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Part II: Finding Balance: Develop Your Mind
By Michael G. Santos
Virtually all of the men confined in federal prison are assigned to a work
detail. This minimum-security camp at Florence sits within the Federal
Correctional Complex, and those of us in the camp provide much of the labor for the
three other higher security prisons on the property. My initial job has been in
the laundry at the Florence ADX, the federal prison system's only super-maximum
English, Math, and Spanish?
By Domenico Maceri/Hispanicvista.com
Reacting to one of my articles on the value of bilingualism, the reader
suggested that Spanish should become a basic subject for American students
alongside of English and math…Although I have often advocated the value of Spanish and
indeed of other languages because of their practical and intellectual value,
I have never gone as far as saying that Spanish should be a basic subject.
However, a second language should become a basic subject. Spanish, of course,
would be an obvious choice, though not the only one.
"Is our children learning"
By Erika Robles
In order to answer Bush's widely quoted question: "Is our children learning?"
we need to take a closer look at how public schools are performing and how
they have been affected by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The Act makes
the most sweeping change in decades in the role federal and state governments
play in the nation's schools.
By Carl J. Luna
Following 9/11 the Bush Administration formulated an aggressive new strategic
doctrine for the application of American military power against real and
potential strategic threats. The first test of this doctrine was Afghanistan,
where a regime friendly to terrorists that had struck the US was overthrown by a
highly effective American military blitzkrieg. War against Iraq marked the
second application of this doctrine. So far the political debate over the Iraqi
campaign has focused on the reasoning leading up to the war. What has been
lacking from the national dialogue is an adequate debate of the more important
question, after Iraq, what next?
A Typical Californio Boy (Chapter 6)*
By Manuel Hernandez
The professor was named after his great-grandfather, but everyone called him
Manny. Emmanuel arrived to New York City in 1915, a stowaway on a steamboat
that traveled between Ponce and New York. From New York City, he moved to
Tarrytown. It was a quiet, peaceful town, he heard, and after being abandoned by his
John Kerry: A Peacenik for President?
By Fernando Oaxaca
John Kerry only a few weeks ago was presidentially dead, eclipsed by the
media's selected Democratic presidential nominee, Dr. Howard Dean. Suddenly, he is
the darling again, through Dean's self-destruction, General Wesley Clark's
flakiness and dishonesty and John Edwards' obvious inexperience and resulting
unsuitability. Then there is Democrat desperation about who can beat President
Bush. These realities have led to Kerry primary victories in overwhelming
numbers. Yet his campaign may be turning again; based on newly exposed knowledge
about his post-Vietnam behavior and a vaguely defined and questionable
relationship with the gentler sex.
The Sliming of the President
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
The brawl among Washington reporters and President Bush has reached new lows
with the constant sliming by sleazy partisan non-veteran reporters on the
President's honorable service as a Texas Air National Guard officer…This question
is of paramount importance among Hispanics because military service ranks so
high among this, the fastest growing segment of the American population and a
segment that, among combat arms units, has a higher percentage of troopers than
their share of the population, according to Department of Defense information.
Immigration is Mexico's "safety valve"
By Richard Baldwin/HispanicVista.com
Immigration from México to the United States is getting increasing attention
these days. And it will certainly get even more in the future. Each country
sees the issue differently from their perspectives…While the US has been able to
use many of these immigrants, both legal and illegal, to fuel their economy
(and lower the wage level for greater productivity), the shear volume of this
mass migration does present problems. One of the main faults of the system in
the US has been in not bringing the immigration system up to date with reality.
As an example, letting the number of visas available for Mexicans at the same
level as those from Nepal is just stupidity in light of reality.
COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
Seeking the Root of the Truth: Part II
In the wake of David Kay's revelations and resignation, one would think the
White House had hired former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammad Saeed al-Sahaf
as special media adviser. Remember him? The tragicomic King of Da Nile?
Si...! HISPANIA... the birth of a nation within our greater NATION!
