February 23, 2001 |
High in the Sierra Madre mountains of Oaxaca, a simple village is practicing the kind of autonomy that could change the future for millions of indigenous people throughout Mexico. The mayor was chosen not by secret ballot, the way of Western democracies, but by village assembly, the traditional method of the Zapotec Indians. He presides over a centuries-old system that provides basic services, maintains customs and resolves disputes for the village's 1,200 people.
February 18, 2001 |
Blessed with clean air and low crime, Queretaro is a kind of Mexican Santa Clarita, a magnet for middle-class flight from the big city. Located about 120 miles northwest of Mexico City, Queretaro displays its ambitions in its glass office buildings and industrial parks, its Burger King restaurants and new movie theaters, and its magnificently restored colonial downtown. Subdivisions feature neat rows of identical pink houses with square front lawns and faux Italian names.
October 19, 2000 |
The private sector--what George W. Bush calls the engine fueling the nation's new wealth--has been very good to running mate Dick Cheney. Cheney spent much of his adult life as a public servant, collecting a relatively modest government salary as presidential aide, congressman and Defense secretary from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. Back in his days as a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2000 |
Even before the buses stopped, the working-class residents of Berendo Street, the house painters and maids and construction workers and valets, were already making accommodations to get by on their meager salaries. They are mostly Mexican and Central American immigrants who save money by shopping at discount stores. They hang wet laundry on fire escapes rather than pump coins into dryers, and they pack their own lunches for work in plastic grocery bags.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2000 |
When 8-year-old Evelyn Salcedo needed a tonsillectomy, her mother took her to Michoacan for the operation. The reason? Ana Salcedo had been charged $400 earlier for tests at a hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Without insurance, government assistance or private means, Salcedo could only afford a doctor in Mexico. It was the same for Rosaura Haro. When she and her daughter needed medical tests, she went south.
August 27, 2000 |
The twin problems of housing and health care that plague the northeast San Fernando Valley have defied solution yet remain at the center of debate at all levels of society and government. On the national level, presidential contenders have put the two issues high on their lists of priorities. Democrat Al Gore has proposed expanding an existing tax credit program by $5.7 billion over 10 years to allow construction of 180,000 rental homes or homes for ownership. Republican George W.
August 27, 2000 |
Guadalupe Rangel dreams of one day living in a garage of her own. The small room her family now inhabits is accessible only through a dimly lighted, trash-strewn alley. Rangel pays $300 a month for one bedroom--beds pushed together in the corner, possessions stacked high along the walls. She and her two young children share a kitchen and a bathroom with a family of five that sleeps crammed into another small room. Rangel, 37, has no health insurance.
August 22, 2000 |
The middle-income California family lost ground economically during the 1990s while those families in other states progressed, according to a new study. The report, released by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on Monday, also expands on earlier studies showing a growing gap between the state's wealthiest and poorest residents during the 1990s. "In the rest of the U.S., the interesting thing about the 1990s was that income inequality leveled off.
August 11, 2000 |
The number of children living in poverty in America has declined significantly since 1993, partly reversing a longer-term increase that began two decades ago, according to a Columbia University study to be released today. The percentage of children living in poverty fell 17% from 1993 through 1998, the study says, and the improvement was particularly pronounced in traditionally poor Southern states, such as Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina. Even with that decline, however, 18.
August 7, 2000 |
When Mack Trucks closed its plant, when a fight broke out in the unemployment line, when Billy Joel wrote a song about the slow death of industrial America and called it "Allentown," those were bad times. Today, no, these are definitely not bad times. And don't for a minute think folks here don't appreciate the difference. What many could use, though--what this town could use--is a few more good years, a few more changes out of Washington.