Soldierly Sacrifices

To be a soldier in the United States Army is no easy task. Men and women sacrifice their own lives and leave behind their friends and family to fight for the freedom of their country. Although honoring American veterans and current soldiers will never be equal to the work they do for us, it’s important to do so.

The Heroes Wall in Biddeford, Maine does an amazing job of portraying the stories and experiences of many army veterans. We can read about their sacrifices and their contributions and how many people they touched all the while fighting in a war. Symbolizing all the things American veterans and soldiers leave behind to fight so that we don’t have to, The Heroes Wall is important to our community. It represents their hardships and amazing efforts in ways that words can’t show; The Heroes Wall represents my gratitude and your gratitude that we have for the people who fight for our country.

There was one story in particular that I found to be very touching. A soldier who would’ve completely missed the birth of his daughter if it weren’t for the power of technology and the kindness of the pilot who delayed his flight. It’s moments like these, when a soldier misses the birth of a child or their child’s dance recital, that remind us how lucky and how grateful we are to have people who are willing to risk their lives in order to guarantee our freedom and our safety.

Thank you American veterans, soldiers, and anyone in between for fighting for our country. Thank you for making difficult sacrifices that put your life at risk so my family and I can live in a safe place and go to sleep without fear. Thank you.

Dracula is back and on vacation-so are the new ideas

Despite what meets the eye, diversity in Transylvania is spread thin. This is confirmed in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the “threequel” to the 2012 film Hotel Transylvania. 

Rather than creating a new, unexpected plot line, the filmmakers opted to reuse the plots in the first two films and add extra details. Fortunately for them, the intended audience, or children, is unlikely to notice the film’s shortcomings. 

Even with the comedic efforts of Dracula (Adam Sandler) and the rest of his monster family, the film lacks any real jokes that will result in laughter, or even a chuckle. The only reaction we’ve had to this version of Transylvania is a feeling of embarrassment for the actors and directors involved. 

As we watch Dracula fall deeper in love with Captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), we’re exposed to some new things we didn’t learn from the first two films. We see a new side of Dracula, and even a new side of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). 

Although Dracula’s new side shows him tongue tied over his crush and is meant to bring about laughter, his gibberish leaves us confused as to why it was included in the film. Thankfully with Mavis’s new side, the film’s viewers see an important message. Mavis shows us the importance of supporting others and being there for our friends and family when they’re in need. 

For the majority of the film, it’s safe to say that viewers are only focused on the visuals. The monsters are eye catching, the cruise ship brings about a new setting to observe, and the “action” scenes, which are few and far between, are quite captivating. 

In spite of the worn out plot line and half-baked jokes, the three films always enlighten their viewers with important messages. If nothing else, Hotel Transylvania 3 taught us that it is important to stay true to ourselves and always do the right thing even if the right thing doesn’t make sense or goes against societal norms.


2 out of 5 stars

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation: Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced by Michelle Murdocca. Starring Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Kevin James. Released on July 13, 2018 and now available on Netflix. 97 minutes. PG (fantasy/adventure). 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.3 on IMDb, 54% on Metacritic. 

Medical Mishap

After being accidentally injected with insulin, 16 Indianapolis students were raced to the hospital on Monday, September 30.

At the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, high school students were accidentally injected with insulin during a tuberculosis test. The 16 students, injected with only a small dose, were immediately brought to the hospital for observation. 

Shown here is the process of a tuberculosis skin test. The skin tests checks for the tuberculosis infection, which can be treated to prevent the infection from becoming tuberculosis.

The Community Health Network, paired with the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, administered the tuberculosis skin tests to students to ensure that they were eligible to participate in on-site clinical experiences. Despite the fact that now all 16 of the high school students are doing well, they were at risk for serious complications. A non-diabetic person who is injected with insulin, depending on the dosage amount, has a high chance of their blood sugar dropping to abnormally and dangerously low levels, a condition known as hypoglycemia. A hypoglycemic person can experience sweating, shaking, fainting, and in more severe cases, seizures. 

“They could have died, my daughter could have died. So yes, I’m very angry,” said Lucille Knowles, mother to one of the students.

According to Dana Altemeyer, District Spokeswoman, the Community Health Network is working to determine the cause of the mistake and they plan to take extra precautions in order to avoid future mishaps. 

Here is a short clip from a news channel explaining what happened, as well as giving a few quotes from a parent of one of the 16 children.

Ellen Degeneres

Stand-up comedian and talk show host, Ellen Degeneres stands up for what she believes in and becomes an active voice for the voice-lacking animal kingdom. 

“I wish we lived in a world where caring for animals wasn’t so rare that it deserved an award. All I do is treat animals with the respect and dignity they deserve. I hope someday soon, everyone does the same,” said Ellen, prominent activist. 

Ellen is more than just an average animal lover; she goes above and beyond in many aspects to ensure she treats animals with the respect they deserve. Ellen’s first step was becoming a vegan, where her diet of plant-based foods is more efficient and less harmful on the environment and the lives of animals, but this only lasted for a short period of time. Although Ellen decided veganism was not the diet for her, she does avoid the majority of animal products, eating only fish and eggs as of December 2018.

Ellen supports the animal kingdom through more than just her diet. She gets involved with campaigns for treating animals right, and she even went as far as becoming a co-owner of a natural pet food line, called Halo Pet Food, that partners organizations like The Humane Society of the United States. Because of the partnership between Halo Pet Food and The Humane Society, Ellen has donated over one million meals to 100 different shelters in the United States. 

Even though Ellen doesn’t expect recognition or rewards for her efforts, she can not seem to avoid either. Through her promotion of the bond between humans and animals, Ellen was awarded the PETCO Foundation’s HOPE award. A few years before she accepted the HOPE award, Ellen was named Woman Of The Year (by People) For The Ethical Treatment of Animals. With the news of her awards, the spotlight was on Ellen, and she wanted to make sure the world was aware of her true intentions. Her intentions were not to win awards or recognition, Ellen wants everyone to be inspired by her campaigns and her partnerships and every effort she makes. She wants people to learn how to treat animals with the utmost respect possible, and she wants people to actually do it too.