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The progressive perilous effects of pollution

Pollution has increasingly become of primary concern in this nation and throughout the world with ever widening devastating consequences. In spite of innumerable local, state, national and international regulatory agencies, efforts, and laws it continues to wreak havoc on land, air and sea. Of even greater detriment, however, is the devastating cancer of mind pollution that comes in many forms and dimensions. Continue reading The progressive perilous effects of pollution

The evils of wealthification

It is not true that recent efforts to improve the condition of African Americans have been ineffective.  The initiatives have tracked well with the economic progression of the American mainstream.

America has always been a merit-based society despite national assertions about equality of human value and “classlessness.”  Nations in modern decades do not treat equally those who contribute significantly to the advancement of their countries and those who provide little of consequence.  Continue reading The evils of wealthification

Rising inequality and concentrated wealth threaten Democracy

by Edie Rasell, UCC’s Minister for Economic

Data recently released by the U.S. Department of Commerce are shocking. Corporate profits are at an 85-year high and employee compensation is at a 65-year low. No wonder people are struggling to pay their bills.

These data are another sign of the growing inequality in our country. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle is disappearing. Small paychecks contribute to the problem and so do changes in tax law. Most households have seen only minor fluctuations in their federal tax bills in recent decades. But the very highest income people – the top 1/100th of 1 percent – have received million-dollar tax cuts. Their tax payments have fallen from more than 70 percent of income before 1970 down to 20-40 percent today. Continue reading Rising inequality and concentrated wealth threaten Democracy

Lewis tapped as new CEO of Total Action for Progress

Annette Lewis
Annette Lewis

At the April 21 meeting of the TAP Board of Directors, the search team charged with finding a replacement for retired President Ted Edlich recommended Interim President Annette Lewis as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Action for Progress.  TAP’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Lewis to the position. Continue reading Lewis tapped as new CEO of Total Action for Progress

William Fleming Theater tackles genocide issue

(l to r) William Fleming Theater director Larry Van Deventer with young playwrights Jazmine Otey and Kayla Saunders. (Photos by S. Hale)
(l to r) William Fleming Theater director Larry Van Deventer with young playwrights Jazmine Otey and Kayla Saunders. (Photos by S. Hale)

by S. Rotan Hale

Through the collaborative efforts of Harrison Museum, Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT), the Advanced Theatre Class of William Fleming High School (WFHS) presented “Remnants of a Broken Past” a play that delved into the tragic issue of genocide.

The production was held Saturday, April 18 at MMT in downtown Roanoke and amazingly was written by two WFHS students, Kayla Saunders and Jazmine Otey. Continue reading William Fleming Theater tackles genocide issue