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‘Tis the season to be careful

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about Dec. 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close to me. I like to connect, which is why I have a greeting card ritual. But all this crazy frenzy after Thanksgiving, before Christmas sale ...

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Kickbacks exploit inmates’ families

In Cook County jails, prisoners are charged as much as $15 a call to be in touch with their relatives. The exploitive rates can force families — already struggling with the burdens of having a loved one locked up — to choose between supporting their loved one or paying for heat or food. An Illinois study found that the price of phone calls from prison was one of the two most significant barriers to family c ...

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Ebony disses Black folks

Reading Ebony Magazine’s feature article “100 Most Influential African Americans” in its December 2012-January 2013 issue, was very revealing on the low opinion the publication has of its readers in particular and of the larger Black community in general. A brief statement before the listing proclaims, among other things, “In this issue EBONY selects the 100 primary influencers and game changers who have ma ...

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U.N. Ambassador Rice criticized for the wrong reasons

Senate Republicans led by John McCain, R-Ariz., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., continue to lead the attacks against the nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice even though the Obama administration has yet to nominate her. They believe she intentionally lied to the American people in her description of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted ...

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It takes courage to live

Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. Not just once, but a bunch of times. That’s cold-blooded murder. And why? The media won’t speculate, yet they did put out that the two argued after his girlfriend returned home late from a concert. Whatever the reason, in his mind, she did or said something that hurt his feelings. She definitely didn’t hurt him physically. ...

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Help Obama, help yourself

The so-called fiscal cliff is getting a lot of attention. If Congress does nothing come January, the consequences are many: income tax rates rise nearly 5 percent; millions more will pay the alternative minimum tax; social security will take another 2 percent from paychecks; it will take longer to collect unemployment benefits; pay to Medicare doctors will be cut by a third; $55 billion annually comes out o ...

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