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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► We wish everyone a Happy 4th of July and hope you can use the time to enjoy family and friends.
This Independence Day marks America’s 245th Birthday. This grand experiment in self government has stood the test of time. Our rule of law is strong and liberty and freedom are enjoyed by more Americans than ever before. America is ever evolving. That ability to evolve was the genius of our founding fathers designing of government. We obviously need to continue to evolve before the statement “All men are created equal” is truly respected by our government.
Considering that we are a government of the people, it’s easy to understand why our government doesn’t treat everyone equally. It reflects our own prejudices, fears and flaws.
It also reflects the best of us.
That’s a reason to celebrate.
Happy Birthday, America.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The roster of judges in Hillsborough County is likely to grow.
The Legislature approved funding for six additional county judges in Hillsborough County and we hear it is likely the governor will seek to fill the empty slots two at a time instead of all six at once.
The 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) will need to interview candidates and make recommendations to the governor to fill these positions. It is probably easier for the JNC, governor and courts to handle this process two positions at a time instead of filling all six at once. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Chair Jim Waurishuk continues to push the local Republican Party to the extreme right. He chose freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia as the keynote speaker for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Aug. 27 … Taylor Greene is the face of the Trump Party more than she is a member of the Republican Party. Her social media posts embrace conspiracy theories, repeat lies and threaten colleagues. This quickly got her in trouble with her congressional colleagues and was stripped of all her committee assignments. While she has walked back a few of her Facebook posts, she remains a full-blown QAnon believer. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Hillsborough County Democratic Party raised over $200,000 during the first six months of this year. That is the best the party has ever done in six months. What makes the dollar amount more impressive is that the money was raised in a non-election year. Congratulations to Mark Hanisee and Ione Townsend.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Governor Ron DeSantis’ war against Facebook and other social media has already suffered a major setback. A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction preventing the State from using a new law to fine social media companies from removing an account of a candidate who violates their standards.
The judge pointed out that the law affected only large social media companies, not small ones and exempted Disney.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … Cheney is an interesting case for me because I generally disagree with her votes on almost everything. The person with whom she seemed to most agree, ironically, is Donald Trump, who she voted with 92.9 percent of the time. Her alleged successor, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), voted with the former president just 77.7 percent of the time.
The major difference between the two is permanent fealty to Trump.
On Tuesday, Cheney addressed her Republican colleagues to give her thoughts on the situation. Her words were pointed and significant. And though they fell on mostly deaf ears, her words are worth absorbing, if only to understand what the majority of Republicans rejected. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … “We didn’t get anything. We gave up a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing. It was a good day for Russia.” That was the former president, who, as we know, granted the big-stage treatment (including a joint press conference) to Putin and (in Helsinki in 2018) proceeded to declare that he trusted Putin more than America’s intelligence agencies when it came to Russian interference in the 2016 election–the one that helped bring Trump to the White House. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► The quick and nearly unanimous passage of a bill to create Juneteenth as a new federal holiday is an amazing marker of the real change voters made last November. We pushed out an archaic administration that was deep in denial and replaced it with a realistic one that acknowledges historical facts. As you doubtless now know – but may not have known until recently – Juneteenth recognizes the time that slaves near Galveston, Texas, became aware that they were free.
The Civil War had ended two months earlier, and the Emancipation Proclamation that applied to conquered Confederate territory was more than two years prior to that, but no one proclaimed freedom to these isolated folks until Union troops under General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865. He headed U.S. Army forces in Texas, and his handwritten proclamation, General Order Number 3, is preserved at the National Archives. Although little noted until recent years, Juneteenth is no myth. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Dariana Granados, by Tiffany Razzano

► Raised primarily by her mother and grandmother, Dariana Granados recalls her childhood in Colombia fondly. “I was raised with very strong family values. We did a lot of things together with our family, a lot of traditions,” she said.
Her mother was always her biggest supporter and wanted the best for her daughter, especially when it came to education. Often, she worked three or four jobs at a time to afford sending Granados to private school.
That private school provided her with a bilingual education, teaching her English from a young age. School was always her top priority, and she also won competitions in various topics – singing, math, spelling and English. She was known at her school as a go-getter and high achiever. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Todavía el rocío de la noche –enriquecido con la humedad de la lluvia constante– está vivo en la hierba verde de Travesía, cuando José Martí sale al potrero a ponerle el freno a su caballo. Entre todos los que alzan la cabeza con la aproximación de sus jinetes –alazanes, negros, zainos–, su blanco cenizo sobresale en estampa, sacándole a los otros una cuarta de alzada. Algunos se espantan, no el suyo, que tiene en los ojos el brillo de saber que se completa en su montador. Para el Maestro no es un lomo de estreno, pues una esquina de campo cubano –en Hanábana de Caimito– lo había visto pasar, con nueve años, en un corcel embridado.
Montó a caballo en Norteamérica, Guatemala, en Santo Domingo, pero ninguno –ni siquiera el brioso dominicano que le prestó en Dajabón su amigo Toño Calderón– era como éste; ni el noble bruto, que otros cabalgaron, había tenido un jinete semejante.
La de este domingo fue una marcha entre ríos: desde el canto del Cauto hasta el rumor del Contramaestre, cuyo curso atraviesan y siguen hasta su juntura con aquel, que lo remontan, ya solo, hasta la casa de la Jatía. Con el trotar y una breve galopada –hay unos tres kilómetros entre Travesía y Dos Ríos– se fue el primer pedazo de la mañana. En los momentos de apareo, Martí y Gómez siguen hablando de la abundancia de reses en estos pastos, pero les crece la inquietud al apreciar su traslado en lotes a las ciudades, sin ser interrumpida esta maniobra. Ya el día antes Gómez increpó a Rosalío Pacheco, peleándole porque los que deben prohibir ese trasiego lo están autorizando, con la explicación de que el General Jesús Rabí lo aprueba. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Al llegar con ardor patrio a las costas orientales de Cuba, José Martí escribe en su Diario de campaña, bajo la fecha del 11 de abril de 1895: “… Rumbo al abra. La luna asoma, roja, bajo una nube. Arribamos a una playa de piedras, la Playita, (al pie del Cajobabo); me quedo en el bote el último, vaciándolo. Salto. Dicha grande…”. Era inconmensurable el júbilo patriótico que le embargaba.
Martí, quien se encontraba exiliado desde 1880 en Nueva York, ciudad donde a la entrada de su Parque Central, sobre la Calle 59 y la Avenida de las Américas, podemos hoy satisfechos contemplar su monumental estatua ecuestre, junto a la de Simón Bolívar y José de San Martín, ciclópeos héroes de la revolución que culminó con la emancipación de Sudamérica frente al poder colonial español, abandonó suelo neoyorquino el 30 de enero de 1895 (en un viaje sin regreso) para dirigirse a Santo Domingo, a donde arribó, después de ocho largos días de travesía en el mar, el 7 de febrero. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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