Quality, not quantity matters, and why our immigration policy is still dangerous

This may be a sensitive subject for some, but it’s an issue that must be voiced and heard by all. Immigration policies have been slipping through the fingers of those in charge of it, and unqualified, non-contributing immigrants are being let into the country to damage the economy for local residents, citizens and hard working folk who have also immigrated. I’m not saying that immigration should cease, nor that we have too many. All I’m saying is that high quality immigrants with something to offer our economy and society are at a low population that could easily be raised.

The low quality immigrants who come into our country and do nothing but take from us are at an all time high. If our immigration policies were more strict, we could help those who have qualities, skills, and experience that would benefit us to get into the country. We, as citizens, need to have a tough stance on where we stand for these laws and policies. It will benefit not only ourselves, but our generations to come. Entry level jobs that should be helping our recent graduates into the work force are being filled by new immigrants, and this is lowering the success of the people who spent good money in the education system to make a living. In no way is this a racist stance, I believe I am merely stating facts that can be changed if we make our voices heard.

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Vancouver, our neighbour to the north, is the first place many immigrants land.

According to a recent census, Vancouver is one of the top growing cities in Canada. It’s been said that this mainly due to the ease of immigration from eastern countries (Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, etc). As the trip crosses no other countries and lands on the coast, the travel time is the lowest it can be if someone from these countries is planning to move to North America or Canada. With so many immigrants coming in, it’s slowly creating an overload for immigration lawyers, and creating a very high demand for them. Some new immigrants are forced to see lawyers that do not specialize in immigration, simply due to the fact that they cannot find an available immigration lawyer to work with.

If we are going keep our economy strong and our citizens working, we need to make sure that we stand for high quality immigrants. If the lawyers are busy with those people seeking to work in our country, it is worth the extra work. High quality, working immigrants are very valuable to our economy and society and they should be rewarded for playing such an important role. It’s those who come to our country to seek our benefits (health care, retirement funds, our way of life) and give nothing back that should not be falling through the fingers of those we trust in charge of immigration.

Please, my fellow citizens, make your voice heard and stand for a strong stance on immigration. We need our country to run strong and free with the help of everyone who wishes to be a part of it.

Why local issues matter

With so much going on the world these days, and seeing it plastered over all sorts of media, we seem to forget the other important issues that affect our lives.

Local issues.

Because these are happening near by, possibly in our own backyards, they will affect us with more power at the present time than overseas issues will. Local issues are those that you see on your way to work, deal with while you’re at home, walking your dog, and going to the store. The issues that arise are going the ones that effect us all more personally and have a direct effect in our daily lives. It makes little sense to me how people can ignore local matters and carry on with their loves like it makes no difference. Take a stand and make a change in your community! If you can, why not take advantage of that?

Local issues may be smaller than those elsewhere in the world that we hear about so frequently, but this doesn’t make it matter less. In this case, it might even make it easier to turn around and make all our lives a little easier.

A recent issue in my city has been the use of dog fences.

There has been a debate on whether or not they should be allowed. This has affected many people greatly. Some locals use them in place of standard fences, as they do not wish to build an eye-sore in their yard or waste the money on it when they can contain their dogs using one of these. Others use them to help train and protect their dogs from getting into dangerous part of their yards or keeping them out of their gardens.

On the flip side, other people think they are harmful to pets, some believe they will not work to keep their neighbors dog in their own yard (therefore disturbing their own home), and others have just hopped on the bandwagon because they are neither for or against these wireless fences.

With the potential to ban them, this has made a big impact on a lot of the locals. They may now have to get rid of or stop using their pet containment systems (wasting the money they spent on it), build fences in their yard (losing the appeal of an open style backyard), retrain their dogs to obey new boundaries, all for the “benefit” of those people who just don’t understand how the units work.

If you engage yourself in the local issues happening around you and educate yourself on things you may not have known about before. This will help you make informed decisions on where you stand and how you want to make a difference in your community. If we can get more and more people on board with this, we can have well educated members of local council, as well as well educated citizens to give honest, well thought out opinions and facts on local issues that have already, or may arise in your town.

Take a moment to be the better person and learn about these issues. They not only affect you personally, but also the lives of thousands of others around you.

