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As I See It.... The Opinion Column for you: I am an American
By Amina Mohamed
On September 11, 2001, I was in my 5th grade music class, when the school principal made an announcement over the intercom about a tragic event that was taking place in New York City. I had no idea what was going on. Clearly, I thought this did not affect me. I went back to staring at the sheet of music in front me. 
Read More Sunday, July 15, 2012
Get It Right: Still Dreaming


By DeAndre Davis
Are we giving Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. credit for a work still in progress? I say yes. You say we have overcome, we have a black president ; Dr. King said judge a man by the content of his character not the color of his skin. This works two ways. President Barack Obama didn't have the most votes  because he was the best candidate ever, a lot of black people just voted solely on skin color. 
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
As I See It: Minorities in Agriculture

Shakara Tyler is a Penn State University senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences with two minors in Agricultural Communications and Law and Liberal Arts. During the summer of 2010 she was a research scholar at Michigan State University in the Summer Research Opportunities Program.

She writes about the plight of minorities in agriculture.


Read More Saturday, September 11, 2010
As I See It - Reflections: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration - 9-12

 I think this program (“Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration”:  A Prisoner and Youth Conversation”) is a really good idea.  I think that instead of doing it once in a while they should find the means to do it in high schools.  That’s where they need it most. 

Read More Friday, July 2, 2010
As I See It: A Doctor's Word: Uneasy About the Real Beneficiaries of Obama’s Health Care - 9-7


By Erin Marcus, M.D.
New America Media
I don’t know about you, but as I watched coverage of President Obama signing the health care bill last month, it was hard not to notice the constant ads for power wheelchairs. Emblazoned across the ads was a flashing notice reminding viewers: Medicare may cover this!
Read More Thursday, April 22, 2010
As I See It - A Room in the Writer's Mind- 9-6

By Quassan Castro

Some people think that in an effort to write a masterpiece, they need to be far away and have some type of spacey venue to relax. Well, the space should start in the mind first. Find a space in the mind and begin to create the essentials needed for a great story-words, images, characters, plot. All begins in the mind. Once the story starts to unfold in the mind, find a place.
Read More Sunday, April 18, 2010
As I See It - Follow the Money Citizens can track money contributed to political campaigns - 9-5

By Bob Robinson

During the 2008 election cycle, more than $34 million was spent lobbying Michigan legislators and supporting political candidates. That's more special interest money than in the history of Michigan elections.

Also:  See Who's Contributing to a Candidate's Campaign 



Read More Friday, March 26, 2010
New TNCP Column: “MoJo's Table-for-Two Reviews” -9-4

 Michelle and John Oliver are two graduate students who love food.  Welcome them by emailing your favorite restaurants to TNCP.

Read More Monday, March 15, 2010
Freedom of Information Act - Your Right to Know

Journalists and citizens who file Freedom of Information Act requests often expect delay or denial, unfortunately, that can impact  your daily life. Oftentimes, the lack of information provided by governmental agencies limit the ability to investigate issues, protect individuals or open the doors of justice. istockphoto

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

Did you know that you can ask for the documents below under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)?

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
As I See It - A Sign of the Times - 9-3

By David R. Breuhan 

Michigan boasts the longest coastline in the United States, has more than 12,000 inland lakes, hundreds of golf courses, state parks, camping facilities, snowmobile and hiking trails, wonderful towns and cities and a great human capital base. We enjoy four seasons and a temperate climate, and have very few natural disasters: no hurricanes, mudslides, earthquakes, wildfires. Our road system, power grid and access to unlimited supplies of fresh water are superb — all critical elements for business expansion. Our universities compete head to head with other institutions in the United States and attract students from all over the world.
Read More Thursday, February 25, 2010
Is Our Poor Mother Earth Finally Fighting Back?

By Wells Mahkee
Navajo Hopi Observer 
With all the recent tragedies the world has encountered in recent years, it's been quite surprising to me that not one person - not even in Indian Country - has mentioned what I happen to believe is happening on our poor planet Earth; our poor, neglected, abused shell of a "mother" who apparently has had quite enough of what her "children" have been doing to her and is now striking back with force. How else would you explain the recent surge in natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and the like?
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
As I See It - 8-25 - Anime: Tragedy Replaces Happy Ending in Fairy Tales







Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time in a village full of ninjas there lived an orphan named Naruto. When he was born, the chief of the village sealed a powerful and malevolent spirit of a nine-tailed fox inside thee child’s belly.

Read More Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As I See It - Hard Work and 2nd Chances - 8-24

Hard Work and 2nd Chances

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2009
me2u - Christmas - 8-23
Read More Tuesday, December 8, 2009
me2u - Blockers - 8-22

I realize people in this country feel the pressure of the instantaneous, got to have it now world and have a self-inflicted condition of having to be anywhere else right now. However, it still amazes me how many people do not seem to have the capacity to enjoy the moment.

Read More Saturday, November 21, 2009
As I See It- 8-22- Thanksgiving


Read More Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As I See It - 8-21 - College


Read More Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As I See It 8-20


Read More Sunday, October 25, 2009
As I See It 8-19

Farmer’s Market

Read More Sunday, October 11, 2009
As I See It 8-18

Fun By Melik

Read More Sunday, September 27, 2009
As I See It 8-17

Eggs By Melik

Read More Monday, September 14, 2009
As I See It 8-16


Read More Monday, August 31, 2009
As I See It 8-15

Yard Sale

Read More Thursday, August 13, 2009
As I See It 8-14


Read More Sunday, August 2, 2009
As I See 8-13


Read More Monday, July 20, 2009
As I See It 8-12

He was already a well known performer when I was born. He and his family captured the ears of many people and did not let go. I only heard bits and pieces of their uprising in the music world. It was not until I visited relatives in Maryland that began to really hear what others had been hearing for a while. It was the summer of 1983.

Read More Sunday, July 5, 2009
As I See It 8-11

“Lansing sucks.” I have heard that for years about the Lansing area and I believed it. People would talk about how there is nothing to do. I began to realize that I just was not looking in the right places. Within the last few years there has been a surge of various forms of entertainment. I know, I know, we are a long way from being a great Mecca such as Los Angeles, New York City or Atlanta but I am one that definitely appreciates what Lansing has to offer for little cost. The beauty of being in a small city with big city attributes is cheaper cost of living, ease of travel, convenience and opportunity.

Read More Sunday, June 21, 2009
As I See It 8-10


Read More Friday, June 5, 2009
As I See It? 8-8


Read More Saturday, May 9, 2009
As I See It? 8-7

House by Melik

Read More Sunday, April 26, 2009
Ask the Business Librarian 8-3


Read More Sunday, March 1, 2009
As I See It? 8-2

Flap over new Illinois Senator reminder of Reconstruction debate

Read More Sunday, February 15, 2009
As I See It? 8-1

A curious case of white security officers, an African American woman and a reporter ordered to leave with evidence

Read More Friday, January 30, 2009
As I See It? 7-26

Towering Obstacles in Prosecuting the Oscar Grant Killing

Read More Sunday, January 18, 2009
As I See It? 7-25

When Teen Murderers Go Home

Read More Sunday, January 4, 2009
As I See It? 7-24

Mumbai Terror Attacks … Fateful days that shall Change India forever!

Read More Sunday, December 21, 2008
As I See It? 7-21

Not Black President Obama, Just President Obama

President-elect Barack Obama never made race an issue in his presidential bid. Perhaps that's why he earned the endorsements of the likes of Colin Powell and Hollywood celebrities, and won over the media, writes NAM contributor Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

Read More Sunday, November 9, 2008
As I See It? 7-20

   Although I was a Republican State Representative I have decided to become a member of the Democratic Party.  My journey to change my political party was interesting and full of challenges as I grew to question my original positions.  I was brought up in a solid West Michigan Republican household. Over time I was drawn to Republican Congressman Jack Kemp's  focus on ensuring that economic growth includes groups who had previously been left behind.

Read More Sunday, October 26, 2008
Forget Apologizing to Obama, Jackson Should Apologize to Blacks for His N-Word Hypocrisy

On November 26, 2006 at a press conference in Los Angeles guess who said this: "We will challenge and urge all artists and comics to stop using this (n) word. What other group is subjected to such a degrading terminology?"

Read More Sunday, August 3, 2008
As I See It? 7-13

Democrats Rush to Dump Felon Voting Bans

Read More Monday, July 21, 2008
As I See It? 7-11

Who Asked Us? Incarcerated Young People on the Drop Out Crisis

Read More Sunday, June 22, 2008
As I See It? 7-10

As I begin this article, I think it is safe to begin with the famous quote from A Tale of Two Cities, We live in a day and time when we are experiencing,” ... best of times and the worst of times.”

