Talent Show: Conflicted Judges? Story By: Alistair King

Talent Show: Conflicted Judges? Story By: Alistair King

 

They couldn't have gone by any other name... The Brandrew Experience! Photo By: Mack Jastle
They couldn’t have gone by any other name… The Brandrew Experience! Photo By: Mack Jastle

The FBCS talent show was fun and entertaining, with lots of amazing talent and excellent planning it made for a great evening. The Talent Show took place February 24th, and was the 4th annual talent show in the high schools history. These talents were so incredible that there was a bit of indecision with the judges.

The acts were:

Ava & Charlie Harrison – Singing and base

The Brandrew Experience – Trumpet and Drums

Carissa Lonzisero – Singing

Jay Donaldsen – Singing

Ben Shour and Maria Prettyman – Singing and Guitar

Kaiya Fisher – Singing

Ty Olson – Stand-Up Comedy

Charlie Harrison – Drums

Lakiah Turnbull – Singing

Yona Soltis – Violin

Juliya Makhanov – Flute

Cello Dude – Cello

Danial Graham – Guitar

Our proud winners... Photo By: Mack Jastle
Our proud winners… Photo By: Mack Jastle

With talent like these its understandable that the judges had a hard time deciding who would win the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. The prize money was $50, $30, and $10 respectively. First was the Student Choice Award, allowing students to pick their favorite act and have that act win twenty dollars. Daniel Graham received the student choice award and was given $20 for his silky smooth voice. In third place with a tie was Charlie Harrison on his drums and Ty Olson with his stand-up comedy. In second place was another tie, this time being Jay Donaldsen singing and Yona Soltis on her violin. Finally the place everyone was waiting for was… another tie! Daniel Graham and Lakiah Turnbull won with their excellent singing.

What was with the judges? Mark Webber, one of the three judges stated “There were just so many good acts; my favorite didn’t even get in.” The other judges Wendy Thompson and Michael Bigley probably had a hard time deciding as well. With the talents over and some popcorn sold everyone left happy.

Hopefully, we can have an even greater talent show next year and the years after that. If you are interested in seeing the talent show but missed it a dvd will be sold later on for only $5 and will be used for funding some secret endeavors of both Student Council and the Journalism class.

How safe is your Water?… Story By: John Holmes

How safe is your Water?… Story By: John Holmes

The contaminated water of Flint…can be seen while a city employee flushes a fire hydrant. Photo by: CNN.
The contaminated water of Flint…can be seen while a city employee flushes a fire hydrant. Photo by: CNN.

Water is a vital resource to a community. But, do we know how safe our water actually is? Residents of Flint, Michigan, had suspected a bad water supply after local officials decided to switch from the town’s original water line. The town was paying for the original line – running from Lake Huron. Two years ago, city officials decided to switch the water supply to Flint River – a river that runs through town, notorious for its filth. The switch was due to a financial crisis for the town.

Though the water looked and smelled suspicious, residents of Flint were told by city officials that the water was fine. It wasn’t until August of last year that a contamination of the city water was discovered.

A research team from Virginia Technical Institute conducted several in-home tests of the drinking water. Their findings indicated elevated levels of lead in the water. In relation to the lead, there is also a high capacity of iron. The Flint River water supply is 19 times more corrosive than the Lake Huron supply, according to the Virginia Tech. (For more about the Virginia Tech’s involvement, see here).

Several Flint residents are involved in a class-action-lawsuit against the state of Michigan, including former governor Rick Snyder.

But what about our own water? Is it safer than Flint’s?

Idaho’s water…pretty clean, isn’t it? Photo by: Idaho Conservation League.
Idaho’s water…pretty clean, isn’t it? Photo by: Idaho Conservation League.

According to the City of Sandpoint’s most recent Water Quality report, the two water sources used by Sandpoint residents are Sand Creek and Lake Pend Oreille. There are no lead contaminants running from the sources, though the pipes do contain lead. However, the lead content is well below the maximum limit of 15 parts per a billion – ranging in at an average 3.33 parts per billion. (For more on Sandpoint’s water supply, see here).

The report also states that there have been no violations of Federal standards.

Also, if you use a well on your property, it is relatively simple to test your water. Here are some directions to test your well water. So, Idaho residents, you need not worry about your water.

