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Cultural Diversity and the Holidays: Left of Center View

I had originally intended to write my usual liberal rant on the commercialization of the holidays. The miracle of three middle east leaders coming together under a common cause, angels, savior’s birth, etc., and all we focus on is that fact that they brought gifts. You know that sort of thing. But then this past Saturday, while attending a hockey game in San Jose, California, one of my oldest and dearest friends collapsed and had to be taken from the arena in an ambulance.

He had his cell phone with him, so by the time we finally arrived at the hospital ourselves an hour later we already knew that he was fine and just needed to be rehydrated. Looking around the Emergency Room waiting area at the hundred plus people who had been yanked from their various holiday celebrations, I was reminded of a Christmas Eve from my own childhood and the phone call we received from the hospital informing us that my father had passed. Fortunately it turned out to be just another in the series of mistakes they had made, but I will never forget the feeling of the worst of news at the happiest time of year.

We may speak different languages. We may have different customs and costumes but we all have families of some sort or another. Rather than argue about which story to celebrate with what ceremony, let us all agree that the holidays should be a time for family. Let’s all take a time out from politics and pettiness, just for the week.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go call my father and see if he is available for dinner this evening.


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Cultural Diversity and the Holidays: Right of Center View

The holidays are different things to different people. For some the holidays seem to be an opportunity to point out all of the “evils” of religion and how celebrating one holiday or another excludes this person or that. The truth is, if it weren’t for those religions we wouldn’t have the holidays and these days would be just days of the week.

When we celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Ramadan or any other religious holiday we should be allowed to share our joy of the season with others without fear of reproach. If you want to say “Happy Hanukkah” to me even though I was raised Christian, I won’t take offense and neither should you take offense if I say “Merry Christmas” to you as a Jew. It’s not an insult; it’s a blessing and prayer for you that your season is a happy one.

In these tough times it can be hard to remember that the holidays are supposed to be about sharing and caring about our families and fellow man. Whether you follow the teachings of Christ or Buddha, whether you are a child of Moses or Muhammad, you are entitled to be given respect as long as you show respect for others. For those who believe in not believing, they can happily decline to celebrate all holidays but they should not have the right to tell us not to celebrate our beliefs.

That being said, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and joyous holiday season no matter what holiday it might be for you. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you celebrate you will also find it in your heart to wish everyone everywhere all the joy the season has to offer.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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