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Plenty of reasons to be thankful

Plenty of reasons to be thankful

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, most of us will use this time to reflect on the current state of our lives and the things we are most thankful for. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are using this day to complain about having to work on this holiday.  I am totally confused by this feigned outrage […]

Thankful for trials and tribulations

Thankful for trials and tribulations

CENTIA JACKSON GUEST COLUMNIST Editor’s Note: Centia shared the following sentiments during the Thanksgiving Day Service at Tubman-King Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Usually this time of year, we start to reflect on life and the things we are thankful for. When Rev. Long asked me if I would be one of the speakers I […]

Brandeis study finds racial wealth gap growing

Brandeis study finds racial wealth gap growing

Although most Sunday school children are warned against the “love of money,” by adulthood it is the lack of it that becomes the source of many problems. When finances are so fragile that even a small shortfall presents a big problem – a few hundred dollars might as well be a million –  you do […]

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, […]

It’s time to raise the minimum wage

It’s time to raise the minimum wage

The first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It’s time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour. According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, the value of the minimum […]

We need immigration reform now

We need immigration reform now

Nine-year-old Jaime Gordillo Villa was born in the United States and is a good student who has gotten awards for both good grades and behavior. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up to help immigrants and others who need help. He says he doesn’t want people to suffer for things they didn’t […]

Private student loans no better than using credit card for college

Private student loans no better than using credit card for college

An analysis of the recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Student Loan Ombudsman report concluded that private student loans (PSLs) are a risky and high-cost method to pay for a college education. PSLs comprised 7 percent of student loans taken out last year and are 15 percent of the nation’s total outstanding student loan debt. American […]