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Water Worries: What’s Being Done to Help Residents in Flint, MI?

Water Worries What's Being Done to Help Residents in Flint, MI

More than two years have passed since the water contamination problems in Flint, Michigan, first came to light. From neurotoxins to high lead levels, this drinking water issue will surely become a mandatory topic of research for college students who are pursuing a masters of in emergency management or even an environmental law degree.

With thousands of children exposed to dangerous lead levels, the Flint water crisis has been cited of an example of how poor city management can lead to a series of catastrophic failures.… [Read more]

What Are the Biggest Changes for the Future of Farming in America?

What are the Biggest Changes for the Future of Farming in America

For hundreds of years, farm land has been the life blood of the United States. However, despite how families have farmed the land for generation after generation, new advances in agricultural science and new technology are causing change in America’s farmland. Below are some of the biggest changes American farmers can expect in the future. Farming Wind Traditionally, farmers have only made money from growing crops and raising livestock.… [Read more]

A Hidden Danger in Driving: Socioeconomic Status?

Hidden Dangers of Driving: Socioeconomic Class

Thanks to innovations in auto manufacturing and the tightening of laws, such as distracted driving and drunk driving laws, the number of injuries and deaths due to car accidents is gradually declining each year. Recently, a troubling trend has come to light involving individuals who are live within the lower socio economic status; they are more likely to die in a car accident than those who are “well off”.… [Read more]

My Mom likes Reagan and Trump. WBU?

Trump

Millennials (people born around 1983-2000) and their parents got along better than any generation measured before (many millennials even partially support their parents) and yet there is a fundamental difference in the political actions of millennials and the generations before them. I know, I stereotyped a whole generation, but we are talking trends (instead of individuals) and the trend says that the political ideal of the young and old are rapidly rupturing.  … [Read more]

America’s Hidden Heroin Addiction and Who’s Taking Action

America's Hidden Heroin Addiction and Who's Taking Action

Instances of heroin use are skyrocketing in America, and has become an epidemic among many teens and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 8,000 lives have been taken by Heroin in just the last year. That number is expected to triple as use of the illicit drug continues to spread.… [Read more]

Water Waste in America and How Things are Changing for the Better

Water Waste in America and How Things are Changing for the Better

Water is the most precious resource on earth, essential for all forms of life. It makes up about 60% of the weight of an average human body and without water life would not exist on earth. As the human population continues to multiply exponentially, the strain on important resources such as water continues to grow. It is important to ensure conservation of water for the continued existence of life on earth.… [Read more]

How Rates of Drug Use in American Teens Have Changed

How Rates of Drug Use in American Teens have Changed

Drug abuse rates have always been a concern for Americans. More specifically, they have been concerned with teen drug use rates. Our culture and social norms have changed from generation to generation and what causes these changes is still mostly up for debate. Since 2008, drug use in teens has gone up and down. But in general, teens have been using less hard drugs, even though marijuana use has gone up.… [Read more]

Veteran Validations: Best Programs that Give Back

Veteran Validations Best Programs that Give Back

There are over 20 million veterans who have served their country in the U.S. and fortunately, there are many helpful programs that offer a variety of services and benefits to help them permanently adjust to civilian life after active duty. Below are some of the best and most well-known for helping out veterans in need. Vocational Rehabilitation The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE) service of the VA provides veterans with job training, resume development, and coaching skills needed to obtain gainful employment after military service.… [Read more]

Fighting Foster Care: How the System is changing for the Better

Fighting Foster Care How the System is Changing for the Better

Foster care is a valuable service provided by The Children’s Aid Society who are rescued from unsafe or unstable homes. In the past, foster homes were sometimes viewed with criticism and concern, as some questioned the credentials of those appointed to care for children in need. However, in recent years the system has been improving through a series of important changes that help to better prepare, monitor, and coordinate foster families and their needs.… [Read more]

Gun Control in America: A Look at the Legislation That Got Us Here

Gun control

Enough is enough. Those were the words of President Barack Obama after yet another mass shooting, this time at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last week. The President said these incidents will not be normalized as part of American culture, but it may be too late for that.

There was at least one mass shooting (defined by at least two people being injured) every day in the U.S.… [Read more]

What’s the Scoop on Google’s New Mortgage Shopping Tool?

What's the Scoop on Google's New Mortgage Shopping Tool

Google is by far one of the best run companies in America. They have a distinct management style that makes them highly profitable, and their products stand far above the competition. Seldom does a Google venture fail because they thoroughly research new ideas before making a move. It was a pleasant surprise when the company announced its launch of a new mortgage product, Google Compare.… [Read more]

Six of the Most Prosecuted Cyber Crimes

Six of the Most Prosecuted Cyber Crimes

We all spend a surprising amount of time on the internet these days. Our virtual world has quickly replaced the natural world in some ways. So it’s not surprising to realize crimes happen right alongside social media use, movie watching, and email checking. If you’re wondering just what type of online activity could land you in jail, read on and learn more about the most prosecuted cybercrimes today.… [Read more]

Testing Overload: What’s Happening to America’s Public Schools?

Testing Overload What's Happening to America's Public Schools

You remember the stress all too well.  You can almost recreate the sense of dread you felt as you studied well into the night, and still feel the jitters of sitting in that hard wooden desk waiting for your teacher to hand you several sheets of paper filled with question after question. And now your child has to suffer through the same experience.… [Read more]

How is Immigration Reform Affecting the Polls?

How is Immigration Reform Affecting the Polls

Immigration reform has been a hot topic in the year leading up to the 2016 presidential elections. Every major presidential candidate has made explicit remarks regarding their stance on the issue of immigration and naturalization within the United States. Some have supported more openness in immigration policies, while others have appealed to the masses for a need to reduce immigration and make it more difficult to reach to US.… [Read more]

Highway Robbery: US Infrastructure and the Anti-tax Lobby’s Reckless Crusade

Infrastructure

The United State’s public infrastructure is in a sorry state. Long-neglected roads and bridges are being left to crumble, unfunded. Drivers are forced to risk their necks for the simple fact that the government–at all levels–won’t perform basic repairs for fear of appearing “tax-and-spend.” That same government has the obligation to “provide reasonably safe roadways for the public.” We should hold them to their duty.… [Read more]

What Whistleblowers in Foreign Fashion Factories Have Seen in the Past Year

What Whistleblowers in Foreign Fashion Factories Have Seen in the Past Year 1

Today, popular apparel companies bring in billions of dollars each year in revenue from retail sales. It may be shocking to hear some of the most popular brands, and even some not so popular, have very unethical practices going on in their factories overseas. These underhanded practices are just coming to the surface with the help of whistle-blowers and government investigation.… [Read more]

Immigration Today: How the Laws are Changing and Why

Immigration Today How the Laws are Changing and Why

For more than a decade, United States immigration policy has been at the forefront of a fierce legislation battle. While both sides of the political aisle have traditionally focused immigration enforcement rather than immigration reform, years of inflated enforcement spending with few results to show for it have led public opinion to shift in favor of more effective alternatives.… [Read more]

Supreme Court Deals a Major Blow to Separation of Church and State

Cross Streets of Church and State

Freedom of religion is one of the major principles on which this country was founded. Unlike in other parts of the world, citizens of the United States are free to practice any religion they choose. There is no official doctrine in this country and you cannot discriminate against others on the basis of their beliefs. From time to time, though, the principle of religious freedom comes under fire.… [Read more]