How New Laws Have Effected the LGBT Population

LGBT rights are something that have been debated for years. Now a day, some states are giving this population more rights, but who has it really helped?

It has been rumored that the laws passed to help the LGBT populating only help the L and G part of it. But what is left for the B and T side of it? There are people that say that they are being neglected and that they are being forgotten.  The laws that are effective that give this population the same rights as everyone else have been shown to neglect the bi sexual and transgender population.

They have been denied employment, housing, even proper health care. These people are constantly being verbally abused, and they can’t do anything about it, except let it happen. There have been cases that state that some LGBT couples lose their children because of the sexual orientation of the parents. For example, if a woman has a baby with a man and later marries another woman, there is a chance that full custody goes to the father due to unstable living environments.

Another problem being that lesbian women have been raped in acts of discrimination and hatred. The LGBT population have had to get used to horrible things such as death threats, especially when campaigning for the same human rights everyone else is entitled to. There have been cases, rarely, that show that they are executed by the state due to their sexual orientation.

So at the end of all these campaigns and movements, who has really been effected by the laws that are supposed to “humanize” the LGBT population. In some states it does benefit them, but in most states they are neglected and shown hatred for loving who they want.

LGBT rights are something that have been debated for years. Now a day, some states are giving this population more rights, but who has it really helped?

It has been rumored that the laws passed to help the LGBT populating only help the L and G part of it. But what is left for the B and T side of it? There are people that say that they are being neglected and that they are being forgotten.  The laws that are effective that give this population the same rights as everyone else have been shown to neglect the bi sexual and transgender population.

They have been denied employment, housing, even proper health care. These people are constantly being verbally abused, and they can’t do anything about it, except let it happen. There have been cases that state that some LGBT couples lose their children because of the sexual orientation of the parents. For example, if a woman has a baby with a man and later marries another woman, there is a chance that full custody goes to the father due to unstable living environments.

Another problem being that lesbian women have been raped in acts of discrimination and hatred. The LGBT population have had to get used to horrible things such as death threats, especially when campaigning for the same human rights everyone else is entitled to. There have been cases, rarely, that show that they are executed by the state due to their sexual orientation.

So at the end of all these campaigns and movements, who has really been effected by the laws that are supposed to “humanize” the LGBT population. In some states it does benefit them, but in most states they are neglected and shown hatred for loving who they want.

High As A Kite Under Florida Skies

Over the past few years, the legalization of marijuana has been a primary topic of conversation amongst families in the U.S. Particularly in Florida over the last year and a half. The legalization of the substance can have as many benefits as it can disadvantages for the state’s economic and social standing.

Economically, the state would benefit a great amount due to the tax. The growers, sellers, and producers would be taxed about $50-per-ounce; in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, they have made an estimated $76 million in taxes.

However, the real problem lies in what can be done with the money. “It could be extremely beneficial, but I’m skeptical about what the legislators will do with that money,” said Ms. Whitby, an MLEC economics and government teacher. “The right people won’t benefit from the revenue.”

Despite the belief that marijuana is very popular, and it is, a survey done by Pew Research Center said that 62% of Americans would be bothered if people did their smoking in public even if marijuana were legal.

“I feel like it’s not necessary, people are only going to abuse it further,” said Nicole Sandoval, a junior in the Health Academy.

This is similar to how people see the consumption of cigarettes, most people aren’t bothered by others smoking them, unless they’re doing it near them. “Recreationally, i feel like marijuana is just as dangerous an alcohol, or cigarettes,” said Mr. Moffi, an MLEC U.S History teacher.

Being a controversial issue, it’s something that will continue being questioned and discussed in upcoming state and presidential elections.

The FSA: The Student Perspective

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By Nathalie Mairena

Florida Standards Assessment testing was sprung a week before they were scheduled to begin. Tests were completed earlier this year, with few practice tests available and even fewer chances to get students prepared for the FSA. Now, with multiple technical issues, students and teachers alike are voicing their concerns- and dislike- for this new exam.

Florida was one of the few states that decided to make their own test instead of following the new Common Core, naming their new curriculum the Florida Standard. The FSA was commissioned by Education Department of Florida to AIR, the American Institute of Research.

