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Stallworth: Detroit water shutoffs should end until customer service is better

Families are being told that after they have paid their water bill they will have to wait two to three days before water service is restored, and that they must be available over a 24-hour period to meet the water department crew. A working parent can’t afford to take a day off work to meet the water crew. The water department is playing hardball and refusing to work with people who are trying to pay their ...

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Roberts court decisions should propel us to vote

Many of us who were reared in the Christian church remember stories of King Solomon. In his era, kings were the final arbiters of conflict in their kingdoms. Solomon was the epitome of the thoughtful and deliberate judge. In his most famous trial, he used his God-given wisdom to reach a balanced decision that saved the life of a child and reunited it with its natural mother. Solomon was wise and fair. Lacki ...

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Corruption and the impact on human rights

Corruption always leads to violations of human rights insofar as those in power prey upon those who are not in power. Corruption also violates the principles of nations who claim to be democratic and are supposed to operate under the rule of law. Corruption not only violates democracy and the rule of law, but it also diminishes everyone, including those who choose to participate in it. Although corruption h ...

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“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”

“Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? “And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar and to confess the benefits and ...

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Profit by fear

We see Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s grand bargain as grand larceny, grand theft. We need to change the agenda, change the talking points. We’ve already taken a major hit with our healthcare. We have one lady in our group, for instance, who went from paying $150 a month for her health care to $1100 a month. That’s money coming out of your pension check. ...

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Giant sucking sound

What is that giant sucking sound? It is not the sounds of jobs leaving our country due to the one-way trade agreements — there are not enough decent jobs left to be sucked away in their aftermath. The sucking sound I’m referring to is caused by the vacuum of leadership in Lansing that is sucking the life out of Michigan. That particular lack of leadership is contributing to the petty partisan politics and t ...

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Female genital mutilation: A horror of dominance

When a girl in the United States and the western world, prepares for marriage, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown. I recently learned from Angela Peabody, author of “When the Games Froze,” that in parts of Africa, the preparation for marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns. For too many, the practice of female genital mutilation (FMG) is at the top of the list for marria ...

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The fight for the South

With the Republican takeover of the Virginia State Senate, Republicans now control the state legislatures in all 11 former confederate states. Now the reconstruction of the New South launched by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson is under assault. King’s movement and Johnson’s presidential power transformed the South after the Supreme Court ruled segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board ...

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The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the U.S. economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth, and say it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary Fund has offered a starker forecast. Expected growth for the United States is about three percent, a level conside ...

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As John Covington goes, so should the EAA

With the recent resignation of EAA Chancellor John Covington and the failure of the EAA to raise the educational level of Detroit students, I call for Gov. Rick Snyder to dismantle the Educational Achievement Authority. It’s hard for anyone to ignore the facts that have come from this educational experimentation. Looking objectively at these facts we are forced to conclude the EAA has not been beneficial fo ...

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