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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.

"Support Mental Health or I’ll Kill You."

That message got attention. We wore it on buttons in Tallahassee, back in the golden age of reform in the 1970s under Governor Reuben Askew. Tampa’s George Sheldon had been a campaign aide to Askew, and as I recall, George created the buttons when he worked in the mental health field before winning  Read More 
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What Will We Do If Peace Breaks Out?

Intervention in Syria’s civil war has been the recent headline, so I’m not sure why I’ve been thinking about the French & Indian War. Fought during the 1750s and 1760s, they called it “The Nine Years Great War” in Europe. We were part of this international conflict even before we were a nation.  Read More 
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Let’s Help Young People Do More

I thought about writing an e-mail to my old friend Steve Otto, when his column in the Tampa Tribune last week was titled “Why Don’t Young People Fight Back?” But then I thought: hey, I can save time by just doing my pondering via LaGaceta.  Read More 
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What Is the Matter With Us?: How Budget Cuts Hurt Us All

I was trying to schedule lunch with a friend when she mentioned that she had five retirement parties on Friday. She herself is recently retired as the head of federal probation in this area, and because Republicans in the US House are hell-bent on reducing the size of government, her colleagues are retiring, too.  Read More 
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