Bienvenidos otra vez a La Voz. This month of May marks one year since the shooting in Uvalde. It is a tragedy that is going to be with us for many years to come. As one person put it, va ser una mancha negra asi com como le teco a Dallas, Texas cuando mataron al Presidente Kennedy. What compounds this tragedy is the refusal of elected officials to do anything meaningful such as make it more difficult obtain a weapon of war. So far this year there have been more than 160 mass shootings.
What will it take to get the politicos to take action?
In light of all the shootings, it seems ludicrous to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I, for one find it extremely to take my mind off all the bad things that are happening around the country. Maybe it is just me. I don’t know.
In this issue of La Voz I want to call to your attention the passing of Vickie de la Rosa from Seguin, Texas. She was a major community activists in Seguin who started many projects and programs while at the same working for the Seguin Independent School District. Read her story on Page 5 and I am sure you will agree she made contributions to that community that will be around for a long time to come.
Another passing away. A man by the name of David Alvirez. I did not know him, but Dr. Rogelio Sáenz did and found it important to share his reflections. We agree with Dr. Sáenz that people who have been influential in one’s life a public reflection and comment. Our last comment in this editorial is about the story on Cinco de Mayo. As you will discover, there are three questions we wanted to address. What is Cinco de Mayo? Why do we celebrate it here in the United Status of America? Why should Black Americans celebrate this holiday? We believe the story on pages 12 and 13 will be most interesting.
Copyright 2023 by Alfredo Santos for La Voz newspaper.