this, it can be a little challenging because kids my age don’t really want to be sharing posts like these. I think keeping up with the blogs and posting new things each day will definitely get more followers and more views and keep them engaged in this issue.
  • Sonia's May 30, 19:58 comment on Beto’s Shadow Box And Identity
    Dear Alberto I like your box and how the objects in there represent you. your title was different and that's how it grabbed my attention. I liked when you said " The jewelry/bracelet represents me because my family can’t afford everything other families can afford and to me everything that my family gets for me I always try to take good care of it and try to make it last." I think more people should think like that.
  • Karla's May 30, 19:35 comment on Do Americans care about the environment?
    Dear Reilly, my name is Karla and I am a student at Back of the Yards College Prep. After reading your article, I am not at all surprised at the results of the survey you mentioned. Based on what I seen in my community, most of the people here don't put too much importance to our environment. I see people littering all the time which makes the results not at all shocking. My group and I are organizing an event that will bring people together to clean our neighborhood. If there's any advice you can give us, it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Erik's May 30, 19:18 comment on Rehabilitation Into Society After Incarceration
    My name is Erik Marroquin, and I am currently a student attending Back Of The Yards College Prep. Recently my civics class got an assignment to find an issue we are interested in and try to take action to better the situation. Now the problem that stood out to me was the issue of unemployment-more specifically ex- convicts. The issue of unemployment seems to really be effecting the city of Chicago, mostly the neighborhoods that are poor and low in money and jobs. So, I like this article because it explains the affects in more detail.
  • Jazmin Quintana's May 30, 19:18 comment on Do The Police Deserve Our Trust
    Dear Yasmin, I agree that many people do not feel safe around the police, especially minorities such as African Americans, and I believe the system has failed us many times by letting these officers off easy. The police enforcement definitely needs more training as well as more education. Many cops over the years experience trauma which affects their line of duty, but also some police officers do not know how to handle difficult situations and handle the situation violently.
  • Jessica's May 30, 19:17 comment on Police Brutality in Our Country
    The issue of police brutality is something in the United States that we can not ignore. I agree with the fact that it is something that hopefully will be solved and be something of the past. The fact that people of color are the ones that get mostly affected is something that hits personally and very close to home. All of the movements that are fighting to end this is important to support in order to achieve this goal to end police brutality.
  • Alejandro's May 30, 19:17 comment on Reflection on Digital Activism Project: The Journey of Global Warming Activism
    Dear Madison, My name is Alejandro Delgadillo and I am a student at BOYCP. I think it is great that you are raising awareness for global warming and my group and I are also trying to spread awareness through creating a Facebook page. We are planning to have our first meeting on June 13th to talk about what exactly what we want to do. Everyone is getting affected by global warming and since we are the next generation, we have to make a change because otherwise no will fight for us. I am hoping to get information on how I can make the page grow and get more people to help out. Thank you, Alejandro Delgadillo
  • Micheal's May 30, 19:17 comment on Checking the evidence on a Wikipedia article about California’s High-Speed Rail
    My name is Micheal, I agree with the statement "building the bullet train will affect everyone statewide and it will benefit everyone by making the traffic flow smoother and it will give everyone a fourth option of transportation". Within my city I see that more and more people are using other forms of transportation but a good chunk are reliant on the CTA or the Chicago Transit Authority which provide buses and trains for the citizens of Chicago. My associates and I are attempting to reach out to said CTA and asking if high school students in the state of Chicago could receive a UPASS which the CTA already provides for high school students. We were wondering if you have any data on the amount of students who rely on public transportation as we can use said data to support our thesis that the students require a UPASS.
  • Angel's May 30, 19:17 comment on Rehabilitation Into Society After Incarceration
    Hi, My name Angel and attend Back of the Yards College Prep. I am trying to help ex-inmates have the best possibility to get a job. In Illinois there is already ban a box but we would like to make it better than it is. I am looking for any help that would help me start off on finding the solution or at least making people know about this problem we have in Illinois.
  • Jose's May 30, 19:16 comment on Rehabilitation Into Society After Incarceration
    Hello, my name is Jose and I am from Back of the Yards High School in Chicago. I really like the part where you talk about how the US should put more money and time into helping people fit into the social mode after prison so there wouldn't be so many homeless people and so there won't be big crime rates because I agree with you since I also think that if the US helped convicts after prison, then there would be less unemployed people and there can possibly be less crime in the streets.
  • Nazaret A Castillo's May 30, 19:14 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica, my name is Nazaret and I really like what you wrote, littering is something that should be talked about more often on how it can negatively affects our surroundings and most importantly our planet. i like that you brought more light into this issue and how we need to emphasize that littering is not good and people need to stop being lazy.
  • Gregorio's May 30, 19:13 comment on Air pollution
    Animation was helpful in the image it used in explaining how the air pollution really affects the human body as it is inhaled.
  • Dejuan's May 30, 19:11 comment on Police Brutality Situation
    Hey Briceida, Gildardo and Angel, My name is Dejuan Jones and I'm a junior at BOYCP and I'm actually working in a project right now about this topic of police brutality. Throughout the years in the city of Chicago the amount of homicides keep increasing everyday and the police officers have actually helped increase these homicides. I want to let the CPD and many more police departments/ centers that you are suppose to serve and protect the people in the community not help increase the amount of innocent homicides in the community. Also I want to the criminal justice system to be more fair with the punishments for police officers crimes. For example: Laquan MCcdonald he was shot 17 times and officer got charged 1st degree murder while a women beat her baby to death and got the death penalty. Officers who commit very large harsh crimes deserve to get the proper amount of crime.
  • Elizabeth's May 30, 19:10 comment on DACA
    This is such an important topic! I come from a family that was immigrated from Mexico. My three oldest sibling currently have DACA and they have benefited so much from it. I really cannot imagine how life would be if Obama never would have presented this program to us. I am currently doing an action plan for my civics class that will try to get people to protest so that Trump does not get rid of DACA. I would honesty agree with everything you said because these kids do not choose whether to be born here or anything like that. Every person should be treated equally and should get the same rights as a "Legal" citizen.
  • Britney's May 30, 19:08 comment on Can Writing Help with Pain.
    i love this writing, I believe writing can be a type of therapy to heal the mind and let a person express themselves.
  • Tyler's May 30, 17:46 comment on My questions on “As I Walked Out One Evening” by W.H Auden
    Dear Ethan I am skeptical about your poem, “As i walked out one evening,” because i think that it’s a conflicting poem. Like the two main themes are complete opposites. One line that stands out for me is, “Walking down Bristol Street,” I think this line is interesting because… i think that it’s a very abrupt line Another line that stands out for me is, “The crowds upon the pavement” I think this line is intriguing because… they give no real backstory on what this may be about. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once read. The two poems had some similarities. They both had abrupt lines and they also jumped straight to the point just like this poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you post next.
  • Sandra's May 30, 17:29 comment on Climate Change
    Dear Jocelyn, I think removing CO2 from the air is a amazing idea because it's the main cause of air pollution , but how do you suggest on doing it? Thanks for writing . i look foward on seeing what you write next because im also working on a project involving pollution
  • Andrea's May 30, 17:28 comment on Climate Change
    A couple of students and I chose this as the topic and issue to focus on. We decided to find a way to help this issue at school. To do this, we chose to compost our trays and our food.
  • Michelle's May 30, 17:28 comment on Reflection on Digital Activism Project: The Journey of Global Warming Activism
    Dear Madison, Hello, my name is Michelle, I am a student form BOYCP . My teammate and i are doing a similar action plan as well regards to climate change. I agree that we as humans are responsible for the damage we do to the planet. People are not aware of the negative aspects of climate change. As our action plan, we would like to spread the word and get people to be knowledge about it. We would like to hear some tips from you and your opinion. Thank you, Michelle
  • Giselle's May 30, 17:28 comment on Reflection on Digital Activism Project: The Journey of Global Warming Activism
    Dear Madison, Hello, my name is Giselle and I am a student at BOYCP. I'm also doing a similar action like your's and I'm trying to spread awareness of climate change. I agree with you that global warming is happening and not only us but animals and the environment is getting affected by global warming and people should be more informed bout this issue. I would like some tips from you on how to get our action plan going and spread the word on climate change. Thanks! Sincerely, Giselle
  • Juan's May 30, 17:27 comment on The Rights of Human Beings: Brooklyn Public Library Convocation Speech
    Hey! This is sort of unrelated to the topic, but we're discussing a problem we have with our library here in Back of the Yards College prep in Chicago. The city took our school library and turned it into a public library after the previous public library broke down. We're one of the few schools in Chicago that don;t have their own library and we want to do something that helps us get our library back. If you have any ideas on how we can bring more awareness to this issue, please us know! Thank you!
  • Oscar's May 30, 17:26 comment on Mental Health Stigma
    Hello my name is Oscar and I'm from Chicago and I agree with your idea that people get more sad during the winter. I feel like it's true because I noticed that happen to me my freshman year of high school. My biology teacher told me exactly what you're proposing with this post and I didn't believe him but I guess now I believe that this is sort of true. I currently want to make a survey with me asking that to the students in my school and I was wondering if that would be a good idea to show that schools need more social workers or at least have our social workers keep an eye on kids who are at risk or have a mental health issue. Any thoughts?
  • David's May 30, 17:25 comment on Black lives matter
    These days there has been increasing amounts of attention shone on black lives lost to Police Officers (usually of white complection) and no justice being served. For example the Micheal Brown and Laquan Mcdonald cases, in both instances the police officer that killed the brown man was of white complection and it took more than a year to get any sort of prosecution or punishment for the officers involved. This though has been going on for far too long, the lack of justice our criminal justice system shows towards minorities can be traced back as far as 1919 when a young man named Eugene Williams was murdered by another young man again of white complection and no justice was served, no prosecution of the man who killed Eugene WIlliams. Police that were on seen after the murder was commited refused to arrest the white man responsible for the death of Eugene Williams, when this happened there was an outcry from the black population for justice causing the 1919 Race Riot to begin, this riot resulted in 38 deaths and over 500 injured.
  • Citlalli's May 30, 17:24 comment on Dispelling the Fear of Vaccination
    Hi, I am a student from Back of the Yards college prep in Chicago studying vaccination and I agree with your post. Parents not taking there kids to get vaccinated can, and I believe already has, created a path for diseases like polio and small pox, which we shouldn't be worrying about, to appear in the public. Certain states fueling this issue by allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children if it is for religious purposes or even for personal belief. Something that protect people from getting sick should be mandatory not optional.
  • Dannyka's May 30, 17:23 comment on Background about unfair public school funding
    I agree with the idea that the funding should be equally distributed among schools. It would be really helpful because like you said there are a lot of low income neighborhoods loosing teacher and other workers due to lack of money.
  • Jesus's May 30, 17:22 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica, I am with you and your reaction to how people litter like it can be socially acceptable. Sooner or later we are going to be living in our own filth. We got only one planet and we should treat it with respect, because if we ruin this planet we will have no where else to go. Two classmates and I are doing a social movement on trying to power our school with solar panels. Do you have any suggestions on how we can succeed with this?
  • Mauricio's May 30, 17:22 comment on How helpful are vaccinations?
    Dear Mckenna, I agree with you that more people should let their kids be vaccinated. I believe that if this happens not only will we meet the Global Coverage target, but it can make a lot of kids healthier again and decrease the chances of others also catching all these disease that can be fatal to them.
  • Michael's May 30, 17:21 comment on A Life and Death Situation
    I feel that it is indeed a necessity to get kids vaccinated as well because, as mentioned these diseases are preventable and treatable for those kids who need them. I as one who has a form of autism, believe that the inheriting of autism from the MMR Vaccines is a small price to pay for the prevention of diseases and death within young individuals.
  • Leslie's May 30, 17:17 comment on Sanitation In NYC : Project Reflection
    Hi I'm a student at Back of the Yards College in Chicago I honestly really liked your idea. Since a lot of people use social media it's better to get people to follow it. Yet I think your idea should've been more promoted, even though it wasn't successful there's things that can still be done. It's not too late to actually take action and promote your website I would love to get a link. Also we are doing a similar project but ours is to get solar panels in schools. We been stuck to see what else to do, we've promoted on facebook but do you think there's other ways to get it more noticed?
  • Emanuel's May 30, 17:16 comment on Saving Schools
    The concept you are presenting above is amazing. I also believe that the youth is important when it comes to changing the narrative in how schools are run. I am also aware of how African Americans are always getting the short end of the stick. It is not fair and things need to be changed. I am currently working on an action plan to change the name of an elementary school in my neighborhood. The school's name is Richard J Daley, we are targeting this school specifically due to his involvement in one of the worst race riots in Illinois history. The 1919 riot was such a horrific event in Chicago history and does not get the acknowledgement it deserves. We plan to change it to Eugene Williams who was an African American boy who was murdered by white people after crossing the imaginary boundary between the 2 races. This issue is important to us and we are wondering if you's would like to help.
  • Alexis's May 30, 17:14 comment on My Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Hi , my name is Alexis from back of the yards college prep and your blog caught my attention because im working on this project that has to do with what you wrote . My project has to do with creating change within our teens life since most join gangs at a early age and end up ruining their future or some one elses. I want to fight teens joining gangs by creating an after school program or summer programs where the doors are open to teens, so they can go their and ball up instead of hitting the streets .
  • Nereida's May 30, 17:12 comment on Is Global Warming Real?
    hello, i am a student at back of the yards collage preparatory in Chicago and i have witness both type of positions when it comes to global warming. I was wondering if you have any ideas that i can incorporate into my action plan because i would like to bring awareness and inform them of this issue.
  • timmejah's May 30, 15:47 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Thank you, for this perspective. I had never realized how much of the homeless communities struggle is overlooked. For starters i really appreciated your choice of imagery, the dog really sparked emotion. However you could have done better detailing the experience.
  • Anjelina's May 30, 14:25 comment on My Questions About “What lips my lips have kissed” by Edna St Vincent Millay
    Dear mariam : I am blown away with your analysis on , “what lips my lips have kissed” because you described thoghrouly what you though she meant in her poem, how you thought she was describing heartbreak and talking about her past lovers. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ““I only know that summer sang in me/ a little while, that in me sings no more”. Again Millay uses imagery to describe her lovers as summer and as she forgets them, summer isn’t in her anymore. This means the heartbreak is like stepping from summer and warmth and having taken away. ” I think this is great because you analyzed her sentence and explained what you think she means by her sentences. Another sentence that I adored was: ““but the rain/ is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh”. When you think of rain it’s like sad and gloomy, and ghosts could also be like souls. Souls don’t only have to associate with the occult and paranormal, they can also be referred to as one’s being. So perhaps the ghosts in the rain could just be mournful people.” This stood out for me because you analyzed ghosts as her past lovers which i find really interesting. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… i really enjoy your thoughts.
  • Karla's May 30, 14:11 comment on My Questions About “She Walks in Beauty” By Lord Byron
    Dear Anaee, I am Surprised about,on the way you described the poem “She Walks in Beauty,” because to start off for a male to write about women it's always more of a love affection,not trying to compare their emotions,that no matter that the beauty is inside and out One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “why he uses light and dark to talk about this lady but it does raise another question. How is one able to write about love? ” I think this is a mysterious question because to describe the love he gots its hard to do Another sentence that I got me thinking was: “That comparing this lady to two opposite things just means that there’s beauty in everything and that he thinks that in the same way, there’s beauty in everything about her. This stood out to me because the way that this men not only did he describes the good parts about this lady but also the bad parts that has beauty has this lady is the inside could be beautiful too.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i got see the your analysing goes deep into the poem like to background information has well.
  • Anaee's May 30, 14:01 comment on Questions about Baca’s poem “Immigrants in Our Own Land.”
    Dear Keeba : I am mesmerised with your writing from your post, “Questions about Baca’s poem,” because i like the topic and how interesting your questions are. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This line makes me question why these things would exist in such a ‘perfect, new world’?” I think this is a very good provocative question you asked and asking questions like that is what keeps the conversation of this poem going. Also the topic of the poem is very very important and I am glad you chose it and talked about it Another sentence that intrigued me was: “On the other hand, it’s about people who have only a choiceless choice to make: stay in their country and risk not being able to survive, or attempt to migrate to another place. ” This stood out for me because this is also a very bold statement that i agree with. Immigrants just want the best so they have two very difficult choices Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Octavio's May 30, 13:40 comment on Questions about Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy”
    Dear: Coleman I am interested by your post "Questions about Sylvia Plath's "Daddy", because you talked about how the poem has problems with family like you have been placed by the speaker's shoes. One sentence that stands out to me is "The phrase “you do not do” makes me think about her father because the name of the poem is “Daddy”, so maybe she is saying that he is neglectful and doesn’t carry a very parental role in her life. This feeling is amplified because she says it twice." This stands out me because you talk about how the speaker has problems with her "daddy". Thanks for your writing. I took forward to seeing what you write next. Good looks.
  • Natalia's May 29, 23:15 comment on American Revolution
    Hi Veronica, Can you explain the connection between war and inventions? Ms. Navarro
  • Kimberly's May 29, 21:35 comment on Is Nothing something that we can comprehend?
    this post is very well thought. Sometimes i wonder so many things and its so crazy how our minds can think so such an extent and questions things like thought.
  • Sonia's May 29, 21:33 comment on Six Word Memoir
    this six word memoir is something a lot of people should see to understand. it only takes those six words to impact our thinking. this post speaks truths and it's sad how people don't understand how hard people fight to do better.
  • Kimberly's May 29, 18:46 comment on Evelyn’s 6 Word Memoir
    In school the classes can be very difficult. we can have a hard time with math, english, sciences, so many other subjects but sometimes the things that help us get through school and all the hard ships is sports. A way for us to distress or get our mind of so many things not only school.
  • Ethan's May 29, 18:29 comment on My view of the East River
    Dear Julissa, It's funny how in "My view of the East River" you decided to choose the old-fashioned camera besides the advanced one because it took all the fun out of it, I also find it nice on how even though you didn’t like the camera, you accepted it anyway as a gift from your mom. Even though that sort of backfired when you gave it to your sister and your mother got mad. One line that stands out for me is, "I was still grateful for the fact that she thought about buying me the camera because she saw i was interested in photography." because it's good that you even realized that your mom was thinking about you at that age(guessing very young because you said "when i was little"). Another line that stands out for me is "Whenever i’m on my balcony i feel kind of relaxed and peaceful because i’m away from everything yet i still have a sense of feeling like i am outside." because I can relate, whenever I'm stressed out there's a calm quiet place in central park that I go to. Thanks for writing this and I look forward to see your other writing pieces!
  • billy's May 29, 18:25 comment on Drug Abuse in Oakland
    yall syd
  • Britney's May 29, 17:36 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    This writing was very nice to read because of the story she tells, she speaks about how she came from a different place and hardly knew english but now she’s confident in her english and is more fluent with it.
  • Britney's May 29, 17:35 comment on I walk slowly to go further.
    I like this essay because as a young child you explained your struggles and the things you have learned and accomplished.
  • Ethan's May 29, 17:22 comment on My view of the East River
    It's funny how you decided to choose the old-fashioned camera besides the advanced one because it took all the fun out of it, I also find it nice on how even though you didn't like the camera, you accepted it anyway as a gift from your mom. Even though that sort of backfired when you gave it to your sister and your mother got mad.
  • Kasandra's May 29, 17:13 comment on Story Playground (Blue Park)
    This reminds me of my community park and how the park had these 2 old ladies that are still there selling corn in a cup and candies and drinks and sometimes tamales in the winter. They've been there for almost 10 years. I really like how you added pictures.
  • Jenifer's May 29, 15:57 comment on The Law Is Unjust
    Dear Mikayla: I am excited about your publication, because I would like very much to see, or read this poem. I like that you have a poem that motivates you, that inspires you. I think this is exciting because there are many people like you who are inspired by a poem. Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next, because I really want to see, or be able to have the opportunity to read that poem that inspires you.
  • Ashley's May 29, 15:54 comment on My questions about “Immigrants in Our Own Land” by Jimmy Santiago Baca
    Dear Ariel: I am impressed with your post, “Immigrants in our own land,” because this situation is very common. The mexicans want a place where they can live better where the have opportunities. When the come to U.S most of the people come to work to take their family forward. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “he biggest personal life question for me is how do people cope with this mentally having to leave their home and having to work in a place you have never been in before.” I think this is so real because people think and feel that U.S is a place that have a better place where the people can feel happy. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this themes are so important for all of us because we need to understand that U.S is not the only place where you can have a good future. Mexico is also a good place there are opportunities there too. We can be safe and happy if we want.
  • Jose's May 29, 15:49 comment on Everything You Can and Cannot See
    Dear Abigail, I like your poem “Everything You Can and Cannot See”, because I love the way how you made a connection between the nature and your personal life. Stanza that stands out for me is “I am from everything you see and everything you do not see”. it made me think a lot about things we can’t see, such ass our feelings we don’t share with others and just keep for ourselves. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you will write another amazing poem such as this one, love it!
  • Sofia's May 29, 15:45 comment on Why Not Mexican music?
    Dear Davis: I am surprised for your post about “ Why not Mexican music?” because is interesting what you say about Mexican music and also I like how you express yourself in the Mexican cultural. One sentences you wrote that stands out for me is “ Mexican music doesn't get the respect from mainstream America as it should.” I think this is true because many people do not like mexican music because they say it’s boring but is not true because the mexican music is beautiful. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like what you say. Sofia
  • Maria's May 29, 15:45 comment on Central Texas BMX
    Dear: Rayce I am surprised by your post "Central Texas BMX" because is very interesting that everyone at the track and they are all fun people to be around, and it's great to have friends through different sports. One sentences you wrote that stand out me is ¨I love riding my bike at the track¨ because I also love bikes and have had many experiences for example when I started riding a bicycle. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post seems very interesting.
  • Claudia's May 29, 15:42 comment on Racism and Police Brutality Reflection
    Dear Michele: I am amazed by your publication, "Reflection on police brutality and racism", to raise awareness about discrimination. One phrase that you highlight for me is "to help people understand the true nature of racism and what qualifies as discrimination." It is important that people know the importance of discrimination. Many people are willing to help with the blog and I think that's fine. Thanks for your writing. I hope and see what you write next, because I want to learn more about the importance of discrimination. Claudia
  • Samantha's May 29, 15:37 comment on Immigration
    Dear: Clayton I am so excited by your post, “Immigration,” because I think that this is a very important issue and of which we must be very informed. I think your publication has very good pros and cons. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Professor Dudley Poston, a researcher of demographics at Texas A&M University says, “Studies both of historic and contemporary border walls made it very clear they simply do not work” (Gabbatiss, 2019).” I think this is true because all drugs and everything we do not want will continue to happen because that never ends. I think the wall is not going to change any of that. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like the way you express yourself. These subjects I like for all the information that it provides. Samantha M.
  • Alejandro's May 29, 15:36 comment on Racism and Police Brutality Reflection
    Dear Michele I am impressed by your post called Racism and police brutality reflection because… you speak about the racism in general what is in the world as people react to racism what are your reaction to it one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:’’ awareness about discrimination” I think this is good because… people begin to raise awareness about it they start to reflect Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what do you write next, because… your post is very special for me because once to me the people they discriminated against me for be mexican in the border but I did not care sigue asi
  • Rolando's May 29, 15:34 comment on Deforestation in NY Reflection
    Estimada karen : Estoy impresionado con su publicación " Deforestation in NY Reflection" porque tiene un artículo interesante que dice "For my failed mission, I came to a conclusion that one needs to not only be passionate about the side of the issues, but also a prominent activist" . Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es : "I would try to engage in conversations, either agreeing more or criticizing ideas to get others to listen and message me" porque esta información vale millones . Gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque este es un tema de importancia para la comunidad de lectores.
