Saturday, December 26, 2009

Failed Terrorist Attack Leads To Heightened Security

On Friday a Nigerian man who was said to be an agent for al-Qaida attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane as it was preparing to land in Detroit.

Passengers aboard the flight smelled smoke and heard the failed bomb detonation before they rushed to restrain him. One U.S. intelligence official said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. Apparently the man suffered burns to his legs where the bomb was attached.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel. It did not specify what those were. But for frequent fliers, the stricter airline restrictions are most likely going to cause even longer wait lines and more frustrated travelers than the ones we have now.

Arriving earlier for the long check-in process and only being allowed 3.4 ounce bottles for liquid stored in one-quart bags per person and limiting the total liquid volume each traveler can bring, are just some of the precautions that the TSA has already taken when it comes to security.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that airport security needs some work. I just believe rather than adding more regulations to the list, airport officials should just buckle down on trying to enforce their rules a little better.

I just hope that I don’t have to endure a wait that resemble Tom Hanks’ character in The Terminal.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

60th Democratic Vote Passes the Health Care Bill

The wait is over and now President Obama has something to celebrate about over the holidays. Sen. Ben Nelson provided the 60th and deciding vote to pass the health care legislation in Senate.

After a year of revisions, struggle and confusion from some Senators who didn't even know what was in the bill, President Obama's top domestic priority has been completed.

It was said that Nelson made the decision after winning fresh concessions to limit the number of abortions and in insurance sold in newly created changes, as well as tens of million in Federal Medicaid funds for his home state. The Senator also made it apparent that the government-run option wouldn't compete with the private insures.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the revises measure would lower deficits by $132 billion over a decade with a possibility of even more reductions to follow in the decade following. It is estimated that the bill will extend its coverage to 94% of eligible Americans under the age of 65, a total that will exclude illegal immigrants.

Nelson's decision has put Obama and his allies on track by passing this legislation before Christmas despite the unanimous opposition from the Republicans. I just hope that the rest of Obama's check list for the nation will succeed as the health care reform did.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Accepting the Peace Prize on the way to War?

Thanks for the Nobel Peace Prize, now it’s off to war. If this doesn’t sound ironic to you then I don’t know what will.

While accepting the peace prize, Obama spelled out a doctrine of justifiable war and the steps needed for a "just and lasting peace." Fighting for peace? I think that sounds a little funny.

Obama arrived Friday from Norway after becoming the first president to collect the honorable award so early in his term.

President Obama accepted the peace prize just nine days after ordering 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Obama justified his “peaceful war” by mentioning “that the tools of war have a role in preserving peace he also stressed the need to avoid conflict. He called for alternatives to killing, like sanctions with true bite”.

He defined free speech and economic opportunity, peace as civil rights, not just the absence of conflict. And he pushed himself away from the former president, George W. Bush, defending diplomacy that engages even enemies.

It was said that Obama was chosen for the award more for his aspirations and approach than his accomplishments so far. The Nobel committee honored him for changing the gist of international politics and pursuing goals that the winner himself says will take a world effort, like nuclear disarmament and reversing global warming.

I just hope that he will actually accomplish something that will be Nobel Peace Prize worthy during his stay in the White House.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Obama Promises To Put More Americans Back To Work

Obama has recently pledged on his weekly radio and internet address that he will focus every single day on building the economy and putting people back into more productive jobs.

The President will speak on Tuesday about the country's 10 percent unemployment rate despite the November's lower jobless rates.

There is definately a trend in the unemployment rate, but Obama is still not satisfied, which makes sense to the million Americans who have lost their job during the recession.

President Obama says his $787 billion stimulus plan prevented a possible collapse of the financial system or a potential second Great Depression.  But he says history shows that hiring is often slow to follow an economic rebound.

This is all good news, and it is definately a step in the right direction as we can now see some progression out of the this awful recession. But health care is still a major issue in the economic plan that Obama plans to speak about at Capitol Hill on Sunday.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Black Friday Spending

First off, for those of you who don't know what it is, Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

The term dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. Many retailers open extremely early, with most of the retailers typically opening at 5AM or even earlier.

