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The tragedies the befell the King family

Did you know that one year after Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, his brother drowned in his own pool? And, six years after King's death, his mother, Alberta Williams King, was shot in and ...

The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal

The mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path says Lee Hamilton.

Why black men need more white women

Black women constantly complain about the death of “eligible” black men to date and marry. Noted sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that “the increasing levels of non-marriage and female-headed households is a manifestation of the high levels of economic ...

Calling foul against racism in the NBA

The 2006 book, "$40 Million Slaves", captured the dilemma of black professional athletes. Are they heroes and role models of American success, or are they overpriced servants, playing games that make rich men even more wealthy?

Some thoughts on expanding Medicaid

There are two policy issues involved in whether Virginia should expand Medicaid. First, is whether the budget should be the vehicle through which a major new government entitlement program is determined; and second, whether expanding Medicaid is a sound policy ...

The secret sauce behind leading opponents of a minimum wage increase

There’s a heated debate going on in Congress and many state capitols this spring over raising the minimum wage. One of the key players – and a vocal opponent of wage increases – is the restaurant lobby, led by the ...

What happen's if the minimum wage increases?

Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report saying that the proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in 2016 would cost the creation of 500,000 jobs in 2016. While they did conclude that ...

Advancing and achieving the dream

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, he would have turned 85 on Jan. 15. Since his death in 1968, so much has changed … and yet, so much has remained the same. Accordingly, we must continue to “live ...

Affluenza – blame the parents

Affluenza may be a new concept for me, but the word’s been around for decades and was the topic of a PBS documentary in 1997 and at least two books – in 2001 and 2006 – one of which describes ...

The life, legacy and lessons of Nelson Mandela

As we mourn the loss of of one of history's most transformational leaders, let us also pay tribute to his life and legacy. Let us dedicate ourselves to remembering his lessons and continue his efforts to spread Democracy, freedom and ...

Give thanks now, shop later

Thanksgiving Day — a day of family gatherings to give thanks for our many blessings — has evolved into a day of turkey and football, as the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day rivalries fill the TV. Now, it threatens to be taken ...

Cutting food assistance is more than morally wrong

So the issue is not America's resources of income and land, it is our choices in the distribution of our resources. Presumably, this value proposition was settled when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Food Stamp Act into law, ...

Black voters were a big reason McAuliffe won in Virginia

McAuliffe won black voters by a 90-8 percent margin, a similar spread to the 93-6 percent President Barack Obama ran up in the 2012 presidential election in the Old Dominion.

A misguided "Big Mac" attack

It’s not McDonald’s fault that you decided to have two kids without the benefit of being married. If you couldn’t afford to have children, why didn’t you abstain, take birth control, or get married and then have kids?

Lessons from an HBCU’s demise

This fall, as college campuses opened their doors to the bustle of students, one historically black institution remains silent. In the old colonial town of Lawrenceville, Va., Saint Paul’s College has shut its doors after more than a century of ...

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