Sunday, March 26, 2017

Should Hillary make another run for political office?

Former Presidential Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton has kept a pretty low profile since the election until recently when she declared, [she] “is ready to come out of the woods”. Sounds like she is ready to get back into the political arena.

What’s your take? Should Hillary make another run for political office?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Do you support mandated student vaccinations for measles mumps and rubella?

The criticism of vaccines voiced by the President and other vaccine skeptics is at odds with the attitudes of most Americans, according to a recent poll who overwhelmingly support requiring public school children to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella.

What’s Your Take? Do you support mandated student vaccinations for measles mumps and rubella?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Have you experienced any increased racial tension since the candidacy and presidency of our 45th President?

There has been a rise in hate crimes under the current President’s administration according to sources. Reportedly, there have been hundreds of hate crimes against Muslims, African Americans, the Jewish community and the LGBT community. Civil rights groups are calling for the 45th President of the United States to take a firm stand against the rise of hate crimes sweeping the country.

What’s Your Take? Have you experienced an uptick of racial incidents since the candidacy and presidency of our 45th President? If so, give us a call Wednesday 2pm eastern on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show. You can also leave your comment at (844) 321 1010. We will air as many as possible.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

What effect would less scrutiny of police have on the death rate of Americans in police encounters?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that the Justice Department would pursue fewer federal investigations of troubled police departments, adding that too much federal scrutiny on police departments could cause officers to be less effective in crime fighting according to recent reports. NAACP President Cornell William Brooks says those changes are troubling. He says they “imply a disturbing departure” from the Justice Department’s enforcement of civil rights laws.

What’s Your Take? What effect would less scrutiny of police have on the death rate of Americans in police encounters?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Should pastors be allowed to make political endorsements from the pulpit?

The next time the collection plate is passed during morning worship, it might be used for political means. The President vows to “totally destroy” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. There are those in the conservative Christian community that feel that “Pastors should be held accountable to God alone for what they say behind the pulpit, not the I.R.S.,” while others think allowing churches the freedom to endorse or oppose a political candidate would divide the congregation.

What’s your take? Should pastors be allowed to make political endorsements from the pulpit?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Should the government be in the business of regulating saggy pants?

The style of “sagging” pants in which pants hang so low that underwear is exposed could come at a price in the state of Mississippi. A GOP lawmaker is proposing fines and counseling for saggy pants. A warning would be issued for the first offense of the noncriminal citation, $20 for the second and up to $100 for the sixth offense along with psychological and social counseling. Cities in several other states have adopted similar measures.

What’s your take? Should the government be in the business of regulating saggy pants? Is this proposed bill is a form of racial profiling?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What's Your Take?

President Trump took the oath of office last week followed by an interesting inaugural speech. In less than twenty minutes, President Trump unveiled his vision for the country described by some as a message of unity and interpreted by others as divisive rhetoric designed to appeal to his base.

What’s your take? Did you feel included in President Trump’s inaugural speech?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Do you plan to attend or watch the inauguration of President Elect Trump?

In a few days, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Over a million people are anticipated to be in attendance in Washington, D.C. when he takes the oath of office on January 20th. Others will be watching from the comfort of their home or elsewhere but there are those that don’t plan to attend or watch on TV.

Do you plan to attend or watch the inauguration of President Elect Trump ?

Monday, January 09, 2017

Should The ACA Be Repealed?

The Affordable Care Act appears to be on the chopping block fulfilling a Republican promise to repeal and replace. Viewing Obamacare as a disaster, repealing it will be the first order of business according to Vice President -Elect Pence even though Republicans disagree on what a replacement health care program would look like.

What’s your take? Do you support the repeal of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as “Obamacare”?

Monday, January 02, 2017

How successful have you been with your New Year's resolutions?

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Nearly half of all Americans reportedly make New Year’s resolutions every year but very few actually achieve their goals.

How about you? How successful have you been with your New Year's resolutions?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Are You Celebrating Kwanzaa?

Many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas. Though often thought of as an alternative to Christmas, many people actually celebrate both. “Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one with an inherent spiritual quality,” according to Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa.

How about you? Do you celebrate Kwanzaa?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Has the true meaning of Christmas been lost to commercialization?

We are just days away from Christmas, and the anticipation of a mythical Santa Claus granting the wishes of every child’s dreams. In addition, lots of time and energy are being spent at the mall by adults caught up in the glitz, buying senseless gifts and presents for everyone on their gift list. Isn’t Christmas the time to celebrate and reflect on the birth of Christ?

What’s your take? Has the true meaning of Christmas been lost to commercialization?

 

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Do you support a presidential election recount?

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is pursuing efforts for a presidential recount. Efforts are underway in Wisconsin where Trump reportedly defeated Clinton by 1 point. President elect Trump has filed a law suit to stop a recount in Michigan and a hearing is scheduled to secure a court order for Pennsylvania. The effort is estimated to cost over 9 million dollars.

What’s your take? Do you support a presidential election recount?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Did Gender Play A Role In the Election?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidential election. Despite falling short, Hillary won the popular vote by over a million. The fact that Hillary has been in politics for years compared to the little to no political experience of President Elect Trump has raised the question of whether Hillary was overlooked because of gender.

What’s your take? Do you think Hillary Clinton lost the election because she is a woman?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Do you support a ban on the manufacture, sales and possession of semi-automatic guns?

A recent poll has revealed the fewest Americans in 20 years favor making it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles.

What’s Your Take? Do you support a ban on the manufacture, sales and possession of semi-automatic guns?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

What's Your Take?

A parent says a Pennsylvania teacher washed her son’s mouth out with soap. Reportedly, the teacher washed the 10 year old students’ mouth out after an argument with another student. The mother feels that it was an assault, but law enforcement has determined that the matter does not amount to a crime. School officials won’t say whether disciplinary action has been taken.

What’s your take? Does think this was an assault? Should the teacher face disciplinary action?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

What's Your Take?

Some Republican leaders have condemned newly leaked comments by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who bragged about groping women in a 2005 recording obtained by the Washington Post. Other GOP leaders have even called for Trump to “step aside” for the sake of the party.

What’s Your Take? Will these latest comments lead to the demise of Trumps’ Presidential aspirations?

Monday, October 03, 2016

Is A Third Party Vote A Vote For Trump?

First Lady Michelle Obama recently warned in a rally that voting for a third party candidate or choosing not to vote is helping to elect Donald Trump.

What’s Your Take? Is a third party vote a vote for Donald Trump?

 

 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Conviction?

 

Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by Tulsa,OK officer Betty Shelby. Public opinion of the incident captured by dash cam was overwhelming that excessive force was unjustified. The Tulsa officer recently turned herself in and has been charged with first degree manslaughter. What’s your take? Do you think the Tulsa officer charged in the death of Terrence Crutcher will be convicted?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What is Aleppo?

What is Aleppo? was Libertarian Presidential candidate's Gary Johnson’s response when asked in an interview about what he would do about Aleppo if elected.. It was explained to Johnson that Aleppo is “a city in Syria at the epicenter of the country’s civil war”.

How about you? Would you have been able to respond to the question about Aleppo?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Should Ray Rice get a second chance in the NFL?

Are you ready for some football? Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice has reportedly pledged to donate his entire salary for 2016 to domestic violence prevention programs if given a second chance in the NFL.

What's your take? Should Ray Rice get a second chance in the NFL?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Should The Smoking Age Be Raised To 21?

California has raised the smoking age from 18 to 21, restricted the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expanded no-smoking areas at public schools. California is the second state in the nation to raise the tobacco age to 21, following Hawaii.

What’s Your Take? Will this law reduce underage smoking and do you support raising the smoking age to 21 nationally?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Debate flares after black college students seek a non-white roommate

Three African American college roommates in Southern California have sparked a debate over their specific search for a fourth roommate that was  “POC” only, a common abbreviation for people of color. Their college is reportedly 48% White, 15% Hispanic and 5% African American.

What’s your take? Is this a case of reverse racism?

Sunday, August 07, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of America?

In a recent report, the question was posed to people around the world, “What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “America”? The views were mixed including some thoughts of “America” metaphorically as the land of milk and honey, while others in essence thinking of Americans as greedy and self-centered.

What’s Your Take? What comes to mind when you think of America?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Are You Heading To The Voting Booth This Year?

We The People are less than 100 days away from electing the next President of the United States. Immigration, good paying jobs, gun reform, justice equality, foreign affairs and climate change are just a few of the key issues that presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, be it fact or fiction, will address in an effort to win our vote. Regardless of the candidate, “We The People” have the right and responsibility to exercise our right to vote.

Will you be exercising your right to vote? How many of your family members and friends plan to vote in this year’s election?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Can Trump Win In November?

The stage is now set, Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America.

What’s Your Take? Can Donald Trump win in November?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Do you Support The Militarization Of Police?

The Virginia Fraternal Order of Police is pushing to arm officers with military style equipment as a matter of officer safety. The fraternal order is asking Congress and President Obama to lift the ban of military equipment to local police departments.

What’s Your Take? Do you support the militarization of local police departments around the country?

 

Saturday, July 09, 2016

What's Your Take?

A recent poll showed that 46.6 percent of likely American voters supported Hilary Clinton while 33.3 percent supported Donald Trump. Another 20.1 percent said they would support neither candidate.

What’s Your Take? Who are you supporting in the 2016 Race to the White House?
 
 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

What's Your Take?

Democratic lawmakers staged a dramatic sit in and protest on the House floor for more than 25 hours, while pledging to continue to find ways to pressure Republicans to hold votes on gun-control measures. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan characterized the sit in as “a publicity stunt and now a fund-raising scheme.”

What’s Your Take? Will the historic protest change the way Congress operates or was this simply grand political theatre?

Monday, June 20, 2016

What's Your Take?

A recent poll revealed that half of Americans — 51 percent — are worried that they or someone in their family might become a victim of a terrorist attack, while 48 percent said they are not worried.

What’s Your Take? Are you worried that you or someone in your family might become a victim of a terrorist attack?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Clinton/Warren 2016 ?

While Republicans are trying to rein in Donald Trump, Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has received an endorsement from President Obama. After giving a powerful critique of Trump, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also endorsed Clinton. There has been speculation among political pundits of a Clinton/ Warren Democratic presidential ticket. Some think it would be a dream ticket while others think we are not ready for an all female ticket.

What’s your take? Is the country ready for an all female ticket? Would you cast your vote for a Clinton/Warren ticket?

 

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

What's Your Take?

The killing of a gorilla in a Cincinnati zoo after a 3 year old boy fell into the animal’s enclosure has sparked a growing controversy. The 17- year old gorilla dragged the little boy like a rag doll after the boy climbed under a railing and through wires before falling about 15 feet into a shallow moat at the edge of the gorilla’s habitat. Many are questioning the use of lethal force opposed to a tranquilizer.The loss of the endangered gorilla has caused hundreds of thousands to sign a petition calling for the parents to be charged with negligence while others think the habitat should have been better secured.

What’s your take? Who is responsible? The zoo or the parents?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Is Your Financial Situation "Getting Better" or "Getting Worse"

Fifty percent of Americans rate their personal financial situation as either "excellent" or "good," slightly higher than the 46% recorded last year and the highest level recorded since before the Great Recession according to a recent poll.

What’s Your Take? Is your financial situation as a whole “getting better” or “getting worse”?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What's Your Take?

A recent poll revealed that only 37% of US adults follow the news of the 2016 Presidential campaign very closely. How about you? How closely are you following the news about the 2016 presidential election campaign?

Friday, May 06, 2016

What's Your Take?

Statistics reveal that less than half of eligible voters actually voted back in 2012. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill make Election Day a national holiday.

What’s Your Take? Do you think making voting day a national holiday will increase voter turnout.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Harriet Tubman,Ben Carson and the $20 Bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently announced African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will soon grace the $20 bill. Tubman beat out Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks among others by approximately 30% of the final votes cast. Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson criticized the decision and said that Andrew Jackson was a “tremendous president” and that perhaps Tubman should be honored on the $2 bill.

What’s your take? Do you agree with the decision to place Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Should Spanish be a mandatory course in public schools?

There are approximately over 40 million native Spanish speakers that reside in the United States. By 2050, the United States will reportedly have the highest Spanish speaking population in the world. Are you fluent in Spanish?

What’s your take? Should Spanish be a mandatory course in public schools?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

What's Your Take?

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses and most complete graduate school and earn a master’s degree that allow them to provide physical examinations, diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems under the care of a physician. Nurse Practitioners in Oklahoma have asked the legislature to amend the Oklahoma Nurse Practice Act to free them from doctor supervision.

What’s your take? Should nurse practitioners be allowed to treat patients without doctor supervision?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Dr. Ben Carson recently endorsed GOP Presidential frontrunner and presumptive nominee Donald Trump and appears to be positioning himself for the VP slot on a Trump ticket.

What’s your take on a Trump/Carson ticket? If Trump is the nominee,who do you think he should select to  be his running mate?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent study revealed that political party identification is at or near historical lows.“For the fifth consecutive year,” the report says, “at least four in 10 U.S. adults identified as political independents. Voters are reportedly growing more disgusted with the two-party system as we know it.

What’s you take? Would you vote for a third party candidate? Is a vote for a third party candidate a wasted vote?

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Should Schools Distribute Condoms Without Parental Consent?

The subject of condom availability in public schools has been a hot topic in social media over the past week. A school district in San Francisco will reportedly permit the distribution of condoms to middle school students without parental consent if deemed appropriate by a nurse or social worker.

What’s Your Take? Do you support the distribution of condoms by schools without parental consent?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Should Women Be Required To Register For The Draft?

A recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to women service members has top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testifying that it is now time for women to register for future military drafts.

What’s your take? Should women be required to register for the draft?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Should Race Be A Factor In Adoptions?

Studies reveal that the majority of children awaiting adoption in foster care are non –White. There are many who question whether Black children adopted by white parents may be deprived of cultural identity. What’s your take? Should race be a factor in adoptions?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Do you identify with a political party or are you an independent voter?

The 2016 Presidential campaign is in full swing. While the current cast of primary hopefuls are fighting for the nomination, the eventual nominees of both parties will then turn their efforts to wooing the all important independent voter.

How about you? Do you identify with a political party or are you an independent voter?

Monday, January 04, 2016

Conviction for Cosby?

On the heels of a 12 year statute of limitations to file charges, Bill Cosby has been charged in Montgomery County, Pa with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The felony sexual assault charges against the 78 year old each carry a minimum of five and a maximum 10 years in prison.  

 
What’s your take? Do you think Bill Cosby will be convicted?  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Is A Gun On Your Christmas Wish List?

