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August 22, 2002

The problem with curfew laws
In overturning juvenile curfews in Tampa and Pinellas Park, the 2nd District Court of Appeal made a strong statement about what is wrong with such laws. Both cities claimed the purpose of the curfews was to reduce juvenile crime, but the curfews made every child a potential criminal for merely being in a public place at the wrong time. Accordingly, the court found that those laws are unconstitutional because they are "not the least intrusive means of accomplishing the stated purpose."

The Al-Arian factor
USF's revised case against the professor rightly focuses on his apparent ties to terrorist groups, but turning to the courts only prolongs the controversy.

Congress and courts should rein in Ashcroft
Re: Ashcroft's camp for citizens is scary, Aug. 16.


Columns today
Mary Jo Melone
Genshaft's inaction is louder than words
For months we've waited for Judy Genshaft to act, and she finally has.

Tampa Uncuffed
With some lists, best check twice
Kicking off her campaign for Hillsborough circuit judge in June, Monica Sierra held an hors d'oeuvres-and-refreshments reception at the Tampa Garden Center.

Gary Shelton
Bring on the strike, and pronto
As your days of infamy go, it is difficult not to grow more and more irritated with the notion of Aug. 30 becoming one of them.


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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