A Trip to the Capitol

This past Friday, my sister and I had the day off from school so our dad drove us all down to Denver to tour the Capitol.

At first we walked around on our own and then decided to take a tour that lasted about an hour. We got to see the Hall of Presidents, Brown’s Attic, the entrance to Governor Hickenlooper’s office, the Senate and House in session, and the breath-taking view from the dome.

President Kennedy in the Hall of Presidents
President Kennedy in the Hall of Presidents


Not only were there 61 steps to climb to reach the dome (yes, I counted) but the view of the Rocky Mountains and everything in Denver was great once we got there.

At the top of the dome; It was raining so we had to stay on the inside of the dome
At the top of the dome; It was raining so we had to stay inside but the view was still great!
The rotunda
The rotunda

We had a great day at the Capitol and I highly recommend it to people coming from out-of-state looking for something to do and for all Colorado residents.


Going to visit monuments or important buildings in your area is a super fun and educational way to spend the day. For example, did you know that the Colorado flag is blue for our beautiful blue skies, red for the color red in the rocks, white for the snow-capped mountains, and yellow for the over 300 days of sunshine we get? Going places like the state capitol is a good way to learn more about things like the state motto or the meaning of the flag. (The motto is “nil sine numine” which means “nothing without providence”.

See what your area has to offer!

Does the U.S. Welfare System Need to Be Reformed?

There are many aspects of American society that need reforming today but one aspect that desperately needs reforming is our welfare system. According to welfareinfo.org, it says, “The US government responded to the overwhelming number of families and individuals in need of aid by creating a welfare program that would give assistance to those who had little or no income… Many Americans were unhappy with the welfare system, claiming that individuals were abusing the welfare program by not applying for jobs… to qualify for greater benefits. Welfare system reform became a hot topic in the 1990’s. Bill Clinton was elected as President with the intention of reforming the federally run US Welfare program.” The US’s welfare system gives support, such as food or shelter, to poor and needy people and families. The government created the welfare system to help the people. However, the people became more dependent on the system and continued to stay jobless, unmarried, etc.

Because of this, the problems gained federal attention and a bill was passed by President Clinton to limit the amount of welfare a person could receive and give the power of the system back to the states. Today people must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the welfare system. It truly depends on each case per person whether they are homeless, jobless, or in a different condition which leads to how the welfare system can possibly benefit them. But what happens to the people that don’t meet the requirements for eligibility but still desperately need the help of the welfare system? Those people simply don’t receive the benefits of the welfare system and are left to starve and be unsupported by the welfare system. From debate.org, one of the users, commented, “Without a doubt, generations abuse the system. There should be no free welfare. Can’t find a job? How about picking up trash on our roads and streets to earn that welfare?”  The person that made this comment was debating whether or not the welfare system in the US needed to be reformed. The person agreed that the system did need to be reformed and they believed people should find a way to work for the welfare. Currently in the United States, people have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for the welfare system. People then begin to depend on the welfare system for everything even after they have been helped and no longer need it. For the people that really need the welfare but are not eligible, there is no way for them to gain the eligibility unless they hit the requirements. There should be a much easier way for the ineligible people to get welfare and one of the ways to do this is by having the ineligible people work for the welfare. This is one of the major weaknesses of the welfare system currently because some people just can’t get the welfare if they don’t meet requirements but if they could work for it, the people could possibly.

From an article on cuny.edu, it says, “It gives uneven levels of Federal support to children in rich and poor states… It may not often much help in serious recessions.” Children in richer states such as Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii, or Colorado, would receive higher benefits of the welfare system compared to children living in Mississippi, Arkansas, or West Virginia. The states have less money to supply the food and things that the welfare system provides to the needy. Because the states have less money, they have fewer supplies to support the children living in the poorer states.

