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Today on Context Florida: Blatant hypocrisy, unfair criticism, Gerry Jaski and the SOTS we deserve

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Today on Context Florida:

As a Florida man “of a certain age” with a wife and two daughters, Daniel Tilson is sick and tired of pandering politicians putting so many of our beloved women at risk every year during the state’s 60-day legislative session.  He is fed up with ambitious elected ideologues talking tough about protecting individual liberty and personal freedom – except for that of the women in our lives. Tilson calls that hypocrisy. Blatant hypocrisy, to be more accurate.

Associated Industries of Florida President and former House Speaker Tom Feeney believes environmentalists are unfairly attacking water policy put forth by the Florida House. The proposal has also been unfairly criticized for not addressing conservation. In reality, Feeney says, the bill provides the tools that will allow conservation to work without insisting on a one-size-fits-no-one approach.

Florence Snyder notes it was a full house at the Feb. 20 funeral mass for Gerry Jaski, 79, who passed away peacefully at his home in Tallahassee with his wife, Mary Lou Rajchel, and his rescue dog Bones by his side. Jaski was both a lawyer’s lawyer and, as a longtime general counsel, a Florida State University institution.

Former Democratic state senator Dan Gelber offers a version of Rick Scott’s State of the State that Floridians should hear: “The state of our state is strong, but mostly for a select few. … For the one in four Florida children living in poverty today, the state of our state is fragile.”

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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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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