Money Can’t Buy Happiness–But It Can Help Build a New Shelter

Somewhere in Recife, Brazil, a young girl, around eight, is being sold to men of various ages, forced to perform sexual acts. Her name is Julianna, and tragically she’s not the only child who is coerced into doing things no child should ever do.  Continue reading

Increase Arts Funding in Public Schools

Fine arts in public schools are an integral part of learning. The term “fine arts” includes theatre, music, studio art, and dance. Fine arts teach you things you would never learn in a math or english classroom. They can be an escape from the harsh world outside. They give students who aren’t the best in core subjects a chance to excel. Yet, fine arts are consistently less funded than sports programs in public high schools. For kids to be able to continue to participate in fine arts, we have to increase the funding, so the programs aren’t lost all together.

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Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

Diamonds, a symbol for love and longevity, the key token of courtship. A diamond is forever, but only because they don’t want you to sell it back to them. In society, women are taught us to look forward to the day that some lucky person puts a ring on it—a diamond ring preferably. But not only have diamonds cost thousands of lives, but they have also cost you thousands of dollars for something that is essentially worthless. People should stop buying diamond engagement rings.

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What’s the Point of Using Ranked Choice Voting?

In the election of November 2018, the State of Maine used a different voting system than the traditional American voting system. The system was called Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), and as this was the first election that I was able to participate in, I wanted to understand why change the system; why use this different voting style? Continue reading

Cross Talk

The Summer of 2017, in late July while it was still burning hot outside I attended a camp called Kids Across America located in Golden, Missouri. I had heard about the camp because my uncle was a pastor and he often took his youth to this camp. Oh right, I forgot to mention–it isn’t just any kind of camp–it’s a Christian sports camp. Continue reading

Waiting Won’t Kill You

My senior year of high school I made a pact with the a few underclassmen that became a lot like family to me, and we decided to wait until we walked across the stage on each of our graduation days to have sex for the first time. Continue reading