Cubicles or Conversation… Story By: Harry Henderson

Cubicles or Conversation… Story By: Harry Henderson

olly’s art class hard at work assembling the wooden cubicles.Photo by: Harrison Hertzberg
Holly’s art class hard at work assembling the wooden cubicles. Photo by: Harrison Hertzberg

Do you think that social interaction and communication is important? Do you think that kids should be spending hours starring at a screen without talking to another human being? Forrest Bird Charter Schools has recently received a donation or many wooden study cubicles by Mike Zakowski, who runs Sandpoint Taekwondo. He donated many cubicles because he homeschooled his children and now he doesn’t need them anymore. These are large cubicles that are about five feet wide each, they are compatible in that they fit together so that one wall be the divider for two cubicles. They have been constructed by Holly Walker’s various art classes and student council with some difficulty assembling them. Many students at FBCS believe that having the cubicles is a good idea so that kids that need to study or take a test without any distractions can have their needs met. But many students also believe that spending the majority of your study lab time in a cubicle isn’t healthy either. They believe that time should be split between group work, individual study time, and social interaction.

 

An FBCS student working in an assembled cubicle.Photo by: Harrison Hertzberg
An FBCS student working in an assembled cubicle. Photo by: Harrison Hertzberg

The US Government has recently donated large amounts of cubicles to schools nationwide, they justify this by saying that they are trying to prepare students for the workplace and future jobs. Many Educational Groups oppose the use of cubicles in schools because lots of students aren’t going to be working a desk job. There is currently a conspiracy that the US Government is trying to donate cubicles to schools in order to organize a more communistic way of learning. This conspiracy is built off the principal that our government is trying to have it so kids are coming to school and then they go right to their cubicle and get on their computer and learn from an online teaching website with instructional videos and interactive learning. All of the students interviewed at FBCS responded negatively to this idea and way of learning. FBCS student Lakiah Turnbull, “Social interaction is a key part of childhood development and student life.” In conclusion, the portion of the student body that was interviewed reacted harshly towards the thought of everyone sitting at cubicles staring at a screen all day, this might not be the way we want our educations taught to us.

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser… Story By: Miranda Paddack

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser… Story By: Miranda Paddack

 

Red Roses-Liz WestValentine’s Day is a great opportunity for a school fundraiser; flowers and chocolate are always a hit in school. The student council has their candy grams at a dollar each and their roses at five dollars each. Is $5 too much for a single rose? Student council must make profit from these fundraisers, but are they milking it?

According to Andrew Van Winkle, our student council secretary, they are purchasing their roses from Super-1 Foods one dozen for $10 before tax, which would be .83 cents each.  Is there a better deal out their? To find out we looked into the prices of single and dozen rose prices at Safeway, Super-1, and Yokes. Super-1 Foods generally sell their dozen at $17.98 before tax; however, the student council are getting almost an $8 discount. Could this be due to the student council having a member working at this grocery store? Safeway is selling their plain dozen roses at $19.99 as well as Yokes. Out of all of these stores Yokes has the cheapest bring for single roses for $3.99 before tax.

Super 1 Foods-stratageotech  Student council is getting a great deal, 12 for 10. They are also making a four dollar profit; do they have their roses overpriced? Student council could still be making profit by selling their roses at three or four dollars each, making a profit closer to two and half dollars.

Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King

Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King

 

Which is worse? Suffering from a cold, or suffering from Windows updates? Photo By: AssociationsNow
Which is worse? Suffering from a cold, or suffering from Windows updates? Photo By: AssociationsNow

Headaches, fatigue, and boredom, a cold also exhibits these symptoms. Do you experience any of these symptoms along with a computer screen in your face? Well, you might have Windows Updates. This is an incurable disease as long as you are connected to the internet. But if you are observant enough you can keep this disease from spreading forward.

Microsoft has an obsession with delivering the latest in Windows technology to all of its customers. Whether this is a user interface update or simply just a bug fix, it all still takes nearly an entire class period. In some rare cases, it may even take a whole day. What do these updates entail?

In February, there were 2 updates. The first was applying many fixes to Microsoft’s pre-installed apps, and some “security” updates. The second update was making all the future updates faster and more “security updates.”

However, not all things are bad with Windows 10 and these updates. Windows 10 has improved functionality, it goes back to some of the good things of Windows 7, and finally, it’s not Windows 8. Given that this is a free update what’s the reason not to download it?

