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Articles by Daniah Kareem

If you go to school in the beautiful state of California, social warriors who shove political correctness down your throats most likely surround you. Now, political correctness has good intentions, to educate the public about what they are ignorant of, but it went from that goal to being a weapon threatening our freedom of expression. 

On Saturday, June 3rd The El Cajon Valley School district held it’s third annual TedxKids@ElCajon. TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spread ideas worth sharing in the form of talks or speeches. Tedx is an independently organized event or program that brings together thinkers and innovators to share an inspirational, TED-like experience.

Growing up in a religious household I was taught that religion empowered women and improved their lives for the better. However, the older I got, the more complicated religion started to get and the more I started to notice that if anything, religion is what is restricting me and the females in life. Truth is, religion does not empower women, it is the reason sexism still exists.

For students, the word “college” represents freedom, stability, and being in endless debt for the rest of their lives. For parents, the word brings the fears of bankruptcy and struggles.

We always hear about how important college is, how it affects our lives, and how people struggle because of highly priced tuition. But does going to college really decide the pattern of our lives?

Technology has been implemented excessively in food engineering, and the products are not as good as one might expect health wise. GMOs should be banned from markets on scientific and moral basis.

We have reached a point in human history where we are the most powerful we have ever been when it comes to technology and development. But there comes a point where too much growth and advancement threatens the very foundation of our existence and our safety.

Last week, Jane Roe a leading figure in the abortion movement died at the age of 69. Roe was the center of one of the most decisive law cases in the history of the pro-choice movement, despite the fact that she was pro life. The case took place back in 1973, but the pro-choice movement is still fighting to plant its roots as a basic right that should be entitled to parents.

We have studied about slavery, segregation, the Red Scare, McCarthyism, the Holocaust, and the Japanese internment camps and we swore to not let history repeat itself as we lowered our heads in shame from that part of our history. Sadly, history is repeating itself right before our eyes and the victims are Middle Eastern people—specifically Muslims.

On Jan. 20, the 45th president of the United States was sworn into office with a massive opposition from leftists. Since President Donald Trump was announced as president in November, many people refused to accept him as their president and slogans such as “Not my president” were posted on social media sites and chanted among protesters during marches.  People are practicing their first Amendment right with all of this criticism and most of the protests have been peaceful.

In the last decades, we’ve seen an increasing number of males who think they are female and females who think they are male and who identify themselves transgender. Transgenderism is identifying with a gender opposite of the person’s assigned sex at birth. Today, 0.6 percent of Americans identify as transgender, that’s 1.4 million Americans according to UCLA studies. The problem with transgenderism is people address it as a controversial lifestyle, rather than anosognosic disorder where people deny reality.

On Nov. 11 the City of El Cajon celebrated Veterans Day by holding its official ceremony for El Cajon Veterans at the Centennial Plaza .El Cajon City Council and El Cajon Veterans Commission organized the event, and several other important figures such as Rep. Susan Davis were present at the event.

The veteran’s commission awarded its Veteran of the Year award to Ray Moody, a retired chief.