Daily Archive: September 28, 2011

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Opinion

The meaning of words

It is amazing and sometimes confusing the way we use words, and oft times the words are misused. Do you know a person who abuses the language in order to appear impressive? There was an associate of mine that brutalized the English language and if you attempted to correct him he would become agitated to the extent he would use cuss words that all of us understood.

Opinion

Justice denied

The world waited with bated breath as the Supreme Court of the United States decided the fate of Troy Davis, a 42-year-old Black man sitting on Georgia’s death row. With so much doubt surrounding Davis’ guilt, his supporters hoped he’d be granted a new trial and the opportunity to prove his innocence. Unfortunately, the Court decided not to intervene and the miracle of justice we all hoped for never came—Davis was executed. Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah, Georgia police officer. According to reports, nine eyewitnesses identified Davis as the shooter. Up until he took his last breath, Davis maintained his innocence. Over the last 22 years, his legal team fought tirelessly to win a new trial, presenting affidavits from seven of those nine witnesses who recanted or dramatically changed their original testimony.

Opinion

Republicans complain about class warfare? You have got to be kidding!!

(NNPA)—It always amazes me when the Republicans start yelling about how liberals and progressives are engaged in class warfare. Think about it for a minute. Since about 30 seconds after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, the Republicans have been waging what can only be described as a bitter class war against middle income and poor people. Tax cuts for the rich; cuts in social services; increased taxes on the middle income and poor hidden as “fees.” It has been relentless. And in the current period, we have been hearing time and again how it is somehow unfair for the rich and super-rich to pay their fair share of taxes. Yet for Republicans it is important that the middle income and poor pay more. On top of this, Congressman Ryan and his cabal of Republicans want to undermine Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Am I missing something? If this is not class warfare against working people I have no idea how to otherwise describe it.

Opinion

Guest editorial…A sensible plan for Medicare reform

When President Obama got to the part of his Rose Garden speech that mentioned Medicare cuts, many seniors or soon-to-be seniors cringed. Who could blame them? There’s been so much talk of fixing the deficit by cutting so-called entitlements—it’s really insurance not entitlements because workers paid into Medicare and Social Security all their working lives—instead of raising taxes. Contrary to what one hears from conservatives and the mainstream media, Americans are being taxed at the lowest rate in over a half a century.

Opinion

CBC gathering shows complexity of Black America

(NNPA)—I don’t know how many African-American people came to Washington for the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, but there were more than 5,000 gathered at the dinner that featured President Obama as a speaker. Though the halls of the Washington Convention Center were full, and it did my eyes good to see people lined up to buy books, some say that the economy may have dampened attendance. To be sure, the corporate presence did not seem as strong as it has been in the past, yet it is always gratifying to see Ingrid Sanders Jones and the Coca-Cola Co. sponsoring the prayer breakfast, which sizzled this year when Rev. Freddy Haynes totally threw down.

Entertainment

Pittsburgh Fashion Week returns

Now with NFL football season in full swing, Pittsburgh’s fashion community will try to defeat the city’s sloppy sports enthusiast image with the second annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week. Founded by Pittsburgh native Miyoshi Anderson, PFW executive director, the second installment of the groundbreaking event aims to shed light on a group of the city’s most talented designers, models and photographers who work collectively to put Pittsburgh fashion on the map. MIYOSHI ANDERSON

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty, The Residence Inn in Wilkins Township, West Park on the North Side, The Compass Club in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Paradise Gray and Renee Wilson’s Engagement on the North Side and Benihana’s Restaurant in Greentree. My first stop was at Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty where DJ Stephan rocked the house with great music and everyone had a great time. Milton celebrating his birthday with his dad Skip at CJ’s in the Strip District.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 29 Photography Exhibit The Carnegie Museum of Art presents “Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh. 2007-2010” at 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This exhibit features 86 recent images from nine contemporary photographers who call this city their home. The photographs record a Downtown where people, buildings and landscapes have been altered dramatically in the wake of $2 billion in public and private development projects. The exhibit will run through March 25, 2012. For more information, call 412-622-3131 or visit http://www.cmoa.org.

Business

How will consumer confidence affect year-end spending?

(NNPA)—As September draws to a close, the holiday season will soon be upon us. It is also the traditional time when consumer spending surges make the annual difference between retailers reaching profits or red ink. But according to a recent consumer study conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates on behalf of BankRate.com, many consumers have already begun tightening household budgets.

Business

Business Calendar

Federal contractingworkshop SEPT. 28—The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Federal Contracting workshop that includes 8(a), HUBZone and Women Certifications from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.…