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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► People were encouraging School Board Member Cindy Stuart to run for Hillsborough County Clerk of the Court after Les Miller pulled out of the race. There is a group of Democrats who want someone to challenge Kevin Beckner in the Democratic primary. Their hopes were dashed when Stuart filed to run for reelection to her School Board seat.
After much thought, Ms. Stuart felt the challenges facing the school district deserved her attention. She’s been on the Board for seven years and is the most-senior member among her peers. This is probably the least-experienced School Board in decades, with five out of seven on their first term. … We are glad she made the right decision.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico is in full support of Puerto Rican statehood and sent a letter asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take up House Resolution 1965 – The Puerto Rico Admission Act – and to do her part in the process if making Puerto Rico a state.
The letter addresses the very real second-class citizenship status of Puerto Ricans. Part of it reads, “… as long as Puerto Rico continues to be a territory and the fundamental issue of statehood is not addressed by Congress, U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico will always be treated differently when invoking their rights as equal citizens under the law. …” (to read more, buy a paper)

► All for Transportation is running an ad in La Gaceta that thanks the County Commission for passing the All for Transportation (AFT) ordinance and honoring the voters of Hillsborough County. The ad features the photos of six county commissioners -Kimberly Overman, Les Miller, Mariella Smith, Pat Kemp, Sandy Murman and Ken Hagan. But we have seven county commissioners. Who’s missing?
Commissioner Stacy White is conspicuously absent. He didn’t vote for the ordinance and is suing to overturn the All for Transportation tax, which is currently in front of the Florida Supreme Court.
The ordinance mimics the language of the AFT plan that was on the ballot. That language, which spelled out how the tax was to be divided amongst local governments and on what they could spend the money was thrown out by the circuit court. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► We get to witness the moral fiber of the Florida Senate and its commitment to the checks and balances of governments in its handling of the Sheriff Scott Israel matter.
Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel soon after taking office due to his office’s failure before and during the Parkland massacre.
The governor has the power to remove state and local elected officials, generally for breaking the law and gross mismanagement. Past governors judiciously and reluctantly exercised this power. Governor DeSantis is much quicker to remove an elected official and did so several times. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its 85-page redacted report on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election.
This is the second volume of a five-volume report. The first volume was released in July. … The report makes it clear that Russia’s goal was not just keeping Hillary Clinton from being elected and having a more pro-Russia U.S. president.
It shows Russia wanted Donald Trump from the very beginning and even meddled in the Republican primary. It shows the chief tool was to pit one set of Americans against another and that their bigger goal, as the effort has been going on for a long time, is to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process and sow discord in American politics and society. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … Opiates, started taking the lives of people I knew over a decade ago. Alcohol took a handful more through alcoholism and the stupid decisions alcoholics make. I’m sure I have friends who seem to live normal functional lives, but they are self-medicating with pills, alcohol and God knows what else and they are suffering in silence. Many of us are unaware of these problems around us because we are either too consumed in our own lives or feel like hypocrites because we still enjoy nights out without the crutches of addiction.
While we need to hold those we love close, we need to also reach out to those who have slipped from our embrace. The tragedy of addiction in this country is at epidemic levels and there is no simple solution. Overcoming addiction takes more love and patience than most of us can offer because those we try to help are usually fighting us the entire road to recovery. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► With the gobsmacking, unconscionable election of Trump, nothing is beyond the presidential pale anymore. Nothing. So how about an impeachment scenario that is energizing, convincing and not Robert Mueller-dependent or vulnerable to “second-hand” aspersions? One that moves relentlessly forward with more names dropping, including that of Mike Pence for being a Biden dirt-solicitor. And just suppose enough Republican senators listen to what remains of their consciences, honor their oaths of office, reclaim their spines and vote for an unprecedented conviction. If President Trump is removed and Pence is part of the removal, then it’s House Speaker next up: President Nancy Pelosi. And that’s, inexplicably but constitutionally, how America gets its first woman president. Not Hillary Clinton, not Elizabeth Warren, not Kamala Harris, not Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Nothing is beyond this presidential pale. Nothing. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► I’m going sort of medium berserk right now. I have three speeches in the Midwest during the three weeks remaining in October, flying in and out on sequential days under the aegis of the Bill of Rights Institute. That will be fodder for future columns. Plus the manuscript deadline for my new book was last week. More fodder for the future.
Thus, this week’s column is going to be shorter, and I’m going to emulate the style of my colleague Joe O’Neill. I’ll take the little slips of paper on which I’ve jotted just an idea, and not explore that idea in my usual lengthy way. At least, that’s my plan. I hope you don’t mind, Joe. Bullets ahead.
• Lots of videos get circulated and recirculated on the internet, but I only saw this one once. Someone should get it running again. An ICE guy whose name I can’t recall was testifying before a House committee chaired by Representative Pramilla Jayapal, a Democrat. She was born in India, but dresses in western style and was duly elected by voters in Seattle. That did not matter to the ICE guy, though, who treated her as if she were scum. He refused to answer questions, repeatedly interrupted her, and twice shouted, “I’m a taxpayer! You work for me!” As if everyone else in the room weren’t also a taxpayer, including the congresswoman. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Dr. Kevin Sneed, by Tiffany Razzano

