Volume XXIX Number 52 December 30, 2005

FrontPage Stories

A Visit from Three Kings

By Frances Chaparro, Estela Muñoz and Adrian Zamilpa

It’s Christmas Eve; the children have been put to bed and on the coffee table sit a glass of milk and a plate of cookies. Thoughts of new toys and stockings stuffed with candy and other goodies make the night seem extra long for the children. They can hardly wait for Christmas morning to arrive.

For many families, December 25 is the day when everyone wakes up to represents left behind by Santa Claus. This is also the last day of the Christmas holidays. But in areas throughout Mexico, such as our neighboring Júarez, families still have a couple of weeks to go before the day for exchanging gifts arrives.

After December 24, when the last posada has been celebrated, they wait until January 6 for El Día de Los Tres Reyes (Day of the Three Kings). This day celebrates the arrival of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar at the place of Jesus’ birth.

The day is also known as El Día de Los Reyes Magos (Magi) in Spanish and Epiphany in English commemorates the divinity of Christ as manifested to the Magi, the kings who brought him gifts. For this reason, children in various parts of Mexico traditionally send their request for gifts to the Wise Men, as opposed to the children in the United States who send their letters to Santa.

On the night before El Día de Los Reyes, the children fill their shoes with hay and leave them outside. It is believed that the Wise Men will stop at each home to feed their horses, leaving gifts in exchange for hay.

Finally, El Día de Los Reyes arrives, and the whole family wakes up to open the gifts left by the Three Kings. However, this is only the beginning. On that day, family and friends gather, while the children keep busy playing with their new toys.

The adults continue with the day’s activities by preparing a big dinner and serving a very special dessert, a bread known as La Rosca de Reyes or Three Kings Bread. Folklorist John West says the crown-shaped, glazed bread is traditionally made with walnuts, grated orange peel, raisins and candied cherries. A tiny doll representing Jesus and a coin are also baked into the bread.

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La Prensa San Diego on KUSI News TV-9

KUSI News TV-9 and La Prensa San Diego have teamed-up to bring the news about San Diego’s Hispanic community to their viewers every Friday during the 10 am hour. Presenting the news will be our very own awarding winning journalist, Katia Lopez-Hodoyan who will sit down with KUSI news anchors discuss the issue of the day, as presented in the print publication of La Prensa San Diego.



¿De dónde vienen los Reyes Magos?
Origen de los Reyes Magos

Por Matilde Suescún
Crecimos seguros de que los reyes eran magos, eran tres y que, siguiendo la estrella de Belén, llevaron ofrendas al niño Jesús. Pues parece que no hay tal. En realidad, según una teoría, se decidió que eran tres los Reyes Magos en el siglo III, se convirtieron en reyes en el siglo V y tardaron 500 años más en hacerse magos.


Where are the Immigrants in the Immigration Debate?
By Eduardo Stanley
The House last week passed a highly punitive immigration bill, heightening the controversy over the issue of immigration reform. But even as the debate over immigration policy promises to be a divisive issue in the coming midterm elections, the voices of immigrants themselves are missing from the discussion.


¿Dónde Están Los Inmigrantes en el Debate Migratorio?
Por Eduardo Stanley
El viernes 16 de diciembre, la Cámara de Diputados de Estados Unidos aprobó una radical propuesta de reforma a la ley de migración. Pero aún cuando el tema de la migración promete ser divisivo en las próximas elecciones legislativas del 2006, las voces de los propios inmigrantes están ausentes de este debate.


The Next Generation of Hispanic TV Is in English
By Richard D. Hoffmann
Back in the 20th century, if you were Hispanic and wanted to watch television, you watched news, variety shows and telenovelas (soap operas) on the local Spanish-language channel.



Stories

Organización Ciudadana Enfrenta Contaminación Ambiental
Ciudadanos organizados bloquean proyectos altamente contaminantes.
Por Eduardo Stanley
Long Beach, CA — Aún hoy persiste la imagen romántica de los puertos. Los barcos traían y llevaban mercancías y noticias. Durante siglos, gran parte de la economía de muchas sociedades dependió de los puertos. La vida en alta mar, peligrosa y excitante, traía también relatos de hallazgos, riquezas y aventuras sin fin. La literatura universal lo refleja. ¿Quién no escuchó o leyó sobre la enamorada que espera, en el muelle, el arribo de ese amor que nunca regresará? Un barco en el horizonte trae inmigrantes con su carga de ilusiones. Otro, la pesca del día.


