Milking Public Education

Milking Public Education

The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be. I looked around as I dug my hands into my pockets, struggling to retain heat. Across the street was a public housing development that...
Health Care Access Shouldn’t Require Good Luck

Health Care Access Shouldn’t Require Good Luck

I may have lupus, but I’m lucky. When I was 13 and growing up in Augusta, Georgia, I began to experience the same symptoms of the chronic inflammatory disease that my mother was diagnosed with in her early 30s. A group of capable doctors identified the problems...
Crushing College Dreams

Crushing College Dreams

As graduation season swings into high gear, a new economic crisis confronts thousands of this year’s high school and college grads — crushing college student loan debt. America’s student loan debt recently reached the $1-trillion mark. That’s...
Meting out Injustice in Mississippi

Meting out Injustice in Mississippi

Two years ago, Mike McIntosh suffered brain damage as well as stab wounds, a broken nose, and other injuries when he was beaten nearly to death during a melee at a prison in Mississippi. A dozen others were hospitalized. The fight, which the Justice Department says a...
The Class of 2012’s Choice

The Class of 2012’s Choice

Millions of college graduates will soon walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. Given the harsh reality of today’s economy, here’s the commencement speech I’d like to deliver to the class of 2012: Congratulations on your degrees. And sorry...