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January 28, 2002

Editorials
Farms bust the bank
Politicians are promoting farm subsidies as "saving the family farm," but one senator is suggesting a cheaper alternative that protects farmers while returning to a free market system.

Corrupt rule in Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe, the increasingly tyrannical president of Zimbabwe, has taken a prosperous, thriving African country and turned it to ruin. Where once Zimbabwe exported agricultural products from some of the world's richest land, the nation now faces severe food shortages and soaring unemployment.

Florida's Enron connection
Buy high, sell low?

Letters
Voters deserve a chance to decide on tax reform
Re: Clouds gather over McKay plan, Jan. 22.  

Perspective
Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.


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