you won’t rise on the third day
rest in power,
though we won’t see your face – in its flesh again,
we will see you in our dreams,
in our memories
in our laughter and in our tears.
the years you’ve lived are young -- short the sum.
you left too soon, too suddenly, too violently
we weren’t ready for that—could not have been ready for that,
don’t want to get used to that.
is treachery, is sickening, is foul
for the spirit.
if we could, we would stop it—the dying and the crying
and the remembering again and again and again
of how we hate mourning even more than we hate bullets in the night,
memorial candles in the day—all of it.
we want you here with us,
loving us and us loving you
because we don’t want to learn how to live without you.
you won’t rise, but
we won’t forget.
rest in power,
It is obvious that with all the high priced political galas, complete with all of the bells and whistles, announcements of the free chicken and sodas for the less fortunate voters, and the over-the-top "feel good" sessions complete with smiles and empty promises, the political season is now in full swing.
Teams of respective candidates are positioning themselves to do battle in hopes of gaining or maintaining control, for their candidate, over a city that is all but financially insolvent. Listen, as voters we must remain focused on the issues: HIGH TAXES, HIGH CRIME and CORRUPTION. It's not about focusing on negativity but rather reality.
With an illegally underfunded school system and an embattled City administration, it's safe to say that Paterson, NJ is in serious turmoil. This is not the time for electing folks based on popularity. Please remember that whoever you select to serve on the council will be charged with managing your tax dollars. If they can't manage their own what makes you so certain that they can manage yours? This is no laughing matter.
Paterson, we had better get it right this year. Stop electing folks based on personal interests and fondness. Take time to learn about each of the candidates. Make sure they possess the skills, commitment and knowledge of the office they seek before you vote.
Corey L. Teague
Let me take you out of your comfort zone.
It's been said that biggest influences on Black people in America are Church Culture and Street Culture (coming in at #2). Is this true? If so, why? If not, what are the biggest influences on how Blacks think and behave? Do these influences help or hinder Black progress, relative to net results? Were these areas of Culture, Interest, and Activity designed to foster progress in the Black Community? If so, explain how and provide supporting information.