Is The Whole World Crazy Or Is It Just Me?
11/2/2017 12:22:51 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I’m sure the other two were on their cell phones. After a while I begin to think my life was at risk here. I decided to drop into a little coffee shop and cool my heels a little bit. I ordered some coffee, took a table in the corner and just reflected on my day. Why is it, I thought to myself, do people drive so crazy? How do they get a driver’s license? Reflecting a little more upon the...

Prayer for Courage to Do Justice
11/2/2017 11:58:19 AM

By Alan Paton O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others; Open my ears that I may hear their cries; Open my heart so that they need not be without succor; Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich. Show me where love and hope and faith are needed, and use me to bring them to those places. And so open my eyes and my ears that I may, this coming day, be able to do some work of peace for thee. Amen.   Marian Wright Edelman is President of the...

Have you seen my glasses? And other trick questions
11/2/2017 11:55:06 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder The only person who asks more questions than a lawyer is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I am not saying that questions are bad, at least not all of them. What I am saying is, some questions can be trick questions. To know the difference between a legitimate question and a trick question takes years of practicing being a husband. If the husband learns anything in his marriage, it is this. I know people ask questions in order to get information. Not all people ask a question in order to get information. Some people ask questions in order to trick...

Cleaning up the asylum mess left by Obama
11/2/2017 11:50:58 AM

By Natalia Castro Days before President Obama left office, he removed asylum protections from Cubans who reach US soil in a desperate attempt to flee their oppressive country. This was a strange contrast from the rest of the administration’s efforts, which seemed to support granting asylum to any individual who enters the US by illegal means. Now, the Trump Administration is left with the job of cleaning up the confusion and fraud the Obama Administration propelled. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking a leading role in combatting asylum fraud, alongside Trump’s...

Hey, dope fiend, put that NFL crack pipe down
11/2/2017 11:43:00 AM

By Jeffrey Boney Hey, dope fiend? Yeah, I’m talking to you. Don’t look around. We need to have a serious talk about your addiction to the National Football League (NFL). The truth is that, consuming the NFL on all of its various platforms, is like a drug for many of us (it’s just the plain truth)…and it’s extremely hard to get the “New Jack City” ‘pookies’ of the world to put down that NFL pipe, because it’s calling them every day, all day. These NFL dope fiends can’t get enough of watching their...

A bright light of Black press goes out: Bernal Smith dies at 45
11/2/2017 11:10:46 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the country and a member publication of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, noted on its website that Smith was with his family when he was found Sunday, October 22. “The New Tri-State Defender and its management board was devastated when we learned that Mr. Smith had passed,” associate publisher Karanja...

Ask Alma: Taking care of my elderly parents is taking a toll
11/2/2017 11:06:58 AM

By Alma Gill Dear Alma: I am a 64 year-old divorced woman who lives with my father. Some years ago, when my marriage fell apart, and Mom was diagnosed with dementia, I moved back home to help my dad with her. I was also working part-time, so I couldn't afford my own apartment. Two years ago, Dad and I could no longer care for Mom at home, so we put her in a care facility, and I retired. During this time, I have made new friends, three of them live in the state of New Mexico. A few months ago, I went to visit these friends, and fell in love with New Mexico. The cost of living...