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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► … (One of the) candidates (in a) School Board race recently exposed himself as a homophobe and willing to use his “swing vote” to solicit campaign contributions.
Carlos Frontela mailed a signed letter to a local church. It seems to be one of many.
The letterhead reads “From the desk of Carlos Frontela for Hillsborough County School Board Member District 7, Countywide.”
Here are excerpts from the letter:
“Currently, the Hillsborough County School Board has considered adding ‘gender expression’ as a protected class … I am of the belief that if successful, this class will not ensure the safety of 99.7% of our students and not even the .03% that it is intended for …
“I am the only candidate that has publicly taken a position on this matter … I can be the swing vote on this board once this agenda comes up after the election in November, 2016. This school board needs leadership and I can bring that much needed leadership once elected.
“So I ask you please consider assisting my candidacy with a contribution and an endorsement so that we can truly keep our children safe together … I am your candidate …”
We can tell you he’s not our candidate. We find this type of politics very ugly.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Tampa City Council District 7 race just got busier. Jim Davison has joined in. He has previously run for County Commission and is a Republican.
Avis Harrison has also jumped in. She is new to the political arena.
The two join Gene Siudut, Luis Viera, Cyril Spiro and Orlando Gudes. Candidates may continue to file for this race until September 9.(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Senate District 19 Democratic candidates will answer tough questions at a forum on Tuesday, July 12, sponsored by the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP. The event will be at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave South, in St. Petersburg, and run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
State Senate District 19 is one of the few that still traverses the bay. The courts left it that way because it was designed as a minority district and performed as such. This was unlike Congressional District 14, held by Kathy Castor, which used to cross the bay to pick up more Blacks but failed to be winnable by a Black candidate.
District 19 starts in West Tampa, takes in all of East Tampa, then moves south to Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Sun City and crosses the bay and takes in Downtown St. Petersburg and South St. Petersburg.
Qualified candidates are Betty Reed, Ed Narain, Darryl Rouson and Augie Ribeiro. I will have the honor of moderating the debate and look forward to a spirited discussion.(to read more, buy a paper)

► … Our choice in this race is Dianne “Ms. Dee” Hart. She knows the district better than most. She’s lived there, owns a business there and raised her three children there. She worked to improve the district through her involvement in the East Tampa Business and Civic Association since the ‘90s and later became the CEO of the organization. She also works with a food bank. Her normal routine is to give back. She delivers groceries to those in need, she calls the city, county and state governments on behalf of people who need services or are being treated unfairly. She gives free haircuts to kids for back-to-school to help their self esteem.
She is already doing a lot of the work a state representative should be doing when serving one of the poorest districts in Florida. Ms. Hart is smart, driven and compassionate. We don’t believe the things she’s done were to further her political career, nor do we think this race is a stepping stone. Hart is the real thing.
La Gaceta wholeheartedly endorses Dianne Hart for State House District 61.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … Not too long ago, a young woman expressed her displeasure with the media and explained she didn’t watch any news. I was surprised to hear it, as I believed her to be fairly informed. It turned out she got most of her news from Facebook and lamented at how she didn’t know which news to watch. I told her to watch them all.
The beauty of today’s news is the slant is obvious. We used to watch the news we believed was unbiased and draw conclusions without knowing the influence behind the message. We now know where the spin from each network originates and can once again dissect the news and use our common sense to understand our world. Whether it’s Fox News or La Gaceta Newspaper, the slant is evident. It’s up to us to do the processing. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … The Florida Aquarium had a literal seat at the table recently when the U.S. and Cuba met in Havana to work out details of mutual environmental protection. It’s part of the new normal between the two countries. And a reminder of what an asset the aquarium has become.
It’s also recognition that this state, this city and this city’s aquarium share enlightened self-interest with Cuba. It’s also an ironic reminder that City Hall is still no help. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano: An interview with Jim Webb

► Musician. Actor. Swing Dancer. Pilot. Marksman. Photojournalist.
Jim Webb is used to wearing many hats. “I’ve lived four lives in one so far, easily,” he said.
But these days he has honed in on just one passion: growing his business, The Webb Works. With an ear for storytelling, Webb specializes in producing legacy and web-based videos for businesses, governments and families. So he’s pushed his other talents and interests to the side for the time being to focus on sharing these stories. “Everybody’s got a story and I love helping people tell it,” he said. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► Women won a tremendous political victory in 1920 with the 19th Amendment that granted the vote in every state, but the remainder of that decade would be quite different. Instead of her civil rights, the flapper of the Roaring Twenties focused on battles for short hair and short skirts; she wanted to drive new cars and dance to lowdown jazz, she smoked cigarettes and drank illegal alcohol. The political activism of her mother and grandmother seemed passé, and even those older women themselves failed to follow up on their gains. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … A Maribel Sánchez-Pagán y Rafael
Las banderas de Cuba y Puerto Rico guardan una similitud que se entrelaza con el poema de Lola Rodríguez de Tió: “Cuba y Puerto Rico son/de un pájaro las dos alas”. Ambas fueron concebidas con cinco franjas horizontales, un triángulo equilátero a la izquierda y una estrella de cinco puntas dentro de él. Poseen los mismos colores, variando sólo su distribución. Las dos franjas blancas interiores se corresponden, diferenciándose las restantes, que en el emblema cubano son azules y rojas en el puertorriqueño. El triángulo en la bandera de la mayor de las Antillas es rojo, mientras la isla hermana lo prefirió azul, pero la estrella en ambas goza de la misma blanca claridad.
La historia de cada una tiene un camino propio, construido de sueños, esperanzas, quebrantos, rupturas, fracasos y triunfos, y en su especificidad. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El Conservatorio Patel de Tampa presenta la edición escolar de “Los Miserables”, desde el 7 al 17 de julio, en el Teatro TECO del Straz Center, ubicado en el extremo oeste de la primera planta del Conservatorio Patel.
Creada a principios de los años ochenta en Francia por el músico Claude Michel Schönberg y el letrista Alain Boubill, emprendida por el empresario teatral londinense Cameron Mackintosh y estrenada en el londinense “Barbican Center”, en 1985, “Los Miserables” ha sido aplaudida por millones de espectadores, traducida a más de una veintena de idiomas y representada en las más importantes salas de teatro del mundo.
… (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … Otro atentado terrorista ocurrió la semana pasada, esta vez en Turquía. Las investigaciones apuntan a que las agresiones fueron perpetradas por Daesh (Estado Islámico). Por lo menos, ocasionaron más de 40 muertos y más de 200 heridos, según las informaciones procedentes del lugar. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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