Opinion

County councilman says collective bargaining debate matters

| June 19, 2014

To the Citizens of Southeast Fort Wayne-Allen County Council District-1: I have been asked, by many of you, concerning my stance on the collective bargaining being debated by the Fort Wayne City Council. First and foremost, I am YOUR Allen County Councilman, and my responsibilities are for the fiscal affairs of ALLEN COUNTY, Indiana. Not […]

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Al Cowlings: The real lesson in the O.J. Simpson case

Al Cowlings: The real lesson in the O.J. Simpson case

| June 19, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Twenty years ago, the ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, were found brutally murdered outside her Brentwood, California home. Seven days after the June 12, 1994 murders, Simpson was charged with the crimes. A generation of Americans have gone from birth to young adults, since those […]

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Celebrating black fathers

Celebrating black fathers

| June 15, 2014

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist As we celebrate Fathers’ Day across the U.S. and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities.  Too often when the issue of black men […]

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Right wing media pretends racism doesn’t exist

Right wing media pretends racism doesn’t exist

| June 11, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist A new posting by MediaMatters.org, the media watchdog group, sums up the conservative strategy under the headline, “Don’t Litigate It, Don’t Ever Talk About It: Right-Wing Media’s Solution to Racial Discrimination.” The report recounts the media storm touched off by “The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ excellent cover story in […]

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Hypocrisy over the Bergdahl affair

Hypocrisy over the Bergdahl affair

| June 10, 2014

By Brenda Robinson As of last week, we do not know why Sqt. Bowe Bergdahl, five years ago, left his U.S. post in Afghanistan. Actually, we still don’t know if he left “on his own free will” or if he was taken off base by the Taliban or some other terrorist group. We don’t even […]

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Jim Crow’s ancestors—and children

Jim Crow’s ancestors—and children

| June 10, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels       NNPA Columnist At first glance, one might be hard-pressed to think that a recent opinion piece on the 1970s origins of the religious right as a political force and a new book on the causes of America’s founding, the war of independence of the 1770-1780 decades, would have […]

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Remembering Maya Angelou: A friend to all

Remembering Maya Angelou: A friend to all

| June 5, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Not only America, but the world has a heart kinda heavy.  Maya Angelou, Ph.D.,  died last week and the world lost a poet, writer, producer, actress, activist, civil rights leader, composer, singer, dancer and educator.  However, most of all, we lost a friend. What made Angelou the nation and world’s friend?  Firstly, […]

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Father appeals for son,  inmate medical care

Father appeals for son,  inmate medical care

| June 5, 2014

My name is Tracy Jackson. I have a 24-year-old son, Trameil Jackson being held on $250,000 bond for two counts of attempted murder. I’m not pleading the case on the charges—let’s make that clear. My real concerns is his health. My son has a kidney leaking—his feet is swelling up; around his eyes are black. I have […]

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Our continuing conversation on race

Our continuing conversation on race

| June 4, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels       NNPA Columnist Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: he won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen. His attempts to obscure the obvious have produced two important results. First, of course, […]

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Are enforcement strategies of laws consistent?

Are enforcement strategies of laws consistent?

| May 28, 2014

Willie Jordan: Things are improving, but still needs work.The president and attorney general signing the equal sentencing drug act its a good start. Dwight Richards: They are not consistent. I find that enforcement officers go by what they think they see instead of the true facts. Jamel Graham: I don’t think they are consistent because the police still […]

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