Better than Windows 8; Windows 10 is here to save your day. Photo By: Fossbytes
Better than Windows 8; Windows 10 is here to save your day. Photo By: Fossbytes

Windows 10 is the ultimate system for people who want to spend hours trying to figure out what is happening with any single feature. For some people, these come as not being able to connect to the internet, not being able to change the volume, and other weird things. Also, it is a bit suspicious why they offered a free update to the system. However, most system data comes over with the update so there is no worry of losing your essays.

Many people have found this change to be a welcome improvement fixing many of the issues in Windows 8 while others have found this a bad update that invades their privacy and can give it out to other websites. Decide for yourself if you dare.

30 Minutes or Less… Story By: Alistair King

30 Minutes or Less… Story By: Alistair King

 

Still here... Even after almost being moved it's still here. Photo By sandpoint.com
Still here… Even after almost being moved it’s still here. Photo By sandpoint.com

One of the privileges of being an upperclassman is that we get to go off of campus for lunch. But where we can go in 30 minutes is quite restrictive. Some choose to go to Subway or Burger Express, while others risk Dominoes or going to a grocery store. Junior Emily Hieronymus shares some of her strategies.

“There are two different ways that we can look at lunch, either bringing your own or going out to eat. Eating here is easy if you bring your own lunch, but waiting in catering lines can be the same as going out to eat time wise. Going out is great if you think that you can make it in time. I often order ahead of time at dominoes and have it be ready by the time that ill be there.” The places that are close enough are: Safeway, Super 1, Dominoes, Both Starbucks, the Express Lane, Dubs, Jack-in-the-box, Subway, and Winter Ridge.

Another Junior Wyatt Huckaby says that the “Ultimate Strategy” is to; if you are able to, leave the class period before. Trying to get to Subway at 11:35 creates a huge mess and it takes them forever to make your sandwich. Making food here is sketchy at best as Wyatt describes, “I’d be a little afraid to use the microwaves; some students blew up a cup of noodles by using no precautions whatsoever. Some of the places that he thinks are greatest for the lunchtime half hour are Babs, Subway, Catering, and Burger Express if your willing to take a shot. If you are able to leave early Jack in the box would be a good location.

 

Eat Fresh... Subway is an easy place to get to in 30 minutes or less. Photo by sandpointpr.com
Eat Fresh… Subway is an easy place to get to in 30 minutes or less. Photo by sandpointpr.com

Some of the main places to go are nigh inaccessible without a car. But the best places to reach would be running to Subway or Babs. If you don’t want to spend all the time waiting for your subway sandwich you can go to www.subway.com and order online 15 minutes early. Babs often has order by slice pizza’s that you can get right off the rack. This is a great option if you don’t mind regular slices and only a few pieces.

Finally, if you’re thinking of any of these strategies make sure that you able to get back to class in time. Quite a few students drive cars around here and are willing to take you just about anywhere for a couple dollars. Ask around before going blindly running to Super 1 only to make it back halfway through third period.

Windows 10; A shiny, modern operating system, or an NSA plot in disguise….? By Mack Jastle

Windows 10; A shiny, modern operating system, or an NSA plot in disguise….? By Mack Jastle

Invasive…There is controversy over Windows 10’s default privacy settings, and just how much data they transmit back to Microsoft.  Photo-by: microsoftstore.com
Invasive…There is controversy over Windows 10’s default privacy settings, and just how much data they transmit back to Microsoft. Photo-by: microsoftstore.com

There’s no doubt that Windows 10 is a wildly popular operating system, and with 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana since launch, over 82 billion photos viewed within the Windows 10 photo app, and over 4 billion hours spent playing PC games on the operating system, that fact is undeniable.

Those stats are pretty impressive, but the fact that they exist at all is very troubling to a lot of people.

Since the launch of Windows 10, programmers and normal PC users alike have noted the invasive default privacy settings on machines running Windows 10.  Isn’t it a little strange the OS would automatically track how many photos you viewed, how many times you asked Cortana a question, or even how long you spend using Microsoft Edge, the new operating system.

These are very personal statistics to collect, and the fact that they are sent to Microsoft by default is strange, considering Microsoft’s past policy.  In the past, Microsoft has had an ‘opt-out’ feature, but this is nowhere to be seen in Windows 10.

