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    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2003
      HispanicVista.com Weekly Digest
      Our Point of View - Nuestro Punto de Vista

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      US-Visit program's premature implementation will cripple commerce and do
      nothing for Homeland Security.
      By Patrick Osio, Jr.
      The Homeland Security Act of 2002 requires the Department of Homeland
      Security to establish an automated entry/exit system at all ports of entry - air, sea
      and land. Known as United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator
      Technology, or US-Visit for short, the program will be designed to "collect,
      maintain and share information, including biometric identifiers, through a dynamic
      system, on foreign nationals." That information will be used to determine if
      the person should be allowed into the country, get special attention or have
      their immigration status changed.

      No to Tax Disaster
      By Raoul Lowery Contreras
      Hispanics now number a third of California's population and most of them are
      middle-class and pay middle-class taxes, property taxes on their houses, sales
      taxes on the cars they buy, income taxes on the money they make, incomes
      among the highest of all American Hispanics. They pay taxes 24-hours a day, just
      like everyone else.

      The Myth of the Liberal Media
      By Domenico Maceri
      Walter Cronkite admitted in a recent interview that most reporters are
      liberal. Some people interpreted that to mean that the media is liberal. A close
      examination, however, reveals that even if reporters are liberal, their bosses
      are clearly not. Most media outlets are businesses, which by and large, tend to
      be conservative, like the corporations whose advertising income keeps the
      media afloat.

      Consumerism as a way of life
      By Erika Robles
      American culture is a consumer culture. The commercial culture bombards us
      with images and messages to make us want things that sometimes we don't need,
      but that ties us to a certain status and image. It is true the American consumer
      culture fuels its economy and generates millions of jobs, but excessive
      commercialism and consumerism could have a harmful impact on our quality of life.

      A Prison Experience Part Two: Going to "The Hole"
      By Michael G. Santos
      Cruz and I walked over to the lieutenant's office, and he announced to
      Nesbitt that I was waiting outside. Nesbitt ordered me inside and then offered a few
      sparse sentences for me. "I'm lockin' you up. Someone will be by to talk with
      you tomorrow." Nesbitt's pronouncement was so matter of fact and absolute
      that I knew there was nothing for me to say. By opening my mouth at all, I could
      only invite Nesbitt to humiliate me further. I kept quiet. Officer Cruz
      returned to the visiting room while Officer Mobley led me to a bathroom for another
      strip search. Cruz had me inspected me naked fewer than ten minutes
      previously, but I have become numb to such prison rituals over the years and complied
      without protest.

      A Typical Californio Boy (Chapter 2)*
      By Manuel Hernández
      They met at church. Between the singing and worshipping, Manolo dazed at his
      young and attractive love. Maria was a beautiful Christian girl. The pastor
      had strict seating arrangements, and men were not allowed to sit next to women
      in the temple. Her father and mother carefully guarded her, and Maria's parents
      sat her in between them, making it practically impossible for him to get a
      glimpse at her. Manolo came out of every service with neck pains. He just had to
      look at her more than once.

      The Bush War is Getting Ugly
      By Steven J. Ybarra JD
      I really began to feel safe after Osama Bin Laden was captured. I mean Joe
      Lieberman was right, America is so much better off now that he is in jail. Oh,
      wait it wasn't Osama, it was the other guy. You know ol' what his name, the
      "raqi," is he is the guy in jail. "Spiderman" I think they call him.

      Inside Mexico
      Happy New Year, but now what
      By Richard Baldwin
      Happy New Year to all. But now that we're all happy, what's next?...The
      predicted collapse of any real fiscal reform did indeed happen, mainly due to the
      administration's inability to understand that their proposed tax on food,
      medicine, books, and school tuition would never pass. As one financial writer
      commented, the Fox administration's greatest ability is to deflect constructive
      criticism and to blame others for its mistakes with the use of irrelevant
      statistics to prove that they are right. In other words, they are in denial.

      Si...! We have a new Hispanic PARADIGM!
      By Ricardo Castañón
      To describe this new Hispanic paradigm, it is necessary to realize that our
      Latin-American origins group together a large diversity of mores, customs and
      traditions that although similar, really belong to the various original
      locations. When these traits and behaviors -no matter how deeply rooted in the
      individual persona they may be- are confronted with a different set of values and
      principles, inevitably an adjustment takes place. The original immigrant to this
      land has to set aside his old perspective and open-up his mind and heart to
      the new and sometimes blinding ways and means of the modern global society.

