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Today on Context Florida: 2015 disappointments, black universities and holiday newsletters

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Few will disagree that 2015 was a particularly fertile political year, one that produced a bumper crop of political disappointments, says Peter Schorsch. That’s what we get when the Legislature meets yeah I would say almost unceasingly in Special Session because it cannot agree on much of anything. Of course, the key word in this analysis is “disappointing.” One cannot disappoint if they were not held in some regard beforehand. Schorsch offers his list of the year’s most disappointing Florida politicians, in ascending order of disappointment.

At one point, says Chris Timmons, a black university (generally known as historically black colleges and universities: HBCU) was comparable to a high school in academic worth, even aspiration. Schools had to attempt a Herculean struggle to give black students something that amounted to an education because of Jim Crow intransigence. But once black schools got free of that oppression, things changed: Better funding, though never equal with white institutions. Better facilities, though never equal with white institutions. But things changed, Timmons notes. Things changed.

So far, Catherine Durkin Robinson has received seven holiday newsletters, enough to hope for mood stabilizers in her stocking. And she’s Jewish. This year, Robinson sent out her own tidings of hope and good cheer. She tried to persuade the family to pose for a holiday snapshot, standing in front of a cross or a tree or a yacht while wearing matching red sweaters. Instead, Robinson used a picture of everyone’s favorite columnist passed out on Colorado G6 and sent that instead. She offers a sample of her holiday newsletter.

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