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    Vacant Homes and Land Banking

    There has been plenty of talk of what to do about the vacant homes on the West side of Montgomery.  Many are running on the idea of using taxpayer money to fix the houses.  Unfortunately, that is not a very popular approach due to the fact that the government is already $300+ million in debt.  That is also not a good approach because it puts the solution totally on the government.  Any lasting solution should be based in the community in order to have a real and lasting impact.  Also, any solution will not be an overnight fix.  We cannot just wave a magic wand and the issue will just go away.  We did not get here overnight and we will not solve it overnight.  Any solution must be a well thought out long lasting solution that will be beneficial to all and in particular to those in the community first.

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    Go Ahead…Dare to be Great

    A thought hit me this morning and I just have to share. America is great because men that dared to be great did not sit around and wait for people to tell them that it was OK to go be great. To these great men (and women), doing nothing was the biggest failure. They believed in themselves regardless of the climate. What set these men apart from most was that they forged ahead when most people laughed at them or when they were the only ones that believed. The forged a path where no one dared to go and did it in what most would consider the most inopportune time.

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    Education and Mentorship

    When I was a child attending Forest Avenue in grades 1st through 3rd, I was one of the worst students in the school at the time.  In fact, I was so bad that the teachers did not even bother to deal with me in the morning.  They sent me straight to the principle’s office.  I would sit in a desk right by his desk and I ran errands for him all day.  Needless to say, I made straight F’s from all of my teachers.  I should have flunked each year but they passed me on.  No one expected me to amount to anything.  In return, I did everything to live down to their expectations.

    It was not until I transferred and went to Carver elementary where I met Mrs. Dantzler.  She was the first teacher that took an interest in me.  You see, it was during the time that I was sizing up the other kids in the school and not getting in trouble, that Mrs. Dantzler took an interest in me.  She told me how smart I was and how well behaved I was.  No one had ever said that to me before.  I began to come to school everyday intent on not letting her down.  I began to take an interest in school work for the first time.  I went from making straight F’s to straight A’s.  I became one of the smartest kids in the school.

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    National Police Force

    In recent months, there has been an increasing call for a national police force in response to incidents of police brutality around the country.  When I first spoke of this a few months back, many people laughed at me and said that they had never heard of it and it was ridiculous.  Now these very same people are stating that this might not be a bad idea because of the issues that are facing the police force today.  In fact, Al Sharpton in Baltimore Thursday called for the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in the United States and hold bad officers accountable.

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    “That’s why we’re going to do this march from here to Washington. We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country.”

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