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Mar 05th


How the Army ostracized me for my own hair

How the Army ostracized me for my own hairThe Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia covers every aspect of soldiers' grooming and appearance — from fingernail length to tattoos. Last month, the Army proposed updates to this regulation that scrutinize African American female hairstyles more than ever before. Previously AR 670-1 only briefly commented on uniquely African American hair styles. It banned "dreadlocks" for being "unkempt, twisted,". While cornrows were authorized as long as "conservative".

Making strides for preschool

Making strides for preschoolNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program.

An open letter to Condoleezza Rice

An open letter to Condoleezza RiceDear Professor Rice,

I will not be able to attend your sold-out performance at the Carlson Family Stage of the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium. The Carlson Foundation has been a very generous donor to the University of Minnesota. It has been very generous in its support of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I applaud them for their financial support of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series over the years. Previous Carlson Lectures honored the Dalai Lama, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, General Colin Powell, Vice President Mondale and others with notable public achievements worthy of the mantle of human rights and civil rights advocated by the school’s name-sake, former Vice President and Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.

Summer shouldn't mean hunger for our nation's children

Summer shouldn't mean hunger for our nation's childrenAs a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation's children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

Agency provides critical services to low-income populations

Agency provides critical services to low-income populationsThe anti-poverty soldier

In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before the nation to deliver his first State of the Union.

Get the money out of politics

Get the money out of politicsNobody asked me, but, watching television commercials these days has become an exercise in suspended intelligence and memory.

Letter to the editor: Please don't touch my hair

Letter to the editor: Please don't touch my hairI am a biracial woman (African-American and European descent).

I have voluminous curly hair that I wear naturally. I am always surprised by the reactions I get from people about my natural hair. I have had complete strangers touch my hair, making me feel violated and I have had numerous hair salon tragedies.
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