Home » Archives by category » OPINION (Page 10)
The UN should monitor Flint’s water

The UN should monitor Flint’s water

Days before the opening of the World Economic Forum, Oxfam – the international organization that works on world poverty issues – released a report that addressed inequality. They found the international wealth gap growing rapidly. Wealth has become much more concentrated. Last year, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people […]

Students are more than statistical data

Students are more than statistical data

Education that focuses on seeing students as statistics is bound to plague our youth for years. When systems and/or institutions are setup to measure the success of a child based on how well he/she does on specific tests, the overall makeup of the child is neglected, overlooked, and ignored. Because education is so critical to […]

State of the Union was class act with crass responses

State of the Union was class act with crass responses

President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union Address (SOU) last week. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor, and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the state of the Union is “strong.” I disagree with parts of the address, especially around […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gospel of action

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gospel of action

There is no shortage of words in the English language to describe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By now – more than five decades after his fiery delivery of the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. – you may feel as though you have heard them all: leader, […]

Obama enters ‘the final kick’

Obama enters ‘the final kick’

Unashamedly, I am a fan of most sporting events.  I find competitive tests of strength and skill compelling. Most fans focus on events that hold the greatest popularity.  Football, basketball, soccer, and baseball all get fan and media attention. I enjoy those, but find track and field uniquely impressive. Short and long There’s purity of […]

It’s time to deal with concussions

It’s time to deal with concussions

First, let me make a recommendation. Everyone should see the movie “Concussion.” Actor Will Smith will probably get an Oscar for his role. He plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who links mental illness to football. Omalu’s claim is that a high number of football players experience concussions, and a noticeable number of them end up with […]

CFPB cracks down on illegal debt collections

CFPB cracks down on illegal debt collections

As holiday revelers toasted the season, a key federal regulator took two steps to ensure that 2016 would bring an important change for consumers harassed by illegal debt collector actions. On December 16 in its third action against a large national payday lender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered EZCorp, Inc. to refund $7.5 […]

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

WADE HENDERSON NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school. Among members of the African-American middle class, my story isn’t at all […]

Abusive debt collectors target Black consumers

Abusive debt collectors target Black consumers

An old adage teaches that one man’s pain is another’s gain. That adage is a truism when it comes to the debt collection industry. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), debt buyers pay just 3.1 percent on the dollar for defaulted debts. Additionally, 94 percent of these debts are sold with without documentation. So […]

Is Texas’ ‘open carry’ law for us?

Is Texas’ ‘open carry’ law for us?

JEFFREY L. BONEY NNPA COLUMNIST Beginning January 1, 2016, anyone holding a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) will be allowed to openly carry his or her handgun in Texas. The law, passed by the Texas Legislature and signed in June by Gov. Greg Abbott, will allow people with permits to carry their handguns outside their […]