By: Justin Louis
Even with the rain, Connecticut’s drought still stands. Recently the water levels in Connecticut have been decreasing due to the shortage of rainfall. The danger of this problem could become more serious than ever.
Published in, “Rainfall Shortage Getting Worse: Nearly Half Of Connecticut Now Considered “In Extreme Drought,”” Governor Dan Malloy requested that all Connecticut residents and businesses voluntarily restrict water use. At this point, state officials issued their first ever “drought watch” for counties in the southern, western, and central parts of Connecticut. In addition, climate experts say that stream flows (the flow of water in a stream or river) are at or near record lows for parts in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire along with Connecticut.
The reality of this drought is severe because for the first time ever in the history of Connecticut, we’re being placed on “drought watch.”
Jaclyn Longo (‘17), a student at Brien McMahon High School, shared some of her thoughts on CT’s drought. “I recently read that it’s happening because of rainfall shortages in past years, but I don’t know why.” It appears that the word of the issue is just now starting to spread to schools and local communities. With the drought in full effect, Jaclyn tries to cut down on water, but has trouble doing it. “I have not cut down on my water usage. I’m so used to taking long hot showers. I don’t think it’s fully known yet, there’s no big effect right now, but I think once we start learning more about what’s going on, water usage will go down,” says Jaclyn Longo (‘17).
As of January 12th, River Alliances stated that “this drought is the worst since the historic drought of the 1960s. The state of Connecticut has requested the all residents reduce their water usage by 15%. Mrs. Pivazyan, a chemistry teacher at Brien McMahon High School, believes the school should educate their students about what is happening. “They need to be educated and be able to understand that wasting water, can affect their daily life dramatically.” The state officials has issued that all Connecticut residents and businesses are required to reduce water demand by 17 percent in the Drought Watch area.
Now that we know, what’s happening with the drought. The question still remains when can it be solved. Ms. Pivazyan believes that this problem can be solved, “There’s a possibility that this problem can be fixed. More education about the drought that can help kids understand, and take action to help themselves.”
This drought in Connecticut is already affecting residents, as a result of that is causing reductions in water usage. If people don’t begin to start saving water, then there won’t be anymore at all, and the state of Connecticut will have to use reserved water.
By Laura Demée Jan. 24, 2017
Local News Reporter
President Barack Obama giving his Farewell Address at the McCormick Place in Chicago, last Tuesday night. (Photo by Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)
In a room filled with 20,000 Americans, all teary eyed eyewitnesses of uncertainty, one individual was able to instill a sense of security within them. Waiting patiently as the crowd provided a warm welcome, he smiled it knowing it would be one of the very last.
President Obama delivered his farewell speech at 8PM Eastern time, January 10th, at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. During the 50 minute speech, multiple topics were covered, such as progress in fighting climate change and defeating ISIS. However, his thesis on the threats to our democracy remained the biggest takeaway.
The speech was divided up into four threats to our democracy: no sense of economic opportunity, race as a divisive force, retreating to the “bubble”, and taking democracy itself for granted.
Within each topic he covered the progresses and setbacks we’ve endured, but remained optimistic of the America to come: “Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, not just some.” The President urges for this idea to stay present in the minds of Americans as there is a transition of power from Democrats to Republicans.
Hearing the chant, “Four More Years!” Obama reminded his citizens of the peaceful transition of power from one President to the next. Although many Americans are concerned about a Trump Administration, a forward moving nation means getting involved in issues one is passionate about. “Understand democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders agreed, they quarreled, and eventually they compromised. They expected us to do the same.” This was a message to our extremely polarized congress.
Interviewing two of McMahon’s own, Amanda Barker (‘17) and Brendan Murtha (‘17), both offered their opinions on the Obama tenure in relation to the younger generation.
Murtha (‘17) affirmed in his interview with PrideTime that, “The role model he's become to millions of young Americans, whether they're struggling with racial identity, trying to make it on the streets of Chicago, or merely fighting for causes they believe in is almost unbelievably significant. His success defined a generation, and his optimism and forward-thinking has had ramifications all over the world.”
Agreeing that Obama was one of the greatest presidents of all time, Barker (‘17) was grateful for the executive order he placed on stricter background checks pertaining to gun control, especially living in CT and being friends of Sandy Hook victims. However, there is always something more to be done: “I would’ve liked to see Obama do more to fight Climate Change. Given that the U.S. is the second largest emitter of carbon in the world, I wish he would’ve been able to implement a carbon tax.”
Obama represented the US at the Paris climate conference in December of 2015 having the US join the Paris agreement along with 194 other countries. The agreement states the following:
“ The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” To achieve this, every country must do its part to lower the global temperature and part of that can be done by lowering carbon emissions.
Although President Obama wasn’t able to accomplish everything on his agenda like enacting a carbon tax, but he was able to fix an economy that was on the brink of collapse, by presiding over the longest stretch of economic growth and job creation in the history of the country. In addition he was able to pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided 20 million people with health insurance and urged the Supreme Court to rule same sex marriage the law of the land.
