August 2014

Rush to Judgment(s) in Ferguson

by Diane Dimond on August 25, 2014

Michael Brown: Was College Bound

Michael Brown: Was College Bound

It has been a monumental, multi-layered tragedy of errors.

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black teen was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer. A scuffle at the patrol car, which has still not been fully explained, sparked the deadly encounter. And immediately, various groups of people jumped to conclusions making the situation so much worse than it needed to be.

Overly passionate, fact-lacking comments from Ferguson residents were broadcast nationwide and citizens across the country heard variations of this story line: A white officer shot a mild-mannered, college-bound black teenager in the back even though the teen had his hands up and kept saying, “Don’t shoot.” [click to continue…]

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The Disabled Deserve a Better Tax Code

by Diane Dimond on August 18, 2014

Sara Wolff at US Capitol -A Remarkable Advocate

Sara Wolff  (L) at US Capitol -A Remarkable Advocate

It’s time for the U.S. Tax Code get in sync with the times. What used to seem like sound tax policy decades ago just isn’t anymore. Here’s a case in point.

Meet Sara Wolff. She is a remarkable, hardworking young woman of 31 who lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania. She takes on multiple jobs and lives with her father and brother. Her older sister lives nearby. Sara has another brother who lives in Florida and, all told, she has eight nieces and nephews and two godchildren who love her to pieces.

Sara’s full-time job working as a law clerk keeps her busy but she also finds time to volunteer at the Keystone Community Resources Center which services those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Preparing Students to Protect Themselves

by Diane Dimond on August 11, 2014

Robert Tipton, Hazing Victim

Robert Tipton, Hazing Victim

                     “Vicious, even deadly, hazing is still a shameful college tradition….” 

It’s the time of year when, all across the nation, parents are getting their college-bound students ready to leave the nest. May I suggest as you shop for the essentials — you know, the bed linens, the mini-microwave and the ubiquitous bean bag chair — you tell your child the story of Robert Tipton, Jr..

Robert left Memphis, Tennessee with big plans for the future. He attended High Point University in North Carolina. In the spring of 2012, Robert pledged to become a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity because what college kid doesn’t want to feel like they are part of a popular group, right?

Robert left Memphis, Tennessee with big plans for the future. He attended High Point University in North Carolina. In the spring of 2012, Robert pledged to become a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity because what college kid doesn’t want to feel like they are part of a popular group, right?

On the morning of March 26, 2012 young Robert was found beaten, unconscious and not breathing in an apartment not far from the High Point campus. When paramedics got him to the hospital he was declared dead. [click to continue…]

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It’s Mexico’s Turn to Give Back 

by Diane Dimond on August 4, 2014

This Veteran Needs to Come Home

This Veteran Needs to Come Home

Okay, I’m going to propose something radical. I’m sure it doesn’t fit into the strict confines of how our U.S. State Department conducts foreign policy but here goes …

How about we ask Mexico to do us a favor for once? Not only has that sieve of a country sat back and watched as more than 100-thousand desperate Hondurans, Guatemalans and El Salvadorans streamed through on their northward search for a safer life, they have also taken decades of generous U.S. foreign assistance without so much as a what-can-we-do-for-you?

Well, here’s what they can do for us. They can expedite the judicial process for U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, held in Mexico since the last day of March, 2014. He is due back in court in Tijuana this coming Monday but without some high powered attention being applied it’s unlikely he will be quickly released. [click to continue…]

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