We should reform the marijuana legislation within the state of Georgia and allow the growth and cultivation of marijuana within the state.
We could have accomplished so much if only we focused on the needs and wants of Georgians
Until the fundamental problem of poverty is dealt with taking over schools will only make the situation worse. We must look beyond the symptoms; low grades, high drop out rates, low graduation rates and get to the heart of the achievement gap. Funding - Poverty.
With all of this talk of Ebola, I’m sure everyone is ready to head for the hills, become hermits and lock themselves away. I mean this new, deadly disease is taking over, right? We’re all going to catch it and surely perish, correct? This seems to be the general consensus, especially with the media creating such a hullabaloo. However, the case is that people actually have a higher chance of catching HIV or even the common cold. Ebola has an incubation period normally ranging from 8 – 10 days. However, with any disease there are exceptions. Sometimes it can incubate in as little as 2 days, or it can take as long as 21. For all of you who aren’t virologists, (like me), incubation is basically the “birthing” period of the virus. While in incubation, it’s completely innocuous - which means you’re safe people. Only after people start showing symptoms is it contagious, and even then Ebola can only be transferred through bodily fluids, such as mentioned before, HIV. Ebola is treatable, though, and eventually is killed. HIV is a disease that cannot be cured, only managed. So I guess my question is - why are people in such a tizzy over Ebola? Just recently the bubonic plague resurfaced in China. Now if you recall correctly, that’s the Black Death - the disease that destroyed over a third of the population on earth back in the Middle Ages. But no one even batted an eye. My theory is the media and how things are portrayed. There’s a huge difference in “Ebola Spotted in Africa” than “Deadly Virus Strikes America”. Of course, it is scary that it now has appeared on the home front, but, a disease is a disease. It’s still here. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t care about it if it hasn’t hit shores. But as soon as Americans catch it, we bring them home to treat them; after all, we have the best medical care in the world. But some people are genuinely scared for no reason, and are uninformed; people think that this is going to cause a mass outbreak by having people here who are infected. All of the current patients in the US have been either A) brought here from Africa for treatment, or B) just arrived back from Africa and was immediately caught. Now this begs the question, with all of the fear being harbored, and all of doom and gloom being pushed on us, why would we even allow these people to return home? It’s because America is equipped to handle this. There’s no reason to run to Kroger, buy out the milk and bread, and quarantine yourself from the general public. This outbreak is simply not going to be a huge thing – the CDC itself admitted the chances of an outbreak are extremely slim.. Ebola is treatable. However, does have a high mortality rate. Just recently the WHO released a statement saying that 70% of all people who catch Ebola end up dying. But the majority of these facts are coming from Africa, where treatment isn’t being properly administered. Which leads into the next problem – why do we only choose to treat our own citizens instead of providing serum to infected countries? Now, I do realize that it isn’t our responsibility to play nurse maid to the rest of the world, after all, America is often criticized for having our hands in too many cookie jars. But, we do send out epidemiologists to help stop the spread of this virus. In my opinion it makes more sense to send a cure than to send out our own people, essentially putting them in jeopardy of getting the disease. It’s not fair that this is only brought up when an American is infected with it, when in reality this is not a major problem here. It’s a major problem in Western Africa. People die every day from it, yet Americans choose to act when 5 people are infected. This is reminiscent of HIV. If the CDC would’ve acted back about 35 years ago when it was first appearing, then it wouldn’t be as big of a pandemic as it’s become. The quicker we are to research a virus, and act on infection control, the quicker we can resolve and cure it. However, the CDC just recently stated that if their budget was bigger, then they could be months ahead in coming up with a cure right now. Priorities need to be chosen in a better way here in America. But at the end of the day, this is something that is treatable. The majority of people brought here with Ebola were able to receive treatment and lived. Plasma from survivors is being used to treat the nurse who was just recently infected. If caught early, people can and will live – remember our standard of living is much higher than in Africa. We’re naturally more healthy, so infection mortality rates are much lower here. Let’s just remember that this was caught rather early for America. We will keep on moving on, and will all live.
From Mild to Wild - A Look at the Conservative and Liberal Values Along Party Lines in Georgia
By Curt Thompson Contrary to the title, no I am not writing about ghosts and ghoulies this week. We still have month before Halloween, after all. I’m referring to a different type of voice; a voice that many people around the world are not able to hear, or even speak for that matter. I’m referencing one’s own inner voice - their thoughts, their beliefs, and their viewpoints on issues. How they see the world, and also how they want to help fix the problems they see. As Americans, we are lucky to live in such a free country. We’re able to be heard on many levels. From city government all the way to federal, citizens have a right to make their voice heard, and they also have a say in how their communities are affected in the process of change. All of this is done by something we may find trivial, but something that’s been fought long and hard for – having the right to vote. America was founded on the beliefs of equality, freedom, and letting every person be able to speak their minds freely. In the beginning, it was only white men who owned land that could vote. However, it wasn’t just white men who were in America. Slowly but surely, the movement grew to allow black men to vote in 1869. That was met with staunch opposition from southern leaders, and they quickly filed for a “grandfather clause” – which states that only those who had grandparents registered to vote may do so. With the addition of poll taxes, and literacy tests, the opposition against minorities grew until almost 100 years later in 1965 when LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act which made these tests illegal, as well as poll taxes. This is when everything changed for the better. When truly all citizens could have their voices heard. We take this liberty for granted, at times. Not realizing actually how many countries still have dictators or still live under communist regimes where everything is dictated by one person. Often times if you have anything to say against that person, or their beliefs then you are often times exiled, put on trial, or generally punished – just for speaking your mind. In America, we’re able to have that freedom to say what we want. We have that freedom to worship whatever deity it is we choose to, or that freedom to sleep with who we want to; and for the most part, not be judged for it. But all of this hinges on people getting to the polls and letting their congressmen and women know exactly what it is they want out of them. They’re not mind readers; elected officials need input from the constituency to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Which brings me to the end of all of this – if you have a problem with something that is currently happening, or want to change something in your community, you have got to get to the polls. You can’t just sit and gripe and yak about it. Talk is cheap. People can talk all day long but truly never say anything. Voting is a way for us to be heard, and a way for us to keep power with the people. But people get caught up with the idea of, “Well what’s my one vote going to change?” This is where democracy fails. When people start to feel complacent and as if they really have no say in what’s going on in their country. One vote truly can make all the difference. Even if things don’t go the way someone wants then, at least they tried. The only way to truly fail at something is to give-up. Everyone make sure to register to vote and get to the polls in November. The First Lady of the United States was recently in town and encouraged all Georgians to make the polls in order to make a difference. FLOTUS knows how important it is. We should honor her request. It’s the only way you can be heard. Get out there, make a change, and make a difference in not only your life, but your loved ones lives as well. Use this freedom that sometimes we tend to overlook. It’s a freedom that has been fought over by so many people, so many countries, and we as Americans won it for our citizens. You have every tool you need to have things change in favor of you; all you have to do is use them. And with those tools, you can build a much more beautiful world because you have chosen to help create it.