On Wednesday, June 2nd, the California Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would lead to a statewide ban on plastic bags being used to tote purchases and for customers to buy 40%+ recycled paper bags for their items if they don’t use reusable bags.  If approved, it will go on to the Senate.  With environmentalism becoming a very prominently debated topic, nationally and globally, more areas are taking steps to reduce the waste that goes into landfills and dumped into the ocean or into the stomach of animals.  Approximately 19 billion bags a year are used by Californians alone every year, which is approximately 38 million people. 

As more evidence from scientific studies emerge, we become increasingly aware of the impact these wastes have on, especially, marine life.  With a large trash dump that is estimated to be larger than the state of Texas floating offshore, it is quite obviously time to take a better look at the habits we have established.  China and Bangladesh have already implemented similar steps to halt the use of one-use plastic and paper bags for consumers.
 
 
At what point do we draw the line on ‘free speech’ and at what point do we cross the line for having too much censorship?  This is an interesting topic on many levels and for a number of reasons. It’s common knowledge that Americans have the right to free speech, which can include a wide variety of ways of ‘speech’ especially with the way that technology has developed.  What is considered a peaceful protest?  When it causes no disruption to an event?  When it isn’t hurtful towards an individual, family, or community?  Or a combination of the two?

Please note that this article is full of my own opinion and thoughts.
 
 
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Gas Guzzling George ~Audreanna Wignall
Though it has been quite some time since George W. Bush was in office, it’s going to be a long time before anyone at all forgets the high gas prices that struck across America.  In this political cartoon, Audreanna states that “I drew it because my art teacher said we had to draw a self-inspired political cartoon.  We had to pick a political subject and draw about it.  At the time, gas prices were insane and Bush was still in office.”

If you or anyone you knew owned a car around that time, no doubt you heard about the gas prices continuously rising.  The message behind the cartoon goes farther than gas prices being at insane highs.

“In the cartoon, Bush is the gas guzzler while the pump is everyone else and their money.”