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Today on Context Florida: Dying vote spirit, curbing gun violence and Northwest Florida goodwill

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Today on Context Florida:

The run for the presidency is a bust for both parties and Marc Yacht says there’s something missing from American politics of late. Flag wavers wave as the candidates appear amid the usual rah-rah atmosphere ginned by political diehard groupies. But as Yacht sees it, the “vote spirit” that’s so much a part of the nation’s political process seems to be dying. Fewer care and it shows in low voter turnout.

Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 11 concrete actions you can take to curb gun violence, including demanding newspapers and news stations stop airing the names of the shooters, their viewpoints, their reasoning, their stories and their pictures. Let’s stop giving these murderers what they crave most: attention.

Northwest Florida has a lot going for it. That was among the bits of wisdom and moments of insight that Shannon Nickinson says was offered throughout the recent Gulf Power Economic Symposium at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin. What they do with all that potential and goodwill created by our area’s natural beauty and a workforce influenced by connections to the military …  is up to them.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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