  • Enrique's May 29, 15:25 comment on “Everyone” is watching you…
    Dear: Kevin Kevin, great piece of writing! Our class also read 1984 and it’s such a great piece of dystopian literature. It was so cool that the government creates fake conscious and how citizens have to hide from their own thoughts and feelings from fear of the thought police! It’s a great read. Do you think Orwell was trying to warn us as readers that our society will eventually fall to such a low, government controlled, point? Do you suspect that the purpose of the book was to illustrate what he imagined societies would look like in the year 1984?
  • Lona's May 29, 13:01 comment on Tribute to Stanley Kinard
    Dear Kimani, What a wonderful piece about Stan Kinard! Thank you for sharing your experiences and interactions with this important civil rights icon and activist. He was an important advocate for the Central Brooklyn Community and beyond. He will surely be missed. Rest in Power, Baba Stan Kinard... Sincerely, Lona
  • Kasandra's May 28, 19:08 comment on I walk slowly to go further.
    I'm so happy for you, all the languages you speak will come in handy in the future and even when you become a Doctor.
  • Amanda's May 28, 18:27 comment on Questions about “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks
    Why did u put a Buggati on the front? Its not about those.
  • Eclas's May 28, 17:18 comment on The Warmth of a City
    Your poem reminds of something that I made once. One time, I had to make a poem of my place and it was really hard getting all descriptive and keeping a well structured poem and a good flow through out the whole poem. Thanks for your poem! I look forward to seeing what you make next because this poem is really incredible!
  • Eclas's May 28, 17:16 comment on The Warmth of a City
    Dear Jada : I am fascinated by your poem, “The Warmth of A City,” because I love how your poem described the place so well. It felt as I was there my self. I had a whole image about this place with just your description. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where your flow was neat. I think this is incredible because some people can never keep a flow through out some poems. And its incredible how neat and clear your poem is. Your poem is very well structured! Another part that I liked is where you used the word ¨beyond¨ or ¨Before¨ as a starting sentence. This stood out for me because those two starting sentences you sticked with made your poem well structured in my eyes. Your reminds me of something that I made once. One time… Thanks for your . I look forward to seeing what you make next, because…
  • Eclas's May 28, 17:05 comment on Where I’m From
    Dear Meless, I enjoyed reading your inspiring and lovely poem called ¨Where Im From" because it speaks about your life. And where you are from. I love how you used "I am"as a starting sentence for most of your lines! One sentence that you wrote that i liked is ¨I am from a land of harvesting hands,"This sentence speaks highly of you and our country. Anyone can see how your country values hard work! another sentence I liked from your poem is ¨And from a land of absolute focus and determination¨ This sentence shows that your country are not just hard working people but also determined! and they never give up. This piece of sentence shows someone like me how incredible your culture and country is!
  • Kasandra's May 28, 16:34 comment on Escaping Immigration
    I really like your slideshow, I wish you would've added more slides and more detail on each slide, but great job on the pictures.
  • Mariam's May 28, 14:08 comment on My question is about what separates a smart decision from a bad one?
    Dear Anjelina: I am shocked by your post, “My question is about why do people do the things they do? what separates a smart decision from a bad one?,” because of the way that your ideas gradually change the more you analyze your poem. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “But then later on in the poem you can tell that she’s describing a fish hook and an open eye, which is disturbing and a bit scary, and i think she’s trying to show us that everything isn’t what it seems to be.” I think this is thoughtful because after thinking about the poem and it’s meaning you reflect on a lesson that could be learned. Another sentence that I liked was: “This poem makes me think a lot about why people do the things they do, what separates a smart decision from a bad one, and i think the real way to determine that is thinking about consequences, is it worth it? ” This stood out for me because these are questions that we don’t think about but if we did it would help us out in daily life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your thoughts are very insightful and intellectual.
  • Fatjon's May 28, 13:50 comment on Questions about Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy”
    Dear Coleman, I think that you perfectly explained the poem "Daddy", and I feel like the poem has a very interesting meaning. But what if the poem "Daddy" was meant for her husband not for her actual daddy. What if Sylvia Plath's was trying to say something about men in general. What if Plath wanted to show her relationship with men in general , by describing her relationship with her father?. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was a wonderful poem that got my attention.
  • Worldvaping's May 28, 00:58 comment on How Can Others and Glorification Affect Teens to Do Drugs?
    I think drugs are an issue everywhere around the world, and peer pressure is one of the biggest influences teens face when it comes to it.
  • Bordork's May 24, 19:09 comment on Addiction
    A few years back, I had a similar situation, older brother as well. Except it was Acid, also causing havoc, and generally causing mayhem. No one can control nor really oppress the actions of someone who's allowed themselves to be overtaken by drugs.
  • Holley's May 24, 18:30 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    I really enjoyed your writing it was very personal and i enjoy that. I understand the feeling of loosing or distancing from a places you love due to reasons. It was very interesting to hear about snow too since iv'e never been in real snow before. thank you for writing this passage i enjoyed it a lot.
  • Angelina's May 24, 18:16 comment on 5 questions about“Sonnet 129” by William Shakespeare
    Dear: Jillian I am satisfied with your poem, “Sonnet 129,” because your poem is really straightforward. One set of line from stanza 2 line 3-6 that stands out for me is, “Each meaning changes the poem in different ways. The idea that a spirits value is based of how shame it creates is very interesting. What creates shame is a very controversial topic. What brings shame to one’s self or family changes on the person’s ideology therefore this “value” system of a spirit is quite biased and controversial.” I was thinking the same thing and idea because when you first introduced in like in the first stanza it kinda implied that so i was thinking about then when confirmed it i was shocked. Your poem seems so familiar to me i just can't figure out what it was probably a poem that I once .Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I enjoyed your thinking and your choice of words.
  • Ivan's May 24, 14:11 comment on My Question About “Changes” By Tupac Shakur
    Dear Erald, I am intrigued by your post because I have done the same analysis on “Changes”. I want to see what you think about the poem/song. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “The Black Panthers believed that black people should arm themselves...” I think this is interesting because Tupac mentions Huey’s death when he tried to use violence to gain equal rights. Your post reminds me of the violence and racism today. It seems that police brutality is dying down, but it is still going on. Black people still haven’t had their rights equal to white people. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas are interesting.
  • Coleman's May 24, 13:50 comment on Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
    Dear Nate : I am Impressed by your post, “Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath” because of your insightful questions and comments towards Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She writes, “I began to talk like a Jew. I think I may well be a Jew.” Why is she comparing herself to a Jew and what does she mean that she is talking like one? The lines raise questions about what she felt that made her make that comparison and how her father fits into that.” I think this is interesting because she also mentions nazis in the poem and it’s making me wonder if something made her become a jew and if it has anything to do with her father. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “Had time for what? This is a turn because in the previous line she says she had to kill him. Why would she want to kill him but suddenly regrets not having time with her father?. This line raises the question of what happened to her father and what makes her hate him so much.” This stood out for me because I also had the same thought about that stanza. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have very interesting thoughts.
  • Erald's May 24, 13:46 comment on My questions on “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    do you think its more than just racism?
  • Erald's May 24, 13:39 comment on Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    i agree with everything that u wrote i had the same poem and wrote about the same thing i also saw another changes analysis by tyler and he thinks its about poverty and racism i agree but i think its way more than just that as we both wrote on our analysis
  • Teo's May 24, 02:33 comment on My questions on “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Dear Tyler, I really enjoyed your analysis and your question really got me thinking. I think that it is possible to diminish racism and poverty but we will never be able to weed out all racism because it is to deeply root in our nation's culture and history. The song "Changes" by Tupac Shakur talks about how the police interact with minorities and how they mistreat them. He says in one line, “cops give a damn about a negro” and a feel like even though this nation has made so much social progress, there is still a lot of brutality and mistreatment of minorities by the police. Most times the police aren't held accountable for their actions because they some slick excuse that clears them of any responsibility like saying that they feared for their life even though they might be 6'3 and a hundred eighty pounds and they tase a twelve-year-old approaching them. I feel like Tupac did a really good job of giving people a look inside the lives of minorities living in poverty.
  • Sydney's May 24, 01:54 comment on Helping the Homeless NYC
    Hi Karolina, I like your idea and that you're trying to help homeless people. I think it is impressive that you were able to get twenty-six signatures! I read in another post and they were marketing their idea through social media. They said they used twitter and Instagram to help spread their idea. I would agree I think that people want to engage in this issue. Sydney Stephens
  • Sydney's May 24, 01:48 comment on Atticus Finch in Different Places
    Hi Fatumata, I really enjoyed your post! I would agree that Atticus is the protagonist in "To Kill a Mockingbird." However, I would argue that slavery is still intense. I think that in Alabama after the Civil War the issue was more equality. I think there was unfairness and Tom was certainly treated differently because of his skin color. I think that if Tom were white then he maybe would not have been convicted or I think that there would have been more of an investigation. Sydney Stephens
  • Sydney's May 24, 00:36 comment on Reflection on FreshPod
    Hi Maria, I think that it is great you are trying to make a change and make teenagers more aware of the affects of juuling. I thought it was interesting when you talked about how you utilized social media platforms. I think that it is becoming more common to start movements via social media. I also think that it is amazing you got forty-five signatures! Sydney Stephens
  • bs's May 23, 21:53 comment on Mark Twain’s use of dialect in Huck-Finn
    For the love of god can you put the right page on your quote you retard
  • Rayce's May 23, 20:15 comment on Why Does America Hate the Stick Shift?
    nathan, I totally agree with you nobody seems to know how to drive stick any more personally i love stick my car is a 5 speed subaru forester and i love it. It doesnt get boring i am always doing something and i feel more in control. but sadly stick shift cars seem to be going away.
  • Nathan's May 23, 18:22 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    You're picture that you chose really gave me an idea and allowed me to better picture everything you talk about in your poem
  • Quantel's May 23, 18:10 comment on Analysis on “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E Housman
    I like that you have a better understand with the poem then me and putting more details down and now i have a better understanding of how to go into deep feelings/thoughts
  • Joshua Woody's May 23, 17:58 comment on Analysis on “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E Housman
    I think that the analysis that you've presented goes into deep detail and gives a clear breakdown of the authors perspective. I also agree that the poet writes their poem not only in the eyes of an athlete but the eyes of a runner. The rush and high speeds that are set by expectations from the runner.
  • Kheriya's May 23, 17:00 comment on Fall Into Wonderland
    I love how you mentioned the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that made me see it more visual
  • Lucky's May 23, 16:32 comment on My view of the East River
    Dear Julissa: I am amazed by the image I can picture in your poem, “My View Of the East River,” because of the sentence when I was little, I would sit out on my balcony with my feet up on the railing at sunset. One line that stands out for me is, “ Whenever i’m on my balcony I feel kind of relaxed and peaceful because i’m away from everything yet I still have a sense of feeling like I am outside.” I think this line is relate-able because whenever I am trying to relax I will go out to my balcony to relax and get my mind right. Another line that stands out for me is, " I was still grateful for the fact that she thought about buying me the camera because she saw I was interested in photography.” I think this line is amazing because it shows how much you love taking pictures and how grateful you are . Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Your poem makes me picture what you are doing and makes me picture the beautiful view.
  • Sam's May 23, 14:21 comment on To Be Or Not To Be (Nice)
    I agree with this guy ^^^^^^^
  • Sam's May 23, 14:20 comment on To Be Or Not To Be (Nice)
    Dear Sam: Wowza you wrote a great essay !
  • Isaiah's May 23, 13:56 comment on Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Dear : Ivan I am Intrigued by your post, “Questions about “changes” by Tupac Shakur,” because you talk about this poem and a lot of the problems with society like you have been placed in his shoes, you seem to be viewing the world as him for a day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “He writes, “Pull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero”. The police can be corrupt sometimes. If they kill someone, they might be looked at as a hero. Why would the cop be called a hero? ” I think this is relatable because this happens to a lot of people of color and the fact that the same thing happens to many people all around the world and even to this famous rapper says a lot about the society. Another sentence that I was interested in was: “I’m tired of bein’ poor and, even worse, I’m black”. Why is he tired of being poor and black? Since he’s poor, he won’t gain much respect and he’s black, which doesn’t give many privileges” This stood out for me because no one can really answer your questions and the way you ask them is just so interesting to read on. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i loved reading about this and how much sense was being mad during this poem and how much you seemed to connect with him is fascinating
  • Orlando's May 22, 19:21 comment on Old Field, Mi Cancha
    Dear Oscar : I enjoyed your poem, because it talks about one of my favorite sports, soccer. One thing that stands out for me is that you threw in some Spanish words in there. I believe that makes the poem more interesting and it engages the reader and keeps them hooked. It is also very creative because it shows what type of languages and people are heard and seen around there. Another thing you did that I enjoyed is how you used the fields surroundings to try to describe the location. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
  • Kasandra's May 22, 18:51 comment on Places We Love: Photos
    I really like your description of the place, it reminds me of how me and my brother would go to our community park in the hot summer.
  • Jada's May 22, 18:47 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    Hey, Hatou I enjoy reading your poem. Did you know that blue or lavender is a stress relieving color and lavender can relieve your stress also. I like how you said that it helps you put up with school. It seems like their is a lot of bullying in your school and that going to this park helps you to cope with all that bullying. I can also relate to this poem in a way. Because i'm a victim of bullying and I know exactly what it feels like to be built up with stress after it. Thank you for writing this poem it helped me realise some things.
  • Ariel's May 22, 17:35 comment on Initial Analysis of “School Prayer” by Diane Ackerman
    I really like how in depth you went into even in the smallest lines.For example the line "How should I accept nature".
  • Ashley's May 22, 14:03 comment on My questions about the poem “A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti
    Dear Chloe, Thank you for your comment. I'm glad it helped you understand my poem more.
  • Keeba's May 22, 13:43 comment on Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
    Dear Nate, thanks for this great post. This poem seems to be very intriguing. Do you think that maybe she had a bad childhood and she probably has been traumatized. When continuing to analyze this poem you should look at some psychoanalytical lenses. They help you to understand how relationships from any point in your life affect you when you get older. This will definitely be crucial when your trying to come up with a strong claim.
  • Vanessa's May 22, 06:29 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    After reading your article, I have learned that the Oakland community has began to come together to bring awareness and trying to put an end to their fear. I feel that at home as well in our community we should never have to worry whether or not our children or family members and friends are at risk of never returning home. Or the fear of what something like sex trafficking does not only mentally, but also physically and emotionally. Something I wish you would have included more in your essay is perhaps a victim and their story to use as an example.
  • Kimberly Arias's May 22, 02:57 comment on A Poem of Mexico
    I Enjoyed this poem because i feel many of us can relate to it. Make it fit in our own lives. When I go to Baja-California, I feel the "freedom" you speak about. As your poem says " She finds herself leaving that place with lots of stories to tell"also once she leaves she just waits for her chance to go back with this Eagerness. Very true and powerful poem.
  • Joshua's May 21, 18:22 comment on Questions about the poem “Latin Night at the Pawnshop” by Martin Espada
    You kinda show that you understand but these arent paragraphs and your sentences are cut off.
  • Wendy's May 21, 18:02 comment on 5 questions about“Sonnet 129” by William Shakespeare
    Dear Jillian: I am impressed by the connection you made between the poem , “ Sonnet 129,” because your poem instead of answering your question directly, did it discreetly. You made an inference for the answer to your question due to having the evidence first. It is impressive because you decided to come up with a question backwards. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “From what I understand, a spirit is judged on how they are perceived in human form” I think this is a magnificent catch because you found out what the poem is saying and what is occurring in the poem. With you really understanding the poem, you also understood that someone was being judged for who they really aren’t. Another sentence that I really liked was: “I believe the poem is about how one’s life value is judged and whether or not we deserved to be remembered.” This stood out for me because after this line you added evidence from the poem. This sentence was also your beliefs and you stated it. Your questions or analysis for your poem reminds me of something that happened to me. I was also questioning my poem and I turned it into a life question. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Lizeth's May 21, 16:00 comment on Immigrants are Important
    Dear Natalie I honestly agree with you: it is true that immigrants don't have a lot of opportunities as other people have. Both of my parents are immigrants too. They always have worked their entire life, so that me and my siblings are not missing nothing in our life. They don't get pay that much because they are immigrants and they do not have a visa or the same protections as workers with status.
  • Holley's May 21, 15:07 comment on When does a person become an adult?
    dear Ed, i agree and enjoy a lot of what you said, like when you asked if 18 was the right age and i think about that quite often as i am becoming of that age . it is so crazy to think our brains aren't fully developed yet..i mean for some thirty year old's its like their brains will never develop, if you know what i mean.
  • Chloe's May 21, 14:22 comment on My questions about the poem “A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti
    Dear Ashley : I am interested about your poem, “A Birthday,” because of the line the author started the poem with. Also, the title of the poem is very creative to me. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it was filled with lushness and fertility. I commented “Maybe her heart is pounding so hard that it sounds like a beat or a song.” ” I think this is relatable because I also don't see how it's about a birthday. Another sentence that stood out to me was: “The poem makes me wonder “Who was her love?” and “When was her birthday?”. The poem answers “Who was her love?” by portraying her love as someone who supported the author. I know because she said “Because my love is come to me.” This proves my prediction more because it represents the reason why the author seemed happy. It must’ve been the best birthday she’s ever had.” This stood out for me because now I see why the poem is called "A Birthday". Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Jovana's May 21, 14:15 comment on Questions About “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath
    Dear Nate, thank you for your post. I have read this poem and I think it is really interesting for analyzing. I am wondering what's relationship this girl has with her father and what makes her hate him so much... You said: "She writes, “You died before I had time—.” Had time for what? " -I am also confused, time for what? Did they started something that's not done? Maybe before she can really meet his personality? I am looking forward for your next writing, and I hope it will be as good as this one.
  • Rafael's May 21, 13:04 comment on I’d rather listen
    Dear Ronaysi: I’m very impressed with your writing piece, which is called “I’d Rather Listen.” Because I’ve been through the same changes we have to make to be able to get used to a new place and a new life. One sentence that I relate to was “I was born in the Dominican Republic but I came to the united states with my father and my lil brother” because I came to the United States being the little one in my family out of my 2 sisters and my only brother. Another sentence that I relate to is “One of the reasons that I came to the United States was for a better future, because in the Dominican Republic, the schools are O.K.” because one of the important reasons I came to this country was to go far in life and get prepared for a better future, which in my country is hard to do. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your story is very similar of how was my life as soon as I came to a new place and started a new beginning.
  • Devin's May 20, 23:11 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    I was very relieved when i saw your post about “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood” as it’s hard to find someone who believes abortion is not a bad thing. People are to focused on the fact that babies are killed with abortion and fail to think about the benefits and ways it helps people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is your first sentence “There are many people people who are against abortion and believe that killing a clump of cells is “ murder “ or “ homicide. “ I feel like this sentence is so important because it shows how brave you have to be to support this position. For example many people disagree and are willing to argue about it. Anyway thank you for writing and i appreciate you for sharing your opinion. I am excited to see what you have to say in the next post but in the meanwhile come check out my blog and see what i have to say about this whole situation. My Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/moneyforplannedparenthood.home.blog
  • Kheriya's May 20, 18:39 comment on Where I’m From
    I love the emotion and details you added into this poem it feels like i am there.
  • Kheriya's May 20, 18:37 comment on Song of Myself (In the Style of Walt Whitman)
    This is a beautiful poem i love how you placed the words and made it all connect
  • Kheriya's May 20, 18:33 comment on A Happy Place
    I love how you explained it and gave details
  • Eclas's May 20, 18:16 comment on Hurricane Michael
    Katelyn, Your poem "Hurricane Michael" really spoke out to me. I love how you decided to write about an important event that we can all learn from. This poem is something we can all take notes on and learn from. Thanks for educating us on this big situation. There is some people who might've not even known about this issue. I love the line "Wednesday, October 10. One of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded slammed into Florida" The way you started off the poem made me as a reader interested in reading!
  • Ethan's May 20, 16:02 comment on My view of the East River
    That must've been one of the best times to take those photos, that balcony is a big part of your life huh?
  • George's May 20, 15:22 comment on Analysis of “There is a Garden in her Face” by Thomas Campion
    Dear Jovana, I am intrigued by your analysis because you you have descriptively analyzed the poem “There is garden in her face”. I like how you are very detailed in how you talk about the poem and what you went through to create these conclusions. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ Is the poet referring “cherries” just to her red lips or is it metaphor for woman’s virginity? (“There cherries grow which none may buy”).” I think this is interesting because I can see how you have two perspectives of this line. This makes me think that the line may have maybe even more perspectives that we both have no idea of. Your analysis reminds me of when in my class we read a poem called “mushroom” and as a class we talked about the perspectives we have. It was surprising to see that there was a lot of different and interesting perspectives. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this analysis was very intriguing on how you were able to understand this poem. You future work it definitely going to be as good as this one.
  • Elle's May 20, 03:24 comment on Benefits of Medical Marijuana
    The Need for Marijuana Legalization A controversial topic across the United States is whether or not marijuana should be legalized. It has already been legalized completely in ten states and medicinally in 24 (Source I). Those opposed to the idea claim marijuana is addictive and bad for user’s mental health (Hawkins). However, the benefits majorly outweigh the negatives addressed by those against the legalization of marijuana. There are positive reasons behind legalizing marijuana medicinally and recreationally across the united states and it could positively boost the economy and help those with certain medical issues and mental diseases. The legalization of marijuana will boost the economy, allow those suffering medical issues options to other therapies, and promote consumer and public safety. Legalizing marijuana will boost the economy by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide, gaining millions of dollars of revenue through taxes and tourism, and saving on law enforcement time and resources. A study published in 2017, shows there is $2.40 in economic activity for every dollar spent on legal weed proving that everyone in communities of legal weed are benefiting from a taxed and regulated system, whether they support legalization or not (Adams). Colorado's Governor Hickenlooper was opposed to the 2012 initiative allowing recreational use of Cannabis as he feared increased use by children. However, Hickenlooper changed his mind as there was not an increase in Colorado children cannabis use and he boasted about the tax revenues for social programs that regulated states provided (Source H). A trade of this magnitude needs the backing of federal government to open up the possibility of over 1 million new jobs and over $131 billion dollars in federal tax revenue (Adams). One of the main pushes for marijuana legalization is based on the treatment it provides for many medical and psychological issues. Medical marijuana helps to control pain, ease nausea, treat loss of appetite, and improve muscle control problems. The use of medical marijuana has been known to help control seizures in children. Another major medical benefit and reason for marijuana use is the many psychological and neurological disorders it helps aleve. These psychological disorders include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, Huntington’s, parkinson's, and alzheimers. (Source J). There is no reason that citizens across the country should be denied access to a plant that helps cure and aleve the pain and effects of numerous disorders. The legalization of marijuana also promotes consumer and public safety. When citizens use legal and regulated marijuana they are informed about the product they are using as opposed to those using unregulated marijuana. There are also regulations and requirements for the production of legal marijuana that ensure and promote consumer safety (Macedo). Legalizing marijuana also helps to promote public safety as law enforcement is given more time to focus on the safety of the general public rather than individual pot users (Adams). A study done in Colorado where weed is legal, shows that the state spends $4.50 to combat public health and safety issues for every dollar spent on legal weed (Adams).The truth of the matter is marijuana will be used whether or not it is legalized, so it might as well become a regulated product through legalization allowing law enforcement to spend their time on issues that are actually a threat to society. The need for the legalization of marijuana federally across the country is rather explicit. Between the immense positive economical benefits to the immense medicinal benefits, one can clearly see the overwhelming positive outcomes that will arise in our nation through marijuana legalization. We are at a time in our nation where there are countless studies and research that has been conducted that can conclude legalizing marijuana truly causes more good than harm as seen through the thirty four states that have already legalized marijuana recreationally and medically.
