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By Larry James on September 30, 2009

During September, Central Dallas Ministries passed the 1 MILLION pound mark of groceries distributed to our low-income neighbors.

1 MILLION pounds!

Through June 30, 2009, our food distribution channel had distributed more food than during all of 2008.

A combination of factors explains the rather startling growth.

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By Gerald Britt on September 30, 2009

There's been a little angst regarding The Dallas Morning News' editorial board's 'Bridging the Gap' project. For two years now, there has been a special initiative to focus on the disparity between North and South Dallas. It's important since South (or southern) Dallas represents some 80% of the city land mass, but is woefully underdeveloped representing less than 20% of Dallas' tax base. Most of the city's poorest neighborhoods are found in southern Dallas - more particularly the South Dallas/Fair Park area and West Dallas.

It is amazing, that the attitude of many who respond to issues raised about this disparity have a 'damn 'em all to hell', 'serves 'em right' attitude towards the poor in this region of our city. When investment in southern Dallas is brought up, some northern residents complain about the amount of tax money that must be spent on people who 'don't deserve it'. It is amazing that they have a difficult time seeing that economic development in the southern sector expands the tax base and lessens the tax burden on everyone. Of course that's simply the economic rationale.

And its not the only angst being expressed.

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By Ken Poland on September 30, 2009

A.Word.A.Day, with Anu Garg


"It's a fantastic spot. But what happens to viewers' trust of Barclays when they realize all commercials are fake, shot on soundstages, and built on camera tricks and fancy editing and legerdemain?"
(Simon Houpt; Spotting the Fake; Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Aug 14, 2009.)

Soundstages, camera tricks, fancy editing, and legerdemain have been honed to perfection by our public leaders. Politicians, News Reporters, Opinion Writers, and a great many of our religious leaders use all of these methods to recruit followers. We writers for Everyday Citizen aren't above embellishing our own opinions by leaving out 'the rest of the story', sometimes.

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By Janet Morrison on September 29, 2009

Katrina Hobbs has been dynamic since she was five years old. She was probably dynamic before then, but I didn't know her before then.

When Katrina was little, she and her sister, Lewanna, attended our summer Kids Kamp program. While other kids just showed up to attend, Katrina and Lewanna would go home in the evenings and turn cheers and chants into songs and activities and bring them back for us to do at Kids Kamp.

Katrina's family lived in Roseland Homes and attended J.W. Ray Elementary. They would always bring reports of winning different oratorical contests and straight A's on their report cards.

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By Denise Cassells on September 29, 2009

Having had very intelligent conversations with many who identify themselves as Republicans, with any luck common sense will prevail when ballots offer an alternative to Lynn Jenkins in 2010.

Many people in recent years have come to realize that the GOP has abandoned its stance on limited government. After all, under the Republican controlled White House, Senate, and House, government expanded.

Conventional wisdom that says Democrats are most likely to break the piggy bank was thrown out after the Carter Administration. Still, many fear an increased Democratic majority in Congress topped by a Democratic president. Yet, the proof is in the pudding, Democrats spend less than the party who decries no spending.

If limited government is the goal, history tells us we should root for Democratic presidents. No matter which party is in power, Texans should be banned from the White House.

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By Levi Henry on September 28, 2009

Dick Kelsey spent some more of his own hard earned dollars to showcase some of his top brass supporters for his bid for Congress in KS-04. Last week, Kelsey posted this radio spot featuring Kansas GOP Presidential caucus winner Gov. Mike Huckabee in a strong endorsement.

(Script of Huckabee Spot after the jump.)

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By Colin Curtis on September 28, 2009

About a week ago I was elected to be the new State President of the Kansas Young Democrats.

One of my first goals was to create the Kansas Young Democrats Alumni Association. I wanted to establish this to create a place where new Young Dems and past Young Dems can better connect. The Alumni Association will be used to connect democrats young and old statewide to build a stronger party and a strong youth motivated organization.

