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Today on Context Florida: Primaries, Critical Wildlife Areas, assisted suicide and being different

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Today on Context Florida:

Florida Republican legislators are waving the white flag, says Bob Sparks. The fight seems to be over. Peace is at hand. After two insurrections against Republican National Committee (RNC) mandates covering presidential primary dates, the Florida House and Senate are poised to make a wise decision to cease hostilities.

Florida’s newest Critical Wildlife Area, a tiny bird island in the Indian River Lagoon near Sewall’s Point, has survived erosion, hurricanes and the curiosity of boaters and fishermen. Sally Swartz writes that is now facing a challenge – again – from an early dumping of Lake Okeechobee’s murky water.

End-of-life issues are among our most emotionally and religiously charged community concerns, says Marc Yacht. Enacted law regulating medical practice further muddies the water. The primary justification for assisted suicide should the dignified death of the terminally ill, he adds, and patients should have choice for this request.

As an immigrant and first-generation college student, Vu Tran has overcome many challenges throughout her life that was difficult to share with others. She was ashamed of my background because I did not feel that I could connect with my peers. It was not until Tran entered college and matured did she realize that being different was not only acceptable, but also admirable.

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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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