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									 ISSUE 30                                             FRIDAY, October 31, 2008                         (The November Issue)

   P.O. BOX 218 CHESTER, PA 19016                          
                                                                                                                                                                    FREE                                   Stefan Roots—Publisher                                                  610.872.8727

 Were you there on Tuesday in the cold and rain with the esti-
 mated 9,000 people who stood in the mud behind Widener’s
 Old Main to witness the most dynamic personality in contempo-
 rary American History?
 On a day the Phillies were rained out of a World Series game in
 Philly and John McCain rained out on his supporters in Quaker-
 town, Barack Obama threw on his jeans and jogging shoes and
 presented Chester to the world.
 He couldn’t help but to reference the weather saying, "A little bit of rain never hurt anybody… It's not easy standing in
 the cold and in the rain. It's not easy but you know this is the time to come together… I just want all of you to know that
 if we see this kind of dedication on Election Day, there is no way that we're not going to bring change to America…If
 we're willing to reach deep down inside us, when times are tough, when it's cold, when it's raining, when it's hard —
 that's when we will stand up."
 It’s hard to believe that our Mayor wasn’t there to welcome Obama to our city. That would have been a great moment
 for our school kids to witness. I hope the reason was more than a political one. (see ‘Where do we learn politics?’ on
 page 6).
 I thank Widener’s Director of Public Relations, Dan Hanson, for allowing Chester Spotlight access to the event and I
 especially thank my stand-in for freezing her little buns off to take those magnificent Obama photos. I also thank my
 printer for letting me get this front page submitted after deadline.

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    Chester made it plain...I was TOO soft!
   I rarely get feedback from readers on the Chester Spotlight issues I put out, but last month I received an earful from more than a few a people who wanted to know…Where‘s the
   I learned that some of my loyal readers are really closet ‗haters‘. They love conflict, controversy and ‗fire‘. One guy said he flipped through the last issue 3 times and couldn‘t find
anything to read. A few folks hated the photo of the Chester Spirit publisher and I because they knew of some things that had been said about me from their camp that wasn‘t so nice
(So what?). One guy said that if I ever put that other publisher‘s photo in my paper again he‘d stop supporting me (Oh my!). I ran into a lady at the Chester High vs Caravel Academy
football game who told me she‘d give me the money if I‘d stop putting her name in the paper. When I told her it was the other paper that was publishing her name, she apologized for
hating me.
  Personally, I hate looking at the black criminals du jour in the Daily Times, especially on the front page. Be glad that the ‗Spotlight‘ and ‗Spirit‘ spare you such coverage and only
bring you the good news going on in our community. For this issue, I didn‘t solicit anyone to contribute articles. I thought I‘d make my fans happy and bring the ‗fire‘ myself. Thanks
for your feedback…you little haters, you!

A Rerun from Tina Johnson
On page 3 of the September 5 th issue of the Chester Spotlight, Tina submitted an article titled ‗The
Obama affect on local politics.‘ She makes a case for people to focus on the local elections because
they have a greater impact on what goes on in our community. If we could put the same passion and
effort in the local campaigns as we‘ve put into the Obama campaign, just think what affect it would
have on the candidates and our local situations.

Tina says…
         It is not possible to embrace the message of change on the national level while ignoring
         that message on the local level in good conscious. Local issues should not be expected to
         automatically change simply because you voted for a new President. Local elections impact
         local issues more directly than national elections. Local politics need to change in order to
         benefit the community you live in. What good is it to vote for ―Change that we believe in‖
         when you do not believe that you have the power to change things in your own front yard?

The Locals on November 4th
Attorney General                    State Treasurer                     9th Senatorial District
(R ) Tom Corbett                    (R ) Tom Ellis                      (R ) Dominic Pileggi
(D) John Morganelli                 (D) Robert McCord                   (D) John Linder
(L) Marakay Rogers                  (L) Berlie Etzel
                                                                        159th Legislative Dis-
Auditor General                     1 Congressional Dis-
(R ) Chet Beiler                    trict                               (R ) Thomas Deitman
(D) Jack Wagner                     (R ) Mike Muhammad                  (D) Thaddeus Kirkland
(L) Betsy Summers                   (D) Robert Brady
October 31, 2008                              The Chester Spotlight                                                                                  Page 4

                                                                 DEITMAN vs KIRKLAND
                                                       I still get a chuckle when I think of my substitute      voting in small numbers. If they vote mostly Republi-
                                                     teaching days where all those Chester students             can, this could make the Kirkland-Deitman race inter-
                                                     thought that Thaddeus Kirkland was the mayor of            esting.
                                                     Chester. He‘s been so visible for so many years that         In a normal election year when hardly anyone
                                                     he‘s the only politician many of these kids recognize.     comes out to vote in Chester, I‘d say Kirkland should
                                                       In my opinion, Mr. Kirkland may have an interest-        be nervous. But, the Obama factor will have a lot of
                                                     ing challenge on his hands this year by going against      people at the polls which should work in Kirkland‘s
                                                     an opponent from another town.                             favor.
                                                      Thomas Deitman is a Chester native but lives in             I don‘t have a clue where either candidate stands on
                                                     Parkside where he is the Council President. Parkside       any issues. Thaddeus Kirkland and Thomas G. Deit-
                                                     has about 2,000 people versus Chester‘s 30,000. But,       man were invited to share their positions and views on
                                                     since 95% of Parkside is white, I expect that a much       any of 800 topics offered by There were
                                                     higher percentage of their folks are registered and will   no responses from either candidates. Neither candi-
                                                     be voting for their guy. Chester folks are notorious for   date has a campaign website.

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                                                                 President of the United States and another           focus on race and the effects it has on the
           Gas - Repairs - Mini Mart                             good RACE to determine Chester‘s next                voters. They raced across the country talking
                                                                 State Senator.                                       to people of different races about race and
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                                                                 are different from one another.                      eye opening revelations in their findings.
                                                                   Now that we‘re in the last week of the               I don‘t know how you feel, but I‘m glad
                         $59.95 Enhanced Emission                campaign, it‘s a RACE to the finish.                 this race is almost over. Soon we‘ll finally
                              and State Inspection                 Many newspaper and magazine writers                see how much race mattered in this race.
                                                                 have cleverly used RACE in headlines to                If you‘re like me, you‘re hoping to be rac-
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                                                                 know that doesn‘t make sense but neither
                                                                                                                      to get invited to an inauguration party on
                                                                                                                      January 20, 2009 (which just happens to be
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                                                                                  OBAMA vs McCAIN
                                              or More

                                                                       Based on the number of Obama signs in our        interest in Chester. Obama was at Strath Ha-
Ask for Bruce for a FREE Repair Estimate !                           yards (and conspicuous absence of any              ven High school in April and did not see fit to
                                                                     McCain signs); the presence of an Obama            travel 4 miles to grab a Phatso‘s donut, and
                                                                     campaign headquarters (there‘s no McCain           McCain did Media and didn‘t travel 6 miles
                                                                     headquarters); and the variety of Obama tee        to do lunch at Italian Brothers.
                                                                     shirts available at our urban clothiers, I‘m         The day this paper goes to print, Obama is

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                                                                     almost convinced that Chester supports             scheduled to speak at Widener University
                                                                     Obama.                                             here in Chester. Needless to say, the Obama
                                                                       Interestingly, many Chester voters may have      buzz is far greater now that it was back in
                                                                     to learn a new technique for casting their         April and I know Chester will show up in
                                                                     ballots since they‘ve been so accustomed to        great numbers.
Where Everyone is treated like Family                                pulling the ‗Big‘ lever – for Republicans.
                                                                     Even the most ardent Chester Republicans are
                                                                                                                          I hope that Chester schools are closed so our
                                                                                                                        kids can attend.
                                                                     likely to vote Obama, forcing them to indi-          Unfortunately, I have to work that morning
                                                                     vidually select their candidates at the polls.     so I‘m trusting that you will send me your
                                                                     This will be a great test of the sophistication    photos and comments.

