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    HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest Our Point of View - Nuestro Punto de Vista http://www.hispanicvista.com COLUMNISTS & COMMENTARY-OPINION HISPANIC VISTA
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 22, 2003
      HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest
      Our Point of View - Nuestro Punto de Vista


      Florida Hispanic Vista Dean, Reno and the set-up
      By Alvaro F. Fernandez
      The Democratic Party leadership trembles with the recent Al Gore endorsement
      of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean for the presidency. Some say it
      legitimizes the candidate and may be the little push Dean needs to assure him the
      nomination. This fear doesn't surprise me. In fact, it reminds me - somewhat - of
      the occurrences in Florida last year when the Party, together with a select
      group of union friends (mainly the teachers), practically 'mooned' Janet Reno's
      gubernatorial campaign.

      Amnesty and guest worker program: A solution or just more Mexico bashing?
      By Patrick Osio, Jr.
      Mexico's President Vicente Fox proposes the US give amnesty to several
      million Mexican nationals who migrated illegally and also wants a guest-worker
      program so more Mexicans can come legally and safely to work on a temporary basis.
      From a Mexican perspective, Fox's proposals are sound strategy based on the
      reality of Mexico's economic predicament.

      From Inside Mexico
      To attempt to tax Mexico's 70 million poor because they have to eat - is
      By Richard Baldwin
      Pardon me, but now that the Congress has torpedoed the administration's key
      proposal to increase government revenue by including food and medicine to our
      national sales tax (IVA), I remind you that I have been opposing this measure
      for more than two years. I said that it would not fly here in México, and it
      won't . . . now or ever

      The Oaxaca Journal
      Hillary: A divisive Chameleon
      By Fernando Oaxaca
      Few doubt that even during this 2003 holiday season, Hillary Clinton is busy
      on two almost obsessive goals; bringing down the Bush Presidency and
      re-inventing herself. In achieving the former, she seems oblivious to how her style,
      language and message may affect negatively our national interests as we pursue a
      war against terror. And meanwhile, she is fully engaged in rebuilding her
      image as a national figure, preparatory to looking fit for where her unquestioned
      political ambition leads her next.

      Anti-war Activists Ask--Why Let Facts Get in the Way of an Opinion?
      By Gary Mendoza
      The capture of Saddam Hussein sends an equivocal message-America will do what
      is necessary to bring a better, more democratic day to Iraq and the Middle
      East. While this is clearly a very positive development for Iraq, America and
      our efforts to bring peace and stability to the most troubled region in the
      world, don't expect the strident voices of the anti-war left to even acknowledge
      this unalloyed good news. It's not in their nature.

      Happy Birthday to Me
      By Steven J. Ybarra JD
      Great things always happen on December 13th. First, I was born on December
      13th which makes it a great day. Second, this year the Army found Ole Saddam in
      a hole in a house in his home town. I guess he could have been someplace less
      likely than his home town but maybe they didn't think to look there before my
      birthday. As every good prosecutor and cop in the world knows that the first
      place you go to look for criminals is in their home town, in the house of
      someone who knows them or is related to them. Ole Saddam like all good criminals
      did exactly what he was supposed to do.

      Does Bilingualism Make You Smarter? Research shows it could be.
      By Domenico Maceri
      Dequwan Well, a first-grader in a dual-language school in San Bernardino,
      California said that he "can have more friends" because he can speak two
      languages. Dequwan is even smarter than he realizes. Researchers have discovered that
      being bilingual may make children "smarter" than monolingual ones.

      Mr. Potter is Winning
      By Carl Luna
      I watched the perennial holiday chestnut, "It's a Wonderful Life," the other
      day. There was George Bailey, as he is every year, struggling to keep the old
      Savings and Loan afloat. There was the malicious Mr. Potter, a truly covetous
      old sinner, trying to put Bailey out of business. There was Clarence the angel
      showing, once again, that our world is a better place for the George Bailey's
      amongst us. It's too bad that in today's world the Potters are beating the
      Baileys, hands down

      Part One: A Prison Experience - an unexpected transfer.
      By Michael G. Santos
      Monday, November 17, 2003 began as just another one of the thousands of days
      in prison that were ordinary and routine to me. It did not end that way. I
      woke early to run ten miles around the Fort Dix prison track and, as usual, I
      followed the run with a series of pushups and squats.

      Part II: Discrimination in the workforce.
      By Erika Robles
      The government, in general, has a solid track record when it comes to hiring
      ethnic minorities. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 2003
      report, 6 of the 23 independent federal agencies exceeded their racial quotas
      for hiring Hispanics by dozens or even hundreds of percent. For instance, the
      U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hired 168% more Hispanics
      than their established quota. In the FY 2001 the U.S. DOJ hired 123% more
      Hispanics than their proportion in the civilian labor force.

      Hispanics and Corporate Literacy: Don't eat the corn Husks!
      By Frank Gomez
      The days are long gone when Hispanics joked about a sitting president who,
      attending a gala dinner, tried to eat the corn husk of a tamal and had to be
      told: "That part you don't eat." And we've suffered in embarrassed silence at
      events during which a speaker commits a faux pas, makes a tasteless comment, or
      delivers a joke that falls flat.

