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Today on Context Florida: Shutdown talk, big government, hating runners and knowing our place

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Today on Context Florida:

Next week the Florida Legislature returns for an overtime session to fulfill their sole constitutional requirement of passing a budget. Not a Washington budget, says Bob Sparks, but one where bean counters must have the same number of beans on the expense side as well as the revenue side. Conversations containing the word “shutdown” have gained a little momentum in recent days. Doomsayers from both parties, including Gov. Scott, have offered their views on the dire effects of failing to reach a budget agreement.

Daniel Tilson believes it’s what conservatives call “big government” that takes responsibility for giving you the benefits you’ve earned and are entitled to. And as far as the facts go and show, the feds have done a damned good, consistent and cost-effective job of it. Then why are so many of you willing to let anti-government big businessmen in elected office prevent Florida from moving forward with federally funded healthcare expansion?

Catherine Durkin Robinson may be frequently confused by human behavior, but she thinks she understands the critics of the sport of running. They don’t simply dislike running or are good-natured about teasing. These aren’t folks who call them “joggers.” She’s talking about real haters. And Robinson might have a handle on their reasons and justifications.

Alaina Bernard says learning about our place in ecology is a piece to finding our identification with the larger system. Since every action has a reaction, performing individual efforts to be more sustainable certainly will make a difference. So Bernard shares a simple list of what you can do to help save our home.

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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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