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Student loans cause 36 million to drop out of college

Student loans cause 36 million to drop out of college

According to a new report, since 2009, 36 million Americans have attended college without earning a degree. Consequently, 850,000 individual private loans valued at more than $8 billion are now in default. With high and variable interest rates, these loans can cost students more in repayment than the actual cost of tuition. From 2005 to […]

Myth of local non-partisan races

Myth of local non-partisan races

THE DAYTONA TIMES EDITORIAL STAFF One can truthfully argue that the Democratic Party, since the 1960s-era Lyndon B. Johnson administration, has stood for issues of importance to Black Americans in recent decades, including voting rights and affirmative action – issues that the party of Abe Lincoln, the Republican Party, fought. Yes, Blacks are grateful for […]

Economic development and K-12 education are interdependent

Economic development and K-12 education are interdependent

Why is the Volusia County School Board asking the voters to approve a one-mill tax referendum on the November 6 election ballot? An excellent public school system is essential to the economic development and the quality of life in Volusia County.  Due to millions of dollars being slashed from the school district’s revenue in the […]

End of Republicans’ ‘Whites only’ strategy

End of Republicans’ ‘Whites only’ strategy

This will probably be the last presidential election in which Republicans can afford to ignore issues of paramount importance to Blacks and Latinos and expect to have a remote chance of winning the White House.  Obama v. Romney is the political equivalent of Brown v. Board of Education. A separate and unequal approach to national […]

A salute to General Colin Powell

A salute to General Colin Powell

There is abundant evidence that this will be a close contest between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For many people who have already voted early or who plan to go out to the polls in record numbers on Tuesday, the campaign endorsements by various public officials does have a significant impact. […]

Student loan problems mirror those of mortgages

Student loan problems mirror those of mortgages

An adage counsels, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” When it comes to consumer debt, that advice is also a truism. After years of mortgage borrowers complaining about servicing – or the lack thereof – it appears that problems student loan borrowers face are remarkably similar. With student loan debt topping […]

Campaign of lies continue

Campaign of lies continue

As we have seen during three presidential debates and in his campaign speeches, Mitt Romney will say anything – even when he knows it is untrue – in his effort to dislodge President Obama from the White House. Romney charged in the second presidential debate that “it took the president 14 days before he called […]

Cuba begins the road to success

Cuba begins the road to success

The National Black Chamber of Commerce has been studying the evolution of Cuba for 14 years. The evolution has been slow as we entered the 21st century but recently there have been some major economic developments. Last November, Cuban residents were given the right to personal property. They can now buy and sell homes. Beginning […]

The death of affirmative action

The death of affirmative action

“We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary.” – Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor, 2003.” The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments regarding a longstanding racial controversy. So, in the traditional form of our time in America, the Black descendants of slaves will still be losers […]

Blacks ignored and taken for granted

Blacks ignored and taken for granted

What will it finally take for Black people to accept the fact that we have no real political clout? A little influence, yes, but no power. If our voting bloc were as strong as we like to think, the Republicans would not ignore us and the Democrats would not take us for granted. If we […]