HispanicVista Weekly Digest - COLUMNISTS & COMMENTARIES
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August 25-31, 2003
COLUMNISTS & COMMENTARY SECTION
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503letters.htm">LETTERS TO EDITOR</A>
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503osio.htm">Who is afraid of big, bad MEChA?</A>
By Patrick Osio, Jr./HispanicVista.com
Since California Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante entered the recall race with
the "no on the recall, yes on Bustamante for Governor," non-Hispanics/Latinos as
well as Hispanics/Latinos will be hearing more about the "evil" - the
anti-American - the soooo scary big, bad MEChA. Up to this point most Americans and a
huge percentage of Latinos had not even heard of the group, much less afraid
COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503coa.htm">Times call for Warrior-Healers</A>
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
In society, a warrior is the person charged with the defense of a people,
community or nation. A warrior prevents harm from visiting a nation's shores. A
healer is a person who soothes, who fixes, who makes human beings, communities
and nations whole. A healer brings peace and tranquility to the world.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503contreras.htm">The California Future as Northern Aztlan </A>
By Raoul Lowery Contreras/HispanicVista.com
If California Governor Gray Davis' coffin nail, Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante
had been a member of the Communist Party U.S.A., it would not have been as
frightening as his membership in MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503ybarra.htm">Car 54 Where Are You? </A>
By Steven J. Ybarra JD/HispanicVista.com
When I was a kid, there was a television show called "Car 54 Where Are You?"
about two dufus police officers who were always lost. Without a doubt, the
police car radio would call out "Car 54 where are you?" at the beginning of every
show. I have been watching the latest comedy show in California with much
interest. As a political pundit (it sounds so much better than metiche) I am so
confused about this whole political process in California that, like the guys
in the TV show, I am lost.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503maceri.htm">Refusing to Learn English?</A>
By Domenico Maceri/HispanicVista.com
The letter to the editor of a Southern California newspaper railed against
translation services provided by the government because some immigrants "refuse"
to learn English. I don't know how many immigrants the letter writer has met
or what kind of research he may have done to reach his conclusion. As an
immigrant who is well acquainted with many people from other countries, I can say
categorically that I never met anyone who refused to learn English. Immigrants
know very well the importance of learning the dominant language of the
The Oaxaca Journal
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503oaxaca.htm">The U.N. and the E.U. - Moral cowards </A>
By Fernando Oaxaca/HispanicVista.com
"The United States is really to blame for everything bad that is going on in
Iraq and the Middle East." That belief is thrust at us by the behavior of the
United Nations moral cowards, including certain European Union members that
objected to the U.S. led Iraqi regime-change from the get-go last spring. Now
the heavy lifting is over and nearly two hundred American kids and dozens of
British soldiers have died, and such precious losses, continue in the process of
Iraq's reconstruction and democratization. These malcontents now feel it is
only right that the United Nations and its original Security Council nay-sayer
members should come in to help run things in Iraq and share in the glory‹if the
US Coalition expects any military or fiscal contribution from them!
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503castanon.htm">Si...! Mexico now realizes the value of its runaway children! </A>
By Ricardo Castañón/HispanicVista.com
The government of Mexico and its people, both, openly admit the importance of
the moneys poured into their economy by the (according to Mexico) more than
thirty million Mexicans living and working in the USA. This income represents
more than their entire Tourism industry brings in. As easily as that is said,
this means that all of their hotels, restaurants, shops, airlines, bus and
train systems, disco-clubs, bars and other entertaining establishments that host
not only American tourists but from all over the world put together cannot
match the monetary importance of these remittances; they are second only to their
oil exports (PEMEX).
By Richard Baldwin/HispanicVista.com
This concerns a foreigner who founded a business here in México about 5 years
ago and recently announced that he was moving his operation to Cuba (Cuba?).
I wondered why and interviewed him.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503luken.htm">Taking the Mordida out of crime - The Giuliani recipe. </A>
A Mexican's perspective.
