Volume XXIX Number 24 June 17, 2005

FrontPage Stories

NC Middle School set for a face-lift
A group of students, parents, and teachers, held demonstrations to demand better facilities.
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Judith Castillo wants the best for her children.


Escuela Intermedia de NC recibirá mejoras
Un grupo de estudiantes, padres y maestros tuvieron manifestaciones para exigir mejores instalaciones
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Judith Castillo quiere lo mejor para sus hijos.


New SENTRI lane opens at Border, Another on the way
By: Katia Lopez-Hodoyan
For years, thousands of people yearned for it to end. Long waits at the border surrounded by endless rows of cars, the scattered sound of running motors and the stressful glance at the car clock. Then it happened. The SENTRI program opened and registered users were able to cross the border carefree. No long lines and virtually no wait. Although this express lane program was a perfect solution in its beginning stages, users now agree on one notion: the honeymoon is over.


Sidebar to SENTRI story
Estimating Economic Impacts of Border Wait Times
SANDAG, with the assistance of HLB Decision Economics, has developed an economic impact model to assess the impacts of delays at the San Diego region-Baja California ports of entry (POEs) on crossborder personal trips for tourist, shopping, and work purposes. This model takes a crossborder approach to evaluating economic impacts on the binational regional economies.



Stories

El Voto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior: Cuestión de Congruencia
Resolvamos hoy, los problemas del mañana
Por: Luis Manuel de la Teja
A 10 días que comience el periodo extraordinario de sesiones del Congreso Federal, en el que se resolverá el dictamen del Voto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, turnado por el Senado de la República, es tiempo que aflore la congruencia entre los diferentes actores, políticos, y lideres de comunidades mexicanas en el Exterior para respaldar esta reforma que aunque insuficiente en su alcance posibilitaría el voto a 4 millones de mexicanos en los Estados Unidos.


Veteran Farmworkers Anticipate Compensation Fund
By Kent Paterson
Following years of protests and pressure, the Mexican Congress recently approved the creation of a special fund to compensate former Mexican guest workers for deductions made from their paychecks decades ago. The guest workers were enrolled in a legal program of contract labor from 1942 to 1964 for the United States known as the FNS Bracero Program. Most worked on farms, though some labored on the railroads during World War Two. Beginning in the 1990s, a movement erupted in Mexico and the United States demanding that money which was previously deducted from braceros’ paychecks and sent back to the Mexican government finally be returned to them.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Una de cal
Durante tres semanas, al principio del invierno, Francisco Serrano vivió en su escuela, la secundaria de Apple Valley en Minnessotta. A las tres semanas lo pescaron.


South Bay Musicians Awarded Scholarships
9th Annual Sweetwater Mariachi Foundation Gala brings together student, professional mariachi groups
The sweet strains of mariachi music could be heard throughout the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina recently as the 9th Annual Sweetwater Mariachi Foundation Gala got underway. More than 400 guests filled the San Diego Ballroom to hear student and professional mariachi groups, watch Sweetwater District ballet folklórico dancers and applaud this year’s crop of scholarship winners from throughout the South Bay.


What’s behind the Student Bill of Rights?
By David Bacon
An older generation of teachers may remember the days of California’s loyalty oaths and red scares. During the cold-war, McCarthyite era of the early 1950s, educators accused of being Communists or harboring left-wing views were driven from the school system.


Revelador Estudio Descubre los Beneficios de la Educación de la Naturaleza Para Jóvenes en Peligro Social
Los jóvenes que asistieron a un programa de educación medioambiental al aire libre aumentaron sus calificaciones en matemáticas y ciencias en un 27 por ciento, de acuerdo con un revelador estudio realizado por el Departamento de Educación de California. El estudio —el cual se centró en más de 250 jóvenes de sexto grado, en su mayoría latinos, que participaron en un programa de educación de la naturaleza de una semana de duración— también descubrió mejoras palpables en la autoestima, la cooperación, la resolución de conflictos y otros aspectos sociales y personales.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
Por Ellos
Hombre. En nuestro entorno y en nuestra lengua pronunciar esta palabra significa muchas cosas. Rudeza, virilidad, fortaleza, carácter, entre solo algunos de los atributos que queremos que nuestros hombrecitos posean desde la cuna. A medida que crecen aprendemos que las heridas no duelen por que uno al ser hombre es “macho”. Cuando llegan a la vida adulta, es el hombre que debe tener todo el don sagrado de su género de proteger a los suyos de todos los males. Pero en ese su afán de ser el más fuerte, el hombre está poniendo en segundo plano su propio bienestar.


The Patient Navigator Act of 2005 Passes in the House of Representatives
On Monday, the House of Representatives took a significant step towards helping eliminate health disparities along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines in this country. Hispanics and African Americans are least likely to access the health care system early, when many serious health problems can be cured with simple remedies, and thus are more likely to die from certain cancers and chronic diseases. The Patient Navigator, Outreach, and Chronic Disease Prevention Act of 2005 (H.R. 1812), passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, will increase prevention screening in minority and underserved communities, and thus help close the disparity in health outcomes experienced by these populations.


