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Martin Dyckman: Memory of FSU professor’s enduring lesson on free speech, tolerance

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An enduring lesson on what freedom of speech should mean to a college campus was taught more than a half-century ago by one of my favorite professors at Florida State University, Lewis M. Killian. I hadn’t taken his class or even met him at the time but something I had written was a hot discussion topic that day. It was a letter in the student newspaper, the Florida Flambeau, mocking the Kappa Alpha fraternity for wearing Confederate uniforms and waving…

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Martin Dyckman: Our ‘flawed’ Electoral College, mistrusting the people

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When the news flashed on Facebook before the election that Queen Elizabeth II had offered to take us back, some people failed to recognize it as one of Andy Borowitz‘s deft satires from the New Yorker. And some, I’m sure, now wish it were true. Afterward, a friend in Britain wrote to offer refuge — many thanks, Bob, but not yet — and remarked that “there must be a flaw in a system which produces such an outcome.” He was…

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Darryl E. Owens: ‘Roots’ reminds America’s past haunts our present, future perfect union

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“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou. In 1977, before VCRs became ubiquitous, “Roots” seized America by the throat — and never let go. Over eight nights, the trailblazing TV miniseries chronicled the struggle of kidnapped African Kunta Kinte and his descendants with a harrowing realism that rattled like leg irons in your skull. In the 1970s, “black” often prefixed insults young black kids like me…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump great president, the best of times, smart Republicans and employment & disability

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Today on Context Florida: Stephen Kurlander forced himself the other night to watch – in totality – Donald Trump speak at two rallies in Ohio before that state’s primary. Initially, he had significant reservations about voting for him. But Kurlander says there is something inside him that says that Trump will prove himself — that he will be an evolutionary politician that will lead America into an era of prosperity and democratic leadership in the world. Deep down, Kurlander thinks Trump…

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Today on Context Florida: Antonin Scalia, American Forests, the sharing economy and Presidents’ Day

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Today on Context Florida: Jim Rosica talks with Florida legal legend Sandy D’Alemberte, who reminisces on fond memories of Antonin Scalia. The Supreme Court Justice died Saturday at the age of 79. Manley Fuller introduces us to a national nonprofit group called American Forests, which since 1940 has been scouring the U.S., looking for the biggest trees in the land. When they find a big tree, they make measurements, compare with other known specimens, and finally record the biggest as Champion…

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Kevin Sweeny: On July 4, we should recall our rights, respect those who protect them

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Saturday will mark the “Fourth of July.” It conjures images of family picnics, backyard bbq’s, beaches, lakes and, of course, fireworks. For too long, many have forgotten the true meaning of this celebration: our independence. Historian Samuel Eliot Morrison wrote, “If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence it would have been worthwhile.” As we approach July 4th and celebrate our nation’s independence, it is time for us all to pause and remind ourselves what this freedom means. The…

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The coming War on Bacon

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“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” – Thomas Jefferson Having dramatically expanded the role of the government in your doctor’s office and your bank this year, the Obama administration is turning its attention to your kitchen. Sara Burrows, a…

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