The term "Black Friday" originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day, but more recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers go from being in the red (i.e., posting a loss on the books) to being in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

This year consumer spending was slightly higher on Black Friday. I suppose the stores opening earlier and less supplies of popular products wouldn't be to blame would it? Preliminary sales data already show shoppers spent $10.66 billion when they hit the malls on the day after Thanksgiving, up only 0.5 percent more than last year,according to ShopperTrak RCT Corp.

Shoppers crowded stores and malls in the wee hours Friday, some after spending the night waiting in line, to grab early morning deals and hard-to-find items. The nation's retailers expanded their hours and offered deep discounts on everything from toys to TVs in hopes of getting consumers, many of whom are worried about high unemployment and tight credit, to open their wallets. 

A number of stores, including Walmart and many Old Navy locations, opened on Thanksgiving, hoping to make the most of the extra hours. Toys R Us opened most of its stores just after midnight Friday. Which makes me wonder if people even celebrated Thanksgiving.

So hopefully with all this added time to shop, when the final numbers come out about Black Friday sales we'll see a greater increase in spending.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Health Care A Go?


So for those who have been following the news lately, you are already informed about the situation that the new health care reform bill is in.

We know that the bill is most likely going to get passed if all the Democrats in the Senate vote in favor for it.

Depending on who you decide to talk to, the facts that you will receive will vary quite noticeably.

On the one hand, a Democrat in the Senate who agrees that the bill should be passed will tell you that 98% of Americans will get covered in this new government run health care plan and the 31 million needed to finance this bill will only be a result of taxes that those who earn at least $200,000 in their annual salary or more will have to pay.

But on the other hand, a Republican in the Senate will inform you that important regular screening such as mammograms and cervical cancer screenings will be limited and most likely rationed out despite the need for women to get screened early and often.

The so called "recommendations" that were just released from the government had recently informed people that women over 50 were the only ones who should really worry about mammogram screenings and that cervical cancer screenings were really "recommended" for women 21 years of age or older. These new releases actually sparked the concerns of rationing from the health care plan because the statements were actually misleading.

But of course if you talk to Democrat in the Senate, like Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu who according to the Associated Press says she will vote yes on the bill, will tell you that they guarantee that there will be no rationing of much needed procedures and screenings and that everyone will still be able to receive these simple procedures and screenings just like how it is actually recommended.

I for one would like the voters to actually review the bill thoroughly and revise any "misleading" information in the plan. But that of course is wishful thinking and something left for a perfect world.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Biggest Issue Right Now Is Education

We now have all experienced the weight our crippled economy with the recent budget cuts for our schools, job losses and massive unemployment and issues involving health care.

And with the rumors that are going around about various departments and programs on campus being cut, students currently in school are experiencing this heavy burden now at a greater level. With students with in the mist of registering for classes, being informed that some of the majors offered at certain campuses will eventually not exist due to a lack of much needed expenses.

Already the classes in every department have been limited to the bare minimum now to the point where a number of students are left waiting for that one class that they need to graduate. Those certain classes that students are never able to register for, due to the overcrowding within the classrooms, often diminish the process of graduating on time. It saddens me to say that some departments will eventually be cut altogether.

Currently the school that is the quickest to drop departments is Cal Poly Pomona due to its very limited budget. Smaller programs such as philosophy and history are up for discussion for being cut within the budget. And even with the thought of certain departments being cut for good on campus, and at other departments being cut at other CSUs, the most disturbing news is that all of these decisions are to be finalized only within the next few weeks.

And because of this situation, in outrage, faculty and students plan a walk out at 11:30 am on November 19, 2009 according to the California Faculty Association. A teach-in sponsored by the CFA and Students for quality Education will inform the people attending the walk out on ways to fight back against this terrible situation.

The event will be located in the main quad in Pomona, and it would act as a demonstration to show that there are people who will not let this issue pass quietly about the mutilation of their university.

And despite $77.5 million being allocated to the CSU system, the budget is still having to be cut and acts such as limiting the number of units students could register during their registration period is still occurring. And the problem isn’t being fixed anytime soon. The state of California is running out of money and the CSU system is weakening by the minute.

I’m concerned to what is to become of our state’s higher education. Fewer classes, majors being cut indefinitely, and less money being available for the shape of education, have painted a grim picture for students both now and in the future.

