Daily Archive: April 20, 2012

Opinion

What a difference guns make

(NNPA)—On April 16, 2007, our nation suffered its deadliest shooting incident ever by a single gunman when a student killed 32 people and wounded 25 others at Virginia Tech University before committing suicide. Five years later, have we learned anything about controlling our national gun and gun violence epidemic? A look at just a few of the sad headlines across the country so far this year suggests we haven’t learned much, if anything at all.

Opinion

In search of the truth

Dear Editor: I’m writing this letter to the editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier in response to a column “To Tell The Truth” written by Louis “Hop” Kendrick entitled “Who Do You Say You Are?” Yes, I understand that brother Louis “Hop” Kendrick is voicing his personal perspective and professional opinion. Even so, this is a conflict of interest and creates controversy, because Louis “Hop” Kendrick lead column is titled “To Tell The Truth,” whereas it should say…In Search Of The Truth, because there is no absolute truth in voicing one’s opinion; regarding a person or an entire race of people “Black People.”

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘The Trumpet of Conscience’

It’s amazing how, sometimes, old words have new meaning. Take, for example, a classic play or novel, a favorite poem that great-grandfather tucked away in a family Bible, a story set in another era, or a letter written by a long-gone ancestor. The words inside it might seem quaint and stiff. The format may not be familiar to you at all. You might not have known the writer, but though the times are different, verses and thoughts put to paper 100 years—or even three generations—ago still shout their meaning.

Entertainment

Black stars on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Urkel, the Empress of Soul and one of the Green Bay Packers are waltzing onto “Dancing With the Stars.” “Family Matters” actor Jaleel White, singer Gladys Knight and National Football League player Donald Driver are among the 12 celebrity contestants on the next season of the ABC dancing competition. Other famous faces participating in the 14th edition include “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert and Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan. GLADYS KNIGHT

Entertainment

I’m quitting my job because I was passed over for promotion

Dear Gwendolyn: I have been working for a company for 22 years. For the past 15 years, I have been promised a promotion. Two months ago they promoted a lady who has only been working there for one year. The position is executive vice president and should have been given to me. I am most hurt about it. The lady came with a PhD degree, but since I have been doing the work, shouldn’t my experience count for something?—Ruth

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Business

Should I borrow from my 401(k) plan?

Comedian Earthquake said, “Being in debt is worse than being broke. When you’re broke, you simply need money. When you’re in debt, you need money so that you can have an opportunity to be broke.” Comedian Jimmy “JJ” Walker said, “Interest rates better go down soon or the murder rate is going to go up.” Americans are drowning in debt! In the past when people found themselves in a financial jam, they’d tap into the equity of their home to do a debt consolidation. If the situation was extremely dire, they’d file bankruptcy. Now that mortgage lenders and the bankruptcy code have tightened up their guidelines, millions of people are running out of viable options that would allow them to reduce their monthly payments and get a better handle on their money.

Business

Pooling our financial resources

(NNPA)—Why does the concept of putting our dollars together for one collective purpose, say, business development, seem so foreign to us? Yes, we do a great of talking about it but seldom see the results of having done so when it comes to purchasing foreclosed homes, vacant lots, and businesses in our neighborhoods. We complain about others coming into our neighborhoods and setting up businesses or buying the property while we continue to support them through our purchasing power. Doesn’t make sense does it?

Business

Judge: Iowa hiring policies did not hurt Blacks

by David Pitt and Ryan J. Foley DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Iowa’s state government employment policies have not discriminated against Black employees and job applicants, a judge ruled Tuesday in a case closely watched by civil rights activists. District Judge Robert Blink issued the ruling after overseeing a trial last fall in the class action lawsuit affecting up to 6,000 applicants who applied for jobs dating back to 2003. He rejected attempts to require Iowa to pay tens of millions in lost wages or change its hiring policies to track and eliminate disparities.

Sports

Musings from a night with Mike Tyson

LAS VEGAS (AP)—The urge struck me about halfway through Mike Tyson’s latest adventure, just after he told the audience about how his mother loved the bottle more than she loved him. Or maybe it was when the big video screens showed a young Tyson serving as a pallbearer for Cus D’Amato, the man who molded his boxing career and the only man he really loved. The former baddest man on the planet once made opponents and anyone who came into his path shake with fear. On this night, though, it was all I could do not to run up on stage and give him a big hug. UNDISPUTED TRUTH—Mike Tyson speaks during his show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” on opening night, April 14, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/SPI Entertainment, Kirvin Doak Communications, Erik Kabik) Surely a lot of those gathered in a hotel theater just down the hall from where Tyson had some of his biggest fights felt the same way. How could they not after watching him bare his soul for assorted VIP’s and anyone willing to pay $117.49 to hear his story?

Sports

OVERTIME

:10 In case you’re wondering two Pittsburgh guys are alive and doing well in the basketball universe. D. J. Kennedy is playing great ball for The Erie BayHawks of the NBA “D” League. D. J. is the son of Pittsburgh City League and University of Cincinnati legend David “Puffy” Kennedy. And Pitt’s own Brad Wannamaker is also in the “D” League playing for the Austin Torros. BILL NEAL