Today on Context Florida: the Silly Season, expanding school vouchers and St. Patrick’s Day in America

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Today on Context Florida: The start of the Florida legislative session is rightfully a “silly season,” says Andrew Skerritt, where lawmakers are considering some of the most nonsensical proposals. Many of them are faux solutions looking for a problem.

Julie Delegal writes that expansion of the state’s de facto private school voucher program further blurs the line between public and private money. Now, House Speaker Will Weatherford is considering using Florida sales taxes to fund the so-called “tax credit scholarship program.”

On St. Patrick’s Day, Catherine Durkin Robinson remembers the years Irish immigrants struggled for respect and acceptance in America. And we owe present-day immigrants the dignity they were denied.

Ed Moore also looks at the cultural holiday that has become St. Patrick’s Day, and how the Irish immigrants brought survival skills with them upon arriving in America — something that benefited other groups trying to assimilate. The Irish experience laid the foundation for many of the social programs of the 20th Century.

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