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By James Bordonaro on September 28, 2009

Miami congressional representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (18th Dist. Republican) a Cuban-American, [hence the reference to Ricky Riccardo] has been one of most vocal supporters of the de facto government in Honduras following the midnight coup that put the former president, Manuel Zelaya, into exile wearing nothing but his pajamas [you can't make this kind of stuff up folks]. Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen has been flying solo as the coup has been denounced by virtually every government in the region. Recently, it seems the Honduran government has suspended civil liberties and shut down two major media outlets. Read more at the link here.

The former president "snuck" back into the country last week and is holed up in the Brazilian Embassy. The Brazilian government has successfully lobbied the United Nations for a resolution calling on the coup leaders to stop harassing the personnel in the embassy by such things as cutting power, hindering deliveries and perhaps even deploying a chemical irritant.

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By Janet Morrison on September 27, 2009

I keep telling people that every day I become more and more impressed with the 20-something age group. They are innovative critical thinkers who know and utilize technology and want to change the world. And so many of them are on the path to do just that!

Tameshia is an African American Studies AND Latin American Studies double major. She has taken some time off so she can save up to finish her last year at school. Though I am definitely encouraging her to go back, I'm extremely glad we have her and want to find ways to keep her!

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By Eden Fuson on September 27, 2009

He awakes every day, knowing that it will be a struggle. He takes 10 pills a day to manage his disorders. He struggles with suicide almost daily. Some days are tougher than others. There are times he hears voices, that tell him to kill himself, other times he hears voices that tell him someone is in danger. He never feels “normal,” as hasn’t for as long as he can recall.

As difficult as it is for him, it’s not a problem that he deals with by himself. Like so many with mental illness, his family is affected by his disease.

It started when he was a child. He grew up in an abusive household. He was only 19, when he saw his mother murder his father. He held his dying dad in his arms, as the police took his mother away. For many years, he self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. He never found one that would take his pain away.
He had two children, yet that couldn’t fill the hole in his heart.

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By Eden Fuson on September 27, 2009

For starters, some may say that a dog is just a dog. And they are right. Dogs aren’t like humans, they don’t impact the world like us, they don’t run countries or raise children. Yet, for me, one dog has made me look at life differently. He made me realize things I already knew, and now I want to live bigger and better.

Lesson #1: Love Unconditionally

Not everyone you encounter in life will like you, let alone love you, but those who do deserve unconditional love. Love without expectations, that is always present. Give and you shall receive.

Lesson #2: Be Proud of Who You Are

You are unique, with your own thoughts, goals, experiences, personality and looks. Sometimes, you will be judged, but you are who you for a reason. Whether you are too big (as in Zyne’s case), too small or not so good looking, you must always carry your head held high, walk proudly and know that you have purpose.

Lesson #3: If You Have a Job, Do it Well

If given a job or duty, perform it to the best of your abilities. We are often faced with tasks that are too difficult, or even too mundane, that we’d rather not do. If not given a job in this life, assign yourself one. Every thing we do teaches us a lesson, and can possibly impact others.

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By Larry James on September 27, 2009

Here are some facts:

  • From January through June 2008, Central Dallas Ministries worked with 25,542 different individuals and, among other things, distributed 277,056 pounds of groceries and foodstuffs to assist low-income people "make ends meet."
  • From January through June 2009, CDM worked with 31,100 different individuals and distributed 614,522 pounds of groceries and foodstuffs to assist in the "making ends meet" exercise.
While serving 22% more individuals, pounds of food distributed increased by a whopping 222%!

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By John Atlas on September 27, 2009

By now most Americans have heard of the group, ACORN. It is so unique the mainstream press, especially the Washington Post, CNN, and other television networks are ill prepared to explain what it really is. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is a nation-wide anti-poverty group that has, through community organizing, pressured powerful banks to provide home ownership opportunities for working people. It has fought to raise workers' wages, get traffic lights at dangerous intersections, increase police protection in low-income neighborhoods, and help families avoid foreclosures.

