The Death Penalty in California

As of July 1st of 2016, there are approximately 741 out of 2,095 death row inmates in the state of California alone. California holds the most death row inmates out of all the states for no known reason. In California, the issue of whether to keep the death row penalty or abolish it has been hard to keep up. There are several disputes concerning the morality, the cost, constitutionality, race, etc even though California does fully support capital punishment.

           In the last several years, California has taken out budgets from K-12 schools to help pay for inmates on death row. The average cost that a taxpayer must pay in order to keep a prisoner alive in jail is around $31,286 per inmate. “A new study in California revealed that the cost of the death penalty in the state has been over $4 billion since 1978. Study considered pre- trial and trial costs, costs of automatic appeals and state habeas corpus petitions, costs of federal habeas corpus appeals, and costs of incarceration on death row. (Alarcon & Mitchell, 2011).” Not only does the death row effect students in elementary through high schools but it also affects colleges and universities. The cost of enrolling in a four-year college is increasing and the class availability for college students is declining quickly. Every school in California has cut or is considering to cut the jobs of the educators and even the potential students. “In January of 2011, Governor Jerry Brown of California proposed his budget cuts and state universities would be taking another cut of $1 billion, leaving alone elementary and secondary schools (Christie, 2011).” The democracy in the United States government is planning to cut fractions off of any healthcare or insurance an inmate could have during their sentence. That means that the pregnancies of inmates will not get the right attention as a normal civilian would nor the same amount of rights of becoming a mom. Even without having to pay for the death penalty, taxpayers will have to pay the “cost-of-a-life” for each inmate which although it is less money, it would still add up to be a lot because you are paying for their food, shelter, insurance, and any hospital bills that they would have required during their sentence. Richard C. Dieter, MS, JD, Former Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, states, ”Jury selection, the trial itself, and initial appeals will consume years of time and enormous amounts of money before an execution is on the horizon…” While many believe that the death penalty saves taxpayers money of no longer having to care to a prisoner, the other side believes that the money that it takes to execute an inmate whether it be lethal injection, hanging, gas chamber, firing squad, or electrocution is increasingly more expensive.

           Other than cost being the most disputed argument of the death row, the morality of it is also protested from both sides. People who believe that the murderous inmate should be executed feel that it is more moral to do so rather than keeping them alive and well. These civilians believe in this morally because it is not fair to the victim of the crime to be fearful of this inmate. To know that the person who had physically or mentally attacked you will certainly never do it again is believed to add closure to the victims and create a more safe environment for everyone essentially. If a man or woman had been raped, they psychologically will never return to who they are knowing that the person who had committed the crime is still well off in a jail getting “pampered” by taxpayers lawful money.  Except for the fact that the victim needs closure, the other party believes that it is immoral to take a life that still has potential. “…capital punishment is a failed policy. America should no longer accept the myth that capital punishment plays any constructive role in our criminal justice system. It will be hard to bring an end to the death penalty, but we will be a healthier society as a result.”

        When this election started to be advertised a year ago, exploiting the candidates, i had never thought that it would turn out like this. I would sit anywhere in my house and my mom would say at least once a day,”Don’t worry. There’s no way in hell someone is stupid enough to elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.” But, against all odds, he is now our president. Everyday, my phone goes off with a CNN report with a story regarding Trump and his political actions so far in his office. He has made everyone stand on their tippy toes waiting for Trump to do yet, another irrational thing in the office.

       Women are terrified everyday inside for their families and themselves. Trump has been known to mistreat women and exploit them through all conduct. His thoughts about women, muslim americans, immigrants, refugees have made us unsure of our decision. People voted for his for change and a brighter future but, his his views on women right, it seems as if we might be taking a few steps back into the past. About 30 decades back. I feel as if women and young girls need to brace themselves over the next four years of his dreadful, dreadful presidency. “For feminists, getting to work means plowing forward, not second-guessing our mission. This is a big setback — a phenomenal, shocking setback. It is not the first, and it will not be the last. The only way to change is to change, and when our project is so immense — changing no less than the foundation of our society, our very ideas of what it means to be male and female — it will take a very long time to complete. We know, now, what so many Americans think of successful, ambitious, intelligent women: They think we are a threat. They will choose almost anything to avoid putting us in charge.”

