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[OP-ED]: Deficits forever?

 07/20/2017 - 12:15
The federal budget remains badly out of whack, even though we are near or at “full employment” (June unemployment rate: 4.4 percent). We cannot afford tax cuts; we need tax increases.

House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:57am

[OP-ED]: Heroin Corridor Cleanup – Is City Hall Addicted to Exclusion?

 07/19/2017 - 10:54
The train-tracks in  the area between Kensington Av. and Fairhill is known as “El Campamento”. The City of Philadelphia and Conrail signed an agreement in June to clean and seal this place. The company’s deadline is schedule on to July 31st. File AL DÍA News

Disappointment is how Louis Cruz described his reaction to the closed door he encountered when he sought work for his company on the project City Hall and Conrail proudly announced recently to cleanup a section of railroad tracks in West Kensington where a filthy heroin abuse corridor has festered for nearly twenty years.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 8:45am

[OP-ED]: La limpieza del corredor de la heroína - ¿Tenemos una administración municipal adicta a la exclusión?

 07/19/2017 - 09:25
Los predios a lado y lado de la vía férrea, entre Kensington y Fairhill se convirtieron en “el campamento” de drogadictos más grande de la costa Este de EEUU. A medidados de junio la alcaldía y Conrail firmaron un acuerdo para limpiar el lugar. Conrail, la empresa propietaria del lugar, tiene plazo hasta el 31 de julio para sellarlo. Archivo AL DÍA News.

Desencantado. Así se sintió Luis Cruz al ver que su empresa no tendrá ninguna opción de ser contratada para realizar alguno de los trabajos vinculados al proyecto conuunto de la alcaldía y la empresa Conrail para limpiar un tramo de la vía férrea a su paso por West Kensignton, más conocido como el corredor de la heroína o “El Campamento” de Filadelfia. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 8:45am

Mexico, Sweet Mexico

 07/19/2017 - 03:11
Mexican candies, as seen in this photo of July 12, 2017, are not only a regional and national gastronomic tradition, since their mestizo heritage from the days of the Spanish Conquest also makes them a part of history. EFE/Mario Guzman

A wide variety of regional products make up Mexico's traditional confectionary, with the use of different fruits marking the state identity of each candy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 3:07am
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In Search of the Maya World: From Central America to Philadelphia

 06/27/2017 - 14:26
Gallery of archaeological pieces of Mayan culture exhibited at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Supplied UPEnn

One of the most intriguing mysteries of Latin American culture is what happened to the Maya civilization. How come after over 3,000 years of history, from about 2, 500 BC to 950 AD, most of the glorious Maya centers in Mesoamerica were abandoned? Before the arrival of the Europeans in the 1500’s magnificent cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras had all but disappeared; left uninhabited, they were covered by thick jungle growth, hidden throughout the mountains and the lowlands. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 1:15pm
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