Volume XXVII Number 10 March 7, 2003

FrontPage Stories

Local Marine to Host a Combat Medals Party and Honors Fellow Service Men and Women

By: Dottie Fieger

On the night he receives the last two medals he earned for Vietnam valor, retired Marine Master Sergeant Alonzo R. Rivera, Jr., plans to host a big private party to celebrate his military achievements and to honor the memory of 53,000 American men and women who lost their lives in Vietnam while giving the last and best measure of their love for our country.


Sgt. Rivera’s Squad: Combat Ready in “Nam” – Sgt. Alonzo R. Rivera, Jr., joined his squad the night before a major battle that decimated the group in September 1968. Pictured from left, Sgt. Rivera (shirtless), Sgt. Mumford, Tyrone Samson, PFC Troy, Kirkland Patterson, Wayne Chism, Lance Corp. Scott (top). Kneeling are Hector “Dino” Rivera (l) and Tyrone Samson. Assigned to Kilo Battery, 4th Battalion, 12th Marines, Sgt. Rivera and his squad pose in front of their 155 Self-Propelled Gun used extensively in combat action against the North Vietnam Army and the Viet Cong.

The private party will be held Saturday, March 8 at the Don Diego VFW Post 7420 in San Diego. During a brief awards ceremony, retired Marine Colonel Joaquin Gracida, a friend and fellow Vietnam veteran, will present Rivera with two of the highest medals awarded for valor in combat. Rivera will receive the Silver Star Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, accompanied with citations sent by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV).

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Exponen Controversiales Opiniones Doce Tijuanenses
Por Mariana Martinez
Se habla de la guerra por todos lados; el mundo a la espera del informe de los inspectores de la ONU. México en el consejo de seguridad se encuentra en el ojo de la tormenta, ¿Cómo debe votar?

Chavez’s Ace — Venezuelan Leader Taps Bolivar Myths, Cults
By: Alicia Torres
ANALYSIS
As Venezuela’s fate seems locked between President Hugo Chavez’s militant, underclass supporters and the middle class, media and business communities arrayed against him, a third force lurks behind the scenes.

Stories

La Cuaresma
+ Gilberto E. Chavez
Obispo Auxiliar
Hay un dicho español que dice: palos si remas o palos si no remas. Este dicho es de los pescadores y significa que de todos modos tenemos que trabajar o sacrificarnos. Todos dependemos de los palos. Los palos mueven la lancha y los palos o golpes nos esperan en la vida si no remamos. La conclusión es que el sacrificio es importante en la vida si no remamos. La conclusión es que el sacrificio es importante en la vida para seguir adelante. Este es un dicho de esperanza y que hay que trabajar o luchar para tener éxito. A esta lucha por mejorar se le llama sa-crificio en el sentido espiritual. Todos tenemos límites en nuestra vida y hay que con-trolarnos y sacrificarnos para mejorar nuestra vida.

She Looks... Like... Them
Episcopalians Learn to Use Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Robert Kumpel
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego held its annual convention at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert on February 7 and 8. The Spanish title for the event’s theme (Unidos de la Mano: Hand in Hand for Mission and Ministry) was no accident. The keynote address on Hispanic ministry was delivered by Father Orlando Espin of USD. Espin is the director of the Center for the Study of Latino Catholicism and the Trans-Border Institute. Many of the workshops emphasized ministry to Hispanics.

Most of California’s Latinos Are Citizens and Bilingual But Few Have a College Degree
Despite being bilingual and mostly U.S. citizens, only a small percentage of California’s Latinos have attained a college education or are currently enrolled in college, according to an analysis by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center of recently released census data.

Entendiendo la Menopausia
Por David Minkow
La menopausia le llegó a Velia Sprague por sorpresa. “Antes de que me comenzara a pasar, yo ni siquiera sabía que eso existía”, dice la residente de Hayward de 52 años. Cuando Sprague estaba a principios de sus 40’s, su esposo le sugirió que le dijera a su doctor sobre sus síntomas “raros”. Fue un gran alivio cuando el doctor le explicó que la menopausia es el final de la menstruación y que los cambios en su cuerpo eran normales.

