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Today on Context Florida: Media fail, Rick Scott & simplicity, Congress pay and thyroid cancer

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Today on Context Florida:

Since the media have failed miserably in their once valuable watchdog role of spotlighting new military interventions under President Obama, Henry Kelley says it’s laughable to now watch them fret with deep concern over the Republican responses to crappy hypothetical questions.

Simplicity is always in season for some politicians, notes Daniel Tilson. Cherry-picking what information to share with the public is part and parcel of how some of our most powerful elected officials – Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and House Budget Chair Richard Corcoran, to name a few – do government business.

Florida Representative Alcee Hastings said on Monday he is not getting paid enough for his job. Steven Kurlander offers a solution: Adopt a bonus system in which congressional salaries are tied to the increase in prosperity of Americans as reflected by their wages, their standard of living and their ability to achieve the American dream.

Thyroid cancer has captured the interest of epidemiologists because of its strong association to environmental factors. According to Alan Farago, statistics show there is a lot more thyroid cancer in South Florida than there should be. A total of 3,526 young adult cases of thyroid cancer were identified in Florida with an incidence rate of 7.3 average annual cases per 100,000. The report concludes that in South Florida, “there is a statistically significant 26 percent increased risk of young adult thyroid cancer. The probability that the identified South Florida cluster is random is very small.”

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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