Read More Saturday, June 7, 2008
As I See It? 7-9




An Open Letter to the Right Wing Pundits:
The Hypocrisy of the Right on Wright

Read More Monday, May 26, 2008
As I See It.... 7-8


Read More Monday, May 12, 2008

Why is America Still in Iraq?  The Answer is Pride


Read More Sunday, April 27, 2008
As I See It... 7-6




Read More Sunday, April 13, 2008
As I See It 7-5

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton


Read More Sunday, March 30, 2008
As I See It 7-3

Michigan’s Vote: Democrats Should Stand for Enfranchisement

Read More Sunday, March 2, 2008
As I See It? 7-2

Barack in the Bible

(The Name Game)

Read More Sunday, February 17, 2008
As I See It 7-1

As I See It...The Opinion Column for you.

The views expressed  herein do not necessarily represent the opinions of The New Citizens Press. 

Read More Sunday, February 3, 2008
As I See It? 6-26

'The Great Debaters': Why Wasn't History Good Enough?

Read More Sunday, January 20, 2008
As I See It? 6-25

Understanding Boundaries and Sexual Harassment

 Sitting at an ice-skating rink, counselor and mother Tafeni English realizes it's time to talk about sexual harassment with her young daughter.

Read More Sunday, January 6, 2008
As I See It? 6-24

I Miss My Ex-Laws at Xmas

Read More Sunday, December 23, 2007
As I See It? 6-23

Update: SHOPPING WHILE BLACK: When Your Own Do You Wrong ... Black on Black Racial Profiling

Read More Sunday, December 9, 2007
As I See It? 6-22

Don't Waste Your Time - Use it Wisely

Read More Sunday, November 25, 2007
As I See It? 6-21

Dont Waste Time- Use It Wisely

Read More Sunday, November 11, 2007
As I See It 6-20

 The Untold Tale

Read More Sunday, October 28, 2007
As I See It 6-19


Read More Sunday, October 14, 2007
As I See It 6-18

Breast Cancer Wallflower

Read More Sunday, September 30, 2007
As I See It 6-17

Children are full of questions, but clearly, we adults have a long way to go in our discussions about sexual orientation and prejudice. This month's parenting column explores how to start and expand such discussions.

Read More Sunday, September 16, 2007
As I See It 6-16

Who Asked Us? The History of My G.P.A. (Gradual Pursuit of Academics)

Read More Sunday, September 2, 2007
As I See It 6-15

As a new school year approaches, parenting columnist Dana Williams reflects upon the recent Supreme Court ruling limiting school integration policies and why now, more than ever, parents must emphasize tolerance as a core value for children.

Read More Sunday, August 19, 2007
As I See It 6-14

      In her attempts to lose weight for her upcoming wedding, columnist Dana Williams realizes she isn't sending the best messages to her young son.

Read More Thursday, August 2, 2007
As I See It 6-13

Your Claim for Benefits Has Been Denied...

Read More Sunday, July 22, 2007
As I See It 6-12

Acting 'White'

What should parents of color do when their children express concerns about 'acting white'? Columnist Dana Williams shares her story.

Read More Sunday, July 8, 2007
As I See It... 6-11


Read More Sunday, June 24, 2007
As I See It 5-10

      This is a most unfortunate saying that I have resented since my decision to enter the teaching profession.  As years go by, my first students have become the parents of my new students.  I have taught a school of classes.

Read More Sunday, June 10, 2007
As I See It... 6-9

MDOC Fires Correction Officers

Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
As I See It 6-4


Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
As I See It... 6-8

As summer break approaches, parenting columnist Dana Williams explains that efforts to teach tolerance must go beyond the school year – and beyond the classroom.

Read More Sunday, May 13, 2007
As I See It... 6-7


Read More Sunday, April 29, 2007
As I See It... 6-6


Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
As I See It... 6-5


Read More Sunday, April 1, 2007
Domestic Violence and the Police

The thought of a person victimized by a domestic abuser is stressful enough. However, to see the aftermath of women, children and sometimes men abused everyday while at work is alarming.

Read More Thursday, January 4, 2007
'He's Just So Weird'

A teenager recounts an incident where her clique cruelly and intentionally isolated a classmate who did not fit in.

Read More Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Guest Editorial By Lynn Meadows, Green Party Candidate for Michigan Secretary of State

The views expressed  herein do not necessarily represent the opinions of The New Citizens Press.Vote for Democracy!



