Eric Foster


Eric Foster Takes Five Questions on Business, Debt and Bankruptcy

Eric Foster is a business lawyer and debtor rights attorney in Old Saybrook, who has been practicing law for more than 28 years. Foster formerly worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he focused on the regulation of the lending activities of banks. Now, Foster advises small business owners and advocates for debtors, helping them negotiate loans or file for bankruptcy.
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Ohio has seen virtually no election fraud, so why are Republicans trying to tighten the rules? Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- It was only a matter of time. The national wave of election-law changes proposed by Republican state legislators finally made its way to Ohio. Last Thursday, Ohio House Republicans introduced House Bill 294, otherwise known as the Election Modernization and Security Act. According to one of its sponsors, state Rep. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, “The bill would allow for more secure and safe elections while ensuring Ohioans’ voices are heard at the ballot boxes.”
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Instead of gun control, tackle mass shootings by destigmatizing mental-health care: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- Fifty. Five-zero. That is the number of mass shootings that have been reported in the United States between the Atlanta-area spa shootings on March 16 and April 19, 2021. That’s a time period of just 34 days. Fifty shootings resulting in at least 64 deaths. For our purposes, a mass shooting is defined as a shooting in which four or more people are shot, wounded, or killed, excluding the gunman.
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When police Taser-gun ‘accidents’ happen, why are Black men so often the ones who are shot? Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- On Jan. 1, 2009, Bay Area Rapid Transit officers responded to reports of a fight on an Oakland, California subway. They detained about 20 passengers. One of them, whom witnesses said was not involved in the fighting, was Oscar Grant. Oscar approached the officers and was immediately backed against a wall. Two officers then pinned Oscar, face down, on the pavement. A third officer, Johannes Mehserle, then drew his firearm and shot Oscar in the back. Oscar later died. The shooting was captured on cellphone video. Officer Mehserle claimed that he mistook his pistol for his stun gun.
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Keep on dreaming with help from the benefits of a doubt: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND, Ohio - I’ve been having some interesting conversations with strangers this past week. I went out with my sister and some of her friends. One of them was a freshly minted lawyer. He was sharing with me his thoughts about starting his own practice. He has a job, a very good one in fact. Nonetheless a part of him wants to utilize his skills for his own benefit, rather than for the benefit of others. He had a litany of questions for me regarding exactly how I, as a lawyer, built my practice. His concern was clear — he had a financially rewarding job; he didn’t want to leave that job and fail.
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Creating an informed electorate starts in the classroom: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- On its face, a democracy, as a system of government, sounds like a wonderful idea. Merriam-Webster defines a democracy as “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.” Merriam-Webster actually has five different definitions, but I like this one the best.
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If there’s video of CMHA police shooting Arthur Keith, why haven’t we seen it? Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- Last Saturday, March 13, 2021, marked four months since Arthur Keith was shot and killed by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) officer James Griffiths near the King-Kennedy North Tower public housing project. You probably don’t know much, if anything at all, about Arthur Keith’s case. That’s understandable. There was no mass protest in his name. There were no windows broken or trash cans set on fire. Keith’s name did not become a social media hashtag.
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Eric Foster Helps Black Entreprenuers Overcome Economic Barriers

Every now and then you meet a young man who stands out from the crowd because of his obvious drive to accomplish goals that he has set for himself. One such young man is Grand Rapidian Eric Foster. In this interview with the GR Times, he discusses his self - started business, the mission of the company, racial barriers he has faced and more.
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Blacks’ resistance to COVID-19 vaccinations reflects the ongoing bias in our health care system: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- In the fall of 1932, fliers began appearing around Macon County, Alabama promising Black residents free blood tests and, if it was determined they had “bad blood,” they would receive free treatment from “County Health Department and Government Doctors.” Macon County was a poor and rural county. The promise of free medical care was too good an offer to pass up. Hundreds of men signed up for physical examination. The men were primarily sharecroppers, and many had never before seen a doctor. A total of 600 men were diagnosed with “bad blood” and were advised they would receive treatment.
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I stand on their shoulders, but who were they all? Black History Month helps bridge the gaps: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- Let’s say you wanted to start a business. Thing is, you don’t know the first thing about starting a business. No one in your family can help because none of them have ever started a business, either. You go out and buy as many books about starting businesses as you can. You come up with a business plan you think is solid and you start your business.
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Dressing the part helps - but it can’t always erase prejudices: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- During my first week of law school, a professor (whom I did not know at all) approached me in the study area. He asked me why I was wearing a hat. I was confused that a stranger was asking me such a random question. I responded with something to the effect that I liked the team. He told me hats shouldn’t be worn inside. I then took my hat off. He then went on to discuss the relationship between how I dress and my chosen profession. He advised me that, if I wanted to be a lawyer, I should begin by dressing like one and that the clothes that I had on (jeans, a hoodie, and a baseball cap) were not what lawyers wore to work. I muttered, “Thank you,” and then he went on his way.
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Eric Foster

HIGH POINT — Eric Foster, 69, passed away peacefully in High Point on Jan. 15, 2021. He was a resident of Davidson County for more than 60 years and for the past three years resided at Providence Place in High Point. He spent his working career in manufacturing and warehousing...
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’Stand your ground’ bill is a solution in search of a problem: Eric Foster

CLEVELAND -- “Stand your ground.” I’m sure by now you have heard that phrase before. Most people first heard it during the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin. Sidenote: I acknowledge that Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury, but I still believe he murdered Trayvon. If you can do it with O..J, I can do it with Trayvon’s death. Either way, we know they both did it.