So, let’s talk about the presidential debate

By: Quentin Miller 

Image taken from: CNN

First things first, it was awful, and I’ll explain why.

Probably the most offensive part of the whole debate was the interruptions, think what you want of either candidate, interrupting your opponent is childish no matter how you look at it. And both Trump and Biden failed to understand the concept of letting each other actually answer questions almost the entire debate.

Next problem I have, Biden was very immature with some of his comebacks. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love some sas, but the first presidential debate is definitely not the right time or place. Specifically inappropriate quotes include, “Will you shut up, man?” and “It’s hard to get a word in with this clown.”

Problem number three, Trump’s insane takes, specifically on white supremacy. 

Now, did Trump endorse white supremacy openly? No. But he did refuse to condemn it, using the excuse he didn’t know the group, “The Proud Boys,” were actually white supremacist, despite the fact he was explicitly told they were indeed white supremacist. Also, while avoiding the problem, he said the real problem is Antifa and the left. And, when a sitting president says the most dangerous things in America are people who don’t like fascism and their greatest political threat, that might be a bit fascist. 

Next problem, Biden is kind of a fence sitter and people aren’t calling him out on it enough. Specifically, his stances on the BLM movement, because he really panders to both sides on it. While he says he is in support of the BLM movement (as anyone should be), he also constantly refuses to truly criticize active oppressors of the black population of America, specifically, police. One specific quote from the debate, and reported on Deseret.com, I think really shows how conflicting his opinion can sometimes be “Yes, there’s systemic injustice. The vast majority of police officers are good, decent honorable men and women … but there are some bad apples.”

So, let me get this straight, there’s systemic injustice, but also the people who work directly for a group guilty of said injustice are mostly good? That’s just not how it works, either the idea of police is systemically racist or most police fight for good, there’s no middle ground.

And that’s about every major problem I had with both sides, outside of these things, they mainly just yelled over each other while repeating the same things they’ve been repeating for the past few months.

Honestly in the opinion of someone who watched the full thing, I would have to say it’s not worth the watch. The recent vice presidential debate was much better, Harris and Pence both did much better jobs representing their running mates.

 

How COVID-19 made a reservation at state parks in 2020

By: David Meyer

A gorgeous photograph from a state park in Texas (Image taken from: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner)

Starting over a century and a half ago, state parks have been great places for visitors to camp, to hike, and to view the amazing wildlife and scenery. They have also been safe havens for wildlife and people alike. However, with the introduction of COVID-19, this past year, state parks have had to shut down. Many reopened soon after the quarantine was lifted, but some were still unable to open to the public. This is because people who help maintain the parks got COVID-19 or are highly susceptible to getting it. 

With that being said, the pandemic has created an eagerness to get outdoors since quarantine ended because people want a change of scenery. Large numbers of people quickly began to fill up the parks with more visitors and more people willing to pay money to stay at these parks. This overflow helped many state parks recoup much of the money they had lost from their months of closure.

However, the increased revenue has ended up deficient in combating the issues that many state parks are facing. With the large influx of people, there has been an increase in trash and coronavirus littering throughout the parks. In turn, this leads to many workers at state parks having to go out more to help pick up the trash while increasing the chance for employees to contract COVID-19. Because of this, more state parks are beginning to close not only from having less healthy workers to maintain the parks but also from the lack of funding states can provide to help keep them open.

At the moment, many state parks have been staying open despite these troubles, but hopefully people maintain their excitement of visiting state parks after the pandemic eventually ends, so our beautiful parks can remain open to visitors and continue to be havens for wildlife and people alike.

A basic overview of depression

By: Ayane Jarso

Image taken from: Talkspace.com

Depression is a mental illness that over 246 million people worldwide suffer from. Typically, from what most people understand, they think of depression as sadness. It is that, but it is much more.

Depression can happen due to many things. A study in the ‘American Journal of Psychiatry’ found that men were more likely to have depression due to drug abuse, childhood sexual abuse, prior history of depression, and major stressful life events.

That being said, depression can also be genetic, and it can happen to anyone. A chemical imbalance in one’s head causes them to have this illness. So, in some cases, something might have happened to someone (see above list of trauma), or they just developed depression due to a naturally occurring imbalance. Some people may have gotten it from a parent, and in the future, they may possibly pass it on to their children.

The physical aspect of depression can cause major headaches, nausea, body aches, and other pains. It can also cause other illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and anxiety. All of these other symptoms cause much more stress to a person that’s already dealing with the other effects of depression.

Depression in women can often be another story. According to MedicalNewsToday.com one in seven women suffer from postpartum depression, which happens after giving birth, and women have a 2 to 3 times greater risk of getting depression during the time after birth even if they have never been depressed in the past. Also, a woman’s chances of getting depression during the menopause transition is much higher.