Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Minimum Wage Issues

The minimum wage  has been a topic among many of the states for a very long. People argue that it's not the government's job to interfere with businesses and impose minimum pay per hour. Others argue that is cruel to not pay people enough to live on. Today, the minimum wages in the United States range from $7.25 to $15. Several states do not have them also.
One state, Florida, (minumum wage $7.05), has people who want to raise theirs to benefit a large number of people. The proposed new wage is $15. To call attention to this issue, several lawmakers of Florida decided to live on $17 a day, (the total amount a worker gets after one day of work, factoring in taxes). They will need to do everything with this amount, and see if they can survive. I think this is a great idea. I belive that although the government shouldn't get involvedin a lot of thingd, it should get involve in wages to make sure everyone can live well. I think the people in Florida calling attention to this problem are doing the right thing, and will hopefully make the lives of those who get the minumum wage better.


Monday, September 21, 2015

5 records at 100

Yesterday, in San Diego, 5 world records were set in the sport of Track and Field. All of them by a man who is 100 years old. The New York Times published the article early this morning, which told us about Don Pellmann, the man who achieved all these records. At 100 years old, Don still competes in track meets around the United States, and usually places in his age group. On Sunday, he ran 100 meters under 27 seconds, (faster than any 100 year old ever), cleared a height in the high jump, set a long jump record, and also set throwing records in the shot put and discuss, two throwing events. I think it is really great that someone who is 100 can still compete today in athletics, and perform well. I also think that this will motivate people to start exercising.
Pellmann with several of his gold medals

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Consequential Justice and Categorial Justice

I believe that Joe's actions in The Round House were justified because of what happened to his mother. Joe shot Lark in the stomach and attempted to kill him. Joe personally thought this was the just response to the brutal attack on his mother. Because of this thinking, Joe is a consequential thinker in terms of justice. He does care about what will happen, and it appears that he really does want Lark to pay for what happened. If he was more of a categorical thinker in terms of justice, it is possible he would've thought how this relates to Lark's right to live, and not just killing him based on his own opinion.
I think that I am a more consequentialist thinker. I tend to weigh the consequence against what will happen, not locate morality just in a persons duties or rights. This is the same kind of justice then what Joe believe.  This does not mean that I would kill someone, but I would do something based on the outcome of the situation. This is what Joe did, except his example is very strong.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Homeless Lives

On September 6th, a story was published by the New York Times about the lives of people living on the streets, without homes or money. (View it here.) Not really an article, the piece showed how different people ended up homeless, and why a lot of them chose to stay there, and not move into a city shelter.
The story specifically focused on nine homeless people living in New York City. Sometimes, homeless people are thought of as untalented and lazy, and have a overall negative reputation. But, based on this article, that is not the case. Many of these individuals are actually good people who are just down on their luck, or else grew up in a bad situation. For example,  Jose Morales is one of these people. He grew up in multiple foster homes, and also didn't go to college. Both him and his parents had been involved with drugs too, and both had treatment. This was a mistake he realized he made. Now, he lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend, and is looking for a job. Him, like many of the other homeless people interviewed, had hard childhoods. But this doesn't define who they are today. All of them admit how they made wrong decisions, and are trying hard to change their lives for the better.