The needler in the haystack.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Is Norman sleeping at the switch when it comes to Latino news?


Norman Ortega, failed Council candidate, is the power
behind the Plainfield Latino blog.

Part of the deal if one is going to blog about Plainfield
issues and news is that  you can't just lie on your couch and wait for the news to be thrown in over the transom. This is as true of Norman Ortega as a Plainfield Latino contributor as it is of any of the rest of the Plainfield bloggers.

On Thursday, I responded to an email from a representative of Quality Insights, the organization that is conducting a series of workshops on diabetes management at the Plainfield YMCA in upcoming weeks. The advisory I got included information in Spanish.

I had already seen the flyer for the series around City Hall and in the community. I thanked the rep and suggested she also get in touch with Flor Gonzalez' Latin American Coalition, as well as the Plainfield Latino blog. She answered immediately that was doing same.

VoilĂ ! The flyer was posted to Plainfield Latino on Friday. Was it because I had steered the organization to them in a gesture of goodwill?

Who knows, but it is curious that it comes on the heels of another -- and much more important -- event of which Plainfield Latino has yet to utter a single word.

And that is the election of Plainfield's own Christian Estevez as the new president of the statewide Latino Action Network, news of which I published on February 1 (see story here).

So, a blog that purports to cover issues of concern to Plainfield Latinos but publishes only infrequently, does not publish a roster of its contributors, and misses important stuff can hold itself out as speaking on behalf of the entire Latino community? Just because it says so?

I don't think so.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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