El Dilema, relación México - EU: Construir muros o tender puentes
La clave: Inversión extranjera en áreas de Desarrollo Regional Sustentable
Por: Luis Manuel de la Teja
Existe una regla universal en Relaciones Internacionales que sostiene que para evaluar la eficacia de la política exterior, se mide en función del éxito de la política interior. Consecuente con este criterio, para que México convenza a los Estados Unidos, en atender el acuerdo migratorio debe generar los cambios estructurales con sus comunidades expulsoras, generando inversión en áreas estratégicas de desarrollo internas.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Aunque la mona se vista de seda
Hace rato que nuestro ilustre Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores Eugenio (¡perdón!) Ernesto Derbez, no abusaba del derecho que todos tenemos a meter la pata. Pero la semana pasada, en el chubasco de reacciones ante la aprobación de la iniciativa de ley HB4437 en Estados Unidos, parece que el señor canciller no pudo dejar pasar la oportunidad.


Joining Immigration Dragnets Erodes Local Cops’ Anti-Crime Efforts
By Juan Pacheco
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ernesto (not his real name) lived in Virginia with his partner, who was pregnant with their child. A native of El Salvador, Ernesto entered the United States seeking work so that he could support his growing family.


Ruben Garcia Set to Take Over SBA Operations in San Diego
The founder and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has been named the new district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) district office in San Diego. Ruben Garcia, 58, will assume his duties next week as the top SBA official overseeing SBA financial and educational development programs for San Diego and Imperial Counties. Garcia replaces former SBA district director George Chandler who retired last September after heading the local office the past 25 years.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero

¡Año viejo…Sueños nuevos!
Minutos más, minutos menos, el 31 de diciembre cerraremos un ciclo y en la alborada del primero de enero le daremos la bienvenida a un nuevo año, a una nueva etapa que esperamos, imploramos, suplicamos sea mejor que este odioso, por no decir fatídico 2005.


Understanding the Common Cold
By Eduardo Grunvald, M.D.
Winter is upon us and so is the common cold. You know the symptoms. Sore throat, headaches, cough, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, muscle aches, and fevers... just to name a few.


Entendiendo el Resfriado Común
By Eduardo Grunvald, M.D.
El invierno ya está sobre nosotros y por lo tanto el resfrío se presenta con más frecuencia. Usted conoce los síntomas. La garganta dolorida, los dolores de cabeza, la tos, el flujo nasal, la congestión, estornudar, dolores musculares, y la fiebre... y se podrían mencionar muchos más.


Dificultades mentales en la época de invierno
Por: Doctora Luz
Maribel, de 27 años, y la señora Ramírez, llegaron molestas a mi oficina. Maribel, con un semblante melancólico, confesó que no entendía por qué en la época de navidad se deprime, sube de peso, quiere únicamente dormir, no tiene energías y desea comer pan, tortillas y dulces, y lo peor del caso, es que esta situación y estados de ánimo perdura unos dos meses.

First Person:
What A Blessing
Part II
By Heriberto Escamilla
“I would like a consejo,” some advice, Don Marcelino. I said hesitantly and after considerable effort formulating the “right” question. As I ask the question, I doubt my motivation. I’ve always been pretty stubborn, never really believing what people tell me. So why should I ask? On the other hand, that attitude has not kept me from searching for that bit of wisdom that will wipe away all of my troubles and worries. Or perhaps it’s power that I seek. Like many people, I frequently fantasize that there is some kind of magic in the world that allows us to escape this drab and mundane existence. Maybe there is some trick that gives us absolute certainty, dissolving the turmoil of decision-making. I wasn’t sure what or how to ask. Don Marcelino “how can a person live a more complete, a more fulfilled life? That was the best that I could do.

Tradición Milenaria Reservada Únicamente Para la Familia Real
“Desde Quetzalcoatl a nuestros días el concepto del Chamanismo”
Por: Paco Zavala
En la actualidad el individuo se encuentra con verdaderas sorpresas en la vida, descubrimientos científicos y de otra naturaleza, increíbles, el surgimiento de artistas fuera de serie en todos los géneros del arte, deportistas geniales, manifestaciones de la naturaleza que nunca jamás se habían visto ni que se tenga memoria, y podemos enumerar una serie de acontecimientos asombrosos, etc., etc..

New Year’s Eve
When you’re young and stupid, choices you make really could mean your life
By Marcelo Xavier Trillo
I remember the days when we would ride in the Regal and create evil amongst the people. I love the days that ended in fights to start the nights, and people shifted from a smirk to a grin, popped mini thins and surprised the police with devilish grins.


