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To create more jobs now, President Barack Obama is sending Congress the American Jobs Act – a set of ideas supported by both Democrats and Republicans that Congress must pass right away. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. Here’s how: •First, it provides a tax cut for small businesses, not big corporations, to help them hire and expand now and provides an additional tax cut to any business that hires or increases wages. •Second, it puts more people back to work, including up to 280,000 teachers laid off by state-budget cuts, first respondOfficial White House Photo by PETE SOUZA ers and veterans coming back President Barack Obama delivers an address on jobs and the economy to a Joint Session of Congress from Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8. Behind the president are Vice construction workers repairPresident Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. ing crumbling bridges, roads and more than 35,000 public schools, with projects chosen by need and impact, not earmarks and politics. And, it expands job opportunities for hundreds of See JOBS, Page 2
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Tommy Daymond By Terrika Mitchell Outlook Staff Writer
Miracle Hill Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center was “founded on Good Samaritan principles” in 1968. According to its website, it operates with approximately 150 dedicated employees. One of those employees, the center’s activity director and volunteer coordinator, is Tommy Daymond, a Winter Haven, Fla. native. For 20 years he has provided service to residents and patients of Miracle Hill. Daymond was awarded for his tremendous efforts and named Activity Professional of the Year for 20102011 by Florida Health Care See POW, Page 2
FMU President Lewis (third from left) poses with members of the FMU Board of Trustees and descendants of A. L. Lewis after dedicating the recently restored A. L. Lewis Archway Plaza during a ceremony celebrating the school’s former entryway and historic roots in St. Augustine, Florida. By Terrika Mitchell Outlook Staff Writer
A melodious, choral rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice” sounds through the phone as the caller holds. It is abruptly interrupted when a university official answers. Florida Memorial University (FMU) is not just South Florida’s only historically black university or Florida’s third oldest institution of higher learning. When it was still Florida Baptist Academy in Jacksonville, the school became most popular for being the birthplace of the black
national anthem. The song was written by James Weldon Johnson, who was assisted by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson, a faculty member at the time. Florida Baptist Academy and Florida Baptist Institute in St. Augustine, Fla. merged in 1941 and became Florida Normal and Industrial Institute – which became FMU in 1963. Tradition, coupled with dedication, is at the root of the university’s core values. According to fmuniv.edu, “The University was established by, and remains closely affiliated with, the Baptist Church. However, our motto,
‘Leadership, Character, and Service,’ emphasizes Christian values. Strong moral character, mutual respect, freedom of worship and a commitment to serve are the hallmarks of what it means to be a Florida Memorial Lion.” According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, recruiters at HBCUs are breaking the mold. In attempts to increase enrollment numbers, they are reportedly equally targeting nonblack students to attend their universities. “Colleges are showcasing unique programs. Florida Memorial University in Miami GarSee FMU, Page 2
Gardens of Weems committed to service By Ashley Hogans Outlook Staff Writer
During the late 1990s, Gardens of Weems Plantation neighborhood, known for its community service and friendliness, was developed. The neighborhood is located off of Weems Road between East Mahan Drive and Southeast Capital Circle. “They have provided for the Second Harvest Food Bank for the last two years and they have also put out bells for the food banks,” said Cheri Lewis Garbark, property manager of Gardens of Weems Plantation and owner of Lewis Property Management. Gardens of Weems Plantation has a homeowners association, which oversees the community. The volunteer board members have hosted events for the neighborhood to bring everyone closer together. “We have an annual garage sale, Easter egg hunt and an endof-the-year pizza party for the
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Gardens of Weems Plantation neighborhood, known for its community service and friendliness kids of the neighborhood,” said Garbark. The neighborhood encompasses 371 homes, and has a diverse community, which ranges
from different age groups. The homeowners association is very active in the community and is preparing for their annual Octoberfest Picnic, which will be
held October 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will have food, games and a live band. “This year the Tallahassee Police Department will be there to give children finger print cards in case they are abducted,” Garbark said. The association meets once a month to keep residents informed concerning neighborhood events and programs. The board feels that it is important to let the community know what is going on in the neighborhood. One thing the association strongly believes in is community service. The neighborhood has teams known as the Women of Weems and Men of Weems, who helps fund money for projects such as providing a playground for the children, benches, beautifying the neighborhood and helping others. “We have people who are elderly who cannot afford to keep their homes maintained and the See NEIGHBORHOOD, Page 2
For more than 240,000 Floridians getting federal unemployment benefits the next few months will be uncomfortably familiar. Funding for the payments ends in January unless Congress reauthorizes a program that’s been a financial lifeline for the long-term jobless. And it’s not yet clear how that will play out. Lawmakers from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C., have discovered the political potency of fiscal restraint, and there is little stomach for more spending – in this case $45 billion for the unemployed. More Floridians suing debt collectors for cell calls Florida consumers aggravated by annoying “robo calls” on their cell phones from debt collectors are fighting back – suing the companies that make the calls and often collecting cash settlements from the lenders. Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott D. Owens has filed dozens of civil lawsuits against lenders and debt collection agencies. He says they have been violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using “autodialers” – services that automatically store and call phone numbers, then play a pre-recorded message that says something like, “This is Debt Collector X calling for John Jones. If this is John Jones, please press one, if not, press two.” If the companies don’t play by the rules, the law says they can be forced to pay the consumer $500 in damages per call or $1,500 per call for “knowing or willful” violations.
