The election is a perfect example of how impractical the Electoral College is, and why it should be removed. We would rather recognize a famous actor or musician for their publicized talent, rather than a war hero for his or her efforts to keep our country safe and free.
We tend to appreciate the athleticism of certain individuals playing professional sports, rather than appreciate the teachers that educate the future of our nation. Our society as a whole completely idolizes and values the wrong things and individuals. Dawson Clancy Gull Lake High School While I do enjoy watching my favorite celebrities in the upcoming movies, and look forward to my favorite artists releasing new songs, I am able to realize that those are not the important things that we should value and respect.
He stood among four of his platoon mates under heavy fire from a Taliban raid, and proceeded to fight as long as possible. He saved many lives and laid down his own for all Americans. He left behind friends and family, including a wife and two kids. His heroic deeds, and many like his, go virtually unnoticed by the public, which I think is absurd. He deserves nods from everyone in America, recognizing his efforts for his family and his country. After all, he did so for each and every American.
Alongside the heroic soldiers and public safety officers, teachers also deserve more recognition than they receive. That is potentially the most important job in America, and I believe it deserves the recognition of such. They should take the place of professional athletes, both financially and in the eyes of America. These teachers, soldiers, firefighters and police officers are working harder towards the right things than the entertainers and athletes, and they deserve the recognition and idolship of American and cultural heroes.
Dawson intends to pursue a degree in Sports Management. Ashton Kutcher is known for his many movies and television roles, but he is also the co-creator of a foundation to combat human trafficking all across the globe. As honorable as his charity is, he is not getting the recognition for that, rather for his punchlines and raunchy comedies that are viewed by millions.
Kutcher should be appreciated for his work in fighting human traffickers before his acting abilities. There are other actors and musicians that use their platform for good, but many more that do nothing at all with it. It completely baffles me that there are people like Staff Sergeant Gallegos out there going completely unnoticed, while others are being shown to our youth as icons or role models because of some talent they possess.
I strongly suggest we, as an entire community, start to appreciate the things in life that actually matter. Appreciate those that lay down their lives every single day.
Appreciate those that take an oath to keep our neighborhoods safe. Appreciate those that vow to educate our youth to the best of their abilities, so we can look forward to the brightest future possible. And it starts with us. We can research and recognize those people that are constantly working to better our country. If we start appreciating them, others will join. And they will encourage their kids to do the same.
Pretty soon, we have a snowball effect. The celebrities of the next generation will be the soldiers, teachers and firefighters rather than the rappers, actors and athletes. Our youth will begin to value compassion and selflessness, and learn to appreciate the people that have sacrificed so much. We can make this universal change to better our culture and recognize those that do so much for us. I have been a type 1 diabetic since age 4 and need insulin to live.
There are insulin price wars going on right now and they will continue until something in our broken health care system is fixed. Insulin prices have tripled since , but no major formula changes have occurred.
So what has changed? The pricing is all the more infuriating when you consider that the patent for the discoverers of insulin was sold for one dollar to ensure that the life-saving medication would be available to everyone.
Why did the price of insulin go up? The companies who make insulin make minor changes to their formulas so retain their patents and to ensure generics are not allowed to be created. The cost to manufacture the insulin has not changed since the late s. In the United States of America, we have private insurance companies that will negotiate prices for medications with the corporations that make medicine.
The drug companies want their drug chosen by the insurance companies because the insurance company decides which drugs they will cover for the large number of consumers they represent. More consumers only being allowed to use one specific drug means more profit for the drug company. The drug companies have little competition so they have been able to raise their prices on drugs that people need to live with no checks and balances in place to keep it fair for the consumer.
The companies raise the cost of their drugs so they can give the insurance companies a discount if they pick their product as the product they cover for their insured. Most of the time the pricing negotiations are hidden from the people who use the medicine - except for those without insurance and they have to pay the full price. It is an endless game of catch up for normal people. I personally know people who drive to Canada to buy insulin because it is four times less expensive and it is the same brand of insulin.
