Letters to  Editor


October 25, 2010

Dear Editor,
We testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology at Cal State Pomona a little over two years ago and combined that with a Senate briefing in DC.
Dr. Norm Augustine briefed the Whitehouse and Congress twice on the "Rising above the gathering storm" Academies report about two years ago also.
The cynical view would be an election in 2 -3 weeks.
In any case long overdue and the only saving grace for the future of the Country. Hispanics have their work cut out for them. That will be the theme of the SHPE National Conference in Cincinnati and was the theme of MAES and Henaac Conference in Anaheim last week.
We will also accelerate the National thrust on STEM and the participation of Hispanics in The renactment of "America Competes" with emphasis in all aspects of preparing the US for the global competitive battle. This law signed in Mid August 2010 is $46 Billion bill. Because of birthrate issues Hispanics must be a key element of the educational aspects.
This is a battle that America must win.
 Jaime Oaxaca

A letter from Dr. Kuntze to the Gold Coast Chapter:
I lost four friends Friday
Four wonderful human beings on a mercy flight to help the truly poor in Baja California were tragically killed when the small plane they were traveling in inexplicably crashed in a remote area of Baja California. Dr. James Thorton, Dr. Graciela Sarmiento, Roger Lyon and Andrew Thiel gave up their time and were flying down at their own expense to provide free medical care to the migrant farm worker and laborers in San Quintin, Baja Norte, Mexico.
Jim was a talented plastic surgeon who was involved in this project from its inception in 1985. He had never missed a clinic and devoted countless hours to reconstructing burn victims, repairing birth defects, restoring hand function and removing disfiguring blemishes so that those whom fortune frowned upon could live better lives.
Graciela devoted her time and left her family here to give medical aid to those who had nowhere else to turn. At home she continued to give to the less fortunate through her practice with CHC.
Roger was a sports legend at USC and a successful attorney who sacrificed his law practice and flew us down in his own airplane, never refusing a call. His son Chris, a local emergency room physician of whom unrelentingly proud, led the search and rescue effort and located the wreckage.
Paramedic Andrew was just beginning his life and yet was willing to climb into that airplane to help others.
The Flying Samaritans family is devastated by this loss and yet know that our pain is nothing compared to those who have lost husbands, fathers, wives, mothers and sons. Our hearts ache with you and our prayers and thoughts go out to you. It is a comfort to us to know that they gave their lives doing something they loved; something they felt was important and something that was of service to others.
In a time when it is difficult to find heroes; when our sports figures are doping cheaters and our public figures are involved in scandal after scandal I can point to these four when my grand children ask me who is a hero.
It would be a dishonor to their memory to turn our backs on our brothers and sisters in Mexico. We were not deterred by prejudice and bigotry in America, we were not deterred by floods and power failures, we were not deterred when petty jealousy and bickering threatened to tear us apart, we are not deterred by narcoterroists and we will not be deterred by this unfortunate and tragic accident. The next clinic WILL BE HELD in November.
The world lost four friends Friday.
"Amen I say to you, what ever you did for one of these the least of My brethren, you did for Me."
Joseph Kuntze
Gold Coast Chapter
Flying Samaritans



July 20, 2010


 Re: Arizonians: So easily manipulated by racists among them. By Patrick Osio

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass, the real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on. 

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

Benito Juraz

 Dear Editor:

As the Federal Court continues to deliberate on the validity of Proposition 8, I hope more people in San Diego will recognize that our constitution guarantees protection to ALL – not just some – Americans.

As a Unitarian Universalist, I know it is important that marriage equality be decided based on law, not religion.

My faith tradition teaches us to uphold the values of freedom and respect the dignity of our fellow human beings.

As a lay leader I want to be able to treat my gay and straight congregation members equally.

As a teacher, I want my students to be able to marry the person they love - the gay and the straight ones alike.

My marriage has been strengthened - not threatened - by the example of the gay and lesbian couples in my life.

I hope the court recognizes the constitutional importance of those freedoms and rules to dissolve Prop 8.

Mar Cárdenas


June 8, 2010


 As of today in California 1, 057,382 voters in California have had their votes counted and verified. this means that out of the 6,216,630 voters who are vbm (vote by mail) voters in California 2,484,531 ballots are already cast and waiting to be received by the registrars. Another one million have already been sealed and will be cast today and tomorrow. Since some counties have as high as 86% vbm why are we not a total vote by mail state? why do we waste taxpayer dollars on an antiquated system?
And why did i get 31 pieces of mail after I voted.
Could it be because the campaign consultants make money off of sending mail to voters who have voted and their campaigns believe it is necessary?
Got to love grand theft.
Steven J. Ybarra JD
Chair CDP Chicano/Latino Caucus Voting Rights Committee

