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Cultural Learning

Shortly after arriving to Colorado Springs in late December 2013, there was an issue with some family I have here, and I was battling homelessness a week after getting into town. The homeless community is an ostracized, unseen, or ignored culture in the United States. No one wants to have them around, and yet many of them are trying to get back on their feet so they can be productive members of society again. It is very difficult for those trying to get back on their feet. Most cities are not making it easy to do so.

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Global Voices

It was 2010, I was 20 years old and in Kuwait sweating and slowly withering away in the hot desert sun. A young kid from North Carolina who...

The Occasion: To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Parley is sponsoring a writing contest offering a $50 prize each for...

It’s a lot harder than I had thought it would be, being away from my son for an extended period of time. His father and I divorced almost...

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We Lost One of Our Own

Shannon Pierce took Comp 1 last fall at the Downtown campus of Pikes Peak Community College, and I was lucky enough to be her teacher. I...

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What I Stand For

I stand for the little boys and girls who never seen a gifted horse and his mouth. I stand for the single parent families and ghettos of...

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A Chance to Read

After listening to the Children's Literacy Center presentation at Rampart campus and learning that 66% of fourth graders are illiterate, I...

When she accepted my invitation to talk, to get to know each other, I doubt she realized she was accepting an invitation to dig at our...

Service, though a noble act, does not define a morally just person. Service is often performed by those convicted by the law of an...

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A Taste of Honey

They say that a taste of honey is worse than none at all. Let me explain. As a child, I was a voracious reader. I imagined myself sitting...

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Hurricane Perz

I am privileged to engage in academic discussions about the war that I fought in and from which I returned. There are even days, soaked in...

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The Needs of the Many

The rights of the individual are important. Utilitarianism takes the view that whatever creates the greatest good for the greatest amount...

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The Ethics of Mining

Mistaking coal mining as more important to the cultural heritage than say, the mountains and forests, is the real travesty in this case.

Indignation is an emotion that I find surfacing within myself over and over again as I read, but nowhere is it more apparent than in...

"Universe 25" was free of predators, held an endless supply of food, water, and nesting material, and was kept at a balmy range of 70-90...

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Grey New World

Along with pages including buy two get one free deals on bags of potato chips and discounts for sixteen ounce blocks of Velveeta cheese,...