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Oct 20th


Ideas, not money, alleviate poverty

I once believed that capital was another word for money, the accumulated wealth of a country or its people. Surely, I thought, wealth is determined by the money or property in one’s possession. Then I saw a Deutsche Bank advertisement in the Wall Street Journal that proclaimed: “Ideas are capital. The rest is just money.”

A solution to the Roland Burris mess

Roland Burris should borrow a page from Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, President Obama’s short-lived pick to become Commerce Secretary, and agree to resign his Senate seat immediately on the condition that he be replaced by another African-American.

Majesty and misery: The richness of lift every voice

When I learned that Senator Dianne Feinstein would be charged with the inaugural arrangements I prayed. I prayed that our San Francisco sister would be as sensitive, as I was, to the moment and the meaning of the Negro National Anthem and to the possibility that the San Francisco Boys and Girls Choir might sing that song.

‘Racist’ cartoon: New York Post endangers president and community

NEW YORK (NNPA) - A political cartoon published by the New York Post on Wednesday, Feb. 18, has many alleging the newspaper promotes blatant racism. The cartoon that ran in the newspaper’s “Page Six” section features two white police officers who have gunned down a chimpanzee in a pool of blood.

Letter to the editor

MinnPost recently published an article titled "Are foreclosures helping north Minneapolis?" in which CM Samuels and I were quoted. Clearly, this has not sat well with at least some people. I must say I object to the MinnPost article's title, but I feel quite strongly that its content - telling the story of a Hawthorne resident and the vision of the Ackerberg Group, not to mention a wonderfully informative historical sidebar - was, in my mind, impeccable.

Connecting the bridge to nowhere to the new reality

Taxpayers around the globe have paid over $13 trillion (more than a quarter of the gross global product) to bail out financial, insurance and other organizations as well as investors. Was this global crisis — which with each passing hour is casting millions of Americans out of their jobs, out of their homes, and into a deep well of debt — truly inevitable?

Economic crisis puts children at risk

Economic crisis puts children at riskIn the middle of all the headlines and 24-hour news reports about the economic crisis, one critical story is just beginning to be told. Four days after Christmas, the Washington Post ran this article: "Child Neglect Cases Multiply As Economic Woes Spread." In the article, area child welfare workers talked about the noticeable rise in the number of child abuse and neglect investigations.
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