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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Nobody wants to drink Mayor Jane Castor’s poo water. Nobody.
The mayor’s “PURE” project to sell Tampa’s residents what they flush down the toilet has been labeled “misguided, risky, inequitable and unnecessary” by several Tampa groups that include Friends of the Hillsborough River, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, League of United Latin American Citizens, Center for Economic Development, Tampa Homeowners Association of Neighborhoods and 16 neighborhood and homeowners associations.
Some of these groups worked with the City over 22 months in what they hoped would be a process to determine the best path to take in using the 50 million gallons a day of partially treated wastewater that is currently pumped into Tampa Bay. The group expressed frustration that the talks were one sided. The City only wanted to sell its PURE plan to the group and it was not going to consider any other options. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Singer/songwriter James Taylor, along with his wife, played songs “Fire and Rain,” “You Can Close Your Eyes” and “America the Beautiful” for President Biden at the celebration party for the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said on Fox News, “I’m going to be honest, I don’t know a lot about James Taylor. I guess he’s won some awards and sold a lot of records, maybe more than anybody, but I’m actually embarrassed for the guy. I mean, he’s asked to come and play his guitar on the day when they’re announcing this inflation-reduction garbage.”
Is Marco Rubio a 17-year-old Gen Z girl? …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The City of Tampa Attorney’s Office has been aggressive with some members of Tampa City Council on documenting the times when they don’t vote on an item because they have a conflict of interest. The conversation hasn’t just been on detailed documentation, it’s also been on frequency of declaring a conflict. Some outsiders, such as this writer, believe that the City of Tampa Attorney’s Office doesn’t act in a bubble but coordinates with Mayor Jane Castor. …
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From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► Over the last few years, if a person wanted to get under the skin of an offended liberal or someone preaching political correctness, they would call that person a snowflake.
Snowflakes are delicate and according to some in the conservative class, so are liberals. The prevailing theory is there is nothing liberals won’t find offensive.
The term is effective because it’s so descriptive and to be completely honest, it’s pretty damn funny. As with many stereotypes, snowflake is true for some and not for others. Are there overreactions to perceived slights against different people, groups or ideas? Certainly. Is it a liberal-only issue?
Certainly not.
We, of the tree-hugging, baby-killing, peace-loving left have been vocal about transgressions we feel are inappropriate. We just aren’t as good at the marketing, so the name-calling sticks.
I am here to tell you now that I don’t ever want to hear another so-called conservative use the term for any of us after the insanity I’ve heard this week from various conservative media outlets. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From The Reasonable Standard, by Matt Newton

► I am writing this column on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 — 21 years after the tragic events in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Adding to the tragedy of the attacks were the social reverberations that manifested in the days, weeks, months, and years that followed. During that time, many people of diverse backgrounds were mercilessly harassed — for simply dressing, worshipping or appearing differently. I witnessed it personally. And like so many others, I failed to stand up and speak out when it mattered most. I will not do that again. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► I didn’t intend to write about Queen Elizabeth’s death, given that the media is flooded with the topic. It’s clear that newspapers and television networks had their extensive obituaries ready to go – perhaps for decades, with just a sentence or two in need of update. Also, my daughter is a serious student of English history, and until life burdened her with other responsibilities, she flew off to London whenever she got two dimes to rub together. Although I appreciate the fact that I can ask her any question on royalty and have an immediate answer, I guess I’m rather bored with the topic. I was going to skip it until a regular reader insisted otherwise, and to my surprise, I find that I have enough to say that it will fill a whole column. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Carlos Baia, by Tiffany Razzano

► After serving the City of Concord, New Hampshire as its deputy city manager for the past nine years, Carlos Baia is heading to Florida. As the new city manager of Temple Terrace, he hopes to use his years of experience in economic development to help the city, which was planned and developed in the 1920s, reach its goals.
Baia, born to Portuguese parents and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, first became interested in city planning, development and revitalization when looking at his hometown, which he called “a reasonably sized city” for the state. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

►Acaba de morir en Cuba, atacado por el coronavirus a sus 74 años, el gran pintor holguinero Cosme Proenza, uno de los artistas plásticos cubanos más sobresalientes de nuestro tiempo. Al preferir vivir en el espacio provinciano en que nació, restringió la publicidad que hubiera podido alcanzar su prodigiosa obra en La Habana, París o Nueva York, pero no disminuyó la riqueza del arte con que expresó su sensible cosmovisión.
Leí la noticia en la red social que la regó en el mundo, el popular Facebook, donde es posible percibir, a la vez, el impacto causado entre sus polifacéticos navegantes. Tomo, al instante, las primeras opiniones que saltan a la vista… (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

►Cada 29 de septiembre el sector más manifiesto de la literatura universal celebra el natalicio del genial pensador vasco Miguel de Unamuno, quien cumpliría 158 años de edad este mes, si la condición finita del ser humano no se lo hubiera impedido.
El final del siglo XIX registró cómo el Imperio Colonial español exhalaba sus últimos jadeos. En 1898, España perdió a manos de Estados Unidos sus últimas colonias en Filipinas, Cuba, Puerto Rico y Guam. Este hecho originó, entre otras consecuencias, un estilo de escribir llamado “literatura del desastre.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

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