Volume XXXII Number 37 September 12, 2008

FrontPage Stories

UCSD students make a difference in Nicaragua

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

When he was growing up in Tijuana, Lisandro Maya used to think the health care system in Mexico was a mess.

That was his opinion until he spent three weeks in Managua, Nicaragua, last year as part of a non-profit that is dedicated to the betterment of healthcare and quality of life for the people of the Central American nation.

That’s when he realized the Mexican health system could be worst –like Nicaragua’s, for example.


UCSD students Lisandro Maya, Elieth Martinez, and Nicholas Gastelum at the Neurosurgery department of El Hospital Antonio Lenin Fonseca.

“The infrastructure of the Nicaraguan public health system, the facilities, the access to health care by the poor, all of that is definitely worst than in Mexico,” said Maya, who is a senior majoring in human biology at the University of California, San Diego. “I didn’t know anything about Nicaragua. It surprised me to see all the poverty that exists there. At the hospital, the chairs were broken, the rooms where the patients were are really hot.”

Maya is co-chair of Project Nicaragua, a nonprofit organization at UCSD and UCLA that takes pre-med students to help at the Hospital Antonio Lenin Fonseca, in Managua, where students distribute medical supplies and help with the daily consultations. Students also go to rural areas where the held community clinics for people who don’t have the means to travel to Managua.

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Estudiantes de UCSD hacen la diferencia en Nicaragua
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Cuando estaba creciendo en Tijuana, Lisandro Maya solía pensar que el sistema de salud pública en México era un desastre.

Firsthand Account of Haiti’s Hurricane Suffering: A Call for Help
By Paul Farmer
Below is a letter written by Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH), an international organization dedicated to healthcare for the poor. Paul Farmer is a renowned medical doctor who has worked for many years among the poor in Haiti. In a Sept. 6 letter, he describes the scene on the ground in flood-ravaged Haiti, saying “I have never seen anything as painful.”


Pearl Quiñones: The Champion of the Underdog
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Pearl Quiñones decided to run for the Sweetwater Union High School District governing board eight years ago in order to stop any type of discrimination in schools, to prevent the discrimination she felt as a Mexican-American girl growing up in a rural community outside of El Paso.


Pearl Quiñones: La voz de los menos privilegiados
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Pearl Quiñones decidió ser candidata para la mesa directiva del Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater hace ocho años para detener cualquier tipo de discriminación en las escuelas, para prevenir la discriminación que ella sintió mientras crecía como una niña mexicoamericana en una comunidad rural en las afueras de El Paso.


Stories


Report questions delay of high-tech border surveillance
By Dave Hendricks
WASHINGTON - Poor management and technical glitches at a high-tech border security project in Arizona have delayed the rollout of new monitoring equipment across the U.S.-Mexico border, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.


En el reino de las burocracias globalizadas
Por María Dolores Bolívar
Tres días de trámite, seis meses de espera y el pago de 179 dólares para volver expedita la obtención de un pasaporte suena, además de excesivo, algo que bien podría inspirar “el cambio”, en específico, a cualquiera que aspirase a ocupar un cargo público. Se pensará que me dispongo a narrar una anécdota ocurrida en las oficinas de Puruándaro, tal y como la que ocurrió a mi amiga Rebeca Lannon que recorrió Michoacán de cabo a rabo en busca de su acta de nacimiento inexplicablemente traspapelada, hace un par de años. Pero no. Describo lo que me pasó en San Diego, California, hace un par de días.

Análisis
Renuncia: ¿falsa salida o necesidad extrema?
Por Dagoberto Márquez
Digamos que se entiende, desde muchas ópticas, perfectamente. Que se entiende que desde la perspectiva de un hombre adolorido en sus más íntimos adentros, la exigencia haya sido lanzada, sin más ni más, a la cara de todos y de botepronto dado el momento. Y se entiende porque lo que ocurría y ocurre obligaba a inquirir, a exigir medidas fuertes, medidas radicales, medidas extremas. Medidas hipotéticas pero radicales, fuertes y extremas. Como corresponde o como debería corresponder con una situación tan grave como la que priva ahora aquí en México.

David Bacon, activist and union organizer, in town to discuss new book on immigration
By Mariana Martínez
With the presidential elections right around the corner it seems the immigration debate in the US has been sparked again, while in Mexico, dreary economic times have put Mexican politicians in the hot seat to create more jobs.


