Transcription 1 More details on what s driving the proposed water rate increase, including a new well, equipment and rising operating costs. See story page 6 volume xxxii Number 11 Sunriver Recycling Center: The site at the Sunriver Public Works yard has been a Deschutes County dropoff recycle station for 10 years, but since a location in the Business Park closed last year the site has seen an enormous increase in use and abuse. We spend a couple hours every morning just picking things up, said Lisa Mac Donald, Public Works director.
They've got it all wrong. It's not about celebrating a victory in a battle on the Fifth of May inin the City of Puebla, in the country of Mexico. It's not about honoring poor and untrained peasants who, though far out-numbered, defeated soldiers from what was then the greatest military force in the world, the French army.
No, it is not about that, and it is not about recent immigrants, either. It is about those of us who were born here, whose parents, grandparents, and great grandparents came to this country long, long ago. It is about us as American citizens who have been marginalized socially and economically, a people who have had to wrench their rights and privileges from an unwilling populace through the force of law.
It is about those of us who, until only the most recent of times, were not included in this country's history books. We celebrate the Cinco de Mayo, not in recognition of a battle in another nation, but to battle for recognition in this nation—recognition that we are equal to all others in intellect and goodness, that we represent a positive element in American Society.
We seek recognition so that our children's potential will be allowed to flourish, that we will be given equal opportunity in the workforce and leadership of this nation, goals that statistics confirm we have not yet achieved.
Finally, we connect to a battle in the history of our forefathers because we need appreciation for the contribution we have made to this country.
For cxample, when we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, our local newspaper observed that day by publishing four full pages of stories about men who served in Vietnam. I didn't find a single Sanchez, Lopez, Gonzales.
We are all familiar with the Vietnam War Statistics, that nearly 60, men and women lost their lives in the battlefields of that country, that nearly one in every five of those combatants was a Hispanic soldier.
Recognition of the Hispanic contribution to the Vietnam War would have taken nothing from the recognition given to other war heroes. What is reported in today's press is significant because today's newspaper article is tomorrow's historical document.
If today's periodicals mention only the crimes Hispanics commit and the failures they experience, that is all that the world will know about us. If our deeds are not applauded, if our achievements are not celebrated, if our contribution to this nation is not lauded today, our grandchildren will have nothing to honor about us tomorrow.
We celebrate Cinco de Mayo because we have a need for heroes, not just because heroes do great and glorious things, but because we see them as people like us.
In finding commonalties with them, we draw courage, inspiration, and a belief in ourselves as worthy human beings. So, we reach back a century and a half. We reach south 2, miles, south to the heroes of another nation, of another time. We connect to the weak and the brave in a place far away in a moment long ago, for we see in their struggle and in their victory something within us, the potential for victory against great odds, the potential to contribute historically, significantly to this nation.
Our battle for recognition is not easy. There are those who suggest that Hispanics are unpatriotic, that we are not loyal Americans because on this day, we wave a flag from another country.
Such people must be reminded that there is no disloyalty to this nation in honoring our roots in the same way Irish Americans do on St.
Patrick's Day and that German Americans do during Octoberfest. All Americans must recognize that what makes this nation great is that it is, and we are, red, white, blue—and brown, and that no group's loyalty to this country is minimized by celebrating its heritage.
My family, like yours, exemplifies this. My husband, Tom Rivera, was born 71 years ago. In the same house in which his father was born.
In the United States. Yet, to many of our neighbors, we are and always will be their "Mexican"' neighbors. I ask, and we should all ask, how many generations must we produce in order for our people to be considered real, full Americans?
As long as we are not viewed as such, we will neither be the neighbor of choice nor the coveted employee. If Hispanics are to achieve recognition in this nation, I believe that we must achieve three goals.
First, we must learn to like ourselves. People who do not like themselves, who have no respect for their own kind, allow themselves to be trampled. America has a history of giving disenfranchised people equal treatment only as a result of being forced to do so by this nation's courts.
Unless we respect ourselves enough to speak up for ourselves, we will not fully enjoy the fruits of American citizenship.
Self-love begins by touching our past. We should learn how our forefathers came to this nation, the struggles they endured, the sacrifices they made. We would be wise to visit the land of our ancestors, plant our feet where they once walked, bathe in the rivers that watered their crops. It is through the touching of our past that we acquire the knowledge that leads to self-esteem.
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