Today on Context Florida: German solar, Nan Rich, riots and environmental issues

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Today on Context Florida:

In Germany, there are solar arrays along the autobahn, perched on the rooftops of homes, apartment buildings, barns, offices, shops, storage sheds and garages. Southern Germany gets an average of 1,709 sunlit hours a year, barely half that boasted by Miami. Martin Dyckman asks readers to think hard; how many solar arrays — if any — are in your Florida neighborhood? The self-professed “Sunshine State” might as well be on the dark side of the moon.

One of Nan Rich’s loudest campaign arguments is “Vote for me, I’m the real Democrat. I’ve been campaigning for the Democratic nomination longer than the other guy has even been a member of the party.” Nevertheless, for a party desperate for a gubernatorial winner after a trio of lackluster losers (Bill McBride, Jim Davis, Alex Sink), Andrew Skerritt says that may not be enough.

Rachel Patron writes that Florida was lucky that Trayvon Martin’s killing in Sanford in February 2012 did not trigger a riot. But considering the anatomy of a riot, it wasn’t simply dumb luck — but the absence of destructive forces.

Environmental issues are becoming high-profile in the race for Congress in the eastern Florida Panhandle, as they should anywhere in Florida, says Bruce Ritchie. The environment, whether it’s clean water, beaches and wildlife and fishing, is important to all Floridians. But the issue has been buried in recent years as the economy and jobs often have taken center stage in Florida elections.

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