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Poverty, desperation  in a world-class city

Poverty, desperation in a world-class city

When a demented killer slayed
49 in a gun rampage in Orlando, there was
national attention. Presidential candidates called for
escalating the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East, even though the killer seems to be a homegrown terrorist. But in Chicago, 404 have died in gun violence this year. According to the Congressional Research Service, […]

America must equalize access to homeownership

America must equalize access to homeownership

Owning a home has long been an important part of the American Dream. A home is more than just where families come at the end of the day. It is also where children are raised, memories are created, and how historically most American families built wealth. Discriminatory government policies of the past prevented many Blacks […]

Dental health gets second-class treatment

Dental health gets second-class treatment

GLENN ELLIS GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has changed many lives for the better – mine included. But its omission of dental coverage, a result of political compromise, is a dangerous development, as though teeth are apart from and less important than the rest of the body. Cavities are a […]

You know things are bad for Donald Trump when…

You know things are bad for Donald Trump when…

Keeping up with every outrageous statement and small lie and ‘Big Lie’ Donald Trump utters is difficult. You know things are bad when President Obama bluntly says Trump is “unfit” for the presidency – an unprecedented attack by a sitting president against the nominee of the opposite party – and no leading Republican has challenged […]

Trump is the clear and present danger

Trump is the clear and present danger

The greatest threat to the United States right now is not terrorism, foreign or domestic. It’s not the economy or the disappearance of jobs in the coal-mining regions or the manufacturing sector. Nor is it the coming rise of the seas to lap at America’s coastal cities. The greatest threat is the Republican Party’s nominee […]

A commitment to democracy

A commitment to democracy

The North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, tore it up and then threw down in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28. He called on those assembled to be a “moral defibrillator of our time,” to shock our nation with the power of love and morality. Rev. Barber did not […]

Is the GOP too blind to see?

Is the GOP too blind to see?

This week, my intention was to comment on my assessment of the Democratic National Convention. I was there. As this new standard of campaigning has demonstrated, the Republican candidate strives to dominate every news cycle – no matter how offensive his offerings may be. He injects himself into the mix whenever and however often it […]

Our nation’s unfinished business

Our nation’s unfinished business

[The summer] brought racial disorders to American
cities, and with them shock, fear and bewilderment to the
nation.
The worst came during a two-week period in July, first in Newark and then in Detroit. Each set off a chain reaction in neighboring communities . . .
What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it […]

Trump, the fear-mongering candidate

Trump, the fear-mongering candidate

Are you cowering in your homes yet? If you watched
Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at last week’s Republican National Convention – and you believed any of it – you should be. For Trump, who spent decades living a much-publicized life of showy hedonistic excess at his signature skyscraper in the uber-wealthy blocks of midtown Manhattan described […]

Black Lives Matter, and so does the BLM movement

Black Lives Matter, and so does the BLM movement

In North Miami, Charles Kinsey was working with a patient who had a toy
gun in his hand. Someone had called police, saying that a
man had a gun and police showed up, but they apparently ignored Kinsey as he lay on the ground, hands up, telling officers that he had no gun and that that which […]