First rule of process control computer displays: NEVER EVER place red text on a blue background or vice-versa. They're on the opposite ends of the color spectrum and virtually impossible for the eye to focus on.
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
I have Internet Explorer 9 and I don't see red on most of the screen. The print is black. On the main page where the threads are listed, the topics are dark blue with the only red print being who started the thread - and even then it's only topics that are "new" or have new comments added. The old threads are not colored.
I do agree that the red print on the main threads page should be toned down... perhaps to a bergundy?