This Week’s Word “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
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Election panel approves legislative package proved by the board, which reviewed six proposals brought to it by elections commission Executive Director Rosanna Catalano in preparation for the 2012 session that begins in January. The unpaid fines proposal would prevent candidates from collecting contributions or spending money on campaigns until their past unpaid fines were taken care of. In a unanimous vote, the commission said lawmakers need to put more teeth in the laws to get the attention of those who refuse to pay, even af after they are fined. “It should be something that happens before you are even able to run,”
said Commissioner Alia Faraj-Johnson. “You can’t start your campaign until you have paid your fines.” Currently, the commission can place a lien on property for unpaid fines for up to 20 years. After that, the lien expires. The seeming lack of consequences has led many a political candidate or party official to go years without paying. In May, the commission released a list of 184 cases with fines totaling nearly $1.4 million. Many of those have already been written off by the state. The vast majority of the unpaid fines are for $5,000 or less, but there are also a handful of large payments outstand-
thousands of low-income youth and adults through a new Pathways Back to Work Fund that supports summer and year-round jobs for youth; innovative new job training programs to connect low-income workers to jobs quickly; and successful programs to encourage employers to bring on disadvantaged workers. •Third, it helps outof-work Americans by extending unemployment benefits to help them support their families while looking for work and reforming the system with training programs that build real skills, connect to real jobs and help the long-term unemployed. It bans employers from discriminating against the unemployed when hiring, and provides a new tax credit to employers hiring workers who have been out of a job for over six months. •Fourth, it puts more money in the pockets of working and middle-class Americans by cutting in half the payroll tax that comes out of every worker’s paycheck, saving families an average of $1,500 a year and taking executive action to remove the barriers that exist in the current federal refinancing program (HARP) to help more Americans refinance their mortgages at historically
low rates, save money and stay in their homes. •Last, the plan won’t add a dime to the deficit and is fully paid for through a balanced deficit reduction plan that includes closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. As the president said, “The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours. The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy. The question is – the question is whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.” Later, he said, “Now, the American Jobs Act answers the urgent need to create jobs right away. But we can’t stop there. As I’ve argued since I ran for this office, we have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future – an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs that pay well and of offer security. We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere. If we want them to start here and
stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build and out-educate and out-innovate every other country on Earth.” The president concluded the speech by saying, “Regardless of the arguments we’ve had in the past, regardless of the arguments we will have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country. And I ask – I ask every American who agrees to lift your voice: Tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now. Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge. President John F. Kennedy once said, ‘Our problems are man-made – therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants.’ These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been. So let’s meet the moment. Let’s get to work, and let’s show the world once again why the United States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth. ”
Neighborhood from Page 1 Men and Women of Weems go out there and work on the houses for them,” said Garbark. The residents in the community have also been very instrumental in improving the neighborhood. “They re-did the irriga-
tion at both of the entrances,” said Garbark. “They have a playground now that we just built including a new swing set and we have worked very hard in getting compliance with the City of Tallahassee because a lot of things were unfinished.”
The association receives funding for all projects by donations, community yard sales and annual homeowner fees.
versity with a bachelor’s in health care management. Many describe his work as Christian-based. While he is an active member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, he said there was a time in college when he “put God on the back burner.” “I became involved in relationships that I shouldn’t have been in and activities that I shouldn’t have been involved with,” Daymond said. “I would encourage every young man and every young woman to keep God first. Make sure your priorities are straight. Give God your best.” He serves on the pastoral leadership team, inspirational choir, Bethel male chorus, men’s ministry, youth ministry and volunteers at Bethel Towers. Daymond credits his wife of 18 years, Sonjia Daymond, for influencing him to rebuild his relationship with God. “My wife made a world of difference in my
