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From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga
► Last week, we criticized Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez for not allowing expert testimony and a professional demonstration of sound levels at an upcoming City Council workshop. Community businesses were willing to pay over $4,000 for the demonstration, still, Suarez refused.
However, Suarez made it known that he wasn’t going to be in attendance at the meeting, Upon this news, those businesses contacted Vice Chair Harry Cohen to ask for an audience. They needed 30 minutes for the presentation, but Cohen would only allow them 20 minutes total for presentation, speaking, etc. With not enough time to prepare for the shortened allotment, an agreement could not be reached.
We’ve seen non-scientific staff drone on and on during such meetings for much more than 20 minutes, most of the time with little science behind their rhetoric. We would have liked to have seen this presentation allowed. Maybe we’re a little more interested in facts than City Council.(to read more, buy a paper)
► We received a lot of response to our article about Christ the King’s Father Len Plazewski’s support of an expensive storm water tax to be levied against churches.
One item that seemed to irritate readers the most was his quote that people don’t go to libraries anymore. There must be a lot of Catholic librarians.
One shared with me a three-page missive he sent to the good father about the benefits of libraries.
Another, Kathleen L. Cook, sent this to the pastor’s Twitter account: “Church believes in education. U say no one uses libraries. Disappointed in anti-library stance.”
The good priest permanently blocked her from sending messages to his Twitter account and from following it.
So much for turning the other tweet.
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► We got a call from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s office that his staff is setting up an emergency insurance village Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Wal-Mart on Dale Mabry near I-275. The deployment of this resource is to help all those residents and businesses that were damaged by the hurricane to file insurance claims and find other resources.
“Say what?!?” was our response. What damage in Tampa or Hillsborough County? … We called local elected officials who knew of no damage that would cause the CFO’s response. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut
► … This was the birth of Franklin. There was considerable blowback, particularly from people in the South who felt race relations were hard enough without him stirring things up by having a Black character integrated into school with the other white children.
But it wouldn’t have happened without a little push from Schulz himself. Schulz, in an interview years later, recalled of the time,
“I never paid any attention to those things, and I remember telling Larry [Rutman, president of United Feature] at the time about Franklin — he wanted me to change it, and we talked about it for a long while on the phone, and I finally sighed and said, ‘Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?’ So that’s the way that ended.” … (to read more, buy a paper)
From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill
► … Here’s a question I’ve periodically pondered: How is Paula Dockery, the high-profile, former Republican state legislator, still a Republican?
She’s progressive on a litany of issues, a critic of Rick Scott and often uses her column forum to bash Republican mindsets. Most recently she acknowledged that “Democratic voters seem to be more issue-oriented and fact-based. … They care more about the environment, renewable energy, criminal justice reform, universal health care and economic inequality.” Among other traits, Republicans are “less tolerant” and “respond strongly to fear and anger.”
“So why remain a Republican?” I asked. As it turns out, the end may be near.
“This election might be the final straw,” responded Dockery. “I might be an NPA by the end of the year.” … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano: An interview with Chuck Jaksec
► It was just a little over a decade ago that Chuck Jaksec and Robinson High School’s young principal Kevin McCarthy sat together in the bleachers watching the football team take on another local school.
Jaksec had his son, who was 3 at the time, with them as they cheered on Robinson. McCarthy turned to Jaksec suddenly and said, “Chuck, in the end, it’s just about the kids.”
“And three weeks later, he was gone,” Jaksec said. “I knew him very well. He was a young guy in tremendous shape. To have him die that abruptly hit home for me personally.” … (to read more, buy a paper)
From In Context, by Doris Weatherford
► … We rarely use Latin terms anymore (a good thing because it and other languages limit women with usages built into the language), so I suppose I should explain that “alumnae” is the feminine form of “alumni,” the usage for men back then and for everyone now. But before we had “alumnae,” many self-educated women worked to create that opportunity. They organized themselves as the Association for the Advancement of Women in 1873. This was less than a decade after the Civil War, when practical needs finally had made it permissible for women to travel without male escort and to organize for war needs, especially hospital creation. That women were ardent about creating opportunity for themselves was clear when some 400 attended the first AAW meeting. It eventually would merge with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae to create today’s AAUW. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya
► … La organización Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc. (THHI), con más de cuarenta años de existencia, se ha afirmado en nuestra ciudad como una de las instituciones sin fines de lucro que más ha contribuido a la defensa de la cultura hispana en el centro de la Florida. En ocasión del mes consagrado en Estados Unidos a celebrar los aportes de nuestra cultura al país, conversamos con María Vizcarra, quien pertenece a su directiva desde hace más de diez años.
La Dra. Vizcarra nació en Lima, Perú, donde realizó sus primeros estudios. En 1981 se trasladó a Estados Unidos. En Tampa, donde vive, ha dedicado la mayor parte de su tiempo laboral al cuidado y educación de los niños. En su afán constante de superación y servicio, alcanzó una Maestría en Ciencias en la Universidad de Springfield y un doctorado en liderazgo educativo de la Facultad de Educación y Desarrollo Humano de la Universidad de Argosy. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta
► … El protagonista de El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, una tra otra, emprende aventuras, impulsado por la bondad y el idealismo, socorre a los desvalidos, todo en nombre del amor personificado en Dulcinea del Toboso, quien es, entre múltiples interpretaciones, una idealización de la rústica labradora Aldonza Lorenzo.
Dulcinea representa el ideal del amor platónico, raíz de todas las virtudes y la verdad, combinación de la filosofía de Platón y del filósofo florentino neoplatónico Marsilio Ficino en el siglo XV. El ánimo que motiva al Quijote hacia Dulcinea, no es poseerla, sino los altos valores caballerescos que suscita en él. Ella representa el amor sublimado, que se opone a su otra naturaleza, la de Aldonza Lorenzo, quien, en contraste con el carácter primoroso de Dulcinea, representa los destellos carnales de un mundo inferior. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera
► … En lo que se ha denominado como una explosión intencionada, el sábado en la noche de la semana pasada, en Nueva York, ocurrió una detonación que dejó un saldo de 29 heridos antes de una reunión de líderes mundiales en la ONU en esa ciudad.
La explosión ocurrió en el barrio Chelsea, de Nueva York. El artefacto explosivo es de fabricación casera y detonó a las 8:30 de la noche. El explosivo fue colocado en un contenedor de escombros situado en frente del número 131 de la calle West 23, cerca de la esquina con la Sexta Avenida. … (to read more, buy a paper)