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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.

The true story of Thanksgiving

If some of this column seems familiar, it’s because it is. It also seems that the true story of America’s Thanksgiving cannot be told often enough – especially now that it is swallowed up between Halloween and Christmas. Nor do most Americans realize that our festival is not unique.  Read More 
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The 1914 Elections

After raging on in last week’s column about the 2014 mid-term elections, I said that this week I would address those of one hundred years ago, in 1914. I shall, but in context.  Read More 
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Any way you look at it, it’s just sad for democracy

One person decided last week’s election. One man, that is.

He can have one of five names, but it was the one vote that created a majority for the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Citizens United (2010), which overruled regulations about election spending. All three women and the only Jewish man composed the losing side; all five on the winning side are Catholic men. These are facts; you may interpret them as you wish.  Read More 
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Prosperity in the South

By the time that you read this, I’ll be home from a trip of some 2500 miles to, from, and within Arkansas, our home state. Hubby and I are thoroughly sick of air travel these days, and we always drive when we can. We enjoy that, especially checking out the state of the South and its economy. We can tell you, it’s good. People are prospering to an extent that never would have been predicted when I was young.  Read More 
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