• 28

    Jun

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/America’s Promise

If America’s Promise weathers away, then what will happen to our children? The American Promise infers if one works hard, avoids trouble with law enforcement and nurtures ones children properly, there will be many opportunities for one to be successful. Conversely, today we witness record high levels of children homelessness, public schools’ closings, the high school dropout crisis, childhood obesity, record teenage imprisonment, non-existent summer programs and jobs for children and the list goes on. However, all is not lost even with these terrible statistics, which are streamed across the airwaves every day, because Americans more than any other nation volunteer their time and skills to help uplift the communities where we live.
A “Giving USA” report states that American philanthropy has risen over 2 percent ($290 billion) in 2010 after two years of the steepest declines in history. Moreover, it’s also reported that the American Economy is on the rebound. Then why all the angst about what will happen to our children? I believe that as the global influence of China and India become more pronounced and their children appeared to be doing, academically, much better that ours, there should be reasonable concern for America’s children future. And, it didn’t help that our financial system was recently on the verge of collapse. America is known as the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” What happened to the “brave” notion? Where did we lose our way?

Here are some of my suggestions for sustaining the American Promise. We must teach our children to become opportunity seekers as opposed to entitlement seekers. Our children must be reminded of our history, all of it, not just the pleasant parts. That means they should develop an appetite for knowledge and become voracious readers. They must make it a priority to assist and seek guidance from the adults in their families. They must eliminate bad behavior and embrace healthy habits (such as praying, saving 20% of what they earn and eating nutritious foods). Most important, their quest should be to become productive members of our society.

America’s Promise is attainable in the United States, but to obtain it one must work both passionately and diligently. After all, globalization has brought more human beings into our daily lives. And, that’s not so bad if we learn how to engage them.

  • 21

    Jun

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Wait On God

I am requesting that anyone reading this blog who doesn’t  believe there is a God, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah or any other religious being, please indulge me as I remark on “waiting on God.”
Many of us, humans, can reflect on certain situations where if we had obtained the opportunities we were seeking, our victories would have been short-lived. In other words, we were not ready for God’s blessings. We should try to not covet what someone else has attained. We must refrain from being envious of others’ successes, because we “truly” don’t know how long and diligent the individual worked to attain his/her blessings. My motto is “if you see a man or woman on the side of a mountain, you know they have worked to get there.” Derrick Rose, 2010/2011 NBA MVP, humbly stated, after losing the 2010/2011 NBA Eastern Championship, he would  work on his game this summer and return  next year, 2011/2012 season, for another chance at a NBA Championship. I believe that Mr. Rose understood what it meant to be humble, hardworking, diligent and “to wait on God.”

Some of us are so malicious that we attempt to “willingly” run, ironically speaking, into someone else’s path hoping that they’ll trip and fall. We are so determined to get ahead of others that we neglect to create our own path. When does this  bad behavior ends? Success can be attained without malice by being prepared when opportunity presents itself and “we have waited on God”. Some individuals call it (success) luck. I don’t believe in luck, I believe that when opportunity and preparedness cross, one is granted God’s blessings from them converging.

My friend Steve Bradford is an example of someone who waited on God. Steve ran for the Gardena, California City Council four times before he finally won a seat on the council. After serving  notably several years on the city council, he ran for the California State Assembly twice before he won his current seat in the 51st Assembly District. He is now front and center working diligently in a leadership role crafting state legislations in the California Assembly. While some might say Steve is lucky, I say he prepared himself and waited on God.

In my humble opinion, one should create their own path. Don’t be envious of others’ successes, don’t covet what others have attained, be prepared, be diligent and most of all “wait on God.”