       I am, and truthful all women should be, appalled that he has defunded planned parenthood. As a man, Trump does not understand what comes with a women and what she needs. Planned parenthood is a necessity for most women. I honestly believe that Planned Parenthood will not go anywhere no matter what tries to bury it. We live in a nation and a time that will always support each other. Trump has even said that by March of this year, there will be punishment for women who go through with aborting a fetus. But, after being bombarded by dedicated feminists, he backtracked that statement and said the punishments should be paid to the providers who caused it. Trump has made disgusting and unforgettable remarks about women implying that they are nothing but pieces of ass. This disgusting man as our president has even said that if Ivanka Trump were not his daughter that he would be dating her because she’s a “hot piece of ass”. So i strongly disagree with everything Trump is trying to do against women. Having to control our bodies should be our responsibility.

       I also do not agree with the fact that he wants to discontinue birth control pills. After Trump being president, over 40% of women in the United States alone are getting IUE’s. (IUE’s are a temporary birth control that is inserted into a women, lasting about 8-10 years.) Women are terrified that they will not be able to get the treatments that they are needed. Birth control has so many uses to it other than avoiding pregnancy. Birth controls can protect from few STDs, can control abdominal cramp, can lessen the side effects of a period, and can dull down a heavy migraine. Trump is saying that birth control is “unnatural” but i’m thinking; neither is tylenol, or chemo, or even shots we get at the doctor. But pharmaceutical medicine is used to strengthen us and make us healthier. I just completely don’t understand how women can be so misunderstood and mistreated. We have worked so hard to where we are now. I am in disbelief that i will be growing up for the next four years in a country ran by a man who is highly disrespectful to all women-including his family.

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     A photograph my mother took of the mountains

A Day I Will Always Remember:

 

Almost everyone has gone on a family vacation to a different state, city, or country. Several years from now you can open up a scrapbook album and relive your memories from your previous vacations. Family vacations create bonds and memories that will last forever even if it is good or bad. Memories with your friends and family are always to be cherished and remembered forever.
I remember every summer my family and I have always gone to a Hawaiian island to visit our family for our summer vacation. Ever since I can remember, we would try to go every summer. But, as we grow, we haven’t taken any family vacations. I always look back on the fun nights we all had. The day I will always remember is when my family and I visited the part of my family that lives in Hawaii.
My Hawaiian part of my family has their own land on Maui called Keane. In Keane, there are these three beautiful waterfalls that all lie next to each other in a circle. They are surrounded by canopy trees that shade over Hawaiian native flowers and other plants. On the way up to

Standing behind the rails where the waterfalls belong.

Standing behind the rails where the waterfalls belong.

my Uncle’s house, we drive on a twisty road that overlooks mountains wrapped in green ivy. While we drove up the Hawaiian country road, we listened to Hawaiian songs. I remember singing along, feeling relaxed and worry free, like a child should be. When we got to the house, we reunited with my uncle and my aunt. They showed us theirfour-wheelers, their puppies, their pigs, and their house. I remember that I rode on a four wheeler with my dad along with a path that was bordered with native Hawaiian plants. After I rode with my dad, they let me drive on a separate one myself. I remember going along the pathway about a hundred times for hours, having so much fun. There was this small ramp that my brother and I would jump over constantly. The puppies were one of the most fun parts. I’ve always loved animals and being greeted by 6 little puppies was the most amazing thing. Animals are proven to reduce stress and make you happy. Being around that many puppies was a day to remember. Later on, I was playing football with my uncle, brother, and dad. My sister ran up to me with this foot long lizard. That was the first lizard I had ever touched. I still remember the feeling of the lizard. It was rough, but wet because it had been in the lake that was right behind my uncle’s house. After we had left my Uncle’s house we stopped by a shaved ice stand and I passed out in the car waking up in my hotel bed.

