Volume 2 – Issue 2
Serving the Communities from Ogden, Clinton, Roy, Layton, Logan & Surrounding Areas
Was Utah Cheated Out of the National Championship?
GIVE M E AN IN C H AND I W I L L TAK E . . .
❑ After all is said and done, Florida deserved the national title. BY BEN VILLA UWN Sports Writer I think it’s about time we all did it. Now I know you’re probably going to be mad at me for writing this and I know you don’t want to, but I think it’s about time we all tipped our caps and congratulated the Florida Gators for winning the 2008 College
Football National Championship. And deservedly so. Now I can already hear you yelling and screaming, shouting at the top of your lungs that I don’t know what I’m talking about and that our beloved Utah Utes are the national champions or at least they should have been. I know, I know. They went 13-0 and were the only unbeaten team in college football this year and in the Sugar Bowl, they beat a very good Alabama
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Historic Stimulus Bill – Obama’s First Big Victory
know this is been rehashed on the news for quite some time already, after all, it is news... But I think that if you are a single mother you should learn from the ﬁrst time you got pregnant and just have the kids you can support... Support as in YOU working and giving them what they need to survive including an education... If you already have 6 kids, you have no business trying to get pregnant again, not to mention trying with a method designed to help parents who are honestly having problems conceiving a child... I question the doctor who did the vitro fertilization to the Suleman lady... She already had six kids as a single mother, three of them with special needs, now she has eight more for a grand total of 14 kids. Lets do the math. The father of this California woman told Oprah Winfrey that he hopes people don’t punish his grandchildren for his daughter’s irresponsible behavior. I got a glance at one interview in which she was demanding a house for her and her kids... I should stop before this little column turns into a rant. • The Utah Jazz lost one of their loved ones, our condolences go out to the family, you can read the release on the sports pages of this issue. • Check the upcoming events at the Golden Spike, we will have a complete list of all the events, not only at the GS but for every place where there is entertainment and fun to be had by all... Read it in next week’s issues. • Remember that starting next month you will have to dial 10 or 11 numbers when making phone calls in Utah. I won’t go into details as you should do your homework and ﬁnd out if next month you will have to reprogram your phone with extra numbers when you call your next door neighbor. –G–
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SEAN YOES NAM Writer
I will sign this legislation into law shortly and we’ll begin making the immediate investments necessary to put people back to work doing the work America needs done...
On February 13, early in the night, the Senate followed the lead of the House and passed a historic $787 billion stimulus package that President Barack Obama fought vigorously for and he says he will sign it into law by President’s Day. “I will sign this legislation into law shortly and we’ll begin making the immediate investments necessary to put people back to work doing the work America needs done,” Obama said during his weekly radio internet address Saturday. But, the president also warned the recovery plan is no instant panacea. “This historic step won’t be the end of what we do to turn our economy around, but rather the beginning,” Obama said. “The problems that led us into this crisis are deep and widespread and our response must be equal to the task.” The Senate vote was 60-38 again, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania supporting the economic recovery package. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown cast the 60th and deciding vote after attending a wake for his mother Friday night. Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, was not present for the Senate vote. The package includes $212 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses, about $120 billion for infrastructure, $100 billion for education and another $30 billion in energy related projects. The majority of the money—about $267 billion—is in direct spending for states that are crumbling under budget deﬁcits, unemployment beneﬁts and health care subsidies, among other initiatives. “This historic step won’t be the end of what we do to turn our economy around, but rather the beginning,...” No House Republicans voted for the recovery package earlier Friday and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell voiced the opinion of the vast majority of the his Senate Republican colleagues. “A stimulus bill that was supposed to be timely, targeted and temporary is none of the above,” McConnell said in remarks on the Sen-
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Hispanics Don’t Beneﬁt from Online Cancer Info VIJI SUNDARAM NAM, News Report The majority of Hispanics in the United States tend not to seek cancer information from any source, and those who do, don’t understand what they ﬁnd, according to a study released Monday by the National Cancer Institute. “What is concerning is we know that they experience health disparities, but this study suggests that they will continue to experience it,” said Julie Kornfeld, program director of the NCI Cancer Information Service, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kornfeld led a team that analyzed NCI’s ﬁrst Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) of 2005. HINTS was created to monitor changes in the rapidly evolving ﬁeld of health communication. For the study, NCI surveyed, in both English and Spanish, 5,586 people, including Hispanics and non-Hispanics. The survey data revealed that information-seeking among Hispanics was low. Just how low depended on their English ﬂuency. For instance, 37
percent of English-speaking Hispanics and 17 percent of Spanish-speaking Hispanics say they have looked for information about cancer, compared with 52 percent of non-Hispanics. Among Spanish-speaking Hispanics, 67 percent said their last search for cancer information took a lot of eﬀort, 55 percent said the information was hard to understand, and 58 percent had concerns about the quality of the information they found. Non-Hispanics were more pleased with their information-seeking experience, with only 35 percent of them saying their last search took a lot of eﬀort, and 22 percent saying that the nformation was hard to understand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 44 million individuals in the United Sates identify themselves as being Hispanic, and 28.1 million people speak Spanish as their primary language. Researchers point out that using the Internet to put out information may not be the best method of outreaching to immigrant communities. The survey found that only 21 percent of the Span-
ish-speaking population said they were Internet savvy, compared with 66 percent of non-Hispanics and 58 percent of English-speaking Hispanics. “The study shows we need to give information in a more linguistically and culturally appropriate way,” Kornfeld said. In 2006, there were 82,000 new cases of cancer among Hispanics. Of them, 23,000 died from the disease. On a related note, research by the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, shows that most breast cancers in Hispanic women are detected by self-exam, despite high rates of screening mammography in this population. The study shows that two-thirds of breast cancers in Hispanic women are detected by self-exam; only 23 percent are diagnosed by mammography and another 6 percent through a clinical exam. But what’s worrisome, researchers say, is that half of all women who noticed an abnormality during a self-exam waited at least a month before seeing a doctor.
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ate ﬂoor. “And this means Congress is about to approve a stimulus that’s unlikely to have much stimulative eﬀect.” The Congressional Budget Oﬃce has predicted the plan will create between 1 million and 3 million jobs. The Obama administration argues the package will create or save up to 3.5 million jobs. “We know this bill alone will not solve all our economic woes overnight,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat. “We know that the road back to economic stability and prosperity will require hard work over time. But, this bill is the right size and scope necessary to truly help us turn things around.”
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New Identity – I Facebook, Therefore I Am she feels she’s missing out on so much by not having it.” For Jihane Abou Chabke, If you are graduating from 26, a communications profescollege, and you haven’t cre- sional in northern Virginia, peer ated your proﬁle on Facebook pressure is exactly the reason she or Linked In or MySpace, most joined the network. “That’s how, likely you will. Social network- in my turn, I pressured other ing sites have changed from be- friends to create their own proing the place where users, mostly ﬁles. It is just so overwhelmingyoung people, share information -a part of our lives that you just about themselves to being social can’t ignore.” networks where users of all ages However, the reasons people hunt for jobs, promote events, keep updating their online proand even campaign for their po- ﬁles and checking their friends’ litical causes. latest information might not be But what happens if you are just peer pressure. not online? Through his research, Stefa“I’ve heard students use state- none has found that young users ments like ‘If I’m not online, it’s spend a lot of time just learning like I don’t exist’” said Michael new information about their Stefanone assistant professor of friends. “This makes it easier for communications at the Univer- them to engage in casual conversity of Buﬀalo. “Sometimes they sations because they have refermeet someone in class, they go ences as to what they did and to Facebook afterwards and if can start from there,” said Stefathey don’t have a proﬁle online, none. it’s abnormal, it’s like raising a Even though some of the red ﬂag to them.” students he has interviewed afFor BJ Fogg, a researcher at ﬁrmed that it’s “addicting” and Stanford University and author sometimes wondered how much of the book “The Psychologies of time they spend on these sites, Facebook,” the social networking there’s one question that Stefasite is already part of people’s so- none has never considered askcial lives. “If you are not online, ing: Why don’t they leave the online networks? And that’s because Social networks have he already knew the become not just a place answer. While people can get a lot of inforwhere people can ﬁnd mation from these useful personal contact sites and beneﬁt from information. Stefanone’s it, “there’s no cost for team researched the reakeeping their proﬁles, sons Internet users post all it would take is to personal information in not pay attention to them,” Stefanone said. the ﬁrst place, and the While experts can lure of celebrity might be expect a majority of behind it all. new college students starting the school year with an online proﬁle, you are not part of what is going it’s still not clear how many of on in social life today. More and them continue to actively use more people who have been re- these social networking sites sisting Facebook have now given when they become professionin because they know it is part of als. But it seems like these young social life,” Fogg said. users are transforming the netBoth Stefanone and Fogg working sites to their own adagree that the main reason why vantage. young Internet users and, more “I use them as a living Rolorecently, professionals are join- dex so I can keep everyone’s curing sites such as Facebook and rent contact information, keep MySpace is to network. But the in touch with old colleagues so other reason is curiosity. It is peer they don’t forget me, and also as pressure and curiosity to learn a way to ﬁnd about job opennew information about other ings,” said Sonia Checchia, an people that push them over the associate at a Washington, D.C.threshold. area consulting company. “The Joy McFarland, 28, an Eng- groups are useful for contacts, lish professor in Madrid, says information on conferences and that she’s guilty of the former. mini-communities to share re“My best friend doesn’t have sources.” Facebook and hates that we can’t Social networks have become make it through a single sentence not just a place where people without mentioning it,” McFar- can ﬁnd useful personal contact land said. “She always says that information. Stefanone’s team she feels so pressured because researched the reasons Internet CRISTINA FERNANDEZ-PEREDA, NAM Writer
“I’ve heard students use statements like ‘If I’m not online, it’s like I don’t exist’” said Michael Stefanone assistant professor of communications at the University of Buffalo. “Sometimes they meet someone in class, they go to Facebook afterwards and if they don’t have a proﬁle online, it’s abnormal, it’s like raising a red ﬂag to them.”
