Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Posted January 04, 2014

My wife and I are like most Americans. We are sure to check our doors before leaving the house and turn the burglar alarm on. It just makes sense.

Posted December 21, 2013

I love the holiday season. Certain food specialties make their once-a-year appearance on our table. As we all sit down to bountiful meals this holiday season, it’s easy to forget the quiet battle raging over our nation’s food supply.

Posted December 09, 2013

As another year draws to a close, I usually take time to evaluate what has happened in my life during this past year and what I might look forward to in the next.

Posted December 01, 2013

Today’s economic situation has hit my billfold…what about yours? With gas prices soaring and paychecks diminishing, I have been wondering, Who has been eating my piece of the American pie?

Posted November 23, 2013

We all do things that we would want to be considered “off the record” – that is words we have spoken that we really wouldn’t want repeated.

Posted November 15, 2013

Ask a cancer patient about the need for affordable health care. The issue of healthcare quality is very personal to me. As a former cancer patient, I couldn’t believe the out-of-pocket expenses that drastically affected my monthly budget! But affordable is only one aspect of the equation. Affordability should not produce poor quality. Yet it often does.

Posted November 09, 2013

I have learned over the years that I need to celebrate the small victories along life’s path.

Posted October 30, 2013

In my new book, You Were Born for More, I give spiritual principles that will help any believer to have courage in an overwhelmingly negative environment and it will help them take a confident personal stand when persecution, mean-spiritedness and ridicule come their way.

Posted October 24, 2013

As a black American who lived through the Civil Rights movement, I would never romanticize America’s past. But there was indeed a time when the overwhelming majority of American children were born to married parents, the divorce rate was very low, and men generally did what it took to provide for their families. Those days are quickly slipping away from us, and unless we make radical changes in our culture, those days may be gone forever. But it is not in the grave yet!

Posted October 12, 2013

During the Great Depression, the government initiated a temporary program to help distribute surplus food and alleviate hardship. During the Kennedy administration the program restarted, expanding to be a permanent entity. This Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, as it has been traditional known, has attracted particular scrutiny recently. The House has voted to cut $39 billion over the next ten years from the SNAP budget.

Posted September 26, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I have learned not to listen to doomsday predictions. Most are founded on partial truths or assumptions.

Posted September 18, 2013

Daniel Webster famously observed that, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” We often see arguments over taxes framed as conflicts between the compassionate and the miserly.

Posted September 08, 2013

Julian Bond, famous civil rights activist, wrote an article in USA Today this year on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. His selective memory pointed out the similarities of today’s economic woes of blacks to those of the 1960s.

Posted August 30, 2013

Many wise people have observed that a government that gives you everything can also take it all away.

Posted August 26, 2013

In the 1961 movie Paris Blues, Sydney Poitier portrays Eddie Cook, a jazz musician who flees American racism to live in France. Even when Cook falls in love with the beautiful Connie Lampson (played by Diahann Carroll), he resists returning to America to be with her. To Cook, as to many real life black artists and intellectuals of that generation, Europe offered a refuge from racism and the freedom to be oneself.

Posted July 25, 2013

Last Friday, President Obama made his first attempt to claim his position as the first black president.

Posted July 23, 2013

Meet Sandra and Isaac (not their real names). Both hold advanced degrees and are in the United States on H-1B work permits, temporary workers’ visas which allow them to stay here as long as they are employed by a company that cannot find qualified Americans for their jobs.

Posted July 15, 2013

We all know the economy is struggling. But while many of us hear the rumors of sequestration and layoffs plow through our companies, the nation faces a greater problem in low income areas.

Posted July 08, 2013

Summer usually means higher gas prices. Conventional wisdom says that people travel more in the summer which raises the demand for gas, and everyone knows an increase in demand will drive up prices.

Posted July 05, 2013

Not long ago, Princeton alumna Susan A. Patton bucked current conventional wisdom by advising women to find a husband in college and get married young.