Archive for ‘Comunidad’

February 16, 2012

How to be a model internet citizen

What makes the internet special is the fact that it offers you a voice – a platform in which you can clearly define who you are and what you believe to the world at large. Recognition and validation from your peers is only a click away…in theory.

The truth is that as wonderful as the internet can be, it can also be a desolate cruel place where ignorance runs rampant. It’s important to remember that in order to effectively engage and interact online, you need to have some semblance of civility and class.

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February 16, 2012

The blame game of personal responsibility

by Nick Baez

Clichés abound these days. We hear the same platitudes being shouted from the rooftops, even amongst those within our community. “Just work harder!” “If I can do it, so can you!” “Stop expecting handouts!”

Yes, Latinos seem to be quite fond of the whole “hard work equals success” mantra. As a result, from among many in the community, there are frequent calls for individuals to simply take control of their lives and “rise up” out of their current downtrodden situations.

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February 13, 2012

Teacher sex scandals

As parents, we put an immense amount of trust in teachers. Latino parents tend to trust even more than usual, giving teachers full responsibility for the disciplining of their child. They expect teachers to be the parents at school, while they are the parents at home. It’s all part of the “it takes a village to raise a child” mentality. Unfortunately, sometimes there are teachers that just cannot be trusted.

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February 9, 2012

When friend-of-​a-friend won’t cut it

by Nancy Sepulveda

Few things are as annoying as listening to  the drip, clunk, swoosh and squeak of a leaky faucet,  broken shutter or a loose floor board (especially if you’re trying to get your sleep on.)

While some people are DIY-ers and handy with a pair of pliers and a screw driver, for many of us our home repair and maintenance issues require outside assistance. Enter Frankie (or Chuey or Flaco or Bob,) that quintessential handyman recommended by your Tia Fifa because he once fixed her daughter’s neighbor’s sliding door, and m’ija that thing hasn’t come off its tracks since!

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February 2, 2012

Planned Parenthood loses funding

Many women in need of medical services have only one place they could rely upon for free, or discounted care, Planned Parenthood. They are able to get cervical and breast cancer screenings they couldn’t otherwise afford. Planned Parenthood isn’t only a place to get contraceptive products.

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February 2, 2012

The state of our community 2012

by Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

According to TV’s political analysts, President Obama’s State of the Union address was the one of the most impassioned, lackluster, articulate and deceptive speeches the nation has seen in at least a decade. Depending on which news channel you watch at home or which radio station you listen to on the way to work, the President’s speech either exceeded all expectations or fell completely flat.

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February 1, 2012

When is killing acceptable?

by Cynthia Pleitez


A Youtube video has surfaced which puts a new spin on police reports and their use of “self defense”.

Monterey Park, California police shot and killed a man who shattered the windows of a Carls Jr. restaurant with a three-foot-long metal pipe before allegedly swinging it at police officers.

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January 31, 2012

Religion belongs in the home, but what about the House and Senate?

by Maitri Pamo
You have seen them: signs stating “Dios bendiga este hogar.” Their popularity is a testament to the overwhelming adherence to religious faith that characterizes the Latino experience in the U.S.

The last published report by the Pew Hispanic Center on the subject found that only 8 percent of Latinos identify as atheist or agnostic. In the overall population of the country the Pew Center found that despite a changing social panorama, most individuals still report some sort of religious preference.

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January 26, 2012

La misa

by Cindy Tovar

Which did you learn first: the Our Father, or el Padre Nuestro?

If you were raised in a Spanish-speaking household, you were most likely taught to say your prayers in Spanish. And if this was the case, you probably also went to mass en español.

I never liked going to church, but I was forced to wake up early and attend. One Sunday, at the age of 10, I thought I was smart and tried to get out of it. I lied and told my mother I didn’t want to go because I didn’t understand what was being said.

So she took me to an English mass instead.

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January 25, 2012

Beware of shiny objects: How not to fill the Latino leadership void

by Nick Baez

Some of you may recall an alarming study conducted a little over a year ago by the Pew Hispanic Center, in which Latinos were asked a simple question: “name the person who you consider to be the most important Latino leader in the country today.”

A whopping 64 percent of respondents answered “I don’t know.” These findings support a growing line of research that suggests the current U.S. Latino community is experiencing a leadership void on a national level. 

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