We need to figure out how to fix this problem so no matter who you are and how much you make for living you can get the life-saving medicine you need.
When people think about America, they think that America is for the people. America needs to go to a single payer healthcare or universal system because everyone is covered. Everyone is given the opportunity to see a doctor when they are sick, get treatment, or need medicine.
In a single payer system insurance companies are paid the same as patients, the costs are controlled by the government. Having a single payer reduces the cost of healthcare. Having this type of system would allow people to have access to life-saving medicine instead of rationing or not having the medicine they need to live.
If the United States of America were to create a universal health care system where everyone was covered, there would be less of a price gouging situation we are in now. Private insurance companies would no longer be needed, as everyone would use the universal health system. Drug companies would need to bring their costs down or not have their drug be covered by the one insurance carrier. I am hoping I can help educate people about the issues with our current health system and help to bring about change for a universal health system in the United States of America.
My life and the lives of millions of Americans depend on having access to drugs that keep them alive. Flowing and swimming as they feather throughout the immense pinkish blob of the brain.
The brain is the capacitating generator of knowledge, responsible and adequate for functioning endless imagination. These ideas coursing through the brain are the natural gift we have been given to surpass the current foundations of issues we face. The satisfying feeling of that bright light bulb engaging into something new, that Ideas are revolutionary proposals that have only escalated in numbers and sophistication through time. The wheel, the nail, the compass, the printing press, the telephone, the lightbulb, the internet, and the computer, are only a handful of basic fundamental inventions that have become a surmountable stepping stone in the progress of mankind.
The current dilemma the world faces, is that our future innovators might not ever become aware that they are Due to the educational system brainwashing them, by the slow obliteration of creativity, and the destruction of any other creative idea adequately. Ironically, the educational system strives to shape students into key members of future society.
Even when the students wield infinite capabilities, they are still expected to obey and follow school orders. A blank, influenced, specific, bland education designed for the students of the world is not captivating, nor is it working for the fate of the world. Everyone inevitably has a plan for their future, which has been significantly contrasted with the philosophies of the educational system.
Dreams and aspirations are dismantled into realistic views of what the school system believes will benefit society. The reason for that, is a high school diploma is the inevitable step to finding a suitable career, while it may also determine what college students are accepted to as well. However, the fact is by then, students have already paved their mind into a shaped stone of a brain, instead of the sponge of learning it was designed to be.
Many people are clueless to know that his success was possible without a college degree. Richard Branson was also a dropout, although he dropped out earlier, more specifically in high school. Dyslexia made it difficult to learn, due to how abstract and specific the guidelines and learning is in the average school. Poor academic performance was practically inevitable for Branson. Restricting them to stay inside the box, and think of only what is supposedly expected of them.
As children, kids aspire to become what they have always dreamed of. Dreams of being astronauts, or pro-athletes, doctors, president Infinite possibilities and motivation to be someone in the world. Different ideas in the workplace, sooner or later become the pariah of the office. Why do we focus so much on one correct answer, when there are infinite different ways to reach that answer, or even challenge that answer.
The educational system tends to forget the most massive, and vital detail… Students hold the power, as they are the ones being educated. Children start out actively engaging in the construction of endless creations, shapes, and forms of Legos.
Roaming around in the backyard in imaginary realities, gracing around the fresh cut grass in the warm summer day. Believing that they are discovering Mars, or sailing in an expedition to Greece, to even fighting off an entire army of intruders.
The scenarios are endless, and that imagination defines kids and their unique ability to envision anything with no restrictions or guidelines. Unique students with their own captivation of imagination are bullied, just because they think differently than the other kids. Soon those kids become the classroom pariahs. The way that education is enforced. Slowly, slowly, picking apart the vibrant color of imagination, right up until it becomes a blank, dead, grey, post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Transitioning from Sir Ken Robinson, a well-known British author and speaker, is famous and encouraged for his philosophies. Robinson has defied this issue, as he is a respected and qualified speaker for educational topics, and as a result of his credibility, more and more people are continuing to realize a resolution is a must. A simple economic consumer, in an average daily life can see that we are incorrectly raising students through the educational system.
