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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► We hear there is a poll being conducted that asks if the respondent would support a change in the City Charter to give Mayor Bob Buckhorn a third term.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen is term-limited out of his District 4 South Tampa seat in 2019.
We’ve heard a long list of people talking about running or being talked about as potential candidates for that seat. … Others include Dallas Coffield, Craig Newman, Jen McDonald, Jack Ross, Joe Citro, Julie Jenkins, Brian Willis and Kelly Flannery.(to read more, buy a paper)

► One of the biggest political fights this season is for St. Petersburg mayor. It pits former Mayor and Republican Rick Baker against current Mayor and Democrat Rick Kriseman. … Some are talking about how great Mayor Baker was with different communities in the city. He did a lot of outreach, unless you were part of the gay community or homeless. His refusal to attend or even officially acknowledge a gay pride event in his city still upsets the Pinellas LGBTQ community.
The images of law enforcement slashing tents of homeless people and destroying their possessions are easily found on the web and many label St. Petersburg the meanest city in America.
There is always nostalgia about the past because most don’t remember the problems but to us, it seems St. Petersburg’s present is pretty special and its present is Rick Kriseman.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Women can now express themselves at the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Today, Friday, May 12, two lactation rooms will be opened for public and employee use.
Women can now have privacy to nurse their babies. They can also use the room to express or pump breast milk.
This advance is just in time for Mother’s Day.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … More disturbing is that this is a movement by McDonald’s to become something it is not.
While there are fewer order takers, McDonald’s is offering table service. Look out Bern’s, there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s wearing a clown suit.
McDonald’s also now has “Signature Crafted Recipes” sandwiches. The restaurant giant often comes up with new and interesting ways to sell its wares, but this is a company not understanding its audience.
To order at the new and improved McDonald’s, a customer chooses a topping, then chooses a protein (meat) and finally, the type of bread, which can be an artisan roll, whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► Remember when the media merely presented the news? Sure, it had to select and edit; that’s part of the (sausage) process, whether the medium is print or electronic. And each had its separate, properly labeled opinion forums. But these days, we too often have the media being the news, from “fake” – both alleged and actual – to partisan. Hardly healthy, especially for a democracy steeped in First Amendment sanctity.
Exhibit A: Fox News recently dropping Bill O’Reilly, the man who morphed from “Inside Edition” host to cable news-ratings kingpin. It was blockbuster stuff.
Would that the network, however, had summarily dismissed him for being a scurrilous deviant. But no, he was let go because there was no way to spin his slimy behavior to the satisfaction of sponsors, who pulled virtually all their advertising. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► Especially if I’ve had a bad day, I read P.G. Wodehouse before going to sleep. It makes me smile, and I drift off more easily. A quick synopsis, in case you don’t know Wodehouse’s humor: His focus is on empty-headed, upper-class Brits during the Roaring ‘20s. Jeeves, butler to Bertram Wooster, regularly untangles the complex knots in which these aristocrats find themselves. Bertram is a young gentleman with no visible means of support, yet inexplicably has no money shortage – despite his domineering Aunt Agatha, who follows him from continent to continent, despairing of his future. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano, an interview with Jon Davila

► … Davila grew up in Chicago, specifically the impoverished, crime-ridden, inner city neighborhood of Humboldt Park, which was a hub of gang activity. Gangs would befriend local kids as they got older – 10, 11, 12 years old – Davila said. “They would try to lure you in,” he said. “One time, my brother and I were playing outside and they came up to us and said they had a PlayStation. They asked us to come into their house and play video games. ‘It will be a good time. We can all be friends,’ they told us. Our parents saw that and said no way. It wasn’t a place to raise young teenagers.” On more than one occasion, he and his family found themselves in the cross fire of shootings involving rival gangs and had to duck and cover for safety.
…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … La semana pasada, el historiador Matt A. Casado me hizo llegar sus dos últimos libros publicados: California hispana: descubrimiento, colonización y anexión por los Estados Unidos y La guerra hispano-estadounidense de 1898: versión norteamericana de la contienda. En ambos casos, son textos de algo más de doscientas páginas, con una exquisita presentación, cuyos títulos llaman la atención sobre dos temas que se insertan en las relaciones e impacto de Estados Unidos con la hispanidad. El interés en ese vínculo histórico y cultural, descrito con agudeza, tal vez subsista en la propia condición del autor, español de origen y radicado en Estados Unidos durante cuatro décadas, donde se desempeña como Profesor Emérito en la Universidad del
Norte de Arizona.
California hispana es un estudio que parte desde el propio descubrimiento de esa región por los españoles, cuando en 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo entra en la bahía de San Diego y Monterrey. De esa fecha hasta que el vasto territorio pasa a ser un estado más de la Unión Americana, en 1850, hay tres siglos de historia que son atendidos por la mirada inquisitiva del profesor Casado, que permite captar la propuesta que el autor nos indica en el pórtico de su libro: “la epopeya del pueblo hispano en Alta California”. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El Conservatorio Patel –ubicado en el David A. Straz Jr. de Tampa– ofrece entrenamiento en las artes escénicas en un ambiente estimulante, brindando a los estudiantes las herramientas idóneas para labrar horizontes artísticos sólidos, así como contribuye a perfeccionar el nivel y la calidad de vida de los estudiantes.
Las inscripciones están abiertas para los grupos y clases de verano de danza, música y teatro que comienzan la semana del 30 de mayo, para estudiantes de todas las edades y habilidades. Algunos cursos requieren audiciones. Las audiciones de música y teatro se llevarán a cabo el jueves 18, de mayo, a las 4 p.m. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … En Puerto Rico continúa el eterno debate del destino político final, después de 500 años de coloniaje bajo España y Estados Unidos. La administración del actual gobernador, Dr. Ricardo Rosselló Nevarez, aprobó legislación para realizar un plebiscito programado para el próximo 11 de junio, bajo la Ley para Descolonizar a Puerto Rico.
Originalmente, se tenía como fórmulas descolonizadoras en la papeleta la independencia, la libre asociación o la incorporación de Puerto Rico como un estado de la Unión americana. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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