We find ourselves in some of the most difficult economic times in history. While I was not around during the great depression, from everything I have heard and/or read this certainly looks like very similar times. Not only are people losing their homes at a record pace, but even if you are able to keep your home, the value of your investment is dropping month after month after month.
The real question is, when will we finally hit rock bottom? When will investment portfolios stop plummeting, when will we find the true value of our home and when will the economy turn right side up instead of upside down? I know we are all hoping and praying that Barack Obama can turn this around, and given the quality of the team he is putting around him, I trust that he will navigate our country through these difficult times.
But, with all the challenges that this country faces and for all of the tough times we see here in Los Angeles and throughout the country I am still amazed at the spirit of giving that African Americans and all people of good will demonstrate. People are stepping up. Everyday, I watch people come in and out of the Sentinel building with toys and clothes and gifts to give to Mothers In Action for those less fortunate. I have watched community organizations like the Regalettes and politicians like Mike Davis and Curren Price host toy drives and toy give-a-ways and I have people come from far and near to give whatever they can to those who are less fortunate. I have witnessed businessmen like Magic Johnson not only give his name, but his time and resources to put together a wonderful toy give-a-way at Magic Theaters.
This my friends is the true meaning of Christmas. It is also the true spirit of our community and our people. We are the most giving, caring people in the world. We give in good times and we give in bad times, we may give a little more or a little less depending on the situation, but we do give. And that is why we as a people always have been and always will be a blessed people.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."
God Bless You,
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor