By Vernon A. Williams A record 75 million voters are ecstatic over the emphatic change their voices dictate. After four years of indescribable ineptitude, callous indifference, a total void of character and integrity, and the absence of any semblance of competency, America decided enough is enough. The former TV reality show...
By Vernon A. Williams Congratulations to Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris for an impressive campaign culminating a strong, classy showing against a nasty opponent. Election Day did not end the suspense. After a long, bitter battle for the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate, voters went to bed...
By Kristen Clarke In a year defined by distress and tragedy, no one has felt that chaos more painfully than the Black community. We’ve seen the coronavirus pandemic tear through our neighborhoods at a devastating rate. Job losses have surged, evictions are looming, and economic damage has mounted. And the...
Memories abound in the fog of autumn reflections on childhood school days growing up in Gary. Around this time every school year, summer was but a faint memory as we dove deep into the increasing familiarity of a new school year. It was a time for football at Gilroy Stadium...
By State Representative Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) In these unprecedented times, there is one thing the Gary community can do for its students and teachers, and that is to vote ‘Yes’ in the upcoming referendum for Gary Community Schools this November. As a member of the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB),...
By Vernon A. Williams The profound literary oxymoron that launches the classic “A Tale of Two Cities” articulates the contradiction of the times in which we live. Author Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was...
By Vernon A. Williams Twenty-five years ago this weekend, I was in Washington, D.C., with Mark Powers, Eric Johnson and about 999,999 other brothers for the heralded “Million Man March.” I remember spending the night before at the home of Kappa brother Dennis C. Hayes, who then was Corporate Counsel for...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow The pandemic and economic crisis that ensued has closed thousands of businesses and deepened the economic distress of people who were already struggling. Despite Black entrepreneurs having lost over 61 percent of their businesses, we are focused on rising like a...

Let’s Focus on the Future

By Councilman William Godwin As Acting President of the Gary Common Council and 1st District Councilman, it’s an honor to represent Gary residents and their best interests. Our community is rich in history, culture, and a place that continues to play a critical role in the future of Northwest Indiana...
By Delta Jones Recently, one of my clients shared the unfortunate news that she had been the victim of vehicle vandalism and theft. Her purse was stolen along with her laptop and a few other valuable items. When I inquired if she was alright, she replied in a calm voice...