Today on Context Florida: gun violence, the War on Poverty, lowering tuition and Tea Party pot legalization

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Today in Context Florida, the senseless movie theater shooting in Wesley Chapel gives Marc Yacht, retired Director of the Pasco County Health Department, an opportunity to restate his recommendations to curb this slaughter, which include extensive background checks and universal gun registration.

How can you fight a war if you do not know the enemy, asks Gary Stein, especially with the War on Poverty. If you feel that those using the safety net programs are there by choice, you do not truly understand the enemy.

Raising tuition limits access to higher education, writes former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp. Shouldn’t our goal be to have the very best colleges and universities in America for the lowest possible tuition?

Henry Kelley is a Tea Partier that supports legalization of medical marijuana. Most in the Tea Party think that less government is better government, and the best thing is to enable adults to be adults. It’s time we all take a hard look at what we expect from our government, Kelley writes, and what we should leave to our own discretion.

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