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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► As predicted in this column, Alan Cohn announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives District 15, as a Democrat. Cohn, a former anchor and managing editor for ABC7, WWSB-TV, is looking to continue the Blue Wave and unseat Republican Ross Spano in 2020.
Three other Democrats Adam Hattersley, Loretta Miller and Jesse Philippe, have already filed for the seat. Hattersley is the current seat holder in Florida House District 59. Andrew Learned, another Democrat who filed for U.S. House District 15, left that race to run for Hattersley’s open seat.(to read more, buy a paper)

► On Monday, Sept. 9, former School Board member Sally Harris filed to run for the Hillsborough County School Board District 7 seat. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Local attorney Daniel Alvarez announced his candidacy for Circuit Court Judge Group 30. Most recently served as the Chief Communications Officer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► We flew into Denver last Thursday evening … we soon found there are dispensaries everywhere. Even all the little podunk towns have dispensaries.
There is even a brochure on marijuana tourism in Colorado. It appears visitors are coming to Colorado for two different Rocky Mountain highs.
But being in the middle of nowhere was actually a good base camp for visiting all Colorado has to offer.
Diversity was one of the big impressions we had about Colorado.
Every day, we headed out on a different compass heading and found something different.
To the east were the flat lands of the great prairie.
To the north were the great mountains. Come were covered with forest, others void of trees and covered with grass. Some looked like one big rock, others looked as if they were just a bunch of small rocks piled up to 10,000 feet.
To the east, we found huge plains at 9,000 feet, surrounded by mountain peaks, no trees and lots of fog. It was surreal.
To the south, we found terrain that was more arid and looked more like Arizona or New Mexico.
The unspoiled areas would make a great backdrop for any western.
In our drives, we went through Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapahao-Roosevelt National Forest and Pike-San Isabel National Forest and saw herds of deer, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. We laid down by a running stream and watched the clouds float by. We stopped at every scenic overpass and admired God’s work.
We unsuccessfully panned for gold, rode a train and drove down a dirt road in our Toyota 4Runner that we shared only with ATVs and dirt motorcycles, as no one else that day was stupid enough to drive a full-size automobile over it.
Everything has been great – the people, the shopping and the views. Colorado has won my heart.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … And while we share this experience with each other, what we sometimes forget is the real toll on those directly affected, both on the ground and in the buildings. Those survivors have been living with a nightmare for 18 years and many have still not been able to heal.
When we remember the tragedies of the day, perhaps it would be a good day to call someone you know who was directly affected that day. Let them know you are thinking about them and you love them. We don’t get enough of those calls and I can’t think of a time for those people more important than right now, as a barrage of coverage and recaps of the day weighs on their minds and souls. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … president’s role during emergencies—such as devastating hurricanes—is to be the comforting, confidence-inducing public face of the federal government advisories—armed with facts, warnings, reassurances, hope, help and empathy. Alas, intemperate, uninformed presidential tweets and drive-by, off-the-cuff media quotes are not the same thing. And worse yet when they undermine NOAA and its apolitical credibility. That was the unfortunate upshot when the president recently relied more on a Sharpie than meteorologists in noting—and re-noting–that Hurricane Dorian was headed to Alabama. And then the inexplicable acknowledgement that he’d never “even heard of a Category 5 hurricane,” which Michael was when it raked parts of the Florida Panhandle last summer. “Helluva job, Brownie” never seemed so eloquent. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► Except for jokes about presidential Sharpies, things are relatively quiet in the political world, so I’m continuing the mental break from contemporary news that I began last week. I quoted then from “Olivia’s African Diary,” the day-to-day journal of a six-month trip through southern and eastern Africa in 1932. The writer was Oliva Stokes (later Hatch), and the photographs that accompany the published diary were by Mary Marvin Breckinridge (later Patterson).
And yes, women’s history is much harder to do than standard history because it was (and is) routine for women to change their surnames at least once in their lifetimes — with remarriages, even several times. Can you imagine tracing Thomas Jefferson if his surname were “Franklin” or “Washington” or “Hamilton” at different points in his life? And no one called him “Tom” or “Tommy,” unlike Mary Marvin Breckinridge, a woman called “Marvin.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Melissa Mihok, by Tiffany Razzano

► Rather than letting trauma overcome her life, after Melissa Mihok was sexually assaulted following a late-night shift at a restaurant, the St. Petersburg resident used this terrifying event as inspiration to form the nonprofit Heels to Heal. The organization provides free crisis counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
It wasn’t an easy journey to get to this point, she said. Initially, she was paralyzed by fear. So, she sought help. But she quickly realized how difficult it was to find the resources she needed. “I didn’t feel like we had enough support in our community here (in St. Pete,)” she said. …(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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