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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s commissions, commencements, cheaters and secrecy

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Today on Context Florida:

Daniel Tilson wants in on Rick Scott’s new healthcare commission. Poetic justice aside, Tilson believes he is uniquely qualified to help the cause. The cause he’d push to get lots more reasonably intelligent and relevantly experienced everyday people sitting on commissions like this one. Because the more we get folks from all walks of Florida life involved in public policy development, the less that hidden agendas in high-priced suits can control the process.

It’s commencement season, but Ed Moore asks what actually are we ‘commencing.’ How odd that this event, graduation, the culmination of all of your months and years of hard work, time, sweat, and balancing all of the intricacies of life is formalized by an event called commencement – which according to Mr. Webster is “the time when something begins.”

Catherine Durkin Robinson talks about Mike Rossi, the Boston Marathon, cheaters and ‘attention whoring.’ Those who lose the stomach for public scrutiny will one day put those skills or talents away, for whatever they’re worth, and choose an anonymous life instead. Their social media accounts will be shut down, permanently.

Enough secrecy, declares Bruce Ritchie. A group calling itself ACF Stakeholders was formed in 2010 with great promise in trying to create consensus among the various user groups along the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint (ACF) rivers. But when the group meets in Florida next week, Ritchie says they should vote to disband.

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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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