This week’s column consists of the eulogy that I delivered last week for my dear friend, former Senator Helen Gordon Davis. Other than her children and the rabbi, there were just two speakers, and the family asked that I address the political side of her life. Of course I made a couple of ad lib comments that aren’t here, and those of you who were there will read a few things here that I didn’t say then – one of which I skipped because I feared chocking up. The other is an addendum I made for this column, after the memorial service, when the Tampa Bay Times published another story that included Helen. The rest of the below, however, is the eulogy: Read More
Doris writes a weekly column for LaGaceta, the nation's only trilingual newspaper, which has pages in English, Spanish, and Italian. Begun in 1922 for Tampa's immigrant community, it continues to thrive more than a century later. Her column is titled "In Context," as it aims to put contemporary issues in the context of the past.
May 18, 2015
You probably have heard about the campaign to replace President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill with a woman. The effort began with a girl asking President Obama why there is no woman on any paper currency (or metal, for that matter), and a grassroots movement began to do so. Some 300,000 people participated in a recent ten-week poll between the four runner-ups of an earlier longer list, and the winner was announced Monday. She was not my choice, but more on that later. Read More
May 11, 2015
I write this column on Mondays, and yesterday was Mother’s Day. Although I’ve had bad experiences with mussels before, I nonetheless ate some – and my tummy still is reeling, with my head floating about a foot away from my shoulders. Thus, in a complete switch of topics that will become clear soon: Read More