Archive for May 11th, 2011

May 11, 2011

Can sitting kill you? YES! (Infographic)

With our lives becoming increasingly digital, many of us spend a lot of our time sitting down. A desk in a cubicle is often our home for more than nine hours a day. Our bodies were not made for prolonged sitting and we’re paying the price. Here’s some startling information:

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May 11, 2011

Does Utah have the solution to illegal immigration?

by Orlando Rodriguez

Illegal immigration in the United States is driven by business profits – punto. It has been this way for about a century. Former US Senator Hubert Humphrey (D-Minnesota) made the point in 1952: “As long as it is possible to hire the wetbacks at ten cents an hour, they will be coming across the border until kingdom come. . .somebody is making a filthy dollar out of it.” I apologize for the derogatory term but it nonetheless adds to the context of this issue. Former US Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) made a similar point in 2006: “[T]ake away the jobs and, I think, you can stop much of the illegal immigration.” Tom Tancredo is an anti-immigrant lightning rod for the far right.

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May 11, 2011

Budgets and bilinguals

by Ryan Almodovar

It’s a scene that’s unfortunately become all too familiar across the United States. The ubiquitous and ever infamous ‘budget cut’ has become an integral part of our economy, not just on a federal level, but at the state and city level as well.

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May 11, 2011

The horrible truth about honoring Native America

by Ulises Silva

It must be nice to have attack helicopters named after you. It must be cool to have drunk sports fans wearing paraphernalia stamped with caricatured versions of you while chanting something culturally resonant—like the Tomahawk chop. And now, to have the world’s most notorious terrorist code-named after one of the great leaders in your history? Wow, Native America, I bet you’re feeling really honored now!

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May 11, 2011

Finding the right therapist

by Nick Baez

A few weeks ago, Nancy Sepulveda courageously wrote about her struggle with depression and anxiety, and her deeper battle to finally take the steps necessary to seek out psychotherapy. She correctly noted that many Latinos have ambivalence towards seeking out such services, and there is a plethora of research that has identified numerous mitigating factors that decrease the likelihood of Latinos winding up in the therapy room.

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May 11, 2011

Say OK to Pre-K

by Cindy Tovar

I remember when preschool was carefree. All we did was play with blocks and sing songs, take naps, and eat snacks. Those were the good old days, when a child wasn’t expected to know very much upon entering kindergarten. Now, when a child walks into kindergarten for the first time, they need to know their ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s in order to keep up with the curriculum, as well as with their peers. For this reason, it concerns me when I hear that Latino enrollment in preschool declined between 2005 and 2009.

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