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Everyone makes mistakes

If people were perfect, we wouldn’t need a God. Everyone makes mistakes and I am so glad that the mistakes I’ve made have not cost me my life or my freedom, family or friends. Now, there have been times that I have had to work my way back into the lives of people that I may have disappointed but they were willing to forgive. I accept the fact that there are times when redemption is not an option. ...

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BMe is back to stay

The Knight Foundation and BMe (Share, Inspire, Connect,) launched a networking event Oct. 30 to encourage men to be moral role models in the city of Detroit. BMe is a growing network of “brothers” committed to making communities stronger, according to its Web site. These men come from all walks of life. They are businessman, mentors, educators and leaders of their communities. ...

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Unemployment Blues

The problem with having a deadline, at the end of the week, is that you miss the opportunity to weigh in on things, like an election, that happen in the next week. Writing on Thursday or Friday for a column that will appear the following Thursday or Friday is almost torture when you consider the possibilities that face us on Nov. 7, after the election. I am hoping President Obama can pull it off, but I am c ...

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After the election, what will YOU do?

By the time most of you read this, the election will be over and I have often wondered, during the past year or so, what the reaction will be among Black folks depending upon who wins. Two questions keep coming to mind: What will we do if Obama wins? What will we do if Romney wins? Let’s make it personal: What will you do? ...

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EM Roy Roberts extends his stay

Editor: Emergency Manager Roy Roberts sent this letter to Detroit Public School employees on Nov. 7, the day after the public defeated Public Act 4, which gave him dictatorial power as emergency manager. Roberts, a former vice president of sales and marketing for General Motors and with no known education or financial credentials, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. His claims of financial success have not b ...

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Detroit smarts

Pundits put down citizens of Detroit all of the time. Truth be told, pundits should watch Detroit and stop listening to each other. First, if there is so much illiteracy here, why were the ballot results within the city in such sharp contrast to the statewide vote? Where “no” votes triumphed in the hinterlands on every issue but Proposal 1, Detroiters thoughtfully maneuvered their way through 18 ballot prop ...

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Michigan tops country in cutting crime by ex-prisoners

Michigan is the nation’s leader in reducing the rate of new crime by ex-offenders, according to the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center. The center’s 2012 policy brief highlights states that show significant declines in their three-year recidivism rates. It is based on data that tracks individuals released from prison between 2005 and 2007. ...

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