life by reminding me that I had a charge to keep and a God to glorify,” he said. The two have three children. Daymond grew up with both parents who had a “huge impact on (him) in terms of shaping (his) character, values and personal outlook on life.” As a result, he is most satisfied with how he can serve others. “My most rewarding moments are when I see the smile that I can bring on a residents face through an activity program or a special event for residents and their families,” he noted. “Making a difference in the life of others is most rewarding for me.” Some special eventsphotos featured on miraclehillhealthcare.com showcase Miracle Hill King and Queen, the 42nd anniversary gala and worship service 2010. Terrika Mitchell can be contacted at tmitchell@ capitaloutlook.com
By Michael Peltier The News Service of Florida
Candidates would need to pay unpaid election fines before their names go on the ballot under a proposal approved Sept. 6 by the Florida Elections Commission as it tries to recoup $1.4 million in unpaid penalties from political candidates. Meeting by conference call, the commission also called for boosting penalties for judicial candidates who breech campaign laws. Both proposals were submitted last year, but lawmakers chose not to bring them up. The two proposals were the only ones apJobs from Page 1
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POW from Page 1 Activity Coordinators Association (FHCACA). “I think the award was well deserved,” said Sharon Dawkins, FHCACA District 10 president. “I’m actually the one who nominated him and pushed for him to win.” Dawkins, who is also an activity coordinator at Centre Pointe, met Daymond over 15 years ago. She said he is very dependable and that his work is impressive. Though Daymond is currently the district 10 secretary, Dawkins also said that as vice president, he conducted meetings in her absence as if she was there in a professional manner. Seemingly, Daymond possesses the compassion needed to work in this field. “He evolves his calendar around each patient’s interests,” Dawkins said. “That’s important because with such a diverse group, you need activities that are just as diverse.” Daymond graduated from Florida A&M Uni-
ing. Ted Brabham, a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, owes more than a third of the total amount, more than $468,000 — the result of a 1996 campaign violation. Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor owes $82,017, stemming from a 1999 case that included 206 counts against him. Miguel Aguirre, a candidate for mayor of Hialeah Gardens, owes $102,082.74 after a 72-count case against him from 2001. The commission has sent 60 of the 184 cases to the Department of Management Services, which contracts with private col-
lection agencies to recoup the money. Board members said upping the ante may get more past-due politicos to pay up. “(The penalty) should be a serious enough consequence that prompts them to pay their penalties or fines,” Faraj-Johnson said. “It’s sort of like a bank not loaning you if you still owe them money.” Commissioners also approved a proposal to boost fines to up to $1,000 per incident for judicial candidates who violate campaign law. The current law caps fines at $1,000 regardless of the number of violations. On Sept. 6, commissioners unanimously
rejected other proposals brought to them by Catalano including one that required candidates making formal challenges to do so before the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). Current law allows candidates to choose between DOAH and having a formal hearing before the commission itself. Another rejected proposal would have allowed election staff to advertise in local newspapers the names of those who had unpaid fines against them. That also was unanimously rejected.
Fall 2009 after four years in the red; enrollment decreased by as much as 9.7 percent in Fall 2005. In recent years though, FMU’s renowned music program has managed to overshadow the college’s 2005 grade-change/sex scandal and reputation for campus violence. One example is the annual Melton Mustafa jazz
festival, named after Miami trumpeter Melton Mustafa. Mustafa is also director of FMU’s jazz studies program. Under Lewis’ leadership, the FMU community anticipates continued growth based in tradition.
FMU from Page 1 dens promotes its chorale, which backed Queen Latifah in the 2010 Super Bowl, for example,” the article said. If newly appointed university President Henry Lewis III intends to meet, or even exceed, his 3,500 enrollment goal by 2020, exposing special programs may not be a bad idea. Shortly after taking the position in February 2011, Lewis, FMU’s 12th president, announced Vision 2020 – 40 university objectives to accomplish in 10 years. These goals include increasing student enrollment from 2,000 to 3,500, constructing a 360-bed dorm hall, and building two academic facilities with computers and tutorial labs – all without spiking tuition costs. Florida Memorial’s Office of Institutional Research enrollment profile reports that enrollment increased by 4.9 percent in
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The Tenelle’s remain happy fifty years after wedding bells By Terrika Mitchell Outlook Staff Writer It was in a small church wedding at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Quincy, Fla. that Clarence and Patricia Tenelle joined in holy matrimony. This was nearly 50 years ago. Clarence, a former New York Supreme Court judge, and Patricia, Ph.D, a retired licensed practical nurse, are from Quincy and said that they’re decision to wed in 1962, after being “high school sweet hearts,” was economically rewarding. “We loved each other – and still do,” said Clarence. “At the time, we were going to (Florida A&M University) and
there wasn’t a lot of Pell grant money and loans for blacks.” Clarence said that neither of their parents could not afford to pay for college so he suggested they get married to combine resources. “We were young and immature,” said Patricia. “It was a very small wedding and I remember everything being green. The only dramatic part was putting the reception together.” The Tenelle’s union proved fruitful. The couple went on to have two children – one son, Clarence Tenelle Jr. who is a teacher in Maryland, and a daughter, Sonya Tenelle, who works in corporate compliance in New York.
