Today on Context Florida: Leading Obamacare, flood insurance, Christian prayers and the skills gap

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Today on Context Florida: No matter how hard the Florida GOP tries, the state continues to lead the way on Obamacare adoption, writes Daniel Tilson. As much as the successful signup effort is a ray of sunshine worth celebrating, there remain many political clouds casting dark shadows of doubt about long-term hopes for successful health-care reform in the state.

Until we start exploring real alternatives, the nation is stuck with federally subsidized flood insurance, says Linda Cunningham, and it is broke. No matter how one computes it, if one has a mortgage on a property in a flood plain that requires insurance, bills will head up.

There’s nothing new about our nation’s governments beginning legislative sessions with a prayer, but Steve Kurlander feels that overt Christian prayers have no place at government meetings. Prayer should be allowed at public forums, but it should recognize that not all Americans subscribe to traditional Christian beliefs.

Shannon Nickinson believes that high schools need a new look to fix the increasing “skills gap.” Return on the investment of our public education dollars is something that bears serious consideration.

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