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Deon Price

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 , | 1 Reply

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 ,

Dads, what’s best, legacy or inheritance?

“I expect a gift on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.” Those of us who were raised by single mothers have probably heard this before. Most folks would agree that the weight on the shoulders of a single mother is heavier than any human being. Imagine being the caretaker, the cook, the disciplinarian, the counselor, the breadwinner, […]

June 14, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

A message to the Class of 2014 through Maya Angelou

If words reflect the condition of your heart, Maya Angelou had a heart that was stronger and healthier than most. Although her preliminary medical diagnosis says she died from heart failure, spiritually, her heart did not fail her. It filled her and fueled her with enough love and wisdom to nourish a generation to come. […]

May 31, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

We should thank Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Just when you thought Donald Sterling had said enough to get himself into enough excrement to fill the 18,000-seat Staples Center, to my amazement, he kept talking. It seems that every time he speaks is like watching a scene from the film “12 Years A Slave.” Like most people of color who have publicly voiced […]

May 24, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Careful what you say; be more careful what you post

Why is it so hard for grown folks to control their mouths? Offering that old-school advice to watch your mouth seems a lot easier said than done. We live in an environment where what comes out of your mouth is not as dangerous as what comes through your computer, tablet or cellphone. Social media outlets […]

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

Don’t be a beast in the gym but a punk in the classroom

In my classroom, I have a large laminated quote from motivational speaker Les Brown that reads, “Success happens when opportunity meets preparation.” It is in the most prominent location at the front of the class. It epitomizes the theme of my weeklong career preparation class for youth. The same words are just as fitting for […]

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

Should O’Reilly criticize Beyoncé?

Hear we go again. Yet another artist is being attacked by who the hip-hop community calls the “hip-hop hater,” Bill O’Reilly. His latest overzealous attack aimed at R&B artist Beyoncé was in various media outlets last week. He accused the R&B artist of being “raunchy,” stating, “She puts out a new album with a video […]

March 22, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Increased pot use among youth raises concerns

I was asked recently to participate in an online debate about a recent survey that revealed that more teens are smoking marijuana as opposed to drinking or doing other more dangerous drugs such as cocaine. The question that I was asked to respond to was: Should we be optimistic about the recent revelation that more teens […]

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

You can run but you can’t hide from city issues

What kind of community would you like your family to live in? Is Fairfield-Suisun becoming so undesirable that you are considering relocating? Many folks have begun the mass exodus of Bay Area cities and even California completely. I understand why people choose to move out of the neighborhood when the environment becomes too violent, drug-infested, […]

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

How does pop culture, reality TV affect your child?

During a conversation with my teenage daughter about her choice of entertainment, we talked about the educational value of shows like “Bad Girls Club.” After her unsuccessful attempt to justify the inappropriate behavior as simply entertainment, that show has been banned in my household until . . . forever. We ended the conversation by talking […]

January 25, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Which parenting style is better?

Speaking with parents, youth and marriage family counselors, I’ve been engaged by this healthy discussion: Does “old school” or “new school” parenting work best for the proper upbringing of a child? This discussion often gets even deeper when it begin to penetrate the surface into different cultural and socio-economic environments. Parenting styles quite often drastically […]

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

Is it nature or nurture that molds youth?

After another eventful week of service while working with today’s youth, I was approached by a parent who was concerned about his stepson’s sudden digression into serious anti-social behavior in school and possible criminal acts. The parents are puzzled at this behavior due to the fact that they are very active and involved parents who […]

December 28, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,
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