      California Hispanics Look At Howard Dean
      By Raoul Lowery Contreras
      48-hours after Saddam Hussein was captured in Iraq, Democratic Los Angeles
      Congress people Lucille Roybal-Allard, Hilda Solis and Xavier Becerra, joined
      their Orange County colleague Loretta Sanchez in supporting former Vermont
      Governor Howard Dean for President. Will masses of California Hispanics join them
      in supporting Howard Dean? Does Howard Dean deserve Hispanic support in

      By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
      The Art of Visiting
      Editor's note: This is a first-person column by Patrisia Gonzales.
      Before the leaves started turning one year, we stopped by our neighbors', the
      Britos, to eye their yard sale. One of their sons started up about how people
      don't talk to each other anymore. He was a blackjack dealer at one of the
      casinos, and he was talking about this and that, and how Espanola, N.M., is
      getting browner and how beautiful culture is, and how he tells his children (the
      ones who like to play cowboys and Eagle Warrior) to turn off the TV so they can
      have a nice talk.

      Si...! Ours is a fast-transmuting culture!
      By Ricardo Castañón
      Our present "Hispanic" culture is the product of all the traditional mores
      and customs of the original immigrants, but influenced by today's environment.
      The members of our community who represent the numerous countries in Central,
      South America and the…
      What is Chanukah?
      Paul Greenberg
      Last Friday we lit the first candle. For it was the first night of Chanukah,
      a minor Jewish holiday that's become a major one over the years. There are
      candles to be kindled and potato latkes to eat. But just what does this eight-day
      celebration celebrate? Answer: A successful Jewish revolt against a Syrian
      empire ruled by the Seleucid dynasty of Greek kings some 2,200 years ago…Well,
      not exactly.

      Political home for religious voters has shifted
      By David M. Shribman
      This country is divided along lines over how we live, love, tax, vote -- and
      pray. And now that we're about to enter a political year in which we will help
      decide how we will live, love and tax, there's increasing attention on how we

      Strom's daughter is class act
      By Kathleen Parker
      Ask most thoughtful South Carolinians what they think about Essie Mae
      Washington-Williams - Strom Thurmond's biracial daughter who publicly identified
      herself Wednesday - and you'll most likely hear: "It's complicated."

      Democracy of the Moment, by the Moment...
      By Richard Reeves
      Universal Press Syndicate
      The news here last Thursday morning, as reported in both the Washington Post
      and New York Times, was that the White House now believes that former Vermont
      governor Howard Dean will be President Bush's opponent next year. Those
      stories were reactions to the endorsement of Dean by the Democrat's 2000 nominee,
      former Vice President Al Gore.

      Dean vs. Bush: Would it be close?
      By Linda Feldmann and Liz Marlantes
      Ever since Howard Dean started gaining traction as a presidential candidate
      last spring, the biggest question to dog him is whether he is electable.

      Common Sense The Right to Remain Silent
      By Paul Jacobs
      Let me tell you what happened to Congressman Nick Smith of Michigan.
      Congressman Nick Smith . . . Oops, just said his name again….So far, the
      McCain-Feingold anti-speech police haven't busted down the studio door. I'm not yet in
      handcuffs, under arrest, or in jail. Oh, that's right -- I'm merely not permitted
      to mention the name of a congressman if I do it too close to an election.
      Whew! That was close

      Reveal the racial data on SAT scores
      By Mark Franek
      This month, nearly a million high school seniors will put the finishing
      touches on their college applications. They will write stellar essays, garner
      recommendations from favorite teachers, and purchase new printer cartridges. Pity,
      most of their efforts are purely cosmetic. From the colleges' standpoint, what
      matters most is something still not even a part of the application: the SAT

      Florida National Guardsmen victimized for wedding Iraqi women
      By Joanne Laurier
      In the decades following World War II an effort was made by the US
      establishment to combat anti-Japanese sentiment, including depictions of love
      relationships between American and Japanese or other Asians. In the late 1950s, perhaps
      under the pressure of the civil rights movement as well, Hollywood produced a
      number of works that argued for tolerance and racial or ethnic harmony.

      The Monitor's View: Blueprint for Rights in Mexico
      The Christian Science Monitor
      Mexico long has needed to do something about its entrenched culture of
      violence and human rights abuses. Its president, Vicente Fox, deserves credit for
      requesting United Nations expertise with those problems just after he took
      office in 2000…His was an extraordinary request, as no government has asked the UN
      for such help before. And now that the UN has issued a report addressing
      Mexico's issues, Mr. Fox's task will be to actually implement the UN's broad

      Tripping the Juggernaut
      By Paul M. Weyrich
      Many conservatives have joined the lament over current Federal spending
      trends. Nearly every elephantine program that Congress could conceive has met with
      White House approval. Respected columnist Bruce Bartlett recently quoted
      several conservative sources comparing this administration to the Nixon
      administration. It is easy to predict that this current borrow-and-spend tactic will
      eventually backfire, if not from rumblings within the conservative movement, then
      be virtue of its own unsustainable nature

