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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 End is Nigh

This will be the last column before the demise of the outrageous presidential candidacy of busted billionaire Donald Trump, the man who repeatedly cheats his employees, declares bankruptcy to avoid paying his debts, and refuses to release his tax returns – something that every presidential candidate has done for a long time – and yet has the temerity to condemn Hillary Clinton for using the wrong e-mail server, something that has not mattered in any presidential race. Yes, that was a long sentence. And it didn’t even mention his multiple marriages or his history of sexual harassment.  Read More 
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Your Chance to Make History

Here’s a plan: With the polls showing that Hillary is going to win hands down, and with both the House and Senate in play, why not go all the way and wage a campaign for an all-woman team at the top? Elizabeth Warren can preside over the Senate, while Nancy Pelosi returns as speaker of the House. Why not? There’s no reason to not give women a total shot at what men have been doing for so long.  Read More 
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Distasteful Talk and Defining Experience

I’m walking past the muted TV to see the headlines but evade the talk on The Story and The Donald. Yet I’m glad that others have the sound up and are talking about male behavior. We should have more of it, as it seems belatedly clear that many people, both women and men, missed the consciousness-raising stage of the feminist movement in the 1970s. Apparently today’s audiences need this candid conversation on radio and TV, as well as in the e-mails that flood my inbox and probably yours. Of the many computer messages I’ve gotten, by far the most thoughtful subject line was “internalized misogyny.”  Read More 
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Historians Have the Last Word

That’s why I’m glad I am one. We make predictions based on our knowledge of the past, and sometimes we live to see the end of the story. Although I’m not yet ready to write the last word on this wild and crazy election year, I think I’m nearly just about sort of prepared to say that one of my longtime predictions perhaps may be coming true. Most of my colleagues would use fancier jargon for this equivocation, but as you know, I’m sort of plain spoken. I’m almost going to bravely assert right here and now that this will be the presidential election year I’ve been waiting for since 1980.  Read More 
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September, October, and Cinco de Mayo

Just in case no one told you, we are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month. It will end October 15, a few days after we celebrate the Columbus fleet’s first sighting of the Western Hemisphere, which probably was Watling Island in the Bahamas, on October 12, 1492. Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because on that day in 1821, Spain granted independence to five Central American nations: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. On September 16, 1810, precedents for independence were set by Chile and Mexico.  Read More 
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