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An ACLU oversight in the Henriquez case?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a major voting rights project. Its objective is "to ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that will be counted … and to make sure that all votes ...

What do you think the NFL should do about racial harassment of team members?

There’s no room for harassment. The players have to work together. They should share meals and have family get-togethers.

Creating a level playing field

This is a special moment in history. In August, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality and called for action. Later this ...

Quality public education a critical national challenge

Athletes in the Olympics have the benefit of knowing quite a bit about their competitors and the looming contest. That is not the situation in the work-a-day world. People usually have to perform against faceless standards of excellence. When students ...

Tough sledding to end the U.S.’s disgraceful felon voting bans

Attorney General Eric Holder was diplomatic when he said that the time to end the full or partial bans in all but two states on ex-felons voting has long passed. The bans are little short of medieval and disgraceful at ...

What do you think the United States can do to remain competitive in the global economy?

We as American people have got to get it right. We’ve stopped innovating in aerospace and fallen behind in education. — Glenn Lee, Retired, Charlestown

Injustice in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

With a vote of 146-5, the Massachusetts House of Representatives expelled Carlos Henriquez. More than likely that vote is unconstitutional.

Blacks must compete to succeed in America

Persistent competition is an element of the American character. There seems to be a constant desire to be "number one." The national motto could be "there’s always room at the top." Competitors are often willing to use improper or illegal ...

Black quarterback wins the Super Bowl: where is all the fuss?

Disney couldn’t write a better story: A short kid, much too short to play quarterback, won’t let that fighting spirit in him die. So he plays in high school, both ways: quarterback on offense and cornerback on defense. Hell, he ...

What do you think it takes to be successful in the United States?

Get a job and stay focused on your job. You have to pray and get up every day and go to work.

A rush to judgement

There have been calls for the resignation of state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester based on his conviction for assaulting a woman. I could not agree more with viewpoints and substantiating actions regarding those who commit crimes against women, but ...

Black history: how we got to where we are

Black History Month is the time every year to learn more about the travails of the descendants of the Africans brought to America centuries ago. It is the story of an unrelenting drive for freedom, justice and equality. In addition ...

History and theory of the minimum wage

It is time to confront the reality that we need to increase the minimum wage significantly to a rate far exceeding those being discussed in Washington, D.C., or in state capitals around the country.

Toward power at the polls

The recent decision of the Pennsylvania court to strike down the new voter ID law is inspiring. It should remind blacks that the drive for voting rights has begun anew.