exPLAINers of the Week Aug 20-26

By Perfectly Plain Staff

We scour the depths of the media to bring you, our dear readers, what the best explainer pieces are each week. This week we have stopped on two great pieces. The first is Vessela Sergueva’s look into the state of Bulgarian mental health care. The second is Umair Irfan explanation of the invasion of electric scooters in America. Both do a great job and their works are worth a read.

Bulgaria’s mentally ill battle for dignity

By Vessela Sergueva in AFP

After the fall of communism in Bulgaria in 1989, many institutions have suffered greatly. The slogan of the communist regime was to hide all the problems from the public eye to show a perfect society. Almost 30 years after the fall of the communist regime, Bulgaria remains the European Union’s poorest country and still struggles to provide adequate mental health care.

Vessela Segueva examines the current state of the Bulgarian mental health care system, stressing the fact that it has been neglected by both the government and the people. Sergueva is a journalist from Bulgaria and has written for publications such as Channel 7, Business Insider, Yahoo Singapore, Yahoo Canada, Yahoo, France 24, The Star (Malaysia), Times of Israel, La Presse.

This is my choice for the exPLAINers of the week as it takes a look at the problems that the Bulgarian mental health system has and the little work that has been done to address them. The Bulgarian government has ignored the problem for too long, leaving many people suffering and without adequate care.

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Teodor Teofilov

Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained

By Umair Irfan in Vox

Electric scooters have been popping up in major cities across the US by the hundreds recently. While most people may think this isn’t a big deal, cities and residents have been surprised by the amount of adapting required.

Most city ordinances say that scooters are not allowed to drive on the sidewalk, but cities have had a hard time making riders abide by this rule. People leave their scooters on walking areas, so it’s hard to make your way around walking paths. Companies haven’t helped and encouraged their customers to “ask forgiveness later.” Finally, it is still debatable if these scooters are good for the environment.

Even with these concerns, the author says scooters are a good addition to the city. The scooter manufacturers have been promoting their scooters in such a way that prompts their customers to be annoying to residents. If that is fixed, quite of bit of problems would be fixed.

Irfan is a staff writer for Vox, and focuses on climate and energy. He also authored a piece that explained an EPA analysis that said thousands of people will die thanks to the Presidents relaxing of environmental laws. This explainer was interesting, because it showed that adapting isn’t always smooth and companies sometimes aren’t looking at the bigger picture.

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Pawan Naidu

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