Today on Context Florida: Only people vote, teenage excess and bad teachers

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Today on Context Florida:

People are more powerful than the money of Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers combined, writes Stephen Goldstein. Billionaires may spend gazillions trying to influence public opinion, too often resorting to half-truths and outright lies or funding surrogates that do their bidding. But, in the end, only people, not dollars, can vote, Goldstein says.

Steve Kurlander reports on a new study of 13, 000 American teenagers by the Center for Disease Control has found that our nation’s youth are drinking and smoking less than previous years. But what is not discussed is the evolution of government curbs to limit excesses of our teens through a combination of higher excise taxes, age limits and propaganda efforts that infringe on our right to choose.

Every June, Catherine Durkin Robinson writes thank you notes to her twin sons’ teachers.  This year, she writes to the bad teachers, thanking them for demonstrating the poor behavior and skills that make Robinson look like a hero in her sons’ eyes.

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