Contrary to previously published announcements in the Talladega Daily Home, New Hope Baptist Church in Sylacauga is not having a church meeting on July 30 to address any issue dealing with internal restructuring. The pastor, deacons nor the official church body is aware of such meeting.

The prospects for a better future are nearly hopeless for roughly 20 percent of black people -- those who reside in big-city crime-infested and dysfunctional neighborhoods. There is virtually nothing that can be done about it without a major rebuilding of the black community from within. 

It is hard for most whites to understand what it is like to be stopped by law enforcement when you are black. I understand that difficulty, so I want to share why I’m afraid in spite of being a lawyer, a state senator, a graduate of Talladega College and Harvard Law School, a father of three lawyers, a husband of a lawyer, a grandfather of nine and a senior citizen.

The truth of the matter is there's been more than a half-century of conversations about race. We do not need more. Instead, black people need to have frank conversations among ourselves, no matter how uncomfortable and embarrassing the topics may be.

These days we hear a lot about the prohibitive cost of education. It is most discouraging to constantly hear the media decrying those having to borrow to get a degree only to face a lifetime of debt. There are no fewer than 17 colleges and universities that offer some degree of free tuition.