Insecure….After the Snowden leak, the NSA was shown to have coerced companies to give user data, increasing violation of privacy concerns nationally.  Photo-by: ubergizmo.com
Insecure….After the Snowden leak, the NSA was shown to have coerced companies to give user data, increasing violation of privacy concerns nationally. Photo-by: ubergizmo.com

The practice of gathering user data isn’t at all uncommon.  Google and other search engines have known to sell information to government agencies, or third parties.  Cell phones companies have also done the same in recent years.  After Edward Snowden leaked the NSA’s PRISM program, multiple cell phone carriers and internet corporations (including Microsoft), were shown to have been sending users’ personal data to the NSA.  The NSA had used top secret court orders to force these companies to hand over user data.  Microsoft since campaigned publicly to combat these orders, becoming one of 140 companies to send an open letter to President Obama asking him to impede intelligence agencies’, such as the NSA, ability to collect user data.

Considering this righteous campaign against government data mining, one would think that Microsoft would greatly value the privacy of its users.  But these default settings paint a very different picture.

Coming back to Windows 10 in particular, the absence of an opt-out button means that all of that data is sent by default…and the user is never notified or asked for consent.

This default setting means that most users of the OS will have no idea just how much personal information they are giving up to Microsoft. According to programmers, this data grab can include anything said into a microphone, every keystroke on a keyboard, and it can even use excessive amounts of bandwidth to transmit raw files if left unattended.

We seem to be getting closer and closer to a 1984 style world where everything we say or do is monitored and analyzed.  Hopefully Window’s 10 isn’t indicative of a larger problem.

(But it probably is.)

Mysterious “Planet X” suspected to orbit beyond Pluto… Story By: Mack Jastle

Mysterious “Planet X” suspected to orbit beyond Pluto… Story By: Mack Jastle

Strange Behaviors….This diagram shows the peculiar orbits of the objects around the supposed planet.  Photo-by Science Magazine
Strange Behaviors….This diagram shows the peculiar orbits of the objects around the supposed planet. Photo-by Science Magazine

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, two scientists presented evidence that a large planet with the mass of around ten Earths is orbiting in our solar system past Pluto.

The scientists responsible for these new findings, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, are respected planetary scientists, and they believe they’ve found Planet X.  After examining the orbits of multiple distant objects and running countless computer simulations, the pair are convinced that Planet X exists.

Notably, Mike Brown was one of the scientists who got Pluto demoted to the status of dwarf planet.

“Killing Pluto was fun, but this is head and shoulders above everything else,” Brown stated.

Other scientists outside the project verified the calculations, and many are experiencing an odd mix of skepticism and cautious excitement over the discovery.

You may be asking, how is it that we haven’t discovered this planet sooner?  After all, if it’s as massive as ten Earths put together, a planet of that size would be pretty easy to spot, right?

Well, not exactly.

Doomsday….Many believe that Planet X, aka Nibiru, will one day bring about the end of our planet. Photo-by Dreamstime.com
Doomsday….Many believe that Planet X, aka Nibiru, will one day bring about the end of our planet. Photo-by Dreamstime.com

There isn’t actually any photographic evidence of the new planet.  Brown and Batygin inferred it’s presence from the unusual orbits of six objects clustered beyond Neptune.  Their theory is that a large planet brought the six objects into where they orbit now.  The pair say that there’s only a one in 15,000, or 0.007% chance that the orbits of these objects are a coincidence.

If Planet X truly does exist, it would shatter preconceived notions of our solar system.  The closest possible approach for this planet to the Sun would be 200 astronomical units (AU).  (An AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun, so 150 million kilometers.)  This is seven times further than the orbit of Neptune, and calculations show that it could roam as far out as 600-1200 AU, far beyond the Kuiper Belt.

As of yet there is no concrete evidence that Planet X actually exists, just a theory.

“Until there’s a direct detection, it’s a hypothesis-even a potentially very good hypothesis,” Brown stated.  The team has secured a large telescope in Hawaii to search for the hypothetical planet, and their hope is that other astronomers will be inspired to join in the search.

Now, with this discovery of a possible ninth planet, (ninth due to Pluto’s unfortunate demotion) the doomsday rumor mill has gone into overdrive.

Theories of an unknown planet (named Planet X or Nibiru), crashing into the Earth have been a popular topic of conversation for internet conspiracy theorists for a long time.

Originally, Planet X was supposed to deal the killing blow in 2003, but that date was amended to December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar and the date of the winter solstice.  However, the world kept on spinning, and general awareness of Planet X died off.

