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Execution of Davis opens old wounds

The state of Georgia carried out the sentence of death by lethal injection on inmate Troy Anthony Davis this week. Davis, a black man, faced execution for the murder of a white police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah Ga. The murder took place Aug. 19, …

  • Raymond Dix: Obama not the enemy of blacks

    Recently, a black U.S. congresswoman from California and member of the Congressional Black Caucus stated to a predominantly black audience in Detroit, “We are getting tired, when you unleash us (on the president) we will let go.” In this short, ill-timed statement, this former president …Read More

  • Raymond Dix: Students must take responsibility for learning

    When I was beginning my first year as a high school student, I remember my parents imparting to me that education was an important key to my future success. As usual, I pretended to listen intently, while all the time still caught up in my …Read More

  • Raymond Dix: Letting go of anger first step for many

    Author and columnist John McWhorter in his column titled “Herman Cain and the Sadness of Black Folks” says black people carry a certain type of sadness about them. He bases this contention on the failure of many blacks to see that racism in America must …Read More

  • Raymond Dix: Teachers union lawsuit does not add up

    The framers of our Constitution, who established this nation as the freest society on Earth, made sure our republic would be one that protects liberty by right and rule of law. Likewise, those who wrote the tenets of the Indiana State Constitution also ensured protected …

    Raymond Dix: Find a way to respect dad, even if he failed to be one

    There is an oft-quoted passage of Scripture in the Bible that says, “Honor your father and mother, so that it may go well with you and you may enjoy a long life.” This is known as one of the Ten Commandments given by God to …

    Gov. Daniels has done right with abortion law

    Someone much wiser than me once said that if you want to get to the bottom of any problem involving people, particularly government; then you must “follow the money.” Recently, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana signed the only bill in the nation that restricts companies …

    Raymond Dix: We are all pigs at heart, but we don’t have to act like one

    Not too long ago, while taking a long drive to a destination to be named later, I began serious reflection regarding my life and the general welfare of our nation. As often happens during these intensely private moments of deep spiritual reflection, I begin to …

    Raymond Dix: Family is what makes life worth living

    On a daily basis it would be an understatement to say that our world is a difficult place. The globe turns and events happen. Another earthquake in Japan, impending threats from nuclear radioactive material, wars in the Middle East and Northern Africa and political unrest …

    Raymond Dix: Lousy economy stifling American Dream

    The latest unemployment figures give a reason to consider that the recovery of the American economy is still a long way off. With reported joblessness at 9.1 percent, and actual joblessness quite higher due to the reported rate measuring only those collecting benefits, it is …

    Raymond Dix: Bond of responsibility is essence of freedom

    Freedom is a wonderful word. For many of us the connotations conjured by the sound of that word mean so much. From the liberation of our spirit to the discharge of the repressed soul from tyranny and despotism; freedom is something desired by all. Of …

    Raymond Dix: Our own work will bring success

    When I was just a boy, I learned in a very real way about the way the world works. I thank my parents who taught me by precept and example that the world was not responsible for my happiness. In fact, they made sure I …

    Dix: Billboard may be uncomfortable to see, but the words are truth

    As a Christian, I am well-aware of the often-quoted passage of Biblical scripture in John 8:32 in which Jesus says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This statement reveals the unique quality of truth. The truth has the …

    Some advice for the next mayor of Gary

    Second of two parts In a follow up to my previous column regarding the saving of a community in distress; I want to offer these suggestions to those who seek the office of Mayor of Gary, or any community facing the challenges of survival. Yet …

    Help for restoring a city in distress

    As I sit here in my favorite burger joint, which now has free Wi-Fi, I am thinking of what qualities are necessary to lead a community like Gary, or any cities of similar size and circumstance. However, before I can entertain a discussion regarding what …

    'American experiment' not to blame in Tuscon

    Clearly the tragedy in Tuscon indicates that as much as we attempt to insulate our society from the criminal activities of those who are by all accounts mentally unstable or unbalanced, there are times when it is impossible to ward off these actions. Last Saturday …

    Change yourself before trying to change world

    Each new year celebration teases us with the hope that as the calendar changes from one A.D. to the next, we will somehow be "Harry Pottered" into some miraculous transformation. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that really only happens in the movies; and then …