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Published Articles by Doris Weatherford

Education And Colleges Thereof

I was in car and listening to WUSF Radio when I heard the startling news that, without consulting faculty or area school systems, USF intended to abolish its College of Education.  My first thought was that Jack Gordon would be thrilled; my second thought was that Betty Castor would be distressed.  Both liberal Democrats, they served together in the Florida Senate in the 1970s when Democrats controlled the legislature -- but not necessarily liberal Democrats.  Anti-intellectual Senate President Dempsey Barron of Lower Alabama ran everything, along with his Panhandle pork-guzzlers.  Read More 

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Walter Reed And His Hospital

PART I

 

Both Hubby and I quite possibly could have died in our twenties were it not for the Army's Walter Reed Hospital.  Hubby's tuberculosis was diagnosed there, and I suffered a late-term miscarriage and subsequent infection that kept me there for ten days.  On the other hand, it may well have been the hospital's fault that I got the infection – and even that I had the miscarriage.  This was during the Vietnam War and young male physicians were being drafted, and I'm sure that some who were assigned to OB/GYN resented that.  I know my doctor was a complete and total jerk, without empathy and very antagonistic.  Read More 

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I never thought I would do it, but I did

I owe an apology to my friends who long have subscribed to the New York Times:  I considered that to be rather elitist and argued for our hometown papers.  But because of the demise of Mother Trib and especially because of the recent cast of characters at the Tampa Bay Times, I've signed up with the Yankee newspaper.  It promises to deliver a print version every day, something that seems not to matter anymore to the folks at TBT.  Read More 

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The personal is political

It's hard to know how to begin.  In addition to the insane outside world, my family is falling apart.  Regular readers know that I lost my beloved husband earlier this year, and last week, I lost my oldest brother.  Adding to that, an older sister and brother are in bad shape.  But I used the axiom of "the personal is political" because I want to talk about the end of life and how cruel current conditions can be. Read More 

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Taking a break from today

You probably join me in being so, so tired of 2020 turmoil.  If we had 20-20 foresight, we never would have allowed ourselves to get into this mess.  Today I decided to give it a rest and go back to the past.  Maybe not eternal verities, as in William Faulkner's work, but as close as I can get.  So if you want more about news and faux news, just stop reading here and skip over to Joe's column.  He'll have the latest and greatest. Read More 

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Do you remember?

Back in April, when the legislative session was about to end and thoughtless Republican legislators – most of that young frat boys – were patting themselves on the back about their budget?  A reporter who was paying attention to the world outside of Tally asked one about the budgetary effect of the new virus.  "I hadn't thought about that," he replied.  I wrote about it at the time, but it's time to review from another angle. Read More 

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Losers and suckers

I'm not going to belabor what so many others have said so well about the president's appalling – and repeated -- descriptions of soldiers who sacrificed for our nation.  It was good to see the Times bring back their Pulitzer-winning Dan Ruth to write about his father, a "sucker" who volunteered for additional dangerous flights during World War II.  And I can't imagine any sane person standing next to a bereaved family and wondering aloud "what was in it for him."  The Current Occupant truly meets the definition of a psychopath, incapable of empathy. Read More 

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Laboring on Labor Day

I write this on Labor Day, knowing that LaGaceta had its Labor Day edition last week.  Historians are like that:  we want to examine things after they have happened, and we seldom speak prior to an event, even a scheduled event.  So I wanted to see how our local paper, the only one we have, dealt with this day.  Because the Tampa Bay Times no longer prints on Mondays, that meant going to the e-version, where I found what I expected:  zilch.  Read More 

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Once more with the centennial

The day before I was scheduled to do an internet interview with Mayor Jane and Congresswoman Kathy, my dear friend Mitzi Anderson knocked on the door.  She has been with the Mango Post Office forever, and she held a sheet of stamps that honored the 19th Amendment.  As you know, this was added to the Constitution on August 26, 2020.  It ensured all American women of the right to vote, no matter in what state they lived.  I wrote about this long political fight recently, so I won't rehash.

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Authoritarism in our time

It's a shame that the root of "authoritarianism" is "author."  Very few authors are authoritarians in the political sense of the word; instead, we generally are open-minded, and we seldom respond well to those who issue commands.  I suppose the word originally conveyed "authority" in the sense of credence and expertise, a person who knew what she/he was talking about and was to be respected because of that.  In political usage, however, "authoritarian" has come to be personified by guys who are proud to follow orders and are empowered by uniforms, armor, and weapons.  We recently have seen a lot of such authorities beating and shooting unarmed civilians, both in America and abroad. Read More 

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