You Are Here: Home » Opinions & Views (Page 52)

Show me the money!

The Black vote again taken for granted By Cloves Campbell There are less than 100 days until voters throughout the country will cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as U.S. Senate, House and state legislatures. The campaign war chests for President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar ...

Read more

Ban the Box: Let’s give returning citizens a fairer chance to get hired

Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-MI) For many people who have been convicted of a crime, the end of the sentence is the start of a new kind of punishment.  Millions of citizens convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony face years or even decades of joblessness, often leading to hopelessness, more crime, and imprisonment. It’s time to break this ugly cycle of incarceration. Guaranteeing that every person has a high ...

Read more

Rep. Conyers’ record argues against election in 13th District

By Sen. Bert Johnson The most striking part of the campaign for election to the new 13th Congressional District has been seeing a 47-year veteran of Congress touting his seniority, while avoiding any opportunity to speak in public to the voters. Voters should not accept this type of campaign because it is disrespectful to them and the decision they have to make on Election Day. Simply put, Rep. John Conyers ...

Read more

The GOP and the vote: Return to Jim Crow

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Trice Edney Wire Aug. 6 marks the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Passed by large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans, the act reflected the overwhelming consensus in America that had been finally forged on Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge during the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. In the end, ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

© 2012 The Michigan Citizen All Rights Reserved | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy

Scroll to top