And the fault doesn’t lie upon the students unlike how the dark anticipation of a system on the verge of collapsing looms about, nor does it drape over the faculty or the CSU system itself.

No, I believe that there are others responsible who are entitled to act and change this horrific spiraling fireball that we relay as the cutting of our education. And surely I suggest to the students to make sure that the people at fault are aware of our dreadful situation.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shutting Down the Fox News Channel and Our Freedom of Speech?

 So I know I'm a little late to comment on the matter, but this issue of potentially getting rid of a whole news channel kind of makes me nauseous.

So as everyone should know, during an appearance on Fox News, Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean said that Fox's news coverage has at times been "shockingly biased, and I think that's wrong and I just say so right up front."

The party Chairman also said he agreed with the netroots campaign to boycott the Democratic debates on the network.

Immediately after hearing this news my mind flashed back to the first Amendment, you know, the one about our freedom of speech? So what if a news station is a bit biased. They still report the facts while suggesting their opinion on the matter. It's impossible not to have an opinion.

And maybe I just think this way because I'm a blogger who is obviously extremely opinionated about everything as I'm aloud to be, but with so many options of news coverages, how else is each channel going to stand out?

Everyone pretty much covers the news at a relatively quick response within minutes of the break of a newsworthy story, but what makes people actually choose a specific source is now mainly the accuracy and the opinions provoked. And with the accuracy box checked on Fox News Channel, I believe they are allowed to voice their opinions on everything political. That's just the way I view the matter.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Should Obama have really received a Nobel Peace Prize?


Mixed reactions buzz around this event like wildfire. Today, President Obama received the Nobel Preace Prize. 

But what really stopped the press was the overwhelming tension between the people who believe he shouldn't have been awarded this honor because it is still premature and the people that believe he does indeed deserve it. 

The question is, should Obama have really received a Nobel Peace Prize, or are they now handing these things out like candy on Halloween? Seriously though, they say the Peace Prize was created partly to encourage ongoing peace efforts, but Obama's efforts are at far earlier stages than those of past winners, and the committee acknowledged they may not bear fruit at all.

Obama said he was working to end the war in Iraq and "to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies" in Afghanistan, where he is seriously considering increasing the number of U.S. troops on the ground and asking for help from others as the war enters its ninth year. 

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi in Afghanistan condemned the Nobel committee's decision, saying Obama had only escalated the war and had "the blood of the Afghan people on his hands."Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called the Nobel decision "hasty." 

"The appropriate time for awarding such a prize is when foreign military forces leave Iraq and Afghanistan and when one stands by the rights of the oppressed Palestinian people," he was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency. Aagot Valle, a lawmaker for the Socialist Left party who joined the Nobel committee this year, said she hoped the selection would be viewed as "support and a commitment for Obama."

In my opinion, I agree with the ones who said Obama shouldn't have received such an award this early in his time in office. Just because he promised hope and change doesn't mean that you should win an award for it. I think they should have waited and seen if he made good on his promises. But since we can't take it back, I believe Obama receiving this award will motivate more to stick to his promises.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What Is All This Hoki Stuff?


One of the most popular fish on the market today is the hoki, or whiptail, a bug-eyed specimen found far down in the waters around New Zealand This fish has transformed into a major export. McDonald’s alone at one time used roughly 15 million pounds of it each year. 

I guess this answers the eternal mystery of what makes up a Filet-O-Fish sandwich. This well known sandwich turns out to involve an ugly creature from the sunless depths of the Pacific, whose bounty, it seems, is not limitless.

The hoki may be extremely unattractive, but when it reaches the consumer it’s just fish cut into filets and sticks or rolled into sushi. It's moist, slightly sweet and very tasty and the hoki fishery was thought to be sustainable, providing New Zealand with a reliable major export for years to come.

But the arguments over managing this resource are flaring not only between commercial interests and conservationists, but also among the environmental agencies most directly involved in monitoring and regulating the catch. 

And without formally acknowledging that hoki are being overfished, New Zealand has slashed the allowable catch in steps, from about 275,000 tons in 2000 and 2001 to about 100,000 tons in 2007 and 2008 — a decline of nearly two-thirds, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The scientific jury is still out, but critics warn that the hoki fishery is losing its image as a showpiece of oceanic sustainability.

