The official measure is outdated, and doesn’t take important economic realities into account. Are those with incomes slightly above the poverty threshold not “poor people,” as most of us would understand it? — Bill Moyers & Company The U.S. government's official measure of poverty hasn't changed much in the last 50 years: It's still based on what it took to feed a … [Read more...]
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You got a fast car. Is it fast enough so we can fly away?” — Traci ChapmanCars are no longer just transportation, just a way to get from here to there, no longer just about moving it down that road we share with others. Cars have shifted their role in our society, and these uses weigh on the duty of traffic officers. Municipal courts teach their staff — and preach — that a … [Read more...]
What the hell is going on with Blacks in this Republican Party? My phone has been ringing off the hook since last week with people from across the country asking me to explain the unexplainable.I don’t work for the Republican Party, but it seems everyone wants to call me to get an understanding or insight into the inner workings of some of the strategies coming out of this … [Read more...]
When meeting with those in control of human lives, it’s best to put your best foot forward, even in phone meetings. On September 19, I, along with four of my expert team members, attended a phone conference with the Minnesota Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioners Terri Carlson and Ron Solheid. We had requested the meeting to discuss several topics that we thought … [Read more...]
The fire-bombing of Republican headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina, is clearly a dangerous and intimidating signal that is being sent to America. As North Carolina Governor McCrory said, it is an assault on the democratic system. But by who?Donald trump has said the Orange County incident was carried out by animals of the Democratic Party. But the persons of … [Read more...]