  • Abraham's May 19, 21:57 comment on Benefits of Medical Marijuana
    Dear Kai: I am Abraham. I am very interested on your post, “Benefits of Medical Marijuana,” because there are many uses of marijuana that can be use for good. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Medical Marijuana has proven to be more effective than its alternatives in the medical field, and is especially helpful for chronic pain. ” I think this is interesting because chronic pain has been a serious problem and now there could be a cure. I hope you can keep up the good work.
  • Patrick's May 19, 18:49 comment on Animal Testing Video
    I agree that animal testing shouldnt be allowed.Because animal tests are so unreliable, they make those human trials all the more risky. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has noted that 95 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they don't work or are dangerous.Therefore they should not be allowed
  • zkpromakeup's May 18, 07:19 comment on What Can You Be?
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  • Kaylee's May 17, 23:29 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Dear Doranelo & Valeri To begin with thank you I agree with what you're saying. Although I am pro-life I am impressed with your letter to Planned Parenthood because this is a very risky and sensitive topic that hits home. I was also very excited to read this because I recently did a research project on the topic abortion so this intrigued me. One sentence that really stood out to me was where you said "there’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them". Wow that was really powerful and well said many do not understand the true meaning of this. I feel you should have included more to the pro-life side as well to show the point of view of both.
  • lucky's May 17, 17:01 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan, I find your perspective of the the central park pretty because it looks like some place I will go and relax, or take pictures. The background is so much nature with all the tress and plants, and the color green gives me the vibe of nature and relaxation. The angles are amazing because you get to view the different places and how the park look.
  • lucky's May 17, 16:54 comment on Nights!
    Dear Jalaya, The perspective of this photo is amazing and interesting because the background remind of New York. Is this New York?. I feel like I am the one walking down the path. The background is pretty with all the colors and river which stands out to me because I like rivers too. I like the angle of the picture because it makes it look more interesting to look at.
  • Kayla's May 17, 16:15 comment on Pro Choice is the Right Choice
    Dear Sarah: I am agreeing with your post “Pro Choice is the Right Choice,” because you make very good and valid points about how abortions should be the women's choice and why they can be extremely beneficial and could potentially result in a better life for the woman and avoid a life full of hardships for both the fetus and woman. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Abortion is not murder and is beneficial to many women. ” I think this is very true because of the points you made stated that women sometimes chose to get pregnant but later on the pregnancy can be life threatening for the child and/or the mother. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “In the research that we’ve done so far, we’ve found that 45% of all pregnancies were accidents or unintended. This means that many people may not want or be able to afford the child that they would give birth to if not allowed to get an abortion.” This stood out for me because it really describes what ends up happening a lot because a women gets pregnant accidently. It's not fair because sometimes women will still protect themselves and still get pregnant or wil; get raped. Their lives get ruined because of something that was out of their hands. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I have a blog talking about planned parenthood, abortion and new laws that people are trying to make. You covered a lot about the benefits of abortion and you really highlighted how this is something that can save many lives.
  • Zaharoula's May 17, 16:08 comment on Global Warming
    I agree with the statement you are making that we are constantly destroying our planet in some way and i believe that we need to take action upon that. People always talk about how young people need to care about their futures and make sure that they do things to allow them to have one, but we won't have a future to protect and look forward to if we don't have a safe planet. Another fact that i agree with is that there are people who still believe that climate change doesn't exist or isn't a problem, yet there is so much evidence to prove them otherwise. Therefore, we need to find some way to get the government to take it seriously in order for people to realize that the whole commotion around the topic isn't for nothing. One point you made that truly stands out to me is that hurricanes are occurring more frequently and that sea levels are continuously rising. This is a true wake up call that should alarm the general public and motivate them to try and make a difference since things like this should most definitely not be happening. There is a theory rising that multiple scientists support that we need to make a difference in climate change and fast because in about 12 years the world is going to reach a point of no return with climate change and will make it unable to support life. This should inspire people even further if they truly care about having a future and a life to live.
  • Isabel's May 17, 16:08 comment on Why Abortion Should be a Fundamental Right
    Dear Paakhi: I am agreeing with you about your post on your stance on “Why Abortions Should be a Fundamental Right”. I agree with this due to the fact that I believe that abortions is a choice upon what someone chooses to do with their body, and that nobody including the government should be allowed to tell someone what they can or cannot do with it. Abortions is not a decision to be taken lightly, and for the government and other people to make that choice for another person is inhumane. One sentence that really stood out to me was when you stated “The sexual rights of many women lie in the hands of the government, where they are exploited and subject to succumbing to someone else’s beliefs”. I really connected to this because I completely side with this due to to the exploitation of a women’s beliefs or body or just the criticism of how they choose to live their lives isn’t civilized. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to see what you right next, because I love how eloquently you put such a highly controversial topic without being offensive (which isn’t something you see a lot lately).
  • John's May 17, 12:47 comment on Upstander Reflection
    I agree with your project that bullying should stop and its sort of related to my group project. Which is "Gender Neutral Bathroom" and our topic is about how Neutral bathrooms should be a common thing around the world for those that don't identify themselves as one gender.
  • Karen's May 17, 01:53 comment on Our Life is at RISK!!!
    Dear Jennifer: I am glad to read that there are others who took notice of this problem our world currently has. Your little message to the “future president” made me think about an issue my community has. I live in NYC and of course there has to be some sort of construction project. And many of those times, trees surrounding that area must be cut down. This is just in the city. Going out of the city, apparently there’s a lot of forests for the humans to cut down. Now, with the new president, Donald Trump, I don’t think we would be helping our our planet any time soon. It is important that the government notices this problem. We need to be rid of our selfish acts and think of the benefits of the tree. For example as you had mentioned that trees give shelter to animals. Humans aren’t the only organisms living on this Earth for there are others. Every living thing has a reason to live, so why not help out our trees for reforestation. By planting trees after cutting them down, we can balance out the damage through our repairs. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have interesting subjects to talk about. If you want to read more about trees visit my website https://deforestationinnyc.home.blog/ I hope that I can look even more into the issue than just glossing over it and constantly asking for others help out on the issue
  • Rachel's May 17, 01:42 comment on Affordable Care?
    Dear Abbi, I am in an agreement with you about affordable health care. I agree with the points you made in your post “Affordable Care?” ” because you highlighted that millions are unable to get affordable healthcare, which is unacceptable. You bring awareness that healthcare is a human right that everyone should have access to. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The right to health care is an internationally recognized basic human right, alongside the right to a free and equal life, many other rights the United States chooses to uphold to the absolute best of their ability (for the most part). Health care should not be any different”. I think these sentences are powerful because it emphasizes the fact that it is imperative that every one human receives affordable health care. You show that the right to health care is just as important as the right to an equal life. Another sentence that I found important was: “As of 2014, 33 million people in the United States did not have health insurance, a serious epidemic and a huge issue for many people with serious medical problems that do not have access to health care that they can actually afford. ” This stood out for me because the fact that so many people are unable to afford insulin is absurd. It is unethical that health care companies charge so much money for healthcare, something that everyone needs and depends on. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with the points you made. I am also concerned with similar problems. Check out my blog https://wordpress.com/view/insulinforall.wordpress.com.
  • Crystal's May 17, 00:35 comment on Animal Testing
    Dear Luke, I am greatly disappointed about your post, “Animal Testing”, because I believe that animals should not have to go through suffering for the development of medical care for humans. It is simply inhumane and cruel that we are treating animals in such a way, for our own benefit. I understand your view on the topic, however, there are alternatives for a reason and I believe, we should use those alternatives and limit the use of animals in testing medical procedures. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:“ If vaccines weren’t tested on animals, many animals would have died from diseases such as rabies, hepatitis, and many other deadly viruses. Other positives of animal testing include; some cosmetics and healthcare products must be tested on animals to ensure their safety, animal testing is also an alternative to human testing, a n animal’s lifespan is short, relatively few animals are used in research compared to how many we eat per year, and those used in testing are treated with care”. I think this is just selfish and brutal because vaccines tested on animals to ensure their safety, is for the benefit of animals, themselves. However, vaccines tested on animals for the benefits of humans, just because they have a shorter lifespan is simply selfish and completely disregarding the value of their existence. Another sentence that I saw was “Also laws such as the Animal Welfare Act are put into place to protect animals from mistreatment. Although it is argued that there are alternatives to animal testing, there are no more efficient ones expect testing on humans (which isn’t legal)”. This stood out for me because most of the time, these laws/acts aren’t exactly put into place, especially, if the experiment are done discreetly/privately. In addition, it has been proven that alternatives are better than the usage of animals in efficiency and affordability. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because though our views are completely different, I respect your opinions and seeing what the other side thinks/believes. If you would like, please check out my blog at http://bestfwens.home.blog for animal cruelty content.
  • Arianna's May 17, 00:31 comment on Mislead and Falsely Informed
    Dear Emily, I am happy about your post "Mislead and Falsely Informed" because it proves that the Affordable Care Act is not hurting us, as believed by many. It really shows that the ACA is set in place to help the us and should not be repealed. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "The radical idea that the government is interfering with personal patient to doctor relationships is admittedly misleading". I believe this is important because many people believe the quality of their doctor visits or treatments are affected by the governments involvement with healthcare and the ACA. Many people don't know that doctors are capable of discriminating based on their own beliefs, but it needs to be talked about. Another sentence I found to be important was "On the contrary, insurance prices have essentially remained consistent under Affordable Care Act". This stood out for me because I agree with you that the healthcare prices have not fluctuated drastically since the ACA has been put in place, based on the information you've provided. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you talk about the ACA which is connected to a topic I am advocating for. By you writing this article, I am able to gain insight into how others feel about the ACA.
  • Rafia's May 16, 23:33 comment on How Addiction Affects Family and Friends
    https://freshpod.home.blog/ this is the correct link
  • Isabella's May 16, 23:18 comment on Becoming an Upstander
    Dear Judith, I am amazed with your post, "Becoming an Upstander," because of how much passion and effort you seem to have put in this campaign. One sentence that really stood out to be was: "recognize your privilege." From my experience, I have learned that people often forget that they have this immense privilege of being able to create change, which gets in the way when we are actually trying to put forth a movement. I find your post very inspiring as it is not often, in any of the schools I have gone to, that people have the courage to start a campaign, especially when the majority of the students are against it as you said. I see a very bright future for your movement, and I hope that you can change the mindset of those students who lack empathy and use offensive language towards the LGBTQ community. Starting a campaign with two people in front of an entire school is an accomplishment in itself. My teammates and I are also starting a campaign in regards to the LGBTQ community and their rights in the healthcare system so if you ever wanna check it out here's the link:https://lgbtqhealthcare.home.blog/. Thank you for writing and I look forward to seeing what you will write next!
  • Vera's May 16, 23:17 comment on The Myanmar Refugees
    Dear Sheikh, I am interested in your post because of how you were able to discuss the persecution the Rohingya face from Myanmar’s government. After all, I also have a blog focused on the Rohingya refugees I want to raise awareness about this crisis. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “No one is taking care of them and their problems aren’t being discussed … After research on these refugees, I learned about the horrifying things that has happened to them.” I think this is interesting because of how many people are still unaware of this issue. In addition, you also discussed how you learned more about the Rohingya after researching, which shows me that you were also able to learn more about the Rohingya too. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. I also made a video about Rohingya refugees and the persecution they faced throughout history. I felt that it was important to address their history because not many people of this issue or how they had to seek refuge in camps in neighboring countries like Bangladesh. I also talked about the UN’s role for the persecution the Rohingya face and how it led to more studies about the Rohingya. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I hope to read more information about the Myanmar crisis and many stories about the Rohingya. This way, I can also get more insight on your views on this issue and potential ways to support them. Through your efforts of making this post, people can become more aware of the persecution the Rohingya face. If you want to go visit my blog that focuses on Rohingya refugees the link is: https://rohingyarefugees92.home.blog/.
  • Lina's May 16, 22:19 comment on Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education
    Dear Edwin: I am in complete agreement with your post, “Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education,” because I find that your post discusses topics that I also am in support of. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ from 2016 to now prices per vial have gone up to $540 (Alltucker). The amoral companies that are profiting off the diabetic community are against making insulin cheaper because they are generating huge amounts of revenue... This is an outrageous cost to pay for life-saving medication. ” I think this is highly problematic because in the recent years insulin prices have become so overly expensive. Diabetic patients who were unable to afford insulin turn to rationing, which puts their life in great danger. I also believe that the very first step we have to take in order to change these problematic issues is by educating our society on ways to recognize the symptoms of diabetes early on, so that the spiking growth of diabetes will hopefully plummet. Another sentence that was striking for me is: “. However, in California, the price of insulin has skyrocketed recently. From 2012 to 2016; prices have gone from $35 to $234 per vial which is an increase of over 500%.” This stood out for me because insulin is a life-saving-drug. The high prices of insulin just goes to show how corrupt and greedy insulin manufacture companies are. Insulin should be something that is easily accessible and affordable for those with diabetes, since their lives depend on it. Insulin, a life saving drug that is extremely costly is basically asking money in exchange with a person’s life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am in support of what you are trying to speak out against the skyrocketing prices of insulin. In addition, you are also bringing awareness towards having to educate people on the topic of diabetes. I am concern about the same problem, you could see the same concern on my blog https://insulinforall.wordpress.com/
  • Eclas's May 16, 17:32 comment on A Happy Place
    I love how well you described this happy place you so call. Its like i can vision my self there.
  • Kristen's May 16, 16:43 comment on Drunk Driving History
    Hi Natalia, I agree with you! Drunk driving is still a serious problem. I believe people don't understand how serious it is. You could kill someone, a human being who is just like you! You could be in jail for how many years! That is not how you live life. I love your video! Very good statistics. But I have a question for you. Do you think you could make a video on what to do when you see a drunk person who is about to drive? I see that drunk driving often happens after a group setting. I believe there are people who are not as drunk that don't step up and tell the drunk person, "No, don't drive. Stay here for now." Just a thought but you did an AMAZING JOB! Kristen
  • Ashton's May 16, 12:50 comment on Osprey Argument
    That is very cool. In order to many prevent bird deaths, we need to stop bird collisions. We can do this by trying to make the TWC building laminate their windows https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96
  • Aidan's May 16, 12:48 comment on Los soldados no van a morir, van por vivir un sueño.
    Ok, but did you know that birds are dying everyday because of colliding with the windows of TWC? If you want to learn more click this link below: https://twcbirds.home.blog/
  • Rena's May 16, 12:48 comment on Is Testing on Animals Ethical?
    Dear Naycet : I am astounded by your post and argument on, “Is testing on Animals Ethical?,” because I’ve only read articles that thought animal testing harmed animals and therefore did not support it. Hearing your perspective on this issue really opened my eyes, even if I don't necessarily agree with what you were saying. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This is important because if we never have used animals in the past there is no way that the treatment could have been made and there would be many people getting affected and dying.” I think this is interesting because I haven’t thought about animal testing this way. I agree that we would have be so medically advanced if it weren’t for animals but I feel like scientists could have taken a different approach to this situation. They could have used humans that were willing to “sacrifice” themselves to scientific research. I would think that there are some people willing to volunteer knowing that they may save tens of thousands of people. Another sentence that I found enticing was: “Instead, the drug or technique is tested in animals to make sure that it is safe and effective… Some animals have biological similarities to humans that make them particularly good models for specific diseases, such as rabbits for atherosclerosis or monkeys for polio.” This stood out for me because I realize that these tests are tested for how safe they are before they are administered but if they are so safe and dogs have similar DNA to humans, why can’t the tests be performed on humans? Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this piece was intriguing and it helped me understand that there are people who believe that animal testing is considered to be ethical, even if I am not one of them.
  • Jose's May 16, 12:46 comment on Life of a Teen
    Dear Isaiah : I am interested with your post, “A life of a teen,” because you write about real life experience that one as a human goes through such as there different types of like that one has and that special person that you love such as a family member a loved one or someone you admire like you have said your grandfather. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Two days later I came home and saw her crying on the couch and when I asked her what’s wrong she said “your grandfather passed away” after that day I wasn’t the same ” I think this is bewildered because I, myself have lost someone that was important to me we were co-workers that have been working together for a long time he taught me a lot he was a German wise man that had time to spare to help you out no matter what the situation is. Another sentence that I astonished was: “ I know someone I could buy illegal drugs from if I wanted to?” is a question that I feel is unnecessary and [harmful? Inappropriate?] on a community survey for teens and young adults..” This stood out for me because we have many reason why many people don't tell you that they do some type of drug because there not comfortable telling you or they just don't care, it’s a disrespect asking a person if they do or sell drugs. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was working and as a supervisor you have to make sure everything is running well without any problems, I had a co-worker that i considered my right hand because if i had any type of trouble i would go to him and he would always have a solution to turn anything back on track. When i woke up in the morning of Tuesday, May 14 of 2019 i received a call from my boss and told me what was the last day that Mrs.Singh clocked in i told him that it was Thursday of last week i remembered because that day he invited me to eat with his family he didn't show up then after that my boss said “ hate to break it up with you kid but i was informed that Mrs.Singh has passed away” he said i was dropped down and couldn't believe it, i felt like i was done for he was my right hand for any situation he would be there but till this day and till i die[ god forbid] i will never forget him. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i was very interested to what you wrote many people from across states don't know each other but could have story that can be common to each other in a sense of certain types of goals and failures that one goes through in life
  • Arin's May 16, 12:46 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    I am completely agreeing about your post, “We are Against Child Sex Trafficking! ,” because… the writers are trying to do all that they could to spread awareness to other organizations. Also this has been such a big problem from a long time ago. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The issue is that children are being taken away from their mothers and fathers, and are abused and forced into prostitution. ” I think this is true because most of the children who has been sex trafficked before probably will never look at anyone the same again.It’s sad that once you are taken from your family, you will never mentally come back. Another sentence that I agree with was: “Trafficking organization are our allies because they support children who have been sex trafficked and donate money to them and want to put an end to this. Parents are also our allies because they don’t want their children or and other children to go through this because as a parent they also suffer/deteriorate because they wake up not able to see their child in the eyes everyday.” This stood out for me because, there are other organizations made to stop this problem but we don’t use this to our advantage. This is why sex trafficking is still continuing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… your post can open up a lot of people’s eyes, and expose them to the dangers of sex trafficking. I also look forward to all the other facts you will present next time. I am doing sex trafficking as a project for my school. Hopefully you can check out my blog. http://stopsextrafficking.home.blog
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:46 comment on My Father Marino
    Nice dad. Did you know birds are dying in time warner center https://www.youthvoices.live/2017/05/26/common-ravens/#comment-13726 yeah they hit the windows because they think its their reflection or vegetation and they die and hit the sidewalk hard. Sad
  • Ash's May 16, 12:44 comment on How Has Conversion Therapy Evolved?
    Dear Mariah, I am intrigued by your post because you really provided an eye opening article. After reading your post, I really realized how conversion therapy works and how horrible it really is. It’s horrible to think that people are forced to this just because they do not live up to society’s expectations. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ According to Kathy Baldock, an LGBT rights advocate, in an article from ABC News Australia, this therapy even includes ‘giving people drugs while they showed them gay porn so they’d throw up. Not giving them drugs while they showed them heterosexual porn so they wouldn’t throw up.’ ” I think this is interesting because it really shows how mentally and physically harming conversion therapy can be. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really were able to expand the minds of my peers and I. Please check out my blog, where I also fight for LGBTQ+ equality: http://lgbtqhealthcare.home.blog
  • Ononto's May 16, 12:44 comment on Why are people addicted to brands?
    TWC is killing pigeons. They be thinkin they reflection be someone else. check dat out. https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96 Check our blog out too https://twcbirds.home.blog/ Do it
  • Ashton's May 16, 12:44 comment on Dear Yellowstone
    Another problem that birds face is colliding into windows. A lot of times birds see reflections in windows, and believe that they are flying into it. This is terrible for the birds, and these huge glass skyscrapers need to be fixed. One such building is the TWC center, which isn't laminated, and lots of birds hit it. By asking them to laminate their windows, there can be a positive impact upon bird collisions. https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96
  • Arin's May 16, 12:44 comment on We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
    Dear Marleni : I am completely agreeing about your post, “
  • Julianne's May 16, 12:43 comment on How does euthanasia effect veterinarians?
    Dear Lucy: I am heartbroken by your response about veterinarians’ reactions to euthanasia. It’s really upsetting even as a regular person to witness someone euthanizing your friend, your pet in front of you, but you really opened my eyes to how veterinarians may feel as they are doing the act. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ““a third of veterinary students had experienced depression, compared to around an eighth in the general population. Vets are also three to four times more likely to take their own lives – significantly more than doctors.”” I think this is interesting because although working with animals may bring happiness into many lives of veterinarians, the sad aspects of this job far outweighs the pros of it. Another sentence that I was shocked to read was: “Two [vets] described it fairly emotionlessly, using the phrase “it’s just a part of the job.” One described it as a way to help an animal die with dignity.” This stood out for me because you can see the varying reactions to such a devastating event. Some veterinarians try to be emotionless, while others push to have the animal die “with dignity”, or bringing honor to the animal. Thanks for your writing. It really opened up my eyes to see how not everyone handles euthanizing and the death of their pets/patients the same way. My classmates and I run a blog that is tied with topics similar to euthanasia, and we would love to have you check it out! Here is the link: http://bestfwens.home.blog
  • Nashat's May 16, 12:43 comment on Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia
    Dear Sex Trafficking in South Asia : I am torn by this poverty showcase, having women sell their bodies because they think it’s the only way to survive is just sickening I made my own blog and instagram posts concerning the same topic. My blog is called https://wordpress.com/view/stopsextrafficking.home.blog and my instagram page is @sextrafficking.awarness_ because my friend and I think more light needs to be shed upon this concerning topic. Not enough action is made upon something so serious and there needs to be a change. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “In these areas, young women and girls are forced to sell their bodies either for food, money, and/or to pay off their family debts. For them, this is the only way to survive, yet, it is at the expense of their own humanity and freedom. “I think this is a crucial part of the post because it highlights the disgusting circumstances all these women are facing and how much help they need.
  • renee's May 16, 12:43 comment on Do Diabetes Products Need to have Lower Prices?
    Dear Jack, I feel sympathy from reading your post, “Do Diabetes Products Need to have Lower Prices?” because you have had diabetes since your were in 5th grade and you have to pay so much money for insulin. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The cost of type 1 diabetes management has risen to $7,910/year for people without insurance.” I think this is horrifying because you shouldn’t have to pay so much money for something that costs barely anything to produce. Doctors also suggest to “carefully reusing supplies to keep spending at a low” and that’s just sad. You and your family shouldn’t have to worry and stress about how you’re going to acquire money for medicine. Thanks for your writing. I also have a blog advocating for having insulin prices decreasing and you can check it out with this link: https://insulinforall.wordpress.com.
  • Niles's May 16, 12:42 comment on Boycott Nicotine to Minors
    buss down on da gang
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:41 comment on Common Ravens
    if you dot the windows though them birds will realize theres no vegetable or bird in there and go away.
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:40 comment on Common Ravens
    them birds think those windows are other birds or vegetable due to the reflection, so they get close and hit their stupid bird head and die and fall on your yeezys.
