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August 14, 1988
Good for the Hispanic inmates who have filed suit ("Inmates Ask Court for Spicier Food," Aug. 4) against Orange County Jail for failing to provide Mexican food even though a sizable proportion of the inmates are Hispanic. It is a given that the institution is a jail and not the Orange County Country Club. However, long gone are the days when inmates were provided only bread and water. If you provide "special" food for one group of inmates but arbitrarily deny certain groups their foods, then the jail is denying them "equal protection of the laws"--an act forbidden under the 14th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution.
May 9, 2000
I read "Mexico Donates Spanish Texts to School Libraries" (May 4) with complete astonishment. Why is the Mexican government sending Spanish-language textbooks to the LAUSD? Reasons given in the article are suspicious. Why does any aspect of Mexican culture need to be "reinforced" in the United States? Since when do immigrant Spanish-speaking Mexican children in Los Angeles County need an orchestrated link to Mexican culture? Is there a hidden agenda here? Seems to me the intelligent thing to do is for the consul general to keep those Spanish-language textbooks in Mexico to educate Mexican children in their native language.
June 25, 1990
If thinking persons sometimes wonder why certain issues cause an "us against you" mentality (meaning the Anglo against the American of Mexican descent), then the Olvera Street issue is the perfect example. First of all, Olvera Street is the only tourist attraction in Los Angeles that is a symbol of the pride of Mexican culture. Although to call Olvera Street a "street" is truly a misnomer, because it is actually an alley. That's it folks, a scant alleyway is what we are discussing here.
April 16, 2000
Re "An Incident at Big Bear," April 9: Al Martinez has missed the mark on this one. This incident was not about racism, it was about common courtesy. As a frequent restaurant patron, there is nothing more disturbing than a screaming, out-of-control kid when my wife and I are eating our meal. A meal, I might add, that we have to pay for. The fact that Rafael Gonzalez and Victoria Ballesteros are young, college-educated professionals has no relevance whatsoever, other than the fact that they fit a profile of parents who do not know how to discipline their children and they feel the world is their child's playground, no matter whom they disturb or offend.
January 29, 1995
Margaret Garcia De La Paz is a respected artist in the Chicano community of Los Angeles and beyond. I am privileged to have personal knowledge of her talent, her integrity and her passion for detail because she created " Dos Mujeres ," a vivid painting which became the cover of my first novel, and which I proudly own. What is so controversial about her plans to depict Native American as well as Mexican culture in the design for the Universal City...
The dead came calling at Cal State Dominguez Hills last week. A trail of flower petals guided the soul of Ramona Trujillo to the office of Prof. Miguel Dominguez, where she was serenaded by phantom mariachis and offered tamales, black beans and other favorite foods that adorned a colorful altar. No, it was not a scene from a horror flick, or even a Halloween fright house.
December 19, 1994 | CHRISTINA LIMA
Giselle Partida, 14, enjoys sharing aspects of her Mexican heritage with other people, and she loves to learn about cultures different from her own. Recently, she had a chance to do both. A violinist in a mariachi band, Giselle played Mexican music for an audience at Oxnard's Lemonwood School. And after she was finished, she watched a group of Filipino dancers perform. "A lot of people don't know about each other's culture," Giselle said.
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