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    Roger Goodell must Resign

Roger Goodell must Resign

Today, the day after Thanksgiving, the truth is confirmed. A judge overturned the punishment handed down to former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice. Her decree claimed that Rice had never deceived the NFL about what happened in that elevator in Atlantic City. Commissioner Roger Goodell knew the truth from day one when he handed down a two-game suspension which he later upgraded to a lifetime suspension after the second

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    Poll: Obama’s Next Step on Ferguson

Poll: Obama’s Next Step on Ferguson

Now that the grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown, there are a lot of questions to answer. For President Obama, the issue is what his next step should be on Ferguson and the issues it illustrates for the country. As Obama said in his statement on the decision, “This is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is

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    Ferguson the Center of the World

Ferguson the Center of the World

The decision by the Grand Jury whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown has dominated the news for days. Monday evening the ruling was confirmed; Wilson’s shooting and subsequent the death of the teenager was justified, and no charges will be filed. Whether or not the decision is justified, it will stand. The outcome for the city of Ferguson and the nation is

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    America Encouraged to Gun Violence

America Encouraged to Gun Violence

It is no longer an assumption, statistics frequently hidden from the public eye prove that the United States is a gun crazy nation. Encouraged by a single lobby which represents a multi-billion dollar industry, more Americans worship their guns than they do their family and friends. It’s hard to believe that there is a worse lobby than the Petroleum Industry, but for the average, innocent citizen, the NRA is the

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    Adrian Peterson or Roger Goodell the Greater Villain?

Adrian Peterson or Roger Goodell the Greater Villain?

It was announced today that Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson is suspended from the NFL without pay until April of 2015. This article is not only to analyze the punishment or assess if it is fair or not; this is more about the NFL’s lack of sincere effort to address domestic violence issues within the league. Is Adrian Peterson or Roger Goodell the greater villain? When the issue of

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    Racism a Growing Evil in America

Racism a Growing Evil in America

Far too often we lose great men and women very early in their lives. Those who fight for justice and the common good are never with us long enough. What never seems to go away is the evil among us. If you kill one cockroach, a dozen more take its place. It’s the same with evil men and women and destructive organizations. Racism and bigotry are a growing evil in

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    Californians Pass Prop 47

Californians Pass Prop 47

Jails and prisons across the United States are overcrowded. In fiscal year 2010 forty states took part in a survey to ascertain the cost of incarceration. The figure reached an astonishing 39 billion dollars, which was 5.4 billion dollars more than was budgeted. Californians took a step to alleviate a portion of the problem by passing proposition 47. It became effective on November 5th. Prop 47 reduces a list of

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    Police Corruption and Racism in New Orleans

Police Corruption and Racism in New Orleans

The facts are there; police in our major cities target blacks more frequently than whites at a rate of five to one. A recent report exposes police corruption and racism at an outrageous level in one of our greatest cities. New Orleans, Louisiana, has a population of nearly 380,000; over 60 percent of the population is comprised of African-Americans. Five detectives have been accused of failing to adequately investigate over

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    Battles between Government and Those They Serve

Battles between Government and Those They Serve

Today Americans honor our veterans. It is a well-deserved day of recognition for all of our military who have bravely fought and often given their lives for the American people. In contrast to President’s Day which honors all of our elected leaders, including those who were the cause for many of our veteran’s injuries and deaths, and those who used their influence for personal gain, this day has meaning. Our

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    Minorities see Police as the Enemy

Minorities see Police as the Enemy

A 50-year-old problem continues to be ignored by local, state and federal governments and their law enforcement agencies. African-Americans continue to be targeted more often by officers of the law than any other group. Although it is seldom spoken out loud, most minorities see police as the enemy. Statistics from 2008 regarding the United States Penal System are very troubling. Although our nation has only five percent of the world’s

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