Nearly 70% of Americans have shot a gun in their lifetime, and more than four in 10 have a gun in their home according to a recent poll.

What’s Your Take? Have you ever shot a gun? Do you have a gun in your household?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

In an age when gender roles and traditions are constantly evolving, the question of whether women should propose and men wearing engagement rings have been all the buzz on social media. What’s Your Take?

Should women propose? How do you feel about men wearing engagement rings?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Do You Support a US Ban of Syrian and Iraqui Refugees?

The House of Representatives voted last Thursday to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States until tougher screening measures are in place in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. A recent poll shows that 56% of Americans disapprove of allowing more Syrian refugees into the country.

What’s Your Take? Do you support a US ban of Syrian and Iraqi refugees?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Ban The Box?

President Obama announced a new order to “ban the box” –an effort to eliminate the requirement that federal government job applicants check a box if they have a criminal record.

What’s Your Take? Should an employer be allowed to pre-screen job applicants for criminal offenses?

Monday, November 02, 2015

Would Concealed Weapons Make Us Safer?

A majority of Americans, 56%, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer.

What’s Your Take?

Sunday, November 01, 2015

What's Your Take?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are opening a school in California that will offer healthcare services to students attending from birth to graduation. The school will be a private nonprofit institution set to open in 2016. Zuckerberg said “It’s a new kind of school that brings education and healthcare together”.

What’s your take? Do you think the combination of free comprehensive healthcare and education will lead to improved academic success, especially in low income communities?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Did Hillary Clinton's Testimony Help Or Hinder Her Chances Of Being President Of The United States?

Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was grilled for hours before the House Select Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

What’s Your Take? Did Hillary Clinton’s testimony help or hinder her chances of being President of the United States?

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Are You In Favor Of The Death Penalty For A Person Convicted Of Murder?

About six in 10 Americans favor the use of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder, similar to 2014according to a recent poll. This continues a gradual decline in support for the procedure since reaching its all-time high point of 80% in 1994.

What’s Your Take? Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Time For A Third Major Political Party?

A recent poll reveals that a majority of Americans say a third major political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties "do such a poor job" of representing the American people.

What’s Your Take? Is there a need for a third major political party?

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Friday Night Lights

Football is America’s most popular sport according to a recent poll. Despite the spectator’s love for the sport, High Schools across the country are evaluating the viability and safety of the sport due to concerns of long term injuries. Five football players died last year, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. A School Board in Missouri has decided to ban football because of safety concerns.  More parents are reportedly enrolling their children in a growing number of youth soccer programs, leaving fewer students playing football by the time they reach high school.  

      
What’s your take? Would you let your child play High School football? Do you agree with the decision in Missouri to ban High School football completely?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

What's Your Take?

We have all heard the phrase “they all look alike to me”, a phrase often referring to African Americans. Did this happen to former tennis professional James Blake when a NYPD officer mistook him for another black man suspected of credit card fraud? Scientists believe the phrase “they all look alike to me” may have merit. Decades of research has reportedly revealed that the “other-race effect” is a cognitive phenomenon that makes it harder for people of one race to readily recognize or identify individuals of another race.It is not bias or bigotry, the researchers say, that makes it difficult for people to distinguish between people of another race.


What’s your take? Is this a product of our perceptual experience, bias or bigotry? Do people of other races all look alike to you?  



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fit For The Job?

Republican Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina are both touting their experience in the business world. While Trump has enjoyed success operating a conglomerate of businesses, he has reportedly filed Chapter 11 several times. Fiorina has been president or CEO of several corporations.  Her performance as CEO of Hewlett-Packard was less than impressive. She was fired as CEO of HP in 2005. Shares of HP fell 45% during her tenure, followed by thousands of layoffs. Neither Trump nor Fiorina have ever held public office.

What’s your take? Do you think business experience in the absence of political experience is adequate to be president of the United States?



 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tom Brady

Tom Brady played and was victorious in the NFL’s season opener after a judge threw out his four game suspension for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not attend the NFL regular season   against Pittsburgh  last Thursday. In a recent poll, 47% percent of respondents think Brady should be on suspension while 53% believe he should not.   

What do you think? Should Tom Brady be on the field or should he be suspended?   

 
 

Monday, September 07, 2015

What's Your Take?

OxyContin, an extended-release version of the painkiller oxycodone  is a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain. The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly approved the use of the drug for children as young as 11 years old. While the drug may provide relief to young cancer patients, there is a concern by some doctors that prescribing OxyContin could put them at risk of addiction.        

What’s your take? Do you think the benefits of OxyContin outweigh the risks to children?



 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The majority of Americans, 58%, consider themselves to be "haves" in U.S. society, while 38% put themselves in the "have-not" group according to a recent poll. The percentage of have-nots has more than doubled since 1988, but has been more stable in recent years.

What’s Your Take? Do you consider yourself in the “Haves” or “Have -Nots”?
 
 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

 Americans are more likely to say they actively try to avoid including soda or pop in their diet than 14 other foods, including sugar and fat according to a recent poll At least six in 10 U.S. adults say they are trying to steer clear of these drinks -- regardless of whether they are diet or regular.

What’s Your Take? Are you a regular soda drinker?

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Do you include gluten free foods in your diet?

One in five Americans actively try to include gluten-free foods in their diet according to a recent poll. Some Americans eat gluten-free foods as part of an attempt to lose weight -- a variant of a no-carb diet -- while others claim it makes them feel better.

 
What your take? How about you? Do you include gluten free foods in your diet?
 
 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

 Here’s a question most people don’t want to think about. An evolving trend in the funeral industry is to pre plan and personalize end of life services similar to our preparation for weddings. The expense of traditional burials is reportedly behind the increase of cremation and options like donating your body to science. By 2018, the U.S. cremation rate is projected to reach 50.6 percent. 

 
What’s your take? Have you pre planned your funeral? What would be your preference? Traditional, Cremation or other?
 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A third grade teacher read a fable entitled “Kings & Kings” to his students after hearing some students bullying a classmate. The fable features a same sex romance of princes who become  kings after marriage. There were complaints by some parents who wanted the book banned and felt that the teacher was indoctrinating young minds and promoting homosexuality. The school board determined that the book should not be banned, but that teachers must now inform parents of every book they plan to read to the class. 

What’s your take? Should the elementary school curriculum include same sex relationships and marriage?

 
 

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

President Obama announced that the White House is raising the threshold income level at which workers are exempt from overtime pay of time-and-a-half wages. Salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week, up from the current $23,660 a year. Critics say the plan "will negatively impact small businesses and drastically limit employment opportunities. 

What’s Your Take? Do you support the President’s plan?

 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

When was the last time you had a pay increase? Chances are your employer won’t give you one if you don’t ask. Believe it or not, nearly 90% of Americans think they are entitled to one but only 54% are courageous enough to ask for one according to a survey. The survey also suggested that fear of rejection leaves many intimidated to ask for a pay bump and others fear the possible backlash of asking for a raise, including punitive measures by the boss.      

 
How about you? Do you think you are entitled to a raise? If so, are you courageous enough to ask for it? 
 
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Do you favor the enactment of tougher gun laws in America?

President Obama described the frequency of the type of gun violence seen in the killings of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina as unique to the United States among advanced countries. Efforts to enact tougher gun control measures have consistently failed in recent years and recent polls have revealed that only half of Americans favor stricter gun laws.

How about you? Do you favor the enactment of tougher gun laws in America?

 

 



 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Is It OK To Be Transracial?

African Americans passing for White have long been documented in our community, but how about Whites passing as Black? Rachel Dolezal, head of the Spokane branch of the NAACP and prominent spokesperson for the African American community has been accused of being dishonest and deceptive with her identity. Self described as partly African American, her birth certificate reportedly reveals that she was born to two Caucasian parents.


What’s Your Take? Do you have a problem with passing and is it OK to be “transracial?



 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Nebraska became the latest state to ban the death penalty last week. As the death penalty continues to lose support in state houses across America, a majority of Americans believe the death penalty is morally acceptable according to a recent poll.

What’s Your Take? Do you support or oppose the death penalty? Is the death penalty morally acceptable?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Death With Dignity?

Nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) say doctors should be legally allowed to assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide, up 10 percentage points from last year. More broadly, support for euthanasia has risen nearly 20 points in the last two years and stands at the highest level in more than a decade.
 
Do you approve of legal euthanasia?
 

Friday, May 29, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Most of us have taken a selfie, right? Well, get ready ,“CaptureProof” will allow doctors and patients to engage using photos and videos. This modern day technology will permit patients to capture their symptoms using a smartphone. Doctors can then communicate and assess the patients’ condition without being face to face. The simple use of a smartphone might save you an office visit to the doctor.
 
What’s your take? Would you feel comfortable being treated and diagnosed by a doctor without an actual office visit?    

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

DEFLATEGATE

Whether you are an NFL fan or not,the "term" DEFLATEGATE is now synonymous with the 2015 AFC Championship between the Patriots and the Colts.The Patriot's victory raised speculation that some of the game balls were underinflated. 

 
How do you feel about Tom Brady's suspension for the first four games of next season? 
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

 An openly gay Eagle Scott said he has been axed by the The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. Brian Peffly believes it's because of his sexual orientation. He reportedly got a call and a letter from Boy Scouts of America revoking his membership. Boy Scouts of America  ended its ban on gay youth last year, but continues to forbid adult leaders who are "open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA."

 
What’s your take? Should a person’s sexual orientation prohibit their participation in the Boys Scouts and other youth organizations?
 
 

Monday, May 04, 2015

Have The Protests Been Effective?

Thousands of peaceful protesters across the country have marched miles for justice to be served for the deaths of countless unarmed black men killed at the hands of police.

What’s your take? How effective have the protests been in bringing awareness and change?

Monday, April 27, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

 A new poll has found that the majority of Americans do not approve of allowing transgender individuals use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
59 percent of Americans believe that transgender individuals should use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth, while 26 percent are comfortable with self-determination when it comes to choosing which bathroom to use according to a recent poll.


What’s Your Take? Should transgender individuals be allowed to use  the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity ?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The Democrats and Republicans are already gearing up for the 2016 Presidential Elections .Political party brand loyalty and the money behind those parties have made it difficult for many third party candidates to compete in the political process. Too often voters have voted for the perceived lesser of two evils rather than consider a third party candidate.

What’s Your Take? Is a vote for a third party candidate a wasted vote?
 
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

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 Feidin Santana is being hailed as a quick thinker, American hero, patriot and angel for capturing the tragic killing of Walter Scott by police in South Carolina on his mobile phone. Santana said he was afraid of the video footage that contradicted what police had reported. He was afraid of what might happen to him if he handed it over to police. Mr. Santana stated “Maybe God ‘put me there for some reason”

 

What’s your take? Do you think you would have “done the right thing” in this situation?
 
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Who Would You Vote For?

 At least a dozen Republicans and a handful of Democrats have expressed an interest in running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton have officially thrown their hats into the ring.

Who would you vote for if the Presidential election was today?

 

Monday, April 06, 2015

Free Speech or Hate Speech?

The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Texas are proposing a license plate with the rebel battle flag. After several votes, the motor vehicles board rejected the proposed plate, finding that "a significant portion of the public associate[s] the Confederate flag with organizations" that demean or express hatred for minorities. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, contending that the state of Texas was violating their free speech rights.


What's Your Take? Free Speech or Hate Speech?
 

Saturday, April 04, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Safety is always a concern of everyone who flies or contemplates it. Documents show that  a Germanwings co-pilot is believed to have locked the pilot out of the cockpit, deliberately setting the plane on a lethal descent into the French Alps last week. Some international airlines responded to the crash by introducing new rules requiring that two crew members always be present in the cockpit,


What’s Your Take? Has this incident affected your willingness to fly?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Are you frustrated with your daily morning and evening rush hour traffic commute? A solution is reportedly on the way that will literally allow you to fly over it all.  The “AeroMobil” an automobile that transforms into an airplane will be able to fly at a top speed of 124mph. The gas powered vehicle will be able to fly 435 miles before running out of gas.        


What’s your take? Will you be flying over traffic in one of these vehicles when it becomes available?   

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The new Apple wrist watch is here. Apple is counting on this device to be an essential way to have brief discreet interactions quickly. There are three models ranging from a starting price at  $350 to upwards of $10,000 for a 18-karat yellow or rose gold for the Apple Watch Edition.

What’s your take? Is an Apple Watch in your future? 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Secret Service Agents In The News Again

Top-ranking Secret Service officials including the second-in-charge of President Obama's own personal detail are suspected to have been drinking when they drove through a barrier at the White House. This incident is the latest in a string of embarrassments and scandals at the agency over the last three years. The agents have reportedly been assigned to "non-operational" duties.
 

What’s Your Take? Should all agents involved be fired if the allegations are proven true?

Friday, March 13, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

People generally aren't used to kindness from strangers. With the hustle and bustle of life many of us exist in our own little world and don’t take the time to pay attention to anyone else. How often do we even take the time to open the door for a stranger or greet the person in line with us at the supermarket? Imagine a world where random acts of kindness and generosity were the norm.    
  
How would you rate yourself on a scale 1 to 10, with ten being the best, on your level of kindness and generosity towards others? 

Monday, March 09, 2015

Transparency?

The uproar surrounding former Sec. Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time at the State Department has caused members from both sides of the aisle to ask her to make a statement. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) stated that while the “situation isn't clear," her message to Clinton was: "Step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is."
"She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, for the next president...from this point on, the silence is going to hurt her."

What’s Your Take? Will these email and transparency issues hurt Hillary Clinton’s aspirations to be the Democratic Presidential nominee?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Americans now view Cuba more favorably than they have in nearly 20 years according to a recent poll. Forty-six percent say they have a favorable opinion of Cuba, up eight percentage points from last year. While Americans have not always viewed Cuba favorably, they have consistently wanted to re-establish diplomatic ties with the island.


What’s Your Take? What is your overall opinion of Cuba?

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Cleveland Blames Tamir Rice for His Own Death

The city of Cleveland on Friday responded to a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice with several defenses, including that the 12-year-old died and his family members suffered because of their own actions. The city, wrote that Tamir's death on Nov. 22 and all of the injuries his family claims in the suit "were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant." It also says that the 12-year-old's shooting death was caused "by the failure ... to exercise due care to avoid injury."


What’s Your Take? Do you agree with the city of Cleveland that Tamir’s death was because of his actions?
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Snow has dominated our lives and the news over the past few weeks. Closed airports, cancelled classes, supermarket runs, blocked driveways and cabin fever are the new norm for many of us on the east coast. Some love it and others, not so much. How about you?

Would you rather see more snow or less snow for the rest of winter?
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hate Crime or Parking Dispute?