      By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
      Killing Us Softly
      This is a first-person column by Roberto Rodriguez
      What good does it do to combat environmental evildoer corporations and then
      turn around and toxify and contaminate our own bodies each day?...Last fall, a
      pain throughout my body was so excruciating that I was forced to call 911. The
      paramedics determined it was not my heart. After a second and then a third
      episode, a doctor finally diagnosed it correctly: It was food and diet-related.

      President Lincoln and Bush and Freedom
      By Raoul Lowery Contreras
      Bedrock principles of presidents are discernible in their own words. Abraham
      Lincoln, for example, declared in a June, 1858 speech (two years before he ran
      for President) to the Illinois State Republican Convention that "A house
      divided against itself cannot stand…I believe this government cannot endure,
      permanently half-slave and half free…I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -I
      do not expect the house to fall-but I do expect it will cease to be divided…It
      will become all one thing, or all the other."
      White Terror
      "At no time have Federal authorities treated White hate groups as clear and
      present dangers to National Security." The Bush men decorate our holidays in
      Homeland Security yellow, orange and red, while demonizing Islamic green as the
      color of the most implacable foes of Western "civilization." Yet official
      silence conspires to hide genocidal maniacs in our midst who have sworn to erase
      the Black presence from the landscape of the United States: White Terror.

      Divided on the War? Not Really
      By Robert Kagan
      Faithful consumers of the American media can be forgiven for believing that
      the Iraq war has created searing divisions in the American body politic of a
      kind not seen since the nation was torn apart in the later years of the Vietnam
      War. But is the reality division or consensus? In fact, Americans have been
      remarkably supportive of the Iraq war, both on the original decision to invade
      and on the need to keep troops in Iraq for years to come if necessary. This
      support was on the rise, moreover, even before Saddam Hussein was pulled out of
      his hole this past week.

      Words to start the New Year - A Very Good Lesson in Life
      Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood and always h
      as something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he
      would always reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

      Kids Aren't Alright
      By Shay Bilchik
      Despite repeated promises and assurances from the president and the Congress,
      Washington is failing children who are abused and neglected in this country
      by cutting spending for child welfare services in 2004. At a time of public
      outrage at the newspaper headlines graphically depicting the breakdown in
      protections for our children, now is not the time for Washington to shirk its
      responsibility to guarantee the safety of every child.

      America's Forgotten Future
      By Sen. Chris Dodd
      Editor's Note: The Act To Leave No Child Behind-currently before
      Congress-provides the nation with a comprehensive blueprint for addressing the needs of
      America's children. Following are excerpts from Sen. Chris Dodd's remarks when
      he introduced the bill on Feb. 2, 2003.

      Taking Puerto Rico Out of Limbo
      Christian Science Monitor
      Should Puerto Rico become the 51st state, remain a United States
      commonwealth, or become an independent nation?...That's the question put to yet another
      White House panel to study. Last week, President Bush named 16 new members to a
      task force first established by President Clinton in 2000 to explore the

      Think Again: International Trade
      Why have disagreements between rich and poor nations stalled the global
      trading system? Because vapid debates over "fair trade" obscure some inconvenient
      facts: First, notwithstanding their demands for equity, poor countries are more
      protectionist than advanced economies. Second, if rich nations cut their
      self-defeating agricultural subsidies, their own publics would benefit, but
      consumers in many poor countries would not.

      THE AMERICAS/Wall Street Journal
      A Victim of Castro's Tyranny Tells His Story
      By Mary Anastasia O'Grady
      (sic)… prize Mr. Eire joins the ranks of such notable writers as William
      Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Tom Wolfe, David McCullough and poet Elizabeth
      Bishop. Yet, impressive as that may seem, the author's true joy in the award appears
      to be its potential for awakening the world to the horrors of Fidel's island
      slave plantation.

      Bush signs parts of Patriot Act II into law - stealthily
      By David Martin
      On December 13, when U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein, President George W.
      Bush not only celebrated with his national security team, but also pulled out
      his pen and signed into law a bill that grants the FBI sweeping new powers. A
      White House spokesperson explained the curious timing of the signing - on a
      Saturday - as "the President signs bills seven days a week." But the last time
      Bush signed a bill into law on a Saturday happened more than a year ago - on a
      spending bill that the President needed to sign, to prevent shutting down the
      federal government the following Monday.

      GOP Hypocrisy
      By Rep. George Miller
      The recent report that Republican Michigan Representative Nick Smith was
      offered support for his son's Congressional campaign if he would vote in favor of
      the Medicare bill reminds me of just how hard the Republicans have to work to
      get their radical bills through Congress despite being in the majority. In
      fact, on several critical votes this year, the only way they could win was to
      insure their own wavering members they would be exempt from the drastic changes
      that their legislation would bring about.
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