Conocido activista y defensor de los derechos laborales, Bacon presentará en San Diego su último libro sobre inmigración
Por Mariana Martínez
Con las próximas elecciones presidenciales a la vuelta de la esquina se ha recrudecido el debate de la reforma migratoria en Estados Unidos, mientras que en México las condiciones económicas han puesto en jaque a los líderes políticos para crear más trabajos.

La industria del cable pone en marcha la campaña “Cuenta regresiva para el voto juvenil”
Se implementarán ASP, una línea de atención telefónica y recursos en línea para estimular la participación de la juventud minoritaria en las próximas elecciones
Habiéndose nominado oficialmente los candidatos a presidente y vicepresidente en los Estados Unidos, la industria del cable anunció hoy la puesta en marcha de la campaña “Cuenta regresiva para el voto juvenil” (Countdown to Youth Vote), continuación de la campaña denominada “Nuestro turno de votar” (Our Time to Vote) que promueve la participación independiente en el proceso político mediante el voto.


Seis Latinos Sobresalientes de San Diego Recibiran El Premio Heroe Local del Año
Para reconocer a líderes sobresalientes que han logrado marcar la diferencia dentro de la comunidad latina, el Union Bank of California y KPBS honoraran a seis latinos de San Diego con el premio Héroe Local del Año.

Continúan los Eventos Sobre la Divulgación de la Historia de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
La apatía y la indolencia son unas de las afecciones que más conmueven a una sociedad, mismas que detienen su progreso y su futuro promisorio.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Rebeca Logan
De la convención a la elección
Ya los demócratas y republicanos tuvieron sus convenciones políticas con el fin de nombrar oficialmente sus candidatos para la presidencia de Estados Unidos.


Rito Para Celebración de Quince Años Se Publicará en Septiembre
El ritual para la Bendición al Cumplir Quince Años, el rito de la quinceañera aprobado por la Conferencia de Obispos, será publicado el próximo 19 de septiembre. Este rito bilingüe puede celebrarse tanto dentro como fuera de la misa.


Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Budget Impasse: Legislatures fiddle while the State crumbles
In the State of California, passing a budget on time is just something that is not done. Every year the State goes through a political ritual of the Democrat and Republican ideological battle, and every year the budget is delayed while these two Parties perform their two step dance.

Commentary:
MediaNews Deserves Credit for Adding Community Members to Their Editorial Boards
By Clint Reilly
When it comes to making informed decisions about the latest ballot initiative, candidates for public office or how to manage the current water shortage, newspaper editorial boards occupy a place of singular distinction among opinion shapers.

Commentary:
The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy
By Joan Lamunyon Sanford
Much has been said about 17 year-old Bristol Palin’s pregnancy and the so-called “right” decision she made to choose parenting over abortion. But we should remember that what is the right decision for Bristol may not be the right decision for all young women with an unplanned pregnancy.


Comentario:
Los dos semillones
Por José R. Uzal
La cacofonía migratoria hace que aceptemos cosas que se repiten sin ponerlas en tela de juicio. Por meses los micrófonos antiemigrantes vacilaron entre 12, 18 o 20 millones de indocumentados. (Aclaración: son indocumentados porque al ser aceptado el derecho a la vida no pueden existir seres humanos ilegales). Por fin se han transado en 12 millones de ilegales. Esta cifra se repite a diario y se acepta como si fuera un dictamen bíblico. El Congreso, la Casa Blanca el Departamento de Seguridad Interna, la prensa, los comentaristas y los lideres hispanos todos han aceptado el numero de 12 millones sin que nadie se haya tomado el trabajo de analizar de donde y como se llego a esta cantidad. Esta cifra, cuando se repite, también implica que se solo se refiere a aquellos que entraron por la frontera sur lo cual es una falacia.

Comentario:
Tragedia Californiana
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La aprobación del presupuesto económico de California es como una tragedia griega. En los dos casos hay romance, amor y sufrimiento.

Commentary:
35 years ago, Latin America experienced its own Sept. 11
By Teo Ballve
Latin America, which experienced its own Sept. 11 35 years ago, is no longer under Washington’s thumb.


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


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
SPECIAL HISTORIA EDITION
Dear Readers: The Mexican’s new book, Orange County: A Personal History, is in your local bookstore on September 16—by pure coincidence, Mexican Independence Day! In honor of and to shamelessly promote my muy caliente libro (which deals with America’s Gomorrah, the Reconquista, and John Wayne!), I’m answering historical questions this week. But first, a bit of housecleaning: in answering a pregunta a couple of weeks ago about pachucos, I was penedejo and thus forgot to explain the word’s origins. Thankfully, many of ustedes aren’t tontos like me and wrote in with etymological theories. Below are the two most accepted by linguists:


First Person:
Grass Is Always Greeener
By Al Carlos Hernandez
After many years of malicious ambivalence and doing the minimum to keep the lawn alive, our front lawn became a victim of the final gopher attack and went to go play checkers with Elvis. The lawn became pattenered bald like many of my compatratirots; the Raton underground dug random holes and occasionally poked their heads up just to mock me.


