Today on Context Florida: Crist and Cuba, Dozier outrage, immigration reform and Lauren Book

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Today on Context Florida: In his “flip-flop” on the 50-year-old Cuban embargo, Doug Clifton believes Charlie Crist’s sin is not that he changed positions, or that his new opinion will anger voters. Crist, he writes, stepped up and was “courageous” when he said that the Cuban embargo didn’t work and the U.S. should “move forward.”

Lack of outrage over the bodies uncovered at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna is “disconcerting” to Andrew Skerritt. The 55 bodies buried on the property failed to elicit a comment from anyone in the state’s legal and political establishment, and that is wrong.

Immigration laws need reform from both sides of the political spectrum, writes Bob Sparks. One would think national defense is a “pretty good” reason to protect our borders, he adds.

Lauren Book is ready to lace up for the fifth annual 1,500-mile “Walk in My Shoes” journey across Florida. She walks so that others don’t have to endure the horrifying sexual abuse — like 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce.

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