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Today on Context Florida: Jeb’s fumble, festering unrest, community worth and anger

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Today on Context Florida:

Campaigns are not foreign to Jeb Bush, says Bob Sparks. However, while Jeb is not an official candidate for president yet, he spent precious time trying to recover a surprising fumble. He dropped the ball on the national stage not from a hard-hitting question by a reporter seeking a “gotcha” response, but from Fox News prime-time star Megyn Kelly.

Marc Yacht says the seeds of anarchy and civic instability are rooted in poverty, unemployment, poor education, lack of health care, and hopelessness. These problems are not new but the festering unrest must alert responsible leaders to put the proper issues on the table. With little dialogue coming from our elected officials addressing the burgeoning social and economic issues, the increasing unrest and violence in American communities should be no surprise.

There were lots of great questions at the Studer Community Institute’s education town hall on May 5 in Pensacola. Questions about what skills students lack, about addressing educational, emotional and physiological impacts on inner-city children, about matching needs of our employers with the skills we impart to our students in the classroom. But Shannon Nickinson says all of those questions ultimately lead to just one: What is the future of this community worth to you?

Catherine Durkin Robinson can’t remember the last time she felt angry, either on a political or personal level. She says she might be too tired, or too middle-aged, but it’s been years since experiencing that kind of energy. Anger is unproductive and a waste of time, Robinson says.

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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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