Census figures show number of Hispani...

Census figures show number of Hispanics in Lehigh Valley climbing

There are 198 comments on the The Morning Call story from Dec 13, 2008, titled Census figures show number of Hispanics in Lehigh Valley climbing. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Attracted by reasonable rents, a lower cost of living and relative quiet, Anthony Rodriguez moved to Allentown three years ago from Queens, N.Y., to start his own floral business.

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Irish Proud

United States

#1 Dec 13, 2008
And we needed a census for this? Spanish people help Spanish people? The go back home. Free loaders!
Clayton Bigsby

Peach Bottom, PA

#2 Dec 13, 2008
Boy oh boy am I glad for the on the beat reporting from mcall.com otherwise I would've never known that the population of chops in the valley is increasing. I don't even think you need to be half a retard to notice this trend. The increase in crime...and not to mention the fact that the production of goya in our area has tripled, also the increase in the amount of idiots who wear pajama pants around town in the middle of the day....but again those are not tell tale signs. thanks morning call....right on top of everything again. What a piece of crap tank newspaper.
rob

Allentown, PA

#3 Dec 13, 2008
Wow, I can't wait to see the bigoted, racist, and prejudicial comments that are going to be written after this article! Of course, there will be the usual standard comments about how Hispanics ruined the South Side; about how Hispanic families lack the discipline and hard work of whites; and about how Puerto Ricans can never quite seem to keep their daily garbage on THEIR side of the fence. But let's just wait a minute you Irish-happy-go-lucky racists...What did the Irish neighborhoods look like in the 1830s and 40s, when you all streamed over here to escape persecution of the English? Drunks. Laziness. Filth. Garbage. Yup...you guessed it. The Irish neighborhoods looked pretty much like the Hispanic neighborhoods do today. The Irish really didn't buy in to the capitalist-go-get'um-Protestan t-work ethic til the 20th century....so hold off on your "oh-my-god-how-could-any- newspaper-actually-celebrate-H ispanic-communities" ignorance. There's a lot of good people in these communities working to make things better for Hispanics; now it's time for the families themselves to get their kids off the streets, away from gangs, and into their schoolbooks. It starts in the home. That's the lesson that needs to be heard loud and clear.
h Bon

Fort Washington, PA

#4 Dec 13, 2008
so hateful
Steve

Slatington, PA

#5 Dec 13, 2008
The sky is blue & there's more hispanics moving into the Valley. It's pretty much a no brainer. It's simple human compulsion to move into an area where there are others like you in vast #s. Good or bad, this was kind of a waste of a report. No wonder their parent company is going under...
wtf

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Dec 13, 2008
The Spanish people help Spanish people statement truly annoyed me when I read it. So let me get this straight, I as a white person am not supposed to be racist or single out any other person different than a white person. But Mr. Rodriguez can make a stupid statement like that. So I guess Spanish people ONLY help Spanish people? I think the Mcall buried this guy and his business with that statement.
dying allentown

Northampton, PA

#7 Dec 13, 2008
Census figures show number of Hispanics in Lehigh Valley climbing

We can tell that from the gangs, muggings, shootings, carjackings, drug arrests, murders, and armed robberies.

And how about that, I'm NOT a racist, I just read the daily police report
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Korea

#8 Dec 13, 2008
More than one in three residents of Allentown -- nearly 35 percent -- are Hispanic, according to the data. That's up 11,600 from 2000 to more than 37,000.

I am all for migration, but couldn't we get 26,000 new residents who earn more than $18,000 per capita income. In their quest for a less expensive, better life, this large of a population relocation of primarily non-entrenpreneurs has saddled Allentown with an ever increasing demand for all types of services.

I am all for cosmopolitanism, but we need residents in Allentown that can contribute to getting Allentown out of a fiscal black hole that Afflerbach and Pawlowski have gotten us into. I would love to see 26,000 Asian with Ph.D. in engineering move to Allentown. Now that is some cosmopolitanism that contributes to a solution for Allentown.

I am proud to be a Democratic Party member. I am happy for all seeking a better life. Guess what, now is time to deliver on that by how you live, turning in those who take away from the joy of life.

I want better, more educated, harder working, better parents, better neighbors, who do not commit crime in Allentown regardless of race. It would also help that they have capability to buy vs. renting. This would help the city also.
The Truth

United States

#9 Dec 13, 2008
I hope the city hires more police to deal with the "diversity".....
Time to build more prisons.
The Truth

United States

#10 Dec 13, 2008
You can tell the spanish population is growning from the police blotter.....
Kelly

Allentown, PA

#11 Dec 13, 2008
If they are such an eage workforce, why don't I see the hispanics using cash at the food stores instead of the ever ready food stamp card? Hardly ever do you see a Hispanic paying w/o foodstamps, and this is in Bethlehem, not center city Allentwon. Why are they overflowing the emergency rooms with their kids that have runny noses and colds instead of at a pediatricians office? And no this is not a racist staement, it is a fact.
The Truth

United States

#12 Dec 13, 2008
A fried of mine works at the welfare office. He told me that the funding for some of these "hand-outs" is expected to dry up, leaving many of these leaches to fend for themselves.
It's good to know that the spanish population is eager to help their own, because I'm damn tired of helping them.
Irish Proud

