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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

►We had the pleasure of meeting some of the members of the Montreal baseball group on Tuesday night at a small gathering at the Ybor City Baseball Museum. During the event, Columbia Restaurant patriarch Richard Gonzmart gave an impassioned speech about the benefit to Ybor City and Tampa to move the Rays to the historic district. Had more naysayers been in the room, Gonzmart would have inspired some converts.
The Canadian half of the potential Tampa Bay/Montreal Rays was led by Stephen Bronfman and included Pierre Boivin. … (to read more, buy a paper)

►The Hillsborough County School Board posted six redistricting maps on its website at www.hillsboroughschools.org/redistricting.
Let’s be clear, redistricting has nothing to do with which school your child is assigned. It has everything to do with which School Board member is assigned to you and for whom you can vote.
The process has already become political. The Republican Party of Hillsborough sent out call-to-action emails telling its faithful to contact School Board members to support Map E. The problem is Map E is illegal as it cuts School Board member Nadia Combs’ home (who happens to be a Democrat) out of her district and puts it in Jessica Vaughn’s district (who also happens to be a Democrat).
The Republican call to action reports that the Democrats have sent out an action alert in support of Map F. According to the Democratic Party leadership, they have not officially endorsed any map, but we are now sure it won’t be E. … (to read more, buy a paper)

►Hillsborough County Commission is looking for volunteers to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council which facilitates communication between County governments and diverse populations and to address matters related to diversity that affect County governments.
There are 13 openings – two African Americans, one Far East Asian, one gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, one Latino/Hispanic, two Indian Asian, one Middle Eastern, two Native American, one northern and southern European, one person with disability and one at-large.
Go to www.HCFL.gov to apply.
You must submit a 200-to-500-word essay explaining your goals as a member of the Diversity Council. Applications are due Dec. 16. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► As part of our series to see how well our governments are doing on employing diverse work forces, we’re focused this week on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Looking at just employees identifying as white, Black or Hispanic, here is the breakdown: …
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► After oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court regarding the Mississippi abortion law, many are predicting the Court will turn its back on 50 years of precedent and allow states to make their own rules on the legality of abortion.
This radical change has come about with no major change in society, religion, the law or science to drive it. The change seems to be based solely on the politics of Republican senators preventing a Democratic president from appointing a justice, saving the appointment for a Republican president and rushing confirmation of Republican nominees.
This means the Supreme Court is just another partisan legislative body. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► This past Tuesday, Nov. 30, was Giving Tuesday across the nation. You may have seen a deluge of emails or texts asking you for donations or gentle reminders that there are countless organizations in need.
What do they need? Your money, of course, but they also need you. Your time, your effort, your ability to spread their message. They need you. It’s like my wife tells me when I am trying to figure out something to buy her for a present on one occasion or another. She’ll say, “All I want is you.”
That sounds like a great deal if you are trying to get out of buying something, but I’m someone who loves getting presents. What they cost doesn’t matter. I think I just like the idea someone took the time to think of me. For her, it’s about time and love. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► It wasn’t enough for Kyle Rittenhouse to be exonerated for shooting and killing two people. He then spiked the stand-your-groundless-rationale football on the “Tucker Carlson Show” and then a Mar-a-Lago meet-up with, yes, Donald Trump. Nobody’s shocked that, according to Trump, Rittenhouse is a “big fan.” And nobody is shocked that the usual suspects would use Rittenhouse as a pathetic political prop and pawn. A 2024 GOP presidential endorsement surely awaits.
Nor is anyone surprised that Trump called him a “really good young man.” It’s an extension of his equivocating comments on white supremacists in Charlottesville. Then he did a Donald double down: “He should not have had to suffer through a trial like that. … That was prosecutorial misconduct.”
In short, the guy who crossed state lines with an assault weapon and helped provoke violence that caused two deaths and was acquitted was made to “suffer.” That’s an insufferable take on vigilante manslaughter. But that’s the way it Mar-a-Lagos in Trump’s perverted parallel universe. But, no, there won’t be a Trump-Rittenhouse ticket….
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From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

