To the best of its ability The Goshen News tells the story of its community. That was the case this past Thursday with the publication of “Who We Are,” a special section that included articles ranging from essays about what makes small towns such great places to the renovation effort at The Goshen Theater to the future of transportation throughout Elkhart County. Subsequent “Who We Are” articles have also run in the regular paper the past few days.
As with the Goshen area, The News’ own story has been one of change. The layout and overall look of the printed Goshen News isn’t what it was 50 years ago. Neither, in many ways, is the focus of its coverage. And 50 years ago, The News probably wouldn’t have run a front-page article quoting people with the last names Perez, Garcia and Prieto. Different times, different newspaper.
“A Place at the Table” was the headline to the front-page feature in Thursday’s Goshen News, part of the Who We Are series of articles. Staffer Daniel Riordan interviewed several Goshen Latinos. Through their words, he helped tell the story of where Goshen has been and where it’s headed.
IN THE WORDS OF Gilberto Perez Jr. of Bienvenido Community Solutions, Latinos are poised to take their local involvement to the next level.
“As a Latino population, we are to the point where we are no longer here to be served,” said Perez Jr., also an associate professor at Goshen College. “We’re here to serve. We’re here to lead.”
That leadership, we expect, will be a vital part of Goshen in the years to come.
According to the 2010 Census, more than 28 percent of Goshen’s population is labeled as Hispanic. Mark that information as another example of how modern Goshen differs from the Maple City of decades past.