This must be said: The burden and responsibility falls on law enforcement and political leaders to stop the systemic police brutality and killing that created the context in which a former U.S. soldier snapped and killed police officers in Dallas. The protests of African American communities and Black Lives Matter are not responsible for his actions as some conservative … [Read more...]
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We can all agree that the British soldiers who were killed by the colonist in the “Revolutionary War” were not evil men. They simply worked for and represented the foreign government that was treating the colonist unjustly. We can also agree that the 140 humans Chris Kyle, The American Sniper gunned down, men of military age, unarmed Iraqi men, were also not evil men. The … [Read more...]
In the Park Board’s latest letter to the editor of this paper, July 28, 2016, it again purposefully misleads. Ironically, in so doing, it affirms the accurateness of my June 2, July 7 and August 25 columns about Mike Baker and his departure from the Theodore Wirth golf complex. Let’s review the time line: March 2016: The Park Board posted a job opening for the position … [Read more...]
A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. My name is Elijah Combs, and I was sentenced to 240 months of which I am to serve 160. Knowing I couldn't sit stagnant through such a large amount of time, I was proactive in improving many areas of my life. I sought to mature spiritually … [Read more...]
In July, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a particularly insightful commentary by Dr. Carlisle Ford Runge. In his essay “Black or white, the poor are trapped at the bottom,” Runge, the Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Applied Economics and Law at the University of Minnesota, explores the issue of poverty across racial lines and how these realities help to inform … [Read more...]