Apple: Is it All Downhill From Here?

On October 5, 2011 Steve Jobs, the Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Apple Inc, Died. But I probably don’t need to tell you that, one in ten people over age 13 own an IPhone alone, not putting into account IPads, ITouch’s, and countless other devices that most people in America desperately want to have. Steve Jobs helped found Apple, the company that makes every device with an “ i “ in the front of it, and was a huge influence on how successful the company eventually turned out to be. Many people believe he provided the imagination and inspiration behind every product. Steve Jobs apparently had plans for years ahead but some wonder if Apple can finish the plans all by themselves. It leaves one question in every body’s minds; can Apple pull it off?

For me this question is difficult. I don’t think any one person can answer it with certainty, because Apple is very secretive. For all we know they could have already made the IPhone 8 and are just waiting for the right time to release it. If Apple has Steve Job’s plans then they don’t have to worry about coming up with ideas, until the plans run out at least, but instead they have to worry about how they should present the new products. If they release a new Iphone every month then they risk the quality of them and they risk that customers will get bored of Iphone’s and turn to a new electronic device. But if they try to build up hype for every single new product, customers will eventually get tired of waiting and stop buying Apple products. I think that Apple should be okay without Steve Jobs, but I don’t think Apple will last forever. The day we all get tired of seeing an “ i “ in front of every device is the day that Apple is truly finished.

~Jeremy Bennett

Keep An Eye On What You Eat!

Pesticides, chemicals, and fake dyes: these are three of the many things that people today put into their bodies without knowing it. Have you ever wondered what really is in your food? At the grocery store, apples, oranges, and other fruits look bright and are full of attractive colors. In nature, apples are not usually fire-engine red and oranges are not perfectly orange. So, why do they appear like this in the grocery store? There is only one answer, and that is because before they are shipped to your local Stop&Shop, producers spray the fruits and vegetables with chemicals to repel bugs, but these harsh pesticides are terrible for your body. In some cases, the pesticide is sprayed while the crop is growing, but it is mostly applied after the fruit or vegetable is harvested so it will remain “fresh” and bug-free. Over a long period of time, ingesting these chemicals could cause serious health problems. A few of the many diseases that have been linked to these chemicals are cancers and Parkinson’s disease. If you can not pronounce the name of one of the ingredients, it would most likely been in your best interest not to eat it!

As shown in the picture above, washing fruit and vegetables before eating them is key to keeping bad chemicals out of your digestive system. Also, companies are beginning to sell fruit and vegetable spray washes, which hopefully remove these pesticides from the skin of the fruit. In the worst case, these chemicals could seep through the skin of the fruit, such as a strawberry or blueberry, and contaminate the inside. This is where buying completely organic fruits and vegetables would come into the best interest of the consumer. Many companies who realize the concern about pesticides have found ways to keeps bugs and animals away but still refrain from soaking the produce in harsh chemicals. Another way to keep from digesting these chemicals is to peel the outer layer of the fruit or vegetable off, this may also be removing the pesticides. Many people do not realize how dangerous these sprays are, because normally, this topic is not prominent. Reading stories about how chemicals on fruit have affected the brain and body of people is very sad and scary. So, I think that keeping an eye out for the brands of fruit that you buy is a good idea, and later in life, you will be able to maintain a healthier body without the extra worry. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat” and in this case, you definitely do not want to be what you eat.

~Micaela Estrada

CELL PHONES?

We live in the decade of electronics that surround us. Ipods, Ipads, computers, video games, 3D TVs, and cell phones. All these luxuries make our lives better. But letting young kids like in third grade own cell phones is absurd. Cell phones are used for emergencies only. Sales men and lawyers use cell phones for their work. So what will a little 10 year old kid use a cell phone for? Texting his or her friends? Cell phones are a device to use as part of jobs, for emergencies, and important situations. Why would any parent let their little kid own such an expensive device for no real reason for using it?

Many kids that are in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade own cell phones. Why? There is no reason a kid at that age should own one. I got my first cell phone toward the end of 6th grade. I got my cell phone because I was biking to school a mile every day [AKA for SAFETY]. Yet kids in lower grades have no set reason to own a cell phone. What will a youngster do with a cell phone anyway? Probably nothing. These cell phone owning kids think its cool to own one. “Hey look I just got the new IPhone 4s.” Who cares, you are in 4th grade why do you need that? They don’t. The parents of these cell phone owning kids at such a young age are teaching kids the wrong aspect in life by giving their kids a harmful device. Also, kids are clumsy at a young age and that new $200 IPhone 4s you just got him or her could be broken in days, or lost. All I am trying to say its ridiculous for a kid to own any kind of cellular device at their age. Sure let them own one at 12, 13, 14 and on but not at 9, 10 an 11. Kids in their teens can be trusted with such a device and have a better reason to own one. Going on dates, hanging out with friends, and being out of the house is a good reason to own a cell phone for important emergencies that occur often. Lastly, I disagree with any parent that lets their young-lings own an expensive device for no particular reason.

~Russell Jasman