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Today on Context Florida: squandering taxpayer money, short-term failure and Robert Avossa

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Today on Context Florida:

Diane Roberts writes that there is little doubt you’re wondering what new ways Florida’s alleged leaders have found to squander taxpayer money, suck up to the rich and further foul Florida’s environment. Well, prepare to be impressed, she says: The Rick Scott administration is suing the feds for trying to protect rivers and wetlands. Why should water get special rights, Roberts asks. Does water think it’s gay or something?

According to Jeff Kottkamp and Rich Ramos, the price for long-term success just might be short-term failure. Although every inventor, scientist, businessman and businesswoman never like to see failure in their worlds, we know from history that failure is a precursor to success. Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed — I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Catherine Martinez penned an open letter to Palm Beach County Superintendent Robert Avossa. In it, she writes: “I hope you realize just putting a student in front of a computer doesn’t automatically result in the student learning. The computer, tablet or phone is a tool, and it can be used or misused. More resources put into training programs like Project Smart and professional development personnel, both certified teachers and aides, will help ensure students are properly monitored as they use the technology.”

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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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