Why I Support Gun Rights

One of the most controversial topics in this country is the issue of gun control, also referred to as gun rights; depending on which side of the debate you fall. Those that favor stricter gun control will argue that the 2nd Amendment that guarantees a citizen’s right to bear arms is obsolete, and with the increase in senseless violence and murders committed with guns in recent years, the argument for more gun control is strong and gaining steam. However, I disagree, and this is why I support gun rights. There are many different reasons, but the main one is that I’m an avid hunter and previous generations of my family got almost all their food from hunting. I dont get out as much as I’d like now, but I read up on hunting at sites like HuntingInsight – which is one of my favorites.

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For starters, altering something that’s set in place by the Bill of Rights would be a dangerous and downright scary precedent to make. People abuse freedom of speech by saying things that are untrue, people abuse freedom of assembly by rioting and destroying property, and people abuse freedom of religion by bringing harm to others in their name of a god, but there’s never any inclination to take any of these rights away. People do abuse the right to bear arms by possessing dangerous weapons and using them for activities other than their intended purpose, but that doesn’t mean the right to possess them should be taken away. Those who abuse their rights should be justly punished, and more should be done to prevent people from abusing their rights, but the rights can’t be taken away completely. Altering the Constitution to the extent of taking away gun rights opens the door to someday take away other rights like speech, assembly, and religion, and that’s a slippery slope that we, as a society, can’t go down. (See the bill of rights)

I also believe that taking away gun rights will harm law-abiding citizens more than it will prevent criminals with ill intentions from getting their hands on weapons. Just as drug addicts always seem to find a way to get their hands on their drug of choice, those who wish to commit injustices with firearms will find a way to get their hands on what they want. Despite strict laws and trained law enforcement personnel, drug dealers find a way to get their supply of illegal narcotics and get innocent people hooked on dangerous substances. A ban on guns would work much the same way. Arms dealers (like basil zarhoff) will find a way to get illegal contraband and give it to those who wish to harm innocent people. In the end, the people who will be without guns will be the people who would have used them responsibly anyway, not those who abuse their rights, essentially punishing those who know how to act responsibly and treat guns with respect.

Finally, for better or worse, guns are a part of our society, and removing them would just cause more chaos than it’s worth. Much like prohibition many decades ago, outlawing a person’s right to firearms would only enrage gun owners and make them more obstinate to giving up their weapons. Prohibition did nothing to remove alcohol from our society, it only took it behind closed doors to secretive locations, and the result would be similar with gun control, as there would only be a false sense that guns were no longer a part of our society. The best we can do is to do our best to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who will abuse their rights, not take away gun rights from everybody.

College Funding for Single Mothers: Should Government Be Involved?

As the statistics for single parent families living in the United States continues to grow, these families are often living on the borderline of poverty without financial, emotional, and family support. Meanwhile, the government continues to pose questions about what types of support are useful and which ways that tax dollars can best be spent toward aiding these families in the most helpful manner.

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Single Parent Income Potential

Because of the fact that many single moms have not had the opportunity to finish college, or even high school, the income earning potential for these families is highly limited. This means that single parents, particularly single moms, are not able to progress in their employment situations because of lack of training or education. In addition, the cost of daycare makes a one parent-family in that much more of a difficult place than a two parent family which may be able share the costs through double income. All of these things combined create what sometimes probably feel like mountains against success that cannot be overcome.

Helping Single Parents

Although some people may argue that the government is so far into debt that the economy cannot afford to help single mothers pay for college. On the other hand, there are others who believe that the government can not afford to keep from helping. With 43% of children in single-mother households living below the poverty level, there is obviously already government assistance taking place in helping these families to be fed and have their medical and educational needs met.

In an effort to promote the ability for these families to be able to care for themselves with only one parent, it may be helpful to provide them with the means and opportunities to be better able to support themselves rather than rely on the support of the government funds. One way of doing this may be to provide single parents, particularly mothers, the ability to go to college for a reduced payment or even for free.

In some people’s minds, the idea of providing scholarships and college money for single mothers often takes on the same vein of the proverb about fishing: Give a man a fish he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. But rather than discussing fish, the idea in this scenario is discussing the advanced educational opportunities to put single parent families in a better position.

Scholarships for Single Moms

Mostly provided by state governments, although some are at times sponsored by privatized agencies, scholarships created especially for single moms are available to help with not only tuition, textbooks, and living expenses but also with child care, transportation, and other various needs that single parents might face in order to be able to attend college. Usually, instead of providing loans that have to be paid back, these are grants or scholarships which make it so that single parents can attend college and emerge with a degree without a giant pile of student debt. This allows them to move into a viable career and increase their standards of living in a smooth manner.

