Wal-Mart has been criticized by labor advocates for it’s low compensation rates. But, starting in April, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees will receive a pay raise – $1.25 higher than the federal minimum wage. Wal-Mart announced that its employees will earn $9 an hour rather than the lower $7.25, and will go up to […]
As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?
Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When do you think animals should be used for research or industry testing, if ever?
Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?
Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?
The November 2014 ballot contains an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing for three counties in California. Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” is steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water is eventually disposed.