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The inequality of human life

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA The national support for the victims of the recent Colorado shootings is great. However, if we believe in the equivalency of life, what about the lives of young men in Chicago, where there have been more deaths than in Afghanistan so far this year. While the hospitals in Aurora say they will cover hospital bills for those without insurance, who will cover bills for those who are ho ...

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An open letter to the community about Hantz Woodlands

By Mike Score Hantz Woodlands will clean up 170 acres on the lower east side of Detroit, by planting and maintaining more than 70,000 hardwood trees, eliminating blight and creating an environment where people want to live, work and play. Hantz Woodlands is a company formed by the Hantz Group to invest in improvement of Detroit neighborhoods. Nearly one-third of the city landscape has become publicly owned ...

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Bamboozled by financial systems

By Barbara Reynolds Trice Edney News Wire Suddenly it dawns on you that you lost your home, your life savings and your credit rating tanked not by accident, but by design of predatory lenders, vultures that circled Black communities looking for prey and you, a highly-educated, middle-class Black woman, fit the profile. I am among those in that profile of Black women who played by the rules that were passed ...

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Obama and Romney, debating the wrong issues

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III Trice Edney News Wire The fundamental debate of the 2012 election is nothing new. The debate of how much power to give the national government goes as far back as the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Federalists argued for a real division of power between the national and state governments. They wanted a centralization of power in a strong national government. The Anti-Federa ...

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Pushing children out of school

Marian Wright Edelman NNPA In 1642, the Massachusetts General Court passed one of the very first laws about education in what would become the United States. It ruled that because it was apparent “the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth,” all parents and guardians were required to make sure children received “so much learning as may enable them perfectly to read ...

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Penn State plea bargain exposes NCAA spinelessness

By Jan Ting Cagle Cartoons Those in the know at Penn State are relieved the university escaped the death penalty for its football program which could, and should, have been imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the cover-up of child sex abuse. The $60 million contribution Penn State pays to the NCAA to fund national child abuse prevention programs is equal to Penn State’s direct ...

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Automatic weapons: our neighborhood’s weapon of mass destruction

By Adam Hollier My grandfather always said gun laws only affect law-abiding citizens, but that sentiment was before shows like Discovery Channel’s “Future Weapons” or the millions of other television programming and Web sites that teach weapon modification or creation. We can all agree that the right to bear and keep arms is undeniable. We can also agree that a state’s right to regulate the sale and use of ...

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Coming out of the closet on mental health

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., has been away from Congress on medical leave for so long that his colleagues have been clamoring to know what’s wrong, and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported that the congressman was receiving treatment for addiction. The truth, according the Rep. Jackson’s staff, is that the congressman is being treated in a residential facility for exhaustion a ...

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Put U.S. jobs above D.C. partisanship

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Trice Edney News Wire African Americans and Latinos have suffered the most in the Great Recession. They were the first to lose jobs, and the last to find new jobs. They struggle with the highest unemployment, the greatest loss of personal wealth, the highest percentage of families losing their homes. The calamity has led many to call for programs that would target states and co ...

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Romney and the NAACP: A missed opportunity

By Raynard Jackson NNPA As anyone who has followed me knows, I have been extremely critical of President Obama’s non-engagement with the Black community. Obama has deliberately ignored the plight of the Black community while giving preferential treatment to the homosexual and Latino communities. But I can’t in good conscious criticize Obama and then give the Republicans a pass when they display similar beha ...

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