Volume XXXI Number 03 January 19, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Giving children a fresh start through surgical gifts

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Rosa Martinez was born with a dark lump of tissue the size of a golf ball under her chin. When she was three years old, she began to lower her head, ashamed, and she would make no eye contact.

Other children wouldn’t want to play with her because she was different.

Her large hemangioma, which consisted of thousands of enlarged blood vessels, was affecting her self-esteem and proper psychological development.

Her parents’ health insurance didn’t cover the expenses of a surgery that would remove the extra tissue. They couldn’t afford it either.


Rosa before surgery.

It was through Rosa’s pediatrician that they found out about Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a nonprofit organization based in Carlsbad that provides free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and young adults with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease.

After being accepted into the program, a team of volunteer doctors performed the surgery and carefully removed the dark-red growth.

Today, almost four years after the procedure and at age seven, Rosa wants to give back to Fresh Start and help other children who are in the situation she was before.

That’s the reason why she’s running in this Saturday’s Keebler Kids Mile at LegoLand on behalf of the young patients of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.

Rosa and another Fresh Start patient, Antonio, were able to fundraise almost $1,000 for the event, money which will be used to help with the surgeries and medical attention of other children, said Amelia Devine, media relations representative for Fresh Start.

“It’s really been such an inspiration for our volunteer community to see these children want to give back,” Devine said. “They’re learning at a young age how good it feels to give back to the community. We’re really proud of them.”



Dándole a los niños un nuevo comienzo a través de la cirugía
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Rosa Martínez nació con una bola de piel oscura del tamaño de una pelota de golf debajo de su barbilla. Cuando tenía tres años, comenzó a bajar su cabeza, avergonzada, y no solía hacer contacto visual.


Paradise Valley critics say, “Action is already being taken”
By Raymond R. Beltran
NATIONAL CITY — National City resident Maria Estrada balances a $12,000 a year income with her twelve year old son, and says if it weren’t for Paradise Valley Hospital’s charitable programs she wouldn’t be receiving some of the breast screenings and mammograms provided.

La policía toma las calles de Tijuana: Investigaciones del Operativo Tijuana provoca confusiones entre autoridades policiacas
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Desde el arranque del Operativo Tijuana, una maniobra policiaco-militar masiva contra el crimen organizado, las autoridades federales han iniciado una serie de investigaciones a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal para detectar posibles vínculos con delincuentes.


Stories

National City Sales Tax May Be Heading Back to the Ballot
By Raymond R. Beltran
NATIONAL CITY— Proposition B. Proposition D. The city’s sales tax increase has taken on different names, but it continues to remain a hot button issue between the city council and a resistant community opposition.


Christ On The Border
By Roberto Lovato
Depending on which side of the stained glass of Christian politics you look at it from, the creation this week of the evangelical-based Families First in Immigration coalition brings either clarity or further fuzziness to the already complex politics of immigration reform.


Realizarán el XXVI Congreso de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología
Por: Paco Zavala
¿Qué es la Sociología? La Sociología es una disciplina científica que estudia las formas sociales del como éstas se dan en la realidad, dejando a un lado toda consideración valorativa de las mismas. Por formas sociales se entienden tanto las relaciones circunstanciales entre los hombres como aquellas que, por su fijeza, dan lugar a estructuras estables o grupos sociales.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Es la economía, estúpido
Corría el año de 1992, cuando Bill Clinton se disponía a bajarle la presidencia de Estados Unidos al papi del hoy presidente del país, cuando James Carville, uno de sus estrategas de campaña, colgó un cartelito en sus oficinas en Arkansas. El cartelito tenía solamente tres frases, en las cuales se resumía completamente la campaña: “Cambio contra ‘más de lo mismo’”; “No se te olvide el sistema de salud”; y “Es la economía, estúpido”.


Justicia Imperial y Castigo
La muerte de Saddam Hussein es parte de la politica imperial bajo el disfráz de justicia
Por Eduardo Stanley
A fines de la década del 70, mientras estudiaba en Europa, conocí algunos estu-diantes iraquíes. Uno de ellos, con quien establecí una cordial amistad, me explicó su imposibilidad de regresar a visitar a su familia por ser afiliado al partido comunista. “Activistas de izquierda son constantemente ahorcados y ultimamente la situación está empeorando”, me comentó entonces. El encargado de la repre-sión era un tal Saddam Hussein, quien tomaría el control del gobierno pocos años después.


