Thursday - Apr 25, 2019

Calendar & Tourism

  • 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.)

  • A passion for life inspires Mexico’s Day of the Dead

    ­by Mary J. Andrade

    In Mexico once a year, the living and the dead get to converse. Inspired by the belief that death is a transition from one life to another, during the last days of October and the first days of November they chat.

    The occasion: the country’s Day of the Dead celebration.

  • Disconnecting Hispanic heritage and Alberto González

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — Only hours after announcing in late August he would resign, embattled Attorney General Alberto González talked to Rubén Navarrette, a columnist with the San Diego Union Tribune.

    The AG told Navarrette he wanted to be remembered “as someone who did the best he could … based on what was right and what was just.”

    That sounds like a fair yardstick for measuring his public service. But there was more about Alberto González not yet known.

  • Addressing the Hispanic foreclosure crises

    by Janet Murguía

    Stories about families who face foreclosure on their homes because they trusted lenders have become part of the daily news cycle. Unscrupulous lenders offered easy and fast approvals, only to leave ill-informed borrowers with risky, expensive, and in some cases, deceptive financing.­

    In recent days, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. has pointed to bad lending practices as the reason for the current downturn in the mortgage market.

  • The bill of sale

    by Esther J Cepeda

    Do you see a dollar sign on my forehead?

    There’s a Mexican saying: “el nopal en la frente.” It translates as “having a nopal on the forehead –” a reference to the native prickly green vegetable. It means that your dark skin, eyes and hair make it obvious you’re a Mexican.

    Merchants have turned the phrase on its head, so to speak. That “nopal” is now a dollar sign and rather than being a slam, it’s a target countless U.S. businesses are gleefully setting their sights on.

  • A tradition written in Spanish

    ­by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — At a time when so much that is significant about Hispanics is commonly believed to have little or no precedent, two national Latino groups celebrate journalistic landmarks this year.

    The series of examples come out of journalism history and lead right to what you are reading today.

  • Xicana Moratorium Day

    ­by Christina Geovany

    It has been 37 years between the first Chicano Moratorium and the present day. Raza is still constantly facing the same struggles and dealing with similar problems such as the war, immigration, deportation, gang violence, poverty, etc.

  • WWII veterans brought leadership skills back home

    by Kenneth Burt

    The harsh reality that politics and war are intertwined is evident in the decision of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to pressure filmmaker Ken Burns to include Latinos in his PBS documentary on World War II.

    Latinos were part of conflict from the beginning as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor claimed the life of Rudolf Martínez of San Diego. Valor on the battlefields of Asia and Europe was widely recognized and Latinos won more Congressional Medals of Honor than any other ethnic group.