Editorials

Editorial:
Time for a Universal Health Care Plan
There is something seriously wrong when this country and our employers can no longer afford to provide healthcare benefits for its workforce. We hear of it on a daily basis now, General Motors is going to cut health care benefits with or without the Unions blessing. Janitors in San Diego are striking over health care benefits. Teachers in the county are going to the bargaining table with health care benefits at the top of their list. The mantra of the striking grocery workers was that they were on strike for workers everywhere in their fight for benefits - clearly a fight that the employees are losing.


National City Spotlight:
Congratulations Graduate! Go for It!
By Ted Godshalk
If you are an adult, you can stop reading this right now and clip this article out for your child. Well, read it first, and then clip it. This one is for you, dear Graduate. Yes, this week some of you are moving on, moving up and possibly out, to new challenges and no doubt there are certainly many awaiting you. Space limitations prohibit discussing important topics like working for peace, caring for family, and recycling more and wasting less, but here are five or six suggestions for you to consider.


Comentario:
La Guerra de Noviembre
Por Humberto Caspa,Ph.D
La guerra de las galaxias llega tarde a California. El emperador del mal, encarnado en la figura robótica del gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger, que había descendido del espacio sideral Hollywoodense para apoderarse del poder gubernamental a través de un plebiscito popular, ahora organiza cambios radicales en el seno del sistema educativo. Su propuesta de llamar a una elección especial para el próximo 8 de Noviembre es, entre otras cosas, un golpe bajo a la educación pública, particularmente al sistema universitario.


Comentario:
Democracias Caricatura: La Realidad Latinoamericana
Por Manuel R Villacorta O.
Ya es tiempo que nos pongamos de acuerdo en lo que significa democracia. Esto, para terminar de una buena vez con el “contrasentido prolongado.” Contrasentido formado por dos aspectos que conviene resaltar. Se dice —hasta el cansancio— que “la democracia es un concepto general, sujeto a la ideología y que por tanto, es lógico que existan diversas acepciones de las misma”. Luego se insiste —he aquí lo incoherente— que los pueblos de América Latina deben impulsar, preservar y consolidar la democracia. Entonces ¿A qué “democracia” se hace referencia? ¿A la democracia popular del presidente Chávez? ¿A la democracia conservadora del presidente Bush? ¿A la democracia socialista del presidente Castro? ¿A la democracia liberal del presidente Fox? Muchas democracias, muchos adjetivos, muchas confusiones.


The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
The SOCC and Centro Board coming together
Thank you for highlighting the recent dialogue between SOCC and The Centro. I have recently become a Centro Board Member and am honored to serve la comunidad and everyone’s efforts to maximize the use of The Centro.


Notas Politicas
North County Times is asking for an Investigation, by U.S. Attorney Carol Lam and the House Ethics Committee, of their Congressman Randy Cunningham, (R), of the 50th Congressional District! Seems that the “Duke” has been playing fast and easy with the Taxpayers money. The “Duke” has been exposed as receiving an illegal gift of $700,000, in 2003, from a Defense Contractor, Mitchell Wade. Not so mysteriously, his firm MZM Inc., who contracts with the Department of Defense, in 2003 won a $41 million in defense contracts. In 2004 saw his business improve, with the Defense Department, by $66 million. Coincidently Congressman Cunningham sits on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee! How many other Defense Contractors have enjoyed the “Duke’s” patronage? How many Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors have been killed by having to wear body vests that couldn’t stop bullets? Or how many of our Servicemen have been killed while our elected officials have lined their pockets with their ill-gotten money???

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

Mariachi Bonita Showcases its Talent, Plans for Next Year
By John Philip Wyllie
Mariachi Bonita, Bonita Vista High School’s vastly improved Mariachi ensemble concluded its second year of existence with a pair of showcase performances June 9 and 10 in the BVHS gymnasium. Band Director, Del Bangle called the production the Viva Nuestro Corozon II Mariachi Bonita Concert and Talent Show. It was an evening of singing, folklorico and music for an enthusiastic audience of friends, parents and relatives. It also marked the final performance for a core group of graduating seniors that have been instrumental (no pun intended) to the development of the ensemble.


Latinologues is back in San Diego
By Luis Alonso Pérez
Latinologues, the highly acclaimed comedy riot created, written, and directed by Rick Najera, is back in San Diego for one night only on June 25 at Spreckels Theatre. A one time chance to laugh your heart out and experience what Najera describes as a “journey into the Latino comic psyche.”


