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 Perspective: March 24, 2002
March 24, 2002

Disabled voucher program
Some private schools serving disabled students are getting a good deal of voucher money, but the students may not be getting what the government is paying for.

Color-blind patronage
Only four state senators had the courage to oppose the nomination of former state Rep. Rudy Bradley of St. Petersburg to the Public Service Commission, even though Bradley is extravagantly unqualified for the post. After listening to the racial pandering of state Sen. Al Lawson, an African-American Democrat from Tallahassee, it's easy to see why so few lawmakers were willing to point out Bradley's lack of credentials.

TV's spin on news turns off viewers
Re: Aging anchors, audience spell trouble for evening TV news.

Philip Gailey
Religion at risk of losing its moral authority
These are difficult times for organized religion. The moral foundation of the church is cracking, and religious leaders have only themselves to blame.

Robyn E. Blumner
The outrages of secret evidence by our government continue
The use of secret evidence is anathema to American justice. President Bush said as much in his stilted, imprecise way during one of the presidential debates. "Arab-Americans are racially profiled in what's called secret evidence." Bush said. "People are stopped, and we've got to do something about that."

Martin Dyckman
Rejected redistricting reform of 1993 haunts Legislature
TALLAHASSEE -- The Democrats have lost the redistricting battles, as everyone knew they would. Though they still lead in voter registration, hold both U.S. Senate seats and scored a statistical tie in the presidential race, their large disadvantages in the Legislature and Congress can only get worse under the plans that the Republicans rammed through the Legislature Friday.

Bill Maxwell
There's no place like the South
My recent travels through rural Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia reminded anew that no matter how hard the South tries to resemble the rest of the nation, the Land of Cotton endures as a unique place.  

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