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Attorney General Eric Holder has a compelling federal case in the Michael Brown killing if he decides to bring civil rights charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop, Darren Wilson.

He's certainly taken almost unprecedented lightning fast first steps in that direction. He's got a phalanx of FBI agents assigned to the case. He's authorized an autopsy by a crack medical examiner from the military. He personally travelled to the city to review procedures with civil rights division attorneys and investigators. None of this would have been done without the personal approval of President Obama, who already has made more statements on the Ferguson furor and the Brown killing than he has on any other racially charged flashpoint issue during his White House tenure.

What’s a vow but a contract. Whether written and signed or spoken with a handshake, it’s still a contract. Your word is your bond. At least it should be.

A marriage is a contract, as both parties repeat vows at the altar. Some are traditional - to love, honor and obey - while others are made up to suit the participants. It’s sealed not with a handshake, but a kiss…and consummated later.

The following is an edited version of one in a series of letters addressed to United States President Barack Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

I was pleasantly surprised to receive from you and the White House a response to my personal immigration story and open letters calling for immigration reform.

On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was about local police using deadly force on an unarmed young man. But on a deeper level, it reflected the increasing poverty and economic decline that affects ethnic communities all over America.

Despite rosy reports in the media about the end of the national foreclosure crisis and the recession that followed, all is not well in our inner cities and suburbs with largely minority populations, like Ferguson.

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