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:39 comment on Common Ravens
    yeah you know what birds do have natural predators pigons. pigons got them buildings as their natural predators. check it: https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96 and its not just pigons its robins too. there be robin guts all over the damn side walk
  • Ruyi's May 16, 12:38 comment on Discrimination Against The LGBTQ community
    Dear Kaly, I am intrigued by your post because you offered eye opening statistics that really exposed the problems in society. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation.” I think this is sad because of the fact that people are isolated just because of their sexuality. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really understood more about the LGBTQ community and the problems we still need to fix. please check out my blog where we also fight for LGBT equality: http://lgbtqhealthcare.home.blog
  • Joanne's May 16, 12:33 comment on Despite Myself
    Ok but them birds be fallin on my balls https://www.change.org/p/the-related-companies-prevent-bird-deaths-in-columbus-circle-35e7ddee-7d24-4477-b5d4-70492b146d96
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:24 comment on The Running Shoe Debate: Maximalist vs. Minimalist
    run with yeezydes
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:22 comment on Kanye West: Genius or Crazy?
    He made the yeezys
  • Santiago's May 16, 12:21 comment on Zoo regulations and security
    Rip harame
  • Amira's May 16, 04:08 comment on The Homeless Will Not Be Ignorned
    Dear Aleashiaray Rheaves, I am moved by your post because it’s full of sincere emotions that make me realize how we can do more instead of neglecting what’s right in front of us. It makes people aware of how serious the homelessness crisis is and how they can possibly be the next victims if we don’t act fast. One thing you said that stands out for me is how small efforts can make a difference. I think this very true because if everyone participates, success is guaranteed. Your post reminds me of the countless homeless people I encounter everyday in New York. I always see everyone ignoring their calls for help and I get very frustrated that I’m not doing much myself. I try my best to provide them with whatever I can, but I believe that we can do much more. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I'm working on a similar project myself. Three of my classmates and I are working on spreading awareness about the critical issue of homelessness in NYC. Our project is called Helping The Homeless NYC. Please take the time to visit our blog at https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com Sincerely, Amira.
  • Karina's May 16, 03:13 comment on Food Deserts
    Hi Christy, I was very pleased about reading your post on “Food Deserts”. I never knew about this issue until now, and I think you did a great job discussing your issue. The fact that you not only discuss your issue and directing your attention to someone who can help, Mayor Schaaf, as well as discussing solutions that don’t necessarily mean more supermarkets. One thing that stood out to me was “This is due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers. Food deserts have become a large problem helping to fuel our national obesity and diabetes epidemic. Rural areas commonly have local convenience stores that provide mostly highly-processed, fattening and sugar-added food and drinks” because it told me how exactly this can affect me or someone I know if they were facing this issue; and I wouldn’t want that. It’s much easier to call attention to an issue that is affecting our lives negatively and how we can improve it. To add, your interest in providing another solution was very helpful for those who feel that creating another supermarket might not be feasible. Moreover, you helped build a general idea on how others can organize a rooftop garden to assist in ameliorating the problem such as the “rooftop garden would have fruits and vegetables grown in our schools. There would be adult supervision, of course, and the rooftop garden would only be open to specific people to go on top of the roof…” Thanks for writing this post. I hope to learn even more about this issue and see if you will be as successful as I imagine. I also have a similar cause but not nearly as significant, which is building a community garden. If you’d like you could visit if your interested at https://projectgarden.home.blog/. I hope to inspire others like you inspired me about improving the issue on food deserts as well as making or having such an important cause.
  • Ben's May 16, 02:36 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan, I find your perspective on the topic of nyc parks pretty interesting. You look at a park aesthetically and it is a good idea to enjoy nature. You stated “diversity” in which I agree upon but there are also aspects of a park that are pleasing. For example, you go to a playground and you see children of many ages playing around cheerfully in a playground, you feel joy as you see kids enjoy themselves. I look forward to seeing what you post next, because it shows how much you are interested about NYC and it’s parks. I also have the same topic and have my own blog which is co-owned by a few of my peers. If you want to check it out, it is https//:parks.home.blog . Thanks for your writing.
  • Elsie's May 16, 02:24 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Dear Penelope, I am intrigued by your claims of how plastic bottles negatively impact our society. I have lived in an urban environment for all my life. The city is constantly being trashed with plastic bottles. I know I don't have the willpower to force everyone to pick up their trash, but I wish I did. One sentence that really stood out to me was, "there are so many cheaper and safer options for the environment. It makes me upset to see humans trashing the world like they are." This sentence really stood out to me because of how relatable it is. We are constantly creating an unsanitary environment, but a lot of us don't seem to do anything about it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how littering impacts our society. Your post should be shared with everyone who constantly throws their trash on the sidewalk. Check out my blog : https://cleanconeyisland.wordpress.com
  • Amy's May 16, 02:03 comment on Feed the Hungry not the Streets
    Dear Melody, I am interested by your post, “Feed the Hungry not the Streets,” because you provide a really unique and different approach to the causes and solutions of homelessness. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Some people are so addicted to drugs that they spend most of their money on drugs when that money should’ve gone to their rent and bills.” I think this is true because aside from financial and family issues, drugs play a huge role in the homeless population. People on drugs spend a lot of money to satisfy their addiction even if it means going broke or isolation from family and friends. Another sentence that I liked was: “The first step of action I believe we should take to end homelessness is having empathy towards people who are having a hard time.” This stood out for me because again, it was a very different from most solutions. Aside from what we can physically do to help, as you mentioned, we should first change our emotional attitude towards those without homes. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. I really enjoyed reading your post and if in any way possible, I hope to collaborate with you one day. If you are interested, come by and check out my blogs dealing with homelessness in NYC. I would love to hear your feedback. Link --> https://homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com/
  • Karolina's May 16, 01:25 comment on Poverty in NYC
    Also if you are interested in finding out more about the topic you could visit my blog at https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com
  • Ayman's May 16, 01:19 comment on R32 subway cars, oldest and most rickety at 54 years old
    Dear Booker, I am extremely fascinated by your post, 'R32 subway cars, oldest and most rickety at 54 years old' because of how it shows the many problems that the MTA has, that they have yet to fix. The people must acknowledge and take action! I agree with this post tremendously. One thing that you said that stood out to me was 'They are not expected to be fully retired until 2022, when they will be 58 years old!' This shows how the MTA is extremely careless and take all the time in the world to fix their problems, when they should be fixing them as fast as possible. Another thing that you said to me that spoke to me was 'The R32 subway cars are the oldest and most rickety subway cars in the subway system at 54 years old.' because it conveys the bitter truth of the MTA. It shows how they do not care about the dangerous safety hazards and safety conditions that are brought forth by keeping these trains on the tracks. I invite you to come check out my website, https://bettermta.wordpress.com/ , as it is strongly related to your topic. We also focus on trying to gain the attention of the MTA in order for them to fix the dangerous conditions and safety hazards that they provide to the passengers of the MTA. We have also created a petition, https://www.change.org/p/andy-byford-metropolitan-trash-authority in order to obtain the acknowledgment of Andy Byford, the CEO of MTA. It would be greatly appreciated if you can sign it. Thank you spreading awareness by creating this post! I hope to hear more from you soon!
  • Fahmia's May 16, 01:10 comment on Why are people Homeless?
    Dear Breanna, I find your post very interesting and agree with you. I find it so important that people see this post since most people aren't looking at all the causes of homelessness before making a judgement. Telling someone to simply "get a job" without taking in consideration these factors such as disabilities is completely ignorant. It would be greatly appreciated if you to visit our blog, https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com . It talks more about the issues with homelessness in NYC.
  • Ivy's May 16, 00:54 comment on Mental Illness in the Homeless Population
    Dear Sera : I am elated about your post, “Mental Illness in the Homeless Population,” because One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “These numbers have been steadily increasing since the 70’s, and mentally ill homeless people have become, in many cities, part of the scenery.” I think this is a powerful statement because it reveals just how much the rates of mental illness have increased to the point where it just becomes “part of the scenery”. This highly suggests that not much awareness is being spread about mental illnesses affecting those who are homeless in the last couple of decades. It almost seems as though it is being normalized. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “many mentally ill people are less likely to be violent than the general population.” This stood out for me because it is very contrary to what people generally believe. They see mentally ill people as more violent because they are unable to control their actions due to their mental instability.You post reminds me much of a recent multimedia project I completed based around the factors that affect the causes for homelessness. One major idea was similar to the points you made about mental illnesses because it is truly a problem that restrains many from providing for themselves.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading more from you and if you get the chance please skim through my blog: https://homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com/
  • Sebastian's May 16, 00:45 comment on Anti Gun Violence In Schools
    This topic was very interesting because I did not know their was people out their that advocate for gun rights even after everything that has happen in the U.S. The writers had very good points that they brought up on why people should not advocate for gun rights. They brought up all the school shootings that has happen in all level of schools which included elementary, middle, high schools and also university's. The point that I thought that was really great one to use was the Sandy Hook example. The reason I say that is because it could bring out emotion in those parents that have kids in elementary or even heading into it or parents that have kids in general. I feel mad because a lot of people are for gun rights even after all the shootings that have happend. I am glad that I read this so now I know that their is people out their that really did not care what happend to those kids that were involved in the school shootings. The thing that I believe that you guys could have included was some more examples of the school shooting not just the one that happend at Sandy Hook. I really appreciate you writing this I learned a lot after reading this Sincerely,Sebastian Lira
  • Kailyn's May 16, 00:27 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Dear Oscar, I was intrigued by your post because of your examples of unfair living conditions throughout the post. When you wrote “This clearly emphasizes how Oakland residents that live in the “flats” of Oakland or low-income places have a hard time accessing food meanwhile the people who live in the “hills” of Oakland have easier access to food due to high class residents” I was reminded of the residential issues in New York City in terms of the “poorer” and wealthier areas. Many people throughout the city must travel on the bus and train for hours just to get some groceries. Another one of your quotes I found interesting was “Low-income communities in Oakland have a hard time accessing preventative health activities but people who are wealthy have the opportunity to access those preventative health activities. At first preventative health might seem really confusing but to break it down, preventative health can be like exercising, sleeping well, eating well, and taking medications”. This also reminded me of many of the people living in the city. Most working class people don’t have the time to take care of their basic needs as they are always working. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to reading your next post because you help me to create connections between poverty in New York City and other communities, such as Oakland. Also, please check out my blog at https://lowerpovertyratesnyc.home.blog/ where I advocate for the poor and raise awareness for a decrease in poverty rates in New York City.
  • Karolina's May 16, 00:10 comment on Poverty in NYC
    Dear Zacharia, I was really moved by your article "Poverty in NYC", because it showed me how easy it is to forget about these people and their struggles even though we see them everyday. Everyday, people walk past homeless people in New York City and nobody seems to care about them. Your article really helped me realize what big of a problem this is and how we have to do something about it. One thing that really stood out to me was how you made a personal reference when you spoke about how at the age of 4 you moved to New York from Morocco and provided your own insight on New York and the things that you see everyday walking down the streets of the city. I also like how you included the video. I feel like it provided me with a lot more information to your case and that really helped me understand the topic more thoroughly. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I got really interested in this topic.
  • Vanessa's May 16, 00:02 comment on The Rise of Homelessness in NYC
    Dear Lena, I am very moved by your article on helping the homeless in NYC. One sentence that stood out to me is "There are various ways to how people end up in the situation of homelessness, like: the increase of rent in NYC, mental illnesses, drug addiction, etc." I think that this is eye opening because many people in the US and even NYC don't understand how homelessness is a problem and that the the homeless need help. Mental illness is a big problem and the homeless with mental illnesses should receive the healthcare and help they require and deserve. Another sentence I liked was “The simplest thing that we can do is give a smile, because a smile shows an act of kindness and they are reminded that there are still kind people in this world and that there is still hope for them to get back and start a new and better life.” This stood out to me because it shows how small things have a big impact on people. People may not grasp the concept of how one thing can change a person’s a life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am interested i helping the homeless in nyc as well. You should check out my blog https://helpingthehomelessnyc.wordpress.com/ which discusses how we can help the homeless in nyc.
  • Pritam's May 15, 22:57 comment on M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction
    Dear Booker, This post, in particular, is very interesting since the M train is essential to coming to school for me and numerous students. Without the M train, it is extremely difficult to come to school. This post goes to show the situations regarding the MTA prior to coming to high school, which fortunately got improved. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was "Phase 2 (September 2 to April 30, 2018): M trains were still diverted to Broadway Junction after Myrtle Avenue, while a shuttle train service operated between Metropolitan Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues, connecting with the L train for a connection to the mainline M at Broadway Junction, and a shuttle bus making stops at Knickerbocker and Central Avenues (which were still closed), to Myrtle Avenue for the J, M and Z trains." This resonates with me because trains are being delayed and it affects other people during this time. There may have been tons of people that went through months of inconsistent and horrid services to get to work, school, or personal needs. The time required to complete this assignment is too lengthy. From Septemeber 2 to April 30 is too much time spent on repairing systems and train lines. In an instance a few days ago, a track issue occurred on the 75th ave train station, which resulted in the F train to reroute and proceeded to the M and R tracks. I was one of the many individuals that were frustrated with the delay that occurred and the lack of care towards its passengers. This results in a call for action as I would like to promote my blog page as the link to it is https://bettermta.wordpress.com/. We would greatly appreciate if you would be able to collaborate and address a few more issues regarding the MTA. This would also be a great opportunity for our site as we slowly grow into our own. I enjoyed the great informative information that was presented and hope that we can really shine a light to issues regarding the services of the MTA.
  • Shirley's May 15, 21:48 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Dear Adrian, I am astounded by your post, “Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community,” because you have showed me and our community real dedication on this issue. You took time out of your day to conduct an interview with the people around you, which is an act that reveals your commitment to this problem. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "So many people don’t know the actual struggles of being homeless. There are many struggles of being homeless, one of them not getting water or not getting home cooked meals or even warm meals." I think this is eye-opening because not everyone gets the same privileges like us and have access to food or water. This is a problem that we often times overlook, but I believe that we can make a difference by giving back to the homeless ones, even if it's just the tiny things like food/water or spare change. Another sentence that I discovered was: “This stood out for me because…Some might think that homeless are terrible people but they just want to be like us with a life and job to keep their hard earned money and a roof over their head to keep them warm. Homeless are humans too not animals that can be just thrown in a street and just survive. " This made me realize how society has the wrong mentality towards homelessness since most of us assume the characters of those based on their outer appearance. However, we simply just can't generalize all homeless people into being criminals or druggies because there are people who are actually struggling. Like what you said, humans are not animals, thus they shouldn't be treated like one. Nobody deserves to live on the streets, while fighting for their survival at the same time. Thank you for sharing this writing, but most importantly thank you for continually fighting for the cause of homelessness. If you can, please check out my blogs on building more homeless shelters in NYC. Please follow: https://wordpress.com/view/homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com
  • Eclas's May 15, 18:53 comment on Wada’n Yemen, Hello New York
    I love how you went in deep about your experience with your religion, it takes a strong person to stand out and talk about a situation like that. I also have trouble with my religion in this nation. I'm Somalian and proud and everyone always wants to be racist or mad dog me because of my scarf. I keep strong and its crazy how people are dying because of their religion.
  • Eclas's May 15, 18:49 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    I love the story about the thief its very eye opening. Its crazy how the least expected can happen. Its crazy how someone can be so cruel enough to hit an elder women! This nation has no respect and its very disappointing and sad! It hurts my heart to hear such a story!
  • Eclas's May 15, 18:48 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    aidi
  • Lucky's May 15, 18:24 comment on Military Pensions Op-Ed
    Dear Elijah : I am happy to know that you feel the same way as I feel about military needing more benefits. Your post, “Military pension,” is important because after serving all those tough times I believe military people deserve more benefits. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ They should also be given cash bonus every time they enlist in the military because they are putting more of their time into the military and are putting their lives back on the line for our country. ” I think this is a good quote because it is true what you said, people are putting their lives on the line joining the military because they don't know what can go on during the time they serve; like they can get killed or get hurt. Another sentence that was important to know is: “ In a post on Military.com, it says that “If you are in the Reserves you become eligible for retirement when you have served 20 good years, but you cannot draw your pension until age 60.” This stood out for me because me trying to join the military and not knowing I have to be a certain age to be able to get my retirement money is crazy and helpful to know. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when I was talking to my recruiter about retirement she told me you can't just get your money when you retire. She told me you have to be a certain age but she didn't tell me what age. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this helped me learn something and knowing that I am not the only one who feels the way I feel.
  • Lucky's May 15, 18:00 comment on Military Pensions Op-Ed
    Dear Elijah : I am happy to know that you feel the same way as I feel about military needing more benefits. Your post, “Military pension,” is important because after serving all thoes tough time I believe milit One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…> reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…
  • Kasandra's May 15, 17:15 comment on A Rec
    I really like your poem, i remember my rec. All the kids from the neighborhood would go there an hour after getting out of school. My rec had 2 old hispanic ladies who would have there little table and carp and would sell candy, corn inna cup, juices, and chips. There was never any gang activity there thankfully.
  • Kasandra's May 15, 17:11 comment on Nana’s House
    I love your story as well, grandmas house is where everyone and they cousins go to hang out. Breakfast at my grandmas house was always very interesting considering it was 6 of us.
  • Muhammad's May 15, 16:30 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Dear Adrian, I am surprised with your post, “Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community”, because i personally believe that if people are in need than everyone should try to help them. Thats not all homeless people should receive help and others should try and support them through their hard work. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I have also seen some of the homeless go through where some are pushed off some land. Some residents would call this a disturbance but in reality where are homeless suppose to go if they don’t have anywhere to go? Why should neighbors say terrible things to them” I agree with this because it supports my beliefs and that everyone should always be helped. Also people should help others especially if they have the money a recourses to. Another sentence that I saw was: “The rate of becoming homeless has increased over the years. Many more people have been on the street with no home and people are going to be homeless. ” This stood out to me because it reveals the truth about homelessnesses and just how bad it's getting. I agree with your statement and I know that all over the place homelessness has become a real problem and it has been increasing rapidly. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to see your thoughts on homeless ness and how much of a problem it is. If you would like to see my work on homelessness you can follow https://wordpress.com/view/homesfortomorrowcom.wordpress.com
  • Anna's May 15, 16:29 comment on Plastic vs Our Environment
    Dear Penelope, I am extremely informed from your article, "Plastic vs. Our Environment" because you've deeply informed me on the harms of plastic pollution in our environment. You have used a great variety of evidence from status quo to argue and drive your point that plastic pollution must be dealt with to significantly minimize it's harm. One thing you mentioned was that, "A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change." This is a perfect example of how to introduce the horrific topic of plastic pollution to unknowing readers. I like how you were straight forward by introducing the harm, adding a statistic, and analyzing the severity of the situation to really intrigue your viewers. With a topic such as plastic pollution, it is important to get people up to date with the state of our environment to get a reaction in return. It is really important to get people on board with supporting this cause for the betterment of mankind and our planet. This, I think, is a particularly good strategy in engaging readers in taking action for a cause you are advocating. Overall, I thank you for writing this amazingly informative piece, and I wanted to let you know that I also advocate for this cause. It would be great for us to work together to further our strive to end plastic pollution. Check out my website at https://stopstrawsnycblog.wordpress.com/ and let me know what you think! I also write about plastic pollution but focus more on the harm of plastic straws. Until then, I can't wait for an updated article to further increase my knowledge of this cause.
  • Anika's May 15, 16:29 comment on Drug vs Teens
    I am fascinated with your article, "Drug vs Teens" because you discussed about students skipping school and failing many of their classes. When teens start doing drugs, they become addicted and loose interest in many of the activities that occur in school. If students worry about drugs too much, they misplace their attention on grades and showing up on school. From what I've researched the nicotine addiction could also impact how students behave at home. That is why I completely agree when you state "Furthermore, teens who do drugs can negatively affect their households. This matters because teens may start lying to their parents, start stealing money for drugs, become antisocial and not oblige to parent communication." This delineates the affects nicotine in drugs can do to students. Not only could students begin lying to their parent's however, students show anger and frustration from the displeasure of not having drugs on them to their parents. Please check out my blog, http://freshpod.home.blog, for more information on addiction.
  • Sofia's May 15, 16:29 comment on Oakland’s Human trafficking
    Dear Briceida Vega : I am so moved, about, your post on trafficking, “Oakland’s Human trafficking” because you really talk about the harshness of the situation. You make it apparent that the only way to fix human trafficking is if we all help. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In conclusion Oakland should do something about human trafficking. They should make websites or hold groups together because of human trafficking. The website will help people learn, understand, and raise public awareness about human trafficking.” I think this is important because you give people a way to help people in need. Another sentence that I read was: “ And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will.” This stood out for me because human trafficking can happen to any person not only young girls. Your post “Oakland’s Human trafficking” reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was at an airport and my mother had told me to look out for anyone young child who might look lost because its easy for them to kidnapped. MY dad had turned to us and told me its important to look out for anyone not only little kids, adults are trafficked too. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I appreciate the effort you put into trying to solve human trafficking.
  • Nicole's May 15, 16:29 comment on Littering in NYC
    Sorry about this but i accidentally posted this on someone else's account because they forgot to log out. Dear Ritwika, I agree with your claims about wanting NYC to be the best city in the world for sanitation. I think personally that New York is very dirty and has lots of litter everywhere. I am glad you talked about how marine litter effects ocean ecosystems like when you said "As a result of accidentally ingesting this litter, marine species may choke, entangle, starve, or drown." We all need to make a change in helping to save the marine life and its ecosystems by not littering. We all can do a small deed which will help lead to a bigger change. "These options include: participating in a community clean-up, making sure your trash is secured, recycling and reusing, and spreading the word." This stood out to me because i love how you gave people options on how they can help save our environment. Thanks for you writing! I look forward to reading more of your posts about litter.
  • Mamoon's May 15, 16:28 comment on My Second Home
    Dear Isaiah: I am astounded with your post, “My second home” because you demonstrate the importance of having parks nearby, and how you made most of your friends while playing in the park. It must have been a great feeling to be able to play in a clean and good environmental park. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I met them playing basketball, and basketball kind of brought us together and the fact that it made me become closer with many people in such a quick amount of time is really crazy and kind of cool.” I think this is very cool because you had a lot of fun when playing with your friends and you seem greatly fortunate to be able to play in a clean park. Another sentence that I really stands out for me was: “We would help each other get better at our game and show each other how to do new moves, sometimes we would even try and copy another players move, and I would ask my friends who could do it better ” This stood out for me because it displays how much fun you really are having when you get to play in the park. I do really agree with you that parks can help you make friends. One reason I say this is because I see many people making and hanging out with friends in many parks Another reason I agree with you is that I also used to have fun with my friends while playing in a park. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this really influences the importance of having a clean park. With a clean park to play at, you can make new friends and have a lot of fun. Please visit this blog page: https://parks.home.blog/ My classmates and I are trying to fix a park called Dutch Kills Playground as out tech project. I hope you can help!
