Conservative Corner: All for Nothing

By : Mimi Planas
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Mimi Planas

Mimi Planas

On Dec. 17 of last year, President Obama decided to, on his own, try to improve the Cuban-American relationship. He did so by ordering the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century. He vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.

Well, here’s the problem with that: Nothing will change for the Cuban people. Nothing!

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10.9.14 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185For the first time in memory, I was called a “faggot” this month.

The offending party didn’t say it to me in person, of course. It was through a random message on Facebook. Someone with whom I had never communicated before messaged from behind an undoubtedly bogus profile—using the photo of an attractive young woman—to specifically say how disgusted he or she was that I was gay and in a same-sex relationship.

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Publisher’s Perspective: Time to Pass the Baton

By : Tom Dyer
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TomDyerHeadshotI’ve commandeered this space to share that this will be my last issue as Watermark’s publisher. Going forward, former chief financial officer Rick Claggett will oversee newspaper operations.

It’s a selfish decision on my part. For the last 20 years, I’ve operated a busy law practice and a deadline-driven newspaper. Shifting gears throughout the day—with each meeting, appointment, phone call and email—is taxing. I’m used to it, but the newspaper—and the vibrant local LGBT community—deserves a focused, full-time publisher.

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