However, this new discovery has people convinced that the planet is real, and that it’s heading our way.  There has been rampant speculation that NASA has been hiding the truth about Planet X from the public for years.

NASA has gone on record to completely deny these rumors.

Regardless of whether or not it will end up causing our extinction, the discovery of a possible ninth planet in our solar system (Sorry Pluto), is a huge deal.

Math: Defense against the Dark Arts… Story By: Dave Dowel

Math: Defense against the Dark Arts… Story By: Dave Dowel

 

The three math teacher that current working at the FBCS – Photo by Dave Dowel
The three math teacher that current working at the FBCS – Photo by Dave Dowel

Is the Math teachers of (Forrest Bird Charter School) FBCS the new defense against the dark arts the new position? Well it just might be. The school has had 15 different math teacher in six year and 9 of those have taught high school math. Why does this happen? Well the FBCS is different. We are mostly a technology based school. Every student has a Computer that they carry around and most of the work is done on canvas. Teachers put most of assignment on canvas (Canvas only been around for 3 years so some of the teacher did not use Canvas). This can be hard for a new teacher because it could make them mad or they could not get how to use canvas for anything that is important for the FBCS. Mrs. Goodwin said about “I think that the teacher just need to get use to the school and the way it works and the town of Sandpoint”, Mrs. Holland said this about the same topic “I am not able to comment on that. I am very happy to be part of the math department now that I am a teacher at FBCS”.

 

Mrs. Goodwin teaching her SAT Prep class, on the Left to right is Jack Meier, Wyatt Huckbey, Mrs. Goodwin and Kelsey. – Photo by Dave Dowel
Mrs. Goodwin teaching her SAT Prep class, on the Left to right is Jack Meier, Wyatt Huckbey, Mrs. Goodwin and Kelsey. – Photo by Dave Dowel

The 9 of the 15 teacher that work in the High School were/are Stephen Finicle, Hemu Achanja, Gloria Hanson, Vicki Downing, Darlene QuirinMai, Jess Logan, Angie Goodwin, Lyndsay Holland, and Krysten Harrison. Four of those people still work here, Mrs. QuirinMai, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Holland and Krysten Harrison. This trimester Mrs. QuirinMai is doing online Personal Finance, Mrs. Goodwin is at the school every day, Krysten Harrison has gone back to teaching 8th grade math and Mrs. Holland is here only on Monday, Wednesday and half of Friday. This is like Harry Potter books. Hogwarts School went through 7 teacher in 7 years. Hogwarts went through several be Quirinus Quirrell, Gilderoy Lockhart, Remus Lupin, Bartemius Crouch Jr., Dolores Umbridge, Severus Snape, Amycus Carrow. There is only one person that as not died in these books that is Carrow and everyone else died or run off.

Ann Conwell is working on a Project in 7th Grade math. Photo by Dave Dowel
Ann Conwell is working on a Project in 7th Grade math. Photo by Dave Dowel

Does this mean anything the teachers of FBCS, well it could mean anything, they could stay or they could leave, but Mrs. Goodwin could said “Forrest Bird Charter School is a positive, Friendly environment to in and I think that we have a strong math department and I’m happy to be part of it”.  So is the FBCS Math Department the new Defense against the Dark Art of Harry Potter, well it looks like it.

A Close Race… Story By Harry Henderson

A Close Race… Story By Quentin Acer

The presidential election is going to be close this year, maybe too close. The selection for this year’s democratic candidates really comes down to two, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Hilary

This is a picture of Hilary Clinton giving a speech in New Hampshire on the campaign trail. Photo by – CNN Money
This is a picture of Hilary Clinton giving a speech in New Hampshire on the campaign trail.
Photo by – CNN Money

Clinton is currently leading in the polls, but not by much, Sanders is close behind and rising. Many believe that Hillary Clinton changes her perspective to in turn be more favorable in the eyes of the voter, but Bernie Sanders has had the same political views for over 50 years and now it is finally paying off. Sanders got an immense amount of support when he explained what democratic socialism really is, many people think of labor camps when they think of socialism, but Sanders idea of socialism is quite different. Analyzing data in recent polls, the majority of Americans think that Hilary Clinton is not a trustworthy candidate for president, yet data shows that many people think that she is going to win the election. If you are interested in the two top democratic candidates and their campaigns, political past, and their stance on the issues, then I recommend that you on.

