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Today on Context Florida: Child rights, Scott’s flip, diversification and Kim Gordon

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Every child has the right to be loved, says Martin Dyckman. When will the Florida Senate recognize that, he wonders. Should child placement agencies licensed by or supported by the state be allowed to refuse foster care and adoption services that violate their “written religious moral convictions or policies”? To put the question another way, should gay applicants be turned away despite a landmark court decision affirming their rights to be parents? That’s what this legislation, CS for HB 7111, would permit.

Sometimes, it is painful being right, notes Daniel Tilson. Gov. Scott this week publicly confirmed he is opposed to ensuring affordable access to health insurance and healthcare for all Floridians. Again. This comes after two years of PR pretense. Worried about “likability” heading into his 2014 re-election campaign, the wildly unpopular governor announced, “We will support an expansion of our Medicaid program under the new healthcare law.”

For years, Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy, says Bob Sparks. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees.

Catherine Durkin Robinson reviews Kim Gordon’s new book, “Girl in a Band.” Gordon especially was important as an original rocker/feminist and she always seemed so unconventional and unapologetic about it.

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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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