Today on Context Florida: Do the math, Terrymandering, kindness and diversity

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Today on Context Florida:

Mark O’Brien asks opponents of raising the minimum wage to try living on that paltry $7.25 an hour. The experience might change their minds, or at least make them a little less willing to consign people to living on $290 a week. Do the math; you can’t live on $290 a week (before taxes).

Floridians voted yesterday. But it hardly mattered, says Stephen Goldstein. Worse than gerrymandered, Florida’s voting districts have now been “terrymandered,” thanks to Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis. The whole sordid affair is enough to make a manic-depressive out of all Floridians who care about clean government.

Catherine Durkin Robinson has an idea. Stop focusing on why others perform acts of kindness. Intent doesn’t matter. When any kindness is shown, from trivial to magnificent, why someone did it should not be a concern. Not ever.

Two incidents, decades apart, made Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Internship Programs Director at UCF’s School of Public Administration, question if diversity and inclusiveness are possible. They were failures by managers to administer adequately diversity and inclusiveness practices and examples of a disconnect between an organization aiming for diversity and inclusiveness, and the actual implementation of policies to demonstrate that commitment.

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