Where Do I Begin

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.” –Winston Churchill 

I was on the bus yesterday evening leaving my internship when I saw a sight that would make any person cry. There was a little boy who was all of six years old clutching what looked like to be his grandmother. The boy looked not only tired, and dirty. (both of them both looked like they needed a shower) The boy kept saying how hungry he was. The grandmother looked as if she would cry and was trying to calm him down. She kept telling him to try close his eyes. he looked up and said, “And when we get there will I get to eat something?” At this point the woman looked as if she would break down when she told him, “I don’t know.”

At the news station yesterday all anyone could talk about on the different outlets was how the house republicans were not passing the ObamaCare bill and how the president himself wouldn’t compromise because he’s already negotiated enough on everything else. If both parties fail to agree on something soon, the U.S. is looking at a government shutdown.

This makes me sick.

We have so many issues in our own country that we need to fix. Apart from health care, there is child hood obesity, making sure  families are not thrown out of their own homes, Keeping up literacy, and mathematic rates in all schools (especially with minority children) Allowing young adults to afford college; I could go on but do you see the point i’m trying to make? We have serious issues in our own country and we need to come together as a nation and try fixing these dilemmas. Whether you’re a democrat, republican, libertarian, independent; These are problems affecting us all and we need to stand united. Call me optimistic but I think that working together for the common good would be a nice change instead of refusing to work with one group of people because of their political standing. I asked my dad what he thought of all the craziness going on in Washington and do you know what he said? “Nikki, I stopped listening to and agreeing with politics a long time ago. We have so many issues  and all politicians do is talk about the problems. They never try to solve it.” Some may not agree with what my dad says, but I’m going to have to take his stance on this one. 

Is This Really Necessary?

“Life is problems. Living is solving problems.” -Raymond E. Feist, “Silverthorn”
Good morning world!

I hope that you had an interesting weekend. I know I did.

Not.

I spent my weekend drugged up on Alka-Seltzer, and Benadryl trying to cure what seems like a 48 hour bug. While I was laying in my drug-induced haze I had my laptop as a companion, which made the pain more bearable. Saturday, as I was scrolling through the breaking news feed that was on the Bing homepage I couldn’t believe what constituted as breaking news;

Halle Berry being pregnant.

We have North Korea basically saying that they will continue to make nuclear weapons, a U.S. diplomat who was killed in an Afghan mission, and the Iron Lady, who I think in my opinion changed women in politics-especially for Britain- and all we can concentrate on is Halle Berry?

Don’t get me wrong. I think she is a talented actress. I also think she is gorgeous, and from the media’s take seems to be down-to-earth for someone who has so much. However, I think that journalists should really consider what is news and what is not.

When I visit news websites such as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Independent, and even The Telegraph I felt as if they are reporting on real issues that affect not just their part of the country but the entire world. As a future journalist, I would rather have my name tied to exposing a Watergate scandal than interviewing Kim Kardashian about her refusing to wear maternal wear because of her vanity. So what should we do?

Cut out the unnecessary crap.

We need to hear and know about the real issues instead of which celebrity decided to get married again. So in memory of Ms. Smedinghoff, a woman who died doing what she thought was best for her country, and the country she was working for I urge you to really considered what is important in life.

-N