Opinion

Limited immigration reform and citizenship

07/18/2013
The notion that the proposed immigration reform bill affords a direct path to citizenship for 11 million people is no more than propaganda designed to deceive the gullible, trickery in the guise of real and immediate change. The long-awaited and ballyhooed, patched and diminished bill that recently passed the Senate...

Reforma migratoria y ciudadanía limitadas

07/11/2013
Hablar de la reforma migratoria como camino directo a la ciudadanía de 11 millones de personas, es un juego propagandístico para engañar incautos, propagado como panacea de algo real e inmediato; pero no hay tal. La tan esperada, anunciada, parchada y muy reducida reforma migratoria, de reciente aprobación en el...

Snowden did not act morally

07/03/2013
Last week Norman Solomon applauded Edward Snowden’s courage in revealing American secrets. So did Veronika Krasheninnikova of the Russian Institute for Foreign Policy Research and Initiatives, who drew parallels between Snowden’s moral principles and those of atomic spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Revealing your country’s secrets when you have taken...

Too little, too late

07/03/2013
President Obama’s anemic speech on climate action was disappointing, but not surprising. He’s still backing economic growth by promoting biofuels, clean coal, fracked gas and nuclear power. Rather than the broad, ambitious plan he had promised, Obama put forth a modest series of responses couched in a climate primer—all to...

The pursuit of Edward Snowden

06/27/2013
Rarely has any American provoked such fury in Washington’s high places. So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber—and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find unfathomable. Bipartisan condemnations of Snowden are escalating from Capitol Hill and...

Quinceañeras and their traditions

06/27/2013
The celebration of the advent of a girl’s 15th birthday is becoming more and more widespread and magnificent among Latino immigrants and their descendants. Though a long-time family tradition in their countries, its origin is uncertain. Many think it has pre-Hispanic Mexican beginnings, others believe it arrived with the wealthy...

Quinceañeras y sus tradiciones

06/20/2013
Las fiestas de quince años para jovencitas son una costumbre que se arraiga cada vez más y con mayor majestuosidad en este país entre los inmigrantes latinos y sus descendientes, siguiendo una tradición familiar en sus países. Su origen es incierto, pues mientras muchos prefieren creer que es una costumbre...

Immigrants and discrimination

06/13/2013
In its primary sense the word “discrimination” means to distinguish between two or more things. If I like salsa verde better than salsa roja , I have discriminated between the two. The word is also commonly used to indicate inferior treatment of people of different groups based on certain preferences...

Huffman’s four mistakes on Drakes Estero

06/13/2013
Last week, the Sonoma City Council voted unanimously in support of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, and asked Congressman Jared Huffman to support a bipartisan Congressional investigation into the “questionable science” that misinformed Interior Secretary Salazar’s decision not to renew the farm’s permit. Huffman immediately rejected the council’s request. In so...

The eye of the beholder: What is it, then, that brings beauty to a garden?

06/13/2013
In January, when maple trees are leafless and dormant, I venture out with my clippers to do some pruning. Professional nurserymen and gardeners doubtless have precise notions about pruning. I don’t. I just stand back, peer at the maple for a few moments and then clip away. My objective is...

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