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The State of Equality and Justice in America: America stands at a crossroads

America stands at a crossroads. We can take the high road toward equal access to high quality public education, reaffirm our commitment to democratically elected public officials, end the failed war on drugs, recommit to the right of workers to bargain for better conditions, lower our dreadful rate of hyper-incarceration and implement the affordable care act. Or we can travel in the opposite direction and m ...

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Re: Proposed Lease of Belle Isle to the State of Michigan

On Jan. 29, Detroit City Council voted on whether to lease Belle Isle to the state of Michigan in exchange for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assuming the maintenance costs associated with the island. After much discussion, the ultimate decision of Council was to not act on this matter at this time. I was among the six Councilmembers who voted not to approve the lease at this time. ...

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Fixing education? It’s a matter of common sense

As a former teacher, I would love to see teachers make six-figure incomes, because the ones we currently have deserve it. But Flanagan’s reasoning about attracting more, smarter and more talented teachers is faulty at many levels. Right off the top of my head, here’s a few: 1. Smarter doesn’t mean a better teacher. In fact, high functioning individuals often cannot relate to the students at all. Imagine a D ...

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State Rep. Stallworth responds to governor’s State of the State address

State Representative Thomas Stallworth, D-Detroit, said the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) is ready to work with the Legislature and the governor to ensure the issues of the state’s urban communities, distressed communities and communities of color are addressed. Stallworth, who was recently elected MLBC chairman, said Michigan’s turnaround won’t be complete unless urban communities share in the j ...

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A culture of cheating

Who is surprised that Lance Armstrong was doping? Who thinks he was the only one? Who is surprised that he used the Oprah Winfrey show as his platform to “come clean?” We are a nation of cheaters and Armstrong is one in a long line of our nation’s cheaters. Indeed the very foundation of our country is the result of cheating. The Pilgrims cheated the Native Americans by befriending them out of their land. La ...

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King’s greatest legacy: Seeing polarization as progress

I’ve always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated. The reasons why became even clearer to me these past few days, as the importance of considering King’s life and work was juxtaposed against three other developments: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; the celebration of Barack Obama’s second inauguration as president of the United States; and the splene ...

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Hands off Malia and Sasha Obama

Just when you think leaders of the National Rifle Association can’t stoop any lower, they keep managing to plunge even deeper. This time, they have strayed way over the line of respectability by using Malia and Sasha Obama’s enrollment in Sidwell Friends, a private Quaker school, to malign President Obama over his proposal to place limits on the sale of assault rifles and expand background checks. ...

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M-1 Rail and segregation

I am a resident and I live near the intersection of McNichols Road (Six Mile) and Woodward Avenue. I spent two years anticipating the arrival of the Woodward Light Rail. I had begun to believe that it would really happen and my wife and I had even begun to think about how our lives might change if we could eliminate one of our two cars. We calculated that the money saved over four years would allow us to pu ...

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‘Django Unchained,’ Detroit in chains!

Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie “Django Unchained” has come under fire from notable filmmaker Spike Lee. Lee thinks the movie is disrespectful to African American history. The movie is set in the South two years before the Civil War. Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx plays Django — a freed slave who is intent on saving his wife, Broomhilda. ...

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