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Hannah Alzgal

Hannah Alzgal
Race

Artificial Intelligence Is Deciding How Long People Should Be Jailed For

It has not been a hushed fact that the U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than any other country in the world, including nations under an authoritarian rule or those subjected to offend human rights. Our judiciary system comprised of judges and juries can make biased decisions in a verdict due to an array of influencing factors that range from their mood of said day or personal life experience that creates a bias. Considerable circumstances

Politics

GOP Tax Plan to Go Ahead With Rubio on Board

After months of relentless changing of the GOP tax plan, congressional Republicans have finally grasped a major key that was inhibiting them with the progression of the plan: Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) support. Rubio begrudgingly refused to back the plan on Thursday until negotiators were willing provide a more considerate tax break to middle-and-low income families by decreasing some of the benefits from those that earn a higher income. The break is going to be

Politics

Dear Both Sides of the Spectrum, Stop Politicizing Brands To Be on a Team

The political polarization in 2017 has created an increasingly divisive barrier that has reached celebrities with no experienced political voice such as Chrissy Teigen, to three star-rated coffee machines. It’s a tactic that the Left and Right have adopted to create a “bigger team” on either sides, which has done nothing but contribute to this disruptive nature that encompasses our society nowadays. In the most recent case of brand politicization, the Keurig brand have pulled

Politics

Why Trump’s Statement on the Opioid Crisis Is BS

“I want the American people to know: the federal government is aggressively fighting the opioid epidemic on all fronts.” –President Trump On Oct. 26, President Trump addressed the national drug demand and opioid crisis. His speech succeeded the First Lady’s remarks about drug abuse survivors. Trump officially declared the issue to be a “public health emergency,” emphasizing his actions to remove the drug Opana, which resulted in 33,000 deaths in 2015 off the market. Trump spoke

Politics

How Does Trump’s Step Towards Flushing Obamacare Down the Drain Affect You?

After much talk from the Trump Administration about repealing and replacing Obamacare, Trump has finally taken a major step on Thursday to halt key payments to health insurers that sell Obamacare plans. The signed executive order has now made it accessible for small business, lower income families, and individuals to have the choice of purchasing different packages of health insurance that are inexpensive, not federally controlled, and possibly have fewer benefits. Note that this is not

Op-ed

Charlie Hebdo Is Not Opinion, It’s Sarcasm

“God Exists. He drowned all the Neo-Nazis of Texas,” was the daunting caption listed alongside an illustration that portrayed the flooding in Houston in the magazine Charlie Hebdo. The wildly satirical French magazine that caused a ruckus in 2006 when the publication came out with a controversial anti-Islamic cartoon mocking the Prophet Muhammed has once again clashed with the majority of the public. Their most recent depiction of the flooding happening in the United States is specifically targeting

Politics

The Confederate Statues Have Been Easily Falling Because They’re Made of Cheap Material

Over the course of the past two weeks, the controversy following the removal of the Confederate statues in areas such as Charlottesville, Virginia has captivated the nation on what is the true reason behind keeping these statues around. The Right claims: “ should also consider which parts of our history we are most proud of, and most eager to uphold. Conservatives believe in preserving and carrying on the best of the past- not is worst,”

Op-ed

M-103: Canada’s Tackle on Free Speech and Who It’s Really Hurting

The line between freedom of speech and hate speech has become blurred in recent years. What speech contributes to hate? What is the just use of speech in an engaged debate? From college campuses silencing speakers due to opposing views to governments banning certain topics from discussion, we’ve run into a regressive time period where we are being shown that if a subject appears too controversial to discuss, we don’t. One of the most recent

Politics

Trump Cuts Funding to U.N. Agency

On Tuesday April 4th, 2017, the Trump administration has cut U.S. funding  to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) due to the claims of having an active role in China’s forced abortion procedures. The UNFPA is a UN organization where it claims to be “the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.” Although, that may be their mission statement,

Op-ed

My Experience at the 2017 NLC Conference

Having the honor to attend the 2017 National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C. as a Tigard Youth Delegate was an experience that cannot be mimicked through textbooks. For me personally, my expectations of D.C. is that it represents an area rich with opportunities at every corner; it is a place to make your voice heard, where networking is prosperous, and the epicenter of the political arena. Those expectations were met and went above

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