Sun04202014

Opinion

Commissioner raises the wrong plan at the wrong time

The unemployment rate is over 10 percent here in Memphis, meaning more than 63,000 people are out looking for jobs and not finding them.

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‘I lost my job and I am MAD!’

A young man called me recently to talk about his job situation. This guy had unfinished business with his former employer and it was sticking in his gut. 

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Incarcerate, educate balance sheet adds up to a revolving door

If you, like me, believe that prisons should be able to punish offenders while still preparing them for a productive, crime free life once they are released.

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Mr. President, you’re no Clinton

Barack Obama has made a career of “winning” battles with Republicans that leave no one feeling particularly good about anything.

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Fair housing for all – worthy goal with many challenges

During April, we celebrate the Federal Fair Housing Act, which was signed into law on April 11, 1968, exactly one week following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A Black American Earth Day

For black Americans and millions of people of color, Earth Day 2011 should be both a day of celebration and rededication to the struggle to free our communities from the devastating toxicity of environmental injustice.

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‘Donald (Trump), you’re fired – for incompetence’

Donald Trump, who is again flirting with the possibility of running for president, has garnered widespread publicity by repeating  discredited claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

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Listen to your body to prevent and treat cancer

Don’t be surprised, but here in Spokane, Wash., where I’m assisting a medical doctor and his cancer patients at a 30-day health and wellness retreat, it’s snowing.

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Obama keeps word on promise of jobs

To hear his critics tell it, the President has done little to nothing in the way of job creation.

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Marion Barry is right on educational reform

I read with affirmative agreement the opinion of Marion Barry published in the Washington Post on Sunday, April 10, 2011, entitled “School reform has passed low-income neighborhoods by”.

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Manning Marable: Our great scholar-activist

A few weeks ago, I had dinner with Dr. Manning Marable and his wife, Leith Mullings, whose voluminous books, papers, and op-ed columns comprise a critical collection of today’s discourse on race in America.

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Tennessee’s teachers must stand strong and not be silent

An unprecedented volume of bills attacking teacher participation in education decision making have been filed in the 107th General Assembly.

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Becoming the ‘Man of the House’ 2011

The need for empowerment of single mothers, the crisis of youth crime and violence, and failed educational mandates are all serious issues that have contributed greatly to the dysfunction in so many homes.

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