Starting in the late 1990s, I was part of the national movement to get the Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo – perhaps the most racist caricature in use in American society. Frustration with that effort (ultimately successful only after many years) led me to work to see that all such offensive nicknames and mascots end in my home state of Maine. In 2010, I partnered with longtime friend John Dieffenbacher-Krall, then executive director of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission, to host a symposium on the issue of Maine school use of Native American nicknames and mascots. We helped coordinate the symposium at the Bangor Public Library, inviting representatives from all four tribes of the Wabenaki Alliance and from schools that had recently ended the practice and, of course, superintendents and principals from all the schools still using such nicknames and mascots. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ed Rice of Orono and New Brunswick is author of “Baseball’s First Indian, Louis … [Read more...] about Maine Voices: Many schools have already done the right thing on Indian mascots
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LANCE HYDE of EQT shares a moment with one of his suppliers, Dennis Garrett, CEO of Blue Lake – Pacifica Energy Group LLC, the recipient of the Class II Supplier of the Year Award. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels) The last few months at EQT Corporation have been quite busy. Their Supplier Diversity Initiative has been recognized for their accomplishments, it has separated into two publicly-traded companies and a new president and chief executive officer has been appointed. When hearing EQT’s name called as the winner of the Corporation of the Year Award by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Donald “Blue” Jenkins said, “I was humbled and honored to be part of EQT’s recognition for this very prestigious award. I was very pleased for EQT to be recognized at a national level for our ongoing dedication to supplier diversity in our operational footprint. We have been very committed for several years to the diversity program, and to be … [Read more...] about EQT’s doing ‘the right work, the right way, for the right reasons’—wins award for supplier diversity
I'm a woman in my late 30s. I've had some serious and not-so-serious relationships in the past. I'm currently single and looking for something real. I'm not interested in FWB or a hookup at this point. I'm not necessarily looking for marriage, but I am looking for someone who will want to be together. The issue? Where do I find someone? I've tried the apps – Bumble, Match, Plenty of Fish. I've asked my friends, almost all of whom are happily in relationships. I've joined new and different activities. I've met some guys. I’ve gone on some dates. But the overwhelming majority of men I'm meeting have the same goals – nothing serious, just casual, a total hookup. And, in a lot of situations, they're "married but unhappy." That's not for me. It's been a solid two years that I've been looking for a potential partner, after working on myself to be the "best me I can be" with therapy and self-reflection. I've been both active and passive in my looking. And it's frustrating to … [Read more...] about Dating is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
Defending her decision not to prosecute gubernatorial aide Alberto J. Alvarez over allegations of a 2017 sexual assault in Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said she has allowed the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to review the case “out of an abundance of caution.” Katie Brennan, a Jersey City resident and former campaign volunteer for the election of Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, filed a complaint in April 2017 against Alvarez, alleging a sexual assault in an apartment in Jersey City. Alvarez, who served as director for Latino outreach for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign, resigned as chief of staff for the state’s School Development Authority on Oct. 2, following inquiries made about the accusations by a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. John Hogan, the attorney representing Alvarez, said his client denies the allegations. An investigative story in The Wall Street Journal quoted Brennan saying she told the Hudson … [Read more...] about Did Suarez do the right thing?
Weekend update: I criticized WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last week for not dropping its plans to have Jacquie Walker and Don Postles co-anchor the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast from the Erie County Fair on the night of the Chris Collins indictment. The Collins coverage that night was anchored by Dave Greber in the studio, where Walker and Postles belonged. So I have come to praise it for essentially admitting the mistake Saturday night. On the night that Collins suspended his reelection campaign, Channel 4 ditched its Fair plans at 6 p.m. and brought in Walker and Greber to co-anchor the hour-long newscast that aired on its little-watched sister station WNLO-TV (CW23). Erica Brecher, the new weekend anchor, reported on the Collins story and returned to the anchor desk at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. The 6 p.m. newscast aired on CW 23 because Channel 4 was carrying the third round of the PGA championship. Naturally, the change in stations resulted in lower ratings. The Saturday newscast had only a 1.5 … [Read more...] about In Collins coverage, Channel 4 does right thing Saturday in ditching Fair setting