My turn: Baby names show Hispanics assimilating

No way Jose, but how about Jacob? It doesn’t have the same ring, but according to The Social Security Administration, for the first time since 1972 (with the exception of one year), the name Jose fell from the No. 1 spot for Hispanic baby boys, even in Texas, where Jose’s been top since 1996. Where [...]

Their view: Hispanics give more than fair share

And here’s another response to Geni Flores’ commentary in the July 11 PNT. This comes from Portales’ Kirby Rowan:

Their view: Hispanics should be proud of heritage

Portales’ Geni Flores had this to say about last Sunday’s letter to the editor from Bill Cathey of Dora:

My Turn: Uncle Nacho testament to biculturalism

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My uncle Ignacio passed away recently. Like many Hispanics with the same name, Ignacio was nicknamed “Nacho.” After moving to San Angelo, Texas, though, he suddenly became “Nash.” That was the name embroidered on his shirt. I laughed, but Uncle Nacho was serious. His co-workers called him Nash, and so [...]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center [...]

Voting critical part of being heard

By Helena Rodriguez I cast my vote in the New Mexico caucus last week and, if we’re lucky, we may finally learn the results today — only a week-and-a-half after the fact. New Mexico will be the last of the Super Tuesday states to announce results from the Feb. 5 balloting. If we Nuevo Mejicanos [...]

Population shift could change job market

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any [...]

Summit leaders trying to instill hope, pride in young Latinos

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hope. Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill that in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 high school students from Portales High School, Clovis High School, West [...]

MLK a day to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth [...]

Hispanics still underrepresented in television

Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. How about a Hispanic Bob Villa? Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, [...]