Local Commentaries


Celebrating courageous women in history

During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the courageous women in our history who have marched, organized and advanced the promise of equality, including such giants as Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells ...

A shortsighted immigration policy

At the onset of President Trump’s campaign, Mr. Trump painted Mexican immigrants with a broad and nefarious brush, demonizing them as aggravated felons whose crimes include murder, drug and illegal firearm trafficking, and rape.

New administration: Unity will trump division

The early phases of Donald Trump’s presidency have been very alarming for some.

Failing the promised ‘America First’ agenda

The most talked about and disconcerting news story from this week is the resignation of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. On Feb. 13,

Welcoming refugees amid a travel ban

On Jan. 27, just a week after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order implementing a travel ban for entry to the United States for travelers from seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order ...

Back of the bus again: Seeking justice for families

We live in a world turned upside down. A new president is the enemy of both Democrat and Republican leaders. A major Black Christian leader is sent to stand in the hall by the office of the most senior Black ...

What’s next after the Women’s March?

Our nation has been wounded recently. But out of the wounds came somethig beautiful –millions of women, men and children marched across the nation and worldwide Jan. 20 in support of the Women’s Movement that has blossomed after the election

ACA debate continues, no remedy offered

Since the build-up to its passage, the Affordable Care Act has been intensely controversial.

President Obama’s farewell address

On Jan. 11, President Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the nation.

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 ...