Before the complaints roll in -- I thought I'd head them off at the pass.
This forum only allowed for me to have one test color. It is very hard to see text on a black background, and white is much easier to read. However, since this text color has to be viewable on the white text background and the black page background -- I had to compromise with having the text a little lighter than I'd like in the white, and a little darker than I'd like in the black.
Anyway -- that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Should the forum software allow for a text color not having to be shared between the black and the white -- I'll adjust.