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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

►The governor doesn’t want our schools to teach about slavery and our government’s role in the institution and its role in the continued oppression of Blacks after the end of slavery, but he is stoked about “Victims of Communism Day.”
He signed a law that will require public school students to observe the day on Nov. 7 of each year and will require about 43 minutes of curriculum about various communist regimes.
While we are happy about lessons on history and types of governing, we find that our governor is projecting his own type of woke culture…(to read more, buy a paper)

►We are very thankful to County Commissioner Mariella Smith and the entire County Commission for reaching out to us to recognize La Gaceta’s centennial.
It was the first time since COVID that she gave out a commendation or proclamation in person in front of the commissioners’ dais.
The commendation reads:
“The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to congratulate La Gaceta and its publisher Patrick Manteiga on the occasion of the newspaper’s centennial anniversary as it celebrates 100 years of providing vital news coverage to the community…(to read more, buy a paper)

►Last week, we wrote that Mayor Jane Castor’s State of the City speech was reflective of the new, hot parts of Tampa and that in Tampa’s grittier neighborhoods, life isn’t as great as Castor says. We also were quite critical that she didn’t address homelessness in her speech.
We ended the piece with this, “She [Castor] operates much like her speech. It’s all bright, shiny, new and no one has any problems, but we know in the morning there will be shit in front of the door.”
Our words have never been so prophetic…(to read more, buy a paper)

►Centro Asturiano de Tampa will celebrate its 120th anniversary the second week of June 2022. The club was one of the mutual aid societies founded in Ybor City. The club and its building became the center of social life for its members providing a place to enjoy fellowship with food, drink, games, sports, theater, arts, dances and other events.
It provided the necessities of life and death from medical care and banking to cemetery space. The Centro Asturiano and fellow institutions such as the Centro Español, Circulo Cubano, L’Unione Italiana and La Union Martí-Maceo created a strong, vibrant and unique immigrant community that was proud, independent and successful in the middle of the Deep South where prejudice was rampant…(to read more, buy a paper)

►This week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the U.S. embargo on Cuba was a genocidal policy, adding he would not attend the Summit of Americas in Los Angeles unless all countries in the region are included. This was certainly addressing the U.S.’ reluctance to invite Cuba.
This rebuttal of U.S. policy towards Cuba comes at a time when the Biden Administration has loosened some of the restrictive U.S. policies regarding Cuba enacted during Donald Trump’s four-year term as president…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

►This Sunday, May 22, is a very important birthday. It marks 100 years since Victoriano Manteiga published the first edition of La Gaceta.
I’ve been here at La Gaceta for almost 23 years and every five years, we do an anniversary edition. In each of those editions, I have waxed philosophic about my time here and what I’ve learned. I will wait until later in the year when the actual edition for our 100th anniversary comes out to write that column.
But there is some reflection I would like to do…(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

►When Ron DeSantis uses the Miami Freedom Tower as a backdrop, you know something’s coming other than an announcement of upcoming innovations. It’s too gratuitously symbolic. So, that’s where he announced that he was approving a bill (HB395) that will require public school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each year. In vintage DeSantis hyperbole, he labeled it a “blockbuster day for freedom.” Also under the law, a curriculum about various Communist regimes throughout history will be added to high school U.S. government courses… (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

►Even when we were in elementary school, my parents taught us kids the concept of separation between church and state. This was the early 1950s in Minnesota, and across the state line, Republican Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, a Catholic, was mixing God and Country to unleash the sort of “faith-based” fascism that Hitler had done a decade earlier. McCarthyism swept the nation, especially targeting those in the creative industries. Many authors, playwrights, and filmmakers had their professional lives ruined, as were they blacklisted and their work banned. It took me years to realize that the real reason behind much of this censorship was that the era’s big Hollywood studios often were run by Jewish men. Although much more subtle, these right-wing attacks continued the previous decade’s horrific discrimination against Jews…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Evan Smith, by Tiffany Razzano

