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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

►Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried appointed Thaddeus Bullard, a.k.a. Titus O’Neil, to the Florida State Fair Authority. His term starts before the beginning of the Florida State Fair, which runs Feb. 6-17.
O’Neil is a famed wrestler and has been using his time and money to try to improve our public schools in Hillsborough County.
Fried made a good choice.(to read more, buy a paper)

►Democrat Angela Birdsong told us she will file today, Friday, Jan. 21, for the Hillsborough County Commission District 2 race. Currently, she is the only opponent of Republican incumbent Ken Hagan.
Birdsong faced Hagan in 2018. In that election, she lost 47.64 percent to 52.36 percent. This race could be more competitive, as the boundaries of District 2 have been redrawn and that district now favors Democrats.
Other factors that could help Birdsong are her name recognition is higher and this seat is being targeted by the local Democratic Party, which is flush with cash. Birdsong only raised $33,000 four years ago. If there is no primary or if she wins the primary, her fundraising should be a lot stronger.
On the top of her issues list is support of a new transportation referendum…(to read more, buy a paper)

►President Joe Biden had a press conference to address his first year’s accomplishments. One of his top items was COVID. When he took office, 2 million people in America were vaccinated. Now, that number is 210 million.
He delivered a much-needed $1.2 trillion for infrastructure spending. This is a huge investment in America’s aging roads, bridges, rails, airports, ports and mass transit.
He appointed more judges to the Federal bench than any recent president in his first year and his picks were very diverse.
Biden can claim being the president who delivered the most job growth in the history of America – 6.4 million jobs.
Another COVID accomplishment was delivering a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package that helped businesses, music venues, unemployed, schools, renters, states and local governments.
He directed America’s focus and government policy back on improving our environment and combating climate change. One of his first acts was undoing Trump’s bad deed – Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accords…(to read more, buy a paper)

► The José Martí Committee of the Circulo Cubano de Tampa will commemorate the anniversary of Jose Martí’s birth on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Cuban Club, 2010 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba, in Ybor City from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Speakers will include La Gaceta Spanish Editor Gabriel Cartaya, historian and Judge E.J. Salcines and Alberto Sicilia. The presentation will be in both English and Spanish.
It’s been a long time since the Circulo Cubano de Tampa has celebrated Martí. It used to be a significant event for the club. As the Circulo Cubano is reinvigorated, the organization hopes to expand its annual celebration of Martí’s life and teachings.(to read more, buy a paper)

►John and Patricia Moll fought city hall and won. They showed me the $25,000 check from the City of Tampa to prove it.
The Molls have been seeking relief from the Tampa Stormwater Assessment and Tampa Stormwater Improvement Assessment on their homestead property in South Seminole Heights for many years…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

►…DeSantis has not announced a run for president, nor has Trump, but I don’t see Trump’s ego allowing someone like DeSantis to run unopposed. And if that happens, hooo boy. The debates will be must-see TV and the first time since the 2016 that we may see a unified Republican front against Trump.
Until that day, we’ll have to settle for these two taking shots at each other through soundbites and interviews, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this battle to take center stage in the near future.
Tennyson wrote the authority forgets a dying king. This is Trump’s reality and the quicker his sycophantic infrastructure comes down, the better. But as important, is DeSantis’ ouster. We need them to cannibalize each other and be rid of both of them.(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

►… • A Democratic senator can decide not to care about what happens on MSNBC and have a perfectly fruitful career, but her Republican colleague knows he can be made or broken by Fox.”–Paul Waldman, Washington Post.
• DirecTV has dropped the far-right, pro-Trump One America News Network.
• A recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Who Won in Afghanistan? Private Contractors.”… (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

►…Along those same lines, I noticed that victims of the recent disastrous fire in New York City were taken to the Jacobi Medical Center. That is named for Mary Putnam Jacobi and her pediatrician husband, who was an exile from Europe’s 1848 revolutions. Before they married, she went to France to become a credentialed physician. She had to overcome a great deal of prejudice, but when Dr. Putnam returned to the U.S. in 1871, she was better educated than most physicians. She established a successful practice while also rearing three children, and her “Common Sense Applied to Woman Suffrage” was very useful in debates about women’s physical capacity for voting…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Marisol Sanchez, by Tiffany Razzano

