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Today on Context Florida: No. 1 political panderer, guns and cars, office workers and rape kits & child safety

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Today on Context Florida:

Diane Roberts takes a caustic look at the 2016 presidential race in the manner of banter between ESPN sportscasters to determine which candidate is No. 1 ranked in pandering.

In America guns now kill as many people as cars. The facts behind this trend offer an opportunity for cooperation between gun rights factions and gun safety factions. The headline – guns kill as many as cars – at first looks like a slam dunk condemnation of rising gun violence. That’s not the case, says Jac VerSteeg. The underlying cause is not a spike in gun homicides. In fact, it is a steady reduction in the number of motor vehicle deaths. (By the way, in Florida vehicular fatalities still outnumber gun deaths.)

Last January Tim Bryce wrote, “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Back to Work We Go” a column giving advice to managers about making changes in the office that would help employees be more productive. He discussed how a few simple modifications in the office’s physical appearance can have a positive effect. This time, Bryce outlines some attitudinal changes by office workers, including both management and the workforce.

Child sexual abuse activist Lauren Book points to recent, alarming news coverage of the rape kit testing backlog problem in Florida, and shines a much-needed light on the overall issue of identifying and prosecuting sexual predators. She wants to raise awareness that this is an issue of child safety, not just adult safety. As 13,000 rape kits sit untested in our state, we are not only allowing rapists to walk free, without being held accountable for past assaults but also enabling them to commit sexual offenses today, tomorrow and for years to come.

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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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