►…As he planned a move to Tampa, he discovered Love INC of Metro Tampa and applied for the executive director opening. “What stood out for me is that the essence of the organization was building a collaborative network within the faith community,” Smith said. “It looked like it could be a good fit and it was the only job I applied for.”
The organization, part of a nationwide network of Love INC chapters, was founded in 2017 by Ann and Mike Doyle as a way to bring together the faith community and local community nonprofit and direct service agencies…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

►Haber compartido la profesión con su esposa, ¿qué significado tuvo para usted?
Con mi esposa compartí no sólo una profesión que a ambos nos gustaba y amamos siempre, sino que fui su amigo desde el primer día que entramos como “primíparos” a la escuela de medicina; estudiamos por seis años juntos, nos hicimos novios al iniciar el cuarto año de la profesión y siempre estuvimos yendo y viniendo juntos.
Lo nuestro fue una amistad de más de 59 años, con muy diferentes caracteres y forma de ver las cosas, pero nunca tuvimos problemas mayores de ninguna índole. La idea de crear la clínica Peña Samper fue mía cuando, hablando con mi partner y esposa de entonces y de siempre, le expliqué que sería mejor trabajando para nosotros, sin las talanqueras que ya se venían venir para ejercer la profesión. Ella aceptó y de ahí nació Peña Samper Medical Associates.
Además del ejercicio de la profesión como médicos, tanto usted como su esposa han estado estrechamente vinculados a la comunidad, sobresaliendo el apoyo a la población colombiana en la ciudad. ¿Qué momentos de este vínculo social recuerda con más emoción?
Nosotros fuimos muy activos con actividades culturares y comunitarias desde que nos iniciamos como estudiantes en la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Cartagena. Ambos éramos partícipes de actividades de ayuda a los pobres, creamos un grupo que se llamó “CUAS”, o Centro Universitario de Accion Social, con estudiantes de Medicina, Farmacia, Ingienería, Economía, Odontología, Trabajo Social, Enfermería e, incluso, con estudiantes de la Facultad de Leyes. Eso fue una gran experiencia que nos dejó marcados para siempre, tratando de ayudar a los más necesitados. Al inicio, como apenas era un “primíparo” en la Facultad de Medicina, yo hacía de “Cadenero” ayudante de los estudiantes de curso mayores en la facultad de ingeniería, haciendo trazados de nuevas vías y calles de los barrios marginales de la entonces Cartagena de Indias… (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

►Al llegar con ardor patrio a las costas orientales de Cuba, José Martí escribe en su Diario de campaña, bajo la fecha del 11 de abril de 1895: “Rumbo al abra. La luna asoma, roja, bajo una nube. Arribamos a una playa de piedras, (La Playita, al pie del Cajobabo). Me quedo en el bote el último, vaciándolo. Salto. Dicha grande (…)”. Sin lugar a duda, le embriagaba un inmenso júbilo patriótico al escribir estas líneas.
Martí se encontraba exiliado desde 1880 en Nueva York, ciudad donde a la entrada del Parque Central, sobre la Calle 59 y la Avenida de las Américas, hemos podido contemplar con el ánimo hondamente conmovido su monumental estatua ecuestre, junto a la de Simón Bolívar y José de San Martín, ciclópeos héroes de la revolución que culminara con la emancipación de Sudamérica frente al poder colonial español. Abandonó suelo neoyorquino el 30 de enero de 1895 (en un viaje sin regreso) para dirigirse a Santo Domingo, a donde arribó el 7 de febrero, después de ocho largos días de travesía en el mar.
Allí, en San Fernando de Monte Cristi, se reunió con el inmenso Máximo Gómez, donde firmó, el 25 de febrero de 1895, el Manifiesto de Montecristi, proclama que hacía un llamamiento al levantamiento en armas de la población cubana contra el gobierno español y, de la misma forma, puntualizaba el programa del movimiento revolucionario cubano…(to read more, buy a paper)

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