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June 20, 2002

Tax filing regrets?
Two very rich, very public men probably wish they could go back and revise their tax filings. One has major legal problems; the other is in serious political trouble. L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former chief executive of Tyco International, and Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, have little in common except that both are being accused of tax avoidance. Kozlowski is charged with doing it illegally; what Romney did was legal, and there would be no fuss about it if he weren't running for governor.

Tensions at USF
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft needs to act quickly to bring credibility to her efforts to win greater autonomy for USF St. Petersburg.

Bush should reconsider plans to attack Iraq
Instead of making oblique references to a preemptive strike against Iraq, as he did at West Point recently, President Bush should heed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told him that a war against Saddam Hussein would be unwise. According to the top military officials, an offensive in Iraq could endanger the lives of at least 200,000 American servicemen in bloody ground combat, and might prompt Hussein to use biological and chemical weapons to strengthen his hand.


Columns today
Mary Jo Melone
He was a lieutenant, she was a sergeant
Gabe and Jenna Venero were lucky, lucky people.

Tampa Uncuffed
Best yet to come in big crackdown
The story of a worldwide Internet prostitution ring based in Tampa created quite a stir at the Sheriff's Office Tuesday.

Darrell Fry
WNBA should walk -- but more slowly
Somehow, you figured it would never come to this.


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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