Today on Context Florida: Marijuana liability, social media, Pensacola and maintaining perspective

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Today on Context Florida:

Barney Bishop makes an interesting observation: The authors of Amendment 2 – the measure seeking to legalize medical marijuana — specifically wrote it so that the entire marijuana industry is exempt from liability, except for automobile accidents. This is precedent-breaking, as no industry in American history has ever been given a general waiver from liability.

Social media serves to distort much, says Ed Moore, but what is really needed is honesty and consistency. Moore has searched for an honest person, willing to take hard positions and defend them, while being willing to shape or modify issues or ideas once they are exposed to the ideas and thoughts of others.

Shannon Nickinson notes that Escambia County residents have a chance to determine what the price of their piece of paradise is. They can choose to invest in educating young children to better prepare them for the world they will face, or choose to pay workers’ wages that don’t keep pace with peer communities. Pensacola can remain a quiet little town with a big intergenerational poverty problem, which keeps too many on the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

Todd Dagenais, University of Central Florida’s head volleyball coach, believes it is important to for athletic children — and their parents — to maintain perspective. Don’t lose sleep worrying about catering to every need or spend insane amounts of money trying to get the child noticed by college sport recruiters.  And please don’t relentlessly chase that athletic scholarship.

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