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Better off than a year ago?

(NNPA) - President Ronald Reagan had his flaws, but he certainly could turn a phrase.  In the 1980 Presidential campaign he asked a question that has resonated in campaigns ever since.  “Are you better off than you were four years ago,” the former California governor asked in his race against Democratic President Jimmy Carter.  The people answered with a resounding “no” and Ronald Reagan was elected. 
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A new morning of race in America

On the issue of race in America there is something in the air.  Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane might say it is the “scent of morning;” our president would call it a “teaching moment.” 
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What are America's real values?

(NNPA) - What is a child's life worth? What is a child's health worth? What is a child's spirit, battered by preventable suffering and chronic disease, worth? What are a child's hope and ability to learn worth?  What are the true values of the world's richest nation that is so spiritually poor that it even debates whether it can afford to give all its children the basic right to health care?
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Africa's Catholics must lead

The Catholic Church, despite its controversies here at home, has long been a world leader in using faith as a tool for creating a better, more just world. On the continent of Africa, where the Church has a large presence, Catholic missionaries have worked to provide food and shelter to those in need. Now, Church leaders are calling on the continent’s leaders to make a change in their policies and practices…or step down.
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Can children get Congress to protect their health?

(NNPA) - In 1931, Grace Abbott, the Chief of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, gave a speech about her long and frustrating workdays in our nation’s capital trying to advocate  for children’s needs. She said she felt all alone standing with her baby carriage on the sidewalk watching a great traffic jam moving toward the Capitol where Congress sits.
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The crisis of youth violence and the demand for reparations

The crisis of youth violence and fratricide ripping at the sinews of the fabric of Black communities across this country should intensify the demand for reparations to repair the damage from enslavement and its aftermath. On the surface one might question the relationship between the current crisis and slavery; after all, the enslavement of Africans ended in the 19th century with the Emancipation Proclamation and 14th Amendment.
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Target helps renovate child wing of Salvation Army facility in ailing St. Paul neighborhood

(NNPA) - There has been such a whirlwind of analysis, criticism and even some derision among certain segments of the chattering class about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize that I decided to go to the source for some answers.
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