In spite of the fact that it technically remains illegal in the vast majority of the world, cannabis has most definitely gone mainstream. Even though it remains illegal at the US federal level, more than 30 states have already legalized medical cannabis use and another nine states plus the District of Columbia have laws that allow for recreational use.… [Read more]
Anyone who has driven on a major interstate anywhere in the U.S. or across a bridge that is in dire need of repair, it may come as no surprise that the infrastructure in the United States needs a lot of help.
In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s infrastructure a D+ in their report; the ASCE releases a report card for the condition of the infrastructure every four years.… [Read more]
According to predictions, there will be 2 billion cars in use on the world’s roads by 2035.
With such a rapid increase in the number of vehicles and the recent shift in the automotive industries towards focusing on the environmentally friendly methods in power generation and manufacturing, will the continued impact remain the same, get worse or start to improve?… [Read more]
In the U.S., the majority of criminal cases are resolved via a plea bargain — a practice that has been in place for decades. Plea bargains aren’t globally ubiquitous, however; Japan only introduced the method in June 2018 for matters involving bribery and/or organized crime, and the nation’s first case to be resolved via plea bargain made headlines in mid-July.… [Read more]
From the shooting at McKeesport, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2013, to the recent shooting at Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018, the United States has experienced 1,624 mass shootings. On the average, that’s 4 or more people getting shot in one incident every 9 out of 10 days.
How can a developed nation experience such violence?… [Read more]
The bid to split California into three separate states has gained an incredible amount of traction over the last few months, and this measure will now officially be on the November ballot. While there is still quite a bit of speculation coming from all sides, many are excited about the possibilities. Here is a closer look at just a few of the changes that may happen if this measure is voted through.… [Read more]
This summer, I got the chance to work remote in Mexico. I am staying with my family in Guadalajara, a large city in the state of Jalisco. While I had been expecting to enjoy life in Mexico, including the food, the activities, and the company of my wonderful family, I had not realized until the week that I left that I would be there to witness an historic election.… [Read more]
A political debate is raging when it comes to student loans. In 2010, then President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that ended a 45-year-old program offering federal subsidies to private lenders dealing federally-guaranteed student loans. The move left the U.S. Department of Education as the sole provider of federal student loans. Private lenders and banks continued to offer loans to students, but the old system was dead and left with a heavy emphasis on federal responsibility.… [Read more]
Most of us have met people who want to “keep politics out of it.” “It” in this case can be whatever they want — the workplace, school, church, relationships. In many cases though, those people are either on the beneficiary end of the political system or simply not affected by certain laws.
Politics become relevant for most of us when we become their target.… [Read more]
Running a campaign for public office is an extremely challenging, time-consuming, and multi-faceted project. Local campaigns, as well as larger-scale campaigns follow some key guidelines for campaign management, and the level of skill used in accomplishing each task and obstacle of campaigns can make the difference between a successful campaign and a failed one. Whether you are involved in running a campaign or simply considering volunteering, campaigns need a lot of help to reach the largest possible audience and get their message heard to receive support.… [Read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]