There are hundreds of thousands of children in foster homes and orphanages waiting to be adopted. It’s harder and more complicated to be able to adopt for same-sex relationships. Although the main problem is that it is two men or two women adopting, rather than a woman and man. This is due to the belief that every kid should have a mom and dad, and that belief has been around for so long, people don’t want to think another way. They say that it has been that way for forever and that’s how it should stay. But everything changes, no matter if people like it or not.
For many people, Marriage has always been set between a man and woman. US District Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton wrote “Marriage has long been an institution defined by relationships between men and women. So long defined the tradition is measured in millennia, not centuries or decades. So widely shared, the tradition until recently had been adopted by all governments and major religions of the world” this was said in a session talking about gay marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio on November 6, 2014. Although many believe that the concept of traditional marriage has changed a lot. According to the Bible, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. But it doesn’t stop there, various amounts of men have married multiple women, ruining the image of ‘marriage between a man and a woman’, meaning one single human man, and one single human woman. The rise of effective contraception really transformed marriage, from how many children the family wanted, of if they even wanted to have any at all. If they became unhappy, they had the choice to divorce. “Marriage has become primarily a personal contract between two equals seeking love, stability, and happiness” Thus the new definition opened the door for same-sex couples to get married too. “But for better and for worse, traditional marriage has already been destroyed, and the process began long before anyone even dreamed of legalizing same-sex marriage.”
Legalizing gay marriage has been linked to lower divorce rates while banning gay marriage correlates to higher divorce rates. Massachusetts had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008, lowering by 21% between 2003 and 2008. While Massachusetts was winning, other states and countries kept the ban, like in Alaska, where the divorce rate had increased by 17.2% in the same period of Massachusetts legalizing gay marriage. People who are actually happy together and get the chance to make it official just solidifies the love and could give the feeling of not being left out, not being alienated by others, and finally feeling like they don’t have to worry anymore.
The whole point of this is that, yes, there are bad sides to gay marriage. But there are bad sides to any other marriage out there. You can live your life how you want, so why is it wrong for someone else to do the same thing? People may always agree to ban gay marriage, forgetting about the thousands of children waiting to be adopted into a family, forgetting that traditional marriage has been destroyed long ago, even maybe refusing to see that divorce rates lower with the gained rights for gay marriage. They will decide to continue to label the rising disorders as being over dramatic and fake, and they will continue to only see the evil in gay marriage. As people keep doing this, people will still fight against it, and more data will be revealed and although everyone might not agree, they should at least learn to show some decency to another human being, no matter their preference. It’s not your life, so why are you trying so hard to destroy it?
JournalismSome may say that humanity is getting more violent, with them blaming it on some t.v shows and video games… well, I think that is kinda like the dumbest thing. No one can deny that these things may have an influence on people’s minds but you can’t blame it all on these t.v shows and video games. A lot of these people are people that either have problems with how violent things on a screen can be, and others may have been affected by it as maybe a family member has gone to jail for doing something bad and they just want something to blame so they can cope with their issue.
With these types of people, they are stuck in what they think is right and are very closed minded with things that go against what they think and want to ignore the facts. Most people are either traumatized by something that has happened in their life prior to what they have done. Or they may have been introduced to something that can make them more violent. And I’m not saying that it couldn’t be video games or violent t.v shows but maybe something that was in their real life.
Obviously people will never be able to prove it these two things affect the amount of people that turn violent and began to do terrible things but this is to all the ignorant people that don’t like to have an open mind and don’t want to think about what could really be going on in their life to make them this way. I AM NOT saying that people should accept these type of people because of their background because I know I could never forgive someone if they took a family member from me but others might be able to do that.