Our welfare system was created during and close to the end of the Great Depression to help the people during that time. The Great Depression was a time in American history where the stock market crashed, millions of people were hungry and jobless, and the American economy was terrible. That was one of the very few severe recessions our country has had. The welfare system didn’t do much towards the end of the Great Depression so how would we know if it will benefit us if a serious recession were to occur in America today? One of the many aspects of American society that needs reforming is our welfare system. It has many things that could be fixed or changed to make it better to benefit our country.

Does the U.S. Welfare System Need to be Reformed?


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It’s Time to Raise the Wage

Minimum wage, it’s the lowest amount of money paid to workers set by the government. $15,080 is the annual income of a person who works full-time at the federal minimum wage. That’s barely enough for food, clothes, and services throughout the year. With that kind of income, you can’t even afford to rent an apartment. Raising the wage has its down sides but the good outweighs the bad. The minimum wage should be raised because it benefits the people, boosts the economy, and has no negative effect on employment or the economy.

For starters, the minimum wage should be raised for several reasons. Raising the wage would allow for people to have more money and support themselves and their families. People would be able to pay their bills and keep food on the table. Additionally, the economy would improve. According to salary.org, it says, “…contend the such a move would act as economic stimulus. When low-income households earn more money, they are likely to spend it, pouring more dollars into the economy…” Not only would the workers’ lives improve, but so would the people around their’s because of the economic growth. The Department of Labor also states, “Since 1938, the federal minimum wage is increased 22 times. For more than 75 years, real GDP per capita has steadily increased, even when the minimum wage has been raised.” Many people argue that raising the minimum wage would have a negative effect on taxpayers and employment rates but the Department of Labor and economists nationwide agree that it will cost nothing to the taxpayers and there will be almost no effect on employment. If anything, the higher minimum wages will reduce employee turnover.

While the minimum wage raise has its perks, there are also many people, businesses, and reasons that the wage should not be raised. If the wage was increased, it would cost the economy thousands of jobs and there would be significantly fewer hirings. Because of this, the competition between coworkers and individuals searching for jobs would intensify, making the workplace less friendly and comfortable to be a part of. Raising the wage would also mean an increased price on products to gain enough income to support the workers who are being paid more and the business. Patricia Smith from the New York Times’ magazine, Upfront, writes, “Business owners say that raising the minimum wage also exerts upward pressure on other wages.” If the lowest paid workers were getting a raise, then wouldn’t the people around them want a raise? And then what about the people around those people? This would be a very tough and pressured position to be in for a lot of people.

All in all, the minimum wage should be raised. It is a very controversial topic, but in the end, it would benefit everyone. It would allow for low-income workers to live a better life. Raising the wage would help our growing economy while having little to no effect on employment and taxpayers. “Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of household would see a direct increase in their wages.” comments the White House. Raising the minimum wage would do so many good things for this country. It’s time to raise the wage.

It's Time to Raise the Wage

Meeting Governor Hickenlooper

Wednesday, June 25th, I had the opportunity to go to a press conference set up by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade at Ravenbrick, which is a growing smart window company in Denver. The governor was present and announced six new grantees for the advanced industries program, for the state of Colorado. This included aWhere Inc., DH2i, MBio Diagnostics Inc., Prima-Temp, Inc., Ravenbrick LLC, and Reference Technologies, Inc.

After the six companies were presented their grants, Ravenbrick gave a demonstration of how their smart windows work and gave a tour of the factory. The windows are smart because they are created with two panes of glass with a piece of film in between the two. When the temperature gets higher, the windows darken, reducing heat and glare and when the temperature drops, the windows remain clear, letting in heat and light.

After the excitement with the conference and the tour, my sister and I had the chance go and meet Governor Hickenlooper. We talked to him and he was very intelligent, funny, and kind. He asked my sister and I if we were going to be entrepreneurs and we both responded with a yes. He also told a few cute stories about his son Teddy.

It was an exciting day to go to my first press conference, tour a high-tech manufacturer, and meet Governor Hickenlooper. Definitely a day to remember.

Meeting Governor Hickenlooper