Clarence and Patricia Tenelle at a 2009 Valentine’s Day celebration. They said that having and raising their children were among their greatest accomplishments. Still, the two were fortunate to experience individual successes as well. “One of the proudest
Thurston breaks barriers in rap By Ashley Hogans Outlook Staff Writer
Lewis Thurston II, a musically inclined 20-yearold discovered his passion for producing music at the age of 13. Thurston now has his own music group known as Positive Generation Entertainment. “I felt in my heart to do music that I thought needed to be heard,” said Thurston. “I didn’t want to be placed in the box as Christian Rap, but we would be able to perform a song in a church if we needed to because I didn’t want to limit myself.” The Tallahassee native decided to produce hiphop music but unlike other music groups in today’s society Thurston’s music denounces all negative connotations. “We do positive influential songs, love songs, but it’s not degrading,” Thurston said. The group is comprised of eight band members including Thurston’s younger brother Omyre Young. They have performed outside of Florida and also in front of thousands of people at various local events including Florida A&M University Homecoming festivities, FAMU Friday Night Strikes, Act So Gospel Celebration and Gaines Street Block Party. Although Thurston wears many hats in Positive Generation Entertainment; producing instrumentals, rapping, controlling CD distribution, internet web promotions on YouTube his mother Cathy Thurston, helps a great deal. “I assist Lewis with the management of his group by providing continued support in every aspect from performance events to trying to acquire sponsorship,” said Cathy Thurston. “Words of wisdom and advice are provided when inquired of for all members involved, I am known as Momma-Smooth.” Thurston recently graduated with his A.A. degree from Tallahassee Community College and transferred to FAMU this semester and is majoring in music production. “I am so proud of my son’s accomplishments from his academic honors to the Scholarships he has obtained to continue his education,” Cathy Thurston said. However, before he thought of launching “Positive Generation Entertainment,” Thurston started off playing the percussion and snare drum in the band at FAMU DRS middle school. He played the symbols and concert snare at Rickards High School, and trans-
ferred to Florida State University High School where he started his own hip-hop dance group. Originally Thurston wanted to be an architect, but after late nights that turned into early mornings of producing music he discovered his passion. On Aug. 25 Positive Generation Entertainment received Limited Liability Company credentials and is currently looking for inspiring artists. “It’s good to see how my dreams are coming into reality, little by little, piece by piece,” said Thurston. “I am not limited to hip-hop or R&B, I’ve done jazz and spoken word.” Thurston currently interns at with Cumulus Broadcasting, LLC., in Tallahassee as a technician assisting with live events and selling radio spots. He enjoys flash mob dancing, bowling and drawing. Thurston plans on attending Berkley University to receive his master’s then begin a career in music business. However, as of now he is more occupied with
school and work, but enjoys spending quality time with his family. “It’s a single-parent household but my mother definitely instilled in me and she’s still instilling in my brother that we are the only two that has each other’s backs, and no matter what ‘you two will always be brothers.’ We always look out for each other so family really matters the most to me because even when we’re scraping up pennies to get something to eat we still have fun and still laugh.” If you are interested in joining or sponsoring P.G.E., contact Lewis S. Thurston II at (850) 8791294, P.O. Box 15871, Tallahassee, Fla. 32301 Ashley Hogans can be contacted at ahogans@ captialoutlook.com
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moments must have been when my wife received her Ph.D. from Waldon University in June 2002.” Patricia received her doctorate in health sciences. Despite enduring obstacles like the death of a daughter in 1987, the couple counts their blessings. They said that overcoming took much prayer from minister friends and family. They were blessed to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a grand vowel renewal ceremony. “When we renewed our vowels it was a huge ceremony,” Patricia said. She noted that she was able to appreciate the anniversary celebration because of the smaller wedding they had to have
when getting married. Today, after moving back to Quincy in 2005, the two are still friends and continue to enjoy spending time together. The Tenelles were members of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church but decided to work more in their hometown. However, Clarence and Patricia remain closely affiliated with Bethel church as part of its Promise Ministry. “We’re very community oriented,” said Clarence. Clarence said he ponders moving back to Quincy himself but traveling together is nothing new for the married couple. “We do a lot of traveling,” they said. “We’ve been to almost all
of the islands and if the Lord wills, we’ll be going again in November.” Clarence says spending time getting to know one another is vital to a marriage. He advises any young couple to also have a relationship with Jesus. “Our marriage is built on a solid Christian foundation,” he said. “Couples should worship together and they would be amazed at how sweet life can be with Jesus Christ.” Terrika Mitchell can be contacted at tmitchell@ capitaloutlook.com
FAMU showcased its health professional programs during the Executive Leadership Summit
Special to the Outlook The setting was just right. In a filled-to-capacity auditorium in Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), FAMU showcased its Schools of Nursing and Allied Health as well as its Institute of Public Health and the COPPS during its second President’s Executive Leadership Summit. The nearly 200 participants from various agencies such as: Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Apalachee Center, Inc., American Cancer Society, Big Bend Hospice, Boston Scientific Corporation, Capital Health Plan, Florida Hospital Association, Sickle Cell Foundation, Vision Works, Hour Glass and Leon County Emergency Medical Services, had an oppor-
tunity to learn more about FAMU’s research and programs related to healthrelated issues. Participants also heard from two FAMU graduates on how FAMU prepared them for their professional careers. Justin Brian Williams, a 2011 graduate who majored in health care management, told the audience they should invest in FAMU. “When you invest in a FAMU graduate, always know that you will receive quality,” said Williams, who interned with OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions in Atlanta, Ga. Williams was the first intern from a historically black college or university to participate in the internship program. FAMU pharmacy graduate Dr. Averill Gordon, who is the corporate manager for pharmacy quality assurance for Walgreen Co., also shared his thoughts on investing in FAMU. “When you get a FAMU student, you should feel confident that you are
getting the best,” said Gordon. “‘Excellence with Caring’ is definitely what we do.” John Hogan, CEO for Capital Health Plan who served as the chair of the summit, said he endorsed the summit as a way of connecting FAMU with local and regional experts in the health care industry. “The focus of today’s summit is to focus on FAMU’s assets in the health care industry,” said Hogan. “We are here to focus on the future and issues down the road. In health care, we face tremendous issues.” FAMU President James H. Ammons charged the audience to join FAMU’s Business and Industry cluster and to build a relationship with the university. The last summit for the fall semester is scheduled for Oct. 6. The summit will focus on media, technology, media sales and entertainment, energy, chemical products industry and agriculture.
