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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15), it’s important we pause to recognize the major contributions of the Latino community to Pennsylvania’s economy. Latinos make up 18.4 percent of the US population and 17.3 percent of the US labor force, which is expected to rise at least 30 percent by 2060. Nationally, the spending of this demographic amounts to around $870 billion in consumer expenditure annually.

In recent years we have been exposed to different cases of racism throughout the world, with the United States occupying one of the first places to use discrimination against people of dark skin. Many people wonder why a country being such a great power and with so many ways to combat this problem, cases of racism are still happening, where apart from bullying, ignorance and distinction which on several occasions end in deaths.

Living in Pennsylvania we have become accustomed to sharing the road with horse and buggies, traveling out of state to swim in the ocean, and of course visiting the happiest place on earth; Hershey.As a child Hersheypark and Chocolate World was in short a dream come true. You are at the center of all of the magic, and get to truly witness the beauty and science behind chocolate. The smell flows through the air and when it hits your nostrils you can’t help but smile.

Gas prices have greatly accelerated from mid-pandemic levels when no one was driving and gas was $1.68/gallon. A barrel of oil could barely fetch twenty dollars, far below the cost of production. Obviously, new drilling was not going to happen in a market that did not yield profit.

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