News Column

A Tale of Two Parties

April 15, 2010

Dr. Jesus Chavarria, Editor, Publisher

Corner Office

A jobs bill has just been signed by the President. The House has called for a vote on health care legislation next Sunday. Legislation enacted by these two bills, among other things, could improve the economic and social quality of life in the nation. But that's only one party's point of view. The other party has a totally opposing view. So the two leading parties are locked in mortal combat, one promoting the legislation and the other engaged in whatever it takes to confound the vote. Is this what the founding fathers had in mind?

Anyone seeking quasi objective, factual information on the jobs or health care legislation would not look to Washington for transparency. Washington reeks of partisanship. Growing up I recall moderates having real say in both parties. That's gone. It's all out war between supposedly conservative and liberal mentalities. How long will this last? Keep in mind without bi-partisanship there can be no resolution of the runaway federal deficit. It is difficult to imagine a more intractable domestic challenge facing the nation.

In the meantime, life goes on. Americans continue coping with the economic realities, some doing better than others. Education is a great enabler in most societies. Certainly it plays that role in this country.

It is difficult to imagine the women presented in this issue's Woman of the Year cover story being a part of the story without their early commitments to excel in school. For all women presented annually in theWoman of the Year review of outstanding professional women, excelling in their schooling was the great enabler of their later success.

Certainly that's the case in the life of U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Indeed due to her experience with public education, she became a teacher and then a student of the field of education.

The Editorial Team at HispanicBusiness Media focused on Dr. Melendez's career in education, and selected her the 2010 Woman of the Year. They were swayed by her perspective on and expertise in the most decisive stages in the process of obtaining a public education: the years embracing pre-schooling, elementary and secondary education. Those years make up perhaps the most vulnerable parts of America's public education systems. Dr. Melendez aims to fix that.

The five finalists in this year's Woman of the Year review include:Ms. Alicia Abella, the executive director of the innovative services research department at AT&T; Ms. Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant U.S. attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Justice Department; Ms. Carmen Nazario, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Ms. Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

We are honored by the group of finalists in this year's Woman of the Year national review of outstanding Hispanic women.

As our readers will find, women in public service careers were particularly impressive in this year's review of outstanding Hispanic women.

Source: HispanicBusiness Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

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