From 2014-2018, local government in Flint, Michigan handed out water bottles to the public. Their gaffe in changing the water supply from the Detroit River to the Flint River led to a spike in lead concentration in the city’s tap water. The Flint situation has largely improved but isn’t over yet. Meanwhile, Newark, New Jersey is deep in a lead crisis of its own. Even though water filters are present, the EPA recently concluded that lead levels are high at several test locations.
Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier accused of engaging in child sex trafficking, is dead. According to the corporate press, Epstein hung himself in his prison cell, which would make his death a suicide. While unlikely, who is there to dispute it? After all, this is probably the most notable instance under the Trump administration of individuals on both sides of the aisle working together for a common end-result. President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton both had substantial connections to Jeffrey Epstein, which one can expect as the wealthy are all friends. However, when Clinton has multiple trips on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” and Trump owns property where Epstein engaged in recruitment, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that something dark is happening.
The recent mass murders in Texas and Ohio raise the questions: How can we reduce the death toll of tragedies like these? How can we stop tragedies like these? One possibility is the use of security guards. Another is the increase in police presence. However, another more subtle and possibly efficient solution is allowing people to defend themselves, allowing citizens to be armed. One case in California where an armed homeless man intervened in a robbery shows us what armed citizens can do.
Since 1971, Americans have been victims of the war on drugs. Nixon began the war on drugs to target anti-war hippies and people of color, and we still pay the consequences today. As polls show that over 62% of Americans support marijuana legalization and psychedelics continue to help those in need, we are left to wonder why this drug war continues. Isn’t the government supposed to serve us? Aren’t our representatives supposed to represent American interests? Or are there other, less immediately apparent interests at play?
Peter Cooperson | Poland
Recently, two mass shootings occurred in the United States. However, despite the high level of emotions caused by footage from the scenes that saw the horrific murders happen, gun control policy should in no way be viewed as hot-headedly as it has been by the establishment. In fact, one can easily argue that the data itself carries a quite different message: actually, gun control is irrational.