►Nowhere in the publicity on the Rittenhouse case did I see any intention to prosecute the person who allowed this immature avowed thug to obtain a gun at age 17. Worse, the judge refused to allow the prosecution to refer to the dead and injured as “victims” — even though in any sense of the word, they most certainly were. He instead allowed the defense to call the dead men “looters” or “arsonists,” even though they were unarmed and no evidence of individual arson or looting was presented. Rittenhouse claimed that he feared they would take away his gun and use it against him, but having a gun means taking that chance.
Even conservative news sources suggested that the judge was biased in favor of defendant Rittenhouse – despite a long record of favoring the prosecution over the defense. In this case, the defendant appeared to be of the same political persuasion as the judge, and I think the Wisconsin Bar should reprimand him for his bias. No one else has suggested this in print, but I’m going to: let’s ponder the fact that the judge’s name is Schroder, while the chief victim’s name was Rosenbaum. Anti-Semitism also is racism. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Ken Eriksen, by Tiffany Razzano

► One of Ken Eriksen’s earliest and strongest memories was the first time he visited Yankee Stadium. The Queens native was just three years old at the time and “it was the first time I remember seeing anything green,” he said.
From then on, he was hooked on baseball. “I fell in love with the bat and ball game and couldn’t get enough of it growing up,” she said.
He eventually moved out to Long Island, where he immersed himself in sports, including basketball and, especially, baseball. He was “a rarity” in the sport, playing every position except catcher. “Had glove, will travel,” Eriksen said. “It didn’t really matter. Wherever you needed me, I could play.” … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► El pasado 19 de noviembre, la institución sin fines de lucro Herencia Cultural Cubana celebró un acto en Miami para dar a conocer a las personas elegidas para recibir el Premio Herencia 2020, que otorga esa entidad a quienes han sobresalido en la defensa y divulgación de nuestra cultura en Estados Unidos. En esta ocasión, recibieron la alta distinción el Honorable Juez retirado Emiliano José Salcines, la Doctora Mercedes Cros Sandoval y el Doctor Raúl Eduardo Chao, junto a su esposa Olga Isabel Nodarse Chao.
La Doctora Cros Sandoval es Profesora de Antropología y Ciencias Sociales en el Campus Norte de Miami Dade Community College y Profesora Adjunta del Departamento de Psiquiatría de la Universidad de Miami, Florida. Es originaria del oriente de Cuba y ha merecido acerca de los sistemas mágico-religiosos y los factores culturales que afectan la salud mental.
El doctor Raul Eduardo Chao, quien vive actualmente en Lakeland junto a su esposa Olga Isabel, tiene un doctorado en Ingeniería Química por la Universidad Johns Hopkins en Baltimore. Ha sido Presidente de los Departamentos de Ingeniería Química de la Universidad de Puerto Rico y de la Universidad de Detroit y ha publicado diversos libros relacionados con la historia de Cuba y la cultura hispana. Su esposa, autora del libro Al mirar: conversaciones y reflexiones sobre el arte cubano, es experta curadora de arte, ha dirigido galerías en Michigan y Nueva Jersey, y participado en varias exposiciones a nivel nacional e internacional. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, el más importante director de cine cubano y uno de los más destacados en Latinoamérica, nació en Santiago de Cuba el 11 de diciembre de 1928. Se graduó de derecho en la susodicha ciudad, pero su destino ineludible era la cinematografía. En 1948, con la filmación de cortos humorísticos se inicia en el cine. Fue fundador de la Sociedad Cultural Nuestro Tiempo, que agrupaba a intelectuales de izquierda en 1950. Ese mismo año obtuvo una beca en el Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía en Roma. Allí recibió su formación dentro del marco neorrealista italiano, que estamparía su estilo como realizador en el futuro.
En 1955, colabora con Julio García Espinosa en la dirección del documental “El Mégano”, el cual aborda el tema de los carboneros de la Ciénaga de Zapata, trabajo que fue incautado por la policía del entonces dictador Fulgencio Batista. Muchos críticos de cine catalogan a esta cinta como lo mejor del cine cubano en esa década. En sus primeros años como cineasta, Gutiérrez Alea cultivó asimismo el género documental en realizaciones como “Esta tierra nuestra” (1959), “El arte del Tabaco” (1974) y “Muerte al invasor” (1961), esta última junto a Santiago Álvarez. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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