  • 14

    Jun

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Jimmie Lee Solomon

Jimmie Lee Solomon, Executive Vice President of Baseball Development in Major League Baseball, is on an important mission and when he’s finished, there’ll be baseball programs in every urban American city where there is a Major League Baseball team. In the 1940s, 50s, 60s and early 70s, Baseball, Boxing and Horse Racing were the main sports in the United States of America. Flash forward and today Baseball is not as popular as Basketball and Football. Though both Boxing and Horse Racing are still popular, they now have niche audiences. In the late 1970s, Baseball peaked in urban American cities at 27%. Today, it stands at 8.5%. After speaking with Mr. Solomon, I was able to discern a few reasons why many urban teenagers migrated to the other two sports (basketball and football).
To play baseball several elements must be in place. A large green space is required to conduct the game, adequate coaching is paramount to be successful and the collection of skills (fielding, throwing and batting) which is required to become a good baseball player usually is taught at an early age by a male member of a teenager’s household. Conversely, in the late 1970s, a large number of urban households were beginning to be headed by single women which portent an issue with their young sons correctly learning to play the game of baseball.  In basketball and football most of the successful professional players are athletic. In baseball one can be marginally athletic and still be successful as long as one mastered the collection of skills.

As Solomon, a Harvard University Law School Graduate, prepares to send a team of teenagers to Japan to play baseball in the “Friendship Series,” he reflects on the success that the first Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California is having on the teenagers living there. These teenagers chose, because of the Urban Youth Academy, to become American Ambassadors instead of being enamored with all the bad behavior that is sometimes present in urban cities. He intimated that because of the academies, the teenagers now have many options such as attending colleges, pursuing a vocation as a baseball executive, employment as a groundskeeper, becoming a baseball player or an umpire.

The Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy is expanding. There is a second successful academy in Houston, Texas and ground breaking is about to occur on a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania site. A contract is about to be signed for a fourth academy in Miami, Florida and a Guabo, Puerto Rico academy is up and running.  Major League Baseball is also the financial backers behind a YMCA baseball academy in Atlanta, Georgia and they support a Washington National Foundation baseball academy in Washington D.C. After six years of operating the Compton, California academy, 25 teenagers have been drafted, over 150 teenagers have been given some sort of college scholarship and about 25 teenagers have been recruited to the minor league as umpires.

Solomon is proud of the 2,500 teenagers who yearly enter the Urban Youth Academy. He remarked that the teenagers matriculate from the program learning to respect authority, they’re also much better able to envision making intelligent choices for their lives and they learn invaluable skills from the  baseball instructions Solomon and his team are teaching them.

Solomon’s credo is if a canoe is sailing on water and has a “hole on one side” and that hole is not “fixed” the canoe will sink, because eventually the water will submerge the canoe. I trust that Solomon’s trailblazing methods and altruistic outreach through the Urban Youth Academy will result in a change of behavior in urban communities, so when parents are deciding which sport to have their teenagers participate in they’ll highly consider baseball. After all, Baseball for a very long time was the United States of America’s pastime and main sport.

  • 07

    Jun

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/The Cover Up

As I watched another public figure admits to lying to the public, family, friends and supporters, I wonder when will these misguided individuals – mostly men – realized that you cannot cover up bad behavior forever. The cover-up is “always” worse than the bad behavior. New York Congressman Anthony Weiner over the last 10 days conducted several interviews where he denied an accusation that was levied at him. Finally, after being forced by his consciousness and his accuser’s threat to bring forth more evidence of the accusation, Congressman Weiner relented and told the truth. He admitted to posting and sending through his twitter account a lewd photo of his genital area to a young woman in Seattle, Washington. And, he also admitted to conducting the same acts with six (6) other women.
Does the Congressman’s bad behavior connotes someone who is morally flawed, had a lapse in judgment, is fearful of real emotional intimacy or had forgotten that anything posted on the internet can be traced back to where it originated? Beware, if you accuse any of the highly secured social networking web sites of being powerless to hacking then be prepare to prove your case, because these web sites survival depend upon security and confidentiality. It’s obvious that Congressman Weiner did not consult with his lawyer or publicist, because they would, moreover should, have advised him to tell the truth from the outset. As another disgraced public figure attempt to put his life back in order, I’ll watch in astonishment as the next individual is “waiting on deck” for his/her time at bat – putting it in baseball parlance –  in other words their close up.

Gentlemen, since we seemed to be the gender most affected by this bad behavior, stop “sexting.”  If you MUST “sext” then refrain from attempting to cover-up your questionable action, because it will be worse than your bad behavior. And, while you’re contemplating the consequences of your bad behavior get yourself a lawyer or publicist or both.