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Let's Get Our Priorities Straight

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - getting priorities straight - community and youthBill Di Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, is married to Chirlane McCray. They have two children. Thomas Jefferson had children by Sally Hemming. Strom Thurmond had children by his family's maid. Bill Cohen, former senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense, married news reporter Janet Langhart. In case you didn't know, each of the above mentioned women are Black and the men are White. So what's the point? This should be of little concern as the world continues to move on.

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Making a New Day in the Season of Thanksgiving

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Making a new day in Thanksgiving seasonOnce again the Season of Thanksgiving is here and we have much to be thankful for. So I have listed a few things that we should add to our lists, as people who find ourselves in bad economic times with an African American President.

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Our Twenty-Fourth Anniversary

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Pasadena Journal 24th anniversaryThis month marks the twenty-fourth year of publishing The Journal. We started from a four page pamphlet on the year of my father's passing and moved from that to what we have today. It has been a labor of love based on the most basic motivator, filling a need.

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Life’s Lessons and Wise Choices

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Role models, life lessons and wise choicesPeople watchers can find many lessons in their daily observations of life. I am a people watcher and I am amazed at the types of things I see. People talk about not having role models to follow, but the world is full of surrogate role models. I watch them every day. Television provides some of the best and worst role models anyone could ever hope for. The most amazing role models are doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. Just think about it. A teacher finishes high school in four years. That means a mere twenty-eight classes successfully completed. Then their masters, a few more classes, and the next thing you know they wake up, walking across a stage. Someone hands them a ticket (diploma) that says now you can teach one of those 28 classes they took.

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Republicans Oppose Obama’s Healthcare. What’s Next?

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican southern strategy and healthcare - England health careI keep in the back of my mind a statement by Al Sharpton in the beginning of the Obama years as President. Sharpton said that if Obama said something about him approving swimming, the Republicans would say that Obama can't swim. I also keep in my mind that one of my granddaughters was born in England while my son was finishing up his Doctorate at Manchester University. The cost of that birth to our family was nothing. Zero dollars. The aftercare for their family was also zero. They had a local clinic that they went to for everyday healthcare. The cost: zero dollars. Imagine that he could concentrate on his studies and his wife could concentrate on taking care of the family without the weight of a health care debt hanging over them.

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