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Miscalculating Multiculturalism in America

Miscalculating Multiculturalism in America

Given the political gridlock in Washington that's pushed the country to the brink of economic calamity and caused needless distress to millions, one might think America has rarely been more polarized,

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  • Written by Lee A. Daniels/NNPA News Service

Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Gifted Hands,’ foot in mouth

Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Gifted Hands,’ foot in mouth

Dr. Ben Carson became the darling of conservatives earlier this year by stridently attacking the Affordable Care Act with President Obama sitting just a few feet away.

Carson, who was serving as the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, said, "Here's my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed – pretax – from the time you're born 'til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you're 85 years old and you got six diseases, you're not trying to spend up everything. You're happy to pass it on and there's nobody talking about death panels.

"Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don't have any money we can make contributions to their HSA (Health Savings Account) each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let's put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care."

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  • Written by George Curry

Obama is right about ‘Redskins’

Obama is right about ‘Redskins’

The audience was tense. Tempers were heated. Tears were seen and blows were nearly thrown. We needed a referee.

This was not the pre-fight press conference weigh-in for a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match. It was a panel discussion between African-American and Native American journalists from across the country to consider whether the Washington Redskins name was racist. But the conversation at the Unity Journalists of Color convention, which included more than 6,000 media professionals, got nowhere.

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  • Written by Roxanne Jones/Special to CNN

A Comeback for Lauryn Hill: Too late for this diehard fan

A Comeback for Lauryn Hill: Too late for this diehard fan

From 1994 to around 2005, I was Lauryn Hill's biggest fan. I'm sure there are plenty of people who have laid claim to that title and would challenge my statement. I'm happy to battle it out by quoting lyrics and dueling with an encyclopedic knowledge of every quote Hill's ever given, interview ever done, acceptance speech ever made and concert ever performed.

I was a student during most of those years, and I applied an interest to all things Lauryn Hill that was equal to what I gave my undergraduate and graduate courses.

Note the dates above. They are past tense. Last week Hill was released from jail after serving time for tax evasion. She was sentenced to months of home detention for the remainder of her sentence. According to TMZ, however, she has decided to go on tour instead, and the judge has approved it. And that made me wonder something I never thought I would: "Are people actually going to go see Lauryn Hill?"

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‘Head start’ for children merits pre-K sales tax

‘Head start’ for children merits pre-K sales tax

If every child in Shelby County is given a head start in life, there is a preponderance of evidence that that child would go on to become a productive member of society – which means skilled workers would be added to the workforce, crime and poverty would decrease, and the need for public assistance would be reduced.

We're at a crossroad where a decision has to be made to bring the aforementioned scenario into reality. But that decision would have to be made by the voters of Memphis via a referendum that will be on the ballot this fall to increase the sales tax by a half-cent. If approved, $47 million could be generated, with about $30 million earmarked for pre-K and $17 million to reduce property tax rates.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is not alone in its support of a half-cent sales tax increase for early childhood education. It is a civil rights issue and one of the NAACP's "5 Game Changers for the 21st Century." There are others in support of this initiative as well, including city officials and a number of education advocates who see the significance and critical need of supporting the education of children at the pre-K level.

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Positive parenting protects and pays

Positive parenting protects and pays

"I grew up poor, but I didn't know it."

Many of us have heard and been inspired by rags to riches stories told by adults who overcame risk factors in their childhood, and avoided becoming products of their environment.

Poor upbringing, single-parent family homes, resource-deprived neighborhoods and communities are all conditions that many young children confront, but still manage to excel and beat the odds stacked against them.

So what is it that separates the stories of triumph from those of defeat?

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A Mississippi energy miracle

A Mississippi energy miracle

These are very exciting times for the fuel industry in America. We are at the point of being totally oil independent. We are finding new reserves in various parts of our great nation. Natural gas is now abundant thanks to a new process known as fracturing or fracking.

In fact, we were once importers of natural gas but now, thanks to fracking, we are exporting it at attractive profits. No longer do we have to rely on nations that don't particularly like us for our energy needs. God blesses the child who has his own and we are certainly blessed.

The U.S. Department of Energy (George W. Bush administration) proposed putting a prototype coal energy plant in Florida. Environmentalists persuaded the voters that Florida didn't need another coal plant even if it were a clean prototype for the nation. My friend, former Mississippi Mississippi Gov., Haley Barbour, pounced on the opportunity.

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  • Written by Harry C, Alford

Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

On Monday, Sept. 16, the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police.

For many African Americans, our first thought was: "I hope it wasn't one of us."

On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation's capital: An unarmed woman with her 1-year-old child in the car, drove her vehicle into barriers outside the White House and on Capitol Hill before being shot to death by police.

Again, we thought: "I hope it wasn't one of us."

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  • Written by George Curry

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