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Leonard Pitts Jr. Black people get crappy health care. If this comes as news to you, it’s probably because you haven’t been paying attention. Numerous studies have documented the fact that, regardless of income levels and across a wide range of illnesses, blacks and other minorities have less access to medical treatment and the treatment […]

Thurmond’s daughter exposes nation’s hypocracy

By Leonard Pitts “All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.” — Strom Thurmond So I guess ol’ Strom didn’t mind a little integration after all. Granted, he made opposition to it […]

Getting booked: Bookmobile to the rescue

By Jack King Because public libraries are scarce in rural communities, since 1956 the New Mexico State Library has offered bookmobiles that travel large circuits to provide borrowing services, said Paula White, director of Rural Bookmobile East, headquartered in Tucumcari. Last year, White and her staff traveled 22,800 miles to bring borrowing services to readers […]

Ramblin’ Rick

Commentary 911? I think we have a problem Listening to football and basketball games on the radio is the next best thing to being there. It’s a roller-coaster ride of emotions as I listen to the games, unable to see what is going on and trusting the announcer to be my eyes. I’ve become adept […]

Tariff did more harm than good to U.S. trade

Freedom Newspapers We can appreciate a president who is big enough to admit when he’s made a mistake. It’s even more gratifying when such conversions come in reference to some matter of high principle or personal conscience. But we see none of that in news that President Bush is preparing to reverse himself on a […]

Is there an underlying motive for minimum wage?

By Walter Williams Presidential aspirant Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., unwittingly performed a public service in his address to the Teamsters Local 238 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last month. He revealed the true agenda behind so much of the support for minimum wages. He pledged that if he became president he’d press the World Trade Organization […]

Dean’s comment is insult to two races

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have no problem with what Howard Dean was trying to say. It’s what he actually said that troubles me. Specifically, the Democratic presidential candidate told an Iowa reporter that he wants to be “the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.” It was an inarticulate way of saying […]

Positively a great coach

Ramblin’ Rick John Irwin dodges the limelight like your cheap brother-in-law when it comes time to pick up the dinner check. He will tell you credit for any of his coaching success goes to the players. He will tell you he just happened to stumble into talent. Don’t believe him. John Irwin is a great […]

Administration pulling wool over America’s eyes

Freedom Newspapers Thank God for George Orwell. If it weren’t for the British author who wrote the novel 1984, a cautionary tale about a totalitarian society, we’d have a hard time finding the perfect word to describe the current Bush administration. Orwellian. Since coming to power, the administration of President George W. Bush has clamped […]

Affirmative action benefits apply to every race

Leonard Pitts Jr. I guess I touched a nerve. That much seems apparent from the dozens of responses to my recent column about a hospital in Abington, Pa., where a white man asked that no black doctors or nurses be allowed to assist in the delivery of his child. The hospital agreed, a decision I […]