users post personal information in the ﬁrst place, and the lure of celebrity might be behind it all. Their ﬁndings were published in a study called, “We’re all stars now: Reality Television, Web 2.0, and Mediated Identities.” They found there is a direct relationship between how much reality television people
watch on the one hand, and the amount of time users spend on networking sites, the size of the their network, the proportion of friends they have and the frequency with which they share photos on the other hand. In the end, the pressure to exist online and share who you are with other Internet users--
perhaps feeling a little more famous--explains the fascination with these networks and why more and more keep joining every day. “It’s just like having an Internet connection, email address or a cell phone,” said Fogg. “People feel they will pay a social price if they don’t have any of those.”
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Latinos Tell Census: Count on Us CRISTINA FERNANDEZ-PEREDA NAM Writer
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Creating trust and assuring conﬁdentiality are thea biggest challenges facing the U.S. Census Bureau in gathering an accurate count of Latinos for the decennial population count next year. Those were among the key points raised at a brieﬁng on the 2010 census organized Wednesday by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington, D.C. Latinos have been under-counted in previous census counts and eﬀorts by LULAC and other national Latino organizations are aimed at making the next population count more accurate. “April 1, 2010, is a critical date for all of us,” said Brent Wilkes, executive director of LULAC, referring to Census Day. “We have to make sure that every person is counted because it’s going to transform what is known about our diverse and growing population.” Latinos represent an estimated 15 percent of the U.S. population, or 45.5 million people. Wilkes noted that an accurate census count in 2010 is critical because those numbers will be used to address the needs of communities for the coming decade. The federal government uses census data to allocate about $300 billion in funds every year for vital services, including disaster relief, health care, schools, transportation, libraries and senior centers. Census data is also important for engaging the population in the democratic process, panelists said. About 50,000 Latinos reach the age of 18 every year and are eligible to vote. “This information is very important for the census because they become voters and
can fully participate in the electoral process,” said William Ramos of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Oﬃcials (NALEO). Local communities have an important role in making sure the Census Bureau counts everyone, said Arnold Jackson, associate director of the decennial census, and some communities are already ahead of his agency. “We have one challenge left and it’s sending the message that the census is not something we do to the communities. It’s a process that we are turning over to your group.” However, there is a bigger challenge for the U.S. Census when it comes to counting members of the Latino community, Jackson said. “We have to overcome issues of trust, of authenticity and conﬁdentiality.” Panelists agreed that many Latinos, regardless of their immigration status, will be suspicious of the letters the Census will be sending out to households in March 2010. If they don’t respond to it, the Census Bureau will follow up by sending a specialist to their address for an interview. Such visits sometimes help the agency locate new members of the community. “For Latinos, the trust issue is humongous,” Ramos said. “People knocking at your door can give you a fast heart beat. We have to alleviate those fears by making sure that they participate in the process.” Having Latino census representatives participate in the count makes a diﬀerence, Ramos said, especially because immigrants are cautious about their legal status. “They are thinking, ‘Who am I putting in jeopardy?’” he said. “We have to make sure they know all the information is conﬁdential.”
One of the Census Bureau’s strategies for overcoming such fears is to deploy bilingual specialists around the country to do follow-up home visits. The agency has already hired personnel who speak 55 of 59 languages it has determined are needed for interviewing. “We want to make sure that the person who comes to your door looks just like you,” Ramos said. In communities where Latinos represent more than 20 percent of the population, the agency will send the forms in both English and Spanish. Communities with smaller percentages of Latinos or other non-English-speaking groups can request bilingual forms. The Census Bureau is also setting up local oﬃces, with 145 already open and a total of 485 expected to be operating by the end of the year. These oﬃces, located in the middle of communities, will help the agency do the hyper-local part of the job. But they also oﬀer job opportunities. “Hispanics are less than 6 percent of the government workforce,” said Edna Camino, chair of the LULAC Census Committee. “We need to identify qualiﬁed Hispanics to ﬁll both temporary and long-term positions. This would create a fully diverse workforce that goes beyond ethnic barriers.” Angelo Falcon, president of the National Institute for Latino Policy and a member of the Census Bureau’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, said that ethnic media are some of the Census Bureau’s best allies in spreading accurate information about the process and engaging the Latino population. “Because of the fear communities have, we need to develop an inside-out strategy,” he said, “so organizations, not just the government, can also reach out to people.”
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What is Faith? The same power that raised Jesus from death will also give immortal life to us (Romans 8:11). We can trust that he has the power, and the desire, to fulﬁll all his promises toward us. We can trust him with everything—and that’s a good thing, since it is foolish to trust in anything else. Of ourselves, we will fail. Left to itself, even the sun will fail. Our only hope is in a God who has power greater than the sun, greater than the universe, more faithful than time and space, full of love and faithfulness toward us. We have that sure hope in Jesus our Savior. Belief and trust
All who believe in Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:31). But what does it mean to believe in Jesus Christ? Even the devil believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He doesn’t like it, but he knows it’s true. Moreover, the devil knows that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6). So what is the diﬀerence between our belief and the devil’s belief? James gives us an answer: True faith is shown by action (James 2:18-19). What we do shows what we really believe. Behavior can be evidence of faith, even though some people obey for wrong reasons. Even the devil operates within constraints imposed by God. So what is faith, and how does it differ from belief? The simplest explanation is that saving faith is trust. We trust God to take care of us, to do good for us rather than evil, to give us eternal life. Trust means knowing that God exists, knowing that he is good, knowing that he has the power to do what he wants, and trusting that he will use it to do whatever is best for us. CONTINUED ON NEXT ISSUE SAME PAGE AND COLUMN
Training Skilled Labor Force is the Real Economic Stimulus MARA A. COHEN-MARKS NAM Commentary State oﬃcials had just issued the worst unemployment report in 15 years, but Steve Factor was decidedly upbeat. In the packed auditorium of San Fernando High School one recent Sunday, the SolarCity executive told Rep. Howard Berman, “My company’s hired over 200 people in the last 18 months. The entire solar industry is going to need more trained workers in the coming years.” Factor urged a job training overhaul alongside the ﬁscal stimulus “so people can upgrade their skills, advance their careers, increase their wages, and be the leaders of a workforce vital to the growth and success of our economy.” Leave it to a guy in the sunshine business to see opportunity in bleak times. The state’s solar panel companies need an additional 2,400 new installers this year, according to a recent business survey. But until recently, there was only one training class in all of southern California. Community colleges are rushing to ﬁll the gap, but long waiting lists remain. The same is true in healthcare. California will need another 3,000 nursing aids and 2,580 licensed vocational nurses every year for the next decade, but there are long waiting lists for every nursing program in the state. California’s manufacturing industries also face skilled labor shortages
as experienced machinists approach retirement age. At one of Los Angeles’ last major aerospace companies, 80 percent of the manufacturers are eligible for retirement. A four-year college degree isn’t the only route to a good job and good opportunities. Occupations that require only a postsecondary vocational award or associate degree will increase 20 percent over the next decade. Approximately 45 percent of all openings will be for such positions. It’s worth noting that unemployment among workers with associate degrees held steady in December – a month when joblessness inched upward among even workers with bachelor’s degrees. Lawmakers are poised to pour billions of dollars into public works. But repairing schools, building wind turbines, and expanding the information superhighway require specialized skills. To be sure, federal infrastructure spending will generate jobs for lower-skilled workers. Long hours for engineers mean more drivers for take-out food. But with unemployment exceeding one in 10 among the least educated workers, America needs an aggressive program to turn unskilled Americans into skilled workers. Trimming unemployment rolls and cultivating the skilled labor force is essential for long-term economic expansion must start now. Current trends aren’t good. American workers between the ages
of 55 and 64 are among the most skilled and educated in the world. Ominously, their replacements – workers between 25 and 34 – rank 10th in the world in terms of high school completion. This downturn is an ideal time to invest in education that will raise workers’ wages. Community colleges and adult schools can equip people for good jobs - as dental assistants, speech and respiratory therapists, or electricians. The U.S. government spends less on training than almost any other industrialized nation. The biggest slice goes to “onestop” career centers focused on helping displaced workers polish their resumes rather than upgrading their skills. Meanwhile, vocational schools limp along with volatile and declining funding. Torrents of red ink ﬂooding from public coﬀers make matters worse. Training programs for jobs in demand have long waiting lists and go begging for equipment and qualiﬁed teachers. Adult schools receive the same state reimbursement – whether a student enrolls in an expensive nursing lab or takes tai chi for the elderly. And California’s archaic formula for awarding Cal Grants forces older students to get in line behind recent high school graduates. Newly laid-oﬀ workers may be ineligible for ﬁnancial aid. As it is, the cost of attending community college has jumped 25 percent since 2000, pricing out many adults looking to retrain.
