Monday, November 17, 2008

PLN11-- change

For my eleventh PLN I’m just going to talk about the word “change”. Both of our past running candidates talked about change in their speeches. Obama did win in the long run and he seemed to be bigger on the whole “change” idea. You can find this basically anywhere on the web. The things both candidates talked about were big goals they wanted to change. What they both said relates to everybody, it will change American lifestyle and also our relationship with other countries. For me though, I thought both of them skipped a step and moved on to bigger things but forgot the foundation to them. I think that as a leader you need to be a good role model. Both candidates were digging up dirt on each other, and spilling it to the press. To me, that’s not what a leader should do. We, the people of America, look up to them, what if we started digging dirt up on each other? What kind of nation would that make us? Also before big things are changed we need to pull together as a nation. We are so broken and messed up that we need to look at the little things that could make us stronger in the end, and then look at the bigger things. Some things that I think need to be changed are the veterans living on the street, the hungry, and the people who are struggling to make it somewhere in life. How can we live in the richest country in the world but many people can’t afford to feed their families, and many people are sleeping in boxes? How come we send our brothers and sisters away to war, and they come home with a pat on the back then are left and forgotten? These are the things that matter the most to me that I think need to be changed. If this ever does happen I think it will make the world a better place. Other nations look up to our government; if we can set a good example like that they will follow. This is what change means to me; and how it could affect the world.

PLN10-- boys slits girl's throat

In the article Boy slits girl's throat in Montrose High lobby by Kirk Mitchell, from The Denver Post relates to both the world and myself.
The article was about a 14-year-old juvenile boy that walked into Montrose High School and walked up behind a girl and grabbed her and slit her throat. Then he calmly walked out of the building. Sophomore Mallory Haulman was rushed to the hospital and underwent several surgeries and is now recovering. There were many people that saw the scene happen, including her sister.
This article reminds me of how I should never take my life, or anyone’s life for advantage. We only have one and need to take care of others and ourselves around it. You never know when a sibling, or friend could die. Also it could happen in an instant, so cherish every moment you have with the people you love.
It relates to the world in the way that we need to be prepared for the good and the bad. The teachers were ready and took fast action when Mallory was attacked. It happened fast with no warning but they were prepared to take control in the circumstance.That’s how the article relates to the world and myself.

PLN9-- smoking

In the article Colorado Springs fire fatality identified by the associative press can relate to both the world and myself.
The article explained how 71-year-old Brigitte Finley had died in a townhouse fire on November 4th. Brigitte was smoking while on Oxygen. The oxygen tank blew up and killed her. Her and her husband John Dunn were guests at the townhome. Mary Taggs owned the place and met them when they were homeless. Mary had taken John to the doctors the time of the explosion.
This article relates to myself in the way that Brigitte was probably addicted to cigarettes. I think this because if she wasn’t she wouldn’t have been smoking while she was on oxygen. This to me shows how much I shouldn’t even try smoking because you get so addicted to it and it’s almost impossible to stop, and to most people it is impossible to stop.
This relates to the world because I think they should put more things out there for people to understand how bad smoking is for you. I also think that they should make it so much harder for people to even buy cigarettes, and that the age to buy them should be 25. In teen choices we were talking about smoking and watched a video that said if your 25 by the time you first try a cigarette your more likely not to get addicted unlike how you would when you are younger.
That’s how the article relates to both the world and myself.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

PLN8- car crash on halloween

In the article Man could face charges in fatal Halloween crash By Julie Poppen, from the Rocky Mountain News can relate to both the world and myself.
On Halloween night there were a few kids walking home from a church service to a prayer service at another boy’s house, Dallas Burton included (13). They were sitting in the back of a Mazda, when all of a sudden a black Ford Bronco driven by Donald K. Edwards crashed into the Mazda. Dallas was hospitalized on Friday night and died Monday night due to serious head injuries. Police caught Donald when they saw the indent on his car where it crashed into the Mazda. They took him in when he didn’t pass the sobriety test. The other three boys were injured but not severely. All four of them were wearing seat belts.
I can relate this to myself because I sometimes think everything will be okay with just a seatbelt on and you are protected. The majority of the chances are that you will be okay, but there is always that chance you won’t be.
I was reading through the comments that people left and one of them was from one of his friends. That just goes to show it doesn’t just hurt the person that died… it’s like a domino reaction, it hurts and crushes many people. If all the people that drink could get that through their heads our world would be so much better off! They don’t understand until it happens. I never even want to try alcohol because you can easily loose control and it could ruin your life or someone else’s.That’s how this article related to both the world and myself. There is always that chance that things won’t work out and go terribly wrong.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

PLN7-- Aurora murder fugitive captured

In the article Aurora murder fugitive captured in Kansas, found in the Denver Post by Kirk Mitchell connects to both the world and myself.
The article was about Tommy "TJ" Lee Halfacre was arrested for first-degree murder. On July 7, 2004 he wanted to “jack” Orellana but when he said he didn’t have any money he shot him in the head. Brandon Evans was with him and turned himself in the next day. He’s serving 45 years in jail. When Tommy was captured he was listed in Colorado’s top 20 fugitives. People claimed that he was living with his mother, Marilyn Halfacre but the authorities didn’t know where. On Friday night they found out where she lived. They would have captured him then but they were afraid it would cause danger for the Trick-or-Treater’s. So they got him Saturday morning. He was featured in America’s most wanted Saturday.
This relates to myself in the way that you cannot always trust whose house your Trick-or-Treating at. The kids that went to his mother’s house most likely didn’t know her son was a killer. Anybody out there could be bad, so you just need to be careful.
This article connects to the world in the way that we need to know who’s being wanted and who has been captured. America’s most wanted warns you about the people that you need to watch out for, where they might be, and what threats they could cause to you. It’s always good to be prepared and ready for whatever person you might meet.
Those were the connections that I made to the world and myself from the article Aurora murder fugitive captured in Kansas by Kirk Mitchell.