Democrats & Liberals

The Dangerous Realities of America's Dependence on Prescriptions

Posted by Magnolia on June 10, 2019 at 7:16 PM

Prescription dependency in the U.S. has climbed steadily over the last two decades. Due to loose regulations for the prescription of opioid drugs in the pharmaceutical industry, many people are prescribed opioids who could be otherwise treated. Even when opioids are the appropriate course of treatment, many patients are not given enough warning about the potential risk for addiction. The liberal prescription of opioids for minor injuries and pain has resulted in an opioid epidemic that has caused severe consequences for millions of Americans.

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How Can the Trump Administration Better Address the Opioid Crisis?

Posted by jhamilton on May 17, 2019 at 11:08 AM

News stations around the country are covering the opioid crisis, and it's been a large topic of debate among politicians. The crisis has been building for a long time, but it peaked at new levels a few years ago, gaining widespread coverage and scrutiny by the media. 

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Resources to Help the Homeless

Posted by Magnolia on May 15, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Homelessness has plagued the United States since the 1970s, and we haven't experienced anything like our current situation since the Great Depression. The rise in the number of people who find themselves homeless is attributed to a number of different factors. The changes the government made to mental health policies in the 1950s, the decline in single-room housing stock, multiple economic recessions, and safety issues in shelters are just a few.

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The Importance of Alternative Transportation

Posted by Magnolia on May 6, 2019 at 11:06 AM

The truth is, transportation is a necessity in the modern world. Everyone needs to get to the store for food on a regular basis. Commuting to work is a daily routine -- unless you're blessed with the ability to work remotely. One way or another, everyone needs to utilize transportation at some point, whether it's just occasionally or every single day.

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How Will Presidential Candidates Address Marijuana Legislation During the 2020 Election?

Posted by DanikaK on April 29, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Following the 2018 midterm elections, Michigan became the 10th state, and the first in the Midwest, to legalize recreational marijuana. A further 22 states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes, and marijuana legalization is now a key political topic for democratic hopefuls going into the 2020 election cycle.

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How Car Companies Are Addressing Climate Change

Posted by Magnolia on April 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM

In the light of climate change and the increasing need to make technological advances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the automobile industry is often a focal point for environmentalists. Even though our current administration has made removing environmental regulations a cornerstone of its platform, the automotive industry is still making green strides. Car companies have recognized the need to evolve and are addressing the threat of global warming head-on with the goal of becoming more sustainable.

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Why Are Millennial HIV Rates on the Rise?

Posted by Magnolia on April 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM

In the mid-1980s and most of the 1990s, HIV/AIDS was a hot topic. Experts went from thinking that it was a disease that only affected gay men to realizing that HIV could affect anyone. They learned that it, in addition to being transmitted through sexual contact, it could be spread via contaminated blood transfusions.

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Why Millennials Are Pushing for the Green New Deal

Posted by jhamilton on April 4, 2019 at 3:42 PM

In the 116th Congress, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have introduced the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic stimulus programs that address climate change and economic disparity in the U.S. In essence, it combines Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal economic approach with plans for renewable energy.

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America: Home to Some of the Highest Rates of Infant Mortality in the Developed World

Posted by jhamilton on March 21, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Here's How We Fix It

Babies born in the U.S. are 76 percent more likely to die before their first birthday than in any other of the 20 wealthiest countries in the world, according to a report by Health Affairs.

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Are Global Cybersecurity & the U.S. Economy Inherently Connected?

Posted by Magnolia on March 12, 2019 at 3:14 PM

transformed by recent technological innovations. The United States would not be the same without the opportunities that technology has afforded the world. However, the way global cybersecurity has affected U.S. has been of particular interest.

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Americans Are More Overworked and Underpaid Than Any Workforce in the Industrial World

Posted by jhamilton on March 8, 2019 at 2:13 PM

Around the world, the U.S. is recognized as a nation of hope and opportunity. However, the current state of income inequality and lack of workers' rights are systemic issues caused by decades of lobbying for corporations, a practice recognized by many critics as a form of legal bribery. This has helped establish legislation that limits tax regulation on big businesses and protects corporations from consequences for unethical and questionable actions in the pursuit of expansion.

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For Younger Generations, Homeownership Is Slipping Out of Reach

Posted by jhamilton on February 19, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. No matter your age, the decision to purchase a home is a big one, and it often requires strong financial stability to become a reality. For millennials, however, this task is proving to be more difficult to achieve. Today, homeownership among this generation has hit a new low.

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Why Parents and Communities Should Support Teacher Strikes

Posted by jhamilton on February 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Teachers of today have more roles, responsibilities, and opportunities than teachers of the past, many of them taking on leadership skills you once expected to see only in principals. These teacher-leader competencies can be boiled down to three core areas: instructional leadership, policy leadership, and teacher association leadership skills. Teachers are coaches and mentors for their students, as well as their peers. They're fronting curriculum teams and finding better, more effective teaching methods. They're creating institutional practices that can be used at other schools, potentially spurring widespread pedagogical advancements. In other words, they're doing at least double what's been expected of them historically but at the same pay.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Taxation: Could Her Plan Work?

Posted by jhamilton on February 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

Tax reform seems to be on the list of priorities for nearly every candidate for political office. Enter the youngest congresswoman ever elected and internet sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upon entering office proposed a 70 percent top marginal tax rate on the rich, those making over 10 million dollars a year.

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Homeownership: What's the New Normal?

Posted by Magnolia on February 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard to argue with the fact that the housing market has changed quite a bit in the last 20 years. From gentrification to the Great Recession and the bursting of the housing bubble, the world of homeownership in the U.S. has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs in recent years. The question is, with all of the flux what does the new face of homeownership look like to the majority of Americans trying to make ends meet in this crazy new world?

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