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Today on Context Florida: Everglades water, anti-science politicians, flying a horse and racism

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Former Martin County commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, in a speech to the Tropical Audubon Centennial on April 26, said that anyone willing to say “climate change” out loud knows that if we don’t send the water south from Lake Okeechobee that used to flow south through the Everglades, that the Everglades National Park will die. Miami will lose its drinking water aquifer. The coastal estuaries east and west of Lake Okeechobee will die.

Marc Yacht finds it amusing that anti-science politicians race around in their high-tech cars and iPods ranting that global warming is a hoax. These science-deniers will use all science-created gadgets available to spew out disinformation to a gullible public. Maybe they should give up all those scientific amenities and live in a cave. Yacht would allow them fire, a club and a spear.

After reading Kevin Ashton’s “How to Fly a Horse, the Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery,” Catherine Martinez finds him whispering in her ear to give creative students the freedom to experiment and the space to explore alternative solutions. Martinez hopes she can be “part of the solution not the problem” and help the next generation keep natural creativity alive.

Anthony Major believes a large part of racism directed toward people of African descent, especially males, is a direct result of the lack of knowledge about the culture of people of African descent and their contributions to society. It is a fact that the story of America cannot be truthfully told without the story of people of African descent. If we are going to close the gap and confront racism, we need to learn and understand others’ history and way of life.

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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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