KEVIN CHAVOUS: School Choice Emerging as a Go-To Issue for African American Voters


OPINION (NNPA) – With each election, political experts can look at various voting patterns by certain groups to determine which issues are important to those groups. For instance, among African American voters, it is clear that issues such as jobs, quality housing, affordable health care and education consistently are the most significant. As it relates […]

JASON MATTHEWS: Gov’t Found Bailout Friend


OPINION – Lack of funding and poor performances in government sponsored pension funds, left them needing a bailout. The Government finally found a friend who is willing to help. That friend is, Judge Christopher M. Klein of Eastern District of California. Judge Christopher M. Klein says, in his decision for Stockton bankruptcy case is, “City, […]

JABAR SHUMATE: Embracing Educational Reform


OPINION – There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative district. I am constantly wondering how, with so many different avenues of resources […]

TIANA BURSE: Creative Thinking


OPINION – An unknown author once stated: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Whether or not we know it, each and everyone of us has some creativity lingering inside the core of our existence. And knowing this fact, I can’t help but to ask myself “why are […]

ANN DUPLESSIS: School Choice Equals Parental Choice


OPINION (NNPA) – While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Remember “All Is Well”


OPINION – I was sitting in my room and suddenly my youngest comes in and asks to hang out with her friends. Earlier I had told this girl that she did not need to ask me to do anything until her chores were done. Chores done? No! I reminded her that she needed to complete […]

TIANA BURSE: The Fear Factor


OPINION – Have you ever asked yourself “what is the meaning of life?” Recently, I found myself coming from a friend’s life celebration and while driving down a lonely two-lane road, I started to reflect on all the things my friend wanted to do, but never got around to doing them. It caused me to […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Breakfast – Important For Your Health & Wellness


OPINION – Here are some great basic principles to build a healthy breakfast. It is important to take into consideration what works best for you and your body.  For instance if you are lactose intolerant forget the dairy and supplement almond milk or almond butter.  Or if your goal is to become a vegan and […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: How to Pick The Best School for Your Child


OPINION – Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or […]

TIANA BURSE: Are You Insane?


OPINION – They say the definition of insanity is: “doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” With so many opportunities in this world to achieve a life worth living, I can’t help but to wonder why there is such a disconnect between those who want more and others who actually […]