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                                                                     of our voting population because confusion at         Obama‘s visit will create an exciting ‗feel
                                                                     the top of the ballot box will affect the selec-   good‘ moment for Chester. A victory on No-
                                                                     tion of candidates below. Most of us are not       vember 4th will create another.
                                                                     used to splitting our vote.                          We can use every feel good moment we can

                                                                       At first, I thought neither candidate had any    get.

                                                                                      PALIN vs BIDEN
       Monday Thru Friday                                             In the final debate, when Bob Schieffer asked
                                                                     each Presidential candidate why the country
                                                                     would be better off if his running mate became
                                                                                                                        history and having served with seven presi-
                                                                                                                        dents, I guarantee you it's gonna happen,"
                                                                                                                        Biden continued.

        8 AM to 1:30 PM
                                                                     president rather than the other guy‘s running       All this did was fuel Republican charges that
                                                                     mate, Obama said Joe Biden ―shares my core         the Democratic presidential candidate's own
                                                                     values.‖ John McCain said Sarah Palin is a         running mate admits Obama is a blank slate in
                                                                     ―reformer‖ and ―she has united our party.‖         the face of coming national security threats.
                                                                      Both VP candidate have put their foot in their    Way to go, Joe.
                                                                     mouths. Biden said, "Mark my words. It will         And Palin, well, she‘d not allowed to say
                                                                     not be six months before the world tests           much for fear that she could really mess things
                                                                     Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.           up for McCain. I won‘t waste space here with
                                                                     The world is looking. If you don't remember        her missteps but just Google ‗Palin Blunders‘
                                                                     anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have      and be prepared to spend a couple hours being
                                                                     an international crisis, a generated crisis, to    sadly amused. Great choice, Bob.
                                                                     test the mettle of this guy. And he's gonna         Early on, Obama said that he wasn‘t running
                                                                     have to make some really tough -- I don't          for Vice President. With what we have before
                                                                     know what the decision's gonna be, but I           us, it almost makes you wonder if we‘re better
                                                                     promise you it will occur. As a student of         off without one.

                                                                        Where is the BOY‟S CLUB?
                                                                       The Kirkland-Linder campaign has resur-          announcing the project, it was accompanied
                                                                     faced the issue of a new Boy‘s and Girl‘s          by an architectural sketch of the proposed
                                                                     Club announced a year ago by city officials        building. My experience has been that those
                                                                     but has not broken ground yet (see Chester         sketches don‘t come cheap which assumes
                                                                     Spotlight, Issue 18, October 26, 2007, page        that a good chunk of change had been spent
                                                                     4). The city‘s response that I read in another     prior to the announcement.
                                                                     paper was that the planning of these things         My hope is that this Boy‘s Club doesn‘t
                                                                     takes time and that it‘s coming soon. A little     become a broken promise, even though there
                                                                     birdie told me that a certain entity wasn‘t        was never any promised construction timeta-
                                                                     being completely honest with the money that        ble in the original press release. I don‘t think
      2901 W. 3rd St. at Thurlow, Chester                            was pledged to the project which is the main       Chester residents will take to kindly if a soc-
                                                                     cause of the delay. And I was surprised that       cer stadium shows up before a rec center.
                610-494-1969                                         when I received the original press release         Come on Chester City, we deserve an ETA.
  October 31, 2008                                                             The Chester Spotlight                                            Page 5

  If the Obama-McCain campaign wasn‘t             tion to this race anyway, I wasn‘t confident
going on, I wonder if John Linder-Dominic         that many Chester folks would show. To my
Pileggi would generate any buzz with Chester      surprise, I got a call from the Linder camp
folk. This campaign has the two top elements      inviting me to his only debate in Media. I as-
that make the Presidential race interesting;      sumed he was debating Pileggi but I wasn‘t
black vs white, inexperience vs experience.       sure. I later found that about 200 people,
  Neither of these guys are new faces around      mostly seniors, attended and there weren‘t too
town. Linder, the black, has been a dedicated     many folks from Chester. So, either I was
force on the local education scene, and           correct that not many people are interested in
Pileggi, the white, has been the rapidly as-      this race, or people found out about the debate
cending force in Pennsylvania politics.           only hours before the debate took place, like I
  In my view, it‘s seems that Linder is deter-
mined to fight for the policies of Governor
                                                  did. (I had to work that night so I couldn‘t
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                                                                                                               More Than 70% of African American
Where do we learn politics?                                                                                    Children Unable To Read at or Above
                                                                                                               Grade Level by 4th Grade
What does Joe Biden, Dominic Pileggi and I have         who interacted regularly with politicians. It‘s no
in common. We all spent time at Archmere Acad-          surprise that both Biden and Pileggi are success-
emy. Of course, those guys graduated and I trans-       ful politicians considering their pedigree.
ferred out in 11th grade because I wanted to              We have to introduce our children to politics.(October 22, 2008 -- New York) An analysis       fail to align and connect learning successfully
graduate from Chester High, which is a decision I       Every school should have a photo in the foyer of
                                                                                                       of U.S. government statistics by the Founda-      from year to year.
have never regretted.                                   Mayor Butler, St. Rep. Kirkland, and Senator   tion for Child Development (FCD) released
  I attended my first political convention at Arch-     Pileggi. The campaigns for student government  today shows that by the Fourth Grade, less        ―Our children are not failing to learn. Our
mere. There was loud music, screaming people,           should be mentored by our local political parties
                                                                                                       than one-third of all American children are       schools are failing to teach them effectively,‖
motivating speeches, funny hats, buttons, ban-          in an effort to show students how to run a cam-reading at or above grade level. The full re-     said Takanishi. ―It is time for Americans to
ners, bunting, confetti and flags. It was held in       paign.                                         port and graphics on the reading levels of all    take responsibility for guaranteeing a high-
the large lecture hall in the science building and        In our homes, our only political conversation to
                                                                                                       American children, and American children by       quality PreK-3rd education to this and future
the room was packed. I didn‘t know what was             our kids can‘t be limited to… ‗register Republi-
                                                                                                       racial/ethnic groups are available online.        generations. Our children deserve better, and
going on. I was shocked to see my classmates up         can and you can get a job with the City.‘       Asian American or Pacific Islander – 40         America‘s future demands better.‖
there participating like they‘ve been doing it all        Registering to vote is expected. Voting in every   percent                                       ―America‘s democratic traditions and eco-
their lives. They didn‘t teach us about conducting      election is required. The hard part is making the
                                                                                                        White – 39 percent                              nomic power in an increasingly competitive
a convention in class so I was baffled how every-       winning politicians accountable since it‘s so diffi-                                             global marketplace demand the transforma-
one else seemed to know what was going on ex-                                                           American Indian – 19 percent
                                                        cult to know what they do for us on a daily basis.                                               tion of public education to promote the life-
cept me.                                                                                                Latino – 15 percent
                                                        But, if you really want to know, you‘ll find a way                                               long learning of America‘s future generations.
  Later in life, when I watched political conven-       to ask the right questions. Unfortunately, most Black – 12 percent                              Our country can no longer afford an educa-
tions on TV, I saw all the same elements they use       Chester folks never challenge the very people    ―This is an American tragedy. By the            tional system that leaves behind the majority
to announce Presidential candidates as Archmere                                                        Fourth Grade, more than half of White and
                                                        who work for us, supposedly, in our best interest.                                               of its students by Fourth Grade.‖ said Ta-
did to select class officers. I also realized that my                                                  Asian American children cannot read at grade
                                                          I‘d love to see Chester schools teach local civics                                             kanishi.
classmates grew up in homes where politics was          so kids will grow up knowing the power of poli-level,‖ said Ruby Takanishi, President of the       FCD‘s analysis of children‘s reading levels
discussed. Some came from political families,           tics.                                          Foundation for Child Development. ―For            is based on U.S. Census data and the U.S.
others were from successful business families                                                          Latino, Black and American Indian children,
                                                          Schools must become the place to learn politics.                                               Department of Education‘s National Assess-
                                                                                                       the numbers are even worse - - more than 80       ment of Education Progress (NAEP) scores.
                                                                                                       percent cannot read at grade level by Fourth        The Foundation for Child Development is a
                                        Social Security Column                                         Grade.‖                                           national, private philanthropy dedicated to the
              THIS THANKSGIVING, GATHER AROUND THE COMPUTER                                              Children‘s success must be built on a foun-     principle that all families should have the
                                         By Eileen D. Cooper                                           dation of seamless learning during their earli-   social and material resources to raise their
                                                                                                       est PreKindergarten to Third Grade (PreK-3rd)     children to be healthy, educated and produc-
Each year, people from across the nation spend       Change Your Address or Phone Number. school years. Yet currently, most children
Thanksgiving Day enjoying good food and qual-                                                                                                            tive members of their communities.
                                                         If you currently receive Social Security      experience a wide range of experiences that
ity time with their families. During this year‘s         benefits, it‘s important that you keep us
holiday we hope you will consider assisting a            updated about changes to your mailing ad-

