Local Commentaries


War on the poor – What about the children?

Two different versions of the Farm bill were recently passed in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Counterfactual textbooks hurt our children

On April 19, an eighth-grade American history assignment was shared with the public that required students at a public charter school in San Antonio to list the “positive aspects” of slavery. The assignment was an activity found in one of ...

A need for jobs and justice in our community

During a recent press conference held in the nation’s capital, I joined my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus in proclaiming the need for jobs and justice for members of our nation’s African American community, and for all of others ...

Response to the State of the Union Address

In response to the State of the Union address …

#MeToo, Pandora!

Pandora’s box has been opened and she is angry ... and it’s about time! For far too long women have been silent as men treated them like sexual objects in the workplace, in their community, in school and even at ...

Another health program taken away: Will CHIP receive reauthorization funding?

Ever since its inception, the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been vital in ensuring our nation’s most vulnerable children have the opportunity to have a healthy and fulfilling childhood. The legislation has been reauthorized multiple times with broad bipartisan support. ...

Black women stand up for justice, demand respect

American democracy was saved by the Black voters of Alabama and Black women. The South continues to be threatened by racist, sexist politics of men like Roy Moore, who represents what’s worst about American politics. The politics of hate, the ...

What did the Cowboys’ kneeling mean?

What did the Cowboys’ pre-anthem kneeling really mean?

Campaigns: Follow the yellow brick road

The Nov. 7 Campaign for the City Bond election tends to remind me of scenes from the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz.

Providing prevention of a fatal disease

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and this gives us the time to remember all those who have gone through the intrusive experience of breast cancer.

Helpless Americans in limbo waiting for a ‘great again’ America

It has taken less than a year for the 45th president of the United States … United States? … to undo everything that the 44th president accomplished in eight years. I do not know about the rest of America, but ...

Honoring the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

In this month, we honor the civil rights icon and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Born on Oct. 3, 1917, Hamer is fondly remembered and admired for her activism during the Civil Rights Movement, when she spoke out against ...

A hole in one? Either way, we must stay the course

The Golf Club of Dallas served as host for the September Community Hearing on the new housing proposal made by Huffines Communities.

Back to school: Are they ready to read?

For many students in District 30, the first few weeks of school are met with much enthusiasm and high expectations to succeed in the classroom setting. While students are prepared physically to go to school, many students are not prepared ...

Challenging every vestige of hatred, racism

I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures, the important factual film about three Black female mathematicians and their inestimable,