This section is here because, well, there is more than just one opinion on the planet.

Making the Case for Balance Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine

Do you know anybody, perhaps even yourself, who eschews traditional “Western” medical treatments for entirely natural ones? Perhaps this person has a lifestyle that involves an abundance on supplements, homeopathic remedies, and similarly alternative treatments?

Well, as excellent for one’s health as it is to choose a good balance of vitamins and minerals, to avoid taking unnecessary prescriptions, and to ingest natural and unprocessed foods, an over-reliance on or trust in all things “natural” can end up being a very poor decision for your health.… [Read more]

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]

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]

Renewable Energy Is on the Rise — and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

Good news for the world: scientists who’ve discovered an enzyme that eats plastic have accidentally mutated it, making it stronger. This is great news, considering that our oceans are littered with plastics throughout. While there may not actually be a “giant Pacific garbage patch,” but without these enzymes, the chance that our race will someday face such a disaster is high, because plastics aren’t traditionally biodegradable.… [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]

Why Thousands Cross the US Mexico Border to Seek Affordable Health Care is Curbing Medical Bankruptcies

In 2013, an estimated 1,800 medical-related bankruptcy were filed a day. 2013 saw nearly 1,800,000 wives, husbands, kids, and other related family members were affected by these bankruptcies. The high cost of healthcare is the leading cause of bankruptcy, affecting more than 1 million families per year.

Healthcare has become so expensive that even those with health insurance may not be able to afford their $5,000 or $10,000 deductibles, as 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings.… [Read more]

American Anti-Intellectualism and Social Inequalities in the Age of Trump

We live in the age of Trump. What this means will vary from individual to individual, but for every person who thinks he represents straightforward business, there is another that believes he represents an affront to American intellectualism.

Perhaps it’s because of comments like this, spoken by Trump at a campaign rally in 2016:

“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’—the experts are terrible!”

Nicholas Baer, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, mentions as much in his article, “American Idiot: Rethinking Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump.” He draws heavily upon the work of Tom Nichols, a book titled The Death of Expertise.… [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]

What’s the Progress on Sustainable Goal Development, Worldwide?

In January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as Global Goals, came into action. In the United Nations Development Programme’s words, these 17 goals are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” In replacing the  Millenium Development Goals, the SDGs introduce new areas of concern, with the aim of reaching all of these goals by 2030.… [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]

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]

How Will We Fix Our Opioid Crisis?

Our country’s problem with opioids has become increasingly urgent. Every year, thousands die from opioid overdose. Drugs classified alongside heroin and fentanyl — including some prescribed painkillers — are making a resurgence, reaching record addiction levels across the nation. New England, the Midwest and Appalachia, in particular, harbor some of the highest rates of opioid addiction and overdose.… [Read more]

The Stats Are In: The Criminal Justice System Needs More Data

You can never truly tell how well a system works if you don’t have the statistics to back it up. Unfortunately, one of the most important systems in the United States is severely lacking in usable data: the criminal justice system. We may know the “what” of crimes, but very little is known on the more important “why.”

At a time where people are demanding more transparency from companies and their government, the call is even stronger when it comes to the criminal justice system.… [Read more]

The UK’s Infrastructure Budget: What Do The Cuts Mean?

Despite once being one of the world’s ‘superpowers’, or indeed ruling over around 23% of the world’s total population, the United Kingdom is now facing some heavy times. Infrastructure budget cuts, political instability, Brexit (and the expected ’buy-out’ fee of £50bn) and financial cuts means that ‘Great Britain’ could now be better known as ‘Alright on a good day Britain’.… [Read more]