City Life
Dorchester: "We still know how to keep smiles on our faces as we struggle from day to day"
People judge a neighborhood by statistics, like how many people had been shot in Dorchester’s Fields Corner last year-- but that’s not what I see. I judge my neighborhood by the way everyday people act. One day I was headed home. On the way down the street I bumped into a gangster-looking dude. He was probably 28 years old, standing there with a bunch of friends. I tried to pretend nothing happened, but he stopped me. “Yo,” he said. He was older, so I had to respect him. I turned back. “You know you just bumped me?” he said. “Yeah,” I replied. He gave me a mean look.  Okay, I thought, what’s next?  He came close to me. “Yo, that’s not respectful. What if I was some crazy dude? I would have laid you flat right there.” “My fault,” I said. “No problem,” he replied. “Stay in school. I just got out of prison. You don’t want to go there.” People think Dorchester’s a bad place, but they don’t know the community. It’s a fun-loving place, even with the violence. People laugh together on the corners. You can ask anyone if you want a basketball game. You don’t even have to know them. People don’t have much yard space. They unite in the parks. They laugh and play tag. They rap and make jokes. They flirt and enjoy the company. At the park, they don’t have to worry about that hole in the bedroom floor. They can forget the busted appliances that the landlord never fixes and the months of broken promises from the electricians. Sure, negative things take place in my ’hood, but the community is so much more than that. We still know how to keep smiles on our faces as we struggle from day to day. “Give respect to get respect” is what we say. At night, the cops flood the block looking to calm tempers and stop fights. At a distance, a crackhead’s cough becomes your lullaby. In the morning, mom is up sweating a meal that should last till lunch. At the bus stop we socialize. Another day begins.
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Vice President Joe Biden recently told Iran that President Barack Obama is not bluffing when he says that America will take military action if Iran does not stop creating nuclear weapons. I believe that it is very hypocritical for a country that probably has more nuclear weapons than any other place in the world to tell another not to have nukes. The same kind of message has been delivered to North Korea, too. The United States is a country that has enough nuclear weapons to take out an entire planet. Why would a country want to hold such a powerful weapon that would destroy it as well as its enemies? It is said that the only reason to have such a potent weapon is to instill fear in your rivals. Well, both Iran and North Korea have indicated many times that they are not afraid.
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Sitting in my living room watching the news, I was in extreme fear. I felt impotent and prayed that everything would work out best for the sake of our great city, Boston. The Boston Marathon has been one of the most celebrated annual events, happening on the third Monday of April on Patriots’ Day for the past 117 years. This was supposed to bring endless happiness and remembrances from previous years, but instead it resulted in two bomb explosions that authorities at press time said had killed three people and injured 264 near the finish line on Boylston Street. Days after the unexpected crime, police released pictures from the scene of two suspects they identified as the Tsarnaev brothers from Russia who had lived in Cambridge: Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26. Some may state: that’s not enough evidence; others believe it is enough to know the truth. The oldest brother was killed after a shootout with police in Watertown but his younger sibling escaped, leading to what seemed like the biggest manhunt in the history of criminals. He was captured and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. The most expedient way to help society with this crime is for more people to participate in the Marathon next year. This will bring more awareness and reveal more of Bostonians’ endless support and love for the city. Boston is strong, it has been through many countless conflicts, and those resolutions are what shape the city greatly. We will overcome this tragedy and we will stand strong against hate and destruction to our city. Although the suspected bombers have done harm to Boston and its people, I cannot help but have some sympathy for the situation the younger brother found himself in after he was allegedly dragged into the plot by his older sibling. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Therefore, pointing fingers at certain stereotypes isn’t going to resolve the issue; working together and collaborating as proud Bostonians will. Rest in peace to the three civilian bombing victims and the police officer shot and killed -- allegedly by the suspect brothers.
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Hurricane Sandy hit hard in October, destroying homes and leaving people without power for weeks. New York’s Staten Island drew a very bad hand during sandy. The storm led to massive flooding and extensive damage there. Sandy didn’t just wipe out homes – it took lives, as well. Days after Sandy struck, for example, police found the bodies of two Staten Island boys, ages 2 and 4, who were snatched from their mother when waves of water crashed into them, according to news reports. But amid all the destruction, Islanders assisted their fellow New Yorkers. Those not affected as much rushed to help others evacuate their homes. Some took in victims. Endless food supplies were donated to shelters. Although Sandy claimed the lives of more than 20 Islanders, what the storm didn’t take was the survivors’ warm hearts. They stood strong while catering to those in need. That shows whom we are as a nation – loving and caring even in our darkest days.
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Levi’s has a huge selection of jeans. They have jeans that are skinny and jeans that are wider and jeans that can show off a woman’s curves. The stitching is strong -- so you can wash them multiple times without worry. Prices can run as high as the $100 range, but they last long and will fit you perfectly. With Delia’s jeans, you can go from boot cut to low rise, from coral colored to orange blossom. For a $39.50 pair of Union Jack skinny jeans online, they offer an option to buy one and get another half off. American Eagle jeans have multiple styles, from studded to skinny and a wild pair of paisleys that can be had online for $49.99. Out of all three jeans, I would recommend the Delia’s. Multiple styles, nice fit, good price. Delia's jeans are the ones you'll fall in love with.
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