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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

Native Americans Still Struggle 90 Years After Citizenship

By Mark Anthony Rolo

Ninety years ago, the U.S. Congress granted American Indians the ironic right to become citizens of their own land.

On June 2, 1924, Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, in part to recognize the Native Americans who had fought in World War I. It took a few decades more before every state obeyed this law.

But the Indian Citizenship Act was designed not so much to grant equal rights to Native Americans as it was to further assimilate the Indian into American society.

Five Years After Dr. Tiller's Murder, Need to Lessen Rhetoric

by Angie Trudell Vasquez

It’s been five years since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down by an anti-abortion fanatic, and if it taught us anything, it taught us that we need reasonable dialogue on the subject of abortion.

We don’t need gunshots, firebombs, threats or continued bullying of doctors and their female patients who are seeking services guaranteed to them under the law.

On Sunday, May 31, 2009, Scott Roeder shot Tiller through the eye while the doctor was serving as an usher at his church in Wichita, Kan. Roeder was convicted of murder, and is now serving a life sentence.

Maya Angelou Spoke for Everyone

by Brian Gilmore

Maya Angelou represented the quintessential African-American voice in American art, though she spoke for all: women, men, children, the world.

The writer, poet, dancer, songwriter, performer and ambassador of goodwill, who died on May 28, was an artistic giant. She rose out of adversity.

A Wise Choice to Head Up the HUD

by Jose Miguel Leyva

President Obama has made a wise choice by reportedly tapping Julian Castro to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

As the mayor of San Antonio, Castro runs one of the largest cities in the nation and is intimately familiar with urban issues.

Plus, one of his closest friends is Henry Cisneros, the former mayor of San Antonio who went on to head up HUD under President Clinton. Cisneros will be able to help Castro navigate the bureaucracy.

Why Black Colleges Aren't Graduating Enough Athletes

By Fred McKissack

It’s graduation time, but too many athletes from historically black colleges aren’t walking across the stage to get their diplomas.

The NCAA just released its annual Academic Progress Report for Division I sports. Of the 17 men’s football and basketball teams banned from post-season play, eight are historically black colleges and universities. Five of the schools are members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, a powerhouse of the historically black colleges and universities.