OPINION: There is a need to make it possible for more people to be released on bail


By Howard Spence

In America, some people are charged with a crime without any credible investigation and proof, then put into jail and left there for a long time awaiting trial – despite their protests that they are innocent… That happened to a poor 16 year old black kid named Kalief Browder, who was detained in Reikers Island jail over 3 years awaiting trial with a bail of $10,000 that neither he nor his family could afford.

Opinions & Letters 14-8


OPINION: Michigan For Marriage

  By Regina Calcagno

Coalition Manager
Michigan For Marriage
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Thirty-two states in the union have recognized marriage equality, doubled from a year ago, and more than sixty-one percent of Americans live in marriage equality states. Despite this rapid progress around the country, Michigan lags behind as the people of our state impatiently wait for justice.

Do you have an opinion? 12-22

Dear TNCP,
I am recommending to all my friends and your readers that they view the movie “12 Years as a Slave” which is presently showing at NCG and Celebration Theatres here in Lansing. 

Do you have an opinion? 12-12

 Dear TNCP,

I wanted to be at the 12th year anniversary party, but was unable to attend.

Do you have an opinion? 12-10

My name is Alvin Parham and I am 45 years old. My story starts as an unbelievable experience. I never frequented going to the doctor’s office for annual check-ups because I always felt I was in excellent health. I never had an ailment; not as much as a cold besides an occasional headache due to sinus; so I thought.

Do you have an opinion? 12-6

Dear TNCP,
The Black Press – Soldiers Without Swords is an award winning documentary from 1999. it is the story of African American journalism from the mid 19th through the mid-20th centuries and the ongoing struggle against censorship and discrimination.

Do you have an opinion? 12-4

Is the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a racial entitlement or a necessary legal protection?
By Steve Horton
      Time will tell how history judges the recent comment by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia that a continuation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would be a “perpetuation of racial entitlement”. That act sought to end the legal loopholes and governmental practices that had effectively kept African Americans from the ballot box, disenfranchising them both as voters and as office holders.


By Ma’Isha Thompson
TALLAHASSEE, FL — With the downturn of the economy, it has become increasingly difficult for college graduates to gain and maintain financial stability.

Do you have an opinion? 11-26

Dear Friends,
I hope you all had a restful holiday season and that you’re enjoying the beginning of 2013.