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Mar 14,2008
In the early 1970s, as I began serving in the U.S. Congress representing Buffalo, N.Y., I remember the disdain (and disgust) I felt as the Republican Party was torn apart by President Nixon's Watergate follies, and I felt even worse by his wage and price controls, tax and tariff hikes, and the devaluation of our currency. As the country divided over the Vietnam War, stagflation began to appear, first under Nixon, surging under President Ford ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
Six people were dead in Memphis with three children seriously injured. The police went door to door but had little to go on. Have we lost our humanity and compassion? Have we forgotten that a democracy will fail without involved citizens? How many workplaces and school shootings will it take before Americans wake up and take charge of their own neighborhood safety? Drug abuse, crime and violence create dangerous neighborhoods that are roadblocks to economic ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
"Juno," which won an Academy Award for best original screenplay, is a movie sure to delight feminists. The script answers "No" to the question posed in the title of Maureen Dowd's book, "Are Men Necessary?" Juno is the name of a bratty 16-year-old girl (and I do mean "girl" because she's too immature to be called a woman). She finds herself in what the feminists call an unplanned pregnancy after initiating a loveless one-night incident ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The National Urban League's "The State of Black America 2008: In the Black Woman's Voice" comes out in the midst of troubling times. Last year's report concluded that our nation stood at a tipping point. Unfortunately, that magic moment now has blacks treading water. Over the past 12 months, a recession, precipitated in part by the subprime mortgage debacle, falling house sales and values, and a tighter credit market, has reared its ugly head in ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
A recent survey of Britons under the age of 20 reported that more than 20 percent of them believe Winston Churchill, Richard the Lion-Hearted and Florence Nightingale were fictional characters, but that Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur were real people. We hope American students are more knowledgeable, but evidence is not reassuring. They scored an F, or just 54 percent, in a new survey by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute of 14,000 freshmen at ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
Despite recollections of Columbine and Virginia Tech, the orgy of violence in just two months warns us that 2008 may see the highest toll ever in school shootings. As recently as a dozen years ago, an American schoolroom surely was among the safest refuges we'd be likely to find. Things have changed. And there are two organizations that, though claiming to speak for the rights of countless members, offer no reasonable proposals for dealing with ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Almost one year after radio shock jock Don Imus sent shock waves through the black community with his offensive and inflammatory remarks regarding the Rutgers University women's basketball team, it's as if a repeat of history is upon us, in an election year in which a black candidate has a serious chance of winning the White House. Back in January, Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman seriously botched an attempt at humor when she suggested that younger ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Four children including two brothers were killed, and 12 others were hospitalized with injuries, in Minnesota last week when a van reportedly ignored a stop sign and barreled into a school bus. The driver of the van, who did not speak English or have a valid drivers license, was charged with homicide. Authorities described the driver as an illegal immigrant using a phony name. She had pled guilty in 2006 for driving without a license. ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The Left's favorite dictator, Fidel Castro, is "resigning" as Cuba's president of the Council of State. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who was born in Cuba and, at the age of 15, along with his brother, was evacuated from Cuba during Operation Pedro Pan, observed: ".Castro has resigned from a position he was never elected to in the first place."The Hollywood Left, including Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, Naomi Campbell, Chevy Chase, Danny Glover and Oliver Stone, ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
"Hope is a dangerous thing," says "Red" to "Andy" in the 1994 film "The Shawshank Redemption." Red, played by Morgan Freeman, means that Andy, played by Tim Robbins, risks despair if he hopes to get out of prison.The sentiment is worth considering when it comes to politics. Can too much trust in a politician also be dangerous and lead to despair, even cynicism? Those old enough to recall the political scene in the '60s when ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Gulf Coast residents just can't seem to get a break. It's bad enough that the U.S. government turned a blind eye to their suffering in the weeks following Katrina and then Rita after the two hurricanes brought havoc to the Gulf Coast, exposing America's dirty little secret - poverty - for the whole world to see. It's even worse that they've had to fight tooth and nail to get the government assistance needed to rebuild ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Why are Republicans in Congress trying to help Barack Obama? Republicans allowed a bill that carries his name, among nine others, to pass the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by voice vote last week - without any hearings. That means there was no roll-call vote so no member can be held accountable. The same bill passed the House by voice vote last year. The Obama bill passed out of committee with the cooperation of the co-sponsor, ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Many will think it a small matter to be upset about. But there is talk of changing the name of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For money, of course. This nearly century-old edifice, twice the scene of Olympic Games and for the past quarter-century bearing the imprimatur of a National Historic Landmark, is in need of improvement. A joint commission representing local and state governments plus the coliseum's principal sports tenant, the University of Southern ... [full story]
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