The federal stimulus is likely to include an expanded Pell Grant program, and lawmakers must ensure that adults looking to upgrade their skills at community colleges aren’t shortchanged. Community colleges are also in line for aid. The funding could enable them to upgrade deteriorated infrastructure and better serve adult populations – oﬀering childcare, transportation, and remedial education. But where ossiﬁed educational systems present barriers to that objective, funding should ﬂow to more ﬂexible nonproﬁt partnerships of community organizations, employers, and training centers. OneLA, the group that organized the meeting with Rep. Berman and for which I am an advisor, advocates such compacts. Global Aerospace CEO Steve Cormier attended the meeting with Berman and endorsed the idea. “We have an urgent need to find experienced workers for our industry. I want to work with institutions like LA Valley College, the North Valley Occupational Center, and groups like OneLA so manufacturing companies like mine have the trained workers we need.” With California’s Hilda Solis as labor secretary and California Democrats in the congressional majority, such adult education partnerships could receive a ﬁnancial jumpstart. As Rep. Berman assured the crowd at San Fernando High, “The federal government must come forward.”
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Guatemala pide a EE.UU. extraditar a Silva por crimen de diputados • La Fiscalía guatemalteca pedirá que se solicite orden de captura internacional para el salvadoreño La Fiscalía de Guatemala anunció hoy que solicitará al Juzgado Noveno de Primera Instancia Penal que gire la orden de captura internacional contra el exdiputado Roberto Silva Pereira Silva, para que sea procesado por el asesinato de tres diputados al Parlamento Centroamericano (Parlacen) y su chófer. Edwin Marroquín, jefe de la ﬁscalía que investiga este caso, dijo que luego se procederá con la solicitud de extradición del ex diputado suplente de la Asamblea Legislativa. Silva, que pertenecía al Partido de Conciliación Nacional (PCN), se encuentra detenido desde octubre de 2007 en Arizona, Estados Unidos, por haber ingresado ilegalmente a ese país. La Fiscalía de Guatemala acusa a Silva de ser el autor intelectual del asesinato de los diputados salvadoreños Eduardo D’Aubuisson, José Ramón González y William Pichinte, así como de su chófer Gerardo Napoleón Ramírez. Los cadáveres calcinados de los tres diputados y su chófer fueron hallados el 19 de febrero de 2007 , en una comunidad rural del este de Guatemala. El cuádruple asesinato, supuestamente, fue planiﬁcado por Silva en complicidad con el ex diputado guatemalteco Manuel de Jesús Castillo y su socio Carlos Gutiérrez, alias “Montaña 3”. La Fiscalía de El Salvador acordó con su par de Guatemala, que el acusado primero sea entregado a la justicia guatemalteca para que responda por el asesinato de los parlamentarios. Según las investigaciones, la matanza fue ejecutada por los integrantes de la denomina “Banda de Jalpatagua” y agentes de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) de Guatemala vinculados a esa agrupación.
Volumen 2 – Numero 2
Sirviendo a las comunidades desde Ogden, Clinton, Roy, Layton hasta Logan y sus vecindades
Joven de 14 Años es Atacado en West Point, Condado de Davis Por Ser Latino POR GIOVANNI DIMARCO UWN Staﬀ Writer Un jovencito de 14 años fue atacado y golpeado por tres hombres en West Point en el Condado de Davis el pasado Viernes cuando regreasaba de la escuela a su domicilio. El joven, cuya identidad no es divulgada por temor a represarias, caminaba a su casa despues de salir de la escuala a la que el atiende. Su casa esta a menos de dos millas de distancia y las reglas de educacion dicen que si un alumno vive dentro de dos millas de radio de cada institucion, este estudiante no es elegible a tomar el autobus y tiene que regresar a su casa por sus propios recursos. El Viernes del incidente, él caminaba despues de clases y habia hido como media cuadra cuando un hombre de aproximadamente 18 á 20 años en una bicicleta se le aproximo y le pregunto que si era latino. El joven le dijo que si era Latino y el hombre le llamo a dos de sus complices que esparaban al otro lado de la calle. Estos tambien le preguntaron que si era latino y cuando el jovencito les aﬁrmo que si, uno de los hombres que acababan de llegar le escupio la cara y le dijo vulgaridades con referencia raciales contra todos los Latinos. Los otros dos hombres tambien le escupieron y procedieron a pegarle el la cara y el cuerpo. El muchacho hizo lo unico que pudo para defenderse y se arrodillo en el suelo y se cubrio la cara mientras los tres hombres procedieron a pegarle mas el la cabeza y esparda y darle padadas mientras le escupian y decian vulgaridades raciales.
a i c n e l o i V Una señora en una van gris paro en medio de la calle y les grito a los hombres que opararan de pegarle al muchacho, los cuales le dijeron que no era ninguno de sus problemas a la buena samarinata. Ella en turno levanto su telefono celular y los amenazo de llamar a la policia. Los hombres lo atacaron un poco mas y luego corrieron de la escena del crimen. El muchacho se levanto del suelo y sigio de camino a casa despues de agradecele a su salvadora. Por temor a preocupar a sus padres el joven no les dijo nada del incidente hasta el Domingo en la mañana. Fue entonces que los padres llamaron a la policia para reportar el crimen racial. Como la ciudad de West Point no es muy grande, despues de varias llamadas a diferentes estaciones de policia locales, la despachadora envio un pa-
trulla al lugar del incidente y el comprobo que habia occurido en una parte de la ciudad en donde la jurisdiccion cae sobre el Alguacil de el Condado de Davis. Despues de llamar y reportar el crimen el oﬁcial tomo los datos pero indico que el caso no iria a ningun lugar porque no habian testigos y el joven no conocia a sus atacantes. Que el ataque no habia sido tan serio y era poco lo que las autoridades podian hacer con la poca informacion que tenian. El tambien pregunto que si los padres del muchacho atacado tenian licencia de manejar en Utah. Despues de hablar con las autoridades, los padres fueron contactados por ACLU of Utah (American Civil Libeties Union) una organizacion con sucursal en Utah que lucha por los derechos civiles en los Estados Unidos.
