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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.

Democracy Used to Be a Dirty Word

Any one who lived through the civil rights movement for black Americans understands that “states’ rights” was a convenient code for racism. Conservative politicians railed that legal changes to protect the inalienable rights of African Americans were a violation of “states’ rights.”  Read More 
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The Violence Against Women Act

The final vote was overwhelmingly positive, with 286 in favor and 138 opposed. I’m talking about recent House passage of the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which went to President Obama’s desk for his promised signature on the last day of February, 2013. All 138 votes in opposition were Republicans.  Read More 
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March 3rd Centennials

March 3 marked two important centennials, but except for short references in specialized news sources, it passed largely unnoticed. Let me tell you why the date is significant.  Read More 
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