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loved one by visiting            dress and phone number in case we need to
  The Social Security Administration has a cornu-        contact you—even if you have direct de-
copia of services, many of which are online. You         posit. The most convenient way to update
can visit us at                  your information is by using our online ser-    Florida A & M University is providing an
onlineservices from the privacy of your home or          vices. You can change your address, phone outstanding opportunity for Black women                We need your help to get the word out about
office. Using the agency‘s website is conven-            number, even your direct deposit informa-     entering college in the fall of 2009. It is de-   this great opportunity to build back up the
ient, easy and secure.                                   tion.                                         signed to address their absence in the field of   enrollment of women in the CIS Department.
  Here are a few of the things you can help your     Apply for Extra Help with Your Medicare computer technology.                                        Pass this information along to high school or
loved ones do online.                                    Prescription Drug Costs. Social Security        Dr. Jason Black is the Principal Investigator   community college students, their parents,
 Apply for benefits. You can help them                  has an easy-to-use online application that    of a recently awarded $552,000 NSF Grant          and to guidance counselors you may know.
      apply for Social Security retirement,              anyone — family members, friends and care- entitled African-American Women in Com-               The full text of the press release can be
      spouse‘s or disability benefits. After they        givers — can complete. If a loved one has     puter Science. The grant provides scholar-        found at
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      the status of the application as well.             qualify for extra help paying the premiums, female African American students.
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                                                                                                                                                                               liam Lewis on
Chester High Class of 1968 40th Reunion Tickets will be Sold at DOOR. SORRY,                                                                                                   October 11 at
                                                       NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED.                                                                                            Calvary. A sur-
...will take place Saturday, November 29th, 2008 Special Note – Ticket Payments will be accepted
at the Renaissance Philadelphia Hotel Airport,   until November 9th. We will be concluding the                                                                                 prise honoree was
500 Stevens Drive. Time: 6:00PM – 12:00 Mid- Reunion festivities with Sunday Service at St.                                                                                    Geraldine Lewis
night.Tickets are $65 and must be purchased in   Luke‘s C.C. Church, 4th & Central Ave, Chester                                                                                (left) who is pre-
advance - Includes buffet dinner, souvenir, door PA. The service starts at 10:45. 1968 classmate,
prizes, Music with Dancing (JJ Productions) and Rev. Lavina Johnson Smith, will lead the service.                                                                              sent with flowers
dress is Semi-Formal. Please send money order Check out for Class of ‗68                                                                                      by Sheila Sellers
payable to CHS Class of ‘68 to: CHS Class of     messages. For more information please contact:
‘68, P.O. Box 115, Wallingford, PA 19086.        Nancy Novak - 610/565.6893 or email naneno-
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Call for Help at the Polls
Chester, Pa. (October 15, 2008) – To help
ensure a fair and free Election Day, Widener
                                                      team on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, to
                                                      help answer questions, resolve problems and
                                                                                                           Clinton L. Johnson Sr.
University has partnered with the Committee of
Seventy and the Lawyers‘ Committee for Civil
                                                      make sure that every registered voter in the city
                                                      of Chester has the opportunity to cast a ballot.            Attorney at Law
Rights Under Law to train non-partisan volun-            For more information about joining the Com-
teers to serve as community watchdogs at poll-        mittee of Seventy in Chester contact Jonathan
ing places throughout Chester.                        David, director of voter services, at 215-557-
  The oldest election protection program in           3600 ext.110.
America, the Committee of Seventy was formed             In addition to on-the-scene assistance, the
in 1904 by Philadelphia‘s civic and business          Committee of Seventy will operate a toll-free
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Black President                                                   Blacks voting for Blacks „8‟ Black Presidents
                                                                   Former Los Angles Dodgers          Condoleezza Colin didn‘t want
                                                                                                      (Notice how Rice Powell and            Does art imitate life? Here‘s    (Newton is that beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                              British actress who plays
by Nas                                                            manager Tommy Lasorda said          any parts of this.) didn‘t want
                                                                                                      Condoleezza Rice                       a list of actors who have        Terrence Howard‘s playsin
                                                                                                                                                                              British actress who wife
                                                                  this about baseball all-star Mike   any parts of this.)                    portrayed black Presidents       ‗Crash‘ and is Condi Rice in
                                                                                                                                                                              Terrence Howard‘s wife in
The Chester Spotlight is a family oriented publication so I       Piazza… ―I don‘t like him be-       And there‘s the other side of the      in movies and TV.                ‗Crash‘
                                                                                                                                                                              ‗W‘). and is Condi Rice in
can‘t print all the lyrics to Nas‘ powerful rap entitled Black    cause he‘s Italian, I like him      And there‘s the other side blacks
                                                                                                      coin in Philadelphia whereof the                                           I couldn‘t help but to no-
President.                                                        because I‘m Italian.‖               coin overwhelmingly supported
                                                                                                      have in Philadelphia where blacks         James Earl Jones played          I some interesting trends
                                                                                                                                                                              ticecouldn‘t help but to no-
Forgive me, Nas, for chopping up your work, but there are          White folks have said that they    their black mayors Wilson
                                                                                                      have overwhelmingly supported          President Douglass Dilman        tice some interesting trends
                                                                                                                                                                              in the movies blacks have
some great lines that I wanted to share.                          don‘t think it‘s right that blacks  Goode, John Street Wilson
                                                                                                      their black mayors and Michael         in ―The Man‖ a 1972 film,        been cast as Presidents. Four
                                                                                                                                                                              in the movies blacks have
                                                                  are voting for Obama because        Nutter. But isStreetreallyMichael
                                                                                                      Goode, John that and a black           which also starred Georg         been six films are science
                                                                                                                                                                              of thecast as Presidents. Four
                                                                  he‘s black. Little do they know,    Nutter. a Democratic party
                                                                                                      thing orBut is that really a black     Standford Brown, the black       of the and one is a comedy.
                                                                                                                                                                              fictionsix films are science
Although it seems Heaven sent                                     there are more than enough ex-      thing I‘m not so certain that
                                                                                                      thing.or a Democratic party if it      cop from the 70‘s TV show        fiction they figured the con-
                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe and one is a comedy.
We’re getting ready to have a black President                     amples of black folks not voting    came down to sowhite Democ- it
                                                                                                      thing. I‘m not a certain that if       ―The Rookies‖.                   Maybe they figured the con-
                                                                                                                                                                              cept of a black President was
                                                                  for blacks because they‘re black.   came down to white Democ-
                                                                                                      ratic candidateavs one of those           Tommy ‗Tiny‘ Lister           cept a black President was
                                                                                                                                                                              ‗out of this world‘ or simply
Yes we can change the world                                        In 2006, Pennsylvania‘s blacks     ratic candidates one of those
                                                                                                      blackcandidate vsas a republican       played President Lindberg in     ‗out of
                                                                                                                                                                              a joke. this world‘ or simply
                                                                  overwhelmingly ignored the          black the black as the support
                                                                                                      wouldcandidatesget a republican        ―The Fifth Element‖ a 1997          ―The
                                                                                                                                                                              a joke. Man‖ is a contempo-
Y'know these colored folks and Negroes                            campaign of Lynn Swan and           of black voters (probably not).
                                                                                                      would the black get the support        film starring Bruce Willis          ―The Man‖ is a contempo-
                                                                                                                                                                              rary story, however, Presi-
Hate to see one of their own succeeding                           voted for Ed Rendell for Gover-       Obama slowly captured not).
                                                                                                      of black voters (probably the          and Chris Tucker.                rary Dilman wasn‘t Presi-
                                                                                                                                                                              dent story, however, elected.
America, surprise us                                              nor. If blacks voted black, Swan      Obama of the captured the
                                                                                                      affection slowly black masses as        Morgan Freeman played           dent Dilman wasn‘t elected.
                                                                                                                                                                              He assumed the Presidency
And let a black man guide us                                      would have at least made the race   affection on. Issues masses as
                                                                                                      time wentof the blacklike, ‗Is he      President Tom Beck in            after the President died in a
                                                                                                                                                                              He assumed the Presidency
                                                                  competitive. He got walloped.       Black Enough‘ , ‗He‘s not‗Is he
                                                                                                      time went on. Issues like, adver-      ―Deep Impact‖ a 1998 film        after crash and the V.P.
                                                                                                                                                                              planethe President died in a
What's the black President thinking on election night
                                                                                                      Black Enough‘ , ‗He‘s not adver-
                                                                                                      tising with the Black Media‘,          he starred with Vanessa          plane crash and the V.P.
                                                                                                                                                                              refused the job because of
Is it how can I protect my life?
Protect my wife? Protect my rights?                                                                   tising not the Black Media‘,
                                                                  Here‘s a list of other black Presi- ‗He‘s withaddressing the Black         Redgrave and Robert Duval.       refused Dilman happened
                                                                                                                                                                              his age. the job because of to
                                                                  dential candidate who blacks        voter‘, were all early the Black
                                                                                                      ‗He‘s not addressing complaints          Chris Rock played Presi-       his age. Dilman tempor of
                                                                                                                                                                              be President pro happened to
I think Obama provides Hope                                                                           voter‘, were all early complaints
                                                                  didn‘t quite embrace as they are in his campaign. From what I see,         dent Mays Gilliam in ―Head       be U.S. Senate tempor
                                                                                                                                                                              thePresident prowhich is of
And challenges minds of all races and colors to erase             with Obama.                         he his campaign.changed course
                                                                                                      in really hasn‘t From what I see,      of State‖ a 2003 film he         third in the line of succession
                                                                                                                                                                              the U.S. Senate which is
the hate                                                            Jesse Jackson. Jackson cam-       he much.
                                                                                                      tooreally hasn‘t changed course        starred with Bernie Mac and      third Presidency, succession
                                                                                                                                                                              to thein the line of after the
And try and love one another                                      paigned for the Democratic            In my opinion, what has really
                                                                                                      too much.                              Tracy Morgan.                    to the Presidency, after the
                                                                                                                                                                              Vice President of the United
                                                                  nomination twice, in 1984 and         In my opinion, what has really
                                                                                                      helped propel Obama‘s support             Fox‘s TV show ―24‖ has        States and before the Secre-
                                                                                                                                                                              Vice President of       United
There’s so many political snakes                                  1988. These runs secured his        in the black community support
                                                                                                      helped propel Obama‘s has been         brought us two black Presi-      tary ofand before the Secre-
                                                                                                                                                                              States State.
We’re in need of a break                                          place as the pre-eminent black      in the black community has been
                                                                                                      the degree of dislike blacks have      dents. First, Dennis Hysbert        ―24‖ is presented as a real
                                                                                                                                                                              tary of State.
                                                                  American leader of the era.         the degree of dislike blacks have
                                                                                                      for his opponents, Hillary Clinton     was elected as President            ―24‖ is presented as a real
                                                                                                                                                                              time depiction of the struggle
I'm thinkin' I can trust this brotha                                Lenora Fulani. In 1988, Fu-       for John McCain.
                                                                                                      andhis opponents, Hillary Clinton      David Palmer. He decided         time depiction of the struggle
                                                                                                                                                                              to save our country from
But will he keep it real?                                                                               Hillary McCain.
                                                                  lani—a psychologist—ran as an and Johnthought black‘s affec-               not to pursue a second term.     terrorist. Both of their black
                                                                                                                                                                              to save our country from
Every innocent brother in jail - gets out on appeal?              independent and was the first         Hillary thought black‘s affec-
                                                                                                      tion for Bill Clinton would get        He was assassinated after his    terrorist. Both of their black
                                                                                                                                                                              Presidents were elected but
When he wins - will he really really care, still?                                                     tion for but as she would get
                                                                  black woman to appear on presi- her overBill Clintonwent from              presidency. His brother,         Presidents afraid that ‗art
                                                                                                                                                                              everyone iswere elected but
I feel                                                            dential ballots in all 50 states.   her over but as she went from
                                                                                                      confident to desperate, blacks         Wayne Palmer (D.B. Wood-         everyone is life‘ fearing
                                                                                                                                                                              may imitate afraid that ‗art
                                                                  She also ran in 1992.               begun to see desperate, veneer,
                                                                                                      confident to under her blacks          side), later ran for President   assassination attempts on
                                                                                                                                                                              may imitate life‘ fearing
We gotta do what we gotta do                                        Alan Keyes. Having served in      begun to see under her veneer,
                                                                                                      and didn‘t like what they saw.         and won. ―24‖ returns to TV      Obama if he is elected.on
                                                                                                                                                                              assassination attempts
We ain't got no Governors coming through - to help
                                                                                                      and didn‘t like what they saw.
                                                                  the Reagan administration, Keyes McCain, on the other hand, never          in January. We‘ll see if            Now if he is White House
                                                                                                                                                                              Obama that the elected.
Anything we need done, we gotta do for self
                                                                  campaigned for the Republican       had a chance against Obama‘s
                                                                                                      McCain, on the other hand, never       President Wayne Palmer is           within arms White House
                                                                                                                                                                              is Now that thereach for a
New improved JFK on the way                                       nomination in 1996 and 2000         black chance against like one is
                                                                                                      had a supporters. To Obama‘s           still at the helm.               is within President, maybe
                                                                                                                                                                              real blackarms reach for a
                                                                  (and also lost to Barack Obama      black supporters. To like one
                                                                                                      to totally dislike the other. I is        Lou Gossett, Jr. played       we‘ll see more movies, TV
                                                                                                                                                                              real black President, maybe
It ain't the 60's again                                           in their race for a Senate seat in  to totally dislike the other. I
                                                                                                      haven‘t found any black folks on-      President Gerald Fitzhugh in     shows and plays depicting
                                                                                                                                                                              we‘ll see more movies, TV
Brothers ain't hippies again                                      2004).                              haven‘t found any black to
                                                                                                      the-fence when it comes folks on-      ―Left Behind:World at War‖       blacks and plays depicting
                                                                                                                                                                              shows in true leadership
                                                                                                      the-fence when it Obama
                                                                    Carol Moseley Braun. A U.S. choosing betweencomes toand                  a 2005 film also starring        blacks the areas of politics,
                                                                                                                                                                              roles inin true leadership
We ain't falling for the same traps                               senator, Moseley Braun briefly      choosing
                                                                                                      McCain. between Obama and              Kirk Cameron (the bad kid        business, science of politics,
                                                                                                                                                                              roles in the areas and educa-
Standing on the balconies where they shot the King at                                                   Blacks
                                                                  sought the Democratic presiden- McCain.have proven to be very              Michael from the 80‘s TV         tion. We‘ve been and educa-
                                                                                                                                                                              business, science inundated
McCain got apologies, Ain't nobody hearing that                   tial nomination in 2004.              Blacks which black candidates
                                                                                                      selectivehave proven to be very        show ‗Growing Pains‘).           tion. criminals, cops, enter-
                                                                                                                                                                              with We‘ve been inundated
                                                                                                      selective which black candidates
                                                                    Al Sharpton. In 2004, this New they support. This time, they‘ve             Danny Glover will be          with criminals, cops, enter-
                                                                                                                                                                              tainers and athletes on the
People need honesty                                                                                   they support. This
                                                                  York-based activist campaigned supported Obama. time, they‘ve              playing President Wilson in      big andand athletes on the
                                                                                                                                                                              tainers small screen for too
                                                                  for the Democratic presidential     supported Obama.                       a 2009 film titled ‗2012‘        big and small screen for new
                                                                                                                                                                              long. It‘s time for some too
It is my distinct honor and privilege to introducing to           nomination.                                                                where he stars with Thandie      long. It‘s time for emerge.
                                                                                                                                                                              black characters to some new
you the President of the United States of America, Ba-                                                                                       Newtown as his daughter.         black characters to emerge.
rak Obama.
Barack Obama.                                                     (Notice how Colin Powell and                                               (Newton is that beautiful

