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Today on Context Florida: Medicare foes, pro-life attacks and skunks in Martin County

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Today on Context Florida:

America’s doctors have long since made their peace with Medicare, which marked its 50th anniversary last week, but Martin Dyckman says the program’s oldest and most implacable enemy, the ideological right wing, is still bent on destroying it. In their libertarian outlook, any government program that helps people deprives them of liberty. Dyckman doesn’t doubt that some of them truly believe this, although with others it is simple selfishness coated with snake oil.

Pro-life proponents continue their efforts at fever pitch, writes Marc Yacht. Their success continues to chip away laws designed to protect the right of choice. Efforts to block a women’s right to choose are becoming more effective. Current attacks on the funding of Planned Parenthood along with complicating the path to legal abortion will affect the under-served. Those populations will be driven further into poverty with such policies.

It’s skunk week in Martin County, says Sally Swartz. Not to malign Florida’s real skunks, but their human imitators have left an odiferous trail countywide this week. On the hit list: A respected environmental group, Martin County government, and residents who have fought developers who don’t want to follow the county’s protective growth rules.

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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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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