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Get Out & Give Back: The Invisible Woman

The worst part about our vacation to Cuzco, Peru, last month was tolerating the street vendors who were always pestering us to buy something. Every time we left our hotel or a tour bus or a tourist site, we were bombarded with offers from poorly dressed, weathered looking women or children to buy sweaters, blankets or rugs, all promising that these identical-looking items were handmade and original.

Finding a restaurant without interruption was even worse. For the first time in our lives we knew how Britney Spears must feel being trailed constantly by the paparazzi. Every time we came near a restaurant, waiters would run up to us, three at a time, shoving English-language (how did they know?) menus in our faces and extolling the virtues of sautéed alpaca or fried guinea pig. My husband learned that saying, “No thank you. Maybe later” would bring us some temporary peace, at least until the next vendor saw us coming. I just trudged ahead, head down, annoyed at the continual inconvenience.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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We’ll take your huddled masses, but get a job first

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain says the focus on illegal immigration during the Republican primary season harmed his party’s image among Hispanics.

Speaking to reporters in Phoenix on Cinco de Mayo, McCain said that Hispanic citizens want America’s borders secured and illegal immigrants to be treated humanely.

He says low-income Hispanic citizens are vulnerable to losing their jobs to the lower wages accepted by illegal immigrants.

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Who watches the watchdog?

I can’t help but wonder what the atmosphere is like in the office of Attorney General Marc Dann now that the interrogation lights have been switched on there and directed toward him.

He has admitted to a romantic relationship with a female staffer, two ranking employees in his office have lost their jobs recently in connection with sexual harassment allegations and more investigations are being considered ranging from more sexual complaints to credit card and state vehicle uses. It reads like a movie synopsis and it doesn’t get any prettier.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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