The Justice Department and FBI are examining whether hate-crime or other federal laws were violated in the fatal shootings of three Muslim students in North Carolina that police believe stemmed from a long-standing dispute over parking at a Chapel Hill condominium complex.President Obama called the murders "brutal and outrageous," saying, "No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship."
 

Search warrants show he had a dozen firearms in his home, including six rifles and two shotguns, along with cases of ammunition and several full magazines. Eight spent shell casings were found where all three students were shot in the head.The killings have prompted a wave of concern in the community, and nationally, over whether their deaths resulted from anti-Muslim bias.

What’s Your Take? Hate Crime Or Parking Dispute? Is there a war against Islam in America?
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

President Barack Obama made the case for Congress to formally authorize the use of military force in the war against ISIS. He made it clear that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force does not call for deployment of ground troops in Iraq or Syria. Some Republicans have insisted American ground troops will eventually be necessary.

What’s Your Take? Should the US put combat boots on the ground in the war against ISIS?


Thursday, February 12, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Genetic technology may soon give us the ability to alter the genes of a developing fetus and create, in effect, custom-made designer babies. What’s Your Take?
Should Parents Be Able To Create Babies by Design?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

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 An Atlanta barber shop has come up with an interesting method to discipline misbehaving kids. The owner Russell Frederick offers calls  the  special haircut the “grown up kids special” which leaves the child  looking like an old man, bald on top with close cut sides.  The method has gone viral but not all of the responses have been positive, receiving criticism from mental health professionals who don’t like the idea of shame and   strategies that humiliate children.


What’s your take? Do you approve of “the grown up kids special” as a form of discipline?

 

Friday, February 06, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Americans' reports of being sick with the flu in December are among the highest since 2008. Flu reports typically peak in January or February, which indicates that this may be one of the worst flu seasons in at least seven years. The CDC still recommends getting a flu vaccination this year, because it lowers the severity of the illness.


How about you? Has anyone in your household had the flu this season?



 

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Does the risk of outbreak outweigh personal beliefs?

The CDC reports that in just the past month, 84 people from 14 states contracted measles. California alone has 59 confirmed cases, most of them linked to an initial exposure in Disneyland. A majority of people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for all children. It protects against three potentially serious illnesses.Currently, all 50 states require the MMR vaccination but 19 state laws allow students to opt out with a doctor’s approval or religious justification placing those surrounded by the unvaccinated at risk. The CDC reports that in 2014, 79% of measles cases in the U.S. involving unvaccinated people were the result of personal belief exemptions.


What’s Your Take? Does the risk of outbreak  outweigh personal beliefs? Should parents be allowed to opt out of MMR vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs?



 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Americans are becoming more satisfied with their current standard of living  and are also becoming more optimistic about its future according to a recent poll. Sixty-one percent of Americans now say their standard of living is "getting better." Less than a quarter of Americans  say their standard of living is "getting worse."


How about you? Do you feel your standard of living is getting better or getting worse?



 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Should Coach Belichick be suspended?

If the New England Patriots knowingly doctored game balls during the AFC championship game, given their history as a “repeat offender” including “SPYGATE” for skirting NFL rules, should Coach Belichick be suspended from the Super Bowl?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What's Your Take?

Getting a High School diploma in Arizona will now require knowing what war President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in and the 10 amendments to the Constitution. Starting in the eighth grade, students can begin taking a new civics test. To graduate, they must correctly answer 60 out of 100 questions. More than a dozen other states are considering similar laws.

What’s your take? Should students be required to pass a civics test to graduate from High School?


Friday, January 16, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Many of us started the year with the goal of eating healthier foods and losing weight. Some in the food world have found the path of least resistance through cutting out meat and, in some cases, dairy and fish.   


What’s Your Take? Have you considered a vegetarian lifestyle?



 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What's Your Take?

President Obama has called for making at least two years of college education free and universal. Building on a model that has been used by the state of Tennessee and the city of Chicago, the president's proposal would involve the federal government and states combining to pay the entire cost of tuition for two years at a community college for any American who wanted it. If adopted nationwide, administration officials estimate 9 million people across the country could save about $3800 in college costs. It is predicted to benefit middle-class students more than the very poorest, who qualify would qualify for federal Pell Grants.


What’s Your Take? Do you support government funded universal college education?

Friday, January 09, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

When we talk about vacations we usually think of lots of sun on a beach, or maybe a cruise. However, there are great winter vacations. Trips to spots where winter weather reigns are reportedly where it's at.  Envision a cold wintery resort blanket in snow. Burrr!!!!!

What’s your Take? Do you have a favorite winter get away?

  

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Are We More Racially Divided?

President Obama stated in a recent interview that he thinks as far as day to day interactions, that America is less racially divided today than when he took office 6 years ago. He went on to say “ It's understandable the polls might say, you know, that race relations have gotten worse — because when it's in the news and you see something like Ferguson or the Garner case in New York, then it attracts attention. But I assure you, from the perspective of African-Americans or Latinos in poor communities who have been dealing with this all their lives, they wouldn't suggest somehow that it's worse now than it was 10, 15 or 20 years ago.”


What’s Your Take? Do you think the United States is more racially divided today than it was just 6 years ago?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Did Sony Do The Right Thing?

President Obama said Friday that Sony should not have pulled "The Interview" after a North Korean hacking, and he pledged to answer the attack.

What’s Your Take? Did Sony Make The Right Decision?

Friday, December 19, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Nearly six in 10 Americans (57%) say they are satisfied with the total cost they pay for healthcare according to a recent poll. How about you?

 Are you satisfied with your healthcare costs?

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Enhanced Interrogation or Torture?

The report released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence discloses new details about the C.I.A.’s torture practices. The effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding has been called into question The CIA even reportedly described rectal rehydration a "well acknowledged medical technique.” The report states that the C.I.A. never produced an accurate count or list of those it had detained or subjected to brutal interrogation techniques and at least 26 detainees were wrongfully held and did not meet the government’s standard for detention.
 
The timing of the release of the report has been criticized by conservatives. Even though most of these techniques have since been outlawed, the debate over the necessity of these techniques at that time to ensure homeland security continues.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said of the methods “I'd do it again in a minute,” "It worked, it absolutely worked."

What’s Your Take? Enhanced Interrogation or Torture? Do you agree with Dick Cheney that " Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" were effective and necessary for national security?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Polling consistently shows that blacks and whites have very different views about many aspects of race — from confidence in the police to progress on racial equality. For example, 48% of whites said a lot of progress has been made compared with 32% of blacks. The divide widens further when the question is: How much more needs to be done in order to achieve racial equality?


What’s Your Take? How would you define our progress towards racial equality?



 

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Are Body Cameras The Answer?

The failure to indict the New York City police officer whose chokehold killing of  Eric Garner captured on video has called to question the use of police body cameras to deter police brutality and racial profiling.An Ohio grand jury failed to indict the police officers who killed John Crawford in a Walmart last September where he had picked up an air rifle from the shelf. And earlier this year, a man in Oklahoma stopped breathing in a movie theater parking lot after several police officers forced him to the ground when he refused to hand over his ID.President Obama requested $75 million in federal funds for body camera technology to deter  these types of incidents.


What’s Your Take? Will body cameras reduce instances of racial profiling and police  brutality?



 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent poll revealed  that barring a major economic crisis or winter weather event that curbs Americans' willingness to shop, consumers seem on track to outlay a bit more on Christmas gifts this year than they did in 2013.


How about you?  Are you planning to spend more or less this holiday season?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ready To Play?

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of an indefinite suspension for a domestic violence incident involving his then-fiancée at an Atlantic City casino in February and has been reinstated to the NFL and is now eligible to sign with any NFL team. A neutral arbitrator ruled that Rice did not mislead Commissioner Roger Goodell, who made an "arbitrary" decision to increase Rice's suspension from two games based on no new evidence.


What’s Your Take? Do you agree with the decision to reinstate Rice?



 

Friday, November 21, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Studies from several sociologists at the University of Texas and at Duke University indicate that parental involvement with homework can have a negative effect on child’s academic achievement. The study went on to suggest that parent help can backfire when it involves providing instruction on homework content.


What’s your take? Should parents help their children with homework? Or do they end up doing more harm than good?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Identity Crisis?

White Americans are fine with African-Americans. Blacks, however, are a different story a according to an Emory University study  that argues “the racial label ‘black’ evokes a mental representation of a person with lower socioeconomic status than the racial label ‘African-American.’” The results suggest “the label black elicits more negative emotions than the label African-American,” the researchers write, “but African-American does not elicit positive emotion.” So now it seems that we are judged not only by ethnicity and hue but also how we identify ourselves?

What’s you take? Does the label “Black” evoke   a more negative connotation than “African American”?

Friday, November 14, 2014

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Radio Executive Dave Kerpen made the news after he re-claimed his life by quitting drinking coffee. He got through the day, as many of us do, with multiple cups of coffee. After feeling restless, irritable and health concerns, he quit cold turkey. Abstaining from coffee has changed his life, and he feels a lot better and is saving money.  

 

What’s Your Take? Are you a coffee junkie? How much do you spend a day on coffee?

 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

What's Your Take?

A historic number of marijuana legalization measures were on the ballot last week, and most of them passed. Voters in the District of Columbia approved an initiative that makes it legal for adults to possess two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants in their home. Although residents of Washington voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marijuana  — a move that could put penalty-free pot within an hour's drive of Baltimore — the ballot initiative faces an uncertain future. U.S. Rep. Andy Harris from Maryland  immediately vowed to fight the measure in Congress, which must approve such laws in the nation's capital.


What’s Your Take? Should Congress respect the rights and wishes of voters and allow D.C.’s marijuana legalization to stand?



 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently confirmed that he’s gay. Cook wrote a statement “I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.”  In 29 states gay workers are not so lucky. Workers in those 29 states can reportedly still be fired for saying exactly what Cook wrote Thursday. Congress has failed to pass federal legislation that bans discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and transgender identity.


What’s Your Take? How LGBT friendly is your workplace?



 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Death Penalty ? Yea or Nay?

Americans who favor the death penalty most often cite "an eye for an eye" as the reason they hold their position, with 35% mentioning it according to a recent poll. While a majority of Americans tilt in favor of the death penalty, the one in three Americans who oppose it also have a diversity of views as to why the ultimate penalty should not be used. "Wrong to take a life" has been the top reason for opposing it since 1991.


What’s Your Take? Why do you support or oppose the death penalty?



 

Friday, October 31, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

November 4th is Election Day. Virginia law now requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo ID at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.

Did you know that a photo ID is now required to vote in Virginia? Do you have the proper ID?



 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Princesses Drop F-Bombs to Support Feminism

A viral video featuring young girls between the ages 6 and 13 in princess costumes speaking out against sexual assault and gender inequality has drawn criticism from various organizations, some of whom believe that having young girls swear and discuss sexual assault is akin to child abuse. The video has grabbed the attention of a lot of people across the country, with many critics focusing less on the message and more on the controversial nature of the delivery. The director has stated that “the whole idea was using a bad word for a good cause to get people’s attention. The reason we did use the ‘F’ word is because we want people to focus on statistics like one out of five women will be raped or sexually assaulted in their lifetime, or the fact that women and men doing the exact same job, the woman gets paid 23 percent less than men. In 2014, that’s what’s shocking, not the ‘F’ word.”

What’s Your Take? How do you feel about the use of young girls in this campaign? Has the message been obscured by nature of the delivery?

Viewer discretion is advised.(Language)

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Facebook and Apple will now pay for women to freeze eggs. The tech giants will reportedly offer up to $20,000 in benefits for female employees to preserve their fertility. When successful, egg freezing allows women to put their fertility on hold until they’re ready to become parents. Opponents believe the practice could limit women’s choices by making them feel required to delay childbearing in order to keep their jobs or excel at their work.


What’s Your Take? Is egg freezing a good idea?



 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What's Your Take?

A ten year old Pennsylvania boy is being held in the Wayne County Correctional Facility and charged as an adult with criminal homicide, after admitting that he killed a ninety year old woman. Tristen Kurilla told police he was angry at the woman because she had yelled at him when he entered her room. He said he wanted to ask her a question. The boy admitted to grabbing a wooden cane, holding it against 90-year-old Helen Novak's throat for several seconds and punching her in the throat and stomach, according to the police affidavit. Kurilla will reportedly remain in adult prison after his attorney Bernard Brown removed his bail plea due to his parents not being ready to take him into their custody,


What’s Your Take? Do you agree with the decision to hold this child in an adult correctional facility and to face trial as an adult?

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekly Address: What You Need to Know About Ebola

"I want people to understand that the dangers of you contracting Ebola, the dangers of a serious outbreak are extraordinarily low. But we are taking this very seriously at the highest levels of government. We are going to be able to manage this particular situation, but we have to look towards the future. And if we are not responding internationally in an effective way, and if we do not set up the kind of preparedness and training in our public health infrastructure here in the United States, not just for this outbreak, but for future outbreaks, then we could have problems."

– President Obama, October 15, 2014

In this week’s address, the President discussed what the United States is doing to respond to Ebola, both here at home and abroad, and the key facts Americans need to know.

Friday, October 17, 2014

TanyaFree.com /Urban Views Weekly Poll

Recent polling has indicated that national turnout in the midterm elections this fall could be lower than in the past two midterm elections. Republicans reportedly vote at higher rates than resulting in higher scores for Republicans than for Democrats on voter engagement questions.

What’s Your Take? Do you plan to vote on November 4th?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Do you view Ebola as a major health threat to America?

A recent poll reveals that one-quarter of Americans now view Ebola as a major public health threat to the United States and say they may change their travel plans due to Ebola fears. A different survey found that 58 percent of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from West African countries hardest hit by the virus, such as Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.


What’s Your Take? Do you view Ebola as a major health threat to America?



 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

In a recent study the number of people getting married continues to decline. Twenty percent of adults older than 25, have never married according to Pew Research Center Report. Since 1970, each group of young adults has been less likely to marry than the previous generation.  
      
 How do you feel about marriage? When was the last time you attended a wedding?



 

Sunday, October 05, 2014

What's Your Take?

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday. The FCC enforces whether words that are inappropriate or racist can be used on the airwaves and a petition claiming that the word “Redskins” falls within that category, and should be banned from the air. Under current law, broadcasters face a fine of up to $325,000 per incident deemed indecent and could lose their licenses to operate.

What’s Your Take? Should the nickname of the Washington NFL team be banned from the airwaves? `



 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Sixty-one percent of Americans support allowing daily prayer to be spoken in the classroom. Though still solidly above the majority level, this is down slightly from 66% in 2001 and 70% in 1999 according to a recent poll.


