Being a college student myself, and will have a lot of debt once I graduate, this is a good thing to think about now and when I graduate. Higher Education shouldn’t cost as much as it does, but with all of us just getting loans because the institutions know that we will pay the costs, they can keep raising the prices.

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This is what I see when i think about higher education in this country today:

Remember the housing meltdown ? Tough to forget isn’t it. The formula for the housing boom and bust was simple. A lot of easy money being lent to buyers who couldn’t afford the money they were borrowing. That money was then spent on homes with the expectation that the price of the home would go up and it could easily be flipped or refinanced at a profit.  Who cares if you couldn’t afford the loan. As long as prices kept on going up, everyone was happy. And prices kept on going up. And as long as pricing kept on going up real estate agents kept on selling homes and finding money for buyers.

Until the easy money stopped.  When easy money stopped, buyers couldn’t sell. They couldn’t refinance.  First sales slowed, then prices started falling…

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Price-Gouging

I’m currently reading Justice by Michael J. Sandel and it is turning out to be very interesting. The chapter that I’m on right now is about price-gouging and what it means to different people in different situations.

One of the best examples that Sandel talks about is that when Hurricane Charley hit Florida and everyone had to go to hotels, use gas, buy generators and other supplies such as water and whatnot and that they had no choice but to buy them and to pay those prices when supposedly people have a free market to buy from but in situations like the hurricane they really don’t have a choice when their house is destroyed but to stay in the hotel and pay the $160 a night when it normally goes for $40 (took those numbers directly from the book).

Thomas Sowell, a free-market economist referenced and quoted in the book, says that when companies make merchandise higher prices it makes it limited for the consumers (people buying it) and making suppliers from farther away more of a reason to market to that area for the normal price to provide the same goods and services in the hurricane aftermath and they get the business from consumers rather than the companies charging the higher prices.

Another gentleman, Jeff Jacoby whom is a pro-market commentator writing for the Boston Globe states that price-gouging laws shouldn’t be required because it isn’t gouging the prices if the market can bear those prices and should be that way even after hurricanes hit because that shouldn’t interfere with the free market to which others outside of the hurricane disaster have to pay that price as well.

Again on the other hand, a gentleman named Crist who was attorney general and later was governor of Florida, said that the government can’t stay on the sidelines while companies charge the people prices for basic commodities that are outrageous and extremely above the standard.

(My opinion from now on, the previous was the Sandel’s opinion in his book, Justice)

What do y’all think about price-gouging?? Should it be allowed?

Gas prices are ridiculous and keep rising because it’s such a monopoly. People have to buy gas, sadly it’s unrealistic that people can be economically friendly and use a bike so people are going to buy gas so the gas companies can charge whatever they like because the consumers will buy it. The normal around my area is about $4.08, some places are $3.98, and the highest I’ve seen is $4.37. There is nothing the consumers can do to change these prices either because boycotting buying gas for one day won’t do anything because we will just buy it the next day.

How do you suggest consumers try and change the monopoly on gas?

Should the government demand that the companies break down into smaller companies and that they can only own so many stores?? Or will that make it worse??

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Pastor in NC Telling Congregates to Beat Their Children

I was shown this website by a gay rights advocate on Facebook and couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

http://www.advocate.com/society/religion/2012/05/01/north-carolina-pastor-advocates-punching-gay-acting-children

Follow up article:

http://www.advocate.com/society/religion/2012/05/02/nc-preacher-who-advocates-beating-gay-kids-i-was-joking-sort#.T6K5Fqf0H6o.facebook

If you look at the first article, at the bottom it has the video of this Pastor preaching to his congregation about beating your children if they show a “limp wrist” and that you need to stop that because a boy is a boy and a girl is a girl. 

Now, I’m all for freedom of speech and he should have the right to say these things, but as a Pastor and telling his congregation that these are the words of God is so difficult to even comprehend. I’ve seen so many stories about pastors saying their own opinions as if they were actually coming from God, I’ve seen this personally as well.

Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t trust your church or your pastor/preacher/minister/whatever they may be called. But you, as a person and individual, need to decide what is right in your heart, follow what you believe God would want you to do, remember that everyone has their own interpretations and definitions for things.

I just know that God is supposed to love ALL of his children and wants them to be happy. All of us have to make up our own minds about what they think is right but you shouldn’t do what this Pastor is doing, telling congregates to hit their children if they appear to be gay. That’s not right.

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First Amendment – Free Speech

Do y’all believe that everyone has the right to say what they think?

Should everyone have the right to say what the believe if what they believe is the genocide of millions of people? 

In America, do fascists have the right to stand on the corner and say what they believe? Even if it is the extinction of Jewish people and gay people? The world has gone through genocide by them once before, would you allow them to speak about that genocide and more to come freely on the street?

 

The answer to all of the above should be: yes. 

 

Reason being that even though they may be saying the world thing in the world and you absolutely hate it, you let them say it so that you can stand 20 feet down the sidewalk and say what you think about life and maybe appose what they are thinking. If they don’t have the right to speak, someone else could come along and hear you talking about whatever topic that you have and shut you down. 

In order for you to have the right to speak, you have to let those that you hate speak their mind too.

There will always be someone that doesn’t share your view, that could stop you from saying what you want.

That’s a perk of living in America, we can say what we like; while people in other countries will be killed for saying what they think or believe. 

Also, this free speech is contributed to power-distance in other cultures as well, America as a culture has low power-distance which means that an employee can go to their employer and say that they have a problem with the schedule to get their task done on time. High power-distance means that even in the same situation, if the employee thinks that they can’t finish a task on time, even if the employer asks “will you get this done on time?” the employee will say yes; even if the employer says: “Do you have a problem getting your project done on time?” the employee will say no. (Random tangent, but I think it’s relevant.)

What do y’all think?? I’m curious. There is always a wide variety of opinion on this topic…

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Creating a Newsletter for the First Time

At Central Washington University, I am involved with many clubs on campus; one in particular is Candlelight: Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying Club. Some friends and I started this last Fall to help students at Central to learn about the signs of suicide and to help people stand up to bullies and hopefully help this school become a better place.

This Spring has been our first real quarter to get the club off the ground and we have been collaborating with other clubs to get the group and our cause out there.

I’ve been trying to get the people who signed up for the meeting minutes and when our next meeting is, and so I decided to create a newsletter with pictures and some details about what we have been doing out around the school to get the students aware.

It was fairly simple thanks to Microsoft Word Templates and already having a good idea of what I wanted to write and put on there. I surprised the President of Candlelight with this because she has been trying to figure out a way to get the students interested and loved the idea, so once I do some editing and double check everything it will be sent out with the next meeting minutes!! I’m really happy that she was pleased with my work and it actually does look very professional and intriguing.

In the next issue I’m planning to find a template with more pages (this one had 4 pages) so that I can add facts and other information about trying to prevent suicide and bullying. We are working with our school’s counseling center and wellness center to hopefully get more support about our cause.

Until the end of May, which is when the next newsletter will go out, I plan on researching more techniques to help make this thing awesome and hopefully have the effect that we want. I know this is fairly simple but for a small club like ours, I’m hopping it will help us because we need more members to keep the club going next year.

Wish me luck!

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