La Gaceta’s Endorsements
for the August 30 Primary
U.S. Senate Republican
Dwight Mark Anthony Young
U.S. Senate Democrat
Murphy, Grayson, Keith and De La Fuente
State Senate 19 Democrat
State House 59 Democrat
State House 60 Republican
State House 61
Clerk of the Circuit Court Democrat
County Commission 6 Republican
County Commission 6 Democrat
School Board 1
School Board 3
School Board 5
School Board 7
Circuit Court Judge Group 3
Circuit Court Judge Group 24
County Court Judge Group 10
Constitutional Amendment 4
What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta
From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga
► Public school started in Hillsborough County on Wednesday and for the first time in at least 100 years, Hispanics are the largest group in the Hillsborough County Public School population as the school year begins. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► We hear from spectators, the Democratic LGBTQ meeting on Wednesday night featured an ugly verbal fight between County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank.
Beckner told audience members that he did not like how Frank ran her office and couldn’t see how he could support her in the general election if she beat him in the primary.
Frank retaliated that he was running the nastiest race against her she ever faced and she could not support him. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► Carlos Fuente, Sr. one of Tampa’s cigar royalty, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, at the age of 81.
His time as president of the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company saw the cigar industry renewed and his brand became one of its premier players.
Fuente built a cigar empire in the Dominican Republic, employing 3,500 workers, but remained loyal to Ybor City by keeping his cigar business here.
He loved his family and gave generously to those in need.
Our condolences to his family and friends.(to read more, buy a paper)
► Last Saturday, School Board member Susan Valdes held a back-to-school event for students and families that need a little help in the costly preparations for the start of school. She’s been holding this event for 10 years and it’s grown to the point where she had to move it from Webb Middle School to Leto High School to hold the crowds.
This year, 3,000 people showed up and the need was apparent. There were 1,500 backpacks given to students, each one filled with supplies. Physicals were given to 500 children and 350 received immunizations. More extensive sports physicals were given to 30 students. Even 5,000 lbs. of potatoes were hauled away by families that will use them to relieve the pressure on their food budget.
Valdes tells us that several children were referred for additional testing or treatment because of concerns found during their physicals.(to read more, buy a paper)
► We met with Jack L. McRay, advocacy manager for State and Federal Affairs for AARP, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor last week. We were there to discuss Social Security, rather the lack of discussion on Social Security. AARP is on a mission to raise the discussion on America’s retirement plan. This election season has been devoid of discussion on Social Security. It’s nowhere in the presidential debate and most Senate and House races just mention their undying devotion to the 81-year-old program. If we don’t make hard decisions soon, Social Security will need to retire. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► We heard Cuban port officials will soon be touring ports along the Gulf Coast and meeting with officials as part of the continued expansion of the relations between the two countries.
Look for Tampa Port officials to use this visit as proof of their outreach to Cuba. Don’t buy it. Other ports have been more progressive and aggressive in establishing relations with Cuba. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut
► … It was a bit of a rainy day and the concrete was extra slippery. A friend and I were excited about how fast we would be able to go and had no concern for life or limb. My friend went down first and 10 seconds later, my job was to try to catch up to him.
I pushed on the lever and asked my cart for a full-forward. Before long, he was in my sights. One more bend and I would have him, but there was a problem. A big right turn was coming that almost turned riders sideways and had to be negotiated with care. If I slowed, my friend would get away, so I took the turn with all my might.
I remember every detail of leaving the cart as it went airborne. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill
► In the tumultuous wake of the Republican Party’s presidential nomination of Donald Trump, we’ve seen any number of self-serving GOP officials and office holders scurry to distance themselves from the embarrassing, narcissistic nominee. We get it.
We also get this: There’s a reason that Trump – a non-ideological, non-politically partisan sort until he played the “birther” card a few years back – competed for the Republican – not the Democratic – nomination.
A misogynistic, xenophobic, anger-courting loud mouth would most likely appeal to the “Deliverance” crowd with jingoistic generalizations and President Obama jobs-scapegoating … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano: An interview with Carrie Boucher
► As a metalsmith in Chicago, professional artist Carrie Boucher dreamed of one day owning a bus to travel the country with her art. “I thought it would be really cool to maybe do the art fair circuit or just travel as an independent artist in a bus, selling my wares to pay for gas and food and things like that,” she said.
But it never felt practical for her to follow through on this dream. And the Pinellas County native, after 10 years in the Windy City, decided to head back to Seminole in 2011, following a particularly rough Midwest winter. “There were two blizzards that last winter and I felt like it was time to come home,” she said. “As a Florida girl, it was time.” … (to read more, buy a paper)
From In Context, by Doris Weatherford
► … I just gasped in surprise: Haven’t they heard of airplanes? Those machines we have had for more than a hundred years that can fly over walls, no matter how high? Smugglers, whether they specialize in drugs or people or something else, have been using planes forever. Is there a plan to shoot them down? And if so, why build a wall in the first place? And what about boats on the aptly named Gulf of Mexico? Mexicans are free to use that waterway. The fact is that physical barriers are no solution to complex problems. Instead, this is merely a case of boys with toys. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya
► … Uno de los acontecimientos más dramáticos de la Guerra de los Diez Años en Cuba fue el apresamiento del barco nombrado “Virginius”, seguido del cruel fusilamiento de decenas de personas. La nave, de matrícula estadounidense, fue detenida por fuerzas españolas el 31 de octubre de 1873, a seis millas de las costas de Jamaica, cuando navegaba hacia la isla de Cuba con un grupo de expedicionarios y pertrechos de guerra, en apoyo a la Guerra de Independencia iniciada el 10 de octubre de 1898.
Desde entonces hasta hoy, se ha publicado una gran diversidad de escritos narrando los acontecimientos que troncharon la vida a 52 personas, en una cadena de fusilamientos realizados en los primeros días de noviembre de 1873 en Santiago de Cuba.
Esta embarcación había realizado varias travesías entre las costas de Estados Unidos y Cuba, contribuyendo al traslado de hombres y recursos para completar la independencia americana. Tenía una larga historia, pues fue construída en el marco de la Guerra Civil de Estados Unidos, desde cuya época inició sus travesías hacia y desde La Habana. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta
► … “No se puede ver un lirio sin pensar en el Padre de las Casas, porque con la bondad se le fue poniendo de lirio el color…”, así describe al fraile dominico la poética prosa martiana en La Edad de Oro.
Fueron sólo cuatro las tiradas de esta revista para niños, publicada en Nueva York, desde julio hasta octubre de 1889. Sobre el Padre de las Casas expresa Martí en dicha publicación, como quien se refiere a sus propias virtudes: “El hombre virtuoso debe ser fuerte de ánimo, y no tenerle miedo a la soledad, ni esperar a que los demás le ayuden, porque estará siempre solo, pero con alegría de obrar bien que se parece al cielo de la mañana en la claridad”. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera
► … Lo que pareció un acto de circo, cuando el 16 de junio del año pasado Donald Trump anunció su candidatura a presidente, se ha ido convirtiendo en una pesadilla, no solamente para el Partido Republicano, sino también para el resto de la nación.
Su estilo provocador de insultos y burla se ha visto en su discurso, como cuando inició su campaña catalogando a los inmigrantes mexicanos de “violadores y criminales” y así ha seguido usando ese ataque burdo y vulgar contra sus opositores republicanos y también contra los demócratas; sin olvidar que también ha hecho ataques contra miembros de la prensa. Ese estilo de confrontación lo llevó al liderazgo de las encuestas hasta estas recientes semanas, que ha comenzado a desplomarse en las mismas. … (to read more, buy a paper)