This is probably the most bland topic, and I think that most would agree that people have these issues from start to finish. But if anyone was close-minded about this topic then this might open their eyes… but probably not because they don’t understand how life goes 😀
Growing up, I always tried to find ways to bring joy into my seemingly miserable life, but always fell short when I couldn’t do anything without paying. Of course, coming across money when you’re ten years old is a blessing all in all. You have so many doors open up for you, you can buy almost anything of your dreams, and this continues on throughout life. When you get older though, the money you earn has to go towards bills and personal expenses. When someone is down, usually the best thing to do is invite them out for a night and take them out to eat, out for a drink, or out for a fun night on the town. Since everything costs money in one way or another, the true key to happiness can be bought.
To Understand our World
We are now in the first couple of days of December 2017, and it has not snowed at all in Colorado. Knowing Colorado, one can say that it’s a bipolar state with unexpected weather conditions but, it’s unusual that Colorado has stayed warm for this long. It’s no other than Global Warming affecting our state, our country, and our world as we know it. As a matter of fact, we humans are the ones to blame. First of all, to understand what situation we have put ourselves in, we have to understand the context of global warming.
Although there are people that are trying to make a change and spreading the world of change, there are still those companies that take advantage of their wealth to over consume unnecessary reliable resources rather than helping for a cause. Out of their greed, they consume in a large amount with the outcome of selling more, to make more profit. all the factories releasing pollution and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causes the heat to be trapped in our atmosphere. And it may not just be companies, but also people that pollute the earth by having many cars and starting wildfires, etc, humans are the main cause for why Global Warming is happening and there is no denying it.
by Hugo Delgado
FinalBirth Control Accessible to Everyone of all Ages?
Young females should be able to access birth control without parents’ consent point blank. It is a person’s own right to control what medication they take or the contraceptives, they use. When you’re a teenager young and confused still trying to figure out what you are going to do in life, and then all of a sudden you have a huge responsibility in raising a child, what do you do? Not only can being pregnant be confusing but going through puberty can be a very complicated time for females. There are many effects that last a lifetime and birth control can prevent these hormones from being out of whack. Abortion-a topic that isn’t just brought up with a lost pregnant female, but brought up with many political parties. All of these concerns are raised when one simple question is asked. Should females be able to access birth control without parental consent?
The Colorado Rapids 2017 season didn’t go as planned, with a record of 9-19-6. Overall the season wasn’t a complete bust, some positivity came out of the end.
What Went Right
The season started out promising with a home win against New England Revolution. After that, the season began to spiral downward, but that doesn’t mean the season was absolutely terrible. We picked up a new assistant coach, Rapids legend, Conor Casey. Another positive outcome of the season was the signing of Stefan Aigner, a German midfielder who controls the game very well. Other than those 2 big signings, the only other positive outcomes of our season were the skill development of Dominique Badji, the Rapids MVP, and Kortne Ford, a 2017 rookie of the year nominee.
What Went Wrong
Besides those 3 positive outcomes, the Rapids 2017 was a huge disappointment. At the beginning of the season, we traded our veteran midfielder, Sam Cronin, which left a gaping hole in our midfield. Shortly after the trade, injuries shocked our season. Our brick wall in defense Axel Sjoberg had constant hamstring issues, and Bismark Boateng, another midfielder, had back issues. Besides losing our best players, our head coach, Pablo Mastroeni, just wasn’t doing the job. Near the end of the season, he was cut from the club. Sadly, after hiring a new coach the Colorado Rapids still could not manage to win too many games, ending the season in 2nd to last place in the MLS.
What They Need to do Moving Forward
In this upcoming 2018 season, a path to success all starts with the offseason. During the offseason, the Rapids need to find a new head coach, that looks to ignite the league and lead the rapids through a winning season. Also, during the off season, the Rapids also need to become more defensively minded than offensively minded. Through our 2017 season, the Rapids became too offensively minded which caused us to concede too many goals.
With a combination of fixing their errors, working hard in the offseason, and having all their players come back healthily from their injuries, there is no doubt we can go to the playoffs in the 2018 season, and be the successful club we once were in the 2016 season.
“Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it” – Edmund Burke
Schools are meant to provide an accurate and unbiased education to each generation. As this quote by Edmund Burke shows, without an accurate understanding of history it is difficult to mature and avoid mistakes. However, schools teach with more bias than they should. They do this by making historical figures into heroes and ignoring minorities in history.
JournalismPrivate High Schools should compete within their own sports leagues because they are afforded resources, mainly financial, that public schools do not have access to. Private High schools in Colorado dominate sports leagues and championship tournaments across the state in many sports, leaving many wondering why there seems to be a common trend of private school success, considering their low enrollment numbers and the plain small percentage of private high schools in Colorado. I think I have an explanation for this.
Private schools, in comparison to public, have astronomically high enrollment tuition costs. The money that private schools earn through enrollment fees and tuition can be put towards whatever the school pleases. Their teachers and staff are not paid with state money like public schools staff are, so therefore if it was in a private schools intentions, they could funnel massive amounts of funds into athletic programs, simply because they are playing with large amounts of money. In contrast to the minuscule financial breathing room public schools are working with, which are mainly raised through donations and fundraiser, when it comes to athletic programs, we can see why public schools are at such a disadvantage in athletic competitions.
In many other states, like Florida and Georgia, private schools either compete within their own leagues or are put in higher classifications than their actual enrollment numbers. This has yet to happen in Colorado, as schools like Valor Christian, who have won eight state championships in the last ten years, continue to dominate on an uneven playing field.
The Denver Post published an article detailing these struggles for public schools competing against Valor.
“Valor teams are financed from tuition, student sports fees, gate receipts, a booster club and passionate donors. As for the school, it’s palatial. There are state-of-the-art facilities — Unruh estimated that the 4,000-seat football stadium cost between $8 million and $9 million. An expansive weight room features numerous weight-training coaches on site and even an array of Muscle Milk products for students.
“One guy gave me a tour over there, and their video equipment, you could put it at CU in a heartbeat. It’s ridiculous,” Chaparral’s Vogt said. “I have to fundraise every penny. I get $500 every year to run this program from the district. I have to fundraise about $40,000-50,000 a year just to put helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms on my boys, plus pay for buses. It’s a grind.
“I’ve got eight assistant coaches that aren’t paid a dime. A dime.””It is clear that there is an issue that, for the sake of the kids and their high school sports experience, needs to be fixed.
In recent years, depression and anxiety rates in teens have skyrocketed. Many people contribute this to the wider distribution of smartphones. Others blame it on other factors, including harder school work, more homework, and more responsibility. Whatever the case, teenage mental health has been on the decline, and everyone has opinions as to why. But whatever anyone thinks is the cause, no one has any solutions. Students in middle and high school should have a yearly mental health screening. Many people may think that this would be tedious and unnecessary, but it is absolutely necessary if we hope to stop this epidemic and learn more about mental illnesses in teens.Kids having a yearly mental health screening would help us learn more about mental illnesses in teens. “Approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder, such as depression and/or anxiety disorders…. Less than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders received any kind of treatment in the last year.” (-The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Because every kid would be screened, more students would be diagnosed with mental illnesses. With more diagnoses, there will be more evidence and signs to look for when diagnosing teens with mental illnesses, and then those diagnoses will be more accurate.
If there is a reason that teenage mental illness is increasing, a yearly screening of students in schools would also help us come up with definitive evidence to support that reason. The American College Health Association surveyed 100,000 college students at 53 US campuses and found that 84 percent of US students feel unable to cope, 79 percent are exhausted, 60 percent feel very sad and more than half are experiencing overwhelming anxiety. Lythcott-Haims directly links these staggering conclusions to the way that children have become a project, not just in themselves, but also for their parents’ egos. (-www.independent.co.uk). In recent years, society has set higher standards for young adults and teens which may be contributing to why we are seeing higher mental illness rates in adolescents. If we did a yearly screening, we may actually be able to pinpoint the exact reason why this is happening, chart the data collected to see how much the rates are increasing and help to solve this problem.
