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President Obama deserves our vote

In just a few days, millions of Americans will vote in the Nov. 6 national elections. In those states where there is early voting, millions have already voted. There is a clear choice between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. At the end of the day it is reduced to the question of "going forward" or "retreating backward" in clear terms of the social, economic and political emp ...

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The minority business hustle

While the 20 percent cited above may now be 30 percent in some areas of the country, the issue raised in 1992 is still valid. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, small firms with fewer than 500 employees represent 99.9 percent of the total number of businesses in this country. This statistic is relevant not only to the political discussions regarding taxes but also to the disparities in the system, especia ...

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Romney continues campaign of lies

As we have seen during three presidential debates and in his campaign speeches, Mitt Romney will say anything — even when he knows it is untrue — in his effort to dislodge President Obama from the White House. Romney charged in the second presidential debate that "it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an ‘act of terror.’" Obama denied it, urging Romney to "get the transcript. ...

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Prop S continues progress for DPS

On Nov. 6, Detroit voters will have the opportunity to vote on renewing and restoring the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Operating Millage (Proposal S). Renewal of DPS Operating Millage on Nov. 6 means teaching and learning will go on uninterrupted and progress will continue. This millage provides for continued operating funds — approximately $80.9 million or 21 percent of DPS’ annual operating budget — to al ...

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There’s still work to do: vote ‘Yes’ on Proposal 2

As I talk to people in my hometown of Detroit, I’m confronted with a question more often than I would like. I hear it asked by young people frequently, but increasingly I’m hearing it from veterans of the workforce, too. The issue at stake is collective bargaining, and the question is, "Why do unions still matter?" There’s another question implicit there. Even if unions and collective bargaining do matter, ...

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Health care is a civil right

Our Constitution offers us “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but we can’t pursue anything if we are unhealthy. Yet, health disparities in the United States are a fact of life. African American people have shorter lives than whites for three reasons. One has to do with income and poverty. Poor people (and 27 percent of African Americans are poor, compared to about 10 percent of whites) have less ...

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Black folks must use their collective economic weapon

Now that the end of the presidential campaign is nearly upon us, it is time to state once again that when it comes to promoting and protecting our individual and group interests in this country, we, as Black people, have an extremely powerful — not influential, but powerful — weapon, which we don’t effectively use. That weapon is our individual and group economic resources. ...

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Ignored and taken for granted

What will it finally take for Black people to accept the fact that we have no real political clout? A little influence, yes, but no power. If our voting bloc were as strong as we like to think, the Republicans would not ignore us and the Democrats would not take us for granted. If we had real political power, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama would have accepted the invitation by the National Newspaper Publ ...

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Stand up for Democracy: Repeal the EM Law

There are four good reasons to stand up for democracy by voting “no” on Proposal 1. First, democracy is worth having on the local level because local people know what’s best for their communities. Proposal 1 stops local people from participating in their government. Every decision from policing to parking is in the hands of one person — a state bureaucrat. ...

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