El ACLU se preguntaba lo que tenia que ver el reportar un crimen tan serio a las autoridades y la preocupacion de estas de la situacion legal de la familia de la victima. “La policia tiene que llenar un reporte por cada crimen cometido en el condado.” Dice la abogada Barbara Szweda del ACLU, “El haber pedido la licencia para reportar un crimen es una violacion de los derechos civiles de cada victima y una accion que debe ser detenida inmediatamente.” El ACLU esta investigando este caso asi como otros que han sucedido al rededor del estado. Las autoridades no miran este crimen como algo muy serio porque nada le paso al joven y sus lesiones no fueron letales. Pero el Sindicato de Derechos Civiles
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CIS Critica Informe de Empleo en EE.UU Dicen que no se reconocen aportes de inmigrantes
El CIS es un grupo de estudios y cabildeo con sede en Washington que promueve una política restrictiva de la inmigración. La Coalición Pro Derechos Humanos del Inmigrante en
Los Ángeles (CHIRLA) objetó el informe de CIS de esta semana, que asegura que el incremento de redadas y deportaciones ayudaría a EE.UU. a recuperarse de sus problemas económicos. “Lo sorprendente de este estudio de CIS es que ellos quieren hacerse ver como los campeones defensores de los trabajadores, cuando en realidad ellos no son campeones de nada, excepto del ataque con-
tra los inmigrantes”, dijo Jorge Mario Cabrera, de CHIRLA. Esta coalición de ONG cuestionó el informe al indiclar que, además, no reconoce los aportes de los inmigrantes al país y busca por encima de todo “menos inmigración en general y menos inmigración autorizada”. “Los argumentos están impregnados de cifras poco conﬁables e ideas que barren con toda objetividad”,
aseguró en un comunicado Cynthia Buiza, directora de política en CHIRLA. El CIS es un grupo de estudios y cabildeo con sede en Washington que promueve una política restrictiva de la inmigración. Reﬁriéndose al informe que aﬁrma que entre los hispanos nacidos en EE.UU. el desem-
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6 – Utah Noticias Semanal
El Plan Divino de Dios Con el Matrimonio GENEIS. 2: 21-24. 21-Entonces Jehová Dios hizo caer sueño profundo sobre Adán, y mientras éste dormía, tomó una de sus costillas, y cerró la carne en su lugar. 22 -Y de la costilla que Jehová Dios tomó del hombre, hizo una mujer, y la trajo al hombre. 23-Dijo entonces Adán: Esto es ahora hueso de mis huesos y carne de mi carne; ésta será llamada Varona, porque del varón fue tomada. 24-Por tanto, dejará el hombre a su padre y a su madre, y se unirá a su mujer, y serán una sola carne.
PASTOR ADALBERTO MONTOYA UWN Escritor Contribuidor La Biblia declara que el matrimonio fue instituido por Dios, fue el deseo de Dios. Cuando Dios crea al hombre lo crea con un propósito, fue Dios el que dijo no es bueno que el hombre este solo, le are ayuda idónea para el y por eso hizo caer en un sueno profundo al hombre, luego extrajo una de sus costillas y de la costilla que saco del costado del hombre hizo a la mujer, luego dijo Adán esto es ahora hueso de mis huesos y carne de mi carne. Tanto la unión del hombre con la mujer, como el sueño en el cual Dios hizo caer al hombre tienen un valor muy importante ya que esto vendría a convertirse en ﬁgura de lo que había de suceder en el tiempo postrero de lo cual estaremos escribiendo posteriormente en este mismo tema. ¿Que busca Dios cuando crea al genero humano (barón y hembra) su deseo se entiende cuando leemos Génesis. 1: 26 – 27. 26-Entonces dijo Dios: Hagamos al hombre a nuestra imagen, conforme a nuestra semejanza; y señoree en los peces del mar, en las aves de los cielos, en las bestias, en toda la tierra, y en todo animal que se arrastra sobre la tierra. 27-Y creó Dios al hombre a su imagen, a imagen de Dios lo creó; varón y hembra los creó.
Dios quería tener un representante, alguien que le representara en la tierra, recuerde que Dios había puesto su imagen y semejanza en el hombre. Imagen. Nos habla de: Representación grabada, pintada, dibu-
In Loving Memory
FEBRUARY 19, 2009
CHURCH DIRECTORY Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel-Zion 5757 S. 3100 W., Roy, UT 84067 (801) 773-1318 (801) 678-5432 Pastor Adalberto Montoya Domingo: 2:00 p.m. Viernes: 7:00 p.m. Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostes “Luz y Verdad 2” 538 25th street, Ogden email: alaciel246@hotmail C. C. Monte de Santidad 8697 West 2700 South, Magna, Utah 84044 Domingo 1:30 p.m. - Servicio general. Martes 7:00 p.m. - Estudio Biblico. Viernes 7:00 p.m. Servicio de: Damas, Varones y Jovenes Sabados 7:00 p.m. - Practica musical Tabernaculo Biblico Bautista 2519 Jefferson Ave. Ogden, UT 84401 Miercoles 7:00 PM: Estudio Bíblico Domingos 3:00 p.m. Servicio de Adoración Sábados 10:00 a.m. Ganando Almas por las Calles y Tiendas Domingos 7:00 a.m. Oracion por las Necesidades. Viernes 7:00 p.m. Clases de guitarra, bajo, piano y bateria GRATIS! SION ASAMBLEA DE DIOS 674 23 St. Ogden (801) 621 8132
We miss you very much, Mom. So much have changed since you have gone. Your voice, laugh and love... We know you are watching over us. Love, Your Loving Family
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Génesis. 1: 27. 28 Y los bendijo Dios, y les dijo: Fructiﬁcad y multiplicaos; llenad la tierra, y sojuzgadla, y señoread en los peces del mar, en las aves de los cielos, y en todas las bestias que se mueven sobre la tierra.
había preparado el lugar que serviría como habitación para el hombre. Dios tuvo que ordenar la tierra que serviría como la habitación y todo lo creado, sobre esta tierra restaurada vendría a estar bajo el gobierno de Dios atraves del hombre. La primera orden que Dios habla al hombre después que les había bendecido fue: Fructiﬁcad y multiplicaos; llenad la tierra. La condición en la que el hombre se encontraba es muy importante, recordemos que hasta este momento El no había caído, por lo tanto aquí podemos encontrar uno de los propósitos de Dios. Dios quería que el hombre fructiﬁcara y se multiplicara con la imagen y semejanza que Dios había puesto sobre El, es decir el hombre estaría multiplicando lo que Dios había puesto en El, recordemos el hombre solo conocía el bien por lo tanto estaría multiplicando la pureza y santidad de Dios. Dios ama la familia, Dios es un Dios familiar El esta compuesto por diversas personas, El padre, el hijo y el Espíritu Santo aunque El es uno ¡ o que grande misterio.! Dios estaba ordenando al hombre a multiplicarse, entendemos el sentir del corazón de Dios cuando leemos en.
El hombre fue creado por Dios el sexto dia, antes Dios
MALAQUIAS. 2: 15. 15 ¿No hizo él uno, habiendo
jada o esculpida de una persona o cosa, ﬁgura de representación, semejanza y apariencia de una cosa. Dios había puesto su imagen su apariencia en el hombre, hablando de nuestro señor Jesucristo en la epístola a los colosenses leemos. Col. 1: 15. Él es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda creación.
Semejanza: calidad de semejante. Que semeja o se parece a una persona o cosa. Usase con sentido de comparación o ponderación. Entendemos por lo que leemos en las escrituras, que el mismo Dios se estaba revelando a su creación atraves del hombre, el hombre seria el representante de Dios en la tierra, la tierra seria gobernada por Dios, el hombre seria el medio, juntamente con este privilegio Dios estaba dando la autoridad para que el hombre cumpliera su cometido.
Maria Isabel de Aguilar Beloved mother, wife and grandmother
Iglesia de Dios “La Resurreccion” 1497 West 500 North 801-818-1078
St Joseph’s Church www.parishesonline.com 514 24th St, Ogden (801) 399-5627 Saint James the Just Catholic Church 495 N. Harrison Blvd. Ogden, UT 84404 801-782-5393 firstname.lastname@example.org Jehovah’s Witnesses Ogden www.watchtower.org 333 W 7th St, Ogden (801) 627-4128 Jehovah’s Witnesses Roy 1950 W 4400 S, Roy (801) 731-3671 Jehovahs Witnesses Roy 4431 S 1950 W, Roy (801) 731-1812 If you’d like your church to be listed in our directory, please send us an email with all your information and we’ll be happy to add it to our listing. Si quiere su iglesia en esta lista, for favor envienos su informacion en un email y incorporaremos la informacion en esta lista.
en él abundancia de espíritu? ¿Y por qué uno? Porque buscaba una descendencia para Dios.
