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From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

A conversation between School Board member Melissa Snively and smitten School Board candidate Kelso Tanner.

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► We received image after image of School Board member Melissa Snively’s conversations on Facebook messenger. It seems she is leaving her Facebook account logged in on places she shouldn’t and exposing her discussions.
Some show she is encouraging and organizing opposition to her peers on the Board. Others concern us because they could be violations of our sunshine laws.
Here are some snippets.
This paranoid rant is from School Board member Lynn Gray on March 20, at 8:29 p.m.:
“one wants to be supt. and is planning with the other 1 – you saw a glimpse today. JP [Jim Porter?]is in on it. They know the game and how to play expertly … since they already did it with MEElia [MaryEllen Elia]. The only one who knows the “system” better than T, me and S … is you. E.L. [Earl Lennard?] may be involved as well. Do not write anything in your district e-mails … since they already have scammed mine via CJ [Conchita Jones?]. Only trust SW [Stacy White?] … not EL for political stuff, etc. Think evaluations … and the big picture. TS [Tamara Shamburger?] does not have a clue”
On March 10, this conversation between Ryan Haczynski and Gray that included Snively in a three-way chat.
Haczynski: “Please let me know if you are willing to serve as the chair and vice chair. I have called for this in my comments as part of a suggestion as to how leadership can be restored. Mrs. Snively, I think you should be chair only because you’ve been on the board longer, and Mrs. Gray, you should be the vice-chair so that hopefully you can be chair the following year.”
Gray: “Ryan, a shift of power should come soon. I absolutely want more dialogue with my constituents. It is you all which I represent and want to hear from. Then I can make more accurate decisions which will help facilitate the best conditions via policies for the per school administrators, parents, students … and community stakeholders. Both >>>>>>> and I will need two new board members … both of which you all will advocate.”
“In regard to the chair/vice chair suggestion – that is fine by me Ryan … I know that Melissa and I want to be a force in leadership … especially when we get our new board members (hopefully 2 of them).”
Here’s a pledge of fidelity from School Board candidate Bill Person to Snively and Gray on Feb. 6, at 6:42 a.m.
Person: “Great, sure wish I could get some major help like Stacy [Hahn?] is getting from Earl [Lennard]. Earl and Company is helping her and others. I suspect he is going to support Shake Washington! Too bad. … I may have to make some major shifts in my campaign DIRECTIONS but I will always have yours and Lynns back MS!”
That received a big thumbs up from Snively.
Person also laid out his heartfelt reasons for joining the Democratic Party.
Person: “Also heard Cathy James will not run against me! Jessica Vaughn, was running against me but will now drop out of the race and support me! She will run against Cindy [Stuart] in 2020! I know you understand why I went D [Democrat], I am getting major support now.”
“Starve out April [Griffin] and [Shake] Washington, they will get no party support now.”
Snively: “Excellent”
Another School Board candidate also frequents Snively’s messenger. Kelso Tanner offers these classy remarks after the new chair was picked.
Tanner: “Please tell me you didn’t get passed up again for a leadership post.”
Snively: “ummmm …”
Tanner: “That’s B.S. You’ve been on that board longer than Shamburger and Harris is an idiot.”
“You’re like a Ph.D being forced to work with village idiots.”
Snively: “Lol.”
“Thanks. It’s ok. It’s not about me. I am totally happy right now. AG [April Griffin] went down.”
After April Griffin announced her retirement, Tanner sent Snively a link to a Florida Politics article.
Snively’s comment about Griffin was: “Yeah. Can’t trust her. We will see.”
“P.S. I thought she was older than 48. LOL.”
Jason Ferger, author of the Whistle Blower, which frequently targets the School Board members Snively opposes, is often in discussion with Snively.
Here he seeks business for his blog.
Ferger: “Could you comment on the WB [Whistle Blower?] page too?”
Snively: “I have my own shit storm, thank you.”
Ferger: “So is that a no?”
Here is a conversation in November between Gray and Snively on their effort to replace fellow School Board member Sally Harris.
Gray: “What a bunch of crap. ‘The dye hath been cast’, business, local leaders, and the populace … especially the teachers are not going to be fooled by this. They dug their grave and with the help of the TBT and folks like Bill [Persons?] will hopefully defeat any predisposed positions these 4 have taken. Sally has got to go! Can you send this to Stacy [White?] … this will get him more motivated to replace her. Check out the statement: ‘ESE students were dying’ … what kind of generalizing nonsense is he promoting? I am careful with this Michael guy [Weston] … he likes to play both ‘sides’ of the School Board fence.”
Snively: “Oh, yes. He is the devil in disguise. Sally sold her soul to him to get elected. He is a bad, bad man. I sent to Stacy, too. Very motivational.”
“Do you know Stacy Hahn?”
“She is who we are trying to talk to about running Dist 2 race. ”
“Dr. Stacy Hahn. Would be nice to have another smart person on the board.”
We assume she means someone smart enough to log out of his or her Facbook account.
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From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … All of Johnson’s programs were well-intentioned, which means they were met with conservative opposition. Actually, they are still met with conservative opposition.
The mistake these conservatives made was electing like-minded conservatives into office who were supposed to end these “entitlement programs” and the rest of the tree-hugging, liberal left wing agenda. They didn’t understand that all they had to do was elect a bumbling New Yorker, who helped the fish rot from the head down.
President Donald Trump’s appointees to most of his cabinet positions are effectively killing decades of Great Society’s gains through ineptness and greed. Why elect a partisan Congress when one moron in Chinese-made clothing can do all the damage for you? …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► The words “icon” and “legend” are routinely overused and undervalued these days. Especially when applied to pop culture which, by definition, doesn’t have to stand the test of time. Then there are those whose credentials predate yesterday and remain resonant. To wit: the late, alas, Tom Wolfe.
He had the right writer stuff. He chronicled this country as a newspaper reporter, as an essayist, as a magazine feature writer and as a novelist. He was a pop sociologist, a dapper, societal presence, a national treasure and an absolute American icon.
If you were a journalism student in the 1970s, he was in your instructor’s wheelhouse. And then in yours. Wolf introduced us to the concept of literary journalist. Where a reporter with an eye for absorbing detail, an ear for compelling dialogue and an ethic for background research could carve out a niche without feeling inferior to novelists. That niche was writing journalism that read like a novel. Tone and mood mattered. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► By the time you read this, I’ll be in Arkansas, in the middle of a weekend celebration for my younger sister’s 50th wedding anniversary. She is the fifth of my parents’ six children to reach this milestone; my younger brother will do so two years from now. When I mentioned this to my doctor at USF Health, she said, “That must be some kind of record.” I demurred, and she went to the outer office and posed the question to the staff. It turned out that no one ever had heard of such a big family in which everyone reached their 50th anniversary. I really hadn’t thought of it that way, and I’d be interested in what you think. I also apologize if you think I’m bragging: I don’t intend that. So, in all humility and recognition of unusually good fortune …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Andres Oliveros, by Tiffany Razzano