What’s Your Take? Do you support spoken daily prayer in the classroom.

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's Your Take?

Fired from his job at an Oklahoma food processing plant, Alton Nolan returned to the plant and beheaded a female employee and stabbed another before being shot several times by the company’s CEO.  The beheading has raised questions despite the fact that officials initially said no terror link was evident. The FBI has been called in due to information involving his criminal past and what has been described by some as radical social media posts. He had been reportedly trying in past weeks to convert co- workers to Islam. More than 3,000 people have died from workplace homicide between 2006 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


What’s Your Take? Was this a case of workplace violence or do you think it was a more sinister act of terrorism as some have suggested?



 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

If we don’t have to get out of the car, chances are we won’t.  We enjoy the conveniences of drive-thru banks and fast food restaurants.  Well, now there is a funeral home in Michigan offering drive- thru viewing.  When a car pulls up, the curtain automatically opens with music playing as well. The mourner has three minutes to view the body. There is even a  guest book that mourners can sign.  


What’s your take on drive through funeral homes?



 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

CBS and the NFL made the decision to pull a segment featuring Rihanna singing “Run This Town” from its opening week Thursday Night Football broadcast.  Rihanna was not happy with the decision and made it publicly known.   It was the first Baltimore Ravens game since Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended .The lyrics “Feel it comin' in the air, And the screams from everywhere, I’m addicted to the thrill, It's a dangerous love affair” was considered too controversial considering the allegations of domestic abuse dominating the NFL.


What’s Your Take? Did CBS and the NFL make the right call?

Friday, September 19, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Several celebrities had their apple accounts hacked into and hackers were able to gain access to leaked nuked photos. Reportedly, hackers gained access from personal cloud accounts. According to experts, “It’s important to remember how the cloud works and that when you sync a device like your Smartphone to the cloud, it creates two copies of files.”  

 
What’s Your Take? Are you concerned that information on your Smartphone may be accessible to hackers?



 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What's Next for Adrian Petersen and the NFL?

Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted and surrendered to Texas police on a charge of injury to a child. Peterson allegedly spanked his son with a switch resulting in injuries all over the boy’s body. Peterson will likely make a court appearance in the next several weeks, but it could be several months before the case would go to trial. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement Friday saying his client's conduct "involves using a switch to spank his son." Hardin went on to say “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas”

What’s Your Take? Should Adrian Peterson be allowed to play or should he be suspended until a determination is made in a court of law?



 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Are Emily and Greg Still More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?

Racial Discrimination is still alive, and a recent story reveals just how a first name can play a factor in the employment world. When José Zamora changed his name to Joe he started to receive replies from every opening he applied for. A study done back in early 2000’s found out that individuals who had “white sounding names" had 50% more interview callbacks than those with “black sounding names”. Another study revealed that some interviewees admitted to altering their resumes to conceal their race or tone down their level of “blackness.”   

      
What’s Your Take? Do you know of a situation where a “black sounding name” or perceived stereotype has been a hindrance in the workplace?  



 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent poll revealed a majority of Americans, 56%, are in favor of making smoking in public places illegal. Nineteen percent favor making smoking totally illegal in U.S.

What’s Your Take? Should smoking in all public places be made totally illegal?



Monday, September 01, 2014

Having It Your Way?

Threats of a boycott against Burger King have come from consumers and government officials alike following merger talks with Canadian based coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons.The combined company would be headquartered in Canada.

What's Your Take? What effect will the threat of a boycott have on Burger King's merger plans? Would you boycott a Canadian headquartered Burger King?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly

Common Core Standards are a set of academic standards in Math and English Language Arts and Literacy developed with a goal of consistent goals across states. A recent poll has revealed that a majority of Americans oppose these national standards. The most common reason parents gave for opposing the standards was a belief that they will limit teachers' flexibility.


What’s Your Take? Do you support a national set of academic standards for public schools?



 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Does America Need a 21st Century Civil Rights Movement?

Reverend Al Sharpton has been referred to as the most influential civil rights leader of the past ten years. He has been the major spokesman for those protesting the police killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and has been the go-to community liaison on race matters for both President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. But he can’t do it alone. What present day emerging leaders do you think will have an impact over the next ten years?

What’s Your Take? Does America need a 21st-century civil rights movement?



 

Friday, August 22, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A restaurant in North Carolina is offering its customers a 15 percent discount on the bill if they pray in public before they dig into their meal. ""It's not a religious thing, it's a spiritual thing."It’s about the whole idea of gratitude.”

What’s Your Take? What do you think of offering a 15 percent discount for diners who pray or "say thanks" before they begin eating?  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Has The Militarization Of Police Gone Too Far?

The Ferguson Missouri Police Department acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.Ferguson Missouri, the hometown of   slain 18 year old Michael Brown, with a population of approximately 22,400, looked more like a war zone in the days following the killing of Brown by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. News footage revealed images of rolling armored vehicles and police in military grade body armor, toting short barreled assault rifles.
 

What’s your Take? How do you feel about local law enforcement departments being armed with full military gear?  Do you think this Pentagon program will lead to further clashes between citizens and police?



 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A Long Island New York father's spanking of an 8-year-old boy was ruled '.. a reasonable use of force.' Courts in other states also backed up parents who spank their kids.

What’s your Take? Is It OK for a Parent to Spank Their Child?



 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What's Your Take?

President Obama authorized "targeted" air strikes last Thursday to protect American interests in Iraq from insurgent forces that are taking over the country’s northern cities. The President stated that "As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another war in Iraq." “Today, America is coming to help; the U.S. cannot turn a blind eye.” Senator John McCain feels that President Obama’s limited strikes on ISIS in northern Iraq are “pinpricks” that are “meaningless” and “worse than nothing.”


Do you agree with President Obama's decision to authorize air strikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq?



 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Does your dog need to lose weight? Would you believe that there is a 6000 a square ft. air conditioned doggy gym with treadmills, cross-training and an agility course of hurdle, tunnels and balance beams nearby in Northern VA?

What’s your Take? Would you pay for a monthly gym membership for your dog?

Sunday, August 03, 2014

How Concerned Are You?

A Christian charity has enlisted the help of U.S. government officials to get two workers who are battling Ebola infections back to the United States for treatment. The two Americans in Liberia will become the first known victims of the deadly disease to be treated in the U.S. The risks associated with importing cases of a deadly virus are raising concerns not only in Atlanta but across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it “has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States,” but some medical and public-health experts said that it wasn't clear whether moving ill and highly infectious patients is a good idea, either for the patient or the public.  Ebola was first discovered nearly four decades ago, but there is reportedly still no vaccine that’s regularly administered to humans to prevent it.


What’s Your Take? Are you concerned about the spread of this deadly disease in America?

 



 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The idea of a time when you won’t have to get up early to punch a clock, not having to answer to anyone other than yourself is the classic vision of retirement. With people living longer, many have had to adjust their retirement plans, including working part time to reduce the strain on savings.     

How close are you to retirement? Do you know how much you need to retire?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Taxation Without Representation?

President Obama was asked about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school. The President said,"I'm for it," adding that he has been "for quite some time." He added that:"The politics of it end up being difficult to get through Congress,but I think it's absolutely the right thing to do."

What's Your Take? Do you support DC Statehood?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

At nearly every age level, men are more likely than women to feel good about their appearance, though this margin narrows among older age groups according to a recent poll. More than two-thirds of African Americans (68%) and Hispanics (67%) report that they are confident in their physical appearance compared with 55% of whites and 62% of Asians.


How comfortable are you with your appearance?



 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What's Your Take On Stricter Gun Control Laws?

A recent poll has revealed that Americans are split down the middle when it comes to whether we need stricter gun control laws.
What’s Your Take? Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?

 



 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Summer is here!

A recent article reminds us that regardless of the color of your skin, you should always wear sunscreen when in direct sunlight. The sunblock should contain a minimum sun protection factor of 15. This will help to block ultraviolet rays from your skin. The article also suggests  SPF 30 or higher if you will be outdoors for an extended period of time.
How about You? Do you apply a sunscreen when in direct sunlight?



 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Voter Suppression?

One year ago, the Supreme Court struck down the formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a provision that required federal pre approval of voting changes in areas with a history of discrimination. As  we heard toward midterm elections , state after state have passed ,implemented or proposed bills harder for Americans – particularly African-Americans, the elderly, students and people with disabilities – to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot.


What’s Your Take? Voter Fraud Protection or Voter Suppression?  Do you know the voting requirements in your state?



 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Two-thirds of Americans have at least one leisure trip planned for the this summer,a slight increase from 64% last year and a more notable growth when compared to the 60% who were planning a summer leisure trip two years ago according to a recent poll. Three in ten Americans (29%) say they're less likely to travel this summer due to their outlook on the U.S. economy.


How about you? Are you planning at least one leisure trip this summer?
 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The Missouri Legislature passed a bill last month permitting trained teachers or administrators to carry concealed weapons in the classroom. While the bill awaits the Governor’s signature, several Missouri school districts have started training administrators and teachers to carry concealed weapons in classrooms.


What’s your take? Would you permit your child to attend a school that allowed teachers to carry a concealed weapon?



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Is religion the answer to today's problems?

Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today's problem according to a recent poll, while 30% say that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date. Americans have in recent decades become gradually less likely to say that religion can answer today's problems and more likely to believe religion is out of date. The poll revealed that over the past 40 years, there has been a gradual shift in Americans' views of the relevance of religion in answering today's problems, with an increasing, but still minority, segment saying that religion is old fashioned and out of date.


What’s Your Take? Do you agree with the  majority in this poll that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems or is religion largely old fashioned and out of date?



 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What's Your Take?

Hundreds of infants and toddlers as young as 2 years old have been allegedly apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol while crossing the border illegally without a parent or guardian in the past year according to recent reports. The report states that roughly 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended since October 2013.  “Apprehending infants and children can be difficult for Border Patrol agents; our facilities are not designed with people that young in mind,” said Shawn Moran, a spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council. House Republicans rejected a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform package last year that would have provided a path to citizenship for an estimated 8 million of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

What’s your take? Should these unaccompanied infants and toddlers receive a path to citizenship? Should President Obama use his executive powers to push through a comprehensive immigration reform package?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Working in retirement is becoming the new normal. More and more people are planning to work in their retirement years according to a recent study.  Until the beginning of the 20th century, most people just didn't retire -- they worked until the very end of their lives. Let’s be clear, retirement used to be defined as the end of work but this study also revealed that nearly three out of five retirees explore new lines of work, and working retirees are three times more likely than pre-retirees to launch their own businesses.  


What’s your take? How do you plan to spend your retirement?



 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What's Next?

President Obama said Friday that he will not send U.S. troops back into Iraq to help its government quell a mounting insurgency. The president said he is considering other options to use U.S. military forces to help the government but he tied such help to Iraqi leaders working together to mend sectarian differences. Senator John McCain has been very critical of the administration’s decision to withdraw US troops back in 2011 amid concerns that US gains in Iraq were going to be completely reversed.


What’s Your Take? What actions if any should the US take in Iraq?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Father’s Day is a day set apart to celebrate fatherhood, recognize the influence of fathers in our homes and society, and foster paternal bonds. How do you plan to celebrate the Fathers and Father figures in your midst?

 

 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Morgan Freeman to Don Lemon: Race Has No Impact on Income Inequality

Do you think race has anything to do with inequality? Movie star Morgan Freeman answered “No. … You and I, we’re proof” in a recent interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
“Why would race have anything to do with it?” he added. “Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me—it’s a good excuse for not getting there.” “Making [race] a bigger issue than it needs to be is the problem here.”
Recent stats reveal the difference in wealth between black and white households increased from $75,224 in 1984 to $84,959 in 2011.A 2012 census analysis found that the gap nearly doubled during the recession, with white households at 22 times the wealth of their black counterparts.


What’s Your Take? Do you think race has anything to do with inequality?

 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

An Oregon School District plans to make condoms available to students as young as the sixth grade.  This new plan will allow certain teachers to distribute condoms to students request one.  But not everyone is on board with the idea. What’s your take?  Should teachers be allowed to distribute condoms?        

Sunday, June 01, 2014

To Marry Or Not?

June, July and  August is traditionally Wedding Season…..and usually by now I would have received several wedding invitations.  Well, more couples seem to be testing the waters by living together first. Cohabitation is more common and has increased by nearly 900 percent over the last 50 years.  U.S. Census data from 2012 revealed that 7.8 million couples were living together without saying “I do”, compared to 2.9 million in 1996.  Studies seem to give conflicting  results when it comes to whether the wait to marry will reduce the chance of divorce later.
      
What’s your take? Is marriage becoming more and more a thing of the past for couples living together? Do you think living together before marriage will reduce the odds of divorce?



 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

According to a new poll, 55 percent of Americans now say that they support same-sex marriage, which is the highest number since  the  the 1990s. Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, though several states are in the midst of legal battles, appealing judges' rulings overturning bans on same-sex marriage,


What’s Your Take? Do you support same-sex marriage? Has your opinion changed over time?

 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Time For A Change?

50 US Senators have reportedly signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking the league to change the name of its Washington DC Franchise. “The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” according to the  letter endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid . ... “We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the N.B.A. did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.”
A national poll conducted in mid-April revealed that 79 percent of respondents favored keeping the controversial nickname.

What’s Your Take? Do you find the nickname offensive? Should the NFL force a name change in DC?



 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The Oprah Winfrey Network has postponed the Michael Sam documentary series to give him 'the best opportunity to achieve his dream.' Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the seventh round by the NFL, was to have cameras follow him as he tried to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams .Sam’s new teammates were reportedly not happy with the rookie’s decision to have cameras invade their locker room.

What’s Your Take? Could all of this publicity surrounding Michael Sam hinder his chances of success in the NFL?



 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tanyafree.com /Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent article revealed that In America, if a man is marrying a woman, odds are that he proposed to her. It is still more likely that the man will be the one to fall on one knee, pull a ring and propose. While three-fourths of Americans reportedly say it would be fine for the woman to do the proposing, only about 5 percent of those currently married say the woman proposed, and the figure is no higher among couples wed within the past 10 years.


What’s Your Take? Is it Ok for the woman to propose?   Why Don't More Women Propose To Their Boyfriends?

Monday, May 12, 2014

What's Your Take?