“You‟ve Got O-MAIL”                                                           What if he LOSES?                                                                   Smart vs Dumb
  If Al Gore invented the Internet, Barak Obama invented email, which
                                    Barack Obama invented email,           The October 20 TIME magazine has an article from a young black male journal-         There are a lot of very intelligent people
which I call O-MAIL.
I call O-MAIL.                                                             ist, Ta-Nehisi Coates, titled What if He Loses? Here are my favorite passages                               college. There are
                                                                                                                                                                who never attended to college. There are
  Are you on Obama‘s email list? If you are, you have received hun-        from that piece…                                                                     also a lot of educated dummies with de-
dreds of emails from Obama for America, Barak, Michelle, Joe Biden,
                                            Barack, Michelle, Joe Bi-                                                                                           grees.
den, the Clintons, David Poulfe and a few others. At the end of email
the Clintons, David Poulfe and a few others. At the end of each each       I was perfectly fine with the idea of never seeing a black President in my lifetime. As the ‗experts‘ slice and dice the voting
email is the donate.
is the link tolink to donate.                                                                                                                                   public by college educated vs non-college
  I‘ll admit that most of the Obama emails I receive don‘t get read, nor   There was always a kind of disbelief in the idea that America would really vote      educated the results show that the edu-
do I read most of the ones forwarded to me from all my epals. It‘s just         for a black man. We‘d like to be wrong, but we think we‘re right.               cated support Obama much more than the
too much information…or propaganda. Plus, I‘ve made up my mind                                                                                                  non-educated. They want us to believe
long ago.                                                                  An Obama defeat would be met with resignation more than rage.                        that if you‘re dumb, you support Hillary
  But it‘s obviously working for the Big ‗O‘. In this age of email, in-                                                                                         and McCain, if you‘re smart, you support
stant messenger, black berries, Facebook, MySpace, text messaging,         An Obama defeat would be greeted with a loud sucking of the teeth.                   Obama. That‘s nonsense. I don‘t think
                                                                                                                                                                that by measuring education alone do you
blogs and that old fashioned home telephone and TV, the Obama
camp has maximized the power of electronic communications to his           All black news is bad news, and lately we‘ve just been very tired. But for more      clearly identify the ‗smart vs dumb‘ seg-
advantage.                                                                      than a year now, we have been treated to a p.r. campaign for our side of the ments of our society.
  And why would McCain say he can‘t use a computer? That just                   tracks.                                                                           You would expect that a college gradu-
alienates him from the techie world altogether.                                                                                                                 ate would better appreciate what it takes
  Now that Obama has set a new standard for how a politician com-          With its quiet class and agility – the beaming beautiful wife, the waving kids –     to be a Harvard grad, like Obama, than a
municates with his supporters, I can only imagine that emails will              this campaign has confirmed us, assured us that we are more than just a         non grad. And, today‘s college students
continue even after he‘s elected. Hey, I never listened to Bush‘s Satur-        problem.                                                                        are exposed to people from all over the
                                                                                                                                                                world with exposure to a cultural variety
day radio addresses but I may read a weekly email from Obama. On
the flip side, if McCain wins, expect your inbox to remain empty.          Young blacks lived with the burden of having dropped the ball that the civil         that‘s far more diverse than in any single
                                                                                rights generation advanced. Obama is our particular vindication. He is the      neighborhood in American, rich or poor.
Can America handle email withdrawal if McCain wins? You decided
                                                                                start of our contribution to the fight.                                         Obama may not be the guy you‘d select
for yourself.                                                                                                                                                   to have a beer with but he‘s the one you‘d
                                                                           Words like hope, change, and progress might seem like naïve campaign slo-            like to sit with to discuss issues and pol-
                                                                                ganeering in a dark age. But think of the way those works ring for a people     icy.
                                                                                whose forebears marched into billy clubs and dogs, whose ancestors fled          Pollsters looking for the dumb vs smart

