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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Tampa City Council Chair Yolie Capin will announce today, Friday, Sept. 29, she is officially ending her candidacy for County Commission District 1.
This is a godsend for the local Democratic Party, which was dreading a heated primary fight between two of its favorite daughters – House Minority Leader Janet Cruz and Capin.
We hear Capin is likely to immediately jump into another political endeavor. She’s supposed to chair the exploratory PAC for the David A. Straz campaign for mayor. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► We enjoyed having cigars with John “For the People” Morgan at Long Ash Cigars in Ybor City. Morgan had just finished an appearance at the Pinellas Tiger Bay Club and had some time to kill before his next appointment.
After our conversation, we believe Morgan is more committed to run for governor than when we met with him in April. Morgan expressed he intends to raise campaign contributions for his race, as he doesn’t want to finance the whole campaign out of his pocket. We certainly don’t see him having any problem with raising money …(to read more, buy a paper)

► President Donald Trump is failing in his response to the crisis left in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Due to the level of destruction, the large population that’s affected and the challenges of Puerto Rico being an island, FEMA and the state government are not strong enough to bring order to chaos.
The Federal Government needs to have the U.S. military fully involved and needs to get it involved now. If not, Puerto Rico could be Trump’s Katrina. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The future is looking up for Florida Democrats. Democrat Annette Taddeo defeated Republican legislator Felix Diaz for State Senate District 40 in South Florida. She did it with far less money. It’s been a decade since Dems won a special election in Florida.
In the last month or two, Democrats have started to win races around the country. It appears Donald Trump has finally become the albatross Democrats hoped he would be in general elections …(to read more, buy a paper)

► … We’ll side with the NFL players over Donald Trump.
These guys are risking public ridicule, their jobs, the sport they love and endorsement deals to stand up for a cause that no longer really affects them. They are standing up for problems in the hood that they left behind when they signed on the dotted line.
It takes guts to do what they are doing. Maybe it’s not the best way to bring attention to the nation’s inequities, but they are doing more about the issue than those complaining about their actions.
Remember, we are not pledging allegiance to the cloth that makes up the flag. We are standing up for the American ideals represented by the flag and expressed in the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. These players are telling America that those ideals are still not realized by many African-Americans.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The City of Temple Terrace will hold an election for mayor on Oct. 10. … Ms. Jurado has been engaged in our community for years, not only in Temple Terrace but in our school district, county and state. She is smart, well-spoken and hardworking. She attends council meetings and has a good working knowledge of the city. … La Gaceta endorses Mel Jurado for mayor of Temple Terrace.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … When Americans say they love America, they generally aren’t saying they love all Americans, the soil, the buildings and everything physical. Hell, half the people I know don’t even talk to their neighbors. Loving America is about loving the promise of America. It’s about loving the ideals of America. It’s about loving something created of, by and for the people.
Loving America is not about worshipping the flag or a song. Those are idols and idol worship is against the fabric of who we are.
Throughout our history, Catholics, Jews, Italians, Mexicans, Irish, Blacks, women, Japanese, Muslims, Mormons and Mets fans, among many others, have felt the cold hand of injustice in America. Either by peaceful protest or violent uprisings, these injustices have been fought against every year since our inception. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► We needed a diversion. Did we ever.
From existential school yard threats at the United Nations. From disaster porn. From climate-change disingenuousness. From collusion reminders. From a smug, monarchial first family. From post-election campaign rallies steeped in dog-whistle rhetoric. From immigrant intolerance. From uncolored supremacists. From another health-care cluster-Trump. From another church shooting.
Having said that, did we ever not need this particular diversion.
The provocateur-in-chief has insinuated himself into the national-anthem-at-pro-football-games debate by calling out protesting NFL players as “sons of bitches.” For context, Donald Trump said – at last week’s Alabama rally – “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
Where to begin? …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► Back when Hubby was president of United Faculty of Florida, he used to say that Jeb Bush’s 1998 election as governor turned out to be the best recruitment tool that academic unionism ever had: Membership shot up after professors saw reason to fear partisanship and personal attacks as Jeb! consolidated power by creating dozens of new college and university boards of trustees, giving himself hundreds of political appointments to reward his donors. Anyone think that follows the Republican creed of small government?
Now Donald Trump apparently is having the same effect as a great organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano, an interview with Denis Phillips

