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Today on Context Florida: The Holocaust, energy, term limits and #BlackLivesMatter

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Danielle Wirsansky is always shocked when she encounters people who know very little about the Holocaust, which such an important part of history, not just for Jewish people, but for us all. As a time of great evil, death and genocide, I wonder how the events could be forgotten when those who are survivors or have experienced its effects are still alive today. Despite Florida’s education mandate, too many students remain ignorant.

On the important topic of energy, Barney Bishop says Florida’s red politicians get very purple. Traditionally, Republicans have supported the notion of offshore energy exploration, the Keystone XL Pipeline and efforts to boost the manufacturing sector. Democrats have traditionally sought reforms to regulation and pushed for alternative energy sources, many opposing offshore drilling in particular.

“What do we care? We won’t be around,” said the late Lawton Chiles, commenting 20 years ago on the most immediate effect of the 1992 term limits initiative. Martin Dyckman notes that it was only the beginning of a cascade of ill effects culminating in the petulant, unprecedented action of the House of Representatives last month to terminate a debate with the Senate by adjourning three days early.

#BlackLivesMatter has become part of a symbolic movement with a powerful message. For Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, the hashtag conjures up images of black men, women and children who have died due to senseless violence. She mourns daily for the black lives – all lives – lost because of these tragic events. But why focus on deaths, if black lives matter?

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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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