From the Editor

From the Editor

November Is Getting Close

Eduardo Stanley

It’s little wonder so many people are fed up with politicians. And that’s a bipartisan thing. Take, for example, the president’s recent grandiose announcement about providing humanitarian assistance—mainly food—to Palestinians under siege in Gaza, while at the same time providing large amounts of weapons and ammo to Israel. This is incredibly hypocritical, to say the least.

Joe Biden’s approach to the events in Gaza—when thousands of people around the globe are demanding a ceasefire—is cynical and will cost Democrats a significant number of votes in November.

On the other side, during Trump’s criminal hush-money trial in New York, witnesses talked openly and in explicit detail about a sexual encounter between the former president and now presidential candidate with an adult film actress. What a show! I wonder what Trump’s current wife might feel or think.

In any case, this is not a good moral example for our youth. Coming from a person who belongs to the Republican Party, which pretends to defend “family values” and pushes for legislation against abortion because it’s against the “precious life” of potential or future babies, it seems extremely cynical.

But this is what we’ve got. Our options are bad and worse. Our political system isn’t really democratic—and let’s not talk about that obsolete institution called the Electoral College or how six conservative judges at the Supreme Court make decisions affecting millions of citizens.

So, how are you going to vote next November? It seems like a simple question but…

Voting for Biden means keeping the same old vicious police attitude of military interventions around the world and the endless weapons-for-sale to “our friends.” In short, Biden represents the Cold War at its best—and don’t forget that now we have a “new” enemy, China, a situation that is helping Washington to maintain its militaristic behavior.

On the other hand, voting for Trump… Wait a minute, this sounds like a bad joke. How can a person who is facing so many indictments and accusations, who was forced to pay a multimillion dollar fine for fraudulent business practices (remember Trump University), who has failed in many business ventures, and is a bully, a misogynist and so many other things—not one good—be a candidate to the White House? Obviously, he wants to be the U.S. president because he wants the immunity to avoid more trials and the power to take revenge against his “enemies.”

Trump’s candidacy speaks volumes about our broken electoral system.

The options aren’t good, but a responsible citizenry can’t allow Trump to become president.

And not voting isn’t an option—lots of young people have expressed that they won’t vote, which is a serious concern.

The next election is crucial. Although there is not a good candidate, we must not install a dictator as president and become a banana republic.

Till next month.


  • Eduardo Stanley

    Eduardo Stanley is the editor of the Community Alliance newspaper, a freelance journalist for several Latino media outlets and a Spanish-language radio show host at KFCF in Fresno. He is also a photographer. To learn more about his work, visit

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