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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► We congratulate Jane Castor on her victory in Tuesday’s election and wish our new mayor great success. She ran on continuing the growth and prosperity of our city and building on Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s success. These are all good things.
Bob Buckhorn was an inspirational leader of the city. He is a true believer and made our citizens proud of Downtown. We hope building on Buckhorn’s accomplishments will include broadening the investments in the arts, parks and beautifications to other parts of Tampa.
Buckhorn has done a lot to strengthen our city center. That investment was needed and necessary. It is now time to help other commercial centers and neighborhoods in Tampa.
It’s a great city and we have a deep love for it. We know Jane Castor shares that love for Tampa. While we did not support her in the election, we now support her as mayor and look forward with optimism to new leadership and fresh ideas.(to read more, buy a paper)

► La Tropicana Restaurant, in Ybor City, will start opening on Friday and Saturday nights at the end of May. For the last 50 years or so, the restaurant only served breakfast and lunch. La Tropicana will feature a full bar, tapas and live music when it starts and will open until midnight.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohan’s last City Council meeting was yesterday, Thursday, April 25. He tells us his eight years on Council was the best professional experience in his life and he will truly miss serving the city. He added that his service deepened his love for Tampa.
Cohen, a Democrat, is committed to moving on to the next level. He is going to run for County Commission District 1 in 2020. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► We hear Democrats are reaching out to County Commissioner Les Miller and School Board Member Cindy Stuart and encouraging them to run for the clerk of the circuit court. The seat is occupied by Democrat Pat Frank, who is retiring. … Democrat Kevin Beckner, who heads up Civil Service and is a former county commissioner, is also thinking of running for the seat. He ran against incumbent Frank in 2016 and made some long-term enemies within the party, which is likely why other Democrats are being recruited. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Joe Biden announced his campaign for president on Thursday morning. The frontrunner is now officially in. We like Biden. Some might not think he is young enough or progressive enough for the current Democratic Party. Some want a woman, a minority, or a minority woman. Some would wish Biden were gay. He’s none of these things. He the average Joe and that’s what the Democrats need to win.
We have lost touch with the average Joe and Biden can reconnect the Party with the working class, blue collar guy and gal. Biden comes across sincere, is passionate and has a great resume that is five times longer than any of the other Democrats.
That might not matter in today’s Democratic Party, which embraces diversity more than it does experience, but we all can see what happens when you put a person with no experience in elected office to run this country.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … This is why we leave theological education to the theologians.
I’m sure detractors of this bill will have written of its problems ad nauseam by the time you get this newspaper in front of you, but the one thing none of them seem to be asking is, why is Kimberly Daniels a Democrat?
She thanks God for Donald Trump, his family and his possessions yet was a harsh critic of President Obama. She’s ultra-conservative. She has been surrounded by controversies regarding ethics, anti-Semitism, homophobia, campaign finance, misuse of church funds and many, many more.
Democrats are certainly capable of a few of those issues, but I don’t know of any in Daniels’ league.
I can only assume the answer can be found in Matthew 7:15.(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … The sentencing guidelines that were notably disregarded in the “white-collar” Paul Manafort case also contained a gobsmacking, cringe-worthy rationale by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III. He referred to Manafort’s “otherwise blameless life.” We’re talking about a consummate schemer who had carved out a lucrative, living-high career on the felonious dark side. Moreover, his country was worse off for his self-serving agenda. This is like saying that Al Capone, convicted of tax evasion, had led an “otherwise blameless” life. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► As I walked past the TV, I saw the CNN headline news and saw, “White House blames Congress for ballooning national debt.” This congress has been in office for just two months and has not passed any legislation that affects the economy – and until about 60 days ago, both houses of Congress were controlled for many years by Republicans. Tell me again, which party is responsible for the (genuinely) ballooning debt? …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Jim Nixon, by Tiffany Razzano

► As a teenager, Jim Nixon dreamed of enlisting in the military. So, after high school, at 18 years old, the North Carolina native joined the Navy.
There was one catch: he was a gay man serving before the 1994 implementation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which allowed gay American citizens to enlist as long as they remained closeted.
At the time, Nixon wasn’t worried, though. As quartermaster, he was a navigational expert and just wanted to focus on his work. “I thought I could do my job and not have it impact me,” he said. “But unfortunately, it did.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Como se indica en el título, esta es la segunda parte del artículo dedicado a Herman Glogowski. Por si algunos no leyeron la primera y no les es dable acceder a La Gaceta de la semana anterior, reitero que la motivación a escribir sobre esta figura surgió desde saber la atención que le brindó a José Martí y otros patriotas cubanos, al invitarles en una ocasión a visitar lugares sobresalientes de este lugar. Asimismo, porque siendo Alcalde de la ciudad en cuatro ocasiones, representó el advenimiento y afirmación de la industria del tabaco en Ybor City y West Tampa.
También fue significativa la actitud del gobierno de la ciudad, presidido por Glogowski, para la construcción de muchas obras que hoy son parte importante de su patrimonio, como la edificación del hotel de Henry Plant, uno de los más lujosos de su tiempo y hoy perteneciente a la Universidad de Tampa. Las concesiones de impuestos y la construcción de un puente que la ciudad ayudó a costear para facilitar el acceso al flamante edificio, contribuyeron a hacer realidad una obra que atrajo a miles de visitantes. Fue el Alcalde quien, el 26 de julio de 1888, colocó la primera piedra de lo que sería el Hotel Tampa Bay. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Los sucesos de la revolución estudiantil contra el impopular gobierno mexicano de Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) –cuando la atención del mundo estaba centrada en la ciudad de México por motivo de los Juegos Olímpicos de 1968–, reprimida con la masacre y los hechos violentos que acontecieron en la zona comprendida entre la plaza de Tlatelolco, también llamada de las Tres Culturas, y los edificios contiguos, el 2 de octubre de 1968, han quedado plasmados en la novela testimonio La noche de Tlatelolco, de Elena Poniatowska.
El movimiento estudiantil mexicano en la década de los años sesenta del pasado siglo desplegó una férrea lucha contra el régimen establecido en ese país, caracterizado por la violación de los derechos democráticos. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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