Today on Context Florida: leadership, constitutional revisions, police and society & the NFL

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Today on Context Florida:

Rachel Patron relates the Jewish folk tale of Rabbi Gaon, a leader who allows his congregation to break the traditional Yom Kippur fast, so to be strong and healthy for the tribulations that lie ahead. That is precisely what we in America need today, Patron says, a leader with the imagination and courage to lead us through two epidemics we face — Ebola and a “malaise of the soul.”

Last time the Florida Constitution Revision Commission met, in 1997, it had some very good ideas, says Martin Dyckman. When it convenes again in 2017, there are many significant issues awaiting its attention, such as restoring the independence of the judicial nominating commissions, now debased into patronage committees. Another is liberating the Public Service Commission from the control of a Legislature owned by the power companies.

Those paid to control crime — the police – often have good intentions, writes Julie Delegal. They have their own ideas about how to make the world a better place. They can also be dead wrong — over and over and over again.

Recent sports news has been filled with stories about racism, gender violence, child abuse, and concussion-related brain damage for one in three former NFL players. Richard Lapchick, director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, notes that these bad stories help the public focus on broader societal problems.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.