How U.S. natural gas will help countries meet their Paris commitments
9/20/2017 10:09:30 PM

By Merrill Matthews While critics bemoan President Trump?s decision to pull out of -- or renegotiate -- the Paris climate agreement, the United States has been reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade. And now the country is poised to help a number of the signatory countries reduce theirs as well. In his commitment to the Paris negotiators, President Obama ?pledged? to reduce emissions between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. However, the U.S. was on track to meet that goal, or close to it, even before Obama weighed in. According to the Energy...

Those annoying sounds of silence
9/20/2017 10:09:02 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder It was in the 60s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, “The Sounds of Silence.” I must confess that I do enjoy what I know of as “The Sounds of Silence.” Nothing is more relaxing than sitting back with a cup of coffee and enjoying the silence as it whistled by. This has become a rather infrequent period for me. I love the silence and I enjoy the peace and quiet it brings. The problem is, silence can be taken too far. Recently, we were the target of a ferocious hurricane who tried to have her way with us. She snorted,...

Elizabeth Primas, the program manager for the NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign, says that it is important for educators to understand that children begin school at various levels.
9/20/2017 9:48:57 PM

The importance of educating all children It’s up to all of us to improve academic achievement in the black community By: Dr. Elizabeth Primas (Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Media Campaign) I am a former teacher. I taught for 25 years in the public school system and have held various titles in the field of education throughout my 40-year career. I have always had a passion for education. My family and I joke that I have been teaching since the first day of kindergarten. My older sister also wanted to be a teacher. So, we would spend our evenings “playing school” with...

The White House should postpone its HBCU conference
9/20/2017 9:47:57 PM

By Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. (President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund) Last month, after speaking with the White House about a few calls, we had received I was asked to get a sense of where our member-schools stood on the upcoming National HBCU Week Conference. After a call with a number of our 47 member-school presidents and chancellors the overwhelming consensus was to advise that the White House consider postponing the annual National HBCU Week Conference organized by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I believed then and I am now affirmed...

The DACA debate is filled with landmines
9/16/2017 9:17:44 AM

By Printus LeBlanc On Tuesday, September 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration would be phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allowed illegal immigrant “children” to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. The administration is ending the program because several states have threatened to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of the program. A similar program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) was already ruled unconstitutional...

Congress: Act on CHIP
9/16/2017 9:16:55 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman “In this dark day of discontent So many feel despair As poverty and dissidence Cause sadness everywhere.” On May 11, 1997 Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) began his remarks at a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) conference with the lyrics above from “Freedom’s Light,” a song written by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), as the two together announced historic legislation that ultimately led to the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which has brought light, hope and health care to nearly 9...

Is peace escaping our world?
9/16/2017 9:16:35 AM

By Harry Alford It doesn’t seem believable but we may be on the verge of nuclear war. You look at all the continents on this earth and you will find unrest. There are many reasons causing this conflict and uneasiness. Perhaps the main reason is the failure of the United Nations. Before the UN there was the League of Nations which was formed after World War I for ending any future wars. It was impotent. Germany evolved into a racist war machine right in front of the League’s face. Japan walked out on a formal hearing and prepared for international conquest. Those major...

Don't sanction Americans for Russia's misdeeds
9/16/2017 9:16:15 AM

By Margo Thorning President Trump just signed a Russian sanctions bill into law -- and in doing so, narrowly avoided an economic catastrophe. Thanks to modifications to the bill's language by the House, Americans can rest easy knowing their economic future is protected.   A provision of the bill, passed by the Senate,  would have undermined U.S. competitiveness, endangering millions of jobs throughout the country -- a consequence that Russia would no doubt have welcomed. Senate changes to what is known as "Directive 4"  would have given a leg up to...

My sneeze is no gentle breeze
9/16/2017 9:15:51 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder It has been days (or has it been years) since I have enjoyed a sneeze free day. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage told me it is simply that time of the year and I should learn to deal with it. "After all," she opined, "you're not going to die." That news was not quite encouraging, because it was the hope of dying keeping me alive so far. If my brain was functioning anywhere half-decent, (and I can't remember a time it has) I probably could remember when I felt worse. However, it does not matter how I have felt in the past it is how...

Schools must welcome participation from all parents [ital]How can parents and the community get more involved in ESSA?
9/16/2017 9:15:14 AM

By Aiyana Thomas Increasing parental engagement in education has been an important task for education policy makers. While it is unfortunate that some parents do not wish to become more involved, and may not know why they should be, those who do wish to be more engaged can learn how to get more involved. Parental involvement creates positive, visible change, sets an example that influences others to participate, and nurtures student success. Parental engagement is also a major component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new national education law. Local education agencies...