Editorials

Coronavirus

By Yvette Tello As case numbers rise, the coronavirus that has killed at least 123,000 Americans. As numbers surge do you still think the Coronavirus numbers are really being made up? Let’s talk about it, Barry Millbourn: “The real numbers are assuredly much higher than the official count.” Tonya Washington: “How many of the 100k deaths are “related to” or “presumptive” or “associated with” or “linked to” or “connected with” or etc etc? Anything to get the numbers up.” Thad Daly: “Always post infects but never survivals or survival rate..99.8%” Greg Guerrero: “Family and friends this covid thing really sucks... I went and got tested just as a safety precaution and I have tested positive for covid. Its going on 4 days since my test day and I do not have any symptoms. Only symptom (and thats if you want to call it symptom) that I have experienced is that my knees were hurting really bad one day last week. So I am under quarintine for 14 days, go get tested even though you ain’t showing symptoms. I just pray and hope I have not contributed to spreading or passed it to someone and they have gotten sick. Be safe my family and friends. Will keep yall posted... Just better to know and be safe than sorry and to protect your loved ones” Timoteo Suazo: “Record surge of new infections due to record testing to uncover asymptomatic infections. There is no surge in hospitalizations or deaths. This record surge shows that mortality rate continues to fall.You should follow the guidelines set up by President Trump’s Corona virus task force...

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A Latino Perspective on Protest, Justice, and Reform

By Dr. Ricardo Romo In the Opinion page of the  Dallas Morning News on June 7, 2020,  Rene Martinez wrote of a tragic shooting 47 years ago  by a police officer of a 12 year  Mexican American boy handcuffed in  the back of a police car. Rodriguez was shot in the head at very close range by officer Darrell Cain.    Martinez wrote that as a result of the senseless killing,  5,000 marchers protested in the streets of Dallas. Cain was sentenced to prison for the murder. Some events, even those nearly fifty years ago, cannot be forgotten. More recently there have been many shootings  of Mexican Americans by police officers in Texas.  It is because of the persistence of police violence  against people of color that many Latinos have joined the Black Lives Matter protest movement. The Black community has been confronting racism  in  policing since the end of slavery in 1863. In the famed Tulsa Riots of 1921, the police made no effort to stop the White vigilantes and rioters from burning the Black community  and killing more than 300 Black residents.  For generations, there have been calls for reform. I came of age in the turbulent sixties when the last great social protest movements swept across America. There were actually three major types of protests and political rallies in that decade. First, the Civil Rights Movement initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King and other religious leaders  associated with his campaign for justice and peace. Second, there was the Anti-Vietnam war and peace movement, which had many authors and had its origins in the universities and colleges of...

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Black Lives Matter….

By Manuel C. Ortiz Jr. As I rarely write any post or give my opinion on such matters I do believe this is a great opportunity to share my experience as a minority in a profession that doesn’t employee a lot of minorities in our positions because of what I consider the point of the following short story. “Opportunities “ I come from a migrant family who naturalized Legally here in the USA in the mid 1900’s. My mom and dad do not have a college education but still found a way to successfully manage there own restaurant for now 28+ years and put me through college to achieve a first step for our family to have an educated generation. The question is how does a minority choose his or her path of profession and find that it is a job that is not a job but a hobby because you can wake up and love what you do every single day. Well growing up we do hear a lot about becoming a professional athlete, singer, military, or restaurant owner. However I went into a field where until 1961 it removed its Caucasian-only clause. So my first opportunity was when my dad learned to play golf from his white friend who in turn encouraged my dad to teach me golf at 3 years  of age. So I went on to learn the game and played in my first tournaments wearing baseball shoes as golf shoes and a set of clubs from KMART branded Northwestern. I won my first tournament and didn’t really know what I did to do that....

