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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.

1982: And the Ladies of the Club

I’m not sure exactly what I was busy with in 1982, but something. By great good fortune, I had an agent for my first book, but she was busy, too, and months would go by without a letter from her in the mail. (Yes, children, we waited for postal delivery back then.) I probably was on the board of the Mango Elementary School PTA in 1982 and active in Women’s Political Caucus, a bi-partisan organization that disappeared after Republicans disavowed the Equal Rights Amendment.  Read More 
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Next Tuesday Evening

I promised Jean Yglesias of the League of Women Voters that I would publicize an event the league is sponsoring on Tuesday, September 27. Titled “What’s Going On? Voter Behavior in the 2016 Election,” it will feature Dr. Edwin Benton of USF’s political science department. Among the more intriguing questions to be addressed:  Read More 
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A Day as a Tourist

My sister in Arkansas called late on Wednesday and asked about my plans for the weekend. She and an Oklahoma friend had found a cheap flight on Allegiant, which specializes in smaller cities, and were thinking about flying between Tulsa and Sanford late on Friday. She has lots of hotel honors points from her work in the food vending business, and they would spend Friday night in Sanford and come here on Saturday.  Read More 
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Everybody Talks About the Weather…

But nobody does anything about it.” That old saying is about to be relegated to the dustbin of history, though, as we can do more and more about anticipated weather. At least, we know much more about it, and that in itself is hugely important. When my parents were young in Minnesota, no one knew if a blizzard was coming or how severe it might be. I grew up hearing about people who went out on a pleasant morning and froze to death in the afternoon.  Read More 
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