DECENDENCIA. Casa, familia, simiente, posteridad. Este era el deseo de Dios al ordenar la multiplicación de la raza humana una familia para Dios. Esta familia traería su imagen y semejanza. El hombre es frustrado al no alcanzar el propósito para lo cual había sido creado, recordemos que el hombre había sido creado con voluntad propia o sea el tenia libre advedrio la capacidad de decisión de elegir obedecer o desobedecer. Este es el mandamiento que el hombre recibió de Dios. GENESIS. 2: 15- 17. 15 Tomó, pues, Jehová Dios al hombre, y lo puso en el huerto de Edén, para que lo labrara y
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Utah Noticias Semanal – 7
FEBRUARY 19, 2009
If Voting Rights Act of 2009 Becomes Law, Utah Will Get One More Vote in Washington TALIB I. KARIM NAM News The District of Columbia was designated the nation’s capital on Dec. 1, 1800. In the two centuries since its creation, the inhabitants of the District have never enjoyed the rights as full citizens of the nation. At least two Members of Congress and the District’s non-voting Delegate believe that 200 years of unequal citizenship is long enough. At the start of the 111th Congress, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) along with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced the D.C. House Voting Rights Act of 2009, H.R. 157. The legislation is identical to that which passed the House in 2007 but was essentially killed in the Senate. The bill provides one vote for the citizens of the District
of Columbia and an additional vote for the citizens of Utah, a traditional Republican stronghold. Additionally, the bill adds two permanent seats to the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the number to 437. With a near ﬁlibuster proof majority in the Senate, expanded majority in the House, and an African American Democrat in the White House, the D.C. Voting Rights Act of 2009 was considered as having a good chance of becoming law. Norton, who was amongst the hand-picked guests for President Barack Obama’s White House Super Bowl party, believes that the District can count on Obama’s support for the D.C. Voting Rights Bill. Norton received criticism about the Bill from District leaders like Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. While applauding Norton for her past
voting rights leadership, Thomas contended that a provision of the current Bill would limit the District to one voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives, regardless of reapportionment rules that apply to all states in the country. Thomas’ critique contemplated the 2010 census when each Congressional district in the House is scheduled to be redrawn based upon population. However, Norton, who is also a constitutional law professor, asserts that if the District wins a full House seat now, then the District would be entitled to possibly two or more if its census count dictated such. “I’m sorry, the constitution makes [that point] clear,” Norton said. Councilmember Thomas nonetheless asserts, “We must maintain our resolve and keep our eyes on the prize of full
voting representation in both houses of our Congress.” This sentiment was not lost on Republicans of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, which convened the ﬁnal week in January to take up the D.C. Voting Right’s Bill. Congressional Republicans have long opposed any move in the House that would lead to two more Democratic seats in the Senate. Constitutional Law Professors Viet D. Dinh and Jonathan Turley, questioned by the Subcommittee’s Republicans about this notion of expanded rights for the District, were in agreement. The Voting Rights legislation could have the “unintended consequence” of giving District residents full representation in the U.S. Senate. If the Bill is signed into law, Turley contends that before the District picked up its Senate
seats, the law would be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. On the contrary, Dinh believes the Bill would survive a high court challenge. “If it’s upheld, then the Court could judicially decree two Senators,” Dinh said. Full voting rights can’t come soon enough for Captain Yolanda Lee, a D.C. National Guard oﬃcer who testiﬁed before the subcommittee. Lee, an Iraq War Veteran, spoke of the hypocrisy of her being sent to Iraq to bring democratic rights to Iraqis when she and four generations of her family have been denied the rights in their native D.C. Lee urged Congress to grant her full citizenship rights. “I ask you to change my status as an American citizen who pays taxes and serves in war, but is entitled only to a non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Lee pleaded.
From Behind Bars to a Full-Time Job S. VIRTUE NAM Feature At a time when job losses are the norm in Los Angeles, this felon is now holding down a full-time job. His name is Derrick Brown, and he’s a Caribbean-American youth who is currently working for a private bus company in South Los Angeles. He plans on attending college to take business courses, and has dreams of
ATAQUE RACIAL, DE PAG. 5 Americanos quieren que este tipo de crimen sea tomado mas serio por las autoridades de Utah por ser un crimen federal y castigado com mucha mas fuerza que un crimen comun. “Todo habitante de Utah tiene que saber sus derechos bajo la ley.” Dice La Abogada Szweda. “Si alguien necesita folletos o documentos de informacion solamente tiene que visitar nuestras oﬁci-
owning a home some day. Sounds like a standard story until you consider that Brown is working to overcome his recent incarceration for shooting a young man. He has moved ahead to the sheer joy of watching his children jumping, hollering and laughing at play, as they did on a recent afternoon in a pink-and-blue birthday bounce house. “Life is wonderful—I am free,” Brown says. nas or pedirlas por telefono. Nosotros estamos aqui para servir a todos.” La organizacion quiere informar al publico que tienen derechos bajo la ley y que si alguien es victima de un crimen racial tiene el derecho y el deber de reportarlo a las autoridades. Si alguna victima tiene miedo de que las autoridades lo traten mal, pueden contactar al ACLU de Utah al (801) 521-9862 or visite su pagina de internet a www.acluutah.org
EMPLEO, DE PAG. 5 otro tipo de problemas sociales pleo es de 16.2 por ciento, cerca del doble de la tasa nacional, Cabrera argumentó que culpar a los inmigrantes es “quizás la parte más errónea en su análisis”. “Si nos ponemos a pensar por qué hay tanto joven que sale de la escuela o está desempleado, llegaremos a temas más de fondo como el apoyo que se brinda a los estudiantes adolescentes para que no dejen la preparatoria, y factores como las drogas, el embarazo juvenil y
que no tienen que ver directamente con la inmigración”, añadió. Los activistas criticaron que el estudio no menciona “el por qué muchos de los desempleados o subempleados en Estados Unidos no encuentran trabajo, incluido la falta de servicios de apoyo y de capacitación para trabajadores de bajo salario”. El reporte también aﬁrma que entre 6 y 7 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados están trabajando actualmente en el país.
Brown says he’s also back on track with his full-time job, feeling lucky for a second chance that has given him “new lease on life.” It’s the ﬁrst time in awhile that the 23-year-old could make those claims. He’s fresh from ﬁve months in ﬁve months in the Wayside correctional facility on the northern edge of Los Angeles County. That’s where he landed after a trip to the city of Inglewood—south of Los Angeles—ended in a shooting. Brown says went to Inglewood with family members to take care of some personal business. The trouble started when he spotted someone he knew on the street—a young man he’d had run-ins with before. Brown immediately predicted trouble and tried to
head away from the guy. They clashed, though, ﬁrst in argument that led to harsh words. Brown says he feared for his life and wanted to protect his family, so he drew a gun—a weapon purchased from a licensed dealer—and ﬁred away. The shooting left his nemesis with bullet wounds in his chest. Neither Brown nor any of is sustained any injuries. Brown ﬂed the scene and faced arrest several weeks later. The courts apparently gave weight to Brown’s account, and he was released after his relatively short sentence in February 2008. Brown is now one year into a ﬁve-year probation period— so far, so good. Would he carry a gun again?
“No, my life has changed,” he says. “I was hanging with the wrong set of people, and now I am spending more time with my family and kids.” The tough economy recently led Brown recently since moved back with his parents. A year since his release from jail, he credits his Belize-born parents for helping him to get through a diﬃcult time in his life. His mom says her son understands that he has to live by the laws of the land. He now has a better understanding of dealing with challenges. She adds that her son isn’t the only troubled youngster to ﬁnd help at the Browns’ home—the family is known in their community for helping folks in need. The names in this story have been changed to protect identities.
“You might look and feel fine, but you need to get the inside story. Colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, so please get tested. I did.” Katie Couric, Co-Founder EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance Screening can detect precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into colorectal cancer. Screening also can find colorectal cancer early, when the chance for a full recovery is very high. If you’re 50 or older, talk to your doctor and get screened for colorectal cancer.
