Daily Archive: June 6, 2012



Is balancing budget really that important?

There are two big questions looming in Harrisburg that affect the entire state, but especially Pittsburgh. And that is, will Gov. Tom Corbett give in and allot more money for education and Public Transit? If he doesn’t, PAT is saying they will be forced to cut their service by as much as 35 percent and the Pittsburgh school system will be laying off 1 of 6 teachers and overall 400 to 600 school personnel across the board, from teachers to maintenance to administrators.


Save Black men: Get PSA screening

(NNPA)—“With the prevalence of prostate cancer disproportionately affecting our men, we must be vigilant to ensure aggressive testing continues for this most vulnerable population.”—Cedric M. Bright, M.D., president of the National Medical Association Last week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that healthy men should no longer take a routine PSA blood test for prostate cancer because the procedure may lead patients to pursue unnecessary and potentially debilitating treatments for a disease that may never fully develop. This week, the National Urban League joins the National Medical Association, the Prostate Health Education Network, the American Urological Association and other leading medical experts in rejecting that conclusion, especially for African-American men who are 60 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from it.


A different view of pot holes

(NNPA)—Each day it grows. I drive around it and think how much it brings to mind what the great valleys of earth must have looked like in the beginning…at least in miniature. The cracks in the road were not particularly noticeable in the beginning, but then the cracks started to widen. When it would rain, I would notice the water accumulating, but I could still drive through it with little fear. And I waited for the hole to be repaired.


Job numbers could affect Obama’s ability to keep his job

(NNPA)—The unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April. In May, it rose, just a tiny bit, to 8.2 percent. A tenth of a percentage point does not seem like a big deal. Indeed, the Department of Labor descries the unemployment rate as “essentially unchanged.” And compared to this time last year, when the rate was 9 percent, people are mostly better off. But the magic number for many observers is a number below 8 percent. According to many, should the unemployment rate drop to 7.5 or even 7.8 percent, President Obama will have something to point to in terms of labor market progress. Should it rise above 8.5 percent, Republican candidate Romney can continue to pound on him about economic failure (that is, when his team is not misspelling “Amercia”). What happens if the unemployment rate lingers between 7.8 percent and 8.5 percent is anybody’s guess.


Guest editorial…Romney, once again, failed leadership test

Mitt Romney wants to have it both ways—he wants to distance himself from Donald Trump’s remarks on President Obama’s birth, but not from Trump himself. Trump continues to push conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth. On Tuesday, Trump once again embraced the discredited birther movement by declaring on CNBC that “there are some major questions here that the press doesn’t want to cover.”


Guest editorial…Weak jobs report hurts Obama’s re-election bid

The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday showed the economy added just 69,000 jobs in May and sent the jobless rate to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent. The unemployment rate for African-Americans, which had dropped a full point to 13 percent in April, increased to 13.6 percent. The disappointing jobs report increased concerns about slowing global growth and the prospects of President Barack Obama’s chances for a second-term.


Only original Tempt’ feels blessed

by Tene Croom It was truly a Mother’s Day to remember at the Benedum Center, because of the legendary Four Tops and Temptations performing there. They no doubt took the hundreds of people gathered inside the Benedum, back to the days, decades ago, when the Motown record label was known for a stunning roster of soul artists. Motown, of course, boasted having not only the Temptations and Four Tops, but also the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, plus someone not very well known at the time called Little Stevie Wonder, among others. THE TEMPTATIONS—Original member Otis Williams, right front, with recent members of the Temptations. Otis Williams, along with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson kept the crowd moving. Many times people jumped up out of their seats and sang along to popular Temptations songs like “Just My Imagination” and “My Girl.”


Roy Ayers brings good vibes to Pittsburgh

by Kevin Amos Kente Arts Alliance kicked off their Jazz Royalty Series by presenting legendary vibraphonist / composer/ arranger Roy Ayers at the New Hazelett Theater. Ayers is one of the best-known and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene. Ayers has a long career in the music business and as the Godfather of Neo-Soul, he continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. The concert attendees certainly exhibited their high spirits and were vocal in their approval of the repertoire which ranged from “A Night in Tunisia” and “You Send Me” to his signature “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.” The audience was comprised of many of the baby boomers who grew up with his signature sound. ROY AYERS


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 7 Arts Festival The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the 53rd Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park, Hertz Gateway Center and the Cultural District. The festival, which runs through June 10, will highlight the various forms of art. This year’s enhancements will include environmental responsibility and visual arts. Featured acts for the festival include the Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Wailers, and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, just to name a few. For more information, visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org.


‘Money Lady’ helps build bridges for businesses

In Pittsburgh with the goal to fund 100,000 small businesses, Sue Malone is seeking area business owners to assist her in accomplishing that goal. “Pittsburgh has a vibrant feeling. There is a lot of optimism and energy here and that is what entrepreneurism is about,” she said. I GOT WHAT YOU NEED—Sue Malone of Strategies for Small Business educates the audience on available funding. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)