How Skilled Trades Can Help Rural Americans

Skilled trades could provide a path to a stable, middle-class career for rural Americans in need of expedient economic help. Income inequality remains a serious concern for those outside major metropolitan areas. Thankfully, there are a few decided advantages to choosing a skilled trade as a career path — especially considering rising student debt, wage stagnation, costs of living, and uncertain employment options.… [Read more]

U.S. International Assistance Efforts: Are They Enough?

 

Knowing whether or not to get involved with other countries’ affairs is a major political dilemma. Politicians and ambassadors must decide when intervening in another country’s affairs will be ultimately helpful or harmful. Unfortunately, most of the time, the drive behind this decision is not based on the wellbeing of the citizens of either country, but rather by greed and corruption.… [Read more]

Six Myths About Wind Energy Busted!

Wind energy in one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy. It’s sustainable, helps to create jobs, and is a source of clean fuel. While the wind energy is increasing, there are still a lot of barriers that are hindering the growth of this industry. People who deny climate change, or have a general misunderstanding of wind energy, are spreading a lot of false information.… [Read more]

Racism & Law Enforcement: An Inseparable History

The idea of the modern police officer, as we know them, is less than a century old. Nevertheless, it may not surprise you to know that the concept of law enforcement is born out of a deeply rooted connection to racism, slavery, and discrimination that is still plaguing America today.

This news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who has been paying attention to recent events.… [Read more]

The Erosion of Consumer Protection

As consumers, we have the right to be protected and feel confident about where our money goes as well as any of our personal data. Even if some of the “smartest” consumers are mindful about every purchase they make, read all the small print, and do extensive research, there’s always the risk of being a victim of fraud, being injured, or losing one’s identity or money.… [Read more]

A Few Things You May Be Surprised to Know Aren’t Covered by Health Insurance

Health insurance is a hot button topic lately. Even with the introduction of the healthcare mandate and the Affordable Care Act in place, there are still some surprising things that aren’t covered by health insurance, but really should be.

Clinical Trials

Many believe that participants get paid to participate in clinical trials every time. However, many new therapies that are still in the trial phase require that you pay for your treatment during the trial.… [Read more]

Women in STEM: Four Resources to Learn More About Female Scientists

Unfortunately, many technical industries remain male-dominated. This continued societal imbalance isn’t doing anything to improve the U.S. global rank on the issue. Therefore, real progress is likely to require a more concerted, targeted effort on everyone’s part.

For educators and parents who want to provide girls with more information about opportunities for women in a science or math career such as engineering, there are several excellent resources available about women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.… [Read more]

Overcoming Income Inequality for Children

There is no question that children should be given the best care and education possible. Not only are they young, innocent, and undeserving of mistreatment, but they are also the ones to whom we will pass the world to next. Unfortunately, many children are afflicted by income inequality: living in impoverished neighborhoods, going to underfunded schools, and living with food insecurity.… [Read more]

Preventative Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act

Despite efforts by members of the Republican party and President Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this legislation is still in effect. However, some changes are on the way, which may have major impacts on those enrolled in ACA-based insurance policies. Perhaps the most notable development involves the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to keep a minimum level of health coverage or else face a tax penalty.… [Read more]

When Companies Move Their Business Overseas

The “Great Recession” of 2008 left no one untouched. Many people held their breath as their co-workers were laid off and hoped they weren’t next. They lost their homes, cars, and savings. Companies struggled to stay afloat and to take care of their employees, sometimes having no option but to close.

One company in the northwest, Micron, was no exception – but it hits close to home.… [Read more]

How Our Political Discourse Today Leaves the Elderly Out

Today, the way we talk about politics is heated, to say the least. Many political discussions devolve into name-calling and cherry-picked numbers from both sides of the aisle. And almost all of those heated discussions take place online. A topic that is frequently brought up in our political discourse today is marginalized groups — and for good reason.… [Read more]

Will Commercial Driverless Cars Lead To Mass Unemployment?

Since ages, humans have been trying their best to increase the efficiency and creativity of their output, and one such possibility is the replacement of human-oriented work with automated machines and robots. Not only has this made our lives far more comfortable, but has also eliminated chances of errors.

A very similar prospect has been introduced by Tesla, in which driverless automobiles have been designed to conduct rides without any action from the person taking the trip.… [Read more]

Advice To Help You Prepare For A Job Interview in Any Environment

Getting a new job is a big undertaking, even during periods of economic expansion. It’s not easy and will, without doubt, take a toll on your health if you’re not careful. While it’s an important part of your life, remember that you aren’t defined by whether or not you get the job. And remember to be patient, as the job market differs across sectors and geographic regions.… [Read more]

Dreamers Hanging in the Balance: DACA Policy in Flux

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as minors, also known as Dreamers, are waiting for lawmakers to come to a compromise. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA policy grants them amnesty in the U.S. and eligibility to work, and unless congress can revise the policy with changes that satisfy President Trump, their lives will be uprooted.… [Read more]

Republicans Needs to Stand Up for Their Party

Jeff Flake’s career as a United States senator never attracted the kind of media attention garnered by those of congressional counterparts such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — until now, that is. What is it Flake has done to earn his 15 minutes in the limelight? He has openly questioned the policies of our nation’s most controversial president in modern memory.… [Read more]

The Rise of Fake News and How to Avoid it

The New York Times recently reported that Donald Trump said he did not use vulgarity to describe Haiti and African countries late last week. Yet according to lawmakers, some confirm the comments the president made in a meeting regarding immigration reform and others “do not recall” the comments referring to these countries as “s***holes”. This story will likely remain a “he said” “she said” debate until another prevalent or infuriating news article surfaces and steals its glory.… [Read more]

Does Colorado Really Have a Drug Problem?

When there is talk about the drug epidemic that is plaguing the United States now-a-days, there is always quite a bit of reference to Colorado and how it ranks among the highest for drug problems in the country.

There are many studies that seem to back this up. However, being someone who is first, from Colorado, and had my own stint with being an addict there, I would have to say that it doesn’t really look any different to me wherever I live.… [Read more]

The GOP Tax Bill Will Bring Some Changes to the Middle and Lower Classes

President Trump finalized the GOP tax bill by signing it into law before the Christmas holiday. Some Americans were in strong support of the bill while others felt somewhat differently about it, and by “others,” I mean people who don’t reside in the upper 4 percent of wealth in the country.

The new tax bill, which Trump claims is terrific for the middle class, is actually quite the opposite — especially for upper-middle-class families.… [Read more]

It’s Time For The Law to Take Online Stalking Seriously

Writer Anna Merlan wrote a piece for Jezebel a couple years back describing an experience she had online with cyber harassment. An angry online troll ordered an enormous amount of pizzas to her former address as a means of getting back at her for an article they disagreed with. In Merlan’s Jezebel piece, she used her own experience as a pushing off point to share the experiences of many other female writers and their struggles with law enforcement in these situations in a piece appropriately titled “The Cops Don’t Care About Violent Online Threats.… [Read more]

Can Technology Save the World?

In 1992, 1,700 independent scientists signed a warning to the world. The “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” warned that human activities are inflicting “harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources… No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.”

Those “one or a few” decades are up.… [Read more]