Tuesday - Sep 18, 2018

Calendar & Tourism

  • Tabacco’s other victims

    ­by Dick Meister

    Ideally, tobacco should be outlawed. But as long as people continue to use the deadly stuff, those who harvest it for the great profit of tobacco companies deserve far better than the miserable pay and working conditions imposed on them.

  • “Oh, shut up!” said the King

    ­by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON—Confronting Venezuela President Hugo Chávez during a plenary session of the XVII Ibero-American Summit, held in Santiago de Chile this month, King Juan Carlos of Spain, told the Venezuelan to bug-off, in so many words.

    The incident occurred when Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had the floor. Chávez interrupted a second time.

  • The real victims of immigration rais

    by Raúl Reyes

    Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents burst into a factory in New Bedford, Mass., and rounded up more than 300 undocumented immigrants for detention and deportation. In the ensuing chaos, many parents were afraid to give information about their children, fearing that they would be arrested too.

  • When a driver’s license not a driver’s license?

    by José de la Isla

    ­HOUSTON — The give-and-take at the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia, Oct. 30, finally looked like the candidates might drill down to display their differences.

    The build-up was there. Barack Obama had said the week before he was going to take off the gloves. Perhaps because NBC and MSNBC with Drexel University sponsored the event, those news people felt they had a certain license to egg on the candidates.

  • Latin America – the new ‘old neighbor we almost forgot

    by Michael Shifter

    Few would dispute that the U.S. relationship with Latin America has deteriorated over the past decade, or that the past half dozen years have been the worst. Even Bush administration officials, and certainly many Republicans in Congress, concede as much. There is manifestly less trust in inter-American affairs.

  • The noose – Mexicans can’t forget their Texas legacy

    ­by Andy Porras

    The noose is on the loose. Again.

    Ever since those nooses dangling from a schoolyard tree raised racial tensions in Louisiana, the frightening symbol of segregation-era lynching has been hanging around the country.

    The ghosts of Jim Crow and certain Texas Rangers are smiling and dancing in their graves. The rope trick they made famous is making a comeback.

    Tejanos share memories of their ancestors facing situations similar to those of their darker brothers.

  • How to unseat a former president

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON– Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox has a talent for drawing almost as much criticism out of office as when he was the incumbent

    In July of last year, he was succeeded by Felipe Calderón, of his own center right National Action Party, PAN in Spanish. Fox is widely credited with advancing democracy and reforming Mexico’s economy by controlling inflation and lowering interest rates. But he left office with a trail of disappointments.

  • Prop D is bad for library and its users

    by Peter Warfield

    Proposition D, titled “renewing Library Preservation Fund,” actually hurts the things we want most in our libraries: good book collections, services, and open hours.

    Proposition D raids funds reserved for those uses, and spends them to bail out the Library’s mismanaged construction program. And it severely reduces public oversight.

  • Another wall for the GOP – humpty dumpty’s on it

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — The second shoe fell last week when the Christian-conservative “Values Voters” met in Washington. Out of 5,775 opinion votes cast, national frontrunner Rudy Giuliani finished next to last, with only two percent, in a field of six contenders.

    The Christian right is far from reaching consensus. Meanwhile Latino evangelicals, a crucial swing bloc, have quietly left Republican hopefuls to fend for themselves.

  • How to spot a Chicano from New Texicalorizona

    ­by Philip Móntez

    (As Hispanic Heritage Month fades from the calendar, Hispanic Link News Service offers this satirical view of Mexican Americans as products of their Southwestern geographical divisions. First published by Hispanic Link News Service 27 years ago, it is authored by Philip Móntez, who recently retired from his position as Western Regional Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.)