Volume XXVIII Number 23 June 11, 2004

FrontPage Stories

We Say Goodby to President Reagan: Vaya Con Dios

Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff salute former President Ronald Reagan’s flag-draped casket during the funeral procession June 9, 2004, along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo.

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Miembros de Alto Rango de las Fuerzas Armada de los Estados Unidos saludan y transportan el féretro del ex-Presidente Ronald Reagan cubierto con la bandera, durante la ceremonia luctuosa en Junio 9, 2004, en la Avenida Constitución en Washington, D.C. EE.UU. Foto aérea por el Sargento Shane A. Cuomo.

Local Chicano Café Celebrates One Year of Existence
By Raymond R. Beltrán
Having survived a troublesome dawning one year ago, the community-oriented Chicano Perk Café, lying in the midst of Sherman Heights, San Diego, has recently celebrated its one year anniversary this Sunday, June 6, with the presence of their most loyal patrons, children, artists and barrio residents.


Compañías de seguros a la expectativa de la SB1160
No se trata de vender más pólizas, sino de proteger los precios para los que sí tienen licencia de conducir, dicen
Por Miguel González
La controversial propuesta de ley SB1160, que le otorgaría la licencia de manejar a in-migrantes indocumentados, tiene a muchas compañías de seguros investigando cuáles serían sus posibles ganancias.


Latinos Face Boom in Senior Population
By Rep. Robert Menendez
Perspective
The life expectancy of Hispanics will increase to 87 by 2050, surpassing all other ethnic groups in the United States. Today, Hispanics make up five percent of the total senior population, which will rise to 16 percent by the middle of the century.

Spanish-Language Press Focuses on Reagan’s ‘Two Faces’
Alongside effusive recognitions of former President Ronald Reagan, who died June 5, questions have surfaced regarding his legacy in the Spanish-language press.
News Analysis
Some world authorities decried Reagan’s willingness to use military force in international politics, especially in Central America, during his eight years in office, the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language daily La Opinión reported in a front-page article, “The Two Faces of the Farewell.”


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Stories

México del Norte
Mujeres del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica
Ya a nadie le sorprende que las mexicanas emigren. Hasta hace poco tiempo se hablaba de los pueblos abandonados por los hombres, al grado que algunos se jactaban de tener exceso de tierra, mujeres y niños. Pero las realidades cambian, y las mujeres mexicanas parece que se cansaron de esperar a los maridos que se fueron, o a los novios que todavía no regresan, así que cada vez llegan en mayores cantidades a México del Norte.


A DEAL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
By Cruz M. Bustamante, Lieutenant Governor of California
At what cost are we attempting to balance the state budget? Although there are not many winners this year, the Governor’s proposed budget places an unfair burden squarely on the backs of our already overburdened college students. Relentless enrollment cuts and fee hikes jeopardize the future of our students and the future of our state. As students, parents and educators, we cannot be complacent and accept a decision to close the doors on a college education to thousands of students. History will judge us harshly if we fail to do right by our children.

Reflexión:
Por Paco Zavala
¿El haber olvidado frases o costumbres serán causa de violencia?


What Hispanic Families Need to Know
By Perlita Perez
Hispanic/Latino families cannot escape the reality of cancer. That is because Hispanic/Latino families are known to be larger than Euro white families and with an even larger extended family. In my family, for example, there are 21 grandchildren, just on my father’s side, plus 12 aunts and uncles! Therefore, statistically, it is very likely that someone in our family will be a cancer survivor or have died of cancer. With early diagnosis and improved treatments, increasing numbers of people are becoming cancer survivors. While it is not an easy disease to treat, the results of research and clinical trials have given many people the opportunity to survive the disease.


Managing Diabetes: An ongoing effort
By Karla Rodas
Diabetes, the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S., can’t be cured but it can be managed. The rate of type 2 diabetes is almost twice as high among Latinos than non-Latino whites.


Practicar Deportes Reduce el Riesgo de Embarazo en las Adolescentes Hispanas
Por Beverly Lyles. Traducida al Español por Karina Hurley
Hace casi 25 años, el gobierno federal, escuelas, comunidad y organizaciones sin fines de lucro, lanzaron un esfuerzo nacional en torno a la epidemia de embarazos adolescentes existente en los Estados Unidos. Mientras que los mensajes han ido variando con el paso de los años, desde quienes apoyan la “abstinencia total” hasta quienes  buscan inculcar la “preparación avanzada y efectiva del uso anticonceptivo”, el resultado ha sido una reducción considerable en los índices de embarazo adolescente durante la última década. Entre 1991 y el 2002, el índice de embarazo adolescente entre la muchachas de entre los 15 y 19 años, ha bajado en un 31%, con 42.5 nacimientos por cada 1000 adolescentes en el 2002, luego de alcanzar su punto máximo en dos décadas (61.8 nacimientos por cada 1000 adolescentes entre los 15 y 19 años en 1991).