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Sept. 15 - Sept. 21, 2011 Opinion Let’s reclaim the post-9/11 unity
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By President Obama T e n Septembers have come and gone since that awful morning. But on this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are summoned once more to honor those we lost by keeping our country strong and true to their memory. Over the coming days, we will remember nearly 3,000 innocent victims — fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters who were simply going about their daily lives on a beautiful Tuesday morning. And we’ll talk to our children about what happened on that day, and what’s happened since. Like every American, I’ll never forget how I heard the terrible news, on the car radio on my way to work in Chicago. Yet like a lot of younger Americans, our daughters have no memory of that day. Malia was just 3; Sasha was an infant. As they’ve grown, Michelle and I faced the same challenge as other parents in deciding how to talk with our children about 9/11. One of the things we’ve told them is that the worst terrorist attack in American history also brought out the best in our country. Firefighters, police and first
responders rushed into danger to save others. Americans came together in candlelight vigils, in our houses of worship and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Volunteers lined up to give blood and drove across the country to lend a hand. Schoolchildren donated their savings. Communities, faith groups and businesses collected food and clothing. We were united, as Americans. This is the true spirit of America we must reclaim this anniversary — the ordinary goodness and patriotism of the American people and the unity that we needed to move forward together, as one nation. Indeed, the last decade has been a challenging one for our country. But we have also seen the strength of the United States— in cities that have refused to give in to fear; in communities that have persevered through hard economic times; and, above all, in our men and women in uniform and their families who have borne an extraordinary burden for our security and our values. The perpetrators of those attacks wanted to terrorize us, but they are no match for our resilience. Today, our country is more secure and our enemies are weaker. Yet, while we have delivered justice to Osama bin Laden and put al-Qaeda on the path to defeat, we must never waver in the task of protecting our nation. On a day when others sought
to destroy, we choose to build. Once again, Sept. 11 will be a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and at serve.gov every American can make a commitment to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 by serving our neighbors and communities. Finally, on a day when others tried to divide us, we can regain the sense of common purpose that stirred in our hearts 10 years ago. As a nation, we face difficult challenges, and as citizens in a democratic society we engage in vigorous debates about the future. But as we do, let’s never forget the lesson we learned anew 10 years ago — that our differences
pale beside what unites us and that when we choose to move forward together, as one American family, the United States doesn’t just endure, we can emerge from our tests and trials stronger than before. That’s the America we were on 9/11 and in the days that followed. That’s the America we can and must always be. Ed. Note: An op-ed written President Obama appears in USA Today, In it, he urges Americans to reclaim the unity that moved us forward as a nation after the attacks on 9/11.
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As our nation grapples with wars on three fronts, enormous budget deficits, a stagnant economy, chronic unemployment and an ever-widening wealth gap, it seems that communities of color bear the brunt of the costs. We must ask some questions: Who is fighting the wars? What communities are experiencing depression-era levels of unemployment? Whose families depend most on Pell grants, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – the first programs on the chopping block when Republicans talk of cutting government spending? Which households have seen their assets decline in large part because most of their personal wealth is tied to their homes’ value? In Congress, I have been deeply involved in the talks aimed at reducing our nation’s debt and deficits. I was one of the
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pect of those massive reductions will be a strong incentive for bipartisan cooperation to forge a balanced plan with real shared sacrifice, a plan that asks the well off to contribute to solving our nation’s economic crises rather than heaping more of the burden on the most vulnerable among us or our middle-income families. Too often, the human side gets lost in the Washington debates about our nation’s debts and deficits. I will seek to keep those interests on the table. All options must remain on that table as we begin our deliberations. There should be no lines in the sand and no hiding behind campaign pledges made to fringe political groups. Regretfully, a number of my Republican colleagues have signed a no-tax pledge to some D.C. partisan operatives who are using that pledge to argue against closing loopholes in the tax code that shield billionaires from paying their fair share. That makes no sense. We need to use the opportunity provided by this powerful new panel to enact economic growth policies that will get our country moving again. Too many
Americans, especially in our African-American communities, lack work or any hope for opportunity. We need to get about fixing that. We still await the official dedication of the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When that ceremony occurs, it will commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s memorable speech expressing disbelief that the vault of opportunity in this great country was empty. Yet in 2011, the gap is widening between those who enjoy great wealth and those who struggle to get by with little thought of ever getting ahead. I look forward to working on this committee to seek solutions to securing our nation’s financial future in a fair and balanced way that requires shared sacrifice and creates opportunities for all Americans. U. S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) is assistant Democratic leader and the highest ranking African-American member of Congress.