      Radical Right
      Arizona Republic Nervous About Success of PAN
      By Dennis Durband
      Arizona Conservative
      An online poll by GOPUSA/Arizona drawing more than 700 responses showed
      96-percent support for the Protect Arizona Now (PAN) Initiative. Border invasion
      polls regularly draw the highest rates of participation in GOPUSA/Arizona

      From the Radical Right
      A 'European Union' Model for the Americas or a New Homeland Called Aztlan?
      By Bruce Barton
      Arizona Conservative
      "The effort to unite the economies of the Americas into a single free-trade
      area began at the Summit of the Americas, which was held in December 1994 in
      Miami. The heads of state and government of the 34 democracies in the region
      agreed to construct the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), in which barriers
      to trade and investment will be progressively eliminated. They agreed to
      complete negotiations towards this agreement by the year 2005 and to achieve
      substantial progress toward building the FTAA by 2000."
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      HispanicVista.com - http://.www.hispanicvista.com WEEKLY DIGEST COLUMNISTS & COMMENTARY-OPINION HISPANIC VISTA COLUMNISTS Presidential Elections 2004 and
      Message 2 of 4 , Mar 1, 2004
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        Presidential Elections 2004 and Hispanics
        By Erika Robles
        (sic)…According to the results from a recent survey by New York management
        consultants Westhill Partners and the Hispanic publication Poder magazine, 26
        percent of those responding to the survey said they were Democrats, 9 percent
        said they were Republicans, and 52 percent said they were independent or had no
        party affiliation.

        Bilingual Education Better Than English-Only
        By Domenico Maceri
        When California voters approved Proposition 227 in 1998, which virtually
        eliminate bilingual education from the Golden State, they were sold the idea that
        with one year of immersion kids would learn English. The unfortunate result
        has been that only 7% of English language learners have become proficient.

        The Oaxaca Journal
        Haiti and Aristide - A ticking, Stealth Crisis for the U.S.
        By Fernando Oaxaca
        They are out there again! Many of the same folks who coerced Bill Clinton
        into invading Haiti in 1994 are trying to get the U.S. to buy into the latest
        Jean-Bertrande Aristide-inspired chaos and scams in Haiti! Again they want
        American troops to risk their lives on the island and for American taxpayers to fund
        one more bailout of super-loser Aristide, the Haitian President who is
        fighting ouster by overwhelming rebellious forces for grossly bad and larcenous

        A War with No Winners
        By Carl J. Luna
        In the Great California Grocery Strike, neither labor nor management can
        claim victory. The labor unions can take solace in the fact that they received as
        much public support as they did and, more importantly, that they survived the
        longest grocery strike in California history. But the damage done to the
        pocketbooks of both individual workers and grocery corporations has outweighed the
        gains either party can claim.

        The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend
        By Raoul Lowery Contreras
        A friend of mine's father once said, "A man who agrees with me 80% of the
        time is not my enemy." I reminded my friend Michael Reagan of his father's
        declaration when he was indicating support for Arnold Schwarzenegger's
        "conservative" opponent in the Recall-Gubernatorial election last October. He agreed and
        eventually supported Governor-to-be-Arnold despite differences in opinions.

        Toilet Wars
        By Steven J. Ybarra JD
        I guess it is time to set the tone for the upcoming election. It is clear to
        me that there will be a new low in how we are all going to be bombarded by
        both the left and the right. Say, by the way, have you noticed that there can be
        Conservative Democrats, Moderate Democrats and Liberal Democrats but that
        there are only Conservative Republicans and Moderate Republicans? I wonder how A.
        Lincoln would have felt about that. Anyway, I digress.

        American Deception, Maskirovaka and Weapons of Mass Destruction
        By Luis Tijerina
        Maskirovaka is a Soviet word defining an act of intentional misleading,
        involving the presentation and dissemination of false information. In the Soviet
        context, Maskirovaka is a moral deception, in one case used to defeat the
        invading German armies, in other cases used to maintain order among its people and
        was politically acceptable. In the American context, deception of the people,
        to manipulate their support of an individual President's policy, should be
        considered in contradiction to supposed Democratic principles.
        Juarez - Again
        By Richard Baldwin
        Recently, a group of celebrities organized a demonstration against Mexico's
        inaction on solving the 10-year string of unsolved brutal murders of young
        Mexican women and girls. More and more the world is taking notice. And now the
        ante has been upped again by none other than the famous actress Jane Fonda (of
        Vietnam War "fame") who headed the last group. The list included others of the
        arts like Sally Field and playwright Eve Ensler. Our federal government can't
        seem to understand is that this will not quit, and even more the worldwide
        attention this is getting.

        A Typical Californio (Chapter 7)
        By Manuel Hernandez
        Winters in New York City's Lower East Side were chillingly frightening. The
        roaring twenties had frozen the solar system in 1923. Although there was a warm
        stint at times, it seemed like an eternity before the mild and warm weather
        could find its place between the hard brick front homes and cold sidewalks.
        While Joey fluttered down the street, he felt the stark wind creeping in every
        cell of his body. Manny's divine intervention was fine. His English professor
        had opened a spiritual door, and the dazzling Light had come in to his heart;
        but now it was time to make decisions
        Requiem for Frank Del Olmo, 1948-2004
        TONY CASTRO, Columnist
        Frank Del Olmo, the Los Angeles Times editor and columnist who died Feb. 19,
        lived his professional career in the shadow of tragedy and death.

