I (Un)Pledge Allegiance

“You say stand, I’m taking a stand.” Quarterback (QB) for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick made a strong statement for what he called and “injustice toward minorities,” for recent police shootings. During the national anthem of a football game, the NFL QB decided to sit on the bench instead take part in the pledge. Once the game ended he conducted an interview with the press stating why he decided to sit. Immediately there were mixed feelings from many whoRead more

Interracial Dating: Does It Matter?

“Is love really color blind?” I myself have never been in an interracial relationship, but I see the struggle. To say that people have an uphill battle when living their lives together is an understatement. You’re under constant pressure to always defend yourselves when faced with opposition. But are there exceptions? Do we accept interracial dating for certain groups and not others? Is this more of an isolated situation? It’s tough, but you have to look at both sides inRead more

EPIEPRICE!! THE HIGH COST OF HEALTHCARE

“Where do you draw the line between business of greed?” Recently in the news, the high cost of the Epipen has caused quite the controversy. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Epipen it was is designed to inject epinephrine into the system. The shot’s purpose is used in the case of severe allergic reactions. It aids in blood flow, keeping muscles from becoming constricted, improves breathing, and  increases heart rates. The pharmaceutical company Mylan branded theRead more

Change We Can (Can’t) Believe In

“We had change, but was it good.” It has already been eight years since Barack H. Obama first took office as the 44th President of the United States of America. I can still remember hearing his slogan chanted as an undergraduate student, “Yes we can.” “Change we can believe in.” Now I ask myself what has changed in America? Let’s look a few areas of interest: economics, social, healthcare, and educational. The economy has been the biggest topic of discussion sinceRead more

I Do Means I Don’t, I Can’t, and I Won’t

“The diminishing attraction of I do.” Boy meets girl, girl says yes. Boy and girl start dating, boy and girl get really serious. Boy proposes, girl says yes, boy and girl get married. Boy says I do, girl says I do, boy and girl live happily ever after. This is the case for most people, or so most people think. Well I’m wondering how is this so, when the divorce rate in America has already surpassed 60%. We focus on the expectationsRead more

What Is Heritage Really: The Confederate Flag Argument

“Is it about segregation or self-sustainability?” Throughout the United States history, the Confederate flag has long been a subject of a lot of debates. What does this flag truly mean? Some say it is the flag that is representation of people who wanted to keep slavery going; in addition to the fact they lost the war.  Others state that it is a representation against the government not allowing the southern regions to express the freedom of the states. Then you have the those whoRead more

RIGHT 2 CARRY

“How relevant are they really?” As we enter a race for a new president of the United States, one of the topics of interest pertains to the place in which guns have purpose in our lives. And I am not referring to law enforcement officers, but civilians. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution clearly states we have the right to bare arms. What does that mean? Does that mean I have the right to bare any arms? Is it limitedRead more

Rewarded For Nothing

“Wait until they step in the real world.” Runners to your marks-set-gun! All you hear is screaming adults a ll cheering on their teams and children. As all sprinters cross the finish line, we see the first guy, then second, then third. The results are eventually in and then we see the top three runners get their medals. Then soon after the fourth through eighth place get their ribbons. WHAT! I just got done watching the Olympics in Rio deRead more

Are We Really A Threat: WESTERN LIFESTYLE VS. ISLAMIC TRADITIONALIST

“The real threat from the west. Looking through photography, watching television, or walking up the street, I view the above image. The image is of a woman dressed from head to toe in complete burqa. What is normal in some regions of the world, is offsetting to me and my upbringing. Growing up in the Midwest United States, the burqa, which consist of full body covering, with even the face covered, where you only see the eyes, is a newRead more

Two Incomes Are Better Than One

“You could use the extra money, I’m sure of it.” Wake up at 7:00 a.m., get ready for work. Get dressed and be at work by 9:00 a.m. Go to lunch at 12:00 p.m. for about and hour, then return back by 1:00 p.m. You work until 5:00 p.m., then you’re done for the day. By the time you get home and collapse on the couch, you think to yourself, “What the hell did I accomplish today?” And the answerRead more