The long, vicious assault on voting rights in America By Gary L. Flowers
Editorial and Advertising Office
six congressional participants in the talks convened by Vice President Joe Biden to bring together Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate to try to forge a bipartisan consensus. Although it did not work out as well as we had hoped, Senator Harry Reid said that our work formed the basis of the legislation that he and Senator McConnell finally agreed to. I have recently been appointed to the 12-member so-called “super committee” – the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction. That panel – six Democrats and six Republicans, six Senators and six Members of the House – has until Thanksgiving to produce a bipartisan plan before the “trigger” in the law kicks in with massive across-the-board budget cuts that could devastate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and severely cut defense spending. As a member of Congress who represents communities that depend both on military bases and constituents who rely on our nation’s safety nets, I am not willing to let either group suffer these painful and avoidable cuts. I am hopeful that the pros-
The attack on voting rights for people of color in the United States of America is as old as the Republic itself. While Thomas Jefferson penned egalitarian words around the world against the tyranny of the oppressed, he ruled over forced labor and the enslaved at his home in Virginia. Under “Jefferson Democracy” only white men who owned land had the legal right to vote. By denying poor whites the exercise of their vote and denying white women and all African American’s (men and women) citizenship the socalled “Founding Fathers” set the foundation for today’s attack on voting rights. The U. S. Constitution had to be amended to permit people of color and women to vote under the 15th and 19th Amendments (1870 and 1920, respectively) amid massive resistance from those who agreed with the founder’s view of voter suppression. After 95 years of dirty tricks
at polling places the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted to outlaw all practices and procedures that affected a citizen’s right to exercise their vote based on race, gender or other protected classes (section 2). The act also included a provision for areas that had a bad record of racially discriminating against people of color to pre-clear their voting plans with the U. S. Department of Justice. Both section 2 and section 5 have been under attack since the 1960’s. Go figure! The black robes of bigoted judges in 2011 have replaced the white robes of domestic terrorists in the Ku Klux Klan of the 1800s. Today’s policy debate over voting rights can be broken down into two camps. In one camp are those who believe that states have the right under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to control voting laws for state and federal elections, however restrictive the laws. In the other camp are those of us who believe in federal enforced voting laws where every citizen has an individual and equal right to vote enshrined in the Constitution. I fight for the latter. Thus, 13 states have approved new obstacles to voting: • Kansas and Alabama –
would-be voters must provide proof of citizenship • Florida and Texas – New obstacles for non-profit groups to register voters • Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia – Reduced early voting period • Iowa – Barred all ex-felons from voting • Maine – Repealed electionday voter registration • Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, South Carolina – Require photo identification at polling places The effect of onerous voter suppression laws is real. Most American voters remember the presidential election of 2000 where state officials in Florida used suppression schemes to steal a federal election (ex-felon roll purging, absentee ballot tampering, voter intimidation, and outright vote theft). Likewise, in the presidential election of 2004 Ohio schemes such as private tabulators on public voting machines and voting machines designed and operated by political partisans again decided the federal election for George W. Bush. The same un-American activities may well occur in 2012, but if so many more states rather than one. We must put an end to state-
control of federal elections by calling on the White House and Congress to pass and enact a Constitutional Amendment for an individual right to vote protected by the U.S. Constitution. For those who believe such would take too long it is worth noting that of the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution 7 were enacted into laws in less than one year. In fact, the 26th Amendment (granting 18-year-olds voting rights) became law in only 3 months. Why? There was a demand for the White House and Congress to do the right thing. Politically, we have come to a place for which our fathers and mothers sighed with the election of President Barrack Obama. Yet, their collective tears will flow from the “Great Beyond” if we do not electorally stand up against the tea-partying grandchildren of the Klan who exclaim with pride, “we too sing America,” and have the right to vote with equality. Gary L. Flowers is the Executive Director & CEO of the Black Leadership Forum, Inc.
www.capitaloutlook.com 5 Education Is it time to grade parents in school?
