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Deon Price

Career GPS a good tool for youth

Just as a GPS system guides our directions to a location successfully, why not use the same concept to guide youth to their career destination? Modern technology provides the luxury of easily navigating us to any destination on Earth with detailed directions, thanks to the Global Positioning System. The GPS is a set of 24 […]

November 14, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Being grown up has nothing to do with a number

After an exchange with my daughter, who has recently turned 18, she could not wait for the opportunity to proclaim to me in an adamant tone, “Dad, I’m grown!” I could barely hold back from laughing out loud, but I managed to take a breath to respond to her with what the true definition of […]

October 24, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Are today’s youth followers or leaders?

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Don’t be a follower, be a leader.” Dealing with youth, I often add a second phrase, ”but a leader must have a lead to follow.” Well, 1 Peter 2:21 gives us a clue. What does it take to be a true leader? Is this generation of youth prepared to […]

September 26, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Tragedy yields valuable life lessons

This week is an emotional and challenging week for all Americans as we witness the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I tried to avoid revisiting one of the most terrifying experiences in my lifetime. Although I was not personally in any immediate danger nor did I lose anyone close to me in the tragedy, […]

September 12, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

‘Straight Outta Compton’ produces mixed emotions

I have mixed feelings about the box office success of the new film “Straight Outta Compton.” Most were surprised of the first week box office success of the N.W.A. biopic. I expected immediate success because the anticipated film draws the interest of two generations. My generation (40-plus) is drawn to this film because it touches […]

August 22, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Who said words can never hurt you?

Every few years there is an uproar concerning racial slurs and hateful speech, yet they consistently continue to resurface. Most recently we are entertained by the satirical Republican presidential campaign of Donald Trump who has managed to insult just about every ethnicity and gender so far, calling Mexican immigrants “rapists.” The beloved WWE wrestler Hulk […]

August 15, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Investment in detention outweighs investment in education

“If we build it, they will come.” This popular line from the film “Field of Dreams” comes to mind as I learned of how many prisons and juvenile detention centers have been built in California the past 20 years. Meanwhile at the same time we hear that schools are closing due to budget cuts. Isn’t […]

July 25, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Detrimental qualities of today’s youth a concern

Just a thought. As a father of four, I have the honor and privilege of experiencing parenting from various perspectives: raising boys and a girl, teenagers and now young adults. I’m actually enjoying every aspect and challenge of parenting. With a 10-year-old son, I am experiencing the effect of being from a generation that is […]

July 11, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

You can run but you can’t hide

During a recent conversation with a coworker, we were discussing the living conditions of certain communities and where would be the best place to live. The conversation turned to the amount of crime and violence in certain Bay Area cities. Some communities have unfair negative reputations of being violent. Parts of Richmond, Oakland, Stockton, Vallejo […]

June 27, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

So you’ve graduated: What now?

Well, Class of 2015, congratulations! You have just completed the first stage in your career endeavors. That’s right. I said your career. I know that’s probably the last thing on your minds right now. You’re 17 or 18, and your priorities are upgrading your cellphone and getting a vehicle. Those of you with a bit more […]

June 13, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Class of 2015, what is your next move?

Congratulations to all of you who have successfully reached the plateau of becoming a high school graduate and earned that diploma that has eluded many of your peers. It is over – or soon will be – but at the same time just getting started for you. This year’s graduates have accomplished more than those […]

May 30, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Mentoring should be mandatory

To live life without guidance is reckless. The question is, where to find that guidance? We all need a little help navigating through the challenges of life that we all will face at some point. Unfortunately, we all also suffer from the potentially deadly disease called hardheadedness. To our demise, we often fall into self-righteousness […]

May 09, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Joy of baseball back in my life

As the new 2015 Major League Baseball season begins, I am reminded of the pleasure and excitement the game could be for a child. I had never been to a professional ball game before and actually, I hadn’t been anywhere before. Other than the traveling carnival and a drive-in movie every now and then, there […]

April 25, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

We should apologize for failing today’s youth

Using my very limited platform to deliver practical life skills to today’s youth and young adults, I often begin with an apology. And I mean an honest and sincere apology for the messy and difficult situation that our generation of adults have created for them. Over the past two to three decades we have made […]

April 18, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Is change going to come to the Fairfield-Suisun School District?

When I first moved into this community 14 years ago, one of the first community meetings I attended was on the issue of treatment of African-American and Hispanics. It is amazing that after all these years, we seem to be still at square one. Fortunately, the effort to make changes has resurfaced. I was invited […]

March 28, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Has hip-hop done more harm than good?

