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Guest column: Roses for a daughter

Guest column: Roses for a daughter

On the day before Valentine’s Day last month, I took roses to my married daughter.  I buy her flowers every Valentine’s Day because I want to show her that I honor her, and that I will always love her, more than any other man ever will. Even when she was a little girl, I...
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Guest column: Cosmic laws

Guest column: Cosmic laws

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I’ll admit, I was not a normal adolescent. As a teenager growing up in a Los Angeles suburb, I would spend hours underneath the night sky. Or at least as “night” as it would get in one of the largest cities in the world. I was an amateur astronomer...
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Guest column: Why did he paint?

Guest column: Why did he paint?

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I was at home one day this past week, immersed in tasks (I tend to dive—headfirst—right into them) that I was knocking off my to-do list when my cousin Phil called. Phil and I grew up together. He lives far away now, so we don’t see each other too...
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Guest column: Poverty and language

Guest column: Poverty and language

By David Magallanes / Guest Columnist I’ve lived around both English and Spanish all my life. I can’t help but feel that the Spanish language is much more conscious of poverty than is English. I believe that poverty is wired into “the language of the angels,” simply because poverty has been part and parcel...
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Lois Capps: House budget bad for California’s security

Lois Capps: House budget bad for California’s security

Cuts to port and border security endanger safety and hurt economy The seven month spending bill passed by the House last month would weaken California’s security by reducing funding for critical security grant programs, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, stated in a media release on March 2.  Capps voted against the spending bill. These...
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Guest column: The Mexican Experience of an American

Guest column: The Mexican Experience of an American

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist Tonight I attended a rosary for the father of some friends that I have known for many years. These friends make up a large American family of Mexican origins with an honorable reputation in the community. Their father had instilled in all of them an admirable work ethic, and...
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Guest column: The craft of wishing

Guest column: The craft of wishing

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I’ve always enjoyed walking through a bookstore, perusing the books on the shelves, just as I used to do as a child when my father would take me with him to the Los Angeles Public Library, or to the many bookstores we would visit in downtown L.A., or...
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Latino Links: Digital Media Trends

Latino Links: Digital Media Trends

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805.com The power of Latinos on the Internet is being debated in couple of reports released recently. Latinos are less likely than whites to access the Internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone, according to survey findings released Feb. 9 by the Pew Hispanic Center,...
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Guest column: Putting out fires, or lighting up our world?

Guest column: Putting out fires, or lighting up our world?

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey challenges his readers to consider using his “Time Management Matrix,” which consists of four quadrants. We can occupy our time performing tasks and carrying out activities that are either I) Urgent and Important; II) Not Urgent...
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Commentary: The ebb and flow of immigration to the U.S.

Commentary: The ebb and flow of immigration to the U.S.

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805.com The number of undocumented immigrants coming the U.S. remained virtually unchanged in 2010 (11.2 million) over the prior year, according to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center. While the report focused on the numbers and not the factors involved in immigration — the U.S. recession, anti-immigration rhetoric...
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Guest Column: Our thoughts, our money, our life

Guest Column: Our thoughts, our money, our life

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, lifestyle is defined as “A way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group.” A lifestyle that aligns with our deepest values, with our most cherished beliefs and thoughts,...
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Commentary: Community advocate shared her strong spirit on a number of causes

Commentary: Community advocate shared her strong spirit on a number of causes

Memorial service set for Feb. 5 for Avie Guerra By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 It was with much sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Marie Avelina Guerra. “Avie,” as we all knew her, was a strong community advocate who battled a stroke and finally succumbed to cancer on Jan. 27....
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Commentary: Community deserves freedom to choose medical providers

Commentary: Community deserves freedom to choose medical providers

In a very short time, thousands of residents in the County of Ventura will be enrolled in a new Medi-Cal managed care program called the Gold Coast Health Plan. Many patients will be assigned to a doctor not necessarily of their choosing with the Health Plan also dictating rates, timelines and services offered by...
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Commentary: Looking forward to a more prosperous year

Commentary: Looking forward to a more prosperous year

  Giving thanks for gift of friends, family By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 As we come to the end of 2010, we look back on a very challenging year for all of us. Many business owners and 805 residents kept wondering about all this talk of a recovery from the recession.  Retail sales continued...
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Commentary: Getting a Mexican passport, the painful and complicated way

Commentary: Getting a Mexican passport, the painful and complicated way

By Mariana Llamas-Cendon / Amigos805 Thinking about going to Mexico for the Holidays? If you are a Mexican citizen, whether by naturalization or birth, I recommend you first check to see when your Mexican passport expires. Otherwise, based on my experience, it won’t be as pleasant and hassle free to renew it at the...
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