By Ricardo Castañón
Only in America could it have happened! Here, peoples of goodwill and open
minds have found the ideal environment to work, live long and prosper. The
legitimate "Pursuit of Happiness" guaranteed by the Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence, and further endorsed by the Bill of Rights have created an
atmosphere of positivism unlike anywhere in the rest of the planet…
This Time They Have Gone Too Far
By Dave Rodriguez
LULAC National Vice President, Far West Region
Many years ago, former President Harry Truman referred to the Ku Klux Klan as
"a bunch of cowards hiding behind sheets". California Hispanics should take
note that many extremist elected officials now practice the type of racism
practiced by the KKK openly. Take the case of California State Senator Edward
Oller who recently sent a flyer to voters in his district associating immigrants
with terrorists and placing an image of them in the headband of a turban
wearing, gun toting man. This California State Senator, someone who acts on
legislation that affects millions of the states' Hispanics, has refused to budge on
English immersion has failed
By Denis O'Leary
Last week I addressed the Santa Barbara School District Board of Trustees
offering my and LULAC's services in addressing the needs of minority and Latino
students. This district eliminated bilingual education in 1997 and still
complains that students are not advancing because they have dismal English language
skills. As I walked to my seat, a friend whispered to me that the board
members expressions were that of not being interested in listening once again to
something they didn't believe in.
Courting the Latino Vote: Some Tips for 2004
By Frank Gómez
The Hispanic vote in this year will jump by 1 million to more than 7 million.
Latinos are key to victories in many cities, states and Congressional
districts. The campaign now underway in earnest, seekers of elective office will
court the Latino vote intensely. This cyclical process fascinates. Every four
years Hispanics suddenly become the darlings of the major parties; the balance of
the time they are largely an afterthought - wooed for the prom and then nearly
Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR President on the Civil Rights Act of 2004
(sic)…The "Fairness Act" is sure to be one of the most significant pieces of
legislation introduced this session. It addresses some of the civil rights
setbacks that this country has witnessed over the past ten years and puts the
struggle for civil rights back on track so that we can move forward on
sustainable and vigorous enforcement of this nation's civil rights laws. Specifically,
the "Fairness Act" would restore fundamental civil rights protections that were
eroded by two recent Supreme Court decisions, Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc
v. National Labor Relations Board, and Alexander v. Sandoval.
Los Angeles: A City of Latinos
By Jennifer Vo and John P. Schmal
For more than a century, Los Angeles, California has experienced a sustained
growth that has made it one of the largest cities in the United States and the
world. In the 2000 census, the number of persons living within the city
limits of Los Angeles reached 3,694,820. Of this group, 1,719,073 individuals of
Latino or Hispanic origin represented 46.5% of the total population of the city.
What choice do I have but to send my kid to a private school?
By Andrea Peyser
New York Post
MY little family has taken to waiting by the mailbox each day, our hearts
filled with equal parts anticipation - and dread…Anticipation that the acceptance
letter will arrive, inviting my 5-year-old daughter into private
kindergarten. A school that offers clean hallways, small classes, motivated teachers, a
choice of arts and languages, plus a good chance my kid will make it into
Harvard - or, at least, make it home each afternoon in one piece.
New Scheme to Sell Suburbanites on School Vouchers - Scaring Whites with
Taxes and Fears of Minority Influx
The "surveys" arrived like toxin-tainted envelopes on the desks of 191 school
district superintendents across New Jersey. The Wal-Mart family-funded school
vouchers outfit E-3 - Excellence in Education for Everybody - demanded to be
sent "the master collective bargaining agreement for your teaching personnel,
and any and all public records that affect their terms and conditions of
How We Are White
By Gary Howard
Southern Poverty Law Journal
The break is over and I am ready to begin the second half of a four hour
multicultural curriculum workshop. Twenty-five teachers and staff are scrunched
into 2nd grade desks, all eyes and White faces turned toward their one African
American colleague, who has asked to address the group. He announces that he
will be leaving this workshop immediately and resigning at the end of the year.
He has lost hope in their willingness, and ability to deal with issues of
The Democratic Party's members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus distort
the President's historic education reform.
By Rod Paige
US Secretary of Education
"It is regretful and inevitable that, in a campaign year, some groups will go
to any length to distort the president's historic education reform. It is
more disappointing to learn that such rhetoric should come from Hispanic members
of the U.S. House of Representatives because the law specifically aims to help
50 years after Brown: California's 'Texas challenge'
By Peter Schrag
Sacramento Bee Columnist
It's only coincidence, but a telling one. With the approach of the 50th
anniversary of the watershed Brown vs. Board of Education school segregation
decision, probably the most important Supreme Court ruling of the past century,
California this spring will pass a demographic landmark that again demonstrates
how important Brown was, both for what it did and what it didn't do.