 

I remember all of the good memories but I also remember the rough ones as well. I remember being on a twisty road in the middle seat between my brother and sister. Even though I was listening to sweet sounding Hawaiian music, My knees were hitting them with every turn we took up the road. I remember fighting with dsc06268my sister because she didn’t want me touching her. But, I couldn’t control it. I also remember it taking a while getting up to my uncle’s house because there was a slow car in front of us. Which also made my dad impatient with me and my siblings. When we got to my uncle’s house, the puppies were adorable and playful but, one was covered with mud and of course jumped on me. Which followed to me wearing baggy clothes belonging to my uncle. Also, while driving on four wheelers, my brother fell and my dad ran over his leg. It wasn’t as bad as you think. There were no broken bones but, my dad left a huge bruise. My brother was nagging the whole time, crying his eyes out in the car, screaming annoyingly. I would also like to add that when my sister let me touch the lizard, it bit me seconds later leaving a scar on my ring finger, which will cause a slight problem for me when I have to take engagement photos.
There were bad memories and good memories but, all that I remember. I remember every little detail because it was one of the greatest summers I had. I will never forget that day in Keane.

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             “HAPA” meaning “half of Hawaii”

 

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Failure is not a step backward from success. Failure can help you and direct you to what you want and need. Failure can be known as an excellent stepping stone to reach success. We never are pushed enough to move out of our comfort zone if we don’t overcome our fear of failing in something. Challenging yourself becomes more vital as you get older. Somebody who survives an amount failure has gained experience and knowledge that others lack. This triggers hardship in everyone.
We get taught from a young age that failing is something that you shouldn’t aim for. Which is true. No one should ever aim to fail, but what parent and teachers don’t teach their children is that failure is as important to success. In some cases, it is essential for someone to fail in order to get a great outcome. The most popular question asked is,” What’s the worst thing that can happen?” Most people would respond,”I fail and am humiliated. But what people learn is that the worst thing that could happen is, not to fail, but to not try at all.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” — J.K. Rowling. Failure is a very important part of living. People fail every day, whether it’s small mistakes or failures that can shake up your life. But failing can make all of us into better persons by learning life lessons and obtaining experience. “Failure is life’s great teacher.” Without failing, we as humans would be not as compassionate, empathic, kind, and not obtain great achievements; we would be less likely to reach for or goals and accomplish what we might think is impossible.
Normally,when we think about failure, we think of failure in a negative aspect. We say that failure is painful and that it causes emotional anxiety, upsetness, guilt, etc. For those that have known true failure, and who have bounced back from it, know that failure in life is necessary for success to grow. For most people, failure cuts deep and stays with you for a long time,but so does success that stems from it.

Even the most successful people in life, like celebrities, have failed the most times. If you try to go through life without failing at anything, then you’re not really living a life at all. Taking risks and failing makes us the people that we are. When a baby first learns how to walk, she or he falls over and over again, but in the end succeeds. Even the mother is positive that her child will walk and run because she knows that falling before walking is life’s nature.

Athletic celebrities go through hardships to get to where they need and want to be. They train nonstop to be in the best shape that they can. They go through rigorous drills to challenge their opponent and work with their team to dominate a league. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan never made his high school varsity team. He claimed to had sit in his room for hours crying and thinking that he wasn’t good enough. Being rejected was the best thing that could have happened to him. He challenged himself and now has won several national titles. Coaches push athletes to become the best of their abilities. They know their athletes limits and knows how to train each and every one in order for them to be successful.

Lex Gillette, is a 31 year old, highly skilled, long jumper who will represent the United States in this year’s Paralympics. Gillette has won a silver medal in each of the three past Paralympic events and had won gold in the 2013 and 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. He is also completely blind from the age of 8. Experiencing almost impossible obstacles, Gillette strongly believes that the best athletes build from their failures to prosper into successes.

