The biggest literacy event that has impacted my life so far was when I got a job at Chili's. I had to apply and eventually learn how to work and effectively communicate with my coworkers and the guests. At this job, I also had to manage time wisely; being a host, I had to make sure all the guest on the wait were sat in a timely and professional fashion, so I honed my communication skills, in order to let them know exactly what was going on.
The issue that stood out the most to me, was the issues on policy. According to the book, issues of policy are questions about what we should do and how we should implement our aims. Policy deals more with how we handle and address issues, the most easily recognizable issue on policy is the U.S.'s policy on marijuana.
To me, the state issue on legalizing marijuana is most important to me. It's important to me because if all of the states took after Colorado, and legalized it, putting a subsidized tax on the product, our country would be debt-free in no time. Colorado by itself made $70 million on marijuana sales and taxes. If we multiply that by 50, $3.5 billion becomes the potential amount of money to be made. Compared to the U.S.'s total debt of $18.2 trillion, that's making a huge dent in one year. Many people differ on legalizing marijuana because they think too many people abuse the drug so it wouldn't lead to good social decisions, but little do they know, whether they legalize it or not, people are still going to use the drug, so they might as well make some money off of it. People also differ on this issue because it's a major change, and people are known to shy away from change at first. I personally think we should go ahead and legalize it, get the government making money, cut out the gangs and slowly but surely become debt-free again. If someone knows the dangers of marijuana and still decides they want to try it, that's their decision, so we shouldn't punish or penalize them for abusing their own body.