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Too much government dependency

Too much government dependency

Rather than gloat over the Republicans getting their clocks cleaned in the government shutdown fiasco, it’s worth Blacks taking time to note our dependency on government. In some form, more than half of Americans rely on the government – 165 million out of 308 million. Of these, 107 million Americans rely on welfare, 46 million […]

Wagner out to steal green grass, dollars

Wagner out to steal green grass, dollars

GREG GIMBERT GUEST COLUMNIST Last week, Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner wrote a guest editorial entitled “Volusia County has benefited off backs, dimes of Daytona’s Blacks.” –Greg Gimbert, a community activist, wrote a response to Wagner’s commentary. The truth about politicians is that there is only one color.  It is not Black or White, it’s […]

‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

Republicans have made it clear that their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public that the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a […]

Volusia County has benefited off backs, dimes of Daytona’s Blacks

Volusia County has benefited off backs, dimes of Daytona’s Blacks

JOSHUA J. WAGNER GUEST COLUMNIST There has been much discussion over the years about the re-urbanization of Daytona Beach. Drawing more people back to live in the core of the community is important for the health of the city. For far too long people have enjoyed the fruit that Daytona Beach residents provide while paying […]

Republicans and the new ‘White flight’

Republicans and the new ‘White flight’

Now that the GOP-manufactured economic crisis is over (for several months, anyway), one might say the lesson for the Republican Party is best expressed by that old warning: Be careful what you wish for. Driven by its reactionary Tea Party faction and the Right’s newest demagogue, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the GOP tried to use […]

Morgan State takes a global view of journalism

Morgan State takes a global view of journalism

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” –Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm That’s the sentiment of individuals at Morgan State University’s (MSU) School of Global Journalism and Communication. When Cornish and Russwurm wrote these words nearly two centuries ago in Freedom’s Journal, they started America’s Black Press. […]

A misguided Big Mac attack

A misguided Big Mac attack

Two weeks ago, I was sent a video of a Hispanic woman interrupting a speech by Jeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA. He was giving a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago. Nancy Salgado, the Hispanic woman in question, became Exhibit A for what’s gone wrong in today’s workforce: rudeness and what the […]

A letter from Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

A letter from Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

CLAUDETTE MCFADDEN GUEST COLUMNIST Bethune-Cookman University Associate Provost Claudette McFadden wrote and read a letter to B-CU President Dr. Edison Jackson in Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s voice…as though she had penned it to the new president herself. This letter was read during a kick-off event for Dr. Jackson’s week of installation activities. My Dear Dr. […]

Ben Carson – gifted hands, foot in mouth

Ben Carson – gifted hands, foot in mouth

Dr. Ben Carson became the darling of conservatives earlier this year by stridently attacking the Affordable Care Act with President Obama sitting just a few feet away. Carson, who was serving as the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, said: “Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him […]

Congress acting worse than children

Congress acting worse than children

Since the government was forced to shut down on Oct. 1, one of the most common refrains has been that some members of Congress are acting like children — or, more accurately, worse than most children. Even 5-year-olds understand that quitting the game and taking the ball home because the other team won’t give you […]