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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► President Donald Trump did a good deed amongst all of his daily bad policies and bad behavior. He signed a presidential order that extended a ban on oil drilling in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida by 10 years … Of course, a presidential order can easily be undone by the current president or the next one, so it’s not as strong as working to pass legislation. … It’s also amusing that Trump used a presidential order as a campaign stunt when four years ago, the Republicans in the House and Senate, Trump and Fox News consistently criticized Obama for signing many presidential orders.(to read more, buy a paper)

► South Dakota, host of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the Mount Rushmore/Trump 4th of July extravaganza, now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the United States.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County had a virtual grand opening of its Doretha Wynn Edgecomb Children’s Board Family Resource Center in Temple Terrace … The new center offers developmental play groups, developmental screenings, health and safety education and well-child visits.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Why will the Dolphins and Jaguars have fans at their home openers but the Bucs won’t?
We heard someone close to the situation speculate the NFL doesn’t want fans in the stands at RayJay because in four months, Tampa will be the home of the Super Bowl. The NFL doesn’t want Tampa’s stadium linked with any negative publicity around attendance and COVID-19.
Other than the two teams in Florida, the only teams that will have fans at their home openers are the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Florida Bar Board of Governors is seeking applicants to serve on the Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee and Florida Rural Legal Service Board of Directors.
Deadline for completed applications is Oct. 23. To find out more information about these voluntary positions or receive an application call 850-561-5757.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … Remember going to the mall?
When I was a kid, just being seen at the mall was a big deal, let alone having enough money to shop for something. The height of society in my teens was walking out of the GAP store at the Deptford Mall with a bag full of anything.
GAP shopping was only slightly above getting something good at Foot Locker. In those good ole days, I would show up to buy a pair of sneakers and do something I don’t think is a thing anymore – wear the new shoes out of the store. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … Biden on the hustings: Keep him (as) scripted (as possible), prudently and symbolically masked and on the offensive–as well as the empathetic. Juxtaposition matters, especially in key swing states. Biden and Trump are the very definition of contrast–from character to competence–and incumbency isn’t the advantage it typically is. Not when so much of what is wrong and worrisome right now would not be part of the “new normal” were it not for the commander-in-carnage. Life is manifestly fraught–but the only thing we have to fear–is the fearmonger-in-chief if he gets another four years. November is a zero-sum referendum on existential hope or epic fear. Keep playing the hope and not fear-card, Joe, along with a normalized foreign policy and a domestic agenda that keeps the Bernie Bros. on board–especially on climate (note how that worked for A.O.C-supported Sen. Ed Markey in his surprise Massachusetts primary win over Rep. Joe Kennedy)–as Trump doubles down on law-and-order optics and anarchist riffs that drive his consummate wedge issue while placating and motivating QAnon. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► I write this on Labor Day, knowing that La Gaceta had its Labor Day edition last week. Historians are like that: we want to examine things after they have happened, and we seldom speak prior to an event, even a scheduled event. So I wanted to see how our local paper, the only one we have, dealt with this day. Because the Tampa Bay Times no longer prints on Mondays, that meant going to the e-version, where I found what I expected: zilch.
A plethora of stories on this summer’s protests, but not the slightest allusion to the protests that brought worker rights. Not one word about the historic strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that ended what was essentially industrial slavery, especially for immigrants from Eastern Europe. Just one example is Ludlow, Colorado in 1914, when the National Guard shot and killed coal miners and their families. They followed that up by setting their humble homes ablaze. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Gretchen Cothron, by Tiffany Razzano

► Even as a child growing up in Tampa and Pasco County, Gretchen Cothron was naturally drawn to activism. By the time she was a teenager, she joined local chapters of ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and NOW (National Organization for Women). “I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a fighter for the underdog,” she said. “Any sort of injustice has always set me off, ever since I was young.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … El domingo pasado, supe por las redes sociales que Gabriel “Puly” Sequeira Romeu había fallecido el día antes. En ese instante, rememoré las veces en que pude conversar con él. La imagen inicial con que emergió al recuerdo fue la de su rostro amistoso, sonriente, jovial, con un perceptible halo de timidez.
La primera vez que vi a Puly fue en su hogar, en la calle Habana. Al vivir en una vía con el nombre de la ciudad donde llegó a la vida en el lejano 1933 y en una casa llena de música cubana, parecía que aún estaba en el ambiente musical isleño en que creció, rodeado de sus ilustres familiares. De ello hablamos enseguida esa tarde, de su abuelo Armando Romeu –célebre pianista y director de orquesta–, de su célebre tío abuelo Antonio María Romeu, compositor de más de 500 danzones; de su madre Zenaida Romeu, maestra de piano de figuras como Chucho Valdés; de su hermana Zenaidita, actual directora de la Camerata de Cuba.
La conversación, acompañada de un exquisito café cubano, entre decenas de viejos discos atesorados por él, derivó hacia su propia historia cuando nuestra insistencia (compartí la visita con Marcel Ferrer, entonces productor del programa televisivo “Buenos días latino”, del entonces CNN en español en Tampa). ¬Entonces, supe de sus inicios en la música, primero estudiando piano, después autodidacta y en la década de 1950 como técnico de radio y locutor en la emisora CMQ. Al inaugurarse la televisión en Cuba –primer país de América Latina en hacerlo– él fue uno de los primeros en sumarse, trabajando en Unión Radio Televisión, el canal que lanzó la primera señal, en 1950. En el año 1954, Puly fue uno de los 9 cubanos contratados para montar una estación de televisión en Bogotá, Colombia, entrenando al personal que echó a andar la televisión de ese país. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El 16 de septiembre de 1852 nació en La Coruña Emilia Pardo Bazán, en el seno de una familia de la aristocracia gallega. Con 16 años, se casó con el también noble José Quiroga y Pérez Deza, estableciéndose en Madrid, desde donde el matrimonio realizaba frecuentes viajes a Francia, Italia, Suiza, Austria e Inglaterra, los cuales inspiraron libros como Al pie de la torre Eiffel (1889), Por Francia y por Alemania (1889) o Por la Europa católica (1905). El matrimonio se disolvió en 1885.
En 1876, publicó Estudio crítico de Feijoo, su primer libro, y una colección de poemas, Jaime, con motivo del nacimiento de su primogénito. Su primera novela, Pascual López. Autobiografía de un estudiante de medicina, vio la luz al igual que su hija Blanca, en 1879. La novela Viaje de novios (1881), para muchos académicos, la primera novela naturalista española –aunque la autora no lo admitiera– se publicó en 1881, año en que naciera su tercera y última hija, Carmen. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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