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Feb 09th


The new Jim Crow: Drug convictions

“Jarvious Cotton cannot vote.  Like his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, he has been denied the right to participate in our electoral democracy... Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave.  His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Ku Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation. His father was barred from voting by poll taxes and literacy tests.  Today, Jarvious Cotton cannot vote because he, like many Black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole.”

Stop budget cuts in education

As the federal and state governments are all faced with severe fiscal and budget restraints, even as the United States is currently undergoing an economic recovery, the last thing that should take place is to reduce the funding for education.   At the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, the funding for education was already grossly inadequate across the nation.   President Obama is on the right side of history as he continues to remind and challenge members of Congress, as well as governors and members of state legislatures that the future of America will be dependent on how well we educate the nation’s children.

Asynchronous internal / external revolution in Libya

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The foreign actions have accelerated in recent days whereas internal actions have slowed down, except for the Eastern and some Western cities, such as Misrata, Zawya, Zwara and Zintan. The Southern part of Libya  (Fezzan) has a large geographical area, but it does not have a large impact as its population represents 5% of the total population.


Letter to the editor:

There are over 350,000 working Minnesota families that have children in child care. Quality affordable child care is essential to assure parents that their child has a strong foundation in their early years. High quality child care improves cognitive ability, school readiness and the social behavior of the children in each and every licensed home in the State.

Deamonte Driver’s Continuing Legacy

Four years ago this February, an entire community was devastated in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., when 12-year-old seventh grader Deamonte Driver died after complications from a tooth abscess. His mother Alyce, who worked at low-paying jobs, had searched for a dentist to treat Deamonte’s toothache who would accept Medicaid, but she was unsuccessful. Ultimately, Alyce took Deamonte to a hospital emergency room, where he was given medicine for a headache, sinusitis, and a dental abscess and sent home. But his condition soon took a turn for the worse, and he was back at the hospital being rushed to surgery where it was discovered that bacteria from his abscessed tooth had spread to his brain. Heroic efforts were made to save him, including two operations and eight weeks of additional care and therapy totaling about $250,000, but it was all too late. Deamonte died on February 25, 2007—when his life could have been saved by a routine dental visit and an $80 tooth extraction.

Health plan the right direction for state

Last year President Obama made history with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, bringing health care to millions of uninsured Americans and guaranteeing preexisting conditions are covered. The Affordable Care Act is reaping benefits already in Minnesota with the implementation of early Medical Assistance, which will cover 90,000 Minnesotans while easing our state budget strain.

While we are moving in the right direction on health care, there is more we can do in Minnesota. I believe all Minnesotans should have access to quality, affordable health care. I also believe we need a health care system that can deliver on this goal without breaking the state bank for education, public safety, and many other vital services.

The Arab youth revolution... a bad year for dictators

The Arab youth revolution... a bad year for dictators“There is no doubt that mathematics and astronomy owe a great debt to the Arabs,” wrote George Sarton a Harvard historian of science in his introduction to the history of science. It all started more than 1,000 years ago, in the Ninth century to be exact. An Arab genius named Musa al-Khawazmi, while the west was living the dark age, went to India to study their science.  There he took a hard look at the Indian sifr (zero), which had been used mainly as an empty ring for calculation convenience.   al-Khawazmi then came back home and introduced what is now used and known in the west as Arab numerals and the concept of zero, which resulted in a scientific revolution where algebra and computer science have been built until today.  Without the Arab zero, there wouldn’t be a digital and social Network, there wouldn’t be Facebook and there wouldn’t be an Arab revolution.

And Arab dictators wouldn’t have been doing what they have been doing for years: squandering Arab wealth and brutalizing their own people.
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