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Today on Context Florida: Wrong solutions, our American concoction and Donald Trump’s philanthropy

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Today on Context Florida:

Legislation calling on Florida to once again elect an education commissioner strikes Martin Dyckman as the wrong solution to a real problem. There are plenty of reasons to be dissatisfied with the state of education in the Sunshine State but none is enough, in his opinion, to enlarge the Cabinet and dilute the responsibility of the governor’s office. In two words, Dyckman gives us one of the reasons against it: Ron Howard.

Go ahead, America, says Julie Delegal. Tie one on. Let’s get it out of our system: our sick and ailing body politic. Let’s see how drunk we can get on the likes of Donald Trump and the Bundy brothers. Let’s stagger around in swagger, enjoying the warm rush of bravado that only our American concoction can deliver. Then, let’s sober up and get down to the real business of governance.

Since declaring his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has been at odds with his Republican rivals, allegedly the RNC executive committee, political action committees, the Democrats, and particularly the media who appear to despise this political outsider. Tim Bryce asks what do we truly know about Mr. Trump? First, he has repeatedly said he doesn’t smoke, drink or use illegal drugs, nor do his offspring. Anti-smokers should love this, as should Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). Marijuana proponents though will have a problem with his stance on drugs. He also loves sports, which most red-blooded American men should appreciate. We do not truly know-how deeply religious he is, but he claims to be a proud Protestant, a Presbyterian to be exact.

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