Daily Archive: January 17, 2011

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Opinion

Keith Olbermann and the death of the Left

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Like many Americans I was absolutely shocked last week when Keith Olbermann abruptly announced that he was leaving his “Countdown” show on MSNBC. With no advanced warning MSNBC’s highest rated show and most popular personality was leaving the small screen. Olbermann’s departure brings us some serious questions about the future of the MSNBC network but more importantly the future of the progressive left on cable news networks. Countdown with Keith Olbermann premiered on MSNBC eight years ago and had steadily gained in popularity, viewers and influence from day one. Olbermann who had previous stints at ESPN and MSNBC seemed to have finally found his niche with a show that was political, witty and the most overused of commentary phrases “irreverent.” In all honesty it was an irreverent show, because Olbermann was doing something that no one had ever seen the left do before on a cable news network.

Opinion

Comcast-NBC union needs a closer look

There’s something rotten in Washington, D.C. More specifically, the stench is not in the proverbial domain of Denmark, it is at the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC approved the merger of Comcast, the nation’s largest deliverer of cable television in America, with NBC Universal, one of the biggest platforms for TV and movie entertainment, without releasing the Triennial Report which is mandated by Congress in the Communications Act that was signed by President Clinton.

Opinion

Gasoline prices—here we go again

(NNPA)—Depending on where you live, if you drive something other than an electric automobile, you are feeling the results of rising oil prices, and subsequent gasoline prices. Haven’t we been at this place before? Didn’t we complain and moan about the high price of gas a couple of years ago? We even organized “Gas Out Day” in an effort to get lower prices at the pump. What happened? Why are we back at the same place once again so soon? Excuses abound for the latest rip-off of consumers by…hmmm; I wonder whom—or what. Some attribute escalating gasoline prices to simple supply and demand; others say it’s the OPEC oil cartel; still others blame the speculators who bet on future oil prices; some say it’s government taxes levied on each gallon we purchase; and a few “insiders” say it’s all in the hands of the IMF and the World Bank. Whoever or whatever it is, I know it’s sure taking a chunk out of my pocket. How about you?

Opinion

CCAC answers ‘Call to Action’ to improve student success

Dear Editor: In recent months, a national spotlight has been focused on community colleges across America. The reason for the focus is that while unemployment remains high, job creation has become the significant test for recovery, and community colleges are the most workable and affordable solution to prepare individuals for high-demand, skilled jobs. The Community College of Allegheny County has recently joined several state and national initiatives that emphasize the importance of community colleges to the future of our region and our country. The Call to Action of the American Association of Community Colleges commits CCAC and other institutions to improve student success and completion, and the AACC’s Voluntary Framework of Accountability will provide consistent, relevant data on progress toward those goals. AdvancePA, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, seeks to expand knowledge of the ways that community colleges prepare individuals for high-demand careers and further education.

Opinion

Racial health disparities

Republicans, trying to make good on campaign promises, are working hard to repeal the 2010 healthcare law that, once fully implemented, will provide health insurance in some form for all Americans. Those who supported the law realize that it’s imperfect but recognize that the law’s passage was an important first step. Over time, the law will save billions of dollars and ensure that Americans, regardless of income, can access medical help when they need it. A new study shows us that money will be saved in other ways, too. A report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals shocking racial health disparities. Billions of dollars are spent each year treating illnesses in advanced stages. With healthcare more readily available, it is safe to assume that chronic conditions can be treated regularly and early, avoiding costly hospital stays and saving the larger public money in the long run.

Metro

Speak Out: Your reaction to Pittsburgh reaching 100 homicides last year? 

The homicide count reached 100 last year with 77 being Black lives, so we asked Pittsburghers their feelings and what they think should be done and this is what you said: Raquel Howze “I think it’s a shame that we have so many people dying in our city from nonsense that is happening. I feel we can prevent more deaths in the future by going back to being that village that raises the children and look out for our children as a community.”Raquel HowzeNorth SideCashier

Entertainment

Maceo plays for Pittsburgh

by Kevin Amos MACEO PARKER Maceo Parker, horn man extraordinaire, is one of the pioneers of early funk and hip-hop. He is still the most sampled musician around simply because of the unique quality of his sound. Maceo and “The Love Band” strutted their funky stuff recently at the Byham Theater Downtown. Parker wowed the audience playing the sax, flute and even doing some vocals.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, The Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum in Homewood and Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District. My first stop was at the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood where the Galaxy held an event called Steeler Style @ The Galaxy Playoff Football. This event had everything for the avid Steeler fan, including a tailgate party with ribs, burgers, hot dogs, a free buffet at halftime and more. The Galaxy is the place to be if you want to have a great time. Pittsburgh Steelers fans celebrating at the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood at the event called Steeler Style @ The Galaxy Playoff Football.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Long Way Home’

You’ve seen some pretty amazing things in your life. In your travels around the world or around the block, there’s always something to view and some things you wish you’d never seen. And that’s what Jovan Mosley was thinking after the police picked him up: wishing he’d never been witness to a murder. In the new book, “Long Way Home” by Laura Caldwell, what Jovan saw cost him almost a quarter of his life. On the night that Henry Thomas Jr. lost his life, things were going well for him.

Business

LAXNESS CEO promotes diversity efforts

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania kicked off its new season of Power Breakfast meetings with a presentation by Randall Dearth, president and CEO of LANXESS. PROMOTING DIVERSITY—Randall Dearth, president and CEO of LANXESS tells the chamber he and his business are committed to growing and diversifying the regional workforce through development and recruiting. LANXESS, is a chemical company that was spun off from Bayer when it decided to concentrate solely on medical and health related products. As such, Dearth said, it was expected to fail. It was savaged in the business papers as “CrapCo” and the employees sentenced there from Bayer were frantic about it going belly up. “I had one employee literally crying in my office because she thought she was going to lose everything and have to start from scratch after putting in a lot of years at Bayer,” he said.