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Today on Context Florida: Innovation, Thomas G. Wenski and Antonin Scalia losing his mind

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Florida’s future depends on innovation, says Dale Brill, to address threats, including rising sea levels, the effect of nitrogen cycles, ocean acidification and more. If solutions to these challenges are to find their genesis in Florida, a commitment to innovation is necessary to fully transition state and local economies that compete for investment capital, skilled workforce and overlapping targeted industries. For Florida to emerge as a vibrant innovation system viewed as globally competitive, increased investments in the university research community must address the tension between job creation expectations and licensing revenue necessity.

To Jac Wilder VerSteeg, it’s hard to be a straight-down-the-line Catholic and maintain logical consistency. It’s easier to be a cafeteria Catholic, picking and choosing which church positions to embrace. The Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski doesn’t have a choice. The church’s inconsistency on human rights was in clear evidence on Saturday in Wenski’s piece in the South Florida Sun Sentinel in response to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of gay rights.

Peter Schorsch is certain the public’s opinion is as divided on the subjects of gay marriage and Obamacare – and, in particular, this week’s SCOTUS rulings – as the court itself.  And although this is not a post about the meaning or effect of either ruling, he can’t help but wonder if dissenter-in-chief Antonin Scalia has lost his mind. In reading his two recent dissents, Scalia’s words read more like bizarre (and more than a little bit whiny) manifestos than reasoned or articulate rationales for his position. You know, the kind of thing one might expect from the highest court in the land!

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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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