Molly Ivins, the feisty Texas columnist and author, described herself thusly before succumbing to breast cancer 13 years ago: “I spent most of my life feeling like I’ve been shot out of a cannon.”
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My grandfather, Harry S. Truman, initiated the protocols for the peaceful transfer of presidential power as we know them today. He invited President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower to send over his Cabinet and staff so they could kick the tires, as it were -- be briefed by their predecessors, att…
As millions of voters in American are celebrating, angry, sad, optimistic, confused, and fed up, I wonder when will politics ever make sense to the masses. That will never happen, because politics has lost its initial intention.
Many communities deal with generational poverty, generational government assistance, and generation hopelessness. There is a light at the end of the tunnel that we must promote more in America.
Following the announcement Saturday that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, President Donald Trump ought to concede and leave office with more dignity than he has shown as commander-in-chief.
The U.S. government has, for centuries, needed the taxes collected to fund its entitlement programs. Many people feel Americans who are on government assistance are takers, but the government is the No. 1 taker.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the home of Black Wall Street, the ancestors of Black entrepreneurship are still legends. As the world learns more about Black Wall Street, the founders, creators, supporters, and innovators still inspire generations.
America, although the greatest country in the world, has long grappled with the issue of sexism. From the women’s suffrage to Roe v. Wade, many men in America have tried to interject themselves into women's issues.
Starting last April, for some mysterious reason, I began receiving emails from President Trump’s reelection campaign. I’ve gotten a barrage of more than 1,100 of them so far in less than six months. All of these involve some kind of request for money and many offer up spiffy Trump merchand…
The polarization of the Black Lives Matter movement is so similar to the Civil Rights movement, the Tea Party movement, and the Occupy Wall-Street movement, as the message from the original founders can be misconstrued and changed as the movement grows.
America lost a true warrior with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her life was a road map for others to emulate. The fight for basic human rights was fierce but necessary, and she will be missed.
Last week many people noticed a strange, smokey sky over much of the country, not realizing why it was there. The haze was smoke carried across the U.S. by the jet stream from the giant wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington.
The history of being Black in America has had its challenges, triumphs, successes, and setbacks. The slave ships that brought over some of the best thinkers, scholars, builders, farmers and warriors sailed the ocean with precious cargo.
America is supposed to be the beaming light of the world and, in many cases, we are, but during election time, we take a step back. The name-calling, the lying, and racism hit a peak in America during election time, and any time one minority group speaks up about equality.
As the Democratic convention ended in late August, presidential hopeful Joe Biden worked to increase the enthusiasm within his party. Then it was the Republicans' turn to fire up the base.
Four years ago, millions of American voters took a giant gamble on the nation’s future by casting their ballots for a very different kind of President. He did not win the most votes but the Electoral College delivered him constitutionally into the White House nonetheless.
As the Democratic National Convention drew to a close, the American people saw a wide range of speakers and supporters come out to show admiration for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. The list of heavy hitters included former President Barack Obama.
The long-awaited running mate of presumptive nominee Joe Biden has been named. Sen. Kamala Harris is the first African American vice presidential candidate in America. History has just been made, and we are all alive to witness it.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A Northeast Oklahoma business's cutout board used by guests for taking photos has been criticized by community members who say the feature is an example of cultural appropriation, and resort owners have decided to remove it.
Now that it's becoming undeniable that Joe Biden has a substantial – and seemingly durable – lead on Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election, references to the supposed polling problems of 2016 are being made with increasing frequency.
The buzz over whom former Vice President Joe Biden will pick for his vice presidential candidate has been circulating for months. He has committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. While there are many well-qualified women candidates, there are a number of ethnic groups who are pulli…
One week ago, President Trump tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president’s critics quickly labeled the maneuver too little, too late.
As a father, my main focus is to provide a safe environment for my children to thrive. As my wife and I maneuver through the historic COVID-19 pandemic, we have the difficult decision to make, as thousands of parents do: What do we do about the school year?
During the first transition of power from one party to another in the nation's history, a president and a lame duck Congress engaged in a rapid reorganization of the federal judiciary.
With the specter of refrigerated morgue trucks at Texas hospitals, record numbers of hospitalizations, and rapidly increasing COVID cases in Anderson County and its five prisons, not doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is downright reckless.
As America continues to be a divided country, the adults are setting the stage for how their children will behave in the future. The cycle of hate, misunderstanding, divisiveness, and disrespect has been passed down for generations. We may think our generation was the most respectful and rai…
Four months from now, the 2020 U.S. presidential general election will be held, and on Super Tuesday, people from all walks of life will be casting a ballot for the candidate whom they feel is best-suited to lead our great nation.
A few years ago, I moved a friend to Washington, D.C. One of the things this friend was most looking forward to after getting settled in was getting license plates that had the "No taxation without representation" slogan on them.
There are places in our nation that seem to be in total chaos. The “American Dream” was once a bright and shining star that many here and abroad worked for and desired. It meant someone had overcome the odds and succeeded through life’s many trials.
During this divisive year of elections, jockeying for votes is evident. Many African American communities will see an increase in interest in their votes.
Some events have the power of a match set to a mountain of dry wood. The video from Minneapolis, showing a police officer killing George Floyd in broad daylight, his knee pressed hard onto a handcuffed man’s neck as he pleads to live, all 8 1/2 minutes of it — this has been such an event.
Let’s not sugarcoat it. Your last semester in high school has gotten demolished by a global pandemic and it is wickedly unfair. Your graduation is now a drive-thru, your prom is imaginary, and instead of spending your last semester of senior year hanging out with your friends and taking a vi…
George Floyd's death at the hands – or rather the knee – of Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin has sparked protests nationwide, including some looting and destruction of property in my hometown of Dallas. I do not condone senseless violence, but I understand some of the rage and frustra…
It has been eight weeks now since the Great Shutdown began. Humanity has not been forced to sit this immobile for this long since the 1951 movie classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and that time it was just science fiction.
With 2020 hindsight, a decade from now, we will want to look back not in anger and anxiety, but in relief and recognition that we struggled past the present precipice and worked for a better world.
In these dark times, with the fallen market and anxious employees teleworking if they are lucky, or receiving unemployment if they are not, we look out at empty streets and face more weeks of loneliness and isolation.
Narrow restriction of local information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 begs the question: What is the appropriate balance between protecting an individual’s identity and the public’s right to information during a public health crisis?
Perhaps in your own life, if you love books as I do, there is a bookstore that looms like magic in the recesses of your mind, where dreams and daylight meet and the fairytale world of story is an oasis -- particularly now, when you can go nowhere.
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