Former secretary of state and first lady Hillary Clinton is not even a candidate for the 2016 Presidential campaign (yet) but that has not saved her from having to revisit her husband's 1998 affair in the White House with Monica Lewinsky, her ill-fated attempt to overhaul the health care system and the deadly 2012 attack at a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. After 13 hearings, 25,000 pages of documents, 50 briefings and millions of dollars in taxpayer money spent to investigate Benghazi, House Speaker John Boehner has now appointed a committee tasked with continuing investigations into the 2012 attack that killed four Americans. Vanity Fair magazine published a first-person account from Lewinsky in which she said Bill Clinton "took advantage" of her, but that their affair was consensual.


What’s Your Take? Will these stories affect Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects? Do you think she will be the eventual Democratic nominee?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The news of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling being banned from the NBA and the issuance of a $2.5 million fine -- the "maximum amount" allowed per league guidelines --over racist remarks spoken to his girlfriend has caused a media firestorm amid questions of privacy and free speech. The league’s Board of Governors is expected to vote soon on whether to terminate Sterling’s ownership.


 What’s Your Take? Does Donald Sterling Deserve the Lifetime Ban by the NBA?

Sunday, May 04, 2014

What's Your Take?

The revelation that the LA Chapter of the NAACP was planning to award  a Lifetime Achievement Award to LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling has led to the resignation of its President Leon Jenkins. The lifetime achievement award is the NAACP's highest honor. "Please be advised that the legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency," Jenkins said, in announcing his resignation.Reports reveal that Mr. Sterling, a billionaire has donated around $45,000 to the NAACP over the past few years. This incident has caused many in our community to not only question the reputation of the NAACP, but at what cost will we be willing to abdicate our integrity and responsibility to the community.

What’s Your Take? While the NAACP and other civil rights groups helped end lynching, fought segregation and discrimination, many are questioning their relevancy in 2014 .Are civil rights groups still relevant and what role if any should these organizations play in 2014?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Described by some as an adult version Kool-Aid, powdered alcohol may be available soon.  Palcohol is pending approval by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  Palcohol is dehydrated vodka or rum inside a little air-tight package.

 What are your thoughts? Is powdered alcohol a good idea?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Michigan and Affirmative Action

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action in higher education. The 6-to-2 decision upholding the right of states to ban racial preferences in university admissions is likely to set the stage for further battles over affirmative action in the political arena, as well as the courts.


What’s Your Take on Affirmative Action?  Do you agree with the Supreme Court decision that States should have the right to ban affirmative action programs in colleges?



 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Half of all adults say they would be more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supports increasing the minimum wage, according to a recent poll. A survey conducted last month found strong support for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, with 73% of those surveyed in favor.
What’s Your Take? Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports increasing the minimum wage?



 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

President Obama said in a recent interview that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who had previously ruled out entering the 2016 election cycle, shouldn’t rule out a bid. Patrick is nearing the end of his second term as governor and has chosen not to run for reelection later this year. When asked in an interview whether he could envision himself ever running for national office, Deval replied, Maybe, Maybe.

What’s Your Take? Could the entry of Deval Patrick into the 2016 presidential race derail the presumed  fast track to the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

TanyaFree.com Urban Views Weekly Poll

The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that bans anyone convicted of domestic violence from having a gun. In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the court said the ban extends to anyone who has pleaded guilty to at least a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, and includes cases in which there was no proof of violence or physical injury. The ruling overturns decisions in several regions, including the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California, which had said the ban applied only to convictions that involved a "violent use of force."
What’s Your Take? Should people guilty of domestic violence be forever banned from having a gun?

Monday, April 07, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Obama administration has given the banking industry the green light to finance and do business with legal marijuana sellers. For the first time, legal distributors will be able to secure loans and set up checking and savings accounts with major banks.Banks must confirm that their marijuana clients are licensed and registered with their states and ensure that their activities would not violate state laws or trigger enforcement actions by the Justice Department, among other recommendations from the Treasury Departments’ Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.Two senators have challenged the Treasury Department’s authority to “offer regulatory guidance on illegal activity.” The senators’ letter contends that “until federal law is changed, selling marijuana, laundering marijuana proceeds, and aiding and abetting those activities all remain illegal.”


What’s Your Take? Should the federal government be in the business of advising banks on how to deal with marijuana money?



 

Monday, March 31, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon has caused a media stir after  posting a photo on Instagram in "whiteface " which raises the question of whether a Black person in whiteface is  just as offensive as another sporting blackface? People immediately began commenting on the image, saying Cannon's post was racist.


What’s Your Take? How do you feel about a celebrity in WhiteFace? Racist or humor?



 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Poll

A recent poll revealed that two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them today. Health insurance status is a major determinant of this satisfaction, but even one-third of those who don't have health insurance still say they are satisfied.


How about you? Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with how the healthcare system is working for you?



 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pay For Play for Student Athletes?

March Madness ratings and revenue continue to reach new heights. Last year’s tourney drew $1.15 billion in ad revenue, a figure that’s expected to increase this year according to predictions. Despite a push for pay for play for student athletes, a large majority of the general public opposes paying salaries to college athletes beyond the scholarships currently offered according to a recent poll. College football players at Northwestern University petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to form a union.  The NCAA disagrees with the petition, arguing that student-athletes are not “employees” under federal law.

What’s Your Take on Collegiate Pay for Play? Should student athletes be allowed to unionize?



 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Ice cream, not usually associated with being a healthy weight loss treat is now being advertised as the perfect way to lose weight. A California Shop is selling ice cream that is supposed to “cleanse”as long as you eat 5 pints of a frozen non-dairy ice cream like treat and participate in yoga for 4 days straights at a cost of $240.


What’s Your Take? Does it sound too good to be true? Would you try it? Do you think it is worth the cost?

Friday, March 14, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly/Urban Views Poll

Parents beware!  An 18 year old senior has sued her parents for living expenses in addition to private school and college tuition after moving out of their house. The judge denied the request for high school tuition and current living expenses. Another hearing will be held in April to deal with the other issues in the suit, including college costs. The judge cautioned that the case could lead to a potentially “slippery slope” of claims by teenagers against their parents.
 
What’s your take? Do you agree with the ruling of the case?   




 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

“What’s wrong with this picture” Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot in the air to ward off her estranged abusive husband and was sentenced to 20 years in prison after refusing a plea deal , which  could increase to 60 years in prison if convicted in a retrial. Former US Airman Michael Giles, who while defending himself from an unprovoked attack, fired one shot in the leg of his alleged attacker is serving 25 years in prison. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and Michael Dunn killed Jordan Davis with no conviction.  Again “What’s wrong with this picture?”      

What’s Your Take? Is it me or is there something seriously wrong with the picture in Florida?


 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The state of Georgia joined eight other states including Virginia with the release of a new specialty license tag that features the Confederate battle flag, inflaming civil rights advocates and renewing a debate on what images should appear on state-issued materials.
The new specialty tag has stirred a clash between those who believe the battle flag honors Confederate heritage and those, particularly African-Americans, who view it as a racially charged symbol of oppression.

What’s Your Take? History Emblem or Sign of Oppression?



 

Monday, March 03, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

In an effort to reduce the number of smokers, the states of Colorado and Utah are considering raising the minimum age to smoke tobacco to 21 years old. The purchasing age in the United States is 18 for 46 of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Reportedly, lawmakers in both states voted favorably on proposals to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.   
 
What’s Your Take? Should the smoking age be raised to 21 or should any legal adult be allowed to buy cigarettes?



 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Don't be surprised if a debt collector shows up at your door demanding payment.  Capital One recently announced that they "may contact you in any manner we choose," including a personal visit to your home or your place of work. The policy caused such a stir that reportedly Capital One found itself in the uncomfortable position of having to back away from its own language.

What’s Your Take? How do feel about debt collectors knocking on your door? What's in your wallet?    



 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Ted Nugent has apologized, (sort of) to President Obama for his comment that the president is a "subhuman mongrel” during a campaign stop with a Texas gubernatorial hopeful. Nugent stated “I do apologize – not necessarily to the President – but on behalf of much better men than myself." Republicans for the most part have stooped to a new low by being pretty silent with the exception of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Texas Governor Rick Perry said “"Anybody that’s offended – sorry, but that’s just Ted."


What’s Your Take? Should the Republican establishment denounce the comments? Let’s talk about it.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty on four of the five charges in a case in which he was accused of killing 17 year old Jordan Davis over loud music, but they could not come to a decision on the first degree murder charge and a mistrial was declared on that count.Michael Dunn, 47, shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in the parking lot of a Jacksonville Florida gas station November 23, 2012. Dunn fired 10 shots in to the Dodge Durango that Davis and three other teens were riding in. Davis was hit three times and died at the scene. Dunn faces 60 years in prison on the lesser counts. He could face a retrial on the first-degree murder case, which could bring a sentence of life in prison if he was convicted.


What’s Your Take? How do you feel about the mistrial on the first degree murder count and was justice served on the other four counts?


 

Friday, February 14, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

CVS has made the decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products effective October 1 of this year. Reports indicate than more than 480,000 Americans lose their lives to tobacco-related diseases, including heart disease, cancers, emphysema and stroke every year.

What’s Your Take? Will limiting access lower tobacco usage? Do you use tobacco products?



 

Sunday, February 09, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Security concerns, poor water and double toilets and Russian surveillance cameras  in showers seem to have seemed to garnered more attention prior to and during the SOCHI Olympics than the actual games and athletes this year.    

How about you? Are you a fan of the Winter Olympics? Have you been watching the SOCHI games?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Black History Month 2014 is a time to recognize and honor the rich history of our African American pioneers. It is also an opportunity to recognize our current day Black History Makers. We invite you to honor those making a difference in your community at TanyaFree.com.


Submit and post a Local Community based Black History Maker deserving of recognition @ Tanyafree.com or email your submission to be posted to info@tanyafree.com.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The lawyer for a former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie loyalist said in a letter that "evidence exists" that Christie knew about  lane closures that caused four days of brutal traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge as they were happening. In a statement, Christie's office denied the allegation made on behalf of former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive David Wildstein insisting that he did not know about the tie-ups until they were over.


What’s Your Take? If these allegations prove true, should Governor Christie resign from the RGA and the New Jersey governorship?



 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Fifty-one percent of Americans say they think the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 44 percent do not according to a recent poll. Support for legalizing marijuana use has grown among Americans under 44, and now most Americans 45 to 64 think marijuana should be legal as well.
What’s Your Take? Should the use of Marijuana be legal?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The President’s State of The Union address Tuesday will reportedly focus on the need to address economic inequality in America. More than 16 million children reportedly live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four.


What’s Your Take? Should economic inequality top the list of concerns? What other concerns do you want addressed in the speech? Do you plan to watch the State of the Union Address?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Americans started the New Year with a variety of national concerns on their minds according to a recent poll. The government, at 21%, leads the list of what Americans consider the most important problem followed by the economy at 18%, and then unemployment/jobs and healthcare, each at 16%'


What’s Your Take? What do you consider to be the most important issue facing America in 2014?



 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A recent poll revealed a record high 42% of Americans identify as political independents. Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008. Americans continue to be more likely to identify themselves as conservatives, but the conservative advantage is down as liberal identification edged up to its highest level since 1992.


What’s Your Take? How about you? How do you define yourself politically?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Fifty-nine percent of Americans get seven or more hours of sleep at night, while 40% get less than seven hours. Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep at night How about you?

Do you get at least seven hours of sleep at night?

Friday, December 27, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Weekly Poll

The holidays are upon us and as we approach 2014, many of us will again begin to contemplate New Year’s resolutions. Nearly half of all Americans reportedly make New Year’s resolutions every year but very few actually achieve their goals. How about you? How successful have you been with last year's resolutions?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Before you dress for work today, you might want to check with your HR Department for "What Not To Wear." A lesson former CFO Melphine Evans learned after reportedly being dismissed for wearing “ethnic clothing and ethnic hairstyles that made her colleagues uncomfortable.    

    
What’s Your Take? Should ethnic attire or hairstyles be grounds for termination? Is there anything in your closet that could jeopardize your job?



 

Sunday, December 08, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Advocacy groups in over 100 cities are hoping to build public support for raising the federal minimum wage to $15. President Obama has announced his support for legislation that, if passed, would mark the first significant increase to the federal minimum wage in more than four years to $10.10 an hour.
What’s Your Take? Should the minimum wage be increased? If so, what do you think would be an appropriate federal minimum wage in today’s economic climate?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

As the Christmas shopping season gets underway, for the first time, a majority of Americans, 53%, say they are very or somewhat likely to do their Christmas shopping online this year according to a recent poll.

What’s Your Take? What percentage of your shopping will be online this year?



 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Los Angeles could be the next urban community to ban feeding the homeless in public spaces. The proposed ordinance would address loitering by restricting giving food to the disadvantaged, only allowing it to happen in areas like homeless shelters and soup kitchens.


What’s your take? How do feel about banning the feeding of the needy? Do you think the old adage “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” applies here?



 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

In a recent study, just 53% of U.S. workers said they liked or loved their jobs, with 15% saying they disliked or hated their jobs. That was the highest level of dissatisfaction among workers surveyed in seven countries. Another 31% were merely satisfied.


What’s Your Take? Are you happy with your job?



 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Addressing the nation from the State Dining Room Saturday, President Obama said that the United States -- together with close allies and partners -- has taken an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program. Secretary of State John Kerry stated,”If this first step leads to what is our ultimate goal – which is a comprehensive agreement – that will make the world safer.” Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting Sunday morning that "What was achieved last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement. It was a historic mistake. Today the world becomes a much more dangerous place….”


What’s Your Take? Will this agreement lead to a safer or more dangerous world?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Mounting pressure to change the nickname of the Washington Redskins has put the spotlight on other teams including college and high schools to remove discriminatory nicknames .Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game in Southern California and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows. Spectators also will find a black-bearded mascot wearing a headscarf urging fans to root for the team. Some school alumni have defended the “ARAB” mascot, saying it’s a matter of pride.


What’s your take? Is it time to remove discriminatory mascots from all sports?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Right Call?

Anticipation surrounding this past weekend’s scheduled CIAA Football Championship game between Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State University quickly turned into disappointment for fans after the game was cancelled by conference officials. News reports reveal allegations that the quarterback for Winston-Salem State was attacked by one or more Virginia State players in a restroom at a pre-game luncheon celebration. The CIAA Volleyball Championship game was also cancelled as a result of the incident.  

What’s Your Take?  Was the cancellation of the games the right call? Amid accusations of bullying and accusations of a culture of hazing and abuse in the NFL, what actions do you think should be implemented in the college and pro ranks to send a strong message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances?   

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Nearly two in three uninsured Americans say they will get insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, rather than pay a fine as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while one in four say they will pay the fine according to a recent poll.