        Nation's Latino Leaders Mourn the Loss of Frank del Olmo
        On February 19, 2004 the nation lost a national leader, Frank Del Olmo. He
        did not belong to just one community, or just one group or segment of the
        population, but rather he belonged to a nation, one struggling to come to terms with
        and understand its changing American identity.

        Evangelical Right Uses 'Passion' Film to Widen Reach
        By Roberto Lovato
        Long before "The Passion" became a multimedia ministry, I whipped "Christ"
        with black leather strips while onlookers gasped in "Gethsemane." I held
        gyrating bodies that glowed with the Holy Spirit. I witnessed death and rebirth --
        beginning with my own -- and then bore witness all my waking hours, with all my
        energy, with as much money as I could spare.

        Mexico Moves to Tax Billions in Remittances as Migrants Protest
        By Daniel Rodríguez
        Vida en el Valle
        According to the amendment made to paragraph 'a' in the first clause of
        Article 9 of the Código Fiscal de la Federación in México, the money transfers that
        Mexicans send to their country would be subject to federal taxation

        A jobless recovery is like a mule-drawn pick-up
        By Victor Landa
        I'm intrigued by the idea of a jobless recovery. That's the term being used
        to describe the present economic situation. We're getting better, but not
        producing jobs. When I was a boy I would occasionally see a man who had turned the
        bed of an old pick-up into a mule drawn cart. It wasn't a truck and it wasn't
        a traditional cart either, but the man somehow managed to make it work. I
        wonder if the cart man's ingenuity is in any way related to the inventiveness of
        an economic recovery without jobs. What is it, really?

        My Dream Vacation in San Diego
        By Enrique Morones
        I had read all the brochures and watched the Super Bowl minus Janet a couple
        of years ago from "Americas Finest City" and could not wait to get to the city
        that Hispanic Magazines touted as America's Number One City for Latinos. "Ay
        Caramba" …
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        HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest htt://www.hispanicvista.com COLUMNISTS & COMMENTARY-OPINION ANNOUNCEMENTS Bilingual Latina Girls Magazine Celebrates 1-Year
        Message 3 of 4 , Mar 30, 2004
          HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest

          Bilingual Latina Girls Magazine Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary and launch of
          teen version

          You can join the debate - but it's in Spanish.
          By Patrick Osio, Jr.
          Why weren't any Mexican presidents on the top ten list of the most corrupt
          leaders in the world in the last two-decades is the subject of an ongoing debate
          on Cyber space. Transparency International based in Berlin recently published
          the list - there were two former Latin American presidents - Peru's Alberto
          Fujimori reputedly taking $600 million, and Nicaragua's Arnoldo Aleman
          reputedly taking $100 million. Small amounts compared to the billions taken by the top
          five, but absent from the list were any Mexican presidents and debaters are
          arguing who should be on the list.

          Learning English Takes More Than a Year
          By Domenico Maceri
          "At my age learning Spanish is difficult," stated my community college
          student to explain her difficulty in my class. In her mind, children learn languages
          faster than adults. Ron Unz agreed with my students. Proposition 227, which
          the California software entrepreneur sponsored, stated that immigrant children
          would learn English in one year of immersion. Eight years after California
          voters approved the initiative which virtually banned bilingual education, the
          vast majority of California immigrant children are not learning the new language
          in one year.

          ¡Si! Something must be done! (Part two)
          By Ricardo Castañón
          When I see names such as Horacio Gutierrez --Microsoft's Chief European
          Lawyer, and Amelia Torres --European Commission's spokeswoman, my chest expands
          with legitimate ethnic pride. (I'm NOT saying we're better than any body else,
          only as good!) The brains that can get some of our people to such high places
          must be coupled with noble hearts. At the bottom of the ladder though, our
          brothers have to put up with numerous sorts of hurdles and taking unthinkable risks
          just to survive and get their dreams going.

          My Heart Went Weak
          By Domingo Ivan Casañas
          As a 46 year old man feeling like 26 and looking like 36, I felt invincible.
          Last month, I had been feeling some stomach heartburn and had been given
          Zantac for acid indigestion. I had also experienced for the first time a bit of
          pressure (not pain) on my chest. During the short chest pressure, I promised God
          that if it would happen again I would drive myself to a hospital emergency

          Fixing the Broken System
          By Richard Baldwin
          Just after writing my last week's article (The System is Broken!), our
          president, Vicente Fox, announced that he was going to send Congress proposals "to
          guarantee Mexicans an efficient system of public security". Among his proposals
          was to introduce the presumption of innocence into our constitution. He is
          also talking about open to the public trials with the judge in view. Well! Two
          out of three isn't bad - I'll keep the suggestions coming.

