Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Herman Cain running for his life ]]> Lead story image

Like the dandelions that always seem to find my yard no matter what, another election cycle is in full bloom. Stealing the thunder from the local elections are the rhetorical rampages of another presidential election looming in 2012. The media already seem possessed with who will oppose President Obama, and the Republican candidates seem content with putting up their verbal dukes in the series of debacles, uh, I mean debates over the past few months. Since we all know that no Democrat will purport to challenge the incumbent president, no matter what his poll numbers are. Political aficionados, pundits and … ]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:25:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Difficult times can build character ]]> Lead story image

Character is a powerful word that describes something we all have. The simple definition of character is “the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.” Character also speaks to our morals and ethics. Sometimes it is easy to forget that morals and ethics are either good or bad, but we all have them in some form. Most of us would be truthful in admitting we vacillate between the good and the bad, depending on the circumstances. I would like to believe that my character at all times demonstrates perfect consistency on the … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 04:13:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: College options aid in the pursuit of dreams ]]> Lead story image

I must admit the thought of going back to college in my 40s frightened me for several reasons. First, I did not really know what to expect after being away from an academic environment for so long. The last time I read a syllabus with any real intent, gasoline was cheaper than a small cheeseburger today. In addition, my thoughts raced as to what people would think about me and my seemingly lofty goals of earning a doctoral degree, when I did not even have my bachelor’s degree. As crazy as it sounds, sometimes we all care a bit too … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 04:13:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Execution of Davis opens old wounds ]]> Lead story image

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, 1989. While it is impossible for me, or any other person not privy to the trial transcripts, to judge fairly the outcome, it is possible for us to review the public response to this execution. Public reaction to this execution by the state of Georgia, perhaps more than other state capital punishment cases, sent the … ]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:56:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Obama not the enemy of blacks ]]> Lead story image

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 of the Congressional Black Caucus, and congressional lifer Maxine Waters, is asking the permission of the black community to hold President Obama’s feet to the fire for “not doing enough for the black community.” She supposes that blacks are protective of the president regarding this sort of criticism and needs permission to attack. In Waters’ … ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:45:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Students must take responsibility for learning ]]> Lead story image

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 “I Can’t Believe the Summer is Almost Over Blues.” High school would present new challenges for me; I would no longer be going to a public school, but a parochial school for the express purpose of taking advantage of the educational benefits offered. As much as I would like to end this foray into my … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:24:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Letting go of anger first step for many ]]> Lead story image

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 be lessening because many white Americans embrace the presidential candidacy of Herman Cain, a black conservative. McWhorter’s point seems to proffer the fact that whether black people support Cain is not the point, in his view, the real point is for black people to see the proverbial big picture. The larger idea that Cain’s nearly … ]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:53:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Teachers union lawsuit does not add up ]]> Lead story image

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 liberty as a matter of right for every Indiana citizen. However, even as we prepare to celebrate the 235th birthday of these United States of America, the issue of liberty and the connection to education is still of question. On Friday, the Indiana State Teachers Association filed a lawsuit in Marion County court to block … ]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 01:17:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Find a way to respect dad, even if he failed to be one ]]> Lead story image

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 His people, and it is the first commandment that comes with a promise from God. If one honors properly their parents, then God promises an improved quality of life as well as an extended quantity of life. Truly it goes without saying that a child should always honor or respect their parents. However, what of … ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:24:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gov. Daniels has done right with abortion law ]]> Lead story image

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 that perform abortions from receiving state funding. This legislation severely limits the abortion industry in Indiana. There is no doubt that House Bill 1205 caused a national controversy when signed into law by Gov. Daniels. The national and local media provided ample opportunity for those who support abortion to voice their opposition to this legislation. … ]]> Fri, 20 May 2011 23:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: We are all pigs at heart, but we don’t have to act like one ]]> Lead story image

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 channel thoughts from deposits made by my deceased relatives at various times while they were with me. In this case, my thoughts turned to something my paternal grandmother said to me when I was a very young boy. She said, “Son, you can put a pig in a tuxedo, but he will still jump in … ]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Family is what makes life worth living ]]> Lead story image

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 in many places make this world topsy-turvy to say the least. The economic situation worldwide makes life difficult for those who struggle to find food each day necessary to survival. Able-bodied people looking for legitimate work find it tough to secure gainful employment, even in the United States, the richest country on Earth. This is … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:32:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Lousy economy stifling American Dream ]]> Lead story image

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 plain to see that whatever we are doing is not working. That said, it is incumbent upon me to admit to being like the average American when it comes to economic issues. I can balance a checkbook, but I know little about what makes our economic engine run. This is precisely the problem when citizens … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:34:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Bond of responsibility is essence of freedom ]]> Lead story image

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 course, as important as the word freedom remains, the concept for which it stands is even more important. It is an idea that cost the lives of an inestimable amount of people fighting to secure its reality. From the beginning of time, the human spirit has yearned to be free. Of course, in recent history, … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:05:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raymond Dix: Our own work will bring success ]]> Lead story image

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 understood the opposite; only God is the source of true contentment and it is foolhardy at best to rely on people or the things others have and control for personal happiness or provision. Where has this approach gone in today’s world? Why do we live in a world where people feel entitled to that which … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:00:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dix: Billboard may be uncomfortable to see, but the words are truth ]]> Lead story image

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 authority to bring freedom to those who hear it and know it. A perfect illustration of this point in modern culture is the recent effort by a group called Life Always located in the Dallas area. The group legally purchased a billboard in New York City within the parameters of the standards set by the … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:31:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 before I do, it is important to say a few things about the type of person needed to lead Gary into the future, in spite of the uncertainty of the times. First, anyone desiring the challenge of leading Gary must be a person of strong character. The office of mayor, as one close to the … ]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 03:34:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 I believe the necessities for the next mayor of Gary to be, I must consider the circumstances of Gary and theorize as to how they came to be. This will be the first in a two-part series on this subject. What happened to the once-prosperous jewel by the lake known as Gary? How did a … ]]> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:52:27 -0500