“University Within a College” program offers convenience to South Bay students
New partnership between Alliant International University and Southwestern College creates more opportunities.
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
While enrolled at Southwestern College, Yoanna Gaytan wanted to transfer to a 4-year university but at the same time wanted to stay close to home, to her job and to her family.


Nuevo programa ofrece educación conveniente a los estudiantes del sur del condado
Un acuerdo entre Alliant International University y Southwestern College crea más oportunidades
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Mientras estaba matriculada en Southwestern College, Yoanna Gaytan quería transferirse a una universidad de cuatro años pero también deseaba quedarse cerca de casa, de su trabajo y de su familia.


Grossmont College marks opening of $19.7 million science laboratory building
New laboratories a far cry from dilapidated labs of old
A $19.7 million science laboratory building will usher Grossmont College science programs into the modern era with the start of spring classes next week after decades of cramped quarters, a chronic shortage of labs and aging equipment.


File your taxes early!!!
Liberty Tax Service in National City is your best option.
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
When it comes to filing your taxes, RG Reyes, owner and president of the newly opened Liberty Tax Service in National City, has one basic piece of advice: The sooner you file, the sooner you’ll get your tax refund.


¡Haga su declaración de impuestos temprano!
Liberty Tax Service en National City es su mejor opción
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando se trata de hacer su declaración de impuestos, RG Reyes, dueño y presidente de la recien abierta Liberty Tax Service en National City, tiene un consejo básico: entre más pronto lo haga, más pronto recibirá su reembolso. “Es importante que lo haga temprano”, dijo Reyes.


Expertos en leyes urgen cambios en lo juicios mexicanos
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Desde varios años atrás legisladores mexicanos, así como expertos en leyes han impulsado un cambio a la forma en la que se realizan los juicios penales en el país, los cuales se llevan a cabo de forma escrita y en muchas ocasiones alargan un proceso innecesariamente, cuando la ley marca que la impartición de justicia debe ser rápida y expedita.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por:Luisa Fernanda Montero
La mamografía, un examen que le puede salvar la vida
Poco se sabe de las causas que generan el cáncer de seno, el más común entre las mujeres, después del cáncer de la piel y la segunda causa principal de muerte por esta dolencia en las mujeres, después del cáncer del pulmón.

Editorials

Editorial:
City of Chula Vista has the opportunity to diversify
The city council of Chula Vista is in the process of filling one of its top positions: city manager. In the coming week this presents a unique opportunity to rectify the lack of diversity in the top managerial positions within the city. In a city that is in excess of 60% Hispanic, we find it incredible that the city’s top managerial positions do not reflect its population.

Editorial:
What exactly is the next step with Bush’s Iraq war?
You have to give President Bush credit for one thing, once he sets his mind to something he just doesn’t let it go! How else can you explain his dogged determination to continue on with the war in Iraq with his troop surge? We just love how the President describes this troop increase and escalation of the war as a “surge,” it paints a picture of a surge protector on your computer, temporary, to make you feel good about the troop increase while deflecting the prospect for more deaths.

Commentary:
Arnold-Care Is A Bad Deal
By Rose Ann DeMoro
Sparked by the embarrassment of nearly 47 million uninsured Americans and, more notably, the growing agony of even larger business that are staggering under intolerable premium costs, our long national health care scandal is finally beginning to prod our political leaders into action.

Commentary:
Temporary Workers Must Be Included
By Cecilia Munoz
WASHINGTON, DC — It looks like this might finally be the year of fair and comprehensive immigration reform. The major obstacle to it last year, the highly negative Republican House leadership that produced the Sensenbrenner bill, has been removed and both the Senate and the House appear poised to finally launch the kind of debate on immigration that the country needs and deserves.

