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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Congressman Charlie Crist will soon announce his run for Florida Governor. If successful, he would be the first to serve as governor as a Republican and a Democrat.
Many have encouraged Crist, believing Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried doesn’t have what it takes to defeat Ron DeSantis in 2022. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► We hear Tampa City Councilman Orlando Gudes will likely be the next chair of Tampa City Council when Guido Maniscalco’s term as chair ends.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Jason Holloway has been running for State House District 67 for almost two months and so far, everything is good. He’s got around $30,000 between his campaign account and PAC. Leadership seems to like him, which is attested to by an endorsement from Senator Joe Gruters, who is the Florida GOP chair.
Holloway is also in good with the GOP House Victory leadership. He is a Republican who is the former aide of Senator Darryl Rouson, which gives him friends in both parties. The upper Pinellas district leans Republican and redistricting is unlikely to change it.
House District 67 is currently held by Chris Latvala, who filed to run in 2024 for Pinellas County Commission.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, acting as the Clemency Board, made it a lot easier for felons to have their rights restored. The four deserve applause for making the needed change.
The group did away with the five-year waiting period after being released from prison for felons to seek clemency. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Congresswoman Kathy Castor joined three congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Mark Zuckerberg seeking assurances from him that his vision for an Instagram that targets children will protect children.
The letter ends with, “Should Facebook fail to provide adequate responses to the questions above or otherwise fail to demonstrate that a future version of Instagram for children would meet the highest standards of user protection, we would advise you to abandon your plans to launch this new platform.” … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … On the other side of that coin, the odors they emit indicate a boycott of soap-based products and they tend to lean on the foul-mouthed side more than their younger counterparts.
Stinkiness and cursing I can handle. Hygiene is usually a private conversation and profanity is dealt with immediately. The larger problem I recently experienced is the ugly R word.
Republicans.
Just kidding. The word is racism. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► The official determination of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial was “acquittal.” That may go down as one of the more unconscionable euphemisms ever. “Betrayal” is more accurate when democracy has been attacked and undermined without the ultimate consequence. With seven exceptions, spineless Senate Republicans made sure Trump wasn’t convicted for fomenting an insurrection that took five lives, injured and traumatized hundreds and irreparably damaged America’s global reputation. These Vichy Republicans claimed a post-presidency, constitutional rationale that most legal scholars have dismissed. They parsed wording and cited First Amendment license over “fight,” as if Trump did no more than engage in a rhetorical flourish on Jan. 6. And, yes, you cannot have a meaningful “trial” if the “jurors” are career-first, Trump enablers. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► It’s over, and I am glad. Being a historian is comforting: most historians can predict what most of us will write in the future, and now we can ease up on fretting about the present. Let me say here and now, though, that I am very confident that Donald Trump — the only president to have been impeached twice by hundreds of members of the U.S. House — will rank at the bottom of every list of esteemed presidents.
I watched the Senate trial in real time on PBS, which took breaks only when Congress did. Unfortunately, we were allowed to see only the well of the Senate, not “jurors” such as Missouri’s Senator Josh Hawley — it wasn’t until later that we learned he paid no attention and even sat with his feet on his desk. Can you imagine any judge allowing that in a true trial? He’s appropriately named “Josh,” as everything is a joke to him, including democracy. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Keith Kunzig, by Tiffany Razzano

► You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but mild-mannered financial consultant Keith Kunzig is one of the most recognizable figures in the NFL.
By day, he owns and operates an Ameriprise Financial franchise in Seminole. But game day is a different story.
Hours before each home game, he makes the transformation into Big Nasty, the popular Tampa Bay Buccaneers superfan and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Ford Hall of Fans. The season ticketholder ditches the professional attire to don his signature horned helmet. His brightly colored face paint – two ‘Ws,’ one on either side of his face, that represent the word “win” – and his signature expression – mouth open, tongue sticking out, wild eyes – make it easy for him to stand out in a crowded stadium. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Conocí a Peggie Schmechel en junio de 2014, cuando commencé a trabajar en La Gaceta ocupando la posición de editor en espanol. En un pequeño colectivo laboral, compuesto mayoritariamente por miembros de la familia Manteiga y donde todos hablan únicamente inglés, mi dificultad para comunicarme en ese idioma parecía ser el inconveniente principal que tendría que enfrentar. Excluyendo esta limitación, las relaciones de trabajo en este lugar han sido positivas.
En esas circunstancias, la presencia de Peggie me resultó grata y solidaria. Ya tenía más de 80 años cuando la conocí y, con diligencia, llegaba cada mañana a su trabajo, manejando su auto, y entraba saludando a todos con un cariño especial que se le notaba en la mirada. Ser la madre de Patrick –el dueño de esta empresa familiar que pronto llegará a un siglo– no le hacían considerarse con un privilegio especial en su jornada de trabajo; pienso que fue así cuando era la esposa del anterior propietario –Roland–, y, seguramente, en sus primeras relaciones con esta publicación, como nuera de Victoriano Manteiga, el legendario fundador.
Pero los largos años, el corto cabello blanco, las nobles arrugas de su rostro bondadoso, el andar pausado por los espacios del edificio que alberga a La Gaceta –apoyándose en un bastón– sí le daban con amplitud la primacía entre el pequeño grupo laboral. Se notaba en la deferencia con que todos le cedían el paso, en la manera de escucharle un mínimo comentario, en el modo de acercarse a su mesa de trabajo a recibir de sus manos un encargo, el cheque semanal o un caramelo, en abrirle la puerta al advertir su llegada, en la paz que su cercanía callada enriquecía. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Si hay un poeta con quien plenamente me identifico es Julián del Casal (1863-93). Se le reconoce como un esteta aderezado en una especie de maldición baudeleriana. Expuesto prematuramente a la condena fatal de la tuberculosis, vivió su corta existencia –30 años– en espera de la fina invisible inevitable estocada de la dama del nunca jamás. Su respiración literaria se movía al lánguido ritmo hesicástico del romanticismo, del gregario y pulcro parnasianismo, y del novedoso modernismo que iniciaran y cultivaran José Martí, Rubén Darío, José Asunción Silva y Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.
Casal vivió inventándose en una exótica displicencia de agitada dolida serenidad, extravagante sagacidad, enfermizo subsistir, palpitar erótico, reverenciando los modelos estéticos de los poetas franceses decimonónicos, en alas del ensoñador magín parisino, que sólo pudo recrear en su habanera metafórica imaginación, a falta del tan suspirado viaje a la “ciudad de la luz”. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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