Who does Mexican President Felipe Calderon think he is by coming to the United States and denouncing Arizona's Immigration Law despite much tougher laws against illegal immigration in his own country?
 The revised Arizona Law specifically states that a person’s immigration status can be checked only if an individual is stopped for some other, valid reason.  By contrast, Mexican Immigration Law gives Mexican officials the right to check any person's immigration status, and if someone is found to be in the country illegally, they can be fined and deported. The law also requires foreigners to register with the government.
President Calderon, in his advocacy effort on behalf of illegal Mexicans  living in the United States, has crossed the line by interfering in the internal affairs of the State of Arizona and that of the United States.
The United States and the State of Arizona have the right and responsibility to implement an immigration policy that is in the best interest of the American people, and not be criticized in our own country by the President of Mexico where immigration laws are stricter than those in the U.S.
A word of advice from the majority of Americans to the President of Mexico - Mind your own business.
Williamsburg, Virginia,
 A dear friend and his wife, living in a retirement community near Prescott AZ, told me their story of running into a dark complexion man at a coffee shop. My friend was wearing his Rotary Club cap and as a gesture of good will went to the man to introduce himself. His objective was to inform the man that not all people in AZ were intolerant and short sided. As he extended his hand to greet him, the man pulled out his identification evidencing that he was a Native American and resident of a nearby reservation. The man had thought my friend was with law enforcement and offered his 'papers.'
     What you are documenting is another terrible milestone in the disintegration of a once great society.  Hopefully there is time to right the sinking ship but my fears are great.  Is this similar to the situation before WWII?  Hitler built upon that to bring about the war--are we just waiting for some new demagogue to come along?
Dave S.

It is always hard to diagnose the immigration issue, since there are vested interests and agendas working on all sides.  Pressed to the point, persons from either side of the issue will agree to some of the tenets of the opposition.  What is usually missing from the dialogue entirely is the MORAL BASIS FOR ACTION.  No discussion can be complete without admitting LOVE and the GOLDEN RULE.  Any law without equity is bound to be evil.

 I like your reference to the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer.  Jesus too felt the sting of discrimination from the Romans and his own countrymen:  after all, he was from “the wrong side of the tracks” (Galilee).  He reminded us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  I think this precept is the missing ingredient in nearly every immigration debate.

 While I do not agree with our President’s policies on some issues, I had to applaud his comments today on CNN during his meeting with Felipe Calderon of Mexico.  His agenda for immigration reform is right and I hope there is courage in Congress to make it succeed.  His remarks were reasoned, logical and compassionate.  He wants to bring our immigrant population into full acceptance and productivity, with a path to legal status and eventual citizenship.  I applaud his leadership in spite of the political landmines.

 Until we moved to California in 1986, Diane and I were unaware of border issues.  After we came here, we began to realize that this State was virtually built by immigrant labor.  We would pass farmlands and road crews at work in the sun.  It was obvious that Latino workers were always in the majority.

 Then we began to hear the fulminations of politicians and it became clear they were using immigration issues for their own advancement.  To preen yourself while throwing people under the bus who had literally built your State from the ground up seemed the height of hypocrisy to us.  Citizens in other parts of the U.S. do not understand the complexities of this issue or the paradox at work (e.g., turn a blind eye to illegals while they reap your crops; then blame them for their existence before your next election!).

 Yes, sadly your analysis of Arizona “clubby” Christianity is right on target!   We have the same ilk here right in our own town, right in my own church.  I hope these professors of Christ repent of their prejudice and hatred before it’s too late.

 When we lived a few miles from the border in south San Diego, Diane had our hearts broken on many occasions watching families fleeing the border police, often through our yard.  One day I found a little girl’s purse in the grass with a doll and a few Mexican coins.  I remember holding it and weeping, thinking of this tragedy and trying to put my own girls in the place of the owner of the little purse, wondering where she was now?

 How can people be so hard-hearted?
 Jerry M.

OPINION: "DECISIONS". The Arizona law is based solely on discrimination. It is the basis for millions of future lawsuits against the state of Arizona. There, Mexican people live in fear of getting out to the streets, they're in panic whether they're legal or not, due to Jan Brewer's anti-Mexican actions.

My father was once an illegal immigrant. One day he crossed illegally from Mexico to this country. I APPLAUD his brave decision to search for a better life. Thanks to him, THIS BELOVED COUNTRY CAN COUNT ON ONE MORE electrician, a math teacher, a civil engineer, a nurse, a paralegal, a data analyst, a tax preparer, a physicist & nuclear engineer, a clinical psychologist, and me, a truck driver. All of us HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR THE OVERALL U.S. ECONOMY. My father made a smart decision!

Illegal immigrants and their children buy houses, cars, insurances, everything in the stores, this makes the economy to prosper.  Illegal immigrants and their children spend billions of dollars in the fast food restaurants, not only adding an extra billionaire-revenue to this industry, but creating thousands of extra jobs to cope with the clientele in these places.
Yolanda Miranda,  El Paso, TX

"After passing the nation's toughest immigration law, Arizona's school officials are now cracking down on teachers with heavy accents. Teachers who are not fluent in English, have a heavy accent or do not speak grammatically correct will be temporarily reassigned. "

"Reassigned"? Isn't that kinda exactly the word that was told to Jews? This from the stupidest state in the US (according to education rankings). The smartest states? ALL would be called "liberal" and all have teachers from all over the world who AREN'T worried that some Gestapo racist with an DOE armband will show up to "reassign" them for the political gain of some politician making points through a little pandering to racist fears.

