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Opinion

30 percent of retired African-Americans avoid poverty via Social Security

Although many Americans are living longer, a new public policy analysis reveals that a disproportionate number of older people are also living in poverty – particularly if they are a person of color.

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, Social Security keeps about 30 percent of older African Americans and Hispanics from retirement poverty. Yet another 20 percent of these two ethnicities at ages 65 or older, live in poverty at a rate that is double that for whites.

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Presidential debates ignore big ticket items

When the presidential debate dust finally settles, President Obama and GOP Presidential foe Mitt Romney will have spent a grand total of four and one half hours battering each other on who can do the best or worst job on tax reform, job creation, deficit reduction, staunching Iran's nukes, and getting a grip on Middle East affairs.

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District 9 deserves a debate

Properly executed with fair, clearly established rules of engagement, there is nothing more stimulating or perhaps impactful to help voters understand the platform, priorities and policies of candidates for public office than a public debate.

Certainly that is the case with one of Greater Memphis' most important elected positions, the Tennessee 9th District Congressional seat, now held by Rep. Steve Cohen.

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Young caregivers defer dreams to accept responsibility

Joyce is a happy woman with two teenage daughters. When she arrived home the other day, everything seemed to be in place for this single mother and her loving daughters. With two jobs and a fulfilling life, Joyce was living her version of an "American dream."

That dream, however, was deferred after her daughters responded to a loud thump that seemed to come from the bathroom.

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Bullying: A victim’s story

Charla-MaclinMy name is Charla Maclin. I am 24 years old and I am the impetus behind The Last Straw Campaign as well as the Koko and Friends Project. Our mission is to increase everyone's awareness and attention on the issue of bullying among youth in schools and other peer-group settings.

Bullying is not a rite-of-passage. It is cruel and inhumane treatment that is comparable to terrorism. I was a victim of bullying and I am also a survivor of three failed suicide attempts due to bullying that began at the age of eight.

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Conservatives do a job on latest jobs report

The birther issue – the preposterous idea that President Obama was not born in the United States – was finally put to rest, but that has not prevented conservative conspiracy buffs from seeing a plot behind the falling unemployment numbers.

Conservatives, led by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have been pounding Obama for maintaining an unemployment rate above 8 percent.

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Do we need a new right- to-vote amendment?

(Judith Browne Dianis, co-Director of Advancement Project, a non-partisan organization dedicated to civil rights and racial justice, has been a vocal opponent of state photo-ID laws and other restrictive measures. In an interview with New America Media's Khalil Abdullah, Browne Dianis explains why she has concluded a new amendment on the right to vote to the U.S. Constitution is necessary.)

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A mother and daughter’s saga of bullying

("The Last Straw" campaign rolls out this month to address at-risk behavior, including bullying and suicide, in the Memphis-area community. The effort is a collaboration involving the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood & Youth's All Babies Count, Ask First Campaign; the KoKo Friends Foundation; Dress for Success Memphis' Professional Women's Group; and Pursuit of God's 7 P's ministry.)

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Black Press backs President Obama

A few years ago, the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) was holding its annual board meetings in Washington, D.C., when then-Sen. Barack Obama walked in the room to welcome the publishers to Washington. He also indicated he wanted to share some news with us. The news was that he was planning on seeking the office of the president of the United States of America.

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Obama and Romney reject invite to discuss African-American issues

WASHINGTON – Both President Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, have rejected an invitation from the NAACP and other black groups to participate in a forum to discuss issues important to African Americans.

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Guide for the Election

With the upcoming presidential election only a month away, I thought I would share some thoughts on how to interpret a lot of the things going on with this election.

I have received many calls from people asking about all the polls that show President Obama leading Mitt Romney. I am not a big believer in polls, but I do think it is safe to conclude that Obama is ahead by some measure – one can argue with the spread, but not with the fact that Obama has a lead.

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Child poverty rolls on at epidemic high

The U.S. Census Bureau's new poverty data for the states show millions of families struggling mightily to keep their heads above water in the wake of the Great Recession.

Fourteen states saw statistically significant increases in their child poverty rates, 26 states saw small increases, and nine states and the District of Columbia saw small declines in child poverty rates last year.

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Food challenge is daunting at $29 a week

groceriesI read recently where Greg Station, the mayor of Phoenix (Arizona), tried to live on $29 during a weeklong SNAP Experience program hosted by the Arizona Community Action Association. The amount of money allotted Station for food is the average food budget for a SNAP recipient per week. That's roughly $4.14 a day.

Living on $4.14 a day is next to impossible in this economy. How could Station – or anyone for that matter – stretch such a sum to make it throughout the day without sacrificing his or her health?

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