24 thoughts on “Support Communities, Civic Engagement, Justice

  1. Pedro Silva
    This We Believe 2018
    August 15, 2018
    Trust and Loyalty
    The words stated in my title are words we all know. We know them by definition, and also in many different contexts. But ask yourself, do you or someone in your life have those traits? Many of us will say yes but some will sit here longer, thinking about that question in deeper meaning. What is trust? What is loyalty? I’ve grown up always affected by these words. To be trusting in today’s society is something that we can all attest is really hard to be. Social media, rumors, stereotypical ideology are all some of the things that bring down our ability to trust or be trusting as a person. In one point or another you have been affected with a conflict in which you don’t know whom to trust. I’ve gone, and still to this day have that problem. It built me up as a person to become focused, self-aware, and even observant. I believe that without trust in any sort of relationship, whether it be between, friends, lovers, or even the community we are in. We truly can’t be comfortable where we are. Which brings me to my second point, loyalty. To be there for someone when they aren’t there is the strongest act of loyalty you can find. Always having your back when you need support. And simply being a positive person in your life. These are the people that are worth holding on to. As I person I believe that maybe through this essay or through any conversation I can build this sort of trust with everyone to allow everyone to feel safe with at least one person in their lives.

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    • As I undergo the transition from high school to college, I feel a change, as expected. One thing has never changed, that one thing being my love for helping others. I strongly believe everyone deserves that one person to fall back on when times get tough. Growing up, I’ve always had the love for helping people. From working in food pantries to volunteering in my local animal shelter, having the satisfaction of bettering ones day or even life is just enough for me. Being so close to those back home plays a huge role as well. I am very family oriented. My family is beyond supportive and honest all in one breath. Having that one person or even people to push you to do what you love is fulfilling. This past year I graduated from a program called “C5” or “Crossroads for Kids”. A program gravitating toward leadership within ones self and leading others. This program followed me on a journey from the 8th grade all the way through high school, until I graduated. They have pushed me to be a better version of myself and I hope that one day I can do the same for others. Starting from now on to next days, I want to better myself in becoming that role model for the youth. Moving further into life, I want to bring the qualities and techniques my family and supporters have taught into the real world. I want to prove to others, who may not already know me, that I’m working towards a better me with a life full of great opportunity, along with success.

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  2. Courtney Simpson
    This We Believe
    15 August 2018

    Throughout the world, people suffer from autism, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol dependency, and other debilitating diseases. At the tender age of 10, my young autistic brother was carried out of our house, kicking and screaming, by police and firefighters. He was placed in a hospital on suicide watch, shoved in a room and subsequently ignored. In the same wing of my brother’s room, patients were strewn about the hallways, not even graced with the privacy of a room. A man slumped in a chair, detoxing. A woman sits in a corner chewing her hair and acting erratically. The issue is this, although each disease is unique and requires specific treatment, patients are suffering from “umbrella treatment.” In which a man suffering from PTSD is treated in a similar way to that of a young autistic boy. However, the hospital is not at fault for such courses of treatment. These types of facilities lack the necessary funding to proceed with adequate tests and procedures to accurately diagnose and treat their patients. The government needs to access and subsequently allocate funding to these dilapidated facilities so everyone has the opportunity to receive world class treatment. Those receiving umbrella treatment are suffering due to the lack of attention given to these programs from the government, and action must be taken.

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    • Very sad story and it shows the problems that society and the government have dealing with the mental health crisis. I also come from a family is has problems with mental illness, so I completely agree that there should be more funding and support for mental illness from the government to help pursue more individualized treatment and make sure everyone has the support that they need to be an excellent member of society.

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  3. Evan Vasconcellos
    This We Believe 2018
    August 15, 2018

    I believe in spreading happiness and joy. One of the earliest lessons I was taught as a child was the “if you don’t have anything positive to say then don’t say it all” cliche. I believe this simple self check holds deeper truths than it appears. I believe that positivity is contagious and together we can lift eachother up. If one person walks around with a smile then everyone who encounters this person has a brighter day because of them. It is in the simple acts of kindness and compassion that people can spread joy. The world is a better place when everyone is accepting and positive. In middle school, our band would always visit different areas around our community. I vividly remember each and every time we would visit the retirement home nearby. We would come dressed up in our most festive attire as an entire band. We would have a Mr. and Mrs. Claus to play solos. Together, we would play christmas tunes for hours. All the elderly people would gather around in the festive spirit and sing along. They would always tell us how good we were, when we clearly weren’t. We could see how much joy this simple act would bring their lives. Some even told me they looked forward to this event the whole year. In these simple acts, it show me how much of a difference you can make on someone’s lives. It didn’t take much effort to do what we did on those days. Everytime around the holidays now I think back to these moments we spent with these people who needed it and I am reminded to spread cheer with my family and those around me.

