Author: Taylor Samuelson

Homelessness in California – An Unresolved Challenge

Homelessness is a problem that faces cities across the country, and it has a significant drain on local communities. Eric Johnson with Reuters reports that in 2015, more than 500,000 people were homeless in America. The report also stated that a quarter of those within that number were children. California’s homeless problem is nothing new for cities like Los Angeles and San Diego. Skid row is a dedicated 54 block region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that hosts an estimated 2,521 homeless individuals. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority estimates an average of 28,000 people are homeless on...

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Abortion Is Misrepresented In America

Abortion is still a major topic of debate, and the definitive answer on when life begins is discussed by people from all walks of life and across political aisles. Even when talking with left-leaning individuals, there are still disagreements as to when a fetus is no longer just “a clump of cells.” But if this issue is unclear, and the interpretations of where the line should be drawn are so complex on both sides, why have policymakers already decided for us? According to Jennifer Rubin with the Washington Post, the DNC holds a “radical” party platform on the interpretation of Roe...

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‘Brexit’ Signals Global Shift Towards Conservatism

The United Kingdom has voted in favor of a referendum to leave the European Union. June 23rd, 2016 will most likely be remembered as the UK’s new independence day. The British Pound has dropped in value to a low that has not been seen since the 1980’s. The significance of the “Brexit” will have long term impacts on the United Kingdom and the world. Many supporters of the “Brexit” movement believe that the shift will send the country to a place of new individuality and conservatism. The Margret Thatcher period is approaching quickly, and this revival of individuality will most...

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Trumps Nationwide Media-War

Recently, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) released a statement condemning the Trump campaign for censoring and barring certain media groups from attending events. The NPPA is a national organization that represents journalists across the country by providing resources and networking for professionals. The motto of the organization is ‘The Voice Of Visual Journalists’, and it provides accreditation to freelance photojournalists like myself. The NPPA supports the ‘Free Press’ and utilizes its assets to protect reporters. Trump has chosen to censor the Washington Post, one of the most well known and influential media groups in the USA. Tom Kludt...

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Short Term lodging – Property Rights or Housing Nightmare?

Since the early 1800’s gold mining era in California, property rights have been a focus of debate. Today, a new war is being fought in city council chambers and halls across the state. The battle for homeowners to use their homes as bed and breakfast locations through services like Airbnb and VRBO is reaching an all-time high. There are two arguments in this debate, both which deserve some merit and credibility. Homeowners are arguing that it is their right to conduct business out of their home and use their land as a short term rental because it is their...

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