 What’s Your Take? Would you be more likely to get the insurance or would you pay the fine?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Year round schools in America have been around in different forms since the 1800’s. School systems across the country are now looking at year round school schedules especially in districts with a predominance of failing schools. More than 3,000 year-round schools enrolled more than 2 million students in the United States according to recent estimates.
What’s Your Take? Do you support year round public education? Do you think year-round schools will have a more positive effect on student achievement?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

New York City may soon restrict the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21 years old. City lawmakers approved a bill - which raises from 18 to 21, the purchasing age for cigarettes and another that sets a minimum $10.50-a-pack price for tobacco cigarettes while stepping up law enforcement efforts  on illegal tobacco sales. Smoking restriction laws are also being considered in other several states.             

What’s Your Take? Do you support raising the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21? 

         

 

Sunday, November 03, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Many African Americans have stated that they choose not to see films like “12 Years  a Slave” because they don’t want to see more films depicting the downtrodden parts of black history according to a recent article. Reasons include wanting distance from victimization and distance from a history not of their own making? What’s your take? Is blocking out the victimization of ancestors a pathway or is it a barrier to healing?

Do you plan to see the movie 12 Years A Slave?



 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A quick search on the internet will reveal a growing number of competing specialized interracial dating sites. One site even boasts they are the site where it’s “OK to color outside the lines”.
What’s Your Take? How do you feel about interracial dating and marriage? Have you ever dated someone of a different race?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Weekly Poll

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who is also a Democratic gubernatorial candidate  has admitted to a lapse of judgment  after being  at a  beach house party where high school graduates were apparently indulging in underage drinking. Gansler stated during a news conference that he stopped by the party to check on his son who was the party’s DJ.  

Gansler, who appeared in a 2012 Public Service Announcement, has been described as a “crusader against underage drinking.”Parents, you're the leading influence on your teen's decision not to drink," he said in the video. "It's never too early to talk with your kids about smart ways to say no."

What’s your take? Did the Attorney General have a moral and or legal obligation or responsibility to stop the suspected underage drinking that he has crusaded against?

 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The recent shutdown has exposed the deep divide in the Republican Party thanks to Tea Party favorites like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. A recent article has questioned what happened to the RNC pledge after the Romney loss to engage with minority voters and support more candidates of color.
What’s Your Take? Would a more diverse Republican Party minimize the influence of its extreme right wing faction? Is the GOP tent big enough to embrace more than a handful of Black Republicans?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

It’s that time, flu season. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the flu season started in October and could last until May. The Center estimates that anywhere between 3,000 to 49,000 people a year die from flu in the United States, and up to 200,000 are sick enough to be hospitalized.
 
Do you plan to get a flu shot this season?  

         

 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A recent poll conducted during the government shutdown has revealed that 60% of Americans feel that the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people and that a major third party is needed.


What’s Your Take? Is a major third party the answer to Congressional gridlock? Would you vote for a Congressional third party candidate?



 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll


Last week’s United States Government shutdown has affected over 800 thousand federal workers, many of whom were abruptly faced with the prospect of no paycheck and the uncertainty of when the next paycheck will come. The last government shutdown in 1995-1996 lasted 21 days.   

Has the government shutdown affected you and your family?

Sunday, October 06, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Government Shutdown Blame Game is in full swing. Both sides blame each other for the shutdown that has put upwards of 800 thousand federal workers in the street and put many services on hold. Texas Tea Party Freshman Senator Ted Cruz has been become the face of the shutdown and has even received criticism from his own party for prompting the government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it.


What’s Your Take? Who do you hold responsible for the government shutdown?



 

Thursday, October 03, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Weekly Poll

The U.S. Army plans to implement new grooming standards that will ban new recruits with visible tattoos. The new regulation would prohibit tattoos below the elbow and knees as well as above the neckline.  
What’s your take? Do you agree with the barring of visible tattoos in the Army?    

Sunday, September 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Despite relentless efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment starts October 1st. In addition, there has been a lot of misinformation and confusion about the how the program will work.     
How well do you understand the Affordable Care Act and how it may affect your family?

Friday, September 27, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weeky Poll

Have you ever purchased a garment for a special occasion only to return the garment after wearing it once? The practice of "wardrobing" may be coming to an end in some high end stores. One prominent retailer will begin to place plastic tags in conspicuous places on dresses retailing for $150 and more, preventing customers from returning an item if the tags have been removed.
       
What's your take? Would you return a garment after wearing it? How do you feel about purchasing a garment that may have already been worn?  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The NRA’s executive vice President Wayne  Lapierre continued his push  for “more good guys with guns” even after the latest mass shooting . LaPierre said more personnel who work at military facilities, including retired military personnel, should be armed so they are able to stop attacks such as the one at the Navy Yard.


What’s Your Take? Are more guns the answer to gun violence?



 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control for dismantling has generated skepticism from both sides of the aisles of Congress due a lack of trust of both Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad.


What’s Your Take? Should the US trust Russia and Syria? Do you really think it is possible to secure all of Syria's chemical weapons?



 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

In the backdrop of a recent poll that revealed that more Americans are struggling to afford food, House Republicans are planning to vote on a bill that could push millions of people off U.S. food aid programs. Almost 48 million people in 23 million U.S. households relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program according to recent reports. Monthly food stamp usage has risen more than 18 percent over the past four fiscal years. The food-assistance bill could end benefits to as many as 6 million low-income people according to projections. Under existing law, states have the flexibility to request waivers from the strict three-month benefit limit during times of high unemployment. The proposal being pushed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor would eliminate the waivers for the most part.

What’s Your Take?  Why do you think some members of Congress are pushing to cut benefits to the needy in the midst of a weak economy? Is this the right time to cut SNAP benefits?

Sunday, September 08, 2013

What's Your Take?

The Obama administration has been making the case that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people last month in an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds, and that military action must be taken in response. The Syrian regime blames opposition rebel fighters for the attack. Syrian opposition rebels have also been accused of civilian massacres and other atrocities. A gruesome video reportedly filmed in 2012 of Syrian rebels standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed have added to the confusion in the minds of many when it comes to who is actually responsible for the chemical attacks?


What’s Your Take?  Has the administration made its’ case? Are you convinced that the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack and that a military response is necessary?

Monday, September 02, 2013

What's Your Take?

Thousands of fast food workers took to the streets demanding the current $7.25 per hour minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour for flipping burgers and frying fries. Reports reveal that the fast-food industry grosses $200 billion per year. The average fast-food worker in New York City makes roughly $11,000 a year, compared to the $25,000 daily salary of most fast-food CEOs. The current minimum wage is still less than it was through most of the period between 1961 and 1981, when adjusted for inflation. A recent poll revealed that more than 70 percent of Americans support President Obama's push to increase the minimum wage to $9.

What's your take? Should the minimum wage be increased? If so, what hourly rate would you recommend?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The new school year is here. This is the time of year when parents begin the costly yearly ritual of shopping for school supplies and new back-to-school clothes. Many school districts have made the decision to require student uniforms this year.


What’s Your Take? Do you support school districts requiring uniforms?



 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. Manning's defense attorney has stated that he is hoping officials at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth will accommodate Manning's request for hormone therapy.
What’s Your Take? Should the US government be responsible for sex reassignment or hormone therapy for Bradley Manning?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

There are 47 million people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP).  But there are millions that are eligible but do not apply. Approximately 51 million Americans were eligible for SNAP in 2010 but only 38 million received benefits according to the USDA.      

Would you enroll in SNAP if you were eligible and in need of food stamps? 
 

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Need to get away but short on cash? There is a hotel room sharing site that allows solo travelers to cut the cost of a hotel room in half by pairing up travelers for the night.  
 
Would you share a hotel room with a total stranger to save money?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What's Your Take?

African Americans make up 13% of the US population, yet own only 5% of all US firms and only 1.8% of companies that employ more than one person according to a Small Business Administration report.   More than half of African American-owned businesses had less than $10,000 in business receipts in 2002, compared with one-third of White-owned firms and 28.8 percent of Asian-owned firms.
 
Why do you think African American owned businesses are struggling even though African American buying power is projected to reach 1 Trillion dollars by 2015? Do you support Black owned businesses? What percentage of your hard earned money is spent in Black owned businesses?

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

More than one-third of all cigarettes sold in the United States are menthols, and 40 percent of new smokers pick menthols.  A recent report revealed nearly three-quarters of African American smokers choose menthols and that menthol smokers show greater signs of nicotine dependence and are less likely to successfully quit smoking.
Are you a smoker? If yes, do prefer menthol cigarettes?

Sunday, August 04, 2013

IS IT OK TO SPANK A CHILD?

The debate over the use of corporal punishment in the home continues to be a controversial and sensitive issue. Some parents view spanking as a completely acceptable form of discipline, while others think it’s never appropriate and abusive to children.

 What’s Your Take? Is spanking  an acceptable form of discipline?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The majority of US Blacks and Hispanics have no preference when it comes to racial labels. Sixty-five percent of blacks say it doesn't matter to them whether they are called "African-American" or "black," and 70% of Hispanics say it doesn't matter to them whether they are referred to as "Latino" or "Hispanic" according to a recent poll. What’s your take? What is your preference? How do you refer to yourself and why?

Monday, July 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Juror B29, who voted to acquit, stated in a recent interview that George Zimmerman got away with murder echoing the sentiments of many around the country. She stated that as the law was read to her, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can't say he's guilty.

What’s your take? Did Zimmerman really get away with murder?


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Many of us use coffee to kickstart and to refuel us throughout the work day. Those of us that can’t seem to function without that jolt of caffeine may actually have a mental health disorder according to a recent report.                     
How many cups of coffee (or caffeinated drinks) do you consume a day? Are you a caffeine junky?



 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Rolling Stone Magazine’s decision to put a picture the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing in what has been described as a rock star like manner on the cover of its latest issue has sparked criticism and outrage around the country. Several retailers including CVS and Walgreens will not sell this issue according to reports.
What’s your take? How do you feel about this “glamorization” of a suspected terrorist?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weeky Poll

There appears to be no shortage of Reality TV, Celebrity and Sensational news dominating the airwaves. This type of media coverage actually reflects a less intellectual society according to a recent report.

What’s your take? Does the media focus too much on entertainment at the expense of more thought provoking issues that really impact our society?   

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Not Guilty

The all female jury has spoken in the high profile trial of George Zimmerman. Not guilty of all charges. How do you feel about the decision?

What evidence did you hear during the trial that would justify an acquittal?



 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Statistics indicate that American car use has declined every year since 2005. A recent report stated that the "recession, stricter licensing policies, the rising cost of auto insurance and the movement of younger Americans to cities are all major reasons for the shift in driving behavior."
How about you? How have your driving habits changed over the past few years?

Monday, July 08, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 Law in the Supreme Court have given momentum  to a handful of states  that could move to repeal constitutional bans on gay marriage. Three more states – Illinois, New Jersey, and Hawaii – could legalize same-sex marriage this year; joining 13 states plus the District of Columbia that already allow it. Some prominent conservatives say the court has set the country on a path to universal legalization of gay marriage.


What’s your take? Have the recent Supreme Court decisions made it inevitable that gay marriage will become legal nationwide?



 

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent poll revealed that 91% of American adults have a mobile phone. 67% of mobile phone owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. 44% have even slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night.


How about you? How Long Could You Survive Without Your Mobile Phone?



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

More than a dozen mayors across the country are making a push to stop food stamps from being used to purchase sugary drinks and snacks. The mayors are urging Congress to stop allowing SNAP benefits from being used to buy sugary drinks and to give incentives to those buying fruits and vegetables.


What’s Your Take? Should Congress ban the purchase of unhealthy items with food stamps?



 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Food Network’s decision not to renew Paula Deen's contract came after the celebrity chef released a pair of videos apologizing for what she called her "inappropriate, hurtful language."Court documents revealed Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath in a harassment law suit that she has used the N-word. "Yes, of course," Deen said, though she added, "It's been a very long time." At one point she was asked if she thinks jokes using the N-word are "mean." Deen says jokes often target minority groups and "I can't, myself, determine what offends another person.”


What’s Your Take on the scandal and subsequent apologies? Do you agree with the Food Network’s decision to part ways with the celebrity chef?



 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A new restaurant in Alexandria, VA has made news for its decision to ban all children under the age of 18.The owner of the restaurant was actually surprised at the outrage of some in his community.

What’s your take? Do you have a problem with “Kid Free” restaurants?


 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Plan B One-Step, the most common morning-after pill will now be sold next to everyday drugstore items. The Obama administration has decided to ditch efforts to appeal the federal court ruling that the government must allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B to anyone, regardless of their age.
Pharmacists, in the past have had the ability to invoke a   "conscience clause," due to personal or religious beliefs to turn customers down, as long as they refer them to another pharmacist or to a nearby pharmacy. Conscience clauses have been in place since the morning-after pill hit the market in the late 1990s. The question now is whether to extend the option of a conscience clause to all drugstore employees.


What’s your take? Should drugstore employees be allowed to deny the sale of Plan B due to personal or religious objections?



 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Finders Keepers is what many of us would claim if we happened to find a large sum of money. Recently, a 10 year old boy found $10,000 in a drawer in a Kansas City, Mo. hotel. He and his father made the decision to turn in the money and report it to the hotel security guard who notified police.  No one has come forth yet to claim the cash, leading police to believe it may have been obtained through illicit means.
How about you? What would you have done if you found $10,000 in a hotel room?



 

Sunday, June 09, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Boston bombings and recent events surrounding national security leaks and what measures the Government should be allowed to undertake to maximize security has raised the question of how worried Americans are today that they or someone in their family might become the victim of terrorism here in America.

How about you? How concerned are you about terrorism?

Sunday, June 02, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Ten members of Congress have sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx, and the other 31 NFL franchises urging Snyder to change the name of the team because it is offensive to many Native Americans.The letter to Snyder says that "Native Americans throughout the country consider the 'R-word' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos." Snyder has vowed that he will never change the name. Goodell has reportedly indicated that he supported Snyder's stance on the issue.


What’s your take? Should the Redskins change their name? Will pressure from Congress influence Dan Snyder’s decision?



 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Turn on your TV and there will probably be at least one reality show on right now. Reality shows run the gamut from “Honey Boo Boo” to “Love and Hip Hop” with almost anything imaginable in between.

The entertainment of watching the often times scripted and extreme reality of other people’s lives raises the question of what impact these shows may be having on our society.      

Do you enjoy Reality TV? If so, which show is your favorite? The real question is why?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Attorney General Eric Holder would be out of lifelines if some Republicans could have their way after the Justice Department confirmed they gathered telephone records of at least 20 AP reporters and that Holder personally signed off on the decision to seek the personal emails of a Fox News reporter by suggesting that the reporter was a co-conspirator in a criminal leak case.