          By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
          Honoring the Trauma of Memory
          This week marks 25 years since my life was violently taken from me by
          club-wielding East Los Angeles deputies. The details are no longer important. Please
          permit me to remember those days -- not by dwelling on the trauma I received
          to my body and the continual dehumanization I was subjected to -- but by
          "The Mexican Perspective" -- What you’ve always wanted to know about Mexicans
          but didn’t know who to ask, could be the title of this manual. Patrick Osio
          has ‘translated’ much of the Mexican perspective on issues of importance to
          them and to us. It explains their feelings about their country, and the Mexican
          psyche that makes up a great deal of their culture – on subjects of religion,
          family, politics, corruption in their midst, the immigration phenomenon, their
          feelings towards the US and its people including Mexican-Americans.
          It candidly analyses the perceptions Americans have towards Mexico and
          Mexicans providing a new perception through understanding how and why some things
          came about. It provides insight on the Mexican thinking about the US’s foreign
          policy and the historical issues between the US, Mexico and Latin America – we
          call it helping, they call it intervention – we call it Manifest Destiny, they
          call it imperialism.
          The manual also explains the oft confounding usage of double last names,
          their professional titles and their meaning. It covers the usage of nicknames, as
          well as the social and business culture with numerous tips to prevent faux pas
          and to help in establishing both personal and business relationships.
          What do readers say and excerpts from the manual at:
          Hispanics Have the Numbers But Asians Have the Income
          In the 85 metro markets surveyed by The Media Audit, Hispanics outnumber
          Asians by more than two to one, 18,370,000 to 7,672,000. But, 1,488,000 Asian
          households have annual incomes of $100,000 or more compared to 1,476,000 Hispanic
          households. Among households with annual incomes of $75,000 or more Hispanics
          barely outnumber Asians 3,039,000 to 2,718,000 With annual incomes of $50,000
          or more Hispanics outnumber Asians 5,786,000 to 4,289,000.

          Opening New Markets for America's Small Businesses President George Bush --
          Speech at U. S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Conference in
          Washington, D. C.
          Thank you all. Thank you for that warm welcome. Sientese, por favor.
          Bienvenidos. I'm so glad you're here. Thanks for having me. (Laughter.) I love to be
          in the presence of entrepreneurs, people who are willing to dream and to work
          to realize their dreams, which is really what America has been, is, and should
          be all about.

          No Gracias Señor Bush
          By Enrique Morones
          Earlier this month, President Bush invited President Fox to him Texas ranch
          to repatch relations "strained" since their first official meeting as
          Presidents in shortly after they were both inaugurated in 2000. The two now Presidents
          had developed a friendship while they were both Governors in their respective

          Running Scared
          By Philip James
          The swiftness and ferocity of the Bush White House's attack on Richard Clarke
          tells you two things: his story may be largely true, and the Bush
          administration is terrified that the American people will believe it.

          Partisan Clarke
          By Charles Krauthammer
          It is only March but the 2004 Chutzpah of the Year Award can be safely given
          out. It goes to Richard Clarke, now making himself famous by blaming the Bush
          administration for 9/11 -- after Clarke had spent eight years in charge of
          counterterrorism for a Clinton administration that did nothing.

          Disturbing Mixed Signals from Senator Kerry's Latin American Policy
          Council of Hemispheric Affairs
          Sen. Kerry woos hard-line Cuban right; risks marring his reputation as an
          advocate of a more principled foreign policy.

          A Changed World
          By George P. Shultz
          Foreign Policy Research Institute
          We are at one of those special moments in history: the topic of the day is
          Iraq and weapons not accounted for; but our action in Iraq has implications that
          go far beyond this in areas including Israeli-Palestinian issues and our own
          dangerous dependence on imported oil.

          The GOP's Failing Hispanic Strategy
          By Ruy Teixeira
          (sic)…The fact of the matter is that the strongest part of the GOP's argument
          about Hispanics is that they need to make progress among this voter group.
          Evidence of actual progress among Hispanics has been conspicuously lacking.

          COMMON SENSE
          "Breaking the Truce"
          By Paul Jacob
          There's so much fighting in Washington. The President says he's fighting
          those who would do our country harm. Primarily, he means the Democrats. John Kerry
          says he's fighting against the special interests. I'm not sure if that's all
          special interests or just the ones that didn't contribute to his campaign…But
          in the U.S. House of Representatives there's a truce. No kidding. For the last
          seven years. Between Republicans and Democrats…Was it over Social Security?
          Taxes? Education? No. Ethics

          Transmitting Civilization
          By George Will
          After eight years at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, Ethel Bojorquez
          knows a thing or two about teaching. She radiates calm, no-nonsense authority,
          and today she is watching a kindred spirit, Carole Valleskey, put Bojorquez's 35
          fourth- and fifth-graders briskly through their paces.

          Made in America
          By Kerry A. Dolan
          On an eerily quiet, gleaming white factory floor in Waukesha, Wis., inside a
          massive GE plant that could cover seven football fields, 350 highly trained
          workers churn out 2-ton, million-dollar medical machines. Without knowing it,
          they also offer an answer to one of the most troubling trends dogging the
          American economy. Manufacturers across the nation have eliminated 2.8 million
          factory jobs in less than four years, including a million jobs that moved to
          cheap-labor markets overseas. Some experts worry the U.S. has lost its manufacturing

          Haiti after Aristide
          By Robert Novak
          U.S. Ambassador James Foley on Monday passed the word to Provisional Prime
          Minister Gerard LaTortue that his superiors in the Bush administration were not
          happy about language used by the head of Haiti's new government. LaTortue
          refers to his country's rebels as "freedom fighters." That designation, the prime
          minister responded, was deserved by patriots who had ousted as president the
          oppressive tyrant, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

          The Road to 9/11
          Editorial - New York Post
          Testimony before the 9/11 Commission yesterday and early findings from that
          panel make one thing painfully clear: America was alarmingly unprepared in the
          face of repeated provocations by militant Islamist groups. And both the
          Clinton folks and the Bush folks share the blame.