►When Sicialian-born archaeologist and professor Davide Tanasi moved to Tampa five years ago after accepting a role at the University of South Florida, he was surprised to learn about the city’s roots.
“It was a big surprise to discover a large community of Italian Americans, the vast majority of Sicilian descent,” he said. “I knew about Tampa. I knew about Florida. But I didn’t know the history of Ybor City and the importance of Sicilian American immigrants.”…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

►Con el nombre ClassicSubversive, que alude al respeto por lo clásico y, a su vez, legitima el carácter insumiso que corresponde al arte en todos los tiempos, el poeta cubano Alberto Sicilia dio nacimiento a una revista y un espacio editorial en la ciudad de Tampa que, en poco tiempo, ya tiene varios libros publicados y otros en proceso editorial. Por ello, hemos pedido al autor de El camión verde que nos responda algunas preguntas con el interés de que los tampeños conozcan más sobre este impulso cultural que abre puertas al incremento de las publicaciones y lecturas en nuestro entorno.
Hace sólo unos meses comenzó su ‘andadura’ en Tampa Ediciones ClassicSubversive y ya tiene varios libros en circulación. ¿Como nació ese proyecto editorial y que promete a los escritores?
ClassicSubversive Editions tiene varios antecedentes y es, junto a ClassicSubversive Magazine, un filtro para sortear las dificultades y aprovechar las experiencias de otros proyectos similares en los que he participado. Incluso así, tenemos que redefinir varias cuestiones, siguiendo las sugerencias del equipo de asesores del proyecto. Estamos llevando a consenso hasta el propio nombre, que es completamente independiente de la compañía ClassicSubversive. Comenzó el año 2020 con el número cero de la revista que reunió en sus páginas a escritores y artistas de la bahía de Tampa y fue un homenaje a mujeres creadoras. La editorial surge a la par y se compromete a dar precios asequibles a autores consagrados y emergentes, con varias opciones de impresión y dando la oportunidad para que los autores reciban la totalidad de las ganancias por las ventas. Tenemos un equipo de diseño, diagramación, corrección y edición de primer nivel, de igual forma un Consejo editorial con prestigiosas figuras del arte y la literatura. Al día de hoy tenemos 6 libros publicados y dos números de la revista, tenemos otros libros en proceso editorial y ya trabajamos el número dos de la revista… (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

►El existencialismo como filosofía se ocupa de los problemas fundamentales del espíritu y del destino humano, entre otros, la dimensión del ser, el tiempo, la libertad, la relación Dios-hombre, la incredulidad y hambre de inmortalidad.
El triunfo y el fracaso del ser humano, a parte de su relatividad, dependen, entre otros factores, de lo temporal, subjetivo e imprevisto de la existencia. La muerte, tema literario recurrente, por lo general se explica como el truncamiento de la vida, cuya línea divisoria con el final no siempre es clara, pudiendo implicar el fin de numerosos sueños y ambiciones, y según un enfoque religioso implica la separación del cuerpo y el alma, siendo el primero perecedero y la segunda eterna.
En la tragedia sofoclea Antígona, la protagonista, fruto de la relación incestuosa entre Edipo y Yocasta, procura a toda costa darle una digna sepultura a su hermano Polinice, pese a la prohibición del rey Creonte, quien ordenara que quedase sin sepultar y fuese presa de los perros. En esa dirección, la obra complejiza la idea de la muerte en tanto no sólo implica la conservación de la vida a toda costa, sino vivir siendo consecuente con lo que se ama y cree.
Labramos nuestro propio destino y, al mismo tiempo, nuestra realidad ha sido moldeada por elementos circunstanciales, dentro de un incesante y sorprendente proceso de reajuste. Los eruditos, por su parte, continúan tratando de hallar respuestas a las numerosas preguntas que el hombre se formula. Sin embargo, aún existe incertidumbre, especialmente en el plano de la conciencia…(to read more, buy a paper)

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