Even before Colorado Amendment 64 was passed, there had been a long-standing public debate concerning the illegality of marijuana. The public support for marijuana decriminalization has been noticeably strong, especially since Colorado legalized the drug recreationally for those 21 and older. Popular media outlets tend to touch on the topic frequently, often highlighting how the country’s public opinion is currently in favor of decriminalization.… [Read more]
At least 11 million people are sitting in prisons and detention centers around the world. And with the global population continuing to rise, prison population numbers are only going to swell in the coming decades. … [Read more]
How many of you are aware of an issue that’s been called “Net Neutrality”? If you aren’t already, it will be coming to your town soon—WHOA!- It’s already there!
Quickly explained, “neutrality” is what has governed the Internet and that means basically–nothing. Internet content, and accessibility to it, has been on a neutral plane with no guardian at the gate determining what goes through and what doesn’t.… [Read more]
On May 8, Vermont became the first state to require labeling on foods containing genetically modified organisms. The bill signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in Montpelier will go into effect in July 2016, giving time for rules and guidelines to be produced. However, while many people are hopeful about this new bill, it is already being met with much opposition and will undoubtedly prove to be a piece of controversial legislation.… [Read more]
The “going green” movement has been hyped up for so long for an important reason. Just recently, the White House released the Third US National Climate Assessment (NCA) that emphasizes the impact of climate change to regions in the United States. For instance, the new findings confirm that the summer season is longer and rains are heavier. … [Read more]
A professor at Eastern Carolina University (ECU) recently made national news by asking his students not to thank God in personal statements to be read at graduation. Eli Hvastkovs, an assistant professor of chemistry at ECU, instructed his students to prepare a 35-word personal statement to be read at the departmental graduation ceremony. He said the statement should detail future plans or thank someone who was influential in the student’s education.… [Read more]
The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close. Enrollment exceeded the 7 million figure the government hoped for, but various surveys suggest that information about healthcare coverage, costs, and enrollment still isn’t as clear to the public as most people would like.… [Read more]
From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s collective treatment of the environment could substantially change overnight. After all, even if we in America got our acts together, could we really offset the damage that China is doing to the environment on a daily basis?
Whatever the case may be, my mantra remains: You can’t control anything but yourself and your actions.… [Read more]
It’s a difficult prospect to think about, but all environmental signs point toward an ever-decreasing water supply. With drought-like conditions extending from coast to coast and water shortages plaguing the entire globe, the world has to practice water responsibility or else the thought of a doomsday drought will become a reality. With H2O consciousness in mind, here are some causes of water shortages as well as a few ways Americans can address the planet’s water problem. … [Read more]
A high-profile medical identity theft case in Florida finally came to a close on January 24. Michael Ali Bryant pleaded guilty to selling an FBI informant stolen medical records which were supposed to be used to file fraudulent tax returns. The stolen data resulted in over $775,000 in false claims being filed with the IRS, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel.… [Read more]
The 17th of March is the annual celebration of St. Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint. For a small island with less than 5 million inhabitants, the day certainly leaves its mark with St. Patrick’s Day being celebrated by the Irish diaspora and Irish Communities across the world.
There are 34.5 million Americans who list their heritage as being primarily or partially Irish and the Irish American population is 7 times larger than the actual population of Ireland.… [Read more]
Despite a ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick, insurers continue to charge higher rates for treatments required for the management of chronic diseases. The goal here is for insurance companies to offset the cost of such clients, so that they can offer lower monthly premiums to healthy people who will yield a profit and help share the burden of those expensive treatments.… [Read more]
The U.S. Department of Energy recently revealed that energy-efficient products can reduce your household energy bills by up to a third. Not only does this drastically improve your finances, but it also significantly heightens the environmental efficiency of your home; reducing your carbon emissions due to unnecessary energy expenditures. One of the most environmentally friendly modifications you can make to your home is replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones.… [Read more]
The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from industrial and mobile sources. This law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the US public, and regulate the emission of hazardous air pollutants.… [Read more]
Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]
With a growing public awareness to the dangers of global warming (climate change), it is becoming increasingly important to remain informed about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Listed below are seven ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and safeguard the environment for future generations.
Renewable energy is the future of energy resources, due to its significant environmental benefits as well as providing a solution to the depleting reserves of fossil fuels.… [Read more]
Often, employees feel powerless when faced with what they believe to be discrimination in the workplace. Out of fear of losing their jobs in the current economic climate, many people feel that they have no choice but to tolerate certain behaviors, including harassment, jokes, and coworker favoritism, among other sometimes difficult to prove forms of discrimination.… [Read more]