For a whopping 200 million dollars, officials said that the test was able to evaluate teacher and their abilities in the classroom. The FSA is one of the first exams fully intended for the computer. The state chose to field test the new FSA in Utah, a state…

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Animal Rescue Stories: Bear

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Since my internship is ending in one week, I have decided to post an animal story per day. Today I am starting with Bear.

When Los Angeles-area animal control agents found Bear in an abandoned barn, the tiny newborn lamb’s umbilical cord was still attached and had not been cleaned. Her mother was nowhere in sight, nor were any other sheep. Bear may have been left behind when the flock was moved to a new location. At the most vulnerable time of her life, this little girl was completely alone.

Fortunately, the agents knew to contact Alicia Pell, a volunteer rescuer who has played a pivotal role in a number of our Southern California Shelter rescues. Alicia called Farm Sanctuaryimmediately and then rushed Bear to our veterinarian’s office. When Bear arrived, she was dehydrated and limp. She had not nursed from her mother, so medical attention was imperative. The clinic…

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Michelle Romero: A Life Well Lived

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By Nathalie Mairena

Michelle Romero was passionate. She immersed herself entirely into every minute of every day, squeezing out every second of life, relishing in her great loves: family and her pursuit of career.  She took every moment — good and bad — and lived through them, dreaming of a happily ever after.

‘Passivity’ was not in Michelle’s vocabulary.  She was feisty, spunky, a fiery presence. If life gave her lemons, she threw them back at him, demanding a refund. Then she’d come back with a new business plan that’d get them sold for sure.

An alum of MLEC, Michelle was a prominent member of the Entrepreneurship strand. She helped bring back the DECA fashion show to its current glory and helped form the Credit Union. One of the last students to meet and learn from the late Michael Bevilacqua, a dedicated Entrepreneurship teacher, Michelle was the embodiment of an…

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Animal Culture

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As a vegan, seeing this terrifies me and makes me glad at the same time.

To see the names and faces of cows that were probably bred for high milk production so that people can have cheese just angers me as a vegan. Every time someone purchases milk or cheese, you are supporting the dairy industry (which is a horrible industry by the way). Cows are intensively confined and continually impregnated with little concern for their well-being. Baby cows or calves are taken away from their mothers, usually within hours of birth so that we can have the mothers’ milk. Male calves are used for veal.

I never ate cheese or drink milk due to my lactose intolerance but the thought of 9.3 million cows used for milk production disgusts me as a human being.

On the other hand, people don’t associate with what’s on their plate to a living…

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A Controversial School System

It has recently been brought to my attention that some schools in my district have a type of punishment called CSI (a rowdy classroom filled with students who came to school late, disrespected the teacher, etc.) However, what I was most shocked by was the fact that most of the students that are sent into that room were there due to getting to school late.

I was just speaking to a friend of mine who goes to American Senior High school and he was telling me how he was sent to CSI for being tardy to school. Now, I understand if a teacher wants to reprimand their student for being late; for example, my english teacher will give a student who is late an F for the day, but still wants them to be productive and participate in class. However, in my friends case, he has been sitting in this room for the past hour and a half for being two minutes late without any learning stimuli around him.

Now, I’m not saying that this CSI thing is a completely bad idea, if a student is disrupting the learning environment then yeah, they should be sent. But if the student bothered to get to class despite being late, they should be given the opportunity to participate in the class activity. Adding to that, it seems ridiculous to me that if the student is late, they are sent to this room, but if the student doesn’t show up at all they are reprimanded anyway. This would reduce any students strive to even try in school.

Even more than that, seeing as its the end of the year and EOC, AP, and AICE exams are around the corner, teachers should be even more encouraged to keep their students in the classroom preparing for these tests. Too, I understand that teachers want their students in class by 7:20, but in all honesty, how many teachers actually begin lecturing and working at exactly that time.

There are certain punishments that should be given based on the type of trouble the student cause, not every student should be given the same punishment. Teachers are in school to teach and students are there to learn, if both show up (despite bing late) then they should both be given the opportunity to do their job.