by Keesha Gaskins
New America Media
With the 2012 election just a few months away, organizers and voters are working in earnest to support ballot issues, community concerns, and political campaigns.
This year there is a great deal of chaos and confusion regarding what is happening with the unprecedented wave of restrictive voting laws that has swept the nation since 2010. Understanding which laws are in effect and what it will mean for the November 2012 election is crucial.
I'm confused. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 30 million diabetics and 79 million pre-diabetics living in the United States. If this is true – I'm not disputing the WHO's statistics – then why are the numbers increasing? And, with modern technology at our command, why aren't these people being cured?
Staying healthy should be a goal that each of us seeks. But if there is no cure for diabetes, and if it's making people sicker and sicker even after seeing a doctor, then the battle is already lost.
One of the most remarkable things about Mitt Romney's run for the White House is that the presumptive Republican nominee is allowed to attack President Obama on everything from saving the automobile industry to immigration. Yet, the news media rarely point out that Romney is against many things, especially if proposed by President Obama, but is usually evasive on what he is for.
by Raynard Jackson
Now that Mitt Romney is the de facto nominee for the Republican Party, I have been reflecting on the state of the presidential race as it enters the final stretch. As a political strategist, I understand the necessity to run to the right during the Republican primary and then migrate to the center during the general election.
It is common knowledge that Romney has no intention of focusing on the black vote during the general election. From a raw political perspective, I agree with his approach, but from a strategic perspective, I totally disagree.
by Tom Jones
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
For Memphis businesses, every dollar spent on an exorbitantly high Delta Airlines ticket is a dollar that can't be invested in growing the business or creating jobs. In our personal lives, because of unjustifiably expensive tickets, we accept the fact that we cannot afford to attend out-of-town activities with friends and families that are taken for granted by people in most cities.
Because of these concerns, I created a Facebook group called Delta Does Memphis
Stress is a killer. The devastating effects from stress will creep up on you like a thief in the night and rob you of your life. If you're not careful, you won't be around to enjoy life's golden years or dote on your grandchildren. I hate to be this blunt, but this is a wakeup call.
What is stress? Your body is a unique construction of bones, muscles, blood vessels and an intricate nervous system that responds to interior and exterior threats.
What is interesting about the relationship of the extreme political Right to Mitt Romney is that they actually hate him. This is not speculation. If you review the language of the Republican primary season, it is clear that they actually despise him. They do not believe that he is a real conservative. They do not believe that he even has a belief system. Some of the so-called Christian elements do not trust his Mormonism. So, one could say that there is an alignment that should result in the extreme Right sitting out the election.
Except for one thing: They hate (Barack) Obama even more.