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Diablos firmes para playoff en Colt 45 Baseball League

Por Sendero Deportivo El timonel Starky Dávila, guio a su club Diablos, a efectivo triunfo de 15 carreras por 9 ante el duro rival Texas Jays del manager John Alvarado, que descendió del tercero al cuarto escaño en el standing de la temporada 2020 en el histórico circuito Colt 45 Baseball League. Diablos con sus dos triunfos consecutivos pudo lograr boleto para estar presente en la postemporada, mientras que Jays con dos reveces seguidos, cayó al cuarto lugar, sin embargo ello, no parece haber hecho mella entre la plantilla de Alvarado, que ha venido jugando espectaculares partidos con la meta de estar presentes en la fiesta grande. La tabla general es liderada por Indios de Nava del estratega internacional Juan (Pachín) Martínez y el coach Rudy Barrientez, que en ocho fechas sigue invicto tras haber noqueado el Día del Padre, a los Yankees con pizarra de 21-0. Por otro lado Águilas del Veracruz, con su victoria de 11-1 ante Mets, se fincó en el segundo lugar, el manager Luis Cerros, estuvo ausente para cumplir compromiso familiar en el festejo Father’s Day, su gente le respondió y ahora se prepara, para enfrentarse ante el gigante Indios de Nava en partido estelar dominical a jugarse este domingo 28 de junio en el horario de las 12:20pm en Colt 45 Baseball Field, del cual es gerente Jaime Guerrero. Continuando con el partido Diablos vs. Jays, la pizarra, estuvo 6-5 hasta el séptimo episodio, en el que los diabólicos se impusieron en la ofensiva marcando racimo de tres carreras impulsadas por el receptor Aaron Gutiérrez, quien en lanzamiento de “wild pitch” anotó la...

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Defunding the Police

By Yvette Tello Defunding the police is a huge topic right now. Do you believe that by defunding the police, this will stop racist, power-hungry po- lice officers? Someone mentioned to me that if you want a solution, we should remove the union that disallows these people from being fired. What do you think? Let’s talk about it.. #letstalkaboutit Darwin Walker: “ No, I don’t. We need policy change.” Kellie Williams Smith: “ I can’t believe it’s even up for debate” Jesus Tello: “The union’s got to go.” Monica Monica: “ We have a Citizens Action Review Board that listens to complaints about officers and it has benefited the department. You should look into being a part of it, Yvette. You can sit in and read all of the evidence presented to you. It’s quite interesting. I guarantee you will be shocked at how fair and open the process is. But to defund is. really? No. I’m sure Minneapolis citizens are crapping in their pants right now. In fact, SAPD is leaps and bounds ahead of most major police departments when it comes to policy changes. Many people say bad things about us because as usual the news ALWAYS has the correct information about a case but no one ever researches throughly” Mary Svetlik Watkins: “ No. New York did this under Dinkle and it made crime worse. Defunding leads to no new equipment or training.” Paul Budak: “ Getting armoured cars dont help. Funds for those can be used elsewhere. Minneapolis police are very bad and it does not matter what color you are.” Javier Antonio Guzman: “...

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Deadline approaching: United Ways seek Spanish-speaking families across Texas to complete important survey to assess economic impact of COVID19

By Joelle Polisky United Ways across Texas and the state organization, United Ways of Texas, are conducting a statewide survey to assess the economic impact the COVID19 crisis has had on Texas families. All Texas families are invited to complete the United Way Texas COVID19 survey by June 24. Individual responses are confidential. The link to the survey in Spanish is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/spanishtxcovid19impact. “Every Texas family has felt the impact of COVID19 and even though much of our state has re-opened, life remains uncertain,” said Adrianna Cuellar Rojas, United Ways of Texas President and CEO. “This survey represents an opportunity to better understand the impact that COVID19 has had on Texans, to help inform state and community leaders in how best to support Texans in need.” Before the pandemic hit, more than one in four Texas households were already struggling, led by workers that were unable to earn enough to cover the basics or to save for an unexpected life crisis or loss of a job. For many Texans, the economic crisis has stripped away family assets and abruptly repositioned families into unfamiliar financial positions. The survey seeks information on a wide range of topics, including the most pressing concerns, job changes, childcare challenges and economic changes that Texas families are navigating. “On a daily basis, United Ways across our state are focused on helping Texans thrive. With COVID19, the needs of Texas families, many who were already struggling prior to the pandemic, have been amplified, with disruptions in workforce, childcare, school and overall life,” said Cuellar Rojas. “The information gathered from this survey will help inform United Ways...

