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Bilingual commentary: Fighting the Nazis

Bilingual commentary: Fighting the Nazis

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Over 70 years ago, my father was fighting against the Nazis as an American infantryman on French and German soil. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever imagine that I, his son, would find himself also in combat with them—on American soil. But whereas he...
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Bilingual commentary: Targeting Women and Girls

Bilingual commentary: Targeting Women and Girls

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes There is speculation that the Islamic State intentionally targeted and murdered...
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April 16 — Easter Services First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara

April 16 — Easter Services First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara will celebrate the glory of our Risen Lord with worship services on Easter Sunday at 9:00am and 10:45am.  The identical services will feature anthems by the Chancel Choir including Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”, under the direction of Nathan Kreitzer accompanied by organist Dr. Steve Hodson, and brass...
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Bilingual commentary: Is Hanukkah the “Jewish Christmas”?

Bilingual commentary: Is Hanukkah the “Jewish Christmas”?

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. David Magallanes By David Magallanes / Guest contributor I can only imagine the dilemma of traditional Jewish parents trying...
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Bilingual commentary: Women Banned Forever

Bilingual commentary: Women Banned Forever

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes After a long, sometimes violently opposed struggle, women were finally granted the right to...
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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service to be held in Santa Barbara on Nov. 24

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service to be held in Santa Barbara on Nov. 24

A community celebration of the diversity of faiths SANTA BARBARA — Desmond Tutu has said, “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” In today’s shrinking global village where so many inter-religious tensions exist, it is increasingly important to sit side by side and celebrate the diverse gifts of...
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Bilingual commentary: Born Again

Bilingual commentary:  Born Again

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes American sociologist and author Robert Neelly Bellah (1927-2013) wrote something intriguing in his book...
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Bilingual commentary: Falls from Grace

Bilingual commentary: Falls from Grace

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes In the lives of politicians, celebrities and sports heroes, we often see falls from...
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Channel Islands YMCA Welcomes Dr. Jeff Schloss as Guest Speaker for Annual Good Friday Breakfast on March 25

Channel Islands YMCA Welcomes Dr. Jeff Schloss as Guest Speaker for Annual Good Friday Breakfast on March 25

SANTA BARBARA — The Channel Islands YMCA Association is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Schloss as the guest speaker for its 39th Annual Good Friday Breakfast. The breakfast, themed Keeping Hope Alive, will take place Friday, March 25 at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort and will focus on the significance of the death of...
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Bilingual commentary: Equal Opportunity in Creation

Bilingual commentary: Equal Opportunity in Creation

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Some of us in our Western culture turn to the Bible to teach us something about the nature of ourselves as human beings, about our origins and early history. Others of us who are less religiously inclined may turn to science or mythology, primarily Greek and Roman. But for...
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Bilingual commentary: What Is A Secular Catholic?

Bilingual commentary: What Is A Secular Catholic?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor In the Jewish American community, many within the group quite proudly and nonchalantly refer to themselves as “secular Jews.” Within the U.S. Latino community, on the other hand, many are secular Catholics, but they don’t go around calling themselves that. After all, they’re católicos. Trying to tell them that they’re not...
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Bilingual commentary: What Really Happens On A Clear Day

Bilingual commentary: What Really Happens On A Clear Day

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor As Christmas Day approaches, many of us focus on the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. But let’s not forget that Jesus was a revered teacher who grew in age and wisdom and tried to instruct us on our very essence as children with a divine legacy. We have been reminded of...
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December cover story: Holiday events add to the magic of the season

December cover story: Holiday events add to the magic of the season

Posadas (Dec. 11), La Pastorela (Dec. 19, 20) to be presented at El Presidio de Santa Barbara Historic Park From Amigos805 staff reports The public is invited to participate in Santa Barbara’s oldest Christmas traditions as the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) presents the 25th annual Una Noche de Las Posadas at...
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Bilingual commentary: The Anti-Islam Protesters

Bilingual commentary: The Anti-Islam Protesters

By David Magallanes/ Guest contributor Last week I wrote about the Golden Age of Islam (http://amigos805.com/bilingual-commentary-the-golden-age-of-islam)—the time during which Islam thrived and contributed to civilization in Europe and the Middle East. This week, we explore the grim experience of Muslims in our own country—specifically in Arizona—one thousand years later. This past Saturday, October 10, armed protesters...
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Bilingual commentary: The Golden Age of Islam

Bilingual commentary: The Golden Age of Islam

By David Magallanes/ Guest contributor In the midst of turbulence and social upheaval in the Middle East today, and with prejudicial hatred against Muslims increasing throughout our country, it is hard for us to comprehend a time in which Islam was highly respected throughout the civilized world for its contributions to science and mathematics. As a...
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