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Obama’s trip to Africa no different than predecessors

Obama’s trip to Africa no different than predecessors

President Obama and the first lady’s trip to sub-Saharan Africa, scheduled for June 26-July 3, will included South Africa, the West African nation of Senegal, and Tanzania on Africa’s east coast. If anyone wonders why the son of a Kenyan senior government economist isn’t traveling to his ancestral homeland, it has to do with the […]

Blacks more willing to make privacy concessions

Blacks more willing to make privacy concessions

Although the federal government secretly spied on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders in the past, Blacks are more willing than Whites to have their privacy rights invaded if it will help investigate possible terrorists. A recent joint poll by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post showed that a […]

The ‘Colored entrance’ to White-owned businesses

The ‘Colored entrance’ to White-owned businesses

For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers. There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility. Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading towards more executive responsibility? That is correlated with salary. The greater the responsibility, the greater the pay and the less tolerance for any […]

Juneteenth is worth celebrating

Juneteenth is worth celebrating

Did you know that the official African-American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth? What do you, and your family, do to celebrate Juneteenth? Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, the Juneteenth holiday is an abbreviated form of “June Nineteenth.” It marks the day Blacks in Texas belatedly received word […]

Overdraft fees still a problem

Overdraft fees still a problem

A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that overdraft fees continue to pose high risks to consumers, despite recent regulatory changes. The report focuses on the dreaded overdraft charge, the fees banks and credit unions collect for covering customer transactions that exceed checking account balances. Sounds simple, but many times the […]

Jury is out on Obama’s fight to confirm judges

Jury is out on Obama’s fight to confirm judges

The next major showdown in Washington may not be over how best to reduce the deficit or involve another Obama cabinet appointment. Look for sparks to fly over the president’s constitutional prerogative to nominate federal judges and the Senate’s responsibility to either confirm or reject those nominees. The latest manifestation of this is President Obama’s […]

Zero tolerance discipline policies: A failing idea

Zero tolerance discipline policies: A failing idea

Many schoolchildren in America are on summer break right now, but here’s a pop quiz about discipline policies in our nation’s schools that’s just for grownups: • Would you suspend a student from school for four months for sharpening his pencil without permission and giving the teacher a “threatening” look when asked to sit down? […]

Private Manning deserves an award, not jail time

Private Manning deserves an award, not jail time

The court martial of Pvt. Bradley Manning for allegedly providing thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks is the latest in efforts undertaken by this administration to crush whistleblowers. In fact, the Manning case is reminiscent of that faced by Daniel Ellsberg in the famous “Pentagon Papers” incident surrounding the Vietnam War.  In the case of […]

Don’t let bank payday exploit seniors and Social Security

Don’t let bank payday exploit seniors and Social Security

The term “payday loans” often evokes images of stores with garish neon signs; but these products have moved into the banking sector that is supposed to be more respectable. About half a dozen banks now push payday loans, though they give them more enticing names such as “Ready Advance” or “Easy Advance.” Yet there is […]

A closer reading of Obama’s terrorism speech

A closer reading of Obama’s terrorism speech

I read the speech. I read it carefully. Again, an excellent speech; as a result, you have to read it closely to see what it is actually saying and what it is not saying. The Obama administration is saying that the formal war against terrorism will come to an end…eventually. It is saying that the […]