While some people may think that it is unnecessary to screen kids yearly for signs of mental illness, it would not be very hard to do, and it would help us in many ways. Students of all ages are given yearly hearing and vision tests, so we would easily be able to do the same with mental illness testing. Despite the fact that not all teens have mental illnesses, a yearly screening would get help for those that do, as well as give us more information about mental health in teens.
Middle and High School students should be given a yearly mental health screening because it will help get us more information about mental illness in teens, it will allow teens that need help to get help, and it would not be difficult to do. We need to give teens a yearly mental health screening because it won’t harm anyone and will help everyone, including society as a whole.
Money vs. happiness
What is the true meaning of happiness? When do we know when we have found it? Some of us may think that happiness is finding something you really love and you can only buy those things. Money plays a big part in happiness. What people don’t know is that when all you think about is money and not others is when you make others unhappy. Putting your needs before someone else shouldn’t make anyone feel good about themselves. Money can turn people into another person and by the looks of it, that gets them nowhere. 48% of people think that money does buy happiness. In my opinion, money doesn’t translate to happiness because people have an empty feeling of loneliness or love and they seem to replace that with money. Some can keep buying and buying until they are satisfied but that soon fades away because true happiness is priceless. The true meaning of happiness is misused for consumerism, which is a process built on temporary happiness that creates a continuous hunger for new things to feel that momentary pleasure.
Some may have the most money in the world and seem to be happy but are actually longing for love and they may be lonely. I feel bad for those people because they will never know how good it feels to give to someone or have something little that means so much to you. If you never work for something, then you don’t know what you have until you lose it. The bad thing about doing good things is that people don’t tend to recognize them and your good heart goes unnoticed. As long as you have a good feeling about what you did then you don’t need to be noticed. I find it nice not having to be wealthy because then I would only think about myself. Shouldn’t we want to think of others and try to help them?
I know that when I go to the store, I can’t resist all my favorite foods like orange chicken. People can keep buying and buying things until they are fully satisfied but that temporary pleasure soon fades away because we are faced with the reality that this happiness can’t last forever. Once it ends we go right back to getting things for ourselves because we think that is what we deserve. Money can’t buy the true meaning of happiness and once we realize that, we start to feel that joy. For example, Christmas tends to be one of the most wonderful times of the year. What they don’t realize is that the people who don’t have anything, aren’t able to feel that happiness. When we say that Christmas is when we should worry about our family and give, does that mean the rest of the year is when we should worry about ourselves? What I’m saying is that all year round is when money gets the best of us. Money is tempting and it’s another way for us to turn into different people.
48% of people think that money brings you happiness. They think this because you can have a lot of things, for example, a new car or a girlfriend and are just fine. They think that you can be content with these things. My opinion on this is that everyone is unhappy in a way and use money to make them happy. It’s a different issue when someone has no money and have a sad life compared to someone who has everything but buys more because they aren’t happy. I can see where they get these two different types of people mixed up but my argument is over whether or not you use money to make you happy.
The world seems to tell us what we need and we seem to listen to this. The world comes out with all these ideas and being as needy and greedy as we are, we think that we can use these ideas to our advantage. So no, money doesn’t buy happiness. It doesn’t know what really makes you happy. It’s like a mask that covers up the people/things that really matter to us. No, it’s our mask that confuses people for another person. Who would you rather be viewed as?
How necessary is college education?
A college education is a very important part of life. You can expose yourself to many different things by going to college. Many people get careers from getting a college education. Various people don’t think they need a college education but it will help them out in the long run
A lot of the time people get a college education so they are able to get a good paying job to support for themselves. Different jobs require a certain amount of time in school in order for a person to apply for a job. If you want to be a dermatologist that you must have 12 years of a college education. They make about $312,000 annually with a degree. They require a particular amount of years of college because they want the applicant to get experience in this are so they won’t hurt someone or do something wrong.
