Published Articles by Doris Weatherford

The Coming Revolution

March 26, 2018

The negative opinion of Times’ political expert Adam Smith aside, I think America’s next revolution began last week. Well, really it began with the Women’s March in January of last year, but two recent achievements show its growing strength. One, the legislature passed and the governor signed a bill to make Florida’s Mary McLeod Bethune the first African-American woman honored with a statue in the national capitol; and two, millions of people in an amazing 800 towns in every state braved March cold to protest against guns. Adam doesn’t think that these activists can remember until November, but I do. (more…)

Florida Is Going, Not Coming

March 19, 2018

I began my book for the University Press of Florida, They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History, with words above. It continues: (more…)

Think On This a Bit

March 12, 2018

I didn’t know until recently that Jared Kushner’s father spent time in federal prison for a string of white-collar crimes. This was back in 2005-06, when Dubya was president. I’m sure Kushner Senior had a platoon of lawyers, but they could not convince a jury of his innocence. So my question is: If President Hillary Clinton had a son-in-law with such a family history, do you think everyone would have heard? (more…)

So Much to Say -- Briefly:

March 5, 2018

I trust you watch the PBS Newshour; everyone should. You may have noticed that Judy Woodroff increasingly begins the hour by shaking her head and saying, “There’s just so much news to cover.” Most of it is generated by our wacky White House – and not just its chief occupant. Friday night’s Republican spokesman David Broder joins Judy in shaking his head in astonishment at a White House that is like nothing he’s seen during decades in the news profession. His Democratic counterpart, Mark Shields, described it best when he said of the administration’s endless turmoil: “It’s like a civil war in a leper colony.” (more…)

In Re:

February 26, 2018

Arming teachers: What about teachers, especially in religious schools, who truly believe “Thou Shalt Not Kill?”


Re the rate of evolution, which is assumed to be very slow: Have you seen a dog chase a car lately? That was common in my youth. Dogs learn and evolve, and people who assert that animals cannot reason are just wrong. (more…)

Briefly

February 19, 2018

A political button I’ve used before and wish that someone would reissue: “Support mental health or I’ll kill you.”


Our territory of Puerto Rico is begging Washington for a $300 million loan to restore electricity, while we spend hundreds of billions for endless destruction in other parts of the world. It’s a loan -- and to our own citizens. How about making this part of America great again? (more…)

Really Neat Surprises

February 12, 2018

I spoke to the Micanopy Historical Society last Saturday afternoon. Hubby and I were standing in a long line for lunch at the town’s only café (good food, but seriously understaffed), when I saw someone who looked liked former Florida First Lady Adele Graham. As she came closer, I spotted the big “Gwen” button on her lapel, and we had a nice conversation. I don’t know what Adele was doing in Micanopy: a younger companion, worried that she had been gone from her table too long, interrupted us. But she looks great, is as gracious as ever, and is excited about her daughter’s campaign for governor. (more…)

Choices

February 5, 2018

The Pentagon plans to spend $391 billion on new fighter planes. The National Parks Department has $11 billion in unmet maintenance needs, including a leaking pipeline that is the only source of water at the popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Anyone choose water? (more…)

The Story Behind the Story

January 29, 2018

Everyone knows that the story of the month – several months, now – is sexual harassment. The story behind the story, though, is that of female judges. I hope you noticed the one who sentenced notorious abuser Dr. Larry Nassar to so many prison terms that he will die behind bars. She is Judge Rosemarie Aquilina – a woman whose father was Maltese and whose mother was German. She became a citizen at age twelve and graduated from Michigan State University (MSU), where Nassar was a sports star, in 1979. But it’s being a woman that makes all the difference. (more…)

Thank you, Donald Trump

January 22, 2018

You have energized women in a way that hasn’t happened since the 1970s. Your vulgar language and shameless behavior has brought grandmothers back to the streets, along with their daughters, sons, and more. Last weekend’s marches brought back memories of when I was young, and Hubby joined me in Tallahassee parades organized by the National Organization for Women and other groups that aimed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution. We never achieved that -- but we won every battle of the war. (more…)

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