Read More Monday, November 6, 2006
Holiness Is A Lifestyle

There was an article published in the September 6-13, 2006 edition of this paper entitled, "THE OPINION COLUMN FOR YOU.  CAN CHRISTIANS GO OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME?"

Read More Monday, October 23, 2006
Poet Trinidad Sanchez Always Supported Father's Rights

Roberto Botello’s article, “Poet Sanchez to be missed” (PWW 8-19-25), brought fond memories for his legion of fans, friends and family.

Read More Sunday, October 1, 2006
Mayor Forgets Who Put Him In Office

As the campaign to unseat our current Mayor of Lansing continues to grow in visibility, it would be prudent for all of the elected and appointed officials in Lansing city government to take notice.

Read More Sunday, October 1, 2006
Recall the Mayor

Some people are saying that we should give Lansing’s Mayor a chance. I guess for them six months isn’t enough, even though many jobs have a six-month probationary period.  Why then should it be any different for the Mayor?

Read More Saturday, September 16, 2006
The BWL Needs to Get Its House In Order

The  Board of Water and Light raised electric and water rates 2001-2003 and 2005. Water rates just increased 6.5% on July 1. Now the board is proposing a 1.5% increase for electric rates in September in order to generate an additional $1.5 million in revenues. Why so many increases?

Read More Saturday, August 19, 2006
Customer Service From Both Sides of the Fence

Dear TNCP,

I’m on both sides of the fence with customer service. I’ve been on the receiving end of bad service and I’ve been accused of giving bad service.

Read More Thursday, August 10, 2006
Let Us Unite As One Pastoral Alliance

Rev. Nathan A. Dixon, Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church responds to an article in the City Pulse newspaper ( entitled “From the pulpit to the polls” by Kyle Melinn.

Read More Thursday, July 20, 2006
Those Who Can't Do, Teach?

This is a most unfortunate saying that I have resented since my decision to enter the teaching profession. As years go by, my first students have become the parents of my new students. I have taught a school of classes. My practice has become polished with experience and lessons hard learned. I am not just a teacher anymore but a true educator. I take pride in my profession and see it as not a career but a true spiritual calling. This calling is not for everyone. Let me digress, I realize that I have loss some of the resentment for that first statement. I find discontentment and displeasure with others who share my title and claim to be peers and colleagues.

Read More Tuesday, June 27, 2006
As I See It 5-4


Read More Sunday, March 19, 2006
As I See It 4-26


Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
As I see it 4-25


Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
As I See It 4-24


Read More Sunday, December 25, 2005

   It has been a month since the burial of Rosa Parks, mother of the civil rights movement and truly one of America’s greatest freedom fighters.  And fittingly, the tributes continue.

Read More Sunday, December 25, 2005
As I See it 4-22


Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2005
As I See It 4-19

   Evolution-  "The biological theory or process whereby
organisms change with passage of time so that descendants differ from their ancestors."  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

Read More Sunday, October 16, 2005
As I See It 4-21

  Are Employers Less Likely to Hire Muslims?

Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
As I See It 4-18

JOSEPH C. PHILLIPS: Giving Till it Hurts

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2005
As I See It 4-17

"Where was G-Unit?"

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2005
As I See It 4-16


Read More Sunday, September 4, 2005
As I See It? 4-14

A Star Is Born

Read More Sunday, August 7, 2005
As I See It? 4-12

EMMETT TILL: Why the Case Still Matters

Read More Saturday, July 9, 2005
As I See It? 4-11


By Wendy Weiss

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2005
As I See It 4-7


Read More Sunday, May 1, 2005
As I See It 4-8


Read More Sunday, May 1, 2005
As I See It 4-6


Read More Saturday, April 16, 2005
As I See It 4-4


Read More Sunday, March 20, 2005
As I See It 4-5

As the debate on privatization of the Social Security System rages on, I have been forced to consider many factors of where we came from, where we are and where we are going. I first reflect on what people did before the system was instituted as a safety net for those who could not sustain an ongoing method of income to meet basic needs. In those unenlightened days [as some would say], family and community personally were considered the safety net of last resort. In those days, elderly family members who no longer could support themselves was generally taken in by family or sometimes a concerned community member. Before I go too far sounding like a conservative, let's seriously examine this ever-fading phenomenon.

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
As I See It 4-3

Speaking About Gulf War Experiences

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
As I See It 4-2

Coming or Going: Goodness Gracious, Grease Balls of Hire

Read More Sunday, February 20, 2005
As I See it 4-1

King’s inspiring imperfection

Read More Sunday, February 6, 2005

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