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Today on Context Florida: Right-wing losses, Dog Days of Summer and vaccinations

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Martin Dyckman says it is amusing, in a wry sort of way, to witness the tantrums and hear the gnashing of teeth in right-wing circles over the several big cases they have just lost at the U.S. Supreme Court. Spare them no sympathy. You might think that losing has become more than they can bear.

For Major League Baseball fans like Dan Tilson, “Dog Days of Summer” describes the sultry stretch of the six-month regular season when many a contending team has historically succumbed to accumulated stress, fallen into a slump and out of contention. For other folks, that phrase describes any prolonged stretch of steamy summertime when lethargy, stagnation and heaven forbid, a losing streak can set in.

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a provision that says California parents can no longer claim “personal belief” as a reason for not vaccinating their children. Since the law’s passage, Julie Delegal says the “debate” over vaccines has re-emerged, accompanied by the specter of a purported link between immunizations and autism. There’s not one, and doctors won’t waste any time putting parents who say otherwise in their place. But does the rehashed vaccine debate, in which frightened parents with autistic children are vilified as “anti-science,” deserve all of our attention?

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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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