► An Orlando native, Dr. Kevin Sneed’s parents were Orange County educators who were part of a second wave of individuals who strived to desegregate the local school system.
This meant two things for Sneed while growing up: there was a large emphasis placed on education in his home and his parents taught him to connect with people from all backgrounds from an early age. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Si José Dolores Poyo y Estenoz no hubiera tenido suficientes méritos para ocupar un lugar eminente en la Historia de Cuba, le habría sido suficiente alcanzarlo cuando le elegigiera Antonio Maceo como destinatario de una carta fechada en Honduras el 13 de agosto de 1884, donde expresara el General: “Quien intente apropiarse de Cuba recogerá el polvo de su suelo anegado en sangre, si no perece en la lucha”. Como si fuera poco, es a Poyo a quien confiesa José Martí, el 5 de diciembre de 1891: “Es la hora de los hornos, en que no se ha de ver más que la luz”.
¿Quién era este hombre para merecer la absoluta confianza y cariño de los dos héroes más encumbrados en la memoria de todos los cubanos? Era, en ambas fechas, el director del periódico El Yara, en Cayo Hueso, una de las publicaciones cubanas en la emigración que más contribuía a la causa independentista de la Isla. A ese islote estadounidense llegó José Dolores Poyo Estenoz en 1869, junto a su esposa Clara Camus de la Hoz y sus tres hijas, porque sus simpatías declaradas a la revolución independentista iniciada en su país el año anterior le obligaban al destierro. Hombre culto, poeta, escritor y periodista, encontró en el puesto de lector de tabaquería un espacio donde, en aquel islote, sostener a su familia y, a su vez, alimentar las ideas más avanzadas de su tiempo sobre la libertad, la democracia y la cultura. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso reabrió sus puertas el pasado jueves, 12 de septiembre para arrullarse con la magia de “Giselle”, la obra más representativa del Ballet Nacional de Cuba, insignia del romanticismo, interpretada en cuatro funciones por Viengsay Valdés, primera bailarina y subdirectora de la compañía, así como por las primeras figuras Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia, Grettel Morejón, Dani Hernández, Rafael Quenedit y Raúl Abreu.
Representarán el papel de Myrtha, la vengativa e impetuosa reina de las willis, Ginett Moncho, Claudia García, Ely Regina y Chavera Riera. Ernesto Díaz encarnará el rol del labriego enamorado Hilarión, respaldados por el trabajo minucioso, sincronizado y virtuoso del estelar cuerpo de baile del Ballet Nacional de Cuba …(to read more, buy a paper)

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