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    • I totally agree with your statement and it’s a statement everyone should be reminded of once in a while. Positivity is what we need as a world as everyone is focused on the negative it covers what good we have right in front of us. Those who notice that positivity and those who share that positivity are the key to making this world a better place for everyone.

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    • I totally agree with this. People don’t realize how much being positive can change for yourself and just the world in general.

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  4. Aaron Gouveia
    This We Believe
    August 15, 2018
    We are Responsible
    As a society we need to rethink about what is important to not just us but others as well. We spend to much time on meaningless things, like what our favorite celebrities are up to or how many like we have on Instagram. Our focuses should be on how to solve the many global issues we face today; like global warming and national relations. I believe we can solve these issues relatively easy if everyone just worked together, but humanity opposes its own progress.
    I struggle to keep my composure when watching the news. We always see problems coming up in the world but I never hear much about how it is being solved today. I feel as if the problem is always just pushed to the side to never be picked up again. As a society we just sit back and hope someone will just pick up the problems and solve these issues for us. I watch videos of the progress we have made in science such as artificial insemination and progress in understanding the genome that we may be able to one day prevent inherited disease. Some people try to prevent this technology from advancing because of their beliefs, but I say as long as it doesn’t bother your life and can make the life of a child happier the technology should be progressed. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but don’t hinder progression to help people because of your own opinion.
    National relations are the hardest to hear about. When hearing about the U.S. relations to Russia and North Korea it sometimes feels hopeless that we will solve our global problems. Our national relations are a joke at this point because each country is trying to out compete the other instead of sharing knowledge. If every country worked together we could solve every problem we have thrown our way, but people’s own agendas come first in today’s world which hinders us. If one day we all work together for each other instead of for ourselves the human race can overcome any problem we face.

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  5. Rendy Flerime
    This is We Believe
    August 15, 2018

    As young adults entering the wonders of our first year of college we are all curious to explore new aspects of our lives through different majors, work-studies, athletics, and beautiful treasures around the world after we leave this university. We find ourselves ready to be challenged through the college journey, but one important thing to remember through the journey is understanding our core principles and values. A large number of students coming into college are finding themselves everyday in college, and this why I come in to college with the belief that positivity will be a leading factor to success in college in life. The motto of being a positive soul has resonated with me from a young a age because it was always displayed to me as young boy that bringing others and more importantly yourself, negative attitudes only brings a negative karma by the laws of attractions, a new idea that suggests the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, people can bring positive or negative experiences into their life. First, and foremost the little actions of our day to day lives of being in a stores, exchanging words with professors, working around the clock, I believe that the levels of stress that may come with those actions may disappear almost immediately because you find that people treat you nicer, you may build a relationship with your professor, or you may even be offered a promotion at a job. The results are endless with positivity. The idea of being positive became so essential to me that my friend and I, sharing the same principles decided to create our own clothing brand called Life is True trying to spread the message that despite any obstacles in your life always remember your life is beautiful in the essence of itself. By creating this brand, I push to be the voice of the people around me to spread that positivity through one symbolic article of clothing. Through positivity, I believe we can all be successful.

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  6. Jeremy Cabeceiras
    This We Believe
    August 15, 2018
    Perspective
    We live in a frequently changing world, with modern media, things can change drastically every day, if not hourly. With controversial topic after controversial topic, whether it be political, or about some big celebrity, there is always that new hot topic to get into an argument or debate about. Disagreement is common, and a natural part of human behavior, and arguing or debating about disagreements is even more natural. Disagreeing and arguing is a valuable thing in all of our lives, it helps us grow as people. We either emerge victorious, convincing someone of our own beliefs, or we fail, but become wiser as to why we were wrong to begin with. However, the value in discussion and debate seems to be lost in modern society. Today, an argument consists of two opposing sides, screaming at each other with their ears plugged, and then walking away gaining no knew knowledge or respect for the belief of the other side. With each belief comes reasoning and evidence as to why that belief may be right, and we must accept that. It is important to consider the perspective of those who disagree with us, that there is a reason for them to believe and do what they do. Perhaps they have experienced something you have never considered, that completely alters how and why they look at certain things. We must understand that we are not always right, and neither are those who disagree with us. Sometimes, even neither side is right, and we must understand that just because our opponent is wrong, does not mean we are right. To grow as a person, as a society, we must accept our flaws, accept our wrong doings, and be willing to admit defeat, and be ready to change for the better. To be in constant denial of our incorrectness, we stagnate our mental and societal growth, not changing anything about ourselves. If we begin to understand and respect those who oppose us, instead of immediately demonizing every aspect of them and their lives, then we may begin to grow much smarter as people, and as a society.

