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Plaza under siege by homeless, mentally ill

Last Wednesday a mentally ill, homeless woman entered a business in the Brownsville Renaissance plaza at Northwest 54th Street and Seventh Avenue. She panhandled the customers, verbally abused the cashier and grabbed a tip jar off the counter. When the ...

Free community college can only be good

The vitriolic reaction to President Barack Obama’s Jan. 9 announcement that he was seeking ways to provide free community colleges to Americans was disheartening. The quick, negative feedback to the president’s proposal to have the federal government pay for two ...

A time for tolerance

The last several weeks have reminded all of us that there are different ethnic cultures and religions in this world. We also have been made aware of how our beliefs can lead to disagreements and violence. It can be a ...

Gay marriage is a civil right

It was more than time that Tallahassee stopped playing judge when it comes to how people want to live their lives. On Jan. 5, Florida administered its first gay marriage. The waste of taxpayers money on this issue was embarrassing ...

Rollback views of 7th Avenue

North Miami residents made their concerns known Monday during a town hall meeting about a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in their neighborhood. Residents in District 3 urged their Councilman Phillipe Bien-Aime to oppose opening a new Walmart in their neighborhood. ...

Crime problem needs solutions

Gun violence has plagued Miami’s Black community all year. But in the past month, senseless shootings have erupted in Liberty City and Overtown at alarming levels. Some 19 people have been injured in drive-by shootings since Dec. 14. Parents and ...

No place to call home

It is most disappointing that in our community, residents are still faced with housing discrimination. With the Housing Opportunity for Project Excellence Inc. (HOPE) on the case, some of these rental complexes are exposed.

A bad lesson from Tondreau

The short political career of Lucie Tondreau is over. North Miami ’s first Haitian-American female mayor had an opportunity to represent her city and race with pride. But the vices of power and greed became her downfall as she was ...

Time to speak up on Alzheimer’s

Thousands of relatives who serve as caregivers make tremendous sacrifices daily to help their loved ones live with this debilitating disease. It steals loved ones minute by minute and day by day. But in addition to suffering stress and financial ...

Legal fight one way to solve Opa-locka problem

city of Opa-locka commissioner Timothy Holmes resolution term limits retroactively

Prosecutor responsible for Ferguson unrest

Monday night, after months reviewing evidence and hearing from witnesses, the decision came on whether to charge white police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown. The grand jury said no. Soon after, Ferguson erupted ...

Monestime rises on Miami-Dade commission

Monday was a special day for District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime. By a unanimous vote, Monestime made history by becoming the first Haitian-American to serve as chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. The role caps a success story of a ...

Beware of SkyRise tapping into our pockets

SkyRise last Thursday told minority and women business owners that it has $10 million worth of contracts available for them to participate in its project. That sounds like good news on the surface. But SkyRise’s project is estimated to cost ...

Ferguson, a ticking time bomb

Michael Brown is dead. It’s been more than 100 days since Officer Darren Wilson killed him. Gov. Jay Nixon recently declared a state of emergency in Missouri. These are facts. When this paper hits the press, 103 days would have ...

Sesame Street: 45 years of transcending race

The hit children’s show, “Sesame Street,” is a mainstay on public television today. But when it debut on public television some 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” was groundbreaking. The cast was diverse group of puppets of ...

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