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Father’s Day

By Steve Walker Today is Father’s Day. It is the day to nationally celebrate and honor all our fathers who are still alive and those who have passed away to include La Prensa Publisher Tino Duran. In my case, my father passed away at the age of 62 in 1985. My grandfather (his father) passed away at 65 in 1962. As a teenager I visited with my grandfather maybe three or four times before we moved for the umpteenth time. Growing up in the fifties I remember Father’s Day at my house as not being overly memorable as a little kid. Later as the teenager in the sixties I remember the family would go to a restaurant for that special Sunday meal celebrating fatherhood Father's Day, accordingly was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19th 1910.Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.  Ironically I am the oldest of six boys. After hearing a sermon about Anna Jarvis's Mother's Day at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5th, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June which is today. A bill to get national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to...

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Tecolotes dejó en el terreno a Escogidos en Potranco B.L. Indios de Nava el gran invicto de la histórica Liga Colt 45

Por Sendero Deportivo El renovado equipo Tecolotes que comanda el manager Gustavo Torres y el coach Catarino Obregón, en nueve peleadas entradas de cierre derrotaron al duro rival Escogidos de Edwin Ortiz y Francisco Navarro. La pizarra final quedo en 9 carreras para Tecolotes y 8 para Escogidos. El héroe del partido fue Ricardo González, quien remolcó a su compañero Bobby Serfass, con victoria en relevo para Sergio González, quien lanzó todo su repertorio monticular para dominar a los bateadores rivales. Piratas de Sabinas derrotó 6-1 a Cardenales que perdió lo invicto quedándose con marca de 4 victorias por 1 derrota. Piratas puso su marca en 4 triunfos con un empate, la victoria fue para Roel Ramírez, con salvamento de Gregorio (Goyo) Quintero. La derrota fue para Juan Serrano, con relevos de Carlos Sierra y Orlando Barroso. Broncos de Reynosa SA, con Will Colón en el montículo derrotó 6-5 a Rieleros, partido en el que Roberto Garza, timonel de Broncos, agradeció refrigerio de Estela’s Café, que será su próximo patrocinador. En partidos amistosos categoría sabatina Veteranos, Broncos derrotó 10-7 al club visitante Dodgers de Laredo, logrando estrechar lazos deportivos y de amistad. Cachorros de Nava, del popular trio de directivos Alejandro (Rábano) Becerra, Benito Martínez y Rubén (Alacrán) Galindo, doblegaron a Red Sox de Pedro Espinoza y su coach Catarino Obregón, con pizarra de 12-8. La victoria fue para el lanzador cumpleañero Adolfo (La Charanga) Pérez, quien fue exitosamente relevado por Manuel (Júnior) Arias. La derrota fue para el experto serpentinero derecho José Luis Gómez “Liga Mexicana”. Cachorros celebró con cena a base de “Tacos al Pastor”, preparados por...

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Father’s Day

By Yvette Tello With Father’s Day around the corner, how significant is a father to a child’s life? I don’t think I would be as resilient if I did not have my dad in my life. My father is a wonderful man who did not become a product of his environ- ment. He is dependable, strong, thick-skinned and set in his ways. He loves his family and shows us with his actions, not always with his words. My friend said she never had a relationship with her father but found out when she became an adult that he abused women and was a drug addict. She is very thankful that she didn’t have a relationship with him because she wouldn’t be who she is today with that kind of upbringing. She is confident in herself, successful and happy. My other friend said his dad was in his life and was a drug addict, in and out of prison, abused him as a child and though he never abused this mother, he abused his other wives. My friend has been diagnosed with PTSD because of this and has had many issues in his life. He feels his life would have been better if he had never known him. What do you think? How significant is your father in your life? Would you be a better person with him more present in your life or would you be a bet- ter person without ever knowing him? Let’s talk about it… Roger Reyna: “The fact that my dad was not around, I wanted to make sure I was a good father and...

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