Published Articles by Doris Weatherford

“Honoring the Enemy:” A New Book in an Old Setting

February 11, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of reading the manuscript of the next book by Floridian Robert N. Macomber. This is the 14th in his series of naval novels with very accurate historical backgrounds. All of the titles include some form of the word “honor,” and in “Honoring the Enemy,” the enemy is Spain, as the US sided with Cuban rebels against their longtime European ruler. It is the second in a planned trilogy on the Spanish-American War of 1898 – which of course hits close to home: most of the soldiers destined for warfare in Cuba departed from Port Tampa. The first of the trilogy was largely set in Ybor City, where Cuban emigres planned the revolution. (more…)

The League of Women Voters is on Fire

February 4, 2019

If you read this on Friday, it will be only a few hours after our local League of Women Voters has held a program on gun violence. If you missed it, you get a chance to redeem yourself with another event on an important, if generally unnoticed issue, the national popular vote. Put it on your calendar: Wednesday, February 20, at 5:30. It’s at the Children’s Board headquarters, which is at 1002 Palm Avenue in Ybor City. And yes, plenty of safe parking is available there, and yes, men are welcome to join the League. The speaker will be a national expert, and I expect to learn something. (more…)

Another Day, Another Indictment

January 28, 2019

If I didn’t follow the news so closely, I might be tempted to agree with The Donald that his own Justice Department is out to get him. But I do follow political issues closely and believe that the indictments are legitimate – and if not, that the accused will get their day in court. But of all of the shady people Donald Trump has chosen as associates, I am particularly gratified by the indictment of Miami’s Roger Stone. You may remember I’ve said before that I think he is key to everything. Like the biggest of current big guys, Stone loves to be key to everything – or at least would have you think so. I’ve detested him for decades, ever since he was proud to lead CREEP, the Committee to Reelect the President, who at the time was Richard Nixon. I didn’t know until recently that Stone has a tattoo of Nixon on his back, a truly eerie example of devotion to dirty tricks. (more…)

Jane Castor and the Third Amendment

January 21, 2019

I think of myself as knowledgeable about the US Constitution, but former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor reminded me in a recent speech of an important point that somehow had slipped down in my mental list. As she said, we all hear a lot from late loser Adam Putnam and other self-proclaimed sellouts to the NRA about the Constitution’s Second Amendment. That, of course, comes in the Bill of Rights just after the vital First Amendment, which assures the fundamental freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. As a refresher, here’s the Second Amendment in full: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (more…)

January, 1943

January 14, 2019

Because Hubby was born in 1943, I gave him a calendar for that year from one of those too-many catalogs that you get in the pre-holiday mail. I’ve read the January anniversaries and marked some to share with you. (more…)

Did You Notice?

January 7, 2019

• Did you notice the look on Mike Pence’s face when Arizona’s new US Senator, Krysten Sinema, chose to swear her oath of allegiance TO the Constitution ON the Constitution, instead of on the traditional Bible? Indeed, the Founding Fathers included the wording of the oath that members of Congress take in the 1789 Constitution, and neither it nor any other part of the Constitution refers to the Bible. Read it. And let’s talk about others following her lead and swearing their oaths to uphold constitutional principles on that very document. (more…)

Morality Plays, Past and Present

December 31, 2018

We somehow missed the annual rerun of Charlie Brown’s Christmas show, but we have watched it so often that we know almost every word about his sad little tree and his frustrating attempt to direct a Christmas pageant. We did see the Grinch again trying to steal holiday joy from Who Ville and then repenting of his meanness, and it made me think about literature’s roots as morality plays. Long before the Grinch tried to ruin life for Little Cindy Lou Who – indeed, dating all the way back to pre-Christian days -- the great Greek playwrights used the medium of drama to raise questions of right and wrong. (more…)

Between the Holidays: Life Goes On

December 24, 2018

This column comes out between Christmas and New Year’s, and because our daughter is home and I’m enjoying relaxed holidays with her, this will be mostly a re-run from past holiday writing. Our daughter, by the way, works for the Department of Justice and is unconcerned about the shutdown. It seems that DOJ has a separate pile of money from fines that criminals pay, so the work goes on. She telecommuted a bit while here and plans to be back in the office by Monday, even though it is New Year’s Eve. It’s possible that the Grinch will parole the people he considered to be his personal indentured servants on New Years’ Eve, but her plane reservations are set. Practical matters like that don’t occur to the guys at the top. (more…)

Quick Points to Ponder

December 17, 2018

• Have you been watching the new “Murphy Brown?” It’s excellent, even better than it was back in the 1980s. The point I want to ponder, though, is that last week’s version included the fact that our war in Afghanistan has gone on for seventeen years. That’s far, far longer than any war in American history. We still risk soldiers’ lives there despite having achieved our ostensible objective of capturing Osama bin Laden. That happened under President Obama, however, so it doesn’t count. (more…)

A Not-So-Brief-Rant on Transportation

December 10, 2018

I know I promised last week to return to the Civil War memoirs that some readers have enjoyed, but first some timely talk on transportation. I got all gussied up for the Authors Guild holiday party in South St. Pete, and because it was from 6-8 PM, I carefully considered what route to take. I never drive at rush hour if that can be avoided, and I didn’t really grasp how bad it is out there. But I did decide that from my East Hillsborough home, it would make more sense to sneak up on the Pinellas peninsula from the south, rather than taking I-275 through downtown Tampa, the Howard Frankenstein, and almost all of Pinellas. I left at 5:00, thinking an hour would be enough time, and maybe the Sunshine Skyway would be pretty at sunset. (more…)

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