          Hell is Forever
          The Valley 3 say they're victims of a vendetta
          By Gustavo Arellano
          I just called to say, 'I hate you!'…If Virgil took Dante into the ninth level
          of Hell today, the pair would quickly arrive at the offices of the Santa Ana
          Unified School District. Already facing a $29.8 million budget deficit, the
          district's declining enrollment means less government cash. And while the
          district is No. 1 in at least one category-worst Academic Performance Index test
          scores in the county-the teachers union is talking strike.

          COMMON SENSE
          "The Democracy Deficit"
          By Paul Jacob
          I've got bad news, but then I've got good news, too. And then, unfortunately,
          bad news about the good news. But finally, good news about the bad news about
          the good news about the bad news…More clear speaking from Washington, eh?
          I'll try again.

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            English and Spanish must know languages in the Western Hemisphere.
            By Patrick Osio, Jr.
            I've yet to meet anyone who speaks more than one language that has said, "I'm
            sorry I speak more than one language." But I have met and heard from those
            who only speak one language who are resentful of others speaking another. In
            fact, monolingual people fall into categories - those who wish they spoke another
            language; those who don't care; and, those who object to others who speak
            more than one language. In the USA we have quite a group who claim English is the
            only language we need to speak, and don't want to hear foreign languages in
            America. And unfortunately this group garners the most media attention with
            nationalistic patriotic sounding rhetoric such as- our sovereignty is at stake,
            our culture is being lost.

            Ariel Sharon and The Rise of Fascism
            By Luis Tijerina
            Ariel Sharon and Israeli imperialism is the result and consequence of one
            man's insatiable drive for power. It was shortly after the contentious struggle
            between the United States and the Soviet Union, which ended with the collapse
            of Soviet hegemony, that the imperial leaders of America begin to maneuver
            politically and military for control of the Middle East. This strategy has
            actually been an on going process since the end of World War II. Although it was the
            British Mandate that provided the first stage in the completion of Western
            domination over the region of Palestine, after its failure to bring a peace to
            the Arabs and Israelis, the crises was handed over to the United Nations to
            bring about a partition of the disputed lands.

            Illegal Immigration: Outsourcing Jobs on Reverse?
            By Domenico Maceri
            Reacting to one of my articles on immigration, the reader stated that
            companies hire "illegals" because they are not "willing to pay fair wages." As a
            result, the reader went on, the American worker "gets the shaft from the depressed
            wages."…My older brother, a legal immigrant, a laborer, and a union member,
            would totally agree. He sees first hand in New Jersey how companies, both big
            and particularly small ones, refuse to hire union workers. They cost much more.

            Discrimination Still Going On
            By Domingo Ivan Casañas
            I was reading in Hispanic magazine that discrimination against minorities
            overall has declined significantly between 1989 and 2000. However, it has
            declined less for Hispanic homebuyers and not at all for Hispanic renters...The study
            compared the experiences of black, white and Hispanic testers who posed as
            apartment seekers and homebuyers in 20 U.S. metropolitan areas. The testers
            responded to the same housing advertisements within hours of each other's. With
            only their ethnicity being different they showed the same financial backgrounds,
            job histories and with other factors being the same investigators found that
            rental agents discriminated…

            ¡Si! People as well as nations, age, but don't necessarily grow wiser!
            By Ricardo Castañón
            Regretfully, it seems the predominant mentality in Mexico remains as it was
            in the days of Cortez. We still look at foreigners as demigods and bow in an
            effort to please them. As we all learned in the news, a group of British
            tourists had been regularly "visiting" the caverns in the outskirts of Puebla. As it
            turned out to be, they were not tourists at all. They are an undercover team
            of military scientists posing as sports fans with a definite strategic purpose…

            "Mexican Americans will Overcome Cruz Bustamante's Sins"
            By Raoul Lowery Contreras
            But memories fade and as When Republican Romauldo Pacheco, the first Mexican
            American elected to statewide office in California in 1875, retired from
            Congress to accept an ambassadorship, Mexican Americans would suffer through over
            six decades of state and federal electoral drought. No a single Mexican
            American would win elective office until Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Roybal was
            elected to Congress in the early 1960s

            By Richard Baldwin
            The World Court handed down a decision on a case brought by México concerning
            51 Mexican nationals on death row in the United States. The basis of this
            case was the denial of access to the Mexican council for assistance. This is not
            the first instance as both Germany and Paraguay has raised this issue in
            recent years against the US. This time the court has simply asked that the US
            review these cases. This procedure of allowing foreigners access to their national
            consulates for assistance is part of the 1963 Vienna Convention in which the
            US was a signor. It is also one of the treaties that was torn up by the Bush
            administration as infringing on its sovereignty. But treaties mean very little
            to that administration…

