Volume XXV Number 10 March 09, 2001

FrontPage Stories

A Mother Fights to Turn Her Loss Into Community's Gain

A Struggle to Increase Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Within the Hispanic Community

By Yvette tenBerge

You would not be able to tell much about Carmen Delgadillo's life by simply looking at her. This attractive, petite, 37 year-old woman easily blends in with the other stylishly dressed people sitting in Starbucks with newspapers and magazines opened and steaming coffee cups in hand. It is only after you look into her eyes and listen to her almost breathless manner of speaking that you might be able to begin to realize the impact of what she has recently been forced to live through: every parent's worst nightmare, the loss of a child.

Scott and Eric Delgadillo. This photo was taken October 2000, Scott was 14.

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A Donor's Story
By Maria Huaracha
During a newscast in October of 1990, a story was told about a little Hispanic boy who needed a bone marrow transplant. They were asking Hispanics to come and be tested, to see if they could possibly be his match, since it was more likely to find a match in the same ethnic group. After much contemplation, I went to be tested. "Lo que Dios mande", "It's God's will" I said to myself. I thought to myself, that's some-one's baby and they want to see him grow up and live a normal life. Time passed, and after a while I forgot I was on the National Marrow Donor Registry (NMDP). That was until 1998, when I received the call of a lifetime.

Commerce Chief Rejects Adjusted Redistrict Data
(Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans on Tuesday ruled out adjusting 2000 census figures to add millions of uncounted people for use in the contentious redrawing of national congressional districts.

Bustamante Responds to Bush's Administrations Failure to Adjust Census Count
Sacramento — Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante, a member of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board, today criticized the announcement by U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans that the Bush Administration will not correct a projected undercount in the 2000 Census.

Hispanic Child Outcomes Continue to be Pressing Issues for the Nation, Reports
the NCLR
Washington, D.C. — Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau about the nation's Hispanic population underscore the need for President Bush and the Congress to make the right choices about the nation's budget priorities, especially with respect to children and education.

Teen Shooters Playing a Role to the Hilt

EDITOR'S NOTE: Once again front pages are filled with details of a shooting inside a high school in which both the alleged killer and the victims are barely in their teens. And once again, every sort of explanation is offered, each with its bit of the truth. But Russell Morse sees in this an act some puzzling sort of role-playing, which will be repeated.
By Russell Morse
Some weeks ago, Charles Andrew Williams, age 15, brought a gun to the suburban San Diego high school where he is a freshman. It was a water gun, and it was filled with urine, and he shot it at people.

Noticias de México...
Luchan por espacios
Se han distinguido por trabajo social, por la lucha de las causas justas, por participar en política y por la defensa de los derechos de la mujer. Y aunque no comparten la misma ideología desde su trinchera, Olivia Villalaz Becerra, diputada local del PRI, y Silvia Beltrán Goldsmith, secretaria general del PRD, consideran que la mujer sale adelante por sus metas y la decisión que tiene al emprenderlas.


A Colombian Governor's Plea For Peace
By Luis Gilberto Murillo
I am a former governor of Chocó, the most impoverished department of Colombia. In 1998, I tried to declare Chocó a neutral zone, a territory of peace free from the combat ravaging my country. Because of my work for peace, I was kidnapped by people who identified themselves as paramilitaries. Death threats were leveled at my family and myself. Fearing for our lives, we fled to the United States in July of 2000. We now live here in exile.

First Person
Colombia, Mi Pais Pero No Mi Patria (Colombia, My Country But Not My Home)
By David Higuera
I cannot think of Colombia without thinking of my father. Though I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and though I still have a lot of family there, I do not think of Colombia as my place, my home. It is my father's place. In my heart it belongs to him.

Chicano/Mexicano Delegation to March With Zapatistas Into Mexico City
Preparations are being finalized for the departure of a Chicano/Mexicano delegation, to Mexico where it will be participating in the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional's (EZLN) march into Mexico City, which began this last February 25. Most of the delegation will be departing this Thursday and will be returning from Mexico City on Tuesday March 13. While in Mexico City, the delegation will be staying and operating out of the Hotel Catedral.

