Is it ethical to be a “Vaccine Chaser?”

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Yesterday, a family member of mine received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at a location in South Los Angeles. On January 18, 2021, Hilda Solis, the chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, “directed county health officials to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments available to residents 65 and over.” After she made the announcement, those who were 65 and over scrambled to make an appointment for the vaccine. But appointments were scarce.

Luckily, my relative’s friend informed her of a place in South Los Angeles that was decimating the vaccine without an appointment. …


During the pandemic, I’ve almost been a victim of consumer fraud. The same thing doesn’t have to happen to you!

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As people and businesses continue to struggle financially, I’ve encountered several instances of false advertisement, fraud, or other unscrupulous behavior. Although most businesses probably conduct themselves professionally, others may knowingly or unknowingly attempt to defraud the consumer. Here are some of my experiences in the last few months where I was either a victim of a scam or witnessed one.

A cashier who doesn’t return the proper amount of change

Even before the pandemic, I rarely carried cash because most places these days accept credit cards. I rarely ventured to an ATM to get cash because I felt it was unnecessary. But a friend owed me money and she paid…


For the next time you need a quick and healthy bite

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When you are on the go, you may need a quick meal to satisfy your hunger. Yes, french fries, onion rings, and a side house salad are technically vegetarian. But which fast-food restaurants have the best meatless options? What are some of the most popular vegetarian fast-food meals? Are they really worth the hype?

Shake Shack Veggie Burger

One day I was walking down the street and stumbled upon a sign introducing Shake Shack’s brand new vegetarian burger so I had to try it. The patty is made with fresh greens and grains…


Should we return to the traditional model of education?

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As more students attend school virtually, educators and parents will hopefully rethink our education model and reevaluate the way we approach education. In certain circumstances, the traditional method of in-class instruction has not provided an optimal learning experience for many of our students. Furthermore, teachers are underpaid, have limited resources, and do not always receive the support they need to educate the masses.

So how can we restructure our education system so that our students achieve academic success? Should we return to the traditional model of teaching or should we permanently change our education model?

More virtual learning in the future

Many K-12 classes should indeed…


Why you should stop asking friends and family for rides

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“Can you pick me up from the airport?”

This is a question dreaded by many who live in a large city like Los Angeles. Before the pandemic, I heard it quite a bit. I would start to cringe once the person uttered the word “pick” because I knew what was coming next.

I’m sure your loved ones and friends are probably excited to see you. Your presence is probably uplifting. Yes, the side hug against the central console of the car may be cathartic for both individuals. …


Chicken or cauliflower wings? Fries or kale salad? I ordered from two local restaurants and was shocked by what I discovered

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Everyone has had THAT day. That day, where even though you are telecommuting, or having a lazy day, you don’t quite feel like cooking. You don’t have that much of an excuse, other than laziness. That was me the other day. I just didn’t want to cook.

So, I picked up a quick dinner for my friend Matthew and me. And since I am a vegetarian and he is not, I had to stop at two restaurants. And as I stop at Wingstop, waiting for his take-out order, I start to wonder: whose meal was healthier.

Many people seem to…


Most vegetarian and vegan food do not taste like meat

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A friend of mine, a vegetarian, recommended a certain restaurant in Los Angeles to our friend who eats meat. Great plant-based burgers, fantastic salads, and tasty jackfruit tacos.

“The tacos are so good. They taste like meat.”

I chuckled a bit.

“They do!” she responded.

No, they don’t. Meat tastes like meat. They taste like tacos made with jackfruit. I’ve heard it all before. Portobello sandwiches taste like meat. Tofu tastes like meat. Tempeh tastes like meat. Today, jackfruit tastes like meat.

But it doesn’t. None of them taste like meat. …


Who determines which majors or degrees are valuable?

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A family member of mine who is a freshman in college asked for my advice. She was deciding whether to major in two subjects: Biology and Art History. In high school, she had developed a burgeoning love for art, visiting various museums all over the world. Also, she really enjoyed history, did well in all of her Advanced Placement classes, and even watched historical documentaries in her downtime.

I was confused about her choice of Biology. She’d never once told me she was interested in the sciences, but I didn’t want to discourage her, seeing as though this could be…


I complete agree with what you are saying about waste. I agree about our food choices. They should be more nuanced. I definitely do not like judgemental people. I also think we should stop with the labels. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article! I appreciated your insight and learned a lot from your response.


Do You Eat the Beef Stew or Not?

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On weekends, I usually venture to the grocery store to pick up items for a few of my neighbors and myself for the week. One of my favorite neighbors, Emmie, is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She’s brutally honest, hilariously sarcastic, witty, and extremely charming. When I go shopping, it’s always a hassle giving her back her change.

“Gas money,” she always replied.

“I don’t need gas money. I was going to the store anyway,” I responded. It’s no use. I’m clearly going to lose this fight. …

Lindsey Moore

Writer, Poet, Researcher

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