December 4, 1998
I need to inform la Gente that they are subliminally being misled by the (Taco Bell) advertisement using a Chihuahua dog. According to the New Columbia Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition, 1975, it states that the Chihuahua is a breed of small Toy dogs probably of oriental origin and introduced into Mexico by Spanish settlers. There were no dogs in the Americas before the arrival of the Spaniards.
This dog was long believed to have been indigenous to Mexico. However no archaeological remains support this belief. The animal generally claimed to be the Chihuahua depicted in Toltecan and Aztecan art was most probably a variety of rodents.
So there it is straight from the mera mera good old Encyclopedia. Let us stop paying for those degrading advertisements by not eating at Taco Bell
Ambitious politicians Do Not The Best School Superintendents Make
Once upon a time a very self-important man immigrated to a community, and because he married well, he was able to buy in a grand old estate (read: San Diego City Schools). That estate had aged nicely and only needed minor repairs to make it worthy of the next century.
However, Mr. Arrogance was not content to patch the leaky roof or shore up the creaky floor. Immediately, upon securing the deed, he leveled all but one wall of the edifice, ripping out the infrastructure (read: wiping out entire departments like Humanities & Second Language) and destroying the hand hewn treasures (read: trying to fire Atterbury & running off gems like Van Zant and Allen). Then, with no blueprints or even a thought to the final outcome (The Institute: a "work in progress" with a make it up as we go attitude), a flurry of construction was begun.
Because this insolent man did not plan to stay long in the community, no care was given to quality. (What will be left when he gains his political next step?). Interns and novices (Stacy) were invited to contribute their limited skills, making them beholden to the patron. Poor grade materials were purchased and installed slap-dash fashion. (Literacy dictums: Shared Reading for everyone) with hopes of making friends of suppliers ($ contributors for the "foundation"). An advisor (New York), to whom the materials and environment were foreign, was brought in. He succeeded in alienating the few master builders who remained.
Meanwhile the local expert artisans (teachers, principals; of whom there is a shortage!) watched in dismay and minded their civic pride (WE NEED PROP MM). The structure grew like Ludwig's creations and the crowd (San Diego business community) extolled the grandeur of the SUPERINDENT'S progress (like the Emperor's new clothes).
Sadly, the whole damn thing fell prey to the first Santa Ana windstorm that came along (privatization, voucher system initiative).
The moral of the story: Ambitious politicians do not the best school superintendents make!
(Comment: Second moral: Chamber of Commerce types should keep their business mentality in their shops and leave education to THE EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS. Is the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce willing to be held responsible when their manipulation of the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent's Office leads to a generation of children destroyed by their meddling?)
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Just a quick note thanking you for your excellent newspaper and web site. Each week I look forward to getting the inside "scoop" on multiple issues and several great laughs. Life is crazy and if we can't laugh at ourselves, then we are doomed to a bland existence.
You have become the Chicano watchdog for San Diego and beyond. And that comes at the price of not being able to please everyone in the community. We (the Hispanics) are a diverse group of people and it is only normal that we will have our disagreements, particularly as we grow into more areas of commerce and elected offices. I commend you for providing us with an outlet that is effective in rocking the institutionalized giants that would prefer to see us not progress. Rock on!
(Comment: Gracias Rick. In a recent Ph.D. Dissertation from a candidate for a Ph.D., La Prensa San Diego was rated highly on carrying out its `social responsibilities to its people.' We beat out the San Diego Union who was judged along with La Prensa San Diego).