Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017

"If you Pledge Alligence to this Flag, then you love this country, you accept the good and the bad. It does not matter what race, color, or creed you are. You are American and you fight for our country. You protect her from all enemies, foreign and domestic. You defend our Democracy til your last breath. It is our privilege to live here. The Founders believed, and so do I, that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." 

There are some that are saying, why? Why should we honor a country that enslaved black people, slaughtered natives, stole land from Mexicans, put Japanese in internment camps, and list goes on. The history of this country has not been pretty. Forming a perfect union continues to be hard. But it is us, you and me, who set the path. We are "by the people, for the people". We elect our representatives. And each time we do, we set a direction, and we hope or not, to follow. What happened in the past was horrible! The country did aweful things none of us are proud of. But the people have to make sure that never happens again. Every protest, every legal battle, every phone call, and every post on FB, the People guide this country. I beleive in the People. There is good there.

Happy Independence Day everyone. - July 4, 1776

Sunday, February 26, 2017

So called Hispanic Leader

I originally published this blog on August 15, 2010.  Republishing

Recently I had an opportunity to appear as a guest on KCRS AM550. On my way to the studio I was tuning into the show. To my surprise the callers were calling in about possible guests to discuss Immigration. Names were tossed around. Sheriff's, political figures, border patrol, etc. Then one caller suggested Shane Marler and the "so called local Hispanic leader Art Leal."
I want to clarify that I have never proclaimed myself as a Hispanic leader. This is not the first time I have heard someone say that I am the "so called" anything. Jason Moore, the "so called" Citizen Watchdog, referred to me as the "so called Community Organizer." So just to be clear. I do not self proclaim to be the leader of any specific segment of the community. I try to be an advocate when I can, and speak for or against issues of importance.

I appreciate the compliment. The sound bite is attached.

All the best,


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The cost of being wrong

What is the cost of being wrong? Since January things as we knew them for the past few years started changing.  Today as I took my stroll at lunch, I pondered.  Many of the things that are meant to protect us as people are now being thrown to the wayside.  In my eyes these things made sense. They are things important to our climate.  Things important to our way of life.  Things to make sure we are not exploited for financial gain.  Things that overall are meant to protect the little guy.  I am trying really hard not make this political.  Anyone who follows the news knows what I am talking about.  So I ponder;  they say, things will be better when they're gone.  But I don't really feel comfortable with that.  There was a good reason for them in the first place, right?  Now I wonder what will be the cost of not having them?  Will I really be affected? Or will it be for some future generation to worry about?  It is very troubling what is happening lately.  Thinking about it is very depressing.  Avoiding it, I feel guilty.  Not saying anything makes me feel even worse.  I believe the cost will be painful but I know it will not be permanent.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Buddy Check 22

SHARE: Buddy Check 22 is the 22nd of each month and a day to pick up the phone and call a veteran that you know and check in on them to hopefully change the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide each day.  The best part...you don't have to go ANYWHERE to help our heroes who need us most now.  If you are on Facebook, invite your friends, have them invite theirs, and be part of something that may just save a life by simply posting "How are you?" to your veteran friend's wall.  Or email your veteran friend.  Its 2 minutes out of your day.  Every veteran deserves to know we still care about them.  SHARE