Aztlan Blvd.
By Ricardo Raúl & Daniel Alberto Pozos y Garay
More big hits for big boy El Korita Alegre
These days seventeen year-old, Cosme Salvatierra—a.k.a., “El Korita Alegre”—is still a kid; still in school and still belting out the hits. It was late last January when we first witnessed firsthand El Korita Alegre do his thing at the grand opening of The San Diego Historical Society’s “Corridos Sin Fronteras” exhibit. Dressed in full vaquero garb, microphone in hand and backed by veteran Julian Briano and his Hermanos de Durango conjunto, El Korita Alegre’s vocals soared high above his budding stature living up to all the buzz he’s set ablaze in the Los Angeles norteño underground circuit.


Poet's Corner:
A Warrior’s Shout
By Heriberto Escamilla
We are born into a world of relationships
From the moment of conception,
When that primordial spark embarks on the path,
Our mother begins to nourish
And while we do not yet feel him,
Our father is already guiding our growth.


Cyrus Bharucha Named General Manager of Classical 90.7
Cyrus Bharucha, longtime BBC and PBS producer, has been named General Manager of Classical 90.7, a not-for-profit classical music radio station broadcasting bilingually (English-Spanish) that serves San Diego and Northern Baja California. In this newly created position, he will oversee all aspects of programming, operations, promotions, fund-raising, as well as interactive and new media initiatives.


Crónica:
Lucida Velada Musical Presentó El Conservatorio de Música de la Orquesta de Baja California
“El Coro Infantil logró un éxito artístico con su intervención”
Por: Paco Zavala
En un ambiente invadido por la alegría y la espectación el pasado viernes 10 de junio el Conservatorio de Música de la Orquesta de Baja California, presentó ante el público tijuanense en la Sala de Espectáculos del Centro Cultural Tijuana, un inolvidable concierto en el que se combinó la excelsitud de la música con la interpretación de arias de ópera, opereta y zarzuela ejecutadas magistralmente por excelentes voces.


VAMOS AL CINE
Lo que buscan las Latinas
El amor por computadora toma escena principal en “The Perfect Man”
Por Jose Daniel Bort
¿Hasta qué punto el tratar de conseguir el hombre de tus sueños a través de los sitios web se ha implantado en nuestra sociedad? Mientras noticias de compañías de este tipo en la internet hacen millones de dolares, el público en general se pregunta cúan facil o seguro es pertenecer a estas presentaciones virtuales.


Humor e Inteligencia Por Encima de la Apariencia, lo Que Buscan Las Mujeres Latinas en su “Hombre Perfecto”
Coincidiendo con el estreno este 17 de Junio de la película “The Perfect Man” de Universal Pictures, MejorAmor. com (www.mejoramor.com), uno de los servicios líderes de búsqueda de pareja para la gente de habla hispana a nivel mundial, pidió la opinión a más de 3200 mujeres solteras en Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica acerca de las cualidades que debería tener el hombre perfecto y cómo encontrarlo. MejorAmor.com tiene ya cuatro años conectando a gente de habla hispana alrededor de todo el mundo, manteniendo su singular enfoque en aquellos solteros que buscan de manera seria relaciones a largo plazo con quienes poder compartir su lenguaje y cultura.


A Movie Review of the Cinderella Man
By Tom Donelson
Mae West once said, “when sex is good, it is great and when it is bad, it is still good.” Boxing movies are like that. Even the worse boxing movie can still be moving. If there was a sport made for the celluloid, it is boxing. Mano a mano, boxing represents sport at its purest. You have the drama of having one man fight another and you can see the fighter’s faces as well as their expression of anger and fear. There is no hiding in the ring and Hollywood thrives on the human drama and so does boxing.


Cotto Shows his Mettles and the Kid takes a step forward
By Tom Donelson
Most sports editors sent their boxing writers to Washington D.C. for the McBride-Tyson fight, real boxing fans watched the HBO double header at the Madison Garden. These fights could easily have been shot in black and white as these four fighters fought hard, tough fights. It was as if the times was the 1930’s in the old Garden, the original Mecca of boxing.


Hernandez Leading the League but Trailing at the Ballot Box
By John Philip Wyllie
Despite the fact that he began the week leading all National League catchers in appearances (58), hits (63) RBIs (32) home runs (7) and batting average (.292) the San Diego Padres’ Ramon Hern-andez was not even ranked in the top five in the early returns of the annual MLB All-Star balloting. Mike Piazza, a .258 hitter this season for the cellar dwelling Mets leads the pack. Piazza is trailing Hernandez in every major category except doubles (14 versus 12) and of course votes.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
A Grand Afternoon For Amateurs in IATA Convention
Some of the world’s finest amateur toreros demonstrated their taurine abilities during the annual convention of the International Association of Taurine Aficionados (IATA), held June 10th and 11th in south Texas and Mexico.  It was the first time that such a function had been presented at a Mexican ganadería, and it was, by all accounts, an unqualified success.

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