America seems to have a more divisive tone now compared to recent years. New Orleans has seen protests spark over the removal of Confederate monuments. Images are all around us with one that seems to have people quite divided — the Confederate flag. I often have a sense of curiosity when I see this flag flown on people’s front porch, flag pole or on their car. I wonder if the person ...

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Hardly a week goes by without hearing about another case of police brutality. Many times, seemingly unnecessarily lethal force has been used, and these incidents have sparked protests across America. Each case is unique with differentiating circumstances, but the result is all too often — death. Many people have grouped these incidents together concluding that white officers have unnecessarily killed black men. This has initiated and reinforced mistrust of the ...

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Recently, another local family buried their young adult child due to a drug overdose.  Sadly, this same story is playing out daily across the nation. Upon reading the headline, I paused to think about an encounter leaving work one Friday evening. As I was walking in the dimly lit street to my car, I found a small group of shadows huddled over something lying in the adjacent alley. Once closer, I saw that ...

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