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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Republican State Senator Tom Lee is doing everything but file for the Florida chief financial officer race.
He’s opened a PAC for the CFO job and hired staff to help fundraise and manage. He is making calls and securing support.
It will probably be just a couple of months before he files paperwork to open a formal campaign account. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Are the Griffins becoming Tampa’s newest power couple?
Governor Rick Scott just appointed Melanie Griffin to the Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority. … Her husband, Mike Griffin, was recently appointed to the Tampa Port Authority by Governor Rick Scott. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The special election for State House District 58 is now set, as qualifying has ended.
The candidates are:
Republicans – Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure
Democrat – Jose Vazquez
Libertarian – Bryan Zemina
No party affiliation – Ahmad Hussam Saadaldin …(to read more, buy a paper)

► House District 58 will be settled in the Republican Primary. Colton Curry decided not to run and instead will help manage the campaign of Lawrence McClure, who also picked up support from State Senator Wilton Simpson, State Rep. Danny Burgess and State Rep. Shawn Harrison. … These Senate and House endorsements of Fry’s opponent McClure make it pretty clear House leadership is favoring McClure. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Republican Rocky De La Fuente was kicked out of the race for mayor of New York City …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Three candidates have qualified for the race for Temple Terrace mayor – David Ganessingh, who serves on the Temple Terrace Board of Adjustment, Mel Jurado, who works for the Profitable Group and represents Temple Terrace on the County’s Community Action Board, and Linda Ormsbee, who is a property manager. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► We sense the race for mayor of St. Petersburg is tightening up. The polls show the gap is closing, but what has us more optimistic about Rick Kriseman pulling off a longshot victory is the racist way our president is acting.
Rick Baker is a Republican and has been trying to deflect being associated with his party and its leader, Donald Trump. Baker needs to pull a lot of the Black vote, and he was early on, but Kriseman has been running ads tying Baker to the Republican Party and Trump. The string of unfortunate utterances from Trump’s mouth regarding Charlottesville has got to be softening Black support of any Republican. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The statue of Monsignor Laurence Higgins will be unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6:00 p.m., in front of Higgins Hall on the grounds of the parish he founded. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Ybor City Lions Club will honor Jack Shiver with its 26th Annual Victor E. DiMaio Award of Achievement at a banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Columbia Restaurant. The dinner is black tie optional and costs $60 per person. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … But this is only one of the dozens of governmental boards with salaried government representatives who are not voting members but are able to influence and steer a board as that governmental body wishes. I am not saying that happened in this instance, but the opportunity is there.
As I stated, I volunteer a lot. That means I also see a lot. I am not one of those people who believes government is the problem. I believe government, when in the right hands, can do endless good. We should always be vigilant in understanding the difference. Our public boards are public for a reason … to get the perspective and wisdom of people outside of government, who are serving because they care, not for employment.
Our local governments are full of good people, including the County Administrator’s Office and the County Attorney’s Office, and I trust them. But that trust does not go without questioning or curiosity, or as President Reagan used to say, “Trust, but verify.”(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … “Fire and fury”/“locked and loaded” should be the last act of this disgracefully nightmarish Trump presidency. Not that we didn’t see it coming. At least Peter Sellers was darkly funny in “Dr. Strangelove.”
Personally, I say “Flatulent Yak” to all Trump voters and ongoing supporters.
That goes for those who needed a white-nativist, alt-Reich misogynist to channel because their lives were hapless, and Trump helped enable their societal scapegoating with his validating, racist dog whistles. As to careerist Republican wimps who took one for team GOPster instead of Team USA and made their Faustian deal: “Fatuous Yeoman.” You all enabled this incompetent menace to be the president of the United States. How do you even sleep at night?
And to those who didn’t vote at all for whatever reason, including the disingenuously false equivalence of two off-putting candidates: What the hell were you thinking? This wasn’t some “lesser of two evils” dilemma. This was evil vs. a flawed candidate. So, yeah, you’re part of this Trump diarrhea derby too. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► … In the days of segregation, nothing was more forbidden than for the races to be in the same water. When the Navy trained men to swim during World War II, federal officials had to fight with local ones to gain access to the ocean around Miami for African-American sailors. In the long coastline of our state, only a few beaches – mostly in swampy or rocky places – could be used by blacks. Many traveled hundreds of miles to American Beach near Jacksonville, the only desirable place where they could swim in peace.