      FALL BAKING CLASSES                                                       north by starlight, feeling the moss on the backs of trees.                     segment could just as well measure those
                                                                                                                                                                with credit scores over 700 vs under 700;
                                                                           No one is more tired of talking about racism than black people.                      those who rent vs buy; those who drive
    November 10                         December 1 & 8                                                                                                          gas guzzlers vs hybrids; those who drink
                                                                           At this moment, black America is in the grips of a kind of barbershop conserva- Budweiser vs Bass; those who have an-
                                                                                tism that is more concerned with its own progress than with the attitudes of nual check ups vs those who never see a
                                                                                                                                                                doctor until it hurts too much; those who
                               7&9pm                                            whites.
                                                                                                                                                                have real vs fake Christmas trees; those
                                $25                                        The big issues of the day aren‘t so much racial profiling and police brutality as    who have high speed vs dial up; those
                                                                                the achievement gap, the incarceration rate and unemployment.                   who vacation at camp sites vs resorts;
    Pumpkin Log                                                                                                                                                 those who watch local news vs world
 Pumpkin Cheese Cake                                                       Consider this fact: the most famous black man in America isn‘t dribbling a ball or news and those who line dance vs ball-
                                                                                clutching a microphone. He has no prison record.                                room dance.
   Apple Candy Tart                       Ginger Bread House
                                                                                                                                                                   Bill Clinton was a Rhodes scholar and
                                                                           The Obama campaign has been the anti- O.J. trial, a 24 hour ongoing drama about      graduated from Yale Law School. He‘s
          610.876.5080 ∙ 3480 Edgemont Ave                                                                                                                      brilliant. I don‘t recall the same scrutiny
                    Brookhaven, PA                                              a black man cast not as a problem but, potentially, as the solution.
                                                                                                                                                                with ‗smart vs dumb‘ polls when he was
                                                                                                                              running. I guess it didn‘t matter then.
  October 31, 2008                                                             The Chester Spotlight                                                                                     Page 9
  WOODLYN CLEANERS & LAUNDROMAT                                                                                                                          women at the time of its passage). Mothers and