Burn Institute Awarded Grant For Spanish-Language Fire and Burn Prevention Program
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (Fireman’s Fund) has awarded the Burn Institute a $25,000 grant to fund a Latino Fire and Burn Prevention Education Program. The program will provide school and community based fire and burn prevention programs in Spanish to Latino children throughout San Diego County. While approximately 27 percent of San Diego’s population is Latino, they make up more than half of all childhood admissions at the University of California San Diego Regional Burn Center.

SDSU Graduate Student’s House Burns
SPRING VALLEY – Anabele Cor-nejo a current graduate student at SDSU’s new Trans-border Public Administration and Governance Master’s Degree program and a federal employee of the United States Department of Agriculture house burned on December 17, 2005 causing an estimated damage of $200,000 and killing her 73 year old grandmother.


Editorials

Editorial:
Feliz Año Nuevo
2006 is here and as look back it is hard to believe that 2005 is over. It went by so quickly.


National City Spotlight:
Resolutions For Politicians
By Ted Godshalk
For at least four thousand years people have marked the passage of another chunk of their lives with a call to ring out the old and ring in the new. But the New Year has not always been celebrated in January. Julius Caesar moved the annual rites of renewal up from March almost two thousand years ago. For almost this long, people have taken a new year moment to make a resolution; resolving to do better, or to do more, or less, of something that has been eating at them for the last year. Most of us have some experience with this tradition. Here are few suggestions for resolutions to be made by some of our local politicians at the threshold of 2006.


Commentary:
Big Brother Bush Is Listening
By Marjorie Cohn
In an assertion of executive power that rivals the excesses of the McCarthy era of the late 1940’s and 1950’s, and the dreaded COINTELPRO (counter-intelligence program) of the 1950’s and 1960’s, George W. Bush’s National Security Agency has been secretly spying on United States citizens without warrants for the last three years.


Comentario:
Lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo de Bush
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
“Yo no olvido al año viejo porque me ha dejao (ibid) cosas muy buenas”, dice una cumbia popular latinoamericana. A mí en el 2004 me fue bien y supongo que a Ud. también. Me pregunto si el año viejo fue positivo para el presidente George W. Bush o no fue tan placentero como a él le gustaría pintarlo. Yo creo que, como a todos nosotros, al Presidente le fue bien y mal, aunque el balance general se inclina más por el primero que por el segundo. Veamos por qué.


Commentary:
Bush politicizes Justice Department
By Marjorie Press Lindblom and Robert E. Harrington
We have serious concerns about the Bush administration’s commitment to full and fair enforcement of the nation’s civil rights laws.


Comentario:
Urge Superar La Vision Truncada Sobre Inmigración
Por Manuel R. Villacorta O.
¡Que importancia tan grande poseen los humildes inmigrantes que provocan las más publicitadas acciones de las cúpulas políticas de Estados Unidos y América Latina! Ciertamente en el continente americano, Estados Unidos atrae muchas vidas dispuestas a correr graves riesgos y enfrentar arduas jornadas laborales, mientras el resto de países las expulsan sin importar el drama que esto implica.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS:
Feliz Año Nuevo~ Happy New Year 2006! Pues, it is that time of the year when all of us pause and reflect on the past and make resolutions to go forward with renewed hope and inspirations for Year 2006.


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

Ultima Graduación de Guitarristas Populares del Año 2005
Por: Paco Zavala
Nadie desea perder la oportunidad de dejar nada inconcluso para el próximo año, si la ocasión y las circunstancias así lo permiten. Si, así es y cinco alumnos de la Academia de Guitarra, que atinadamente dirige el maestro y actor Carlos López “El Campero”, realizaron en un sencillo y emotivo acto: la ceremonia de graduación, recibiendo de manos de su maestro los diplomas que los acreditan como guitarristas en el género popular.


VAMOS AL CINE
Resumen del 2005 en el cine
Muchos títulos, pocos descollando
Por Jose Daniel Bort
El 2005 pasará a la historia como el año del “termino medio”. Este es el lugar cuando vamos al cine donde no nos pareció que la película haya sido mala, pero tampoco nos emocionamos de tal forma que salimos vibrando y comentando los detalles de la historia con todo el que se nos pase por delante. Tampoco las historias quedan con nosotros durante días, revisitando sus temas con la intención de entender algo de nuestra propia mortalidad.


Arena Calls 30 Players to January 4 Training Camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Team Begins Preparations for a Trio of California Friendlies in January and February
U.S. Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena has named 30 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for a series of friend-lies to take place in January and February.


Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

Spanish-Mexican Matador Exchange Agreement Canceled
If you were planning to attend next March’s World Series of Baseball, or if you anticipated watching Spanish matadors, performing in Mexico, or Mexicans in Spain, this season or in 2006, forget about it.


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