Sept. 15 - Sept. 21, 2011
Ronald W. Holmes, Ph.D. Education editor/Vice President
According to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, when an individual’s physiological needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter are satisfied, other higher-level needs emerge and become important. Those higher-level needs are safety, love, esteem or self-actualization. Maslow’s theory suggests that it is difficult for individuals to advance to higher-level needs when their lower-level needs are unsatisfied. Once a lowerlevel need is satisfied, individuals become motivated to satisfy the next level of unsatisfied needs. During these tough economic times, many families’ physiological needs are not being satisfied. The U.S. unemployment rate is at a high of 9.1 percent. Over 15 percent of households are having problems providing food for their families. An astounding 2.87 million homes have been lost to foreclosure. To address these economic concerns, President Barrack Obama recently announced the American Jobs Act to put people back to work and help families save their homes and thus stabilize the economy. U.S. schools, however, are faced with dealing with the challenges of
families from different socio-economic backgrounds coupled with differing hierarchy of needs as defined by Maslow. Depending on parents’ economic circumstances, they may become actively involved in their children’s schools. When they are involved, students do better in the classroom and on standardized tests. When they are not involved, students do poorly in school and the blame is often placed on the teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members. Realizing that, “It takes a village to raise a child,” the questions to be asked are: Is it time to grade parents in school? What would be the process for grading parents? What are the pros and cons of grading parents? What programs have school districts implemented to encourage parental involvement? State lawmakers from Tennessee and Florida have proposed a bill to grade parents with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade as an avenue to hold parents accountable, increase their involvement in school and, subsequently, improve student performance. While the bill in each state has not advanced to garner a vote, the intent is to have teachers grade parents according to their regular communication with them, their children’s
Ronald W. Holmes, Ph.D. completion of homework and their children’s preparation and attendance at school. Additionally, teachers would assign parents a grade of “satisfactory, unsatisfactory and needs improvement” to appear on their children’s report cards. In Tennessee, teachers would also provide a grade of “excellent” for parents who are actively involved in their children’s education. This model has been implemented at Star Academy, a small K-5 charter school in Memphis, Tenn. According to former principal, Dr. Kia Young Tate, Star Academy “began giving parental involvement grades to parents upon opening in 2004 to encourage parents to be actively involved in their children’s education.” In support of the grade, Star Academy parents are mandated to volunteer a minimum of five hours each nine weeks within the school. Five hours of school service is
considered Excellent, four hours is Satisfactory, two to three hours is graded as Needs Improvement and zero to one hour is Unsatisfactory. Tate found that parents were “excited about being held accountable for their involvement in their children’s academics and teachers were excited to have parents actively requesting opportunities to work in their classrooms.” As a result, the school outperformed other district and state schools with similar demographic backgrounds. The school also exceeded its annual benchmarks. Other proponents for grading parents note this is a unique idea that adds accountability to schools and provides constructive mechanisms for parents to engage in the school and with their children. Proponents for grading parent also state that parental involvement in schools helps better prepare students for life and keeps them from being labeled a potential criminal. On the other hand, critics complain that grading parents will create tension between the teachers and parents, requires more work for teachers, more government control of schools and less time on teaching students. Critics also believe that grading parents will undermine the problems of parents from poor families and those
who cannot be involved in school due to their working two or more jobs to meet the demands and needs of their households. While parents have physiological, social and other needs that may deter them from being actively involved in their children’s education, some school districts such as Boston and Philadelphia have implemented a parent university to address the problem. In Boston school district, a parent university provides parents and caregivers an opportunity to learn about child development, the courses children are learning in schools, how to be an advocate, as well as leadership and effective parenting skills. In Philadelphia school district, a parent university provides seminars on health/wellness and cultural environment, family and financial literacy, multilingual programs, professional certifications and college degree attainment. Over 22,000 parents have benefited from the free of offerings since its inception three years ago. As schools struggle to determine the best mechanisms to foster better parental involvement, it is clear that the U.S. economy has to be revitalized to allow families to address the basic needs of food, shelter and employment. President Obama recognizes that the
government must actively look for ways to stabilize the economy and help families provide for their basic needs. As individuals satisfy their basic needs for food or shelter, they can emerge to the next level of needs unsatisfied. America’s schools need every financial and human resource to ensure that parents are actively involved and students are getting a quality education. It is important, however, that schools and community stakeholders understand the physiological, social and economic challenges parents are facing in their communities and provide support to incorporate relevant programs to meet their needs. As this happens, parental involvement should increase and students should perform better in the classroom and on standardized tests. Dr. Ronald W. Holmes is the National Superintendent of Education for the National Save the Family Now Movement, Inc. He is a former teacher, school administrator, and district superintendent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual classes go from optional to mandatory By Lilly Rockwell The News Service of Florida
A new state law that requires Florida high school students to take a class online is causing cash-strapped school districts to spend millions on new computers. And it’s caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said Sept. 8 it is calling on school districts to ensure that students who do not have Internet access at home aren’t at a disadvantage when it comes to being able to take online courses. “We are concerned about issues of access,” said ACLU spokesman Baylor Johnson. “There is a digital divide in this country and Internet access is limited by economic means.” The new law requires entering high school freshman beginning this year to take at least one course online prior to graduation. School districts say, to meet this new requirement: it
means spending money on new computer labs so that students who do not have the Internet at home are able to take online courses. “This could be considered an unfunded mandate,” said Chris McGuire, the principal of Broward Virtual School. While most schools already have computer labs, McGuire said, the new law could force districts to buy additional computers and set up more labs for students that can only take the class while on campus. “We don’t have a good indication of how many students have Internet access at home,” McGuire said, so districts have to estimate how many students will want to use a computer on campus during school hours. Pam McAuley, the manager of instructional programs at the Hillsborough County School District, said the new requirement would place a burden on already crowded computer lab space.
