October 24 to October 31, 2020
Contain or Move Forward?
by POSC 101 Student C.J.
Covid-19 is reaching record highs in the U.S. and more than 225,000 people have died. The problem is the current administration’s stance has shifted from efforts to control the pandemic to a focus on getting vaccines and other treatments. The White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has stated, “We’re not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigations.” (Smith, 2020). This is personal to me solely because I worry about my loved ones who are high-risk if they contract the virus. What if the vaccine is not available before that? What if it is not available to everyone? What if the rush to develop the vaccine or treatment has overlooked serious side effects or long-term effects?
Let’s look at New Zealand. They had a coordinated nationwide response resulting in a 7-week lockdown and border closure. Following that, new cases were put in isolation. Everyone was guaranteed they would not lose their housing. They now have coronavirus-related mortality of 4 per 1 million (Kunzmann, 2020).
To solve the problem, we should develop and implement a coordinated national strategy that includes mandated masks, stay-at-home orders as well as continued research and development of vaccines and other treatments. During the lockdown, give citizens funds relative to their costs of living based on geographical region to survive and to preserve their housing and businesses.
We all need to vote. Vote for people who have your best interests at heart.
Smith, A. (2020, October 25). Meadows says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’ in heated interview. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/meadows-says-we-re-not-going-control-pandemic-heated-interview-n1244681
Kunzmann, K. (2020, August 9). How Did New Zealand Control COVID-19? Contagion Live Infectious Diseases Today. Retrieved October 25, 2020 from https://www.contagionlive.com/view/how-did-new-zealand-control-covid19
The Reasons Behind Why Americans Aren’t Voting
by POSC 101 student C. T.
As election day approaches, many Americans will be voting for either Joe Biden or Donald Trump as our next president. However, there are social platforms such as the media and ads/commercials that are constantly reminding us to vote. Many Americans may either choose to vote or not. The Americans who register to vote are more likely to vote compared to the ones that are not registered to vote.
In response to the article “Why Many Americans Don’t Vote” there are countless reasons why Americans choose not to vote. From previous elections, these are some reasons why some Americans do not vote: don’t like the political candidate, can’t get the day off, have a disability, no transportation, not interested, and can’t find their local polling place. Also, some may feel that voting doesn’t matter because it’s not worth the time. These types of obstacles conflict with why many Americans do not vote.
For this election, the pandemic could affect these reasons, and many people may avoid coming in-person to vote. However, this year’s election is important that many Americans vote for who they believe is the best leader and representation for the United States. On the other hand, many will be discouraged because some may dislike either Joe Biden or Donald Trump. Who knows for this year’s election if Americans will make an effort to vote?
DeVeaux, A. T., Bronner, L., & Mithani, J. (2020, October 26). Why Millions Of Americans Don’t Vote. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/non-voters-poll-2020-election/
Boycotting Home Depot
by POSC 101 student J.M.