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  7. Amal Hussein
    This I believe

    I believe that immigration is one of the biggest issues Americans deal with today. It has been an idea in my head for a while now; for every issue Democrats or Liberals push, Conservatives and Right Wingers have to counter. America as a whole can no longer afford to play defense, and passively allow the Right Wingers to bombard corrupt politicians with policy changes. Each day I go on to the internet, I become further enraged at the status of this country under the reign of President Trump, Congress, and our government as a whole. From Facebook, to twitter, to instagram, CNN, and a countless amount of social media platforms I see inhumane videos. Pages flooded with families being separated, the mistreatment of human beings, government officials talking down to these “foreigners” as if they were less than, comparing them to animals. It is mind boggling to me how one kind of people can think they have the power to do such things to other people. And to those who turn the other way, to those who think it is okay if they never acknowledge the problem, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” That quote is unknown but the meaning behind it is so familiar to too many people. Nobody chooses the life they are born into, anyone one of us could have been born a foreigner, and experienced the gruesome seperation of our family, but some of us did not have to. So why not for a second remember we are all human, and speak up for the ones that are going through this. We are in this world to spread love, and none of us are going to live forever, so why do we let people make decisions that affect so many people in such a negative light for the rest of their lives. I believe that immigration headlines have been filling the newspapers for years, despite the national attention, the average American is detached from the reality of the issue. It is a problem that we have needed to address for years, but more importantly than anything I believe it is time we humanize immigration in the United States now.

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  8. Richard Diggs
    This We Believe 2018
    August 15, 2018
    Civil Obligation

    I believe in people we live in a world with constant change.With tools powered by technology like cell-phones,computers that are created to make life easier.We use them now as escapes now instead of tools for subjects that matter to society.We have lost track of what is important because of the negative effects of technology.Such as laziness and anti-social behaviors which is decreasing the ability of person to person contact creating separation.
    I believe every person has a obligation to earth and protecting her richness.It is okay for every man or women to bask in treasures and go on vacations yes.Thus on the other hand i do not believe it is okay to distract ourselves from the real problems like pollution,economics,inequality.Everyone should be more engaged on the attack of real problems instead of creating unnecessary problems.
    I believe it is wrong for everyone to engage in delusional problems like greed and focus on making innovations.Also the fix of social and financial hierarchy problems there should be no way there are millionaires and billionaires living next to people starving and struggling and they are giving away one thousand to ten thousand dollars to the community and no major change happening.Everyone is obligated to share.For those who are not they should be held accountable to make life equal.We live up to the United States original mission create prosperity in the pursuit of happiness.

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    • I absolutely agree with you. Technology is becoming detrimental to our social lives. It is rewiring the way we communicate. People rather text each other than talk in person. People rather “DM” their crushes rather than walking up and introducing themselves. I loved the message you brought up.

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  9. Emmanuel Pierre
    This We Believe 2018
    Community Engagement