► One of Denis Phillips’ most vivid childhood memories is watching a Seattle-area news station track Santa Claus’ journey on Christmas Eve using its weather radar. The then 6-year-old knew immediately that he wanted to be a meteorologist when he grew up.
“It’s a true story,” he said. “I thought, ‘What a cool job? You actually get to track Santa and get paid for it.”
Eventually, he learned there was more to being a meteorologist and became interested in more dramatic weather systems. “As I got older, I became more interested in tropical storms and tornadoes. They really hooked me,” he said.
Phillips’ family moved around a lot while he was growing up, so he got to experience many types of weather firsthand. “We moved to a lot of different places where there was severe weather,” he said. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Gonzalo llegó a Tampa el viernes, 1.° de febrero de 1895, mientras Martí estaba arribando a Fortune Island en su viaje hacia el Caribe. Era la primera vez que el Secretario del Partido Revolucionario Cubano (PRC) llegaba a esta ciudad, pero traía en sus bolsillos varias cartas de recomendación del Delegado, para que lo recibieran y lo quisieran como si fuera él. A Fernando Figueredo: “Gonzalo va en mi lugar (…) Rodéemelo y vea qué bella alma”. A Ramón Rivero: “Gonzalo y ustedes serán enseguida mi solo corazón”. A Paulina y Ruperto Pedroso: “Allá les va otro hermano (…) Sólo horas estará en Tampa, la primera vez, mímenlo (…) El va a un servicio glorioso”. El servicio glorioso, además de recabar fondos para el levantamiento inminente en Cuba, era buscar el modo de hacer llegar a Juan Gualberto Gómez, a Cuba, la Orden de Alzamiento. A las pocas horas de llegar a Ybor City, Fernando Figueredo caminaba junto a Quesada por una calle de West Tampa, hacia la fábrica de tabacos de O’Halloran. Allí, en lo profundo de las hojas torcidas, fue envuelto el mensaje.
Cuando, al día siguiente, Gonzalo entregó en Cayo Hueso varios tabacos a Duque de Estrada para entregarlos en La Habana a Juan Gualberto Gómez, le indicó a cuál de ellos no se le podría dar candela en ningún caso.
José Dolores Poyo, uno de los líderes más respetados del Cayo, lee la carta que le envía Martí: “Gonzalo de Quesada es mi carta (…) ¿A qué va Gonzalo? A que retumbe en Cuba, la nueva declaración de nuestra fe”. En lenguaje clandestino, nada más claro. Y una presentación del hombre que entrega la misiva: “Gonzalo (…) me ha dado siempre, y hoy más que nunca, en estos días de deber y de honor, pruebas de las más raras virtudes, modestia, lealtad, entusiasmo, desinterés, abnegación. Quiéralo sin miedo”. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … La Primera Guerra Mundial, comprendida entre 1914 y 1918, fue una de las experiencias más tenebrosas de la historia de la humanidad. Transformó la manera en que los hombres interpretaban la realidad. Los escritores de la época compartían la preocupación sobre la decadencia y el espacio de pesimismo que les circundaba. Más que nunca se llega a valorar la fragilidad de la existencia.
Los pensadores de la época se vieron precisados a revisar su concepción del mundo y la vida. Paul Valéry, poeta que experimentó la tragedia de este gran conflicto bélico, ejemplifica el sentir de su generación: “Nosotros, civilizaciones, sabemos que somos mortales. Vemos, ahora que el abismo de la historia es bastante grande para todo el mundo. Sentimos que una civilización tiene la misma fragilidad que una vida”. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … Al momento de escribir esta nota me encuentro en Puerto Rico, sin energía eléctrica y apenas acaba de llegar el agua potable. Durante mi vida he podido experimentar la fuerza de la naturaleza con los huracanes, de los que he vivido cuatro en Puerto Rico y tres en Florida. Pero, de todos, el más devastador ha sido el huracán María, que acabamos de confrontar. Pude presenciar la fuerza del viento, cómo azotaba las estructuras de las viviendas, y así desde ese momento comenzó la destrucción. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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