Today on Context Florida: Leroy Collins & LBJ, transparency, unionizing colleges and Hank Aaron

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Today on Context Florida: In the struggle for meaningful civil rights fifty years ago, Martin Dyckman writes that Lyndon Johnson chose LeRoy Collins, Florida’s former leader, to help him implement his landmark legislation. It would signify the end of Collins’ political career.

Peter Schorsch points out this era of transparency and regular financial reporting has resulted in a torrent of information so overwhelming — especially in the Florida governor’s race — that it is indeed difficult for political observers to “know how the horses are running anymore.”

Unionizing student-athletes will destroy college sports, according to Jamie Miller, who believes schools will abandon smaller sports, and deny thousands of athletes the ability to go to college because they are in non-revenue generating activities.

Hank Aaron will always be admired as one of baseball’s greats, says Bob Sparks, but he spent more time in the news than expected with comments on April 8 about race relations in America. “Back then they had hoods,” Aaron said to USA Today. “Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

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