Today on Context Florida: Salads, Belvin Perry, judicial appointments and marijuana tourism

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Today on Context Florida:

When it comes to diversity, Anthony B. Major says it should be like a salad bowl: Each culture presents its own flavor. We need to respect the cultures of all nationalities and appreciate the differences among them in what I call the salad bowl of life.

There are some things for a judge not to do. Martin Dyckman believes that bad-mouthing a jury is one of them. Belvin Perry Jr., who is retiring this month as chief judge of the Orange-Osceola circuit, is known as the presiding judge in the 2011 Casey Anthony trial. Perry appeared on NBC’s “Today” show two years later to express “surprise, shock, disbelief” that the jury acquitted her of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Bad judicial appointments can be harmful to your health, writes Mark Ferrulo. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that consumers accessing Obamacare through state-run health insurance exchanges should not be eligible for tax credits under the health-care law. This ill-conceived decision also brought into the spotlight, once again, the failure of Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders to expand health-care access to nearly a million working Floridians.

Karen Cyphers’ July trip to Los Angeles was not originally to be an exploratory mission on the issue of medical marijuana. Nevertheless, if Florida’s voters approve Amendment 2, the state will have an opportunity to implement a marijuana law that avoids heading down this same cynical path as the one found by Cyphers in California. It will be a challenge, but the reward of fostering an honest, quality health-care system is well worth the effort.

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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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.