    My family and my community have always been the most important parts of my life. My mother has worked hard to provide for my brothers and me, even though she’s always had to do it on her own. As a family, we make sure that we are there for eachother. Even with this love and close family bond, I know that ensuring that we all stayed safe was a hard task for my mom. Growing up poor and in the neighborhood we did, there were things my mom tried to protect us from. My brothers and I grew up wanting to go out, roam the streets and stay out late with friends but our mother didn’t give us that opportunity. I remember feeling left out because we weren’t able to do what other kids were doing in our neighborhood, but I knew my mom was trying to protect us.
    In the summer of 2016, I was selected to be an intern for Massachusetts State Representative Daniel Cullinane. My colleagues and I were tasked with assessing the impact of gangs in neighborhood around Boston. We were asked to go around to neighborhoods with high gang affiliation among teens like Mattapan, Ashmont, and where I grew up; Dorchester. We went door to door asking questions like “What is the biggest issues that teens face as youth in this generation?” and “Who are the people that teens look up to as role models in this neighborhood?” We asked; “Have there been any changes in this neighborhood to keep teens out the street and gangs?”. When I chose to do internship, I thought I knew what I was getting into but I hadn’t realized just how hard it would be for me to go through the process. I hadn’t realized what it would be like to face people in the neighborhood I grew up in, and attack them with questions that I had never even considered myself. I struggled to face my neighbors with these questions, and I struggled to see how this project would have an impact on teens like me.
    There were moments during the summer where I would stop and ask myself, “What’s the point?”. In these moments, I thought about my friend who was devastated by the loss of his cousin who was shot and killed because of gang related affairs. I thought about my vulnerable little brother who I was supposed to protect and watch over. I thought about my boss who was almost killed because he was mistaken for a gang member simply because of his dreads. So, I kept knocking on doors, asking people these questions. Some people closed doors in my face. Some would peek through their windows when we rang the door bells but not open the door. Other people told us ….
    I learned two things in that summer. Not only were gangs a bigger problem than I thought, but people in these communities were afraid to admit it. Looking at these issues head-on was difficult to do, for me and for people in my community.
    Part of project was to propose changes based on what we had learned. With the data we collected, we formulated solutions and ideas on how to make neighborhoods safer places for teens. We came up with ideas that I hadn’t considered before, like keeping the YMCA and local Community Centers opened longer to keep young people off the dangerous streets. We presented our findings and ideas to Daniel Cullinane, and he approved. Doing this work exposed me what was really going on in my community. Growing up, I knew that my mom was doing something for my brothers and I, by keeping us safe. Doing this project made me see what was actually going on, and what she was actually protecting us from. Me and my brothers were vulnerable. We were young and we were curious. Looking back, I realized that everything she did was for our family and she wanted to protect us from what we couldn’t protect ourselves from. I now see the realities on my neighborhood, and the realities of my family. This experience not only shaped me to be the person I am today but it’s also impacted how I treat other people around and in my community, even though I don’t live in the community I grew up in. I now have the mindset of protecting the youth i the vulnerability and danger in this world. I experienced and got to see the violence that gang related issues has brought among teens in all the shootings and crime that has been going on. One of my favorite quotes and a quote I’ve wanted to live by is by a Greek philosopher named Socrates and it goes “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. It shapes your mind to understand that you can’t change what’s already happened but you can definitely influence what happens next and what happens next depends on our choices whether ur leads to a positive outcome or not and from there our character and morality is shaped.

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  10. Austin Sa
    This We Believe 2018
    Community Services

    Throughout my life I have been surrounded by honest and respectful people, most importantly my parents who have emphasized the value of character and morals. It is because of their influence on my life that I see more to my experiences than just another path on my journey. As I set foot into college I intend to relish each step and take away from it by continuing my involvement in activities within my community. Participation in charity has played a major role in my life over the past few years. I savor each relationship I have developed through my experiences thus far and hope to continue doing so as I move onto college.

    For six years I have worked closely with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in creating food baskets for the less fortunate in the New Bedford area. To provide for someone who needs not only a meal but company on Thanksgiving or Christmas is so heartwarming and it is what drives me to continue my work with the organization.

    I hope that my genuine enjoyment in helping others can one day play a role in my career. Ever since a young age I have always been fascinated with science and changing technology awed me. It was not until my sophomore year however that I decided to choose a career path that revolved around science, mechanical engineering. I have set a goal to help the less fortunate either locally or internationally by providing them with the necessary advancements to live sufficiently and flourish in society. Hoping I can spread the heartwarming feeling that comes from helping others while doing something I love.

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  11. I believe that there are ideas, cultures, and experiences in this world that are nothing like the ones we would naturally encounter in our lives. In order to increase our own understanding of the world we must actively seek out these experiences. This is the way to open up our hearts and minds to a world where there aren’t many differences between you and I. If we can become more diverse people or at least more exposed people, judgement we may have for others will be diminished.
    There is an unwritten social responsibility each of us has to raise our awareness of what is happening in our world and to react accordingly. If we are faced with a situation in which we witness the perils of another human being, it is our duty to do what we can to help them. You must always find it in yourself to do the right thing even if there is no benefit to you.
    When it is our generation’s moment to step to the forefront of the world, it will be our responsibility to recognize the problems the generation before us has left behind. We must identify what it is that the society we grew up in needs and how we can give that to the generation of tomorrow. The solutions to the problems of today depend on our ability as a generation to work together. As one movement we can work towards the common goal of love, acceptance, equality, and safety for all. This I believe.