  • James's May 15, 16:27 comment on M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction
    Dear Booker: I am astonished about your post, "M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction," because I am also worried about everything regarding the MTA. The MTA needs to get it together. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "a shuttle bus making stops at Knickerbocker and Central Avenues (which were still closed), to Myrtle Avenue for the J, M and Z trains." I think this is terrible because the MTA's train service is so unreliable that shuttle buses were required as an alternative. Another sentence that I noticed was: "The M train will resume regular service on April 30." This stood out to me because this allowed me to understand how long it took to reconstruct the M line. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time there was construction on a train line and I had to take an alternative route. I was upset that the MTA did not care about its customers. The MTA needs to get it together. Many people are suffering from the unreliability of the MTA and its services. Additionally, I, along with others, have compiled a website focused on addressing the issues of the MTA. The link is right here: https://bettermta.wordpress.com/ I kindly request that you visit our website and review it website to learn more about what the MTA is hiding. I thank you for your insight on this topic and I look forward to you visiting our website and taking a stand against terrible service and safety. Let's all work together for a better MTA.
  • Dina I.'s May 15, 16:26 comment on Littering in NYC
    Dear Ritwika, I agree with your claims about wanting NYC to be the best city in the world for sanitation. I think personally that New York is very dirty and has lots of litter everywhere. I am glad you talked about how marine litter effects ocean ecosystems like when you said "As a result of accidentally ingesting this litter, marine species may choke, entangle, starve, or drown." We all need to make a change in helping to save the marine life and its ecosystems by not littering. We all can do a small deed which will help lead to a bigger change. "These options include: participating in a community clean-up, making sure your trash is secured, recycling and reusing, and spreading the word." This stood out to me because i love how you gave people options on how they can help save our environment. Thanks for you writing! I look forward to reading more of your posts about litter.
  • Shanika's May 15, 16:24 comment on Human trafficking: Modern Slavery
    Dear Lizbeth, I made my video about human trafficking as well. I'm glad that you're passionate on this topic as well since the group, the Rose Thorn Project, is very concerned with spreading awareness about human trafficking. I like how you mentioned that human trafficking has happened in many places secretly, which exemplifies how so many people get away with this horrid crime. With everyone's help we can make sure that so many people that are currently in danger, return to their peaceful lives and their families. Most of the humans that are trafficked are also children, which makes the situation even more critical since they are more vulnerable and have a long life ahead of them. Thanks for your writing.
  • Hanna's May 15, 16:23 comment on Today: SEXtrade
    I would like to add that I felt your video covered the basis of human trafficking in an efficient manner whilst also demonstrating how significant it is to help the cause. Your in-depth description of possible allies is immensely helpful and portrays that this is a pressing issue. I agree with the ideas you have portrayed, especially that young people should be more informed in regards to sex trafficking.
  • Rafia's May 15, 16:22 comment on How Addiction Affects Family and Friends
    Hello Johnny, I enjoyed your article. The article perfectly summarized the affects of drugs to not only the individual undergoing substance abuse, but the caregivers/family associated with the individual. Your ability to capture this topic in a different perspective has helped me with my research and blog post about the destructive E-cigarettes, juuls. On my blog, I advocate for the prevention of juuls through communication and education. Your well examined description of drugs helped me open my eyes to the multiple reasons why drugs are harmful. You can check out my blog to gain more insight to this multi dimensional issue https://wordpress.com/view/freshpod.home.blog
  • Elise's May 15, 16:21 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Dear Penelope, I am intrigued by your claims and how the ignorance of others really impact our environment.Plastic bottles have been a big issue especially in the city. I have lived majority of my life in an urban environment and constantly see bottles on the sidewalk day after day. I acknowledge your claims about having 23 percent of our plastic bottles being improperly disposed. One sentence that really stood out to me in your post was, "there are so many cheaper and safer options for the environment." This sentence really stood out to me because of how relatable it is. Several companies stopped using plastic to serve their food and grocery stores sell reusable straws. However, our society constantly ignores these options that help our environment. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how pollution negatively impacts our world. We should take the time to share this information to help stop others from littering. Check out my blog : https://cleanconeyisland.wordpress.com
  • Ankita's May 15, 16:19 comment on Are tobacco manufacturers using new flavors to target minors?
    I agree with you. Based on my research on juul, vape Juice contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavorings. E- Cigarettes were imported to U.S only in 2006 so no long term effects are known. So just because it's safer doesn't mean it's safe. People with asthma are triggered by e-cigarette more dramatically than smoking. People with lung conditions may be at higher risk of vaping from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People say e-cigarettes are better because they don't contain tobacco, but they release toxic chemicals such as- formaldehyde. One child even died from e-cigarette poisoning in 2014 after swallowing liquid nicotine. From 2013 to 2015, there was 1500 increase in children under 6 poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes. Please check our website on juuls for more information. Our goal is to reduce the accessibility in New York. https://wordpress.com/posts/my/freshpod.home.blog
  • Hanna's May 15, 16:18 comment on Today: SEXtrade
    This post was of great interest to me as I have a blog pertaining to the topic of human trafficking and supporting another ally in the fight against human trafficking, Thorn. Thorn is an amazing organization which raises money to develop software that prevents human trafficking. Their programs have helped save thousands of children and protected lives from falling into the gruesome world of sex trafficking. If you would like to continue to research this subject, our blogs provide information in regards to it. By clicking the following link, you will have access to viewing our blog with consistent posts https://theroseproject.home.blog/
  • Maria Sandee's May 15, 16:18 comment on Addiction
    Dear Johnny: I found your article very helpful as it removed the stigma around addiction as being "a result of a lack of willpower." You used scientific facts to support your argument which helps people like me who are researching on the topic of nicotine addiction, specifically, juul. I am thankful for your concise writing as it kept me focus. One sentence that stood out was "Nicotine is probably one of the most widely used addictive chemicals, especially in teen years." This stood out to me as it relates to my research on Juul use in NYC among teens. Please check out our website to learn more about the main cause of nicotine addiction in New York City among high school students: https://freshpod.home.blog/
  • Ashley's May 15, 16:16 comment on Storms
    Dear Samantha: I am interested with your post, “Storms,” because I love when it rains but not when there storms because they can affect the population they suffer damages. Storms are an action in this world muy popular in a lot of countries in this world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ Algo similar entre mi libro y el mundo es que en el mundo existen muchas personas que investigan acerca de cómo se originan y cómo se va a acabar.” I think this is true and excited because we need people to descubre how to prevent the storm or what do do when there is a storm. They people that study this kind of things are amazing they can tell us when is it going to be a storm or etc. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this storms are interesting and I love to know about the nature. We need to know how to prevent them what to do in a storm.
  • Niles's May 15, 16:16 comment on YO, LOOK AT MY PRESENTATION
    Subway travel is an imperative part of being able to get to parks. Fixing subway travel issues theoretically will lead more people to use the subway to get to parks, increasing the amount of people going to parks. I invite you to view your blog on similar park related issues https://parks.home.blog/
  • Jenifer's May 15, 16:16 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear Sofia: I am very amazed by your publication, "A dangerous list", because you tell us a little about your experience that you had with your friend. What I liked most was that you had an experience to tell in this text. A phrase that you wrote that stands out for me is: "They put my name on the best student mural and I feel happy, but at the same time sad for my friend". I think this is amazing because even though you were in the mural you never felt better than the other people. It was also that even being in the mural you worry about your friend wanted to be in the mural and could not. Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next, because I like you to tell your stories. And also because you include your friends.
  • Veronica's May 15, 16:11 comment on Be yourself!!
    Estimada Sofia: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación “Be yourself” por que no tenemos que fingir ser otras personas solo para encajar en un grupo o para caerles bien a otras personas. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es “when something we pretend another person.” Creo que esto es muy cierto por que no todos tenemos los mismos sentimientos y carácter. Aveces es mejor ser único a no ser uno mismo. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque es muy interesante los libros que lees.
  • Niles's May 15, 16:11 comment on YO, LOOK AT MY PRESENTATION
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "It is apparent that there has been a lack of legislation to solve these issues". Could you explain or give an example for the "lack of legislation" mentioned. I understand the purpose of petition, however simply demanding for Andrew. M. Cuomo to fix MTA will not change anything. As an example of the thereafter mentioned "lack of legislation", I believe that closing down subway systems during the late night to very early morning will fix these issues. Only 1.5 percent of weekday riders, or about 85,000 people, use the subway between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., according to 2016 data (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/nyregion/subway-end-weeknight-service.html). Even with these low numbers, nighttime trains could be replaced with busses. There needs to be a shutdown to make drastic changes to the subway system. Work is extremely hard to finish from morning to evening, as construction work must be planned around still allowing those who usually go to that station a viable necessary option of transport. New York is one of the only systems in the world that has a 24/7 subway system, and the damage shows.
  • Alejandro's May 15, 16:10 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear sofia I am impressed by your post I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!,’’ because… because in the publication I did not know if she felt happy or sad happy because they put her in recognition of the school and sad because her friend also wanted to be there. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:’’but he also feels sad because his sister is not on that list. I think this is important because… when people are like this they can get depressed thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… you write about the things that the people these pasando at that moment
  • Sofia's May 15, 16:04 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear gmack2137: I identify with you because sometimes I feel sad without knowing why, sometimes I think that I feel sad because I miss my family. I like that you think and shared what you feel. I would like to know more what you think about my post. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like to see your opinions. sofia.
  • Eduardo's May 15, 16:03 comment on The girl in the white dress
    deer claudia I liked your post because there is something creepy and one part of you said " One day a man and his daughter, his daughter in the evening a girl dressed in white that was very ugly and the girl tells him what he wants from her that is out" makes me feel creepy
  • Maria's May 15, 16:03 comment on Volviendose locos
    Dear Evelyn: Thank you for your publication "Going crazy" because it reminds me of many people who feel lonely and often have many problems that they can not solve and need to let off steam with a person who listens and understands them, because many people can not cope with their problems alone. Nobody can ever need a person who is available to listen to them. Thank you for your publication I hope to continue looking at what you write because it makes me very interesting.
  • Samantha's May 15, 16:02 comment on The 1918 Flu Pandemic
    Estimado: Alberto Estoy asombrada por su publicación, “The 1918 Flu Pandemic,” porque yo no sabía acerca de que cayó un meteorito. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “en 1918 el viento se infecto y afectó a muchas personas que tuvieron que ser hospitalizado porque el aire los infecto y estuvieron a punto de la muerte pero los doctores lograron salvarlos.” Creo que esto es asombroso porque eso estuvo muy fuerte y se pudieron salvar es lo bueno. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque está muy asombroso de lo que escribes. Me gusta la manera en la que te expresas a través de la escritura. Samantha
  • German's May 15, 15:56 comment on Los soldados no van a morir, van por vivir un sueño.
    Estimado Rolando Estoy impresionado por tu publicación ‘’ los soldados no van a morir, van por vivir un sueño’’ Porque se me ase una historia muy interesante. Una frase que usted escribió que se describió pa mi es ‘’ los soldados que relatan su historia por medio de imágenes antigua y cuadros informativos imprimidos’’ Gracias por tu publicación espero que escribas a continuación porque es una historia muy interesante.
  • Ashley's May 15, 15:55 comment on The Bad People
    Dear, Veronica: I am excited by your post, “The Bad People,” because they are so many people that just want to destruct us and make us feel bad. The people that are bad doesn’t like that other people can be happy. They are so many people bad in this world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In the real life make everything from destructed the life until they can killed you.” I think this is real because there are times when people are too cruel to kill you, they can reach the limit. Also when some people are drugged they also can hurt you. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because these cases are very common now with youth. We need to know what to do, how to control it and how to prevent it.Bad people are people that need help to control themselves .
  • Rolando's May 15, 15:54 comment on Volviendose locos
    Estimada Evelin: Estoy ilusionado con su publicación"volviéndose locos" porque es un tema real en el cual las personas pueden caer y nunca volver a levantarse. una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es : "The plot reminds me of this because there are a lot of people they go crazy because they are left alone and they have no one to talk to and they look like they feel very lonely and sometimes they look at other people and confuse" . gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación , porque es un tema dell que todos queremos conocer para no caer ante el.
  • Claudia's May 15, 15:44 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    Dear Sofia: I am amazed by your writing, "I do not know if I feel happy or sad" because I learned from people that we should be happy when we win or lose because in life sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. A phrase that you write that stands out for me is "sometimes we win high and we feel happy for that" because that is the truth of life that you have to conform to the fence that happens in life. Thanks for your writing. I hope and see what you write next, because I want to learn more.
  • Terren's May 15, 13:30 comment on Playing the Game of Life
    I believe this poem is about how he express himself through basketball and how judgmental and serious some people take it.
  • Natalia B.'s May 15, 03:35 comment on Don’t Drink and Drive
    Dear Wendy : I am impressed by your post “Don’t Drink and Drive,” because I completely agree with your theory that teenagers need to be educated in order to decrease the amount of drink driving cases and the amount of deaths caused by them. It is truly devastating to a family for a family to lose a teenager to such a preventable cause. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ In order for teenagers to not get hurt it’s impactful and total nonsense to lose you kid just because they were drinking and driving when their parents should have taught them to prevent these actions. Parents should make sure that they go through ground rules with their kids before letting them drive because no parent wants to lose their children at such an early age for a mistake that could have been prevented.” I think this is very true because if parents educated their children and teenagers about such important issues, it could greatly impact the rest of their lives. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “ People should think about ways to stay safe for example if they are at a party ways to get home without having to drive in order to keep others and themselves safe instead of endangering their lives.” This stood out for me because I agree that there are many ways for people to not drink and drive, many solutions that can be found. No one should ever have to resort to a solution where they are endangering their life and someone else’s life. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I read a very helpful article providing tips for both parents and teen on way to avoid drinking and driving at all costs. This is an example of one of the steps being taken to decrease the number of teens killed due to drinking and driving. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because there are many other aspects of drinking and driving that have to be addressed in order to make changes in the death rates caused by it. I appreciated this post and actually have a blog of my own dedicated to drinking and driving. Here’s the link to my blog, feel free to check it out for more information about drunk driving: https://fightingdrunkdriving.wordpress.com/
  • Amy's May 15, 03:30 comment on R32 subway cars, oldest and most rickety at 54 years old
    Dear Booker, I am intrigued by your post because I feel very passionate about the MTA. I feel the need to bring to peoples attention that there are many problems that need to be fixed. I find your post very informative and interesting. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “R32 subway cars are the oldest and rickety subway cars at 54 years old”. I think this is interesting because one would think as the years go by more newer trains would come into view than there are now. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me countless times. There were many times when the trains were super delayed. I would end up being late to school. I also think of the people who would be late to work. I politely encourage to keep writing about the MTA and help my colleagues and I out with promoting our blog and petition https://teensforthemta.wordpress.com/ and https://www.change.org/p/andrew-cuomo-solve-issues-in-mta-today Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts relate much with the MTA. I also see that not everything about the MTA has to be critical.
  • Madison Z.'s May 15, 02:49 comment on Is Global Warming Real?
    Dear Madison (We have the same first name haha) I am surprised by your post, “Is Global Warming Real?,” because you are so knowledgeable and provide so many facts about this topic. You provide logical reasoning as to why Global Warming is very real as well as why some people may refuse to believe so. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "It’s becoming clear for most people that humans have caused most of the past century’s warming by releasing greenhouse gases to power our modern lives and at the sametime kill our planets and its wildlife.” I think this is correct because humans are responsible and ignorant to their negative contributions on Earth such as producing an unhealthy amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Another sentence that I support was: “You ever leave an ice cube in your drink last longer than five minutes? It melts, and yet we’re meant to believe these 'ice caps' lasted millions of years. They’re not even trying to be convincing any more.” This stood out for me because the example of melting glaciers and warming temperatures are very real and is causing serious consequence (due to Global Warming even if others tell us otherwise). I do largely agree with you that a new and more unpredictable climate poses unique challenges to all life. One reason I say this is that something disastrous could happen any day now as climate change becomes more prominent. Another reason I agree with you is that many animal species are dying due to unfit and unhealthy conditions and temperatures in their environment. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am also a student advocate for climate change and strong believer that Global Warming is real and happening right this second. I agree with all your statements and appreciate that you’re educating others about this issue. Please check out my blog if interested: globalwarmingactivism.wordpress.com
  • Chloe's May 15, 02:34 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    Dear Raine I am intrigue to know that another person has a lot of interest in Animal Cruelty and Animal testing. In your post "Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing" because of how you realized the inhumane conditions animals have to go though, when they are used as testing subject. I also like how you mentioned make up. Within makeup products animals are used a lot in cosmetics world, being In the products and tested on. One thing that stood out to me was "There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells." yet some companies still use animals as resource when testing their products which make me sad to knowing that fact. If wanting to know how to more about animals being used in the cosmetic world read my blog post https://theanimalsaviors.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/watch-my-youtube-video-to-know-what-can-found-in-your-make-up/
  • Kristopher's May 15, 02:32 comment on The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
    Dear Sante : I am glad you decided to write your post, “The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement ,” because the anti vax or anti vaccine movement is dangerous which has in recent times already resulted in the spread of infectious diseases. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By refusing your child a vaccination, you risk them contracting a preventable disease whose treatment could be expensive. ” I think this encompasses the entire anti vaccine movement. Where parents decide to take their children's health into their own hands endangering their kids and those surround the kids themselves. Another sentence that I thought stood out was: “However, because vaccines became so pervasive in society, people came to forget the diseases and rare cases of vaccines harming children were overexposed.” This stood out for me because it provides an explanation as to why parents are so dismissive of vaccines as credible and useful resources. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was very in depth concerning anti vaccine motives and their views. I'd like to see what you would think of my vaccination blog, tell me what you think! http://vaccination.home.blog
  • Mariam's May 15, 02:11 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    Dear Raine, I am fascinated with your post, “Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing,” because I’ve looked into the topic of animal cruelty myself but never went too into depth with animal testing. I’m shocked to believe that humans relied on the more expensive and harmful choice when there were clearly better options. Your post has opened my eyes to just how badly animals are being treated especially during animal testing even while we can easily avoid this cruelty. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells.” I think this is saddening because people are going out of their way to abuse animals when there are easier and better methods to use. People can choose to consider these options instead of constantly abusing animals. Another sentence that surprised me was: “ Experimenting on animals doesn’t just harm the animals involved in it, but also can negatively affect the people as well.” This stood out for me because people not only go out of their way to harm animals, they harm themselves in the process but continue to use these methods anyway. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts clearly identify the problem and possible solutions. Your posts also use reliable sources that can be further analyzed by the reader. Thank you for addressing the problems people avoid. If you want to check out my wordpress blog, you can find it at https://theanimalsaviors.wordpress.com/
  • Brenda's May 15, 02:05 comment on Animal experimentation = Animal cruelty
    Dear Melody, I am impressed about your post because I like how you wrote “I believe that animal experimentation is the same thing as animal cruelty depending on how they treat the animals," "Animal experimentation = Animal cruelty." This is a vey important topic that should be discussed because although it is beneficial, people need to know the truth of animal testing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it shows how much you care about this topic which this post will provide a deep analysis of animal cruelty. I also have the same topic and have my own blog. If you want to check it out, it is theanimalsaviors.wordpress.com. Thanks for your writing.
  • Emmanuela's May 15, 01:07 comment on upstander reflection
    Mental health has become one of the biggest issues happening at this time and age. I think adding statistics to your project could help benefit in the sense that we are able to see when it started to get worse as well as how it progressively is getting worse, if that is the case. Also writing some of the causes of mental health issues as well as how it affects you day to day. Maybe you can even interview someone going through these issues today or anyone who has overcome it. But other than that great work kimberly.
  • Emmanuela's May 15, 00:57 comment on Academic Success
    Wow I found this article to be very interesting especially when you mention that the more prepared someone was for a class lead to them having a higher graded leading them to be more success. It was also very interesting that this success also lead them to other successes beyond just in their school work. I would think that added some statistics to this research would further help your argument on how this can be determined. Otherwise good piece of writing.
  • Sama's May 14, 23:22 comment on The Risk we Run with Uneducated Teenagers
    Ozzie, I am interested with your post “ The Risk we Run with Uneducated Teenagers” because I agree with your ideas that teenagers have always been drinking in high school, however when someone is told not to do something they will want to do it more which may be why people under 21 have been drinking in large amounts. I found it interesting that you included a parents point of view on drinking which is something that most teens may not think about. I found it interesting when you said “he states that when he was in high school and the legal drinking age was 18, kids were still doing it. It is more of parents take on teenage drinking and the Nationwide drinking age”. This was an eye opening sentence because it showed that it is a possibility that the rebellion of teens against the law may not be the only reason for teen drinking it could be from a number of other things. Another sentence that I found interesting was “ Binge drinking has become a popular style of consumption for teenagers, and it is believed to be the by-product of the government driving alcohol into the underground teen scene”. This stood out to me because it emphasized that the government trying to limit alcohol may be causing teens to drink in an unhealthy manner. Your post reminds and explains to me the stereotype of the binge drinking teenagers which we often see in movies, however previous to this I could never wrap my head around why someone would do this to themselves but this post has opened my eyes and explained that to me. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems like you have ideas that may have been thought by many people, but not discussed. I am sure that these ideas will help me realize things that may have never crossed my mind. Drinking and Driving is also a topic strongly related to teen drinking to find out more about it check out my blog https://fightingdrunkdriving.wordpress.com.
  • Ania's May 14, 21:16 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    I am in love with your post, “Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing,” because I am very passionate about companies being cruelty free. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells.” I think this is interesting because I've heard about those alternatives, especially vitro testing. It is upsetting how simple these testing methods are and no companies are taking into consideration the alternatives. Another sentence that I found intriguing was: “ I will do my best in using products that don’t involve the torturing of animals..” This stood out for me because i strive to stay away from products that involve animal testing as well. Your post reminds me of when I was researching animal testing and came across PETA. You included a link to them and I really liked how you did so because their website contains good information that needs to be shared among others. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want your audience to be more educated about animal testing if they aren't already. Feel free to check out my twitter at @noanimaltesti10 or https://twitter.com/noanimaltesti10 and my wordpress blog at http://animaltesting.video.blog . I have a video on my blog that talks about why animal testing should be stopped which I think you may find interesting.
  • Matthew's May 14, 20:23 comment on Upstander Reflection – Abortion Rights
    First of all, I don't think that you can really change peoples minds on this issue by arguing with them on Instagram or by just posting things in the halls. This just reinforces people's beliefs rather than actually changing their minds. For example, if I were to tell you about the pro-life beliefs and why you are wrong here, you would likely just refuse to actually hear my points and neither of us would gain a thing. This is to not say that your project is for nothing. A lot of the time, people are uninformed on abortion and I really think that you could inform people of it so that they could choose their side based on facts, which is something that I think you did well. I think that you should also bring up all the trap and hoop laws that are harmful to those who want/need abortions because a lot of those have been universally panned as being bad things, so I think starting with something that you agree on could help to push the conversation to a more constructive and factual way.
  • Steven's May 14, 20:20 comment on Social and Economic Inequality
    It is honestly dissapointing that our economic system is hugely impacted based on the income of the people, being rich or poor. Such a system is too damaging and must be abandoned.
