Get Out There and Vote in the Primaries

BERNIE SANDERS

I am not here to tell you who you should vote for. It is your own job and responsibility as a citizen of the United States of America to decide for yourself which candidate you share beliefs with and want to support. I am here to tell you to vote. As a resident of Wisconsin, I have primaries I need to vote in, but some states may have caucuses. If you do not know which type of vote your state participates in I will show you through a link here so now you know:

Primary vs. Caucus

As it so happens, I am a college freshman and not at all qualified to teach you about the United States government and how voting works or who to vote for for that matter. Teachers get paid to do that and who am I to steal their thunder? If you have questions (and who doesn’t?) I suggest paying your high school Law & Gov teacher a visit, but I will provide some links if that is just too much of a hassle for your busy life.

As a few of you may know, on Tuesday I went to the Saint Paul River Center to cheer on Senator Bernie Sanders. And according to the Hill I was not alone, Minnesota turned up to cheer on my favorite candidate. Senator Sanders did not disappoint with his speech. He talked about Planned Parenthood, tuition prices, minimum wage, citizenship, jail sizes, and racism. A lot of issues that are heavy on the minds of Americans today. A good friend of mind was not messing around with a camera the whole time and had the great idea to take notes instead of trying to get the lighting right around Bernie’s face during his speech. Here are a couple of great quotes from Tuesday night’s rally, courtesy of Autumn Askew:

“it is not a radical notion that someone working 40 hours a week in this country should not be living in poverty”

“this is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we should not have 2.2 million people in jail.”

“what Republicans are saying when they say they love families is that no women in this room should have the right to their own bodies. we disagree. they say that we should defund planned parenthood. we disagree.”

“our job as a nation, as human beings, is to encourage young people to get as much education as they can. why, in God’s name, are we punishing people for doing just that?”

“the debate is over. climate change is real, and it is caused by human activity… we have a moral responsibility to work with countries all over the world to transform our energy system and move away from fossil fuels.”

“we are going to demilitarize the police force. we are going to make police forces look like the communities they represent.”

Although my friend, Autumn, got a bunch of great quotes, everyone of you are able to find out where Senator Sanders stands at Bernie’s Platform. I didn’t feel the need to include all of the quotes for that reason.

Aside from doing my best to convince everyone of age to go vote in the primary or the caucus, I wanted to talk a little bit about college. College is a huge step in the lives of many young people, myself included. If I hadn’t been attending school during this time I would have never known about this opportunity and it was so worth the time and the light rail trip. Experiences are so important in forming who you are as a person. There is no better place than college to gain experiences. College is important for a majority of young people. College is where people go to learn and experience and get ready for the workforce and I believe it is an opportunity all people should have access to, no matter their backgrounds.

Please go vote.

Rock the Vote

Hank Green to young people

 

 

This Blog Is Changing

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College has been a huge change for me and although my love for reading and this blog remains, I am going to have to make some changes if I want to keep this blog active during the school year. Last semester I was not consistent with book reviews because I didn’t have a lot of time to read with my new and crazy schedule. Now that I have adjusted I feel prepared to continue with this blog, and plan to be posting regular updates (I’m going to aim for Fridays). The only catch is that I won’t always be writing about books. College is still a crazy place to be, regardless of if I have time to write or not and reading a book a week for fun isn’t always as realistic as I would like it to be. Fortunately for my readers, a lot of other things are always happening here and I will have plenty of things to write about.

This year has already brought me an amazing amount of books and adventures, and January isn’t even over. I was able to take a lovely trip to Mexico with my family, where we stayed in Cancún and had the opportunity to read and do yoga by the beach all week long. I read a considerable amount of books on this trip and over winter break. So in addition to the travel post I will write, I also have stockpiled a mess of book reviews so I have some material to bring the table even after a reading draught. I began working more with photography and art over break and that might be a topic that I may end up touching on. We will see where the wind takes us.

With all the changes that this blog will be seeing, I may end up changing the title and URL. I hope my readers will continue to be interested in my content, but if not, this blog will continue to be what it has always been: a place for me practice writing and talk about things I care about.

Elemental by Antony John

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If you happened to have read the review I wrote previous to this one (Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs), you will find that these stories are extremely similar. The predicament is kind of the same dealio. Thomas is really whiny because all his friends and family and everyone in the tiny village has some sort of elemental power and he doesn’t. One day, when a storm is rolling in, all the kids are sent to an island and all the adults are left to hold down the fort. When the children are away, BAM! pirates attack leaving all the island children to fend for themselves. Of course Thomas pulls through for everyone, it’s touching really.

In all honesty, I did like this book. Although it was super similar to Powerless, I liked the time period perspective better in this one. It is set in the future after a new version of the Plague wipes out the world as we know it (that’s what happens if you don’t get your kids vaccinated, folks!) the people in this book go back to living the way they did long ago. Evolution sure did help these guys out, giving them elemental powers sure did come in handy. Anyway, during this book, Thomas and the kids meet new people, form new bonds, and discover important, hidden information about the past of the island, all in an attempt to save the village from the pirates.

I’m going to give this book a solid three stars, maybe three and a half although my view might be a bit biased based off the fact that I feel like I read the same book twice in a row and I’m kind of bored of it.

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

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Kenna has always been jealous of the Heroes, living her life in the lab trying to prove she is as useful as they are through research. In a world of good and evil, right and wrong, heroes and villains, Kenna knows what side she is on, or so she thought. After being witness to a Villain break in, the lines begin to become a little blurred. When Kenna’s mother goes missing, and her best friend switching sides it seems as though what Kenna has known her whole life isn’t so concrete and she begins to doubt everything she believes in.

Powerless is a good story about a group of unlikely friends united to a good cause. Even if it is a little cliche, it was a good fun story, but cliche is definitely something it was. A girl without superpowers trying to find her place in a world where she is surrounded with superhuman abilities only to find out she is the one who holds the whole group together and ends up being super irreplaceable. What can I say, it was just a tad predictable. She also falls in love with someone totally “unlikely”, by that I mean you could make an educated guess and probably guess who Kenna falls in love with.

Although this book was predictable, I did enjoy it. It was a fast read, and it was fun. It wasn’t a heavy read, it didn’t require a ton of brain power or thinking, which is good because after Saint Anything I was really ready for a good old dystopian novel where the characters have much more important things to worry about than falling in love but they do it anyway. Everyone knows how I feel about that.

Three stars, maybe three and a half.