Two weeks ago, in his State of the State address, Governor Tim Pawlenty used a lot of adjectives to describe the state's $4 billion-plus budget deficit. Huge. Mean. Ugly. He even called it "the Incredible Hulk of budget deficits."
WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Kemba Smith, whose case became a primary symbol for the struggle against mandatory minimum prison sentences, is now working to associate her name with another cutting-edge issue: the repeal of a section of the Higher Education Act that blocks thousands of college students from receiving federal aid if they’ve ever been convicted of a drug-related offense.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NNPA)—Transporting hundreds of slaves from the depths of slavery to endless possibilities of freedom, the Underground Railroad was a dynamic force during the 19th century.
Last May, Minneapolis Public Schools bus driver Tim Ross saw two kids wandering on the sidewalk, looking none too sure of their whereabouts. So, he stopped to make sure they weren’t lost. When Ross opened the doors, the boy ran off. The girl got on the bus.
Our nation has just finished celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Now it is time to follow up the celebration by finishing his work for peace and for justice for the poor at a time when both are in great peril.