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Simon: The deception of the melting pot

Simon: The deception of the melting pot

Shawna Simon, Guest Columnist
March 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I started school, I was taught that America was a melting pot. My teachers emphasized the words on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Emma Lazarus’ words were a promise that I believed in. As the eldest child of immigrants,...

Abayateye: The price we pay to be accepted and relevant

Abayateye: The price we pay to be accepted and relevant

Philemon Abayateye, Opinion Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

We are told to strive for success, and with success comes a sense of relevance. But what is the price to remain relevant? I don’t mean the Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg or Barack Obama type of relevance, although that’s great too. I’m talking about that desire to be loved, to be respected or to...

Society dictated by the “we” vs “them” mindset

Society dictated by the “we” vs “them” mindset

Philemon Abayateye, IC Columnist
February 17, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Let’s face it. The world we know does well when our choices and actions are framed in terms of the extreme. It’s black or white, rich or poor, good or bad, Christian or Muslim, Republican or Democrat. You know what I mean. Whether it’s a social, economic or political issue, we insist on taking...

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