Today on Context Florida: Turkeys, climate change, recycling and Memorial Day

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Today on Context Florida:

Peter Schorsch asks what else a “turkey” can buy.  In the just-released Florida TaxWatch Turkey Watch, the nonprofit watchdog presents an opportunity-cost approach, placing in context the $120 million in legislative turkeys it identified in the 2014 budget.

Bob Sparks examines U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s statement on climate change he made two weeks ago on ABC News, adding that the Florida Senator’s opinion — that he does not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate — is actually in line with the majority of Americans. According to Pew Research, 67 percent of Americans believe climate change is occurring. The same poll also revealed that 44 percent are convinced that human activity is the cause.

In Northwest Florida, writes Shannon Nickinson, even a matter of who is recycling and who is just moving trash around has a political undertone. The game of who is REALLY recycling and who is just taking up trash twice a week has become another twist in the politically nasty saga of garbage in the county.

For those of us fortunate enough to have had our loved ones who served return home, says U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, Memorial Day serves as a day for us all to stand in solidarity and pay tribute to those who, as Lincoln wrote, “laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

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