California's Ethnic and Racial Communities Still Lack Health Insurance Coverage
36% of Latinos Lack Health Insurance Coverage
Despite gains in the number of Californians with health insurance in 1999, large ethnic and racial disparities in health insurance coverage remain among people of color compared to non Latino whites according to a new study released today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Un inocente portador de la tuberculosis
por Colin Crawford
Médicos de San Diego han detectado un aumento de casos de tuberculosis entre niños a lo largo de la frontera México-Estados Unidos. El Dr. Wayne Dankner, anteriormente adscrito al departamento de pediatría de la Universidad de California en San Diego y sus colegas identificó cerca de 600 casos de tuberculosis del tipo (M bovis) entre 1980 y 1997. Aunque los médicos detuvieron sus muestreos hace varios años, el Dr. Wayne cree que no hay razón para pensar que el problema haya desaparecido.

An Innocent Carrier of Tuberculosis
By Colin Crawford
The research of several San Diego doctors has identified an unusual yet easily correctable source of tuberculosis infection for children along the Mexican-U.S. border. Dr. Wayne Dankner, formerly at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego and his colleagues, identified nearly 600 cases of tuberculosis Mycobacterium bovis (M bovis) between 1980 and 1997. Although Dankner and his associates stopped data collection several years ago, he believes there is no reason to think that the problem has stopped.

Sweetwater Proves It's No Longer a Man's World
By Yvette tenBerge
The energy in the audience of over 30 high school junior and senior girls changes abruptly. The sound of crumpling plastic wrap stops as they put away their juice boxes and granola bars, snacks that were handed out by teachers earlier in the morning. The low hum of whispering dies down almost completely. Many of the young, neatly dressed women lean forward, their mouths slightly ajar as their eyes become glued to the front of the room.

Sen. Alpert Names Dr. Stephanie Rico Woman of the Year
Sacramento, Ca. — In recognition of her commitment to students and learning, Dr. Stephanie Rico has been named Woman of the Year for 2001 by Senator Dede Alpert (D-San Diego).

San Diego City Schools Food Services Supports Classroom Learning With
"Now We're Cooking"
The students of Garfield and Crawford High Schools had an opportunity to learn from the best. San Diego City Schools Food Services, in cooperation with San Diego Project Lean and the Chefs de Cuisine, provided hands-on cooking experience with the students.

Futures Foundation Branches Out to Span Digital Divide
New Programs, More Training and Computer Donations on Tap for 2001
A help desk to keep the computers of nonprofits and community groups running smoothly, and a program to teach girls the technology skills they need in today's high-tech world, are among the initiatives planned for the coming year by the San Diego Futures Foundation.

Market Creek Plaza Unveils Amphitheater, Grocery Store and Local Talent
Market Creek Plaza marked the completion of Phase I of construction with a community celebration hosted by the Jacobs Center for NonProfit Innovation and the resident teams driving the development of San Diego's most innovative commercial and cultural center. More than 700 people attended the party, which celebrated the first of five phases that will bring the 20-acre project to completion.

AARP Selects Headquarters Advertising For Hispanic Initiative
Washington, DC — AARP announced that HeadQuarters Advertising of San Francisco has been named to provide brand and direct advertising to enhance the Association's presence in the Hispanic community.

Cal State San Marcos Latino Organizations to Host Open House
The Latino Association of Faculty and Staff and the National Latino Research Center at California State University San Marcos will co-host an open house 3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15. The public is invited to this event to learn more about the Latino Association of Faculty and Staff and the National Latino Research Center.

Miller Brewing Company Hosts Event to Unveil 2001 "Portraits of Success"

Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles' Hispanic community and corporate leaders gathered at The Argyle Hotel to celebrate the unveiling of Miller Brewing Company's 2001 Calendar "Portraits of Success: Hispanic Americans in the Media Arts." The calendar, which features Latino film, television and theatre actors, writers, directors and producers, as well as television and radio news personalities, will benefit the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Education Policy Projects.

CPSC, McDonald's Announce Recall of "Scooter Bug" Happy Meal Toys
Washington, D.C. — In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), McDonald's Corp., Oakbrook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 234,000 "Scooter Bug" toys. The toys were distributed with McDonald's Happy Meals for children under 3 years of age. The bug's antenna can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
El Amor Bien Entendido
Mi primo Michael y yo nacimos con un año de diferencia y, como tengo dos hermanas, Michael era como un hermano para mí. Siendo mayor que yo, se sentía mi protector. Vivíamos en Brooklyn, Nueva York, y Michael conocía bien el mundo de la calle —con un sentido de la realidad de la vida que yo no tenía ni en sueños. Michael era rápido, vivo, y yo lo admiraba tanto. Tenía una astucia, una percepción increíbles, podía "captar" a la gente en cuestión de segundos. Era divertido, buen mozo, amable, y cualquier cosa que dijera sonaba como la pura verdad —aún la mentira más grande.


