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Today on Context Florida: Pet parenting, faculty tenure and 10 commandments of climate change

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It is stupid to equate parenting with pet ownership, says Steven Kurlander, and misguided in terms of how we in American society think about animals and our relationship with them. Pets, and animals too, are not humans, and should not be considered or treated as such.

Few hot-button topics are hotter among university faculty than whether tenure is essential to academic freedom and quality teaching, says former University of North Florida educator Dan Dundon. Tenure reform sometimes is the third rail of academia in the same way Social Security is the third rail of national politics.

In public, GOP leaders are climate change deniers. In private, they understand climate change perfectly well. The difference is that disclosure does not serve the party’s purposes. Climate change denial – against the backdrop of accumulating science and fact – is like an electrical charge stimulating the Republican base. Alan Farago offers the GOP’s Ten Commandments of climate change.

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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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