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Local Columns

Are you ready for a road trip?

School is out for the summer and everyone’s thoughts are turning toward vacation! After the year we have had, the wide-open road is beckoning each of us. Even though our destinations may be varied, the importance of the family vacation is more crucial than ever. Recently, my thoughts traveled ...

Torture enters the courtroom

For the first time in American history, a federal judge last week authorized the government to admit as evidence in a criminal case in a public courtroom words uttered by the defendant that were obtained under torture. The fruits of torture — which is any cruel or degrading or ...

The state of Black America

Listening to all the rhetoric in the popular media, you would think America is the most unfair, racist nation in the world. You would think that Black Americans are uniformly living in oppression and poverty, with no hope for the future, save the federal government arriving on the scene to ...

Reimagining our police forces: what is it we need?

Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked recently about the value of cops, Bratton, 73, said: “They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy.” I agree. ...

To stop critical race theory, fight to control school boards

The battle to win control of school boards from the grip of racial indoctrinators is like Normandy Beach. Everything hangs on the outcome. Lose and a generation is lost. The outcome will determine whether your children learn to see themselves and other people as individuals, instead of merely ...

Destroying Black babies and families with federal dollars

If there is one reason why problems associated with race in America persist, it is because we pretend to address problems caused by one sin by exchanging them with other sins. President Joe Biden has just issued a proclamation recognizing 100 years since the race massacre that occurred in the ...