Nonetheless, is a fixed educational system so valuable after high school? Student zombies of nothingness are created, and they feed on the brains of sole answers. What can society do? People of this daily infrastructure of society need to organize a change. Our future shall, and will be determined by the destined young innovators. This is a society issue, because our progress in mankind must continue to progress, but how will it?
Those innovators may never even know their destiny, and again, that they are the future. In the end, the world needs to understand the educational system is interfering with imagination and creativity. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Are you crazy?
Despite the fact that I had never considered theatre once during my high school career -much less musical theatre where that awfully scary act of singing makes up a majority of the auditionI had, on a whim, decided to try out for the spring musical. Prospect of failure and the foreignness of it all was terrifying. The mere thought of it sent my stomach to shambles. In those moments, standing as the center of attention after my name was called, first I might add!
As it turns out, those moments of downright discomfort were symbolic and caused a lightbulb to go off in my reflecting, no longer regretting, brain.
I had just done something I never thought I would as I had never realized I wanted to. If one would have told me a year ago even two weeks ago for that matter- that I would have auditioned and become a part of the show, I would have ridiculed the notion. These vulnerable experiences of mine brought me to the conclusion that something had been missing from my life that I have been fortunate enough to find this year, something that too many people -who seem to have life all put together- are yet to pinpoint, something that I would love to live to see changed.
In other words, people in general are afraid to try new things and this prevents them from realizing true potential and intangible wealth.
This is undeniable. This is a limiting factor for us as a human race and as individuals. This is an area where the world would welcome, and benefit from change. This fear of seizing what scares us brings this argument full circle, creating an endless loop where positive change, progress, and betterment cannot be made.
Our instincts tell us to remain within our comfort zones, where internal peace and external success are ensured. While it cannot be altered to include an immunity from reaction to foreign concepts or hesitation due to the idea of initial unsuccess, the willingness to expand ourselves to new horizons can be a conscious effort.
It is impossible to exercise fearlessness of new things but it is entirely within our power to embrace the challenges and rise to them, bettering ourselves and those around us along the way.
Imagine a world where the riches of possibility are chosen over the safety blanket we often choose to take cover beneath. All this does is silence our potential as a people. In a place where open-minded individuals with a willingness to further their understanding and appreciation of cultures, actions, and personalities outside of their own, much more unity and harmony could be found.
Simple qualities such as these are a few that our community needs desperately. A deeper understanding of our personal capabilities can be found when we challenge ourselves beyond the ways in which we limits ourselves. The opportunities available to us that we preferred to ignore before because of their intimidation, will be taken rather than missed.
Finally the destination will be within reach as the distress of the journey no longer has the power to restrain us from achievement. We have nothing stopping us. Only we have the ability to make neophobia obsolete by willing ourselves to choose experience over comfort.
Chances are you thought of a tropical location, warm and lush with gorgeous, sandy beaches. Consider this, another type of island exists. It consists of floating barges of plastic bottles and packaging- human made objects left to decay in the environment.
Air, water, and land are all subject to this treatment and every species of plant and animal, including ourselves, can feel the harmful effects. If any one thing should be changed, plastic bags should no longer be used by consumers in a commercial setting. Getting rid of them, while just a portion of a larger problem, is an excellent step in the right direction. Plastic bags have become an integral part of everyday life; however, the utility they provide lasts such a miniscule amount of time.
When compared to the time they will spend as pollutants or ever-so-slowly decomposing in a landfill, they do more harm than good. Recycling is only done a small fraction of all bags and while it is still the best means of disposal, it is complicated. Because of how recycling facilities depend on machinery with rotating shafts to sift different materials, the flexible nature of bags allows them to get stuck and halt the recycling process of all materials.
