Monthly Archives: June 2016

Orlando on Edge after Massacre

When a fight broke out early Saturday afternoon at the Vineland Premium Outlets in south Orlando people thought they heard shots, panicked and ran for cover. One of them was my younger sister, who called my husband and daughter in a panic, thinking something bad was about to happen in Orlando […]

Latinas Translate for Victims’ Families

After the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, friends started asking friends, “What can I do?” A group of Latinas, some of them mental health counselors, got together to provide grief counseling and translation services to the families of victims awaiting news about their loved ones at the Hampton Inn […]

Osceola County Has Most Latino Political Candidates

Osceola County has the most Latinos running for local office, a reflection of the coming of age of the Hispanic population as well as a steep rise in its population. Of the approximately 42 Hispanics who are running for office in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, half are in […]

Sanders’ Florida-Puerto Rico Strategy Goes Bust

Bernie Sander’s Florida-Puerto Rico primary vote-getting strategy was a bust. Not only did the Democratic presidential candidate not win the Florida primary last March, but he lost by a big margin – 33 percent to 64 percent for Hillary Clinton, now considered the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. And not only […]

Puerto Rico Crisis Offers Business Opportunities

Every fiasco creates opportunity, if people care to look carefully. That was the message of a panel discussion about the Puerto Rico financial crisis held this week at the Hispanic Business Conference and Expo in Orlando. The island’s many problems are known to Central Floridians, tens of thousands of whom […]