Daily Archive: September 17, 2010


Yes, Mr. President, tax the rich

(NNPA)—Despite the pressure from the Republicans and their corporate allies, President Obama seems to be standing firm that the Bush tax cuts for the rich will not be continued. Bravo, Mr. President! The Republicans, including but not limited to the Tea Party crowd, have been lambasting President Obama in connection with deficits and debt. Yet at the same time, they want the richest 2 percent of households to continue to get tax cuts that they neither deserve nor need. This is completely illogical, and certainly demagogic.


Bob Marley celebrated by family and friends

On Sept. 4, the concert tour of “The Distant Relatives” hit the humble stage of Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale. Nas and Damien Marley, son of the late Bob Marley, brought their unique combination of hip-hop and reggae to the fans of Pittsburgh. Their tour had already taken them from coast to coast and beyond, with several stops made in Europe. DAMIEN AND NAS MARLEY With their message of the connection of all people to Africa, the two musical masters rhymed about the upliftment of the continent along with the invaluable contributions it has made to the world. Faithful fans held up lighters and swayed them to the command of Marley as he sang, “Africa Must Wake Up.” Before they left the building, Nas and Marley reemerged on stage with their band, singers/dancers, and flag waver to the crowd’s eager chants of “encore.”


Just when I thought I had him—he left!

Dear Gwendolyn: I was married to a wonderful man for 46 years. He is now deceased. I got involved with another man and after dating for about a year he had a heart attack. He underwent by-pass surgery. I took him in and took care of him. When he was able to take care of himself, he became distant towards me and moved out. He moved back to his apartment which was okay with me. He dropped all ties with me. I would call to check on him but he never returned the calls. He just said that he didn’t want to be a bother to anyone. He told me, “You live your life and I will live mine.”


Cover To Cover…‘Substitute Me’

You hate leaving your kids. It’s not that you don’t want a break from them sometimes, because you need that for your sanity. And it’s not the pitiful way they cry, ripping your heart out, even though you know they’ll be playing 10 seconds after you’re through the door. No, you hate leaving your kids because of that nagging little voice in the back of your head. It says that nobody can care for them the way you do.



Identity theft:?A good name is more desirable than riches

The scripture says that a good name is more desirable than riches (Proverbs 22:1). Apparently the “Forget the dog, beware of owner” sign, the surveillance cameras and the various alarm systems we purchased for our most prized possessions has forced thieves in a new direction. The fastest growing crime in America is identity theft. Many criminals have discovered that it’s less risky and in many cases more profitable to steal your personal information than it is to commit strong-arm robbery, burglary, or hijack you for your car. Capital One is not the only character wondering, “What’s in your wallet”?




Don’t be confused by the headline. I don’t have a new part-time job. I just came from the Strip District and had such a wonderful time that I wanted to share. We have a new Public Market in the Strip. The grand opening was actually on Sept. 10 but the market was open to the public on Saturday, with a soft opening. If there is shopping and browsing to be done, I’m in. At the Public Market I met several artisans with beautiful wares to sell, mostly for humans and even a few stalls for pets. There was home-made fudge, olive oils, balsamics, jewelry and knitted items. There will be about 40 vendors in the Public Market, it is located in the Produce Terminal Building on Smallman Street. It reminds me of markets that I have visited in Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia.


Summer Blues II ‘hauter’ than July

Summer Blues made a return appearance to the list of summer soirees July 25 at the Three Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills. Guests pulled out their favorite shade of blue and noshed on hors d’oeuvres from Hofstott’s Café Monaco. The man behind the Blues, LaMont Jones Jr. welcomed the guests and thanked the participants of this year’s event. “I conceived Summer Blues as a way to put a fresh twist on a familiar concept. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a relaxing and entertaining summer afternoon with some very good friends.” ENJOYING THE EVENT—LaMont Jones Jr. (event creator), Anna Hollis (executive director, Amachi Pittsburgh), Keith Bloom II (artist), Sarah and Jerry Fand (auction winners).


Clairton NAACP Family Picnic promotes togetherness

The camaraderie and unity between long-time friends and the good food is what keeps Agnes Taulton going to the Clairton NAACP Family Picnic year after year. “It’s nice because you get the chance to meet people,” said Taulton, a 76-year-old lifelong Clairton resident. “The organization is helpful because they give out a scholarship and they help people. I enjoy the picnic because you don’t have to cook. It’s really a nice outing.” Taulton, who has been a member of the Clairton NAACP for more than 10 years, shows her appreciation for the organization by donating cases of pop to the annual bash.