Politics, Moderate



Adios to a Vulgar TV Show

CHICAGO -- "Sabado Gigante," a Spanish-language variety show on Univision, will end this September after an astounding 53 years on the air.

It has been the biggest TV phenomenon most non-Spanish speakers have never heard of, and it has been a fixture in Hispanic households since the show -- the title means "Giant Saturday" -- started airing in ...Read more

The dubbers of 'Desperate Housewives'

CHICAGO -- The highest compliment I can pay "Now En Espanol," a new documentary about the actresses who dubbed "Desperate Housewives" into Spanish, is that you don't have to even like the Wisteria Lane melodrama to be fascinated by the women who brought the characters to life for Spanish speakers.

Premiering April 24 on "VOCES," Latino Public ...Read more

What Happens in Latin America Should Be Reported

CHICAGO -- Here's a shocking news story you probably haven't heard about: American soldiers and contractors based in Colombia are alleged to have sexually assaulted dozens of young girls between 2003 and 2007, with some of the attacks being taped and sold as pornography.

These accusations were included in an 800-page report released in February...Read more

A Shock Talk on Kids and Alcohol

CHICAGO -- An altercation was rising in the living room where my two teen sons were getting on each other's nerves near the end of a weekend of marathon TV-watching.

I was summoned by my older son, who needed the voice of reason to prevail in an argument he was having with his kid brother:

"Mom," he whined, "Come in here and tell him that ...Read more

Free trade's Unhealthy Impact

CHICAGO -- Speaking recently at an economic forum, Richard Trumka, the outspoken president of the AFL-CIO, asked this about free trade: "Is our trade policy working for America's workers and for our nation as a whole? And the simple answer to that question right now is no, it isn't."

Trumka was addressing the controversial Trans-Pacific ...Read more

Save Our Boys

CHICAGO -- I just finished reading "Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men," written by Dr. Leonard Sax after years of seeing sullen boys in his medical practice fail to thrive.

"From kindergarten to college, [boys are] less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere ...Read more

Turning Out the Hispanic Vote

CHICAGO -- We've said it before, we'll say it again: Hispanics show poorly at the polls.

According to a new analysis by Latino Decisions, a Hispanic political research organization, the 2014 midterm elections -- when Republicans took control of the Senate -- saw generally low voter turnout. But among Latino registered voters, it was even lower....Read more

The Driving Force of Hispanic Audiences

CHICAGO -- Gina Rodriguez, the star of "Jane The Virgin," recently issued a call to action for Hispanics who bemoan the lack of diversity in Hollywood: She wants us to watch more shows starring Hispanic characters.

The Golden Globe-winning actress told Fox News Latino that Hispanic representation in TV and films is still lacking. "I do think ...Read more

Written All Over Ted Cruz's Face

CHICAGO -- Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, native of Canada, junior senator of Texas and lover of Wagner, has thrown his hat into the ring to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election.

But it's not his hat that many recoil from so much as it is the head beneath it. Let's talk about the elephant in Ted Cruz's presidential campaign: ...Read more

An Ode to The Joy of Inspired Teaching

CHICAGO -- Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, made the following bold statement in response to a student's wondering about why anyone should give a hoot about Beethoven:

"You must know Beethoven's music because no one has ...Read more

Reading beyond the chili peppers

CHICAGO -- The Economist's recent special report on Hispanics has stoked Latino ire with a cover featuring the stars and stripes composed of denim, stars and red hot chili peppers.

The magazine is an unabashedly cheeky publication -- as likely to title an article about quantitative easing after a Britney Spears song "Hit me baby one more time,"...Read more

Skip the 'Hot Dogs & Croissants'

CHICAGO -- When I finally arrived home from my Saturday morning grocery odyssey, I found that, again, a heavy jar had been bagged with my tomatoes and apples, bruising them. Thus began an economics-of-good-eating discussion with my son.

"These three apples cost $6.50, and I lovingly placed them on the conveyor belt along with the tomatoes, ...Read more

The Mirage of the Rainbow Coalition

CHICAGO -- Hispanic pundits are wondering whether the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by Pasco police in Washington state will truly be what The New York Times called Hispanics' "'Ferguson' moment" -- a national protest against police aggression toward Hispanics.

Even more thought-provoking is the question of why the big national Latino ...Read more

Reading About China, Learning About Ourselves

CHICAGO -- Through a bit of serendipity I ended up reading Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth" and Evan Osnos' "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" one right after the other.

What emerged is that throughout time and across continents, human strivings and sorrows are far more similar than we may acknowledge.

"The ...Read more

Helping a Teenager Get Started

CHICAGO -- As I walk through the valley of teen unemployment with my 16-year-old son, I thought I'd offer readers an update on a young man I wrote about in a past column.

In October 2011, I reported being curled up in an armchair at my local coffee shop when a teenage boy took a seat at the table next to me and commenced one of the worst job ...Read more

The Importance of Chicago's Latino Vote

CHICAGO -- Who would have thought that something as seemingly inevitable as the re-election of Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago would thrust Hispanics into the national spotlight?

Four outspent, outgunned challengers forced President Obama's former right-hand man into a mayoral runoff, the first the city has ever had. And Chicagoans are left ...Read more

Changing Our Eating Habits, Within Reason

CHICAGO -- Now that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has dropped high-cholesterol foods like eggs and shrimp off its naughty list, it's time to completely revise our way of eating.

And in addition to giving the green light to these foods, the panel of experts who revised the eating guidelines took dead aim at sugar.

For the first time...Read more

The Captain of My Family's Ship

CHICAGO -- Every descendant of immigrants eventually goes through a moment of disconnection when the person who initiated their family's move to this country dies.

It is the moment when a family's origin story becomes just that -- no longer a living fact, but a story. After the passing of a trailblazing loved one, the story feels crucial to ...Read more

Migrants Pay a Heavy Toll

CHICAGO -- Like all migrants, the estimated 5 million blacks from the Deep South who moved north during the Great Migration were seeking a better life. Many of them found it -- but got fewer years of it in the process.

This previously unknown phenomenon was recently uncovered by a group of economists in a study led by Duke University. They ...Read more

Taking the Joy Out of School

CHICAGO -- You know public education has jumped the track when you see your own children show an ever-growing distaste for their studies.

My 13-year-old comes home despondent about what he's up against. Venting about his English class' line-by-painful-line dissection of Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What ...Read more


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