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8 – Utah Noticias Semanal
19 DE FEBRERO, 2009
Stockton: The Best Point Guard to Ever Play With the NBA AllStar game just concluded this past Sunday in Phoenix and the second half of the season just about to get underway; it would be easy to talk about the state of the Utah Jazz right about now. How they beat the Lakers, the team with the NBA’s best record, last week or how if the playoﬀs ended today, they would be the eighth seed or how the return of Carlos Boozer might aﬀect the team. But no, instead of discussing all of that, instead, I wanted to talk a little about the past. Or is it the future? No matter which, something truly special happened around these parts last week that went without much fanfare, which is nothing new if you know anything about John Stockton. The former Jazz great and undoubtedly the game’s greatest point guard ever, was one of 16 ﬁnalists to be named for possible induction into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in Springﬁeld, Massachusetts. Stockton was named along
with such greats as Michael Jordan and David Robinson and despite their rather impressive resumes; no decision will ever be easier when it comes time for the people to vote in Stockton. Quite simply, Stockton was the best point guard to ever play and there will never be another one like him. Honestly, the Jazz didn’t quite know what they had when they drafted the 6foot-1 guard out of Gonzaga with the 16th overall pick in the 1984 draft but they soon found out. In an era where getting on Sportscenter is all the rage and dribbling behind the back and making stupid no look passes are in vogue, Stockton and his short shorts would have none of it. A lunch pail worker if there ever was one, Stockton played in a remarkable 82 games in 17 out of the 19 seasons he suited up for the Jazz. And when he ﬁnally left the game in 2003, he had set so many records; we don’t have enough paper to write about them all. Stockton left the game as the NBA career leader in assists (15,806) steals (3,265), and was a 10-time All-Star while winning two Olympic gold medals. Of course, he did have the
luxury of playing with Karl two NBA rings on his ﬁnger Malone for 18 of his 19 cam- instead of none, but it hardly paigns, but it’s hard to tell just matters at this point. who made each other better. The fact that he never won a Would Stockton been as great championship shouldn’t diminif Malone wasn’t there or is it ish his career like the way it has vice versa. Dan Marino’s in football. UnIn reality, it doesn’t matter. like the Dolphins who had won What are the memories Stock- two Super Bowls before Marino ton brought to the Jazz and us arrived, the Jazz had never even as fans? The Jazz never missed sniﬀed the NBA Finals before the playoﬀs Stockton got during Stockhere, much less ton’s tenure get to two of In reality, it and he helped them. doesn’t matlead them to Now I the Western ter. What are the have to admit, Conference Fithat my greatmemories Stock- est nals ﬁve times memory ton brought to and the NBA of Stockton, Finals twice. one that has the Jazz and us In fact, earned my as fans? The Jazz respect more it was Stockton and not Malonever missed the than any assist every could, ne, who shot playoﬀs during the Jazz into didn’t even their ﬁrst NBA Stockton’s tenure... take place on Finals. Rethe basketball ﬂoor. member Game 6 of the 1997 Western ConWhen Stockton anference Finals in Houston? nounced his retirement, he It was Stockton who didn’t hold a ﬂashy press concalmly and coolly ﬁred a 3- ference or break down in tears, pointer over Charles Bark- in fact, he was nowhere to be ley at the buzzer, setting oﬀ seen at all. a wild celebration that won’t An understated and rebe forgotten around here any- served man to the end, Stocktime soon. ton simply sent in a fax to the In fact, if it wasn’t for Jor- Jazz brass saying that was done dan, who led the Bulls twice and just like that, he was gone. past the Jazz in the Finals, He never needed the fanStockton very well could have fare or the pomp and circum-
BY BEN VILLA UWN Sports Writer
stance that goes with being an NBA superstar. And while he was certainly one, you never knew it by watching him on and oﬀ the court. His lack of retirement ceremony reminds me of the great Bill Russell. When Russell’s fantastic career ﬁnally to an end with the Boston Celtics and it was time to retire his number, Russell and then Celtics owner Red Auerbach simply hung up his No. 6 jersey in the rafters in Boston Garden one evening. And what was so special about this? They did it alone. Nobody in the building, no cameras, no media asking questions. Just two men who had nothing but admiration for each other, pulling on a rope until they couldn’t anymore. I can’t tell you how much I admire Russell for that. I can’t tell you how much I admire Stockton for his entire career. In today’s game, the Jazz are lucky to have another great point guard in Deron Williams, but no matter what he does, he’ll never be John Stockton, who once led the NBA in assists nine consecutive seasons. His legacy is ﬁrmly secure. As is his place in the Hall of Fame.
Larry H. Miller, Owner of the Utah Jazz Dies at 64 Larry H. Miller, husband, father, grandfather, a wellknown entrepreneur, community advocate and humanitarian, died from complications due to type 2 diabetes today, at home, surrounded by his family. He was 64. Miller, a man who truly loved Utah, its people and its land, was born in Salt Lake City in 1944. From modest beginnings, he grew up in the Capitol Hill area and went on to become one of Utah’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. “Personally, I have lost a valuable friend.” Stated John Stockton (Retired Player, Utah Jazz) “Larry has been such a remarkable individual. The community has beneﬁted so much
Larry H. Miller
April 26, 1944 - February 20, 2009
by his life. He is someone we will all miss.” Leaving behind a profound professional and personal legacy, the entities Miller created have had a signiﬁcant and lasting impact on the communi-
ties in which he did business, and the more than 7,000 individuals he employed. The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies began with the Larry H. Miller Toyota store in Murray, Utah on May 1, 1979. Through the years, Miller amassed more than 80 businesses and properties in the western United States. Most notable are the Utah Jazz, EnergySolutions Arena, the Salt Lake Bees, Miller Motorsports Park, Megaplex Theatres, and 39 automobile dealerships spanning the Rocky Mountain West. Miller also developed a vast real estate holdings including commercial and agricultural properties. A dynamic entrepreneur and business leader, Miller also became known for his chari-
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table eﬀorts. Miller coined the phrase “Go about doing good until there is too much good in the world.” Miller and his wife Gail provide close to 300 college scholarships each year. Larry H. Miller Charities, a foundation funded by monthly contributions from his businesses, fundraising events in the community, and personal donations from employees, has donated millions of dollars to communities in which Miller does business. “Larry and Gail have always stressed the importance of giving back to the communities in which we do business. Our customers have supported us and it is important that we show our appreciation by help-
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ing those in need,” said Greg Miller, eldest son and CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Larry felt that his legacy isn’t in business as much as it was in creating opportunities for good jobs and higher education.” Larry and Gail have also donated millions of dollars to Utah-based colleges and universities for campus improvements such as the state-ofthe-art softball and baseball complexes at BYU. The Larry H. Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), was completed in fall 2001 and includes the Larry H. Miller Entrepreneurship Training Center and The Larry and Gail Miller Public Safety Education & Training Center. Despite all of his success, Miller always maintained that his greatest accomplishment is the family that survives him: his wife, Karen Gail Saxton Miller, their four sons and one daughter, 21 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
19 DE FEBRERO, 2009
La Sabrosa Sopa de Patas (Mondongo)
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Utah Noticias Semanal – 9
Sego Lily Kitchen R E S TA U R A N T E
Una colección de recetas de comida Salvadoreña no estaría completa sin la muy popular y nutriva, Sopa de Mondongo, así es que aquí la tienen. Ingredientes:
Jugo de limón al gusto
Procedimiento: * Coser primero los tendones y la tripa en 8 tazas de agua hasta que se ablanden un poco * Agregar el resto de la carne y la cola y cocerlos todos juntos hasta que toda la carne esté blanda, agregar más agua si es necesario * Cuando toda la carne esté blanda, agregar la toda la verdura cortada * Agregar gengibre, pimienta, achiote y sal * Cocer por otros 20-30 minutos hasta que la verdura se ablande y agregar más agua si es necesario Servirla caliente y ponerle salsa de chile picante y jugo de limón al gusto y acompañar con una cerveza bien fria, saldrán de 5-6 platos de sopa. Disfrute con su familia este nutritvo platillo Salvadoreño.
