Today on Context Florida: Banks, FSU, Amendment 2 and investing in kids

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Today on Context Florida:

Our country is rooted in the American Dream, which tells us that the opportunity for a better life exists for each of us. Alex Sanchez, CEO of the Florida Bankers Association, is proud to be part of an industry that helps people turn their dreams into reality. Each day, banks provide funds for Floridians to buy a home, attend college or start a business.

Over the past 30 years, no state has played championship football better than Florida, says Bob Sparks. However, the Florida State Seminoles are about to become the first champion to be unwillingly denied the chance to go to Washington. What happened? The official reason is “scheduling conflicts.” These kinds of events always work out, but somehow not for FSU. It is fair to assume something other than scheduling is in play.

Gary Stein supports Amendment 2, and now it is time to get serious on medical marijuana. Until the Florida law passes Amendment 2 and it is fully implemented or until a new federal law trumps the crazy-quilt patchwork of state laws, forced choices will be made.

When we invest wisely in our children, we invest in a brighter tomorrow, writes Dominic Calabro and David Lawrence Jr. If we want a booming economy, we need to put our money where it counts. That means Florida needs to invest more – significantly more — in early learning.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.