Want Legalized Marijuana? Then Change Drug Testing Policies

Marijuana is becoming an increasingly more accepted drug in our society. Medical marijuana use is now permissible in over a dozen states, and consumers can legally use marijuana for recreation in Colorado and Washington. Although marijuana is a powerful, mind-altering drug, there are some benefits to its use. In states where medical marijuana is legal, doctors have prescribed it to cancer patients and victims of other serious diseases because it can help relieve some of the pain associated with these illnesses.… [Read more]

Controversial Alabama Abortion Law Deemed Unconstitutional – Hope for Thousands

The term abortion brings out an array of emotions from various quarters of society, raising pertinent issues about health, hygiene and the right to live. While critics argue that the unborn child has a right to live just like anyone else, there are certain situations that may force some women to consider abortion like the presence of multiple children already in the family, advanced maternal age, underlying medical conditions that could affect the unborn child or poor financial situation that dictate an inability to bring up a child.… [Read more]

Gender Politics in New Jersey: The Shape of Things to Come?

A story out of New Jersey likely has many in America wishing for a time machine – for an escape into a (hopefully) near future where we can put race, gender, and sexual politics behind us once and for all.

Rachel Pepe, a 13-year-old student at Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, has been told by school officials that she will not be allowed to return to school if she continues to dress, and identify as, a girl.… [Read more]

A Census Of Our Lost Lifetimes

Have you ever wondered just how much life drugs and alcohol have taken from us? It turns out that the U.S. Census Bureau keeps detailed records of a statistic called Years of Potential Life Lost, or YPLL. This measures the average life expectancy against premature deaths.

If we were to add up all of the early deaths attributable to drug and alcohol abuse, we’d find that we lose an unthinkable 2,002,016 years of potential human life each year.… [Read more]

New Jersey Pushing for Undocumented Residents to Get Driver’s Licenses

A bill introduced recently into the New Jersey legislature by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) would allow undocumented residents in the state to obtain a valid driving privilege card similar in form and function to a regular state driver’s license.

Driving Privileges for the Undocumented

The controversial bill, sponsored by three other lawmakers from the New Jersey Assembly and Senate, is targeted specifically at those who cannot show proof of lawful residence in the U.S.… [Read more]

Horsepower Over Horses. Are ATVs Shaping Rural America?

For centuries, cowboys on horses have worked on ranches and farms, helping to move cattle along and checking on fence lines. This image has been solidified in our collective consciousness by television shows and movies that show handsome cowboys on their trusty steeds, working hard from sun up ’til sundown.

But these days, instead of relying on horses to do the work, many have made the switch to all-terrain vehicles (ATV).… [Read more]

The World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Businesses

Many of us would like to believe that businesses wouldn’t exist solely to reap profits. Often, businesses are instituted to make a lasting impact on the society to which they belong. The moment an organisation instills its very core business with ‘giving back,’ it becomes evident that the business stands for a purpose. The overall goal of an organisation ideally rests on corporate citizenship.… [Read more]

Cost of Living by State

Looking to retire? Start a family? Or just tired of how much it costs to live in your state? Check out this interactive infographic. In it you will find a state-by-state comparison of what residents spend on average  for housing, income tax, utilities, college tuition, gas, healthcare, car insurance and property taxes. Click on each header tab and the respective state to find the information you seek:

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Teacher Appreciation Around the World

Karl A. Menninger once said “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” Teachers should be celebrated for what they really are, and be appreciated for their efforts by honouring their special contributions to a particular field or the community in general.

The idea of celebrating Teacher’s Day arose independently in many countries during the 20th century.… [Read more]

It’s Election Day!

From our friends at Unite Blue, a nonprofit organization that “leverages the power of social media to connect and amplify progressives. Our tools empower the grassroots to build their influence and take action on their agendas. We organize for collective action to bring attention to progressive priorities and effect change on the national and local level.… [Read more]