There is a recent debate on the influence of hip-hop culture fueled by a statement by Geraldo Rivera who said, “Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism over the last 10 years.” That statement opened up a can of spitfire drama. The question is this: Is there any truth to […]

March 16, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Why does Black History Month exist?

History is history. Why should we highlight race-specific historical accomplishments? Does this create more divisiveness in our society? Why do we need African-American history? There’s no White History Month or Asian History Month. Why? Here’s a thought: The misdirected state of our youth could be redirected with inspiration and education. American historians for years have […]

March 07, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Youth gang activity leads to lifelong issues

Is gang activity still a major concern among youth? Not only do we still have a growing concern with gang activities but, recent statistics show that it has become a long-term issue. Contrary to popular belief, most youth don’t join or form gangs consciously. It usually begins by associating with a group that eventually evolves […]

February 14, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Bad luck or bad decision?

Last weekend consisted of a series of unfortunate events involving youth including a murder, a suicide and a fatal drug overdose. I also made an effort to help console a grieving friend who just lost a cousin to a car accident. Although no one is immune to random violence or unforeseen occurrences, these recent events […]

January 24, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

What does the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. mean in the eyes of today’s youth? Was he just a distant historic figure who receives an annual honorary day of recognition? How can we maintain the relevance of Dr. King’s philosophy, accomplishments and struggle among youth? Speaking to current high school and middle […]

January 10, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

‘The Interview’: Freedom of speech or act of bullying?

So, let’s make a movie about assassinating a current national leader. Not a fictitious character. Really? There have been plenty of movies about attacks on presidents, prime ministers and world leaders but they usually have enough respect to not use real names and likeness. Sony Pictures has crossed the line by making the film “The […]

December 27, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Black vs. Blue: Nation continues to protest

This has been a horrible year in public relations for the law enforcement community. I actually feel bad for the majority of the hard-working officers who are truly committed to properly serving and protecting the community. I have many close friends and family in the field of law enforcement for whom I am concerned. With that […]

December 13, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

CBS investigates Job Corps: Why?

The title of a recent report says “Some Job Corps programs are full of violence and drugs.” You could say the exact same statement for any program, even Ivy League advanced education institutions. Don’t believe this as a fair representative of the Job Corps program. If a public school is underperforming or has issues with safety on […]

November 08, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Are good manners a thing of the past?

Let’s flash back a moment to the 1970s when common courtesy actually existed. It was a time when the words “sir” or “ma’am” were delivered and expected before and after you spoke to an adult. These were words out of the mouths of civilian children of all ages, not just military personnel. Today you will […]

October 11, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Looking good on paper isn’t enough

Although the national unemployment rate is better than it has been in years at 6.1 percent, the rate for young adults ages 18 to 24 is still tough at 24.5 percent. With the current economic environment, what are the chances for a youth who’s seeking work? The job market has become more competitive with even more job-seekers hoping to land one of the […]

September 27, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Weed obsession detrimental to youth

I can’t remember a time where so many people are hooked on marijuana. Sure, I understand that there is a healthy political movement that is moving toward the legalization of marijuana. I also understand the legitimacy of its use for medicinal purposes. However, without a cannabis card it is still illegal and recreational use is […]

September 13, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

An honest view of recent police shootings

The recent violence in Ferguson, Missouri, exposes the ongoing issues of racial tension and the use of deadly force by police. As the civil unrest settles around yet another controversial officer shooting death of an unarmed young black male, the country seems to be further divided over the past five years than during the civil rights […]

August 23, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Playtime is over

Summer vacation is over. It’s time to refocus, set your schedule and get back on track with pursuing your educational plan. You may be headed to high school, college or trade school. Either way, it’s time to take care of business. Playtime is over. You may have been hanging out late during the week. You may have […]

August 09, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Top 3 ways to impress an employer

Employment development workers understand the challenge of transforming youth into employable adults. As a student of the ever-changing job market, I have learned a few things that could be of use to the current job-seeker. Employers evaluate potential applicants on three criteria before even considering them for the job: What they read about you, what […]

July 26, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

When does helping become enabling?

Parents who have allowed their children to live with them until those children have children in high school. A mother who still makes her grown son’s bed and does his laundry. Putting up your home as collateral to bail a drug-addicted relative out of jail multiple times. Are these actions aiding or enabling? How do you know […]

July 12, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,
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