Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:38
Gary L. Cunningham, Jeffery A. Hassan, Ravi Norman, Toni Carter
The StarTribune article on March 18, "Nonprofit paid to help with minority hiring at stadium short of goal...Workforce Is Diverse, But No Thanks to Nonprofit That Was Hired to Help", totally missed the mark. We expect better of the StarTribune.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell the tobacco industry to STOP selling candy-flavored death
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:25
Ni Ora Hokes, CHW, CD(DONA), M.Ed.
Minnesota residents, in particular north Minneapolis, should pay close attention to the new television ad launched by ClearWay Minnesota this past week to raise awareness about how the tobacco industry targets flavored tobacco products at certain populations; especially African Americans and youth. Unfortunately, these tobacco companies sell products in flavors that mask the harshness of tobacco – such as strawberry and grape to make it more appealing. So, parents/guardians and youth should beware because our communities suffer higher rates of disease and death due to smoking. Everyone should know that lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other tobacco-related diseases are leading causes of death in other populations; as well.
Proposal would end affordable health care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans
Thursday, 02 April 2015 15:46
On March 10, Representative Matt Dean introduced a bill that would dismantle a path to affordable health care for more than 100,000 Minnesotans. MinnesotaCare is a successful, decades-old health insurance option for working Minnesotans. MinnesotaCare offers these Minnesotans affordable health insurance that meets their health care needs – something they can't find in the private market. The large, negative budget targetgiven to the House Health and Human Services Committee lends dangerous momentum to this proposal that would have serious consequences across the state.
Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:54
Ron Busby, Sr. NNPA Columnist
According to a Nielsen consumer report, African Americans are voracious consumers of media, watching 37 percent more television than any other slice of American demography. While that's not new news, it is disturbing that we don't completely understand the connection between our TV consumption and the huge profits generated by our connection to television.
Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:45
Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist
Congress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and "at-risk" children short. Congress' annual struggle to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians will continue to give seniors the care they need is widely considered must-pass bipartisan legislation. Known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) or "doc fix," this annual process often provides a vehicle for moving other legislative health priorities.
Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:42
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist
I know from firsthand experience that the "criminal justice system" today in the United States is in serious and urgent need of reform, repair and restructuring. Millions of families have been devastated by the "overcriminalization" of people in America. Black American families in particular have suffered and continue to suffer disproportionately as a result of an unjust system of justice.