                                                   Dry Cleaning ·Alterations
                                                Laundry Service · Wash-Dry-Fold
                                                                                                       Bill vs Hill                                      their children pushed off the rolls are still strug-
                                                                                                                                                         gling mightily to make ends meet even when the
                                                                                                                                                         women are employed. About 1 million single
                                                      Fire Restoration &                          I believe what Obama says when he mentions             mothers formerly receiving assistance were nei-
                                                    Smoke Removal Experts                       that he became a better candidate as a result of         ther working or receiving cash benefits from
                                                                                                Hillary Clinton. By the time she realized Obama          welfare, disability, or unemployment insurance
                                                                                                was a force that could overtake her, the momen-          and were not living with a partner who had in-
                                                     SUPER LARGE                                tum was too much in his favor.                           come from those sources. Over 20% of mothers
                                               washing machines for your                          After conceding defeat, I think Hillary was ex-        removed from welfare rolls have been unable to
 Woodlyn Shopping Center ·1936                        BIG LOADS !                               pecting to be V.P. and many were calling it the          find work. Those that have found work tend to be
 MacDade Blvd · 610.876.7693                                                                    Dream Ticket. It takes a lot of confidence to not        stuck in low-wage jobs paying around $8 per
                                                                                                hook up with 18 million voters, but Obama fig-           hour, an amount that is more than what they
                                                                                                ured he could do without her.                            would have earned in welfare benefits but far
                                                                                                  Maybe Obama didn‘t want Bill snooping around           short of a living wage. Low-wage workers are no
                                                                                                his White House. On the surface, the two of them         longer able to achieve economic security by
                                                                                                seem so similar. They both are ultra educated and        'working hard and playing by the rules'. And,
                                                                                                intelligent, they both have tremendous charisma;         child poverty has increased 12% from 2000 to
                                                                                                they both can instill calm when things seem out          2004.
                                                                                                of hand. As much as it seems that Bill could be a          Welfare workers struggle to obtain employment
                                                                                                great advisor, Obama didn‘t want him around.             due to lower education levels, domestic violence,
                                                                                                  I personally never understood why Bill Clinton         learning disabilities, and other reasons, and 40%
                                                                                                was labeled ‗the first black President‘. During          of low-income single mothers spend half of their
                                                                                                the Obama campaign, many blacks heard Bill say           income on childcare.
                                                                                                some things that were not too ‗black‘ which has            Because of the emphasis on "work first," work-
                                                                                                tarnished his ‗black President‘ image.                   ing is often prioritized over parenting meaning
                                                                                                  If I could sit with Bill, I‘d ask what the real deal   that many single women face increased difficul-
                                                                                                was that led him to renege on his nomination of          ties in the already hard work of parenting. The
                                                                                                Lani Guinier for Assistant Attorney General for          statistics do not show how women balance em-
                                                                                                Civil Rights in late 1993. And, I‘m curious why          ployment with the second job of parenting, a
                                                                                                Clinton signed the Republican welfare reform bill        reality that often means little sleep and constant
                                                                                                in 1996 despite his own criticisms that portions of      stress.
                                                                                                it (specifically cuts in the food stamps program           The welfare program costs $10 billion a year
                                                                                                and denial of benefits to undocumented immi-             while the $300 billion already spent on the Iraq
                                                                                                grants) were too harsh.                                  war is rarely raised in discussions of taxpayer
                                                                                                  It was obvious that the bill might work in a           burden and fiscal responsibility.
                                                                                                booming economy like that of the 1990s, but                We can thank the First Black President for in-
                                                                                                would cause significant harm in a recession (like        creasing child poverty and the stress on millions
                                                                                                now).                                                    of mothers and we can thank the Last White
                                                                                                  Welfare reform also disproportionately affected        President for sending our precious resources
                                                                                                women (90% of federal welfare recipients were            (people and money) to Iraq/Afghanistan.

                                                                                              thought they had finally got rid of       ous.
                                                                                              me for good.                                So, I asked Fred, what he thought brought on the stroke.
                                                                                                Fred was too smart and too deter-         Fred shared that he has acquired a family trait of diabetes and
                                                                                              mined to let that set back stop him       high blood pressure but has it under control as a result of his
                                                                                              and he went on to earn multiple           diet, exercise and some meds. But, without a shadow of doubt,
                                                                                              master degrees including a divinity       he says that stress brought on the stroke.
                                                                                              degree. He lead several congrega-           So, the next time you see that well groomed, well dressed mid-
                                                                                              tions before deciding to get back         dle aged man making a nice 6 digit salary at a prestigious com-
                                                             into corporate life.                      pany, working that seemingly cushy ‗office‘ job, recognize that
                                                                                                Fred has raised millions of dollars     the pressures of performance and stability bring the burdens of
                                                                                              for the organizations he‘s worked.        stress that can be enough to take you out of here.
                                                                                              He‘s currently with a New York              Fred is on medical disability now as he contemplates opportu-
                                                                 State University school bringing in the big bucks for them.            nities where he can contribute, be happy, but not have to suffer
Fred Had a Stroke                                                We touch base with each other at least once every couple
                                                                 months but the last few times I called, he didn‘t get back to me
                                                                                                                                        the same level of work related stress.
                                                                                                                                          I share this story because the world is under a lot of stress now
                                                                 right away.                                                            and there will be a lot more Freds who will soon succumb to
Fred is one of the very few guys I‘ve stayed in contact with       Last week Fred called to apologize for the delay in response         illnesses based on stress.
since we met in college. He was my R.A. (Resident Assistant… and shared that he had a mini stroke and had been in recovery.               Be conscious of stress and avoid stress whenever you can.
do they still have those?) in my dorm. He was a law school stu- I couldn‘t believe what I was hearing. From what I knew, Fred           Keep an eye on your friends and partners for changes they may
dent from Atlanta with an undergrad degree from Amherst. See- was the least likely candidate for a stroke. He works out regu-           go through based on stress.
ing first hand how they ‗railroaded‘ Fred out of law school made larly and is in very good shape, he eats right, he never smoked,         Learn what stress is and how to manage it. We‘ll never be able
me never want to live on that campus again and I came home to rarely has a drink, and is a devote Christian. He vacations a             to get rid of all our stress but if every aspect of your life is
burden my parents my last two years of college when they         couple times a year at fabulous places that just makes me jeal-        stressful, you or a loved one may become the next Fred.

              The Men of Franklin
                                                 presents the

             Leo S. Holmes II

                  Gospel Festival
                 November 29, 2008 7:00 p.m.
                  Providence Baptist Church
                              1100 W. 2nd Street Chester, Pa 19013

              Donation: $15.00 in advance $18.00 at the door

                               Nolan O. Woodland - Ticket Chairman
                                 Kenneth A. Thompson - President
                  Contact: Nolan O. Woodland at (610)494- 9633 7 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  October 31, 2008                                                                  The Chester Spotlight                      Page 10

