Thoughts On Difference

Like many I sat glued to my television last week as the Grand Jury decision was read in the case of the shooting of the unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri earlier this year.  As the decision unfolded I realized that no matter how the jury voted there would be great dissatisfaction.  Finally we learned that Officer Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting.  Immediately the protests began.  We have seen much violence and some destruction.  Even the St. Louis Rams got into the action when the Rams receivers all gave the now famous hands up gesture as they marched on the field prior to the Rams game yesterday.  The gesture has become the sign of solidarity for those opposed to the Grand Jury decision.  Continue reading

What Happened to the Coach?

cartoon showing coach teaching in front of class of peopleI have watched with interest the developments surrounding the recent debacle concerning the University of Michigan quarterback, Shane Morris, and the U of M athletic department. If you missed the news, during last Saturday’s game, Shane Morris suffered a concussion as a result of a brutal hit by the opposition. It was obvious to the CBS announcers and others that Mr. Morris was injured and probably received a concussion. Continue reading

Honoring the Memory Of 9-11

9-11 is an important day for all of us.  It represents a day when the world really did stop and all of us were given a choice to change and move on, or be paralyzed by fear.  Please remember those we lost on 9-11 and please pray for all the survivors who still cannot forgive and go forward.

I sit in my hotel room in Chicago watching the New York 9-11 event.  I remember the day well, but I also remember everything since that day.  We need to get back to an attitude of teamwork and working together.  We can be better than we are.

Let’s all work together and make this world a better place.  Tell our politicians to put aside their differences and figure out ways to team and not be so divisive.

God bless you all and God bless America.

Best,

Michael Hingson

I Love Creativity

I continue to be amazed at the creativity that people have in so many areas of life. When that creativity is related to and inspired by something that Roselle and I did, it is especially meaningful,

The other day I was contacted by a musician Michael Gaither. He asked me if I would listen to a song about Roselle and I and our 9-11 story. I am including that video here and a brief bio of Michael. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. I am honored that my our story can be an inspiration to others. Here’s the video and bio. Continue reading

Goodbye To Two Heroes | Robin Williams

Robin Williams Picture

Robin Williams

This past week we lost two people I regard as real American heroes, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Why are they heroes? They both lived their public lives to the fullest and they left us with legacies and memories which will stay with us for a long time. If those aren’t characteristics of a hero I do not know what is. Continue reading

Kids Speak the Truth: Subminimum Wages – Twitter Wednesday

Fellow Federationists:

We are proud to announce the long awaited release of “Kids Speak the Truth: Subminimum Wages,” made by this summer’s interns: Catherine Jacobson, Sarah Patnaude, Justin Salisbury and Yadiel Sotomayor at the Jernigan Institute. This video portrays children’s views on our fair wages initiative.

Please watch the video and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Additionally, we are designating tomorrow as a Twitter Wednesday! Please share this video with your Members of Congress via Twitter. As a reminder, you can find the Twitter handles of your Members of Congress at http://govsm.com/w/Senate and http://govsm.com/w/HouseContinue reading

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Historic Iowa Supreme Court Decision

Decision Affirms Right of Blind People to Enter Chiropractic Medicine Field

Des Moines, Iowa (June 27, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today applauded the Iowa Supreme Court for its decision in the landmark case of Aaron Cannon and Davenport Civil Rights Commission v. Palmer College of Chiropractic. In a five to two ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court reinstituted the decision of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, which found that Palmer College of Chiropractic violated Aaron Cannon’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Iowa law by requiring that chiropractic students possess sight and by not providing Cannon the reasonable accommodation of a sighted reader. The commission also ordered that Palmer reinstate Cannon and pay economic damages. Continue reading

Prejudice Goes Much Deeper Than Race

love is blindThe past six weeks have seen our country once again take up the discussion of racial prejudice.  It began with the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, making extreme, racially prejudiced comments which have been broadcasted all over the world by every media outlet imaginable.  Few people doubt the inappropriateness of Mr. Sterling’s remarks, private or otherwise.

Two weeks ago Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, made comments during a public forum discussing Mr. Sterling’s remarks and observed that in reality no matter what we think or say, we all have prejudices in our minds and hearts.  In essence, Mr. Cuban observed that we all live our lives in some way according to the prejudices we carry around with us.  He used some racial examples to illustrate his points. Continue reading