Santana High: Another Monument To Our Failures
Monday, March 5th, 2001, will go down in history as another day of infamy when blood was shed by our youth on the grounds of Santana High School in Santee, California. It will be remembered as yet another failure in our abilities to provide our children with the internal guidance systems that will assist them in making proper moral choices. Somewhere along the way, we have failed to plant within our children the essential gyroscope that helps guide them through life, and assists them in maintaining a moral, ethical course. Is the child, who just turned 15, to blame for never having been taught the essential lessons that distinguish humans from the lower forms of animal life? Or is society, in general, to blame for the cheapening and devaluation of human life?

Unkindest Cut
Bush's plan doesn't do much for the middle class
By Albert R. Hunt
George W. Bush's initial address to Congress was perfectly fine. But he doesn't fill a room or a chamber.

Lincoln Students and Teachers Reject the Superintendent and Dr. Alvarado's
Message of Doom and Failure!
By August L. Castille Sr.
During a school meeting held at Lincoln Academy on February 28, some staff members and students remonstrated the school chief, Alan Bersin and Dr. Alvarado for their slanted and unfair reporting to the parents, school employees, students, and community members about the disgraceful failures and low performances of students at Lincoln High School for more than a decade.

Tezozomoc Speaks
It is said... "que dentro el dicho y el hecho hay un gran trecho"... Something happened in the City of Angels. Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco had announced his candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council (el dicho.) Pero, el Señor Polanco, who is married and the Papi of three, committed a big boo-boo. He made out with his legislative aide and fathered a son (el hecho)!

Letters to the Editor
Letter to Joan Krok
Dearest Joan,
First, it's in order that I thank you for your past help on behalf of seniors of the 92101 zip code. For whom food was given out the last Tuesday of the month, which enables them to have food on their tables. Enclosed are some of my photos that attest to these facts. "Hunger is alive and well" in the county and city of San Diego. Four hundred senior persons line up at the gates at 727 E Street, including myself. Some line up at 2:00 a.m. to secure the needed food.

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

Poet's Corner
Para Tí
La tarde ha llegado y con ellos los recuerdos, el viento sopla cálidamente anunciando brevemente que el invierno se retira. Han pasado varios meses en los cuales los obstáculos y las adversidades han sido librados uno a uno y quedando atrás.

El Avaro y el Médico a Palos de Moliere, Las Presentan el Instituo "Andrés Soler"
en Tijuana

Por: Paco Zavala
El Instituto Teatral "Andrés Soler", adscrito a la Asociación Nacional de Actores (A.N.D.A.) con residencia en Tijuana, en Calle Ocampo No. 2050, anuncia su programa de actividades para los meses de marzo y abril.

Singular Recital de Guitarra Clásica Con el Niño Benjamin Delgado
Por: Paco Zavala
En la Escala, centro cultural dedicado a impulsar los valores artísticos existentes en esta cosmopolita frontera tijuanense presentará el próximo sábado 10 de marzo a las 8:00 p.m. en sus instalaciones al ganador del ler lugar en el Concurso Estatal de Guitarra Clásica convocado por el ICBC al niño Benjamín Delgado, todo un dechado de virtudes y facultades en la interpretación de este nada fácil instrumento, la guitarra.

Book Review
Being on Mexican Time Is Often Difficult
By Daniel L. Muñoz
Let's face it; life in the U.S.A. has been getting more and more stressful. The daily grind on our clogged-up freeways, on the way to and from work, is fraught with peril from drivers madden with road-rage. Shootings are common place and oftentimes you are forced off the roads and are lucky to be alive. By the time you reached your wretched home, in some ungodly tract, your nerves are stretched to the breaking point and your lungs are raw from the contamination in the air.

Calendar of Events...
March History Day
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host its annual March History Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. There is plenty of parking and is free for all visitors. Park staff and volunteers will be dressed in historic period attire and will share Old Town's rich history and demonstrate crafts from the 1800s.

M-80 Blows Away Competition At The 2001 Detroit Autorama!
This year the Michigan Hot Rod Association hosted its 49th Annual Autorama at Detroit's Cobo Center during the last weekend in February. The heat was turned up in chilly Detroit when The M-80, a custom '49 Chevy Coupe, stole the show and walked away with most of the top awards.

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