What Happened to Small Businesses ?

| May 13, 2008 - 9:18 pm

Tags: business, buy local, small business, small town

What is happening to small businesses ? I was asking myself this question after coming back home to Puerto Rico from college in Pennsylvania. I was surprised about how many of the small businesses I grew up with had closed down during the year I was gone, and how the stores we have now at home are the same ones in Pennsylvania and everywhere else- Walmart, Wendy's, KFC, Subway, etc. I had never thought about it before, but it stroke me now after being gone away for sometime. What happened to small businesses ? What will happen to communities we grew up in when the small businesses are gone forever ? Will there be a day when we will all be customers of multinationals ? What will this mean for diversity of cultures in the world ?

Count The Votes of Florida and Michigan

| May 8, 2008 - 7:11 pm

Tags: civil rights, voting rights

The votes of Florida and Michigan should be counted for determining the Democratic nominee for President. I think that everyone’s vote should count. While it is true that those two states didn’t comply with the rules of the Democratic Party, that was not the fault of the individual voters in those states. I think it is ironic that many Democrats who complained that not all votes were counted in Florida in the 2000 Presidential race but now some of those same people don’t want to count the votes in Florida’s and Michigan’s Democratic primaries.

Presidential Candidates' Proposals for Young Voters

| May 6, 2008 - 10:46 pm

Tags: college, politics, Young Voters, youth vote

Deborah Jeane Palfrey-DC Madam, Commits Suicide

| May 1, 2008 - 9:59 pm

Tags: gender-based injustice, poor, selective prosecution

Ms. Palfrey, another victim of gender based injustice and selective prosecution,hanged herself at her mother's house in Florida.  This is an example of how in this type of cases the justice system prefers to prosecute women service providers than their powerful and influential clients.

Supreme Court OK's Photo ID's To Allow People to Vote

| April 29, 2008 - 9:26 pm

Tags: disability, economically disadvantaged, elderly, poor, vote, voter ID

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday of this week that an Indiana law requiring people who wanted to vote to show a photo ID was constitutional.  I believe this requirement will definitely have a negative impact on the participation of voters who have a disability and the elderly who may find it particularly difficult to get around to a courthouse or other government agency in order to satisfy the stringent new ID requirements.  Also immigrants may feel intimidated by the requirement and may decide not to participate in elections because the photo ID centers may not be accessible to them and they may not have the money to pay for transportation to the center.

Arming Campus Police: Is It The Appropriate Response to Campus Security Concerns?

Since I began as a college student last fall, one of the main issues on campus, as a result of the Virginia Tech tragedy, is the university administrators' pushing for the approval of guns for campus police.  In many ways the rush to arm campus police is moving ahead without looking at alternatives as to whether the proposed solution will even solve the problem.  The police force at Virginia Tech was armed yet this did not prevent the tragedy. Approving guns for the campus police is a major issue because once guns are given to campus police it alters the relationships of power and the atmosphere of college campuses from places of tolerance and peaceful discussion of issues to armed citadels.