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Aug 02nd

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Benjamin L. Hooks: Internet Service crucial to advancement

(NNPA) - The nation's top officials at the Federal Communications Commission came to Memphis to learn about the state of our high-speed Internet service and how it affects our city. These officials wanted to find out whether high-speed services are being deployed in a way that allows all Americans to benefit.
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I've got your deficit commission right here!

Even as a bloodbath looms in the November distance, the Obama administration continues to push healthcare because they know that Americans love their entitlements like winos love wine.  They are betting the farm that once that fiery warmth begins running through the National body we will not only love national health care, but will fight to defend it.  We will also be too glassy eyed to notice that we have suddenly signed away our liberty, becoming slaves to those that serve us.  But I digress.
Like wine, entitlements cost money.  Sadly the more addicted we become the less money we have to spend on more important and often essential things.  The wino lacks food, housing and clothing; the entitlement addict lacks employment, savings and luxury.
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Reduce college pessimism

With a few special exceptions, the more education an individual has the more money they will earn over the course of their lives.  And most Americans realize that. So much so that they scrimp and save to put support their children – or themselves – through college. Even those who don’t feel that college is accessible to them realize post-secondary education and training is critical, so they go on to a trade or professional school. Despite our collective realization that education is the key to long-term financial stability, many Americans have very little faith in the nation’s college and university systems and believe that they function more like corporations and less like institutions there to serve and help develop our country’s future workers.
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"It’s February, Do You Know Where Your History Is?"

The shortest month of the year, and all across this great land of ours, copies of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and Langston Hughes' poems are dusted off, opened gingerly and read for the next 28 days as an acknowledgement of diversity and inclusiveness…only to be returned to their cobwebbed bookshelves and dusty desk drawers to hibernate for next 337…their purpose and significance forgotten by St. Patrick’s Day as we don plastic derbies and drink green beverages to "celebrate our Irish heritage."
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The meaning of the jobs meeting

(NNPA) - It was good to see the photo of NAACP President Ben Jealous and National Urban League President Marc Morial leave the White House, snow hip deep, after they met with President Barack Obama to talk about the ways the unemployment crisis is affecting African Americans.
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That Audi Commercial!

The new Audi TDI ad was one of the more provocative commercials shown during the Super Bowl.
The commercial opens with an unsuspecting grocery shopper asking for a plastic shopping bag rather than paper.  He is immediately taken into custody by the “Green Police.” As his head is being slammed into the check-out counter the green officer barks, “You picked the wrong day to mess with the eco-system plastic boy!” The spot ends with a long line of cars stopped at an “Eco-check point.” An officer spots the Audi.  “TDI here,” he observes.  “Clean diesel.”  The officer then nods to the driver, “you’re good to go sir.”  The driver smiles and then speeds past the traffic jam.  The tag line reads:  “Green has never felt so good.”
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Change student loans

Last fall, the Obama administration, with support of House Democrats, revealed a plan that would overhaul the way student loans were disbursed to college students.  Instead of receiving loans from banks and other lenders students would, under the proposed plan, receive funds directly from the federal government.  The plan would save the nation $80 billion in fees, charged by the lenders that service student loans, over ten years. The savings would then be used to increase Pell Grants to students, help forgive loans for students going into public service, assist community colleges and provide early childhood learning programs and modernize public school facilities.
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