Thanks Obama, and let us remember your presidency as it goes down in History.
As the new year approaches differences will be made nationwide. Recently, President Obama gave his farewell speech to all us Americans with a message of hope and change. On January 20, 2017 soon to be President Donald Trump will be inaugurated. This means he will be admitted into office. The day after inauguration day over 200,000(courtesy of Womenmarch.com) women will be marching on Washington D.C front steps, to send a bold message to our new government that on their first day in office, that women's rights are human rights. “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” - Women's March on Washington
This all started when a young Hawaiian woman was frustrated with the election results, she then took to facebook and pondered if women can march on Washington during inauguration day. She's just on of the Key figures. Gloria Steinem, LaDonna Harris, and Harry Belafonte are 3 social activist that also got the movement started, The Million march, isn't just for women rights, it's for anyone who feels like they aren't heard and they are being left out. Only an estimated 200,000 were to show up, the day came and over 1 million people showed up, and 5 million worldwide. This protest isn’t meant to be disturbing and to hurt anybody, they want to be known. During this protest there will be women and men marching alongside each other, and most of all speeches from key figures and citizens
Laurie Young, a norwalk resident has joined the protest, she will be attending this march. “The movement is to stand up for what women as well as others think is right for this country including that the President of the US does not lie and cheat, does not go against individuals including immigrants, gays, the poor etc.” This March is a big step into women's rights, not just showing Trump and his officials that women are humans too but society as well. This March isn’t just a step it's a movement, Trump has a lack of sense about his environment and the society he lives in an opinion statement from Laurie herself, women have been evolving a lot lately and he needs to notice that and these 200,000 women including celebrities have a statement that they are standing for. “The benefits are to provide a platform to make my voice as well as others heard and to not feel helpless.”Laurie Young(Norwalk Resident)
“Be noticed, when you're noticed something it bound to happen” Dezzy Jenkins(‘19) Dezzy will be attending this event as well. For a sophomore student in a very ethnically diverse school, she this being noticed is kind of hard. So being in movement that is nationwide isn’t just getting noticed it's being heard. In her quote she stated when you're noticed something it bound to happen, this is very true this march isn't just for the women society it's for everyone. They are willing to make statement for women and men all over the world. She wants her new president and school community to know everybody matters no matter what race or ethnicity they are “Being noticed is hard in this country, you have to take not give, I'm taking this chance to be a small figure in a vast community.” She will enjoy her time and make herself known in a small way
“We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”- Women’s March on Washington
With the excitement of winter break approaching, 28 students sat anxiously in their seats waiting for class to be over. The last thing they wanted to be assigned was a project to complete over their week off. Their reactions? Interest, but in a calm, cool and collected highschooler way.
The question these upperclassman would be tackling, proposed by Mr. Bradley during his first period Sociology class, included whether or not gender-specific toys were enforcing stereotypes later seen throughout society. The project consisted of finding a toy that provides an example of how children are influenced to develop “boy” or “girl” traits by writing and presenting their findings.
Darren Battle (‘18), a student from the Sociology class, offered his thoughts on the subject matter: “When it comes to the Easy Bake Oven, you see that it’s mainly for girls and you see girls think they’re suppose to cook. You have boys who have ‘tough toys’ and it makes them feel ‘tough’.”
In a New York Times article titled, “How gender-specific toys can negatively impact a child’s development,” it states that gender neutral advertising was more popular throughout the 70’s, where 70% of toys were not labeled as a specific gender. Since the late 90’s, gendered advertising has returned to the markets, increasing in the 2000’s.
The sudden drop in gender-specific advertising for children's toys in the 70’s is as a result of the increase of women entering the workforce. The majority of toys catered to girls since the 1920’s promoted domesticity: for example, play sewing machines and tableware sets, reflected the types of manufacturing jobs women were most likely to hold. The second feminist wave, beginning in the 60’s and lasting until the early 80’s, promoted less domestic jobs to women, thus changing the types of marketing in toys.
As of August 2015, Target’s spokeswoman Molly Snyder announced the store’s effort to remove all gendered based labeling in hopes of reducing stereotypes in toys. Changes have already begun and will continue to be done over the next few months.
Will this change in labeling have any affect on Target’s sales? Having two versions of the same toy is usually a marketing tactic used to increase sales. Without this, Target might be paying a price. According to the Toys Industry Association Inc., the year-end U.S. Sales data for 2015 shows toys catered to specific genders such as dolls ($2.58 billion) and building sets ($2.04 billion) both surpassed categories such as youth electronics ($.60 billion) and games and puzzles ($1.62 billion).
Despite the potential decrease in sales for children's toys, many psychologists and parents agree this is the right choice. “Boy” and “girl” toys are heavily influencing the minds of young children by telling them who they should be, how to behave and what they should be interested in. Psychologist Megan Fulcher, associate professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University stated, “Play with masculine toys is associated with large motor development and spatial skills and play with feminine toys is associated with fine motor development, language development and social skills.” Organizing merchandise by gender only restricts the exploration of other toys.
In that case, maybe it’s best to let toys be toys.