            By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
            Remembering and The Battle Over Memory
            Remember…That's what the ad in the April 12 issue of Time magazine says…So
            powerful are these words in the American psyche that there's no need to add the
            name of the 1960 movie: "The Alamo." (Aside from this DVD release, there's
            also a 2004 version of the movie about the battle that fueled Texas
            independence.)…Remembering has a powerful function in American history. Yet it is very
            selective. Memory is critical to things Americana, just as long as it doesn't go
            too far back, nor stray too far from promoting Anglo-American Protestant
            values. (Just ask Harvard's Samuel P. Huntington, who claims that Mexicans --
            Hispanics/Latinos as a whole -- threaten the national security of the nation…
            Iraq The Hidden Unseen War: The Reality of Bush's Iraq
            By Manuel Valenzuela
            Contributing Editor AxisofLogic.com
            (Editor's Note: Originally Released in November/December 2003, this
            three-part series conveys with clarity the situation in present-day Iraq. It is as
            relevant today as it was a few months ago, if not more so. We re-post this article
            due to its clear understanding of events such as those in Fallujah and the
            continuing quagmire that is Iraq. This article covers the Dead and Wounded, the
            Resistance and Failed Policy.)

            Glorifying the Fight for Slavery in Texas - Forget the Alamo!
            By Don Santina
            Yet another film version of the story of the Alamo is about to descend on a
            movie theatre near you. Due to production delays, we have been watching
            trailers and previews for over four months. According to the hoopla, the defenders of
            the Alamo fought for "liberty" and "freedom" and--as their noble commander
            says in a film clip-- to "show the world what patriots are made of." A stirring
            ad run during the Superbowl intoned that, at the Alamo, "Ordinary men will
            become heroes."

            GOP convert puts Demos on notice
            By Rhina Guidos and Joe Baird
            The Salt Lake Tribune
            For more than three decades, Ana Archuleta knocked on doors, stuffed
            envelopes and handed out literature around Salt Lake City in the name of the
            Democratic Party. You could say the political affiliation was a family tradition in her
            Latino household, where her parents campaigned for President Kennedy and
            aunts and uncles sat around the kitchen table discussing the best ways to help
            their favorite Democrats.

            Campaign 2004: Bush, Kerry wrestle for votes among Hispanics
            By Ann McFeatters
            Post-Gazette National Bureau
            Both the Bush and Kerry presidential campaigns talk about the need to unite
            the country, but when it comes to wooing Hispanic voters, their tactics can be

            Immigration reform would help warm Mexicans to US 'melting pot'
            By Jorge Castañeda
            Los Angeles Times Samuel Huntington is a distinguished scholar who always
            addresses important and timely issues. In his article on Mexican immigration to
            the United States published in the current issue of Foreign Policy magazine,
            Mr. Huntington reveals serious concerns about his country, especially that he
            sees it divided into two cultures and two languages…

            Four New Tools for Implementing No Child Left Behind
            White House
            POLICY SUMMARY of the four recent No Child Left Behind policy announcements
            regarding special education students, limited English proficient students,
            highly qualified teachers, and participation rates.

            Missing the Forest for the Trees: The Environmental Arguments of Immigration
            Restrictionists Miss the Point
            By Walter A. Ewing, Ph.D.*
            In the latest battle for control of the Sierra Club, immigration
            restrictionists are again using an "over-population" argument that is based on flawed
            environmental assumptions and offers no useful guide for fixing the broken U.S.
            immigration system.

            COMMON SENSE
            "Today's Whys"
            By Paul Jacobs
            Republicans control the legislative and executive branches of the federal
            government. And yet, the party of "smaller government" and "fiscal
            responsibility" has grown government outrageously and irresponsibly…Quite a few of my
            listeners and readers have offered excuses for the Republicans. The most common?
            "The Democrats would have been worse." That may be true. But why haven't the
            Republicans been better?

            A call for an exit door from Iraq
            By Sen. Robert Byrd
            I have watched with heavy heart and mounting dread as the ever-precarious
            battle to bring security to post-war Iraq has taken a desperate turn for the
            worse in recent days and hours. Along with so many Americans, I have been shaken
            by the hellish carnage in Fallujah and the violent uprisings in Baghdad and
            elsewhere. The pictures have been the stuff of nightmares, with bodies charred
            beyond recognition and dragged through the streets of cheering citizens…

            Where's the outrage now Democrats?
            By Armstrong Williams
            Sen. Robert Byrd, the longstanding Democrat from West Virginia, cast his
            17,000th vote in the chamber last week. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) saw fit to mark
            the occasion with a rousing tribute in which he proclaimed, "There is no one I
            admire more. There is no one to whom I listen more closely and carefully when
            he speaks on any subject matter than Sen. Byrd."…For obvious reasons, Dodd
            neglected to mention that Byrd is a former Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan.
            Nor did Dodd dwell on the fact that Byrd voted against the Civil Rights Act of
            1964 or…

            As Prepared for Delivery
            National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice Opening Remarks The National
            Commission on Terrorists Attacks Upon the United States Washington, DC
            I thank the Commission for arranging this special session. Thank you for
            helping to find a way to meet the Nation's need to learn all we can about the
            September 11th attacks, while preserving important Constitutional principles…This
            Commission, and those who appear before it, have a vital charge. We owe it to
            those we lost, and to their loved ones, and to our country, to learn all we
            can about that tragic day, and the events that led to it.

