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Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Marilyn Tavenner Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It’s also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare Open Enrollment begins. As we prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7, Medicare […]

Democrats have no consistent message

Democrats have no consistent message

Pundits are likely to spend the next several weeks attempting to explain the many reasons that Republicans simply kicked the Democrats square in the hind parts to dominate both houses of Congress in ways that had not been expected. With turnout at abysmal low – 33 percent – two thirds of the electorate didn’t think […]

Democrats: A party out of sync

Democrats: A party out of sync

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA COLUMNIST If there was one lesson to be learned on Election Day it was this: Until President Obama is gone and the Democratic Party leadership changes, Democrats will continue to lose. Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership over the past four years House Democrats have lost 74 seats. In 2010 alone, Democrats lost […]

Republicans can make headway with Blacks

Republicans can make headway with Blacks

Last week’s midterm elections were historic. Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate, increased their majority in the House, and expanded their majority among governors. While these gains were historic and impressive, there was a bigger story that no one is talking about. According to early polling figures, Black participation in this year’s midterm was […]

When does one become ‘Black enough?’

When does one become ‘Black enough?’

OMAR TYREE NNPA COLUMNIST Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, published a revealing article a month ago on ThePlayersTribune.com in which he discussed being a bully in grade school. Wilson evidently concluded that it would be beneficial to tarnish his squeaky-clean image so more fans and players could relate to him. But now it’s […]

Too stressed to be blessed

Too stressed to be blessed

Black folks lead the nation in church-going, praise-dancing, shouting, call-and-response, and “whoopin.” We like to “get our church on” and feel good while doing so. We do our holy dances and run down the aisles to lay our money at the feet of preachers, some of whom “anoint” it, by stepping on it, before they […]

Ebola tracks outbreak of HIV/AIDS pandemic

Ebola tracks outbreak of HIV/AIDS pandemic

A high school friend of my wife was one of the earliest victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. He was a flight attendant, who was stricken and died quickly. When he died they still had not come up with a name for the pandemic. But then others became sick and died and suddenly the public knew […]

The war of sex  trafficking

The war of sex trafficking

Sex trafficking is one the rise. With so much news coverage surrounding Ebola, domestic violence, and the 2014 midterm election, it seems as thought the topic of sex trafficking has been placed on the back-burner. With that said, I want to raise the conscious level of all citizens to this horrific and heinous act. Sex […]

Democrats defy logic

Democrats defy logic

The closer Election Day gets, the more confused I am by the behavior of Democrats. For the past several years, there has been this false obsession with the importance of the Hispanic vote. All you hear in the media and from the political pundits is “the Hispanic vote, the Hispanic vote, the Hispanic vote.” Democrats […]

Don’t sleep through Nov. 4 election

Don’t sleep through Nov. 4 election

The November 4 election is only a moment away. Believe it or not, as of about two weeks ago, two thirds of the people in the U.S.A did not know that there is to be an election on November 4, 2014. As far as some segments of our society are concerned, that is just fine. […]