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  12. Caleb Guerra
    This We Believe
    August 15, 2018

    When I was little, I had always been a half-decent child who sometimes did what I was told to do and tried my best to live a calm and relaxing life. As I grew up, I was exposed to the same things other children my age would have experienced. I joined the Boy Scouts of America program when I was very young and I personally thought it was a very fun and later on a very changing experience that I wish I had the chance to experience again. As a cub scout, the activities I participated in were more geared to teach younger kids that were around my age so there was more fun and games than there was lessons on being a responsible human being at first. I lived a very sheltered life as a child so I didn’t really know much about any of the outside world’s problems or the feeling that comes from being one step closer to solving said problems. As I got older and learned more and more about problems like world hunger, poverty, etc. I started to realize that I am very lucky to be living a comfortable life. I also participated in plenty of service projects including soup kitchens, and food pantries to help reduce the severity of these problems on a local scale. All in all scouting was a very eye opening and fulfilling experience and in the end it helped me understand more about the problems that some people may face in today’s society and how I can help in a small way by taking care of my community and treating it as one big family.

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  13. Andrew Swallow
    This I believe

    I believe in seeing sides of a story. I watched a Ted Talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Adichie. Adichie talks about how everyone has a different views in life and that just because it is our view doesnt mean its always right. She talks about when she went to school in America and how her roommate was asking her prejudicial questions about life in Africa, such as “why does she speak English so well and if she could hear her tribal music?” Her single story was that all people from Nigeria don’t speak English well and listen to tribal music. What her roommate refused to know is that in Nigeria the native language is English and that Adichie listens to popular American artists not tribal music. Adichie’s talk made me believe that if her roomate just tried to learn both sides of the story and not just her preconceived ideas about Nigerians, then she would not have assumptions about Adichie’s life. The current political climate in the United States also entails the “danger of a single story”. I think with the political divide in the United States, people have stopped looking at both sides of the story. The problem with America is that we refuse to realize or respect each other’s different views. We tend to believe and behave as if ours is the only view that is right. I believe that people should see all views of everything so that we as Americans will be able to live a more peaceful and harmonious life. People stick to their own single story don’t want to change their minds; I am not saying that everyone is wrong about their opinions, I just believe that before people start making assumptions and jumping to conclusions that they should see the full story. I believe that if people keep an open mind and respect other views, they will be able to solve more problems in the world instead of fighting about them. Like Adichie I believe in avoiding the “danger of a single story” that can lead to prejudice or something worse.

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    • I strongly agree with your statement. The divisive political climate has resulted in people becoming less receptive to others’ opinions. While this is a somewhat disheartening trend, I believe that the nature of our institutions ultimately makes bipartisanship prevail in most cases. The way our Congress is structured, for example, makes it difficult to pass bills without at least some support from the other party’s members. However, in a broader sense, it is true that many Americans simply do not understand the perspectives of those with whom they disagree. Despite this, I am hopeful that more people will come to realize that seeing both sides is the only way to make progress.

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  14. In the year 2018 there is massive controversy over free speech in the internet age. Throughout the West and America there is a movement to put further restrictions on free speech to eliminate offensive language within the internet space and in real life. The first amendment is our greatest weapon to fight against tyranny and any restrictions could spell the end for a democratic America. I am devoted to this country and I am devoted to the freedom that it was founded on. I am devoted to freedom for Americans and freedom for the world. As Voltaire explains, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it” (Voltaire). I refuse to stand by and watch my country take the first step onto the path of speech restriction. The fact of the matter is that restriction of free speech is a slippery slope, a slope that could very easily lead to tyranny. If we start putting up restrictions on what people are allowed to say, how long will it be until more restrictions are applied. How long will it be until the government creates a loophole and classifies anti-government speech as “offensive” language. Free speech and peaceful protest have proven to be great weapons in the arsenal of freedom. The more free people are to speak out against their government the less tyrannical that government becomes or can become without a full backlash from the public. So if you believe that our country is tyrannical don’t wait around for it to get better, use your voice and make it that way.

