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Making America Great

Irv Randolph | 7/2/2017, 8:22 a.m.
As we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th this is a good time to reflect on the state of our ...

We must oppose those who seek to slash and weaken public education, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs that help Americans in need.

We must resist efforts to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency so that we can continue to have clean air to breathe and safe water to drink.

One of the biggest challenges is reforming the criminal justice system which allows too many trigger-happy police officers to kill unarmed black, brown people and poor whites without consequence. Community policing, better testing and training, increased diversity, more accountability of police officers as well as the recruitment of progressive prosecutors to run in local elections are needed for reform.

Another major challenge is to improve our educational system with safer schools, quality teachers and increased parental involvement; make college more affordable and strengthen the safety net so that we no longer have a country where there is persistent poverty in a nation of plenty.

The task of making America great should not be left up to only the so called leaders but to all of us as active citizens to vote, to volunteer, to mentor, and to speak up. It is up to us to also reject demagogues and those who peddle in fake news and hate speech that seek to divide us.

This is no time to look back. Our future cannot be found in the past.

We must move forward together.

Irv Randolph is the co-founder, editor and publisher of South Jersey Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @IrvRandolph.