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Whites, blacks must solve the problem

The protests in Baltimore have brought the racial divide in America back into the spotlight. But unlike the protests in the 1960s, these protests center mostly on police brutality, specifically towards African-Americans. However, even such circumstances don't warrant violent rioting. Just like in the '60s, this problem will not just go away but will have to be dealt with by both the white and black communities together. We must realize this is not a Ferguson issue, this is not a Baltimore issue, this is not a black issue, nor is it just a policeman's issue, but it is an American issue. And an American issue will never go away until we all come together and discuss it, and hopefully, we will obtain justice for all. All of this reminds me of a saying of the Prophet Muhammad: "A white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action."

Sultan Humayun

Support U.S. small business backbone

The week of May 4-8 is National Small Business Week, and the counselors at the Chattanooga SCORE office are proud to serve America's entrepreneurs. This year's theme is "Dream Big, Start Small." Small businesses create two out of every three net new jobs in this country, so let's get out there next week and every week and support our local small businesses, the backbone of America.

Imre Volgyi

Pregnancy, drugs poor combination

All around the world, we sympathize at the sight of a pregnant woman. We love them for bringing a child into this world; it's how we all got here. For the past five years, pregnancy rates have decreased tremendously. Still, many of those women have health problems, and many babies arrive with disabilities due to the mother's use of drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, the problem is increasing. Here in Tennessee, a 2014 law states a woman can be "prosecuted [for assault] for the illegal use of a narcotic while pregnant." The law has put a few women in jail, but does it really change the rest of the women? Many doctors are against this law, stating it has an impact toward women who plan on getting pregnant and that sending them to prison is not healthy for their fetus. The law is only temporary. In June 2016, the criminal penalty will no longer be in effect. Since it is temporary, what should take place in order to control the drug problem in Tennessee and across United States? We appreciate and respect all the mothers and everything they go through so we can be born!

Danielle C. Craig

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