April 15, 2010

Dear Mr. Osio:
 As a Mexican resident of Rosarito Baja Califonria, I would like to congratulate you for all your work as a columnist but specially for your column called Are Mexican citizens’ deaths any less deserving of sadness and outrage?, as an attorney I have participated in several discussions on our criminal problems in regards to the drug cartel and my thoughts have always been like yours in this column, we are not completely responsible for this as you explained clearly on your column, where there´s is no demand on a product it will be no offer.
 Thank you again for your excellent job, we need more people like you on the media, people that can say the things the way they are.
Congratulations on a job well done!!!!
Lic. Betty Terriquez


October 2009


 From: "Victor M. Oliveros" <voliveros@stx.rr.com>
Date: 2009/10/02 Fri AM 03:07:20 EDT
To: <Editor@hispanic.sdcoxmail.com>
Subject: FW: Latino Policy eNewsletter - Sept. 30, 2009
From: Victor M. Oliveros [mailto:voliveros@stx.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 12:59 AM
To: 'info@hispanicvista.com'
Subject: FW: Latino Policy eNewsletter - Sept. 30, 2009
Dear Mr. Osio,

Thank you for your excellent publication.  I rely on the opinion of your
many knowledgeable contributors to obtain much of the  information that
sometimes is not published by mainstream news media in this country.  In the
past several years I have seen with dismay the proliferation of several
blatantly racist anti Mexican, anti Latino and anti Mexican immigrant TV
programs ostensibly labeling their content as being aimed only against
illegal immigrants.

I would like to share with you an e-mail that I am sending to Mr. Angelo
Falcon of the Latino Policy eNewsletter.

I would really like to know how CNN and FOX news editors explain those
pseudo newscasts and opinion programs that don't allow time for rebuttal
from anybody disagreeing with their content.  I would like to know if they
broadcast their vitriol in their Mexico and Latin America broadcasts.  If
they don't, I believe that they have the public moral responsibility to
explain their rationale for not doing it, both in this country and the
countries where they broadcast those programs.  If they were bona fide news
or opinion programs, they should know that there may be persons in those
countries that may agree with the content of their broadcasts.  Wouldn't
they like to know that? Or are their broadcasts exclusively for the hate
mongers amongst us?  Are these networks ashamed or afraid to broadcast those
programs in Latin America and Mexico?

Victor M. Oliveros
Laredo, Texas
From: Victor M. Oliveros [mailto:voliveros@stx.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 12:22 AM
To: 'editor@latinopolicy.org'
Subject: RE: Latino Policy eNewsletter - Sept. 30, 2009
Dear Mr. Falcon,

Thank you for the dissemination of well researched, factual information
regarding matters that affect not only the Latino population of this country
but many other non-white American minorities.  I share with you and many
others a deep distaste for the dissemination of malicious lies and blatant
disinformation disguised as news, spread by some rabid anti-immigrant TV
programs masquerading as legitimate news programs.  They target mostly
Mexican immigrants and specifically focus and accuse the country of Mexico
of being the source of the many social, economic,  health and security
problems that plague America.    They and the networks that allow them to
disseminate their lies demonize Mexico on one hand and on the other they
benefit from Mexico's money by broadcasting in Mexico and Latin America

I would like to find out, and perhaps you and your many readers and
contributors to your publication would too, if those networks (FOX and CNN)
include those programs in their Mexico and Latin America broadcasts.  If
they are, as they purport them to be, bona fide newscast and or opinion
programs they should definitely be broadcast there.  Bona fide newscasts
have editors that insure the viewing public that the news they are
broadcasting are accurate regardless of content and ultimately these
networks have to assume responsibility for what they broadcast as news and
or opinion.  They must allow the advertisers and viewing public in Mexico
and Latin America to also express their opinion by whatever personal or
official action they deem necessary.   They would be exercising their
constitutional rights in their own countries; most certainly those networks
wouldn't object to that.

Victor M. Oliveros
Laredo, Texas





From: "Marcel Didier" <mrdidier@att.net>
Date: 2009/04/30 Thu PM 07:00:31 EDT
To: <Editor@hispanic.sdcoxmail.com>
Subject: Illegal because they can't come legally!

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry is a professor emeritus at Oregon State University

Immigration: They come illegally because they can't come legally

By Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, guest opinion

Where is it written that Mexicans and other foreigners have a RIGHT to come
to the US?

Where is it written that America has an obligation to accept whoever wants
to come?

It is the sovereign RIGHT of any nation to determine who, how many and when
to permit immigrants entry into the US. PERIOD.

The emotion is on the side of the defenders of these criminals who justify
their criminality on the basis that they are here for "noble reasons". No
noble reason gives them the right to violate the laws of the country that
they claim to respect and love. Even IF they contributed and even IF they
were needed by the US economy that does NOT give them a right to enter at
will. PUNTO.

Professors should know better than to be intellectually one-sided.

Marcel Didier