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  15. Would you ever take a job that you were afraid of doing? How about dedicating your life to protecting others, but you fear the people you are responsible to protect. Welcome to the lives of many police officer in America. I believe that it is time police officers serve their time for the injustices they commit, and continue to commit. Like the officer Timothy Loehmann who was fired, not for killing 12 year old Tamir Rice, but for lying on his application after doing so. Then, he was acquitted, serving no time in prison, much like Darren Wilson, the officer in Missouri who fatally shot and killed Michael Brown. Or Alton Sterling from Louisiana who was another innocent victim of police violence, killed by several officers, and yet ago saw no justice. The list goes on, Stephon Clark from California, Trayvon Martin from Florida, and too many others. The only difference between these black people and me is they were unlucky. This could have been any black boy or girl. Maybe this could have been you. The irony, that they wear the bullet proof vests, but we are the ones that truly need it most. Tamir Rice should not have lost his life at the fault of officers following improper protocol and facing continuous leniency with their consequences when doing so. It is everyday officers across the nation commit senseless acts that result in tragic deaths. I believe it is long overdue that we enforce the punishments for these police officers. We are already living in fear of our lives everyday, there is no reason we should feel our lives are just another hashtag that never saw justice.

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  16. I believe that regardless of party affiliation and the divisive nature of American politics, we should remain cognizant of our shared values while also engaging in constructive conversation. Keeping an open mind and listening to both sides is important to keep the discussion moving forward. As a result of my experience working on political campaigns, I have learned the importance of listening to people. Through my involvement with the Trump campaign and a current Senate campaign, I have spoken with many voters, heard their concerns, and was able to discuss issues with them. I have also had unique opportunities to meet with elected officials and have gained perspective as a result. These experiences have shaped my understanding of politics, people, strategy, and campaigning. Although it may sound cliché, it is true that all politics is local. The most enjoyable part of campaigning in my opinion is grassroots efforts traveling to meet with voters. While fake news and media bias has added to the contention in politics, there are still many good, honest public servants in government working hard on behalf of their constituents. This is often forgotten amid the constant arguing in politics, which has occurred quite visibly in Washington. One of my greatest fears is that the national conversation may become so clouded and divisive that civil discourse cannot progress. However, I am hopeful that bipartisanship will prevail among all the noise and the many issues facing Americans can be addressed.

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  17. Leeanna Meyer
    This We Believe
    4th September 2018
    In the year 2016, there were the most prescription opioid overdoses in Massachusetts since the year 2000 and these numbers continue to increase. Addiction to these prescription drugs is being taken too lightly and has affected the lives of many families. With more government restriction on the administering of these drugs, these numbers and abuse of the system can be reduced.
    Many people who are given prescription opioids do not have the intent of abusing them, but are prescribed to them for long periods of time for chronic pain, which ultimately in some cases leads to addiction. Addiction to opioids is a public health issue that affects people of all ages, race, ethnicity, and gender. Families in Massachusetts are being devastated by this issue everyday. They are often overprescribed and the patient becomes reliant on pain killers, and falling into a serious addiction, my own family included. By enforcing these restrictions and making treatment more accessible to people I believe that the fight with opioid abuse can be won.

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  18. What do I believe? Such a simple question, with no simple answer.That is funny in a way. A belief that keeps me going, maybe a goal, a higher power, wisdom passed down generation after generation, I do not have anything so flashy, noble,or thought provoking as some here; but I do have some simple words I live by, “ It will be over soon”. I always liked the saying as it could be said at the worst of times, as the same for the best. I used it as a way to control my emotions and keep me on track, like when I wanted to lash out against a punishment; knowing that holding my tongue will help me better in the end. At a young age I used those words to overcome the death of some of my closest loved ones, tethering those words to my core. I do not wake up everyday acting like it is my last, too lazy for that, but I’m quick to forgive, laugh as much as possible, and try to live with little regrets. Telling myself that the sadness, joy, the anxiety will be over soon, to either bear down through it or enjoy every second until the end. Now I do realized these words are pretty boring and unoriginal, but I want you to really think them over. When you have a struggle in life, may it be finals, frustrating moments, those gut wrenching emotions we could all do without, it will be over soon. Enjoy the little moments, the brushes in the hall with a friend, a call from a family member, a night with your love one; for all those will be over soon. Love, live,and laugh as much as possible because there is not enough time for the rest. That’s what I believe.

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