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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.

Start (and Stop) With a Smile

Especially if I’ve had a bad day, I read P.G. Wodehouse before going to sleep. It makes me smile, and I drift off more easily. A quick synopsis, in case you don’t know Wodehouse’s humor: His focus is on empty-headed, upper-class Brits during the Roaring Twenties. Jeeves, butler to Bertram Wooster, regularly untangles the complex knots in which these aristocrats find themselves. Bertram is a young gentleman with no visible means of support, yet inexplicably has no money shortage – despite his domineering Aunt Agatha, who follows him from continent to continent, despairing of his future.  Read More 
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Can You Imagine If…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had come home early from a scheduled trip with allies abroad because she was “tired?” That’s the excuse that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave for skipping an important meeting. He had been to Asia and arrangements had been made for him to go on to Europe, but he ducked out because he was, in his staff’s words, “fatigued” and “tired.”  Read More 
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Kudos and Not

Congratulations to State Representative Dan Raulerson of Plant City, who was one of six Republicans in the Florida House wise enough and courageous enough to join with all Democrats in voting against a measure proposed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, also a local guy who represents Land o’Lakes. Raulerson’s vote nevertheless was in vain, as Corcoran intimidated enough of his fellow Republicans to pass it 73-46, one vote over the required two-thirds majority. It will be up to senators now to stop this latest bit of dangerous foolishness.  Read More 
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