Restorative Justice: Making Things Right

Restorative Justice: Making Things Right

Commentary, Life & Community, Opinion
After reading the title of this article, one might ask, “What difference can restorative justice make?” In order to even approach such a complex question, we must look at some of the parameters of restorative justice. It would be like having knowledge about using a car and being put in the engineer’s seat of a train. Both are used for transportation, have the ability to carry people or things, and are moved by a mechanical force under human control, but there are multiple components of each that differ. The word “restorative” brings to mind the repair or replacement of something broken, damaged, or lost. A certain process or technique may be able to replace, repair, or re-create so as to bring restoration. These definitions give a hint about the restorative…
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Think ‘Bout It: It’s Never too Early to Plan

Think ‘Bout It: It’s Never too Early to Plan

Commentary, Life & Community, Life Coaching
Hi guys! It’s Jelly, and I’m back to share some good advice and give you something else to think about. My mom always tells me that I need to start to plan, well, pretty much, my life. LOL, yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking: a 6th grader SHOULD NOT already be planning their life!  I agree that when she first started talking all this “study your passions,” as she calls it, and prepare for your future stuff, the bubble in my head was like, “Mom, I’m 10, give me a break!”  Well, actually, as of January 23, I’m 11, and in my maturity (smile), I realize that, yes, yes, we kids should start preparing for our futures as soon as we can.  I mean, look around at all the…
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Parents take time to talk and listen to your children

Commentary, Opinion
            I believe I speak for a lot of my peers when I say parents listen to your children. There’s an old song by Will Smith with the words: “parents just don’t understand”. But I think it’s more like, parents just don’t listen. They talk about how things were when they were kids but things are different now, and parents should listen and talk to their children so that they can hear just how different things are. Our parents have so many demands on their lives that they can’t hear us shouting; “we need you!”. We really do need you to listen and to talk to us. I went home with a friend one day. When we walked in I said hello to his mother.…
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Donations Pour into Occupy Detroit Protest in Grand Circus Park

Donations Pour into Occupy Detroit Protest in Grand Circus Park

Commentary, Life & Community, Stories
A recent poll showed more than one third of the country or 37 percent of people support the Wall Street protests and even more, 58 percent -- say they are angry about America’s politics.  Detroit is no exception and that is evident by the large numbers of donations pouring into Grand Circus Park.  Tents are bursting at the seams at the ‘Occupy Detroit’ protest with loads of food, clothing and medical supplies. Nurses representing the Michigan Nurses Association came down to provide first aid support, but they’re mission of mercy was twofold.  As part of National Nurses United, they passed out their own Main Street Contract Campaign to support the Wall Street Transaction Tax, which they hope will make Wall Street pay for the devastation it has caused on Main…
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