College education expands what you know to another extent. People learn more than just academics. They also learn valuable life skills. Students will have to learn how to budget, get a job and time management. Many students need to pay for their classes and books by getting a job and saving up so they are able to pay for these things just like you do whenever you are out of school. Some Parents of these students say that it’s too much for these kids. Soon they will grow fatigued and want to just quit parents think they’re making it too hard for them. This is just getting them ready for real life when they get out of college. Students are going to have to pay bills just like adults do so they are just teaching them now how to get ready for it.
In college, you can take many different classes that will expose you to places/things you have never seen or been to before. Many students study abroad which gives them the opportunity to go across the sea go to college there and study their language/culture. Some students are not fortunate enough to go to these places because they don’t have enough money. That’s why colleges give students the opportunity experience these amazing things.
This is my opinion on college education. It’s a very important part in life!
Are Dance/Cheer Real Sports?
Why are dance and cheerleading not Olympic sports? The answer is simple; the majority of the population doesn’t consider them sports. This is one of the largest lies in the athletic world. Dance and cheer check off all of the boxes contained within the definition of a sport all around the world.
First off, a sport must be a “physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass”. For instance, in football, the ball is thrown in the air and overcomes air friction. In cheerleading, the mass being thrown in the air is not a ball, but a girl. I don’t know about you, but the fact that a human life is being thrown ten feet in the air is more frightening than a piece of plastic being thrown ten yards. The intense and difficult stunts that are done on the daily in cheerleading are most definitely propelling masses that overcome the resistance of mass. Moving on to dance, girls and boys alike that do a variety of turns like pirouettes, fouettes, or chaines are defying gravity by enclosing themselves within their bodies and resisting the friction of the ground and air alike. As seen, both cheer and dance test positive for being sports according to the official definition.
Does Money Buy Happiness?
Does money buy happiness? In my own opinion, money doesn’t buy happiness. There are many reasons and evidence proving that money won’t buy happiness. First of all, money can not buy love. Another thing would be having gratitude and the last would be family: having your family with you or being healthy. These are some reasons why I believe money doesn’t buy happiness.
The first reason why I believe money doesn’t buy happiness is that love can not be bought. Love is feeling something for someone you care about, not something you can buy. Money may buy things that make you happy but having money could make you greedy and not think about others. Articles such as “Here’s How Winning the Lottery Makes You Miserable”: by Melissa Chan( January 12, 2016) , have proven that money could make you regret it. Jack Whittaker says “I wish that we had torn the ticket up” “My granddaughter is dead because of the money,” He told ABC. “You know, my wife had said she wished that she had torn the ticket up”. Well, I wish that He had torn the ticket up, too. This evidence shows that money is not always great it could be one of your worse nightmares that you’ll end up regretting.
Students always have that one moment when a teacher giving a lesson or some sort of instruction and they ask a student to take their headphones out but is it really necessary? If its a distraction to the student then yes, but if students can focus with music why not allow it? I think it depends on the situation and how the student is affected by listing to music to bring a solution to learning.
Many researchers, as well as students, who think listing to music helps memory have called this practice the “ Mozart Effect.” This evidence shows that music has the ability to improve learning skills and memory. This would then show that music is not only to hype vibes, be played at parties or just for get-togethers.
It can improve medical outcomes and quality of life in a variety of ways. According to Harvard health Medical School, music therapy helps in easing anxiety and discomfort during medical procedures. This is a good thing because you may have a patient who is not comfortable, and you want to provide options that will comfort the patients. Music would be the main one because no matter what music is a go-to when triggering emotions within someone.
According to researchers, “ Mind-Wandering Mode,” which involves daydreaming and flitting from thought to thought” occurs while listening to music.., “It’s a flood of different thoughts that feel unconnected and loose.”
“It’s in this mode where almost all of our creativity happens, and where we’re able to come up with innovative solutions to problems.” This can spark a personability to resolve a problem or even inspire them to create, imagine, and feel something greater than themselves. It could also definitely help others than just themselves.
The evidence shows that people can be inspired through daydreaming which can definitely help them to get through life situations and improve their ability to be more creative, think outside the box.