Hoki rose commercially as orange roughy fell over the recent years. Its shorter life span (up to 25 years) and quicker pace of reproduction seemed to promise sustainable harvests. And its dense spawning aggregations, from June to September, made colossal hauls relatively easy despite the decline in the fish' population. But what bothers me the most is that most Americans have no clue that hoki is often what they’re eating in fried-fish sandwiches despite chain restaurants using hoki included McDonald’s, Denny’s and Long John Silver’s.

And even though most American restaurants have lowered their fishing of this particular species of fish, ominous signs of overfishing, mainly drops in hoki spawns, still occur. All I ask is for the government to regulate this shady type of industry better.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Is is wrong to encourage students to get an education?


"Every single one of you has something that you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer, and you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is."

 This is what Obama told students at Wakefield High School in suburban Arlington, Va., and children watching his speech on television in schools across the country.

This speech came with controversy despite the positive message as several conservative organizations and many concerned parents warned Obama was trying to sell his political agenda. That concern was caused in part by an accompanying administration lesson plan encouraging students to "help the president," which the White House later revised.

So why is this speech considered so controversial? Many believe that with in the wake of the Health Care debate, Obama is attempting to sway the youngsters into siding with his reform. The uproar over his speech followed him across the Potomac River, as his motorcade was greeted by a small band of protesters. One carried a sign exclaiming: "Mr. President, stay away from our kids," even though Obama is not the first President to speak directly to the youth population.

I'm amazed at the fact that conservatives can make an act like encouraging youth seem so devious. Such things as discussing with students about being careful with what you post on Facebook' isn't such a horrible thing to say. 'Whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life." 

And even if the President showed some signs of somehow influencing our youth for a political gain, is it so bad that he is bettering the future of our country in the process by just helping students better themselves?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Garrido Story: Why is the Justice system letting these criminals get away?



Katie Callaway Hall has thought about Phillip Garrido every day since November 22, 1976 when he asked her for a ride at a supermarket in California, before handcuffing her, binding her and taking her to a mini-warehouse in Reno, Nevada, where he raped her. 
Garrido was convicted for kidnapping and raping Hall, but was released after serving just over 10 years of a 50-year sentence. He was labeled a sex offender and put on lifetime parole. So why is it that Garrido and his wife, Nancy, were charged last week with crimes relating to the abduction of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and her captivity in a hidden shed-and-tent compound in the couple's backyard in Antioch, California?

Imagine the thought that your rapist and potential killer is out on the loose after your terrible ordeal and then finding out that this same person caused pain to a little girl and the two children she was forced to have with him. 
Not only should you be terrified for your life because of this situation, but you should also be pissed off at our legal system for letting this pervert slip through the cracks. I for one wonders how this could ever happen. But because this guy slipped through the system, Jaycee Dugard was held captive for an avoidable 18 years.

I just find this story to be ridiculous for the fact that this could have never happened. I Just hope that we use this tragedy as a warning to change some laws in our Justice system.

First Garrido victim speaks out ..CNN's Larry King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy3pIxX7sGw

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Health care for all?


We all know that the current state of health care is on the road to change, but what we all don't know is both sides to the argument.

On one side, people say that Medicare is government-funded and government-run and generally patients love it. So what's the problem? Well the doctors say the problem is that Medicare limits how much they can charge. They say doctors are also facing a potential 20 percent cut in their Medicare payments unless Congress acts on the this health care issue, according to NPR. Should we be worried about there not being enough doctors to care for 46 million newly-insured people?

And we all know that this health insurance reform is expensive, but the Congressional Budget Office estimated that expanding health insurance coverage would probably cost a trillion dollars or more over 10 years, depending on unspecified details that were almost sure to add to the price, according to the New York Times.

On the other side of the argument, they say that we waste $100 - $200 billion a year on the high overhead of insurance companies. $200 - $300 billion a year is frivolously spent to doctors filling out forms for insurance companies.

The compliance cost of patients fighting with insurance companies is unknown, but it is speculated to be in the 100’s of Billions. America is speculated to pay the highest drug cost in the world to drug companies that spend twice as much on profit and three times as much on “marketing” as they spend on research. This is about another $100 billion each year. Apparently this new health care plan will allow everyone to have health care insurance at no more cost per person than we are now paying, according to www.pnhp.org .

