Today on Context Florida: Sandra Day O’Connor, acid fracking, David Waggonner and government & business

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Today on Context Florida:

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has become a prominent and oft-spoken critic of what she calls “persistent efforts in some states to politicize the bench and the role of our judges.” Martin Dyckman says Rick Scott needs to hear from her; not that he would listen.

Many environmental and public health concerns are linked to acid fracking, writes Mark Ferrulo, and could lead to a Florida where the soil and air are contaminated, iconic endangered species like the Florida panther are lost forever and our drinking water is poisoned.

David Waggonner is the guru behind the Greater New Orleans Water Urban Plan. Shannon Nickinson notes that he spoke several times last week in Northwest Florida to civic leaders, elected officials and citizens, suggesting they embrace the power water has in shaping the topography and development of coastal cities.

Government is about providing essential services; business is about profit. Marc Yacht points out that business types have no “business” running government. Government’s focus should be on solving problems, not on available dollars, with the challenge to find resources, not cut programs.

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