  • Nyasa's May 14, 20:19 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
    Dear Caleigh: I am extremely intrigued by your article, “Stigmas with Menstruation,” because… it was so interesting for me to find out today how women in other countries in the world have to deal with periods. I live in America as well, so to see how women have it so hard in foreign countries is so shocking to me. The fact that women can't afford products or don't even know about them sometimes is so cruel for them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: women “living in Bolivia can be found with many used pads in their backpacks, because they are told menstrual blood is so dangerous it can cause diseases like cancer if mixed with other trashes.” I think this particular sentence was interesting for me because from when they're young to about adults, women learn that periods are wrong, disgusting and a sin. So, when I found out women in Bolivia have to hide their pads, used too, just because it can be "harmful" as a spread of diseases, that's what actually disgusting. Another sentence that I thought was cool was: “they are told it leads to infertility, and charge up to $4 for a singular pad." This stood out for me because women are told incorrect information for the longest time just because their families don't want them to know what a period actually is, also to make sure they don't disclose anything to the public. I completely agree with you that women have it so hard in many countries, and people need to fight to get equal right for women, because they deserve so much better. One reason I say this is is because women are the ones who reproduce, so periods and the knowledge of periods are necessary for everyone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this topic interested me so much. The way you talk about women's periods and why they deserve equal rights is so inspiring. Thanks for writing this! Furthermore, I have a blog that talks about everything period related. From the horrible luxury tax on them, to period poverty, etc. I would love it if you would check it out and support our campaign! -> https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com/
  • Matthew's May 14, 20:16 comment on School Shootings
    I don't think that this is an issue that needs much direct education upon it. I think learning about the complexities of mental health and educating people about that is more valid than focusing on horrific actions taken by disturbed individuals. This is just a roundabout way of saying that you should think about your project as being a way to talk about mental health in its most extreme and how people can help to stop these atrocities from happening. I think that you did a good job on your project, but I think that you need to really think about how this comes off and how people need to be educated on the why, not the how people do these things.
  • Mary's May 14, 20:13 comment on The effect of sports on the mental health of student-athletes
    Hi Grace, This is an interesting approach to take in how sports can affect you. I've usually only seen all the evidence that points to sports being good for your mental health, but being able to see the other side of the coin is good as well. For example if a certain sport is someone's whole and is taken away from them, their can be severe side effects such as depression and PTSD as you've mentioned above. I like how you mentioned that some websites that state sports are good for your mental health "don’t take a lot of factors into consideration, only the facts that the person is a student and they play a sport." It's important to look at all these factors of anything before diving into it. I thought you might like this article from the atlantic that talks about teen athletes struggle with mental health. (https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/teen-athletes-mental-illness/586720/). I really enjoyed this article and hope to see more writing from you in the future. Mary
  • Matthew's May 14, 20:12 comment on My Opinion On Being An Upstander
    I think that it is extremely important to think of how this issue has changed overtime. Domestic abuse used to be one of the biggest issues by far, just by sheer volume. It was common for a man to come home and beat their wives, and now it is much less so. This is not saying that it is not an issue, I am just saying that it has gotten better over time and that, to some degree, the issue has gotten better. I think that you should bring up the drop in domestic abuse that happened after the introduction of no-fault divorce and how people feel as though they must stay together, even if they hate their partner. Why I bring this up is that you need to bring up the history around domestic abuse to help explain that it is still a problem. Another thing that I think you could bring up is the whole situation around Chris Brown. This situation has a lot of information around it that wasn't focused upon and I think that it says a lot that Chris Brown has just generally been forgiven for all the terrible things he has done against his partners.
  • Mary's May 14, 19:59 comment on Heated Question
    Lucky, I think it's great that you're interested in the army and how well it works. It's true it is very strict because it's designed to teach you discipline and respect. It's also interesting that you're thinking of these high level questions about the military. For example, "are mental health issues addressed in the military?" This is good question to ask because they go through dangerous and traumatic things on a regular basis so being able to see if they are being taken care of is something good to think about. Here's an article from theatlantic I think you'd might like about the need for people in the military to receive psychological help. (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/the-urgent-need-for-confidential-psychological-care-for-us-military/266381/) I really enjoyed this article and hope to see more writing from you soon. Mary
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:54 comment on upstander reflection
    I think that mental health has gotten a much bigger spotlight in the last few years and I think that your project would gain a lot from noticing that and adding more to it. I know that I can't see your poster and that this might have been something that you already did, but I genuinely think that it really helps a lot of projects to notice the time that they are taking place in. So, instead of talking about what you did to help spread awareness to mental health as a singular example, you could use a lot of the examples that have occurred in the limelight to show that you aren't the only one to spread this information, but what you are doing to add to this information and how you add to this at your local level.
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:46 comment on Police Brutality Reflection
    I really like your project, but there are a few flaws with it. First, by only having black and white headshots of people, you make them seem very disconnected and you take away a little bit of our relatability to these people. This is a major problem when you are trying to emphasize how these are people and that they are being completely and utterly mistreated. Another thing that you should think about with you project is how people tend to argue against police brutality. A lot of people just say that you should just listen to the police and you will be fine, but I think that it would be important to get cases where people are hurt regardless to how well they listened to the police officers. This could help to outstep people who would just try to take away meaning from your project before they could even try.
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:38 comment on Upstander Reflection
    I don't think that the issue of homelessness needs more awareness, I think it just needs more understanding. I personally live in Utah and people can be very harsh against the homeless population and I know that this is the case in California. It is common to hear someone say that they are on the streets because of drugs and if they stop taking drugs, they will not be on the streets anymore. People act like getting off drugs will just magically help homeless populations and allow for them to find jobs, but this is not the case. America has developed and the need for jobs drop down with no replacement jobs in the sectors that are there. This just means that a lot of these homeless people have no real chance at getting the jobs that they once had and that the only real solutions are what you proposed with a food drive.
  • Matthew's May 14, 19:26 comment on My Opinion About Being An Upstander
    This topic is extremely interesting, but it is highly political and that can easily make people refuse to talk to you. So, titling your Instagram as stopclimatechange can really put people off of you message. Also, I would say that you should probably have much more information on your poster. If you are going to convince people to change their opinions, you need to first convince them that they are wrong and then you need to help them to adopt your ideology, and there is a lot of information on climate change that a lot of people don't know. This article https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2018/11/29/indisputable-facts-on-climate-change/#6cb8467a3d05 is really good about explaining things in a non-partisan way and I think that it has a great basis in explaining global warming as simply a fact without looking down on those who don't believe in global warming.
  • Eduardo's May 14, 18:21 comment on Should the tobacco industry be held accountable for Its exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions and members of the military?
    In addition Johan, when you said :"For decades, the tobacco industry has promoted their products to the mental health community with the idea of tobacco as medicine. ", I really felt what you were trying to convey. I believe that it is evil that tobacco companies would market their products as medicine! I Strongly agree with you entire message! I feel as if that tobacco companies are immorally attempting to market themselves as something they aren't! I hope that you continue to write more articles similar to this one in the future, so that more light can be shone on this issue!
  • Jada's May 14, 18:20 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
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  • Madison's May 14, 18:19 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    Dear Allison, I am happy with your post, “Climate Change and the Ocean,” because I like to think about how we as a generation have to work together in order to save the future of the Earth. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This then causes many issues to arise, such as global warming, the melting of glaciers, and the rise of sea levels." I think this is a really good quote because it focuses on EVERYTHING that climate change impacts. Thanks for your writing
  • Lesley's May 14, 18:19 comment on The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
    Dear Sante, I am interested with your post surrounding “The Risk of the Anti-Vaccine Movement,” because of your discussion about why people support the anti-vaccine movement. You also bring up how this support against vaccinating children puts society at a great dilemma. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By refusing your child a vaccination, you risk them contracting a preventable disease whose treatment could be expensive.” I think this is important to bring up because it highlights the hypocrisy of the anti-vaccination debate. Another sentence that I took note of was: “This comes not only from risking the health of the child, but also those in society who are more susceptible to catching these diseases such as the elderly, sick, and too young to receive vaccines.” This stood out for me because it states why people who don’t want to vaccinate their kids are not only harming their kids but the people around them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with a lot of your statements and explanations regarding this topic. You can check out my blog about this topic too if you like: https://newyorkclinic.home.blog/
  • Jada's May 14, 18:17 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
    Dear Caleigh, I am interested in, your post because stigma on periods is something that I also believe is a serious issue in society. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “many girls are embarrassed of the sounds made from hygiene products, so they avoid using them at school or in public, and many citizens and international women said they didn’t know what menstruation was until their first period came, and when they got it they felt scared that they were sick or that something was wrong with them. ” I think this is interesting, because it discusses the real life stigma that women in everyday life feel as a result of something that is a natural part of their body. Your post reminds me of my own blog posts on word press where I also discuss the stigma on periods and the tampon tax. I feel that that this is not a topic that is discussed enough in society and as a result, women have to suffer. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem very invested in your writing. Your voice speaks to people and informs them of important issues in society. It is not just filled with factual informations, but also connects with the reader on a personal level. I really like the topic you chose and how you executed your presentation of it. If you or anyone else would like to hear more about this topic and try to make a difference visit my blog post at: https://wordpress.com/posts/my/luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com
  • Aarush's May 14, 18:17 comment on Writing a proposal to solve a problem
    Dear, Mack I strongly agree with all your viewpoints and have a similar motive. Remind the world of the poverty in America, New York and most importantly the world. Many societies are in a tough battle through poverty. I also agree with your thoughts on children poverty. For a child to be successful a strong base is highly recommended. Many people are by our side to increase the economy of the world and just make the world a better place. Helping others is a great way to limit poverty all around. My group and I also have a blog to propose information and methods to limit poverty. If you want to check out our blog, https://wordpress.com/view/povertynyc702223502.wordpress.com. We would love a collaboration, thank you.
  • Trinity's May 14, 18:16 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Dear Daniel, Joseph, and Diego: I am in agreement with your article, “Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority,” because I understand that animals and people are negatively affected by plastic pollution. I understand that plastic can break down into tiny pieces and consumed by creatures who then suffer as a result. I love how your article brings out the issue and encourages people and companies to take steps to fix the issue. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Because of all the plastic packaging being in an ecosystem, every animal in the ocean can be affected because of how the ocean’s currents move the trash all around the globe. With all the trash in the water, the animals there can be affected negatively which not only affects the predators there, but also people because we eat the animals in ocean. ” I think this is interesting because it shows how plastic waste travels and affects all animals. A small plastic wrapper could end up harming an animal miles away. There is no way for animals to escape plastic pollution's harmful affects except to stop polluting. Bringing this issue to light is admirable. I enjoyed how you showed how this truly affects every animal. Another sentence that I thought was intriguing was: “The article reads, “Visitors will no longer be allowed to carry in single-use plastics into Peru’s 76 natural and cultural protected areas, from Machu Picchu to Manu to Huascarán, or national museums”” This stood out for me because it was a good example of how leaders of other countries are making changes to improve the situation of plastic pollution. I think it's important to recognize the actions people take to create less pollution and show how encouraging and enforcing the stop of using single use plastic is possible. I definitely agree with you that Nestle should change their packaging. One reason I say this is that their packaging is a one-time use plastic and when it gets thrown away, the improper disposable can lead to the ocean getting massive amounts of plastic. Nestle is a big company, and encouraging them to change their packaging and significantly reduce the amount of plastic used. Another reason I agree with you is because plastic packaging in the ecosystem harms all animals. It affects not only the animals, but also humans because we eventually catch and eat the animals that die as a result of our plastic pollution. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this article was very detailed and I can see that you guys put a lot of detail and effort into it. I'm glad you're raising awareness of this issue and encouraging large companies to change their products. I'm excited to see what else you guys will put out. Sincerely, Trinity Z.
  • Karishma's May 14, 18:15 comment on Stigmas with Menstruation
    Dear Caleigh, I am happy to read your post "Stigmas with Menstruation" because I think it is a very good idea that you are bringing awareness to this issue. Menstrual products such as tampons and pads are becoming less and less affordable which is very unfair for women. Women should not have to worry about the price of their period. Instead, they should have to worry about taking care of themselves. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We were born this way, and without us women in the world there would be no natural way of creating more people in our world.” I think this is very interesting because it is exactly what people need to see. It is the truth and it shouldn't be dismissed as it is. Another sentence that I liked was: “This stigma needs to end about menstrual health, and I think we need to start taking a stand when it comes to proper hygiene and care for women internationally.” This stood out for me because it draws attention to the idea that menstrual health is very important and it needs to be acknowledged. I agree with you that we must raise awareness for menstrual hygiene. One reason I say this is because it would good for the well-being of women. Another reason I agree with you is that you clearly show that you want to make a change and to help raise awareness about female hygiene. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I definitely support what you are fighting for. I believe that menstrual hygiene is very important and we must continue fighting to help menstrual products become more affordable. In addition, my friends and I have a blog called "Luxury Tax Ain't It." On this website, we are trying to remove the sales tax from menstrual products. We hope you visit our website! Here is the link: https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com
  • Mansha's May 14, 18:15 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Dear Joseph, Daniel, and Diego, I am intrigued by your post because it is very well researched and even taught me about Peru's protest against single use plastic. I also liked how you talked about ways people can reduce their plastic pollution intake. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Dearest Nestle brand: We are writing to you today because you have been throwing an absurd amount of plastic packaging into our oceans which is really damaging our oceanic ecosystems” because it is interesting how you wrote your post like a letter and directly talked to Nestle instead of talking about it to your audience. Your animations and images are also really good as they are good at conveying your message to the audience. Thanks for your effort in informing people about the issue that is plastic pollution. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Best of luck! Check out our blog right here!: http://plasticearth.home.blog
  • Joanne's May 14, 18:15 comment on How helpful are vaccinations?
    McKenna, I really enjoy your informative article speaking upon the Dear McKenna, I am satisfied and in agreement with your informative article because it speaks greatly on the current issue of vaccines and whether or not they are essential to human life. Using scientific reasoning to back up your claim, your statements stood with truth and stability. Purely speaking about the importance of vaccinations would really open your readers' eyes on the issue and hopefully it would encourage them to vaccinate their child immediately. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “That is exactly the outcome vaccines are designed to accomplish, to help ensure that people, especially young children who are still developing their immune systems do not contract a life threatening illness. ” I think this is intelligent because it definitely defeats the statement that vaccines enable autism among children. Your article reminds me of something that happened to me. As I was attempting to reach out to people and support the stabilization in healthcare in America, I believe there was discussion about vaccinations being too costly in America- to the point that it discouraged people to get them. The average cost to fully vaccinate a child with private insurance to the age of 18 to $2,192 from $100, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next! In the meantime, I'd like to speak about articles in my blog that speak on this issue of vaccinations as well! In my blog, the option of clinics opposed to other conventional healthcare settings are heavily encouraged due to the fact that clinics provide an affordable option to things like STD testing, treatments to common illnesses, and vaccinations! Please go and check it out at http://newyorkclinic.home.blog.
  • Artemis's May 14, 18:15 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica, I am impressed with the amount of research you put in to your blog post, because it supports all the information you are including to prove your point is correct. A well-researched fact makes your opinion stronger, and you clearly have taken this into consideration by finding a great amount of evidence for your topic. I was especially drawn to your claim that "People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something" because it is a very large accusation. At first I was unsure that it was fully accurate, but after continuing to read I realized that because you had so much evidence, your statement was most likely correct. I know fully agree with your statement. I think that a possible solution to solving the problem of littering in Oakland is to put more trash cans in the streets. If there are more trash cans, it will be easier to dispose of trash, and therefore more people will do so. In addition, fines for littering can be increased, so every time someone is caught littering they will have to pay for it. More people will realize littering is not worth it and stop. In time, it will cease to be a problem. I think it is very important to recognize the causes behind littering, because it is the first step to finding a solution. I will definitely continue reading your posts because they are very well written and filled with lots of interesting information about littering. I think you, as well as others viewing this post, would be very interested in my own blog, in which I discuss littering and sanitation in New York City with several informed posts every week. You can find these posts here: https://sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com/
  • Dina I.'s May 14, 18:14 comment on The Price of Being a Woman in Prison
    Similar to women in prison not receiving the necessary hygienic products that they need, pads and tampons, women who aren't incarcerated also have a problem obtaining the menstrual products they need due to the luxury tax placed on them. If you read the blog posts made on, https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com/, you'll find a lot of information on why the luxury tax needs to be removed from women' menstrual products. Here my group and I talk about how it is inhuman to make a women pay for being a women. In addition, similar to women who are incarcerated woman on a daily basis can not afford these products due to the tax and other expenses that they need to pay. We need to fight for the justice of woman' hygienic needs and make sure that they are as available to women as possible.
  • Maisha's May 14, 18:13 comment on Stop Bullying The Air
    Hey Latrell, I am convinced by your poem, " Stop Bullying the Air", because you are very persuasive and it is well written. I think this is magnificent and you make very good points. I agree with you and I also believe that cars are releasing harmful gas into the environment. I really like your poem and I can see how passionate you are about helping the environment and making the earth a better place. I also believe people should use bikes more because riding a bike is good for our physical health and bikes don't release harmful gases into the air. I also believe that we should take more care of the earth and our environment. I also have a blog about helping the earth and I think you might be interested in my blog, you can view my posts at "https://wordpress.com/stats/day/sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com".
  • Ritwika's May 14, 18:13 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Here is the link to my blog: https://wordpress.com/view/sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com
  • Ritwika's May 14, 18:11 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica: I am impressed by the amount of effort and research you put into the blog post, “Littering in Oakland,” because the variety of sources you utilized and cited makes your information more valid and well-supported. The interviews and articles you incorporated in your post makes it much more informational. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “People are littering in Oakland because they think it’s socially acceptable to litter.” I think this is absolutely correct because people think it's okay to do something when it meet the norms of society, but they hesitate to do something different or normally not accepted or expected by society. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something". This stood out for me because although it seemed like an ordinary, vague reason, you supported this point in multiple ways with multiple different sources. This persuaded me to agree with what you were trying to imply. Thanks for conveying your viewpoint towards this vital issue in society which can have dire consequences upon the people in our society, as well as future generations. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you utilized numerous different sources and research to support your point of view, convincing your audience to consider your viewpoint. I think you would be very interested in my own blog posts, addressing similar concerns to yours. Together, we can make a change in sanitation and abolish littering once and for all!
  • Junia's May 14, 18:10 comment on Perfectionism
    Dear Isabell: I am incredibly interested by your post, “Perfectionism,” because it talks a lot about how society has a great impact on the mental health of everyone in it, which is an interesting concept- especially when considering perfectionism. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Some of the effects of perfectionism include depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts or actions.” I think this is important for people to know because it shows how our expectations for ourselves, as well as society’s expectations can be detrimental when too perfection-oriented. I am also a student who cares a lot about mental health and mental illness (especially how society impacts these things). I have a wordpress blog called Psychologically Strong (url: psychologicallystrong.wordpress.com). If you’re interested, be sure to check it out! Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Alexis's May 14, 18:10 comment on Do You Really Know Where Your Food Comes From?
    Hi! I have a blog where I discuss more about chicken cruelty and if you'd like some more information, this is the link to my blog: https://saferchickenfarmingblog.wordpress.com/ I am extremely moved by how you feel affected and how you decided to share your opinion! Your concern for this topic really motivates me to post more and research more on my blog.
  • Zacharia's May 14, 18:09 comment on Income Inequality
    I completely agree. Income inequality is one of the most important issues we face. I made a video on the different uses of donation and think that the problem is the lack knowledge on these topics. My video focusses on educated society and I really believe you should check it out at https://povertynyc702223502.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/poverty-in-nyc/. Follow my blog, me and my colleague Aarush make new content every week. Aarush is a brilliant teen battling depression. His family is one that has a long line of poverty and he is really open about. As a child his mom frequently debated giving him up for adoption because of her lack of money. His father died of starvation because he was unable to afford food. His mother died when he was 6 from malaria. Since then Aarush has lived with uncle and is doing a lot better. Our blog's purpose is to limit the amount of Aarush's in todays society. Help us both by getting educated and following our blog.
  • Alexis's May 14, 18:08 comment on Do You Really Know Where Your Food Comes From?
    Ed, I was extremely moved by your posts and how you explained how consumers can help and contribute. I really enjoyed your quotes and references and how you specifically stated some trustworthy labels where we could get safe food and boycott those with animal cruelty. I am also researching this animal cruelty and thanks to you, I have found more information on certain companies that have trustworthy reputations in this field. I was able to find that not only were the chickens suffering, but we as consumers were as well. You mentioned the feeding of other animals feces to help them grow and I learned that the chemicals in the feces can affect us, humans, who may consume the meat. “Farmers cut costs by feeding animals the remains of other animals, keeping them in extremely small and soiled enclosures, and refusing to provide bedding”. I can now critique the famers with this information that they aren't feeding the chickens well. I also know that they use certain chemicals in the food but feeding of feces is cruelty on a whole other level. If you would like to help out in this cause, I have a petition and it would mean a lot if you sign. It is to the HHS in the USA and i'm trying to make a differences and decrease this cruelty in chickens used for food. Petition: https://www.change.org/p/united-states-department-of-health-and-human-services-healthier-chicken-on-your-dinner-table I have also been doing a lot of personal research and if anyone would like to know more, this is the link to my blog: https://saferchickenfarmingblog.wordpress.com/ Thank you so much Ed, I look forward to reading more blog posts from you.
  • Alexander's May 14, 18:07 comment on Addiction
    I found this article very helpful, as it broke down what addiction really was, in only a couple paragraphs. This post stated the facts and only the facts about the inner workings of addiction, the probability of being able to rid the addiction, and the most common substance that people are addicted to that people should stay away from. This response to the Harvard article mentioned is written very well and concisely, and I really enjoyed reading it. A couple of my classmates and I created a website discussing nicotine in the youth community, specifically Juul. This is our website: https://wordpress.com/view/boycottnicotine.wordpress.com
  • Farah's May 14, 18:06 comment on Megan’s My Beautiful Neighborhood
    Dear Megan : I am amazed with the ways in which you described a real experience many New Yorkers experience. “Megan’s My Beautiful Neighborhood spoke to me because I have had multiple experiences like the one you described. Also I enjoyed your wording and the realism you showed me. The line you wrote that stands out to me was "The air is fresh and it make me feels good as I am standing there". This line reminds me to be grateful for the MTA. I think is important because even though it may be bothersome at times, it makes me remember how much the MTA assists me in going to school despite all of the issues. Another sentence that I connected to was "The inside of the subway has the bird poop". This made me chuckle because of the true presence of this in the MTA. This reminds me of the time that I took the train to school in the morning and there were so many pigeons flocked around. They were chirping so loud, and it was still morning! I was very tired, but I still had a great love for the MTA system. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really have a way with words. I felt that it was so coincidental that we both have an interest in the MTA. I would appreciate it if you could possibly take some time and possibly check out my blog on the MTA! https://teensforthemta.wordpress.com/ We also have an instagram account: @teensforthemta Thank you so much for your writing and I hope you check it out!
  • Kesang's May 14, 18:04 comment on M train to return to its normal routine after a year of Myrtle Viaduct reconstruction
    Dear Booker, I am intrigued by your post about the MTA. My friends and I are also concerned about the MTA and have seen multiple improvements. As I also use the M train, it is important for me to know that this issue has been fixed, considering how many times I've suffered from the delays. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “On July 1, 2017, the reconstruction began, and was split into two phases...The M train will resume regular service on April 30..." This is important because it shows how the MTA is trying to fix their problem, however, it also shows how long it will take to fix the damages. Another sentence that made me think about the MTA's progress is the fact that there are two phases in construction. The two phases are spread about an orderly time, however, it also clashes with the time that many people use the train. It makes me wonder how will the MTA help people adjust to this construction schedule, and ones in the future. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time there was scheduled construction in a train station that my school was right next to and I had a hard time of adjusting to the construction because it took me a long time to walk to the next train station. I also have a blog about pertaining to the MTA, https://teensforthemta.wordpress.com/ Please share with others about the importance of the MTA. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know more about the MTA and other changes that will occur.
  • Liam's May 14, 18:04 comment on Are tobacco manufacturers using new flavors to target minors?