Swimming pools in cities were even more improbable. In the late 1960s, Hubby and I lived in a (private) Virginia apartment complex near the Pentagon; it was integrated while we lived there, but only because the military was so key to the local economy that it could insist on a nondiscriminatory rental policy. Yet I never saw an African-American enter the pool. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano, an interview with Marilyn Meredith Collier

► As a native of Nashville, Tennessee, Martine Meredith Collier was surrounded by the arts from an early age.
Her parents, though not artists themselves, always encouraged her love of self-expression and creativity, she said. So by the time she was 7 years old, she was part of the Nashville Children’s Theatre.
“[Nashville] is a fabulous arts community with great universities and wonderful art,” she said. “That children’s theater was fabulous training ground. It was an excellent theater.”
She performed through high school and at 16, became a dancer for Minnie Pearl, a country comedienne and singer who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and was also a part of the television show “Hee Haw.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … El hecho de que los jóvenes poetas cubanos de la década de 1990 se rencuentren con Lezama Lima y Virgilio Piñera, ¿crees que influyó en los nuevos cánones de la expresión poética?
Como te explicaba, y es una visión muy personal y acaso apasionada, muchos de nosotros entramos en contacto con esas fuentes. En un momento llegó a existir una línea divisoria que mimetizaba las diferencias entre esos dos grandes maestros. Por una parte la imagen lezamiana, llena de azarosas reminiscencias culturales y por la otra el descarnado, visceral verbo de Virgilio. De esa mezcla sólo podían salir –en su momento y luego del consabido reposo–, ya en el sedimento de la gracia, algunas de las voces más ¬destacadas de la poesía ¬cubana actual.
En la poesía cubana –la que se escribe dentro y fuera de la Isla– , a pesar de que el corpus poético contiene los más diversos estilos, estética y focalidad temática, algo es común en sus grandes exponentes: el imaginario de patria, que desde un Heredia o Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda hasta hoy, está latente en sus poetas. ¿Es que esa honda subjetividad habita mejor en la poesía?
En la poesía subyace lo imperecedero y lo perecedero, lo imperfecto y lo perfectible, ha sido desde tiempos remotos y en diferentes formas la expresión épica de los pueblos. Desde los Cantares hasta un pareado popular representa el imaginario ¬colectivo desde la intuición poética de su creador. Es también un diálogo con el yo que simboliza el cuestionamiento de la existencia ante lo desconocido, en ese trance hace énfasis en el espacio y el tiempo de su génesis y forma valores característicos de nacionalidades y épocas. Llegar a reducir ese conocimiento y, sobre todo, convertir en arte mayor ese sentir colectivo es sólo patrimonio de los poetas. Recuerda que, cuando convoca esas deidades, una buena novela es también un gran poema. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … De que la genialidad es también una virtud femenina en la literatura no tenemos dudas. Carmen Laforet, por ejemplo, se le desconoce, a no ser en los reducidos círculos universitarios especializados en literatura española. Hasta su muerte a los 82 años, ocurrida en Madrid el 28 de febrero de 2004, todo alrededor suyo estuvo envuelto en un mutismo sólo comparable al del Pedro Páramo de Juan Rulfo.
Nada –ganadora del primer Nadal 1944– fue escrita en pleno período de la postguerra, por una hasta entonces desconocida joven de apenas 22 años, Carmen Laforet, quien supo profundizar con pericia, bajo la apariencia de una novela de trama ligera y superficial, en la abismal lobreguez de la sociedad española bajo la dictadura de Francisco Franco. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … Una jornada de violencia y muerte ocurre en Venezuela al momento de escribir esta nota, en la elección para nombrar a los miembros de la Asamblea Constituyente. La Fiscalía eleva a 7 los muertos relacionados con esta jornada electoral sin que haya finalizado la elección.
Por otra parte, el ministro de Defensa de Venezuela, Padrino López, ha informado que más de 100 máquinas electorales han sido quemadas en por lo menos cuatro estados del país, pero asegura que el proceso de votación para la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente se desarrolla en completa calma. Sin embargo, parece ser que el llamado de la oposición al boicot ha tenido éxito, ya que el proceso electoral no fue concurrido. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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