History’s Push


No Regrets. by elvisisback95
November 13, 2009, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Today is November 9, 2009. Twenty years ago, the East German  government gave the news the people of the German Democratic Republic had been waiting for. After over twenty-five years of waiting, they were going to see their family and friends separated from them by the Berlin Wall. The Wall had stopped any travel into the other territory, seperating brothers from sisters and parents from children. One day everything was normal, and the next families were split apart. These epople didn’t see it coming, and I’m sure they regretted every time they missed a chance to be with their loved ones. So how much do we really value our time together with family and friends?  You never know when your time with someone you love is up. When your best friend moves or when your grandfather dies, will you be ready? Love everyone you have in your life. Tell them how much they mean to you. You never know when that day will come, when the time is up. You don’t want to live in regret.

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Homeless in High School by elvisisback95
October 27, 2009, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Local

They own the gym locker next to yours.  They walk the same halls of the same school as you. In many ways, they are a lot like you and me. They have some of the same friends, the same classes, and the same homework. But there’s one thing that they don’t have: a home. Did you know that one in fifty American kids are homeless? But it may be possible that you never even notice any difference in them. They might not smell or look ragged, as many people view as a sign of homelessness or neglect. In fact, they might not give off a “vibe” of being not well taken care of. You might think there are no homeless kids at your school. But there are. They are the ones who get on the bus first in the morning and last in the afternoon to avoid explanation of where they are going. (Especially if they don’t really know their “home” for the night.) They are the ones who don’t eat lunch, or scarf down food quickly when they get it. When PTA meetings come along, their parents don’t attend. So what happens to the ones that are noticed for their clothes or their smell? They are made fun of by people who don’t even know what hunger is really like. They don’t even have a way to rid themselves of the smell or clothes that makes them a target of teasing. So they bear it in silence, knowing that even if they make it through high school, though many don’t, their chances for college and a well-paying career are slim-to-none. So maybe that kid everyone picks on for her messy hair or his stained, worn clothes is suffering more than you can imagine, not just at school, but even after the bell rings.

What do you think?



Objectification is a no-no. by specialkay18
October 27, 2009, 8:54 pm
Filed under: National

Recent fame-found actor, Taylor Lautner, says that he beefed up to prove that he is worthy to play the role of Jacob in the Twilight sequel, New Moon. He’s gained over 30 pounds in muscles, and is famous to almost every woman in America! (Not to mention my mom…& me.) He says he worked hard to get this way, but is now uncomfortable having so much attention focused on his body. “I don’t want to be known for my body, but for my acting,” he says. And a large percentage of women, young and old, could beg to differ!

That is my first point in the fact that this world has become overly objectifying! Guys want girls, and girls want guys! But what about the other qualities in a person? What about the movie Jennifer’s Body? I’ve heard a countless number of males jump at the chance to watch that movie, only because of the seductive role Megan Fox plays! Umm…Ew! (LOL!)

Maybe the Middle East has the right idea. I personally encourage the act of covering one’s body head to toe. Most men and women are visually stimulated, so now how are you going to decide whom you want to “befriend” in a woman or man? Although this would be a fashion crisis to all, am I right? Girls, do you like being talked to because your “lady lumps” happened to stand out to this young man more than anyone else’s? And although I doubt many guys will heed this, or take it in offense, do you…(excuse me for stereotyping, but I’m not even going to ask the males because they have too high of a reputation in not caring. [Truly sorry to those of you who are different.])

Yes, we like feeling attractive…but there is always going to be a brighter color in the next rainbow. But…there will never be a shade as unique as the one that reflects your personality. So…objectification, good or bad? Are there times when it can be considered? Do you think we should mind being objectified or pass it as a compliment?



Suicide: A Terrible Way to Die by jalen1021
October 20, 2009, 3:43 pm
Filed under: World

It is said that every year about 1 million people commit suicide. That is about 1 death every 40 seconds. Suicide has increased in the last 45 years by 60 percent all around the world. Suicide is one of the 3 leading causes of death among people aged from 15 to 44. Suicide attempts are up to 20 times more frequent than going through with the suicide. Even though suicide rates have been the highest among elderly males, the rates are really increasing in the groups of young people today. Many suicidal situations start with mental disorders in Europe and in North America. In Asia, impulsiveness is a risk of suicide. Suicide can also come from psychological, social, biological, cultural, and environmental factors.