So should the government stay out of one of the biggest markets out there? Or should it be regulated and available to everyone? Hopefully we don't result in disaster while we sit back to find out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why is civic participation so important?


"Full participation in government and society has been a basic right of the country symbolizing the full citizenship and equal protection of all."
-Charles Rangel

Democracy works best when political institutions – parties, parliaments, local government – are close to voters. This requires that voters are able to make their needs understood; elected representatives explain what they are doing to meet those needs; and mechanisms are in place to make this communication possible.

So why is programs like We the People, that encourage civic participation in the process of being cut out of the budget? Is it a sneaky attempt to hinder the future voters of America from having their own opinion on government? Or was this just mistake that should be looked at again?

Either way the budget should include the funding of programs that only help the progress of our nation and that keeps our very way of governing alive. To me this situation is very discerning to hear about. Not education the youth of today about why it is important to participate in their government will provide a disaster for the future. We seem to forget that the future of our nation will rest in the hands of a very uneducated and uniformed people if we stop the education of civic participation.

Voting is one thing, but encouraging people to find out what they are voting on is another. And when our future America falls into the deception that it is alright not to vote our government as we know it will fail. And because part of the government is the people (the states), it is important for the elected officials to fill their role and foster greater participation in order to connect the communities to each other and to the government.

Non-partisan sites that educate people on the happening of our government and our current issues do help in the matter of enlightening others and promoting civic participation, but more is needed. We need to start this education in the schools. Cutting the funding out of the budget will only make matters worse.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I graduated...now what?


It's that time of year again. The graduation robes and caps are coming out, and the invitations have been sent out. All across the country college students are graduating and entering the workforce. But the big question is, Can I get the job I want in the ailing economy?

The answer is, your screwed. Thousands have been laid off while the toll of the unemployed rises presently. Graduates are scrounging around for a job and are coming up short. Graduates have been left to even move back home.

Only 43 percent of employers in a survey by online job website CareerBuilder.com intended to hire new college graduates this year, down from 56 percent in 2008 and 79 percent in 2007. The site surveyed about 2,500 hiring managers and human resource officials from February 20 to March 11.

Nationally, less than 20 percent of graduating college seniors who applied for a job this year have one, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. That's down more than 30 percent from two years ago when more than half of those who applied for a job had one by the time of graduation according to Reuters.

So what's a grad to do? In order to get your foot in the door many college grads make blogs and websites for future employers to view during the interview process. Popular internet sites promote networking with different companies as well. Searching for a job during a recession isn't impossible at all. The search just requires a lot of extra work to promote yourself.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Didn't your mom ever teach you to wash your hands?


So today I walk into the bathroom on campus to fix my hair. Several seconds later I see a young lady walk into the bathroom and quickly enter the stall. When she is finished she unlocks the stall and marches straight out of the bathroom touching the door knob that have to touch on the event of me leaving the public restroom.

All I have to say is ew! First of all I have to point out that everyone should wash there hands after EVERY time they use the bathroom. Communicable diseases are shared frequently because people either forget or choose to froget about washing there hands. Communicable diseases are those illnesses that can be spread from person to person, or from another infected medium to a person. So please wash your freakin hands!

Hand washing with any kind of soap is most effective when hands are scrubbed vigorously for at least 30 seconds. So don't just run your hands under the faucet either! Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources, such as direct contact with people, contaminated surfaces, foods, even animals and animal waste.

If you don't wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. And you can spread these germs to others by touching them or by touching surfaces that they also touch, such as doorknobs!

So how do you wash your hands properly? Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available and rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces of your hands. Continue rubbing your hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend. Rinse your hands well under running the water. Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer and if it's possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

And remember to please wash your hands after every trip to the bathroom, it's disgusting not to.

Can I trade my future for some gas in the tank?


Good Lord! Do you dare wish to know the average price for gas in California at the moment? Well for all those brave souls out there, the current average is $2.891, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations. It's up 13.5 cents, and because it's the season of summer road trips, prices will raise even higher. 

Now I know it's not as bad as the mind boggling $4.00 a gallon that we all had to endure last year, but what pains me to say is that we are all wasting our money that is putting our nation into further political turmoil.