Se Extiende Periodo de Citas de Consulado Móvil
• Los interesados en tramitar documentos como pasaporte o Matrícula Consular deberán hacer una cita marcando el teléfono (619) 308-9963, desde hoy lunes, hasta el próximo viernes 11 de junio del 2004, como fecha límite.


Hispanic ROP Business and Computer Applications Student Selected as Gates Millennium Scholar
Jose Magadan, a Mexican-American senior in the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Business and Computer Applications (BACA) class at Gompers Secondary School, was recently selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar, a program funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Magadan was one of 1,000 students to be chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar and he will receive approximately $5,000 for his first year of college.


Los Ninos Reconstruyendo Nuestra Comunidad
Escondido bajo la pintoresca descripción de un soleado San Diego hay condiciones que se deben tomar en cuenta y solucionar urgentemente ya que están amenazando lo más sagrado de nuestra comunidad. Quizás el peligro más sonado es el problema de las drogas que se filtra por las esquinas oscuras o callejones que se evitan intencionadamente. El Programa de los Marshals Libres de Drogas fue creado el 3 de Abril de 1993 por la Iglesia de Cienciología Internacional como solución para los insidiosos efectos de las drogas. En su segundo año aquí en San Diego el Programa de los Marshals Libres de drogas está celebrando un concurso llamado “Ayudando a Mi Comunidad a ser Libre de Drogas” que consta de varios proyectos de la comunidad, pinturas, ensayos dibujos, o cualquier medio de autoexpresión con la aspiración de unir a la comunidad para trabajar hacia un futuro libre de drogas. El concurso termina el 20 de Junio de 2004 y culminará en una celebración donde los ganadores serán anunciados.


2004 Summer Workshops: Books in Spanish for Young Readers
The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University San Marcos announces three workshops:


NEW BRIDGING CEREMONY, OLD GIRL SCOUT TRADITION
768 San Diego Girl Scouts marked program advancement with council-wide event
More than 750 Girl Scouts from Oceanside to San Ysidro and from Pt. Loma to Jamul made history recently when they gathered in Balboa Park for San Diego-Imperial Council’s first-ever council-wide bridging ceremony. From five-year-old Daisy Girl Scouts to 17-year-old Senior Girl Scouts, these girls celebrated graduating—or “bridging”—from one program age level to the next by crossing the historic Cabrillo Bridge together.


Community Notes:
City Hall to Expand Operating Hours Beginning June 21
New Hours Will be 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ixchel Ahau
Vivir Como Flores
Por Diana Gomez
San Diego está en abundancia de flores; por todos lados vemos los diferentes colores que nos tapizan los caminos. Es por eso que les escribo este pequeño cuento que está lleno de filosofía espiritual para mejorar nuestras vidas, fue escrito por Graciela De Filippis.

Los Californianos Responden al Llamado de la Eficiencia y Ahorran Energía, Agua y Dinero
El Departamento de Recursos Acuíferos de California está reportando un nivel de nieve de aproximadamente 52% de su cantidad normal a nivel estatal y muchos depósitos están debajo de los niveles normales – ambos son indicadores de que la eficiencia en el uso del agua y la eficiencia energética serán de suprema importancia este verano.

Editorials

Editorial
National City, City Council Running Amok
Of the eighteen incorporated cities of San Diego County, National City is the poorest of them all, with a median income of $34,405. Imperial Beach is the next poorest with a median income of $40,287. Yet, National City residents, within the two years of a City Council being led by Mayor Nick Inzunza, have seen the cost of living rise dramatically, among a number of other financial burdens.


Commentary
Equal Justice For All
By Marjorie Cohn
Clarence Earl Gideon was charged with breaking and entering a poolroom with the intent to commit petty larceny in 1961. Unable to afford counsel, Gideon asked the judge to appoint a lawyer to defend him but the judge refused. Gideon represented himself, got convicted and was sentenced to five years in prison.


Commentary
The Padilla Doctrine Doesn’t Infringe on Freedom—It Destroys It
by Jacob G. Hornberger
Critics of the federal government’s two-year incarceration of accused terrorist Jose Padilla without charges or trial correctly point out that the government has violated Padilla’s right to counsel and his rights to due process of law, habeas corpus, and jury trial, all of which are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.


