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Bilingual commentary: Taking Back Our Country

Bilingual commentary: Taking Back Our Country

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes I look across the political landscape outside the window of my experience and I sometimes see a country I don’t even recognize anymore. I see a nation roiling like boiling water, a nation not at peace with itself, a great nation in pain, challenged by the...
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Bilingual commentary: Adjusting Education for the New Economy

Bilingual commentary: Adjusting Education for the New Economy

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Perhaps we need to re-think the entire approach to high school and college education as a new economic age dawns on the millennial generation beginning to enter the work force. Our curriculum has often been geared to preparing students for the traditional world of work. That...
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Bilingual commentary: Taking a Knee in the Land of the Free

Bilingual commentary: Taking a Knee in the Land of the Free

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Much has been said these past few weeks regarding the NFL players who “take a knee” during the national anthem. The controversy was inflamed by President Trump, who has far more important things to contend with, when he attempted to stir up his base with his...
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Bilingual commentary: A Requiem for Classical Music?

Bilingual commentary: A Requiem for Classical Music?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes This past Sunday, along with other aficionados who filled the First United Methodist Church in Ventura, I attended a concert of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (“CHICO”). The classical music was as intriguing and musically dramatic as so many of the pieces that I’ve listened to...
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Bilingual commentary: Highway 101 Congestion Conundrum

Bilingual commentary: Highway 101 Congestion Conundrum

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Many of us have been around long enough to remember when Highway 101 in Ventura County had a mere two lanes in each direction. It was painstakingly widened to three lanes, but those lanes promptly filled up over the years, and we’re right back where we...
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Bilingual commentary: What “Hot Felons” Can Teach Us

Bilingual commentary: What “Hot Felons” Can Teach Us

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Mekhi Alante Lucky likely never imagined his life would take the turn that it did. What might have started to be a regular cycle of visits to the jails and prisons as an inmate instead became an opportunity to showcase the gift that he had been...
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Bilingual commentary: Reactions to the Homeless

Bilingual commentary: Reactions to the Homeless

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes It was like being at a cocktail party, listening to an animated, passionate conversation among a group of people about a “hot button” topic: the homeless. But I wasn’t actually at a party. Rather, I am part of an Internet social media network for people in...
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Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers

Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Recently, the unfortunate residents of south Texas and then south Florida knew that storms were brewing and growing before they struck. Similarly, this country’s DREAMers, who had been afforded protection from deportation and other benefits under the Obama administration, could see the dark clouds gathering the...
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Bilingual commentary: The Bridal Veil

Bilingual commentary: The Bridal Veil

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Often, what is considered “acceptable,” or “the way things are done,” has disturbing sexist backdrops. But customs that were once instituted to suppress and limit women are so tightly woven into our Western culture, our way of life and our thinking that we scarcely take note....
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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: “Fire and Fury”

Bilingual commentary: “Fire and Fury”

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local 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 President Trump’s recent threats of “fire and fury” may have...
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Bilingual commentary: Diamonds Beneath Our Feet

Bilingual commentary: Diamonds Beneath Our Feet

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local 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 Russell Conwell (1843 – 1925) was a gifted American. He...
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Bilingual commentary: The Country Loves Him?

Bilingual commentary: The Country Loves Him?

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local 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 Eric Trump, third child and second son of President Donald...
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Bilingual commentary: Are Those Planets or Are Those Stars?

Bilingual commentary: Are Those Planets or Are Those Stars?

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local 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 One night back when I was about 7 years old,...
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Bilingual commentary: Education — An Accelerating Divide

Bilingual commentary: Education — An Accelerating Divide

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local 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 An article* earlier this month provided an item from a...
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