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Adventure is Out There

I’ve always been an adventurous and brave girl. I have several things to check off of my bucket list when i am older. Crazy acts like jumping out of a plane, climb a mountain, go dog sledding, zip lining. These are just some of the crazy tasks i want to do. I believe that we shouldn’t live life scared of something that could happen. We need to live life to the ultimate fullest because there is a countdown on our life and with every day that passes , our time shortens. Each day we can do something that we haven’t done before whether its giving somebody a kind compliment or a life changing decisions. I believe that we should take risks and not be so fragile with everything that is handed to us. We should make bold decisions that can possibly change your life along with others.

I want my life to be filled with as much adventure and fun as possible. I want to explore the world that i live in and experience many different thihngs. We came this far in evolution only by exploring new lands. Our ancestors ate different foods, created different weapons, and met a variet of men and women. Some of our ancestors died giving us vital informaton. The fundamental idea of exploration is to experiencethe things yo uhave never experienced before.

Enrinching myself in differetn cultures in different countries other than th eunited states is my ultimate goal. I do not want to live life so boundaed to california not being able to explore out of where i am from. I want to go out of state for college and once i graduate college i want to go on trips outside of the country and explore differetn foods and people. I also want to be familiar with differetn types of language, animakl species, and culture.

Other than traveling, i would like to do things that can change my perspective or maybe make me appreciate the world i live in. I  really would like o go sky diving because most people are scared to sky dive and i would like to experience what others are missing out. I don’t want to be like everyone else. I want to not be scared of anything and reach out of my comfort zone. Being able to experience the beauty of the world i live in is my dream and i want to appreciate everything that i have. Acts such as sky diving, zip lining, etc can help with self-realization.

I know that a lot of people don’t want to do skydiving because they think its not safe in most some cases its not but these are the risks that i believe i have to take. I don’t want to regret anything in my life or miss out. There is a professional sky diver strapped on with you so they can control how you fly and land. So you’re noting it alone. Also, skydiving has been around for ages ever since Leonardo Da Vince so i think that we have a lot of experience . And of course safety comes first.

Writing out a list of all the things you want to accomplish before you die sounds a little morbid, but sometimes we need to think longer and the quote,”live life in the moment”, isn’t always true because i think that you should think ahead and make a plan and not just  live life blindly.

 

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Road To Veterinary

Most students high school or college have a hard time deciding what they will become when they are older. Students going to college have no idea what line of work they will go into.  College and Career Readiness surved and of 165,000 high school students conducted by Youth Truth, a San Francisco- nonprofit, found that 45 percent of students feel positive about their college and career readiness. That leaves 55 percent of high school students are graduating with no indication of their major or minor. There are also students that know exactly what they are going into and have pursued it for a long time. There are also others who know what they’re going to major in and then change majors half way through.

I have known since kindergarten that becoming a rehabilitation veterinarian is exactly what I want to do. I will be going into animal sciences. Although, throughout the years I have had doubts, going into that line of work has always been a leading option for me. I’ve always worked well with all kinds of animals and have a lot of experience. Animals have been a part of my life every since I’ve been born. My family has had from cats, dogs, bunnies, guinea pigs, and hamsters to tarantulas, snakes, birds, and lizards. Of course, not all at the same time. They come and go and I am prepared for every death that comes to an animal. Animals have a very important part in human’s lives. Animals are our companions, our eyes and ears,our workers, and our food. They appear in ancient cave paintings, and on modern commercial farms all over the world. We have domesticated them, while others remain wild and are sometimes endangered. They keep us company, give us great relief, and serve us as valuable assistants. Animals are very important to me and instead of being a surgeon and cutting them up and possibly killing them, I would like to help them and create a nurturing rehab for them to recover when hurt.

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I know that I have a long time of actually becoming a veterinarian and it comes with a lot of schooling. Now here’s the facts- Veterinary practice requires 6-8 years of schooling for everyone. I also know that Veterinary school is VERY competitive. Just my luck right? There are about 30 veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association in the United States alone.  There were about 7,860 applicants competing for 2,700 openings in the year 2013. In other words, it is very competitive to gain admission to a great and affordable veterinary school. Again, so lucky.

