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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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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.”… [Read more]

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

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]