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The War on Poverty - Part Two

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty. Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance. Some of ...

Wishes for the New Year

Happy New Year! January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on Jan. 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks with focused ...

Bob Dole to Paul Ryan: new form of bipartisanship

Former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was recently presented with an award that is named after him. The World Food Program U.S.A.’s first George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award is named after the Senator and ...

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the biased lens of history

Theoretically, Thanksgiving celebrates the breaking of bread between Native Americans and Pilgrims, who might have starved were it not for the generosity of those who first occupied this country.

Wages, not welfare

For the past year, an organization called OUR Walmart, has protested, raised questions and asked their employer, one of the nation’s largest, to treat them fairly.

Who will defend Black women?

All Renisha McBride wanted to do was to go home. She had been in a car accident, her cell phone was dead and she needed help.

Counting the Cost

The NAACP needs a woman leader. I'm not the one. I love the NAACP. I’ve been a member since I was 10 years old. I sizzle at the history and at the historic leaders (W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, James Weldon ...

The masks we wear: trick, treat, and tragedy

In 1896, “Lyrics of Lowly Life,” a collection of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry was published. Although his poem was specifically focused on African American people, in this 21st century, it is apropos to many.

‘Lazy’ and crazy

Voter suppression is alive and well, especially in the state of North Carolina, where a Republican official, Don Yelton, proved himself to be at best intellectually limited, and at worse, downright crazy.

Stop the slavery comparisons

The brilliant surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack healthcare, and how much work this administration ...

Detroit bankruptcy: undemocratic, fiscally imprudent

You don’t have to be from Detroit to be angry at what is happening there. And you don’t have to be from Detroit to lend your voice to an injustice that not only affects Detroit, but also the rest of ...

Nice house, kid in college

While some members of Congress are foregoing pay as long as other government workers are shut out of their offices, Republican Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) says he won’t be giving his up.

Budgetary brinkmanship

As I write this column, I have no idea whether Congress finally evaded the government shutdown that would happen on Oct. 1. (It did not).

Cuts in SNAP: no food for the hungry

Steven and Laurie, a White married couple who live near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store. She as a cashier; he in the storeroom.

What does limited action mean?

President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.