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The Reign of La Chancla

La Chancla is the secret of our culture. It is the most effective weapon known to a latin kid. This traditional technique kept us in line. Some kids have described it as a weapon of mass destruction. Growing up Tello, our methods of discipline were very straightforward: You did what you were told or you were punished. Not obeying guaranteed un chancletazo (a spanking with a flip flop). Offering to hit with other things such as belts and tree branches was not out of the question. My parents delivered on their threats but my brothers and I weren’t dumb; we knew how to act. The rules were the rules there was no room for negotiation. I have friends who have told me their mother had a perfect aim with the chancla.. What is your most recalled memory of the Chancla? Do you think the world would be a better place if we brought back the Reign of the Chancla? Blue Rose Alvarez I still cringe and laugh when I think about my mom or one of my tias pulling that chancla off her foot. It was usually preceded by “werco cabron” or “hijo de la!” Even though we thought it was funny, it was no laughing matter to be smacked in the arm or leg with that sucker. It stung like a muthuh!” Charlene Smith I believe disciplining children...

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Let’s talk about it…Immigrants

My brother and I had a conversation that raised a great point. I told him my son was joining the Coast Guard. I am so thankful because he has been working since he was 16. His first job was at an art gallery which I was so happy about because this exposed him to the Arts. After that he worked for me doing construction. Then he got a job as a pipe layer. My point in having him work construction was so that he could see how hard it was, and in hopes that he would want to get an education so he wouldn’t have to do hard labor in the future. Instead, he found another labor job. I was worried that he had chosen this for his career. There is absolutely no shame in labored work, but I just wanted my kids not to have to work so hard if they didn’t have to. That is when my brother said,” you are like most Americans; you don’t want your kids to do hard labor work so you send them to school to educate themselves and become lawyers, doctors, to get business degrees, go into the medical field, or join the military.” He continues, “that’s good but who does the grunt work that you don’t want your children to do?” We have these immigrants who come over, some legally,...

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The Power of Partnership EPIcenter inaugural new energy lecture

Lynn Abramson, PhD, President of the Clean Energy Business Network spoke about national trends and local opportunities in the new energy economy last thursday at the geekdom event center. Dr. Abramson is one of EPIcenter’s Global Advisors, a group of new energy thought leaders who advise on EPIcenter’s leadership role within the global new energy community. The Global Advisors work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to advance the mission of EPIcenter as a new energy hub. EPIcenter, located at the The Mission Road Power Plant on the San Antonio river, just south of the lone star brewery and Roosevelt Park, is a place where visionary entrepreneurs, technologists and communities will come together to create a brighter energy future. Founded in 2015 in partnership with CPS energy, Epicenter has yet to open its historical venue to the public, but offers lectures, private tours of the facilities and conferences. “Clean Energy is no longer a liberal San Francisco idea, everyone is now appreciating the movement,” Abramson said. She explained that there are 3 million jobs in clean energy annually and that number is growing. Most of the data presented in the lecture was extracted from Bloomberg new energy finance, which Abramson recommends as a reliable resource for energy data. She said wind and solar will account for 50 percent of global energy use by 2040 and that idea...

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Alamo Colleges District Names Roth New Central Texas Technology Center Manager

The Alamo Colleges District has named Janice Roth as the new manager for the district’s Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) in New Braunfels. She has served as the student success coordinator at the CTTC since 2006. As the new CTTC manager, Roth will oversee the operations of the center, a regional campus of the district that offers students in the Comal and Guadalupe counties area the opportunity to earn college credit and train for high-demand jobs with local employers. Interest in the center’s programs has been so great that a $6.3 million expansion was added in 2016. “The CTTC is an important component of fulfilling the Alamo Colleges mission of empowering our diverse communities for success,” said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “Janice is highly regarded in the local community and will provide outstanding leadership as the center continues to grow to meet the region’s higher education needs,” he added. Roth, a New Braunfels resident for 30 years, began her career in community service as director of social services at the River Gardens Residential Facility in New Braunfels. She then operated her own business as a social work consultant and therapist before joining the Alamo Colleges District as an adjunct faculty member, a position she still holds in addition to her duties at the CTTC. Roth’s previous experience as the center’s student success coordinator served as excellent...

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The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone

The Problem •The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects Americans from random and arbitrary stops and searches. •According to the government, however, these basic constitutional principles do not apply fully at our borders. For example, at border crossings (also called “ports of entry”), federal authorities do not need a warrant or even suspicion of wrongdoing to justify conducting what courts have called a “routine search,” such as searching luggage or a vehicle. •Even in places far removed from the border, deep into the interior of the country, immigration officials enjoy broad—though not limitless—powers. Specifically, federal regulations give U.S....

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