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Today on Context Florida: Wise Florida, the middle class and Foley Cellulose

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Today on Context Florida:

Barry Jason Mauer poses a chicken-egg problem: Which comes first, the wise society or the wise citizenry? Florida’s society often was unwise in the past because of its entrenched racism. Arguably, it’s still unwise because it hasn’t learned from its history; many of Florida’s residents today know little or nothing about its racist history. An ignorant society is not a wise one.

Tim Bryce asks if people truly understand the power of the middle class, they are starting to overseas. We may not have invented the concept of a middle class, he says, but we perfected it and everyone wants to emulate it. The rise of global middle classes is a recognition that capitalism works, as opposed to socialism or communism. A sizable middle class represents a county’s economic engine.

Georgia-Pacific’s Foley Cellulose mill is a major producer of specialty fibers derived from slash pine trees, writes Scott Mixon. It is also a company using the best available technology to work with the community to reduce its environmental footprint and protect the natural beauty of the environment. Mixon notes that an example of that commitment is work on the Fenholloway River Water Quality Project, one of the most ambitious environmental projects in Florida conservation history.

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