By Carlos Luken/HispanicVista.com
Mexico city has been heralded as one of the world's crime ridden capitals and
even though official statistics may dispute that conclusion when compared to
other cities, there is little doubt that there is immensely more unreported
facts to support it than to refute it. Crime has gotten so bad that Mexico City
officials have boldly sought exterior guidance and solutions.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503ann.htm">ART FOR CHANGE </A>
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503comm.htm">COUNTER POINT AND ANSWER </A>
Roberto Rodriguez, Column of Americas, was challenged to explain seeming
contradictions on their stance on racial categorization. Roberto Rodriguez
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503bc.htm">Chismes de Mi Gallinero No on Recall - Yes on Bustamante - Que Es Esto?</A>
By Julio C. Calderon
I am, like many around the state and nation, following this California
Recall. Now that the candidates are set, I, as a long-time, political junkie, have
been interested in the developing strategies of this campaign. The Recall is
unique in that no recall in the history of California has ever gotten this far.
And it is unique in the two leaders on the "replacement" ballot should Gov.
Gray Davis not survive the recall. As a long-time Chicano activist, the fact
that among the two is Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, and with him in that position,
the prospect of electing a Chicano governor - is appealing.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503cc.htm">UC Website Offers Help to Pay for College</A>
By Velma Montoya
Regent of the University of California
As an overseer of the University of California, UC, I have talked to many
prospective students and families who are concerned about paying for college. I
can reassure them the University is committed to serving all eligible students
regardless of their economic circumstances. There is no better way to
underscore this point than by giving prospective students real-life examples of how
some current UC undergraduates are financing their college education.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503dc.htm">Ernesto Vigil thoughts about the "left" or maybe, the Left - an exchange of
One Sanchez posting states that Chicanos, Chicanas, "Raza" [or whatever]
should not "turn to European thinkers for [ways to solve] our problems," but it is
not exactly clear what that means, or why this was seen as being a problem
within "the Movement" at the time to which the reference is made - or even
currently…At times like this current one, when the reactionaries in power have
unleashed a sophisticated propaganda strategy to manipulate perceptions, distort
and hide facts, and to only deal in lies, sound bites, and photo ops, it seems
that the National Stupidity Factor rises, the public IQ drops, and "thinkers"
are more needed than ever (whether Asian, African, "Latino and Latina,"
working class, female and male, and, yeah, even "European thinkers").
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503ec.htm">Remarks of Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR President </A>
2003 NCLR Annual Conference
I want to thank the city of Austin and all its citizens for the wonderful
hospitality they have shown us. You know, the city of Austin is named after
Stephen Austin who first brought Anglos to what was then Mexico. Now, some of you
may have deep misgivings about that. But I want you to consider him as a
possible role model ... he shows us what an undocumented alien can accomplish in
this great land.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503fc.htm">United States of America: The threat of a bad example</A>
"The very core of American history, law and culture condemns the ideas of
punishment before trial, denial of due process and secret government by fiat...
Who is an enemy combatant? Today, it can be anyone the president wants. And
that is terrifying." A former judge on the Superior Court of New Jersey.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503gc.htm">Tax referendum gives Alabama a chance to change</A>
By Cynthia Tucker
If Arnold Schwarzenegger's moderate views are giving Republicans heartburn,
the tax increase pushed by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley may cause cardiac arrest.
Riley, a conservative Republican who has long opposed tax hikes, is leading a
revolutionary campaign to raise his state's total taxes by more than a billion
dollars while also lowering taxes for the poor.
<A HREF="http://www.hispanicvista.com/html3/082503hc.htm">Argentina: A new chapter in the search for truth and justice</A>
Amnesty International welcomes the decision by the Argentine Senate to
declare the Full Stop and Due Obedience laws null and void. These laws, also known
as the amnesty laws, have blocked the investigation of thousands of cases of
human rights abuses committed during the time of the military governments of
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