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Today on Context Florida: Trump & Hitler, ethics in the classroom and Florida tough on renters

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Today on Context Florida:

Martin Dyckman discusses the recent Web ad from Republican presidential candidate John Kasich that subtly compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. While Kasich took heat for the suggestion, Dyckman says it would be just as wrong to ignore Hitler’s examples as to trivialize them. History often repeats itself. Bad history should be taken as warning. It does not necessarily trivialize Hitler to observe that Trump’s strategy and tactics recall some of those favored by the one-time Austrian army corporal.

Teach ethics in classrooms now, so to curb bad behavior in workplace later, says William Steiger. Cheating at business schools of all sizes is widespread, according to a study a few years ago by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business, which accredits 740 of the world’s best business schools in 50 countries. Since it appears that many students at those accredited schools tend to accept, or at least tolerate, academic dishonesty — despite their exposure to ethics as mandated by the association — Steiger says it’s possible that they will be open to dishonesty and unethical behavior in the workplace.

Florida has become the nation’s toughest state for renters, notes Jamie Ross, with California and New York trailing closely behind. According to the recently released “Make Room” report by Enterprise Community Partners, Florida has the largest share of renters — 31 percent — who spend more than half their income on housing. More than 920,000 very low-income households, including hardworking families, the elderly, veterans and disabled Floridians living on fixed incomes, are forced to spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing. They are essentially one missed paycheck or one unexpected crisis away from homelessness. Florida also has the nation’s third-largest homeless population. This is all very bad news, Ross adds.

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