Understanding Menopause
David Minkow
Menopause caught Velia Sprague by surprise.

New UCSD Clinic to Focus on Menopause
It started out as an observation and turned into a quest to meet the needs of menopausal women seeking help shifting into the second half of life. On March 20, 2003 that quest will turn into the Integrative Menopause Health Program at UCSD’s Perlman Ambulatory Care Center.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
Viruela o Smallpox
Amuchas personas les parecerá extraño que en estos tiempos se hable de una enfermedad antigua y erradicada como lo es la viruela. Sin embargo esta enfermedad es una de las principales preocupaciones del gobierno del presidente Bush, debido a que podría poner en riesgo a la población en caso de un ataque biológico.

Viruela or Smallpox
By Diego Alvarez
To many persons will seem them strange that in these times be spoken of an old illness and eradicated as it is the smallpox. Nevertheless this illness is one of the main worries of the government of the president Bush, due to that would be able to put in risk to the population in case of a biological attack.

Free Health Fair In Conjunction With “Covering The Uninsured Week” To Be Held At San Ysidro High School
In commemoration of national “Covering the Uninsured Week,” which runs this year from March 10-16, the San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC), San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network, Community Health Group, Sweetwater School District and Health Access Through Schools, will co-sponsor a free regional community health fair on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Ysidro High School.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Una Luz de Esperanza en la Pampa Argentina
Era abril de 2002 y la Argentina se hundía cada vez más en la peor crisis económica y social de su historia, y los periódicos del mundo lo proclamaban día a día. ¿Cómo se llegó a esto? Un país de abundancia, de cultura y gente pacífica. Pero las fotos mostraban lo inconcebible: disturbios en las calles de Buenos Aires, supermercados saqueados y familias de clase media marchando en protesta cada semana; los indigentes revolviendo la basura, mientras niños desnutridos se morían en el norte, y en los hospitales las provisiones se iban acabando. Y las iglesias se llenaban de gente, rezando, a toda hora.

United Nations Group to Honor Artist Laurel Burch During International Women’s Day Celebration at Bazaar Del Mundo
International Women’s Day will be observed at Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm, on Saturday, March 8, 2003. California’s beloved and world renowned artist, Laurel Burch, will be honored by the United Nations Association, Soroptimist International, The Art Miles Mural Project founders, and the World Center for Strategy and Policy, during this special dedication ceremony. A “Laurel Burch Kindred Spirit” mural, by Silvia Pecha of Austria, will be unveiled during the Women’s Day ceremonies.

Scholarships:
Conservation Scholarship Available for High School Seniors
The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCD) is offering three or four $500 scholarships to high school seniors wanting to pursue a career in the areas of resource conservation and/or agriculture.

Editorials

Editorial
Has the Paradigm for running our political system become dysfunctional?
It’s time to take a check on the political condition of our city, state and nation and ask ourselves: Is it still working? Where have we been? Where are we going? Have our lives improved? Is the Nation still functioning as a political Democracy?

Commentary:
Open Space in San Diego: The Best Things in Life are Not Free
By Lori Saldana
Until birds and bees start paying rent, real estate appraisers - and environmentalists — will have a hard time figuring out how much to pay to preserve a piece of wildlife habitat. But to economists, the matter is less of a mystery. That is because economists really don’t care as much about the price of the land as they do about what happens when people pay a little - or a lot - for it.

An Open Letter:
White Privilege
Lately,  I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of white privilege, that invisible passport that white people have to go places, get things and do things simply because they are white.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
Women’s Day – Not Much To Celebrate
On March 8, 2003, the world will continue a decades long tradition of observing International Women’s Day. In the past, this day has been a celebration of the how far the world has come in improving the rights of women. This year, however, there is not much to celebrate. Since taking office in 2001, President Bush and his administration have made one policy decision after another that jeopardize the current state of women, both in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Tezozomoc Speaks
The Barrio speaks
: Este Indio has had it with those locos en Washington D.C. El President and his TERRORISTAS, “Blanquitos”, don’t seem to give a damn if hundreds of thousands of nuestra gente (Chicanos Mexicanos, Latinos, Barrio Dudes) get their brains blown out just to make George W. Bush and his crazy Right- wingers feel they are the heavy metal in the nation! GUERRA/WAR, in defense of your country, is one thing. WAR, to fatten the pockets of the rich stock brokers and multi-billionaires, by turning it into a multi- billion dollar industry, making bombs, planes, Nukes, ships, & tanks, is another thing, especially if it will be paid for by the blood of our Raza.

