How much money is our community willing to invest to improve academic achievement rates and educational outcomes in Shelby County Schools?
As the November 6th presidential and municipal elections draw near, that is one of the questions that local residents will have to considered.
Like many large communities, Shelby County is faced with a rise in bullying and violence among young people under the age of 18. Traditionally, community leaders respond with aggressive multifaceted attacks on juvenile crime that may reduce incidences of crime but fail to address the underlying culture that fosters and sometimes encourages inappropriate/criminal behaviors.
The birth of a child is a mother's pride and joy. The birth of Charla Thomas' child was no exception. She was filled with joy and happiness in anticipation of motherhood. The doctors had confirmed that her baby would be healthy, and the nurses and everyone else in the maternity ward provided care before and after the newborn had arrived.
"Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals. We have in – in Egypt a Muslim Brotherhood president...."
With those words, spoken Monday night by President Barack Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney just 40 seconds in the last of three debates, Africa was placed at the center of U.S. foreign policy and international security.
The second Presidential Debate of 2012 has passed and, thus, voters have a clearer portrait of what President Obama himself said are "fundamentally different visions" between he and Gov. Mitt Romney about "how we move our country forward."
The Rev. C.L. Bryant, creator of the independent film "Runaway Slave" states, "Even though President Obama was more animated in this debate, it was still clear that Governor Romney would be a better commander in chief. His worldview will restore American swagger."
Bullying is not a new phenomenon. There have always been bullies in school settings. But bullying is not a rite-of-passage. It is learned behavior that is neither acceptable nor justifiable. If not addressed immediately and appropriately, bullying can have fatal and unintended results. Now is the time for the community to come together and act.