Good Nutrition: It‟s a Way of Helping Our Aging Process
By Barbara Jankowski

The life span of the average American has increased dra-         to supply energy or is changed into body fat (stored en-
matically. Unfortunately, knowledge of our nutritional           ergy).
needs as we age has not kept up with these changes. Too          VITAMINS are organic substances needed by the body
many seniors are undernourished and therefore as one             in small amounts. They do not supply energy, but they
gets older the chances of suffering a chronic illness are        help release energy from carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
greater, and experts believe that poor eating habits con-        They also help in other chemical reactions in the body.
tribute to some of these health problems.                        MINERALS are also needed in relatively small amounts
  There are some general reasons why the aging process           and do not supply energy. They are used to build strong
affects our ability to eat right; food doesn‘t taste the same,   bones and teeth, and to make hemoglobin in red blood
diminished appetite, trouble chewing etc. With age our           cells. They help maintain body fluids and help in other
sense of taste and smell may change, and this affects fla-       chemical reactions in the body.
vor. Some medicines can alter our sense of taste or make         WATER is often called the "forgotten nutrient." It is
one feel less hungry as well. Maybe we have slowed               needed to replace body water lost in urine and sweat.
down a bit, so our body needs fewer calories. And, chew-         Water helps to transport nutrients, remove wastes, and
ing is difficult because dentures need to be adjusted or         regulate body temperature.
our teeth and gums need to be checked. These changes
are a problem because food provides energy and nutrients         The ―Five Food Groups‖:
needed to stay healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbo-       One way to assure a well-balanced diet is to select a vari-
hydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. As we grow        ety of daily servings of foods from the first five food
older, we may need less energy from what we eat due to           groups. The Dietary Guidelines explain and suggest the
changes in our metabolism. However, the nutrients from           following:
foods are essential to our health and well being.                FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: provide vitamins, min-
Here are some easy tips to help you stay on track despite        erals, and dietary fiber; some provide starch or protein.
the challenges aging presents:                                   Peels and edible seeds are especially rich in fiber. Deep-
  Choose a variety of different foods from numerous              yellow vegetables are good sources of vitamin A. Dark-
groups daily. (fruits; vegetables; breads and cereals; milk      green vegetables are a source of vitamin A and C, ribofla-
and cheeses; meat, poultry, fish, and dry beans).                vin, folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Be sure to ask your physician about drugs interactions           Vitamin C is found in melons, berries, tomatoes, and
with certain foods/nutrients.                                    citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons).
  Pick foods that are lower in cholesterol and fat, espe-        Certain greens--collards, kale, mustard, turnip, and dan-
cially saturated fat (mostly in foods that come from ani-        delion--provide calcium. Nearly all vegetables and fruits
mals) and trans fatty acids (found in some processed             are low in fat, and none contain cholesterol. Vegeta-
foods, ‗pastry‘, margarines, and shortenings).                   bles— Eat 2 to 3.5 cups with a variety of colors and
  Each day eat only small amounts of fats, oils, and             types of vegetables and Fruits—1.5 to 2.5 cups per day.
sweets.                                                          BREAD AND CEREAL group: Foods in this group
  Avoid ―empty calories‖ as much as you can. These are           provide starch, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magne-
foods and drinks with a lot of calories, but not many nu-        sium, folacin, fiber, and protein. Grains— Consume 5-
trients—for example, chips, cookies, sodas, and alcohol.         10 ounces; some choices are: One roll, slice of bread, or
Pick softer and moist foods, which are easier to chew.           small muffin, 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta, or about 1
  Drink plenty of liquids like water, juice, milk, and soup.     cup (1 oz.) of ready-to-eat cereal
Don‘t wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking. With        MILK AND CHEESE group: Milk and most milk prod-
age you may lose some of your sense of thirst. In addi-          ucts are calcium-rich foods. They contribute riboflavin,
tion, medicine can sometimes cause you to lose fluids.           protein, and vitamins A, B-6, and B-12. Milk, yogurt,
Eating more fiber is recommended. This may lower cho-            and cheese— Eat 3 cups of milk: 1 cup of yogurt equals
lesterol and blood sugar and help you have regular bowel         one cup of milk, 1.5 to 2 ounces of cheese equals one cup
movements.                                                       of milk and /or 1 cup of cottage cheese equals 1/2 cup of
 If your doctor tells you to use less salt, cut back on salty    milk.
snacks and processed foods. Try adding spices, herbs, and        MEAT, POULTRY, FISH, AND BEAN group: It's a
lemon juice to add flavor to your food. Also make sure           good idea to vary your choices in this group. Each food
your diet is rich in foods containing potassium. That will       has a distinct nutritional advantage. Red meats are good
help counter the effects of salt on your blood pressure.         sources of zinc. Liver and egg yokes are valuable sources
Some foods that have a lot of potassium are leafy green          of vitamins, but are high in cholesterol. Dry beans, peas,
vegetables, tomatoes, bananas, and root vegetables like          soybeans, and nuts are worthwhile sources of magnesium.
potatoes.                                                        All foods of animal origin contain vitamin B-12. Foods of
  Choose lean cuts of meat, fish, or poultry (with the skin      vegetable origin do not. Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans,
removed). Trim off any extra fat before cooking. Use low         eggs, and nuts— Consume 5 to 7 ounces of lean meat,
-fat dairy products and salad dressings. Use non-stick pots      poultry or fish: 1/4 cup of cooked beans or tofu, 1 egg,
and pans, and cook without added fat. If you do use fat,         1/2 ounce of nuts or seeds, or 1 tablespoon of peanut
use either an unsaturated vegetable oil or a nonfat cook-        butter (ea. counts as 1 oz of meat)
ing spray.                                                       FATS, SWEETS, AND ALCOHOL: Most foods in this
Broil, roast, bake, stir-fry, steam, microwave, or boil          group provide relatively low levels of vitamins, minerals,
foods. Avoid frying them.                                        and protein compared to calories. Vegetable oils gener-
Season your foods with lemon juice, herbs, or spices,            ally do supply vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Trans
instead of butter.                                               fats or hydrogenised fats should be avoided.
Older people should be very careful with certain kinds of
foods that need to be well cooked to prevent disease. Be   Ideas for adding variety to your meals
sure to check labels for expiration dates etc.             Get out of the habit of thinking that certain foods are
  Evidence suggests that seniors require at least 1500     meant only for certain times of day. Try vegetable soup
milligrams of calcium a day.                               and a tuna fish sandwich on pumpernickel bread at break-
                                                           fast, or a cheese omelet, bran muffin, vegetable salad, and
Nutrients – defining what you need and where you can fresh fruit for dinner. Experiment with recipes designed
find them                                                  for one or two people. Combine leftover meats and vege-
A nutrient is a substance that promotes body growth or     tables into one-dish casseroles that can be easily heated
improvement or repairs the natural waste of the body.      for lunch or dinner, or frozen for later use. Share potluck
You need more than 40 different nutrients for good         lunches and dinners with friends or acquaintances on a
health. These include: energy sources (measured in calo- rotating basis. Not only will it add variety to your diet,
ries) ; carbohydrates (starches, sugars);fats;             but it's also a great way to make new friends.
Proteins; vitamins; minerals; amino acids (from proteins);
essential fatty acids (from fats and oils) and             A Note on Calories: Calories are a way to measure the
Water.                                                     energy you get from food. If you eat more calories than
CARBOHYDRATES include starches, sugars, and die- your body needs, you could gain weight. And, con-
tary fiber. Starches and sugar supply the body with en-    versely, if eat too little you will loose weight. Most pack-
ergy to fuel our system and activity. Dietary fiber pro-   aged foods have the calorie counts listed on the labels.
vides bulk in the diet, which encourages regular elimina- The more physically active you are, the more you might
tion of wastes.                                            be able to eat without gaining weight. Most of us should
FATS provide energy and are carriers of fat-soluble vita- have at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per
mins. Fats also add flavor to foods. Some fats help form   day. Regular physical activity will help all areas of our
cell membranes and hormones. 20 - 30% of our calories life, as we grow older. Staying fit is part of the equation
should be fats.                                            to aging well.
PROTEINS are the building blocks of the body. They                                               MAN              WOMAN
are needed for growth, maintenance, and replacement of Low physical activity level:level:
                                                           Moderate physical activity
body cells. They also form the hormones and enzymes        Active lifestyle:                   2400-2800           2000-2200
used to regulate body processes. Any extra protein is used                                           Calories Per Day

                               This information was provided by the Ralston Center
  October 31, 2008                                                                The Chester Spotlight                                                                                 Page 11
                                                                                                                                  Crisis of Black Male & Female Relationships?
  The Absolutely, Positively Most Negative Event of the Campaign
                                                                                                                                     ―Without a doubt black males,      she points out that many who say

