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Curt Flood Passed Over for Hall of Fame While Marvin Miller is Voted In
12/27/2019 2:47:38 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of glee! Finally, an individual who did so much for baseball and knocked down so many walls has been recognized. Transforming an organization—the MLBPA—that was barely functioning into one of the most important labor unions in the USA was no small feat. And opening the door to free agency, which he and his leadership...

Is this a Christmas present or what?
12/27/2019 2:41:14 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   One great blessing of Christmas is presents. Of course, at my age, I am not too interested in what I am getting but rather what I am giving. I cannot think of one thing I really would want. I got everything I need even though some of it may be old and outdated. As long as it works, I'm happy with that. Therefore, it is not what I am receiving that is important to me. I love to see the smile on the grandchildren's face as they open up a present. I am just as delighted as they are opening their gifts because I did not buy it. I paid for it,...

Where does Santa get his Naughty or Nice List?
12/19/2019 12:01:52 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   This week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage approached me with a serious question. As far as I am concerned, life is full of questions, but coming from her, I need to be very careful. I have found out that a question with her is not merely a question. It can be a whole lot more than that with multiple layers. I am still trying to figure out the dimensions of her questions. If I do not understand her question, my answer is going to get me into trouble. Believe me; I know what trouble is all about. I have several cats in the neighborhood...

Remembering great civil rights lawyer and friend John W. Walker
12/19/2019 12:00:45 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “We must all learn to live together as brothers in this world or we will all die together as fools. We must work passionately and unremittingly for first-class citizenship. But we must not use second-class methods to get it… Go home determined to revolt against segregation and discrimination everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said this in a commencement speech in 1958 at Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). One of the graduating seniors in his audience that day was Arkansas native John W....

FTC announces record $191M settlement against University of Phoenix
12/19/2019 11:43:33 AM

By Charlene Crowell   The University of Phoenix (UOP), one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges will pay a record $191 million settlement to resolve charges stemming from a five-year investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On December 10, Andrew Smith, Director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection noted it was the largest settlement the Commission has obtained in a case against a for-profit school. “Students making important decisions about their education need the facts, not fantasy job opportunities that do not exist,” stated...

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...