So what do I propose? Well you should already know the answer. Lying in the midst of a breakthrough is the use of alternative fuel. 

Hello, we already have hybrids and just recently I've seen the new Prius with a solar powered air conditioning system. So don't tell me that we don't have the technology when we do. We all just actually need to start using it.

Other alternatives for those with diesel engines are bio diesel and filtered vegetable oil, vegetable oil being very easy to make and use. And there are plenty of different other options out there as well. 

My point in being, we all need to just try something different than continuing our dependency on oil. Again if not for the ailing environment, do it for yourself and your children. The only way we can fix this problem is to actually go out and fix it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hey! Where have all the fish gone?

Today, Monday, June 8, is recognized as the first U.N.-sanctioned World Oceans Day. According to CNN, "the U.N. reports that 75 percent of seafood species are maxed out or over exploited. Catches of nearly a third of these species are less than 10 percent of what they once were. Ninety percent of the big fish -- sharks, tuna, swordfish -- are already gone, according to a 2003 study in Nature."

I don't know about you but I feel as though we should be a little alarmed upon the matter.

"The chemistry of the oceans is changing as they absorb 11 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, and scientists say the acidifying waters will make it impossible for coral reefs, the nurseries of the sea, to grow. At the current rate of acidification, corals, sea snails and other calcium-carbonate-requiring life forms could begin to dissolve by the middle of the century, with potentially catastrophic results. Shellfish and fish will be in deep trouble as well. This is all happening on our watch" says Danson of CNN.

So what can we do about this?

Recycle. Recycling is one of the first things you can do about this situation. Every year, about 300 billion pounds of plastic is produced around the world, and only a fraction is recycled according to Greenpeace. The majority ends up in landfills, but some finds its way into our oceans. Plastic is valued for its resistance to degradation, so its life span can be hundreds of years. When plastic reaches our oceans, it eventually breaks down due to the action of the sun, wind, and currents, into small, literally bite sized pieces that wildlife confuse with food.

These clumps of trash and debris has been directly blamed for the death of a wide range of animals including albatrosses and sea turtles. This massive amount of trash can trap thousands of creatures, there are also concerns that even the smallest pieces of plastic may pose a problem, as plastic often accumulates in the digestive tract, many animals essentially choke on plastic intake.

And if you can't recycle (or just choose not too) you can just throw away trash you see lying on the ground. This trash can get carried away into our water system and eventually can get swept off into the ocean.
And even if this appears to be too much for you, you can at least try to watch your consumption of wasteful products. Try buying things that have more recyclables in the package at the store, or at least buy the package with the lesser amount of plastic.

Being green is not all that hard. In fact you'll even find your wallet to come out a little heavier in that back pocket of yours. So if not for the well being on the planet that you live on and the health and safety for the plants, animals and your fellow human beings, be more environmentally conscious for the future of you and your children.

Cutting Knowledge From the Future Generation

First things first, as a Californian, it is important to know that the California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has proposed cutting public spending in almost all areas. The most important cut that has occurred was the slashing of funds that went towards education. California's public schools already trail most states in academic performance and they suffer from high dropout rates. Now they face a historic state budget deficit that is expected to force deep cuts in education funding that will lead to thousands of teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, school closures and a shortened school year.

How does this effect the students you ask? Well let me tell you what has happened to me and my fellow students in the surrounding area.

Currently things have become ridiculously insane around the Cal Poly Pomona campus as all the summer courses have been canceled and our governor attempts to cut more of the educational budget. Currently I cannot take a single summer course that I actually need due to the unavailability.

Classes during the academic year are even scarce to find as well, proof being in the fact that I still can't get into that darn English 105 course after attempting to do so for the entire first year of college! Music majors here on campus have to transfer to other schools because most of all the required courses are being cut as well.

And on the elementary school level, back in Bakersfield where I went for most of my high school career, the entire music program is being demolished from the Fruitvale school district.

So not only is the economy spiraling down the toilet, but the future generations will enter the world of business completely ignorant of all things cultural, retarded from the vital information they so desperately need to function, and so unhealthily obese because the physical education is being cut as well.
So good job govenator, you have completely destroyed the future!