Today on Context Florida: selective memory, sober homes, the 27th state and conservative conversationalists

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman praises Charlie Crist’s new memoir, despite some of its glaring omissions. For example, there are no footnotes or index and the memories of the former governor and current Democratic candidate are selective, at best.

Poorly managed “sober homes” — transitional facilities for recovering drug addicts — threaten many formerly safe and quiet Florida neighborhoods, says State Rep. Bill Hager. Lack of oversight has caused problems, and it is just beginning.

Ed Moore celebrates March 3, 1845, when Florida joined the Union as the 27th state. Florida has flown under a succession of flags and has been “bartered and traded, won and lost in wars, and in part simply acquired through the migration of settlers.”

Conservatives often are the most ardent conversationalists, writes Henry Kelly. The party that brought the EPA to America is now painted as the anti-environment party, and Kelly is “sick of it.”

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