We Have A Problem, Martin

by Rev. Samuel T. Ross-Lee/ Inner-City News | Jan 16, 2017 8:03 am | Comments (4)

(Opinion) It’s that time of year again. The first real holiday of the new year. The recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.  This holiday is not supposed to be a holiday in the sense of traditional holidays. According to the MLK devotees, King Day, as it is affectionately known, is not a “day off, but a day on.”

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Get A City Job, Lose Your Rights?

by Rev. Samuel T. Ross-Lee/ Inner-City News | Jan 11, 2017 1:39 pm | Comments (20)

Paul Bass Photo (Opinion) While a soldier in the United States Army, I was reminded more than once, that we served to defend democracy, not to practice it.  A particularly influential chaplain, unbeknownst to him, almost influenced me to return to the Army as a chaplain after divinity school.  The thing that stopped me from taking or even giving serious consideration to this path was my learning that Army chaplains were prohibited, like everyone else in the military, from criticizing the government, the president, or other elected officials. 

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We Can Defend Our City, & Our Nation

by Justin Elicker | Nov 11, 2016 12:24 pm | Comments (21)

Michelle Liu Photo (Opinion) —I am one of the 86 percent of New Haveners who voted for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. I know many of you shared my progression of thought that day starting around 5 p.m. The election was in the bag. I would gather with close friends for dinner, a beer, and to watch our nation proudly reject the pouty, red-faced clown-candidate, along with the worldwide trend toward xenophobic nationalism. We would reaffirm that the United States is one of the most inclusive, welcoming, and — yes — moral countries in the world. As returns started to come in, that sense of triumph quickly turned to nervousness, anxiety, and disillusion.

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