Horton articles

More Diversity Needed in Military

More Diversity Needed in Military

With the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, national defense and foreign policy are now in the forefront of concerns and conversation. This newly elected administration is claiming to “protect, preserve and promote” America’s interests…first and foremost. Some are talking about building up the military even more than it already is, making it so

Lessons Learns from 9/11

By John L Horton September 11 has been a “bittersweet” experience for me. In my 76 plus years, not much has affected me so deeply and personally. September 11, all too poignantly, is once again upon us, celebrating its sixteenth anniversary. September 11 has taught me the “lessons of life” that the time has come

What To Do About Public Housing As A Means Of Affordable Housing  

By John L. Horton   “There but for the grace of God, go I.”  (Biblical Proverb) (John Bradford, 1510-1555)   The recent (Pilot) front-page headline, “Most of Norfolk’s public housing could be gone in a decade under new plan,” caught my interest. It reported that the three public housing communities (Tidewater Gardens, Calvert Square and

A Special Message For Black Men: We Can Do This!

By John L. Horton “To help yourself, you must respect yourself, educate yourself. Attachment to drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, material goods, and short-term rewards are just a new form of slavery. Liberation comes with health, education, responsibility, financial independence, family stability, and community service….”  — Malcolm X   As an African-American male of 76 years, I

Enough Marches

By John Horton Well, as they say, “Here we go, again.” Just in recent days, “Marches” (demonstrations, protests and rallies) have been announced in response to Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States. Among these are: (1) Nationwide healthcare protests and rallies in favor of the Affordable Care Act, beginning January 15,

What We Americans Can Do To Overcome Hate, Racism, Anger And Fear

By John Horton   At times I see so much hate, racism, anger and fear among our citizenry. For example, Steve Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, is now CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign.  Bannon and associates are avid supporters of “Alt-Right” (a segment of right-wing ideologies presented as an alternative to mainstream  conservatism in American politics).

Lessons Learned from Independence Day: Insurgency

By John L. Horton I just saw the newly released movie, “Independence Day: Insurgency,” this afternoon (Saturday, June 25). Twenty years ago, July 1996, I saw the original/first “Independence Day” movie. Although a science-fiction, action filled movie, strictly for entertainment purposes, I “learned a lesson of life” from it. In the twenty years since the original