I think the school system should employ some of these young people to go from school to school and talk to the so-called problem kids and show them–by example–what they would be facing if they choose to drop out of school, and just how important a high school diploma is. So I take my hat off to the people at the Hill House who came up with this idea. And I’m glad that the Pittsburgh Public School System is on board instead of fighting it.


I was exposed to something at Indiana University of Pa that really disturbed me. Well, maybe a couple of things. First, all students had to pay for their carpets to be professionally cleaned upon checkout no matter what the condition of their carpet at the new off-campus housing facility called The Grove, and this is after paying a very high rent. The other troubling thing was that despite the high rent, kids had to carry their trash almost a quarter of a mile to the dumpster or garbage disposal. This means that in the middle of the winter’s snow and ice, girls have to carry their garbage all this way to the dumpster instead of just putting it out on the curb on a certain day for garbage pickup. This is a new housing complex at IUP. They get away with it because the University is not monitoring it, and no one else is.

This leads me to the question: who monitors colleges and universities to make sure that their prices and their policies are fair. I’m including professors who don’t tell the school or students what books they are going to use until the last minute, which forces the student to pay for expensive books that end up not being used in the class. But why should they care?  More of them are tenured and don’t know what it is to have to struggle to pay for books, tuition, food or housing. They either had parents who could afford it or are so far removed that they’ve forgotten.  I’m just asking who’s out there speaking for or representing the students and their parents? Why are we giving colleges and universities blank checks to do what they want with no supervision or oversight?


There’s a lot of discussion about the thousands of children who have been storming the U.S. borders recently from South and Central American countries. This creates mixed feelings.

First, I’ve always felt that the US has no right to tell a man that he cannot go wherever he wants or need to go to put a roof over his family’s head, clothes on their backs and food on the table. If he can’t find a decent job in whatever country he’s in, then it’s his God given right to go wherever he can to make this happen, this is how this country was built.

But on the other hand, I do have a problem with all the money the government is spending on these people while American citizens, largely Blacks, are going hungry, and without proper health care. There’s only so much money available, and the Right Wing Tea Party people are crying about too much is already being spent on social programs.  If it were up to them, everyone would have to fend for themselves, including these children.

But I am a little ashamed of myself, because I am agreeing with these people in part, because I’m wondering how much can be taken without it affecting us. How many of us will have to do without food, housing, health care? How many of us will not get that much needed job if they keep flooding the borders?

It’s a tough question.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the illegal aliens over here now—mostly from Mexico, who were children when they were brought here—automatically becoming citizens. And there should be some kind of system set up to do the same for their parents if they have been here a long time.

But I’m having second thoughts on the more recent groups of kids who are being sent over here.

This problem can very easily be solved. One, I agree with the Libertarian Party on this one. Get rid of the war on drugs. Two, start working with the various governments in Central, South Americas and especially Mexico to help them grow their economy so people don’t have to flee that country for below minimum wage jobs in the United States.

(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)

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