Saturday - Nov 17, 2018

Calendar & Tourism

  • Bernal Preschool unveils study on Preschool/Learning Center

    ­by Mauricio Vela

    Bernal Preschool Parents & Supporters Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by releasing seven month feasibility study for New Bernal Preschool/Learning Center.

    Over the past eight months, with the financial support provided Supervisor Ammiano’s office, the Bernal Preschool committee with participation and support of parents, community members, childcare experts, elected and appointed officials has examined three options to ensure that Bernal Preschool remains in our Community Hub.

  • The Puerto Rican diáspora of Frank Espada

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — In the early 1980s, Frank Espada set out to capture, through pictures and words, the story about why so many people left their Caribbean homeland and where they went. The result is a traveling gallery of photographs that has toured much of the United States. Now there’s the book, “The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Themes in the Survival of a People.”

  • Does the ability of a president to speak a second language, makes a difference?

    ­by Frank Gómez

    Few U.S. presidents have had second language skills. Does it matter? Beyond appealing to the Hispanic vote in the 2008 elections, is a second language important to our global leadership and competitiveness?

    Thomas Jefferson, onetime envoy to France, spoke French well. Did his language skill and understanding of the French people help in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase? We may never know; but since Jefferson no U.S. president has had a command of a second language.

  • Immigrant crime and the fear-feeding frenzy

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON – Tell me straight. Do you think crime by immigrants is getting out of control? Has local media been carrying those stories? Do you think it’s worse now than before? Do you think the police need more legal tools to get control?

    If so, there’s something you should know.

    Another lengthy academic study has just come out maintaining that immigrants are far less inclined to be bad guys than our native sons. It’s the natives who grow up to become criminals.

  • Can a boat help Alberto Gonzales from sinking?

    ­by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON– One would think Attorney General Alberto Gonzáles would have already thrown in the towel. His two top staff members have resigned and Congress is demanding more documents from him, and his anticipated testimony before a Senate hearing is expected to produce fireworks.

    So, what makes him tick? What’s back there?

  • Loudmouth’s vision for a linguistic shipwreck

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON – Newt Gingrich is only 64 but already he’s afflicted with memory lapse. He has conveniently forgotten his own past.

    Addressing the National Federation of Republican Women in Washington, D.C., March 31, the potential GOP presidential aspirant claimed bilingual-education classes are teaching students “the language of living in a ghetto.” They must be eliminated, he insisted, and so should ballots in languages other than English.

  • Are butterflies illegal intruders?

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON – If a butterflyʼs fluttering wings in Africa can cause a hurricane in Louisiana, why is it hard to understand that when making a living ends in one place, people migrate to earn a living some place else?

    David Baconʼs book, Communities Without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration, makes the connection. His book shows how calamity in one place leads to consequences in another.

  • Education storm warning, two decades later

    by José de la Isla

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    (First in a two-part commentary)

    HOUSTON – Twenty-one years ago, in 1986, Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said his country had “become quite an intelligent nation, much more than the United States.”