Local Commentaries


The state of the Affordable Care Act

As we enter a new year with a new Congress, many Americans have begun reflecting on how their families will be affected by legislation that could possibly impact their access to health coverage.

Fighting the feeling of hopelessness, helplessness

In a recent program on CNN, Lisa Ling, who hosts This is Life, interviewed people who were addicted to drugs. Some were Black, others White, but all had the same struggle.

Hope for the mentally ill and families

The sight in many urban communities, Dallas for me, is painfully common – a person talking to him or herself on a street corner, perhaps looking unkempt. Ordinary people drive and walk by, thinking nothing of the situation, calling the ...

It is time to embrace our differences and unite

With the many Civil Rights marches, rallies and sit-ins, as well as the Black Lives Matter marches and rallies, it shows that the Black community realizes the power of unity – that we are stronger when we embrace each other’s ...

The importance of spreading joy during the holiday season

The holiday season is a time of family, community, and celebration. Many of us look forward to this time of year because we have the opportunity to relax and celebrate with our loved ones.

A let us pray for a merry Christmas

It is the time of the year when our greatest fears are spending too much money to make our Christmas holidays the biggest and best that we have ever had. Try as we may, there is still a cloud hanging ...

Staying vigilant, engaged and informed

After the results of Donald Trump’s victory, people in our community and across the nation alike are nervous about the future. Some others may be sad, angry, or overjoyed.

First Zika virus case contracted in Texas

Texas last week reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state.

Why are we afraid? Get ‘in cinque,’ stay in prayer

Many Americans are happy because of the new president-elect of the United States of America.

Remembering the importance of the holiday

The holidays are upon us again. It’s that time of the year that we talk about being thankful for our blessings and spreading love, hope and joy, as families from near and far gather for dinner and share fond memories. ...

The power of one

A humanitarian once said, “I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.” Everyone age 18 or older can vote, and each vote matters.

Ladies: Stand up, be strong and be heard

When I was a high school freshman, I was very quiet and soft spoken. I was raised to be polite and watch what I say… “Always act like a “lady,” I was told.

America is great: Obama’s economic legacy

Listening to the political messages of this campaign season, many candidates will have you forget just how deep of a hole this country was in eight years ago.

Dealing with robocalls, internet scams invading our private lives

So many us believed that when we registered our landline telephones and later our cellular telephones on the “do not call” registry that we had finally rid ourselves of the robocalls and the potential scams that they breed. No such ...

Black children are targeted by CPS

I was recently shot twice in the back by a police officer. I was an unarmed “student” trapped in a classroom with a crazy man. The officer who shot me was looking for the crazed shooter but got me by ...