I just recently had an uncle who killed himself. I don’t know why he did it. My mom told me that he was going through a lot which probably had an effect on the suicide. He had decided to jump over into a dam in Virginia. My grandpa told me that my great uncle didn’t know how to swim. He had taken off his shoes and his shirt and jumped in the water. He was a very cool person. We both actually played the bass guitar. So that was one thing we had in common.

I think suicide is one of the most horrible ways to lose a family member. It gets you to think that that person didn’t feel loved or cared about. On the day of my great uncle’s funeral, the church was full of people. That showed that people did love and care for him. So I think that if people know that they are cared for, they wouldn’t do suicide or even attempt to think or do such a thing.



Animal Cruelty by kaitlynmcbride703
October 20, 2009, 3:37 pm
Filed under: World

This is a rising issue today. Cruelty inflicted upon animals has been brought nationally to attention with commercials, groups, websites, and headlines. As most of us know, the famous football player Michael Vick, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, took part in a dogfighting ring and was tried and jailed for it. Animal cruelty is a serious thing we’re talking about here. Millions of animals die each year due to thoughtless acts of violence let out on defenseless animals. They have  no idea what they’ve done wrong, and they love their masters more than they love themselves, so there’s nothing they’re going to do but lay down and take it. Animals are poisoned, tested on, struck, kicked, ran over, even shot and killed. Most of the time they’ve done nothing wrong, and if they have, the punishment is taken far beyond what it should be.

This is a truly saddening problem today, and all of us need to take action to help the animals out there undergoing these terrible conditions. They need voices.

We have them.



Sticks and Stones by specialkay18
October 17, 2009, 12:13 am
Filed under: National | Tags: ,

Cursing. Some say they’re just words. Some say they’re horrible, and any who speak them are the same. But are they are they really all that terrible…?

I have no problem with people cussing. I mean, after all, they are just words… Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words will never hurt me. I truly believe this statement. You might be hurt from someone’s words, but I think it has more to do with “who”, than the “what”.

Others take it very seriously. But…when someone curses, don’t you take what they say a little more seriously? My made-up definition for curse words is: words used to express extreme emotion. I curse when I want to prove a point. Whether I’m mad and want to be left alone, or I’m trying to make my friends laugh, it’s to help describe what I’m getting at.

Some people could care less. (Those would be the ones who curse, 24/7.) I could care less. Maybe these off-limits words are okay for casual speaking.

So why do you think it’s so horrible to cuss, and why is that so? Is there a time and place? Are their reasons for when you can, and reasons when you can’t? Or do you agree with me, and think they’re just words? (But I do think there is a time and a place.) That people make a big deal over the “what” and not the “who”?



Bullied to Death by specialkay18
October 13, 2009, 9:37 pm
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How do you feel about Cyber Bullying?

 

It was recently brought to my attention that Cyber Bullying is a serious, and sometimes deadly business. I never really knew what it meant…not by dictionary definition. I’ve been cyber bullied. I’ve had someone constantly try to bring me down, while I do the same to him or her. And believe me when I say, “It ain’t pretty!”

Until a few days ago, I had no idea how deeply these comments can penetrate into someone’s life. I had never known people actually care what others think of them. But that’s how I was raised, and thank God I was. If it had been different for me, it’s possible that I would be long gone by now. But there are some people who really die on the insides to be hurt that way.

After this problem was brought to my attention, I went straight to Google. I was astonished to see how often Cyber Bullying occurs. And even more surprised to see that people actually commit suicide over it. I was nearly brought to tears with each new story I read, and it really hurt me that this was a repeating thing. So…cyberbullying2_05

What’s the point? Why would someone go so far? I know I’ve done my fair share of mean gossip, or what ever you want to call it…smack talk. But how could someone ever be so full of pure hatred towards someone? PEOPLE HAVE FEELINGS! What about all the cardinal rules, like treat others the way you want to be treated, or if you don’t anything nice to say don’t say anything at all? You only get one life, and every breath you waste on the negative makes life just that much more like hell on Earth.

There are always going to be bullies. There will never be peace. There’s always going to be at least one person, who messes it up for the world. But you, if you can just hold it in…if you can just care– just a little– about something other than the DRAMA, then you could be doing someone a huge favor, them and yourself. I know it hurts, when someone says those bad things, but is it really worth saying goodbye to everything? Just because someone, who you obviously won’t be talking to in the years to come, has nothing better to do than bring you down?

And in case you haven’t realized, I’m completely against Cyber Bullying.