Generally, there are mounds of resolutions made that go unchecked and unrealized during the path to the New Year. A quote that... Read more
If it wasn’t apparent before, it is definitely so now — we, the people, are victims of the system and thus are... Read more
I struggled this month between sharing two articles — voting and Georgetown’s offer to slave descendants. Since both are important to me,... Read more
The power of the African-American vote is a force to be reckoned with. It has been instrumental over the course of years... Read more
There is a 1970s tune I recall from a music group that I had a fondness for — The Stylistics — called... Read more
As an African-American woman, a voting advocate and a non-politician, I sometimes grapple with how effective one vote can be. I am... Read more
You might recall the commercial of yesteryear showing an elderly lady who shouted the phrase, “Where’s the beef?” My thoughts ran parallel... Read more
I am a true advocate of giving credit where credit is due. The city and its partners definitely should receive credit and... Read more
I have read with great interest the various opinions about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent comment as he addressed Gregory... Read more
I recently experienced the death of a loved one, a situation we all face at some point. My mother’s sister was a... Read more
Various headlines regarding voting results for presidental elections and midterm elections indicate that the people analyzing such political challenges are perplexed by... Read more
As I reflect over the past 30 years, I can truly say that I have experienced some amazing times along with the... Read more
Although the Christmas season came upon us on schedule, there also were negative vibes to be felt. Where was “Jolly Old Saint... Read more
Members of the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday got a more detailed timeline on how the state's standards for K-12... Read more
Since its formal inception in December 2007, the Law Enforcement Partnership Panel continues its active involvement serving as liaison between citizens of... Read more
A recent national study indicates schools are failing black males. Specifically, the study indicates that only 47 percent of black males are... Read more
The 101st annual national convention of the NAACP, conducted recently in Kansas City, Mo., left a lasting impression — much like that... Read more
This past Sunday, I witnessed one of the most wonderful things that a child can experience — giving his or her life... Read more
Aside from the high temperatures the summer promises, there are some upcoming events you may consider hot topics for personal and community... Read more
Dictionary.com defines deja vu as a disagreeable familiarity or sameness. For example, the new television season had a sense of deja vu... Read more
It is always interesting to research the origins of our national holidays. I inevitably learn something that seems to stay with me.... Read more
It has been said when a child enjoys the school or learning environment it's an early sign of future academic success. Children... Read more
Some people may think the term "entrepreneurism" is an up-and-coming term that came into vogue during our country's recent economic downturn. For... Read more
On April 28, mothers of newborns received large tubbies of baby products — including baby wipes, baby powder, baby oil, blankets, one-piece... Read more
A group of local officials and volunteers came together recently for a week of training in a program that is proving beneficial... Read more
The world has lost two civil rights icons within the past weeks — Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height. Both were present at... Read more
It has been a busy season for the Legislature and Gov. Mark Parkinson, who has signed more than 70 bills this session,... Read more
It appears as though America's legacy is quickly boiling down to coffee or tea. We have the Sarah Palins of the world... Read more
My prayer was for the Lord to give us guidance on what he felt was best regarding health care reform. His answer... Read more
It seems everyone, or at least a majority of the people, has given their opinion about the health care reform bill.
Many... Read more
What kind of legacy are women leaving for future generations?
More times than not, women are identified when we are asked about... Read more
I recall growing up in a neighborhood filled with love and happiness. I didn't realize it at the time, but entrepreneurs were... Read more
It isn't very often that community residents get an opportunity to share their thoughts on topics that have an immediate impact on... Read more
Black History Month is an appropriate time to remember that black people have always had a need to keep economic development as... Read more
I'm trying hard to understand it, but the logic behind the proposed primary seat belt law continues to puzzle me. Oh, I... Read more
One would have to be without television, radio, newspaper or friends not to know it's time for the 2010 Census.
The federal... Read more
Things have a way of changing over time, but I certainly didn't expect such change to include the definition of freedom.
This... Read more
It has been almost three weeks since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake destroyed the capital of Haiti, but, miraculously, people still are being discovered... Read more
Attending the Jan. 15 press conference regarding the March 2008 shooting of the Llamas brothers and reading the Topeka Police Department's report... Read more
Family reunions offer opportunities for family members to see each other, eat together and enjoy the company of relatives from afar. Some... Read more
The timing of some things is truly inherent. January is a month symbolic for seeking personal, professional and social change through New... Read more
It seems almost everyone is willing to share their opinion about health care reform legislation. Many people support all elements of the... Read more
A group of adult students have ended 2009 on a high note and will move into the new year armed with knowledge... Read more
You may recall that I recently wrote abut my visit to Topeka High School and the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program,... Read more
I received a letter from a reader who began by indicating that he is a white man who grew up on the... Read more
Each day of the year has a designation that represents a special activity or the celebration of a particular event. I am... Read more
Many schools are closing or merging, which makes for larger classes and puts additional pressure on teachers and administrators.
Grocery prices are... Read more
I remember back in the 1970s, when I worked in the nuclear medicine department of a hospital, my equally younger colleagues and... Read more
After a couple of calls to refine arrangements, Linda Wiley and I meet at 8:30 a.m. In the administrative office, behind a... Read more
Nov. 11 is the day we remember and thank our veterans for risking their lives for the sake of our country.
Nov.... Read more
Within the span of a week, I joined others in visiting and participating in career and job fairs. At both events, companies... Read more
I love to read. Recently, I came across a message shared by the Rev. T.D. Jakes that really hit home. Perhaps it... Read more
I find it ironic that some are criticizing President Barack Obama for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize by asking what he has... Read more
October is a month filled with community happenings. Two events of particular significance in Topeka are scheduled for the coming week.
On... Read more
How many times have you heard the phrase: "There is no such thing as a dumb question"?
Just how correct is this... Read more
Who's right? In last week's CNN "State of the Union" telecast with the president of the United States, the president was asked... Read more
There have been several incidents in the news recently that can be labeled as rude. However, it isn't just celebrities in arts... Read more
This is Grandparents Day, a day when families honor their foundational nucleus.
Often, children learn the most about life and traditional family... Read more
One interesting thing about the law is that you never know which way it will go given a set of circumstances.
I... Read more
One of the most controversial - and powerful - public service announcements recently is one that shows three teens in a car,... Read more
The time is approaching, or has arrived, for students and those who teach them to return to school.
A young, male teacher... Read more
Do we choose our friends or do they choose us?
Perhaps it is a coincidence of life when we develop a bond... Read more
Has anyone ever moved you so much that you became resolved to make a change in your life?
I recently have seen... Read more
Have you ever wondered what the mural on the building across from the downtown post office on Kansas Avenue represents?
Some may... Read more
The 2009 legislative session is over, but there are lots of new laws that may be of interest to you.
Much of... Read more