The classic American Dream is has become nearly unachievable in the modern U.S. With the dismantling of labor groups and unions, the idea that someone can work hard and live a comfortable life while supporting a family after learning a trade is far-fetched. Even those who obtain a college education and enter the workforce with a degree are saddled with unprecedented debt, crippling their long-term earning potential.… [Read more]
Children are the future of our society. If we want smart, accomplished citizens who can make informed decisions, start wonderful businesses, and create a fantastic future, we need to invest in them. It doesn’t matter if that child is born to parents who are impacted by poverty or to parents who are wealthy and can afford a world-class education.… [Read more]
The desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves is part of the fundamental nature of humanity. Yet it has unfortunately fallen to the wayside in recent years, if the prison-industrial complex, conspicuous lack of affordable medical care, and flawed foster care system are any indication.
The good news for those who want to address inequality without perpetuating broken systems is that you have plenty of options for turning your passion for social justice into a lucrative career.… [Read more]
America’s prisons are grappling with a bevy of severe problems.
There are too many inmates, not enough guards, and the recidivism rate is disturbingly high. Criminal justice reform is one of the rare bipartisan issues that everyone agrees on. It doesn’t matter if you believe that the police are arresting too many people or if you think that aren’t enough people behind bars.… [Read more]
Each year, there are a number of incarcerated adults who transition from the correctional system in the United States, returning to their families and communities. While many are able to successfully reintegrate into their lives before entering prison or jail, there are a number of people who commit new crimes and are reincarcerated. For marginalized populations, this is a particularly prevalent issue.… [Read more]
In spite of the fact that it technically remains illegal in the vast majority of the world, cannabis has most definitely gone mainstream. Even though it remains illegal at the US federal level, more than 30 states have already legalized medical cannabis use and another nine states plus the District of Columbia have laws that allow for recreational use.… [Read more]
Anyone who has driven on a major interstate anywhere in the U.S. or across a bridge that is in dire need of repair, it may come as no surprise that the infrastructure in the United States needs a lot of help.
In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s infrastructure a D+ in their report; the ASCE releases a report card for the condition of the infrastructure every four years.… [Read more]
According to predictions, there will be 2 billion cars in use on the world’s roads by 2035.
With such a rapid increase in the number of vehicles and the recent shift in the automotive industries towards focusing on the environmentally friendly methods in power generation and manufacturing, will the continued impact remain the same, get worse or start to improve?… [Read more]
In the U.S., the majority of criminal cases are resolved via a plea bargain — a practice that has been in place for decades. Plea bargains aren’t globally ubiquitous, however; Japan only introduced the method in June 2018 for matters involving bribery and/or organized crime, and the nation’s first case to be resolved via plea bargain made headlines in mid-July.… [Read more]
From the shooting at McKeesport, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2013, to the recent shooting at Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018, the United States has experienced 1,624 mass shootings. On the average, that’s 4 or more people getting shot in one incident every 9 out of 10 days.
How can a developed nation experience such violence?… [Read more]
The bid to split California into three separate states has gained an incredible amount of traction over the last few months, and this measure will now officially be on the November ballot. While there is still quite a bit of speculation coming from all sides, many are excited about the possibilities. Here is a closer look at just a few of the changes that may happen if this measure is voted through.… [Read more]
This summer, I got the chance to work remote in Mexico. I am staying with my family in Guadalajara, a large city in the state of Jalisco. While I had been expecting to enjoy life in Mexico, including the food, the activities, and the company of my wonderful family, I had not realized until the week that I left that I would be there to witness an historic election.… [Read more]
A political debate is raging when it comes to student loans. In 2010, then President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that ended a 45-year-old program offering federal subsidies to private lenders dealing federally-guaranteed student loans. The move left the U.S. Department of Education as the sole provider of federal student loans. Private lenders and banks continued to offer loans to students, but the old system was dead and left with a heavy emphasis on federal responsibility.… [Read more]
Most of us have met people who want to “keep politics out of it.” “It” in this case can be whatever they want — the workplace, school, church, relationships. In many cases though, those people are either on the beneficiary end of the political system or simply not affected by certain laws.
Politics become relevant for most of us when we become their target.… [Read more]
Running a campaign for public office is an extremely challenging, time-consuming, and multi-faceted project. Local campaigns, as well as larger-scale campaigns follow some key guidelines for campaign management, and the level of skill used in accomplishing each task and obstacle of campaigns can make the difference between a successful campaign and a failed one. Whether you are involved in running a campaign or simply considering volunteering, campaigns need a lot of help to reach the largest possible audience and get their message heard to receive support.… [Read more]
Many Americans may struggle to find Idaho on a map, but the state recently has been making news across the U.S. for its Democratic candidate for governor, Paulette Jordan. Not only would she become the first female governor of Idaho, if elected, but she would also become the first Native American governor in the history of the country.… [Read more]
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]
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]