The group has improved the lives of millions of working families and strengthened America's democracy through its voter registration efforts. ACORN helped lift low-waged poor out of poverty by building the "living wage" and minimum wage movement, perhaps the most successful poor people's campaign during the past two decades. Coordinated and inspired by ACORN's Living Wage Resource Center, what began as a series of local efforts in the late 1990s, led to a national boost in the minimum wage in 2007, an increase signed by George Bush.

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By Ken Poland on September 26, 2009

I stand by my last blog post concerning the Health Care Reform Bill!

There is certainly room for disagreements with provisions in that bill, but you need to know what you are disagreeing with. HR3200 Sec. 1233 does not mandate end of life procedures! It makes consultations with health care professionals elegible for reimbursement by Medicare. It allows paid for consultations once every 5 years. Do a search via google for Health Care Reform bill and you can find a complete copy of the bill, available free for download. Go to Sec. 1233 and read it.

The bill lists several areas that you can and should let your wishes be known concerning how aggressive you want your health care provider to be.

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By Gerald Britt on September 26, 2009

"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition."

Indira Gandhi, 1917-1984
Prime Minister of India, 1966-1977, 1980-1984

By Larry James on September 26, 2009

In view of the current "conversation" regarding race and racism in the United States, I found Melissa Harris-Lacewell's essay, Can We? A Brief History of American Racism, published on The Nation website (September 16, 2009) worth a read.

To hear a thoughtful sermon by Dr. John Fiedler on the benefits of civil argument and the downside of the uncivil variety, click here and then select "What Are We Arguing About?" Once you are there you can fast forward to 30:14 to the start of the message.

By Gerald Britt on September 26, 2009

A new study out of Washington promotes taxing foods with high fat and low nutritional value. The think tank behind the study, the Urban Institute, and pundits suggest the tax would help drive down cost in a couple of ways.

Last year, $200 billion – 9 percent of all health care costs – was spent on health care related to obesity. And a "fat-foods tax" would generate $500 billion over 10 years and help cover the projected $1 trillion anticipated cost of health care reform.

Yet in poor communities, such as those in some parts of southern Dallas, high-fat, low-nutritional foods often make up the majority of what's available. Fresh fruits and vegetables are, by comparison, expensive and not as easy to find. And low incomes, lack of transportation and too few grocery stores limit shopping options. Those facts make the proposed tax regressive and punitive towards those with limited access to healthier alternatives.

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By Janet Morrison on September 26, 2009

When we began talking about starting educational programming for teens, I was aware of the stories that getting teenagers to come could be challenging. But I also know that so many of our teenagers are eager to go to college and simply don't have the knowledge of how to be prepared and how to get through all of the paperwork. After interviewing Terrence for the Americorps position, I knew he was the perfect person for the job.

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By Ken Poland on September 25, 2009

The hullabaloo that was raised by radical opponents of the Health Care Bill provision that called for ‘End of Life Counseling’ just doesn’t resonate with the reality of how society looks at the sanctity of life. In an article I just read in the Miami Herald written by James H. Burnett III, he comments on the difficulty in raising $11,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the murderer of a couple college students. But, apparently, in the same time period they had to plead for people to stop donating to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the butcherer who had slaughtered some horses. That fund had reached $80,000. What does that say about sanctity of life? We have a large and influential group of people who seem to be far more concerned about the welfare of animals than they are the welfare of human beings. They seem to be far more concerned about the welfare and treatment of domestic livestock, from birth to death, than they are the welfare of the human work force involved in the food chain. They have, sometimes, unreasonable demands on the resources available to meet their criteria. Where is the demand for resources to meet the welfare of humanity?

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By Janet Morrison on September 25, 2009

The Roseland Library/Bookstore was a buzz of activity when I entered. Ms. Anna's class from the After-School Academy was there for their KidzLit reading class. They had finished reading the book and doing their activities and were all browsing the library.

