Esther Cepeda

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Cepeda: An ode to the joy of inspired, and inspiring, teaching

By Esther Cepeda March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, made the following bold statement in response to a student's wondering about why anyone should give a hoot about Beethoven:

Cepeda: Paid sick leave for workers an economical, healthy step

By Esther Cepeda February 5, 2015 6 a.m.

There are many excellent reasons to agree that President Obama's proposal to allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave a year is a good idea. And a majority of the American public agrees with the president that paid sick time — which most white-collar workers already enjoy — should be available to all workers.

Cepeda: The American Dream might be down, but it's not out

By Esther Cepeda December 29, 2014 6 a.m.

There was a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song that came out in 1988 called "American Dream." It had a catchy tune but as a 14-year-old, I recoiled from it because it was so negative.

Cepeda: Discrimination discussions put Latinos in tough spot

By Esther Cepeda December 22, 2014 6 a.m.

I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven't done anything wrong.

Cepeda: Is technology unintentionally making us ignorant?

By Esther Cepeda November 6, 2014 6 a.m.

A decade ago, when I was a graduate student in teacher training, a frightening thing came from an accomplished and generally excellent professor.

Cepeda: Hispanic voters urged to declare their independence

By Esther Cepeda October 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Hispanics contemplating the upcoming elections must be wondering: "What now?"

Cepeda: Not all Hispanics hold same opinion on immigration

By Esther Cepeda October 1, 2014 6 a.m.

"Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night," the satirical news site pocho.com deadpanned earlier this month. " 'I'll never be able to please anybody. … The truth is it's ridiculous to expect one person to be able to speak for millions from diverse backgrounds, geopolitical situations, economic castes and region-specific cultures,' he said."

Cepeda: Book delves into 'conspiracy' behind low-fat diets' surge

By Esther Cepeda September 18, 2014 6 a.m.

As a chubby and impressionable teen in the 1990s, desperate to lower my weight as Type 2 diabetes started afflicting my family, I was especially vulnerable to the Snackwell's-ification of American food.

Cepeda: It's time to focus on what we all have in common

By Esther Cepeda August 23, 2014 6 a.m.

'War" is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations. Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war on people of color.

Cepeda: Why do Hispanic women flock to movie theaters?

By Esther Cepeda July 23, 2014 6 a.m.

My family attended the first morning screening of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which won its opening weekend's box office with a $73 million debut. According to Lucas Shaw's recent article "Hispanic Women Are This Summer's Most Avid Moviegoers" on the entertainment news site TheWrap, we are propping up the movie industry.

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