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Charles Garcia, who has served in the administration of four presidents, of both parties, is CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a business focused on the Hispanic market. The book "Hispanics in the USA: Making History" chose him as one of 14 Hispanic role models for the nation. A native of Panama, he is the best selling author of two leadership books.

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Sheriff Donny Youngblood Should Be Held Accountable

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood is a disgrace to all the good men and women who wear the law enforcement uniform.

I believe he should be held criminally negligent, by his total failure of leadership, in the brutal deaths of Jose Lucero and David Silva.

Four Kern...

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Desecrating the Memory of César Chávez

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 4:49 PM

In 1971, César Chávez moved his home and the headquarters of the United Farm Workers union from Delano to La Paz, a property encompassing 187 acres in the Tehachapi Mountains of eastern Kern County, California. Kern is the fifth-largest county in California with nearly 50 percent of its...

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Jessica Landeros: Changing the Face of Combat Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 2:17 PM

To honor Memorial Day, I reached out to Jessica Landeros who is currently writing her memoir, Unidentified Fighting Object: How One Woman Changed Combat, and How Combat Changed Her. She and her husband Casey live outside Milwaukee with their two young children.

When Jessica Landeros raised her right hand and...

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Words Can Be Powerful Weapons

(22) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 8:00 PM

The terms "illegal immigrant" and "illegals" were first used in 1939 as slurs by the British toward Jews who were fleeing the Nazis and entering Palestine without authorization. Today, the racially charged terms are regularly leveled at people who reside in the United States without authorization, particularly Hispanics. What's worse,...

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Sharing a Bourbon and Branch Water with LBJ

(7) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:47 PM

For a young man, Air Force Major John Pustay had already accomplished a lot. The New Jersey native had served as a military officer in South Korea and Japan, earned a doctorate and taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Although only one military officer had made it into...

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Why Great Leaders Compromise

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:01 PM

A leader needs to learn the art of compromise. As former President Gerald Ford once said, "Compromise is the oil that makes governments go."

Retired Judge Nelson Diaz learned that effective leaders also know that compromise and loyalty go hand in hand. A White House Fellow during the Carter administration,...

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Latinos Locked Out of Fortune 1000 Boardrooms

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Latinos are the fastest growing purchasing bloc in the United States.

The Selig Center for Economic Growth estimates that the Latino community is projected to flex its purchasing muscle to the tune of $1.5 trillion dollars by 2015, up from $1.2 trillion today. To give you an idea, if you...

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Ann Coulter Is Wrong About Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Amid the mish-mash of potential presidential contenders at last weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference, pundit Ann Coulter didn't disappoint her supporters by brandishing once again the language of racialist politics.

It was no surprise that she used immigration reform to inflame the right. She has depicted Latinos as "a deluge...

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Separate the Real Role Models From the Fake

(18) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Finding a good mentor is a smart way to stay on track as your pursue your goals in life. And just as important, having a good role model will keep you inspired through your toughest challenges.

Although some athletes are excellent role models, I look for qualities beyond the ability...

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Learn to Shave on Someone Else's Face First

(7) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:58 PM

It is very important to have a mentor when you pursue your passion. With the right mentor, you can pursue your passion in any field, and avoid costly mistakes. Like my grandfather in Panama used to say: "Cuando aprendas afietarte, trata de aprender primero en la cara de otro," which...

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Give Immigrant Kids a Fair Shake

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Like a viper that slithers through the garden -- mostly unseen, menacing, dangerous -- a troubling trend is taking hold in this country, a movement to shake the foundations of what "born in the USA" means.

Wendy Ruiz was born in Miami in 1992. She graduated from a...

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Politicians Hammered by the NRA

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 9:30 AM

On July 20, many of us woke to the horrific images of the events that had unfolded in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded. In the wake of the tragedy, we don't simply wonder who or why, but also how?

Soon after, President...

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How Journalists Use Hate for Profit

(45) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:14 AM

Wetbacks. Beaners. Spics. Illegals. Illegal aliens. Illegal immigrants.

The brain hears: Undesirable. Repulsive. Un-American. Criminals. Invaders. Expel.

These hate words spread like a poison triggering fear and resentment that America is under attack and that we live in a dangerous place.

Few people know how to exploit the scientific advances...
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Why 'Illegal Immigrant' is a Slur

(236) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 9:31 AM

Last month's Supreme Court decision in the landmark Arizona immigration case was groundbreaking for what it omitted: the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," except when quoting other sources. The court's nonjudgmental language established a humanistic approach to our current restructuring of immigration policy.

When you label someone an "illegal...
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Marco Rubio's Deeds And Words Don't Match

(18) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 7:32 AM

How does Sen. Marco Rubio curry favor with Hispanic voters and at the same time burnish his tea party credentials?

Easy. By saying one thing and doing another.

On May 10, Rubio, a Florida Republican, attempted to reframe his Dream Act proposal to give special visas to children of undocumented...

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Was Columbus a Secret Jew?

(18) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 11:13 AM

Today marks the 508th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus.

Everybody knows the story of Columbus, right? He was an Italian explorer from Genoa who set sail in 1492 to enrich the Spanish monarchs with gold and spices from the orient. Not quite.

For too long, scholars have ignored...

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Is Castro Cuban-Americans' Hitler?

(180) Comments | Posted April 14, 2012 | 6:47 AM

Last week, in his first days at his new job as manager of the Miami Marlins, Venezuelan-born Ozzie Guillen said to Time magazine, "I love Fidel Castro," adding "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother------ is...

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Marco Rubio Needs A 'Nixon In China' Moment

(63) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, should meditate on the Vulcan proverb quoted by Spock in "Star Trek VI": "Only Nixon could go to China."

Spock's point was that Captain Kirk, who was the most anti-Klingon adversary in the Federation, would actually prove to be the toughest -- and most...

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Imagine a Day Without a Mexican

(286) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 11:30 AM

One day, California wakes up and every single Latino has inexplicably disappeared. No business owner, doctor, nurse, soldier, teacher, entertainer, athlete or politician can be found. No bus driver, farm worker, cook, gardener or nanny. All gone. California -- the ninth largest economy in the world -- grinds to a...

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How Obama Could Win In A Landslide

(227) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 8:59 AM

TIME magazine's cover story, which hit the newsstand Thursday, argues that Latino voters will cast the deciding vote in the upcoming election.

After watching the Republican candidates lock the kryptonite that is the immigration issue around their necks during the Arizona debate, my bet is that President Barack...

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