When Barack Obama took office, word went out to every federal agency about New Orleans: get creative and do whatever might be necessary to help the city recover. Unlike his predecessor, the president recognized that a new kind of federalism was required to help New Orleans come back.
All labor has dignity, especially when it enhances the well-being of the sick among us. Protecting the rights of home care workers is to defend the dignity of not only the worker, but the patient as well.
"No more anchor babies!" "We'll make the illegals build the wall!" "Repeal the 14th Amendment!" Whatever leads us to our next president, I fear there will be nothing inspirational, sublime, or hopeful about it. The hateful hounds are already loose, and they are very, very loud.
There was a time when we would spray paint the word 'PRESS' on the side of our vehicles in places of conflict so that the combatants would know exactly who and where we were. We used our press passes as both real and perceived badges of honor and safe passage. Now? Not so much.
I always thought as long as I'm not reporting in a war-torn country, as long as I stay out of metropolitan areas, I'm safe aren't I? If Alison Parker -- who is my age and doing the same work I'm doing -- could be gunned down in broad daylight, then why should I feel safe?
There is no doubt that the composition of the legislative branch will have an enormous impact on the next president's relationship with lawmakers. Even when President Obama had an ally dominated Senate, he was still perceived to have a cold rapport with Capitol Hill.
Our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials. But what was lacking in Washington, D.C. was the concept of "national" war memorials, i.e. memorials "commonly accepted as the nation's memorial for all its citizens who died in a particular war."
A recent analysis shows that the country's Black population is almost entirely unrepresented within the political donor class. Not a single Black person was listed as one of the top 200 political contributors, and only one was among the top 500 contributors.
What should be immediately treated as a welfare issue and medical crisis for an individual experiencing a psychotic episode often becomes criminal threats and illegal behavior, punishable by imprisonment. This is inhumane. This is profiting off of human suffering. This must stop.
Terrorism takes away innocent lives and destroys families, and no amount of writing can bring those things back. With that said, there is a group of victims we can help, and they are the too often ignored communities who fall victim by association.
With rising tuition costs and a growing reliance for college students to take out loans to pay for tuition, many millennials are looking to the field of candidates who are running for President of the United States in 2016 to address the student debt crisis.
Conservative Rush Limbaugh stated that Trump, "comes across as somebody that says things (people) would like to say, things they have wanted to say, things they have hoped other people would say." In other words, he lets his inner racist shine through.
Dignity is every human's birthright, one value that can cut across all cultures and situations. All too often, those of us with mental health challenges have experienced their dignity being taken , though, by stigma and discrimination, forceful, demeaning and negative treatment, by silencing and shame.
More is going on today than a single issue, however dark or persistent. Not the political alignment of our parties, but our entire electoral system is under stress. The proof is that we face the possibility of not just one credible third-party candidate, but several.
Pit bulls are dogs. Just dogs. Gloriously, dogs. Like all dogs, they need love, socialization, supervision -- the whole usual shebang. And as with dogs generally, most of them are smooshy lovebugs. Unfortunately, the few who aren't get the lion's share of attention.