Julie Amparano

It’s Okay to say No!

It’s Okay to say No!

Anita Padron was at her wit’s end. She was being pulled in all directions by her family, friends and employer, particularly after she switched to an afternoon shift at work. A typical scenario often went like this: Her mother needs a ride to the dentist – and the appointment is in 15 minutes. Her boss […]

 Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Life lessons

Life lessons

My mother taught me – or tried to, anyway – to eat everything on my plate. There was no exception to this rule, whatsoever, if we were eating at someone else’s house. I couldn’t ask for the salt either, if it was not set at the table.  She also taught me the importance of being […]

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Nalgadas Texas style … with a Board of Education

<em>Nalgadas</em> Texas style … with a Board of Education

A justice of the peace in Brownsville, Texas, has been reprimanded for his “creative” approach to deter truancy. When kids skipped school and ended up before Judge Gustavo Garza’s court, his honor would give the juveniles’ parents a “cost-saving option” in lieu of the $500 fine associated with truancy: nalgadas! Garza even had a large […]

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David Gonzales: Remember this name in next election for sheriff

David Gonzales: Remember this name in next election for sheriff

Unless your social circles include feds or fugitives, you might not be familiar with David Gonzales. But for nearly eight years, he’s been the U.S. Marshal for Arizona, overseeing 130 deputy marshals in one of the nation’s biggest and busiest districts. Gonzales’ tenure is uncertain, as the new administration determines which presidential appointees stay. Gonzales, […]

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This just in, McCain got mad

If the National Journal is to be believed (and they’re routinely acknowledged as a reliable source), Sen. John McCain seems to still be smarting over the fact that so many Latino voters nationwide flocked to support Barack Obama in last November’s election. As the Journal explains, McCain had attended a meeting designed to reach out […]

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The new “neutered” university

Arizona State University President Michael Crow has been touting “The New American University” for several years now as he has worked to redefine the mission and image of our state’s largest public college. A growing number of people, including the editorial writers at the State Press, the student newspaper at ASU, are not so sure […]

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Yuma businessman says “no yobs aqui” not racist

A businessman in Yuma who says he got tired of having to tell Spanish speakers that he wasn’t hiring, says he doesn’t understand the fuss over his “No yobs aqui” sign he’s posted in front of his shop. Flash Sharrar says he decided to use the word “yobs” instead of jobs in English or “trabajo” […]

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A Blackberry for Biden

Our tech-savvy President needs to make sure his cabinet is regularly debriefed on important matters, or at least that they have access to internal White House correspondence while abroad. Vice President Joseph Biden needs both; and reading the papers wouldn’t hurt him either. During recent a trip to Costa Rica, according to Reuters, Biden told […]

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Dobbs demure after remark

Dobbs demure after remark

In an interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, comedian Dave Chapelle once looked in the camera and said, “Hey, Lou, lay off the Mexicans!” Chapelle was referring to CNN newstalk host Lou Dobbs, who has earned a reputation as a critic og U.S. immigration policy and Mexico – the largest source of legal and illegal […]

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Forget El Show de Cristina or Dr. Phil

Forget El Show de Cristina or Dr. Phil

Here’s a working title for a pilot Reality TV show: Don’t sue me, bro! Arizona edition.

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