I can’t believe that 2014 is already coming to a conclusion. It seems that the older you get, the shorter are the days. Our world is moving so fast that the only constant thing is change. We have travelled across the country non-stop and we are delighted to report that the Latina community is on the move in every corner of the nation. The big Latina change in D.C. is that we say goodbye to Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod, who after one term in office decided to return to California. We thank her for her service and understand that the demands of a congressional job are quite daunting.
At the same time we are delighted to welcome Congresswoman Norma Torres to the fight, and yes I mean the fight because every day in congress there is a confrontation on the issues that affect our country. I can only hope that the new congress finds it in their heart to come together and work in the best interest of the whole country. Congresswoman-elect Norma Torres is a true pioneer and the first member of Guatemalan descent to serve in congress. We look forward to following her journey.
We also welcome Congressmen Ruben Gallego (D) – AZ-7, Pete Aguilar (D) – CA–31, Carlos Curbelo (R) – FL-26 and Alex Mooney (R) – WVA-2 to the 114th Congress. This will be the largest Latino/a representation in the congress ever; our political influence continues to grow.
We celebrated in September our 11th National LATINA Symposium recognizing our proud Latinas in the military service both in active duty and civilian. It is amazing to learn about these extraordinary Latinas who are dedicating themselves to serve our country in an environment that requires putting their very lives on the line. As a Navy parent that faces the fact that our daughter will soon be deployed, I also recognize the incredible sacrifices that the families make when a member of the family is in the service. Please join us in our prayers for their safe return.
We were pleased to be able to recognize Rear Admiral William Rodriguez, USN (retired) and president of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) for the work that they do in mentoring, advocating, and inspiring our naval services members. I am proud to be part of this committed group of individuals; both men and women that continue to serve our country.
In our Punto Final column we are also delighted to hear from Major General Angela Salinas, USMC (retired). No one has been profiled in our magazine more than her! As we begin our third decade of LATINA Style, we thank all our partners, subscribers, sponsors and friends for their continued support for the past 20 years. We encourage you to continue sending us your messages, comments and ideas to make our magazine and our company better so we can continue to provide you with the information and the support you so deserve.
On a final note, we urge you to welcome our returning heroes. To those of you responsible for employment opportunities, make sure that your corporations open the doors to our veterans, it is the least we can do for those who chose to face our enemies and the people that want to harm us on our behalf. Happy holidays everyone and thank you for being such awesome Latinas.