By Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz
32nd Senatorial District Bronx County, New York
The year 2011 has been one of ups and downs for our community: we have endured political scandals; Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget has practically eliminated programs and services for the needy in our community; marriage between men with men and women with women was imposed on our people; an extreme sex education curriculum has been introduced into the public schools of the city of New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and the elimination of the use of the public schools by churches for worship and service to our Lord. These are among some of the many and most important events of the year 2011.
On the other hand our community has grown in sports, in the sciences, in the arts, in music and above all else, according to the 2010 census- in numbers.
In this new year, I want to wish my friends and my enemies prosperity. May the Lord keep and protect them, and bless them and their loved ones with health.
For some people, I have special wishes for the New Year:
For Gerson Borrero, May he find a job where he can survive because wherever he goes, they fire him or he has problems.
For Ruben Diaz Jr., May The Three Kings put under his bed news that his ambitions are on the right track.
For, El Pacha, May he stop feeding so much food to the Pachasitos, he is going to give them an upset stomach
For, Wadoman, May the Administration of Univision or Telemundo open their eyes and see the talent that they have lost in Wadoman.
For, Luis Sepulveda, Esq., When he makes it to the State Assembly, may he not forget Wadoman and the values we have taught him.
For, Assemblyman Nelson Castro, May he learn to honor and keep his word. All a person has is his word, and when the person sell or compromises their word, they lose all credibility and become the laughing stock of their colleagues.
For, Dr. Hector Chiesa, May the New Year bring him the partner of his dreams and may he have many Chiesitos.
For, Dr. Kittim Silva, May he continue writing books and hitting Satan over the head.
For, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, May he always stand in defense of the community, the poor even when the Speaker and his colleagues reject his position.
For, President Barack Obama, May he fulfill his promises to immigrants and resolve their problems with their immigration’s status. May he stop the destruction and separation of families who suffer with so many deportations and above all else, that once and for all, may he stop blaming President Bush and accept his responsibility.
And my wish for myself: that the New Year grant me, Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change things I can and wisdom in order to know the difference.
This is what you should know, and I am the Rev. Senator Rubén Díaz.