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Should we create pathways of opportunity for at-risk boys and young men of color?

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Today, we revisit President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, his proposal to build pathways of opportunity for at-risk boys and young men of color. I interview the founder of an Atlanta nonprofit that, among other programs, offers a free 12-week session called the Male Priority Initiative. Moreover, a freelance writer and father challenges individuals and society to negate the need for the president’s initiative. Finally, a Georgia State University doctoral student writes about becoming a father while a teen.

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Readers write: April 24

POVERTY: It makes sense to keep shelters open

Closing the Jefferson Place and Springdale Place homeless shelters probably doesn’t make financial sense (“Women’s shelter among 2 to close,” Metro, April 20). A recent study by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte found that Moore Place in Charlotte saved taxpayers money.

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From the left

Sanchez: NRA members need to step up on ending gun violence

Please, Mr. Bloomberg, leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium.

Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve firearms safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you.

For years, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been the best membership recruitment the NRA could hope for: a walking, talking, Big Gulp-banning embodiment of government overreach.

From the right

Douthat: Marx Rises Again

In the season of resurrection, it’s fitting that he’s with us once again — bearded, prophetic, moralistic, promising to exalt the humble and cast down the mighty from their thrones.

Yes, that’s right: Karl Marx is back from the dead.

Not on a Soviet-style scale, mercifully. But Marxist ideas are having an intellectual moment, and attention must be paid.


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