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  • Apr 20, 2012 01:25 PM
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    Zach F Wrote: In April 2012, the CDC released their statistics for pregnancies. The teen birth rate nationwide is down a whopping 17% from 2007. That is huge. The CDC attributes this change to

    "increased use of contraception at first initiation of sex and use of
    dual methods of contraception (that is, condoms and hormonal methods) among sexually active
    female and male teenagers."


    More and more research shows that abstinence only sex education is ineffective. Teens are going to have sex. It is going to happen. He is just one more piece that when teens know about contraception and the benefits of it's use, they will use it.
    Why is this not made known, more than it has? This is great news and these young kids deserve high praise for, at least, practicing safer sex and preventing unnecessary pregnancies, which would really add to societies already abundant problems. I'm really proud of them and hope they continue to use responsible, good, common, sense. This should be spread by the news media, radio, PBS, churches. schools, every outlet possible. We get heavy doses of the reality TV shows but not THIS?! We should not be proud of ourselves. Our priorities are currently in a tailspin. Proud of you young ladies, you make me more assured for the future of our country. Keep up the good work!
  • Dec 24, 2013 06:17 PM
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    May this young girl Rest In Peace. I have a granddaughter that age and can imagine if I had taken her life in this manner. When I was in the military and we had guard duty we would yell out "halt who goes there" and proceed accordingly. I don't know if this would have prevented the killing, but it may have. My condolences to the family, this is really a tragic occurrence.
  • Dec 06, 2013 05:10 PM
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    I agree that the workers are "skimming the price", that is asking for a more than higher amount and settling on a fair amount. The cost of living from potato chips to gas has skyrocketed. There were times a person could work a low entry job, go to school to better their job skills and move to the middle class or beyond. That was when prices were much lower for all products and more manufacturing jobs were also available. The whole economic landscape has CHANGED. I would wholeheartedly support an increase to $10.00-$10.50 per hr.. We must keep in mind that these are not career jobs, but jobs to help a person to continue their education to better themselves and consequently our country. They'll be better able to go to trade schools or academia (traditional ) colleges. This would also, in my opinion, make them less reliant on welfare, making them more self sufficient and promoting a better sense of themselves. Needless to say this would help our "sluggish" economy. We need to increase our middle class and this is one way to do it. The increase is , decades, long overdue. Let's get it done and move our country forward. We have a "few" other social and economic problems to work on, let's get the minimum wage issue in the rear view mirror.
  • Dec 06, 2013 05:10 PM
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    sbfriedman Wrote: Fast food workers all over the country are striking and protesting over the current minimum wage. On 12/5/2013, hundreds even held a national rally. Their cry in a nutshell: take the minimum wage from the current $7.25/hr to $15/hr.

    The worker's position makes sound, logical sense. They simply don't make enough money to realistically survive long term in this economy. Many fast food workers are on food stamps and/or other various government aid. Also, many bring home a monthly net income that falls clearly below the national poverty line.

    Some economists argue that raising the minimum wage won't help lower the rising number of poverty stricken in this country. They point to examples in the past that support their claim. On the flip side, other economists say that of course a higher wage will help. All that will change is that employers won't get quite as big of bonuses, and that's only fair. To have a successful economy, workers need to able to survive comfortably.

    I think that pointing to this or that stat is silly and really just cherry-picking data to help tailor your argument. There are about a zillion different factors that make up bottom-line failures and successes in any given economy. But the fact remains, you can't really support a family with full self-sufficiency working at MacDonalds for $7.25 an hour.

    So, what should we do? Raise the minimum wage? Should it really double? Or is asking for $15 an hour a classic bargaining technique where you ask for more than you think you will actually get? That way, when the nation and Congress actually have this conversation they can say, "Well, you can't have $15 an hour. That's too much. But, how about $10 an hour?" (Or something to that effect). Then the workers will be in a good spot. They can either counter again. Or, they can accept the compromise, as in reality any raise was exactly what they were after in the first place.

    Barack Obama has already said that he believes the minimum wage should be increased. Months ago he said it should go up to $9/hr. He just recently came out in light of the protests saying that $10/hr is fair. What do you think a fair compromise would be, if any?