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‘Bad weather’ idea – nothing to agree with

There is something about unpredictable and disturbing weather that can leave us feeling vulnerable and very much out of control. 

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There’s truth to what your mother said about eating vegetables

Your mother was right if she made you eat your vegetables. You probably thought she was being mean or wicked, but there was a reason she demanded that you eat your vegetables. She saw the big picture. 

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Lawmakers should implement higher voting standard

The state legislature is moving toward the repeal of the 2008 Voter Confidence Act, which requires more secure, optical scan voting machines to be used across the state.

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Bin Laden: Equal opportunity killer

Some African Americans, out of a naïve or uninformed sense of Third World solidarity, may be tempted to lament Osama bin Laden meeting his end with a bullet to the head. Don’t cry for Osama.

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Time for a review of lottery revenues

I have read with concern about the legislation before the (Tennessee) General Assembly to change the academic standards by which lottery HOPE scholarships are awarded.

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Demanding the best education for African-American Children

Unless we do more now to acquire the best education possible for our children, there will not be a significant economic recovery in the African-American community.

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Sorry about the birth certificate, I’ve been hunting bin Laden

President Barack Obama has one amazing and incredibly infuriating trait for every political analyst following him and every one who ever voted for him and everyone who’s ever worked against him. Incredible timing.

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Marriage is so 20th Century!

Today I am focused on the one finding that sent a chill down my spine: “marriage is on the wane.”

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Smarter approach to crime is a move for states to bank on

The nation’s decades long war on drugs and “tough on crime” posture has failed to reduce crime rates and control the rising prison population. 

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A strong 12-month run with ‘minorities’ may be second-term key for President Obama

This time President Obama has a problem with black and brown folk, and this is a problem that – in many respects – if he doesn’t solve will be more crucial to his campaign success than even unemployment. 

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A message from our President and Publisher

As The New Tri-State Defender embarks on a new era of delivering empowering information, we understand the importance of bringing to the forefront those that make a difference day in and day out in the lives of so many.

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Minority Health Month: A wake-up call to focus on good health

Each April, the United States Office of Minority Health and Health Equity conducts a month-long campaign to raise awareness about health disparities across our nation.

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What you pick up with your fork and spoon could be a death sentence

When I learned what acute appendicitis and colonic carcinoma could do to the body, I thought about Efrain Ramos, who was told there wasn’t much that could be done to prolong his life.

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