Worse yet, in landfills where there is a lack of air and light, the decomposition process is nearly nonexistent and contaminated runoff is always a possibility. If the bags end up in the water, turtles mistake them for food and eat them. On land, birds consume shredded bags for the same reason. There is hardly a good ending for any plastic bag which begs the question of why we use them. On April 10, Santorum suspended his campaign due to a variety of reasons, such as a low delegate count, unfavorable polls in his home state of Pennsylvania, and his daughter's health, leaving Mitt Romney as the undisputed front-runner for the presidential nomination and allowing Gingrich to claim that he was "the last conservative standing" in the campaign for the nomination.
On May 29, after winning the Texas primary, Romney had received a sufficient number of delegates to clinch the party's nomination with the inclusion of unpledged delegates. After winning the June 5 primaries in California and several other states, Romney had received more than enough pledged delegates to clinch the nomination without counting unpledged delegates, making the June 26 Utah Primary, the last contest of the cycle, purely symbolic. CNN's final delegate estimate, released on July 27, , put Romney at 1, pledged delegates and 62 unpledged delegates, for a total estimate of 1, delegates.
No other candidate had unpledged delegates. The delegate estimates for the other candidates were Santorum at delegates, Paul at , Gingrich at , Bachmann at 1, Huntsman at 1, and all others at 0. She asked him point blank, "Did you write this, or did someone else write it for you?
He had purchased the custom-written paper from an online essay-writing service. The teacher believed this conduct represented a serious breach of academic ethics. The student had submitted an essay written by someone else as his own. He had not indicated that he hadn't written it.
He hadn't given any credit to the essay's true author, whose name he did not know. And he was prepared to accept credit for both the essay and the course, despite the fact that he had not done the required work. The instructor severely admonished the student and gave him an F for the assignment. But the roots of this problem go far deeper than an isolated case of ghostwriting. Essay writing has become a cottage industry premised on systematic flaunting of the most basic aims of higher education.
The very fact that such services exist reflects a deep and widespread misunderstanding of why colleges and universities ask students to write essays in the first place. These services have names such as WriteMyEssay. Some of these Web sites offer testimonials from satisfied customers. Another marvels at the scholarly standards and dedication of the essay writers, one of whom actually made two unsolicited revisions "absolutely free.
First, is the use of these services a form of plagiarism? Not exactly, because plagiarism implies stealing someone else's work and calling it one's own. In this case, assuming the essay-writing services are actually providing brand-new essays, no one else's work is being stolen without consent.
It is being purchased. Nevertheless, the work is being used without attribution, and the students are claiming credit for work they never did. In short, the students are cheating, not learning.
Most essay-writing services evince little or no commitment to helping their customers understand their essay topics or hone their skills as thinkers and writers. They do not ask students to jot down preliminary ideas or submit rough drafts for editing and critique. They do not even encourage them to pose questions about the subject matter.
Instead, the services do all the work for them, requesting only three things: the topic, the deadline, and the payment. Second, how do these essays manage to slip past an instructor undetected? If most institutions knew their students were using essay-writing services, they would undoubtedly subject them to disciplinary proceedings.
Farris, Chairman, 1 Apr. In a single payer system insurance companies are paid the same as patients, the costs are controlled by the government. These families are still paying taxes in support of public school programs; their children should be able to take part in the programs offered. Or perhaps my fascination came from the shaking ground caused by the power of a 60 mph Amtrak train passing by the railroad crossing in our small downtown. The Super Tuesday primaries took place on March 6.
For example, if a breeder makes thousands of dollars selling two or three puppies out of a litter of seven or eight puppies, they may feel that this is sufficient profit for them. Another disturbing question concerns the writers who produce such essays. Our society as a whole completely idolizes and values the wrong things and individuals.
The scenarios are endless, and that imagination defines kids and their unique ability to envision anything with no restrictions or guidelines.