Why America may go to hell!
12/2/2017 4:48:10 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman I hope you will speak up loudly and do whatever else is necessary to stop Congress’ hugely unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that rewards billionaires at the expense of poor babies and corporations at the expense of vulnerable children. Millions of America’s children today are suffering from hunger, homelessness and hopelessness. Nearly 13.2 million children are poor – almost one in five. About 70 percent of them are children of color who will be a majority of our children by 2020. More than 1.2 million are homeless. About 14.8 million children...

Jeff Sessions fighting gun crimes when Obama refused
12/2/2017 4:44:32 AM

By Natalia Castro Republicans and Democrats alike can agree that safety must be a priority for the American people, but while Republicans believe in gun ownership, Democrats favor abolition of the 2nd Amendment. None the less, the two sides have come together on one element of the gun freedom debate- violent felons should not be permitted to carry weapons. To ensure the safety of the American people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made getting illegally acquired guns off the streets a priority of his agenda. Making the only question- why hasn’t this always been a...

Should the President be leery of the intelligence community?
12/2/2017 4:41:58 AM

By Printus LeBlanc Since President Trump took office, there have been multiple reports of friction between the President and the Intelligence Community (IC). This is disconcerting because the President needs the community especially in the tough times we are currently facing, North Korea, Iran, and terrorism. If the people of the IC would take a minute and put themselves in the shoes of the President, they might see why there is friction and that the friction can be fixed. Most Presidents have either served in the military or were elected officials before becoming the President,...

Has anyone ever heard of disinformation?
12/2/2017 4:36:15 AM

By Printus LeBlanc Contrary to popular belief, disinformation and misinformation are not interchangeable definitions. Misinformation is untrue or incorrect information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally. Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive and sway public opinion. What if what happened in the presidential election was a Russian disinformation campaign designed to create chaos? Disinformation is a successful information warfare tool used by the Soviet Union, now Russia. Ladislav Bittman, deputy chief of the Czechoslovak intelligence...

Is the Middle East about to have another war?
12/2/2017 4:32:15 AM

Some significant events have happened in the Middle East within the few weeks. The events have worldwide implications, but the media is too concerned with how President Trump feeds fish in Japan to pay attention. WWI started because of an assassination of some royal in a corner of the Balkans, what event is likely to set the Middle East on fire? Let’s not kid ourselves, the Middle East is hot, arid, and has had tribal and religious conflict since the beginning of recorded history, but it is important because of oil and gas. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries...

Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports
12/2/2017 4:17:15 AM

By Sadie Gurman Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday. There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity. More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows. And Jews were targeted in more than half the...

Debate over Ken Burns Civil War doc continues over decades
11/13/2017 7:32:54 AM

Hillel Italie From the time it aired nearly 30 years ago, Ken Burns' Civil War documentary has been a popular sensation and subject of debate. The 11-hour, nine-part series premiered in September 1990 and became one of PBS' most widely seen educational programs, with some 40 million taking in at least part of the original broadcast. “The Civil War” was the rare documentary to inspire a skit on “Saturday Night Live” and helped make Burns, in his mid-30s at the time, the rare documentary maker recognizable to the general public. During its initial...

Black Students In The Nation’s Capital Deserve Better
11/13/2017 7:16:57 AM

By Lynette Monroe In my role as the program assistant for the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Public Awareness Campaign, I closely followed the proposal process for the District of Columbia’s ESSA plan. I have to admit, I was disappointed by the final version of the plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Overall, D.C.’s ESSA plan is, at best, an incomplete assignment. The ‘to be continued’ tone of the plan could be partly due to the discontent expressed by many community members during the...

Children and The Opiod Crisis
11/2/2017 12:17:26 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman President Trump’s announcement recently reminded us all that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, but in fact it is also a national emergency and we must do so much more. Daily we read articles and see searing reports about the opioid crisis. We’ve learned about the role of some doctors and drug companies in exacerbating it. We heard recently about how Congress was complicit in making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop drug companies that were shipping suspicious amounts of opioids. We read about parents whose young...

Vietnam—The worst years of our lives – Part III
11/2/2017 12:13:03 PM

By Harry Alford This war had a physical span of 10 years. From 1965 – 1975 when we fled from the complex as if it were a plague. U.S. civilians, state department employees and Vietnamese seeking to flee from the ongoing North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops moving quickly towards Saigon which they renamed Ho Chi Minh City. President Gerald Ford stepped up with much courage and leadership when he did what none of the other previous two presidents would do. We got out of Vietnam. Suddenly, the madness was over - or so we thought. There are 58,220 names on our Vietnam Memorial...