Posted by Michael Swickard on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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From KHOU-TV.com - by BRAD WATSON - RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - Every day students in Texas public schools pledge allegiance to the flags of the United States and Texas. But when a teacher in a Rio Grande Valley high school assigned students to stand and pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag and sing Mexico's national anthem, one student refused.The resulting controversy has one East Texas lawmaker wanting changes in the state's curriculum on how culture and patriotism are taught in schools. 15-year-old Brenda Brinsdon entered her sophomore year at McAllen ISD's Achieve Early College High School just wanting to do well in her classes.But in mid-September she got an unexpected lesson on personal conviction and taking on the system."I feel that I did what's right," Brinsdon said. "And I know what I did what's right [...] I'm going to stand my ground."Brinsdon said she stood her ground by staying seated when first-year Spanish 3 teacher Reyna Santos assigned her class to stand and recite Mexico's pledge of allegiance. Students stood with right arms straight out and palms down, which is how the school district says Mexicans say their pledge.Above Vicente Fox, former Mexican President demonstrates. Calling the lesson "un-American," Brinsdon recorded the class, which occurred the week of Mexico's Independence Day and also the 10th anniversary of 9/11.The teacher also told students to memorize and recite the the pledge individually.And when the time came for the part of the assignment to sing Mexico's national anthem, Brinsdon again refused.With that, Santos asked the class to stand and led the class in the anthem."I told her, I was like, 'I thought this was a Spanish class,'" Brinsdon recalled. "And she's like, 'Well, yeah it is, it's like, it's a cultural thing.' And so I was the only one that sat down." Brinsdon's father, William, backs his daughter. He said that reciting a pledge to any other nation has no place in public schools."What are we to do? Just lay down and let it happen?" Mr. Brinsdon said. "Or should we stand up for our country?"Santos couldn't be reached for comment.The school district declined several News 8 requests to interview someone with the district. Read more
capitolreportnewmexico.com -The failure of the so-called Super Committe to agree on deficit reductions isn’t just making news in Washington. “I don’t see any sudden change in spending,” state Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Deming) told Capitol Report New Mexico in an interview just moments after Democrats and Republicans in Washington announced they were giving up on bi-partisan negotiations. “They’re letting off the accelerator on spending. But the long-term results I think are going to be quite damaging to the state of New Mexico.” By not reaching an agreement on at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts, the committee leaves in place automatic reductions to the military that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta described Monday (Nov. 21) as “devastating, automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in the nation’s defense.” More News New Mexico
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newswest9.com -The decision to make the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species is supposed to be decided next month but two New Mexico Senators are trying to delay the ruling. The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the final say. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman recently sent a letter to the director asking him to temporarily halt his decision. The letter applauds the agency for extending the initial public comment period and for holding public hearings. The letter says the best scientific information is vital to the listing process. It also says the director has the authority to delay the decision if there's a dispute over the related scientific data. More News New Mexico
businessweek.com -New Mexico's retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees. The Educational Retirement Board voted Monday to recommend the proposals to the Legislature, which has to change state law to implement any pension revisions. More News New Mexico
therepublic.com -A Texas couple has been jailed on charges they tried to bribe a Border Patrol agent into letting them smuggle a family member and cocaine into the country. The U.S. Attorney's Office says FBI agents arrested 25-year-old Debbie Ayala of San Elizario, Texas, and 27-year-old David Rogelio Leyva of Socorro, Texas. Both were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center. Federal prosecutors allege the couple tried to offer $700 to $800 to the agent so they could smuggle Ayala's cousin from Mexico into New Mexico possibly through Deming last January. More News New Mexico
therepublic.com -New Mexico's permanent funds dropped in value by more than $1 billion during the past quarter because of a downturn in global financial markets. The latest report to the State Investment Council shows the Land Grant Permanent Fund had assets valued at $9.5 billion at the end of September, down more than a $1 billion from the previous quarter. More News New Mexico
foxnews.com -People crossing the southeastern Arizona desert caused at least 30 wildfires in a five year period, found the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress. A study by Congress’ investigative arm that shows investigators have linked 30 fires that erupted in a five-year period in Arizona’s border region to people who crossed into the United States illegally — a finding Sen. John McCain says backs up earlier statements he made about undocumented immigrants and wildfires. More News New Mexico
hotair.com -Two years ago, a group calling itself FOIA.org dumped a treasure trove of e-mails from climate-change advocates and researchers that revealed abundant evidence of data manipulation and dishonest attempts to silence and discredit critics. Called “Climategate,” the exposure greatly damaged the standing of the scientists involved and their public statements. Now the same group has celebrated the second anniversary of the Climategate release with another release of 5,000 e-mails, which have only begun to be parsed by interested bloggers. More News New Mexico
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Yesterday on NewsNM we spoke about current laws in 29 states that hold you financially responsible for your parents, these laws are known as filial laws which date back as far as 17th century England. Information on filial responsibility laws can be seen here and a list of each state that participates can be seen here.
From usatoday.com -Almost half the homeowners aided by the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program are in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut, based on preliminary figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As previously reported, the program closed to applicants on Sept. 30 with more than half of its $1 billion unspent. Leftover funds return to the U.S. Treasury. Not only was much money unspent, but what was spent exceeded targets in some states and was well below them in others. •Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut were initially allotted $179 million, but received $46 million more because they used up their initial funds, HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan says. Puerto Rico fared best. With funds to help 652 homeowners, it got 468 preliminary approvals, or 72%. More News New Mexico
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Thanksgiving is an American notion: a time to be thankful for that we have received. Each year for a brief moment in November we recognize how blessed we truly are and hopefully have a wealthy Thanksgiving.
Was my father wealthy? Perhaps he was because he was completely satisfied with what he had and did not lust after the possessions of his neighbors. He did not have more than some of his neighbors but he never seemed to notice. Every Thanksgiving was a wealthy time for him.