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January 28, 2008

Last week's question:

It has been 40 years since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the acknowledged leader of the U.S. civil rights movement. In that time, what do you see as the best sign of progress toward King's ideals?

Great progress is evident in the fact that people like Obama and Colin Powell (previously) poll among the masses (of all races) as top contenders for the presidency. This would not be possible without massive progress of King's ideals. Along this line, I'd recommend the new book by Clarence Thomas - "My Grandfather's Son." It is a story of the challenges that do face African-Americans, while also presenting the solution to be found in methods and values other than failed liberal programs such as affirmative action. And Herald-Mail, thanks for a new question with substance!

(Editor's note: Thanks for being one of the few who answered it.)

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Let's not forget that a lot of King's ideals carried over into women's rights as well. Women and racial minorities are not only surviving, but thriving in positions that used to be "the old boys club" - politics, law, medicine - and we have a black man and a white woman both in serious contention for the presidency!

We have black people, Hispanics and other minorities working in white-collar jobs. There's no longer universal racial and gender segregation in schools.

Women and minorities can serve their country in the armed services. Thank you, Dr. King.

This week's question:

In this year's presidential campaign, voters seem to be searching for change. Remembering that presidents must get Congress to go along with their plans, what is the most important change the next president can make?

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