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Grants for going back to school

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If one is either not finding the time or money to go back to school to earn an all-important degree that they have been wanting for a while now, it will be heartening to know that grants for going back to school are now being offered by several online universities.

And this just does not pertain to adults who have reached full circle in their lives at 30, and want to do something new but also has resulted in several cases of folks going back to school at 50. The beauty of it all is that studying at an online university as opposed to a traditional university is that it allows adults at whichever age to study at their own pace, and a course of their choosing as well without having to leave their responsibilities.

Not only are aged men interested in going back to school but there are several instances of older women going back to school as well, and why not, as there may have been some desires related to education that might have been crushed under the weight of taking care of their husband and children and so on and so forth.

One way or another, one should thank the medium of the internet and for all the benefits that it offers us apart from just entertainment.

How to Start a Petition

July 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone feels passionate about something or other in their life at some point. Taking action sometimes requires petitioning. Here are some simple tips on how to go about the process of starting a petition.

• First of all put the issue into words. This will be your opening statement in the petition. Don’t worry if it sounds bad the first time, it will require some rewriting and editing before it is actually printed out.

Describe the problem that is being faced, why it is a problem and why people should do something about it.
• Present your ideas for a solution clearly and concisely. They can be radical but they need to have some logic in them if you want to win people over.

• Be careful of your tone in the whole petition; be passionate but not angry. Remember, you are trying to win people over and /or trying to galvanize them into action. If you come across as an angry person throughout the entire spiel, you may not be taken seriously.

• Present you evidence. Photographs, documents, audio recordings, video recordings etc., whatever it is try and present the most damning evidence possible. In the case of audio and video this might be a little difficult, if you are out and about, but not impossible by any means.

• Depending on what kind of issue it is, you will have to change your method of collecting signatures. For example if it is an extremely localized problem, a door-to-door signature collection campaign is more than enough. You can also set up signing tables in malls, send out teams to collect signatures or even use mobile (vehicle based) broadcasting and signature collecting if your cause demands it; however, all of this depends on the size of the problem and the area it is affecting.

Will Utah Follow Arizona?

July 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawmakers in Utah are heatedly arguing the necessity of an immigration law similar to the one implemented in Arizona. The law known as SB 1070 was implemented in Arizona recently to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. From the time it was announced, the law has caused controversy and some lawmakers in Utah want none of that in their State.

The core premise of SB 1070 is basically that a person upon questioning must prove that he or she is a citizen of the country. This means that they have to carry papers proving their legality in the country. Although it sounds straightforward enough, it is the practical implementation of the law that has everyone worried. Like it or not, any dark skinned person is likely to be racially profiled and questioned. This amounts to harassment at the very least.

Lawmakers in Utah who are against the same law being implemented there say that it will cause a massive negative economic effect within the State. They say that detaining illegal immigrants, deporting them, dealing with separated families, verifying the immigration status of people are just some of the massive costs that taxpayers will have to bear. They say that at a time when the State is struggling to keep the education system afloat, costs such as these are absolutely unnecessary.

However, proponents of the law say that something needs to be done proactively to deal with the existing illegal immigrant population as well as the expected influx of illegal immigrants as they flee Arizona.