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

Se presenta un Tesoro de Cuentos en el libro “La República de EAST L.A”.
Por: Paco Zavala
Dar lectura a un libro es algo que hay que cultivar a través del tiempo, de la costumbre, de la educación y de la cultura.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Indudablemente que la inestabilidad atmosférica que prevalece actualmente en la región, ha enfriado en forma muy notoria la actividad cultural. La seguridad que existe es que en cuanto vaya mejorando el tiempo las actividades se normalicen y lleguen en corto tiempo a su climax correspondiente.

Calendar of Events:
By Berenice Cisneros
March Activities
Businesses on San Diego Bay extend an invitation to come out and play on the Big Bay, with a beautiful outdoor setting along picturesque waters. The Maritime Museum has a new exhibit opening March 8, a “Race for the Riches” aboard the Star of India. This exhibit focuses on the historical, maritime and sociological aspects of trade with the Far East. Artifacts will include early charts, documents, navigation instruments, ship portraits, harbor views and models of Chinese and western ships.

Southwestern College’s Concert Choir Performs “A Night at Notre Dame”
Chula Vista — The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communications proudly presents a special benefit concert for the College’s Concert Choir. The concert will take place Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of San Diego’s (USD) Immaculata Cathedral, 5998 Alcala Park. The concert is free and open to the general public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Choir’s trip to Paris, France.

Southwestern College Presents “Speaking Figuratively”
Figural Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition on Display from March 12-April 10
Chula Vista — The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication is proud to present “Speaking Figuratively,” a figural ceramic sculpture exhibition on display at the SWC Art Gallery* from March 12 to April 10, 2003.

National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts 37th Annual Conference BORDERS IN FLUX MARCH
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is holding its 37th Annual Conference, BORDERS IN FLUX at the Town and Country Hotel March 12 – 15. The conference is expected to attract an international group of more than 4,000 attendees, who will participate in a full array of panels and lectures dealing with varied aspects of the ceramic arts, including theme-related topics.

Celebrated Ecuadorian Potters to Demonstrate at the Museum of Man
In conjunction with its popular “Ecuadorian Pottery Traditions” exhibit, the San Diego Museum of Man will present two talented Quichua Indian potters who will showcase their art and demonstrate their time-honored techniques at the Museum 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wed., March 12 through Sun., March 16.

Exposición Colectiva “ Mujeres en el Arte” Presentan Seis Extraordinarias Damas
Por: Paco Zavala
En el marco de festividades que se organizaron para celebrar el Día Internacional de la Mujer, que será el próximo sábado 8 del presente mes, las fuerzas activas, las asociaciones de artistas de todos los niveles. Seis extraordinarias damas; artistas todas ellas, pertenecientes a la sociedad tijuanense expondrán sus trabajos ante el público de la comunidad en la Galería de Casa de Cultura Playas.

John Ruiz’ World Title Hopes Crumble
By Fiona Manning
John Ruiz, the world’s first Latino heavyweight champion saw his much-coveted WBA crown slip through his fingers in a lopsided loss to light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Scholar-Athlete Hernandez Hopes to Add to His Laurels
By John Philip Wyllie
As the son of a Mexico City born physician and an American nurse, Paul Hernandez believes he has reaped the benefits of both worlds.

Ante la número 59 del mundo, la estadounidense Jill Craybas tendrá que debutar la colombiana Fabiola Zuluaga del Equipo Colsanitas
INDIAN WELLS, — La número 59 del mundo, la estadounidense Jill Craybas, quedó definida este pasado martes como la rival que tendrá que enfrentar a la tenista colombiana Fabiola Zuluaga, del Equipo Colsanitas, en la primera ronda del Abierto WTA Tour de Indian Wells, California, Estados Unidos, certámen Categoría Tier 1 reconocido por ser uno de los grandes torneos del Circuito Mundial Profesional.

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