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Florence Snyder has 116 articles published.

Florence Beth Snyder is a Tallahassee-based lawyer and consultant.

Florence Snyder: Why children die, Part 5 — An alphabet soup of agencies can’t drain the swamp

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After a lifetime of drawing the short straw, Keishan Ross may finally have caught a break. The 17-year-old Broward County boy has an IQ that tops out at 61, on a good day. By age 3, his teachers knew that he was severely limited in his capacity to learn. He suffers from mental illnesses that he can’t understand. He will never be able to reliably cooperate with doctors, teachers or his loving mother. By age 11, Keishan was labeled a…

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St. Pete College’s Soviet-style presidential selection would make Vladimir Putin proud

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In less pretentious times, St. Petersburg Junior College hired presidents without the help of consultants who make them look ridiculous. But it’s a “state college” now, and its presidential search is an expensive and entertaining-for-all-the-wrong reasons mashup of Marcel Marceau and The Muppets. To be fair, variations on the Soviet- stylings of SPC’s presidential search are happening all over Florida. We know more about SPC’s shenanigans because it is among the few “community colleges” where a reporter is paying attention.…

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Florence Snyder: Let’s hope someone loves Frank Artiles enough to get him some help

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On a busy day of hearings in a busy week of the legislative session, a south Florida woman wanted a picture of herself and a friend and the rain pouring outside the Knott Building. She scanned the immediate vicinity for a friendly face, and held her iPhone out to Jacksonville’s Audrey Gibson. Plainly the tourist had no idea that Gibson was a member of an elite, exclusive, and powerful club. The tourist was utterly unaware that the elegant lady she…

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Florence Snyder: Richard Corcoran, please show some love to our real life Smokeys

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The men and women who take care of Florida’s forests and parks have a serious case of hair on fire, and the Legislature would do well to listen to them. Trained professional foresters and the people at parks ‘n rec are easily among Florida’s best ambassadors. These stewards of “Real Florida” have been instrumental in attracting tourists since before Mickey Mouse was born, and they work for a lot less cheese. This crowd is not prone to whining, or crying…

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Florence Snyder: Florida’s opioid crisis, Part 5 – Hey Florida, talk to the hand!

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One hour isn’t much time for a Senate subcommittee “confirmation hearing” on the heads of the agencies as important to “health and human services” as the Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. But that’s what Health and Human Services Subcommittee Chair Anitere Flores allotted, and not one second longer. So, you’d think that AHCA’s acting secretary Justin Senior and DOH’s Interim Surgeon General Celeste Philip would each get a half-hour of the committee’s time … but you…

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Florence Snyder: Why children die: B.A.B.Y. Court works, but Florida prefers to pay for things that don’t

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Planting pinwheels may “raise awareness” of child abuse, but the hard and labor-intensive work of preventing child abuse goes on in places where skilled professionals collaborate to do more difficult things. One such place is Orange County’s B.A.B.Y. Court. There, Circuit Judge Alicia Latimore offers lollipops to toddlers and tots who have suffered the trauma of abuse or neglect. That’s the fun part. The judge’s serious, life-changing work is to closely monitor the progress of the teams of social workers…

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Florence Snyder: Florida’s opioid crisis, Part 4 – Showtime at the Kabuki Theater

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When Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi finally got around to talking about Florida’s opioid crisis, the hot air was suffocating. In parts of Florida, opioids have overtaken homicides and DUIs as a cause of very premature and utterly unnecessary death. That is not breaking news to anyone who has been paying even a little attention. In a time when reporters are in short supply, almost every newspaper in Florida has made a noble, front-page attempt to assess…

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