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An action agenda

After we savor the feeling of sweet success that comes from President Barack Obama’s re-election, there is work to do. Most of us got the outcome that we both worked and hoped for but we have to resist the temptation to exhale and get on with our work. Before the president takes the oath of office for a second time, African Americans should mobilize around these issues: ...

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Blue Cross sale means higher rates and taxpayers out billions

Consumer groups, led by Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH), have been urging state officials to move slowly in providing the legal mechanism for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to shed its charitable mission and be sold to a newly formed BCBSM mutual insurance company. Unfortunately, many lawmakers are instead pushing to fast-track this risky proposal despite it meaning higher insurance rate ...

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Obama backlash

As president of the United States, Barack Obama has ended a senseless war in Iraq, where more than 110,000 soldiers and civilians were killed, and countless injured. He killed the most wanted 9/11 terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, after he was on the run for more than 10 years. ...

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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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Considering ballot proposals

There are six constitutional referenda that appear on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot that require serious consideration. While reading the various proposals, there are a number of questions that should be answered: Who is sponsoring the proposal? What is the history of the issue addressed by the proposal? Who is supporting the proposal? What is to be accomplished by passing the proposal? Overall, what w ...

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