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Books every American child needs to read
12/12/2019 8:34:49 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   What’s on your shopping list for the children you love this very special season? I encourage parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and adults everywhere to give children the gift of books. The right book can spark a lifelong love of reading and open up a whole new world for a child or teenager that will last far longer than a toy. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has a special list to share of books every Black child and, in fact, every child should read. We want to share wonderful books about all the children who make up...

The difference between a fool and being full
12/12/2019 8:32:19 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   One thing truly amazes is how fast Thanksgiving goes. Here I am in the living room relaxing in my easy chair just one day after Thanksgiving. My ears are still ringing with all the chatter that went on around our Thanksgiving dinner table. It is so beautiful to get together with family to celebrate. As I was sitting in my chair, I noticed I was feeling rather stuffed. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is an expert at stuffing turkeys. I am the turkey she stuffs the best. She never takes credit for it because all through the dinner, she asks...

To truly understand American politics, you need a translator
12/12/2019 8:22:42 PM

By Bill Wilson   To truly understand American politics, you need a translator. Recently we were given a rare inside glance at the true meaning of politics in America, not the sugar-coated day-dreams of the establishment old-guard or the spitting rage and indignation of the professional Left. Instead we got to see exactly how the whole thing works. It is not pretty but none of it should be a surprise. The facts are simple. After years of propaganda, threats and outright attempts at legal bribery from the federal government, the then Republican controlled General...

What's in a name, anyway?
11/21/2019 9:12:03 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I cannot express how ecstatic I was when someone gave me a coupon for a free donut. Normally, I am not overly excited about “free.” All I had to do was fill out a little survey online and they would send me a code that would guarantee me a free donut. In my “daily diary diet,” I have a whole section devoted to the subject that when a forbidden food is free it cancels out all calories. When I first told the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, she looked at me rather strangely and said, “Who said that?” I know...

Getting old is not for sissies
11/21/2019 12:47:17 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I will not admit to being old, but I am older than I was 10 years ago. Those 10 years have been filled with all kinds of things helping me to get older. I saw an article that said that 60 is the new 40. I have no idea what that means, but I think out in our culture there is an obsession about age. People cannot accept getting older. This year was the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation. Unfortunately, I did not get to go, but I did see many of the pictures from that celebration. Looking at those pictures, I did not know how old my high...

Getting old is not for sissies
11/14/2019 4:32:46 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I will not admit to being old, but I am older than I was 10 years ago. Those 10 years have been filled with all kinds of things helping me to get older. I saw an article that said that 60 is the new 40. I have no idea what that means, but I think out in our culture there is an obsession about age. People cannot accept getting older. This year was the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation. Unfortunately, I did not get to go, but I did see many of the pictures from that celebration. Looking at those pictures, I did not know how old my high...

Thinking has a way of getting me into trouble
10/31/2019 3:09:30 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Just when I think I have all my bases covered, a new one shows up, and it’s not a homerun. I know all my tocks don’t tick, but I do the best I can. I may not be the best all the time, but I try, and I try, and I try. I do not want to be a nuisance to anybody, so I try not to, especially with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. (Does trying count for anything?) Quite often, I make the mistake of believing because I have been married so long I know my wife and what she is going to do or say next. Confidence is a tricky thing,...

John Conyers Dies at 90
10/30/2019 10:39:30 AM

By Stacy M.Brown   Former U.S. Congressman John Conyers, whose 15-year fight to pass legislation that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, has died. He was 90. The longtime Michigan Democrat represented what is now the state’s 13th Congressional District (which includes parts of western Detroit) for more than 50 years. Conyers resigned in 2017. Conyers was born in Detroit in 1929. He was elected to Congress in 1965 and immediately became a forceful voice in the Civil Rights Movement, co-sponsoring the Voting Rights Act of that...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black & Brown Students
10/30/2019 10:23:39 AM

By Ron Rice Senior Director, Government Relations at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools   I have been a Black student, education policymaker, and now an advocate for providing the best educational opportunities for all our children. One reality that I’ve had to face and embrace through each of these stages in my life and career is that the prevalence of leaders of color like me is a major contributor to educational success and whose lack thereof stifles that potential. As a student of color, those examples helped me thrive; and today they inform my...

Poll of likely voters shows rising student debt problems: weakened borrower protections
10/19/2019 8:10:32 PM

By Charlene Crowell    When likely voters across the country were recently asked their opinions about student loan borrowing, 82% agreed that the still-growing $1.5 trillion debt is a national crisis. Even when partisan affiliations were included, the solid concern for this unsustainable financial burden held strong: 74% of Republicans, 80% of independents, and 90% of Democrats. When asked further about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s reduced efforts to protect students from abusive student loans and student loan services, those most concerned...