GRADES
Of course, as a high school, you have to have great grades to be competitive. Although a 4.0 or higher will certainly help you, it’s not an absolute necessity. You can even get at least a 3.0 and they will still accept you. To my knowledge, Veterinary schools accept the student with a minimum of a 2.8 GPA. All veterinary schools have a very rigorous and challenging curriculum. Therefore, schools want students that will be able to keep up and excel in the classroom they are placed in. If you take any science AP courses or college preparatory courses, they’ll even overlook a couple C’s on your report card. Vet schools look at all the classes you took not just your grades. Considering to take upper-level anatomy & physiology, zoology, microbiology, animal science/animal production, nutrition, etc. would be a great idea. It’s possible that taking these courses as an undergrad can make the comparable vet school classes much less stressful.”To be considered for admission to a college of veterinary medicine, a student must first complete undergraduate pre-veterinary medical coursework, which usually includes three to four years of college study, with specific course requirements. Each college of veterinary medicine establishes its own pre-veterinary requirements. Typical requirements include basic language and communication skills, social sciences, humanities, mathematics, chemistry, and the biological and physical sciences.”

 

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      Girls who have best friends as mothers can be girls who are not as well equipped to deal with certain things they do not like or that they find difficult. In high school, there are many damaged girls who were not raised as well as others. Many girls are pushed into stealing, drug use, and underage drinking. I found that these illegal actions are stemmed from their home lifestyle. From personal experience, I see my friends who are involved with drugs, have mothers who hold an extremely loose leash on their daughter. Their parents are delaying the act of authority that used to go along with being an adult. Their mothers are more interested in being their daughter’s best friend than a mother who is expected to raise her child the best she could. There is a lack of hierarchy in the family and this causes the child to act in charge. I also looked at how many girls I know who have dropped out of high school because it was “too much for them”. Coincidentally, they are drug users. Most parents know that their child is doing these actions but resist to take charge because they don’t want their child to get mad or hate them. Traditionally, mothers are supposed to nurture their child and lead them in the right direction. But presently, there have been mothers who have created a relationship with their daughter that is toxic for the daughter’s education and future. Although, there are mother and daughter relationships where you can be friends but there are boundaries that the mother has created that the child must respect.  My mother and I have a friendship relationship where I can tell her and trust her with anything, but I have an understand that she is my mother and she comes with respect and authority. What she says goes. I think that should be present in all families. There should always be a sense of leadership and authority. I highly despise mothers who allow their children to do however they please with no sense of direction. Although the parent is allowed to raise their child however they like, it seems that the child grows up to be not so much help to society. In fact, they purge their money on drugs and alcohol. Children like this are shown to be very easily influenced by others, including their mothers. Daughters who are like this are raised like this because their mothers were the same way. I’ve seen many girlfriends of mine who are addicted to high-level drugs, alcohol, and the rush they get when they steal something from someone else because their mothers were the same. I believe that women are like this because they see that their mothers do not care about consequences. They don’t see the reality in that kind of lifestyle. Daughters should be taught right from wrong so they can become a success and be a vital member of society when they grow up. Mothers want to see their children grow up into a genius and be rich and famous. But, how will they do good in school when all they can focus on is when the next party is? A mother’s motive in life should be to guide her child. My mother taught me from a very young age that school does come first and that I should stay as far away as possible from any kind of illegal actions. So far, my life has been a success as a student. My mother has always been a great example in my life. Knowing that she has never done drugs or have stolen anyone’s property, I have developed a huge amount of trust and respect for her. I look at her and  I see that she is a very responsible woman who has been a huge success. I compare her to other mothers and I know that I am extremely lucky to have a mother who has my best interest at heart. She is my mom, not my best friend, and some mothers don’t really comprehend that. Mothers need to be a standing inspiration and a great example for their children. Leading your kids to illegal actions do not make them your best friend. Mothers don’t see that what they’re doing for their kid is toxic for their future. Mothers try to be their daughter best friend because they want to be the “cool” mom and have fun with their kid but, they don’t understand that having fun with your kid doesn’t mean letting them do whatever they feel like doing.

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