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Life’s Lessons and Wise Choices

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Role models, life lessons and wise choicesPeople watchers can find many lessons in their daily observations of life. I am a people watcher and I am amazed at the types of things I see. People talk about not having role models to follow, but the world is full of surrogate role models. I watch them every day. Television provides some of the best and worst role models anyone could ever hope for. The most amazing role models are doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. Just think about it. A teacher finishes high school in four years. That means a mere twenty-eight classes successfully completed. Then their masters, a few more classes, and the next thing you know they wake up, walking across a stage. Someone hands them a ticket (diploma) that says now you can teach one of those 28 classes they took.

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Republicans Oppose Obama’s Healthcare. What’s Next?

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican southern strategy and healthcare - England health careI keep in the back of my mind a statement by Al Sharpton in the beginning of the Obama years as President. Sharpton said that if Obama said something about him approving swimming, the Republicans would say that Obama can't swim. I also keep in my mind that one of my granddaughters was born in England while my son was finishing up his Doctorate at Manchester University. The cost of that birth to our family was nothing. Zero dollars. The aftercare for their family was also zero. They had a local clinic that they went to for everyday healthcare. The cost: zero dollars. Imagine that he could concentrate on his studies and his wife could concentrate on taking care of the family without the weight of a health care debt hanging over them.

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It's Still The Economy, Stupid

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - It's still the economy stupid...In the 1992 Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton's political advisor, James Carville coined the phrase, "It's the economy stupid." Here we are twenty-one years and three Presidents later, and guess what? It's still the economy, stupid.

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How Did We Get Here?

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - if we can beat slavery, we can beat a battle for health careThis week I went out and bought a copy of Deborah Cox' CD, for one song, "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here." The song asks the question, "How did you get here?" It is a love song from the 1980s, but spells out the dilemma of America today. If Black America, with the help of God, white liberals, progressives, and independents can beat slavery, this same team can beat a battle for health care.

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It Really Does Take a Village

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - National institute needs a villageI am seeking support from the community for an organization envisioned by my son, Dr. Jamal Dominique Hopkins. Jamal, our third of three sons, was born this month (October) and was raised in Pasadena, California and attended schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. He has always been a dutiful, obedient son. He has educated himself and distinguished himself in his career. As he embarks on a new journey, we call on friends and associates who believe the African proverb, "It Takes a Village to Raise A Child," for support.

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