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February 11, 2007 | Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, most recently the novel "The Devil's Wind."
THE Spanish writer Carmen Laforet died three years ago, at age 82. By then she was almost a recluse, although still famous for her first novel, "Nada," which was published in 1945. The book's laconic and brilliant title tells us lots: This is a story of youth and nihilistic disenchantment, those familiar literary handmaidens of the mid-20th century.
October 21, 2006 | Gustavo Arellano, GUSTAVO ARELLANO is a staff writer for the OC Weekly, where he writes the "¬°Ask a Mexican!" column.
THOUGH STEVE LYOns probably doesn't think so right now, sometimes it pays to insult Latinos. Take, for instance, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's description of Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia (R-Cathedral City) as "very hot," followed by this ramble: "I mean, they [Cubans and Puerto Ricans] are all very hot ... they have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."
November 13, 2005 | Michael Shifter and Peter Hakim, Michael Shifter and Peter Hakim are vice president for policy and president of the Inter-American Dialogue, respectively.
IT IS TEMPTING to take a look at the sorry state of U.S.-Latin American relations and conclude that we would all be better off if north and south went their separate ways. This month's singularly unproductive Summit of the Americas in Mar de Plata, Argentina, can be seen as sufficient proof that the impasse on such critical questions as trade is impossible to overcome. Such a view, however, would be a serious misreading of the interests at stake in both the United States and Latin America.
February 24, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Edward Colunga hopes 2005 is his candidate's year. Four years ago, he was dismayed when Antonio Villaraigosa lost the Los Angeles mayor's race to James K. Hahn, an outcome the Echo Park resident blames on "dirty tricks politicking." But even his eagerness at a possible rematch between the city councilman and incumbent mayor is dampened by Colunga's worry that many in his largely Latino neighborhood aren't paying attention to the campaign.
May 30, 2004 | James T. Yenckel, Special to The Times
How can a family keep travel costs down? By taking advantage of freebies on the road. Across America, budget travelers can find plenty of rewarding attractions that cost nothing. In the last year, I've driven thousands of miles in search of such bargains. I've been amazed by how much there has been to see and do for free. One of my favorites is the summer salmon show at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery in Stanley, Idaho. It's exciting, wet and -- parents, take heed here -- highly educational.
December 7, 2003 | David Bacon, David Bacon is a labor journalist and photographer. His forthcoming book is "The Children of NAFTA."
When the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA, was being debated in Congress, some of its critics argued it would be bad for U.S. workers. Others said it would hurt Mexican workers. Their concerns were shouted down by the treaty's proponents, who optimistically predicted that a rising tide of profits and productivity would raise all boats. Now, after a decade under NAFTA, it's clear the picture isn't so rosy.
September 7, 2003 | Frank del Olmo, Frank del Olmo is associate editor of The Times.
It shouldn't surprise anyone who reads this column that I was active in the again-controversial Latino student group MEChA during my college days. MEChA is an esoteric Spanish acronym that translates as Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan. That final word refers to an ancient legend that places an Aztec homeland somewhere in the north. A few Mexican Americans use the word to refer to the U.S.
May 26, 2002 | FRANK del OLMO
Latino activists take a relaxed, even smug, view of the San Fernando Valley's effort to secede from Los Angeles, and with good reason. They know the demographic future of the urban sprawl on both sides of the Santa Monica Mountains is Latino. Despite its outdated image as a largely white suburb, 42% of the Valley's population in the 2000 census was Latino. That makes Latinos the largest ethnic group in the proposed new city--something they've been in Los Angeles as a whole for years.
March 24, 2002 | JAMES T. YENCKEL
A friend of ours, a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D.C., complained the other day that the room he booked in Napa Valley would set him back $700 a night. "Isn't there some place cheaper you could recommend?" he asked, knowing that my wife, Sandy, and I are frequent visitors to Northern California's wine country. We've been there three times in four years. "Is 75 bucks a night cheap enough?" I asked, reaffirming my credentials as a tightwad traveler. He laughed.
Hollywood producers are adding a touch of ethnic diversity to prime-time television by folding Latino actors and story lines into top-rated programs, though some of the roles have left minority activists wondering whether they might have been better off in a world of whitewashed entertainment.
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