United States

#13 Dec 13, 2008
rob wrote:
Wow, I can't wait to see the bigoted, racist, and prejudicial comments that are going to be written after this article! Of course, there will be the usual standard comments about how Hispanics ruined the South Side; about how Hispanic families lack the discipline and hard work of whites; and about how Puerto Ricans can never quite seem to keep their daily garbage on THEIR side of the fence. But let's just wait a minute you Irish-happy-go-lucky racists...What did the Irish neighborhoods look like in the 1830s and 40s, when you all streamed over here to escape persecution of the English? Drunks. Laziness. Filth. Garbage. Yup...you guessed it. The Irish neighborhoods looked pretty much like the Hispanic neighborhoods do today. The Irish really didn't buy in to the capitalist-go-get'um-Protestan t-work ethic til the 20th century....so hold off on your "oh-my-god-how-could-any- newspaper-actually-celebrate-H ispanic-communities" ignorance. There's a lot of good people in these communities working to make things better for Hispanics; now it's time for the families themselves to get their kids off the streets, away from gangs, and into their schoolbooks. It starts in the home. That's the lesson that needs to be heard loud and clear.
When my ancestors came over the the U.S.A. They got a F***k**G job & learned to speak English!!!!! They did ask for free housing and cash. They didnt have 5 kids form 5 different fathers! Your as ignorant as a bigot just to supid to Know iw it!!!! F**K Y**U!!!
Irish Proud

United States

#15 Dec 13, 2008
I was in Sacred Heart Hospital a few weeks ago. I will NEVER go back. The care was excellent the food was decent etc... But on the very 1st day a nurse came in and started speaking to me in Spanish!!! When I said No espanol!!! she lookes suprised and go pissed. Needless to say she is lucky if she still has a job.
Irish Proud

United States

#16 Dec 13, 2008
I apologize for the spelling i am pissed off!
laffinONtheBEACH

Tallahassee, FL

#17 Dec 13, 2008
:)
and the reason I smile is..........
THERE IS NOTHING YOU BIGOTY MORONS CAN DO ABOUT IT.
As an ex-Allentonian, I recall so many of the same prbs you all are facing now. Funny thing is this; THINGS HAVE YET TO CHANGE IN A_TOWN!
I knew this back then, so I moved.
You folks are still there and still GRIPPING ABOUT IT.
muaahahahahaha.
laffinONtheBEACH

Tallahassee, FL

#18 Dec 13, 2008
hate me!
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Korea

#19 Dec 13, 2008
rob wrote:
Wow, I can't wait to see the bigoted, racist, and prejudicial comments that are going to be written after this article! Of course, there will be the usual standard comments about how Hispanics ruined the South Side; about how Hispanic families lack the discipline and hard work of whites; and about how Puerto Ricans can never quite seem to keep their daily garbage on THEIR side of the fence. But let's just wait a minute you Irish-happy-go-lucky racists...What did the Irish neighborhoods look like in the 1830s and 40s, when you all streamed over here to escape persecution of the English? Drunks. Laziness. Filth. Garbage. Yup...you guessed it. The Irish neighborhoods looked pretty much like the Hispanic neighborhoods do today. The Irish really didn't buy in to the capitalist-go-get'um-Protestan t-work ethic til the 20th century....so hold off on your "oh-my-god-how-could-any- newspaper-actually-celebrate-H ispanic-communities" ignorance. There's a lot of good people in these communities working to make things better for Hispanics; now it's time for the families themselves to get their kids off the streets, away from gangs, and into their schoolbooks. It starts in the home. That's the lesson that needs to be heard loud and clear.
The Irish came here because ownership and access to land was denied under British control. They came here with little and immediately took any jobs available and it was less than two decades until they controlled many of the east coast American cities politially. The Irish bettered their families by sending their children to parochial schools, dedication to family, sending daughters and sons to convent and seminary, starting business, government jobs, politics, military service and private industry.

You know so little about the Irish-American. The Irish were far from not hardworking. I would also say this of the average Mexican. The predominant problem in the Hispanic community is the Hispanic islanders who come with a lack of dedication to commerce. This is no different than life on the islands. It is culturally part of being from the Caribeean region.

In my own families case, my great-grandfather came to Philadelphia in 1888. His son attended Wharton-U. of Penn by 1908. His other son graduated from St. Charles Borromeo. His daughters were all educated from high school. They all lived successful lives on contribution to society in their chosen vocations. My family is no different that 100,000s of other Irish families.

I would hope that more in the Hispanic community look to their predecessors such as the Jewish, Irish, Italians to find how an unappreciated American subculture found success.

The pathway is respect for law, devotion to family, entrepreneurialism and work-ethic and most of all educational attainment. This is something that was never lacking in an Irish family in the 1840s or even in modern day Ireland.
David-1206

Atlanta, GA

#20 Dec 13, 2008
Why is there a cause and effect relationship between having Hispanics in the neighborhood and the number of criminal incidents increasing?
David-1206

Atlanta, GA

#21 Dec 13, 2008
Clayton Bigsby wrote:
Boy oh boy am I glad for the on the beat reporting from mcall.com otherwise I would've never known that the population of chops in the valley is increasing. I don't even think you need to be half a retard to notice this trend. The increase in crime...and not to mention the fact that the production of goya in our area has tripled, also the increase in the amount of idiots who wear pajama pants around town in the middle of the day....but again those are not tell tale signs. thanks morning call....right on top of everything again. What a piece of crap tank newspaper.
One also has to notice several results of the Hispanic invasion..

1. The increase of population in the suburban townships and the flight of long-term generational residents of the City of Allentown to the townships.

2. The decline in the quality of life in the City of Allentown, with crime increasing and the general condition of the city deteriorating?

3. The decline in the quality of government schools in Allentown?

4. Lower tax revenues to the city government resulting in reduced government services?

The Hispanic invasion and the decline of the quality of life for Allentown residents is not coincidental.

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