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Ask the SSA: Retirement

Question: I received a notice from Social Security recently. It said my name and Social Security number do not match Social Security’s records. What should I do?

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Libraries provide community outreach

When Andrew Carnegie was a 17-year-old immigrant “working boy” in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh’s North Side) in 1853, he wanted to be able to borrow books to improve himself – but in the era of predominantly private libraries he was stopped by an annual $2 library subscription fee. At the time, he expressed his frustration in a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch and got the fee waived.

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Lyin’ Donald Trump is the biggest liar

When Sen. Ted Cruz was running for president, Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, enjoyed referring to him as “lyin’ Ted Cruz.” At one rally, he said, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz – L-y-i-n-dash.” Actually, he should have said “apostrophe” instead of “dash,” but accuracy is not important to Trump.

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Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

During his march to the Republican Party nomination, Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that for the time being all Muslims should be barred from entering the U.S., making it a cornerstone of his campaign.

West Point was correct not to punish fist-raisers

I remember the first time I saw a Black raised fist. I was watching the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and two Black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their black-gloved fists and bowed their heads on the medal ceremony stand during the playing of the The Star Spangled Banner.

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Let’s stop the bleeding, create a healthy community

There is a crisis of monumental proportion in our so-called “Black communities,” a crisis that if not checked will prove to be our demise. We are bleeding so badly that we are in a comatose state and on life support right now.

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Leadership Southwest: Impacting real lives, real issues

Leadership Southwest, a partnership program between the Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster Chambers of Commerce, is a pathway to skilled directorship said Keith Vinson, the program’s chair-elect, as he reflected upon the organization’s recent May 18 graduation ceremony.

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Music saved my life: Giving voice to the power of faith

Maya Angelou once said that people might forget what you say and do, but never how you make them feel. The saying describes the aspirations of SMU graduate Maya Jones – named for the legendary poet and activist. The young performer has an impressively powerful voice that some say can sometimes provoke feelings of elation, and other times feelings of sorrow.

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Monday Night Politics features candidates in runoff election

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates hosted a forum for the runoff elections in Dallas County. The event took place Monday at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Mayor says GrowSouth has made progress, but not enough

Bringing business investment and sustainable living to the southern part of the city has been a trial at times Mike Rawlings admitted during the Year Four Progress Report for his GrowSouth initiative on May 2. The event was an up-to-date analysis of his plan to re-grow, revitalize and improve schools in the southernmost parts of the area through economic development.

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NFL athletes offer words of wisdom to male students

Helping young men become leaders of the future was the goal of the second annual DeSoto ISD Male Leadership Symposium held at DeSoto High School on April 16.

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Around the State

May is National Foster Care Month. And from May 1 to June 26, Mattress Firm will host an initiative to help children in the foster care system in Dallas/Fort Worth through CASA Dallas and CASA Tarrant County. During the campaign, local stores will accept clothing and monetary donations during business hours. For store locations, visit http://www.mattressfirm.com.

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Around the State

The Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center is seeking professionals to help for career day on May 16 and May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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President Wimbish honored, retires

Thirteen years ago, when Dr. Jennifer Wimbish set foot on the campus of Cedar Valley College as its new president, increasing enrollment and becoming an integral partner in the community were only two of many goals and challenges she had in mind.

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Stories of mother love

Stories of mother love: “They didn’t want me to have Walter because of my age.

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Pat Buchanan explains White fears over diversity

Leave it to Pat Buchanan, a former Richard Nixon speechwriter, to summarize why Whites fear an increasingly diverse United States.

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Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Ted Cruz is gone – and good riddance.

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Don’t send Flint residents down the drain

The Flint water crisis is now two years old – and the water still isn’t safe to drink.

Locked Out: Education, jobs and justice in America

“Eschewing political banalities, sloganeering and appeals to fears and suspicions, the candidates should seize the opportunity to challenge the nation to regain her sense of purpose by facing her imperfections, not apologetically, but with the firm resolve that this nation can and should do better.” – National Urban League

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Power Talk III: Leveraging our dollars, votes and voices as ‘Power Doers’

Veteran radio talk show host Carl Nelson will present his third Power Talk event June 17-19 at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

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