 

There are many fundamental differences between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton, the first being that Hilary has plans to raise money from the big banks and Wall Street, while Bernie plans to tear them down. Bernie Sanders believes that an imbalance of wealth as severe as it is now in America is a fundamental flaw in our society. Equal rights for all is a very big issue at the moment, especially concerning gay rights for all citizens and the legalizing gay marriage. In 2002 in an MSNBC interview Hilary said that she didn’t think that New York should recognize gay marriage. Also in 2002 she went on the O’Reilly factor and said that she is against gay marriage. Ever since Bernie Sanders began his political career, he has been consistently in favor of gay rights for all and legalizing gay marriage. In Sander’s 2016 presidential race, he has refused to accept money from large corporations, big banks, wealthy individuals, and any money through super PACs, unlike Sanders, Hilary Clinton has raised a lot money through super PACs and accepted millions through donations from corporations and wealthy individuals. Bernie believes that when you have candidates that accept these enormous amount of money from extremely large companies and billionaire donors, it limits the influence that every American citizen has on choosing the next president of the United States. Clinton has raised the most so far with $76 million and has already spent $43 million. Sanders has raised the second most with $40 million and is the only candidate that has spent less than half of his campaign finances.

 

There are many issues where Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree, they both support the nuclear deal with Iran and have similar

This is a picture of Bernie Sanders addressing a raise of minimum wage across the nation at a speech in Iowa. Photo by - byzvest
This is a picture of Bernie Sanders addressing a raise of minimum wage across the nation at a speech in Iowa.
Photo by – byzvest

views as president Obama. Clinton and Sanders are both against the Iran war and as a senator, Bernie voted against the war. Both of these top democratic candidates also have similar views on climate change, just different ways of approaching it. Sanders wants to put a tax on carbon and methane emissions so that companies will go green, but Clinton wants to have the country producing 33% of its electricity through renewable energy by the year 2027. Both of them have very similar views on immigration reform as to lead millions of undocumented workers to a path of citizenship. Sanders has a strong stance on income inequality and he wants to tax the rich and make corporations pay their fair share of taxes and of course raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while Hilary wants to approach it in a manner that is less intense and only raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and not tax the corporations and the wealthy as heavily. On health care both democrats believe that universal health care is the way to go, Bernie believes that a single payer health care system is the right thing for this country (every majorly developed country has single payer health care), but Hilary thinks that expanding on Obamacare and improving the Affordable Care Act is what this country needs. When it comes to social security they are both interested in protecting it from the republican attacks, but Bernie wants to take it a little farther by making it so the people who make over $250,000 a year pay the same percentage of their income to social security as everyone else. When it comes to making jobs for the country, Sanders speaks loud and clear when he says that he is serious about investing 1 trillion dollars over the course of 5 years into creating and maintaining 13 million jobs, but Hilary wants to create a national infrastructure banks so that money can be made to increase funding for scientific research and grow small businesses. Both candidates strongly support equal gender pay, Clinton embraces the fact that she will be the country’s first female president and makes women’s issues a large part of her campaign, but Sanders is also very progressive on the issue and as president guarantees affordable child care and paid family leave. Criminal justice reform is also a big priority for both candidates, and sole heartedly agree that taking down the private prison industry, ending the war on drugs, and enforcing smart decisions with our police officers. When it comes to gun violence it is Hilary who dominates by making it one of the main pillars of her campaign, Sanders struggles on this issue but plans to make some little changes, like increased background checks. Unlike gun violence, when it comes to College, Sanders rules the stage, because he plans on making all public college tuition free and paying for it through a tax on all Wall Street trades, and Hilary just wants to lower interest rates on student loans and make some community colleges tuition free. When it comes to international trade there is a difference in opinion, Clinton supported the passing of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) but just recently she reversed her position on both agreements and is now against them, but Sanders has always been against trade agreements because it hurts US workers and farmers in the US, central America, and Mexico. Finally, when it comes to campaign finance reform, Bernie and Hilary have very similar views, both of them believe that making elections publically financed will be beneficial because it would reduce the high influence the wealthy has over the political arena, and also this would make the honest and good hearted more inclined to run for office because they don’t have competition from dirty and influenced candidates that can overpower them with money.

 

If you enjoyed learning about the candidates, and what they stand for, then I recommend that you answer the poll at the end of the article and choose which political candidate you think should win the presidential election, if any.