What’s your take? Have these scandals permanently damaged the perception and credibility of the Justice Department? Has the time come for Eric Holder to step down?



 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A work of art is no longer confined to paintings on a wall. It is now quite common to see art proudly displayed on the human body.  A recent poll revealed that 32 percent of people ages 30 to 45 have at least one tattoo. Sixty-one percent of human-resource managers said a tattoo would hurt a job applicant’s chances.

What do you think? How do you feel about tattoos in a
professional work setting?    

 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The cost of a college education is on the rise. The nation’s student loan debt is on the rise at the rate of $2800 per second with a total USA student loan debt of $1 trillion and counting according to recent reports. Many students are now choosing smaller state schools rather than higher priced schools who often raise tuition and fees at higher than inflationary rates.


What’s your take? Is a college education worth the cost in today’s economy?



 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The heroic rescue of three women held in captivity for almost ten years in a Cleveland neighborhood has revealed just how little many of us know about our neighbors and how unwilling many of us are to get involved.
How well do you know your neighbors? Would you contact the authorities if you noticed anything suspicious?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

TanyaFree.com/ Weekly Poll

The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a measure 223 to 204 that would give private sector workers the option of trading overtime pay for extra time off weeks or months later.
What’s your take? Would you prefer overtime pay or extra time off?



 

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Many of us will take the time to honor our mothers, grandmothers and other mother figures this weekend. Gifts, cards, flowers, candy, and meals are just some of the ways we will show our love and appreciation.
Have you made plans for that special Mother in your life for this Mother’s Day?



 

Sunday, May 05, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Lock ‘em up and throw away the key sums up the policy of the United States when it comes to the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, many of whom have been held in detention without trial or charge for over a decade. President Obama has renewed an old vow to close the camp, saying it was damaging to U.S. interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo.

About 100 inmates are reportedly on a mass hunger strike to protest their years of detention. Additional medical personnel have been called in to force feed liquids through a tube inserted in the nose and down the stomach of inmates on the hunger strike.  The force-feeding has been criticized by rights groups as a violation of medical ethics.  President Obama defended the military's decision to force-feed hunger strikers, saying "I don't want these individuals to die.              

What’s your take? Do you agree with the military’s decision to force feed the hunger strikers? Is it a violation of medical ethics in your opinion?    



 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

1.4 billion people around the world live on less than $1.50 per day. A group of Hollywood celebrities are participating in the “Live Below The Line” campaign, a challenge to live on $1.50 a day for five days.

Could you meet the challenge?  



 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Utah has become the first state to explicitly permit general prisoners to donate organs if they die while incarcerated. Accepting organs from inmates who die while in custody is permitted only rarely in the United States and under strictly controlled circumstances.

What’s your take? Should inmates be allowed to be organ donors? If you were in need of a transplant, would it matter to you if the organ was donated by someone who had been incarcerated?   



 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The recent terrorist bombings in Boston have renewed security concerns in public settings around the country. How will the recent events impact your decision to attend public events that involve large crowds? 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Surveillance cameras played a major role in the identification of the suspects involved in Boston Marathon bombings.

We are now living in a world of 24/7 surveillance. How do you feel about having to live in a society where our every move may be monitored?



 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The unemployment rate fell last month from 7.7% to 7.6% in despite the fact that there were only 88,000 jobs added, far short of the anticipated 200,000.  The results also revealed that approximately a half million people have dropped out of the job market.

Have you ever been unemployed? If so, how long were you actively seeking employment?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

TanyaFree.com/ Urban Views Weekly Poll

Imagine finding the home of your dreams at an unbelievable price. But just before you sign your name on the dotted line, you learn someone died in the house of unnatural causes.

Would you purchase a house where someone died as the result of a suicide or crime?



 

Sunday, April 07, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A small Pacific airline will be the first to charge airfares based on a passengers weight. The Samoa Air homepage reads "We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. You are the master of your AirFair, you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost." What’s your take?

Would you be willing to be weighed at the airport to determine your fare? 

       
                   

 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Justices Scalia and Thomas broke ranks with fellow conservatives last week when the Supreme Court ruled that police could not bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect's property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search, a decision that may limit how investigators use dogs' sensitive noses to search out drugs, explosives and other items hidden from human sight, sound and smell.


What’s your take? Will the decision compromise safety? Do you agree with the decision that police must obtain a warrant before searching your property?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Have the recent problems aboard cruise ships deterred you from considering taking a cruise?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

It is about two years before the 2016 Iowa Presidential caucuses, but prognosticators are already laying odds on who will be the eventual Democratic and Republican nominees for President. Recent polls have Florida Senator Marco Rubio leading the pack with NJ Governor Chris Christie, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in the GOP hunt. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner followed by Vice President Joe Biden and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. How would you vote if the elections were held today?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Two-thirds of Americans favor limiting the sale of unhealthy food in schools including restricting “competitive foods” from snack bars and vending machines. What’s your take?
Should junk food be banned in public schools?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Transportation Security Administration has come under fire for its recent decision to lift the ban on items including pocket knives on airplanes. The chief of the TSA insists that small folding knives would not enable a terrorist on an airplane. The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents nearly 90,000 flight attendants, stated that it was coordinating a nationwide campaign to work to reverse the policy due to growing resentment among flight attendant and some airlines.


What’s your take? Will pocket knives on planes present a threat?        

  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Fewer Americans reported having employer-based health insurance in 2012 than did in 2008, 2009, and 2010. At the same time, MORE Americans continue to report having a government-based health plan -- Medicare, Medicaid, military or veterans' benefits.
How about you? What type of health insurance, if any do you have?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The European horse meat scandal has caused many to question whether food products tainted with horse meat could end up on our dinner tables here in America. Many countries including Belgium, Japan and Scotland are reported to include horsemeat as a part of everyday diet. A survey also found that more Americans would rather eat ostrich or alligator than horse.


How about you, would you consider eating horse meat?



 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

TanyaFree.com/ Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent poll has revealed that the majority of Americans favor stricter laws regarding gun sales.

How about you? Do you own a firearm? Do you think the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made stricter, less strict, or kept as they are now?

 

Sunday, March 03, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as sequestration has been signed by the President. Sequestration could affect a range of government services including cutting approximately 750,000 jobs according to estimates including 16,000 teachers. 700,000 women and children could be without nutrition assistance and 100,000 children may lose their Head Start programs. Both sides blame the other for the inability to strike a compromise to stop the sequestration from happening.

Who is to blame and how concerned are you about the impact on Americans as a result of the sequester?

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The “Tebow Bill” — named for quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled in Florida but was allowed to play football at his local high school failed to pass in the Virginia Senate.Advocates for the legislation believe that their tax dollars that support public education entitles home schooled children to participate in public school sports programs. Opponents contend families had a choice to enroll their children in public schools where they have a right to try out for sports teams and that children schooled at home don't have to sit in classrooms all day and be subject to the same testing as those in local schools.
What’s your take? Should home schoolers be allowed to play in public school sports?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Obama administration has urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense Of Marriage Act. DOMA, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, has been found unconstitutional by lower courts. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argues: "The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples. A recent poll revealed that “three-quarters of voters (75%) believe that [same-sex marriage] is a Constitutional right.”

What’s your take? Should the Defense of Marriage Act be repealed? Is same sex marriage a constitutional right?



 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TanyaFree.com /Urban Views Weekly Poll

It’s official! Saturday mail delivery will be a thing of the past in a few months. Just 34 percent of Americans say they use the Post Office all the time for correspondence and bills. The percentage of respondents that never use the Post Office has more than doubled since last year. How often do you use the US Post Office? How do you feel about not receiving mail on Saturday?





 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The City of Los Angeles along with other jurisdictions, groups and private donors put up a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of ex-LA Cop Christopher Dorner. The problem with the reward is Dorner was never captured but died after a shootout and fire at a California mountain cabin. Camp Ranger Rick Heltebrake whose truck was stolen after Dorner put a gun to his head and Karen and Jim Reynolds, the couple who encountered Dorner in their condo before the carjacking have been mentioned as possible recipients of the reward

The million dollar question is who, if anyone should be entitled to the reward money?
 
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TanyaFree.com / UrbanViews Weekly Poll

The theme of Black History Month 2013 is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality” marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  African Americans continue to make groundbreaking strides in all major and minor industries in both the United States and abroad-- inspiring change and giving life to change agents.

Name three Modern Day African American trailblazers in your community.
 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

President Obama has endorsed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and the public approves, according to a new poll. The poll indicated that the majority of Americans support a pathway for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

What’s your take?  Do you support a pathway to citizenship as part of a comprehensive immigration reform package?



 

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The basic necessities of life include food, water, air, shelter and clothing. It seems as though the cell phone is now considered a basic necessity for many. Has our dependence on cell phones turned into an unhealthy obsession?
Are you addicted to your cell phone? How long can you go without talking, texting or surfing the web?  

Sunday, February 03, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Given the chance to vote "for" or "against" each of nine key proposals included in President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence, Americans support all nine according to a recent poll. It revealed that Americans are most likely to be in favor of requiring background checks for all gun sales, increasing funding for mental health programs aimed at youth, increasing funding for programs to train law enforcement and schools in responding to active armed attacks, and increasing criminal penalties for people who buy guns for others -- so-called straw purchasers.

 How about you? Would you vote for the President’s plan to reduce gun violence?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com / UrbanViews Weekly Poll

 Thanks to technology, the dating game is now as close as your laptop. You can now find your perfect match browsing the web in your pajamas while sipping a cup of coffee.                       

Have you ever tried an online dating service? If not, would you consider an online matchmaking site?    
 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

President Obama agreed to have DC license plates bearing the phrase “Taxation Without Representation” on his limousine during last week’s inaugural celebrations. The District of Columbia has a representative but has no vote on the House floor. The bound and determined Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has once again introduced legislation, this time supported by four senators, to grant statehood to Washington, DC.

 Do you think residents of the District will ever get the benefits of full statehood?   
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Flu season is here! Experts say the best defense against the virus is getting a seasonal flu shot. Reports by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that only a third of people have been vaccinated this season.
How about you? Have you received a flu shot this year?



 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Smoking in the car with young children may soon be prohibited if lawmakers are successful in Virginia. Drivers pulled over while smoking with a child in the car would face a $100 fine.

What do you think? Should smoking in cars with children be banned?     



 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TanyaFree.com / Urban Views Weekly Poll

There is an old saying that “a little bit of kindness goes a long way” and could make the world a better place. Has kindness been lost in our fast paced hustle and bustle world?

How about you? On a scale from 1 to 10 (ten being the best) how kind of a person are you?



 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

President Obama has promised a crackdown on military assault-style weapons as part of a plan to reduce gun violence. The White House has admitted that a ban on these weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass muster in Congress. Vice president Biden has focused publicly on universal background checks for gun purchases and the need for more federal research on gun violence.


Do you think an assault weapons ban will be passed this year?


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

TanyaFree.com /Urban Views Weekly Poll

Reusable grocery bags have become commonplace and now a coffee chain is offering reusable plastic cups for about a buck. The new cups will be cleaned with boiling water each time customers bring them in. How do you feel about reusable cups in coffee shops?


Sunday, January 06, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The 112th Congress will go down as the least-productive  in modern history after passing 80 bills — fewer than any other session since year-end records began being kept in 1947.In the midst of the fiscal cliff  debacle President Obama exercised executive authority to give Congress a small increase in pay along with other federal workers.

How do you feel about rewarding Congress for being non- productive? Are you expecting a raise this year?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year but very few actually achieve their goals. How about you? How successful have you been with last year's resolutions?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her agency are at the center of a scathing report about the bloody attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Do you think the Benghazi report will damage Hillary Clinton’s chances if she decides to enter the 2016 Presidential race?



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent survey revealed that 92% of people think it’s completely acceptable to regift. Over 62% plan on doing so this year. How about you? Do you plan to re-give any presents this holiday season?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent survey revealed that most Americans didn't give 2012 a good rating, but they have higher hopes for 2013. How about you? 

Do you expect the year 2013 to be one of the best years ever?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to become Secretary of State after persistent criticism from Republicans.

What do you think? Did Rice throw in the towel too soon?



 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent poll reveals that the majority of Americans prefer to be greeted in stores with “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays”.

How about you? Do you prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”?

 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Five states have announced a pilot program that will add at least 300 hours of learning to their school calendars starting next year. The goal is to make schools more competitive on a global level by boosting student achievement. Schools will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school calendar or both.

What do you think? What would be more effective? Longer school days, longer school years or both?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Tis the season for the Holiday Office Party! A recent survey revealed  more than half of offices aren’t planning holiday parties this year. Many companies are keeping an eye on the bottom line and others fear potential legal repercussions. Ten percent of workers know of a colleague who has been disciplined for their behavior at a holiday party. How about you? Do you know of someone who was disciplined for shenanigans at a company holiday party?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker joins a list of mayors and governors who have agreed to temporarily live off of about $1.40 per meal, the average monthly food stamp benefit according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Despite the recent attention gained from these politicians, why do you think the question of raising the dollar amount for SNAP recipients seems to be nonexistent in the public and political arena? Is it really realistic to expect someone eat for less than $5.00 a day? On average, how much do you spend daily on food?

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The Powerball jackpot is expected to exceed $425 million, the largest jackpot ever for the game.

How often do you play the lottery? What would be the first thing you would do if you hit it big?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Over 650,000 people have signed a petition urging Macy’s to cut ties with Donald Trump for a variety of reasons including his controversial birther conspiracies, sexism and racism. It also says that Trump does not live up to the “socially responsible” values Macy’s boasts about.

What do you think? Should Macy’s Dump Trump?



 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

It’s that time of the year again. A recent survey revealed that the average holiday shopper will spend $749.51 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and other seasonal items, up slightly from the $740.57 they spent last year.

How about you? Do you plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year? What percentage will you spend with Black owned businesses?



 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Hurricane Sandy has been ranked as one of the worst economic disasters in history. With an estimated $50 billion in losses, perhaps it’s time to take a serious look at the debate over global warming. What’s your take?  Do you believe in global warning?


 



 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Bush era tax cuts and hundreds of millions of dollars of spending cuts are due to expire at year’s end. A recent report revealed that the looming financial cliff would boost taxes by $500 Billion in 2013 with 90 % of Americans paying more taxes. Worst case scenario indicates the average household could owe the government an additional $3500 a year.


Do you think Republicans and Democrats will be able to put the political mudslinging and posturing aside long enough to negotiate a compromise to avert a financial disaster?