“As we stand right now, there are no funds to add more computers or lab space,” McAuley said. “We are going to have to get creative site by site and see what kind of lab space they have.” This shift from merely requiring districts to offer online courses as an option to mandating that students take an online course prior to graduation is a huge policy change, educators say. In Broward County, which educators say of offers one of the best virtual education programs in the state, one study reported that at most, only 20 percent of high school seniors graduate having taken an online course. This means thousands of students who ordinarily wouldn’t have taken online course are now required to. School officials also say there is confusion as to whether special education students are also required to take an online course. “A lot of online courses aren’t built to a lower reading lev-
el,” McAuley said. Florida Virtual School, a state-supported virtual school program that some districts contract with to of offer their own virtual classes, said its most popular high school courses include algebra, geometry, Spanish, and a health and physical education class. The school is funded by the state through student enrollment and course completion. “We expect to see increased enrollments and we are already seeing that with the start of the traditional school calendar,” said Senior Director of Instruction Jodi Marshall. “We currently serve hundreds of thousands of students; however we still serve a small part of the population. We’re excited to have a new audience.” In Escambia County, school officials say they are working toward getting the word out to all entering freshman and their parents that taking an online course is now mandatory. “It is what it is, and
there are concerns, but we will work through them,” said Norm Ross, a deputy superintendent for the Escambia County School District. Ross said there are “companies jumping for joy who want to take advantage of this.” The bill that instituted the requirement was heavily lobbied by for-profit virtual education providers. Virtual education companies are a fast-growing industry as more states embrace online education. It is championed by Republican lawmakers as a way to give flexibility to school districts and students. It is also touted as a way to help students preparing for the shift in three years to online-only standardized tests. Critics of online education say that it makes cheating on assignments and
tests easier and for some students; the material is more difficult to understand when delivered over the Web. Marilyn Myers, the principal of Duval Virtual Instruction Academy, said there will be a “capital cost,” for districts. She estimated the cost of retrofitting a classroom into a computer lab is between $30,000 and $50,000 and that almost every middle and high school in the Duval County School District would need an additional lab. “As principal of a virtual school, I am a big supporter of it,” Myers said. She said it prepares students for taking online courses in college. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Myers said.
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Sept. 15 - Sept. 21, 2011 Religion Women’s Devotional –– “Abundance from Above”
The Capital Outlook continues its weekly women’s devotionals. This week’s devotion is prayerfully presented by Natalie R. Jackson. John 10:10
“I’m Peeling” Natalie R. Jackson First Mission COGIC, Tallahassee, Fla. God has allowed us to make it to the end of this business week. It is a blessing and a pleasure. Getting ready for work one morning, I noticed that my hands were peeling. Usually this happens when
the seasons change and it’s as if my body is getting ready for the new atmosphere. I had a question on my mind that morning – What have you peeled off for your new season? Have you been angry too much lately? Have you been selfish? Have you not communicated well? Have you taken advantage of a situation and you need to back up? What layers still need to be peeled? I have been working “extra” hours lately and my attitude has increased – especially in 5:00 traffic. My God, help me PEEL! Peeling is a natural state of the skin regenerating itself; it’s a renewal. Do
we know that as we peel, we are so much livelier and pleasant? Encouraged in Hebrews 12:1-2, “1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” One of the first things we have to do is realize when it is time to peel. My
body showed me “it’s time FOR ME to peel.” So we are encouraged to “peel” and as we do that, know that God is the only “soothing” lotion that can minimize the itch. Love you much, but God will always love you best.
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POPS honors student interns and employers By Alicia McKnight Contributing Writer
The Professional Opportunities Program for Students, Inc. (POPS) hosted its first employer appreciation reception where students and employers who participated in the summer internship program were recognized. POPS is a non-profit community-based organization that focuses on the personal and professional development of high school students. Regina Bryant, Tallahassee district manager, retired after 38 years of working with Leon County schools and had the opportunity to work with gradeschool students again. “I’m seasoned but I have a lot of energy and the kids will tell you that. I
take pride in working with our youth,” said Bryant. POPS has existed in Florida for 10 years. “Thanks to representatives, senators and the Department of Education, the program is now year round and has branched out to seven other cities including Tallahassee,” said Bryant. Forty high school students participated in the POPS program and were able to intern at businesses around Tallahassee. “POPS provides the students with a work-site in a professional workplace for eight weeks during the summer,” Bryant also mentioned, “Students are awarded stipends during their participation in the summer internship.” Stephon Mclrvin, 17, a senior at Godby High School, interned at the Law
Firm of Parks and Crump. Mclrvin mentioned how the program impacted him. “It has changed my life tremendously,” said Mclrvin. Mclrvin said he is leaning toward the law field possibly becoming a lobbyist. Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, was another employer for the POPS program. Williams had the opportunity to employ Keveena Jackson, a senior volleyball player at Godby High School. “It was a great opportunity for me to learn from her and to provide her with the life lessons that I have learned,” Williams said. Williams also mentioned he wanted to give her the skills and neces-
sary training that one needs to be professional in this global economy. “She was able to work directly with me on a number of projects and sit in on meetings with influential individuals,” he said. Williams commended the program for having professional and self-governing students. “To have such a young person is a testament to the type of students that the POPS program has gone out and recruited to be a part of this one of a kind program,” said the representative. For additional infor information about the POPS program, contact Regina Bryant at (850)363-9897 or regina.bryant@popsinc. org.
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