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Lack of emphasis on character contributes to world's troubles

Days after his speech at the Black, Brown and College Bound symposium, the Rev. Calvin Butts' words still resonate.

Butts noted that America would do well to follow the words of W.E.B. DuBois, who said education should improve our character, increase our knowledge and then help us earn a living.

"But we've turned that upside down," Butts said. "We've put earning a living at the top and character on the bottom. Is there any wonder we're having so much trouble in our world?" …

Late surges by Bob Buckhorn and Ed Turanchik have heightened interest in the Tampa mayoral race, but they really indicate the city needs to move the election to November of the off year. Four months isn't enough time to sort through the campaigns. …

I wonder if the people of Tunisia are familiar with Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'. …

Kudos to the 18 bay area companies honored Friday by Earth Charter U.S. as sustainable businesses of the year. Not only are they embracing environmentally sound practices, but they're thriving in this recession.

I think there's a correlation. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If you can't say anything nice, I'll have to get the duct tape. …

College basketball fans and TV critics constantly review the work of ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, but a different set of judges review his latest work.

Vitale's new children's book, Dickie V's ABCs and 1-2-3s, proved a hit with patients at All Children's Hospital last week. …

I've discovered if you go to the gas station more often, it costs less to fill up. Don't explain the folly of my thinking. Sometimes, dealing with these hard times is all about a mind-set.

That's all I'm saying.

Lack of emphasis on character contributes to world's troubles 02/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 27, 2011 7:17pm]
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