 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Retiring at age 67 or earlier is becoming a desire of the past. A recent survey revealed that a growing number of middle class Americans are working well past the age of 67, delaying retirement until their 80’s.

What about you? At what age do you expect to retire?  



 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TanyaFree.com / UrbanViews Weekly Poll

 Recent Presidential polls reveal a dead heat between President Obama and Governor Romney. Voter turnout may be the key to the eventual victor. Are you planning to vote November 6th?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The election is just a few days away. The countless negative ads, less than truthful debates and continuous mudslinging from campaign surrogates have made distinguishing fact from fiction difficult for many Americans. Surveys reveal that a significant number of voters know little about politics and those with strong party affiliations are more likely to retain inaccurate information if it reinforces their views. It seems as though we have been programmed to vote AGAINST candidates rather than voting FOR a candidate.

Do you know who and what will be on your ballot this year? How informed do you consider yourself on the candidates' vision for America?

 
 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Scientists are reportedly closer to a Male Birth Control Pill. The new drug’s fertility-fighting effects have been shown to be completely reversible just like the female version.

Do you think men will embrace the concept of taking a daily birth control pill?  Will women really trust men to take the pill?



 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

 A recent survey suggests that our youth ends at age 40, middle age starts at 55 and being elderly begins at age 70.  Many of us believe that age is only a number but is it? What do you think? 

When did you start feeling like your youth was over? 
 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz is known for her tough reporting and now for her moderation of the Vice Presidential debate last week. She has received kudos from many of her colleagues but has been criticized by conservatives for what they perceived as being biased against Paul Ryan.
       
What do you think? How would you grade her performance?



 

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

TanyaFree.com/ Urban Views Weekly Poll

The retail holiday shopping season seems to start earlier each year. Major retailers have already introduced special layaway programs to entice early holiday shopping.
Will you take advantage of early holiday specials on layaway this year?


 

Sunday, October 07, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A recent poll indicates that roughly 6 percent of the electorate is still undecided. Among poll respondents who answered 10 on a 1-to-10 scale of their intention to vote, the undecided group was more likely to chose "none," "other," "don't know" or "refuse to answer" on a broad range of questions about the presidential candidates and national political issues.

What’s your take? Should the remaining millions of campaign dollars be spent trying to court these undecided voters or should the campaigns spend their time and money getting loyal supporters out to the polls? How about you? Is your mind made up?Do you believe that there are really that many undecided voters?



 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Recent numbers from the Commerce Department and the US Census Bureau reveal the number of African American-owned firms in the United States increased by 60.5 percent between 2002 and 2007 to 1.9 million firms. The Bureau reported that “African American-owned businesses also drove job creation over the five-year period, with employment growing 22 percent, exceeding that of non-minority-owned businesses.”
Despite the growth, African-American businesses only represent seven percent of all businesses in the U.S.

How often do you support African American businesses in your community?


 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The mix of religion and politics is nothing new but seems to have taken a more prominent role in this year’s presidential campaign. The curiosity surrounding Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and the persistent questioning of whether President Obama is really a Christian seems to continue to be a major sideshow distraction. President Obama has even been labeled the anti-Christ by a national televangelist. Pastors around the country have reportedly been weighing in from the pulpit urging congregants to either vote for or against a candidate and in some instances advising them to stay home on Election Day.


How do you feel? Is this crossing the line? Is it OK for Pastors to use the pulpit to advocate for or against a candidate?



 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Just as oil and vinegar don’t mix, nor should guns and alcohol. A Georgia couple is building a $3.5 million indoor shooting range that will feature a full bar, serving alcohol to its patrons.Customers who drink are supposed to be restricted from entering the range. 

How do you feel about the mix of guns and alcohol? With 10 being totally insane, how would you rate this idea on a scale from 1 to 10?
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Do you love going to work?
Are you in your dream job or are you still seeking that perfect workplace?
What is your dream job?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A recent bill in California requiring parents to discuss vaccinations with a pediatrician or school nurse is drawing mixed reviews from parents. Public health officials report that the rate of children entering private schools without all of their shots jumped by 10 percent last year, while the opt-out figures held steady in public schools for the first time since 2004. Parents cite a variety of reasons for not immunizing their children and many feel that this is an unnecessary intrusion.


What's your take? Do you think this bill will minimize potential disease outbreaks?



 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Are you a punctual person?  

A recent survey reported that 15% of American workers were late once per week. It went on to suggest that its effects spread throughout the workplace. Is there someone that you know or work with that is habitually late? Does their behavior affect your workplace productivity?
How do you deal with someone who is chronically late?



 

Sunday, September 09, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A group representing Atheists are upset that the word “God “was reinserted into the DNC platform last week. A spokesperson for the group stated that they “are deeply saddened by the exclusion of a large number of Americans by both parties,” “It amazes me that in modern-day America, so much prejudice still exists.”

What’s your take? Is it prejudicial to reference God in the political arena?  How should political parties address the rights of non believers?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Are you ready for some football?

Professional football fans are counting the hours to opening day of the 2012 NFL season.  A recent players poll has picked the Green Packers to win Super Bowl XLVII. Let’s get you on record now! What team are you picking to win the big game at the Superdome in February?

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A recent poll placed Mitt Romney’s statistical share of the Black vote at zero per cent. While overwhelming African American support of President Obama and Democrats in general is no surprise, could the Republican discounting of the Black vote for the most part actually work for Republicans? House Speaker John Boehner reportedly stated that “this election is about economics. These groups [Blacks and Latinos] have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate, but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”

I just wonder, could Clint Eastwood’s empty chair at the RNC convention actually be metaphor for the almost invisible African American presence in the Republican Party? How about the Speaker’s contention that apathy among African Americans will cost the President votes  in November?

How motivated are you? 
 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A group of former US intelligence and Special Forces operatives that claim to be nonpartisan has launched a media campaign that criticizes President Obama for leaks and what they describe as taking too much credit for the raid resulting in the killing of Osama bin Laden.
A man identified as a Navy Seal stated on the video," Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not.” The president of this group Scott Taylor, who denies any political slant is a former Navy SEAL who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Virginia in 2010.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thinks that using the uniform for partisan politics erodes the trust that people have in their military.

 
How do you feel about this politicizing of the military and blatant disrespect of the Commander in Chief?

Is it fair game? Could this be President Obama’s swift boat?  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

We’ve all heard the phrase “love is in the air”, well now, love is being found by many via the internet. Online dating and matchmaking sites have made meeting that special someone as easy and convenient as shopping for a new pair of shoes.

What do you think about online dating? Would you use an online dating service?



 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Did Joe Biden’s comments go too far?

In an interview with People magazine, President Obama said Vice President Biden's remarks that the GOP would “put y’all back in chains” meant consumers would be worse off if Republicans succeeded in doing away with new restraints on financial institutions."In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that". What’s your take? Is an apology needed? Do you think African Americans would be as forgiving if these same comments were made by GOP VP hopeful Paul Ryan?



 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Nearly half of Americans drink soda daily. These drinks have been linked to obesity, diabetes and many other health problems. Some health experts suggest that drinking as little as one glass of sugary soda per day is too much.

How many glasses of soda pop, if any do you drink a day?


 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging President Obama to veto any change to the end of the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of 2012.

Should Congress allow all of the Bush tax cuts to expire including  those for people making less than $250,000?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

More than 30% of eligible African Americans are not registered to vote according to a recent report. Are you registered?


 

Sunday, August 05, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A number of high profile business executives have come out on the issue of gay marriage after the President of Chick-fil-A’s public stance against same sex marriage. Where do you stand on the issue?

How would a company’s position on same sex marriage affect your decision to patronize that company?   

 
 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

NBC is reportedly shelling out $ 1.3 billion to broadcast the Summer Olympics and is expecting to increase its brand via a huge captive audience. Are you a part of the audience?

How many hours of Olympic coverage have you watched?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Mitt Romney’s wealth has been at the forefront of this year’s Presidential campaign. A recent report reveals that the average millionaire is about 60 years old and  86% of them describe themselves as “self made.” Most of the respondents felt that $1 million is not really enough money to feel wealthy and they would need an additional $5 million to be comfortable.

How much money would make you feel comfortable?  



 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Blacks are among the most likely in the United States to be very obese, with about 9% falling into obese class II and 6% obese class III -- the highest Body Mass Index (BMI) categories according to a recent poll.The World Health Organization defines a normal BMI range as being 18.50 to 24.99.


Do you know your BMI?


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Undecided?

Reportedly 9 to 10 percent of likely US voters are undecided. Who are these undecided voters and what do they need to hear or see to make their decision?
Do you really believe that there are that many voters are on the fence? Is your mind made up?



 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent report revealed 70% of African American children cannot swim and that African American children between the ages of 5 and 14 are three times more likely to drown than white children in the same age range.

Has your child taken swimming lessons?

 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The US Olympic Committee’s decision to dress TEAM USA in Ralph Lauren Chinese manufactured gear has drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Bob Casey stated "The U.S. Olympic Committee was 100 percent wrong to outsource the manufacturing of U.S. uniforms for the opening ceremony to China." Ralph Lauren has since agreed to manufacture future uniforms domestically.

Does it matter to you that TEAM USA will be wearing outfits made in China?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tanyafree.com/ Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent survey has revealed that Americans who read e-books read significantly more than those without e-book devices. How about you?

How many e-books have you read in the past year?



 

Sunday, July 08, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The US unemployment rate continues to hover around 8%. Only 80,000 jobs were added in June which was the third consecutive month of less than projected job growth. The President stated that “businesses have created 4.4 million jobs over the past 28 months and 500,000 new manufacturing jobs" and “that’s a step in the right direction.”

Do you think the current status of the job market will negatively affect the President’s chances of re-election in November?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Over 55% of Americans exercise for at least 30 minutes three or more days per week according to a recent poll.

How about you? How often do you exercise?



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TanyaFree.com /Urban Views Weekly Poll

Picking up a lottery ticket has become routine for many Americans. One report reveals that one -third of all Americans 18 and older have bought at least one lottery ticket in the last 12 months.

How about you?   How often do you play the lottery?



 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act this week which could affect the lives of millions of Americans and have profound legal and political implications in this already volatile Presidential election cycle.

How do you think the Supreme Court will rule?

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TanyaFree.com /Urban Views Weekly Poll

Scientists in Tokyo have developed goggles that supposedly have the ability to alter the senses of people who want to lose weight. These goggles are designed to trick the mind into eating smaller portions of food. Researchers are curious if people looking to lose weight would try them out.

Would you try these Magic Goggles? What gimmicks or fad diets have you tried to lose weight?

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The centerpiece of the GOP’s strategy to blame President Obama for a failing economy seems to be falling on deaf ears for the majority of Americans. A recent poll has revealed that more than three years after President Obama took office, a majority of Americans still believe former President Bush deserves more of the blame for the struggling economy than President Obama.


What do you think? Who do you feel deserves the majority of the blame for today’s economy?

 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The dream of space travel for the masses will soon become a reality for anyone who can afford a hefty $200,000 price tag. A group of 500 celebrities are slated to pioneer space travel soon in Richard Branson’s new Virgin Galactic space program. Several states are now in the process of developing space ports for commercial suborbital and orbital spaceflight operations.
     
Would you like to take a venture into outer space?



 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Urban Views Weekly Poll

How well do you like facebook? The social media network giant has been testing a new “Highlight” feature that will offer users a chance to boost the visibility of their updates for a fee.

How do you feel about paying for social media? Would you pay to increase your visibility on facebook?       

Sunday, June 03, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has indicated that the escalating atrocities in Syria could trigger a military intervention. Pressure for military action is mounting on the Obama Administration officials who have supported diplomatic sanctions and international pressure to force a regime change.


What do you think? Should the United States intervene in Syria with military action?
 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Urban Views Weekly Poll

Glory Foods, Sylvia’s, Carol’s Daughter and Sean John all have something in common. They are all examples of successful African American owned enterprises competing on a national and global platform. Many locally owned African American owned businesses unfortunately seem to have a more difficult time gaining the support of our community.      

How many times a week do you make an effort to support a Black owned business?



 

Monday, May 28, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Thanks in part to the proliferation of Super PACS, the 2012 presidential race is predicted to be the most costly ever. President Obama and Mitt Romney have both raised millions and are on track to exceed a billion dollars by November.

How do feel about the amount of money being spent by both parties? How much do you plan to contribute to your candidate of choice?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Urban Views Weekly Poll

We are all aware of laws prohibiting texting while driving. Well how about NO TEXTING WHILE WALKING? That is the message one New Jersey town is sending by issuing $85 tickets to anyone caught texting while walking.

What do you think about officers issuing tickets for texting while walking?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

All felons in Virginia are banned from voting for life unless the governor restores their rights. Many states have some structure in place for automatic restoration, in particular for non violent offenders.

Should there be an automatic path to restoration of voting rights for felons after the completion of their sentence?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Boomerang Generation

The number of young adults ages 25 to 34 moving back home with parents continues to rise according to a recent report. The report also suggests that the majority don’t seem to be in a rush to move out.

How do you feel about this trend?  Do you have an adult child living with you?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A recent cover of Time Magazine featuring a mother breastfeeding her three year old son shown standing on a small chair to reach her exposed breast has sparked media frenzy and a national debate on attachment parenting.
What do you think of attachment parenting? Is this parenting gone too far?

 

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Finder's Keepers?

An Arkansas woman who cashed a $1million winning lottery ticket that she took from a trash can may have to give those winnings to the individual that threw the ticket away according to a judge’s ruling. Do you agree with the judge?  Should she have to give the money back?

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Recent polls indicate President Obama’s approval ratings are improving and but he is only slightly ahead of Mitt Romney in some key swing states.

What issue do you think will be the deciding factor in November?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Tanya's Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent survey revealed that a majority of respondents tip 16 percent or higher for good service. Many restaurants have now set 20% as the default tip for those using credit or debit cards. What do you think is a fair tip? How much do you generally tip for good service?

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Many states are passing or considering laws that would allow phone companies to discontinue providing landline service to everyone. A recent survey indicated that the number of American homes with only wireless phones continues to grow.

My poll question this week : How often do you use a residential landline?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Urban Views Weekly Poll

Will higher gas prices affect your travel plans this summer?

Respond to this week's poll here and visit Urban Views Weekly @ the link to the right

Sunday, April 22, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

George Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin moments before a Florida judge set bond at $150,000. Prosecutors had requested Zimmerman either remain in jail without bond or have bond set at $1million.


How do you feel about the decision to set bond at $150,000?



 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Stand Your Ground laws across the country are coming under increased scrutiny after the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg has labeled these laws as vigilantism and feels they have “done harm to public safety” How do you feel?

Has “Stand Your Ground “made America less safe?
 

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