Bonnie Raitt's hit song, "Something to talk about" said it.
The feeling of community patriotic pride reigned when reading the articles in the Caller-Times about one of our own. The topic was celebrations honoring our historic event: the first Hispanic state holiday.
The commemorations overflowed from Dr. Hector P. Garcia's hometown public schools to Robstown's Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds G.I. Forum celebration.
State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, was the man with a plan who wrote the bill. The result was the first state holiday honoring our civil rights leader Dr. Hector P. Garcia. The caliber of American citizens that these two men represent has to be shared with all our youths.
Less we forget, something as simple and profound as the choice of cemetery for a war hero was denied to Hispanics 50 years ago. In 1949, the challenge was at Three Rivers funeral home and cemetery for the burial services of U.S. Army Pvt. Felix Z. Longoria, a war casualty.
Dr. Garcia was the advocate that led necessary organized actions to make it possible to have the same privileges that non-Hispanics citizens benefit from and take for granted.
At 13.5 percent of the United States population of 302 million people, we Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic minority group. That relates to the dynamic balance of a population with regard to density and capacity for expansion or decline. For Hispanics it means we will keep on growing in numbers and influence in this country.
Hispanics are faithfully patriotic. I speak as a surviving U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. We give our lives protecting our country with honorable military service in higher percentages than our actual population. The numbers in the U.S. Marines (17.31 percent) and U.S. Navy (16.62 percent) prove it, according to the 30th annual Department of Defense report.
Japan and some European countries expect to lose population in the next few decades. On the other hand, Hispanics, because of our increasing population, will help provide enough young people entering the workforce to support our aging populations. That is a good thing.
Studies show that Hispanic teens are more likely to be at risk for skin cancer, and less likely to protect themselves from the sun. Researchers also have found that Hispanics have a higher rate of heart disease. Prevention is the key, specifically, by losing weight, reducing salt consumption and exercising.
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