Commentary

Secrets Of The Hood
The statement, “well, there goes the neighborhood”, has an unspoken and well known connotation, vis-à-vis the racial make-up of living environs within a city. Candidly speaking, it was the phrase used by racists and bigots, to communicate an impending contamination and degradation of the living cond…
Blind Faith
What is the driving force behind the belief in a political philosophy, a political party, or a politician that causes a citizen to support it no matter what the counter point to that belief may be? What is the rationale for ignoring facts that are readily available, so the words and views of the opp…
Should Anyone Have a Right to Die?
Brittany Maynard has scheduled her suicide for November 1. The terminally ill 29-year-old plans to be surrounded by loved ones as she waits to surrender to her medically induced death. Her situation is unimaginable at best. Her malignant brain tumor causes intense pain and seizures every day...
Who Are You?
Dateline, January 23, 1964. Does that ring a bell? It is the date of ratification of the 24th amendment which prohibited poll taxes during federal elections, and was later extended to all elections. The poll tax was instituted to deny blacks the right to vote during reconstruction era in the south..…
How Did That Happen?
And so with a BANG, it all began, with incalculable dust and ice particles sprinting across the infinite blackness of space. After an age uncertain, the gaseous mass coalesced in a central area of the cosmos and gravitated into itself, producing a spectacle of heat and light, and creating a desire a…
School Board ABCs
Ready or not, Election Day is almost here! With so many things squeezed onto the ballot this November, let's not lose site of one of the "smallest" races but potentially one with the most long-term impact in our community.
There is a soft spot in my heart forever labeled &q…
The Washington Redskins & The “N” Word
In the mind of some, the world of professional football has been brought to twenty-first century enlightenment by recognizing the tactless and callous nature of one team’s name. Now deemed as offensive as the pejorative for Black Americans, using the name Washington Redskins has become the death nai…
Sometimes Blight Fights Back
Jacinda called me Tuesday in response to our recent radio commercial requesting people to submit their story ideas.  She told me of a shooting.  One of the many blighted homes littered across the city was coming down.  Neighbors stood on their front porches watching the monstrosity be…
What You Don’t Know
So, just how wise are you? Have you assessed the thought processes you use to reach the conclusions of your daily and long term decisions? Are you an independent thinker, or is the conventional wisdom of the majority the basis for determining your opinions and ultimate stance on a matter...
America, In Name Only
What if the early settlers of the original thirteen colonies had been of a different mindset than what caused them to uproot from home and seek a new life in a new land? After having depleted their original provisions, what if they waited anxiously for each new shipment of familiar goods from back h…

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