I noticed a low-key ruckus beginning to take place. I looked over to see Randy rather upset. One of the kids had picked up a book and Randy was afraid he was going to buy it. Miss Katrina intervened, "What's wrong?" Randy, upset, tried to explain, "He's got the book I wanted to buy!!" Katrina calmly explained to Randy, "He doesn't have any money with him today. He was just looking at the book." The other child finished looking at the book and turned it over to Randy. Randy was then able to get his book and pay Miss Katrina at the check out desk. (I believe I heard a sigh of relief. :) )

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Earlier posts in this month:

Ford Motor Company Screws American Workers, September 25, 2009
Jasper and the Economy, September 25, 2009
Commanding Heights, September 25, 2009
Certain Lawmakers Value Banks' Interest Over Families, September 24, 2009
After-School Programs Matter, September 24, 2009
Money-Driven Medicine, September 24, 2009
Where Were Those Teabaggers When We Needed Them?, September 24, 2009
'LIAR, LIAR': Announcing the 1st Annual William Blake Awards, September 24, 2009
A DREAM for America, September 24, 2009
The Remaking of the Right, September 24, 2009
Why Is the Corporate Media Ignoring Sibel Edmonds?, September 24, 2009
Red Herrings in This Kettle of Fish, September 24, 2009
The Clinton Global Initiative, September 23, 2009
You Can Make a Difference Today, September 23, 2009
Support Public Option: Get Your Free Bumper Sticker!, September 23, 2009
Kansas AG Steve Six Acts to Protect Seniors, September 23, 2009
Nurses Provide Input to Kansas US Congressional Delegation, September 23, 2009
Why the Public Option Works, September 23, 2009
Greensburg Rebuilds 'Greenest Town in Rural America', September 23, 2009
The Ideal Society, September 23, 2009
Conservative Joe Scarborough Calls for Republicans to Repudiate Glenn Beck, September 23, 2009
Overlooking Downtown Muskegon from the Vantage of Gourmet Mac and Cheese, September 22, 2009
Happy Chickens ? ?, September 22, 2009
Looking for a community gardener, September 22, 2009
Khadijah Williams Update, September 22, 2009
Legislating From the Bench, September 22, 2009
Murkowski Amendment Seems Oddly Familiar, September 22, 2009
The Absurdity of Modern Food, September 22, 2009
Take the Torture Investigation to the Top, September 22, 2009
Kansans Laugh at Rep. Tiahrt's Health Reform Lies, September 22, 2009
Malpractice Lawsuits in Healthcare, September 22, 2009
Radical People Need Disclaimers, September 22, 2009
Malpractice 'Tort Reform' Effects on Health Care Costs are Minimal, September 22, 2009
Cultures Change, September 21, 2009
Bridging the Gap: A Significant Effort, September 21, 2009
What Do Doctors Really Think About Public Options?, September 21, 2009
The United States Constitution as Settled Law, September 21, 2009
Grassroots Efforts by United Steelworkers Help Keep Jobs in the U.S., September 20, 2009
Capitalism: A Love Story - Review, September 20, 2009
Gratitude for Two Lights, September 20, 2009
Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty, September 20, 2009
True Energy Self Sufficiency, September 20, 2009
Make the f-stop sharpen the bright spots, September 20, 2009
The Billionaires Have Us Right Where They Want Us, September 20, 2009
Ted Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Universal Health Care, September 19, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, September 19, 2009
Stand Up for the Constitution: Support Progressive Judges, September 18, 2009
Those Wanting to Kill Reform Push the Myth of 60 Votes, September 18, 2009
Lynn Jenkins: Laughing All the Way to the Bankers, September 18, 2009
Stimulus Dollars at Work in Kansas to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections, September 18, 2009
Financial Literacy: A Cornerstone to Asking Tough Questions, September 18, 2009
Republicans Raise Money w/ Dated Unemployment Numbers, September 18, 2009
