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January 15, 1989
So, Mr. Thomas A. Fuentes says we Orange County Democrats are "sad and ineffective" (Jan. 10). We certainly are not sad, and we are always trying to become more effective. What is sad, however, is the arrogance of the Orange County Republican leadership. Fuentes and the rest of that leadership did a very bad thing by hiring guards to discourage Hispanics from voting. That act has been condemned by people of conscience in both parties. Only the Republican leadership of Orange County has failed to condemn it. And now, by the reelection of Fuentes as their chairman, they have ratified and approved this wrong and unconstitutional act. The Orange County Democratic Party opens its doors to Republicans, Hispanics, and others, who are disgusted by the Orange County Republican leadership's disrespect for our constitutional freedoms.
November 27, 1988
Asian-Americans lobby to increase their representation at UC based on objective criteria like grade point average and the SAT. Blacks and Hispanics, who score lower on average, lobby to increase their representation based on demographics. Both approaches have been effective at the expense of white students, who have been victims of this double standard. Putatively, white influence is all-pervasive, and can easily look after its own. In reality, UC policy on admissions and on hiring and promotion of faculty has become an arena for pressure-group politics.
June 12, 1988
I am surprised and shocked by your less-than-fair reporting of the illegal alien problem in North County. It is an inflammatory example of yellow journalism. It misuses and distorts figures. It is no surprise that 15% of the jail populations are composed of illegal aliens. The decision over whether to grant release on one's own recognizance or to make one post bail is a decision the jail makes at the time of arrest (for misdemeanors) based upon ties to the community and chance of flight.
August 30, 1992
A recent report on a study by UCLA sociologist David E. Hayes-Bautista makes no distinction between legal immigrants and illegal aliens when accusing police, politicians and citizens of bashing Hispanics. I have heard Congressman (Dana) Rohrabacher speak about the illegal alien problem several times and he has not bashed Hispanics in general. I have heard second- and third-generation Hispanics express concern about illegal immigrants invading our borders, and I have heard law-abiding citizens of all ethnic groups express concern about controlling our borders.
July 3, 1988
I was surprised at the "market checkout stand" approach of this article. Only the negative comments were extracted from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Most of those who were there to ask for help were positive in their remarks about reaching a humane decision and understood the plight of the Hispanics. The article seemed to be a slanted editorial rather than a true representation. Laguna has an ad-hoc committee that has spent hours in helping with cross-cultural problems in very positive ways, and North Laguna people have contributed to this work.
July 8, 1993
I must defend myself against the unfounded charges of racism made against me by letter writer John A. Diaz (June 17), who accused me of espousing "in-your-face discrimination" against Hispanics regarding environmental concerns in Escondido Canyon. As a month had passed since my letter was published, Times readers could not be expected to comprehend the extent to which Diaz mischaracterized my position. Diaz took particular umbrage in my innocuous remark that Hispanics, like other nature lovers, roam the Santa Monica Mountains.
September 7, 1998
I read your Aug. 31 portrait of the World War II hero Guy Louis Gabaldon with great interest. The article contains a misleading statement that no Mexican American won the Medal of Honor in "either world war." This may be true for the Marines, as the report seems to imply, but it should be clear that the Army awarded 17 Medals of Honor to Hispanics in World War II. Indeed, "The Medal of Honor of the U.S. Army," published by the U.S. Government Printing Office, lists 17 Hispanic recipients of this distinguished award in World War II, including the names Marcario Garcia, David M. Gonzalez, Silvestre Herrera, Jose M. Lopez, Joe P. Martinez, Manual Perez Jr., Cleto Rodriguez, Alejandro Ruiz, Jose F. Valdez and Ysmael R. Villegas.
Juan Guerrero takes orders at Burger King in Santa Ana. Higher education to him means management training at the fast-food chain, and Guerrero, a slight man of 19 with an explosive smile, has his sights set on "big money." "My teachers used to say, 'What are you going to do? Go flip burgers for a living?' " Guerrero says, pausing to wipe down the condiment bar. He stoops to pick up a wadded napkin on the floor and wipes the side of the trash can on his way back up.
Raul Aguirre hadn't been in a gang. He didn't have any tattoos. And after school, he worked at Taco Bell to help pay the rent on his family's apartment. Police, school officials and family said 17-year-old Raul had steered clear of trouble in his working-class Glendale neighborhood and was going to graduate from Herbert Hoover High School next month and join the Marines.
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