For a traditional Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Tijuana is the place to be
By Mariana Martínez
Despite San Diego being home to great Mexican Independence Day Parties, Tijuana is still regarded as the closest escape to a true authentic Mexican Independence Party . This year, the Fair that goes along with the celebration started early, August 22th and will remain open until September 21.

Para La Celebración Mexicana tradicional Del Día De Independencia, Tijuana Es el Mejor Lugar
Por Mariana Martínez
Aunque en San Diego también se celebran las fiestas patrias, es en Tijuana donde muchos paisanos y mexicoamericanos deciden celebrar la fiesta máxima del país. Este año las festividades empezaron desde el 22 de agosto con la inauguración de la feria de Tijuana y se ofrece además una visión histórica de esta fiesta.

“Hispanic Heritage Month”
Celebrating a Summer with Amanda
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, comes My Summer With Amanda and Tainos, The Last Tribe by Puerto Rican film director and producer Benji Lopez on Saturday, September 13th at the Ultra Star Cinemas in Hazard Center Drive, Mission Valley.


Brothers’ Road Trip to Bury Mother’s Ashes Unearths the Saga of a Mexican American Family in P.O.V.’s “Calavera Highway”
Rosa Peña Left Her Seven “Golden Boys” a Legacy of Strength and Pride – And Troubling Questions About the Family’s Past
The seven sons of Rosa Peña, a migrant worker and single mother, were raised in the Texas border towns of Hidalgo County, the poorest county in the United States. She worked hard, had two husbands –she chased off the second one with a knife when he beat one of the boys – and instilled in her sons a strong sense of family and ethnic pride. With Rosa’s death her grown sons were left adrift. As recounted in the award-winning new documentary Calavera Highway by filmmakers Renee Tajima-Peña (“Who Killed Vincent Chin?” P.O.V., 1989) and Evangeline Griego, Rosa’s funeral and cremation brought the boys together – and tore them apart again.

Spring Valley Library to Host Annual Fiesta
The Spring Valley Branch of the San Diego County Library, 836 Kempton Street, will host its annual fiesta in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 13, from noon – 3 p.m. The fiesta will feature a World Music Concert by Quetzal, author visits, a mural dedication with Artist Salvador Barajas, an exhibit by Smithsonian photographer Tony Gleaton, refreshments, children’s activities, and much more. The event is free of charge and the public is invited.


Negret draws from painful memories to write, direct film
By Kiko Martinez
José Antonio Negret was a teenager when his three-year-old cousin and aunt were kidnapped in Colombia. Fortunately, after paying ransom and going on a nationwide manhunt, the two were returned home and the kidnappers were arrested.

Presentaron Excelentes Coreografías en Espectacular Noche de Danza
Por: Paco Zavala
Existen muchos eventos significativos que se realizan diariamente en la ciudad de Tijuana, sobre todo en este mes de la celebración de las fiestas de la independencia de los mexicanos, echemos una ojeada a estas realizaciones.


Recuerdos y Nostalgia en una Noche Musical con los Legendarios “Moonlights”
Por: Paco Zavala
En la historia del mundo musical tijuanense en la década de los años posteriores a 1960, surgieron una infinidad de grupos musicales en un entorno musical policromo y versátil, dentro de la infinidad de grupos dedicados a la proyección de música moderna que surgieron en esa época se distingue uno: “Los Moonlights”.

Lindley Looking to Turn Things Around for the Aztecs
By John Philip Wyllie
The talk before the start of the current football season was that the Aztecs might find themselves with a giant void at quarterback following the departure of multi-talented Kevin O’Connell to the NFL. In just two games redshirt freshman Ryan Lindley has put those concerns to rest. The Former EL Capitan High star out of Alpine has so far performed well above expectations. He should only get better as the season progresses.

Ortega Hopes to Follow former SDSU Teammate to the MLS
By John Philip Wyllie
San Diego State Aztec soccer coach, Lev Kirshner has left no stone unturned when it comes to recruiting. He has players from all corners of the United States and across the globe filling out his squad, but he hasn’t forgotten to look in his own back yard. Currently, there are five former San Diego County prep stars on his roster. And his local scouting is paying dividends.

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