College Students: The lost generation of workers?, September 18, 2009
Universal Coverage for All, September 17, 2009
Fear Tactics: Turning Out To Be a Hard Sell, September 17, 2009
Tired of People Dying Needlessly? You Can Make It Stop!, September 17, 2009
Tracking Rep. Lynn Jenkins' Many Failures:, September 17, 2009
That's Incredible, September 17, 2009
God Bless America, September 17, 2009
Health Insurance Co-Ops: A Risky Scheme?, September 16, 2009
Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other, September 15, 2009
Not Too Late: Support Obama's Financial Industry Overhaul, September 15, 2009
Indra Nooyi, September 15, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, September 15, 2009
Jenkins Sends Form Letter, Cites Lewin Group, September 14, 2009
Nurses in Kansas Support Health Insurance Reform, September 13, 2009
We Owe it to Ourselves to Get This Right, September 13, 2009
Discovered Through Right Relationships: Justice for the Poor, September 13, 2009
The History of Our Progress, September 12, 2009
Protecting Something Essential, September 12, 2009
The Collaboration Between Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch, September 11, 2009
Didn't See The Memo, Joe?, September 11, 2009
Health Care Reform Liars and Dupes, September 11, 2009
America's Moral Bumper Sticker on the Anniversary of 9/11, September 11, 2009
Letter to Jerry, September 11, 2009
Prosperity Gospel and Foreclosures, September 11, 2009
Sage Analysis and Advice, September 11, 2009
It's You, Not Me, September 11, 2009
The Age of Disrespect, Part 2, September 10, 2009
Pants on Fire, September 10, 2009
A Peek at a Civil Health Care Conversation, September 10, 2009
My Friend Marco, September 10, 2009
The Fight's Not Over: We Need Your Help, September 9, 2009
Thinking of the School Children, September 9, 2009
So You Think You Can Dance Around the Issue of Clean Energy?, September 9, 2009
Barack Obama's Subversive Education Speech (*sigh*), September 9, 2009
Facebook Friends, September 9, 2009
Creating Connections: Role Reversal, September 9, 2009
Will This Be On The Test?, September 7, 2009
Jasper Protests the War, September 7, 2009
Hats Off to the Labor Movement, September 7, 2009
Workers Are Often Cheated, September 7, 2009
It's the Worst Display of America's Worst Side, September 7, 2009
Discovering Meaning in the Health Insurance Debate, September 7, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, September 7, 2009
What's really going on here?, September 6, 2009
What A Blessing!, September 6, 2009
Imagining Poverty, September 5, 2009
Progressives and the Role of Government, September 4, 2009
Clean Indoor Air: We've Come a Long Way, Baby, September 4, 2009
So, Can We Stop Fooling Ourselves Now?, September 4, 2009
German: Permanent Supportive Housing, September 4, 2009
The Work Goes on, The Cause Endures, September 4, 2009
Education Yields Fear for the Ignorant, September 4, 2009
The Challenge of Society Doing the Right Thing, September 3, 2009
Local Joints and Community, September 3, 2009
I'm Glad He Lived to Comb Gray Hair, September 3, 2009
VIDEO: Rep. Jenkins Caught, Ms. Smith Speaks Out, September 3, 2009
Far Right Launches Site to Destroy 'Leftist' College Teachings, September 3, 2009
Tiresome Work, September 2, 2009
Health Care Profiteers Need a Shorter Leash, September 2, 2009
New poll shows strong support for senate energy legislation, September 2, 2009
You Don't Get 'Do-Overs' with Capital Punishment, September 2, 2009
A little boy, a mom and the first day back, September 2, 2009
Who's laughing now? Turning the tide on Rep. Lynn Jenkins!, September 2, 2009
First Meeting - So Far, So Good, September 1, 2009
David Shipler on American Poverty, September 1, 2009
President Cheney, September 1, 2009
Young Workers: A Lost Decade, September 1, 2009
The Moral Code of the Health Care Debate, September 1, 2009
VIDEO: Rep. Jenkins Laughs at Uninsured Single Mother, Son, September 1, 2009

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