Accent on Self Help in Hard Times

In the midst of the hard times produced by the actions of the Bush administration, the accent is on self help, in order to survive. Today we are living in an economy that doesn't produce anything. The products we buy to drive and wear are produced in other countries where the labor is cheaper.  Ironically, our schools are not teaching us to save money by making or repairing our own clothes or fixing our own cars, as our parents did.

We are just surviving on loans from China and shifting paper around. Your bank is charging more and more for maintaining your money. For example, it costs $35 dollars for a bounced check at most banks, even if the check is only for $15 or $20 dollars. The service charges are out of sight you even get a charge for money maintenance. The credit card you signed up for at ten percent is now thirty percent or more and rises without a warning. The problem, of course, is that we are all addicted to credit cards and our young people are now preparing for a world that is not like it used to be. We used to pay cash as you go.

I am still excited by entrepreneurship and self help because, in the end, that is what makes the world go around. We all hear that small businesses make up a large part of the American employment picture. That means that the small mom and pop operations are very important. Even with that knowledge we don't prepare our children for self employment. They are taught to just get a job. We know that a job is a great thing but it is still just a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Look at how many are currently out of a job.



Stop Voting for Bonds That Don’t Benefit Us

In April of this year The Journal wrote about the State Of Black Pasadena. We focused in part on Education and Economics. We wrote about the mistake the Board of Trustees made in hiring the then School President. Since then the problem has been alleviated and the clock is running on the hiring of a new President by a new Board. We wrote about problems in the elementary school level and the new Superintendent's penchant for hiring outsiders from Glendale and Gilroy to run the school district. Now, based on a series of meetings going on in the community, the problem has taken on a new dimension with the spending of Measure T Bond money.



A Season of Thanksgiving In A Time of Need for Our Nation

African  American news from Pasadena - EditorialOnce 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 President.

At the top of the list should be to thank God for our young President and continue to bless him with wisdom and knowledge to do what is right and good within the unlimited boundaries of God's will.  We need to pray for him because there are evil forces who, in God's name, are praying for his demise. The so-called "Conservative Christian Evangelicals" have outdone themselves in proving that they are anything but Christ-like. They, in their zeal to overshadow President Barack Obama, are selling t-shirts and other paraphernalia that say "Pray for President Obama according to Psalms 108:8."  Psalms 108:8 says, "Let his days be few; and let another take his office".  The context is further explained by looking at verses 9 and 10, they say, "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.  Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg..."



It’s Because We Can’t Forget?

A well known spiritual song starts out with a stanza that says, "I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me."  As a Black man in America close to seventy, I have seen the world change. I believe we should not forget the past and celebrate the milestones we reach as we look toward tomorrow.

Each year Black America celebrates Black History Month by remembering the contributions that Black America has given to America. What we don't take in to account is what has been taken from us that helped make us strong. In fact, we try to forget about it because it is past and it is part of what has made us a strong race. A message I heard once is fitting for this occasion. The message takes a text from Dr. Jeremiah Wright's great book, What Makes You So Strong."  It talks about Samson and Delilah's question to him, "What makes you so strong Samson? The message then asks the question "What makes you so strong Black man?" The message says that Black men have been messed on, messed over, walked on and walked over and yet we still stand. And still the question comes, "What makes you so strong?  We know that like the sparrow we stand because we have been made strong by God's watching over us.



Twentieth Anniversary Celebration at Hand

The Constitution of the United States mentions only one profession. It talks about the Freedom of the Press. Consequently, my wife and I have inadvertently joined the profession of journalism when we answered the call and founded the Pasadena Journal Newspaper.

Over the past twenty years we have taken seriously the duty that comes with owning and operating a newspaper. As with everything in a racially diverse society, we must always moderate being African American in a society that has historically been controlled by White Americans. In that vein, we fight to make sure that Blacks are included in all parts of American life. At the same time we must carry out our duty under the Freedom of the Press, while not being insensitive to the plight of Whites, Latinos, Asians, and others that make up the fabric of diverse American life.

Over the years we have tried to tell the good news of African American life, to balance the many negative stories that dominate the so-called mainstream press. We have tried to tell the stories of positive couples, individuals and events that present good life and positive role models for living Black in America.



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