Today on Context Florida: figure skating, greyhound racing, politics and healthcare

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Today on Context Florida: It might be controversial to say, but figure skating is not a sport, says Jamie Miller. It is not a sport if someone is standing around waiting for judges to determine if his or her form was good enough to beat the other team, he writes.

Live greyhound racing, when regulated properly and administered safely, is good for both the greyhounds and Florida’s economy, says Jack Cory of the Florida Greyhound Association. He supports the Department of Business and Professional Regulations conducting a forensic audit of all Florida pari-mutuel facilities, to make sure the state gets the intended revenue from advanced deposit wagering.

Dr. Marc Yacht, retired Director of the Pasco County Health Department, calls for Florida politicians to get out of healthcare administration, especially with the issue of medical marijuana. Political meddling into pain management leaves many suffering patients unable to afford necessary medication.

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