    Johan, I mean it when I say that this is an extremely insightful blog post with accurate information ranging from the selling of tobacco in general to the selling of e-cigarettes and electronic devices. I really like how you tied them all together and how you display the facts in an unbiased manner. I also like how you attribute the increasing popularity of these companies to their greed and possible motive for attempting to sell to minors. Very unbiased. Very factual. Amazing. In the process, my partners and I are also creating a blog regarding the same issue. You can access this blog at: https://wordpress.com/view/boycottnicotine.wordpress.com I suggest you check it out!
  • Khan's May 14, 18:04 comment on Poverty in America vs the World
    Dear Caleigh: I am moved by your post and am also trying to bring attention to the many negative effects of poverty on young minds. The difference between poverty in America to poverty in third world countries because of the fact that many people in America’s society may not have knowledge in subjects that deal with the difference between problems in economies is mind blowing. People take things for advantage and don't know the hardships many people face every morning when they wake up.
  • Eduardo's May 14, 18:03 comment on Should the tobacco industry be held accountable for Its exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions and members of the military?
    This is a very accurate and meaningful blog post. I agree that tobacco is a huge problem, and that cigarettes and other smoking devices need to be stopped! I think that this is very accurate coverage of this issue, and that we need to stop the spread of these products. You should also check out this blog that I came across, which discusses this same issue, but is more focused on e-cigarettes. You should check it out at: https://boycottnicotine.wordpress.com
  • Sean's May 14, 18:02 comment on What would happen if we didn’t have sports?
    I find your research on sports effect on life in general very interesting and informative. It's effect on business, obesity rating and society is of without question. I myself one a blog with a similar topic as your text, I focus on the specific sport of basketball and the positive effect it can have on poor societies specifically the repression of gang violence here's a link to my blog: https://wordpress.com/view/icanhandle444147763.wordpress.com
  • Madison's May 14, 18:01 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    I love reading about these issues because I know from the publicity it is gaining there are more people who will also take a stand! I think that your post really helped to highlight the specifics like coral that are in danger because of these fossil fuels. I really appreciate that you have chosen to focus on such an important topic, especially one that I am so enthusiastic about. Thank you!
  • Jesus's May 14, 18:00 comment on Stop Bullying!
    Dear Janie and Chris, I could see your frustration throughout your thoughts on bullying. I could relate to this also because as for myself when I was in elementary I got bullied too. Being bullied at a young age really puts down your self-esteem because your just a kid and getting told something bad, just because how you look? I understand why you guys would write this article and I totally agree with you because all your trying to do is just spread awareness to others to see what happens to kids nowadays. Thank you Janie and Chris for being a Justice Oriented citizen, I appreciate the amount of care you have for this society.
  • Khan's May 14, 17:57 comment on Poverty: A problem worldwide
    This video is really helpful and it relates to our blog post which also focuses on poverty in New York. Poverty is a really limiting factor in peoples lives.
  • Zacharia's May 14, 17:53 comment on Poverty: A problem worldwide
    This is a great video. I made a similar video and really believe it is important that we get the word out. Watch my video at https://povertynyc702223502.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/poverty-in-nyc/. Us students need to stick together especially because we have similar goals.
  • Arianna's May 14, 17:52 comment on My favorite place to talk about…
    I agree with him because everybody need a place to be alone to talk and think about everything thats happening and going on.
  • Emilie's May 14, 14:40 comment on upstander reflection
    Howdy, Kimberly! I love your opinion on the situation of upstanders that if we make changes we may make progress. One example of these is the ecofriendly posts supporting the planting of trees that became prevalent on social media things like "100 likes = 1 tree" gives awareness to the environment. Though my goal is small, we would like you to support my petition! https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-make-declawing-illegal-in-ny
  • Jacob B's May 14, 14:39 comment on Testing on Animals
    You should check mine out if you want: peopleagainstpollution.wordpress.com
  • Syeda's May 14, 14:39 comment on Gender Dysphoria and Public Restrooms
    Dear Miriam: I found your post, “Gender Dysphoria and Public Restrooms,” interesting because I've been trying to learn more about gender dysphoria and other related topics recently. I want to make sure that everyone, no matter who they are, are comfortable in their own skin. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I personally avoid having to use public restrooms so that I can avoid being hurt and so that I don’t make others feel uncomfortable.” I think this really makes the reader understand the situation. Using personal anecdotes is pretty helpful in posts like this where you're trying to make people understand why they should support something. Generally, it helps people see things the way you do. Another sentence that I liked was: “For example, North Carolina passed a bill that requires students to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth sex.” This stood out for me because I don't understand why that bill would have passed in the first place. I understand that people might not understand gender dysphoria and why gender neutral bathrooms are needed, but that bill would be very harmful to some people. Your post reminds me of the time I saw that in a library I had regularly visited, they had changed the male and female bathrooms to gender neutral bathrooms. I was surprised at first, but then I was glad that they'd done that, since I know I'd always felt comfortable at that library and I'd want everyone else to feel the same way. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the post was really interesting. Also, if you could check out the blog I have along with a couple of members in my class, that would be great! You can find it here- https://genderneutralbathrooms564415170.wordpress.com/blog/
  • beatrice c's May 14, 14:38 comment on Few Social Justice Issues in America
    Dear Orhenetega, I am astonished by your image and text, “Few Social Justice Issues in America,” because your using a famous song to spread the word out about police brutality. Everyone should be able to live their life in peace no matter what race you are. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “From Gambino’s perspective he shows how the society ignores the most pressing issues and concentrates on the less important ones. ” I think this stands out because a very famous rapper is spreading the message to millions of people that listen to his music. A music video is a great way to promote the topic, even with all the hate it can get. Your image reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was walking around a park where there were several police officers and few protesters. As the protesters were protesting against police brutality and for black lives matter, the police officers started using their powers to try to end the protest. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because my group created a wordpress account where we do blogs about racism and police brutality. Go check out our blogs @ http://racialprofiling95.home.blo Also we started a petition! Go sign it @ http://chng.it/NMr9mvQGbX
  • Kevin's May 14, 14:38 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear Jessica I enjoyed your post and agree with what people do with harming the community. I feel littering in Oakland tells us the harms that littering causes and this gives us an idea of the harms were causing by littering One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "People are littering in Oakland because they think it’s socially acceptable to litter. This is true because of the amount of trash there is and they see other people doing it. To start off, in an interview with Aleah Fajardo, an Oakland resident and after school teacher, she was explaining how she thinks people don’t care which is leading others to not care about the littering problem that we have. Fajardo points about, “I think, to me, it’s just a reflection of the city government, cause it’s like if the city government doesn’t care then why would they expect other people to care and I feel like I’ve heard that argument a lot”(Fajardo).” I believe this is true because people don't always talk about the harms that they might cause and because of the lack of care. Another sentence that i agree with is "People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something. This is true because people are illegally dumping and not throwing their trash in a public trash can. To begin, in an interview with Kristen Esquivel, a Oakland resident and student, she was explaining why people don’t throw away their trash properly. She commented,”People get used to people not cleaning up and so they’re like “alright they’re (the public) not cleaning up so let’s just not do it”…since they get use to it, they’re too lazy to throw away their trash”(Esquivel). She believes that people follow what other people do in not throwing away their trash." This stood out for me because this brings up what i talked about before, people lack care for something they think is fine or not important. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i would like other thoughts on this . Check out our blog at peopleagainstpollution.wordpress.com
  • Fanny's May 14, 14:38 comment on Animal Safety
    Dear Ingrid and Miguel I am ecstatic with your post, because I also support your ideas. I support anti-declawing and I think more people should know of it and support it since declawing is going against the cat's safety and well-being. This goes against the idea of animal safety and I was hoping that you could support us by signing our petition and checking out our blog! Petition: https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-make-declawing-illegal-in-ny Blog: https://clawclique.wordpress.com/
  • michael lebron james mc donald's May 14, 14:37 comment on Testing on Animals
    noob get rekt
  • Michele's May 14, 14:36 comment on Why are people racist?
    Dear Tania : I am moved by your post, “Why are People Racist,” because it truly shows how racism is a problem and it shouldn't go unnoticed. Additionally, your article is just one of the many articles out there spreading awareness about racism which helps the spread of the topic and gets us closer to limiting racism. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “people are racist because they feel as if other people they consider different may harm them so that’s why they segregate people by color, nationality, etc.” I think this is accurate because many people feel that their color of their skin is superior to others, but that is not correct. Everyone should have equal rights not based on the color of their skin. Another sentence that I noticed was: “Racism is more than just words, beliefs and actions. It includes all the barriers that prevent people from enjoying dignity and equality because of their race.It can also be reflected in systems and institutions..” This stood out for me because it's true. Some people are out there in the world self conscious for things they shouldn't be, such as the color of their skin. They are wasting their time trying to please others when then they should be enjoying their life. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was discriminated against by the color of my skin. I felt like I was treated unfairly, and that nobody should ever be treated like that or do something like that to another person. Why spend time trying to bring people down when you could just mind your own business. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas and concepts truly intrigue me. I also write stuff about not just racism, but additionally police brutality, another problem connected to racism. If you would like to check it out, I would happily share you the link: http://racialprofiling95.home.blog Enjoy the rest of your day; thank you!
  • William's May 14, 14:35 comment on Immigration Separation
    I think it is Very sad and i am disgusted when immigration officers break Family apart. I think family should stick together no matter, what and it is not right for an Immigration officer to break a family apart. I advise you to check out my website i talk a lot about Immigration. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/22chichad95.wordpress.com
  • Jacob B's May 14, 14:34 comment on Testing on Animals
    Dear Allison I am very interested in your topic about your essay Testing on animals because I used to do this topic in the 8th grade and my dad use to have discussion with me on this. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is why Peta discusses topics on why animals should not be tested on. My reason for like this is because i feel the same way. Another sentence that I read was I believe that testing on animals is unnecessary. This stood out for me because i agree animals should always be protected. Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when i was younger i had a pet dog. I was outside playing with him and he ran away. I looked for him that day and found out he was at the animal shelter. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would like to see more of things like this and i should expect even better.
  • Olivia's May 14, 14:34 comment on How Police Brutality Affects People of Color in Oakland    
    Dear Linda: I am so happy about your post, “How Police Brutality Affects People of Color in Oakland,” because of how open-minded you are about this topic. You provided a great amount of facts and events that happened in Oakland. Police Brutality truly affects people of color and has to be stopped. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This also shows that police aren’t being taught what is wrong and right in situations when they have done something” I think this is so true because a lot of people, especially cops, have a difficulty in admitting they're wrong or if they did something worthy of a punishment. Another sentence that stuck out to me was: “...because most police don’t worry about what is important and target mostly people of color in most situations they are in..” This stood out for me because I find this quote crucial to most of the brutal incidents caused by the police. If more police cared more about people of color, more people could have survived and more people could have had a better opinion on the police and their actions. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I study and write about police brutality and racism a topic too! Feel free to check out my blog at https://wordpress.com/view/racialprofiling95.home.blog !
  • Nicholas Erndl's May 14, 14:33 comment on Good Hearted
    being good is a way of having a good life*
  • Sahana's May 14, 14:32 comment on Social and Economic Inequality
    Twitter: @noanimaltesti10 Wordpress: http://animaltesting.video.blog
  • William's May 14, 14:31 comment on What does American Mean?
    America is hard working, America have all different culture were you get a little bit of knowledge of culture even if you don't realize it. America is history because we are very diverse in all culture. We are very innovative and all culture in America help with this. I advise you to check out my website i talk a lot about Immigration. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/22chichad95.wordpress.com
  • Giovanni's May 14, 14:30 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    You should check out my blog at https://peopleagainstpollution.wordpress.com/
  • Yvonne's May 14, 14:30 comment on Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities
    Check out my blog as well http://racialprofiling95.home.blog
  • Ania's May 14, 14:30 comment on Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing
    I am in love with your post, “Exploring a Political Topic: Animal Testing,” because I am very passionate about animal testing and strive to spread the word about it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are alternatives to animal testing such as human volunteers, computer modeling, and vitro testing, which are microscope slides that contain human cells.” I think this is important because this displays how easy it is to not perform animal testing. There are so many alternatives and other options that many companies are not willing to change to. Another thing that I liked was how you used a link from PETA. This stood out for me because I enjoy looking at their website and believe they do a great job at fighting animal testing. Your post reminds me of some of the research I performed concerning alternatives to animal testing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to your audience to learn more about animal testing and why it is so inhumane and horrid. Feel free to check out my twitter @noanimaltesti10 https://twitter.com/noanimaltesti10 and my wordpress blog: http://animaltesting.video.blog . I have a lot of further information about animal testing that you may want to look at.
  • Yvonne's May 14, 14:26 comment on Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities
    Dear Edwin, I am interested in your post because I am also doing the topic racism and I would like to inform more people about racism. My goal is to let people realize that racism is wrong. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “The solutions for solving this topic would be to punish those who use force and violence in the communities OR have city officials, mayors, senators, governors, and the community itself to be very focused on their police departments and police officers.” I think this is interesting because your view on the solution is very good. I like this solution which inspired me to base my solutions off your idea. I would like to elaborate on your solution because I wonder how we can get city people into this major problem. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was discriminated from a different neighborhood because of my ethnicity. The ethnicity was African American in the neighborhood and my ethnicity is Asian. I felt out of my place going to that neighborhood because I was the only one different. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I got very inspired by your post on racism. I will definitely come back to view your post.
  • Nicholas Erndl's May 14, 14:26 comment on Good Hearted
    having a good is a way to having a good life
  • Giovanni's May 14, 14:26 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Dear Penelope : I am interested about your ideas about banning plastic bottles, I agree that plastic pollution is an important thing in our world and that we need to protect the environment against pollution. As you mentioned, there are about 50 billion bottles used by Americans in one year with only 38 billion being recycled. That leaves 12 billion bottles left which is a lot of plastic bottles. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ That’s only 23 percent! Not only is it destroying the planet, but it’s not helping our wallets either." I think this is interesting because 23% left unrecycled is a big number compared to how much is actually being left which is a much bigger number. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because what you posted is important and should be shared. This information is very useful in showing how much pollution is exactly in the world.
  • William's May 14, 14:25 comment on The Meaning of American
    Dear Noah I agree with your comment that America is not just the United States it is also other countries like Mexico and Brazil. I think we should all work as a continent and not be isolated. We should do what the European Union does and make a America Union with both North and South America. This would be good because everyone who participate can benefit. Also i agree if you are born here you are American. No matter if you speak a different language or associate with people from a different ethnicity than American you still are American if you are born here. I advise you to check out my website i talk a lot about Immigration. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/22chichad95.wordpress.com
  • Sahana's May 14, 14:25 comment on Social and Economic Inequality
    Dear Madison : I am captivated by your photograph, “Social and Economic Inequality,” because it captures the beauty of Times Square in a unique way. It is displayed through the view of a pedestrian, walking through the streets of NYC. The colors are very bright and drag in the reader. One part of your photo that stands out for me is where the Lion King sign is. I think this is nostalgic because of the few times that I have gone to see that incredible show. It stays as a great memory in my mind. Another part that I find interest in is where the people are standing or walking. This stood out for me because they all come from different lives. They could be tourists or people who are just trying to get home from work that day, Your photograph reminds me of something that I made once. One time I took a photo of the NYC skyline. It also captured the beauty of New York, just like this photo does. Thanks for your photo. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because the aesthetic of this photo is very pleasing to the eye. The use of symmetry and perspective is exquisite, taking an interesting take on a simple photo.
  • Kevin's May 14, 14:22 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Dear : I am <by, about, with> your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…>, “,” because… One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…> reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…> reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…
  • Sahana's May 14, 14:13 comment on Police Brutality Reflection
    This is so informational!
  • Hatou's May 14, 13:57 comment on Voices in Prospect Park
    Dear Jillian, I am amazed by your poem, “voices in prospect park” because you gave explicit details on how you feel about the park and what emotions trigger you up. Also, you explained who you like to go to that park with and how much they make you smile. One line that stands out for me about your poem is ,’It was full of laughter and smiles.” I think this line was beautiful since that’s your friends are what made you feel the way you feel about that park. This is also important to me because it gives me an idea on what i should do when i’m depressed or sad and who i should go with. Another line that outraged me was,”The convo continued for a strenuous period of time”.this quote explains how many things you can share with your friends and how much y’all enjoy each other. Your poem reminds me of me and my friends when we go to the park and have lots of fun with each other. I love how you even spoke about them in this poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would also love to share your amazing this with others. I’ll advise you to keep up the good hard work.
  • Ashley's May 14, 13:49 comment on Bio
    No my mom is really strict. My dad is more lenient with certain things.
  • Ashley's May 14, 13:48 comment on Bio
    Thank you for writing this. It means a lot. My 3 bros and 1 sis and I are close but I hardly see them.
  • Terren's May 14, 13:42 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    I didn’t have the confidence to shoot the ball either but then I realized its either we win or overtime so i shot it. Sometimes you just gotta let it flow and see what happens
  • Terren's May 14, 13:37 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Thanks for the comment and the only reason I believed in myself was because I had a group of great teammates. But, listen sometimes its better to take the last shot instead of the first because the last shot matters more.
  • Hatou's May 14, 12:44 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    I truly agree thank you for your comment
  • Hatou's May 14, 12:44 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    thank you and yea, I grew up coming to this park all the time so i like going there when i feel upset or stressed ..it reminds me of my childhood and calms me down.
  • Kiran's May 14, 03:10 comment on My Generation (I can’t explain)
    Steve! You've revised your bio so much over the course of the weeks! Your tone is generous and reflective, and you share your serious interests and preferences. I loved reading what you came up with, and following your version history as you warmed up to the occasion of introducing yourself. Kiran
  • Antonio's May 14, 02:47 comment on Animal Testing Is Animal Cruelty
    Dear Salvador: I am in intrigued about your post, “Animal testing is Animal cruelty,” because it has so much info. There are many good points that a lot are not always seen. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Animal cruelty is the same thing as animal testing because animals die animals don’t get love and animals can’t defend themselves and can’t speak up.” Another sentence that I agreed with was: “Moreover, based on my background I know that when a young person hurts an animal automatically people see a future killer, the reality is that by not putting a stop to this adults become murders of the poor animals. ” This interested me because it is very true. Animals are hurt all the time and this shouldn't happen. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have many good points, and this is a really well written post.I have made a blog hoping more people join and you should too. Link here.https://animalcruelty715408535.wordpress.com
  • Amy's May 14, 02:18 comment on Gender Dysphoria and Public Restrooms
    I agree with this article, in that I very much believe that anyone would be given the ability to use the bathroom which corresponds to their gender identity, and I can personally empathize with you not going to public bathrooms for fear of making others uncomfortable or being personally hurt, and so I know the difficulties of living that way. Although in living that way, I do often find myself exhibiting internalized transphobia. I think there is an interesting discussion to be had about where this habit comes from, obviously the threat of violence that trans people face in public restrooms is a factor, but I can't help but notice that I do also restrict myself from public restrooms for the comfort of others, which begs the fascinating question of how society has conditioned us to care about the comfort of those who clearly don't care about our own. I know I'm reading very deeply into what is ultimately a very small part of this post but it's just something I think about a lot. https://transhealth.home.blog/
  • Ashley's May 14, 01:53 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Dear Oscar: I am impressed by, your article “Oakland Let’s Talk About Health Disparities ” because you were able to demonstrate clearly how unfair living conditions are towards those with lower wages or live in poverty. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There is a tremendous disparity in residents’ access to grocery stores—in Oakland’s poorer “flatland” neighborhoods there is 1 supermarket for every 93,216 residents, compared to the more affluent “hills” communities which have 1 supermarket per 13,778 residents”(Youth Uprising).” I think this is great evidence because it truly emphasized the injustices many people face not just in Oakland but throughout the entire nation and the world. You were able to explain it well and as someone who does not live in Oakland it is quite shocking to learn that many residents have to be confined to such conditions. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because as someone who takes part in a blog page declared to the bringing awareness of poverty, I was able to grasp the concept on a more wider scale. Please do also check out our blog page! We advocate the values of human rights over their economic status just as you mentioned in your writing Thank you!! https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/
  • Madison's May 14, 01:13 comment on Fat girl
    Oh my goodness Shakia! Your poem called " Fat Girl" is so inspiring and really hits the point of not being ashamed. I really connected with this poem because I can relate of being ashamed of myself. But this poem really helped me show myself that I am who I am and I should love myself, no matter my size. Because I learned from you that sized does not matter. Thank you and you did an amazing job.
  • Madison's May 14, 01:09 comment on If it is medically and cognitively irresponsible to lower the drinking age from 21 then why is it a debate we are having?
    Kianna, While I was reading your reproach I came to a realization that completely agree with your statements. Your statement about under age drinking is certainly a problem and needs to be fixed as soon as possible before it gets worse. Your research that you did was very well done and was very compelling. And thats why I think your article is so good. Thank you and you did amazing.
  • Tasnia's May 13, 23:26 comment on We Support Sexually Harassed Victims in the Workplace
    Hi! I find your article extremely informative and full of important information that most might not be aware of. I find the chart that you included to be quite useful to understand just how dire this situation is. 10% of girls as young as 13 have experienced some form of sexual harassment. I find this absolutely disgusting and shocking, young girls who do nothing to deserve what they get. What is even more shocking is that as many as 27% of young women get sexually harassed by the age of 17. I would not have known this previously, so thank you for making this article and informing many of what is going on. Please make sure to check out my blog on wordpress: https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/
  • Eden's May 13, 23:22 comment on Truth about about America
    Dear Saoronn: I am interested your by poem, “Truth about about America” because we should be able to find unity and peace between everyone. We should also try putting our differences aside and focus on the good things.. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you describe what the rallys were doing to each other and how the KKK had a rally first and then the other people had a rally to stop it. I think this is fascinating because it’s weird how they tried to stop fighting with more fighting. Another part that I was interested is where you say what you think the solution should be. This stood out for me because i agree with not fighting and maybe talking it out. Less violence is always better. Your poem reminds me of something that happened once. I saw two students fighting and the teacher decided to stop it and make them talk. Now they are really good friends. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because you are original and have an good way of seeing things.
  • Eden's May 13, 23:10 comment on My Favorite Places , People and Things
    Dear Jai: I am interested your by poem and photograph, “My Favorite Places, People and Things” because Iive in New York and we don’t really see things like that in the picture. I also think it’s interesting how you described the garden. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you describe the rose and how you add “love” into it too. I think this is fascinating because you added a feeling to a flower giving it personification. I thought how you did that was very original. Another part that I was interested is where the picture shows the castles reflection in the water. This stood out for me because its as if the castle is seeing its reflection and looking back at itself knowing it belongs their. Your poem reminds me of something that I made once. One time where i took pictures of an important place that tells me where i come from. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because you are original and have an interesting way of seeing things.
  • Nayeli's May 13, 22:50 comment on Supporting Teen Moms
    Thank you for sharing this information it has been very informative . It was interesting to read about your take on teen pregnancy . I agree on the point you have made that most teens that get pregnant at a young age get judged and treated differently based off of their religious beliefs . The example you gave made your point very valid and supported you claim . Something that would have helped more would have been providing percentages of the teen pregnancy and basing it off of the religion beliefs . Other than that is was a great way to call attention to teen pregnancy because not a lot of people think it is a problem .