Commentary
Jose Padilla’s Media Trial Under “Patriot Act II”
By Ramona Shashaani
Just before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the government’s policy of indefinite detention of U.S. citizens as “enemy combatants” without pressing charges or giving access to lawyers, the Justice Department has come up with a whole host of unsubstantiated “charges” against Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been held captive for almost two years. Admittedly, the Justice Dept. lacks sufficient evidence to criminally prosecute Padilla. However, they have no qualms about depriving him of his basic constitutional rights without giving him the opportunity to examine evidence or to cross examine any government witnesses.


Commentary
The Immigrant Contribution
By Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The debate over our nation’s immigration policy and need for reform has gone from legislative offices and Washington think tanks to kitchen tables across the nation. Different views on various plans are expressed, placing family members, lawmakers and academics on different sides of the issue.

Commentary
Latino economic contributions are ignored by Republicans
By Congressman José Serrano (D-NY)
This week our community was dealt yet another economic blow. National unemployment numbers were released and once again, the Latino unemployment rate is disproportionately higher than the national average.


Comentario
Reagan, ayer y hoy
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Ronald Reagan acaba de fallecer, pero las huellas de su presidencia permanecerán selladas sobre la faz de la tierra por mucho tiempo. Probablemente no fue un presidente tan inteligente como lo fueron Woodrow Wilson o el propio William J. Clinton, tampoco gozó del carisma de Franklin D. Roosevelt o John F. Kennedy, ni siquiera poseía la rigidez de Abraham Lincoln o George Washington. Sin embargo, fue un excelente comunicador, sonriente, tal vez un tanto arrogante, con una capacidad impresionante para encontrar palabras que se adecuaban a los hechos. El mundo le debe un saludo en el momento de su muerte, así como también su mesura.

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

“Miradas 2004” Fundación CODET, Inaugura la Primera Bienal Nacional de Pintura.
Por: Paco Zavala
El próximo viernes 11 de junio a las 19:00 horas en las Instalaciones del Multiforo del ICBC, se realizará la ceremonia de inauguración y de premiación de la extraordinaria exposición de pintura denominada “Miradas 2004” Primera Bienal Nacional de Pintura.


VAMOS AL CINE
Una para el gobierno, otra para la revolución
Alfonso Cuarón se debate entre las aguas de la producción independiente y el sistema de los estudios
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Su cine es irreverente, urgente, agresivo y revolucionario. Y quizá no. La carrera del cineasta mexicano Alfonso Cuarón se ha debatido entre pequeñas e interesantes piezas de estudio introspectivo y monumentales superproducciones de muchos millones de dólares.


VAMOS AL CINE
Control Room Questions Wartime Media Motives
By Raymond R. Beltrán
Throughout the duration of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the Al Jazeera reporting network, made up of former BBC Arabic Television members, has been demonized by U.S. government officials, like President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, for airing gut-wrenching footage of dead American troops in the battlefields of Iraq. Saddam Hussein has labeled the station a tool of U.S. propaganda for airing the monstrous abuse of Iraqi civilians by their leaders. For standing outside of the perimeters of both forces, Al Jazeera has found itself between a rock and a hard place.


Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
¡Vaya audacia, cinismo e inteligencia! o ¿Componenda, con los guardias?, pero el caso es que el pasado lunes 7 de junio en el estacionamiento de un rotativo de Tijuana, a plena luz y casi al mediodía, les dejaron una camioneta Van, blanca con vidrios polarizados y sin placas, bien cargadita de la mala hierba, ¡Vaya Ud. a saber!, pero nadie supo, nadie sabe.


Calendar of Events...............
By Berenice Cisneros
Making Beautiful Music: Gustavo Romero Returns for the Athenaeum Mozart Festival II
Tickets are selling rapidly for the Athenaeum Mozart Festival, Part II, with Gustavo Romero, piano. After all, it’s an Athenaeum tradition: Gustavo Romero playing the complete piano works of a single composer at a summer festival. For four Sundays in July, 2004, Romero returns to The Neurosciences Institute for the second part of the Athenaeum Mozart Festival.


De la Hoya Struggles To Victory
By Fiona Manning
Oscar de la Hoya promised a definitive performance in his quest to attain his sixth world title in six different weight divisions last Saturday night, but his close points victory over deposed WBO middleweight champ Felix Sturm raised more questions than it answered.


Fantasy Baseball a Hit at the Hall
By John Philip Wyllie
Hoover High freshman Jose Guevara has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. He recently completed his first season of high school competition as part of the Cardinals J.V. team and like his Boston Red Sox heroes Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, he hopes to someday make baseball his career. While things have come easy to him on the baseball diamond, it has been more of a struggle in the classroom. Up until this year, math has been particularly troublesome.