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19 DE FEBRERO, 2009
Between Bootstraps and the Bullet 41 Years Later, King’s Vision Still Misinterpreted KHALIL ABDULLAH NAM Writer Washington, D.C. -- If you were a sanitation worker janitor in Memphis 41 years ago, you were ready for a change: “We’re going to stand up and be men,” exclaimed Taylor Rodgers, human being. You lifted heavy, heavy cans for light money, so light that you could still be eligible for welfare after working a 40-hour week: “Wasn’t going to take no more,” explained Taylor Rodgers, family man. He sought the blessings of his loved ones, his wife and children, before making that hard decision. To go on strike. In the South. In 1968. Your working conditions were so abusive and dehumanizing, you went on strike in spite of knowing, just knowing, you might never work again in Memphis. Just might not be able to feed your family. But two of your co-workers had been crushed to death by a garbage truck’s compactor unit. Could have been you; might be you next time. “We just walked out on our own; didn’t have a union,” said Taylor Rodgers, labor leader, who, after AFSCME Local 1733 was founded, became its president in 1972 and held the post for 20 years. Rodgers was just one of the 1,300 striking African-American workers whose actions attracted the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. King was going to walk that picket line, in solidarity, to bring attention to the intersection of fair wages and justice. He was going to set out on a path to lay bare the realities of poverty -- the structural realities -- in America. But ﬁrst there was to be the speech at Mason Temple. Rodgers was there, heard the ‘Mountaintop’ speech on April 3 –- knows some of it by heart to this day -- and heard the news on April 4, the next day: King is dead. On April 2, 2008, from a podium in the headquarters of SEIU, the union that now speaks for many of the country’s janitors and sanitation workers, Rodgers recounted his experiences as an eyewitness to those times and to the truth of a new report: “Beyond the Mountaintop: King’s Prescription for Poverty.” The co-authors, Drs. Stephen Pitts and William Spriggs, two of America’s leading economists, take a quantitative and qualitative view of the distance that African Americans have traveled from the 1960s to today. There may be lies, damn lies and statistics, but the snapshots presented point to the uncomfortable truth that, overall, economic progress for African Americans has been halting. If the minimum wage provides a safety net for low-income workers, a description that ﬁts many African Americans, the data show that “when adjusted for inﬂation, the minimum wage is actually lower today than it was when King launched the ‘Poor People’s’ campaign in 1968,” the report said. Emphasizing that when King was talking about poverty, “he was not talking about social pathology, he was talking about policy,” Spriggs said. Spriggs went on to explain that numbers without context can paint a deceptive portrait. For example, when King was alive, “only 25 percent of adult African-American men had ﬁnished high school. Today, over 82 percent of African-American men have,” Spriggs said. So, if King had believed that ending poverty was rooted in the accumulation of individual behaviors, why is poverty in America so enduring? The numbers for what has come to be known as ‘taking personal responsibility’ seem to be moving in the right direction. If King were alive today and asked whether we had ended poverty, “we would have to hang our heads down,” Spriggs said. “We would have to tell him, ‘no, sir.’ ”
Pitts explained that, on the “41st anniversary of a tragic event,” there is a “crisis around jobs” and a “crisis around low wage work.” It is the rippling of this “two-dimensional crisis” through the economy that the report’s authors maintain must be addressed. The two-headed hydra form the hardened core of today’s employment landscape, exacerbated by competition in a global market and employers who force down wages to net a higher proﬁt on the backs of workers. Citing the President’s Reagan’s anti-labor legacy in the 1980s as a contributing factor to setting the tone for American employers to emulate, the report and its authors call for a full-employment economy, with an increase in the minimum wage, a more progressive tax structure, and a legal framework that better endows workers with the legal right to organize. Rodgers’s Local 1733 was formed partially through the eﬀorts of men like AFCSME’s William Lucy, now an elder statesman of the labor movement who had arrived in Memphis in 1968 for that purpose. The sanitation workers’ strike was ultimately successful in securing rights, pay increases and recognition from a city
whose mayor and incumbent political class regarded their African-American city workers as little more than chattel property. And, the strike left a legacy that young men like Craig Jones, 29, could embrace decades later. Jones, a sanitation worker in Cincinnati, Ohio, successfully organized his fellow laborers to protest the lack of health care, no paid vacations, and a wage of $6.50 an hour paid by a private maintenance ﬁrm. He also took the podium. “I’ve learned how to use the right tactics and strategies to organize my people,” Jones said of his involvement with SEIU. In Cincinnati, SEIU Union Local 3 was formed. Rallies and picket lines brought the employer to the bargaining table resulting in a new contract in 2008 that boosted the hourly wage by three dollars from $6.50 an hour and added beneﬁts most American workers take for granted. Chanelle Clark, a young organizer from Houston, Tex., also spoke of her co-workers’ successful eﬀorts. “We set precedents on minimum wage,” she said of HOPE (Houston Organization of Public Employees), from “$9.50 cents on April 2008; $10.00 starting in
2009.” And she said a visit to the King Museum in Atlanta, “opened my eyes,” fueling her determination to persist in negotiating for a better future. The report was underwritten by The Rosenberg Foundation. Its president, Ben Jealous, said in introductory remarks that “these are tough, tough times in our country,” but “it seems that our leaders restrict themselves to a narrow band of problems.” Alluding to the report, Jealous said the answers to today’s crisis in employment -- for all Americans -- “go deeper;” that it is “ludicrous” that the United States does not pursue a full-employment policy, one that results in a decent wage. Jones said his generation, the one of rap artists and hip hop, has been labeled unfairly. “It’s not they’re scared of working, that’s a lie. They’re scared of working poor,” of not earning enough to meet the ﬁnancial obligations in a job that holds no future and crushes their spirit. It is a sentiment that Taylor Rodgers, philosopher, understands well. The sum of the report’s recommendations and the sacriﬁce of Dr. King came down to one word the bullet couldn’t kill: “Dignity,” Rodgers said quietly.
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FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Latinos Listos Para Ser contados en el Nuevo US Censo del Año 2010 CRISTINA FERNÁNDEZ-PEREDA NAM Writer El U.S. Census considera que la conﬁanza y la conﬁdencialidad son los mayores desafíos a los que se enfrenta a la hora de localizar a todos los miembros de la comunidad Hispana. Oﬁciales de la agencia participaron ayer en una conferencia en Washington, D.C., junto con miembros de las organizaciones NALEO y LULAC. “El 1 de Abril de 2010 es una fecha critica para nosotros. Tenemos que asegurarnos de que todas y cada una de las personas son registradas, porque va a transformar lo que sabemos de una comunidad tan diversa y cambiante como la nuestra”, aﬁrmo Brent Wilkes, director nacional de LULAC. Wilkes también describió los factores clave por los que el Census de 2010 es crítico para que todas las comunidades puedan transmitir sus necesidades. Después de contra a todas y cada una de las personas en Estados Unidos, estos datos ayudan a repartir hasta 300 billones de dólares de fondos federales cada ano. Este dinero se destina después a cubrir gastos de emergencias, cobertura sanitaria, escuelas, transporte,
bibliotecas o centros para mayores, entre otros. La información del Censo se usa también después, por ejemplo, para involucrar a la población en el proceso democrático. Hasta 50.000 Hispanos alcanzan la mayoría de edad cada ano. “Esta información es muy importante para el Censo, porque se convierten en votantes y pueden participar completamente en el proceso democrático”, explico William Ramos, director de la oﬁcina de NALEO en Washington, D.C. Al reconocer la importancia del papel que pueden desempeñar las comunidades locales para obtener el mayor nivel de participación posible, el director asociado del U.S. Census Arnold Jackson menciono que las comunidades ya están van por delante del gobierno federal. “Todavía tenemos que superar este desafío y se trata de mandar el mensaje diciendo que esto no es algo que nosotros le hacemos a los miembros de cada comunidad, sino que es un proceso que queremos elaborar con ellos”, explicó Jackson. Sin embargo, los oﬁciales resaltaron que el desafío más importante que tiene que superar el Census a la hora de en-
RELIGION, DE PAG. 6 rado de Dios, ya no podía lo guardase. 16 Y mandó Jehová Dios al hombre, diciendo: De todo árbol del huerto podrás comer; 17 mas del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal no comerás; porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás.
Encontramos que el plan de Dios no fracaso, el que fracaso fue el hombre al no alcanzar el propósito de Dios para su vida. La consecuencia de la decisión que el hombre tomo fue catastróﬁca, el eligió no obedecer a lo que Dios había advertido y como resultado ahora esa relación que había mantenido con Dios se había roto. El hombre queda sepa-
ser igual su relación con el santo Dios, esto es lo que Dios le había advertido, ciertamente morirás aunque el hombre sigue viviendo una parte de su ser había muerto su espíritu. Había quedado separado de Dios a esto se le llama la caída del hombre. El cayó de semejante posición de altura, de honra de gloria de pureza de santidad. El hombre no revelaría más la imagen y semejanza de ese Dios que le había creado. Que lamentable fracaso y que triste condición en la cual ahora el hombre se encontraba. Ahora el hombre sabría que era el mal, antes de la caída solo sabia el bien. Este mensaje continuara.
