Voter ID laws sound reasonable on the surface. We should want to protect our democracy, which means guaranteeing one vote per citizen. Since most people already have a state-issued driver’s license, what’s the big deal about asking everyone to show some identification before they vote?
Architectural and urban designs are often reflections of the cultures that built them. In the US, a legacy of racism runs through our highways and cities.
Most of my friends know that I suffer from debilitating phone anxiety. Having to call someone I don't personally know makes all of my muscles tense up, and asking for something over the phone is often physically painful. In an effort to overcome my phobia and ameliorate the despair I've been feeling from watching the news for the past few months, I started using 5Calls.org.
Given the rise of recycling over the past few decades, it's obvious that consumers today care about protecting the environment. In fact, according to a poll conducted by OgilvyEarth, 80 percent of shoppers in the U.S. claim that they want to make more environmentally sustainable purchasing decisions. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of those consumers actually follow their conscious; other shoppers still buy inexpensive, disposable products that contribute to pollution. However, reliance on cheap goods comes with high costs for consumers and the planet. While recycling helps cut down on landfill waste, people must start buying goods that are built to last.
Today’s Republican party is unrecognizable from 1865. In that year, Republican President Abraham Lincoln and future Republican President Ulysses Grant oversaw the defeat of the southern Confederacy, thus freeing African Americans from slavery. For decades, the Republicans were the progressive party while Democrats, such as Klu Klux Klan sympathizer President Woodrow Wilson, advocated for Jim Crow racial segregation laws. Today, the Grand Old Party is the purported purveyor of conservative values, and Democrats are the supposed liberals. What happened?
Just southwest of the White House, a massive statue of Abraham Lincoln upon a throne sits in a building designed to resemble an ancient Greek temple. Like a god, Lincoln looms over those who stand before him indifferently. The message is clear: We are all equal, and beneath him.