| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:35 PM
To the editor: Frankly, I am tired of seeing black women crying over the loss of their sons. It is gut-wrenching to see signs carried by small black children that read, "Black lives matter." ("As Ferguson anger simmers, protests in other cities are more...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 11:50 AM
One can only wonder how many of the criminal looters and arsonists in Ferguson, Mo., gave a hoot about Michael Brown. I'd say they weren't thinking of him as they ransacked businesses to grab what they could for free.
The whole scenario reminds me of...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 9:09 PM
A New York grand jury Wednesday opted not to indict a white policeman in the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose last words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry for protesters who blamed his death on...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 3:44 PM
For weeks now, the media have been talking about Ferguson, Mo., and all the rioting, looting and burning of businesses there.
The scenes remind me of when I was an officer working in Los Angeles County during the 1992 Rodney King riots. I can still...
| Dec 6, 2014
In the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about President Barack Obama's response to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. Each failure to win indictment for the officers who killed these unarmed black men has left millions of...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old unarmed black man, died in an altercation in July with police, in which Officer Daniel Pantaleo had his arm around Garner's neck in what appeared to be a chokehold as other officers pressed Garner's body to the ground. A...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 12:01 AM
The majority of high-profile complaints about police behavior in African-American communities involve what could be euphemistically called “overzealousness” — mostly the use of unnecessary and clearly disproportionate force in responding...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:18 AM
Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Stevie Ray Vaughn are among the 2015 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hall announced this morning.
Just as Lehigh Valley Music said they should be.
Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes,...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 9:55 PM
A settlement requiring a California Highway Patrol officer to step down after he was videotaped punching a woman along the 10 Freeway is highly unusual and could lead to similar demands in future police misconduct lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.
| Sep 27, 2014
Whatever happened to "Obamamania?" Recent polls suggest that race relations have gotten worse since President Barack Obama's 2008 election — or, at least, that more of us Americans think they have.
It didn't help anybody's feeling of sunny...