The US Represented Weekly Update

Hello USR members and guests, It’s been a busy week. In “Education Reform from the Bottom Up,” Pete Howard suggests an overhaul of America’s education system based on four major changes, but this can only happen “when active educators take on a much larger role. We need an overhaul from the bottom-up, not another top-down mandate that is based on a misguided theory and political agenda.” Eric Stephenson’s “Sarah’s Puzzle”

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I Saw the Sign: Keeping Colorado Springs Clean through Volunteerism

Everywhere you go in Colorado Springs, you will certainly see the telltale green and blue signs: This space has been adopted by X. If you haven’t, go check out any of the medians on our major thoroughfares, or go look at nine out of ten of our public parks, any of our biking and hiking trails, or any stretch of highway in or out of the city. These signs are

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Earthships: Hobbit Chic at the Right Price

For many people, home ownership means the achievement of the American Dream. Living in a house that you care for and control provides a feeling of security and independence. Unfortunately, a number of obstacles plague first-time buyers these days, and receiving a home loan in a time when many people are “upside down” is just the first hurdle. Take into consideration geographical location, proximity to employment opportunities, and school districts

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Wellington, Colorado: A Cautionary Water Tale

Just a little north of Fort Collins, Colorado lies Wellington, a small town that consists of one middle school, one elementary school, a grocery store, two gas stations, a Burger King, and two small neighborhoods. Wellington is reminiscent of one of those small towns we watch on television shows and movies like One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, and Steel Magnolias. Given its population of 6,514 residents, most everyone knows everyone

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Putting the “Fair” Back into Fair Trade

Growing up as a late ‘90s / early 2000s kid, I was well aware of the fact that almost every item I owned was stamped with the phrase “Made in China.” As years went on, I learned about outsourcing, as well as stories of horrible factory accidents and abysmal working conditions. It seems such a tragedy that the goods Americans buy every day might be the product of what is,

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