In this way, promoting the educational and career advancement of single parents brings the hope that these families will be able to be more economically able to provide for themselves. Of course, this does not always turn out to be the case, but when single mothers and fathers are given the best opportunities, it often turns out that they are much more able to be much more productive members of society.

The question of whether or not governments should get involved with the education of single parents is a difficult one. However, if there is a strong chance that helping with college education for single moms will provide them more financial and career stability in the future, then the family not only benefits but the communities benefit. As these families are able to break the cycle of poverty and push through into more financial security, there should be less of a draw on social services and allows them to be productive, tax-paying members of society who are able to provide for themselves.

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Abortion: The Legality and Morality

A continually strong topic of debate, with peaks and valleys at various times, the legality and morality of abortion has been plaguing the United States since the 1960s and even before. The idea that a fetus might be a person with rights is upsetting–likely to folks on both the right and the left of political views. And strong scientific work, as well as increasingly sensitive diagnostic medical testing, has fueled the fire of this debate even more fully.

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Whose Rights are More Important?

In understanding where we stand on abortion, we must decide if our preferences are imposing upon someone else’s rights. In the fight for legalized abortion in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, the moral rights of the mother were considered top priority because it is “her body” and “her life”. Not only does this completely rule out the rights of a father, medical advances have shown that there is also another person’s rights which are being imposed upon: the baby.

Maybe just as sad is the fact that there are so many people trying to get pregnant, hoping they can conceive, and willing to pay a great deal of money to increase their chances of fertility. Babies available for adoption are much less common than the parents seeking to adopt a child, yet just as many people choose to end unwanted pregnancies through abortion rather than be inconvenienced to give that child to a loving family.

Even just a few decades ago, it was easy to dismiss a fetus as being something other than human, and there were religious arguments by those who believed that life begins at conception. Until developing scientific methods have begun to prove what those people believed all along: there is no distinct point in time when an unborn baby can be determined “viable”. Yes, there are some who argue chances of survival, but again that minimizes the quality of life of this small person and promotes the life of the mother as more valuable.

As a mother, while I was pregnant I would have been allowed to kill my child in a way that is highly legal and supported (not to mention a big money-making business in the US) but if I chose to wait just a few months and smothered my baby with a pillow as he was sleeping, I would have gone to jail for the rest of my life. (more…)

The Latest Epidemic: Obesity In America

Obesity In AmericaWith all of the news coverage on the latest tragedy in America the conversation has been shifted back to gun control. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the right to bear arms granting me the ability to protect myself and my family. I’ve taken a strong stand in protecting that right. And while I will continue to fight to ensure it is legal that my glock 19 with a surefire X300 weapon light stays on my nightstand, today I want to discuss another incredibly important issue: obesity in America.

Did you know that since the 1970s obesity rates have doubled in this great country? Did you know that obesity is the silent killer that is literally sucking billions of dollars out of our economy in lost wages? It is one of the leading health problems in America. And while experts agree obesity rates have likely peaked, they still aren;t declining.

How Can We Help Fight Obesity?

Setting an example for your children is one of the most important things you can do to make sure we spread a positive message. It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that exercise and diet are the two factors which contribute to this epidemic. For most American’s there is no good excuse. We’re all busy and the economy is lousy. Can’t afford a gym membership? Take up running or buy some simple exercise equipment for your home. For example, a home pull up bar is an excellent place to start. With crunches, pull ups, burpees and pushups you practically have a full body work out.

Once again, setting the example with regards to diet can go along ways. Guess what if they see mom chowing down on an Mars Bar for a mid morning snack and then a Big Mac for lunch they’re going to expect that’s just normal.

I can remember one story of a supporter who was a long time smoker. When he was wife was pregnant he quit cold turkey. I remember asking him if he had ever tried before. His response, “dozens of times but I never had a very compelling reason. My daughter being born into this world was the best reason I could have ever hoped for. I didn’t want her to grow up smoking – I know the statistics, I know I was setting the example”. This is exactly the kind attitude we need to take towards setting an example so the next generation isn’t the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their mom and dad.

Right now approximately 2/3rds of adults in America are obese. That is shocking. 66% of the adults in this country are setting poor examples for their children. They’re teaching them that this is acceptable and the norm when it shouldn’t be.

Gun Rights and Personal Safety in America

They died for your freedom. Let's not give it away willingly to Government.

