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Melvin B. Miller

Stories by Melvin B.

Linda Dorcena Forry for state senate

With Forry as the senator from the First District, this will be the first time in several generations that the interests of blacks, Asians and Latinos assume the status of political priorities

More public interest needed for government regulations

in a technologically complex society, the government must sometimes intervene to protect the public.

Americans are staunchly independent. That is a quality inherited from their ancestors who had to be rugged individuals to survive on the frontier. There is a cultural disdain against restricting rules and regulations. However, in a technologically complex society, the government must sometimes intervene to protect the public.

Mayor Menino - A tough act to follow

Tom Menino has continued to lead Boston with vigor for a record 20 years

Affirmative action still under attack

Civil rights advocates awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v. the University of Texas believe the case concerns the legitimacy of UT’s affirmative action plan for admissions. However, the case actually involves an even more extensive issue — whether any such plans violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

NAACP’s super-sized mistake

In this day of childhood obesity epidemic, the NAACP’s storied reputation was sullied recently by the decision of its New York state chapter to oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of sugary soda drinks in some stores and retail establishments.

Vigilance needed to protect voting rights

Opinion by Melvin Miller

During the civil rights era, many Americans developed a profound respect for the U.S. Supreme Court as the guardian of the nation’s highest standards for freedom, justice and equality. Unfortunately, recent comments by members of the Court now tend to vitiate that reputation.

‘Payday’ loans risky business

Most Americans are customers of a bank. However, a survey of about 54,000 U.S. households by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) in December 2009 found that 7.7 percent of U.S. households had no bank checking or savings accounts.

Savings – A source of wealth

The loss of black household wealth during the recession. The net worth of black households in 2004 was $1 for every $11 of net worth for white households. In 2009, the net worth of white households had become almost 20 times higher — $92,000 to $4,900 for blacks.

H-Block: A community standard

H-Block: A community standard

A new direction

Editorial

The level of academic achievement of American youth is a major public policy concern.

No resting on our laurels

Editorial

the Democratic base is more dynamic. Blacks, Latinos and Asians voted for Obama in overwhelming percentages, and these groups are young and growing.

A Roxbury standard: The Original H-Block

Black History on Roxbury, MA

A section of Roxbury now referred to as H- Block has an illustrious history.

MLK’s message on economic growth

Editorial

The media ignored the “Jobs and Freedom” part of the title, but King never relented on his commitment to improve the economic status of the poor. After enactment of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1964 and 1965, respectively, King dedicated the rest of his life until his death on April 4, 1968 to the Poor People’s Campaign

Prosecutorial malpractice

Editorial

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz aggressively prosecuted Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old computer prodigy, for wrongfully downloading numerous academic journal articles from an MIT website available only to subscribers. Swartz acted not for personal gain but because of a strong political belief that the internet should be free and open to everyone.

Defense — an excessive expense

Defense — an excessive expense

Barney Frank, an effective choice

Barney Frank, an effective choice

The roots of Kwanzaa

The roots of Kwanzaa

All’s fair in politics

Sen. John Kerry has lived a life of extraordinary public service. He was first elected in 1985, became a leader in the U.S. Senate and is now highly respected by his colleagues. His many years as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have made him uniquely qualified to perform with distinction as the next U.S. Secretary of State.

A business plan for 2013

A business plan for 2013

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Christmas spirit exhorts higher character standards

“Peace on Earth, good will to man” is a universally recognized Christmas prayer. It induces everyone to respond to their higher instincts and be compassionate and generous to others. That is not the usual state of mind. There is so much cruelty and violence in the world, we take that conduct to be commonplace; but during the grace of yuletide, stories of inhumanity seem to be deviant.

Higher ed: The rational decision

Higher ed: The rational decision

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A proven solution

Results from the annual state-run MCAS tests determine the academic standing of students. Those performing satisfactorily will be ranked in the “advanced” or “proficient” categories. While about 76 percent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) student body is black or Latino, their test results are on average inferior to those of the 13 percent who are white. Despite the discouraging BPS results, three charter schools have reversed the test standings.

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