Comentario:
El fantasma de la deuda externa
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El presidente George W. Bush se está quedando solo. Los congresistas del partido Demócrata lo dejaron abandonado con un plan en Irak que no va ni atrás ni adelante. Algunos republicanos ya demostraron su impaciencia, ahora empiezan a desampararlo. La animosidad contra Bush no termina aquí, sino que continua en América Latina.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Dear Mexican: This November, a trusted employee of mine came out about his status as an illegal immigrant. Our big-box retail conglomerate’s policy clearly spells out the termination of my employment should I fail to report such an offense, but I love the mojado to death. He’s loyal, punctual, and works all the hours I can provide him. Plus he’s 60 years old, been in Colorado for 10 years, and worked at our company for seven. I want to keep my job, get him U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, and retain him as an employee—IN THAT ORDER. Isn’t our cookie-cutter legal system set up such that I can simply pay a lawyer to find a judge who’ll confer citizenship on the man? Or should I shut my mouth, run business as usual, and wait for his illegitimacy and falsified documents to catch up when he’s muy, muy viejo?
¡Ayudame, Por Favor!


A New Perspective for Religion-Based Foreign Policy
Former Talk Show Host Challenges Evangelicals’ Politics in New Book
With religious turmoil in the Middle East at the top of international news and religious disputes prominent, religion is at the forefront of discussion in the nation. Author Joe Ortiz presents a study of the Bible based on etymology and disproves many of the principles previously believed by Christians in his book, The End Times Passover: Etymological Challenges to Millenarian Doctrines (now available through AuthorHouse).

¡TIC TAC TIEMPO!
The Life of Young Roqueros is Hard Work, Acteal Knows
“We didn’t start music to go big,” said Rodolfo del Borño, the bass player for Chicano rock group Acteal. “We’d be lying to ourselves if we did, but if you put a group of musicians together in one place, something’s going to happen.” It did.

Grandes Planes y Proyectos Para el Presente Año en Casa de Cultura
Por: Paco Zavala
Hicimos nuestra visita de cortesía y de trabajo que realizamos al iniciar un nuevo año de actividades a la Administración de Casa de la Cultura Playas, la que funciona bajo la atinada dirección de la dilecta maestra Dana González y su equipo de trabajo.

El nuevo Enero
Una marejada de nuevas películas inunda la cartelera en expansión
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Es la peor estrategia de los estudios de Hollywood. Guardan las mejores películas para el fin del año y luego las sueltan todas juntas al unísono, justo en el momento de ser consideradas para la temporada de premios. Muchas de estas pequeñas gemas de películas no tienen los recursos para ser promocionadas y se pierden del radar de un público ávido por material de calidad.

An Oscar For Chavez
Maroa: How Music Can Change a Life
An Open Letter from Actress Maria Conchita Alonso


Sol Dance arrives, bringing Latin American and Native American films to Park City
Salt Lake City, UT — Make room, Sundance: there’s a new film festival in town.


Sweetwater’s Hernandez Battling Back from Injury
By John Philip Wyllie
After garnering league honors as a sophomore and junior member of Sweetwater High School’s girls soccer team, Yesenia Hernandez was hoping that this, her senior season would be even more memorable. It didn’t start out that way for the talented Red Devil midfielder. In the season opener against San Marcos, she heard something crack in her ankle during a nasty tackle. Initially, she thought she had broken it, but when the doctor revealed a sprain rather than a break, she received a new lease on her season. Currently 6-6, the Red Devils are in the hunt for a coveted CIF berth. Their chances of getting there are greatly enhanced with a healthy Hernandez patrolling their midfield.

CIF Champ Martinez a Role Model for Lancers
By John Philip Wyllie
A year ago as a sophomore, Hilltop High’s Javier Martinez wrestled his way to a CIF championship at 145 pounds and nearly qualified for a coveted berth in the California state competition. This year he hopes his hard work and dedication will gain him entrance into that elite tournament.


Happy Birthday Champ!
Alex Ramos shares his birthday with legends Ali & Barrera
By Mike Indri
Millions of people, worldwide, know that Muhammad Ali, “the greatest of all time,” turns 65 years old today (Jan. 17). Also, hoards of boxing enthusiasts are well aware that current WBC super featherweight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera is celebrating his 33rd birthday bash. Happy and Healthy Birthday wishes go out to both these great champions and boxing icons!

‘EL PANA’: GENIUS OR LUNATIC?
Bullfight World By Lyn Sherwood
Once again, as it does every few years, the name that is on everybody’s lips in the Mexican bullfight world is Rodolfo Rodriguez, who is known in bullfight circles as “El Pana” (The Baker), who recently registered a huge triumph in La Plaza Mexico, the world’s largest bullring.

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