contrar y localizar a miembros de la comunidad hispana son otros. “Tenemos que superar problemas de conﬁanza, de autenticidad y de conﬁdencialidad”, describió Jackson coincidiendo con el resto de panelistas. Como explicaron, la mayoría de los hispanos –independientemente de su estatus migratorio- sospecharán de una carta enviada por gobierno federal. Si no responden a la carta, entonces el Census procederá con el seguimiento a modo de visita de un especialista a la casa, para encontrarse con ellos en persona. Esto muchas veces ayuda a la oﬁcina del Censo a localizar a nuevos miembros de la comunidad. “Para los latinos el problema de la conﬁanza es horroroso”, explico Ramos. “Que llegue una persona y llame a tu puerta puede darte taquicardias. Tenemos que aliviar esos miedos asegurándonos de que participan en el proceso”. Una de las estrategias del Censo para evitar que pase esto en 2010 es desplegar especialistas por todo el país para realizar estas visitas. La agencia federal ya tiene especialistas en 55 de los 59 idiomas que necesita cubrir. “Queremos asegurarnos de que la persona que viene
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a la puerta de tu casa tiene el mismo aspecto que tú”, explicó Ramos. Para las comunidades en las que la minoría hispana representa más del 20% de la población el Censo enviará los formularios en inglés y español. Pero si el grupo es menor o de otra comunidad de inmigrantes, entonces son los ciudadanos los que tienen que pedir los formularios en otro idioma. La oﬁcina del Censo también está trabajando con oﬁcinas locales por todo el país. Hasta 145 ya están abiertas y un total de 485 estarán en funcionamiento al ﬁnal de este año. Estas oﬁcinas, jusnto en el corazón de las comunidades, ayudarán a la agencia gubernamental a realizar la parte más local de su trabajo, pero también será una oportunidad para involucrar a la comunidad hispana de forma profesional. “Los hispanos ocupan menos del 6% de los puestos de trabajo del gobierno. Necesitamos identiﬁcar a los más cualiﬁcados para que ocupen puestos temporales y también a largo plazo. Esto crearía un conjunto de trabajadores ver-
daderamente diverso, más allá de barreras de raza”, argumentó Edna Camino, presidenta del comité del Censo de LULAC. Los panelistas coincidieron en que contar con personas que forman parte de la comunidad es una de las maneras de involucrar a los ciudadanos en el Censo, especialmente dentro de la comunidad hispana. Como describió Ramos, muchos de los hogares que visitarán los especialistas del gobierno cuentan con personas con diferentes estatus migratorios. “(Mientras rellenen el formulario) Pensarán: ‘¿A quién estoy poniendo en peligro?’ Tenemos que asegurarnos que saben que toda la información que envíen es conﬁdencial”. Angelo Falcon, asesor del comité del Censo para la comunidad Hispana, explicó que los medios étnicos son algunos de los mejores aliados para enviar la información corecta a los ciudadanos e involucrar a la comunidad hispana en el proceso: son los que mejor pueden acceder a las comunidades más pequeñas de este país y pueden explicar todo el proceso en el mismo idioma que usan los ciudadanos.
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FEBRUARY 19, 2009
New Survey: Improving Housing Affordability – But Still a Way to Go The 5th Annual Demographia International Housing Aﬀordability Survey covers 265 metropolitan markets in six nations (US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand), up from 88 in 4 nations in the ﬁrst edition (see note below). This year’s edition includes a preface by Dr. Shlomo Angel of Princeton University and New York University, one of the world’s leading urban planning experts. Needless to say, there have been signiﬁcant developments in housing aﬀordability and house prices over the past year. In some parts of the United States, the landscape has been radically changed by rapidly dropping house prices. Our measure of housing aﬀordability is the “Median Multiple,” which is the annual pre-tax median house price divided by the median household income. Over the decades since World War II, this measure has typically been 3.0 or below in all of the surveyed nations and virtually all of their metropolitan areas, until at least the mid1990s. There were bubbles before that time in some markets, but during the “troughs” most markets returned to the 3.0 or below norm. Unfortunately, the most
recent bubble was and continues to be the most severe since records have been kept. The Demographia International Housing Aﬀordability Survey rates housing aﬀordability using ﬁve categories, indicated in the table below. At the height of the current bubble, some markets saw remarkable declines in housing aﬀordability. In some Median Multiples exceeded three times the historic norm. Among major markets (metropolitan markets with more than 1,000,000 population), Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego all reached or exceeded a Median Multiple of 10. Many other markets saw their Median Multiples rise to double the historic norm and beyond, such as New York, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Sacramento and Riverside-San Bernardino. Other major US markets – such as Portland, Orlando, Las Vegas, Providence and Washington, DC – rose to above 5, a ﬁgure rarely seen in any market before the currently deﬂating bubble. America has hardly been an exception. Outside the United States, virtually all major markets in Australia were well over 6.0, as well as London and Auckland in New Zealand. Vancouver was the most unaﬀordable major market, with a Median Multiple of 8.4. Of
particular note is barely grow- Riverside-San Bernardino have ing Adelaide, which nonethe- gone from the “seriously” to less has seen its Median Mul- only the “moderately unaﬀordable” category, with rates now tiple rise to 7.1. But, at least in the US, the in the mid-3.0s. Data for the unaﬀordability wave has crest- fourth quarter is likely to indied. Generally, the house prices cate that Sacramento will be the peaked in the United ﬁrst major States housing in midmarket in Although there are signs 2007. California of a correction in parts of Since to return to California, Nevada and then the a Median Arizona, some bubbles in markets Multiple of with the 3.0, a rathhigh-regulation markets are biggest er large fall still in the early stage of debubbles from its ﬂating. New York, Boston, took the peak of 6.6 Portland and Seattle parlead in in 2005. ticularly may be in danger; burstOutthe worst consequences of ing. By side Calithe third fornia, oththeir bubbles lie ahead. er markets quarter have exof 2008 ( t h e perienced Survey reports on the third signiﬁcant price declines. But quarter each year), the Median some, like Miami still at 5.6, Multiple in San Francisco had have a long way to go before dropped to 8.0, San Jose to 7.4, they reach the historic norm Los Angeles to 7.2 and San Di- of 3.0. Las Vegas and Phoenix ego to 5.9. Of course, even at (which nearly reached 5) may these levels, housing aﬀord- be closer, falling to the “modability in these metropolitan erately unaﬀordable ” category areas remained worse than ever with Median Multiples of bebefore. History would suggest tween 3.1 and 4.0. Seattle and that housing prices in these Portland have fallen 10 percent markets have a long way to go or more as of the third quarter before they hit bottom. but remain severely overpriced, Other markets have im- suggesting they, like Miami, proved aﬀordability more sub- have more price declines in the stantially. Inland California oﬃng. markets like Sacramento and Much of the blame for the bubble has been placed at the feet of a mortgage finance industry that passed out money as if it was not its own. Not surprisingly, the ready availability of money had its effect on the market. Demand rose sharply and included many who couldn’t afford to pay. But proﬂigate lending practices represent only a relatively minor cause of the bubble. This was missed by all but a few economists, notably Dr. Angel’s Princeton colleague and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugmann. He could see that there was not one “national bubble” but a series of localized ones. The real villain, he noted, lay in land use regulations. In reality the bubble missed much of the country – from Atlanta to El Paso to Omaha and Albany. There were house price increases, of course, but they were generally within the Median Multiple ceiling norm of 3.0. There were a few exceptions, but even they did not exceed 3.0 by much. Rising demand was not the
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big problem. Housing aﬀordability remained at virtually the same Median Multiple level in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, the three fastest growing metropolitan areas of more than 5,000,000 population in the developed world. Many other major markets across the South and Midwest experienced little price increase and maintained their aﬀordability. Indianapolis, which has a Median Multiple of 2.2, continued to gain domestic migration from other areas and has a near Sun Belt growth rate. Kansas City, Louisville and Columbus remain aﬀordable and are attracting people from elsewhere. Although there are signs of a correction in parts of California, Nevada and Arizona, some bubbles in high-regulation markets are still in the early stage of deﬂating. New York, Boston, Portland and Seattle particularly may be in danger; the worst consequences of their bubbles lie ahead. The longer-term question remains whether these and other still highly over-valued markets in California, the Paciﬁc Northwest, Florida and the Northeast will return to affordability, at or near a Median Multiple of 3.0. The necessary price drops would be bad news for regional economies because of the losses homeowners and ﬁnancial institutions would sustain. At the same time maintenance of the currently elevated prices would also be bad news. In the past 7 years, 4.5 million people have moved from higher-cost markets to lower-cost markets in the United States. The formerly attractive markets of the California coast alone have seen more than two million people depart for other places since 2000. For these areas, a return to historic levels of housing aﬀordability may be a prime pre-requisite to restoring economic health. This article printed with permission from http://www.newgeography.com/ and originally submitted by Wendell Cox. Wendell Cox is a Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris. He was born in Los Angeles and was appointed to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission by Mayor Tom Bradley. He is the author of “War on the Dream: How Anti-Sprawl Policy Threatens the Quality of Life.”
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oﬀer, many of which will be playing on Sundays after their college careers. You need to beat some great teams and some bad teams. That’s how the system works. Hey, even Florida played and crushed Citadel this year but in between that game, they played some pretty darn good teams. The Gators have balance. Utah doesn’t. Even the good teams Utah beat on their schedule aren’t considered all that great nationally (BYU, TCU, Air Force). Now all this isn’t Utah’s fault. They did schedule a game at Michigan and came away with a 25-23 win. Five years ago, that would have looked like a tremendous victory, winning in Ann Arbor at the Big House, but when the Wolverines go 3-9 like they did last year, the Utes win doesn’t carry much weight. And they also did beat Oregon State, which did hand USC its only loss of the year,
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