  • Karlotte's May 13, 21:57 comment on Times Up
    Hello Bella, Your post is really informative and well-written, and I'm thankful that you took the time to write out this issue. The topic of sexual assault needs to be talked about more, as people usually overlook this issue. The truth is that many women face sexual assault everyday, and no authority is doing anything to lessen the problem, so it’s great that a movement has started to speak out and raise awareness. I also like your statistic on the discrimination upon women of color; it shows how sexism that is prevalent today. Your post is extremely motivating and helpful. ps you should visit our blog--- we're also trying to fight for women: http://fight4victims.home.blog
  • Thalia's May 13, 20:17 comment on Why
    I really liked this blog post because it was very informative and addresses an issue in society that shouldn't be overlooked. It is so important to share survivors' stories to raise awareness. It is also important that you emphasized that it is not the victims fault that they were raped, and they need to be protected. This blog talks more about this topic as well- http://fight4victims.home.blog
  • Lamiah's May 13, 19:25 comment on My Reflection on Spreading Awareness for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
    Dear Jessica, I agree with your posts and idea because I also believe that sexual harassment is a very serious topic and sexual harassment in the workplace is very serious and should be adressed. I also agreed with how upstanders are important. One sentence that really stood out to me was, "Being an upstander means to stand up for yourself and others for whatever you believe in. You can be an upstander by spreading awareness and helping others." I think this is very true and well said because upstanders are a big part of sexual harassment since they are the ones who can really change sexual harassment. We all need to speak out in order to change the world for the better. Another sentence that I agreed with is (from the tri-fold) is how we should take action against sexual harassment as groups. You also said how working in a group can really affect the cause you are trying to work for. I agree with this too becasue I think it is very important to gather people who believe the same things as you, if you really want to make a difference. I also agree with how we are all stronger together and how everyone has a part in society and the problems in society. For example, in a topic like sexual harassment, everyone has to do a part in order to stop it. Thanks for your writing! I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems like you really care about sexual harassment.
  • Lucky's May 13, 18:36 comment on Bio
    Dear Ashley: I am interested in your bio because it is hard to imagine what it is like being the only child in a house. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They don’t live with me. I’ve always wanted younger siblings so I’ve always felt lonely.” I think this is a little sad because I am really close to my older sister and we live together. I would be sad if I did not have her in my life because I look up to her tremendously. She makes me laugh, a lot. I hope you are able to connect to your older sisters even though they are older. Another sentence that made me curious was: “I live in the Bronx, but I used to live in Queens when I was younger for 9” This stood out for me because I once went to Queens for a girls trip. It was a lot different from Texas. Thanks for your writing and for sharing about your life.
  • Lucky's May 13, 18:19 comment on Bio
    Are you spoiled being the only child?
  • kevonte spencer's May 13, 17:07 comment on I do not know if I feel happy or sad!!
    in this case you must never feel sad for your success be happy and with all the positive input gives an output think about the good things and the care you have for people goes to show that you have a good vibe about yourself everyone has a chance in life no matter where you are don't think about it in that way think about it as something that people can look up too later in life it's inspiration, motivation, and enthusiasm. i felt this way in my life and had to realize i motivate people and you could be doing the same thing and not realize it it's the character that you have that is super awesome not everyone would or could care less where anyone sits in life but you show the opposite of that. keep smiling and keep your head high. much love.
  • kevonte spencer's May 13, 16:55 comment on Hard Work and Me
    hard work is very essential to our lives and it is part of our lives and it all pays off at the end it may seem that the goal is very far but in reality it's just around the corner.
  • kevonte spencer's May 13, 16:48 comment on Animal Safety
    This is beautiful helping animals is awesome and giving them shelters is even better. I believe animals deserve a better life than to be abandoned on the street i am very happy, glad, and supportive of what you guys have done and been doing to make it a better safe haven.
  • Omar's May 13, 15:58 comment on Emily:)
    Dear Emily : I relate with your bio, “Emily:),” because my mother had me at a very young age as well, and I also don’t have a very close relationship with my father because of the fact that he left my mother before she was born (and it’s not an uncommon thing either, which sucks). One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I think high school is the part of your life where you have to realize your growing up and reality hits you to show you that your a soon to be adult. I want to focus on becoming someone and join and do stuff that benefits my future in a good way..” I agree with you because high school is where you determine what path in life you’ll be taking, who you’ll become, and how it’ll affect others as well. It determines whether or not you want to go to college, or if you want to be a nurse, a police officer, or a lawyer. Another sentence that I loved was: “Women are taken and seen as a joke in some eyes, mostly Men. But i’m here to change that, i’m here to try to change the word and make women be taken seriously. To stop people from saying “ you play like a girl, or you should go to girls team”. To stop people from believing stereotypes making it look like a women are supposed to stay at home and cook clean and just do that. As women we are worth more and the world is gonna see that.” This stood out for me because I feel like women don’t get the credit they deserve for all that they do in the world. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I relate to your story somewhat, and I think we’d be interested in the same things.
  • Kalina's May 13, 15:44 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan, I really like these photos, and I also like this part of the park, looking forward to what you post next
  • SAPPHIRE NEBLETT's May 13, 15:37 comment on “Seems I’m Full of Rage”
    Dear, omar: I feel relaxed because your bio title, “Artistic, I guess?” speaks for itself, you tell a story about you and it shows that you have a great personality. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “... I felt like I needed him, and I didn’t because it’s been 7 years since I’ve met him,” I think this shows that you are a strong person because you push through the toughest course in life. Another sentence that surprised was: “I do enjoy writing poems...” This stood out for me because as your friend I never knew you enjoyed writing poems. One sentence you wrote reminds me of me. “I like to- and I can’t stress this enough- sleep. I love to sleep,” I also love to sleep on my free time. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I love reading your stories even tho it’s not a story it actually happened.
  • Andrew's May 13, 15:35 comment on Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority
    Hello, Diego, Joesph, and Daniel, I am impressed this your blog post because of how well researched it was and how good your arguments were. There were good points made in this blog post. One quote that stands out to me is "Our issue with your business model is that your products use one-time use plastics for their packaging which get thrown away by the general public which can lead to the ocean getting massive amounts plastic in it since so many people use your products. Because of all the plastic packaging being in an ecosystem, every animal in the ocean can be affected because of how the ocean’s currents move the trash all around the globe. With all the trash in the water, the animals there can be affected negatively which not only affects the predators there, but also people because we eat the animals in ocean. " is good because you connect how animals being harmed by plastic hurts us humans as well. This would get people to be less careless with how they dispose of plastic waste. I am also making a blog post on Wordpress that is also about plastic in the ocean. Here is the link to it: https://plasticintheocean.video.blog/ I agree with your arguments and I look forward to seeing more from you. Sincerely, Andrew
  • Jana's May 13, 15:35 comment on The Meaning of American
    Check out my blog where I talk about things like this. The blog disucssed sanctuary cities and immigration issues. It called NYC: A Safe Haven (http://nycasafehaven.home.blog)
  • Raeesah's May 13, 15:34 comment on Why
    Dear Kayla, I appreciate your post on rape culture. It is really informative and inspires me to talk more about this topic. In fact, my teammates and I actually have a blog dedicated to ending rape! Please check it out. https://fight4victims.home.blog/
  • Molly's May 13, 15:33 comment on Immigration- Upstander Project Reflection
    Dear Oscar, I find it really amazing all the work you are putting into this project of yours at school. Immigration is defiantly a topic that needs to be discussed more, and changes need to be made especially during times like this. Being an up-stander is something that I think is important for people to know about, so that they can use this information later on if they ever happen to be in a situation like that. Being a 9th grader and trying to get your voice heard when there are so many adults who are over-looking all of us students because they feel we don't know enough can be really frustrating. I think that working in groups and having the support of other students at your school can be helpful though when it comes to spreading the word about your topic and it defiantly helps improve social skills and experience working in groups. At my school we are also doing group projects about topics we are passionate about. Me and my group also happened to chose immigration because we all found that it affected our lives in one way or another, and we don't want other people to have to ever worry about losing family members, or even worrying about our own safety in the United States. We have a blog all about how to help keep New York a Sanctuary City so that immigrants can come here to seek safety and shelter without having to worry about being deported. Please go visit our blog and check out our post (https://wordpress.com/view/nycasafehaven.home.blog)! Thank you! I loved your post and being able to learn about what you were able to learn.
  • Lidia's May 13, 15:32 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Dear Oscar, I am satisfied with your post because you offer great solutions to poverty and lack of healthcare and food. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “First, every single citizen in Oakland should receive free health care because somebody’s health is very important in their life. If Oakland offered free healthcare for every citizen that people in Oakland will have a better and healthier life for themselves” I think this is intelligent because if people were given free healthcare they wouldn't have to worry about paying for their health needs and can access it when needed. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i had a debate talking about healthcare rights and i was on the negative side which was extremely difficult to argue. Your points strengthen the argument that everyone should have free healthcare. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing provided a lot of different solutions that would help people in need and this is a great issue to advocate for. Check out my blog in which I talk about how to alleviate poverty: peopleoverpoverty.home.blog
  • Lina's May 13, 15:32 comment on Poverty in America Today
    please check out my blog: https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/2019/04/16/more-memes/
  • Lina's May 13, 15:32 comment on Poverty in America Today
    Dear Michelle : I am happy with your post, “Poverty in America Today,” because it is very informative. I like it because it relates to my topic. The facts will help me with my blog. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The child poverty rate is still a problem as well, as “about one in five children lack consistent access to sufficient and healthy food". I think this is sad because children aren't able to have necessities they need to grow. This is unacceptable and is a huge problem. Another sentence that I liked was: “Although the percentage has doubled, America has established many programs to try to help the issue of poverty.” This stood out for me because it shows that there are efforts being made to help the less fortunate. This a good thing. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was reading a story about someone going through poverty. They struggled to meet ends meet too. They were forced into an unhealthy lifestyle. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because there are a lot of facts. It will help me with my blog.
  • Maisha's May 13, 15:31 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla J, Juan M, & America, I really enjoyed reading your post regarding the topic of domestic violence. Your post is very detailed and organized. I do agree that domestic violence is an issue that needs awareness, in our society. In addition, it is important for victims to have a voice in our society, to receive the support that they need. A sentence that caught my attention from reading your post is “when attention is brought on the issue, the silence that victims face will be broken because that’s when they will feel safe enough to speak up”. This quote stood out to me because when this issue receives attention, the victims will feel comfortable to speak up for themselves and it will become easier for them to express their emotions and feelings. I also think it’s important for schools to educate children and teenagers about domestic violence, so they can become aware of the issue and to learn about preventing it from happening. Check out my blog on child marriage: http://childmarriage.family.blog. Within child marriages, domestic abuse is very prevalent. Child marriage puts not only the brides at risk of violence, but also their daughters or sons. They often face abuse throughout their lives, and child brides are most likely to believe that a man is justified in beating his wife.
  • Tyler's May 13, 15:30 comment on Legalization of Marijuana, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Koji, This was a well written article presented. The ideas you mention provide a nice outlet towards two different view points towards legalizing and the legalization of marijuana. Your objectivity is refreshing as many who write about this topic, depict their opinions rather than describe the circumstances revolving around the legalization of marijuana. The one idea that brings up some questioning is, how will we properly convey towards society that legalizing marijuana will make for a safer environment. As you said will not result in the growth of an illicit market, but actually result in the opposite. Marijuana bas many benefits including the treatment with cancer, used as a proper coping mechanism. With the thought about the affects it would have on the economy, will this assistance in relieving some of our debt as a nation, be short lived, and temporary such as other factors that have skewed the market.
  • Vasha's May 13, 15:29 comment on ICE is inhumane
    Dear Ulises, This blog post was very informative and enlightened me on a subject I did not know much information about. I can tell you are very passionate about this topic and I appreciate it. ICE not treating immigrants like human beings is such a big issue in America and should be talked about more with sources like yours. I appreciate how well known you are on this topic. I would encourage you to check out out own blog! http://nycasafehaven.home.blog
  • Jana's May 13, 15:29 comment on The Meaning of American
    Dear Noah, I completely agree with your post on 'The Meaning of American" because it captures what an American actually is. It's so difficult to pinpoint what an American actually is, since we live in a country build off of so many different cultures. Saying that being American is "being red, white and blue and being free" really makes me think about what it means to be American. That definition is so ambiguous, which makes sense, since the term American is ambiguous. You say that the definition of being American is "undefinable" which stands out to me. America is built off of the rights of life, liberty and happiness. If your in America, and stand by those rights and notions, that I think that makes you American. Is it fair to say that anyone is a pure American (outside of Native Americans of course), since at some point someone immigrated into this country. But that diversity is what makes America America. To be American is to accept others and allow them to live a life of freedom and happiness, not what country they originated in.
  • Patrick's May 13, 15:28 comment on How Addiction Affects Family and Friends
    This post did a very good job of explaining the effects of drug users on families and friends. I really liked the part where you discussed how someone has to step up and care for the abuser by providing them help in whichever means available and most effective. I think this was very well written but was missing a few aspects and parts such as the total effect on society, in my blog I explained this issue both in a multimedia presentation and several times on my blog. If you wish to read it you can using the link https://stopopioidabuse219602461.wordpress.com/
  • Fiona's May 13, 15:28 comment on Say No To Domestic Violence.
    Dear Kayla, Juan and America>, I am intrigued by your post because I too have a blog on this topic. https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/ One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ If they see that there one of their parents is hitting the other parent the child will grow up believing that hitting their partner is okay to do and they will do it to their spouse in the future.” I think this is intelligent because it shows the effect of abuse on a child. When children grow up society effects how they view the world and if the world they view involves abuse then they are more likely to become abusers. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are clearly very educated on the topic. You have done your research. There can never be enough recognition for domestic abuse. Keep up the great work!
  • Lina's May 13, 15:27 comment on How Poverty affects the nation
    please check out my blog: https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/2019/04/16/more-memes/
  • Lina's May 13, 15:26 comment on How Poverty affects the nation
    Dear Emilee : I am happy with your post, “How Poverty affects the nation,” because it is very informative. I like it because it relates to my topic. The facts will help me with my blog. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Does Poverty define you or does Poverty make you stronger?” I think this is interesting because it makes me think a lot. The question is really deep. Another sentence that I liked was: “ “Social science tells us that children raised by single parents are significantly more likely to have children young, to drop out of high school, and to work less as young adults.” This stood out for me because I didn't know this before. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was reading a story about someone going through poverty. They struggled to meet ends meet too. They were forced into an unhealthy lifestyle. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are doing a great job. I like it and it will help me with my class.
  • Kai's May 13, 15:26 comment on Legalize Marijuana in Montana
    If you would like to view our blog that my team and I have created, i'll link it down below. Thanks again! https://weeducation420.wordpress.com/
  • Kai's May 13, 15:25 comment on Legalize Marijuana in Montana
    Dear Devin I am excited by your post, “legalize marijuana in montana,” because I can completely agree with your topics. There have been several studies showing that marijuana is safer than many pain treatments, such as opiods, while being less addicting. I'd also like to add that much of peoples concern from legalizing weed comes from the extremists, and with every society their will be extremists present. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Another added bonus to having marijuana legalized is having it government-regulated and safe for the public” I the way you said this is brilliant because currently, the United States is indirectly encouraging the black market by not legalizing weed. People will always aim to get drugs off the black market, and marijuana being government-regulated would mean that this weed is safe for the public, and wouldn't encourage the growth of the black market, but rather the opposite. It would began to wane. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really believe more people should be aware about this issue, and are mislead by the news. You know, I don't think a lot of people know of how medically benefical Medical Marijuana is, or it would already be legalized. The one thing I disagree with you about, is that for the reasons you mentioned, Marijuana should not be only legalized in Montana, but throughout the whole United States. Best Regards, Kai.
  • Maisha's May 13, 15:24 comment on Why Mental Health Matters
    Dear Li, I appreciate you taking your time to focus on mental health.This topic is extremely significant since mental health affects the overall well being of people. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Check out my blog on child marriage: http://childmarriage.family.blog. Child marriage has a devastating impact on the mental health of child brides, such as depressive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and nicotine dependence.
  • Alba's May 13, 15:23 comment on Teen Drug Abuse: Prevent it
    Also here is a link to a blog that i made for a : https://wordpress.com/view/domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com
  • Ronald's May 13, 15:23 comment on Legalization of Marijuana, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Koi, You included a lot of interesting statistics and we totally support your cause. Some things were not developed on enough like what exact laws you want put in place and where. You might find some more interesting details at https://weeducation420.wordpress.com/
  • Fiona's May 13, 15:21 comment on Teens Dating Violence
    Dear Julissa, I am intrigued by your post because it is so eye opening to read about the statistics of abuse. I was shocked how large the statistics were for adolescent females. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States are a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner” I think this is interesting and sad because adolescent girls should not have to live with these fears. The weight this types of abuse leaves on someone is too great and is damaging to adulthood. Your post reminds me of how horrible the world can truly be sometimes. We need to fight for these girls and their freedoms and safeties. Thanks for your article. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was really eye opening and there can never be enough recognition for horrifying topics such as these. I talk about these issues on my own blog. Come and see! https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/
  • Alba's May 13, 15:21 comment on Teen Drug Abuse: Prevent it
    Dear Alexa, I think this is an important post because it talks about a very common issue. i know people my age who have been hospitalize because of drug abuse.
  • Grace's May 13, 15:15 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    This is a very interesting topic. As someone who works with animals in zoos and aquariums, a majority of the animals there are rescued, cannot be released back into the wild due to injuries or simply being bred into captivity, or are being rehabilitated. I think it'd be great to research this further in either animal testing or animal captivity. Lush is a great resource for finding out more about animal testing in the cosmetics world, while websites dedicated to zoos and aquariums are a good place to find out why the animals are there and what laws governments put in place to protect the animal population.
  • Max's May 13, 15:12 comment on Why
    This was a solid blog post. Keep up the good work. I am impressed by the extensive research you did with your works cited list. Check out my blog here: https://arp.video.blog/
  • Ronald's May 13, 15:10 comment on Trump: a Great Man
    Heck yea!!! #MAGA
  • Grace's May 13, 15:09 comment on John Hughes’ Influence Today
    This is very interesting to look at. It is very apparent that Hughes is still influential today and I didn't necessarily realize that. Maybe it would be good to look on the larger societal effect and how these tropes influenced by Hughes' work have indirectly affected society.
  • Jaylin's May 13, 15:08 comment on Relieving Stress in Blue Park
    This place is very nice. It's good that you have a place that you an go to when you are upset or just to think. It is also very good that the park is open to everybody. As well as, it's interesting how you go to the same park all the time.
  • Mariam's May 13, 13:38 comment on Heyo!
    Dear Anaee: I am amazed by your post, “Heyo!,” because of the fact that I can see myself in your writing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I do know I like music a lot and I’m very open to listen to all types of music” I think this is relatable because I as well listen to all types of music and I will will listen to just about anything. Another sentence that I liked was: “something I like doing and that is the trip home. I find it relaxing to look around my surroundings even if i dislike the rush of the city.” This stood out for me because I feel like when you’re on the train, listening to music, time sort of loses its essence and you get lost in your own world and thoughts. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I can sort of see myself reflected in your posts.
  • Derek's May 13, 12:57 comment on Favorite Place
    Thank you Jeremiah
  • Fatjon's May 13, 00:15 comment on Just a Kid With a Ball And a Dream
    Dear Terren, I am inspired by your poem because you believed in yourself in those moment when you shot the ball. A line that stands out for me was “But no – my teammate comes and sets the pick…” . I think this line is striking because you showed that you had support in those moments and also showed that with support you can win everything. Thanks for writing. You inspired me and maybe I will take that last shot sometimes.
  • Cheyenne M Thompson's May 11, 19:40 comment on Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Violent
    I believe that video games don’t make children violent because for one as a parent we should all be aware of the video games we buy and give out children if we believe it’ll have an effect on their behavior and I also think that game creators shouldn’t have to store making games who those who enough games with gore if they believe children are getting ideas from certain games then that’s when monitoring needs to come in place
  • Cheyenne M Thompson's May 11, 19:28 comment on love
    I like the poem even if it wasn’t long it was basically saying that it’s a scary feeling to start to fall in love with someone especially when we don’t know the outcome of things
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:35 comment on Nights!
    It is a very peaceful place and it is basically somewhere that you go sit and think about all of the things you are going through and how you are going to recover from it. It is relaxing and laid back
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:27 comment on Black Lives Matter Summit
    In this world , black lives matter sometimes. It is not a always every time. Black people gets treated more less of people.It is hard for them to get homes , jobs etc. Black people have to always work together
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:20 comment on End Child Sex Trafficking
    Sometimes in a neighborhood things can become very rough and hard especially when there is no one there to listen and you can open up to. If you have a community filled with people that has the same mindset everything will be smoother and better cause everyone will already have a understanding of what is going on in the area.
  • Shauneice Orr's May 10, 17:20 comment on Mommy and Student at the Same Time
    It's not always easy having 2 kids and trying to finish school but as longs as you believe in yourself and you want to finish then you will because people will always have some negative to say about you.No matter what you do even if you finish school or not that's why you keep pushing and going hard for yourself and your 2 kids because nothing or nobody else opinion matters .
  • shamaya johnson's May 10, 17:15 comment on Hard Work and Me
    Hard work pays off period. If you put in the effort to do good and better , that is what will push you. You have to have and keep that type of mindset in order to get where you need to be. Life is about making mistakes and recovering from them.
  • Shauneice Orr's May 10, 17:14 comment on Is Cereal the Most Important Meal Of the Day?
    I strongly agree about cereal being the most important meal of the day because without breakfast in the morning most people are mean, and starving in the morning and that's not good because you need something on your stomach.You can't just not eat because your health is everything and not having nothing on your stomach and going to school can make you upset if you are in school, or at work that's really the only thing on your mind. Also not eating anything in the morning can make you throw up or even give you an headache so that's why they made breakfast so that you can enjoy it in the morning because like they say "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day".
  • Lizeth's May 10, 16:41 comment on Karla’s Journey
    Dear Karla I really like your bio. I think your story is nice because a lot of kids who only have one parent may have a hard time getting through school.I live in Texas my whole live I wonder how i would be in NY.
  • Jeremiah H's May 10, 16:29 comment on Favorite Place
    I liked this reading because he kept it simple.He explained directly why his neighborhood is his favorite place and why it is significant to him.Me personally I can´t relate because my favorite place is not where I´m from but this was cool to read.
  • Jeremiah H's May 10, 16:12 comment on Making Decisions
    I liked reading this story because he was open about the type of kid he is. He talked about not only his decisions in life but others too which was good. I did not like how he extended his sentences too much and he also had a few typos.
  • Kiemerra's May 10, 15:42 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree with you because hard work does pay off.Because its all going to turn out in the end.You should always stay motivated and keep trying even when you you don't want to.Never give up.I liked how dean said that his grandfather didn't have as much as he had and his hard work pays off,so just think with all the opportunities I have I know I can do it.
  • Nick B's May 10, 15:41 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree that hard work always pays off in the long run. I believe that hard work will always beat talent. I understand how hard it is to overcome certain things because of my experiences playing sports. I know that nothing is given to you so I respect dean because he had to make them sacrifices.
  • Mary's May 10, 12:02 comment on Rap Music Affect on Society
    Hi Emmanuela, I really liked your approach to finding the deeper meaning in rap lyrics. I listen to rap as well and I like it because I'm able to find the deeper meaning in it's lyrics. On some levels it can relate to your own life when they rap about the pain and heartache some of them have to go through on a day to day basis. I especially like the part where you talked about rap being an escape for some, "Those who grew up in the ghetto rap acts as a form of a escape and in some cases even motivation to get out of their current situation." It shows the other outlets rap can be used for. Here is a link to an article about raps impact in society I think you might like https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/mediarace/socialsignificance.htm The Social Significance of Rap & Hip-Hop Culture. I really liked this articles significance and I hope to see more writing from you in the future.

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