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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► … Last Friday, the GOP held a Grievance Committee meeting to investigate charges against E.J. Otero. Kelso Tanner filed a complaint that Col. Otero violated his oath as a Republican Executive Committee member by supporting Tommy Castellano, who has no party affiliation, over Republican Jackie Toledo in a nonpartisan City Council race.
It’s been years since a local Republican has been brought up to the Grievance Committee on a complaint, so why go after a Hispanic Republican? In Tampa City Council and mayoral races, where Democrats dominate, loads of Anglo Republicans cross over to support Ds over Rs, but none of them face a tribunal for their sins. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► With Democrat Alan Grayson vacating his congressional seat, Democratic State Senator Darren Soto announced his candidacy for Congress. The district is heavily Hispanic and was designed with a candidate like Soto in mind. Grayson’s money derailed Soto from running for the new district in 2012.
Soto now has a good chance to be the first Hispanic to win a Congressional seat in Central Florida.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Tampa lost one of its good ones with the passing of Angel Rañon, 95, on July 18. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Newspapers are reporting that Congressmen Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy are the Democratic candidates for Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat. The media, us included, are guilty of leaving out Pam Keith.
This should be corrected immediately. Keith shines like a diamond in the coal mine of this Democratic primary. Grayson’s personal life is a disaster while Murphy us still under suspicion of being a D.I.N.O. (Democrat in name only).
Keith is articulate in explaining foreign policy. She comes across as open and honest without bravado. She is very smart and is running not to move up, find a job and take advantage of an opportunity but merely because she feels she has something constructive to offer in the U.S. Senate.
We had one of our best discussions regarding foreign affairs in many years of speaking with elected officials. Keith owes her dad for much of her knowledge of the world. He was a diplomat and she has lived in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and in different parts of the U.S.
She was a Navy JAG officer and graduated Boston College Law School. She’s been a big-time lawyer in Washington and in-house counsel in the corporate world in Florida. Her résumé is impressive but she is more so in person.
If she had money and power, Grayson and Murphy wouldn’t stand a chance. Democrats should consider her a fresh alternative.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The City of Tampa is paying HART $200,000 to run a rubber-wheel trolley (fancy bus) in Downtown Tampa called the In-Towner. … It seems designed to haul people on Harbour Island to work for free because Harbour Island residents obviously need subsidized transportation. It does not serve the residents of Channelside or Ybor City. The hours won’t serve tourists, conventioneers or Downtown workers seeking lunch. This is really pretty useless in the scheme of things and reminds us that as our local governments claim they have no transportation money, they continue to waste what they have.
So why offer only those on Harbour Island free buses when the rest of Tampa has to pay? City of Tampa Economic Opportunity Administrator Bob McDonaugh tells us that the City of Tampa owes the residents of Harbour Island a transportation link to Downtown. The original developer of Harbour Island committed to the State that it would link the island to Downtown with the people mover to give residents and visitors a way to move on and off the island without a car. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Tampa International Airport (TIA) has $3.5 million to spend with artists for a dozen new public art pieces for the airport’s expansion. The airport already houses 30 collections of art. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Ybor community will hold a retirement party for Vince Pardo on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Carne Chophouse, 1536 E. 7th Ave. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Several readers called us regarding last week’s column on the transportation tax. All were in agreement that they did not like where it was heading.
We even spoke with Former Mayor Pam Iorio, who helped lead the last effort to increase the sales tax for mass transit funding. She was disappointed that this plan focuses on maintenance and new roads and offers little for building a mass transit system. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … There’s nothing wrong with making variations of food, such as the devil crab vs. the crab cake. We know there are similarities, but they’re not advertised as being the same. If we keep these load-bearing foods regional, perhaps we might do a little more traveling to those areas to get them where they are authentic and not cheap knockoffs, or expensive knockoffs if you’re in Brandon. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … So far in this pre-first debate campaign, Trump has managed to alienate two groups: non-Cuban Hispanics, and that’s most of them, and anybody with a soft spot for those in military uniform, and that’s most Americans. And he doesn’t apologize, of course, because he’s never wrong and, besides, that would be a sign of weakness. And America, which used to be great, cannot afford any more weak presidents. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► El Cuerpo de Consejo de Port Tampa se constituyó cuando ya había avanzado considerablemente la Guerra de 1895 en Cuba. En una carta que el 29 de agosto de 1895 envía Ramón Rivero a Tomás Estrada Palma, le explica: “Urge que teniendo esta localidad dos Cuerpos de Consejo, uno en West Tampa y otro en esta ciudad, se comuniquen ambos indistintamente todo aquello que sea conveniente a la Revolución”. Cuando dice “en esta ciudad” se está refiriendo a Ybor City, donde se concentra la mayor cantidad de cubanos de la emigración en Tampa. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► La narrativa postmoderna se caracteriza por su intensa oposición al funcionalismo y racionalismo que marcaron la llamada era moderna, replantea las formulaciones ya establecidas, al mismo tiempo que origina una nueva forma de crear y examinar los textos.
El eclecticismo es un rasgo esencial de la postmodernidad en ese intento de conciliar disímiles manifestaciones del pensamiento, en lugar de seguir lineamientos rígidos. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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