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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.

Something Lovely Re Literature

Last week I raged on about the forever frat boys who have done dirty tricks for Republicans going back to Richard Nixon -- and how I rejoice now that at least some are convicted felons abandoned by their White House boss.  Readers sent e-mails thanking me for the column, but I promised at its end that this week I would change topics and do "something lovely from literature and/or history."  And so I shall.  Read More 

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Revenge Is Sweet!

Nothing in the recent political world has cheered me so much as Roger Stone's conviction!  Guilty, guilty, guilty!  On all seven counts.  By a jury of his Manhattan peers, who have intimate acquaintance with scum.   I'm so glad that the charges were filed there, instead of his winter base of South Florida.  Our jurors, I fear, might be more naïve, but New Yorkers know how deals go down and sent him straight down the river. Read More 

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Belated Veterans Day

I'm writing this on November 11, which has been Veterans Day since 1954, when Congress renamed it from Armistice Day.  That had marked the end of World War I, when fighting ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1918.  November 11 also happened to be my father's birthday, and he was due to report to the Army when the armistice was declared.  Read More 

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It's Always Good To Look Back At The Past

That is, it's good to look back in an honest way, and thus to celebrate how far we have advanced in modifying some of the worst of our human behavior.  We're growing; we're getting to the point that many of us now recognize how stupid and wrong it is to hold biases.  Sometimes, indeed, we even forget our own heritage as victims of routine discrimination.  Read More 

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