If I didn’t follow the news so closely, I might be tempted to agree with The Donald that his own Justice Department is out to get him. But I do follow political issues closely and believe that the indictments are legitimate – and if not, that the accused will get their day in court. But of all of the shady people Donald Trump has chosen as associates, I am particularly gratified by the indictment of Miami’s Roger Stone. You may remember I’ve said before that I think he is key to everything. Like the biggest of current big guys, Stone loves to be key to everything – or at least would have you think so. I’ve detested him for decades, ever since he was proud to lead CREEP, the Committee to Reelect the President, who at the time was Richard Nixon. I didn’t know until recently that Stone has a tattoo of Nixon on his back, a truly eerie example of devotion to dirty tricks. 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.
January 21, 2019
I think of myself as knowledgeable about the US Constitution, but former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor reminded me in a recent speech of an important point that somehow had slipped down in my mental list. As she said, we all hear a lot from late loser Adam Putnam and other self-proclaimed sellouts to the NRA about the Constitution’s Second Amendment. That, of course, comes in the Bill of Rights just after the vital First Amendment, which assures the fundamental freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. As a refresher, here’s the Second Amendment in full: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Read More
January 7, 2019
• Did you notice the look on Mike Pence’s face when Arizona’s new US Senator, Krysten Sinema, chose to swear her oath of allegiance TO the Constitution ON the Constitution, instead of on the traditional Bible? Indeed, the Founding Fathers included the wording of the oath that members of Congress take in the 1789 Constitution, and neither it nor any other part of the Constitution refers to the Bible. Read it. And let’s talk about others following her lead and swearing their oaths to uphold constitutional principles on that very document. Read More