            Rice Testifies
            USA Today
            In a perfect world, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's appearance
            Thursday before the independent commission looking into the 9/11 attacks would
            have ended the partisan finger-pointing that broke out two weeks ago… That
            naive hope was quickly put to rest. But Rice's public testimony did help dispel
            several damaging theories that have gained traction since Sept. 11, 2001.

            Sins of Commission
            By Clifford D. May
            It's not supposed to be about politics. It's not supposed to be about
            settling scores. It's not supposed to be entertainment. But those are the ways the
            9/11 commission's work is being framed for American and international audiences.

            Non partisan 9/11 showed it's anything but non-partisan.
            New York Post
            As they prepared to question Condoleezza Rice yesterday, the members of the
            9/11 Commission were given some sage advice on the op-ed page of yesterday's
            Wall Street Journal… Rice's appearance, said the author, "will test the
            commission's resilience to the partisan pressures which threaten to collapse the
            goodwill needed to achieve consensus." Indeed, he warned against the urge "to
            become personal and question motives instead of confronting the substance of the
            argument made by any individual." …For, "if we yield to this tendency," he
            noted, "all hope for an honest and constructive report is lost" - and "we will most
            certainly fail." …Too bad former Sen. Bob Kerrey - who wrote the article -
            didn't take his own advice.

            Why Richard Clarke is a Hero
            By Richard Reeves
            Richard Clarke seems an odd duck, or perhaps I mean that you probably would
            not want to go on a duck-hunting trip with him. He comes across, in both
            appearance and in interviews, as arrogant, tough to get along with, a loner who
            spent hours one early morning working out the precise wording of his public
            apology to the families of Sept. 11 victims. He is also smart as hell and is telling
            very unpleasant truth in a critical whirl of many truths -- and many lies.

            Rice and Clarke
            By George Will
            Present events grind the lens through which we view the past. Condoleezza
            Rice, testifying to the commission examining U.S. counter terrorism efforts in
            the decade prior to 9/11, addressed the past, particularly the Bush
            administration's activities in the 233 days prior to the attacks. But her testimony came
            against the backdrop of the deterioration of conditions in Iraq, which have
            increased public skepticism about an administration that radically underestimated
            postwar challenges.

            Clintonizing Kerry
            The Monitor's View
            Christian Science Monitor
            Despite guns blazing in Iraq this week, John Kerry decided to focus on
            butter. In his second major campaign speech on the economy, the presumed Democratic
            nominee made promises about federal spending that indicate a President Kerry
            is likely to be more a Clinton than a Johnson; and on tax cuts, he'd be more a
            JFK than an FDR. Mr. Kerry's speech was decidedly to the right for a Democrat,
            indicating he's rounded on his heels after the left-nudging primaries and run
            to the economic mainstream in time for the November election.

            Kerry isn't as ignorant on economic matters as he sounds....
            By Neal Boortz
            ...but he certainly thinks that you are. A caller to my talk show earlier
            this week was trying to explain his support for John Kerry. He particularly liked
            Kerry's plan to increase taxes on the highest income earners. It was an
            explanation only a Democrat could love. "If the government takes more money away
            from the rich," he said, "then the rich will have to work harder to get that
            money back, and this will increase productivity and help our economy."

            Pundits to Kerry: Move Right - Same advice every four years
            FAIR Critique and Activism
            Every four years, loud voices in the media advise the Democratic presidential
            candidate to abandon progressive stances and occupy the political center.
            With Sen. John Kerry having emerged as the presumable nominee, the pundits are
            once again issuing the same prescription.

            Stonewalling your Right to Know
            By Mark Tapscott
            Ever wonder why journalists seem so cynical? Maybe you would be, too, if the
            following exchange between a New York reporter and a local "public servant"
            was typical of your day at the office: …Journalist: "Why can't you provide these
            school payroll records electronically?"…Bureaucrat: "Ummm … we just don't."…
            Journalist: "But under the Freedom of Information law, if you're capable of
            providing them electronically, you're required to do so."…Bureaucrat: "Yeah …
            but we don't follow that."

            Wal-Mart Prepares to Bury the Left Under a Mountain of Money
            Jim, John, Alice, Sam and Helen may carry the world's most dangerous genetic
            markers. They are the Waltons, heirs to the global destructive force called
            What you've always wanted to know about Mexicans but didn't know who to ask,
            could be the title of the manual, The Mexican Perspective. Patrick Osio has
            'translated' much of the Mexican perspective on issues of importance to them and
            to us. It explains their feelings about their country, and the Mexican psyche
            that makes up a great deal of their culture - on subjects of religion,
            family, politics, corruption in their midst, the immigration phenomenon, their
            feelings towards the US and its people including Mexican-Americans. It candidly
            analyses the perceptions Americans have towards Mexico and Mexicans …insight on
            the Mexican thinking about the US's foreign policy and the historical issues
            between the US, Mexico and Latin America - we call it helping, they call it
            intervention - we call it Manifest Destiny, they call it imperialism.

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