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 Perspective: April 14, 2002
April 14, 2002

A voucher marketplace
By ignoring growing allegations of impropriety at six new voucher schools, state officials also ignore the education needs of poor and disabled schoolchildren.

Only the rhetoric is out of control
Is St. Petersburg on the verge of a crisis in criminal activity, as one City Council member said this week? Certainly there has been a disturbing spate of violence in a neighborhood along Melrose Avenue S. The latest was a shooting that left a 24-year-old man dead, littered the street with shell casings and terrified law-abiding residents. The victim was the third person murdered in the area in the past 15 months.

Faith is a natural partner in public life
Re: Congress is crossing the line with religion, by Robyn E. Blumner, April 7.

Adam Smith
McBride appeals to moderate Republicans
CLEARWATER -- For all the noise Democrats are making this weekend at their state convention in Orlando, Gov. Jeb Bush should be a lot more worried about the folks who attended a quiet reception at Ruth Eckerd Hall last week.

Martin Dyckman
No equal protection in redistricting
TALLAHASSEE -- Al Gore's decision to seek recounts in only those Florida counties where he expected to pick up the most votes turned out to be one of history's great tactical blunders. By stages, it helped George Bush's lawyers to claim, and the U.S. Supreme Court to agree, that applying different counting standards from place to place would violate the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the laws.

Philip Gailey
Springtime mood in Washington
WASHINGTON -- President Bush must long for the not-so-distant time when most of the world was behind his war on terrorism. That was back when we knew what had to be done -- military action to take out the Taliban and the al-Qaida terrorists in Afghanistan.

Robyn E. Blumner
Bookstores and libraries not safe from First Amendment pillaging
Joyce Meskis is a First Amendment hero. For the past two years, the owner of the storied Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver has been battling a police search warrant seeking information on a suspect's reading habits.

Bill Maxwell
The real-life lessons about the plight of migrant farm workers
Great teaching is a subversive activity, a revolution that transforms lives. It takes students to new places and introduces them to experiences they otherwise would never encounter.

Samantha Puckett
New addition fills our home with love
When I hear the words come out, I hardly recognize myself. "Miles jumped up on the couch by himself." "We put Miles on the scale yesterday -- 13 pounds!"


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