Dobbs' Choice - CNN host picks immigration as his ax to grind
By Peter Hart
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
With all the attention paid to the near-overt partisanship of the Fox News
Channel, it's important to remember that skewed reporting wasn't invented by
Rupert Murdoch's cable operation…In the last few months of 2003, CNN's Lou Dobbs
Tonight devoted abundant broadcast time to what anchor Dobbs described as an
influx of "illegal aliens who not only threaten our economy and security, but
also our health and well-being. Millions of aliens crossing our borders."
A world of dictators
By Paul Jacob
(sic)…Thank goodness, there aren't any dictators in our country. Except that
there are. Tyranny, American Style…Oh sure, we overthrew the King of England a
long time ago. But, we still sometimes suffer from the dictatorship of the
elected. True, our dictators don't cut off the fingers of dissidents or take
over stadiums to stage mass executions. Compared to tyrannies abroad, we've got
it pretty good.
Bubba's Bad Bet on Wes Sends Wife Down-Hill
By Deborah Orin
New York Post
As a political talent scout, Bill Clinton looks like a bit of a dud right now
- and that's just one reason wife Hillary's presidential prospects suddenly
look dimmer…No one did more to create the Wesley Clark 2004 boomlet than Bill
Clinton, who praised the retired general to the skies as one of the Democratic
party's two top "stars" - Hillary was the other one - and encouraged a host of
allies to back Clark…Funny how fast Clinton distanced himself as Clark
imploded…The ex-president vanished like the Cheshire cat by the time Clark quit the
2004 race yesterday. But he left a nasty taste with plenty of Democrats - and
word is that includes front-runner John Kerry's camp.
Memo To John Kerry: Heed Not The Call Of The Mild
By Arianna Huffington
The most intriguing passion in play these days is not whether Mel Gibson's
controversial "The Passion of the Christ" will do miraculously at the box office
when it opens on Ash Wednesday (My prophecy: It will). No the real wild card
is what is going to happen to "The Passion of the Deaniacs" once their
leader's campaign closes.
By Doug Ireland
Howard Dean finally won a first-place victory this weekend-he came out on top
in the caucus run by Democrats Abroad in... Sweden…But here at home, he was
again ignominiously crushed by John Kerry.
By Andrew Sullivan
The New Republic
Many conservative commentators greeted the president's "Meet The Press"
interview with considerable gloom. President Bush, they argued, seemed tired,
bumbling, didn't actually answer the questions asked, and failed to address the
most important issues out there in the country. I disagree somewhat. I felt his
answers on the war and its general rationale, his willingness to concede
errors, and his demeanor were strong and appealing to those who aren't already
turned off by this president's character and personality. But it was in the second
part of the interview that things, to my mind, unraveled.
What Kerry Said
New York Post
Democratic front-runner John Kerry's response to President Bush's "Meet the
Press" interview Sunday was as predictable as it was disingenuous. "It appears
that he was telling the American people stories in 2002," said the junior
senator from Massachusetts. "Back then, President Bush repeatedly told the
American people that Saddam Hussein 'has got chemical weapons.' . . . And it was on
that basis that he sent American sons and daughters off to war." Yes, that's
what George W. Bush was telling the American people. Then again, so was John
Put war service in context
By Rick Erickson
On the cover of John Kerry's book, The New Soldier, hippies clad in
mismatched military uniforms mock the legendary image of Marines raising the American
flag at Iwo Jima. They ridicule the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial statue in
Arlington, Va., by raising a flag hung upside down as the ultimate symbol of
sedition to all veterans who rallied behind our flag in battle…On the day Kerry
released The New Soldier in 1971, at least 6,821 Marines who died at Iwo Jima
turned over in their graves.
Re-igniting The Religious Left
By Joe Feuerherd
In the 2000 presidential election, 60 percent of the 42 million adult
Americans who told pollsters they attend church weekly supported George W. Bush over
Al Gore. Today, even higher numbers of weekly churchgoers say they're likely
to vote Republican in 2004.
Democrats' fundraising ruse undercuts election reforms
Editorial - USA Today
For decades, Democrats championing campaign finance reforms blamed
Republicans for blocking efforts to curb the influence wealthy donors have on politics.
And Republicans readily conceded they opposed limits that might curtail their
advantage in raising money from deep-pocketed allies.
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