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OPINION: A vacation policy

Our national policy does not entitle people to vacation time, sick leave or other kinds of leave. Too often, employers provide it as a “perk” not a necessity. Still, when you look at our unproductive Congress taking a month-long break, you have to wonder why everyone doesn’t get his or her perk. ...

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OPINION: From Voting Rights Act to Voting Rights Amendment

Those progressive landmarks are now under attack. Conservatives have never liked Medicare or Medicaid. (Conservative icon Ronald Reagan derided Medicare as “socialized medicine,” years before he was even elected governor of California.) Nor have right-wingers ever liked the Voting Rights Act. The neo-Confederate wing of the GOP in particular has always chafed under federal supervision of its (often unfair) ...

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Obama: Making history is not enough

By Raynard Jackson NNPA In many ways Obama’s presidency has been historic.  On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976.  On Aug. 28, 2008, Obama became the first Black to be nominated by a major U.S. party.  On Nov. 4, 2008, Obama won the presidency with 365 electoral votes to 173 for ...

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The high cost of injustice

When these corporations underpay their workers, we supplement their inadequate wages with government-funded income subsidies (food, housing assistance, etc.). When these companies need securities protection, they don’t hesitate to use the Securities and Exchange Commission, also paid for with our taxes. While these corporations operate like foreign corporations for tax purposes, they expect the services of ...

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My Brother’s Keeper Initiative is destroying the Black Male Mentoring Movement

The White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is destroying the Black Male Mentoring Movement — decades-long work to save Black boys. Virtually all of the small, community-based agencies that comprise this substantial, historic effort to mentor Black boys have been left out of the overall conversation, the planning, and the funding essential to save Black boys and to chart a new course for their contin ...

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Rhodes gets ok to proceed from expert he hired

"It is likely that the City of Detroit, after the confirmation of the Plan of Adjustment, will be able to sustainably provide basic municipal services to the citizens of Detroit and to meet the obligations contemplated in the plan without the significant probability of a default." Last week the court-appointed expert, Martha E.M. Kopacz, who gave her opinion to Judge Rhodes on the feasibility of the bankrup ...

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The high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable? What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high, gets drug treatment and a sentence of, say, two years, instead of a sentence of life imprisonment without parole? How much would we save if legally mandated minimum sentences were modified and nonviol ...

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