                           OBAMA WAFFLES                                                                                          young and old, must be held politi-
                                                                                                                                  cally accountable for their sexism.
                                                                                                                                  Yet this critique must always be
                                                                                                                                                                        they stand up against discrimina-
                                                                                                                                                                        tory treatment based on race are
                                                                                                                                                                        either blind, ignorant, or worse,
Political cartooning is one thing but the Obama Waffles           recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it            contextualized or we risk making it   hypocrites, when it comes to tak-
goes far beyond cartooning. It amazes me how fast this was        can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." The recipe in-            appear that the behaviors this        ing a position against discrimina-
swept under the rug mostly as a result of Obama choosing to       cludes a tip: "While waiting for these zesty treats to          thinking supports and condones, --    tory treatment based on gender in
                                   ignore this nonsense.          invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?"            rape, male violence against           our homes, work areas, places of
                                   Most people I talked to           Whitlock and DeMoss said the "Obama Waffles,"                women, etc. – is a black male         worship and board rooms.
                                   never even heard of the        offered at $10 per box, were meant as political satire.         thing. And this is what is happen-     After serving a 24 year sentence
                                   Obama Waffles but the          But Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of             ing.                                  in the belly of the beast (prison),
                                   story goes something like      the boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized             Young black males are forced to       within the first year of my new
                                   this…                          the boxes displayed "offensive material," reports the           take the ‗heat‘ for encouraging,      freedom I recognized that:
                                                                  Associated Press.                                               via their music, the hatred of and
                                 Barack Obama's cam-                 David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying              violence against women that is a      ―some‖ black women hate black
                                 paign has declined to            group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told              central core of patriarchy.‖          men and are raising black boys
                                 comment about the                the boxes were a parody of Obama's policy positions              (A quote from bell hooks‘ 1994       which they hate;
                                 racist overtones of the          but had not examined them closely.                              essay ―Sexism and Misogyny:           ―some‖ black men hate black
                                 iniquitous "Obama Waf-                                                                           Who Takes the Rap?‖)                  women and,
                                 fles" that were being            From the Back of the Box                                                                              ―some‖ blacks hate black people.
                                 sold at a conservative           *”Tip: While waiting for these tasty treats to invade               Over 100 years ago, scholar,
                                 political forum Saturday         your home, why not learn a foreign language?”                   historian and social reformist,         Many of our relationships, in-
                                 in Washington.                   *”Recommended serving: 4 or more illegal aliens”                W.E.B. DuBois predicted that the      cluding male/female, parent and
                                    Mark Whitlock and             *Picture of Obama in a sombrero, erasing the border.            most important question facing        children, student and teacher and
                                 Bob DeMoss, two writ-            *Barry’s Bling Bling Waffle Ring, the recipe rap                American‘s future was ―the color-     our community crises are the con-
                                 ers from Franklin,               *Missing: Rev. Wright on the side of the box                    line.‖ He characterized this as       sequence of sophisticated mecha-
                                 Tenn, rented a booth to                                                                          social, political and economical      nism which are comprised of socio
                                 sell their "Obama Waf-           Imagine where Obama would be today if there were McCain         parity between the races. While       -political dysfunctional ghetto
fles" waffle mix that came in a box depicting the De-             action figure mannequins dressed in POW uniforms with           the ―color-line‖ still exists, most   cultural weapons. Those weapons
mocratic presidential candidate as a racial stereotype            ‗The economy is fundamentally sound‘ written on his back        will agree that there are signs of    are designed specifically to de-
on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top           being sold at a Democratic political forum. For some rea-       remarkable improvements being         stroy Black America through de-
flap.                                                             son, I don‘t think that would be swept under the rug.           made every day in the U.S. How-       stroying an opportunity for Black
    Obama is portrayed with bulging eyes and big lips                                                                             ever, the almost invisible crisis     women and Black men to work
as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.            If you think this is a joke, Google ‗Obama Waffles‘. This       that threatens Black America is the   together on improving home-life,
On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereo-              event took place in September 2008.                             quality of Black Male and Female      religious experiences and quality
typical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a                                                                              relationship.                         education.
                                                                                                                                      From the 60‘s onward I have       I believe bell hooks had it right in
                                                                                                                                  followed a trend in Black Female      1994 when she suggested that,
Business Leaders and Aspiring Entrepreneurs Called to Chester Economic Development                                                and Male relationships. But, it       Black Women must engage Black
                                                                                                                                  wasn‘t until I was compelled to       Men in a discussion about how we
Chester, Pa. (Oct 27, 2008) – Cultivating new businesses           Rounding out the summit, a second panel will present the
                                                                                                                                  study Black Feminist such as bell     see and respect one another.
and growing existing ones is the focus of a Nov. 13 Chester       resources available to assist area business owners and aspir-
                                                                                                                                  hooks (who actually spells her        Many of the problems we‘re fac-
Economic Development Summit. The half-day summit will             ing entrepreneurs. Participants will include the Chester Eco-
                                                                                                                                  name with lower-case letters),        ing in raising our children
take place in Widener University‘s Lathem Hall, 13th and          nomic Development Authority, the city of Chester‘s Work-        Elaine Brown, a virtually un-         ―properly,‖ are a result of the lack
Potter Streets, Chester, Pa., from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will   force Development Department, the Delaware County Com-
                                                                                                                                  known National Black Panther          of respect we have for each other
feature successful Chester small to medium-sized business         merce Center, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce,
                                                                                                                                  organizer and author of ―A Taste      and between men and women.
owners and resources available to those interested in build-      the Microenterprise Partnership and the Widener Small
                                                                                                                                  of Power,‖ and many others did I      Until we can begin to speak to one
ing or expanding a business in the city.                          Business Development Center.
                                                                                                                                  become encouraged to find as          another with respect and trust in
 The summit will kick off with a look at the past, present         Breakfast and lunch will be served, with opportunities for
                                                                                                                                  much as I could about Black Femi-     the idea that men and women must
and future socio-economic climate of Chester, followed by         networking at each.                                             nism and what they are saying to      work together – the Black Com-
key initiatives currently in place to drive economic develop-      Cost is $20.To register, visit
                                                                                                                                  me as a Black Man.                    munity may be destroyed in less
ment in the city. Second on the agenda, a panel of successful      The Chester Economic Development Summit is presented
                                                                                                                                      I learned from bell hooks that    than three years as a result of an
Chester business owners will address both the challenges          by the city of Chester, the Delaware County Chamber of
                                                                                                                                  while we are critiquing our collec-   unhealthy relationship crisis.
and opportunities of doing business in the city. Panelists        Commerce, Widener University‘s School of Business Ad-
                                                                                                                                  tive struggle for social, political   Harambee (―Lets Pull To-
will include Pete Barrow of Kenneth P. Barrow Jr. Realtor;        ministration and the Widener Small Business Development
                                                                                                                                  and economical justice in the U.S.,   gether!‖)
Scott Holmes of V-Systems; and Lisa Witomski of T. Frank          Center.
                                                                                                                                  Richard Tut Carter, A Chester Native Son
  October 31, 2008                                                             The Chester Spotlight                                                                                Page 12
                                                                                          sion on WGTW and           Widener SBDC Offers Course on QuickBooks
Compassion Comes to Chester                                                               through radio on Praise
                                                                                          103.9 FM.
                                                                                           Compassion Minis-         Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, dees will know how to use QuickBooks
  The renowned Compassion Ministries, under the lead- tries‘ major focus is evangelism. It‘s the Word of God November 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the                  to do more for their business in less
ership of Senior Pastor, W. Lonnie Herndon is excited and the evangelistic outreach that has contributed to the Leslie C. Quick Center, 13th and Wal-             time, including coordinating payroll,
to announce the opening of The Church of Christian      record growth in all its locations. Compassions Minis-       nut Streets, Chester. This hands-on          invoices and accounts receivable. The
Compassion Chester located at 318 Central Avenue,       tries brings cutting edge, out-of-the-box ministry to the    course provides a practical introduction seminar will be taught by Glenn
Chester, PA.                                            Chester community.                                           to the popular QuickBooks software and McAllister, Widener SBDC director.
  The Church of Christian Compassion Chester opened       The Church of Christian Compassion Chester lead            teaches the basic business transactions      McAllister is a certified QuickBooks
its doors on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm     Pastors are Myah Abrams & Monique Urquhart.                  made possible through the program. At instructor and a former small business
and has gotten off to a magnificent start.              Worship service is held every Saturday at 5:00 pm and the end of the two-night course, atten-             owner. Cost is $75. Call 610-619-8490
  Compassion Ministries has several locations The       Bible Study on
Church of Christian Compassion at 627 S. Felton Street Thursdays at
in Philadelphia PA, The First Baptist Church of         7:00 pm.              Fitness Program Help Seniors Lead a Better Life
Oakeola at 600 Oak Lane in Glenolden PA and now          We invite you to
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