They died for your freedom. Let’s not give it away willingly to Government.

Since the foundation of the United States of America, the right to own guns have been a part of our nation. In the Constitution, our Bill of Rights written in 1791, we have the right to bear arms. For over 200 years we have defended our rights, and they’re in our life to help protect the people of America and save lives of those you love.

No matter where you are in the world, there will be those people who obtain guns illegally. It’s unfortunate, but they will find their way around the law and bring these guns into our country to commit crimes. So why shouldn’t we, as citizens, be able to protect ourselves from these criminals? It’s been proven than less than 1% of shootings are by licensed gun owners (and odds are, these people probably would have found another method if they didn’t have a gun handy). There are more shootings done by the police force than by rightful, responsible Americans with gun licenses. Seventy eight percent of shootings are by gangs, criminals, and drug-related incidents that wield illegal weapons. Protecting ourselves and our families against these sort of situations is exactly why we need to retain the right to own guns.

There are over 90 million lawful gun owners in the country. Some have one for personal protection, some own one for sport/hunting, and others are just your full blooded American exercising their rights. The fact that these owners contribute so little to the percentage of lethal/wounding shootings definitely proves that our right should not be taken from us. If anything, law enforcement should do a little more to control the illegal guns coming into America from other countries, and keep them off the streets. My thoughts is that the government at the moment doesn’t want to take responsibility for this kind of importing, and are taking it out on you, on us, by taking away one of our constitutional rights.

This really comes down to a matter of our freedom. If we are going against the rights that were set for us when America was founded, what’s next? Our right to religion? Our right to free speech? It’s unethical to put you in harms way just because some criminal came across an illegal weapon and because you’re “not allowed to have one” legally. Keeping guns out of the hands of the law abiding people of the USA will only put us in more danger from those who will always fail to obey the laws.

Mass shootings, school shootings, and sick acts of violence have been a horrific occurrence in our country. These shooters were by mentally ill people who did not obtain their guns legally. As I mentioned above, criminals exist and will continue to exist no matter what the laws on guns are. Taking away our right to guns will only put more innocent people in danger when something such as a mass shooting takes place. We need protectors in our homes, protectors on our streets, and responsible, free Americans who will stand beside me in our right to protect our fellow citizens.

Obamacare and the Health Care Crisis in America

In today’s society, it’s a shame how little choice we have in certain parts of our lives. Health care for example. What ever happened to the Land of the Free? Our nation is so saturated with diverse types of people, it seems only fitting that there should be different options of health care plans out there for everyone.

You’re a fairly poor college student, just trying to scrape by with your necessities: food, water and shelter. While your grandmother with a heart condition is filthy rich living in a paid off home with a hefty retirement check coming in every month. Which of you is going to have to pay more for your “mandatory” Obamacare? That’s right, you are, because you’re young. How does this make sense? Odds are, you’re not going to need as much medical attention as your 80 year old grandma will.

Just have a watch of this video to get more of a sense of what is going on:

I feel that government needs to take step (or ten) back from the forefront of our insurance choices. Faced with repercussions if you want to opt out of Obamacare, they don’t make it easy to make your own choices. Not to mention their “plan” to cut costs in the medical system. How successful has this been in the past? Not very. People are losing their jobs because of this “cut back”, and in turn are then going to be unable to afford the necessities of life unless they land something else quickly. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have enough doctors and nurses to tend to patients than have a very outnumbered ratio of sick patients to personnel available and end up with overflowing emergency rooms. Not to mention the employees losing hours or their jobs because of the ACA’s act to make it mandatory for businesses with over 50 employees to provide health care. Good news for you if you’re working for a big corporation, but if you work for a small business that has, let’s say, 60 employees, 10 of you are most likely getting the boot to save the company a ton of money. Either that, or a fair share of you will be losing hours to become part time employees and therefore ridding of the need to give you benefits.

What we need in our country is a competitive, free market for health insurance, much like we have for car insurance, home insurance, and so forth. You pick the company that is right for you, the plan that is right for your life style and any health conditions you have. We could have this, all while not contributing to the loss of jobs and the decaying quality of life we are facing.

We’re being herded into these decisions that the majority of us would not make if we had more choice. The government has taken control of something that we, as American’s deserve the right to control ourselves. Please, take control of your life where you can, and vote for what you believe in. Just because something is new, definitely doesn’t make it right.