► While Andres Oliveros is known throughout the Tampa Bay region and Sebring as a trial attorney with a passion for helping those in need, initially he was driven by devotion to another field: the Italian culture and language.
Born in Sebring to parents who emigrated from Colombia – his father was a doctor, while his mother worked as a nurse – he was drawn to all things Italian from a young age. “It might sound silly, but I always had a love for Italian culture,” he said.
Language courses were limited at Sebring High School, but he opted to study Latin over Spanish. “Of course, I took Latin,” he said. “I always had a fascination with ancient Rome.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Evelio Lecour es un prestigioso escultor, ceramista, dibujante y profesor cubano, cuya obra emergió en la década de 1970 para situarse en la vanguardia de la escultura cubana de su generación. En los años siguientes, su obra ha participado en importantes exposiciones colectivas y personales, tanto en Cuba como en Europa y Estados Unidos. Además de su obra de creación artística, ha sido profesor de escultura en la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Alejandro, en La Habana. Al saber que en los próximos días visitará la ciudad de Tampa, le envié unas preguntas que afablemente respondió y, al publicarlas en La Gaceta, le damos la bienvenida a una ciudad donde seguramente nacerá una obra suya.
La profesora y crítica María de los Ángeles Pereira, en “La escultura en Cuba: una historia cautivante”, incluye tu nombre entre los principales escultores que surgen después de 1959, cuando afirma: “Los punteros de esta hornada fueron, a nuestro juicio, Angulo, Villa, Lecour”. ¿Cómo evalúas a esa generación de escultores cubanos a la que correspondes?
Fue una generación de mucho valor artístico y creativo para la escultura cubana, pero debo aclarar que el grupo de los escultores, mundialmente, siempre ha sido una minoría (si se compara a la gran cantidad de pintores que siempre han existido). Podemos imaginarnos que para hacer esculturas, en cualquier época –en la Grecia antigua, el renacimiento y hasta hoy en día– se necesitan más recursos para los escultores, y me refiero a los presupuestos, que siempre han tenido que ser mayores que el de otros proyectos artísticos. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Como parte de las celebraciones del quincuagésimo aniversario de la Orquesta de la Florida (TFO), el pianista y compositor Aldo López-Gavilán debutó como artista invitado con dicha agrupación sinfónica el fin de semana del 23 al 25 de febrero de 2018, en el Mahaffey Theater –viernes y sábado– y el Ruth Eckerd Hall, el domingo. Antes de sus presentaciones, el destacado músico nos concedió una entrevista, que por su larga extensión nos vimos precisados a dividir en dos partes: la primera salió a la luz el viernes, 23 de febrero, y llega a su final por medio de la presente edición.
Además de interpretar el piano, ¿tocas otros instrumentos?
Me siento muy satisfecho con el piano, creo que es muy completo, con él puedes lograr muchas sonoridades; además, al escribir para otros instrumentos también alimento esa necesidad de querer tocarlos pero realmente no domino ningún otro que no sea el piano. He estado experimentado con algunos instrumentos de percusión y otros autóctonos de África como la kora, el balafón y la mbira, inclusive he tenido la osadía de tocarlos en público y hasta en mis discos. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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