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Forcing poor people to go hungry

Forcing poor people to go hungry

Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program […]

Is America becoming a nation of bullies?

Is America becoming a nation of bullies?

 “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.  Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.” –American Psychological Association When 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete plant tower on September 9 because of bullying […]

Beyond the rhetoric: Why is there still discrimination?

Beyond the rhetoric: Why is there still discrimination?

I was being interviewed by two French citizens whose mission is to end discrimination in France. Their mission is very difficult because it is illegal to denote one’s race on any form or application. Race does not appear in the French census and to actually keep a count by race is a felony. The Catch […]

Incognito, Barkley and Wilbon use the n-word

Incognito, Barkley and Wilbon use the n-word

Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, both of the Miami Dolphins, have dominated the news in the sports world for the past two weeks, but for all the wrong reasons. Supposedly, Martin was “bullied” by Incognito to the point that Martin left the team indefinitely.  Each plays on the offensive line, stands more than 6 feet, […]

Players who paved way for today’s Black quarterbacks

Players who paved way for today’s Black quarterbacks

Nine Black or biracial quarterbacks started Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season — the highest number in an opening weekend BY KIMBERLEY A. MARTIN NEWSDAY (MCT) After all these years, Anthony Lynn still remembers. The words had been a slap in the face — and the beginning of the end to his boyhood dream. […]

Islam chapter in textbook sparks protest

Islam chapter in textbook sparks protest

Residents expected to storm Nov. 18 Volusia school board meeting in DeLand over history curriculum BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES More than 200 people have signed up on a Facebook page to participate in a protest rally at a school board meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara […]

Catching the bus will soon cost more

Catching the bus will soon cost more

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Council voted Nov. 7 to increase the fare to ride on Votran buses with the changes going into effect starting in February. It was passed by a 5-1 vote without discussion. Only Councilwoman Deb Denys was opposed. Councilman Pat Patterson was absent. The changes the council voted […]

Preschoolers pedal for cancer patients

Preschoolers pedal for cancer patients

Volusia VPK Specialists Trike-a-Thon raises money for children at St. Jude hospital BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Students of Volusia VPK Specialists in Daytona Beach pedaled and rode in their first Trike-a-Thon last month, raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital based in Memphis, Tenn. Director Janice Burch-Medlock said each student at the local […]

Palm Coast author helping Blacks boys mature to productive men

Palm Coast author helping Blacks boys mature to productive men

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Like most people, Sandra Felecia suffered loss and pain. She is the mother of four biological sons, which she says has made her very empathetic to the plight of the Black male. “I have taken my experiences in life and taught my sons to love themselves, God and mankind,” said […]

County manager upholds firing of beach patrol officer

County manager upholds firing of beach patrol officer

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen has upheld the firing of Todd Snipes, a former beach safety captain. The county’s personnel board voted 3-2 on Nov. 5 for Dinneen to consider a lesser punishment in Snipe’s case. In a document provided to the Daytona Times, Dinneen states that “after careful consideration, […]