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50 years ago

Bilin­gual ed­u­ca­tion is just an­other means to pro­vide an equal op­por­tu­nity to all chil­dren in a demo­cratic so­ci­ety.

This eval­u­a­tion was made last night by Dr. Theodore V. An­der­s­son to nearly 60 Im­pe­rial County school teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors at Ben Hulse Cafe­to­rium, Im­pe­rial.

An­der­s­son, chair­man of the Depart­ment of Ro­mance Languages at the Univer­sity of Texas, has been act­ing as con­sul­tant to the Calexico Uni­fied School District on its bilin­gual pro­gram, English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage (ESL).

In his speech on the problems of bilin­gual chil­dren, An­der­s­son cited the strug­gle to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for phys­i­cally, men­tally and emo­tion­ally hand­i­capped chil­dren and noted “how very far we are from do­ing enough.”

Like­wise, he felt, the bilin­gual pro­gram in ele­men­tary schools to­day is sim­ply an­other ex­ten­sion of so­ci­ety’s at­tempts to bring the child to its full po­ten­tial, even though “no one knows to­day the po­ten­tial of a child.”

40 years ago

HOLTVILLE — Fire gut­ted the Alamo The­ater on Thurs­day, wip­ing out an­other scene of this com­mu­nity’s youth­ful mem­o­ries.

The fire was spot­ted shortly af­ter 10 p.m. and fire­men stayed on the scene un­til 3:30 a.m. to­day; they re­turned again at 7 a.m. to wet down hot spots.

There was im­me­di­ate spec­u­la­tion among spec­ta­tors that the fire had been set. Lo­cal peo­ple have good rea­son to sus­pect ar­son in big fig­ures. In the past 15 years, the com­mu­nity has seen sev­eral fires blamed on ar­son­ists, in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar spree of haystack burn­ing a year ago.

The Po­lice Depart­ment said to­day that while ar­son is al­ways sus­pected, there is as yet no ev­i­dence to in­di­cate the the­ater fire was de­lib­er­ately set.

Fire Chief Les­lie Ru­bin said he still had no idea of how the fire started. The con­crete block build­ing was still too hot for in­ves­ti­ga­tion this morn­ing.

The fire prob­a­bly started at the rear of the build­ing, which was built in 1948 by the late John A. DePaoli Sr.

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